Friday, August 29, 2008

Long weekend approaches

First of all I weighed in last night as Saturday will be complicated with my Dad in town. Down 1.6 - yahoo and that's 1.5 days early my friends.
It was that meeting's Leader that weighed me in and she was quite funny. I might check out her meeting once as I think she'll have spunk.

The interview was interesting. Very corporate environment and pretty funky building. The main floor is a bit boring but I suspect the 2nd floor had a bit more going on and as everyone seemed to be headed that way. The HR department was on the first floor so I didn't get to see it.
First of all they were expecting me next Thursday. So my recruiter messed up, fortunately the two people were available so they interviewed me anyway. The position is much bigger than the job description and it would truly be an amazing opportunity for someone. They seemed to like me but they are interviewing more people in the next few weeks due to vacations. Now this could be good or bad, the others might be measured against my fabulousness or I will be a vague memory by the time they finish those interviews. She did say that it might be a bit of a longer wait so at least they warned me. Time will tell.

I also checked in the with company I interviewed with a month ago, hey they said keep in touch and call us in a month so I did. Had to leave a message.

Oh yes that colleague I told you about who is was waiting to hear about her interviews, did hear back yesterday. She's going in for a 3rd interview as they have changed the scope of the position a bit. I'm so excited for her.

Now with long weekend approaching I'm guessing communication in general will quiet down. There was very few people on the bus this morning, emails are not that abundant and my phone has hardley wrung.

I'm so looking forward to 3 days off.

Have a groovy weekend.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Waiting sucks

I have an interview tomorrow with the company that the headhunter talked to me about on Tuesday. It's funny every day I send people out on interviews but this is the first time a 3rd party recruiter has hooked me up with an interview. Their job description and his verbal description don't totally line up. Based on what he said it seems like a bigger opportunity and responsibility then their job ad. For a moment I got a little scared but then realized what I want is a challenge. For the past year I've been making "make work projects" most of the time. I miss being busy and challenged. So we shall see what comes of it.

The company has a fantastic reputation, there would be growth opportunities so really I should be super excited and I am but sometimes I think I'm a bit of a fraud. Others will describe as totally having my act together and pretty darn smart and I do know that on some level but I wonder if we are ever truly happy with our own efforts or as we are. He told me that he thinks I'll get on like a house on fire with the two other HR people so I am quite looking forward to meeting them.

Plus after the month long process I went through a month ago (2 interviews plus references) it's kind of not wanting to get my hopes up to high. To add to this is my colleague who has now gone through 2 interviews with a different company and they have checked her references and now she waits for the call. It's a bit of an emotional roller coaster this looking for work thing. My recruiter actually told me about the company that she had applied to as he knows the hiring manager. He confirmed their were 4 positions and then I'm not sure if he said she was filling 4 or had filled 4. But now my colleague is a bit stressed and has started thinking she didn't get the job. Of course I tell her you don't know that for sure. It would make total sense for them to be not ready to put forward offer letters any earlier than Friday. I do understand her stress because waiting sucks.

I must share with you my frustrations with the itouch speaking of waiting. Over the weekend I was updating the software according to itunes and it launched my itouch into recovery mode stating error 1604. I google this and find a bizillion mentions of it. I tried every suggestion (about 20 attempts) and nothing worked. Finally one last try and it worked. I go through this every time they launch new software. Apparently iphones can suffer from this too so it shall be interesting to see now that all of North America has access to those babies.

Alright so that's all that is new with me.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Not dead...just busy

So how does time fly by, one minute you're thinking nothing interesting happens and then boom you're into another week.

OMG it's almost September, where did the summer go?

So I signed up for my first University course of the season. I need 4 to complete my certificate so 3 to go. This one doesn't start until the 25th and it's a night course on campus. I haven't done that for about 10 years. Yeah, the last night course I took was right after I graduated from University because I was thinking of doing another degree in linguistics. The books are on order. The class is Employee Benefits, so I'm really hoping it's not mind numbling boring.

A bit of news on the job front. A recruiter from another search company sent out at a request for referrals for a recruiter position that he was working on. Well I called him and said tell me about it. After a morning of exchanging emails we booked coffee today. He thinks I'll be a great fit for this company, it's a really interesting opportunity to actually stream line a recruitment process so we shall see what happens next.

A co-worker told me about another position at another company so it's starting to pick up in my field. Which is incredibly good news as my current company isn't doing so well and strategies are being created as I type. It's a sad day when you don't trust the leadership of your company.

Food wise tracking has been better, activity has been so-so. Got lots in on the weekend but Monday I got side tracked. Today would normally be yoga so I think I'll do that tonight.

I'm kind of excited about the new tv season, as of course the minute Olympics ended there was nothing on. I went to Blockbuster on the weekend and rented the first dvd of the 2nd season of Big Love. I really wanted season 1 of Torchwood but someone beat me too it. I shall keep an eye out for it.

Alas go forth and enjoy the rest of your summers!


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Getting Older

I remember the first time I got a glimpse of a grey hair, it was a few years ago. Only one, but I plucked that baby out pretty darn fast. At the time I was experiencing a lot of stress and thought that was the cause.

Well a week ago I noticed a silver glint on the top of my head, and then another. I was impressed that it was shiny silver but still it had to go. Reminded me to colour my hair. I've been colouring my hair for awhile. Actually the day after I saw a mouse in my back yard and realized we had the same hair colour. My natural colour is a weird mesh of brown, blond and red. So when I first started to colour it turned out red. I used an auburn colour and it went RED.

For the past few years I've switched to dark brown. So yesterday I tried Perfect 10 by Revlon. It's more expensive than the other colours but I thought why not. Well, never again I must say.

The colour is fine but the stuff is super liquidy and drips everywhere. I'm definitly going back to Garnier or L'Oreal next time.

I'm so inspired by the olympics. I was watching diving before leaving for work and I sat there and thought these people have been training forever. I wonder if they ever don't want to get out of the bed or would rather chill on the couch? Probably not, I suspect.

Have a groovy day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Glad you enjoyed the list of yesterday, I can't say I was having a bad day it was just a "whatever" kind of day.

Yoga was fantastic last night, I must must must keep it up until it starts again on Sept. 16th and I think I need to do it more often than once a week.

We worked on hips and legs yesterday. Oy vey I have a tight lower half, I could so feel those hip stretches. I love a good yoga workout, it's like you can feel how your body works afterwards. It's like I can sense how it all interconnects and I'm truly aware of how strong I am.

Yes I am lucky to have the ability to work out at home. I'm blessed to have my own house with a basement that's completely paid for (Dad bought it in 1960). I'm blessed to have a job that may frustrate the heck out of me but hey I'm working. I am blessed to be educated and to have had the ability and means to pursue further education. I am blessed to have a body that funtions perfectly. I'm blessed to live in a city with clean water and relatively clean air -an hour away from the Rocky Mountains. I'm blessed to live in a country with a stable economy. Where yes we will eventually pay higher food prices but we've got a bit of time. I am blessed to have people in my life who love we just as I am.

When it comes right down to it, I have absolutely nothing to complain about.

In terms of weight loss, I am solely responsible for my successes and failures. I decide if I'm going to become overcome by failures or pick myself up and dust myself off.

It would be a waste of the blessings to not want to keep going.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Blathering drivvle

1. I work in hell, or with people who didn't graduate from kindergarten
2. I'm an emotional eater so hell makes me want to snack
3. My last yoga class is tonight and doesn't start again until Sept.16
4. I think I'm the only person who is happy the weather is getting cooler
5. What the heck will we watch on tv when Olympics are finished and the new season hasn't started
6. I think I might have to differ writing the NKE until May
7. I need to sign up for new courses and I'm so not into it
8. I have no desire to cook and would happily live on cereal
9. The Workout DVD by Jackie Warner requires weights and a mat (if you have hard floors).
10. Hope you enjoyed the list :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Busy busy = sleepy sleepy

Off to a great start today, I slept through my alarm clock and woke up at 10am. So I missed all of the weigh in times for today. I must have jiggled the volume button on my alarm clock (I wake up to the radio), when I woke up I heard music but it was really quiet. Note to self, check volume before going to bed.

Had a fabulous evening for my friend P's birthday yesterday, she, D and I went to a lovely hole in the wall Italian restaurant. We couldn't reservations until 8pm on Friday, that probably contributed to the snooze factor.

I've been crazy busy at work and it's supposed to be wicked hot this weekend and into next week. I'm not a fan of hot weather. Nothing over 25 degrees celsius is plenty hot for me. When it gets into the 30s I don't like it. I don't like being hot unless on a shaded patio with a mojitio, which might be the plan later on with H.

I've got me some serious yard work to do this weekend too. I think I'm going to try to do that earlier in the day tomorrow. Mow the lawn no later than 10am and the do inside chores. I'm so exciting heh?

I'm quite happy that I set up all my workout stuff in the basement too, it's cooler down there so it's quite comfortable when your sweating due to exertion.

Alright I'm off, have a fabulous weekend. My workout dvd reports shall continue.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Self perception

Typically we have a habit of thinking we're worse than we really are. Yesterday I was chatting to a friend on the phone before yoga and I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I thought "You look svelte". Perhaps it was because I was wearing all black but hey how often does that happen?

Yoga was great, I really enjoy my instructor. She's taking a yoga therapy class and was telling us a smidgen about it and I enjoyed listening to her. Next week is the last class and doesn't start up again until Sept. 16. Oh my, I need to get in the habit of practicing on my own in between.

This evening I'm going to re-visit the Jackie Warner Work Out dvd and I also need to coordinate myself in regards to two birthday presents.

I'm so excited about The Hills returning on Monday and America's Next Top Model in Sept. I can't wait for the Canadian version of So You Think You Can Dance. My PVR is ready because work outs are the main priority.

Not a lot to say today, too much to do.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

DIY-Boot Camp Day One

I bought this DVD off of after watching Workout on Slice (Canadian channel). We Canadians are a bit behind in the series as they just finished airing season 1. Season 2 starts on Wednesday.

Jackie Warner is a trainer in Beverly Hills that owns one beautiful club. What intrigued me about her as a trainer is she pays particular attention to form and combining moves. The other thing I like about her is she's not annoying. She's matter of fact, friendly and knowledgeable. Not once during the workout did I feel like hitting the mute button.

The DVD is split into 3 components: Lower Body, Upper Body and Core. Each section is 20min and includes stretching for each section. The DVD is set up that you can mix up the sequence of the workouts or just do one or just do two.

I think the location is her club (looks familiar) and it has a clean design. The warm up is done by her and 4 of her trainers. But when the strength/cardio part starts she focuses on one trainer and the rest go sit down. I liked this as it provided clear instruction and shots were focused so you didn't miss anything and could pay total attention to your form.

If you want boot camp at home this is the DVD. One minute reps of weight exercises followed by about one minute of cardio. Keeps your heart rate up the whole time. She gives tips for beginners as well as extra things you can incorporate to make it more advanced. I was definitely challenged and this will definitely be one of my favourites.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Deep thought

Hello All,
If you've been reading along you've seen that boot camp and I are not getting on. I was really bugged by Friday and the workout they were suggesting in that kind of heat (which we are not used to normal seasonal temperatures are 21).

I signed up for week 1 boot camp expecting to be with other week 1 people. To build with a team. That has not been the case. I have been the only beginner boot camper. Other boot camps are structured differently were first timers are grouped together and experienced people are grouped together. In theory someone could probably join this boot camp and not even pay as there seems to be a drop in and out mentality.

So far I have experienced shin splints, heat stroke and a lack luster weight workout. I don't think I like it. I'm not having fun and don't feel any sense of accomplishment whatsoever. I feel in my gut that's something is wrong with this program.

Over the weekend I was tidying up the rec room in the basement and I was looking at all the exercise DVDs I owned. I had a bit of a light bulb moment.

The most successful exercise I have ever had is when I used to come home and go straight to a workout dvd or an outside activity (i.e walking).

So my boot camp is changing a little. I'm not going to go to the one where I seriously think an injury is waiting to happen. I'm going to do my own boot camp.

What you'll get out of this is a review of workout DVDs. I'll get a reasonable schedule back, get home at 5:30 workout until 6:30-6:45 and have dinner at a decent hour instead of getting home at 8.

If I'm going to workout alone then I'd rather be alone. The motivation is there especially to see some results by September 12 which is the last day of boot camp. There isn't a refund policy so the motivation is definitely there to get results. I will compare measurements at the end. This I swear.

The whole purpose of this was to create a habit, I think if I create a habit of exercise at home that will last much longer than a 6 week boot camp. Goodness knows I've wasted money on other things but if I can see a change of 10lbs by Sept. 12 then I'll consider this project a success.

I hope you're not disappointed, I don't think of this as quitting but more as re-focusing. Plus weather will not be an issue. So my blogger friends I shall be completely accountable to you.

Now begins the do it yourself Boot Camp.

Friday, August 08, 2008

It's definitely a second day thing

Alright when I first woke up this morning there was more soreness then yesterday. It's not like that's new to me. All through the training for races the 2nd day after would feel worse.

It's going to be 30 degrees today and I'm wondering how I'll do tonight. I'm so not good with hot days. Yesterday also 30 degrees, felt like 45 on the bus. I picked up an Under Armour Heat Gear top, so hopefully it does as it promises -wicks sweat away and regulates body temperature. I brought my red running room cap as opposed to my black one. I also brought my heart rate monitor, I meant to the other day and totally forgot about it. I'll also be carting 1L of H2O.

On Monday after my session their having a nutritional seminar. I googled the nutritionist and her whole philosophy is whole food eating. I have enough research on that and adore the magazine so I think I'll skip it.

It will be interesting to see how this week's weigh in goes. My tracking has not been as good as last week and combined with the all of a sudden weight training I'm not really expecting a loss. Traditionally I never see losses when I work out the day before. Not sure how that happens, but I'll make sure to drink plenty of water today.

Caught bits and pieces of So you think you can dance last night, I have it Pvr'd for later viewing. I'm a little disappointed that Katee didn't win but at least she got some moolah.

Have you heard about Tyra's new show, Stylista. I'm intrigued a competition for stylists and a bunch of big wigs from Elle magazine are the judges.

Not a whole bunch to say today but I'm sure I'll have a lengthy report on day 3 of Boot Camp later on.

Have a fantastic Friday!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

I feel fine...oh wait a second

The most common question asked of me yesterday was "Are you sore?" after many learned of my first day of boot camp on Monday. Early in the day strangely not so much, I felt it a bit in my shoulders but not really anywhere else.

Until...I got to yoga last night. The minute I sat down on my mat I could feel an umphhh in my abs. But hey that's great, this means they're there right? I had emailed my yoga instructor a request to learn a sequence of poses that would be a good all body stretch. Well she brought that up in the class and the general consensus was that I was a bit crazy to do boot camp 3 days a week. I call it ambitious not crazy. Well stretches we did and this funky one that works your hip, oh boy I could feel that one.

Today I woke up sore all over, seriously I can feel my entire muscle structure. It's not painful, I'm just aware. It's probably also due to the intense stretches in yoga. I might look into booking myself a massage on Saturday.

Today I carried the world's heaviest back pack to work. It contains 10lbs of weights, my lunch, runners, workout clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, face wipes, deodorant, ibuprofen, gatorade, chocolate milk, an empty water bottle and my wallet. It was definitely the two 5lb weights that but it over the edge.

The decision was made this morning to use my office as a drop zone. I will definitely be dropping stuff off in my office after boot camp tonight so my carting is kept to a minimum. The boot camp yoga mat will stay here too. I knew it was a good idea to get a second mat. After the 6 weeks are up then I'll take it home again. The sunscreen, bug spray, face wipes and deodorant will also live in my desk for the duration of boot camp.

I think I'm going to be one of those classy women who wear the runners on the bus. Really I'm not going anywhere but home after boot camp. I saw two girls (they were 20 or under) wearing the runners with skirts this morning so I feel it's the green light to go ahead.

Stay tuned for tales of Boot Camp day 2...probably tomorrow so I can report on how I can't move :)

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Well what do ya know....

Down 2lbs at weigh in Saturday morning, this is what happens when I actually track. The miraculous part of all that is I'm retaining H2O. I ate over points by 16 but earned 15AP so maybe they cancelled each other out.

You see, I was tracking what I ate and the flex points I used. I didn't try to eat AP last week. Of course you say I accidentally ate them.

I got the confirmation letter today. Boot camp officially starts tomorrow at 18:00. We don't need to bring the weights for the first class so that's a bit of a blessing I suppose. I'm so looking forward to Wednesday morning when I have 10lbs of weights, my lunch, workout clothes, runners and post boot camp snack (could take 30-45min to get home) in my backpack and a yoga mat on top of that. I think I'm going to look like I'm leaving for a back packing trip across Europe for 3 days a week.

Now what will be truly interesting is weigh in on Saturday. How will my body react to this intense exercise business especially with a session the day before weigh in. I'm really just hoping I survive the whole thing. I will give you the blow by blow account as I go through this.

I googled the other day and found a blog talking about this boot camp. The author talked about day 1 and then it would be a few days. Nothing was posted after Day 15. This took place in May.

I solemly promise to post about every session and keep you in loop of my progress. They say one can lose 10lbs doing this thing. I'm curious as to what they advise nutrition wise.

Monday am I'm taking my pre-measurements and I'll take them every two weeks until the finale Sept. 12.

A while back I talked about my 6 month plan ala X-Weighted to lose enough weight to get to my goal weight. I'm considering right this very minute my restart as my head was not in the game the first time around. 6 months will be up January 1, 2009. Instead of making yet another New Year's resolution. I'm aiming on ringing in the new year having reached one of the toughest goals of my life.

I'm looking forward to having you all with me on the journey.


Friday, August 01, 2008

I must have an evil twin...

If you dropped by yesterday, you read about my wee snack attack that hit and I was wondering why.

Well last night it turned into ferocious snack attack or what I like to call "Snackapalooza" caused by PMS. Yes, my friends now I know why I had a snack attack. Really I do love this time of month...not.

Yesterday my rational brain would say "You don't need that" and my snackapalooza brain would say "Says who?". The overall damage wasn't as bad as it could have been. It did put me over points for the week but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I've often done better eating a little over. I'm trying to drink water like a fish to combat the water retention.

3 sleeps to boot camp...I'm kind of excited to finally start this thing as I signed up months ago. I'm looking forward to sharing the good, bad and ugly with all of you.

I need to pick up an extra yoga mat. I don't want to drag my goto one outside and use it with runners. Better to have a seperate one for that. Then I can also keep it in my office and not have to drag it back and forth 3 times a week. That's of course if I feel like dropping off my stuff in my office after boot camp. I'll have to think about that.

Food wise I have a challenge ahead. I won't be getting home until 7:30-8pm on boot camp nights so my dinners will have to be seriously pre planned. I'm thinking a combo of homemade casserole type things and the lean cuisine/smart one idea. This way I don't get bored and all I have to do is reheat.

Let the games begin...

Have a great weekend everybody!