Saturday, September 21, 2013

Color Run or Colour Run as we say in Canada eh

Last Saturday H and I did the Color Run. I actually find it humorous they call it a run because there wasn't much "running" going on. It was really fun though and I would do it again as a fun family outing. Not as a planned "run" though. We did jog quite a bit between the stations.

Packet pick up times were ridiculous. They were from 12-6 right downtown. I guess the organizers of the color run don't understand that most of Vancouverites don't actually live in Vancouver and it takes us like 30-60 mins to get downtown on a good day so if you work, which i assume you do, getting to packet pick up is pretty much impossible before 6.

We enjoyed dressing up like nerds and frolicking in the cornstarch colored mist. The volunteers at the pink station were very gentle with the coloring. The volunteers at the yellow station were quite aggressive. All in good fun though.

In other news we got a new old hot tub! A kind neighbour who could no longer use it due to health issues donated it to us. We are enjoying it. My dad hooked it all up for us and now H can relax after a hard day with a glass of water.

Tomorrow we are off to Seattle for the night. S is going to the Seahawks game and H and I are going to just relax, go on the duck tour which H always wants to go on and of course eat dinner at the cheese cake factory. Hopefully I will also pick up the quilt I want at Target cause our Target doesn't have it.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Summer is done???

Wow. Summer is done. I'm at the skatepark with H for his last hurrah before his first day back at school and had some time to write something today. I can't believe my baby is in grade 3. He is so big. 

I did not accomplish much this summer. No exciting trips either. One night in Whistler and one in Victoria.

I had lots of goals this summer...

I had a goal to ride my bike more. I rode it less.
I had a goal to hike every weekend. I went twice.
I had a goal to go to bootcamp every Thursday. I went 5 x. I guess that wasn't a complete bust? So 

September is here and I need to move on. In two months we head to Kauai. I am back to tracking om MFP and exercising more regularly. I would like to do 2 fitness classes a week. I haven't chosen which ones yet as my gym is revamping. My bootcamp class no longer exist. Will probably end up doing a TRX class and then a Metabolic class which is similar to bootcamp. H and I will be doing the color run on the 14th. I am looking forward to that. Not the 'run" part but the experience.

That's all for now.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Summer is coming to an end...

Only two more weekends left. One normal weekend and then the long weekend for Labour Day.
Due to my work schedule I haven't got away much. One night in Whistler and next weekend one night in Victoria. I have Hawaii to look forward to in November and one night in Seattle in September. I am really looking forward to going back to Kauai.

On the other hand H has had quite the summer of traveling; Whistler, Lake Wenatchee, Yellowstone Park, Harrison Hot Springs, Las Vegas and Victoria. He sure gets around? He is a lucky kid. S and H were in Vegas earlier this week for 2 nights. They seemed to have a great time. Pool, eating, Chris Angel and bowling.

This weekend has been a bust. My allergies have been really bad and today I have a migraine. I am heavily medicated right now. I haven't had a headache/migraine like this in a very loooong time. I went to the gym this morning and spent 30 mins on the elliptical deciding if I should run to the bathroom to puke or not. I never actually puked but sure felt like it a few times. Aren't you glad you read this?

Starting in September I am going to track again on MFP at least 5 days per week if not everyday until we leave for our trip on Halloween. Sorry, I got nothing exciting to say. I am going to go lay down.

Friday, August 2, 2013

I rode my bike to work

I rode my bike to work on Tuesday. I thought I was going to ride it home. When I got to work the first thing I did was call S to tell him he had to pick me up. I am so out of shape. I know most of the ride is pretty much uphill but it was soooooooooo hard. That was Tuesday, now it is Friday and my quads still hurt. Beyond that no other exciting workouts this week. Bike at home an one weight workout. Goint to the gym in the morning tomorrow for another weights workout. H has been away since Monday. It is amazing how much free time you have when you are childless??? I don't have to rush out of work or in the morning. I get home and eat and watch my TV shows. By 9pm I am out of things to do. I guess I could clean.... bwhahahahahaha... that was funny. I do miss him though and he better miss me. S and I have gone out for dinner and tomorrow I am going to see a friend then shop by myself!!! ALONE! Pretty borning summer. Not very exciting. My friend and I are going to go to Victoria for one night with the kids. The hotel is cheaper than the ferry. $100 each way for the car. Ridonculous. No wonder we never go to the Island anymore. Now, I need to remember to bring my bike home from work tonight. ***Update*** I forgot to bring my bike home from work.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I am not really good at this blogging thing?

I have been MIA again. Nothing has been going on really that is exciting. I usually like blogging about boring life stuff but that is not even motivating me to run this year. Working full time has cut down on my ME time which is when i used to do things like write blogs. I have many draft blogs that I do not post. I found Dery girls the other day too stuffed in a corner in my bedroom. I need to take Dery out to see Vancouver and mail her off to someone new. Is Dery the blue bunny's name even? Derry? Berry?

H is leaving Monday for a week and a half away with my parents. Not sure what I am going to do with myself now that I don't have to speed home. Guess I don't have to get up early to work out? I might do it before work anyway. I WILL RIDE MY BIKE TO WORK AT LEAST ONCE THIS WEEK. My only goal this spring/summer/fall was to ride my bike more and i am failing at doing so. Failing miserably.

I haven't cooked anything new or done any amazing workouts.

We did book our fall holiday so I have that to look forward too.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

June? June is halfway done? Whoa.

Not much has happened since my last blog. Just life. Nothing too exciting. Just been working and hanging with the family.

I made this from pinterest the other day. Having it for lunch today at work.
it was ok. i think it is better reheated in the microwave than fresh. i find it odd when foods are like that. i make a bean pie type thing that is way better as leftovers too. the above though was a little bland so next time it needs more spice. someone suggested on the original blog about mixing in some salsa. i think that may work too.

work is going well. I am changing my job again in a bit. same company/title but different duties. i will no longer have to interact with external customers for the most part which i LOVE. i am ready for this exciting change and my new duties are better suited for me.

fitness.... bleh. not doing a lot there. i am doing my bootcamp class once a week and riding my bike once a week and then the rest is small stuff like leisurely walks and bike rides. right now i have 2 week days off so i can do my class. in a couple of weeks this is no more so i am going to have to make an effort to fit in more exercise. especially weights. at least it is light her until 9-930pm for the next couple of months so i can walk/ride after work. h and i are also planning to do a color run thing in august so i MAY start running a bit so i don't die over 5k of mostly walking. my kid will surely out shine me which is great! the girl who did halfs to barely making it 5k? yikes. i am going to right about running or not running i guess next week.  I am also going to make time for some hiking on the weekends.

Monday, May 20, 2013

long time no post

It has been a while. I don't know why I haven't posted. I don't have a lot to post even now.

We went on our family holiday to Los Angeles/Anaheim and San Diego in April. We had a great time. The weather was great. No one killed each other although it may have been close a couple of times. My allergies were crazy in San Diego. I took a lot of Claritin and it was not helping. I was miserable but we still had fun at Seaworld. Who doesn't love getting soaked by Shamu?

Disneyland was Disneyland. Nothing new or exciting there. We thought H would be brave and want to go on all the rides. Turned out he is a chicken.

Universal was very fun. I think it may have been my favorite. Not sure why. The Transformers ride is amazing. The best ride of the entire trip. H loved transformers and The Simpsons which were way scarier than anything Disney threw at us but he was convinced the ride at Disney were scary. It was cool and drizzly the day we were at Universal. It was sunny/warm in Anaheim when we left. My flip flopped feet were frozen. Below is a picture of us with Megatron.

We also went to a Dodgers game and that was a nice night. Stadium food in the USA is so much better than in Canada in general. I have never been disappointed by the USA offerings.  We ended our trip in Santa Monica which we did last time too, I want to live there, just wish it wasn't in the USA. I wish Canada had somewhere sunny and warm for us to live. Maybe we should invade Hawaii? That would be my choice.

Next time we go we will spend less time in Anaheim. I want to stay somewhere out at the beach or in LA and we can drive to Anaheim if we are going to Disney.


I have yet to weigh myself. Very proud of this.

I logged onto/tracked in myfitnesspal 100+ days before our trip. Very proud of this.

I have not run in months. I am also proud of this.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March Goals

I do not know the last time I set a monthly goal. I have been flying by the seat of my pants for months. ummmm... maybe years? probably not years but it has been awhile.
Flying By The Seat of Your Pants

That is what i found when i googled 'flying by the seat of my pants.'


so my goals for March are:

#1 - less eating out. this goal is more about the wallet than the waistline. the bonus though hopefully will be the waistline. i spent a disgusting amount on take out food last month. this needs to stop. so i will allow myself to buy lunch once a week, dinner once a week and coffee once per week. that is it!

#2 - more strength training. this shouldn't be hard as i am only doing strength during my bootcamp class so one whopping time per week. I will increase this to 2x per week.

#3 - Chillax - spend more time relaxing. Going to Seattle for one night and will try to ski 1x during h's spring break.

That is it for my goals for now.

Last week was pretty exciting for my little man. We were at a Vancouver Giant's game and our son's hockey team got to meet Gordie Howe. Then h's picture the next day ended up in the sports section of the Vancouver Sun. he was very excited. Below is the picture that ran in the paper. h is beside the girl. Gordie Howe is the old guy aka 'Mr Hockey.'
Photo: Hayden with Gordie Howe last night.

Friday, February 22, 2013

i missed skiing?

who would have thunk it?  my last few experiences 10+ years ago were not the best. too cold, issues with the people i was skiing with... blah blah blah. i ended up not loving it or even liking it.

then h wanted to try snow boarding. so in december we went and spent the day up on the mountain. we skated on an outdoor rink and h tried snowboarding. he did not love snowboarding so he asked to try skiing to see if he liked it better. our first trip up at the end of january was interesting. i taught him to ski. after a few hours of us yelling at each other he finally got it and loved it. we went again last friday and he even attempted a "scary" blue run which i led him down in error when i took a wrong turn. he did great. we had a great day. at the end of the day he even road the short chair alone. now i am looking for used ski equipment. i really missed being out in the cold and on the mountain.

however, even used ski equipment is expensive. snowboarding seems to be a cheaper option. however, i have never snowboarded. thinking i may just buy snowboarding stuff and give it a whirl. undecided. we will probably hit the slopes one more time this year. hopefully S can join so he can witness our new little ski bunny.  i will put some pics at the end of this.

I have been exhausted (again) all this week. i have sucked it up and done a bit of working out. nothing too strenuous though. not even close. did i mention we now have an indoor bike for home?

we now have an indoor bike for home.

so when i can barely muster up the strength to get off the couch i will go and force myself to do 30 minutes on the bike while i watch some netflix. what am i watching on netfilx? right now i am watching House of Cards and I am enjoying it. House of Cards was made just for netflix which is interesting in itself. I recently finished all the Misfits episodes on netflix. I put off watching the last episode on there for a month because i didn't want it to end.

dear netflix, more Misfits NOW please.

I also watch Community and Justified. I used to watch Breaking Bad a lot but it seriously started to depress me so I had to stop. That show is great but seemed to get too under my skin.

I am going to be supervising at work now until the end of the year. lots of changes in my company this year so i am glad to be in a leadership position. the extra moola is nice too.

My little ski machine.


The Lions

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


I know I have been absent. I did not die. Did I mention that on my last blog too? I am not dead.

Not a ton of exciting going on. Last week I was lazy. Did not workout ALL week except for one long walk with a neighbour and our dogs. I guess I needed it.

I was doing couch to 5k. I stopped. I completely diverged from the plan and changed the intervals. Still running a couple times a week but just intervals. The other day I did 5 minutes of running followed by 1 minute of walking for a total of 20ish minutes. I walk for 5 to warm up and 5 to cool down. I even sucked it up and ran in the rain.

I have yet to weigh myself. I am proud of that. I sometimes want to know but I am really enjoying the new freedom from daily weighing. I thought daily weighing was good for me, apparently I was wrong. I just admitted I was wrong about something? Don't tell S, he won't believe I admitted to doing wrong anyway.

Any exciting Valentine's plans? I work until 7pm. S & H are going to the Harlem Globetrotters game so I will have a nice few hours by myself tomorrow night. I was thinking about having a bath but then I would have to remove all my clothes I throw in there to store.

I'm busy now so I gotta go. Nothing exciting or blog worthy.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

the unthinkable??

i may just do it! i may not weigh myself in any kind of official manner for months or even a year. maybe my scale breaking was a sign? maybe it wasn't? however, i am taking it as one. I have also changed myfitnesspal to "lose" only 1/2 lb a week. I am interested in being healthy and eating a healthy amount of calories. i am not prepared to feel hungry or starved to lose weight. I'm not fat. the number on the scale will no longer define me.

so have i been running? well if running for 10 minutes of a 30 minute cardio session counts as running i guess i am. i did my couch to 5k runs last week and i have done 2 of 3 so far this week. running 90 seconds followed by 2 minutes rest this week. i also did boot camp last week and this week. i did NOT do any of the strength training i was going to do. you know what? I don't care!

nothing else really going on that i care to discuss so i am outta here.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Just Dance

Nothing super duper exciting this week.

Did I tell you I broke the scale? Seriously. I changed the battery, hoped on and the digital screen cracked and died. I was planning on weighing myself one last time and then not again for at least 30 days. so now i am just not weighing myself for 30 days. at the end of that i will either have to buy a new scale or use the scary uncalibrated one at the gym.

I went to the gym 3x so far this week. yeah me. tracking again on myfitnesspal. yeah me.

so my new "plan" is to do couch 2 5k 3x per week, boot camp 1x per week, strength train another 1-2 times a week. i was going to do NROLFW (New Rules of Lifting for Woman) again but i can't find the book. going to do old school weights and resist the urge to Jillian Michaels it up for at least 30 days.

Oh yeah, the title of my blog. just getting to that now i guess. so we gave h Just Dance for the Wii for Christmas. Have you ever done that? Oh my it is so hard. seriously so hard sometimes. i seriously need to find my heart rate monitor and see what kind of calories i burn. the key word in that sentance is FIND though. H's favorite is Ricky Martin. Ok, it is his favorite to watch me do and laugh at me. His favorites are One Direction and of course Gangam Style. I actually enjoy the One Direction one too. I like a Nicki Minaj one too and like to add some extra booty in that one. The best part is when h gets s to do it and s is SO focused.  SOOOOOOOOOOO focused. I will sneak a video if i can one day. you have to promise not to tell if i do though. shhhhhhhhhh.

That's all I got.

Jen out.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Back to the Grind

Today is my last day of freedom. Tomorrow I will be back into the grind. I have been lazy for weeks but no more! I will ease myself into working out again slowly. Very slowly. I usually do bootcamp on Wednesday but if I do it I probably will end up crippled the rest of the week so I am going to go tomorrow and do some light cardio and light weights. I also am doing something new and CRAZY. I am not going to weigh myself for 1 entire month. January 8 to February 8.

Next week I will go to boot camp. I think I MIGHT do couch 2 5k. MIGHT.

I thought since it was a new year I would change my blogs look. It is girlie non?

Anything else exciting going on?


I love Jason Segal and the below video makes me love him more. It is an oldie but a goodie.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year

Another year has gone by.

2012 was pretty boring. Nothing crazy. I like that.

Highlights of the year?

-Meeting my bunnies in Vegas
-H's first time Snowboarding
-Vegas with family

For the first time in many years NONE of my highlights include fitness or food. In someways this is good. I am not obsessing which I have a tendency to do. However, because I am not obsessing my waist line has expanded quite a bit. Although, I would like to lose a few I am not motivated to starve myself.

Do I miss running?

Sometimes. Rarely. Most of the time not. I do intervals occasionally on the treadmill but I do not miss distance running. I do miss the amounts of calories it burned but that is not a good reason to do something. I may do couch to 5k. Still undecided. I think this spring/summer I am going to try to focus on cycling.

Do I have a New Years resolution?


Do I plan on making one?