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Administrative Note/Navel gazing

I am alive. Really. I promise.  But the whole working-full-time-and-having-a-baby-at-home-while-partner-is-quitting-smoking*-and-finding-some-sort-of-work-life-balance thing is putting a cramp in my blogging time.  And since I spend all day in front of a computer, it’s kind of the last thing I want to do when I get home.

ANYWAYS, what we’ve been up to lately:

Thing the Firste

One set of grandparents were visiting last weekend for father’s day. It was great. We went to the Greater Vancouver Zoo and I have a ton of photos on my camera, but don’t have time to get them posted right now. The Poptart walked most of the way. What I want to know, is: how the hell did I become mother to a toddler?

Thing the Seconde

I attended a networking session yesterday and my old boss was there (really my former boss’ boss, but whatever).

The problem with seeing someone after not seeing them for awhile is realizing how much you miss them. I nearly started crying when she hugged me. I miss her terribly, both as a person and a manager. She always inspired me to do better, and she managed to do it again at this event.

And she said it was okay to have other things to prioritize, especially when you have a family. Specifically, she said, “You can have it all, you just can’t have it all right now.”

Thing the Thirde

I have been doing a bootcamp for the last 5 weeks. Apparently, it is a beginner bootcamp, but when we’re doing deadlifts and then I can’t walk properly for a couple of days, I question that. Especially when I start eyeing the Poptart’s stroller at the Zoo and wonder if it’ll hold my weight.

But I liked it and will probably sign up for the summer session as well. I’ve also been shredding for the last couple of weeks and have made it to level 2, and ohmygod. My obliques. They hurt.

So, what have you been up to? You’re probably in my reader, but I have over 300 entries to read. So it’ll be awhile before I get to that.

*It has been a week since he had a smoke, so we’re over the worst of it. And I am so proud of him.

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The difference between knowing and doing

Yeah, after mother’s day? The exercising every day at lunch? Went the way of the dodo. Again. I spent a day in a 7 hour meeting, and then mother’s day and etc. And then I had to deal with some other stuff at work that involved me using my lunch hours for that. Add into the mix a teething, cranky baby that just wants to sit on mom in the evenings and a 5am wakeup time and, well, you get a perfect mix of excuses.

On Thursday, I went to my bi-monthly chiropractor appointment and for the first time ever it was quite painful. He really had to work to get my back to move into place. And he admonished me to get more exercise. I responded with a snarky, “Yes, I know that. It’s the difference between knowing and doing.” So he told me to surprise him next time by getting more exercise and having an easier-to-move back.

(Yes, I have a love-hate relationship with my chiropractor. I love that he makes me feel better. I hate that he knows how to get me to do what he wants me to do)

So for the last couple of days, I’ve been mulling it over. Do I really know what I need in order to exercise?

They say that in terms of exercise, something like 90% of it is getting there (you know, that “they” that is healthy and possibly athletic and runs marathons). I know I hate the idea of running with the fire of 10,000 suns. I see people running and they look like they’re in pain. Even my chiropractor (one of those “they” people) admits he runs because it’s the easiest way for him to get exercise, not because he enjoys it.

And honestly, that 90%, doesn’t work for me. I’m lazy – I always have been. Even as a baby, I was content to play quietly, snuggle, and not be all that active. My dad “encouraged” me to be more active (read: physical activities every day after school, followed by dinner and homework, oh and making me ride my bike when he felt I was getting too pudgy – but that’s neither here nor there, except for the fact that cycling for me is right up there with running). Getting my body physically to the place where I exercise isn’t enough, and I can get going, it’s the keeping going for the half hour, or hour or whatever. I know I feel better after I exercise – it’s just not enough of an incentive for me. You want to see bargaining going on? Get into my head while I’m on the elliptical or treadmill or stair climber.

So what do I need? I need someone who’s going to keep yelling at me to keep going while I’m exercising.

So enter Jillian Michaels. I like her. She’s tough, and encouraging. So I’ll keep start doing the dvd’s again.

I need variety – I get bored easily and either need something to distract me, or regular changeups.

I’m not ready for a personal trainer. So today I’m going to register in a beginner bootcamp that starts next Saturday.

I need to be a good role-model for the Poptart and show her that exercise can be enjoyable.

So on her first birthday, which is Monday, I’m going to be the best me I can for her.

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Two Birds, One Stone, or Getting Shredded

Last week, I was reading the Shredheads website and Kristen and Bill offered to partner people up to do some sort of exercise in August. So I filled out the survey and was partnered up with Samantha (who is divine, gorgeous and wonderful and very encouraging).

Then I was reading Mrs. Flinger’s site who has the “30 days of [blank]” challenge happening. And I thought to myself, because I am somewhat lazy, that I would kill two birds with one stone and do both at the same time. So I’ll be doing 30 days of the 30 day shred.

I also put in 30 days of learning CS4 in order to do up a proper baby book, but that went the way of the dodo before it even started. Or I can start later.

Maybe 30 days of procrastination is needed on that. Yeah! That’s it!


I have done 2 days so far of the 30 day shred. And oh my lord. I am sore. But I feel good. I am following along with the beginner modifications mostly with a few of the more advanced moved thrown in for fun. And its an awesome workout. Pretty much anyone can carve out 20 minutes/day for themselves. Carving out an hour or more is more difficult. My only complaint with the 30 day shred is the jumping.

And no its not the aching knees (but God knows I have that sometimes too). It is the BOUNCING of the chestal region that is associated with the jumping.

Because the three on that video? Are the founding members, President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee. And I am not. Further I am lactating and (a) am somewhat larger than usual (see: 38C to 36E – yes E) and (b) cannot wear an underwire. One thing I wish Jillian Michaels would talk about is the necessity of wearing a good supportive sports bra when one is, uhm, well-endowed.

So I started this on Wednesday (yes, I know its two days late) so I’ll be providing an update on the progress every Wednesday. And moaning about how My Legs Ache and My Arms HUUUUUUURRRRRT on twitter in between. Look for the #shredheads tag.

PS – I will be doing measurements and before and after photos. I might share them here. I haven’t decided yet.

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