Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Dear People in my Gym,

It is not acceptable to ask me questions while I'm in the middle of a set. If I am lifting weights, and not touching the machine beside me, there's a good chance I'm not using that machine. There's an even better chance of you not getting a death stare if you wait 13 seconds until I'm DONE the set to ask me if I'm using said machine.

But Skinny Guy On The Weight Floor, you take the cake. I've never, EVER, had anyone actually walk into me while I was mid-set doing cleans. MID-SET. If I hadn't been so entirely blown away by your complete disregard for my safety (I could drop the weights, you could knock me off balance and I could wrench something, ETC. ETC.) and your safety (I could drop the weights ON YOU, you could knock me off balance and I could wrench something currently attached to your body, ETC. ETC.), I would have lost my god-damned mind at you.

Furiously yours,

Still Not Over It.

P.S. Cleans are my new favourite (and least favourite) exercise.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Things That Make Me Ralph

1. Soggy salad/lettuce.
2. Banana strings.
3. Chicken after 58 days of chicken (not there yet, but waiting for it).
4. Dairy that has even thought about or tiptoed near the expiry date.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Triple-W Monday!

Weigh in, weight loss, wedding dress!

Stat Update:

Start - 153.4lbs
Week 1 - 147.1lbs

Weight Loss - 6.4lbs

Cautiously happy because I've been here before.

Friday, August 17, 2012

I Can't Feel My Thighs

Strange things I've noticed so far.

1. I'm craving green onions like a mo-fo. I have eaten them a lot this week, but still I want more. Bizarre.

2. Everything hurts. Oh wait, that's not strange at all after six months of sitting on my butt and drinking beer.

3. Having a gym that's a three minute drive away is awesome. I repeat. AWESOME.

4. Brushing my teeth still hurts because of some arm muscle that isn't speaking to me.

5. It's primarily my right arm.

6. Drinking a lot of water means constant trips to the bathroom. This is not really strange, except that I feel like my whole day is spent in the washroom, eating, or in the gym.

7. I can accomplish a hell of a lot in a day. Before, I felt like getting to and from work was about my limit. Now, I take the dog to daycare in the morning (YES I'M THAT PERSON), go to work, work, come home, make/eat dinner, go to the gym, shower, do another two hours of work at home, do some sort of housework (ha!), collapse into bed. Repeat.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lifty, Lifty, MOAR WEIGHTS

You know what's really painful? Washing your hands. And turning a steering wheel. Also, reaching up for, um, anything. What? That's not supposed to hurt? Tell that to my body.

I quite like weight-lifting, even if it is punishing me right now. Frustratingly, there are no free weights in the women's area of our new gym. Let's pause for a rant-y mc-rant about women's areas.

Why Women's Areas in Gyms Make Me Happy and Sad-Panda-Face At the Same Time

Happy - Gyms can be intimidating. Providing a smaller scale workout area is a great way to get newbies used to some of the machines and used to sweating in public (something I have never had a problem with, natch).

Sad-Panda-Face - It's not only women who might feel intimidated when Hulky McSteroid lumbers past you to squat eleventy billion pounds. It makes my inner equality voice squawk a bit.

Happy -As long as I ignore that inner equality voice, it's awesome to have a second option if everyone is using my treadmills. Selfish, but true.

Sad-Panda-Face -There are no free weights. Sweet baby jesus this is annoying. Our last McGym (read: large chain o' treadmill factories) had free weights in their women's area, but only the light ones *deep sigh* but at least there was something. Also, the machines that are in these areas are often "made for women," meaning they are painted in baby blue or pink, have odd weight increments that usually don't go as high, and are "designed for women." As all 5'4'' of me worked out next to a woman who was at least 6'1'' last night, I just don't get how that can be true. Machines adjust. Because people are different sizes. The "designed for women" machines make me irrationally angry.

Bonus Sad-Panda-Face - Exposure in a quieter, less intimidating environment is great - however, if you're limited to treadmills, stairmasters, ellipticals, and six weight machines that focus on inner thighs, you are missing out on a lot the gym has to offer. At least put some kettlebells in there. The power of free weights is that they allow you to try out a huge range of movements - much more than the one movement that ab cruncher has.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Oh Boy, I Love Mustard

Is it sad that already the thing I look most forward to in a meal is the condiment choice for the chicken? Honey mustard, I heart you.

Yesterday's run went well, the bike was slightly um, special. But it got done and that's enough for this week. Today is for legs - yay!

Side note, we just moved into a new place that has more than one bathroom (actually, it has three!). Sweet jesus, why did no one tell me how awesome that it. As a couple, Tom and I have been living in 600sq. ft. of condo or apartment for the entire time - one bathroom. More than one is such a luxury, and I firmly believe it will add years of happy time to our marriage.

Number one relationship advice - have two bathrooms.