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…is what you want, want, want.

Song of the day: Rihanna: Rude Boy

I am actually addicted to that song right now. Love the video too. Radass. You know what else I’ve recently become addicted to? That’s right; Cougartown! I hated it when I first saw it, but now I’m obsessed. It’s absolutely hilarious. I watched the entire first season in two days. Now that I’m done with that, I’ve decided to start watching Dawson’s Creek. Despite it being a massive part of pop culture when I was growing up, I’ve never seen an episode, so I’m getting caught up now. Oh, late 90s television, how I love you. I do have to say, I enjoy the fact that the storylines are more plausable and age-appropriate. In addition, the actors actually look and act their age. Not to mention the fact that they don’t all wear ridiculously expensive designer clothes and look like walking skeletons. Loving it.

I’m still feeling sick, which is just getting on my nerves. It’s messing up my whole routine! Runs are difficult, I have trouble breathing in yoga, it’s hard to sleep at night, and when I go out, I have to leave to empty my sinuses like 90 times. Sucky. And the weather is still crap, which hurts my mood.

Okay, so I like to write lists. Essentially, I just like doing things that keep me organized, prioritized, and on-task. It’s why I have my schedule written out down to the minute. Sure, it’s a little bit anal, but I don’t really care. Anyway, so I looked over my shopping list and decided that yesterday was the day to buy a full length mirror. Indeed, I am obsessed with ‘Rude Boy’ so I need a proper mirror to dance in front of and work on my booty shakes. Well, I don’t have a lot of money and I don’t live particularly close to a cheap home store, so I hopped on the bus. Thankfully, I found a wicked cheap mirror ($10, holla!), but unfortunately, I had to cart it home on the bus. A one hour bus ride, on a full bus without a seat, while trying to balance/not-shatter a mirror is not a great way to spend an afternoon. Alas!

Hit up a couple of restaurants last night for drinks, which was fun. Tequila seemed to be on special everywhere, which always turns out to be my downfall. I love tequila, it’s delicious and fun. Also had great Thai food. What a great night. Anyway, went for a run this morning which was slow and somewhat painful as a result of being sick and being hungover. Alas!

I’ve spent most of this morning attempting to get my life in order. You know; laundry, cleaning, organizing. I have a lot more fun doing said activities when there’s more to do. I swear, I’m just bored as sin without a full-time job and school right now. Can’t wait for classes to start again. It wouldn’t be so bad if I actually had money. Then at least I could go out shopping and buy things, whether I could just buy clothes and shoes and such, or things to go like games and movies and such. Maybe today I’ll go to the library and take out some movies or soemthing. Indeed, there’s only so much free things that I can do (particularly with the weather being as it is). Yoga, running, cleaning. Good grief, I’m boring.

I can’t decide if I should go to yoga today to sweat out all the toxins from last night or if I should take it easy for worry that I may get more dehydrated. We’ll see how it all pans out.

Still haven’t seen Sex and the City 2 yet. I’ve just heard such awful things. I actually had a dream about it last night, weird I know. I dreamt that Big turned out to be gay and Carrie caught him on the night of their wedding in a big wooden tub with another guy and that Aidan just magically appeared with no reference to his wife orchild and wisked her off her feet. Let’s hope it’s better than that crazy. I love Big.

Okay, I’m gonna go decide how to live my life.

Much love!!

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…I don’t want to be friends

Song of the day: Lissie: Bad Romance (Lady Gaga cover)

So I’m gonna come right out and say it; I’m a total gleek. I loved the Lady Gaga on yesterday’s episode, and it reminded me of the great Lissie cover I posted above. Seriously, it’s wicked good. I also can’t get enough of the original. It’s number two on my most played on itunes. In honour of the amazing glee episode, I present you with Finn:

The weather here has been crap for the past two days and, quite frankly, it’s starting to piss me off. It’s May. I’m sorry, but May long indicates summer, there is no excuse for rain and clouds after that. If it wasn’t so damn expensive to go to school internationally, I would be gone in a heartbeat. Fingers crossed the weather gets better soon. It makes me not even want to leave my house, which is obviously not a good thing.

So word on the street is that Sex and the City 2 was completely shit, but I don’t care; I’ll be going with all my ladies anyhow. We’ll make ourselves fancy girl drinks which we’ll sneak in in water bottles and wear cute little cocktail dresses and it will be marvelous. How could it not be? I love how, even to this day, asking the question “which character from SATC are you most like?” always starts a conversation. So freaking classic.

To Kill a Mockingbird is going to turn 50 this summer. This is exciting to me, not just because it’s an amazing and classic novel, but it’s also the very first thing I ever taught as a teacher, so it holds a special place in my heart. I think I will have to find a way to celebrate, without having to go down to Alabama. Not that I wouldn’t want to go down to Alabama, more that I can’t afford to go down to Alabama. Indeed, I wish I could head down south.

I’m on an “at home vacation” right now before classes start. Not that I’m not working both jobs, it’s just that I have most of my days free. Well, it’s boring as sin. I’m trying to find things to do, but the things I want to do are all outdoor adventures and, as previously stated, the weather is crap. I swear, I cannot bring myself to drag my lazy ass up to go for a run or even bring my bottles to the depot or go to the grocery store. It’s sad, really. At least I know I’ll be hitting up yoga tonight, so it’s not like I’m being completely inactive. And it’s inside, so I wont freeze my ass off. Quite the opposite, actually.

So remember how I talked about how I was going to buy SlimQuick Cleanse? Well I did, and I started using it on… Sunday, I believe it was. I can’t say I’m a huge fan thus far. I got sick yesterday and I never get sick. The only thing I’ve changed is taking that bloody “cleanse”. Essentially, from the way my body reacted, I’d say I just got quite dehydrated. I knew there was obviously the chance of that, which was why i have been intaking so much water, but it still feels like there are more negatives involved that positives. So overall, I don’t really recommend it.

Okay, I’m going to attempt to be responsible about now. Maybe finish up my laundry and write a little bit.

Much love!!

…don’t you wanna see these clothes on me?

Song of the Day: Lady Gaga: Fashion

Okay, so I mentioned yesterday that I’d started watching old episodes of The City on MTV.ca. Well, I’m just gonna go ahead and say it; I watched every single episode from the first season. That’s 23 episodes. Apparently I’ve got a bit of an obsessive personality, which I guess I already knew, but not to such an extent. Anyway, I have the sudden urge to go out and buy about nine million different shades of nail polish. I mean, the clothes those women wear are phenomenal, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off Whitney Port’s nail polish. Different colours everyday, and rad shades you totally wouldn’t think would look good, but do. On my wish list right now; bright neon green/yellow. So rad.

To satisfy my craving for rad nails, I decided to just paint them a colour I already do have (while sitting my lazy ass in front of the computer screen and needing something impractical to do with my hands, of course). So I whipped out this shade I bought a few months ago. I have to say, I’m not really feeling it. I think I may take it all off and start from scratch. Or just go au natural, even though it seems like I’ve been rocking that look for what seems like forever.

Had a great run today, although I got bit by some weird bug running up the “mountain” (more like a really intense hill) by my place. The bite is right on my neck and itchy as sin. Freaking annoying. Alas.

Holiday today, I think a friend and I may hit up Old Navy to go on a flip flop extravaganza. Apparently they’re only a dollar right now, so we wanna get on that. Going to Old Navy is kind of an event out here. I take the bus and walk everywhere, and the mall the ON is in is just a bitch to get to. So I the plan so far is to go on our little extravagana and then lay around on the beach or on a patio and just lounge and drink frilly, girly drinks.

I sort of fell off the wagon in terms of peanut butter. As I’ve said before, I can’t be trusted to buy peanut butter as I find it so delicious that I completely binge eat it. Well, I went grocery shopping a couple days ago and one of my favourites (Kraft All Natural) was on sale for buy one get one free. It’s no Adam’s since it doesn’t have added salt, but the lack of salt is better for me and I like that it’s 750g versus 500 but still about the same price. Obviously, I couldn’t resist. I mean, it’s not like I’m not going to buy peanut butter eventually (despite my resolve), so I may as well load up and buy two for, essentially, half price. So anyway, I bought two jars. And I’m really proud of myself because, normally, I would have been finished it by now. No lie, I would have eaten the entire jar. But I’ve been good; I haven’t had a single binge. I’ve decided to start working on my self-control. I mean, I’m great at eating healthy, exercising, and making all-around good decisions, but I’m also great and making horrible decisions and over-indulging in my favourite things. It’s time to grow up and I know this is a life-skill I need to focus on.

My plan to have finished writing the first chapter by last night completely fell apart. I was too consumed by, you guessed it, crap television from MTV. I do still have a large portion of it done though, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish it by tonight and focus on chapter two tomorrow.

At least I went to yoga yesterday. I was on the fence about it because the weather was just so beautiful and I didn’t know if I would want to be stuck in a sauna indoors. I just have to remember; yoga is always the right choice. I always feel so much better afterward and am so happy I went.

Much love!!

…just another day in paradise

Song of the day: Phil Vassar: Just Another Day in Paradise

I tried out a new restaurant with friends yesterday for lunch, and I really enjoyed it. I The ambiance was really nice, and we didn’t have to line up, even though it was Saturday. I’m not going to lie; I absolutely hate waiting to get into restaurants. I don’t care how good it is; when I’m hungry, I want to eat. Plus, the places you have to line-up for are usually small and loud, so I can barely hear the company I’m with, and you can see and hear a bunch of people at the door waiting to get in and it’s just uncomfortable. That’s why going for breakfast on weekends is usually such a hassle, despite how pleasant the actual idea of it is.

Anyway, I had a vegan tofu scramble, which was delicious. Tofu mixed up with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and spinach. Served with potatoes, a green salad, and vegan bread. I’m not a vegan, so I definitely asked for buttered toast, which was delicious. One thing I really love but rarely eat unless I’m out to a restaurant is bread. I mean, really good bread. My mom always buys a delicious asiago cheese bread that I can’t get enough of. It’s the best part of coming home for the holidays (I mean, other than the wonderful company of family and friends, of course). I’ve also recently discovered a whole wheat, cranberry, raisin bread from Safeway that’s to die for. It’s a somewhat healthified version of my childhood favourite cinnamon raisin toast and a great treat.

After lunch we all shopped a little bit downtown before my roommate and I headed down to a restaurant on the water to meet some friends for afternoon drinks. It was pretty sunny out yesterday with just a few patches of clouds, so it was great to sit out on the patio in the sun and enjoy a couple of drinks. I have to say; patios and refreshing drinks may be my favourite part of summer. Oh, and the lack of shame that comes with indulging in country music as well. The wind picked up heavily nearing the end of the visit however, and we all got chilled and did a complete 180 from having a wonderful time to wanting to leave immediately. Alas, it was lovely while it lasted.

I just got back from my morning run. It was actually pretty difficult. As I mentioned yesterday, I completely fell off the wagon of life last week and, as a result, I haven’t actually been for a run since Monday morning and, even though I consider myself to be in good shape, I was feeling the burn this morning. I had difficulty breathing and had to stop twice to walk, which is rare for me. Ahh, time to step up my game.

Much love!

Katie

PS: Can we talk about the fact that I just recently discovered that MTV.ca airs all the old episodes of their crap TV shows like The Hills and Laguna Beach? I’ve never even followed these shows and now I find myself addicted. It’s sad, really. I’m about to watch an episode of The City before heading downtown to meet friends.

…to when you roll the dice and swear your love’s for me

Song of the day: Finley Quaye with William Orbit: Dice

Well, I’ll be the first to say it; I’ve been wholly MIA for the past week. And I don’t just mean from the internet; I mean from life in general. I’ve been completely swamped and overwhelmed with my final days of practicum. Work and school completely took over. I didn’t have time for even my most basic exercise regime or hanging out with friends. As a result, both my physical and mental health were shot out the window. I’m feeling tired, lazy, and just plain gross as a result. Starting today, I’m kicking my life into order. I have a little over a week to shape up and it’s going to happen. These are the areas I’m going to be focusing on:

  1. Physical activity: I’ve done little more that a few yoga classes this past week, which just leave me feeling deprived. I’m one of those people who literally needs copious amounts of physical activity to function. Without it, I feel depressed, tired, and (yeah, I’ll say it) just plain fat and lazy. Having not done enough cardio or having enough variety the past week, I’m really going to step it up and fit in as much as I can in my time off. That means at least two activities a day, but hopefully three. Obviously I’ll be focusing on running and yoga, and I’ll try to throw in some swimming and maybe kayaking or hiking. I want to get back into the physical and mental state I was in while focusing on marathon training. I know I’m not as commited just to running now that I’ve thrown a bunch of other basic activities into the mix, but I’m going to whip out my old book on running (thanks for all the advice, John; you’re the best!) and start with a really basic plan, to keep my motivation up. I recieved the book a few years ago for Christmas and it really kept me on track (pun wholly intended, heheh) because I really wanted to hit my goals each day. not to mention it kept things interesting since I would mix things up between hill runs, slow runs, long runs, and so on. So we’ll see how it pans out. I’ll probably aim for a morning run to wake me up, or an afternoon run to soak up the summer sun.
  2. Detoxification: Yes, I’m one of those people who believes in detox and ridding the body of toxins and waste. And while I know all the arguments for and against things like colon cleanses (namely, that the body is already designed to deal with ridding itself of waste, so messing with it will just cause problems), I always feel significantly better after cleansing and notice it in many areas of my body (including better skin, better digestion, and far less bloating). Plus, having been wicked stressed out the past few weeks, I definitely went on a bender for the past two days and intook horrific amounts of toxins. Thankfully, bikram does a solid job of ridding quite a bit of toxins. I’ve tried my own “homemade” cleansers at home before (basically just water and sea salt), I’ve decided to go less drastic this time around. I don’t want to get dehydrated since I’ll also be doing yoga. I’m going to try the SlimQuick Cleanse.  I feel comfortable with the ingredients, and it sounds less harsh than just (essentially) making yourself dehydrated. Of course, I’ll need to ensure that I intake at least double the water that I’ve currently been intaking, so I’m going to aim for about 12 litres a day (yes, I drink a lot of water; it’s necessary for the amount I exercise and the amount I sweat; not to mention, it gives me great skin). I haven’t even gone out and bought it yet, since I’ve pretty much just woken up (thank God I barely get hangovers, because today would be brutal), but I’m going to pick it up today or tomorrow and I’ll update with how I feel about it and how it works.
  3. Organization: Okay, I’ll just admit it; I’m an organization freak. While other all my friends were reading Cosmopolitan and Elle, I was reading Style at Home, House and Home, and Home and Garden. I have every single Ikea catalogue since 1998 (and they’re all neatly piled away in an Ikea folder on an Ikea shelve, I may add). These past few weeks, the condo has become a disaster. I’ve barely had time to bathe and clothe myself, let alone clean, do laundry, or put things away. As a result, things are piled everywhere. I haven’t taken the recycling out in two weeks (this includes all paper products, metals, plastics and glass, as well as bottles and cans), I have a pile of clean laundry on my floor which has yet to be folded and put away, as well as a pile of dirty laundry threatening to overtake the hamper, and the kitchen sink is a disaster. Normally I’m a neat freak and on this stuff immediately (especially the kitchen, since I get really grossed out when anything that’s touched food is out), but I have literally not had time. My roommate is pretty much the opposite of me when it comes to putting things away, so essentially the problem has arised from me not having the time to clean up after her all week. It’s out of control and I’m going to attack it as soon as I finish this entry. I’ll hit the kitchen first and do an all-over attack. Then I’ll hit the dollar store and get a bunch of hangers, binders, baskets, etc. to organize all the things I’ve collected over the past few weeks of practicum and to get myself organized for classes starting next week. Then I’ll hit up the bottle depot downtown sometime today or tomorrow to rid the place of all that nastiness and to make a solid couple of dollars (oooh yeeeeah). It’s gonna be great. It’s sad how excited I am.
  4. Nutrition: Again, my life has fallen to pieces lately. I’ve been coping with disgusting amounts of sugar, fat, and basically shit food that I normally avoid at all costs. I’m going to have to start again with my food/drink rules. I try to avoid rules and just stick with my basic intuition, since I normally eat pretty well anyway. but I’ve completely fallen off the wagon and I need to throw myself back on and that’s going to take a huge amount of force. So I’m going to have to cut a lot of stuff out. The “no-go” foods are basic and obvious: anything refined (sugar, flour, fats), dairy, caffeine, soda, anything high in fat (basically nut butters, which is a personal issue I’ve talked about before), anything deep fried. Pretty much just unhealthy foods. I need to work on intaking a lot of water-based foods and lean protien. Think fish and veggies.
  5. Writing and reading: I want to really get a focus back on writing. I try to fit it in as often as possible when I’m in school and working, but it’s difficult. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve recently begun writing a second novel, and I want to really focus on it. I began it a few weeks ago and have yet to make much process. I’ve literally got nothing more than a basic chapter-by-chapter outline and the first few paragraphs of the first chapter. I need to sit down and plan exactly how much I’m going to write each day. Last summer I did a great job of finishing my first novel and staying on task, but I also had a job that allowed me to work on it for 10 hours a day. This week, I’d essentially like to park myself at a coffee shop (or on a patio, weather allowing) for at least a couple of hours a day to just write.

So there you have it; my plan to get back on track. As of right now, my days are loosly set up as such: wake up, run, find a coffee shop and write, swim, find a coffee shop and write, yoga, clean and organize my house, sleep. It should be good. Lots to do, but all things that I love and enjoy and will feel really positive about. I’m feeling great; I’ve got a really good feeling about this and a great energy. I suppose I’d better get off my ass and actually get into gear right now. I’ll be updating.

Much love!

PS: Can we talk about how much love I have for the summer time, even when I get horribly burnt because my sunscreen only lasts a few hours and I forgot to pack extra for an afternoon walk?

Song of the day: Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk

Today was absolutely beautiful. I was so thankful not to be stuck inside all day. I went out last night and intended to just go to a friend’s place for a drink or two. Well, one bottle of wine, a couple of shots, and three beers later, we closed down two different bars. Needless to say, I didn;t get up for yoga early this morning as I’d originally intended. Instead, I slept in and went for a relaxed run. It was nice to be outside and soak up the sun. I’ve been craving it after the seemingly endless, grey winter we had. The run was pretty good, but I had my breakfast smoothie (unsweetened chocolate almond milk, ice, and a banana) pre-run instead of post-run, which I think may have been a mistake. I got a bit of a cramp nearing the end. Oh well, I learned my lesson.

Had a roommate date, which was lovely. We headed downtown for lunch. I had planned to hit up a later yoga class, so I originally intended to get water and maybe a small salad or appy. But when we arrived, we were sitting on the patio, in the sunshine, and I was wicked hungry after my run, so my original plann fell out the window. Instead I got a Strongbow, and had a delicious chicked burger with avocado and mango salsa, wit h a side of corn on the cob. Oi vai, it was to die for. Legit, the salsas made it a little bit of Heaven in my mouth. Then, to top it all off, the desserts sounded amazing, so we orcered two and split them; a pina colada cheesecake and a chocolate brownie. The brownie was massive and disappointing, but the cheesecake was orgasmic.

After lunch, I proceeded to go to the gym. Not to workout, but to cancel my membership. Nothing like eating copious amounts of food then cancelling a gym membership, I say. Hah. Truth be told, I’m an avid gym-goer, but my dedication always decreases in the summer, and it’s been quite awhile since I last went, so I figured I’d just save a bit of money; we’ll see if I sway come winter. I’ve found that simply running and hitting up yoga has been enough activity for me recently. I’ve always got access to the campus pool as well, so I might head that way if I get bored in my current routine.

Anyway, although I was enjoying the great outdoors and the beautiful sun, I had to work for a few hours this afternoon. Depressing, but I guess I need to put food on the table. And so I worked for about four hours before hitting up my favourite market in the city to see what sort of interesting drinks they had out. I was shockingly thirsty; probably because I didn’t properly hydrate after last night and then proceeded to have cider at lunch. I decided to try a Kombucha Wonder Drink.

They sell them at the yoga studio and they’re quite popular. I definitely enjoyed it, but I think it would have been more satisfying if I had just finished a strenuous yoga class and needed to re-hydrate and fuel up on energy and electrolytes. I’m thinking I’d like to try to other flavours as well, just keep them around for those times when water just isn’t good enough. I also bought a Dry Cucumber Soda.

I had it later, when I got home. I don’t usually have a lot of fizzy drinks because I’m quite concerned about bone density degeneration, but I was really craving them today. I decided to write another chapter in the new novel I’m working on, and sometimes I just like to have something nice to sip on as I work. Anyway, I enjoyed the cucumber soda. It was a little odd at first, but I got used to it. It was kind of refreshing without being too strong. My roommate decided it tasted like soap… maybe a bit? I’d like to try a few of the other flavours.

Anyway, I’m home now and just relaxing a bit and trying to get some lesson planning done for tomorrow before The Amazing Race comes on. I’m rooting for the cowboys; I just love them!!

Much love!