Tuesday, December 03, 2013
So i've been down with a bad cold the first part of this trip, started feeling better, went back to the gym after skipping a whole week while i was sick. Got along fine. Had a few crappy nights sleeps in a row and skipped the gym a few more times. (Shocking I know)
Got off watch this morning and dragged my sorry carcass down to the gym. Hopped on the treadmill set up my info and pressed start. beep beep beep beep Nothing! REadout says "Belt stopped Turning." Tried again - Same answer, shut it off tried again - same thing. Sighh..... WE have two Treadmills, the other one has been broken for a few months now. Now both are down for the count. We have 3 bikes, 2 broken 1 still functioning. An Ellyptical that still works but has small pieces falling off it every now and then, and a rower that is so loose it feels a little like sitting on a slingshot.
My Motivation melted away to nothing in about 5 seconds, which is about how long the machine beeped at me before stopping entirely.
We have a crapload of new Gym Equipment ordered, essentially a replacement for every piece mentioned above, however we had to order them for the next easily accessible port we will be at Which is back up in the US in Mid JAnuary. Long wait with no equipment worth using. So i guess for now i have to hope for decent weather and get out for a walk outside on the Helicopter deck in the afternoons. (it's a little dark out there at 4am which is when i usually go to the gym.)
At least i'll get a bit of sun as well. But i expect it to start getting crowded out there, as everyone else who uses the gym in the afternoon will be forced out there as well by this latest equipment failure.
Rest in Peace Treadmill, Sadly you will have to stand silent collecting dust like your neighbor the other dead treadmill for the next few months untill we can unceremoniously crane your dusty bulk over the side in to a garbage bin somewhere in Alabama. You will be missed!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Well I've been back at work all of 3 days, eating right, keeping within my calorie range the past few days, which is an improvement from how i was doing at home. Started back at the Gym for my Treadmill workout yesterday.
Went to bed yesterday evening a little sniffly, and woke up with a Major sore throat for my midnight shift, coupled with a stuffy head and brain fog. Joy!
Had a brief Struggle with the onboard Medic over what i should take to feel better. Aoparently The Brazilian Medic does not understand what Non-Drowsy means. IT took a few tries before he realised what i meant. Wouldn't do anybody much good if the mate conks out on the bridge in the middle of the night due to cold meds.
Anyway, the stuff he gave me calmed my throat and i had no trouble staying up for my shift, sadly i am now off shift at 4 am and ridiculously wide awake staring at the computer screen. I'm finishing off a mug of Brazilian version Neocitran type drink, so hopefully i will be able to meander off back to bed soonish. Unfortunately due to the fact that i feel like someone ran me over with a steam roller i will be passing on my gym time this morning.
This Cold and or Fluishness (I don't appear to have a fever) has made the rounds of a large group of the crew that have been onboard already for two weeks, but i am the first of the recent returns to come down with it. Hopefully it is not a long lasting thing, and hopefully i don't end up losing my voice like the French girl downstairs did.
My next Weigh in is coming up on Monday, weather is again supposed to be crap so i checked today to see how i was doing, it didn't feel to rough to me today but the scale was all over the place. So i guess i'm somewhere between 300 and 180. Sigh.... I was still down where i should have been when i weighed in at the Heliport last week, and i've done fine Calorie intake wise since then, so i'm sure it's all good. It just might be another 3.5 weeks till i can get an accurate reading again.
At least so far this cold/flu or what ever it is hasn't made me extra peckish. But I'll tell you the night cook is going to have to knock it off with the fresh batches of Chocolate chip cookies every day, a person only has so much will power.
Friday, November 08, 2013
So I just finished off my second week of swimming at the local pool. Really enjoying it a lot, I've increased my time a bit, still finding it hard to get there on time though. IT's a half an hour drive, and i'm not really good at having my bag packed and ready the night before. In fact i'm not even very good at having my bathing suit and towels washed and dried and ready to go either, so I usually have to get up and throw a load of laundry in the drier before breakfast. I'm working on it. IT's getting easier.
I bought a new bathing suit the other day. Im sure everyone is aware of what a joy that shopping trip was.
I currently only had 1 bathing suit, and that just isn't going to cut it if i'm swimming 3 or more times a week, so I definitely needed a new one. Anyway after a few traumatizing looks, I found one that was actually flattering, it's tight fitting and the color pattern is slimming. IT's almost too tight actually, but I knew 5 more pounds loss and it will fit great, and if I went up a size it would very soon be too loose. So I Got it.
Anyway I didn't wear it too the pool today because my old one was dry and again I thought 5 more pounds and it will be more comfortable, but today my old bathing suit nearly fell off me, the drawers are so loose its ridiculous, I had to use my locker key to pin my drawers to the top so I wouldn't lose them. I should have known that would start to happen with some of my clothes, I have lost just over 20 pounds, but I still wasn't expecting it. Plus it didn't seem too loose on Wednesday, why suddenly so loose today. So it looks like i'm down to one suit again already. I'm going to have to wait a bit for a second one now, not a lot of selection out there right now and they were very expensive. I don't want to pay another fortune for a suit i'm hopefully going to shrink out of in a few months. I don't swim again till Monday, so we'll see then how the new suit fares in the pool.
I'm actualy going away for a few days and may have to look into dropping in to another pool for my swims on mon and wed next week. Better check the local pool schedules on line.
Friday, November 01, 2013
So I've been home again since Monday, things have been going pretty well so far.
My Brother picked me up at the airport, and he wanted me to take him to McDonalds as his reward for coming to get me. I was tired and it was the easiest thing to do. I do enjoy McDonalds myself, but it is some serious high calorie business. But at least I was then full when I went to the grocery store. I did really well on the grocery shopping, Lots of Fresh fruits and vegetables, I bought all pre-cut veggies, cause I get lazy and stuff gets old before I use it many a time. HAving it ready to go is a lot easier for me. I can just grab it and go.
On the way home I stopped at the local arena and bought pool passes. I've been wanting to start swimming for exercise so I finally got started. Bought 11 passes, and plan to go 3 times a week. Started right away on Tuesday. I really enjoyed it, I went in the morning around 11 and there was hardly anyone there, a few older folks and that was it. I spent half my time treading water, and the other half doing laps. And then a short pop in the hot tub to wind down, and then the sauna before leaving.
So I went again Wednesday and Friday(Today) Next week I plan on Mon, \Wed, Fri. IT felt great really, I feel so refreshed after the pool, like I can head out and get anything done. I'm not as strong a swimmer as I thought I was. I always remember being a great swimmer when I was a kid, but I havn't swum laps in about 20 years, it was a bit of an eye opener, i'm not even sure I'm doing some of the strokes right. but my arms are getting a great workout from it. Treading water for 5 minutes or more at a time is a lot harder than some people imagine.
I'm super glad I started it though, i'm really enjoying it and it's a lot better workout then just walking. Still planning to invest in a treadmill though, need to get out and start looking around for one. I havn't been walking to the Store for the mail on the days in between swimming. Gotta get that on the go. It's a work in progress.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Did I mention that I've grown to hate airports? I was going to wait until I got back home to write my next blog, but i'm sitting in Sao Paulo airport in Brazil, been here 3 hours and have 3 more to go before my plane leaves for Toronto. I made the terrible mistake of coming straight through security, not remembering that this is the terminal with practically nothing in it.
So I've managed to eat a few battered and fried balls of some kind of meaty mush, and sadly an entire tube of pringles (the big tube). Keeping at the water though, got that going for me.
So my vacation in Rio was pretty good, the weather was a little uncooperative, chilly and on and off rain, so no beach lounging sadly. But I walked and walked and walked like nothing. Long shopping street in Copacabana, I browsed and bought and browsed and bought some more. 5 hours later I realised I was at the complete other end of town, and exhausted. Luckily cabs are pretty cheap In Rio. I ate and Drank quite a lot, but I think I walked most of it off so I don't expect any huge shocks on the scales Monday. Battered and fried meat things are everywhere, and darn good I might add, generally with cream cheese in there as well. And MEat, MEat and more Meat. I ordered a traditional Brazilian meal for 1 person at one restaurant and there was enough food there for 3 people at least. I did not ask for a doggy bag, no need for midnight snacks when you're eating like that I tell you.
The Breakfasts at the hotel were fabulous though, huge selection of fresh fruit, and bacon and eggs to fuel my incessant walking.
The only real problem for me was that I spent the whole 3 days in flip flops, and now my feet are absolutely killing me. Good thing I have a foot spa at home, i'll be needing it when I get there finally. Only two flights to go, unfortunately i'm still only a little over half way through this particular layover, next layover in Toronto is short. Landing at my home airport just before lunch tomorrow. And then on to the grocery store and home.
Hopefully I don't die of boredom while I wait here.
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