SQUIRRELLYONE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SQUIRRELLYONE SQUIRRELLYONE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766539 So not to sound too hopeful, but things are going well. <BR> <BR> On Friday I spoke to a Naturopath and she put me on medicinal (vs diet-based) doses of magnesium: something she regularly does for people with headaches. I don't want to assume anything, but today I'm in the least pain I've been in in over a month! WOO! Wavering between a 0.5-2 on the scale of *AARGH*. <BR> <BR> So we shall see, but I'm hoping that the magnesium will help, if not cure, my pain. <BR> <BR> So many smiles ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:14:23 EST Chronic disease and fevers... how they're different and the same http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758341 Last night, Robin Williams apparently killed himself, and my boyfriend was shocked. <BR> <BR> I mean, sure, the world was shocked, but Ashke didn't think that Mr. Williams was the type: he didn't seem depressed. <BR> <BR> I explained to him that there were some signs that he had some sort of depression, from the manic style of his jokes, to his own words: Robin Williams was the first comedian I ever heard acknowledge that most comedians have a darkness inside them. <BR> <BR> But the thing ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:44:24 EST I am not out of shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719669 I love how my first assumption is always: Wow, I'm outta shape. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, I was getting frustrated with biking home from work, because -- instead of getting easier -- it was getting harder. Then I realized that, on my 3-speed cruiser, only 2 speeds were working, and one of those two was not the "easy" gear. No wonder it was getting harder to take that bloody hill! So Ashke decided that he'd heard enough of my whining, so we got me a new bike. A beautiful 21 speed c... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:35:47 EST The "f" word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708425 There are things I will say -- truthfully -- to other climbers that I would never say -- because they wouldn't be true -- to non-climbers. <BR> <BR> To climbers, I hate being short. In real life, I mock it gently, and often enjoy it. <BR> <BR> To climbers -- lately -- I will refer to myself as weak and fat. <BR> <BR> In real life, I am neither weak, nor fat. A bit out of shape, but getting there. <BR> <BR> At the climbing gym, however, saying that means something totally different tha... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:18:54 EST My vehicule for commuting this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695636 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l911993273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A good 5k to French, then back to work. Maybe 2k home. Rubber-legs already! <BR> <BR> In other news, not much is going on. I'm busy, and trying to keep afloat. Realized that I'd been out-of-control spending and have to put an immediate lid on it. *sigh* Oh well. We all make mistakes. <BR> <BR> :) Thu, 15 May 2014 11:19:06 EST Puppies and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646014 So I may be the only person in existence who gets less exercise now that she has a puppy. To be fair, most of my exercise takes me out of the house and away from him, so it's understandable when I can't do some of it, but between my knee injury (oh, wow, it's bee a while since I've been on here!), and puppy, I've been getting... fat. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Happies: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l903899577.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1629... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:51:06 EST Ghost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606880 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1126802735.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is Ghost (and Ashke). Sunday was his first day at home (Ghost, of course). He may be all I talk about for a while! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1844290829.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1812294031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l308913493.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There you have it: your daily dose of cute! <... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 07:58:50 EST A-Z of Me on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602072 A is for Age: 29 <BR> B is for Booze: I very rarely drink, but icewine, ciders, or tequila <BR> C is for Car: Mazda 2 <BR> D is for Dad's name: Phil <BR> E is for Ego: mine is healthy and happy... and sometimes a little too big. <BR> F is for Favorite song or music: Caro Emerald, Queen, and recently Bastille <BR> G is for Goof off thing to do: All of the reading <BR> H is for Hometown: Manitouwadge (despite being born in Alberta) <BR> I is for IQ: Never been tested :) <BR> J is for Jam or Je... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:51:53 EST Is this him? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599771 So everyone and their dog knows that I've been canine-crazy for a while, and almost desperate. After all, it is now after Xmas. After 15 years of waiting, it has been "you can have a dog" time for just under a month. And I have no dog. <BR> <BR> Until... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l813001150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My friend is fostering him. I walked into her place for a visit on Saturday, and she says to me, "Squirrel, I love you, and $350". I knew I was in... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:42:38 EST How stuff works? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589210 Have you ever wondered how glasses work? I mean, really. I understand the science of refraction (curving glass one way makes things look bigger, curving it another way, focuses further away), but the whole glasses thing? I’m confused. <BR> <BR> **disclaimer** <BR> I am not bragging about my eyes. Truth is, they’re good – if weird. But for a frank discussion to be had, I must present these things from my perspective (ha!), and it is somewhat unique. <BR> ** end of disclaimer** <BR> <BR>... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:39:43 EST Working through the injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587009 So back in November, I started feeling a strange stretching sensation on the inside of my knee. I realized almost immediately that this was problematic, as that area has no muscles, so I shouldn't get the stretching sensation. Woo. <BR> <BR> Visited my doctor and physio, and turns out that I have a "tweaked" (the technical term) Coronary Ligament. That would be the ligament that pretty much holds the whole knee together. Woo again <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 14:22:58 EST Oh, Irony, how you exhaust me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558237 So a couple of days ago I was working myself up to try the medication provided by my Doc to try to alleviate my headaches. <BR> <BR> Did it. Didn't work. <BR> <BR> Oh, it might have worked, had I continued, but ... put it this way: I popped 1/2 of the lowest dose available (with permission to cut the pill) -- which was 1/10th of the maximum dose my doc prescribed, which is about the 3rd lowest dose I've seen mentioned in the reviews of the drug online (for reference, I took 5mg, 50 being t... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:10:48 EST No pain, no pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555782 It's not often that I'm afraid. I don't talk about it much (unlike my massive over-shares about EVERYTHING ELSE)... because I'm usually somewhat ashamed of my fear. <BR> <BR> I don't enjoy whining. I don't feel like I have the right to complain about something if I'm not doing something to fix it (that's my rule: you get two free b!tch sessions, but after the third, you have to start working to resolve the situation). So I don't talk about pain. And it's because I'm afraid. <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 09:07:13 EST Dog Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555017 So we won't be adopting Mr. Cutter. He might be the most amazing dog, but he's also so bonded to his foster family that he's likely to turn into a failed foster instead (aka, they'll keep him!). I've informed them that playdates must ensue, as I adore not only him, but his foster sibs too :) <BR> <BR> While he was there for the home visit (and he was doing just FINE with Thesis!), I made that comment that were he to be adopted out, I would want him, but he should probably stay where he is.... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:48:54 EST I met Mr. Cutter and he's AMAZING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549770 So the Boy and I drove out to the boonies to meet Cutter. He is... well, this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1432856609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Boy and I have been talking about dogs since we started dating. We're both canine-lovers who have been feeling the pangs of missing our own. So we decided that when we moved in together, we could get a dog. More specifically, we could get a dog once we were settled in. So no dog in October (1st month? Heck no!); no ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:23:48 EST Because everyone knows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546081 That it's all about me. <BR> <BR> Hi, everyone. I'm Squirrel, and I haven't washed my hair since June. <BR> <BR> (Hi Squirrel) <BR> <BR> I've talked about this before (going shampooless/poo free/etc), but I thought I'd give an update on how I trouble-shoot a shampooless life. <BR> <BR> 1. I have a bit of a dandruff issue. I'm currently midway through treating it. Thus far, the treatment seems to be working, when products re applied in the correct order. Namely, apply tea tree oil dir... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:26:28 EST I can lift a car! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541905 You should probably listen to this song: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DQ03YOK<BR>rLTPo&ei=SE6GUvnMF8Wr4APuuoCwBg&usg=AF<BR>QjCNEKfQbP_iW_-m8LkJrlsYS-WA_XWg&bvm=b<BR>v.56643336,d.dmg </link> <BR> <BR> It makes me smile. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what's going on in my head right now, but I clicked on the new blog entry button, so I have to say something, right? It's like when you refuse to pull a U-Turn because there'll be a spot for you to turn back eventually... (says the girl ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:52:23 EST Did I lose my spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540082 I'm not sure how I let myself get this far. <BR> <BR> This summer I hit my "NOPE!" weight of 10 lbs up. Then, yesterday, when I checked, I was up 4 lbs from that. Now, This is not to say that 139 lbs is an embarrassing number, but it does take me back into the overweight category (*sigh* 5'2). <BR> <BR> I don't feel less sparky. I've only climbed 2x a week for the last little while, and I've been missing my belly dancing class because it's far away and I'm not teaching, but I don't fee... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:31:53 EST How you can be out of shape while in shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533720 So... yesterday was a revelation. <BR> <BR> I've been climbing twice a week (not 3 times, as I should have been) at Coyote while my beloved Vertical Reality has been under construction/renovation during the month of October. I was doing pretty well, and figured that I've probably improved there. <BR> <BR> Not. So. Much. <BR> <BR> So I didn't really realize it, but if you look at the photos, there's something different about these two places: <BR> <BR> Coyote: <BR> <img src="http://phot... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:17:20 EST I could use a little warm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526503 So... yesterday/today was/has been interesting. <BR> <BR> A coworker recently side-graded (as opposed to upgraded) to a new position in a different department, leaving me with some interesting problems. Problem #1: I can barely keep up with my work and cannot take on hers. Problem #2: I was left with the Mezzanine. Yes, that's right, the Mezzanine. <BR> <BR> What is the Mezzanine, you ask? That would be the 2nd floor, barely-insulated, raccoon (and possibly rat)-infested file room fill... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:26:28 EST FML or How My Friday Started Badly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516794 I have a fear of needles. It's a rational fear: when I was 6, after I got my ear's pierced, my ear grew over the back of one of the earrings. We went to a doctor, and without asking my mother, he assumed that saving the earring mattered. So, he hauled out a freezing needle (yay! Local! My favourite) and -- after saying "This won't hurt," -- stabbed me in the ear 5 times with local anaesthetic. <BR> <BR> I didn't always have a fear of needles. My Mom tells me that when I was a baby I was... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:36:46 EST It's the Little Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515144 Sometimes I get into a bit of a self-analysing mood. <BR> <BR> Today it's about The Boy. <BR> <BR> You see, he began as The Boy because I did not know the status of our relationship. <BR> <BR> Then he was The Boy because I didn't want to sound insecure (call him by name, person to whom I'm talking doesn't know him, response: my BOYFRIEND... or simply referring to him as my boyfriend incessantly). Now that people know about him a bit more, this is mostly unnecessary. <BR> <BR> On the In... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:06:29 EST Ads are getting worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509891 Just a quick rant about the ads on Spark. <BR> <BR> I know that "the advertisers on Sparkpeople help keep us free", and all, but... seriously? <BR> <BR> "The shocking tip to destroy belly fat!" (and give you a tan/fake boobs/both?) And every other ad up here now is one of those. We're a diet and nutrition website: can we please skip the "trick" that will save us from ourselves: don't eat bananas? Really? That's your secret? Because -- heaven knows -- that I TOTALLY gained weight eating... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:20:20 EST Sewing Machine Question... and my life in a coconut-shell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507743 So I am encouraging myself to walk to work (well, except today and tomorrow) because a) I am really, really close; b) most of my off-site meetings -- if given enough warning -- can still be made by adding the walk back up to my car as travel time; c) sure, I'm saving a lot on gas, but walking saves me more; and d) this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1496574366.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That, really, is the most pressing reason to walk to work. <BR> <BR> I've been real... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 08:44:06 EST *Dun Dun Dunnnnnn* The Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503323 I am officially moved in to a spiffy new apartment! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1030154420.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have not weighed myself in a while, though. Mostly because I'm pretty sure I don't want to know the result. Yes, I have been constantly picking up and putting down heavy things, but I've also been VERY BAD at eating as I should. In fact, I've been very bad at eating at all... until *bam!* unhealthy food. <BR> <BR> But the move: <BR> <BR> The new... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:46:16 EST What Stress Does http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494017 It's a little different for everyone, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> A friend who just bought (and moved into) his first home lost 6lbs in the last two weeks due to stress, and extra exercise in the form of moving and climbing (I have finally dragged him out often enough that he's bought his own shoes!). Great. I wish I could be that lucky. <BR> <BR> I'm not up, thank goodness, though it's not for lack of trying. the last half of last week I was stress-eating like no tomorrow, and my stress ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:53:50 EST *Final Fantasy Success Music* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489014 This music -- you know, the "da-da-da, da, da, da-da-daaaaaaaaa" and so on -- has been playing over and over in my head. I have been assured that the paperwork has been done. I am confirmed in the job they couldn't actually take away from me, but were asking me to interview for anyway (*cocks head* "derp?"). <BR> <BR> Other than that, though, I'm still pretty stressed. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the All-Staff Meeting, organised by myself and 3 others (well, 5, but 2 never show up to meetings),... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:07:04 EST The New Plan: the Original Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481825 Hey you, yeah you! You may not have been blogging regularly lately, but you should. You should get up off your butt, because by not blogging, you haven't been thinking about what you wan to say. By not thinking about what you want to say, you've avoided self-reflection. <BR> <BR> Well, no longer. <BR> <BR> I'm in a rut. <BR> <BR> When I got back from Germany, I swore I'd jump in with both feet. I'd get stronger, I'd be better, and I'd do it all. And then I forgot the key principle t... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:42:33 EST Meep meep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481673 Ok, so, crazyness. <BR> <BR> 1. Next week (eek!) is the departmental-wide "All Staff" meeting of (potentially) 400+ attendees, for which I am the "logistics coordinator". On Thursday we do a walk-through, where I must ensure that each of the four rooms for the event and workshops is appropriately supplied with video equipment, sound equipment, and chairs, as well as a grand piano. How do I get myself into these messes? I was supposed to be the Stage Manager! <BR> <BR> Everyone else is... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:11:13 EST Blogs, blogs, blogs; some are good, some are bad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475445 Day 1 following the long weekend went well. Didn't overeat (well, according to sparkpeople... I'm not sure I love the whole "you get more calories if you exercise more" idea) that much, did three FULL circuits of my cardio "warm-up" [Incline: 5, start @3mph, increase by 0.2 every 30 secs to 5, rinse, repeat] and one incarnation of the "7 minute" workout circuit. <BR> <BR> I think the 7 minute workout would be an actual high-intensity workout if they assigned me exercises that I could do f... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 08:37:39 EST The Good, the Bad, and the Lazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466579 So this has been ... interesting. <BR> <BR> I stated my goal to get back to the picture of health I was before Xmas more than a month ago. And then, nothing stuck. <BR> <BR> Oh, I'm not gaining weight, but -- with excuses -- I'm not really losing it either. <BR> <BR> Excuses: Germany, job frustrations (and/or aggravations), and Sour Snowboards. <BR> <BR> I've fallen off the diet coke bandwagon. I'd been doing so well, but then my job aggravations have been building up, and I really wa... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:27:53 EST Because I seem to be everywhere but here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460082 So this is the plan for the new "season" (fall) <BR> <BR> Sunday: Rock Climbing/Silks (both?) <BR> Monday: Lunchtime lifts and Belly Dancing <BR> Tuesday: Rock Climbing/Silks (not sure which silks class I'll take) <BR> Wednesday: Lunchtime lifts (and Foos... not really exercise :P) <BR> Thursday: Rock Climbing (you'll see why in a second...) <BR> Friday: BALLET! WOO! I totally found a school near where I *hope* I will soon be living/very near my work that offers Ballet classes (Royal... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:35:54 EST Experiment failure... but not in a bad way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450071 Today was supposed to be an experiment. I had a ton of fruit (literally, a metric ton... ok, maybe figuratively, but still... I digress), cauliflower and tilapia for lunch, and my only starchy food was to be my breakfast (yay, oatmeal and banana!). The experiment was designed to see if I could survive without a specifically starchy component to my lunch. I want to attempt to increase my protein ratio in my diet (ha! Fruit, my favourite snack, is all carbs. Oops), so I thought I'd see if ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:35:25 EST The Long Awaited (I hope) Trip Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441040 Tuesday of last week, I returned to Canada. Monday of this week, I returned to Spark. <BR> <BR> Germany. Was. Phenomenal. <BR> <BR> Of course, I gained weight while there. Of course I ate all kinds of unhealthy foods (not entirely my fault: I warned my friend that I need to eat every couple of hours... but I don't know German grocery stores well, so often the only snack foods I could bring with me were fruit, and -- as much as I love fruit -- fruit generally can only keep you going for ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:21:28 EST On my way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414087 Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow, you're only a day away! <BR> <BR> So very shortly (as in, 26 hours) I will be on my way to Germany. Well, ok. In 26 hours I will be on my way to a 6 hour layover in an American airport: but then I'll be on my way to Germany! <BR> <BR> So what do I have left to do? What have I already done? <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday I packed (and repacked) my "suitcase" (it's a carryon, but I have to check it for the trip there due to my wedding gifts being icewi... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 09:18:35 EST Squirrel is Nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401499 There's something to be said for being crazy. <BR> <BR> Not a lot crazy, just a little, but crazy nonetheless. <BR> <BR> A while back I posted that I was going shampoo-less. I talked about how I was considering giving up on it, how it was leaving my hair crunchy and not a lot like mine. I no longer have that problem. I can wear my hair down without a problem (though it does seem... bigger? than it was before). Of course, since it falls down to my waist, I don't do that a lot in the sum... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:25:02 EST Best way to celebrate a big deadlift? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395248 Find out that's the beginning of your Man's warmup range. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> So anyway... DEADLIFTED 145 LBS TODAY! WOO! Proud of myself! That's almost 15 lbs more than I weigh! <BR> <BR> My weight loss goals have been put on hold: it is officially Ribfest in Ottawa. Yep: I may be 3.5 lbs down, but I'm going to eat a lot of pork in the next few days. OM NOM NOM. <BR> <BR> Tonight I walk down to Da Bombe for a Greyhound Rescue fundraiser, then to Arts Court for a free concer... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:22:35 EST Remember the Spartans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393245 So, as some of you are aware, this weekend I did the Spartan Dash at Edelweiss Ski Resort in Wakefield, QC. <BR> <BR> For those of you who are not familiar with the Spartan Race ( <link>www.spartanrace.com </link> ), it's a 5km race and obstacle course. Or so their website said. Really, it was a 6.4km trek uphill (3 times) periodically interrupted by mud holes, walls over or under which you must go, barbed wire, hay tunnels, weight lifting, monkey bars, water features and more hills. <BR... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:15:36 EST Failure Fostering Stagnation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386017 It's funny, but stagnating is one of my biggest "fears". Oh, I'm not afraid of it in a "mind-boggling-terror" kind of way. No, I'm afraid of it because of its effect not only on the population in general, but me, in particular. <BR> <BR> We've all heard it: that little voice saying, "why bother? You'll never succeed." It keeps people stuck in a rut. <BR> <BR> Overweight? Every time you decide to make a change and get off your butt, your brain thinks back to the last time you tried and ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:04:58 EST Poo-less update and my week at a glance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384758 Right: <BR> <BR> So a few weeks ago I wrote about going Shampoo-free ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369107 </link> ). I'd been having some minor difficulties with the whole concept. I've finally overcome most of the problems! <BR> <BR> That's right! After hemming and hawing about how I probably couldn't be bothered to continue, I didn't cave. I didn't pop open the bottle of shampoo in my shower. Instead, I stopped using the baking soda so ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:45:56 EST Prove it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380131 A pet peeve of mine is people who passionately advocate for a concept that they fond on the internet. <BR> <BR> Yep. I'm that girl. <BR> <BR> I'm the girl who while skimming through facebook posts, pauses to check www.snopes.com to test the validity of "uses for Coke" or "aspertame causes cancer". And then I post the relevant link as a comment (or reply all in the situation of forwarded emails), explaining that -- no -- I don't think you're an idiot: you just can't believe everything you... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 09:52:43 EST Is it really so soon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378986 So it's June 5th. Why is June 5th important? It isn't really, except that it's close to June 15th. June 15th I'm going to be participating in the Spartan Dash in Ottawa (ok, Wakefield, QC). <BR> <BR> <link>www.spartanrace.com/ottawa-obstacle-<BR>racing-spartan-sprint-2013.html </link> <BR> <BR> That weekend my parents will be coming down to watch me play in the mud. It should be... interesting. <BR> <BR> I wasn't worried about the Spartan race, despite having signed up for it kno... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:30:46 EST First week of Green Box Veggies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377664 Yesterday I picked up my first box of veggies from Rochon Gardens (Jardins Rochon) farm. <BR> <BR> Well, box is a bit of a misnomer, actually. They give you a reusable bag (about the size of a LARGE grocery bag -- bigger than the PC brand ones) and then they have bins (milk-crate style) full of veggies for you. I chose a great day to be my starting pickup! <BR> <BR> I received: <BR> rhubarb (made immediately into a rhubarb-apple-banana sauce and mixed with Greek yogurt) <BR> spinach <BR... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:42:09 EST Week in the works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376652 Right-o, so this weekend was exhausting (in a good way). <BR> <BR> I wonder if you can count it as exercise if you stood and walked a lot (~7 hours?) but didn't go very far? If so, holy crap! Maybe I didn't blow my food intake :P <BR> <BR> This weekend was Ottawa doors open. At the drinking water plant we had over 2700 visitors in 2 days (oof!). I was the self-appointed tour coordinator (I did things like limiting the number of participants per group, making sure the guides ate and poki... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:14:26 EST Oops! Better luck today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373378 *blush* <BR> <BR> So afte my loverly blog (which received great support, thank you guys!) yesterday, I then went (as planned) to Red Lobster. *sigh* I was doing well: only a little bit over, but then I got talked into dessert. Well, and my willpower (or won'tpower) broke down. So instead of ONE biscuit, I had two, and then half of a Lavacookie. I REGRET NOTHING. (but I'm a bit embarrassed!) <BR> <BR> Right, so, onward and upward. Today is a charity BBQ lunch, so I'm going to stick to... Fri, 31 May 2013 08:34:58 EST Hit the Limit: Accountability Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372315 Oops. <BR> <BR> So I've hit my official limit: I am back up to 135 (ok, 134, but it's close enough to the limit that I now need to take action). <BR> <BR> Theoretically, it could be increased muscle density, but I'm fairly certain that it's not. I've been slipping my friends, and it's time to hold myself accountable. <BR> <BR> I have reset my goals to lose 10 lbs. I am a bit concerned, however. Sparkpeople wants me to eat between 1200 and 1550 calories a day... that seems... low. Espec... Thu, 30 May 2013 09:04:55 EST In other news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369304 So I just realized that I wrote my whole blog without once mentioning life for the last week or so! <BR> <BR> SO! <BR> <BR> Starting with last Friday (May 17th), here were my activities :) <BR> <BR> Friday: climbing then karaoke :) <BR> Saturday: walk to a new fish & chips place (~4 km each way) and to break my feet back into the vibrams, and watched a friend's fashion show that evening. <BR> Sunday: 4.5 km hike (straight up!) into the Gatineau hills (knees were sore coming back down, but ... Mon, 27 May 2013 12:45:11 EST Going shampoo-less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369107 I have great hair. I'm pretty lucky: the only real problem I ever have to deal with is a bit of dandruff. My hair is also about 2 feet long, and is well cared-for. I rarely blow dry it, and styling implements (aside from barettes, hair elastics, and chopsticks) are rarely used. It's in phenomenal shape (especially for its length). <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago I decided to try the whole poo-free (shampoo free) thing. I've read up on it, and the theory is sound. A bunch of people hav... Mon, 27 May 2013 09:16:46 EST Green da ba dee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356235 This weekend was COMICCON! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584247497.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had intended to be Lara Croft (sans cone-boobs), so I was going to dye my hair black. That... didn't really work out: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l15853795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yah, so, apparently if you don't leave Punky Monkey (non-permanent hair dye) in long enough, this is the result *sigh*. So instead of Laura Croft, I went as Sonozaki Shi... Tue, 14 May 2013 11:42:33 EST Constantly underestimating myself... I'm so proud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347125 Yesterday, I did the Cycle for CHEO. I borrowed my friend's Townie <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1192503340.jpg"> <BR> (from <link>jaxbicycles.com </link> ) <BR> and went for a 35 km jaunt around the city, with a friend who commutes daily. I expected to be unable to finish, that my friend would have to drag me the last 5k. I expected to collapse afterwards. I was very certain that there was no way for me to bike the borrowed bike the 2.5k back to my friend's ... Mon, 6 May 2013 08:44:12 EST