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Summer Challenge Results

Friday, August 09, 2013      1 comments

Time flies, or as Kermit would say, Time's fun when you're having flies. I had my follow-up fitness assessment and.... improvement in every area! Some highlights: In 30 seconds: 4 more pushups 7 more squats 4 more crunches In 1 minu... Read more

Summer Challenge

Thursday, June 27, 2013      5 comments

My office is renting space in a large complex that has a gym we can use. They're putting on a fitness challenge for July: pay $2 for a fitness assessment, repeat the assessment in a month, and the person who has improved the most will win a priz... Read more

So far so good

Wednesday, June 12, 2013      2 comments

The last two weeks were - interesting. After I lost the initial 5 pounds of glycogen and water, I was sitting at the same weight for the rest of the time. The scale did not budge until this morning, the first day of Phase 2. It's nice to see the... Read more

Once more unto the beach...

Monday, June 03, 2013      2 comments

Even though I don't want to get hung up on weight, I was getting tired of my clothes getting slowly tighter and tighter. I've made a few changes over the past year that did diddly-squat for halting this process, so I decided to give my metabolis... Read more

Happy Weight

Monday, October 22, 2012      1 comments

Today's Spark Coach video was really interesting. I've long thought that height/weight charts aren't realistic for me - the last time I was at my "ideal" weight I was in hospital with the first bout of Crohn's Disease, having lost 10kg or so in ... Read more

The perpetual student

Monday, May 07, 2012      2 comments

Well, here I am, back on campus after 15 years! Back then it was just one week for a workshop, and this time it's for a two-week "bootcamp for the mind" - two courses for my Masters program in two weeks! Sounds gruelling but I think it will be b... Read more

Happy Anniversary, Kitty!

Monday, December 19, 2011      3 comments

Yesterday it was exactly one year since we went out to the Abbotsford SPCA shelter and brought Rani back home with us. From being a sick, scared cat who would not come out from under the desk, she has become the uncontested ruler of the house. T... Read more

Sir Marley the Brave, Lord Protector

Thursday, December 15, 2011      1 comments

Our dog Marley has never paid much attention to raccoons in our yard. In fact, he snored through both times that they raided the goldfish pond. (By the way, take note raccoons: the sushi bar is now closed - we dismantled the pond after the seco... Read more


Friday, November 25, 2011      3 comments

So yesterday I got my flu shot. Then I went to my bootcamp class. After I was done my arm was aching like crazy (a gazillion push-ups right after you get a shot will do that) and I was generally a wreck because I had a very good but taxing core ... Read more

Christmas Junkie

Sunday, November 20, 2011      3 comments

Ok, I'll admit it. I'm a Christmas Junkie. There. I've said it. As soon as the weather turns cold, I get the irresistible urge to go shopping (mostly on line these days), start craft projects and bake traditional German Christmas goodies. I... Read more

New Kata

Saturday, October 22, 2011      1 comments

Last night I learned Jutte, my 3rd black belt kata. Sensei is really keen on me learning them all quickly so we can practice together. He misses his son, who used to be his pracice partner, but who's now going to school halfway across the countr... Read more

Jack of all Trades and (maybe) Master of one

Monday, October 17, 2011      1 comments

So as if I didn't have enough stress in my life I've started a Master's program in Health Informatics. It's online, hugely expensive (but fortunately there is a fund available at my work or else this wouldn't happen) and lots of work. I've spent... Read more

The best laid plans gang oft awry but what the heck...

Thursday, October 13, 2011      2 comments

So my vacation wasn't exactly a shining beacon in my fitness journey. I had the best intentions but I'm not motivated when I'm by myself. Never mind; I've started up again with karate class on Tuesday which I had to teach - a great way to ... Read more

5k my way!

Monday, September 05, 2011      1 comments

Today was race day. I decided to heck with the numbers and just ran for as long as I could. Most of my runs were 5-7 minutes long, with 2 min recovery walks. Considering that I started 5 weeks ago with 1 min runs and 4 min walks that's pretty da... Read more

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