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We’re on lockdown

Since Thursday, the province of Ontario has been on state of emergency lockdown. For the next 24 days, we are only supposed to leave the house for “essential” activities. No one can accurately describe what constitutes an “essential” activity as non-essential stores are open. “They” say the police are not supposed to be pulling drivers over unless there is a traffic violation and at that point they can ask why you are on the road. By-law officers can’t randomly enter someone’s home unless the neighbours have called. Not sure what changed other than reduced occupancy in stores and businesses.

This new lockdown did bring about a big change for me. I am now going to be working from home more than at the office. Over the next 4 weeks I will only have to be in the office 3 times. Once in weeks 1, 3 and 4. This is so I don’t “forget” what it’s like to go into the office. 😒 This WFH situation has made me think about where I will be working. My usual 1 or 2 WFH days are spent working from my recliner. Not ideal for the long term. I didn’t want to spend any money on a new desk so I reached out to my Dad who had not 1 but 4 options in his house. Old desks and tables from years gone by. I picked one and went to pick it up today. I also had the great idea to ask about a microwave… Two for two! Dad’s basement and garage for the win!!

I wanted a desk because the PVR is overflowing. I could easily work from my dining room table but I can’t see the TV from there and it seemed easier to get a desk than you move the TV and everything else. I also “borrowed” a desk chair from work. I think my back with thank me for it. I am all set for tomorrow morning when I will hook up the monitor and laptop and get started on watching some of these seasons from 2019.

I forgot to put in my availability for next week so I was not put on the night job’s schedule. I will pick up a few shifts but I am not motivated to do this anymore. I do have a info session with the old call center manager this week to give her my feedback on this experience. I know most of the old staff is not happy with the pay structure, especially since it hardly seems busy and yet they are always on you to make sure you do your hours. I work half as many hours and my pay is about a third of what it used to be. Since this is PT for me it is not as detrimental as it has been for others.

Still on the exercise bandwagon. In the week I do 20-ish minutes per day and on the weekends I am going for long walks with my Mom and friends. This is working out well for me so far. When the weather gets colder I might stop the outdoor weekend walks. I fasted on Tuesday from the moment I woke up to when I went to bed. Only drank coffee, tea and water. It was hard but not as hard as I thought it would be. I did step on the scale Wednesday morning to see weight loss. I’m sure it was just water but it was nice to see lower numbers. I will step on the scale tomorrow morning and see if it made any difference.

My reading has slowed down significantly. I am trying to read Sacred Woman and don’t seem to be in the right frame of mind for it. So I have set it aside to read The Wedding Date. This seems like a quick, light read.

Well that’s all for now. Hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Chugging along

Not much is going on in my corner of the world. Which is crazy considering the state of the world at large. The large number of people all over the world who are protesting during a pandemic for racial justice make me proud and sad that this is so very necessary.

Week 1 of back at work was doable. I was lucky and the night job was quiet so I was able to leave early. This getting up early to work out and then working 2 jobs every day is not for the weak. But I think I’m getting the hang of it.

Week 2 was more intense with the night job. I worked 2 complete shifts and most of the other ones as well. Thursday I woke up feeling like I hit a brick wall, so I rested and moved my workout to Saturday. I also changed it up and did a Leslie Sansone walking workout on Friday as I needed to go easier on myself. I have a drawer full of exercise videos and I have only been doing 2 … Time to mix it up.

I am starting to see a difference in my body, so the working out will continue. I have not stepped on the scale since I started or taken any measurements as I find it is best if I just do it and judge by my clothes. I am also trying to increase my water intake. I do really well during the week. The weekend needs improvement.

Our local library is back in business with curbside pick up. So I picked up way too many books. Why do all my holds come in at the same time? My plan this week is to work my full shifts as it is usually quiet after 8 pm and use the time to read. I took a office chair from my mother and hope it will help as I am slouching very badly while working from home. When it gets quiet, I have been moving my work laptop to my computer stand and planting my butt in my comfy recliner.

My plan for this week is to make an appointment with my chiropractor. Hopefully undo some of these hours spent slumping. Other than that, it will be a boring week over here.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

 

“Vacation” is over

Tomorrow I go back to the day job. I am on reduced pay (75%) but the expectation is 100% time… Since I was never at 100% time when I was at 100% pay, we’ll see how this goes.

I was called back in to work. And by called in I mean, mandated to go into the office 3 days a week. This irks me even though I prefer to work at work. I hate that I am not given a choice. Especially since I can do my job from home. Even more so as my mayor is still asking all who can stay home and work to continue to do so. Even more so as I know there are those in my company who don’t think it’s safe and still have to show up. But this is not my hill to die on right now as I have financial goals to meet and this is the means to an end.

I am actively job searching. Seems like a herculean task but I am up for it.

I shot myself in the foot by changing my availability at the night job and my manager signed me up for all the shifts. So not only do I have to go to my day job but I will be working my night job EVERY night until 11 pm. Pray for me. It is going to be a long and caffeinated week. As long as I go to bed before midnight I should be able to make it work.

The exercising is still going well. My plan is to continue the 6 days a week and work out before starting my day. I have set multiple alarms and asked a couple of friends to call me at 7 am. Hopefully I am able to keep this up.

I read a book in 2 days. I am as surprised as you are. “The Perfect Wife” was an interesting read. I stayed up way too late last night devouring it, finishing it off this morning. I am 3 books behind to meet my yearly goal according to Goodreads. I need to find more books like this that capture my attention.

Alright, time for bed.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

 

 

Back on the wagon

Today is day 5 in a row that I have exercised. A small feat!!

I have brought back this oldie but goodie and the first time I did it, I had to pause it 3 times and was a hot, sweaty mess at the end. 🙂

the firm

I am out of shape.

I have been alternating The Firm workout with Callenetics Express, a 17 minute total body, non impact workout. Sounds easy but it is not.

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These two workouts have been kicking my butt in a good way. I plan to do each video three times a week and then take a day of rest.

While I am not convinced I will be returning to my day job at the beginning of June, it would be nice if my clothes still fit comfortably just in case. Elastic waist pants are too forgiving.

Not much else is going on. My night job is handing out hours like it’s candy on Halloween. I have yet to work a week that was less than 40 hours. In fact, I keep getting requests to start earlier. Great for my wallet!

I have also started looking for a new day job. I know this is probably not the best time to be job searching but I am not certain that I will actually be returning to my current gig as the date keeps getting pushed out. Plus I am ready for change and should keep my options open.

Hope all is well in your world and you are healthy.

Feeling blessed

I really thought I would have posted more by now. Especially since I have more free time than usual as my day job laid me off 2 weeks ago. However in that time I opened up my schedule to the night job and they took full advantage. I have worked the past 29 days straight at one or both of my jobs. The last 2 weeks schedule at the night job had me on for 50 hours each week. Ordinarily I would complain but since it is my only source of income I am going to just smile and say thanks.

I have applied for unemployment benefits just in case these long hours do not continue. I have a bit of a break this week and am only working 33 hours and I have Friday AND Saturday off. Too bad I have no where to go. If I was a more productive person I would used those days to knock some chores off my list. We shall see.

I am still checking my day job emails daily to handle any easy fires. I am not obligated to but I am nosy and still a team player. Hurts to know that there are 3 people working reduced hours to try to accomplish what 9 people did full time. I will help out where I can.

In addition to this, I have tweaked my resume and have been applying to jobs. I have been feeling for a long while that it is time to start a new adventure but got complacent. Ideal this is probably not the best time but I have the time so I should make use of it.

With all my spare time, I have started exercising again. Leslie Sansone for the win!! I am hot, sweaty mess at the end of my 20 minute sessions and am starting to feel like I am getting back in shape.

Easter brought the end of Lent, so meat is back on my plate. It hasn’t happened yet as I think my body works better without meat. I am going to slowly introduce meat back into my diet and see what happens. Or maybe just eat meat twice a week as my new lifestyle choice.

Last week we needed groceries and braved the lineup at Costco. It took 30 minutes to get into the store and I stocked up on everything as the thought of lining up again just was not appealing. I am still out of some items I usually buy at a regular grocery store and will learn to get by without them for a bit longer. We have lots of meat, rice, bread and frozen veggies so we should be good for a few weeks.

The only thing that has suffered in this time is my reading. So this week, I am going to try to get up earlier and use that time to read. I am 4 books behind on my Goodreads yearly challenge.

I am trying to get current with my emails. I am a little embarrassed to say there are over 10,000 unread emails in my inboxes. 🙄 I am slowly catching up. There may or may not be emails from 2018 that I am still working on. So if I am commenting on old posts of yours please don’t judge me. LOL

Other than that, life is pretty relaxed over here. I’m avoiding the news a little as it is wearing on me. It is heartbreaking to hear all the tragedy. These are unprecedented times and it sucks feeling helpless. Despite all of this I still feel blessed. I have income in a time of such uncertainty. I have savings. My family is all safe and accounted for. We are all healthy for now. I really can’t ask for anything else.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

The past couple weeks

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2 weeks ago, above was a short drive away. Went to Florida for my Grandfather’s 90th birthday party. It was attended by over 40 people who came from near and far. It was a great function. I am so very glad I went. I had lots of time with my Grandfather which is priceless. Seeing my Dad’s side of the family mostly all together was amazing.

I arrived on the Friday evening and soaked up the sun and family time for 5 glorious days. We severely over-estimated the amount of food needed for the party on Sunday and ended up with way too much food. Unfortunately I think most of it went to waste as we did not have any one to give it to and it was way too much to finish in the short time the majority of us were there.

At work we revamped our gym with 2 new Bowflex Max Trainer machines and a Peloton bike. I have been on the Max Trainer twice now and am recommitting to going to the gym at work on my days off. The preset workouts are 7, 14 and 21 minutes long. Right up my alley. So far I have only done the 7 minute version. Next week I will be stepping up to the 14 minute workout. This I will do for the rest of the summer just working on increasing the intensity.

My weekend shift change was approved a long while ago and yet I had to email the manager to ask her when it would take effect. Next week will be my first Sunday shift. This works out well as I have my cousin’s baby shower to attend next Saturday and a birthday party to attend the Saturday after that. I look forward to getting my social life back.

Next week my entire sales team is coming to HQ for the entire week. Going to have to try my best to get in to work on time. 😦 This will be a challenge for sure. But hopefully a habit I can keep up as I want to be able to leave at 5 pm with a clear conscience moving forward.

 

Happy Mother’s Day

This day has been very quiet day. My oldest is in Europe and my youngest went to work. I spent the day lounging. Went to see my own mother. She was in a good mood. Called my Aunt who is like a second mother to me. It was a good day.

Last week was great on the exercise front. I still don’t get up every morning but a workout was done 4 days last week. I’m getting there, slowly. I am still not eating after 8:30 pm. So that should help.

I ordered some clothes from Walmart of all places. I am a fan of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. They manage to hide my side fat. I have more pairs than I care to admit to. Unfortunately some of them are starting to suffer from the inevitable chub rub. One of my coworkers told me that my jeans are in the local Walmart. I went online and found them for $9/pair!!! I bought all colours that were in my size.  4 new pairs of jeans for me. 1 pair is just slightly too small but I’m going to keep them as they were nine dollars! I’ll fit into them eventually.

I also picked up 2 dresses and a jumper to take to Florida.

Surprisingly these all got approval from my youngest.

My schedule change at the PT job was approved. Not sure when it will take effect as I am on the schedule this Saturday, but I know it is coming. Hello social life!!

I have been challenged by one of my very good friends to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. He knows that I will continue to put it off until my death bed if I am not pushed. This is still a work in progress. My first task is to identify the top 10 (minimum 8) things that are holding me back. This is harder that I thought it would be. But I will get on it.

My girl comes back on Thursday evening so I am going to have dinner with a friend near the airport before picking her up. Other than that this week should be mundane.

This and that

Exercise was lacking last week, but I’m getting on it this week. I am going to Florida at the end of the month and I want to be in better shape. Mostly so the clothes that are in my closet might fit nicer. Really don’t want to buy new clothes.

Last week’s win was that I stopped eating at 8:30 pm on most nights. If I am not exercising, I will have to control my eating. I still eat most things although the acne on my chin seems to suggest I should lay off the dairy. I will be eating “cleaner” until my trip.

I saw Avengers: Endgame … all 3 glorious hours of it. I stopped drinking liquids at 3 pm before the 8 pm showing and was able to sit comfortably throughout the whole movie. It was a good show. My oldest was a hot mess at the end.

Took my car for an oil change and ended up buying 2 new tires as the mechanic found a nail in one of the tires. It was recommended that I get at least 2 tires for evenness or something of the nature. So that was a bit unexpected. Over the past 2 weeks, I have spent quite a bit so I am going to try to lay low for the rest of the month.

I changed my availability at my part time job so hopefully in a couple of weeks I can get my Saturday nights back and start socializing again.

I went to see a friend who recently got some bad news on the health front. It was sobering to see her so low energy. I was only there for about 30 minutes before she looked like she was ready to nap. This whole situation makes me very sad.

Reached out to my Dad today and was happy to learn that he is going out and meeting new people. In fact he is so busy, it makes me look bad. He seems to be making great strides with getting out there. It might be time for his daughter to follow suit. 😉

Exercise recap

Monday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “Are you sure?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Ok”

Tuesday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “Are you sure?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Again?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Ok”

Wednesday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “Are you sure?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “Again?”
Brain: “Yes”
Body: “But I hurt”
Brain: “No pain, no gain”
Body: “Ok”

Thursday morning:

Brain: “Girl, it’s time to get up and do a workout”
Body: “But I hurt”
Brain: “Come on. No pain, no gain. Remember?”
Body: “#$%#$^% off”

I was doing so well, but then I felt like I needed a rest day and that turned into 2 rest days. Then yesterday I met up with some friends and we walked 4 kms, very slowly but I am feeling it. Today I did an ab workout with my youngest and decided we need to do that more often. My core is weak.

Went to a funeral for a distant cousin on Friday and saw a whole side of my family that I haven’t seen in 6 years. Sadly a few of them live in town so we have no good excuse. Took my Aunt and my Mom and was reminded that my family is getting older. I’m a bit concerned about my Aunt who lives alone in a senior’s building. Her short term memory is going. Twice on the way home she asked my Mom the same question. She is aware of it, but it still makes me wonder what the future may hold. This Aunt does not have any kids and I am the closest to her, so this may fall on me when the time comes.

I has a brilliant idea the other day to change my PT work schedule and instead of working Saturdays, work Sundays instead. This will free up Saturday evenings and I can regain some sort of social life. I was looking ahead to and there are so many events that I want to do that mostly happen on Saturdays. Trying to get my work/life balance to be a little more even. I will have to adjust my laundry and meal planning but I think it is doable and worthwhile.

 

 

A quick update

Sorry I missed last week. I ran out of time as I took my kids to see their paternal Grandmother who was visiting from out of town and did not account for how long that visit would last.

The past few weeks have been a struggle on the exercise front. I am not doing as well as I use to. But tomorrow is a new day/week!

A family friend is coming into town tomorrow. This means I really need to get myself into a morning workout routine so I am free Tuesday night. We are going to meet up with my cousin downtown. I have not seen my cousin in years. His mom died earlier this year so it will be great to have some face time.

I am officially over my no meat diet and can’t wait for this weekend. I don’t remember it being this hard. The first couple of weeks and these last weeks have seem more challenging than I expected. I have craved for chicken which never happens. I think this might have to do with my struggle to find plant based protein. I have put dairy back in my life in an attempt to address this.

Ok, I need to find my bed so that I can get up early and work out tomorrow morning. 😉