TWIR #95: some days are better than others

Well if that post title isn’t stating the obvious, I don’t know what is. It seemed fitting for this week, though. This week my energy ebbed and flowed, my body tried to decide if it had a cold or not, and my head tried to decide whether it wanted to kick this bizarre headache or keep it around just for shits and giggles. As a result, my workouts were all over the place. Here goes nothing:

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: never ending rain trumps motivation
Observations:  It is cliche to complain about rain in Vancouver. It comes with the territory when you live here. But seriously, it has rained every single day but one this month. That is too much and sometimes it causes me to lose my will to leave the house.  I didn’t even get out for a walk and I am embarrassed to admit my step count for the day, and therefore I will not.

Sunday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats:  potential immune system meltdown trumps motivation
Observations: I spent most of the day certain I was fighting off a wicked cold. My head wasn’t right. I was exhausted. I felt like one of my nostrils was on the verge of clogging up. My throat was scratchy. On the upside, I successfully left the house–not to do anything active, mind you–but it was progress over Saturday, and you can’t take that away from me.

Monday
Activity: strength straining (attempt)
Relevant Stats: 20 min.
Observations:  Several weeks ago, I had this strange (read: annoying as all hell) headache. It wasn’t a migraine. It wasn’t a tension headache. It was this headache that got progressively worse throughout the day, and which made me feel as though my brain was bouncing around inside my skull with every step. In other words, it sucked. Well, it came back on Monday and haunted me during my brief attempt at a workout. Not only that, but my massive gym, the one that I love with all my heart, the one where I rarely have issues with equipment, it let me down. There were no benches. None. Just people hovering around benches, which I presume they were using at some point but certainly didn’t seem to be using as I walked by repeatedly giving them stink eye. I’m still not over it, as you can tell.  Between the headache and the why-are-there-no-god-damn-benches drama, I had a short and terrible workout.

Tuesday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: I must have been in a slightly better headspace because there were still no benches available (?!?)  but I managed to stick it out for a decent workout.  Guilt over Monday’s pathetic workout plus feeling like my belly had gotten decidedly more jiggly over the last week were to thank for this workout. I also felt like maybe, just maybe I’d dodged my looming cold, but the glee over that was overshadowed by my headache’s continued presence.

Wednesday
Activity: track workout
Relevant Stats: 35 min./8 lap intervals + strength intervals + run home
Observations:  I thought perhaps my cold was back on Wednesday, but despite this I opted for a track workout. In my experience, running when you’re not sure if you have a cold is either the best or worst idea ever. It’s the best idea if it turns out not to be a real cold, and the worst idea if it turns out to actually be a cold. Only time would tell. The workout was rough as I haven’t run on the track in a while–damn you treadmills for making running feel easy–but I persevered. Huzzah!

Thursday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations:  When I woke up I was certain my cold was turning into the dreaded flu. I felt tired and sapped of energy.  My trainer took considerable pity on me. I know this because she let me do split lunges without weights, and that minor concession felt as good to me as that time my parents surprised us at Christmas by telling us we were going to Disneyland.  Not to create the impression my trainer is too nice, she also integrated a new hated activity: backward plank walks into a low squat. I can’t explain it any better than that, but what you really need to know is that it sucked and left my quads burning. By mid-day, I was convinced that my cold was not in fact a cold, but then by 9 o’clock at night I knew I was wrong. Seriously, I feel like this on-again-off-again cold was in the midst of an existential crisis. It needed to decide if it would stay or go.

Friday
Activity: light strength training
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: Well, there is no doubt now that the cold has made up its mind: it’s here. I had to make the tough call: to work out or not to work out? I’m always the most conflicted when I don’t feel like a total bag of crap. When I feel awful it’s easy to turn down a workout, but when I’m just sort of tired and have a few symptoms I feel like I’m really just being lazy. In the end,  I went with a somewhat shorter, definitely lighter workout and now feel as though if I hermit inside to hide from the rain and my cold tomorrow, somehow it is ever so slightly more acceptable.

I am ready for a weekend of being lazy, blasting this cold out of my system with epic amounts of oil of oregano and ungodly dosages of vitamin C (laugh if you want, I swear it works), and hopefully still finding my way to a donut even though sugar is super unhelpful for the old immune system. Sigh. Hope your weekends involve less phlegm and congestion than mine may. Happy weekend y’all…also, sorry for kicking off your weekend by talking about phlegm.

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Training Tuesdays: there is no magic formula for getting fit

As we near the end of January, it’s about that time when fitness and health resolutions start to fade away.  Maybe that fire in your belly to get fit in 2018 is barely a flicker now.  It needs some serious fanning to roar up into another flame, but you’re tired and so maybe you just let it die a slow death instead.  This happens to people every single year. When I was a lot younger, it happened to me many a time.

It’s easy to seek online advice in the digital age. There are a lot of articles claiming to reveal the secret to finally getting fit.  There’s always a new exercise fad, or studies showing a correlation between people who work out first thing in the morning being a certain percentage more likely to stick with their fitness goals.  Cardio is all that matters. Strength training is the new cardio. Running is the only way to get thin so you better learn to like running. Running is the worst for your joints so you better find a low-impact workout.  This is our world. Conflicting views abound and everyone’s got her own two cents.

Well, here’s my two cents: there is no magic formula for getting fit. There is not one type of exercise that works best for every single person.  There is no one approach that turns a single workout into a lifelong habit. There, I said it.  We all want an easy answer to complex challenges, myself included, but sometimes the easy answer just doesn’t exist.

So what really works?  Find something–anything–that you actually enjoy enough that you’ll do it for long enough to form a habit.  Start small and build up to bigger things.  That’s it.

What will you be willing to do even when it’s freezing cold or boiling hot outside? Even when you’re tired? Even when you’d rather be Netflix and chilling? Even when your body is a bit sore? Even when life gets in the way? What do you genuinely enjoy? What gives you energy? What makes you feel like you accomplished something? Whatever activity comes to mind when you ask these questions, that’s your ticket and you’re probably ten times more likely to stick with that activity. You don’t need me to tell you there’s a million different ways to get fit. You know this already.

Then start small. The starting small piece is not to be underestimated. If you go roaring out of the gates and try to run a 5 k or lift weights five days per week when you haven’t done either in years (or maybe ever), you’ll likely regret it. Your muscles will be too sore, you might even injure yourself, and you’ll do nothing more than reinforce the belief that you hate [insert whatever form of activity you tried].  It’s demoralizing and it’s totally avoidable. You know what will motivate you to keep going? Seeing small, incremental improvements.  Don’t worry about how small you’re starting. The journey is long and you have all the time in the world to get to bench pressing 100 lb or hiking 20 km trails. You’ll never get to those goals if you try to do too much too fast.

That’s it. That’s my two cents. There’s a lot of noise out there about fitness and health and sometimes you just have to cut through the noise and give some real thought to what makes sense for you.  And then, then you just take one small step forward…

TWIR #93: TGILW

Okay, I know, that post title has way too many acronyms. I’m just over the moon that a) it’s Friday and b) it’s an extra long weekend for me.  Hence the TGILW (thank goodness it’s a long weekend). Certainly it doesn’t have the same ring to it as TGIF but an extra long weekend is worth a clunky acronym isn’t it? Let’s check out what I got up to this week.

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: sushi and chocolate and donuts, oh my!
Observations: I am not at all apologetic about the donut that I ate for breakfast nor the melt-in-your-mouth saba aburi oshi at Minami (seriously, if you live in Vancouver, go there immediately. Put aside the fact that you ‘don’t like mackarel’ and put this in your mouth.).  However, I am apologetic for the rapid consumption of chocolate because I ate it all before I realized I really didn’t even feel like chocolate. The freedom of Saturday’s eating sometimes just gets to me, you know?

Sunday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: beach walk + epic kitchen chores
Observations: I have no excuses for this rest day. It wasn’t even raining outside. In fact, it was a beautiful sunny day.  I just didn’t want to.  Instead, we opted to drive out to White Rock for a long walk along the beach because it was so nice out. Well, little did we know we would be driving straight into the epic wall of fog. We left brilliant sunshine in the city to walk in grey fog. Still, it was lovely and refreshing. I spent the rest of the day in the kitchen, deeply engrossed in a true labour of love (at least without a food processor): homemade bolognese. Seriously, there’s way too much fine chopping involved to do this without my food processor. I can’t wait to have my things out of storage.

Monday
Activity: running intervals + strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: I had to use the treadmill for my running intervals but this was still a satisfying workout.  In fact, it was actually more satisfying in some ways because running on the treadmill always feels easier than running outdoors. I cranked that speed up (for me, at least) and felt like I was flying rather than plodding along gasping for air like I do at the track. Regardless, the workout was solid and I was a sweaty beast by the end.

Tuesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: I’m afraid to tell my trainer that the prowler chest presses are getting easy, at least at the weights we’ve been working with.  Let’s just keep that our little secret, shall we? This was also the first training session during which she introduced nothing new for me to hate with a vengeance. I wondered if she was feeling guilty about forgetting our session a couple weeks back. No matter the reason, I’ll take it!

Wednesday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: There is no delicate way to put this: this workout was painful from start to finish. I could tell from my first set of single leg deadlifts that I was not going to have a good workout. My legs were tired. My arms were even more tired. I decreased my weight on all sorts of exercises, dropped down to three sets of most, and generally am amazed that I survived for a full 40 minutes. That was pure dedication…and a whole lotta habit.

Thursday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: After Wednesday’s debacle, I was determined to fit in a good workout despite it being yet another early(ish) morning workout (any more than one in a week is not my jam).  Although I was solidly on the early morning workout train before Christmas, I’ve definitely returned to the camp of mid-morning workout since the start of the new year. I’m not going to lie. This workout was a bit rough at the start. My muscles just kept asking me why I was doing this to them.

Friday
Activity: running intervals + strength
Relevant Stats: 30 min.
Observations:  More treadmill running intervals! I was going to go to the park this morning instead, but then freaked out about being there in the dark with headphones in because, obviously, I would be murdered despite it being a relatively safe neighborhood. As I’ve mentioned before, watching crime shows has not been good for me.  At any rate, I had a great interval workout on the go before I realized I’d forgotten my breakfast at home and thus had to cut my workout short to pay an ungodly amount of money for a keto friendly option between my gym and my office.  My mother used to tell me I’d forget my own head if it weren’t screwed on. She is correct.

Alas, now the weekend is here and it’s a gloriously long one for me. If you’re wondering when I’ll stop bragging about that to all you two-day weekenders, the answer is never. Happy weekend to all and to all a good night.

For me at least. Sorry…not sorry.

TWIR #92: longest week ever

Does anyone else feel like the first 5-day work week after the holidays is the longest week ever? Well, I do. Wednesday felt like Thursday. Thursday felt like Friday. You get the picture. It all adds up to my beyond ready for the weekend.  Alas, at least there were some decent workouts this week. Let’s see what I got up to.

Saturday
Activity: walk + planned rest day
Relevant Stats: 7 km walking
Observations:  Saturday rest days are the best. They involve a giant breakfast donut (yay cheat day!) plus a walk to the local farmer’s market. This week’s visit was a bit disappointing, though, because our onion guy wasn’t there. Seriously, this guy grows the best onions.  You know an onion must be beyond good if I’m taking time to specifically mention it.  Completely unrelated, do you ever have one of those days when you feel like you did nothing but walk all day but then it adds up to nothing? This was one of those days. Only 7 km!?! Wtf.

Sunday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: laziness 10 out of 10
Observations: Can I lie and say the day got away from me and that’s why I didn’t work out? In all honesty, I simply cannot bear the thought of driving to the gym on weekends and I also cannot bear the thought of a track workout in the rain. I have clearly become soft. The rain never used to phase me but now I shudder at the thought of working out outside in the rain, which is unfortunate given that it rains here EVERY DAY. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but it feels that way. Instead of exercising, I lounged, read my book, did chores, and ran errands. It was perfect. Sometimes, you just have to take an extra rest day for your sanity.

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: Hallelujah to not having a headache anymore and to feeling a bit more energy! It was a sharp contrast to last week, and I made sure to fit in a solid workout while the energy was in me.  I even added weight to my step ups and single legged squats. On a Monday. That’s pretty impressive in my books.

Tuesday
Activity: personal training session + return of the after work walk (!!!)
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: It’s been three weeks since my last training session and, even though I do a lot on my own, there’s something about my trainer’s exercises or combinations thereof that leave me so sore.  She also manages to integrate something new every week that I despise. This week’s torture: sideways bear crawls. Ugh. On a more positive note, the rain stopped (!!!!) and we were able to get out for an after work walk, something I find very soothing after an exhausting day at work.

Wednesday
Activity: strength training + after work walk (!!!)
Relevant Stats: 35 minutes
Observations: Everything in my lower body hurt after Tuesday’s session. I decided to focus on my arms, combining all of my least favourite upper body exercises only to spare my legs.  I succeeded in killing my arms, to the point where carrying my bag back from the gym felt like a workout.  But the big win was a second after-work walk of the week! This hasn’t happened since October. The only thing that could’ve made me more excited would’ve been a celebratory donut. Don’t worry, I abstained…but I promise you it was challenging since our walk took us right past our favourite bakery. Mmmm, donuts.

Thursday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: It was back to legs to spare my arms. I’m sensing a pattern here.  My big win was upping my prowler weight to 120 lbs in between sets of kettle bell side lunges and weighted single leg squats. My legs are not going to be pleased with me tomorrow. Honestly, sometimes I wonder what it would be like to not have half of my body in pain every single day of the week.

Friday
Activity: strength training(ish)
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: It’s somehow fitting that at the end of what I’ve deemed the longest week ever, I had what felt like the longest workout ever (even though it clearly was not).  I had little energy left in the tank for this workout. It could be because I left it until 2:30. It could be that I’ve overdone it other days this week. Or it could just be that it’s Friday and I’m done and I’m more than ready for the weekend.

On that note, I’m outta here. I’ve got some friends to see, some donuts to eat, some wine to drink, and some relaxing to do. Maybe, just maybe this weekend I’ll manage to fit in a workout…but no promises on that if this rain continues. Happy weekend y’all.

 

Training Tuesdays: Look what I can do!

Does anyone out there actually remember that sketch from Mad TV?  Just me? Okay then, moving on…

I was thinking of doing a lovely little retrospective of my fitness journey in 2017 but as I was reading through all my old TWIRs all I could think was “Damn this is depressing.” I had forgotten the sheer number of times my injury reared its ugly head last year. So instead of being a total bummer only nine days into the new year, instead I decided to share with you the brief but important (to me at least) list of things I can do at the beginning of 2018 that I couldn’t do at the beginning of 2017:

1. Four sets of 8 tricep push ups without needing a break or losing form. At the beginning of last year it was a struggle to do sets of three. That’s almost triple the push ups, friends. (sidenote: I still loathe push-ups)

2. 110 lb dead lifts. Okay, at some point earlier in 2017 I may have been able to do this, but then I got injured (again and again) and it took me right up until the end of the year to get back to that weight.

3. Negative pull ups: At the beginning of 2017 I couldn’t even do a negative pull up. At all. But now I can do four sets of 3 negative pull ups. I mean, I can barely move my arms the next day, but I can do it!

4. 50 lb + prowler weight chest press pushes without feeling like my arms will fall off the next day. Seriously, this is a major win. The first few times I did these it hurt to do basic things like type and, you know, move my arms at all.  I still hate them, but I no longer fear the DOMS aftermath.

5.  I can feel when my body is moving out of correct form. That isn’t to say that I always stop myself from going ahead with a squat or deadlift even when I’ve moved out of form–if I had mastered that, I wouldn’t have reinjured myself so many times this year–but at least I can tell.  It’s a stark contrast to points during last year when my trainer would tell me she’d see my shoulder dip forward during moves that hurt and I’d just stare at her like she had two heads.  Understanding your body is a really big deal for the chronically injured.

6. Most, most, most importantly, I’m bouncing back from injuries faster than before. For at least half of last year, it would take weeks for me to get back to normal after a tweak or twinge to my injury. I credit not trying to push my running agenda for this one, but finally I am at a point where, for the most part, I can bounce back from a setback with my SI or sciatic in days not weeks. This makes a huge difference to my state of mind.

So here’s to 2018, the year of strength. My sole focus in the fitness realm is continuing to build up my base strength as a means of managing my injury and, for the first time ever, I’m excited to see how much I can move the needle on strength in the coming year. Trust me when I say that if you’d told me I’d be saying that last year, I would’ve told you that you were crazy.

TWIR #91: Kicking off the New Year

It’s 2018! It’s time to set some insane fitness resolutions, right? Wrong. I don’t do resolutions. I barely even set goals for myself…aside from that one time I decided I was going to try to run an ultra marathon…but let’s just not talk about that.  I don’t struggle with keeping regularly active after so many years of making it a priority so I’m not sure what a fitness-related goal would even look like at this point.  But I do have a strong intention for 2018. Aside from the fact that ‘intention’ seems like the new buzzword for goal, I prefer it because it’s a little more nebulous, and I like the subtle vagueness of such things. At any rate, my health intention for the year is to do better at keeping my injury in check. I made progress last year, particularly in the last few months, but I recognize that I still need to do a better job of listening to my body and responding appropriately to early warning signs.  That’s it, though. It’s simple and small, but very, very important to me. With that out of the way, let’s see what this week in workouts looked like:

Saturday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: I went to my second-least-favourite gym location and am incredibly proud of myself for lasting 40 minutes there. Seriously, it is almost always next to impossible to get a bench let alone the weights I want, but somehow I managed to score everything I needed. It was a Steve Nash Fitness World miracle!

Sunday
Activity: track workout! (i.e. running intervals with plyometrics) + walking
Relevant Stats: 20 or 25 minutes at the track + 13 km walking
Observations: Normally, my track workouts are my favourite of the week. I love being outdoors and the illusion that I’m able to run again. This workout, however, was incredibly rough right from the get go. I blame the increased drinking and sugar consumption for the week prior. I had zero energy. I survived five laps with some lame intervals and called it a day. Thankfully we spent a ton of time walking afterwards, so it didn’t feel like a bad activity day to round out 2017.

Monday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: major sitting. major.
Observations: New year’s day is always slightly melancholy for me. It signals the end of the holiday season, and was also my last day off work after nearly two weeks of blissful vacation. I was a sad panda for most of the day and, as a result, did little more than eat my feelings in sugar and carbs and lay around like a slug. By end of day, I was developing a seriously unpleasant headache and I was turning into a major crankypants.

Tuesday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: I awoke with the best of intentions for a great day but, thanks to my holiday indulgences, by 10 a.m. I felt exhausted, lacking in energy, and generally like garbage. During my workout, I briefly felt like things might be on the upswing. I rocked some excellent step ups and lower body exercises, but then the moment I got back to the office my head began to pound and got progressively worse throughout the afternoon. Ugh. Damn you, sugar!

Wednesday
Activity: attempted strength training
Relevant Stats: 20 min.
Observations: I awoke feeling slightly better, but by 10 am my raging headache from hell was back. Every time I stood up, walked, or bent over it felt like my brain was just rattling around in my skull.  I was supposed to see my trainer at noon, and can honestly say I was thrilled when she didn’t show up (she’s super reliable, but this was a rescheduled session that just didn’t end up in her calendar). I thought a workout on my own might make me feel better, but 10 minutes into the workout, I knew that I was wrong. Everything made my head heart. Everything. I called it a day after a mere 20 minutes and shortly thereafter called it a day from work. When an extra afternoon nap and Advil failed to make my head feel better, I started doing some serious research on my headache…

Thursday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: …after three days of unpleasant headaches, I was ready to get to the bottom of it. No longer was I convinced that it had anything to do with going off sugar. It felt nothing like my typical sugar withdrawal headaches, plus I knew I hadn’t eaten enough sugar over the last 10 days to warrant a  three-day withdrawal headache. My internet research slowly convinced me that perhaps I was having an adverse reaction to way too much vitamin B12. It’s not something that happens to everyone, but it can cause some to suffer bad headaches. As my best hypothesis to date, I decided to back off my supplements to see if it would help. While I still had a headache, I was able to survive a 40 minute workout, including some seriously tough prowler pushes, and I made it through the workday. Best of all, my headache did not get worse in the evening like it had been. Promising!

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: My headache continued to be a subtle companion, but not in any way that interfered with my exercise at least. I managed a solid strength workout that was extra enjoyable because I took a break from both push ups and the prowler. I know that means I’ll have double down on them next week, but right now next week seems blissfully far away.

For a short week at work, I can definitely say that this week felt long as hell. Show of hands, who’s with me on that one? At any rate, I’m super pumped that it’s the weekend. I’m tempted to dig deep into the wine, but also worried that it will cause my head to explode.  Time (i.e. the next two hours) will tell whether threat or reward wins out on that one. Happy weekend y’all.

TWIR #90: Ho-ho-holiday workouts

Can you believe it’s the last TWIR of 2017? I can’t. Before I get all sad about the holiday season rapidly coming to a close, I’m just going to move right along into this week’s workout summary. I wish I could say I busted my butt more, especially since my sugar intake drastically increased this week, but at least I was able to fit in a few ho-ho-holiday workouts. Let’s see what I got up to.

Saturday
Activity: park workout!!!!!
Relevant Stats: 4.3 km of running (!!!!) + some intervals
Observations: One thing I learned pre-Christmas was that my posture while wrapping gifts is NOT appreciated by my lower back. The running didn’t both it at all, but it wasn’t having any side lunges, single-legged squats or anything else where form was critical to avoiding pain. Still the sun was shining, it was cold (my favourite temperature for running) and I didn’t slip on any of the many ice patches, so this was a workout victory.

Sunday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: home for the holidays!
Observations: We flew home to my parents’ place to celebrate Christmas. This meant a lot of sitting on our butts, followed by a lot of delicious BX Cider (that we had shipped to my parents for Christmas), followed by a lot of quality time on our asses basking in the glow of my parents’ epic Christmas decorations. Also, there may have been a few baked goods consumed.

Monday 
Activity: Christmas day strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 minutes
Observations: I cobbled together a pretty good at-home workout if I do say so myself. I found a wooden stool that my parents use to reach tall cupboards and turned it into a make-shift box for step ups. I unearthed my parents’ free weights from the storage room. I even had a festive Christmas tree for a backdrop. It was all coming together nicely…until I realized that working out barefoot on carpet totally messes with my alignment. Suddenly even the basics were causing me pain again. You can’t win ’em all.

Tuesday 
Activity: strength training + arctic walk
Relevant Stats: 40 min. workout + 1.6 km walk
Observations: In a word, it was bloody cold out. I believe it was something to the tune of -30 with the windchill. We put in a valiant effort but a walk of any significant distance just wasn’t happening.  We did, however, make it to the local Goodlife gym, for which we had bought 2 week memberships. The biggest shock: no kettle bells!!!!! Why even have a gym if you aren’t going to have kettle bells? It’s more common than you think, and it annoys the hell out of me every time.

Wednesday 
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 35 min. strength training + holiday clearance shopping
Observations: We made it back to Goodlife for a short workout, which was fine, but the real highlight of the day was heavily discounted Christmas decorations. We scored some new decor for next year’s Christmas for 50% off. However, we were sad to discover that we were too late to score the epically discounted Lindt Candy Cane Lindors. Sadly, they had already been scooped up by more eager post-holiday shoppers.

Thursday 
Activity: semi-planned rest day
Relevant Stats: the longest trip from Calgary to Vancouver ever
Observations: I considered a basement workout at home, but ultimately the timing just didn’t work out. Instead, we spent a total of six hours travelling from Calgary to Vancouver, which seems insane given that the flight time is about an hour and twenty minutes.  First, our cab arrived early, which meant an early arrival to the airport. Then, our flight was delayed by a half hour which turned out to be an hour when we sat on the tarmac waiting to be de-iced. Somehow, despite an hour’s delay we ended up arriving in Vancouver an hour and a half late. I have no idea how that happened and I’m still scratching my head over it.

Friday 
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: It’s safe to say that five days of sugar and carb consumption had caught up with me by today. I woke feeling sluggish and, for lack of a better description, yuck. To absolve me of my sins I forced myself to do prowler chest presses AND prowler supermans, the combination of which will surely leave my upper body immobile tomorrow. Sigh.

Although the holidays are a great time for indulgence, this week has definitely left me feeling firmly committed to continuing with my low-sugar, low-carb lifestyle once New Years is over. Until then, I’ll continue to load my body with all sorts of awful things and deal with the sluggishness. On that positive note, wishing you all a happy weekend to round out 2017.