75 Days Left
16th June 2014

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There are 75 days until our wedding. It’s a little scary but very very very exciting!! In 2 1/2 months, I will be finally be at my own wedding that I have been trying to plan for the past year and a half and BE MARRIED!!! It’s a bit surreal to me right now and I think it’s just starting to hit me now.

Speaking of wedding, we finally had our engagement photos done! It was really a lot of fun. Suzzie (from Suzzie Harding Photography) was super nice and very good at what she does. Most of the time, we were all laughing and she accepted our challenge of making my fiance smile because he has a tendency to do the “Chandler smile”. She did an incredible job and I am sooooo happy with our photos!! Below are the teasers she gave us until we get the full disc with all our photos she did and edited for us.

On a completely different note, today is my birthday!! My 29th birthday to be exact. It’s going to be my last year in my 20’s! It’s weird to say I’m 29. Some people don’t even believe I am 29. People still think I am 19 or 25 LOL. I guess looking young for my age is a good thing for the future when I’m older! I celebrated my birthday on the weekend since my actual birthday had to fall on a Monday (boo). We never ended up having the BBQ because the weather was such crap (but low and behold the next day was beautiful … go figure). We had some all-you-can-eat Japanese food with my closest friends instead and then a night of KAREOKE!!! It was pretty fun. Everyone was singing and having a good time laughing and laughing and laughing!! Tonight though, my fiance is taking me out to dinner to my favourite Greek restaurant so I’m really excited for that!! It just sucks that I still had to work today because I am sooooo busy this week with work that I could not afford to take a day off.

Better get back to work!!

 




Insanity
4th June 2014

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Okay I’m doing it. I have started the insanity workout. I have been putting it off for a very long time because I’m very intimidated by it. I did it once before and I pushed myself too hard that I ended up puking a bit because it was the most intense thing I have ever done in my life in terms of exercising. Ever since then, I never wanted to look at it, let alone go on and do it. However, right now, I am at a point in my life where my weight insecurities is really starting to affect my moods and my days so I decided let’s just go and do it. And boy, let me tell you, I am soooooo glad I started it again.

I did a few things differently this time so that I won’t give up after DAY 1. Here’s some tips if you want to do Insanity but are scared to:

1) KEEP AT YOUR OWN PACE!! The people in the video look amazing, obviously and of course have probably done this series a few times BUT you know what? Even in the video, at least quite a few of them drop like flies and stop in the middle to take a break (or a few actually). They’re also heaving for air, drinking water like mad men and grasping their body parts like something is burning just as much as you are probably feeling while doing it. This workout is incredibly intense, high impact and very very high interval, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Keep at your own pace and don’t try to match what the people in the video are doing because you will EVENTUALLY get to that point. Don’t expect your body to all of a sudden keep up. I know people who workout religiously and this series still kicked their ass because they are weight trained and not cardio/conditioning trained. AGAIN keep at your own pace. If you need to slow down, slow down before you hurt yourself because over time, you will get stronger and faster and be able to keep up better (but no guarantees that you will keep up 100%. I still know people who have re-started this program and STILL can’t keep up 100% LOL). It’s the effort that counts here.

2) TAKE BREAKS!!!! I cannot even begin to explain how this workout will knock the fucking wind out of you. If you feel like you are going to have a heart attack, STOP!!! Please!! Stop, take a break, get your breath together, drink water and continue. Because this workout is so intense, that even if you work with half the intensity you should be doing, you will STILL get some results. That’s how good this series is. I admit, I was taking breaks every 5 minutes during this workout because I just couldn’t keep up in the first few days but now I that I am progressing, I still take breaks but lesser.

3) MODIFY THE MOVES IF NEEDED. I have a bad knee, ankle and shoulder so sometimes it’s hard for me to do certain exercises in this series because there is A LOT of jumping, squats, pushups, and whatever else in between. That didn’t stop me though. I modify the moves a bit so that I am still at least doing a variation of what they are doing so that I’m still working. One example is the jumping squats. So like jumping jacks but when you land, you have to land in a squat. Since I have a bad knee, that’s really bad for me so I don’t do a full squat. I do about a quarter squat but I still at least put the effort into the continuous jumping. I have to say though, being in day 6 of this series, I have been able to do actual half squats now which is a great progression in my strength.

4) DRINK LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER! Trust me … you feel the uttermost dehydration doing these workouts. I have a whole 2 Liter jug with me and I drink as much water as I can. During the first 2 days, I took tons of breaks and drank water each time. You will be sweating so much (it pretty much looks like I am in the middle of a shower because I sweat so much) that you need to keep hydrated at all times.

5) KEEP GOING AND DON’T GIVE UP. Yes, this is one of the hardest workouts out there right now but you will feel so good after each one regardless of whether you finish each session or not. On Day 3, I pretty much stopped about 3/4 through but because I still gave what I could in that 30 mins, I still felt empowered, happy and proud of myself. I’ve only been at this for a week but I’m already seeings some results. I already feel some muscles coming and I’ve already lost about an inch and half off my stomach and my hips. Seeing results already is making me want to do it more and I’m pretty determined to get through the whole 60 day challenge and see what I’m really made of. It gets addicting after a while. Now I see why my fiance is addicted to going to the gym LOL.

If you have the will … give it a try. I am have already warned you that it isn’t easy but if you continue on with it … absolutely you will be so happy with yourself mentally, emotionally AND PHYSICALLY!!! If I can do it, so can you because I HATE EXERCISING!!

 




Wonderful Memories of Summer
2nd June 2014

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The beautiful weather is finally here!  I just hope it lasts considering Vancouver is notoriously known for its ever-changing weather with a finger snap.  So far so good and I hope it stays since it’s finally feeling like summer.  It’s time for BBQs, birthdays, summer outings and whatever else can fall into the category of wonderful summer memories (of course – the most memorable for me at the moment is my wedding in two and a half months!).

Yesterday was our first BBQ of the summer!  Having close relationships with a few of our neighbours, we planned an impromptu BBQ the night before for the semi-final hockey game (LA Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks).  Everyone (almost everyone) was rooting for Chicago but unfortunately they lost … Poor hubby was devasted but he’ll live LOL.  Despite that, we had a great time and a great set-up.  We laid down mats and blankets on the ground for some of us to sit and bask in the warm air, we had patio chairs, Ed brought out his big speaker to hook up my hubby’s phone to listen to the game, we had our grill going, the kids were playing mini floor hockey with their movable net … it was a perfect picture of summer.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.  These are the kind of moments that make me happy.  We all stayed out until dark but had to get to bed by 11pm since it was a work day the next day.

It’s never over though.  Next weekend on the 14th is my 29th BIRTHDAY BBQ!!   Everyone always looks forward to my birthday because I always plan a BBQ birthday and everyone always has a good time.  A few years ago, I planned one at the beach and it was always the one that people remember the most.  Tons of food, tons of kids and the most fun part of all … Ultimate Frisbee.  We had such a fun game.  Everyone was playing so hard, sweating but we were laughing our asses off because there were so many funny moments.  Again … I loved that so I always try to have an outdoors birthday.  Since now our backyard is pretty much connected to park, we are going to have our outdoor BBQ and then have games/sports in the park!  People are already saying they are bringing a frisbee, a basketball, possibly some hockey gear (there’s a b-ball and mini hockey court in the park), even some bocce bowling, capture the flag equipment … everything!  Plus there’s a fun playground in the park too so at least the kids can play there and they are within eye-sight so we can always keep an eye on them.  If it’s getting dark, guaranteed Aaron and Tracy will bring out their portable firepit (propane powered one so that we are not breaking any laws) and have a “campfire” out there too!  People always bring smores and hotdogs to roast because the little ones always get hungry after they have been playing all day.  I really cannot wait for it!!  Might as well have a really fun birthday since it’s my last birthday in my 20’s since I’m turning 30 next year (eeks!).

Another reason why I want the weather to stay … we are having our engagement photo shoot done this coming Sunday!  We have had to postpone it so many times because the weather was so weird over the past few weeks.  Everytime it said it would be sunny … it rains and when it says it’s going to rain … it’s nice … It was quite frustrating because I get so excited to have a photo shoot and then it doesn’t happen.  So hopefully, this weekend will be gorgeous and we can finally have a photoshoot!!  That’s why I have been trying to hit the gym hard over the last couple of weeks because I want to look good LOL.  Potentially one of those photos will be our guestbook (meaning I will blow up one of the photos and put it in a frame and just get people to sign it at the reception as our guestbook rather than the traditional guest-BOOK)  so I better look good! I hope I get some in time so I can post some up on here for a sneak peak!

And of course … the main reason I want the weather to hold up … is for our wedding.  It’s in two and half months and I’m hoping the weather will be amazing!!!  I can’t believe it’s coming up so fast.  I’m already having bad dreams that things will go wrong on the day of the wedding because I guess subconciously I am stressing out about the little details.  Last night I dreamt that my bouquet was wilting right in front of me and my bridesmaids had to keep pulling flowers out of the church pews and stuffing it into my hands to hide it but everytime they did, the flowers would just die.  Stupid little dreams like that … oh man … People don’t kid … weddings are stressful LOL.