- lighter training week, due to 3 assignments, 3 final exams and 2 class presentations which all happen in the next 2 weeks.
- 5km santa shuffle on sunday morning.
- more weight to lose (i am down at least 4lbs since starting this whole "healthy eating challenge" 3 weeks ago)
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Last week, I had the chance to go to see Michael Franci and Spearhead play at the metropolis here in montreal. I went with three girls from nursing (who are not direct entry students... Look ma, I am making new friends!), who branched out on a limb, because they had never heard of him. I have been a “late arriver” on the Michael Franci scene amongst my friends, but here I am. And, I like it. We danced, we laughed, we jumped, and we sang along. He is a great performer, who seems genuinely thankful for the progress that he has made in musical career, and for his fans. It interacts amazingly, and he has great rapport with the people watching.
And, it got me thinking. I love music. Even more, I love LIVE music. I remember when I was young, I grew up going to the Folk Music Festival in Edmonton. Though, my first “real” concert was when I was 12. I dyed my hair green with kool-aid, and went with friends to the Greenday Dookie concert. I was hooked.
Live music is amazing. And, why do I say it can make someone thrive? Well, because I feel that many times, you thrive when you feel good. You thrive when you feel happy. You thrive when you feel connected to your environment.
And, live music can allow you to do these things. It can cause you to escape yourself a bit, and escape the surroundings of day to day life, to connect to the sound and the movement and the sights. to let loose and think. Or not think. To dance. Or to not dance. To be introspective. Or to not be introspective. And, it is sure that musicians have that way with words. That way that allows our thoughts to be expressed in sound, or in the poetry that is attached to the sound.
And, for me, it doesn’t matter if it is a reggae-dancehall-acoustic concert, or if it is a sit on the grass/in a coffee shop listening to someone strum a guitar, or if it is a stadium with 10’000 other people. It still lets me feel connected. And, that makes me feel like I can thrive. (especially when, I cannot play music very well myself! I am glad other people can!)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
- sweet patagoina softshell jacket? check.
- shell mittens gotten for 3$ from MEC when i worked there? check.
- warm under gloves for those said mittens? check.
- Merino wool buff that can be a balaclava, neck warmer, scarf or head cover? check.
- fleece headband for ears? check.
- ski goggles? check.
- gortex pants? check.
- gaiters? check.
- good shoes and boots? check.
- base layers, midlayers (fleece)? check.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
- coaching dramas with rowing.
- too much work.
- having someone die while on a shift at the ICU (not my patient. but, a first none-the-less.)
- leaving victoria.
- not getting all my workouts in.
- slicing open a finger on a beer bottle that broke in transit in my bag on the way back from victoria.
- a nasty sinus infection.
- missing the boy i like.
- crying at the rowing gala due to pure overwhelmedness of the season.
- first indoor training ride.
- not getting out to go to church.
- having a nurse give me test results and subsequently say "Oh, i have no idea what that means. there is just a circle around it. i am just supposed to tell you to make sure you get a followup appointment in december."
- crying at the rowing gala due to how proud i am of everyone i coached this season.
- starting feeling like i am back on a regular training schedule.
- starting a "healthy eating challenge" with boy i like.
- michael franti concert on wednesday night... cause that is the sound of sunshine coming down.
- having adorable not-so-straight boys lick my face while laughing and laughing.
- finding a convenient master's swim team/triathlon team to swim with.
- the exceptionally warm weather.
- having the rear hub on my commuter bike fixed.
- working out. eating well. getting work done.
- the amazing things i am learning at clinical.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Most of the problems you are having is due to your diet change and activity change(possibly). You immune system is down because it is trying to battle the gut which is being forced to have items digested that it doesn't want to digest. Your diet for the past few years has not included some things and your body has enjoyed it. Now that you are reintroducing grains and meat, your body is trying to switch over and is not winning. Also, when you go from high activity to low activity, your body still produces adrenalin each day after you stop the high energy cycle as if you were continuing. If you don't train down, then that adrenalin accumulates and you end up feeling terrible, tired all the time, and depressed without having a reason for it.
The solution is to allow your body to recover. Get back to eating right and allow your immune system to increase without having to battle energy with all the other stuff. Whether you rest and allow the immune system to recover or begin to SLOWLY increase your activity to get it going again depends upon how your body responds. If you start to go to a workout and your body is saying it doesn't want to, then don't. Listen to what your body is telling you.
So, thanks, Dr Adams. And, thank you coach for getting me off my ass, and exercising again. Energy level? I highly anticipate your return. :) Here's looking forward to the 2011 season. May you be fast, and exciting, and even better than this past season.
finally, a few black and whites that the boy i like took during his visit to Montreal. his Flickr Page can be seen HERE: