Tag Archives: fitness

Biking To Work Is The Bee’s Knees :]

5 May

W00t! I finally started biking to work! It takes me about 40 minutes each way, so I get a really good workout through it. Biking to work everyday (weather permitting) is one of my goals in May. I’m definitely going to keep this up. 🙂

Best Things About Biking To Work!

1. I get my share of vit D, sunshine and fresh air.

2. I arrive at work with a rosy glow on my cheeks and a Cheshire cat grin that makes my co-workers think that I got lucky the night before. 😉

3. I arrive at work energized and ready to go!

4. I get my exercise through my commute. And this is probably the only way I could ever bring myself to exercise in the morning. xD

5. I save on gas money and the environment. Yay! 😀

Worst Things About Biking To Work 😦

1. Some days when it’s hot, I arrive at work sweaty and nasty. Ew.

2. My bike seat is super hard and it really hurts my ass. I even bought a seat cushion, and it still hurts my ass. I just don’t have enough junk in my trunk to cushion myself. 😦

3. It’s only a matter of time before I get hit by an Asian lady driving a Honda in Markham.

I run this town!

2 May

I lived the Sporting Life to the fullest this weekend. 😉

Catching up with Pheebz

I went to Sporting Life @Yonge/Eglinton Saturday morning to pick up my registration kit for the 10K run. They have a chip that you attach to your shoe and you can sign up online for the time logged on the chip to show up on your Facebook wall within minutes of you finishing the race! How cool is that, haha!

I met up with Pheebz for lunch downtown. We went to Aunties & Uncles – long line up again, but worth it – and then went for gelato in Little Italy. Always good to see an old friend and catch up. 😀

Date Night with Yunjie

After, I went to Yunjie’s place and we went to Extreme Fitness together. I showed Yunjie a few strength workouts and we got to watch a really metro guy with tight jean cut-off shorts dance passionately to Britney Spears beside us in the fitness room, hahaha. Anywayyy, the workout was fun! Can’t wait to do more!

We had a rushed dinner and rushed off to see Date Night at Varsity. It was actually SOOOO funny! I wasn’t expecting all that much (I never do from these types of cheesy comedies) but I guess you can’t go wrong with comedic geniuses like Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. 😀 After the movie, we just went for coffee and chatted until I realized that I was past my bedtime! Had to sleep early for the run on Sunday!

Sporting Life 10K Run

Sunday morning. 6:30am. Rise and shine! Quickly ate breakfast with Yunjie (holy crap that girl woke up at 6:30 on her own accord to eat breakfast with me, lol) and dashed off to the race! The race site was a sea of runners. 15,000 runners all gathered in one spot, it was pretty amazing. And something about that crisp 7am air was so refreshing, it woke me right up even though I got out of bed so drowsy.

I was standing with my corral (they separate us into corrals according to the estimated time to completion) before the run started and everyone around me were talking about other marathons and triathalons that they had done, and I was like oh shit… I think I’m in the wrong corral, lol. They were actually seriously psyching me out, and I had to wait for like half an hour before the race actually started and I was getting the jitters, so I tried to stretch it off. xD But the race got off to a smooth start, and there wasn’t as much congestion at the start line as I’m used to.

0-4km – I was going strong, passing most people, and it was pretty easy breezy,

4km – I had to stop to pee, and I was in such a hurry that I busted open a port-a-potty with a guy peeing inside. He whipped around and was like WTF and I went on to find a vacant one, LOL!

4-7km wasn’t as strong but I was still holding my own and keeping up the pace, albeit with more strain

7-10km was damn hard! I was slowing down with every step, and by 8km, I felt like my legs were going to dislocate. My breathing became laboured, I started running with bad form, and people started passing me. So embarassing, haha. But all I needed was a sign that the end was near and by the 9km point, I had renewed energy to spring and burst past the finish line. What an amazing feeling! It’s just as great as they make it seem in movies, the feeling of gathering up the last bits of your energy to finish strong is unparalleled to anything! 😀

My final time was 53:02! I’m pretty proud of myself! 😀 And even though my groin felt really pulled and painful, it’s a good satisfying pain, haha.

Hot Docs with Philc

So after the race, I stuffed my face ravenously, got my medal, and hi-tailed it outta there because it was just starting to rain. I met up with Phil soon after and we went to Hot Docs, the documentary film festival to see Gasland. Overall, it was a pretty well-done documentary, with a good balance of humour and intrigue to keep the audience entertained and interested. After the showing, the producer came on stage to answer the audience’s questions. Seemed like there were a lot of gung-ho environmental activists amongst the crowd.

I’d be up for seeing another documentary next weekend if anyone’s interested (Sat only), I believe it’s the last weekend that Hot Docs will be in Toronto.

We went to Ka-Chi for um… my second lunch, then went around Honest Eds (that place is as random as ever haha) and Scarborough Town Centre before I got home to finally rest… and have dinner. Geez, I’ve felt famished the entire day. Just non-stop hunger.

Now I’m psyched for the work-week to begin! Have a good week, everyone!

Cheers! 🙂

My Playlist for the 10K Run

27 Apr

Just Push Play – Aerosmith

Get This Party Started – Pink

Hit That – M.I.A

Universal Mind Control – Common

Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna

Points of Authority/99 Problems – Linkin Park/Jay-Z

Run The Show – Kat Deluna ft Busta Rhymes

Hello Good Morning – Dirty Money ft T.I.

Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg

Run This Town – Jay-Z ft Kanye West & Rihanna

A Milli – Lil Wayne

Yummy – Gwen Stefani ft Pharrell

Run Devil Run – Kesha

Bring Em Out – T.I.

Yes – Lil Wayne ft Pharell

Anti Matter – N.E.R.D.

I’m In Miami, Bitch – LMFAO ft Pitbull

Forever (Travis Barker Remix) – Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem

Rock Star – R Kelly ft Ludacris & Kid Rock

Pump It (Travis Barker Remix) – Black Eyed Peas

Dope Boys (Travis Barker Remix) – The Game

Money Maker – Ludacris ft Pharrell

Telephone – Lady Gaga ft Beyonce

The Potion – Ludacris

Nah Nigga – Gucci Mane ft Pharrell

Breathe In, Breathe Out – Kanye West ft Ludacris

Run It – Chris Brown

Sexyback (Remix with Clipse) – Justin Timberlake

YEAAHHH, GETTIN’ PUMPED!!!

Haha… alright, peace out!

Mother Nature Shits On Me

27 Apr

Frig.

Mother Nature hit me with a one-two punch and imparted her monthly gift on me just a few days before my 10k run. Dammit to hell. This screws up all of my training plans for the pre-run week, and it’s left me craving candy and cookies non-stop. 😦

Arghh… this is my least favourite part about being a girl, with “having to wear a bra” being a #2 that doesn’t even come close.

In light of this mishappening…

I’m ramping down my pre-run workout plan:

Monday – writh in pain

Tuesday – writh in pain + yoga

Wednesday – dance class

Thursday – bike to & from work

Friday – trial 10K run, if my cycle allows it

Saturday – going to Extreme Fitness with Yunjie, I’ll probably do some strength training and jog a little, keep it relatively light

SUNDAY IS THE BIG DAY!

8AM RUN!

My goal is to do the 10K in under an hour. It took me about half an hour to do my last 5K, so I think 60 minutes for 10K is pretty ambitious for me and my midget legs. Besides, I know what these races are like, the first 500m is so crowded that you’re practically shuffling forward inch by inch until the crowd clears enough for you to break out into a run.

Ganbatte to me! 🙂

The Summer I Was 88lbs

14 Apr

In January 2007, my dad had the great idea of everyone in the family recording our weight at the beginning of every month. I thought it was uber lame 3 years ago, but now, it’s kind of interesting to look back on it and reflect.

Every high and low point on this chart has a story. The most interesting one, needless to say, is point B.

I was 88lbs summer of ’07. That’s right… 88lbs.

How did this happen???

Well, I took up exercising with a fervour. And it was cardio only. Unlike most people, I actually love to run. I could plug into my mp3 player and run and run and run non-stop. And that’s what I did that summer, lol. Plus, I got into the habit of biking or walking to get to most places, and would regularly take walks during breaks at work to stretch my legs.

Along the way, I picked up a lot of small habits that contributed to living a more active lifestyle.

Sounds good so far, right?

I also started paying attention to what I ate too. I would refuse to eat white rice, and cook my own brown rice for dinner, much to my parents’ annoyance. This is also when I started eating 6 small meals a day, bought only low-fat & low-sugar packaged foods, cut my sodium intake down, and made my own food so I would know exactly what I was eating…

So nothing out-of-the-ordinary for any healthy person, I guess.

But within months, my weight dropped to 88lbs. I got my body fat percentage checked 3 times (since it can be inaccurate sometimes) and it averaged 7%… which is freakishly low for a female. Long story short, I went to the doctor to get myself checked… from TSH results, my doctor told me that I actually have a very slow metabolism (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism? I can’t remember which one), so it was quite the opposite of what I expected the test results to show.

At this point, I was incredibly confused, but since I couldn’t really blame my thyroid for the weight loss, I figure I had to be doing something wrong. So I did the stupidest thing I could’ve done. I just stopped exercising and ate nothing but unhealthy food for weeks. Within a couple of months, my weight skyrocketed back to normal (I also felt like crap, like those actors who have to gain 50lbs of weight to play a fat-guy role, lol).

I slowly brought my eating habits back to normal, keeping most of the same dietary habits as before. In order to prevent weight drop again, I took up strength training (finally!). I bought a 5lbs and 10lbs set of weights and slowly incorporated strength training into my routine.

I still love to run (in fact I’m doing 10K of it in a couple of weeks ;)) but I’m also doing strength training now more so than ever. It’s a little addictive, actually. I totally understand the mentality of the girl who’s afraid to turn into the hulk if she picks up a dumbbell twice a week – I was that girl at one point. But no longer! 😀

To this day, I still don’t know what I was doing wrong 3 years ago that made me lose so much weight. Maybe just overdoing the health craze thing? I don’t know if it can be attributed to that much weight loss though. I mean, my habits back then are pretty similar to my habits now.

Hmm… mysteries of the world.

Anyhooo, so there’s a chunk of my life that’s no longer yet to be told. 😉

Cheers!