Summer Update

Summer is quickly coming to a close, and while I’m kind of sad that I’ll have to pack away my shorts and tank tops, I’m looking forward to the new beginnings associated with September. (And laying my clothing and pumpkin/cinnamon everything)

I managed to move off the wait lists of doom and am now enrolled in a Kinesiology class, a math class and a chemistry class. Only three, but I think it’s a good amount of course work for a transition term. I didn’t need to take 5 classes per term anyway, so it works out perfectly. I’m waiting to see if I’ll get knocked off the wait lists for math and chemistry for the January term. Fingers crossed.

Life in the dating scene… is… well, y’know. Boring? I shouldn’t say boring. The local scene is boring. Men are stand off-ish, and online dating is strange to me. I’m still seeing The American. He is lovely. I get to see him once or twice a month usually, but we talk daily. It’s one of those we-shall-see-where-it-goes kind of things. I’m guarded, but I’m excited about him. Does that make sense? No? Okay, nevermind.

Work has been a roller coaster of Bullshit, capital B. You can read about the company I work(ed?) for HERE and HERE. The Vancouver studio didn’t get paid like we were supposed to on Aug 7th, we all walked out that Friday, didn’t come in Monday. Got a new contract from the new company that had bought the old one… got our paycheques on the Tues. The whole transition process is a cluster fuck and no one seems to know what’s going on.

Basically I have another week left of this nightmare and then I get to go back to school, AND I start work at another studio, one who isn’t going bankrupt and will actually pay its employees on time. The downside? They took away the coffee machine the other day! Lucky for me, Gastown has a plethora of cafes to choose from.

I’m also officially off the mortgage. Huzzah! And now I can finally apply for a visa and a student line of credit.

This has been a twisty, turny, bendy, jumbly, fucked up, upside down summer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a blast for the most part. But there’s always been that work/school admin stuff to deal with. But life is good, I am good. And I’m happy.

I’m super excited to see what September has to offer me.

#Project20 is still going

It’s been a full week (maybe a bit more?) of biking 18km total (11 miles) to and from work. My legs are no longer jelly when I step off the bike, and my sit bones are almost un-bruised now.

I’m forcing myself to bike to and from work every day in Aug, by not buying a bus pass. And it’s actually working out for the best. I can get to work quicker than if I bused, and even though I’m sweaty and gross when I finally do get to work, I have a face cloth I can wipe my body down with, some dry shampoo and face wash to freshen up, and a brush to make sure I don’t look like a homeless person.

I don’t know if there’s much of a difference in how I look, but I feel better.

My knee is still clicky as all hell and aches when I walk downhill, BUT! But…. I can sit cross legged now, so that is a sign that things are getting better. Right?

I’ve been meaning to start doing some tabata or HIIT training while at home during the evenings when it cools down, but when I get home at 6pm, all I want to do is shower and eat. And then… well I’m clean, why would I want to get sweaty again? I need to force myself to do some work outs before I do anything else when I get home. Even if it’s just 20 minutes.

I’m already in my damn work out clothes for fuck’s sake.


#Project20 – Day Whatever

I stopped going to the BJJ gym about two weeks ago. Today would be the last day of my membership anyway. It’s mostly because I’m so uncomfortable stepping foot in the BJJ gym that I’d rather not be there. I keep hearing of some not great things happening there and I don’t want to be associated.

I’m still eating very healthy, and the weight is coming off slowly but surely. I keep thinking I should take up running or something because it’s free and easy to do. But I hate it, and it hurts my knee.

I went rock climbing (bouldering) last weekend with The American, and that was fun. My lats were a little sore, but they’re good now.

I’ve been biking to and from work all week as well! 8.5km each way with about 2/3 of that uphill on the way home. Which makes for a bit of a slow grind, but I’m sure in time my legs will thank me. My bike is a bit heavy, it’s a mountain bike/commuter hybrid type thing, and I’m looking to upgrade to a road bike at some point.

I’ve been using Google Tracks to time myself and I think I’m making pretty good time. It took me 32 mins to get to work this morning, and that was a slow grind up the first 1/3, and then on the 2/3 of going downhill I seemed to hit every possible red light. But I clocked 37km/hr (23mph) at one point, so that’s pretty neat.

The best part is that it takes me 30 mins to get to work via bike, and 45 mins on the bus. So I get an extra 15 mins of sleep! Because that’s what counts right?

It’s really more like… 15 mins at work to sponge bath and wash my face though. It’s been a bit hot, and it seems like as soon as I get off the bike I’m drenched in sweat.

So that’s where I’m at now. Biking about an hour a day, wishing I could do BJJ but can’t, contemplating running, and thinking about how I can lift weights without going to a gym.

Still trying my best to eat well.

#Project20 – Day 9

Well some good news. I’m down 3lbs from the start, I feel a bit “tighter” over all, and I squatted 100lbs, instead of 70lbs for 5 sets of 5 . I did this after a hard class of BJJ and it was still surprisingly easy. My legs are not sore at all this morning. So I apparently can do another set, add more reps, or add more weight. I still don’t know what my PR is, and I don’t want to find out until I have a spotter or until my knee isn’t in pain.

I didn’t do the bench press because even though the weight is low, I don’t want to do it by myself. Just a bit nervous. And I didn’t do that row because I was actually really tired from BJJ anyway.

I have to go grocery shopping at Costco tonight. It’s been a while, and I’m out of fruits and veggies. My poor empty bag of spinach. I’m also going to buy more tupperware so that I can make a few lunches in one go for the week.

I’m also switching BJJ schools for the last month before school. Some not great things have reached my ears and I’m not comfortable training there. Beyond that, I won’t be able to afford it come fall when I won’t be working. I’m hoping to still have a regular gym I can go to so I can still work out and stay healthy.

We shall seeeee.

Today is a rest day because I have errands I have to run. And I had to wash my gis and stuff last night and it’s still not dry. Oops.


#Project20 – Days 6 , 7 & 8 >> weekend recap

I was supposed to this work out on Friday – Squats (70lbs) Bench Press (50lbs) and Barbell Row (70lbs) – but because it was hot and I was lazy and the rack was being used, I went home and moved my shit to the other room.

And then went on a near homicidal rage when my idiot (ex) flatmate came into my room at 1:00am when she couldn’t get into her suite. Long story, pain in the ass. She tried to move her stuff at 2am, I locked her out because that’s a stupid time to move and I was trying to sleep. I woke her up at 8:30am and told her to move her shit then. New flatmate is much nicer, and quieter. Not even “quieter” just… She goes to be at a normal time and isn’t crashing around at midnight. It’s a welcome change to have a flatmate with a normal schedule and manners.

Saturday I spent walking around for hours with my mother at a music festival/summer block party.

Sunday I helped my brother move. Moved a shit ton of stuff up 4 flights of stairs in +30C heat. I feel like that should count as my work out. I was drenched.

Today I will be doing my missed 5×5 work out. Although I may add weight to the squat if I find it a bit too easy after the first set. The row will probably be fine though. I have weak arms that need to become stronger.

Eggs for breakfast and snack, tilapia and salad for lunch. Not sure about dinner yet. Forgot to defrost meat so I may be eating just veggies. Hah. Or peanut butter. Because adult.


#Project20 – Day 4 & 5

Yesterday was a rest day. Was probably supposed to do cardio, but I had to pick up the last straggling items from my old condo. It’s a good thing it was rest day because I didn’t sleep. I had to get up at 1am and tear a strip off Godzilla for slamming doors like a freak.

I was on point with the noms though. Veggies, chicken, tuna, veggies… veggies… and my quinoa pasta stuff. Yup.

Last night was also the last night I had to spend with Godzilla in the suite. She ended up moving a bunch of her stuff to the other suite at about 10:30pm and then was silent for the rest of the night. ‘Twas great!

Only complaint (okay, two complaints) is that I left a note on her door yesterday morning asking her to take the kitchen garbage out that evening (because today, Friday, is garbage day) because I wouldn’t be home. She didn’t, so I had to do that this morning before the truck came. Whatever.

Second complaint, is that she used my tupperware. Not many things bother me, but using my tupperware is a big one. I use it to store my food and bring my food to work. And when I am unable to do so, it bothers me. It bothers me more so, because there’s a post-it note ON the tupperware saying “Do NOT use!” and it’s also on the list on the fridge. So I woke up this morning to one of my containers on the counter, unwashed. Irked. But again, whatever. She’s gone today and I will be able to actually communicate with my new roommate.


Today I will do an hour of BJJ and then another 5×5 day.

I was supposed to do Squats (70lbs) Bench Press (50lbs) and Barbell Row (70lbs) but someone else was using the rack and I didn’t want to wait another hour for them. Plus it was just way too hot to want to do anything.

I’m a little surprised at how much easier it is to squat 70lbs with a barbell than it is with dumbbells. Maybe it’s just because I don’t have to worry so much about grip. (I can really only hold about 30lbs in each hand because shit starts slipping around). I know these are impressive numbers, but I’m pleased so far. I’m just happy I started lifting. I’m happy I have training partners who are/were willing to show me how and what I need to do.

After, shower, tilapia for dinner and moving my stuff into the other room. Should be a quick set up. I don’t have a ton, just clothing, and a couple boxes.

Looking forward to waking up to sunlight in my bedroom :D

Life is good. Life is good. Life is good.