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Music Monday

I’ve got some new tunes on my playlist! Also, I noticed I forgot some songs on my last Music Monday that I meant to add. So, here’s what I’ve been listening to lately.

If you click on any of the links they’ll take you to the song’s YouTube in a new window.

Alaska – Maggie Rogers (you may remember Maggie Rogers and this song from this video with Pharrell last year! She is killing it.)

Believer – Imagine Dragons

Cleopatra – The Lumineers

Cocoon – Milky Chance

Cruel World – Phantogram

Good Grief – Bastille

Green Light – Lorde

Help Me Out – The Wild Feathers

High Enough – K.Flay

Hoping – X Ambassadors (I also really love the message behind this song)

Love Is Mystical – Cold War Kids

Ophelia – The Lumineers (this was SO GOOD LIVE)

Picturing Love – July Talk

Reverend – Kings Of Leon

Silvertongue – Young The Giant

Who’s With Me – USS

Enjoy!

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Running and Workout Stuff (and a new playlist)

So it’s been a little over a month and a half of running three times a week, about 5k each time, and I gotta say…I am feeling pretty good about it.

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How long do they say it takes to make something into a habit? 21 days? Nailed it! I am not getting too excited though…because this has happened before (many times) and then I inevitably fall off the bandwagon. This is the reality.

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I mean, you guys know. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know my cycles with running. I start out feeling super motivated about it, kill it for a few weeks, start feeling all self-congratulatory about my running efforts, give myself all the pats on the back, write a grand blog post about how I’m back to running (this, by the way, is not going to be that blog post)…and then I inevitably slip back into not running. For months. And then I get into it again, and the cycle repeats. The worst is that every time I stop running for a while, when I start again it’s like starting over from the very beginning. I lose all my progress.

When I started six weeks ago I hadn’t been running since the fall, so I was pretty rusty. I would run for 2-3 minutes, walk for a minute, repeat. Then gradually I would up my running time, so run for five minutes, walk for one minute, repeat. The last two weeks I have been running for 10 minutes, walking for one-two minutes, repeat twice. Yesterday I ran for 12 minutes, walked for one, repeat twice. I am surprised at how easy that feels from when I started just a short while ago. I still don’t enjoy it all the time, but I am proud of myself for keeping with it and it’s motivating to notice improvement in myself. Once again I wish I could bottle up this feeling so that I remember how good it feels later when I’m back to being unmotivated. And the thing with running is, it totally changes my body composition and keeps things in check so my eating doesn’t have to be perfect. Wine and pizza on a Friday night? No problem.

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Also, last week Evan, our roommate (Evan’s friend Ian is living with us for about six months or so, not sure if I mentioned that yet) and I started going over to the gym before work and lifting weights. Just weights, no cardio (so actually last week I only ran twice and then did the weight thing with Evan twice). I started this on my own but when I’m by myself I really tend to half-ass the weights.

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So it’s much better having Ian and Evan as buddies. Evan is our “trainer” and put together a full body weights workout for the first couple of weeks that he calls the Noob workout.

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(He got the exercises and reps from here and put it into that spreadsheet). It’s going well. And can I just tell you how amazingly wonderful it feels to work out in the morning before work? When it’s 8am and I have already accomplished something that I will be feeling the effects of every time I move for the rest of the day, and the next day… That makes me feel pretty hardcore.

And I definitely like to be sore after my workouts, because if I don’t I feel cheated. There is no better feeling than that workout sore.

Evan and I are going to Cuba for a week next Friday, so I think the biggest test will be if we keep this up when we get back. Last year I had been decent with the workouts leading up to our Cuba trip around the same time, and when we got back I completely fell off the wagon. That needs to not happen.

Anyway, back to the running, just quickly. I absolutely cannot watch TV or read while running on the treadmill. I don’t know why, but I’d really rather stare at the wall/myself in the mirror/out the window and try to zone out. For the first month or so lately I was really into the podcasts while I was running, but the last couple of weeks I find myself drifting back to my old faithful music. So I’ve made a new playlist! You can find all my past playlists here.

Spring 2015 Playlist

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(clicking on any of the links will take you to the song’s YouTube video)

Best Look Lately – Dear Rouge

Black Sun – Death Cab For Cutie
Black To Gold – Dear Rouge
Budapest – George Ezra
Get Out The Way – Mother Mother
Harder Than Stone – City & Colour
Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) – AWOLNATION
I Bet My Life – Imagine Dragons
I Heard I Had – Dear Rouge (on a bit of a Dear Rouge kick)
Let’s Fall In Love – Mother Mother
Mess Is Mine – Vance Joy

Lucifer’s Eyes – T.O.L.D.
Riverside – Ages Obel (I love this song, but it’s slow so I usually use it for a warm up or walk break)
Sacrifice – Zella Day (from the Insurgent soundtrack, I like a lot)
Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na) – Freedom Fry
The Nights – Avicii
The Way Around Is Through – Live

Don’t forget music works best if you save those songs to listen to only when you are running, so then you are excited to listen to that music!

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Running…again. And a Playlist

What is this? Three posts in three days? I can’t remember the last time that has happened. But this isn’t really a real post anyway, so don’t get too excited (I know you’re probably not).

After quite a long hiatus from gym things, ol’ Evers and I are back to running on the treadmill. I was running outside a couple days a week when we had Bolt in the summer (Bolt doesn’t love running but he would do it for max 5k), but I haven’t ran since he has been gone, and now it’s cold. Well actually, the current temperature is probably just a few degrees lower than my favourite outdoor running temperature, but the bigger hinderance is that it is dark when I get home from work. I don’t feel that I live in the safest neighbourhood for nighttime running. Not that I feel unsafe being outside after dark, and I do think my neighbourhood has a worse reputation than what it actually is, but still…there are some dark corners. I suppose I could run in the morning before work, but that seems a little adventurous.

So, back to the treadmill. I have mentioned this before, but we really have no excuse for not gymming it up, because this is literally a 5 second walk from the lobby of our condo:

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Use of the rec centre is included in our condo fees and it includes two cardio rooms, a weights room (with ancient equipment, but it’s huge and it has everything), and more recently (it was under reno’s), a pool!

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We haven’t gone in the pool since its reopening and I know, WHY NOT?! It’s free, what are we waiting for? How inviting does that look? The one time we tried to go it was closed because of swimming lessons and we haven’t yet gone back. We’ve been busy, and I know, #excuses. We need to make it happen.

But we’re starting with the treadmill to ease us back into the gym things. This isn’t the first time we’ve started running again, and it probably will not be the last time we start running again (but we can hope). HOPEFULLY we make it a habit once again, because I can’t even count the number of times I have written about this before and I don’t want to lose your interest. So all this to say, I need some treadmill motivation, and for that I turn to the one thing that doesn’t make me want to die while running on the treadmill: music. I have tried reading or watching TV shows, but it doesn’t work for me. I need music. I haven’t posted one of my playlists in quite a while (last one was in April), so it is time!

Clicking on any of the links below will take you to the song on YouTube. Also, I find most of my music through online alternative stations and most of my friends do not enjoy the kind of music that I tend to gravitate to, so if you also don’t love it, that is a-okay. You do what you feel.

Aviation High – Semi Precious Weapons
Black Soap – Ex Cops

I really like this song so I’m making it a highlight:

Cool Kid – The Eeries
Come To Light – Arkells – I cannot get enough of this song at the moment, I do love my Canadian tuneage!

Dangerous – Big Data (feat. Joywave) – another highlight
Fever – The Black Keys
Giants – Bear Hands
I Lived – OneRepublic (touching video also)
I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers
I’m Only Joking – KONGOS
Left Hand Free – alt-J
Little Games – The Colourist
Love Runs Out – OneRepublic
Paris – Magin Man
Pumpin Blood – NONONO
Riptide – Vance Joy
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift (don’t judge, it’s catchy and I like it. Obviously it is better set to aerobics from 1988 so that is what I linked to. Also, someone needs to bring back 1908s aerobic workouts, because I would need no motivation to participate in that cheesiness. I wish I still had my mom’s Jane Fonda videos…)

Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
Take Me To Church – Hozier
White Lies – Max Frost
The Wolves – JJ And The Pillars
We Are Done – The Madden Brothers

And a few others from my last couple playlists on there. Yes I know it’s long, but variety is the spice of life! If you like, you can find my previous playlists on my handy playlist page.

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Weekend Eating + Workout Playlist

So the Cuba recapping is all done. Back to ye ol’ regular grind over here, meaning nothing too exciting has been going on.

This weekend was pretty low key. My friend Sherrie left for the Dominican on Sunday (am I allowed to be jealous even though I just came back from somewhere hot? because I am), and she has this tradition where she has a going away party whenever she leaves the country. So that’s what was going down on Friday night. I love a good friend gathering so I was all for that.

Evan and I stopped on the way for dinner at a Thai restaurant in my old Whitby neighbourhood called Sweet Basil Thai. I used to get takeout from there all the time and it was just as sweet as I remembered. I got the red curry chicken, which I can never seem to stray from.

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With coconut rice on the side. DELICIOUS. As you can see in the above picture my curry bowl is on top of another shallow decorative bowl, and my favourite way to eat curry is to put a few spoonfuls of rice on a separate plate and then spoon some curry on top, and then repeat. I thought that little half bowl would be perfect for that, so that’s what I did. Evan noticed this and said “I don’t think you are using that bowl correctly… I think it’s just for decoration.” I was very adamant though that the little dish was PERFECT for eating my curry the way I like. The server came over when we were finishing so I asked her if I used the serving bowl correctly and she immediately started laughing and said “No, I’ve never seen anyone eat out of that dish before. That’s why you have a side plate.”

Oh well. The dish was clean and adequate for getting curry into my mouth so that’s all that matters, right? We were really laughing about this.

We also got complimentary shrimp chips to start, which…tasted pretty shrimpy in chip form and I was not a huge lover of them.

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But I did love the peanut sauce it came with.

We eventually made it to Sherrie’s intimate gathering of about 8 people. It was REALLY fun. We played games all night and I laughed so hard I thought I was seriously in danger of having a heart attack. I took no pictures at all. Eventually everyone either left or went to bed and it was just Sherrie and I still up. We ended up staying up and talking until nearly 5am. I feel like I am still paying for that decision. My usual bedtime is around 10. I lived with Sherrie and her parents for a month about two years ago after a breakup and Sherrie and I would frequently have late night talks for hours, so it felt like old times.

On Saturday Evan and I had plans to visit Dawn and Mark and baby Scarlett, so we picked up Taco Bell for everyone and headed over around lunchtime. No pictures again, but it was a fun visit with them and the Taco Bell was pretty delicious. I got the taco supreme combo with soft tacos and it was so trashy and good. I haven’t had Taco Bell in YEARS.

We didn’t eat the most healthy dinner either… We came home and were both feeling lazy, so we got butter chicken and rice from an Indian takeout spot near us that Evan calls “Buddy’s Chicken.”

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Again, trashy and delicious.

Sunday was spent doing the usual groceries, laundry, etc. And we finally made dinner for ourselves. Stuffed green peppers (okay so those were purchased from the grocery store, but still a step up from the fast food we had been eating all weekend), steamed beets and salad with oil and vinegar.

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I felt like I ate crap for the majority of the weekend, so that was a nice change.

And that was my leisurely weekend.

I have still been trying to run a few days a week, and since the weather is still hit or miss (it’s snowing today, ahhhh!!!!) I have still been doing the mindless treadmill thing. Which means I need good tunes to run to, to distract myself from wanting to cut my legs off. Enter my Spring 2014 playlist!

Bad Blood – Bastille
Bleeding Out – Imagine Dragons
Cardiac Arrest – Bad Suns
Come With Me Now – KONGOS
Coming Of Age – Foster The People
Counting Stars – OneRepublic
Lightning Tent – Wildlife
Love Me Again – John Newman
Monster – Imagine Dragons
Shot Reverse Shot – Jack Johnson
Sleeping With A Friend – Neon Trees
Speeches – Walk Off The Earth (okay so this was on my last playlist, but I still really love it)
The Walker – Fitz And The Tantrums (playlist highlight!)

Yin Yang – USS (also a playlist highlight!)

If you like, check out my playlists page!

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Couch to 5k (again) and a Playlist

After three days of eating so much that I was holiday full (think Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc. – aka stuffing yourself silly), I woke up yesterday morning and my pants felt the snuggest they have felt in a long time. Like I am talking very snug. They’ve been a bit tight lately in general, as I haven’t been incredibly active (minus racquetball!) and I have just been eating with no regard to calories, but I haven’t given much thought to it (since the last time I wrote about this anyway).

But now it is getting dangerous. My pants are falling down and I need to keep adjusting, but not because they are too loose. That would be a nice problem to have, but no. They are falling down because my muffin top is pushing them away from my body. They are in danger of no longer fitting. If my pants are already not fitting and it’s not even Christmas yet (aka the season of eating), well then, we have a problem. I intend to fully embrace all the Christmas eating, which means I need to start being more active.

When I mentioned this to Evan, he agreed that his pants were also feeling quite snug lately, and was immediately on board with stepping up the level of activity around here. Excellent, because there is motivation in numbers. So I suggested we start a running regimen together. Evan has never ran before. Well obviously he has run in sports and things, but he has never run just to run. Just like me when I first started out. So, like me, we need to ease him into it so he doesn’t hate it. Enter Couch to 5k. The program I used when I wanted to start running.

So now it’s treadmill time. It is really convenient that we have a rec center attached to our condo building with a full cardio room. Last night was Couch to 5k Day 1. We will be doing this three times a week, and then who knows, maybe we’ll even go to 10k! But we are doing this and we’re not half-assing it. I am telling all of you so someone can hold our lazy asses accountable. Yes I can already pretty much run 5k without stopping, but I haven’t in a while and I’m very much out of practice. Plus I think it’s more fun to do things together, so I’ll be doing the entire program right along with him.

Since we’re going to be doing more mindless treadmill running (which, as you may know, I do not prefer), I need a good playlist to keep me into it! Here are the beats I have been loving lately:

A Light That Never Comes – Linkin Park with Steve Aoki
Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys
Let Her Go – Passenger (thank you to Liz at One Twenty Five for introducing me to this amazingness)
Love Will Save Your Soul – Grouplove
Mother – Said The Whale
Recovery – Frank Turner
Speeches – Walk Off The Earth (playlist highlight right here)

Stompa – Serena Ryder
Sweater Weather
– The Neighbourhood
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
Team – Lorde
Ways To Go – Grouplove
What I Wouldn’t Do – Serena Ryder

If you like those you should check out my playlists page.

And that is all for now, but I’ll keep you posted on how we’re doing!

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Push-ups and a Playlist

Big surprise, I haven’t gotten any better at push-ups since not attempting them in about a year.

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I didn’t expect to suddenly be good at them or anything, but I thought maybe I wouldn’t be so horrible. Nope. I had my second session with Gillian last night and this was pretty obvious when I tried to do my first push-up on a small step (so my body was inclined, which is apparently easier) and my arms buckled and I nearly fell on my face. I  did get slightly better, bit definitely nothing impressive. So it would appear this would still be me:

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I drew this a while ago. If you like you should check out my cartoon stories.

Luckily, Gillian doesn’t judge like the musclemen at the gym. And to be fair I have a pretty heavy chest region. I would say it’s probably the heaviest part of my body. Whenever I gain weight that’s the first place it goes! So we will just say that is the reason for my lack of upper body strength. The good news is there is a lot of room for improvement, so hopefully I can step it up. I will keep trying.

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Last night’s upper body party with Gillian wasn’t quite as hardcore as the lower body stuff on Monday (lower body is always harder in general I find). Lots of push-ups and push-up-type activities and resistance and core work going on. It was still tough, and my arms are very sore, especially when I attempt to lift them over my head. And my legs are still sore, so just hurting everywhere over here.

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But the good kind of hurt. The kind of hurt that means it’s working.

Anyway, I mentioned that I have still been running once or twice a week, and I have mentioned many, many times that a good playlist is very important to my running. And also that I try to save all the songs on my running playlist to only listen to while I am actually running, that way I am excited to run because I am excited to listen to those songs. It works in theory. I am constantly on the lookout for new songs to listen to, so I thought someone might be interested in my playlist. If you dig my jams the rest of my playlists are conveniently located on my playlists page.

Clicking on any of the songs will take you to the YouTube video:

Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Demons – Imagine Dragons
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford and Sons

(best video I have seen in a while, just kills me)

I Love You – Said The Whale
If So – Atlas Genius
Infinitesimal – Mother Mother
Out of my League – Fitz and the Tantrums
Pompeii – Bastille
Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
Tiptoe – Imagine Dragons
Trojans – Atlas Genius
Wake Me Up – Avicii

Again, I am always on the hunt for new music so feel free to leave me suggestions! Any push-up advice is welcome also.

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