Fitness Friday: Sore arms and spin classes.

You guys! Did this week fly by for anyone else. I’m extremely thankful it’s Friday but I also had a really good week. I really enjoy walking to and from work every day because it gets me moving especially when I spend the rest of the time sitting at my desk. I have also tried to get out and go for a short 20 minute walk at lunch as well, at least while the weather is still really nice! With this 12,000 step goal each day, I really pay attention to making sure I get lots of walking throughout the day in! Don’t forget to link up your fitness posts at the bottom!

Fitness Friday Canadian Girl Runs

Friday, September 16

Off (Work retreat in Jasper)

Saturday, September 17

5.0 mile run (9:11 min/mile)

Sunday, September 18

4.0 mile run (9:39 min/mile)

Monday, September 19

60 minutes walking to and from work + 20 at lunch

60 minute spin class (instructing)

Tuesday, September 20

60 minutes indoor climbing – bouldering

30 minute walk

Wednesday, September 21

60 minutes walking to and from work

90 minute spin class (instructing)

Thursday, September 22

60 minutes walking to and from work + 20 at lunch

60 minute spin class (instructing)

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For the most part my days this week looked like this: (6am) Wake up and get ready for work, (7:30am) walk to work, (8:15-12pm) work work work, (12-1pm) eat lunch and wander around downtown, (1-4:30pm) work work work, (4:30-5pm) walk home, (5-6pm) eat dinner and make my spin playlist and list of drills, (6-6:30pm) drive to the gym, (7-8:30ish) teach spin, (9pm) get home and have a snack and shower, (9:30-11pm) work on thesis revisions, blog, and catch up on my personal emails.

It was exhausting. It was also productive and fun and I tried new things like bouldering, and got to teach an extra spin class this week which is always awesome. I can’t wait for the weekend. I have my National Parks pass affixed to my rearview mirror and my hiking pack has been waiting for some action for a while. 🙂

What are you up to this weekend?

What was the latest fitness class/workout/thing you tried?

Are you training for anything right now?

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday #80!

Holy geez this week is flying by. I can’t believe how fast yesterday went. All of a sudden it was 4pm and I was almost off work and had to rush home to get ready for spin class. I had such a productive week that hopefully this momentum continues. I spent yesterday morning doing some summary reports for my manager, then met my friend for lunch and a seminar that was happening across the street from our work buildings, then the afternoon FLEW as I did some project research. My mom is the cutest and got to the gym before her fitness class started last night, so she called me on my walk home to chat! Speaking of chatting… woah, solid segway… this is Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Amanda at Running with Spoons!

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  • Last night was week two of my 90-minute spin class. OH MY GAWD. I was exhausted by the end and I hope my participants were too! We did a rock and roll playlist to get us sweating. At one point we were doing 10 X 1 minute intervals. I was smart and brought two water bottles, filling one with electrolytes.

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  • Before I left for spin, I went down to my car in the underground parking garage and the guy in the parking stall beside me left a note written in the dust on my driver window saying, “PLEASE GIVE MORE ROOM. THX :)” First of all, I was completely in my stall, so suck it. Second of all, my car needs to be cleaned if people can write notes in it.

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  • Kashi GoLean Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal is back in my life and I can honestly say my quality of life has increased tenfold.

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  • After my thesis defense (I promise I’ll stop talking about this soon), my committee told me to expand expand expand a few sections. You know what they told me a month ago? Condense condense condense.

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  • I went indoor rock climbing on Tuesday and it was SO MUCH FUN. A new boulder gym (no ropes) opened a few blocks away and I met up with two friends after work to do some climbing. It was such an awesome workout and my upper body was dead after an hour. We laughed and had a blast so I think we’re going to make it a regular thing! My triceps were sore yesterday!

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  • Who else is watching the World Cup? It’s fun to have hockey in September! That North America team is so fast and I kind of hope they take it to the final! Canada is always a great team to watch and seeing US get killed is just fantastic but these young guys are so good! Edmonton goes nuts whenever McDavid is on the ice.

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  • I can’t wait for the weekend. Does anyone want to go to Elk Island National Park with me? I need some nature time. I feel like I’ve been in the city too long.

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  • My mom keeps adding events to our family shared iCal, but they aren’t actually family events. She scheduled a facial for the weekend and I was so confused as to whether I had planned to get a facial this weekend. I constantly think I’m going crazy and I am missing events and appointments that I don’t remember making.

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I’ll see you tomorrow for Fitness Friday, but for now, it’s 10pm and I still have thesis revisions to do and I moderately enjoy my sleep so I need some of that too. Have a wonderful day!

Do you watch hockey? Have you watched some of the WC?

Have you been bouldering? What did you think?!

What is your favourite cereal?

A Slice of Brie Book Club: One True Loves.

I panicked when I had this book on hold for weeks at the library, as the book club date drew nearer, and I still didn’t have the book in my hands. Luckily this book is addicting and I finished it in three days (well, three late nights)… with plenty of time to spare to write up a review for book club. In case you missed the title… or the fact that I’ve said “book club” 27 times in three sentences, this is the September edition of A Slice of Brie Book Club, and we read, “One True Loves” by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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In case you haven’t heard of “One True Loves” before, here is a quick summary of what it is about from GoodReads.

“A breathtaking love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.”

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This book is a really quick read, and a great romantic summer weekend novel. I loved how invested I got in the book, and I kept asking myself what I would do in Emma’s situation. Based on some of my other book club reviews, it’s clear I’m a pretty emotional reader, so yeah, I cried reading this book. I don’t really remember which part, I think it was when Emma was writing her letter to Jesse asking permission to go on a date with Sam. I loved how opposite both men were, Jesse the wild and ‘never say no’ guy who was always traveling and exploring and had no desire to settle down, and Sam, who was happy doing things he loved in a comfortable place. It wasn’t crazy to me that Emma could love both men, because they brought out different sides of her and different parts of her life.

I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Emma and her sister too. I don’t have a sister but it was neat to read how envious they were of each other at different points in time. Emma always lagging behind her in high school and trying to copy the things she does, and then trying to get as far away from her as possible with Jesse in LA, then coming back home and trying to settle into that life just as her sister did. It was fun to read.

As far as how the book ended, I definitely was happy with the choice Emma made. I could see it coming when she talked about how Jesse never wanted to settle down and was always onto the next trip or next adventure. Emma was swept up in it at first but it was clear she wanted to settle down just a bit, talk about having kids, and maybe move away from their busy life a tad. At this point when she met Sam and she talked a lot more about the future with him, it was clear Sam would be the one to win out. I couldn’t imagine being in his position though, just waiting for her to decide between her husband and her fiance. I’m glad Emma chose him.

The one critique I have of this book is that it wasn’t long enough. I don’t mean that in a gushy way, I just mean I think both relationships, the one with Jesse, and the one with Sam, deserved more space in the book to develop. The book was about 350 pages and it could easily have been over 450. A lot of the emotions were over too fast and there was a lot to cover in such a short space. It was hard to invest completely in both men because they weren’t given a ton of room in the book. It’s hard to capture two distinct love stories in 350 pages so I definitely could have used more!

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Did you read this book? What did you think?

Who were you hoping Emma would chose?