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I made it 3 months!
April 1, 2008, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Athletic

As of last night at 10pm (when my dance rehearsal ended) I have officially earned my new housecleaning services by exercising every day for three months! Good thing too because my new cleaning lady, Misty, is scheduled for tomorrow. Here’s the breakdown for my final month of exercise for the sake of avoiding housework:

  • I ran 14 times, went to 5 rowing classes and 4 dance rehearsals, went swimming 3 times, went on 4 walks, did yoga 4 times, did 2 strength workouts, and went snowboarding once.  That’s a total of 37 workouts, which tells you that six times in the last month I was crazy enough to do two workouts in one day.
  • I spent a total of 2,435 minutes exercising, or just over 40 hours
  • My average workout length was about 1 hour and 6 minutes, mostly due to long dance rehearsals (2 and a half hours) and rowing classes (2 hours)
  • I ran a total of 64 miles and my longest run was 13 miles, which I accidentally did on Saturday when I was supposed to go ten. At least now I know that I’ll be ready for my half marathon at the beginning of May. I’d say that was also my most hardcore workout (although there were some hill workouts that felt pretty brutal too).
  • My most fun workouts were the rowing classes, which I definitely hope to keep up during the spring and summer (dance rehearsals are a lot of fun too, but rowing was more novel).

I’m so used to working out every day that now it would feel strange not to do it anymore. I think I’ll make it my next goal to go another three months and then see how I feel about continuing for the rest of the year. The tricky part will be keeping up the workout schedule while I’m in China for most of May (woohoo! I’m going to China!!!) I guess if I can pull that off another 7 months after that won’t seem like much of a challenge.


2 Months Down
March 1, 2008, 4:11 pm
Filed under: Athletic

As of yesterday I’ve completed 2 months of exercising every day! Here are my stats for February:

  • 13 runs, totaling 44.3 miles and 585 minutes
  • 4 swims (195 minutes)
  • 4 rowing classes (360 minutes)
  • 4 dance rehearsals (510 minutes)
  • 3 walks (135 minutes)
  • 2 strength workousts (80 minutes)
  • 2 DDR sessions (70 minutes)
  • 1 yoga workout (40 minutes)
  • 1 bike ride (75 minutes)
  • 1 afternoon kayaking (180 minutes)

All in all I’ve spent a total of 2,230 minutes exercising, which is just over 37 hours. Just one more month and housecleaning services will be all mine. Yay!

1 Month Down, 11 to Go
February 1, 2008, 9:08 am
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3 days into 2008 I realized that I had exercised every day since New Year’s and the idea crept into my head that maybe I could keep that streak going for the entire year. It’s one month later (minus 3 days) and so far so good. My best motivator has been a nifty deal I made with my friend Margaret. She and I agreed that if we both succeed in exercising every day for 3 months we will buy each other housecleaning services! Unable to resist the opportunity to have someone else do all my cleaning, here’s what I’ve accomplished in the last month:

  • I’ve gone swimming 13 times, done 12 runs, taken 5 walks, and also mixed in some snowboarding, snowshoeing, swing dancing, DDR, and one strength workout. (To qualify, workouts have to be at least 30 minutes and once a week I’ll count a walk as my workout)
  • I’ve spent just over 33 total hours exercising this month, averaging about an hour per day.
    • 660 minutes swimming
    • 450 minutes running
    • 340 minutes walking
    • 270 minutes dancing
    • 240 minutes playing in snow
    • 40 minutes of strength training
  • My longest run was 6 miles, but I hope to improve on that next month
  • I’m not sure what my longest swim workout was, but I’d say at least 1500 yards. I’ll try to keep better track next month.
  • My favorite workout was the snowshoeing trip with Michele and Charlie (Photo!)
  • Most hardcore workout was probably the Resolution Run on New Year’s Day because of the polar bear dip at the end of the race (and because of the hangover…)

Yoga and Cats Don’t Mix
January 28, 2008, 11:40 pm
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So I just tried out the new yoga DVD I bought, Yoga for Stress Relief and it was just the thing I was looking for, with lots of relaxing poses that stretch out and open up tense parts of your body. By the time I finished the lower back chapters I felt like a happy puddle on my living room floor. The only hitch was my cat Mango, who was infuriated as I ignored her ingenious attempts to make me pet her while I was opening up my chest to let the radiance of my heart do something-or-other (the DVD did have some over-the-top verbage, I probably would have been snickering a lot if there had been anyone else watching it with me). Anyhow, Mango progressed from simple head-butting against my shoulder to laying on the floor with her head resting in my hand and staring up at me plaintively, and then finally she stooped to dragging her entire body across my hand just in case I had forgotten how the whole cat/hand contact thing worked. She finally gave up when I got to the legs up the wall pose and my hand wound up inconveniently under an armchair. She’s still looking a little disappointed in me, but I think I made it up to her at least partly when I discarded the over-stretched rubber band from my hair onto the floor and she got to enjoy a thrilling 5 minutes of stalking and attacking it.

January 28, 2008, 7:28 pm
Filed under: Athletic, Dancing, Design, Entertainment, Food, Music, Neat Stuff, Random, Travel

So I’m starting up a blog and I think it’s going to be about a lot of very random stuff. So just to get things started, I’m throwing together a quick sampler of the types of entries you might encounter as my blog continues….

Travel – I figure most trips I take will be worthy of at least a little blip in my blog, but I’ll try to keep things light, focusing mainly on the highlights. For instance, if I were to recap the visits to Iowa that I took last October, it might look something like this:

Had to go to Iowa for work over and over again. The first trip was slightly novel, but even that wore off pretty quickly. I have decided that I hate Northwest Airlines (cranky personnel, evil seating system that makes you sit in the back of the plane unless you join their little club, and no entertainment whatsoever on board. Grrr, I hate them). Almost no food in Iowa is really worth mentioning, but our hotel somehow managed to have this amazing chocolate cake with a molten center that comes with Haagen-Dazs ice cream, a big pile of whipped cream, and a small tureen of hot fudge. That cake may have been the highlight of the entire series of trips. The business stuff was okay, although it got a little repetitive by the fourth trip, and the real climax was on trip number three when Northwest sent my luggage to the wrong airport under someone else’s name. By the end of that week I was so frazzled that I almost burst into tears when I went to my local wireless store and found out that they no longer carry chargers for my cell phone (which was needed to replace the one still lost in my luggage, of course). And for some reason being in Iowa made me want to drink Coke all the time, which I almost never drink at home. It was a bizarre time…

Athletic Stuff – I tend to be always working toward some type of athletic something-or-other, so odds are it will come up from time to time. As for specific events you might hear about this year, I’m hoping to run the Vancouver Half Marathon in early may, I’m signed up for the Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay in July, and also for Cascade Bicycle Club’s RSVP in August. And I really hope I manage to squeeze in a triathlon this summer too.

Dancing – I don’t know how often this will come up, but I am in a swing dance performance troupe, so there’s bound to be an announcement or something whenever we have performances (expect to see us at Folklife in May!). Plus I might occasionally be inclined to rave about a particularly excellent night out dancing, like two weeks ago when a friend from the troupe persuaded me to go dancing at the Highliner, a gritty little dive bar at the fisherman’s terminal. I got to dance with super great dancers (including of course Mike, the troupe guy, who is a blast to dance with), and I had this one amazing dance with a random guy I had never danced with before named Steve, who I think may have been my dancing soul mate. It was awesome.

(if you’re curious about my troupe, it’s the Savoy Swing Club Performance Troupe)

Neat Stuff – One of the hazards of being a designer is finding really cool stuff that you really really want to have and then discovering how ridiculously expensive it is. A good example of this is the Selk Bag. It’s a sleeping bag with arms and legs and a big hood, so you can get up and frolic in the middle of the night without giving up the happy cozy warmth of your bedding, plus you get to look like a giant teddy bear. While recognizing that the practicality of this item is nearly nonexistent, I seriously want one. I actually think the cost may have come down since I first discovered this brilliant product, so don’t be shocked if you see a giant teddy bear-ish figure frolicking in the middle of the night.


(the designer’s website)

Music – Every once in a while I get pretty excited about some new song I’ve discovered or an awesome playlist I’ve just put together. I expect this enthusiasm will eventually spill over onto my blog.

Entertainment – Sometimes there are just entertaining things in the world which simply must be shared. For instance, I found this video on the blog of a boy I like and it made me like him even more:

(there might be a lot of copying fun things from other people in this category)

Food – I get pretty excited about really good food (or drinks), especially ice cream. In this category you might see raves about super delicious things I’ve discovered lately (like Margaret’s homeade apricot pistachio ice cream last night, where the apricot flavor permeated the ice cream in a truly amazing way) or rants about food gone wrong, like how it seems nearly every restaurant makes chocolate milkshakes with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup and it’s just wrong. Vanilla has no place in a chocolate milkshake and in my opinion the only way to properly make a chocolate milkshake is from chocolate ice cream (I personally choose Ultra Chocolate, made by Double Rainbow and sold at Trader Joes)

Random – I’m sure other nonsense will find its way into my blog as well, like updates on my exciting effort to knit a scarf and testing out the ‘world’s best paper airplane’ according to the dangerous book for boys.

Stay tuned!