Gainingorlosing's Blog

Long Weekend
June 30, 2013, 3:48 am
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I’m heading to Ottawa tomorrow to enjoy the Canada Day long weekend, and I am super excited for all the Canada Day festivities!

Back to today. It started off by continuing research about potential northern communities where I might want to go teach. There is so much to think about. I went to teachers college in Thunder Bay, ON and I like to think of that experience as my intro to the north. I now, I now, that’s a bit naive, but Thunder Bay really was a different world for me compared to Vancouver Island or Southern Ontario. I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to go to teachers college in Thunder Bay, it was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for amything.
Around mid- day the bf and I headed to the gym. I did NROLFW workout 5B, followed by some time on the dreaded rowing machine. I find my left hip always hurts after doing dead lifts, and I don’t think it helps that I do lunges on the same day. I tried doing the rest of the routine before without the dead lifts, and I had no pain. I do have a pre-existing hip flexor injury on the left side, so it’s not something that is completely new. I definitely need to invest more time stretching in general. The next time I do dead lifts I’m going to have my boyfriend come and watch my form, to see if there is anything I can correct. My bf is currently injured, so he spends all of his gym time in the pool right now and doesn’t see me lift. I’ve watched a lot of videos on dead lift form, so I think I know what I’m doing, but who knows maybe there is something I can correct.


My job hunt
June 28, 2013, 8:24 pm
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So it’s got to that point in the year where I can no longer spend hours searching through jobs sites saying to myself, “well maybe I could move there for a job”. It’s time to take the bull by the horns and actually apply. Don’t get me wrong, I have applied for jobs, but mostly in my area, or dream jobs I’m under-qualified for, and a few random overseas jobs. The only ones I’ve heard back from so far, were the random overseas jobs. I did a couple of Skype interviews, and got a couple of offers, but nothing fantastic enough to pack my suitcase and jump on a plane for.

I’ve also spent countless hours researching what school boards are looking for, I talk to people whenever I get a chance, and I pour over school board websites, and teacher online forums.

I’m at the point where I am seriously considering moving to Nunavut to find a job. So, I acquired a new criminal record check since Nunavut requires a criminal record check with vulnerable sectors screening completed within the last two months. Today I started applying for jobs. I had to work on my cover letter yet again, and create a cover letter that incorporates my philosophy of education. Then I had trouble emailing my pdf files, because the receiver thought it was spam!

So why would I go to Nunavut when I could go teach in Peru or Thailand? Well honestly I want to pay off my student loan, and I think the experience I would get in Nunavut will help me as I further my career.

Wish me luck, the hunt is seriously on!

School’s out for summer!
June 25, 2013, 11:32 pm
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I started my day with a 5k run outside, followed by NROLFW workout 5A at the gym. It was tough to get out of bed at 6am before it got hot, but it was worth it.

Today is the last day of the school year, and since I’m an on call teacher I didn’t get called into work today. It’s not official, I am unemployed for July and August, and I have yet to secure full time employment for September.

I am excited for summer. I have yet to decide what course I should take this summer, one in special education which is very applicable to the classroom, or one in child psychology which is less applicable to the classroom, but more applicable to my future desire to obtain a masters degree. I need to decide this week, since whichever distance course I choose will be short and intense.

I’m looking forward to lazy days reading in the sun, running, swimming, biking, hiking, BBQ’s, spending time with friends and family, and anything else the season has to offer.

I’m heading to BC to visit my friends and family in the middle of July for about a month, which is very exciting. I promise to share tons of photos with you of Vancouver Island.

Sugar Addict
June 24, 2013, 11:19 pm
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Hello Friends,

Yesterday I wrote about some of the negative health effects I experienced prior to turning 30 due to my poor diet. So I know what I have done wrong, and I am taking steps to change it, but something stands in my way. That something is my addiction to sugar. I love the sweet stuff, cakes, chocolate, ice cream, if it has sugar in it odds are I want to eat it. So what do I plan on doing to combat my sugar demons?

1. Start the day with a filling high protein breakfast.
By starting my day with a filling high protein breakfast, I am more likely to stay satisfied throughout the morning, and able to stay away from the treat stash in the staff room during first break.

2. Make natural sugars accessible.
My body is better equiped to digest the natural sugars found in whole fruits versus the sugars found in an Oh Henry bar. By rinsing my fruit when I first come home from the grocery store, it makes it easier to grab a handful of grapes or some raspberries when I want a sugar fix. Also I have recently started to put a hard boiled egg, and a piece of fruit in my purse. every time I leave the house. It makes life a little easier to have some prepared snacks on the go.

3. Plan indulgences.
Am I never going to have that Oh Henry bar ever again? It’s pretty doubtful, but by planning small sugar indulgences into my life it will make me less likely to binge on an entire tub. I plan on making my indulgences high quality ones instead of chocolate bars from the dollar store. For example last night I had a cup of strawberries and two squares of 90% cocoa, dark chocolate. It certainly hit the spot even though it wasn’t my normal sticky sweet carmel chocolate bar. I also need to be more aware of my portions when I have something sweet, a little treat is fine, a meal sized slice of cake is not.

4. If I mess up, I can start over immediately
If I cave in and eat a meal sized slab of chocolate cake one lonely afternoon, it doesn’t mean I can continue with poor eating habits for the rest of the day. I need to brush myself off, and get on with healthy eating.

5. Think of the benefits of a lower sugar diet
I am aware that my mood is often effected by my sugar intake as is my skin. Of course my waistline is negatively impacted by eating mounds of high sugar high fat creations. I plan on focusing on my goals and reminding myself why I feel better emotionally and physically without refined sugar.


My Skin
June 21, 2013, 1:32 pm
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Recently I looked at an old picture of myself that was taken about eight years ago. What I noticed right away wasn’t just how much thinner I was, but how amazing my skin looked. I don’t want to live a life where so much pleasure and pain is centred around food. I want to live a life where I have energy, and vitality and food is there to provide nourishment and help me to achieve my fitness goals.
Many people do not believe in cutting out foods groups, while others believe for there own bodies some foods are just not compatible.
About four years ago I went to a naturopath for the first time, and was placed on a severely limiting diet after completing a vega allergy test. At the time I was experiencing a lot of digestive problems, and major PMS symptoms. Food can heal us or make us sick. A little over a year ago I went back to the naturopath, because honestly I never stuck to her instructions for more than a couple of months. My major concern when I went to see the naturopath was my skin. I had developed a rash on my left check that wouldn’t go away. I tried over the counter creams, prescription medication and creams, change my soap, laundry detergent and any other possible offender with no luck. I knew there was a food connection, because when I cut dairy out of my diet my rash would improve, but wouldn’t completely go away.

Back to my visit with the naturopath.
Amazingly my food sensitivities had improved, but I still had some major ones. I have food sensitivities which include: sugar, sulphites, and cow dairy. Under the direction of a naturopath I have been instructed to not eat these foods, and to limit wheat (previous sensitivity to wheat and gluten). Sugar in whole fruits has be okayed, and Stevia a natural sweetener, but that’s it. No honey, no Splenda, aspartame, maple syrup, etc. Sulphites have over fifty chemical names which are listed on the nutrition label of most packaged foods. Sulphites are also found in wine, unfortunately.
So other than being tired, sad, having an upset stomach, and experiencing extreme PMS, why would I ever want to give up sugar? The answer is my skin! I want to have clear, radiate, youthful looking skin. I know that my skin the largest organ of my body is a reflection of how I treat my body. The sun I expose it to, the fluids I give it, and the food I digest.

June 21, 2013, 1:24 pm
Filed under: NROLFW

After a two month unplanned break I started back at my NROLFW routine earlier this week. I hadn’t even finished the first stage when I stopped, but this last week has shown me how much strength I have lost by not regularly lifting weights. I’ve had to drop all my weights and my push-up form has suffered. Today was my workout with squats and push-ups, and it was tough. I started with squats and my legs burned for the remainder of the workout.

I’m determined to train through the summer, and not only have increased strength and endurance, but run a 10k later in 2013. I haven’t found a race yet, because honestly I’m not sure if I am going to move for work or not in September, but I won’t let any major life changes stop me from training.

A Morning in the Sun
June 20, 2013, 3:24 pm
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Good morning,

Yesterday I stayed at home until 9am to see if I would get called into work. I didn’t get a call so I headed outside for a jog/ walk up a hill by my house. The route I took was straight up and down the hill for a total of 5.4km. It was so hard, I only recently started running again on the treadmill. This was my first outdoor run since January, and it was up a hill! The only way I will improve though is if I’m consistent and push myself.

Afterwards I came home showered, caught up on emails, and had an early lunch of tuna mixed with miracle whip, rice crackers, cucumber, hummus, and two chocolate cookies. I also ate a peach which didn’t make it into the picture.


It was delish.

After relaxing and reading outside, I took a walk into downtown Trenton to do some errands. It was a fantastic sunny day.