Day 137: Cross training on the elliptical – badda- BOOM!

Someecard Funny!I want to start this off with a funny from my FAVOURITE FAVOURITE FAVOURITE comedian, John Pinette:

And I tried the low-carb bread. Have you tried it? It’s horrible. I tasted it. I thought the wrapper was still on. It’s not like it went bad, it never went good. They have “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter,” they should call it, “This Ain’t Bread.” ‘Cause it looks like bread, but it has no other properties of bread. I said, “You know what? I’ll butter it. That’ll make it better.” Butter won’t go on it. It slides right off. The butter’s like, “Where are you putting me?” Jam and jelly beads up and fall off it. Did they Scotch-guard this at the factory? You know what I’ll do? It’s okay, I’ll toast it. I’ll make a sandwich, I’ll toast it. It’s better when you toast it. It doesn’t toast. You can’t toast it. I’m out in the garage with a blow torch. It’s absorbing the heat like a space shuttle tile.

So getting up early the last few mornings has been a struggle (especially with little person battling illness…) But I managed to scrape myself out of bed and WALK, yes people, WALK to the gym this morning.

But before I get into my gym session, let me tell you a little story called, “The Girl who follows the rules and almost always gets hit in crosswalk”

It’s still dark out, I put on my running jacket with all of the reflective crap, so that people in space can see me. I head out. It’s a beautiful morning for a walk. I make it to the intersection. Wait a moment. Get the walk light and this jerk of a bus driver (Bus #7901 driving the #10 route) whips out (Right on Red) and proceeds to come up on the sidewalk so I have to back-off, thus limiting the amount of time I have to cross the intersection (which was already incredibly busy & quick.) I get it. It’s early morning. And God bless bus drivers because I don’t want that job – they put up with a lot of shit, but seriously? You make it REALLY difficult to defend you.

So the question I pose to Calgary Transit: the last time I checked, a walk light gives the pedestrian the right-of-way, not the vehicles sitting at the red light waiting for the opportunity to turn right UNTIL said pedestrian crosses safely. When did this change? 

I find it absolutely frustrating. You know why? Because I HATE jaywalking. Seriously. I don’t jaywalk. In fact, while in Chicago and EVERYONE was jaywalking I stood (in the rain) like an asshole until I got the walk light just so I wouldn’t (a) put my life in danger and (b) put someone else’s life in danger. Come on! I grew up in a small town and as asinine as it sounds, even if there were no cars coming I would still head to one of four cross walks in the mile long strip of our “downtown.” This is mostly so I wouldn’t be a hypocrite cursing pedestrians when driving and alternatively, cursing drivers while walking. It’s called respect.

At any rate, I did safely make it to the gym, albeit annoyed that I almost lost my toes to a bus driver who was in a real hurry to stop at the next stop and park. But I had a great session and worked my little heart out to CTV morning news – I love the Calgary team; they make me want to be a journalist because it looks like fun, not stressful (which I’m sure it is). They make it look so easy. Anyway, I completed just over thirty minutes on the elliptical and I’ll be doing 30 minutes of yoga later today when I can fit it in.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there!

If you have any ideas so that I can spice my cross training up, please share, share, share!! 

Day 133, 134 & 135: cross training in Chicago

chicago from the airSo I apologize that I haven’t been keeping up properly. I was away from home and totally out of my regular routine. We took off for Chicago last Wednesday. Got in late, but I still managed to get my behind out of bed by 6:30 that next morning (5:30 to my body) and hit the gym. I did AMT for 40 minutes and then another 15 minutes of yoga. It felt great! The best part of the day was walking around Chicago (mostly getting lost) and spending a few hours in Starbucks reading my clients new book (which is awesome, check it out!) After that I cruised around a bit. I found the Omni hotel where all of Oprah’s guests stayed. I stopped for a minute (like loonie) and took it all in. I could hear her do her like, “All guests of the Oprah show stay at the “Ommmm-ni” hotel in downtown Chicago…” Amazing. Then I headed back to the hotel – which was super cool too (KnickerBocker). The next morning I was up even earlier (5:50) and hopped on the bike for 20 minutes and the elliptical for 20 minutes. I did some yoga and headed up to the room, got ready for the day (which started at 7:30.) So we went to Speakers School from 7:30 – 4:00, had amazing sushi at this restaurant in Chicago called “Ai” So good. Then back to the hotel to work on a few things. And up again even earlier (5:45) at the gym for 45 minutes and out the door again for 7:30 a.m. We finished speakers school at 11:30, headed to O’Hare to fly back to Calgary. Now, because of the storm on the east coast we ended up sitting at the gate for over an hour waiting for crew members … then when we got to Toronto our flight was over two hours late (YAHOO!) Then when I finally got home at 1:00 am, my son woke up about 1.5 hours later throwing up. But I have to admit, as much as I LOVED my time in Chicago, I was pleased to be back home with him!

Hope everyone is doing well out there!