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Saturday, February 6, 2016

February

I've been a little quiet on the blog lately. I haven't forgotten about this space, just been super busy. Work is going great, been acting in an even higher position (I now supervise someone). Work definitely keeps me busy as I'm learning so much new stuff and training someone. 

My grandfather just got out of the hospital on Friday. He had gone for a simple knee replacement just before Christmas and had quite a few complications. He ended up in ICU, and almost flat lined a couple times, but he's a fighter and made it through and now he's home.

My mom spent a couple nights in the hospital earlier last week. She had been off her chemo pills for a month and had gone in for routine blood work and her platelet count was 1. Her doctor sent her over to emergency where she was admitted and given a platelet transfusion. They watched her for a couple days and checked her platelet levels and all seems to be good now. If your healthy and able please donate blood and plasma. Before my mom got sick she was a long term blood and plasma donor. Who would have thought she would benefit from someone else's donation.

Hubs is doing great after his surgery. He just had his 3 week check up and is recovering great. He still can't chew and eat completely solid food, but he's been making some pretty creative blender meals.

On the home front, we have been pretty busy. Don't want to go into details yet but some exciting times are ahead! 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Happy birthday dad!

Wishing my dad a very happy birthday today.

Monday, January 11, 2016

DH Surgery Update

Dh has needed jaw surgery for years and about a year ago he finally but the bullet and started the process.

Friday he finally had his surgery and all went well. We are home now and Dh is recovering. Some hours are better then others but we are taking the ups and downs as they come. Mostly it's just dealing with the pain as he regains feeling in his face and the meds. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Back to work tomorrow

Tomorrow is my first day back to work since Dec 24th. In some ways I will be glad to get back into the routine and in other ways it was nice being off. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

1st day at the gym

The gym close to me doesn't open until 9 on the weekend which is kinda nice because then I don't feel guilty about not waking up super early to get to the gym. 

I put on my work out clothes and got to the gym around 9:15. There were only 4 cars in the parking lot including mine (one was the front desk person I'm assuming).  I got to the gym part and there were only 2 other people in the gym!! Can't beat that for Jan 2nd! 

I decided for the first few times at the gym I would focus on getting my cardio up. I did the elliptical trainer for 30 mins (and realized I'm so glad I'm back to the gym because my cardio sucks). 

The gym has wifi so I can sync into my music on my phone which helps the work pass by. They also have special water bottle taps which are pretty cool.

After the gym I headed to the store and bought some ingredients for making smoothies: Frozen mixed berries, ground flax, spinach, a pear and bananas. 

I made my first smoothie, and even though it looks gross it tasted awesome.


I also picked up some mint to infuse water with. 

Quick breakfast 1

Egg and ham English muffin

So often people rush around in the morning running late for work or leaving themselves little time for breakfast. I've started making egg and ham English muffins.
 
They are so easy and quick to make and can even be made ahead of time and frozen ( I've never froze the entire sandwich but seen the idea Pinterest). I think they are quick enough to make fresh that you don't need to freeze pre-made ones. 

Making your own means you know what goes into it, can customize it each day and it's much cheaper then stopping at a fast food place every morning.

I buy English muffins when they come on sale, make sure they are split apart, then freeze them.

I take a slice of ham and lay it on the bottom of the bowl. Then I add a few hot peppers (you can add anything you like) and crack the egg on top of this. I break my egg yolk so it cooks more evenly and isn't left runny. Then I put it in the microwave covered and cook it for a couple minutes (you can cook your egg however you like to eat it). 

While my egg is cooking I pop an English muffin in the toaster (it usually finishes cooking just as my egg finishes). I slice a bit of cheese and place it on my egg to melt it a bit once my egg is finished cooking. 

Then I place my ham/egg combo on the English muffin and enjoy! 

This whole process takes maybe 5 minutes. No more time really then pouring a bowl of cereal.

You can customize by adding any meat, salsa, different cheeses, herbs, etc.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Hitting the gym

As part of my resolution to get healthier and lose weight in 2016 I have decided to get serious about hitting up the gym. Our gym passes are good for the big gym about 10 minutes from our house; but it's so busy and can be tricky getting the machines you want (doesn't make for a good workout when you need to wait on machines). The other day we checked out the other rec centre near our home. It's a bit smaller but within walking distance (bonus for a pre workout warmup and post workout cool down!). It's on my way home from work and our gym passed work for this place as well. I asked when the busy times were and she said their wasn't really (although it could be slightly busier in January for all those new resolutions). Either way, I'm excited to get back on the band wagon and take charge of my health and weight this year. I'm also hoping this will kickstart some positive changes with some issues I've been having. To be held accountable I'm going to start doing Wednesday weigh ins (I won't post my exact weight but will post what I want to lose and how much I have lost/gained each week). Tomorrow I will do my first check in so I have a starting point.