Out, In, Out, In,…my life has a pattern lately

After being out all day yesterday, I had a much quieter day today.

Exercise:

I set the alarm so I would get up early enough to head out along a main road. It has little shade so I knew I had to get the run done early. I had forgotten how nice it can be to run the main road and get a lovely few seconds of break each block or so, as long as I have my auto pause on so it doesn’t affect my pace too much. I also discovered that it is 156 squares from the bottom of the hill to the top. For some reason counting squares really helps me get up the hill. The furthest I had to run was five blocks straight and I got 6.7km in which gets me completely caught up on my yearly mileage🎊🎉. Now I have two days to get a little ahead in mileage in case something happens in the future.

I also got a workout in this afternoon. I love my usual workouts, but have been feeling like I really need to do some concentrated weights, so today I went bottom to top, trying to hit all my muscle groups. I did 3 sets of 12 of each exercise with no rest between sets, but decreasing the weight each time. The amount of weight (in pounds) is what changed depending on the exercise. I did:

Calf raises- 10, 7, 4

Hamstring curls- 7s for all 3 rounds

Reverse lunges- 10,7,4

Squats- 10,7,4

Deadlift- 10,7,4

Bridge- 10s for all 3 rounds

Full sit up- 10s for all 3 rounds

Dead bugs- 2s for all 3 rounds

Stopped and stretched all my lower body muscles

Chest press- 10,7,4

Flies- 7,4,2

Bent over rows- 10,7,4

Bicep curls- 7,4,2

Overhead tricep extension- 10,7,4

Front raise- 7,4,2

Shoulder press- 10,7,4

Stretched all upper body muscles

I would like to find my 5lb weights and get rid of the 2s. I think I’ll try to get to this workout once a week at least as I really liked it, though I don’t like how difficult it is to get to my workout gear right now!

I finally also went for a walk this evening, just because it was so beautiful!

Knitting:

I was so happy to be able to start my sweater today. I had already decided I wanted to use the Cascade Heritage Prints yarn I had bought for the April Tank for a tee for myself. I quickly realized I didn’t want a v-neck though because the stripes didn’t line up properly. I ripped it all out and have started again with a crew neck raglan sweater, though I’m having to make up the pattern myself as there didn’t seem to be one for fingering weight yarn on Ravelry:(. Oh well, so far I’m happy with it.

I also spent some time starting to sort my yarn by weight. I thought this might be a better way now that I have multiple colours of one yarn. It would also allow me to see which yarns I could combine to make multi-colour projects. During this process, I also got some more of my yarn entered into my Ravelry stash. My goal is to have it all there so this also made me happy!

Reading:

I finally finished my latest NetGalley book, The One Who Stays by Toni Blake.

This is the story of Meg, an innkeeper on Summer Island who has a lot of soul searching to do when two men are in her life. She has had an open relationship with Zach for five years as he leaves for long periods as a commercial fisherman. However, Zach then enters the picture as a handyman around the inn.

I would definitely call this novel women’s fiction rather than a romance novel. Yes there were elements of romance, but there was a lot more introspection and angst than action. At one point I really wanted to tell Meg to shut up and have a glass of wine.

There were elements that I really enjoyed too though which saved the book. I recently heard Sarah Morgan say that a well written setting becomes another character in the book and this is definitely true in this book. Blake paints a beautiful picture of Summer Island as a peaceful, friendly, safe island where one can go to heal. I could see it in my head and wanted to go there. It also played a large part in the story.

The characters were interesting and well written. I felt like I could also picture them, however I really had a difficult time liking Meg!

Finally, the diary element of the story was very cool and the ending was super unexpected! It was sweet and surprising which made me happy I had finished the book.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Well, I’m going back to my sweater!

Have fun!

AJ

Accomplishment:)

A lovely Fall day with equal parts fun and work.

Exercise:

My run this morning was fabulous! We were out at Hyde Creek which starts with a forest trail by the Rec Centre and then continues onto the dykes in Port Coquitlam. It was a gorgeous Fall morning and I had a gorgeous run! My running buddies have become walkers so after agreeing to a 45 minute time limit, I set off by myself. I didn’t feel like I was going fast but it felt great! I was floating along. I got back to the news that it was my fastest 6-8km run ever. Yay🎊🎉. I even felt stylish with my black tights, gray jacket and melon runners 🤣 My only disappointment was that I had forgotten to try running to a podcast rather than my music. Oh well, there’s always next week!

Over coffee, I added up my September mileage as I suddenly realized it was October 1st and for the first time I had made a mileage goal. My goal had been 80km for the month and I surpassed that by going 89.33km in September:) I think my running goal for October will be 90km. I know it’s not much of a stretch, but I don’t know how my morning running is going to go with the mornings being so dark now. We’ll see how I go:)

On my way home from my run I drove along David Avenue again and noticed one section of trees that were gorgeous. I knew I wanted to try and capture them in a photo but couldn’t play with my phone while driving, so this afternoon I walked up and got some photos. It was a great walk up the hill and I’m thinking that hill might be put into my running rotation for one morning a week.  I got only a couple of shots before my phone died, but here they are:

Unfortunately the photo really doesn’t do the sight justice:(

I didn’t workout today as I didn’t wasn’t to be sore for my tough workout with Lyndsay in the morning, but I haven’t heard from her so perhaps we aren’t working out and I should have gotten one in today. Oh well, two out of three activities isn’t too bad:)

Eating:

I got all my food made for the week today. I haven’t been happy with the scale lately, but it’s my own fault as I know I’ve been eating more than what is necessary. I decided to nip that in the bud and got everything ready today! Cinnamon raisin oatmeal for breakfast, fruit salad for recess snack, spaghetti for lunch, veggie sticks and beet hummus for after school snack and veggies with chickpea salad for dinner. The chickpea salad is one of my favourite recipes from Angela  Liddon of Oh She Glows blog. It is super yummy and so easy to make!  You can find the recipe here:

http://ohsheglows.com/2015/07/21/chickpea-salad/

Reading:

I didn’t do as much as I wanted to as I was busy conquering the pile of laminating I had to cut out (I won the battle!), but I got some done. I speed read the Magician’s Nephew as that is the book this month for the kids book club at school. I read the whole Narnia series several years ago and loved it so I figured I just needed to reacquaint myself with it. It’s a great book for any 9-11 year olds and would make a good read aloud too!

I also started my adult book club book today. I figured out I need to read 21 pages of The Shadow of the Wind in order to be done by book club. The first 21 pages went quit quickly:)

Knitting:

I managed to get a bit more done on my razor cami today. I’m starting to wonder if I’ll be able to make it the 17″ I’m supposed to as my ball of yarn is getting pretty small😳

I also managed to get all the yarn I had bought at Knit City yesterday entered into my stash on Ravelry. Now I just need to figure out how to use the queue feature! I woke up this morning wanting to put all of my yarn in the middle of my living room floor and sort it out so I’d have a better idea of what I have. I’ll have to do this big sort at some point and hopefully enter it all into the Ravelry stash as I go.

The only other thing I managed to do craft wise today to alter a sports bra so it fit me better. Now let’s hope I got it right!

Well I’m going to crawl into bed with a fun book:)

Have Fun!

AJ