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At the beginning of the year I set a goal to read 30 books in 2015. Well, late last night or very early this morning (depends how you define 1:30am!) I finished my 30th book of the year.  Wohoo!  

Here’s what I’ve read (so far 😀) this year and the date I finished each book:

  1. Never Knowing, by Chevy Stevens (January 3)
  2. Paper Towns, by John Green (January 7)
  3. Landline, by Rainbow Rowell (January 9)
  4. The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion (January 16)
  5. North of Normal, by Cea Sunrise Person (January 19)
  6. Looking For Alaska, by John Green (January 23)
  7. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed (February 4)
  8. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules, by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg (February 10)
  9. A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby (February 15)
  10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (February 25)
  11. The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, by Hank Haney (March 6)
  12. The Maze Runner, by James Dashner (March 15)
  13. Funny Girl, by Nick Hornby (March 23)
  14. Holy Cow, by David Duchovny (March 25)
  15. The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins (March 30)
  16. The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner (May 23)
  17. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein (July 16)
  18. Brain On Fire, by Susannah Calahan (July 25)
  19. Eat Move Sleep, by Tom Rath (August 24)
  20. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin (August 30)
  21. How To Be Good, by Nick Hornby (September 6)
  22. Happier At Home, by Gretchen Rubin (September 11)
  23. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty (October 6)
  24. Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin (October 10)
  25. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty (October 25)
  26. This Is Happy, Camilla Gibb (October 26)
  27. The Last Anniversary, by Liane Moriarty (November 5)
  28. Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell (November 17)
  29. Dear Life, You Suck, by Scott Blagden (November 19)
  30. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult (November 24)

I enjoyed all of these books. Some more than others, for sure, but they were all pretty good.  That being said, a few of my favourites were The Book Thief, The Girl On The Train, Holy Cow, The Husband’s Secret, and Leaving Time. 

I started book 31 today – The Humans, by Matt Haig.  I either saw it on a “books to read list” or maybe on a bookstore’s “hot reads” display, and it looked interesting, so I borrowed it electronically from the library.  I’m only a few pages in, so don’t really have an opinion on it yet, but I’m looking forward to getting into the story. 

That being said, it’s time to head up to bed and read a few pages before I call it a night!

Have you read any of the books on my list?

Have any suggestions as to what book 32 should be? 

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Too Busy Reading

I’m sorry I don’t have a real post today. I’m too busy reading!  

A little over 100 pages and I will be done.  This book is so good.  I should be going to bed, but instead I’m reading at least one more chapter!  

In going to be tired tomorrow! 😴

What are you reading these days?

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What About Glenn?

So, I survived yesterday’s Thurster WOD at the gym. And I didn’t even cry!  As a reminder, here is the special hell that was Saturday’s WOD. 

I had decided before I got there, that my strategy was to pick a spot in the back corner and just cry my way through this WOD where no one would see me. That was my plan…but that’s not how it worked out. 

I picked my spot and did the strength part of the workout (5-5-3-3-2-2 thrusters) as planned. In the corner, not loving any of it, and trying to figure out what weights I would use for the WOD. I sort of had it all figured out and then Alli, one of the girls who is in class with me a couple of times a week, came over, told me I wasn’t staying here in the corner, picked up my bar and moved me over to the main area right beside her.  She knew I was dreading this workout and she said there was no way I was staying in the corner. 

I figured out the weights I was going to use for the 6 rounds:  60-55-50-45-35-25 and when it was 3-2-1…Go, I picked up the bar and just tried to keep moving. The first round was okay since it was only 5. The second wasn’t that fun but it wasn’t too bad.  The round of 15 at 50# was tough, but I broke it up into sets of 5. It felt good to take weight off each round and I think that’s the only reason I was able to get through it. Each time the number of thrusters went uo, the weight went down. Thank god!  

Throughout the WOD, every once in a while Alli would give me an encouraging word, telling me “you got this” or “keep moving”. It was just what I needed, and it worked. I wasn’t that fast and I hated every thruster, but I kept going. And every time I took weight off the bar my thrusters got better. It still sucked but once I got down to 45# I knew I could do it. 

As the WOD went on my bar ended up moving a bit when I dropped it and eventually I was facing away from Alli. So, for her last round she picked up her bar and brought it over in front of me so she could see me and I could see her. She finished ahead of me and sat there and counted me down for my last round of 30. 

I survived that hellish WOD and finished in 17:48 I think. Definitely not the fastest.  I may have actually been the last one in class to finish, but I don’t care!   I survived 105 thrusters!  

I thanked Alli for getting me through it, but I feel like I may owe her more than a thanks. She had more faith in me than I did. She is one of the best parts of CrossFit. The encouragement. The shared suffering. The community.  I only hope that one day I will get to repay her and be there when she needs a bit of encouragement in class. 

I’m feeling all those thrusters today, but I’m looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow.  There are some good WODs coming up. No thrusters and a few of them have double unders and I rock the double unders!  

Now I’m off to watch tonight’s Walking Dead on PVR.   I’m hoping we get to find out what happened to Glenn. Here’s hoping this pic I saw earlier on Instagram comes true. 


Fingers crossed!

Here’s to a good week ahead!  


Tomorrow Is Going To SUCK!  

I hit the 4:30 CrossFit class today.  It was a good class. Power cleans for strength and then a nice MetCon of 12-9-7 Cals on the rower, power cleans (used 75#), and 24″ box jumps. Finished in 9:26.  Left the gym happy and feeling like I’d had a good workout. 

I’m back to the gym tomorrow morning for the 9:30 class and it is going to suck HUGE!  

SO MANY THRUSTERS!!!  I can’t even do a 110# thruster, let alone 5 of them, so this should be interesting. 

I spent a bit of time today trying to figure out how to scale this bitch of a WOD.  I need to pick a manageable starting weight and then work my way down to an empty bar of some sort. First I need to decide if I’m going 35# bar or the 15# training bar…I’m leaning towards the 15#. 

Thrusters have been know to make me cry in the past 😂, and I’ve also chipped a tooth twice doing this stupid movement, so I need to be realistic. My goal tomorrow is to finish in one piece, with all of my teeth still intact, and not break down weeping during the WOD. 

I am going to try to think positive thoughts between now and 9:30 tomorrow morning,  and then just hope for the best. 🙏🏻

Wish me luck!  

Happy weekend!!!


Too Tired

I’m too tired for a real post so this will be short and sweet.  Tonight’s WOD wore me out.

We went to the 7:30 class. The snatches were a good challenge and I rocked the double unders. I went unbroken in all but one round!  Double unders just might be my favourite CrossFit move!  Definitely way more fun than wall balls or thrusters!

After class I came home, showered up, and sat on the couch all night. I’m pooped!  Now I’m writing this quick post and then I’m off to bed. I had a good sleep last night and hoping to have another good one tonight. 😴

Sweet dreams!  


Reading Rainbow

At the beginning of the year I set a goal to read 30 books in 2015. Today I finished my 28th book – Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell.  

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure I would when I first started reading it since it’s fantasy and deals with magic, but once I got into it, I loved it!  

The story deals with characters Rowell created in her fan fiction novel Fangirl.  I didn’t know that’s what she did and when I was reading the first chapter I felt like I recognized the characters – Simon and Baz.  I went back to Fangirl to see if that’s where they came from, and of course, they did. I thought that was brilliant!  

I’ve actually read all of Rainbow Rowell’s other books: 

I enjoyed them all.

If you’re looking for a fun, easy read, grab any one of them.  You won’t be disappointed. 

I’ve moved onto book #29 tonight – Dear Life, You Suck, by Scott Blagden. It got mixed reviews on Goodreads. I’m only 4 chapters in, but so far I’m liking it. It’s only 300 pages long on my iPad, so I don’t imagine it’s going to take me too long to read it. Then I will need to find something good for book 30. 

What are you reading these days?

Got any recommendations?


Fresh Start

Happy Monday!

I hate to say it, but I am glad that the weekend is over.  Crazy, I know, but I needed Monday to come to give me a chance to get back on track.

This past weekend I was away with a bunch of girlfriends and I ate and drank too much.  Actually, not too much, I just didn’t do too well sticking to my macro plan.  It was a carb heavy weekend, for sure…with a definite lack of protein!

weekend macros

Today is my day to get back on plan.  Today is my fresh start.

fresh start

How was your weekend?

Do you need a fresh start?

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I missed my NaBloPoMo post yesterday. 😞 I am up at Blue Mountain on a girls scrapbook weekend and I just didn’t get around to it last night. 

I’ve spent the day scrapbooking pictures from 2010 and enjoyed looking back at the kids when they were small and reliving the memories.  So far, this is one of my  layouts. It’s from our March Break ski trip to Okemo, Vermont.  I like it because I got lots of pictures in one crafty layout. 

We are a now playing a quick round of Cards Against Humanity and laughing our asses off. This game really is funny. Especially after a few drinks!  The girls upstairs watching movies must be wondering what all the laughing is about!  We’ve had some pretty awesome cards come out!  


A few of the girls have also made some Christmas crafts.  They are reproducing like bunnies! 


I’ve contributed more to this collection! 

All those beer, plus all the chocolate and twizzlers I’ve been eating, have pretty much guaranteed my macros are out the window.  I’m way over on carbs and have not eaten nearly enough protein today. I’m not going to get too bent out of shape about it and will just get back on track when I get home tomorrow. 

What have you been up to this fine Saturday? 

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A Night Off

I was supposed to play hockey tonight. Instead, I skipped that and went to a girlfriend’s house to drink beer, eat delicious hors d’oeuvres, and shop Silpada jewellery!  

It was awesome to see my friends who I haven’t seen since golf season and nice to have a relatively low key night. 

I treated myself to a lovely bracelet and 2 pairs of little earrings. I can’t wait for it all to be delivered! 


Images taken from website

There were a few other items I would have liked, but I tried to keep it within reason. I’m sure there will be other opportunities to shop again!  

While the party was fun, it was not good for my macros. Beer and nibbles put me over my carb macros and I did not meet my protein or fat macros. In the end I was just slightly over my calories, so it could have been a lot worse!  

This weekend will be challenging macro-wise as I’m off on a girls’ weekend with potluck food so not too sure what all will be available to eat.  I’m making a paleo twice baked butternut squash dish from The Paleo Kitchen cookbook that is delicious, and I know there are a few casseroles and a lasagna on the food sign up sheet. I’m sure regardless of what’s available, if I just manage portion size, and keep the beer and wine down to reasonable levels, it shouldn’t be too bad. I guess time will tell!  

What have you got planned for this weekend?  Anything exciting?

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449. Apparently that’s how many CrossFit classes I’ve done. 

I didn’t really know how many classes I’ve been to. I’d never really thought about it that much. I go 4 times a week and that’s really all I knew. 

Then after tonight’s Hero WOD “Ship – which was brutal, by the way – a few of us were sitting around chatting and my friend Perry mentioned how many classes he’s done. I asked how he knew exactly and he said that our Zen Planner calendar has a record of classes. So of course, when I got home from the gym, I looked it up.

There it was. 449!

Not too shabby for an old broad!  I’m wondering if I can get to 500 before my 3rd anniversary on February 2nd. I’m not sure it’s mathematically possible, since I only go 4 times a week. I just did a quick check and I think I will get to 495. So close!  
I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 years since I first walked in the doors of CrossFit Newmarket Central. I remember that first day as if it were yesterday. I was terrified. I had no idea what I was doing and I didn’t know a soul at the gym. 

Now, nearly 3 years later, some days I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, but every day is awesome!  I don’t lift the heaviest, and I’m by no means the fastest, but every class I show up and do my best. Thankfully, my best is getting a little bit better every day. 


What do you do to be better than you used to be?

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