Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fynn continues to enjoy playing Development level soccer. We were down in Kelowna today for two of his games.  Great to watch his skills progress.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


After about a year of feeling horrible, with hot flashes, low energy and some brain fog, I asked my doctor last week if I would be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  We talked about the pros and the cons, and the big study back in the early 2000s that prompted many women to stop taking hormone replacement therapy to ease their menopausal symptoms. We decided the relatively small risk for me was something I was willing to take for a better quality of life.

I have only been on the very low dose of estradiol and progesterone for two days, but I can already say that my hot flashes have been reduced.  I went from having 10-12 a day, to around 2-3 (so far).  I never thought I would want to be on hormones, but because I am feeling quite a bit better in a relatively short period of time, I am quite supportive of any woman who talks to her doctor and decides to do this.

On an unrelated not, Fynn had an awesome couple of soccer games in Kamloops this weekend. Pictures below.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Surviving On Ramp

As I wrote about last month, Vic and I enrolled in Crossfit On Ramp (fundamentals classes for about 3 weeks).  It was a challenging three weeks, not only because of the time commitment (I wasn't used to going 3 x a week) but also learning the Olympic lifting techniques and some of the gymnastic moves.  I doubt I will be attempting a handstand push up anytime soon.

When we completed the On Ramp classes last month, we started onto regular CrossFit.  I was finally able to leave the security of "Lite" Classes.  That was easier said than done for the first week when I was really nervous about taking a regular class.  It seemed too intimidating when I was quite comfortable with Lite.  But after a few days I decided to sign up for a regular WOD and I'm glad I did. Since then, I've done 3 WOD classes, plus a number of Lite classes.  It means I'm at CrossFit 4 times a week and it is starting to show.  I'm definitely getting tighter and more toned. My mobility, especially with squatting below parallel has really improved too.

I'll keep reporting back on my progress in the upcoming weeks.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Cross Fit On Ramp

Vic and I have been on the Cross Fit journey for about 1 year.  We did the Cross Fit Lite classes for just over a year, and now we have started the On Ramp program (it teaches you the techniques for lifting, etc) so we will be able to do the regular Cross Fit classes.  On Ramp is interesting and it is not easy!  Trying to focus on the instruction and getting your brain to translate what our coach Cody is describing into movement that your body is supposed to be doing is tough.

Anyway, I am proud of us for sticking with it and upping the challenge with On Ramp.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

So this is happening...

tomorrow Sophie turns 13.  How did this happen?

Her friend Hunter is coming over for a movie (LaLa Land) and a sleepover.  Tomorrow, I'm treating 7 girls to a lunch at Cafe Tasse, and then cake at our house.

Best mom over, right?

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Quiet week

This week we started to get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break.

I've been really trying to focus on a couple of small, yet positive intentions to help myself for 2017.

1. Drinking more water.  It sounds so boring, but Sophie got me this beautiful Swell water bottle for Christmas.  I have been bringing it to work each week and taking sips of water throughout the day.  I seem to be doing okay with that.

2. Doing less.  More on that in the coming week.

3. Crossfit.  It was important to me to go to the 2 Crossfit Lite classes this week.  It felt really good to get back into this routine again.

4. Finally, less internet time, specifically less time on Facebook.  I really don't like FB.  I don't like the incredible time suck it always is.  I'm doing okay with that too.  I had to replace that with a habit.  For me that is reading.  So far, so good.  Vic is doing more reading too.  This photo is from the British Museum's bookstore during our trip in 2015.  Love all the books.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Update on 2016 Priority Goals

I didn't post about these too much in 2016.  I had them in my head, but for some reason, I wasn't wanting to commit them further to my blog.

Learning new things:  I did a couple of piano lessons with Jen.  It gave me some very introductory basics.  I'm in awe of my kids as they have much more mental apptitude
on this than I do.

Taking photos of our life - taking photos of birds didn't get too far.  I don't have a telephoto lens and when I made my Christmas list this year, a fixed prime lens (85 mm) was more what I was looking for.  Having said that, I have been able to identify finches that are in our backyard.

Keeping fit - while I didn't do a 10 km, I am super proud of sticking with cross fit.  I am a convert!  It was by far the best thing I did in 2016 for my fitness and stress reduction.  Vic got hooked too.  It was a win - win all the way around and I am much stronger now than when I started.

Seeing new places - yes, we took the train across the prairies in August so we saw some great sites.  Vegas was also new for us and it was great fun.  Balboa Park in San Diego was also a new destination for us when we took our trip to California this year.

Helping the kids achieve more than they thought possible - yes.  Sophie passed her piano exam last year and both kids are working on their next levels.  I have also been actively pushing Sophie (helping her with editing her work) for school.  Both kids also did Kumon for part of the year.

Reading - yes, I surpassed by Good Reads goal.  I need to raise my goal for 2017.  My goal was 20 and I read 29.  I think I need to increase my number to 25.