my year[s] of sweat!

After wasting a lifetime chasing quick fixes, I finally put my big girl pants on and took accountability for my health. I exercised every single day of 2013. And it didn't kill me. So now I'm continuing my journey of well-being into 2014. Please join me!

short on time, long on stories

No one has ever accused me of being sketchy on details.

When I tell stories, I try to add all the flavour I can; a style which works well for cooking, but not always for story-telling.

This week, dear reader, while my son and his girlfriend are visiting during their university break week (and celebrating their respective 21st birthdays), my words, like my time, will be short. The upside to this is that I get to exercise my brevity muscle (one that has long-atrophied for me). With any luck, the discipline will stick.

I have so many stories to share with you:

  • My foray into guided meditation. (Oh boy, that one’s a doozy!)
  • My first (and second) attempts at Pure Barre class (I have pre-purchased 5 classes; God help me!)
  • Exploding stats on my new FitBit (Who knew having visitors in town would drive this much activity?? Over 16,000 steps Saturday and over 17,000 steps Sunday — of course there was some hiking involved, but this is mostly walking.)

Alas, since I have no time to write, what with an actual job AND trying to embrace every spare moment of precious kid-time, these stories will have to wait.

Oh….hang on a minute!

I discovered a new favourite blog last week, called Line of the Week. This blog is “…the utterings of friends who get together weekly. There is always plenty of laughter, plenty of off color remarks, and plenty of fun. Rest assured you will probably scratch your head at some, chuckle at others, and perhaps even wonder what on earth we could have been thinking as you read our Line Of The Week. There will be no explanations as to the context of each line, so feel free to use creative liberty to imagine a scenario. You will probably be offended at some point.. get over it!”

How fun is that? Truly!

So in the spirit of staying in touch, here is my favourite overheard line of the week, 100% verbatim:

“I couldn’t figure out which body part that was. But then I saw her vagina and it all made perfect sense.”

 
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Keep moving!

xoxo nancy

52 comments on “short on time, long on stories

  1. Line Of The Week
    February 17, 2014

    This made my day, and that is saying a lot since I was asked out on a date number two! Hahaha

    • nancytex2013
      February 17, 2014

      Hahaha! I am so happy I found your blog! I find myself listening for soundbites every day since then!

      The other line, which didn’t make the post, but just barely was, “I’m sorry. I’m Asian; my eyes are small.”

      I realize the line sounds very racist; but it was spoken by an Asian girl and the circumstance was hella funny! :-)

      • Line Of The Week
        February 17, 2014

        I love it!!

      • Line Of The Week
        February 17, 2014

        You’ll have to submit some to my fan lines!

        • nancytex2013
          February 17, 2014

          Will do!

        • nancytex2013
          February 17, 2014

          Or you can just use my Asian one. ;-)
          I nearly pee’d my pants laughing when she busted out with that line, in the crowded lobby area of the Bellagio hotel. :-)

        • Line Of The Week
          February 17, 2014

          Ha! I would have started laughing! I was out about a week and a half ago and over heard from the table behind mine, “You know, the one with titties so big she could spin in a circle and clear an entire room.”… The guy I was with and I both bust out laughing.

        • nancytex2013
          February 17, 2014

          Priceless! How could you not die laughing?! :-)

  2. Carrie Rubin
    February 17, 2014

    I’ve bought a couple barre DVDs, but they end up sitting on my shelf after one or two uses. I tend to get bored, even though I feel really worked out when I’m done. It’s hard to let go of that desire for cardio and circuits.

    Enjoy the time with your son and his girlfriend!

    • nancytex2013
      February 17, 2014

      The barre classes activated muscles I didn’t know I had. Holy hard workout batman! I did jump on a treadmill for a run after I got back to the condo, both times because I needed more cardio, but I was amazed at the areas that were sore. Crazy!

      • Carrie Rubin
        February 17, 2014

        Yep. Those smaller muscles get a definite workout, and it’s good for flexibility, too. Once the cramps go away…

        • nancytex2013
          February 17, 2014

          I smashed those cramps by hiking the next day. :-) Pain on pain = neutralization. Or numbness. Whichever. :-)

  3. Andra Watkins
    February 17, 2014

    One of my friends loves barre classes. I’ll be interested to hear what you think.

    And way to go on the FitBit.

    • nancytex2013
      February 17, 2014

      It’s weird because the movements are so small…so subtle, and yet the workout is crazy hard. I was sore in the most random places (at my bra line, radiating towards my back, for example) but also in the places you’d expect: glutes, abs, triceps. I got a Groupon for 5 classes for $39 for Pure Barre (the original guys) – which is a great deal as their standard price is $22 per class. Jury is out as to whether I’ll continue with the classes or just try to soak in as much info as I can over the 5 classes and then continue doing on my own at home.

  4. The Vanilla Housewife
    February 17, 2014

    Hahahaa! Love the line! Have a great week Nancy!

    • nancytex2013
      February 17, 2014

      :-) I know, right?? :-)

      The context of the line is actually funny, too — but in keeping with the premise that you just put the line out there without benefit of the context, it shall remain unspoken. :-)

  5. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?
    February 17, 2014

    have fun! You have a lot going on!

    • nancytex2013
      February 17, 2014

      Indeed! And I’m trying hard not to fall into old habits of feeling overwhelmed. We fit in what we can each day. And I can’t take on guilt for not doing more. So unhealthy!

      • Kate @ Did That Just Happen?
        February 17, 2014

        When I think I feel overwhelmed, I stop and remind myself that the Universe is sending me everything I’ve asked for. And I’ve learned that it’s just as important to say “no” as it is to say “yes”! It is YOUR life, YOUR happiness and YOUR bliss. :)

        • nancytex2013
          February 17, 2014

          Wise words, Kate. I’ll keep them close.

  6. Ice_Badger
    February 17, 2014

    I can’t wait for the full stories :-)
    21st birthdays definitely take priority though :)
    Glad you are getting lots of steps in :-) my record on fitbit is 22000 ish and today….I am only up to 600…in my defence I am not well and have been dizzy!

    • nancytex2013
      February 17, 2014

      35,316 steps in a day was my personal best (the day I climbed Mt. San Jacinto in May). http://myyearofsweat.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/a-post-script-to-the-san-j-post/
      It was also my best day for calorie burn and very active minutes. :-)

      And yeah, we can’t always do 10,000+ steps, but in general I think you (and I) get more than our fair share in. Stay safe, take care of yourself and move more when you’re body feels ready to! xo

      • Ice_Badger
        February 17, 2014

        any day that involves climbing a mountain is likely to be high up there on all of those counts!! 35000+ is amazing!!! :-)

        you are right, I think we both get more than our fair share, and just occasionally we need to rest… (rest with a work out in it of course)

  7. napperscompanion
    February 17, 2014

    Ha! To be a fly on the wall when that statement was uttered!

  8. Expat Eye
    February 17, 2014

    Yes, Line of the Week is great! I think my favourite so far was something like ‘It’s good that you’re not as dumb as a box of hair. It makes conversation so much more interesting.’ Fabulous :)

    • nancytex2013
      February 19, 2014

      Completely fabulous! I can’t wait to catch up on the latest. I miss you guys and your crazy stories so much! Saturday I will be reading for hours!

      • Expat Eye
        February 20, 2014

        Roll on Saturday then! Saturday I’ll be in Germany – huzzah! :)

  9. NW Frame of Mind
    February 17, 2014

    Enjoy your family time Nancy, I’m off to take a look at Line of the Week!

    • nancytex2013
      February 17, 2014

      Thanks Lisa! Enjoy; there are some awesome ones on that site!

      • NW Frame of Mind
        February 17, 2014

        I’m laughing out loud right now and trying to dodge Ryan’s questions about what’s so funny. :)

  10. Winding road
    February 17, 2014

    I can’t wait to hear your stories!! Particularly about the guided meditation…I’m thinking its gonna be funny and I can’t wait. ha! no offense ;)
    Pure Barre sounds awesome too.
    I will definitely check out that blog, sounds awesome. thanks for sharing.
    Have a great week! How is the job going? Still loving it?

    • nancytex2013
      February 18, 2014

      Oh trust me – both the meditation and the Barre stories may invoke fits of laughter. :-)

      Probably next week before I can publish either if those though. :-(

  11. Aussa Lorens
    February 18, 2014

    I want to hear about his guided meditation experience!!!

    • nancytex2013
      February 18, 2014

      Oh it will be special. :-)

      • Sean Smithson
        February 19, 2014

        I definitely want to read that now too!

        • nancytex2013
          February 19, 2014

          Schadenfreude is a beautiful thing. I’m happy to provide you with glee due to my torture! :-)

  12. The Jogging Dad
    February 18, 2014

    Pure Barre class? What is that? Some of kind meditation (or worse, yoga) class where everyone’s completely butt-naked? I’m only saying this because I read the word ‘vagina’ somewhere!?!?

    • nancytex2013
      February 18, 2014

      Ha! I wish it was calming and meditational. It was a new brand of torture. Stay tuned…

  13. Kathy at SMART Living 365.com
    February 18, 2014

    Hi Nancy! That you have time for ANY writing at al is amazing with all you have going on. I’m sure they will be funny and crazy at the same time when you do have the time. Keep laughing, keep moving and enjoy your son’s BD. ~Kathy

    • nancytex2013
      February 18, 2014

      Thanks Kathy! Having a blast with the kids! Looking forward to catching up with the blog soon though!

  14. El Guapo
    February 18, 2014

    Never buy the exercise classes in advance!!! Then the guilt is too strong to skip them.

    Enjoy the kid time!

    • nancytex2013
      February 18, 2014

      Ha! That’s the motivation to see it through! :-)

  15. whichwaynow101
    February 18, 2014

    Looking forward to your stories. Don’t know how you have time to do any writing!

    • nancytex2013
      February 19, 2014

      Arrgghh!! It’s harder than I thought! I may not be writing again til the weekend. And I’ll have a ton of reading to do then too!

  16. PinotNinja
    February 18, 2014

    I can’t wait to hear your recap from barre. I do core fusion barre — which I think is pretty similar — a couple of times a week in conjunction with running and yoga and it has absolutely transformed my body, especially my upper body and abs. I’m sure it has also changed my lower body, but its hard for me to tell since it was already pretty muscular from a life time of all cardio and no strength. But, after over 2 years of regular attendance, the thigh work at the bar still absolutely crushes me and reduces me to a shaking, sweating mess. I spend the whole class dropping F-bombs, but yet I keep going back for more.

    • nancytex2013
      February 19, 2014

      I had no idea that little ball and a resistance band could cause so much pain. :-) Will do some writing this weekend. I’m sure my friends here will enjoy reading about my torture. :-)

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