Canadian Down Under

Friday, February 29, 2008

Guess. Go ahead - guess!

Booked my tickets home for a visit in July.

Someone's coming with me - guess who it is

Go ahead


Monday, February 25, 2008

There are days

when I can't listen to music.

Today was one of them...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Killer Monster!!

I know it doesn't look like it in this picture - but in real life she's about half the size of these birds....

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Playing with fire

Is there anything other than 'getting burnt' a possible option?

Just wondering...

Saturday, February 02, 2008

"Ever feel like things are tougher for you?"

Now there's a loaded question!! But seriously, I was asked this yesterday at rehab (physical rehab - not any other kind...)

Seems that with my body structure and functionality - exercise is harder for me. It requires more effort. Which helps explain why, despite a lot of effort I never really get good. I mean, I go alright, but I wouldn't call myself an athlete by any stretch.

Anyway - this'll probably be more detail than anyone other than myself is interested in - but I'm going to tell you anyway. It seems that I have very loose joints - which is good and bad. The good is that I fix easily (which I've noticed before) but the bad is that I re-injure easily (which I've also noticed). Because I fix easily - most physios figure I'm better and the underlying cause for the original injury goes untreated - hence I re-injure.

In addition to that - my looser joints require me to activate stabilising muscles and then the power muscles to actually do the sport involved, whereas most people just need to activate power muscles. (Apparently ethnicity plays a strong part in your athletic build - as an example (and a generality) black athletes are genetically built for power - their tendons are stronger and less flexible which requires little energy to maintain and consequently they can put all their energy into their power mucles) As a result of my non-athletic genetics - my body requires twice as much effort to do the same thing as others - which means things are tougher for me.

All in all - this is pretty good because it helps me understand why I keep getting hurt (at least in the last year or so) and what I need to do to get better. Also - I now have a built in excuse for being near the back of the pack in anything I do.

I've never needed to be the winner of any physical thing, but I have occasionally felt bad or wondered why, no matter the effort (which is sometimes minimal) I don't seem to be able to make my way up the pack.

This new answer makes me happy. I'm built to be mediocre and I'm grateful I now have a scientific answer for it!!!

So, in answer to the original question, yes - sometimes things feel tougher for me. But less so now that I understand why.

Friday, February 01, 2008

A quick update...

I've had the flu - did I tell you?

I thought I was dying. My fever was so bad that cold showers weren't breaking it and I got to the point that I thought it would be a good idea to shave my head as a way to make my head cooler.

Thankfully I was to0 sick to actually stand up and do that. I have since been told that if I had actually managed to shave my head I would have gained a new nickname: Britney...

I digress. So since the flu, I have been working lots right off the back of my near death experience (I am SUCH a drama queen) - and as a result, I've been tired.

Too tired.
For just about anything.

But I made a change this week. I started a herbal program. It can be used for weight loss but I don't believe in replacing real food, so I'm just doing the energy, herbal stuff.

And you know what? It's made a difference. I'm still a little tired, but nowhere near how I've felt the last few weeks. And you know what? I've discovered that when you're exhausted your general disposition suffers...

Explains why I've been so grumpy.

So my recent improvement coupled with a heart to heart I had with my doctor has convinced me that I'm not at risk for depression, but I do need to make some changes because I need to not be such a stress bucket.

So I started this week (along with the herbs). I leave work at a fairly decent hour (not early - but I'm working on that) and I've set some boundaries on something that's been knocking me off-kilter recently. (Yes I'm being cryptic - but that's all you're getting!)

So its been less than a week, but it seems to be working so far. Will keep you posted.