The rest of April? Well, the boys are playing soccer now (my guy, his brother and friends) so I attended a few soccer games on Saturday afternoons. This is new to me. My sister played basketball in highschool, and I dated a hockey player (c'mon I am Canadian!) but soccer is not something I have watched a great deal of.
Ev (my guy's sister) and I ran a 5km race. Quite a few of the ladies from the running group ran it & it was fun. My second one, but this time I did run the whole 5km without stopping. There were hills, so I was pretty proud of myself!
|Our Before & After race photos & the map of our run!|
Finally - I went to a wedding! Two friends, both of whom I met & who met one another on the same Contiki trip that I met my guy on! It was small & lovely, and they got some gorgeous photos. It was a morning wedding, and we had a tasty lunch afterwards. I got to wear the new dress my sister had sent me!! It was a great day!
May has brought Greek Easter! It brought some new traditions for me, we decorated eggs on Saturday (most people do this Thursday but we had no time), and we stayed up until midnight that night and went to the church with candles. We waited on the street (because there are that many people there!) until the prayers were finished and the flame was passed from candle to candle through the crowd. Then we had to get home with the candle still lit to bring luck & good fortune for the year. The tradition is then to burn a cross at the entry to the house. Once we got home we ate (because tradition is to fast for 40 days before hand - even though we didn't) chicken, lemon & rice soup. Avgolemono. A bit different than the Catholic Easters we had with my grandparents as a child! The next day brought an all day.... BBQ!! (You knew that was coming didn't you!?) This time we had lamb & pork chunks of meat on a spit & sausages.
|Makin' Greek Easter eggs! Very cool!|
|BBQ, cricket, my newly spun yarn drying on the line...|
I have long since completed my Manhattan by Lisa Dykstra socks which I used Everything Old Signature Sock in the Pyrotechnic colourway. I love them, but they are going to be a gift for someone special!
|So cute! Still need to donate these to a hospital!|
Also started and finished is the Pei by Michele Wang which I did in The Yellow Hobbit Fingering- Autumn Socks colourway on size 3.75mm HiyaHiyas. It's not the yarn called for, so it's a bit "light" but it's lovely is is great for spring!
|100% Corriedale spun on my spindles!|
|Love this yarn!|
|I am a little further along, but haven't taken another photo.|
|So soft & silky|
So I address the Fun Run already. I was very happy to have completed it without stopping, though I was a teensy bit slower than the first one I ran last year. However, there was more humidity here & those dang hills!!
I completed Ripped in 30, and it was tough, but I am SO glad I did it before starting Insanity...Insanity is killin' me!
I completed the Green Smoothie challenge, and have continued to make green smoothies many mornings since April ended. I like it, it's healthy, it's pretty quick, and I can take it on the go in the mornings! I have been using the MyFitnessPal and have mostly been sticking within the calories set out. I get more calories with more exercise, so it's easier. I continue to try and make sure that the calories are not just empty garbage ones!
Still wanting to try Paleo & am trying to implement it as much as I can, but I still would like to do a meal plan & have both of us try it for a couple of weeks. Haven't yet...but it's on the list.
So INSANITY - it's crazy. It's about 40 minutes, 6 days a week. It's some pretty intense cardio, plus a lot of Plyometric moves, squats, lunges and pushups. I have lost some weight & tightened up a bit. It's nice to finally be seeing some changes!! I just finished up the first month. Now I do a week of "recovery" type moves, and the second month is 60min, 6 days a week. I believe that is the deal anyway! So I hope that in 5 weeks I have seen even more improvements with my body & my fitness. I still have 5lbs I want to lose, and after that I want to just be more fit, more toned, etc. I am shrinking out of my "fat" clothes, but I am not fitting into my "skinny" clothes LOL.
Since it is so very cardio based I am unable to run while doing it, however, Thursdays are a recovery day & the workout is more "yoga" like, so last Thursday I went for a run. I wanted to see how I was doing, if I would need to stop, etc. but I didn't! I did 4.64km without stopping at a pace very similar to what I was running pre-Insanity. I think it is improving my cardio a bit, I KNOW it's improving my recovery ability!
Once I am done Insanity I think I am going to start doing 3 days running + 3 days strength training. I think I am also going to do the City to Surf 14km race in August. I am not planning to run the whole thing without stopping, however, my friend who just got married is doing it for work. A bunch of the women from the running group I had been running with are doing it as well. So I think I will just run with my friend, and when we run, we run and when we walk, we walk! It will be fun, and my parents will be here then so I will have a cheering section!
I will try to do this more frequently, as I have things to show!!!