2 bags of cookies, 1 fruit cake, and money for a pair of “good long johns”.

Yesterday was a fantastic mail day! My new wheels and Roller Derby Workout video arrived! Now, it’s a matter of deciding when to put the new wheels on my skates.. afterall, I’ve done all of my training so far on one set of wheels and I have min skills coming up so…. is it a good idea to switch wheels at this point??? Would it be too much work or too difficult to adjust to the new wheels in such a short period of time?  I don’t know, but if anyone does, please comment here!!

The new stuff was definitely fun, but more than that, I also had a pretty nice visit with my Grandmother yesterday. We don’t talk much, but I showed up at her house yesterday and we ended up having a pretty nice visit. This experience also taught me that if you are on a “special” diet, one of the biggest challenges you will face is encounters with a hungarian grandmother… I mean, if you have a hungarian grandmother. When I arrived at her apartment, she immediately lead me into her kitchen

Her  “are you hungry? Did you have lunch?”

Me “no I’m not hungry, I just ate a big lunch”

Her “you don’t come over here on a full stomach! I will feed you!”

Me “I should have thought first! But really, I am very full up”

Her “well, have a cookie”

Me “Oh, I couldn’t”

Her ***** BIG OLD GRANDMA EYES ***** Imagine like an elderly version of puss n’ boots from Shrek.

Me “Actually I would love a cookie!”

To which she responds by not giving me one cookie, but a PLATE of cookies. She also told me I should have told her I was coming (I never do, it’s how I work..) so she could have baked for me. So we sat down, and I nibbled on a cookie (only ended up eating about half so I was told I’m “TOO SKINNY”. Then Grandma went back to the kitchen and emerged with her own lunch, a huge plate of baked cabage rolls and rice. and TWO forks. Oh my God. It smelled really good. She brough the plate right up to MY FACE and said, “try some try some”. So I took a little bite (at least it was healthy!), and she reminded me not to eat before coming next time. This diet is hard, I still have to learn how to say no. I think I’m reluctant to tell people about my “special” diet because I don’t want to come off sounding like “one of those” grass drinking, smoothie making, tofu loving…. LIARS!

Now I’m not sure if this is a “Hungarian” thing or not, but when I go to visit my Grandmother she insists on emptying the contents of her cupboard and freezer into a bag and forcing me to bring them home. The time before last, I came home with a WHOLE CHICKEN! This time I was prepared. I have to bus a whole hour and a half to get back home from her house so thankfully this time I had a backpack to stuff the pantry in rather than bringing everything home in grocery bags. I ended up leaving with a month’s supply of home baked muffins, store bought short bread cookies, homemade cookies, and a fruit cake! Because of course I can’t say no to Grandma.

As per usual, we talked a lot about politics while I was there (which is always fun with Grandma; she’s quick as a whip and has a history book for a brain), but eventually the conversation (also as per usual) shifted to the weather.

Her: “What do you have under those pants?”

Me: *laughing*  “Um… legs?”

Her: *indignant*  “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? Why you don’t have Long Johns under there?!”

Me: “I don’t know, I never wear them!”

Her: “You don’t have a good pair of Long Johns?”

Me: “No, I’d boil to death at my office if I did wear them!”

Her: “I’m going to give you forty dollars. You go buy a good pair of Long Johns”

Me: “Oh no grandma, it’s okay, really I’m fine”

Her: “No, you buy a good pair of Long Johns. You can get them everywhere”.

So I took the money and you know what? I went and bought myself a pair of Long Johns. How could I not? Remember, BIG OLD GRANDMA EYES!!!! I went and picked up the funniest old lady looking pair I could find, ones that would make her really proud, but they still only cost like $8!!! So I also bought a pair of tights for derby (of which she knows not), which I think could SERVE as long johns.  Anyways, I’m not a saint. And then I guess the rest of the money will be spent on food since I’m “TOO SKINNY” (I’m actually not).

So there you have it 🙂 I have derby practice tonight so wish me luck.

M is for Mutiny

I couldn’t think of an appropriate title for today’s post.

I started the Roller Derby Workout Challenge yesterday and already I’m feeling pretty grouchy…

After a huge breakfast fail (white flour and sweetened coffee), I managed some good choices for lunch and supper. I was kind of unprepared to follow the meal plan perfectly, but I was able to come pretty close. This morning I did manage to follow their breakfast plan, but I couldn’t eat everything on the list… it’s just too much food for me first thing in the morning. Not to mention, I’m suddenly having to cook for myself in the morning…. ugh.

As far as the exercise plan goes: my workout DVD didn’t arrive on time so I did the alternate workout yesterday evening.  I read the plan through first to get an idea of how it was going to go down: 20 squats, 60 second plank, 20 left leg lunges, 20 right leg lunges, 60 second plank, 20 pushups, 30 second plank. OMG that looks exhausting right? Next read: REPEAT 5 TIMES!! Holy French. Well I know my 5 times tables pretty well and yeah that’s like 100 squats 750 seconds of plank 100 lunges on each leg and 100 pushups. Um, I couldn’t make it through the first repeat but I did try my hardest. I managed about 70 squats too, so I’m hurting today.

My strategy for the routine was basically to do as much as I could during each  repeat but try really hard to do 5 repeats. I think I’m going to switch it up for next time and try to make it all the way through 1 repeat and increase the repeats from there. Now so you don’t think I’m in total lack of shape I think it’s fair to remind you that 1) because of the elbow injuries I’ve incurred my physiotherapist recommended NOT doing pushups for now… so I only did a few of them and then did about 3 repeats of 10 wall pushups for each arm instead. 2) The 60 plank is an exercise that I’ve been working *towards* in physio and is often something I use as a substitute for pushups. Right now I can do about a three repeats of a 30 second plank  but after that it’s 10 seconds before I fall flat on my wobbly bits.

Anyways, even though the exercise plan is a little advanced for me so far, at least I’m sure that I’m still pushing my body…. stairs hurt today!