Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lifestyle Overhaul

SoOoOo Lots to tell since my last blog--LIFESTYLE OVERHAUL!
Let's go in order:

1) Last Sunday's horrible horrible run was not due to the influx of fruit or anything, it was due to the stomach flu. Yes. I caught the stomach flu half way through my run. Well, I guess it was already brewing but it made itself incredibly apparent during my run. I went home, probably ran the extra 12k that I didn't get in on the run, going between bedroom and the bathroom. 2 gravols, and a few tylenols and I was out like a light for about 14 hours. Missed my morning classes, only went to track and feild, where I just raked the little thing. So. yes.
However, I know it may not have been the route, but since some people were supposed to run the Chilly Half Marathon this weekend, and I didn't sign up, and my other friend didn't sign up, we were supposed to run the same run again... I've checked with her and she doesn't mind if I re-vamp the run...NOT on that route. Superstitious--Maybe!

2) Went to Doctor Stephanie's again on Tuesday. Hadn't been there in awhile. My IT band is actually feeling better; I mean when she rubs her hand up along the scar tissue, it still hurts just not as much. However, she decide that we should work on my knee. I didn't outright TELL her that it was hurting. She just asked me to straighten my right leg, and I just sort of said that it wouldn't straighten. So she worked on it, and I had to hold my breath to keep from dying. Yeah. It hurt REALLY bad. But then I left, and limped on to my next appointment.

3) Immediately after leaving Dr. Stephanie's I headed over to meet with the nutritionist at our local grocery store. (She's also the leader of my clinic)...We walked through the grocery store to show me what I should and shouldn't buy, and she gave me quick ideas for things like trail mix and other kinds of snacks to take on the go, so I don't buy junkfood at school! She's very good about not making me eat textures that I don't like. Cause I made it clear that I cannot handle texture mashing. HOWEVER, I can't eat Mr. Noodles or Kraft Dinner anymore. That upsets me. I guess I will get used to it. I asked her before we left how long she honestly thought that it would take me to get better at the healthy eating thing. We decided that if I slowly wean myself into it that it won't take long at all but if I go crazy then I'll hate it and not want to do it.

4)Healthier eating, part 1: Not a good day to start I guess. I was exhausted ALL day, and I had a psych test. I kept dozing off during my psych test, and I was so frustrated. I slept on all the buses I took that day and had a nap during my hour break after track and feild. So Im not sure how I did on that test. No more redbull...

5) Wednesday was hill day. I didn't take any advil before I ran this time. YES I understand that masking the pain doesn't heal anything, however that doesn't mean that I'm not going to ignore the pain ANYWAYS so I figure I may as well make it as comfortable as possible and get through the run. So I ran to the hill, with the full intention of doing 5 super fabulous hill repeats, but after the 2nd hill repeat my knee was done. So, guys you will NEVER guess what I did. Wanna guess? Well I'll tell you...I LISTENED TO MY BODY and stopped after only 2 hills. It took a lot to not continue to run , and sit and wait for my friend in the FREEZING cold, but I did! And remember, I was exhausted

6) Dr. Steph, Part 2: We.are.not.on.good.terms. She hurt me today! She hurt me to the point that there were tears in my eyes and I wanted to kick my foot away and run as far and fast as I could. But I laid there and almost died. I asked her about a stretch for my like knee and she told
me to stretch my adductors and stuff. As much as I dislike her though, my IT band is actually stretching out. And she's a nice person actually, but she hurts me. Hahaha.

7) 10k run: Fabulous. Best run I have had in awhile. Started out strong in the beginning, but faded out just a little bit. It was pretty good though. I really enjoyed it actually. I wish, however, that I would have been able to keep the pace throughout the whole thing, but overall I am happy with the run. I was able to generally keep up with the people around me. Then, I changed and drank some water and stretched and waited for my ride to come and get me.

8) Redbull withdrawl sucks. My head hurts, and I'm tired and irratible and really easily frustrated! Don't try going cold turkey when you drink on average 2 a day and then don't drink any.. Yeah, that is a bad idea.

9) HEALTHY FOOD TAKES SO LONG TO COOK!!!!! I came home from my run with the intention of making a simple stirfry. Veggies, brown rice, steamed vegetables. Took a very long time. Infact it's 10:10pm and I am eating my dinner. DINNER!!!!! Oh well I also have lunch for tomorrow too! Now I have to pack my veggies and fruits, and my water and my bagel. Yeah.

10) This is not a diet! This is a lifestyle choice. If this was a diet, I would probably not be eating, because that's how I roll. SO please, don't call it a diet, and don't think it's a diet because it's not. I figure if I get my nutrition under control NOW then I won't have so many problems in the future that have to do with food!

11) It's -27 degrees celcius today. I want winter to be over!

That is all! Thanks for reading <3


Sunday, February 24, 2008

This Is The Story Of A Really Bad Run

I haven't decided what caused this run to be stuper UN fantastic, so we can analyze it together.

The Story:

So, we set out to run 25k this morning. Yeah. It was fabulous. I was excited. Was supposed to be the highlight of my weekend. My knee was uhm numb due to advil (Don't say anything, thats not what the story is about), and I had even got up to have breakfast. I had a Banana and Peanut butter with a whole wheat tortilla (as per the breakfast reccommendation sheet), and set off to my run. Got there in time, got the bathroom, talked to some people and found my friend. Then, I set out on my run, and it was fantastic. Then we started running...

Even that was fine. Really it was. We were Running the route where I ran my first 18k in the heat, and got heat stroke. I was determined to kick it's ass this time. Seriously. I was excited. So we run, we walk (which came sooo fast!) drank water and fueled. It was good. Really, it was.
I didn't kill the hill so much as I did the last time. By like 40 minutes into the run, my tummy was starting to do very very very not nice things, which included cramping, naseau and telling me that I should have worn a diaper (TMI, I know). It wasn't too bad though, and there wasn't much around, so I ignored it. Thennn we get to the bottom of the Mississauga road hill. NOT a good thing. Not at all. But still, I ran up the hill at Mississauga road (I LOVE that hill btw). That might have been a mistake, because once again at the top of this hill, EVERYTHING fell apart. Everrryyythinngg. My knees had pain, my IT bands hurt (BOTH of them) and my tummy had become my WORST ENEMY! I seriously wanted to rip it out of my stomach and throw it in the middle of the road, but I know I couldn't. I ran until I was about 5k from the store. (NOTE: We were going to run practically to the store and then run another 8k loop-ish thing)

I then did something that I hate doing. I did something I never ever dreamed I would have to do again. I called my mom. Argh. It was frustrating. I would have rather burried myself in a whole by the side of the road rather than call them. BUT I did it. I managed 14k. Not 23k. Argh again.

Now I have some tylenol into me. And I have some gravol into me.

Possible Reasons for WHY I had such a bad run:

1) The influx of fruit I have been eating lately--well the last three days. This is my first run since starting to eat like that, and maybee my tummy doesn't like it. If it is this, I am hoping that I will get used to it.

2) The fourteen hour day I had worked the day before and the 4 hrs sleep I got today. It explains the knee but it doesn't explain the tummy issues.

3) The route!! I always have bad luck with that route. Who knows. It's just a matter of time before I have another random complication on that route.

Thanks for listening to my analysis.


I fail at life.
Haha. I was doing soo good on Friday. So good. But I am not yet sure about the good carbs that I can eat, so I was like, eating a lot of fruits and vegetables that I brought from home. By like 1:00pm I was like ready to pass out. So I had some disgusting greasy thing (but it was chicken, like she said).
And work is almost impossible. I want something with substance (ie. BREAD!!!!) so I toasted a hot dog bun. Yeah.
Sooo hopefully I will get that figured out soon...

Anyways I got a psych test to study for and a tummy to yell at!
Take care my lovely friends,

Tiger <3

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Fresh Start

This blog is simply so that you my blogger friends know that I, Tiger, will be starting some new and healthy way of eating tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow I will eat breakfast. (Looks like I am going to have to deal with "Texture Mashing" (This word should be put in the dictionary)
Tomorrow I will bring food from home. Not sure what yet, but I will bring foood from home.
Total: This equals one less hour of sleep for Tiger.
I will also begin carrying a waterbottle everywhere I go.I will begin by purchasing one tonight at the Running Room (they have nice colours).

Starting on Saturday I will bring fruit where I go, and I will eat 2 servings of vegetables (yuck). I was going to start this today, but my little sister was sick this morning, and I was 10 minutes late for class. And I swear we have no healthy groceries in my house. SOOOOO theres no wayy

But that's no longer an excuse.
I have to eat 5 times a day...
How am I going to eat 5 times a day...? Seriously.

That's all for now. Lots of homework, then a run...

Let me know that you know I

Tiger* might not have been such a good idea for me to run yesterday considering I hadn't put any pressure on it all week...yeah I ran to the hill with my friends, taking advil prior to running (Stupid, I know!) Needless to say, my knee hurts again today, and it swelled up again...AND I learned that I don't like to WATCH people run the hills, I like to run them. It took EVERYTHING I had not to run hills. Didn't matter how much my knee hurt.
Soooo I might not run tonight.
But I might.
I can tough it up...I'm a Tiger

Wednesday, February 20, 2008



One Right Knee

In perfectly healthy condition.

Those with pain, torn ligaments and loose cartlidge need not apply.

Knee will be used for day to day walking, running marathons, biking, kicking while swimming, among other everyday activities.

I promise to take care of them. I will take glucosimine, make sure they are properly taken care of, stretch them out completely.

Thank you for your interest,

Only qualified candidates will be contacted!


Sunday, February 17, 2008


Do You Ever get those days when you get up after oh, 3 hours sleep, don't want to get out of bed, and look at the weather report which calls for freezing rain, and you would just rather stay in bed.

You set your alarm for 6:30am to get up and make toast, but you forget why you set your alarm that early.

Your step-dad gets up at 7:00am, and you ask him why you set your alarm, and he reminds you that you were going to try the whole "eating before you run thing."

You finally figure out how to work the toaster, and wait 7 minutes, to find only that your peice of toast burnt. Or was too hard. You try it again, and this time succeed. You then slather on the nutella, and then have 1/2 a cup of orange juice.

Your then fight to get both your parents out of the house, and to the Ruuning on time, so that you can latch onto someone and not get left behind again. You succeed in getting there, using the washroom and latching on to someone. You beg your mom to wait until you get back, because you might not have been the nicest person in the world but it's calling for freezing rain so you don't want to have to take the bus.

You start your run far from comfortable. You start running and you feel like your knees are going to give out, and your lungs are going to explode. You forgot your mittens so your hands are cold. You drag your butt through your first set of 10 and 1's and start to finally settle into a comfortable pace, that is pain free.

You talk about school, and work and futures. You ask questions about your paper. You enjoy every minute of the company because it takes your mind of what REALLY is going on in your life.
You choke down your gels,about 45 minutes into the run, and drink an entire bottle of water after. You continue to trudge along.

About 10k, you hit a major street that's all the way downhill. Fabulous! you think, and quickly realize that the hill is pure ice. Everyone around you is slipping and falling and you can't help but giggle. After making it down the hill, you turn onto another road that is much less busy, and continue on your journey.

You continue to talk to your company about music, and running and biking trips to russia. Then you turn back onto lakeshore, and realize that there is a gianormous hill that you have to climb. You're only about 13k in, but considering that you hadn't run more than 13k since the clinic started, you're a little tired. But you decide to cheerfully announce that " You LOVE Hills!" And ask the person who has agreed to join you on this journey if she would like to "kill" the hill with you!

And kill the hill is what you do! It is a fabulous climb, and an even better descent! You are about to turn onto the street that would take you back to your starting destination. You debate taking another gel, and realize that you only have 5k to go, and that it probably wouldn't even kick in. So you continue by munching on Sports Beans, and drinking water, and talking.

You then decide to invent new words. The new word of the day is "Texture Mashing" It turns out that you are not the only one who doesn't like texture, and although most people call you picky, your new friend calls you a "Supertaster".

By this point you are hurting, and request a walk break, so that you can stretch. It is fabulous, and we are only 2k away, but it was much needed. You continue to run, and turn back onto lakeshore, where we take another quick break to see if we continue going straight or have to make a little detour. We are supposed to make a detour, but we look at our watches and decide that we will just stick to the 20k and go straight down lakeshore. After passing a group at Mississauga Road (walkers) you decide to push it the rest of the way. You get back to the store and find out that your average pace was 6:09/km, with the walking down the hill. That's fabulous, considering your LSD pace is like 6:22. You finish 20k in exactly 2hrs! Not bad, not bad.

You return to the store with snot running down your face, and grab tissue. You stretch-ish, and then go in search of your parents, whom you hope haven't left without you. You find them, and are on your way home, on a complete endorphin high. The run was fantastic. You couldve run another 10k had you had another gel.

It was one of those magic runs that make you remember why you started running in the first place.

You then go to the movies with your siblings after showering, and come out of the movie with a right knee (the acl, where you tore it) is swollen and really hurting. You have your siblings practically carry you to where your ride will meet you, and you fall into the car. You come home, and immediately put shorts on so you can ice it. Your knee is about double the size of the other one,and your getting nervous.

You put the ice on the skin, and start to write this blog.

Yeah. So. have you ever had one of those runs? (The fabulous part, not the stupid bleeping knee part)

So my reading week was super unproductive. So, whatever. I'll finish the essay by 10pm tonight.

Tomorrow is the new "FamilyDay", a sad attempt at another new holiday. Don't get me wrong though, I'll take an extra holiday wherever I can get it!

So, I thought I'd tell you about magic.
And procrastinate from uh, writing my paper.
I finished my food tracking, so I guess I'm one step closer to eating healthy.

Take care friends,
(Which, by the way, is NOT SLANG. It is phonetically correct)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Snow Globe

You know what bugs me? When people use ghetto english. It drives me crazy. (although crazy is not a word that should ever be mentioned around me.) You log on to facebook, and people change thier status and it says,
"I got mah license" instead of "I got my lisence"

Other words that bother me include "Fah instead of for, ruff instead of rough and babie instead of baby" Seriously.

Yep. But that's enough complaining for now.
I'm a pretty happy TiGrr.
I was so not feeling well yesterday. I was sooo naseous, and had such a bad tummy ache. It was just not a good thing. But it was a beautiful day for a run. Apparently right now, Canada is living up to it's cold,eskimo-like persona! We have had SO much snow over the past few days, it is ridiculous!
Even I'm not used to it. I feel like I'm a snow-globe and it's getting shaken up everyday! Just when you think the sidewalks are going to be clear cause it hasn't snowed in a few days, and everyones got them shoveled. It's not warm enough for the igloos to melt, but seriously! I just want something a little warmer! Or, wait. Not even warmer, I want less snow.

Anyways, got a little off topic there. I ended up dragging my ass to the Running Room. I met up with Daniellle, and we headed out on a 10k tempo run. (Note: Had she not been there, I might not have run at all. Or I was going to do several 1.5km loops, so I could bail if I needed too!)
Now this girl, she's super optimistic! She believes we should acknowledge tiredness and then just forget about it! We did do 10 and 1's even though it was supposed to be a steady run...but it's okay! Atleast I was running, right?
And it semi-worked. I didn't start feeling like I was going to puke again until 7k into the run. So yeah, the last 3k sucked. We had the clinic talk afterwards, and that was brutal. I wish I had gravol, because I was so naseous. I changed into warmer clothes really quickly, and then sat down to listen to a talk on Injury Prevention!
The guy was hardcore. And he was pretty funny.
Then Rick and I had to go to the grocery store to look for dinner (the last thing I wanted to do) and get cupcakes stuff for my sister's class. Then we couldn't find dinner, so we went to swiss chalet (Mine is still in the fridge).

Yep. So that was my Yesterday. It was fabulous-ish. Despite the feeling like crap part. Sunday's run is 19km. It'll be alright! Even though I haven't done a long run since we did 13k..yeah I missed all the 16k runs--I was hungover one week, ran away the second week, and left behind the third week...SO!
Oh well, anything under like 22k is now a peice of cake. Just time-consuming, that's all.
I get to work after this week though..It'll be fabulous.

So, as soon as the money comes in for my orthodics from the insurance company, I have to get a new Garmin on my Credit Card. Then it might take me a month or 2 to pay it off, but I really think I need one.
We start hills next week! Yay! I like hills--sorta. They're going to be some pretty intense hills.

My Nutrition should be in order soon, as I am going to see a nutritionist very shortly.

Hmm..not much to talk about. I'm in the writing process of my paper now. How exciting.
I just have to go to the library to get one more book title, because the one that I got called "Men In Sports," I guess I didn't look at carefully enough at the book, because it is a compilation of non-scholarly stories. SOoOoO.. yeah, that's where I am going to be. Fabulous, huh? Not so much, actually!

Take Care My Blogger Friends,
I'll check back with you after valentines day is over (I HATE VALENTINES DAY!!!!)


P.S. I hope you all wrote love on your arms yesterday!
I did! :o) *BUT it sweat off during my 6:30 run.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I just got an e-mail from Mr. Science Teacher....
HE REGISTERED FOR THE HALF! May 11th, we're on!!!!
So I had a fabulous day to start with. I went to Humber with my best friend. (its a school. Im thinking if I dont make it through first year kinesiology, then I am going to be a firefighter!)
Then I come home and log onto msn, and look at my e-mails. I had one from the person who will be doing a nutritional consultation with me, and an e-mail from next weeks clinic speaker. I finish sending a message, and THERE WAS A NEW ONE FROM HIM!!!

It said he signed up a few days before my last message was sent!!
So I'll still train for the full, and run a fabulous half marathon!!!!
EEEEEEEEEEE (This is a high pitched, excited scream you know!)
that is all,
Back to boring paper writing!

Sunday, February 10, 2008



Angry Frustrated Vent Like Post Coming in Red*****

So I went for my run this morning, and my stupid family wouldn'tget up and get ready early enough and by 8am, I was waiting by the door, and it took them like another 1o minutes to get out of the house. So we get to the Running Room at 8:25, I run in and get in line for the washroom. I get in the washroom and there are STILL people there, and I come out AND THERE GONE!!!
I had no idea where we were going, and I hadn't found anyone to latch on to. I was still not feeling well by the way.

So, it was like -7 billion with the wind. STRONG wind. Yeah. Not impressed. So I set off, along Mississauga road, and turned a few times and whatever. It was icy, but the roads were pretty quiet, so Icould practically run in the middle of it. Then we get to Lakeshore and it was icy.

You know what else I hate?! The city.
Everywhere you look you see "This path recieves no maintenance between November and APRIL!
You B!*** about the Obesity Epidemic yet you talk about closing down Community Centres, and don't make the city accessible to people during the winter!!!!

Then I came home, and then I WENT TO WORK! I was exhaustedddd!!

End Angry Vent-like Post, back to normal happy stuff :o)

Im contemplating going to see a nutritionist about overhauling my diet.
I'm thinking that Mr. Noodles and Macaroni and Cheese are Rockstar might not be the healthiest of all things. And it might be why I am so tired all the time. Hmmm.
Any opinions on that?!
Then this could be :
"TiGrr's Running, (soon to be biking and swimming), rants about school and NUTRITION accountability blog"
Do you think it is FEASABLE for me to maintain a normal diet plan in University. HONESTLY! I don't want to spend money and not go through with it.

Ok, I need to sleep.
Chest cold is either getting better or worse.
It's hurting. Boo.

<3 TiGrr


Thursday, February 07, 2008


This week, has pretttyy much been a Write-off, no doubt about it.
Monday, I didn't go to track and feild because I couldn't breathe and walk at the same time, and I had to chose between one or the other (For the record, I chose breathing)

Tuesday was SOOOO busy.
School, essays, boringest lecture IN THE WORLD (Damn humanities), visit to Dr. Stephanie's (by the way, her and I are not on good terms), went to work to go and run a meeting, then an 10pm visit to the walk in clinic to get a Doctor's note for track and feild. Then a trip to get ventalin. F.a.b.u.l.o.u.s.

Wednesday: WHAT THE HECK!!! Canada HAS SNOW!!!! Which took me an extra two hours to get to York in the morning. Then they closed it at 5pm...AFTER my last class. Urgh. Oh well. Then the instructor of my clinic saying "Run At Your Own Risk!"
(I didn't run, Still getting over the 'run or breathe' thing) PLUS you could barely walk out there, let alone run.

Thursday: That's today. Dr. Stephanies in the early AM, run to work, TRIED to find Mr. Science Teacher. But he's not possible to find. Sooo I'll try again next thursday. I don't think he get's my e-mails cause it might be spam. Then, I went to work and came home to a pile of homework and a nap. I DRAGGED my ass out of the house for the run. We talked about nutrition. APPARENTLY my nutrition is worse than I thought. I mean, I knew it was bad, but I don't see anything wrong with cooking mac and cheese everday or eating Mr. Noodles. And only eating 2 times a day...Hmm. Then I went out for a run. I don't know how long or how how fast. I remixed the route. Probably less than 10 but more than 6. We can sayyyyy 8. I guess. Hahaha! This is the first run in a long while that has ended with a minor asthma attack and an inhalerr.. Soo Frustrating!!!!!!!!!

So I'm beat.
I would like to run tomorrow. So I probably will.
Hope you are all fabulous.
I'm trying to be fabulous!


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

To Write Love On Her Arms

I would just like to re-iterate the fact how much I hate going to get electrocuted, and poked and prodded.
And how I feel when I leave (SORE!!!)
And how much I hate chest coldsand not being able to breathe
And doctors that charge you $20 to right your name on a peice of paper
And how much I hate papers
And how much I hate readings

And how much I love snowdays
And how much I love runs on Sunny Days
And how much I love runs on Chilly Days
And how much I love runs in the very early morning, watching the sun rise
And how much I love runs in the night before sunset
And how much I love my friends

And of course how much I love my blogger family:o).

Since we're on the topic of Love, I wanted to introduce you to something called:

"To Write Love on Her Arms"

That which is written below is taken directly from a facebook group called "Love is the Movement"

The truth is that according to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of disability, with approximately 121 million people suffering with depression worldwide. The National Institute of Mental Health states that approximately 18 million people suffer from depression in America alone.

Depression does not discriminate across age, race, gender, or class. Among teenagers it is estimated that 20 percent will suffer from depression at some point by the time they reach adulthood. There are also as many as 8.3 percent of teens suffering from depression for at least a year at a time, compared to 5.3 percent of the general population.Insprired by the work of TWLOHA (To Write Love On Her Arms), an organization created to spread awareness for teen depression, self-injury, and suicide, we are coming together to make sure the whole world knows. We are not directly affiliated with TWOLHA, but are in great support of their work To find out more about TWLOHA visit their Facebook Group here:

During the time of year that suicide rates are at their highest, we chose February 13, the day before Valentine's Day, as our opportunity to start showing people how much they are loved. We will physically write the word LOVE on our arms (with a sharpie, or whatever other ink suits you best). If someone asks you what it’s for, tell them about TWLOHA. Tell them they are loved, that they are important. And ask if you can write LOVE on their arm as a symbol of that. Don't be afraid to reach out to those who need love, those who you often walk right by every day. They need our care.There is NO set time, there is NO set location. Where you are, when you are there, speak out.Some of us may choose to share the love of God, but we want you to share whatever love is strongest for you. Depression has no boundaries, but neither does our love.Stop the bleeding. Rescue is possible.

I reallly like it! I'll be writing love on my arms friends!
What are your opinions on it? I don't expect you to attend, I just think it's really nice!

Now, enough love talk, I must go and do the things I hate...Paper writing and readings.


Monday, February 04, 2008



I spoke too soon.

The end of the week pretty much sucked.

Friday morning I woke up, to a foot of snow, crazy wind, and all of the schools in the region closed.

So, needless to say I couldn't run. Well, I mean I could have gotten on a bus and gone to a gym, but I chose not to. Ok. No excuses. Well, not too many.

Saturday, I woke up to run away! IT was fabulous. I cleaned my room and babysat my sister for a while, then it was ON THE BUS! Fabulousss! It was a great. Really was. Enjoyed the weekend away! See, look how much fun we're having!

So that's no running this weekend really.
I'll make it up this week!
I hope. I feel like I'm coming down with a chest cold, but TOMORROW'S GOING TO BE 8 DEGREES!! Yeah, 8 degrees CELCIUS in DECEMBER! That is perfect running weather. I'm gonna try for hills today, and then I'll just run easy tomorrow [somewhere in between school and Dr. Stephanies (not looking forward to this) and the meeting at work.]
That's exciting, huh?
I think so:o)
Have a great week everyone!