This is my journey to become a police officer in Toronto

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Week 11

Hi Everyone!

Weight 59kg/130lbs


Bikram Yoga is 90 mins of 26 postures in a heated room. On the first day, the exercises started with breathing - this was ok. I felt hot and sweaty, but it was manageable. Then the poses started and within 10 minutes I felt faint and dizzy. I had to lay down. After lying down for a minute I felt better. I got up and started doing the exercises again. 

The heat was intense. It felt like I had sunburn all over my body for 90mins! Halfway through I felt nauseous and my heart was beating so fast that it felt like I was going to have a heart attack! When I got home I had a terrible headache because I do not drink enough water. 

All these feelings I experienced are normal. I felt sick because I eat too much sugar and my heart was beating too fast because I can't control my breathing and I'm out of shape. 

Anyway, I went again the next day (I drank enough water this time). I felt a lot better. It still felt like torture, but it wasn't as bad as the 1st time. When I got home I felt excellent! I had so much energy and I felt alive! Also, I didn't feel like eating dinner or my usual chocolate! I had a fantastic deep sleep and woke up feeling good. The 3rd time was even better! My body feels exercised and stretched. My skin is smooth already and I dropped 1 kg! Also, my digestion is a lot better. 

The trainers really push you to do better. If you lie down, they will tell you to get up and do the pose and they push you to stretch further until your bones feel like they're going to break!
They say that 90 mins of torture will lead to 90 years of a healthy life. 

I think I'm healthy. I haven't been to the doctor in 8 years! - and that was to get my medical done to come to Canada! Before that I can't remember when I visited the doctor! Maybe I should get a check-up?! 

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

My 1st Award!

Hi Everyone!

Thanks to River at Losing On Purpose for this award!
So 7 things you didn't know about me ~ 

1. I'm married to a wonderful Korean man.
2. I've backpacked to 30 countries
3. I was a hardcore Mr T fan when I was 9 years old!
4. I hardly ever wear make-up
5. I love to dance
6. I believe in karma
7. I'm REALLY honest - I never lie - not even to be nice!

I'm supposed to pass this award onto 7 other bloggers, so that they can write about 7 things about them. So I pass this to:

Discovering Twon

Linzerellos blog

Fat Little Black Dog

Fatty Blogsticks


Half of Jess

Jer losing it...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Week 10

Hi Everyone!

Weight 60kg/132lbs

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY running sprints/10 burpees, 30 jumping jacks, 10 squats, 10 lunges, 10 girl push-ups.

I felt a bit under the weather this week, so I exercised less. I walked for couple of days without doing anything strenuous. Walking does help - even though you don''t sweat! I really enjoy walking - I usually walk/run with my dog everyday, as well as my daily exercises.I put my pedometer on to see how many steps I walk in a day. When  I lived in Korea, I walked about 12,000 steps a day. Now, I walk 6,230! That's about half! 

Life in Canada is very different because I have to drive everywhere instead of taking transit. Also, I work in a sit down job, whereas before I was a very lively teacher and I didn't own a car. I read somewhere that you need to walk 10,000 steps to lose weight. I'm going to aim for that number everyday from now on. I'm going to park my car far away from my workplace & at the end of the supermarket car park and walk longer with my dog. 

What do you do to sneak in some exercise? Are there any other ways I can walk more?

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Friday, May 21, 2010

O Canada!

Hi Everyone!

I know that most of you are from the States, but I thought I'd share some information about Canada. 
Capital: Ottawa
Population:33,311,400! (less than England!)
Leader: Prime Minster, Stephen Harper
Emblem: Maple Leaf
Animal: Beaver
Motto: From Sea to Sea

Canada's national police is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP.
The Rockies are in British Columbia. The highest peak is Mount Robson at 3,954m high.   
Canadian sports are Hockey and Lacrosse (both sports are aggressive-players usually end up fighting each other).
There are many kinds of bears living in Canada: Grizzly bear, Polar bear, Black bear, etc
Those are the most famous things about Canada. When I asked others what they thought of Canada. They said this: 
Lots of nature/wildlife
Nice people (everyone is very pleasant here)
Inuit people

Have you ever been to Canada? What do you think of Canada? What's the first thing that springs to mind?

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Week 9

Hi Everyone!

Weight 59.7kg/132lbs

MONDAY 2km/10 burpees, 10X running up & down steps, 30 jumping jacks, 10 girl push-ups
FRIDAY Jillian Michaels DVD

I have been feeling good this week, but I could be better. I work at a credit card call centre, which involves a lot of sitting. I just started a few weeks ago, so I'm not used to sitting all day. Humans are not supposed to sit for 8 hours a day. It's uncomfortable and creates aches in your back, neck, legs and head. I really don't like sitting for that long, but I work for a really good bank and I made commitment to stay there for at least 18 months. 

I've decided to start Bikram Yoga 5/6 days a week to stretch and relax my mind and body. Bikram Yoga is 90 minutes of yoga in a room heated to 105 degrees F. The heat is meant to relax your muscles to make them more limber for the positions. Perhaps, this yoga will eliminate my "old lady" aches and pains. 

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Hi Everyone!

Everyone stresses out at some point. Perhaps because of problems with family, job, weight, school.......the list could go on. Some people turn to their addictions to feel better. These might be alcohol, drugs, work, junk food, exercise etc. These addictions are not healthy. They do not help us to deal with stress long term. We might forget about our worries whilst eating that hotdog with extra cheese and sauce or working excessively. But when it's finished, the stress engulfs us again. 

Police officers have a huge amount of stress from their day to day work. How do they deal with it? There are healthy ways to cope:

Meditate: Yes! Police officers can meditate too! Everyone should spend some time alone to re-charge and let go of worries.

Exercise: This really helps a lot! Even if you don't feel like it, you will feel so much better afterwards. 

Resolve Arguments: If you've argued with a loved one don't let it stew. Be open and talk about it. It will make you feel better. 

Laugh: Spend time with friends and enjoy their company. If you have no friends, then watch a funny TV show or movie - or make friends!

Take up a Hobby: Do something you really enjoy (it can be geeky!). You can find other people with similar interests & join a club. 

Plan: Get your life organized! Write a list of fun, silly things and serious things you want to do in the next 5 or 10 years. It will feel really good to tick things off! (And make the silly things a priority - don't overlook them!).

Love Yourself: We are all too hard on ourselves - "I'm a fatso" or "I'm an idiot" etc Would we say these things to our best friends? our spouses? our children? 

Talk About It: If you are stressed, find someone to confide in. Do this as soon as you feel the emotion building up - it will help you avoid your addiction (if you have one).

When I'm stressed, I have a tendency to eat sugary foods, but I keep that under control by talking to my husband and exercising.

What do you do when you're stressed? What are your addictions? 

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Week 8

Hi Everyone!

Weight 59.9kg/132lbs
Best 2.4km run 15mins 35secs

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY 2km/10 burpees, 15 girl push ups, 30 jumping jacks, 10X up & down set of steps, 15 sit ups
SATURDAY 2.4km run

This week, I decided to change my routine because I was tired of the old routine. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I alternated running one 400m lap as fast as I could and a calisthenic. This is a lot less boring and kept my heart pumping!

I take my dog running with me. He's little, but very strong! 

I've been feeling really good and energetic. The weather has been sunny and warm - not the usual grey. I hope it lasts... 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Running Attire

Hi Everyone!

Everybody wears different kinds of running attire. Some wear old clothes, others brand new ones. Some are more comfortable others are not. What should you wear, whilst exercising? 
Here are the pros and cons of different people's ensembles:

Scenario #1 Running in an old T-shirt, with stains, old pants with holes and running shoes just about to fall off your feet.
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PROS  It's cheap ~ you don't need to spend any extra money to exercise, and why should you?
CONS  It doesn't look so good and you probably don't feel good in them. 

Scenario #2  Running in only brand name clothes.

PROS  You look rich (maybe).
CONS  It's expensive and if you wear "matchy matchy" brand name clothes, it does NOT look good - or expensive. 

Scenario #3  Running in super hero attire
PROS  Hmmmmm.... it's light weight. 
CONS  You need a super hero figure to wear them. 

Scenario #4 Running with too many accessories.

PROS  You'll know everything about your run ~ km, time, steps, heart rate, location, incline, calories etc
CONS  You will, most likely, drop something & break it. 

I wear a little bit of everything. My pants are hobo, shoes are brand name, undergarments are super hero (to prevent jiggling) and I carry some accessories. 

What do you wear?

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Week 8

Hi Everyone!

Weight 61kg/134lbs
Best 2.4km run 16mins 0secs

MONDAY  2.4km run
SUNDAY  Hiking

I struggled a bit this week. I have been consistently doing 2.4km runs 6 days a week, but this week I am totally burned out. Running is still difficult for me. I feel like my lungs are burning & I can't breathe. I do not have the runner's "high" that people talk about. I do feel better after the run, but I have to force myself out the door everyday.

My running is getting better, but not substantially better. My brother thinks I should push past the pain to run faster. Perhaps, I should be mentally pushing myself more. Last week, I started doing 3 sets of 12 calisthenics. This is too much. It takes me a long time to do 36 burpees (they're really hard!).

I am absolutely motivated to get fit, so I think next week I'm going to do a different workout everyday. I'm not going to focus on the 2.4km run for a while. 

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