A bit about my blog

So yesterday I updated this blog with some posts from a new blog that I had started to track my fitness goals. I started a separate blog because I thought it’d be better to keep my ‘personal’ stuff apart from my ‘photography’ stuff. But then I realized, that that is just too much work.

“I can’t separate out all the parts of me. It’s too hard. Better just to give you the whole jumbled mess.”

So I decided to just put everything together and deal with it.

I haven’t ‘blogged’ proper in a long time. Or at least, I haven’t shared anything publicly in a long time. I have a private blog that I post to, but it’s the totally boring, depressing, whining and complaining type of blog. No-one wants to hear me whine. Trust me.

So this blog, I started back in 2010. When I got my 1st dslr in 2008, I’d started a flickr account and then moved to a Blogger blog. But eventually I moved to WordPress and have been here ever since. I’ve dabbled in other site’s, but this blog has held out the longest. So here I am.

Going forward – but totally don’t hold me to this – I’ll be posting whatever I want here be it personal or photography related. Just a general outlet. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll get back into the groove of it. There is something nice about creating, even just a random blog post and putting it out there into the world.

And because photos make things better…

A Portrait of Annie | Canon 5DMkII 85mm, iso 100, 1/250, octogan umbrella with speedlight

Still benched

It’s Sunday night. No, actually – it’s Monday morning. 12:37am. I should totally be asleep right now. But, I decided to catch up on my fitness blog. Ya. So about that… I still have not been back to the gym. It’s been 11 days. My knee has really kept me out of the game. Maybe it’s ’cause I’m older, and carrying more weight and am much less fit then in the past – but my knee is not bouncing back as fast as I would have liked. I think I will try to go tomorrow, but if I do, it’ll only be on the elliptical. I don’t think my knee can handle a class yet. I still feel it ‘wobble’ when walking downstairs. :( And I won’t even mention food.
Sigh. When it rains it pours. (So many things happening…) I just hope that I can get back on track sooner than later and that my knee is just taking it’s time healing and there is nothing else going on.

On a totally un-related topic. I have a new project. Well, not project, per se. I decided to build a new photography website. Though I’ve been with 22slides.com for a long time and love their customer service, I’ve been wanting to do something different for awhile with my site. I’d been ‘noticing’ Squarespace a lot more recently. They’re really up on their ad game. And, the podcast I listen to (shot out to Reply All), plays there ads. It worked. I started a trial website and I’m really liking it. I’m building something that can potentially really make doing photography as a ‘side hustle’, more stress free. Which I need, because right now – I have to focus on my (mental) health and fitness and can’t put as much energy into photography. At the moment, I’m just content with it being a side hustle or ‘paid hobby’ as Shel eloquently put it. Ooh, I’d love feedback on the site. Check it out here: https://ardean-peters.squarespace.com/ and use the visitor access and leave me comment below. Be nice :)

Wish me luck that this week in the gym goes good. I’m gonna need it.

Body Attack will kill you – Day 3

Today (speaking in the past tense now, as I never finished this post last week), was a great class. I enjoyed it immensely. I worked hard, while trying to keep it at a moderate level.

Fast forward to today – a week later. And like the title says, Body Attack WILL kill you. I jest. Mostly. I really did enjoy that class last week. But, I got a little too excited and ran (they do this thing where the participants run in a circle around the room and *usually* I just jog lightly in the corner, ’cause I’ve never been a ‘runner’ and always avoid it). But I was all hype and I ran. By the end of class my knee was feeling it. And for the rest of that week I was limping around, wearing my knee brace, icing my knee. And I haven’t been to the gym since. It’s finally starting to feel better. So I’m continuing to rest it this week and will get back into the gym next week. Sad face. Sad face.

And I should mention, my neck also has been giving me issues. The right side was sore for probably a month – but then got really tight over the weekend. Monday, I was in pain and I had to take muscle relaxants just for relief. I hope it’s just a minor pull or tightness. Maannn…. this ‘getting old’ thing…

Day 2 – The day in which I no longer want to move

I was sooooooooo pooped by the end of class today that I could barely walk. I went to a store to pick up some toothpaste and they had stairs to get to the 2nd floor. I couldn’t. The cashier actually ran up to check for the toothpaste for me. That’s how beat I looked.

I walked to work as usual. That is my one saving grace. A 45min walk (slow) into work everyday. I was asked to do something just as I was getting ready to leave work, so I had to rush to make it to the 5pm class. I got there in the middle of the warm-up. So this class was a ‘Street Dance’ class. Different from a regular Group Ex class, because the instructor is a dancer/choreographer and they teach you a dance they’ve made up. It’s SO MUCH FUN! If you love to dance, it’s definitely a class to try. And don’t get discouraged. The 1st class I went to – it was horrible! To my defence, he’d been teaching the choreo for 3-4 weeks already, so I had no clue what was going on. But this weeks class, was only the 2nd day of the new choreo – so I didn’t do too bad in keeping up. I found that I got about half the dance down. No, in no way did I look ‘good’ doing it, I’m sure. But I don’t care about that. I just love to dance. So that’s why it’s fun. And I SWEAT! I find it when I’m this de-conditioned, interesting to see what I can/can’t do – compared to when I used to be extremely fit and teaching 3 classes a day. In this class in particular, it’s just hard to ‘move’ as fast as I need to to keep up. But I do what I can, ’cause I know that every week I will get better.

Morning Weight: 221.5

Breakfast Smoothie
2 banana-160
1 cup fruit-60
2 cup almond milk-180

Granola bar-220

Roast beef-200

Gummy worms (5pcs=160)-640

Cardio 1: – walk to work 45mins
Cardio 2: – Street Dance class – 55mins