Thursday, June 30, 2011

I think I can...I think I can...

So you may or may not of noticed the badge at the bottom of my page or the button on the side but I have registered for the "CIBC Run for the Cure" on Oct 2, 2011. It is a fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and it is a 5K/1K run/walk. I joined the Booty Camp Fitness Team so I wouldn't be alone. My former Booty Camp Fitness instructor Susan is on the team, and she is awesome, so I know she would encourage me to do my best!

I have two close family members who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and survived; my Nan (now in her mid 80's), who was diagnosed twice on two separate occasions, and her daughter, my Aunt Tena.This is my effort to spread some good Karma, I will be running so everyone can be as lucky as me.

I *Heart* My Nan  

I HOPE TO WILL run the whole 5K...this is my new goal. Problem is I am not much of a runner..I have 94 days left to become one. I know if I have even a quarter of their strength than I can.

Run for the Cure To Do List:
  1. Create My Donation Web page & Start fundraising
  2. Dig out my old "Learn to Run" notes and read them
  3. Create a 5K route
  4. Create a Training schedule
  5. Run my ass off
Wish Me Luck!

Photography Certificate Officially Finished!

Yea! I made it through! I finally finished something! I had everything done and printed DAYS in advance!(Big accomplishment for me, usually I'm a "the night before" or "morning of" type person). A weight has been lifted! One less thing on my to do list.  I still plan on doing more courses...just for fun. The wedding one starts on Thursday...I'm excited!

Below is my written proposal and my pictures if you would like to take a look...tell me what you think!

The Little Things

“Beauty is the promise of Happiness” – Stendhal

In today’s ever changing world, mixed with the increasingly busy lifestyle people are rarely aware of the beauty in the little things that surround them. Most people spend their commute on their smart phone, playing games, reading emails, facebooking, and texting. I want to encourage people to be more aware of their surrounding and use their smart phone to capture it.


“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it” – Confucius

I will observe my surroundings closely and determine the unlikely beauty that may often be missed in the rush of everyday life. I will focus on things that make me smile; people, buildings, objects, patterns all seen from the eye of a commuter.


I was hoping to do most of the shooting from the queen 501 street car. I will to do some of my shooting on my morning and evening commute, However because my work commute is short I will do a complete ride of the 501 queen street route over two days. First day will involve taking test shots, making notes of points of interest, and review of test shots. Second day will be used for shooting.


Camera: IPhone 4 - Hipstamatic 210 A
  • John S Lens
  • No Flash
  • Ina 1969 Film
  • Use of negative space, patterns, people, color, lines
  • “Urban Photography” style
  • Retro finish produced primarily by the IPhone App
  • Minimal Photoshop adjustments
  • Thick, Matte Paper


“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print is the performance.” ~Ansel Adams

The Goal is to print a series of 10-12 pictures that encourages others to look around them and capture some everyday beauty.














Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Put on Notice!

I have officially put on notice! My vacation from eating good and exercising is over. Last night my chest pains came back with a vengeance along with my upset stomach. Not to mention it was a super hot night last night so I spent the night dying on the couch next to the air conditioner. Not Fun!

OK...first item on the agenda....pack a healthy lunch/snacks (I was too scared to eat breakfast, I thought the pain would come back). I have bag of green grapes for a snack, Tomatoes, avocado, hummus, and half a pita for lunch. If I make it through today with out the pain returning no doctor for me...yea!

Focus....focus!...Time to get back into the groove, even though I'm slowly going down in the numbers on the scale...I know it's just muscle turning to

The Plan:
  • Start using "MyFitnessPal" again...track my eating
  • Drink more water...I haven't been drink hardly any water which is really bad in this warm weather
  • No more Alcohol..Not that I drank a lot, but apparently the one drink per weekend is not working out so well for me
  • More Veggies
  • No Junk
  • Exercise a least three days a week...running, fitness class, gym, bike ride, walking, golf