Monday, May 10, 2010

From Sea to Sky - Landscape photography

Check out my latest photobook "From Sea To Sky". You can get a sneak peek at my photobook here.

It contains some of my landscape photography from around Vancouver, BC and a few pics from Ireland and Trinidad included.






Sunday, April 12, 2009

Project Slimnules - Day 17

Just a quick check in. I've been pretty much on track with my exercising. I've really been enjoying it. Been using some home workouts that have a lot more dancing in them so they are keeping my entertained and the fun factor keeps me motivated. Not too much has changed measurement-wise, still the same weight but I have lost an inch around my belly. It's tempting to be discouraged at the fact that nothing else has changed but it's only been a couple weeks and one inch off so far is a step in the right direction. It definitely helps motivate me to keep going and feel like I can accomplish more. Since starting to exercise, it feels like I have more energy and surprisingly, have also felt more creative. I've been knitting and drawing quite a bit. More drawing than I have done in a long time. I did a couple watercolours last wknd and did some pen and ink sketches this wknd. I knit a beret last Sunday, finished pk's Slocks this past week and planning on starting a new project - though haven't decided what it should be yet.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Project Slimnules begins! - Day 1



It's been way too long since I was here last but that's gonna change. I'm coming back to the open arms of my blog to keep myself accountable and on track on my new project.

Project Slimnules

In the past year and a half, I've gained about 30 lbs. I've become sedentary and feel like a giant blob so it's time to do something about it. My goal is to lose at least 20 lbs by August 1st. I'm not so much attached to a particular number, just that I get more active and look and feel healthier. I'd be happy even if I stay the same weight but gain more muscle.

I took "Before" pics and my measurements. I won't post the pics yet... but I'll document my measurements. These numbers may not look too bad but it's quite a bit of extra flab being carried around on my 5'2" frame.

Weight: 124.6 lbs
R. Arm: 12.75"
L. Arm: 11.75"
Chest: 33"
Waist: 27"
Lower Belly: 33"
Hips: 38.75"
R. Thigh: 23"
L. Thigh: 22.5

I'm putting it out there that these numbers will be going down in the next few month. I plan to measure myself every month and track the changes.

The Plan:
Daily exercise - using a combination of workout DVDs I will be exercising at least once each day.
I already have relatively healthy eating habits but there's always room for improvement. Being mostly vegetarian, I've got the veggie thing down. I love them all. What I will be cutting back on is my portions when I eat out as well as cutting down to one beer or alcoholic bev an evening.

So there it is.. for all the interweb to see. I'm asking you all to be supportive and to also hold me accountable. If I'm faltering, I need to be called out... in a nice way ;)

I'm quite excited to see the results!

To a fit and healthy lifestyle :)

N:)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

It was the first real day of summer weather, so...


I decided to jump out of a perfectly good plane for FUN!
Check out my adventure here!

It was a somewhat spur of the moment decision. Pk and his friend were going - a birthday gift from his friend. Initially I was just going to go for the drive and to take some photos of pk's landing. The morning of, I decided to just join in fully as it's always been on my "bucket list".

The drive there was an adventure in itself. What was supposed to be an hour drive out to the Abbotsford drop zone turned into a 4 hr trip when we got stuck on the hwy behind an accident. There was a part where the cars infront stopped suddenly and we had to break pretty hard. Fortunately for us, pk's not a tailgater so we had lots of room to slow down, and the car behind us did too. The car behind us wasn't so lucky, as the tailgater behind them didn't have enough time to react and after a screech of tires, I saw a red bumper fly into the air from my view in the side mirror. whewww!

After a short stop and an impromptu detour, we finally arrived in Abbotsford where Skydive Vancouver operates. Once we signed up, we got a quick intro and safety talk and we were in our jumpsuits and heading for the plane (a 10 pax Pilatus Porter).

I think the spur of the moment decision and efficiency of Skydive Vancouver didn't give me time to get nervous at all about jumping and free falling from 12,500 ft. I was so excited, there was no room for the jitters. My tandem instructor was really cool and when we jumped from the plane we free fell for about 40 seconds, he made sure that I looked at the camera (third party jumper) and had a good time. Once the parachute opened (thank goodness!) we went for some good spins.
The best part for me was when he'd pull up a little and then you got to experience something similar to weightlessness. It didn't feel like I was falling, just floating, without anything to think about but the beautiful scenery. It was fantastic! We landed smoothly and it was only after I got out of my gear and was walking back to my car to get my camera that my brain said "holy shite! You just jumped out of a freakin' plane!" I had permagrin all the way.

Back in the city, pk and I had a celebratory beer and then headed to our friends' house for a summer evening BBQ.

All in all, it was one of the most exciting days I've had in a long time. What a rush.

Until next time,
to freefalling and permagrins,

take care.
N

Friday, April 13, 2007

One word

You.
Can.
Only.
Type.
One.
Word.

Not as easy as you might think...

1. Where is your cell phone? Charging.
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend?: Hot
3. Your hair?: Middle
4. Your mother?: Sweet
5. Your father?: Funny
6. Your favorite item?: Yarn
7. Your dream last night?: Unrememberable
8. Your favorite drink?: Water
9. Your dream car?: Lamborghini
10. The room you are in?: Bedroom
12. Your fear?: Failure
13. What do you want to be in 10 years?: Fun
14. Who did you hang out with last night?: Boyfriend
15. What you're not?: Tall
16. Muffins? Yummy
17: One of your wish list items? Camera
18: Time?: Late.
20. What are you wearing?: Nothing
22. Your favorite book?: Unread
23. The last thing you ate?: Pizza
24. Your life?: Adventurous
25. Your mood?: Content
26. Your friends: Bestest
27. What are you thinking about right now?: Cleaning
29. What are you doing at the moment?: Typing
30. Your summer?: Anticipating
31. Your relationship status?: Cohabitation
32. What is on your tv?: UFC
33. When is the last time you laughed?: Tonight
34. Last time you cried?: Unknown.
35. School?: Art

Saturday, March 10, 2007

It couldn't really be any other way...

You Are a Mac

You are creative, stylish, and super trendy.
You demand the best - even if it costs an arm and a leg.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life!




I have some great news! My dearest Pk is officially a published author.

Paul is co-author amongst 101 contributing writers for the new book "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life: Volume 3" which is a compilation of 101 articles with practical, solid advice on how you can take action and improve your life.

He is a contributing author along with Ken Blanchard, Les Brown, Mark Victor Hansen, Byron Katie and many other leading Self Improvement experts.

To find out more about the book and how to purchase it please check out his site at www.paulkeetch.com.

I also highly recommend signing up for his inspirational and motivational weekly Monday Mentor emails. Check it out at www.themondaymentor.com.

Congrats Paul. I'm very happy and proud of you.