The bathroom, and feeling faint

As of last weekend, our bathroom was finally complete. It was our first major home renovation since we moved in two years ago. Although we hired a contractor to do the work, it was still hard (especially living without a shower for more than two weeks!) Thank goodness we have another half-bath in the basement. Here are some before-and-after shots.




We’re very pleased with the outcome and it feels very grown-up to have taken this on… Now that we have a good contractor, we also feel inspired to take on more projects. Next step: new windows for our bedroom and the baby’s room.

Now that I don’t have to go to the gym to shower anymore, my workouts have been much more relaxed. That was except for my weekend spinning class, which I was enjoying right up until last weekend, in my 30th week of pregnancy.

I felt fine, energetic even, during the class. Drank what I thought was enough water. Ate a little breakfast beforehand…. but about 20 minutes after class, a feeling of faintness overcame me. I suddenly felt hot, nauseous and my head filled with black spots (to me it feels like pins and needles in my head). I was with my friend at Starbucks but was sitting at a table. I laid my head down and luckily the feeling passed. I spoke to my doctor about it (it actually wasn’t the first time this happened, but the first time post-workout), and she didn’t seem too alarmed. It was probably caused by the hot conditions in the spinning classroom. I also probably didn’t drink enough water… and yes, the class was probably a little too strenuous for me. Another ego check… time to slow down – again!

So it has been all about the walks for me this week. I know I can still workout at the gym in the cooler areas, while drinking lots of water, but just no more sweaty spinning classes. I am also still taking prenatal yoga, which I love! (Hoping to write more on that later…)

Today Mark and I went for a walk and ran for about a block just for fun. Well, it didn’t feel very fun. My legs were on fire and my breathing was heavy, not to mention the tightness in my hips. Wow… just a couple of weeks off running (and a growing belly) can make all the difference.

I hope to keep up regular exercise until the very end – I find it really helps with my energy levels. Yesterday I was such a slug. Came home after work, went out for dinner, and fell asleep by 7:30 p.m. (no word of a lie). It kind of backfired on my when I woke up starving at 4 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I stayed awake all day scurrying/nesting around the house and I don’t feel tired at all tonight. I figure it must be the fact that I kept active.

One thing is for sure: through all of this, the little bundle of joy in my belly keeps moving constantly. Someone’s having a good workout… even if it’s not me!


Renovation central

The good thing about doing a bathroom renovation, is you have to shower at the gym.


Yes, our bathroom has been totally gutted (except our lovely toilet). Good-bye blue bathtub and 40-year-old tiles, hello granite counters and porcelain tile. Oh yes, we’ve been waiting (and saving) for this pretty much since we moved in a couple years ago. This is our southern vacation.

So basically it has forced me to get to the gym more often in the past week or so. While my work-outs were lagging in recent weeks, things are starting to turn around. Last week, I got in three cardio work-outs and went to a prenatal yoga class. This week, I had a great workout Monday, and intended on heading to the gym today, but the storm has not allowed it. That means an early morning workout/shower before I head to the office in the morning.

At the gym I’ve been using the machines for various cardio workouts then doing my own thing with the weights. I’ve used the stepper and elliptical quite a bit (whereas before I was a treadmill purist, haha). Also keeping on with a weekly spinning class, which I still love! It seems to take a little longer to warm up, but once I’m there, I’m there.

Running is starting to fall by the way-side. There is just too much weight in my front to carry. Look!

27 weeks

I still try to run a bit – more or less to save my pride – but I know it puts a lot of pressure on my pelvic area. On Saturday, after running for only about 10 minutes, walking fast for 5 minutes, and spending another 20 givin’ er on the elliptical, I was wiped. Absolutely spent. And the entire next day, my hips and pelvic area were aching badly. Yoga helps a lot. I know that my muscles are changing and stretching, so it’s all normal. Sometimes I wonder if easing off will only make those muscles weaker, or if I should keep challenging myself. Probably a question for my doctor next week.

Wet paint. Our first DIY.

After painting I-don’t-know-how-many-square-feet of our new house, I have a whole new respect for the art of interior decorating. But what they say is true: for not much money, you can totally update the look of your house with a fresh coat of paint.

When we bought the house, most of the rooms on the main floor were painted a minty green colour. It obviously had been there a long time. The colour went behind the baseboards and cupboards that have been there for about 10 years.

So, armed with a $10-off coupon per gallon, we went to Home Hardware and bought a few cans of the Beautitone Designer Series paint. We picked Hurricane for the main colour – a greyish-blue, and Cool Custard for one wall in the kitchen. For our bedroom, we went wild and picked Outback, a dark and sexy reddish-brown.

The dining area: before

We’re both amateurs, but for anyone who has never painted: it’s totally doable. I started out by washing all the walls with a bucket of warm water and a tiny bit of mild detergent. Then I went over the areas again with just water to make sure the soap was all off. This was a lot of work but it’s a good way to make sure the paint bonds to the wall.

The next big job was taping off all the trim. It takes a long time. Then we started by cutting in the corners and areas along the trim with a brush. The rest was covered with the rollers, moving in three-foot sections, following a W pattern, then filling it in. We painted two coats just about everywhere.

One mistake I think we made was waiting too long before we took the tape off. In some areas, the tape pulled off scraggly lines of paint. We still have to fix these areas.

All in all, a successful first project. Our house no longer feels like an old lady’s place. It feels fresh and modern. Not bad for a 40-year-old home!

The bedroom: before
The bedroom: before