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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Started the day jumping on the scale which showed a 2 pound loss.  I couldn't believe it.  At first it didn't register but then I realized it said 198.  Not sure if this is real so we'll see tomorrow.  It's Sunday and biggest loser weigh in day so hopefully it's a good one.

Not a long post today as I am off to do the Shred, Tae Bo (my first try, I've had the DVD for years) and some treadmill work...  I'm on my own tonight so instead of just sitting and watching a movie, I am going to do a workout and then relax!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall

Today was a day filled with promise.

I got on the scale first and I was under 200!  Boo Ya, Promise #1.

My plans included travelling to NY (I live in Canada) for some US shopping with my sister and two nieces.  It's about a 2 hour drive to our destination.  We stopped for Timmie's (sorry if you don't know what Tim Horton's is, the best coffee...) and I was looking for the Shape magazine.  I found it but it was October's issue.  I bought it anyway just in case there was a lull in our car cavorting.

Shopping was great, I didn't want to spend too much, especially on myself as I wanted to wait until I am down (plus I have a closet full of a range of sized clothes) but I did buy a neat pair of shoes.  Black clog type with a 2 1/2 inch heel and really stylish with jeans and pants alike.  I decided to wear them out of store instead of the boots I choose in the morning.  Well we were walking down the mall and didn't my left foot slip on their shiny ceramic tile floor and boom, down I went right on my left hip.  Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall

Me and my parcels are down for the count.  Don't feel sorry for me as we all laughed so much we almost created a few puddles on the floor!  It did smart a lot and I felt a little embarrassed but I have to admit, if I hadn't been exercising for the past month and if I hadn't lost 16 pounds, not only would the fall have hurt more but I don't think I would have been able to get up so quickly (I practically sprang to my feet).  Promise #2

Then I got home to find out I was one of the winners of Laura's Shape contest (thank you!!!).  I never win anything so this was exciting new, only......

I managed to pick up the November issue while I was in the US!  I waffled about buying it but thought, I don't think I'll win and it would be great to have it for weekend reading so I made the purchase.   I'm happy anyway cause I'm able to start reading it tonight.  Laura can pass on my copy to some other deserving entrant, Promise #3

Oh and when we crossed the border we were over our limit for the day's shopping (dah) and the custom's agent grilled us, but let us through without paying duty and taxes, Promise #4!

A very good day indeed.  It will be interesting to see the colour of the bruise tomorrow, maybe it will turn to fall like colours?

Be Happy!

Hot 100 Challenge Update

My third update on my three challenges and still going strong.

Syl's October Challenge
Day 15 October and 9 shred completed and 15 days of exercise for 60min each (minimum excluding Shred); woohoo!

1.  Lose 36 pounds - lost 16 pounds to date 
2.  Workout a total of 5 times a week and go to my Kickboxing classes (counts as 2 a week) -  done
3.  Keep my blogging, my food plan and other stats up to date AND report on Friday's - rockin and rollin along
at my local gym

1.  Lose 25 pounds - I've lost 16 so far after starting Sep 20 
2.  Don't quit the challenge - Haven;t missed a weigh in & going strong!
3.  Attend gym classes regularly - done

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Goodbye Rear View Mirror

I am finding it amazing how the stars seems to be in an alignment or something like that.

Yesterday my blog was about positive and negative self talk - my angel and devil.  I had great feedback, many thanks to you all.  One message was from a newcomer which made me gulp, it was pretty deep for me.  I found Janelle through a post from Michelle (many thanks) and went to her blog.  I was immediately drawn to her profound thoughts and perspectives.  The words she left me in her comment with were...

"fact: Life always moves FOWARD, never BACKWARDS. So, you can never be where you were before. It's impossible. You are HERE, NOW. All you have been through in your life up to this point is stored within you, but it does not have to define you. We can use those old lessons to learn and grow, but we cannot let them DEFINE us. This is a NEW place for you! Embrace, enjoy and celebrate!"

Wow.... take a moment and really savor this.

I can and hopefully have learned from my past and taken this knowledge to lay out a new future for myself.  This definitely is a new and exciting place for me and the bounty of hope that I feel is immense.  I am a different person.  I acknowledge proudly that I am not on a weight loss journey, I am on a journey to become a healthy and vibrant woman.  A key element of that journey is weight loss through healthy eating and exercise.  I am not a defeated fat person.  I am a fat person successfully changing her life.  Even if the pounds come off slowly I will feel successful, proud and confident because I am doing something so different than what I would do in the past (binge eat, starve, drink, binge eat, starve and then feel guilt, shame, loneliness, embarrassed - well you know all the words I am thinking of).

So what defines success.  We all set goals, some very short term, some of use have different milestones and some have long term goals.  I have set my interim and long term goal (they are on "my page").  These goals are defined by weight, measurements, accomplishments.  I am building on these goals constantly based on what I am learning from other bloggers (the wealth of knowledge, feeling and commitment I feel from others to their goals is inspiring).

Again Janelle, so many thanks to you.  I am sending you a big hug!

That was yesterday and the focus of my thoughts this morning.  Today it was pretty miserable outside (seems like a lot of bloggers had rain to contend with) but there was a break in the rain so I decided to take my doggie Kosmo out for a walk (I am hooked on walking with him).  I knew we couldn't go far cause the sky looked menacing and the road was so muddy.  I decided not to take my ipod cause, it was going to be a quicky.  However, the rain stayed away long enough for us to walk about 2 miles and I had not music so I let my mind wander.

I have been blessed to own a home in the country on 10 acres so when I go walking, there is not too much traffic and there is lots of nature around us.  One of these days I'll take my camera but I am not as handy with it as some of you.  I have spent many hours walking and thinking.  I thought about what signs of change I would like to see in myself.  So I made a list.  I am already seeing some of these take shape but am not in a position to cross them off yet...

  1. get rid of the double chin
  2. get rid of the chubby face
  3. be able to take my gold rings off easily
  4. feel my rib bones standing, not just lying in bed
  5. be able to bend over effortlessly, really bend over!
  6. get back to running and run with ease
  7. get into my target clothes at each milestone (1st one size 12 jeans)
  8. wear size 10 jeans
  9. wear size 8 jeans
  10. get rid of all my fat clothes once and for all (not hide them in the garage and then have to go back into them)
  11. wear a black evening dress (the slinky kind)
  12. see actual definition in my arms
  13. conquer the B:B ratio (boob to belly 3:1 vs 1:3)
  14. get rid of the butt jiggle
  15. get rid of the back boobs
  16. be able to sit and bend over without being stopped by my belly
  17. be able to show my face in photos wantingly
  18. see my collarbone!
  19. shop for any type of clothes I want in any store
  20. feel no pain in my knees and lower back

Have you thought about any of these changes?  What other changes are you looking for?

Have a great night, be happy...

P.S. here is a picture of my doggie, he is the cutest (and boy is he getting in good shape too)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Angel and Devil

So it's been just over 3 weeks for me on my life change / journey and I've been having some weird thoughts lately.

I've been feeling really positive about my exercise routing.  I like the choices I am making and I am finding I want to add a bit more and go every day.  I don't want to go crazy because I cannot commit to working out 2-3 hours a day physically and time wise.  I do want to do more active things which are a type of exercise than before.  The thought that flashed though my mind yesterday was...

"hey you, I know your feeling really good from the kick boxing and walk outside but haven't we been here before?  Haven't we committed to exercise and stayed with it for 2 - 3 months only to drop it?  Then you go back to being a couch potatoe?  What makes this time different?"

I have no idea why but there it was in the my conscious thought.

Also, I was going through the entries in my journal pleased with my progress both with food choices, portions and ratios (ie. fat to carbs, etc).  Then a thought popped in my head...

"hey you, I know your feeling really good about the food plan but haven't we been here before?  Haven't we committed to the plan and stayed with it for 2 - 3 months only to drop it?  Then we gain back all the weight and maybe a little more?  What makes this time different?"

I took these thoughts and combined them with my hesitation to share my "change" with my extended family and friends.  The only people that know are my son, my sister and circle of bloggers.  Why won't I openly disclose what I am doing?

"hey you, you know the answer to this.  It's because you've done this so many times in the past and failed.  They won't roll their eyes in front of you but they will be thinking... here she goes again, on her dieting and exercise band wagon.  I wonder how long it will last this time"

What did I do?  I said to myself...

"hey you, stupid.  I'm the one in control here so back off.  I am the one making the choices and I know in my heart and MIND that this time is different.  I'm not going to let you're thoughts have any credibility.  I know what's past is past and the future is going to be different.  I am the master of my destiny.  I will be a changed person by my 52nd birthday, this is not negotiable."  

So to add some humour to the cause I've labelled this the angel and devil moment.  The devil is the stupid one putting those questionable, defeatist thoughts in my head and the angel is the one in control.  I feel really good about this and boy I just love the fact I've found a place to record it and reflect back.

Now my Booya moment (pronounced boooo ya!).  I won the biggest loser challenge at the club last week having lost 3.1% of my body weight.  I've also maintained my 15 lb loss and still feeling leaner and pumped.

Also it's Blog Hop Wed so join ahead and join in!

Gotta get out for a walk in this glorious weather, ta for now, be happy!

Update: walk was fantastic, 4 miles plus another 1 mile run, booya!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just 10 Challenge

Hey, seems like a logical thing to do, I have my goals already set but measuring 10 by 10 is a good way to take it in smaller "bites" and savoring the loss...

The Just 10 Challenge is about making a small commitment with a huge payoff. Join Dr. Oz's national movement that promises to change the health of America, 10 pounds at a time. CLICK HERE to join the movement by getting your free Just 10 bracelet from

PS, you cannot get this bracelet outside of the US :(.  I emailed the site to inquire but the entry form only allows US states.

Glenda aka Happy :)

Me, Substance? I Think So!

Thanks Michelle for another blog award.  I appreciate the recognition.  This is all new to me and I can't keep up with all the acceptance speeches, tee hee.  A blog with substance seems cool as I am assuming it means my blog content has so meaning to more than just me, I like that...

So in order to comply with accepting this award I have to:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.  Thank you Michelle!

2. Explain my blogging philosophy, motivation and experience in five words.

   “Honesty, accountability, engaged, inquisitive, enthusiastic”

3. Give the award to 10 other bloggers (I’ll do 5)...

I also wanted to give kudos to Laura who wrote yesterday that she will be in the November issue of SHAPE telling her story of weight loss.  She lost 125 pounds and is going strong; a real inspiration.  She is giving away a free issue of Shape magazine to 5 different bloggers who comment on her blog post and post about the giveaway on their own blog.
Check out her blog and the upcoming issue!

Have a great day, be happy!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fat to Fit Blog Hop

Find lots of new bloggers, read their stories and share!

This is a Blog Hop! 22 entries so far... you're next!

  1. The Fat to Fit Blog Hop
  2. Fighting Fat and Finding Fit
  3. Christina @ From fat 2 Fit
  4. Eat less - easier said than done?
  5. My Shoebox Life: 10, 000 Kilometres
  6. False Confidence @ A Balanced Day
  7. When BAD habits OWN you @ Suger Coat It
  8. Scale AND Non-scale victories!
  9. Just Call me a Drama Queen!
  10. More comfortable in my own skin
  11. A picture is worth a thousand words
  1. Vicki @ Getting Fit
  2. Plan or wing it? eeni meeni me
  3. Suger Coat It
  4. The Weight Lost Diaries
  5. Weigh-In Wednesday
  6. Brittany @ Hello, to the real me
  7. Binging on Healthy Food
  8. I found it @ The Scales Say What!
  9. FatGirltoThin
  10. Fat, Angry Blog
  11. My Mind Over Fatter
  12. You are next... 
    Click here to enter 
    What is a blog hop? 
    Get the code here...

Wow Jeans vs BowWow Jeans

Just a quickie today... this is the end of week 3 and start of week 4 and here are my highlights:

  • I'm down 15 pounds and 16 3/4 inches, mostly around my mid drift, waist and abs (woo hoo).
  • I feel much less pain or discomfort in my feet and knees
  • I can bend over with more ease then before (less huffing and puffing)
  • I feel more alert and energetic
I posted earlier last week about a target outfit, well I pulled out some clothes from my closet and choose  target jeans for this leg of my journey. The chosen one is a nice size 12 that I'm not sure I ever wore.  When I lost about 35 pounds last time and was loosely in a size 14, I liked these jeans at the store although they were snug I thought, no problem, I'll get them on sale and wear them in a few weeks - NOT.  Leave it to me to go the other way and have to go back into the size 16 and 18 jeans in my closet!

So I took the chosen jeans and put them on a hanger and have them on the door in my bedroom to look at everyday.  I also took a picture of me in these jeans (see, I could barely get them up my thighs and definitely couldn't seal the deal)...

So here is a picture of a pair of jeans I wear now, they are my MOM jeans and I don't know what I was thinking when I bought them.  They are comfy though, all my chubby weight is held in...

I'm waiting to hear officially how I did with my biggest loser challenge last week but it was a great week so I am keeping my fingers crossed that maybe I was the champ...Gotta go, time for an enjoyable walk outside with my little man and doggie...

Be happy!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blog Award

Hey, I received a blog award from Christina.  This is my first so I'm not exactly sure what to do next but first I want to say many thanks Christina for noticing me and giving me this recognition.  It's always positive when someone else takes the time to say "job well done"...

The rules of this blog award are as follows so here I go:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award (thanks above...:)
2. Share seven things about yourself.

  1. I love dogs
  2. Fall is my favourite time of year
  3. I hate word games or puzzles
  4. I like reality TV (yeh, might as well be honest)
  5. I am addicted to my computer
  6. My family lives in Ottawa except for a wonderful sister in Texas
  7. I am a night owl

3. Nominate 15 newly discovered blogs - I've nominated 5... this is new and I know I didn't do this very efficiently, maybe it will be easier next time.

4. Let your nominees know about their award.   Done...

Again, many thanks Christina!


I had a good thanksgiving dinner with the family yesterday but boy it was stressful.  A few family drama things that always happen but the most trying event was when my stove decided to go wonky after 5 hours of cooking the turkey.  I noticed when the veggies were to go on and the burners wouldn't work.  We pulled the stove out and WOW, there was a spark meaning wiring!!!!  Sure enough the watchamacallit was disconnected and the thingamabob was fried.  Thankfully my brother was here and this is his "bag" so he turned off the power, removed parts and replaced things within 45 minutes so the turkey could go back in  and the veggies could be cooked!

I stayed on plan which was really hard - the food part was fine cause I was so frazzled I barely stopped for a moment.  The "no wine" was an amazing achievement cause I really wanted a glass of wine after dealing with the mechanical problems... but I persevered and triumphed!

In honour of Thanksgiving and today being 10/10/10 I wanted to list my top 10 things I'm thankful for...

  1. Blogging - I am so glad I discovered this a few weeks back and look forward to reading others stories and having a place to document my journey
  2. Country living - I have been living in the country for almost 30 years, raised a family and enjoyed the great outdoors all year round!
  3. Friends - I am grateful for the friends that I spend quality time with
  4. My brothers - the rocks of the family and a valuable part of my circle of friends
  5. My sisters - the bestest friends I have and the girls I confide in the most 
  6. My Dad - even though he is no longer here, he taught me many valuable lessons about the simple things in life
  7. My Mom - a woman who raised 6 kids in a difficult environment who I am so appreciative for having gotten to know much better as I matured (and smarten'd up she would say...)
  8. My kids - I have two fantastic boys who I would spend every waking moment with if they'd let me; I cherish them both and love them with every fabric of my being
  9. My health - I am grateful for my health at the moment and am using this journey as a means to improve and protect myself for a long, healthy and vibrant life
  10. And finally My Spirit - at this moment I am connected with who I am and I love me!  I am undergoing a hardware & software update to my body which is fueled by my spirit for wanting much more out of life!!!
Oh and one more, thank god my brother was here and we fixed this problem, I don't want to think of what might have happened :)

Be happy,