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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pink Dress Run

Today I did my 5K pink dress walk/run for Fran and Syl.

Here I am in my pink wear...

I went out and bought pink gloves for $2 yesterday and I knew it was going to be cold.  I didn't have a pink "dress" but I dressed pink as much as I could.  It was spitting out and I was going to call it off but we continued, my doggie and I.  I'm glad we did because now it is snowing outside!

Here are some pics from the excursion today:

2 horses that we visit each day

Cows that Kosmo was tormenting a bit, but they kept following him

The beaver pond

And me finishing the walk...

This is the front of my house

Have a great night and Happy Halloween!

Out with the Old

A quick update for now, will do another later with updated photos...

I updated my ticker above as I lost the picture.  This is me at my goal weight.  This was when I was 22.  I will get there, another pound down and now 25 gone - BooYah!

I just cleaned out all my pants and suits.  All the 16 and 18's are gone, some to go to friends and others I am taking to a consignment store (still have the tags on I sorrily admit).  I also found 2 nice suits I fit into now so I don't have to buy anything new for my next contract.   I had to post as I am very excited...teehee

Chow for now

P.S. I wonder why my standard salutations to people (Chow and Cheers) seem to reference food or drink?  Hmmm something to chew on, I mean stew over....

Friday, October 29, 2010

Updates Anyone?

Today was my last weekday at home as I start a new management consulting contract on Monday.  I spent a good part of today catching up on blogs.  Got out for a 3 mile power walk and did the Shred.  Tonight I went to dinner with my son and his girlfriend.  The both commented that I was looking great!  I had a dinner on plan and a little plain popcorn at the movie, the Social Network.

Tomorrow I am here alone.  I plan to go through my closet for all the over sized clothes.  I set aside 6 pairs of size 16 jeans tonight, they are going to my sister's house.  It's kind of scary because when I have lost weight in the past I kept some of the larger clothes - partly because I spend a lot of money on clothes and also because, well you know, when I get fat again!  This time there is no going back, the clothes are not staying in the closet or in a box in the garage.

I'm also going to take new progress photos tomorrow and try on my target jeans.  I'm down 24 pounds and am feeling great.  Some NSV's for me:
- the double chin is virtually gone; my face is not bloated at all
- the fat on my abdomen is down quite a bit, I can see a change when I do my crunches (my inches lost prove it too, along with the size 14 jeans vs 16/18)
- the back boobs (and the side overhang) that used to show when I wore a tight spaghetti shirt is gone
- I can easily bend down and get up, and I can easily get down on the floor and up without the aid of a table or something else sturdy!
More on NSV's tomorrow.  Btw, it took me quite a lot of thinking to figure out what NSV stands for!!!
I have a long walk planned for tomorrow, a Shred workout and the dreadmill.

Sunday it is weigh in day, another long walk, another Shred and then off to my son's place to have dinner and greet the trick or treaters...

It's Friday so it's update day...

My fifth update on my challenges and still going strong.

Syl's October Challenge
Day 29 October and 19 shred completed and 29 consecutive days of exercise for 60min each (minimum excluding Shred); two days it was long walks as I need to rest the arms and shoulders but all is going really well on the exercise front.  Am so glad I was able to turn the audio off of the video, Jillian was driving me nuts!

1.  Lose 36 pounds - lost another 4 this week for 24 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, I LOVE THIS BLOGGING STUFF but man I am finding it hard to stay on top of all the blogs I'm following.  I don't want to drop any as each one has something to offer me!
at my local gym

1.  Lose 25 pounds - I've lost 24 so far after starting Sep 20 and won one weekly challenge at the gym for highest % loss!  I will have to revise this goal to 30 pounds by Nov 21!
2.  Don't quit the challenge - Missed a weigh in but going strong!
3.  Attend gym classes regularly - done, I am a keener

Fran and Syl virtual run
This will be completed this weekend as promised!  And in as much pink garb that I can find.

Oh and Kati at The Great Balancing Act of a 24 Year Old nominated me for The Versatile Blogger award, thank you sooo much! This really perked me up when I was having a down day.  I will get the requirements completed this weekend.

Be happy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Much Done Today

So yesterday my post was on the downer side as I was feeling overwhelmed with my outstanding list of "things to do".  I really appreciated the supportive comments reinforcing my focus on my time needed for exercising, blogging and generally looking after me.

Today I woke sore, I'm not sure why I am still feeling sore in the arms and lower back but I definitely wasn't feeling a lot of work would get done.  I had to take the car in for snow tires (yes we do that here or we get stuck too easily; or you have to have a gas guzzling SUV) and I hitched a ride back on my neighbours school bus.  I asked to borrow his wheel barrel cause I was thinking I have to do some outside work today.  I can't use mine cause it has a f*&king flat tire, so does tractor number one, and tractor number two... as the crap sitting here for the ex.

I picked up the wheel barrel and it was windy today but no rain and +10 at 9:00 so I thought I gotta get to work.  Well, I was a work demon.  I accomplished the following:
- the raking under 4 trees and dumping them (man those suckers have grown over the years and shed a lot)
- cutting back all the plants and moving the garbage
- the leaf blowing all the random messy stuff off the driveway (have a long one in the country)
- taking down the trampoline
- moving all the outside furniture and ornamental stuff into the shed
- moving the crappy equipment into the shed
- re-stacking the fire wood that will be needed for the winter

I took lots off the list and am feeling like a very accomplished woman.  The ex came over the his twice weekly visit with the munchkin and he was shocked I did all this (he actually does a lot of work around here when he can, the problem is he is busy too).  Now he can play games instead of working.

Their calling for flurries tomorrow so I got this done just in the nick of time.  Now it's off to kick boxing!!!

Be happy, I am today!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Too Much To Do

I am a list person.  I like to stay busy.  I don't like messes or clutter.  I like things organized.  I get distracted fairly easily.

I live in a pretty big house with my 12 year old son.  There used to be 4 of us here but son number 1 has moved into the city and the ex, well he was axed.  I also live on 5 acres so there lots of work to keep up with in the house and outside.

I strive to have everything on track and in order but I can have a few dozen things on the go at once.  So at times I get frazzled, distracted, discouraged.  I feel so busy and tired but nothing seems to be getting done (well anything besides the daily grind).  Then I get frustrated and snappy.  I'm in that kind of a rut at the moment.

I am spending more time for me doing fun stuff like exercising and blogging.  That means other stuff is not getting done.  I have to remind myself that as priorities go, this is it for the present.  The time is now for me to make this change in my life.  I need support, which generally I am getting but I also need to tell myself to relax.    I have to tell myself it's OK to focus on me, it's OK to let the raking of leaves, the putting away of lawn furniture, the cutting of plants, the housework go for another day.  It's OK to tell myself I only have so much time for that stuff and the allotment of time I have planned for exercise cannot be sacrificed.  That is what I would have done in the past - missed one workout to do the extra chores, then missed another one, the two days in a row and the slide begins.  I can't let this happen this time.

So I am going to bed feeling somewhat OK that I did some extra work today and I had a good workout.  Family is fed, homework done, showers, kitchen cleaned, blah, blah, blah...

Be happy, I'm trying to be...


On a happier note here is the latest blog hop, Lucy would like to get 50 this week so join in will ya?

Top 20 Foods

Kati posted her top 20 foods in her house which I thought was a great idea so here are my, without the pictures...

Great idea, my top items are:
1.   protein powder
2.   raspberries
3.   strawberries
4.   bananas
5.   ww thin multi grain buns
6.   laughing cow light cheese
7.   chicken
8.   ground lean turkey
9.   stewed tomatoes, no salt
10. brocolli
11. peppers
12. onions
14. green salad
15. plain blanched almonds
16. carrots
17. grapes
18. apples
19. sugar free raspberry jam
20. ff rice pudding

These are the mainstays of my plan and so far not tired of it!

What are you're top 20?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

All About Me...

I stole this from SpunkySuzi and she did from Karla, feel free to steal it from me!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6 am, every weekday because of an early school bus!
2. How do you like your steak? Medium to medium well
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The A Team with the boys, groan..
4. What is your favorite TV show? Cooking challenges.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be??? I'd love to try Hawaii
6. What did you have for breakfast? Protein smoothie is my current favourite.
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican!
8. What foods do you dislike? Sausages
9. Favorite Place to Eat? Good Mexican restaurants.
10. Favorite dressing? Balsamic
11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Nissan Altima
12. What are your favorite clothes? Jeans and a sexy top

13. What is your favourite number? 7 14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Always 1/2 full
15. Where would you want to retire? Somewhere warm and on the water
16. Favorite time of day? Late evening
17. Where were you born? Berwick, Nova Scotia
18. What is your favorite sport to watch? The Olympics
19. How many siblings? 5, 3 brothers and 2 sisters
20. Favorite pastime/hobby? Exercising, blogging and reading
22. Bird watcher? no
23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Love nights,,, hate early mornings
24. Do you have any pets? A Dog person, have outlived 6, now have #7
25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? I have a new consulting contract starting next week
26. What did you want to be when you were little? A veterinarian
27. What is your best childhood memory? Christmas time with the family
28. Are you a cat or dog person? DOG, sorry cat people
29. Are you married? Was, not at the moment, open to future possilities
30. Always wear your seat belt? Always
31. Been in a car accident? Nope
32. Any pet peeves? Grouchy people, worrywarts, complainers
33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Fresh veggies and cheeeeeeese
34. Favorite Flower? Orchids
35. Favorite ice cream? Butter Pecan
36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Subway
37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Never
38. From whom did you get your last email? A friend
39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? A home decor store
40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Nope
41. Like your job? 50/50
42. Broccoli? Love it
43. What was your favorite vacation? Punta Cana so far, more to come!

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? Son and sister
45. What are you listening to right now? The morning news
46. What is your favorite color?  Purple, then pink, then red...
47. How many tattoos do you have? None but would like one
49. What time did you finish this quiz? 8:04pm
50. Coffee Drinker?  Yup, but decaf, normally one a day (Timmy’s!)

Chow for now...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall From Grace

Just as the title indicates, I have had a fall from grace.  I was having a great weekend.  Got a lot of work done around the house that was needed in prep for winter, had a relaxing evening with my sister on Saturday and yesterday hosted a dinner for a friend and her two kids.  She is someone I usually socialize with in a group of people but I promised to have them over for a good "meat" dinner.  She does not cook meat and the hubby is in Afghanistan.  When the kids came in and we settle in for some talk time, they told me how excited they were to have steak!.

I prepared a simple yet yummy meal: BBQ steak, mushrooms and onions, baked potatoes and warm garlic bread.  The kids were all excited!  While I was getting the food on the table my friend opened red wine and served two glasses, one for her and one for me.  I've been doing great lately and I thought why not.  I had one glass, then two.  Dinner was fine for me, I had a small serving of steak, veggies and made a small sweet potatoe (no bread for me).  Then we retired to the family room and I had another glass of wine.

Now the regretful part of the evening was that I had the wine but at this stage I hadn't gone over my calories.  I also worked out really hard so I didn't get too down on myself.  My company left, son now is bed and I get the ... dreaded munchies.  With the wine consumed my will power was non existent.  I had some snacks (I won't go through the gory details), suffice to say I went over my calories by about 900!  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  I didn't feel this way until this morning when I woke and realized what I had done (plus I felt like crap physically).

I'm back on track today, no problem.  This will be a faded memory in a short while but it served to teach me that my nemesis is the wine (or alcohol) - not because I get drunk but I had enough that my decision making is very poor.  So lesson learned, tattooed on my brain.  I debated whether I should write and confess.  I was going to just put a quick "howdy do" note up but then I thought it was important to be honest with myself and you all.

So in summary lessons learned...

  1. Get rid of all the really bad junky food in the house (Done)
  2. Abstain from drinking alcohol while trying to lose weight (will try my hardest)
  3. Always be honest and open (demonstrated by this post I hope)
  4. Remember, one bite, one decision and one drink, bad decision ...
So off for a long workout, I need to punish myself physically.

Be happy (I feel better now)...

Updated: A 3 mile walk earlier today, 2 Shred sessions and power walking with weights on the butt kick for my indiscretion is complete...!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Down 2

Well, the day off exercise is what I think I needed after driving hard.  I am down 2 and feeling great today.  I had a cool dream last night.  I actually saw myself with a gang of people and I was thin and healthy and vivacious!  I was trying to think who was this person, and when I was like this?  Then I realized it may be things to come; or it will be things to come....


Be happy!