Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday Chili Party

My run last night was great! I did 15 minutes of running at 9.7km/hr, 9 minutes of 8.0km/hr and 1 minute @ 10km/hr. Walking was done at 5.0km/hr. Woohoo. I was drenched when I was done. The gym was so empty. Just me, husband and two other guys.

My family (aunts, cousins, parents) will be over for chili tonight. Chili is done. Serving with brown rice, whole wheat buns, light ceasar salad.

Spent most of the day today either cooking or cleaning. I may have a quick nap.

Likely won't exercise today. Knees need a rest.

Have a healthy day bloggers.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Wedding

I haven't cried that much at a wedding. Ever. What a lovely, lovely morning. This couple (in their 40's) - it was just so heartfelt and sincere....I don't know how to say it....even my husband spent a good part of the time choked up. I haven't felt that much love in a room for a couple ever. Ever.

I managed the buffet quite well. The food was so good. So good. Eating before I went really helped. When the food came out and I could smell it, I didn't get ravenous like I normally would. I had a spoon of ceasar salad, 2 slices of bacon, a spoon of potatoes. Oh, and two slices of cheese. The cheese slices were actualy quite small. I passed on quiche, two kinds of eggs benedict, roast beef, ham, french toast...and other goodies I can't think of now. Instead of cake they had a cupcake tree. I had a bite of husbands. It was nice. Oh, and only 1 glass of wine.

Anyhow, husband & I are off to the gym tonight. Him to hit the weights, and I'm going to hit the treadmill. I think I really need to up my cardio to get my 2.8lbs off. I'm doing two days of weights - I think that is enough for now. Intense cardio. Intense cardio.....maybe if I say it enough......

TTYL bloggers.......

Wedding Prep

It is 9:17 and I'm all dolled up ready to go to the wedding. Husband made me a scrambled egg and one slice of WW toast so that I didn't get to the brunch after the ceremony starving.

Yesterday I ended up going to the gym at 7:00 to run on the treadmill. I ran my fastest yet. Man, was my face red when I was done - it felt good. I did 30 minutes. Earned 4 AP points. Which I didn't eat. Mostly just cause it was so late. Anyhow, I made it through that disastrous weigh - I only ate 21 points out of 22. Didn't throw myself into crap eating . One day down. Today to go.

More later, after the wedding, so I'm accountable......

Friday, September 26, 2008

Week 1 - :-(

Well, I had a 2.8lb gain this week. What is scary is: if I hadn't been in this challenge, I wouldn't even know.

Looking back at the week, I went wrong as follows:

* overall I had more days off program than on
* I'm a stress eater and have been stressed this week - clearly I still have to work on this issue
* I like to self sabotage. This week was no different. I was worried about weighing in this morning and then last night I did everything in my power to ensure a gain this morning - including 4 glasses of wine & popcorn to ensure maximum water retention.

The only positive I can find in all of this is: while I was self sabotaging I didn't use more flex than I had.

I was talking to husband this morning. Told him how I was having trouble staying on program. He said what can I do to help. Sadly, he is already super supportive, so I told him nothing. EXCEPT - don't let me use the wedding I have tomorrow morning or the family chili party (more stress) I'm hosting Sunday as excuses to not eat properly. He said he would. Thank goodness I have this man in my life.

Well, I have to get daughter to school.

Have a healthy, on program day bloggers!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I'm quite nervous about weighing in tomorrow. Many people have been posting huge losses, and I didn't have a stellar week. Urgh.

This is exactly why I needed the challenge though - I need to accountability.

Full body weight class was a hoot this morning. I upped my weights from Tuesday's class and I totally rocked it. My girlfriend's heart monitor said we burned over 400 calories. That is better than a kick in the ass, eh?

Was anyone else disappointed with who got knocked out of DWTS last night? I found that fellow quite entertaining (funny) and not a bad little dancer. What a joke that Cloris Leechman is still there, or Kim K for that matter. Sheesh.

Tonight I have belly dance. I can't wait. I'm bringing in all my hip scarves for the new girls to try. Class is so much more fun if you jingle, plus it is easier to let everything shake when it is covered by a pretty scarf!!

I am out of my mind excited for Grey's to start tonight. I will have to tape it though, cause of belly dance. Daughter, that little brat, is not going to wait for me to watch it with her. I should give her away.

So, I started a new WW week yesterday. Last week recap - I was over and still struggled with keeping to my daily points. I will continue my efforts there, and I would also like to have more activity points in the week. I may have to add a run in....

Have a healthy day bloggers!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Is anyone else having trouble keeping up with reading all the blogs??

Still OP.

I really don't like what I think is the brown team on BL. The couple that lost the most last week? Really, really, really don't like them.

No time to type - I have over 50 entries to read!
Have a great rest of the day!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Biggest Loser

I sure hope they post those recipes!!

On points for today, kicked butt in weight training class.

Off to finish watching the 2nd hour of BL!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Before Picture

I just decided to post my before picture here. Since I'm fully clothed ;-)

You can see my new haircut here (I slept on it, so it is a bit flat...) What do you guys thing - too short??

Monday and a missed swim class

I have to leave in 30 minutes to go pick my dad up from the airport. Since I was busy running around cleaning up so that he didn't see what a mess we live in, I missed my swim class. I have a run planned for today anyhow, so I will still have some activity, but.....I'm still kinda bummed about missing class.

I'm a nervous eater. Always have been. Likely always will be. I was feeling the stress of the father visit (I didn't grow up with him, and so I don't know him well) and I compensated with the wrong foods. I should have cut up some veggies and munched away. Or gone for a walk. Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Today, the stress is still there, but I am making a conscious effort to not munch it away. Mostly 'cause I have to report to you guys, and one of our challengers has already reported an obscenely high weight loss. Guess the challenge is on.

Didn't take my starting picture cause we got busy. I got my hair cut yesterday. I think it looks cute, but husband may think it is too short. Oh, well. In any case, I will take it after I post this and upload it later.

Mmm, not much else on the go. Goal today is 22 daily target points and 1/2 of any activity points I earn. Which should be 4.

I have a terrible kink in my neck this morning. I think I need a massage.

Have an on program, on point healthy day bloggers!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Quiet Sunday

Mmmm, I have my Tim's, puppy is snuggled beside me on the couch sleeping, husband is already off golfing and daughter is either sleeping or frantically trying to finish Jane Eyre (sp?). I love nice quiet mornings. They don't happen often.

So, even though Sparky had some really, really sound advice about the Bailey's, I decided to stop at the 1/2 bottle. Sadly, I am now sitting here trying not to think about the other 1/2!

So, we are supposed to tell everyone about the things we try to "get away with" when we are on our lifestyle change journey. My thing is: after I've had a day that was off program (for me that means I ate more points than I had), I have trouble staying on program (for me that means eating the proper amount of points) for the rest of the WW week. Case in point, last night. I don't know how many pts are in 1/2 a bottle of Baileys, but for sure it was more than the flex I had left. This means now, today and Monday and Tuesday I only have my daily points target points to eat.

So, for the challenge, maybe I should report the # of points I eat each day. Might help keep me on track better? Couldn't be worse, I suppose!

I will try to remember to take a before picture later with my daughter. If I post it, it will be on my picture sight though.

Have a healthy, on program, on points day today bloggers!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Good Lord!

I just fell face first into a bottle of Bailey's (and yes, it was the biggest one that Costco had!!!)


Mmmm, I love this feeling. I've already done my weight workout for the day, which included little cardio bursts, so my heart was just about jumping out of my chest the whole time! Those 4 activity points will be tasty!

I have an obscene amount of housework to do in prep for my dad coming. Ugh.

Nice day today - will try to get puppy out for a walk. He is much, much better. Phew!

All of my lullu's are dirty - that means that I had a great week of workouts! It also means that my husband better get on the laundry...

Tomorrow I'm not working out. I think my knees (and quite frankly the rest of my body) need the break. Plus, I think 6 days of workout is more than enough.

Not much else to report today. I'm quite excited about the challenge. I have been having so much trouble sticking to my points. It is so silly too - I was 3 lbs away from my goal. 3 lbs. Now I'm 10 lbs away. But not for long ;-). Moving forward, not looking back anymore. This challenge is all about moving forward. Officially, I am now all about moving forward also.

Have a healthy, happy, on program day bloggers!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

New Challenge

I decided to join the challenge at the above link. I need to get my mojo back, and I think this might help. I'm really, really having trouble sticking to my points. Anyhow, the challenge is still taking participants until Sunday if any of you are interested.....

Had a ball at belly dance last night. What a great class. We worked hard and just gave 'er the whole hour. Fun, fun times.

Still haven't run yet today.....perhaps after dinner. It is nice out again today. It is supposed to be crappy next week. Bummer.

I have to get my menu planned out for next week. My dad arrives Monday and I have to work - I need to have my shit together or I will be eating like crap!!

Short post. Have a healthy, happy, on program day!!

PS: Puppy doing even better today, although he is very, very sleepy. All those nights up scratching must have tired him out!! Poor muffin.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Finding the music

The teacher for my weight training class figured out how to use the music machine. What a difference it made for me. Even though I didn't like her music choice, the class flew!! I worked so hard, I swear my kneecaps were sweating. I wore my new pants - they helped me work harder ;-)

My puppy will be ok. It was an allergic reaction, but we don't know to what. Had to get some Children's Benedryl - could only find bubblegum flavoured. Turns out puppy doesn't like bubblegum. Ugh. Anyhow, he has settled down a bit, and I feel confident I will be able to find a way to get the Benedryl into him. Could have been the shampoo from grooming - day care now knows he "sensitive" and they will use special oatmeal shampoo on him. We had also purchased a different kind of treat. We will stop giving them to him. They were peanut butter flavoured. He has had PB before, but....Don't know what else it could have been. I keep asking him, but he won't tell.

Off to belly dance tonight. Can't wait.

Daughter & I have been watching last season of Grey's to get in the mood for the new season. Should be able to get an episode or two in tonight. Fun times.

Well bloggers. Have a healthy on program evening!

PS: I did go for my run last night. Didn't "feel" as good as Monday, but I did run 0.2km/hr faster!! Run on the schedule again for tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Biggest Loser and other ramblings

So, Biggest Loser last night. I had to watch it LIVE at 9:00 because I had other stuff taping. I missed the 7:00 showing cause I was out walking. I don't much care for the pairs.....having said that, I think it will be fun to watch the two teams. I really could never work out with someone yelling at me. My worst nightmare would be to make the show and then get Jillian! I thought Bob was looking as yummy as ever. I was sure sorry to see the Green Team leave - I would have preferred the team that actually came in first at the weigh in. They kinda bug me. Anyhow - I think it will be a great season. I just love seeing the after footage - even with one week to get them started, Green Team changed their lives!

Walk last night was fun. A short on - one hour - very hilly. Helped work out the owies from the weight training class.

Was supposed to work today but had to cancel - puppy needs to go to the vet - he has been scratching so bad his eyes are puffy and he has worn part of his eye brows off (he's a schnauzer, so they are long, but now are patchy). Poor little muffin. He either has fleas (which I doubt because he has treatment to prevent that), or he is allergic to sad.

Of course, now I'm really worried because I just love him so much - I feel like I'm jinxing him.....I'm crazy, right??

I'm going to sign up for the Santa Shuffle Run again this year. It was a fun one last year and we got a free subway sandwich when it was over. Cool beans! Sparky - you should sign up ;-) It is only 5k, not timed (unless you bring your Garmin) and the T-Shirts are cute. Plus, who doesn't love running in the snow at -20 degrees??

I pick up my new lullulemons from hemming today. Can't wait. I need more pants so badly - the one pair I have now I can't keep up! I figure I can still loose a size, but it is hard to keep motivated when your pants are all big.

I have to run today. It is supposed to be gorgeous again today. Life doesn't get better than that, does it - running in nice weather?

Well bloggers, have a healthy, on program day. I will, I will, I will stick to my eating plan.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

REALLY quick post...

to say I bought new running shoes and that I went running yesterday. I totally kicked butt.

Not much in other news. Started swim class yesterday - teacher didn't seem pleased to see me again. Maybe she thinks I should know how to swim already. Whatever.

Weight training teacher couldn't get the music going AGAIN today. If it happens Thursday I may have a stroke. ;-)

Rushed home from work to make some borscht. Only to have daughter call to say she wouldn't be home for supper. Brat.

Going for walk with walking group tonight. We are meeting early, because it is getting dark earlier. Sure is nice out today though - should be a pleasant walk.

Hope all is going well with everyone. I'm still struggling.......Blech....

Friday, September 12, 2008

Belly Dance, oh, how I've missed you!

Had 2nd class with new weight class teacher. I don't like her style. I'm sure from the workout we did Tuesday to Thursday, for our 2nd set of the exercises, she added 30 seconds. Meaning, the first set was a minute, and I think the 2nd set was 1:30. I'm fine with this, but I count my reps so that on the 2nd set I can be sure I'm doing AT LEAST as many as I did the first time. So, each time I would get to the # I did the set before, she would say shortly after, 30 seconds left. It really threw me off. I would have preferred to have the correct target # in my head. It's all about my head. I think, if you're changing the time, let us know. Ugh.

I was also grumpy because I was still unbelievably sore from Tuesday's workout. Really, really sore. Guess it was effective...

I started back at belly dance last night. Gosh - I really didn't realise how much I missed it. I'm so happy to be back at it.

Still haven't run. I suck.

I have 3 coffee dates today. 3. Isn't that insane? I will get my calcium in today!! I see a Grande Skinny Caramel Latte in my near future....dare I say it....maybe two?????

I'm going to the football game tonight - a challenge to be sure - since we will be in the box. I have lots of flex, but I also have a bridal shower on Sunday to go to. Budget time.

So, my contract at work has been extended. I'm kinda excited about it. I really, really like the lady I'm working for.

Well, I'm off to coffee #2. Have a healthy on program day bloggers!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fall Blues

Feels like forever since I posted. Haven't been up to much, except a lot of working. Always have trouble in the fall, adjusting to the new routine. Having to work these few weeks has just made it that much harder.

Haven't felt much like blogging, so I didn't. I actually felt like it was making me feel worse about things. Just another thing I "had" to do.

Started my weight training class yesterday morning. Had the whole family at the Club by 6:15 yesterday morning. We all worked out before we went on with our day. Will do that again tomorrow. You all remember that my trainer, who ran this class, left the Club. We had new teacher yesterday. The class was good (I can hardly move today I'm so sore), but I don't know how I felt about the teacher herself. Doesn't have the same spark. Guess I will just have to suck it up.

I have been wanting to start running again forever, but I still haven't. I know it is going to hurt. Ugh. Maybe today will be the day.

Husband surprised me with a new pair of yoga pants and a new top from lullulemon yesterday. I have to have them hem the pants. It only takes a few days. Good service there.

Well bloggers. I'm off to catch up on your lives. Have a healthy on program day!