Monday, December 28, 2009

Accomplished!

Yes, folks, that's how I feel! I did it! I pulled it off! Phew.....

8 pairs of PJ bottoms completed before 1pm on the 24th.....everything wrapped prior to 3 pm on the 24th.....lovely dinner with my sis and MIL on Christmas Eve, then a quiet evening with DSO here at home......

Tuesday/Wednesday last week was my family's Christmas - my sis from Montreal and her guy were down, my parents from Brockville and my whole gang landed at my sister's in Waterloo.......she held a big open house on Tuesday evening, which rounded up a bunch of ex-Montrealers who have all ended up in Kitchener/Waterloo - kind of neat because one lady, I used to work with (my sister and dad worked with her too.....about 25 years ago!), and my mom's best friend.....and a bunch of other folks. Then we had our traditional Christmas gift exchange and turkey dinner.....it was nice and relaxed (this is a first, believe me!).....and we had a lovely visit.

Christmas morning - all of our kids arrived back from their other parents' houses.....(my daughters came from their dad's and Tony's daughter and son came from their mom's)....and we had a fun time exchanging gifts and laughs.......and then packed up the van and drove a few km down the road to MIL's.....with the turkey and a few other bits and pieces......unfortunately, my youngest daughter came down with an attack of some kind (gastric) and she and I enjoyed ourselves in the emergency department of our local hospital for 4 hours......they don't know what happened, but agreed it was a good thing to bring her in.....could be appendix (showing a bit high), could be lots of things - something to follow with the family doc in the new year (or sooner if it happens again).

I'll be back later on! Just wanted you all to know that I'm still alive!

Oh, right and the accomplished part - I managed a STS over the holidays so far! Yippee!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lighter in heart AND weight

turfed 2 of the dreaded added five to the curb already....yes I am peeking at the scale this week, but I need to stay focused and get back to where I was pre-vacataion STAT!

Last night spent 3.5 hours rearranging our fridges....came home from vacation on Sunday and realized that my good kitchen fridge is now on its last legs....and my "beer" fridge was cleaned and moved from the mudroom and restocked...and the offending fridge moved into the mud room (where it's cooler so it won't have to work as hard) and cleaned and restocked. Praying it lasts a few weeks/months, oh heck, years! But at least now it's not in the kitchen, I don't have to hear the droaning of the compressor!

Christmas shopping - well, apparently Syl doesn't want to help me! (so sad.......)......I now have a half-baked plan in the works....have to get a load of Christmas baking done between now and the 22nd, buy/wrap all gifts, and buy/wash/cut out/sew 9 pairs of PJ bottoms all by the 22nd! Oh, right and work until Friday!

Today at lunch will be spent making up zee list so I don't miss anything.

Then into survival mode!

Can't eat cr@p if I'm running around like a freak, right? The rest of that five lbs will be gone in no time!

Have a fabulous day my friends!

Monday, December 14, 2009

I'm back!

Lighter in heart.....heavier in weight....

What am I going to do about it? I've been back 100% OP since yesterday (we got home at 4am on Sunday) and I'm going to stay there. I will celebrate the holidays in my usual way, but this year, there will be more water, more salads and more exercise. NO reason to throw in the towel 100% just because Christmas is upon us!

My friend Syl was kind enough to brag about only having 3 presents left to buy....I'm sending my list on to you my friend.....I've only organized 2 so far! And I have some Christmas sewing to get done.

...later!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Beautiful Wedding


WOW! That's all I can say - the wedding was wonderful, simply put. Intimate and very enjoyable indeed!


Here's a photo of DSO and I.......but only one!? No, there will be more, but not from my camera, unfortunately.....


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Another success!

Controlled eating on Wednesday night....did it again on Thursday night....and again yesterday at the Volleyball tournament (they did well early, but ran out of energy....not bad for a first set of games considering team was only cut to final group on Wednesday!).

Off to the wedding today - cannot wait. It's going to be a lot of fun, I think!

I did my WI this morning - and I managed to lose yet another pound! 160! Well on my way to 158 for next week's departure for Cuba weigh-in target! Well on my way.

Will do the Shred in a few minutes.....I MUST!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fly-by Post!

Okay, so I rarely go out........but when I do, it just keeps coming!

Last night was dinner out with the ladies......to celebrate my friend's wedding that is coming up on Saturday. I volunteered to be DD - the guys went out last night too, so I drove my guy and the groom to where they were celebrating (pub) then drove bride and I downtown to The Tasting Room......and I had one (counted) glass of white wine, the switched to water. I tried several of the appies and I was satisfied, so didn't eat any more (yippee!)

Tonight after work, quick trip home then back into town with DD#2 to pick up her shoes for semi-formal next week.......then need to be a few towns over for a dinner theatre at 6:30. Should be home at 9:30ish at the latest which is good because last night it was midnight....and I had to be up before 6 to drive my same daughter to volleyball practice for 6:30.

Tomorrow, they have a volleyball tournament in Kitchener, so we need to meet at the school by 6:20am....yes AM!? It's about 1.5 hours away.

Saturday - wedding! About 1.5 hours away once again.......not leaving until early afternoon - the wedding is at 5 and we're staying overnight in a quaint inn where the wedding festivities are being held.

Sunday - meeting up with gf from WW and her hubby.....then driving home. Then count-down to Cuba...packing, organizing kids, etc.

So exercise needs to be slotted in, right? Today will be a walk at lunchtime - don't have time for anything else.

Tomorrow......will possibly help with warm-ups, so should be okay.

Saturday.....Shred in the morning.

Sunday.....we'll be doing some walking again.

Back to the gym on Monday........and I'll post again on Monday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Update on Working Out!

I did it again! Went to the gym last night - did 50 minutes of cardio. Felt great.....!

Then I came home...walked out onto the porch in the dark and smacked my shins so hard on an iron table that I though I had broken something! I'll survive.....

Plan for today is dinner out with a bunch of lady friends - one of my friends is getting married on Saturday and the ladies are going out. I'm DD, so after one glass of wine, I'm switching over to water. Tony will be going to the guy's night out as well......and I'm his DD......festivities start at 7, so I figure as long as I'm home by 5, I'm going to Shred! Preventative damage control!

WOW! It's Awards Time!

I just received an award from my friend and fellow blogger Syl!






There are, apparently rules to accepting this award - - Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass the award on to five most deserving bloggers.
-Each Superior Scribbler must line to the author and the name of the blog from whom s/he has received the award.
-Each Superior Scribbler must display on his/her blog, and link to the Scholastic Scribe, which explains the award.
-Each blogger who wins the Superior Scribbler award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. linky list. That way, they'll be able to keep up to date on everyone who receives this prestigious honour.
- Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

This is going to be a bit tricky for me as I don't follow that many blogs!

1. I'd like to give the award back to Syl.....but she already has one. She's the one who inspired me to start blogging in the first place and she keeps me grounded, motivated, and is good for an occasional giggle too!
2. The second one goes to my fellow WW Knockout, Grrrrrrr! She's been with me through thick and thin over the years as our weights go up and down, but our devotion to our fellow Knockouts stays strong!
3. The third, fourth and fifth ones go to Tara, Leanne and Mousaroo! - ladies I've bumped into on the WW boards over the years, and finally got to meet in person as we started our climb of the CN Tower one month ago! They were all at the top cheering for me when I finished and are all part of an awesome, inspiring group of ladies that I feel honoured to know.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Almost forgot!

How to Survive in Cuba - Laura Style:

Typically, I go with two books and some needlework of some kind......and I sit on my ass on the beach under an umbrella....occasional dip in the ocean.....lots of trips to the bar.......and I eat, play cards or backgammon with Tony......and chill.

This year - slightly different plan: I'm taking my yoga mat, my portable DVD player and Jillian with me. If the treadmill in the exercise room is broken as it was last time we were there, I'm going to gear up my workouts in my room. Also going to go for an early morning walk with Tony each day.......no more excuses.........

Instead of coming home bloated and heavier, I'm going to come home transformed! GRIN!

Day 1 of 39!

....I'm with you on the count-down Syl! 38 days left until the end of 2009!

I'll be taking a hiatus from posting while I'm in Cuba from the 5th to the 12th.....but I'll be here in spirit!

No Shred last night.....my legs and abs were just too darned sore!

Tonight after work - it's GYM time! I was so inspired by Gail from the WW boards that I'm going to push as hard as I can for tonight's workout.

Tomorrow Shred - and evening out with the girls - my girlfriend is getting married on Saturday and we're going out for drinks and appies. I will hopefully get out of bed early enough tomorrow morning to do the Shred before going to work....THAT is the plan!

Thursday - back to the gym

Friday - back at the Shred

Saturday morning - cardio - elliptical and treadmill at home BEFORE leaving for the wedding!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Alrighty then!

So...........yesterday, I spent six hours, yes SIX painting and staining. Saturday I had washed down the doorways of two of my porch doorways......yesterday I painted the doorway frames....then our Christmas order was ready to be picked up - six adirondak chairs......four were supposed to go to my sisters (2) and their DSOs for Christmas......we ended up deciding to keep four, so reordered an additional two......and I stained four of them......nice thing, I got 'r done!

No additional exercise than that though because that was intense hard work - stretching, lifting, sanding.

Back to Shredding after work today.

Right, and I relost the 3 lbs I regained last week! GRIN - I'm going to go for 158 for December 5th....that's 3 lbs in 12 days - I CAN do it!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ouch!

Okay, Friday I did not work out.

Saturday, I did The Shred........today, ouch!

Today treadmill and elliptical......back to Shred tomorrow.

That is all! Back tomorrow.....!

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Coolest Thing.....

......I went to the gym last night - cool, eh?

Well, that's not why I started today's post......has anyone heard of Operation Beautiful? My friend and fellow-blogger Syl has.......I ducked into one of the changing cubicles at the gym last night.....there are two scales in the one I was in.....and on each scale were two post-its.....kind-hearted, encouraging words......"don't let the number define you - let it inspire you"......"you ARE beautiful"......and I don't remember the others, but I left the gym last night with a big smile on my face!

....and yes, Syl, I will be working out tonight as well - likely elliptical and treadmill at home.

L

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Giddy up!

Working long hours is getting in the way of my life! Luckily crisis deadlines are coming to an end very, very soon.....

Today is day 4 on plan (tracking, planning and staying within WW points).
Today is day 1 back at the gym as well - GRIN!

I won't get to where I want to be if I don't start workin' it, right? So work it I will do.

No excuses........no deviations......make the plan and execute!

Work until 3:30 today, the off to the gym.

My daughter is coming home from residence tonight and bringing a friend....we're making home-made pizza (and I'm having a salad as a main course and one small slice of pizza as a side-dish, instead of LOTS of pizza and no salad!.....it's all in the plan!).

Have a great day everyone - I will!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

When the tough gets going......

....me, I'm a tough one, right?

Well, I feel off the wagon with a resounding THUD! I turned around and got right back on yesterday - no making excuses, just working the program.....and today I'm proud of myself for just that reason.

Tonight I will go to the gym after work.

Tomorrow morning at 5:45, I'm going to restart the 30 day Shred....oh yes I am! I finally caved and bought a new one last night!

GRIN!

Monday, November 16, 2009

THUD!

Reality.....I fell off the wagon....on Friday....never did find it again, until late evening yesterday - back on it now. Even asked Tony to help me with my tracking book which I am now going to use daily, religiously.

Less than two weeks to my friend's wedding.....Less than three weeks until Cuba!

NOW THERE'S MOTIVATION!

WI was a disaster....moving on - won't let it get me down...just going to put my head down and take control back!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm Dreaming.......in COLOUR!

I'm dreaming in colour....honest.

But, decided to go about things in plain old black-and-white for a while.....essentially, back to basics......

1. Tracking every morsel
2. Drinking that lovely water
3. Moving, groovin' and growing strong every day.

Today....glorious. I WILL go out for a walk at lunch. I will leave work early and tackle one of my gardens (gotta get the dead stuff off and the bulbs in!), muck out my horse's stall, and finally, if it's not dark, wash my filthy van!

All of the above, basics of life.......basics of my life, anyway.......staying healthy, growing stronger, and doing something that I enjoy doing each and every day.




.......now back to the dream.......

One of the dresses I bought on the weekend is a black, very plain cocktail dress........it can be worn and dressed up in a zillion ways........(note to self, still need shoes). BUT, the dress will look better on me if I'm a little smaller than I am today........so stay focused!

The other part of the dream......involves bathing suit shopping! Aaaack.....not ready to tackle that one yet - I've decided that I will go and take care of that on December 3rd....two days before we fly out to Cuba. AND I COMMIT TO GIVING THIS WEIGHT LOSS/STRENGTH/ENDURANCE PLAN MY ALL UNTIL THEN! Less than one month, I can totally do this!

Stay tuned.........!

Monday, November 9, 2009

49! It's just a number, honest!

It's my 49th birthday today. It's just a number......

Two weeks ago, my weight was 165.8.......it is also just a number......

This week's WI.....161!......right, just a number.........

(that would be -3.5 numbers this week!)

Next week........I'm changing decades........now THAT will be A GREAT NUMBER........




Progress....LOTS for yard work this weekend....fabulous weather, it was incredible.

Went shopping and bought not one but two kick-@ss dresses ..... one for my friend's wedding and one just because I really liked it......they're both going to Cuba with me.

Today.......back into my size 10 dress pants, comfortably too!


All numbers......just numbers........

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

FRUSTRATED!

So, I climbed the CN tower when I didn't think that I would survive it. It made me realize that I CAN do things if I set my mind right.

So, 9 days OP and tracking, planning, and feeling strong.......and yesterday afternoon I came down with a doozie of a cold. I need to stay focused, keep tracking and figure out how to earn some activity points today.....I have one already as I walked the long-way from the car park this morning.....I need at least 2 more......

......whine over for now!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday!

So my weigh-in was down 1.3 this week....nice!

I'm still frustrated, though, because it would be one of the 1.3 lbs that I have lost and gained, relost and regained, and refused to regain, but did again and again and again.

THIS time.....am I strong enough to stick with it and ride this OP wagon to the end of the journey?

I'm still a bit sick.....moved from chest to head now......

My stepdaughter was diagnosed with acute mono yesterday....she's a mess! I've asked her father to ensure she stays at her mother's for a few more days just to get over the nose-blowing coughing part of what she has. I can't take a chance on catching it.....I know she's been contageous for several weeks already now, but with the hand-washing thing not being her strong suit, I don't want to take any chances.

Going to go for a walk at lunchtime today - it's cold, but it's beautiful outside this morning.......hopefully tomorrow, I can go back to the gym.

L

Friday, October 30, 2009

So, apparently, once isn't enough!

I've got a chest infection of some sort.....praying it's not H1N1 in the works. Everyone at home who went to Toronto with me has been sick, and I'm fighting the good fight!

So, last night, I did go to my WW meeting (not great news, but it's okay)...I didn't gain a ton and I'm back 100% OP. 168.2. I'm okay with that. I'm still going to use my Wii Fit WIs for my tracker (they're accurate, but taken first thing in the morning)....and that completely works for me.

So, back to the Once isn't Enough! I signed up for another stair climb....this one is a baby one - One Canada Place (in London), again for the United Way - but it's only 25 floor or 472 steps - it's a baby climb compared to last weekend's 1700+!

Promise to get with my exercise program as soon as I can breathe comfortably again and start pushing myself.....in the meantime, I'm walking and earning at least 3 APs per day.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Life Happens...again!

So, taking a line out of my friend Syl's blog, LIFE HAPPENS! However, this time, it was a good happening....I had planned on starting C25K yesterday, but I've decided to put it off until next week because I don't want my arthritis bothering me....I'm going to ease into it. Life happens - well, I did some yard work last night instead, followed by some house cleaning, followed by some sewing for my daughter's Halloween costume.

Yesterday, I drank 2.5L of water, I was OP and I tracked, I earned 3APs (maybe a few more) and I feel good!

Sneak peek at the scale (yes Syl, I'm peeking this week) has me down a bit from Sunday morning's WI, which is awesome! I'm using my WI Fit WI on Sunday mornings to gage how I'm doing for all of my challenges........and I'm going back to WW WI tonight after the gym as well. There will be a difference in WIs because one is nekkid first thing in the morning, the other is at the end of the day after working out.........it doesn't matter, what matters is I'm focused on taking care of me again and I'm making myself a priority for a change.

Tonight, gym, WI at WW, a bit of shopping, drive home, then finish costume......

Tomorrow is the office Halloween party!




Have an awesome day everyone!

L

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Hump Day!

It's Wednesday, October 28th.......WOW! Still feeling strong and empowered after that climb....so much so that I've got a plan.

The first part (Syl will be proud!) is to go and buy a new 30 day shred DVD....it has vaporized at home.....not a freakin' clue where it could be....and I've looked, I've had the kids look....all we can find is an empty case.

Tonight, after work, I'm picking one up.

Tonight, after work, I'm uploading a podcast and restarting the C25K.......I know from past experience that I can't run more than twice each week, so that's exactly what I'm going to do....gear up and get there, but take longer. Tonight will be run #1.

Tomorrow......I meet up with Gail after work at the gym and for our WW meeting. No excuses.....just do it. I'll do a cardio warm-up and then focus on upper body and core.

Friday.......you guessed it - it's Shred Day!

Saturday.....weather permitting.......barn cleaning day and/or C25K.....interchangeable with Sunday.

Monday......aquafit and Shred

Tuesday......gym

Wednesday....aquafit & C25K

Thursday......gym & WI

Friday.....Shred, Shred, Shred!


All of this is in a spreadsheet.

All of this is subject to change (read fine print, oh, right this is the fine print)....but bottom line is that THIS is the next chapter in the life of me......and I'm going to focus on taking care of myself.

The END!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I DID IT!

....WOW, what an incredibly feeling! INCREDIBLE, I tell ya!

Met some incredible ladies from the GDT......we even made it onto the CTV Toronto 6 oclock news last night.....hope I can still find it on the web.

43 minutes 46 seconds.....and believe it or not, plans to repeat it again in April! Am I nuts? I'll be honest, the first 40-45 flights just about killed me.....there are 144 in the "offical climb" with a few to get to the start point and 100 more afterwards.......by the time I got to half way, I had a system.....and it worked. I know now I should have paced myself a bit better in the beginning - then I would have been less tired and able to shave off a few.

I'm encouraged, I'm on top of the world!

My hubby and our two youngest kids were there to cheer me on!

and I've made some incredible friends from the GDT! Can't wait to meet them face-to-face again!

Photos tomorrow (blasted dial-up from home!)

Oh, and, update on my measurements!

Neck: 12.75 (same)
Bust: 40.25 (-.5)
Chest (ribcage): 33 (-1.25) - goodbye back-b**bs!
Waist: 33 (-1) - pretty sad when your waist is the same size as your rib cage....gotta work on that!
Hips: 40.75 (-1.25)
Butt!: 41 (-1)
Thighs: 23/22.5 (-.5 on each)
Calves: 13.5/13.25 (-.25 on the left?)
Arms: 12/11.5 (-.75/-.5)
WI: Well, it's the same 165.8 drat!

I'm encouraged, and I'm stepping it up a notch!

Tomorrow & Wednesday, aquafit
Tuesday, yard work & barn cleaning
Thursday - aquafit & gym
Friday - aquafit

.......!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

OMG! I'm climbing the CN Tower on Saturday!

WHAT was I thinking?

Part of the GDT - TOI (Toronto Invasion!) will be climbing on Saturday morning.......aaaack! I'm scared to death!

Wonderful thing is that we're having a weekend away as a family.....two youngest kids are coming with Tony and I to cheer me on - they'll meet me at the top! Then we're off the the Science Centre to see Body Worlds.....can't wait!

....and best of all, I'll finally get to put faces & names together for all of those incredibly supportive ladies on the GDT!

Off to the pool for aquafit at lunchtime today.......!

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's FRIDAY!

Okay, so I need to get a grip on eating my face off when I get home. It's acknowledged, I'm going to do a bit of grocery shopping and pick up some fresh fruit, and then readjust WHAT I eat when I get home. Lesson learned there, just need to provide alternatives.

Water.....hmmmmm.....my downfall in my new office. I also need to go pick up a water jug for my desk.

APs - I'm getting lots! No aquafit today as I seem to have a bit of a sniffling problem....the walk to/from the pool won't do that any good, so instead, I'm going to go for my 30 minute walk up and down stairs and hills at lunch today.

The weekend:

1. paint door frames & stain new doors
2. fall cleaning of horsie-land - LOTS of barn cleaning APs there
3. relax and start a new quilting project

Water...elliptical & walking outside are on the docket for this weekend as well.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday's update!

Hello.....just a very quick fly-by post.

Accountability is important.

I have taken my measurements (earlier this month) - I'm down 5.8 lbs and 7" since mid July - that's progress!

Exercise:
Tuesday - 30 minute walk on campus at lunch
Wednesday - 30 minute walk on campus AND aquafit class at lunch
Thursday - busy day today, but will do my 30 minute walk for sure - stairs and hills today

Tracking food:
on SparkPeople and WW!

WI: hope to get to a meeting today; however, did do my WI at home this morning.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Focused on Tuesday

Back to the gym tonight! and I'm looking forward to it.

No more excuses.
No more deviating from the plan.

I'm shooting to get to goal for Christmas! That's 15 lbs away (17 if I go whole hog and get to 147, which is under my mental goal of 148).........

I can do this
I know how
I just need to stay focused

I WILL SUCCEED!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Frost on the windows this morning!

Luckily I cleared out my garage yesterday and put the van away before I went to bed last night....no window scraping for me this morning!

Here is something I read this morning in the WW Newsletter, and just thought I would share it!

"Forget summer romance, fall is the perfect time to fall in love, with
fitness that is. Put aside your skepticism. Fairytales can come
true-we can help light a spark in your workout routine. You'll love
it!"


I'm at work on this thanksgiving day Monday morning......lots to do, but only will be here until noon.

I'm sitting in my office, it's shortly after 7:24am......the sun isn't up yet, but the vue from my office window is incredible....I only wish I had a camera! WOW!

Today - work until noon.....then home - we're going to cover the pool, I need to wash the van, and then later this afternoon, I'll be taking my oldest daughter back to residence (she's been sick and finally taking a turn for the better), bringing my youngest with me so she can see where her sister is living and then dropping her off at her dad's for his family's Thanksgiving dinner. Quiet evening on deck at home. Relaxation, I do believe will be the order of this evening!

Tomorrow, after work, I'm going back to the gym!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

It's Saturday!

The sun should be out today. Yardwork and wind-down for winter on the docket for today and tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning, I'm going into the office for a few hours to get caught up.

Need to stain/seal the new front doors.
Need to vaacuum & wash my van inside and out
Need to close the pool
Need to plant my bulbs and weed some of my gardens.
Need to muck out horsie-land
Need to cook zee bird for everyone on Monday

My oldest daughter is home for Thanksgiving from university - at her dad's yesterday & today - I'll pick her up this afternoon. She's got only one thing on her list for this weekend, okay, two: study and get better...she's been sick for over a week. Time for some gold old-fashioned TLC from her Mom!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Busy, busy, busy....

.....OP - perfectly OP, tracked day yesterday! that was day 1

Went for a walk at lunchtime , in between showers.....and I fell........pretty bruised up knees today, but they don't show under my pants!

Had a fabulous hair-i-tude adjustment last night.

Going to WW WI tonight.....NO excuses.....getting back on the horse, so to speak, and who knows? Maybe this weekend I will:

1. FIND the blasted Shred DVD (ie I will inform children that their quest is to find where the heck they put it).
2. RIDE my horsie!

Off to work now........

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Starting to take care of MOI!

Okay, I'm learning! Life is a continuous learning process, right? Right.

I stopped and took care of myself - neck much better and it's only been 2 days.

I worked way too long at the office every day this week so far.....and today won't be any better. I'm thinking likely 7:30 - 5:30. Then.....I have a hair-i-tude adjustment booked for 6:30 and I can't wait!

Exercise....not yet.....don't want to rehurt myself.

Water.....yes.....and will step it up some more again today.....I credit it partly for why I'm feeling less bloated today too. Not something I don't know, but why on earth do I stop all of the time. If I get about 6 glasses (min) per day, I FEEL GOOD.......I don't like to feel bad, so why do I keep stopping? Whatever........one of these years, I'll figure it out and actually stick with it! (no time like the present!).

Tracking what I eat.....yes, yes, yes! I was good yesterday (not great, I did a bit of grazing when I got home that I didn't need, but I did track it). TODAY, however, will be an awesome day food-wise. Everything is planned and tracked, and I'm left with 3 WW points for this evening after the hair appointment to possibly have a nice drink in the hot tub with DSO. That's my plan!

Work....very stimulating, lots of challenges, must keep going....not lose focus.....and succeed!

Have a fabulous day! I know I will!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

trying soooooo hard....and BOOM!

Okay, so I'm on the right track, finally, right? Yup, I feel good (well, I did), I was workin' my plan and poof....renos at the office yesterday and I threw out my NECK? Neck? I don't have neck problems....well I didn't....but now, apparently I do? What the ......

It's not right, it's not fair....every time I get off my @ss and commit to doing stuff for me......I get hurt! Please tell me there isn't a message in there somewhere!?

Okay........breathing in........breathing out........

aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh........

So, tonight, I will walk when I get home. Nothing more than that.....just walk. (now you watch, now that I've written it, it will rain!?)....

So, on the home front, I'm in control there......I put together a meatloaf for tonight's supper at 6:20 this morning and popped it in the fridge. DD will take it out when she gets home from school at 3....and pop it into the oven at 5:00! And peel some taters and DSS will make a salad....and all will be right in my world!



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Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday....

.....lovely breakfast/snacks/lunch packed for today - losts of veggies, a few fruit, some lean protien.....I'll be full and very OP today for sure.

Tonight when I get home, more on the decluttering of the house.....it's starting to look a bit more under control, so that's definitely a good thing!

I've pulled a muscle in my neck, so will lay off upper body workouts for the next few days.

Yesterday, I repacked my gym bag AND I packed a pool bag.....tomorrow after work, is gym! Wednesday after lunch is aquafit at the rec centre on campus! Thursday, back to the gym.....and weekend of nice weather ahead (well, that's my plan anyway!)....I'm going to be very active and get a lot of my fall gardening done and flower beds to to "bed" for the winter.

Syl - your post today is truly inspirational! What a transformation!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Quest....

.....is to find parts of my house that went MIA....I think I mentioned that a few days ago.....I'm getting there, and cleaning as I go....a few short hours at a time and I can feel the difference already!

My plan today......vacuum the pool....as in in about 15 minutes! We have the pump up and running again finally, so time to clean 'er out and cover it for the winter! Lots of APs in that......then if the rain holds out, I'm going to much out my horse's stall - kind of spring/fall cleaning there......next weekend I'll get the front-end loader back from the other farm (it's tied up with pepper season right now) and clean out the outside part.....Note to self...find the manual on the large mower so DSO can get the belt changed on it......NEXT WEEKEND - I'm starting to ride again!

IF the rain keeps holding off, then I'm going for a 7km walk. If it doesn't, I'll do elliptical, treadmill and ab work.

Then back to regularly scheduled decluttering (this time, I'm working on my sewing room/craft area)......

This afternoon - off the my niece's new house....MIL hasn't seen it yet, so we're taking her over for a quick visit.

Rebecca-Lee! Got your messages.......welcome! Nice to "see" you!

Syl...off to read about your run now......now YOU, girl, are very inspiring....and I want you to know that if I were to look at your "before" photos and your photos now, I might not think you were the same person! WTG girl, you're awesome!

Friday, October 2, 2009

My workout today....

I can't believe that I couldn't find my Shred DVD! My kids must have moved it.......I found the case....it was empty!

Instead I did some time on the elliptical (I hate that machine) and treadmill....and in a few minutes, will do some ab work. Tomorrow, I'll do cardio, search more for the Shred and some upper body.

So, I took pictures, I took measurements, I'm dumpy!

Here's front & side views:

Sorry, photos didn't want to upload on dial-up? I'll try again on Monday when I'm back at work.....


This is NOT the body I want to take to Cuba in December.....it's also NOT the body that I want to buy a nice dress for for the end of November and my friend's wedding (gosh, now I'm sounding like my friend Syl and her dress for wedding/christening dilema! - so now, I'm taking a page out of Syl's book and working the program! She did awesome, she's my inspiration, I'm going to go full out and DO IT!).

Right, measurements. Here they are:

Bust 40.75"
Chest 34.25
Waist 34
Hips 42
Thigh 23.5/23
Calf 13.75/13.25
Arm 12.75 / 12
Weight on Wii Fit 165.8

1..2......3.......OFF I GO TO SHRED!

See, I can do it......I planned a day off and TOLD DSO that there was NO WAY I was working on the farm/barn/books anything today. Today is MY day.....I can do what I want to do all day long.....

1. Come here and post!
2. Did my Wii Fit WI as I missed WW WI last night because I was still at the office (worked 11 hours yesterday).
3. After I log off here, going to get my workout duds on, take a few start photos (aaaack!) and my measurements and hopefully, if the dial-up Gods are willing, post them on here.....after I Shred!
4. Rip the kitchen apart
5. Steam clean living room rugs
6. Find my bedroom and flip some of my summer/winter clothing around so I have more than tank tops in my closet!

Stay tuned................I'll be back in a bit!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

NEW MONTH = NEW MOTIVATION!

Gooood morning fellow bloggers!

Lesson learned - satisfying a never-ending craving is NOT necessarily a good idea. Panzerotti gave me heart burn.......and unquenchable thirst........NOT WORTH IT!

WW WI today after work......and on to a new month, full of possibilities.

Today, tracking and WI.

Tomorrow, measurements, photos (aaack) and Shredding!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Almost Forgot!

I'm having something crazy for supper tonight, but it's my last one (Panzerotti)....I've been craving it for 3+ weeks, and tonight I'm just going to have one last one to put the craving that won't quit to bed once and for all.....

......then I'll jump into the jacuzzi before bed and relax.....can't wait!

Well.....good intentions, BUT.....

.....life is still crazy busy. Spent the last two evenings crunching numbers to close out the farm books for this year (today is year-end)...still have a bit more to do, but at least all of the MUST DO items are done!

So.......one thing I have been seriously lacking and needing is some ME time! I've booked Friday off work and will start off the day with my first Shred workout.....yes, I know, it's a few days later than I had originally committed to, but well, life happened again. I KNOW that this weekend, life will be MINE for a change......no kids underfoot, no emergencies should crop up, so I'll be able to get a grip on a few things.....like my closet, tidying up the accumulation of things dumped over the past two months when everyone was just too blasted busy working around the farm.....and generally getting my space back under control.....I even plan to organize my crafting/sewing/painting area....and hopefully line up a few projects that lay unfinished......I'll tell you about them at another time.

Friday: Shred, pedicure, organize, and then take a trip into town to purge the stuff I need to get rid of in my bedroom and various items that need to be recycled (like wine bottles/beer bottles)......tidy, clean, and less stressed!

Tomorrow is WI at WW and I WILL BE THERE! Tomorrow is day 1 of accountability! My kick-off.......

I have a few things to look forward to:

1. October 24th - CN Tower Climb (am I crazy?)
2. November 28th - the wedding of a very good friend of mine (and a weekend away)
3. December 5th - off to Cuba we go!

Now don't 2 & 3 sound like a good reason to drop a few pounds and tone up a whole bunch? Hmmmmm....evening wedding (I see new little black dress!).........Cuba......beach.........new bathing suit for sure!

Soooooooo..........Thank you for your comments, Missy, Syl, Tiggie and Grrrrr.........here I go!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Days 6 & 7

Okay, so corn season.......IS FINALLY OVER!

Tonight when I get home, I'm going to do the Shred...and take pictures and measurements and everything......

30 minute walk on deck for lunch today - as long as it's not raining.

10 minute warm up before Shred, 5 minutes on elliptical after the Shred, and 10 minute pilates cool-down after the Shred.....so it is written, so it shall be done! GRIN!

Food all planned for today.......and we're off! Today IS the first day of the rest of my life!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Days 4 and 5

...okay, for goodness sake, what's the point in planning everything when life keeps happening!?

The reasons are simple: keeping care of yourself.....

I missed WI yesterday - worked later than I had planned on and then went shopping and completely forgot! Up-side.....I bought a M skirt and a few new clothing items in smaller sizes to update my wardrobe for fall...seems like summer is over for us now. I also worked in the barn grading peppers last night for a while, so there was no time to actually ramp up a workout!

I did walk a lot yesterday, so that's okay!

Still on track to start shredding on Monday morning at 6am.......

Walking on the agenda for after work today.....however, I know it will be dark before I can get out there....I'll be working at the corn stand again until 6:30 or so. this is finally the last weekend for corn - FINALLY!

Weekend: Saturday - corn......and book work for year-end on the farm.....and some housework.

Sunday.....a repeat of Saturday!

Monday - watch out body, Shred, Shred, Shred!......and corn season will officially be over by then!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Day 3.....

......so, life happened again! Didn't get home until after dark last night, so that means I was away from the house during the whole, entire day-light part of the day......I did get a short walk in at lunch, did track and did drink my water.

......WI today - the day of reckoning, then buckle down afterwards.......

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Day 2 report in - flexibility, because life does happen!

So Day 2, though planned, went awry.....no big deal, really, but nevertheless frustrating.

Migraine, TOM-induced no doubt, and a very stressful day at the office.

I did; however, eat smart, and track my food intake. Made a very nice supper (well, it was WW and I liked it, everyone else were so-so about it).....but it was very points friendly.

Got to bed VERY early - had a one-hour nape BEFORE BL last night, but hey, at least I knew how bad I was feeling and I stopped and took care of me first for a change. That in itself is a HUGE step.

My plan for today is a bit different than originally planned.......and it will be dependent on the weather as well. I know today will be a long day at the office (I've been here since 7:30 and will likely work until 5:30 or so).....then I'll go home, change my clothes and go for a walk if the weather cooperates. 40 minutes......with water. Then have supper and spend one hour doing farm book work.

Tomorrow after work is my WI at WW so I will take my measurements in the morning so I have a jumping-off point.

I feel a lot more in control now that I post here in the mornings......and I seem to be able to hold my focus a lot better during the day knowing I'll be back tomorrow morning to recap.

Have a great day!


Later addition! Almost forgot! Accountability: Yesterday, OP (tracked every morsel), 2 APs only, and not enough water.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Day 1 Report In

Hi everyone! I did it......yesterday I DID stay OP and I tracked what I ate. I actually cooked supper last night too, much to everyone's surprise!!!!!!?

I did not get a chance to take my measurements, but promise to do so tonight when I watch BL.........

on to day 2!

Monday, September 21, 2009

A time for accountability, commitment, focus & execution!

NOTES/OBSERVATIONS: Going to Cuba on Tony's birthday - December 5th. Can I actually lose my whole 20 lbs by then? Don't know, but I'm sure going to try and give it my all! Each day I will report in on whether I achieved what I've planned below.....and answer the continuous, multi-part question: Tracking & water today? Am I OP today? How many APs did I earn?

I am so focused on getting healthier and stronger! GO ME!

21-Sep
Recommit to me. Today, track and drink water - take my measurements tonight

22-Sep
BL is tonight - I missed session 1. Going to do cardio workout BEFORE BL
Tracking & water - am I OP? # of APs - that is the question for each and every day!

23-Sep
Day 3 of tracking, water, and a walk in the evening with the dog

24-Sep
More cardio - WW meeting, face the scale! Start 10 week count-down to Cuba! How close to -20 can I get?
Walk zee pooch!


25-Sep
Eeeeek - corn?! Gasp

26-Sep
Weekend - corn, no doubt

27-Sep
Weekend - finally, the LAST DAY OF CORN

28-Sep
Shred day 1
Walk zee pooch in evening!
Am WI, measurements & photos?! Aaack - I have to post 'em here!

29-Sep
Shred day 2
Walk zee pooch in evening!
BL in evening

30-Sep
Shred day 3
Aquafit at lunch
Last day of Sunshine Challenge

1-Oct
Shred day 4
Walk zee pooch in evening!
New month, new Falling Leaves Challenge
WW meeting & WI

2-Oct
Shred day 5
Aquafit at lunch
TGIF!
Walk pooch

3-Oct
Shred day 6
First Saturday of freedom!
Walk pooch
Start riding Miss B again!

4-Oct
Shred day 7
Sunday
Walk pooch

5-Oct
Shred day 8
Monday
Walk pooch

6-Oct
Shred day 9
Gym after work
Tuesday - BL in evening
Walk pooch

7-Oct
Shred day 10
Aquafit
eeek! Last day at level 1!
Walk pooch

8-Oct
Shred day 11
First day at Level 2!
Gym after work - if I can still walk!
AM WI, Measurements & photos
WW meeting & WI
Walk pooch

9-Oct
Shred day 12
Aquafit at lunch
TGIF again!
…and a long-weekend!
Walk pooch

10-Oct
Shred day 13
Walk pooch & ride Miss B

11-Oct
Shred day 14
Walk pooch & ride Miss B

12-Oct
Shred day 15
Phew, half-way there!
Thanksgiving Day….hmmmmmmm
Walk pooch & ride Miss B

13-Oct
Shred day 16
Gym after work
Tuesday - BL in evening
Walk pooch

14-Oct
Shred day 17
Aquafit at UWO
Walk pooch

15-Oct
Shred day 18
Gym after work
WW meeting & WI
Walk pooch

16-Oct
Shred day 19
Aquafit at lunch
TGIF!
Walk pooch

17-Oct
Shred day 20
eeek! Last day at level 2!
Walk pooch & ride Miss B

18-Oct
Shred day 21
First day at level 3!
AM WI, Measurements & Photos
Walk pooch & ride Miss B

19-Oct
Shred day 22
Aquafit at work
Walk pooch

20-Oct
Shred day 23
Gym after work
Tuesday - BL in evening
Walk pooch

21-Oct
Shred day 24
Aquafit at work
Happy Hump Day!?
Walk pooch

22-Oct
Shred day 25
Gym after work
Thursday…..WW meeting & WI
Walk pooch

23-Oct
Shred day 26
Aquafit at work
TGIF
Walk pooch

24-Oct
No Shred Today
CN Tower Climb in the morning (What WAS I thinking?)!

25-Oct
Shred day 27
Walk pooch & ride Miss B

26-Oct
Shred day 28
Aquafit at lunch
Walk pooch

27-Oct
Shred day 29
Gym after work
Tuesday - BL in evening
Walk pooch

28-Oct
Shred day 30
LAST DAY OF THE SHRED! AM WI, MEASUREMENTS & PHOTOS!
Aquafit at lunch
Walk pooch

29-Oct
Gym - step it up with new program
Thursday - WW meeting & WI
Walk pooch

Oct 30
Cardio workout at home in morning
TGIF! Maybe heading to Ottawa for a visit?!

Makin.....Progress!

Okay, so we had our harvest party last night......some of our Jamaican workers will be off for other farms shortly while the others wrap up everything on ours. First one goes off tomorrow to an apple orchard he's worked at in the past. Kind of sad, but you know what? HARVEST IS ALMOST OVER! Which means, LAURA GETS HER LIFE BACK SOON! Last patch of corn should be ready to be harvested next Friday, if all of the cards are right.....which means next weekend is THE LAST ONE! and I've already got enough folks lined up to work that I probably won't have to be there even 40% of the time! GRIN!

So, this week, will be doing year-end bookwork at home for our farm.......and slowly digging through accumulated stuff around the house to find where the actual house is underneath. Needs a good cleaning, that I do know (okay bathrooms and kitchen get cleaned regularly.....but the rest? Wel.......).

And next Monday, the 28th of September, I promise to start Shredding! Yes, I've written it....given myself a week to get back into the groove......I'm back to Shredding next week.....!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Okay, so I'm a little behind.....

........on everything!

Yes, Syl, I'm still committed to doing 30 days of Shredding....I just need harvest to be over with first. So, in the next 10 days or so, I'll do my day 1 and do all 30....track, photos, measurements, the whole lot. Just wanted you to know I'm still here in spirit, just there are not enough hours in August and September to stay sane!

WW - holding my own....not gaining, not cooking, not losing, but definitely gaining muscle tone, losing inches and feeling stronger.....so that is definitely progress!

Be back eventually..........in the next little while.......promise!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Yes, I AM up for the challenge!

My friend Syl just put it out there:

Shred - do it - start September 1st.

I'm in.
I have no excuses.
I'm going to just do it.

I too am going to keep a log of photos/measurements for that 30-days Shred-a-thon.

Stay posted....in the meantime, you'll find me slowly losing my mind....so much to do, so little time.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday and weight-in day!

Well, WI is this evening just prior to five pm....just prior to returning to the corn stand.....just after work....right after my youngest daughter's physio appointment.......after corn stand, then I'm having a long-overdue hair-i-tude adjustment.....and then I'll go home and fall on my face! Corn stand most of tomorrow (will pop into the office for a few hours in the interim), then more corn over the weekend with a babyshower in the midst of this craziness on Sunday afternoon....right, and bartending a wedding on Saturday night. Good grief, I'm tired from just having to type all of that!

I'll post tomorrow (I hope) with my week's results. Not expecting a great loss this week (might even see a gain).

Monday, August 10, 2009

Yikes...hard to believe it's been almost 2 weeks!

Sorry folks, been busy - busy, and then a bit busy!

Second week Wi at WW was -.2, then third week and managed to score -2.4! So in three weeks, I earned my first five-point star.

Work is busy.

Corn stands are up and running as of August 1st and busy, busy, busy.

See a trend here?

Week 4 WI is Thursday - and I'm looking forward to it AGAIN!

later gators!

Friday, July 24, 2009

WW Works - don't ya know!

Phew....WI had me down 2.6 this week! GRIN!

Planning and tracking works...go figure!

I'm happy.....more later, maybe!?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

One more thing......food!

Okay, am I turning into Syl? I feel I need to share food with you...almost tempted to take pictures of it too! Eeeesh (couldn't be influenced by a sweeter friend than you, Syl!).

Recommendation: WW recipe: Cuban Chicken Skewers - marinate for as long as you like (I think recipe says 2-8 hours - mine were 24+ hours)......and grilled summer veggies - VERY points friendly, very tasty, very satisfying!

Next time I make them, I'll post a photo - promise!

I feeeeel GOOOOD!

WI is tonight and I'm looking forward to my first WW WI at my meeting! Yes, indeedy, I am so! Why? Well, seems like I'm shrinking....no clue what the scale is saying, but I do know my inches are leaving me...the extra inches...the blubbery ones! Today, I have a great NSV to share - heck might even have to take a photo this evening because I'm feeling so good!

About two months ago, I bought four new pairs of capris - two jean, one black, one navy...only wore the black and one jean pair as there was no way that I could stay in the waistband of the other ones - way too much in the middle...I figured I'd work towards wearing them....tried them on about 2 weeks ago and NO WAY still....well, today, I'm comfortably in one of the jean pairs! Muffin middle is all but gone and it took the back b00bs with it! How cool is that?

So plan today - stay OP, go to the gym at 4 - WI at 5 - meeting at 5:15 - soccer game to watch at 6:30......home by...well, eventually!

Have a great day my friends (that is if anyone is actually reading my posts!)....and maybe tomorrow I'll have a picture or two to share....just maybe!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Terrific Tuesday!

Seriously! Terrific!

Okay, so I've been OP with WW since July 12th, the day my girlfriend from Montreal was coming to visit.....she's also on WW. We had an awesome weekend....and I told all of you about the recommitment to the gym and how my other girlfriend, Gail, and I have agreed to meet at the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays after work and how we both rejoined WW meetings last Thursday night.

So, I've discovered that I can track on the on-line tracker, but it's not working that well for me, apparently, tracking on paper is better.....Wendy (my Montreal friend) and I took our measurements on July 12th. Yesterday morning, I visited the washroom and noticed in the mirror that maybe I was a little less poofy!? Anyhoo, skipped my mind and when I got dressed this morning and put on my bra, it didn't fit the same...could it be? Well, I got out the tape measure because I was curious - here's what's happened in only 11 days:

Bust -1
Rib cage -3!
Waist -3!
Hips -1
Butt -.5

in 11 days! I'm so excited about that....I'm feeling a lot less bloated.....I'm feeling in control....and I'm motivated like you wouldn't believe to stay this way! Wooohooooey!

Syl - you go girl!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Ahhhh, Monday again!

I feeeeeeeelllll good!
I knew that I would!

I feeeeeeeellll nice........

Yes, I had a great OP weekend. Tracked, used some FP, but planned my food, drank my water, earned some APs and I'm smiling today!

Feeling so much less bloated - it's awesome.

Saturday was a golf tournament......it was loads of fun - and I found a driver that I can actually do some damage with! Dear Tony - please add it to my Christmas list! It would be awesome to have that new driver for Florida!

I knew the menu for Saturday night, so I planned, and ate only what I said I would.....and I only drank what I planned on drinking (can't very well go to an Optimist Golf Tournament and not drink, honestly!).

So Sunday was my MIL's birthday party, of course at our house.....I planned, I ate less than I thought I would and I passed on dessert - dessert made by me, no less! Planned for two glasses of wine, and now I'm smiling!

I did some walking and played golf on Saturday - yesterday was "run around like a chicken with it's head cut off" day, so no formal APs, but I did do a lot of house cleaning and cooking, so it's not like I sat and read a book all day!

Today, walk planned at lunch (30 minutes and leaving shortly), mucking out horsie land when I get home, followed by some gardening and lugging furniture and plants back onto the new porch, which I truly hope, will be finished when I get home today.

WW meetings seem to be inspiring me to be religious....hope this new-found faith in myself and my strength and determination to see this through are going to stick. ....that's the plan!

Now, one thing I'll share with you.......this week's homework was 1/2 plate of vegetables, so when I was piling up my plate last night at dinner (lucky it was buffet), I had 2 kinds of salad, loads of chopped veggies, a smidge of dip that I made myself so I knew the points, some lean protien (basically only a taste of everything that was brought to the table)...and I even skipped dessert!

Go me!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Things happen for a reason

I firmly believe that sometimes, things are meant to be.

Last night, went to the gym with my friend Gail and lo and behold, right next door, they were adding a new WW meeting to their schedule....on Thursdays.....when we're at the gym. So we went into the gym, did a shorter workout, then went to the meeting.....and I've now recommitted for 6 months.......

Wi was a bit of a shocker at first, until I decided to follow the advice I've given to many others over the years - it's only a starting point....what the number is really doesn't matter, it's committing to making it change downwards that does matter.

So, 170.8 is my start weight (now I usually WI on Sunday mornings with no clothing on, this was Thursday after work, obviously fully clothed!).

Watch out scale, I'm gunnin' for ya! DOWN into the 160s is the theme for next week. DOWN, I say!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Day 2 into the new job.....and.....

So far, it's fabulous! New challenges, new opportunities, turning a page in my book of life, but not just wrt my job, I'm also finding I'm more settled in many things....could it be the change in office areas and work environment, I do believe that's part of it. I think, moreso, my continued positive outlook is thanks to the 10 days I had off work, the gardening and heavy work that's being done in our year/patio/deck right now and everything is just turning up roses! Phew!

June first I recommitted to WW and looking after myself. July 12th, I'm thrilled to say I've lost 7 lbs in that six-week period. Obviously things are falling into place. My best friend in the whole world came to visit with her three teens last weekend and she too is on WW.......she's five lbs short of her goal and has been going hard-core for most of the past 12 months. I'm fed up of waiting, she's giving me the oomph I need to focus more, and succeed more! Three lbs were tossed to the curb in 3 short days....I know they were wanting to leave for quite some time, but she helped me work that much harder and then POOF....they were gone! NEVER will they return - NEVER I tell you!

Tomorrow, another new page.....going to a new gym (same group of gyms, just new location) with my girlfriend from my last job.....she got me to join in the first place, but somehow we've never been able to get it together......5pm tomorrow, watch out, body, here we go! We've promised to hit the gym twice a week......and walk in between. I even brought my new walking runners to work with me so I can go out at lunchtime when the weather is fine! Even have a nice course mapped out for around campus....a few hills here and there....short distance, longer distance, depending on how my schedule allows.

More later, but I think that finally, I'm back!

Monday, July 13, 2009

WOW - Big Changes, BIG ONES!

Today is my last day in my office....and is probably why I'm lounging around not finishing what I need to do so I can finally turn off the lights and close the door for the last time......

Tomorrow, is a new day, full of opportunities and new challenges!

I'll be back.....in a few days....to let you know how it went!

L

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday - again!

My last Friday ever in the office.....hardly seems real!

I'm looking forward to working this weekend.....on painting the corn stands.....really looking forward to it!

Tomorrow Tony and I will be playing golf....just because! We're taking the afternoon and evening off life and spending it with friends......should be relaxing.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday - ahhhh.....

Tony got the hot tub installed on Wednesday and we got in it yesterday morning at 6:15am before I went to work, because it was too freakin' cold on Wednesday night. Last night, he surprised me with a bottle of champagne to christen the tub with and celebrate my new job...very nice evening indeed.

So, on the weight-loss front, I know this week I haven't made the best choices on a consistent basis....much better than in past weeks, but not great choices at all.....but I am tracking, which is new....today is day 19 of tracking, so I'm feeling that I'm learning things about what choices I make when I'm rushed.......

I threw my back out on Sunday afternoon, so haven't done any movement much at all this week. Still have to finish planting my gardens......still want to get back on my horse and ride on Sunday.....the pool yard is almost finished (concrete poured around the pool on Monday), so as soon as this rain disappears, it's back in there to put everything back together the way it should be.

Plans for the weekend: Saturday - its supposed to rain cats and dogs.....if my back is up to it, I'll get on the treadmill and my elliptical and do a workout on Saturday afternoon. Sunday, will be gardening, mucking out the horse, and opefully riding!

Next week, back to the regularly scheduled programming.....which is to get my @rse back to zee gym, pronto, without excuses.

Need to work on water.....water, and water.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Update on a Monday morning

Got lots and lots and lots of gardening done yesterday and Saturday and things are looking nice at home right now........Tony is getting ready to put two concrete pads down today - one around the pool to replace the old wood one and one new one for the new jacuzzi that's going in....well, this week! It's been sitting on a trailer for two weeks....I figured it would be at least another month before we could use it, but apparently, it will be in by Thursday or Friday - how cool is that!

Threw out my back yesterday - not sure exactly what I did, but I'm a mess today.....now I NEED the jaccuzi!

Anyway, down .5 yesterday at WI, which is a good thing....keeping focused and planning on being a loser again this coming week.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I DID IT!

I got the job.....I got the job....I got the job! Yesssssssssssssssss.....!

Start date is July 14th........right after almost two weeks vacation, and right before corn season starts.....I've managed to negotiate my Fridays off for the whole summer! That way I canwork at the corn stands as needed!

Work is crazy - it's Research & Education Day on Friday and the event is my baby - just a little somethin' I throw together to showcase Cancer Research in London for about 200 of my closest buds! LOL.......12 hours straight at my desk yesterday - went home and fell on my face ....today more of the same....I'll come back up for air around 3pm on Friday when the "work" part of the event comes to a close.

So, Syl, how was the ole b'day?

Monday, June 8, 2009

AWESOME!

That's how I'm still feeling today! I had a superb weekend, WW-wise, lots of APs, tracked everything, easily made smart choices and I was rewarded by a 4.5 lb loss this week!

Still no news on the job front - eeeeeck......this is getting to be absolutely ridiculous, honestly!

So, very busy at work this week....too busy.....then things will settle down a bit.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BIRTHDAY GIRL!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Another New Day....

...still in a holding pattern....wrt to the new job. No clue when I'll hear for sure, but certainly hoping it will be today so I can at least go home with a big smile on my face.

Big event is next Friday at work - it's my baby, and in some ways it will be my swan song if this job is a go.......

Syl - thanks for your post about wanting something badly enough......I responded to it........

......focus is what's important to me right now....focusing on small steps I can fit into my day to make me a stronger person. 4 days OP on WW, some planned APs (other than farm/gardening) and I'm already down almost 4 lbs! Amen.......I was really getting worried for a while there that the scale was going to keep creeping up! I've gone back to my mid-morning and mid-afternoon cup of tea and honestly, I'm doing so much better just because I take two minutes out of the day to make it and sit and enjoy it!

More on Monday.....unless I get some fabulous news in the interim!

Syl - here's to WIs for both you and I on Sunday - you in the 130s and me below 166......let's go!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

No update....yet!?

Here we are, Wednesday already and still no clue how things are going on the job front.....HR finally spoke with my boss, so that's good......apparently they still have one more person to check with before rolling out zee red carpet!?

WW - OP yesterday, dipped into my APs a bit, but that's okay, I'm still stressed, but nowhere near as bad as the past few weeks, and it showed in my urge to eat cr@p! So, I walked for 46 minutes yesterday at lunchtime, which felt great....and I did some gardening when I got home, but as I have so much work on my plate at the office, I opted to stay at work much longer than I had originally planned on and.....well........I didn't do what I had hoped to do.

Today and tomorrow will be much the same....lunchtime walk today for sure, some gardening when I get home....and my niece and her dbf will be coming for supper around 7pm, so I need to prep some food! It's going to be easy stuff though, so that will be nice. BBQd chicken breast, baked potato, grilled veggies, and some fresh asparagus from the garden.......a bit of sour cream for the tater and all is good.

Tomorrow is going to be brutal at work - huge meeting and then working late, and then having to go to visitation for a friend's father who passed away suddenly on Monday night....I'll stay at work until 6:30 and meet up with Tony at the funeral home - otherwise, it's a wasted hour home and back to the city......so no APs at all for me tomorrow.

Friday - ahhhhh the weekend approaches, so my APs will ramp up - my horse and my bike will be ridden this weekend - no excuses at all about either and then add a ton of APs for gardening on top.

I'll be back if I hear something positive about the job today.

L

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The NEW ME in June!

Okay, many many things on the go right now.

Folks at home are grouchy - my step son came home yesterday after being at his mom's for five days and the attitude and mouth on him......after grounding him from everything under the sun (ie every time he opened his mouth it was another smart-alleck remark or a dis of some sort), I told him that I didn't understand what his problem was, but that ugly-attitude kid who was in our house a few months ago was NOT welcome to come back ever and that he could just leave the house and go for a walk and come back as the nice kid that we all have come to like over the past two months........NO idea where it came from, and NO intention of putting up with any of it. Truly it just made me tired! Lucky for me this time, his sister was a witness to the mouthing off, and when I mentioned it to his dad this morning, I didn't freak out about it, I just talked about it and then left it alone. That's something I'm learning how to do these days - walk away if I start getting stressed.....and have a zero tollerance for bad attitudes from everyone....I warn 'em, then I walk. Guess it's still bugging me a bit though because if it wasn't, I wouldn't be writing about it now!

Anyhoo, the job......yes, well......Friday, I heard unofficially that I have it.....but just wasn't going to let myself get excited about it...been there, done that before and not interested in getting excited and falling on my face a few days later. Yesterday, I finally heard from HR that they will be checking my references this afternoon, so I'm starting to get a bit excited about things....just a bit right now though.....because again......

My new potential boss is someone I work with a bit already, so I'm not going into a new position completely blind....however, there were a few issues that came up over the past week or so that made me think I needed to rethink my whole idea! So now, I'm comfortable because this new person I'd be working for is bending over backwards to fix/do everything I'd mentioned to him as being something we might need to discuss! What a wonderful welcoming feeling! However, still not going to go overboard with excitement......because I don't want to jinx anything! Should have a final answer tomorrow, I hope....then, watch out!

Now, back to the WW front and my lack of success of late. Well, if I look back over this whole job experience, over the past six months, my current job has been iffy at best, now that it's been secured for another six years, it's still a concern to me. This alternate job came up about 2 months ago...actually a bit more than that now.....and the first interview was 4 weeks ago....the second interview 2 weeks ago - they are so freakin' slow! So, I know that underlying stress has been part of my problem.

I've also noticed just recently that I seem to have developed rosacea on my face. I'm NOT happy about that at all........haven't had time to get into figuring out why, but yesterday I had one of those "aha!" moments - so I did some research and found out that my IUD, which I've had about 18 months, has been working a charm for the past 4 or 5 months (as in keeping TOM under control).....and it was right about that time that I started gaining weight (I've gained 16 lbs since Christmas) and that the rosacea has surfaced.....hmmmmmmmmm...............so I'm now going to take the month of June to cleanse my body - inside and outside.......unfortunately I'll be taking a truck-load of antihistamines during this time, but as far as food/water/no alcohol is concerned, I'm going to focus on clean eating and pre-planning of my meals. No more crazy carbs, cheese, and other stuff that makes me gain....going to make sensible clean eating choices instead and see where that gets me. 30 days is a perfect amount of time to give it to see if any changes are going to take place. 30 days is a perfect start to a perfect weight-loss journey.

Yesterday - .5 over my daily points, 7 glasses of water, all veggies and fruits, forgot my vitamins, and did 30 minutes of hard physical work on the gardens when I got home.
Today - working a longer day at the office, but when I get home, I'm planning on grilling some chicken breast, making a big salad, steaming some asparagus and that will be supper. I'm also planning on 30 more hard physical minutes in the garden, and then I'm taking a page out of my friend Syl's life and I'm going to saddle up my horse and spend some time doing something physical that is just for me! Food for today is already planned and tracked, vitamins are on board and already down 1L of water.

Check in tomorrow to see how I did!

L

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Beautiful Tuesday!

I feel strong today! So much to do at work though and still waiting word on whether or not I actually got the job or not?! They still need to check references, before they actually make an offer, and I still haven't heard anything. Great thing is that the new potential boss is back from vacation as of this morning, so hopefully I'll hear something very soon......now would be good!

Back to feeling strong. I've reorganized my work schedule so I can get to the gym - that was 3.5 weeks ago and I've worked through almost every single lunch hour since then?! Frustrating to say the least.

So instead, tomorrow, I'll be up at 5:45am and I'm doing the Shred. No more waiting for a good time for me - I need FORMAL APs.

Good food planning yesterday - and carrying into today as well - GRIN! I'm going to be such a loser this week! Wahoooooey!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Fabulous!

I'm feeling really good about my weekend. Been back OP for 4 whole entire days and tracking! Down 2 lbs in only those 4 days, so my WI yesterday said 167 (again.....but this time, for the last time!). Worked so hard physically this weekend that last night I was honestly exhausted - physically....and it felt FABULOUS!

Syl - thanks for your thoughts of running on gravel - it certainly explains (duh, why hadn't I figured it out before) why when I start running I struggle so much with it - I run on a sand laneway and gravel roads.......so in a few weeks when I start up again (when things on the farm quieten down and before sweet corn season is upon us again), I will keep that in mind and do more walking as I gear up - ie more walking, less running intervals.

Thanks Syl!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It's Tuesday and I'm Tired!

Okay, so frost is evil....especially if you farm for a living.....so Sunday night, Tony and I were up all night moving pipes and the watering system from one field to the next....we had a very hard freeze, but I think we may have saved our sweetcorn! Most of it anyway.....certainly didn't want to lose the first two whole weeks worth!

I got up at 3am this morning as my youngest daughter had a field trip that was leaving their school at 4! They're off to Quebec City.....stopping in Montreal this afternoon then off to Quebec City for the night.....back on Saturday.

I had round #2 of interviews today - which I do think went well.

I'm tired, I'm at work, I want my bed!


backing up to a few minutes after my post last week - the phone call no mother ever wants to get - my oldest daughter called to say they had been in a car accident and that her sister was being sent to Emerge in an ambulance. Thankfully only bruises from the airbags......not my daughter's fault at all........the car; however, is toast. Poor Alex.....this was her car for univeristy....now she has no wheels- aack! Love my girls and so relieved they are both okay.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm back again!

So, haven't posted in a whole week.

Job interview went very well.....there's a second round that I've heard nothing about yet.....I'm perfectly fine with all of it - if I get offered the new job - great. If not, I have a good job, so I'll get over my disappointment fairly quickly I think.

Now that that particular stress is out of my face, I need to refocus on me - again. I keep trying - false start after false start......got an e-mail from my great friend Tiggie yesterday and she TOLD me to carve an hour for me out of each day......(we TELL each other things all the time!)....so today, I'm going to take my full lunch hour and either walk or get out to the gym. Haven't decided which yet......but I will do one or the other, I PROMISE......and then, I'll come back here and announce success! She's one of my greatest inspirations!

I also got a couple of very supportive notes from Syl - you're awesome girl!

Okay, so have a few things I need to get done - some of them I want to do, some not so much, so I figure if I make a list on here, then I can come back and tell everyone how I did!

1. Get to the gym 3 times this week OR go for a 45 minute walk three times.
2. Do the Shred on Wednesday AND Saturday, Sunday and Monday (I won't get to the gym any of these days because of my schedule).
3. Ride my horse at least twice this weekend.
4. Track every single morsel that goes into my mouth and stop finding quick fixes....they're only adding tonnage to my waist!

There, so it is written, so it shall be done!

To quote my cute little friend, Yoda:

"Do or don't do - there is NO try"

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Back and Grounded!

Literally.....grounded......down on my hands and knees, playing in zee mud!

I love spring.....gardening is one of my passions and I've been going at my huge gardens with a vengeance.....basically told all of my teens that they're in charge of food and clean-up from now on because I have better things to do with my life. Took chicken breast out of the freezer this morning - they're going to make fajitas for supper tonight....and call me when it's ready! Did the same last night as well.....GRIN!

I'm learning to try not to sweat the small stuff.....walking away when I just don't need to obsess....and after a few months of trying it....it seems to be working!

So................my friend Syl was talking about clean eating. Funny....I was having the same thoughts myself. In the past (five years ago when I first started WW and was successful at it), it was all about clean eating. The cleaner I ate, the more I lost....the more I lost, the more I was focused and and the better I felt physically......and I get away from this why? Interesting question....

This next six weeks at the office is intense for me, and I'm trying so hard to take it in stride. I also have a job interview this week that I'm so stressed about, so I need to put it in a good place and stop freakin' out about it! Thursday 3pm, it will all be over, for better or worse.

Back to the gardens and my sanity salvation.....when I get home from work! Yesterday, I ended up outside by 4:30....and got very busy....only came in from the outdoors and greenhouse at 8:46! and I thought it was 7:30. Lots of exercise in what I was doing yesterday - and I'm going to do more of the same thing tonight!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....gotta love spring!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's Trial-Run Day!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaack!

Okay, don't think I actually told you what my big project at work was....well, actually this time of year is my busiest time, so I have my two usual big projects, but this year I have something that is just about me.

I've applied for a new position at the university - it's a biggie......and my interview is next Thursday. The first part of the interview is a 10 minute powerpoint presentation by moi.....on my qualifications/understand of the job.........do I like public speaking, um, that would be negatory. I'm comfortable with two of the folks who will be part of the panel.......one I don't know......and one is formidable and could cast the deciding vote.......NO PRESSURE!

Today, I have a dry run with two of my most valued co-workers........one is my mentor and has the position I aspire to in the current department (great mentor), the other is a co-worker who I work very closely with........

Enough about stress......back to WW and taking care of myself! As you already read, Sunday was my day of reckoning.......and 4 days of being Great food-wise (smart choices and very little cr@p) - every morsel tracked, I'm already feeling less bloated and less "toxic." My great idea of getting back to the gym is great......except that I have so much work to do right now I haven't been able to pry myself away from the office......hopefully I'll be okay to go at lunchtime tomorrow.......LOTS of outdoor work planned for the weekend.

....and Syl, if you're reading this - go back to the store and buy the freakin' capris will ya?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The goal is good!

Okay, so I made great plans....and life gets in the way again! Eeeesh.....gym yesterday - um, no because of 2 meetings. Today - no because of 3 meetings!

TOMORROW IS THE DAY!

Last night I did get a lot of hard work done in the gardens, so that's a lot of strength training!

Tonight I hope to do the same...until Biggest Loser comes on, anyway.

Tomorrow...the gym!

I feel good!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Day of Reckoning.....

....okay, so here's my complete story.

I'm 48, I'm in terrible physical shape and I'm tired of it. Okay, so I'm stronger than I was a year ago because of spurts of harder exercising, but I'm not consistent enough with it to make it stick, so I don't feel good about myself.

I've been very stressed about work since the new year and decided yesterday (Sunday) to face the music, and move on.....so I got on the scale and it said 169....my only thought was "Oh thank goodness it's not 170-anything!" that would have crushed me. But the sad reality is that since the holidays, I've gained 12 lbs....and honestly, I think they're all around my mid-section. NOT GOOD!

So, I have fully recommitted - I mean FULLY - to following WW and not stopping.....four years ago, I lost 28 lbs (plus a few more) in 9 months.....and kept it of for the next 20 months......so I know how to work the program, I know what works for me and my body, so why aren't I doing it?

Yesterday was a perfectly OP day - I mean perfectly - some APs, only ate my DPA, water yup, and felt really empowered......today will be another perfect day....I have gardening APs planned for when I get home......and tomorrow I add back in the visit to the gym....today I started my new work hours - I'm working out at the gym at lunch, so I'm going into work 30 minutes earlier daily to give me a longer time at lunch. Can't do it when I'm home, so making time during the time I'm away from home will work (ie - been there done it before!).

My goals are:

Month of May: Lose 10 lbs (159)
Month of June: Lose 5 lbs (154)
Month of July: Lose 5 lbs (149)
Month of August: The final 5 lbs (144)

2009 is MY time!

Friday, April 24, 2009

WOW, I'm still blogging!?













I'm surprised that I'm still blogging almost daily! My friend Syl wrote that she's found, now that she hit 100 posts on her blog, that it's a great outlet for her. I'm finding that too...and it's only been a little over a week!






Anyway, as promised, last night when I got home, I had my youngest daughter take a few photos of my suit-du-jour (your comments would be greatly appreciated!).
A few more photos as well - one from my birthday last November (double chin!?)....and a shot of my "new" do from yesterday:


Okay, on the WW front - well, not doing well at all - okay, I am OP, and I am tracking. Need more water.....need smarter food choices......and I've gotten to the bottom of why I'm making such bad food choices.....it's TOM's fault......he was here two weeks ago and here again today? What the heck? But it certainly explains moodswings and food choices! Now that I KNOW why, I've made a plan for clean-eating ONLY for the next three weeks......and hitting the gym at lunchtime starting Monday! That'll fix it!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

OMG - I forgot the New Do!


Okay, per my friend Syl, again, I completely forgot about my new "do!"


Tony coloured my hair for me when I got home last night, and then I went to my favourite hair dresser and she gave me a fabulous cut!


I WILL take a picture or two of myself in my new "do" and power suit when I get home tonight....will post them both tomorrow morning (dial-up at home is just to freakin' slow!).


....and I'm going to smile in those photos too!

in the meantime, I've added one that was taken last summer.

A New Day - Yet Again!

You know when something is bugging you and you can't quite put your finger on it? Well, the uncertainty on what I want to do with the rest of my life is bugging me.....I have a job interview on May 7th.....for a job I've always wanted......that being said, now that I have the opportunity to ace it (lost of research going into a 10 minute presentation I have to give at the interview), I'm not sure it "fits" with my life?! Having acknowledged that yesterday, I've decided to give it my 110% focus and ace the interview....get offered the job.....and if/when that happens, then decide whether I want to accept it. If I decide not to, I will have less overall stress in my life, I will have more flexible time to work on the farm in the gardens and play with my horse........and spend with my kids.......

Back to the WW front.....I feel so much more settled today. Today I'm wearing a power suit (I'm wearing things to work one at a time and getting two girlfriends to comment on them to see which one I should wear to the interview......I think when I get home, if I can remember, I'm going to take a photo of me in it so you too can decide! Anyway, back to WW.....I feel more settled, more determined, and now I have a plan in place. Monday, I'm adjusting my working hours so I can take a full hour for lunch and get to the gym. Except for the days I have meetings over lunch, I'm going to get myself to the gym five days a week over lunch. This will do MANY things for me (based on past experience!).....I eat much smarter when I work out regularly, I'll be earning my APs and working on getting this body of mine back on track! GRIN! I can feel this is the right decision (and I'm not "putting it off" by not going until Monday - I have meetings the next few days near lunchtime and can't do it).....planning, executing, smiling!

My friend Syl posted about choosing plates today......I have thoughts on that as well.....and agree 100% with her......prettily presented food on a smaller plate is so much more palatable. At home, I use a pretty jug that I fill with water and add lemon and lime slices to - I drink two full ones in a day......so the prettying up of food does work! And using a pretty smaller plate also makes you think you're still eating a larger portion! Gotta love it!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

TOO MUCH WORK!

This time of the year for me, at the office, is just nutsoid! I was here from 7:45am until 6:05pm yesterday and today doesn't look too much better!?

Something to look forward for me today is my new hairitude adjustment! 5:30....watch out....I'm cutting this bush-wacker-woman hair off and going super short again.....

Now, WW-wise, I was OP yesterday but only thanks to serious APs I earned on the weekend...when I finally got home at almost 7pm, I ate the house......but I tracked it, and well.....eeeesh is all I can say!

This week is head-down and focusing at work and getting stuff done around the gardens at home.....Monday is page-turning day.

Monday - I'm changing my work hours a bit so I can get to the gym and work out 4 days per week.......I don't seem able to incorporate it into my home-time, so making time while I'm away from home will be the only way to get it done. I NEED to do this for me. NEED to, I say!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Excitement!.....and choices!

I have a special project that I'm working on for work - and the final product gets presented (by me) on May 7th....can't tell you what it is yet, but if it works out it could be fabulous!

So I did the check in with the body/mind thing when I got home yesterday - conclusion - no exercise for me because my back was achy (the "you did too much physical stuff the last few days" kind of achy - not the "oh, no, now you've thrown out your back again" kind)....so I listened to my body, took care of a few household chores (like got my ironing finished and put away the ironing board), mended a few items for the kids, made a few alterations on things that have been waiting for me to have a minute, and then did some "homework" for the project I'm working on at work.

Then I turned out my lights at 9:30 and slept like a baby! Awake before the alarm this morning...5:58am.....the same time I tend to wake up most mornings......so my next babystep is to actually get myself out of bed when I wake up because I always feel good at that time.....this morning, I waited for the alarm (and fell back asleep), then pushed the snooze button.....and didn't feel anywhere near as refreshed when I finally got up at 6:40am.....silly really.

When I get home today, I'm going to:

1) check with the body & mind to see if I'm a "go" for a good workout - if yes, then JUST DO IT!
2) do some book work for the farms (pay them there bills!)
3) find something creative to do with my daughters this evening......and watch The Biggest Loser!

Now, choices.....that's something that keeps popping up. Yesterday I made some unwise choices re food....but I tracked it, had the points, and moved on. Today, I spent a few minutes and planned what I was going to eat (partly at the grocery store after work yesterday as well)....and voilĂ  - today, I'm at a loss with what I should eat to finish off my 2.5 points to meet my daily allowance! Maybe I'll have a glass of wine with dinner.....because frankly, I don't need any more veggies or fruit.....I think I'll hit 10 before the end of the day as it is.

Water is going down like nothing today (already had 1/2 of what I need to drink today) and I feel in control! GREAT!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Move it!

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Okay, so did you all know that it's offically "Move Thy @rse" week? Yup, MOVE IT!

So, why are we on WW? or some other program? Because we need to be accountable! Lesson learned for sure today.....because I have dial-up at home, I didn't track on-line this weekend, but I did write down what I put in my mouth and what I did physically. I thought I was a train wreck, so I didn't bother putting any of it into the WW tracker this morning until I had an "AHA!" moment.........turns out that although I did eat more than I should have this weekend, I earned so many exercise points from working outdoors that I should come out ahead in the longrun.

So, lesson learned, moving on, staying focused and going to kick this extra tonnage to the curb. By the end of June, I should be looking the old me again - phew!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Doing this for me!

Okay, so I need to get my head into the right space......and get it to STICK! I'm getting there, but boy after months/years of struggling, it's hard not to slip back and make excuses and just throw up my arms and say - oh, whatever, I'll do it tomorrow....no more of that....it's getting me nowhere.....

So.....yesterday was pretty good - following WW, I'm now 51 days OP, but not always following the 8 HG, so I'm thinking that I'm going back to ZERO days OP tomorrow and starting over again (for the last time this time) and going to stick with it religiously. I have a dinner out to night and have no clue what to expect menu-wise, so I'm going to do the best I can with food intake up until dinner tonight (and I'm not going to have any alcohol OR dessert - that part is planned already).....it's a dinner theatre tonight and the last one they did was very good, so I'm excited about having an evening out!

Work expectations on the farm are starting up again-eeeeek! Work at the office is heating up big time.......I'll probably be working 60 hour weeks for the next two months.....so I'm going to do something just for me tomorrow.....I'm taking the day off. My to do list for tomorrow:

1. Get organized for some volunteer work I have to do for Saturday morning
2. Get some more seeds planted in the greenhouse ... and I need to "paint" some weeds in the pepper seedbeds with round-up before they get out of control.
3. Get some bookwork done for the farm
4. Get artistic.......finish logo design for the corn stand!

5. This is the best part.....go play with my horse! She's a shedding mess right now and she needs a bath something awful, so this may be her early-spring bath tomorrow...midday in the sunshine so she can dry down before it gets cool in the evening. So, if we have a horsie-spa day, then we need to redo the inside of her stall at the same time.....lots of APs to be earned there, let me tell you - just me, a front-end loading tractor and a shovel......and if there's any time at all left by the end of the day tomorrow - I'm getting the saddle out for my first ride of the season! Yipee!

So, back to today - have lots to accomplish at work.....then, I'll leave the "mind clutter" at the office! Supposed to get up to 18 degrees today, so I'm going for a nice walk at lunch again (yesterday's was a bit shorter than I had planned).

Later gators!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday - Happy Hump Day (and Day 1!)

Today I get to take my new runners out for a test-drive......50 minute walk planned for lunchtime today......the weather is supposed to be awesome today - sunny and +14, I think I heard, so no excuses from me. No gym for me today as I still have this freakish hormonally-driven headache, but I'm not going to let it get the best of me this time....no I am not.....I have a plan....and I'm going to work this plan.....and I'm not going to make excuses to deviate from it......I'm just going to do it....and that's that.

Today - babysteps for me:
1. 8 cups of water minimum...
2. Eat only the food I brought with me today!
3. Get my lunchtime walk in.

Tomorrow - is another day, with another babystepping plan!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kick-Off Day, Again...

Can't believe I'm doing it again.....sitting down at my desk at work....planning on how on earth to get my life/weight-loss/working out/stress/work/everything back on track again.

My friend Syl and a few others have such awesome blogs and truly capture what I need to embrace in my own life....I know it's been a struggle for them as well and that's a good thing - it's called life!

So today, I'm going to track everything I put into my mouth on WW and "get back OP!"

- I've had one whole Brita of water to drink already today and it's only 2:36pm...not bad.
- I went out at lunch and bought a new pair of runners for my lunchtime walks (ie no more excuses that I can't go because I'm wearing heels!).
- When I get home tonight, I'm repacking my gym bag and going at lunchtime tomorrow....no more freakin' excuses!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh....feels a bit better already!

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