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 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 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!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Hump Day!

It's Wednesday, October 28th.......WOW! Still feeling strong and empowered after that 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 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. guessed it - it's Shred Day! permitting.......barn cleaning day and/or C25K.....interchangeable with Sunday.

Monday......aquafit and Shred


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


....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 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


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. 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!

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


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 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

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? 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........


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!


Monday, October 5, 2009


.....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'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.... 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 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 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! to read about your run 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 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'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


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!