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 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 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 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


Okay, Friday I did not work out.

Saturday, I did The, 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.


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 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!'s all in the plan!).

Have a great day everyone - I will!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

When the tough gets going......, 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!


Monday, November 16, 2009


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!


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

One of the dresses I bought on the weekend is a black, very plain cocktail 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 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 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 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


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


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 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.