Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Six Week Countdown - and My Plan of Attack

Let's go! Exactly six weeks from today is my partner's 50th birthday. He and I will be celebrating his birthday on our favourite beach in Cuba. What he doesn't know yet is that I plan on having a special dinner booked! What you may not know about me is that I am actually 26 days older than he 50th is in, less than 3 weeks.

So this morning, I was watching a mindless show on TV while I was drinking my coffee - "Bulging Bridges." Interesting thing about that show....the brides had six weeks to get into their wedding I have six weeks to look better in my bathing suits!

The past 10 days have been about surviving lots of stress at work without turning to food. It's been about planning on a minimum of 20 minutes per day of activity....MINIMUM. What I really need is 50+ minutes six days a week. Starting today, that is what I am going to do. I did well on Thursday - went back to the gym after work. Will do that again at least twice this week. Hey, at home, I have an elliptical trainer, treadmill, exercise bands, stability balls (2), bosu ball, handweights, several DVDs, Shape Magazines in a I have no excuses. There's also the great outdoors......I could go really crazy and ride my horse!

My home scale said lovely things to me this morning. 164.....I didn't believe it at first, so got back on a few more let's say 165. A few short months/weeks ago, it was saying am I excited - oh yeahhhhh! But I refuse to get complacent about it.....I'm going to build on it. Some of you may know that I've recommitted to WW....and I go to meetings at work. Unfortunately this past Tuesday, I had a meeting over lunchtime so didn't actually get to a meeting.........I will still be using my WW WI as my real weight, but it's definitely incredibly encouraging to see the home scale take a dive!

When I finish this post, I am going to put my exercise clothes on, throw a movie into the DVD player (we actually went out and rented movies yesterday - a first in I don't know how long), and go to town. I won't do too much.....cuz I don't want to not be able to walk tomorrow, but I know my limits and will push them. Elliptical, treadmill, yoga mat on the floor for ab work, a few weights thrown in, and some lunges and squats - that should definitely be a good way to ramp it up.

So, friends, watch out.......the six-week countdown is ON!

Happy Sunday!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Week 2, days 1 and 2

Had an AWESOME workout at the gym last night - 50 minutes of cardio - big sweaty mess - that's good, right!

I committed, I went, I came out feeling accomplished.........

Day 2, today. I'm not working late today, will be taking my pooch for a long walk when I get home......detoxing my mind from this work week, planning things for the weekend (although I am working part of tomorrow), and most importantly, thinking through menu options, workout choices and timing and rolling them all out.

Have an awesome day! I know I will.....

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Days 3-7 and Week 2, Day 1

So, didn't get to my WI on Tuesday. BUT, this time didn't use it as an excuse to derail my eating, my exercising or anything.

No formal exercising at all since Thursday last week, but have done TONS of walking (40-60 minutes per day) and am going to the gym tonight for another cardio session.

I SHOULD be going to Toronto this weekend to visit a bunch of friends who are flying in from's only two hours away, but I just don't think I can walk away from the kids, the house and work.....might even be at my office for hours this weekend as more month of not putting myself first - but that is getting better. I AM going to go to the gym, and will ramp my workouts up in the next few days.

I have an elliptical, treadmill, bosu ball, stability ball, exercise bands, hand weights......even Pilates workout cards, several videos - basically, I have it all at home. NEED to put them front and centre in my life and actually use them again on the days when I can't get to the gym.

Stay tuned.....I promised measurements (which I forgot at home again).....

...and my sweetheart has acknowledged that although I'm not back at 162 which is where I was last Christmas (and it's our agree-to start point on a challenge we were running), I'm getting close! He's noticed that my body is changing again! My home scale said 166 last night, after dinner, fully clothed. I'm making progress, I'm not obsessing about it, I'm feeling less bloated, and stronger........and nicely, I'm feeling energized and focused again!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Day 1 & Day 2

Forgot to take my measurements last night, but I formally am putting it out there, yesterday was day 1 of me getting my @ss back in shape.........program - continuous, never-ending, focused, "just-do-it"..... you get the picture.

It's been 30 days since I'd been to the gym - yikes! Still, managed 50 minutes of cardio - felt stronger than the last time I was there, so I pushed harder, broke a nice sweat, and this morning feel so much better for it.

So today, I'll work out when I get home....NO EXCUSES! That will make it day 2

Will post measurements (which I'll take later today) sometime in the next few days....and then again on my 50th birthday!

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wedding, Thanksgiving.....and SUCCESS!

Being accountable......planning to move physicall, planning to eat sensibly, and drinking enough to keep you going, that's what it's all about.

My sister's wedding was this weekend! Beautiful wedding and beautiful weather!

Long story for another time.

WI at WW at Work today has me down 1.8 over last week and I'm THRILLED!

Syl....I'm still with you....may not be shredding, but the minimum 20 per day is a charm!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

It's Saturday!

Harvest is officially OVER!
Year-end is officially OVER (well, still have "stuff" to finish, but the pressure is now officially off!)

My sis' wedding is next weekend - finally found a dress yesterday and shoes and jewelry, so I'm set!

Off to paint my daughter's room today....well, to finish it. I'm on a paint-the-house-a-thon this room down, one started, one to go then front and back stairwells to paint, then kitchen reno, then, oh....well, you get the picture. Nice thing is we're trashing each room as we go and purging as much stuff as possible. Storage or share with someone else......either way - outta my house!

WW - going well.
Activity - going very well.

Life is good!