Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Dear Mother Nature - I think I might have to change the name of my blog to Storm Cloud or something similar.

Do you no sympathy for us farmers?

Do you really think that we really need eleventy-million inches of rain.......every day?

Perhaps you are telling us it's time for a career change? Ark building perhaps?

Seriously? WOW

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

One Day Down, the Rest of My Life to Follow.....

......Had a great food/water/activity day yesterday.

......Will have the same again today......which will make it two days.

Workout with my trainer tonight - I feel so completely awesome when I leave the gym - that is when the wobbly legs stop!

We're having a bonfire at home tonight - this I promise to take photos of......the local volunteer fire department is coming to burn one of our HUGE burn piles on the farm....a training exercise for them. Not likely to roast weenies or make smores; however, there will be a few "hot" firemen at my house - LOL!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, May 16, 2011

More Monday Madness!

Anyone have an ark? I am so fed up with all of this rain....but I am very thankful that it's nowhere near as bad as it is for so many other folks out there - in the West, in the East and in the States.

I had heard a rumour that it's going to be a wickedly hot and dry summer.......all I can say is "bring it on!"

Had a difficult emotional weekend and turned to carbs....so way off my 17DD plan. I decided to go to my WW tracker and track the damage anyway, and guess what? I'm a-Okay per WW's guidelines - got all of my Healthy Guidelines met, was within my points (okay so I ate all my APs and FPs - have 2 FPs left - good thing I worked out a lot last week!), and my water was stellar too.

Things I've learned - or reconfirmed, I guess would be a better way of putting it - I feel physically better when I eat few or no carbs. I feel better when I eat clean foods......and so much so that I am sometimes tempted to shout it from the rooftops!?

Back on the 17DD this morning - looking forward to the bloat from the carbs to leave the building.

Happy Monday!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday Madness!

Okay, so work is a little stressful right now....that's an understatement! So please forgive me if I don't get on here very often.....

Worked out with the trainer again on Thursday last week - wow! More squats, more core......and I did the same routine at home yesterday. Thankfully, my new trainer listens! She has been doing workouts with equipment that I have at home, so I CAN add in at least one extra workout at home.

Two of our children have moved into their own homes now, so I now have a "guest" room. I've been reorganizing that extra room so it not only houses the extra bed, but also houses my exercise stuff - stability ball, bosu ball, bands, yoga mat. I've been making a shopping list....need a mirror to mount on the wall.......oh, and note to self - move the hand weights in there will you!?

Our magnificient Magnolia tree is almost in full bloom - I'm going to make a point of taking some photos of it this evening so I can share them with you. With all of the awful weather we've been having this spring, it's nice to see that Mother Nature doesn't plan on freezing the blooms off as she does so many year!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I'm 50.

In the past month, I've learned that a mother of one of my daughter's friends, who is 10 years younger them me, just had breast cancer surgery. Then on Friday last week, a former co-worker, who is 5 years younger than me, was diagnosed with breast cancer. And the news keeps coming - yesterday, a local lady who runs a crew that picks our peppers on the farm called DSO to let him know that she's won't be back this year as she's in late-stage pancreatic cancer and has less than a month to live.

WOW........really puts things into perspective - I am so lucky to be 50 and have my health.

It's time to take charge of my life - I had been making significant changes to my diet and re-embracing formal workouts. I'm now taking my total lifestyle changes and making them priority 1 in my life - going to keep focused, keep the promises I've made to myself and make these changes PERMANENT.

On that note - my first workout with my trainer was last night - incredible. Squats.....and core.......lots and lots of core. Reps and sets.....to the point where I could do no more.....thought I'd worked too hard when I finished last night. I've discovered this morning that I'm a little sore, but nowhere near the point I thought I would be. I'm very encouraged because apparently, my core is a lot stronger than I gave it credit for! My workout was awesome.

Other changes I've noticed have stuck:

1. When I get home from work I no longer feel the need to graze my way through the kitchen.
2. I've been eating a great breakfast at home every morning and I feel great because of it.
3. Limiting carbs has given me renewed energy (clean eating à la 17 DD)
4. I don't struggle to fill my lunch bag with lunch and snacks each and every day at work - my wallet is thankful and so is my waistline.

That's me, putting my life into perspective........

Monday, May 2, 2011


Beginning of the week - the start of new things

1. Today is the first Monday in May
2. Today I restarted the 17DD Cycle 1 - because I feel great when I follow this eating program (and bonus - I lose weight).
3. I'm down yet another lb this week yet again.
4. The sun is peeking out.
5. I get my first full-body workouts this week with my new trainer.
6. I'm having a hairitude adjustment after work on Wednesday.
7. My greenhouse is popping and my first set of plants are ready to be transplanted (after work today I think).
8. I can pull out my mower and ride around like a made woman (as opposed to shovelling snow).
9. One of my fave pairs of dress pants are TOO BIG! That makes two pairs in two weeks! YAY!
10. Because of #9, likely later this week, I'll be able to comfortably wear my summer capris!

I feel great!