Monday, December 9, 2013

Drum Roll Please......

Week 1 results: -4.2 lbs!!!! I am thrilled, over the moon happy! Head down, continue...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Day 1 Recap!

Day 1 - definite success! Planned and tracked food: MFP & WW and came in right on target with calories and points. Workouts = 0 12 hour work day - 11+ at the office then an hour when I got home. Rinse Repeat for today! The scale showed me -2.6 this morning! Not at all bad for a first day back in the saddle, eh?

Monday, December 2, 2013


Is this thing on? Does anyone remember me? Does anyone care? Well, whatevs, I'm back! Today is the first day of the Final Chapter: From December 2, 2013, to December 31, 2014, I will get to my weight loss goal, by eating cleaner, exercising more, and being accountable. January 1, 2015, I will never again diet. I will maintain. So, care to join me to support me (believe me, I'll need it), and egg me on to keep me going? I'm finally in the right mindset to get this work done. Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Life...........Corn Mania

On the off-chance anyone missed me....this is where I've been!

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's been a while!

I've been busy - that's my only excuse for not being on here!

Planting season on the farm, added to working full-time, can get a little crazy, so there you have it.

My weight is approximately the same, I'm hoping I break into the 160s next week at WI, that's the plan, anyway.

I've been dealing with dizziness and managing it and doing not too badly.

I have been working in the gardens a lot.

Back soon, I hope!

Friday, May 24, 2013


Well, I made it through this week :)!

...and in listening attentively to my body, have come out in much better shape than I went in. Phew!

So, I've been controlling my salt intake, resting when my head goes in circles, and pushing hard when I'm feeling good - it's a great thing!  And it MUST continue!

Over the next few days/weeks, I will share some photos of what planting season on zee farm looks like.  As the grass pollen isn't in full swing right now, I will be able to lend a hand and actually spend some time on the planter.  We use a machine with 4 workers on the back to plant our peppers and tomatoes, and moreso our tobacco.  To me, believe it or not, it's a very relaxing process and allows me to spend some time outdoors playing in the dirt.

That being said, I have a gazillion and one projects on the go at home in the gardens as well and need to keep on top of them, now that I'm almost caught up there as well.

I guess I should also mention that I always take one week's vacation from work at the university during planting season, so I will also be focusing on purging "stuff" that collects in the mudroom over the winter, hopefully hit up my garage for the same decluttering, and maybe even get the kitchen woodwork painted (just doors and door/window frames)...heck, if things are really good, might get the main-floor bathroom painted!

I will be tracking on MFP - every single thing that goes into my mouth, and all hopes are that my head will be okay and I'll be able to get in either a morning or evening run or bike ride each day.

Them's the plans folks!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wednesday - week 1-all-over-again

Well, tracking calories (this is week 2 or 3 back tracking, but week 1 doing exercise too due to dizziness), and I'm down to a new low for 2013....finally, movement in the right direction.

I'm still a bit lightheaded, so am listening to my body when it says STOP!

I did a lot of outdoor work last night, but did stop when I couldn't handle any more.

Scale is down to 170.4 this morning :)!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A rough couple of weeks....but I'm back!

Things I hate about Meniere's Disease - flares come out and bite you in the @ss, well, more like the head......and they come out of nowhere.

I was feeling pretty darned good and in control.

When that happens, I often end up getting a bit "cocky" and sometimes throw caution to the wind....which of course, I did, once again.  A bit a processed food, leads to a bit more, which leads to being off balance, which leads to a pitty party, which leads to BAM! 

Our Canadian spring long-weekend was this past weekend...I spent 1.5 days on the couch sleeping off dizziness.  Much better than the past few weeks, that's for sure.  I did have a crazy amount of work to do outdoors and "went for it!"

So, still struggling, focused on listening to my body right now.....

Great thing:  I am tracking!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Yeah, a Double Post Today!

I have a question - thought...........

I have noticed that I'm getting a lot more traffic on here lately and that more folks are reading my blog - cool!

Just out of pure curiosity, what does one need to do to get you to post a reply?  I'm just curious who the lurkers out there are.......

The Thing About Mondays

Funny how many people who are trying to get a healthier lifestyle to stick often reboot on a Monday.  Fresh day (well, aren't all days fresh, new out of the box?), fresh week, fresh start.

Well, the same USED TO BE true for me, but is no longer.  I have decided that sticking to a restructive food diet all of the time is my typical way of starting a diet and is always my way of crashing, hard, only to reboot the following Monday.  No longer true over here.  I have chosen to indulge sometimes, making somewhat wiser choices than I used to - ie I no longer have processed food in the house that I like to eat, so if I'm going to indulge, well, I don't think anyone's ever been hurt by a handful of almonds, or a bowl full of berries, right?

Switching things up so that I don't have the cr@p accessible is working!

So, yesterday - I had two cocktails - orange juice & raspberry vodka.  I know, you're supposed to eat your fruit, not drink it, but all things considered, it was a healthier option than what I might have chosen before.

So today is Monday - it's a running day.  Running Class is now up to 5s x 1s.  Not sure how my legs are going to feel about it, but I'm going in with the plan of crushing it!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wednesday's Adventure....

So, in keeping with my theme from yesterday, I have planned an "adventure" of sorts for myself today.

Run in the Rain.  It's not a downpour kind of day, just a gentle drizzle. 

Temps are supposed to divebomb from +14 when I left this morning to somewhere near +5 or lower this evening (going down to freezing tonight). 

I own a raincoat.
I love walking in the rain, when I'm dressed for it.
I have no reason not to run in the rain, then do I?

So I'm going to go for it.

4 x 1s on deck for tonight.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Adventures in weight loss!

Lifestyle change...yes., kind of, but it's going to be a life-long commitment to eating clean, so not really a diet.
Weight loss - yes please
Exercise - unhun...who knew I was going to actually LIKE running!?  and my new bike!? 
Weather - um, more of yesterday please.
Water - love, love, love myself when I drink enough of it.
Lifting weights - that will be the next step in my adventure.  Likely will start in the next week to 10 days and develop a plan with my two daughters (18 and 22) that we can do together at the gym.

They said a lifestyle change was a journey.  Not sure that journey is the right word.  I think more adventure is more it - for me anyway.

Care to share your adventurous side with me?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


I cannot comprehend what prompted someone to put together a plan to do what they did in Boston.

Senseless, heartless.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the running world.....and beyond.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Madness?!!!

Happy Monday!

I mean that, truly.  I had an amazing weekend :)  I was very physically active, I spent hours and hours in the kitchen on Saturday, followed by hours and hours  planting seeds in trays in the greenhouse on Sunday. 

I also managed to do a run - all by myself with no tunes.  This is a first for me.  I decided to sleep in yesterday - I should have gotten up and driven into town to join the Sunday runners at the Running Room, but figured that was a waste of an hour's driving (30 min each way)....instead, I slept!  But I made a "conditional" promise to myself - that I would get up, strap on my shoes and run!  I did it!  I enjoyed it!  I'm amazed!

I also took my bike out for a spin yesterday - twice!

Eating this weekend - stellar!

Reward -

Saturday's WI:  171.2
Today's sneak peek:  170.8!

Go me!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

CleanseSMART and Clean Eating

I thought I'd give you an update on the cleanse that I'm doing.  It's not one of those crazy "eat nothing and drink water and lemon" kinds, it's one where you take herbal supplements during the day and eat clean. 

Clean eating is a common sense know, natural foods.  They don't need to be organic, just unprocessed.  Like vegetables (my fave at work is raw broccoli and carrots and cauliflower dipped in hummus), or very lean cuts of meat.  I don't eat that much pork or beef anyway as my digestive system doesn't really digest it very well, so I'm eating chicken, fish and seafood.  Lots of oatmeal (the real stuff, not the instant) with almond milk, legumes and beans, and salads with everything in the bottom of the fridge thrown into them. I'm also not eating any cheese (oh how I miss you!) and drinking little if any milk (sometimes a splash may find its way into my food).  I am eating zero fat yogurt twice a day as well as various fruit.

So I'm now 12 days into the cleanse - today is day 13.  I've lost 4.8 lbs (yay me!), and my irregularity has almost resolved itself (bonus for those of you who suffer as I do sometimes), but most noticeable is that my energy levels have increased.  I have not yet taken my measurements, but figure I will do that after my 30 days are up and let you know if I've lost any (my clothes say yes!).

Is it the Cleanse?  maybe
Is it the Clean Eating?  definitely

Anyhoo, for anyone who is interested, it's called's a 30 day regime....which I'm supplementing with FibreSMART.

That's my plug for the day/week/month!

Happy "is it Spring yet" Thursday!?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I'm feeling strong and in control today.  I'm feeling very positive about the world too :)

Today, I changed my work schedule a bit - as I live outside of the city where I work and run in, I had a quick chat with my boss and I'm now coming in two hours later on the two days I'm running after work.  So, instead of sleeping in (well, I did sleep in an extra 30 minutes), I managed to tidy the house quite a bit as well as get an amazing chili started in the crock pot.  We're having turkey chili for supper.  YUM!

Tonight is run club again - 2 x 1.  Problem might be thunder storms and downpours.  I'm hoping none of those will materialize and that we will get out there and DO IT!  Otherwise, I may have got get on the dreadmill at home.  DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I am strong!

So last night at one point, I just about threw in the towel.  Honestly.  But I didn't........

....and it wasn't the towel related to the running that was attempting to was THE BIG TOWEL...on this clean living, healthy living lifestyle I'm trying to make my new "normal."

Here I was - an overweight, out of shape woman who suddenly decides "this is it!"  I know that there will be bumps on the road.  But last night, it looked like a brick wall - that was, oh, about 50 feet high!???

At the Learn to Run group last night we were doing 2 x 1.  Six of them.  I was terrified.  Seriously.  So off we went.  Lucky for us, the thunder storms and downpours that were around all day and evening stopped for an hour while we were out!  Great....our leader had said that if the rain didn't stop, we weren't running.  So off we go.  First set - okay, out of breath, checked the body parts, yup, I'm still alive.  The second one is where it got was one of those slow, gradual inclines - awful (our leader apologized later for taking this route - it had been unintentional) we're getting close to the end of the second running part and I decide, THAT'S IT, I'M A FAILURE, I WANT TO CRY.  But I carried on.

Walk a minute.....

Off we go on the third one.......I decide, nope, I'm going to walk, and walk straight back to my car and never, ever, ever, ever come back again.

Then something happened - I got a helping hand - one of the other runners (not a new runner) came up to me and cheered me on and slowed her pace a bit and got me through it.....and the fourth one.....and by the fifth and sixth, I was okay!  Seriously okay!  I actually laughed when I finished.

I am strong........I have incredible internal strength - this I have known for quite a long time.

I am strong........I just need to believe that I am physically stronger than I give myself credit for........

I can do this!

Monday, April 8, 2013

First Week Crushing It! Recap

Kind of an odd blog post title, eh?

Well, some of you may know that I post on the WW (Canada) GDT (General Daily Thread) on a regular basis.  I've recently joined a group there who is tracking everything we eat/sleep/move/do on My Fitness Pal.  It's an increadibly diverse group with a common theme and desire - to Crush It! - and it's been our Mantra of late.

So, quick recap of the last week looks something like this:

Start - Saturday, March 30 - 177.8

I ate "as clean as I could" for the first few days and really hit my stride by Monday - the first of April - or the day for April Fools!  Yup, that's me, the April Fool!   Anyhoo, I've been doing the cleanse, eating clean, and introduce exercise to the mix......quite a lot of formal exercise compared to the recent past and add to that farm/garden clean-up.  I've been physically active - very physically active.  So my weight went down, and I had a few blips, and back down, and another blip, then came Saturday.......yeah, Sunday's weight (yesterday) wasn't the greatest.  I managed to get back down close to my lowest weight last week by this morning.  Nice thing is - I just know that after Saturday's aerobithon (six 45 minute workout sessions - more on that later), that I'd be retaining water in my sore muscles. 

First WI - April 8 - 173.6 - that's -3.2 in one week.  Colour me HAPPPPPPY!

So, what's in store for week 2?

Exactly what I did in week 1 - clean eating, planned exercise, and lots of movement.


Update and my preliminary thoughts on the BodyMedia Link.  Wow, I just love this little thing!  I wear it up to about 22 hours per day (yes I sleep in it and I don't feel it at all!).  It's been synching with MFP to track my calories (and what I eat) as well as tracked workouts, adds/deducts calories for daily life itself, tracks how I sleep (it's amazing - shows every time I wake up, even if it's just for a minute), and acts as a pedometer.

My pedometer readings look like this for the past four days:

Thursday - 9266 steps
Friday - 8616 steps
Saturday - 20,271 - yes, that's twice the 10K steps I was aiming for!
Sunday - 13, 926 - yes, I was busy working outdoors.

It's really keeping me thinking about what goes in mouth, whether I'm moving enough (ie today I'm at my desk and sitting in meetings most of the day - I know I need to go to the mailroom, or walk to the cafeteria to fill up my water bottle, or something.......just to get that movement in).


Tonight is run club - 2 x 1 intervals (not sure how many).  Also not sure if I'm up to running 2 minutes straight.  My next thought, as I start to panic as I'm typing this, is - what if 1 minute isn't enough recovery time and I die out there?

Tonight's temperature - +10C-ish.  Much better than the near freezing temps of last week......and freaking rain - a lot of rain.  I have my raincoat and a baseball cap to keep the rain off my face, so I should be fine, but I'd be happier if we were doing something I was more familiar with.  Longer distance in inclement weather scares me!???

Anyhoo, will report back tomorrow.....if I survive?!

Friday, April 5, 2013


Flyby post today .... busy, busy, busy!

Bike - I GOT MY BIKE!  OMGoodness, it is a dream to ride.  I went out to test the gears last night (it was almost dark, so didn't go too far), and I managed 6.5km of hills. 

This is by far one of the best gifts I've given myself -

The best to date.......after my two wonderful this quest I am on to be the healthiest and fittest I can be.  I'm so energized, it feels incredible!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

The First Week!

Wow, I am amazed/thrilled/excited/proud with how I'm doing.  I have had this habit over the past 20 years or so of making these grand plans to get and stay healthy by eating right, drinking water, and exercising.......sometimes I'm great at it, sometimes, well, I'm an epic failure.

I can feel it - in the air - in my head - it's just there.....this time is different.  I am fed up of failure, but moreso, I'm just plain fed up of being tired, feeling plump, not having energy, having issues with my digestive system ... oh I could go on and on. 

So, it's been, well, today is day 6 of my plan....I'm been eating clean, planning and tracking my food on MFP (come find me, I'm Oldefarmgirl over there) and planning and executing my formal exercise plan.

So far this week, I have accomplished this:

Monday - RR Learn to Run
Tuesday - gym, gentle leg workout and abs (my legs were tired from Monday)
Wednesday - RR Learn to Run
Today - I get my new bike, so I have either a 7k or 10k planned....and if I still have any energy afterwards, I'm going to wash the filth off my van - it's plastered with road salt and mud (gotta love spring on zee farm!).

Today's food is planned and I'm going over to track it shortly - I also promise to get 3+L in today.  Oh, yesterday, well, only got 2.5L in, but that's not too bad, now is it?

The cleanse is going very well - and I had a great sleep last night - first one in a while.

I also just uploaded my first full 24 hours of stats on my BodyMedia Link - I think I'm in love.  It showed me that I managed 9812 steps out of my target of 10k - close!  I also got 7h52m of sleep last night, which I'm sure is a record....yes, I plan on wearing it when I sleep.  I had a great calorie deficit yesterday and I'm definitely on track!

Oh, before I forget - running club last night - again 1 x 1 (10 times).  I found the first three intervals brutal as my shins were a bit sore and it was cold and windy.  By the time I got to the tenth interval, I think I could have done more!  Seriously!  Anyhoo, those new lovely shoes were a great hit with my left pain in the ball of my foot at all and no rub points anywhere in my shoes on either foot!

Tonight, I'm headed to The Bay to pick up a new sports bra that is on sale AND has come highly recommended by some very seasoned runners...The Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra......

Keep on keeping on!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tracking and Accountability

I decided to put together a handy-dandy spreadsheet (I'm all about spreadsheets!) to track how I'm doing and to help me stay focused.  Yes, I know that my Body Media Link will also do all of this for me and more, but at least this way, I can see what I'm doing while I figure out how to use my lovely new toy!

Today - food tracked and planned.
Run Club at 6pm

Minimum 75oz....hoping to hit 100oz of water, that is!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Sorry about being MIA.  I took a braincation.  I was in a serious funk the last few days.  Well, 10 days for sure.  I ate crap, felt like crap, didn't give a get the picture.

So, I promised myself - oh, April 1st is coming, you're not working that day - that's the day I will do what I should be doing.  Reset, reboot, re-re-re-re after how many re's?

So here's what went youngest daughter is dealing with a very deep bout of depression right now and it's killing me.  I know it's her, not me, but wow, really hard to be supportive 24/7 when I was already struggling myself.  It's so hard as a mom to see your child suffering so much and knowing that other than being supportive, there is nothing I can do to fix this......I love my girls so much and it is just so damned hard.

As you know, I came back from an incredible vacation exactly one month ago today, and I have been suffering with borderline vertigo attacks ever since....the stress of returning to work with a 14 hour time difference (jet lag central over here), the stress of working through the psychiatric medical system with my daughter (I'm thrilled to say we are finally making some amazing progress), and just trying to get caught up.

Went to work every day, came home and NEEDED a nap.  I would have been face down on the floor had I not.  BUT, silly me, some days I pushed myself too hard - went to the gym, did some work around the house.  And I paid for it.

As you may have read, I had registered for a Women's Learn to Run program at our local Running Room.  It started on March 25th.  I was in NO SHAPE to run - hell, walking in a straight line most days was a struggle.

So, the pitty party started, and continued.

Then POOF!  It was a long-weekend - a four-day long weekend!  WOOT!  Thursday evening, we went to see my oldest daughter in a speech competition at the university and then out to dinner - nice family dinner out!  Friday - we went to a farm auction - kind of a ritual around my world - the Good Friday Farm Auction Sale in Ilderton!  We didn't buy much in the way of farm equipment (DF bought a pump), but I scored on a bunch of landscaping shrubs!  SCORED!  Can't plant them yet, as it's still snowing (what? - again Mother Nature, come on!?).

So I had a great sleep on Friday night, got up on Saturday and decided - this is it!  I had my daughters clean out the fridge, and we headed off to the grocery store.  Did the "perimeter" shopping like it was our job, and also visited the Health Food section.  A gazillion dollars later (I haven't shopped like that in eons), we came home with lean and mean foods - healthy greens and fruit, lean protiens, and two containers of Almond milk, which I had never tried.  I was immediately a fan of Vanilla Flavoured Almond Milk - I now put it in my one cup of morning coffee (no more half & half and sugar for me) and use it to make my oatmeal each morning - yum!

I also started a cleanse - my sister and her hubby did it in January and highly recommended's gentle.  I started it on Saturday......and am thrilled to say that I'm down 4.2 lbs already - WOOT!  I'm using CleanseSMART and boosting it a bit with 2 capsules of FiberSMART each day.  It's a 30 day cleanse, and I figure with 30 days of clean eating under my belt, I will be back in the habit of eating clean and healthy again!

Okay, back to running - and getting physical!

I felt great the past few dizziness! last night, I jumped into week 2 of the Learn to Run Program - they were doing 1 min run x 1 min walk x 10.  Shockingly enough - I DID IT!  I kept up!  I didn't die!  and even more shocking - I LOVED IT!  LOOOOVED IT!  My left foot and shin didn't though, so like a smart woman, I went into the store right after the clinic and got fitted for a new pair of's the ones I got:

New Balance W860YG3

I had a pair of NB years ago and didn't care for them that much.....these were like walking on a cloud!

Next purchase is a good running bra!  I'm stumped though...I think I'm going to tough it out for a few weeks and double up as I did last night - I know that I will be losing inches quite quickly in the next month or so, so perhaps I will wait for May and use it as a reward for sticking with it!

April is here - spring is here.  I have a lot of purging and cleaning to do - everywhere it seems.
The house - closets, and "stuff" - I'm getting through it!
The yard - wow, it's amazing how much crap can accumulate and land in your yard over the winter...especially when you have almost 5 acres of lawn/gardens to rake/clean up!  We'll get to it later this week when it finally warms up a bit.
Me - mind clutter (getting there), body clutter, oh my!  Well, here's my plan for April:

Clean eating - tracking on MFP (myfitnesspal)


Mon - run club
Tues - circuit training/weights legs
Wed - run club
Thurs - circuit training/weights upper body
Fri - rest
Sat - Zumba, core
Sun - run club

Biking 3 days per week min!  on that note, I also want to share that I went out and bought myself an amazing bike yesterday - hybrid, step through.  I get it on Thursday - I'm so excited!  

...and last but not least, UPS should be delivering a little gift to me today - my Body Media Link should be arriving today!  More on that once I've got it set up and have used it for a bit.

What are you doing for exercise in April?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Are You Kidding Me?

Dear Mother Nature - I just looked at the extended forecast. 

While you have promised us above-freezing temperatures for two days on the weekend, thank you so much for that, what are you thinking?  Really?  Really.   More snow and freezing temps for next week?  Honestly.

Please, here, take a look at this calendar - I found it on the internet (thank you!), so it must be real, right? 

It says March 2013.......which according to my calculations, we're almost finished with already.

Do you see that white stuff?  It is not snow.

Can you see the ice MELTING in that glass?  and the condensation on the outside of the glass caused by the cold ice and HOT air temperature?

Oh, and most importantly, can you see that lovely blue sky?!  BLUE, not GREY!

Okay, rant over, but, could we, pretty pretty please, have spring now?  Please?!!!!

Love me

Thinking on Thursday!

Yep, apparently, this week's blog posts are brought to you by rhymes?  Most of them anyway.

A very cool thing happened yesterday - I'm famous!  NOT.   But I did make it onto the news at the launch of the Get Fresh....Eat Local launch yesterday.  I was working in the barn with DF when the 6 o'clock news came on, so had no idea until DF was on Facebook later on and an old work friend had posted he had seen me.  Of course that meant I needed to stay up until 11pm to watch the next round of I could see myself (vain, who said I was vain?!).  My five seconds of fame - in the background!  But hey, I was recognizable if nothing else.....

My on-going battle of the bulge continues.  Yesterday I ate well, tracked, was low on water and did not work out (and I ate two cookies - but within calories).

Today - water on deck - aiming for 100+ ounces (or 3L).  I count in ounces as my water bottle on my desk is in ounces!  It's 24 ounces, so I need to drink 4 at work, and then a bit more.....

Food is planned - will track shortly.

Workout - yup, need to get one of those in today.  Gym bag is in my car, so I may likely go on the way home, so I don't come up with 101 excuses not to go. 

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NSV for me! and Some Great News!

I did what I said I would do yesterday.......

I drank water - only 2L instead of 3L, but the reason for that is simple, I was driving around the city for meetings and just couldn't do it!  Today will be focused on more water, but again, driving around to various places will put a dent in that.

I ate what I planned and came in slightly below my targeted calorie intake (by 23 calories).

I went to the gym with both my daughter and stepson.  We all did cardio and then an ab workout together!  Great!

Today, I have some very exciting news to share with you!

Our Vegetable Stand Business made the local Get Fresh....Eat Local map! 
You can see G' n G Fresh Market's locations!

And lastly - on the fitness front, I am trying two new things this coming week.  Saturday morning it's Zumba with my daughter.......and Monday (as already announced), my Women's Learn to Run program starts!

Today - going to keep it real.  Work, kick-off for the Get Fresh, Eat Local 2013 season at lunch, and more work!  Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Truth!

Okay, so perhaps the title is misleading?!!!   I never tell lies on my blog.  NEVER......but sometimes my daily plan, I thought I would put some "truths" out there.  I never did make it to the gym for yesterday's workout - here's why:

I've made no secret that I was diagnosed with Menière's disease last winter.  I've been struggling with it, some days more than others, especially since my vacation.

I've figured out that in some ways, my body is kind of like that of a newborn or young child.  If you get your child onto a set schedule, everything runs well.  Sleep/food/fluids/movement - everything.  If you toss 14 hours of jetlag into said schedule who the heck knows what will happen!

Yup, I know I've been back for two whole weeks (plus two days actually), but I can honestly say that I'm only just now feeling like me again.  It's been brutal tuning out tinitis (that crazy ringing in your ear), rebalancing myself a gazillion times per day (I usually do it subconsciously, but when it's really bad, it's a conscious thing), trying to get enough sleep when your body says day is night, etc.

So, I've been listening to my body and stopping and resting when I need to.  I have a close friend who suffers from Lupus, Fibromyalgia and a few other horrid afflictions.  Our friends and I have been asking to "stop and listen" to hers for years....she finally gets it.  I think helping her listen has made me so much more aware of the "now" and how important it is to stop when you need to.

That said, I'm still clean eating, drinking a LOT of water, and will be hitting the gym tonight with my daughter.

Ooooh - the waistband of my tights and skirt as well as my rings told me things are on track this morning when I got dressed!  Yessssss.......take that you wicked scale!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Madness!

Hi everyone - welcome to Monday!

Weekend recap - ate on plan, except for the pizza that apparently I*just*had*to*have*so*I*can*get*it*out*of*my*system.

End result - +3.2 lbs at this morning's WI for the week.

Note to self - no pizza for a while - especially not the night before WI!

I did get to the gym on Saturday for a leg/upper body workout.  I went for a 5+km walk yesterday with DF!

Today is crazy business at zee office....followed by a workout at the gym....and water, there will be loads of water!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Planning, Accountability, and Execution!

I am a firm believer in "dream big or go home."  What I sometimes lack in is the actual execution part of these dreams.

I have a very successful career - due to hard work, perseverence, etc.
I have a very successful farm business - again, due to hard work, perseverence, tears, and sweat.

So, why do I lack sticking power when it comes to me?  I deserve to be successful in EVERYTHING I do, don't I?  Why is it that it's so freakin' hard to put yourself first (or even second) and that the things you want/need on a personal level just never seem to percolate up to the top?

Well, enough already.  For me anyway.

This week, I have planned food, eaten said food, tracked said food, made it to the gym once (I put my back out earlier this week, so yesterday was the first day I felt good enough to do it).  Yesterday I also committed to joining a Learn to Run Program.  Scary shit that is. I have planned, tracked my food intake, promised myself to drink a minimum of 100oz of water, and have even planned two glasses of white wine for time with my DF this evening.   I have also committed to a good strong repeat of yesterday's workout at the gym - roughly 65-70 minutes of sweat.  It felt great, so why wouldn't I do it again?

Yesterday I also had a hair-i-tude adjustment.  I took a pic a short while ago to share with all of you, but realized that the lighting in my office makes me look awful.....horrible in fact.  So you will all have to wait a bit longer until I find somewhere with better lighting!


 Here you go!  Not the greatest light, but still a far cry from what I took in my office earlier!  My hair is generally very it's straight.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shock, Surprise! A Double Post!

Just wanted you all to know that I DID IT!

I registered for the Women's Learn to Run Program at the Running Room.  Starts March 25th.....and I'm excited......but moreso, I'm scared .... very freakin' scared.

But hey, I did it!

Arm Workout

A special thank you to Mama Laughlin for posting this arm workout......I'm going to incorporate it into my weekly workouts.

Thank you for the two friends who posted their support of my joining the Learn to Run Program....still pondering over here, would love more input, but I'm want you all to know that I'm definitely leaning towards "YES!"  I've got nothing to lose, right?!

Planning on getting to the gym after work, then home for a quick bite and off for a hair-i-tude adjustment.  Here's a quick pre-photo (I'm a mess today, so please don't hold it against me!)

Happy Thursday..........

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Your Input Please!

Okay, so I'm sitting on the fence about something.  For me, at least, this is huge!  Really, really huge!

I'm considering joining a Learn to Run Clinic.  I've always dreamed of being a runner.  I've just have never been sure that I'd be able to do it.  I do have osteo arthritis, so I am very cognisant that this might be a problem/hurdle/non-starter, but I feel I just need to give it a try. 

Don't want to do C25K for several reasons - I'd like to learn how to run properly.  Form, right shoes (yes I will go and get myself fitted before I start), etc.

My head keeps saying - "No, you're too old."  "No, your arthritis." 

My heart keeps saying - "You can do this!"  "You will never know if you don't try."

The London Running Room has a Women's Learn to Run program that starts on Monday, March 25th. 

So, your input on this:  yes or no?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Operation Wedding Dress Starts Today!

So that's it.  I was working at my desk at the office this morning and realized that honestly, whatever reason, excuse, etc. I can use, whether stress, jetlag, the day of the week, month of the year, if I don't finally actually commit, I will never get to where I want to be.

Pretty obvious, eh?  (yeah, I'm Canadian!)

So, that's it.  I'm putting it out there.  Today is the day.

I have planned and tracked all of my food intake for today (using WW and MFP right now).
I have planned and tracked my workout for today - first day back at the gym post-vacation - going to work out with my favourite little chick - my youngest daughter.

I need to be at least 25lbs lighter by September when I want to start looking for a wedding dress.  Our wedding will be held on July 12th, 2014 (we are waiting the return of my stepdaughter from South Korea).  We will be getting married in our front yard and holding the reception in our new barn. 

The dress - no clue.  I will be 53 when we get married.....been down the isle before, so don't want a formal wedding dress, but do want to look incredible in whatever I do decide on. 

Losing weight itself isn't enough - I want to be in awesome physical shape as giving myself 7 months to work on transforming myself, from the inside out, will definitely set me on the right course.

Happy Thursday !

Monday, March 4, 2013

I'm back from the most incredible vacation!

The most incredible experience - something very different from anything/everything I've ever done.

Here are a few pics:

This from Discovery Divers' Resort, Coron, Busuanga, The Philippines - have your ever seen a vue like this or a sunset like this?  I hadn't!

or visited a seafood market like this?

and turned it into this?

The seafood market in Seoul, South Korea was 100 times larger than anything I'd ever seen - it was a massive warehouse full of various assortment of fish and seafood.........incredible!

More on my vaca to follow likely in other posts.

I came back thrilled with most of my pictures........a few drove home the basic reality that I do need to do something about my weight as I am just not happy looking the way I do.  I'm going to use the pics (see one below) as a motivator to get me to continue with this journey and focus on it.

So, happy to be home, thrilled to report that I'm down 3 lbs since I left!  Gotta love a vacation that is sensible in eating (though not restrained) and active enough to produce a loss!

So, as soon as I kick this cold and jet lag to the curb (mid week, I hope), I will be back at the gym.  In the meantime, I'm tracking my food on WW and MFP and will do the best that I can!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wrapping it up.......

Today is my last day in the office - back March 4th.

Adventures are coming our way

Seoul (yes, South Korea)
Philippines (on a little island)

I cannnnnnot wait!


Update a few minutes later:  I just read Tara's recent blog post and have been waivering on taking a break from social media myself.

I've finally decided that while I'm away on vaca, I'm going to be away from all social media as well.

Plans for the holiday are to be as active as possible, eat sensibly, and chill - recharge the batteries - come back refreshed.

I will not lie - I will be checking in on FB from time to time just so I can chat with my girls while I'm away, but I won't wander over to my News Feed to see what everyone else is up to.

I know that on past vacations (nothing was ever this adventurous, though), I've always had great success with coming back refreshed and lighter - in weight, in mindset.  I'm looking forward to feeling like me again :)

Stay well and safe while I'm gone!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Yes Siree! It's Snowing!

I drove my new truck to work today - it usually sits in the garage so I'm not piling on the mileage ... my old van is fine to drive to work most days.

It's the first time I've taken it out in lots of snow and I have to say that the Nissan Frontier is by far the best truck I have ever driven in snow - 4X4, of course - but seriously, in all of my years of driving in Montreal winters and through snowsqualls in SouthWestern Ontario - this is the BEST!

I did come into work - though most people didn't .... you know, the ones who live IN TOWN. 

Oh well, have to get through today and then will take pics over the weekend!

I know I will be getting oodles of exercise points with shoveling when I get home!


Thursday, February 7, 2013


Could it be?  Really?  OMGosh I'm so excited!

They're forecasting 15-25cms of snow for us here in SouthWesternOntario overnight tonight and into tomorrow.  Could it be that we will finally get a bonafide snow day?

We have a lovely snowmobile that hasn't been used more than a few hours on one day this year - it would be awesome to get this baby out and play in the snow for a bit this weekend!

Lots of shoveling comes with snow - I love shoveling - when I have the time and don't need to be somewhere, that is :)

Happy almost snowday!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Happy Hump Day and Staying Healthy

Happy Hump Day!

The day where I just don't commit to anything.

It's my "just be" day.

Do you have a day where you just do whatever?  Okay, I still need to do what I need to do today - ie I'm going to work!  But when I get home, I'm not setting ANY expectations, other than my fiancé and I are just going to spend time together.

Staying healthy - well, we are about to head out on what I'm calling "the trip of a lifetime!"  I'm praying that neither of us gets sick before/during/after our trip!  We started the Ducorol treatment (with the cholera) yesterday - boy that was joyful - YUCK!  Anyhoo, one more next week before we leave.  We also have anti-malaria meds to take two days before we leave for the Philippines.  I've heard they can make you feel kind of off.  These things are fine.  But, that lovely flu/plague that's going around?  Please, oh, please, I've had my share of it over the years, please take this year to give us a pass? 

Food is packed and tracked for my day.  Snackage later with DF will be something of his choosing, but I know he will keep it real.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

So I decided to cut myself some slack

and stop obsessing over what the scale says, that I MUST do this and CAN'T do that.

I have a lot on my plate at work right now and need to stay focused on getting through what I need to get through.  Adding stress about eating, working out, and sleeping enough is not going to help this.

So, a few days ago, I decided - enough already.

So..............Superbowl Sunday, I overate - thankyouverymuch carbs.  Moving on.

Yesterday...........made and packed a healthy lunch.  Got home from work (starting the day with a 7am meeting) and was exhausted.  Changed into my housecoat and sat on the couch to watch some mindless TV.  Nobody was I just decided - NAP TIME!   A short while later, while I was still sitting there feeling useless, my daughter came home and looked at me and said "gym."  To be perfectly honest it was the absolute last thing I wanted to do.  Really. 

End result:  50 minutes of hard cardio!  Yes folks, I did it!  Feel so much better for it too.

Today:  started off similarly (minus the 7am meeting) - healthy food made/packed, stressful day at work to get through.

Tonight:  I made a pact with my kid.......gym at 7:30.

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Brain dump alert!  Warning, whatever :)

I'm stuck.

In a rut.

I'm stressed.

BUT, I have a plan....and have given myself permission to work though the stress (it's a project at work that is all-consuming).

Workouts this weekend - ZERO.  The reason - the trainer I met for the orientation at the new gym last week hurt me.  I did not agree with a lot of what he was showing me, having worked with two very experienced trainers in the past few years.  He had me do stretching/warm ups with bands for my shoulders and arms and I have reaggravated the arthritis in my left shoulder which was finally becoming manageable again.  Now, don't get me wrong, I spent a good part of yesterday sanding down and washing down old doors in our house, getting them ready for me to paint next weekend.  Lots of shoulder/arm work in that, believe you me.  Advil is my friend too.....

So, have made a pact with my youngest daughter - workout schedule leading up to our departure on Feb 14th:  Mon/Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon/Wed.

DF and I went and did a good healthy grocery shop yesterday, so there is very little cr@p in the house right now and lots of lovely healthy green and fresh things!

I will track on MFP starting again tomorrow until our departure.......

...and when I come back from our trip, hopefully refreshed, the hard work will continue.  Rebuilding the "new" me is a big project!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday :)

Thursday, January 31, 2013

I'm alright!

I looked in the mirror when getting dressed this morning.  End result = I look pretty good!  I certainly don't look like I'm 30+ lbs overweight (15-ish maybe).  Yes, I will start adding photos.......soon!

While getting dressed; however, I was dispairing - the fat around my waist is just not a good thing.  First of all, it's loose and jiggly and feels like it doesn't belong.  It doesn't look very good either. 

Apparently, though I am eating better, consistently, and getting to the gym and working out more persistantly, I still need to do better.

I'm alright though, as I know I'm doing the right things.  I just need to give myself time to work through learning my new job, finding a schedule that is going to stick for longer than a few days, and take comfort in the fact that I'm on the right road now, finally.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Persistance is the one thing that is going to get this done.

I did what I said I would do yesterday:

1.  Drank more water
2.  Planned and tracked my food
3.  Worked out at the gym.



1.  More water again
2.  Met with my sister for breakfast to pick her brain - she's a seasoned Project Manager and I needed a bit of coaching - it was awesome! 
3.  Plan and track my food - breakfast, lunch, snacks all planned and tracked.  Not sure about supper yet.
4.  Travel meds - off to the family doc today to discuss what lovely preventative meds we need for our adventure......DF went yesterday - antimalaria, anti-diarhea & cholera, Hep shots, etc.
5.  Hope to get to the gym if I get home at a decent hour.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Boy, this is hard work!

Why is it so hard to just stop the madness and put yourself first?  I've been hosting a small little pitty party for myself.  I've been eating well, tracking, getting to the gym (I can definitely improve on that one) and even drinking water (again, progress can be made on that one too, but who wants to drink water when it's freezing outside!?).

My fiancé bought a new scale for our house last weekend.  The blasted thing has me 4 lbs heavier than the old one......oh, right, that would be the same weight as the one at the, I've sucked it up, and revised my current weight. 

Sunday, which is my weekly WI day, it said 175 lbs.

I have a workout at the gym planned for three nights this week - Thursday is a long-awaited hair-i-tude adjustment day.

So, onwards I go on this journey, praying the evil electronic devil will actually provide me with some positive reinforcement one of these days.

I'm working harder at weight loss and getting into better shape this past 10 days than I have in a long time.  I'm stepping it up a notch - right this second.

I don't like myself at this weight.  I feel bloated......yucky......

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Brrrrrrr! Baby it's COOOOLLLLDDD outside!

I live in the banana-belt of Canada - SouthWestern Ontario.  Half way between Toronto and Detroit, more or less.  It's usually much warmer here than anywhere else in Canada (and a lot of the US at times as well)....well, my trusty van said -18 this morning on the slide to work.....that was before the windchill.

Weird thing - I LIKE weather like this.  That is as long as I'm dressed for it!  Wish I were home today and could bundle up and chase the dog around the yard!  But, nope, I'm working!

Anyhoo, progress - yes I am making some.

Scale isn't budging, BUT....

1.  My rings are looser
2.  My waistband on my pants and my tights are looser
3.  I'm sleeping better.......

What I'm doing.....

1.  Planning my food intake, watching my sodium in particular, and tracking (shocking!)
2.  Getting to the gym and sweating - waking up with happily sore muscles the following day.
3.  Water - I'm drinking it!

I'll see what the scale says on Sunday morning.  So far, I've been very good about sticking to staying away from it!  And it's no longer messing with my head! 


So, travelling the world is something we're about to embark on - my fiancé and I are going to be visiting his daughter in South Korea and touring where she lives and Seoul, then flying off to the Philippines for a diving vacation. 

Here's the kicker.....because of Menière's, I found out that I cannot dive.  Soooooo, plan b is still to go where we had planned, they will dive alternate days and we will go snorkeling on the other days and visit some incredible local beaches (by boat).....and I will play with my camera, and download some books onto my IPad for the days they are diving.  Sounds tropically relaxing, doesn't it?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Whole World of Awesome!

Okay, so I'm keeping things positive.  I'm on this journey we call life (yeah, I know, not original), but on this journey I'm learning....and lately, I'm learning every single day.  First - keep my mind open, I LIVE better this way - open to suggestions, open to criticism (positive please!), open to making changes and trying new things.

So, I'm going to the gym more regularly.  This week has been hard, but I'm getting there finally tomorrow after work, I believe and will get at least 2 workouts in over the weekend.  Next week is back to a better "normal" and I can go to the gym after work.

Don't be critical - in a negative way.  Before, I'd beat myself up for not sticking with the plan.  Okay, so life happens, and you have to replan THE PLAN, so what?  Is stressing yourself up because things change something one should really be worried about on a minute-by-minute scale?  Um,'s life.

Doing positive things - now this is key.  Keeping your head in a good strong space.....allowing life to happen is fine.  It's what you do around your life (the parts you can't always control) that are the most important.

So, I've been going with the flow and making smarter food choices and smarter workout choices (ie chosing to work out!), and guess what? 

I'm back into clothes I haven't been able to wear since earlier in the fall.  My waistbands are fitting again......:)  My rings aren't super tight when I take them off at night, and in the morning, they just slip right on!

The scale - not a freakin' clue what it's doing.  I'm keeping my promise to myself to only get on it once each week - Sunday morning....and I'm so much less stressed now that I am!

So, baby steps here - smarter foods are being taken to work in my lunchbag every single day....and I'm only eating what I bring.....and I'm drinking water at work.....and I'm feeling so much better for it.

Isn't like Awesome!?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Day 5 and All is Well.......

....actually, it's great!

I've packed, tracked (WW and MFP) and eaten only what I've taken to work every*single*day*this*week!.

I feel less bloated and amazingly less stress just because of that.

I am going to the gym tonight and have vowed to go every day from until Tuesday, when I have a meeting I need to attend. 

I guess, what I'm trying to say - I'm Keeping Things Simple!

There's some renovations (minor) going on at home right now and this has lead to a lot of reorganizing and purging.  I've joined the Home Organization 101 challenge at A Bowl Full of Lemons to give me some inspiration to keep things going and keep things simple.

So, on this Day 5 of Keeping it Simple, I feel in control and very much motivated to continue!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Back to Basics

I'm not going to kid has been "happening" again.  I've been keeping my head down and working through some family issues....and things are finally seeming to stabilize.  Of course this kind of thing always happens around the holidays to make it even more fun, right?

Anyhoo!  Back to moi!

Today is Day 3 of "Back to Basics."  I'm not going to set any crazy goals that I won't achieve, I've just decided to give myself a break and not keep setting myself up for failure.  That being said, this does not mean that I'm giving up on the contrary actually.

I'm eating cleaner, planning meals.  My Fiancé is also on board with cleaner foods (he's making me a salad so I can eat 1/2 plate of salad and 1/2 plate of what everyone else is having).  I'm chosing to eat what's good for me.  After only 2 days, I'm already feeling better for it.

I have also returned to the gym, though this week looks like a bust only because of the learning curve in my new job, now that I'm finally here full-time.  There are, apparently, a lot of "things" that were not done efficiently or effectively, so I'm working on streamlining processes and figuring things out (ie seeing the big picture when working on projects).  It's invigorating.  I've decided to focus on working longer hours this week every day just to get to a comfortable place.  I am not going to work on the weekends.  And starting next week, I'm going to work late 2-3 days a week only....and yes, get to the gym the other days.

One other cool thing that has happened over the past month or two - my youngest daughter joined my gym (did I already mention this?), so we are working out together 2-3 times per week.  She's just back at school for the first week after the holidays, so she's also pushed for time until her schedule is worked out.  The other thing is that my fiancé joined the local YMCA with his son - and for a few extra $ per month, he took out a family membership, which means both myself and my two daughters can go and workout - family style!  We'll be starting that next week.  The family that works out together gets stronger, right?! :)

It feels like I'm slowly getting control over things and that in itself is very liberating!

Happy New Year!  I will be posting more regularly as of I feel that it's quite therapeutic just to get things out of my head!