Thursday, March 29, 2012

Happy Future

Something must be going on - two posts on the same day - again!

I'm just having a really good day. Vitamin D must be doing it's job! I'm just in a very positive mindset today and I'm loving it!

I've been thinking about my goals, and I think that I may have over thought it a bit. I thought I could do more than I can. Not saying that I couldn't achieve all of those goals, but I know that I need some lenience. I can't just go full out for 6 months - I'll need a break, for sure, and that was evident with my last goal. I only lost 1 pound instead of 10.

So, I figured out some ideas, and I don't think I'm going to reach my goal weight this year (at this point, with where I am, that's my thought) but I'm ok with that. If I go according to plan (which pretty much never happens) I'll be at it sometime in February next year. That's pretty much a year to get from 200 to 150. 50 pounds in one year is ok, right? I still want to enjoy life, which is why I've kind of made the plan up that way.

But, like I said a few posts ago, things do change! I could change my mind tomorrow, or next week, or with my next goal. I just don't want to miss out on life because I am losing weight. So, once I get into the 180s, I'm going to tone it down a bit. I'd like to be able to go out for a beer or two with friends, and not worry about how I'm going to work them off. But, you know what? I'm happy about it. I don't mind a long journey, as long as I'm not setting myself up to fail. I think I've done that too much in the past, and then I get discouraged. Well, the next 10 weeks are going to be tough, but after that, not so tough!

Anyways, back to work, once again.


Vegetarian Wednesday

What a success! I am so excited! Yesterday was my first "vegetarian Wednesday" and it was great! Quite a challenge, because after so many years of eating a lot of meat, even one day seems like a lifetime! I was craving meat so bad by the evening - doesn't help that I had leftover shepherd's pie in the fridge! - but I worked through it and it's all good!

Yesterday morning I weighed, just to see what would happen with cutting out meat. I was 202.5 pounds. This morning, I woke up excited to see how I did. Down to 200 pounds! I can hardly believe that with just one day of cutting out meat, I was able to lose 2.5 pounds! So great! It does all have to do with food! And working out and walking, of course!

I told you that I would let you in on what I ate, so here we go:

·         OrganoGold Latte - 90 calories

·         Crunchy Peanut Butter Cliff bar - 250 calories

·         Fruit salad (ambrosia apple, red naval orange & banana) - 285 calories

·         WF Hummus & carrots - 100 calories

·         Strawberry Nutrigrain bar - 130 calories

·         Kashi Toasted Asiago snack crackers & laughing cow cheese - 135 calories

·         2 eggs - 140 calories

·         Total of 1130 calories

Not too bad, right? I know that there is a lack of vegetables there, but I just wasn't feeling it. I planned on making a nice salad with spinach, peppers and my eggs, but after I worked out, I didn't feel like moving and the eggs were enough.

I'm just so excited that it was such a success. I also found that if I tracked my food in the morning, and planned out what I was going to be eating, that helped a lot. I'm going to do that again today, and hopefully it works out the same way! If I stay on track today, I'll have almost 500 calories left for dinner. Pretty good, right?

I definitely need to keep this positive momentum going. I'm feeling so much better already. And I'm even feeling ok after my second workout. I can't believe how hard JM's 30 Day Shred hit me, but it sure did. I was planning on just doing it 3 times a week, but I'll maybe do it tonight too, why not? I switched down to 5 pound weights for most of it instead of the 8 pounders. I found that with my 8 pounders I was quitting before I should, but with the 5 pounders I do ok. I can sure feel it in my arms though!

I am so enjoying the mornings alone at work. Today is the last day though! The boss won a trip to Rome, Italia, through our company, so he's been gone since last Wednesday, and it's usually just me and him from 7-8, which means that it's just me. We've been so slow lately, that the first hour of the day has pretty much just been me. It's nice to be able to get caught up on things and just chill out. Not that my job is very stressful lately with the slowness, but it's nice to not have anyone around, just me, and the sounds of the radio and the fans. I will definitely be sad in a way when the boss is back. This has been really nice!

I hope you all have a good STRONG day! I'm going to try my best to have one too!



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I'm declaring...

...Wednesday to be vegetarian day! I got the idea from MK. She has it listed as one of her goals, and I think it's a great idea. Wednesdays will be so light! Eating extra fruit and veggies sure does seem much lighter, and I can't understand why I didn't think of it before!

I'm going to do some research today, and figure out what kind of yummy vegetarian things I can make for tomorrow. Stay tuned! I'll post what I eat tomorrow!

{two posts in one day! must be a good day!}

Official Weigh-In #12 {a few days late}

Ok, I am a few days late - oops! I am so forgetful lately! I did, however, remember to weigh on Sunday.

Sunday, March 18 - 200 pounds

Sunday, March 25 - 202.5 pounds

2.5 pound gain :(

12 week weigh-in goal - 193.5 pounds {fail}

As you can see, I definitely didn't make my goal. Lame! But, I know why. Poor eating and very little working out. I can't blame anyone buy myself. And, I do call it a "failure" but I think failing every once in a while is humbling. I need to take a look at the last 6 weeks, and see why this happened, and make myself work harder for the next goal.

I did weigh this morning, and I'm down to 202 pounds. Monday, I was up to 203.5. My lack of motivation is horrible, and it's pissing me off, to be entirely honest. I lost the 1.5 yesterday because I worked out (Damn JM - I still HATE squat & press) and ate better. Not stellar, but better. I've completely lost sight of the goals I set out on January 1. But, I'm working on gaining the strength back to make it happen.

So, now I have a new goal. I'm throwing the goal schedule I made up out the window. Yup, right out the window.

My new plan is to make goals one stage at a time. One large goal at a time, and a bunch of mini goals.

My next big goal is for June 3. I am going to wedding on June 9 (my 26th birthday) and I want to be in the 180s by then. I want to feel good about my body, and being around 30 pounds lighter in 5 months would definitely do that. Not to mention that I will be seeing a lot of people from high school (I would imagine) and I'd like to not feel like a fat slob. I know I can't get into the 160s by then, so I will settle for the 180s!

My next goal is:

Sunday, June 3 - 182.5 pounds

That's 10 weeks away, and 20 pounds, so 2 pounds per week. I'd like to get a bit ahead of myself, and be a bit lower, but, I think that this is a good, solid goal. I'm going to have to work really hard, but I think I can do it. With some hard work and good eating habits, I think I can do it.

I'm also going to do my measurements soon (waiting for something special to come in the mail - I'll keep you posted) and do them every couple of weeks to see where I'm at. I think losing inches is more important than weight, but weight is so much easier to keep track of!

And as for mini goals, I'm working on that. MK made a few goals for the end of April, which are more fitness based than weight based. I'm thinking about some of those as well. I haven't weight trained all year; in fact, I just found my weights. Doing pushups and crunches yesterday just about killed me. Not cool! Those will be some of the things that I will be working on towards my next goal of June 3.

I'd also like to start doing at least 1 big walk per week. Now that we have Molly, we've been walking, but I doubt more than a kilometer or more at a time, except for Saturday, where we walked to get a coffee (or a London Fog in my case) and I think that was between 3 and 4 kilometers. I'd like to do one 5-10 per week (starting at closer to 5 and working up to 10). Soon I will be able to walk to work, which is 2 kilometers each way, just waiting on it to not be so cold in the morning (looks like I might be able to try on Thursday!) and that will help out. 4 kilometers a day plus walking Molly at least 2, that'll be 6 a day. I think I can handle that! The pounds should just drop off! LOL!

Anyways, I should go back to work. Not that there is anything to do, but, I should anyways. Now I have a new goal to look towards - June 3 and 182.5 pounds!

Monday, March 19, 2012


So, lately, I've been doing a lot of thinking. I've had quite a bit of time on my hands (and mind) because work has been slow, and hubby has been working a lot.

Basically, it started when we got our dog. She's a sweet dog, but I wasn't sure I wanted to take on that much work. I was terrified, to be honest. And it's turning out exactly how I thought it would - John loves the dog, but I'm doing all of the work. But, it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I'm enjoying her for the most part, but she is still a dog, and a lot more work than my kitties.

Getting the dog got me thinking about kids. I had a panic attack every night for the first few days that we had her. Then I started thinking that I'm never going to be able to handle a kid if I can't even handle a dog! Totally freaked me out. And for a while, I've been thinking that kids might not be for me, or us, I guess I should say. John and I enjoy being able to do what we want, and go where we want to go without having to think about anyone but ourselves. And as some of you know, I haven't been on any kind of birth control for a couple of years, just assuming that if it happened, it happened and we would deal with it when it came up - or didn't.

I've decided that I'm going back on it. No more playing with fire. I'm at the stage now where I am 100% sure that I don't want to have kids in the next couple of years, so it can't hurt to be on it.

Having said that, I've also been thinking about my career. For so long, I've been working a "job" because I knew that within a few years I would be getting pregnant and being a mom would become my career. Now that I'm not sure that is ever going to happen, I need to start thinking about a career. Twice I've started college, planning on getting a degree, and have quit. Right out of high school I did a semester at College of the Rockies, and right before I moved to FSJ I did a couple of courses at Thompson Rivers University. I haven't really achieved anything, post-secondary. I think it's time. I had KB look into some distance learning colleges, and I think I'm going to be heading back to TRU, online. I'm currently thinking I might start a bachelor of arts, and take some different courses and see where I end up. I should be able to transfer the couple of courses I did in 2007 to a bachelor program, and at least be one course ahead. I need to do a bit more research, but I think this is the way I'm going to go. Even if I just get a general bachelor of arts, I think feeling the accomplishment that goes along with it will be key for me. I might find something along the way that I am passionate about, and will want to explore it further. If anything, it will give me a great feeling of worth. That I am worth it to a larger company. That I am worth being in a job that I love, not just one that pays the bills.

I still have a lot of research to do, but I feel that this is a step in the right direction for me. I just wish I hadn't discovered it when I was almost 26!

And, of course, weight loss is always front in my mind. I'm down 13.5 pounds from January 1, and that feels pretty good. I want to be down about 30 by my birthday, so I have 16.5 pounds to go in 81 days (I think). That's approximately a pound and a half per week, and will put me around 183.5 pounds, which is what I was Christmas 2010. I think I can do it, we'll see though!

So, I have lots to sort through in the next little while. I'm not sure when I would start taking courses online, but I'd like to start sometime next month if I can. I should probably get in touch with someone at TRU to get more details. It's dead at work today so I might just be able to do it!

Have a great week everyone - a STRONG week!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Official Weigh-In #11

Well, I'm back on track. Back on weighing in, and back on working out.

Last weigh in was a while ago, but here's the new results:

Sunday, February 26: 202.5 pounds
Sunday, March 18: 200 pounds
2.5 pounds lost

I can't be mad at that. Yes, my goal was to be at 193.5 pounds by next week, but I'm quite ok with not being there. I had a couple of bad weeks. Moving, then getting sick - not a good combination. I'll be happy if I get half way to my goal - 198.5 pounds by next Sunday. 1.5 pounds? I should be able to do that!

Anyways, it's Sunday, and John is actually home. Better go make breakfast, and then we can take the pup for a walk! Have a good Sunday everyone!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mid-Week Weight Check

It has been a long time since I've weighed, so I thought I'd sneak one in this morning. Last night, I weighed with all of my clothes on after dinner, and I was 205 pounds. I didn't think that was too bad considering how the last 2 weeks have gone.

Then I weighed this morning.

201 pounds 

That means I'm down 12.5 for this year! Whoo hoo!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Oh My Lord!

It has been a super long time since I last posted! Life has been so busy! Moving, and then I was sick, and just busy!

I thought I would do a quick post with some info AT send me about Body by Vi. She sent me a link to a blog of a fitness trainer, and it makes some good points about the problems with Body by Vi. You can find it here. Personally, I am very against diets like this for the long term. I know that there are things in that are bad, but there are in pretty much every thing we eat. I think a week on this would be ok, but I really worry about the people on the 90 Day Challenge. Read this, and do some more research. Get your own opinion before trying something like this.

Off to watch hubby's last hockey game of his season. And I better go and check on the dog...I think she was chasing the cats!

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Oh my gosh! With being so busy moving, and having Thursday and Friday off, I totally lost track of the days, and didn't realize it was Sunday until 7:30pm. No weigh in for me this week, or anytime soon since I'm not even sure where my scale is!

We are getting settled in pretty well, but there is still a ton to do. Our bedroom is painted, and all of the extra bits are almost done. We should be able to move from my office room into our bedroom in the next couple of days. Having to go back to work is sure going to slow down the progress, but my mom and dad are coming up on Friday to help. I think mom and I are going to paint the spare room. Yay, more painting!! Not! Feels like that's all I've been doing!

I'm just waiting for John to get home from hockey so we can go and sit in the hottub. I didn't think I was going to like it, but I do enjoy it. Speaking of that, I should go and throw my bathing suit into the dryer. It's -11 out right now, so it would be much nicer if it was dry!

And to whoever left the comment about Body by Vi, please forward on the website you mentioned. I'd love to be able to do some more research!