Friday, December 16, 2011

30/30 another update

Still working on the 30 mins for 30 days challenge.  I missed 2 days due to stomach/intestinal issues and I think it's related to a new protein I switched too in October.  Apparently even vegetarians try to avoid Soy protein powders!  After doing some research on it, I think that I'm one of those people that has issues with soy.  I've been sick a few times with cramps, bloating, incredible fluctuations in weight and I think it's probably the soy.  T'is the season of Christmas eating, however weight watchers let's you indulge within your weekly flex points, plus I've been exercising... not tons, but I've been moving.

So I'll have to take a break from the protein and maybe after a week make my whey back to my tried and true whey isolate protein.  It's just whey better for my tummy... hahaha pun totally intended... ok somebody stop me LOL

On Wednesday the 21st, I'm driving off to the east coast to visit my family (12 hour drive!) and I know it's going to be a great time... a good 5km walk everyday with my Dad and my sister will be a great equalizer during the holiday eating...

Come on vacation!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

30/30 update

It's been a week so far in the 30 minutes of working out for 30 days.  I'm pleased at how it's working out and how even on the days when we have social activities I am able to squeeze it in. 

That being said; today everything hurts and I want to go back to bed...... I think some advil and an early bedtime tonight might help :)

My friend Patti asked me last night if my next challenge would be 60 minutes for 60 days...my answer was a loud groan and shaking of the head LOL  I think I would gladly repeat 30/30 and just gradually increase the workouts for 5 minutes or something.. but 60 minutes everyday???  I'm not there yet!

Monday, December 5, 2011

30 minutes for 30 days

As a concerted effort to get off my ass and focus on movement and avoid scope creep, I decided to trick myself into getting things moving again.  I figured that I can easily walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes a day... and if I happen to walk longer, or even go crazy and break out into a running pace, well that's just gravy... mmmmm gravy :)  *ahem*

I started out on November 30th and so far I have been able to get in the 30 minutes per day.  This time of year is really busy with social activities outside the house, social activities at our house, baking, shopping etc etc, you get the picture right?  That being said, I think this 30/30 program is well timed and working out quite well.  To be accountable, I posted on facebook and several friends pledged to try doing something similar as well.  So far myself and Vicky seem to be the only people posting everyday, so I don't know how others are doing.

An added benefit that I did not foresee at all, much like getting T-boned at a 4 way stop, was me lifting weights all of a sudden.... well it wasn't that sudden like the barbell appeared in my hand like by magic... helloo Harry Potter.  Nope, it was more like I was surfing Pintrest (www.pintrest.com which is like bookmarking on speed) pinning some really gooey looking recipes and also seeing some fitness bloggers link and thinking: "hmmm that would be a good idea for the 30/30"  before you know it I had printed off a bunch of magazine scans that fitness bloggers seem to love posting and that very evening, whilst watching a movie I did some bicep curls, some shoulder presses, the obligatory tricep kickbacks (bat wings people!  I could fly to Japan) and a few deadlifts, but what really got me excited was a standing ab exercise routine that is done with weights.   I interspersed the lifting with some cardio like squats, high kicks, knee lifts and shadow boxing.  I was shocked that I really enjoyed that little routine.

I mean, I've done my share of crunches over time, but they always feel pointless to me since there is still a large layer of fat hiding them.  That standing ab routine, did make me feel like it was making a difference under all that stuff, so I think I'll be doing it more often.  Follow this link to see the workout:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/standing-abs-workout

I'm also very tempted to buy a freestanding punching bag, but the reviews aren't great so far.... they keep saying they leak air... I guess inflatable is not the way to go, too bad because I can see it as being more convenient to move around... and you wouldn't have to hang it from the ceiling.  Besides I shouldn't be buying myself gifts before Christmas.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Scope creep

I'm not a project manager or anything, but there are elements of my job that incorporate the philosopies of project management.  So this week when I was thinking of finally getting back to my blog, updating it with the last race, my last weigh-ins and basically getting on track, I realized that I have begun to scope creep.

Usually there is a bit of focus lost for an event or the holidays, but I usually get back to my routine fairly quick (even if I whine about it) but I feel much better once I'm back on track and somewhat sticking to a routine.  For the past few weeks (almost a month) I feel like I'm suffering for major scope creep.  The focus of my efforts and intentions seem to have shifted to crafting, cooking and laying around in my pajama's... I've become a pajama mama.

So needless to say I need to re-focus like a laser and get back on the treadmill.  Fixing the media box near the treadmill is a step in the right direction because I just can't handle being on the treadmill without being able to watch something on TV.  I could listen to music, but then my eyes would get bored.. yanno?

Vicky (my leperchaun friend) and I have tried to run the 10km schedule, but neither of us seem to be able to focus.... so i'm thinking of focusing on movement for movement's sake and not worrying about kms.  I think i'm going to suggest that we do 30 minutes per day of movement for 30 days.  It can be running, it can be weights, it can be boxing, whatever!  I'll ask her to see how she feels... but i'm up for 30 for 30.

Race pictures for Rattle me Bones coming up next post!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Running in camo, Tiaras & Tutus, Cheap Kitchen renos, family visit and birthday month!!

Ok.  I.am.bad. BAD BLOGGER... I didn't quit.  I didn't get hit by a truck, even some seem to aim for me.  Alex pointed out that i've been quite negligent updated my blahg.  I just got really super busy, and when I wasn't busy I was EXHAUSTED!  So here it comes in a torrent of words and pictures.  Don't say I didn't warn ya!  Grab your favorite snack... sit in a comfy spot and get ready for me to ramble on. :)

Army run... I did post a quick review, but here is a pic of me crossing the finish line.



Run for the Cure on October 2nd:

My friend Vicky and I decided to sign up for the Run for the Cure to support breast cancer research.  Not because we're all charity like and stuff like that, but mainly because a lot of people wear pink (like the pink ribbons) and other cool costumes and we didn't want to miss a chance to wear pink while running.  We went shopping awhile back and bought the stuff to make pink Tutus... and on the same trip while hopped up on Starbucks and chocolate, we bought tiaras to go along with the big pink floofy tutus.  Vicky finished the race in 45 mins and I trailed in behind her at 45:15.  Pretty decent time for me since 45 seems to be my magic number and Vicky was nice enough to keep me company for the majority of the race.

FLOOF!!
Cheap kitchen reno for 700 bucks:

My Mom and Sister were coming up after the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend (11th) so I decided to reno my kitchen for the few frantic weeks leading up to their visit.  Every waking moment not spent at work was mostly spent painting, cleaning, glueing or crafting something or other.  I spent 60 bucks on a can of Smart 3 paint, about 15 bucks on podge, 35 bucks on fancy paper and about 500 bucks on Smart tiles for the back splash.  The tiles weren't cheap, but they didn't end up looking cheap either.  That's the part of the kitchen I got the most compliments on.
(Source www.thesmarttiles.com)

BEFORE
AFTER
Family Visit and Birthday:

My Mom and sister came to visit from October 11th to October 18th and we had a blast!  We went to the movies, we went shopping, we stayed up late and talked.  My sister's friends Annica came up from Boston for the weekend and her other friend Lindsay came up from Kingston as well.  There was lot's of laughing, eating, talking and shopping :)


Vicki about to eat Sushi after over 2 years!
Annica dancing after getting some Starbucks
Vicki, my Mom Bev and Me


Going to see Footloose!

Lindsay the girl that got me into running , going for her Cinnabon fix, so we now call her Lindsabon :)


Shopping!

Vicki and her friends Lindsay and Annica

Me with my big birthday glass of wine, my Mom and John

Making a weird face sitting across from my friend Patti whose birthday is also on Oct. 15th 

Now everyone is gone.  I've cleaned the house.  I've done some laundry, I've slept in a bit, I've hung out with Nala the wee little puppy I've been babysitting since my birthday... and Sunday it's the Rattle me Bones Halloween race already.  Time flies when you're doing tons of stuff I tells ya!  I think I'm gonna go lay down!

Nala!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Army run review

On September 18th I ran the 4th annual Army Run.  It's a great 5km race that follows the exact same route as the May race weekend, so very familiar and comfortable.  I know where to park, I know where to drop off my backpack, and at 7:30 am on a Sunday, it's good to instinctively know where the hell you're going :)

The 5km race sold out this year, and you could tell, as the place was jam packed with people.  During the race itself, I felt rusty and cranky, but determined to crank out my 5km without too much whimpering LOL  I didn't wear my Garmin because for some silly reason I figured if I knew how fast (or slow) I was going, it would mess me up... I'm starting to think that I should *always* wear my Garmin to help boot me in the ass!

I'd hung out with friends the night before and ate pizza and cake.... I figured it wouldn't be an issue since it's the day before right???  mmmm Nope, probably not... that's probably what made me feel slow and rusty, oh well, leasons learned right?

During the race I saw my co-worker Bill run by, not streak by, but passed me pretty quick.  So I sped up a bit and grabbed his butt, freaked him out, but they all laughed about it... He said that he was in the zone and that I'd messed with his game, but really it didn't slow him down at all.  I should have followed him and his friends because he did really well!   He ran the race in 47 last year, so this year he was hoping to beat that time and he ran the race in 39:55, isn't that awesome???  I totally should have held onto his butt and kept running with him hahahah!

After the race I wanted to meet up with some friends for a coffee or breakfast, but couldn't get a hold of anyone, so Starbucks latte in hand I slowly sauntered back to my car while looking for my results online.  Thank goodness for the Sportstats app for the Iphone because I got my results before I even made it to the car!  Sweet!  I'd finished the race in 45:34 and last year was 45:09 so 25 seconds slower due to pizza and cake is still pretty damn decent in my book, especially considering I felt like a slug on a rug and figured I'd probably have run it in 48 mins when I saw the timer over the finish line flash up 52 mins and change...

The race pictures don't seem to be available online yet, but I'll post some as soon as I steal them :P

So another medal for the bling colection, another wicking shirt for the running wardrobe and another runner to talk about running with at work... life is sweet!

Speaking of sweet... my next run is October 2nd (Run for the Cure) to support Breast Cancer Research and Vicky and I will be wearing all pink, tiaras and tutus... those pictures will be epic!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall is my race season this year...

It's strange, but I didn't really sign up for many races this year... or so it seemed at first glance

St. Paddy's race on March 12th (ran 5km)
Ottawa race weekend on May 28th (ran 5km)
Perth Kilt run on July 2nd (walked, didn't run)
Ovarian Cancer research walk on September 11th (walked, didn't run)
Army run on September 18th (registered to run 5km)

So out of that list, there are only 3 races... now all of a sudden these are on the calendar too:

CIBC Run for the cure on October 2nd (5km)
Rattle me bones on October 23rd (5km)

Six races is a decent amount... I just didn't expect to reach that number this year because I had told myself that I should register for a race if there is no medal... and of the races I'm registered for 3 of them offer medals or dog tags.  I guess I'm making my own medals for the others!  It may seem superficial or weird to some that I wanted to register only for bling races, but I like the sense of achievement when I look at the medals hanging together.

One of the great things about the Run for the cure and the Rattle me bones races is that we can dress up:  Vicky and I bought yards of tule to make tutus as well as tiaras to wear to the Run for the cure (gotta wear pink!)  I mean we couldn't resist the opportunity to get all decked out in pink flouffy stuff and run LOL  I totally vetoed the feather boa idea because sweat and feathers don't mix very well....  lot's of sticky pink feathers all over the place is just not the way to run a race!  And for the Rattle me Bones race I can wear my skeleton hoodie again, I <3 that hoodie so much and I can't wear it everyday yanno...

On the weigh-in side of things I hit a brick wall by gaining 2.5 pounds this past week, but man that was a good long run!  5 straight weeks of weight loss and then 3 weeks of hovering at 225.5, I mean for me that is totally awesome.  I'm used to loosing for 2 weeks and then going straight back up.  I view this as a temporary set back, a moment to catch my breath and then launch myself down the slope again :)  It's the first time in my life that I'm not phased by a weight gain at all, I think I've proven to myself that I know how to loose, I just need to refocus like a laser beam.  Weekends will probably always be my weakness and as they say in those after school specials "knowing is half the battle".


Monday, August 22, 2011

6 great weeks

This summer has been really great.  Great weather, great friends, great BBQs and best of all great weigh ins!

I've added a tablespoon of ground flax seed and walnut pieces to my morning yogurt along with the cinnamon.  I like the way it tastes and the flax seed and walnut pieces only come up to 2 points which I can afford at this point.  hehehe no pun intended

Strangely enough I haven't had salmon since I posted about the 6 secret tips to fat loss :)

I've started running again, the weather cools off nicely in the evenings so i've had a few 2.5km runs.  I have a 5km race coming up on September 18th, so I have to haul ass and try and get faster than last year...I was enjoying the heat, but while still being overweight, too much heat + running is not a good plan.

*fingers crossed* for the Army run :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

6 tips to fight fat. Fact or fiction?

I read an article recently with 6 tips on how to fight fat.  Most of the tips seemed pretty reasonable:

1.  Drink water with lemon. 
Mix 1/2 lemon with hot water and stevia first thing every morning to cleanse your liver

2.  Flax seed. 
Grind up flax seed and eat 2 Tablespoons of flax seed every day. Put it in your shakes, salads or over vegetables. Flax seed helps stabilize your blood sugar and will keep you from going on a binge.

3.  Eat 10 walnuts a day
Eating walnuts will reduce your insulin and keep fat storage in-line. Studies have shown that eating walnuts as a snack or on salads will keep you fuller longer. Walnuts are rich in Omega-3.


4.  Throw a little cinnamon in your ingredients.
Put cinnamon in your coffee or on your oatmeal. Studies show that cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon a day will help with cholesterol and triglycerides.
5.  Hot Sauce.
Burn more fat by eating spicy food. Put some cayenne pepper on your soup or vegetables. Hot sauce helps clear insulin out of the blood stream.
Plus, save money on heating bills.

6.  Eat Salmon
Eat 3 ounces of salmon and you will receive more than the daily requirement of Vitamin D. Tuna, Sardines and mackerel have almost the same benefits. By having enough Vitamin D in your system will help reduce your belly.


Water:  check
Flax seed, I guess I could add it in (depending on point values).
Walnuts, i'm not willing to spend the points on them everyday.
Cinnamon, that's a spice I don't use often, just don't think of it.
Hot sauce, that's another item I don't use often, again not part of my routine.
Salmon:  check

After reviewing my answers on how many things from that article that i'm actually doing, I decided to add the two easiest things:  Cinnamon & hot sauce.

For a full week I put cinnamon on my yogurt and a few drops of hot sauce on my breakfast sandwich... by my weigh in on Saturday, I'd lost 3 pounds... *virtual cartwheel*

Bottom line, one week can't say for sure either way if it's really the main reason for the weight loss or even helpful, but I'm willing to keep it up for another week or two.. you know, for testing purposes :D


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lack of postage.. due to great weather!

Sorry for my lack of postage, it's not because I didn't buy stamps, it's because the weather has been fantastic!  Most around here would say it's too effin' hot @ 30 to 37 celcius (86 to 98 farenheit for my US friends) , but I love 30/90 degree weather, especially since I lost weight. 

When I was 320, I would be bathed in sweat at this temperature and not sleep for days without central air... that's me, sweaty and high maintenance :)  Now in the 220's/230's I love heat, but still enjoy central air to sleep.... I think i'm prepping for retirement in Arizona or Nevada :)

I don't have any races scheduled until September or October, I decided to not sign up for a race unless there is bling involved (see my high maintenance comment).  I have, however, been walking some long distances in lieu of running.  I've done a few 8km or 9km walks during the heat.  If I were ever to get out of bed early enough to go for a run in the morning before work (Kicks own ass) then I would definitely run over walk with cooler temps. 

I figure movement is good, and since I can't move too fast in the heat, I'll move for longer times/distances.

That's it for now... more updates soon... :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Perth Kilt Run... well we walked it :)

Saturday July 2nd a bunch of us got together in Perth Ontario to walk or run the largest Kilt run (Made Guinness World Records 2 years in a row!)

This all started a few months ago when Alex's friends started talking about running the race.  Alex didn't want to run it because of her knee, so she asked me and her other friend Laura if we'd walk the 8km distance with her.  We both thought it would be cool to get a "sports kilt" and spend the day with friends.

I'd never been to Perth before, and neither had Alex, but we decided we'd carpool and google map with my Iphone.  It's not a really big town, so we drove there, parked where we thought it was close-ish to the race area and it turned out we were right.  Asked around and got pointed in the right direction, picked up our kilts and race bibs and found some of Alex's friends shortly after.

I was a bit dismayed at first that my kilt was not like everyone else's.  It didn't have the same tartan, it didn't have the belts on the side closure.  But then I realized it was way cooler... it had a big strip of velcro to close it, a secret pocket, a crest at the closure that said "Sport Kilt" and best of all, the material was thinner than the main kilt!  Turns out, Laura and a bunch of other people had the same kilt, so I was happy I wasn't the only one.

We lined up for the race



and a really loud gun went off... ZOOM, everyone took off and we began to mosey LOL


Before we knew it we were quite far behind the pack.


But it didn't matter because we had a great time... we felt like VIP's followed the whole time by a golf cart


Fun times with fun people


The walk was fun, but we had one complaint... being so far behind the pack, so far that we couldn't see them, it was difficult for us to know where to go.. the route was loopy and looped back towards the finish line and had us turn off to the right 10 feet before the finish line... what a tease!  It was really confusing in areas were there really weren't any volunteers, so I kept turning and asking the golf cart ladies and they seemed to know most of the time.  I'm just sayin' a few well placed arrows wouldn't have hurt :)

Now I need to sign up for more races, I haven't run much lately, so I need to get my butt on track again.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Meat marathons; not condusive to weight loss... go figure!

Every year around June 22nd to Jun 26th there is a festival in Ottawa.  It's not your typical festival, there are no carnival rides, there are no clowns or performers, there is no cotton candy and other type fairground foods, but there is meat.  Ribfest is all about pork ribs, beef ribs, pulled beef brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, whole chickens and even a few chicken wings.  They don't sell beverages, some of the kiosks don't even bother with side dishes and there is no seating because all the room is needed for standing in line to get to the carnivorous nirvhana of meat.  There are kiosks from all over Canada and the US, some boasting orange juice in their sauce (Go Gators!) some have honey, some from texas taste more like traditional BBQ sauce, but they all slop it on with a small mop and they chop up the cooked pieces with huge cleavers all whilst singing, clagning cow bells and some kiosks will even squeal like piggies when you put money in the tip jar. *SQUEEEEE*

Bottom line is this... I've expanded my bottom line.  I didn't need to go everyday, I would have been good with going once but since we went everyday I went in the spirit of living the WW lifestyle and I tracked it all, but going to the Meatfest 5 days in a row is just too much for a body to handle.  The real killer was the decimation of my workout schedule to no movement at all.  All the time spent in line for the meat, eating the meat and socializing while digesting the meat just took up all the non work time of the day. 

I gained 2 pounds, I also gained a few good ideas on how to deal with next year's meat bonanza.  I know the obvious answer should be "don't go!" but you just can't live that way... WW is supposed to be a lifestyle, not a diet and if I stop myself from going at all, then that's just not living!  The 2 pound gain sucks because it looks like the month of June was a waste of time, but I know that it could be waaaay worse like the 8 pound gain during vacation this spring... EEEEK! *searches for silver lining*

Some good ideas for next year:
  • Reduce the amount of visits if possible
  • Bring veggies or eat some in advance (while standing in line) to help fill up
  • Split a typical serving of whatever with whomever else is willing to share (good luck on that one)
  • If these other suggestions can't be applied, then find time in the early morning to work out in anticipation
This coming weekend I have the 5 mile/ 8 km Perth kilt run, which I'll be walking with Alex and her friends.  I'm excited to finally get my official kilt... wouldn't it be cool if it was too big??? 

*mental note to bring big safety pins*

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: Zumba for the Wii

Friday I Zumba'd my butt off like a crazed latin pop star.
Saturday I ran 2kms
Sunday I walked 5kms for the Weight Watchers Walk It Challenge
Monday I spent about 4 hours in the wave pool at our local water park jumping for each wave lest I drown. It was FUN and great exercise, but I was frozen by 1:30.  Thankfully the wave pool was heated so that we could enjoy our staycation day even tho it was cloudy/windy/rainy.

Doing well on the hoarding of activity points.  Sunshine really helps, would have stayed until 5pm at the wave park  *hint, hint* mother nature!

OK, now down to business with the Zumba review.  I love doing Zumba, and even moreso when I can do it in the privacy of my home since I feel like a dicombobulated nimcompoop when I first try some of those moves :P

The main differences I can see between doing a Zumba DVD and using the Zumba Wii is that with the Wii you can compete against other players (exercisers) you can play one person against one person or one team against another team. 

With the DVD you would be limited to a certain amount of routines you could do (think Jillian's 30 day Shred) whereas with the Wii you can do a 5 minute routine, 20 minute routine, different kinds of music, different kinds of steps.  There probably isn't a ton more stuff, but you can mix it up a bit more.  As you play more, you also get to "unlock" more locations like the Rooftop.  All of the routines start out in the Nightclub.

The downside for me is that it's not a real person on screen, it's sort of a cartoon person, but not really.  I prefer seeing real people work out, seems to help me grasp some of the complicated ones faster.

If I can't go to a real class, I like the Wii, but I'd probably enjoy the DVD's as well to be able to see a person for realz :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Houston... we had a problem

I still haven't played my Wii Zumba game.

Not for lack of wanting to Zumba like a crazed Latin pop star...
Not for lack of getting up off my butt...
Not for lack of changing into workout clothes....

We had technical difficulties. 

Our Wii died of a broken heart.  After over a year (at my estimate) of not being used I believe our Wii passed away silently during the quiet daytime hours while we were at work.  I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but Wii will be missed even though it thought that we didn't love it anymore.

Burial services will be held in the storage room under the stairs this evening.  No need to send food or flowers, but a donation to the "Get Carol's ass off the couch" fund would be happily accepted.

Since Nintendo is coming out with a new Wii system, our local gaming store has their refurbished Wii's on sale for 80 dollars plus tax.  I now have a Wii in my possession and low and behold I can't use it tonight because we're playing softball, but I'm closer than I was yesterday :)

For the last two evenings while I stood in our living room in my workout gear, Wii remote in hand, tear in my eye and no activity happening, I decided to not let the demise of the Wii stop me from hoarding more activity points.

Monday night I went out and ran 3kms and last night I walked 5kms.  I.am.awesome. At least I think so :P

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fantastic weigh-in!!! *virtual cartwheel*

As I posted mid-week, the sun was shinning and I felt like it was a great week, and it really was!

I accumulated a ridonculous amount of activity points (over 80!) which my WW leader said was too much, but it was an out of the ordinary week with the hours upon hours of volunteering.  She did mention that it showed that I probably don't do enough activity on a weekly basis... which I agree with.  Running 3 times a week at this point is more like a maintenance amount of activity, so I have to try and get more daily activity.

Good news is that the WII has been moved up to be near my treadmill so I should be able to get in some Zumba time :)   Yes I caved to temptation and bought the Zumba game for the WII.  Way better than buying a dozen doughnuts don'tcha think? hehehe  Besides, the Zumba game was my gift to myself for completing my May 5km race.  WOOOHOOO.

Back to the weigh-in, since I feel the need to do more *virtual cartwheels*.  I wrote 230.5 on my mirror and 230.5 on my wrist and happily hit my lowest weight this year at 228!  That is also 10lbs away from my 10% weight loss (219.6).  I have a big freaking smile on my face :)  *Fist pump* *devil horns* *virtual cartwheel*

OK, I'll chillax with the celebrating for now :) and get back to work.  I can't loose focus now!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

To sign up or not to sign up?

I wrote a really long post between yesterday and today so I decided to split it up into two :)

I haven't signed up for another 5km running clinic.... it's not that I don't love them, I really do, but I think I'm going to try and continue running at least 3 times per week on my own.  I'd like to see if I'm capable of keeping myself on track and most of all I want to save a bit of money.  The clinic itself would only cost $49.99, what ends up costing a lot is the gas money to drive to the course location that I like (Merivale/Baseline area) and the traditional Subway supper that I have on that day.   Why do I do that you ask?  Well there was originally two reasons:
  • Reason #1, I used to meet with Alex at that location because it was the halfway point between my home and her home.  
  • Reason # 2, I would go straight from work to the Running Room location to save some gas.  (see breakdown below)
If I go home after work:
Work to home is 16.9 km
Home to Running Room @ Merivale is 24.6
Running Room to home again  24.6 km = 66.1 km

If I go straight to the Running room after work:
Work to Running Room 6.5 km
Running Room to home 24.6 km = 31.1 km

Alex and I work within approximately two or three blocks of each other, and the Merivale Running Room is closer to my work than my home.  I finish work at 3:30pm, so on  the clinic nights, I would just drive to the Running Room location, walk across the street and have Subway for supper and hang out with Alex until our class started at 7:15.  The actual run was around 8:00 or 8:15 and we'd run for around 30 to 45 mins dependant on the distance of the day.  Then around 9:00 or 9:30 I'd drive home.

After Alex's knee began to complain loudly and she traded her running clinics for intense gym time, I continued to go to the same Running Room location.  I really liked the staff and the instructors (Linda is my favorite) and it's still close to my work (6.5 kms).  Last week during our last run with Linda, she announced that she won't be teaching for the summer because she's going to be training for herself and taking the 1/2 marathon clinic.  Cool for her, sad for me because I think that's yet another reason I didn't have the ambition to sign up for another clinic. 

Saving money, not having access to my favorite instructor is enough to make me want me to train on my own for now, but I really should switch to the Orleans Running Room location, since I live in that neighborhood.  I'd still have to drive there, but I could eat at home after work.  My only fear is that I would get too comfortable at home before needing to head out to class.  Once the bra comes off I don't usually leave the house... and y'all should be happy about that!

It's been a good week... and I plan to keep it that way!

I've tracked everything.  I've pre-tracked some of the days.  I've moved everyday.  I've drank water.  I've gone outside.  I've eaten all my weekly allowance points.  I've tracked 60 activity points so far  (yeah 60!)  I went out for Sushi Monday night.  I went out to Montana's and a movie last night.  The scale this morning still made me smile.  I guess it's all relative.  I'm positive about Saturday's weigh in.

I was a bit tender on Monday after race weekend, but it went away quickly, hell I even wore high heels to work Wednesday (Workin' it!)  Picture can be made available upon request :)

I wasn't always a person that enjoyed warmer weather, but I always felt that I was in a better mood with the sun, sand, surf months of the year.  When I was over 300 pounds hot weather meant sleepless nights, sweaty evenings and days at work spent trying to stay awake, while trying to avoid the temptation to just move to the office (I know how you feel Tonia!)

After I lost a pretty good chunk of weight, the hot weather wasn't as much of a thing to endure, but is slowly becoming a thing to celebrate.  Yeah, I still sweat like crazy when trapped in contraffic (construction + traffic) but the sunshine, sundresses, flip flops, outdoor running, BBQ'ing, slushy drinks, sweet juicy fruit and total lack of anything winter related really make me happy... so much so that it must be obvious to everyone.  This was proven to me when we vacationed in Las Vegas where it's an extremely dry heat and I loved it!  This week we have humid heat, but I don't care, the sun makes me smile.  The sun makes me want to run everyday... and in my book, that's awesome!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Great weigh-in *and* race weekend :)

Putting my wanted weight on my mirror for the week and on my arm the day of the weigh-in worked!  I wanted to weigh 232 (at least) and I weighed in at 231.5!!!!  WOOHOOO!!

Of course it didn't hurt at all that I tracked all my points and got in a good chunk of exercise :)

Friday I had the 2nd part of my root canal, so I decided to take the whole day and pick up my race kit at the fitness expo.  Spent some time at the Fitness Expo but really didn't have the cash to buy anything (awesome clothing deals) nor the skinny body to fit into anything (apparently they think all runners are skinny pffttt!).  I was excited to see Mark Sutcliffe , but didn't have the cash on me at the time to pick up his book and get it signed.  I read his magazine regularly and it would have been cool to speak with him.  One of the girls helping asked if I could come back the next day.... maybe :)  Oh well!

After my great weigh-in mid day Saturday, I tried to go back to the expo, but they seemed to have blocked it off by the time I got there around 3:30pm.  With nowhere to go, but get ready for 5km at 5pm I walked down and checked my bag in at the sweat check station and waited around for the race to start.  I bumped into a few girls from my running clinic and also a friend from work that was there with her husband and her husband's friend.  The friend actually ended up in the purple corral with me (40 to 45 min finishers) so we chatted while waiting for the race to start.  Wish I had caught his last name to check out his finish time :)

I was a bit worried that I would be totally sucktastic since I'd only logged 2 x 3km runs in the last 3 weeks... EEEEEK!  So I decided to just enjoy the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the race.  The route was a bit different this year, but exactly like the army run, so it didn't make me nervous.  I'm not fond of going up a hill right out of the gate, but I just power walked my way up.  I should've run the flat part on Queen street, but I was wiped out from the power walk... already!  I thought to myself "oh boy, this can't be good, the race is going to suuuuck"  Then I told myself to "shut up" and "Stop thinking that way".  Negative thinking was not going to help me or anyone else.  I think I kept saying to myself "suck it up buttercup, just keep going and you'll get a decent time"  I walked up the portion on O'Connor and down Wellington until the crosswalk just before the Chateau Laurier.  Then I started my 10 and 1 interval timer watch and ran mostly 10 and 1 the rest of the way.  There were a few times I was tempted to just walk the whole damn thing, but I told myself I'd trained to be a runner, not a walker.... So I ran and ran and ran.  I finished with a 46:38 chip time and last year I got 47:26.  Sweet!  Better than last year!  According to my Garmin and the race finish time, I had a 9:19 pace... which really rocks considering I normally run around 10:00 :)

Overall it's not my best race ever, but my best race ever was run with 200 people.... yesterday there were 9000 people! They just got my way is all LOL

Today I volunteered at the water and Gatorade station sponsored by the Running Room for the Marathon and 1/2 Marathon runners.  5 hours on my feet!  That hurt more than running, but so totally worth it!  Awesome to see all the runners and walkers.  Even got to see my friend Jason!  So cool!  He swept in during a really busy stretch, but I managed to give him some fruit punch Gatorade :)  It was organized really well, but it could've been better, lot's of runners kept asking us for water, water WATER! and we had to keep saying "just past the lights!"  So I think it would have been beneficial to have vests:  an orange vest that says "Gatorade" and a blue one that says "Water" on the front... quick visual for when peeps are zooming by.  One french runner (from France because of his accent) grabbed a cup of Gatorade from a volunteer just ahead of me, took a sip and freaked out ... threw the cup down and started yelling in french "What is this??!!!  Where is water???!!!"  I got covered in Gatorade, lucky me.  It was kinda sad because it probably threw him off his game.  Not all volunteers speak french either, so I yelled out in french that the water was up past the lights... hope he heard me!

Other than that incident, the two races flowing through our water station was totally awesome and exciting to watch, cheer them on and hopefully help them along with some liquid.  I gotta say, I was so happy to see lot's and lot's of women my size or larger running in those two really long races.  Gives me lot's of hope that I can make it there someday too and if I never get good enough to run a 1/2 or a full, I know for sure that I could definitely train to walk them :)

My goal race is still the Princess Half Marathon in Disney, along with a few days vacation to visit the park while I'm there and seeing all those ladies run today just reminds me that I shouldn't strive for perfection, I should just go ahead and walk it if my knees don't want me to run it... why miss out on an opportunity to participate and enjoy such a cool event???  It's not like I have a chance in hell to finish ahead of the Kenyans anyway LOL

Now I want to go register for a billion more races LOL  Better put some cash on my credit card!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Step one... committing to a number.. from my bathroom :)

It was suggested to me by my Weight Watchers leader to write a weekly goal number on my arm before I weigh in on Saturday morning.  I thought that was a great idea, but I had to take it a step further and put it up on my bathroom mirror to look at it all week.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Daisies!

A co-worker of mine was so sweet and bought me some Gerber daisies to cheer me up or to stop me from whinning about my root canal LOL

The tooth still hurts off and on, but I have hopes that it will be better after root canal part deux this Friday.

Speaking of Friday, that's also the day I pick up my race kit for this weekends race. I'm excited for the race even if I don't think I'll achieve a personal best, but best of all I'm not nervous. I know I can complete a 5km distance and I've run this route for the Army Run. I will probably enjoy the whole experience that much more this year.

After this race my next event is the Weight Watchers walk-it challenge on June 12th, then July 2nd is the 5 mile Perth Kilt run, which might be mostly walking. I think I could probably run most of the distance, but I'm going with a group that plans to walk. Moving is moving in my book!


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Struggling

I always seem to have the hardest time to get out of the 230's.  All my adult life, whenever I lost weight the 230's have always been the "rut" I got caught in.  I've read articles about set point weight and stuff like that, which could be part of it... but I think it's a combo of that, mental roadblocks and a friggin' root canal thrown in for fun.
When you think about it, roadblocks can also be mistaken for hurdles.  Just need extra output of energy to get over hurdles.

My Weight Watcher group leader suggested that I write a goal weight on my arm like Jay of  Biggest Loser season 11.  I think I'll go a bit beyond that and put a number on my bathroom mirror... focus on it and day of weigh in, i'll write a number on my arm......  Oh and I'll exercise and stick to my points too, might help a bit LOL
She also said that if you "ignore" your weight watchers lifestyle on weekends or when on vacation, you're on a diet, and that's not good.  It needs to be a regular part of your life 24/7, you don't have to be perfect, but you have to track everything, good, bad and ugly.  Apparently if you go to a breakfast buffet on the weekend and not write down what you eat, you can guesstimate wrong (grossly wrong sometimes) and think you still landed within your points range.  No frickin' kidding!!!  Therefore I plan to write down as best as I can all the good, bad and ugly points... so that the number I write on my bathroom mirror and arm actually happens. :D

Next weekend is my 2nd race of the season... it's not going to be faster that my best time, but I love running, so I'm just going to enjoy my day, get some bling, eat a bagel and hug my friend Bill who plans to cheer me on :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Testing a mobile app :)

I'm trying out an app on my Iphone so that I can post some updates to my blog more often than one a month. I miss posting dammit!

Also, in mouth news I got through the first portion of my root canal yesterday and feel much better. One of the roots was mega infected and didn't freeze properly so it was like torture, but I knew it would be worth it.

Not sure how my running will be affected by almost two weeks out of my sneakers, but I'm juiced to get back at it :)


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Root Canal

It's not a leisurely place to float by in a gondola... it's a throbbing pain in my mouth.

I got my dentist to squeeze me in for an appointment and she diagnosed my sore face as a much needed root canal.  She sent me off with a prescription for Tylenol 3's and antibiotics, but my appointment for relief is only on May 18th.

I'm worried I'm not going to make it without climbing up a clock tower... *sigh*  I've missed a few days work because I can't sleep, but tomorrow I need to make an effort to go in.... and it's close to midnight and I still can't sleep.  Awesome.

Last week I only ran twice and my second run was a pathetic 2km that I forced myself to do amidst the pounding in my head.  Tonight I missed my clinic run, bah... I'm such a wuss when it comes to pain, especially pain in my head.

Antibiotics, Advil and Anebesol are my companions for the next week (at least) and I'm hoping that the throbbing will die down enough for me to get in some training. *fingers crossed*

Okay, I'll try and stop whinning now :D

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Oh the updates they are a lagging...

There are so many things that I think about writing during the day that just never make it here anymore.  With my access cut off, I feel like I've lost a limb.  I love to talk, ergo, I love to write as well and this situation has me feeling like I can't express myself enough anymore.  Granted I didn't post something everyday, but it was much more often than once in two weeks *pout*   I've been tossing a few ideas around in my head on how to get around the issue:
 
write myself an e-mail with entries for the blog and send those as needed, which I can copy/paste when at home.
bring my small personal laptop to work and net tether my Iphone and upload posts as needed.
write out posts longhand (UGH, never mind sounds too much like effort)
 
I think I'll try option number one for now... and I'm actually writing this up in an e-mail right now.  It has a few advantages in that I could send a bunch of small ideas which can get amalgamated into a larger post, or the smaller ideas can grow of their own volition in the dark with some fertilizer into a full grown post of their own :)  The biggest advantages are not needing to schlep equipment to and from work and not using my cell phone's data plan (it's generous 6 gig plan, but why chance it if I get super wordy).  The other thing that is a bit of an impediment to option 2 is that local IT staff gets really twitchy when you bring in external equipment, they have visions of me surfing porn, uploading viruses via USB stick to the work network or even worse:  using Facebook during the workday :P
 
You must be wondering what kind of cushy job I have that I could even possibly contemplate writing blog posts while working... well I used to write my blog posts at lunch time while eating :P  My job is not a full tilt go go go kind of job as we write reports after large outages (network or system related) and we have tasks to do in-between flurries of frantic report writing, but those tasks are ongoing.  The ups and downs take some getting used too, but I prefer it over really boring monotonous or super high stress jobs... it's a nice mix that keeps us on our toes!
 
On the weight side of things, I'm almost back (officially) to the 229 area, I was there before my Saturday weigh-in, but went up to 230.5.  I hope to be at 229 or below it this week, but it's a long weekend (Easter) and weekends are historically difficult for me.
 
Running is going well; my 5km clinic is moving along well and we've just past he halfway point.  I did 3.2kms on Tuesday in under 30 mins, so I'm not Speedy Gonzales, but it's decent.  I figure I'm either getting faster, or the people taking the course with me are a slower bunch than usual because when I've run with them, not only can I see them, but I'm running with at least 4 to 5 people each time... Garmin says I'm faster overall each time we go out, so I'm cool with that.

It still confuses me how I am so much slower on the treadmill than out in "real life" .  If I ran on the treadmill at the pace I run outside, I think I'd have a heart attack.... and we run up hills during the clinic!!!  I just don't get it!  I'll tell you one thing:  I'm not going to look a gift pace too deep in the mouth :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

On the road to catching those elusive pounds

In my guestimation I had gained about 8 pounds on vacation week, by the time I came back and ignored the scale until the following official Weight Watchers meeting, I was down to only 5.5 pounds of gainage (pffftt yeah ONLY 5.5 lbs)  2.5 pounds gone during that partial week and another pound gone this week, which means I've got the vacation weight running scared... That's it run you little Adipose monsters!


This week at the meeting, we talked about physical activity and how it can help our weight loss.  Everyone knows the age old formula of move more and eat less, but if those were easy we'd all be slim and healthy :)  Moving more on a daily basis can be a challenge... I am very familiar that a tired brain and a bad diet makes that couch yell so much louder than it should ever be allowed too.  However, I noticed that when I worked in at least an hour of walking into my daily routine, I may not have shed tons of weight, but I felt better physically, mentally and satisfaction-wise.  

Satisfaction-wise?  What the hell am I talking bout'?  Well I figured since we spend so much time watching TV and North Americans that I wouldn't deprive myself of the want of the TV, i'd just combine it with my need to get movement.  When I walk on the treadmill, I watch Biggest Loser, Last 10 pounds and X-weighted and not only do I get to see some of my favorite shows, I get my walk, and I get inspired by watching all these other people kicking ass on a daily basis.  I'm satisfied that I got to see my shows without feeling like I lay around like a beached whale all day :)

On that note, i'm off to do some laundry... running and living seems to generate lot's of stinky clothes!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Oh vacation you tempestuous biatch!

Vacation is defined by Merriam-Webster as:


1 a respite or a time of respite from something : intermission
2 - (a) a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended (b) a period of exemption from work granted to an employee
3 a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation

I would like to add to that:

Vacation is a respite from your diet, a period spent away from your exercise schedule and a an inordinate amount of time eating improper things.......

Which all adds up to a weight gain, to which I say:  Keep calm and run.  I registered for a new race:  It's the Perth Kilt run on July 2nd.  It's an 8km run and yes, we get to run in kilts!  lol  Part of the registration fee pays for your very own kilt to sweat in!  Ain't that awesome?

I looked in my weight watchers books of weight ins and I've set myself back about a month... in one week.  Ouch!  Gotta refocus and rededicate myself to the cause... my cause!

ps.  It annoys me that I can't update my blog from work anymore...hence the lack of posts *pout*

Sunday, March 13, 2011

St. Paddy's race results

It was my first race of the 2011 season, first time running the St. Patrick's day race and first time running with my friend Vicky.  Normally Vicky and I get together with a few other friends to eat... in fact we nick named our group the Excellent Asian Eating Team, of which Vicky and I are honorary Asians (obviously).  So it was a nice change of pace (pun intended) to hang out with Vicky for a different activity.  I like it when happy times don't have to revolve around food... yanno?

Anyway, on to race stuff.  Patricia from the Merivale Running Room took this adorable picture of Vicky and me waiting for race to start in the High School gym where it was toasty warm.  Vicky and I look like pimps... ready to pimp out some leprechaun hookers hahaha


Weather-wise we lucked out.. it was a bit chilly and damp, but the route was ice free and mostly puddle free. The High School that was hosting the race had lot's of ice and crud in their parking lot, but we managed to not  slip and fall.

Our race was delayed 15 minutes due to technical difficulties, aka they hadn't put up all the barricades in time.  So we trekked back to the car to get some forgotten earphones and on the way back I fawned over one of the guys representing the Perth kilt run... he had long hair and was decked out in his kilt with a sword, a shield and a jacket with studs on it... *sigh*

Anyway, *focus reset* we trudged back through the ice and got in line for the race.  Yet again, I did not hear the race gun go off... (The Army run really knows how to do that part with a canon... KABOOM!) and started moving a long like sheep when I saw the crowd surging forward.

Vicky and I are not at the same fitness level .. so we decided in advance that we would run each our own race.  I'm cool with running my own race (no need to talk while panting), besides i'd feel guilty to hold anyone back  and possibly cause them injury from running too slow.  Hey it is possible.

I was totally expecting my first 10 minute chunk to be stiff and uncomfortable like i'd been kidnapped by aliens and all my organs have been put back in the wrong order (the alien thing is Vicky's description which I stole because it totally describes that feeling perfectly)  So despite my fears the first 10 mins weren't bad at all and they seem to pass in a flash.  Must have been the adrenaline of race day because it feels like the1km marker flew by really quick.

Not too long after the 2km marker Vicky passed me on her way back and with a quick high 5 we were both back on our way.  I took a quick pause at the turn around point to drink some really great cold water... but I shouldn't have... I should have just kept going and drank water afterwards... slowing down for the water probably cost me a minute or two not to mention the fact that water makes my tummy ooggy.  It felt great going down, but afterwards... not so much.... yuck

I really pushed hard after the turn around to try and gain back my lost time and I think I did well... caught up with some people that seemed to have been on the same pace as me.  Then the energy level seemed to have dropped down, I pushed through it and kept chanting in my mind that it was all "mind over body"

I finished with my fastest race time yet... 44:29!  WOOOHOO!  It's not a whole minute faster, but it's still faster!  Vicky finished in 34:47 and she'd been hoping to break 35 minutes... YAY!

I'm quite happy with our race day results and to celebrate after we were done we did what all Irish do, we went out for Korean BBQ with friends hehehe... :P  Dave and Amy, two other members of the E.A.E.T. team took Vicki and I for some very welcomed protein and it was very good and just what we needed.

After our eating Vicky and I went back to my car and DOH parking ticket... *sigh* oh well the joys of parking downtown... paid for some time on the meter and then we went to Rideau Centre to meet up with my friend Alex.  We perused Lululemon and I decided it will be several more dress sizes and salary raises before I can buy stuff there :)  Vicky had to run away and catch a bus so Alex and I went back to my car to put more cash in the meter, spent some time in a really cool kitchen store and then got a diet pop at a local Subway and hung out for a bit until my yawns became very pronounced hehehe  "Sorry Alex!"  

Drove home, had a nice hot shower, my honey made me soup and grilled cheese and then I lay like broccoli on the couch slowly falling asleep dreaming of breaking the 44 minute barrier at my next race :)

Good times, good times :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The slow descent into Fantastic!

The last two weigh ins were -0.5 lb losses... some may consider that slow, but I just consider that PROGRESS!

I've been going to Weight Watchers meetings since January 22nd and I've lost 9 lbs.... I think that's awesome.   I'll tell you why that's so awesome:

Last year I ran and ran and ran and ran and did some biking and some Aquafit, but the whole year I bounced around the mid 240's to the mid 230's and my low of 232 in July was only due to working out super hard and probably sweating buckets of sweat during a really hot month.

My mistake or mistakes (cause I'm sure I've made more than one) was that I wasn't eating enough.  For my height, weight, age and awesome personality *snicker* i get 34 weight watchers points a week... in the old plan it was 28.  What I started doing was eating 25 points a day...I'd loose weight all week... then on the weekends, when I'd sleep in and have more free time, i'd end up eating more, or eating different or eating too late ... or something... who the hell knows... but the stats showed that I lost weight all week and after the weekend was over I was pretty much back to the same spot.  I was hungry often.

Fast forward to this year... The new plan is more points and fruit is zero, so I've been eating a lot better, very little processed food and not many junk food cravings.  I've been eating my daily points and my weekly allowance, while earning at least 40 activity points, but not eating those.  Because of that, I've consistently been loosing weight ... one gain due to female biology, but it was gone the week after...  I'm getting close to last year's lowest weight... and I'm thrilled!  I think i'll be even more thrilled when I can make it to the mid 220's... I'll feel safe, I'll feel like I'm "officially" taking care of business :D

St. Patrick's day race this Saturday, and it looks like we're either going to be swimming or skating the race...

*sigh*  I knew it was too early to sign up for a race :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

100th blog post: Restaurant week did NOT beat me!

So four restaurant visits last week and 3 times running 5km on the treadmill last week with no extra kms in between... and I stil managed to lose 0.5 lbs!!!

WOOO - Freaking out - HOOOOO!


All that eating out was tough, and I feel like it cost me a lot more than just money, but time... more time spent working towards my goal.  The only thing that made it worth it was the lessons learned and the great company.

This week's weigh in better be freaking spectacular!

And on a final note, I can't believe i've done 100 blog posts already.. .wow ... 100 blog posts that about 2 people have read on a regular basis LOL

Here's to 100 more!

Friday, February 25, 2011

I've been bad *spank*

Been so long since I posted!  BAD BAD ME!

So since the last blog post, I lost the 2 pound gain YAY!!

I haven't started up the Shred level 2 yet, been busy concentrating on running because I have a race coming up soon (March 12) and I wanted to make sure that I got up to 5km well before the race :)

This week has been a really really really big challenge... I had 4 social engagements, which meant 4 different restaurant meals.  I tried to look up menus online, pick the best choices, but sometimes what you thought was a great choice, was just horribly wrong.

First restaurant was a buffet type restaurant, I stuck mostly to veggies, fish and proteins I recognized.  Stayed away from the pastas, salads and dishes with sauces.  I think that trip went fairly well.

Second restaurant I choose an asian stir fry with chicken... figured there would be lot's of veggies, chicken, some brown rice noodles and some sauce... Well there was almost no veggies, tons of noodles and the whole thing was swimming in soya sauce.  *sigh*

Third restaurant was a Japanese restaurant, so I did very well at that restaurant because I knew which Sushi rolls were the best choices and stuck to those :)

Fourth restaurant was an Italian/Irish pub... the menu was impossible... I had no way of not eating a ton of points there, but then the waitress said that the special was pasta with steamed veggies and a chicken breast... score!

I used all my daily points on most days, used all my weekly allowance points and even dipped into my activity points a bit, but when I look back at the week in general it could have been an absolutely horrible week.  Basically I fell off the wagon, but I never lost sight of it... I kept running behind it trying to catch up :)  I earned a lot of activity points again this week.

All said and told, i'm still not confident that I've lost weight this week.... Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

30 day Shred complete!

I did it!  *virtual cartwheel*  I managed to finish the 30 day Shred challenge.  It took me 35 days to complete the challenge, so I figure that's close enough :)

I haven't taken my *after* pics yet because I just ran 4km and I'm a bit wiped out hehehe.

I can post my results in inches:

January 10th was the start date and here are those stats:

Chest:  47"
Waist:  46"
Hips:  50"

On Saturday February 12th these were my most recent measurements:

Chest:  45"
Waist:  43"
Hips:  48"

My last weigh in at Weight Watchers wasn't great, I gained 2 pounds, but in my defense it was definitely biological due to "that time of the month" therefore this Saturday I expect my weight to be back on track and maybe even quite spectacular :)

Before that unfortunate setback my total weight loss for the first 2 weeks at Weight Watchers was 8 pounds... Totally sweet right?  Another 4 pounds and I hit my 5% which is the first goal that they set for you when you startup... the next goal is 10%... which would take me all the way down to 219... but first.. I'll be so excited to hit the 220s.

Next physical challenge is the 30 day Shred level 2!  I'm mean why not right?  I've proven to myself that I can do a 20 minute workout before work as well as an evening treadmill walk or run....I see no reason to stop Shredding now!

Pics coming soon!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day twenty five to day twenty seven - Still chugging along

I can't believe i'm almost done!!  27 days under my belt... I'm amazed.  Along with the 30 day Shred I've been doing lot's of walking and running because I have a race coming up on March 12th... a St. Patty's day race with my friend Vicky..YAY!  Add to that a weight loss of 8 pounds in two weeks.

~~~~I AM STOKED~~~~
~~~~WHOOOHOO!~~~~


Ok, back to your regular schedules... i'm off to get to bed... it's past my bedtime!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day twenty to day twenty four - Still Shredding and WW is for losers

Monday to Saturday I completed days nineteen to twenty four... taking today as a day off of all exercise.  Last week I Shredded and walked or ran everyday, which made me feel great :)  One more week of Shred and I'll be posting my final review and maybe some pictures if you all promise to be nice and not make fun of my rolls LOL

This week I plan to continue with the same strategy since it seems to have worked out well... I lost 2.5 pounds at my Saturday weigh in...so I've lost a total of 8 pounds woohoooo!  WW is for losers baby!  I really like the points plus plan... fruit and veggies are my friend :)

Today is super bowl Sunday and I've eaten a lot, but still haven't wiped out all my weekly allowance... but still, i can't believe how easy it is to rack up the points when you nibble a wee bit of chocolate here and a few rice crisps there..it really add up, so I'm glad I'm keeping track....

Onward and downward!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 18 & 19 - Excellent weigh in and Stretchy jeans rule!

Saturday was day 18 of the 30 day Shred.. and it was my first full week of the new Weight Watchers plan!  I'm ecstatic to report that I'm down 5.5 pounds!  Woohooo!  YAY zero point fruit!  It's making my snacking life way more easy!

Sunday was a busy soup making day, spent on my feet cooking to huge pots of low point veggie soup, so I didn't get around to the Shredding.

Monday was day 19 of the 30 day Shred as well as 3km of walking on the treadmill...

Shred on!!!

p.s. Stretchy jeans are awesome, but they can be evil... put regular jeans on today and kept waiting for them to relax LOL

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 17 - TGIF and day before weigh in

Day 17 and still plugging away at it... the workout is not getting boring yet... I'm still not an expert at it... but jeez, I'm getting sick of hearing the same "chit chat" over and over :S  Don't know the workout well enough to turn off the sound.. but it's quite tempting LOL

I'm happy it's Friday, it's been a challenging week.  First week officially on weight watchers and I had a two day course with lunch provided.  I also had many temptations, but I'm happy to report that I resisted the majority of them.... and those that I gave into.. I measured out and counted the points in my tracker.

I'm very nervous about the weigh in because I ate all my points every day (35) AND I ate almost all of my weekly flex points.  That's a lot more calories than I'd been letting myself have before..... I didn't eat any of my activity points.  I earned 26 points!  That's almost 2 points per day :)  Sweet!

Anyway... I'm still SUPER NERVOUS!  I really want to have a loss... it would suck if my first week was 0.2 loss or even a gain! *gasp* perish the thought!!!  Positive thoughts.  Loss, Loss, Loss, Loss

*must wear lightest pants I own*  hahaha

Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 15 and 16 - The Shred continues....

Still continuing the Shred challenge and really liking how it makes me feel.

Dare I jinx myself and claim that the workouts are starting to make me feel "Toit like a Toiger" or "tight like a Tiger" for those of you that haven't seen the Austin Powers movie Goldmember :P

So yeah, feeling tighter... stronger, less body parts jiggling like jell-O.  Don't get me wrong, the whole body still jiggles... but it feels like the jello-O is getting tighter from the inside... I know, not a great description, and might possibly make you queasy if you think about it too much :P

I'm also feeling less out of breath when I run.... mind you i'm not running fast lately, but the runs are starting to feel easier... MAN, what a difference from the beginning when Alex and I started running!  I remember not being able to run for more than a minute... and that minute felt really long!

Ahhh the bad old days... good times.... good times...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 12, 13 & 14 - Skipped 2 days!

Shred Day 12 was on Friday, Saturday was busy with outings & errands, Sunday I was sick, but Monday I did Day 13 and today I did Day 14.... Shred on sweet Shredder, Shred on!

Still not sure how the weight will pan out, but I have neat chart that shows how much my inches have dropped... which I will reveal after the 30 days are done...

Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 11 - Super Shreddie!

Ok, my titles are lame LOL

Anywho, it's day eleven, I'm still Shredding and I'm pretty positive about it....weight-wise, not sure there will be a benefit, but measurement-wise I bet there will be some measurable differences.  They differences may not be visible, but I took before pics, so we'll take a looksee at the end of the 30 days.... embarrassing photos, but people tell me it's great to look back and take stock of how much progress has been made.

Stay tuned folks!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 10 - Holy Shreddies Batman!

I can't believe I've lasted a whole 10 days!  20 days to go :D

I almost missed today's Shred because I wasn't feeling well last night and woke up a bit late this morning.... but I managed to get my Shred on after work today.  Yay-me

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 9 - Shredding the apple!

I may gripe and moan about the lack of movement on the scale, but I'm thankful for the inches lost.  They aren't quite noticeable yet, but it's getting there.  I think by the time the 30 days roll by I will have made major strides forwards an actual core!  Woohoo!

It's exhausting working out everyday when you're not used to it.  I've been working out for over a year several times a week, but that was just running, no strength training or core exercise.  It was great to get my running in gear and to help maintain my weight, but it wasn't enough to help me loose.  Now with the 20 mins every morning that has a bit of cardio, strength training and core work I can build on that with my running and work my way towards some actual weight loss *fingers crossed*.

I had all the best intentions last week to re-add running, but it didn't happen.... i was wiped out.  So I'll add it back maybe this week, but absolutely for sure next week.

I am planning to go join weight watchers tomorrow night (if everything goes according to plan) so I'm excited about all the new information I'll be getting....it'll be like Christmas in weight watchers land!  I'm also gathering all the old WW stuff I have so that I can pack it up and send it to my parents.  They said they are interested in giving it a try.  At the very least it would help them with portion control and healthy eating.

Well I'm off... wiped out... that is me... and my back is sore... time to let my body get some rest.

Later Shreddies!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 7 and 8 - Shreddernutter

Still Shredding.... Shredded through the weekend and it looks like I'm down a few inches, but the scale isn't moving consistently in the right direction.... bleh... however, it's not going to stop me from completing my 30 day challenge.  I'm going to wait until the end of the 30 day challenge before I post any final numbers, measurements or even my before and after pics.. not that I think the pics will show much :P

Getting kind of sick of loosing during the week and gaining it back on the weekend just because I slept in and ate  majority of my points later in the day than a regular weekday.

It might require some creative sleeping arrangements on my part :P

Keep on keepin' on!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day six - Ener-Shreddy-bunny :D

Day 6 of the 30 day Shred and all is well in the world of Shred.  No muscle pain, extra endurance is building up and I'm sure I've lost an inch or two just after one week.  Sweet!

Added bonus is that I'm sleeping really really well these days LOL  I don't think I move at all during the night...the other bonus is the feeling of extra energy.  Normally on a Friday night I just want to lounge around and rest after a long hard week, but last night after a bit of a break after supper I cleaned half my house.  Saturday morning I got up, did day six of the Shred and then cleaned the other half of my house.  I think I've done more cleaning in these last 24 hours than I've done in the last 12 months hahaha

Live is good in Shred-land :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day five - Shred-O-matic!!!!

Day 5 of the Shred.  Still going strong, no tenderness at all now... yay!  Still sucking wind and modifying some of the jumping jacks, but I know I'm slowly getting better.

Friday, official weigh-in day after 5 days doing the 30 day Shred.  From one Friday to the next I'm UP 0.2, however the silver lining that you guys haven't seen from the blogosphere is that I really am back down... What?  Yeah... weekends I usually gain right?  So this is how the week went:

Friday Jan 7th = 241.6
Saturday Jan 8th = Didn't weigh.. too busy lounging around ....
Sunday Jan 9th =  Didn't weigh... too busy pigging out....
Monday Jan 10th = 243.6  (+2) - Day one of Shred
Tuesday Jan 11th = 242.4 (-1.2) - Day two of Shred
Wednesday Jan 12th = 240.2 (-1.2) - Day three of Shred
Thursday Jan 13th = 240.6 (+0.4) - Day four of Shred
Friday Jan 14th = 241.8 (+1.2) - Day five of Shred

You may think I'm upset, that I want to give it all up and just lounge around and eat chips.... No, not at all!  *Surprise!*

I am quite pleased that my weight is only 0.2 pounds up from last Friday because this is my time of the month.  Normally I could have gained 3 to 5 lbs on top of the 243.6 pounds that I weighed on Monday.

To me the big challenge is going to be Shredding through this weekend AND sticking to my points because Monday will be the first full week of doing the Shred.  I may not see a weight difference by Monday, but I'm hoping that the daily workouts will show some progress in my body measurements :)

Keep on shredding:  Shredding bad habits and shredding through your workouts!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day four - Shred-O-rific :D

The tenderness has almost totally disappeared and that impresses me because I'm just starting my T.O.M. and that usually means about a 5lb gain, sore body, really tired, want to eat chocolate/chips, and I only went up 0.4.  I was tired, but I had a fair amount of energy compared to other months, didn't go for the junk food... YAY for me!  I'm hoping my weight will go down a wee bit more as it's the official weigh in day tomorrow morning.

Still staying within my 25 food points and I've done so since Monday.... but the bigger challenge is coming and that would be the much anticipated, look forward too, but scale dreading weekend. :P

Time to hit the treadmill... talk to you later!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 3 of the Shred-tastic journey

Things were even less "tender" today, barely felt my arms at all unless I stretched them out and my upper abs were barely a butterfly twinge.  I'm really liking the short early morning workout... gets it out of the way and if I don't have time in the evening to do anything, at least I know I did something in the morning.

I really should do more in the evening, but I did groceries tonight, so there went at least 1.5 hours off my night.  Plus I just got the latest WW magazine and the New complete WW cookbook... so I'm kinda like a crow in a jewelery store distracted by all the shiny stuff  "CAW, CAW!"

Tomorrow John is going skiing after work, so I will treat myself to a run on the treadmill.  It'll be short, but it will be fun to get back on my rubber highway.... besides, I've got to dust the poor girl off after one month plus of ignoring her!!!  *gasp*  That's the longest I've been away from running since I started... blows my mind. :)

My weight is coming down, not sure about inches, but I'll weigh in on Friday (as usual) and maybe there will be a  good result after only 5 workouts completed. :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shredding with the oldie... (I'm the oldie)

Day 2 of the 30 day Shred challenge that I'm inflicting upon myself :)  I was a bit tender today, mostly upper body because I'm a road warrior and my legs are in pretty good shape dragging this big carcass around.  I was also a bit tender in my upper abs and obliques because my stomach "keg" is a slight indication that I have a mostly crappy core LOL  Rotten to the core baby!

The tenderness is kind of welcome... it makes me feel like I'm doing something good for myself.  We went to the movies after work and it helped me avoid the temptation of getting popcorn, or going out for dinner afterwards.  The tenderness reminded me that "Hey, do you really want to keep feeling sore body parts?  Because if you keep going out to eat or eating above your daily points, you're adding more day to the end of the hard part of working out... do you really want to do that????"   So I skipped the popcorn, and we ate at home.  Baby steps and yay for small victories.

I've read a lot of reviews online and looked at before & after results of the 30 day Shred and I hope that I don't lose momentum or get bored like several people mentioned online.  I don't expect that I will see huge results, but I'm hoping that the Shred will help me in the long run because it has the strength training component that I hate to do in the gym.  At least Jillian makes it more fun.  Standing or sitting there and pumping iron while counting reps on a machine bores me to tears!  She gets you to do bicep curls while you do lunges... multi-tasking!  Love it!  Plus you can't beat the 20 minutes.  Fits in nicely in the morning before my morning shower.

We will have to see how I deal with it on the weekends...

Stay tuned!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day one... Check!

The spare room/craft room has been reorganized with a nice big piece of floor space for me to Shred it up!

Well day one of the 30 day Shred challenge can be scratched off the calendar :)

Right now I feel good, and happy i was able to accomplish the early morning workout.  What worries me is the second day.  Mondays are rough as a general rule because I always have a hard time falling asleep on Sunday night... so last night my light went out at 1am... BEEP BEEP the alarm went off at 5am and I got up right away without hitting snooze, however, tomorrow will be a different story, more of a challenge.

If I can hit the treadmill after work while supper is cooking I might be able to tire myself out early and get to bed super early.

On Sunday I cooked up a big batch of soup, some chicken breasts and some whole wheat pasta.  I have the soup, chicken and post of the pasta portioned out for the week.  The extra pasta is in a large container and I can measure some out for supper if I have points left :)

Stay tuned!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hey Everybody!!!!! Happy New Year and all that jazz :D

I feel like I've been away forever!

The holidays with my family were great.  We had an awesome time, lots of laughs, lots of good food, lots of junk food, but somehow I still managed to go for a 5km walk almost everyday I was there.  I think that the walking was the magic ingredient because I managed to loose over 3.5 pounds while I was away.... I weighed 243 on December 16th and  and when I came back on December 30th I weighed 239.4.  Unfortunately, the time between December 30th and today was filled with pretty much the same kind of eating, but no walking... up went the weight again to 243.6 by Jan 4th, but it's not like I don't know why :P  In the end by the time this morning rolled around I had gone back down to 241.6.  It's not where I want to be, but it's better than 243.6

I'm not the type of person that likes to make resolutions... in fact I always resolve to not make any... and I accomplish that every year hehehe  What I do like about starting a new year is the feeling of renewal, second chances and a sort of renewed vigor when it comes to fitness and nutrition.

So I may not make resolutions, but I do make lots of plans.  I was originally hoping to run the 10km in May, but I haven't trained well enough or lost any weight, so I'm going to switch that to the 5km race in May, AND I am aiming to beat my personal best time of 44 minutes and 44 seconds.  I feel that goal is very achievable.

I also plan to take advantage of my gym membership and go to some Zumba classes or Cardio kick boxing with Alex.

I also plan to rearrange my workout areas (yes, i have more than one area LOL) to make my life a bit easier in the deep dark cold Canadian mornings.  I want to try and do the 30 day Shred challenge with my Jillian Michaels DVD.  I've done it twice, and was able to complete the workouts, which is sad.  So I started thinking about what is stopping me from working out early in the morning... other than it being crazy early.  I believe it's the fact that I was set up in the living room near my treadmill.  I dislike the DVD setup that requires me to mess around with a switch box to go between TV, Cable Box and DVD.  Dunno about you, but that early in the morning I'm not coordinated enough to be able to figure that out easily.  So, in my craft room/spare room/junk room upstairs I have a tiny TV with a DVD player.  It's closer to our bedroom, there will be more floor space once I do some re-arranging and the media setup is dead easy.

I'm hoping that along with the 30 days of Shred and the regular running 3 or 4 times a week that I will feel like I'm accomplishing some great new habits.

And the biggest plan of all is to go and join Weight Watchers, go to the weekly meetings and learn as much as possible about better eating habits.  Doing weight watchers on my own has helped me change my eating habits a lot, but I think need to re-learn everything because of the new plan, and I'd rather do it through my local meetings.  I don't regret doing the points program on my own because my body has definitely changed along with inches lost and a better eating plan, but I want to start out fresh and re-focus..


Keep yer fingers crossed for me!!!