Day 1

January 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm (Undefined) ()

Back at school and back on track! Although technically it’s day 2 for being on track. I’m starting to think that moving home will not be as difficult as I predicted. I’m doing ok on food so far, my parents have some health conscious foods that I was able to pull together for snack and lunch today so that makes me happy. Next week I’ll be able to have more input on food purchases, I wonder what I should ask for?

It does feel odd being back in school. It was nice to get the extra 30 min of sleep this morning. Also nice to WALK to school! My parent’s live a 10 min walk away, so that’s automatically 20 min of activity a day! Since I’m a year behind everyone I once knew, there are lots of new faces. Fortunately, there are some old acquaintances too, which is awesome because my first class required us to form our own groups.

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2009 is here!

January 3, 2009 at 4:52 am (Plans, Weight) (, , , )

Welcome to 2009. I’m ready to get back on track after the Christmas season. I had a really hard time sticking with the program, for some reason eating healthy just wasn’t on my agenda. Running however was a big priority and often made me later for other planned activities.

This year is all about endings and challenges. For the first 4 months I’m moving back home with my parents to finish my engineering degree. This is going to be a big, huge challenge. First off, I’ve been out of school for 16 months, I’m not going to know most of the people there. Second, I’m working part-time still at my current job, holding a job and going to school have never really worked out for me but I’m hoping the reduced course load and the flexibility of the job will work out. Last and most challenging for me is living at home with my parents.

I’ve been living on my own or with others for almost 4 years now. I’ve gotten into my routines and way of doing things that works awesomely for me. I know how to shop and make yummy WW friendly foods. I take care of myself and do exercise. I’ve got a good groove going. When I’m at home that all goes in the gutter. Mom loves to make meals and goes WAY overboard with portion sizes and doesn’t like to use reduced fat foods (but loves to not use oil to stir fry and pan fried meats that benefit from healthy fats). She is constantly making food and then telling me what she put in it AFTER she’s overfilled my plate. I’m going to have to start making food more often, but there is no way that I can make food every night and my mother and sister are very attached to the current food situation (my dad however LOVES to try new foods and has told me he’s going to start eating healthier with me). I’m very worried about this but have got to find the strength to persevere and forge my own way. This is also something I’m going to work on in 2009: making me think I’m important and not caring what other people might think of me for acting that way.

2009 will also be the end of my weight issues. Come hell or high water, by Dec 31, 2009 I WILL WEIGHT 165 LBS OR LESS! I’m hoping that it can be done in 4 months or less but weight loss is a journey and it has ups and downs and plateaus that are all part of the process.

Ongoing good things that I’m looking forward to in 2009 include:

– Fully running the TC 10k in April,

– Making friends with all the new babies arriving this year,

– Spending more time with my fantastic, loving boyfriend, and

– Enjoying life and food to the fullest!

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One week down!

November 20, 2008 at 12:23 am (Weight) (, )

So it’s been a week and I’ve managed to stay pretty well on target! I even when to the island for the day on Saturday, but managed to keep my food in check!

I’ve got to say that I’m really excited about running, it’s been a great sweaty adventure, but it wasn’t nearly as hard as I imagined getting back into the swing of it. I also went on the WiiFit for a while yesterday and did some new exercises and yoga poses. I held the dancer’s pose for the full time without falling!!

I know that it’s only one week, but for now I think: if I can do one week, the rest should be too hard, right?

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Score 1 for Me!

November 13, 2008 at 10:07 pm (Weight) (, , )

So, in accordance with the new plan, I did a 30 min run/walk on the treadmill yesterday. Yes, the schedule did say 40 min, but I decided that I only needed 5 minute warm up and cool down walks. That and using a self powered treadmill is harder for me than it looks! I had to mostly hold the handles to be able to lean forward and propel the belt, if I walked normally, the belt would hardly move! I was very proud of myself.

Today there is little time for WiiFit (which was my plan for non-running days) but this is because I’m going to try Hot Yoga tonight with some friends from Vancouver! I’m very excited because I haven’t done yoga in a while and being in a 40C room while doing yoga sounds both sweaty and alluring. I figure that 60 min of yoga will make up for the lack of WiiFit.

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Lacking Motivation

November 12, 2008 at 8:11 pm (Plans, Weight) (, , )

For the last few weeks my motivation for weight loss has gone down the tube. It all started 3 weeks ago when I had a super busy week full of eating out and running around combined with an unsatiable craving for muffins, brownies and almost all things sugary. It seemed like nothing that week would satisfy me except baked goods and the occasional bit of chicken. The following week I vowed to do better, after the weekend was up (being Hallowe’en I had parties and potlucks and still my craving for cupcakes and cookies). I did fairly well during the week, it’s a lot easier to be good at work were it’s more work to get bad food than to eat the healthy food that I brought. It was also a slower week so I could make dinners and plan for lunches. This current week was another right off. Going to my parents for the weekend always throws a wrench in my plans as my mom is not fond of changing food habits and scoffs at the idea of using lower fat versions of things. Going for 4 days, staying at a hotel (breakfast at restaurants), celebrating a late Thanksgiving (we were camping for the real holiday and this was the first chance to visit my family since), visiting a friends new pizzeria/bistro, and being offered doughgods (think Langos/Elephant Ears/Beaver Tails but 2in across and homemade, that, btw, Mom only makes once a year, maybe) did not help.

I think that my real problem was that I was sick of worrying about food every second of the day. I just wanted to enjoy life and friends and family without being bogged down by attemping to make the healthier choice, there are too many other foods that taste so yummy and I haven’t had forever. I also feel like I’ve lost 70-80lbs, I’m doing way better than I was 2 years ago, why should I need to lose more? These I have noticed are my road blocks. My issue is that I’m not sure how to circumvent these road blocks and get back on the bandwagon.

I’ve read a lot of websites that say to remember some time when you were really happy with yourself or get out a dress that used to fit you and that you want to wear again or think of your original reason for loosing weight or think of how you want to feel for a particular event or date. But every time in the past that I think I was really happy or felt special, I was heavier, I’ve never been a healthy weight (unless you count me as a baby). For example, the last time I weighed 185 lbs, I was probably about 13-14 years old. I’m charting new waters, I won’t find a memory that will propel me forward. The reason I first started loosing weight is now mostly invalid, I wanted to loose weight so I was healthier, happier and didn’t have to shop in the “fat lady” stores. I wanted to be able to fit into a size 12 (which I can quite comfortably do in most stores) and have the choice to find my own style (which I have not been financially able to achieve.) And feeling healthier and happier just doesn’t seem to have the same motivating powers. Lastly, setting a date for me is hard. It’s not like I have my wedding in a few months which is probably the only deadline that I’d actually stick to. My philosophy with life is that it happens, if you miss a date or event, your life is not going to fall apart, it’ll keep going, you might slow down, but eventually, it’ll all work out and there is a light on the other side. So if I miss my goal, I’d feel a bit bad, but tell myself it was only an arbitrary day not the end of the world.

However, feel pretty gross after my 3 week food binge, so I took the time this morning to actually write down what I was feeling, why I still wanted to loose weight, what my goals were and how I was going to accomplish it. I think that I will post it all in a new page, then I can refer back to it when I need to and I can get comments, engouragement and such. I’ll also stick the paper to my fridge so I can look at it every morning. I also printed out a training clinic for learning to run 10K and put dates next to the practice runs so I know when and what I’m doing. Hopefully by the end of 9 weeks (I’m starting at week 4, 3 min run and 2 min walk) I will be able to keep up with my best friend while we train for the 10K at the end of April. I’m also going to try and update this more often with thoughts and such… it is apparently going to turn into a weight loss blog. But not for long!! I will succeed!!!

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Breakfast

November 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm (Food) (, )

Apparently I’m not posting nearly as much as I’d hoped, or well anticipated I could if I had my own blog. But so be it, life is life and here I am, posting again today.

A few days ago I was poking around and I have no idea where it came from but I found this fancy little website that whole focus is pictures of breakfast (http://simplybreakfast.blogspot.com/). A photographer from New York takes artful photos of her daily morning meal and posts them on a blog. Rarely a word to explain the breakfast (although sometimes the comments try) the photos speak for themselves. It is quite interesting to see the different things people eat. I love breakfast, so seeing some of these quick yet yummy looking meals gives me some ideas to try.

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Three Posts in a Row

October 3, 2008 at 5:34 pm (Weight) (, , )

Work has been ridiculously busy lately and I’ve barely gotten a break to do anything, let alone find time to write a post. So I’ve innondated the blog with three posts today. In theory, I wanted to publish Gradma’s Fabric on Tuesday, but my computer didn’t save automatically and I lost over half of what I had written (I hope my re-write was somewhat close to the original). And of course, October is Here was ment to post on Wednesday, but I was busy bustin’ my ass on the treadmill and getting ready for my weigh in. Yesterday was a fantastic 13 hour work day that involved four ferry rides and three hours of driving. So now I’m here, Friday at last and not a whole lot to do this weekend (at least nothing I have to get up super early for).

I have now updated my weigh in page. I had a not so great week two weeks ago, a friendly get together with lots of food and fun followed by a really late dinner where I overate did not help. Last week was very good though, despite eating at my favourite breakfast restaurant on Sunday when I knowingly had a Turkey dinner get together that night (there were tons and tons of warm veggie side dishes that I piled up beside my small portion of turkey then avoided all the pies and tarts and opted for a fruit dessert. Just proves that I can splurge and have fun as long as I plan and stick to it.

This week discovered the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches and I will never look back. Those things are freaking delicious!!! And so filling, for only 2 points each!!! I refuse to leave any less than two packages of those in my freezer 🙂 I also went on the treadmill for 45 minutes on Monday and Wednesday, so I’m hoping to do it again tonight and then keep it up next week. It’s really fairly easy to do while watching an episode of Babylon 5 (I’ve got another 2.6 seasons to go and then there’s always House, Heroes, and Doctor Who if I get bored). I haven’t been running, but I’ve been doing hills at a fast walking pace that leaves my legs feeling a bit like jelly and my shirt wet, so I think it’s good enough. I discovered that I shuffle my feet some while I’m walking, which doesn’t really affect me when using a motorized treadmill (like the one at my boyfriend’s house) but I’ll have to learn to pick up my feet when going on the manual tradmill at home. I’m looking forward to another good loss this week, got to keep on that schedule for my goal!

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October is Here!!

October 3, 2008 at 5:13 pm (Undefined) (, , )

It is finally October, I love this time of year! I am such a fall fanatic. I love the colours of the trees as they change from spring green to reds and oranges and browns. I really should break out the camera again and go for a walk in the neighbourhood before all the leaves fall and it starts to rain continously. I love the rain and the cold weather. Call me crazy but bundling up in a warm blanket and reading a good book on the couch or just sitting and watching the rain fall with a cup of warm tea or apple cider is one of my favourite things to do. I love that I can finally start wearing cozy sweaters and long sleeve shirts and jackets and hoodies and scarfs and hats without people thinking that I’m crazy. Fall is wonderful!

But my most favourite thing about fall is the food. I love all the fresh apples and pumpkins and butternut squashes. It means that I can make fresh apple pie, pumpking pie (a specialty of mine I’m told), apple-cranberry cider, chai tea, beef stew with biscuits, oatmeal with raisins and apples, gingerbread cake, pumpkin loaf, chili, chicken and mushroom casserole, mushroom soup, butternut squash soup, all the yummy “stick to your ribs and warm you from the inside” foods. I think my project for this weekend is going to be to make slow-cooker beef stew and a soup of some kind (bring on the ReBar cookbook!) It is so nice to be able to heat up a bowl of soup when you’re tired and cold and hungry. I’m also going to have to make something yummy to bring to work for treats on Monday. Hmmm, baking weekend, can’t wait to find recipes and share!

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Grandma’s Fabric

October 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm (Undefined) (, , )

Last Saturday I went home to visit my mom and help her clean out her parents house. My grandmother passed away almost 2 years ago and Mom, her siblings, and Granddad have all been cleaning and sorting and chucking and donating piles and piles and piles of stuff from the house since then. How did they collect so much stuff? I vow never to collect that much, I will only aquire things if I need them or if I could use them in the forseeable future.

My grandmother was the most amazing person, she was fabulously active and creative (but you’d have to be with 4 kids and job as an elementary school teacher!) I will always remember Grandma sewing, she would make just about anything and everything you could possibly need. She sewed shirts, nighties, skating costumes, dresses, pants, gloves, hats, jackets, etc. for all of her kids and grandkids. She would also take just about every quilting class available and started some fabulous quilts (she had my knack for starting things and not quite finishing them.) So needless to say, her fabric stash was monumental. I kid you not, if you put all the fabric she had together, it would fill a bedroom, wall to wall and floor to ceiling! Not to mention a small rainbow of threads to match. She had every kind of fabric imaginable, from terry cloth to batiks, fleece to flannel, cottons to silks.

Saturday though was all about going through her newest aquisitions, which was my personal favourite fabric time period, because Grandma had started to do free stitching workshops (which required many texture coloured fabrics in similar colours to create landscapes and underwater fish quilts), Japanese style quilts (with such beautiful prints!) and she’d started liking the bright coloured batik patterned fabric that I adore. Mom and I found some absolutely perfect fabrics (yes, I do have a purpose for these fabrics!) and we even found some of Grandma’s finished wall hangings that Mom had been looking for, including a Grand Canyon, the Tea House, a rainbow rocket ship to the stars (I think it was called Reach for the Stars) and another Japanese inspired blue quilt. I can not wait to have time to start making quilts again, it is really something I’d like to do to remember my grandma by.

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Into the 21st Century

September 21, 2008 at 11:46 pm (Undefined) ()

So yesterday, I finally had enough of people looking at me like I was from another planet (including my boyfriend’s mom, the IT guy at work, a business client, etc.) and I bought a microwave. I have lived for four of the last five years without a microwave because it really wasn’t that necessary to me to have one. Every once in a while I thought it would be nice to make a bag of microwave popcorn or heat up a pizza pocket in 2 minutes (rather than 45 min in the oven) but overall I was pretty ok with the lack of micro waves in my kitchen.

Now my brand new, 1.1 cubic foot, 1100W GE Microwave oven sits happily on my counter waiting for me to remember to go to the store and get popcorn or pizza pops. That or my famous Fudgy Sauced Pudding (recipe to follow) or caramel sauce to put on ice cream. Right, I need to get a microwave cookbook.

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