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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Muir Murray Winery 5 km - Goal Achieved

What a feeling crossing that finish line in the pouring rain! Thirty minutes for the 5 km run, in the rain and mud, along the dykes in beautiful Wolfville NS. A feeling like no other,and I am so proud of myself for doing it. Earlier in the week I had pretty well talked myself out of it. Thanks to the tremendous support of family and friends I accomplished my goal.
 Getting ready to line up. I was so lucky to have my best friend Jacqui with me for encouragement. She stood in the rain with me, so I could stay dry, under an umbrella until the race started.

Here is a cool shot of the runners running along the dykes. It was quite muddy and a few runners chose to run up on top of the dykes.

I was feeling fantastic when I reached the half way point, where the wine station was situated. I was actually so surprised, that I asked someone if this was where I was to turn around for the 5 k. Asked if I was staying for a drink I replied "hell no" and ran off. I knew if I stopped I would lose my momentum!
When I knew I was getting close to the end, I looked at my watch and was shocked to see how fast I was going. There was a really good chance I was going to make it in 30 minutes. My goal was to do the run in 40 minutes, so the adrenalin really set in and my legs found strength from deep within.
 My best friend Jacqui was waiting at the finish line, in the car, trying to time when to get out to see me cross.  I was coming up to the end when she was exiting the car. Poor thing I was yelling at the top of my lungs
"JACQUI, I DID IT". People told me I would feel this rush and excitement, but I honestly can say it was one of the best moments of my life! To have one's best friend being at the finish line cheering you on was something I will never forget!

Shortly after receiving my gift bag,we headed off to Patty's Pub for brunch. This being a significant place for us girls. I have known Jacqui for over 28 years. Years ago we lost touch and lived a few hours apart. Thanks to Facebook and us having a mutual friend (that we had both made about 10 years ago) we are reunited. We met up a few years back, at a sweet coffee shop in Wolfville, then proceeded to Patty's for brunch. Jacqui is my soul mate girlfriend and I truly love her as the sister I never had!

 Here we are dressed in matching pink jackets that she bought for us for this day. Now to know Jacqui and her firey red hair,you would know she does not wear pink. To know me, is to know pink is my favorite color EVER!

 What a fantastic day this was. I know now, I can accomplish more than I give myself credit for. I have a fantastic support system of family and friends. Looking forward to starting my 10 k training. Hoping to do a few more 5k races in December and then the Bluenose 10 k in May.

I have definitely been bitten by the running bug! 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Honestly I'm scared.

There I said it. I am signed up for my first 5 km run next Saturday. Here are my excuses for not going:

1-I don't think I can do it! Seriously,I don't think I can run 5 km YET! I missed a good three weeks of running due to a "man cold" and my husband traveling a lot in the month of October.

2-Today I finished week 8 of the C25k. Yes I can run for 28 minutes straight BUT I am so f**ing slow,the walkers will be passing me.

3-My hip has really been hurting and I think it is because I am not losing any weight and running is flaring up my bursitis.

OK now you can all call me a wimp and tell me everything will be fine,but I am so upset inside and disappointed in myself. Why am I being like this and why won't my body let go of this weight??


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Funny things about blogs......

Is people really do read them!

There have been some changes in blogland and one of my favorites is taking a break. 
Maybe subconsciously, I thought it was time to take a break too! I have been under the weather for the last
two weeks with a cold....felt like a "man cold" for all you married ladies!
I felt run down, and my husband was away for work. So I made excuses...yes I did. I could have moved my body a few of those days,but instead I had a pity party. 

I did not run for two weeks!

I felt yucky and the scale did not move, in fact it went in the wrong direction.
I was starting to get worried,was I slipping backwards?? I kept telling myself,
"today I will run",
but it wasn't happening.

Yesterday morning when I got up,I dressed for a run. I knew that it was time. No more excuses.
Yes, I was a bit slower,but I did it.... and can finally say, I am finished Week 7 of the C25k.
Surprisingly, I could have kept running........what  a feeling.

I hope I have my mojo back, because I love this feeling!

One of the motivating factors to get me moving
was from a friend on Facebook. I asked for some of her motivation,
and she told me she got it from me, and a pair of hot black skinny jeans!

The point to my post is that I read blogs as often as I can. I don't post a lot of comments on 
the blogs I read. Truthfully, I don't get very many posts on my own blog. In fact when I get a comment,
you would probably laugh if you so just how excited I get! 

Today I noticed a tab for stats. I had never seen it before and clicked on it.
OMG people are reading what I write. That my friends is tres cool!
To keep my mojo running, I take bits and pieces from some great blogs,
and hopefully today, you take a little piece from mine.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I'm a Winner.....really I am!

This whole blog and twitter world is still so new to me. I can post on my blog without much cursing,but still can't figure out how to make tabs at the top. Twitter is still a little difficult....don't really get how to do a reply twitter yet, without doing a copy and past,but then maybe that is the only way to do it??

So imagine my surprise when I start winning all this "stuff" from just reading blogs. 

 First it was a bracelet from Bye Bye Fat Pants
 The bracelet says:
"One bite at a time.
One decision at a time."

That was cool and I will admit I wear it everyday!

Shortly after I won a coupon for some Chee Cha Puffs
Whoo hoo, went to the Bulk Barn and picked up my favorite chip flavour...salt & vinegar.
Chee Cha Puffs did not disappoint.
Next up, from Crystal at Bye Bye Fat pants again! Poor girl.. I was a winner.
Received an email last night from Silver Hills Bakery:

Hello Conny – congratulations on winning the contest from Bye Bye Fat Pants. I would like to send you one of our fun t-shirts and 5 coupons for free bread.
Can you tell me what size t-shirt you would like?

We have:

Men – Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
Women – Medium, Large, X-Large
Youth – Small, Medium, Large

I look forward to hearing from you.
Wendy McClelland – Marketing Manager

In other news,I am almost finished week 7 of the C25k. One more run to do on Saturday.
Last week I did not post my weigh loss as it was not a "great" time of the month" and I was up a bit.
Hoping that this week will at least show something in a downward position!
So yeah I am feeling pretty lucky lately.
  Not only am I feeling like a winner from getting to read all these wonderful blogs that you ladies write. (even if you are changing what you write about,I am still interested because I am getting attached to the person). I have been lucky enough to win a few prizes along the way!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Shoe Porn....wanna see what I got ???

I ♥ shoes.  One of my favorite quotes is:
"One shoe can change your life ~Cinderella~ "
Shoes have been featured in a few blogs I follow. In one blog,with every 10 lbs the blogger loses, she gets a new pair of shoes.  When losing and gaining weight,some clothes get shoved to the back of the closet,but shoes always seem to fit.
Here is my closet of shoes...not too many, but I do love them all!

These are the knee highs close up.

Maybe next week I'll do my Lululemon porn : )

Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's Saturday...weigh in day!

Down 1.4 lbs....I'll take it! 

Was hoping for a bit more of a jump.  A loss is a loss, and as long as the scale is going down, I am happy.

I joined the world of Weight Watchers Online on Friday.  I received an email where there was no sign up fee. This made it a savings of about $40,so I figured I would try tracking to keep me in line. I have been eating the right food for my body, but wonder sometimes if I might be eating too much. Inputting all my data yesterday made me think I have been eating too much. I really would like to lose this 45 lbs by my 46th birthday on February 8,2011.

I finished week 5 of the C25k program this week.  Today was my last run of the week and it was a 5 minute brisk walk,followed by a 25 minute run with no breaks,then another 5 minute cool down walk. I won't lie, I was a bit intimidated again, as the most I had been running was 8 minutes...what the heck were they thinking going from 8 to 25 minutes??? I told myself that if I needed to stop for a break, I would.....BUT I never even felt like I had to!!!! I set a good pace for myself and I know I could have run for even longer.  Mind you my legs are really feeling it now, but it is a good pain. The kind of pain that lets you know your body is working with you.

Looking forward to starting week 6 of the program on Monday.  I am even thinking of doing this run in October, before I do the Muir Winery run on November 6th.  Maybe once I have finished next weeks run I will make the decision. In December,there is the Santa Shuffle which would be fun to do if there isn't any snow. After those 3 runs,it will be time to start training for a 10 k in the spring
: )
I think I got the runner's bug!

Just to end on a funny note, my butt is still sore from last weekend's bike riding. Who would have thought with all that cushion?? LOL.  I am hoping to do an hours bike ride tomorrow, as the weather so far is showing a sunny day.  Hope the sun in shining in your part of the world too!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

All caught up!

I joined a challenge for the 1st of September that Syl from Live Smile Run started. Believe me, I had every intention of starting September 1st, but I left life get in the way. Lynn from
Next Chapter blog suggested getting caught up by doing some extra workouts and I have taken her advice. I am happy to report I have done my five 20 minutes workouts today. First thing this morning I did my C25k run,then before supper I did a 30 minute bike ride with hubby and two of the kiddies. After supper I went for a 45 minute bike ride. Guess what my legs feel like??
But I am super happy to be caught up! Tomorrow I will take my measurements!
Have you seen this Nike ad? I think that 
they finally may be ""getting it"

13 Days later and......

I did it! Put my feet to the beat and did my C25k run. This is week 5 for me, and to tell the truth, I was almost psyching myself out when I heard what my run was going to be for the week. My brain was telling me to start week 4 again to be on the safe side.  My heart (my inner runner) told me to at least try it. Here I sit with a nice sweat on and feeling the tightness in my legs....I need to bottle this feeling for the days I don't want to run. At one point in my run, I  shouted out loud "I am a runner"!
Empowerment ladies.. I am back!
Look out Muir Winery, cause this is gonna be one excited
lady when I cross the finish line to my first 5 k run!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Please..... I need the Reset Button!

Well the drive back from Ontario and arriving home has not been nice to me. Or should I say I have not been nice to myself. I have not found any free time to exercise and boy is it showing on the scale.
 I also realized before I left Ontario, that the big loss I thought I had, was not for real. I was heartbroken.
When I first arrived at my FIL I had put the scale in the landing,(and yes I brought my scale with me),but decided to move it a few days later as it seemed to be in the way. Silly me put it in my bedroom on a very thin carpet. Well that thin carpet did not make the scale work the loss I thought I had was not real,and I had actually stayed the exact same.  Which I really should be happy about as I would have normally gained at least  6 lbs on vacation.

Since being home for the past 8 days I have not done my C25k,which I am really missing. Getting 3 kids ready to go back to school, has utterly exhausted me to the point, I just wanted to curl up and hide from the world. Really ladies,shopping is a hobby for me,but back to school shopping is ugly!

If you watch the weather at all,you might notice too that us Nova Scotians have been going through a bit of a humidity problem. I feel like someone opened the gates of hell here!! My body is drenched at all times of the day and here's a makes me CRANKY! So hopefully this little hurricane we are suppose to also be getting,will arrive as a very mild storm and break this heat spell. PLEASE!!!!!

So I am setting the RESET BUTTON and I will weigh myself on Saturday, and hopefully start week 5 on Friday night.
September 1st was also the first day of the challenge I joined with Syl at Live,Smile,Run. I am sad to say I did not accomplish that last night. I am going to try and make it up to myself today.....if only the humidex stays below 40.

Wish me luck I may need it!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Doing my happy dance!!!

OMG, I just did my weekly weigh in and I am down 2.4 lbs.  Now ladies you need to remember I am on vacation. I normally GAIN at least 6 lbs on vacation.....this is totally amazing!!!
I am going to finish week four of the C25k either today or tomorrow depending on the weather. We were going to go to the beach today but there are some dark clouds rolling in.

I spent the day yesterday at the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. I walked the mall for 5+ hours carrying my laptop. I brought the laptop, as I figured I would be finished shopping before my family was done at the Science Centre. The funny thing is when I finally did sit down for a rest, my laptop was dead. I had forgot to power it off before I left. DUH!

Well I am off to figure out what to do today with the family....just wanted to do a quick update.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

On My Holidays!

Saturday morning at a very early 7 am, we packed up our kids,sent the dogs to the grandparents, and headed on our holidays! Happy,happy,joy,joy! Two days of travel to get to St Catharines, to see my husbands side of the family.  We had already flown one child ahead of time, as hubby had business in Toronto, early on in the week.  Another stop in Montreal to pick up my oldest daughter and we were on our way. 

The drive was great and I had no problems finding healthy eats along the way. I had baked up a big batch of Cosmic cookies from Planet Organic to bring along too.  Fresh blueberries are very easy to find right now, so all was good in my little food world.

We arrived around supper time on Sunday evening and Chinese food was ordered in so we could all relax and enjoy each others company.  It had been two years since we had all been together.  Yummy it was,and I ate things that I shouldn't have, and wow what a difference in how I felt. It hit me so fast....bloated stomach and gassy,along with cramps.  It really proved to me, that when I don't eat properly, I will pay the price!
Needless to say I have watched every bite since!

I started week 4 of C25K and so proud of that.  I am sure I have mentioned before that I had done week one, a few times, and never had success.  This time I am LOVING IT!!!! Now it was a bit harder to do here in St Kitts, as the humidity is high,but believe me I was doing my best.

We were out doing tourist stuff this afternoon, when I got an email from Crystal at  OMG I won a bracelet......I was ecstatic.....I never win anything!!
This is what I won:

One bite at a time.
One decision at a time.  

Wow I love the bracelet and my favorite color is pink...doing my happy dance!

Everyone is in bed and sound asleep,so I am signing off to get some zzzzz's too! Big day tomorrow, as we are all going to Wonderland.  Thursday is visiting some wineries, and Friday the Science Centre in Toronto, and fingers crossed......The Eaton Centre!!!

PS Please take a look at Crystals website for a chance to win this book too! Operation Beautiful is a huge hit and I need to buy a cute pack of post it notes to start leaving my notes for women.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Need a giggle.....

This lady has the funniest blog and has had me giggling for months now. I don't ever drink coffee, when I know I am going to go to her site, for fear of ruining my laptop. 

Take a minute out of your crazy day and enjoy!

Highly Irratable

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I am on a quest to make the best smoothie ever. This last one I just made for supper came pretty close to being perfect. Although I am sure I lost weight by having to suck so hard to get it through the straw. In went some of my new ingredients I just purchased tonight

Into my Kitchen Aid blender went :
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/4 cup Organic Vanilla Yogurt
2 tbsp Salba
1 scoop Vegan Smoothie Infusion
5 Frozen Strawberries
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
Drizzle of Agave Syrup

Gave that a quick spin around and poured it into a nice frosty mug....YUMMY but a bit too thick. Next time I will add a bit more almond milk.  I am not sure what makes it so thick, the vegan mix or the salba??
Anyways I am sure I won't be hungry for a while after that workout supper!

I went and bought the agave syrup to replace the splenda I have been using in my coffee in the mornings.  I have been eating so well the past few weeks,and realized this morning I needed to break free from the splenda too.

Here is a food day in the life of Conny:
3 cups of coffee in one gigantic mug (please be aware this is my only coffee of the day)
1 cup of organic rice puffs with almond milk and 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries on top

Mid-morning snack
1 golden delicious apple

2 slices of carrot spelt bread
4 ounces tuna with a bit of mayo and green onion

Mid afternoon snack: (I knew I was going to be having a late supper)
1 plum
5 sesame rice crakers
8 homemade roasted almonds

Smoothie above

I am also on my last water bottle, which will bring me to 10 glasses for the day.
I am thinking not great on the veggies today, but hoping that what was in the Vegan Smoothie Infusion will partly make that up.

One of the biggest changes since I started eating healthy, is that I have given up diet grapefruit pop.  I was addicted and drank almost a 2 litre a day. I really think since I gave it up, it has taken away my night snacking and the craving for chips/popcorn crackers etc.

I just want to leave you with a funny story about my C25k run yesterday.  As you might have read I have started running on a trail near my home.  I peed before I left the house, but after my second run, I knew I really,really had to go again.(remember too I have had 4 kids).  Since I was on the trail I took the chance....I looked ahead...nobody in site.....I looked behind.....nobody in site.  I stepped two feet off the trail and with my lily white butt facing the direction I was running I peed......and while I was looking at the direction I had just come from, with my panties and capris around my ankles, doesn't a guy on a bike go by.......I promise you this.....I will never wear the same outfit I wore yesterday to run in, for fear of seeing this man again and having him recognize me or at least my ass!!!!

 I am getting a bit nervous about being on vacation and keeping up the great eating.  I just feel so determined this time that I think know I can keep in control of what goes in my mouth.
Fourty- five with fourty- five pounds to lose.....I'm on my way!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Week 2 weigh in was another success

I was excited to get on the scale on Saturday morning, as I was pretty sure I was down some weight. The loss was great - 2.2 lbs.......I'll take it!!! Such a great way to start my day.

  I quickly got dressed and headed out for my first session of Week 3 of C25k.  The running part was fantastic and I even ran on the trail for some of it. My husband is leaving for Toronto for a golf tournament meeting on Tuesday until Friday of this week.  I already have picked out the days to do my runs, and I needed to figure out a way to bring  two of my kiddies (on their bikes) with me. I mapped out the perfect run, so there will be no excuses not to do it!!

I went to visit a friend Wednesday night, who is also seeing the same gentleman I saw to help me eat properly.
They were talking about roasting their own almonds which really sounded yummy and easy to do.
First you soak the almonds over night in water to remove any pesticides or yucky stuff .

Then rinse and drain really well, and spread on a cookie sheet.

Sprinkle with lots of sea salt and roast until they are nice and dry and crispy. I had the almonds in the oven at about 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.....but watch them closely so they don't burn.

OMG these are so tasty! I must tell you it was hard to keep my hand out of the jars but what a nice snack!

I also found a wonderful salad dressing on another blogger's site. I made it on Friday night and it is a keeper. So simple but so tasty. I will not be buying salad dressing again ever!!
Here it is:

Better Than Bottled Balsamic Vinaigrette

The easiest and most delicious homemade dressing I have ever made!
Adapted from Dreena Burton’s Eat Drink & Be Vegan ‘Back-to-Basics’ dressing.
  • 2.5 tablespoons balsamic, white, or red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard or regular mustard
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 minced clove of garlic (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Directions: Toss all ingredients into a bowl and whisk! Makes about 1/2 cup of dressing.

I think I could eat the dressing all by itself.

Remember my before picture ? Well I told you I would be blowing it up and I did!! This is what is on my fridge and cupboard:



Baby steps.....but I'm on my way!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I'm Doing it........Muir Winery here I come!!

My first official 5 km run.....and I am psyched!!

Here are the details of where the run is:

     Wine Run 

Isn't this place beautiful??

I am sure I read a detailed version of "running by the dykes and vineyards" so it should be a picturesque run. I also received an email from the ladies at Runalicious  on Facebook and I quote them :

So guys just wanted to let all you runners out there know that I just registered for a really fun run....The Muir Murray Wine Run it's happening November 6 in Wolfville we are hoping to be able to get out and sell some shirts here as well...check it out and register--- by the way all the water stations are wine stations for fun is that!!! get a DD for your drive home.... 

Sounds like the best way to have your first real official run...don't you think?? I am giddy with excitement.

I finished week 2 of the C25k today, and that was a wonderful feeling! I started the two hundred squats last night, so my quads were pretty tight. I didn't care. I was on a high when Mr Ulley (the man who does the podcasts) told me I was starting my last run.  I kept telling myself "you're a runner,you're a runner",to the tune of the train who said "I think I can" LOL.

Have a great night ladies!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Anyone up for a Challenge??

As mentioned in earlier posts, the C25k is going great.  I really wanted to finish up week 2 today, but it looks like I have gotten rained out. Please believe me when I say I could do it today in the rain,but I am a little scared of falling and hindering all my progress.  I did do one of the workouts Saturday morning in PEI in a light rain which felt wonderful! Today it is pouring here.

I feel I need to start something else and remembered I had bookmarked a site a few months back. Here it is ladies and you need nothing but time to complete it!

200 squats

I am going to start tonight and hopefully this will complement my running program.

My eats are going really well.  I don't think I really mentioned what I am following, but I have cut wheat out of my diet and most dairy at this time. I really think the lack of bread/crackers and eating more protein is really helping me lose the weight. I am excited to get weighed this week as it looks like I have lost more weight which I never want to find nor recycle again!

What are you doing this week to challenge yourself?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I gotta feeling......................that its gonna be a great week!!!

Try singing that to the tune of the Black Eyes Peas.....LOL

Had a nice couple of nights away in PEI, with no over indulgences on my part. The great part is that my friend is very into healthy eating and even had spelt bread for my morning toast. I also got a great recipe for a smoothie.  Any suggestions on protein powder? I was thinking of buying some of the vanilla whey from Costco. Please feel free to leave some suggestions.

My girlfriend and I got up and went to the Charlottetown Farmers Market on Saturday morning and I was in heaven.  I wish I would have brought my camera there to capture some great pictures.  What a great little market with so much fresh produce! If you are ever in Charlottetown it is so worth it!

I did have a delicious ice cream from the Cow Ice Cream Factory. I needed to get the kiddies out of the house for a drive and they knew the Cow Factory was very close to where we were staying   : )
Our friends don't have children at home so there wasn't a lot for them to do.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Weigh In day early

Thankfully, it's a long weekend here in Halifax as we celebrate Natal Day!  I really can use an extra day off right now.  Vacation seems to take a long time to come around, when you haven't had a week off since November. An extra day here and there is refreshing!

We are leaving tonight for PEI to visit some great friends.  I am dreaming of Corona and hot favorite pass time, when visiting them on the island! Since we are leaving tonight, I decided that Friday would be my weigh in day. I didn't want  to bring along my scale and look like a total dweeb...but don't put it past me!! I have been known to go away and bring it with me.  The trip even involved an airplane ride ~giggle~!

Here are the results of my first week:

OHHHH EMMMM GEEEEEE  I lost 5.2 lbs this week!!!!!
I am in shock as I don't think I have ever lost that much in a week EVER!!! For the 6 or plus times I have done Weight Watchers or any other program,it would take me forever to lose that much!!

 In other great news I have completed week one of the C25k running program. I have started this program a few times before. I have never ever finished week one before. I must admit the first two run portions of the first week, felt like I had cement blocks attached to my legs. I literally was putting one foot in front of the other and moving at a very slow pace.  Yesterdays run felt like "old times".  I was running and my body was moving like it use to (although the jiggle of my butt and belly and boobies is there) and I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs " I am doing it". 

About three weeks ago I was driving home from Windsor and a hummingbird flew in my window.

Poor birdie! I thought it was a rock  that had grazed my head.  I kept thinking how lucky I was to not have been knocked out while driving! I was going to pull over to find the rock, as I figured it was in the back seat.  The traffic was quite heavy, and I decided to keep driving and look for it when I arrived home.  Ten minutes later I need a lip fix.  I am ADDICTED to this Cocoa lip shimmer.  There on the seat was "the dead hummingbird". What I thought was a rock flying in the window, was a poor little hummingbird.
I knew if a bird pooped on you, it was thought to be good luck. Now I am thinking this little hummingbird knocked a bit of sense in my head and has set me on my way.......whatever it takes ladies... I will get to goal.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

See that picture right there below

That is not quite what I see in the mirror. I knew I had put on a good twenty pounds in the last few months. I can feel it when I sit,my boobies and stomach touch LOL. I knew I was bigger and nothing really fits right anymore,in fact, other than Lululemon yoga pants, nothing fits!!! BUT when I look in the mirror I wonder why I don't see quite the same girl?? I am shocked at the roundness of my face,and well the rest....I want it GONE! I just wish I could take a giant vacuum and suck out the fat,but alas, I really don't think that would really make me happy.  I am going to have to work to get this off and be proud of myself.

I have printed off this picture and will be picking up two 8x10 pics tonight. One is for the fridge and one is for the cupboard door. I also have changed my wallpaper on my I-phone to the same pic.  Some may think I am crazy,but I need to remind myself when I go to the fridge or cupboard what I really look like. I like the inside me,I just need to fix the outside me!

Namaste...double yoga tonight!

Morning Ladies....

Didn't get to post last night. I thought my head was going to come off my shoulders. Bad headache....probably my body protesting the changes LOL!

I accomplished my run yesterday.  I wanted to do it first thing in the morning..AKA 6:30AM....but forgot my daughter had to leave for the  horse stables early too. So mommy stayed in bed a bit later. By lunch time I was so ready and geared up. It was a beautiful day for a run.  The sun was not as hot as it was last week,and there was a beautiful breeze....perfection. Now believe me I am doing this very slowly,but it felt great!!! Is it silly to hope that none of my neighbors see me?? I really don't want them questioning me and maybe making fun of me. I really should not care what others think but right now I am very self conscious running at this size.  Although when I see women of my size running,I felt jealous that they were doing it and I wasn't!!

Eats were good yesterday and all 10 glasses of water were drank.  I did have to go to bed early, as the pain in my head was too much to bear.  That made me miss my yoga challenge, but I plan on doing double the time tonight to make up for it!

Have a fantastic day ladies!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Do you ever wonder why you find it hard to lose weight?

I have tried many ways to lose weight. I have done Weight Watchers, numerous times, only to lose the same 2 lbs over and over again. This normally continues for about 6 weeks, then I get frustrated, and stay away for a few months.  When I met my husband I weighed around 110 lbs, mind you I probably was too thin.  I ran 6-8 km a day and lifted weights . I felt amazing, but my diet was very very low calorie. I ate as minimal amount of food as I could.

 I have seen doctors to see if it was my thyroid or something medical. I have recently reconfirmed that I have sleep apnea.  It is mild and I have a CPAP machine for a month, to see if that helps. I am currently sleep deprived, having about 34 sleep disturbances an hour. When this happens,my blood pressure  rises and so does my  glucose, as it puts my body in a state of "fight or flight".

I can easily gain  3 lbs in a week but not being "really really careful" about what goes in my mouth! I went to Montreal,for a long weekend with my Mom, to visit my oldest daughter and gained 6 lbs!!! I asked my Mom if she gained anything....nope stayed the exact same!

I have tried buying clothes that I love, in smaller sizes, to see if that encourages me to try harder. I have so much Lululemon clothing, that I am embarrassed to show people!

SOOOOOOO I really thought I must have the most whacked out metabolism that ever existed! I tried searching last week to see if I could find some place that did that kind of testing but to no avail!
BUT I did have an appointment today, at a place that specializes in "Alternative Nutritional" consultations.
What  an eye opener! Everything made sense and I can totally understand why I have been going in circles for years! I really hope that this helps me achieve my goals. I know it is going to be hard work, but I need to feed my body with clean food.

I am so excited for the upcoming week. I signed up for a 7 day Yoga challenge, which I started today. I love Yoga and I don't know why I don't do it more often at home. It was a little difficult as  the three youngest kiddies thought it would be fun to watch Mommy do her poses. Namaste ♥
Tomorrow morning is C25k time,and my legs feel great from Saturday's run!
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Gulp....180.6 LBS

Well I did it.....I stepped on the scale this morning.  It wasn't pretty and I am still in shock. I believe I weighed this much 6 years ago, when I was still pregnant for my last daughter. It's done and it's time to make some steps first.

 I had to set my alarm this morning, not for work, but to make sure I made it in time for my 9 am hot stone massage at Embrace Spa. 
Grabbed my Starbucks coffee to go cup and my Just US coffee and away I went. 

One hour and a half of pure towels and stones,lavender scented massage oil and strong hands. The best part of all, was not hearing "Mommy".  I so needed a break away from my kiddies.  Daddy was gone last week on business to PEI and I was left alone to be super Mom!

Next stop was grocery shopping. I really find if I don't have fresh fruit and healthy snacks in the house, I eat too much junk. Fridge is now nice and full for a few days LOL.
 Had quick lunch of a sourdough bread sandwich with red onion,alfalfa sprouts,sliced chicken,and some old cheddar cheese and a nice fresh peach!

Decided that this beautiful sunny day was not going to hold me back. I grabbed my favorite water bottle,my I phone and sneakers and took off to start my Couch to 5km training.  The sun was super hot and my feet felt like lead pipes and my butt was a jiggling mess, but I did it, and you know what ....It felt fantastic!!
 I can't wait till Monday to do it again! 

This is my new best friend today!
Gotta get that water in ladies!!

I feel like my mojo just may be returning!

PS I big thank-you to Lynn!
She had been so encouraging in answering my questions to start a blog!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Tomorrow is Weigh in Day

What's a 45 year old , mother of 4 children aged 25,10,8, and 6 doing starting a blog ? Looking for support baby! It's plain and simple. I need some help and motivation. I only started reading blogs about 6 months ago and love the support that I see women giving each other...a pat on the back,a blog award and friendships that knows no borders.
I have to start again and there is no waiting until Monday and stuffing my face until it gets here. I feel so uncomfortable in my clothes and the start date is tomorrow!! I am going on vacation in three weeks to see my hubbies family in Ontario and I am embarrassed at how much weight I have gained.
I need to make take time for myself and start feeling better about myself again. How am I going to do this, you may too??? Is getting up at 6 am and starting the a way to start. I'll let you know very soon. If I get real brave, I may even post some "before pics"!
Welcome to my  life. I hope you stick around to enjoy the fun!