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Justine6Robert3 - Friday Apr 06, 2007
(Counting Calories & Exercise)
Weight: 115.5

Quick update for yesturday, April 5th

Challenge: 112 min

Total Calories: 1661

Exercise: Bike for 60 min (551 cals), 20 min "abs" pilates tape, 200 lundges (100/leg), 80 push-ups, 200 back kicks (100/leg), 200 side kicks (100/leg) Total min for toning exercises 32 min

Calories burned through exercise: 887

I'm stuggling the last couple of days, I'm sooooo hungry! Two nights in a row now I've eaten before bed wich is a total no-no!!! At least I've been eating healthy stuff though, last night I had grapes and a small salade with light dressing (dressing is only 5 cals a tbsp!!!) and the night before I ate an entire cucumber with "light" veggie dip. I suppose it could be worse but still I'm frustrated that I can't seem to satisfy my hunger the last few days, I'm starving!!!!!


Challenge min for April 6th: 60 min

Exercise: Bike for 60 min (525 cals) Hoping to get some toning & conditioning exercises in later.

Water: 6 glasses so far.

Today I am going to paint and decorate eggs with the kids, this is good, messy fun!!!! I have to go and boil a bunch of eggs now, the kids are so excited about Easter. I'm looking forward to Turkey but I'm dreading the fact that I will be surrounded by chocolate, YIKES!!! I only bought my children 1 large chocolate each, a couple little ones and ofcourse chocolate eggs for their easter egg hunt!!! Then I got them some clothes and outdoor toys.

Its snowing again and its going to snow for at least the next three days (all week-end, ugh!!) Its also freezing out today its -7 C (19 F) a beautiful spring day, ha,ha!!! The ground is also covered in snow again!! There isn't alot of it but its been snowing off and on for a couple of days and its supposed to continue snowing all week-end.

I bought Taylor a really cute skirt and top (pink ofcourse!) but everything that comes out for Easter is short sleeves and its going to be so cold out!! Her Grandmother told me she bought Taylor a dress for Easter and Craig an outfit also. My Mother-in-law keeps her house so cold, I totally freeze when I'm there!! I'm going to have to bundle up tomorrow or I'll have to walk around in a blanket all day, ha,ha!!

We are going to Kirts parents house for Turkey Dinner tomorrow and we are having a Turkey dinner at our house with my family on Sunday. I love Turkey, YUM!!! I plan to indulge with turkey and gravy but I will try to behave with the chocolate, I'll just have a little bit:)

Happy Easter everyone!!!

Progress as of today: 16 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

greengirl on 04/06/2007:
I used to love it whenthe kids used to decorate eggs!!! Make the most of them while they are young. They grow up too quickly :)

biscottibody59 on 04/06/2007:
I know it won't make you feel all that much better, but we have snow forecast for Sat/Sun here--not COMPLETELY unheard of this time of year, but if we get like 6 inches or something I'll let you know:-)

Eat something, a bowl of cereal (high fiber) for instance!

Have a good one!

Justine6Robert3 - Wednesday Apr 04, 2007
(Counting Calories & Exercise)
Weight: 118.0

Challenge: 177 minutes

Total Calories: 1603

Total Calories burned through exercise: 1405

Breakfast: quaker oats cereal with 1% milk

Snack: 1 slice of watermelon, 10 grapes, 26 slices of cucumber and 5 radishes.

Lunch: tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread with small glass of 1% milk.

Water: 12 glasses

Snack: 1 pc of whole wheat bread with 1 tblsp of low fat peanut butter and a 4 oz glass of 1% milk. (I needed fuel for the gym!!)

Dinner: A large salade with grilled chicken. Ended up eating 25 oven baked french fries. I just wasn't satisfied by the salade after the gym!

Snack: 6 grapes, 15 slices of cucumber. Then I made the mistake of packing Taylor's lunch to late and indulging in 14 crackers at 140 calories, oh well I was just so hungry!! I don't think it will be to bad with all the exercise I did today.

Exercise: Recumbent bike for 75 min (645 cals), 200 lundges (100/leg), 80 squats, 100 butt lifts, 80 push-ups, 300 ab exercises, 150 on each side (all "oblique" exercises, I did 50 reps on either side of my stomach, did 3 different types of exercises, does that make sense??) Toning exercises were a total of 37 min (238 cals) I plan to go to the gym later just to do the weight circuit. (if I have any energy left!!) I made it to the gym, I did 15 min (18 incl. cool down) on the eliptical trainer for warm up (204 cals), 45 min on the weight circuit (289 cals)and 5 more min of "ab" exercises (32 cals).


Challenge (for April 2nd): 85 min

Okay, so I've joined the April challenge. This is a first for me to participate in these, so we'll see how it goes!! Its a good challenge for me this month because I feel like I've been slacking off a little bit on my exercise the last couple of weeks! This is likely just what I need to get motivated again!!!

Total min of exercise for April 2nd were 85 min (65 min on my bike and 20 min pilates "ab" tape)

April 1st and 3rd - No exercise (bad girl!!!)

I totalled my total minutes of exercise for March (just curious) and I spent 1833 minutes exercising, WOW!! Thats 30 hrs and 55 minutes. Do you think thats time well spent or time well wasted, hmmmm.... Just think of all the house work I could have gotten done in that amount of time, it seems I'm always playing catch up with my laundry!!!

This morning I plan to ride my bike and do some abs and butt work. I'm hoping everything works out and I make it to the gym this evening to get my weight training in!!!

My mom's eye surgery went well, she slept over last night and she will be off this week to recover.

Kirt has been doing really well since he decided to eat healthier and avoid drinking alcohol during the week. He is really enjoying the huge, healthy lunch and snacks that I've been packing for him everyday. Because he is 6'2" and a man he is allowed to have up to 2750 calories a day with only light exercise, I'm kind of envious of how much he is aloud to eat!! I'm now keeping track of his intake of calories for him because he doesn't have the time and likely wouldn't bother with it himself!!! He did have a few lite beers last night because he was at a neighbours house with the boys watching the hockey game. He has already lost 7 lbs and it hasn't even been 2 weeks! I'm proud of him but why is it that men seem to loose weight so much faster than us woman?!!! He hasn't started getting his exercises in so he needs to figure out how to fit a little bit in with his busy work schedule!!

Have a great day everybody!!

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/04/2007:
Why can men lose so fast? Life is not fair - that's why! Tee-Hee.....but it really isn't fair that men are like that. If we women didn't need a certain percentage of body fat to perform out natural womanly functions perhaps we would lose faster, too. It just isn't right!

Good work on the exercise, by the way.....that's 1 hour of exercise per day - average. Perfect! Time well-spent? It certainly is. The laundry adn other chores will get done and you will be more fit for doing them because of the exercise and the mental health that results from it. Have a wonderful day!

jon'smom on 04/04/2007:
I wish I had your energy. Great job on all the exercise. Keep it up!

denashope on 04/04/2007:
7lbs in less than 2weeks?! And he's not even doing heavy duty workouts? That's so not fair! lol XD

WorkingIt2 on 04/05/2007:
Your exercise for the month of march isn't bad at all! Averages out to 60 minutes a day, which is great! Keep up the good work!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/05/2007:
yeah, you're the "exercise queen!"

Justine6Robert3 - Tuesday Apr 03, 2007
(Counting Calories & Exercise)
Weight: 118.0

Total Calories: 1437

Water: 7 glasses (hopefully better tomorrow)

Exercise: I didn't end up getting any exercise in because my Mom was finished her surgery earlier than I expected and she is spending the night here. I will definetly get some exercise in tomorrow!!!

I just came back from taking Craig to his swimming lesson and the library. My mom has her surgery for her other eye today so she will be coming here for the night afterwards.

I was supposed to go to the gym yesturday and I was all ready to go and then I was at the park with Craig waiting for Taylor's school bus when Craig tripped and fell banging his head on a steel structure at the park. He banged the bone over his eye and it split open. It is rather nasty, it didn't bleed to much but it was instantly colourful and swollen. Thankfully as a Mom I always have tissues on hand so I was able to keep the blood from getting everywhere! We had to wait for Taylor's bus to arrive and I couldn't go home right away to clean it and get ice on it. After my experience just over a week ago I didn't dare take the chance of leaving and the bus arriving early again and taking Taylor back to the school!!!

Then my hubby came home in an extremely rotten mood!! He just found out that we are going to have to pay $1400.00 to the government for our income tax!!!! Its so frustrating that Kirt has to bust his butt just to keep up with our bills, children's activities blah, blah, blah for the government to then just take it all away. I'm only working part-time right now, imagine if I was working full time how much money we would have to pay!!!!! Its because he worked to much over time with his new business, urgh!!! Its not enough that they take close to half of his earnings off the top of his pay cheque when he works to much over time but than on top of that we have to then pay another $1400.00!!! Oh, how I love the government, that's a whole other can of warms, isn't it?!!! We don't have that kind of money just hanging around in our account so it means now we have to use either a credit card or our line of credit to pay it. Plus we have the expense of my sister's upcoming wedding and Craig's birthday party which is only a month away!

Needless to say, Kirt had a reason to be in a grumpy mood but I just don't think its fair of him to take all of his frustrations out on me!! The way I see it we're in this together so I don't mind him venting but he came home yelling at me and freaking out about everything I've spent money on in the last 6 months!!! I was so upset, I had to just walk away from him before I lost it. I don't like to yell or argue infront of my kids, its not fair to them and they don't need to know about what "grown ups" are stressed out about.

My mood was just starting to lighten from my earlier sadness last week and now this!! I just feel emotionally exhausted and I feel like I could lock myself in a room and cry for hours. Ofcourse, I don't have that luxery, I have to keep it together and look after my kids. I was just so upset by the way he was acting towards me. I told him that the way he talks to me when he's in a mood he wouldn't allow anybody else to talk to me this way so why the heck is it okay for him to do it!!! I didn't make it to the gym because it took everything in me to hold it together and not cry. I did lock myself in the bathroom (so my kids wouldn't see me upset) and have a little cry but then I had to put on a happy face and take care of my kiddies. My husband isn't a monster or anything but sometimes he is so hurtful with his actions and words. He also has a hard time saying "sorry", seems to be a man thing!!! Instead he usually just acts extra nice to me. I really could just use a simple, "I'm Sorry" every now and then. He tried to say he didn't mean to blow up on me that way and I told him that I really just needed him to stay clear and not talk to me right then. I'm still really upset with him, as I'm typing this I want to cry. Now I have my Mom coming here this afternoon after her surgery and I don't want her to sense tension between us. She is supposed to be coming here to take it easy and so that I can take care of her. She certainly doesn't need to be stressed out over my life, she has enough to deal with in her own life and all of my sister's drama.

So today I'm feeling both bitter (damn government!!) stressed out and sad. Lovely entry isn't it! Sorry, once again I needed to vent! Well, maybe tomorrow will be a better day, I sure do hope so!!!

I'm going to go and try to get some exercise in before my Mom is ready to come home from the hospital, my nerves really need some exercise but I don't have much time left so I'll see what I can manage.

Yesturday I did ride my bike for 65 min (540 cals) and did my 20 min pilates "ab" tape (128 cals) in the morning. I was planning to then hit the gym for another 30 min on the eliptical trainer and to do the weight circuit, maybe I'll manage to get there tomorrow!!

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/03/2007:
Sorry for the Tax Bill. Don't know why people take stuff out of their control out on family. I have done it myself, actually. Always reget it - at least I can say sorry. We had to pay this year, too. I am working part-time, too. Doesn't seem fair. I don't know right answer. I make so much less than I used to. I changed jobs about two years ago. Income is now about 40% of former income. I guess if have money to pay - Thank God - and go on. My grandmother used to tell me not to worry about anything that money could "fix". If can't pay - then that's another story and a bigger problem. We will probably not get to go on very large vacation this year because of taxes and other bills that cropped up, but there those who won't be going on ANY vacation and can't pay their tax bills, so........ah well-guess we'll take it as it comes. Simles to you!

Donkey on 04/03/2007:
Well, that just stinks about your taxes. I wonder if it would be better if you didn't work, if you at home would keep in you a lower tax bracket. Still, it's not fair for your husband to take his frustrations out on you. I mean, I totally understand him feeling upset, but that's not a good thing to do.

I want to applaud you very loudly for containing your feelings and putting on a happy face in front of the kids. I have a problem with talking very loudly (yelling) and I can tell that it affects the kids. I hate it when I do that, but it's very seldom that I can catch myself in time.

Oh yeah and having Mom there on top of it, I would not want her to see that as well. We're going to my mom's for Easter weekend, and all I could think of is "I hope we don't go up there and fight the whole time." Sheesh!

I hope you will get some exercise in. It is so good for handling stress. I know it works miracles for me. Another good reason why I need a piece of equipment at home, so I can work out my stresses and anxieties at any hour of the day, regardless of the weather.

jon'smom on 04/03/2007:
What is it with our husbands this week??? Anyways, I'm sorry to hear about Craig. Ihope he feels better. you are doing great with the exercises. keep it up!!

Justine6Robert3 - Saturday Mar 31, 2007
(Counting Calories & Exercise)
Weight: 118.0

Total Calories: 1482

Water: 8 glasses

Exercise: Bike for 65 min (565 cals), 200 lundges (100/leg), 200 kick backs (100/leg), 200 side kicks (100/leg), 80 push-ups, 100 butt lifts (33 min - 211 cals) I would like to get some ab exercises done before bed tonight also.

I did my exercises alternating them in sets: 50 lundges, 20 push-ups, 50 kick backs, 50 side kicks, 25 butt lifts and repeated it 4 times. I'm not sure if it makes a difference but it makes it less boring for me to do them when I do it this way and I also see the personal trainers at the gym do it this way. (I'm always keeping on eye on the personal trainers for new ideas to switch up my own exercises!)

Total Calories burned through exercise: 777

I just wanted to say Thank-You everybody for all of your comments on my last entry, your all so sweet.

So yesturday and the day before I was still feeling kind of down but I'm feeling better today. I didn't do any exercise yesturday and I just wanted to eat none stop. I ended my day with my calories and fat higher than ever and I felt bloated and ill when I went to bed from eating so badly. By the end of the day my calories were 2491 with 39% fat (108 grams) I didn't drink enough water either. I also think my menstrual cycle is approaching which is adding to my sensitive mood and the cravings for junk food, and lots of it!!!

I weighed myself today expecting to have gained and instead I lost a pound!!! I'm not sure how that happened but I'm not going to complain!!

I did manage to get alot done in my basement yesturday. Our entire basement was one huge toy room for the kids but Kirt and I decided that since they hardly play down there and there is a fair amount of space we are going to divide it and put our exercise equipment down there. I am giving away alot of the toys they don't play with anymore and some of them I threw out. It was a rather large job to re-organize and clean out alot of the toys, I guess I did get a little bit of exercise doing it!!

Kirt will be working late again today and we are both working tomorrow so it looks like I won't make it to the gym again until maybe Monday. I will try to get some exercise in at home today.

I'm done my exercises so I'm going to take the kids to the park for an hour or so before dinner. Tonight is "family movie night" so we will play some board games with the kids after dinner and then we all watch a movie together. My kids really look forward to this every week and Kirt and I also enjoy the family time!!

I hope everybody has a great week-end!

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

greengirl on 03/31/2007:
I am in awe of your commitment to exercise!!! It's hardly surprising that you lost a pound. Well done:)

DenasHope on 03/31/2007:
Way to go on the exercises! I have to do that with my routine as well. I'll take the list, work down to the third one, jump back up to the first one, do the fourth one, jump back up to the second one, and so on. You did 200 lunges?!? Wow! After 50 on each leg I'm done for! Have fun with your new exercise room. :D I might do that with the spare bedroom... move the old t.v. up there... hrm... XD

sharklover on 03/31/2007:
wow, 777, what a lucky number! you should go play the lottery!

You're basement sounds like its really coming along. That's great!!

I love that you do family movie night and play board games! When I was little I wanted my parents to do something like that, but they never would. You're kids are very lucky! :-)

girliegirl6486 on 04/01/2007:
Great job on exercise! I just read over your last entry, I hope you are feeling a bit better. I'm sorry for your loss. The poem was beautiful.

Donkey on 04/01/2007:
I can't tell you how proud I am of your success. I only wish the scale would cooperate with me too! (I do not expect good things from this week's weigh-in.) But watching your numbers go down is just so inspiring to me to keep trying!!! THANKS! <grin>

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/01/2007:
congrats on loosing a pound! your exercise and calories are very good lately! nice work!

hollybelle on 04/02/2007:
Go figure - a the pound loss! Wonderful. Just goes to show you can never tell for sure what your body will do - to you OR for you, huh? Keep up the good work.

Justine6Robert3 - Wednesday Mar 28, 2007
(Counting Calories & Exercise)
Weight: 119.0

Total Calories: 1515

Water: 8 glasses

Exercise: Bike for 45 min (358 cals). I went to the gym and did 50 min on the eliptical (462 cals), 30 min on the weight circuit (193 cals)

Total Calories burned through exercise: 1013

Sorry but this will not be a very positive, cheery entry today.

Today is the anniversary of my Fathers death 5 yrs ago from a brain tumour (cancer). I am trying to keep busy and keep my chin up today but this is always a difficult day for me. I actually had a dream about my Dad and I remembered it this morning. I rarely remember my dreams but this one I did. I was in a hospital lobby and a couple of men were taking my Dad away in a black car. I chased them and jumped in and was holding onto my Dad so tight while sobbing and crying and telling him that I didn't want him to go. Strange dream and that's all that I remember about it. I'm not really sure what it means but it was rather upsetting. Maybe I don't feel like I was able to say Good-bye the way I would have liked too??? He was very out of it at the end so I wasn't sure if he could hear me when I spoke to him, this bothered me alot.

Because my Dad knew he was dying and he was only given 3-6 months to live he planned his entire funeral. He picked his casket & headstone, planned how his service would go and picked the people he wanted to speak for him. It was a beautiful service and very personal. My Dad wanted music in the room that he was layed out in because he was passionate about music and thought it would be nice and maybe comforting. We all chose a few songs that reminded us of him or that we knew he loved and made a CD to be played. It was really nice although music is very powerful and it was hard to listen to music that reminded me so much about him. There was a man around the same age as my Dad in the room next to him (my Dad was 49 yrs old) and the family thought it was so nice to have the music that they asked us if it was okay if they played the music in their room also. Ofcourse we said yes.

My Dad wrote out a poem (its actually a couple of poems that many of you have likely heard before) He gave this poem to a friend of the family (Candice) and told her not to show us, but to read it out at the funeral service and say that it was from him to my Mom, my sister and I. My Mom's friend printed this poem and framed it and gave us each one. This poem still sits on my mantle over my fireplace.

This is the poem from my Dad

I wish for you.......

comfort on difficult days,

Smiles when sadness intrudes,

Rainbows to follow the clouds,

Laughter to kiss your lips,

Sunsets to warm your heart,

Gentle hugs when spirits sag,

Friendships to brighten your being,

Beauty for your eyes to see,

Confidence when you doubt,

Faith so that you can believe,

Courage to know yourself,

Patience to accept the truth,

And love to complete your life,

God bless you!

Remember me in Smiles and laughter,

Not tears and sorrow.

I asked the lord to bless you as I prayed for you today

To guide you and protect you as you go along your way...

His love is always with you

His promises are true

No matter what the tribulation

You know he will see us through

So when the road your travelling on seems difficult at best

Give your problems to the Lord

And God will do the rest.

Love, Dad

My Dad's last Christmas he gave my sister and I another poem that was nicely framed and had a picture of him my sister and I in the corner. This is the poem he gave Kim and I. Its called "Gods Little Angels"

God gave me two little angels,

I loved them as they grew.

They taught me so much,

That I never knew.

I hugged and kissed them,

And took their pain away.

But now it's time to let them,

Spread their wings and fly away.

I look back on all those years,

And I could only pray,

That I still had my angels,

Beneath my wings to stay.

I guess when God gave them to us,

We already knew

That we would have to let them go,

Like parents always do.

I do take alot of comfort in both of these poems, they are really beautiful. My Dad wasn't one to say what he was feeling very much or cry. He was very much of the "old school" generation where men are not comfortable expressing or showing their emotions. He had his own little ways of showing us though, these poems are one of them. He was very affectionate and cuddly with us when we were kids. I read these poems when ever I'm missing him, which can be rather often still. I usually do cry when I read them but sometimes its happy tears.

Sorry for the depressing entry but it just kind of helps to express how I'm feeling on here. I have trouble sometimes talking to people about it so I think this is kind of therapautic in a way! I will try to have a more positive entry tomorrow!!

I had NO ENERGY at the gym today, very frustrating!! I had a really hard time getting through my work-out, I was really dragging my butt in the gym today. This could be because I'm feeling down, I don't know. I plan to go to bed early tonight, I feel sooooo tired.

Hope everybody had a good day.

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

crategrl on 03/28/2007:
Beautiful words!

sweetpea1977 on 03/28/2007:
Even though you feel that your entry isnt "cheery", it is still full of inspiration and beauty. Thank you for sharing your father's beautiful words with us.

Donkey on 03/28/2007:
Your post brought tears to my eyes.

greengirl on 03/28/2007:
It's sad but good that you still have these memories of your dad. My father died on Christmas Eve, and even though it is nearly 30 years ago, I still remember him fondly on the anniversaries. Your poems are lovely.

denashope on 03/29/2007:
I'm so sorry for your lose. I really don't know what to say or if there is anything that can be said to bring any kind of comfort. I hope you made it through the day okay. ((And here's sending a virtual hug your way.))

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/29/2007:
great on calories and exercise

Sandra aka Soul on 03/29/2007:

Thanks for the comment and nice last name...wish I could claim it as well. I can sympathize with you about the disappearing boobs, mine are slowly going away as well. Your father was and is a very real part of you, remembering him in anyway you can helps you with the process...nice entry.


hollybelle on 03/30/2007:
Aw - thanks so much for sharing. My dear grandmother wrote poems for us. She gave several to me. They are my dearest possessions. What a wonderful relationship you must have had with this dear man, your father. I was rather amazed to see that he was only about a year older than me. I was reminded that every day is a gift. I am always struck by how those who have passed before us, if given the opportunity, always tell us not to grieve, but to remember. How wonderful to have so much good things to remember.

jon'smom on 03/30/2007:
I'm sorry for your lost. you still have your memories and nobody can take tose away from you. What beautiful poems.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/30/2007:
i hope you do feel better tomorrow. sometimes its good to be human and feel emotions for the people we love.

Justine6Robert3 - Tuesday Mar 27, 2007
(Counting Calories & Exercise)
Weight: 119.0

Total Calories: 1265

Exercise: Bike 50 min (411 cals), 15 min of "ab" exercises, 100 butt lifts, 60 push-ups. (142 cals)

Total Calories burned through Exercise: 552

Water: 10 glasses

Disappointed with my exercise but at least I did a little something. At least my calories were lower today though:)

The weather here has been beautiful for the past two days!! Yesturday started off cloudy but by the time I picked Taylor up from the bus at 3:00 pm it was sunny and 20 C (70 F). It was actually hot with the sun out. Walked to the store with the kids and then they played outside for a couple of hours before dinner.

Today we reached a high of 23 C (76 F)!! It felt like summer, so nice!! Its going to cool down tomorrow but its still going to be a nice sunny spring day at 9 C (48 F).

Today I took Craig to swim class and then we ate lunch in the park with Grandma beside Taylors school. I had an appointment to register Craig into Juniour Kindergarten. I'm a little sad that my youngest is going off to school. I think he's really going to enjoy it once he gets used to it this September. They have open house for him in the beginning of June and we can take him to meet his teacher and see his classroom. Today I asked him if he was excited to meet his teacher and he said "I think she'll be very special". Isn't that cute, I hope he's right!!

So Kirt has finally decided he wants to join me and start eating healthy and start trying to get some exercise!!! YAY, I'm so happy!!! I was trying to "gently" convince him to join me but I knew if I bugged to much he wouldn't agree. He came home from work yesturday and said he wanted to join me with healthier habits. I hope he will stick with it because in the past he's gotten on these types of kicks but he never lasts more than a few weeks before he falls back into his old ways.

We've also decided that we are going to clean out the kids toy room in the basement and take some of the basement and make it a work out room!!! We already have a recumbent bike, treadmill (although its manual and ancient) and I bought Kirt a weight bench that he has never assembled because we really didn't have anywhere to put it. He also wants to buy an eliptical trainer which I would love!!! Right now my bike is in the living room and my treadmill is in my bedroom!! I would love a designated gym room, YAY!!! I have to get at it before he changes his mind!! Kirt also said that now that the weather is getting nice he wants to start going for walks at night a few times a week with me!! I have been trying to convince him to go for walks with me for years and he's always said he doesn't enjoy walking. We were thinking we could put the kids to bed and then get my niece Brandi (she's 15 and has her babysitting certificate) to come over and hang out while we go for a walk for an hour or so. I hope he doesn't change his mind on this because I'm so excited to both get the exercise and also just to have that kind of alone time with my husband where it's just the two of us and we can actually have real "adult" conversations!!!!!

I haven't went to the gym yet this week because I wanted to enjoy the couple of days of sunshine before it cools down again. I am going to try to get some exerise before bed tonight. I also plan to go to the gym tomorrow.


Update for yesturday - Monday, March 26th

Total Calories: 1563

Water: 11

Exercise: Bike for 80 min (681 cals), 200 squats, 100 butt lifts, 75 push-ups, 60 arm presses (not sure what the exercise I did is called??), 60 squats

Total Calories burned through exercise: 883

My calories have been to the high side the last couple of days. I'm not sure if my menstrual cycle is due again (I'll have to check my diaries to see!) or if its just all the fresh air!!

My weight hasn't gone up or down, its just holding at 119 lbs. Maybe if I lighten up my calories for a few days I'll see a bit of a drop. I would like to get to 115 lbs for my sister's wedding but if not I'm okay with where I'm at (for now anyway!!)

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

sandrella on 03/27/2007:
I know what you mean about your youngest going to school! My baby Gracie, who is 4 will start Pre-K this fall and I'm so sad. It almost makes me want another one, to which my husband replies...HELL NO! LOL! I'll work on him! And way to go on having hubby join you! I would love it if mine would, the alone time will be so super for y'all! Let me know how you convinced him...I could use some tips! :)

sharklover on 03/27/2007:
wow! that's awesome that your husband decided to join you on the healthy living thing, and the workout area! That's great news!

mcwoo40 on 03/28/2007:
Hi,it is alot better to have someonelse doing this dieting business with.My hubby is still doing the healthy eating lark with me,and lost 14lbs to date.He could do more exercise,he cycles to work though,5 times a week.Keep at it,Julie

Justine6Robert3 - Sunday Mar 25, 2007
(Counting Calories & Exercise)
Weight: 119.0

Update for yesturday (Sat, March 24th)

Total Calories: 1703

Water: 11 glasses

Exercise: 1200 Step-ups, Bike for 50 min, 20 min Pilates "abs" tape, 75 push-ups, 200 lundges (100/leg)

Total Calories burned through exercise: 838

I did alot of house cleaning and re-organizing yesturday. I got a couple of new shelves for Taylors room and another big one for the kids toy room. I was at it for a good 3.5 hrs so I figure that had to be good for a couple extra hundred calories. I was very hungry yesturday but I think its because I was on the go pretty much all day until the kids went to bed between cleaning, exercising and tending to the kids. I slept great though!!!


Total Calories: 1497

Water: did very badly with water today, only 5 glasses, I'm not sure what happened there???

No Exercise today, took a break.

Although my calories weren't to bad I didn't eat the greatest today. I had way to much fatty food. I usually keep my fat intake under 25% (50 grams) but today it was really high at 36% (59 grams) Ahh well, tomorrow I will do better.

Thank-you everybody for all of your comments on my last entry, I will update on that situation later, I don't want to go there right now.

My Mom slept over last night so she could come with us to Taylors recital this morning. Taylor did really well, she had alot of fun!! We all buy her flowers to give to her after the show and she thinks thats just great, she loves all of the attention! The show had alot of different style's of dancing. Taylor was in Tap this year. They also had the usual jazz, ballet and acro but this year's show also had Irish dancing and 2 little guy's did a hip hop routine!!

I feel very tired today so I'm not sure if I will work some exerise in today or just hang out with the family. Kirt actually has a day off today which is really rare these days so I would like to do something with the family today. If the weather gets nicer I'd love to take the kids to heartlake (conservation area) for a walk through the trails in the forest, we all really enjoy doing that together! When the weather gets nicer we look for snakes and tree frogs but right now they just look for "treasures" which is things like pine cones, acorns, rocks and leaves. My kids call all nature finds "treasures", its cute how little things make them so happy.

I have many great memories of camping and taking these types of walks and bike rides with my own parents when my sister and I were young. My Dad is the one who got us all calling our finds "treasures". I really miss my Dad, it makes me so sad that he isn't around to see his grandchildren grow up. He really was a fantastic Dad and really awesome grandfather, he was so proud of his grandchildren. Unfortunetly he never met my son and my daughter was only 15 months old when he passed away 5 yrs ago. I'm feeling down these last couple of days because this coming Wednesday (March. 28th) is the day my father died 5 yrs ago. I still struggle with this day and also his birthday that comes 2 weeks later on April 15th. Since he passed away this time of the year is always the worst, I get very moody and easily cry. I'm not sure when or if this ever gets easier to cope with. Its been 5 yrs and yet I still miss him like crazy. Well, enough about that, I'm going to get away from this topic because I'm way to sensitive about it right now. I'm going to go distract myself with my two beautiful kiddies and my hubby!!

I really want to get to some diaries but I've been busy and then when I get a chance at night to get on the computer, I've just been so tired and just wanted my cozy bed. I have been trying to read a few here and there. I'm going to try to catch up tonight or tomorrow. Hope everyone is doing well.

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

Soon2BThin on 03/25/2007:
I'm sorry you're feeling down. I'm sure your father wouldn't want you to feel like this. Try to think of the happy times and know that he is with you always. He's there, in you, in your children and most likely on those nature outings you all enjoy. Maybe this can bring you some comfort. Have a good week.

smiley2 on 03/25/2007:
I dont think losing a loved one ever gets better. I believe we learn to live with the pain and along the road we realize that the pain is good, cause it shows that we are still emotionally connected to this person, and will always be. We will always feel their energy with us, cause with enery there is no time dimension. He is with you.

borntocry on 03/26/2007:
Oh, I'm sorry you are going through this. I like what Smiley said about the pain being a sign of your continuing emotional closeness. I will try to remember that myself when the time comes...

Thanks for the comment you left me. I think my mother's "preference" for my brother is actually quite similar to your mother's relationship with your sister! My brother has also always been quite needy and clingy, while I was always very independent and self-sufficient. I also don't like to burden my family with my problems. In a way the end result of that is that my brother is closer to my parents than I am. But he has also now started to resent their constant interference in his life! His own fault for running to them with all his problems.

WorkingIt2 on 03/26/2007:
Great job on getting things organized! I always feel so much better and in control when stuff is well placed lol. Have a great day!

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