- Monday Jan 06, 2014
Hope everyone had a great holiday season! I am back to work after two weeks off, and already (about 2 hours into my day) I feel like I need a nap LOL.
It is so cold here; we are going through a cold spell right now. Hopefully it breaks sometime this week. This morning it was -48 degrees (celsius) with the windchill. That's -54 degrees fahrenheit. I'm telling 'ya, this sh*t is bananas. B.A.N.A.N.A.S.
I've been very lazy while at home; hopefully this week i'll get back into the daily grind.
Hope 2014 brings everyone their dreams and wishes!
- Thursday Dec 12, 2013
I'm still plugging away and thought i'd drop in and say 'HI!' to everyone.
I may get to see my chew-bear, a black lab X and I got together. I haven't seen him since I broke up with X and moved out, which was in 2009. I am a little scared he won't remember me; it's been a long time!
My knee has been getting worse, and so I finally went to the doctor and got him to refer me to a physiotherapist. That should start up sometime in February; the wait list is long.
Until then i'll continue to do my best with eating. I am still on track and I can tell that i've lost more pounds for sure but I haven't checked the scale in a couple of weeks so I don't know where i'm at right now.
If I don't make it back here until the new year - Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!
- Friday Nov 29, 2013
Oh man, this has been a long week.
Guess what?! My home province's football team won the GREY CUP last weekend! I am one proud momma!
But now it is Friday and I am tired.
I am keeping up with journalling what goes into my mouth and otherwise just trying to keep up with life. Slowly working away at the house, preparing for hosting a bake exchange in December; cleaned the kitchen counters and cupboards, re-organized things in the pantry, took boxes of books out of the living room. My next goal is to wash the floors and deep clean the bathroom.
This weekend i'm heading to the city to check out a high school's version of the musical Grease. Can't wait! Should be fantastic, i've heard great things about this group of kids. And i've been having salads for lunch ALL WEEK so that I can indulge before the show and go out for dinner. I am really looking forward to that meal!
Last week, with the small changes I made I lost 3.5 lbs. This week, i'm hoping the downward trend will continue but even if it doesn't, I think i'm back on track and my head is finally in the right place again.
- Thursday Nov 21, 2013
Almost Friday; this has been a long week. Now that winter has set in (we've received our first 'staying here' snowfall and holy moly things got cold real quick, it's minus 25 celsius with the windchill this morning!) the mornings are dark when I leave for work and it's so depressing :(
So let's catch up on my walking. I moved over to the treadmill and was doing really good. On Thursday I wanted to try a minute of running to finish up my hour walk, and I pushed through to get it done. I also blew out my knee; felt her pop about 30 seconds into my run. I haven't been on the treadmill since; hopefully this weekend i'll get back on it because my knee is feeling much better now. Other than a few rounds of shoveling snow, and regular walking through the course of each day, I haven't been able to devote myself to an exercise routine. Don't quite know how to tackle this issue right now.
Instead of focusing on exercise, i've been trying to get a handle on my eating. I make salads almost every day for lunch, oatmeal for breakfast (except on weekends when I have something more filling, like eggs and fruit) and just try to keep it healthy at dinnertime with less starches and carbs, and more veggies and protein. I've cut back drastically on junk food and desserts. I developed a slight diet coke addiction while on holidays, and have also cut back on that.
In the coming weeks my plan is to continue to focus on my eating until i'm at a place where healthy choices come naturally to me once again. I've been there before so I know I can do it again :) I've been journalling every day and keeping tabs on everything that i'm eating so that I can pinpoint at what time of day i'm taking in junk calories and why.
Hope you are all doing well!
- Friday Nov 15, 2013
Since I last posted on DDs, I made two attempts to walk outside using my 'newfound' knowledge of proper gait and posture while walking. I'm sorry to report that it didn't help :( I still developed shin splints within about five to ten minutes of walking. I did try taping my shins, but didn't get much relief that way either.
And then towards the end of last week I got pretty sick and didn't walk again last week.
So on Sunday of this week, I moved my butt to the treadmill. I can go a lot longer on the treadmill without shin pain.
Sunday - 45 mins (1 minute running)
Tuesday - 60 mins walking
Thursday - 60 mins (1 minute running)
If I notice pain starting in my shins, I turned down the mph until it passes. There's a lot of slow walking in those minutes (for example, Tuesday in those 60 minutes I walked 2.26 miles), but at least i'm walking!
In other news, I really need to start eating better. I jumped on the scale last night and have been discouraged ever since. And only myself to blame! So I need to start making salads again for lunches at work, and minimizing my junk food intake. That will be my first hurdle.
Wish me luck!
- Monday Nov 04, 2013
Doing great; working on my walking this week. I had a great talk with Dad recently, and i'm now paying special attention to my gait when I walk faster/for exercise and monitoring whether that might be at the root of my shin splint issue.
B: oatmeal, coffee
L: turkey sandwich, raw veggies
S: sugar cookie x 2
D: sandwich, soup
I throw a lot of veggies into my sandwiches; may not be getting enough veggies still, but it must be pretty close. Fruit usually goes into my oatmeal, but i've been doing the pb instead lately and haven't been buying fruit.
TOM came because I still haven't gotten my quarterly shot and it's probably been close to five months now. A little gut-ache this morning, but so far (knock on wood) it's very manageable.
Looks like a slow week and week-end coming up so just need to make it through the workweek! I haven't had a full five day week in about a month now, so it might be rough ;)
- Wednesday Oct 30, 2013
Work conference Monday and Tuesday and ate great! Aside from the strawberry mousse and vanilla cheesecake on Tuesday for lunch
A few days of work and then a Ladies' Night event on Friday!
Goal is to walk the track today; i've got my pedometer on and hoping to reach a good number of steps today :)
Oatmeal, coffee, leftover pizza for lunch, cucumbers, hallowe'en sugar cookies for mid-afternoon snack, soup and sandwich for dinner.
- Friday Oct 25, 2013
Back from my vacation to Disneyland - it was awesome and crazy and it took me a few days to recover :)
Even though we walked every day on average 5 miles, my diet was not very good. I have some work to do to get things back on track, but i'm working on it! And things are just as busy as they were when I left; work conference coming up next week, and some other social events happening. The rest of October should fly by!
There's a hockey game tonight, so I stopped by the grocery store and picked up groceries for a quick turkey sandwich with some pop chips. Might grab a hot chocolate at the game.
I'm walking most days and trying to keep my knees and shins healthy by not overdoing it right away. Hopefully I will be able to work my way up to some tougher workouts, or find some other activity that will help me level up my exercise. But for now, just trying to 'move' as much as my lazy alter-ego will let me :)
Hopefully talk to you soon! Hope you're all doing well.
- Wednesday Oct 02, 2013
Monday - Ended up meeting a friend for an extended lunch so I took the afternoon off work and did some work in regards to the trip i'm heading on next week. Took a nap as well - I just can't catch up on sleep!
Tuesday - What a crazy day at work! Had to work some extra hours as well as attend an evening meeting. Managed a 15 minute walk at lunchtime. After work, went to a friend's for coffee because she was having a bad day. Tell me about it! Got home after 9 p.m., completely zoned out and burned the chicken I was baking.
I finally made a to-do list for myself for the rest of this week. So. Many. Things. To. Get. Done.
Good thing i'm in love with to-do lists.
Wednesday - Another crazy day of meetings. Heading outside for a walk soon, need to clear my head. Received a bamboo plant from a co-worker today for some work I did yesterday. It's beautiful. Unfortunately, I am a Plant Killer. So we'll see how that goes.
Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!
- Monday Sep 30, 2013
Thursday - Dinner out with the girls; pizza again as it was the special - spinach, chicken, and I asked for feta cheese but they gave me pineapple. Huh. Didn't think you could misunderstand 'feta' for 'pineapple'.
Friday - All a blur. I was completely exhausted and I remember wanting to watch a movie and just relax at home. Didn't happen; in fact I fell asleep on the couch in the act of finding a movie to rent.
Saturday - Drove four hours to visit family; went to a theatre presentation of Les Miserables. Was wonderful! Stayed up late chatting with my very talkative aunt. Pretty Auntie is what she prefers to be called.
Sunday - Up at 8 a.m. for 9 holes of golf at a gorgeous golf course not even five minutes away from their place. Wow, they've got it made! Ran through Timmy's afterwards for coffees and treats for the house, then watched World War Z before driving the four hours back home.
I don't know if that makes you feel tired, but it feels to me like it should be Friday today. And that's not good, seeing as i've got three meetings this week to get through, plus getting everything else ready for my holidays starting next week.
Monday - Started my day with some iced coffee, but now I have a headache and my eyes just want to close. There is a plan to meet up with a friend after work; haven't seen her in forever! Yes, another late night is probable. No meal plans this week - will try to finish up whatever's in the fridge.
Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!