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BLC20 - 12 Week Plan to Reach My Goals

Friday, September 14, 2012

My last blog detailed my goals and I'm going to use this blog to detail how I will accomplish them.

Goal 1) Lose a minimum of 5 pounds but would really like to lose 10.

Goal 2) Go down a clothing size.

Goal 7) Not do as much socializing over dinner or lunch (it's easier to track my food if I know how it's prepared).

These goals will be attained by:

A) Exercising a minimum of 30 minutes a day six days a week. I plan to do cardio 5 days and ST 3 days.

B) Eating in my calorie range a minimum of 6 days a week.

C) Limit social occasions at restaurants.

D) Limit zero nutritional value snacks and reach for fruit or veggies instead.

E) Track everything.

Goal 3) When ST, lift heavier weights.

This goal will be attained by:

A) I'm currently using 5 and 8 lb weights mostly but by week 6 of the challenge, I'm going to add 10 lb weights to my repertoire. I'll just do it!

Goal 4) Learn how to use my stability ball.

This goal will be attained by:

A) I am going to go to Wal-Mart and buy a plastic tub that will put the ball high enough that I can use it without hurting my knees. I have arthritis in my knees and currently the ball is still too low for them.

Goal 5) Make use of my Nordic walking poles during the fall by hiking with DH and his mum.

Goal 6) Try Frisbee golf with DH and his mum.

These goals will be attained by:

A) I will plan to do these things with DH and his mum as soon as I know the weekend schedules and weather. I will plan these activities in advance so they are counting on me. If someone else is counting on me, I'll be more likely to do it.

And, finally, here are my before photos (be forewarned, they're not pretty):

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RUNNINGOMA 9/19/2012 12:29PM

    emoticon emoticon And now we only have to move forward! emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 9/17/2012 8:30AM

    Joanna emoticon plan emoticon emoticon forward


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A-STRONGER-ME 9/16/2012 6:30AM

    emoticon You really took the time to think this one through!! Great plan, although I am a bit concerned about the "ball & tub" situation. LOL Whatever works. emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 9/15/2012 8:13PM

    Great job thinking it all through. I did not think through that much. Heard about the walking poles before. How much are they anyway?

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ANNIE.B 9/15/2012 8:14AM

    Great job with this blog, and that sounds like a very do-able plan!!
I've wondered about those walking poles too, we usually pick up a stick out of the woods when go for a hike.

See ya on the WARRIOR thread!!!

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ANGRITTER 9/15/2012 7:11AM

    You got the guts I don't have, little lady! But I really have to get into one of these BLC challenges, but maybe I'll wait until you guys survive this one and you can tell me all about it.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 9/14/2012 11:16PM

    emoticon Great plan!!!
I have never played frisbee golf but my son plays all the time, he loves it! I keep hearing about Nordic Poles and thinking about getting a pair. I love hiking! I never thought I would be able to do it again. You are going to do great job in BLC20!
emoticon Go Warriors! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 9/14/2012 10:35PM

    I like your Plan....i can tell you thought it all through....and covered all bases....so to speak. emoticon I hear the Nordic walking sticks are supposed to 'make for a better workout' please let me know if that is true.
You will do great in this challenge emoticon

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NANABNANA11 9/14/2012 10:11PM

    Great Plan Joanna and good for you for putting so much thought into how you will reach your goals emoticon

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GLASSART43 9/14/2012 9:57PM

    Well thought-out plan, Joanna! I especially like how you specify actions to reach your goals.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/14/2012 6:29PM

    Great plan to get it done! WOOHOO! You're off to a great start. Me? I'm slowly tuning in. The change in meds/climate has really been affecting me. But I'm here cheering you on! What's your team? I'm in the Azure Destinations team again. Drop by and pull up a beach chair & I'll get a bartender to get you one of our patented no calorie healthy drinks.

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CHRISPYLEE 9/14/2012 5:32PM

    Great goals, great plan!!
I will support you along the way fellow Warrior!!
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    Great plan for the BLC20! Just viewing some of these to see what to do for my blog since I'm new to the BLC. :)

Best Wishes!

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BLC20 Goals

Monday, September 03, 2012

BLC20 starts on September 12th and runs for 12 weeks, ending on December 5th. In that time, I hope to attain the following goals:

1. Lose a minimum of 5 pounds but would really like to lose 10.

2. Fit into my size 18 wardrobe and give up my size 20 wardrobe for good.

3. Do more strength-training and try to use heavier weights (I currently mostly use 5 lb and 8 lb weights with the occasional 3 lbs thrown in for shoulder work [my weakest area]).

4. Learn how to use the stability ball that I received as a present almost two years ago without it hurting my knees (I tried it recently but still found it to be too low to the ground for my knees. I wanted one so that I could do ab work without having to get down and back up from the floor, which I can't do with the two types of arthritis that my knees suffer from).

5. Make use of my Nordic walking poles during the fall by hiking with DH and his mum.

6. Try Frisbee golf with DH and his mum.

7. Not do as much socializing over dinner or lunch (it's easier to track my food if I know how it's prepared).

That's all I can think of for now. But I think that this number of goals is totally doable.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/14/2012 6:25PM

    Love them!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/14/2012 6:25PM

    Great goals!

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ANGRITTER 9/5/2012 11:59AM

    I know you can pull that off! And fight for the 10 pounds! I iwll be a cheerleader - a fat cheerleader, but still cheering!

I want to give away all my fat clothes, but I am going to box them up JUST IN CASE. I can't afford to get a new wardrobe if something happens and I can't work out anymore. I know I should be more positive, but I know that reality beckons!

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STEPHNS1 9/3/2012 9:06PM

    You can do it! Keep going!

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*MADHU* 9/3/2012 12:04PM

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Today's Shopping Trip in Photos

Friday, June 08, 2012

Red, leather wallet

My 1st pair of Birkenstocks ever

Moccasin slippers

Plant Pots

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/11/2012 1:13PM

    Wish I could wear those birkenstocks, and moccasins. Ankle won't let me wear anything with out a LOT of support for the heel anymore. Love the planters and wonderful wallet, so colorful and easy to find.

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    Great stuff

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SEATTLE58 6/8/2012 9:47PM

    WooHoo, sooo fun! I love to shop so much too and I love all that you brought home. Looks just like I would choose!! You'll have a good life with them all. Oh, for the comfort of walking with those comfy shoes! Ahh, they make my feet feel better already! emoticon

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    I love shopping for stuff... not so much clothes just yet but I love what you have found! especially the mugs! what a good day emoticon

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It wasn't the best birthday I've ever had....

Monday, May 14, 2012

It started off with my husband basically ignoring me for the first hour because he was trying to figure out a problem with the lawnmower. After being ignored on my birthday by the one person who knows how much these things mean to me started my day off badly. I finally went to him and said, I know you don't do presents but a nice Happy Birthday and a hug would have been welcome this morning! He did as I requested and said that he was sorry but he didn't even know I was awake and he was working on the lawnmower and not thinking about what day it was. And, if that had been the end of the bad part of the day, I would have been fine.

However, I had decided to do the grocery shopping regardless of the fact that it was my birthday. I was ready to go, coat on, shoes on, purse in hand when the phone rang. Now, normally, I probably would have let it go but since it was my birthday, I thought it might be my dad or one of my 4 sisters calling to wish me a happy birthday. I thought it would be a quick greeting and then I could get on with my day so that I could be home by noon and could get outside to enjoy the sunshine and read my book.

It was one of my sisters and although, I did appreciate her calling to wish me a Happy Birthday, I wasn't really in the mood for a long chat so after her best wishes, I told her that I had to go because I was on my way out the door when she called. Unfortunately, she didn't twig to me wanting to get off the phone and proceeded to tell me about the bad things happening in her life right now, which normally would be fine but I listened anyway and by the time, I got off the phone, an hour had passed and now it was 11 a.m. and I knew there was no way I would be home by noon! I briefly contemplated not going but there were things I needed so off I went.

I finally got home around 1:30 and I was tired, and hungry, and grumpy. I made a salad, ate it and without even listening to the message that was flashing on the answering machine, I grabbed my book and headed outside to have a wee nap in the shade. After that I felt better. I listened to the message and it was from another sister passing on her best wishes for a great birthday! But, she's very loud and I had a headache so I didn't call her back even though I did want to talk to her since I haven't since the spa weekend! I could have called her yesterday but I didn't want to disturb her on Mother's Day.

Around 3:30, DH got up after having worked nights the night before and we started getting ready to go out to dinner at one of my favourite Italian restaurants. We had never been there for dinner, just a lot of lunches and this is where I said I wanted to go. It's about a 40-minute drive from our house. We picked up my mother-in-law around 4:30 and headed to the restaurant (we took her with us so we could celebrate Mother's Day with her at the same time and we had planned to go hiking with her on the actual day).

We got to the restaurant around 5:30. I made the reservation over a week earlier and I was hoping we'd get a window seat but we didn't. We were stuck at a table near the kitchen and restroom and didn't as much attention as we normally do. The restaurant was busier than it normally it is at lunch time but it wasn't packed and with 3 waitresses and a maitre'd plus the owner roaming around, there was more than enough staff for the people who were there.

It was probably around 10 to 6 when we ordered soup and snails to start, which we received around 6. We were finished with them well before 6:30 and then we proceeded to wait for our entrees. And, we waited, and waited, an waited. Finally at 7:30, we asked about them but the waitress we asked but the waitress we asked never came back to tell us where they were (all pastas by the way). At 7:40, we corralled the owner and told him that we had been waiting more than an hour for our entrees and we were fed up and wanted our bill for what we'd had so far. He apologised and said the food would be out in 5 minutes and offered my husband a free glass of wine. But we just wanted to get out of there. We weren't happy with the wait. We weren't happy with the "free wine" offer and we weren't happy that our special occasion dinner had been ruined by the slowness of the restaurant. We suspected they had forgotten to put in our order. They did bring us our mains within 10 minutes but as I said, we just didn't want them anymore. DH asked for the bill, which they brought with everything we had consumed so far on it and we paid it in cash for the exact amount and no tip. And, then we left.

We took the scenic route home and saw some amazing mansions along the way including some that were for sale (DH checked when we got home and the cheapest one was $1.5 million). And, then we went to Dairy Queen for some sweet treats. And, that was the best part of my day!

When we got home, I checked the answering machine to see if my other two sisters or my dad had called to wish me happy birthday but none of them had and that bummed me out as well.

All 3 of them called on Sunday and apologised. They said it's because during the week, they're faced with the date every day but on the weekend, they had just forgotten that it was the 12th and therefore my birthday. And, my dad said that he figured because we had had lunch together on Friday that he didn't need to call.

And, tonight, the two sisters who neglected to call me on Saturday are taking me out to dinner. I just hope it's a better dinner than Saturday night's was!

Okay, venting is done. Friday was great and Sunday was great and the sun is shining and I'm on vacation this week and all is wonderful!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/30/2012 5:30PM

    Somehow I missed this. Sorry the day of was such a bummer. Mine wasn't the best ever either, but... the year is looking up for the rest of it. Hope the new year goes much better for you and you have a great time!

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_LINDA 5/15/2012 9:43AM

    Sorry your birthday wasn't up to your expectations. I would never being going back again to that restaurant again if that is the kind of service and placement you get having made the reservations a week in advance!!
At least some of your relatives are making up for it.
Guess all families are different. Ours usually don't even bother with birthdays, rarely even wishing anyone a happy birthday. We couldn't even get together when we were passing the big 50 milestones. Maybe we have too low of expectations or are just too dysfunctional or wrapped up in our own lives. Mom was a little disappointed no one wished her a Happy 75th last year. But her relatives rarely pay attention to her unless they need something -like dog sitting or to borrow something. She, however, always gives her grandchildren, who are mostly all adults now, gifts or money on their birthdays.
I expect my 50th to pass as quietly as all my other birthdays with only Mom wanting to get me a cake and a gift.

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JUDITHWITHROW 5/14/2012 11:03PM

    No fair that your birthday stank! I celebrate your life and the support you have given my this past year!

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SEATTLE58 5/14/2012 9:31PM

    Let's just hope that your meal tonight will be way more than your expectations could ever be and Happy Birthday to you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERH12275 5/14/2012 2:25PM

    Sorry they didn't call on your b-day and hope you have a great time tonight.

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Spa Weekend for My Sister's 50th Birthday

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I've just returned from being away enjoying a spa weekend with my 4 sisters (Monika {birthday girl}, Fiona {from Montreal}, Alison and Margaret {twins & the babies}. My second sister (Monika) celebrated her 50th birthday on April 19th and her wish was to have a spa weekend with all of her sisters. So with much planning, we agreed on the past weekend.

We spaaed at Langdon Hall & Spa:


Had dinner at the Napa Grille:


And, stayed at Homewood Suites:


We were originally planning on staying at Langdon Hall to get the whole spa experience but they wanted $1000 PER PERSON PER NIGHT!!!

That was too rich for us so we each got two spa treatments and then spent our money elsewhere.

I had an Indian Head Massage:

Originating in India, this invigorating yet relaxing scalp massage helps relieve tension and stress through friction, clawing and striking movements using sesame oil. Starting with the shoulder and neck area, the therapist will then move up and over the scalp and face area and finish with chakra holding to create peace. 45 mins

And, Reflexology:

Reflex points in the feet that relate to zones throughout the body are manipulated through acupressure to help release blockages, create balance and assist in healing. 55 mins

The Indian Head Massage was great once the pain was done (shoulder blade area) but I don't think the reflexology worked as she said that I would feel great for the next 3 days (i.e., no pain) but my left knee was aching within half an hour after leaving her. She also said I would sleep great that night and I did (11 p.m. to 8:45 a.m.). It was also interesting that when she was massaging my feet, the painful parts related directly to the parts of my body that suffer the most pain, i.e. lower back and left knee. I said it was sort of like a tarot reading with my feet instead of cards! So that was kind of cool!

We also got to use the sauna (too hot for me), the steam room (they make me cough so I didn't use it) and the hot tub (pretty nice, not too hot) while we were there. After we were all done our treatments, we walked around the property for about 20 minutes. It was really nice.

From there, we went to the hotel to check in. Here's what our accommodations looked like:


Pretty nice for only $64 per person per night, isn't it? The hotel also had a pool but I never got a chance to use it (although my sisters did) because I slept in on Sunday morning. And, after breakfast, someone (a child, I'm thinking) pooped in it and the pool was closed for the rest of the day.

After we checked in and got settled, we went to dinner. I got to drive because I drive an SUV (an Envoy) and it seats 5 people with more comfort than my sisters' vehicles.

We shared a couple of appetizers - Gourmet Cheese Fritters (panko breaded trio of Canadian brie, 5yr. Old cheddar and pepper jack cheese, spicy marinara and lemon preserve dipping sauces (I didn't have any)

and, Grilled Flat Bread (Shiitake mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, pesto sauce & fine herbs) - really yummy

And, then for the main course, I had Chicken Caprese (grilled pesto brushed breast of chicken, beefsteak tomato and buffalo mozzarella slices, balsamic vinegar reduction, herb roasted mini potatoes, seasonal vegetable) - it was good but after having a bite of my sister's entree, I wish I had ordered it instead because it was wonderful (Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with a maple glaze and apple compote).

And, then the restaurant presented a slice of chocolate cake to the birthday girl (Monika) and everyone sang Happy Birthday to her. None of the rest of us ordered dessert because my 3rd sister (Alison) had warned us that she had made and brought brownies and sparklers to be enjoyed back at the hotel.

On the way back to the hotel, the birthday girl and the two youngest sisters started talking about how great it would be to go dancing now. My third sister (Fiona) and I wanted no part of it because we were so tired.

We got back to the hotel and went to our rooms. Within a few minutes, Alison arrived at our door with a container of brownies with a sparkler lit on them singing Happy Birthday and once in the room proceeded to give each of us a sparkler and lit them as they were doled out. And, then the smoke alarm went off! Big scrambles to get the sparklers to go out and Alison called the front desk to say we didn't need anyone coming up because we had just burnt our popcorn and were now airing out the room - LOL! But once the alarm desisted, Alison (she's so nervy) lit the final sparkler and held it close to the open window and we sang Happy Birthday to Monika again and while we were singing, there was a group of people outside the window who joined in, which was kind of cool! (and we didn't set off the smoke alarm again).

After the brownies were eaten, Monika and the two youngest sisters (Alison & Margaret) adjourned to their room to dance to the music on Margaret's iPhone. And, Fiona and I stayed behind to read and then sleep. I lasted for about a page and an half before I zonked out. I have no idea how long Fiona lasted since she was on the pull-out in the living room.

Sunday morning after breakfast, we all went back to Alison and Margaret's room and chatted until it was time to pack up and get out of there. Fiona had to catch a train at 1 p.m. to go home so Alison and Margaret left a little earlier than Monika and me to take her. Monika and I checked out and then went on a hike through an adjacent field. Monika told me that the spa weekend she had envisioned turned out exactly the way she wanted and she had a great time so that's good.

Since I hadn't had much alone time during the weekend, I pulled over and stopped on a road 5 minutes from my house so that I could read for awhile before going home because I knew my husband would be awake and waiting to hear about the weekend (and he was).

It was fun and I'm looking forward to my next spa weekend, perhaps next year when Fiona turns 50!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 5/2/2012 1:44AM

    What a fabulous weekend! I love it...especially you all setting off the fire alarms! Priceless!

Interesting treatments and something you can always remember. Family memories are always so special!

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SEATTLE58 5/1/2012 9:11PM

    Wow, how fun to be with your sisters for your one sister's birthday party! That's making good memories and you did so well with your eating too. I'm sure your sister really appreciated you all getting together for her! Oh my, that head massage and the foot reflex sound heavenly to me! So glad you could go and have fun along with some good R&R!

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LAURIE9404 5/1/2012 12:21PM

    That sounds like a wonderful Spa weekend! Those treatments you had are very interesting too. I've never heard of the Indian Head Massage before. It's so great that you can share those fun times with your sisters. So cool!!!

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