Saturday, October 20, 2012
I'm supposed to blog this weekend on whether I'm on track to meet the goals that I set out at the beginning of this challenge so I'm going to go through them one by one and we'll see.
BLC20 Goals - September 3, 2012
1. Lose a minimum of 5 pounds but would really like to lose 10.
- I'm currently down 2.8 pounds from my start weight and if I lean towards my initial goal of 5 pounds, I'm more than half way there so that's good.
2. Fit into my size 18 wardrobe and give up my size 20 wardrobe for good.
- I tried on my size 18 jeans last week and still can't get them done up so haven't achieved this goal yet.
3. Do more strength-training and try to use heavier weights.
- When I started 6 weeks ago, I was using my 5 pound weights for most exercises and my 3 pounds for shoulder work. Since then, I've been mainly using my 8 pound weights most of the time and using the 5 pound weights for shoulder work so that's good. I'm also learning to appreciate strength training and find that I can burn a lot of calories doing it as well as with cardio. I am also loving the TnT and the 25/25/25.
4. Learn how to use my stability ball.
- I have been using my stability ball for doing crunches on. I still haven't mastered using it for lying down dumbbell exercises but I am trying so this is good.
5. Make use of my Nordic walking poles during the fall.
- I have hiked this fall but didn't take my poles when I went. But I still consider this goal met since I have hiked and I think that's more important than using the poles.
6. Try Frisbee golf.
- I have not tried this. The wet weather as well as sickness and pain have prevented this but the fall isn't over yet so it may still get done. And, if it doesn't, I'll try it next year instead.
7. Don't go out to meals to socialize as much.
- I haven't done much of this but when I did, I prepared by looking at the menu online and deciding what I wanted ahead of time and when I went to my sister's for Thanksgiving, I made do with fruit and veggies at lunch time and skipped dessert at dinner so I feel I made good choices.
Overall, I think that I'm definitely on the right track with this challenge but going forward, I'd like to add these goals (all food-related):
1. Eat more protein.
2. Eat more fibre.
3. Eat more organic foods.
4. Eat more natural foods.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
So, my sister, Fiona and her husband celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year and the one thing that she's always wanted but hadn't ever had was family at her place celebrating a major holiday and I knew this so after consultation with the other 3 sisters and my dad, we decided to give Fiona and Mirek Thanksgiving at their house as their wedding anniversary gift from all of us.
There was 15 of us who made the trip from Ontario to Quebec for this family celebration plus Fiona's family of 5 plus her father-in-law and his wife plus her oldest son's girlfriend.
Fiona's youngest son (13) was pumped for months and made lots of plans for the weekend including street hockey and football games plus a dance after the main dinner on Saturday night.
Not only was it a 7-hour car ride each way but I was worried about gaining back the weight that I've managed to lose during the BLC challenge but I figured with planning and discipline, I might be okay (I'll know for sure tomorrow when I step on the scale).
Jake (DH) and I left for Quebec on Thursday. I had to work on Thursday until lunchtime so I got up at 4:30 so that I could do my TnT and record it before I left for work. I worked until noon, came home and within 10 minutes of arriving, we were on our way. I had bought and cut up celery and sweet red peppers and baby carrots for the trip. I had also bought and washed apples and grapes. I had pretzels and Weight Watcher brownies in case fruit and veggies weren't enough. So, I was set. And, overall, it worked. Although, we did buy a small bag of SmartFood Popcorn at one stop.
It took us over an hour to get to the other side of Toronto and we made our first bathroom break near Oshawa. Over the next 6 hours, we stopped 3 more times. Not all were bathroom breaks. Most of them were because I needed to stretch. My knees get quite sore if I don't move periodically. DH is very patient with me and my difficulties. In fact, most of the time, I feel like he's the only one who actually "gets it".
We got to our hotel in Dorval (on the west island of Montreal) around 8 p.m. I was tired, hungry and stiff. DH wanted to scout out the area so he went out and I ordered a club sandwich with a side salad from room service, mayo and dressing on the side. I changed into my nightgown and watched sitcoms until I was done eating and then I went to sleep. DH returned after I was.
Friday morning, DH was gone when I got up around 7:30 (he's an avid train fan and since we were near the train station and various rail lines, he was happy). I got dressed into my workout clothes and went downstairs to check out the hotel's fitness facility.
It had one treadmill, one stepper, one elliptical, one exercise bike. All came with their own TVs if you wanted them. There was also a universal weight machine, a stability ball and a bosu ball. The treadmill was my machine of choice so I put on my iPod, cranked up the tunes and walked for almost 40 minutes on the treadmill. It felt good.
I was planning on using the hotel pool next but I had forgotten my swimsuit in the room. So, I texted DH to see if he wanted to meet for breakfast, which was complimentary. He agreed and I met him there. We had a nice breakfast together as he rambled on about all the train stuff he'd done since leaving our room at 5 a.m. He was planning on doing more train stuff after breakfast including driving to the Montreal suburb of Laval (on the east side) to a hobby shop there. I was planning on catching up on SP and then going for a swim. The plan was that he would return to the hotel between noon and 1 and we'd go to downtown Montreal to the Montreal Museum of Fine Art at which we have a reciprocal membership due to our membership at the Art Gallery of Ontario. While there, we'd grab some lunch.
So, he left, I logged my exercise and food on SP and then got my swimming stuff and went down to the pool. On first glance, it wasn't very impressive. It was maybe 20 feet long and 10 feet wide and it was only 3 feet deep. Not great for doing lengths but it was empty so I decided to try it out. I cautiously went down the steps to hip-level only to discover that it was freezing but I walked down to the opposite end of the pool only to discover that it had some kind of rain shower going on over the far end. I hoped the shower was warm but it wasn't. It was freezing as well. So not only would I be freezing if I did lengths but I'd have cold water raining on my head as well every time I got to the far end. I decided it wasn't worth it.
I went back up to the room and did more computing while waiting for Jake. Jake came and got me and we headed downtown Montreal. Traffic was terrible just like around Toronto and the bridges and overpasses were very scary looking with lots of patches on them.
We finally made it downtown without falling through a bridge or having one above us collapse only to be in bumper-to-bumper traffic and no parking whatsoever anywhere. So, we gave up. Jake had been downtown earlier and thought that St. Denis Street looked like it had a lot of good restaurants to check out. Personally, I wasn't hungry but I figured I could go for a soup and salad if he wanted to eat. So, we wandered and looked. There was a lot of sushi places but we didn't want that. There wasn't a whole lot of places with English signs or posted menus. Almost everything was in French, which given that we were in Quebec makes sense but it didn't help us any since we don't have much French between us. We finally went into a Thai place because they had Pho on the menu. Pho is a Vietnamese soup, which I quite like. The waitress only spoke French. I ordered two servings of Pho Bo and then Jake said he didn't want anything so I told the waitress to cancel our order and then I asked Jake why he didn't want anything and I wasn't going to have anything if he wasn't. He said he wasn't hungry but he hadn't told me that before. Of course, I hadn't told him I wasn't hungry either. So, there we were in a restaurant where they had already brought us two glasses of water, which we had already drunk from and neither of us was hungry so I left a toonie (Canadian two dollar coin) on the table and we left. Within seconds of leaving, the owner (?) chased us down the street saying that our Pho Bos were ready and where were we going? I explained that I had cancelled our order. I had told the waitress that it was cancelled. And, we turned around and walked away.
Jake and I both now said that we thought the other wanted to go out for lunch and that since neither of us was hungry, we probably should have said something. We agreed to do that next time.
Next we headed down to Old Montreal and wandered around there for an hour or so. Jake held onto my arm when crossing the cobblestone streets so that I wouldn't fall. (I can fall without cobblestones so it's good to have support)
Then, we hopped in the truck to go back to Dorval. Of course by the time we got to Dorval, we were hungry. Figures! And, it was almost 5 p.m. by then and we hadn't eaten anything since breakfast and we were supposed to swing by my sister's house after dinner to visit for a couple of hours before the rest of the family arrived. So, we went to St. Hubert's (a chicken chain restaurant) and I had the quarter chicken with coleslaw and sweet potato fries and DH had the half chicken with coleslaw and real fries. Of course when we were done eating, we were both suddenly exhausted and the last thing we wanted to do was go to my sister's house and be sociable. But, I knew she would be disappointed if we didn't come so I texted her and asked if she still wanted to see us and she immediately texted back saying yes so I said we would be there within 15 minutes. Jake looked so tired but I knew it was the right thing to do. I offered to drive if he wanted to catch a quick cat nap but he declined.
We got to Fiona's where she was receiving texts from various sisters who were en route to her house and where her youngest son, Alasdair had just arrived home one hour earlier from a class trip to Washington. We visited for an hour or so when another sister (Monika), her husband and their two girls arrived. We couldn't leave as soon as they arrived so we stayed for another half hour. We finally got back to the hotel around 9, which was perfect because there was a Hamilton Ti-Cat game on that Jake wanted to watch. He did that while I read for awhile and then I went to sleep.
Next morning, I heard Jake leave early again (around 5) and then I heard my phone around 6:30. I didn't get up to get it because I wanted to sleep a little longer but it was too late because the phone had woken me up. I got up just after 7 to find a text from DH asking if I was up yet? I texted him back and told him I was and that I was going down to the fitness centre but if he wanted to have breakfast with me, we could meet there at 9. He said okay and I went and did 40 minutes on the treadmill again.
While we were at breakfast, my phone rang and it was my sister, Monika texting me. She and her husband were staying at the same hotel as us and she wondered if I wanted to go to breakfast with her. I said we were already having breakfast and she said she'd be right down. She hadn't slept well because apparently, her husband wasn't feeling well and she worried about him during the night. We made plans for her and her husband to drive me to Fiona's late morning so we'd be there in time for the pizza lunch that I wasn't going to have because I didn't want to waste my calories on pizza when I knew there was better food at dinner time.
About 11:15, Monika hadn't contacted me to go to Fiona's yet and Jake hadn't come back yet and I knew that Mirek would be picking my dad up at the train station behind my hotel around 11:30 so I called Fiona and suggested that maybe Mirek could come and get me as well and she told me that my dad's train had been delayed and wouldn't be arriving until 12:20 but that her husband would pick me up at noon. Of course, Jake showed up shortly after that and he suggested that we pick up my dad since we were right there and then Mirek wouldn't have to come over here to get him so I called Fiona back and told her what Jake said and she said that would be great because then Mirek and Scott (my sister, Margaret's husband) could go and get the pizza. So, that's what happened.
We got my dad and headed to Fiona's for lunch. Fiona had also thoughtfully put out a veggie platter and a fruit platter and that's what I had for lunch while everyone else ate pizza. I don't really like pizza and I definitely don't think it's worth the calories since it's not filling at all.
After lunch, the kids and a couple of the dads and Jake set up a road hockey game and the rest of us (minus Fiona) went for a walk around the neighbourhood (my second 40-minute walk of the day). When we came back, we sat and chatted with each other and helped Fiona get ready for dinner. The rest of the guests arrived around 5 and dinner was at 5:30. There were mounds of food -- homemade perogies, potatoes, turkey, ham, stuffing (dressing), Caesar salad, cabbage salad, roasted sweet potatoes and butternut squash, gravy, etc. I filled my plate and enjoyed it all. After dinner, my sister, Margaret presented Fiona and Mirek with a box (an anniversary present from all of us) which contained two pottery bowls that matched their dinnerware and in one of the bowls were memories written by all of us there of them throughout their 25 years together. They were very touched.
It was decided that we would clean up after dinner, have the dance and then dessert. This was perfect in my opinion since Jake doesn't dance and the possibility of us still being there when it was done was slim to none and we weren't so there was no temptation for me. Jake and I were back at the hotel by 9. Since we wanted to make an early start home on Sunday, this worked out well.
I had asked him what time he wanted to leave in the morning and he said 7. I said how about 9? We ended up leaving at 8:15 so that wasn't bad. And, the drive home wasn't nearly as bad as the drive there. Traffic, overall, moved much better and we were home by 2:40.
I received a nice text from Fiona thanking me for arranging everything and telling me how happy I had made her.
And, now we're home and Jake had to work yesterday (officially Thanksgiving Day) and I did laundry and cleaned and now I'm on vacation for the remainder of the week and the only firm plans I have are I have to take my truck in for an oil change tomorrow morning and I have a doctor's appointment at 10 downtown. I also might go to my sister, Alison's place for dinner on Thursday.
Monday, October 01, 2012
1. The ability to see albeit with help of my glasses.
2. My ability to speak.
3. Being literate.
4. And, all the wonderful books to read.
5. The ability to hear.
6. And, all the wonderful music to listen to.
7. The ability to taste.
8. The ability to think.
9. The ability to feel (touch).
10. The ability to smell (although, I sometimes wish it wasn't quite so acute )
Sunday, September 30, 2012
1. My husband who is my biggest supporter and my best friend.
2. My sisters and dad who always have my back.
3. My friends who fill in the gaps that family can't fill.
4. My SparkFriends (and yes, they deserve a separate number than #3) for always cheering me on and encouraging me to
5. My in-laws who all love me and treat me like blood. I love them all.
6. My nieces and nephews who love me unconditionally and who I love to hang out with because they're all so interesting in their own unique ways.
7. My boss who "gets me" and appreciates me and respects me as much as I do him and I love his quirky sense of humour!
8. My co-workers who help me enjoy coming to work each and every day and who I do miss when I'm away.
9. My work walking buddies who keep me motivated to walk at lunchtime instead of sitting somewhere quiet and reading as I'm inclined to do.
10. My neighbours - For the most part, they're quiet and considerate.
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