Thursday, May 09, 2013
Good morning, friends.
I'm on vacation yesterday, today and tomorrow and my plan for yesterday was to exercise with a DVD, hike with DH and then do some yard work.
My To Do List for the week included doing some shopping as well (shorts for around the house, patio chair cushions, toiletries, meds, etc.) but the only day it was calling for a rainy day, which is the perfect day for shopping IMO was Friday and Friday, I have a hair appointment in the morning and a pedicure appointment in the afternoon.
Well, I did end up hiking with DH for an hour before he left for work but I didn't end up doing any yard work. It had clouded over and I decided to go and do my shopping then so that I could laze about today until dinner at my sister's. I took my MIL with me because she loves shopping. Heck, she just likes getting out and doing stuff. We were out for 7 HOURS!!!
I picked her up at 11:30 and we headed off to Mapleview Mall in nearby Burlington. First stop was The Bay (a Canadian department store). First, let me say that I hate The Bay! They never have anything I'm looking for and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the layout of the store and their stuff is pricey and there are never any salespeople around. But, I have a $180 gift certificate for The Bay and I was hoping to buy some new patio chair cushions with the gift certificate but no such luck. We looked at their patio sets but they didn't actually have any cushions for sale.
So, we left to traverse the mall to see if we could buy some new clothes for my MIL as she said hers were too loose or worn or old.
First stop was Cleo. Last time I went shopping with my MIL, she wore a 10/12. But she now wears a 6! The first dress she tried on was this one:
but the top was really baggy on her and gaped. And, it also was a little pricey. But then I found this one for her:
First she said she can't wear stripes but I told her to try it on anyway. Even though the website has it priced more than the other one, it was actually much cheaper in the store. And, although she tried the dress on backwards, it did look good on her so we bought it for her and one of those cropped short-sleeved cardigans in white to wear with it.
Now, we were looking for shoes for her to wear with it. But, she's having a problem with the toes on her right foot (I suspect a little wart or something like that between her baby toe and the one beside it) so the only shoes we ended up buying her were these:
I bought a pair last fall and love them so not only did we buy a pair for her but I bought a second pair for when my current ones fall apart!
We also popped into the Apple store to see if they had any suggestions for me being able to get back onto Facebook but I tried their suggestions last night and if anything, it made it worse than it was. They suggested I contact Cisco (the router company) or AppleCare by phone to get walked through some solutions.
Then we went to Sears (which is my favourite Canadian department store) and bought some blouses for her and one blouse for me. By this time, it was around 2:30 and I was getting punchy because I was hungry so I told her we were going to bypass some stores so that we could sit down for awhile and eat lunch.
We went to Turtle Jack's downstairs in the mall and their special yesterday was Burgers & Beer but the waitress said that it worked with soda as well. And, even though burgers aren't necessarily my favourite thing to eat, they had one on their menu that sounded really good -- the apple & brie burger (Brushed with apple butter and topped with brie cheese and julienned apples. Finished with Dijon mustard, baby spinach, tomatoes and red onion.) My MIL ordered sweet potato fries with hers and I ordered onion rings. And, she had a Coke and I had a Diet Coke.
When the burgers came, they were huge and I thought to myself that we would both be taking home leftovers but surprise, surprise, my MIL who normally eats like a bird, ate every single thing on her plate! I'm the one who brought home some onion rings because I couldn't finish them but these onion rings were massive. They looked more like donuts than onion rings!!! I also drank 2.5 Diet Cokes while there. They tasted so good and the refills were no extra charge.
After lunch, we checked out some other stores in the mall but found nothing of interest. So, the next stop was going to be Target. We left the mall around 4:30.
When we came out of the mall, we discovered that it was lightly raining so it did turn out to be a good day to go shopping after all.
On our way to Target, we passed a store called JYSK that we always receive flyers for at home but I didn't know where one was located so impulsively, we decided to stop in. They had patio chair cushions but they were wider than my chairs so we didn't buy any there. And, we continued on our way to Target.
I've never been to Target before but I wasn't overly impressed by it. I couldn't find a plus-sized section for me and the prices on the clothing tags was very small so it was hard to gauge how much anything was (I suppose they mean for them to be discreet but I found it just kind of annoying). My MIL though found a nice fuchsia pink sleeveless shirt dress for $30, which she bought but the one XXL red raincoat I tried on still didn't fit me so I was discouraged and longing for Wal-Mart where I know I can find clothes that fit.
Fortunately, there was one right across the road so that's where we headed next. I bought 3 pairs of shorts to wear around the house, some purple towels, cushions for the patio chairs and miscellaneous toiletries/meds and food products.
From there, I drove my MIL home and I walked into my house about 7:00 p.m. totally exhausted. I put away our purchases (the cushions are still in my truck because it was raining when I got home and I didn't want to get them wet in case I hated them in the chairs), changed into my sweats, grabbed my water bottle and collapsed in my recliner. I was exhausted. I read my book for about half an hour and then booted up my computer and did some online shopping (yep, the shopping wasn't done yet!).
I've been looking for some standing core exercise DVDs since two of the Supreme 90 set that I've been doing for a month are both core workouts and I can't do most of either of them because they're either on the floor or on a ball, both of which are difficult for me. So, from Collage Video, I ordered:
- Jazzercize: Dancin' Abs
- Billy Blanks Tae Bo Insane Abs
- Jessica Smith's 10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs
- Cardio Stack, Core Attack
- Jillian Michaels 6-Week Six-Pack
And, on the Collage Video forum, the following workout set was suggested so I also ordered it from Beachbody:
- Shaun T's Rockin' Body Package
Apparently, there's one DVD in the set that's 70 minutes long and the first 60 minutes is all standing core work so I'm looking forward to checking it out.
By the time, I was done all this online shopping, it was around 9 and I turned on the TV for the first time since I got home and watched some comedy.
It was a long, tiring day but a lot was accomplished and we had a good time.
P.S. Some people think that spending that much time with their MIL would be awful but just for the record, I love my MIL and she loves me and we always have a good time together.
Monday, March 11, 2013
For this weekend's challenge, we're supposed to post a blog about whatever. I'm not very good at whatever; I'd much rather have the "powers that be" give me a topic to blog about, like when we were in school and had to write an essay.
So, what I'm going blog about today is that I love being part of the Amazon Warrior team for the second round of BLC challenges but I wish that so many of the veteran members weren't struggling so much and I wish that other than being there for them virtually, I could help in other ways.
See, this is one of those times when teleporting would come in handy.
Teleporting is the one sci-fi invention that I most covet. If I could teleport, I could go to Barb's and help her or I could go to Julee's and help her or I could go to Linda's and help her, etc., etc., etc. (and of course, I'd go visit all the other Warriors as well because it would be great to meet them in person!)
Heck I could go and help my good friends, Ang and Cynthia as well from the Living With RA team (which by the way, I'm one of the co-leaders of although I spend so much time on the BLC stuff, I feel I don't give enough time to the RA team).
Teleportation is definitely the way to go.
Have a great day, everyone and
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Iíve returned from Belize and I had a wonderful time. The pool was the best thing about the place as it was approximately 270 feet wide. I figured out early on that it took me 10 minutes to do 4 laps so every day, I tried to do at least 12 laps altogether. I could probably have done more than 4 laps at a time but I just didnít have the interest to do more than that at one time.
Pool view showing the width
The one thing I didnít know ahead of time about this resort was the length of time it took to get there. I had gotten up at 1:00 a.m. at home, picked up by the limo at 3:30 a.m. and boarded the plane in Toronto at 6:00 a.m. We were supposed to leave at 6:20 a.m. but the flight left Toronto an hour late at 7:20 instead of 6:20.
There was a stopover in Cozumel, Mexico and we were made to get off the plane so they could clean it and then we had to reboard it to get to Belize so we got to the main airport in Belize City around 1 p.m. And, then, much to my dismay, we were told that we were going to be flying from Belize City to Maya Village in a 12-seat Cessna! I hate flying and this was something that I wasnít looking forward to (Iíve never been in such a small plane).
Much to my surprise, I didnít actually hate it until the descent started. It was then that it was buffeted about with some turbulence and I thought I was going to be sick. So, I just shut my eyes and concentrated on breathing. After we landed, I had a headache. The plane ride took about half an hour and then we were put in a shuttle bus and transported to the resort for another half an hour. We got to the resort around 2:15 and I was exhausted but we didnít get our rooms yet. We were given welcome drinks and then shown the way to the pier to have some lunch. We finally got into our rooms around 3:15, at which point I had been travelling for approximately 12 hours and I was thoroughly exhausted. To no oneís surprise, I was in bed and asleep by 9:00 p.m.
Before, I left on vacation, I blogged about my plans while away and they were:
1. Exercise for a minimum of 1 hour every day
2. Indulge myself on the first full day (Tuesday) and then eat responsibly for the rest of the trip
3. Participate in as many of the BLC challenges as possible and record my points faithfully
4. Read a minimum of 5 novels
And, this is how I did:
1. The only two days I didnít get an hourís worth of exercise were the travelling days. On February 4th, I got no exercise although I did manage to get almost 8000 steps, which I thought was pretty good considering I spent a huge amount of the day sitting. And, on February 11th, I only got 40 minutes in because we had to leave the hotel at 8:30 a.m. for our trip home.
And, I actually got 2 hours on two days and 1.5 hours on a third day so I was happy with that.
2. The food part didnít turn out so well as the fitness though. There wasnít a lot of choice when it came to which dishes to eat. Each meal only had 4 or 5 dishes to choose from and only twice was there a green salad and once there was steamed veggies. The food served most often was different rice dishes and lots of chicken.
But, the good part was that the plates were huge and so typically, I didnít go up for seconds. And, if you wanted dessert, most meals it was pineapple, papaya and watermelon and sometimes orange slices but a couple of times, they had different types of cake and I had that three times.
The best meal we had was grilled red snapper with coconut rice at the Š la carte restaurant.
As for the drinking part, I had 2 pĩna coladas, 2 lime daiquiris and 2 chocolate monkeys plus one half-glass of red wine there.
The pool bar also delivered snacks to your chaise if you wanted to indulge. I had banana bread, nachos and pizza (all on different days).
3. I participated in all of the BLC challenges to the best of my ability and posted my points well within the deadlines. The hotel didnít have a dedicated room for guests to use the hotelís computers and I didnít bring mine since most resorts do have this. However, I was given permission to use the conciergeís computer at the front desk after dinner on the days I needed to record my points and thatís all I used the computer for plus a couple of emails home.
4. I finished the 4th novel on the plane coming home. I didnít reach my goal of reading 5 novels but one of the books was more serious than my normal reads and it took me 4 days to read. In my defence though, I also read 2 magazines. The books I read included:
ē The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. This was a Teen Fantasy novel and it was really good. Itís the first book in a series and I canít wait to read the next one.
ē Snow Blind by P.J. Tracey. It was a good solid mystery and it was the 4th in the Monkeewrench series.
ē The Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle. This was the more serious novel. It was set in Florence in the 1940s and in present day (2006) as well. The present day story was a mystery that related to the events that occurred in the 1940s. It was really good and I highly recommend it.
ē The Alchemyst by Michael Scott. This teen fantasy was quite good as well. It took me a little while to get into it but once I did, I could barely put it down. Itís the first in the Nicholas Flamel series.
I also played Scrabble with my dad every night before dinner and won 90% of the games and even though he was an English professor, heís not very good at playing strategically although he's better than he was last year.
And, of course I had a few naps as well. On Saturday, my dad decided he wanted to go to town because it was market day and asked me if I wanted to join him. I told him ďnoĒ because itís been my experience that town is always a lot hotter than the resorts and partially because thereís no where to cool off in town like the pool or some shade and also because most towns only have a bunch of touristy shops that sell a lot of junk. But, he went anyways and regretted it. He said that he walked through the town for the first half hour and bought some presents for his grandkids and then he had 1.5 hours to kill before the hotel shuttle returned for him, which he spent in a cafť.
So, Iím glad I didnít go with him.
The high points of the resort for me were the pool and the chaises. These chaises were the best ones Iíve ever seen at a resort. They were wooden with nice, thick pads. In fact all the furniture was made out of good, solid wood at the resort and the room we had a separate bedroom that my dad let me have and he slept on the futon in the living area.
Picture that hung over my bed
My dadís favourite points of the week included the dining room at the end of the pier that we took most of our meals at, the pool and the gardens plus the nice floral arrangements on the tables in the dining room.
Pier Dining Room
My dad in the Pier Dining Room
The weird thing about this resort is that hardly anyone swam in the Caribbean Sea. There were rumours of stingrays, jellyfish and sea urchins so I decided to be cautious and avoided it but itís really too bad because the Caribbean Sea is typically pretty warm and calm at this time of year.
So, that was my week. Sleeping, eating, swimming, exercising and reading. Itís a tough life, isnít it?
My Dad and me in front of the hotel
Sunday, February 03, 2013
So, I'm supposed to do a blog for the WC. Since I'm trying to do everything on it except for the items that you have to do all 4 days (I'm traveling tomorrow so drinking 8 cups of water, tracking food for all 4 days, no snacking after 8 p.m. may not be doable for all 4 days). And, this blog is the last item on that list.
So, I'm flying to Belize tomorrow morning at 6:20 a.m. and my plan for staying on track is:
- exercise for a minimum of 1 hour every day
- indulge myself on the first full day (Tuesday) and then eat responsibly for the rest of the trip
- participate in as many of the BLC challenges as possible and record my points faithfully
- read a minimum of 5 novels
That's it. No other plans.
Back in a week! I'll talk to you then.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This second blog is also for the BLC weekend challenge.
Before I joined BLC20, I honestly never thought I would reach my weight loss goal. I started at 264 in 1998 and have been trying since then to lose weight. I must admit that after 2004 when I got RA, I kind of stalled out on the trying thing because I was in so much pain that exercise got booted to the curb and eating healthily wasn't high on my priorities when high fat food was way more comforting.
That said, in Fall 2012, I joined BLC20 with the goal of losing 10 pounds but being happy with 5 and thinking all along that I'd be lucky to lose anything. But to my surprise, not only did I lose 5 pounds, I actually lost 8! So, now reaching my goal weight seems much more attainable. However, it's still a long ways away but I haven't given up.
My rheumatologist is thrilled with my weight loss (now more than 10 pounds) and told me to keep on doing what I'm doing so that's the first thing I'm looking forward to. Losing weight will take a lot of pressure off my knees and therefore, less pain (in theory) and if there's less pain then maybe I'll be able to be more physically active.
I'd love to be able to buy clothes anywhere and not just for plus-sized women. I'm looking forward to being able to sit in an airplane seat more comfortably.
But, honestly, the biggest change I hope will just be my health. I'd like to reach my 60s in the best health that I can have so that I can retire to an active and healthy life. I'll still have RA and OA but I can manage those. And, I have to remember that living healthily is for life not just until I reach goal.
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