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Recovery Weekend

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Oh my goodness. I don't even know how it became feels like time just whizzed right past me. I haven't been on here because work took up a lot of my time, and I was trying to juggle other commitments as well.

My boss did a purge of people that weren't working out, so some of the other employees had to fill that slot. Myself being one of them. I had to work 6 days in a row every other week, and it felt like when my two days off finally came I would just sleep them away. It was really hard to get into a proper sleep routine since it was always changing. I think I've been exhausted since the middle of January. Also, with the extreme cold snaps it made me feel even more tired since it would become a tropical island in my apartment.

I was also sick for a week and a half with this cold/flu thing and I still had to go to work. That was also a 6 day work week. I don't even know how I made it through that. Part of me enjoyed getting out to commute because it would be so hot at home.

Anyways, I've finished working my last Friday and now I'm just going to catch up on my rest this weekend. Monday I am going to start fresh and get back on track. I'm really determined to be back in shape by June and wearing my old clothing by September.

I know this year I will finally reach my weight loss goal. I just had my 32nd birthday, so I'm not getting any younger!

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KRISTINE99 3/9/2014 6:57PM

    You are a trooper! That does sound like a heavy load, but glad to hear you're managing it OK and keeping a positive outlook. And, of course, happy to read your updates. I'm also turning 32 years old soon (on the 14th of March) so I'm more determined than ever to reach my goals this year. It's true -- the older you get the fast time flies by...

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DALID414 3/8/2014 11:43PM

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FIRECOM 3/8/2014 4:19PM

    Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Congrats.

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Weekly Recap

Friday, January 10, 2014

This has been a very productive week, and I feel really proud of myself. I managed to get all my workouts in, and to cook most of my meals. Here is a quick recap:

Sunday - I cooked my meals for the week after work:
Big Weekly Meal: drumsticks with honey mustard glaze, steamed broccoli, and roasted potatoes
Small Stuff: bought stuff for sandwiches, veggies, bananas and bottled smoothies

Monday - worked out at 7am for 45 minutes. It felt really good to do that first thing in the morning. I also managed to drink a litre of water before breakfast which was nice. I didn't think I would like working out so early, but it really helps me get a good nights sleep.

Tuesday - rest day, thank goodness because it was really cold all day and I was exhausted from work. I did put away 4 skids of paint with my co-workers, so that was my workout.

Wednesday - I woke up to work out at 7am, but I only managed to get 15 minutes done. It was way too hot in my hands and feet were all swollen. I tried to put on my flip flops when I woke up, and it was so difficult because my feet were so swollen! When it's really cold outside, my apartment is really since it was -33 outside, it felt like a tropical island inside.

Thursday - rest day, but I did take a small walk to my get my groceries for next week's meal

Friday - slept in because it's my day off. I worked out around 11am for 45 minutes, and now I think I'm going to take a quick nap. I have a lot to do today cleaning wise, so that'll help with burning extra calories, I'm sure!

Overall I'm very pleased with getting my workouts in. I think if I keep this up for the rest of the month, I should see some results in 4 weeks.

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KRISTINE99 1/13/2014 11:47PM

    Great progress! And kudos for the morning workout :)

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DALID414 1/10/2014 9:16PM

    You will definitely see results!

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Friday, January 03, 2014

Oh my goodness! The city of Toronto has been really cold the past two days! I'm very grateful that Pete's mom bought me a new winter jacket and really warm deerskin gloves. I couldn't even feel the cold yesterday when I was commuting to and from work; which was amazing since it was -31 degrees Celsius with the wind chill! Brrr! I don't remember the winter ever being this cold, but that's fine with me. I am prepared, and hey, I live in Canada...we're known for cold winters and snow. I'm still really glad it's my day off and I didn't have to go out today. Especially since the weather managed to dip even lower than yesterday.

I haven't worked out yet this week. I'm going to today since I have 4 hours before Pete gets home. I meant to yesterday morning...but I think I partied too hard on New Years. I was still recovering on Wednesday, and I had to work a full 8 hours in a store that had no heat.

Besides working out today, I think I'm going to sit down and make that meal plan for every week this month. I need to be more organized and budget my money better...especially since I'm planning on taking two trips this year. I stayed put last year and that was really hard. I feel like I'm too young to not be exploring the world with my husband, so this year I'm going to make it happen.

But first, I need to make that meal plan and budget!

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BREW99 1/4/2014 8:13PM

    It's so time consuming to make menu plans isn't it? But so much better for us all. It's a great idea! I try to do ours to as much as I have to do it. Did you hear of the Tone It Up series online? It's a free signup that gives you daily tasks to do that help you feel better about yourself and youtube videos to help you workout at home. I love it, I have done it one other time and am at it again for the January program until Valentines' Day. The workouts are nice since each video is about ten minutes and you can really feel it at the end! :) Just thought I would mention it since it sounds like you don't want to leave the house either in the cold temps. brrrr.... emoticon

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The First Day....Again

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Well, here I go again! I can't believe it's been a year since I redid my page, and set a weight loss goal for myself. I didn't achieve it, but that's ok. Things happened that were out of my control, but I've learned to live with them. I think my injuries will never go away completely, but I shouldn't let that hinder me from making myself into the person I know I am.

I really let the fear of things getting worse stop me a lot last year. I had to take a lot of mental breaks to deal with my physical pain, and make mental notes on what triggers them. I am pretty sure I've noted everything that will make me hurt a lot, so I'm looking forward to starting a new workout routine this month. Finally.

I haven't really worked out in over a year because of my existing knee pain, and a new muscle injury in my right arm. However, I am excited to start some low impact cardio tomorrow, because I think this is the only thing that shouldn't make me feel worse. I'm going to dust off my old Carmen Electra aerobics DVD and do the first two routines tomorrow morning before work. I think I will have to do it every other day as to not aggravate my knee pain. I will just do it 3 times a week for this month, and then add a new workout next month.

I'm a bit bummed that I can't go ahead with everything all at once, but that's the breaks. I really need to learn to pace myself so I don't get burnt out/unmotivated so quickly. So... hopefully I don't jump ahead and injure myself. Again.

So, with the workouts already planned, I need to work on eating better. I have to fit in more fruits and vegetables for myself and Pete. I guess I'll have to get back into the routine of packing our lunches to make sure everything is balanced. I will also have to spend some time making a meal plan for the month as to not waste money on unnecessary food items. I have never done this, so I'm unsure how it will go....but I'll make the best of it.

Anyway, I am going to go take my starting stats for this month because I am curious about what they are. Curious, excited and frightened all at once....oh the emotional overflow of a new year and beginning!

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Christmas and End of Year Recap

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas in Owen Sound was amazing! I love going up North during the winter and seeing all the snow. Pete's family is always so welcoming, and I had a home cooked meal 3 times a day which was amazing. The only thing that I wasn't too happy about was how the heat wasn't working our bedroom. It was so cold every day and night in that room! Also, the outdoors cold was so skin and hair felt so weird, I don't think I've ever worn so much lotion on my face before. But overall, I wouldn't have changed it for anything!

I got some pretty awesome stuff for Christmas, but my most favourite gift is the deep fryer! I know, I know...I will have to be careful with this thing. Especially if I'm going to make some changes to get in shape. I was thinking of using it only once a a special treat for Pete and myself. I promise not to let it get out of control.

I can't believe how this year is already over. I remember making this account in January and thinking about how I'll be a different person physically and mentally by this time. Too bad I couldn't predict all of the obstacles I would face with my knee, and then my arm and my digestive system. At least I was able to overcome most of them successfully! I'm pretty sure if I just make an effort everyday next year I will succeed at getting in shape finally.

I've been thinking about goals I would like to achieve in 2014, but I feel like I have too many. I should just narrow it down to 5, and then I will share them.

Anyway, 2013 was full of ups and downs, but overall I am very pleased with how it's ending. I'm also very excited to see what happens in 2014!


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