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Happy New Year!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Well, I did really well yesterday, in spite of the festivities. Today was different, though... lol... I started off the day with a pounding sinus headache (not a hangover -- I didn't overdo it with the consumption of alcohol!)... My choices for meals weren't exactly that great. I went over my intake by about 600 calories, which isn't that bad. I am proud of myself for stopping myself before I got too carried away. I managed to surpass the recommended water intake, which is good -- I was actually craving water!

So with the new year comes the big question -- what resolutions should I make for myself for the year? I've been giving this some thought, and I haven't quite pinpointed any one specific thing, so here's a list of what I'm going to be considering throughout the upcoming year:

- Stay on track with my eating, my water and my cardio
- Do the daily challenges that are posted for the Spark Your Body Bootcamp that I joined
- Declutter my life - get rid of anything that I don't need, or that is detrimental to my success
- Work more on the crafts that I used to love doing so much

All of these are within my capabiities -- with some effort, I can achieve all of them, although some will be easier than others to complete. I guess over the year, I'll revisit my list and take inventory of what I've completed and what I'm accomplished -- and take note of what I need to do more work on.

So there it is -- my plan for 2010.

Today's photo is of a centrepiece that was on the table at an event I went to. I thought it was pretty.

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MIMMICA 1/3/2010 9:39PM

    LOL... I'm beginning with the toxic people and moving my way through my house... LOL... I figured I'd get the biggest clutter/toxins out first!

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ARMETIS 1/3/2010 7:12PM

    Wow! Sounds great. Returning to doing your crafts, or any stuff you used to really enjoy is a great idea. (I went back to baking which I really used to enjoy and baked my little heart out, now I'm ready for something new because as yummy as all that baking was...well, I sure don't need to be eating it...know what I mean? LOL!
Also, happy decluttering...does that mean toxic people also?LOL!

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CHOLA82 1/2/2010 9:27AM

    Great Goals :) You can do it!!!!

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Still going strong....

Thursday, December 31, 2009

So I've managed to stick to the plan -- I feel great. I can already see the difference in my face and in the way my clothes are fitting... This morning's unofficial weigh-in had the scale at 246.6 lbs. YAY! That's a good drop from my Dec. 22 weigh-in when I made the decision to get back on track... I was 255 that day.

I'm feeling like I've regained that momentum that I had when I first started here on Spark over a year ago. That drive to get this done is back, and I'm extremely happy to see it again. It's great!

The plan for the rest of the day is to just relax... maybe I'll go down to the basement and sew something to wear for the New Year's Eve celebrations that I'm going to tonight... I haven't decided what to wear yet... lol.

Have a save and Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best -- good health, happiness, prosperity and love!

Here's the background photo that I am using right now (taken from my patio door two days ago):

Life is good!

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BEVPRESLEY 12/31/2009 7:01PM

    What a great way to end the year. Hope you continue your progress next year.

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ARMETIS 12/31/2009 6:12PM

    Enjoythe party. Good-bye 2009! I have a feeling 2010 is going to be a good one!
Happy New Year!
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Tough day, but I made it through!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What a tough day it was today. I started off great, had a healthy breakfast, packed a lunch, went to the office, drank my water... after lunch is when it got bad. I felt like I was starving.

I left the office at 2, and came home -- snacked on raisins.... a whole cup of them... was STILL feeling like I was starving... drank some water (I remembered that sometimes when my body sends a message that it's hungry, it's usually thirsty).... still needed a snack... ate four pieces of dark Toblerone chocolate... STILL HUNGRY. Holy smokes. I lay down on the couch, and I ended up falling asleep. When I woke up, I drank some more water, and that urge to eat everything in sight was gone.

I entered all the food I ate, and then remembered that I had to make some adjustments to my fitness plan -- which would make a difference in my food intake... I'm doing less workouts right now, and my food tracker was still accounting for 70 minutes of cardio a day.. which meant an extra 500 or so calories allowed a day... not good if I wasn't doing that much cardio.... fixed it. Managed to only go over by 100 calories for the day. PHEW. Glad I caught that!

I haven't been to the gym since the beginning of November -- and it looks like I may be changing jobs, and locations, so I won't have access to the gym at work any more (by mid-January). So I decided that it's time to get started on doing cardio again -- at home, just like I did when I first started SparkPeople in November 2008. Started off with Coach Nicole's 10 minute kickboxing workout (the bootcamp one), followed it with some stability ball exercises and then danced in front of my computer for 32 minutes (to some good tunes). Yay for me... just like the old days....

I have to say that it feels great to be back on track. These baby steps are getting easier.

Life is good.

I think I'm going to post a new photo of something interesting with my blogs from now on...

Today's photo is an icicle that's just outside my kitchen window... lol... I took this picture yesterday... the icicle has grown since then...

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ARMETIS 12/30/2009 7:58PM

    Sometimes what feels like hunger is something else. As you know thirst is one of them, and sleep is another. You just needed to catch up on your ZZZ's.
Glad you're back on track! New job? Sounds good!

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SUSAN134 12/29/2009 9:11PM

    YYYYAAAAYYY You!!! I found your blog very encouraging as I
really fell off track last week and it is helpful to know that getting back on track becomes easier as time goes on.

You did well.....good luck tomorrow and thank you for sharing with us.


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Still on track... even after a wedding....

Monday, December 28, 2009

A week into it, and I did manage to stay on track -- not every single day, but it's a start. I'm slowly getting back up to drinking all my water, which is a good thing. I've managed to satiate that desire too stuff myself until I feel like I'm going to explode.

I went to a wedding yesterday -- a couple who met at the local hangout and connected. The wedding was beautiful. I offered to make the cake, which was chocolate and vanilla with a buttercream icing. The bride's bouquet had stargazer lilies in it, and I thought it was a great opportunity for me to try to make some out of gum paste, which I had never used before. I'm very pleased with how they turned out....

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ARMETIS 12/28/2009 2:40PM

    WOW! Beautiful cake...I thought those lilies were real! You are a very talented gal...keep up the good work...and with staying on track too. Welcome back!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 12/28/2009 11:36AM

    Wow what an amazing job you did on that cake!

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JILLTBNAGART 12/28/2009 9:45AM

    Wow, beautiful!

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Getting back on track is harder than falling off the wagon... (and some more random pictures)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Yup. It's true.

I reached my goal to drop 50 pounds two days after the date I set. I was very proud of myself for such an accomplishment. I kept it off for about two weeks, and then BAM! Something happened in my brain and I not only fell off the wagon, but I rolled down a few hills too.

Since the end of October, I have done nothing but stuff my face with everything that I could find. Mostly bread. Lots of bread. Lots and lots of bread. UGH. All that eating coupled with the fact that I stopped going to the gym, stopped sparking, stopped journalling and stopped weighing myself... added up.

I mustered up the courage last week to step on the scale again. My first reaction was... holy cow, that's not as bad as I expected it to be. 252 lbs. That would make it a 19 pound re-gain. That was when I decided to get back on track. It lasted about two days, and I was back to eating bread again.

I woke up yesterday, lay in my bed and did a mental checklist of what could have possibly led me to do this to myself... sabatoge myself ... I did figure it out, and then I decided to take some action.

Once again, I weighed myself (yesterday morning), and the scale read 255. Ok. So, I have my work cut out for me. I started off my day by eating sensibly, and I actually started drinking my water -- I even managed to drink half of my daily requirement. Proud of myself, but while waiting for supper, I sabatoged myself by eating bread -- more than I should have. I have to enter the food for yesterday to see how I really did.

In any case, today is a new day, and I'm going to take another baby step to get back up those hills and back on the wagon that's waiting for me up there.

Let the journey begin! My goal is still to reach 200 lbs by my birthday in October.


I thought I'd share some photos that I took over the last few weeks.

Photo taken from the bus -- we were stopped at a red light and I had time to pull out my camera and snap this through the window before the bus started moving again.

Pictures of downtown Hull, Quebec, from a co-worker's office window.

Office building in Hull, Quebec -- waiting for the bus last week.

Weird sky -- at work -- from a co-worker's window.

View of the Champlain Falls, Hull, Quebec (which have a damn around them), from a co-worker's window (zoomed in).

View I'll have from my window when I move my office to the main space.

Have a great day!

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ARMETIS 12/23/2009 2:20PM

    Welcome back! (I had a garbage disposal day yesterday...I ate a whole loaf of heavy 7 grain bread @ 120 calories per slice. Of course you should never eat bread alone so I had it with roast beef, ham, liverwurst etc. and also ate anything else I could get into my mouth.)

I've learned to NEVER have bread (or related carbs) for breakfast...never EVER!!!

So as of this morning I'm okay, no bread, no cravings.

Have a great day!


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