Saturday, May 28, 2011
Well, we've had some wonderful weather the past few days which has encouraged me to get out a wee bit more. Yesterday, though, was downright bizarre.
I started out wearing shorts (I think this is the earliest I've ever worn them and I have the white, dry legs to proof it) as the temperature rapidly climbed to 28 degrees (c). I've been dog sitting my friend's poodles (they can't come back here as they did their pee about six times each in my house!!!) so I was there for several hours yesterday. I decided to attempt taking the four dogs out for a walk...boy, oh boy, that was a handful. Anyway, while out for our walk I started to get really cold to the point that I had goosebumps. Turns out the temperature had dropped 20 degrees in two hours. Brrrr. The dogs had fun though and that is all that matters.
So, I didn't get a long walk in yesterday but I did get other things accomplished which was fine by me. I also found out I might qualify for EI (employment insurance for those non-Canadians) which will definitely come in handy as John is not working at the moment either. I think he has 8 school days left and then is finished his course. Wow, where have those 9 months gone?
Oh, have to tell you all about how my bracelet (and therefore all of you guys) helped me make a healthy food choice yesterday. It started out that I was getting cranky with my husband and needed some time to myself. I went for a short drive and was pretty hungry. I hadn't eaten supper but my mind was on a huge bag of chips and some chocolate. A quick glance at my bracelet suggested I revise my plan of attack. I then thought of going to McDonalds (again the bracelet stared back at me) and ended up at Subway. I never have any butter, mayo or sauce on a sub anyway, so I knew it was going to be a happy ending. As I drove off, my bracelet sparkled at me in support!!!
I'm trying to catch up on blogs today of SparkFriends I don't check in on as much as I should. So, I'm starting at the bottom of my friend's list and working back. You should all hear from me this weekend!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Well folks, here is a picture of me out for the walk that found me crossing 10,000 fitness minutes: !!!! This was taken last night around 8:30 at the field where we let the dogs race around halfway through our walk. I think I look FAT but that is okay because that is going to change, right!? AND, the coat I'm wearing is a tad big but it is my favourite walking jacket!
I'm continuing to record what I eat but I'm proud to say that I'm not being too anal about it. Still having difficulties getting all my calories, fat, protein and fibre in but I know this is partly because I'm not making lunch a priority. Gotta work on that.
Here is a picture of one of my favourite side dishes....Asparagus with pine nuts:
If you read my last blog, you will know I borrowed an idea from Turtlebear and I am now wearing a bracelet on my arm around the clock. This is a big deal for me because I'm the type who walks in the house and even my wedding ring gets pulled off and I end up sticking them in the weirdest spots.....the real fun begins the next day when I try to remember where I was when I took them off!!! Drives my husband NUTS!!!!
Anyway, I digress. I am wearing my bracelet as a reminder of my personal commitment to the Spark program. When we were out for supper last night and I really wanted to order a pasta dish but realized the salad and tacos would give me some much needed vegetables, it was my bracelet that kept me on track. Funny because my bracelet is made up of both white and yellow gold circles. Each time I look at the circles linked together I am reminded of the link I am in the lives of my SparkFriends and vice versa. Silly I know, but it works!
I've babbled on enough! The rain has stopped today and the sun is out! Going to be a beautiful day for a long walk with beauty and the beast (Maddy's name for him and his sister....HE is the beauty in his humble opinion)
Jeepers, just remembered I had something else to tell you. For those that were interested in Louisa's health. Turned out the abnormality is a narrowing of the vaginal walls which prevents bacteria from leaving her vagina. She is going on a short term cycle of both antibiotics and a steroid. She might have to have surgery which can't be done here and they aren't sure if it can be done anywhere on the island. Keep your fingers and paws crossed that she gets some relief soon. Bless her little heart.
Here is Maddy or the Pom in Motion as we call him
Have a great day, you all!!!!
Recipe for asparagus is posted in the comment section.....I never thought to include it but Temptest did ask for it. The original recipe came from Chatelaine magazine (June 2009)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Well, you would have "thunk" it; Spark actually works! After my first week of getting back into the swing of things I lost almost 3 pounds. AND, all I did was to honestly record what I ate (some days were good and some weren't!), walked a little bit extra, and had faith in myself. I know I'm not going to lose weigh every week but it is a start and it is what I needed to get my motivation going. !
I also borrowed an idea from my SparkFriend Turtlebear who wrote on her page
"My Spark Page says: "Just for today, I'm going to make healthy choices in my life. I will live in the moment. I'll worry about tomorrow when it becomes today. I can do ANYTHING 'just for today.' I believe that my history is NOT my destiny."
She wrote a blog about wearing a rubber bracelet all the time to remind herself of her journey and her commitment. Well, me being slightly anal...okay, make that a whole lot anal, I spent a week looking for the perfect thing to wear to serve as my reminder. I wasted so much time into looking for the PERFECT bracelet, ring, pendant that I lost my focus! Finally I just took a bracelet out of my "collection" (ha!) and decided to wear it all the time. Although my Mom gave it to me a few years ago, I'm not into jewellery but this trick has worked wonders for me.
You see, I can't get it back on myself so IF I take it off, I have told my husband to tell me off as he is the one to put it back on. I wake up wearing it and feeling its weight and I immediately think of my journey. It is there as a reminder that this is a lifestyle commitment and not some spur of the moment diet! And, it works!
To get to the rest of my blog title, it snowed (just a few flakes) on Saturday and yesterday I was wearing shorts! Go figure. I've also been quite faithful about wearing sunscreen on my face (who cares if the rest of my body ages.....just joking!) and I'm developing quite the freckled-face....AGAIN! Oh well, t'is the price of being a redhead!
I tried my new food of the week, quinoa, which was good. Apparently it is the only grain which is a complete protein. Who knew? This week, I bought some fresh brussel sprouts to try. Any recipe ideas out there?
Beautiful day here and I have a clothesline full of clothes. The dogs and I are going to head out for a jaunt soon so I can get some exercise in before I tackle the housework. UGH! Oh well, I should be thankful I have a house to take care of!
Have a great day all of you, my dear friends
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Happy Victoria Day Weekend!
Woke up to another cloudy day with a balmy temperature of 2 degrees c. At least the rain has let up because the past two days have been rainy and we even had some of the white stuff! EW!
Then about lunch hour the sun peeped through the clouds and I think all of Newfoundland had a minute of silence in its honour. The hubby is sick again with another cold (the second one in the past month; yet he rarely gets sick!?) so I decided to escape the germy household and take the dogs to one of our favourite trails. Walked about 7.5 km in 2 hours so I'm pleased with that. The sun stayed out in spurts so the walk wasn't too warm although the dogs seemed to need to cool off in mud, grass, water, more mud, mommy's pants legs, etc.
Here is a mental image for you all. Maddy the white pom following so closely to Lou the yellow lab that the mud was flicking off Lou's tummy onto Maddy's face. Poor thing looked like he was covered with fleas! Then he got in the act too and jumped into a mudhole and all I could do was laugh at them. They both looked like they had black knee socks on and were totally oblivious to how dirty they were becoming. They were just pleased as punch to be out and had big smiles to prove it.
So here I am typing this while they are asleep, my husband is in a stupor and I'm cooking supper. In my effort to try something new, tonight I'm trying the quinoa. I searched Spark and found a yummy sounding Quinoa Pilaf which I made some adjustments to. We are having that with baked chicken breasts, steamed broccoli & carrots, and a glass or two of milk. Lets hope we like the quinoa!!!!
Hope you all are having a Sparking good weekend!!!!
This is me with my "birch broom in the fits" hair after walking! I think I look cranky! I wish I had taken a picture of the dog's legs as it would have given you all a good laugh. Maybe you can laugh at my picture instead. Laugh....dag nammit.
P.S. The quinoa was okay....a little bit too salty due to the chicken broth I think and I added some salt to the veggies which I shouldn't have done. Will make it again all the same!
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