Monday, July 11, 2011
Well, I did it! My Gros Morne Challenge is almost over as I have all the km done and am now working on the elevation bit. I'm doing this part by walking up steps so it is going to take a few more weeks. I think I have over 1000 uphill steps done now so I'm pleased.
But now I've moved on to another challenge.....a few of us on the Newfoundland team have decided to tackle the Newfoundland Trailway. Here is a little about it from the actual association.
Newfoundland T'Railway Council
"The Newfoundland T'Railway Council is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the development of a recreational trail from St. Johnâ's to Port aux Basques using the former Canadian National railway line. Its mandate is to promote multi-use trail development and to preserve abandoned railway lines for future use such as hiking, biking, equestrian, snowmobile, ATV and cross-country ski trails. Other uses like dog sledding and snowshoeing may be appropriate in certain regions.
Known as the Newfoundland T'Railway Provincial Park, the rail bed route extends for 883 km (548 miles) linking urban, rural and wilderness areas. The park forms the Newfoundland section of the Trans Canada Trail stretching from St. John's to Victoria, BC and to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. When complete the Trans Canada Trail will extend for more than 22,000 km, making it the longest continuous trail in the world."
I am doing this along with the 60 Day summer challenge so it gives me something to work towards. I'm one week into the the 60 Day summer challenge and it is working for me! I lost about 2.4 pounds in a week but more importantly I've gained the sense that I can do this! All I have to do is keep it simple as that is what I need. Eat, track, walk, and drink my water! Yeah!!!!
Must go and get in that pool that we've been allowed to use! I am going to start the T'Railway today too........
Note added several hours later: Spent 60 minutes exercising in neighbour's pool. Water temperature was 65 degrees F while it was 26 degrees C air temperature. I'm a bit cool now!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Feels like I've been away from Spark forever but in reality it was only for yesterday due to most of the town's cable, internet, etc being down. However, you talk about dedication....remember the house we are "sitting" well, after midnight yesterday I managed to get on their computer system for about five minutes....just long enough to log in!
Oh, and you are probably wondering why I had such an unforgettable night. Turns out this year is truly my year of firsts! I managed to get a ticket to our local concert yesterday for $50 and went for the first time in its 26 year history. KISS was the headline act and while I'm not a fan I went for the experience....and what an experience it was.
Dear god, the people and the outfits made it quite entertaining...and I'm not talking about the band! I'm saying right here that while, yes, I'm a plus-sized woman (for now) if you are such a size you really shouldn't be wearing skimpy clothes! Its not the best look for any size but when the string of your bikini top gets lost in your back.....well, it might be time to change swimsuit styles! Then there were the middle age set (of which I'm one at 45) dressing like their 16 year old daughters. "What Not to Wear" or "People of Walmart" should have been there!
Yep, the concert was great and the band put on a fabulous show. I didn't think I knew any of their music but it turns out I did. We stood up for 6 hours and the band played for 2+ hours.......in the pouring rain! Actually, it was a beautiful day right up until KISS went on stage and then the heavens opened up and the wind whipped around. I had a windbreaker but because my friend didn't, I wouldn't wear mine either! I'm either a sucker or a good friend. We only had to walk about 20 minutes to get back to her house and this is when it got funny.....we were so wet that you could wring out everything we were wearing including our underwear and bras! I called John to pick me up and asked him to bring my big fleecy housecoat, dressing gown, robe, whatever you call them and dry underwear and that is how I went home! Oh, and I had a huge white towel wrapped around my head and shoulders! The RCMP sure had a laugh at the roadblock! I wasn't drunk either....actually had two vodka coolers earlier which is really more than I ever drink but I decided there were so many freaks out there that one in her housecoat wasn't going to stand out!
Just a note but the soft drinks (including the 500ml water) were $4.00 each and you weren't allowed to bring anything in with you! I had a blast, danced until we couldn't move anymore and laughed until my jaws ached. I think that counted as some good exercise, don't you!
Cell phone was down too so no pictures to show! Have a great day.
Friday, July 08, 2011
July 8 - Day 4?60 of Summer 60 Day Challenge
Today's challenge is about salt and how we can become more aware of how much we actually need versus how much we actually consume. Like many, I have made conscious efforts to reduce our sodium intake and am proud of our success thus far. Luckily for me, neither one of us was raised on a high-salt diet and we never have the shaker on the table.
Sounds good, right. Well, did you know that a study was published last year and I saw it on Canadian news that Canadians eat almost twice salt that their fellow Americans do. As I sat back in my chair and semi-gloated about our attempts to cut back the announcer went on to say that typically Canadian food (from fast food to things like healthy cereals) have a lot more salt added to them.
This made me stop and think. For one thing I've been relying on the nutritional value of Spark to track my sodium but since that is American it could be way off our reality. It is one of the realities of life that we all think a box of Kellogg's Bran Buds has the same nutritional value worldwide but apparently not. Wow! Who would have thought!?
Okay, enough of the "lecture" and on to my blog title. This weekend is our town's festival weekend which is called the Salmon Festival. This year Kiss is performing as Gene Simons "wife" was apparently born in Newfoundland and their kids have never been here. John and I are not going as it is $100 a ticket and we live close enough that if the wind is blowing in the right direction we can sit on our deck and listen to it. Talk about being cheap!!!! Ha!
Since the festival is on this weekend, the amusement rides have also arrived. While I'm not a big fan, my husband and I do get on a ride called the Scrambler once every year. We are planning on going tonight to do our "thing". While I was thinking about that, I guess I reflected upon a year ago when the rides were in town. It was then I first publicly realized I needed to lose weight. Imagine lining up for 30 minutes to get on a ride only to fall getting on the ride because you couldn't lift your leg up high enough. Other than a bashed knee and total embarrassment, it was a wake-up call. I needed to do something but what.
The what came several weeks later when one of our local vets came for a BBQ. Over a year, This friend had managed to transform her life and her body. At that point she had lost over 80 pounds and was flourishing! Over the meal we got talking and she told me a few websites to check out....one of which was Spark!!!! I joined a few weeks after that!
Oh, and as for the summer weather....it has reached our shores! Yeah! Our neighbours have an above ground pool AND are gone away for two weeks so part of our houseminding is to make sure the pool is used....their words..not mine!!!! Another yeah!
I hope this finds you all well! Thank you for your support along my journey!
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Well, it appears I do well when challenged. I'm still participating in the virtual Gros Morne Challenge as part of the Newfoundland SparkTeam and I've joined the Summer 60 Day Challenge Team as well.
I've all the kilometres walked for the Gros Morne challenge and am working on the uphill step portion. It is fun and I am thinking about doing the Newfoundland Trailway (again virtually). For those who don't know about the Trailway it is part of the Trans Canada Trailway and the section in Newfoundland runs along the abandoned railway. The train tracks were all removed about 20+ years ago so there are no trains to be found at all on our island. The trailway would take us to some pretty asture and remote parts of the island but I think it is doable.
As for the second challenge, I'm doing well. I'm combining two days into one as I was a day late starting. This way it will be much easier to keep up. Yesterday's challenge was to develop some goals and today was to make sure those goals are SMART ones (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely)
I'm having a bit of trouble with goal setting and even more so with "rewards". I used to say I want to be healthier so that is where I am going to start. With regards to that, my goals are:
To concentrate on losing 5 % of my body weight at a time.
I can keep track of this by weekly weigh-ins.
I believe this is an attainable goal especially with the changes I am making
I think 5% of my weight is a realistic initial goal
I need to lose 10.91 pounds to do this and Labour Day is when I would like to have it accomplished.
I've been doing well with eating, tracking and getting my body in motion. I'm walking for exercise and I'm getting my 8 cups of water in.
Have a great evening!
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