Monday, August 29, 2011
I'm just not in the mood to write one of my normal blogs but I gotta share this news with you all.....last night I took along our GPS on my normal dog walking route. The route I always logged as 2.5 km is actually 2.67 km but the best news is.......I can now walk that in 25 minutes whereas it used to take me 40 minutes!
So, I'm still obese, I'm still fighting to lose a pound and not regain it but my fitness ability obviously is improving! Can I say woo-hoo!?!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Well, it started out a crappy week for me despite the beautiful weather which we are so thankful to be having, albeit a bit late in summer. But, I'm feeling much better now and have made my appointment to discuss these mood "bumps" (they aren't quite full-fledge swings) with my therapist. I am also making an appointment with my family doctor to get a check up to see if there is actually a physical cause to all of this.
Enough of that foolishness, because that is basically what it is. I know when I get like it that it will pass but I still get like it and cannot shake it despite fulling acknowleging what a moody cow I can be! Deep breath......
I got recalled back to work for this coming week so that is a little bit of pressure off of me. Every year it gets later and later as to when we find out when and if we are returning. I'd swear I only found out today because I bothered to check into it myself through a casual e-mail. Anyway, I'm lucky enough to work mornings only and all weekdays so it will leave plenty of time for exercise and enjoying life.
Speaking of enjoying life, we've certainly been doing that the past several days. We left yesterday morning to drive about two hours to line up for another hour to catch a ferry. But we didn't make the ferry as there were too many big trucks on board so we were kind of disappointed. Instead we ended up in one of the most beloved tourist areas and had a wonderful time. The island we were going to is called Fogo Island but the area we went to was Twillingate.
The weather was gorgeous, the dogs were in their glee and we just walked and walked amid the rocks and cliffs. Here are some pictures:
You can see what a nice day it was and Lou really enjoyed the experience of swimming in salt water...her first time ever! Maddy was quite nimble climbing the rocky cliffs and apparently had no fear! John did take some silly pictures of me pretending to fall off the side of a cliff but I will have to post them later. He did those for the goofy challenge!!!!
Talk to you all later.....I will get in touch with you all soon!
P.S. Here are the pictures from John's phone.....I'm not at all convincing in my "falling off the cliff" pictures but hey, it was fun!
Monday, August 22, 2011
That is my question for all of you....how do you do it? By "it", I mean find the time to exercise, eat correctly, log it in, write blogs, read blogs, write responses and be as supportive as you can be?
I'm starting to notice a trend with the readers of my blogs; they are always the same people and I feel really bad because half the time it takes me a week or so to catch up. Even then I only pick one or two of you and read all of your posts for a week and try to reply.
This isn't a bad thing I know. I know I'm busy exercising a lot lately and therefore that cuts into some of my computer time. I also don't like to use the computer late at night (I have this wild theory that it keeps me awake and thus try to put it away by 8:00 p.m.), I am loving my new exercise committment but I still feel guily.
When I get back to work in the fall it is usually not a problem as I go in a half hour early and settle into reading blogs before my actual shift starts and the library officially opens for the day. I usually eat my breakfast while Sparking and get half of my daily water in then as well.
But this is not the fall, although it soon will be, and I'm still off work and enjoying every minute of it. We have been blessed the past few days with the warmest weather of the summer....yay!!! Saturday we had a family birthday party to attend in the afternoon so I walked in the evening when it cooled down. Then yesterday we headed to a lake and spent the afternoon walking the shoreline while the dogs played in the water. Again after it cooled down I headed out last night and walked another 5 km.
So, I've upped my exercise but I still manged to gain two pounds this week. Funny, because as I sort of fell off the scale with disappointment, I'm sure I could hear many of you chanting "but its not about the scale"...and it worked. The disappointment was fleeting and I have given myself three months to "see" changes. In the meantime I will continue to work out and eat as best as I can knowing that good things come to those who wait. They do, right? I mean, nobody has ever spoken about working out and following the nutritional guidelines and it not working, or have they? Ha!
In closing, I want each of you to know how much I value your comments and support. I want to have the time to read all of your blogs and to keep in touch the way I think I should be but it is hard at times. I guess everyone goes through this, and I will find a way to work around it too!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
LESLIES537 and CRAZYDOGLADYBO have dragged me (okay, I'm truly honoured to have been invited) to participate in a goofy exercise challenge. You can read either of their blogs to see what it is going to involve. Well, you probably won't find out much there either as with all true goofy behaviour much of it goes unplanned.
Today, I went to the Y and did my strength training, treadmill and bike workout only to log in and find out I was supposed to skip around in my driveway for 5 minutes. I only last 4 minutes but here is proof I did it..... It was much harder than I thought it was going to be...thus lasting only four minutes.
Yesterday we woke up to pouring rain so we decided to grab some coffee and load up the dogs to see what roads we have yet traveled (and to check out potential walking places) in the forest. We ended up at one spot about 50km in the woods, left the truck on the side of the road, got out in the rain for what we thought was going to be a quick pee break for the doggies. We walked about 1km when we broke out to what has to be one of the best beaches in all of Newfoundland. There is one cabin (owned by a Newfoundland millionaire who used to fly into the spot) and the rest is just wild with sandy beaches. Remember that it is still pouring and we were getting pretty wet. But of course what is a bit of rain to a dog who loves the water so we walked while Lou swam. We saw 2 mink, a Bald Eagle, an Osprey and moore caribou, moose and Canada geese tracks!
When it became too miserable to continue we walked back to the cabin but it was then the sun broke through and we ended up staying on the beach for over 5 hours! We walked over 7 km (much of it barefoot), we held hands (like two teenagers), and the dogs were so happy!!! John found a rubber duck decoy used for hunting and when the dogs weren't looking we set it out in the water. Then I squealed out "birdies" and the next thing we knew our non-swimming Pom was out chasing this thing with Lou in hot pursuit. I always knew Maddy was on the small side but seeing his little body soaken wet made him look like the proverbial drowned rat!
We returned home about 6-7 hours later exhausted from all the fun. Needless to say there was no gym for me last night! BUT there was careless dancing in my living room when guess who showed up on my television screen...... Ha!!!!
Tonight we have a family birthday party to attend for my cousin who just turned 19. It should be a nice evening out and I even have a new top to wear. This is the same cousin who joined the gym with me but who hasn't really been going. I'm proud that I go without her and have lost most of my intimidation! My mom has offered to pay for my Y membership (bless her) because she doesn't want me to have to wait until I'm in my 60's to lose weight like she did. She lost it through grief when Dad died and is now gaining it back. I really don't know where I would be without my mom in my life which is strange because until Dad died we were never close at all. Funny how things work out, isn't it?
I have to go now and make myself beautiful for our night out!
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