Tuesday, November 01, 2011
It was three months ago to this day that I joined the local YMCA and then wrote such a horrible blog full of self-pity that it embarrasses me to this day.
Yes, I had the dreaded body fat analysis done and my measurements taken...the kind of stuff that shakes you to your very soul when you see those numbers on paper. I mean, it is not like it was a big shock...I knew I was obese and out of shape so why did somebody handing me a piece of paper confirming my belief cause such moments of self-doubt and ,even worse, self-pity. Thankfully all of my SparkFriends were supportive and not one of you told me to "put on your girl panties and deal with it" although some of you must have been thinking it!
So today was my three month "check up" and I was apprehensive to say the least. I know I've upped my exercise from merely walking the dogs to using some of those machines I previously thought were so intimidating. To tell you the truth it took me two days just to get comfortable walking in through the doors and scanning my card. When that first beeped I thought it meant "overweight novice alert...get ready to laugh at her"
I go faithfully several times each week and I usually "blank" out. I'm not comparing myself to anybody and I've given my self-doubts the ol' boot. Along with drinking my water I now consider my need for exercise a well-formed habit. Too bad the same can't be said for my use of the nutrition tracker but that, too, will come in time.
Anyway, I digress. Here is a comparison of my measurements before and after:
Weight 213.2 / 210.4
Bust 49 / 46 (Dolly Parton has left the house!)
Waist 43 / 42.5 (huh?)
Hips 45.5 / 44.5 (
Right Arm 13.5 / 12.75
Left Arm 12.75 / 12
Right Thigh 28 / 26.5
Left Thigh 27.75 / 26
Right Calf 16 / 16.25 (??????)
Left Calf 16 /16
Which ladies and gentleman is an overall loss of 9 inches!!!! ME?
So my message is to keep at it! I'm a work in progress so these kind of results are great motivators!!!!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Trick or Treat!
Well, when I woke up this morning and looked out my bedroom window I was sure the weather gods played the ultimate trick on us this morning...we are having a bit of a snow storm! The college wasn't closed but all of the schools are so there are very few of us in the building this morning. I view it as a time to play catch up with things that have been piling up on my desk but what I am actually doing? Checking Spark!!! Ha-ha!
I had a rough weekend with the emotions. It is such a long and very silly story but apparently I was invited out to supper on Saturday night by my cousin because it was her birthday. Then she told her brother and his wife said she wouldn't be coming if I was there.. Talk about a shot below the belt! The story gets more twisted, about a month ago, during a family gathering John supposedly made a comment (that nobody else remembers) wishing that when their daughter called our house she would let the phone ring long enough before hanging up and calling first my cell and then his.. (The daughter is 19!) I don't get angry very often but i was poisioned with the whole lot of them yesterday. There I was dressed up and ready to go out with my family to celebrate only to be told I wasn't welcome and I wasn't given a reason.
So, what did I do? Did I overeat? NO! I left the house (dressed in reflective gear) and walked my anger off. I walked 5 km before heading back home. Then yesterday I was still feeling betrayed (everybody in my family thinks I am so easy going) but they don't know how fragile I am when it comes to disagreements. I tried to contact the my cousin's wife but that got nowhere. I went for another long walk last night and asked God to take away the anger I feel. So I went home and ate not one but two fruit and nut bars. Even then I wasn't over my calories for the day because I don't eat at all when I'm stressed. AAAARRRGGGHHHH
Well, today is another day and I am determined to make the best of it. My husband was supposed to start a temporary job today but that got postponed due to the weather but at least it is something for him to do and will be an extra few dollars coming in. I am back to meal planning and recording what I am eating because it works for me in many ways. It helps me stress less about meals, I know I am eating better and overall it saves both money and time being wasted .
I read an interesting article in Chatelaine's online e-mail about the importance of eating apples everyday so I'm going to "TRY" to attach the link. I LOVE apples so it was good news for me.
I'm so sorry to gripe! I am just trying to be honest with all of you and to explain my absence over the weekend. Better days ahead I hope!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I've been laughing a lot today from the responses I received on yesterday's blog in which I apparently introduced a lot of you to the term "stunned arse". Most of you had never heard it before and liked it so much that you are planning on incorporating into your own daily lingo.
Well, as most of you know I am from Newfoundland, Canada. A lot of "mainlanders" - people from Canada but not from Newfoundland like to call us Newfies. I, personally, hate that expression because it has been used too many times over the years as a term of belittlement.
But one thing about a born and bred Newfoundlander is a guaranteed sense of humour and even more important, an inborn ability to laugh at oneself. I LOVE laughing at myself and entertain myself on a daily basis!
So here goes today's lesson in Newfoundland expressions: "stunned arse". This would generally be used to make fun of oneself as in "old stunned arse here forgot to turn on the oven and wondered why supper didn't cook". Or, if you saw somebody do something stupid you could say "look at that stunned arse trying to get into a car that isn't his".
My favourite use of the expression "stunned arse" is one my family uses quite often in moments of self-depreciation. We would say of ourselves "stunned as me arse and twice as ugly" which sums up all kinds situations quite nicely.
Okay, enough "vocabulary" lessons for today but before I go I have to share a few pictures: The first was taken of me while out walking tonight.......we were on a closed road which explains why I am not wearing my reflective gear. What the picture doesn't show is the fact that I'm wearing longjohns, windpants, fleecy, windproof jacket, wool hat, mittens and rubber boots!
And the following is just an interesting side by side comparison taken three years apart. I only weigh about ten pounds more in the older one but look how my body shape has changed!
Get An Email Alert Each Time PCOH051610 Posts