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5 Star Bingo - day two

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Yesterday, I focused on the "pamper yourself" parts of the challenge so today I thought I'd share a few pics of my walk to Wal-Mart. I needed to make my 45 minutes (fell short, walked too fast) and I needed to pick up a few things for dinner so I thought I'd kill two birds. Roo and I set out around 3:00. It's mostly downhill and/or flat all the way there so I was making pretty good time. Less than 10 minutes in, she fell asleep. Which means I had no one to talk to. Which means I was now pretty bored. I'm SO not a good walker. Anyway, I made the 4-ish kms in about 33 minutes. Yay for downhill!! I'll definitely do that walk again although, for the height challenged (not afraid, just nervous), it's a little bit iffy. First I had to take a pedestrian overpass over one of our main roads and then I had to walk over Highway 2 (Deerfoot if you're from Calgary) on another stretch. FYI, the width of a sidewalk on an overpass is laughable. I rubbed the meridian TWICE with the jogging stroller. Here's a couple of views along the way:

I fully intended to walk back home, too but when I came out it was raining so I called Paul to rescue us. Next time, for sure.
Tonight's dinner was salmon, stir-fried kale & carrots with brown rice. I got the recipe on Spark and, for my BINGO, used it to score 3 squares. Here's the recipe, if you're feeling adventurous:

Well, I'm off to do some yoga. I might also try this:

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/10/2012 1:33AM

    Ah, I know Deerfoot Mall well. Lived not far from there growing up. In fact, learned to drive in that parking lot! Still go there frequently, since my dentist is just up the road. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

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SUPERTHEE 6/10/2012 12:39AM

    Gorgeous scenery! Good job on walking all that way!

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5 star bingo - day one

Saturday, June 09, 2012

First, I have to say emoticon to the Admin group of BLC19 that put this one together. I had a great day doing things that I would NEVER do on my own. I sat and read for almost half an hour ("50 Shades of Grey") while my feet soaked in the foot spa my MIL gave me. Four months ago. I had to break it out of the box. Incidentally, foaming foot bath actually does foam.

Kind of reminded me of my first experience with a jacuzzi tub....
Anyway, I also gave myself a facial. Peppermint mud masque to be exact. It was supposed to be "cooling" and good for destressing. My face feels softer now but I had to sit through ten minutes of not knowing whether I'd ever move it again. I thought that stuff would stay soft. Apparently not.

Lastly, I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something I have never done before: eating okra. It, in the words of PEHASS2, will not make it into our regular routine meals BUT it was good enough that both of us ate it.

Oh and for the Amazons that are reading this - BLACKOUT!

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BOBBYD31 6/10/2012 9:52AM

    i could even get into a challenge like that, nice

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/10/2012 1:34AM

    Facial looks awesome! BTW, I love okra. We put it in a crockpot gumbo that we make and yum!

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GAYEMC 6/9/2012 8:36PM

    Way to go on the blackout! I don't like Okra!

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CHRISTINA791 6/9/2012 10:16AM

    Sounds like a fantastic challenge!

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 6/9/2012 9:59AM

    50 Shades of Grey? I'm giggling. I'm reading it for the 2nd time now. Not written particularly well and the woman has clearly never opened a thesaurus, but damn!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/9/2012 8:45AM

    Oh my! Sounds like a wonderful challenge.

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CARILOUIE 6/9/2012 7:14AM

    A foot soaking and a facial as challenges?!? Sounds like my kind of challenge.

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GSPEIRS 6/9/2012 5:19AM

    I agree with you totally on this being a fun 5 Star Challenge. Glad you took some time out for YOU! You deserve it!

Much success in your weightloss endeavors! Keep up the great work!

rkling Sapphires

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PKCTTS 6/9/2012 2:57AM

    This is a fun challenge. I must say, my hands look better than they have for weeks.

Thanks for the pics.

Got my blackout too - but okra? You are a brave woman! Ugh.

Comment edited on: 6/9/2012 2:58:02 AM

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7 months and counting...

Thursday, June 07, 2012

It's been 7 months (and a bit) since Roo was born. I'm currently about 7 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm pretty happy about that. It'd be nice to have it gone before I go back to work BUT I'm also pretty happy with how I look right now so it's all good.
Lately, this cold has left me feeling less than energetic. Fortunately, I know that it would have been worse had I not been in pretty good shape when it hit.
Speaking of pretty good shape, I have my first class at the MMA kickboxing bootcamp tonight. I'm rather excited. As a runner, I tend to neglect my upper body. I'm hoping this makes up for that. Well, that and the BodyPumping and BodyFlowing that I've been doing. emoticon

Got this in my email this morning & thought that I would share it.
Tips for a clear mind and more energy:
I wish I had more energy! What does that really mean and how can I get more?
Energy is a word with more than one meaning. Energy broadly means the capacity of something; a person, an animal or a physical system to do work, make something happen and create change. An example of energy is a person being able to run 5 km just after waking up. However for many of us, our morning begins with a trip to the kitchen counter to turn on the coffee maker.

The secret to getting more energy is to create it—here are some practical ways and techniques that help you gain more energy, with no crash or need to keep going back to refill your coffee cup.

These exercises will help you gain clarity of mind and focus on whatever it is that you are doing, with plenty of natural energy to achieve it.

1. Get and stay fit!
2. Eat for energy!
3. Breathe more consciously and exercise your breathing one to three minutes a day (on awakening, mid-day when your energy dips and at the end of your work day to clear your mind and recharge your body) .
4. Reduce your stress levels.
5. Choose to be energetic!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/10/2012 1:35AM

    Congrats on being so close to your pre-pregnancy weight! And at 7 months post-partum no less -- you should be proud. Roo is so delectable, I could just eat her!

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DMANN104 6/8/2012 12:46AM

    Totally agree! Congrats on the weight loss!

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SHEILALOSES 6/7/2012 9:18PM

    Thanks for the article, Penny! Awesome! emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 6/7/2012 9:13PM

    What Kat said!!! Thanks for posting this!

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JENNNY135 6/7/2012 5:01PM

    Kickboxing sounds like fun. Congrats on your last 7 lbs, that will melt away quickly. Love the race photo you look like you had a ball.

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ANDIRUNS 6/7/2012 3:53PM

    Kickboxing is awesome for your arms! Just don't be like me and throw your shoulder out with those punches. I take my punches a little too seriously - haha!

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KAT573 6/7/2012 3:20PM

    Loved this statement; it says it all!

?The secret to getting more energy is to create it"

And I would add to that list! how we use our minds and look at things has always opens up our vision to opportunities we ordinarily might nots see, blessings we else wise over look....

thanks for sharing, Penny and congrats on getting to your goal so quickly!!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/7/2012 2:48PM

    Enjoy that kickboxing class tonight! I'll bet it will be fun.

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PKCTTS 6/7/2012 1:02PM

    Good article, thanks for posting it. And, you look great!

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/7/2012 1:01PM

    Positive energy - you are awesome!!! Great work!!

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Gotta love it when people speak the truth

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


This week we BUST another Healthy Lifestyle myth with our 5 STAR LIFE ON A 1 STAR BUDGET CHALLENGE!

Healthy food too expensive? Think again!

Tap water vs soda - want to guess which is both cheaper and better for you? Switching ONE can of soda to water every day would lead to over $500 a year in your pocket or over $2190 for a family of four. This money could be used to buy food that has some nutritional value!

Buy fruits and veggies on sale when in season. When they're not in season, frozen is picked and frozen during the season which preserves its nutrients.

Bring your lunch instead of hitting the fast food restaurants - you'll save in the long run AND feel better!

Make your designer coffee at home - it's cheaper and you have more control over the ingredients.

My weekend challenge is a BINGO style card that helps me make better nutrition and fitness decisions that won't break the bank. A very good thing for someone who is trying to save money for a trip back home to Halifax in July.

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GAYEMC 6/8/2012 5:25PM

    I liked the last Bingo challenge, this one looks a little tougher, a mani/pedi every day? Heck, I'm lucky if I get one a year, lol! Have a great weekend!

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LYNNANN43 6/7/2012 10:05PM

    Got my BINGO card printed too, Penny:D

Happy BINGOing!!! emoticon

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KAT573 6/7/2012 3:10PM

    Not sure if it is still there but there have been sections on spark for saving money, threift, etc. Hope you meet your goals; I am very very familiar with this; it is at the core of how I live, actually! Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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MGJARVI 6/7/2012 12:17PM

    Awww, thanks Penny :-)

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RUNNINGWILD 6/7/2012 12:23AM

    To be fair, these were not my idea(s). I have to give credit to the Admins of BLC19. They're super awesome!!!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/6/2012 9:40PM


Woohoo for tap water, my favorite drink!

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MIAMIA7 6/6/2012 7:55PM

    Great suggestions Penny!

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JENNNY135 6/6/2012 6:23PM

    Excellent blog! I totally agree, water over pop or juice. A lot of vegies are inexpensive and are good for you like: spinach, kale, swiss chard. Fruits are more tricky but if you buy in bulk they can be inexpensive. We hardly eat out, and its more healthy for you.

Bingo card is very creative. Have fun in Halifax.

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CHRISTINA791 6/6/2012 5:31PM

    I love the idea of a bingo card!

"It's too expensive" was always one of my favourite excuses. At the same time, I was eating out at least once a day, and half my 'groceries' were overpriced garbage from the corner store. What I like is with the money I'm saving on not eating out all the time, we can occasionally choose some higher priced healthy items. I'd rather spend five bucks on really good bakery bread than on McDonald's.

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My weekend challenge

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Weekend Challenge - PLAN B

P - Pick your exercise. ST or cardio - or a combo. 5 pts. per 10 min. NO MAXIMUM!

L - Laugh! Lighten up and find the funny. Come on, we can all find something to laugh about! 20 pts/day

A - Avoid your trigger food! 20 pts/day

N - Nibble wisely. Record food 10 pts/day, stay in range 10 pts/day

B - Be accountable. Post at least once a day. 10 pts/day

Week 6 LCW: (Theme) Dance Party

Are you ready to PARTY?? You can earn points “dancing” for this week’s LCW!

D = Dance for 10 minutes (1 point for each 10 minutes)

A = Augment your 5 minute cardio workout by using weights (1 point for each 5 minutes)

N = Neutralize those trouble areas with 10 minutes of strength training (1 point for each 10

C = Complete 10 minutes of cardio (1 point for each 10 minutes)

E = Earn a bonus point for every 5 points

The team with the most points wins!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/31/2012 9:11PM

    Now that sounds like a fun challenge!

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