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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

If I thought picking "just a few" photos from the trip for uploading to FB was hard, narrowing it down to "just a few" for SP was, well, almost painful. Here you go:
July 16 - Nana and Roo meet for the very first time. Nana is *my* grandmother. Emily is her third great-grandchild.

Walking in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, NS

July 17 - Crystal Crescent Beach in Sambro, NS. Paul and Logan actually went in this. Roo was NOT a fan of the ocean's temperature.

July 18 - We visited the Swiss Air memorial and Peggy's Cove

July 19 - We traveled the South Shore: Chester, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and Bridgewater
Chester skatepark. That's Logan:

And Colin:

If you look real close you can see the three churches on the bay. I'm sure this is THE most often photographed scene in Mahone Bay.

Lunenburg, home of the Bluenose II, and the town where I was born:

Bridgewater's Lahave River - My grandparents lived just up the hill from here for a long time when I was a child. I spent many summers visiting them and walking the bridge over this river.

July 20 - Tall Ship Day in Halifax

July 21 - Breakfast with TURBOMEL and TOBEARUNNER and then we're off to tour the Maritimes.

This one's self-explanatory:
Colin testing the water in Cape Tormentine, NB (you can see Confederation Bridge in the background)

My father, sister-in-law and baby brother. Yeh, when he stands up, he's over 6' tall. Not sure I can call him my "little" brother anymore.

PEHASS2 and I at Hopewell Rocks, NB

Prince Edward Island:

Traveling the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, NS:

Back home in Halifax. I surprised my grandmother by getting my cousins, neither of which we've seen since 1994, to visit.

And now I'm back in Calgary. Very mixed emotions about that BUT I'm happy to be home and back to "normal" life. Vacationing is exhausting!!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/31/2012 11:22PM

    Roo looks so happy to meet Nana! I love your selection of pics.

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JOPAPGH 7/31/2012 8:40PM

    Great pics. I love Roo's reaction to the ocean.

I had a nice trip to NS this summer too. Walked/ran past the Three Churches in Mahone Bay multiple times and spent some time in Bridgewater and Lunenburg too.

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/31/2012 7:37PM

    GREAT PICS - thanks for sharing!!

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    LOVE the pics,Penny!! And you look fabulous! NO BELLY!!! You just glow with health!

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GAYEMC 7/31/2012 4:51PM

    Love the photos, looks just what my mind pictured of Nova Scotia. Can't believe how big Roo is getting!

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BILLALEX70 7/31/2012 3:16PM

    Thanks for sharing. Tell Roo that "uncle" Bill misses her.

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CORKY982 7/31/2012 3:11PM

  Oh wow!! I'm so excited - I never see my hometown in anyone's pictures.. ever. I'm from Halifax, and so its definitely nice to see there are actually some Sparkers here who are from the Maritimes too! I feel like we should be friends :)

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July weeks three and four - Progress?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The last two weeks were spent vacationing in the beautiful Maritime provinces of Canada. I have to say, my progress has been seriously affected. Here's the brutal truth -

My progress July 15 through 28:
1 - to continue running 3 times a week
**I ran twice during my vacation. Once on the 18th for the 20 minute challenge put on by the Running Room and then again, on the 22nd, from the Not Since Moses finish line back to my car. Total mileage in those two weeks = 4.71 kilometres. I did do some walking but not nearly enough
2 - to lose my last five pregnancy pounds
**The scale moved in the WRONG direction while I was gone. If anyone thought that my conversation with the scale in week two was entertaining... well, let's just say week four was not G-rated. Heck, it wasn't even PG-rated.... and then I went and blew up at PEHASS2 because, well you know, he's a man and he can take having a crazy woman screaming at him for no good reason. Thankfully, I think he's still okay with spending the rest of our lives together.
3 - to blog my progress every Saturday
**I'm late! I'm late! And I missed week 3.
4 - to drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day
** emoticon
5 - to sleep 7 hours a night
** emoticonThey may have been broken but there were usually 7 or more of them. We didn't really adjust well to the time difference.
6 - to add two- days of strength training to my week
**cough....movin' on!
7 - to add one day of yoga/stretching to my week
**cough, cough....

Now, today is a new day of a new week and, almost, a new month. I'm going to kick some serious butt in August. Gained pounds BEGONE!!

Want to see some pictures from our trip? I'll have to make another blog.....

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CASSIOEPIA 7/31/2012 11:25PM

    First of all, I absolutely love your opening quote. Love it!

Cough, cough, let's get moving!

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SAFARIBABE 7/31/2012 10:20PM

    I've been traveling every two weeks for the last 3 months and the one thing I've learned is that on the road you can only do the best you can do. I used to make all kinds of promises to myself too about working out but either the time wasn't there or the energy wasn't after 12 hour meetings. Don't beat yourself up. Just move into the new month with a renewed energy (which it sounds like you have in spades) and make August the best month you can!!

Welcome home!

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    HAHA!!! I think you look great in the vacation pics...but I know,I know.....we know better(that's what I'm dealing with now after gaining about 5 #s back . Old friends from last year thought I looked great and lost weight...little did they know. And IF I had stayed on track~~~the WOW factor would have been sweet.)

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BLUEROSE73 7/31/2012 2:09PM

    Glad to hear the trip was fun. Can't wait to see the pics. You can do this. You'll be back on track in no time.

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If you're in a hurry to lose weight, you're in a hurry to fail.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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BLACKROSE_222 7/25/2012 12:53PM

    Awesomely perfect!

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MTRACHEL 7/24/2012 4:44PM

    So true! I also liked your comment about what the feedback page ought to say!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/19/2012 11:21PM

    True that!

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ANDIRUNS 7/19/2012 11:46AM

    Amen and amen!

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MEXGAL1 7/19/2012 10:48AM

    Thanks for sharing

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July week two - progress

Saturday, July 14, 2012

This week went by way too quickly. I think it's because I'm SO unprepared for the family's trip to NS next week that Sunday feels like it should be a week away but, in reality, it's tomorrow.
My progress this week:
1 - to continue running 3 times a week
**again, easy peasy goal here. I even ran on Tuesday BEFORE our cross-training class which happened to be BEFORE my bootcamp. (ugh)
2 - to lose my last five pregnancy pounds
**The scale did not move this week. I even got off of it and negotiated with it. When I stepped back on, the number had not changed. I flipped it the bird and moved on with my day.
3 - to blog my progress every Saturday
**Here I am! On schedule, even.
4 - to drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day
**The hot continues.. I'm drinking 8+ per day.
5 - to sleep 7 hours a night
**Except for the night that Roo fell out of bed, I'm good on this one.
6 - to add two- days of strength training to my week
**Boot camp on Tuesday & Thursday this week. Nothing else tho'.
7 - to add one day of yoga/stretching to my week
**okay, NEXT week for sure. emoticon

I have to get to bed. I had a nap today but the effects are starting to wear off. I have to share this before I go though:

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ANDIRUNS 7/18/2012 9:12PM

    Haha! I've had many discussions with my scale. Not nice ones, either. Evil things. Have a fun trip!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/16/2012 3:45PM

    Love that look on her face.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 7/15/2012 2:35AM

    Roo is such a cutie!

I know you're frustrated and want to lose those last 5 pregnancy pounds, but you really are doing amazing. Roo's still just a wee babe and here you are almost at your pre-pregnancy weigh, running HM, and going to fitness classes. Truly, you are rockin' it! Keep up the GREAT work.

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GLASSART43 7/14/2012 8:39PM

    Roo is so adorable! We're going to miss you on the Warriors, Penny, but I'm sure there will be sharing between the two teams, and meanwhile we have SAC to look forward to.

If you find the secret to losing those last few pounds, let me know please. I'm no good at negotiating.



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JENNNY135 7/14/2012 11:05AM

    You're funny Penny, flipping the bird, never thought of that. Lol Your daugther is a cutie pie, she has a lucky mom, a mom that's focused on a healthy lifestyle. She's been on healthy, athletic and happy child.

Have a great weekend.

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/14/2012 9:24AM

    It actually gets LOUD in my bathroom when the scale will not negotiate!!

You always make me smile! So do Roo's pictures!!

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JANEGSN 7/14/2012 9:19AM

    Penny - I laughed at your expressing your feelings to the scale. Those scales are STUPID, don't give them too much weight (ha ha), I mean credit. At your point how you feel about how your body looks and how others say you look is more important.

Cute pic - what an expression!

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BLC Summer Break Plan

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sadly, BLC19 ends this coming Tuesday. Happily, the Seasonal Accountability Challenge begins on the 25th so there won't be too many days when I'll be accountable to no one but myself. THAT could not end well.
To stay on track over the BLC Break, I intend to:
-post my goals on a monthly basis.
-post my progress on a weekly basis.
-hold myself accountable to my SAC team daily.
-work towards losing these last darn 3 pounds. (interesting fact: I took my emoticon to the vet today and he also has to lose 3 pounds)
-keep running
-keep ST
-start flexibility training (yoga, pilates, tai chi - SOMETHING!)

Ok, you know you spend too much time on FB when you try to "tag" people in your blog post.... *sigh*

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GAYEMC 7/19/2012 11:20AM

    You've got some great goals during the break. I've had a rough week but plan on getting back on track next week with SAC.

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LIZZYP609 7/18/2012 8:12AM

    Oh i have no doubt you will do all of these things. Loving your energy Lady!

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PKCTTS 7/14/2012 11:42AM

    I too am 3 lbs away from my BLC 19 goal. I trying like crazy to make it happen this week, but it will definitely be gone by the beginning of next round. Looks for some good power yoga - you get the flexibility and balance and work the muscles like crazy all at the same time.

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/14/2012 9:26AM

    Always pushing - I LOVE IT!! emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 7/14/2012 8:52AM

    Penny, we'll lose those last stubborn pounds stupid pound at a time!!!! emoticon

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JANEGSN 7/13/2012 2:13PM

    Penny have fun in SAC and I will see you on Amazon Warriors break challenges also.
Persistence will overcome that last 3 lbs.

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