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First week of August

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Jeez where's the time going?! This week held a lot of new little challenges, including a mini-emotional-meltdown when I interviewed for, and was accepted as, a school bus driver here in the city. I have 9 days (40 hours) worth of training to go through first but then, yeh, I could be driving your kids to and from school. My first real moment was: HOLY CRAP! HOW WILL I KEEP UP WITH MY WORKOUTS?! and then I sat down with my calendar and mapped out how I'll handle things by working around my M/W training days. I won't even worry about how to handle the actual split shift work days until they're handing me my license. Good plan right? If only I were that simple.
ANYWAY!!
Progress report for the first week of August looks like this:
1 - to continue running 3 times a week
**Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday! emoticon

2 - to lose my last five pregnancy pounds
**I lost .5 at my last weigh-in. That's definite progress.

3 - to blog my progress every Saturday
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4 - to drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day
**I missed ONE day out of 7.

5 - to sleep 7 hours a night
**6/7 and the seventh was a Roo night. I can't wait until all her teeth are in.

6 - to add two- days of strength training to my week
**Boot camp on Tuesday. BodyPump on Monday and Saturday. emoticon

7 - to add one day of yoga/stretching to my week.
**I did BodyFlow on Monday after my BodyPump class! emoticon

8 - to stay within calorie range AT LEAST 5 out of 7 days.
**not so much. I did 4 days but if you average out all 7 days, I was about 300 calories over EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.


My mother gave her this sucker. Once she figured out which end when into her mouth, it took every ounce of strength I had to get it away from her. The sucker is still in the car in a baggie. She really doesn't need that much sugar.

  
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ETTEZEUS 8/13/2012 9:27PM

    I'm partial to school bus drivers. My dad drove a school bus for mentally handicapped children for years :)

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CASSIOEPIA 8/13/2012 6:29PM

    Now that's a change in careers. Good luck with all of the scheduling and everything.

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GAYEMC 8/12/2012 9:58PM

    Roo's had is adorable! Yes, this week has just flown by, but so has the rest of the year. Congrats on the new job.

Candy, Robin and I did our H2C volunteer training yesterday. Robin must have been there very early. I did see Candy. We're all working the finish this year. I'm getting excited.

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SAFARIBABE 8/12/2012 5:45PM

    You'll find a way to fit it all in!! I have every confidence in you!!!

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BLUEROSE73 8/12/2012 11:17AM

    Looks like you've got a great plan for success. Making it all work - roo, workouts, and working. Keep up the great work

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ANDIRUNS 8/12/2012 11:01AM

    Congratulations on your new job! Give yourself some time to adjust to your new schedule - that was always the hardest for me when I worked. Eventually you'll find your rhythm. Good job on planning ahead!

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SASIKHASI1 8/12/2012 12:22AM

    That schedule will keep you hopping. Have fun with it.

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SALEX52 8/12/2012 12:16AM

    great planning for success.

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SAC Planning

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I don't usually plan meals this far in advance but, for the sake of earning points, I'll take a stab at this. My breakfasts are usually the same thing(s) and I try to keep it under 500 calories including my coffee with cream, milk, cereal and banana.
Lunch is either leftovers from the night before or a sandwich with turkey OR a salad.
Dinners, and this is where it gets harder for me, are unplanned and usually decided around lunch time. So here goes:
Thursday: today, will be: grilled chicken with steamed vegetables and brown rice.
Friday: BBQ'd steak with spinach salad
Saturday - tacos with mexican salad and rice
Sunday - spaghetti with sauce (made from leftover taco meat) and a light caesar salad
Monday - BBQ'd lean ground beef burgers with a salad.
Tuesday - RUNNING DAY - peanut butter and jam sandwich
Wednesday - RUNNING DAY - peanut butter and jam sandwich

Now, here's to sticking with the plan!!

  
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GAYEMC 8/11/2012 6:46PM

    That steak and spinach salad sound good right now. So do the tacos!

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1954MARG 8/11/2012 6:01AM

  I find cooking casseroles or preparing easy oven bake things like fish with a savory crust that I can store in the freezer is helpful. My evening meal has to be something that is quick to cook, or I end up snacking while I am cooking.

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CASSIOEPIA 8/9/2012 8:39PM

    Love it! I did a month of meal planning back in May or June, and found it really helped me with the whole month - even with grocery shopping, and especially with being more organized. Hope you find it helpful too!

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SAFARIBABE 8/9/2012 8:23PM

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PATTOMMC3 8/9/2012 7:42PM

    Sounds good!

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August 6 - continuing to move forward

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

1 - to continue running 3 times a week
**INCLUDING a ten kilometre run on the Sunday after getting back from Halifax, eight hours after I landed in Calgary emoticon

2 - to lose my last five pregnancy pounds
**BAHAHAHAHA - weightloss & vacation, for me, are not to EVER be said in the same sentence. I *gained* 7 pounds in the first 10 days I was on vacation and had to scramble to fix things so, that when I got home, I was only 2.5 pounds up. GRRR.

3 - to blog my progress every Saturday
**Again, I'm late with this BUT I'm considering this a "bonus" blog since I added pics on Saturday.

4 - to drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day
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5 - to sleep 7 hours a night
**There was one night that I was having a serious nightmare and this didn't happen and another where I was a little bit hyped from getting home from Halifax and finding my house in a very big mess. So 5/7 here.

6 - to add two- days of strength training to my week
**Boot camp on Tuesday & Thursday, BodyPump on Friday. emoticon

7 - to add one day of yoga/stretching to my week.
**Not yet. My only stretching is post workout and isn't enough.

My goal that I'm adding for August is:

8 - to stay within calorie range AT LEAST 5 out of 7 days.
emoticon I did 6 before I broke the streak on Saturday.

Overall, a super-duper week!

  
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GAYEMC 8/9/2012 12:54PM

    Great job on meeting those goals!

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JENNNY135 8/7/2012 12:17PM

    Fantastic job!!

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DOCTATITO 8/7/2012 7:59AM

    Way to go!

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BILLALEX70 8/7/2012 7:52AM

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SAFARIBABE 8/7/2012 6:58AM

    emoticon emoticon I'd say that for being on vacation and having your routine a kimbo (and your house too for that matter) that you did emoticon

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Eight months later....

Saturday, August 04, 2012

I decided to take some progress pictures today. Paul sees a "huge" difference and, I have to admit, I see one, too.







Alright, that's almost 8 full months of work. On to the next 8!!

  
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CASSIOEPIA 8/8/2012 9:44PM

    Great job Penny - and I can see a big difference too.

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GAYEMC 8/6/2012 4:31PM

    I see a huge difference! All that work you've put in has really paid off!

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RUNNINGWILD 8/5/2012 6:34PM

    Hi! thanks for the comment on my blog. My post-birthing weight was 147.5. I've lost 15 pounds since having my daughter on the 26th of October. I lost 6 following the BLC19 challenges and doing my own thing of running 3x a week and, in the last few weeks, bootcamp 2x a week.
I've also been tracking EVERYTHING. Even when it means I have to admit to eating too much or exercising too little. I have my trackers visible if you ever want to "spy" and see if I'm eating/doing anything that sparks your interest.
~p~

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SAFARIBABE 8/5/2012 3:31PM

    emoticon you look emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 8/5/2012 12:01PM

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AMARILYNH 8/5/2012 10:46AM

    WOW - that is an AMAZING difference? How much weight did you love in those 8 months? And what kind of exercise program are you on? Inquiring minds want to know (so we can copy you!) emoticon

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2LABS2LOVE 8/4/2012 10:53PM

    emoticon emoticonI had a baby in January and you have encouraged me NOT to give up. I have been worried about losing the weight and not fitting into my work clothes...but your pictures are amazing! Nice work! emoticon

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JENNNY135 8/4/2012 9:37PM

    Excellent job.

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ZACEVETOB 8/4/2012 7:14PM

    Nice work, keep it going.

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ANDIRUNS 8/4/2012 5:30PM

    Lookin' good!

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SHEPIL 8/4/2012 5:11PM

    Great job!!!


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DEBBIELCG 8/4/2012 4:38PM

    great job

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Vacation Photos

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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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 7/31/2012 4:59PM

    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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