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Celebrating Today

Friday, October 26, 2012

One year ago today, I held my baby girl for the first time. My life has been forever changed. It's complete now. And a little chaotic at times. emoticon She's a test of my patience and strength, that's for sure. I wouldn't have it any other way. Her brothers love her, her Daddy adores her and I, well I just can't imagine my life without her.

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GAYEMC 10/27/2012 7:54PM

    I can't believe it's been a year already! What a little charmer she is.

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NERDLETTE 10/27/2012 7:16PM

    She is just adorable! Enjoy the chaos while you've got it. They grow up WAAAY too fast!

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CARILOUIE 10/26/2012 11:42PM

    Happy Birthday Roo!!!


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COURAGETOMOVE 10/26/2012 11:24PM

    She is beautiful. Happy 1st. emoticon Birthday!!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/26/2012 10:52PM

    Sweet Roo!!! Give her a hug from me!!!

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DENAMARIE1 10/26/2012 10:11PM

    Very precious!!!!

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REWIND3 10/26/2012 8:56PM

    Children are definitely the best gift. Cherish every moment. She's a doll. Happy birthday!

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    I think 1st birthdays are more a celebration for the parents: Yeah, we survived the first year!!!!! Today is my MILs birthday. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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MIAMIA7 10/26/2012 6:18PM

    Happy Birthday Roo!!! Can't believe she is a year old! My middle boy, Derek (I believe you met him at dinner at JASR) is 26 today. Give Miss Emily a huge hug from me!

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CHRISTINA791 10/26/2012 5:38PM

    Happy birthday! She shares a birthday with my mom - proof that the really cool ladies are born on this day.

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CASSIOEPIA 10/26/2012 5:38PM

    She's a keeper for sure!


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BLUE42DOWN 10/26/2012 3:23PM

    Happy 1st Birthday to a beautiful little lady.


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DARJR50 10/26/2012 1:42PM

  Enjy her. She looks so sweet.

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LASKIE2 10/26/2012 1:39PM

    She's beautiful, my how times fly by when you are enjoying life with someone you love.

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Time to evaluate my progress

Friday, October 19, 2012

We're six weeks in to BLC20 and one of my weekend challenges is to review and assess my progress before moving forward into the next six weeks. To review, here's what I said I was going to do:


Breakfast: I learned that if I eat before 7 or 8 in the morning, I feel really sick to my stomach. I fixed that by having nothing more than a coffee and banana before my morning bus run and then coming home and having something more substantial.
I've been good at eating at home for this so that helps. I haven't really "planned" anything and have been flying by the seat of my pants. It's worked okay so far: sandwiches, salads, soups, leftovers, etc. All mostly good.
Again, flying by the seat of my pants BUT I've stuck to the plan for the most part where contents are concerned. Paul's had to do most of the cooking because, at least for the first three weeks, I haven't been getting home til after he does. One thing I learned is that, if he's not here to make it for me, regardless of what school I drive for I do NOT have time to make my sandwiches before running.

Week one: I ran three times, did BodyPump twice.
Week two: I ran twice, including my 26th Half Marathon, and cycled once. Classes did not happen.
Week three: I ran 3 times, went for a very long walk but, again, no classes. Did my TNT.
Week four: I ran three times, including my 27th Half Marathon. I also went on a nice hike with some Sparkfriends in beautiful Kelowna, BC. Did my TNT.
Week five: I ran twice, went to NewBody once and BodyPump twice. Did my TNT.

The first week of BLC I was "unemployed". Weeks two through five, I was driving a route that had me getting home in the mornings and evenings too late for classes at GoodLife. Heck, I was almost getting home too late for run club. Now that I'm driving a more sensible route, I'm getting more exercise and OH BOY do I feel much better.

Sleep - I'm not even going to go there. My new "sleep in" time is 8:00. Not impressed.

emoticon Checking in with my team. I've been pretty much keeping on top of that even when it's just to say "Hi, I'm thinking of you". They sure do keep me motivated and on my toes.
emoticon Fitting in the minutes. Okay, maybe this is only half met because the first three weeks it was all I could do to get out for a run BUT I'm calling it a win because I've turned it around.
emoticon Food, when I'm home, is still 80/20. That's my goal so I'm still hanging onto this one.
emoticon I traded the skort & tank for a really nice hoodie. It seemed more appropriate. The new sneakers are pretty darned snazzy.

So that's me and my first 6 weeks of BLC20! Oh, and for what it's worth, I've lost 5 pounds (ish)

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GAYEMC 10/23/2012 8:06PM

    I'm impressed Penny! You are doing great.

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ALWAYSOWNIT 10/23/2012 1:40AM

    You have always inpired me and thank you for the time to time checking up on me..really means a lot to me .

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BLUE42DOWN 10/21/2012 11:46PM

    emoticon job so far! Making it work as the job adjustments were happening can be tough, but you didn't let is just become an excuse. emoticon

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PKCTTS 10/19/2012 7:31PM

    The 5 lbs says it all. You'll really kick butt now that you can settle into a better routine.

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PARKERB2 10/19/2012 2:53PM

    Congrats on all your accomplishing and especially the 5 lbs which helps to show your efforts are paying off.

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LJOYCE55 10/19/2012 2:28PM

  Congrats on meeting your goals and buying a new hoodie seems like an appropriate reward. emoticon

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I'll take "organize" for 100 Alex....

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Actually, I've earned 300 points in the latest BLC20 challenge for doing somethings that I should've done long ago. *shrug* They're done now. I didn't take before/after shots of Fridays reorganization of the kitchen cupboard but I should have as it's back to worse than before I started... boys!
Saturday, I cleaned off the cabinet in the kitchen. It looked like this before:

and, now, it looks like this:

Today, I spent more than the required 15 minutes trying to get things back to normal in the front entry way. I'll be so glad when we paint and change up the closet organizer...

I've also got a three day fitness streak going on. I *HAD* a four day nutrition streak but I blew it yesterday and dented it today. Tomorrow will be better.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/17/2012 8:10AM

    You are inspiring me to clean up my home office!

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LIZZYP609 10/16/2012 2:21PM

    Love the Pics! Your table before pic looks like my kitchen counter! I call it my hot spot and man right now it is on fire!
Great Job!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 10/16/2012 1:04PM


I'm eternally grateful now that my organizing isn't impacted by others. I remember the futility of organizing when my teens were around.

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GAYEMC 10/15/2012 1:49PM

    Ha! I've been cleaning out my kitchen cabinets for weeks now. Maybe you can come to my house. You did a great job!

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MIKEMACDUDE 10/15/2012 12:46PM

    Great job!
You've just inspired me to clean my man room. I have clothes everywhere, boxes piled up and papers all over the table.
My wife is going to be happy when she gets home! lol

All the best!

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BILLALEX70 10/15/2012 8:05AM

    Do you hire out? I'll play with Roo while you organize!

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DRAK416 10/14/2012 11:36PM

  GJ, Congrats

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DIET_FRIEND 10/14/2012 11:36PM

    You sound so productive! Happy sparking!

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CASSIOEPIA 10/14/2012 11:34PM

    Great job Penny. I laughed at the title, and wonder how many of our American friends will know what you're referring to....

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Plan for October 10 - 16

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday - Run Club - minimum 5 kms
Thursday - BodyPump
Friday - NewBody
Saturday - BodyPump - Photo walk(?) - Paint-balling
(if you're interested in taking part in Worldwide Photo Walk, here's the link: )
Sunday - Run Club - minimum 10 kms
Monday - BodyPump (and, possibly, BodyFlow)
Tuesday - Run Clinic night - minimum 3 kms

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WESTJETDIANE 10/11/2012 2:38PM

    great plan Penny!

I don't know how you keep up with that schedule, make me tired just looking at it

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BILLALEX70 10/10/2012 11:17AM

    Playing paintball is a great HITT activity.

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CARILOUIE 10/10/2012 9:35AM

    I checked out the photo walk link - how fun! I am going to look for one around me.

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Getting better....

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Eaten 1,845
BMR* 1,581
Exercise 0
Total Burned 1,581
Differential +264

Better today than yesterday but tomorrow is going to be even better still!
If I can kick this cold that seems to be trying to move into my body.


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