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Monday, January 03, 2011

I have two kids, a significant other and myself... I've let the laundry PILE up.... today's challenge is to have it all washed, folded and put away before bedtime at 11:00. It's more than 7 but less than 10 loads so, with an HE washer & dryer, it should be a piece of cake. Right?

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 1/3/2011 11:34PM

    Wow, you go Penny!

I love doing laundry, but apparently it's a mental illness. lol

I have to follow the Fly Lady to keep the rest of my house clean or I'd be in big trouble.

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SEYSARAH 1/3/2011 5:51PM

    Oh my gosh..and for that challenge I challenged myself to get all the Christmas decorations up and all the Christmas boxes..from UPS, FedEX, the post office etc broken down, taken to the trash and pushed down to the curb for pick up in the's challenged boomaranged right back to me!

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KASHMIR 1/3/2011 4:42PM

    I'll be doing every dish in the sink (in the house?) between getting home and going to the gym tonight. Did we ALL let everything stack up over the last couple days????

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RUNNINGWILD 1/3/2011 3:36PM

    I don't own anything that can't be shaken and worn ;) I HATE ironing.

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ETTEZEUS 1/3/2011 3:28PM

    I'm being forced to do laundry myself since Spark is malfunctioning's so unfair! I have 5 loads and it's only 2 of us........

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CASSIOEPIA 1/3/2011 3:28PM

    You can do it, and the ironing too!

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"I used to be fat"

Monday, January 03, 2011

Thanks to one of my LIC team members who mentioned this MTV show on her blog. I think I found a new show to watch & find inspiration. It follows overweight, graduating, high school students who are moving onto college and want to improve their health. Here's the link:

It's a really good show. Gabriella is super inspiring. She's got the 3 F's: Fierce, Fit and Fabulous. And she's funny, too.

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RUNNINGWILD 1/5/2011 1:05AM

    Link away! Yeh, I was kind of irked, too. Ok - keep the teen away from the junk but give it to the little ones? Seems like the best way to repeat the cycle. I don't keep a lot of crap in my house. My mom always says there's "nothing to eat".

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WINTERWINGS 1/5/2011 12:49AM

    This is great. Thanks for the pointer to this. What irks me is that her mother is keeping food like that in the house for the six year old??!! Like the little kid is going to learn proper eating habits from someone who lays traps like that for her older sister? It is even *more* critical for the six year old to eat healthy food. Argh!

Anyways, thanks. I'm going to share this on my page too, if you don't mind.

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MKKAYA 1/3/2011 2:22AM

    P, thanks for sharing this I will check it out!!!


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WIFEMOMMA1981 1/3/2011 2:04AM

  I seen that show as well and it was a great show as you said very inspiring

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Bu-bye 2010!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

This is me and my friend, Rebecca, she's one of my bestest friends.

I spent my last night in the year 2010 running and watching movies with 2 out of 3 of my favourite men. The third one ditched us to sleep over at his friend's house... rotten kid.
To start tho', Paul and I did the "Resolution Run". It was my 6th and his 2nd. We aced it. They gave us hot chocolate and cinnamon buns to celebrate our victory. After, we grabbed a pizza, some wings and some popcorn and headed back to finish off the night with a few good movies and my oldest son, Colin. Logan was the ditcher emoticon

For those of you keeping up with my blogs, I did NOT meet my December goals. Not all of them, anyway. I did pretty okay with the basic nutrition stuff - fruit, vegetables, water - but I didn't do so well with my actual calories. I also did not add more than a couple strength training sessions in. No yoga whatsoever. Am I disappointed in myself? A little. If I had a really good reason for not succeeding, I'd be ok but I did not. That was December, though, and this is January 2011. I have some new goals.

#1 - water - my new water bottle holds 600 ml of H2O and I intend to drink four of them a day.
#2 - fruits/vegs - I'm continuing to consume at LEAST five servings a day.
#3 - exercise - I've told my new BLC15 team that I will do 210 minutes a week of exercise.
#4 - blogging - I will blog a minimum of once a week.
#5 - strength training - I'll keep adding this to my list until I do it - once a week.
#6 - yoga - once a week (when I don't have the boys) for sure...
#7 - track my food 7/7 days and stay in range at least 5/7.

That's all for this month. So far, so good.

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    sweet pic of your and Paul. Great goals,too,btw!

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BOBBYD31 1/2/2011 11:43PM

    nice set of goals penny and love the pic of you and paul

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ZORAHGAIL 1/2/2011 11:26PM

    You can do it Penny!

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MKKAYA 1/2/2011 11:15PM

    Penny we are here to keep you on track or you might get some fire breathed at you. that wil heat Calgary right up. :-)

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ETTEZEUS 1/2/2011 11:08PM

    Go Penny Go!
Dragons will hold you accountable!

PS, nice pics!

Comment edited on: 1/2/2011 11:09:06 PM

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December begins....

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Last month I was at 30%.
Eleven days out of thirty, I ate within my calorie range.
I ran on 12 days - that was 74+ kms. For that, I'm happy. I missed a few runs due to illness and mom-type obligations but, overall, I think my two "races" made up up for those.
Fruits and veggies were good on the weekdays, less than stellar on the weekends.

Other November high points: CFL Western Finals game. Sure, the Stamps lost but I had a great time.
No weight gain. No weight loss. Two inches gone from my waist.

This month:
I want to do more strength training and yoga. I received a 20 for $20 pass with my favourite trainer. If I don't die, it'll make me a stronger person and runner.
I want to make it through the month running 3 times a week. (which means, first and foremost, I have to make up tonight's run)
I want to continue to meet my fruit/water/veggie goals.
I REALLY want 80% of my month to be gold-star days. That's 24 days. I'm pretty sure I can do that if I don't eat when I'm angry or sad or bored.
I want to knock the dust off my ice skates and enjoy skating again. Maybe do some roller-blading?
I'm sure I'll think of some other things but for now, I think I've got a good start to my goals.


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SKOUET 12/10/2010 12:55PM

    20 for $20? That's awesome!!! Hope you meet your December goal!

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ETTEZEUS 12/3/2010 9:06PM

    You can do it Penny! Be persistent!

Good luck in Vegas this weekend!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 12/2/2010 12:03PM


Here's to lots of gold stars!

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KEAKMAN 12/2/2010 10:29AM

    emoticon And you are off to a great start! WOOHOO - let's see that grow to 24!!

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BETH0720 12/2/2010 10:01AM

    Awsome job!!

You missed one November highlight though.....the Riders lost the cup!!! emoticon

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GEOGIRL 12/2/2010 9:45AM

  Looks like you have a good plan for the month!

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MKKAYA 12/2/2010 2:02AM

    Looks good Penny! You have lots of things to keep you busy and to confuse that body of yours. good luck with all those things! I know you wi do great with your food! Have fun in Vegas!!!

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November 14th through 20th

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The good -
Three runs totalling 21 kms.
Water, fruits and vegetables - met my goal almost every single day.
Weigh in day had me down to 130. (lost a whole half a pound this week)
The bad -
On the days that I screwed up nutritionally - I REALLY screwed up.
I didn't do any strength training.
The ugly -
Nope, no ugly.... I'm feeling pretty good lately.


Tonight, I ran an 8km "race" called Sight Night. It was the first year that they've held it and I LOVED it! It had a fairly flat route, the weather was chilly (-17C) but comfortable and we got a super-duper fantastic headlamp in our schwag bag.
Tomorrow begins a new week. First up: 9 km run with my HM Clinic peeps. Then it's home for a quick shower and change of clothes before I go to my second ever Calgary Stampeders game.
It's gonna be a cold one but I think I'm prepared.
I'll let you know how it turns out.

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ETTEZEUS 11/23/2010 9:03PM

    Did you enjoy the game?

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 11/21/2010 11:22PM

    Sounds like a pretty good week anyway Penny. Hope you didn't freeze to death at the game!

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GEOGIRL 11/21/2010 10:43AM

  Sounds like a decent week! Enjoy the game and try to stay warm!

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KEAKMAN 11/21/2010 9:21AM

    HAVE FUN! I love football and my dream is to make it to a Steelers game someday.

How many stars for the week??

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CASSIOEPIA 11/21/2010 8:58AM

    Last night's hope was that Durant is a bigger man than Burris, so he will be able to survive the cold and the wind chill a bit longer. The one I'm really worried about is Penny! Dress warm, and use Paul to your full advantage ;)

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RACING4ME 11/21/2010 1:50AM

    You are so good when you are bad!! Looking forward to you and Judi fighting about how many players are on the field:)

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