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Day/Dydd 14

Friday, January 03, 2014

Today's Report:
Steps: 1,542
Miles: 0.68
Floors: 6
Calories Eaten: WITHIN suggested range

I ended up with a migraine yesterday, so I decided to make that my day off for the week as far as exercise. I did manage to get in more than 8 glasses of water, all 5 fruits/veg, and ate within my calorie range. So, all in all, it wasn't a bad day for my program.

The temperature's rising here, finally, although I did learn yesterday that we broke the record for the coldest December (not at all surprising). It's been snowing since last night. Hopefully, it stops sometime today so that I can get the pups out for a walk without having to wear boots.

In other news, I've joined my DS in learning German online (he found a super, free online site where you can learn a number of different languages). My strategy is that every minute I'm doing something distracting is a minute I'm not snacking. Besides, I've always wanted to learn a load of languages. I'd love to be one of those people that others introduce as, "She can speak seven languages!" So far, I've got English (obviously), my French is fairly good, I'm working on resurecting my Welsh (which has suffered tremendously being in Canada for so long), and now I'm starting German (which makes sense since I've been receiving a lot of correspondence in German about my mother in law). I definitely want to work on Spanish after that, as that would be useful for work. I just need to think of two more. A European language would undoubtedly be easier to learn, but it might be interesting to try my hand at Chinese or Japanese. We'll see. That's a long way off, yet.

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SARAHG2014 1/5/2014 3:35PM

    Love it! Currently level 4 in french. :)

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SCUBAMUM 1/3/2014 3:37PM

    It's and I know they definitely have French as one of the options. It's a terrific site, and this is coming from someone who originally trained to be a French teacher. All of the lessons are set up in little bite-sized chunks and the whole experience is "gamified," so it's fun collecting points, etc.

You can even compete with friends, if you'd like. e.g. If you and your sister both join, you can connect and compete.

My DS and I especially like the fact that there's a smartphone app that you can download. So, if you're sitting around waiting somewhere (e.g. in a traffic jam, in the cinema waiting for the film to start, in a doctor's office), you can just pop onto the app and spend your down time productively. You could even take it with you on your walks and kill two birds with one stone, if you'd like.

I highly recommend it.

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SARAHG2014 1/3/2014 11:03AM

    What's the website? I'm due to be visiting France with my husband and sister in law in a few months, and my French is somewhat rusty!

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Day/Dydd 13

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Today's Report:
Steps: 9,612
Miles: 4.25
Floors: 6
Calories Eaten: WITHIN suggested range

Yay me for eating within my suggested range!

I came very close to my exercise goals yesterday. I may have to rethink those goals - perhaps they were a bit too ambitious. I did half and hour on the elliptical and a 2 mile dog walk; but that was just a nightmare, as poor little Anwen was just skating over the ice the whole time. She kept sliding and getting her paws under my big boots or slipping and having her neck jerked by the lead. I felt SO sorry for her. We have new boots on order for her (Nia's boots, which are a year newer, are FAR less slippery than hers).

I'm at a loss as to what to do with her right now, as I really think it's important for the dogs to get good exercise every day, but she can't make it down our road without limping in this cold if she doesn't have her boots on. We can't swap boots between her and Nia either, because Nia's feet are so much bigger than Anwen's.

Have I mentioned that I REALLY HATE living in Canada?! It's a fact. I'm here because my DH and DS are here, and I love them to bits; but the thought of staying here for the rest of my life makes me crazy. DH has promised that won't be the case. I don't at all mean to offend anyone who likes living here, I just can't stand the winters, find many differences in the culture (few people here understand my British sense of humour), miss the scenery of Wales (I live in the middle of the prairie - where you could watch your dog run away for days), and most of all miss my family.

Well, that wasn't a very positive post; but it's something I've kept bottled up for ages, and I guess it needed to get out. Maybe it's time to start making a plan...setting some goals and dates to get me out of here. It won't be a short-term plan (I have to wait until my son is out of university and settled), but there's no use complaining and not doing anything about it, right?

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SCUBAMUM 1/2/2014 2:50PM

    Thanks, Sarah! I knew you, of all people, would understand.

It was a real wake-up call for me this year when my uncle passed away so suddenly. I hadn't seen him in 27 years (I kept thinking I'd get back in a year or two), and there were so many things I should have told him. He was like a father to me, and the guilt I felt was overwhelming.

I swore then that I would NEVER let my family come second again, and it's changed my life.

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SARAHG2014 1/2/2014 12:41PM

    Plans are good. My hubby was forever going on at me to make plans to move to the UK, and I kept going "yeah yeah I know I should" but never quite got around to it. Then life got turned upside down when my dad had to go in for an operation and for the first time my mum seemed worried enough to accept me flying home for it. .. so we just made that flight step 1 on the move and everything tumbled on from there. For goodness sake make a plan before life happens to you. ;)

I would hate those winters too. I think that frequently reading your blog. Culture differences are a pain to deal with too, I had the same problems in AZ for the longest time, until I Americanised myself enough to assimilate :p I guess what I'm saying is I utterly understand and empathise. :)

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Day/Dydd 12 - Happy New Year!/Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Today's Report:
Steps: 6,087
Miles: 2.71
Floors: 7
Calories Eaten: 681 HIGHER than suggested range

Well, it's now officially 2014; and, as I look back over 2013, it's been quite a roller coaster of a year. The biggest ups and downs, of course, were the unexpected passing of my lovely uncle (one of the single most painful events of my life) and the resulting reconnection with my family (one of the happiest things that has happened in my life). I have great hopes for 2014, as this connection continues daily. I had no idea how much I missed them and how much just an email or a Skype text could brighten my day.

Yesterday being New Year's Eve, my calories were through the roof. However, I purposely notched up the exercise (30 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes of a SP kick-boxing video, and assorted jogging in place during TV commercials, etc.). Now the holidays are completely over, and I can concentrate on working on the new me without distraction or excuse.

My first mini-goal - I want to be 166 lbs (11 st 12 lbs) by the time I leave for my Disney trip (date withheld for online security, but I know what I'm shooting for). That will bring me back to having lost 30 lbs since I started with SP.

That means:
emoticon A minimum of half an hour's exercise in total, 6 days per week
emoticon Eight glasses of water every single day
emoticon Five fruits/vegetables every single day
emoticon Eating within my calorie range every single day

That may sound daunting, but it's really not. You'll notice that I don't have any "I will not" statements in there, because I want to ADD positive things into my life rather than feel I'm LOSING anything (besides weight).

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SCUBAMUM 1/1/2014 5:27PM

    I'm with you, Sarah. I've always found it easier to push myself to do something positive than to stop myself from doing something negative. The good news, though, is that if you do enough positive things, you run out of time to do the negative ones.

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SARAHG2014 1/1/2014 5:05PM

    Yay you. I was just telling my hubby the other day about the article I'd read that said you should always make positive resolutions ("I will") instead of negative ones ("I will not"). He called it psychobabble but I believe in it :) After all, resolutions are all psychological anyway, so we might as well do what we can to pump them up a bit in the psychological stakes!


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Day/Dydd 11

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Today's Report:
Steps: 2,891
Miles: 1.28
Floors: 1 (This reading is a bit suspect, as I know for a fact that I did a LOT more than one set of stairs. It may have something to do with my FitBit's battery being low.)
Calories Eaten: 413 HIGHER than suggested range

Well, yesterday was not the best of healthy living days. I spent the whole day working at my desk and then left immediately for my BFF's for our THIRD Christmas dinner. After dinner, we played cards. We didn't get home until after 10 p.m.; so, there was no exercise happening all day.

The poor dogs haven't been walked in a couple of days, because the cold is just too dangerous still. As I write, it's -34F (-37C) with a wind chill warning ("feels like" temperature) of -40 to -50C. We can't leave them out in the yard for more than 15 minutes maximum, because they come in limping.

Yesterday's calories speak for themselves. I was careful all day, but did overindulge at my friend's. I thought I'd done OK at her house; but, when I added it up on my return, there were a few items that just pushed me right over the top. I'll be super careful with what I eat today and definitely do some good exercise.

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Day Ten/Dydd Deg

Monday, December 30, 2013

Today's Report:
Steps: 4,662
Miles: 2.06
Floors: 12
Calories Eaten: 430 LOWER than suggested range

Another OK day yesterday. I didn't hit my exercise goals (except for beating my stairs goal of 10), but still managed to get in a 10 minute SP "Skinny Jeans" workout. I'm really feeling the muscles in my upper body, so I thought yesterday was a good day to take a rest day.

I adjusted my FitBit Force to the "sensitive" level, and it seems to be much more accurate than it has been. So, I think I've got that sussed out.

I'm not worried about being under on my calorie count again yesterday. If I average the past seven days, I'm still averaging 1878 calories per day; so, it's not like I'm starving myself.

Took stock of the Christmas damage this morning, and I'm 2 lbs up from where I was before Christmas. I'll soon have that knocked off. It could have been so much worse. One thing I did to help myself out was to take all the chocolates people gave me and stack them on the very highest shelf in the pantry - the one that's off to the side and out of view when I go in there and that I have to use a stepping stool to reach. So far, so good. I haven't touched any of it.

Had a lovely, long Skype with my cousin and his wife in Llandudno Junction yesterday. It made my whole day!


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SARAHG2014 12/31/2013 2:41AM

    Good for you on the chocolate - I can't have it in the house, I have no self control at all when it comes to chocolate. emoticon

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KTLASERS 12/30/2013 4:07PM

    You sound very positive!

My husband had to set his Force to LESS sensitive because his count was way too high. Also, he was miffed to find out his shopping steps didn't count because he had his hands on the shopping cart. Lol

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MJRVIC2000 12/30/2013 4:03PM

    Remember that motivation gets you started, but it's good habits that keep you going! Have a Blessed New Year! Vic.

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