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Saturday, April 30, 2011

AKA Spring 5% Challenge Ė Assignment #3

Iím catching up on my assignments, and assignment #3 was to list all the reasons I want to lose weight. Well, thatís a long, long list, so Iím not even going to pretend that what is below is either comprehensive or in any kind of order or priority. Itís what comes to mind this morning... tomorrow I might have different reasons.

ē Easily fit and curl up to nap in airplane seats
ē Be able to fit into some favourite clothing/shoes (e.g. brown kilt, western boots, red boots, leather lined dress boots)
ē No more rubbing thighs
ē Loving pictures of me, and the visual souvenirs they provide.
ē Using better modes of transportation Ė biking, canoeing, hiking, skiing
ē No fear! No self-imposed limits!
ē Be more independant
ē Less pain & fatigue
ē Grand Canyon or Four Corners for our 25th (Feb 2013)!
ē Be able to cross my legs
ē Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
ē Be able to tuck my shirt in
ē Be able to wear fitted (i.e. no elastic waist) jeans
ē Take up horseback riding
ē Spandex biking clothes
ē Increased flexibility
ē Using the stairs instead of the elevator
ē Lower back pain - gone!
ē Learn to Xcountry ski and/or go snowshoeing
ē Being able to fit into ANY chair
ē Going to a spa and feeling glamorous instead of...
ē To not worry about weight limits on anything Ė amusement park rides, mule rides, etc.
ē Better complexion and less skin problems
Obviously, I could go on and on...

What do you want to change?
I want my limits to be imposed by my tastes and interests, rather than by my weight, ill health and lack of strength/flexibility/stamina.

How do you want to look?
I want to look like Iím comfortable in my own skin, confident. I want to be able to buy clothes that are unique (via vintage shops or making my own) and fun. I want to look lively and alive!

How do you want to feel?
I want to be confident that I can do the things I set out to without being tired or out of breath. I want to be spontaneous rather than cautious about my energy levels.

What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?
Anything I set my mind to!

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SHAREBEAR1963 4/30/2011 12:46PM

    You can do all of those things. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/30/2011 8:26AM


Rocking 2011 Together!

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ATLTRAINR 4/30/2011 7:41AM

    amazing answers! emoticon emoticon

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ZURDTA- 4/30/2011 7:26AM

    emoticon I love your last statement - ANYTHING I set my mind to.

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WALIDGAZALA 4/30/2011 7:22AM


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The (apparently well-travelled) road Iím on...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

If youíve been around my blog, you know Iím gearing up to return to work next week, after having been away for 1.5 years. Iíve been determined to go back better than when I left, and to keep tight hold of the good habits Iím developing (with the help of SparkFriends and others!). In that light, Iím feeling especially organized today as this week:

Iíve finished the Healthy Cooking Challenge, and was pleasantly surprised to realize that I already do many of the things they suggest. I guess Iím a foodie at heart, and enjoy trying new tastes, so trying new recipes and challenging myself to change my eating habits was a bit easier. Iíve found that my ďcravingsĒ have diminished, although I still get them for salt or sweet sometimes. I no longer indulge in pasta mania (that would be pasta supper, leftovers for breakfast, snack, lunch... you get the idea) or eat entire bags of chips in one sitting. Chocolate is rarely brought into the house anymore Ė didnít even have any at Easter when it was all around me. But I do sometimes indulge in a piece of coffee cake or cheesecake with my DH.

The doc confirmed to me Wednesday that no, I can not do any exercises using my feet (even walking) as my toe operation has not yet healed. Soaking in the tub (and, therefore, aquafitness) is also out. MY BUBBLEBATH!!! Truthfully, I knew the toe wasnít healed, itís still oozing and will take at least another month. Ugh. But she said itís well on its way and Ė wait for it -- we wonít have to do the toe on the left foot, which seems to be outgrowing its chemo wonkiness like the smart, grown-up toe it is! WooHoo!

Iíve joined the four-week ďSpring Into Shape Bootcamp ChallengeĒ, to keep me focussed this first month back at work. Thankfully I have a reclining stationary bike, and it works fine if I do it barefoot so I can do cardio that way. Iíll probably have to adjust some of the other (video) exercises, but thatís workable. I start on Saturday, April 30th, which coincides with...

...the start of the 2011 Spring 5% Challenge, which lasts eight weeks. I consider this my short-to-mid-term goal. It will become my short-term goal once Iíve finished the Spring Bootcamp, as I will then have four weeks left in the 5% challenge. Isnít it great how that works out? Syncronicity, I say! I blogged my plan for these two challenges on April 26th.

This morning, I joined the 50 Pound Challenge, which I consider a mid-term goal. Iím aiming to lose 50 pounds by my birthday September 24th .

AND last, but certainly not least, Iíve made a SparkBuddy that will help keep me on track (as I will her Ė waves across the pond at Kelpie!)

Overall, despite the challenges I have (and donít we all!), Iím pretty happy with the road Iím on.

Stronger. Learner. Further. Fierce. Itís about taking my power back.

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JUSTYNA7 4/30/2011 8:15AM

    I love all this! Sad about the aquafit and walking but thank goodness it is only temporary! There is so much more in life to do as you are discovering!

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KELPIE57 4/28/2011 1:53PM

    Waving across the pond indeed, however, your inspiration will keep me going, and keep me cheering you on! emoticon

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    Very impressive list of things you have accomplished and are planning on doing!! emoticon emoticon

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Spring 5% Challenge

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I was away for Easter Week-end, but was thinking of everyone even if I couldnít log on. I did a lot of planning, though, and am gearing up for the Spring 5% Challenge. It starts on Saturday, and Iím determined to get back on the road to successful, healthy weight loss and regain my strength, flexibility and stamina. This challenge lasts 56 days, so finishes on June 24th. Hereís my plan for the challenge.

emoticon Exercise:
Iíve taken up the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge and so will be following the related Workout Plan. That means doing the daily toning exercise videos provided (theyíre about 10 minutes long), as well as five 30-minute cardio sessions per week. Most days, the cardio will likely be on the stationary bike. The challenge lasts four weeks (May 24th would be my end date), so it will be a good kick start for me. After that Iíll reassess and pick up something else (or continue the same program).

That coincides with the time for my toe to be generally healed from the operation Ė still need confirmation of what I can do after that, as complete healing takes a while longer. (I WANT AQUAFITNESS!!! I WANT TO GO HIKING AND BIKING!!!) emoticon emoticon emoticon (Oops, sorry about that. Spoiled whiny brat escaped there for a second!)

emoticon emoticon emoticon Nutrition
Iíll be following the guidelines SP has set out for me:
Calories: between 1300 and 1650 calories per day
Sodium: under 1500 mg per day
Fiber: This one is a new Ďdiscoveryí for me, and Iím learning to eat 25-35 grams of total dietary fiber daily
Fruit/Veg: I need to work up to 8 servings per day Ė I somehow got off track on my fruit/veg (BONUS: this will also help me with my fiber!)
Water: My water habit is pretty well engrained now Ė 64 oz per day
Iíll be logging my food as often as possible, but at least three days per week. Iíll also use the food scale more often, until I train my eye to be more realistic regarding serving sizes!

emoticon emoticon emoticon Community:
(At least I hope I'll be a StarFish again!)
Iíll be connecting with my SP team mates on a daily basis through the message boards, and comment on at least two blogs per day as well as blog myself three times per week.

On top of all that, I return to work part time on May 3, so my challenge will include maintaining all this while I re-integrate into my workplace. Itís a little daunting Ė Iíve been away for 1.5 years Ė but I feel like my recovery has stalled and itís time to get out into the world again! Hereís to a great Spring 2011!!!

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JULIEANNCAN 4/28/2011 3:10AM


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GRYPHON55 4/27/2011 6:13PM

    Good plan, ambitious but not overly so, and very specific, so you can measure how you're doing. Good luck to all of us in the 5% challenge!!


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CMPEARL 4/27/2011 4:55PM

    You have a great plan put together...I'm in the challenge too :) Good luck!!

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RUBYTWOSDAY 4/27/2011 11:47AM

    These plans and goals are awesome. Take it easy the first while back at work. Just being away from my job for a a couple of months makes the first few weeks back exhausting.

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JOLOVESRUM 4/26/2011 11:43PM

    Sounds like you are ready to get down. You can do it.

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/26/2011 10:23PM

    Great goals! Hope your return into the workplace goes smoothly. Enjoy the journey to a healthier you!

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KSILVER123 4/26/2011 12:09PM

    Looks great, I better get working on mine.


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-LORI-B 4/26/2011 11:05AM

    Great blog.. sounds like an awesome plan.. thanks for sharing. Im in process of making my plan. You can do it!

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LIVINLIFE4ME1 4/26/2011 10:45AM

  This is an emoticonplan-you will do emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 4/26/2011 10:35AM

    I really like this! I'll join you if that is OK? Saturday is great timing. I will be doing a road trip so it will remind me I have to stop and walk as well as driink water and plan some healthy foods.

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Continued overall improvement!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Yesterday was a good day, with minimal pain in the operated toe. Today I get to actually shower (WooHoo!) and change my bandage.

We found a new restaurant yesterday (Scores at The Train Yard for anyone in the Ottawa area) that has a great salad bar. They did have some pre-mix, but it was not dripping with dressing salads (at least not as bad as Iíve seen at other places), and they also had plain cut up veggies and fruit and cottage cheese and trail mix and YUM!!! It was easy to make good choices, and having fruit for dessert is so refreshing (again, not fruit salad but just cut up fruit to choose from). Then the waiter brought me a complimentary dessert and I had a couple of spoonfuls before realizing Ė What am I doing??? Itís so automatic to eat whatís in front of me! I was one of those kids with little appetite, who was made to sit at the table for hours until I had finished EVERYTHING on my plate. It didnít happen too often, because my parents soon gave up, but it did have a lasting effect somehow. So bonus Ė a lesson learned for me and something Iíll be more aware of next time!

We also checked out a ďSolutionsĒ that sells all kinds of doodads to help organize stuff. Iím desperate to reno my kitchen, and there were so many lovely things! Renos wonít happen anytime soon, but I am a firm believer in being really familiar with whatís out there before a reno so I know exactly what I want. Once I have my image set (Iím also big on visualisation!), decision making is really easy.

Iím not sure what the week-end brings... no specific plans yet, and itís not nice weather at all today. It will likely be a day to take care of food (menu, groceries, some cooking) and continue with our decluttering/reorganizing the house. Household chores were definitely put on the far, far back burner while I was sick, and thereís an accumulation of things that need to be addressed. Itís so freeing, though, to see stuff either go out of the house, or get organized in a way that works better for us. Iím also teaching my husband a few organizational tricks (ok, yes, I am an organization diva!) so that things never get this bad again!

I hope everyone is in good health and good spirits, and has a wonderful week-end!

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JUSTYNA7 4/18/2011 9:13AM

    I like Scores. There is one at the Kanata Centrum too. We don't seem to eat out a lot any more which is fine. It was a TERRIBLE weekend wasn't it? Yet we took the dog for a walk in the wind and cold. I can't believe there is snow on the deck this morning! Brrr....

So far it is a good week here as we just had a tree remover come and give an estimate for topping some trees and it came in below our estimate and this week we sign the contract for solar. Woot! Thank goodness there is some balance of good and bad. The teeter totter of life was dragging in the mud a bit! emoticon Hurray for your toe healing! And the pool is not going anywhere so whenever you are up to it keep me in mind. Justyna

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TRACYZABELLE 4/18/2011 3:53AM

    I was just home sick for a week and got semi organized-- my bathroom is almost where I like it! Now my daughter needs to get her stuff back in her own bathroom so mine is not so cluttered

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    Happy to hear your toe is doing better emoticon

Looks like the sun is peaking out today after all (so happy to see that instead of the rain). Hope you enjoy your Sunday!

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JULIEANNCAN 4/17/2011 1:42AM

    Yay for getting to take a shower! :) Congrats on your progress! I am definitely not very good at organization when it comes to things that aren't on a computer or on paper. I envy that. I hope you've had a good weekend! :)

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PAT3ONTHEBACK 4/16/2011 8:00PM

    I wish I was a decluttering diva! I helped my in-laws to clean out their relative's apartment (he passed away earlier this year). It was quite revealing what a pack-rat I could become. I wanted to go through each and every scrap of paper (and we are talking about old junk mail and work-related stuff from 30 years+ ago). While others in our group had no compunction about tossing whole bags of stuff, there I was looking between all the pages. I learned a lot from their rubrics of saving: Don't keep anything that wouldn't help with finances or genealogy. Interesting, huh? I actually talked them into giving away the food since it would be more trouble to sort through it and cart to our houses as it would be to buy it new. So we are leaving it for the building manager.
emoticonGood for you, getting things organized now so you don't fall into the pit again.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 4/16/2011 7:36AM

    Strange how the way our parents raise us still affects us in adulthood. My dad was always one to rush through eating supper and once he'd finish he'd push us to hurry up and eat.

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A bit quieter today!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yesterday was busy, but I got all the appointments and the two errands done by 2:00 pm. Felt great to get those things out of the way.

After two days, the toe operation is healing well. She says 4-6 weeks before I can resume activities. Meanwhile, I have to salt-wash and bandage it every day, and wear shoes with either a large toe area or the dreaded sandals with socks. Neither one is going to help me feel 'professional looking' for my return to work in May, but at least it will keep me mobile. Pain is very minimal, as long as I make sure I keep my foot raised for a bit every morning and evening.

Today I go to the hospital to take part in a cancer gene study. I'm not even sure what that will mean, and if there are multiple meetings or just this one. There is a lot of cancer in my family, especially on my mother's side, so this should be interesting.

My other appointment today is with my health insurance person, to help organize my return to work. Things are moving forward, and looking up!

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RUBYTWOSDAY 4/16/2011 12:16PM

    Good to hear that the surgery went well.

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JULIEANNCAN 4/14/2011 4:18PM

    I'm glad you're healing. I hope that all of your appointments go well today. If you wouldn't mind sharing, I'd love to know more about the study you're participating in. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 4/14/2011 12:58PM

    Glad to hear you're healing :)

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KELPIE57 4/14/2011 10:40AM

    Moving forward and looking up is good!

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GATOR12 4/14/2011 9:31AM

    So glad you are healing well, minimal pain and getting lots done. Before you know it, May will be here and you will be returning to work in your glamorous footwear!

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