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Back at it again!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I'm not going to promise that I will be back to regular blogging, because I've done that in the past and it obviously hasn't worked! I will however try my best to blog when I can.

So I'm back at it again.. A whole lot of sitting around and terrible food choices has got be right back to where I started. I was surprised to see 182 on the scale and yet not surprised at the same time. Ever since the photography job that I was doing that had me working crazy hours, it's been a total downslide. I was eating out way too much and not exercising to make up for it. Follow that with more unemployment, then the holidays, then a trip to Alberta to meet my new nephew. Needless to say, I've been very lazy and it's time to stop!

I'm getting back on the wagon slowly. Of course, I got sick last week so that's been holding me back. x_x Got back down to the gym today though and managed a small triumph of running for eight minutes without stopping. I know a bunch of you are probably scoffing at that thinking that's nothing, but I've alwaysss been horrible at running, so it's an accomplishment for me!

So here's to making this my year. I know it's been said before, but I intend to not let it be said again. I'm hoping to get a ring some time this year, so if all goes well I'll be getting married next year. After that, I want to have babies. I just really want to be able to say that I'm proud of myself and I truly respect my body.

I have a couple goals that I'd like to set this year.

1. Get down to at least 150. That's entirely doable.
2. Continue to push myself to the point where I actually enjoy running and don't feel like dying when I am.
3. Lose at least 20 pounds by June 22, the day that we're going back to Alberta, followed by my cousin's wedding the week after.
4. Go bike riding at least once a week once the weather warms up a bit.
5. Try one new recipe a month. (Already made some chicken noodle soup for my cold. :))
6. Continue to strength train so as I lose weight, I'll have muscle definition.

I'm sure I'll think of more, but that's just what I have now. I'm excited to see the weight start coming off again! This time, I want to lose enough to really see a drastic change in my body. Even when I was at 160, my body wasn't anywhere close to where I'd like it to be.

I hope everyone else's year is going great so far! I wish you all good luck in your journeys!

150 days til Alberta! Let's do this! :D

I'll leave you guys with a photo of me holding my new nephew Cayden, the cutest little guy ever! :) (Forgive the big finger at the top of the photo, this is my dad attempting to take a photo with a phone lol)

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    I just got laid off and am facing unemployment myself. I am trying to stay postive and say that it makes it easier to focus on the weight loss. Glad to see you are back at it. I don't have time to blog all the time either... just have to do what we need to in order to achieve our goals. Best of luck to you!

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DARKMOON1025 1/25/2013 11:40AM

    You got this! I totally understand where you are coming from! I was doing so great last year and lost at least 30 pounds till out of no where something negative happened in my life and when I had the chance to continue, I lost my drive and gained it all back and then some. I wish you the best! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEGOCHU 1/24/2013 12:10AM

    Thanks everyone!

Chris, that's what other people have said too, I guess I just notice it so much 'cause I know what it is lol. Thanks, I'm proud of myself! :) Being sick sucks, doesn't it? Glad you're feeling better now~ Let's get this done!

Cassandra, I'm gonna try my best with blogging, I think it's all a matter of making it part of my routine. x_x I just hate job changes! Really hoping that I'll be able to get into something steady soon. :)

Mags, thanks!

Ashikime (don't think I've ever learned your real name, sorry!), thank youuu! It's definitely one of my biggest motivations~ I don't want my weight to ever be a reason for pregnancy issues. :)

Monica, strength training has been a large part of my training routine ever since I started and I always use the heaviest dumbbells I can while still maintaining 8-12 reps per set, generally 15-25 pounds, aside from when I'm working certain smaller muscles. The reason I didn't see the changes I want is 'cause I still needed to lose a good twenty pounds.

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MONICA_W 1/23/2013 3:36PM

    Welcome back!

Seems like a lot of my SparkFriends are back to near their starting weights... but at least that means I have lots of company on my way!

If you want to see big changes in your body, I'd recommend putting a larger emphasis on strength training. Particularly when you said you were down to 160 but your body didn't look the way you wanted it to - that makes me think it might be the key you were missing. I'm talking HEAVY strength training... big girl weights. P90X was what made the biggest difference to me (scale changed a little, body changed a lot) and something of that genre might be good for you too (assuming you're grabbing heavy enough dumbbells). Think about it!

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ASHIKIME 1/23/2013 12:37PM

    AWW! CUTE! A little guy like that is definitely major motivation so you can have one too! =) That's the reason I keep going sometimes.. I want a little guy or girl

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MAGPIE17 1/23/2013 10:35AM

    Welcome back!

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AMYD726 1/23/2013 9:05AM

  I am with you on the running. 8 minutes straight is HUGE, great job! Adorable baby too. :)

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CC3833 1/23/2013 8:37AM

    Glad you're blogging again even if it is only once in a while. Job changes can make such a big difference... That's what happened to me. It's great you have a little plan written up. You can lose this weight. And that is a pretty cute baby.

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CVRONEK 1/23/2013 6:50AM

    What a wonderful photo of both of you! ......The finger looked like a shadow, to me. Still a great pic.

I am so proud of you, for running 8 minutes! That is great! Don't overdo, while you are sick, though.

I was sick, in the early part of January and it was frustrating, as I wanted to get moving more. Better now and making progress.

I, too want to make a "drastic" change, in my body. This here and there, back and forth. has got to stop.

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ABCs about me.. a nice step into blogging again.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I know it's been forever since I've blogged and it's really something that I have to make an effort to do. I don't really know why I put it off because it does help me stay on track.

Either way, thought I'd ease myself in with one of those ABC about me things! Saw this one of my spark friend DARKMOON1025's page and thought it looked fun. :)

A - Available or married?
Technically neither, but my boyfriend and I have been together for over three years and I'm hopingggg to get a ring sometime this year.

B- Book?
I've been trying to find another author to enjoy.. I just started reading one by Robert Ludlum.

C- Cake or Pie?

D- Drink of Choice?
Coffee, flavored water.

E- Essential Item?
As sad as it is, my phone. Of course, for working out I need all my gear and my music.

F- Favorite Color?
Pink, Silver, Gold

G- Game to play or watch?
Play: Boardgames. :D Watch: Hockey.

H- Hometown?
I never know what to put as my hometown.. Was born in Quesnel, BC then lived in Mission, BC until the end of grade 7.. so I guess Mission?

I- Indulgence?
Chips.. Especially ketchup lays, mmmm .

J- Job?
Currently unemployed.. will be going to school for Therapeutic Recreation this year though.

K- Kids and names?

L- Life is incomplete without?
Love, respect, family and friends.

M- Music group or singer?
Alexisonfire, Rise Against, In Fear and Faith, etc... I also like a bunch of Japanese and Korean bands.

N- Number of siblings?
Two. One brother and one sister, both younger.

O- Oranges or apples?

P- Phobias/Fears?
Deep water, heights, spiders/insects

Q- Favorite Quote?
Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

R- Reason to Smile?
My wonderful, loving boyfriend, family and friends.

S- Season?
Fall and spring.

T- Tattoos?
One on my back, right below my neck.

U- Unknown fact about me?
The most serious injuries I've ever had inflicted on me were stitches on my finger and toe.

V- Vegetable you love?
Carrots, broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, beets, celery.

W- Worst habit?

X- X-Rays you've had?
Only on my mouth/teeth.

Y- Your favorite food?
Chinese food, pasta, perogies.

Z- Zodiac?

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ELRIDDICK 1/19/2013 1:18AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Over 4 hours hiking and my legs are killing me!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

So we went hiking again yesterday! It was a lot of fun but needless to say my legs are sooooo dead today! The whole hike took roughly 5 hours (that's including 45-ish minutes of rest/food time), but at the end of it my heart rate monitor read 3032 calories burned!!!!! I have no clue how accurate that is, but I have my height/weight/age all programmed in and the calorie counts it gives me for my regular workouts always seem on point so I'm guessing it has to be somewhat close!

The hike itself was absolutely beautiful~ We did the Diez Vistas trail up at Buntzen Lake. The trail's classified as intermediate but omg, I definitely felt like I was going to die at more than one point throughout lol. There's a ton of up and down, lots of switchbacks and quite the elevation climb. Of course, it being the greater Vancouver area, we had light showers all through the hike which made the trail quite slick especially where there were lots of roots and rocks that you had to venture across. However, at the end of it you just feel so incredibly accomplished! So totally worth it!

Here's a few photos from it, including the amazing views from the top. :)

Gotta say, nothing beats being outside! Especially when you live in a place that has so many amazing sights to see! I'm really looking forward to hiking more throughout the coming months!

Now if you excuse me I really need to go give my legs a good, long stretch. x_x

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LIFEASMRSA 5/1/2012 1:12AM

    good for you girl! :) keep it up! amazing pictures! Funny... I worked in Anmore for 7months and never went to visit Buntzen Lake or the trails...

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TEGOCHU 4/30/2012 12:45PM

    Hey Nancy~ I agree with you for sure, I know all the math that goes behind this weight loss stuff isn't really an exact science. I just felt a bit offended by the previous comment because it felt like she was completely discounting how hard I worked. :) You should definitely check out Diez Vistas though, it's super pretty! It definitely kicks your butt (well, more your quads and calves lol)

Hey Bill~ I've been feeling the same way myself! I've been wanting to go out hiking for a long time but it's only been lately that I've actually been doing it. :) I think the Diez Vistas trail would probably be too rough for your kiddos, but the trail just around Buntzen Lake would probably be totally do-able. :)

Oh wow, it'd be so cool to check out caves! I don't really know about any around here.. Damn, sucks that Toronto isn't great for hiking. :\ Maybe get out for some biking or something instead? :) Omg, my legs are still killing me! I'm really gonna have to force myself through my workout today lol.

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GOLDCHOCOBO 4/30/2012 9:39AM

    What a gorgeous hike. I love hiking, but Toronto doesnt have anything 'good'. Northern Ontario had awesome/dangerous grottoes and caves. My brother and I used to try to explore one every weekend in the summer. It was my favorite way to spend time outdoors. So Stunning!

Ummmm, you MUST have dropped a pant-size on that hike! LOL WOW! Your legs deserve that rest day, I must say!


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ELYMWX 4/29/2012 11:56PM

    Great pics. Makes me feel like such a putz to not have taken advantage of everything around us for so many years!

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NANCY-GIRL 4/29/2012 11:53PM

    Awesome!! I've been wanting to do Diez Vistas for a long time. It looks awesome!
And you know.. I don't pay attention to the calorie burn. I just keep track of time, distance & rate (walking pace, not necessarily heart rate unless it's dangerously high). It's all pretty subjective. One can over-mathemetize all this, and there are so many other factors. If it was just math, we'd all by thin, y'know?
I think you did great. You felt like you got your butt kicked. You were out & about and had your hiking boots on. I call it a good day!

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TEGOCHU 4/29/2012 11:48PM

    With all due respect, I put a lot more trust in a heart hate monitor that has all of my personal information input into it that continuously knows how hard I am working that has also given me reliable calorie readouts for the past few years versus an online calculator that has no clue how hard I am working. The hike was five hours, we rested roughly 45 minutes, possibly shorter, but my heart rate was still elevated. This was not a light hike around a lake, this was a hike up a mountain which involved long durations of steep climbing and decent. My heart rate was steadily between 150 and 185 BPM throughout the entire hike. 1000 calories for over four hours of hiking is a joke, that's how much I would burn walking around at a very leisurely pace on a flat surface.

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SLAPTHEFATCAT 4/29/2012 10:35PM

    Those are some very nice pictures!

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/29/2012 10:07PM

    Sounds and looks great!! Congrats!

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MONICA_W 4/29/2012 10:06PM

    Way to go! Beautiful pictures - I love getting out on the trails around here. Take it easy, there's a whole summer full of hiking ahead of us, and your legs will get stronger. Perhaps you can use "stronger legs" as a focus in your workouts during the week, so when weekends roll around, you're ready to tackle the switchbacks!

I think that calorie burn is a bit unconservative. When I looked up four hours (which is a lot - no breaks?) of hiking, I got just over a thousand calories. You're not that much bigger than me! I checked another online calorie counter and for four solid hours of hiking (no breaks) and your weight, it said 1700 calories burned. It's kind of arbitrary what you want to say it was though: no matter what you think you burned, your body knows the real number and will lose/gain accordingly!

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LADYJAKE1 4/29/2012 8:58PM

    Very nice.....love the pictures!

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Staying positive!

Friday, April 27, 2012

So I'm back in the 170's. It was kind of inevitable with how much sitting around I've been doing since I've been unemployed, along with some not so healthy eating choices and not enough exercise to balance it all out.

I'm going stay positive though! I'm doing something about it now. I'm tracking my calories again, I'm making sure I'm working out at least 5 days a week, I'm watching my water intake.. Although it's extremely frustrating that I'm up at least 10 pounds from my lowest weight, I know it's not the end of the world.

I have to say, thank god it's getting nicer out. I know that living here in the greater Vancouver area I should really just suck it up and go outside when it's raining, but it's just so much nicer when it's not. I'm looking forward to walking/jogging, going on hikes, biking, and all the other fun things that come with warmer weather.

I have a girls night tonight which I'm a little nervous about now.. I know I'm gonna be drinking and chances are there will be unhealthy food as well... I know it's just one day though and I'll be right back on track by tomorrow. All I can do is ensure that I get my workout it, eat as healthy as possible before hand, and load up on some healthy food before I head over to my friend's so I'm less tempted by junk.

In all fairness, I've been feeling good lately! Especially since I've started the Body Revolution dvds and been monitoring my food/water intake. Staying within a 1400(ish) calorie range is tough, but if that's what it's going to take to get this weight off, I'm going to do it!

There are a couple events that I have coming up within the month that I'd like to look my best for.. one is my grandpa's 80th bday where I'll see a bunch of family and the other is a camping trip with a bunch of friends where I'll likely be needing to be in a bathing suit.

So I'm not going to let this number get me down! It's just a number! I've been ignoring it for far too long, afraid of what it might be, and I obviously had the right to be worried! So now that I know where I am again, it's definitely given me the push to try extra hard.

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TEGOCHU 4/29/2012 8:26PM

    Thanks you guys!

I hardly ever drink, and when I do it's usually only one at a time. Needless to say, I had about a bottle worth of wine and that's about it. In terms of food, we ended up ordering pizza.. had two slices, not the end of the world. I made sure to get lots of dancing in to burn off those calories. :)

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LIFEASMRSA 4/28/2012 9:13PM

    have fun with the girls! :) I've given up alcohol myself so that i'm not drinking empty calories.., but I never liked to drink that much in the first place.... If you're going out to eat, order a salad with the dressing on the side :)

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MONICA_W 4/27/2012 3:55PM

    Soooooooo you won't exercise in the rain, but you'll wear a bathing suit for May long weekend? You're nuts emoticon I'm always too chicken to go camping on May long, even though it's the traditional thing to do. I'll run in the rain but won't camp in the rain! ;)

You said you're "trying" to stay positive. That suggests that you're not really convinced you can or will do it, as you aren't currently BEING positive, just TRYING. Why not use the present tense and say you ARE positive! You have a lot going for you, and are capable of making everything you want to happen, happen! Don't try, just make it happen!

P.S. If you're at a friend's house and drinking, bring diet pop to mix and alternate with plain water or diet pop, and use lime slices to make it seem fancier and more special. Why don't you bring a healthy snack with you as an offering? Then you'll have something to munch on guilt-free!

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GOLDCHOCOBO 4/27/2012 2:12PM

    It's just a number, but your attitude is right on track! Love that!

Toronto has been okay for the weather, but I know what you mean about the rain... I do indoor cardio when that happens but I prefer the great outdoors!

Im unemployed too, and I sat around for a bit as well, but lets change unemployed to funemployed, shall me? ;-)

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ANISSA331 4/27/2012 11:34AM

    take it one day at a time and you will get through and you will be posting about being in the 160's....150's....140's........ emoticon

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Trying Jillian Michael's Body Revolution!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

So I'm trying out Jillian's Body Revolution! I started on Monday and it been good so far! I've been doing the jumpstart first week, so I've been doing both ST and cardio dvds. I haven't weighed myself in a couple months 'cause I just knew the seeing a number would just depress me and have the opposite effect that I'd like, so I came up with a solution! To get my starting weight, I took a photo of the scale without looking at the number, then got my boyfriend to take the info and erase the photo.. then I'm just going to do the same thing every week and just have him tell me if the number is lower, higher or the same. :)

I've also been trying my hardest to keep my calories as low as possible.. Is it just me or is trying to stick to 1200-1400 calories a day REALLY hard?? Personally, I just can't live with three meals and a snack, it's just not enough! I find I really need a couple extra snacks throughout the day to not feel like I'm starving. Obviously I NEED to try my best to keep my calories low though, 'cause when I've been eating 1600(ish) a day my weight hasn't been budging. It's just tough, 'cause I'm awake for 15-16 hours a day.. Any tips you guys could give me would be really appreciated!

Oh, I forgot! Josh and I finally got to go for a bike ride on the weekend! It was lots of fun, but omg, my quads were screaming lol. I'm excited to go out again as soon as the weather clears up though~ The rain has really been relentless! I'm really hoping it's nice on the weekend though 'cause we're supposed to be going hiking with a few friends again. :)

With all this rain, it's been a lot of staying inside! Did another drawing though~

Just gonna focus on doing my best! I'm really hoping that all my hard work will pay off!

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LIFEASMRSA 4/28/2012 9:02PM

    Love the drawing! :) and it is SUPER DUPER HARD to eat only 1400-1500 cals a day! :( I try to eat a lot of fibre and protein myself to try and stay full longer too.... veggies and fruit have the lowest calories too....

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TEGOCHU 4/27/2012 11:18AM

    I'll definitely keep in mind to up my protein, thanks for the advice! I sometimes have a snack between lunch and dinner to hold me over as well~

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CKMATHERLY 4/25/2012 5:14PM

    Beautiful drawing, I love your Charmy Kitty background.

Yes eating less than 1400 calories is not easy for me either. But as the comment before states when I get my protein numbers up it feels easier. Also eating more smaller meals a day will boost your metabolism. I usually have 3 - 200 calorie snacks and try to have 2 - 300 calories meals a day, but they often ore higher.

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MONICA_W 4/25/2012 1:42PM

    I've found that increasing my protein intake has made it much easier to keep my calories low. I used to really struggle to pull any kind of caloric deficit off, but eating more of the foods that take a long time to digest makes a big difference. (Plus digesting protein burns more calories than digesting carbs - bonus calorie expenditure!)

I'm with you on needing snacks, too. I'm now eating six small meals per day and although that means my lunch and dinner might be a bit smaller, I'm eating so frequently that it's not an issue at all. I highly recommend it!

P.S. You won't melt in the rain, I promise. Either wear gortex (you live in Vancouver, if you don't have it you're crazy) or get wet - you can have a hot shower after!

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