CHEFKATLEANER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHEFKATLEANER CHEFKATLEANER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Feeling Fear as these big changes approach...and trying to turn that fear into something positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727730 On February 1, 2013, I posted a blog entitled The Power of Fear ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232528 </link> ) about how the fear of success AND failure can be completely paralyzing. <BR> <BR> Well, here I am, 15 months later, and while I am finally working (not my own business, but at least I have a full time job that I love), I am facing new changes which are bringing a whole new set of fears to face. And I feel myself shutting down, and b... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:23:05 EST Big scary changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712240 I feel like sharing this news here...because I think the more places I share it, the more likely it is to happen. :D <BR> <BR> I'm moving to Barbados by the end of this year. On July 1, I will be giving 60 days notice at my apartment and moving in with my grandma by the end of August. I figure this will save me at least $500/month that I can put into savings. <BR> <BR> I have talked about doing this since 2009. 5 years people, 5 years. I am not talking about it for another 5. And since my ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:51:18 EST An interesting thing about Bodbot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667712 Today was supposed to be my third Bodbot workout...but I was so sore from the first 2 days, and the 6km walk yesterday, that I decided to skip it. And when I clicked on "missed today's workout", Bodbot made some changes to my next 2 workouts to make sure that what should have been worked on today gets done in the next few days. <BR> <BR> Which is perfect. I didn't have to think about it. On Thursday, I'll log into my account and I'll have the workout all laid out for me. And it will get done... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:26:04 EST Bodbot Workout - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665676 I just finished the second workout that Bodbot set up for me. Again, it was not a long, complicated set of exercises. Just 4 exercises that I can already feel. Today I did Cat-Camels, Door-frame Rows, Bird-dogs and Side bridges. And today's side bridges were different from yesterday's. Yesterday I had to hold each side for 20 seconds for 3 sets. Today I had to do 8-3 second reps on each side for 3 sets. And they were hard, yo! <BR> <BR> So far I am loving this set up. I even downloaded the ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:20:26 EST Trying something new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665273 A Sparkfriend posted about something the other day. Something I had no idea existed, but got me thinking. She posted about online gyms. Another friend of ours posted a recommendation and I decided to check it out. I definitely need the help getting in my strength training. <BR> <BR> So I set up an account on Bodbot.com...and through a series of questions, I was able to set up and tweak a schedule that takes into consideration the fact that I don't have much equipment, much ST experience/sta... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:51:05 EST Perfect days really do happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662920 Today has been as perfect a day as I could wish. To put it in perspective, here's how today stacked up against my Power of 10. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of ST: <em>248</em> I did 30 minutes of full body ST. I even did some exercises that I didn't think I could do but I pushed myself through them. And felt AMAZING afterward. :) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of housework: <em>248</em> I cleaned my kitchen and threw out some stuff that had been cluttering my coffee table. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of car... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:16:13 EST Making progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662475 So after a mostly AF March (I had 23 days), here's how my weight and measurements stack up: <BR> <BR> Starting stats (taken March 2) <BR> Weight: 197.6 pounds <BR> Bust: 43.5 inches <BR> Waist: 38 inches <BR> Hips: 45.5 inches <BR> <BR> Ending Stats (taken April 2) <BR> Weight: 193.4 pounds <BR> Bust: 42 inches <BR> Waist: 36.5 inches <BR> Hips: 43.75 inches <BR> <BR> With these results, I'm going to continue being mostly AF for April. And I'll be continuing with my ST program. Today is an... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 09:48:29 EST New motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660084 I am 44 days away from Barbados and I've been making some decent progress. However, a few days ago, I saw something in the mirror that is really spurring me on. I saw myself. After a mostly AF March (I have 23 days so far), I have lost pounds and inches (final tally on Wednesday when I'm home). My tummy is flatter and I think I have some pretty awesome curves going on. So I have decided to wear a bikini in Barbados. Yesterday I started a full body ST program that I will do every second day. O... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:11:47 EST One of those days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651049 Today has been one of those days. You know, one of those days where you just want to curl up into a ball and cry. Lately, I feel like I've been doing is worrying about my sick family members and yesterday it all kind of came to a head. <BR> <BR> I got a call at 10am from my youngest sister. Our other sister had been taken to the hospital in an ambulance. She was dizzy, disoriented, slurring her words, and she had suffered a seizure. She apparently had another seizure when she got to the hos... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:27:55 EST So tired....and T-minus 60 days until Barbados http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648042 I am so cranky and tired tonight. I have not been sleeping well since the time change and tonight I felt really awful at work. I felt slow, grumpy, and irritable. <BR> <BR> I debated having a big glass of wine when I got home tonight. But then realized that I didn't really want to open the big bottle I have here just for one glass. So I had 2 bottles of the non-alcoholic Jamaican style ginger beer I really like. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my day off and after a good sleep-in, I'll get in a sho... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:37:46 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day whatever. :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645800 Just a quick check-in. :) Today was my day off...and I spent most of it knitting or on the phone with retirement homes. My great-aunt Audrey is going in for bowel resection surgery next week and when she is released from the hospital, she is going to a home for a few weeks for convalescent care. After making a bunch of calls to some homes in our part of the city, I managed to get her booked into the place that we toured last summer. When I told Audrey where I'd been able to get her a room, ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:49:46 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day #7 and return to running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643183 Today was uber successful. :D <BR> <BR> I got to a local yarn store and treated myself to some new yarn...I have a spring sweater in mind and I needed the yarn for it. I got some lovely turquoise yarn and some really cute little buttons to finish it off. :) <BR> <BR> While I was out, I just revelled in the sunshine...and the snow melting. So when I got home, I changed into my running gear. And went out. It was mostly a really fast walk, but I did get in 4 good segments of jogging. I haven... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:39:30 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642482 So I didn't do too badly today. :) I went and picked up my second pair of glasses. I love both pairs. I think they're really sharp looking. Here are a couple pics...please don't judge the hair and stupid pictures. I was using my cell phone and I'm not used to the front facing camera. *lol* <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1227991082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410577361.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I got home from getting ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 21:55:12 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641674 I really struggle to be productive on days that I work. But I will just keep on keeping on. I did step on the scale this morning and I'm down 1.2 pounds already...official weigh-in on Sunday. But it appears that something is working. Oh right...probably the no alcohol thing. :) <BR> <BR> I work again tomorrow, but I will get up early and get stuff done. Because before I go to work, I have to go out and pick up my second pair of glasses. :) And I will get some exercise and housework done befo... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 21:16:38 EST Countdown to Barbados - A rather blah Check-in Day #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640741 I am letting myself have an off day today. I just feel tired and blah and run down. I certainly don't think the weather is helping as I feel myself getting to the end of my rope with this cold and snow. This was the view from my balcony last night: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1678076309.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The only goal of my Power of 10 that I have accomplished today is 10 minutes for me. This evening is all about me. I made a yummy steak for dinner, with a b... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:33:02 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639871 A rather so-so day...but that's ok. Not every day is going to be awesome. :) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of ST - not met <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of cardio - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I got in a brisk, 15 minute walk today. And while it's not a huge workout, it's all about baby steps at this point. :) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of housework - not met <BR> <BR> 10 minutes for ME - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I've read a bit today, knit a bit today, had coffee with Grandma, visited Audrey and relaxed in f... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:03:59 EST Countdown to Barbados - check-in day #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638976 Just a quick checkin since I'm at my grandma's. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of cardio- not met although I was up and down the stairs at workba lot today. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of ST: met. I did lunges hip adductors and abductors, bicep curls and shoulder presses and some more crunches <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of housework: yup! I cleaned my bathroom before I went to work. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes for me: you bet! I read for a bit first thing this morning I've done some knitting and now I'm going to m... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:13:04 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637983 After posting my plan this morning, I got cracking on it. <BR> <BR> Here's how I did: <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of ST - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I did 2 sets each of squats (2x12), dumbbell flys (2x15), crunches (2x15), dumbbell shoulder presses (2x12) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of cardio - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I danced around my living for 5 minutes this morning and then went for a cold 22 minute tromp through the snow with SEPTEMBERSPIRIT. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of housework - <em>248</em> ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:54:28 EST 72 days to make some changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637520 In 72 days, I will be headed back to Barbados. That means I have 72 days to make some small changes so I don't look like a big blob in my vacation photos. It's funny, I feel quite comfortable in my skin....until I see a picture and I'm always surprised that's what I look like. *lol* For the next 72 days, my motivation is pure vanity. I want to look great in my swimsuit. <BR> <BR> Over the next 72 days, I will be following my Power of 10 (I know...you must all be tired of hearing about this ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 09:57:50 EST Being spontaneous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619319 And this, is why I love being single. I can do what I want, when I want, and I don't need anyone's permission to do it. :D <BR> <BR> I figured out my income tax return last night. And I'm getting more than enough back to plan a trip back to Barbados for a week. So, SEPTEMBERSPIRIT and I are looking at a couple of options in terms of dates and best prices, but we're heading back to my favourite place on earth in April or May. <BR> <BR> Soon, I will be back here: <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 10:21:43 EST Checking in for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592920 So here's how I did. :) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of housework - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I did all of my dinner dishes, took out my gargage and made sure my kitchen was clean for the night. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of fitness - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> While dinner was cooking, I danced around the living room. It was fun. :) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes for ME - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I got up early (for me) this morning and had a yummy breakfast with a great cup of coffee. I'm now blogging, havin... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:40:24 EST Taking the baby steps that will get me going in the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591761 After working 6 days in a row, today was my day off. And after setting my goals last week, today was the day I got down to the nitty-gritty and started working on them. <BR> <BR> Let's see how I did, shall we? <BR> <BR> 1. 10 minutes of housework - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I cleaned out my fridge, did all my dishes and took out my garbage and recycling <BR> <BR> 2. 10 minutes of fitness - not properly met <BR> <BR> Although I did take the stairs when I went out today and I carried my ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:50:14 EST Goal progress - so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582964 Jan 1: 20 minute walk with the dog, not enough water, not enough freggies <BR> <BR> Jan 2: 60 minutes walking the dog, not enough water, 4 freggies (I'm aiming for 6/day) <BR> <BR> Jan 3: 60 minutes walking the dog, not enough water, 2 freggies <BR> <BR> Jan 4: 60 minutes walking the dog, not enough water, 5 freggies <BR> <BR> I obviously need to work on the water. I just find when it's this cold, water doesn't appeal to me. So today I am going to drink herbal tea and try to get more wate... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:29:48 EST Dragging my butt back on th SP wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579327 Oh look...it's a new year and here I am again, starting over. I am the same weight today that I was last new year's. Which is probably the only good thing I did in 2013. <BR> <BR> I am 196 pounds today. My goal is to lose one pound per week in 2014. I will be 144 pounds by the end of the year. <BR> <BR> My big fitness goal for the year is to get running again. I have already picked my official races for the year: Brittania Beach 5k on June 14, Army Run 5k on September 21 and the Resolution ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:40:45 EST Fighting a flu :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502957 So after setting out my goals for the rest of the year, I woke up Tuesday morning feeling miserable. Today was not any better. I've got a fever, sore throat, and I ache all over. I have missed 2 days of work and tonight I went to the doctor for a note to take to work on Friday. Turns out I have a flu-like virus. Oh joy. Tomorrow will be another day of taking it easy so I can go back to work on Friday. It will probably be a few more days before I get back to full on Sparking though. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 22:15:03 EST 2013 4th Quarter - Going out with a bang http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500679 Wow...it has been quite a while since I posted a blog...and I figured since we are heading into the final quarter of the year, it's time to get some goals in place. And to catch you all up. :) <BR> <BR> After being on my new anti-anxiety medication for a couple of months, I finally realized that I was in a place where I felt ready to work. So on July 21, I applied to a job at a nearby grocery store. I got a call for an interview on July 22. My first interview was on July 31, my second on Au... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:20:32 EST Heading back to the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357884 A few months back I went to see my doctor about my anxiety. At that point we decided to try and treat it without medication. Instead I was to journal, do my cognitive behavior exercises, eat healthy, get some daily exercise and good sleep. <BR> <BR> It was going ok....I had days where the slightest thing would send me into a panic. But overall I was on a pretty even keel. The past couple of weeks though...wow. It's a whole different monster. While I have been eating well (in fact, I stepped... Wed, 15 May 2013 21:33:34 EST This is what I had for dinner tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346659 I just wanted to post a quick blog. :) Grandma bought me a new cookbook today: The Food and Cooking of the Middle East and of course I had to try it out right away. And thanks to SEPTEMBERSPIRIT coming to the rescue with fresh mint, it turned out perfectly. :) I can't wait to make more recipes from this book. <BR> <BR> Without any further ado, Chickpea and Bulgur Salad with Mint and topped with steak. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250702040.jpg"> <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 5 May 2013 21:23:08 EST Not a great day at all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343711 Today I have just felt blah, and down and like hiding my head in the sand. And unfortunately that led to not exercising (other than walking the dog) and eating too much. I know what the problem is, and I'm determined not to let it impact me tomorrow. <BR> <BR> But I need to get it out, so I'm just going to dump it all here. <BR> <BR> Since April 2011, I've been having Pap tests every six months because I've had abnormal cells show up and I can't get 2 clean tests in a row. It's very frus... Thu, 2 May 2013 21:39:53 EST Managed to turn today around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339900 Today had the potential to be awful...but I managed to turn it around and make it a pretty good day. :) <BR> <BR> At 3:40am, I was woken out of a sound sleep with a killer stabbing migraine. It has been AGES since I've had one wake me up like this. I barely made it to bathroom to throw up. The pain was excruciating! It's honestly like I have a someone ramming an ice pick into the back of my skull. I took one of my prescription pain pills and went back to bed. Luckily these pills work quickl... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:32:30 EST So hungry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330834 This morning SEPTEMBERSPIRIT and I met up for a walk. We ended up walking 6.5km. I felt amazing when I got home. And HUNGRY!!!!!! Even though I had breakfast before my walk, I was starving by the time I got home...and I have been ravenous ALL DAY! So here it is, 5:49pm and I've had my allowed calories for the day. <BR> <BR> Therefore, in order to keep myself from munching this evening, I will be doing some job hunting, knitting, taking a bubble bath and going to bed early. Because even tho... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 17:53:30 EST I need to bottle this feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326687 Why can't I remember how great I feel after I exercise? Why can't I remember the feelings of accomplishment? Of joy? Of just how darned AMAZING I feel? <BR> <BR> I went for a walk today. The sun is shining, my favourite path along the river is finally clear of ice and it was just a great day to get out there. I did my full 5k loop - it took me 53 minutes to walk it today. I'm trying to build up my endurance again so my plan for the next few days is to get in a couple more 5k walks. And then... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:52:37 EST Well, that has been a crappy weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306497 Over the course of the day on Thursday, my right shoulder got sorer and sorer. By the time I went to bed, I couldn't even touch it. I took a couple of pain pills in an effort to get some sleep. However, every time I tried to roll over, I'd wake up in excruciating pain. <BR> <BR> Friday morning, I took another pain pill and spent the day trying not to move my shoulder. Didn't sleep well Friday night. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Grandma came over to help me get dressed so that I could check on Hel... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:16:57 EST Another so-so day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302530 I decided that today had to be a rest day from exercise. My arms and legs were so sore. I couldn't even do the de-cluttering I wanted to to do today because my arms were just too sore. I had forgotten how much of a workout Gold's Gym could be. *lol* <BR> <BR> Oh well, I did get a few things accomplished. I filed my income tax, I cleaned my kitchen, and I worked on my website. There are a couple of things I want to tweak, and the menu page is going to be a constant work-in-progrees, I am, ove... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:45:29 EST A "meh" day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301298 Today has been so-so. I was doing well up until about 3:30pm. And then I just felt rotten. <BR> <BR> I had a healthy breakfast and lunch, managed to get in 20 minutes with Gold's Gym Cardio on the Wii. It was after exercising that I just felt miserable. I suddenly felt like I had been hit by a truck. And not the usual euphoric feeling from exercising. This was not pleasant at all. So, I had a big glass of water, took a tylenol and crawled into bed. I slept until 7:15pm. Crazy, I know. Of c... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:20:41 EST Today has been an excellent day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300165 I got up early this morning (7:30am) and promptly had breakfast and got dressed. I then got ready and headed to Grandma's....where I did 40 minutes of exercise. Actual exercise. Not just slowly walking a dog around the park. I did 15 minutes on the bike and then 25 minutes on the treadmill. And oh boy, am I ever out of shape. I know it will come back, but I have fallen so far off the exercise horse. It's just awful. At least today I made steps towards getting back on. :D I also went for a 50... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:02:14 EST Goals for March 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270872 I didn't put a goal blog for yesterday...I ended up at Grandma's Friday night because I felt like hiding my head in the sand. I got home yesterday at 3pm and didn't feel like being productive. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's how I did on March 1's goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 4 glasses of water (I've been slacking here...so I'm starting slowly and I'll build up to the 8 glasses/day) - had 3 <BR> <BR> 2. Do 15 minutes of some type of cardio - not met <BR> <BR> 3. Apply to 2 jobs - not met, although... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 09:36:52 EST New month, new goals, new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268279 Ok...it's time to get my flabby, fat butt in gear. So I'm posting my goals for the month here and every morning, I will post my daily goals. <BR> <BR> March's Monthly Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 5 pounds <BR> 2. Have a steady part-time job <BR> 3. Go for 5 runs (either outside or on a treadmill) <BR> <BR> Goals for March 1: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 4 glasses of water (I've been slacking here...so I'm starting slowly and I'll build up to the 8 glasses/day) <BR> <BR> 2. Do 15 minutes of some type of... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:38:35 EST Meet my newest nephew - Cohen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266280 My newest nephew was born yesterday morning at 7:01. He weighed 10 pounds, 7 oz. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l335374548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2054744195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471427278.jpg"> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 17:35:14 EST Mine and SEPTEMBERSPIRIT'S Saturday morning so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252321 At 2am, I was woken up by pounding bass music. At 3am, I decided to get dressed and check it out. SEPTEMBERSPIRIT woke up and decided to check it out too... <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the result: an amazing street party, following a jumping music bus that ended with a sunrise swim at the beach. <BR> <BR> And for your enjoyment: some pictures of our crazy morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54492897.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 07:24:37 EST Fun times! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251689 SEPTEMBERSPIRIT and I went snorkelling this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1865330572.jpg"> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:54:44 EST A few pics of mine and SeptemberSpirit's Barbados trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250771 Just a few snapshots of the fun we've been having: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1647896086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1758834577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1569973786.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l713582146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1573840410.jpg"> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:48:20 EST Holding myself accountable to get stuff done tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240822 I'm heading to bed shortly, as I want to be up early tomorrow. I just thought I'd fire off a quick blog entry first. :) <BR> <BR> 1. I leave for Barbados in less than 36 hours. SQUEEE!!!! My suitcase is packed but it is too close to the weight allowance so tomorrow I will be doing some repacking. :D <BR> <BR> 2. Also on the agenda for tomorrow: clean the kitchen, clean the bathroom, clean the fridge (so I can see how empty it is when I get home on the 17th *lol*) <BR> <BR> 3. In catering... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 22:03:06 EST The Power of Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232528 Over the past little while, I have realized just how paralysing fear can be. Fear of success AND fear of failure. <BR> <BR> My best friend recently shared an article with me. It's about her father and his wife, a couple who have devoted their retirement to helping out others through Samaritan's Purse (the article for anyone who is interested in reading it: <link>www.pinchercreekecho.com/2013/01/23/<BR>giving-people-a-hand-up-the-world-round </link> ) <BR> <BR> At the very end of the art... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:55:36 EST 3 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212959 3 weeks from today, SEPTEMBERSPIRIT and I will be on our way to Barbados. OMG! So excited! <BR> <BR> So, here's my plan for the next 3 weeks. And yes, I am pet sitting for 2 out of the 3 weeks. Except the place I'm staying at this time has a treadmill and some weights. So, I will be exercising. Anyway, here's my plan. <BR> <BR> 1. 8 glasses of water every day <BR> 2. ST on this schedule: upper body, lower body, core, day off - REPEAT for the 3 weeks <BR> 3. 45-60 minutes of formal cardio 5... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:05:08 EST I feel the need... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200219 to explain the 5 pound loss this week. <BR> <BR> 1. My starting weight from last week was taken 3 days before TOM <BR> <BR> 2. In the past week, I've only had 1 glass of wine. Amazing how quickly the booze bloat disappears <BR> <BR> 3. I've been really watching what I'm eating. Since I'm sick, I just don't have the energy to exercise...so trying to make good food decisions. <BR> <BR> In other news, I'm still sick. What I thought was a cold may actually be the flu. *sigh* Really? Thanks.... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:03:11 EST Bad news and good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189748 I'm sick. Blah. I felt kind of off Tuesday evening but got in a long walk and felt great afterwards. Yesterday morning I had a bit of a sore throat but that was it...no sniffles, coughing or sneezing. This morning though, I feel like I have been hit by a truck. Sore, scratchy throat, stuffed nose, dry cough. So I'm staying in today. I'm going to spend the day drinking tea, juice and water, eating lightly. I'm going to try and get in a bit of exercise too....even just 20 minutes of Gold's Gym... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:50:12 EST More baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173297 Yes, I have been doing a lot of baking lately. And none of it for me! <BR> <BR> Raspberry Thumbprints (Chocolate and Plain): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1875830284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Black and White Chocolate Squares: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800941630.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Black Forest Brownies: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1854039565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pecan Pie: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 23:06:40 EST Today is a good day. No wait...it's a GREAT day! :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165612 I wasn't sure when I got up this morning...it was grey and foggy and depressing and miserable and I was having a really hard time getting up any enthusiasm for doing ANYTHING. <BR> <BR> However, I had to go out...I have volunteered to put up posters for my favourite musician, Royal Wood. He's playing a concert at the NAC on January 12, and in exchange for me hanging up 50 posters and posting it on any social network site I'm on, I get 2 free tickets. And I had made arrangements to go pick u... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:33:39 EST Just Checking In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158593 Things are progressing well for me. It's funny, I haven't worked this much in a week in AGES! And I love it! I have baked something every day this week and I couldn't be happier. :) I have wanted this for so so SO long...and it is finally happening. <BR> <BR> It looks like my business cards are going to arrive tomorrow or Monday. I'm shocked at how quickly I'll get them...I opted for free shipping...which was supposed to take 14 days. If I get them tomorrow, it will have been a grand total ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 20:32:00 EST