GRANDEFILLE's SparkPeople Blog GRANDEFILLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Here is a short video of my father's 100th birthday bash! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:18:07 EST week 16 This had been an interesting busy week. <BR> <BR> To make sure I will be on time for all the homework I have left to do. I have decided to stay at work 1-2 hours every night to do some. the environment in my office is a lot better to work than home. Mostly because there are less distractions. I did move ahead on my work, but arrived home way too famished. The result, I ate too much, way too much almost every night. <BR> <BR> So the plan this week will be to bring not only my lunch and ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:31:55 EST week 15 I just had another good week. I have to keep that streak of having good weeks. <BR> Being more focus during the work week and not putting pressure on myself on the weekends has worked for the last 3 weeks. Lets make sure it keeps working. <BR> <BR> I walked a bit more this week and my foot told me that althought it is feeling a lot better it isn't ready yet. SO this week I'll be carefull <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did get a... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:37:24 EST Moving along with my college applications I was happy to find out this morning this message in my inbox : <BR> <BR> ========================= <BR> CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY <BR> <BR> Date : April 09, 2014 <BR> Student ID : <BR> <BR> Hélène Brochu <BR> <BR> <BR> Please let us know whether the mailing address is incorrect at: <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Ms. Brochu, <BR> <BR> We have carefully reviewed your application, but we are unable to make a decision on the basis of the information we have at this... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:15:03 EST Week 14 Week 14 was to be a test in making myself lose weight with reduced exercises. <BR> <BR> I couldn't really walk (4.09 km total for the week) and did the 3 pushups training. What I did also is to bring bigger lunches to make sure I didn't get home so hungry I could eat a horse. I normally bring myself a lunch and 2 snacks totaling about 800 calories. This week I brought that up to at least 1000 calories. It apparently was effective in making me less hungry at night. So I was able to stay i... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:32:37 EST There is a lot to be said for using public transport As some of you know, this week I am NOT walking. No more taking a walk instead of taking the bus. No more little walks at break time. That, until my feet heal. <BR> <BR> I am wearing my bodymedia anyway to see how my body is doing. This morning, when I uploaded on the computer I got a surprise. <BR> <BR> I am not taking walks, I work sitting in front a computer and I managed to do 5412 steps! <BR> My husbands teases me and say that I drink too much coffee and those steps are done ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:53:39 EST Week 13 I had a real bad start with food.... was expecting a gain again. Fortunately I have walked quite a bit and have managed to salvage the last few days. Result : a Loss of 0.5 pounds that is 0.1 more than the targeted 0.4 a week. So I ate away 0.1 pound off the "back log" of 6.4 pounds I had. <BR> <BR> I now have only 6.3 pounds to catch up. <BR> <BR> I did manage to walk 16.67km in that week so the distance back log is now down to 22.09km. <BR> I am aware that this number will increase s... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:37:26 EST March 31st Let's just say I am not a happy camper today.... I spent most of the weekend sitting because my ... foot was too painfull. This morning I walked as usual from the train to work but was in pain when I got there. <BR> Usually, after staying off my foot for the weekend, I am ok for most of the week. But apparently not this time. It looks like I really have to give it a break. <BR> <BR> This is frustrating... I had finaly found a routine that had become natural and was making me walk at l... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:26:32 EST podiatrist visit.. I had my appointment with the foot doctor today. I was determined that I do have plantar fasciitis and also the begining of tendinitis of both Achilles' tendons. No wonder my feet hurt! <BR> <BR> For now, until I get my orthotics, she gave me a few instructions to follow. I am now forbiden to walk barefoot or with socks only. Even to go to the bathroom at night. She suggested Crocs shoes in the house to use as slippers because the sole is soft enough for comfort and the heel is slightly... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:09:58 EST wednesday March 26th This morning I woke up and I felt great!. I have been walking each morning from the train to work and from work to the train and have been taking little walks around the block morning and afternoons. It has now become a routine and that is what really makes me feel good about it. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have an appointment at the podiatrist and can't wait to see what can be done about my feet. Mostly my left foot. My doctor thinks it is plantar fasciitis. This thing has been bothersome beca... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:46:49 EST Week 12 Ok so here are the numbers for the week of birthdays. <BR> <BR> I managed to walk 15.08 km even if twice in the week I didn'T get to walk from work to the train since my husband came to get me at work. <BR> I did eat too much a few times. But the food was great at the Turkish restaurant Wednesday and at the Cajun restaurant on Friday. <BR> <BR> I don't have stats on my bodymedia armband since I have not put it on for the last 2 weeks. But I have the other stats <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:37:16 EST Monday March 24th I did have a nice birthday. Wednesday my husband was waiting for me when I got out of the office to bring me to a special dinner. It was nice to spend some time alone with him. We went home for desert. A gift was waiting for me there. A lawnmower! I was sooo happy! He knew I wanted and needed one. I'm the one taking care of the lawn in the summer and shoveling in the winter. And I do those chores because I love both. <BR> <BR> Thursday was quiet. Then Friday, He was again waiting o... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:42:08 EST Tuesday .. 2 days from 50 As I said yesterday, the way last week went I couldn't face getting on the scale thinking I had gained 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> well at least it is not as bas as I had expected. I'm 240 this morning. that's a gain of 1.2 from last week. Not bad indeed! <BR> <BR> This week I am NOT expecting to get any lower than that. Tomorrow is my birthday and my youngest daughter's birthday. I'll be 50 and she'll be 16. I know we will go out for dinner tomorrow and I'm pretty sure there will be somethi... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:44:02 EST Week 11 well well well..... where to start? <BR> <BR> First, I managed to walk 16.9 km this week instead of the 15 that is my goal. that brings me closer to my year-to-date total goal. Still have some catching up to do, but I am happy that those walks have become a real part of my schedule. <BR> <BR> for the rest I can't really say I had a good week. March being the month of birthdays for me, we had dinner at the restaurant on Wednesday for my mother-in-law's birthday. Since I went to bed la... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:25:11 EST my wedding's video.. not much to say except I'm so glad to finally have it <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:50:36 EST Year 1 week 10 The week was good. the weekend was another thing. <BR> <BR> I walked 16.37km out of the 15 I'm supposed to walk each week. I am eating the gap between what was my ytd target and my actual ytd. I am pretty confident to catch up before the end of the year. <BR> <BR> I lost weighted in at 238.6 that is a 0.8 loss. 0.4 more than my weekly target. Here again I'm eating away the gap between target and reality. I am now 1.4 pounds away from it. I have lost 2.6 pounds instead of the 4 pound... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:04:01 EST Year 1 week 9 I had a great week. I walked 16.2km out of the 15 weekly target. that brings me down to 25.44km missing on my ytd total goal. I did see 238.6 show up on the scale this week. That means I could see a 237... something showing up this week. <BR> <BR> I managed to submit one homework this weekend and be almost done with a second. I have till May 11th to finish 12 homeworks. that means 10 weekends to do them. Then will be the time to get ready for the final exams. So I have to make sure... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:30:18 EST Year 1 Week 8 this week didn't go as well as the previous. Mostly I ate way too much. Fortunately for me I didn't do as bad as I thought I had. I was expecting to gain a few pounds I gained only 0.2 pounds so I'm counting my blessings and will work at doing better this week. <BR> <BR> I haven't made my 16km of walking I was aiming for. I did 12.25 and I am now 26.64 km behind in my yearly goal. I can make up for it but I have to start making up for it now and stop procrastinating. I have been procr... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:09:32 EST Year 1 Week 7 This was a great week. I managed to not sabotage my work. I haven't freeked out when 239 showed on the scale. Last week my reaction to it was to eat like a pig. I still have to find out what was so scary about 239 it's not like it's the first time I've gone in the 230s since I joined Spark. I even managed going in the 220s for a while! <BR> <BR> So that is one hurdle that I've managed to get over. I'm sure there are plenty coming. I have to get ready for them. <BR> <BR> here are my a... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:02:35 EST Year 1 Week 6 After the disaster of the previous week, I had set myself up to have a very good week. All was well and by Friday morning I was down to 240. Then something went wrong. Saturday, I overate. Since it was my last day of the week, it had an impact. Sunday morning the scale was up to 243.5 <BR> <BR> What is wrong with me? I did sabotage myself. And it wasn't mindless eating. I was well aware of what was going in my mouth... I need to reflect on that. <BR> <BR> I did have better stats th... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:36:22 EST Friday Feb 7th Well so far this week is going quite well. I guess that to fess up was a good thing for me. It looks like I am going to reach my 15km goal and I have slept more. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to a nice weekend with no social engagements! woohoo!! I will have time to finish fixing my bed that broke last week. I ma getting tired of sleeping with my mattress on the floor. This, hopefully will be a weekend at home, going out only for groceries, working on my bed then on my homeworks. ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:33:53 EST Total disaster! Year 1 Week 5 if last week was bad, this one was worst. I knew myself to be really tired. I knew I had to rest. What did I do? didn't get to bed early enough to have good nights of sleep let alone catch up on some already missing sleep hours.! <BR> <BR> What happened? well what was bound to happen happened... I overate most of my meals. and gained quite a few pounds. I did have a 4 hour nap on Saturday, but it didn't even manage to bring my average of hours slept to 6 hours a day. I am not sleeping... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:57:29 EST why not? This has been going around, <BR> why not filling it? <BR> <BR> A is for Age: 49 (50 in two months) <BR> <BR> B is for Booze: not much of that... wine mostly <BR> <BR> C is for Car: No more car for the last 7 years. My choice. Using public transport and happy with my choice <BR> <BR> D is for Dad's name: Telesphore <BR> <BR> E is for Ego: Don't know what to say here <BR> <BR> F is for Favorite song or music: une chance qu'on ça - Jean-Pierre Ferland. But so many others depend... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:29:23 EST Monday, January 27th 2014. Year 1, Week 3 of the restart This week has not been good.... I didn't slept much and was less enclined to walk. Plus, I had to many social engagements. Foodwise I was doing great during the week, then starting Friday it went down hill... I'm not complaining, I knew that having that much food and wine would have an impact. I did it anyway. So now I'm paying the price. <BR> <BR> I'm still hoping to be back on the line for week 10. Meaning that by that time those stats will be mine : <BR> ytd walked distance : 150km... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:03:17 EST Sunday, January 19th, 2014 Y1W03 of the new me This has been a good week. My back was almost back to its normal self. I managed to walk more than my 15k wich is a lot better than what I had planned. To give my self a chance I had given myself 8 weeks to get in line with the plan. <BR> <BR> I did get most of my daily averages goals except for the 10000 steps.. managed only 1 day of that one. but I like that I am moving forward. <BR> <BR> I was 4.2 pounds off my target last week and managed to bring that down to being 0.6. It mea... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:43:29 EST this is good! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:50:07 EST this is good! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:49:01 EST Sunday, January 12th, 2014 Y1W02 of the new me Y1W02 <BR> <BR> this week was not my best.... my back has been stiff all week and I took this time to indulge in food... not a good thing the scale was moving in the wrong way... by the time I reacted, I got the scale moving the right way but not soon enough to have a good result this week. <BR> <BR> I am proud I did react. I used to simply quit. Thinking I was never going to be able to do this. well not this time. I will achieve it I know it. <BR> <BR> My father's 100th birthday par... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 07:52:28 EST Get a grip! This is not looking like a good week.... after the rain we had on Monday, the cold came back and ice was welcoming us everywhere! so I almost fell a few times and hurt my back doing so. That in itself is not a bad thing in the sense that it is part of life and things will happen. I have had worst so I'm not going to get down for a small injury that will heal. <BR> <BR> I will go down on myself for taking that time to eat badly. I haven't been sleeping well so what did I do? I ate! Thi... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:32:32 EST New plan Year 1 week 1 So this is it. the start of my new plan The no tracking, do your best, don't hide, walk more, do this for yourself etc. etc. plan. <BR> <BR> My last 2013 weight-in was 241.2 That is my starting point. I should lose 0.4 pounds a week for 3 years. Once a week, I will take time to write down the stats and what has happened during the week. <BR> <BR> So Here we go : <BR> <BR> Y1W01 : <BR> <BR> I had a good week. although it was the new year celebrations and yesterday was my father's... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:52:55 EST This is the start of a new year. 2013 is now gone and 2014 has started. I have been thinking of what 2014 will be. <BR> <BR> So I've given myself an annual goal. It goes in line with my regular goals but it will add something I think to my motivation. <BR> <BR> I have set a goal of 15km a week. As I am human and life does happen, I don't get the 15 km every single week. So I have decided to give myself an annual km goal to reach by dec 31st 2014. 15km a week means a total of 780 km in a year. So I have decided that I... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:21:52 EST dec 30th 2013 this is the holidays... lots of food lots of fun. I had decided to not worry about weight I didn't get fat by eating too much during the holidays. I got fat overeating thru the years! <BR> <BR> I didn't get my 15km last week. far from it! more like 3. But that is ok. I'll get back to it as I get back to normal working weeks. I do most of my walking on workdays. Finding reasons to walk was my main goal. It is 1.7 km between home and the train station and 1.3 km between the train stat... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:08:50 EST December 23, 2013 I'm still following the same rules. Mostly... <BR> <BR> - find occasions to walk <BR> - walk 15km per week (didn't quite achieved this one... 13.65 well...) <BR> - portion control. <BR> <BR> here are the results : <BR> <BR> week -52 : 241 on route to my starting weight. <BR> week -51 : 242 The wedding week <BR> week -50 : 240.2 going the right direction <BR> week -49 : 239 <BR> ... <BR> week 0 : 226 (that will be my starting point when I get there <BR> ... <BR> week... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:08:01 EST wednesday Dec 18th. in the last 2 weeks, I've been following simple rules. <BR> <BR> - find occasions to walk <BR> - walk 15km per week <BR> - portion control. <BR> <BR> in that period, I went to a wedding and had a few restaurant meals. <BR> <BR> here are the results : <BR> <BR> week -52 : 241 on route to my starting weight. <BR> week -51 : 242 The wedding week <BR> week -50 : 240.2 going the right direction <BR> ... <BR> week 0 : 226 (that will be my starting point when I get there <BR> ... <BR> wee... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:55:28 EST the beginning of married life.... My wedding was a hoot. So many people participating, I can't wait for the official pictures. I had a great trip a wonderfull 16 days alone with my new husband in a wonderfull part of the world. Those are memories to be cherished! <BR> <BR> Since coming back I had a bit of time for reflexion.Since I've joined Spark, I have lost, gained lost regained and relost a lot of times. Each of the regains had a story (an excuse). But the truth is that I was not really ready for the changes needed... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 08:50:18 EST the wedding (some pics) As promised to a few people, I have some pictures of the wedding. The ones from the photograph are not in yet but I'll show you what I have. <BR> <BR> my in-laws and my father at the ceremony <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the bridesmaid wearing the dresses I spent some time sewing. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:16:16 EST Monday October 21st. last blog for a while well we are now 19 days from the wedding. Still quite a bit of work to do and a lot of stress.... <BR> <BR> The main thing for me is that, without doing anything special (no training, no tracking).. I have managed to stay within the same 4 pounds all the summer. Going up and down but never higher. It looks real good for the after the wedding... I will be back to losing. That I am certain. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the first of 3 weddings in my family this year. It was fun! It made me r... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:23:37 EST Friday Sept 27th I haven't been tracking or doing anything special this week. I have slaved away in front of my sewing machine to advance everything. I have a few pics. <BR> my dress (only partially assembled) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> the men's pants <BR> <img src=""> <BR> the men's shirt <BR> <img src=""> <BR> the bridesmaid dress <BR> <img ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:04:15 EST After a month.... 31 days since I started to track again. 31 days on my "new" way of thinking. <BR> <BR> 31 days ago, I had decided I would use what I am doing and make small changes towards a better life style. I had decided that I would eventually lose the weight if I did that. <BR> <BR> Well in 31 days, I have lost 4.8 pounds. That gives me an average of 1.08 pounds a week. Way better than I expected for the first month. I didn't go to the gym. I went out for a run 3 times, I have walked a total of ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:46:31 EST Week of Sept 8 to 14 changed goals After my last blog, a good friend reminded me I had a lot on my plate and was maybe putting too much pressure on myself. He is so right! Thanks Ken. <BR> <BR> So, Since I am sewing everynight and working all day, I have decided that my goal for the week is to try and keep a calorie deficit each day. No matter how big it is. just do my best to eat a bit less than I spend. <BR> <BR> The date is getting closer and closer and I have enough stress as it is. let's concentrate on getting all ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:44:06 EST Week of Sept 1st to 7th Here are the stats for the past week : <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Plus I have walked a total of 18.58 km out of the 11 that was my goal. <BR> <BR> I seem to be getting pretty good at spending 2800 calories a day and reaching 7500 steps a day. If I look at my last 28 days here is what I get : <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Basically, the only thing I am not making is the... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:15:09 EST Friday September 6th Yesterday, my walk in the morning did me good. I was also able to keep my food intacke not only Under 2300 but Under 1600! A great step in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I have been walking enough that I am missing less than 1 km to get to my 11 km per week goal. I may have to increase that goal a bit. <BR> <BR> This weekend I will be busy going with my daughter to the eye doctor to get glasses, going for a trial hairdo and breakfast with a friend on Sunday. Between that, driving my f... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 07:40:56 EST Thursday Aug. 5th 68 days before we get on the ship!... 65 days before the wedding. 62 days before my daugther arrives from BC. Still a lot to do. I am starting to get real nervous! <BR> <BR> On another note. I realised yesterday that tracking my distances with Spark then having my bodymedia update my minutes of fitness and my calories spent gave me more than I deserved as far as minutes of fitness. I was deducting the quantities tracked on Spark from the stuff coming from my bodymedia but I still got ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 08:01:59 EST Wednesday Sept 4th Yesterday I decided to start carrying the display that comes with my armband. I figured I could check on it how I'm doing and do a bit more if I needed to. I also changed the settings on the armband so that my weight loss target is 1 pound a week. and my steps are 7500 instead of 7000. I have set my goal of distance per week to 11 km in Spark. <BR> <BR> I figured I would also use print screens instead of writing everything. <BR> <BR> Here is my day yesterday : <BR> <img src="http://pho... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 08:34:22 EST Tuesday Sept 3rd It was nice to have a long weekend. I got to work on the costumes Saturday and Sunday (had to go back to the store to get stuff I was missing). Then Monday we decided to have a good cleaning of the house. We worked all day at it and the house looks good now! <BR> <BR> I was surprised to see that in a day of cleaning, I got over 10000 steps in and 38 minutes of moderate activity. both are more than I expected. My calorie intake was not that great. I have to work on that. I'm still burn... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:43:27 EST Friday Aug 30th. well that was a busy week. Monday out with the in-laws for dinner at a British pub for my fiancé's birthday, Tuesday not feeling well, went to bed early and did not run, Wednesday make the day special for François since it was his actual birthday day. <BR> <BR> today : <BR> - go for passport picture at Jean Coutu for the Visa <BR> - meet with the baker to see where he is at <BR> - go out for a run <BR> - sew something. <BR> <BR> This weekend is labor day weekend so 3 days off. I will us... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:34:25 EST Monday Aug. 26th Yesterday was my not so great day. the day where I actually don't care about food. I think having one per week is not bad. I was expecting a 3000+ calories day as those days often are but when I tracked this morning, and saw it was 2543 I was quite happy with myself. Indulging is not what it used to be and it's great! <BR> <BR> calories out and steps were quite good for a weekend. I guess running and grocery shopping helps! <BR> <BR> Last night I dreamed the wedding was moved to tomorr... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 05:53:57 EST Sunday Aug 25th So yesterday was a day of sewing and laundry. ..ok and a bit of playing on the computer... <BR> <BR> Still I have pretty good stats I think: <BR> <BR> Calories out: at least 2800 ... 2627 not bad.. <BR> Calories in : less than 2200 ... 2096 <em>248</em> <BR> Active :at least 50 minutes ... 4 minutes lol <BR> Steps : 7000 ... 3904 not bad for someone in the house sewing! <BR> walked outside : 2 miles ... Nope.. I didn't... <BR> <BR> I went for a walk/run this morning at 6 an... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:16:07 EST Saturday Aug. 24 A good week Yesterday I was to do the 2nd day of the first week of the Rookie running training plan and I did. I really like having a frien running at the same time even if it is not at the same place. <BR> <BR> I did have a muffin at work but it worked in my day so here are my stats : <BR> <BR> Calories out: at least 2800 ... 2799 missed by a hair! <BR> Calories in : less than 2200 ... 1936 <em>248</em> <BR> Active :at least 50 minutes ... 83 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> Steps : 7000 ... 10... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 08:15:45 EST Friday Aug. 23rd 2013 Yesterday I couldn't go out for a walk during lunch because it was raining. I went to my chiropractor appointment and got all wet just getting in and out of the bus! <BR> <BR> I was to meet my fiancé at the train station in case I was too late to catch the train. I was but then he also was late finishing work. So I ended up waiting for him quite a while. What did I do with that time? I went for a soup and coffee at Tim Hortons then I started walking around the parking lot where I was. ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:21:01 EST