HOCKEY47's SparkPeople Blog HOCKEY47's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The journey continues in 2017 2016 saw a lot of highs and a little lows. I was very good for most of the months and saw 160 by June and than here and there went off kilter. <BR> Joined back the Walking Club and did a few hikes here and there. Tried different things, made new friends that connected. <BR> <BR> November and December 2016 was tough with birthday celebrations and Christmas and New Year merriments. <BR> <BR> now here I am , starting slowly back into the fitness and clean eating to get to my magic number... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:23:59 EST Fall Goals 2016 Didnt post a blog couple of months, got lazy and life got in the way. <BR> <BR> things were going with the weight loss and goal but spraining ankle at Quarry Rock a month ago kinda took the sail off my wind. Camping last week and social eating was a struggle. <BR> <BR> My weight loss so far has been great, clothes are looser, had to give a lot away and lots of people commenting on how great I look, it should make me want to keep going right? <BR> <BR> anyway would like to see 8 pounds re... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 00:41:50 EST June Goals May was a bit of struggle, fluctuated with 4 pounds up and down. <BR> But June will be a new month and refocusing and adjusting what is needed. <BR> <BR> Good comments on my weight loss and most important I feel better and more energetics <BR> Keep up the exercising, keep it low carbs and healthy as best I can <BR> <BR> Monday May 30 scale showed 164 <BR> <BR> June 30 goal is 157 <em>386</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 01:05:28 EST Late May Goals ooops got tied up so May goals are late so i will do a combo of May and June goals. <BR> <BR> so far May started with a struggle but somehow the scale god was smiling on me and I am <BR> 160lb as of saturday. <BR> <BR> wow, havent seen that number in a while, that makes it 23 pounds released as of January 1 <BR> people have noticed and commented <BR> <BR> but long way to go. <BR> I will like to be 155 by end of June. <BR> <BR> How will I get there. <BR> <BR> eating healthy and low carb... Mon, 16 May 2016 01:12:26 EST April Goals March was a month with a few challenges <BR> Had a bad cold for over 2 weeks , couldnt do the gym, had family from Ontario and lots of social eating was happening <BR> <BR> SW - Jan 1 - 183 <BR> Jan. 31 - 174.5 <BR> Feb. 29 - 170.5 <BR> March 31 - 171 <BR> <BR> trying to regroup and keep focused will be my April goals. I would like to be 163 on April 30. <BR> <BR> There are a social gatherings for April <BR> And I am looking forward to a Cancer Fundraiser that my friend who is a fitne... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 01:29:06 EST March 2016 February was pretty good, was focused and behaved 75% of the time , still allowed myself to have fun and enjoy outings <BR> Getting the motivational weekly talks is good and keeping me focused and accountable <BR> Just looked at my last blogs that I did in the blast, wow sad to see that in July 2012 i was 150! <BR> well it has given me strenthg and hope that i will see that this year and i will do this. Little by little and I will see that number, i am determined. <BR> <BR> March will be a ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 01:00:01 EST February 2016 Report Well January start was good. Stuck to plan being 70% good and 30% whatever lol. <BR> <BR> Learning new habits including loving myself before anything else. <BR> <BR> final january 31 weigh in 174.5 <BR> <BR> SW - 183 <BR> Jan. 31 - 174.5 <BR> <BR> I will take that! <BR> <BR> Goals for Feb <BR> <BR> Be 170 by Feb. 29 <BR> <BR> signed up for 2 - 10 km walks for April and July <BR> more longer walks <BR> <BR> keep eating healthy <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenges - Chinese New Year next week an... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:35:45 EST A new year 2016 The last year really was not a good year with my mom passing, a torn rotator cuff, falling off the fitness wagon. <BR> <BR> Well that was done and gone and time to focus on a new year. Will succeed in some goals and challenges for 2016. <BR> <BR> Plan on losing about 15-20 pounds <BR> Doing a couple of 10k walks and do more hikes. <BR> eat better <BR> <BR> January 1 - sw 183 <BR> goal weight - 160 by August 1, 2016 <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Jan 2016 17:16:36 EST May Goals Another month has gone by, how time flies <BR> April saw a lot of success for me. I was happy that I did the BMO 8k run and jogged most of it. took less time than I thought it would. <BR> <BR> Eating generally was good. The workouts was good. <BR> weight was good, people have noticed my weight loss and commenting more. <BR> <BR> starting weight 181 <BR> cw 164 <BR> <BR> <BR> May is going to be a challenge, wedding, birthdays but i am hoping for a 5 pound weight loss <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 6 May 2014 01:58:08 EST April Plans March was pretty good in terms of staying on track with the increased being active and monitoring the food and wine intake. <BR> <BR> had 2 bad weeks of buffets and decreased activity level. <BR> <BR> April see me joining a spring weight loss challenge team that i am very excited to and see some great results <BR> <BR> Hav a wedding in May 15 that i will see a lot of friends so i want to look good for sure. <BR> <BR> starting weight in February was 181 <BR> current weight - 170 <BR> <BR>... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:03:56 EST I am back!! Well the last year and a bit was a blur, i really was burnt out, couch potatoe and now it is time to take the workout clothes and dust off the runners and get to finally finally to get to goal weight. Somehow suddenly i felt like this is it, i am ready to begin again and besides i have a wedding to attend in May <BR> <BR> I know that it will be a road with lots of challenges but will work with it. I have my coworker Candice who is being my mentor good and bad. She lost over 100 pounds and... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 01:34:30 EST New Year to restart 2012 was successful in so many ways but alas i slid back into bad eating and lazy days and hence weight gain. <BR> <BR> I have decided i wil focus on eating healthy as much as i can. <BR> <BR> Goals <BR> Signed up to do 1/2 walking marathon in May <BR> lose 20 pounds by August, 2013 <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 01:19:59 EST September Challenge Summer and August has been tough, had good positive things happen but at the same time camping and social outings have done me in and i went from 148 to 156 as of today so... i better get back to this to stop sliding backwards. <BR> <BR> Got a one month free gym pass to Steve Nash and will continue with the 5 6am workouts a week at the workout studio <BR> <BR> Goals <BR> 1. be diligent in my workouts <BR> 2. eat clean and cut the carbs <BR> 3. no eating after 8 pm <BR> 4. no junk food <... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 01:57:04 EST August Goals July was okay <BR> <BR> saw a lot of bootcamp workouts, eating is a lot better, lost a lot of inches <BR> <BR> August challenges, have a one week camping trip that will be a challenge to maintain or keep up the workouts <BR> <BR> <BR> goal for August - 144 Fri, 3 Aug 2012 02:31:45 EST July Goals June was quite successful, i dropped 6 pounds and saw 150! finally, it sure has been slow <BR> but with the workout studio and eating plan it has been good. Not saying i am 100% good but 75% is okay. <BR> <BR> did a 5K and time was better this - 29 mins <BR> <BR> July will be quite intense as I want to drop the 10 by end of July <BR> started a bootcamp for 28 day eating / fitness plan and than another one for 12 sessions. <BR> <BR> People have commented so much on my weight loss and i c... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:57:58 EST June Goals May was good, did 8k race with hills and that was accomplished, working out regulary, <BR> <BR> Here is June and have 6 pounds to go <BR> <BR> Have joined Workout studio for a Swimsuit ready challenge starting tomorrow <BR> <BR> 28 days of being disciplined <BR> 4 days 6 am workouts <BR> <BR> slowly but surely <BR> <BR> cw 156 Tue, 5 Jun 2012 00:32:16 EST May is the month!! wow another month has gone by, well April was successful in many ways. <BR> <BR> Did my first Sun Run, never thought i could run 10 kms but i did it and happy that i completed the whole thing without stopping and than the following week, i did another 10 km around Stanley Park <BR> <BR> eating wise , have started working on the 17 day diet, basically like a carb cleansing programme that I am seeing results but need to be more diligent. <BR> <BR> Well May 2007 is when i started this journey... Wed, 2 May 2012 01:25:27 EST Let me see what April surprises me with Here i am at 156, 6 more pounds to my goal weight, it seems like it is so unreachable, close but not close. <BR> <BR> April will up the workouts, up the eating better plan <BR> <BR> Trainer has put me on a cleasne / diet to get rid of yeast in my body that is slowing the weight loss. <BR> <BR> so many things i cannot eat / drink for 10 days, i hope i survive. <BR> <BR> here is to reach 153 by April 30 <BR> <BR> goals <BR> 1. do the Sun Run for the first time on April 15, it is 10 km but... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 00:57:09 EST March into Spring Well February started good and than somehow i fell off and lost faith in myself to get this weight off. <BR> <BR> So have decided to get a personal eating plan for 4 weeks to help me on the right track and it has been an eye opener of how stress, emotional eating etc all works the mind and body, how belly fat can lead to diabetes, heart diseases etc. <BR> <BR> will really work hard this month to drop 5 pounds <BR> <BR> cw 159 <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 00:25:03 EST February Goals January was pretty good with the exercise and eating, but Vegas also entered into the picture but oh well <BR> <BR> cw 161 as of today <BR> <BR> really going to work hard, want to win challenge with some gym buddies Wed, 8 Feb 2012 15:27:51 EST New Year, get this machine going Had a good exercise month but the holidays and social eating did me in, so much for my goal of maintaining.. .. ugh weighed in yesterday 162!! WHAT. <BR> <BR> anyway have to get back on track, challenges to win with gym friends and at work. <BR> <BR> goal for 2012 <BR> <BR> 1. be at 145 by April 30, 2012 <BR> 2. 10 km run <BR> 3. be lean and fit for the year <BR> <BR> How shall i get there? <BR> <BR> 1. eat moderate portions, stick to lower carbs, make healthy choices <BR> 2. eat m... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 01:14:03 EST December Challenge It is hard to believe that the year is almost over. It has gone by fast, kind of disappointed that I will not reach goal weight by Dec. 31 but I have done okay in terms of being healthier and the bootcamps have sure helped in that way. Met a lot of great gym friends that have worked out with regularly, even a challenge for March 31, 2011. <BR> <BR> Have joined a gym for 6 a.m. tuesday and thursday workouts and doing kettlebells, spinning etc. I can tell clothes are getting baggier and loo... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 23:54:06 EST Well November is almost over and i have just maintained my weight Another frustrating month of November , the best i could do was maintain my weight at 159. Birthday trip, social eating was te reason but what can I say. <BR> <BR> I am back on track, I know xmas is coming up and lots of eating is going to be the theme, will exercise as much as I can. <BR> <BR> I hope to be at 159 or 155 for Dec. 31 but i think not gaining will be the goal. I might surprise and lose weight, i dont know. <BR> <BR> but come January, - i have a few challenges with coworkers... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 01:57:38 EST Hoping November will be a better month another month gone, i sure was doing great the first 1/2 of October, did the 5km Breast Cancer Run as a 2nd goal, it was a proud moment that I will not forget. Was doing great on the weight loss and having results shown but than last 2 weeks had some setbacks and wasn't in the mind frame and did emotional eating and mindless eating so now back at 159 lbs which sucks big time cuz i was 154 early in October. <BR> <BR> Come to realization I will not see 145 by Dec. 31 so i will work towards 1... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:44:47 EST October Goals Well September was pretty successful in terms of goals I have tried to achieve. <BR> didnt get to 155 but 158, I'll take it. <BR> <BR> Did the Grouse Grind again last week, it was good <BR> joined the running clinic , it is good, running about 30 mins now no stopping <BR> doing the 5km Breast Cancer Run on sunday, another goal to be met, i always wanted to do a 5 km , i hope my sprained ankle will heal by then. <BR> still doing the bootcamps, it is getting tougher and more challenging. <BR>... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 01:59:15 EST Well there is no excuse now to drop a few pounds?? Well here we are into September, July and August was not the greatest months in terms of eating and working out, July nephews were in town and all we did was eat and didnt go to gym,weddings and camping which was great but than again not good in terms of eating and lack of exercise. <BR> <BR> Stepped on the scale today what 162!!! sheesh i am going backwards okay so comitt and challenge myself to drop to 155 for Sept. 30. <BR> <BR> Injured my knee in early July but 2 days after that I met a... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 00:49:43 EST July sigh, june was a bust , still 158, exercised but the heart and motivation wasn't there. <BR> <BR> I really am going to focus on it this month and my agenda will be to lose 4 pounds at least by July 30. have 2 weddings coming up and i want t look good. <BR> <BR> so <BR> <BR> 1. exercise every day like crazy <BR> 2. really cut the carbs <BR> 3. water, water water <BR> 4. just keep on moving <BR> <BR> cw 158 <BR> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 12:49:32 EST hubby is nice just a recap, middle of month and with the hockey playoffs, the social aspect has been terrible. Hubby and I had a bet that was suppose to finish by August 1 and be 145 , well i really dont think it will happen, well for me anyway., was stressing so <BR> this week he told me that I will have to be at 150 by August 1st and than 145 by Sept. 1 to win what I would like so.... <BR> <BR> here goes, this weekend i made more effort, this week has to be good. <BR> <BR> really going to try low car... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 01:48:01 EST June Goals Well May was a bust in many ways, really didnt lose anything, the eating sucked big time, exercising was great but I really had a heck of a time with the hockey games and the social eating and the beverages. Have until August 1 to be at 145 to win bet with hubby. Can I do this? <BR> <BR> ugh today i weighed myself , hoping it is water, 161!!! like what>??? how did that happen from 155 on friday. I know why, it was the crap that I ate. <BR> <BR> Personal training wasn't consistent, i hav... Tue, 31 May 2011 00:48:07 EST Wow it was Mothers Day 2007 that I started my weight loss jouney Just realized today that is was May 2007 that I set a goal to get to 145 pounds to be healthier and lighter, said enough of the yo yo dieting, always starting, never finishing etc. I started at 187 and I guess I am glad that I haven't gained back all the weight but 4 years later I am still have about 10-15 pounds to go. I see that people have lost that in one year or less but I will not get discouraged, this year is the year to get to goal. <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 May 2011 03:05:49 EST I want to really forget April and surprise myself for May April wasnt' the best month for me in terms of eating and exercising, well i did my best but the social eating and lack of exercise and the homework that bootcamp and personal training has not been followed and I can tell <BR> <BR> stress from work, just being down also played a lot of it. but not going to give up as i know what i have to do. I really want to drop at least 5 pounds for May/ <BR> <BR> todays weight 160 - not good <BR> <BR> Game Plan <BR> <BR> 1. exercise every day 60 m... Mon, 2 May 2011 01:42:18 EST Finished with March, let us see what April brings Another month gone by, March was pretty successful i think, had some slip ups here and there but hey it happens, i just have to erase and start a new day, dont beat myself up. <BR> <BR> changes are noticed, people are noticing and commenting, i feel lighter, easier to move around. <BR> clothes are loser that is for sure. <BR> <BR> wow one more pound and i will have lost 30 pounds, that is hard to believe. <BR> <BR> What have i accomplished in March? <BR> <BR> got the trainer <BR> joined... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 01:59:05 EST ugh Well had my body assessment with trainer today, not a pretty assessment, came out of it depresssed and down. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> 35% body fat , i should be at ideal 144 pounds, so another 20 pounds to go <BR> <BR> so i have to work harder in the cardio department and take one day rest period as advised to avoid injuries and give body a rest day. <BR> <BR> friday she will see how my fitness level is <BR> <BR> so will see how it goes. Guess i didnt gain the weight overnite so i shouldn'... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 23:26:06 EST not doing the ten pound challenge Hey Everyone <BR> <BR> I have to correct my blog from yesterday, i have withdrawn from the 10 pound down challenge that starts this sunday. <BR> i was in haste when i joined the community center 10 pound down challenge,looking at the schedule i will be unable to participate in 5 of the sessions and it was too far for me. I think that i have enough with my bootcamp at my gym, personal training that i joined and my own gym classes. <BR> <BR> So will see how the 1/2 hour personal training s... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 00:40:20 EST March, here I come Wow, February is almost over and i think i really stepped it up in the exercise department this month. Eating was okay, not the best but always room for improvements. <BR> People have noticed and commented on my weight loss which is good. I can feel my clothes looser so that is a big bonus. <BR> <BR> so I dropped 7 pounds in February <em>248</em> , not too shabby but i want to aim for another 5 in March. <BR> <BR> How shall I reach my goals for March? <BR> <BR> gym - 6 days week <BR... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:47:45 EST February Challenges Recap - January was good until the last week which was Vegas trip, ate soo soo bad but hey I know it, i own up to it, i am back to 169 lbs sheesh <BR> <BR> Hubby was kind enough to understand stress and pressure of January and has given me till August 1 for our little family challenge. <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> well never give up, January was a warm up, time to get serious <BR> <BR> have a few challenges for February <BR> <BR> Chinese New Year Dinners, Valentines Day <BR> well so what can... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 00:21:48 EST 2011 - Goals Another year gone, Another start, yeah, yeah i say this all the time, but seriously can i not just committ and finally get to goal, i see so many before be successful, what works, how? <BR> <BR> Just trying to find what works, what doesnt, write in my journal, support group work and sparkbuddies <BR> <BR> Going to try to change my routine, going straight to gym right after work , not rushing and stressing is great. <BR> <BR> Hubby has some rewardsof shopping if i get to goal July 1 so let ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 01:50:00 EST Forget November, slow start Dec. and now get back to the focus sigh November was my 50th birthday and I know going into it was going to be a tough one well i didn't think i would fall off the train so bad in terms of birthday and Vegas coming into play. <BR> I was really really good up to my birthday and than Vegas i tried to balance my eating with lots and lots of walking and I was sore from all the walking. But than tiredness, work and stress got to be emotional, dumb eating and oh yes I have seen this pattern so many times. <BR> <BR> Well first week... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 01:22:41 EST October was quite successful, November will be tough Cannot believe October is almost over and in a few weeks I will be turning 50!! <BR> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> I did well in October, lost 7 pounds, changed eating habits, portion control, never deprived myself, worked out regularly. But I did have challenges as there were many birthdays I had to celebrate and lots of social eating but I guess all in all it was a good month and hoping to carry on with this vision <BR> <BR> Results - clothes fit looser, scale god is friendly, more energy, sk... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 21:52:31 EST Back in the game Okay here is a reality check, enough of the backward slide, all the signs were there recently, getting into size 16's clothes while shopping, photos of me taken recently dont lie, round faces, big gut, arms are not toned, bad eating habits, lack of exercise, social eating and yup not good. <BR> <BR> I mean all that hard work from before when I looked and felt great, buying clothes in size 10's , flattering clothes. I cannot give all that up and most important health wise too. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:08:05 EST wow who thought 2010 would include surgery well after 2 years of painful periods , the sign was there, enough is enough, docter was right, think of your life and the quality of life u want. <BR> she put me on priority list and June 3 was the day rather than November. <BR> <BR> So now with 6 weeks at home for recovery, it has been okay so far, crossing fingers. It is hard for me to just lie and rest after being so active all the time. <BR> being limited to just sofa and little walk is hard. <BR> <BR> cannot wait to get back on to my... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 15:32:35 EST March into Spring Olympics are almost done, it has been great, so much joy, sadness and so glad I was able to see figure skating live and see downtown in all of its craziness and people watching , wearing Canadian mitts, scarves, touques, yeah such pride to be a Canadian. <BR> <BR> <BR> wow and we won the gold medal in hockey, such celebration and proud to be a Canadian!!! <em>636</em> <BR> <BR> well i exercised more in Feb but only lost about 3 pounds so March I have to get back into it. <BR> <BR> goal ... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 15:21:02 EST A new year and new beginning? December was not the best with all the holiday eating and surrounded by food and treats. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of goals to make for 2010, career , family, FINALLY BEING DEDICATED TO ME REACHING GOAL FOR THIS YEAR AND WORKING HARD TO GET THERE. <BR> <BR> So goals to reach <BR> <BR> Gym - 4-5 times a week <BR> Eating - no eating after 8 <BR> Treat day - one weekend day <BR> Get rid of clutter in house, i am a packrat <BR> Get my insurance License #2 <BR> Be a better person <BR> <BR> Curre... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:34:30 EST December and moving into the new year I have been really trying and being good with the eating and exercising and it seems to be paying off. I have started jogging on the treadmill and outside and surprised myself, never thought I could do this. 10 Mins nonstop on the treadmill., I am getting faster going up the hill during the lunchhour workout. <BR> <BR> Well our office Biggest Loser challenge final weigh in is Dec. 11 and will be interesting to see who wins this one. They will announce it at our office Xmas Party. <BR> <BR... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 01:01:04 EST Visit to Minnesota and meeting a fellow sparker Went on a trip that was good and bad this past weekend for daughters hockey tournament <BR> It was great to meet up with Maxfocus, team leader of the Minnesota for dinner at a great restaurant called Craves, I am sure we could have stayed longer talking!! <BR> <BR> Shopping at the Mall of America is a mind boggling 400 store experience. I walked a lot but than ate a lot too! No taxes which is awesome. Went to the Alberville Premium Outlet also. <BR> <BR> Than Courtney hurt her leg in the... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 14:14:19 EST October is almost gone October wasn't as successful as September, so much with the drain pipe, being sick, few big dinners all derailed me a bit, not much but for me it is always been a mental game of this journey. <BR> <BR> Positive notes - Breast Cancer Bake sale was the biggest we did and will post photos of it later. $771 raised, company matched. Took me 3 days and all my energy but hey i think of the people that go thru cancer , treatments etc. and I say it is only 3 days of my year that i do this, SUCK IT ... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:31:54 EST Something that got me thinking Oct 3 - Went to a little baby birthday party, he was soo cute so i carried him, <BR> He was heavy for a little one year old, they told me he was 25 pounds, wow <BR> <em>183</em> <BR> After a while i couldnt hold him anymore. It got me thinking, was that the excess poundage i was carrying at 185 pounds 2 years ago, is that what was slowing me down, feeling fat and uncomfortable? It was hard to believe that 25 pounds was on my body lol and released now. <BR> <BR> It was sick!!! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 12:21:32 EST Wow October is here!! Where has the year gone, the summer gone??? Well September has been a pretty good month for me surprising but good. Dropped around 8-9 pounds and keeping an eye on the prize. Joined in our office Biggest Loser Challenge that finishes Dec. 1 and bragging rights to be announced at our office Christmas Party, dare i hope? I have been to the gym and walking at lunch, making food choices more carefully, no bad snackings at nite, no time to sit in front of the tv and do the mindless snacking. <B... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 02:55:48 EST So far so good Something has changed for me, i dont know what but I feel like I can release these 10 pounds by American Thanksgiving and lose little more for the Biggest Loser Challenge. But I dont want to count my chickens before it hatches as the saying goes. <BR> <BR> I am thinking and visualising me in skinny clothes again, dropping the 10 pounds i gained this summer to set me back further from the prize. <BR> <BR> Have been recharged, back to the gym and sore from the workouts , muscles are saying he... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 02:31:48 EST Summer is over and now it is time to really work hard Summer is over and I have really fallen off the track with everything, emotionally and physically. Found out why i was tired, dizzy, been diagnosed with severe anemic so now on meds and have to eat more meat and iron. <BR> <BR> <BR> God I am back to 170 pounds that is 10 pound gain in 2 months, sick sick sick. Tried some clothes on and they do not fit. <BR> <BR> so have a goal of 4 pounds by the end of September and 10 pounds by Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> go back to the gym <BR> walk at lu... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 13:49:23 EST