JILLSMYTH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JILLSMYTH JILLSMYTH'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/ Easter Cupcakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4821067 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l370991889.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't he so adorable? <BR> <BR> It's amazing what some yellow food colouring, coconut, chocolate chips, and a cut up dried apricot will do to improve the look of one's baking :D Wed, 4 Apr 2012 22:52:29 EST Kitten Cam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4810322 <link>new.livestream.com/FosterKittenCam/M<BR>irandasKittens </link> <BR> <BR> A live link to a webcam of a mama cat and her 5 kittens. They were born on March 16 so they are still just little but even over the past few days I've been watching, they've grown. The gentleman is fostering the mama and kittens until they are old enough to be adopted. <BR> <BR> I'm completely addicted to watching them, it's a good thing my work computer doesn't allow video streaming!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:18:55 EST Plumbing issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4786446 Y'know what's awesome! Dealing with plumbing issues at 9:30 at night. Yay! <BR> <BR> Ugh. Actually, I was taking a shower this morning and had just finished when Mark banged on the door to tell me to shut the water off because the basement was flooding. When we saw it wasn't going up anymore, we decided to leave it and see if it dropped on its own. The weather got incredibly nice incredibly quickly so almost all the snow is melted so the city sewer lines are very full so we figured that was ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:00:16 EST Butt Blasting workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784729 I used to do Coach Nicole's Butt Blasting workout everyday. It's 6 minutes long so it's easy to fit in at any time of the day. It's been over a year since the last time I did it and I just did it again tonight. Yikes! My bum hurts! Obviously my butt needs some work done. I'm going to make a streak of doing this workout every day. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=727 </link> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:38:02 EST Steak of the Month club http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779125 Just signed up. Normally the steak of the month is delivered on the first Wednesday of the month but because they deliver every week, we're going to be starting for March and they will deliver it next Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I'm excited. We've gotten meat from this place before and it's been tasty so I know it will be good. Mark is having iron level issues so eating steak 2-4 times a month (some of the steaks are ginormous so we'll be cutting them down for more meals) will be good for him and m... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 12:09:03 EST Bad drivers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777109 A big black pickup truck with a vanity plate that says HAMRDOWN (hammer down). Three guesses as to what kind of driver he was and the first two don't count. For all his efforts and weaving in and out of traffic, he still only ended up about three vehicles in front of us (after starting out directly in front of us) going over the one lane bridge. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 09:54:08 EST New Leisure Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773669 This past weekend the new Leisure Guide* came out. Much as I like my yoga class, I'm dropping it in favour of trying out Belly Dancing! Very exciting! And I'm going to keep on with Zumba and I convinced a coworker to try it out with me. <BR> <BR> So those are the exercise classes but I'm also going to sign up for a beginner's Pottery class. I tried this last summer but they canceled the class which was very disappointing so I really hope they don't do that again this year. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:06:20 EST Zumba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731334 Obviously my endurance is increasing because I was not as wiped out at the end of tonight's class as I have been in the past 4 weeks. Although now that I've been sitting here for a while, I'm starting to get tired. Thu, 9 Feb 2012 21:04:28 EST Yoga class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4728587 My instructor pointed out last night that next week's class will fall on Valentine's Day. I think the chances of Mark coming to yoga class with me are slim to none. But I'll still go. We'll have gone out for dinner (to nice restaurants) three times since the beginning of Feb so that's not something we would have done anyway. We'll just move our nice dinner to the 13th or 15th. <BR> <BR> There were only three people in class last night, it was strange that there were so few but also nice. We... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 09:41:37 EST Cancelled reservations and opera http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727307 The original plan for this week included going out for dinner on Wednesday night. Well, I got an email from Manitoba Opera reminding all the subscribers that the libretto was Feb 7 or 8 (depending on which tickets you got) and that it was at a church not the concert hall. I didn't record this at all. It's not on any of our calendars, it's not in my phone (which is the main place I store info like that), it's not anywhere but on the tickets clipped to the fridge. <BR> <BR> So of course the t... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 14:21:03 EST 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721926 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=aUaInS6HIGo </link> <BR> <BR> This is an awesome 9 minute video. I urge everyone to watch it. Sat, 4 Feb 2012 12:43:48 EST Tasty meal at fusion grill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720233 So last night was the start of Dine About Winnipeg. Dine About is a sort of food festival done but a food magazine in the city. They round up a bunch of restaurants who will participate and then the restaurants offer a three course menu (usually with a few choices per course) for a fixed price. It is a good deal on pricing for the diner and the restaurant entices customers who might not have ever been to their restaurant before who will hopefully become new regular diners. <BR> <BR> Mark an... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:44:15 EST It's a dirty job but someone has to do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701048 Just finished the annual document purge at work. We have to keep a lot of documents for the gov't for at least 7 years. So every year, a couple of use take the morning and put everything that's over 7 years into gigantic boxes for our shredder people to take away. It's a dirty, dusty job because once the paper gets filed away back there, no one touches it until it is time to get purged. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, it's a good upper body and core workout, lifting out all these reams of paper... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:08:58 EST Zumba class #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693536 It was much harder this time. There was no stopping to show us the choreography until 4-5 songs had passed. I do not have the stamina for that. Even with a couple of breaks to show us some new songs, I only had about 50% to give to the last two songs. <BR> <BR> And next week we probably won't stop at all! <BR> <BR> But it's a good time. I was surprised at how much I remembered of the steps. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:06:21 EST Am I Crazy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4691037 The current temperature is -28C (-18F) and with the windchill it feels like -40C (-40F - apparently this is the one point where the two temperature gauges agree). A coworker (who is also trying to be healthier) just asked if I wanted to go for a frigid walk at breaktime. And I said yes. <BR> <BR> Crazy? yes/no? Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:51:34 EST Last night's dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689290 <link>www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/curried<BR>-pork-stew/dab38af3-17ef-4c31-b107-3b8<BR>991e0ba02 </link> <BR> <BR> The Curried Pork Stew was surprisingly bland. It smelled wonderful and we were so excited to dig into dinner but tastewise, it fell short. I very rarely add salt to my meal when we are eating but I had to get some flavour in there. <BR> <BR> As a plus though, I learned that finely chopped cauliflower makes a good substitute for rice. The recipe calls for cauliflowerets to b... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:08:44 EST Limitations of Layers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687808 It's super frigid here in Winnipeg. And I had yoga class tonight. I take it at my local community center which is located at the end of my block, so of course, I'm walking. I decided to wear long johns under my winter exercise pants and find out on the fly if I can do yoga with long johns on. <BR> <BR> Turns out, I can. There were some poses that i could feel the layers limiting my movement and stretching but on the whole, I was warm and cozy and I didn't get frostbite on the way there or o... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:17:49 EST Zumba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678067 First Zumba class last night. Well, first Zumba on land class last night (I took a water Zumba class about a year ago). <BR> <BR> This was probably the first time I've ever taken a purely aerobic class before. Zumba in the water is slower because of the water resistance so there is more of an element of strength to it. <BR> <BR> Everyone in the class was pretty much newbies. I think it went well. There was one song that was very high energy and seemed to last forever. Also, because it was... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:43:18 EST First big hurdle of the new year VANQUISHED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4673622 Our computer died. Well, it would start up and load Windows and then as soon as everything was finished loading, it would blink some computer gibberish and restart itself. This happened on Friday night. So no computer all weekend long, no tracking available. EEK! <BR> <BR> I wrote down EVERYTHING that I would track here on Sparkpeople. All the food I ate, all the exercise I did, the weigh-in and measurement taking that I did on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Hurdle conquered. That could have very easily... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:14:05 EST New Year New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4654448 So it's completely cliche but it's what I'm doing. The past holiday season was a complete fail both in terms of keeping on track AND in doing anything about it. Time to crackdown. <BR> <BR> I have a couple tricks up my sleeve though. I have a two hour weights and water class scheduled for Sunday mornings, a 1 hour yoga class for Tuesday evenings and a 1 hour Zumba class for Thursday evenings. So at least I'll be forced into being active (I'm stingy, if I'm paying for it, I'll show up). <BR... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 14:43:29 EST Uncle Ben's Rice and Sauce Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4430678 I kept seeing commercials about these and it seemed like a good idea so when we went grocery shopping, I took a look. 390-410 calories, pronounceable ingredients, sodium not too bad. Okay, we'll try them out. <BR> <BR> I've tried the Sweet & Sour flavour and the Indian Curry flavour. Both were tasty. It literally does take just 1.5 to 2 minutes in your microwave and it's done. It was a satisfying lunch meal portion size for me. <BR> <BR> The only issue is the cost. Where I live, it cost us... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:27:52 EST I'm back......again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4424416 I was all gung-ho in March and that totally fell flat. <BR> <BR> But this week I've been getting back into it. And I finally have time at work to check Sparkpeople again so that will really help. And then today I weighed myself on the Wii and then I went back to August of 2010 and found out that in the past year, I've gained 15 pounds. So that's definitely a wake up call of another kind. I just never really found my mojo after we went on holidays last fall and it's showing, on my belly and ... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 10:56:20 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4078432 And for Lent I'm giving up NOT exercising. :D <BR> <BR> I've been lazy. It's on me 100%. There has been time, oodles of time, and I just haven't exercised. Instead I bake. And then eat the baking. It's not a good combination, over-eating and not exercising. <BR> <BR> But I'm getting frustrated with myself so no more. Not necessarily no more baking because I enjoy making yummy things for my family and friends and coworkers but I'm going to exercise and not eat so much of the yummy-ness. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 09:55:01 EST Happy Birthday to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806635 <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> Today I turn 30! Goodbye twenties. <BR> <BR> Last night Mark and I were talking about my birthday and I asked if I could still be the trophy girlfriend if I'm not in my twenties. He's 15 years older than me so yesterday he could say he was in his forties and I was in my twenties. It doesn't sound like such a huge gap when you say he's in his forties and I'm in my thirties. He said I was absolutely still a trophy girlfriend and the #1 prize winner at that. <BR> <B... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 10:30:03 EST Crazy times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805227 Life has been very hectic recently. <BR> <BR> We've gotten two big dumps of snow here in the past week. This makes getting anywhere take longer so we're more selective about going out. <BR> <BR> And at work today is the first day all week that I'll be having a normal day. I'm training to set up the company intranet and at the same time clean up all the documents used by everyone so they can go on the intranet AND so we can get tear off books of these documents made up. I was actually hoping... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 09:57:07 EST Opera tickets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3775802 We bought season tickets to the Opera and they just arrived today! I say season tickets but they only put on two shows a year. We sit in the cheap second balcony seats but really, there are no bad seats in the concert hall for sound and so what if we can't see all the details on the costumes. I love going to the Opera. Last time we sat near a Mountie in full dress uniform! <BR> <BR> I also made a hair appointment for the day of the first show. My hair is driving me crazy, it should have been... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:49:15 EST Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3769769 Okay, so that last blog I was totally going to restart Wii: My Fitness Coach that night. That didn't happen. At all. In any sortof form. Mark asked if I wanted to play a game and in full consciousness that I wouldn't have time to exercise after it, I said yes. I owned the choice but I still didn't make the healthy one. And that has been happening a lot lately. <BR> <BR> But today I'm really in a rebooting sortof mood. Instead of sleeping in, I got up this morning when Mark did and exercised... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 10:06:08 EST Yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3759872 It's been quite a while since I last blogged. Well. I was on vacation to my sister's wedding in late September and then I had 6 days to catch up on all my work and then I was off to a friend's wedding in mid-October. The first week I was back was really hectic but since then I've just been slacking. <BR> <BR> Slacking in more ways than one too. I haven't been tracking food or exercise. Or even really trying to modify. I've broken a lot of bad habits and we don't buy snack food so that's been... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 16:11:59 EST Update and Zumba Aqua class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3694406 Going all the way back, my sister's wedding was really good. Even though the drive there was long, with the snacks and my insistence on drinking all eight cups of water during the day I was doing fine by the end of it. <BR> <BR> I used the hotel gym exactly once. I've discovered I'm not a gym person. There were two ellipticals, four treadmills, one recumbent bike, one regular stationery bike, some free weights, a ball, and a cable weight machine. All in a fairly small tight area. There was b... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 14:32:00 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3664777 So they have free internet for guests of the hotel. I won't spend a lot of time and my login streak is already broken from not logging in yesterday but I thought I'd say hi! Thu, 23 Sep 2010 11:26:36 EST So close I can taste it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3659020 Sorry to keep harping on the fact that I am on holidays in 1 hour and 19 minutes but it's very much in the forefront of my thoughts!! <BR> <BR> I probably won't be on Spark. Boo to destroying my current login streak. But I'll update you all when I get back! Tue, 21 Sep 2010 16:43:21 EST Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3655320 One more working day! Well, and the rest of today is included too. And then we'll be getting up even EARLIER than we do to go to work so we can leave. My sister's wedding in this Saturday in Calgary. We'll be driving from Winnipeg in one shot. It's going to be a long day but I've been planning for grazing type foods and I printed out the entire nutritional information for Tim Horton's and Subway so I think we'll be okay. I'm pretty much guaranteed to go over on sodium but I just accept that a... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:38:32 EST Parkinson Superwalk and pumpkin cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3634551 The walk went really well. Mark and I had a good time and the Winnipeg walk raised over $95,000! Awesome! <BR> <BR> As a thank you to everyone at work who donated, I made carrot pumpkin bars. Which is really more like a cake that you cut into small pieces than a bar. So tasty though. I would eat the whole thing myself if I would let myself. And it's SO healthy right, it's got carrots and pumpkin. And a lot of sugar and cream cheese and butter... So maybe not healthy but really tasty! :D <BR... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:44:43 EST Parkinson Superwalk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3625996 The walk is tomorrow morning! Registration starts at 9. Walk starts at 10. It might be cloudy and overcast but it's not supposed to rain. <BR> <BR> I hope I have a good time! I raised over $600 as of today and they will continue to accept online donations until the end of the month. Fri, 10 Sep 2010 17:59:14 EST Sparking my mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3622289 Everytime I talk to my parents, I always mention what I am doing lately for exercise, whether it's a new Wii game or a new class I'm taking or a new exercise DVD I tried out. My mom has been walking around the lake near where they live over the summer and has been thinking about the winter weather. The last time I talked with her, she asked if I had any exercise DVDs that I would lend to her! She wants something to do to keep active over winter. So I'm going to give her the two Coach Nicole S... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 14:19:38 EST Packing and purging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3614901 This weekend Mark and I spent Monday at Mark's dad's place. He's moving into a smaller apartment in the same building. It's been about a year and a half since Mark's mom died. We spent 3 hours packing up the china cabinet. And tried, with very poor results, to get his dad to purge some of the items. Mark's mom liked to collect things. A lot of things. And one of these collections was apparently china cups and saucers. There was a full set of china (plates big and small, bowls, cups, saucers) ... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 12:19:35 EST I'm a La Senza girl now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3604614 This past week and a half has been all about bra shopping. I've been putting it off because I wanted to make sure that I was going to be able to maintain my weight. But now my sister's wedding is looming (3 weeks and a day!) and I desperately need a new bra that would work underneath the dress I bought. <BR> <BR> I first went to a place called the Bra Bar which is reputed to be the best place in Winnipeg to buy a bra. I make an appointment for a fitting and in the course of an hour I must ha... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 17:39:57 EST TGIF and my Parkinson Superwalk goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3581040 Yay! It's the weekend! And maybe I'll finally finish the bathroom! There is just the plastic sticky baseboards to be removed and then I'll put the already painted new wood baseboards on. And do a little touchup painting. But then it's finished. So then the weekend after that maybe I'll do the bedroom <em>20</em> It's the same color so it's just a matter of patching a big hole and then painting one coat to freshen things up. <BR> <BR> I've gotten a lot of donations in for the Parkinson Sup... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:55:39 EST 30DS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3574058 I did level 3 this morning and it kicked my thighs. Yikes. Maybe doing level 3 and then heading off to work where I walk up and down stairs all day is not a great idea <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> My man is on holidays this week. And I'm not <em>46</em> It's not fair that he gets more holidays than I do. Even if he has been at his job for 5 years more than I've been at mine. So even when I finally get 3 weeks, he'll be getting 4! <BR> <BR> He's enjoying the time off though. And so is our cat. ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:11:32 EST Parkinson Superwalk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3570685 I'm participating in the Parkinson Superwalk this year in honour of my dad who was diagnosed with Parkinson's this past year. <BR> <BR> I sent out a mass email to the people in my workplace and within 3 hours, I've already raised over $100 with promises of more. Sometimes I really like the people I work with. <em>440</em> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:37:35 EST I'm in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3566382 <em>244</em> I got into both the Leisure Guide classes that I wanted. <BR> <BR> I'm doing another Weights & Water class, it's like the one I took in the Spring. I can't wait for it to restart. Except I'm missing the first class because of my friends wedding. <BR> <BR> And I'm doing a class called Zumba Aqua. It's Zumba, but in the water. Which is good because I'm really not coordinated enough to dance. I've proven that to myself time and time again trying to do dance fitness DVDs. But th... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:29:51 EST 30DS and the Leisure Guide fall programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3558629 I'll be honest with you all, I haven't been doing 30DS everyday. I haven't even been doing it every other day. It's been 3 times a week and this week that means I did it on Tuesday and then tonight and I'll do it tomorrow. I've really been sucking at the whole consistency thing. <BR> <BR> But since I realized it was the 20th and if I was going to finish in 30 days, I would be on level 3. So I decided to do it. Worst case scenario, it's too much and I turn it off. And actually, I found it to ... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 22:36:31 EST Garden Bounty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3551106 This morning I had fresh strawberries with my cereal and our minestrone soup for dinner contains carrots freshly pulled. <BR> <BR> I may not have a very large garden but it's a tasty one! :D Wed, 18 Aug 2010 17:09:24 EST Painting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3543119 I spent this weekend in the bathroom. <BR> <BR> Saturday we primed and then painted the first coat. <BR> <BR> Sunday I painted a second and third coat. It took a long time and the trim still isn't done yet but I think the color looks really good. It's a big switch. The whole house, with the exception of our yellow bedroom, is in blue tones. The bathroom is now a golden brown. It will have a dark blue trim that will hopefully tie in the flooring. Mark finds the bathroom dark now but I think ... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 14:40:17 EST Mantra http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3530400 I seriously need to get this tattooed somewhere on my body. Maybe on my hand or somewhere visible to me. <BR> <BR> EXERCISE MAKES ME FEEL BETTER. EVERY SINGLE D*MN TIME I DO IT. <BR> <BR> Seriously, the next time I complain about feeling all bleh, remind me of this and ask me when was the last time I had a good workout. <BR> <BR> I went home at lunchtime and did Level one of 30DS (and gave garage keys to the guy who should be working on our new garage door right now). And I feel so much... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:33:43 EST Confession time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3529584 I've been a total slacker this week. I haven't exercised at all in the mornings. If I do it three days in a row - Thurs, Fri, & Sat - I'll make my goal of doing 30DS three days a week because I haven't done it at all so far this week. I haven't walked at break time at work everyday like normal. <BR> <BR> The only reason I haven't been stuffing my face is that we're low on groceries and I've been to lazy and cheap to go out and buy a whole bunch of junk. <BR> <BR> I just feel blah. For no ... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:59:55 EST Folklorama and Mark's Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3518762 Folklorama update: Last Wednesday we went to the Dakota Objiway Tribal Council pavilion. And it was awesome! The food was amazing. We had bison stew, elk sausage, bannock with homemade jam and berry crumble for dessert. Very tasty. Their show was about 5 or 6 short dances, with drumming of course, and then the grand finale was a hoop dance and the guy was so good. We were blown away. I think we'll be going back next year. <BR> <BR> Then on Friday we were going to go the Russian pavilion but ... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 15:34:08 EST 30 Day Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3499203 Today was day 3. I find it to be a difficult but not overwhelming workout. I admit straight out that I'm not able to do as many reps as they do but I'm simply doing them slower, not going flat out and then having to take a break. I'm also only using 2lb hand weights whereas with the Spark DVD's I could use a 5 or even 8lb weight. But I think that's because with 30 Day Shred it's a lot of focus on a few muscles at a time whereas Fit Firm & Fired Up balances the workout better. <BR> <BR> I do ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 13:55:57 EST Jumping in the band wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3490822 Today I'm starting Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. All Spark All July really helped to keep me focused on strength training and consistently exercising. I'm hoping to keep that up with the Shred. Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went shopping with the intention of buying a new sports bra and didn't manage that but I found a skirt, a skort, and three shirts instead. Oh Reitmans, I shouldn't go anywhere near you when I'm in the mood to shop. <BR> <BR> Today is also the start of Folklorama... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 09:58:06 EST Folklorama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3486476 Folklorama starts this weekend. <link>www.folklorama.ca/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's a festival celebrating the different cultures that live in Winnipeg. So each culture has a pavilion and they offer ethnic food for sale and put on a show displaying their culture's traditional dances and songs. It's a really fun time but there is no possible way to track it and of course you want to try some of everything so you end up eating a lot. I think the next two weeks are going to be filled with a lot ... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 17:57:29 EST