MCONFESSOR's SparkPeople Blog MCONFESSOR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Oh Wow! I had forgotten how brutal those first thing in the morning, as soon as you wake up and down a glass of water, workouts can be. That 20 minutes kicked my butt, but I stuck it out the entire time, so I am proud of that. Jillian Michaels and my own personal trainer are still going to wait until next week, because I am just not ready to jump back in FULL force, but I am super thankful that I can start easing myself back into things! I know there is likely one more procedure ahead of me before... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:09:20 EST Finally Got a Fitbit! After a bit of consideration, and really going back and forth on the issue, I opted to get a Fitbit. I chose the Alta and so far it has been great. The biggest issue I have with it is a very me specific thing - I have never even warn watches since HS (when Swatches were all the rage), and I wear bracelets very rarely because I just do not like things on my wrist. This, of course, is on my wrist constantly. I am getting used to it, though, and will learn to live with it. My favourite part... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 00:47:10 EST A Few Setbacks; New Determination. It's been a while since my last entry, hasn't it? During that time I've had a LOT going on. Sadly, some of that has resulted in gaining back most of what I lost, but more frustrating - losing the muscle and toning I had achieved. I've had to have mammograms and ultrasounds and scans and all that good stuff, and we are waiting to see if I have a recurrence of anything or something else. During that time, I've been in a lot of pain, having dizzy spells, and having to take it easy - or as 'e... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 13:49:10 EST A Long Walk Today. My son and I went on a walk that was about 7.5 miles today. We took a new route and were able to see many gorgeous sights along the way. I am always thankful for that time he and I have together. With four children of varying ages and interests, it can get a little difficult to schedule real quality one-on-one time with each of them as they get older. It is great that Noah (15 - my youngest) and I have this to share. I am also thankful that he and I NEVER run out of things to talk about.... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:08:02 EST My Hiking Addiction. My 15 soon-to-be 16 year old son and I have really upped our hiking game lately. We head out for a walk every day, but we also try to get in a serious hike at least 5 days a week. I find myself plotting out the next trail while I am doing other things, haha. We are not only getting to spend some amazing time together, but also seeing incredible sights and being healthy. It doesn't get much better than that. :) <BR> <BR> Here are a few photos, in case anyone wants to see what we're out... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:11:40 EST Sticking With It. Today I walked, hiked, biked (in the gym), and did AquaFit. I also did the shopping for the week, two loads of laundry, and made a fresh homemade soup and dessert for home - but those aren't real exercise. :) Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:03:51 EST Happy New Year! Here we are, 2017! Our family had a great holiday season and my birthday (on Jan. 4) was very relaxing and fun. Things were busy during December, but that is just par for the course. :) I very much enjoyed playing Mrs. Claus at the community centre's Christmas luncheon. I am so glad our family opted to spend the day serving others. Everyone did an awesome job and it truly was a gift for us in its own way. <BR> <BR> I have several goals for this year, and my son Noah and I have some 'tea... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 00:43:33 EST Hello Again. (Several photos) It has definitely been a busy couple of months. Our oldest son has been going through a few new phases that have been almost all consuming - add that to everything else, and I just had to prioritize. Sadly, blogging on SP fell low on the list. I've been keeping up with my plan, though, and have not allowed myself to slide TOO much during the recent hectic nature of life. In fact, I'm even going to add a couple of full length photos for a little progress reference. I am not where I would ha... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:09:10 EST Progress Report. While I try to not focus too much on scales and sizes, it is impossible to not care at ALL. At least for me it is. <BR> <BR> At my weigh-in this morning, I am now at my lowest weight in over a decade! I am also at my smallest (relatively speaking) size in that amount of time, as well. I am thrilled by this. I am seeing numbers that I had kind of accepted that I just might...NOT see ever again. I feel really great about it all. I seem to have finally found a system that genuinely works f... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:59:45 EST (Canadian) Thanksgiving Is Just Around the Corner. We will be hosting our annual Canadian Thanksgiving meal on Sunday this year, and it looks as if we will have 12-13 at the table - we are just waiting on word from a friend on the mainland about her attendance status. :) I am not sure if I had mentioned it here, but the theme this year is "Where In the World Are We Carving Ham Diego?" The ham's name, obviously, is 'Diego' (the turkey is 'Carmen'), and guests will find clues to determine what secret International location he will be served '... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:44:15 EST Another Night Down. Rushed and made it right into the pool about a minute and a half before AquaFit started tonight, but I made it - and that's the important part. One of my sons joined me again this evening, which was nice. The class is very diverse and co-ed, so it's cool that Noah jumps in from time to time. <BR> <BR> I meet with my trainer again tomorrow night. I have about 7-8 hours of baking and decorating to do, deliveries to make, and then run and learn a new workout routine. Once that is over, it'... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:34:05 EST Keeping On Keeping On. I feel like I'm kind of running on auto-pilot this week. It's very unlike me, and I don't enjoy it. I'm just 'off,' and I can't place why. Ian has been having really rough periods the past couple of days. I very much hope that will taper off. <BR> <BR> I made it to the gym tonight before boot camp, so that was good. I had wanted to make it to yoga class one night this week, but it just hasn't work out time-wise. Maybe I will see if there is a weekend one I can try. We have more visit... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:33:35 EST First Personal Trainer Session Summary I met with my personal trainer yesterday (Friday), and today it hurts to sit. Everything else is fine, but my quads are feeling it all so very much. However, it was a great session and I was so happy with the planning put into things by her. She's awesome and it was all manageable. Not comfortable by any means, but manageable. :) So many lunges and squats. Ow! She said that will wear off in a couple of days, though, and will lessen as time goes by. This was my leg and core focus. This... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:25:26 EST Broke 10 Miles! I know this won't sound like much to those who really bike, but I did over 10 miles last night at the gym and then went down and went through a full hour at AquaFit Boot Camp. I was quite happy with myself and glad to have pushed it a bit more. <BR> <BR> We finally found a day that lines up for both of us, so I have my first personal trainer meeting on the 23rd. I am really excited about that. She's incredibly nice, but also incredibly fit and experienced. We're going to work on three dist... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:12:18 EST Glad to Be Back at It. Went to my regular AquaFit class tonight, even though I really wasn't feeling it at one point. I had to seriously pep talk myself into things, but I am very glad I did. I'm not sure what my issue was, but I am happy to have gotten over it. :) <BR> <BR> It was a busy long weekend. Two weddings, a few birthdays, a variety pack - lots of stuff. I have two weddings this coming weekend, as well as a couple of birthdays, a baby shower, and a community festival I will have a table at. Only 6 m... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 01:31:19 EST September! August was a rough month around here. There were a couple of bigger things, but just a whole series of little things that went poorly. Nothing was life altering, so much, but they definitely made for a less than ideal month. However, we kept reminding ourselves that overall we are incredibly fortunate and to not let one bad month ruin our generally optimistic spirits. So, here we are in September, ready for great things. :) <BR> <BR> I have lost 2 more pounds which is fantastic, particularl... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 11:09:50 EST Lots of Stuff. It seems like a month of things has been squeezed into the past week. Once Saturday rolls around, I will have had 3 weddings, 3 birthdays, a retirement party, and a bridal shower. I have also managed a good bit of yard work, we've had another child here for a few days and, if I make it to Sunday morning's class, I will have made it to AquaFIt 10 days out of the past 14 - every day I could possibly take a class. So, I've definitely be on top of things with my fitness. :) Haha. <BR> <BR> My... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 01:22:29 EST I Can Shake It, I Can! :) Tonight marked the fourth night in a row of doing AquaFit, including one night of Boot Camp - which is sort of like circuit training in the water. I am so happy I was able to do all four nights, and I hope next week can go that way, as well. With deliveries and baking schedules during the summer, it is sometimes difficult to work it all in, but I'm doing my best. I am also hoping to add back in 30-60 minutes in the gym prior to AquaFit, but I realize I can only work with the time I have. ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 02:16:07 EST I Have Not Been Good at Tracking I have definitely slipped on tracking everything, but my weight loss is staying consistent, albeit small, so for that I am thankful. It has just been a whirlwind of things around here. Weddings constantly, birthdays and showers thrown in there, visitors from all over, and regular trips to the gym and Aquatic centre have just left me with not only very little time for being online, but very little interest in doing it, as well. However, I always feel better about things, and see more success... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:58:27 EST Actual Weigh-In Day. I remembered to weigh myself on a Monday. Whooo. Look at me. Haha. Down one more pound. If I have to do it one pound at a time, I will! <BR> <BR> Had a wedding tasting tonight and it went well. Our friends from Ontario arrive tomorrow. Husband is away on duty for now, but will be back tomorrow night. Also have other friends with one set of their parents coming over tomorrow night. I'm not even sure where the guests' kids are sleeping yet, but I figure at their age they can camp out in... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:00:21 EST Oh Good. It Hasn't Been as Long as I Thought. A week. That's not good, but still able to be recovered from. :) I keep meaning to make a blog entry, but forget by the time I get a chance to do it. <BR> <BR> I've been, that's right, busy. Haha. Things are going well, though. Friends visited last weekend and that was great. More friends are arriving this week at some point, and another one should be arriving on the weekend. I've done a few more weddings, lots of birthdays, and have three birthday sets in the next 24 hours. <BR> <... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:21:25 EST And Thursday is Upon Us. Today is such a busy day. I probably shouldn't even be sparing the time to write a blog entry, but I figure I can spend five frivolous minutes. ;) <BR> <BR> Last night's Boot Camp was a little weird. Well, it was just different, but that can translate into weird if you let your mind wander for a moment. Haha. We had a sub instructor and she did the class IN the water with us. While that might sound like it makes sense, it doesn't because then we cannot see anything she is doing from chest... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:42:39 EST Pep-Talking Myself I'm going to be very open about yesterday evening - I did not want to do anything. ANYTHING. I knew I had to go to Home Depot to pick up a couple of things, and then, of course, it was gym time and AquaFit time. My husband got in from work and I didn't want to do anything, but I got myself together and went. While schlepping around Home Depot, I didn't want to do anything, but I picked out the door stops and towel rack and kept going. When I realized I had left my water bottle at home, I want... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:24:02 EST Almost 5am, Monday Morning. As it appears sleep is just not happening, I figured I might as well update this. I made it to the gym and pool (or one or the other) every day this past week with the exception of yesterday (Sunday). I just had no way to squeeze it in because my friend and I had an afternoon of relaxation planned - pedicures, waxing, and tinting. My hair is getting coloured today, so even if I am not more rested, I may LOOK more rested. :) As for the gym/pool, though, I did 4 nights of AquaFit and five ni... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:04:47 EST First Night of the New Routine Well, overall the new pool schedule kind of sucks when it comes to Ian's swim time. I realize they have to accommodate a thousand different things (and people), but I feel that the decision to effectively shut down all of the pools during the peak 'family time' each evening, M-Th, was a poor one. However, it can be worked around. <BR> <BR> The AquaFit was great, though. Monday and Wednesday are going to be more intense - with Wednesday being a full out Boot Camp. Tonight was pretty acti... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 02:07:43 EST Happy 4th of July! Today is definitely the day I miss being in the States the most. Fourth of July has always been such a festive and enjoyable holiday. For so many years, a group of my friends from High School always got together for the show put on just a few miles from where we went to school. We watched our children grow up together at those events - watched them in the parades, twirling glow-sticks as nightfall approached, watched them bring friends (and then significant others), and now, in these past co... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:28:00 EST Lots of Exercise Today. For my records: <BR> <BR> Walked 5 miles while shopping. <BR> Did 7.2 miles on the bike at the gym (Tour de France route, with 3-7 intensity range) <BR> Swam for half and hour. <BR> Did one hour of AquaFit boot-camp. <BR> <BR> I do not feel like I did any slacking today. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 01:31:54 EST Loving the Bikes! I did another few miles on the bike in the gym before heading down to the pool to swim with the kids and my husband. We took all three of our sons, plus a friend's son - and then treated all the boys to ice cream afterward. I am in a good solid routine now, and building up a sweat on the bike before going to swim make it feel that much better when I hit the water. :) <BR> <BR> I am looking so forward to tomorrow. My husband gets out at noon and is off until Monday, and I, too, am order fr... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 01:31:26 EST Lots of Gym Time. Tonight I racked up 4 miles on the bike in the gym, an hour and a half of swimming, and an hour of AquaFit - all back to back. It was tiring, but well worth it. Next week we really are switching to four nights a week of AquaFit. I am so excited about this. I may have to miss a night every now and again due to orders, but for the most part I should be good to go. Wednesdays are going to be a Boot-Camp, which is awesome! The instructors are great. We have one most of the time - her name is ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 02:40:54 EST It Has Been a Long Week - and Will Be an Even Longer Weekend. I have been busy, busy, busy - something like 4 mid-week orders this week, and a ton of consultations and invoices going on. I have a wedding and a birthday this weekend, as well as being in the throes of planning/designing our Harry Potter party for next month. We also have three different sets of friends arriving from out of town throughout July, not to mention Canada Day, 4th of July, two friends' birthdays (that I am having the parties at my house for), four weddings, and about a dozen a... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:38:33 EST This Week Has Flown By. Intellectually, I understand that it is Thursday and that every day this week has been the same number of hours it always is. In every other aspect, however, I keep thinking "What?! How is it Thursday already?" My guess is because my Friday - Sunday are so incredibly busy that my mind wanted to mess with me and make the less busy days seem faster. ;) I have all of my little Minion graduation caps made, the cupcake toppers are printed, and all the ingredients are on hand. In theory, all syst... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:53:03 EST Gym Time! An evening blog! I am getting ready to head out to the gym and AquaFit. My husband and the three boys are going as well, so it'll be a nice evening. I appreciate very much that my 17 year old is so supportive in the gym aspect of things. He genuinely enjoys working out together, which is nice. I'm not some old hanger on that he tolerates. Haha. <BR> <BR> I also learned how to do the hair bun donut the proper way, thanks to a teen Youtuber. :) All of my hair is up and feels secure enough ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:10:03 EST Two Children in Their 20s Now! It seems almost impossible to believe, but here we are. Two in their 20s and two teenagers. We're old people, for sure. Haha. A friend of mine just became a grandmother. Her daughter is 2 months younger than Ian, and 3.5 years younger than my oldest. It seems crazy to think about! I am happy to report that her daughter and new granddaughter are doing great, though. I just sent out a little Canada onesie that should arrive in plenty of time for the baby to wear it for Canada Day - in the... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 18:17:07 EST Weekend! Today was a wedding, tomorrow is full of birthdays (my Ian's being the most important, of course!), and then the entire week is graduation parties, birthdays, weddings, and work parties. I am literally dreaming about making cakes. <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of me and my husband from this evening. He is not really that pale, it was just the lighting. :) I hope everyone who sees this is having a wonderful weekend. I'll probably post a couple of party photos tomorrow or Monday. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 01:16:33 EST Ah, the Computer. I Remember This. Other than posting photos of baking creations, and consulting with clients, I haven't made being online much of a priority this past week. I've been very busy and used any free time to spend with the family. We also had our friends' son over for a couple of days while she was in the hospital having an emergency appendectomy. Her husband had to be at work, so we offered up our home for their 12 year old. Our boys and he had a nice time and it was obvious that it took his mind off of hospit... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:32:23 EST So Much Yard Work. I am exhausted. I spent a few hours doing outside work today. Ian was pretty happy to watch me, and the others came out and helped when I needed assistance moving heavier items (like the fire pit and large tree cupcake stand), but it was mainly just me doing my thing. It was somewhat relaxing, and a very good workout - although that was a secondary thing. I have a big birthday order for tomorrow, so I'll be hitting the kitchen bright and early. It may even be dark and early, but I'll be o... Sat, 28 May 2016 02:05:23 EST Wednesday! I continue to enjoy the AquaFit classes at the new centre and last night even got a friend to join me. I'm not sure she loves it as much as I do, haha, but I am glad she checked it out! I had a large cake to make before hitting the pool, but it turned out well. My house smelled like Guinness all day, though, which I could have lived without. <BR> <BR> Ian has been very 'right on top of me' recently. Last night was almost a write-off entirely where sleep was concerned. He sacked out right ... Wed, 25 May 2016 09:39:10 EST Holiday Weekend. We spent 4 hours at the gym/pool yesterday. Most of that was in the water, but we were all feeling the effects (in a good way) at the end of the night. <BR> <BR> I took platters of treats (photos below) into the RCMP, the fire department, and the lifeguard staff yesterday. Everyone seemed very appreciative. In fact, the head of the Aquatic Centre came out to talk to me. She was so nice and said she very much enjoyed the feedback about their staff (I had written notes inside the thank yo... Sat, 21 May 2016 13:11:17 EST Thursday AquaFit. Another great workout tonight. I really love it. I am so glad I am back to going. I'm irritated with myself for not getting back to it more quickly, but am just happy to be doing it again. :) I am also getting back into the habit of logging my food each day, so I am doing my best to get back on track and in the groove. <BR> <BR> My husband and I enjoyed our first day of our unplanned 'vacation' taking an afternoon nap (such a rare, rare, rare thing, so I greatly enjoyed it). We had fri... Fri, 20 May 2016 01:57:31 EST Post AquaFit Report. I really like the new instructor. She was energetic and friendly, and definitely kept us on task. At first I was a little concerned that I did not feel like I was exerting myself enough - I wasn't breathing too heavily or getting hot, but I quickly realized that while it did not necessarily feel exhausting AS we were doing it, I definitely felt the work once we were finished (and today). She seems to work the muscles better, and stays focused on toning and strength with aerobic/cardio work i... Wed, 18 May 2016 12:30:01 EST A Morning Entry. I figure if I start getting in the habit of doing this in the morning, I won't go a week in between posts, again. Maybe. <BR> <BR> We had a great time at the pool last night. It was just my husband, Ian (our special needs son), and myself. One of the lifeguards we have had a nodding acquaintance with came over to chat with us for a while. I thought he was going to tell us that Ian could not have any of the toys in the section we were in (which I knew was a rule, but it was mostly empty, I ... Tue, 17 May 2016 10:15:57 EST Where Did a Week Go? I may be somewhat silent in the blog, but I am still working at things. Today was my second weigh-in and I am down another 2 pounds. That was nice to see. I have been incredibly busy - I had so many orders this past week, along with SIX tastings yesterday alone. I'm beat, and our eldest son had some issues last night which caused some issues with my sciatic nerve. However, he has been doing much better today, and I am still determined to hit the pool with him, even if some of that time is ... Mon, 16 May 2016 19:32:31 EST Swim Fan. Not the crazy stalker movie of that name, though - I'm just a fan of swimming. :) <BR> <BR> We spent over 2 hours in the pool tonight, and I spent 45 of that actually swimming laps. Not all at one time, I broke it up into 5, 10, and 15 minute intervals in between playing with the kids. I also remembered my shampoo and conditioner this time, so my hair doesn't feel like so much yuck. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I start back up with the Just Dance for real. The only form of exercise I like more t... Tue, 10 May 2016 01:07:50 EST Happy Mother's Day! I hope that all the Moms reading this are having a fabulous day. I have been working almost non-stop for the past two days to make sure all the orders got out on time, but quite a while I pre-planned having today OFF. :) I figured I'd earned it. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to hitting the gym and pool tomorrow, but I am going to thoroughly enjoy doing nothing today. Well, nothing other than enjoying time with my husband and children, watching horror movies and bad reality shows, along ... Sun, 8 May 2016 12:38:29 EST A Somewhat Shameful Return. Well, I started the year off pretty lowkey, as far as fitness and food go. I wasn't out of control with eating or laziness, I just wasn't putting much effort into being great with it. That led to a lot of "Well, on MONDAY," or "On the first of next month," which eventually led to May and me wondering where almost half of the year had gone. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, my realization came at the same time a new fitness and aquatic centre opened not far from our home. It is a YMCA/YWCA, but unli... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:00:17 EST I Still Exist. If anyone still has this show up for them, I'm back. :) <BR> <BR> Very long story short - cutaneous melanoma. It was a very small growth that was caught VERY early. I had to have two excisions, several rounds of antibiotics, and a few months on Prednisone. If you're at all familiar with that, it is not the most fun ever. Due to the area the excision was in, it also caused a full halt of exercise - especially pool activities. So, I have been waiting it out. <BR> <BR> All of the meds en... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 23:48:37 EST Welcome, August. It is already AUGUST. Of 2015! I know I sound like an old person, but this year just continues to fly by. <BR> <BR> I got in over 18k steps yesterday and I never left my house. It was crazy. We hosted a Harry Potter Open House and had over 30 people at one point, and over 40 over the course of the evening. I was on my feet from sun-up to well after sundown, but it was a a great time. I WILL share a few photos in here, because it was active work. :) <BR> <BR> We are going to take the boys ... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:04:54 EST Emotional Health Matters, Too. I said I would keep this blog for my health/eating/diet/exercise things, but I think my emotional and mental health factor in there. <BR> <BR> My stepfather passed away this evening. He and my Mom had been together for 20 years. I'm very sad for her. He was never crazy about me, but there were fond feelings there and I loved him for being who my Mom loved. He has also been the only Grandfather the children really knew from my side of things. <BR> <BR> I hate that my Mom had to go through ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:30:16 EST Down 5! Today marked the first weekly weigh-in now that I have re-started things. I am down 5 pounds, to the ounce. Lots of work has been put into this, but I still allow myself things that I enjoy - like my homemade GF blueberry muffins made with Greek yogurt, and my own carrot cake recipe. :) I am replacing my go-to chocolately treats with healthier ones (like those previously mentioned). I am eating salad a LOT, which is great for me. I'm getting in my 10k steps each day (usually more), I'm worki... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:26:36 EST I LOVED IT! AquaFit was FANTASTIC! I absolutely loved it. It is one hour straight without a single break. Constant movement. It focuses on every body part - and maybe some you weren't sure you had. Despite that, it was easy for me to keep up with the instructor. There were about 30 women in the class, all at roughly the same fitness level/body type. I wasn't in love with the fact that there is a glassed in overlook area that really attracts 'watchers' once the music starts, but I got over it pretty quick... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:08:01 EST