VALIENDRA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VALIENDRA VALIENDRA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Feeling better, soft ball tournament and some stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769397 Yesterday, I got a call from a job I applied on. It was only preliminary work such as answering a 250 questions questionnaire about who I am and how I relate to authority. I hope it fits what they want! My hopes aren’t high at the moment because I fell really hard this winter when I didn’t get the job I fantasized about. <BR> <BR> It’s going better at work, my change of attitude is doing the work by itself. I try to see this job as an opportunity to get experience even though I know it’s no... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:38:07 EST 8 months Sparkanniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768026 To celebrate my 8 months of commitment, I’ve decided to start Jillian Michaels’ 30 days shred program. And Wow, bicycle crunches are killer! And my arms are so weak… It can only do me good. I decided to do it because one of my friends posted about her videos on Facebook and I thought to myself “Why not?” I’ve been a bit lazy lately about working HARD. I do a lot of sports with my boyfriend: volleyball, tennis, hockey... But I am not progressing really, I can run without being out of breath bu... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:14:44 EST I fit in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763438 OMG! There's this dress I absolutely love that I bought back in 2008... it still fit in 2012 but I wanted to wear it for my friend's wedding in May 2014 and it didn't fit.. NOW, it does =) <BR> <BR> I need to wash it in bleach so it gets back to a purer white but.. here it is. (Never mind the hair, it was this morning hehe) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1534223900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wow! I'm so glad =) I wanted to have something with a summer vibe this mornin... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:11:05 EST Egg muffins and holding grudges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757666 I’m finally 30. I kinda felt it would be more of a big deal for me. But it appears, it’s nothing at all. I’m reading this book about how we let things that we have no control over, affect our mood and our perception of things over time. About how grudges can affect us when we think we’ve not been treated the right way. In so many ways, all of this applies to me. Let’s say, I despise my job but is it my boss’ fault? Do I have to hold a grudge against her to be the way she is? No. I’m not happy... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:31:44 EST July is over. Time to be serious =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750315 I’ve been so lazy the past couple of days. I didn’t eat breakfast at home or packed my lunch or ate in for dinner for soooo long. It’s getting difficult on my budget which I totally screwed for that reason. Sometimes, it just seems too heavy to carry around, this new Paleo lifestyle but then, most of the time, I think it’s worth it. <BR> <BR> And I’m getting better at it. Before, I could go on for months, doing nothing and just being sorry for myself that I wasn’t reaching my goals. Now, it ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:36:04 EST Damn! It’s already over =( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744294 <BR> My days off are over. How can that be? One minute I was driving like crazy to attend everything we had planned and the other… here I am again, sat at my desk, working and being discouraged that I’ll never find something better. How fast did it come back heh? <BR> <BR> My week off hasn’t been good health wise. I didn’t stick to Paleo at all nor did I exercise much. I’ve been experiencing stomachache a lot lately; I think it’s due to either bread or cheese. I hope it’s bread. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:08:57 EST Delayed satisfaction & New found body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735221 I’ve read a blog today about delayed satisfaction and it put things in perspective. Changing my lifestyle to paleo is difficult and I struggle with all the planning it involves. Vegetables won’t get cut on their own, you know. And dinner is always difficult because we don’t plan or when we do, I don’t “feel” like eating what I’ve planned. How stupid, right? <BR> <BR> Because I want to be healthy, I have to make good choices and stick to the plan. Yesterday, I had nothing planned for dinner, ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:45:26 EST I am a beautiful person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731967 Since high school, I’ve been THAT girl, the one who gets picked up last in gym class, the one others would laugh at just for fun, the one who’d get stuff thrown at her, the one who imagined jumping from the 4th floor at the same moment school ended (just to show them “Hey I exist” and “Hey, your words and your actions killed me”). That last bit was overdramatic but high school felt like war to me. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend and I recently got into a softball league just for fun and there were p... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:00:43 EST A new toy & Post Detox eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730865 It's been almost a week now since I finished my 21DSD, I overate on Saturday and Sunday - both days are over 3000 calories each. Granted I moved my ass a lot on these days (volleyball, swimming, running...) still. It's a lot. Beers didn't help. For the week though, I am around 1600 calories. I also move a lot; hockey, volleyball, zumba, softball... but I am not hungry. Well, maybe a bit today - I didn't have time to eat properly at dinner and I had hockey after. But now, it's all good. <BR> ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:13:27 EST 26 pounds gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728566 So proud =) I'm at 220 now. I'm done with my Sugar Detox, it actually was a 14 Days Sugar Detox instead of 21; I got bored and missed fruits. But I'm ok with my decision, I had my first weekend off the 21DSD and I didn't overeat. I did have chips & pizza but in very moderate amount. I did go overboard with watermelon though. <BR> <BR> I want to show you 2 pictures, one at 236 and one at 220. It's amazing how my face look thinner, don't you think? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:09:05 EST Day 8 on 21 Days Sugar Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723522 Day 8 is doing great. I had lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time. It was fun, we went walking and we talked a lot. Everytime we see each other, no matter how long it's been, it's always easy to pick up. <BR> Then, I spent the whole afternoon babysitting by nephew - he's an angel, didn't make a sound; he just slept. <BR> As for the detox, it's getting easier but not as much as I wished because I still got those sugar rages. I've always been a sugar addict so getting rid of 30 year... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:24:58 EST Day 6/21 Days Sugar Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722197 OhMyGod! I almost broke yesterday! Thank you, we watched a movie and there were plenty of celery on the fridge. But damn, celeries are not as satisfying as chocolate, right? But even when this detox will be done, I can’t eat chocolate whenever I want. The calories are crazy, the sugar intake is out of space… Same thing for cheese and bread and plus, they’re not paleo friendly. Ahhh well, one thing at a time. <BR> <BR> My energy level has ups and downs and it gets crazy when I get in my car... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:34:16 EST Day 5/24 Days Sugar Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721517 <BR> At the end of day, yesterday, I had a headache. One that needed Advil to go away. I don’t like taking pills, I feel like I take enough (I take two pills everyday, one for mood control and one for my thyroid gland) so I try to tolerate the pain that comes with it. I am well aware, though, that could occur while doing a Sugar Detox. <BR> <BR> So, about this Sugar Detox. I’ve been doing good considering the mood swings and the cravings. And I am not hungry. I thought I would but I’m not.... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:07:32 EST Day 3 & 4/21 Days Sugar Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720586 Day 3 – June 17th <BR> <BR> My nephew is born =) That was a good news and that made my day. I wasn’t able to go see him and my sister though. I understand she was tired and all.. but still, I was disappointed. But heh, that’s life right? <BR> <BR> As for my Sugar Detox, well I was craving chocolate yesterday and everything that goes with it but I stayed strong… well almost lol because I had bacon (yeah, you can have bacon!) and goberge and nuts… I went overboard with it but I wasn’t hungry ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:14:45 EST Day 1 & 2/ Days Sugar Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719180 Day 2/21 – Sugar Detox <BR> <BR> A return on Day 1 - So yesterday. I cheated (I know, already!) I ate fruits and Doritos. That’s sad, right? Yesterday was Father’s Day and I had a brunch in the morning and a dinner. In between, I played golf but got bored before Hole #4 so I quit. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend bought a small bag of Doritos the other day and didn’t finish it. It was laying in the living room and tempting me. I was already bored and tired and I should have done something else but I... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:36:50 EST 21 day Sugar Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717404 Ok. So. I've been reading a lot lately about food. What to eat & what not to eat. What would be the consequences of those choices and so on. <BR> A couple of months ago, I came across this 21 days Sugar Detox which I didn't do because I thought it was CRAZY. Really, what was the point? I didn't do it but I hunted down hidden sugar in my food and it appeared there were a lot. Wow. So I eliminated a lot of those but I still eat bread, white pasta, cheese and so on. <BR> <BR> Here's what I fo... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:25:39 EST How to make it happen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715076 <BR> So, for the last couple of weeks I’ve been stuck at 228 pounds. What do I do wrong? <BR> <BR> 1) I eat too much sweets and treats. <BR> What can I do? Reduce my intake of empty calories by limiting myself to 1 treat a week. A treat can be pizza, chicken wings, chocolate, ice cream or else. Mr. Freeze are limited to 2/week (that’s 100 calories each). <BR> <BR> 2) I exercise a lot but not so much at high intensity. <BR> Although my fitness minutes are piling up for June, I am not so of... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:18:51 EST Body Love by Mary Lambert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710625 Everyday, at work, I browse YouTube for new stuff (I'm bored and it's allowed!) so I often have to endure the Magnum ad (I try to cut the sound on that one, the cracking sound when she bites the frozen dessert.. ouch, that's one of my trigger lol) but also, sometimes, I find awesome video. It's the case for this one : <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/j3f1zii5skA </link> <link>youtu.be/j3f1zii5skA </link> <BR> <BR> I think it's worth 5 minutes of your time. <BR> <BR> I wanna cry, it's the th... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:33:48 EST Commenting on 5 SP pages a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709873 This is my non-related fitness/health goal for June. <BR> <BR> Whenever I read a blog post, a page or a message on the Message Board, this is when I get my thinking going. People on SP share my reality and have the same questions/issues as me. And I get incredible ideas/advices from those readings. Also, I want to comment on what I read, first to share something than to keep me thinking. How would I do it if I was in the same situation? What would I like others to tell me? What should I do? ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 16:02:50 EST End of May Sunshine &#9788; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705347 I'm happy I'm still on SP! <BR> And it's beautiful outside, it's sunny & warm. <BR> And I scored 2 goals last game (remember, I play DEK hockey with my boyfriend this summer) <BR> And I hit the ball hard enough to make 2 points yesterday at my softball game. <BR> My friend got married last Friday and I got really nice pictures of me in my new dress and new haircut (to come soon). <BR> I discovered the Hanson (yeah yeah 3 brothers band) again this past few months - they're really good. <BR> ... Wed, 28 May 2014 16:15:43 EST I wanna brag about... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701043 .. my recent scrapbooking project! (Can't post it on Facebook, my friend will see it!) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1635584535.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's a wedding guestbook with the sign that says "Sign here"... The only thing is.. I ain't sure it will survive time, I mean in 15 years, it might not be that nice...! <BR> <BR> Anyway! =) <BR> <BR> Have a good night, folks =) Thu, 22 May 2014 21:15:30 EST 5 Months’ Assessment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693553 <BR> It’s been a bumpy ride so far. With ups and downs (which were to be expected) but all in all, it’s a positive assessment I am making today. <BR> <BR> I’ve lost 19 pounds; I’m on track for my Blooming Beauties Challenge even though I had a rough month of April, I have completed 2 of my year goals (the ones I did this weekend). I have taken on good habits and started new things (like playing hockey). Some pieces of clothes I couldn’t put on anymore now fits (yeah for jeans!), I feel mor... Mon, 12 May 2014 16:29:15 EST The importance of stretching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689016 Yesterday, I went running with my boyfriend. And OUCH! My calves hurt like crazy – we played hockey on Saturday and I didn’t stretch. At all. So, I started running and it was really hurting after my first interval. I kept going though and I increased my pace as it didn’t hurt as much when I ran (but I got out of breath pretty fast). I made sure I stretched enough yesterday =) It had never happened to me before and I will make sure it doesn't anymore. Lesson learned! <BR> <BR> Also, I added l... Tue, 6 May 2014 13:59:14 EST So, April didn’t go as planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685056 In terms of reaching goals, I didn’t do well in April. I took a whole week off – no good decisions food-wise or exercises. I took a week off work to fill up my batteries and be a better worker, more focus and more dedicated. So far, it’s half working. I’m supposed to be off tomorrow – this is a discussion I didn’t have yet with my boss (this is something we agreed upon right before I took a week off, that I’d work 4 days for a 3-4 weeks). I WILL remind her and take the day off but still, it’s... Thu, 1 May 2014 15:00:24 EST The narration of a rollercoaster day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660897 8:30 AM - I am freaking unhappy. I have been able to avoid most of the winter blues so far… but it’s April now (almost!), so can we get the sun and the warm weather back? … <BR> <BR> 11:30 AM - The morning is almost over and I’m feeling better, but when I woke up, it was a close call – I wanted to stay in bed real bad. But I didn’t give it any thoughts so I came to work anyway. It’s when I begin to think “Oh, yes, I’ll stay at home” and I am finding good excuses to tell my boss that it’s da... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:24:02 EST The 15 pounds that disappeared! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655517 I lost 15 pounds! <BR> I started my journey in December 2013, that’s where I was at my highest (ever) weight: 246 lbs. On Saturday, the scale said 231. Oh yes! That effin’ 15 pounds! I still have 11 pounds to lose for my first goal (I started the countdown at 242 on December 27). But heh! That’s 15 pounds gone for good! <BR> <BR> Of a meeting <BR> On Saturday, I met a fellow Sparker, Wumpastar – I arrived late… obviously! There were like 4 car accidents on the highway but fortunately, the sn... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:48:02 EST Spring has arrived... not! &#9788; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652531 I’ve crossed 1000 fitness minutes! Wow! I am always impressed when I see, for example: “TDMTBIRD received a 1,000 Monthly Fitness Minutes award!“ but this month, it’s MY NAME instead. Woot Wo&#9788;t! I’m so damn proud! Now, let’s see how close to 2000 I can get. <BR> <BR> As I told you recently, my boyfriend and I have subscribed to a run on May 11th. But we also subscribed to a run on June 21st, in Beauce and my friend Wumpastar is also doing it. YaY! And we will also run at the Grand Déf... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:10:58 EST Scrapbook'd BDay Card (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648003 In my previous post, I told you about this hufe bday card I was making for my friends.. so aftera good 10 hours of work.. and a lot of re-doing ! Here it is : <BR> <BR> The cover : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550839626.jpg"> <BR> <BR> & inside : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l228881113.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm glad it's done =) And.. I hope that she will find it perfect =) Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:42:39 EST Long-term plans, summer kick-off & some more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647820 <BR> So, my boyfriend and I have signed up for a 5K on May 10th. Well, originally, I said I would do the biking challenge not the running one. But… life’s strange sometimes. Because I also said I would play hockey this summer and the season starts in May too. So I told my boyfriend I would begin to train in April (read : run/jog) so he argued that I could do the 5K as well. <BR> <BR> Also, I subscribed to a running clinic to learn how to run properly, what to wear and practice with professi... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:24:05 EST All sorts of challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643776 All sorts of challenge <BR> <BR> DBTFG – Blooming Beauties <BR> <BR> Yesterday, it was weight in time (as always on Saturday morning) and I was pleasantly surprised: 234.5 lbs! Yeay for me. That leaves .5 lbs to lose to reach my first goal weight in of the challenge. Despite all the efforts I was putting in losing weight, it wasn’t working until recently. My doctor prescribed a pill for my thyroid so it might have been only this. The highest I reached was 245 one morning… and now, it shows ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 17:22:36 EST DBTFG - Blooming Beauties Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639856 So, I suscribed to a 3 months challenge (when I specifically said I wouldn't... but I still wanna get rid of the pounds.. so I might as well do it with a little bit of help!) <BR> <BR> Here's the stat : <BR> SW 3/1/14: 236 <BR> St. Patty’s Day: 3/17/14: 234 <BR> April Fool’s Day: 4/1/14: 232 <BR> Earth Day: 4/22/14: 230 <BR> World Laughter Day: 5/4/14: 228 <BR> Women’s Check-up Day: 5/14/14: 226 <BR> Memorial Day (Final Weigh-in): 5/26/14: 224 <BR> And MY initial goal is to lose 22 pounds b... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 20:38:55 EST Challenge of the week : expressing gratitude (Monday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638485 “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward <BR> <BR> I told you about a weekly challenge & this is the one I've chosen for Week 1 - being grateful and putting a smile on people's face. I like commenting on blogs, it comforts me that I am not alone and most of the time, there is something worth remembering. <BR> I also do it because receiving goodies and getting a comment on my blog post give me fuel for the day. It puts a smi... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:07:00 EST All in all, it has been a good 2 months... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635996 So I've been active on SparkPeople since December 27, 2013 - it's been 2 months already. I gotta keep coming, it works! I have lost 4 pounds and I've been going for walks and playing hockey and volleyball with newfound intensity. <BR> SparkPeople works - I have to keep that in mind because I tend to slip off. And I am honest about what I eat most of the time, I'd say 90% of the time. Like, yesterday, I had 4 mini cream puffs and I didn't punched it in. Now that I have said it, I'll have to d... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:57:46 EST GiveIt100.com & hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633544 Have you seen LaKeisha story ? (https://giveit100.com/@LoveThyself) - I was impressed. Going to the gym each and everyday, that needs dedication and commitment. I know I am not ready yet to commit to any big goals (each time I've tried, I've failed and I've felt guilty for it) but this is something I will keep close. <BR> <BR> Or maybe I could try something not fintess or health related. Ah! Maybe it's the baby steps I need to take to be more confident in my ability of succeeding. <BR> <BR... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:01:16 EST Week end.. over =/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632411 How come weekend only last 2 days when I have to work 5? Who thought of it huh? But it was fun and I had time to do some laundry and cleaning. There's only 4 days and a half left 'til the next one! =) <BR> I didn't understand people's obsession with weekends until recently and it's hitting hard! I guess when you have a job you like, weekends are not such an obsession. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we spent yesterday outside, playing volleyball in the snow. We lost, there were 4 teams and we took our t... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:50:10 EST WEEK END! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629910 Can't wait for it to happen. Damn! I'm tired of work and I procrastinate so much... I want to do something else, something that makes me happy. I remember when I worked at A&W, I would walk outside of work, my day done and think how happy I was. Working there was fulfilling because the people were nice, the boss had confidence in me. I want to find that feeling back. <BR> <BR> I had a job interview yesterday and I might not get it for a lot of reasons but at least, I learnt something. It's ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:58:05 EST Didn't get it =/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622061 I didn't get the job. <BR> <BR> That little sentence holds so much sadness in itself. <BR> <BR> I dreamt of quitting my actual job! And of a new car! And a baby coming. This new job would have made my life so much easier and my dreams, so much closer to become real. <BR> <BR> Obviously, there will be other opportunities, I just have to wait and apply. But still. I am disappointed, sad and kinda mad at myself. I knew the job interview didn't go that well, I couldn't say exactly how but I h... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:18:28 EST Being accountable & bragging about small steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612287 So, coming on SP on weekend days is a challenge. That means, I'm proud I am blogging at the moment; also, instead of using my car to go to my friend's, I walked. <BR> <BR> I notice that I feel happy coming on SP and bragging about all the small steps I make. Whenever I do an exercise, I think of how I'll be proud to mark it down in the Activity Tracker. I realize it's kinda the point of the whole thing. <BR> <BR> But (because there is a but), it's not a "good" day, I can't say why but it's... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:37:49 EST I have a job interview!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610018 So I got called back for a job interview.. it's for a bilingual assistant administrative for a place near where I live, and when I say near, I mean in the same town! That probably mean too that I could WALK to my job back and forth each day. <BR> I got a second call too but have not heard from it yet (she left a message and when I called back, she was not available to take my call). <BR> <BR> Also, I'm really happy because.. I feel GREAT. I've been taking pills for depression since 2007, la... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:29:25 EST Difficult weekend =/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608141 Weekends are killing me. It's difficult to keep going on weekend; I wanna eat pizza (and I do eat pizza!) and I feel lazy. Dah! <BR> <BR> And I hate my job! I didn't hate it until very recently but now it's time for me to find a new one. My boss's insulting and manipulator..! I'm paid just above minimum wage and I can't pay all my bills... and when I talked to her about it, she said "Well, do you want good living conditions or money?" She make us feel cheap by wanting to be paid a bit more s... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:25:36 EST I know house cleaning is not supposed to be considered as an heavy activity but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599918 I am soared from all the cleaning I've done on Saturday. My butt and my thighs hurt. So I guess it counts as an activity, right? <BR> <BR> I'm also probably soared because I totally screwed it on Saturday night. I had not been sick on alcohol since 2007 - which is good because I had more bruises than I could count when I finaly had recovered on Sunday afternoon. Ouch. Never say never but next time, I will not overdo it. <BR> <BR> On another hand, I will have 2 zumba course during the week... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:27:33 EST That felt great - I was totally energized! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593935 Tonight, I started a zumba class - it's intented as a sisters "activity" but I don't think she liked it. She said I would have to go and teach her some of the basic moves. Well, I must admit she's not the most coordinate person on the planet. I'll try. <BR> <BR> But that felt great. I kinda had forgotten how it felt to sweat. <BR> <BR> On another hand, on January 3rd, I started a Push Up challenge. It is going well, I'm on day 11 =) <BR> <BR> It's time for a bit of reading before going to... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:54:27 EST The not "Coming back" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585480 I really hate "coming back" kind of expression. I didn't leave.. I was just kind of away, eating way too much pizza and chocolate. <BR> <BR> Now. I still play volleyball on Mondays and still play hockey (been upgraded or.. not! to playing defense instead of goalie) I.m not better at defense but at least we got a better goalie! =) <BR> <BR> And so there. <BR> <BR> Hope you had a good time during Christmas. <BR> <BR> Iza &#9788; Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:44:41 EST The climb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500523 Og Gosh! That was something! 5 minutes after we started I was breathing heavily. On my sister's birthday, she always insist that we climb a mountain (728 meter high - 1.7km ride) and each year I try to avoid it. But not this year ! On our way to the top, a guy commented on my breathing.. but he didn't get to the top (I did) and we ran down the mountain (more like jogged) and we arrived at the entrance a good 30 minutes before him! <BR> So as I said, 5 minutes into the climb and I was breathin... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:19:43 EST Had a blast walking down the river & cooking with bf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436599 Oh yeah ! It's a summer favorite. I walked it down every summer for as long as I can rememver. Today, I shared the trip with my boyfriend and a friend who's succeeded to lose her teenage years belly. She's fit today and she's a great example to me. Plus, she's super nice and I love her a lot =) It's funny how life goes sometimes because we had lost touch for a while. After high school (she was younger), we didn't keep on seeing each other. And sometimes a year or two ago, we bumped into each ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:19:37 EST New found motivation & Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434053 My boyfriend challenged me to run with him on September 7, at an event called "Grand Défi" (means Big/Grand Challenge). He will run 8km, trying to beat last year's time and I will run/jog 4 km, trying... my best! =) <BR> So yesterday, I accepted and arranged a 6-weeks training schedule so I don't look too stupid on that day. So far so good =) <BR> <BR> I also just received SP Cookbook. I am impressed. It is not just a cookbook, it's a cooking "bible", it's amazing! It's a 15$ well spent. <BR... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:25:07 EST Bike ride : the return ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395133 Yesterday, I went for a bike ride. I have not been biking a lot lately. That is why I am so happy I did yesterday. I didn't bike for as long as I should have but, 17 km is better than nothing. Tonight, I plan on mowing my friend's lawn and go for a small bike ride. <BR> <BR> Slow wins the race right ? <BR> <BR> I think I missing an ingredient here : commitment. Daily baby steps. Getting there. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:36:43 EST DONE ! OVER ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384474 School is OVER ! After five intense years, finally, I finished. You have no idea how relieved I am. It's been an hectic journey with a very sad and frustrating end. But at least, I graduated, I won't have to see them ever again and life will finally be easier. <BR> <BR> Today is my first full week at work as a full time employee. I am very happy - the place is neat and I have lot of work to do. And the people are nice. Really. It's going to be fun. <BR> <BR> As for last week, it's been a v... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:47:18 EST One of the longest streak evah ! =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375957 I suscribed to SP in December of 2008 - at first, I was very motivated and I lost a lot (close to 50 pounds!) but I also remember that I was feeling hungry most of the time. I tracked everything, I ate very little compared to what I was used to and in the end, I was feeling hungry most of the time. My attempt was bound to fail. And I failed. In the last year, I logged in quite often but never as often as now. <BR> <BR> It's the enf of my fourth week streak - I went biking every week (2-3 X/... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 20:30:08 EST The day I got shaved.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368237 A couple of weeks ago, I enrolled into a fund raising activity which is called "The Shaved Head Challenge". <BR> <BR> Here's the speech : <BR> <BR> The Leucan Shaved Head Challenge is a major fundraiser of Leucan that engages the community in a spirit of solidarity to provide services to cancer-stricken children and their families as well as providing financial support to the clinical research. <BR> <BR> Participants in the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge must put a price on their own head... Sun, 26 May 2013 08:56:22 EST