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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Take That Storm!

Going for a walk wasn't looking too promising as I watched the dark, rain (and possibly lightening) filled clouds fast approaching my town. I had resolved myself to running up and down the stairs and was NOT looking forward to that. Something about running up and down stairs just wasn't appealing to me. But there was a break in the clouds and the sun kinda came out so I strapped on those walkin shoes and got out there. It was surprisingly refreshing being out there after the rain had poured down and the day had been cool all day. I was able to go faster than I ever had before. Felt GREAT!

As tomorrow is the start of a new month (show of hands...Who's totally PISSED that summer is nearly over??) I've decided that it'd be a good time for a challenge. Mike over at Starting At 500 Pounds is hosting a "no soda September" challenge. No soda or carbonated beverages at all for 1 month. He is hosting it himself and has a great idea for a prize for the winner. I highly suggest we all sign up! Yay for more water and milk!!! I have to admit though, sitting here by myself (Chris is at work) I did think "hmmm I should run to the store and grab a diet pepsi cuz I wont get to have one til NOVEMBER!". Now let me tell you why this is crazy. In the last 3 months I've had maybe 2 bottles of diet pepsi. Although I do love it so. The whole mentality of not being "allowed" something was making me want it. But I will refrain. I dont need it now and I'm pretty sure diet pepsi will still be there in November. At least I damn well hope so! But it also means none of my beloved cascade ice lemonade which is oh so refreshing when its hot. Ah well. It's just like Crystal Light but with bubbles. So Crystal Light will have to do.

On another note I'm on day 5 of my 15 day cleanse and so far so good. The one thing I have learned though is you have to eat something very shortly after taking the capsules as they make you have spicy burps haha. They have cayenne pepper in them and that + empty stomach = bad.

And to close on a happy note...I FINALLY after much begging and pleading got Saturday off. I originally wasn't scheduled to work but took an extra shift then realized I couldn't do it but they weren't gonna let me out of it. Sure was a nice way to treat somebody who had done soooo much overtime this summer that it's not even funny. I covered everybody else's holidays and I ask for one stinkin day off and have to beg...not cool. They are darn lucky I got it or I was going to be conveniently unavailable for every single extra shift til I felt like I'd won! HAHA.  So hoooooray for 4 days off over a long weekend!!!! Should be good times. Lets just hope I can keep all the bad things out of my salad hole (I think calling it a pie hole is just mean for people who are trying to lose weight!).

I hope everybody has a great weekend and stays safe. Have fun but don't do anything I wouldn't do!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Update & All That

Sorry I was MIA this weekend! I was busy with the fam. and just wanted to take the weekend off to have fun with them. So lets get this update started!

On Saturday Chris and I took the kid to my grandparents (as I had posted about possibly doing). It was so much fun. The weather was BEAUTIFUL. The trip there, however, was exhausting. First, was the packing. Now anybody who has ever had a 2 year old knows exactly what I mean. Sunscreen, diapers, change of clothes, bathingsuit, swimming diapers, snacks, hat, sunglasses, a few toys to keep her occupied...damn near feels as though you're packing half the house to go out for a few hours! Then we get into the car and get half way to the ferry when I turn to Chris and go "her lifejacket was in the back of the car right?"...Well her lifejacket wasn't in the back of the car so we had to turn around and go back to get it, meaning we missed the ferry we were supposed to be on. Once we had everything we needed and got back to the ferry landing the ferry was just getting in...Unfortunately the ferry filled up and we didn't get on that one either so we had to wait! We went down to the beach and the kid chased the duckies, got soaking wet and dirty and fell and scraped her knee. We FINALLY got on the Ferry and made our way over to the grands house. The entire trip I had to listen to "what we doin Tawyn? I hungry! I tired. Where daddy go Tawyn?" over and over again 900 thousand times (what were we doin teachin the kid to talk!?). Anyways, we got there and got out on the boat and the entire trip down was worth it. The boat ride was fun and the kid got to "drive" the boat (she sat in my grandpas lap and helped steer) and thought it was hilarious that when she'd hit a wave the water would splash up and soak me and Chris. We came home, had supper and settled in for the night. Not a lot of exercise happened that day but eating was on point and we had a lot of fun.

Sunday was a little more on lifestyle change pace. Got a fair amount of exercise in. Including about 4.5kms of walking (my 2km route plus another estimated 2kms around Lakeside park PLUS walking into the forest to see how the kokanee run was doing). We also hopped on some of the outdoor exercise equipment that's in the park. We were just being silly but if I didn't have such social issues about being made fun of, I'd probably actually use it for a work out! Perhaps when I get down in weight a little it'll be an option for me.  The kid also went back to her mom yesterday which is always sad. I miss her when she's gone. But, unfortunately, that's just how it is. We make the most of it when we have her.

So that was my weekend. Busy and full of fun and good things. I have also had a question about what cleanse I'm doing. I'm doing the Jillian Michaels 14 Day Cleanse & Burn. It's a 3 part cleanse that does a total body detox and cleanse for the first week then the second week consists of probiotic replenishment and a maximum strength fat burner. So far it seems to be going ok. It has all natural ingredients and hasn't made me jittery at all like some other supplements have. I also take a multivitamin just to make sure that I'm getting all the proper vitamins and minerals I need.

I think I've finally brushed off my disappointing weigh in (thank you to those of you who left sweet comments on that post) and am moving forward. I will try to be more consistent with my posting! The goal for today is to do a thorough housewife workout, then a 2km walk with Chris when he gets home from work. Hope everybody is having a great day and that everybody who lives on the east coast is safe and dry!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Weigh In #4

So my weigh in today went....alright I guess. I did lose. I'm down to 303.3 which is a 12.6 lb total loss. 1.4 lbs...1.4 freakin' pounds....damnit! Now I know I was working like a crazy person this week and because of that I didn't have the time or the energy to exercise and even still I saw a loss on that scale this morning but I wanted more...I am so darn close to seeing a 2 as that first number and I was hoping that today would be the day. I am actually quite disappointed. Disappointed in myself that I didn't work as hard as I needed to to get there. Disappointed that I let myself get to this point where I'm having to work this hard to get the weight that I never should have gained off. Disappointed at how hard it is. Just plain ol' disappointed. UGHHHHHH ok...enough bitching and whining.

I'm starting a cleanse bright and early tomorrow and hopefully that'll give me the little push I need to get into the 200s and get me feeling like a success again. I will do this. I'm just feeling like a bit of a failure today. I'm not gonna let that stop me at all. Today when I went to my in-laws my FIL told me about 10 times how great I look and to keep it up and I really appreciated that. He's such an awesome man. He has made me feel like a part of the family since day 1 and I love both him and my MIL so much!

On an even happier note...I WON one of the prizes in Jen at A New Poison's giveaway. I sooo can't wait to get my bracelet! When I get it I will take a picture of it with some of the beautiful scenery in the background. Don't forget I want to do a giveaway but I need to reach 75 followers first! Once that happens I'll figure out what will be in the prize and how everybody can enter and we'll do it!

I'm gonna log off for the night and drown my sorrows in a skinny cow ice cream cone and I'll be back strong as ever tomorrow...G'night fellow bloggers and thanks for listening to my whining.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Giveaway And Pre-Weigh In Jitters

I've gone for a walk today, eaten the way I'm supposed to (except for white rice but when you eat rice like once a month or less I think it's ok...especially when you hate brown rice) and I really feel like I haven't lost anything this week. I've been a little *eh-hem* backed up this week and I just feel very heavy. I'm placing my trust in a big cup of herbal-lax tea and praying to the weight loss gods it works! I always come off as a very confident, happy, and humorous person but I am not all that confident in real life and my humour is a defense mechanism I have gained out of necessity. I am pretty happy though. I truly do have an awesome life and a man that loves me and a little family that means the world to me. I have a great career that challenges me every day and even though geriatric nursing isn't what I want to do for the rest of my life, I love my residents and would do anything to ensure they smile (and yes that sometimes includes letting them give you a sloppy, dentureless smooch on the cheek). Anyways, the whole point of that ramble is that I'm so nervous about not losing this week. I've only been at this for about a month and a half and I don't know if I can pick myself up if I don't see a loss on that scale tomorrow. I'm soooo close to being in the 200s that I can taste it and I just want to see that tomorrow so badly. *sigh* oi vey...

Ok, on to a happier note. I've decided that once I hit 75 followers I will do my giveaway sooooo that being said you all have to help me and get me to 75 followers...only 21 more to go! So make sure you all mention my blog in one of your next blog posts and let them know that I am doing a give away and they have to be a regular follower of my blog to enter! I also would appreciate some suggestions on what I could put in my "lifestyle changing gift pack" I want it to total about $30-40 and be full of positive things that will help in your quest to changing your lifestyle...Sounds great huh!?

Anyways I'm off to finish drinking this kinda yucky (but hopefully effective) tea. Wish me luuuuck! Looooves!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hot As Hell At 9:30am

When I woke up this morning I immediately got dressed and left for a walk because I knew that if I sat down and started watching TV or working on a craft project or reading blogs I probably wouldn't get have gotten out the door until I was heading for work (which would be VERY bad!). It was about 9:30 am and the sun was already blazing down with not a cloud in the sky...it was hot! But I did my whole 2km walk in a little under half an hour. I sure did work up a sweat in that short amount of time. I'm just really looking forward to having a few days off in which I can exercise a little bit more! I will also be starting a cleanse on my first day off. So hopefully that, along with getting a lot more exercise, will give me a nice loss the next week. I just hate when work gets in the way of me doing what I want to do.

I think I'll restart the 30 Day Shred these days off as well. Maybe I'll even be able to talk Chris into doing it with me....if not I'm sure the kid will try and it'll be hilarious. I have been soooo bad at doing the shred because the last time I did it while working and all my muscles hurt so work was a bitch!

The only thing with working is that its much easier for me to stay on track with eating well. I always pack a healthy lunch and I eat pretty well before work and I drink a ton of water because it's so stinkin' hot in that building (yes it has A/C but because it's a care home, we cant optimize it's usage because the old people get cold). So it's kinda a catch 22...eat well but not have as much time for exercise or have more time for exercise but more opportunity to slip up with eating well...Pick your poison!

Anyways, as I'm sitting here my stomach just growled so loud I swear my laptop just experienced what it would be like to be in an earthquake like yesterdays on the east coast! I'm gonna go grab me some watermelon and an orange. Hope everybody has a great day!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back On Track

Last night I was just beat. I was in bed by 8pm and and asleep by 9:30! I had a very good sleep and was full of energy at work today. Thank goodness because I was soooooo busy. And I still haven't figured out how a doctor can read "we only do blood work once a week" translates into "if I tell them to do blood work on Monday and Thursday they'll do it!" AFTER 4 faxes and a phone conversation saying that our lab day is THURSDAY only...Aren't doctors supposed to be smart?? I guess that's when this really rings true:


Anyways, even though I was crazy busy at work, I came home and had dinner with my man (I skipped lunch so I could have an early dinner with Chris before he went to work), sent him off to work (after he dragged me to the door cuz I didn't want him to go) and went for a 2km walk. I really really REALLY hope that my progress hasn't been stalled by this crazy ass week I have had. But even if it has, that's not gonna stop me. This is a lifetime process and even once I hit my goal weight I'll have to work hard at keeping it off. But I'm not going to start thinking of how I'm going to manage a disappointing weigh in if it hasn't happened yet. I want to live in the here and now.

On another note, my Grandma won a gold medal in golf at the BC Seniors Summer Games...It's kinda like the Olympics but with a whole lot more dentures and Rub A535. It's just kinda funny but I'm so proud of her. My grandparents live kinda near where I do except on the other side of the lake. Takes about an hour to get there only because you have to go across the ferry which takes just over half an hour. It's a beautiful ride and very scenic but the kiddo runs around and drives me nuts when we're on it so mostly we end up just staying in the car so she's strapped in and will behave. Anyways, the whole point of telling you that was because I think we may go over this weekend because they have a boat and I wanna take Chris and the kid on a boat ride :) We even have a little pink life jacket for my favorite baby girl. We'll see...I haven't exactly told Chris yet haha.

I'm seriously contemplating getting up at like 6am tomorrow just to go for a walk before it gets too hot. On my walk tonight it was sooo stinkin hot. I know I was begging for summer not long ago but I didn't think we'd end up with unbearable heat day after day after day with no relief (I also did not consider the whole exercising in the heat thing...). Oh well, it's Canada, we'll be plunged into the arctic freeze before long then I'll be bitching that I miss summer haha. What's with us Canadians and NEVER being satisfied with the weather. At least I don't live in the worst area for winters, it's actually pretty mild here in the winter. Not as much of the frigid, freeze your body to the bone, your toes may snap off if you walk cold that some parts of Canada get. Woah...WHY the HELL am I talking about snow in August!? Ok I'm gonna end this blog post before I drive myself nuts!

Hope everything is going great with everybody!

xoxo

Monday, August 22, 2011

So Very Tired...

I've finished day 3 of my 6 day stretch and my first 2 shifts were 12 hour shifts (add on the 1 hr one way commute and that put me at a 14 hour day). I left at 6:45am and didn't get home until 9pm. GOD what a long ass day. One day of not having to get up before the buttcrack of dawn would be so nice. Needless to say I've done crap all in the way of exercise these past 3 days and I have no intention of moving my ass off the couch tonight until I march upstairs to bed by about 8:30. But I will be back at it tomorrow.

My only saving grace is that I've been eating very well. Thank god for that! And of course that will continue too. I just wanted to post so you all know I didn't go MIA into a bag of chips with a side of oreos.

I am in probably the most bitchy mood I've been in in a very long time. On top of being absolutely exhausted, I had an awful day at work. I hate when people yell at you for something that you had no part of (and weren't even at work for!). There may be a little PMS mixed in there too. I'm betting Chris is very glad he got to go to work tonight.

In other news, the leader of the political party I support passed away today after a battle with cancer. He, unfortunately (or fortunately if you're a glass half full person today), knew he was not going to win and wrote a letter for his wife to pass along to the media. In his closing paragraph, he wrote some words that were absolutely beautifully written and a way we should all live. I'm going to pass these words on to all of my loyal blog followers:

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." - Jack Layton

Friday, August 19, 2011

Last Day Off & 1 Or 2 Giveaways

I don't know how many of you are wondering what exactly Chris and I did get up to yesterday. Well, I'm lucky enough to live in probably the most beautiful city in the world (Once I earn the right to use my beautiful new Cannon Rebel T2i DSLR camera I will definitely post more pictures of my city to prove it) and the surrounding area is just as gorgeous. My city is situated right on a lake and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and even has a glacier that is visible from the city. What more could you want!? Anyways, Chris and I decided to take a drive up the lake and we went across a little cable ferry and we took a short walk to one of the creeks to see if the Kokanee run had started (the fish not the beer). It was a beautiful sunny day that wasn't too hot and we walked hand in hand to the creek where starting very shortly there will be thousands of bright red fish swimming up it to spawn. Well when we got to the creek I kicked myself for forgetting my other, quite unimpressive camera compared to the one I'm waiting not so patiently to use, because it was absolutely gorgeous. We watched and watched and watched and didn't see any fish until we were just about ready to walk away then one poor lonely bright red fish swam up to the bridge we were standing on. Poor guy/gal...swimming against the flow of the river would be hard work! No wonder they die right after they do their thing. But it was exciting to see. Next week we're gonna take the kiddo to see the "sheepies" as she's so fascinated with fish.

Anyways, after our little walk we drove down the lake a little more to have lunch at the restaurant we had our 3rd date at (ah romantic...). This place serves some amazing food and you can sit on the patio overlooking the lake. The people sitting at the next table ordered calamari...one of my weaknesses. I love calamari and it smelled absolutely delish. And there I was trying not to drool all over the menu I was trying to decide what would be appropriate to eat. I eventually decided on the grilled chicken breast burger (chicken breast my butt, it was maybe 5-6 oz of a chicken breast fillet!) on a whole wheat bun with veggies and not enough mayo to counteract the dryness of the bun and a side salad...healthy? Yes. Satisfying? Not at all. I also should mention that I had water with a  slice of lemon rather than the iced tea I so desperately wanted. I managed to make it out of the restaurant unscathed (I'm not going to count the 1 single fry that I stole from Chris's plate) with the smell of calamari still in my nose. We later went for a 2km walk together. Yay for healthy choices and exercise.

I was perusing some blogs this morning and came across Poison's post about doing a giveaway for reaching 50 followers (You can see that post and enter her giveaway here. And if you're not already a follower of hers, let her know I sent you to give me another entry into her giveaway). This got me thinking. If it weren't for my wonderful followers, I probably would have given up on this blog thing a while ago (and possibly even my weight loss journey), so I think appreciating my followers is a good idea. I'm going to think of a giveaway to do and I'll post details when I'm ready to do it. Hopefully you'll all enter both Poison's giveaway as well as mine :)

Finally, today is my last day off before starting another 6 day stretch. Man am I going to be excited when I actually get my full 4 days off. Maybe I'll actually feel rested by the time I'd have to go back to work! I plan on goin for a nice long walk today (hopefully Chris will join me) but that's really it. Maybe clean up the house a bit, but it's not really messy so that shouldn't take long. Hope everybody is having a great day!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Weigh In #3

Alright, lets just get down to the nitty grity. I lost 2.3 lbs this week for a total of 11.2 lbs. YAY!!! I will be posting some updated pictures tonight because I've hit my first 10lb increment. So excited. I have decided that the earphones I ordered will be my reward (even though I ordered them before I knew I'd hit goal #1).

Today my grandpa stopped by the house and brought me an envelope with just over $60 in it. Apparently I had an account that I didn't know about and hadn't contributed to in a while so they closed it down (he was a co-owner on the account). Yay. That's our veggie grocery money for the week. I made him a cup of coffee in my awesome Keurig coffee maker (which makes THE. BEST. TEA. EVER. too btw), and we chatted for a little bit and then he stops and says "you look good babe!" (Grandpa has called me babe since I was a baby, don't get all weirded out people).

Tonight I think Chris and I will go for a nice long walk together. We're busy trying to decide what we're going to do with the rest of the day currently and it sounds kinda like this:

Taryn - "what do you want to do today?"
Chris - "I dunno, what do you wanna do?"
Taryn - "I dunno"

Chris and I make the most awesome couple, we never fight or even argue. We get along like 2 peas in a pod...until it comes to making a decision. Neither of us are decisive people and that makes for long discussions about what we're going to do, until one of us gets frustrated and makes the other make a decision.

Hope everybody has a great day! Look for updates tonight :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Laziness

Just posting quickly to admit to my laziness these past couple days. No walks at all both yesterday and today (however tonight is my 6th day straight at work and I have been super busy at work! But that does NOT cancel out not exercising at all). Tomorrow is weigh in day but let me tell you I will be going for a run/walk first thing in the morning before I do that. I only have 2 days off this week before starting another 6 day stretch. My first 2 shifts are for the company I work casual for and just happen to be 2 towns over (a 1 hour commute) AND are 12 hour shifts...yaaaay 14 hour days....Oh well we really need the money. Chris has also been taking overtime shifts at work. I really don't mind working my last 2 days off (Chris and I are on different shifts so he's always working those days anyways and I'd rather not stay home by myself with nothing to do but clean or eat and of course go for a walk). Sp anyways, that's whats been goin on over here. Hope you girls (and guy...that's right I have my first male follower!!!) are having a great week. I'll check in again with you tomorrow!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Run Forrest Run & Musical Monday

Happy Monday all!

Yes you may all be hating me right now but I only have 2 more days until 2 much needed days off and I'm hoping those 2 days will fly by!

Today after my man left for work I set out on my walk (I have been leaving for a walk pretty much as soon as he leaves because I know that if I sit down and start relaxing I will not want to go for a walk at all). I did 2kms today but the best part about it was that I ran all the downhill parts. I figured running the downhill parts will be easier to actually GET running if I start with what I know I can do. Also it kept my heart rate up so I could burn those Taco Bell calories! At one point I ran for at least 2 minutes straight (didn't occur to me to time it). However I felt sooooo silly. I know that I must have looked awful running. Everything was either bouncing or jiggling and I was just concentrating on not tripping and falling on my head. I felt more self conscious in those few minutes than I have in a very long time. But I didn't allow that to stop me. I kept going because, who cares what other people think? Is that lady who's sitting on her butt on her deck and eating a plate full of food I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole out running? I think not! So screw em. Screw em all. If I wanna jiggle down the road, I'm gonna do just that!

There are 2 things I learned while I was running though:
1) I need a sports bra that will hold the girls where they're supposed to be. I don't want to knock myself out
2) I need earphones for my iPod that will not fall out of my ears.

Suggestions??

I love having my iPod on me when I'm walking. I don't take it when Chris is with me cuz that's our tine to just hang out and talk so the iPod would be counterproductive. But when I'm by myself, I find it keeps my pace up and really motivates me to get movin. I was talking to the lovely Katelyn about such a thing and she suggested that we do a joint post where we each pick 25 songs we love to work out to. She was nice enough to type up the post for me and you can see it here. The bottom 25 songs are my picks. As you can see I have a wide range of taste in music. And as I was going through my iPod and picking songs...I realized I really like angry songs when I'm working out. I tend to put them at the middle of my playlist as the middle of my workout is when I tend to wanna quit. The beginning you're still energetic, the end you're almost done, but the middle is a bitch! My picks are in no way in order of a playlist that I have, I was going through all my music and started picking. Would love to see more "copycat" posts like Teresa did here as it allows me to peruse songs and build new playlists too! I don't know about you guys but I'll hear a song and be like "ooo I gotta download that one" then by the time you get to your computer you've forgotten what it was or who was the artist or even what the lyrics were. Drives me nuts.

Anyways...3 days til weigh in day!!! I'm actually kind of excited because I really don't think the Taco Bell is going to affect me as much as I have been fretting it would because I've really been doing well with the eating thing as well as the exercise thing. So I do think I'm going to see another loss. Which will be fantaaaaastic. Look for my weigh in on Thursday (yes I'll probably blog between now and then too!) and hopefully some updated photos for my first 10lb increment! Only 1.1 lbs away!!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More Fit Than Skinny B*tches? How Is That Possible (Or Fair!?!?!)

When I headed out on my walk today I actually felt really good. The unrelenting heat has finally taken a tiny break (yes I know, a month ago I was begging for it!) and it was the perfect temperature for being outside exercising. I did the 2km walk today and right at the very beginning there is a hill I used to have trouble walking up. Well I breezed up that sucker and caught up to (and passed) 2 girls that must have weighed, ohh I don't know, 100 lbs combined? who were walking their dog. And the one girl was really struggling. Now I'm not sayin I wasn't breathing hard but when I passed those girls, the next time I seen them they were about 3 blocks behind me and I turned a corner. That also happened to be the last time I seen them. Now how the hell is that fair? They're skinny (maybe too skinny) and I'm more fit? Aren't life's surprises fun? HAHA.

Anyways, I digress. Today is day #3 of my 6 day stretch and I'm already exhausted. It was a full moon last night and needless to say all residents with dementia are all whackadoodle...It was driving me nuts. I usually have the most patience in the world for these sweet old people but I've found that since I've been busy focusing on myself, my patience has been a little thin. I'm gonna blame it on having to haul my wide ass up hills on a daily basis and having to change my diet completely (even though I'm not having any cravings at all, I can still use it as an excuse!!!). I plan on walking all days until my next weigh in which is on Thursday...I'm PRAYING to all that is holy that I don't have any repercussions from the Taco Bell fiasco. Thank you Katelyn for trying to make me feel better about it. But I do still feel incredibly guilty. If I don't see a loss on the scale this week I'm going to burn down Taco Bell...or at least send them a strongly worded email demanding healthy choices!

Hope everybody has a great day and that the weekend was kind to you all. XOXO

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Bad Choice And A Possible Almond Allergy?

I haven't been around for a few days simply because since my weigh in day I've been super busy. That afternoon we went to the beach where the kiddo and I swam and played in the water (Chris thought it was too cold so he wussied out and stayed on the beach), then we built sand castles and dug a really big hole to see how far down we'd have to dig to get to water (um...yeah I don't even have an explanation as to WHY we'd do something like that, but the kid seemed to love it!). The next day we went to the states, which is about 2 hours away, to go grocery shopping. It is soooo much cheaper to buy groceries down there. Like 1/2 price or more on some things!!! I got 3 family packs of boneless skinless chicken breasts that were between $10-$11 there...and here would cost AT LEAST $30!!! Absolutely ridiculous. We go every 2-3 months and stock up our deep freeze with meat, then we just have to buy the other stuff, however I do think we're set on cheese until...well the end of time cuz that's really cheap too!

Aaaaaaaaaanyways, we spent about 3 hours in the grocery store (plus the 2 hour drive, plus I hadn't eaten before I left which was NOT smart) and I was starving. Well with groceries in the car, it wasn't like we could go for a sit down lunch and we went to Taco Bell/KFC...side note, I LOVE that Americans combine 2 fast food chains cuz I don't like KFC and Chris doesn't like Taco Bell!...Anyways, I obviously made a bad lunch choice cuz, well really, there's nothing that would be a good choice there. The only thing saving my ass (from expanding) is that it happened at the beginning of my week, which gave me a whooooole 7 days to fix the mistake before my next weigh in. I just have to really really really behave all week.

On to the second part of the post. That same night I had about 8 almonds for a snack before I went to bed in preparation for getting up early for work the next day (I took on 2 extra shifts this week so will be working 6 in a row again this week as well as next week too). Well about a half hour later I literally felt like I was going to puke my guts out all over the place. Nothing I did stopped the nauseous feeling. I took pepto, which I hate taking cuz ***TMI ALERT*** it really really constipates me and Chris layed next to me and rubbed my tummy for over an hour. Finally I felt at least well enough that I fell asleep but woke up feeling still kinda yucky. The next day at work I had 8 almonds in my lunch that I chowed down on in the homestretch of my shift (not even connecting the almonds with the ill feeling, I automatically assumed it was the Taco Bell) and within half an hour...same reaction. I ended up having to leave work about 15 minutes early because I was going to throw up. More pepto and laying in bed trying desperately not to throw up...

Needless to say neither of those days ended with me going for a walk...whoopsie. But I did go for one today after work. I did youbitch hill which I had not walked up in far too long and it was so hard. I definitely have to do that every few days at the very least. But I made it to the top and that's all that matters. Other than the Taco Bell fiasco, I have behaved with eating properly and I haven't exactly just blew off exercise...I just couldn't or I'd throw up. I have 2 more day shifts followed by 2 evening shifts then a 2 whole days off.

Now that I'm caught up on my blog reading (I have read everybody's posts, but didn't have much time to comment), as well as updated my blog I'm going to sign off and make some supper! Hope everybody is having a great day and weekend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Weigh In #2

Today was my weigh in date (for those of you who are new to following me, I weigh in every 8 days, on my first day off every week). I was fully expecting to only lose 1-2 lbs because I really feel like I hadn't put as much effort in this week as the previous week. I did eat VERY VERY well this week. Like so well I'm actually really proud of it. But I did skip 2 walks and my walks had not been as long as the previous week and I didn't work as much (I only did work my regular 4 days this week). So I knew I had lost but I wasn't expecting anything spectacular. That all being said...I stepped on the scale and....

*INSERT DRUM ROLL HERE*

I lost 3.2 lbs! Making my current weight a flat 307...I'm getting soooo close to being out of the 300s and I can not wait to never ever see the number 3 as the first number in my weight ever again. I'm also 1.1 lb away from a photo update and my first 10lb increment to be done. Next week (I hope)!!!!

On the exercise front, I took the kiddo for a walk first thing this morning. It was 9am and already hotter than the deepest pit of hell outside. And man was that hard work. Pushing her 30lbs and the weight of the stroller up those hills...yeesh...But now at least I have put 1 walk behind me and may do another tonight.

Today we are heading to the beach as a family! Should be fun to soak up some sun and play in the water.

I hope everybody is having a great day and that those of you who are weighing in today have losses as well!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Setting Myself Up For A Successful Day

I got an absolutely amazing sleep last night. I didn't even hear Chris come home until he was crawling into bed with me (which in hindsight may just be a little scary that I can be that oblivious to what is going on in my house when I'm asleep). I woke up feeling energized, caught up on some blog reading then set out for a walk before it got too hot (it was still HOT though!). This is the first day that I've managed to get myself organized enough to go for a walk BEFORE work! And I'm proud of that!

I did only do 2kms simply because I know it's going to be a busy day at work today (I always follow this one nurse who just doesn't do her job so to ensure quality of care and not be a neglectful nurse, I have to pick up the slack) and the residents seem to be ramping up for the full moon on Friday I believe it is...They all kinda go nuts. I'm proud that I walk anywhere between 2 and 6 kms nearly every day. That is something you would not have caught me dead doing 2 months ago. I was still active 2 months ago but not nearly as much as I am these days...NOWHERE NEAR. And I do it now, for the most part, without complaining. I do still have my days where its the last thing on earth I want to be doing...but I think that's a normal thing.

I'm trying to figure out how tomorrow is going to work for my walk. My stepdaughter is coming today and she normally gets up at about 7:30-8 and because I'm more of a morning person than Chris is, I usually get up with her and feed her breakfast and play with her and stuff, we have our little routine down pat. But if I want to go for a walk by like 9ish tomorrow...I might have to take her along with me...and pushing the stroller with her in it will be some hard work goin' up those hills...Ah well more calories will be burnt right? And the kiddo will love it (I mean who wouldn't love being pushed around like the Queen of Sheba so she can look at the gorgeous scenery!?) But we'll see...maybe Chris will get up and entertain her while I go for a walk. I would just feel bad asking him because he works sooooo hard and has to work night shifts (12 hour night shifts to boot) while I only work 8s and very very rarely work a 12 hour night shift. My poor man. He just works too darn hard I think.

Anyways, I'm going to sign off...Until next time!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Why Can't I Be Rich?

You know those days where nothing goes right at work? Unfortunately when you work with dementia ridden patients who all have personalities of their own, these days are far more common than the days where things actually go right. I had an AWFUL busy long ass day at work where I was running from one end of the building to the other. To start the day everybody decided it was a lazy Sunday so nobody wanted to get out of bed, and when they did, they all wanted up at the same time and all wanted their meds at the same time. One of my residents was in the BITCHIEST mood (then again, at 92 if I want to be in a bitchy mood, I damn well will be! Nothings stopping me now at 25 haha!) and in a very un-catholic-like way told me to f*ck off which meant she really needed to take her meds but she was not having any of it, so all day was making sure she didn't get violent with the other residents. I also had an admission, who showed up an hour late, during the time when I was supposed to be dispensing lunch meds. I had a very healthy lunch that I had to basically eat when I could get a few bites at a time...UGH...well I guess I at least burned off my lunch time salad at work! Hehe.

When I got home I tidied the house a bit (still have more to do tonight...Yay housewife workout), made a yummy healthy supper of homemade quesadilla (see recipes tab), then went for my 2km walk in the heat (was still 29*C when I left my house). Man its hot. I LOVE IT!!! Although I would like to have some time to myself to actually go to the beach seeing as how I live about 2 minutes away from it!

I feel great after taking the day off yesterday. I was in bed by 8:30 (yes I'm oh so cool) but really did have a shitty sleep. Tossed and turned, was hot then cold then hot then thirsty then cold then I had to pee then I had a weird dream that woke me up...You know the story. But I feel great and my walk wasn't a chore, I actually enjoyed it. The scenery around my town is gorgeous and that is a major motivator to get out there (that and bein' skinny and sexy one day haha).

I have 2 more days of work this week and I will be going for walks before work this week. Just short ones but I think that's reasonable when I work too. I will then have 2 glorious days off which I'm sure will be filled with exercise and healthy foods then I start work for 6 in a row...I have no idea why I do that to myself....Oh well! I'll be able to buy some blinds for my house (at $500 a pop I may add!) and pay off some debt!!! WooHoooo!

Hope everybody is doing well this week!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

No Guilt Allowed

I'm skipping my walk today. I'm exhausted and there's no way I'm going to feel guilty about that. I'm going to sleep and get the rest my body needs tonight.

Hope everybody is doing well!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Another 4kms Behind Me

I went for a walk early this afternoon. Because it was so hot I decided to just do my short walk. It was literally so hot it was hard to breathe...I did stop to take this picture that was ironically breathtaking


I just love my town. Amazing views!
 This is BOB (the big orange bridge) that is iconic of my town. It's definitely a landmark that people remember when they come to Nelson.

Chris also made me go for a walk this evening and we did the same 2km walk (making my daily total 4kms). I just did NOT want to go. I just feel really worn out...that I haven't had any time to relax with how much I'm working and how much I've been working out. I guess that's just something I'm gonna have to suck up for now. I NEED to lose weight and be healthy so I need to stop whining and, as Nike says, just do it.

How do you guys stay motivated to do your daily workout? I don't skip days very often (mostly just when I'm working evenings...which needs to stop NOW) but it's just so hard some days to keep going when you've already done one walk, or one session on the treadmill, or one round with Jillian, or whatever it may be and you still have that half of a workout to do later in the day. Basically, Chris told me that my blog followers would be disappointed in me if I didn't finish my workout (can anybody say guilt trip? Well it worked and I did finish). But man was it hard to lace up those shoes!

On another note. Fellow blogger Katelyn and I are going to be working on a joint blog post that will likely be appearing August 15th so stay tuned for that! Hopefully you'll like it :)

Tomorrow is back to work for me so my blog posts will likely slow down a little over the next few days, but don't worry, I'm not giving up!

Until next time!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

No Rest For The Weary

Today was my first day off after working 6 days straight (including overtime on one of those days). Needless to say that I haven't been exercising as much as I had been previously. I severely underestimated how exhausted I'd be. Let's just hope that I burned enough calories at work to not let that effect my weigh in.

To get back on track today I walked my 2kms up the hill and 2kms back at the hottest time of day. I was pouring sweat only half way up! When I left my house the temperature was 28*C and by the time I got home it had climbed to 34*C (93*F) with not a cloud in the sky and no breeze whatsoever. I was sooooo exhausted when I got home, but I still managed to tidy the house and cook a yummy dinner of BBQ pork chops, oven roasted veggies (red and green peppers and onions), a baked potato (with salsa and non-fat sour cream) and salad. I was soooo stuffed afterwards but it was yuuummy. Then following dinner Chris and I went for another 2km walk bringing my daily total to 6kms!!!

Now I'm gonna sit and watch Big Brother and some other shows we have on the PVR before going to bed and doing it all over again tomorrow!

Hope everybody is having a great week so far!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Weigh In #1

I woke up this morning and was immediately dreading stepping on what fellow blogger, Grace, calls "that mean little bastard". I knew I had put in a lot of hard work over the past 8 days and I have been eating well so I knew in my head that the number should have gone down. Ok ok, enough suspense...the number waaaaaaas *drum roll* 310.2...a loss of 5.7lbs!!!!! YAY.

I guess all that bitching while walking up that hill and letting Jillian kick my ass was worth it. And even better is that I've been at this for about 3 weeks and I KNOW I had lost weight in the first 2 weeks so to have a loss of over 5 lbs is awesome. Let's hope that it doesn't slow down (realistically I know it will) and that I'll get out of the 300s by the end of August. I think that's realistic. And once I do...I'll neeeeeeeever be going back.

On another note. I still have 2 more days of work. I've already worked 4, including overtime on day #3. I'm exhausted. Chris has ALSO worked 6 days this week. Yes our paychecks are going to be huge but we also haven't spent much time together in a week and wont get to spend much time together until our next days off. We both work 4 on 4 off and until recently were on the same shift and had the same days off, but Chris got bumped to another shift and we only have 2 days off together now, both of which we have the kiddo, and one of those day's hes gone for 3-4 hours to take the kiddo back to her mom. Needless to say we aren't spending as much time together as we used to and I haaaaaaaaaaaate that. But I guess that's life.

Hope everything is going well for everybody else and that everybody had a great weekend. I'm sooooooo looking forward to my days off. I still haven't decided if I'm going with my parents to the hospital for my dad's procedure. I don't know If i want to get up at 6am on my day off...We'll see.

Here's hoping next week rocks as much as this one!!

Until next time!