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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Zumba Kicked My Ass

Well I made it to Zumba on time today and holy after missing 1 week...I forgot almost the entire routine AND I was exhausted by 1/2 way through. But I made it through the whole class and loved it. I love sweating that much. Tomorrow Jay is bringin her dog over and we're gonna tackle youbitch hill which will be a nice exercise to stretch the muscles that I'm sure will be sore tomorrow after doing Zumba and Jillian (which I'll be doing tonight after dinner). I'm so motivated these days after that 6.4lb loss and being ever so close to having lost 1/4 of 100lbs and 1/6th of my ultimate goal...WOOOO.

I also want to thank those of you who are sweet enough to pump up my ego and tell me that you can definitely tell I'm losing weight. This goes for the people in my "real" life too. Nothing gives you more positive energy and motivation than having your ego stroked just a little. But I definitely am not getting a fat head cuz I have mirrors in my house and I can see what I look like...naked...which is scary...very scary. But all that's a'changin folks.

Also because I have earned the use of my new and swanky camera I plan on trying to do a photo day...where once a week I'll upload a photo I've taken to my blog. What do you all think of that?

I also have an NSV to report: I had to buy new workout pants because mine are literally falling off me...How embarrassing to be in the middle of Zumba and realizing that my pants are half way down my ass and my undies are showing. I ordered my FAVORITE yoga capris from old navy in a 1X. Yes I may have ordered $150 worth of stuff but MOST of it is workout gear (and a pair of pj's for the kiddo for Christmas that have the "ho ho" on them...aka santa...and perhaps a pair of cute sassy pjs for me)

Anyways, I best go get supper on the table for my hungry man. Hope everybody is having a great day!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Photos Are Up!

Sorry it took me this long to get photos up for my 20 lb increment. But they're there now and you can view them here. Of course seeing myself in the mirror every day, I don't see the changes in my body, but now that I look at the pictures from my starting weight I do look a little slimmer! Thank god! Hopefully it's not just the lighting and I'm just completely fooling myself. And sorry about the photos being off photographer had a few rum and cokes this evening...and I had crystal light haha!

Anyways, the last 2 days have been great. Last night I went to my in laws for dinner and I tell yah I will never get sick of people telling me how good I look (I know I still don't look great but compared to what I looked like 23.1lbs heavier...). I love them so much.

Then tonight my friend Jay came over and we had dinner and played scene it...Chris won of course (he always beats me...but that's the only board game he can beat me in...Next time we're playin yahtzee!!!!)

Tomorrow is Zumba and I will get the time right!!! I'll be there around 4:30 to get all signed in and perhaps do a quick warm up walk on the treadmill. Jay is comin and hopefully a few others from work. Should be a good time. I dunno if I'm gonna do the whole pool bit afterwards tomorrow because Chris will be home at 6:30 and I wanna spend some time with him before he has to turn in for the night (stupid work! Always getting in the way of what we wanna do!).

So far I've only gotten 2 calls from work for extra shifts...and I did not answer either of them. They can go to hell this week. I need my days off!

Hope everybody is doing well!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Weigh in #8 - Hold On To Your Seats Kids

Alright, mayyyyybe...JUST maybe slaving away to Jillian isn't such a bad thing after all...Yes I hated every single minute of it and I felt like I'd been hit by a truck (named Jillian) but stepping on the scale and being moved to tears (good tears anyways) made it worth it. And hearing your boyfriend say that your face looks skinner and that he thinks you need to buy new pants (yah right as if I'm going to buy new pants at this stage of the game) cuz when you run up/down the stairs you're crackin out is pretty good too! Ok Ok, enough suspense...

The scale today read 292.8...Um WHAT!? I did it twice to make sure! Down 6.4lbs in 1 week!!! ARE YOU KIDDIN ME!!!!! Holy shit! I really wanted to hit that 20 lb mark this week but I didn't think I would exceed it by 3.1 lbs.

I have lost a total of 23.1 lbs in 64 days (approximately 2.5 lbs a week which is totally healthy and half a pound more a week than I set out as a goal).

Holy shit...I'm actually doing it this time. I am working hard, eating right, being conscious of what is going on in my body and what I'm putting in my celery hole. Something has changed inside me. Normally by now I would have given up and gone back to my old ways. This time it's not gonna be like that. I'm a force to be reckoned with and I dare anybody to get in my way (or put me down because they may not necessarily believe in the way I'm doing things...hey, if it's working who are they to judge right!?). I haven't felt deprived in any way. I feel great. I don't miss soda, I don't miss fried foods, I don't miss cookies, I don't miss fast fact the thought of it makes me wanna gag, and I don't miss the heavy dinners we used to have. I look FORWARD to what I've packed for my lunches at work, I look FORWARD to going to exercise...I look FORWARD to a life made easier by being of smaller build. This is MY life and I'm the only one who can get me to where I want to be. So hang's gonna be a wild ride.

Good luck to everybody else who's weighing in today!!!


PS - Look later today for a photo update on my photo tab!!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I've Been Hit By A Really Big Truck

I swear to God. I cant even breathe without my obliques hurting...and I'm not even gonna mention when I get the hiccups (which I do like 5 times a day!). I feel as though that big truck hit me or I got my ass beat and I'm bruised from head to toe...I'd take a hot bath but I'm scared I'd get stuck in the tub and seeing as how Chris is at work, nobody would be able to rescue me until 6:30 in the morning! Probably not a good idea. But as soon as I post this blog post I'm going to hobble upstairs and attempt feebly to complete my 3rd day of the 30DS. Oh shit...I'm old!

I'm so close to that 20lb lost mark I can taste it (and it tastes like celery). I'm hooooping that maybe this week I can do it. If not next week. (which means a picture update too btw!)

I had such a yummy dinner tonight...grilled chicken taco pizza (comes in at about 130 calories a slice because I don't get sour cream and has lean protein, lots of veggies, whole grains and very little cheese) and a salad...YUM!

I work Monday evening so no Zumba for me until next Thursday (which is ok with me cuz I heard that the Monday instructor isn't that great and class isn't as fun) and perhaps I'll get Chris and the kiddo to meet me afterwards for a swim in the pool :) make it a famdamily affair (if Chris agrees of course hehe). This is going to be the first week in so long that I'll have ALL 4 DAYS OFF...and it's going to be heavenly. My phone is being turned off. I will not be answering the damn thing and I will NOT be going to work. I really just want to have a good week of exercise and family. Since Chris's work schedule got switched, we really don't get to spend that much time together anymore. Thank goodness I'm confident in our relationship and we love each other more than anything in this world. It hasn't affected "us" just the time we get to spend together. But it is pretty great that he can have nice home cooked meals after he gets home from a long day of work. And I love doin' it for him :)

Anyways, I think I'm procrastinating because I really REALLY don't want to even attempt to walk up the stairs.'ll all be worth it in the much as I may swear at the TV in the next 20 minutes...Wish me luck!

Friday, September 23, 2011

I Still Hate That B*tch!

And of course I'm still talking about Jillian Michaels...

Today was no easier than fact it was probably 100 times harder because I'm so goddamn sore I can barely walk! Bicycle crunches...HA! How about regular ones! But I did it! I made it through the workout...and if I don't die during the night I'll make it through tomorrow. The ridiculous part is...that it actually feels GOOD...I mean I feel like I actually worked out! Its awesome!!!

So as of bedtime I am exactly 1 week away from completing the No Soda September Challenge! I haven't cheated once and to be honest I haven't really missed it. I may extend the NSSC into October too!!! I feel so much better without so much artificial sweetener in my diet. I have been drinking very little Crystal Light, lots more water, and some milk. I also always put Splenda in my tea but I haven't had to worry about that as it's not quite cold enough out to need my morning tea when I'm heading to work...That'll come mid-October.

I am not getting nearly enough sleep. Just one day I would like to sleep until I wake up (without being sick). I absolutely hate jerking awake to an alarm clock. yes you can put your iPod on your favorite song to wake up to and it still sounds about as good as nails on a chalkboard at 5:30am. Or am I alone in this? I just don't do mornings well. What the hell was I thinking becoming a nurse?! I am fine at about 8 but any earlier than that I'm a BITCH.

Anyways, I hope everybody had a good week and will have an awesome weekend...I'll be working so when you're all having fun, think of me slaving away!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I'm talking about Jillian Michaels of course...

Today was supposed to be Zumba day...supposed to being the operative part of that sentence...I screwed up the times and showed up just as it was ending :( I was soooo ticked! I was so looking forward to that class. And because I missed it I had to do SOMETHING and seeing as how it was already getting dark (stupid fall) and I don't want to walk into a hungry grizzly who's getting ready for hibernation, I was stuck doing the 30DS...CRAP!!!

I hated every single frickin minute of it...I was in pain! And if one of you says "no pain no gain" I'm gonna cyber punch you in the ear!! I joke...I would never become violent...just secretly hate you...HAHA. But I finished it and I'm hoping I can walk like normal tomorrow. We'll see I suppose....and tomorrow will be day 2...Why do I punish myself?!

On the bright side I feel a ton better (at least I haven't thrown up today!) and I get to see my residents tomorrow. Love those little old people.

Finally...I can not express how excited I am that Grey's Anatomy is back!!! I love that show more than chocolate (which is good seeing as how I can't eat chocolate!). I also watched The Biggest Loser premier...Thought it was kinda boring. I mean, we didn't even get to know the contestants like always. Who wasn't praying for Abby to win on her series because of what she'd gone through! That's what this year is missing...And Anna is kinda a wimp...Yes she's got the older contestants and they aren't as capable of the exercise those in their 20s are...but she's too...soft. Sure no Jillian...Jillian gets to come into my house and kick my ass...Lucky me...I want Anna!

Gnight everybody!

Sooo Sick

Well I basically have felt like shit this whole week. I've had a cold that kicked my ass (and still kinda is) with blocked sinuses, headaches, body aches, sneezing, coughing, sore throats and runny noses. Then last night...Ugh I cringe just thinking about it...I either had an allergic reaction or a touch of the stomach flu...I ate half my dinner and felt so nauseous I just left the table while Chris was still eating and layed down on the couch...a few minutes later I threw up. I then spend the entire night tossing and turning cuz my tummy felt so gross and I felt as though I was gonna throw up again. I felt a bit better this morning when my alarm went off at 6:30 to get up for work but I was so exhausted from being up all night I called in sick (this was an extra shift anyways so no big deal financially). I went back to sleep and woke up at 9:30 feeling almost normal, just still tired. So I'm parked on the couch for right now watching Dragons Den. Needless to say with how shitty I've felt, exercise has been minimal and my eating could be better.

Now in true Taryn style, the bright side...I don't have to worry about the calories from dinner last night! HAHA

I'm going to be forcing myself to go to Zumba tonight and then will be starting the 30DS again tomorrow. Hopefully my body cooperates.

I want to apologize to all of you for my lack of work this week. I feel super guilty that I have fallen off the tracks and have let you all down. You are all awesome and such great support and are so inspiring and I hope that I'm that for some of you as well (even though I've been much less than inspiring lately). I WILL get back on track and I WILL beat this.

Hope everybody is doing much better than I am!!!

PS - 9 more followers until a giveaway...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weigh In #7

Just a quick update. It was my weigh in day today and it was a tad disappointing. I gained 0.4 lbs...BOOO. I'm still under 300 though!!! I kinda totally expected it. The first 4 days of this week I ate like shit and there just wasn't enough time to fix it (I almost did though!). Back at it!!! Have a great day everybody.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 1 Of The Shred Done

And I hate Jillian Michaels more than ever. I think I'm going to have a really hard time sticking to this because I really do NOT enjoy doing it. I enjoy going for walks and going to Zumba and going to the pool but the shred is just horrible. I'm gonna give it a real go but I'm really not willing to torture myself and perhaps go completely off the rails because I'm not enjoying myself. What I have been doing has been working (obviously seeing as how I've lost 17 lbs since I started weighing in...(probably closer to 25-30 had I kept track at the beginning too). But like I said I'm going to try.

Anyways, today was a pretty busy day for me at work but I got a lot accomplished and felt good about it, came home and watched Survivor, sent Chris off to work (well I pouted and whined cuz I didn't want him to go), headed right upstairs and did the shred, and as soon as this is posted I'm going to head to the grocery store for some yumminess in the form of fruits and veggies...and perhaps something for supper seeing as how its nearly 7...I totally found the yummiest sandwich EVER at the grocery store deli...turkey with Havarti, lettuce, tomato, pickles, cucumber and green pepper...I love Havarti cheese.

Anyways, I guess I don't have a ton more to say today.

OOooo I almost forgot...I wanna share the sentence in an email that MADE MY DAY the other day that I forgot to share yesterday. I was emailing back and forth to a co-worker whom I NEVER see because I work 4 on 4 off and she works 3 on 5 off...and her 3 on are on my days off. Anywho here is the sentence:

"I meant to tell you the last time I saw you how great you look. You are losing so much weight. Great job and keep it up...I know how hard it is but you're doing awesome"

Seriously...How amazing is my beautiful co-worker. She seriously made my day and made me grin from ear to ear....I'm gonna call that an NSV....TAKE THAT SCALE!!!!!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

I've Been A Bad BAD Blogger...

Oh my goodness guys I'm sooo sorry I've been neglecting  my blog. Let's get caught up on the events of my nutty life why dont we. My last post was on September 11th, my anniversary and I had a wonderful day. meal choices were AWFUL. I made Chris and the kiddo pancakes for breakfast (I just wanted to show my love for them! I dont make breakfast ever cuz I burn it every single time). Granted I didn't eat much of the pancakes and it could have been worse but listen to this...I didn't eat lunch because we took the kid to see the "sheepies" which turned out to not be there, then we went to the park. I was feeling so good that day that I wore a cute little sundress and strutted my stuff in it! Then we found ourselves an hour away from 5:30pm...with a starving to death child...and starving to death ourselves. Now because I live in such a small area, being an hour away means I'm pretty much in the middle of damn nowhere. We ended up at this little restraunt that had NOTHING healthy. And when I say nothing I mean I woulda had to sit there and sip my water with a lemon wedge and starve (which in hind sight I probably should have done)...but I figured, if I'm gonna eat shitty, I may as well cross something off my 30 by 30 list...and I was right, I HATE FISH AND CHIPS!

The next day we packed up and headed to Kelowna for an overnight, romantic anniversary trip. We had a subway breakfast (sooo yummy!) and then didn't eat until supper. I didn't eat any lunch because I literally thought I was gonna throw up. I was so nauseous the whole drive and during my bra and panties shopping spree ($350 on underwear...only me I tell you) but began feeling better by supper. We had a gift certificate to The Keg from my in-laws so I had a steak, baked potato and a side of veggies AFTER an appy of bruschetta. Now...if any of the high-ups of The Keg are reading this...2 spears of asparagus and a quarter of a red pepper is NOT a serving of bout bumpin that up a touch shall we? At just about this time Chris and I both began coming down with a cold. I swear to God that child carries every virus known to man, and a couple that scientists haven't discovered yet. I'm still fighting this cold to date.

The next day we drove home and unpacked the car and then I headed to bed right away because I worked my 12 hour day in Trail (so tack on that lovely 1 hour each way commute) the next day.

Today I worked an 8 hour shift and then went to Zumba, did a few laps in the pool then just swam leisurely, then soaked in the hot tub.

I guess what I'm getting at is this: I have not yet started my 30 Day Shred Challenge. I've been feeling like crap and have been so busy that I just haven't had time. I WILL be starting it tomorrow after work. For those of you who are rockin it out and doing great I'm so proud of you. I'm just REALLY hoping I don't see a gain on the scale this week. After this week it'd be a freakin' miracle!

On another note I got a blog award :D I'm so excited!

Liebster" means "favorite" or "beloved" in German. The award is to do a shout out to us bloggers with under 200 followers.  I have 58 as of right now (hey guys, spread the word! I really want to do a giveaway when I hit 75 followers but it's been taking forever to get there!) and you all rock! I'm supposed to send this award to 5 of the followers I adore that have under 200 followers themselves sooo...*drum roll here*

Shannon at 365 days of weight loss - She's seriously awesome! And so sweet too. Love her

Katelyn at Losing for good - She is my girl. I absolutely adore her. Best text friend I've never met. and She's seriously rockin the weight loss JC style

Teresa at one girl one goal - She was my first follower and is just the sweetest little thing ever

Grace at wanna be former fat girl - This girl lives about 2 hours from me and I WILL MEET HER someday! She's also super lovely and cute. Turns out there's like 6 degrees of separation between her and I which is soooo weird.

And last but not least Tim at fat.boy.thin - He's English, he's crazy funny and totally cool...Hey girls lets hear it for the boys!!!!

Alright y'all. Now its your turn to pass it on!

Ok and finally, I want to apologize for not commenting on blogs...Blogger is being f'in fruuuuuustrating and wont let me comment!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Weigh in #6 - GOODBYE 300s!!!!!!!

Just a quick post in addition to my previous post that had nothing to do with weight loss.

I worked my ass off this week and the scale showed it! I'm down 3.4 more pounds putting me at 298.8!!!! A total of 17.1 lbs. Never again shall I see a number that high on the scale!

Good luck to all you other weigh-inners!



Good morning everybody,

Today is a bittersweet day for me.

The sweet is that it's Chris and I's 2 year anniversary. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BABE. I love you with all my heart. You have given me the best 2 years of my life and I am happier than I ever thought I'd be. You mean the world to me.

The bitter, of course, is the anniversary of 9/11 (in hindsight, we could have picked a better day to go on our first date haha). I know all of us remember where we were that fateful day. I was at home in bed (because I live in western Canada it was very early in the morning). My brother burst into my bedroom and yelled at me "The states is under attack! The states is under attack!". Me being 15 years old didn't listen to him and screamed at him to get out of my room. Then I heard my mom in the living room yelling at me to get up. In my groggy state I began to comprehend what they were saying and I jumped up and ran into the living room and sat down just in time to watch the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower. I sat there in disbelief. How could this happen? And why? Questions were buzzing through my head. We watched the news coverage and watched that plane crash again and again and again, still in shock and not understanding the full impact of what had just happened. I got ready for school and by the time I got there the severity of the attacks was revealed. By that time all 4 planes had crashed and the towers had collapsed. Our teachers put classwork aside, brought in TVs and all we did was watch the coverage and discuss what this means in a world today. I don't think we ever understood the impact that 9/11/01 would have.

Now as we look back 10 years later, I'm still in disbelief that the attacks happened. That on a clear and crisp September morning, thousands of people lost their lives, their parents, their sons, their daughters, and for what? And then the ensuing war where thousands more were lost. It's just unfathomable that a few hours on 1 day, caused so much heartache.

As a member of the medical community as well as having a father who is a firefighter, paying respects to those who were lost is important to me. And I hope that you will all join in with me and observe a moment of silence today and take time to remember the sacrifices that soldiers made over seas, as well as the innocent people who passed away on 9/11.

Thank you Photobucket for the image

And I'll leave you with a song by Garth Brooks.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Today is going to be a good day. I've already gone for a walk and I've caught up on blog reading. Plus I had a good sleep last night. I just generally am feeling more energetic and happy. I have always been a generally happy person, and these past 2 years have been the best of my life. I met the man of my dreams, graduated nursing school, got a full time job in a job market that has little full time jobs for nurses, am living in my dream house with my little family, and am just content.

However, there has been less than rosey times in my life. Today reading Miss April's blog I got really really emotional. She posted a link to a fellow blogger (who is not on my blog roll, nor will I allow to read mine), who is so critical and has attacked some of the writers of the blogs he reads. He says that he doesn't do it to make himself feel better, but the only reason to write such mean and hateful thing's is to boost your own self esteem. It's low self esteem that has been proven to create bullies. And the words he wrote would definitely fall under the category of being a bully. Reading his words threw me back to my childhood and the first time that a boy made me self conscious and feel bad about myself.

I was in Grade 3 (so that puts me at what 8-9 years old?) and I had finished my lunch that I'm sure my parents ever so lovingly packed for me to take to school and was headed down the stairs to go outside and play on the playground with my friends when a boy who was at least grade 6, singled me out and called me fat. Now before this I had never looked at my body with a critical eye. Yes I was taller than most of the kids in my grade and looking back at class pictures was a little bit bigger, but not by much. Needless to say I was crushed. That moment is embedded in my brain. I can hear the sound of his voice, I remember the feeling in my stomach and heart (literally felt as though I'd been kicked in the guts), I remember the heat of my cheeks as I got embarrassed, and I remember the feeling of the tears on those hot cheeks. Why would a boy I didn't know, still don't know, and never will know, think that it's OK to make a little girl feel the way he made me feel (hope everybody is seeing the similarities).

The answer to that is...It's not OK! Perhaps these boys (I refuse to call them men because that would imply that they'd grown up) should watch Bambi and listen to those ever-so-wise words of Thumper "If you can't say nothin' nice, don't say nothin' at all".

Yes, I realize that I am of ample size, but I'm doing something about it! Yes, I'm going to slip up and eat *cringe* Taco Bell, but I'm not going to give up! Yes, I'm not the perfect picture of health at the moment, but I will be! Yes, my weight loss is slow, but it's not going the other way! Yes, the odds are against me, but I will beat those odds and, like in gambling, the payoff will be even greater. I do NOT need your reminder of the negative parts of these statements. I'm perfectly capable of realizing that myself. I'm not an idiot! What I do need is somebody to remind me that I can finish those sentences the way I have above. To be supportive to somebody in their weight loss journey is much more difficult than being critical. Of course I could pick out what people are doing wrong (and I can pick it out in myself too!), but if I realize what I did wrong, chances are they know too, so why add insult to injury when I could help pick them up, dust them off and give em a smack on the ass to get them moving forwards again!?

I also find it inappropriate for men to judge women on the progress of their weight loss journey (it's inappropriate for other women too though!) simply because they don't live day-to-day in our bodies. It is a medically proven fact that men lose weight quicker than women due to the hormones that cause them to build muscle faster, and of course, muscle burns calories. They also do not have the monthly hormonal imbalances that throw us for a freakin' loop and send us into a tizzy of tears, cravings, and overall bitchiness. Like I have told Chris, if you think it's hard dealing with me while I'm like this, try being in this body, feeling this way that's making me act like this. It's no picnic. Women are more likely to put others before themselves (thank you maternal instinct), so while men can say "Going to the gym is more important to me than cleaning the kitchen", women often guilt themselves into cleaning the kitchen because that's traditionally the "woman's job". Who knew that during the feminist movement we'd end up with 2 jobs. Our economical job of bringing home a paycheck, and our domestic job of cooking and cleaning and doing laundry and tending to children. Somehow what we needs gets pushed to the back of our to do lists that we've scribbled down and have posted all over the house. Some of us, I'm one of them, are very lucky that our men are self sufficient and really won't starve to death if we don't get dinner made because we're busy, which makes it easier to move ourselves forward on that list. But for some, this is the most difficult part. Realizing that we are worth putting our effort into ourselves and realizing that it's really not the end of the world if dinner is not on the table the moment that our husband/boyfriend/partner walks in the door and yells "honey, I'm home!". I've realized this and I've let go of that guilt. No I may not have the cleanest house in the world and there may be dirty laundry but I got out for a walk this morning.

Last night at Zumba there was a lady there who must have been in her 60s, and obviously was not in the greatest shape and we met up in the locker room as we were going into the studio to start class. I was talking to my friend about how nervous I was and she joined in the conversation and said that somebody had told her that this class may be too "intense" for her and she shouldn't even give it a shot (wow talk about destructive!), but she decided to show up anyways and try it. She told me this and I looked at her and said "well how much do you want to bet that the person that said that is at this very moment sitting on their butt watching TV" she looked at me and said "I guarantee you that's where she is" but her whole demeanor changed and she looked much more confident and she had so much fun. Driving out of the parking lot I saw her, stopped, rolled down the window and told her I hoped to see her next week. Now to me, that is the kind of interaction that is appropriate and is helpful. I don't understand why it's so hard for some people to get that message into their heads!

OK I'm going to end this post as it seems to be long enough. I just want to thank everybody who has been so supportive and loving as I continue along this journey. Love you all! XOXOXO

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hooked On Zumba!!!!

Today was my first Zumba class and needless to say I fell in love like 10 minutes in. It was A-MA-ZING!!!! and so much fun too! Did it feel like I was "working out"?? Not really. Did I sweat my ass off? Ummm I think drippy is the right word to describe how sweaty I was. I was so nervous going in because 1) I have no rhythm 2) I'm fat and have no rhythm and 3) I knew there'd be skinny people there WITH rhythm. But I still went anyways. Thank god my friend, who's also a bigger girl, came with me or I would have never walked through those doors. There were about 20 people in this class and besides the instructor there were only 2 people who'd ever done Zumba before so I wasn't the only one who was COMPLETELY lost 90% of the time. I spent most of the time figuring out what the hell I was supposed to do then I'd do 2 steps of it properly and she'd switch moves. Buy I didn't care! I was having fun. Anybody out there who hasn't tried Zumba I highly suggest you just give it a chance! There were  people my age and younger up to a lady in her 60s! So if she can do it and I didn't need CPR after doing can do it too! I am going to re-organize my rewards because it costs $7.20 for a day pass to the NDCC and that includes access to the weight room, the cardio machines, all the classes AND the pool. But with a pass then I don't have to worry about carrying cash!

So I've definitely made a mental shopping list for when I go to Kelowna. I NEED some comfortable running shoes. I haven't mentioned much about my Reebok Easytones because they KILL my feet. They're what I wore today in Zumba and by the end my feet felt like they were on fire. I wore them to work once and I ended up walking around in my socks half way through the day (and if you've ever been in a nursing home you know that's a brave move). So I need 2 pairs of course, one for classes and one for outside. I absolutely need a racer back sports bra. I am so damn sick of pulling my bra straps up because they've slipped off my shoulders while I'm running or now doing Zumba, and now apparently I need some tighter fitting yoga pants because mine are getting too loose and falling down...exposing my hot pink and zebra striped underoos, along with some more bras and underwear.

So now I'm off to have some supper and then break out the Jillian DVD...I may regret it but if I can walk through those doors at the gym today...I can swear work my way through a silly DVD! Lets do this ladies! We are worth every drop (or river) of sweat and every single "F*CK YOU JILLIAN!!!" that it takes to get to our weight loss goals! WOO!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Walk/Run, Shred And Zumba OH MY!!!!

Yes you read that right. As of tomorrow I will officially be doing all 3 of those things in my exercise routine. I plan on walking DAILY (the operative word in that sentence is plan, there are some days where it's just impossible due to 14 hour work days and living where the grizzly bears do!), Zumba is on Mondays and Thursdays (although working an 8 day rotation where I do work some evenings, there will be some times when I miss that too), and tomorrow I have to start the 30 day shred challenge as it is my anniversary on the 11th and I certainly do not plan on torturing myself that day, then I'll be going out of town on the 12th and 13th and then I work another long ass 14 hour day on the 14th so...I gotta get 3 days in before the challenge even starts.

I have been doin what I can this week so far. My meals have been on track and I haven't skipped a walk when I can help it. I even find myself not even thinking about it anymore. I just go. It's definitely a good habit that I now have. I've stayed away from soda (Chris even has had some in the fridge just to taunt me...thank you honey cuz I know you'll read this). He's just damn lucky I don't like regular pepsi. HA!

Something just feels very different about this weight loss and lifestyle change attempt. I feel strong and empowered, not deprived and whiny. Does that mean I don't whine when I really don't want to walk up that final hill to the house? Absolutely not! It just means that I have more moments where I feel as though I can kick this extra person I'm carrying on my body to the curb. I know the only thing stopping me is me and I'm not willing to be my own excuse! That's just lame!

I wanted to tell you all about this evening! I ran farther than before! I felt soooo good. I was done my run/walk in like half the time (now if that's not motivation to run I dunno what is...get it done and over with faster!). I felt so good. Then I got in the car, got myself some subway (something about Chris being at work makes me not wanna cook), then drove to the Nelson & District Community Complex to pick up a guide to figure out when Zumba was, texted a friend from work and made plans to go tomorrow at 5:15pm! I'm so excited to go make a fool out of myself. Lets just say this girl's got no rhythm...perhaps that will change!? They say it's "easy to follow along" so...we'll see!

Wish me luck!!!!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tomorrow starts another work week

I took an extra shift in Trail this week (so I'll have one of those ever pleasant 14 hour days with the commute) and I'm back to work a day earlier than I planned. Oh well. At least the extra paycheck will be nice to have. I have gone for walks with Chris the past 2 nights, but obviously tomorrow I wont be getting out there. I really want to make sure I get out there every other day until my next weigh in. I can't help when work gets in the way. I wish that tomorrow wasn't going to be blastfully hot and I didn't have to dress in business attire or I'd go for a walk on my lunch break. Perhaps I'll decide that tomorrow is an outing day and force everybody to go out for some exercise. HA! I love being the nurse in charge!

Last night I just did NOT feel like cooking so we ordered pizza. I got a grilled chicken taco pizza with no sour cream on a multigrain thin crust. Instead of sauce it has salsa then the toppings included grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and a light sprinkling of cheddar cheese. Not very unhealthy at all. I looked up the nutrition facts and it came in at 170 calories per 1 large slice so not bad at all! Tonight I made homemade chicken fingers and fries with spaghetti squash. I have felt so bad that since I've decided that I have to get healthy and lose weight that Chris has suffered and hasn't been allowed to eat his favorite foods, so I treated him. I'll put my chicken finger recipe in my recipes tab if anybody wants it.

I've also been doing really well with the No Soda September challenge. I've drank a couple glasses of crystal light iced tea but other than that all I've had is water. Hopefully I'm flushing my system out. How's everybody else doing with it?

Also, I now have a total of 6 (including myself) partaking in the 30 Day Shred challenge. If anybody else wants to join us just send me an email at tarynmarchi(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll send you the details and the schedule. It's to start on the 12th so you all have until the 10th to email me for it. I likely will not be around on the 11th as it's my 2 year anniversary with my awesomely wonderful and loving boyfriend. Seems like just yesterday we had our first date and here we are 2 years later.

This long weekend has been great. I hope everybody else had a fantastic weekend as well. What did everybody get up to?! I hope that everybody made good choices but also didn't deprive themselves and made the weekend torture. Here's to the start of another season and the beginning of another (cooler and easier to workout in).


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Weigh In #5

Down another 1.1 lbs. Nothing spectacular, but I was expecting that. I'm not 302.2...I actually didn't weigh in until today as I completely and utterly forgot to do it yesterday. Yesterday we were out of the house by 7:30am to get to Creston where my dad was competing in a 4 event firefighting competition. Because I had worked until 11 the night before, didn't get to sleep until 12:30-1am and was up by 6:15...I was kinda a zombie, hence my forgetfulness. But anyways, I did it today and did see that small loss that I expected to see. I really have to get my butt in gear here. Quickly.

So the events of yesterday were fun! It was a lot of sun though and my poor man ended up pretty sun burnt (and I have a few patches where the sunscreen was missed. We were so busy worrying about the kid and making sure she was sunscreened up and wearing a hat that we weren't paying attention to what was happening to us. Following the competition we had a yummy steak dinner with baked potatoes, salad, corn on the cob and buns. Of course I had dinner with my family but I definitely was conscious of what was going on my plate. Because there was full fat sour cream I used a very small amount and also only used a small amount of salad dressing. Glad I'm more conscious about what's going into my mouth.

My dad with a perfect hit on a target!

Anyways, I don't really have a lot to say today. Will be going for a walk tonight with Chris and that'll be that! Hope everybody is having a good long weekend!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Motivation IV STAT

This week has sucked. I have had no motivation to get out there and exercise. I can only think of 2 days where I've gone for walks. Eating has been pretty good but I know that my body requires BOTH the exercise and eating well to lose weight. It makes me so mad to hear of those people (you know THOSE people) who can just eat right and kinda half ass it on the exercise and still post losses...although admittedly those people are few and far between (thank god or I'd have to smack somebody).

I should have got up this morning and got dressed immediately and gone for a walk but I just didn't feel like it. I had a hell of a night at work last night. Where I work is divided into 6 cottages of 12-18 residents, and as a nurse I'm responsible for 2 of the 6 cottages to give meds, assess, etc. But also as the RN I'm responsible for the entire building because I have 2 LPNs who are working in the other 4 cottages who rely on me if they need me. I also (theoretically) have 2 care aides who do the personal care for the residents and serve meals. Well last night I was short 2 of my care aides, and 1 of the care aides I did have was super new and...well lets just say isn't as efficient at her job as she could be. So needless to say I was crazy ass busy last night and came home exhausted. I then, instead of just going to bed, stayed up and watched the news, then watched the 2 recorded Big Brother's (So glad Shelly went home!) and poured myself into bed at about 1am. I woke up early to Chris rolling over and taking all the blankets with him and was kinda awake since then, finally getting out of bed at about 9 to just sit on the couch, read blogs and watch the price is right.

What the hell happened? I was so motivated a month ago...and I still am I guess. I still have the willpower to eat well, haven't even had a thought of drinking pop/soda, and really WANT to go for a walk...I just don't have the energy to get off my butt today, until I go to work at 3. I'm fully expecting to see a HORRIBLE weigh in this week. A gain? I doubt it. A loss? Perhaps a small one. I absolutely need to get back on track and quickly. I want to lose at least 10lbs a month (doable I think, at least for the time being). This being the beginning of September, thank goodness I have time to fix it. I lost over 12lbs last month so I'm on track there. Another thing that may save my butt is the 30 Day Shred challenge I'm starting with Miss April on the 12th (the day after my 2 year anniversary). If anybody else wants to partake in this 30 days of absolute torture fitness, email me at tarynmarchi(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll send you the schedule.

Also a big shout out to everybody participating in No Soda September. Lets do this! If we can go one month why not 2...or 3...or having 1 every 6 months as a treat!? It's not realistic to say "I'm never going to drink pop again!!" because...what else are you going to mix rum with?? You need Coke/Pepsi for that for sure! Haha. Anyways, I'm gonna wait for Chris to wake up and hopefully he'll help get me off my ass to go for a walk before work...or maybe I'll just paint my toenails...HAHA.

Tomorrow will be a busy day but hopefully full of lots of fun. Details on that Sunday probably with some awesome photos...Which reminds me! I need to charge the camera battery! Have a great weekend everybody!!!