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Friday, November 25, 2011

I Feel AMAZING

Question: What do you do when you have to get to the gym 45 minutes early to sign up for Zumba so you get a spot in the class?
Answer: Hop on the treadmill for 2kms at a 2% incline and 3.8 mile an hour speed of course! (I probably could have gone 3kms but I had to pee and stuff before Zumba started).

Haha. So I did really awesome on exercise yesterday. I've been doing Zumba for a couple months now but last night Samantha kicked it up a little bit (plus I felt confident enough to do some of the more "advanced" steps...ie adding squats into a grapevine) and I kid you know I had sweat dripping down my face, chest, back, butt...you get the idea. And it felt AWESOME!!!! I took a friend from work there and she loved it too and wants to go next week! I have a feeling we'll be practicing steps at work though because she was pretty lost the whole time and she kept running into me haha. But that's what I was like on my first time too so...I have hope for her yet! I can feel the muscles in my butt a little bit today but I'm not really sore at all which makes me feel like I'm really getting more fit because before I started this journey, I probably wouldn't have been able to move after all that exercise.

But instead of not being able to move, I'm going to be heading out to shovel my damn driveway again. I wish that the weather would make up it's mind. Either rain or snow...pick one and stick with it!!! And please please please don't give us snow THEN rain just to make the snow weigh 5 billion pounds when I'm trying to shovel it!

This evening Chris and I are going to go shopping and I'll be looking for a few Christmas items for his stocking. I have a pretty good idea what I'm going to get him. As for gifts we're not getting each other anything because we got Harley and we're going to be buying a living room set (hopefully at boxing week prices!) and that'll be our gifts.

Anyways, I hope all you Americans had a good thanksgiving and are having fun black Friday shopping (I WIIIIIISH!!!!)

PS - Check out Tim's blog. He's doing a giveaway of the sweetest most cute Christmas Teddy bear ever...you can see his giveaway here

Thursday, November 24, 2011

100 Followers And Zumba!

It's that day again!!! Zumba day! I LOVE Thursdays (and now Mondays now that my favorite Zumba instructor is teaching BOTH Zumba classes!!! That's handy cuz I work shift work on an 8 day rotation so now I'll be able to make at least 1 Zumba class a week and sometimes TWO!). I've also recruited another friend from work and she'll be joining me. I find it so much more fun when there's people you know there. But it's still fun even if there's not! I'm still trying to convince my mom (yes I know you're reading this mother so start feeling guilty) to come and join me to see if the Zumba bug will bite her.

In other news...My mom totally rocks. She's already bought Chris and I our birthday presents (his birthday isn't until January and mine's not til March) and it should be here next week. She got me a *drumroll* TREADMILL....or should I say awful machine of torture, tears and sweat???? This is awesome though because as you know there is a crap ton of snow here (well it's starting to melt now cuz it's been raining here the past couple days...welcome to November in Nelson!) so I'm really not feeling walking outside...because I may be...JUST MAY BE...slightly klutzy and would probably bite it and hurt myself...and I can't afford that! So...I'm going to start the C25K program here shortly. Hopefully that'll carry me through the holidays!!!

Finally, today is the day that I hit 100 followers!!! Soooo that means time for a giveaway. But there'll be more details on that later today or tomorrow because I still have to go to the store and figure out what I'll be giving away. So stay tuned for that!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Yankie Doodle Dandy followers...Hope you're having a great time with family and friends and are eating smartly!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weigh In #14

Today marked another week and I'm down 1lb. Now weighing in at 293.3. I've eaten really well, shovelled lots of snow (I have 4 and a half foot snow banks at the side of my driveway even though it has rained all day), gone to Zumba and worked extra shifts. I'm hoping a skimpy loss is just my body saying "um what the hell woman...let's eat consistantly (good consistantly of course)" and that next weeks loss will be better. I'm sure it will be. I feel much more balanced. I haven't felt this good in weeks.

Chris and I put up our Christmas lights today and they look great!! I will post pics later once I download them to my computer.

For now I will leave you with a picture of the stupid amount of snow outside my house.

Hope everybody is doing great!!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

You Know You're Canadian When...

1) Your dinner gets delayed because your other half is stuck at work because of the road closures due to the freak November snow storm
2) You don't need to go to a gym after shoveling the driveway covered in heavy wet snow (but you do anyways)
3) Despite the snowfall warnings, you haven't bought a shovel yet because you know you'll be able to make it to the store despite the ridiculous amount of snow on the roads
4) It takes you 10 minutes from the time you leave the house until you get in the car because you have to dig it out
5) It starts snowing 20 minutes after you finish shoveling the driveway

So that was the last 24 hours at my house! Hope everybody else is having a fantastic day! Let me tell you...shovelling snow is a great workout...weight training and cardio mixed into one! Even so, I'm still heading to Zumba tonight with my friend Laura (I may have threatened her with bodily harm to ensure she was coming as she's bailed on me 1 too many times). So excited!

Don't forget to watch/set your TiVo, DVR, PVR, VCR if you're old school, to record Dr. Oz tomorrow (check your local listings for times!)!!! Katie @ Runs For Cookies is on the show to show off her amazing transformation. Man, she worked hard and is such an inspiration. Currently she's at home recovering from having a tummy tuck and lower body lift to get rid of her excess skin (and looks phenomenal 2 days post op by the way). She is absolutely amazing. I highly suggest you check out her blog if you haven't already. I know my PVR is set (stupid work!!! I wanna call in sick just so I can be home to see it as it airs!) and so very very excited to see it. I've seen several previews as well as watched Dr. Oz on Rachael Ray the other day and my excitement has just grown! One day that'll be me...Not necessarily on Dr. Oz even though that'd be really really cool, but being able to show off my body and all the hard work that I've done.

I'm getting so excited for Christmas. We have bought nearly all our lights (for those of you who don't know, I just moved into the house I live in so this is the first time I get to decorate more than just the tree) and outside decorations and they'll be going up on Tuesday. Chris was bound and determined that he would not be hanging lights this year...but when you tell a 3 year old that Santa won't find her unless the house has Christmas lights on it and she gets all upset...daddy agrees *insert evil laugh here* Can't wait to see my house all decked out for the holiday season. The only bummer about it being the Christmas season is that I love to bake Christmas goodies. Seriously, usually mid November I'm a shortbread baking, chocolate making nut...but not this year. This year is going to be different. The cookies, chips, dips, chocolates, crackers, cheese and meats will be replaced with veggies and fruits...Now all I have to do is avoid every other person on this planets house until January 2nd! I will probably bake sugar cookies with the kiddo but those will promptly be packed up and sent to Chris's work.

What is everybody else's plan for avoiding the treats that come at this time of year? What kind of snacks will you put out for guests? Does anybody have any good and healthy snack recipes so that I don't have to give up my love of being in the kitchen baking up a storm? Any and all suggestions are welcome and will be helpful.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Weigh In #13

So after a missed weigh in and knowing that this weigh in wouldn't be good...I was brave, put on my proverbial big girl panties and stepped on the scale. Not gonna lie though, I had visions of seeing that starting number on there and being back to square one. Thank God it wasn't that bad. I did see a gain but NOT the 20+ pounds I was having nightmares of! I weighed in today at 294.3lbs which is a 2.8lb gain from 2 weeks ago. Time to get my ass in gear! I am thankful that it was only 2.8lbs...it could have been much worse for not being on track for a while. Hope everybody is doing well. I've been reading everybody's blogs but not commenting that much. I will do better at that too. Good luck to those who are weighing in today.

PS - Snow is still falling here...I swear it's only November but it really looks like December out there!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Crazy Week...

This week marked the first week back to work for Chris so we got to figure out how things were going to work with Harley. The day before Chris went back to work we took Harley to the vet for his shots...and subsequently he was up sick all night so I got to sleep on the couch with him (he just wanted to cuddle and slept in the crook of my elbow, but also had to make several emergency potty runs...poor pup). The next night was MUCH better and he slept nearly all night. Then it came time for me to work my day shifts...and Harley got introduced to his pen...and they are not friends...at all. He cried and woke me up at 5am cuz he was lonely. The next night was worse...I was up half the night with him. But surprisingly he's actually getting better with sleeping THANK GOD.

In addition to still figuring out things with Harley, we found out that the other full time nurse (there's only 2...me and this other lady) is going to be off work indefinitely for an extended period of time while she battles a significant illness. This means more hours and more money for me (yay)...less time with my family and for working out (boo!). But yes, I will be making the time because I'm definitely worth being healthy and happy. And my family deserves it too.

I am getting back on track today. So far so good anyways. Unfortunately though, we now have snow...Yep I said it...And it doesn't look like it's going anywhere...So I guess I'll be limited to the gym and doing the 30DS. Ah well..I guess that's Canada. I will be weighing in this week and I'm PRAYING it's not awful but I know it will be. I know it's a gain which SUCKS but hopefully that'll give me the kick in the pants I've been needing. We'll see how it goes.

Jillian @ I'm In Love Alright, With My Crazy Beautiful Life is hosting a giveaway. It's not weight loss related but it's awesome all the same. I'm a huge scrap booking junkie. I love doing it (in fact, I made a scrapbook of wedding pictures for my sister-in-law for Christmas last year). The only thing I don't like about it is that it takes a LONG time...there's lots of cutting and mess making and I always always always end up with glue on my hands...and I haaate being sticky. So with virtual scrap booking there is far less of that but you can still add personal touches. I sooooo want to win that software!!!!! I have a ton of pics I need to scrapbook! So feel free to check out her blog but don't you dare enter her giveaway or I'll have to kill you....just kidding! (Not really though!) hehe.

So, that's been my crazy week...and I'm sure this next few months will be crazy too, so hang on for a wild ride. I appreciate all of you sticking with me even though I've been a lazy jerk lately. Love you all!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Blog Award And No Weigh In...

So...I've been struggling...big time. No weigh in this week because I know its not good and I don't want to get discouraged. Fuck. This sucks big time...I so badly want to be back on track and I just need to do it but grrrrr.

In other news...KLA at Can I Learn To Think Like A Thin Person passed along the Versatile Blogger award to me. YAY



Verstile:  ver-sa-tile [vur-suh-tl] or, especially British, [vur-suh-tahyl]:  capable of, or adapted for, turning easily from one to another various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.:  a versatile writer.
Word information source:  www.dictionary.com

So, as a recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award, I must share seven things about myself and pass the award on to 15 newly discovered bloggers.

7 Things:

1) I was born the 3rd month, 3rd day at 3:33 am
2) I have curly hair but straighten it on a daily basis
3) I absolutely can not stand clutter and am a neat freak (to a slightly neurotic degree)
4) I was student council president in highschool
5) Feet gross me out...I don't even like touching my own feet
6) I used to pitch on a competitive fastball team
7) I still have 2 baby teeth at the old age of 25

Now to pick 15 followers:

1) Rachellabelle @ My Hips Don't Lie
4) Sarah @ Thinfluenced
6) Kristin @ And She Ran...
8) Becca @ Size 24 No More
9) Sarah @ Fat So Sarah
11) Teresa @ One Girl One Goal
12) Kris @ Fat Boy Kris
13) Katelyn @ Losing For Good
14) Jen @ A New Poison
15) Paul @ Fat Man Writing

Just to be clear, I never checked to see if any of these people had already received this award. In fact, I'd be surprised if they hadn't because they're all awesome. Also, Some of these blogs are not "new to me"...but they are blogs I really enjoy reading and I think everybody should read them. So...there's my post for today...I'm going to attempt to get my ass in gear so I can continue losing weight. Hope everybody is doing great!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

More Complaining

Feel free to skip this post if you don't want to hear any whining! I have had an awful week at work. I am getting so goddamn sick of that place. The only thing is...I cant bear to even think about leaving my residents...They are all so awesome and I love each and every one of them (yes some days are frustrating with difficult behaviors but...that's long term care nursing). And basically...There are no other full time jobs, so if I want to be able to pay my bills and eat...I'm stuck. We've had BOTH staff cutbacks and wage cuts in the last year and because of that...work sucks. The big wig of the company came in the other day and basically sat there and said "there's nothing I can do" and "my hands are tied" about 100 times...Don't really know what the whole point of him coming was...just pissed everybody off even more.

On top of work being super shitty, the cutest pup in the entire world has decided to also be the cutest pup in the entire world that doesn't want to sleep! He's up 2-3 times a night and by 6am hes UP for the day...Chris and I are both tired and frustrated and we need to figure out something that works to make him sleep!!! Last night was better...we set up his pen in the kitchen so that if he woke up he could wander around a little bit at least but at 4:30 he decided he was lonely and cried...so I got up and cuddled him and gave him some food and water then went back to bed...didn't work. As soon as I left he started crying again so I was just gonna leave him cuz I knew he would figure it out that crying doesn't get him what he wants...but he continued on and I ended up getting up at about 5:45 with him and he's only had short naps since then.

I have absolutely sucked on the diet and exercise front lately...I've gotta get back on track here. I've really been struggling since I got off holidays because of all the work shit. After I finish dealing with all that crap I'm just exhausted (and Harley not sleeping doesn't help!)...I need some motivation. And soon...

Sorry for the depressing post. Hope everybody is doing better than I.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My First Day Back Was HELL!!!

I'm so tired! I was so damn busy today that I didn't even have a break until nearly 1pm!!! I was famished. Good thing I packed a healthy lunch of a stuffed pepper and yogurt! I got to work and from 5 minutes after my shift started until 2:30 my phone would not stop ringing. My med rooms were a disgusting mess. I had an admission to do. I had to arrange appointments with outside agencies. I had a wound care specialist coming to see one of my residents. AND I had lab reqs to do (which incidentally hadn't been done properly in 3 weeks so there were a LOT because of the people that were missed). IRRITATING. Sigh...I knew I wasn't ready to go back. Tomorrow the big wig from Kelowna is coming for a general staff meeting...and I guarantee you he is not going to like what he hears. Hopefully his visit will open his eyes and he'll realize he needs to spend a little money to make/keep his staff happy so that they want to come to work (staffing has been a real issue lately...we're constantly working short staffed which increases everybody's work load in a big way). Anyways...enough bitching and moaning...

I was so surprised at how tired I was after work today. I nearly fell asleep on the couch cuddling with Chris (who still has a week left of holidays...brat) and Harley. I tell yah you take some time off and then going back is physically EXHAUSTING. Probably didn't help that I was so busy that I didn't even have time to pee!

Tomorrow is Zumba night. Here's hoping that my friends don't wussy out and I don't end up going alone...Even if I do, it's something I need to do for me and I have fun so who gives a shit if I go alone.

My parents are coming for dinner on Sunday to meet Harley and spend some time with Chris, the kiddo and I. Should be fun. I hope they bring presents haha (I say this because I know my mom reads my blog). Poor Harley has to go to the vet on Monday for his second round of puppy shots...gonna break my heart if he yelps...poor pup.

Anyways, I'm going to go finish watching Survivor with the boys. Talk to y'all later!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I'm Back...And Back To Work

Hi everybody!!! Well my holidays are over and I head back to work tomorrow (booooooo). I'm not really ready to go back but...I guess I have to seeing as how I have bills to pay and whatnot. Sigh. I guess the good news is that I have holidays again at the beginning of March so I can start counting down to that now haha. I can't believe how fast my holidays went! I was a busy lady.

I went and visited my parents for a couple days and was kept busy there visiting and then going down to the states to do some shopping. My parents bought Chris and I a GORGEOUS framed picture to hang in our house. Once we find a spot and get it hung up I'll be sure to post a photo of it.

We also, obviously, got little Harley and brought him home. That's been an experience. He's up every 2 hours at night so I haven't gotten the sleep I planned on! Haha. But he's definitely sweet and I love him so much. He's definitely a wonderful addition to the family.

I decorated the house for Halloween, carved pumpkins, had my in-laws for dinner, cleaned up the Halloween decorations, planned Christmas decorations, tried new recipes and relaxed as much as I could. It's been a wonderful holiday!!!

I have, however, slacked off big time on exercise and haven't eaten the greatest...although I haven't eaten horrible either. I definitely did get into trouble with the Halloween candy seeing as how we were expecting 2-3 times the number of kids we did get so we stocked up on candy...and have a TON left over...Oh well. Time to practice willpower. Now that I'm going back to work my normal routine will be back in full swing and I'll be more able to stay on track. It was nice to have a break from reality for a little while but I must get back to it and get my weight down. I would LOVE to be down to 250lbs by my birthday (March 3rd). So that's roughly 4 months to lose about 40lbs...doable I think if I put my mind to it! So there's my short term goal.

Also, I must share the recipe for what I made for dinner tonight. It was the very first time I made stuffed peppers and OH.MY.GOD!!!! So yummy and I made them as low fat low cal as I could. Check out my recipe page. For details! Yum Yum (I do have a photo as well that I'll add once I download the pictures!).

Finally...Here are some more pictures from the last few days!


Nap time for Harley





Our awesome pumpkins - Chris's, Harley's little one, mine, and the kiddos


The candy table


Front porch ready for trick-or-treaters