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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Reality Check, Weigh In, & Check In

I was in need of a big reality check. I've been on this journey for nearly a year and I've lost weight. Over 30lbs. Not all that impressive but still an accomplishment. I was floating along in my happy little bubble thinking that with the weight I have lost that I've become more fit and that becoming slack in my workouts wouldn't be that big of a deal because I wasn't that fit to begin with so there's not too far to slide back. WRONG. Today I decided that I was gonna hit the treadmill for the first time in a while and thought that I should be able to hop back on it at W4D1 of C25K and be ok with that. I mean, it's only 4 minutes of running, I could run for 10 not all that long ago. I couldn't do it. I figure I'm back at about W2...but I'm going to be starting the program over...AGAIN. Christ almighty...You'd think that I'd have learned something by reading blogs and being the author of one. Apparently not. I'm discouraged, frustrated with myself, angry, upset, embarrassed. But if anything this gave me the wake up call I needed.

I have been busy today though. and I plan on keeping that way. Today I was outside most of the morning. I hosed off the driveway, cleaned our front porch, bagged the yard waste that Chris raked up the other day, cleaned up the yard a little more (getting rid of the doggy poops), raked along side the house (the side of the house is lined with rocks and there were tons of leaves in there), weeded along the side of the house, bagged all  that yard waste, and cleaned off the back porch. Following that was my C25K disaster...which wasn't as horrible as a disaster as I'm making it out to be...I didn't quit, but I did walk the last 2 run intervals, and still burned over 250 calories. Finally, following this post I will begin the house clean that I usually do on my last day off. So all in all a pretty active, productive day.

On to my RFS Week #4 Check in.

Weight: To weigh in and see where I'm at: After 2 weeks of being completely off track I gained 2.8lbs...Could have been me. Current weight is: 283.9lbs.
NSV: Start spring cleaning - Success!
Nutrition: Get back on track - Working on it!
Fitness: 2 workouts...Success!

Week #5 Goals:

Weight Loss: Get back down to my low of 281.1lbs
NSV: Post daily. When I'm posting, I'm on track.
Nutrition: NO JUNK FOOD! This is a huge challenge for me especially when I have to take food to work.
Fitness: Complete W1 of C25K and walk Harley on "off" days. Be active EVERY day. This is challenging for me because when I'm working evenings, Chris is working nights and is sleeping so I feel bad about doing ANYTHING that might wake him up. Hmm excuse much? Also on my first day off, it's my only day with my family so I want to spend my time with them rather than take time away to exercise. But...I need to do this.

Mini-Challenge: Pay it forward. I need to figure out how to do this when I spend my time either at home or at work...I'm such a homebody that my interaction with people is limited. I spend all day at work with people and families so when I'm not at work I just want to be left alone.

Friday, April 20, 2012


I feel like I need to dust the cobwebs off this blog before I can post again! Holy smokes it's been a while since I last posted. I have been so incredibly busy...and as a result I didn't have much time to sit down and read/write blogs. So I guess I'm officially behind on the RFS challenge. Oops. We'll get back to that in a minute. First I want to update you all on what I've been up to. 

Well I've done everything except what I should have been doing this last week or so. I haven't exercised, my meals weren't planned out and have been on the not so healthy side, I haven't even weighed myself. I'm sure there's going to be a gain come weigh day on Sunday. But, if nothing else this journey is a roller coaster, with ups and downs (quite literally!). The trick is to not get off the ride. And I'm not! So...what HAVE I done? Well my 4 days off last week looked a little like this:

Saturday: Make the trip to my parents house (2 hours because of the ferry we had to take) for dinner and back home, getting home at about 8:30 that night

Sunday: Driving an hour to my MIL's to drop off the child, then making the 3 hour trip (because of the stopping to let the dog out to pee) to Cranbrook to look at vehicles and to do some clothes shopping. I had decided enough was enough and my pants falling off of me was not cool anymore. So I bought 2 pairs of jeans...size 22!...and a pair of capris in hopes that spring is finally here. We did some more looking around then turned in to our hotel for the night to watch the hockey game. 

Monday: Vehicle shopping. Chris needs a new car as his is getting high in mileage and he commutes to work. We're not buying one today, but in the next few months. Test drives, sales pitches, etc. Then the drive back home.

Tuesday: Was not a good day for Harley...AT ALL. Poor guy got neutered. So we had to drop him off at the vet at 8am. Then we drove the 45 minutes to the next town to test drive more cars while Harley was in surgery. Then we drove home in time to pick my poor little man up from the vet. He was so sore. He didn't move from his bed. He also didn't want to eat or drink...or even pee which had me a little worried. Finally I got him to drink, but he still didn't want to pee (I assume he was scared it would hurt) until he couldn't help it and he had an accident in the house. Then he was scared we were mad at him so he was cowering in the corner. He continued to whimper and whine and cry ALL night long. I think he finally fell asleep at about 4:30 in the morning...and I got up at 5:15 for work.

Wednesday was back to work and it was the most AWFUL day I'd had there in a very long time. I was so extremely busy, people before me hadn't done their jobs and left me with a complete and utter shit storm to deal with. Add that to the fact that I was exhausted, very bitchy, and just not wanting to deal with anything. I came home and was in bed by 8:30...Yes I'm cool.

Thursday was a much better day. Things went smoothly at work but I was still pretty tired from my crazy week. So I took it easy and just chilled out after work.

Today my plan is to get this blog caught up, catch up on blogs, resume healthy eating and get through work without wanting to scream.

On to my RFS check in for week 3. Last weeks goals:

Weight Loss: What the hell, let's shoot for 2lbs again! - FAIL. I didn't even weigh.
NSV: Date night with Chris - Done! We spent a nice evening together when we were out of town.
Nutrition: Employ the 25-25-50 rule (25% protein, 25% starch, 50% veggies) to meals - HAHAHA...Let's just leave it at that.
Fitness: Walk x 5 outside (weather permitting), C25K x 2 (plus any times I don't get outside due to the weather) - FAIL. I think I went on 3 walks with Harley.

Mini-Challenge: Visit all other challengers blogs - FAIL. I sooo didn't have time for that. Sorry all!

Week 4 Goals:

Weight Loss: Actually weigh and see where I'm at. Hopefully I don't have too much of a gain.
NSV: Start spring cleaning! 
Nutrition: Get back on track. Make smart choices this week (or few days until the check in!)
Fitness: 2 walks/C25K

Mini-Challenge: Pay it forward...hmmmm...I'll get back to you on that one.

So there you have it. I'm still here! I may have fallen face first off my healthy living plan but I've picked myself up, dusted myself off, and am chasing after the wagon (Woo! Cardio!) Stay tuned!

I leave you with a few pictures of Harley post-surgery.

He stayed there for HOURS...Poor guy

Feeling a bit better!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

RFS Week 2 Check-In

Well here's to another week come and gone. And what a week it was!!! Let's look back at my goals for last week:

Weight Loss: Let's go for 2lbs this week! - DONE!!! Actually I lost 2.2lbs leaving me at 281.1lbs! My lowest weight in...a very long time. I'm smaller than I was when Chris and I met.

NSV: Get this mess of a house cleaned! - DONE!!! I actually did this last weekend and so far my house has remained fairly clean. I even went through the kids bedroom and cleaned and organized her drawers and closet. If you read my last post you will know that I plan on downsizing her to 1 bedroom shortly.

Nutrition: TRACK!! (even though I haaaaate it) and have mostly veggies at Easter dinner on Friday. - FAIL...I did not track, not one single day. However, I know I pretty much stayed within my calorie limits every day except Easter...I tried so hard but my MIL is an awesome cook so....

Fitness: 3 days of C25K and 2 walks with Harley - FAIL...I only walked twice with Harley. No C25K at all. But the walks were lovely. Today I even did it in capris and flip-flops. I also cleaned my car and cleared most of the snow from our backyard so we can get the yard cleaned up next weekend :) I also managed to twist my ankle yesterday when Chris and I were doing our recycling/garbage. It's not bad, so hopefully just taking it easy will take care of it.

My mini-challenge was to mix it up with an exercise I don't usually do, and I wanted to start walking outside again. Which I did.

Here are the goals for next week!

Weight Loss: What the hell, let's shoot for 2lbs again!
NSV: Date night with Chris
Nutrition: Employ the 25-25-50 rule (25% protein, 25% starch, 50% veggies) to meals
Fitness: Walk x 5 outside (weather permitting), C25K x 2 (plus any times I don't get outside due to the weather)

I'm so excited to see what our mini challenge is going to be this week! 

Harley is going to the vet next Tuesday to be neutered. Poor little guy. They also have to pull one baby tooth because the "adult" tooth grew in right next to it and didn't push the baby one out...and they're so close that I actually have to catch him and floss between his teeth every night...he does not care for that. My poor little boy...I feel bad but I also don't want his green hippo toy to continue to be violated on a daily basis. Wish him luck!

Also, Kristin is hosting a giveaway. Luna bars are something I've heard a lot about and I would love to try them! But I'm unbelievably cheap so getting to try them before I buy them would be awesome! So don't forget to head over and enter her giveaway!!! 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Weigh in # 31

Weigh in was actually yesterday but of course it was a busy day with Easter egg dying and then of course dinner at my in laws, so I didn't get around to posting it until now. I had a WONDERFUL week this week and knocked out a 2.2lb loss!!! YAY. Hello lowest weight in a very long time! I will be posting much more tomorrow with my RFS check in so look for that.

Today was a suuuuuper busy day for Chris and I. We got up at 6:30 (yes...AM on a Saturday!) because the Easter Bunny made an early stop at our house for the child. The only reason we got up that early was because she had to be back to her mother by 9 to do an Easter egg hunt there and her mother lives an hour away. Lets just say there's enough chocolate in my house to ensure that Hershey's, Cadbury AND Nestle don't have to worry about going bankrupt any time soon. Spoiled rotten little monster! Once Chris got home from taking her back we got rid of all our garbage and recycling (we somehow collect boxes and have to take them down every once in a while along with our regular household recycling...and we have been taking our garbage down ourselves because along with paying for garbage yearly (along with sewer and water), we have to buy garbage tags at $1.50/bag a pop...RIDICULOUS!! We have been saving about 2/3 of the cost by taking it ourselves. Take that City of Nelson! However, now that spring is here and the bears will be waking up I'm going to be resigned to using garbage tags again until the fall. BOO.

After that I cleaned out the child's room and hung up all her new clothes (from Easter and the HUGE bag my mother got from her friend who also has a little girl about my stepdaughter's age), tidied up her closet, organized and sorted everything. I plan on forcing her back into 1 room. I think it's ridiculous that a 3 year old has 2 bedrooms full of stuff...but I must think of a solution to this because she plays with it all...I just want it all in 1 room. I might end up buying shelving to put in her closet to put all her toys in...we shall see, but I definitely want to reclaim my spare bedroom. Any suggestions?!

Anyways, I'm certain you don't want to relive my entire day along with me so I will end it here. Check back tomorrow for my check in!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

RFS Week 1

Week 1 was...alright. I did well when I was feeling ok! But since Friday I have been feeling like something you scrape off the bottom of your shoe with a stick. So lets look at the goals from last week shall we?

Weight Loss: 2lbs please and hank you! - Well I lost 1.1...which isn't too bad for being sidelined for half the week. Current weight 283.3lbs.

NSV: Pick up and try on my new, 3 sizes smaller jeans (eeee!)...I've been avoiding picking them up because I'm terrified they won't fit - So I did pick them up...Well Chris did...and let me just say...these were a few sizes more than 3 sizes smaller...I was wearing 26s that were so big I could pull them off EASILY without unbuttoning or unzipping them. the 20s I ordered would not even go over my hips...Soooo depressing and sad. But at least I have some jeans to slim down into...but I now still have no pants!

Nutrition: Remain under 1700 Calories all week - I tracked for 3 days and was under, didn't track for the next 2 but was for sure under, the last 2 I haven't tracked at all and because of my massive headache, have been eating whatever was easy.

Fitness: Redo Week 5 of C25K AND attempt to take Harley for a walk...He's still a baby and can't control his sniffer so a walk might take about 6 and a half years - I did W5 D1&2 but that was it.

As for the mini challenge...I tried broccolini! It's a cross between broccoli and asparagus and it is soooo yummy...I parboiled it, then tossed it in garlic oil (made with EVOO), salt, pepper and lemon juice in a saute pan. Turned out pretty good!

So all in all....I did ok but there is definitely room for improvement.

On to week 2! Here are the goals

Weight Loss: Let's go for 2lbs this week!
NSV: Get this mess of a house cleaned!
Nutrition: TRACK!! (even though I haaaaate it) and have mostly veggies at Easter dinner on Friday.
Fitness: 3 days of C25K and 2 walks with Harley

The Mini Challenge: An exercise that I don't normally do: Ever since I started the C25K program (and it's been winter) I haven't gone for a walk taking Harley for a walk will be what I will do.