Thursday, November 30, 2006

Day one not so good - Day two not so great either

Alas I failed to stay within in 22pts yesterday. As I said in my post script I think it has do to with a lack of protein and lack of time management.

I got a ride to the mall after work yesterday and it took longer than if I had taken the bus. My stomach started to grumble at 4pm, got to the mall just before 6. Went to Walmart and it was insane. 3 Cashiers open and an average of 8 carts in each line. I thought forget it and went to Safeway instead. Picked up what I needed for the cheesecake, plus hummous and pita so I could have a fast supper. Turkey bites were on sale which made me happy. Next bus came at just before 7pm so I stopped at Starbucks for a peppermint mocha, got it with skim but said yes to whip cream.

Turns out the 6:30 bus was running late, came at 6:45 and saved me from waiting for an extra 15min.

Got home ate the pita and hummous then made the cheescake and to stop me from eating batter I had the after eights. It's a White Chocoalate Peppermint cheesecake.

It could have been worse I suppose, but I am a bit disappointed in myself.

I'm shaking it off and focusing on a new day. l

The Food:
5:45 am
Oatmeal - 2
Brown Sugar- 1
10:00 am
Yogurt - 2
Perogies (weird perogies made with a samosa type dough) - 5(?)
Farmer's sausage -4(?)
Fried onion-2(?)
Sour Cream-3
Tomaote - 0
2 Turkey Bites- 2
Cheddar Cheese - 2
Red onion- 0
So far : 29/22

Apparently I'm seriously into carb loading. I couldn't resist...I love perogies. This week is going to H, E , Double hockey sticks in a hand basket. Right now I can have tomatoes for supper or do as I intend and do the workout and have 2pt soup for supper. That's if I guessed the points right, it could be higher.

I will not let this day fall apart

Water: 2/3L
Need to stay focused on this. On my way to fill my 1l water bottle up again.

Exercise: DVD-Biggest Loser

A.M Scale: 173 (EEK!)

I will do well today!!!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Why wait

First weather news- Warming up today to a high of -15, that's a 25 degree difference from this morning...craziness.

I was thinking about what I wrote yesterday about how I wanted to start being accountable after my marathon and then I thought...why wait.

Points wise has been a disaster this week so far including yesterday. My goal for the remainder of this week is to stick to 22pts per day. Saturday will be a new week.

I also came to the realization of how many workout dvds I own this weekend. As I was setting up my Christmas stuff I put them all together. Wowsers - I should technically be ripped if I actually did all these things.

So enough is enough. My goal is to be at goal no later than my Birthday (June 3). That gives me 6 months to lose the 30lbs for WW and maybe an extra 10lb for my own personal goal. I'm really not basing that on any thing other than a BMI chart. I'll get to the 30lbs and then see.
So after Honolulu I'll add a tracker for June 3rd. My reward will be a trip to Toronto do some shopping.

So here we go: I'm tracking the food, the water, the exercise and because I'm a daily weigher, my morning weigh in.

The Food:
2 Eggo Fibre Waffles - 3
Becel spray-0
Light sour cherry jam 1tbsp - 1
1% Milk - 2
Jeuness Yogurt-2
Apple - 1
Lentil Soup - 3
Jeunesse Yogurt- 2
Bag of pretzels-2 (Got point from Dottie's will double check when I get home)
Fruit Salad -1
Tall Mocha with Whip - 6
2 whole wheat pitas - 4
Hummous - 3
After Eights- 2
Results 32/22

Water: 1.5/3L

Exercise: NADA

A.M Scale: 172

I will come back during the day to update this list so that I can have a record of what I've accomplished.

Onwards and downwards :)

P.S What went wrong: One-serious lack of protein yesterday, I was hungry again by 4pm and then hit the mall to buy ingredients for a cheescake. Had to make the cheesecake that took until 8pm and then watched America's Next Top Model.
Major Achievement- While watching Biggest Loser I almost grabbed a pudding snack and then asked myself why I needed it and then put it back.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Chill continues

Apparently it gets warmer after today so that's good news.
Last night it took me an hour and 45 minutes to get home, normally 40min tops. Buses were just not showing up, traffic was bumper to bumper. Amazingly enough I was relatively calm about it but when I got home I was an eating machine.

I don't know if it was because I hadn't eaten anything since noon or if it was the extended amount of time in the freezing temperature but it was ridiculous. It was continuous snacking. Of course by the time I got home I was tired and hungry so no workout happened. Though I did get a semi decent (30min) walk in via the indoor pedestrian walk ways during the day.

Today I'm going to space out my food a bit and make sure I get an afternoon snack in case it's the same adventure getting home tonight.

This weekend I need to get semi sorted for Hawaii, I don't want to leave everything to last minute so that means picking up fuel gels and anything else I can think of.

I also need to focus on water, I haven't been getting enough lately.

I have a confession to make - I'm addicted to tracking things. I adore spreadsheets and data. Because of this I have a notebook dedicated to tracking my WW details like total pounds, total pounds lost, weekly points, weekly activity points. I was adding new dates to this tracking sheet where I realized that's I've lost about 2lbs in the last 4 months. I'm not discouraged by this but it does make me realize that I'm probably not following the program to the best of my ability.

I am a slow loser but this is ridiculous. I get absorbed by the weekly plus and minuses that I don't look at the bigger picture. I'm proud of my accomplishments so far but I want to get to goal.

When I get back from my marathon I'm going change the focus of my blog a bit and highlight the goals of the program. Be accountable for my water, my fruits & veggies, my milk intake and my activity. Take my tracking obsession on to the blog to find out what works and doesn't work so I can finally get to goal.

Monday, November 27, 2006

-40 with windchill

I love my city, really I do. I love how we can have +35 in the summer and -35 in the winter. It makes us a strong people and the owners of mutliple jackets and layers.

I wore a light pair of long johns under my dress pants and I could still feel the wind. If it's like this tomorrow I'm wearing the thermal tights.

I walked to weight watchers in -37 on Saturday and I swore I should have lost 2lbs by the time I got there. I had layers on and I was trucking fast. In the end I was up 0.2, which is a victory since I should have been up around 2lbs.

Activity continues to be a challenge due to the weather conditions, can't go outside. Not crazy about going to the gym in this weather either. Buses are typically unreliable and I don't want to be stuck downtown in -40. So I'll head directly home and I will plunk in a dvd!

This means that marathon training has been seriously off kilter for the last week so I need to do something this week. I'm tapering know any way but tapering does not mean doing nada. So I can use dvds for 30min-50min trainings. I couldn't really simulate the 16km this Sunday so I put up my tree and went up and down stairs multiple times by carrying only one thing at a time and doing laundry so that was at least 8 trips, still doesn't equal 16k but better than nothing.

Points wise - tough weekend just due to boredom. There was nothing on tv and too cold to go to the video store. I tried to keep busy but I could have controlled the snacking.

I can't believe I'll be in Honolulu soon, time is going so fast. My training partner heads over in less than a week. I started my pack list yesterday. I also need to find someway to test my hydration pack, it's supposed to get warmer over the next few days but if it doesn't I might just wear it around the house.

I'm still need to ask my neighbour if they'll shovel my sidewalk while I'm away.

My home computer is being stupid, it refuses to recognize anything I plug into a usb port so camera dock, scan disk and Sansung Mp3 player are doing nada. It still recognizes my rio MP3 so it looks like that one will be going to the marathon if I can't get the other to work. Less play time on it but I can always have an extra AAA battery on me.

Well that's my news for today - Hope everyone has a fantastic day!!!
If you're in Alberta - Bundle up!

Thursday, November 23, 2006


And loads of it. It's nice fluffy snow that wasn't a total pain to shovel very early this morning. However it's causing massive problems on the roads, as it usually does.

My MEC stuff is finally in (of course on one of the coldest days so far). I might head over at lunch to pick it up or a little after. Not sure when I'll have an opportunity to try the hydration pack outside, it definitely won't be in -20 windchill.

Food wise was slightly better last night and the weird part is I'm now down 2lbs from what I weighed at the beginning of this week, but exercise continues to be non existent.

My big plan to go the gym on Saturday is quickly dimishing. Expected day time high -23 and buses not going peak. I'll be walking to WI anyway and then probably take a cab home with groceries. I think I might do a massive cleaning of my house including shampooing the carpets. So that will involve moving furniture and probably take the same amount of time as walking 16k.

I only shovelled my walk this morning but last night I also did my neighbours and tonight when I get home I might shovel for some other neighbours. It's good activity and strength training.

A bit disapointed that Biggest Loser wasn't on last night. It's interesting that one of the twins went home on ANTM.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Very random thoughts today...prepare yourselves :)

Fish shopping went well, my co-worker now has 3 new members of a family for the fish bowl. Some small orange fish, another fish that I think has tiger in it's name and a snail. The snail cleans the algae and apparently can escape from the bowl...don't know how I feel about that part. The tiger fish continues to hide under pebbles, the occasional swish of a tail makes it appear he's still with us.

Dropped by the gym today to pick up an access card so I can make an appearance on Saturday. I haven't been there in months due to marathon training and being outside for the most part. Well the -20 windchill forecasted for today encouraged me to re-familiarize myself with their location. Also got a letter in the mail saying if I sign up for another two years it's $49/mth which makes that one heck of a deal for the downtown core. They're not a fancy gym, no pool...but they have the basics and it's a more corporate environment so no hard body gung ho type people. I'm supposed to do 16k on Sunday but with an estimated daily high of -22 (that's without wind chill) it's not happening outside. So I thought I'd hit the treadmill on Saturday at the gym and continue my training days there until or if the weather gets better. That means loading up some serious tunes on the MP3 because that's a long time on the treadmill. Put the tv on the food network and go!

Saw a bit of clip from the music awards last night. It was of Britney Spears, so she's at the podium and smacking gum...that totally bugged me. You're on camera being seen by millions upon millions of people and you're chewing gum...oy vey.

Gilmour Girls was alright, I have a feeling it will just be alright until the series ends.

Looking forward to ANTM and Biggest Loser tonight.

The scale showed a pound less today...bizarre since exercise continues to be a struggle and eating was alright. We shall see. I'm hoping to burn off energy going to weigh in on Saturday dressed like the abominable snowman :)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

High of minus 20

Apparently winter is on it's way with a vengance. Today high of 4 but by Friday a high of -20. Egads, it's not like this is foreign to me but we've had it so easy lately weather wise.

I ordered winter boots from Land's End (They're red) and they arrived yesterday thank goodness.

Got home last night and made the leek soup added loads of fresh leek and asperagus and then I ate it by dipping calabrese bread into it....almost WW friendly. Finished it off with light ice cream. Yup...snack a palooza has arrived.

Stepped on the scale this morning and I'm up 4lbs...I'm definitely retaining water and boy was that motivation to get into gear. Brought snacks with me (apple and grape tomatoes) have the day planned to the point. Must run errands tonight (want to do it before -20). Depending on energy level will squeeze in a workout.

Got roped in to go fish shopping later, my co-worker wants to buy a replacement to sit on her desk. The last one apparently lived for 3 years (a tetra). He met his unfortunate end when she knocked the part of her desk that wasn't attached. Bowl hit the floor and their were 4 of us looking for poor Peewee until we discovered him under my coworkers shoe. Yes, she stepped on him. At least it was quick.

The closest fish store is on the seedy side of downtown so we get to got today at lunch, I could say no but the store is tucked away and she's never been there before so I feel obliged to go with her. Oy what a day!

Looking forward to Gilmour Girls tonight.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Get up and go, got up and went

A whole lot of people dragging themselves around today, it's like no one has any energy myself included.
I'm a bit sore from yesterday and realized this morning that this will be the week of snack a palooza if I'm not careful. Good start today grabbed a 1/2 rice cripsy bar and 1/2 puffed wheat square doo hickey and chocolate milk as my afternoon snack...that's not the good part. Good news is it's leek soup for supper so I'll still finish within points.

Should work out when I get home, not sure what to do. I find the walking in the dark alone in the evening kind of freaky, in the morning I don't have a problem.

It might be a dvd of some sort this evening then, cardio pumping Biggest Loser workout I'm thinking. Love those jumping jacks.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Not too bad

Up .4 at weigh in, I don't think that's too bad after two weeks of no accountability.

I attemped the 32K today and topped out at 22k, the winds were horrendous and after getting smacked in the face with leaves and watching my pace time diminish as I headed straight into the wind I called it a day. I haven't exactly been keeping up with the training over the last 10 days and I felt it today. 0 to 32k is not terribly wise. I will stick to the training plan like glue up until the race however.

Called training partner and said "What the heck am I doing", she said relax - walking by yourself on the streets of Calgary and walking with 25000 other people all hyped up about the marathon are two different things. Ain't adrenaline grand?

Friday, November 17, 2006

The weekend is here

And boy will I be busy.
Saturday - serious running around all over the city. I live in the west end must go to the far east end to get to a Superstore. There is one closer but it will take 3 buses to get there, I'm going all the way east because it's one bus and one train...way faster. Then it's all the back to the north so I can hit the German deli and stock up on Mozart chocolates..not necessarily wise but only available at Christmas. Then I must do laundry and any activity in my house that involves moving because then it's Sunday.

Sunday- 32K day..I'm freaking out a bit. The hydration pack I ordered still isn't here, I'm not sure what route to take and I'm really hoping I can move afterwards.

Last night I had dinner with my training partner and another friend of ours who did the half marathon with us. She asked us if we were looking forward to it and we both said it was more nervous.

Dinner was good not exactly points friendly. Started with Edamame (first time trying it), Sante Fe Chicken Salad dressing on the side, and then a Espresso Gelato cake....yummy.

Today it's been water, water, water and no snacking today as a result of last nights dinner.

Wish me luck at weigh in :)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

More upbeat post today

I just re-read what I wrote yesterday and I didn't mean for it to be so somber...sorry about that.
I did talk to my Dad last night and now the theory of the banging is air in the water pipes.

OMG I watched Biggest Loser last night and I was so impressed by Marty's progress. I always thought he was a cutey patootey but wowza he looks totally different in the after shot. It always amazes me how people look younger after losing weight.

Adrian's little tantrum completely irritated me. Though I've never really rooted for Kai, I thought her efforts through the challenge was amazing.

I always get such a renewed inspiration after watching that show. There's only two episodes left and I think it's anybody's game as to who will win.

Must know go figure out the points of Earl's offerings, going out to dinner with a friend tonight.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Bang

Got woken up by a banging sound this morning at 4am, well actually two bangs exactly. Sounded like something falling into the tub or metal expanding. Checked all over the house this morning and could find no evidence of what caused the banging. I suppose it could have been the vent from the furnace as it went from cold to warm overnight. It didn't sound like anything breaking or exploding thankfully.

Everytime I hear a noise like that in the house it makes me think of what my father has told me in the past. Everytime a close relative passed away he would hear 3 destinct knocks in his house or more like a popping sound. One on the west side, one in the middle and one on the east side and they he knew someone had come to say good-bye. Sure enough, immediately after that he would get an announcement in the mail or a phone call. Now of course that has me thinking that when he passes he will bang on my house. When I heard those noises last night I immediately thought of that and then realized there were only two and coming from the same spot. Of course I'm scheduled to talk to Dad tonight and you can bet I'll be a bit nervous until he actually picks up the phone. I think I'd know if something happened to him, the day my Mother passed I woke up that day and knew. A psychic once told me I was intuitive...too bad it wasn't completely psychic because that would just be neat

I really want to pick up Deepak Chopra's new book "The Burden Of Proof", I think I have death on my mind due to one of my co-workers who just lost their Father and it was quite sudden. It really hits home that you can go at anytime. I don't think we all realize just how precious life is.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Cookie Season

I was ambushed this morning by egg nog cookies, you don't understand....egg nog + kryptonite. This brought me to the realization that Christmas is upon us and the sugar binge begins.
At this time of year there has always been a meeting around what your goals are for the Festive season. Typically my leader gives us something you can carry around with you. Last year it was a piece of gift wrap ribbon. Green representing that you want to lose, yellow representing that your goal is to maintain and red represents you'll face the consequences.

I always choose green, in fact that green ribbon is taped to my computer monitor.

That really got me thinking today about what seems to be a lack of will power lately. I don't know if it's weather related, or the fact that I didn't weigh in last week or the Christmas goodies that are popping it up everywhere. One major realization is that it is way too easy to fall into old patterns. The other important thing is to handle any goal on a day to day basis. So I will be choosing green this season.

Last night I got home after having a rather tense day with a coworker and had no desire to work out whatsoever, instead I made a veggie stew with gnocchi (0pts with the exception of the gnocchi). I topped that off with treats, I could have skipped the treats part but there was definitely some emotional eating in there.

I will not let this derail me, but rather make me focus on the here and now.

Monday, November 13, 2006

It's going to be a quiet day

On my way into work I noticed way less people on the bus, many coffee places closed, dark office buildings. It looks like it's going to be a quiet day.

Well after the points debacle of Saturday, I did keep it together on Sunday. Now I just need to keep it together for the rest of the week. I'm just going to take it day by day. I'm going to do the Biggest Loser Cardio (Low impact) today. We're supposed to get snow and there's still ice out there so walking outside might not be that well advised.

Yesterday I did about 35min of the Core Secrets workout, I didn't finish but went as far as I could. It's not that I couldn't physically do it, I was limited space wise and just got annoyed. I will do some sort of workout every night this week, I really want to see a loss at the scale on Saturday. It will have been two weeks since weighing in.

Do I ever have to be diligent starting now, all the brochures with Christmas goodies are very very tempting. That really made me realize how easy it is to fall into old patterns.

Watched The Biggest Loser on the weekend, ran out and bought the sugar free jello they were pitching. 11 of those suckers add up to one serving on low fat ice cream. Of course I have low fat ice cream in the fridge but now I will have it in a tea cup to get the appropriate serving size.
The new girl irritates me a bit with all her complaining but it did highlight a good point. It's really easy to stick to certain behaviours if they work for you in the short term.

Training partner is working evenings and has made plans with a friend on Wednesday. She leaves on Dec. 3. I'm hoping she has a relaxing week in Hawaii before I get there. She's a bit stressed lately. I really don't know if we'll doing much together in Hawaii, I think she wants to sit on the beach for a week and since I'm only there for a week and having had a melanoma scare, I'm not all that into sitting on the beach for a week. I need to do some shopping.

Sonya-I fly in two days before the marathon and come back 5 days after. To even get on a plane a few days after and have to sit for 7hrs would be horrible on the poor muscles.

I hope everyone has a great day and I'm really inspired by many people's renewed enthusiasm.

Did I say stay diligent? Just got roped into a Tim Horton's Run...egad. Oh well, I can be diligent for the rest of the day. (Did do a pretty speedy walk there and back)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Evil comment invasion

Here I was thinking wow 8 comments on my blog, then I discovered no it was a stupid ad that repeated multiple times. Oh yeah, well now there's word verification...take that you evil ad spammers.

On to other news, so blew the points today. Went to Peter's Drive Inn for lunch and it was good. I'll be back to good tomorrow. I'll get a good walk in as I need to go to the library anyway. I do hope it warms up a bit. Today there was a bitter wind chill.

I picked up a load of veggies today so I'm looking forward to creating something with them. Also went to the German deli and picked up a bit of chocolate that I'll save for Christmas, in addition found a light jam made of sour cherries so that was a step in the right direction. I find north american reduced sugar jams to have no flavour. This one is excellent.

Not much to talk about today.
Tomorrow is day 1 of a new week!

OMG, my tracker is now into days until Hawaii...eek!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Calm before the storm?

So conversation with Dad was quite normal, we talk again tonight. I'm always waiting for the other shoe to drop with him. He can let things go and then out of nowhere they'll be brought up again. Sometimes he just lets it go and never mentions it again.

Oh well, I'll just have to wait and see.

The fates are conspiring against me in terms of weighing in this week. I was going to go Thursday night and then my city was covered in freezing rain and wet snow on top. If you listened closely you could here the "WEEEEE" of people slipping on the ice. I decided to just go straight home after work instead due to the irratic bus service in this type of weather.
I also considered going Thursday at lunch but then had a meeting that went late and I missed it. Then I was going to go today at lunch and forgot my weigh in book at home.
I'll just have to surrender two coupons next Saturday.

The trouble is now that I know I'm not weighing in this week...I really want a danish. I know I could have a danish and adjust my lunch and dinner accordingly but I don't know if this danish will lead me down a dangerous path. The power of pastry I tell ya.

I'm also finding it difficult to workout this week with the verstunken weather. The ice kills the opportunities to walk outside (I don't want to hurt myself before Hawaii). By the time I get home I don't even want to think about it. I think I need to leave workout clothes in the foyer.

All the christmas flyers are walking my fingers want to open the wallet. Got the Sephora catalogue yesterday and they had this makeup palette with 64 eyeshadows and etc. The desire to purchase was high, but I know that these things never work. 1-No one needs 64 eyeshadows, 2-the odds of all the colours actually working for you...minimal. I have to keep chanting 4 weeks until Hawaii.

I actually felt Christmas spiritish the other day. Now this is unnatural for me. I spent more than a decade in retail, in a store that did 50% of it's sales during Christmas. Christmas was war for me, get the troops and supplies ready. Get ready to deal with really grumpy people.
Now I've been out of retail for about 3.5 years now and it's just now that I feel Christmas like. Very, very weird especially because it's only the beginning of November. I've always been a strong believer that nothing Christmas like should be in a store until after today. Not the day after Halloween or 3 weeks before Halloween. I'll have to keep an eye on this.

Have a great day everybody!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rough night

It was rough day, I was super tired all day and have no idea why. I ditched the lunch I brought (no yolk noodles with veggies) in the interest of seeking out protein and had an egg salad on brown bread. (There wasn't a lot of egg salad on it so not so bad) and a C2 coke. After that I had a bit more energy, I'm wondering if it was the protein or the caffeine that got me going.

I did have a cup of coffee in the morning and another around 10:30am and just couldn't shake it, but after lunch I was fine.

The evening was tough, went to Mec and they didn't have what I was looking for, went home, got there just in time for Gilmore Girls. Didn't feel like cooking so I popped in a Ginger Chicken Lean Cuisine, thought it was gross and tossed it. Then had a Lean Cuisine Roasted Veggie Pizza instead, then some peach slices with Source Vanilla Yogurt and then some cheese and then some Pastrami. I just started grazing.

I think I need to revamp my typical menu and start having more protein in the morning. Right now it's one piece of toast (Squirrely Bread 1pt) and Nutella. I also have a glass of milk and coffee but with the cold weather coming I need to arm myself against the comfort snacking phenomena that often hits. I definitely need to keep it together today because I'm weighing in Thursday night.

Made caramel cheesecake bars to bring to the staff meeting today and that went well. I let the staff who don't typically attend the meeting in on the bars and they've told me they're really good. I'm hoping every last one gets eaten so there are no left overs.

Tonight I speak to my father...hmmm let's see if it's a lecture or civil. Of course if it's civil, there could be a lecture when/if he comes into the city this weekend. Why do parents have to be so complicated when you're an adult.

Oh well, I'm focusing on the positive today and will try not to think about it.
Must get started on the water...have a great day.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Today I'm sore

Very weird weather yesterday, apparently a cold front was coming from the North and a warm front from the South and it split my city right in the middle. The weather guy actually said some can expect a high of 12 and some a high of 0.

My part was definitely zero and interesting ice chips/snow ish flakes in the evening. Today high of 15. We have a saying, if you don't like the weather just wait 10min.

Training partner and I did our 50min yesterday, well actually 45min for the loop we did but it does take a 10min walk to meet up with her. We had good speed too which seemed a little weird after our efforts the day before.

I stayed perfectly on plan yesterday, had enough point for supper to try the Smart Ones Fettucini Alfredo and the Chocolate Cake.

I really enjoyed the Fettucini, though next time I'll add more veggies. It's 6pts which a few of the people in my meeting were complaining about, my theory is that's the same as the Lean Cuisine Roasted Veggie Pizza. Sodium content on the Smart Ones is a bit high so make sure you drink your water.

The chocolate cake got rave reviews in my meeting and I thought it was alright. It's good don't get me wrong I'm just not that much of a chocolate cake fan.

Apparently this week is a 2hr Biggest Loser and of course my TV Guide says it's one hour. So I went to the NBC website to check the times. I did look under Mountain which is my timezone and it says 7pm. It also says 7pm for Central time and 8pm for Pacific. But Pacific is an hour behind Mountain Time. Confusing I tell you. Central is normally an hour ahead of Mountain. So I guess I need to start checking it out by 6pm my time just to make sure I don't miss it.

Heading to MEC after work today to check out hydration packs.

Hope everyone has OP day!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Not to sore

I survived the 29km! I have to admit at about the 26km mark I would have been quite happy to lay down and die on a park bench.
The paths were snow packed in many parts on the way out (great workout for your abs and ankles as you try to stay steady) and on the way back slushy and icy (again great for abs and ankles). That 29km probably turned into more exertion just thanks to the path conditions. As training partner and I kept saying "there won't be snow in Hawaii".
Suprisingly I got up today without too much difficulty but of course the longer I sit the more I can feel it.
Alea- These super long distances are done on Sunday mornings. I never get to sleep in Weigh in on Saturday and training on Sunday.
Next week will be 13km on Sunday and the week after 32km. It appears I have to do the 32 on my own. Training partner has wonky schedule that week. This I need to plan carefully, that would take about 6hrs. So I think I'll try to figure out a 10k loop in my neighbourhood and do it 3 times so that I can stop at my house for bathroom breaks and water refills. I don't want to be on the pathway in the middle of nowhere by myself. I'm o.k with my neighbours thinking I'm crazy as I walk past there house multiple times.

Received a lovely lecture from my father (who has the ability to make me feel 13) on the Hawaii thing. He thinks any trip is a waste of money. He asked what would you do if you lost your job tomorrow. Duh..get another one, not too difficult in my short labour market city plus I'm typically a dream employee (come in early, go above and beyond, stay late). I appreciate that he worries, but sometimes it drives me bonkers when he doesn't realize I'm smarter than that. When we have conversations like that it actually makes me dread talking to him, which is awful I know. I just want him to be proud of me.

Oy vey, not a great way to start the week but I'm setting it aside and focusing on what needs to be focused on.

Day is planned point wise, 50min is the goal tonight for walking.

My meeting is closed this Saturday which causes a few wrinkles into my WI rituals. I know have to WI Thursday night so that means no food after lunch and I'm bringing my WI clothes.

Here's to everyone having a great week!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Back on Track

Well I was pleasantly surprised at Weigh in this morning, down 1.6 which is exactly what I was up last week. This past week was rough so I'm quite happy.

Went grocery shopping afterwards and discovered that some Smart One freezer selections are now available at Safeway, I actually discovered that in the meeting as one member described the chocolate cake in very descriptive detail. I also picked up lots of fruits and veggies.

We talked a bit about the importance of tracking everything, that has been tough for me for the past couple of weeks, but today is off to a good start.

I like to use the 12 week journals as opposed to the week ones and apparently there on sale which means only one thing WW is going to change them some how. I hope they change them and not discontinue them. I find them way easier to cart around than the paper ones. I suppose I could flip to a normal little coil notebook but I'm all about brands :)

I can still feel my abs from my adventures with The Biggest Loser DVD. Last night I decided to skip to the high impact aerobic workout....dumb, dumb, dumb. That is one tough workout and I realize that I should probably follow the first 3 weeks as they lay out and not get too big for my britches. However that "last chance workout" is probably why a loss showed on the scale today.

Today is a rest day, tomorrow 29km...I'll have the Epsom salts ready to go when I get home. I am doing laundry today so I don't need to go up and down stairs tomorrow. That will be the longest distance I've done to date, a big indication of my ability. The longest we do in training is 32km which should be 2 weeks from now and then we taper until Hawaii. A marathon is 42km, they're betting on the adrenaline carrying the other 10km and too be honest after having done a half marathon, 10k is nothing. I can do it, I'm not betting on fast but I can do it. For the next 5 weeks I'm going to kick up the strength workouts especially for the core.

To a great week up ahead!

Friday, November 03, 2006

2 days in a row

Did the Strength and Sculpt workout on the DVD yesterday. Oy vey, repitions are evil, pulsing is pure evil, more repitions just plain cruel.
But I did it and have had perfect posture all day because it hurts to slouch. Tonight I'll do the cardio again.
At first I was feeling like I wasn't doing much with only 30min workouts, (I'm getting used to training nights that go for an hour). I had to tell myself that it still counts.

I'm off to do the cardio, have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Love this workout

Alright I did it, I went home put the workout clothes on and did Workout 1 on The Biggest Loser DVD. I remembered how much I despise lunges and squats but I did them. Tonight shall be Workout 2. I really enjoy Bob and I like the fact that the contestants in the dvd represent all shapes and sizes.

My snackapalooza of last week has been hard to curtail, but this morning I opened the hutch in my office and tossed the unhealthy snacks that started to accumulate from visits from the roaming Nut Man. Who stops by every two weeks, the good news is not one bag was near empty. Dug out Week 1 book last night and reviewed the plan.

This week's grocery list will be on plan, mind you next week there won't be a potluck or halloween candy so the temptation part will be easier.

I hoping to maintain on Saturday, I think a loss might be a miracle but I will be completely on plan today and drink my water. Plus I'll definitely have activity over the next two days.
Friday will be the first day back on the pathways since the snow/ice so that will be fun at least Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be plus temperatures so I think I'll shampoo my carpet. Then on Sunday it's a killer distance I think 29km.

I know TOM started my descent into bad behaviours but it was much more difficult to pull myself out this time, weather could certainly have effected it. The first really cold week that just makes you want to stay home in your pajamas and drink hot chocolate...not condusive to weightloss.

All one can do is pick up and move on

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

It's a Wednesday

Which I originally thought was Thursday and was disapointed for a bit.

Halloween night was alright, only got about 30 kids and nothing after 8pm (it was a school night after all). Brought all of my left over candy to work and literally stuffed this fish bowl type thing that we normally have filled with candy. There are now 3 packages of nibs left, the rest of it has been inhaled by my work mates.

I have layed out the workout clothes at home and put the dvd on the dvd player so when I get home there are no excuses...whatsoever.

Didn't eat the lunch I brought today instead opted for a taco salad. It was staff meeting day, everyone buys lunch on staff meeting day, however this evening I will have a low point supper.

Woke up with a wicked headache at about 3am, there's a chinook coming for sure. The extreme temperature changes can throw many people for a loop. The weird part is I only get headaches when it goes from cold to warm, not warm to cold.

Wowser wicked bus adventures yesterday, must go now but it's a good story.