PHASE 1 . . . day 1

Well so far, I failed to drink enough and eat every 3 hours, just plain forgot, busy morning. Tomorrow I will be setting a timer to remind me and carry my water bottle around as well. I have the food ready to go in the fridge and need to remember to fill my water jug as soon as I get up! As for the eating, I did well with what I ate, and exercises . . . weeell they were tough, but I am proud of what I did ๐Ÿ™‚ I got so excited about getting started that I forgot to warm up, so need to add that for tomorrow. I was able to complete all the exercises except the push ups, instead of 3 sets, I did only 2 of each. My arms were giving out on me. Lara was right though, you do feel good after, tired, but good! Now I am going to have my lunch ~ zucchini stuffed with turkey and vegetables and for dinner ~ turkey burger topped with roasted peppers, mushrooms, onions,ย  and lettuce minus the bun! ๐Ÿ™‚


LONG WEEKEND . . . good company, good weather, heartbreak, oh my ;(

Had an amazing long weekend with my husband and daughter. Missed my son though. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He was supposed to come up with his girlfriend of 2 years, but they broke up a couple of weeks ago and he wasn’t feeling up to going to the place where they camped together, too many memories. He chose Sherkston with friends instead and had a great time. ๐Ÿ™‚ As long as he had some peace from this whole ordeal even for a few hours, I didn’t mind him not being with us. I really don’t know what to do or say to him. I met my husband at 17 and married him, so I never really had to deal with that kind of heartbreak. I wish I knew how to help him. It tares me up inside to see him hurting so much. Thankful that his friends have been so supportive and helpful, he is very lucky and he does open up and talk to my husband, daughter and I which is good. Trying to keep him talking and focused on school and work. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Love truly does hurt ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

His weekend went well. Met a bunch of people. He actually turned his phone off so he wouldn’t have to deal with anything this weekend and it worked. He had lots of stories to tell, but you could still see that he would be deep in thought every now and then. He finds it too hard when she texts him. . .ย  he wants to remain friends, but is not sure he can do that right now and now he has to see her every day at work. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He doesn’t understand why she wanted a “mini breakup”, but still wants to know where he is going, what he is doing and still remain in a relationship on their face book status’. She keeps saying that they will probably get back together some day, whats that all about? He feels if they are broken up that that should be exactly the way it is broken up. She keeps playing with his head and he can’t deal with it. I hope he can keep it together. So finger crossed that he gets through this in as positive a way as one can and everything works out the way it is suppose to.

Our weekend was hot, but nice. Lots of walking, but lots of eating as well. I wasn’t really prepared for my way of eating, too preoccupied and before I knew it, it was time to go. So as they say plan to fail if you fail to plan and that is exactly what happened. So now I am up 10 pounds which I am hoping is mostly water, but I know it isn’t.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am surprisingly not all distraught about it, because I feel if I want to get back on track, I will. So here is to a week of focus and determination . . .

A Crunch-less Ab Workout . . . woo, hoo!!!

Looks interesting, definitely going to give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

A Crunch-less Ab Workout

2K RUN . . . couldn’t ask for a better day!

Yesterday was the 2k run that my daughter, son, his girlfriend and I had been looking forward toย  for a couple of months now. We were all dreading it the day of for some reason (anticipating the worst I guess) . . . when we finally got to the start line which we arrived waaaay too early as we always do ๐Ÿ˜‰ we decided to sit on the rocks by the lake, skip a few rocks, enjoy each others company and the beautiful day that we were blessed with. With the sun beating on our faces we some how forgot about the nerves we previously had. It was a nice start to what would later turn out to be a perfect day. The only thing missing was my husband who unfortunately hadย  to get on a different bus to go to the finish line where he would be cheering us on and holding a sign that would makeย  me melt . . .ย  If I wasn’t out of breath, getting ready to cross the finish line and I could have gotten to him, I would have left the race,ย  run over and given him a huge hug and kiss . . . Gosh, I love that man!

Any way, I am getting ahead of myself here . . . back to the starting line. See that man always makes me forget what I am doing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now, so you know, we had decided ahead of time that everyone would go off and do their personal best and not worry about who was behind. We would all meet up at the finish line. Weย  all lineย  up and anxiously wait our turn and the butterflies start to turn in our stomachs. 10-9-8-7-6-5 the count down begins, then the signal goes off and there is a mad dash. My son and his girlfriend went on ahead, but my daughter who has participated in several running events and has placed top 5 in most and came in second in one of them, well, she is still beside me, why? So I say to her with what breath I have left,ย  go on ahead, I am fine, to which she reply’sย  I want to stay with you! Now, I know she is very competitive and would really like to beat her previous time orย  even her brother, but she won’t leave my side, so I say one more time for her to go and reassure her that I won’t mind and she starts crying and says mom! I have done many of these, I want to stay with you and then I start crying . . . crying and running, not a good mix so we stop and I hug her and tell her how much it means to me and off we go again. It was a very special moment.

I am proud to say that we were only 5 minutes behind my son and his girlfriend or so they say, I thought it seemed much longer, but none the less I crossed the finish line before they moved the end runners onto the sidewalk lol! I only stopped to walk twice and only for a short time. Crossing the finish line with my daughter saying you can do it mom, we are almost there (I was ready to stop and walk at that point) and seeing my son, his girlfriend cheering and my husband holding the sign (ahhh, the sign ;)) and cheering for us was incredible. ๐Ÿ™‚ A feeling I will never forget. I high-fived my daughter and said we did it and I started to cry again like a blubbering idiot and hugged my daughter again and told her how much I appreciated her staying with me and if it wasn’t for her encouraging me, I would have still been out there. We received our medals and they would remain on our necks for the rest of the day, we earned it my son’s girlfriend said! ๐Ÿ˜‰ AND that sign, ohh that signย  my husband was holding meant sooo much to me, so after I congratulated my kids, and found my husband, I ran to give him a huge hug and kiss. Then off we went for ice cream (I had water :)) but enjoyed watching them laughing and enjoying the day, much better than ice cream don’t you think?

As you know I have had an interesting time lately with people not supporting me and I let them get me down and yesterday it was all put in perspective again. This is what it is all about, this is truly what matters in the end and that is what I will be focusing on from now on.

So thank you once again to my family and blogger friends for helping me see things much more clearly ๐Ÿ™‚ And that sign and our medals are all still hanging in our living room where they will be for a long time ๐Ÿ˜‰

APRIL WEIGH IN . . . on a downward spiral!

Weighed in and I am at 184.6.ย  Gained again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I can’t seem to get out of this slump. Lost all that I learned the past year and for some reason don’t think I can do this on my own. You see I stopped going to my “weight Dr.” because I felt that I was losing the weight he wanted me to so he wouldn’t get upset with me when I weighed in. Now I am having a hard time holding myself accountable and I feel like it is too late to go back to him because I will never be able to catch up to where he expects me to be at this point in time. I am very disappointed with myself for letting others get to me to the point that I just stopped trying 100%. I am a bit depressed about that and I think that is why I am having a hard time getting back into the swing of things. I need to do this for me. I need to stop worrying about others and what they think. I hope it isn’t too late to get back on track. I need to stop worrying about where I should be and start fresh where I am and progress from there. I can’t keep going to the Dr. for the rest of my life. I need to suck it up, stop feeling sorry for myself and get back to what I know works and what is in my best interest. So sad and disappointing to be writing my weight again for April, but I am hoping for a better number for May. Thanks for listening! ๐Ÿ˜‰

MARCH WEIGH IN . . . gained :(

I am posting my weight for March and I am doing it with some sadness as I have gained this month. I am sad because I lost control one day, can you believe that I gained 5 pounds in one night and was only able to lose 2 of it before the month was over. I am still learning and no one can be good all the time right? (so I keep telling myself). I learned that I can have a bit of what I really want every now and then, but if I choose to gorge all in one day it will definitely come back to bite me in the butt ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is probably worse to gorge for 1 day than spreading it out over time. Correct me if I am wrong! As I always say tomorrow is another day . . . life is a learning experience for sure! On a more positive note, I have gotten myself going with an exercise program my neighbour put me on and loving it so far. She kicks my butt and when she isn’t there I kick my own butt. I am sore every day, but they say that once my mussels get used to it, it will get better. I hope so, I can’t imagine being sore 24/7 all the time. So here is to a new month, spring in the air and in my step!!!

HAPPY EASTER . . . any tips to help get through the temptations of the holiday?

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter and for those of us who are watching what we eat, this is probably going to be a difficult holiday especially if you are as addicted to chocolate as I am/was/can still be. I find that buying sugar/fat free treats for this occasion, helps some what to get rid of the craving while watching everyone else indulge!

Any other tips to combat the chocolate/holiday cravings?

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