Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Weekly Update: Nov 20 to Nov 26

Weight Watchers Weigh-In:

Original Weight: 314.8
Previous Weight (Nov 9): 277.4
Today's Weight (Nov 23): 277.3
Change: -0.1
Total Loss: -37.5

Total Loss since May 2012: -44.9
Total Loss since Nov 2005: -58.7

Spark People Weigh-In: 
Previous Weight (Nov 16):  275.4
Today's Weight (Nov 23):  274.4

A little disappointed in the lack of movement on the scale.  Oh well, moving on.  I really want to do well over the next couple of weeks so that I have made progress before Christmas. 

Starting tonight, my daily exercise will be increased to 30min. 

I also bought the Spark Activity Tracker.  I love how it records all my activity and then I just synch it to my SP account.  I just wish it was not so picky about what constitutes a workout, that you need 10min of constant movement - only because if I am working on arms, it doesn't record that I did a 20min workout.

My mom had a stability ball that was just sitting, deflated, in the bottom of my closet.  I need to figure out how to pump it up and then I can use that while I am watching tv.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Weekly Update: Nov 13 to 19

Not much of an update this week.  The snow storm on Saturday kept me from my WW meeting that morning - it just wasn't worth driving on the crazy roads.

WW Weigh-In - November 16

Original Weight: 314.8
Previous Weight (Nov 9): 277.4
Today's Weight (Nov 16): Unknown
Change: N/A
Total Loss: -37.4

Total Loss since May 2012: -44.8
Total Loss since Nov 2005: -58.6

SP Weigh In (Nov 16): 275.4

This is actually really good - only one pound up from the week before.  So I can guess that I would have been around 278.4 at WW if I had gone.

I had a really good week.  I had fun at my dad's birthday party on Saturday evening, but then it was back to the normal schedule.  I even worked out on Sunday.  I should have a good weigh-in this Saturday.

My focus this week is to keep at it, and try to keep warm.  When I left the house this morning it was -24, and with the windchill it feels like -30.  Brrrrrrrr.

I didn't drive me car all weekend, I let other people navigate the snowy roads while I was the passenger.  Monday evening I walked to the Bay LRT station in the snow.  When I got to South Campus, the 5:23pm bus was so late that we ended up with two number 105 buses one after the other.  Last night I got a ride home from my aunt (thank goodness), and since she is in Calgary today and tomorrow, I can use her parking spot.

It took the snow removal crews until early this morning to finally clear the road in front of our cul-de-sac.  The bus got stuck there yesterday morning.  Of course now the street is scraped down so smooth it is like a skating rink.  You can see the shine off the ice as you drive.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Top Five - Things In My Purse

It has been super CRAZY at work the last two or three weeks.  I have 5 of the contract publications going to print, and I am responsible for getting the mailing lists together.  Plus we have our annual circulation audit.  Oh, and let's throw in mid-month accounting.  Then to add to everything, my computer stopped working and Windows had to be repaired. 

My parents got back from Victoria last week.  We celebrated my dad's retirement/65th birthday on Saturday.  It was really fun!  We had a caterer and a DJ with Karaoke.  I drank way to many rum and cokes and sang the night away.

Of course Friday night and all day Saturday it snowed.  We got about 20 cm of the white stuff.  My brother and I shovelled the driveway three times.  I left my car in the garage all weekend and was happy to just be the passenger.  Unfortunately this meant that my cousins from Cochrane, and my Aunt & Uncle from Mayerthorpe were unable to attend my dad's party. 

So, I thought I would try to catch up a little with our top 5 lists.

Here are the Top Five Things In My Purse:

5.  A travel pack of Kleenex.  

Good for sneezes and runny noses and messy hands and spills.

4.  EOS Lip Balm

This is my favourite lip balm.  One of my co-workers even got me one from her last trip to the US in a flavour we could not get here.

3.  Antihistamines and Painkillers

I usually have a small pharmacy in my purse.  Just common over-the-counter drugs that help with allergies and headaches.  No where near as colourful as the picture above.

2.  Debit, Credit, and Membership Cards

I have way too many cards.  So I have an Umbra holder, and an Alumna Wallet (which is really just another kind of card holder). 

1.  Phone

I am horrible for never hearing it when it rings, or I get a text message - but it is always in my purse.  I also like using it for a daytimer/organizer.  Of course I also have a lot of music and games on it too to help pass time.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Weekly Update: Nov 6 to Nov 12

The first part of the week went really well.  My weekday schedule continues to work well.  I come home from work, have dinner, work out for 20min, and then watch TV/work on my online course.

WW Weigh-In - November 9

Original Weight: 314.8
Previous Weight (Nov 2): 280.2
Today's Weight (Nov 9): 277.4
Change: -2.8
Total Loss: -37.4

Total Loss since May 2012: -44.8
Total Loss since Nov 2005: -58.6

I also weigh myself at home in the morning when I first get up  - and I use that one for Sparkpeople. 

SP Weigh In (Nov 9): 274.4

Then I proceeded to eat whatever I wanted for the rest of the weekend.  Which for me was three days as we got Remembrance Day off.  I also did not exercise at all for those three days.

On Tuesday when I weighed myself in the morning again for Sparkpeople, I was up to 279 pounds.  Eek.  A gain of 4.6 pounds.  Yikes.  Usually I go up about 2 pounds over the weekend.   This was more than double that.

Well back on track as of yesterday.  I have my dad's retirement/birthday party this Saturday.  Sunday I will eat within my point range and work out. 

I need to stop sabotaging myself on the weekends - especially long weekends.  I can totally do that, I just need to change my mindset. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Weekly Update: Oct 31 to Nov 5

I am really starting to get a nice schedule going, well at least for the week days.  I need to stop being so lazy and counter productive on the weekends.

November 2 was WW Weigh-in day.  I was down another 1.4 pounds for a total of 34.6 pounds lost since Nov 16, 2012. 

That is 4.6 pounds in the last 3 weeks - which is an average of 1.53 pounds a week.  Much, much better than the average of 0.7 pounds/week that I had over the past year.

I did the BLC on the Wii on Friday, and was up and down handing out candy to kids on Thursday.  Then I did no exercise over the weekend.  Not good.  I walked from the LRT to the office yesterday, and did a bunch of tidying up/dishes - but nothing more than that on Monday.  Tonight I am determined to do my 20min.

I finished a module for my online course, and I am one chapter away from finishing another.  I have been trying to finish a chapter each evening.  Even so, I am a bit behind.  My adviser asked me to call her, and I know it is because she is concerned I might not make the goal of finishing the Microsoft Office and Office Procedures sections by Nov 21.  I can do it if I work a little harder.

My ex and I have chatted a couple of times in the past few weeks.  I asked him to get his shit together and figure out a way to transfer the balance of the Scotiabank credit card into his name.  He said he would, so I guess I just have to see if he will actually get it done.  It was weird because we had not spoke since the end of July, and in truth I am happier when we don't talk.  I really have nothing to say to him.  It's been almost 10 months since we separated and part of me is counting down the days until I can file for divorce. 

My parents are in Victoria right now.  Lucky them, as it snowed on Saturday evening/Sunday morning and we are definitely in winter now.  Not much planned for the next week except taking care of my grandma.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Top Five - Childhood Toys

I really need to get organized so that I am posting these on Friday's.

One of the reasons I love Pinterest is that I can find pictures of a lot of my favourite toys as a child.  When I was 18, the summer after my first year of University, my parents developed the basement of our house.  The first step in this process was to clean up the basement.  Of course it had become a catch all for everything we no longer used, including all my childhood toys. We ended up having a huge garage sale and sold most of the toys and books.  It's not that I wish I had all of the toys back, I just wish I had took some pictures to remind me of what I played with as a child.

So here is a list of my Top 5 favourites:

5.  My Little Pony

I had the nursery and the castle and a whole bunch of ponies.  I think I had some of the sea ponies too that went in the bathtub.

4.  Strawberry Shortcake

I loved the little pets that came with the dolls.  I also had a bunch of furniture sets and the Berry Bakeshop. 

3.  Fisher Price Kitchen Set

I had the stove and the sink.  I also had a bunch of rubber food, but not sure who it was made by, but it was very realistic.

2.  Fisher Price Little People

I do wish I had kept some of these.  The new ones are not the same at all.

1.  Cabbage Patch Dolls

These are something that I saved from the garage sale.  I think I have about 13.  There is the first one I got in Christmas of 1983, my parents finally got their hands on one thanks to a neighbour.  I also had twins, a girl from Holland, one with cornsilk hair my mom would put in rollers, one that could go in the bathtub, a newborn, a preemie, a toddler, and one that talked.