Friday, February 29, 2008

Yipee! It's the weekend!

Hi friends,

Just a quick post before I head off to work.

One way to get bogged down in your morning? Work on your family budget. OUCH!

My stats from Thursday:

Weight: 211
Calorie Range: 2 days (1400)
Cardio: 0 days
Water: 0 days (6 glasses on Thursday)
Vitamins: 10 days

The exercise will come. I'm going to work out with my daughter this week and get myself geered up for next week. I'm so excited that she's coming for a visit.

I'll post more later if time allows.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sunny and no storm

I really love seeing the sun but why does it have to be so cold? It's -18C here this morning. Bright, fresh and lovely. I have a bit more energy to face today than I had yesterday. 'Tis a good thing.

Here are my current stats:

Calorie Range: 1 day
Cardio: 0 days
Water: 0 days (6 glasses on Wed.)
Vitamins: 9 days

Weight: 211 down 2 for February

I missed my exercise yesterday and as you can see did not make my water commitment of 8 glasses.

Ok, so I know that I won't lose 3 lbs between now and then end of tomorrow. Even if I did would it be a healthy loss?

I'm still struggling with a few things in my life. Many are emotional; some just general fatigue. Some are resolving easily; others will take more time.

I'm planning on changing my work schedule. Possibly not until the end of the summer but definitely by then. I will need the restaurant work for the summer since I won't have the added income from the community choir or from my teaching. Budgeting is definitely going to be a big issue in this household. Then again, I have always been good with managing the lack of money. lol

The in and out of my day seems to be more wearisome than doing things all at once and some of my "music" work is suffering. This is also not a good thing.

Well, for today:

1. all of my water
2. calorie range in check
3. STTO #2
4. work
5. teach
6. choirs

There's my list of 6!

Have a terrific day!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mid week push

Wednesday is here and have I met my goals? Some yes, some not!

Tuesday's work got so busy that I ended up staying extra time. Some times this is not a problem but because of my teaching schedule I really needed to be out of there in good time. The bad side is that the time I needed in between functions did not happen. The good side, made extra tips and my payslip will show extra hours.

Today has been not much different. The restaurant has been really busy in the mid afternoon which means no more light shifts for me. It's really good for business just not so good for me. I really need to look at how I'm handling my time even more now.

Tonight I have 2 choirs...lots of energy needed and none to give...ouch!

Going to go take a cat nap and see what happens.

Til later,

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Is it really snowing again?

Of course it is!!! Pretty but oh how I long for spring.

Monday was pretty good. Food choices were good; good exercise and great chat last night in the Club House

This is definitely a high light for my week. (I have many lol)

Working at keeping my spirits up this week. My youngest daughter is coming up for a weekend visit and I'm so excited! She's traveling by train; a new adventure for her.

For today:

1. work at the restaurant
2. students: (7)
3. some church prep
4. Tone and Blast
5. meals are planned and doable.

Have you made your plans for today? Even in the miserable weather here it will not deter my stride.

Have a great one!

Monday, February 25, 2008

And yet another Monday

So it has begun...another week.

Sunday's worship was really special. Very rarely do I come away feeling let down or uninspired.

The day did not continue this way.

In my old way I used food to feed my emotions. NOT GOOD!. This is even more difficult when I am so aware of doing it. At the time I was powerless to stop the behaviour. I was anger, hurt, and sad. Pretty much all of my negative emotions rolled into one. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I slept on it. Dreamt about it. Prayed about it. Now, trying to live through it.

Today, back on program and will enjoy the sunshine of the day. Both outside and in my heart. The problem is still here so that will need to be addressed somehow.

On the positive side: I've lost 1 pound. This is enough to motivate me to continue. See, there really is a silver lining somewhere!!

Enjoy your Monday. Good food and exercise is part of my plan. Are they part of yours?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Another storm?

My darling husband just reminded me of the wonderful "Mario" music of the weather channel and how we listen/watch to see when the next storm is going to come. It's quite hilarious to think we're even laughing about the weather. Boring lives? Not likely. Strange sense of humor? For sure!

Back on program for me. the week was not great for me. I've been reminded that I need a program that is truly mine; what works for me. So, I continue to sculpt my calendar; changes my days as I can; and find ways to make it work. The goal never changes: lose 5 lbs each month until I get to my desired size. Simple!

Good food choices today; great balance.

Did some sweating; got my body moving!

Still working on my water but looks like my new "norm" is 3-500 ml bottles each day. This is great for week it's 4!

Sunday's are busy for me and tomorrow is no different. I'm looking forward to worship. The choir is singing "Wade In the Water" and I believe we all have lots of fun with it. The beat and tempo of this piece gets many of us "rockin'". lol

Off to finish up my day and head to bed earlier. No more mid-night's at the pc for me. Just need to get more quality sleep.

Take care..
Til again,

Thursday, February 21, 2008

End of the Week coming soon....

Well, this week has just moved merrily along and I feel like I wasn't even there. Sometimes life slips by too quickly for me.

I've been somewhat low this week. Doing any kind of exercise has been next to impossible. Got back up on the horse today and did 30 min. This is a really big step for me; a very important one! Inside, I've felt that if I couldn't do the whole 60 min then what was the point; I had failed. GRRR Now, my head says that's not so. Analytically I know this is not the case. Every bit of movement I do is beneficial. So why do I stumble like this? More life questions to ponder........

My meal planning is still going well. I'm limiting the extras and staying close to the "plan".

Work, students and choirs tonight will fill my day. All things I love. Tomorrow more of the same but instead of the choirs Nick and I along with some friends are going to a charity trivia night. Lots of fun!

For today







Monday, February 18, 2008

Monday, again

It's just amazing how life gets in the way of all your plans. Each day I start out..with a list made the night before, of all the things I want to do, need to do and would like to do. Then, the day starts. I'm a flexible person, most of the time so when things come my way I jump on board.

Many times, I plain and simply change my mind! My road is rarely straight or even. I know this is good for character building but not so good when you need to remain calm and focused.

Today, now, I choose the moment. Breathe in! Breathe out! Except what's around me...all of it..not just the parts I want. Except the bad in me (oh yes I'm really good at this) and also reflect on the good. (not always so easy) I'm really good at self-sabotage, fear of flying sort of thing. I choose not to be so good at this but the path is not quite there, as yet.

I'm believing right now, that my journaling needs to be much more internal and not so much about the food and exercise. I write all of that down anyway. I have spread sheets, sheets of paper, pc programs...already in place. So for now, this is where I'll keep my thoughts about the journey and how I feel.

For tonight I'll attend the RS chat with Richard and do some meditation either Tai Chi or Qi Gong before I go to bed. I need a good night's rest.

Peace to all..

Food for Sunday and more

Printable Nutrition Report For: 2/17/2008 Previous Day Next Day Print this
Calories Fat Carbohydrates Protein Fiber, total dietary Sodium, Na Vitamin A, IU Vitamin B-12 Vitamin B-6 Vitamin C Calcium, Ca
Butter, salted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high) 36 4 0 0 0 29 2 0 0 0 0
Peanut Butter, smooth style, 1 tbsp 95 8 3 4 1 75 0 0 4 0 1
Half and Half Cream, 2 tbsp 39 3 1 1 0 12 2 2 1 0 3
Granulated Sugar, 2 tsp 33 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice 91 1 20 4 6 235 0 0 3 0 4
Meal Totals 293 17 33 9 6 351 5 2 7 1 8
Subway 6 inch Turkey Breast Sub, 1 serving 280 5 47 20 5 1,000 8 0 0 35 6
Genisoy: Soy Crisps (25 crisps), 1 serving 110 2 17 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Farm Boy Frozen Vanilla Yogurt, 1 serving 80 2 18 3 0 63 0 0 0 0 8
Meal Totals 470 8 82 30 7 1,063 8 0 0 35 14
Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 100 grams 131 5 1 19 0 1,429 0 13 23 0 1
Indian, Aromatic Basmati Rice, aprox 3/4 cup, 0.25 serving 39 2 15 2 0 115 2 0 1 4 2
Hashed Browns (hash browned potatoes), 0.5 cup 207 10 27 2 2 267 0 0 18 17 1
Olive Oil, 1 1tsp 40 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Broccoli, fresh, 0.5 cup, chopped or diced 12 0 2 1 1 12 14 0 3 68 2
Garlic, 0.5 clove 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Mushrooms, fresh, 0.5 cup, pieces or slices 8 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 0
Onions, raw, 1 tbsp chopped 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Zucchini, baby, 0.5 medium 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Meal Totals 443 22 49 27 5 1,825 16 13 50 95 6
Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 50 grams 66 2 0 10 0 715 0 6 12 0 0
Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice 91 1 20 4 6 235 0 0 3 0 4
Meal Totals 157 4 21 14 6 950 0 6 14 0 4
Daily Totals 1,363 50 184 80 23 4,189 28 21 72 131 32
Daily Goal 1200 - 1500 47 - 83 240 - 346 60 - 186 25 - 35 0 - 2400 100 - 110 100 - 200 100 - 200 100 - 500 100 - 150

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I tried to resize this but had no luck. This is a pretty accurate list of the food I had yesterday.

There was no exercise done. I spent 6 hours at church and came home pretty much exhausted. Not a good sign for me. I had not slept well the night before so fatigue definitely took over.

I'm heading out to work in 10 min but will write a fresh blog later to reflect Monday's activities and thoughts.

edited to add:

I need to take out the rice. I had the potato not the rice. No...not 2 starches at one meal!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

My Saturday

Saturday is my day day to meditate and take stock of the previous week.

I did some nice lower body tai chi with my husband earlier. Great for strengthening balance and the quads. lol

So, today is for me. I will putter around my home, which I love; spend time with Nick, the love of my life; take time to pray and meditate and do some exercises.

Later tonight I'm going to a production of Anne of Green Gables that one of the local school boards is putting on. One of my voice students is in the chorus so I definitely want to be there to support her.

So far today:

bagel with low fat cream cheese and some mostly fruit jam
fruit cup with apple, pear and banana




Exercise: 20 min tai chi

Today is my day to shine...inside and out! How about you?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

For Valentine's

With love...I send





to all those who touch my life is so many ways!!!



weight watchers whole wheat toast
1 tsp peanut butter


crepe with chicken breast (2 oz)
mozz cheese (1 oz)
touch of dressing
veggie soup (home made)


6" whole wheat turkey sub from Subway, lettuce, cucs and tomatoes
1 hershey kiss


whole wheat weight watchers toast; with 1 tsp peanut butter

WATER: 48 OZ (getting better)


30 min STTO #1
15 min Dance express

Share your day with someone you care about!

(edited to add food)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Mid Week and onward

Motivation is not coming easy for me this morning. I know what I need to do. I know what I must do. Whether it's the darkness of the day or some disturbing dream I had last night I'm not sure but there is something very heavy weighing on me. What ever this is I'm not able to shake it just yet. Either way I have to start my day.


raisin bran
low fat yogurt
fruit bowl


whole wheat crepe with 1 oz chicken breast

3 oz chicken breast
3 small fingerling potatoes
4 stalks asparagus (steamed)

2 slices weight watchers toast with 1 tsp peanut butter
1 hersey's kiss

WATER: 32 oz (not enough)

For the rest of my day: work for 2 hours; 3 hours of rehearsals this evening. Wednesdays are late nights for me and often leave me feeling really drained. I love the work but since I put so much of myself into the rehearsals I end up pretty tired.

Will post back later in the day.

Winter is still here...I need the warmth and the sun!!!

EDITED TO ADD: additional food; still no exercise today. Worked hard at practice tonight; had a great time.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ok so it's not Monday

I was reminded by a dear friend that I had not added to this journal since early in the month of February so thought it high time I did what I said I was going to do. And no it's not Monday; the day when I usually start over. For this week, Tuesday will do.

I will add to this later today as I finish up. I'm filling up my food sheet as I go so I don't forget things today.

Exercise: STTO #1 30 min (I think I will do this only on days when I'm really feeling sick ie flu)
I definitely need more than this today!

Food: fresh fruit cup (1 fruit serving)
1/2 c orange juice
1/2 c coffee (yes still with creamer)

cooked egg in a whole wheat crepe
1 oz moz cheese
salad: lettuce, cuc. & tomato...touch of dressing...about 1 tsp
1/c cup vegetable soup (home made, low sodium)
1 cup green tea; 1 tsp honey

ADDED: 6" subway sub...turkey, veggies and light dressing, whole wheat
chicken noodle cup of soup

Water 1 1/2 bottles (500 ml each) My goal is at least 4 ; 5 would be ideal

I'm still trying to decide what to do about dinner. Here's how it works on Tuesdays. I teach from 4 to 7:30 pm. 7:30 is definitely too late for me to eat a full dinner. Right?

So, I need to come up with a new plan. Any ideas???

Be back here later.....

Back: it's 8:00 and I'm just now able to eat dinner. I definitely haven't eaten enough veggies today.

Water: total now at 2 bottles = 32 oz. (not so good) grrrrrrrrrrrr this is going to be tough but I know I can do it!

Tomorrow is coming and will be amazing! I know, because I'm planning it that way.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Loving life

Seeing things simple

Being who I am


Today is for now!

I have a plan, am focused and on task!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Hearts and me!

Well, the shortest month, the month of hearts and flowers and another month for me to be on track; moving, grooving and meeting my goals.


5 lbs lost
30 hours of exercise

My motto for February:

P ositive (I think, speak, and act positively)

P atience (I am kind to myself)

P ersistent (with persistence my goal is a reality)

What are your goals for February?
Do you have a motto or personal mission statement?

Hug someone today. Share the best you have with a dear friend.

Til again with hugs