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Good Times On Mt Seymour

28 Feb

Snowshoeing, I hate typing that word, it feels awkward, but it is a fun activity so alas, I will be doomed to keep typing it. Oh what a hard life I lead *pauses for a dramatic swoon*


Some friends and I went up to Mt. Seymour to go snowshoeing and had a blast! Hmm…I’ve really gotta learn some new slang…

The day started with dragon boat practice (for two of us), then brunch, then snowshoeing. So ya know, just a slightly active day. 😉

I wasn’t sure my suv would be allowed up the mountain, if the roads are bad they make you park at the bottom and take a shuttle up but nobody checked us so up we went…slowly…as in old granny slow…the higher we got the more the snow was swirling around and the more wintry it became. It always amazes me how you can go from city to mountain so quickly here.

Because we were snowshoeing and not skiing or snowboarding we had to park farther away, snowshoe discrimination! 😉 It is actually ok because it gave us time to get used to walking on the snowshoes.

Once we were strapped in and on our way it was basically just fun. The whole time. I mean c’mon, get four friends together, strap their feet to snowshoes, set them on a trail, and how could that not be fun?

I did learn that all my survival knowledge is basically theoretical and does not kick in as an automatic response when faced with a potentially dangerous situation…great thing to learn up on a mountain in winter lol

See, we were trekking along this one narrow stretch where you have to go single file and all of a sudden snow is falling on us. And not the snow that had been falling all day, no no, I mean big poofy coming from the side of the mountain snow. There is technically a potential of avalanche and part of my brain kept thinking “keep moving. you have to keep moving. woman move your feet!” but in actuality all the four of us did was turn around, look up at the mountain to see where the snow was coming from, start laughing and wondering what was happening. So yeah, the survival skills of my friends and I are maybe not the absolute highest they could be…but I’m sure somewhere out there someone is worse than us…right?

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All in all it was a great day, as you can see in the above pictures. I wish there could be more like that. 🙂

Gorged on Grapes

5 Feb

Mmm, fruit! Especially green grapes, double Mmm! lol This whole fruit has no points thing with the new Points Plus Program is gonna be grrrrrreat! (anybody else hear Tony the Tigers voice say that? lol)

I bought a huge batch of green grapes and have been nibbling on them like a crazy person all weekend, they really fill you up though and since they don’t have a points value attached I didn’t measure them out I just sat and mindlessly ate them and then all of a sudden I was getting ready to go out (this was yesterday) and I realized that ugh, I feel disgusting cause I ate way too many grapes. Oops! Guess I’m gonna hafta watch out for that, it’s a little pitfall I didn’t really think about. *rolls eyes*

I had thought this weekend would be the start of my getting-serious-with-tracking-weekend but I realized that Saturday I had plans that involved lots of alcohol and most likely an extremely bad for me meal and then Sunday I was going out for lunch with a friend to Olive Garden and the odds were good of my eating horribly so perhaps I should wait and start my serious tracking on Monday. I’m not normally a Monday Starter (as I call them, you know, those people who always say “I’m starting my diet this coming Monday” but they never do?) but it just seemed to make sense to me. Why start tracking on a day I know I’m gonna blow it points wise, it’d just be a depressing way to start back with my tracking and planning, shrug. This is how I justified it to myself anyways. lol.

Course, tomorrow I have dinner plans, but oh well, I know where I am going so I will check the menu out before I go and try my best to pre-plan what I am going to order.  🙂

For exercise over the weekend I got a bit derailed but I tried my best…kinda lol. I walked to my friend’s house on Saturday to meet up with everybody, it is about a 40 minute walk or so and part way through the walk I stopped at Safeway to pick up the pineapple juice and the coconut milk for the Pina Coladas we were making so I had some extra weight to carry which I figure, all adds up in the end lol. I did get kinda sweaty from the walk, ew! Not exactly how I wanted to start an evening of merriment but oh well, shrug. There were three of us and we were going rollerskating, I’ll give you a minute to ponder that…take your time…yes, now that you’ve scratched your head and wondered if I took a ride in a time machine back to the 80’s I will explain. There is a roller rink about an hour away via public transit (which we were taking so we could all drink) and one of my friends really really really wanted to go cause she wants to try out for roller derby but she doesn’t have experience roller skating. The idea was the three of us would go, totally suck, probably fall down a lot, but have loads of fun (the way you always end up fun when doing something dorky, like mini golf lol), KL would get to find out if she has any natural skating talent and well, KS and I would just be there for the fun aspect lol. I mean, come on, alcohol + friends + dorky activity = FUN! 😀

Turns out roller skating is way more popular then any of us though, who knew?? When we got there the line to get in was all the way to the door, as in, we were stuck standing outside the door. It eventually started to move but before we got anywhere near the counter the guy working the counter said they were almost out of skates so it was free admission for everyone, if they had your size skate and you got a pair then you could skate, otherwise you were SOL. They didn’t have my size or KS but they did have skates in the right size for KL so we encouraged her to go skate. She, after all, is the one who wants to join roller derby and thereby had a purpose being on the rink. She did great! Total natural, which is awesome. The exercise I had planned on getting at the rink did not happen but not because I was lazy or backed out or anything so I don’t feel badly about not getting my activity points that evening – not like I have any say over the rink having my size skates available. Sometimes you just gotta roll with the punches, or skate with the crowd. hahaha I’m just sooooo witty 😉 lol

Today however, totally my fail lol. I had lunch plans for 12:30p that got moved by my friend to 1p then got moved to 2:30p so originally I was going to go for lunch, hang out with her for a while, then come home, digest a bit and hit up the gym. Wellllll, by the time the plans got changed the third time I was realizing I could have gone to the gym before meeting up with her (but of course my realization came to late, sigh) and we gabbed for so long (hours an hours lol) that by the time I got home it was too late to go. They were still open when I got home (I think, for some reason I can never for sure remember the Sunday hours lol) but I was so full no way could I have gone right away and by the time I was feeling digested enough to go they were for sure closed. Epic Fail on my part.

Tomorrow however is another page in my life and I plan on going to the gym no matter what. I am setting my alarm for earlier then I normally would just to make sure I get up and go before I have to start everything else I am doing tomorrow. I want it to be the first thing I accomplish tomorrow so that it can’t get sidelined or ditched cause I run out of time later in the day.

I have a plan people, albeit, a tentative one, but I’m gonna do my best to follow it, make it more concrete, and make this program work for me! …I feel I should shout that marine shout you always hear in movies lol

So Not My Fault

24 Jun

Alright, so I didn’t exercise today but it’s not my fault! It’s been alternating raining and sunny – it changes about every half hour or so and when it’s raining it’s pouring so the hiking trail is all mud, ew! and my shift got extended by an extra hour so I wasn’t able to get to boxerfit. shrug. So see? Not my fault I wasn’t able to exercise in my traditional manner.

However, I would like to point out I was not lazing around today and anyone who says hanging out with 4.5 year old twins is not exercise is, well…wrong! lol. 😛

They were great kids but come on, they are at that stupid active age where sitting and reading or sitting and well, just sitting, is not high on their list of things to do. *rolls eyes* So today, I have put together a princess tent, bandaged a scraped elbow, gone to the park and pushed kids on swings, twirled them on tire swings, held them while they pretended they could use the monkey bars etc, oh, and caught them as they came down the slide. There was also dragging the bike accross a wet grassy field and up various hills (with the child still on the bike!), protecting the poor going blind dog, and running a couple blocks intermittently so the kids didn’t get impatient waiting for me at the corners on their bikes. Busy!

What’s even better? I have only eaten 18 points today, I still have 2 points left! This is like the first day in ages where I will eat my points and only my points, no flex points happenin today, sweeeet! Also, even though it wasn’t really exercise it was still some activity so I don’t feel too too badly about that – my arms are freakin killing me, and different muscles then normal, apparently pushing 2 kids at the same time really high on swings uses arm muscles I don’t always exercise when I use my weights or go to boxerfit, go figure.

Today I have eaten:

29 g Special K = 2 points

1/4 C 1% milk = 0.5 points

2 pcs toast = 1 point

1/2 tbls whipped peanut butter = 1 point

1 banana = 1 point

1 Activia yogurt = 2 points

1 light babybell cheese = 1 point

1 apple = 1 point

1 pear = 1 point

2 pcs bread = 1 point

10 slices turkey pepperoni = 1 point

2 cheese slices = 2 points

1 3/4 C Red Pepper and Tomato soup = 3.5 points

Total points eaten = 18

So now I am going to desert my couch (so sad!) and go do some work in my room, I have a lady coming to look at my desk tomorrow (I am selling it on kijiji and craigslist) and hopefully (cross fingers!) she buys it. I have to tidy up the space so the desk looks it’s best (all uncluttered etc) and so if she does buy it there is room to move around and take it apart, lol. She says she is bringing her boyfriend and he is the one whose gonna be doing the manual labour which I am fine with cause no way in hell am I taking it apart but I am slightly concerned about having strangers in my place so I asked my landlord’s son (he’s in his 30’s) if he’d please make sure to be around when they show up just in case. He’s doing me a decent and changing some plans so he’s around cause as he says “safety first”. That is not normally my motto (where’s the fun in that? lol) but in this case I will opt with safety over recklessness – I have no desire to be robbed or worse while trying to make $75, just not worth it! lol 😛

Magic Machines? I Wish!

10 May

Who out there has seen the commercial for the Ab Circle Pro? I guess the better question would be, has anybody out there not seen the ad for the Ab Circle Pro? In case you just came out from under a rock I will describe it for you, it is a ridiculous looking machine that you kneel on and then using your core muscles you move your legs around and miraculously you look like…(psst, look at the pic below…)

sooooo I'll look like that if I buy this?

I don’t know if I want to look like her…her shoulders seem freakishly wide for her body, and I’m pretty sure she must live off of protein powder and maybe raw eggs cause nobody who eats actual food looks like that…not to mention the wrinkles she’ll be botoxing outta her face in 5 years from all the tanning she does…

But ya know, forget all that and well, I guess I wouldn’t mind looking like that…It’s not the body type I am striving for, I want toned sure but not that toned, I guess more slim/toned like um…hmm, I’m trying to think of a famous person to use as an example but am drawing a blank since they all seem to be stick thin not slim/toned…maybe when I finally get an agent I’ll start a new niche with my body type? lol.

I don’t know why I am fixating on this particular machine this evening, maybe because I have seen the ad for it multiple times since I have sat down? Yeah, that’s probably it. lol. There are so many machines that swear you’ll look exactly the way you want to look if only you use it – deep down we all know they are a load of crap but still, they can be tempting. I don’t want that machine, I make fun of it everytime I see the stupid ad, but! (and that’s where we all get caught isn’t it?) what if I am being close minded and it really would work? What if I am one tv purchase away from the body I want? Oh the horror! Good thing I don’t have a credit card…who knows how many stupid exercise machines I’d have, lol.

They probably work well for people who are not at all active, after all, going from almost no activity to any activity will increase your weight loss – keeping in mind food choices of course – I knew a girl, very large girl, all she started doing was water aerobics and she lost something like 10lbs in 2 weeks…I was uber jealous! Green green green, sigh. But then I realized she had quite a lot more to lose then I and she went from doing no exercise to doing water aerobics and I was already active in varying ways so my body was used to movement…I guess I should look at it as I was in better shape then her and that is why when I would join a new activity I didn’t have large weight losses…but really, I just wanted to be able to join water aerobics and lose 10lbs lol.

We are a society of quick fixes and instant gratification and these machines we can buy over the phone and online feed in to that. They feed in to the idea there is some super-fast-3-minute-a-day-miracle way to lose the weight when really the best way to lose the weight and keep it off is to eat healthy (that means the food choices and the portion sizes!) and be active. It sucks I know! But do you want your own version of that body in that picture up there or do you want to stay how you are? Not that I am implying you don’t look great! I just know that I look at that picture, then I look down at my gut and I know that if I got to choose between the two I’d pick her body…future botox be damned!

Today I ate:

1 apple = 1 point

1 pear = 1 point

1 banana = 1 point

1 Activia yogurt = 2 points

1/2 cup brown rice = 2 points

chicken = 1 point

1 light babybell = 1 point

1 Thinsations Ritz crackers = 2 points

2 pcs bodywise bread = 1 point

1 turkey burger patty = 3 points

1 cheese slice = 1 point

mustard and ketchup = 0 points

mixed veggies = 0 points

1 Thinsations yogurt covered pretzels = 2 points

20 mini bretons = 2 points

Total points eaten = 20!

Yah! I ate my points and only my points! Thank goodness!

I was worried I’d be over today cause I had this thing to go to after work so I had the babybell and ritz for a snack and I thought that would mess up my points for my dinner but apparently not. 🙂 Sweet huh?

I still feel hungry, which sucks, but I’ll be going to bed soon so I won’t be awake and aware of the hunger. lol.

Oh, and you’ll note I am back to eating fruit again! I fell off that bandwagon when we had a bit of cooler temps and in the mornings I was wanting oatmeal not fresh fruit but today I felt like fruit and ya know, I felt so much better after having ate the fruit then I do after eating cereal or oatmeal. Not that I feel poorly after eating cereal or oatmeal, don’t get me wrong, I love both those things, but after eating the fruit I felt lighter, full but not heavy…does that make sense?

Plus, the 3 pieces of fruit at work and the huuuuuge veggie portion I had at dinner, I’d say I got 5 fruit n veggie portions easy – I just may manage the Canadian Food Guide quantities one day if I keep this up! lol. 🙂

Self Punishment aka Exercise

6 Sep

Sooooo, yesterday I weighed in and gained 0.2 pounds, ugh, when I got up today I decided to re-weigh myself (I know, it goes against my rule about only weighing in once a week but I was curious as to what the scale would say) so the scale showed I had lost. hmmm. Which result to take? I decided to take todays number, cause, well, duh, it’s lower. lol. That puts me at a total weight loss of 9.8 pounds…still haven’t reached that 10 pound mark but at least I am closer…I want to be able to say I lost 10 pounds dammit!!

I decided instead of waiting one more week to see how my next weigh in is and therefore having 4 weeks of proof I have plateaud I am taking action now! Why wait another week when I can do something now? My course of action is exercise…I am already watching what I eat so I can’t really adjust that, means the only other thing I know that I can change is my activity level. sigh. I like my activity level! I like being lazy and spending most of my time sitting with a book or watching tv or being on my computer…some people just prefer being sedentary. Active people don’t seem to get this. They think that because I am sitting on my couch I am unhappy or unmotivated or depressed or something – they don’t get that I like being this way, this is how I am! Sadly though, in my quest to become skinny I am going to have to change and become a more active person. I won’t ever become that person who wants and enjoys getting up early to go running before work or that person who gets some sick pleasure out of pumping weights but I think I can manage to become a person who finds time in her schedule to fit in exercise and sticks with it. After all, if I can manage to change my eating habits maybe I can manage to change my activity level?

What I want to know is who came up with exercising anyways? Who thought people should plunk themselves on to cardio machines thereby sweating their way over long distances but not ever going anywhere? Who thought hiking a path that is just going to get you back to where you started was a good thing? Have you noticed how exercise seems all about completing a circle of some kind? An eternal loop that tricks you in to thinking you are going somewhere or doing something when really all you are doing is running in the same spot? We are all hamsters in a wheel…depressing.

My form of self-punishment today was a 3.8 km hike; this would be the hike I mentioned in yesterdays post. It is a hiking trail that is labelled medium to strenuous and goes around a golf course. There are multiple paths in to it so you can start anywhere – this is good because that means there are also multiple exits so if you really want to escape the human version of the hamster wheel you can, course, you’re still gonna be stuck outside and away from home so getting off the wheel doesn’t get you anywhere but on a sidewalk by a busy street so strangers driving by can look at you and wonder what the hell you’re doing but hey, least your off that beaten path!

The first half of the hike was fine, I pushed myself so I was really earning my exercise points but hey that’s the point, right? The second half…well to be honest I was wishing for death. My chest and throat hurt from breathing so hard, I had side cramps that were not only on my sides but my front as well so my entire abdomenal area hurt and at one point I felt like throwing up my breakfast. Pleasant, no? God I hate exercising. By the time I got home I was sweaty (ew!) tired and ready for a nap but instead of napping I became my own drill sergeant and did some streches in the hopes I don’t tighten up overnight and wake up tomorrow barely able to walk. Have I mentioned I hate exercising?

The only plus side to this whole exercise thing is you earn points, the same way your food is worth points in weight watchers so is your exercise. I earned 8 exercise points, wOOt! You have options with these points. You can eat them or not eat them, up to you. I figured I would not eat them cause then I would lose weight faster but mom (who actually goes to the weight watcher meetings) says the people there tell you to eat the exercise points because if you don’t you are not taking in enough calories for your activity level that day. Hmmm. I don’t know, I am not sure I totally agree with that. So I am compromising, I am eating some of my exercise points but nowhere near all, heck, not even half of them…today I ate 2.5 of them. 🙂

Today I ate:

3/4 cup blueberry special k = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

2 pcs toast =2 points

1 tsp marg = 1 point

1/2 tbls raspberry jam = 0.5 point

2/6 Delissio Grilled Chicken, tomato and spinach pizza = 10 points

1 medium slush = 2 points

37 grams Maltesers = 4 points

1 thinsations choc covered pretzels = 2 points

A grand total of 24.5 points with 8 exercise points earned. 😀 Not so bad for a Sunday.

I feel I should explain about the pizza, I bought it last week cause it was on sale and I thought 1/6th of the pizza for 5 points wasn’t such a bad thing…I should not food shop when I am hungry, it ruins my reasonability. lol. The only days I will be able to eat this pizza is on weekends cause that’s the only way I will be able to find a way to fit in the points. I cut the pizza in half and put half back in the freezer. The other half I baked, duh. The pizza is roughly a square and I needed to divide it in to sixths. Does that make sense? So with the half I had I cut it in to three pieces and at two of them, hence my 2/6 of a pizza serving. 🙂 Hey, it makes sense to me. 😛 I gave the third cooked piece to my roomie thereby saving me the dilemna of eating the cold piece tomorrow for breakfast cause hey, who doesn’t love cold pizza? The other half I will eat maybe next weekend so I can get it out of the fridge before it freezer burns, we shall see! It was pretty good. I bit in to my first piece too quickly and burned the roof of my mouth but that’s my problem, not the pizzas. I would not say it is the same as delivery (you know, that’s the slogan for delissio, “not delivery, it’s delissio”) but it was decent for a frozen pizza.

All in all, eating pizza and chocolate all in one day seemed to make the pain of exercising not worth it but a bit more bareable. But don’t get thinking I like it! 😛 lol

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