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Day 25: Monday

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on November 30, 2009
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Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.

~Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi~

Ok well we all know where this is leading right?  Yes folks, today I fell off the treadmill. I got cocky and let go of the side rails to swing my arms to the beat of the music on my I pod (Black Eyed Peas: Boom Boom Pow).  I overstepped, caught my foot on the top part of the machine, just above the top of the belt and fell to my knees (how Bella). Good news is that the key that you attach to yourself with does work and turn off the machine. Only thing hurt was my pride, so nothing new there!  I have decided that there should be a reset button though. If you accidently pull the key in the middle of a programmed workout you should be able to pick up where you left off. Instead I had to manually enter in the different speeds and watch the times to finish the workout.  The key is I did finish the workout.  When I do it again (Wednesday)I will remember that I am not coordinated enough to be letting go of bars and running free.

I have decided that the treadmill will be an every other day thing for me right now. I need to build some strength and stamina before I make it a daily thing or I will end up with shin splints which I have heard hurt like hell.  I tend to go overboard when I get focused on something. I decided I loved tennis and played every day until I got tennis elbow, then I got pregnant and never played tennis again.  It’s actually nice to think that next summer I may have the physical prallis to play again.

The weekend went well overall.  Sunday was screwed up as we rushed around all day. I did not eat at regular intervals. Actually I had a Kashi granola bar and OJ for breakfast as I ran out the door, a banana at around 3 (we can call that lunch I guess) and then homemade mac and cheese for dinner at 6.  It was still close to the calories I was to intake for the day.

Oh well, this is it for today, nothing to exciting!

As always, have a great day!


Day 24: Sunday

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on November 29, 2009

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.

~Eleanor Roosevelt~

The weekends seem to zoom by at warp speed. I mean by the time we finished with the house yesterday it was already after 3. This would explain why my tummy was busy moaning at me for food since I last ate at 9am. Now that I feed the machine at 3 to 4 hour intervals its quick to point out if I miss a feeding! I’m like the lion at the zoo sign, “Feedings at 8, 11, 1,3, 6 and 8 daily”

Anyway the day went well. I managed to get through a 30 minute workout on the treadmill. It has 4 pre programmed settings and I failed the first try on the level 1. Each one is set up differently. Well the one I made it through does ups and downs. Each level is a number. 1 is a slow walk, 2 is faster, 3 is fast and 4 is super fast walking or jogging.  Each number runs for a minute. So my success went like this.


I had a really good sweat going from this but I could speak out OK so I assume it was within a safe range. I downloaded the manual last night and now know how to use pulse monitor, calorie burning metre, and other features.  It is good to be able to watch the time monitor so when I am on the 4’s I can keep track of how much longer to go. It helps me push myself a litte further.

Last night I made brocoli and cheddar bake with chicken for dinner. It was pretty good and the family enjoyed it. We had Kevin’s brother and kids here for dinner too.

Anyway, I should get this day rolling.

As always, have a great day!

Day 23: Saturday spells X.M.A.S

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on November 28, 2009
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Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.

~ Mark Twain ~

Today is Christmas tree day, time to break out all those boxes and get the house set up!  We have 2 trees in our house. One in the rec room, which is a memory tree. This one has all the ornaments we have purchase over the years for the kids, and some that we have from our own childhoods. This is a big mix of Star Wars, Scooby doo and Holly Hobbit.  We spend our evenings in the basement and this is where we spend the most time so thats why we put it up there.

In our upstairs front window we put up our fancy tree.  This room used to be our living room, that room you use 3 times a year.  Now we use the space as our dining room as it is bigger. The former dining room is a smaller room at the back of the house and we have converted this space into a family room. Plans to add a tv at a later date. So we naw have our fancy tree in the dining room.  This one has pretty ribbons and beautiful glass ornaments.  This tree came to be as I remembered seeing these beautiful tress on the glossy pages of the Sears catalog as a kid and thinking how pretty they where.  That advertising paid off for them 20 years later!

We put up lights outside, just around the lower roof.  I would like them on the top roof but my husband is scared of heights.  My mother in law made the kids a Mr and Mrs Claus kissing under the misletoe. It’s a big painted wooden thing for the lawn, you shine a spotlight at it.  I have to admit that it is cute.

So this is my day today, we will be decorating most the day, and when its done I guess we will need to vacuum up all the little bits of green that fall off!  We are planning to have some family Rock bandtime on Xbox 360  tonight. We rock 🙂

I got the treadmill last night which is great! It was a massive workout to get it from the truck and down the stairs to the basement. That sucker was heavy (though I have felt heavier). It has some pre settings on it so I tried one 20 minute one last night. It was all good till we hit 4 and I was running, I lasted about a minute and then had to over ride it back to 3 which was a very fast walk. I guess if I do it daily I will build up the endurance to do it.  The one thing I love about it is that the  track folds up and clips up. This is good because it keeps the kids off it and also the cat won’t be able to pee on it. Did I mention how much I hate my stupid cats?

So there you have it, another step closer to the right direction!! I will down go and get started with the kids!

As always, Have a great day!

Day 22: Day of the scale

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on November 27, 2009
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It would be wonderful if the above was true! although what would we do about mirrors? They would still confirm the truth.  Funny thing was when I got my scale I weighed myself in the kitchen first. As I had just been to the doctors the day before so I knew what the reading should be close too. Well in the kitchen I weighed 5 lbs more, which I was upset about. I then put the scale on the floor in my carpeted bedroom, I really liked this number as I was down close to 50 lbs.  I then put it in the upstairs bathroom and I weighed 1/2 lb less than at the doctors (which with my average weight loss would be accurate). I then ready the manual (Imagine that) and it explained that it must be on a perfectly flat hard even surface to give a true read. Now no one can say my kitchen floor is even and the carpet in my room is most defiantly not hard.  So I now have this one tile that is specifically where I place my scale for weighing.

So out of bed I get, grab a quick shower and onto the scale I go (towel dried my hair and dried off first) it announces that I now weigh 228.4 lbs, down 4.1 lbs from last friday. For a total loss of 18.1 lbs to date.  Not too shabby!

Last night was Aqua fit, I love it soooooo much.  I am sad though because we only have 2 more classed then they brake until the new year.  Another woman I know invited me to go try her kick boxing class she takes. I may go to that if possible.  Tonight I pick up my “new to me” treadmill. I know that the beginning will be really slow but I am hoping with each week that passes I will build some resistance and increase my time.  It is a bad time of the year for me to be making any sort of purchases. All my bills are in and hydro is overdue.  Even still I feel the need to do this for myself, I am so motivated and my biggest fear is loosing that drive. For this reason I need to ensure that I give myself all the tools to succeed.  So I will spend this money foolishly on a treadmill and consider it my Xmas gift from my family.

Last night I made pork chops with rice and corn. I had a really simple recipe to marinade the pork chops in. Just 1/2 cup soya, 1 tbsp of garlic (I used dry bottled garlic) and a 1/2  tsp of black pepper. You marinade pork for 12 hours in this before cooking. It was really good!

I researched my recipes for next week, and got help cleaning up a few old ones so we can have them again.

Today is just me and my one little one, so it makes for a nice friday to finish off the week. All the kids come after school but the day will be quiet. It’s nice to have just the 2 of us here sometimes.

Anyway, I must get this day rolling…….

As always, have a fantastic day!

Day 21:Its THAT day

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on November 26, 2009
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Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.

~ Author Unknown ~

So I have heard tell that day 21 is the important date. I hear if you make it today 21 it means you are really committed to your goal. Now I already knew that I was committed to succeed but it’s still nice to make it to the date. Today is day 21 people! Day 21!

So yesterday was a rainy day which sucked. I try to look on the positive side…it could be snow instead.  The day was your typical day for around here.  It was just one little one and me so we watched a movie (currently the film of choice is always The Wizard of Oz)  together and snuggled with Todgy the dog.

When the big kids come home they all divide into groups and do various things, my little one likes this time of day best as it means playing house with the girls.  Currently the boys are intent on playing with our hedgehog as the computer is not working.  It’s not too often they bother with the girls.

Dinner last night was Sheppard’s pie. Now I myself LOVED this dish, it smelt just amazing while it was cooking and the food processor came in handy for hiding many of the ingredients! I got a decent size portion for a reasonable amount of calories which is always good.  The kids did not think so much of it, I mean it’s not the most attractive dish when you put it on the plate.  Kevin seemed OK with it I guess.  So it is a keeper.

In the evenings after the hustle bustle of dinner,cleaning up the kitchen,  homework x3, a  basement tidy, and getting the kids ready for bed I enjoy the little bit of quiet time.  My tv time.  As I PVR all my shows I always have something to watch. I am usually at least a week behind on some shows.  We have always had this time in my house. After the kids go to bed we have a tea and watch some shows. Well this tea is usually accompanied by an entire sleeve of cookies or slice of dessert of some sort.  The last few weeks I have allotted calories to allow for a Kashi dark chocolate cherry bar to go with this cup of tea. They are really good and I nibble at them.

However on the occasion I crave some chocolate. This craving was a daily habit that I would once feed happily with my favourite European chocolate bar (at 450 calories a bar). I have now introduced the After Eight singles ,with only 80 calories and rich dark chocolate it is a great alternative for me.  It’s not a nightly requirement anymore, I am happy to have a Kashi bar, but at the same time its a great little something to have in the cupboard should the craving hit. Better to grab one of these than one of those sugary calorific snacks from the kids Halloween candy right!

I am really happy with my progress to date.  I wish I could be more committed to the exercise program my friend made me but I find it hard to do. Clearly I am out of shape and lack muscle toning which is the point of the exercises but I find it hard to do. The walking is fine, the Aqua fit is terrific and I would do it daily if I could. If I can ever scrape up the money for a treadmill off kijiji I know I will use it religiously but the exercises I find hard to do.  I said I would do it 5 days a week, Aqua fit once a week, and one day off.  It has worked out to be Aqua Fit once a week, exercises 1 or 2 times a week.

Anyway, I guess it’s still a lot more than I was achieving this time last month right?

As always, have a beautiful day!

Day 20: Time to get out the measuring tape: Part 3

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on November 25, 2009
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“I shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me. Or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”

~ Og Mandino~

Its measure me Wednesday!! I hopped out of bed (ok that was a lie, I slinked out of bed) and grabbed my handy-dandy Twilight tin of measure me supplies.  What pray tell did I find today you may ask? what I found, I would answer is that I have finally lost something of my boobs (this makes me happy!). They are now 2cm smaller than last week for a total drop of 2cm.  My waist dropped 4 cm for a total drop of 8 cm.  My bum/belly area stayed the same for a total drop of 4 cm.  My thigh went up 1 cm which I am not happy about, for a total of gaining 1 cm.  My calf dropped 1 cm for a total drop of 1 cm. My ankle dropped 1 cm for a total drop of 1 cm.

Not too bad!! Not liking the thigh getting bigger, I mean they are already huge!  My guess is that I am either building muscle mass or retaining water. I guess we will find out next week when I measure again!

Yesterday was a good day! The kids played well together which always makes for a less stressful day. The only downfall is that something went wrong with the desk top computer and so we are now down to just the laptop. This wouldn’t be so bad but for some reason I cannot get the laptop and printer to sync up.  I usually just e-mail myself  documents off the laptop and open the e-mail on the desk top to print. Complicated but it has worked out good to date.

In the evening I finished up my hot lunch papers and ran over to Wal-Mart with a friend to exchange a christmas gift I had picked up one of the kids.  It was nice to get out the house with a friend and look around. It’s always harder with the kids in tow, with the I want, can we get logo and the impatient husband who just wants to get out of there.

We had spaghetti last night with homemade sauce and SMART pasta (white with the goodness of brown) which was OK. I did make a boo boo and add a tbsp of a spice when it wanted a tsp so it was a little hot. Kevin whined that it had too much onion so I will have to puréé it next time so he can’t see it. He didn’t comment on the green peppers though.

So all and all a good day!

As always, have a great day!

Day 19: When one door closes another opens

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on November 24, 2009
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Yes I know it is Tuesday!

Now everybody wants Friday to roll around, I mean thats the norm of life right? I too want Friday to roll around but not because it is Friday but because it is weigh day! My scale remains tucked under the bed safe from my kids who will treat it like a bouncy castle and screw up the calabration. It is so tempting to cheat and hop on it on say a Tuesday (oh, thats today !) but I fight the urge to do so. Its far more satisfactory to do it once a week, see the big drop. At least tomorrow is measurement day 🙂

The day improved as it moved on yesterday, there are days that can be very frustrating for me.  I managed to create a budget for the next month with a little bit left for Christmas. It involves some creative bill paying (Paula’s laughing).  I keep telling the kids that this Christmas will be tight and I am hoping that it sinks in. I love christmas so much but it is just another financial stresser at this point in the game.

The good news came in the form of one of my daycare families needing more care each week.  This will help out a little and was not included in my budgeting so can go toward gift shopping. This was a blessing thats for sure.  I know that things will eventually improve, or get a lot worse. Its a lot of stress for me and at times it eats away at me till I am exhausted with thinking about it. I can’t be sunny and shiny all the time right?

Last nights dinner was good, chicken enchiladas, that said I will not make it again as the calorie count for just one was insane! Like 840 calories insane!  I actually had to eat very little throughout the day in order to have it for dinner and although it is good its not that good!

Today appears to be a better day for me. I thought that it would be missing food that would get me down, not my life circumstances.  I guess I should remember that this is just a moment, and not my life.

As always, have a great day

Day 18: Man I am pissy

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on November 23, 2009
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Well I had a nice weekend. We went to see NEW MOON which I have been awaiting for months and really enjoyed.  I started my Christmas shopping which is good because I have a long way to go to get it done. I planned out my next 7 meals which are all new to my family and did another very expensive very healthy grocery shop which made me feel good.  So all in all a good weekend.

Today I am in a pissy mood. I am not sure if it might be PMS or if its that I am frustrated with my situation in life.  I try very hard to be a good wife, mother, friend, worker and provider for my family but there are days it seem like a waste of time.  Today is another one of those days I guess. Over the last few months my daycare income has taken quite a hit as full time children go back to school, some go from full time to part time as they hit grade one. This doesn’t allow for me to take on new families as all my spots are full but still my income has dropped. With a husband who works on and off ,a steady income is very important and the weight of financial burden lands firmly on my shoulders. With the cut backs I struggle even more. This leaves me wondering if it is time to make yet another drastic  change in my life.

Today is not the best of days I guess. Funny, I thought it would be a food related crisis I would have first. I guess that’s a good sign? LOL

As always, have a great day!

Day 17: And it was a success…..

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on November 22, 2009

Yesterday was the big cooking day for my family. I made a tandoori chicken in better sauce, which was a complicated  recipe to say the least. Lots of chopping and measuring! It felt like I was doing an experiment of sorts.  Happily the whole thing turned out great and tasted delicious. The rice cooker was a great purchase, giving be the best fluffy rice.  For dessert I made a low cal apple crisp with low-fat vanilla. It was very good and I will be making it again when we want a treat!

My mother in-law enjoyed the meal and found a lot of the information I have learned about foods interesting.

This is very short today, it’s the weekend and I have lots to get done!

As always, have a great day!

Day 16: And it wasn’t that bad.

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on November 21, 2009
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Yesterday was a PA day and I was very nervous about how it was going to play out. I mean sometimes they are fine, the play in groups and get along fine, but then there are other days. Other days consist of nine to ten hours of petty bickering. “No, I want that pink pen, not this pink pen, THAT pink pen” Waa waa waa. Another thing that happens on these bad days is constant talking back, every little thing has to be questioned to test the boundaries of authority. Usually by hour six I am on the verge of tears.  Let no one say running a daycare is an easy job because that is so not true!

Anyway yesterday was a good day. They did various activities within groups and other than the occasional request to settle down and not run around it went well.  The rain held off so we got to go to the park for a while which helps them burn of some energy. It was freezing cold so we didn’t stay nearly as long as I planned.

Last nights meal was meat loaf. It had a lot of ingredients in it, healthy ingredients.

The recipe called for me to put the carrot, onion, celery, green pepper, zucchini and  dried tomato in a food processor. Now I have never used one or seen one in action for that matter.  I called a friend on the street and borrowed her’s for this deed.  What I discovered is that I really like food processors. I mean when I was done with it you would have no idea what any of the vegetables were. In my house this is a good thing because if you can’t see it then it’s not there.

The kids did not think much of the meatloaf but did eat some. It will take awhile to get them to eat these foods but I will.  HAlf the reason this families eating habits were the mess they where was because the kids wouldn’t eat what I cook.

In the evening we went up to Wal-Mart to do a partial grocery shop. All the basic things we use. I will have to go out again to get the ingredients for the meals I have yet picked for this week.  As I did surpass my goal of 5 lbs loss this week I decided that was worthy of a treat.  I ran into McDonald’s and got an apple pie………………………… ok that is a lie, I treated myself to a food processor and a rice steamer. No food rewards here folks!

Now as I made a joke about McDonald’s I just remembered something from last night.  We where walking from groceries to housewares and I said to the family that something smelt totally disgusting and wrinkled my noise up. They looked around as they didn’t notice it. I then realized the most AMAZING thing. It was McDonald’s. That smell used to lure me in and make my tummy rumble. Now that smell is making my tummy roll over in sickness. AMAZING!!!!

The rest of the night went by quickly, by the time I re arranged the kitchen to accomodate the new appliances it was already 10pm.  One thing I have in my kitchen is a GE 5L deep fryer, which I used so much I keep it on the counter. Well it went on top of the fridge (too big to fit in any cupboard I have). This is a sign of a better life for us.  I remember when I got it trying to figure out where it should go, the top of the fridge was out because it is heavy and I didn’t want to lift it down daily. Now the top of the fridge is fine.

Well this is it for today,  I hope you all have a great day.

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