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Day 87: Working up a sweat!

Posted in Re Inventing Me by pishposh71 on January 31, 2010

Nothing will make you feel better than pushing your limits.

Today I went to Optimum Bodies for a boot camp.  Usually I would have training but my family made her sick so thats a no go!  I used to do a boot camp on Saturdays but this one was different.  It is amazing how each instructor makes things unique to their style and personality.  Today’s was faster paced than the class I took on Saturday’s which is good for pushing you harder.  Modifying the leg exercises to be in a safe range for my knees leaves me feel like I have achieved a full body workout.  I think this is the advantage to a smaller independent gym environment and not a large structured one.  Having a team that understands your needs and can help you set reachable goals on a personal level.  I have done both over the years and I can say that I like this smaller structure better.

I think there was a pretty good turnout for the start of a new program. This is  run as a pay-as- you- go  pay-what-you-can class.  I think it is a wonderful commitment to the community to offer a class like this.

The rest of my day will be the normal crap.  I will soon begin the task of cooking chicken wings in a vat of grease (deep fryer) then BBQ them.  I will be having a salad and sandwich as I am pretty sure that chicken would upset my stomach at this point in the game.  I’m not THAT stupid!!

My week should be pretty normal too I think.  All the hot lunch stuff is organized and unless an order was lost in space (which usually happens to at least one order a month) it will all go smoothly.  I have no plans what so ever. No meetings, no paperwork, just me and the TV each evening except Thursday.

I am thinking that I will introduce the treadmill again this week.  I have actually missed doing it.  I will give it a try and see how my knees are the next day.

There is the possibility of me joining the next group of girls to start Cheeky girls at the end of the month.  Financially it is a bad decision as I really shouldn’t be spending money in our current situation.  That said I really feel like this is another big part of the journey I am on.  I have worked so hard to feel better about the outside (still along way to go) but I feel that there is much work to do on the inside too.  I know that some may think that this class is a rather odd, I mean is it a life or death situation for me to learn how to dance provocatively? with a pole? OK no it is not.  It’s really about the confidence I will gain from the experience.  I really think that is the bigger picture.

The only bad thing is that Cheeky is also on Thursday nights which means that I will need to either find a different class or give up Aqua for a while.  In the summer that won’t be so bad as I can do it nightly in my pool, but thats not till the end of June.  I love Aqua!

Anyway, I’m late posting today but as always enjoy whats left of your day!


Day 86: Predicted correctly

Posted in Re Inventing Me by pishposh71 on January 30, 2010

One bad meal, one bad night, one bad day – even one bad week – doesn’t ruin everything you’ve worked so hard for…so never give up. And don’t let anyone deter you or get in your way of doing the things that will get you closer to you’re’. Remember – its your life – and you’re the boss of it. No one else.


So as of recently I have noticed my sleep patterns changing.  I have given this some thought as sleep is my one consistent thing in my life.   It is relatively simple to come up with a list of factors that could impact my pattern but harder so to narrow down the exact reason.  I have considered that it is stress, I mean lets face it, I’m 2 unemployment cheques away from being slightly screwed unless I start cashing in RRSP’s which is not part of my plan.  I had thought with the weight loss and change of diet my body may have altered chemically and thus not need as much sleep.  I then started thinking about iron levels.  My doctor had said that I was very low on iron and so added a daily iron supplement to my regimen of pills.  I know that low iron can cause you to feel sluggish and have less energy and maybe now that I have a better balance my body is changing.  Maybe this new pattern is the “norm” and my old routine was wrong to start with???

Since I am talking about IRON I think I will add some more information.  I mean the trip to the doctors was really not that informative for me.  I was told my iron levels where very low and given a script to fill to resolve the problem and a new test requisition  Sent out the door with instructions to return in a month.  So off I go, the secretary gives me the kits for my colon cancer test (WTF????? I mean it would have been nice to have been told a little more about this, lets just say that I was rather freaked out when I found out the purpose of this test) and more blood work.  So off I go to get the blood tests done.  Now looking back on it I realize that the secretary was not the best person to ask as I basically repeated the blood tests I had done 4 weeks earlier.  If I was to hazard a guess I would assume that I should have gone in for this stuff a week or so before I go back again.  This would then show how my body is responding to the newly added iron.

Still on the subject of iron.  I really think that anyone having an iron suppliment added to their routine should be better instructed.  I am curious by nature and so took the time to research information out about it which is good as there is much to consider.  I could have just popped a pill each morning like I do with all the others I take, which really would be a waste of time and money.  Simple facts that can make or break the success of iron in your body.

So what should they tell you?

1. Take iron first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

2. Wash it down with a glass of orange juice as it will help with obsorbtion

3. Try to wait an hour to eat

4. wait an hour to take other pills

5. Avoid caffeine but wait an hour if you are having some

Simple enough things that no one told me.

Well in other news the scale did drop a tad today as I predicted.  Nothing worth applauding as it was so little.  It basically means that I loss is still happening, even if the days are screwing me up!!!

Well I guess I got my writing back in order as I have rambled on for 20 minutes about iron and weight loss.

As always, I wish you all a great day!

Day 85: Puzzles

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on January 29, 2010

Click to Mix and SolveWe got my daughter a big box of puzzles for christmas which has led to a puzzle obsession.  She found a site on-line that you can do the puzzles on too which is my new evening hobby.  I do 200 pieces or more. I posted this easy one here for you amusement!

I cannot believe that this week is over and done with.  It’s true how time flies by as you get older. The days blur into weeks that blur into months. I guess thats good for me though as it means I’l’ be 100 lbs lighter in no time!!!

As of this morning I am sitting at a total loss of 29 lbs even.  Based on last Fridays weight I have actually lost 2.2 bs, but if you go by Sat weight I have gained 1lb which I am willing to bet will change tomorrow morning.  We’ll see!

Well it is time to get this day on the move!!! As always have a great day!

Day 84: Snowy Thursday’s

Posted in Re Inventing Me by pishposh71 on January 28, 2010

If I was to look out my window right now I would see big fluffy snowflakes rushing to the ground.  It’s that wonderful clean kind of snow you see in all the happy holiday movies.  In the movies they don’t show that pile of salt ridden snow that refuses to melt in the Wal-mart parking lot till the middle of June.  I like the first snow and wrinkle my nose at the latter.

I am not sure if it is the mild winter of the vitamin D that has kept my spirits well this year.  The winter time blues are usually settling in by now but I am holding strong.  It may be the wonders of Aqua fit and getting into a puddle of water weekly that are my saving salvation too. Don’t know which, but so glad this is the case.

This week has flown by, much like the last. Busy, busy, busy.

Still not in the place to write much, but this will no doubt pass with time.

As always, have a wonderful day.

Day 83: Writing

Posted in Re Inventing Me,Uncategorized by pishposh71 on January 27, 2010

Writing is something I have always loved to do.  I love how a story can take you to another world or make you feel the happy or sad emotions of a character.  I keep trying to get a story out my head and onto paper but it never seems to happen. I am waiting for all the puzzle pieces to be on the table so I can sort them out.  I need more than just the idea.  Frustrating to say the least, but maybe one day I will work it out.

Today I am not really in the mood to write, as ironic as that may be based on my above statement.  It’s an odd day.

So I leave you with these few lines.  As always I wish you all a wonderful day.

Day 82: Better Again

Posted in Re Inventing Me by pishposh71 on January 26, 2010

Ok so this picture has nothing to do with this entry but it is still interesting anyway.  SOmetimes visuals can make so much more sense than just words!

Well yesterday sucked big time.  I hate being sick so much.  I awoke to my stomach slopping around and debated wether or not to do some jumping jacks so I would throw up.  I just couldn’t do it. As the day progressed it moved deeper into me and the need to barf passed but the need for a toilet in close proximity remained.  I managed to stay awake and functioning until Kevin got home at noon and went to bed.  He had the pleasure of supervising the kids, dinner, homework, clean-up and next day prep work for a change.  I got up at 6pm to eat an English muffin and a glass of water before returning to bed for the night. That was the end of it. The nice thing was the 4 lb drop the scale reported today. Would be nice if it stayed that way but you can’t lose 4 lbs in one day.

Well, I guess that is it for today, as always I wish you all a wonderful day!

DAy 81: Nope, I don’t think so

Posted in Re Inventing Me by pishposh71 on January 25, 2010

So all I have to say is I have what my youngest had yesterday so I am officially sick until I throw up then I will be OK again.

Sucks to me me, unless you look at the bright side…wait no bright side, I have already digested my food from dinner.

As always, have a great day!

Day 80: My achy breaky heart…I mean abs

Posted in Re Inventing Me by pishposh71 on January 24, 2010

Today I can feel my tummy, I mean really feel my tummy.  I have had the feeling before, actually I have it most Saturdays after a visit to boot camp,  This week its a little different though, it extends a little higher up my body toward my bust line.

I ended up doing the 2pm boot camp class yesterday which I was not planning on.  I was convinced this was a good idea since I will be missing training today so I can do all the usual weekend crap.  It was done by James and I have never had him teach me before so it was a new experience.  We did lots of new things I have yet to try which makes it interesting, and the pace was faster than the usual Saturday class.  Not to say that one is any better than the other but still interesting to see the different styles of trainers.  Due to the faster pace I tired out quickly and ended up with a split in my side ( caused no doubt by the ice-cold protein shake I drank 2 minutes before we started) That was a little disappointing to me not to finish it but I am smart enough to know my limitations.

At 3pm I took a CHEEKY GIRLS class which is another business who came out to offer their support for the gyms Haiti relief day.  This is a dance class of sorts, more specifically its pole dancing at its core.  Now before you imagine me attempting to hang from a pole let me say this class was just a dance routine, I was not on a pole. Yet.

Now I imagine that their may be a raised eyebrow or so at this.  I will admit that when I first heard tell of this group I kind of thought the same way. Oh, its classes to learn how to be a stripper at the local dive.  It’s easy to form an opinion when it comes to things like this and I’m no better than anyone else.  Taking the time to hear a little more about it is always worth while though. To look at things from all angles and see a picture as a whole.  Yes this is dancing, yes this could be stripping, yes this is pole dancing, yes you likely could use this education to entertain the lonely horny men at the local peelers but also there is more.  Yes, I can feel sexy, yes I can build muscle, yes I can gain confidence, yes I can bring new passion into a relationship, yes I can build my self-esteem, yes, I can feel better about myself, yes, I can feel carefree for just a moment.

That’s my take on the picture and I think that its worth a try.  I believe the main goal of this group is the latter half of the yeses (is that even a word!) and anyway you look at it feeling those things are only positives in life.

So we learned a dance, which was pretty basic and a lot of fun to do.  As the minutes slipped by I could feel myself relaxing and beginning to feel more comfortable in my skin.  It was a nice feeling.

By the time this was over I was spent.  Not that the class was hard but my knees and ankles had reached their greatest abuse for one day.  So the 4pm yoga was a no go for me.

The day raised $2800 for Haiti which will be matched by the government. Not to shabby.  I was glad to be a part of the efforts and was so proud of my friends for offering this day.

Well, I guess I should get my butt in gear and get things rolling, groceries to buy, food to prep, beds to make, you get the picture……

As always have a wonderful day

Day 79: Move for Haiti

Posted in Re Inventing Me by pishposh71 on January 23, 2010

Today is Move for Haiti day at the gym and I am excited to be a part of their efforts.  I will get a taste of cheeky girls which is a program I plan to take this summer at a different facility.  Cheeky girls is about building self-esteem and confidence in women.  I think most women could take something from t his program. Being a mother and a wife is very rewarding but I think we get lost in the roles and loose a part of ourselves along the way.  I plan on finding that part that is “me” again.

I am also taking a yoga class.  I have only done yoga once at Ste Anne’s day Spa last winter.  It was fun in a sort of “I think I’m going to die” way.  That experience was in no way relaxing for me as I was likely about 260 lbs at the time  and my focus was just on keeping my balance and not falling down.  I am hoping that with less weight and a stronger core I may find this more comfortable.

After this I am off to buy groceries for tomorrow nights dinner.  We are having the couple who own the gym (my best friend as a young adult and my husbands best friend married each other) and another old and dear friend and his super amazing new girlfriend.  I have a great dinner planned and am looking forward to cooking.  Some of the ingredients are rather daunting and may need some searching but I am sure if I put on my Holmes hat I will find them!

So thats my day in a nutshell.  Last night I managed to finally see my hairdresser/friend and get a cut.  Still on the never-ending mission to book a time to streak my hair with blond and red. One day.  I power walked up to the salon which took about 20 minutes and involves a nice big hill so I felt good about that.

This morning I decided to give the scale a second look.  I find that my weight will go up and down about 5 lbs throughout the week but it never drops below my earlier friday’s weigh in.  On Friday in the morning it will just happen, bam!!! a weight loss.  Well that did not happen yesterday, instead it reported a 1lb gain.

Today is apparently the “new friday” as the scale has reported that my drop has happened.  A great reading of 216.7 lbs which is a total drop of 29.7 lbs and a 3 lb drop based on yesterdays scale weight or a 2 lb drop if you just go from last friday.  So I am glad that I didn’t bother feeling down about this yesterday.

Well this is it for today, I am feeling really good despite my froggy voice! As always I wish you all a great day!

Day 78: Silence

Posted in Re Inventing Me by pishposh71 on January 22, 2010

It is on the rare occasion that this house is fully silent.  I have written before about the oddity that is the experiance of silence in my world.

Amazing still that these days occur and still leave me feel in complete awe.

I sit on the sofa immersed in the story of a soldier and his far away love.  The air around me is still and I hear nothing, no commotions or even sounds as the house lives and breathes around me in its daily creaks and aging.  Again, in the quiet I hear only the sound of my fingers turning the pages one by one as I fall deeper and deeper into this story.  I take silent pleasure in the peculiarity of the moment when I hear other pages turning alongside me.

No gunfire and clicking or chatter but just the soft fold of pages.  It is a sight I have never seen before.  I am aware that my husband can read but I have never seen him do it for the sake of pleasure.  It warms me to think that after all these years he can still find something to surprise me.  After so long when every move can be predicted like a well told story from your best dog-eared book.

With so many things to do I cannot bear the thought of moving from this moment. It was a challenge to just write this.  So my day shall be wasted away in the pleasure’s of another world and the silence of my home.  The laundry will still be there later, as will all the other commotions of my life.  Today I shall take peace in the quietness and united front I find in the silence of my home and my husband.

As always I wish you all a wonderful day!

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