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Saturday, August 28, 2010


I am a couple of days late posting this… but I weighed in this week and I was DOWN 3.3lbs!

In other news… WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!  After 10 years of living in apartment buildings (6 in this one), I will now be calling a house my own (along with Alex).  It all happened pretty quick.  We looked at 7 houses (over 2 days), but went with the very first house we went through.  Closing date is October 15th… we will do minimal work and likely move in around the 28th (Disclaimer: all of this is pending a home inspection on Tuesday).  I will wait and post pictures of the interior after we move in.  We are very much in love with the house AND the neighbourhood (a little city just east of Toronto).  I can’t wait to cook and bake in my new kitchen (which overlooks a family room with a fireplace, high ceilings and skylights!).

I’m so excited, I can’t even sleep.  I’m on cloud 9 all the time. It feels so good to pick a house together and start out at our first home together… knowing it’s the one we both love and want to be in.  Next… we will be buying ALL new furniture (living room, dining room, family room and master bedroom).  All of this will be rewarded the first night in my new home while I take a bath in my master ensuite corner jacuzzi soaker tub.  I can feel the jets melting away my tension already…

I have discovered a wonderful diet.  It’s the ‘I’m buying a house and am too excited to eat or sleep’ diet.  My appetite has disappeared totally this week.  Once I’m sitting with food in front of me (usually at dinner) I can eat it… but otherwise, I’m not hungry.  I hope the sleep returns to normal… I won’t mind if I lose a LITTLE of my far too healthy appetite!

I have no photos for you.  I have to head out of town… but I wanted to be sure to update you on the events of my life.  I have no idea what my schedule looks like… but as always, will try to blog more regularly!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ah, Life…

Sometimes life happens.  I am not immune to this.  Life seems to have gotten busy, for no specific reason.  This is always a busy time of year for me with birthdays, anniversaries…. and anything else that can be thrown at me!

My new resolution is to blog when I can for now, but come fall (read: SEPTEMBER), I hope to be back to blogging every day.  Perhaps I’ll have something interesting going on to blog about!  One can dream…

The GOOD news in all of this is that I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time for mindless eating!  Last week I didn’t post my weigh in… but I stayed the same.  That doesn’t help for my goal of 33lbs by 32yrs of age on November 3rd!  I’m back to the gym (when I can… again, that thing called life sometimes throws a wrench in my plans), I’m counting points, and I have high hopes for this week (crap… did I just jinx myself?).  I’m still working of my goal of daily early morning yoga.  I will get there!

I’m just going to share with you some of the food I’ve been eating lately… you want pictures, right?

Salads… I’ve been a little (dare I say) bored with my salads lately, so I’ve bought a couple of salads at the grocery store to inspire me. 

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I’ve also enjoyed some Ontario Peaches…


And my old fave, cottage cheese on a Weight Watcher thin (with a side of 1/2c grapes)…


Finally… some food I bought in Chicago while visiting my sister and her fam…

Lot’s of different bars to try.  My favourite protein bar (so far) has been the Kashi GoLean ROLL!

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I’ve also got to say… while I don’t eat many frozen dinners.  This one is THE BEST.  I usually love the Sante Fe Rice & beans (you can get in Canada).  I tried this one that I got in Michigan.  Holy CRAP.  It is too freaking good.  It’s got a nice kick to it and the cheese sauce is divine!!

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More bars…

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A Smart Ones breakfast.  It was alright. I’m not sad I can’t buy it in Canada though.DSCN7384 DSCN7383

Well, I’m off to have my wheatgrass & POM shot, have my warm lemon water, make breakfast and lunch, do dishes and get myself ready for work.  Perhaps I’ll get to the gym today after work. Perhaps I’ll blog tonight.  Perhaps life will happen and all plans will change.  Who knows!

I will establish a new routine at some point. I miss the blog world.  I feel disconnected from all of you!

If anyone cares to share their favourite salad (as in, lettuce) that is practical for packing for lunch… I am all ears! 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Light Bulb

I had a couple of epiphanies today.

1. Your hips/stomach/thighs are not immune to calories consumed while driving in the car. No matter how fast your car goes… you can’t out run those calories in the dust. Points count at all times. Including while driving.

2. Eating less means saving more money! I realized I have eaten less this week and have more groceries in my fridge still. Lose weight and save money. Works for me!

Today’s plan was Shred or Yoga in the AM since I wasn’t working until noon. My knee (rather, behind my knee) has been killing lately. It hurts when it’s bent, hurts when it’s stretched out, wakes me up in the night & is just all around a pain in the knee. I think it’s spasming or something. I keep having moments where I can feel a muscle throbbing and I get pain shooting down my leg. I think I need a massage. I concluded today should be a yoga day. But alas… no yoga. A fire alarm evacuated me from my building for a while instead. When I could come back in… I had to hurry and get ready for work.

Here’s what I ate today…

Breakfast: WW tortilla (1), banana (2), PB (2), teeny sprinkle of coconut (0)



Breakfast was actually preceded by a POM/wheatgrass shot (0) & warm lemon water (0)… lemon water looks like dirty dish water!


Lunch was 2 flatout wraps (2), some tuna (1) – with mustard & relish, cheese (2), baby spinach & tomato… all cooked on the Foreman.



The afternoon/evening at work included popcorn (3) & water… so I could save points for a turkey sub for a late dinner (12).

I must remember to drink lemon water each day. It’s doing a great job “cleansing” me!!

Happy Friday!

We have a loss!


Down 3.0lbs my friends!

A great start to my 32lb loss. Actually, I'm going for 33lbs. When we were growing up my mom would sometimes put an extra candle on our cake "for good luck". I'm going for an extra pound for good luck. So, 33lbs by 32yrs on November 3rd.

I remembered to take pictures of my food so far today (but, I'm saving points for a late dinner tonight with some Big Brother drama... buh bye Rachel). I'll be back to post during my guilty pleasure... Jersey Shore!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Where to Start?

Hello!  Remember me?


I’ve been many places since you last saw me.  First, I was here:


CHICAGO!  Why was I there?  To see family… including my favourite little guy in the whole world:


(You see me hiding behind him?  I got FAAAAAAT!)

Chicago trip included some really NOT healthy food.  First, we had Mexican (I had shrimp tacos, chicken & cheese chimichangas, rice & black beans… Alex had the same but also had a chicken enchilada)



I also HAD to try THIS while I was there…


I had 2 pieces.  Deep dish pizza… I love you. I am a thin crust girl at heart, but this was a little taste of heaven as well.  I think it’s a good thing I cannot get you in Toronto.

The trip included plenty of cuddles and playing on the “farm yard” with my nephew (this boy is ALL ABOUT tractors!!).


Haha.  He’s a clown.

When we returned from Chicago I spent 1 day by myself (Chicklet and my parrot were at my parents’ house while I was away)… I had a facial and massage (heaven).  Afterwards I went to my parents’ house to stay there for a week while THEY went to Chicago to see the above cutie (their one and only grandchild). 

Before we got back, we made a stop at a grocery store around the corner from my sister’s house in Illinois



I only grabbed a few things there.  Overall, I was really disappointed I couldn’t find the new Larabar flavours ANYWHERE!!

So, now I’m back and working on getting back on track.  I returned to the gym today for the first time in almost 3 weeks!  I just did 30min of cardio. I didn’t want to go at all, but was really glad once I was there.

I have to get back into the habit of taking pictures of all of my food… I did grab one picture today!



Oh… and another one.  MINI LARABARS from the States!


So… I’m ashamed to admit I’ve gained a HELLUVA lot of weight in the past year.  My scale reached an all time high after vacation. 

New goals:

1. Gym 5 days a week

2. Track every day (hello iPhone app!)

3. Yoga in the AM (before work)

4. Finally try the 30 day shred (when do I fit it in though??)


I’m going to play around with my points.  I did much better over a year ago when I ate a few points less than I was supposed to a few days a week.

Here’s what I ate today…

BF: banana (2), pb (2)

Snack: strawberries (2)

Lunch: salad with 1/4c chick peas (1), 1/2c ff cottage cheese (1), bunch o’ veggies (0), 3tbsp ff italian dressing (0)… Source Exotik yogurt (1), apple wedges with cinnamon (1)

Snack: green grapes (1), mini Larabar (2)

Dinner: flatout wrap (1), 2 wedges laughing cow cheese (2), light marble cheese (2), protein bar (3) – yes, random dinner.  Didn’t know what I wanted!!

Tomorrow is weigh in.  I’m starting fresh and counting last week (week back from vacation) as my first weigh in.  I turn 32 years old in November.  I plan to lose 32lbs by then!

Wish me luck!!