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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Weigh In Day

Down 1.2lbs!

For a total of 14.3lbs!

I'm getting there.

I celebrated today by doing a half hour stationary bike ride. It felt good to get back to a morning cardio routine after a week away from it. I celebrated with a delicious smoothie. It had frozen banana, frozen cherries, chocolate protein powder, chocolate amazing grass & flax seed.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Home Sweet Home

I’m back!

Actually, I got back on Sunday night.  We had a long weekend in Montreal.  After walking 5+ hours a day, I did indulge in some not-so-great-for-me food.

There may have been a little of this

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Best red velvet cupcake ever. Apparently the cookies and cream was really good also.

Then… we have exhibit B from the weekend of poor choices.

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This was a lunch that we split.

I didn’t do so hot on my breakfast either.

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The Intercontinental Montreal offered a buffet breakfast in their restaurant.  Best buffet at a hotel ever.  The top plate has lox & capers, turkey breast, brie & swiss, potato latkes (x2), a crepe with maple syrup, and scrambled eggs (with potato).  The bottom is self explanatory.  I ate that darn Danish.  And loved it.

We also had dinner at a fabulous restaurant (one of the top 10 in Canada).  It’s going to get it’s own post though.

A couple of other shots…

Me in my new Coach glasses

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Us in our carriage before the ride through Old Montreal

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And our tour guide, CeCe

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More pictures from the amazing weekend will follow!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

His & Hers

First things first. I was down 2.3lbs this week. The total is now 13.1lbs. Getting there.

I thought I would post a side by side shot of our dinners the other night. Can you tell which is mine & which is his? (hint: I don't eat red meat. I also love peas).

I've been drinking more tea again lately. Green tea specifically. A girl at work introduced me to her new favourite. Which I fell in love with right away & had to go purchase today.

In other news... I got my new Coach sunglasses today! The prescription is so slight I don't even notice it. But I do love my sunglasses!

Happy Friday!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Deja vu

I said we’d have BBQ again for dinner last night… and we did.  Chicken for me & steak for the BBQ master.  Here’s our huge spread of meat (which we luckily have leftovers from.  I’m facing a busy week and know I won’t be able to cook every night).

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Today my appetite is out of control.  My sweet tooth has been slowly disappearing since eating (mostly) clean again, but today it returned.  I decided on a type of banana soft serve.  1 banana, 1tbsp almond butter, 1/2tbsp cocoa, and a pinch of stevia.  It hit the spot perfectly.  It reminded me of a Wendy’s frosty… which is exactly what I wanted.

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After this I made some cinnamon buns (because a certain someone here was begging me for them).  I avoided eating any (alright… I ate 1 bite of his) and had some romaine, lentil loaf, and Mmmm sauce.

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Here’s a little peek at our work from yesterday… our flower bed & a few flowers.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

BBQ season is here!

My BBQ King was hard at work last night on the deck while I was in the kitchen.  As much as I’d like to think I can BBQ a chicken breast… after he BBQ’s for dinner, I know he is the master.  So, while Mr. B. was outside cooking my chicken breast and his T-bone steak… I was in the kitchen cooking the mushrooms and potatoes he requested.DSC_0071

We enjoyed it so much that we’re having it for dinner again tonight.

I have to admit, I skipped my daily cardio today in favour of getting outside and working on our flower bed.  When we moved in to this house the backyard looked like this:

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Not a total disaster, I realize.  I know it could be worse.  It’s hard to tell from this photo what a mess the grass truly is.  It’s all crabgrass and clover.  We’ve tried to put down topsoil and reseed several times already this spring and it’s not helping (we didn’t attack the crabgrass correctly).  We are surrendering and calling in the big guns.  Hopefully a professional can help.  We’re also creating one big flower bed along the fence line.  I’ll post ‘after’ pictures when it’s presentable.  We may end up cutting down the grapevine at some point too.

We’ve also had some recent visitors in the backyard as of late.

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Can you see the mom, dad and baby?  Cute little pests.

Now it’s time to sit with my treat of the day while we wait for the backyard to cool down before tackling the flowerbed again.

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Cheers

I hope you're all enjoying your long weekend! After a very stressful week (with no end in sight) we decided to remedy my stress STAT.

I'm trying to keep it mostly healthy & clean eats this weekend. I've also managed to still get in my exercise. I'm averaging 6-7 days a week of exercise! Woohoo! I may have indulged in a treat today...

And polished off a bag of my new favourite (& very expensive) kale chips! I wish I could master making the flavour as good as this company.

Tomorrow's plan is more elliptical time, a walk with the pup, loads of gardening, and BBQ for dinne (again)! Can't wait!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Well hello there

It appears I’ve taken a lengthy blogging break yet again.

I’m beyond happy that spring is well under way.  In fact, this weekend it’s looking like it could feel like summer… it’s going to feel like +29C!  Check it out…

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It wasn’t so long ago (last month!) that we had another dumping of snow!

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So… what’s been going on?  Well, After my last physical my doctor had a lot of good things to tell me.  My thyroid is excellent, as is my cholesterol, B12, blood sugar, blood pressure… and almost everything else.  The only concern was my hormone levels.  After many more doctor’s visits and some ultrasounds, I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS.  It’s now crucial that I lose the weight I’ve gained.  I don’t want to live with these cysts inside me… and losing weight is going to be the best thing I can do.

I’ve been tracking food in my food diary (on My Fitness Pal) again.  I’m exercising 6 to 7 days a week.  I’m eating (mostly), clean.  Maybe it’s time to try blogging again too. I’ve found myself taking some photos of my food lately…

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I’ve been doing a different job since November.  It’s a job which has more stress and more work… but it’s also a job I’ve learned a lot in and been fortunate enough to receive a lot of training in.  The job, which started as a contract, has become a permanent position.  I, however, have decided not to apply for it.  I’m ready to go back to my 9-5 job.  It remains to be seen exactly when I will go back to my old job (it depends on when this one gets filled)… but it could be as early as mid-summer.  I’m hoping having that schedule back will help blogging easier again!