Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

On to the next task

So I think I am getting the fitness part of my life under control. I now need to focus some attention on my eating. Everyone tells me that weight loss is 80% what you eat. And while I am not eating “bad” food per say, I am eating a lot more than I probably need to.

To combat this I will get back to taking my lunch to work. By the time I eat, I am usually rather hungry and want ALL the food. The café at work provides lots of healthy options, which is what I stick to. But I tend to get a lot.

My meal planning has been slacking lately. It doesn’t help that my girls don’t tend to eat at home much anymore. Or when they are hungry they are more likely to order pizza than eat out of the fridge. I think if I cook, they will eat. So on the menu this week is pasta and meatballs and BBQ ribs, not diet friendly but family favourites. Also a modified tomato and cucumber salad. If all works well these should keep us fed for the majority of the week.

I still have to put some thought and energy into making smoothies. I know once I get the hang of it, I’ll be making them all the time. It is just to get started. If I was more on the ball, smoothies would definitely fix my what to have for breakfast questions every morning. If you have any good combinations, I’d love to hear about them.

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10 classes done!

My first boot camp session is completed. My body is sore but I am feeling good. And I have signed up for the next session.

Since that doesn’t start until next week, I surprised myself by accompanying my team mate to the gym for a quick workout. We did not push ourselves too hard but managed to hit every muscle group. I rather enjoyed getting a light sweat on after work. This might become a regular thing.

All around life is good. I am in search of a part time job as I really think it’s time to do my kitchen renos and I would prefer to pay for it in cash. My BFF has inspired me. She went from being unemployed for over 1 year (YIKES!) to having a full time gig, part time gig AND a volunteer position while parenting her 10 year old bi-weekly. Next to her, I look like a slacker. There is no real reason I can’t work another job. My weekends are generally available.

So tomorrow I am going to drop off my resume at some stores in the neighbourhood. Hopefully someone will bite.

My first blogger meetup

I might be losing my mind as I swore I had posted this on Friday.

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Last Thursday I met my very first blogger. It was the first time I had ever met anyone off the internet … who was not a potential love interest. lol Oh the stories I have about internet dating.

Anyhoo …

Dar from An Exacting Life, was in Toronto to help her offspring move. Prior to her trip, she asked if I would be interested in meeting up and I didn’t even hesitate to say yes. I wish I could tell you how long I have been reading An Exacting Life and express how much I have enjoyed reading her adventures and thought processes.

Dar was everything she presents on her blog. Kind, smart, well-read, knowledgeable and just goodness. We met at Pacific Mall which is an Asian shopping center close to my neck of the woods. While I was willing to meet up closer to where her kid now lives, Dar graciously saved me an hour plus journey across the city.

We had a lovely chat over sugary good times in the form of fruit slushies. Time flew and it was really nice to meet in person. One day I hope to make the journey to Nova Scotia and see some of Dar’s stomping grounds … and of course Dar.

Yesterday was workout class #5. So far it is going well. I am feeling stronger. Still have lots of work to do. Really need to figure out how to breathe when doing cardio. Right now it feels like my chest is going to explode. I know it will get better and the ladies I workout with are very encouraging.

Still haven’t taken my measurements so I can measure my progress. My clothes are still tight. I realized I need to change my lunch eating habits. The cafeteria serves us large portions and I used to eat it all. Small salad and soup included. O_o

Now I eat the soup and salad and half the entrée and pack the rest up for dinner. So far it is working very well. I hope to reap some rewards from paying attention to my eating.

I was feeling good until this morning when one of my coworkers asked me if I am pregnant …

Guess I will be joining the next session of exercise classes.

Still sore

My legs are still feeling the effects of Wednesday’s workout. I think this might be my longest recovery yet.

I’m a little afraid of the two workouts I have scheduled this week. I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.

I stayed home on Thursday to rest so the cold I’m fighting wouldn’t get worse. While I had plans to laze on the couch on clear off my PVR, my old TV had other ideas and it refused to turn on. Google tells me it’s most likely a capacitor. Luckily for me, Diva came home for lunch and we switched out the TVs. The new picture is fantastic, so clear and bright. I’m very happy with my purchase and so glad I bought it when I did.

I’m pretty much on the mend. Although I will still take it easy as I don’t want to relapse. My cousin is still fighting whatever ails her. She’s been sick for the past two weeks.

I’m looking forward to having dinner on Tuesday with a couple of old coworkers. Other than that and my cousin’s wedding coming up next weekend, I’m going to stay in and keep my spending low. Need to focus on rebuilding my stash.

So I went to the Dr last week for my annual physical. He told me I had gained some weight since my last visit 4 years earlier … Don’t ask, clearly self care is sometimes lacking.

I knew this, but it was still difficult to hear. Since I have fallen off the wagon somewhat, I have joined the workout class at work. It happens twice a week for 1 hour each session with a trainer. Cost is $10/class and requires a 10 class commitment.

Today was the first class and I hurt already, so tomorrow is going to be fun. There were many moments of being out of breath. I really need to work on this and it makes the workout harder. On top of that I am fighting a cold. I am hoping to get over it quickly.

The gym at work was deserted at 5:30 so I am thinking that I should go after work every day. Even if it’s only for a 30 minute walk on the thread mill. According to my Dr, I need at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. The workout classes well get me to 120, and I can manage another 30 minutes on my own.

I am making some dietary changes as well. For the most part I am giving up flour and am trying harder to a more plant based diet. Still haven’t tried out my Vitamix blender. Bought some veggies yesterday but the energy to make anything is lacking right now.

I hope these changes make some positive changes on the scale. I need to get myself under control.

Tomorrow is back to T.O.

How is it almost time to go home already???

Time has been flying and I can’t say we have done anything particularly remarkable.

There has been shopping. Lots of shopping. There has also been returning as some of the clothing I bought did not work. I was looking for workout pants and so far no luck.

I had hoped to get on contact with my cousin’s daughter and visit with her today, but she is not responding to my messages.

It is currently 1:45pm and my girls are still sleeping … so maybe it’s all for the best.

My Aunt has a few errands to run that I may tag along for. Other than that I plan to relax and possibly go to Smashburger for dinner. We went there the last time we were in Maryland and Diva enjoyed it and requested to go again.