Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

Ottawa

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The drive to Ottawa was uneventful. Nice blue sky, clear road.

The service for my BFF’s father was short and very emotional. I believe he will be cremated and we will return in the spring to bury his ashes with his late wife.

Driving in Ottawa after the service … not so much.

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I did manage to see one of my cousins and hang out for a few before returning home. Once I got out of Ottawa the drive home was fine.

Taking the day off in a short week made it painful to return to work. Although I did spend most of Thursday thinking it was Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am still working out every day. Nothing too strenuous yet as I am smarter this time around and am aiming for slow and steady results. I am really trying for a lifestyle shift. On the weekends I would like to do a longer workout since I should have the time to pause multiple times. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Horror

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Stepped on the scale on Monday …. If I didn’t know before that I have put on weight I definitely know now! O_o

I feel very obsessed with this new revelation and have been getting up in the morning to workout before going into the office. Given that I go to work for 7:30 am, this is no easy feat. Nothing like feeling badly about yourself to motivate you to get up and moving. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I am going to make the 4 hour drive to Ottawa to attend the funeral of my BFF’s father. He passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. *cancer sucks* My BFF and her father only recently attempted to have a relationship but I feel like it was too little too late. She is being pressured to speak at the service and her eulogy was filled with bitterness. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It has since been edited.

The funeral is at 3 pm and afterwards I will be driving back to Toronto. Madness, I know. But I didn’t want to take too many days off for this. I am hoping that my cousin who lives in Ottawa will be home before I leave so I can see her for a quick minute.

 

Anyone still out there?

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Firstly Happy New Year!!

I was going to try to pretend like I having been MIA for the past 3 months but you’re smarter than that!! LOL

Truth is I has little to say, then I got a life. I tried on-line dating and went on more than my fair share of first dates. Met a guy I thought was cool, he claimed to feel strongly for me. This creeped me out as we had not known each other long before he professed his love. As it turns out “love” to him has a very different meaning to him than it does me. lol

Met another guy, who seems to be entertaining to say the least. He does not require nearly as much attention so I am back!!!

Dating makes you fat. There I said it. So it is back to on the exercise bandwagon for me. Much to the dismay of the new dude as he likes the extra size. Crazy!!

Project Get Healthy (PGH) is back in swing. I have recruited some friends and coworkers to join me on my quest to reduce my size. First thing I am committing to is daily exercise in some form. So much so that I came home tonight at 2am and did a quick light (non-Jillian) workout so that I could count it for January 1.

The next thing I need to do is get back to tracking my calories. That will be Tuesday’s fun. Can’t have too much going on all at once. **tee hee** ๐Ÿ˜‰

Work has been crazy. We started flex hours which means I come in 1 hour earlier and leave at regular time IF I am lucky. I am going to try harder to get a handle on this as time progresses. Really need to get my work/life balance back.

I am so behind in my blog reading. I am reading posts from early November … OCD me will not let me skim ahead or work backwards. I was hoping to catch up over the holidays and I made great strides just not enough yet. I will get up in a few and get back to it.

Other than that life is good. My kids are doing well and have not driven me to drink in a while. Touch wood as now that I’ve said it I feel like I have opened it up to the universe.

What’s new or good with you?

 

You have been neglected

There I said it.

I am really starting to debate what to do with this space. I feel like I’ve been writing too many been a bad blogger posts.

Week before last was a particularly trying one at work with way too much overtime.

This week was much better, work wise but I fell off the exercise wagon. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I was doing so well for so long. ย Oh well no use dwelling on the past. I will just jump back on today.

I have managed to read a few books.

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I enjoyed every one and highly recommend them.

There was also numerous movies … now you’re beginning to understand why I have not found myself in this space.

Add in a new TV schedule and there are just not enough hours in the day.

Yeah …

That’s my story. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Long weekend!!

We were sent home 3 hours early yesterday. Gotta love that long weekend policy of leaving early the day before a holiday. ๐Ÿ˜€

I have a full weekend planned of cleaning and tidying up. I know you are jealous. I can feel it.

My Aunt & her friend are coming to visit for 5 days, so I need to get my place in tip top shape. They will be staying in Diva’s room, so I am grateful for the long weekend to tackle that jungle. Even though Diva was away most of August her room is still a hot mess. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

I hope we can get this done over the next 2 days and then relax on Monday.

While I was out I realized that my entire next week might be thrown for a loop and I really need to figure out when I am going to put exercising in my day. Somehow I doubt my Aunt wants to see me sweating and jumping around in my living room. So I should go to the pawn shop today and get another DVD player.

Maybe putting a DVD player in my room will inspire me to get up and work out in the morning.๐Ÿ˜œ

 

The latest

It’s been a whirlwind two weeks. I have been meaning to come on here but with everything that’s been going on something had to give. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

2 weeks ago, my Aunt from MD was passing through on her way home from visiting my Grandfather in Antigua. Since her 50th birthday was last weekend, her older sister (also my Aunt ;)) decided to throw her a impromptu birthday lunch. It was a great event except for the huge shock I got walking into my Aunt’s house and seeing her head tied up with a scarf as she has no hair.

My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in March, just before her trip to Antigua to help my Grandmother since my Grandfather had fallen and broken his hip. In between this trip and the one in May for my Grandmother’s funeral, my Aunt had a lumpectomy. Initially her diagnosis was good and it still is but her doctors have prescribed 4 rounds of chemo. When I saw her, she was at the half way point.

I had no idea. My Aunt thought either one of her daughters or my Dad would have told me. I spent the entire visit watching my Aunt. I was in shock.

2.5 weeks ago the father of one of my good friends suddenly passed away. He had a heart attack at work and just like that he was gone. She has not been dealing well with it at all. Yesterday was the funeral and it was hard.

With all of this, I have still managed to work out 6 days a week for the past 3 weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hence why this blog has been quiet.

Life is slowly returning to “normal”.

I started a cult

I went to work yesterday raving about jumping on theย zoodlesย bandwagon and my roomie went to get this one on sale from the local kitchen supply store.

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Well she came to work today raving about how awesome the zoodles are. She cooked 4 big zucchinis to feed her daughter and son’s girlfriend and had no leftovers.

She went back to the store today to buy 6 more!!! 4 other coworkers wanted in on the $5 deal. And she picked up one for her aunt and son’s girlfriend.

I’m shocked at how many of my coworkers thought this was a great idea.

If ever I doubted the power of personal recommendations, this experience would have changed my mind.