Sunday, 8 June 2014

Silence on the blog

I suppose it's been over 5 months since I last posted and I feel that I should explain why... I'm pregnant!!!  I'm just about 5.5 months pregnant and due October 3, 2014.  So I'll be back after we get through this pregnancy thing.  So far I've only gained about 13 pounds, which I feel pretty good about, when some of my friends gained 40-60 pounds... but I'm not at the end yet!


Sunday, 29 December 2013

Trying this re-start thing again...

So having eaten everything in sight for the last week (and possibly more), I'm ready to start eating healthy again, and starting to exercise more.

In the last month, I've had really high levels of stress, and my family doctor didn't ask me to change how I was eating (which is a good thing, because I stress eat), but asked me to workout for 10 minutes 4 times a week.  So that's how it started.  I now feel 20 minutes is about a minimal workout but my real minimum is 10 minutes, just what the doctor asked for.

My target is to have a 500 calorie deficit each day, or more.  Starting off slow.

At 320 pounds (which is what the scale said today), I don't want to go too crazy and feel terrible, so I'm starting out slow and we'll see how it goes.

I'm looking at it as a slow start to eating healthier and feeling better.

At this point, I'm not going to set goals, just slow and steady.  Slow weight loss is better than weight gain!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Back on the wagon!

So last Sunday I weighed in, and was 306 pounds!  I don't recall the last time I saw that number, and given I'm feeling healthy again, it's time to focus on eating healthy too.

So this week I stuck with the goal of having a 1,000 calorie deficit, and eating healthier, and it's paid off.  I'm sure a lot of the 9.8 pounds was just water weight, but it was water weight I needed to lose because I felt bloated and "fat" a lot of the time, so I'm feeling better now. 

I started wearing my Fitbit again, and it's been good to know that I am aware of how many calories I burn in a day.  I gotta say on the weekends, I really slack whenever I just hang out at home.  Yesterday, before we went out grocery shopping (which was 5pm BTW), I only had about 1,200 steps in, and by the end of the day had about 4,200.

Other than basic walking around at work and at home, the other way I've been getting my steps in is going to old car shows with my hubby.  A couple of months ago he bought a 1967 Mustang GTA, so we've been going to various old car shows and cruise nights, so you walk around and check out everyone else's cars.  I really should get better at knowing cars and engines, but for now my comments about others cars is limited to the paint, trim, and interior, where the "nice-ness" is just based on appearance!
1967 Mustang GTA

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Kids

While I've been distracted with some medical stuff, which I'm still not talking about, so asking won't help! :) We got two new kittens, so I thought I'd do a quick blog with a whole bunch of cute pictures of the new "kids".

Here's Lily, we call her Lily Bean, because she's just tiny compared to her siblings.  She's a Lilac Point Ragdoll.  She's pretty shy, but such a cuddler!



This is Sully, we call him Sully Bear... he's such a big boy - it's hard to tell in the pictures, but he's almost a kg bigger than Lily and he's only 5 days older!  He's a little terror, but a lovey cat, so he's forgiven for all the things he wrecks - i.e. last night taking the CO2 detector off the wall and playing with it!

Here's the three kids when we brought them home, we piled all their cages on top of each other, Lily, Ella and Sully (top to bottom).

And here's a picture from Saturday.  We finally integrated the two new kittens with Ella, and it seems they're getting along, at least they're sharing the cat tree!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Neglecting my blog...

So I've been negligent of this blog for about a month... how did that happen?

Well in the last month, we got a kitten.  Her name is Ella, she's a Seal Lynx Point Ragdoll, and about 20 weeks old right now.  She's super cute, when she's not climbing up my leg like a scratching post, running around like a lunatic or trying to bite my toes.  Here's a picture of her sleeping between my two laptop bags.  A good example of how she's so cute!

Other than that, life has been pretty uneventful.  Work has been nuts, and life has been busy, but largely no big excitement.

I can be honest and say that I've got some other things going on right now and this blog will likely be neglected until late August... Some things are health related, which I'm not going to talk about here, and others are just work craziness, and I don't want writing here to feel like a "have to" (self imposed "have to"), because then it's a stress, and I don't need more stress right now.

So for all of my blog readers, don't write me off just yet, I'll be back, I swear!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Fell off the wagon, and went bouncing down the road...

I gotta fully admit it, I fell off the wagon.  It happened somewhere last week, and it was a slippery slope.  One chocolate bar here, a dinner out there, and next thing you know, all my choices are poor, I am not tracking my calories and I'm skipping my weigh-in on Sunday, because I don't want to know.

So a couple of things I've learned. 

  1. When I don't exercise, I give myself permission to eat crap.  I don't know exactly why, but I suspect that it's because I am not working out, so there is nothing to "ruin".  I've always felt that when I work out, my food needs to be on target so that I don't ruin all the work I put in working out.  Last week, I was dealing with super exhaustion.  I'm not sure if it was stress, a change in vitamins impacting my B12 (which I've upped), or if I was fighting a cold.  Regardless of the reason, I had no energy to stay awake, let alone workout, so I didn't.  I don't regret the decision not to work out, because I clearly needed sleep, but I do regret my food decisions.
  2. Not weighing in, doesn't change my weight and  the weight I've gained.  I did step on the scale on Sunday, I just didn't record it.  It was 3 pounds up, I was back in the 290s.  SERIOUSLY?  Why did I let this happen again?
  3. One bad meal doesn't have to lead into a bad day, and then into a bad week.  This is a pattern I need to break.
So today's a new day.  I've had Starbucks for breakfast, which is normal for me, and fits into my calories.  I think I should start this week with a realistic amount of calories.  I can't go from 4,000 calories a day to 1,500 without killing someone, so I will shoot for 2,000 calories.

Having spent 11 days not working out, the June challenge of calories may be out the window.  I think I will have to look at that seriously over the next week.  I don't want to say "give up" but maybe take my target and start it on June 16th, and do the second half of the month working towards the target.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Weigh in

So this morning, the scale said...

288.6 pounds! 

I'm down 1.2 pounds from last week!  It's exactly what I expected based on my calories from this week (of course, I'm dilusional thinking that my body would adjust that fast - usually it's 2 weeks).

I'm finding the weight ticker at the top of my blog a bit demotivating, because I know I won't reach my goal, but I will at least try to work on losing weight.  I'm going to leave it up, because working on losing weight is still very important to me.

This is going to be a busy week.  One thing I need to seriously consider, is when I will make time to workout.  I'm thinking Monday & Wednesday, while my hubby's at class I can workout.  Other than that, maybe Thursday night.  I have to make a concerted effort towards my calorie goal early in the month, to try to make the goal this month.