Friday, April 24, 2009

Week 15 - 150.4lbs yep, I'm up again...

Not fair - why does it take so much effort to eat well to lose just a little bit, and the minute that you eat badly for a couple days, you gain a lot?

You know, I've been thinking - there are weeks when I know I'm headed for a gain, I'm not tracking and it's halfway through the week and I can chose to

A - start tracking and eat well
B - eat even more junk, thinking I've done a lot of damage already anyways...

I think it takes a lot of 'strength' and determination to track and 'be healthy' and all but I find it takes an even bigger effort to be in the middle of a bad week and turn things around. At least it is for me...

A thing that 'puzzles' me a bit is - on Weight Watchers - how do you start tracking properly in the middle of a week when you have no idea how many flex points you've used so far? I've often heard that you should always 'reset' right away, at the next meal... Understandable... The 'healthy' part of me wants to say - just remember what you ate and enter everything in the tool - the 'lazy' part of me wants to say - there's no way I can remember everthing I ate and I should just pretend I'm out of 'flex' or even better, I should just start counting again next week...

How do you deal with that kind of situation?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Week 14 - 149.4 - up and counting

Did ok-ish this week. Gained 0.6 lbs. Had the weirdest week...

My new assistant started on Monday - I am so happy with her, she is great, we couldn't have picked a better person to join the team! I got so much done this week! Just for the record, an assistant editor is not like a 'personal' assistant. It's a very common position in the business, you usually always hire an editor and an assistant editor, someone who's more 'junior' who will help you do more repetitive tasks and help in general. Every editor out there starts by being an assitant editor... Anyways... She is great, and I can finally go pee during the day without feeling guilty that I left my desk for 5 minutes...
I am teaching her a few things at a time, hopefully in a couple of weeks she'll know enough that I will feel ok to take some time off for my wedding in October... You don't get a lot of time off doing what I do, because you work on a season of a TV series, then look for the next series... When they hire you for 12 months they don't expect that you will take time off... The problem is, I have been non stop, project after project, sometime overlapping the start and end of a project for about 10 years now... In the last 10 years, I've had time off for a week in 2002, then one more week in 2007, then oh lucky me, another week off in 2008. I'm sick of it, but I don't think I could do any other job... even though I sometimes doubt I can successfully do this job for much longer anyways, but enough work talk for now... :)

This week was filled with physical activities:

I started doing the 30 Day Shred DVD, love it! Miss Michaels knows what she is doing! I like the way she 'rotates' through strength, cardio and abs during the workout, you don't have time to get sick of something... 20 minutes is the perfect amount of time to make me push and do it ''it's just 20 minutes, Marie, come on you can do it!!'' you know? :) And I was so sore the day after my first attempt!!! She likes to make you 'multi-task' with you muscles - you'll do lunges and bicep curls at the same time for example... because apparently the small muscle groups don't burn enough calories on their own - I think that makes sense!??! :)

I played soccer on Wednesday - it was our first game at the BMO field without the protective dome (that they put on it in the winter...) I believe it's the only field in Canada that's home to an MLS professional soccer team... It was nice to play there with a view of the stands all around you, made you feel like a professional player :) It was a nice sunny evening too!

Yup, I'm #7 ;)

If you follow me on twitter you probably already know what strange event happened on Friday - the entire office got a 'memo' on thursday afternoon that announced that we were all going to go on a field trip to the Toronto Zoo on Friday, leaving on a school bus, with a complimentary lunch... Everybody thought this had to be a joke, who would believe that kind of thing could ever happen? But it did! We started with some regular work and then, at 11h30am we went on a bus that took us to the zoo! It was funny to see the amount of people who came with cameras - I guess it's typical of people who work in our industry :) We walked around all day and saw some exotic animals... yep on a work day!! It felt like high school :) It was a perfect nice and sunny day too... My legs were sore from all the walking!!

And this weekend, we did lots of gardening - big projects we've been contemplating for so long! I got to 'check' soooo many old 'to do' lists! lol S and I are sooooooo sore today!!! My legs, feet, back, shoulders, neck, and even forearms hurt!! ha ha ha here's what we did:

The front yard had this parking pad that was useless but mostly pretty ugly:

We thought, wouldn't it be much nicer if we just removed it and had a nice leveled up front yard with some grass instead? So we took a few weekends to rip up the asphalt piece by piece, see S in action here :)

Then we ordered a giant pile of soil

and started to fill the hole up

leveled it and added seeds...

In a few weeks we should get a lovely front yard full of grass! Eventually we'll also replace the walkway and the steps to the house, but that was a good start... Many neighbors walked by and told us they were happy to see that ugly parking pad gone!! :)

Then on Sunday, we built a garden box in the back yard:

Can't wait to start planting some vegetables in there!! We really put that up in 'record' time, I was impressed :)

With the rest of the soil, we started leveling the back yard, it's very uneven right now, we also have 'clay-ish' soil so adding some proper soil on top should help get a better lawn... we got tired after all this work so we kept some soil for next weekend :)

The End :)

How did you all do this week?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Weigh in Wednesday with the Sisterhood!

So I decided to keep it simple and only have 1 weigh in a week, and that will be the Monday, as my WW weigh in and my week is all set up for Mondays. It says on the sisterhood's site that it's ok to weigh in on a different day, so long as you report on the Wednesday...

So I am at 148.8 lbs.

So far this week I've been pretty, um, distracted by snacks and yummy but not good for you foods... I plan to turn this around and stick to my points and exercise for the rest of the week. I need progress!! Yeah!!

So tonight, I'm going to eat some chicken from the Q (leftovers from yesterday) with a tiny little bit of fries (I'm going to investigate how many fries I can have first based on the nutrition info, and then eat...) Also, I was shopping to find Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD this weekend but couldn't find it. I came across this other DVD of hers, it was cheap, so I thought I'd give it a try. Review to come tomorrow...

They finished installing a second machine for me to work on today, and I'm running it right now, this is going to make me so much more productive!!! I'm so excited!!! Finally I feel like there's light at the end of the tunnel!!

I also realized yesterday, in one of my many 'sessions' of thinking about work and all, that I only have to work on this for a year, then it's over. It's only a year... It's not that bad... I need to focus on that right now, there's an end to it and it's not that far...

Have a great day!! :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Can't wait until I receive...


I want to join the fun with the sisterhood!!!

I have a bunch of exercise DVDs already though, and I don't use them enough.

ok, decided - starting tomorrow, and until I receive the 30 day shred that everybody loves so much, I'm going to try them all and talk about it here.

Dust them off and move already, right?

What DVDs do you own and like to exercise to?

oh, and did I mention I made it to 3rd place for BLBE this week? Wheee!! :)

Week 13...

148.8 lbs, that's a 0.4lb loss.
I went to Niagara Falls this weekend for S's family reunion, so I couldn't count or anticipate what was going to be on the menu. I tried to chose the healthier options, and I think I did ok... I'm in that 'time of the month' right now so when dessert came out I ate a bit too much. But the fact that I had done so well all week saved me from gaining weight, which is good... This week should be a bigger loss, nothing other than routine is planned :)

I'm at 148.8, wow. I should make a 'weight history' post some time soon - when I met S I was 8 pounds lighter than I am now - only 8 pounds!!! At that point I had lost weight and was at my lightest ever 140. But I was doing it in a very unhealthy way, skipping meals and all... no wonder I gained the weight back and then some... This time, I'm healthy and I'm going to reach my goal! Yeah!

I'm still trying to figure out what to do about about my job. I just don't know... It's taking every bit of 'brain energy' I have. But this blog is probably not the place to talk about it, so I digress. Just sharing because that's why I'm pretty quiet on the blog front these days...

Hope you are all doing well!!! :)

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