February 27, 2013

Weigh-In Wednesday...


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I'm down one more lb this week. I was hoping to see more of a loss because I had weighed myself on Friday and was down 2.5 lbs from Monday but I guess the weekend caught up with me... I'm still choosing to stay positive because it was a loss and not a gain!
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I've been seeing a lot of stuff on the interwebs about Diet Bet latel. I was invited to join in on a challenge but of course I procrastinated and missed the start date (whooops!)- Erin's starting up a game for March 6th so I think I will join (if I remember!...) I've only got 46 more days until my Vegas trip so I can use some extra motivation and putting money on the line is always motivating for me! 
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I'm trying to convince my sister to do the 10 day Advocare Cleanse with me right before we go to Vegas.  I also may need to do it again as soon as I get home...  I've been wanting to try it for awhile and after seeing Mel's results I want to do it more than ever!
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I start Week 3 of C25K tonight. While I'm at the fitness centre I usually just do cardio- the 31 minutes of C25K and then 30 minutes on the elliptical. They have open space in the back where you can do fitness dvd's or some floor work so I'm hoping to start making use of that space soon to. I've also been doing Lora and Kimmy's Jillian Challenge with RI30. Sidenote: Has anyone else gotten to Level II of RI30 and been as creeped out as I am?! Jillian seems to be off her meds for that Level...
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And finally, Kates made this blog button for our upcoming Color Run in Minneapolis (Have I told you how excited I am for this?!?!)

February 22, 2013

I Took The Day Off In Celebration...


Today is National Margarita Day!  A day that I feel deserves so much recognition that it should be considered a Stat Holiday and everyone should be off work! Buuuut since its not I just took the day off anyways in celebration! just kidding I took it off so I could watch curling

I got up early this morning to watch the morning draw of curling (no making fun- I take watching curling as seriously as some people do hockey or baseball -so pipe down!). Then I went to lunch with a long lost friend and still made good food choices (go me!). I made a trip to the grocery store even though I hate shopping there (read a little about why here) and filled my cart full of healthy foods. I even found Quinoa at my small town grocery store!! The fact that I can't find it anywhere in 'the city' baffles me since I just found it in a grocery store in a town with a population of 1,000 people. Go figure. Anyways, I am super excited to try it out. Any recipe suggestions/ideas ladies??

After getting groceries I started watching the afternoon draw of curling, went and picked up the puppies from the dog groomer (aka my Twin), then hit up the gym for an hour of cardio while I also watched curling - Thank gawd for tv's at the gym!

This has been the most productive day off EVER and its not even over yet. I have gym session number 2 of the day in a half hour, my bro's birthday supper to devour (hence the reason for the 2-a-day gym sessions)  the evening draw of curling to watch, AND a ton of margaritas to ingest

Tomorrow is going to go one of two ways- another super productive day OR a day of lazing on the couch watching curling and swearing I will NEVER drink another Margarita ever again in my life. Like, ever


Happy Friday!



February 20, 2013

Weigh-In Wednesday...


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My weight stayed the same as last week. And I'm okay with that. What I wouldn't be okay with would be seeing that number go up. I'm not going to let not seeing a loss slow me down. I just have to have some faith that what I am doing is working and I will see some big results soon

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I took a rest day from the gym last night since there was a wind chill warning for the area and I didn't want to get frost bite from just walking back and forth to my vehicle AND my SIL wasn't going to chance the roads and come in again so I just did some ab work at home while I watched TV before bed

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My co-worker that works in my office with me brought me a Tim's XL French Vanilla Cappucino yesterday after her lunch break AND one of my good friends that works for me brought me some banana chocolate chip muffins. HELLO - do they not realize I am trying to stay away from all that?!  I gave my muffins away to the co-worker that brought me the Tim's and I only drank half of the Cappucino so I didn't do too bad. The cappucino made me so full for the rest of the day that I could barely eat supper. I also recently went from drinking an XL coffee every morning to only drinking coffee on the weekends so I was wired all afternoon - I felt like I had ADD. Not good!

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My cousin comes to work with me three days a week and on our drive home last night we made some exciting plans!:

We're going to Minneapolis in July for the Colo(u)r Run!
We're going to register asap so that there will be no backing out
I'm super excited- I want to do a 5K AND I've wanted to make a trip to Minneapolis for forever so we'll be hitting 2 birds with 1 stone
I priced out plane and train tickets and they are expensive so we will be driving the 9 hours instead which is actually a plus because we'll be able to bring more back with us (I plan on shopping til' I drop)
I'm trying to convince my bro, SIL , and sis to come too - And I'm really good at getting my way :)

It was Kates at You Betcha Baby that had posted about the Color Run and made me aware that it was going to be in the Twin Cities. Her and a few other bloggers are going to do it so I hope we'll be able to do a blogger meet up. And I definitely expect to meet up with Kate. And dognap Cosmo  :)


February 19, 2013

Workin' On My Fitness...


My SIL and I started at the fitness centre on Friday night. I've always hated going to the gym by myself but can never convince anyone to go with me, which is why it took me so long to join again. I feel like people are staring at me when I'm there alone even though I know they really could care less about what I'm doing - its just always in the back of my head. We went again on Saturday and Sunday... and then this happened:



My SIL lives out of town and didn't want to brave the icy roads just to go to the gym  - I kept going back and forth on whether I was going to go by myself.  Finally I just sucked it up and went - I didn't want to 'fall off the wagon' after only starting a few days ago. I'm so glad I didn't psych myself out and not go - I feel so good after a workout and I just know I would've felt like shat last night if I wouldn't have made myself go

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On Saturday I started doing Couch to 5 K. Apparently I didn't read the 'instructions' very well though because I blew through the first week in the last 3 days. Whoooops. I honestly thought it would be an everyday thing but that somedays would be easier/harder than others. Definitely not the case- you're only supposed to do it three times a week - NOT everyday like I was doing. So now I don't know if I should start on Week 2 this week or if I should start back at Week 1 and follow the schedule properly this time. Thoughts??


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Watching curling while eliptical-ing it up at the gym last night. I purposely went right when curling started so I would have something to keep me occupied since I was by myself. I was to chicken to put my headphones in in case someone snuck up on me... I'm still kicking myself for watching an episode of American Horror Story a couple weekends ago (Thanks a lot for telling me it isn't scary sis!)


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Yesterday was Family Day here in SK so I had the day off work. I spent most of the day prepping lunches and snacks for my work week 

Egg McMuffin-type breakfast sandwiches for the week. The recipe came from here. I omitted the bacon because I'm not a fan of bacon and only used half the amount of cheese. The verdit? Delicious! BUT I don't know if my muffin tin will ever come clean of egg gooeyness. Next time I will use a throw away one from the $ store

I also made Kadi's chicken fajitas for lunches for the week. When I first saw her post about them I was drooling just looking at the picture. I had the most delicious chicken fajita while in Mexico in December and have been craving them ever since. Kadi gets an A+ for these! I'm not a fan of tortillas (I hate the smell - is that weird?!) so I always skip the tortilla with fajitas

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I've been on a major clean(ish) eating kick lately. Barely any cheats - even drunk toboganning last week didn't make me wanna eat everything in the house so thats a plus!

LOVING smoothies lately. I just wish my blender wasn't so loud

I can't get enough of fruit. AND I've been craving water like crazy
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Other Weekend iPhone Photos

I painted my nails on Sunday night while watching curling. I painted them a plum-y colour at first and wasn't loving it because it was going to take a million coats to look good so I added some OPI Silver Shatter. I'm still undecided whether I like them or not but I'm to lazy to do them all over again so soon


I feel the need to defend the next 2 pictures. I am NOT a crazy cat lady. Up until I went away to College my family had never had a cat as a pet. Now there are three. And they think they rule the roost. They are always  up to no good, hence why you may see a ton of pictures of them on this blog

Hank and Luna. Here they are enjoying their morning coffee...

Kella giving me the staredown for even daring to ask her to move off the deep freeze so I could grab something...

I've been in a major blogging rut lately. Barely posting, rarely commenting on other blogs, taking forever to reply to comments on my own posts, etc., etc. I promise I am going to try and do better!!

Happy Monday Tuesday!


February 15, 2013

Snow Day...


Its been another crazy week around these parts

I spent Wednesday night painting at the new early learning centre in my hometown... things are really starting to come together. Hopefully only a couple more months and the doors will be open. Its crazy to think that the building that was once my Aunt's clothing store is now going to be a daycare. There has been so much progess in the building and it makes me so happy to see it moving along finally. Also, painting KILLED my arms. I skipped out on Jillian that day because of the painting party and I am glad I did or I probably wouldn't have even been able to lift my arms the next day


 I woke up to this on my Twitter feed Thursday morning:


I attempted to go to work but turned back around once I realized how bad the roads were

That's supposed to be a highway....

Funny Seasonal Ecard: The scariest part of this snowstorm is that it'll be cleaned up in time for work on Monday.
This is ALWAYS what happens. A big snow storm hits on the weekend ruining all your weekend traveling plans but everything is good to go again by the time Monday rolls around. But not this time!

I haven't had a snow day in a long time so I was LOVING being at home during a weekday



Good thing my Dad owns a backhoe...

My SIL and Little Bro were off work yesterday too so we decided to be kids again and do what we would have done if there were a snow day from school when we were young: go drunk toboganning in the Valley behind my parents house

  

 




This was seriously the best.workout.EVER
I can't even begin to count how many times I walked up hills (some that were 5 feet deep with snow)
I could definitely feel it when I got up this morning
 
 We even got Rae out on the hills for a while when she was done school

Home Sweet Home

 In other non-snow related news - My SIL and I signed up for the fitness centre last night and will be going tonight - wish us luck!

February 13, 2013

Weigh-In Wednesday...


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I weighed myself on Monday (my WW weigh in day) and imagine my surprise when this message shows up after I input my weight:


WTF?!

Thanks for making me feel like an anorexic Weight Watchers! I'm thinking the reason for this is because a) it was showing a 2.5 lb loss in 5 days and b) I didn't track much on the weekend. I still track in my head since I know the points plus values of my go to food but sometimes on the weekends I just don't think about inputting all the information

It definitely isn't because I'm starving myself peeps. My sister can attest to that fact. We went into 'the city' on Saturday and I ate soooo bad (Chicken Burger from A & W, Iced Capp and two -yes TWO - chocolate dipped donuts from Tim Hortons). So like I said, definitely not starving myself. I guess I need to be tracking absolutely everything and not letting it slide on the weekends so I don't get anymore of those 'warnings'


In other news, Vegas is finally booked. I'll be back in my happy place from April 15-20th so that means I NEED to step it up with Operation Red Bikini so I can wear a fabulous bikini while I lay poolside and drink bottomless margaritas 

My SIL and I are going to start using the fitness centre at my hometown next week and I am so excited that I will finally be able to run. All I have wanted to do lately is RUN and since I live in the Great White North it  has just been a dream. But not anymore - I'm so glad I have finally been able to convince someone to be my gym partner! Here's to hoping we can stick with it!



February 11, 2013

Weekend Update...



 Once again my weekend was pretty low key but I did at least leave the house and I wasn't sick (WHOOP!) so for me it was an alright weekend

I fell asleep at 8:00 on Friday night on the couch. I'm STILL trying to catch up on missed sleep from weeks ago. It's a vicious never ending cycle! So of course with that much sleep I was wide awake at 7:30 the next morning. I LOVE sleeping in since I don't get to very often so I was a little bummed out to be up so early. Normally I would've just read a book on my Nook so I could at least stay in bed a bit longer but I told myself I wasn't buying any books for awhile since I have a tendency to spend all my time reading instead of actually getting stuff done. It was a really, really stupid idea to tell myself I wasn't buying any books though because Melanie Shankle's book, Sparkly Green Earrings, was released on Friday and I have been dying to read it. I'm going to force myself to hold off on buying the book until I get at least half the items on my to do list done.

I volunteer on the board for the Expressway Family Centre in my hometown. Saturday morning we held a 'Superhero Party' from 10:00-12:00. Afterwards I headed in to 'the city' with my sister and her girls to pick up a few things. I normally hate going to 'the city' on weekends since I am there everyday during the week but I needed groceries badly and didn't want to have to stay late on a weekday to grab them so off we went.

Main Street in O-Town (my hometown) on a Saturday afternoon... you  see now why I need to move to a city?!
I hadn't been to the grocery store in forever so I needed to stock up on some fruits and vegetables... $160 later... I hate that eating healthy has to be so expensive!

When I woke up Sunday morning all I could think about was waffles. I was having the biggest craving ever for a waffle. I got a waffle iron for Christmas... aaaaand it hadn't been used since Christmas day.  So I finally pulled it out of the cupboard, dusted it off, and had myself a waffle for 'breakfast' (which by that time was 1:00 in the afternoon). It was delicious (and actually not that bad for points) and I couldn't even finish half of it. I didn't even feel hungry at all come suppertime. Around 8:00 I finally made myself a sandwich and had some cucumber slices. Seriously, soooo filling!

Just looking at the picture is making me drool...

 This was Bear staring at me while I ate the waffle. Even my dog was envious of its deliciousness

The highlight of my weekend?

The day I had been waiting for for weeks finally arrived. The premiere of Gyspsy Sisters on TLC

I LOVED watching the trainwreck that was My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding and I knew that Gypsy Sisters wouldn't disappoint. And it didn't 

It's my new favourite television show

Seriously, if you want to get a really good laugh in on a show that isn't supposed to be a comedy then you should definitely check it out.  I mean, one of the gypsies used MOTOR OIL as a suntan lotion on her SKIN! I can't even make this stuff up...


February 8, 2013

Friday's Letters...


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Dear Kirby: Twice this week you have made me incrediby mad but you're just so damn cute that I can't stay mad at you

Could you stay mad at that?! 
Dear Barney, Marshall, Ted, Robin, and Lily: I can't wait to catch up with you this weekend. You've been missing from my life for waaay to long

Dear Instagrammers: Please stop Instagramming pictures of delicious looking soft serve frozen yogurt. You're killing me!

Dear Bladder: I know I've been drinking water lately like its my job but could you please stop waking me up a million times during the night and interrupting my much needed beauty sleep? It would be much appreciated

Dear Pinterest: I haven't been neglecting you lately, I've just been busy. I promise we will get to spend some quality time together this weekend

Dear Someecards: You never fail to put a smile on my face. Keep on keeping on

I was going to do something today but I haven't finished doing nothing from yesterday.
My weekend plans

Hope everyone has a great weekend - See you Monday!


February 7, 2013

Nominated...



I was nominated for two Liebster Awards this week by  Lisa at Simple Kind of Wonderful and Stephanie at The Not So Secret Lemne Life

I'm waiting for Kanye to storm into my office and tell me someone else deserved it more...


The rules of the Liebster Award:

The nominee must list 11 facts about themselves
The nominee must answer the 11 questions the nominator asked
The nominee must nominate 11 other bloggers with fewer than 200 followers

Here we go!

11 facts about myself:
  1. I HATE my teeth but I refused to get braces when I was younger. Now I'm going to have to spend a fortune to get them straight
  2. Up until 2 years ago I HATED onions. My mom used to make me seperate meals with no onions in them (She's pretty much Super Mom). Now I LOVE them and eat them in almost anything
  3. I have a girl crush on Kate Beckinsale and Megan Fox
  4. I ate mushrooms (the food, not the drug!) for the first time when I was in PA at the age of 25. I didn't even mind them... until... I got drunk that same night and felt like a bag of smashed assholes the next day... I still blame the mushrooms...
  5. My cousin and I once wrote Nick Carter's name on my sisters derriere and I took a picture of it (Hi Kirstin!). I used it as blackmail for years until my sister made me a trade for the picture
  6. I prefer Christina over Britney
  7. In Grade 6 our teacher made us write on a piece of paper what our future occupations would be. I wrote professional gymnast or figure skater... I had never taken a single figure skating or gymastics lesson... Like I've said, I like to dream big
  8. I had a Nano Pet when I was in elementary school and I would make my Mom take care of it while I was at school (She truly is Super Mom)
  9. I 'Googled' my name a few weeks ago and the only image that showed up (that was relevant) was a picture of my Sister. WTF?
  10. When I was younger I wanted to be a teacher (after I realized I wasn't going to be a figure skater or a gymnast, obvi) but instead I became an Early Childhood Educator because I didn't want to spend two more years at College...
  11. I'm already counting down the days til' Christmas
This was super hard - I think I used up most of my 'facts' for 'The Facts of Me' link up a few weeks ago (find mine here)

  1. What is your dream vacation? I don't have a specific dream vacation since I travel fairly often anyways but a dream vacation for me would just be a vacation with my WHOLE family. We haven't had a family vacation in over 11 years!
  2. What is your biggest pet peeve? I have sooo many pet peeves but bad/slow drivers is probably the biggest right now since I spend so much time driving
  3. Looking ahead, what is your five year plan? I try not to think to much about the future or else my anxiety goes through the roof. Five years ago when I graduated from College I never would have imagined my life being the way it is now but I have definitely had some awesome moments in the last 5 years so I'm just going to leave some things up to fate :)
  4. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Hmmmmm.... I'm going to go with Beyonce so I could get some fitness tips. She looked FIERCE at the Superbowl!
  5. What makes you feel like a kid again? Camping in the summer months. We used to spend all summer long in our 5th wheel 
  6. What is your favourite movie? This is such a tough question - but I'll say Home Alone... I'm a sucker for Christmas movies
  7. What is your jam? I'm a big country music fan and right now I'm obsessed with four songs: Redneck Crazy-Tyler Farr, Better Dig Two-The Band Perry, Mama's Broken Heart-Miranda Lambert, and Two Black Cadillacs-Carrie Underwood
  8. What's your current ringtone? Marimba... (had to look that up)... I don't spend money on ringtones 
  9. What inspired you to start your blog? I used to have a blog many, many moons ago that I started when I first moved away for College. It got neglected for a long, long time. Then I found Mama Laughlin's site on Pinterest which lead to finding a bunch of other great blogs. I read them all and got inspired to start blogging again AND get fit
  10. What is your favourite memory? I have a lot of good memories so I can't pick a favourite one 
  11. Who is your celebrity free pass? If I were in a relationship my celebrity free pass would be Taylor Kitsch... followed by Stephen Amell... Both super dreamy Canadians.... *Sigh*
  1. Why did you start blogging? Kinda already answered this in question # 9 above. The reason I originally started blogging back in 2006 with my first blog was to keep in touch with my family and friends when I moved to another province 6 hours away. My best friend at the time had just had a baby and my sister was pregnant with my niece, Rae,  so we all started blogs to keep in contact and updated about our lives. A few other friends blogged during that time too. Eventually we all ended up back together so the reason for blogging wasn't there anymore and we all stopped doing it
  2. Describe yourself in 5 words - Responsible, Dreamer, Creative, Honest, and Original :)
  3. How much time do you spend a day and/or week blogging? I try really, really hard ( I promise!) to blog at least 3 times a week. Sometimes it ends up being less because I feel like my life has been so boring lately that no one wants to read about it. When I do post though I probably spend at least an hour on each post if not more (This one has probably taken me 3 hours!)
  4. What's your favourite healthy recipe? It's not a recipe but my favourite healthy snack is sliced cucumber with some vinegar and a sprinkle of salt.... Mmmmm
  5. What's your favourite kind of ice cream? When I was a kid I was obsessed with Rainbow ice cream (I'm pretty sure that wasn't the real name of it) but I can never find it anymore. Now my favourite is Starbucks Caramel Macchiato
  6. What is your all time favourite work out song? Bleed It Out- Linkin Park. It gets me to dig deep during the last part of a workout when all I want to do is quit
  7. What was your worst job ever? I was a housekeeper at a hotel for about 3 weeks after I graduated High School. Cleaning up after other people (especially the gross rig pigs that stayed there) was disgusting! I applaud anyone who can clean up after complete strangers. It wasn't the job for me that's for sure
  8. Name one thing you could never forgive someone for.  I could NEVER forgive a partner in a relationship for cheating. Like, ever
  9. Who is your favourite actor/actress? Actress- Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Emma Stone Actor- Seth Rogen
  10. If you could have any superhero power what would it be? Invisibility. I would love to be a fly on the wall sometimes...
  11. What is the nicest thing you have ever done for someone? Its probably not the nicest thing I have ever done but its what is sticking out to me right now. Last year I hired an employee to work at the daycare. She was in her early twenties and new to Canada from the Ukraine. Her english was okay but not the best. In her interview she had to spend a lot of time thinking about her answers before she could relay them in english. She really, really wanted to work with kids. She was working at a grocery store at the time but wanted a job that she was passionate about. I gave her the job, even though I was wary about her ability to speak english, because she seemed so passionate and finding that passion in people is really hard! When I called to let her know she got the position she thanked me over and over again for giving her the opportunity to do what she loved. She worked at the centre for about 8 months before her Husband was laid off from his job and they had to move to a bigger city. On one of her last days of work before she moved she came into my office to thank me again for giving her the chance to work at the centre and she told me that it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for her. (And it broke my heart to think that that was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for her)
11 questions for my nominees:
  1. If the story of your life was being made into a movie who would you want to play you?
  2. What's your favourite alcoholic beverage?
  3. What is your favourite online shopping website?
  4. What is one beauty product you can't live without?
  5. What is your favourite season?
  6. If you had to live in a decade other than the current one, which would you choose, and why?
  7. Coke or Pepsi?
  8. If you could only eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would it be?
  9. What's your biggest fear?
  10. What movie makes you cry?
  11. If you could live in the home of any television series, which would it be?
And the nominees are:

Jessica at Wonder What's Next
Mandy at Mama Shapes Up
Rebecca and Amanda at Beast Mode To Milf Status
Samantha at In Bloom

Nominees make sure to leave me a comment with the link to your answers!


February 6, 2013

Weigh-In Wednesday...


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I'm down one more measly lb

Nothing to phone home about but I'll take it 

Getting sick is seriously killing my weight loss goals

I just want to be healthy again so I can start kicking Operation Red Bikini into gear!

 It was my bros birthday on Saturday which meant cake (I took a small piece, I swear!)

AND my SIL's birthay was yesterday which meant cake AGAIN (another small piece!)

It would just be rude to pass up someone's birthday cake you know... said no one ever

I've also been skipping breakfast lately

(Spare me the lecture, I know its the most important meal of the day)

I can barely drag my ass out of bed early enough in the mornings lately to even run a brush through my hair let alone have a meal

When I was on the first set of antibiotics I HAD to eat breakfast every morning when I took the medication

Since I've been off it I have only eaten breakfast on the weekend which by that time was more like lunch

The week that I was eating breakfast religiously was the week that I had my biggest loss

Somethings telling me I should start dragging my ass outta bed a little earlier...

Any fast (and healthy!) breakfast ideas ladies?!








February 4, 2013

My Awesome Weekend (Or Not)...


Whellllp its that time again. Time for a Weekend Update so everyone can see how awesome my weekend was. Or not...

I'm sure nobody wants to hear about how many books I downloaded onto my Nook and read just on Saturday alone, how many episodes of Freaks and Geeks I obsessively watched on Netflix, or about how sore my throat was all weekend

Sorry, I guess you just did hear all about it. I blame the meds

If you follow me on Instagram (chiglechic) then you would've seen that I was back at the Dr's office AGAIN last Thursday

Strep Throat is back (aka it never left) and kicking my ass. AGAIN. The Dr is running out of ideas for medications to give me. I still have another year to wait for surgery to remove my tonsils. Blah Blah Blah. Woe is me type of thing right here

As much as I would like to say I went on an awesome weekend getaway (hadn't left my house since Thursday night until I came to work this morning), or how I spent the weekend with my favourite friend, Vodka (haven't drank since NYE- can't when your constantly on meds) or how I watched the SuperBowl and ate my weight in party food (I'm Canadian- Grey Cup was in November peeps) I just can't. I did absolutely nothing of importance this weekend. Legit. The highlight of my weekend was eating DQ ice cream cake for my brothers birthday because it made my throat feel better for a minute

I spent 5 hours last night watching reruns of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding in anticipation of next weeks premiere of Gypsy Sisters. It is absolutely ridiculous how pumped I am for that show to start. I blame the meds

Needless to say I am going a little stir crazy - I need a trip to a city for some shopping and Starbucks ASAP!

I promise tomorrow I will be back and won't be feeling so mopey or depressed or at least if I am I just won't write about it

I hope everyone had a MUCH more exciting weekend than I did!