Thursday, April 30, 2009

Re: Noru giveaway

Charm 73 could you please e-mail me your address so i can send the gift to you. Please reply by Monday May 4th or i'll have to pick another name!

That was fun

Well last night was my first cooking lesson :) We made chicken with peppers and sauce, curried couscous with currents, and greens with a balsalmic/honey dressing. It was a lot of fun and this weeks homework is that i'm supposed to keep track of how many fruits and vegetables i eat!

Today it's back to work. Oh i forgot to tell you that the people that organize my race walk in September are putting on a 5K walk on Saturday. I switched shifts with someone so that i can go :) Even though it means working 6 am till noon and i usually work 2-10pm!! I may just sleep through the walk!!

This morning i was so wide awake that i actually made a mistake when i was making my breakfast, i was supposed to put peanut butter in and instead i put walnuts in. Oh well it still tasted good.
Oatmeal, bananas, flax seed, chocolate chips and walnuts, oh my :)

Hope everyone has a great day.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Are you ready for more questions??

I love these question days!!

1. Weigh daily/weekly/monthly??

2. White chocolate/milk chocolate or dark chocolate??

3. Do you count calories and if so how many do you aim for??

4. Have you ever tried soy milk?? What did you think??

5. Favorite fruit??

6. Vegetable you truly hate??

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Went to the dr

Yep i went to the dr's only to find out it was a mistake and i didn't need to see him :) Oh well better than bad news!!

Good news is that i got some walking in today!

Oh and then i came back and ate this to give me sustenance until the board meeting: A grilled ham and cheese sandwich, an orange and some veggies

I'm also taking a luna bar with me. I don't usually eat bars as i'd rather have "real" food, but at the board meeting they have many, many desserts! So my treat for tonight is a luna bar. At least i know the nutritional stats for it.

More running around

So today i have a dr's appointment this morning for i don't know what :) I got a call they want to see me! Oh and did i tell you what's happening with my angio plasty?? Well i was told i would be getting it in May and i still hadn't heard from them so i called them and found out he's behind in his surgeries so that i'm probably going to be put in late june or early july, hopefully!!

After the dr's i need to go to the store to find some sandals and jeans. Then it's home for lunch and then off to meet with a friend for coffee. Finally i have a board of directors meeting and then home.

There's a new scary movie out today, can't remember the name, and i hope to see that tonight!

Bowling party turned out great and i managed to avoid hot dogs and fries there :) It's raining cats and dogs here today, hope where you are is nicer! Have a great day

Monday, April 27, 2009

And the winners are......

For the NORU exercise cards:


Please e-mail me your addresses so that i can send them to you :)


Lots of fun!

Today i'm going to a pizza bowling party that i've helped to plan :) I'm sure it will be a blast! However since i'm not too fussy on pizza i'll eat lunch before i go.

Hopefully i'll have photo's to post later.

The cooking classes i mentioned is part of the walking group i'm in. Although they are mainly for people who don't cook much i figure i may just learn a thing or two :)

After the cooking classes there is yoga and a free 3 month membership to the YMCA. Oh yeah i'm so looking forward to these.

And yes i'm enjoying my first day off :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Today is Sunday not yesterday when i did my weight in :) Oh well i'll leave it for this week but it will be Sunday next week!!

I've actually done some housework!! One of these days i'll keep it up day to day. For some reason i'm organizationally challenged.

Today i started my day with this beauty! Soy, protein powder, strawberries and flaxseed:

Tonight will be my last day at work for this week and then i have 3 days off, although they are 3 busy days :) What else is new. Oh and i start cooking classes with a dietician once a week for 5 weeks. Hopefully i'll learn a few new things that i can pass on to you guys.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The never ending story!

I swear my weight is like a roller coaster one week up the next week down!! So this week i'm up 1.2 lbs bringing me to 128.2. This week i must focus on more exercise :) Or maybe it was the frosted cinnamon roll that i had a head on collision with last night??

Sometimes i think i sabotage myself on purpose!!

But when you think of it, it's really nothing especially when you hear about tradegy's in other people's lives. Please go here and leave Jenna a supportive comment.  Jenna and her family are in my prayers today.

Next week i'll be back to my weekly goals.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Oats :)

Yep i made some awesome oats this morning :) And you know i love oats!!

It will be a busy day today as it's friday and it's always busy on fridays.  Food has been great this week but exercise?? Not so much :( However i have started to save for my treadmill and it won't be that much longer before i can get it. 

It will be so much easier to just hop on whether my hair is tidy or not won't matter. Well unless i take a picture!!

Oh and for lunch i had another green monster,  anyone who hasn't tried these yet, you don't know what your missing.

A big thank you to everyone for participating in my weekly questions, i've learned a lot from your answers and they've given me things to think about.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


It's off to the dollar store today to pick up things for the bowling and pizza party on monday :)

Then it's come home, get lunch, and get ready for work!

Oh guess what i started my day with??? A banana split :)

And the funniest thing i heard this week? I served hubby one of his favorites- made healthy. Turkey smoked sausage, baked fries and baked beans to which he says "i was going to ask you if we could order pizza but i've got to tell you this is soooo much better" :) That's why i love this man!!

In case your interested here is the canal in front of my daughters apartment in Holland

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Questions once again :)

1. Do you journal online?? If so which program do you use?

2. Have you really hated a food and then ended up liking/loving it?? Mine was cilantro :)

3. What type of oils do you use?

4. Cat or dog?

5. Do you worry about sodium?

6. Tap water, brita or bottled water?

7. Favorite salad dressing?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another give away :)

O.k. i may be the last person to get the NURU exercise anywhere cards but the mail just came and i have two decks to give away. These are really good because you don't need any exercise equipment just your own bodyweight!! And they are full of healthy tips.

I was actually impressed with these. They have exercises for all major parts of the body and good explanations, they also have some beginner/intermediate/advanced exercises which is good since i'm definitely not at the advanced stage :)

Since these are small i will ship them anywhere :) So for anyone who would like a deck just leave a comment. And for anyone who would like to see what they are, feel free to go here to look or to order:

I will pick two winners on Monday April 27, 2009 and 12:00 noon

The winners are...

The winners of the oatmeal plus a few other goodies from me are:



Guys e-mail me at with your addresses and i'll have your goodies on the way!
Congratulations :)

This is my kind of week :)

Yes it's been one of those weeks where i've got my exercise in and enjoyed it! I've followed my plan for eating and enjoyed every last bite. And what makes it even better is that i have not been hungry other than when i was due to eat :) I've got to say i love this kind of week.

The only bad thing is that it seems to come and go whenever it wants to. No matter how much i can try to make it a great week it seems to be somewhat out of my hands when it's going to gel together.

So for the rest of this week i'm going to try to go with flow and see how long i can stay on this ride.

And for today?? I'm off to lift up some weights and then i plan on doing a watp dvd.

What are your plans for today??

Monday, April 20, 2009

Today...and a NSV.. and a reply!!

My non scale victory: i love stopping by the thrift store on my way to meetings. So today i stopped by and saw a really nice pair of capris the only thing was that they were size 8!! Oh well i figured i'd try them on and see if i could do them up :) Not only could i do them up but the fit really nice. Oh and i also picked up a toggle cardigan. Both ended up costing me $2.50.
I received a reply from the company that produced those fruit bites. Remember from an earlier post that i weighed them and got less than 1/2 of the amount that it said in the nutrional values??

"Thank you for taking time to contact us about our products, in particular
your comments regarding Sun-Rype FruitSource Plus Veggie Mini Bites -
Tropical. We appreciate consumer feedback and welcome theopportunity to address any questions or concerns.Quality assurance standards are of paramount importance to us andquality control procedures include careful inspection throughout allphases of our operation to ensure only the highest quality products reach
our consumers. Sun-Rype adheres to the highest quality standards in all
of our Manufacturing and Quality Assurance practices.  We work closely
with the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) and strictly adhere to
all guidelines established by CFIA and Health Canada. Sun-Rype FruitSource Mini Bites have undergone a change in the size ofthe pieces.   The packaging has been changed to more accurately reflecta serving size to approximately 14 pieces (37 grams).  We are currently
in transition to the grocery stores with the new packaging.We apologize for any inconvenience you may have incurred.  You are a
valued consumer and we trust you will continue to enjoy the quality of
Sun-Rype products.  We have taken this opportunity to forward coupons
by regular mail that are valid towards any of our products at most grocery
stores in your area."

And here are some photo's:

This was delicious

I made this yesterday for my breakfast because i got up late and didn't want to eat too heavy that late in the morning :) I bring you my green monster!! It was actually a great smoothie, nice taste and it stuck with me till i ate lunch.

1 banana frozen in chunks
1/4c pineapple
1/3c mango
1c soy
1/2 serving of protein powder (due to the fact i don't have much left :)
a big handful of baby spinach

I tossed all in the blender and voila. Don't be afraid to try new things!

Today's plan: i'm off to volunteer to stuff envelopes this morning and then i go to meet my walking group. And hopefully pictures will be up later today! Oh and i do plan on putting a couple of surprises in with the oatmeal give away :) Will post the winners tomorrow.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

On my walk!

And a picture of me, no hat!! It was a little windy though so excuse the mess :)

My top ten favorite foods

Not it any particular order:
1. oatmeal
2. bananas
3. peanut butter
4. steak
5. strawberries
6. popcorn
7. brussel sprouts
8. cheese
9. chocolate
10. tea (not a food but an all time favorite thing and sometime i'll have one and my hunger goes away)

what are yours??

Saturday, April 18, 2009


I went out for a walk, a nice long walk, 60 minutes actually :)  You guys are rubbing off on me. I'm walking home with a bag of potatoes waiting for a light and i'm doing arm curls!!

Before i went out i ate these for breakfast: Banana/choc chip protien pancakes

Now it's lunch time and then get ready for work!

Friday, April 17, 2009


After reading so many american blogs where they are getting all kinds of freebies to review/give away i was starting to feel bad for my followers because we really are never offered anything! Well i decided after being approached by NORU to offer some free decks of workout cards (which still have not come by the way) to take matters into my own hands and contact quaker canada to ask if it would be possible to have them donate some goodies for me to review/give away :) And they got straight back to me and said no problem!! Oh and they also said that in the future if there are any new products coming out they would try to send us some.

So i've been waiting patiently and wednesday got an e-mail that there would be a package arriving the next day. So first thing in the morning there was a box delivered with these goodies in them:

The oats both quick and large flake i'm going to use for oatmeal and some protein pancakes and review the results and post my honest opinion on my thoughts. In fact i have some banana/chocolate chip protein pancakes on the menu tomorrow, stay tuned!  Oh and they sent some awesome recipes as well :) The other thing i'd like to review is oatbran so i think i may pick some of that up with my groceries.

So thanks to quaker oats canada i have a box of weight control maple and brown sugar flavor instant oats to give away and a box of reduced sugar apples and cinnamon instant oats to give away. I will also include copies of some recipes that they sent me.

So i will have two winners :) All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me your favorite way to eat oats. And no it doesn't matter where you are! I will pick two winners on Monday April 20 at 8:00 pm. 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

When you guys are right....

You were right. When the body is exhausted and has no energy there's usually a reason. And mine?? Well i guess i'm coming down with something. Sore throat, no energy, puffy eyes?? Yep that would be me! So i don't see a whole lot happening this week besides going to work. And if it gets bad enough i will take a day off.

On the eating front? Lets just say i've been eating comfort foods. Toast and tea a lot.  And last night hot dogs were calling my name, at least they were 1 pt hot dogs.  But i'm really not too worried about it for now. Besides there's not a whole lot in the fridge until i go grocery shopping in the morning.

Oh and yes i'll be drinking lots of water.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's question time :)

Once again it's that time of the week :) My favorite thing to do is to ask you questions!

1. what are some of your favorite snacks??

2. What is your favorite way to exercise?

3. What is on your kitchen counter, besides a kettle, that you use a lot??

4. Do you keep track of the amount of water you drink per day?

5. If you were to tell someone one major thing that you do to help make you healthy what would it be?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Could someone please send some energy my way??

Wow i feel like a balloon that has has the air let out. For some reason i have absolutely no energy or motivation!! And that just isn't like me.

All i wanted to do yesterday was sit around in my pj's. And that is exactly what i did!!

Honestly one day i'm super motivated in fact you would get dizzy keeping up :) The next day nothing, nada!!

Maybe it's because this has been a long journey for me?? And i'm so close to the end?? Maybe i'm just tired? No clue, but never fear i'm not giving up, just having an off day now and then.

Today my energy will be spent around the house, cleaning and then i'm hoping to get my haircut and that will give me a boost :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Can you believe this??

Went to the store today and picked up some of these:

On the package it says you get approximately 23 pieces or 37 grams for 130 calories, no fat and 3g of fibre. Yeah that's 2 points!!

However before i counted out 23 i stopped and thought no i'm going to weigh them :) And this is how many i got for 37 grams. A total rip off!!

Now for my weekend :)

Well work is finally over for the week :) Today i'm going out and enjoying this nice weather! And yep, pictures will be taken.

Yesterday although i had a great weigh in, for some reason i just could not sleep the night before and that always throws me for a loop. So yesterday nothing went as planned. I didn't exercise, i slept in and my food was not planned. Not bad just not well planned.

Today i'm back!! And yes it's a planned day :)

The other thing i have to do is catch up on housework. Today is the bathroom!

Oh and i've started saving for a treadmill, i really want one after reading everyones blogs about how they jump on it and get it done and over with for the day. Does anyone have any suggestions about which ones are best?? And i know i won't be able to afford the top of the line ones but i would like to get one that has pretty good power and isn't too loud.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Weekly weigh in and goal update

Well it's been a really good week for me. Do you remember a while ago that i said i need to deal with stress?? Well i did this week and it's like i've lifted a ton off of my back :)

Food this week has been great and i haven't been having any cravings!

Exercise on the other hand was there but not as much as i would like.

So this week the scale showed that i had lost 2  for a total of 47.4  lost and only 2lbs (maybe)    to go!

So here are the goals i made last week:

1. Try to use no more than 5 sweetners a day this week! And believe you me this is about half of what i use right now. Mainly it's for tea and oatmeal. After reading everyones imput into how many sweetners they used, it spurred me to cut down :) Thanks guys! Well it started off great, i did 3 days only using 5 sweetners. Then i found i was using more as the week went on so on average i've been using 7-8 a day since. But this is still down from what i was using.

2. Really do need to do weights this week. Didn't happen!

3. Go to my walking group 2 times this week. This i did and i loved it :)

4. Eat clean :) And enjoy!! Definitely enjoyed my food this week

5. I know what i'm doing i just need to get on with it. I got the message and for me this was a great week!

This weeks goals:

1. Do more exercise!!

2. Need to plan the next couple of weeks menus

3. Get my haircut

4. Get out into the woods for my walk :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Once again back to work

Yep i'm off to work again today, and it's a very busy weekend let me tell you.

I may have some exciting things to tell you about soon, but it's not for sure yet! Stay tuned

Twice this week i've been really sad by what some people order: 8 sugars in a coffee ordered by a very young lady. Or how about 6 sugar and 6 cream and we're not talking little creamers!! In an extra large cup that is cream 3/4 full and topped with a little coffee. What the heck are people thinking about??

And tonight we finally ran out of roll up the rim cups :) Which will mean it should slow down a bit.

Oh and this is how i started my day today, what did you have for breakfast today??

Friday, April 10, 2009


Today i got up and had this bowl of deliciousness: Banana, peanut butter and jelly oatmeal with a few walnuts thrown on top 

Then i decided to make some carrot muffins, only i had 3/4 of the recipe started and realized i didn't have any crushed pineapple!!!! So i substituted yogurt :) I'll let you know how they work out.

Today it's off to work again! Yep since i only work 4 days a week and am considered part time i get voted to work the holidays. No worries with my daughter in Holland and my son in Alberta it was going to be a pretty quiet day anyway :)

And the best thing?? No chocolate in the house!

Happy Easter everyone

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Salad love...

What is it with me and salads?? Either i love them or don't want to touch them!!

Luckily lately i've been in love with them, in fact they are so good i could eat them twice a day and i do sometimes.

I have started to experiment with different ingredients and i try to make them as tasty as possible.

What are your favorite salads?? Any special ingredients you can't do without??

Met up with my walking group last night. I had a great time, although  honestly can't wait to get the stent put in as my leg is really bugging me. It just cramps up and honestly i feel like an older person hobbling along sometimes.

Thanks everyone for participating yesterday, i just love reading the answers and promise i'll do this as a weekly post until i run out of things to ask :) If anyone has a question they'd like me to post please let me know.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

More questions :)

I enjoyed doing this so much the last time i decided to do it again!! And yes i will answer these in the comments as well.

1. What is your favorite meal of the day?? Any reason??

2. Do you enjoy the occasional glass of wine or beer??

3. How much red meat do you eat??

4. Do you use non-stick spray?? Do you use it on anything other than baking pans or pots??

5. What supplements do you take?? Vitamins, omega 3's etc...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Today and last night!

Last night i ended up having a half a bag of popcorn! So today's plan includes not eating after meals :) I know it wasn't much but i bloat up because of the salt.

Even though it's freezing out i have to go to an appointment this morning and yep i'm going to get off the bus early so i can get a 35 minute walk in :) 

This morning started with this great breakfast: bran flakes, bran buds, banana/strawberry/grapes

Tonights plan includes, steak and wine and watching the day the earth stood still with the hubs! And yes Snuffy will be doing more of this tonight, don't worry he's not playing with an electrical cord he's simply laying on my laptop cord :)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Is it spring yet??

And since i forgot to post my brekkie today i'm including that as well :) And yes those white dots in some of the pictures are snow!!

Today's plan....

Cleaned out the fish today, of course Snuffy had to sit outside the door to check things out :) I swear he's just waiting for the fish to jump out of his bowl!! Oh by the way this is actually my daughters fish and i'm babysitting while she is living in Holland. Yes Jen he's still alive!

So today i have to stop and make an appointment, then i have a volunteer council meeting, then i'm off to my walking group, then i have a supervisors meeting at work!! Wowsa's and this is my day off :) And yes i hope to have some pictures to show you later.

Never mind, by the time i'm finished i'm going to come home to some bubbling homemade beef barley soup in the crockpot. 

Sunday, April 5, 2009

This is one of the best salads i've ever had :)

The bluecheese crumbles and the walnuts plus the raspberry vinigrette were to die for!!

Weekly weigh in and goal update

Or i could have just said this is a staying accountable post :)

Anyway stepped on the scale this morning and i saw 129 which is up .6 but i'm pretty happy with that! I can still see my goal in the near future. Just have to pull up my britches and get on with it!

As far as my goals for this week:

1. Try to use no more than 5 sweetners a day this week! And believe you me this is about half of what i use right now. Mainly it's for tea and oatmeal. After reading everyones imput into how many sweetners they used, it spurred me to cut down :) Thanks guys!

2. Really do need to do weights this week.

3. Go to my walking group 2 times this week.

4. Eat clean :) And enjoy!!

5. I know what i'm doing i just need to get on with it.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Change of plans!

Well i'm sitting here eating my breakfast (2 pts berry scones) and all i can hear outside is the howling wind and i see little snow flakes flying by!!! So i think today is going to be a WATP dvd :) See Ron your rubbing off on me :) 

For some reason since Thursday i've thought it's Sunday when i wake up, gee  you think i want work to be over with or something!

So i'm working with a really nice lady last night and she says hold on i've got something to show you. And she takes out these photo's and honestly i did not recognize her, she's lost over 100 lbs!!! Wowsa's, how awesome is that?? Now i know people do it but i don't usually know them personally. She went on to explain that since she lost it she's gained 20 lbs and she's getting serious again about getting that off!! Good for her :) And imagine we both work in a donut shop!
She has inspired me.

So i'm making a list of new questions to ask, probably next week. Hope that's o.k. with everyone. It seems that everyone loved reading all the answers you guys provided, so i figure lets go for round two!

Anyway that's my day and i'm off to get my food ready for the day and get ready for work. See you later :)

Friday, April 3, 2009

That was fun!!

Oh i had fun yesterday reading all your answers to my questions! I'm going to have to do that again :) Thanks guys for taking time to post your comments!!

Today i have to go to the grocery store to stock up on some supplies, but not before i had this great breakfast: plain yogurt, walnuts, berries, agave and some egg whites :)

Back to work today and unfortunately not enough time for a walk. Yesterday i did a weight routine that totally kicked my butt. I guess it's been a while since i did weights :(

That's all for now, hope you guys have a great weekend!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Questions everywhere :)

O.k so i had some time on my hands while i was on the bus this week. And i thought of questions i could ask on my blog to get a little feedback :)

1. How many sweetner do you use/day? How many is too many?

2. Do you try for a balanced eating plan? Do you count how many fruit and vegetables, how much protein, carbs etc? Or do you just go with the flow or go with whatever you crave?

3. Do you plan your exercise?

4. I love the blogs i read, what are your favorites?

Can't wait to hear your answers!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I went on a walk today and tonight i'm meeting my walking group :) Should be clocking lots of steps today!!

Annette this ones for you :) Carrot cake flax seed muffin with light cream cheese "icing"!!