Thursday, November 29, 2012

Quick update!

I'm just relaxing and drinking as much water as I can. Stick coughing up a storm and I need to go back to work tomorrow.

5 positive things: flannel sheets, cough syrup, tea, hot soup and my phone may not work but my computer does!

I'll update for the challenge later. I'm actually getting some points in but not too many :(

Hope you're having a good week.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I need to press reset for today!

First of all I work up this morning with no power! Ummm o.k no coffee, no computer but I have my phone?? No I don’t the phone wasn’t working either and in fact I still can’t get on the internet with it!

So no cooked breakfast. A bowl of cereal which I cannot remember the last time I had that.

We ate lunch out. Not really healthy but not bad.

Sorry but the challenge kind of flew out the window today. I did eat my veggies but not with all 3 meals, I did get more than 3 serving of fruit in (because I didn’t have to cook it). I also walked for at least 30 minutes. My water I honestly haven’t kept track of.

Oh and the other fun stuff?? I now have bronchitis. I decided that while I wasn’t getting worse I wasn’t getting better so off to the clinic I went. Yep now I’m on antibiotics which isn’t a huge surprise as I get bronchitis every year.

So I’m hoping to go to bed tonight, hit the reset switch and all will be back to normal in the morning!
Hope you had a much better day than I had.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Not such a good day

Since I don’t always make it to my meetings I usually put my home weigh in on e-tools. I just checked my weight watchers account and I guess they only charged me for e-tools which I’ve paid for until Dec 16. So I’m going to be doing my weekly weigh in’s at home until then. On the 16 or just before I’ll reset my account back to the monthly pass. I’ll then go back to the meetings. Doesn’t really matter as long as I weigh in. Saves me a few $ anyway.

Today I had a board meeting to go to but honestly I’m feeling pretty sick still today. I’m sick of being sick!!

I have actually been very surprised with how I handled being sick this week. Normally when I’m feeling this sick I crave comfort food/junk food. Candy cane ice cream comes to mind. I usually drink lots of tea but have a hard time getting water in.

Fast forward to this week. I stayed with my meal plan, I’ve been making sure I get enough water and I’ve even been working out. I find the fresh air really does feel good. I don’t know whether any of this is the reason I seem to be fighting the bug off better than I usually do or the oil of oregano but I’m doing better than I usually do when I’m sick. It feels so good to not lose control even when I’m not at my best!

Speaking of fresh air….I didn’t workout today. My stomach is a bit upset today and I really just don’t have the energy. UGH Sad smile

Five positive things for today:

I love the new Weight Watcher e-tools
My old slippers feel so good when I’m sick
Umm… this is hard today!!
A perfect cup of tea made by Ralph
Snuffy sharing the bed with me
Watching Ernest goes to camp :)

Update for the skinny snowman challenge:
  1. Lose weight or maintain weight – Weigh in tomorrow
  2. Veggie serving with each meal - 15
  3. 3 fruit servings per day - 10
  4. Log food - 10
  5. Name 5 positive things about each day - 5
  6. Meatless Monday’s – Done
  7. Earn 5 pts for every 30 minutes of exercise to a max of 50/week – 0
Sunday points: 85
Moday points: 70
Tuesday points: 40
Total points so far: 195/450

Today’s nosh:

Breakfast: Blueberry almond crunch baked oatmeal, carrots, balsamic vinegar, almond breeze for coffee 2pp

Lunch: veggies, grapes, shrimp 0pp
Snack: Apple - 0pp

Dinner: egg, Canadian bacon, potato, squash, 1 tsp olive oil, onion 0pp

  • Water: 8c and I had to make myself drink it today
  • Exercise: none
  • Activity points earned: none
  • Activity point balance: 24
  • Weekly points used: 0
  • Weekly point balance: 23
  • Steps: didn't put the fitbit on today I don't think running from my chair to the bathroom all day counts as much

Monday, November 26, 2012


That’s right today I was supposed to be playing bingo. Well actually not playing I was going to be volunteering at a bingo sadly I’m still sick and didn’t want to share it with anyone else.
Sad smile
One thing I was able to do was stick to the skinny snowman challenge.

I also went on a 70 minute brisk walk. My camera's battery died half way though :(

Five positive things for today:
I'm starting to feel a bit better!
Snuffy kept me warm
I worked out
I participated on meatless monday
Not having to work today which meant I could get lots of rest to fight this cold!

Update for the skinny snowman challenge:
  1. Lose weight or maintain weight during December - Weigh is official for me Wednesday
  2. Veggie serving with each meal - 15
  3. 3 fruit servings per day - 10
  4. Log food - 10
  5. Name 5 positive things about each day - 5
  6. 64oz of water per day and if you drink more you get more points - at 72oz so far: 10
  7. Meatless Mondays - 10
  8. Earned 5 pts for every 30 minutes of exercise to a max of 50/week - Done 10 pts 
Sunday points: 85
Monday points: 70
Total points so far: 155/450

Today’s nosh:

Breakfast: 1/2c egg substitute scrambled, light cheese, spinach, cherry tomatoes, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 slice light bread and berries 0pp

Lunch: veggies, fruit and a protein smoothie 1pp

Dinner: Baked turkey ziti, apple 0pp (I was going to have a salad but honestly my appetite's not back yet. There were a lot of veggies in the dish though)
Water: 72 oz so far
Exercise: 70 minute brisk walk
Activity points earned: 5
Activity point balance: 24
Weekly points used: 1
Weekly point balance: 23
Steps: 11,125 as of 5:45pm :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Week one of the skinny snowman challenge

Here are the basics of the skinny snowman challenge. You earn points for each of these things. It runs from November 25
  1. Lose weight or maintain weight during December - Weighed in today and will again on Sat
  2. Veggie serving with each meal - Done
  3. 3 fruit servings per day - Done
  4. Log food - Done
  5. Name 5 positive things about each day - Done
  6. 64oz of water per day and if you drink more you get more points - Done 72oz
  7. Meatless Mondays - That will be done tomorrow
  8. Earned 5 pts for every 30 minutes of exercise to a max of 50/week - Done 10 points today
The weekly challenges are:

1. Try a new recipe - corn and crab chowder
2. Try a new workout
3. Eat clean one day (no processed foods)
4. Try a new food
5. Bring a healthy dish to your family gathering
I’m really looking forward to doing well on this challenge. Smile

Unfortunately I’m still sick but I really want to start out strong on the challenge. So today I did W6D1. I ended up working out for 60 minutes.

Ralph found my watch this morning! Guess where it was??? The bottom of the washing machine and it had gone through a wash cycle. Luckily it’s a Timex and it takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.

5 positive things for today:
  • Found my watch! I’m so happy
  • Really enjoyed my healthy breakfast
  • Still have my cold but I was feeling better this morning
  • Happy to start this challenge. Bring it on!!
  • Completed W6D1 of the C25K I speed walk instead of run but it’s a great workout
So my points for today:
Veggie with every meal: 15
3 fruit servings: 10
log food: 10
5 positives: 5
72oz of water: 10
Weekly challenge: 25
5 pts per 30 minutes of exercise: 10

Total daily points for the challenge: 85

Today’s nosh:

Breakfast: 1 egg, 2 egg white omelette, apple turkey sausage, spinach, cherry tomatoes, cheese, berries and almond breeze for coffee 0pp

Lunch: low carb tortilla, deli turkey, veggies, balsamic glaze, a pear and Greek yogurt 1pp (hazy photo because the camera just came in from the cold)

Dinner: Corn and crab chowder, salad and dressing 0pp

After dinner wine: 7pp

Water: 72oz so far!
Exercise: total of 60 minutes including W6D1 C25K
Activity points earned: 8
Activity point balance: 19
Weekly points used: 8
Weekly point balance: 24
Steps: 10,164 so far

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Yep a very original title Smile

Got off of work an hour early last night because honestly I was still coughing and generally feeling pretty crappy!

I did start taking the extra strength oil of oregano yesterday and I do think it has started to work. My sinuses are feeling good, now it's just in my chest and my squeeky voice. Hopefully that will go too. Give it another day and we’ll see.

Today honestly all I did was stay in my pj’s, my old cardigan with a hood, my flippy floppy slippers and vegetate until it was time to get ready for work. It was so cold when I got up. In fact I'm still cold.

Today’s nosh:

Breakfast: 2 apple muffins, black cherry light yogurt, banana and blueberries 0pp

Lunch: veggies, light cheese, lean prosciutto, pear 0pp

Dinner: I’m going to buy chicken noodle soup at work which comes with a mini whole wheat bun and I’m taking some ham and cheese to put on it Winking smile 0pp
Water: 74oz
Exercise: none
Activity points earned: 0
Activity point balance: 11
Weekly points used: 0
Weekly point balance: 32
Steps: 10,421

Friday, November 23, 2012

Off to work!

It will be interesting to see if the oil of oregano helps fight whatever it is that I’ve caught.

On Sunday I’m starting the Skinny Snowman Challenge. It is based on earning daily points so I think I’ll update on here so that I remember how many points I earn Smile
I definitely think it will help to keep me on track over the holidays.

This morning I got up early after tossing/coughing/turning all night so I could do a grocery store run, get home to do a weight workout and then get ready for work!

I swear I'm losing my mind. 2 days ago I lost my watch somewhere in the house. Yesterday morning I heard the alarm on it go off and I narrowed in down to upstairs. I sat and waiting for the alarm to go off again this morning so I could hopefully find it!

Today’s nosh:

Breakfast: 2 slices of light bread, egg white, almond breeze, sugar free syrup, apple turkey sausage 1pp

Lunch: fruit, prosciutto, veggies, light cheese and light yogurt 0pp

Dinner: whole wheat pasta, spaghetti sauce, parmesan 4pp

After work: glass of wine 7pp

  • Water: 10c
  • Exercise: none
  • Activity points earned: 0
  • Activity point balance: 11
  • Weekly points used: 12
  • Weekly point balance: 31
  • Steps: 12,037

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Week 5 is finished!

That’s right I kicked W5K3 of the C25K to the curb!! Boo Ha


Yes it was definitely hard and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any easier. That’s o.k I’m actually starting to love the workouts.  Never thought I'd say that! It was so nice out that I had to take off my coat because I was sweating so much.

I think I'm coming down with something so tomorrow I'm picking up some extra strength oil of oregano capsules. A lot of people swear by them so we'll see.

I actually had a nap this afternoon which I never do. Ugh I hate getting sick.

I warmed up some Almond Breeze with some unsweetened cocoa and sweetener after my nap :)

Look who was stalking me while making my breakfast this morning. Sorry for the bad picture but he's Ninja quick. Ya gotta love those Ninja eyes.

Wishing all my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving.

By the way Lauren is giving away a cute Cupcake prize: click here

Today’s nosh:

Breakfast: 1 egg, ham, 1 thin whole wheat bun toasted (only ate half), apple butter and an apple 1pp

Lunch: veggies, cheese, Greek yogurt mixed with pumpkin, pomegranate and pumpkin spice 0pp

Dinner: lean ham, pineapple, roast potato, carrots and olive oil 0pp

  • Water:
  • Exercise: W5D3 C25K wow that is the hardest I've worked out yet!! Plus I walked for an extra 25 minutes after
  • Activity points earned: 7
  • Activity point balance: 11
  • Weekly points used: 1
  • Weekly point balance: 43
  • Steps: 7176

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fitting in exercise

I don’t know about you but it doesn’t come easily for me to want to exercise. I have many excuses.
This morning I got a call to go into work. The thing is it was only for 1/2 a shift.
So I thought well of course I don’t have enough time to work out. I have so many “important” things to do NOT!!!

What to do, what to do. I didn’t want to go outside on a walk because I had a grease all over my head for my psoriasis. I did need to pick up the weights.

So I came up with a plan. Do a DVD workout that uses weights. Done!

Not quite the stupid DVD froze at 30 minutes (guess it's a sign I should get some new ones). Stop now?? NO I grabbed my weights and finished with my own workout that involved biceps, triceps, shoulders and back :)

I honestly am quite proud of myself for getting it done because I really didn’t want to and it would have been easy to just not do it. But you know what?? I don’t regret the workout out today but tomorrow I would have regretted not doing it. Just Do It.

The next two weeks might be tough I'm going to a Chinese buffet next week and the week after I'm going back to the Chinese buffet for a staff Christmas party and the next day is the Christmas party where I volunteer :) My mantras are going to be "must stay strong" "drink lots and lots of water"

Today’s nosh:

Breakfast: Leftover baked oatmeal with pumpkin and bananas, scrambled egg substitute with light cheese and a banana. Almond breeze for coffee 1pp

Lunch: my favourite home made meatless taco salad and yogurt 1pp

At work: I took a Better than a big mac and an apple 3pp forgot to take pic of apple (this was seriously one of the best burgers!)

  • Water: 8c so far
  • Exercise: 30 minute DVD aerobic workout and 20 minute weights
  • Activity points earned: 4
  • Activity point balance: 4
  • Weekly points used: 5
  • Weekly point balance: 44
  • Steps: 8161 so far

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Weekly weigh in

This morning I decided to weigh in at home just because I could sleep in longer. It was so hard to wake up this morning!!

So according to my scale I lost 1lb this week. I'm happy with that :)

Just because I slept in this morning doesn’t mean that I didn’t get exercise in. Today was W5D2 of the C25K. Wow that was definitely the hardest C25K workout yet.

I also met my daughter at Starbucks. She's such a sweetie.

Today was kind of a weird eating day. I was out when I would have been eating lunch and I wasn't really hungry because I slept in. So I just had the pear and then added the thin bun and an extra slice of Canadian bacon so I won't get too hungry tonight.

Today’s nosh:

Breakfast: oats, lemon extract, poppy seeds, egg white, Greek yogurt and almond breeze for coffee 0pp

Lunch: low carb tortilla, veggies, ham, cheese and a pear 0pp

Dinner: 2 eggs, Canadian bacon, potato, olive oil, thin bun and 2 tsp butter 0pp

  • Water: 7c so far
  • Exercise: W5D2 of the C25K plus another extra 30 minutes of brisk walking
  • Activity points earned: 6 ap
  • Activity point balance: 34
  • Weekly points used: 2
  • Weekly point balance: 23 and tomorrow is a new week.  That's the most weekly pts I've had left since I went back to Weight Watchers
  • Steps: 11,297 so far

Monday, November 19, 2012

Walking, fun and more walking!

That’s how today went.

I started today by leaving the house and taking an earlier bus than I need to. I did it just so that I could get off of the bus super early and get some extra steps in.

Where was I walking to?? A talent show for adults with mental health issues. I absolutely love volunteering for this agency. I get back 10x what I put into it.
Why did I start volunteering? Well I’ve dealt with clinical depression and my husband has schizophrenia and this is the non profit agency that has helped us for many years.  This is my way of giving back.

After all the fun I walked to a meeting. Now meetings are not always fun but I love being involved with this group. So many people with great ideas. Remember the 5K walking race that I was involved in that uses the money raised to buy people with mental health issues and diabetes new high quality running shoes. Well this is their steering committee and I love being involved.

Thanks Sue for providing great healthy eating options for the meeting. She made amazing garbanzo vegetarian soup and a soup that she had tried in Tuscany and made for us. Totally amazing and so easy to stay on plan!! Sue also provided an assortment of raw veggies to go with the soup. I didn't have any of the bread just because I really haven't been eating it much lately.

Finally got home and now I'm putting my feet up Smile

I managed to get 70 minutes of walking in today.

Today’s nosh:

Breakfast: blueberry almond crunch baked oatmeal, almond breeze for coffee 2pp (I didn’t have blueberries so I used raspberries and blackberries)

Lunch on the go: veggies, light cheese, pear, single serving of Silk Dark Chocolate Almond drink 3pp same pear not two :)

Dinner at the meeting:
1/2 a bowl each of two awesome soups!! Some cucumber and cherry tomatoes :)

  • Water:10c
  • Exercise: walked for 70 minutes 
  • Activity points earned:6
  • Activity point balance:28
  • Weekly points used:5
  • Weekly point balance:35
  • Steps:10,411