Thursday, January 30, 2014

Practical Meal Containers

At this point, I figure the only way to get me to eat properly is to buy some of these lunch containers that make it easy to prepare meals in advance without the hassle of a bazillion of little containers.  I stumbled on this photo over on Pinterest.... I love that place, don't you?! 

These containers (called easy lunchboxes) can be purchased at for about $17CDN for a set of four containers with lids (and for $13USD on for my American friends).  After a bit of searching I also discovered that Ziploc makes a similar container that sells for about $6 for a set of two.  However.... I stumbled on a site that I didn't copy the link to, sorry, that had a comparison of the two products and according to that website they tested the two brands for about a year and the Ziploc ones warped over time because of thinner or cheaper plastic whereas the ones in the photo above remained intact without warping (after dishwasher use obviously).  Personally, I could care less about warpage (warpage? *shrugs shoulders*) I just don't want to pay big bucks.  Yes over time the easy lunchboxes pay for themselves I suppose, but I'm still cheap and I don't see the big picture, basically I can't see beyond the cheap lunchbox price!  If I were able to find them in the dollar store.... well, need I say more? 

Anyway, lately I've been emotional eating.  Crispy crunch chocolate bars haven't returned, no, but I have taken a liking to Reese Peanut butter Cups.  That's wrong, just plain wrong!  I need to stop.  I didn't have any pbcups yesterday though, instead I had a donut from Tim Hortons.  Now, if I has these containers, I'd have had a snack of veggies, fruit, crackers, some cold cuts and cheese or something along those lines.  So, basically, .... uh.... what I'm saying is..... I'm blaming the containers for my emotional eating... ya, that sounds like a pretty good excuse eh?  sigh. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fitness vs Polar Vortex

With the weather currently in the super sub zero temperatures, there is absolutely no way I'm going to attempt to jog, let alone walk outside unless I'm walking to the grocery store or to work!

I've been watching the news coverage on this "polar vortex" thing and it just feels like a typical Canadian January to me.  You know, the clear blue cloudless sky accompanied by the -10*C weather and that never includes the wind chill that can drop the temperature down to -20!!  

I've set my sights on March 1st to return to jogging.  I need to make a plan, psych myself up and count down to the big day like it's Christmas or something.  It lands on a Saturday so that should be fun, me, getting out of bed early on a Saturday morning.... chances are it will still be major winter up here but hopefully much warmer like 5*C that'd just be great. 

Right now I'm still recovering from an abdominal injury so any sort of exercise is completely out of the question.  I'm still hanging on to the two pound weight loss I achieved with the Military Diet (yay!) but nothing has happened since (boooo!) so I just have to be creative with the diet.  I've been munching on lots of fruit, apple sauce, and bananas too.  And when I crave chocolate, I savor a pudding cup.  The problem with winter is it makes me want to eat!!!!  A friend suggested I do exercises aimed at a very pregnant woman, or a very elderly person so that I won't aggravate my abdomen so I suppose I can start by searching Youtube for something along those lines. 

I think I'll blog hop to find out how everyone else is doing during these arctic months because I really could use a pick-me-up.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Etsy Shop Photography

I spent a few minutes photographing the first item I intend to post online to the etsy shop I'm trying to set up.  I've been reading some helpful blogs and surfed up in some etsy shops to see how many photographs should be taken to acurately describe an item.  The item I intend to list first isn't a craft item I made but rather a (used) item that can be used for crafting purposes.  In all honesty, I don't really want to sell anything I have, nothing of my stash because the minute I sell it, I'll want to use it, I'm a packrat like that sometimes eh.  So, I might rethink the etsy shop altogether... or I may just sell that one item to see if my photography skills measure up! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Major Discovery!

I should begin by saying as much as I liked the Military Diet, that I never felt hungry and lost a lovey two pounds on it, I really can't stick to it.  That diet is great if I had a shing ding to attend on the weekend and needed to drop some water weight to fit into an over priced outfit, or to kick start weight loss regimen.  I used it to kick start a weight loss regimen but attempting to stick with it for two weeks, let alone a whole month, just isn't happening.  The thought of eating the exact same food over an over just doesn't appeal to me, unless we're talking Kraft macaroni & cheese, spagetti & meat sauce, Quaker oatmeal or gummybears. 

Yes folks, those foods I can seriously say I can eat day in and day out without complaining that I'm tired of eating the same foods.  I'm unique, what can I say! 

The Military Diet only has one menu per week, therefore, only one menu because it's only supposed to be done one week so when I got to week two I was like, oh I have to have a grapefruit for breakfast again? 

You mean I have to eat that nasty cottage cheese clumps again? 

Plain tuna again?!  

I just happen to be reading quite a few fitness magazines and I read this great article...... did you know that fruit is healthy? 



I had a nice not too ripe, not too green banana the other day and wow was it ever sweet.  Yum.  Only 105 calories too!  I think I may be on to something. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Instagram 365

I've been given a mission...

My mission... should I chose to to accept it... is to take a photo a day of anything ... ANYTHING ...

.....and post it to instagram simply because I really don't like instagram.  Unlike the other instagram challenges that dictate what you should photograph for a specific day of each month, this mission is simple, just take the darn picture!!!!!

Did I accept this mission? 


....but the mission was supposed to have started on January 1st and I just never got around to posting the pictures up on the stupid site yet because I took the photos with my cell phone.  Yes I have a smart phone.  No I'm not smart enough to figure it out it's not an iphone so I have to connect the phone to my pc to upload the photos to instagram which is too much work in my honest opinion.  I usually take the pictures with my ipod and then upload them to instagram through the app when I'm mooching off of someones free wi-fi at home connected to my wi-fi.   

Now the mission that I've been given specifically states I can photograph ANYTHING so if a photo of a glue stick gets posted... well, it's what I happen to feel like photographing ok.  If someone actually "likes" the photo, it just goes to show that there are stranger folks out there than me!  Just don't expect any booty selfies because that's just not happening, seriously, it's not.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Un Finished Objects Revival

I was going through all my crafting stuff the other day and realized I had a few unfinished objects stashed away.  I should probably declare the 2014 as the year I complete the unfinished items I've got lurking around!  Realistically speaking, I'd need more than one full year to complete them, probably because in order for me to stitch something, I have to REALLY WANT TO.  If I feel like I'm stuck on a pattern I just put it aside and usually forget about it.  It's not that I wasn't excited to get that pattern completed, it's just that I simply lost interest in it, or my attention was swept away by another marvelous pattern. 

I will admit that I only have two unfinished objects:  a precious moments girl that I started back in 1997 and is about 75% complete, along with a precious moments boy & girl that is about 80% complete which I started back in 2002.  Doesn't sound like much but they are both large stitching's.  The boy & girl pattern will eventually be framed in a 10" round flexi hoop while the girl stitching will be in an 8"x10" photo frame when or if I ever get them completed.  

Guess I should pencil in at least two days a month to work only on the UFOs! 

note:  photo courtesy of

Saturday, January 11, 2014

One Week Later...

Alright, so after one week of following the military diet for three days, (actually, i did the first day twice, then followed the next two days so i was at it for 4 days really) the result is a two pound loss.  I did absolutely no exercise and not because I wanted to see if the diet worked.  It was also my first week back to work after christmas vacation so it took some time to adjust after being off for over two weeks.  I was unable to do even the HasFit exercises because of a slight abdominal injury so only the diet with lower calories caused this loss otherwise I may have lost more weight, who knows.  As for people who said they actually lost up to 10 pounds... Well, I can't dispute it without knowing the individuals personally but two pounds not exercising, hmm... i can see five off with exercise but ten?... who knows.  All I know is I didn't feel hungry at all even though the meals are so small.  I did feel well fed, now that's saying a lot ...ha!  I'm going to do it again next week and throught the entire month of January.  I'll remeasure myself at the end of the month to see if there were any significant changes though, without the exercise I pretty much doubt it. I'm encouraged to keep at it for the time being. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Day One = Motivated

Day one of the Military Diet wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I'm really motivated!  I made sure I had everything to get started.  I really didn't have to do too much shopping for it since most of the stuff was already in the kitchen except the cottage cheese, I never ate that nasty looking stuff before so am not looking forward it.  Oh and I also had to go buy some caffeinated coffee because I'm only a decaf drinker now remember I gave up caffeine and did so well with that but, what can I do.    I'll admit that I waited to eat breakfast, I didn't eat everything in at once, instead I saved the piece of toast for about an hour later because I knew I'd be starved half to death.   Peanut butter never tasted so good!!! 
I did the same thing with lunch and dinner.  I found that spreading out the scraps that this diet provided kept me less hungry.... filling up on water helped too.  I'm confident that day two will be better because I barely have any food in me now whereas when I started today, I had a belly full of left over turkey and all those rich delicious mouthwatering ........ sigh.... I really shouldn't have over eaten on Sunday to begin with but I knew I'd be starting this diet today so I guess I set myself up for a difficult first day.  Honestly though, it wasn't all that bad, I really didn't feel hungry, I just kept thinking about the jube jubes in the candy jar on the coffee table the cake in the fridge the fudge in the cupboard the turkey leftovers delicious food!

Day two... here I come!!!! 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Read All About It

Last year I read a total of 12 ebooks...more like ten because two I never completed thus they remain on my list for 2014 until they are done and I give them a star rating (that will appear beside them on the list in the sidebar).  I also listened to 7 audiobooks.  Not such a bad set of numbers but could use some improvements.

I once read a blog and joined in on the read books for a year challenge they had.  I think that challenge was to read 50 books in a year and it was lenient so it also included audiobooks and novellas in the count.  If memory serves me correct, I only hit the ten mark and not more.  I guess I can thank that vampire romance series I've been reading for getting me into books more even though that series is in audiobook form. 

I've got a ton of books on my ereader so I'm aiming to beat my last numbers.  I'll even challenge myself to reading outside of my usual genre of romance and throw in another zombie book, a suspense and even more!  Wow... that's really going to be challenging.  Who knows, maybe I'll stumble onto something interesting like I did the last time I read a zombie novel.... actually it was also in audiobook form but wow was it ever fast paced and chilling!!!  

Friday, January 3, 2014

Begin Again

I'm still on "Christmas Vacation" for a few more days but that doesn't mean I can't take my physical stats to get started on my continued health kick.   I got up this morning (praise God) and after scooting my husband off to work, measured myself and weighed myself before enjoying a nice big hot cup of coffee.  I did put on a few pounds this holiday season... three pounds to be exact but that's a lot better than usual and also a bit worse than I thought.  I had weighed myself the day after Christmas, and had only put on half a pound so finding an extra two and a half pounds was quite shocking!  

I'm going to give the myfitesspal app a try again.  I didn't like it before but I did like how it takes all your measurements into consideration.  Or maybe I'll search the app store to find an app that can help me... we'll see.  Sometimes I drop inches but not weight and I'm alright with that especially if I'm looking slim and trim.  That just sounded so vain didn't it?  Sorry, didn't mean for it to sound that way but it is a good motivator to see and feel a difference in the fit of my clothes even it the pounds seem to be slow behind but it does get on my nerves sometimes.

I want to drop at least 15 pounds before May.  Why May?  Because that's when husband and I are taking another cruise to the Southern Caribbean.  Sure we went on one in 2012 but this time we're using Royal Caribbean and not Carnival and we're also doing a different itinerary so will see new islands.  I'm looking forward to it.  And in spring of 2015 we're headed to England!  I'm keeping these two travels in my mind as an added motivator!  Hey, if it works it works!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Usually I've steered clear of resolutions but in most recent years I've had a few that usually consisted of the same things : lose weight, save, stay drama free....

This year I took a long look within myself and had some quiet time to pray and meditate on what resolutions I will impose on myself for this new year.

Since a new year is a great time for starting "fresh", and I'm not getting any younger, I'm going to make the best of this new year.  

My first resolution is to give God more of my time.   Actually, it isn't even MY time, more like the time He has given me!  I am going to spend more time reading His Word, and praying, giving thanks and in meditation and fellowship.  A person can never have "TOO MUCH GOD". 

My second resolution is to get fit.  To eat healthier, and continue with the jogging to increase my endurance.  I'm not talking about running any marathons, I'm just getting out there to lose weight, breathe better and hopefully extend my years (though that's in God's hands).

My third resolution is to release the negativity from my life.  People who continue to be negative drama queens can all just leave me be.  No longer am I going to TRY and make folks happy or TRY to be encouraging to them when it always just has to be about THEM and nobody else.  I'm tired of dealing with the self centred individuals who always need to be the center of attention or who can't see beyond the tip of their nose.  I'm done trying to be friends with people who only want to be friends when its convenient to them or when there are other people around and its all just for show.  I'm done.  I'll continue to pray for the negative drama queens but that's where my involvement ends.  It's just too draining and there comes a time when you have to shake the dust off your shoes.

My fourth resolution is to save more.  I've decided to jump on the 52 weeks of savings challenge that I've seen circling Facebook.  Wish me luck in sticking to it and not running off to buy yarn.

My fifth and last resolution is to use Facebook LESS.  Funny how I've developed lasting friendships with total strangers over the Internet, most from blogging on Yahoo 360* back when it was all new.  I've also made new friends on Pinterest, tumblr, Flickr and here on Blogger, but I'm tired of Facebook. But then again, I can always tighten up my privacy settings and show some folks the door!  

And there you have it.   

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Twenty Fourteen

Happy New Year!  

2014, anther chance to mend broken relationships (or at least to continue trying), laugh more, smell the roses, help the needy, and above all pray and give thanks to God.

Resolutions coming soon....