Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Making It A Habit

 It's been two whole days and I've thought about that list of no-eats each day to remind myself of what not to eat.  White bread almost did me in.  I toasted a whole wheat bagel instead and didn't enjoy it.  I know I can keep with this 21 day challenge brought to my attention by  rebeldietitian on Instagram (or Sometimes folk just know the right things to motivate me with and that challenge was it.  On day one I talked myself out of a slice of banana bread.  Yesterday it was the white bread incident.  I keep repeating the list in my mind to keep me on track.
I walked 5km this morning.  Beautiful weather, nice music playlist and birds. My legs feel like two limp spaghetti noodles.  I got this! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Something New

Getting started on a new challenge I spotted over on the instagram.  It's a no junk challenge.  I hope not to fail miserably since I'm in cravings mode but I will really try hard to keep up.

No chocolate, 
no candy, 
no biscuits or cookies, 
no cake, doughnuts or muffins, 
No pastries 
No white bread,
No chips
No pop
No icecream 

For 21days.  Starting now!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Coming Soon

 We are starting to plan our vacation time this year and it's not the Caribbean islands this time around.  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mason Jar Salad

Yes I'm still crazy obsessed with mason jars.  I've begun using them to pack salads.  I read an article in I don't remember what magazine, but I did a screen capture to post the two pages on how to pack a mason jar salad.

I had never thought to use cabbage as the first layer on top of the dressing because I'm not too fond of it so I did the next best thing.  Stupid really, because it's still cabbage, I put bagged coleslaw.  You know, the slaw you find in the grocery store already bagged with shredded cabbage & carrots but lacking the dressing.  Ya, well, that's my first layer.  Our local grocer has a nice bagged slaw that I love....Dole brand I believe it is.   Then I pretty much follow the layering with baby carrots sliced in two lengthwise, celery, boiled egg or chicken or chunk tuna then corn niblets and lettuce and baby spinach.  And it's true, just shake up the jar and everything mixes up well!

As much as I love beets and pickles, it never occurred to me to add them in a jar salad.  And since only a small amount of each veggie is used to fill the jar, the calorie count remains considerably low.  I pack two jars in my lunch box, one for lunch and the other to snack on at break time.   I use a tall narrow thermal lunch bag so I put a small tea towel between the two bottles so they don't bang up on each other and use said towel across my lap while eating because you can't dress me up and take me out.  I also picked up a pack of plastic lids so I don't have to use the metal separated lids that mason jars are known for.  The plastic lids for standard mouth jars are sold in a six pack (or is it 8 pack?) usually at the same place the jars are sold, or at Walmart or at Amazon.  I picked mine up at Canadian Tire for under five bucks.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Confessions Of A Junkaholic

Didn't get much walking in this past week.  It's been pretty windy cold in the morning and I already got my cheeks burned by the wind and doing it again was not going to happen... and then it rained so I just cut my losses and did some jumping jacks, Russian twists and sit ups at home.  I still ate junk though if I'm to be truthful.  I had General Thai chicken this week from Thai Express... That stuff is amazingly delicious.  I hadn't had dinner that night so on my way to work I popped in for a bit.  I also had gummy bears and crispy crunch chocolate bars.  I know, I should have stuck to the healthy stuff but I was real discouraged from not walking and I'm sleep deprived so there you have it.  I did weigh in and nothing happened.  I'm willing myself to do better this week since the temperatures will be much warmer.  I just hope they are warmer at sun up and not waiting til dinner time.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Get In Gear

So Kate Hudson's new line of sports clothing Fabletics has me excited.  I need some new and cute active wear to bring myself out of the 1980s and into 2015.  I need some bright colours and comfortable running pants to make myself feel like I'm really getting with the new program.  Yup that really sounds stoopid but if something as trivial as a couple new pairs of running pants, a new jacket and running shoes can keep me encouraged to be active, then I'm all for it.  

I confess though, I don't have a great urge to buy Kate Hudson's gear but I will check out some other shops to see if there are any items similar to what she has available.  If all else fails than perhaps I'll give her stuff a try.  I see the pricing isn't all that bad and the sizing is well proportioned too so who knows, lets just get me shopping eh!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A New Series

Meanwhile, every woman everywhere is tuned in to the television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander.... all except me. I just started reading the book... audiobook version I should mention.   

It's always difficult for me to begin a new book once I've completed one.  It's like I'm still living in the previous book getting myself all annoyed over make believe and fussing about whether or not the end of the book was good enough.  Or just sad that it's over and there's just no more.   Even worse, when the book is part of a series and you get to the last book and it sort of hangs making you wonder if there's more to come or is it just the end.  That happened to me last year when I finished The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward and had to wait a few months for the final book to be published.  Problem is I'm still creeping through that book because I find it slow and annoying but it will bring closure to some of the characters so I'm going to get through it eventually.

Most recently I completed the third book in the Night Prince  series by Jeaniene Frost.  Three books: I read the first two last year, very good books I might add, and the last one came out in March of this year and I pounced on it.  It was ok, not as great as book two but it left me wondering when or if there will be another installment.  

I was annoyed that I had come to the end of the series and it took me some time to find another book series.   So I tried the Outlander series again.  I had attempted to read it last fall but couldn't get past the first chapter for some reason I wasn't patient enough to allow the setting to be created but now I'm on chapter 9 and I'm so happy just knowing there's more books to read in the series once I'm done this first one and yes I have all of them in audiobook form already loaded onto my ipod... I'm giddy with excitement!  Aside from knowing that it's been made into a television series, the book itself is very well written and I'm enjoying the way the narrator is reading it.

I did watch one episode of the Outlander television series over the weekend and it's a part that I haven't gotten to in the book yet.  Apparently according to the internet, and you know we can believe everything we read online because it's the internet right, HA!.... well, anyway, the first season is based on the first book in the series, and it's been picked up for a second season which is to be based on the second book.  I better get cracking.  I admit though, I've been sneaking peeks at youtube videos to see some of the scenes from the book in live action. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Music To My Ears

Like usual, Pinterest had a great link to a Christian Music Playlist... basically it's a list of Contemporary Christian songs with an upbeat tempo to either jog or walk briskly to.  So guess what I'm doing?  Yup, getting those songs on a playlist on my ipod real quick.

I bought one of those ipod shuffle wanna-be's from ebay. You know, the one that clips on to you... the only thing is it uses a micro SD card, not internal memory, but it still does the job.  Hey, can't complain considering it only cost me $2.40CDN  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Positive Attitude

I've got a real positive attitude.  This time around I know I will succeed in getting the weight off because I've got to make changes.  Real health changes that don't have anything to do with weightloss so while I'm at it I may as well incorporate weightloss to the list.  

The 5km walk three times a week isn't doing so bad.  I only walked the 5km twice last week but on the third day I did about 2km.  My walking schedule had me to go out on Sunday afternoon but aside from it being Easter weekend, I also had to complete my income tax returns, and lets not forget how cold it was on Sunday with that windchill.  

I gave up coffee 100%.  Not just gone to the decaf zone, but gone completely.  I can no longer have coffee in my body for health reasons so I've completely switched to CafLib (the uncoffee coffee).  It's a malt almost coffee tasting noncoffee but is much healthier.  It goes against everything I've ever believed in.  I'm also switching all my tea to decaf .... once I drink all the non decaf ones I've got in the cupboard.  Ditching caffeine completely.  

I'm still not adding sugar to any foods except pasta sauce to cut the acid taste but that's pretty much it.  And I'm still drinking 1-2 litres of water a day to flush my system, plump and hydrate my skin, and aid my kidneys.  

The food is the tough part.  I'm using the Loseit app to really log my fibre intake and aiming for the recommended 25g daily but failing miserably.  I'm at least eating oatmeal on the regular and taking Metamucil at least once a day to fill in the fibre gap.

All in all I'm not feeling to cranky about all this... rather, I'm sticking to a positive attitude about it.  

Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge: Update April

I'd found the 2015 Reading Challenge on Pinterest, obviously, we find everything over there!!! But the link to its origin is at POPSUGAR.  I got really excited about it and was doing my best to keep up with it so it's time for an update.

Three full months into the 2015 Reading Challenge and I've filled in the ones I've completed of the 50 that were requested.  Technically, one book can be popped into more than one spot on the list though I doubt that's what she had in mind when making this challenge - read her post at POPSUGAR and see, I ain't lying!  So therefore, no cheating!!

  1. A book with more than 500 pages: The King by JR Ward
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie
  4. A book published this year: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
  5. A book with a number in the title: Six Years by Harlan Coben
  6. A book written by someone under 30
  7. A book with nonhuman characters: Bound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost
  8. A funny book
  9. A book by a female author: Reflected In You by Sylvia Day
  10. A mystery or thriller: 
  11. A book with one-word title
  12. A book of short stories
  13. A book set in a different country: Fall Of Night by Jonathan Maberry
  14. A nonfiction book
  15. A popular author's first book
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet
  17. A book a friend recommended
  18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book
  19. A book based on a true story
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you: Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't 
  26. A memoir
  27. A book you can finish in a day: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & Jim Kay
  28. A book with antonyms in the title
  29. A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle
  35. A book set in the future
  36. A book set in high school
  37. A book with a color in the title
  38. A book that made you cry
  39. A book with magic
  40. A graphic novel
  41. A book by an author you've never read before: The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty
  42. A book you own but have never read
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  50. A book you started but never finished

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Positive Outlook

The temperature was -2*C but there wasn't that much wind so I chose to walk home....the long way!  5km later and here I am at home drinking caf-lib (the uncoffee-coffee) and nibbling on an apple strudel. Once again the walk felt great.  The sunrise was breathtaking and I can only imagine what it will look like this summer.  I walked a built faster than I did the other day but not by much.  So far, the ole hip isn't acting up.

Nope, nothing negative!  It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Long Walk Home

I did it!  I actually started walking for exercise.  Ok, phew, I'm too excited, let me start from the beginning...

I want and need to drop twenty pounds by September.  I tried exercising at home during the winter but that didn't last...I got bored quickly and the fridge is like right there you know, so, Ya.  I want to get back into jogging but I've got issues with my hip and after that month long chest cold or flu or catching-myself-pneumonia, my lungs feel like they are in bad shape.   As the beginning of March approached, I got more eager to get outside and get fit but the dreaded winter sub zero temperatures kept me inside.   I decided that April will be the start but since it begins in the middle of the week, I chose to start at the beginning of that week instead.  

Finally it's been warming up somewhat, on Tuesday morning it was only -2*C but with the wind felt more like -6*C, still, I ventured out on a new route that took me 5km.  Distance from work to home is roughly 2.3km depending on which way I walk.  I mapped out a few routes that will take me a full 5km and eventually will lead me home.

Slightly over half of the first route I mapped is uphill.  That was the route I took first.  My thighs, were sore and wind burned through my sweat pants. My hip was crying out in pain.  My face was red and wind burned. My lungs felt great!  Not too much heavy breathing because I'd gone rather slowly.  Took me 1h 20min to arrive home (walking the route from work to home so it takes me out of my way to reach the full 5km as planned). 

The walk cleared my head.  Oh the sounds of the birds were so uplifting.  And the views were spectacular!  I'm anxious for gardening season to see what flowers get planted along that route and the other routes I'll take.  

I barely slept when I finally got home to get some sleep.  I was freezing, and aching, and annoyed that the mailman didn't wait for me to answer my door after he buzzed it and practically ran away with my package!  [insert pseudo bad language here]. 

I'm so tired, and being tired has caused me to eat back the calories I walked off.  I'm told after a couple of days of this routine I'll adjust to it and be able to fall asleep like I used to after a walk or I'll be patient, after all, it's only been one day.   And I feel good [insert James Brown music here]