Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Journey

I'd almost forgotten how much I truly enjoy running.  In 2012 I had begun jogging to lose some belly fat but then it became a journey when I participated in the Project 365. Jogging and photographing things I seen on the way made the experience entertaining.  After that, I just enjoyed jogging because of the way I felt afterwards.

Last week I laced up my shoes and did six laps at the local track. It was hot, not much shaded areas.  I walked a bit and jogged a bit to total 1.5 miles.  Not sure what that is in kilometres which is what I'm accustomed to.  

Last Friday I kept telling myself I wanted to measure some distance in a neighbourhood where lots of folks jog.  I was surprised when I awoke at seven in the morning and jumped out of bed and hit the street.  I snapped my step counter to my pants and totalled 4.5km. Needless to say I was a bit disappointed it wasn't a clean 5km.  Ever since I started jogging, I've always wanted to do a daily 5km.

 I still had an idea though.

On Monday I got up early and strapped on that step counter and did the same route I had previously done...the one with all the runners and dog walkers...and added one extra street so by the time I was through....you guessed it...5km!  I was so proud of myself and I can't begin to express how motivated I am.   I did that run in 49.02 minutes.  Now the goal is to cut down on that time.  Less jogging and more running!  

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Show Me The Calendar

So here's a good idea that I really aught to follow.  It's tracking my exercise on a calendar nice and big and visible.  See, what I've been doing is tracking it on my calendar on my ipad so it's not really visible because it's in an app on the mobile device that I only usually use to play Candy Crush on or surf the gram.

I need the visual so I hunted out my big black sharpie marker pen and hung it on a string next to the calendar in the kitchen.  Hopefully the marker won't go through the page and mess up my paint.  Ha!  But seriously, why haven't I thought of this before?  For all the months I've been logging my food calories and exercise burns on the loseit app and also logging the exercise on the pumping weight app I just never thought to have it more plainly visible to me.  If I see this every day... and I will because the calendar is hung right next to my coffee pot... I will see when I last exercised and what type of exercise I actually did.  I really want to get back to jogging 5km a day at least 3 times a week and of course never missing a Monday but the problem is if I don't see it up close smack in my face then I tend to procrastinate and say, ah, I'll go tomorrow or I'll just walk to work.  Walking to work is a nice added bonus on top of the 5km jog but as a stand alone workout, it just doesn't cut it.  

I need to step up to the plate so thank you to notsofit321 (click the name to view her instagram) for sticking the calendar idea in my face!!!  Ya, I've started following this lady on the gram too because I need all the help and motivation I can get.  

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Struggle Is Real

So here is my NSV (that means Non Scale Victory).  I snapped this the other day while wearing my tights and a stretchy tank.  The scale hasn't budged but I do see a difference in my love handles muffin top.  The belly is still visible, and lets be honest, it's a food belly not baby fat because I never had any babies.   

It's food.

I love food.

It's so hard to eat healthy. 

It's even harder to watch portion size.

The struggle is real!!!!!

I'm barely keeping up with the jumping jacks challenge because at this stage in the game it's asking for 300 to 500 jumping jacks.  Even though I'm doing the modified version of them, my arms are killing me.  It's a great workout that boosts the heart rate thus causing the calorie burn to increase but it hurts like the dickens on the arms, the hips only a bit but nothing major.  

Again, I'm barely keeping up with the other fitness challenge because doing the crunches was only making my tummy stick out instead of flatten.  Perhaps I was doing something wrong but I also read from some link on pinterest that it depends on your tummy type... blah blah blah you know I barely finished reading the article so after that much info I just gave up but I'm still doing the squats and struggling with the push ups.  I still can't even do one of those right but I do my best but my body is too heavy for my arms to lift so there you have it.

And did I mention I fell off the no junkfood wagon?  Yup, gave myself one heck of a sugar rush migraine is what I did.  We bought butterscotch ripple ice cream last week and I greedily had too much and then I also had other stuff too and then there was that day I had my emotional collapse so ya, you know... I need to saddle that horse back up and get on.

Alright so now I was just scrolling through instagram because I get motivated by the chubby chicks like me trying to lose weight and get healthy.  I was so motivated that I'm going to get out for a jog this weekend.  I was going to wait until Monday but no better time than the present.  And you know, I only have two months left to ditch 16 pounds....

And I hate my scale... ya, just thought I'd toss that in there.

Monday, June 22, 2015


So the other day I had an emotional breakdown.  I barely slept Thursday so I woke up with a headache.  Anything husband said was wrong, naturally, and I decided not to walk to work that night but instead to take the bus where I'd be able to pass by the bakery and get some apple turnovers to soothe my raging emotions.

Hello, I'm Susan, and I'm an emotional eater.

Ok so I ended up NOT getting any apple turnovers which was a good thing, instead I had a small pack of M&M peanut candy, two cinnamon donuts and a small pack of Pringles chips.... Not a good thing.

After that sugar overload I had a monster headache!  

And I logged the calories as you can see by that photo.

I don't know what triggered my emotions.  Mostly menopause trying hard to take hold of my 46 year old ovaries most likely.  Husband was a good sport about it when I apologized for being a bwitch (the w is silent).  Apparently he knew I wasn't myself so he mentally zoned me out.  He says he only recalls me kissing him and hugging him but nothing else of that day.  This is why I love that man ok! 

So, anywho.... The remainder of the week I continued below my calorie limit.....

Except on Sunday because I was sleep deprived and in sugar withdrawl all over again.  After not having junk food (cake, cookies, chocolate, icecream, donuts, cola, candy, chips...etc) for over 7 weeks, my brain on sugar is exploding!  On Sunday evening I had icecream again.  

Because I'm a glutton for punishment apparently.  

I should have left the icecream and eaten my sarcasm instead!!

So on Monday morning I'm going to weigh in and take measurements.  Then out I go for 20 laps on the school track ... That should add up to 5 miles or the big 10,000 steps.  My mini goal is to do this this three days this week and then weigh in and remeasure next Monday.  I'm serious about getting off this plateau.  I need to drop 16 pounds by September.  

Note: app is LoseIt or www.loseit.com for those without a mobile device. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Update: 2015 Reading Challenge

Alright, I still have a way to go with the reading challenge and it's a bit difficult to keep up with this list since most of the time I just pick a book to read and not realize whether or not it fits into this list.  By the way, I got this list from Popsugar.  

As of today, I've read 18 books.  I honestly doubt I'll read 50 books this year but I'm certainly going to aim high!  Hey, you never know!  The thing I really like about this challenge is it's getting me out of my usual genre (romance).    

I had to re-arrange some of the books on the list to fit in ones that I read because, you know me, I chose a book or two without even looking at the list so then had to go and fit them in somewhere.  From now on though, I'm sticking to the list!  I've already set my readers with the books that I intend to read but I still am missing a few to complete the list.  No worries since I really know I won't actually get through 50 books anyway!  Ha!

I'm can assume this list was meant for folks to actually read the books but most of the time I'm into audiobooks.  As far as I'm concerned, it's the same thing because I'm still getting the story in my head.

  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:  Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  11. A book with one-word title: Splintered by SJD Peterson
  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: Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
  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: Bared To You by Sylvia Day
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you: 
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover: Into His Private Domain by Janice Maynard
  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: Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Simon Kernick
  28. A book with antonyms in the title: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  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: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & Jim Kay
  39. A book with magic: Wicked Nights by Gina Showalter
  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: The Diner by Herman Koch
  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

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Oatmeal & Chia Seeds

I picked up a pack of smaller mason jars to make oatmeal for breakfast.  You know, just nuke the jar to warm it up and go.  Oh sure, I absolutely love oatmeal.  It is by far my most favourite cereal, not to mention my inner pipes love me more when I consume oatmeal too!

I've long since tried that refrigerator oatmeal or overnight oatmeal (both the same thing just different name)... you add oatmeal and fruit with milk in a jar, stick it in the fridge over night and poof, you have breakfast the next morning.  Personally, I find the oatmeal tastes limp and soggy like wet napkin that way.  I prefer to cook my oatmeal first and then dish it out into the jars, letting it cool to room temperature before placing it in the fridge.  I still add cinnamon to it or brown sugar occasionally, maybe a small piece of banana but the banana and cocoa combination tastes gawd awful in my opinion, I'm just not fond of it.  Blueberry was nice so was apple when the apple was dices up real small and fine.  I'm not one to enjoy berries in my oatmeal and even raisins is a stretch because plain oatmeal is simply awesome as it is but I do like to experiment with other fruit flavours just in case I find something I may enjoy, or some concoction that my inner pipes will rejoice over if you know what I mean!!  Fibre is my friend.  

I've done the chia seeds in oatmeal once.  It took me quite a while to figure out that chia seeds should be taken a tiny bit at a time and build yourself up to them.  Some recipes say add a teaspoon or half a teaspoon of seeds to your oatmeal.  My first dealing with chia seeds, I used a quarter of a teaspoon in my oatmeal only to suffer from a painful bloated belly.  Thank heavens for the pink peptobismal chewable tablets that deflated the gas but not before I thought my stomach would burst!  After reading so many pages - mainly the comment sections - of health sites promoting chia seeds did I figure out that everyone reacts different to them so it's best to just start with a tiny bit and increase the usage over time.  Chia seeds have a great health benefits but also gas you up!  

Friday, June 12, 2015

Found In A Magazine

This is the current audiobook I've just finished listening to and it broke my heart!  

I found this book recommendation in a magazine!  Believe it or not, I was flipping through a magazine, I'm not sure if it was Redbook, Good Housekeeping or something else but there was a section that had book recommendation and I remember taking a screen capture of the page so that I could seek out this book!  Come to think of it, most of the books I've read so far this year have been stumbled upon that way much to my surprise!  I'm beginning to think I should have kept my subscription to Next Issue just to keep up with the book recommendations found within the pages of some of the magazines!  

Usually I'm a Harlequin Romance type of person or some Historical Romance but this year I've really mixed it up a bit by reading books that I may have never given a second thought.  This book would never have made it to my reading list simply because the cover looks boring... silly I know but that's just the way it is. But I recommend this book!  I can't give a book review, I leave that to the folks on Goodreads! 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Smoothie Smooth

As much as I tried to continue on with the green smoothies, I really honestly don't like them.  I have no problem schlepping out my big old school ghetto retro blender and compiling all the ingredients inside and listening to the deafening sound as it mixes everything together.  I do have a problem with how the darn thing tastes.  I'm sorry but no matter how much pineapple I add, I can still taste the spinach and kale.  I think I'll continue to get my fiber from Shredded Wheat, Shreddies and Quaker Oatmeal.

Having said all that.... I will not completely give up smoothies altogether!  Nope.  I do enjoy throwing a banana, some frozen berries, and some almond milk with ice cubes into the ghetto blender.  I pour that baby into a mason jar and sip it nicely.  I really do need to buy some dink umbrellas to adorn my jar!  ha!   

I've tasted a few boxed smoothies and I don't really have an opinion on them as yet.  I guess I need to drink them more often to decide if its something I can get with though they do make some pretty tasty ones for those "I'm in a hurry" days.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


I've been told that I'm a germophobe.  

I was chatting with a friend the other day and when I cringed at a total stranger who walked passed us, turned his head and coughed without covering his mouth because one hand was in his pocket and the other hand was holding the cell phone in front of his face....

My friend came right out and said it to me.  She said she notices that I'm always using hand sanitizer and always giving people dirty looks when they don't cover their mouths when they cough.  That in the winter I pull my scarf up over my nose when I ride the bus to avoid folks coughing or yawning without covering their mouths.  

Hey, there's so many nasty germs out there and I can't help if I don't want to catch some airborne virus from some genius who can't take his hand out of his pocket long enough to cover his mouth!  And don't even get me started on when I see folks exit the washroom so quickly that you know right off that there was no hand washing involved.  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

No Temptation

 I'm still in shock that I survived a BBQ without going off the no-junk-challenge!  So here's the thing, Sunday afternoon we were invited to a BBQ with lot of good food.  I only had a little bit of potato salad, a little macaroni salad, a little bit of green salad because there were lots of tomatoes in it so I had to really just have a bit of it, and then when dessert time rolled around, I had some strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon cubes.  I also drank a bit of ice tea but other than that, I stayed on the wagon.   

I didn't do any exercise this past weekend though... I was deathly tired on Friday morning and on Saturday I had to clean house and then run errands and Sunday was the BBQ so nothing got done and I didn't weigh in either!  I feel good though and will get back to the business of exercise immediately!

Monday, June 1, 2015

One Pound Down

So today was weigh in day and I'm down one pound.  Yup, I'm happy for that because I did over eat the turkey bacon so was afraid I'd stay put or gain something.  It's also the beginning of week six, I think, of the no junk challenge and day four of the fitness challenge and the jumping jack challenge.  I'm eager to see the results at the end of this month.