Archive for November, 2009

A new one for me.

November 29, 2009 3 comments

What’s this?

This is a picture of my daughter on her tip toes taking a peek at the surprise I have in the bag. Yesterday I went to our local Christmas bazaar which, until today, I didn’t know we had in town. Been here 12 years and this is the first I had heard of it. And, I only heard of it because my hubby called me from work and asked me to pick up some poinsettas’ s that where being held there for his boss.

I am so glad I went because I came home with these:

These ones are for my family. My daughter just loves plants and she was the one to talk me into getting some for our home too. My precious girl just might succeed in helping me out of this depressing fund I seem to be in about Christmas this year. By the time I got home with these, she convinced me to go up with her to the store in town where, there was something she wanted for Christmas and she knew that her sister would like too. So two presents where boughtyesterday, so that is a start. By the time I got home, I was actually starting to feel a little excited about this years Christmas. I honestly believe that God gave me this sweet girl to bring me happiness. My other two kids make me happy too but, my youngest just has something about her that can heal my heart.

Now if I can only manage not to kill off these two beautiful plants…….. 🙂

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November 28, 2009 2 comments

Right now, my life is boring. Nothing new in my goals to talk about, everything is just the same. My weight keeps fluctuating, down to 159 them back up to 161 or 162. It always seems to take weeks to get back to the 159. I just wish it would get into the 150’s for good.

I have just been trucking along on my healthy eating, hoping that it will make the 150’s here to stay but, no luck. It may be my struggle with keeping my water intake at steady levels each day or the fact that I eat no salt one day them extra salt the next. Who knows. It’s frustrating though.

Now is the start to my week off of work. I am going to try to get my Christmas shopping done this week, it is a source of panic attacks for me this year and I know it stems from the tramatic past 2 Christmas’s we have had. I am hoping to make this Christmas extra fun and special so that I can get past the dread, depression and panic that is gripping me tightly this year.

On thursday, I pushed myself into doing week 7 day 2 of C25K inspite of my exhausting job. I do know that exercise will help in the long run with being able to get through each work week less exhausted. But, it will take time and it will only happen if I can push my self  into doing my workouts work week also. So today I will focus on doing day 3 of week 7 and then, I can get on with WEEK 8!

I seemed to be having more and more days where, I don’t seem to have much of anything interesting to say. I feel as if you guys are getting bored with my posts so, in the interest of keeping my readers interested, what would you guys like to see here? Can you give me some ideas? It is through your support that I am managing to keep going at my goals at all. You guys are my support community, my supportive family and I sure don’t want to lose you! 🙂

My newest vegetable experiment.

November 25, 2009 2 comments

image To those that may not know, this is a picture of leeks. I have never, ever had a leek before. On of my favourite magazines, Oxygen, has an article about stay slim soups for healthy winter eating. One of the ingredients is leeks. The soup looked so yummy and being tired and cold for days with this wintery weather, I decided that last night was the perfect night to give this soup, and leeks, a try. The recipe called for fish but, not being to fond of fish, I substituted the fish with chicken breast chunks. I also substituted cauliflower for the zucchini since I found out the one I had in the fridge, was no good.

So in a nut shell, here is how I made my winter soup which varies a bit from the one in Oxygen magazine. For the true recipe, check out the December 2009 issue of Oxygen magazine. (I checked the magazines site for the recipe to link to it but, the recipe isn’t up on the site yet.)

  • 4 diced up and cooked small, chicken breasts
  • 4 fair sized leeks, chopped and washed well
  • couple of cups of left over cauliflower
  • 4 large handfuls of spinach
  • 2 cups of chopped broccoli
  • 2 tetra packs of chicken broth
  • garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper to taste

I sautéed the leeks and broccoli until a little bit tender. I added the cauliflower until warm and then added the chicken broth and chicken breast chunks. I then added in the spices to taste, added in the spinach and simmered for about 10 minutes to blend the flavours. Delicious! Goes great with garlic bread.

So my first experience with leeks was a good one. I definitely like them and will have them again. The rest of my family seemed to be fine with them too so they are keepers. I thought they smelled and tasted kind of like chives, with a hint more of an onion scent. Very mild and nice.

Weekly goal update….

November 24, 2009 2 comments

Silly, silly me! i forgot all about updating my weekly goals and posting them for yesterday. Late but here it is.

So, last weeks goals for me were:

1) make SURE to get in 8 or more glasses of H2O!!!—most days I made it.
2) eat some lower calorie meals to compensate for my weekend.—did it and made progress!
3) make sure to workout each day, especially running which I has missed! (side note: thank god I have been running as I left my purse in a restaurant in the CITY and when realizing it an hour later, had to run all the way back! No, not all the way back to the city! You sillies! Just to the restaurant. And boy did I run! Thankfully, nothing was taken as the waitress found my purse right away!)—managed to finish week 6 of C25K and get started on week 7.
4) concentrate on NOT overeating!—I can’t remember for sure but, I think I succeeded here.
5) get enough sleep!!!!—not so much. Always has been a problem with my insomnia.
6) eat lots and lots of veggies.—success! had to go to Costco in the city twice for veggie stuffs!

My goals for this week are:

  1. drink 8 glasses of water daily.
  2. finish week 7 of C25K.
  3. do at least 2 sessions of yoga.
  4. eat lots of veggies.
  5. loss 1 more lb to make it 10 lost total so far.

And for some personal goals not related to weight loss:

  1. update my web store with more products
  2. start designing a web site that I am hoping to get up and going by spring
  3. come up with some ideas for my kids for Christmas!!!


November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Today, for some reason, I was super starving. I ate healthy, egg, toast, kiwi and coffee for breakfast, and a larabar with a slice of cheese for first break snack. Mid morning break I was just starved so I ended up having one of these :image

a poppy seed muffin and another slice of cheese.  That made 1 meal and 2 snacks BEFORE lunch! I usually avoid muffins like the plague but, the cafeteria at work only offers stuff like this to eat. Since I am not used to the sugar, the flour, whatever, I ended up being very dizzy about an hour later. I actually thought I would have to come home from work.

Because I didn’t pre-plan today’s lunch last night, I ended up having tater tots and crab cakes for my lunch. Once again, there is only 1 or 2 options for meals at work and I hate salami sandwiches!! So today I ate too much and not so well. For dinner though I made a delicious homemade soup with broccoli, spinach, leeks, cauliflower, chicken broth and spices. Had it with some garlic bread and man, what a delicious meal. Hopefully the day won’t show badly on the scale tomorrow.

Speaking of scales, today I weighed in at 159!!!! Three whole weeks people!, to get back to where I was on Oct. 31.. That’s what I get for reaching for that Halloween candy.

I am working on some new designs for my web store so keep an eye on it. There just might be something that catches your eye.

I did it!

November 23, 2009 2 comments

Last evening I decided that I better do a workout as I knew today would be a heavy day at work and I may not have enough energy to do one. So, week 7 day 1 it was. And I did it!! I made it through the whole 25 mins of running without a hitch. It didn’t even seem to take that long as somehow, I was managing to read my magazine while running.

Not much to say or talk about today so I will leave you for now. I hope everyone is well and managing to stick to their plans. I’ m off to catch up on your blogs!

Categories: C25K, home workouts, running

Hot 100 update 6!

November 22, 2009 2 comments

Wow, every time I turn around, it is time for another Hot 100 update. Where is the time going? LOL. The updates are great as we can all see how everyone is doing and for me, it helps to keep me accountable as I know that I need to report on my progress!

Here are my goals for Steve’s  “Hot 100-Going Out with a Bang” challenge.

  1. Finish the C25K program–starting week 7! Scary week!
  2. Run 5k twice per week (or more) once done the program–still working on program.
  3. Lose 10 lbs — starting weight 168 lbs–weight alternates between 7-9 lb loss right now. Depends on eating habits, exercise habits and water habits. Hoping to make it an official 10 lbs this week.


Each week I will set weekly goals that I will try to achieve for that week which will in the long term help me to reach my Hot 100 challenge goals. You can find each weeks new weekly goals on Mondays on the main page. Also, every 10 days there is a Hot 100 check in which we let everyone know how we are doing in the challenge so far.

To find out more about the “Hot 100–going out with a bang!” challenge (sign up deadline is closed), visit Steve at

I also want to add that Steve has a lot of inspirational videos he posts each week that he makes himself. Many a time, with his encouraging words and support from my blogging friends, I have made it through funks, struggles and depressing times. I am glad that I have run across such a wonder community of blogging friends.

Categories: C25K, challenge, Hot 100, running