Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Good choices=Good results

Pretty simple, no? In practice, it can be tough. Tough braking habits, and patterns that I seem to want to repeat. 

I'm feeling better since last posting. But even while recovering, I made consciously good choices every step of the way in terms of food purchasing, prep, portions, and consumption. Seriously, baby steps from the Mindful Eating way of life. As in eating at the table with no distractions (no TV, book, phone, device). Chewing slowly, thoroughly, stopping halfway through to gauge hunger levels, etc. Yeah, during my sick days at home, I checked a lot of books out on my e-reader about mindful and intuitive eating.

I'm still trying to eat lots of veggies, and will have maybe 1/2 my meals vegetarian. So meals like chili without the carne, Indian-style chickpea stew are staples this time of year. I discovered cashew cheese, and that is a wonderful little treat with a small glass of red wine: just delish. And I've finally been able to master my cranky oven to make non-burnt roast chicken. I did re-stock my freezer with some homemade chicken soup just in case...

Exercise has generally been on the minimal side, but I do the stairs inside at home and at work. It's just still too cold outside to walk like I like (-10 to -20C brrr).  Unfortunately my hockey skates got lost/stolen after lending them to a friend, so skating on the Canal is out for a while until I can find a comfy new pair, which is actually very difficult. Since she is paying for the replacement I'm taking my time choosing the right pair. 

I did check out an Orange Theory class with my sister-in-law on Sunday, and I am still feeling twinges today! It's very expensive, very intense, but very good. I was a sweaty mess at the end. Too bad it's far out of my way, or I'd be tempted to join. I'm saving my money for a down payment on a house so: priorities.

Weight 174.8 lbs

Wednesday, 6 February 2019


On my third cold of this year, yep, number three of 2019! Hopefully it's three strikes and it's outta here? For good? I did get the flu shot, but can't they invent the cold shot? I blame my idiot colleagues who come to work coughing and sickly.

I've not succumbed to crackers with my soup, no drive-thrus, nor ordering in.  Very sorely tempted to do it! I did have groceries delivered once which cost me six dollars. I'm cheap, so that hurts my budget, ha ha.

I've tried to keep lunches and suppers fairly simple. A protein, lotsa veggies, and a nice low-gi carb. Chilli is a staple. Or home-made veggie or chicken soup, or eggs and peppers if I'm in "cold virus attacks" mode. I've not been into breakfast lately, but sometimes I'll have a meal replacement shake like Vega One.

The only regular exercise that I've been doing lately is shovelling. Sometimes it's 20 minutes, other times it's a couple of hours. I think I've hit the eliptical maybe once a week or so. I do still walk outside, but lately it's been too hellishly cold (-20C/-4F) or colder. Or it's freezing rain! So... just to and from the bus stop on my way to work--if I'm not sick.

My weight has stayed the same. Sigh. I know I lose if I'm focused, tracking/watching portions, and getting in a good dose of sweaty daily exercise. 

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

On the weigh down

Weight 181 lbs. So far so good. It's been hard to resist a lot of the good food and treats flying around. Not going to lie, I've hard more than my fair share of salted caramel shortbread cookies. But, they were a unique homemade treat that I made room for in my calorie budget. 

Writing a few quick sentences in my journal first thing in the morning, really helps. I just set out my intentions for the day. Exercise goals, eating strategies, feelings, whatever comes to mind.

This is crunch time. The next few weeks, I have some sort of event involving food almost every single day. My goal is not to gain over the holidays. Reading over some old posts, I remind myself when selecting food from a menu or pot luck to think "Is it worth it?". 

On the exercise front, the holidays usually involve a lot of sitting, eating, and talking. I do have plans to hop on the treadmill when I'm visiting my mother since her apartment has a gym.  I do hope the weather is cold enough to go ice skating on the canal. Sometimes it's hit and miss. I could head down to NYC and do Rockefeller Center for some skating... just like Snoopy! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to anyone who passes by here :) 

Thursday, 22 November 2018

And so it begins...

The daily journaling is going well. I honestly didn't think it would. I just write a line or two in the morning to set out my intentions for the day, and a few of lines at night as a recap of actions emotions for the day. It's keeping me from thinking food is a solution for my issues.

I think this is going to be important in the next month and a half... it's that time of year of get-togethers, parties and temptations everywhere! This is going to test my resolve!

Weigh-in: 185.5 lbs

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Status Quo

I hoped I could write I've made tons of progress, but no.  I'm in the same spot as ever. Weight swings from 180s to low 190s and I'm a size 16. Definitely lack of sleep, teamed with fighting the Black Dog of depression saps all energy and motivation. Days seem to melt into one another. Temptations flow in. And here I am again.

Weekends have been difficult. After seemingly long days at the office, and insomnia at night, I'll sleep in Saturday and Sunday morning. Then we go out for supper--could be restaurant, could be with at a family member or friend's house. And overeat there. Sometimes I do cook something, it's usually a healthy balanced meal, but I overeat.

Although I've stuck to walking to the store get groceries, I've sabotaged that by having a meal delivery kit to bring three big suppers to my door for the week. The portions in those are huge so even though the meals are supposed to feed two, I could, and should, divvy them into four meals to suit my nutritional and calorie needs.

Daily walking has not happened in a consistent way over the summer and my flabby thighs show it. On average I guess I walked outdoors maybe twice a week. This past Thursday, I walked about 30 minutes uphill after work and felt so much better for it afterwards. I did go on some bike rides this past summer but not enough for it to be called a workout in anyway.

Plan for the week: Daily writing in a paper journal. Ten minutes.

Might seem simple, but it's a start. One day at a time. Sitting down (not in front of tv, or device, or laptop), taking just ten minutes  each day to write initentions for the next day (re:family, food exercise, work, hobbies), feelings, what happened during the day, and a food log. 

Food Plan for the month: Limiting food box delivery to once a month.  

Why restart again now? Winter is coming, it's getting colder, and the sunlight here has shifted. I tend to hibernate in winter already and absolutely don't want to let the Black Dog have free reign. 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Back Home for Good

After all the trips I've had to take for work this past while, I wasn't sure what kind of number would pop up on the scale. It reads seven pounds gained. Sigh. I knew this past month or so would be tough. Not just with navigating eating and exercise, but also stress. Being "on", and having to pretend to be interested in whatever presentation, or to produce fake enthusiasm while presenting; it all takes a toll. Fortunately, there are no more business trips scheduled until the next fiscal year.

While away from home, I did try to make better choices, but when faced with stale bagels, powdered eggs and canned fruit in syrup as the hotel's complimentary breakfast... well I had to find an Sbux or Tim Hortons for a quick brekkie. Some meals were provided by the company, some meals I had to eat out with colleagues. Not much was vegan or vegetarian. I was not always in hotels that had mini-fridges so I did have a small cooler that could keep a salad cool for a few hours. Plane food? Forget it. Eating more processed food and restaurant food than I'm used to as well as being extra sedentary is where the seven pounds come from. 

A pretty lake in British Columbia.
I was able to get away from meetings or the hotel once in a blue moon, so I'd take walks outdoors as much as I could. Right now, I feel more bloated and tired than weak.

Food: Track everything! Lots of veggies, lean and plant protein (easy on the red meat). 

Exercise: Walking everywhere! Ride bike more after work to build up endurance to ride to commute to work (there's a new bike path that would make it a a 25K ride total... about 2 hours or so, which is the same as the bus).

Mental: I haven't taken the time to meditate or do yoga regularly. For the sake of my sanity, I'm getting back at it!

Current weight 185.3 lbs

Monday, 2 April 2018


I didn't really overdo eating any food over the Easter holiday, but I did indulge in chocolate. Moderation seemed to work fine. Sometimes it doesn't... A bag is filled with little chocolate eggs which were given to me, will go onto the share table at work tomorrow. 

Keeping active, working out every day is important. Walking outdoors, or in bad weather I worked out at the gym. My first visit there, the only piece of cardio equipment available was the dreadmill. Oddly enough, it wasn't so bad. Even on an incline, I was almost jogging! A workout with weights came after. 

At the family gatherings I was the one doing the dishes. It's much easier to keep busy, than to sit on my behind and eat another piece of pie. There were lots of opportunities to visit, gab and catch up on life.

Weight this morning: 178.5 lbs. 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Snow Workout

It snowed here last week, again! Lots. And in addition to my own shovelling, I spent Saturday shovelling a friend's parents' driveway, and doing some other chores. They are out of town, and my friend caught the flu -- the real Influenza, wasn't up to it. Since I was on the mend getting over my bad cold, I was happy to help her out. After dropping a bunch of soup at her door, I headed over to her parents' place. It took an hour and a half to clear their driveway because after it had snowed, there was thaw over a few days, and a re-freeze which means tough snow, tough ice. Regular shovel, heavy metal shovel, and an old heavy-duty ice scraper/chopper helped me get the job done. Now that was an upper body workout!

I'll be travelling more for work in the upcoming months, and that will be a big challenge. My next business trip next month, I'm booked into a hotel for three days but it doesn't have a fridge, microwave or kettle/coffeemaker. Not my choice of venue, but I'll figure it out. The hotel restaurant's menu is basically a step above fast food. Finding vegan or vegetarian restaurants, cafes, and local grocery stores that have healthy food is my side project. 

Anywhoozle, my weight is still 186 lbs. With little exercise in the past while, my scale will stay still. Tracking in MyFitnessPal shows no day above 1600 cals. Now that I've been feeling better I've been walking a lot more, and getting back into my routines. Not panicking... yet!