Wednesday, April 29, 2009

3 lbs down the drain

toilets are like drains right? I won't get too graphic, but I had a bit of tummy troubles yesterday and woke up 3 lbs lighter. Sweet right?

It really only was affecting me for about 2 hours. (right before step class! eek!) but I was completely fine through the class, thank god! I only have 1 more team teaching and then I'm on my own! cool!

So after class rushed back home. Steamed up some more broccoli (LOVE IT!) a little cheddar on top this time and a side of peanut butter toast. Then sis and mom were there and we were off to try on her dress. I took a dozen pictures of her. She looked so amazing. even her hair in a messy side pony looked stunning. My sis is gorgeous. Her waist is probably 19 inches (wasn't that Scarlette O'Hara's waist in a corset?) She just has a really odd body shape that includes a miniscule waist. Her hips are normal (size 29" jeans?) and her shoulders are fairly normal (she's a bit narrow). Anyway, so of course she looked just like Barbie bride in her dress (well with dark hair). She's also got 4.5" heels to wear for the ceremony so she's 5'11". Anyway, that was really fun. And the seamstress was super nice and helpful and practical. Because sis won't wear the huge shoes all night, she sort of needs to hem heights. So the seamstress is going to put snaps in so we can adjust the length for her later on (luckily the skirt is the whipped cream kind so it won't look bad without crisp folds or something). Plus her dress was cheap because this seamstress orders them direct from the companies and does it out of her house so no overhead. In a store it would be like $1000, she sold it to sis for $550. Nice huh?

Anyway, then we went back to my house. Just visited with my mom a bit. Talked taxes and jobs and stuff. I love talking to my mom. Then all of a sudden it was after 11:00 and we had to go to bed.

Eats today are great again. If I distract myself with water I really am not hungry for a morning snack. (just like food!). Lunch is a ham sandwich with mustard. Got grapes, carrots, a yogurt and cantaloup to fill out lunch and snacks. Forgot to thaw anything for supper. I was thinking quesadillas. Oh! Hubby's home today, I'll get him to thaw some chicken! Hurray!

Activities tonight involve walking/running the dog (It's chilly out here still, we'll see if I can tough it out for a run) and weights. And slideshow making for sis's wedding. I gotta edit some photos and download some songs (any good suggestions? What did you have? We're avoiding country though). But I'll probably just play with photoshop most of the night. Gosh it's fun. I'll try and do some pictures I can put up here. I feel bad putting up people without their consent, but I don't want to ask them for it.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Yesterday was such a good day. I ate great. Might have had a scoop of peanut butter I didn't need at the end of the day but I'll take it.

I realized my daytime food was getting a bit ridiculous. All healthy. But quite voluminous. (big word points!) I'd eat 1 cup+ grapes, strawberries, carrots, and 1.5 cups of hamburger soup for lunch. Plus a banana and an apple and 2 mini-yogurts for snacks. I love fruit. However, that's hundreds of extra calories of fruit.

So I'm cutting back. yesterday was just a salad topped with 2 strawberries and sliced turkey, with 1 cup of grapes. Had baby carrots and 1 mini-yogurt for snack. Supper was this amazing asian pork roast I slow cooked. I hope I have that recipe somewhere (I made it a long time ago and froze it). And a plate completely full of steamed broccolli (with 2 tbsp grated jalepeno cheese on top). Dessert was a banana with peanut butter, and then that extra swipe of pb. I made rice for hubby but didn't eat any myself.

Hubby ate a whole bunch of celery yesterday for snack. Not like a whole bunch as in "a whole lot" but a whole BUNCH, as in several full stalks. He told me I need to buy more veggies. I bought 3 cucumbers yesterday and he told me he'd probably eat those today. I told him they have to last the week. I told him to fill up on veggies and fruits in his snacks instead of crackers and pop. I didn't know it would be this much food! But it's good.

Also, did the weights I wanted to. Did laundry and vaccuumed house, did dishes. still managed to watch tv. Also realized I had only 64mB available on my laptop hard drive! So I got to work cleaning that off! How funny is that? (hint - 1 burnable CD holds like 700 mB). I had too many movies and cds on there. Plus all 2 different Photoshop programs, and all the high res pictures I was editing and copying. External hard drives now store the movies only, not on the laptop at all.

Today food is quite similar. Pretty much same lunch, except a pear and banana with my salad. Save the grapes for afternoon with the yogurt. Then I've got class after work. Then going with mom and sister for her dress fitting. Then they're coming over for a visit (well mom's staying over). Since hubby's gone tonight, supper will just be me grabbing something quick (toast?) since mom and sis will have eaten already. I love toast.

Work has slowed down again for me. Just odds and ends jobs. It's so ridiculous. Oh well. Can catch up with all of you hopefully.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Welcome to Monday, the current air temperature is 4 degrees

Chilly. Boo. Oh well. Moving on.

I had a good weekend! Thanks for asking! It was very busy, as all weekends tend to be. I had so much fun friday night playing volleyball with my girlfriends. Turns out I miss it a little bit (in high school, I basically overdosed on volleyball, doing several hours of practice or games or training 6 days a week for about 6 months. way way way too much. But we did win provincials.) Anyway, I was burnt out and never wanted to play again. Fast forward 9 years, it was fun!

However, my body is less than thrilled. I wasn't too sore, a bit in the shoulders, but that lasted half a day. No, my body looks abused. And like a crazy weird drug addict. I burst all sort of little blood vessels in my forearms from passing. Looks like hundreds of needle marks. Which is now bruising, and giving me a sort of weird grey tan. I also skinned my hip on a dive. And bruised up both my knees (no knee pads!) Plus, I don't know what I did but I hurt my wrist and have a big lump that's slowly changing colors. I'll try and remember to take pictures. It's nasty. But it was fun.

Then Saturday I had to play on hubby's plastic bat and ball team. I just hated every minute. I'm not a bad ball player, but I think I just don't enjoy "beer league" team sports. Or maybe the fact that it wasn't my close friends. Even this ridiculous game where you have to wear a childsize purple or green ball glove and play with a wiffle ball and there was no pressure or real skill involved (girls got more homeruns than boys, if you hit the ball into random nets on the ceiling it was a homerun.) I still felt bad every time I got out, and I felt stressed out when running bases and dreaded my turn to bat. I wanted to just take pictures. Then when we lost and just were hanging out for drinks, I wanted to go home. It is so boring just drinking. They weren't even really talking. Just drinking together in silence, nodding to each other if a hot chick passed the table. Ugh.

When we finally did go back to my house, the team came over since it was only 3:00 on Saturday afternoon. So I hit the kitchen and whipped up a ton a snacks. I made 2 different hot dips, breadsticks (from scratch), thawed some chicken pot pie pockets, made tortilla roll-ups, and some guacamole for myself. Plus hubby barbequed tons of elk sausage and we fed everyone supper. It was ridiculous. But I just kept cooking because I didn't want to just sit and be bored watching the hockey game (I wanted everyone to leave so I could do laundry and watch whatever I PVR'd earlier, and play with photoshop on my laptop). So this lame visiting went on for several hours until people left around 9:00. Then it was basically straight to bed. I was pooped.

Sunday I slept in until my class then came home and did more lazing around. Did get a run in with Daisy which was nice. It was gorgeous yesterday, and now it's yucky so I'm glad I took advantage of it.

Speaking of playing with photoshop, I can now exchange faces. I'm a super-pro. I took a picture of SIL and traded her face with BIL, it was hilarious and looked really good. What ridiculous things I do to waste time huh?

Tonight I have to clean the house, change the sheets and do weights. My mom is coming over tomorrow night and staying over (we're going with Sis to get her dress fitted. aww...)

Oh, and that shower/stagette thing, things are getting cleared up. And I don't think anyone's feelings are hurt.

Friday, April 24, 2009


Ugh, so very bored at work right now. And there's a dude in my office using the modelling
computer so I can't just surf the net. (even though I don't really have anything I need to do,
waiting for edits on a report). So I'm writing this in an email thing. so sneaky.Yesterday was
another good day. I was suprisingly not hungry for afternoon snack. I think I upped the fibre
at lunch. Kept me full. I did eat something at 4:30 because I was going to the gym and working
out before class at 6:45 so I wouldn't be able to eat until 8:00. way too late.anyway, went to the
gym. I really need to work on a plan or circuit to do when I'm there. I go with my brother and
he doesn't have anything so we just wander around and try and figure out what machines do.
I made him play catch with a medicine ball though. Even though he felt stupid. hahaha. But
that's the point of going with somebody right? To not look stupid alone?

Well then I had class. It was good. Really good. I like teaching with the girl on Tues and Thurs.
Not so much on Sun. I wouldn't like to take a class from her either. We got our new solo
teaching schedule. I've only got Tuesday every week, then alternating Saturday mornings
and Thursday evenings. Which is fine. Should be like an extra $150ish per month. Pretty
fun. (however they don't take off taxes, so have to remember that)

Got home and there was a party going on! Hubby's playing the plastic bat and ball thing
this weekend and it started last night. The team was over. So I made myself and quick
protein smoothie for supper and then hung out and watched hockey. I NEEDED to do
laundry and clean the kitchen. Oh well. Oh! Just heard back about the report. So this
afternoon I can do a few edits and add a section. (that'll take an hour...) I wish the nonwork
things I like doing looked more like work...Tonight going to sis's for supper, then to play
volleyball with my girls group! yay! Then just visiting and appetizers and drinks. I usually
do well in social eating and drinking. don't want to look like a pig.

Then tomorrow morning going wedding shopping with my sister and to the farmers market.
Should be fun. Then afternoon have to sub on hubby's plastic bat and ball team. Hopefully
that's all done with by supper so I don't have to entertain all evening. I like just 1 night a
weekend being social. (if that!)

Sunday teaching and catching up on all the stuff I was supposed to get done on the weekend!

(haha, I hit send in the email. I meant publish! good thing I didn't have an address in there!)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

what do you do with fresh mozzarella?

I bought some fresh mozzarella because I heard people love it. but I don't know what to do with it? thoughts?

Yesterday was a good day. Except for the excess cheese I put in my omlete for supper (not worth it, couldn't taste it much). I got in a hard interval run in the wind, PLUS did a strength workout with my heavy weights. yay! Plus plus did some laundry and cleaned the kitchen. All while watching SNL from the PVR. That's how to be productive.

Had a bad sleep, Daisy was hogging the bed. Stupid dog.

Tonight (since Lost wasn't new right?) I'm not watching Lost with my brothers, rather going straight to the gym and doing some weights before I teach. Should be fun. Got lots of time to kill too so it should be a good workout.

Then home, where hubby has friends out to play in a plastic bat and ball tournament (it's indoors with a wiffle ball and bat, basically a boozer, but even crappy people are really good in this). I have to play Saturday since they don't have enough people. But it is SO not my scene. Oh well. Plus since most of the people are from the city we'll be hosting them all weekend. Ugh. No scrapbooking or laundry or self tanning or yard work for me. Well maybe when they're not around.

Got a good lunch of salad with egg and sliced turkey breast and strawberries on spinach. mmm. plus standard bowl of strawberries and bowl of grapes, yogurt and apple for snack.

win win win


The dude from the Last 10lb Bootcamp has a website and e-book. I love him, and I love that show. The results they always get are awesome. I could totally use this as my own thingy, but generously (or foolishly) am sharing with all of you the change to win. Check Amy's blog for info.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


So I taught Step yesterday. It was the first time ever that I went through the whole thing with no mistakes. PERFECT! (usually my mistakes were never critical anyway, the class doesn't know it's supposed to be knees not extensions right?) And I didn't even think about anything. I just did it. And it went super well. And I said fun things and was encouranging. Even pumping myself up to totally kill myself on the 1st 5 tracks. Seriously, I was dead after them! And 3 are warm up!

So my SIL called when I got home and said "I'm just going to say one word to you: OUCH!" apparently she was still brutally sore from when she came to Step on Sunday morning. Sweet! Apparently she could barely walk monday and tuesday still hurt too much to work out. Mwahahaha! And she told me that my other SIL who came, tried to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night Sunday and her legs gave out when she tried to stand. Hilarious!

Makes me feel better about flubbing a bit when teaching (of course when you want to do well right?) Plus since they are both tiny little people and weigh less than me and wear smaller clothes than me and sometimes make me feel bad about my body so I definately needed that.

I BBQed steak when I got home, so we didn't eat until 8:00. Then I just hung out on the couch for the rest of the night (well, walked the dog, but we didn't run). I think I'm turning into a couch potato. Stupid dish. We've got PVR but we're constantly filling it and I just feel like I need to clean off some of the shows sometimes. Even though I don't need to be watching tv at all. And I'm hardly enjoying it while I am. Need to address this. It used to be I wasn't interested in what was on (we only had 3 channels) so I could leave the room and not be distracted and pulled back into it. Now, we can skip commercials and only have to watch shows we like. It's the devil! It will be better when the basement is done, and my treadmill is in front of the tv, and I can scrapbook in the same room (I only need to listen, I currently photoshop and watch tv at the same time). But I suppose I could do my weights and watch tv and I don't. Naughty naughty. Well at least I've identified it. Maybe every time I watch a dog show (Dogtown, Dog Whisperer, End of my Leash) I have to do weights? We'll try it.

Hubby's been doing really great. He's been sticking to veggies for his snacks and even acknowledged it was a mistake to drink a pop (normally he's a few a day and then a couple beers). I sure hope he sees big changes on the scale early to keep him motivated to continue. We're having people over this weekend and instead of the bacon wrapped smokies appetizer (that is amazing, but couldn't be worse for you) he asked for a veggie tray. I'm in shock.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shall I vent here?

So yesterday I went for a meeting with the other bridesmaid (Nic) and the groom's cousin (Ang)to work on planning a shower/stagette for my sister. My sis had mentioned before that Ang sort of had her nose bent out of shape because she thinks she's entitled to be a groomsman or something. (because in high school, more than 12 years ago for her, groom had mentioned that he thought it was ok to have a girl groomsman if they were close or something). Anyway, they are no longer thatclose so she is not in wedding party. But to make up for it, so she's not a total bag, we thought we'd offer to let her host a shower at her house. She didn't have to do any work, but just use her house. But she seemed like she wanted to do work too. Ok fine.

So finally we meet up yesterday. Ang's basement had flooded seriously and they were sort of in house repairs so we said we could have it at Nic's house, no problem. (which got Nic excited to host). But then Ang said that her boyfriend's mother, I repeat, boyfriend's mother, a stranger to all, said we could have it at her house so she said sure.


We're going to have a shower/stagette for my sister at a stranger's house. Talk about uncomfortable. Especially when we have fine options (granted Nic and I both live 20 minutes outside of the city so people would have to drive).

But the way she said it and then moved on to other (infuriating topics) left little room for discussion. I tried being very vague and tiptoeing around it "but then she'd have to clean her house and rearrange things etc. That's not fair..." but she's like "oh her house is always clean, and the next day is mother's day so I'll over anyway to clean up". I should have said right then that I was uncomfortable with that idea.

The other infuriating idea she had, the one we spent a full 1.5 hours discussing, was how to keep the groom's mother, ang's aunt, away from the stagette. Because Ang was SURE that sis would not want her there, she'd ruin the evening. So we had to brainstorm about how to keep her away. Ok... well isn't it expected that the MIL and Mof bride (MOB) are there? All the one's I've been too. Wouldn't it be weird if MOB is there but MIL is not? I know sis wants MOB there.

Plus Ang was coming up with LIES that we'd tell MIL to keep her away. Like tell her that there is no stagette, we're just going home, or that we're just having a sleepover and then go out to a bar anyway. Yeah, and then Sis has to maintain that lie for her entire life. that'll be fun.

I asked Sis after I left the meeting and she was like "of course MIL should be there, yes she can be annoying, but it's not like it's just going to be the 2 of us or anything. It's better her there than anything awkward". Agreed. So now I have to come back to Ang and say, "yeah, sis doesn't care and would sooner have her come." Again. I had my suspicions when we were talking, and I should have just said it. (instead I said things like "well won't it be weird if... and are you sure she thinks this?...)

The thing I've learned is that some people do not catch on to the unspoken word. I love leaving the dotdotdot at the end of a sentence assuming the other people will catch it and nobody's feelings will be hurt and everyone is happy. But I've learned that sometimes I have to be honest and not nice.

Nic and I are pretty much resigned to have it at random person's house. But only the shower. Then it will be just like a more formal shower. Then we have to figure out the evening things. So far it's just go to a bar wearing matching t-shirts (GAG!) but they didn't really like my scavenger hunt idea, or just a lounge or a kareoke night or something. It's a bar and dancing. Oh well. I'll sit with the mom's and aunts.

I am going to try and get away from the matching shirts. We're not going to have a good guest list until people actually show up. Maybe we can just wear the same color. or have tiaras or something stupid. But I hate ugly huge t-shirts. especially in a bar. Can't we look classy?

Can't we do something fun or interesting?

People: send me your good stagette/shower ideas! Something to make my plans more fun. Or funny. The way things are headed it's going to end up with nasty scavenger hunt (like crotch shots and get condoms from strangers) (oh yeah, my scavenger hunt idea was not like that, it was fun, and with clues and stuff).

Is there a fun theme idea we can go with? (we might be doing a honeymoon thing which is fun, make it a luau. Grass skirt? Tropical drinks? Gifts are fun that way too.)

Monday, April 20, 2009

weekend blah, new week rah!

Says it all. Weekend was nothing to write home about. (but apparently enough to write a blog about?) too much inlaws in one dose. Left me annoyed. Also left me feeling bad. I dunno what caused it, but Sunday night I was bummed. I was not looking forward to work today, (did not finish the report last friday so thought I'd be in hot water), was sad because none of my clothes fit, sad because hubby was annoyed at me. Just bummed. It's all better today and I feel better about everything. Strange for a Monday morning huh?

Highlights: supper out with SILs, fun. Got some good usage out of my camera. LOVE IT! really did well at supper, barely trying any of the appetizer (basically one pita bread piece with artichoke dip), eating only half of my sandwich (some sort of chicken and brie with fig and pear sandwhich, SO good!). No dessert. Then we went to see He's Just Not That Into You in the cheap theatre (couldn't have cared less. The movie pissed me off because if people are really like that then they deserve exactly the unhappiness they get. Wow, maybe I'm still cranky?)

Unfortunately when I got home, I ate half of hubby's cheeseburger from McD's and the other half of my sandwich. Random.

Saturday cleaned house for MIL's visit. Went in to SIL's for her daughter's 1st birthday party. We got a dud present. Bought her a foamy stuffed princess chair, she's already got a blue one. Oh well. Was bored at the party. Took a billion pictures. I don't visit enough for neice to know me or for me to know anything about her, like oh that means she's tired, yes of course she can have a snack, don't let her touch the cat. so I just took pictures of her with everyone else. I'm fine with it though.

Sunday MIL and FIL stayed over so we made them breakfast. This can be nothing besides bacon and eggs or FIL flips. I made belgium waffles one time and he was like "oh, don't you have any bacon?" so we had to fry some up anyway. whatever. Then I had to ditch to teach class. I come back, and MIL had rewashed my refridgerator (that I washed since we got a new one). Apparently I don't do a good enough job. Not like she said anything mean like that, she thought she was doing me a favour. But still right?

Then followed them around shopping for the afternoon. Then out for supper (buffet! boo!) where I didn't do that great. (only 1 plate, but chinese food, and dessert).

So that was the blah weekend.

The rah week is this: I was complaining to hubby about how I'm not losing any weight because I keep letting myself off the hook and not really trying and blahdiddyblah. And he was floored because he was like "but you're exercising all the time!" and I explained how you can't out exercise a bad diet, and how tons of people lose weight without working out (which isn't the best, but can be done). And so it sort of inspired HIM and was asking me all these questions about it, and we figured out his rough calorie intake, that's keeping him maintaining (2600 cal, on a good day, I don't know much about guy's numbers, but hubby is only 5'5 and we weighed the same at our wedding). So I explained that if he just cut back to 2200 or something, a day, he'd lose weight. As in, ditch the pop and 1 babybel cheese. Trade snacks of crackers with carrots. Then keep everything else the same.

So we're both going to work on it together now until sis's wedding (6 weeks?) I've got the PVR filled with X-weighted and 10lb bootcamp and biggest loser so I've got lots of inspiration when I need it. Plus since hubby's on bored I can cook only healthy foods, and hide most of our snacks downstairs (no not hidden, but with us working on finishing the basement, it's an obstacle course to get to them. should be discouraging!) PLUS the weather's nice so I can run. I like to run. (if only the wind would die down for 30 minutes every night!)

So lofty goals but supported with big plans. Spells success right?

Friday, April 17, 2009


So I spent the last hour in traffic trying to buy myself the new lens I want (GULP $400 later, add that to the $500 camera, plus I'd like a $60+ bag...) But I got it and now I'm so happy! I just want to ditch work and go play. But unfortunately I've got a big report to finish up. And it's not going smoothly. Grr..

Tonight, out for supper with SILs. Do my best with the health but I'm sure portions will be oversized. I'll stick to some chicken or salad. No drinks. Then tomorrow is my neice's 1st birthday. Probably have some birthday cake, but I think supper is going to be a roast or something. MIL and FIL will be in town staying at our place.

Oh, and tomorrow I'm buying AC/DC tickets. Sweet.

Sunday I think I solved my weight training dilema. I teach a class at 11:15, at 10:00 is a sculpt class. So I'm going to go to that. hurray!

(even though yesterday when I was exhausted and still had to clean the house and get to bed at a reasonable hour, I got my weights out and did a 20 minute full body circuit. yay me! I just dreaded coming on here again with another excuse for why I didn't do it.)

I weighed in today, I can't remember, 145.0 maybe? I didn't tell ya last week because it was a gain from before (146 something), but now it's a loss so I wish I did write it down. Frustrating little game I've got here.

Anyway, hours until the weekend, report to write.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

the blues

I've got the blues, but I'm not sad. So maybe the blahs. I'm actually pretty happy, so maybe it's the hmms.

I'm distracted and bored. When I read a book I can't stop reading it. I'm serious. I'll stay up all night, not make supper, eat out of a box, or not eat. Bring it to work, read it at stop lights in the car. Seriously. it's a problem.

Turns out I had nearly the same problem with reading all the posts from Pioneer Woman. (Honest to God, when did I tell you about that? well I've read every post now. Only have to keep up with the new ones).

So that was my little distraction last week or the week before.

Then I got my camera. Now my distraction is playing with it, googling photography, finding lenses on ebay. Hopefully once I buy the zoom lens I want I can move on with the obsession part.

For nearly the last 2 years, my obsession has been weight loss. Exercise, low cal recipes, different theories and strategies. But I am full up with that one now. I am tired of it. And I have a hard time spreading myself out into doing just SOME of something instead of all.

I am not an All or Nothing person WRT food and dieting. but in my "hobbies" I guess I am.

Before I lost weight I was all about the scrapbooking.

Hubby on the other hand is a little bit of everything person. A little bit of absolutely everything. He has a collection of collections. He's a little into sports (hockey, slow pitch, curling, golf, football at least), a little into video games (owning nearly every system, yet still rarely playing), a little into cars, a little into woodworking. etc etc.

I need to slide that way a little bit. When I exercise, that's about all I do. I make supper, clean up, exercise for an hour and wander around until bedtime. I need to be able to organize myself enough that I can do exercise and then still take pictures after. I know I have enough time, but my interest is generally so focussed.

In case you didn't catch on, I didn't exercise yesterday.

I've got step tonight. And I'm thinking about going to the gym early and doing weights there. We'll see when I get off work.

Ugh, this post bores me. It feels like "blah blah blah" Bullshit bullshit bullshit (but say it in the funny voice Kristen Bell had in Forgetting Sarah Marshall). I hate bullshit.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ok, dudes, long time no quality coming from me. I don't know what's up. It's not like I'm working
too hard. (though I probably should be...)

Anyway, classes have been going good. I was a little worried about yesterday since I taught 5
tracks I hadn't taught in a long time, and hadn't practiced. But I know them turns out. Not like I
was perfect or anything, but good.Anyway, went for another fun jog monday. I like the ones
where I tell myself I don't have to do intervals. (I know they're the best for fitness and for fat
loss etc, but they're also best for sucking). It was just a quick one. Then hubby and I headed
into town for him to play catch with some buddies. Which I thought would be a good opportunity
to play with my camera. Unfortunately the sun still sets early 'round these parts, plus it was
going to storm so we only hung out in the park for a little while, then went back to friend's
house. I still go pictures of their adorable dog. A 7 month old Boxer puppy. So funny looking.
Very gangly, reminded me of a salamander as odd as that sounds.Anyway, that was monday,
got in a quick jog, then got home a little late.Then last night. I taught class and then tried to
clean the house (and not pig out, though I was insatiable, is that a word? does it mean what
I think?) But hubby's friends came over to help him wire up the basement, and their wife
came. So they only got there at 9:00 and I was trying to clean up and going to put my pjs
on and stuff. But they show up. Ok. So we visit and wash tv, but I had stuff to do and then
go to bed! Grr! (they're the friends who come over uninvited, but aren't actually good enough
friends that we can just wear our pjs and tell it's time to leave. boo) So they stayed (to be fair
the guys were working) until 11:30! (ps I go to bed at 10:00 EVERY night).So I was annoyed
and cranky and then couldn't really sleep right away. THEN hubby's alarm went off at 6:00,
he had the day off though! Tonight there's a home selling party thing of a friend I'm blowing
off. I definately don't need to buy anything (unless there's a camera lens party! I decided I
need a zoom lens. NEEDED) Plus I have to clean up my stinking house! MIL is here this
weekend and it's my only night to clean. Plus I really want to do some weights! I keep saying
that and I hate when people say things and don't do them. Plus I hate that I complain about
my weight but STILL don't do what I need to do. Ugh.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

not feeling like posting

I just don't feel like recapping my night. Not going to. (nothing good or bad really happened, just not in the mood for it).

Monday, April 13, 2009

Good food advice

Stole this from here:
5 nutrition tips

1. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.
The perimeter is where you find your produce, your fish and meat, eggs and dairy, etc. It is not where you find twinkies, chips, or donuts. Make quick ventures into the middle aisles to get other items like salsa, tuna, oats and flax. Sticking to the perimeter will also allow you to avoid buying stuff you don’t need just because it is on sale or is making some ridiculous health claim, you usually don’t get suckered by produce.

2. Buy things that don’t come in a box or plastic wrapper.
This could also be increased to only buy food that you can find or make in nature. If something comes in a box, has more than 5 ingredients, or has any ingredients you can’t pronounce, it probably isn’t good for you. Stick to real whole foods that you could hunt, gather, pluck or grow, and avoid the man made food products.

3. If a food makes a heath claim, it probably sucks.
A lot of food items make health claims like no trans fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, blah blah blah. In most cases if a food has to make a health claim for you to buy it, it probably sucks. Adding 20mg of omega-3’s to milk (like Horizon did, a crappy organic monopoly) is useless, but it allows them to make a claim based on legitimate research. If you are eating real, whole, unprocessed foods then you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not your butter contains plant sterols (which are controversial and have very little real evidence behind them).

4. Don’t live off coupons.
I know times are tough and people are looking for any way they can trim their budget, but cutting back on the items that nourish you and maintain your existence is probably not the best option. Neither is living off Ramen and Mac and Cheese. If you have room in your budget for that plasma flat screen, the HD cable package and Netflix, I think you need to reevaluate where you are spending your money. Our diet is related to our health in more ways than one, spending more time with your family and friends around the dinner table will more than make up for your loss of HBO.

5. Learn what real whole grains are.
Most people know the term whole grains, and they think they know what it is referring too. Unfortunately, the food industry has some other ideas, and fools people into purchasing crappy foods that are listed as being great sources of “whole grains”. For something to be really whole grain, it should be entirely whole grain, not just containing a small portion of whole grains. Real whole grain options are old-fashioned or steel-cut oats, amaranth, quinoa, wild rice and sprouted organic whole grain products (like Ezekiel).

I think I do pretty good on these except maybe 5. I think it's a good point to remember that because it says whole grains only means that it includes some of that, it might have some bleached flour as well.

Easter Monday

So it's Easter Monday. I have to work. (well I didn't take holidays). I think I do need to take holidays soon. I'm getting a bit worn out from work. Just looking forward to leaving at the end of the day ya know?

Anyway, how was your weekend? Mine was alright. Somewhat wasteful. I did enjoy it at the time. But I did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Friday especially. I watched about 5 movies, took a nap. that's about it. We even had a couple friends over that night and I just stayed in my sweat pants and just watched tv with them. Bad hostessing. But I was wiped on friday for some reason.

Saturday we got up reasonably early because we had shopping plans. And even that didn't go productively. But it wasn't bad. We just had to return something to Rona, but we decided to look around at the "stuff" we need for the basement (right now working on a shower, but still need to figure out flooring). I'm having a hard time with the basement, going piece by piece. I wish I knew what the whole thing would cost and could scrimp here and splurge there, but I don't know so I'm trying to scrimp everywhere. I'm having a hard time with everything, like deciding where to put light fixtures and light switches and does this room need a dimmer just because they're fun, but should it have another switch as well over by the stairs and we can always put a lamp there if it's too dark and even though the light is centered in the room, it looks off centered because of the beam so should we move it anyway?

I think it would be easier if I had a whole plan of everything at once. But hubby doesn't work that way and he's doing the work.

Anyway, so we wandered around looking at house stuff and I thought that we were going to do carpet because, well, it's a basement and that's what you do. But I then realized that the carpets I liked were MORE expensive than laminate (and even some hardwood, but then you need a false floor thing and then it's too short). And I was never fussy about "ew laminate" because I think you can hardly tell and it looks really nice. But can you really do laminate in a basement? Won't we have to get area rugs then? Won't it be too dusty and dirty all the time? Too hard and cold? Maybe I should be less fussy about the carpet I like?

Anyway, so that was saturday. That wasn't even on the shopping we were supposed to do. It was extra bonus. Eventually get home. And I finally go for a run.

Hurray! It was a great run. I did no intervals. Tried to keep a decent pace and go a decent distance. I guess that's a tempo run then right? I dunno. I felt great the whole way, not tired in the legs or in the endurance or bored. It was too much for Daisy. I was practically dragging her at the end. She put on some pounds this winter and hasn't been taking Step 3 times a week. Oh well, we'll get her back there.

Saturday night was more tv and more internet and some scrapbooking. Sunday, after I taught class, nothing else either. This week has to be about cleaning the house now for MIL (DEEP cleaning). That's fine. I don't mind cleaning. I think I also want to make some muffins or some scones or some other interesting impressive snack. Maybe bagels again. A coffee cake? Anybody have any ideas? Something brunch like. I don't think there's going to be much visiting here on the weekend as it's my little niece's birthday party so everything will be over there. But they're sleeping here!

what else...Oh Daisy ate my lens cap for my camera already. I was really upset. Not so much with her because she just eats anything. I know that. But with myself for leaving it somewhere that she could get and eat. 2 bright sides to this though. It was just a lens cap, just enough to be a reminder to take better care of my things. AND I get to buy a new one, so I'm shopping ebay for lens caps and maybe some UV and Polarizing filters while I'm at it, maybe a cheap zoom lens if I see it. So fun. Now I just need occassions and opportunities to take pictures! I need some subjects!

Ok, that's all I got. I also need to get serious about strength training (I know what works for my body!). I ate chocolate this weekend. And perogies. And banana bread. And I wore my capris from last summer and they don't fit great. They're tight even on the calves. All week, cleaning and weights.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

sunset pictures and my dog.

Here's my dog. and the sunset from our nice little photoshoot the other day. Too bad I had to leave her color and long leash on or I was scared she'd run away. I think I might not have to worry about it since she rarely hit the end of her leash.

Here's my pretty dog. The sky is washed out but that had to happen to get Daisy not a silhouette. Pretty huh?
This if the view outside my back door. Nice sky, skyline isn't that great but whatever.
This one is from our honeymoon. That's hubby and I. I just photoshopped it up a bit. Added some contrast and brightened the colors. Beauty huh?

something real

So a real post. How do these work again?

My camera has been interfering with my workout. Well only yesterday. I got home late (my dad took me out for supper) and then the sun was setting so I loaded my camera and my dog and went to find pretty pictures. I got some good ones. Then I played with them in photoshop to make them even prettier! It was great. But took all night. Thank goodness it's the weekend so I have more time.

My dog is already annoyed with me taking her picture. She'll be sleeping in the middle of the floor and I'm clicking away. She'll open her eyes, basically roll her eyes at me, then get up and go put herself in her kennel. It's adorable. Hubby suggested I go buy myself some flowers today so I have something to take pictures of. Good idea.

So my eating's been only alright. I sort of just did normal things instead of being conscious about it. But my after supper snacking has been off so that's good. I'm almost getting sick of strawberries. So in a way that's good. I've been eating a lot of fruit. Last night with my dad I had a chicken quesadilla, not the best, not the worst. Ate 3/4 of it. Today at lunch the boss is ordering in pizza. I can definately handle that. I brought some fruit and yogurt for afternoon, so I'm sure I can have 2 pieces and call 'er quits. Not sure what's going on for supper. I'm going to my brother's house, last week they cooked for me, might just be cereal tonight. I teach at 6:45 on thursdays, so I go there after work and we all watch Lost together. It is so nice to have somebody else to watch Lost with. (they caught up last summer with the DVDs). It's the kind of show you need to say "OMG DID YOU SEE THAT! What do you think that means? How can they not remember this if it's the past? why didn't Sun go back too?" etc etc.

Speaking of class. I taught on Sunday and a girl fell and hurt her wrist (I had to get an ice pack from the front desk while the other instructor taught, then came back all flustered, JUST in time to teach my songs, ugh, there were mistakes). And then I taught on Tuesday and ANOTHER girl fell! Both times I wasn't instructing but still. That's weird, I've been taking step for years and never saw anybody fall. Hopefully it doesn't happen again today!

So thank goodness it's a long weekend. And also hurray for us not having plans. I feel sort of bad but I'm looking forward to NOT going home. It's always fine when we're there. but it just seems chaotic, with all the people and the driving back and forth (our parents are 5 minutes apart so we have to do everything twice) and the kids and the packing. I just like to be at home where I can be productive or be in charge of the remote or just leave the dishes and not have to be a good guest.

So what are my plans? I want to take pictures, I want to scrapbook, go for a run (we're supposed to hit 18 degrees saturday!), maybe 2 runs. Do some cooking/baking/preparing. Maybe hot crossed buns? though they're supposed to be done by now. Then Sunday I have to teach a class (who's going to come to a class Easter Sunday morning?) and then the rest of the day will be spent cleaning. Spring cleaning. MIL cleaning. They're coming and staying at our house the weekend after Easter. So I need to clean up my scrapbook room/spare bedroom, plus do a big dust and scrub on the whole house since my MIL is the exact sort of horrible MIL who will comment if there is toothpaste splatter on the bathroom mirror ("I guess you've been too busy to do house work lately with your new job"). Plus she complains about Daisy shedding or jumping on the couch. Well it's Daisy's house more than yours! Hm. I'm making up things she's going to say and then getting mad at her. That can't be healthy.

Ok, well gonna catch up on a few blogs. I feel behind, I haven't been commenting but I've been reading. I also plan on reading every last post of Pioneer Woman so I am no longer distracted constantly. I appologize to those of you whom I've infected as well.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I suck at blogging.

Since I found Pioneer Woman, that and trying to work. Well and not having anything interesting to say. Sorry dudes (if you care). Nothing new to report. Looking forward to the weekend. Over and out.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


I got my camera last night. So after 20 minutes of sprint intervals (ok, fast run) I played with it for a few hours. Unfortunately I had no subjects but a dog sitting in the dark and my hubby playing (working) in the basement in the dust. So I tried out settings and took bad pictures. But I had so much fun.

Today I'm leaving work early to drop off a pile of junk at the university (FINALLY winding up my thesis junk) then I have a dentist appointment. THEN I teach Step. Then it's home and more camera-ing. I'm planning on sunset pictures today. hurray! If I get any good ones I'll show you.

anyway, nothing new to say, trying to do some work before I leave in an hour.

Monday, April 6, 2009


I'm obsessed. seriously. Anybody else familiar with the Pioneer Woman? I couldn't do any work last week because of her. And my weekend was filled with her in so many ways (I made a modified version of this, it was super good, but very very bad.) I'm catching up on every post. Period. She's been doing this since 06 so I've got a lot of work ahead of me. But I can't seem to do anything except read it. Trouble.

So my weekend was great. Full of nothing. First weekend like that in a long time. But it also doesn't seem like nothing. Friday night was a wine tasting at my sister's. I drank POM juice and mango juice. Ate some cheese and grapes. Very mild though. But it went from 7:00 until 2:00!!! Wowza! Lots of visiting.

Then saturday was nothing most of the day, made cookies that were gross. walked the dog. read PW. Evening came, hubby and I hit up Nickelback! yay! We had floor seats, which means we had no seats. standing. Which is alright. Except when you have to stand for the 2 openers as well and all the waiting between sets. My feet and back killed. And I wore sensible shoes. I felt sorry for the girls in their spike heel boots. But only a little, because it meant they could see better too, I was on my tippytoes a lot. (openers were Saving Abel and Seether, both really good). But Nickelback was great. I knew every song which was nice, they didn't do any "new" stuff unreleased or anything.

What capped off the night was our parking. We were geniuses and didn't park in the parking lot, but rather a block over on a side street. So we could walk to our car, and drive instantly. I've been stuck in that darn parking lot for hours before.

Then Sunday I got up and went to teach class. It was alright. During the first track (the other girl taught) somebody tripped on her step and fell, hurting her wrist. Badly. She was crying in an emergency sort of way. So since I wasn't teaching, I went out with her and her husband and got ice for them and sort of felt silly because I didn't know what to do. Should I make her go to the doctor? Should I leave? What? Eventually they sort of thanked me and I took it as my cue to leave. Oh! just in time to teach track 2! I was a bit flustered at first and screwed up a little, but I got better as it went. I did a few tracks, then she did, then I did the cool down. I love the cool down and abs and stretching.

Anyway, I got groceries after that to save myself going today. Then home. Where I sat in front of the tv with my laptop for basically the rest of the day. I guess I also made banana bread and the PW pasta carbonara. (which is my lunch today, heaven!) I guess if you're going to do pasta, do it right huh? I didn't do the raw eggs like it says, since it grosses me out, I used cream, because I bought it to make pasta last week and didn't. It worked out well. But so much bacon and grease and butter! yum.

I can avoid my guilt by saying I rarely eat pasta, and this is so "hearty" I don't need a big serving. Plus I'm generally not scared of fat since it keeps me so full. (but bacon grease...still a bit scary).

Anyway, last night hubby and I sat down and watched a movie together (aside from all the movies we watched in the same room on and off all weekend). It was nice. Hubby's sort of waiting on the basement for a bit because we need an electrician, probably won't get one before Easter so we've got a week to hang out together. Nice.

Anyway, no class tonight, gonna run with the dog. Snow really disappeared a lot last week and my tulips are starting to peak out of the ground, that means it's time to run.

Friday, April 3, 2009


Now, what was it I came on here early to say? hm...

Oh yeah, I remember. WI 144.2! So that's um, 2.6 lbs in a week!!! yabba dabba doo!!!

To what do I credit my great loss? Well I have been doing alright on the eating. Exercising has been great (I got in a HIIT and heavy weights this week, on top of all the Step). But I don't think that's it. I think it's hormonal. I went off the pill this week. (so that might have something to do with my dream huh?) I'm not pregnant though (fo shor). And that might be the last time I talk about any of that! (well probably not, but it is a bit weird to know other people know we're starting to try, like what if it doesn't happen right away, or it does and then you all know. I guess it won't be weird on here as it's like a diary and I don't know any of you. but that's why we're not telling real people. haha, you're pretend!) I will clarify that we're not starting to TRY, but just see what happens for a little while, until Sis's wedding at least.

Anyway, yes, with the loss of those fake hormones, I feel great. I'm still worried about what TOM will be like, but we'll face that when we get there. I'm attributing things to it that are probably unrelated, like my sleeping has been better, falling asleep right away, waking up ready to go, the weight that peeled off this week. I dunno, I'll take it.

So I taught a step class yesterday. I was a bit nervous about it because I didn't have a chance to practice all week. I was going to wednesday night, but we had an insurance lady come visit and was over an hour late! (she called, but still, totally lost the evening). But the class went alright. More practice wouldn't have helped much. I did screw a couple things up, but the class all was beginners and had never stepped before and didn't know what it meant when I'd call out what was coming, they didn't know what the things were anyway! Tough one. Oh well. Now I've got a couple days off and I teach Sunday morning.

Tonight I'm going to a Girl's Night Out get together (that "splurge group" I'm part of, that doesn't splurge on anything, but takes turns planning a hosting whatever they want). It's at my sister's this month, and she's doing a wine tasting. I don't like wine, which is fine. I just like the visiting and cheese. She said she'd have punch or something for me. I wish I had my new camera to goof around with (supposed to be here tuesday!).

Tomorrow night is Nickelback concert! All day I've got no plans though. So just regular house cleaning, working out, tv watching. Maybe some scrapbooking. I actually need to print some pictures to do the pages I want (I haven't done anything about my races last year! Good thing I blog so I can look up my times!) Maybe shopping, but that wasn't much fun last time. I'll wait until I'm down a bit more maybe. Or maybe I'll go. We'll see. (I've got a gift card for the mall for my birthday).

Anyway, that's about it for now. Have a good weekend everyone! I plan on it!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

baby talk

This is unrelated to working out or food or weight.

I had a dream last night. First, I never have dreams. EVER. (yes I know I probably have dreams because everyone dreams, but they must be of like a counter top or something boring, plus I never remember them). Anyway, I dreamed that I was pregnant and had twins and we didn't know they were twins and they were early, and we left the hospital and forgot to name them and I was struggling with feeding and holding twins and hubby wasn't helping, he was visiting with his family who came to see us and the babies, and then I realized that I forgot to call my mom and tell her I had the babies. Isn't that weird? (granted all dreams are weird, but still).

I heard before that baby dreams are almost always true. Like if a mom dreams she's pregnant with a girl, then she has a girl. I wonder if it's true about twins. But maybe you have to be pregnant for your baby dreams to be real. I'm not pregnant, but it is now on the table. Weird.

I hope I have twins.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I didn't get my Rebel

But I did order it online. I left work early because I was so darn excited to get it. I stopped at Walmart to buy a memory card (I even did my price checking for those!). Then went to Costco. Got the slip of paper you need to bring to the till, then wandered around the store for like 5 minutes. Didn't need anything. Get to the till, pay for it, they send a manager for my camera. She shows up - no camera. They had sold the last one to a girl in the checkout before me. SICK! If I wouldn't have walked around the store, or went to Walmart after or something I would have it. But they did only have the display model for that girl, so at least I'll get a new one in a box. They're getting more in store, but it will take weeks. I was bummed and contemplating getting the second cheapest one in town (for an extra $30) when I remembered that I could buy it online! So I ordered it last night, with only a $10 shipping fee, and it will be at my house in 3-5 days! sweet!

not as sweet as having it already would be. But still.

So instead I let myself buy supper as a treat. I had a turkey breast sub with no cheese, lots of veggies. Oh, and 2 cookies. And then goody rings when I got home. DOH! at least it ended there. And when I laced up my sneakers and went out for some HIIT running! YAY! It sucked! I only did 30 seconds hard and 2 minutes light. MAN my conditioning has gone down hill. I wore my Garmin with HRM, my HR was right where it was supposed to be, soaring through the roof. But my speeds were much slower than usual. (aka, I was working harder but going slower). Oh well, at least I got it started in March. If I can keep that up twice a week I'll only get better. Nothing burns fat like intervals. I know this, I should do it.

I was going to do some weights when I got home too. But just wasn't feeling it. Cleaned the house, then spent some time on the computer (downloading songs, looking at Garmin results). Plus caught up on biggest loser. SPOILER!!! I felt bad for that new girl. I wish she stayed and Ron went home. He bugs me.

Ok, well, tonight I've got a pork stir fry ready for supper. Then I have to practice my tracks and pre class ramble (I've got the first 3 tracks tomorrow!). Plus hopefully do some weights, but we've got an insurance lady coming at 7:30. So annoying these 6 month visits. You've got our money, leave us alone! I already feel over insured!

(did you know that if you just put away the money you'd pay for some insurances, then you'd make more money than if they paid you out for an accident or something. Oh, Canada only. And only for things like accident insurance where they pay you if you stay in a hospital or get stitches. I hate that stuff, then you're hoping for it to happen, and hoping you have to stay home from work, so you can MAKE MONEY when something bad happens. It shouldn't be a good thing)

Anyway, I hate insurance. It goes with the union thing. Too many wrong attitudes involved (for the most part, obviously there are good things about both)

rant over. back to work.