Saturday, March 12, 2016

Better Me v2.0 Week 3

This week sucked.  I gained 4lbs!?  I had one bad day, that's it.  Of course, that day was Friday, the day before weigh in.  Not only did I blow points, but I ate some seriously high sodium foods.  I've no doubt a portion of the gain is due to the salt; but 4lbs?  There's only one thing to do...keep on plugging.  I'm owing the gain, wallowing for 30 seconds and moving forward.  I've got this.  I know I do!  

Wish me luck this week.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Better Me v2.0 Week 2

Woot!  Down another 2.4lbs this week and feeling awesome!  I got out to enjoy the warmer weather with a 6km walk.

Can't wait to see how this week goes!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Better Me v2.0 Week 1

As promised, I'm taking charge and getting back on track.  I'm down 2.3lbd this week!  It feels great to be back and have a goal.  While my larger goals include losing the weight I've gained and ultimately continuing to reach my goal weight; my short term goal right now is to track everything and to change my middle number.  Small yet attainable goals will keep me motivated.

Stay tuned to see how I do this week!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Coming Clean and a Fresh Start

 A little over two years ago  I started my weight loss journey and joined weight watchers.   Within the first year, I lost 95 pounds and I was so  beyond proud of myself.  

 Sometime after the first year, I stopped tracking and weighing and measuring.  As a result, I have gained back 40 pounds.   I am disgusted with myself; after working so hard. I threw it away without much thought.   Each week I weigh in and see the scale creep up, pound by pound, and say this week I'll get back on track.  Here we are another year later and  while I can still say I've lost 50+ pounds, I'm not okay with it.  

 It's time to seriously get back on track.   I'm hoping this post is the start of my revamp.   Not only do I want  to lose the 40 pounds I put back on,  I want to hit my goal.   I can, and I will, but I need help.   That's why am going to start blogging again and I hope you'll follow my #weightlossjourney to a #betterme.   I'd love to hear any tips, tricks or anything that's worked for you to help you stay on track.  

My cast comes off  tomorrow and with that I hope I'll be able to get back on the treadmill at least three nights a week.   I'll start off with just walking and hopefully be able to start on my couch to 5K program all over again soon.  

 Wish me luck I'm going to need it!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

I Survived!

It's been just over a week since I completed the OneWalk for all cancers.  What an incredible experience.

As part of team RBC, we started our event with a team reception at RBC watermark place on Friday night; followed by a delicious dinner with good friends.

The morning came far too early.  Not only was it dark, it was WET!  Despite that, we were all in good spirits!  By mid morning, the rain had stopped and we were stripping off out rain ponchos.

Outside Princess Margaret hospital, walkers could sign the wall in support of those touched by cancer.  I added the name of my Papa, who passed away from bladder cancer; and, a close family friend taken far too young, from ovarian cancer.

Some refuelling for lunch and we were on our way.  I ended up with the worst Charlie horse in my calf for the last 7 or so kilometres, and while I inevitably slowed my team down, we got it done!  25km completed, all for a good cause! 

Friday, September 11, 2015

OneWalk for Cancer

I'm sitting awaiting the arrival of my friend, colleague and soul sister as we embark on a crusade together.  We are heading into Toronto where tomorrow morning, at the crack of stupid, we will begin a 25 kilometre walk in support of all cancers.

I've been fundraising for about a year, with a personal goal to raise $1500 in support of research to end this deadly disease.  10 years ago, I lost my grandfather to bladder cancer.  Not long before that, a family friend died far too young, at the age of 19, from ovarian cancer.  There are currently four members in my immediate and extended family fighting their own battles with various forms of the disease.  Needless to say, I have a very good reason to be participating in this walk and doing everything I can to support the research efforts.

I'm walking because I can.  No matter how much I am going to struggle on the walk; no matter how tired and sore I will be afterward; I will walk because what I experience is going to be NOTHING compared to what those struggling with the disease are going through.

So, wish us luck as we take on a day to walk and make a difference!  You can still show your support by donating here:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Cruciate Surgey for Röxi

It has been an interesting couple of weeks in the Twingle family household.  Two weeks ago, our beloved pet Röxi was outside playing with the neighbourhood kids when we heard a yelp.  Not seeing what caused the cry, we could only see that she was favouring her left rear leg.  After a trip to our vet, we learned that she'd suffered a cruciate tear.  In other words, she'd torn her knee ligaments and would need surgery to repair the knee.  Röxi adapted rather quickly to functioning on three legs; and, had no problem taking advantage of the extra TLC she was receiving.

The vet assured us that this type of injury is common in dogs, some breeds more prone to it than others; but, the surgery would have her up and going in no time.  So less than a week later, we took her in for the surgery that would get her back on four feet.

The surgery went well and I went to pick her up the same day.  Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared for what I was about to learn.  No one warned us how intense her recovery was going to be.  We were sent home with 3 different prescriptions, 2 handouts of instructions and a cone to prevent her licking her stitches.  One of the hand outs details step by step, day by day, rehab exercises for us to do with Röxi.  The biggest hurdle?  NO stairs for 6 months!!!  What do you mean no stairs?  We have 8 steps into our backyard.  How is she going to go to the bathroom?  Not just that, we have to exercise her 3-4 times a day with a variety of different exercises.  No one said anything about how long and time consuming recovery was going to be; but, she's my baby and we'd figure it out together.  

We got home a little after 7pm, and I carried the baby into the house putting her on the couch beside me.  She whined and cried for TWO hours.  I was heart broken as I had no idea how to help her.

After many tears, mine and hers, I managed to get her into her crate for the night and settled in for a long, restless sleep.  And it was just that.  At one point, I heard Röxi yelp, but she settled down for the most part, crying only 6 or 7 times through the night.  

The next morning, Röxi was more alert and much calmer.  She still couldn't get around on her own but she was a lot more settled.  After speaking to the vet about the fact that she hadn't gone to the bathroom and wasn't using her "good" leg, we were told to give her a couple days and she'd figure it out.  Spoiled dog that she is, we carried her in and out all day long and she was definitely happy for a change in scenery. 

Sunday, was much of the same.  Still no bathroom usage outside.  She had gone pee in her crate overnight which we were glad to see.  She was happy to drink water and eat the cheese slices I was wrapping her pills in; but, otherwise she had no interest in eating or getting around on her own.

And so that brings us to Monday and another trip to the vet.  We needed to know what was going on with the "good" leg, and why she's not using it yet.  So after another set of X-rays, it looks like her "good" knee is now the injured knee.  Yep, that's right, she has to have surgery on the other leg.  After consulting with the surgeon, it has been decided that we need to wait 5 weeks before moving forward.  Not only to give the repaired knee more opportunity to heal, but to reduce the risk of complications during the new surgery. 

Now we wait...we wait for her to figure out how to get around; we wait for her to go to the bathroom on her own; and we wait for the next surgery.  

Despitee it all and this new set back, Röxi is a superstar.  She's been handling everything very well and allows us to do her passive range of motion exercises without even a whimper.  I know she's going to get through this in time, we just have to take things at her pace.