Friday, January 31, 2014

A Better Me, Week 19

It's a day early, I know.  But, I'm a Girl Guide camp this weekend.  We're taking our Guides and Pathfinders to do some winter camp skills and horseback riding.  I'm so excited.  I think winter camp is probably my favourite camp of the year.
Sadly, I now need to go by snow about leaving it until the last minute, right?

Anyway, since I won't be able to weigh in tomorrow I went this morning and I'm happy to say I'm down once again!  Another 1.2 lbs.  That gives me a total of 43.5 lbs!  I'm closing in on 50!!!  I can't wait to get there.

Well, I'm off to do laundry and hunt for some snow pants.  Wish me luck.  Hope you all have a great week.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Better Me, Week 18

Wow!  Where did all that snow come from?  It was crazy out there today and I don't think it's done yet.  I hope those of you that are getting this wicked winter storm, you're home safe & sound.

I braved the weather this morning bright and early for my weekly weigh in and I'm pleased to say I'm down 1.5 lbs.  That's 42.3 lbs. to date.  I think my losses have started to finally slow down to what is considered "normal" weight loss.  At first, this bummed me out.  But today I realized, it's not about the numbers.  It's about being healthy and feeling good...and you know what?  I do, I feel great!  I did 2 hours on the treadmill this week and for the first time in my life, I'm thinking of other ways I can be active.  I've got Wii fit, that's never really been I'm gonna dust that off.  We've got "Just Dance" for the Wii which has a "just sweat" programme...guess what?  I'm gonna try that too.  Oh and that exercise ball I used to use as a desk's going to be put to use the way it was meant to be.

I'm loving how much more energy I have these days.  I still have moments where I'm like...ugh, I don't want to...but then I think, yes, I do.  I want to and I need to and I do it...and I feel so much better for it.

How was your week?  I'd love to hear about it!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Better Me, Week 17

What a crazy week.  Pickle was sick Thursday & Friday.  Turns out she has Fifths disease (slapped cheek).  Poor kid has the reddest cheeks I've ever seen.
We had to attend a funeral on Monday for a family member and I had a wicked migraine on Thursday.  Needless to say, the week was rough and staying on plan wasn't easy.

I went into my meeting yesterday resigned to the fact that I was about to have my first gain.  How could I not after the week I'd had?  I was wrong.  I'm down 0.6 lbs this week.  Yep, not even a full pound; but, you know what?  I'll take it!  A loss is a loss and considering I thought I was going to gain, I'm happy to see the numbers going down.

I'm back on plan this week.  I had a delicious breakfast with my girls this morning consisting of low-fat scrambled eggs, low-fat toast and hot water with lemon.  I had an apple on side and I'm read to rock.  I managed to get some grocery shopping done and I was amazed at how fast it goes when you only shop the perimeter of the store.  All the good for you foods can be found around the edge of the store.  No need to go up and down aisles loading up on packaged, processed foods.  I thank Weight Watchers for giving me that little tidbit of information.  I was in and out of the grocery store in 20 minutes!

Lunch was low-fat yogurt, a cup of blueberries and a tuna & cucumber sandwich on low-fat bread; yum!  I'm feeling better being back on plan and I'm hoping for another successful week.

How did you do?  Have you joined me on my #weightlossjourney to a #betterme?

I'd love to hear from you.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

#50BookPledge, Book 1

I did it, I finished my first book of 2014.  It only took me...forever!

The book was Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon.  It's the fourth book in the Outlander series and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  In fact, behind Outlander this is probably my favourite book of the series.

I love reading about Claire and Jamie and how their life on Fraser's Ridge takes shape.  But in this fourth book, Brianna and Roger have a larger part in the story line and I loved the path the story took.  I wanted to read more to find out how the four lives were going to be affected by the events of the story.

I would say Drums of Autumn is a must read for any Outlander fan.  Of course, who am I kidding?  If you're a fan, you've likely already read this and the other books in the series.

I'm on to read the fourth book of the James Potter series for my second selection of 2014.  Stay tuned for an update.

Read on!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

A Better Me, Week 16

16 weeks...4 months.  That's how long I've been on this #weightlossjourney, and I couldn't be more proud of my success.
Losing weight isn't easy.  Most people, who haven't struggled to lose weight, just assume that by eating better or getting off your ass the weight will just fall off.  But, that isn't the case.  Yes, eating well helps and exercise definitely improve things; but, it isn't the perfect recipe for success.  It is careful monitoring everything that goes into your body; from quality to quantity; and everything in between.

Weight Watchers PointsPlus plan has been instrumental in my success.  Tracking everything I eat, weighing, measuring and following their tips and tricks have gotten me to where I am today.  And, I'll continue to follow their PointsPlus plan until I reach my ultimate goal.

Weigh-in this week was yet another success.  I'm down 3.5 lbs.  That makes 40.2 lbs in total!  40 lbs in 4 months!!!  I still can't believe it sometimes.  That's a whole Pickle!  Yup, I lost what my littlest daughter's CRAZY!  Boo wants to know when I've lost him.  I told him it'll be a while till I hit that weight yet; but, I WILL do it!

It was amazing yesterday to see some friends I haven't seen in a year and when I walked into the room they were all "oh my gosh, you look great!".  I can't even begin to express how awesome that felt.  All my clothes fit a little, or in some cases a lot, looser and I can see a difference in my face.  I still don't really see it anywhere else; but, the loose clothing and lower numbers on the scale are proof that things are changing.  My goal is to make it through the winter and into the spring in the clothing I have.  Then, when the new spring/summer clothing starts to come into stores, I'll use the gift cards I got for Christmas to buy new clothing for summer.  In theory they will be at least 2 sizes smaller than what I currently have in my closet for summer.  Hopefully, by next winter that'll be 3 or 4 sizes smaller and I'll need a new winter wardrobe too.
I'm well on my way to a #betterme!

How are you doing on your journey.  I'd love to hear from you.

Till next week...happy trails :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Better Me, Week 15

I did it!  I made it through the holidays without gaining weight.  What's better, is I actually lost weight!  I'm down another 1.6 lbs this week.  That makes 36.7 lbs so far.

I'm so proud that I didn't become a statistic this holiday season.

How did you do?  Are you ready to become healthier in 2014?  I'd love for you to join me along this #weightlossjourney to a #betterme.

Send me a note to tell me how you plan to become a better you this year.

Thursday, January 2, 2014


So here we are.  January has begun and I've run out of time to hit my #50BookPledge goal of reading 50 books in 2013.  Looks like I've stalled at 34 books.  I'm about half way through what would have been book 35; but I guess that will end up being book 1 for 2014!

My plan was to review each of the books as I went; but, life got in the way so it didn't happen.    Here are the two reviews I did manage to write on The Painted Girls and James Potter and the Vault of Destinies.

I'm all set up with my pledge for 2014.  I've set my goal at 50 books once again.  I'm not sure I'll get there; but, it's always good to set your goals high, right?  Who's going to join me on my #50bookpledge?  You can sign up here.  I hope to blog better about my reads this year.  I'd love to hear about what you're reading, so feel free to share your thoughts by commenting on any of my #50bookpledge posts.