Thursday, February 27, 2014

Feeling Good

It happened!  That moment I've been waiting for since starting my weight loss journey 5 month ago. 
I ran into someone I haven't seen in over a year; someone whom I don't speak with or follow on social media; and they noticed!  It started off with the "you look different" comment and then "did you do something to your hair?"; and then I admitted to losing 49.5 lbs.  Of course, they were very happy for me; but it wasn't even getting the acknowledgement that made me feel good.  It was the "you look different" comment that made my day.

I see my clothes fitting better, or becoming too big and I can see the weight loss in my face and neck; but, having someone else notice...someone that didn't know that I've been working towards a better me...it made me feel so good and it's given me the motivation to keep going.  I will get to my ultimate goal no matter how hard the journey.

It boggles me how one simple comment can make me feel so good.  But that's what life is like.  A series of moments coming together to become something amazing.  This is just one moment along the way!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Better Me, Week 22

So close.

After today's weigh-in and a loss of 2.1 lbs, I've lost 49.5 lbs!  Not 50, 49.5.  I'm SO close I can taste it. 
I'm going to keep on plugging because I know I'll get there.

How was your week?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cheering for the Home Team


Wow!  What an amazing couple of days for the Canadian Olympic team!  Like many other proud Canadians, I've been riveted to the games.  While I'm not much of a hockey fan, my adrenaline was pumping fast a furious during yesterday's Women's Hockey Gold Medal game.  Today, our men take on the Americans in the semi-final.  Thank goodness for updates on my phone...I'll know what's happening even if I can't watch the game while I'm at work.

There's just something about the Olympics that makes Canadians (and other countries) stand proud and true.  In Hamilton, the highway overpasses have been dotted with Canadian flags; and everytime I pass one I smile to myself. 
I've always been a proud Canadian; however, the games just seem to bring a heightened sense of pride to the forefront.

And so I say this to all our Olympic athletes, medalists or not, THANK YOU for a job well done.  You've done Canada proud.

Go Canada Go

Oh yeah, and Boo got to hang out with three-time Olympic medalist Cherie Piper...and try on her Vancouver 2010 Gold medal...how cool is that?!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Better Me, Week 21

It's a gorgeous Saturday morning in Hamilton!  I was glad to get out this morning to get weighed.  I'm down 1.2 lbs this week.  The gap on 50 is closing quickly!  I'm at 47.4 lbs lost total and I feel great.

Even being sick this week, I managed to get in some crunches and leg raises as well as a 4km walk on Sunday.  I gotta tell ya, exercising when you're sick totally sucks; but I'm glad I did it.  Looking forward to getting on the treadmill tomorrow and Monday.  I'm working out a plan this week and trying to plan my exercise nights into my schedule.  I'm always so busy with kids' stuff and Stampin' Up! that it's a last minute decision as to whether I can fit it in.  There's nothing worse that setting out to do an hour on the treadmill at 9pm and then I'm wired and can't go to sleep.  Hopefully, by scheduling and planning in advance, I'll be able to better fit exercise into my daily routine.

Well...I'm off to the pool.  Not for me, for the kids.  The mom chauffeur is never off-duty.

Have a great week and I'd love to hear how you're doing on your #weightlossjourney.  Be sure to check in on a #betterme next week.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Better Me, Week 20

It was another successful week at the scales.  I'm down 2.7 lbs. this week, making my total 46.3 lbs.  I got some great walks on the treadmill and a whole lot of of quality activity points playing out in the snow last Saturday at our Guide camp!  We were outside pretty much all day Saturday and it was fantastic!
I'll post about camp in a bit, so watch for that.  In the meanwhile, I'm keeping it short this week.  So have a fantastic week and check back next Saturday for this week's progress.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Delicious Homemade Tomato Soup

I'm all dug out after yesterday's 31cm of snow!  What a crazy day.  I hope you were all safe and sound and didn't have to travel too far in that blizzardy weather.

I was fortunate to be able to work from home yesterday and on a cold and blustery day I thought soup would make a perfect dinner option.  I decided to try making a tomato soup; something I've never done before.  I followed a friends' recipe and I have to say it was DELICIOUS!  Quick easy and filling, it was a hit with everyone except Boo.  Pretty, who is normally the pickiest eater around, even ate it!

When I entered it into the Weight Watchers eTools recipe builder, I was very happy to see that the soup is only 2 PointsPlus points per serving!

Here's the recipe:

3 cans diced tomatoes (approx 10 cups).
     I used the diced tomatoes I canned myself this summer and I used 2.5L worth.
4 cups 1% milk (the recipe actually called for whole milk)
2 Tbsp tomato pasted
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp sugar
4 Tbsp flour
3 garlic cloves
Fresh basil, salt & pepper to taste.
1 medium onion chopped finely

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high 4-6 hours or low 8-10 hours.  I blended the mixture after it had cooked to puree the chunks of onion and tomato, making it more kid-friendly.  I also found this helped to thicken it up.

1 cup per serving.  Makes approximately 16-17 servings. 

I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did!