Monday, 27 February 2017

End of Week 40 - The wrong shoes and new jeans :-)

Happy Monday - its a brand new week.

We had some really balmy weather last Friday - to the point it reached 11c (52f), quite warm for a Canadian Winter.  So, in the afternoon I decided to get some fresh air and go for a good walk.  The two pairs of trainers I have, that I wear all the time, one for my Treadclimber and one for the gym, do not get worn outside - purely because I don't like to ruin machines with stones that get stuck in the treads of shoes :-)

Anyway's the only other pair of shoes/trainers that I had were Hikers!  Off I went on my walk - oh my - that was a big mistake.  I did manage the walk, avoiding snow puddles and gritted path ways, however, I knew I was going to be in trouble as I was walking extremely flat footed.  For the next few days, I felt as if I had walked a marathon, not just 5km!  I did keep up with my other exercise though and it did help to walk off the muscles that were hurting.

Lesson learned - wear the correct shoes for the activity!  As soon as the Spring arrives properly, I will buy another pair of trainers like the ones I have for indoor - as I love them and have worn them outside before I started down the gym (so know they are comfortable) and then will be happy to go walking in the warmer weather :-)

Hmmmm - new jeans :-)  Having got rid of all my big clothes to charity, my wardrobe is looking rather sparse and although I really don't want to get too many new clothes (as I'm still loosing weight) I do need some to live in :-)

We were in Costco at the weekend and I found some lovely jeans (that weren't hipsters!), but the dilemma is what size should I get.  Anyways, I decided to pick up a size 12 to see if they would fit, bringing them home to try, as I could always take them back if they were too small.

Oh my!  I am beaming from ear to ear!  I never thought I would say that I could wear a size 12 pair of jeans - but they fit perfectly and are so comfortable!  I know I still have a way to go, but this makes me feel so good about myself and onwards and downwards I go :-)

Anyways, on with the workouts for this past week.

I have upped the time I spend at the gym, just by 10 minutes - by doing a 10 minute warm up, the 20 minute strength exercises and then the 10 minute cool down.  Every little helps - right :-)

I also managed to go up another level in fitness, to 62, on the Treadclimber - so happy about that.

Onto the weigh in.

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 39
159 lb

Weight this Week
158 lb

Weight Loss
1 lb

Weight Loss Total
62 lb

Another 1 lb down, and each week that step closer to my next goal.  

Last week I shared some photo's of my progress so far, I made up a couple of side by side photo's too that really show the difference. In order, 21 May 2016, 26 Nov 2016 and 18 Feb 2017 :-)

Thanks so much for your support and encouragement as I continue along this journey.

Have a fabulous week.

Quote of the Day

"Believe you can
you're halfway there."
Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, 20 February 2017

End of Week 39 - A Spring in my Step

Good day everyone. WOW it's the 20 February already!

Andy and I had a date night on Saturday - we went to see Amy Schumer - she was hilarious!

I really do have a Spring in my step - certainly have a way better stride and can keep up with the hubster!  No more wobbling about for me :-)  I feel so much happier and have a way more positive out look on life in general.

Anyways, here's the workouts.

Last Wednesday I had a mammogram done, and we had a major snowstorm.  It took me 2 hours to do a 20 minute trip to the clinic!  I didn't feel like my workout when I got back and I didn't go to the gym either.

As you can see I am up yet another level on the fitness scale - to 61 :-)  Getting fitter and fitter.  Will have to do some more measurements too!

In fact here goes!  As I reached my first major goal last week - let's see how I'm doing :-)

And while we are at it, how about some comparison photos :-)

21 May 2016 the start!        

 26 Nov 2016 - 6 months on!


First Major goal - 160 lb
18 Feb 2017
9 months down the road.


There you have it - progress :-)

Best get on with that weigh in :-)

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 38
160 lb

Weight this Week
159 lb

Weight Loss
1 lb

Weight Loss Total
61 lb

So happy to still see it coming off and of course you can really see the difference in me :-)

Pssst - Hubby has now lost 15lb since 9 Jan when he joined me on this journey - go hubster xx

I hope you all have a fabulous week.

Quote of the Day

"Take pride in how far you've come.
Have faith in how far you can go.
But don't forget to enjoy the journey."
Michael Josephson (Lecturer/speaker - former law professor)

Monday, 13 February 2017

End of Week 38 - Goal! and a new one!

Happy Monday everyone.

Here we are another week gone and into the middle of February we go.

Do you have any plans for Valentines Day tomorrow?  I am off out with the hubster for a Valentines Hockey night LOL!

We have had lots of snow this past weekend and still more in the forecast, can't wait for Spring to arrive.

Short and sweet this week. lets see the work outs :-)

I've upped the game again, and reached 60 on the fitness scale for the Treadclimber - more about that HERE.  Only another 8 and I will reach excellent fitness level :-)

I am enjoying going to the gym too and already seeing some improvement in my overall strength.

It's weigh in time!

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 37
161 lb

Weight this Week
160 lb

Weight Loss
1 lb

Weight Loss Total
60 lb

Whoop Whoop - I did it !!!  I reached my first major goal !!  I have not been that weight since 2002, yep you read that correctly 2002!!

So, I have decided to set a new goal.  Canada is celebrating it's 150th year this year, on the 1st July, Canada Day, with lot's of celebrations.  

So, guess what my next goal is going to be?   

I have set my next goal as 150 lb.  Do you think I can do that by July 1st?  I know it is going to get harder the lower I get, but I can do this.  150lb is 10st 10lb in UK measurements and I haven't been that weight since I joined the RAF in 1987! yep you read that right too! 30 years since I was at that weight!!

Onwards and downwards and I really appreciate those of you that are encouraging me on this journey, thank you.

Quote of the Day

"Happiness is not something
ready made.
It comes from your own actions."
Dalai Lama

Monday, 6 February 2017

End of Week 37 - Great Week

Happy Monday everyone.

Hope you had a fabulous week.

I have had a great week this week and even had some treats.  It is Emily's 16th Birthday today, so on Saturday we went out for a meal and it was her choice to visit East Side Marios (pasta, pizza, salads) for her birthday meal.

The rules changed recently in Canada that all restaurants (over 20 places), by law, have to give calorific and nutritional information on all their menu items. This makes it so much easier for me, as I was able to check online first and make my choices before even getting to the restaurant.  I had a delicious Tuscan Chicken Salad.

Andy and I also went down to our Winter Festival in Ottawa - Winterlude. It is our annual festival that runs over 2 weeks to celebrate Winter Canadian Style.  Thought I would share a few photo's from our walk around the Crystal Garden.

 Canada is celebrating it's 150th Birthday this year :-)

 In progress, it was amazing to watch them cutting the ice!

 Look at the detail!  Can you believe that is all ice!


 Was in awe of this amazing peacock!

 This beautiful wall as we walked into the gardens.

 A Beaver tail - we shared one :-) For those of you non-Canadian's, think of it as a flat donut :-)

And just the two of us, standing in front of the carved 150 :-)
Happy Birthday Canada

Anyway, enough of the photos :-)

The workouts.

Let's weigh in.

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 36
163.5 lb

Weight this Week
161 lb

Weight Loss
2.5 lb

Weight Loss Total
59 lb

I am 1 lb away from my first major goal - whoop whoop LOL!

I am going to set another goal once I reach that 160 lb, more about that when I get there :-)

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Quote of the Day (Shared by I am Enough Coaching)

"Sometimes the smallest step
in the right direction
ends up being the
biggest step of your life.
Tiptoe if you must,
take a step."
Naeem Callaway (Pastor and blog Author "Spiritual Inspiration")