Monday, 29 May 2017

End of Week 53 - Guilty, Not Guilty, Fear of Failing!

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well.

Summer seems to come and go here at the moment, but the weather is definitely changing for the better and that makes me feel good.

I have a few things I want to talk about this week and not really sure where I'm going with it, but any comments/advice would be greatly appreciated.

How do you stop feeling guilty when you have a treat?  Should I even be feeling guilty?

After all, I changed the way I eat so that I don't class it as a diet, but more healthy eating and being aware of what I am eating.  So why feel guilty?!

I think it stems from so many years of  eating unhealthily and not caring what I was eating. Also, using food as a comfort and coping mechanism when things weren't going right in my life!  Now that I find myself on the healthier side of life and almost to goal, the fear is setting in - what if I fail?!

So, I have had to give myself a talking to this week, to try and get my mind set in the right place.

I have in no way, failed!  How can I have failed?

I have lost so much weight, I know that I feel 100% better than I have ever felt and I did this for me!

I believe I have taken the right steps.  I found two great blog posts about having that treat and found them very helpful.  Here are the Links,  "Food and Guilt" on the Hungry Healthy Happy blog and this one "You can stop feeling guilty about liking food" on the Sean Flanagan Fitness and Nutrition blog.

Sometimes, you just need a reminder that it is ok to feel like this and that you can do something about it.

A few of the key points I picked up from these two posts are :-

  1. Move away from the notion that there is "good" and "bad" food!  Food is neither and labeling it as such, gives the food control!  You are in control not the food!
  2. Remind myself that eating is about balance.  Have I had an otherwise healthy eating week, having that slice of cake and coffee is not bad.  Don't look at every food choice and analyse it, not every food you eat has to be "perfect".
  3. It's about choices that are right for me, and enjoying them and forming good habits.  Life shouldn't be full of guilt. Life is for living and for being happier with who I am.
  4. Skip the guilt :-)

So, I am in control is my new mantra :-)  I am doing this, I have done this, I have got this :-)

As the post is getting rather long I'll save the next bit till next week - all about image!

Onto the workouts.


Yep - that was 3 hours of gardening on Saturday!  Moving bricks, plants and a whole lot of other stuff :-)

Weigh in time.

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 52
144.5 lb

Weight this Week
144 lb

Weight Loss
0.5 lb

Weight Loss Total
76 lb

And there you have it - not failing and not feeling guilty!

Quote of the Day

"Success is not final,
failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue
that counts."
Winston Churchill

Monday, 22 May 2017

End of Week 52 - 1 Year Anniversary!

Hello there my blogging buddies.

Can you believe that I have been on this journey of getting fit for 1 year?!

I am most definitely fitter and feel so much better about myself.

This time last year my husband facilitated this journey, by letting us purchase a Treadclimber machine - we had it on a 60 day money back guarantee as I needed to see how it would be.  I had hip issues, knee issues and general health issues.

After the first use of the Treadclimber at just 1.5mph and for 15 minutes, I knew that I could do this. My knee didn't hurt, my hip didn't hurt  - the only thing, I ached like hell LOL!  From that day I knew that with the right determination I could do this!  I was quite regimented and used the machine every day, dropping to 6 days a week several months in.

In the New Year I joined the local gym with the hubster and so I did the Treadclimber and the gym throughout the week.  As the weather started to change, I have been able to get out walking in the fresh air and then go to the gym too.

Now, I seem to have gotten into a routine where I either do the gym or go for a Nordic Walk (weather permitting), the Treadclimber hasn't been used much these past few weeks and we are actually trying to sell it - but it is still there for the time being.

I will be forever grateful to the hubster for taking a leap of faith in me and encouraging me along this journey.  I would not have believed this time last year, that I could achieve what I have achieved and to finally feel happy about me.  I can even say that I honestly enjoy clothes shopping for the first time in my life :-)

Anyways's on with those workouts.


I did only manage 2 days at the gym and 2 walks this week.  Although, I did mow the lawns on Monday (and the mower weighs a ton) for 90 minutes and had a fabulous (almost) 10k walk with hubster on Saturday :-)

Onto the weigh in.

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 51
146 lb

Weight this Week
144.5 lb

Weight Loss
1.5 lb

Weight Loss Total
75.5 lb

Yay another great week!  Only 4.5lb to go to my final goal!  Who would have thought this time last year I could achieve this much!

Thought I would do some measurements to see how I'm doing there too!

(if you click on the photo it will enlarge it)

My arms and legs are slowly toning up.  That is the plan once my goal is achieved, to not only maintain my weight but to improve the toning of my muscles (yep I do have some LOL!).

Hubster lost another 1lb this week, making his total so far 27lb!

I would like to thank all those that have been following me on this journey - hope you'll stay with me for just a little bit longer :-)

Have a great week everyone.

Quote of the Day.

"Imagine with all your mind.
Believe with all your heart.
Achieve with all your might."
Author Unknown

Monday, 15 May 2017

End of Week 51 - I can :-)

Happy Monday everyone.

I started this journey, the day after my daughters Grade 12 Graduation Dance 2016, so the 21st May will be the one year anniversary of me getting fitter.  Think I will have to share some measurements next week. However, the next lot of photo's will be when I reach my goal of 140 lb.

I changed up my Workout graph this week - to include everything on one graph.  And as the weather is changing I have been able to do a little more walking outside.

What do you take with you when you go out for a walk or a run?

I don't take any music with me, I love just listening to what's happening around me, the birds singing and sounds of life in general.  I find it quite relaxing, thought provoking and peaceful. Lets me blow away those cobwebs and inhale the world :-)

Onto those workouts.

(If you click on the graph it will open up larger so you can see more clearly)

So, as you can see, I didn't use the Treadclimber this week.  I did, however, do some Nordic Walking and my time and distance is improving.  Also, I have started going down the gym with the hubster in the evenings now, instead of early morning.

Onto that weigh in for the week.

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 50
147.5 lb

Weight this Week
146 lb

Weight Loss
1.5 lb

Weight Loss Total
74 lb

A good loss at this stage in the game.  Really enjoyed being able to go out for my Nordic Walking and hope to do more this week.  Increasing the distance over the next month - to hopefully get back to doing a 10k walk :-)

Hubster lost another 1 lb making a total of 26 lb.  Go hubby :-)

Have a great week everyone.

Quote of the Day

"Only as high as I reach
can I grow,
only as far as I seek
can I go,
only as deep as I look
can I see,
only as much as I dream
can I BE."
Karen Ravn (Author)

Monday, 8 May 2017

End of Week 50 - Rain, rain, go away!

Another Monday here, and we are well into the month of May.

It has not stopped raining this past week, in fact only one day that it didn't rain and I took the advantage and went for a walk :-)

Do you ever get those days where you can't stop picking at food!?  I had a few days like that last week, so this week I am going to focus on eating properly and continue with my gym, Treadclimber and walking (weather permitting) to get back to the plan :-)

What do you do when you have food cravings?  Usually, when I get like that I try and do stuff around the house or get out of the house!  But it rained so much last week that it really put a dampener on that, bring on the sun - please!

Anyways, let's get on with the workouts.


I may change this work sheet a little for next week, and just show the average mileage on the Treadclimber - instead of breaking it down as above.  Then I can include the Nordic Walking on the same graph.


I actually beat my record on the Nordic Walk this week - so was well chuffed with bringing it down to 10.05 mins per km (16 mins per mile)  :-)

Time to weigh in.

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 49
148 lb

Weight this Week
147.5 lb

Weight Loss
0.5 lb

Weight Loss Total
72.5 lb

Only an itty bitty weight loss - but still a loss.  For me this week - no picking and stay focused - you can do this :-)

Hubby has now lost a total of 25 lb - he has another 18 lb to go to his target.

Shannon has also started a fitness drive, eating healthier and coming to the gym with hubster and I :-) She has lost 7 lb in her first 2 weeks - go you!

We can do this !

Have a great week everyone.

Quote of the Day

"Success is the sum of small efforts,
repeated day in and day out."
Robert Collier (Author)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

End of Week 49 - A bit of this and a bit of that :-)

Morning/afternoon/evening everyone! Weather is atrocious here today - rain all day.

Oops meant to post this yesterday - got distracted LOL!

Youngest daughter Emily is on a Mini-Enrichment week at one of the local universities, she is doing a Write by the River workshop. Means early mornings and trying to get through rush hour traffic, but I know she is going to enjoy this opportunity.

Eldest daughter Shannon has managed to get herself a summer job, whilst she is home from college, and she starts that today.  She also passed her second Semester exams, for Vet Tech, and passed with flying colours - her GPA for the first year was 3.47 - well done Shannon x

Anyways, I have had a great week and really getting back into a routine of sorts.  Andy took the week off work, so spent some time with him too.

Here's the workouts.


Now that I have changed up my exercise plan, we are putting the Treadclimber up for sale - it has served it's purpose, getting me fit and into a routine of exercising.  I intend to do more outside walking - as the weather changes, after all we need that good old Vit D :-)  In the Winter months I will just do more gym visits.


Had a beautiful day on Saturday, so whilst Andy and Shannon went to the Senators/NYRangers Hockey (and they won 6-5, what an awesome game!), I decided to take the opportunity to go out for a great Nordic Walk :-)

Onto the Weigh in.

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 48
149 lb

Weight this Week
148 lb

Weight Loss
1 lb

Weight Loss Total
72 lb

Yay another 1 lb in the right direction - so, change of exercise habits is working so far.

Plan for this week, weather permitting, to try and get our for some more Nordic Walks and to fit in 3 visits to the gym.

Hope you have a great week.

Quote of the Day

"A river cuts through rock,
not because of it's power,
but because of it's persistence."
James N Watkins (Author)