Monday, 20 March 2017

End of Week 43 - Back on Track

Happy Monday everyone.

I had a wonderful visit with my eldest daughter Shannon, at her college pad last week.  My visit did get extended by an extra day, so the Sunday to the Thursday, because of a snow storm at home that would have made the journey a bit risky.  More Mother/Daughter for me :-)

I was really good whilst away, making wise choices on the food, as we ate out a few times. I also had a couple of treats - why not?! eh :-)

Anyways, the drive home on the Thursday went really well and was glad to be back home.

I managed to get workouts in for the rest of the week and a visit to the gym with hubster :-)

I upped the workout, on the Treadclimber, again over the weekend and it pushed me up to level 63 on the Fitness score :-)

Here's the weigh in :-)

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 42
156.5 lb

Weight this Week
154.5 lb

Weight Loss
2 lb

Weight Loss Total
65.5 lb

A 2 lb weight loss, makes up for last weeks maintain :-)  Really pleased with that and back on track :-)

Hope you all have a great week.

Quote of the Day

Nothing is
the word itself says
"I'm possible!"
Audrey Hepburn

Monday, 13 March 2017

End of Week 42 - Visiting

Hi everyone.

I am away visiting my daughter, Shannon, at college for the next few days.  I did a road trip yesterday - 6 hour drive but very scenic :-)  Andy and Emily stayed home - it's March break this week, so was able to make the trip.

Hard to believe in another few weeks that Shannon will be home for the Summer break!

Anyways, here are the workouts for last week.

Obviously, with me being away I won't be able to do much.  But I will make up for it when I get back later in the week :-)

I actually did my weigh in yesterday morning, so here goes.

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 41
156.5 lb

Weight this Week
156.5 lb

Weight Loss
0 lb

Weight Loss Total
63.5 lb

A maintain this week - which is fine. Feel it may be a little bit of fluid retention, but could also be where I am toning my muscles LOL!

I feel like I am struggling, but I know I'm not, and I know it is going to get even harder the lower I get!  Motivation is still there though and will up the workouts when I get back :-)

Quote of the Day

"Obstacles don't have to stop you.
If you run into a wall,
don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it,
go through it,
or work around it."
Michael Jordan

Monday, 6 March 2017

End of Week 41 - Dreaming of the Spring

Happy Monday morning to y'all :-)

Hope you had a wonderful week and weekend.

So, the previous week we were fooled into thinking that Spring was on it's way and I even managed a 5km walk.  This past week we were reminded that Winter is still well and truly here, with temperatures reaching the low -30c with the windchill!  Brrrrr! Too cold for walking outside for me!

I have had a good week and the gym is going really well.  Went a couple of times with the hubster in the evening too :-)

Onto this weeks workouts.

I have also upped the amount of time I spend at the gym. Only by 10 minutes, I have added 5 minutes to my warm up and cool down on the elliptical.  I have also started using the ab crunch machine on the strength training exercises - I will have that six pack LOL! :-)  I've got muscles I didn't even know I had :-)

Lets weigh in.

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight End of Week 40
158 lb

Weight this Week
156.5 lb

Weight Loss
1.5 lb

Weight Loss Total
63.5 lb

Another good loss this week.

I will be doing my weigh on Sunday next week (although will probably leave the post till Monday).  I am hoping to go and see my daughter Shannon at college - from the Sunday through to the Wednesday - weather permitting!  It is March break here in Canada and as she is not coming home, I am going to see her and spend some time together.  It won't be long after that (end of April) that she is home for the Summer :-)

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead.

Quote of the Day

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

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)