Friday, September 4, 2015

The post about a smoothie, Throwback Thursday and a very scary moment...



  • Meanwhile, yesterday on Instagram...
  • What's in your blender? Mine has fruit blend protein smoothie.

  • 1 small banana frozen
  • 3/4 cup Great Value frozen fruit blend
  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1 scoop Genuine Health Proteins + vanilla powder
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup of water

  • Blend until smooth and enjoy. It's pretty yummy. Gotta get a move on. Doing 20 minutes of HIIT before I see Tony. Can't wait for coffeetime...





  • It's #coffeetime and I earned my java today! There is barely a dry spot on me. Tony was relentless this morning and I loved it! My shoulders are crying.

  • 20 mins of HIIT✔
  • 30 mins of upper body✔
  • 20 mins of legs✔
  • 10 mins of core✔

  • A good solid workout and I'm fatigued for sure. He's going to work me super hard the next few weeks because my surgery is coming up and I'll need a couple weeks recovery. My biggest success? Assisted dips with the lowest resistance weight yet. But I failed miserably at push-ups AGAIN! I did them against a bar bell which was easier, but cheating. My core is coming back slowly, and that's what I need strength in to be more successful at push-ups. I think it's time to go back to yoga...





  • #ThrowbackThursday to 2 very different happy times in my life. On the left is me and the love of my life in the summer of 2008. Julien was not even a year old and I was basking in the joy of new motherhood. That was an awesome summer because it was my first with my beautiful boy. 
  • The right pic is from this summer and my guy is still number one in my life and the most beautiful child I know (but I am biased). Everyday he brings me such joy and I am truly blessed to be his mother. But I am more blessed to be able to keep up with him. The things I get to do with him would not be possible if I was the size I was on the left. Getting my health back was the best thing I ever did for both of us and that is why I bust my ass everyday to stay healthy. I'll never let him down. I love him more than any food I could possibly eat. He's worth every workout I do, and so am I...





  • It's the last word sans Smitty. She still hates me. I gave a peace offering of catnip, but she took a hit and turned her back on me. Perhaps tomorrow she will look at me. And let me stroke her. 
  • So I had some successes today. Back to school shopping is done and I'm so happy I was able to find cool and comfortable runners for my boy (who has the gargantuan feet). Sketchers to the rescue! They only cost me an arm (the Reeboks which were the other possibility would have cost my leg as well).
  • My other success was that I found a monthly pill organizer for my dad at the dollar store. Dollarama to the rescue! This excites me to no end because now I don't have to worry if I can't get to my dad's on the exact day that his pills could run out. There was also a heart attack moment. My dad fell in the shower. Thank God my husband was here to help him up because I messed up my rotator cuff this morning at the gym and don't have great range of motion in my right arm right now. I think this happened during the dips this morning. My dad is fine. Just a sore shoulder. I'm rubbing Voltaren on him and me regularly. 
  • Today's fat was high again. Avocado and eggs and tuna packed in olive oil were the culprits. Calories were high too. I may have overindulged in wine. And I was hungry today. HIIT and strength training do that to you. Tomorrow morning I run. Should be interesting. I haven't run in over a week...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The post about a journey home...



  • Meanwhile, yesterday on Instagram...
  • It's #coffeetime and I'm feeling like a big old slug today. I slept in. Didn't haul my ass outta bed till 7am. Late shower, late breakfast and I gotta get my room in order and get outta dodge by 9:30. That's just over an hour from now. Time to shake my tail feathers. Since I skipped my run today it will be over a week since I last ran. I'm not running till Friday and I ran last Wednesday. Tony warned me that running would fall to the wayside once I started strength training. I'm still gonna prove him wrong. Gonna run 3x in the next 5 days. Time to move. I've lots of sitting around in the car to do...





  • This is my 6th salad in 3 days. I've eaten the most salad and eggs of my life on this trip. What I'm craving more than anything? Lots of meat and broccoli. And mushrooms. I want mushrooms. I haven't tracked anything since Monday and I feel like I've been a bit lost. So tomorrow everything starts back to normal. I'm up at 4:30 to meet Tony and I start tracking my fat and carbs again. I'm back to work on the 8th so I'm going to use this time constructively and train hard. Because I can...





  • Tonight's final countdown is brought to you from my front porch. Yay! It's good to be home. We rolled into Scarborough just before 4pm and got my dad. He's hanging with me right now. On Friday we're gonna hit the CNE. My dad loves to look through the buildings. So I get him for a few days. I'll have to go back to school shopping with Julien tomorrow. He needs shoes, a backpack and a haircut. And I need produce. 
  • My cats are well but Smitty is not looking at me. Boy she can hold a grudge. It was just a few days for the love of Pete! The drive home was uneventful. I kept wanting to get nuts and kept telling myself no. After we got into Ontario, I finally gave in at an Enroute. And now I'm good. I don't need nuts again for a while. 
  • I'm looking forward to tomorrow. Training with Tony at 6am followed by eating the way I know best. Back in my comfort zone and it feels good. It was pouring rain when we got home. Hence my indoor #winetime pic and hot mess hair...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The post about a short workout, paying it forward and a day of shopping with my boy...



  • Meanwhile, yesterday on Instagram...
  • Twenty minutes of HIIT is better than nothing. The fitness room got very busy after I got there. Three men showed up. I wasn't brave enough to do weighted squats, lunges and core in front of them. So I did 60 squats before getting into the shower and 60 after getting out of the shower in the bathroom. It is supposed to be leg day after all. This is the first Tuesday since the beginning of June I haven't done legs with Tony. Jeez. I hope he remembered not to meet me this morning. Time to head downstairs. I'm fecken starved and they have an obscene amount of eggs available...





  • It's #coffeetime and boy oh boy this breakfast room is busy. Hence the under the table pic of coffee. Trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. Tons of people staying here for the final week of summer (for me anyway). And to the entire Amtrack crew, welcome! Men in uniform. Nuff said:-)
  • So I feel a million times better right now about the La Ronde screw up from yesterday. I just gifted my hotel room maid with my non-refundable tickets. She was thrilled and hugged me so tightly. She said that she will get her oldest to bring the younger children next weekend because she doesn't have weekends off. She's a single mother and works 2 jobs to support her family and can't afford things like this. This is an awesome start to September. And I felt surprisingly emotional after speaking to her. We had this entire conversation via the help of the front desk because she spoke no English. Today will be an exploring and sightseeing day. As much as I can do with a 7 year old anyway...






  • Cheers from Montreal. One thing for certain, Julien is spoiled with what he thinks is "fancy" everything. He's so stoked that he gets water and milk in "wine" glasses. There are not a lot of chain type family restaurants here. Eating out has cost a fortune. Not one establishment we've eaten at has had a "children's" menu. And I've looked for child friendly places that are fairly reasonably priced. What I've paid for in food for the past few days would have been over a month's worth of groceries. And Julien keeps saying he likes Ontario better...





  • Today's final countdown, the eve before Operation Head Home edition. Looking forward to sleeping in my own house tomorrow. Boys are messy and I need my own space. Today I took the boy shopping along Rue Ste Catherine. We went to Centre Eaton and were on the lookout for some new runners and possibly a back pack. No dice. My almost 8 year old child was trying on size 6 shoes. That's in the men's department. He's growing like a weed. Can't even buy him a child's ticket for amusement parks. He's too tall. 
  • Anyway, we spent some time at an arcade and at a fountain that sprayed to a symphony. I was able to drag him into a church for a quick look around. You can't visit Montreal without seeing a church. We went to Dundees for dinner and #winetime and looked around at some interesting sculptures around the Museum of Fine Art. Wanna know what I learned from this trip? Seven-year-olds don't appreciate history or art, yo...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The post about new leggings, a colossal mix-up and fun at the Biodome...



  • Meanwhile, yesterday on Instagram...
  • Doing HIIT on the dreadmill in the hotel fitness centre is no joke yo! Followed that with 30 mins on the elliptical and I was in the shower before 7am. Contemplated running outside but I wasn't feeling brave enough. Makes me anxious to run in new places when I'm unfamiliar with where I'm running. Looks like the boy wins and we head to La Ronde for the day. But since it doesn't open till 10am, coffeetime and breakfast are in order. And I love my new leggings. I look like a Barney wannabe...





  • It's #coffeetime bad hotel lighting edition. Just waiting for the boys to get back from their walk and we're headed to La Ronde for the day. This is Julien's day. He's very excited because he's never been to a Six Flags before. Lots of walking and screaming will be happening shortly. I just ate a whack of breakfast sausages and eggs. My fat is going to be super high today. 
  • I got unfollowed yesterday by someone who said that my posts were uninspiring because I've gotten past the hard part of weight loss. It wasn't said in a mean spirited manner and if my page doesn't give you what you need, by all means move on with my very best wishes. But I'm gonna say this. Maintenance is much more difficult for me than losing 140 pounds was. It takes never ending planning, work and commitment. Sometimes I don't feel like doing it anymore and just want to lock myself in a room with all the bad carbs. But I don't. The hardest part (for me) continues everyday...





  • FML! And I'm a complete tool. We traveled all the way to Quebec to go to La Ronde. Yesterday was the last day of their regular season. So they're only open on weekends now. Not only was it disappointing, but I'm out the 140 something dollars that I paid for the tickets on line. They're non-refundable. I just assumed that the park would be open till after Labor Day like Wonderland. The moral? Always, always check hours of operation. See? A complete tool. I think I was more disappointed than Julien. 
  • Instead we hung out at the Biodome this afternoon. We still had a good time and it was fun and educational. Every pic of an animal (with the exception of the beaver and concrete alligator) is alive. We saw otters, giant raccoons, lots of fish, birds, an alligator, lynx, a live beaver and tons of penguins. 
  • Afterwards, I ventured out into Montreal by myself to hunt down contact lens solution. Success! And I had #winetime. Didn't track anything I ate today. But after having a very large breakfast of an obscene amount of eggs, my eating slowed right down. I don't think I ate enough. Just a couple salads and not much protein. If you're still reading this kudos to you. Long winded and boring today. I'm off to bed. HIIT and strength training in the morning. Montreal hotel style...

Monday, August 31, 2015

The post about a road trip, potty breaks and the beautiful province of Quebec...



  • It's #coffeetime and I'm still doing laundry and trying to get my house in order before I leave for Montreal this morning. I'm not sure how much I'll be online today. I could be bored out of my mind and on here frequently or I may just post here and there. I have to share driving duties and I know this 6hr trek will feel much longer with the constant question of "are we there yet"? When I'm not driving, being in a moving car makes me sleepy. So there's the very real possibility I'll get an hour long nap. Hope to be on my way by 9am. 
  • My house is still asleep but I'm folding laundry and packing provisions. Snacks are essential because I'm not eating off plan or missing my fitness while on vacation. Today likely won't happen for exercise, but I'm bringing running and gym gear for the next 3 days. 
  • Let's talk about my photo for a moment. My shoulders are fast becoming my favorite body part. I'm starting to get muscle definition and I'm getting stronger. I'm proud of myself for working so hard at the gym yesterday. I'm not a confident gym person and I'm definitely getting more comfortable being there alone, without a trainer. But working with Tony makes the time go much faster. Part of it is the social aspect and part of it is he totally kicks my ass. There's nothing wrong with a thorough and frequent ass kicking...





  • This is what I'm doing right now. Admiring my legs (because why not?) and waiting for boys to get out of the Esso toilet in the hamlet of Grafton. Two hours into this 6 hour road trip and only one potty stop and 1 inquiry of when we're going to get there. I think I'm winning. We are driving through some pretty scenery. I'm blessed to live in such a beautiful province. Next stop is Belleville for lunch...





  • It's the final countdown, Montreal style. We arrived in the lovely province of Quebec around dinner time. Driving through Montreal is no joke yo! And I was driving. But it's all good. We arrived safe and sound. Checked into our hotel and went to dinner at a pizza joint. I had #winetime with Julien. He drank pop:-) 
  • My calories were high today. I ate on plan but eating out limits choices. I had a chicken Cesar salad for dinner. It was huge and yummy, but high in fat. Made with home made Cesar dressing. My basa fish filet at lunch was also high in fat. Lots of fat, lots of calories. I scoped out the hotel fitness centre. It's got some decent equipment. I can totally work out there in the morning. My biggest FML moment? Forgetting my contact lens solution. Looks like we're hitting Six Flags tomorrow...