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...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The post about a melancholic start to a Saturday followed by a kick ass workout...



  • Didn't want to get out of bed. Didn't want to make coffee, don't want to go to the gym, don't want to adult today. It's just one of those days where I want to silently and invisibly exist. Need to get my head on straight because I've got lots to do today. I'm leaving for Montreal tomorrow morning and I've got to get my house in order. It's a fucking pigsty. Just overwhelmed at the amount of help I do not get running this household. There I said it and I won't take it back! Shaking it off now and moving on. Sweating my ass off will make me feel better. One more cup of coffee and a smoothie and I'm on my way...





  • The gym has improved my mood. I sweated all my frustration out. I worked hard this morning. Considering I didn't want to go, I ended up doing 20 minutes of HIIT on the dreadmill, 30 minutes of upper body, 20 minutes of legs and glutes and a circuit of core. Which I'm not gonna lie, just about killed me. My current situation? I'm elegantly wasted. The wink? Even though it's overcast, it's still fecken bright out. Time to hit the shower. Old Navy has active bottoms on sale for $12. But only till 1pm. I could use a few more pairs...





  • It's the last word with just me again. Smitty is snoring in my walk-in closet. So here's the low down. I got 2 pairs of compression leggings at Old Navy for $12 each. A good deal that only lasted till 1pm. Julien was not too pleased being dragged to the mall when he hadn't even had lunch yet. I think I'll bring them to Montreal. And they're purple! 
  • I had excessive #winetime today. Hence my high calorie count. And oi to the fat. Bun less burgers with grilled veggies were in order and contributed greatly to my fat intake. My current situation has me doing all the laundry and contemplating packing. Tonight or tomorrow? Probably tomorrow. I should wake at 4:30 am to run (but probably not). I feel it's necessary. I'll be in the car all day. I'm not looking forward to that...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The post about my last day of work before vacation and still not getting my mileage done!!!



  • Meanwhile, yesterday on Instagram...
  • It's #coffeetime. God said let there be light and there were pot lights. I went to bed last night with a dark kitchen and woke up to lights this morning. Uncle John was here when I got home yesterday. He finished installing my pot lights well into the night. He's passed out in Julien's room now. I had to sleep with the clinging 7 year old. I didn't sleep great. He's a loud breather and a night cuddler. I'm a light sleeper and don't like touching in my sleep. I decided to rest today because I'm going to the gym the next 2 days and I need to work in a day of rest. So today I shall do nothing. I'm in the office today. And I'm doing my mileage for realz. I also have a couple meetings then I'm off till after Labor Day. Happy Friday:-)





  • #Winetime has finally arrived. And I'm off till after Labor Day! Still no mileage done. But I did get lots of odds and ends done. I feel like I'm prepared leaving on vacation from work. I still have a to-do list, but I'll do that while I'm recovering from my surgery next month. 
  • Today I felt lean. I wore light colored pants for likely the last time this summer. Fall is upon us! I had to keep pulling them up. My waist/hip area was quite roomy. I've only worn them once before and I remember them being snugger. 
  • What I need to do is take my measurements. The scale isn't going to help me but measurements will. Today I wore one of my favorite costume jewelry pieces. My gifted necklace from the Marilyn Denis Show. It was originally from Loft and retailed for around $90, so it was a nice score. I'm going to eat. My calories are low today and I need some quality food in me. I'm hitting the gym in the morning...





  • Today's final countdown sans Smitty. She abandoned me. I can't even attempt haiku without my muse. Lucky for you:-) Either Monday or Tuesday we will be going to La Ronde in Montreal. CAA has discount tickets for members. Found some online through a Montreal Groupon type site that were cheaper so I got those instead. I went to La Ronde when I was a girl during a family vacation. It was called Man and his World back then. I'm sure it's very different now. Julien's stoked. I see they have a scary clown house. I will be steering clear of there! 
  • Although my calories were a bit low before dinner, I ate all the chicken breast and ratatouille and made up for it.
  • Carbs low ✔
  • Protein high ✔
  • Fat low❌
#wompwompwomp
  • Even though I don't eat bad fats, I can't seem to get my fat intake lower. It's all the eggs I eat. And all the avocado I eat. And all the extra virgin olive oil I use. I guess the up side is that I'm not eating processed fat. No ranch dressing or cheese here. Unless of course I'm at my sister's place. Then all bets are off. Bedtime. Gym session in the morning...