May 27, 2017

Weigh In Week 36 

Just a blip on the radar of my life this week...

May 24, 2017


Just a quick post to say life is crazy right now.  Work, personal stuff, health stuff....just very overwhelmed. I am still tracking everything and still following WW.  Walking and the Y have fallen by the wayside for now but I know once this crazy period is over (first week of June), I will get back to it.

Dennis' (my late husband) birthday is next week and I am not sure if that is affecting my general low mood but I am definitely feeling more melancholy, introverted and withdrawn than usual.

I have not been weighing myself in the mornings the last week and half.  I've been getting up early and going to work so early that by the time I remember, I am already dressed or eaten breakfast or out the door and tell myself I will do it the next day and then I forget again.

My night time weigh ins are all between 186-189 so I'm not worried at all.  My clothes are fitting even looser and people keep telling me I am "tiny". Tiny is an extreme exaggeration!  I was able to buy size Large at a regular store last week and size 14 Nine West jeans are actually loose right out of the dryer :)

I am going to set my alarm to remind me to weigh in tomorrow, my regular weigh in day.

I'm trying to keep up with all your blogs though because you all inspire me and I so appreciate the support you give me.

May 13, 2017

Unity 6.93km Run/Walk

Times not posted yet but the clock at the finish line was 1:18:01. MyFitbit says  11:07/km (walking) and I am good with that!  Before the race; after the race with a vintage cop car and the bling! 

May 11, 2017

Weigh In Week 34

May 6, 2017

Lynne's Legacy 5k

It was a rainy, cold and miserable day in Hamilton this morning and I've come down with a stomach bug since Thursday night so I wasn't feeling my best. I didn't want to bail on my friend Melissa, so I dragged myself out of bed and met her to get this done. We actually had a good time and our gun time was great. Still waiting for chip times.  Red faced and rain-haired smiling me in the arena after the race! The bling and Finisher's Certificate.

Edited to add: This is walking time - I don't run anymore.

May 2, 2017

Weigh In Week 33

Week 33 and another loss!

I lost about 10 lbs before I joined WW in September so FitBit celebrated with me with a 50 lbs lost badge.   

I had a bit of a "50lbs and no difference" moment at my kettlebell class the other night. One wall of the fitness studio is all mirrors, so seeing my reflection lined up next to tall and toned women really hit home how far I still have to go. 

These photos helped me put it in perspective. 

The first photo was May 2016 and the right side just this past weekend.  The first one was taken at my work AGM so I'm looking forward to this year's photos at the end of May.

I just signed up with WW online for another 3 months.  At the end of that three months I will probably join meetings so I can get lifetime (hopefully) and stop giving them my money :)

Not much else going on in my corner of the world. I've signed up for a bunch of races (walking) with my friend Melissa for the Summer/early Fall and I am planning a trip to Vegas for my 50th birthday in October, probably around Thanksgiving weekend.

Other than that, I keep going to the Y and walking as much as I can although Spring seems to have gone back into hibernation the last week or so. At least its not snowing!  I can handle rain :)

Apr 29, 2017

Walking Tall

I met some WW Online ladies for lunch today and felt like I looked pretty good!  NSV: I wore these awesome sandals walking around all day today and no pain in feet or back or legs! I am only 5' tall so heels always make me feel special. I haven't been able to wear them for ages - the extra weight made me off balance and my back and feet couldn't take it. 

Apr 25, 2017

Weigh In Week 32

This felt like a hard week! I have a post in my head about being below 190 but saving it for when it feels more real - if I get to 185 I'll post it!

Total for April is 4.7 lbs.

Weekly average: 1.32 lbs


Apr 21, 2017

Suited Up

This suit is size 16. It hasn't fit since late 2014. I tried it on the other day hoping I could wear it to a conference today.  It was too big!  I had it altered and now it fits perfectly :)  The seamstress said it was taken in a size and a half!

Apr 20, 2017

Weigh In Week 31

Apr 15, 2017

Weigh In Week 30

Apr 6, 2017

Weigh In Week 29

This week I tried two new things!  I took a Zumba class and a Kettlebell class. Both served to reinforce my un-gracefulness and un-coordination! They were both different than I expected but still very much fun and very challenging.

I also did Aquafit 4 times since my last weigh in, 2 of those classes on the same day as a Zumba and Kettlebell class. In the Kettlebell class we did a lot of things I have never done before; plank, side plank, side lunges and supermans.  I managed to do them all to some degree and I am going to practice at home so next week I won't feel quite so inept.  The Kettlebell class was small - just 10 women of varying sizes and degrees of fitness so it was very inclusive and welcoming. The instructor did not seem very helpful to individuals, as in modifying or correcting form, but she is cheerful and seems very patient so that's always helpful.  Zumba was  madhouse! I counted 40 women. It was very crowded, which always makes me anxious, but once I got into it, I just zoned into the instructor and my own feet and it was fine.

Definitely something was working though because I woke up the morning after the Kettlebell class hurting all over, mostly quads, hamstrings and abs.  I am still somewhat sore today but it is better!

Although Spring has arrived, we are expecting snow tomorrow and it has been rainy the last few days.  The weekend is supposed to be gorgeous though and I am looking forward to a beachfront walk at least one day.

Hope your week is going well!!!

Apr 2, 2017

First Weekend in April

Just some pics of what I've been doing this lovely first weekend in April. It has been a long Winter! 

Mar 28, 2017

Weigh In Week 28

This was a good week. I got to Aquafit for  4/4 classes and walked at least 30 minutes every day since last Friday.

Work is still crazy busy this week and next but just normal days with only one evening meeting next week. 

 And it looks like Spring has decided to show her face!


Mar 25, 2017

Weigh In Week 27

This has been a very busy week with work functions and all the prep and long hours that go into that.  This week had too little fruit and vegetables, too little water and too little sleep. My steps were half decent because I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off all week. 

 I also ate way too much sodium and crappy food this week and I was feeling sluggish by Friday.  I did get to Aquafit twice last week and no one ran screaming when they saw me. My new swimsuit is too big when I'm in the water so I'll have to pick up another one at Sam's Club next time I'm in Buffalo.

 I had a good night's sleep last night and got myself up and out for an 8 am Aquafit class and then came home and have already had breakfast, cleaned the kitchen and done a load of laundry. Next up, meal planning, groceries and run the dishwasher.  I am in a couple of fitbit challenges so I might head back to the Y and hit the treadmill on this rainy and dreary day.  Have a great weekend! 

Mar 16, 2017

Weigh In Week 26

This was a good week. I am feeling so much better. Still not getting my 10,000 steps/day consistently but am definitely moving more and sleeping better as well.  I think this week's loss is a bit inflated because last week was a bit higher than what I had seen earlier in the week, but at the end of the day all I care about is that it comes off and some weeks will be great and some not so great and the scale doesn't always directly nor immediately reflect the work put in. I have been double tracking this past week because the dietitian at my diabetes clinic was worried I wasn't eating enough - ha ha ha ha!!   So I have been tracking calories in MFP and also Smart Points on WW.  My average calories are 1240 over the seven days. Lowest day was 846 and highest was 1450.  The low day was a day where I ate absolutely nothing processed (bread/rice/pasta) and stuck to whole foods. The higher day was a day I had a sandwich for lunch.  I'll double track for another week but it's very tedious so I'm not going to do it forever when counting points continues to work.  My macros have been almost right at 40/30/30 (Carbs/Fat/Protein), keeping in mind that most of my high carb foods are fruit and sweet potatoes and the rest come from vegetables.  As long as this keeps working, I'm not looking to make any changes! We were hit with a final blast of Winter (I'm telling myself it's the final blast!) and there's been lots of snow shovelling which is hard work!  As I get older I find I like Winter less and less and can see myself moving to warmer climes at some point. Retirement is a ways off, unless I find a sugar daddy, so I am going to have to suck it up :(

Mar 13, 2017

March Madness

I can’t believe we are halfway through March. It feels like a whirlwind!

On the health front, I was able to see a surgeon fairly quickly and he believed my issues were gastro and not pancreas related which was a huge relief to me, I had been playing Dr. Google too much and had myself scared witless.  Anyway, we started a proton pump inhibitor medication which helped almost overnight and I am feeling so very much better.   No pain so I am sleeping better and I think the iron supplements are finally kicking in so I don’t feel like I am dragging myself every single day just to get through the day.  I am not out of the woods yet, I am having a gastroscopy in a few weeks but the surgeon is fairly sure that it will not show anything to worry about.  I’ll keep you posted.

We are expecting a snow storm tonight into tomorrow, but honestly, every March we get a storm warning with a foot of snow (which I know is not a lot to most of the north east) and it never happens, so que sera sera!  I live on what is called “Hamilton Mountain” and work downtown so the only issue is that the roads to get to downtown are steep and winding and sometimes very, very icy with just cold weather, never mind adding snow….but I have good snow tires and everyone drives very slowly and cautiously when required so it’s not really a big hazard.  I do hate the time I have to stand outside clearing off my car though. I hate the time standing outside in the  &^&*% COLD and BLOWING WIND is what I should say.

Work will be fairly quiet this week as its March break and our staff with school age children have taken the week off, including my Manager, so it’s a good time to catch up on little jobs that I can never get around to and to organize my files for 2017 – yep, I have not even done THAT yet. It has been nonstop busy since the New Year and then I was off sick for a week and a half in January.

Road Race season picks up full swing in April and I have not yet decided which races I want to do (walk). I normally do 3-5 races of 5K and one 10K. My race partner had surgery a few weeks ago so she is not sure when she’ll be up to walking that much but I have done the races alone before so I will have to look at the schedule and decide which ones to do.  Some are more welcoming to walkers and others more to runners.  The Around the Bay Road Race in my city (Hamilton) is a big event that I have done pretty much every year since moving here but I am giving it a miss this year. It is by far the most crowded event and although it’s neat to end the race by running/walking into a stadium packed with people – the roads are busy and it is easy to get shoved aside by a runner even whilst walking right at the kerb.  It’s also at the end of March and I hate the cold – have I mentioned that?  I used to blog about every race, you can see some in the link on the right (Event Photos and Results), even some from when I used to actually run (albeit at a turtle's pace!).

I am continuing with Weight Watchers on line and continuing to take one day at a time.  So far, I’m doing well with the program so if it ain’t broke…..

Mar 10, 2017

Weigh In Week 25

I did see 197 earlier in the week but that's the way the scale bounces!


Mar 2, 2017

Weigh In Week 24

Mar 1, 2017

February Recap

Well February really sucked in my little world.

I am still battling these ongoing health issues since mid-January.  I was in Urgent Care last week and was tested for a whole battalion of stuff. Good thing is they couldn't find anything - bad thing is they couldn't find anything.

That doesn't change the fact that I am in pain, absolutely exhausted and nauseated all the time.  The pain is specific, it's not generalized fibro pain although that's how this whole episode started.

My family doctor is awesome and is referring me to a general surgeon he went to school with so I can get in a lot faster than normal.  Keeping my fingers crossed for some answers sooner rather than later.

I purposely did not weigh in last week because I was bloated and taking pain meds and knew my head could not deal with a false gain....or a false loss because I had only been on liquids for 3 days.

I will weigh in tomorrow on my regular day.  

I am sure this is contributing to my lackluster progress in February but I am tracking everything, keeping within my points (except for those days where eating is too painful and I am on liquids) and sticking to very little processed food.

I have not been walking nearly as much as I had been because the pain is truly exhausting. By 7 p.m. I am wiped and I am trying to limit pain meds to the times I need it to catch up on sleep.  They also make me a little spacey so I can't take them if I am work or going to drive.

In really good news - all my bloodwork for diabetes and high cholesterol came back with all 'normal' ranges.  My A1C was 5.8 which is in the non-diabetic range and two weeks ago we cut out one diabetic medication completely.  We also lowered my thyroid medication significantly.  Cholesterol was in the normal range for the first time in about 10 years.  I only started iron about 3 weeks ago so it's too soon to tell if its made a significant difference, we'll test it again in a few months.

With all this good stuff....I should feel great, no?

No. Apparently not.

Welcome March!!!  Let's hope its a better one!

Feb 20, 2017

Weigh In Week 22

Feb 14, 2017

Random Ramblings

My brother has gone home. He was here three months (with one week out for when he went back home for a week). It has been a difficult three months. 

Not because he's difficult to live with - quite the contrary. He's a great house guest - cooks, cleans, does his own laundry, always pleasant, makes a good cup of tea :).....but our apartment is a very, very small space and he is a big personality.  

He also always needs the TV on or to be talking whereas Liam and I are very much introverts and enjoy solitude and quiet,  he's the biggest extrovert I've ever met.  He is also a super picky eater which meant we were eating a lot of meals to accommodate him and most times I just let him cook so then for sure he'd be OK eating it.  It also meant increased groceries. A lot of bread. So much bread.

I'm glad to have my space back.

I'm glad to have my routine back.

And I'm glad some of the stress of feeling 'responsible' for him and trying to help him while he was here is gone.  I do hope he can pull his life together, for his own sake and his kids - but I don't think there was much more Liam or I could do for him at this juncture in his life.

I rejoined WW for another three months this past weekend. I really waffled between online and meetings but finally decided that online is working for me right now so let's see where I am in three months and if I need the extra motivation and push of meetings, I will revisit  it at that point.

  May 2016 to Feb 2017 ~ approx. 40 lbs

Feb 6, 2017

Weigh In Week 21

A new photo of me with my newly darkened hair. I love that my cheekbones and chin are making an appearance again!

Feb 4, 2017

Weigh In Week 20

January was a rough month for me.  I had that fibro flare up that started  before Christmas and would not let up. Then in the first week of January, I became very ill - weak, lethargic, feverish and in a lot of pain that I thought was pancreatitis again. 

Many tests later, it turns out I am anemic. Now I've always had low blood iron but never been diagnosed as anemic. I am now taking 3x the normal dose of iron supplements and in just a week I do feel more like myself in terms of energy.  I will get blood work done again in a few weeks to see if the iron levels have increased and if not, I may need an iron infusion - fun times - NOT!The iron does a huge number on my stomach though so that is not fun. I'm also making a conscious effort to eat more iron-rich foods. 

 I only just started going back to the Y last week and get tired and muscle pains very quickly so I'm taking it easy and also trying to get more sleep - hopefully a combination of all these things can only make the situation better. Let's hope February brings warmer weather, better health and just general good luck!

Quite a few people on the WW Connect site have been doing this little calendar and I kinda like it, so I'm jumping on the bandwagon! It will be a nice visual as the year goes on.

Jan 31, 2017

How high can you go?

With WW, I get 30 daily points and 35 weekly points. I use the weekly points spread out over the week or sometimes in one restaurant meal – there’s no rhyme or reason and sometimes I use them all and I sometimes I forget they are there and never use them. 

Yesterday was a 65 point day.  

No reason except I was snacking non-stop. No reason for that, except the snacks were there and I didn’t say no. I didn’t start the day with a protein-packed breakfast like I normally do so that was probably the start of the sugar roller coaster and it just continued all day.  I did track it though, strangely, I tracked it very dispassionately and matter of factly. I didn’t seem to care once I hit the 35 point mark and I didn’t care when I hit 65.  I wasn’t mad, sad, guilty or frustrated. I just felt like, “I ate it, so I’ll write it down”.  Weird.  This is the first time this has happened since I started WW and I honestly can see no reason. It wasn’t a binge as I didn’t eat all the points in one sitting or have an ‘urge’ to eat anyone type of food.

Some of it was good food: greek yogurt, olive oil and feta cheese on my salad, a glass of skim milk – some not so good: peanut M&Ms, a small container of Pringles.  I didn’t feel sick at the end of the night nor do I today.  It was a lot of high point food but not really a lot in volume.

I can’t make up those points or get them back so I am moving on. Today, I am back on track and I had my protein bar and apple for breakfast and I know I am good til lunch with that with no sugar lows or spikes.

In the past, this would have derailed me for several days or at least until the next weigh in….but today I can look at it and say, it was one day of bad eating in months of relatively good eating.  It wasn’t the right thing to do for any reason but it’s done and hopefully I can learn from it and recognize next time I am in that situation that I cannot handle not eating enough protein early in the day and cannot handle being around snack type foods.

Jan 28, 2017

Weigh In Week 19

Hanging in there. Taking one day at a time and trusting that the days add up into a good week.

It's an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny loss this week but they add up!

Earned this badge this week.  I joined FitBit in June 2012 so that's how long it took to get 4000 floors!  Which really, over 4 1/2 years does not seem like a lot does it? Hmmm....might need to rethink my excitement on this one :)

Jan 24, 2017

Muscle Weighs More Than Fat, Right?

I do not have a degree in science, biology, physics,  or anything at all, for that matter. Despite my  limited education, I am smart enough to know that the above statement cannot possibly be true.  Just like a pound of feathers weighs the same as a pound of bricks, a pound of butter weighs the same as a pound of whipped cream, a pound of potatoes weighs the same as a pound of peas. 

A pound of fat takes up more volume than a pound of muscle and therefore if two people weigh the same but one has a higher body fat percentage, that person will look bigger than someone with lean muscle despite their weight being the same.

Walking three or four days in a week or suddenly starting to exercise will not make a person ‘gain muscle’ when the scale goes up. They may have some fluid retention or inflammation if they are not used to exercising and over did it, but they did not gain 2 lbs of muscles within a few days or even weeks.

I love Weight Watchers. It’s where, many years ago, I learned about portion control. I learned that a serving of pasta was half a cup and not half a package, I learned a serving of bread was one slice, not 4 and that not all vegetables were created equal. When I first joined back in 1995, it was the program where you counted “choices”.  We were allotted 4-6 breads (which included starchy vegetables), 3-5 proteins, 2 milks, 2 fats, 2 fruits and unlimited non-starchy vegetables and 100 calories a day to cover incidentals or we could save up the 700 calories a week for a treat .  This was an easy and sensible plan to follow and it worked well, but even then I knew that I did much better when I stayed to the lower end of the bread choices and the higher end of the protein choices.

Everything else I learned about nutrition and exercise and physiology, I learned from my doctors and my own research.  Weight Watchers is not the place to learn about these things when they spout things like “muscle weighs more than fat” and in all fairness, their leaders and employees are not nutritionists, personal trainers or experts; they are just people who lost weight following the program.  But it does irk me when I read the posts in the Connect forum and members post things they were told by their leaders that are so misleading and sometimes downright wrong.

Ok that was my rant for today. It was driving me crazy because I must have read it a dozen times while I was scrolling through last night’s posts.

Jan 19, 2017

Week 18 Weigh In

The losses add up! 

First day back at Y since before Christmas and first time hitting 11,000 steps this year!!!

Jan 16, 2017

Every Little Loss Counts

Jan 12, 2017

Week 17 Weigh In

Jan 6, 2017

Week 16 Weigh In

I'm totally fine with this considering the lack of walking and the extra food (that means CARBS and SUGAR) over the holidays.

Back to reality this week and looking forward to a lower number next week!

Jan 3, 2017

Catch Up

Phew. Where has the time gone?

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. The week before Christmas was crazy busy at work and I worked late quite a few evenings then had to rush around getting personal stuff done as well. There's been quite a bit of family drama and stress over the holidays (more than the usual!) which contributed to lack of sleep because of worrying about other people and their situations when I can't actually control any of that stuff.  The stress, the odd eating hours and the lack of sleep culminated in a fibromyalgia flare up that started on Christmas Eve and was full tilt by Boxing Day and although, to a lesser degree, is still with me so both my emotional mood and my physical state are not in a great place, but it will get better :)

So I managed to keep my 11,000 step streak right up until December 24 then it all fell apart. The flare up was only part of the reason, the other part was that I took my fitbit off to wash dishes at my sister's hotel and then left it there for almost a week.  I did do some walking but am pretty sure it was nowhere near 11,000 steps and it wasn't recorded anywhere.  I am going to start back at the Y on Friday. I'm hoping that now I am back to work and in a routine for the next few days, I will sleep better and some of the pain will subside and my energy will return. It really is just time and patience when this happens.

In weight loss news, I weighed myself a few times over the holidays but never on my official weigh in day.  I was up and down 2-3 lbs each time so I'll wait until Thursday of this week (my normal weigh in day) and see what damage the holidays caused.  I won't hit Onederland as I wanted, and although disappointing, I know I will get there in a few weeks .... patience grasshopper!  I didn't put in the effort needed to get there the last few weeks and I knew that.

So I'll be back Thursday with my regular weigh in post.

Happy New Year :) and thank you for checking in on me!