Friday, December 26, 2014

Confessions from Blogland

Confession #1: I have eaten and eaten and eaten for the past two weeks.

Confession #2: The scale is awful.

Confession #3: I don't even CARE.

Confession #4: I'm not thrilled with how I look, or even how I feel, but I'm nonetheless happier than I've been in awhile. I think it's because I officially decided to give myself a break for the second half of December.

Confession #5: I know I'm not setting a great example to others, but again...right now, I don't care. What I eat isn't healthy, but mentally and emotionally, I think this is the healthiest thing I've done for myself in awhile.

I promised myself to do some soul-searching, learn about my struggles, figure out why food and emotions are so interconnected with me, and then recommit to a healthy lifestyle on the first of the year. I hope that you will stay to join me.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays

Christmas is quickly approaching, Hanukkah is almost over, and the New Year will be here before we know it. This past year has just flown by.

I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Maybe you eat lots, drink in moderation, and be as merry as your heart desires! And for those of you who find Christmas to be an especially hard time of year, please know that I am thinking of you and that you are in my prayers.

For everyone else...Merry Christmas...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Goings on...

Just hear those sleigh bells jinglin’, ring-ting-a-ting-a-ling too
Come on it’s lovely weather to eat my face off with you!

It’s the holiday season, and there are parties and food and goodies (oh my) everywhere I turn. And you know what? I don’t care. I am enjoying myself. While I still want to lose weight during the holiday season, I’ll be happy to just maintain. I can always give it a better go in January. I just want to enjoy myself and not associate food with guilt, especially considering that this is my favourite time of year! And I’m still aiming to hit the gym 3 times a week, which makes my clothes fit better and give me a confidence boost.

Now, here is something funny…or not so funny…

I accidentally caused an Elf on the Shelf to be set on fire in our house. Whoopsie. It was truly my fault. I tried to blame my husband, but it didn’t work. What happened was this: I put the two pixies on top of our new chandelier, thinking that surely my husband would see them before trying to turn on the light. I was wrong. And the bulbs are halogen bulbs, which get very hot. VERY hot. Poor Judy has a third degree burn on her back. Thank goodness that her skirt took the brunt of the trauma. With a new skirt now, you can’t even see the burn. The downside is that I’ve now spent almost 20$ on Elf attire this year. Sigh…

Tis the season to spend money?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Back and Forth

This week has been very back and forth for me in the eating department. One day good, the next day bingey, the next day's a vicious cycle that I need to stop. Like, yesterday. Some of you may question why I am choosing such a busy and food-heavy time of year to try to get myself back on track, but I figure, if I can manage it now, I can certain manage it during the rest of the year!

In other news, my kids wrote their letters to Santa today. Well, I did most of the writing. I asked Donovan (the 2 year old) what he wants for Christmas, and he said, "A Mickey." Now, he has a bunch of Mickey Mouse toys, so I can only assume that he wants a real animated mouse to show up at our house, and that isn't going to happen. So I convinced him to ask for Thomas trains and Batman stuff. My daughter wants Ever After High dolls and some Megablocks Barbie things.

I want there to be a real Santa so that I wouldn't have to pay for this stuff, ha ha.

Less than a month until Christmas. I can't believe it...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Winter Wonderland!!!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!

I realize that I may be one of the few people who are actually THRILLED about our early snowfalls this year. It’s making me so happy! Granted, I don’t live in a place that has had a horrible storm (like the poor, poor people in Buffalo!), but we are getting a nice dusting. It is putting me into the early Christmas mood. I know that the snow isn’t likely to last more than a few days in our area, so I’m enjoying it while I can. I treated myself to some hot chocolate at work today (yes I counted my points) and felt really festive. It’s only about 5 weeks until Christmas and I KNOW that time will pass quickly!

I guess it’s time to think about changing the Hallowe’en wallpaper on my blog, eh? I’ll get on that…soon…

In the meantime, wish me luck staying on track from now on. Apparently I gained 7 pounds in a week, although I suspect my scale is lying because that just doesn’t seem possible…

Friday, November 14, 2014

Still Sick

Still sick.

Didn't work out.

Didn't lose weight.

The End.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Ol’ McBrenna had a Cough…

With a cough cough here, and a cough cough there…

Yeah, I’m still not feeling too hot. Nothing serious. I just seem to have been hit with a bad cold. I haven’t had the energy to exercise all week (except for a walk), and I’m feeling a bit lazy. The only plus side is that this is the first time in a long time that I haven’t used sickness as an excuse to eat all of the junk in the world. So there’s that. With so many people suffering in the world, I shouldn’t really be complaining.

Guess what? I lost 3.2 lbs this week! I am so excited! And, surprisingly, I ate a little bit over my calories every day. Now, don’t get me wrong – I didn’t binge. Which is a victory in and of itself! I was just extra hungry this week – and I am so glad that it didn’t affect the scale! I’m not really a fan of letting yourself go hungry.

I’ve discovered a yummy way to eat lower-fat cream soup. I do love creamy, cheesey soups, but sometimes the calorie count leaves something to be desired. What I did this week was the following: I took a can of reduced-calorie cream of broccoli soup (90 calories for one cup) and added about ¾ cup of broccoli that I pre-cooked. Then, once the soup was ready and in my bowl, I sprinkled some cheddar cheese on it and waited a minute or two for it to melt just a bit. Mmm…delicious! And healthier, due to the extra broccoli!

Hope you all have a good weekend!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


You won't be surprised to hear that my body seems to be continuing on its one-sickness-per-month thing it has going on. 2014 is just NOT my year.

We also had to put down our second pet in less than 5 months. This time, it was our 18-year-old cat, Hannah. Let me tell you - losing a pet that you've had since you were 12 is NOT fun at all. Poor girl.

More and more, I'm looking forward to this year ending and a new one beginning. I feel ready for a fresh start...

Friday, October 31, 2014


Happy Friday, everyone! And, more importantly…HAPPY HALLOWE’EN! *insert creepy wooo-ooo-OOO noises*

As you read this, I will be decked out in a custom-made Queen Elsa dress that a close friend very generously ordered for me as a birthday gift. Yes, Queen Elsa. Yes, like the Disney movie. Does it sound better if I call myself the Snow Queen? No matter – I have a five-year-old daughter you wanted us to wear matching costumes, and of COURSE she picked a Frozen character. Oh, yes, I know what a popular, unoriginal choice it is. I’ve seen the drinking game post on Facebook. But I don’t care. My daugher’s sense of magic and wonder at this age is the most important thing.

My son, who is 2 and a half, is supposed to be dressing as Sorcerer Mickey Mouse. You know, the wizard version with the creepy walking mops. Unfortunately, he has refused to try on his costume and seems to hate it at the moment. I do have a back up plan, though. And I didn’t actually spend any money on the Mickey costume…plus it’s huge, so I can always use it for him next year. But I’m still sad because he would look so CUTE in it. I’ll have to let you know what happens.

Now, onto my oversized booty…

I weighed in today at 188.6lbs. That means I lost almost a pound this week. Slowly but surely, yes. But I know I could have done much better.

Want to know how I did with my (recycled) goals? I’ll keep it honest…

I ate more vegetables (score!). I ate SLIGHTLY less sugar than normal, but not by much (boo). I DID hit the gym 3 times, plus took my dog for a walk/run. I succeeded in using heavier weights for some of my arm exercises, and have started to find that my new squatting weight is feeling easier (almost time to bump it up again, I guess!). I did, however, eat out quite a bit (at least three times….I lost count) BUT, even though it was fast food, I made better choices. Kid meals instead of adult sizes, apple slices instead of fries, etc. So even though I wasn’t perfect, this week was better than last week.

And, honestly, that’s what matters: improvement, not perfection.

Friday, October 24, 2014


So, I had a little bit of a happy “aha” moment the other day while I was trying on some old clothes. I can, sadly, remember the amount that I weighed when I used to wear these clothes (less than I do now). I was fully expecting the clothes to be tight, not fit, or fit poorly. But, I tried them on anyway.

Well, you know what? I was partly right. Some didn’t fit, and some fit poorly. However, other items DID fit – and some fit great! I tried on a coat that used to be tight when I weighed 10-15 pounds LESS and it felt perfect. I tried on a sweater that never used to fit me at this weight, and it was only slightly snug. And other shirts fit well. I bought some new clothes, too, in a size lower than I was expecting (from stores WITHOUT vanity sizing), like size 12 pants where I was expecting to need a 14 or 16. I’m darned happy with my size 12s! I even scored a cute dress for 12$!!! This was all definitely a little ego boost for me.

So, it made me think…even though I have gained a lot of weight back (not all, but a lot), I haven’t gained nearly as many INCHES. And that is more important. I guess the fact that I kept up my workouts really made a difference.

Now…onto the goals I made last week. I am here to report on how I did:

I wanted to eat more vegetables. I did, although I was only aiming for two per day, which isn’t exactly impressive. I did watch my sugar intake...and by that I mean, it was better than the previous week. I got in one outdoor run and went to the gym twice. I would have hit my goal of going three times, but my little guy decided to bump his head and need stitches on gym night. Priorities! I succeeded in adding more weight at the gym and eating lightly at my dad's birthday dinner, but I also ended up eating out more this week, which wasn't the plan.

Overall, I would say that I did "okay". I did lose a pound, so that's good.

I basically have the same goals this week, except instead of a birthday dinner, I will allow myself one meal out. Let's see if I can do this...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I'm bad....


Apparently I am terrible at “following” through at everything. Fitness, weight loss, projects around the house…and blogging breaks. Yes, I’m back already. What’s up with that, you may wonder? Well, what can I say? I missed it too much!

But, I am still going to be changing things a bit. I have decided that, instead of taking an extended break, I will instead continue on - without the pressure. You see, I am terrible at putting pressure on myself, and blogging was no exception. If I didn’t get out at least three posts per week, I felt like a failure. But I’m done with that. I will not force myself to post if I am not in the mood, or if I’m having terrible writer’s block. If I only make one post a week, then I will only have one post a week – and hopefully it will be a good one!

Moving on…

I remember, back when I started blogging consistently over two years ago, how much it helped me to share my little goals each week with you. So I really want to go back to that – hopefully it will help to keep me accountable.

So, this week I plan to:

1. Eat more vegetables
2. Watch my sugar intake
3. Hit the gym 3 times, plus get in one or two outdoor runs
4. Try heavier weights for my arm exercises
5. Eat lightly at my Dad’s birthday dinner (which will be held at a Chinese buffet), but still enjoy myself. (Please see previous post about all-you-can-eat meals here)
6. Not eat out all week EXCEPT for the above-mentioned dinner

I think that’s enough for one week…don’t ya think?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Checking In

Hi everyone!

I must admit that I miss blogging, despite enjoying taking my little blogging break. However, I decided that I did want to check in with that you know I'm still here!

I have been keeping busy with work, crafting, child-rearing, and trying to combat my binge-eating. I am making progress at the gym - slowly but surely - and working on improving my self esteem. I am also trying to enjoy the fall weather. Despite the fact that summer was way too short, I think I am learning to love autumn again.

I have been taking photos of the craft projects I've been working on. Unfortunately, I can't share most of them due to them being Christmas gifts, but I AM really proud of this one: superhero piggy banks for my son and nephew:

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I also sewed some Barbie was harder than I thought it would be:

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I look forward to showing you more of my projects...all in due time!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blogging Break

Due to my lack of inspiration lately, I am going to be taking a blogging break. I am not sure for how long - maybe a couple of weeks, maybe a month. Definitely no longer than a month. I don't want to miss you guys too much!

I am doing okay - I don't want you to worry. But it's time to give myself a break from some of the pressures I have put on myself. Time to be happy!

I will see you soon!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Transformation!

Natural colour, to boxed-dye lightening, to the final "product" - I love it!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Transformation Still In Progress

So I'm not done with my hair yet...I have to go back tomorrow for a touch up because my hair just wasn't co-operating on Friday. Sorry to disappoint! But, I got some better "before" photos of my hair, so I thought I could at least share those with you today...

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Hopefully that gives you a better idea of the before length and colour. I am excited to see the final result!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fit Friday

Question: which title do you like better? Fit Friday? Fat-Free Friday? Fit and Food Friday? Please advise...

Anyway, I am happy to tell you that I have had a pretty good week - for many reasons! I went to the gym 3 times, plus got in extra runs two other day; I ate relatively well; I felt energized and had time to create some fun projects (which I unfortunately can't share until after Christmas - sorry); and I actually felt pretty happy, which can be a rarity for me! And I lost 2.5 pounds!! Also, I am off for the next five days - it's going to be great!

The longest run I've had so far in my training schedule is 2.5 miles. Yes, I CAN run longer than that, but remember I am/was trying to work on my speed! It took me about 28 minutes to get that distance, so clearly I'm not getting much faster. It's a bit frustrating; however, I am definitely feeling better during my runs, so I do know that I'm making progress. I'll feel even better, I'm sure, when it's not so hot outside!

I have been feeling very frumpy lately - mostly because of my weight. Working out and eating better is definitely helping my confidence, but I need an extra little boost. So, I am getting my hair done tonight! I usually don't spend much money on my hair (we're talking 2 hair cuts a year, nothing else) but I am treating myself tonight. You'll just have to wait and see what I do. Here is a before picture, for comparison purposes:

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What do you think I'm going to do?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To My American Friends...

My heart is breaking for you right now.

I had a whole different type of post planned for today. But, then I can home and read about more of the horrors that ISIS is inflicting on your innocent civilians, and I just can't find it in my to write creatively.

The horrors of this world often leave an ache in my heart, and lately it just seems to be getting worse and worse. The Russia/Ukraine fight, life in Syria, Iraq, really makes me frightened. And it must be even worse for those of you from the USA, whose country is targeted far more than mine.

I just can't even fathom what kind of brainwashing makes someone think that it's okay to kill innocents...I can only imagine what agony their families are going through.

Keep safe, my American friends...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Common Sense Advice

When I joined the local Goodlife Fitness gym two years ago (or, rather, I should say RE-joined), I was given a book by Goodlife's creator, David Patchell-Evans. It's called, "Living the Good Life: Your Guide to Health and Success." (You can read more about it here). Recently, needing inspiration, I picked it up again and gave it a quick read. Reading it, I remembered how it didn't come across as a book written by a flight-by-night guru, and rather, was full of common sense advice. I thought I'd share with you some of the thoughts from this book:

1. An exercise regiment doesn't have to be hard - 30 minutes, 3 times a week really can benefit you 2. People often start an exercise plan to look better, which is okay - but they often continue because they FEEL better 3. "No pain no gain" is NOT a great school of thought - unless it's for physiotherapy! 4. No one should care about looking like fitness models - unless you ARE a fitness model 5. "Good enough is good enough" - if you reach your goals, you don't HAVE to try to exceed them. If you want to, that's one thing - but you should never feel pressured too. It really is okay to be happy where you are.'s an easy read, and I'd recommend it for anyone who is new to health and fitness!

In other news, I tried on a few fall clothes the other day. Needless to say, I'm going to have to keep working hard if I want to be able to wear this skirt in the coming months...

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(PS I swear my mirror doesn't look that gross in real life...I have no idea what happened in the picture...)

Friday, August 29, 2014


Once Up on a Time, in the Land of Bren, there was a girl who struggled to lose weight and keep it off…

Okay, that was lame. But what else do you expect? IIIII am lame!

In honour of Fat Free Friday (which still needs a new name…any suggestions?), let me give you a little recap on how my week has been.

Friday-Sunday I ate well and exercised well.
Monday and Tuesday I goofed up and ate my feelings.
Then Thursday and Friday, I ate AMAZINGLY and worked out enough to KICK MY BUTT (literally…I think I did kick my butt doing some of the moves!)

So, then, how does that leave me feeling? Pretty good…I wish that I had controlled myself better Monday and Tuesday, but I mostly I just want to move forward.

How does that leave me on the weight front? Well, I lost three pounds this week - that is the good news! The bad news is that I now weigh 185. I pretty much feel like I am going to be mad at myself until I hit at least the 160s...but I am trying to work on my attitude, I promise.

My goal weight is still 155lbs, and I'm really hoping that you will all stick with me as I continue on my journey.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Keeping at It

So I have had a great last three days in terms of following my health plan. Yes, I know, it's only THREE DAYS. However, that is reason to celebrate, as it seems like it only takes three days on track for me to feel like a new person. And I really feel like I am going to stay on track this time. I am already sleeping better and feeling WAY less bloated, among other things. Why do I let myself fall off the rails when I KNOW how much better I feel when I eat right and exercise?

I finally made it to a gym class on the weekend. I haven't been going to classes lately because they haven't fit in very well with my schedule. However, I was able to hit up Body Pump on Saturday morning. I think I did pretty well considering how long it has been since I've been there! I am, however, still feeling quite sore...although I must say, I don't hate the feeling...

Have a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Two Favours and a Throwback

Hi guys!

First of all, don't won't hear any whining from me today!

But, I do have a couple of favours to ask, if you don't mind...

First of all, I am having some trouble with my blogger account, and I'm hoping someone can help me. For the past couple of months, I haven't been able to use the photo function. I used to have no problem whatsoever adding photos to my blog, but now the only way I can do it is through tinypic. When I click on the picture icon here on blogspot, I am able to go through most of the process (choose the photo, upload, etc.) except the process never quite completes, and the photos don't get added to my post. Does anyone have any clue what is going on? Anyone? Does this count as whining? Darn it...

Secondly, I am looking for guest posters! Especially someone who wants to write about either weight loss, crafting, or parenting. If you are interested, please email me at (yes, .ca NOT .com!) I look forward to hearing from you!

And finally, here is my throwback picture...Disney World, almost two years ago. I have always loved this picture!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Another week has already begun. I can't believe it. Time feels like it's passing by so quickly lately. The days and weeks are just blending into one another, which may be part of the reason that I just feel like I'm stuck in a permanent rut. That and the fact that, well, it's almost autumn and I feel like we've barely had a summer up here . C'est la vie.

I actually had a bit of a mild panic attack earlier tonight when I was driving to the gym. I don't know what happened, but I was thinking about how it's already starting to get darker earlier at night, and how it's already starting to become cooler, and how before we know it, fall will be here...anyway my body had a strange reaction to those thoughts, and now I'm nervous about how I am going to handle the upcoming months considering the lack of a summer reprieve. I don't really feel completely okay.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer AGAIN! I'll try to think of something fun or witty to post about next time!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

Since hearing about Robin Williams tragic death yesterday, I have been trying to find the right words to describe how I feel. I'm still working on that.

You all know that I have been very candid with my own struggle with depression, and I don't hesitate to talk about when I think it will help others. I guess if we can find one good thing from this tragedy is that more people are talking now. I am glad that the media, and even social media, is focusing on what a harsh disease depression can be - and debunking some of the myths.

Here is an easy read that I thought might help others to understand: Click to read

RIP, Mr. Williams. The Genie is now free...

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Monday, August 11, 2014

My Backside

Do you ever catch a glimpse of yourself in someone else's photo, and you find yourself completed horrified with what you see? And you try to convince yourself that it's just a terrible angle, that you don't REALLY look like that?

Yeah, it happens to me too. A lot more recently!

But, the other day I found what SHOULD have been one of those very types of photos - and this time it was of the worst part of my body: my rump-a-roo. So, I was surprised when I found myself not completely horrified with what I saw:

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I mean, I don't think I look GREAT, and I have some work to do...but I wasn't embarrassed. And I guess that's what this journey is about: hard work, healthy habits, and gaining confidence. I'm sure in the past I would have picked apart any and every photo that I laid eyes on, but now I am trying to give myself a break. No one's body is perfect, so what should I shame mine? I would never do that to anyone else!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Another Sick Day

Here I am, home from work again, struggling to stay awake long enough to eat something.

My breakfast of choice was a glass of wine (to ease my sore throat) and a piece of banana cake (to easy my sore soul!). Not much running happened for me this week and I knew I was fighting something.

Here's hoping next week is better!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Lalaloopsy Bank Tutorial

I had a lot of fun making this bank as a present for one of my daughter's friends. There is just something satisfying about giving a unique gift that you made yourself. She and her mother both loved it, so my work was worth it! I totally stole the idea from my friend, Jenn, who made a Frozen-themed bank for my own daughter. All credit goes to her!

This is a fairly easy project, so I thought I'd write up a little tutorial for those of you who are interested in making one yourself. I promise, it's not too complicated!

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- Glass block (I got mine at Michael's with a 40% off coupon, bringing the cost to around 10$. That's in Canadian dollars.)
- Picture that you want to use (I copy and pasted mine into Word, made it the appropriate size, then printed it at Staples because they print using a laser printer...this way the ink won't smudge when completing the project)
- Optional: second picture for the back of the bank. I did not do this.
- Stickers (to use as a border around the picture)
- Ribbon
- Modge Podge and foam brush
- Scissors

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To start, look at the "plug" for your glass block. Does it have a coin-sized slit in it? Great! If not, you are going to have to make one. I found that a plain old pair of scissors worked, but heavy duty ones would be even better.

Next, spread a thin (but not too thin) layer of modge podge over the area where you want the picture. The place the picture overtop. Use something like a credit card to smooth it down and get rid of any air bubbles that may be trapped inside. Wipe away any excess podge that leaks onto the glass.

Next, cover the picture with a thin layer of modge podge, and let dry for 30 minutes. Then do a second layer. This should be enough, but if not, wait another 30 minutes and put on an extra coat.

After that is dry, place your stickers around the perimeter of the picture. Make sure to press hard!

Next, tie your ribbon around, whichever way you like. Make sure to make it tight so that it doesn't slip!

Lastly, add a few coins to the bank. It's bag luck to give an empty one as a gift!

Voila! You are done! Easy enough?

One hint: I highly recommend printing 2 or 3 copies of the picture you are using, just in case you muck it up on the first attempt. I know I did!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fat-Free Friday

I want to throw the scale out the window for SURE this week. Grumble grumble.

Anyway...I'm not really here to complain. I'm here to tell you that I am going "pretty camping" this weekend. What is "pretty camping"? It's what my friend calls camping when you have the luxury of NOT staying in a tent. In our case, we're staying in my in-laws' fancy schmancy trailer. It should be fun - even though the weather for the days ahead isn't looking good!

I'll check in with you all later next week...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Crafting Again

Oh, man. I have SO many creative projects planned for between now and Christmas. I even ordered a bunch of the materials already, so there is no going back. I would love to give details, but since they are gifts, I can't tell you too much. But let's just say that there is sewing and painting involved!

Between this and my running training schedule, I should be busy enough to prevent myself from licking my fridge clean at night. Hopefully. Definitely.

Here are some recent, not-too-complicated things I've made recently for kids.

Lalaloopsy Bank:

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Eye Spy Bag (for which I have no picture yet)

Toy Car Carrier:

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They were fun, and not too time consuming to make.

Interested in a tutorial for any of them? Let me know!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Frozen and Rock Star Photo Shoots

I finally got the CD back for my daughter's Frozen photo shoot and my son's Rock Star shoot. I am so excited to share them!


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I hope you enjoyed them :)

Running My Little Heart Out

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I am happy to report to you that I have been keeping up with my running schedule. On Saturday, I even got in two workouts - a half hour class in the morning, followed by my scheduled run in the evening. It feels really good to be back in the fitness swing of things, and I just hope that I don't get lazy and slack off again. I'm really starting to remember how much better I feel when I exercise often. I sleep better, and I am less tempted to eat junk! (Also, my doctor bugged me again to make sure I keep at it, for mental health reasons. I better listen to him! He's the one with a medical degree!)

I must admit, though, that my "long run" (only a 5k of mostly running and some walking) almost killed me. I was really trying to keep my speed up and really had to dig deep just to keep going and not quit. It didn't help that it was a morning run - I do NOT perform as well in the mornings!!! I much prefer evening runs!

I even took a sweaty photo of myself to share with you all, but my computer isn't letting me upload it right now. Hrmph. Next time!

Edit: my computer is now working. Here is my ugly sweaty picture:

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And here is a MUCH better picture from later that day:

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That's all!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fat-Free Friday

This Fat-Free Friday is about the Case of the Mysterious 2-Pound Weight Gain.

Look, I’m not going to lie to you and pretend that I ate clean all week, shoveled 5 servings of vegetables into my mouth each day, and avoided treats at all costs. You know that’s not me and would see right through that. I did, however, eat better than I have been. I did exercise more. And I did start drinking more water. When I peeked at the scale during the week, I thought that maybe I was going to maintain my loss from last week. At the WORST I thought MAYBE I’d be up half of a pound.

So, needless to say, when I stepped on it this morning and saw that I had gained nearly two pounds, I wanted to throw the darned thing out the window.

But I didn’t.

Instead, I gritted my teeth, got changed, went for my scheduled run, ate a fibre-filled breakfast, and resolved to try to lose 2 pounds this week. It’s going be a tough one, with a birthday party this weekend and an out-of-town, have-to-eat-out type of day tomorrow. But I will try my best.

I am hoping that part of the gain was due to my body re-adjusting to exercising more consistently. Maybe my muscles are retaining water or something. One can hope!

Because let me tell you…I NEVER want to see the 180s* on the scale ever again!

Here I go…

* I don’t now want anyone to feel bad if their weight is in the 180s or higher. It does not mean that you are fat and not beautiful. I am just speaking for myself, and I am sick of that darned number!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Off I Go!

Can I possibly explain to you how much I am enjoying following an actual running training program?

(Okay, so it’s only been two days. Shush.)

I am finding that I really like having a new goal each day – it’s definitely taking the pressure off of me feeling like I need to nail a 5k in my fastest time ever, right now. As I said before, I am hoping that this training program will make me a faster and better runner. Last night I did the same circuit as the night before and knocked 45 seconds off my time, so…obviously I’m not slacking off yet!

I was supposed to start the week with strength training, but the weather was so gorgeous that I went straight into the running. Today the weather is looking sketchy, so I think I will be doing my weights at the gym this evening.

Eating-wise, I’m getting better. I’m still enjoying some ice cream and summery foods, but I’m really trying to cut down on that. And fast food, my goodness! It has really been a fast-food summer so far, but I’m improving on that as well. It’s much better for the waistline AND for the budget!

I hope that you are all enjoying your summers so far, staying happy and healthy!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Starting Over with Running

If you are a longtime reader of mine, you know that, as far as exercise goes, running is my one true love. I never would have thought that an exercise I formerly hated - that I formerly believed my body just COULD NOT DO - would become a passion of mine. Unfortunately, I lost a bit of that passion over the winter and spring. And while I was so excited to recently get back into the running game, I found myself struggling much more than I could have imagined.

I - who last summer knocked out a few 10k runs - struggle to finish 2.5k. When I did manage to complete a 5k the other week, I felt like I was dying. I was frustrated. I felt like quitting. I felt like a failure for letting myself slack off so much.

But, last night I had an "aha" moment. I realized that I am still much further ahead than I was when I started, and all it would take is a little more work to get back to my old running ways. I've never followed any kind of "plan" before, but I decided that maybe now was the time to start.

I found this one that I had pinned recently on Pinterest. It basically gives you a schedule to follow to go from being a non-runner to running a half marathon in 18 weeks. Now, I don't think I want to train for a half marathon anytime soon (maybe in a few years), but I liked the format of the schedule.

I decided to skip the first three weeks of walking and start at the "run one minute, walk 2 minutes" part. Yes, I can certainly run more than one minute at a time, but I hope that by following this program, I will be able to become a faster and stronger runner. So, that's why I am starting from (mostly) the beginning.

I am excited for the challenges that lie ahead, and I can't wait to update you guys on my progress!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fat-Free Friday Quickie

No, not THAT kind of quickie! Get your mind out of the gutter!

I'm still on holidays, and thus still taking a mini blogging break...but I did want to update you all to tell you that I lost 1.2lbs this week. I'll take it! Especially since I had way too much salt yesterday...but nevermind that. The point is, my habits are getting better, and I'm getting there!!!! Can't wait until I'm back in the 160s...hopefully before the end of summer!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Vacation Week

So, as the heading says, I am on vacation this week....FINALLY! It feels like forever since I had a solid block of down time. We are not going anywhere fancy, although we do have a few day trips planned. Later this month we are testing out camping (in my in-laws trailer) for a few days, and I'm already excited about that!

Although I am trying to step things up on my blog right now, I have to say that it's not going to happen this week. Part of my vacation will mean some time away from the computer, so I hope you can all bear with me! I am hoping to stick to my healthy eating and exercise plan as best I can, and I will let you know how I do next week.

Before I sign off for the night, I want to send a sincere apology to my American friends and neighbours for forgetting to wish you a happy Fourth of July. I hope you all stayed safe and had fun!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Laying it Out

I have officially started Skinny Meg's 12 Week Challenge. In doing so, I thought it was time to come clean with just how much I've let things slide.

There is no holding it in anymore. My weight has continued to climb, and when I stepped on the scale this morning, I was not totally surprised with what I saw. And when I decided to measure myself, well...I wasn't surprised with those results either.

Here are just a few "before" stats:

*Deep breath*

Height: 5'9
Weight: 182.2, meaning my BMI is currently 27 :(
Arm: 13.5
Chest: 38.5
Waist: 32.25
Hips: 46.25

I am really looking forward to seeing those numbers going DOWN. Anyone else joining the challenge?

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!

If you are reading this tomorrow (July 1st), that means that I am OFFICIALLY 30!!!! Ahhh!!!!

I have heard so many times that your 30s are some of the best years of your life. Up until the last year, I was really skeptical of this. I mean, my 20s involved me getting married, having kids, experiencing new things...what could possibly be better than that?

Well, I'm still not sure, but...I can't wait to find out!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

12 Week Challenge

We all know that I need a major kick in my ass. The results of my personal 5-week challenge were not good, to say the least, so there is really no point in sharing them. Every since the start of the year, I have struggled - really struggled. I have been up and down with my weight, binge eating, exercising less, and feeling miserable. I haven't even been sleeping very well, which is a sure sign that my body is starting to get messed up. I need to change.

Enter Skinny Meg's 12 Week Challenge.

The challenge starts today. From what I understand, we're going to spend the first month really focusing on getting our eating under control, before moving on to pushing ourselves more with exercise. I am excited to have a group working with me to keep me accountable. And Meg, if you don't know her, is super kind and encouraging - the real deal. I am so glad that she is one of the leads of this challenge.

I'm actually not going to be officially starting until Wednesday, since today is my anniversary and Tuesday is my birthday. But after that, it's on like Donkey Kong!

Here are some before PICTURES. *Deep breath*...

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Please wish me luck. I know I've failed before, but I CAN do this again!

Starting "stats" to follow...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

La Dee Da

I am so wired tonight, and I don't even know why! It's 10:13, and I don't even feel anywhere CLOSE to needing to go to sleep. Give me the strength to not eat everything in sight! I have a big ol' bottle of water beside me, and I'm trying to pretend it's a milkshake. Guess how well that's working?

I am using this burst of energy to look up crafting and creative ideas, to plan meals, and to play Angry Birds. Yup, Angry Birds. I am so late to this game - why didn't anyone tell me how fun and ADDICTING it was? I guess I should have stayed away! On the bright side, I won the tournament last week so I won 200 coins and....oh my goodness....I'm a dork....

I guess I will sign off with whatever dignity I have left!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Insert Grumpy Face

I have been in such a funk since we lost our beloved doggie. Although I'm glad we had a good 14 years with him, it still doesn't feel like enough time. Little things make me sad, like seeing his empty food dish or asking me husband to "feed the dogs" and then realizing that there is only one dog now. Sniff sniff.

Summer is officially here, and I was really hoping to start feeling more like myself. Instead, I find myself feeling more and more miserable. I'm not even going to pretend that I haven't been eating my feelings like crazy, but at least I've been able to avoid a major weight gain. I'm trying to cheer myself up by looking at craft ideas, getting in the pool (finally!), and planning activities for when I'm off on vacation, but nothing is working. I just want to sit around all day in my pajamas, and it's all I can do to get up and go to work.

So, no inspirational words from me today. But if you have any to share, please let me know.

Monday, June 16, 2014

R.I.P. Our Furry Friend

Last Friday, my family and I had to have our sweet little dog put down at the age of (almost) 14. It was a very sad day for us. Even though we knew it was coming eventually, it was still hard to hear that it was time.

RIP our little guy...

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Father's Day Weekend

So it's Friday, and the weekend is quickly coming upon us. Instead of my usual Fat-Free Friday, I would like to send a special message to all Fathers out there.

Current fathers, stepathers, grandfathers, dads-to-be, and men hoping to become dads: I am thinking of you this weekend! I hope that someone makes your day special. And to those dads who have experienced a loss, and find this day to be most are in my thoughts. Always, but especially this weekend. More than you could know.

I would also like to send an EXTRA special shout out to all the wonderful men out there who take on a fatherly role with children who need - and so deserve - that strong role model, and otherwise may not have it. I tip my hat to you!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fit in Five Update

I just realized that I'm about halfway through my "Fit in Five" challenge and I haven't really updated you guys yet on my progress. So I guess I shall do that now. Below are my original goals (in bold) and the progress I'm making (in regular print).


1. I will try to get to the gym 3 times per week, and work out on my own at home (running, DVDs, etc) 1-2 times per week
This one has been going okay. The first week I worked out five times total, but only three the next week. This week is going alright so far. I have been busier than usual lately, and just not planning as well as I should.
2. I will push myself with cardio, and start adding more weight with my strength training
I always push myself with cardio, but to be honest, I've completely forgotten to add more weight during strength training.
3. I will do 1000 pushups during these five weeks, and do arm exercises at home on my non-gym days I am on track with this.
4. I will do 1000 squats or lunges (at home)
I am on track!
5. I will do 1000 crunches (or crunch variations) and 35 minutes of planking (one minute each day, average) on top of my gym-time exercises
I am on track with the planks, but behind on the ab exercises.


1. I will drink more water to avoid snacking mindlessly (I have a terrible oral fixation)
This is going just fine!
2. I will count my points and stay within my daily target as much as possible
FAIL! (About half the time)
3. I will focus on eating more vegetables, aiming for at least 3 servings a day
I'm definitely eating more veggies, but not always hitting 3 per day.
4. I will focus on decreasing the amount of non-natural sugar I consume
I actually think I've been doing better with this.
5. I will try new things, and experiment with new tastes, to make healthy food more interesting
I'm working on it!

Things are obviously moving more slowly than they have in the past, but no worries. Slowly but surely, I'll get there!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Random 5

My thoughts are all over the place right now. As I've said before, I often feel like I have so much to say, and then as soon as I sit down to type, writer's block hits. 1. The crafting bug has hit me once again. I think I am in the mood to make a wreath. Possibly this one...

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I also like this one (it's not my style really, but how cute would it be for an avid gardener?)...

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2. Did you enjoy my "sneak peek" photos from the last week? I am picking up the CD tomorrow, and am so excited to get the "official" images! I'm also taking my little guy in for a "rock star" themed shoot. I am nervous, and not sure how well that is going to turn out - he doesn't like to sit still! Luckily my photographer is VERY reasonably priced!

3. I am helping my sister plan her daughter's 5th birthday party. It's a Hawaiian theme. I even found sparkly pink flamingos for her at the local Dollarama - score! My favourite idea so far: a kid-friendly "Tiki Bar". How funny would it be to have one like this?

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4. Speaking of flamingos, I recently read that there are more fake plastic flamingos in the world than real ones. How crazy is that? 5. I am really enjoying baseball season this year! Not only am I coaching an adorable team, but my BLUE JAYS are actually off to a good start for once - despite the usual injuries! Now if only we could get Kawasaki back more often...

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I guess that's all for now. Writer's block or not, I'm afraid I could manage to ramble on and on about nothing! And no one wants that ;)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Another Sneak Peak

Holy cow, have I seriously not posted since last week? I could have sworn that I wrote some brilliant things on Monday or Tuesday – or both. I guess my memory isn’t what it used to be – must be because I’m quickly approaching the dreaded 3-0…and trying to not panic about it! I think I shall spend the next month watching "13 Going on 30" and reminding myself that to this day, Jennifer Garner STILL doesn't seem old!

In the meantime, here is another photo gem…my sweet Elsa…

My Little Elsa...

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Baseball = Good Habits Forming...

When I was a kid, after a certain age, I really didn't want to be active. I guess you could say I was lazy. I liked to eat, but not move much - a common problem amongst TODAY'S youth. My parents, however, had other plans for me, and forced me to engage in activities. Swimming was a must, as it's such an important skill to learn. Baseball was one I chose begrudgingly, although I learned to love it.

My kids like a lot of healthy foods, thank goodness, so I don't worry too much about that. However, I don't want them to develop lazy habits just because they eat their vegetables, so I try to keep them physically engaged. Aaralyn, the oldest, has tried intros to gymnastics, dance, and does swimming on a fairly regular basis. Unstructured play is important too, so I try not to sign her up for too much at once. This summer, I am hoping to pass along my love of baseball to her. Hopefully she likes it!

Here are some photos from her opening weekend (yes, I am coaching):

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It was quite a weekend!

Princess Party

I'm skipping Fat-Free Friday in order to show off some pictures from Aaralyn's recent birthday party. It was a bit of work, but I must admit, I DO like doing parties at home. I'm turning into "that" mom. Oh well. Hope you enjoy!

Table Setting - note the umbrellas strategically hiding my husband's booze:

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Flowers that my mom bought for the centrepiece:

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Decorating these jewelry boxed was a HUGE success

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I did a few other games. One was based off of the "Princess and the Pea", where they had to sit on three different pillows and guess which one the "pea" was under. Also, they had to hunt around the house to find Cinderella's slipper. It was fun!

Cupcakes: I got lazy and ordered them from a bakery. I had enough to do!

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The cake from her actual birth DAY was a bit more elaborate:

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What I felt like at one point: (and yes, it's just a joke, no I do not drink while watching children):

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The beautiful Elsa piggy bank that my friend made:

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And finally, our customary Mother/Daughter birthday photo! That's a wrap!

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(What? You DON'T wear your maid of honour dress to your child's birthday party? Maybe YOU are the weird one!)