21 Day Challenge: Day 8

Sometimes I feel like there should be a recovery day between the weekend and Mondays.  Since there isn’t I’ve decided to start looking at Mondays as an opportunity to set the pace for the rest of the week.  So when I go up this morning I started thinking of what was great about this new week and making a mental list of what I wanted to do this week and why.  I’ve decided to invite gratitude back into my life.  Because I know that I am very lucky and that whatever burdens or issues and challenges I think I have don’t even begin to compare to the hardship millions go through around the world.

Day after day horrible things happen in the world, and lately some people have started asking me why it seems that I’m never really aware of these or don’t find out until it comes up in conversation.  To be honest in the last few months it’s not that want to be ignorant of current affairs or that I don’t care, but more so that listening to so much negativity and chaos can sometimes get to be too much.  It really sucks us in, and we start to think that the world is just getting worst.

We forget that there are wonderful human beings out there trying to save lives everyday.  We forget that there are still strangers doing Acts of Random Kindness everyday.  We forget that there is still good and love in this world, and that all the energy we pour into reacting to all those terrible stories we could invest in doing good.  The world can still get better, and we can still make a difference.  So for those of you who ask if I just don’t care anymore, I say of course I do.  It’s because I care so much that I want to work on me, so that I can do more instead of just talking about it.

For now I want to follow Mr. Rogers’ advice and look for the helpers amidst all this senseless violence.  If only CNN would start focusing on them too, we’d see that there is still hope for us all.

That’s all for today.  Signing off at 12,685 steps today, and wishing you all a good night!  May tomorrow be a better day, and may you find a moment to be kind to yourself and others.

 

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Parasailing

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You only live once, so if you get the chance to fly, then fly!

Hi everybody, I’m back!  I know it’s been a while, but sometimes life has a way of getting in the way of my best intentions to get back to my blogging.  As I mentioned in my last post, we were heading of to AG’s wedding, which was AMAZING!

In spite of my best efforts not to cry, I couldn’t stop the tears once SC (also referred to as John in some speeches lol!) started with the waterworks.  So Charlie and future AG-SC human kids, know that your dad is to blame for basically most tears shed at the wedding.  The good thing is they were happy tears!

Sharing AG & SC’s special day was just, well, I can’t even find the words to describe how great it all was.  I mean there were hiccups along the way, but nothing the joy of parasailing or a golf cart drive couldn’t fix 🙂 

I’ll never forget those words as I got behind the wheel of our golf cart:  “are you sure we want you to drive, you can’t even park a real car”, still as great friends in tropical destination wedding resorts do, they all piled in the cart as I floored it.  Yes the whole 5mph lol!

We ate, we cried, we cheered, we danced, we laughed, we swam with dolphins, we watched out for each other, and some of us even made new friends 🙂

So now, as I get back to the swing of things and walk around with these few extra pounds, I know it’s really time to stop dancing around the issue, and get my eating under control no matter how daunting that may be. 

To be honest, more than a RubbySlippers, what I really need is someone to walk around with me and slap all the junk food choices right out of my hands.  But shusssssh! Don’t tell RubySlippers because she just might do it.

 

 

 

Ground Rules

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TrooperliftingSo it’s back to real workouts with Rubbyslippers this week, and we are venturing into olympic lifting.

It looks simple enough, and she says I should be able to do it because I have strong legs. So on our first attempt, I realized that it isn’t as easy as it looks. There is a lot of technique behind it, and I’m over-thinking it as much as I over-think parking which seems to be the easiest thing in the world for everyone but me.

So we practiced the initial lift, then the shrug and then the next part was a #fail! As frustrated and angry as I was at not being able to get it right, it was nice to have RubbySlippers be so calm and encouraging about it all.

Her advice was for me to keep practicing until I got it right, and to keep it to single sets because it’s easy to overdo it. I have to say that this olympic lifting venture will put all my anger management skills to the test, because I may look ok on the outside (and by ok I mean like I’m dying of exhaustion), but on the inside there’s a full on nerd-rage going on. Like a Hulk style tantrum, but like a five-foot-nothing little Hulk. Hopefully I’ll keep it all contained until I can actually do a real clean lift.

I have to say that I was also surprised that I actually did sweat just from lifting the bar which is only 45 lbs, so I guess 45 lbs plus anger kinda work for me 😎

Now A.G’s wedding is in 8 days and I can’t wait! I think we’ll all have such an amazing time, and it will be nice not to worry about schedules and all the responsibilities of the grown-up world. Aww Freedom!

One thing I love about going on vacation is that although it’s rest time, I find that I’m always on the go. Whether it’s swimming around in the pool or with some dolphins there’s always something going on, so I don’t feel like I’m just laying around. Although, trust me, there is also plenty of lounging around time to be had.

Although I’m still a good 20 lbs from my ideal weigh goal, I have to say that I’m happy I haven’t given up on myself, and I’ve still got some juice left to keep at it. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. Remember that even if you’ve fallen off the healthy wagon a million times, you can still get back on, because it’s like RubySlippers says: “You’ve got this!”

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

It comes as no surprise that I had to go see the new installment of X-Men. I will admit that I had my reservations about this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. It seems to have been made to appeal to the dreamer and perhaps hopelessly romantic in me 🙂

Unlike the darkness of our beloved comic books, this movie was about hope and real second chances. It showed a more tempered Wolverine, and said a lot about relationships, friendships, and redemption.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the action and all the battle scenes that make X-Men so cool, but I guess after seeing so many horrible things on the news everyday, it’s nice to think of the possibility of a peaceful world.

We all make choices in life, some we are proud of and others we’d probably want to forget, but at the end of the day those choices make us who we are today. If you find yourself unhappy with who that is, just remember that it’s never too late to change for the better. Sometimes we stumble and lose our way, but in the words of Professor X: “Just because someone stumbles, loses their way, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever”.

Thanks for stopping by and following the ups and downs of my journey. I hope that wherever you are there will always be someone who believes in you, and pushes you to get right back up when you stumble.

Have a great week!

GoHabsGo !!!!

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GoHabsGo !!!!

Life has gotten pretty busy, and with it more meals on the go, and that re-occurring problem I have with putting the food away…

My pants and workout tights have spoken as loud and clear as I cheer for the Habs each game. So it’s back to the grind for me. RubbySlippers and I have started training again for real, no more half-assed workouts, and maybe no more Zumba for a while.

I know I can workout on my own, I just continuously find excuses not to. So to avoid any more excuses I’ve got RubbySlippers back in my corner for one more round.

There are a lot of great things happening this summer and a bit of traveling to look forward to, so hopefully between A.G and I, we’ll have some cool pictures to share in the next few weeks of nicer climates.

I can’t wait to go away and re-group and re-charge with a little sun on the beach 🙂 In the mean time, there’s lots of work to be done, and inspiration everywhere. One huge source of inspiration is in fact A.G. who is looking AMAZING! T-23 days til her big day and Instagram proves that she is killin her workouts, go AG!

Also my other incredible friend KB, to whom I recently gave an old Polaroid of her that I found from 2001, and a side by side of how far she has come. Honestly every time I see these girls I am in awe at how awesome they are. I probably need to see them more often to get my butt back to some real workouts.

So word to the wise, surround yourself with people who are positive and goal oriented. Who are so strong that they will help you up when you stumble or fall off the wagon. When the day comes and you reach your own personal goals, remember to pay it forward.

Well, that’s all for now, back to the Habs!!!! Tied 1-1 so far, our last Canadian team in the playoffs.  We’re sticking by them till the end, even if they’re down 2-0 this series #GoHabsGo!!!!!

#Maythe4thbewithyou

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#Maythe4thbewithyou

It’s been a pretty busy week with a few more downs than ups, but at the end of the day, the ups make everything else worth it. I’ve survived my first 5K run and it only took me 34:26 minutes, not bad for someone who doesn’t even run for the bus. I have some amazing friends who sponsored my run and helped me raise money for a great cause which was a great motivator.

My legs were pretty sore for the first few days after the run, but I can’t tell you what an amazing feeling it is to cross a finish line you thought you’d never reach. Now the idea of a 1/2 marathon is somehow fluttering around my mind, and as crazy at it sounds, it could happen…I’ll keep you all posted if I decide to go for it.

Aside from my struggle with food and my weight creeping back up in the last few months, I’ve had some pretty great cheerleaders. A friend of mine sent me a video of Dr.Oz from a conference of a product. Although the product itself is not for me, the video did have a great message. He said: “Listen, when you’re driving along on the road and you missed your turn, the GPS doesn’t berate you. Right? It says at the next available moment, make an authorized U-turn. What’s the big deal?”

So today after seeing my amazing friend A kicking some MS butt for the 11th year, I decided that Dr. Oz was right. We all know that I’ve been taking a lot of wrong turns when it comes to eating healthy, so now it’s time to make that YOU-turn, and get back to the grind.

So here goes! Stay tuned for updates later this week, until then…May the 4th be with you!!!!!

5K

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5K

April 27 is here…I’m not sure if I’m excited or nervous, but there’s no turning back now. I’m not going to lie, I have not been training as one should for a run, as I have been struggling lately. But last week RubySlippers had a brief and stern chat with me saying I was out of control with my eating. So this Thursday after I returned from eating all the sinfully delish Mickey treats at Disney, we had our first workout together. Thinking back it may not have been the best of ideas, as my legs still hurt.

But I’ve made enough excuses for myself and now it’s time to pay and start putting in the work. So ready or not, this 5K is happening! I wish A.G. was running it with me, but there’s this thing called work that will keep her from joining me as I run my first 5K.

Well guys, wish me luck! I hope to be back to tell you all about it 🙂