Friday, November 30, 2012

Apologies, online shopping, Star Trek and wine!

I'm sorry all I'm talking about lately is how I'm feeling, can't do anything, but it's kind of all consuming and my back problems are getting worse!

I heard from the insurance company today and physiotherapy is getting covered by our car insurance!  The lady was so nice and helpful too!  Thank goodness I haven't had any hassles this week!

I've been starting out the day feeling pretty normal, then progressively get worse as the day goes on.  Siting kind of makes it worse, so I've been spending a lot of time standing up!  Thankfully I've been able to.  I haven't had much headaches today and I think the standing up helps :)

I'm getting into the Christmas spirit and have done some online Christmas shopping today!  We should be getting a few things tomorrow as well hopefully.

Hubby and I are laying in bed now watching Star Trek The Next Generation (Third season) on Netflix.  Brings back so many memories of when I watched it with my Dad!  Hubby brought home a sample bottle of wine from the liquor store (perfectly portioned!) last week and I'm indulging!

My appetite has been dwindling this week with the pain issues, so it's been pretty easy to stay on track!


The usual!
Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon
12 almonds
a banana


Oikos greek yogurt

Lunch/afternoon snack

Mushroom, red pepper ham and cheese omelette


Souvlaki pita with lots of veggies


50ml Ice wine

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Breast Reduction Update

I called the surgeon's office and got through right away.  Apparently they hadn't received any faxes from my doctor's office! (big surprise, my doctor's awesome, the staff there, not so much).  So the clerk on the phone was super accommodating and I faxed my own referral to her from my office and she got back to me right away.  I see the surgeon February 19th!

This is just one more step to a normal life.  A year ago I could have never even asked for it because I was obese.  By february I should be in the 160's (or lower) and no where near obese!  This is also the doctor who will probably do my skin removal surgery too, so I'm uber excited and motivated now more than ever to keep up the weight loss!

I'm feeling marginally better today, I have a headache still and my back is sore, but I'm a little better able to function.  I've been taking more Advil though, which I was just sort of muddling through without pain meds, and halfway through the day I was thinking of going back to my doctors again for meds, but I'm feeling a little better at the moment.  Yeah that was the large dose of Advil talking, lol!  I made dinner tonight (yeah!) and I'm done, lol!  It's early to bed for me of course, I'm most comfortable lying down.  I broke down and took some Robax Platinum :)

I've been good today again.  Today I've avoided: Pecan butter tarts, coconut tarts, Chocolate covered pretzels, pepermint/white chocolate covered pretzels...


Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon
12 almonds




Egg salad sandwich
1/2 red pepper
1 serving Heluva good dip


Oikos greek yogurt


shrimp and snap pea stirfry



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Doctors appointment

I had a doctors appointment this morning for follow up after the accident this weekend. Apparently I did re-injure my pelvis and I have irritated the sciatic nerve on the other side. So she's sending be back to physio to get myself fixed up again.

I have 2 doctors, a husband and wife team and the wife hadn't seen me in a very long time, 4 or 5 months or more! He was so proud of me for losing so much weight and she actually said that she thinks most of my "belly issue" is that it's mostly skin and she thinks I should have skin removal surgery to fix it. My lower belly hangs quite a bit and is uncomfortable. I've obviously been looking into it already, but it was nice for her to be in agreement!

I told her that I hadn't heard from the plastic surgeon about my breast reduction yet and she said she'll look into it for me. She says I should be ready to have surgery by the spring. "Once I lose the last 20 pounds or so" in her words! Sounds funny hearing that since I had 100+ pounds to lose at one point!

So all in all it was a good appointment. I'm feeling a little sheepish going back to physio with another injury, lol! One of the docs I work with said they need to wrap me in bubble wrap so I stop getting hurt!

I was pretty exhausted by the end of the work day today, another headache, which my doctor said is caused by micro tears in my back muscles from the accident as opposed to a concussion (I didn't hit my head anyways). By the time I went home I was so tired all I could do was make the girls some grilled cheese sandwiches and lay down on the couch! Totally didn't make dinner, clean up, nothing!

My mum offered to buy dinner, Swiss Chalet chicken (one of our healthier go-to's) so Tom ordered that while I put the baby to bed. We got some good snuggles in and she actually fell asleep on my lap!

Good day food wise again :)


My usual oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon
12 almonds
2 clementines


Cheese string


Tuna Greek salad (in my recipes)


Oikos Greek yogurt


Swiss chalet

Chicken on half a kaiser
1/3 serving of their dipping sauce (super low points and so yummy!)
Steamed veggies
Salad with a little house dressing


2 clementines
Butterscotch pudding.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Weigh in Today

What a good surprise!  I needed it after the events of the past week!  I was down 3.4 pounds tonight!  For a new total of 77.2 pounds lost!  I smoked by my goal of 75 pounds down!  I'm very close to hitting that 75 pounds lost at meetings too!  (Remember I started Weight Watchers online and lost 6 pounds before going to meetings). Only 3.8 pounds until I meet that milestone and get my 75 pound medal!  The leader was teasing me with it at the meeting today!

I also hit 30% body weight lost too!

My back is sore and I need to go to bed to rest my poor body :(  Seems like I'm a little worse off everyday since the accident.  I can still function fine, and I don't really take much more than my usual Celebrex, but I'm in more pain than I usually am and it's just tiring me out!  Good night!


Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon
12 almonds


Cheese string


2 ounces roast beef with a little gravy
3 mini potatoes


1/4 cup M&M's peanuts


I wasn't very hungry when I got home from Weight Watchers, so I made lunch for tomorrow and went and had a bath when the kids went to bed.  So I had...

1.5 servings triscuit thin crisps parmesan garlic
1.5 servings of low fat marble cheese cut thinly
1 pear

Monday, November 26, 2012

Long day at work!

Monday.  Again!  Holy crap how did that happen???

It was a long day for me.  My back isn't so great and sitting at a computer, turning to talk to patients and the constant up and down didn't feel good!  I was persuaded to make an appointment with my own family doctor and will see her Wednesday morning.  I've gotta say, I really have the best job and workplace ever!  I just missed 3 days a week ago because of an illness and my office manager doesn't even think to give me a hassle about more time off!  Mind you, I'm making the time up.

I did pretty well food wise today, I did have a coconut tart that was homemade by one of the girls that I work with and ate it and enjoyed it, then regretted it for a split second when I remembered how I promised full disclosure on this blog!  But I do need to live, AND I AVOIDED HOMEMADE SHORTBREAD.  So I'm still ahead of the game!

So our car is in the shop getting the once over for insurance.  I have to say, our insurance company has been awesome!  They've been really helpful and very willing to help with anything!  Of course, it's not THEIR company that has to pay for anything, lol!  It's obviously the responsibility of the other driver's insurance (who hasn't given us any hassle either!).

Oh I forgot!  before bed last night I had a second rice crispie square! :D

Weigh in is tomorrow!  I'm hoping to (finally) hit that 75 pounds lost milestone!  I'm 1.2 pounds away and it seems like I've been on the cusp forever!  Weight loss really slows down when you gain 2.4 pounds one week!  Geez!  Just recouping that is keeping me on the straight and narrow!!!


My usual
Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon
12 almonds


cheese string


mini potatoes
lots of green beans


Oikos fat free cherry greek yogurt (I swear it's like icing!  So good!)
Coconut tart (It was small, mini cupcake pan sized)


Again!  Hubby cooked!  I don't think I want to know what he's making up for! :P

3 oz Roast beef
3 mini potatoes
An ounce of beef gravy
Caesar salad


An apple
a snack pack pudding (butterscotch!)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

PJ Sunday!

Well, Tom got dressed :P

Spending the day in my PJ's doesn't equate to bumming around the house and eating like a sloth though!  I cleaned up the whole main floor, and folded a crapload of laundry!  With being busy and not at home for the past 5 days (except to sleep) the house needed some TLC!

Food wise I've been doing pretty well!


Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon (Oh how I've missed you!)
A pear


A banana


A can of tuna
1 romaine heart
1/2 red pepper
3 tbsp low fat miracle whip (This was a huge fricking salad!  It needed that much mayo!  The whole thing was still only 7 points!  It was delicious!)


Oikos fat free cherry greek yogurt
a pear
2 marshmallows


Made by my husband!

Rainbow trout baked with onions and lemon
4 baby potatoes
Lots of green beans
A little drawn butter and more lemon


Rice crispie square



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Oh what a day!

Man am I glad to be back home and in bed!

Tom and went out again to go Christmas shopping. Not 10 mins from home we got rear ended! I don't know HOW anyone could miss our bright yellow car??? She hit us really hard too! She hit us, sent us forward, then hit us a second time before we came to a stop! I was texting at the time and was totally thrown forward. Hubby was driving and says he's fine. My whole lower back hurts and my old pelvis injury is causing trouble again. I'm sure I'm going to be hurting for the next few days!

We were still able to drive the car, there's barely a scratch on the bumper, however, it feels different to drive, so we called the insurance company and will have the car checked out.

This totally took the wind out of our sails and we didn't get much shopping done.

We had family birthdays today so my diet wasn't amazing...

We did have a healthy lunch and brought fruit to the party, but I did partake in some treats :)


2 eggs over medium
1.5 pieces of ham
1/4 cup hash browns



Sweet onion teriyaki chicken salad
Nestea zero


Veggies and fruit
Heluva good dip
1 serving ruffles chips


Donair pizza (2 small pieces)


3 oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
1 ounce fudge

Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas shopping and date night!

Tom and I went out shopping today, not because it was Black Friday (apparently in Canada now too), but because babysitters were available! I tell ya, we are NEVER going to do shopping on Black Friday ever again!

We went to the Samko toy warehouse and that wasn't busy, we came out with some sweet deals! The only real Black Friday sale I wanted to attempt was at ricki's. they supposedly had a bunch of stuff in sale, but it wasn't worth making the trip. Tom dropped me off at the mall and went to get our movie tickets, but the parking lot was so busy he told me I had to walk from the mall to the movie theatre because he couldn't get near the mall again for the traffic!


My usual
Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon
12 almonds

Greek yogurt


Chicken snack wrap from Tim Hortons

For dinner we went to red lobster!
I had one cheddar bay biscuit
Garden salad with blueberry vinaigrette
A couple of pieces of calamari
2 "pounds" of crab legs
11 garlic shrimp
2 fried shrimp
A bunch of steamed broccoli


15 m & m's peanuts
Approx 3 cups movie theatre popcorn
Diet coke

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Temptation and determination. Day 3

So my husband had a migraine.

My husband is under my red coat, lol!  He was sleeping on my shoulder.  
Pardon the look on my face, I was exhausted!

We spent 7 hours in Emerg, they gave him a cocktail of meds and sent him home to sleep it off!  He slept until noon today and thankfully he woke up as good as new!  He felt so good he even made dinner tonight!

I took this pic yesterday, but couldn't post it for the obvious reason that I was posting from my phone in the Emerg waiting room.

THIS is what faces me at work at Christmas time!  For the record I didn't have any!


Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon (I know, again, but I like it!  and it's easy!)
12 almonds
an apple


Oikos yogurt


Blue menu spinach and ricotta cannelloni (6 points plus!)
A huge salad
1 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette




Chicken breast wraps with a bunch of veggies


homemade dark chocolate turtle fudge!  I made it for birthday presents and I HAVE to taste it!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Day 2. Blogging from Emerg

Well I'm sitting in Emerg with my husband who has what we think is a migraine, but an atypical one according to the walk in clinic doc. We're here waiting for a CT scan. It's busy here and we'll be waiting a while.

Food wise I did ok today. I brought my own lunch to the mall (Wednesdays we always go shopping on lunch!). I've had lots of veggies and fruit and feel good about my eating today!


Oatmeal with cinnamon and brown sugar
Coffee with milk and sweetener
12 almonds

Morning snack

Oikos fat free Greek yogurt

Salad with 1 tbsp calorie wise ranch
1 porkchop in 2 tbsp mushroom sauce
1/2 cup rice
1 cup green beans

Afternoon snack



Pita Pit
3 oz Chicken breast
2 tbsp light ranch dressing
Green peppers
Nestea zero
2 coffees

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Day 1

As I said yesterday, I need a challenge to keep me from mindlessly (or mindfully) eating junk!
And boy has it worked!  Because I avoided popcorn, ju jubes, chocolate, some shortbread toffee bar thingies and I'm sure so much else!

I think this might work for me!  I'm glad yesterday's post spoke to some of you, the next few weeks are going to be the most challenging of this whole year for many of us and we should band together to fight the junk!  So I challenge you to be more mindful of what you put in your mouth!  I'm not avoiding sweets and treats totally, that would send me right for a binge!  But posting it on here will certainly make me think before eating!  From now on, I'm not eating it unless it's a 10!  (My night time snack pack pudding isn't going anywhere btw, it's my planned treat and I only have them about 2-3 times a week.  It's a milk serving you know!)

Here is today's eats and treats


Oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon
12 almonds
coffee (with 1/4 cup of milk and sweetener) and
a banana.

Morning snack

Small coffee
Cauliflower and
1.5 servings of Heluva good dip
3 glasses of water


At Ares restaurant
2 eggs over easy
3 pieces back bacon
1/4 cup hashbrowns


Coffee at Weight watchers (after weighing in)

Dinner (on the run at my sisters place, she always feeds me!)

1 cup spaghetti noodles
6 meatballs
1/2 cup tomato sauce

Bedtime snack

butterscotch pudding

Not as much in the way of veggies as I'm used to, but hubby was sick, I had to run around after weight watchers collecting children and didn't get to have veggies with dinner tonight.


Weigh in tonight...  Down 1.6 lbs!  Not what I was thinking I'd be down before the disaster weekend, but I'll take it!  73.8 pounds lost!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Time for another challenge!

I'm so disgusted with myself!

Since the wedding a week ago I've had a hard time sticking to plan.  This weekend When we went to the city I did ok at dinner, then ate nachos at the hockey game, a skinny peppermint mocha, a couple handfuls of popcorn, a few sips of Tom's Smirnoff Ice.  Then on Sunday, Lara and I made a cake.  I made it with egg whites, no oil, pointed it out, then proceeded to make full fat buttercream icing.  I covered the cake with the delicious buttercream icing.  I'm a sucker for cake, or any baked goods for that matter.  Then I cut myself a piece, then another piece, then another piece.  I managed to stop there and tracked it.  Then I ate dinner on top of that, not so point friendly butter chicken with rice, forgot the salad.  Oh, then I had a Lindor chocolate truffle!

This morning I had a healthy breakfast, then another helping of butter chicken, with a side of veggies, then 4 more truffles, came home with a dinner plan, started making it and proceeded to finish off the rest of the cake!  I was disgusted with myself, then thought, oh well, damage is done.

I skipped dinner because of the stomach ache from all of the sugar.  I immediately confessed my crime to my husband when he got home and he was disappointed (and I'm glad he was!) and said "Ugh right before weigh in!  What were you thinking?!".  I felt so horrible!

So I got the rest of dinner going and left my husband to finish it and feed the kiddies and I went for a walk.  I walked as fast as I could for 5km.

I did a lot of thinking about my eating habits this past couple of weeks and how in the first 4 months of doing weight watchers I was so diligent in avoiding sweets, treats and such like that.  I need to challenge myself to avoid crap like this again!  I was thinking of avoiding crap totally for the next 100 days, but that's unrealistic with Christmas, New Years, my birthday and my daughter's birthday in there.

So I'm challenging myself to disclose every treat I have on this blog.  Everyday.  So tomorrow, the start of a new week for me (my Weight Watcher's weigh in day) I'm going to write daily, even a short note, if I ate crap or not.  Hopefully it'll reset my habits again!

Please help keep me accountable!  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Happy weekend!

Sorry I've not posted in a few days, not a lot to write about I guess!

I gained 2.4 pounds this past weigh in after the wedding, not bad, I was expecting 4!  Well on the home scale I've lost all of that and more and should be looking at an awesome loss this coming weigh in!  Just look at my daily weights for the past week!  The wedding was on the 10th, WI was on Tuesday the 13th!

Yesterday we went to Toronto for the Toronto Furies Women's hockey game at the Air Canada Center!  It was a free game and my daughter Lara love Hockey, as does Daddo of course, so it wasn't much of a  stretch to decide to go!  We Brought my nephew Jordan with us as well.

We drove down and parked at the ACC and brought the stroller to carry stuff and kiddies and walked all over!  We first went to Starbucks so Lara could go to the bathroom, I got a skinny peppermint mocha and oh my gosh it was amazing!  Oh so good!!!  
We went to the Hockey Hall of Fame and Tom got to wander and look at stuff, we had our picture taken with the Stanley Cup!

We had lunch/supper at Marche and I had an omelette, nothing to drink.  The kids really enjoyed the pizza there!  It was much like the tortilla pizza I made at home, Lara actually ate half the pizza!  It wasn't a small one either!

At the game, my husband lined up to get an autograph from Johnny Bower, his childhood idol and got his jersey signed!  Jordan met Wendel Clark and had 2 of his brothers hockey cards signed as a surprise.

We did get treats at the game, popcorn and nachos.  I had some of both :)  Both kids did amazingly and we had no tantrums!  Even though they didn't get to bed until after 10 O'clock!

Today we had a lazy day, stayed in jammies for a long while then Lara and I made a cake (I ate more than I should have!).  Then we did some grocery shopping before dropping the girls off at my sisters.  We then turned the stuff in the shed around so the summer stuff was packed away and the snow blower, shovels and Christmas decorations were accessible.  Then we put up the Christmas lights!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wedding fun!

I had quite the weekend!

My friends wedding was this past weekend and I was a bridesmaid!  I was asked to be a bridesmaid a little after starting weight watchers, so for the past year or so I've been working towards losing as much weight as I can before this wedding!

My plan all along was to work towards this, then have fun this weekend, food, alcohol, cake, no tracking, and that's what I did!  I KNOW I'm going to be way up this weigh in, but I'm totally ok with that and I'll stay on plan and have a great loss next week!

I felt amazing all day on Saturday!  I felt small, energetic, kept getting compliments left right and centre, it was amazing!  And I almost outshone the bride!

I'm the 3rd from the left.  The flower girls are my little ones!
I wish I had a better picture, but this is all I've got so far!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wedding crazy!

I'm so sorry I haven't posted yet this week!  It's been a little crazy!  We're in a wedding on Saturday and it's all consuming right now!  Between dress fittings, last minute bra searches, not to mention, in the midst of it all, I've been trying to kick up my activity a notch!  I've been doing the 30 day shred, every other day, the 5k walks or walk/runs on the alternating days.  I just need to get off my butt!

Tuesday was weigh in for me and I was down 0.4 lbs!  Not a lot, but I had an indulgent weekend.  I missed my 75 lb milestone by 0.6 lbs!  With the wedding this weekend, I'm not expecting to meet that next week, but that's ok.  I've been working up to this weekend for the last year!  And after losing 74.6 pounds and 4 dress sizes, I'm going to enjoy myself!!!

I'll certainly post pics of me in my bridesmaid's dress on Sunday!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Size 12 pants!

I actually bought size 12 pants!  A few days ago, I only had the courage to try them on today!  And they fit!!!  I was so excited I went out and bought another pair in a different colour, lol!  They fit well and are super comfy!  So I might be in a size 10 before I know it (!!!!!!!!!)!

I had my husband take my measurements today.  I'm always so apprehensive about the measurements for some reason!  The last time my measurements were done was 5 months ago, lol!   I've lost 25 pounds since I took those measurements,  looks like I was successful in both departments!

Since May 2012

Bust -3.75 in
Waist -2.5 in
Hips -4.25 in
Lt arm -2.5 in
Rt arm -0.75 in
Lt thigh -2.25 in
Rt thigh -2.25 in
Lt calf -1 in
Rt calf -0.5 in  
Total -19.75 inches lost!

Since the beginning

Bust -11.25 in
Waist -13.5 in
Hips -11.25 in
Lt arm -5.5 in
Rt arm -4.5 in
Lt thigh -5.25 in
Rt thigh -5.25 in
Lt calf -3 in
Rt calf - 2.5 in    
Total   -62 inches lost!

I had another not so great food day again, A&W burger, fries and Root Beer for lunch!  Oh it was so good!  I went for a 4km walk when we got home though, so I'm not feeling too guilty.  I still have some weekly points left over too!

I'm not too optimistic for weigh in on Tuesday, or the next one for that matter, with my friends wedding and me planning to be off plan.  Most of my original motivation to lose weight was because of the bridesmaids dress I have to wear at this wedding, and I can say sincerely that I deserve a hard earned break next weekend!

I'm going to be totally on plan all week though so minimize the damage and have stepped up the activity.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It didn't rain today!

I took full advantage and went for a run tonight!  I started out walking, I had planned a 5k route from home and back.  My hope is to walk/run it and eventually run more than walk it!  Today I walked almost to the halfway mark when I had to pee.  I was close to my brothers place, so I went there and borrowed their bathroom, stayed long enough to sing Happy Birthday to my sisters boyfriend, decline an offer of dessert and check to see how long the route home was (just long enough to finish the 5k).  I walked back to the main road again then I ran the whole way home!  A whole 1.5 km at once!

I'm really hoping my joints will behave themselves and I can keep this up!

I had an impromptu workout this morning at the McDonald's playland!  Tom had to do a quick thing for school out of town and we wanted to go to Ikea, so we tagged along and went to McDonald's to play in the playland while we waited.  For half an hour I climbed around in that playland!  Way up to the top to go down the slides a million times, hauling two teenie kiddies all the way up because they were too small to climb up most of the platforms.  Holy man I was sweating when we were done!

We had lots of fun!

Thank goodness for the exercise!  I didn't eat very well today again :(  I'm still tracking, still within my points, but tomorrow I'm back to making better choices!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Binge or treat?

So I've been doing very well with Halloween all things considered.  My plan has been to count every treat and when my 49 extra points are gone, they're gone.  Sounds good.  Yesterday and the day before I had 2 fun size chocolate bars/m&m's.  Today I didn't bring any to work and did well food wise at work. The I came home and started making dinner.  The candy bag is on the dining table so I had a rifle through it.  While making dinner I had 6 fun size chocolate bars totalling 10 points!  I knew what I was doing with each one.  Toyed with the thought of spitting one of them out, the thought "To heck with it!"  and kept eating.  Then I felt bad, had a quick thought that of "Oh well, I'd just blown it, might as well keep binging!" followed by "No, this is part of the plan.  I've used up 18 of my WP's so far.  I haven't blown it."

It's weird how the brain works!  Yes I've had 6 chocolate bars today, but that's ok. It's halloween.  I can have more when I choose to and I don't have to feel guilty about it.  It's all part of the plan.

I think guilt has played a huge part in my weight gain over the years!  In just a few seconds my mind was playing tricks on me!

No more guilt trips self!  They don't help anyone!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Surprise!

Yesterday was halloween!  It was cold and drizzly, but we bundled up the kids and grabbed our umbrellas and went out!  We went in two stints.  One out with Lara's "boyfriend" Emmet.  He's a few months younger than her, but they're best friends!  Lara says that Emmet is going to marry her someday!  The other stint was in my sister's neighbourhood.  My nephew Nathan was Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean!  He was so cute!  I didn't get pictures over there though.

The girls had such a great time!  If we skipped a house, Zaryah would point and in her own language would say "I trick or treat that house!"  And Lara would thank the candy givers profusely and excitedly for each piece, so cute!

Emmet is the dragon, Lara is Spiderman (with pink boots so you know she's a girl) and Zaryah is the bumble bee!  They're way too cute!

I had a great Halloween surprise too!  On my home scale I'm out of the obese category!  I'm merely overweight now!  How awesome is that!  

What I used to be at over 250 lbs

What I was today!  

I remember looking forward imagining when I would be out of the obese category and how far away it seemed.  I can't believe I'm here already!  Only 28.2 pounds (OMG!) until I reach a normal BMI of 25!  At 145.6 lbs!  I can't wait!