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12-22-2011, 10:21 PM
:snowglo: Well, since it is technically the beginning of winter on December 21st, and we have lots of ***** on the ground with below freezing temps -- I guess we should start a new WINTER thread here ...

:wreath: And, it's a nice time to start it -- just a few days before CHRISTMAS too! We put up some decorations today, including my Christmas Clock (a nice gift from our nephew). DH picked up some last minute gifts and I added a few finishing touches to the tree (which he decorated).

:candy: Our dinner is all planned: an untraditional one of "eye of the round" roast beef with winter veggies, with pumpkin pie for dessert (as that is DH's favorite). Have a few healthier snacks planned along with some not so bad ones for the guests.

:tree: Just have a few more gifts to wrap tomorrow and last minute tidy-ups before the big day. ;) We had an easy dinner tonight: I had chicken wings. Time to go rest up for tomorrow now; maybe do a puzzle or read a bit.

:ginger: Hope you all are almost ready too. Just in case we don't hear from you before then, have a great weekend and a ...


12-26-2011, 12:21 AM
:tree: MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! :tree:

Hope all our Canadian friends from coast to coast are having a wonderful celebration ... We had some more ***** fall today, but the temps were mild; which was esp nice for those travelling. A friend gave me a beautiful snowflake necklace as a gift today; very pretty.

I also received a nice snuggles blanket; great for when I want to put my feet up to do a puzzle and some reading. I'll be toasty warm this winter. We had a great time with good friends today; it's always nice to spend this day with others. Had more than enuff food; lots of good leftovers for us to eat for a the next few days (just have to re-heat them). Nice to give the cook a break too. ;)

Have a great week everyone ... :D

12-26-2011, 07:23 PM
Hi Rosebud. Sounds like your Christmas was wonderful. We received a snuggie blanket for Christmas. I fell asleep on the couch all wrapped up in it last night. I ate way too much but I'll try to do better in the new year.

12-27-2011, 03:55 PM
HI ISABELLA ~ yes, you are correct -- they are called "SNUGGIES". :lol: Ya, I ate lots of salty-sugary stuff; but some of it was healthy stuff too. I tried a bit of everything. I made 3 kinds of goodies with lots less sugar & almost no flour in any of them, which really cut the calories in them too (each batch only had 18-24 so there wouldn't be too many left over either). Then, we ate leftovers for lunch (ham) & dinner (roast beef) yesterday, but I am well back on plan today.

I received some nice compliments from all my guests that they could tell that I have lost more weight & inches (esp noticeable on my face & arms); that is a great non-scale victory there too. Makes all the hard work & sacrifice well worth it ... :D

Glad you are enjoying your celebration time too. :)

12-28-2011, 11:57 AM
Rosebud, when people notice the weight loss it's great. So many times someone will lose 10 pounds and no one will even notice. So that's wonderful that your guests gave you that great compliment.

Someone told me I looked so much better fat. Grrrrr...what's with that? I told her I wasn't better fat and I had nothing to wear and I was not feeling good at all. I wish people would keep those kinds of thoughts to themselves.

Aunty Jam
12-28-2011, 06:58 PM
Hey everyone... sorry I haven't been around much. My Granny passed away in mid December so I spent a bit over a week in Saskatchewan with my family there. She passed peacefully, in her sleep and she was 99, she was ready (she told us that several times). She was an amazing woman and we're going to miss her but I think we're mostly ok with it.

Christmas was busy as all get out... enjoying the lull of normalicy before new years ;) I had my own little christmas miracle... I weighed 10 pounds less then I thought I did on Christmas morning... LoL. I hadn't been on a scale in weeks and Saskatchewan is the land of meat, potatoes, gravy and real butter... on EVERYTHING.

Rose - Glad to hear people noticed.. that's so rewarding.

Isabella - They're just used to seeing you that way.. they'll get used to it, your opinion is the one that matters the most.

12-30-2011, 05:34 PM
:hug: AHHH, ISABELLA ~ it's likely true that they were just used to seeing you that way, but I understand how you feel. I have a few people making good comments, but there have been more not so nice ones -- like, "Sooo ... what are you gonna do about all that loose skin?" Daaah!

I'm not where I want & need to be yet. When you lose a lot of weight like I have, there are some side-effects. Before, I was insulted for being so fat; now, I'm being insulted becuz of too much loose skin. I feel like we are dammed if we do, and dammed if we don't.

I haven't even told you the worst things some have said; and I'm shocked sometimes by some people's endless nerve. They should just mind their own business!!! I've worked so hard over the last few years. I used to cry all the time about my weight; now, they are making me feel bad all over again. I see people staring at my loose skin; but what can I do, or say? I can't make it go away, like poof! And of course, they are all bringing up surgery! Here we go again ... :rolleyes:

I wish they would keep their opinions to themselves too. Do they think I can't see? I wasn't blind before, and I'm not blind now. To me, they should be happy for my success. Like you, I feel so much better now; I'm much healthier -- and I know I will feel even better with some more lbs & inches off yet ... so, on I go! :D

Oooops ... sorry for the rant, but this is so annoying! OK, I'm ... :mad: But maybe it's good that I got that off my chest -- phew! ;) Now, I can move on with peace again ... :)

HI AUNTY ~ CONGRATS on that great Christmas surprise: down 10 lbs ... whoohoo!!! I'm so glad for you and my NSV's too! Sorry about your granny's passing, but she's at peace now ... :hug: Oh, and you're right: people will just have to get used to the new me, and I will have to try to find some better camouflage techniques, I guess ... :shrug:

Have a great weekend fellow Canucks; and keep warm ... :brr:

12-31-2011, 05:39 PM
:celebrate: HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE :celebrate:

Hope you all have a nice evening rushing in a new year -- any resolutions for 2012? I have a few: continue on my good health journey. I want to see more inches & lbs gone this year. Still tweakin' and workin' it ... ;)

What a difference a day makes; it was nice and mild today @ only -4 C, so we went up town shopping for groceries and paid one bill. Boy, was it busy up there -- some people were getting ready for a few parties.

Have a good one, eh ... :cheers:

:newyear: ....... :newyear: ....... :newyear:

01-03-2012, 05:25 PM
Rosebud and Aunty, yes, it's because they were used to me this way. But I do get some of the other seemingly mean comments from time to time. I think some people just don't think.

I was sick over the New Year celebrations but feeling much better so I'll send you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR'S hug.

I'm having trouble getting hyped up about losing the weight this time around. It may be because I can't get out and walk and jog like I did before. My feet just won't allow it right now. I'm using my exercise bike which is not as interesting as walking outside.

The weather is up and down here, too. We had a snowfall for Christmas which stayed most of the week and then we had another snowfall January 1. Last night it poured rain and today it froze again at about -1 or 0 C. I don't know what to put on when I go out.

I have made only 1 resolution for the New Year and it has nothing to do with fitness or health. I think I know I should be doing that anyway. I've resolved to learn how to sing 25 new hymns from my church hymnal. There are so many I don't know. I have them picked out and a timeline for learning so we'll see how that goes.

Keep well and warm.

01-03-2012, 07:07 PM
ISABELLA ~ glad that you are feeling better. That's an interesting challenge: to learn more hymns. I have a nice big hymnal I bought; and I just love singing my favorite songs from it now & then. I've been trying to learn new ones as I go along.

Someone said that resolutions too often have a negative slant, and that making new goals is a better idea -- so that is what I am doing this year too ... :)

I had to go put dinner on & that's all over now, but I wanted to add that you can still do stuff indoors; and just continue on your plan as you have been doing. It isn't about perfection, but perseverance, and the long-term.

Maybe you could pick up a second-hand treadmill, if you like to walk & run ... have you ever tried one out? I would try one out first; as I bought one and found it too difficult for me. Thankfully, someone else owns it now that can and is using it; a nice, family man who wanted one badly. :D

Aunty Jam
01-04-2012, 01:16 PM
Hey ladies... I was sick over new years too but it was self induced :( I won't go into detail ;)

Isabella - That's a lot of hymns! Very ambitious :) You go girl - LoL.

Rosebud - Are you guys getting that storm thats supposed to be going through? Sounds nasty.. we had rain here yesterday!

I made a resolution years ago that I would never make another resolution so a goal sounds good. Before my Granny passed I told her that I was going to run a half marathon... I better get on that!

01-04-2012, 05:33 PM
:snowglo: HI AUNTY ~ no, we didn't get any storm yet; must have missed us -- although we did get some ***** during the night. It has been milder today (around -7 C); and we had some more light ***** during the day, which has stopped now. We have big sliding doors in the front of our house, and it looked like feathers floating gently through the air -- very pretty really. :D

Just stayed home and did light housechores today & laundry, etc. ... the usual boring stuff. DH is watching DUKES OF HAZZARD re-runs; and resting from the snow-pushing. ;)

Think I'll do some reading until dinner-time; keep warm ... :brr:

01-09-2012, 03:17 PM
Aunty, I must have missed that your grandmother died in December. So sorry for your loss. I know you and your family will miss her. When my grandmother died (many years ago) it felt as if the bottom fell out of the family.

The sun is pouring in my back patio doors and sitting here with the wood furnace keeping everything hot it seems as if it is a summer day--until I look out the window, lol. We've had serious snow down since New Year's Day and have had several snowfalls since so I don't expect we'll see the end of this for a long time yet. It's about -3 this afternoon.

This week has been good so far. I feel as if I'm right on track with eating and exercise. I know it's only Monday but Saturday and Sunday were good, too.

01-09-2012, 05:38 PM
:wave: HI LADIES ~ we have really mild temps today (around 0 C); and with that comes some more of this: *****, of course. The temps have been going up & down a bit; but we are lovin' the milder days. DH would probably say he likes that without the snow though, but then it wouldn't look like winter out there, would it? ;)


ISABELLA ~ Both our wonderful grammies are gone to heaven (for some time now). We miss them a lot, of course. I was very close to my maternal grandmother (who was wise & kind & generous & loving) from the time I was a baby, but I look like my paternal gram & her mother too ... BUT, when our mother passed away, it felt like someone had knocked out the support beams that held up the house (or like the lead goose was picked off & the flock was left scrambling). The kids (and their spouses) seemed to splat all over the place -- it was tres weird. She was like a matriarch of the family -- she was strong & smart & talented; and when she died, the dynamics of the family changed drastically. So, I definitely know how you feel. My Father tried to step in & help as best he could. Over time, the kids have healed and moved on. It took a while (with some collateral damage along the way); but hopefully, they are all much stronger now.

My eating & exercise are going well this month too. The changes I made to our Christmas plans really helped a lot this year. I enjoyed the day; and there was very little leftover but good healthy stuff mostly. I tried a bit of everything; and DH & the birdies gleamed up the rest. :D

Have a great week & keep warm out there ... :brr:

01-12-2012, 03:40 PM
This is coming on tonight, January 12 on CBC TV. The Nature of Things will be airing the program "Programmed to Be Fat." Might prove very interesting. If you miss it you might be able to watch online at CBC.

01-14-2012, 09:23 PM
Thanks for the link, ISABELLA; I didn't see the program, but did read the article about it, so I have an idea of what he was talking about. There has been much thought about this for some time now; and there are a few different theories out there ...

Dr. Lustig of New York talks about the rise in infant obesity in his YouTube address too: he says that since babies don't eat fast foods & junkies, they must be getting the problem from somewhere else -- he believes from fructose sugars in infant formulas.

Then there were all the hormones and chemicals they fed to animals to FATTEN THEM UP -- people drank the milk and ate the meat & cheese, etc. Since we already know that diseases (remember Mad Cow disease) can pass from animals to humans, then so could those hormones and chemicals (and, possibly from mother to child too). Although, I do agree with those that say mother's milk does offer some benefits & protection to their offspring too.

Oddly enuff, someone just sent me an email today about the chemical MSG -- a very strong flavor enhancer that is put in most, if not all processed foods & fast foods. For some time, it has been used by scientists to make baby rodents fat for research on diabetes or other diseases. Harrumph!!!

It is very possible that they all may be contributing to the problem; and it may take a while before we sort it all out, but we may be on the right track for once ... :D

01-15-2012, 09:56 PM
Rosebud, it really makes one think about what we're eating and breathing, doesn't it. Of course, as the program stressed it's as much or more about overeating and lack of exercise for most adults that is as much or more of a contributing factor to obesity.

It's cold here tonight, -16, brrrr. DH just put a couple of big pieces of wood in the furnace so it'll be balmy inside.

01-15-2012, 10:29 PM
Of course, as the program stressed: it's as much or more about overeating and lack of exercise for most adults that is as much or more of a contributing factor to obesity ...

And that's exactly why we are all here, right? ;) That wood on the fire sounds so lovely; you'll be nice & warm for sure ... :flame:

Have a great week everyone ... :D

Aunty Jam
01-16-2012, 02:15 PM
Hey everyone...

Isabella - Thanks so much... Granny was 99, she was ready but you're right, it's still hard :( I'm going to check out the link you posted when I get home tonight. I just know I won't want to eat anything after I see it.

Rosebud - Really makes you wonder why they add that stuff to infant formulas in the first place! They really don't need it.

I was going to come on and post on Friday but work was so hetic I didn't take breaks. But my post was going to go something like this.....
"I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT! I actually managed to get up at 5:30am and go for a run!" LoL I was so pumped, it still excites me to think about it, I actually woke up with no problems which is RARE for me. I haven't done it since though... Wednesday is the next running day on my schedule but if I'm going to get up and exercise I should probably get up at that time all the time.... <sigh> This isn't going to be easy LoL.

We've been plunged into the deep freeze here... after all our nice weather :( It's a freezing cold -26 with a wind chill to -36. It's supposed to be like this all week then warm up again next week... I guess we'll see if it actually does.

01-16-2012, 09:52 PM
CONGRATS TO YOU, AUNTY ~ getting up that early to go on a run in this weather; you deserve a medal! :lol: Hope it works out for you on Wed AM too. I walk around inside my home: our kitchen & washroom are at one end of our house; and we have a long hallway that goes to the front where my little PC room is -- I call it the "office" for DH (well, I do pay the bills & do our budgeting books in that room too). ;)

We had very mild temps today too; it actually drizzled (like rain), but the temps will fall over the week here as well. :brr: I'm gonna bundle up good tonight and do some reading. I am having to take some antibiotics for an infection I had thought was gone; 3 more days to go and I am feeling better too. Hope you have a better week at work ...

I did laundry & whiz sweeping this AM. Friends dropped by for an afternoon visit. We had center roast pork with sweet potaoes & green beans & carrots for dinner. Time to go rest; as I woke up in the middle of the night and had trouble getting back to sleep, so I'm starting to :yawn: ... keep warm now! :D

Aunty Jam
01-17-2012, 07:10 PM
LoL! I didn't mention that I run on a treadmill in the winter? There is no way you could run outside in this, frostbite sets in in under 10 minutes. I have trouble just going outside in this weather! One of my bosses from Houston is coming up next week... I feel sorry for her!

Aunty Jam
01-18-2012, 01:42 PM
Can you believe I did it again??? I got up at 5:20 this morning and went for a run on my treadmill :) Who is this person that's living in my body????

01-19-2012, 12:30 PM
:bravo: AUNTY ~ glad you were able to get your early treadmill run in yesterday AM ... :lol:

We are getting a big ***** fall today, but the temps are milder, which is nice too. DH had just cleaned the end of the laneway, then the plow went by and gave him some more so he shook his shovel at him, but the guy just laughed. Some guys try to lift the blade at the corner, but others don't. Since we are the first house around the corner, we get all the snow they bring with them ... :rolleyes:

Needless to say, DH is dreaming of a snow-blowing machine; can't blame him really. We've been looking at them trying to figure out which ones are best; they're not cheap :eek:. DH just came in for a coffee break; I set out a nice, big homemade oatmeal muffin for him to have with it -- he needs all the energy he can get after all that.

I made Creamy Mac for dinner last night -- this a family recipe: hamburger & pasta dish with mushroom soup sauce with veggies in it too. We have enuff leftovers for tonight as well -- so all I have to do is add another vegetable to go with it; green beans sound good to me. DH loves it and so do I; one of our favorites.

Hope you're all having a great day out there today; keep warm ... :brr:

01-23-2012, 09:39 PM
:wave: We had a good weekend up here; it was a bit colder, but today it really warmed up to -1 C, and we had some drizzle that kinda froze on people's car windows on them. We had a little more ***** fall the last few days; at least it's coming down fairly slowly. DH is having a lot of fun moving it all around ... not! ;)

Actually, it gives him something to do and gives him some exercise as well; at least, that's what he keeps telling me anyhow. Plus, he does take his time and rests in between; he does half, then rests; and then goes out later on and finishes it off. He's been relaxing ever since watching movies.

I have been doing my usuall daily stuff; nothing exciting going on here really. I made some oven-baked "fake fried" chicken this weekend; it turned out nice and we ate some more for dinner tonight with veggies & rice mix. Saved a bit for my lunch tomorrow too.

I also cooked up some fruit compote: rhubarb, blueberries, and strawberries. Then today, I made a pot of homemade tomato-bean soup with veggies & leftover pork I had in the freezer. Sounds like I have been cooking up a storm. :lol:

Hope all our Canadian friends have a wonderful week; take care & keep warm ... :brr:

Aunty Jam
01-24-2012, 01:22 PM
Hey everyone....

I haven't gotten up to run since :( Dad ended up in the hospital and it threw life for a loop. He's alright and back at home but I haven't caught up on my sleep yet and I feel really tired. I'm really really trying to convince myself how good I'll feel when I do get up and run but it's tough at 5am.

Rose I think I'm coming to your place for dinner ;) Sounds good. Can your husband file a complaint with the city? The driver sounds like a jerk. Glad he takes rests, you always hear of people who have heart attacks because they don't listen to their bodies and rest.

We're finally out of the deep freeze and back to some nice warm spring (ahem, winter) temps. It's only -5 right now and supposed to be nice for the rest of the week :)

01-27-2012, 03:27 PM
AUNTY ~ The man across the road came home for lunch last week and got stuck big time, but a neighbour helped him get out. They went by today, and pulled the plow up; so it wasn't too bad. Cleaning the streets is their job but they are trying not to dump so much in the people's lanes now (I have a feeling that they have had some complaints).

We have above freezing temps here today; yeah! What nice weather we are having for January -- it will help keep the heat bills down too. I just made a nice soup for lunch -- I just added a can of cream of mushroom soup + water to a homemade soup base I had in the freezer. DH commented how much he liked that; it was esp nice since the soup was on sale this week too.

My eating has been going very well this month; yahoo ... :carrot:

This afternoon, I am going to do some mending while I put my legs up at the same time. I have a comforter that the seams are pulling out from wear, but it still looks very nice, so I'll just mend it and make it last a while longer.

I think we may have pizza for dinner tonight; I try to have a salad before to fill me up. Hope you all have a Fab Friday, and a wonderful weekend too; keep warm out there now ... :brr:

Aunty Jam
01-31-2012, 01:01 PM
Rose - I'm glad that they smartened up... that was just ignorant. We once had a guy go through the parking lot at work and plow everyone in. At the time I was driving a 1982 Toyota Celica! It took a LONG time to get everyone out, management had a fit!

My eating hasn't been so good.. and I haven't been working out. I'm having a hard time putting my foot down and saying "Do it NOW!". I only run 3 days a week and I don't want to do my other work outs in the morning because they're a lot slower paced and I fall back asleep. I think I'm going to get that JM - 30 day shred video... a friend of mine is doing it and she really likes it. I think if I do that and run I should be pretty good.

Woke up with a really sore neck this morning, so far I've taken 4 advil and put anti-inflammatory cream on my neck but it's still very painful. Uuuuggg... :( Not fun :(

01-31-2012, 04:35 PM
AUNTY ~ yes, they are making a concerted effort not to block us in right now; hope it lasts. Will pray the kink in your neck heals up fast for you -- I have a bad disc in my upper back/neck area; have to be sure not to move too fast or it bothers me too. Jillian's video might be a good alternate for the running days; worth a try anyways -- if you get it, let us know what it's all about ...

If I am struggling, I try for a maintenance day (about 2000 cals) to minimize the damage. This new strategy has been workin' well for me. Made some homemade bean & veggie soup from leftovers today; had a .5 L/O chicken salad sandwich with it too ...

It' s ***** a bit here today; very lightly though, and the temps are nice and mild for this time of year ... luv it!!! :D

Have a wonderful week, everyone ... :cool:

02-03-2012, 11:13 PM
Well, we've started another month, I see -- February: the month of :love: or so they call it; and that's not a bad idea really ... we can all use more love, can't we?

We are having some more mild days with more fluffy, white stuff falling out there ***** that looked like fine feathers floating around today; very pretty though, I say.

JUst stayed home today; did my whiz sweeping and other daily stuff. Spent some time this aft reading a good book and resting my legs. They kinda felt like I ran a marathon yesterday, although I don't know how I would know that since I never ran one; although I have walked one in the past -- 10 miles when I was 10 y/y. OH, to be able to do even a short one today, eh?

It was all the extra walking yesterday while shopping. Well, it was good exercise for me; and I am none the worse for it. :D

Hope all our fellow Canadians have a wonderful weekend, and do keep warm out there now ... :brr:

02-04-2012, 02:22 PM
I saw the title "Canadian Winter" and had to click! this has been the BEST winter in my 44 years I have to say LOL here it is, into February, and there's NO SNOW on my streets!!! WTF??? We're usually blanketed from Dec - March and we've only had 2 real snowfalls that disappeared after 2 days. WOW!!!! Hasn't even been that cold....

02-04-2012, 09:09 PM
:wave: HI TRAZEY ~ yes, we are hearing from all our family down in Southern Ontario that they have very little or no snow at all right now. We have friends in North Bay who say they only have a little too. It is much milder up here (I'm up near Timmins), but becuz of that, we have a lot of snow -- we're getting buried in the stuff!!!

Oh well, that creates work too, and that's always welcome; and of course, the winter sport's enthusiasts love it -- and the Winter Carnivals and Snowfests are being held this month, so we need the snow for that ...

I was gonna say we might have an early spring; but we may end up flooded if the snow here doesn't melt slowly, but usually that is what happens here anyways. We have some thaws, then freezing, then more snow, and so forth. I think everyone is loving the milder temps we've been having, but it still looks and feels like winter up here ...

We had a good day here; foodwise as well -- we had leftover BBQ spit chicken and I made a nice potato & carrot scallop to go along with that and it turned out nice. Have a wonderful weekend everyone ... :val3:

02-09-2012, 06:04 PM
Hi Ladies :D

I'm Amber, I live on Vancouver Island on the west coast. Hardly any snow to speak of out here this winter, as it usually is, but quite socked in with cloud cover lately. I can hardly wait to move up to north eastern BC where my hubby is already living so I can enjoy those nice clear winter days with SUN! Getting soo tired of this dreary is one of those days when there's no sun to speak of and all you want to do is get all cozy under a blanket in front of the fire with a never ending supply of comfort food. here I sit in front of the computer sipping on a cup of tea to try convince myself that it's as satisfying as one of my normal bad sweet carb-loaded snacks.

I started trying to lose weight again on the 1st of this month and as of my first weigh in on Wednesday, I'm down 3 pounds! :D Yay! Could have been more but I let myself indulge in a couple of planned treats because it was my birthday on the 7th :D Now to try make it through V-day! There's always something, but I think I did quite well compensating for the treats this week.

Well I'm off to get ready for the inevitable disaster that will strike when my kids (Cole, 5 & Katie, 7) get home from school and drop everything at the door demanding snacks! lol

02-09-2012, 10:50 PM
Hey, a Canadian thread!

AmberN, I lived in the Lower Mainland and I know what you mean about dreary days! All it does is rain, it barely snows winter time. Where are you moving to? I moved to Prince George, and though the winters are harsher, it's nice to have sunshine in the summer :)

Hoping it gets a little warmer and the snow clears up a bit. At least it isn't -40 anymore! I want to go for walks with the baby and our nice stroller for extra exercise. I did it once when it was -6 but my arms and thighs were killing me after from pushing the stroller through the snow. Maybe a sign I should do it more?

02-10-2012, 12:14 AM
Other than the one week with -40 temperatures, Calgary has had awesome weather. Its been averaging between +5-8 everyday. Even on days like today where it was -4, the sun was still shinning away with a clear blue sky. I used to want to move to the lower mainland for the little snow, but I doubt I could handle grey skies all the time. I have come to realize that my mood really depends on how much sun there is. If the sky is cloudy with no sun at all, chances are I will be a major couch potato.

02-10-2012, 05:33 PM
:welcome: to our NEWBIES ~ glad you found our Canadian thread over here. I had noticed a lot of Canadians coming to the site this past month.

AMBER ~ Congrats on the WL, and for battling the goodies at this time. I don't blame you about wanting to move somewhere less dreary; I wouldn't like that either. I find November bad here; we had too many overcast days, but come December we had lots of :sunny: days again, and that will continue all winter now.

STEPHANIE ~ good for you taking the stroller out in the snow; that would be a workout for sure. Dh took his bike out a few days ago; he said it was harder, but he made it back home OK.

CANDEKA ~ well this weekend the temps dropped down to -20 C last night, and it's supposed to get down to -29 C tonight :brr:, then climb back up again. I kinda thought we may get the colder temps in February -- it was just delayed a bit. Gonna just stay home and bundle up warm ...

We had a busy week; unpacking totes & boxes & hanging up pictures. We're getting there, almost done unpacking now, but still have some more sorting and organizing to do yet. We saved it for the winter, cuz we have lots of time to do it now.

Eating healthy; staying on target. Gotta make sure to eat enuff or I get really hungry the next day. Trying to manage some hunger pangs that come up in the afternoon with Cinnamon on apples & on cereal for BF; and hot tea too.

Have a great weekend everyone ... :val3:

02-10-2012, 07:39 PM
Stephanie - We will be moving to Hudson's Hope, so a few hours north of you. We lived in Cold Lake Alberta when my daughter was 2 and my son was born there. We used to go walking in the snow quite a bit, tried the stroller once or twice but you aren't kidding about the crazy workout. We switched to carrying the baby in the front carrier until he got old enough to hold his own head up, then we used the MEC backpack. My daughter walked for the first bit then hopped in the sled the rest of the way. We used to have a blast in the winter :D

Candeka - You should see the people here on full sunny days. I went out for groceries the other day and people were so happy and cheery and actually spoke to me without me speaking to them first! When is blah, like it is today, it's like pulling teeth to get a smile out of some people. I have SAD, so living on the west coast, like I've done for 33 of the 36 years of my life, is hard on me. My mood is completely dependant on the sun. The house that we live in is sheltered from the sun most of the day, so it will be nice to go and buy a new house, and this time I will pay much closer attention to the tree cover etc.

Just - Fighting a tough battle with the snacks today. Not going entirely off plan, but did snack on a small piece of mango. I'm doing a diet that is a cross between Ideal Protein and South Beach, and I'm not allowed fruit on either of them. I ate the bit of mango with some protein, so I should be good but because I went off plan and allowed some cake for my birthday, today is my carb withdrawal day...not fun. Oh and thanks for the tea reminder, I turned the kettle on quite a while ago and I've been sitting here trying to avoid over snacking

02-11-2012, 02:09 PM
AMBER ~ we now only have WHISTLE KETTLES becuz DH kept leaving them on and burning them out -- but, every now and then, I still catch him not putting the whistle top down ... arrgh!

We have a couple of porches on our house, but the back one is only a sun porch, so the sun can come through the roof; and the front one is at the right angle so that the low winter sun can come into our front rooms (livingroom & my pc room). So, they both provide only partial shade.

Our house (which is 90% brick) stays 10+ degrees cooler in the summer than our last place. The trees & bushes that lose their leaves are best for both the summer & wintertime -- cooling the house in summer; letting in light & warming the house in winter, which will save you money.

Well, the temps only got down to -24C and it is now back up to -15C; and next week is expected to come all the way back up to 0C (32F) which will be nice for us once again. :D

02-12-2012, 04:35 PM
AmberN- I bet it'll be nice to get away from the rain! I've been really happy to not be constantly poured on this past year haha.

I worry about taking her out in the wrap I have because it's icey and I'd feel horrible if I slipped while holding her. I already slipped on the ice a few days before my due date and my husband freaked out. It wasn't easy for him to lift a 224 lb pregnant woman off the slippery ground! Haha.

02-15-2012, 12:45 PM
Weigh-In Wednesday...down 2 more pounds! Woohoo! :carrot:
Makes my total loss since I started Feb 1 at over 6% of what I need to lose! Yay for me! :D

Just - no whistle on our kettle, but it is electric so at least it's an auto shut off. We also have a big leafed maple in our back yard which loses all of it's leaves, which would be perfect if it weren't for the uncleared farm land behind us that keeps us in the shade most of the day. Very nice in the summer as we dont' get direct sun until mid afternoon but in the winter, it blocks all of the direct sunlight.

Stephanie - We've managed to get a few sunny days already this month, normally February is pretty dreary. Sun was shining for my bday and for Vday :D Today too actually :D Oh and you need yak tracks for your shoes...I wore those all the times when I was out walking in the winter with the kiddos.

Had a showing on the house on Monday, they were a no go but we have someone else coming in this afternoon...wish me luck! :crossed:

Oh and happy belated V-Day everyone! :D

02-15-2012, 02:48 PM
AmberN, I was looking for something like that when I was pregnant because of how often I almost slipped (and onetime did)

It's been sunny the past few days here too, went for a walk yesterday which was nice :) 189.8 so I'm down 7 lbs since starting up Atkins again.

02-15-2012, 09:28 PM
LADIES ~ congrats to both of you on your recent losses! :bravo:

AMBER ~ I'll have to keep a lookout for those YAK TRACKS too; they sound like a great idea! That would make me feel much more secure walking outside in the winter. That's right, I forgot about the auto-shut-off; now I won't worry about ya ... Hope the house sells for you soon; will send up a few ^prayers^ about that -- can't hurt, and may help! :)

STEPHANIE ~ I had a bad fall on some ice once too; now I get very nervous in the wintertime. We've had :sunny: and milder temps since Monday -- really nice! The snow is even melting on some roads.

Eating is going well; doing my daily stretches, toning, and flex exercises; plus the hand-weights, and indoor walking right now. I also count my housework as exercise; I do something each day from M-F, and some Saturdays too. I try to rest on Sunday, just doing meals & dishes, etc.

02-16-2012, 03:40 PM
It's snowing today, and probably will be for the next week or so so not sure if we will go for any walks. I mentioned to my husband that I was excited for spring time so we could go for longer walks and he kindly reminded me it is bear season. Somehow I forgot about the bear warning signs all over the park two blocks away and that we're near the edge of town. He says he will get me bear mace just in case but now I'm freaked out! haha

02-23-2012, 03:10 PM
:wave: HELLO FELLOW CANADIANS ~ I am sure the reason visitors are scarce here is that you are all out enjoying all the mild weather we've all been having. It has been milder here too, with light sprinkles of *****, and some lovely :sunny: intermingled with that. I think I can almost feel an early spring in the air -- just maybe??? :lol:

DH has been recuping from injuring his ribs in a few falls and an accident with his bike & wagon -- it rolled over on top of him. He is finally feeling a bit better the last couple of days; just see him grabbing his side now & then. He is out & about again today, so he must be feeling better. At least he has been able to sleep a lot better.

I've just been keeping busy doing stuff around here; today, we did the sweeping and vacuuming. Made some homemade soup for lunch out of leftovers and we are having Chicken Stew for dinner with leftover chicken breasts I cooked on Tuesday. My eating has been good. I had fruit and cheeze for my snack last night; and that worked out fine. Been trying out different foods and strategies lately.

My mind has been on my family this past weekend. My sister & BIL had a big scare early last Sunday morning (5 am), as their home/B&B caught on fire from faulty wiring in the walls & ceiling/roof. We are so thankful & grateful to GOD that her furry baby angel, Emma, woke her up so they could get out. She was surrounded by fire and black smoke; and she could only see one foot in front of her. It was so close, but she made it out and that is the most important thing.

The fireman worked hard to save what they could. They hope to restore & rebuild the unique features of the main part of the house; well, the adjusters think it can be done anyways (with the right contractors). It was a very special place that would be hard to replicate, so restoring it is a better option at this point. The rest can all be replaced (clothing, furniture, appliances, etc.). It will take a long time but the insurance company has already found a house for them to live in the meanwhile.

Hope you are all OK out there; do take care ... :val3:

02-27-2012, 02:22 PM
Wow! So glad that your family got out of the house fire safely! Hopefully their restoration goes smoothly and quickly. I had a small kitchen fire a few years ago and they restored the custom oak kitchen cabinets perfectly. It was very disruptive for such a small fire, I can't imagine what they are going through.

Just got back from visiting family in Vancouver. My mom, dad and two of my sibblings were all there at the same time for meetings so me and the kiddos went over to join them. We had a great time but the scale is definitely showing the negative effects of eating every meal in restaurants. I honestly didn't order unhealthy items, except for getting cupcakes at a local cupcake store. I did eat way too much though. It's amazing how much more you can eat when distracted by good company and food! I'm hoping that I can drop back down a bit before weigh in wednesday, but it's looking like I"ll be up a bit from my last declared weigh in a week and a half ago. :(

Oh well, I have 11 days until I take my kids up to see their dad for two weeks for spring break. Hopefully I can shed a few before our trip :D

02-27-2012, 06:26 PM
AMBER ~ yes, just keep on going; and good for you making some good choices when with your family -- you know, that's a NSV in itself. As time goes on, you'll get better & better; and who knows, you may get a surprise, and not have gained anything.

Gee, they actually have cupcake stores; what will they think of next? A pie store, or a cookie store -- actually, I have heard of that, but usually they offer other baked stuff too. Not a place that I frequent these days though. ;)

Well, the temps steadied at -7 C , and we had some fluffy ***** for a while this afternoon, but that has stopped now. We've had a lot of :sunny: over the last week, including a little today -- that is so nice during the wintertime.

My eating has been pretty good this month; I am pleased with my efforts. I am doing a little tweaking and trying out healthier snacks. Plus, I have added in some dancercize about 3-4 times a week to burn more calories; I hope it works for me.

Have a wonderful week everyone ... :val3:

02-28-2012, 12:28 PM
Amber, at least you made the best choices possible :) It's very hard to not indulge while on vacation!

justwant2bhealthy, any extra exercise helps, glad you've been on plan :)

I've lost about 10 and a half lbs so far this month since restarting Atkins in early February, even with one slip up and weekly dinners with the in laws that are not on plan (I either make my own food to eat or make the best choices I can). Still waiting on my first TOM after having my daughter, I can feel it coming for about 2 or more weeks. I'm getting more broken out, cranky, and bloated by the day. I'll be happy to see the weight drop once it is over with :)

02-28-2012, 04:18 PM
(Introduction- posting this here also)

Hello Ladies, My name is Tammy. I live in Ontario Canada.

I have been really depressed about my weight over the last month. I am at my heaviest ever, 270+ pounds and I'm so ashamed. I don't even know where to start. I have really bad eating habits and I do overeat and drink alcohol each weekend with my DH. I work at a grocery store so food is always around me and I do buy items on my breaks. Not necessarily bad foods all the time but I do overeat. Can anyone give advise to how many calories I should be eating? I'm about 5foot7inches tall. I walk everyday to work 35 min and my hubby picks me up after work. I need to watch what I eat and drink and cut down on the amount of food.

I'm happy to be here and have read some of your stories and I would love to see some weight loss on myself I just don't know what to do. I can't really afford any of those plans out there like WW so I'm hoping to do this on my own. I have tried the Atkins diet many time with success but I would like to try something new.

02-28-2012, 07:33 PM
Welcome ZombieChick!

My suggestion would be to not try to change everything at once, but to slowly change things until you are living a healthy and active lifestyle. Maybe change one or two things a week. What do you drink when you go out? I drink diet coke with hard liquor because it has the least calories and sugar. That way I can still have a drink and it's not so bad.

When you do eat, try making smarter choices, eating smaller portions. I weigh and write down all of my food and tally up the calories and carbs each day because I'm doing Atkins. It makes me understand what I'm eating and how it affects my weight.

If you just want to calorie count, maybe shoot for 1800 calories for your weight and height and start weighing yourself. Try to get the calories from good things like fruits and veggies. If your weight isn't dropping and you are eating reasonably well at 1800 calories then try 1600.

Try adding in some extra activity. I like weight lifting because I feel it does more for me then cardio. It actually shrunk my body quite a bit and made me look a lot better.

Keep checking in here for accountability and tell us how you are doing :) we're all here to help!

02-28-2012, 09:23 PM
:welcome: TAMMY ~ glad you found us over here. Stephanie has given you some great advice. Yes, you could start at 1800 calories, if you go that route. First thing I would do is small changes like ...

1) cut out the pop ~ or switch to diet, and drink more low fat milk & water.
2) nix the junkies ~ and find healthier replacements like fresh fruit, cheezes, UNsalted nuts (count them), yogurt, etc.
3) cut out the fast-fried foods ~ try to choose healthier options like baked, roasted, spit bbq, dry-fry, stir-fry, grilled, etc to save on fat calories.
4) add in at least 2 veggies + one salad each day. Having some soup, milk, or fruit before lunch & dinner will help fill you up.

Just making those few changes, you should lose weight. Write down everything you eat each day so you can see any patterns, and see where you need to make improvements. Come back often; that really helps.

STEPHANIE ~ oh, that's a cute picture of your baby; she's a doll! Congrats on losing those 10 lbs forever. Yes, you will see some changes as your body morfs back to normal hormonal mode.

I was finding that I get hungry every day at 11 am and 5 pm; apparently, this is quite common, so today I had some fruit then (.5 orange & small apple respectively) -- and it worked well. Also, been ignoring some of the hunger pangs, telling myself that a little hunger is OK! Then I just delayed my snacks to those times. I am under on my calories (1175) at this point of the day, so have lots of leeway for an evening snack. Think it will be cereal with low fat milk tonight.

We had pork chop (lean center cut) with brown rice/barley mix & veggies last night. Tonight, we had leftover roasted chicken (I had breast) with leftover rice & veggies as well. Skipped on the salad as I was quite full.

Have a great day tomorrow ... :val3:

02-29-2012, 10:32 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions ladies. I need to do this for my DH and DD...

I packed a lunch today for work and I will promise myself not to buy anything at work unless it is healthy foods.

Stepm - I will drink diet coke with jack d other than that I'm not a pop drinker. I do know where I have gone wrong and that is too many snacks of bad choice at work. I need to slow down.....

so I weighed myself today 280, I was a few pounds heavier yesterday :(..... I would love to loose 100 pounds but would love to weigh around 160. So that would be 120lbs to loose.

Anyway off to work soon. I just made myself breakfast with p28 bread ( I love this bread as it keeps me fuller longer)

02-29-2012, 12:28 PM
Set your goals in small increments, 5 lbs at a time. That way this journey won't feel so long and tedious. Every time you lose another 5 lbs you can celebrate a little and then set a new 5 lb loss goal. Before you know it you'll have lost a lot of weight! :)

justwant2bhealthy, not sure if my body will ever be the same. My mom is tiny and has this protruding stomach that won't go down whatever she does. After having this baby I notice my stomach protrudes in the same way. I'll just keep working at it and get as healthy as possible :)

03-01-2012, 10:58 AM
Stepm- That is a great idea! Thanks so much. I watched what I ate yesterday and bought some healthy snacks. I just need to take it slow and have to remember that this is going to take time..

How long before I can add a signature to my profile?

03-01-2012, 09:54 PM
TAMMY ~ you can put in a signature any time you want -- go to "User CP" (above left, in the purple menu bar). The first option is EDIT SIGNATURE; just put in whatever you want. If you want a ticker, I think you have to wait either 20 days as a member or 20 posts, so get typing ... ;)

BTW, I also counted my WL in 5 lbs increments; after alwhile, I had so many dragonflies in my signature that it took up too many lines, so I just broke it down to 10 lbs for spacial reasons.

Snacking has always been my nemesis too; my meals are A-OK, so I have been working on what nutrient-rich low-cal snacks are the best to help me feel full & satiated at the same time.

STEPHANIE ~ I here ya on the heredity issues regarding our physical attributes; runs in my family on both sides too. I do lots of tummy crunches every day; morning and night, and with success. I have lost a few inches this year already; that's a NSV that I love ... :lol:

Eating is real good lately; and my exercise plan is helping me feel stronger as well. I am planning on having a good March too ... :irish:

03-04-2012, 11:47 PM
Yeah, I definitely see some of my family in me! Especially my trouble areas since most of them or overweight except for my mom.

03-07-2012, 04:20 PM
WOW ~ It felt like spring here today; got up to 55 F with the :sunny: out, but now some clouds have rolled in, it's about 53 F -- and everything is melting out there. We have huge puddles in the roads and the birdies are all taking baths.

Eating is going well, but yesterday I felt like I was starving, so I have upped my meals for today. Had soup with my lunch (veggie pita pizza); and we are having pasta for dinner tonight -- that always makes me feel fuller.

Have a wonderful Wednesday ... :flow1:

03-12-2012, 03:59 PM
Okay -- here I am again!! Jeez-lou-eeze! I seem to check in at least once a year. Now that I'm done my Ed.Leave and am back at work I can safely say that I have gained AT LEAST 30 pounds. So back to the drawing board -so to speak. I've come skulking back here in hopes of a little support. And like a cheating spouse I hope you will take me back.
Everything has become um....unmanageable. There seems to be just SO much more of me, and I am so cheap, I've been teaching in big jeans all year b/c I refuse to spend money on new clothes. I know. It's brutal.
I have started by eliminating bread completely. Just bread to start - It's amazing how much bread I've become accustomed to eating in a day. Weird. And having some green tea in place of sugary delicious coffee.
Anyways. There it is. I hope everyone is happy and looking forward to spring!!

03-12-2012, 06:44 PM
:hug: TAM ~ glad to see you back here again; trust me, we know how you feel -- been there, done that ... and more than once. BUT, not this time, if I have any say in it -- I have finally learned; must be ever aware and keep track all the time. This is a life-time journey for me.

Be proud of yourself that you caught it at 30 lbs; you can get that back off this year (about 3 lbs a month). I eat a nice, hearty whole grain fiber bread, but I do limit it too, becuz it's so easy to slip into eating more than we need. I was telling my DH one day, that I was recalling how I went from 1 to 4 slices of toast (years ago); no wonder I gained so much weight. :yikes: Ack, what was I thinking? Not thinking, I think ... :lol:

Plus, baking for DH and his friends; no more of that either!!! All that sugar wasn't good for them or me. :nono: Healthy eating for both of us now. DH still has a few snacks but he hides them downstairs out of sight. My strategy is to keep the junkies (my trigger foods) out of the house. If I want one, I will buy a single size away from home, so I can't overeat them; a one portion snack serving only (and even that's very rare now).

Last year on my holidays, we splurged a bit; but as soon as that was over, I went right back on plan. We skipped Halloween completely. I made or bought healthier snacks for Christmas; back on plan on Boxing day. Easter, we each had one small peanut butter egg as a snack; and that's all. Thanksgiving was healthy food mostly; had pie for dessert, but guests & DH polished off the leftovers (and I made sure my dessert was within my daily cals too). I'm getting better and better at this, each year ... :D

YES, we are looking forward to spring; we've had some really warm temps here lately -- up into the mid-50's yesterday and it's still melting out there today. We had mock "fried" chicken (baked in the oven) with veggies for dinner last night; had leftover chicken breast sandwich for lunch today. Tonight, we'll have lean pork chops (one each) with brown & wild rice & barley mix and veggies; sounds like a plan ...

Have a wonderful week everyone ... :luck2you:

03-12-2012, 08:29 PM
BTW, did everyone put their clocks ahead this past weekend? Since the change in dates, we forget sometimes. It used to be on the calendars, but not anymore. I noticed my PC had put it ahead automatically; so DH and I just put all our clocks ahead too. Now we match the U.S. as they put theirs ahead last weekend too ... :)

Aunty Jam
03-13-2012, 01:26 PM
Hey everyone :wave: I'm back.... for those that don't know me, Hi... I'm in Alberta. I've read everyones updates but there is just too much for personal replies. Weather up here has been unseasonably nice too but we always get a late season snow storm so I know we're not done with the white stuff yet.

Not much is new with me... I lead a very boring life I guess.

03-13-2012, 02:26 PM
Rosebud - Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement!! Yess!! You feel my bread pain!! It is so darn easy for me to eat five slices a day. But I think you're right---be vigilant.
Aunty Jam -Nice to see you!--Glad things are good AB--
I don't care what anybody says, I'm reporting the weather. I feel it is a lovelable, if slightly neurotic trait of Canadians. Which I fully support so --SK is lovely today. I am going for walk out there because --- my classroom has no windows and....a little walking can only help my efforts! So have a wonderful day!

03-13-2012, 03:36 PM
Welcome back, AUNTY ~ that's OK; I don't really think my life is that exciting either but I ramble away anyways ... ;)

TAM ~ yes, I am much more conscious of what I am eating today. I know that I was under a lot of stress back then, and am learning now not to eat when upset (and have found other ways to deal with that). I have to be ever mindful & diligent, but I have noticed that with time, it has become a bit easier for me (not easy all the time, just easier).

It's warmer here again today, and we're M-E-L-T-I-N-G up here ... but that's G-R-E-A-T !!! I can even see some grass in spots and our laneway too. It will be nice to walk outdoors without having to worry about the ice -- can't wait.

We'll be having something with leftover chicken tonight for dinner; either a stew/soup or stir-fry but I'm leaning towards the stew. Have a great day ... :D

03-16-2012, 02:58 PM
WTH it's eleven degrees and I'm at my desk? I must be out of my mind. I'm off for a walk!

03-16-2012, 04:14 PM
TAM ~ can you believe it's 68 degrees with :sunny: here today, and we live in the north (the real north, that is -- ;)) ... and they are predicting it to go up into the 70's this weekend. WOWEE ... not just spring, but summer has arrived in March ... :lol:

I spent some time out walking/sitting on our front porch. We have a lake in the road in front of our house. DH was just saying he should get out his little aluminum boat. :D Pretty soon and the ice should be off the sidewalks and side streets, I think.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone ... :flow1:

03-19-2012, 03:00 PM
Good morning!! Sort of--(It's 11:55)
Rosebud! Sounds like a gorgeous spring day!! I read your post too quickly and I thought it read you had a lake in front of your house - not a lake... in the road....Either way - maybe a boat is the way to travel! lol
I don't know if anyone is from SK here BUT -listen to this crazy forecast. Snowfall warnings in the southwestern end and +16 on the southeastern end of the province. MADNESS I say!!
Anyways: I curled a tonne this weekend in the ladies bonspiel and of course had a tonne of booze: BOO Tam!! But I'm on track this Monday and that's something to be happy about!
Have a great week Canadian Ladies!!

03-19-2012, 05:07 PM
:lol: TAM ~ haha! What I meant was that the snow melted so fast that it created a lake in our road (as it dips a bit in front of our house). We don't have a real lake in front of our house, though there is one a few blocks away in the center of town (two very beautiful lakes actually).

Well, the temps were up to 77 F here today -- can you believe that? That must be some kind of record! I hung out two loads of clothes and they smell so fresh. And ya, they are predicting freezing temps for next week; but hey, this summer respite is still G-R-E-A-T!

Glad you had fun curling; I'm sure all that exercise wore off a lot of those extra beverage calories -- not to worry! ;) Food's been good; am finding ways to curb my appetite. Drinking lots & lots of tea, and I upped my good fat intake just a smidgen.

Enjoy this fab weather, and have a wonderful week everybody ... :flow1:

03-20-2012, 10:28 PM
can't believe the weather we are having here! 29 with the humidex! How's everyone else enjoying the unseasonal weather? lol

03-21-2012, 09:08 PM
:welcome: LYRICAL ~ I luv your avatar! My thoughts precisely ... :lol:

Uhmmm ... The temps went up to 81 F today; it was a tiny bit humid, but we had a breeze and that made it feel better. Our furry baby and I spent some time on our front porch enjoying this weather, so much so -- that he didn't want to come back in the house.

Good thing we enjoyed it, becuz it is supposed to get colder tomorrow ... ah, shucks and more shucks! Back to seasonable weather; oh well. WE had a yummy dinner tonight -- we call it "Creole Patties" (a family recipe with 2 oz homemade patties with tomatoes, onions, and corn). We split a new potato, and I had some coleslaw with mine -- very filling meal.

Hope all our fellow Canadians are enjoying this weather while you can ... :D

03-23-2012, 01:20 PM
+24 in the SE corner of SK. What the heck?
When do we start the spring thread? Maybe that will help. Lol