"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" ~ Seneca

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Curve ball

Well as life is want to do, it throws a curve ball every once in a while, just to make sure we are paying attention. Well I am paying attention, or at least I am now! We added a new addition to our family just yesterday. We adopted a friends Bearded Dragon named Scritch. We've never had a reptile before, so we're on a steep learning curve. It's like having a new baby in the house- on watch 24/7. But so far so good, we all seem to be adjusting. This is in part a birthday gift for my eldest daughter who turned 11 today (how did that happen?)

The end of the school year is always a hectic time. 5 days of school left for the kids, not that much changes once school is done. They'll go to summer camps, I'll still make them lunches, I'll go to work & then pick them up. Hopefully they'll have fun.

Work is a bit more stressful with lots of changes coming down the pike, but I'm trying to be open & accepting to it, rather than let it get me down.

Tomorrow is one week with the MyTrak. I've hit green everyday, so well see if it gets harder now that it has measured it's baseline. Since I'm not journaling my food, I'm going to let the recommended caloric intake slip for now.
And that's all for now, though here is a picture of Scritch


Thursday, June 16, 2011

MyTrak- first impressions

So I started wearing the MyTrak yesterday. I've heard the first week is quite easy to 'go for green'. This morning I had the ring of green before lunchtime which I thought was odd. I'm still wearing my my Omron pedometer to compare the two.
I don't really enjoy having to plug in the MyTrak to the computer to upload the data, but so be it. What I found interesting was when I logged in online and looked at my profile,

Okay- that information I can live with, but it was this next bit that really got me peeved:

Your maximum recommended daily caloric intake should be: 905 Calories per day
Um- Excuse me?
No one, who is actively seeking to lose weight (and keep it off) can do so on 905 calories a day. Now granted I put in that I wanted to lose 20 pounds between now and Aug. 31st which is a huge stretch for me (I didn't even lose 20 pounds last YEAR) But who are they kidding? I plan on writing to Mytrak and complain, because that is not healthy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


My MyTrak that I won from Fitblogger arrived last night. I'm currently Syncing & Charging it in the hopes I can start using it today. I'd like to compare what it says versus my current OMRON pedometer. I'll post an update later.
Thank you Fitblogger & MyTrak!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Making time for me

This is probably the toughest thing to do as a mom. Kids, husband, job all seem to take priority and then some days you feel as though you need to schedule when to take a shower.
Especially at the end of the school year, there are multiple activities and year end events to attend. It’s a careful orchestration of daily activities to ensure the kids are where they are supposed to be as well as the requisite number of adults to get them there. That can be an issue when there are only 2 of us and three of them.
But back to me- as I’m the one who’s whining & crying.
I want to start running (again), but the dog needs walking and I hate running with the dog ‘cause once he stops, then I stop running and I have the hardest time starting again. I keep dropping the word treadmill around the house and am scouring kijji & craigslist, but I’m not sure that is the answer either.

So for those of you that have kids & pets and other priorities (read-everyone)- how/when do you get your exercise in?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

All this talk about the heat

Everyone seems to be having a heatwave, except us. We have rain which is typical for June with intermittent sunny days. One thing I've noticed is that the older I get, the harder it is stay warm. When I was younger I never understood why people would leave the colder climates during winter for southern, more temperate climates. These snow birds who migrate much like our wildlife. Now I'm beginning to understand the draw.
Here we are in mid- June and I can still wear 2 layers, sometimes 3 and be just right temperature-wise. Will I ever be warm again?

Monday, June 6, 2011

I won?

I'd like to thank the academy- whoops wrong acceptance speech. Seriously though, thanks to Rita and all the folks at Fitblogger and of course the sponsor MyTrak
I can't wait to start using the lifestyle activity coach. It should be a huge improvement over my basic pedometer.
A rainy Monday morning to start the week off here, they are forecasting rain for most of the week. Shuldnt affect my plans though, which include continue to climb the stairs at work and walk the dog & start training for a 10K. I was a bit off plan on eating towards the end of last week, but my weight held steady, but I will start food journaling again, get back on track and pull the trigger and sign up for a 10k. No fear, no hold barred. And if you're looking for a treadmill (like I am), visit Mizfit for a chance to win one!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I've been zumba'd

Well I went to the Zumba class last night and I'm still trying to decide if I liked it or not. It wasn't what I expected, and I'm not sure if it was me, the instructor, or the class itself. It could have been since we were a beginner class the instructor was giving us a sampling of the different styles of music and moves, but it felt very disjointed to me. The only introduction we got from the teacher was to keep our knees soft.

Meanwhile, little stressed organizing my first board meeting which takes place tomorrow. (whew- thank goodness for undo as I just deleted my post by mistake-spaz). Then, I helped dh book a flight for the end of June for business and that sent me into an emotional eating frenzy-along with TOM. I ate 5 girl scout cookies & 2 mini candy bars- ugh. Luckily, I had my wits about me and took the dog for a 'spirited' walk.

I think it's time to call it a night.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My #FitAfterFitbloggin Pledge

My #FitAfterFitbloggin Pledge:
I CanadaMel do solemnly swear I have finally learned after 43 years I can not let my workouts plateau and expect to grow more healthy, fit and strong.
I recognize the importance of cross-training, of trying new things and of letting go of my vice-like grip on my self definition.
I will greet each day with a renewed commitment to my overall health & wellness and remember I am never as far away from my healthy living path as my very.next.choice.

I'm cruising the upcoming race lists, afraid to commit & push that register button, yet I know that registering is what it takes to kick my butt in gear.
Meanwhile, tonight I'll be zumba'ing for the first time. Better late than never.