Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

As 2010 is drawing to a close, I'm contemplating my goals that have not come to fruition. But, I have been on my way. So with that in mind, I'm resetting my goals for 2011. I refuse to call them resolutions, you know how long those typically last!

My goals:

1. Finish reaching my goal weight. This shouldn't be too difficult once I'm totally back on my allergen-free diet....sadly, Bailey's is not on my "good" list.
2. Finally run that 5k race--probably for Breast Cancer, but if I get my butt in gear, maybe I'll actually get in more than one.
3. Try-a-tri. Seriously. I can do the swim, now only to train for the run and the bike.
4. Further my yoga practice. Yoga has given me so much in only a few months, I look forward to increasing and deepening my practice in 2011. On the off chance Sarah is reading this--Sarah you rock and I love you!
5. Start lifting weights again. My shoulder has recovered from the tragic knitting injury of the summer of 2010 (thanks to yoga and regular massage), it's time to start lifting again. The best way to boost metabolism and keep aging at bay. No stooped shoulders and osteoporosis for this chicky!
6. Keeping the newly found balance in my life. This is my most serious and necessary goal for 2011 and luckily, the previous 5 goals will help me to achieve this one. With balance comes happiness and fulfillment--need I say more?

I've realized that my, ahem, "fervor" may make others feel uncomfortable, and that I'm sitting in judgement of their choices. To all of my friends, I want you to know that I do not judge, I've been where many of you are on your journey, and my journey is still that, a journey. My deepest wish is to be an inspiration, a helper, a friend you can count on. I would love to workout with anyone--I need partner motivation too! I would not expect anyone to be in the same spot on their path, but I'm always open to "parallel" working out (I steal this from child development--parallel play), and prodding and encouraging each other. If you're interested let me know :)

With all of that said, Happy New Year my friends and hopefully new readers and followers. I welcome your comments. I'm enjoying my last night before getting back on the treadmill (figuratively and literally!), enjoy yours.

See you at the gym, or the pool, or at yoga!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

post Christmas depression

I'm suffering from post-Christmas depression. Tree and decorations are down, presents put away and general malaise has set in. It doesn't help to be fighting a cold, no doubt brought on by eating sugar and other crap to which I'm allergic. Deep sighs and grumpiness mark the day. Logic tells me going for a run, or an hour of yoga would be the cure, but I'm wallowing in it instead. There's time enough to "pull myself up" by my proverbial bootstraps and sally on with my life. I think today I'll just give in and wallow. More sugar and wine will no doubt make it cheers! Who'd like a buttertart?!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's been a while...

Hello, I know it's been awhile, but honestly not much to say. Still following allergen-free diet (ok, not this week, too much Christmas!), faithfully practising yoga and swimming whenever I can fit it in. Rick has been thinking about doing sprint triathlons this year, he's kind of got me thinking about it again. I can do the swim part--it's always been the easiest for me. Thinking about hitting the treadmill in the mornings, I know I can easily build up to running a 5k over a few weeks...if I set my mind to it :) And there's the rub--staying focused and motivated. Although some of the stuff going on at work makes me realize I need to stop worrying so much about school, and spend more time focusing on me. In the long run (very punny, I know), leaving 1/2 an hour earlier to hit the gym, or getting there a while later 'cause I'm running isn't going to make one whit of difference. Obsessing about work doesn't make Nicole a nice person to be around...just crazy!

Still battling the negativity associated with any change. People don't really understand, and feel offended by changes. Not that my lifestyle changes would have anything to do with them--I'm not judging, just trying to be as healthy as I can be. It genuinely makes me uncomfortable when people assume that they need to worry about what I'm thinking about their choices, or that they need to worry about what I can eat. I wish health and happiness for everyone, but we are all on our choices aren't necessarily good choices for anyone else.

On that note, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Make the best choices you can for yourself, and be happy and healthy.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Today is a struggle

I don't know why, but today is a bit of a struggle. I didn't buckle Friday when the kids had treats galore at school, but today I'm craving candy. First time really, since starting to follow my allergen-free diet.

I'm a little sad today, I guess that's probably why. I miss having little kids on days like Halloween. Makes me sad. Always having been an emotional eater, the emotions are making me want to eat. I'll be ok, no one ever said that life would be easy.

Exercise has been good the past week, swimming lengths a couple of times, yoga. Maybe kickboxing tomorrow. I would love to go to kickboxing, I really miss it! Since Rick is on afternoons this week, we'll see. The kids' schedule usually dictates how much gym time I get.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Halloween :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's working!!

My family got together to celebrate my Mom's birthday yesterday. Although I asked if the mussels were dairy-free, I discovered that there was some butter in the sauce. It wasn't long before the throat clearing and coughing started. It's not like I was dying or anything, and anyone who knows me, knows that coughing and throat have been fairly normal in the past. And I realized--I haven't been throat clearing or coughing since cutting dairy out of my diet! It's working! It's really affirming to know that yes, I am making the best choice for myself, even in the face of those who aren't terribly supportive and think I'm just crazy. I did mention I was with my parents, right?!

I didn't eat hugely at lunch, but I was satisfied and did fairly well with choices. We went back to my sister's for Mom's ice cream cake, and my sister was nice enough to give me a bowl of grapes so I could be munching on something instead of cake. I love ice cream cake, but surprisingly, it wasn't that difficult to pass.

When we got home I made yummy curried apple-butternut squash soup. I sweetened it with agave syrup, and thought it was sooooo sweet. Rick tells me it's not sweet at all. Same with the pumpkin muffins I made (also allergen free), so sweet. It's amazing how fast your taste buds can change!

I'm discovering new ways to cook stuff I can have, and I'm feeling great. Life is good :)

I even went swimming after school today. My friend Cathy and I hit the pool and got in a few lengths before the swim team took over the pool. I'm so looking forward to going and length swimming again. And I'm working on getting my butt out of bed early enough to run/walk on the treadmill before school.

It's all a journey...looking forward to yoga tomorrow,
Hope everyone is inspired and getting healthier too.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

my apologies

I apologize for the rant in the previous post. After considerable reflection, I have come to realize that the individual I wrote of is an extremely needy person. My incredible irritation comes out of the daily undermining and insults that are directed toward me. The regular critism of my teaching practice (ok, now everyone likely knows of whom I write...) and personal choices in order to make h**self feel better are a part of the same desire *** has to share h** newfound desire to be fit. My derision of someone who is obese and has just begun to lose weight is not something of which I am proud. But having said that, it is my blog and if I don't vent somewhere, it could get really ugly at school when I say exactly what I really think, instead of walking away.

So on a more pleasant topic, yoga was awesome last night! We were working on an Ashtanga style of sun salutation, and let me tell you, my shoulders are feeling it today! Planks are really such an amazing whole body exercise! I'm still really working on softening my shoulders so that they're not hunched up around my ears, there's really alot of thinking about the body that needs to go on. And anyone who thinks yoga is for wimps is mistaken. Even after all the gym time I've spent lifting weights and going to Rob's crazy boxing classes, I feel it the day after. Nice!!

I had a very difficult time with the balance poses last night, could not stay balanced in a pose for the life of me! Makes me wonder if I have some inner ear fluid, since I'm usually much more able to stay in the poses. Hmmm, maybe time to start taking Cold-fx and that yummy astralagus tincture (gag).

Hope everyone is having a wonderful morning that continues into a wonderful, glorious day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What is (insert pronoun here) thinking??

This post is not's a rant. Ok, now that you have been warned, feel free to read on and to comment.

Today a well intended, yet clearly (in my mind) delusional individual invited me to join a fitness "group" wherein people who join do an aerobics routine together, to a dvd. Nice enough right? Ok, now here's where I wanted to unleash my inner kickboxer on said individual's absurdly plump arse, "I don't think it'll be too hard for you." And went on to tell me how to target my core, because you know, it's really important. And explained how squats are the best thing for your core.

I am proud of myself for politely declining and walking away. I did not point out that I have been working out for many years, and knew about cores than said individual would know in a million freakin' years. I also did not point out that h** core has the consistency of pudding, and is still well hidden by a generous layer of cushioning.

I would love to invite Rob the psycho to come do a kickboxing class with her. It would be so funny. It would be cruel, but oh, so funny.

Ok rant over. Heading out to yoga.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

allergen elimination update

While it certainly isn't what I would call fun, the past week or so without all of the allergens has gone really well. My clothes are looser already (a very nice side effect), but then again, anyone who is eating salad with protein 2x per day should lose weight! Especially when there aren't any treats in between. I guess what I've been eating is alot like Atkins--lots of veggies and lean protein, very low in carbs.

I did go to Harmony Whole Foods yesterday and picked up some almond milk, yeast/wheat/dairy free rye bread and agave syrup. I also found some "cookies" that meet my dietary needs, but let's just say I won't be buying them again (yuck! I'm not that desperate!). I didn't realize that it would be difficult to find soy milk or another alternative that wouldn't be sweetened with sugar cane! I did find one unsweetened soy milk, but decided it would likely be fairly unpalatable, so I picked up an unsweetened vanilla and a chocolate almond milk.

Unsweetened vanilla almond milk in coffee is good. It tastes sort of like a pared down version of my favourite skinny vanilla latte at Starbucks. Where by the way, the soy milk is sweetened with cane sugar and thus eliminates said latte from list of possibilities! Good thing I asked to read the label first.

While at Harmony I picked up Yoga Journal to get some further yogic inspiration and to my delight discovered that many of the asanas (poses) that are in the mag I can already do!! It confirmed my belief that Sarah is a terrific yoga teacher! And I also discovered that in a few short weeks that I have also managed to pick up many of the Sanskrit names for the asanas we have been practising. Languages have always been my thing!

I am struggling a bit to align my spiritual beliefs with yoga practice. Not into gurus and spiritual enlightment through chanting the names of dead Indian guys. Not that Sarah has us doing that. But yoga is a spiritual practice as well as a physical practice and although I love it, I still need to find my happy medium so that I'm not turning my back on either my beliefs or the inner peace I get from yoga. I guess it will come in time.

Hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful weekend, and find some humour and maybe even inspiration in my quest for better health :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day 2 of allergen elimnation

I survived Day 1 and Day 2 is coming to a close soon. Until this very moment it hasn't been too difficult, but at the moment I could seriously steal candy from a small child. Maybe even knock them down for it! But...this too shall pass.

Tried to find a soy milk that I can use, but they all contain cane sugar. Maybe more luck at the health food store. For now, I guess I'll just enjoy my coffee without anything in it, and just be damn glad I can still have coffee.

Yoga last night, felt great, but boy I had a hard time concentrating. Detox effects? Or maybe just my job.

Stay tuned for more sordid details of my life without. As my friend Mary Lynn said "these dark days". Not yet, but I'm sure it'll come.

Peace, love and all of that other hippy crap.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Finally blogging again!

One of my colleagues asked me a couple of weeks ago when I would be blogging again. It's been a rather long hiatus, but I'm back!

After a summer of being plagued with some back and shoulder injuries---caused by KNITTING of all things, and then worsened by too vigorous of workouts, I've re-examined my quest for fitness. I've started seeing wonderful naturopath and massage therapist, both of whom have recommended yoga and some gentler fitness practices. So I've started going to Soaring Heart Wellness for yoga once a week with an amazing practioner, Sarah. In a few short weeks, I've discovered some inbalances in my body, and have realized that my left side is consistently tighter than the right. Probably one of the reasons that my injuries are always on my left side of my body! So I'm working to correct that imbalance, and I am so excited to be improving in flexibility and balance every time I go to class.

I've also been going to a running clinic. I've discovered that trail running is really fun, and since I'm not pushing myself too much, and mixing walking with running, I'm really enjoying it. I think I'll probably always love the elliptical machine for cardio fitness, but with such a beautiful fall, trail running has been amazing.

One of the reasons I started going to the naturopath was to get some answers about my allergies and what I suspected were related food cravings and my issues with my weight. I got the results of my allergy tests this week and experienced some "aha" moments. Yes, food allergies are most likely one of the reasons I struggle with my weight and experience such incredible food cravings. So I'm now armed with some supplements and a plan to eliminate allergens. Just based on all of the things I need to eliminate, it will be impossible to not lose weight if I follow the plan Lia has given me. In fact, for the next little while my food choices are fairly limited and I think I will reach my goal weight very quickly. Which will be a bit of a relief, since I can't afford to buy new clothes to fit my somewhat more plump body! As an added bonus, my environmental allergies should also improve, along with increased immune function. Yeehaw!

So, after Thanksgiving with my family, I will be following a strict diet. I decided to wait until after Thanksgiving dinner, because honestly, I really can't see eating a salad while everyone around me is enjoying sumptuous feast. And I really don't want to have the argument with my parents that skipping the meal would entail.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'll be updating my blog with my journey. And namaste to all of my fellow yogis and yoginis.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I love kickboxing!

Went to kickboxing!! And had a wonderful day afterwards. Nothing like punching the hell out of the heavy bag, followed by some hards kicks to relieve aggression and get fit all at the same time. Hopefully will make it to Jui-jitsu tomorrow as a follow-up :)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Weight loss challenge

So far the weight loss challenge has been a bit of a wash. The last week of school with all of its treats, staff party, Rick's last few days of shutdown, drinking wine and beer and loving life. It's been a fantastic week, but it's time to get serious and quit sabotaging myself!

Heading to the gym today to do my program that Rob the Psycho made for me, so tomorrow ought to be particularly ouchie with sore muscles :) But in a good way, of course. I have decided that in addition to hitting as many kickboxing classes as possible this summer, that it's time to start going to Pilates and yoga classes too. I took a look at the gym schedule and some of the classes I want to go to are still in the evening, but there's a few during the day. Frankly I don't see much point in going to some of the classes, I want to see results, not prance around just for the fun of it. If it's not going to push my sorry ass to work harder, it's just not worth it. Not sure about trying spinning class, I know it burns a million calories, but I think it would be a little hard on the knees. We'll see. Maybe in a couple of weeks for a change?!

Hope everyone is enjoying this fabulous heat wave...makes for uncomfortable sleeping. However, I'm not complaining, it's all part of summer!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Great day!

Yesterday was a great day! Eating properly, getting to the gym. A little tired today, but feeling great

Can't wait to get to kickboxing tomorrow :) Hope everyone is having a great day too!

Monday, June 21, 2010

heading to the gym

A light dinner, then heading to the gym. Going to do a "light-ish" workout, don't want to overdo it. I might be limping tomorrow for Primary Playday at school....

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Weight loss challenge

I'm signing up for a weight loss challenge at my gym. Winner gets 6 personal training sessions! Even I can hold it together for 6 weeks (and those poor women so do not know how competitive I am!). Since the craziness is almost over, I think I can do really well with my goals, and hopefully kick some butt! I would love some FREE personal training, who wouldn't?

Weekend full of the wrong foods, too much Bud Light with lime, and wine, time to get down to serious friends at work look to me for fitness advice, and I feel like a fraud! I do nothing but eat these days. Really time to get my act together and not undo all the work I've put into fitness.

So look for my diet journal, I'm going to try to post at least every other day. Although with the end of school, I will have more time on my hands and will likely be posting more often. I'll also be posting my workout journal. Posting and knowing all of you are reading should be some additional incentive! Looking forward to the re-opening of the Shelburne pool, I'm planning to do some swimming for cross-training. They have lane swims a couple of times every day. Perfect for the ex-lifeguard/swimming original fitness love! Now to find a decent bathing suit that's actually good for real swimming...not like the sexy beach kind I normally wear (ha, ha), with my Katherine Hepburn hat!

I know the next week at the gym will be difficult, too many weeks of not being to get there and do some resistance training. Rob's going to kick my butt when I go back to his class, but that's what I need!

Had some Ontario strawberries yesterday, with the oncoming fresh Ontario crops eating well will be so much easier and sooooo delish!

Hope to see you at the gym ;)

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Once again fitness has been derailed by lack of time! Report cards, lacrosse tournament...the list seems endless. Next week after everything is back to normal there will be more posts, and I will be hitting the gym ALOT!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I braved the heat and went to kickboxing--it was sweet, nicely air conditioned. Before class I weighed myself and I've lost 1.5 of the 4 lbs I gained. I should have weighed myself after, probably sweated of another 10!!

Doing fairly well with the food side, would like to get to the gym more. I haven't been doing my program, only classes. I have a feeling I will pay for that when I do it later this week.

Still trying to get my butt out of bed to do my "fitness homework" every morning....unfortunately I like that extra 15 minutes of sleep. Thinking about doing a run/walk in the a.m. with my pup. She needs the exercise too, and it's too hot later in the day.

Need to eat something, a handful of peanuts doesn't really qualify as dinner :)

Love to hear from you, it helps to keep me motivated. Let me know how your goals are going too!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I love boxing!

I went to Rob's kickboxing class last night. Awesome! I love all of his classes, it almost kills me, but it feels so great after. Lots of ab work and skipping last night--not so coordinated with the skipping, but I'm getting there. Managed to not injure anyone with my total uncoordinatedness. I've met a couple of other women who go to alot of the classes, and we all agree, it's addictive! Nothing gets rid of frustration like punching the heavy bag as hard as you can. Unless it's punching Rob's hand with the glove on. He knows enough to duck when you miss (not that I ever miss, lol!). My partner Sarah has a hard front kick, my arm is achy today from providing resistance while she was kicking.

Doing ok with diet. I really need to get some chromium to help with the sugar/carb cravings. Looking so forward to fresh local produce, I think I said that in my last post. That always helps!

I think any of the boxing variation classes are really going to help the further into writing reports that I get. Stress reduction!!

If anyone wants to join me at a class, let me know, I can probably get a visitor freebie if I bat my eyelashes at Rob ;) Or anyone wanting to walk, I'm trying to get going with my training for The Weekend to End Women's Cancers and I'd love company. Walking with my Chase is great, but she's not much of a conversationalist. For those who don't know who Chase is--she's my wonderful borador doggy.

Keeping fit!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

beautiful day for a walk!

I have been working really hard to do my morning and nighttime 15 minutes of Rob's psycho fitness homework, went to his killer class on Friday (seriously, it almost killed me!) and I just got back from a great walk with Chase.

Food--doing ok, really hungry these days, but trying to use my head!

Tomorrow, another killer class with Rob. Note to self--snack before going! And take an allergy pill in the morning so I can breath later in the day.

I can't wait until summer so I can get to a class almost every day, or at least do my program more than once a week. Walking every morning, before it gets hot, lots of great summer salad stuff to eat. Yum.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Slump is Over!

I'm happy to say that the slump is over! I went to the gym tonight and had a terrific workout. A little hard going at times--after 2 weeks! But I pushed through and I feel great. That coupled with a good day food wise, good stuff. And it's about time, my weekend of frivolity following 2 weeks of inactivity has made me gain about 4 pounds. 4 pounds that I'm going to blast off in the next week or so. Tomorrow morning I'm starting Rob the Psycho Trainer's homework regime again. Not really looking forward to it, but it does work. A little pain is good for the soul, right? Someone said, "Pain is a sign of weakness leaving the body." It was likely a personal trainer who came up with that one!

Food journal
Breakfast-1/2 banana, 1/2 c ffree yogurt, scoop of chocolate protein powder & water--yummy smoothie!
Lunch-salad with 5 oz turkey, 1 Tbsp low-fat dressing
Snack-1/2 c ffree yogurt, apple
Dinner-chicken breast, 3/4c pasta with pesto, a smallish piece of leftover Mother's Day pie (1 little slip, not bad for the first day of being conscientious in weeks!)

Tomorrow, no slip-ups and all of my fitness homework, walk/run with Chase after school.

Fit feels great!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


It's official. I am admitting I am in a slump. Life keeps getting in the way and I'm not having much luck overcoming it.

I know I'll feel great when I go, it's just getting there that's the issue. I haven't worked out in almost 2 weeks. And I feel yucky because of it. I was planning to go to Rob's kickboxing class tonight, but ended up at school later than I wanted to and without any energy to get there by the time I left.

I am promising myself, I AM GOING tomorrow. Right after school. It's no good not practising what you preach and some people likely think I preach alot. I need to get better at writing "gym" in my calendar and going every time I have it written down. I'm giving up my time and not taking care of myself and it needs to end. I was looking at a woman today (I won't mention any names to protect the innocent), and I realized how repulsed I am by obesity and lack of fitness. I remember all too well how it feels to be really overweight and I refuse to go back. I realize how shallow that sounds, but being overweight is not only really unattractive in my eyes, but the significant health risks that go along with it are just not a road I'm willing to go down.

So there. I may be shallow and vain, but I am healthy and I intend to stay that way. I think any of my friends who are reading this probably agree...why else would you be reading my fitmom blog?!

Hope no one is too offended. The woman I was looking at is not on my friend list--just in case anyone out there is afraid I'm talking about them! I would never do that--to someone I consider a friend!

Oh yeah--I need to cut out sugar. It tastes great, but it's not helping with the slump and lack of energy and it's so not worth it.

Happy exercising to everyone who isn't sharing a slump with me :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sick :(

After a crazy weekend of basketball and eating the wrong things, I'm sick. Just a cold, but feeling yucky and I know there's no point in going to the gym. It would be a crappy workout and sometimes it's better to rest and just work on getting better.

Hopefully will be back to normal and able to have a great workout over the next day or so. Planning to start my fitness homework again--15 minutes of intense circuit work 2x a day, along with my normal workouts. Burns fat like crazy!

Hope everyone reading this is having more luck than I in their fitness journey!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

a new day

After gorging on candy at my PLC meeting today (what a dumb thing to do!), and not eating too much for a couple days, had a great workout. Didn't make it to kickboxing, because I had the time wrong, but I had a great workout. Wish I could get to the gym everyday! It would make it so much easier to stay on track with my eating.

I'm considering signing up for 12 weeks of personal training, but it's really expensive! I'd love to do it, but cost and time are an issue. I'm not sure I can fit it in to my crazy schedule right now. Speaking of my schedule, I'm sure that's why I'm having a tough time with food this week. Too much going on and all of organizing and running is totally up to me. To top it off I volunteered to be the manager for Seamus' lacrosse team--because I needed something else to do. What was I thinking?

Hoping for a good day tomorrow. If I can get my head on straight, of course I know what to do to lose weight. Doing it is something else altogether. Probably a good thing there's no cookies in the house right now.....

But tomorrow is a new day, right?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I'm back

After a few crazy days and not enough energy left to blog at the end of the day, I'm back! Diet has been ok, a little (ok, alot) off track last night at The Globe, but other than that, ok. I've been taking CLA which is supposed to help metabolize belly fat. It's too soon to really tell, but I think maybe my waist is bit smaller. All I really want to lose is the little pot that sits over my abs--which are actually pretty buff, you just can't see them.

Went to a new church today, really enjoyed it! Part of my journey has been one of struggling with faith and never feeling content. Contentment will definitely help with my fitness journey and the message this morning really hit home. I don't want to make anyone reading this feel uncomfortable, but the truth is that this is part of me and my trouble with overeating. If I can be happy and content the eating part will follow. Emotional/comfort eating are my biggest problem. It's all part of the package!

Looking forward to working out tomorrow. I'm not sure I'll be able to do my entire circuit because of timing with Jackson's basketball, but I'll be able to do most of it. I know it will feel great! Seamus has lacrosse on Tuesday, but I should be able to fit in a walk/run before we go. Gym again on Wednesday, same as Monday with the timing issue, but 1 & 1/2 hrs instead of 2 hrs is still pretty good!

Enjoying the rest of my lazy Sunday, looking forward to a great week ahead ;D

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

kickboxing, kicked my butt!

I went to Rob's kickboxing class tonight. Whew, he kicked my butt! What a great workout! If you want to sweat and take out some aggression, I highly recommend it. Good day food wise today and exercise wise too! Feeling great, and hoping I can have another great day tomorrow! Going to a class helps with motivation and the more I exercise the better I feel and the less I eat.

Daily Food

breakie-3/4c Kashi, 1/2c 1% cottage cheese, 1/2c unsweetened applesauce--it sounds gross, but it's yummy!
lunch--6 california rolls, tomato & cucumbers, Kashi granola bar, 1/2c ff yogurt
snack--apple, 1/2c ff yogurt
snack 2--protein shake (protein powder & water), 4 crackers
dinner--chicken breast, cucumber and tomato with balsamic, quinoa salad

Looking forward to a great day tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Friends--feel free to comment on my blog! I welcome feedback, it's all part of keeping me on track.


Ok, so we know body composition is reliant on 80%, 10% exercise and 10% genetics. So when I'm willing to work my ass off working out, why do I have such a difficult time controlling my eating? Major sugar cravings today, I know it'll even out, but damn! Seriously! My genetics are terrific, just look at me (I'm laughing right now!).

On the upside for today, I played basketball with other parents against Seamus's team. Other than needing a haul on my puffer, I had a great time and was the only parent who wasn't dying. I guess all of that working out pays off! I hope I made my boy was proud of his mama :)

Food Diary for today-

breakie-2 slices whole grain toast (I should have had only one, but you know)
2 eggs, 1Tbsp ketchup and lots of coffee with skim milk

lunch-spinach salad with cucumber, chicken, strawberries and a tablespoon of light poppyseed dressing

snack-apple, 1c ff yogurt, one oatmeal date cookie

slight meltdown-a couple oz of Lindt chocolate bunny

dinner-5 california rolls, lots of water

Tomorrow will be a better day foodwise! And I'm planning to go to Rob's kickboxing class, he'll kick my butt and probably make up for today's little slipup.

And I have to be really good for the rest of the week since I'm going to The Globe with our friends John and Julie and much wine will be drunk.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Since my blog is really about my fitness goals, I guess I should post something about my goals. So here we go..

1. Lose the last 15 lbs (again).
2. Reduce the body fat--muscle is so much better than fat!
3. Learn to run, maybe even enter a 5k race??
4. Have the kind of arms that other women envy in a tank top!
5. Reduce my waist size, which of course will happen naturally with the 15 lbs.

Nothing too special or incredible, I just want to be the fittest, healthiest 40 year mom I can be. I need to be able to keep up with my athletic boys and take them on in basketball out in front of the house.

1st day blogging about my goals...

Day One--after a really crappy night's sleep and an upset tummy all afternoon at school, I headed to the gym. I wasn't really sure if it would be a good workout, but it was and I feel great! I did my circuit that my personal trainer, Rob, set up for me a few weeks ago. It's getting easier every time, but I will be a little stiff tomorrow!

Food Diary

breakie-1 c strawberries, 3/4 c Kashi, 1/2 c fatfree yogurt and lots of coffee of course! No cream or sugar, just skim milk, the way I like it!

lunch-spinach & cucumber salad with a chicken breast and some balsamic vinagrette, and a big scoop of yummy quinoa salad

snack-1/2 c ff yogurt, apple, homemade banana choc chip muffin

dinner-same as lunch YUM!

All in all a good, fit, clean eating day....

Sunday, April 11, 2010

blogging--is it for me?

I'm not convinced blogging is for me, but since I need some help staying on track with my fitness goals, I thought I'd give it a try!

My blog is where I'll track my diet and fitness goals, along with the other random, crazy things that happen in life and affect my goals. I hope that having the possibility of someone else reading about my fitness journey (if anyone actually finds me interesting enough) will keep me on track and give me the impetus to keep going. And maybe, just maybe, I'll help some other women who are trying to reach their goals.

So....stay tuned...