- We have a fun, crazy, active, great life here on The Fringe.
- I still love to blog, but I appreciate the freedom to post and read when I want to and however often I want to - I did not like churning out posts, just to pot something for the day.
- I do have opinions, stories and ideas worth sharing - and I plan on continuing to do so for a long time!
- And best of all, I learned I have the best reader-base...to stick to reading my blog as I polluted our precious and wonderful blog-world. You guys ROCK! I so appreciate all the bloggy-love, support, and friendship I have made because of my blogging addiction.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Well, it is day 29 of NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month. Last year I only made it to 24 posts - this year - well, it is November 29, so I simply need to post a Saturday and a Sunday entry and I will be successful!!! Victorious...unfortunately, I am suffering from a duo-case of writer's block.
Yep. Duo-case of Writer's Block - this is a rare and very painful ailment.
Like most people, I find writer's block to be frustrating and irritating.
Well, it is even worst in your second language!
Je dois écrire une histoire en français pour ma classe ce matin… que je lutte !
My French class is in 2 hours, and the above sentence is the only sentence I have written in French...hmmm....how do you say writer's block in French, and is that an excuse not to have my assignment completed?? Or to abandon NaBloPoMo?
If I do not post I will not have the sweet feeling of accomplishing this great challenge. I will not have done my part in polluting the airs of blog-world. I will not be eligible for any of the great prizes.
Oh, attendez-vous un moment!
Wait a moment!
A post - a lame post...but a post just the same ...no French assignment yet, but a post!!!! WOO HOO!
Friday, November 28, 2008
By "accumulate" I am referring to finding ways to incorporate more physical activity into my daily life. Do not get me wrong, looking after 3 kiddies all day keeps me on my toes - but I am trying to increase my activity during daily chores or activities. Every bit helps - so, why take the easy way out when you can work out!?!?!?!?
Some of the things I am doing include taking the stairs at work and walking more. I work on the fourth floor and park two floors underground - so, each day I am doing between 8-12 sets of stairs (I am spooked to climb the 4 flights at 4AM in my old building!) I am also trying to spread my household tasks - for example, instead of taking the laundry, frozen food for dinner and whatever else I can carry in one trip, I make it into two or three trips.
They say that taking 10K steps a day is an indicator that you are leading a fairly active lifestyle. I am trying to hit that mark every day - and that is not counting my running or walking activities.
In terms of consistency, I am trying to work out every day. I am trying to make it a habit. I have even gone so far as to marking it on our family calender. An extra bonus is that David sees my activity plan is able to encourage me and to ensure he is home to relieve me from my "family duties" so I can get some exercise.
Right now, I am doing my activity at dinner time, since I am not eating food. I am a bit worried this will cause a problem when I do transition back to regular meals I can share with the family. But I am sure David and I will work it all out.
Getting up at 3AM, working, coming home, caring for the kids and daily life can get stressful, and more and more I am looking forward to that me time at 630PM. Plus, I am crawling into bed feeling good about my workout.
Variety is also important. I do not want to get bored with my workout routine. Also, I want to make it more of a social event too - me time with friends - could it get better than that??? I have one good friend I have started jogging with, one good friend I meet up with at boot camp and another good friend I join for a weekly walk. Plus I have my indoor soccer team.
Another aspect of variety is the fact that I try to get both cardio and weight training into my routine. I was a bit disheartened to learn last weigh-in that I have actually lost a pound of lean muscle mass. Weight training will ensure I loose fat mass and not lean muscle. I am therefore increasing my weight training.
So, here is my weekly fitness log. I have had a great workout week. And have a few aches and pains to prove it!
Monday - Started a weekly run date with my friend Jo. We are loosely following The Running Room Program. We walked a minute and ran a minute for 3.8KM. Add this to the fact I walked to our meeting place, which is 1.7 KM from my house!
Tuesday - Turbo Jam Workout Video - I love the beat!
Wednesday - Boot Camp - This week we did a circuit of __ stations, the time spent at each station varied, but it averaged between 2-4 minutes - the instructor pushed everyone until we were all doing out station properly!
- 3 laps warm up run that includes a long ramp and a long set of stairs
- Power Squats
- Sit Ups - legs at 90 degree on wall and sit up bringing a weighted ball up over your head and as high as you could go to the wall
- Push Ups
- Triceps with hand weights
- Side Power Kicks with deep lunge - KILLERS!
- Flutter kicks
- Shoulder presses with weights
- DIE and CRAWL home!
Thursday - Regular walk with my friend Dawn We chat and walk at a fairly good pace. I want to clock out our regular route, but I would guess it is just over 8KM.
Friday - I bought a set of resistance bands and plan on doing an upper body workout
Saturday - not much exercise planned, but I will walk to my French Class - about a 3km round trip and I always take the stairs to my 4th floor classroom.
Sunday - Soccer game - I am hoping we have fewer subs and I can get lots of playing time. After the game I have been challenging myself with a light jog around the dome. This is week 3 and I hope to make it 3 laps!
So, that is my weekly commitment to leading an active lifestyle. How about you? Any suggestions or ideas you can share with me to help me along?
Next Friday I will write about commitment and goal setting - and I have a surprise!!!
Also - look for a new Friday Fitness section and a Menu Monday section - coming soon!
Hey! Have you voted for me yet??? I have been nominated for BEST BLOG and BEST FAMILY BLOG for the Canadian Blogging Awards - today is the last day to vote!
Finally - only 2 more posts till I succeed at the NaBloPoMo challenge!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
With my job, I cannot get away from seeing all the news. I have to watch it and report on it. Sometimes, like during this morning's coverage of the tragedy in Mumbai, I just have to shake my head:
TV HOST - "We are joined now by a leading expert in Terrorist Studies. Thank you so much Mr. X for being here to analyze the situation in Mumbai for us.
Mr X - "It is very nice to be here today."
OK - wait a minute, you are a terrorist expert, you will be analyzing a horrific situation unfolding - and 1) you greet the host with a huge flashy smile and 2) you think it is nice to be there?
Nice is being on vacation, nice is enjoying a cup of tea or chatting about spring weather - the fact that your expertize is even required is not NICE...it is quite sad, actually... it is tragic.
TV HOST - "Thanks so much Mr. X. We will be definitely speaking to you again."
Mr. X - "I'm looking forward to it..." (grin. grin.)
Looking forward to it?!?!?! What a sad world we live in when there has to be terror specialists... let alone one anxious to relate his knowledge to current events.
Think of how the world would be if there was no NEED for a terror specialist. Now, that would be a nice place to be. Wouldn't it?
My heart goes out to everyone impacted by this tragedy.
I pray for peace.
I pray for a nice place to be... and a nice place to raise my children.
I pray for nice.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Yep. The Fringe has been nominated for 2 awards, and now, it is up to you, kind readers, to vote.
The first round of voting will conclude on November 28. So, please go and vote now!
The second round of voting will narrow the list of nominees in each category down to the top 5 from the first round of voting.
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Monday, November 24, 2008
I love it! Why?
It helps me keep organized, I have seen my food budget drop, since I am going to the store with a list and my kids are starting to try new, healthy, interesting meals. I strongly recommend you check out http://www.orgjunkie.com/ and start saving time, money and energy in food prep!
I only have 15 days left on my liquid-only diet and then I start to re-introduce real food. I am getting a little anxious and nervous, but am also looking forward to tasting food again. 12 weeks on chocolate & vanilla shakes is a long, long time! My transition is gradual ans will focus on very healthy and balanced meals, and I promise to share those with you.
This week I have planned a fairly basic week of dinners. I am trying one recipe from last week's Menu Planning Monday, one recipe from the Kraft.com site, one new (modified) recipe and a few family favorites mixed in with a some convenient pre-made meals.
- I thought it sounded easy and tasty - hope the family likes it too!
Tuesday - Burrito Night
- I have my weight management class and dinner needs to be ready quick and early, so, David gets his favorite Costco Pre-packaged meal!
Wednesday - Shredded Asian Cabbage with shrimp with a side of egg rolls
- Gotta use up the left over cabbage! This recipe is from the Kraft.com site. I find the amounts of dressing to be a bit crazy - so, I cut it in half and the dish still has a great flavour.
Thursday - Chicken Drum Sticks with mixed veggies and cous cous
- My boys will eat 3-15 drum sticks each. Yep, you read that correctly. They LOVE drumsticks! I usually make a homemade coating with chili pepper flakes, whole wheat bread crumbs, pepper, Cajun spice and thyme.
Friday - Easy Salmon Rolls and fresh herb buns and green beans
- This will be a fairly new recipe for me, I took an easy on-line version and "bulked up" the veggies to increase the nutritious value of this meal - I hope my family likes it.
Saturday - Mexican Beef Casserole
- Super easy and tasty - my little girl loves this dish!
Sunday - Pizza Night
- I have an early soccer game, so the kids are having pre-packaged pizza and a garden salad - DJ has discovered Daddy's Thousand Island Dressing, and love it (YUK!!!).
Easy Salmon Rolls
8 lasagna noodles, cooked, drained
125 g Brick Cream Cheese, softened (I use a little less than this amount)
Cooked salmon or smoked salmon or can of salmon
1-1/2 cups pasta sauce
Chopped up assorted veggies - I usually use a variety of peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and onions and I use a few of the dried herbs from my garden to give this dish a nice rich taste.
1 cup Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
HEAT oven to 400ºF. Spread noodles with cream cheese; top with salmon and veggies. Roll up, starting at one of the short ends of each noodle.
PLACE, seam-sides down, in greased 13x9-inch baking pan; top with sauce and mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil.
BAKE 25 min. or until heated through, removing foil after 15 min.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
3:02 AM - Woke up
3:55 - Arrived at work
4:00 - 8:00 - Worked regular hours
8:30 - 11:30 - Played with Madigan, folded laundry, packed for all three kiddies, ran 3 errands with Madigan
11:40 - Met boys' bus
12:30 - 1:30 Hit McD's drive through for kiddies and drove to Kemptville
1:30 - 3:00 - Had a nice visit with my parents
3:00 - 4:00 - Hit the dollar store in Kemptville for party favours - BINGO! Lucked out and got everything I needed!
4:00 - 4:45 - Drove back to Ottawa
5:00 - 5:30 - Caught up on my blog reading and commenting
5:30 - 7:00 - Relaxed in a warm bath
7:00 - 8:30 - Wink, wink, nudge, nudge --- no kids at home, you can figure out how hubby and I spent our time!!!!! (blush, blush)
8:30 - 10:30 - Napped in the arms of my wonderful man
11:00 PM - Arrived at work to do an extra shift
11:00 PM - 1:30 AM - Monitored National news and completed assigned tasks as requested by the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada
2:00 AM - Arrived home
Now, I hope to sleep as I have my French course at 9AM for 3 LONG hours...
...did I mention it was a long day?
And worst of all - I keep thinking of food! I am so tired and all I want is to snack. Mindless snacking. But I am committed to my weight loss program. But I cannot stop thinking of food! Junk food, comfort food.
I am actually a bit depressed over all this craving sweets and junk food. I am scared that once I am transitioned back to food, I may fall into my old habits. That is not acceptable. I cannot go back to my old ways. I have learned coping strategies. I have worked hard to loose 42+ pounds. Why forfeit all that?
Some days I think I have come a long way in changing my way of thinking of food...and then I have a day like today.
While I am optimistic that I am learning and changing and committing to a healthy lifestyle moving forward - I have now realized food will always be an issue for me. And I will have to be strong, committed and secure in my decisions not to let food control me any more.
I did not break program - even though this has been a long day - and even though in the past I would have snacked on chocolate bars, chips, cola and other terrible food choices - I did not.
I learned an invaluable lesson during my long day.
Good Night! Sleep and Eat well my friends.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday she wrote a post about Investing in You. Now, Oh Mommy is no ordinary blogger...she is super-duper, beyond belief cool, all inspiring, high-heel-boot-dancing sexy-mama.
Her posts are always informative, thought-provoking, funny and filled with love for her wonderful family. I look forward to her posts and I know you will like them too.
On Wednesday she posted a cool photo of the results of her 12 week boot camp sessions and she ended with the following line:
"It has been a while since I invested in myself, my mental well being, and my physical health. It feels good.I encourage you to invest in yourself too. It is so easy to lose track of yourself, especially as a mother constantly putting yourself before your children. But, if Mama ain't happy no one is happy. Right?"
OHMommy, you could not be any more right. I became a victim of this phenomena of loosing myself while becoming a mother. I became obesely overweight, tired, lazy and sad. I was not happy, and it was starting to show in my patience and parenting style.
But I took action - I had to take action.
I am super proud of my 42 pound weight loss in the last 11 weeks. I have worked hard. I have stuck to my doctor-monitored plan. I have committed. I have succeeded. But I still have a long way to go. I have embraced a new, healthy lifestyle and will continue to invest in me.
As I have been shedding the pounds I have been very committed to increasing the frequency, duration and intensity of my exercise program. I thought perhaps I would start a weekly post called Friday Fitness. This will help me monitor, celebrate and brag about my progress - but it will also become a forum for me to discuss issues, set-backs and challenges.
Here is how I have invested in myself this week:
Monday - Interval running/walking - I am loosely following The Running Room Program and am at 3 min running and 1 minute walking times 5.
Tuesday - Instead of driving for an errand, I jogged (and walked) the 4 KM route.
Wednesday - Boot Camp at Community Centre Gym - My awesome friends Heidi and Dawn are also enduring this pain with me! Awesome motivator to go spend time with my great friends! Man, was it a good workout - the instructor indicated we burned around 500 calories.Thursday - 90 minute walk with my wonderful friend Dawn (Plus, I spent over an hour racking the leaves in the front yard!)
Friday - Turbo Jam Workout Video - this program ROCKS!
Saturday - I am planning on walking to my French class and hope to go for an interval run with my hubby (oh, I have missed doing that - it has been 5 years!)
Sunday - I have my second indoor soccer game and plan on running my butt off - and scoring a goal!
OK. The wonderfully classy OhMommy asked it of her readers, and now, I ask it of my readers: what are you doing to invest in you?
Oh, OhMommy has a amazing give-away on her blog. GO check it out if you like - but please note that the draw is fixed, and I am going to win these AMAZING Sexy snowbunny" boots from YOU by crocs. ($220 us value). So, basically, there is really no point of you going HERE to have a chance of winning.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Yes, the world was put on high alert yesterday when chaos led to pandemonium. Battle lines were drawn and NATO moved from level one alert to Code Red.
The level of hostility and violence escalated to levels never seen before.
The main issue:
The leader of the 3-almost-4-year-old brigade referred to the above snack product as " a rice-crispy square".
The leader of the mom brigade chuckled and replied, "It is actually called a rice cake."
The leader of the 4-almost-5-year-old brigade sarcastically replied that "it is not a square, but a circle, it is not made of rice, but of popcorn, and it is not a cake 'cause there is no icing." This resulted in the naming of favorite snack product as, " a popcorn circle."
The leader of the 1-almost-2-year-old brigade believed strongly that the entire package of snack treat was hers for the taking.
Lines were drawn. Tempers flared. Voices screeched and all hell broke loose...till the leader of the Mom Brigade informed all parties that no one would be claiming victory over this battle.
Peace was returned when Mommy let Anderson have a "Rice Crispy Square", and DJ got to have a "Popcorn Circle" and Madigan, "got HER snack.
Whew.... WWIII adverted!
File this under you say tomato and I say tamato, let's call the whole thing off!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
One of my fondest memories growing up was whole family eating dinner in front of the television on Sunday night to watch Wonderful World of Disney.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I love this site, hundreds of people post menus and recipes. It is great to get examples and to try new recipes. Check it out!
I am also about to start week 10 of my liquid diet. Only 3 more weeks, then I begin the gradual re-introduction of food.
For my family meals, I am starting to focus more on veggie-based meals and "bulking up" meals with lots of veggies. I am also introducing new sources of protein and grains to the family, so that when I start eating again I can make one healthy meal for everyone to enjoy.
If you have healthy, easy, family-friendly meals you think I should try, send them my way! I am going to make a separate section where I will feature these meals in hopes of helping others eat better.
This week is a short week since I think my parents offered to take the kids for the weekend (fingers crossed!!!) I am stealing two recipes from last week's Menu Plan Monday, doing a family favorite and a few easy-peasy cheat nights!
Monday - Maple glazed salmon and Parisian salad
- Easy-peasy! I put the salmon in a shallow baking dish with a bit of water to cover the bottom. Add cut white onion, assorted peppers and then drizzle a dollop of maple syrup on the fish. I add a splash of lemon juice and a dash of pepper. The salad is a pre-packaged salad from Costco - it ROCKS!
- Sounds yummy! I think I will serve it with some long green beans...not sure!
Wednesday - Pizza Night
- I have my first Boot Camp Work Out at 5:45, so hubby and the kids are having a home-made peperoni and cheese pizza. Gotta love those whole wheat crusts at Lablaws!
- This summer I planted my first vegetable garden and harvested lots of tomatoes. I made freezer bags and freezer bags of spaghetti sauce - cannot wait to use it! I will serve this with rice and a frozen veggie - maybe corn.
Friday - Leftovers
- If my wonderful and fabulous parents take the little people then David will have left overs. We may have date night and go see a movie.
Saturday - David fend for himself
- If my wonderful and fabulous parents take the little people then David will fend for himself or we may go out - though I find it tough to sit in a restaurant and not eat. We are going to go see the new James Bond movie - I am so excited!
Sunday - Mom's home cooked meal
- If my wonderful and fabulous parents take the little people then David will drive out to get the kids while I am at soccer and hopefully my mom will feed him!
Well, that is our week. Should be a good one - especially if my wonderful, fabulous, magnificent, awesome, fun-loving, grandkid-loving parents take the kids for the weekend!!!! The kids adore them and love spending time there, and well, David and I certainly enjoy and appreciate the down-time and together time more than we can even begin to express in words!
Have a great and yummy, and healthy week!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
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DJ asked to have the party at the "Chick-a-dee Park". Hmmmmm...how could that work????
I have posted before about the wonderful hiking trail located within the city limits of Ottawa. It is simply beautiful. There are two main trails that allow you to walk either 2KM or 5KM. If you bring wild bird seed, the birds will eat right out of your hand!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
In the Gutter
That's Life v2.0 (NaNaWriMo)
Anyone else???? Let me know and I will add you to the list!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Then, as I was wallowing in my sorrow, thinking I have it so rough, I saw this video...and everything was put into perspective. Everything.
Today is a professional development day - no school - so, with a new attitude, and after putting everything into perspective - I am going to make Friday a fun day - the best day of a really crappy week!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Today, I remember post cards, whistling, and cranapples.
Today, I remember my Papa.
Oh, how I miss my Papa. How I wish he could have seen me grow into the woman I am today. How I wish he could have seen me marry the man of my dreams. How I wish he could have held my children as newborns and known them, guided them and loved them.
Today, I remember old post cards.
Today, I remember treasure hunting with Papa to find old post cards. During my summer visits we visited thrift shops, yard sales, flea markets and collection shows. Papa would scour each card. Gently caress the photo side, slowly turn it over, inspect the stamp, date and personal message. The he would flick it with a tap and nod his head approvingly and put it aside. Our newest find.
I never really understood Papa's fascination with post cards. They were post cards from people he did not know. Strangers. They were old and sometimes in a fragile state. Why did he collect these personal glimpses into strangers' lives?
At first I thought it was because he wanted the stamps for his stamp collection. This is partially true. Once home he would re-inspect the post card, and sometimes carefully remove the stamp and add it to his collection. Then, he would place the post card into an old show box. No post card was ever discarded or thrown out.
One day, as a teenager, I asked him why he liked collecting post cards of strangers. His reply did not mean that much to me then...but it does now.
He collected them because it was a glimpse into a happy time, an adventure, a happy moment. Few people send a post card full of sadness. Most cards end with, "Wish you were here!"
Years later I would recognize the importance of those post cards to my Papa. Most of the post dates were from the days, months and years he spent as a POW during WW2. How terrible that time must have been. The terror, pain, loneliness, despair and fear he must have faced in the prisoners camp.
Those post cards he handled so gently, so lovingly, so full of respect, were a way to leave those terrors behind, and see that in that time of horror, there were glimpses of love, laughter and good times. Life had been almost normal - somewhere. Proof that during a time when he was surrounded by death, destruction and may ham, there was light, happiness and life. And I think, he wished he had been there.
Today, I remember how my Papa would always be whistling. He whistled.
He would whistle as he worked, whistle as he walked, whistle as he drove. He whistled.
He whistled so much we sometimes forgot he was whistling.
He whistled when he was happy. He whistled when he was sad. He whistled.
He whistled to secretly communicate amongst his fellow POWs. He whistled to alert to danger. He whistled to keep his sanity. He whistled to give hope, faith and friendship in a dark time in a dark place. He whistled to proclaim the time was right to put their plans of escape into action. He whistled. He survived.
I am sad that I did not understand why he whistled. I am sad I did not hold onto his whistling and embrace it, cherish it and love it like I should have. I miss his whistling.
Today, I remember throwing cranapples at the squirrels trying to get into Papa' bird feeders.
Every morning he would sit in the front window, read the newspaper, drink his coffee and curse the damn squirrels for stealing the birdseed. Then he would get up, walk out the front door - I would scamper behind him. He would pick up a rotted cranapple from the ground, take aim and peg the pesky squirrel. I would grab some ammunition and stand at ready.
Years later, I look back, and I realize the power, the meaning behind Papa protecting his much loved birds and their birdseed. As a child, the symbolism of this act was lost on me. Now, I see a strong, brave, committed man caught in a fight. I now see the complexity of protecting, fighting and guarding what is ours.
Today I remember my Papa. Today I remember all those who have served and who are serving this great country.
Today, I remember.
Monday, November 10, 2008
All week I have been scrolling through the 393 recipe posts (yep, this site ROCKS!) and have decided to incorporate two great features from this site.
- Every week I am going to browse through the posts and find at least 3 new recipes to try in the coming week. This will allow me to broaden my meal offerings and expose my family to new, interesting and tasty meals. I also plan on reviewing many of the "hits" with my nutritionist and then continue to offer the healthy choices that fit into my new eating plan - how exciting new dishes, at least 3 times a week!
- I LOVE it when the recipe posts have links to the actual recipes. It makes it easier to steal recipes and plan your own meals and shopping lists. Therefore, moving forward, I will try to link to as many recipes as possible so that you can clink through as well. I will also try to feature one of my own recipes when appropriate!
Monday: My weight management course is on Monday this week, so hubby and the kids get an easy-peasy choice for dinner - they voted on pizza. So we are making homemade pizzas with ham, mushroom, orange pepper and peperoni.
Tuesday: Salmon Loaf with green beans. I got this recipe from Mom's Frugal menu plan. I am sure my family will love it - and it is easy to make too!
Wednesday: A Simple Walk posted a recipe for Curry Chicken Crepes and I just have to make it. It will be sooooooo tempting not taste any of it!
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner. This is a favorite of ours! I will make scrambled eggs, toast and a yogurt/fruit salad. The kids like it when I use the yogurt to make a face, the eggs for hair, fruit for eyes, ears and a mouth and toast as the collar of the shirt. It is silly but the kids love it!
Friday: Fish and Chips are a favorite on Friday. Currently I simply use the pre-breaded fish from Costco and trans fat free fries...I am thinking that once I transition back to real food I will have to come up with a low fat, healthier option! Any suggestions?
Saturday: Heart of the Servant posted this tasty recipe for Pork with Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Onions. As infants, my kids LOVED sweet potatoes, now they are a bit picky - so I am hoping this recipe turns them around!
Sunday: Even though I am not eating real food I like the idea of the nice Sunday dinner, like my mom always did when we were home. Our menu for Sunday will be Garlic and Mushroom Roast with Potatoes and Corn.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Mighty Morphin Mama - OK, if I could meet only one of my new bloggy-friends, it would be Mighty Morphin Mama - I idolize her and her blogs ROCKS!
Lunatic Fringe - She is desperate to win a popularity contest of ANY sort in her lifetime.
Don Mills Diva - The Diva and I met on-line when we were both first starting to blog. Her stories about her son, her journey as a mom and inspire me to find my inner-diva!
Lunatic Fringe - She is desperately seeking attention - she is learning how to throw temper tantrums from her 20 month diva - so, you better nominate her, or she may throw herself to the floor and start screaming!
Hella Stella - OK, a blog about a bulldog puppy, a brilliant musician, and a fun-no-kids-yet-life...I am living vicariously through Stella's wonderful stories, and just loving it!
Lunatic Fringe - Anyone who had 3 kids in 38 months deserves a prize...being nominated for a Canadian blog award will do just fine!
Speilmoms Ramblings - Shay is one busy super mom, homeschooling her 4 children, running, and just enjoying life in beautiful BC.
Lunatic Fringe - This loony blogger is on a weight loss journey like no other - she has lost almost 35 pounds since September...all through a medically supervised liquid diet...she would certainly savour the sweet taste of victory if you nominate her!
The Daley Stamper - Karen is a sweetheart of a friend. She is also one of the most talented card-making and scrapbooking people I know. Her passion for stamping is so pure and I love seeing her newest projects - She would be a perfect candidate for the best crafty blog.
Lunatic Fringe - Life's short - live on the fringe and take a chance on a loony Canadian blogger who is totally addicted to blogging!
You have until November 22 to make your nominations!
And if you do happen to nominate The Fringe, well, I would be humbly-honoured!
Well, excuse me while I go update my profile on Blogger to include the personality traits of self-adoring, self promoting, narcissistic, desperate to win something, soup-box preacher, and totally loony for a nomination!
OK - get - go nominate a deserving Canadian for a blogging award.
Edited to add - you do not need to be Canadian to nominate or vote...so, no excuses, for anyone! Now - GET!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Let me start off by saying that a liquid diet is not meant for everyone. Talk to your doctor, investigate your options, and then make an informed decision. Education is power!
1) Why did you decide to try a liquid diet?
A few months back I would have never guessed that I would even ponder a full liquid diet, let alone stuck to one! I remember in university, when I was a varsity athlete & in great shape, my roommates did Slimfast. I rolled my eyes at them!!!
I have always been active, especially with playing soccer. Last summer, I was not happy. I felt HUGE, slow, and ashamed of my body, and of my play. So, back in June I started talking to my doctor about options. We discussed exercise programs and dieting. I started different self-paced plans, but nothing was really coming together and I was getting more and more upset. I was trying to watch what I ate, exercising - but not loosing weight. I needed help.
My doctor suggested the program offered at our local hospital. Neither of us knew very much about it - so we started investigating. For the program you had to have over 50 pounds to loose.
After the application process I just knew this program was what I needed. It was extreme - but I felt I needed an extreme solution. I also began to see the benefits (for me) to move to a liquid diet and then have a controlled re-introduction to food. I also liked that this program had mandatory group and individual meetings and support from a range of professionals.
2) How does the program work?
You can get lots more info HERE.
Basically, you go onto a liquid only diet for 6 or 12 weeks, and then have a gradual re-introduction to food. You also have a series of routine medical tests including heart tests and blood work done to monitor your health. Weekly group meetings are mandatory for the first 26 weeks, then you move to a less structured follow-up plan. You also meet with a program doctor each week and have individual sessions with other health care professionals like dietitians, physical therapists and personal trainers.
This is how my plan is set up - it does varies from person to person. During the first week of the program I restricted my diet to 1200 calories of "normal" food. Then for 12 weeks I have 4 shakes a day - for a daily caloric intake of 900 calories. Then I will start to re-introduce real food. You gradually reduce the number of shakes you have each day and replace it with strict real-food options. For example, the first week of transition you have 3 shakes a day plus 1 cup of veggies and 1 serving of protein. When I get to transition I promise to write more...well, I will NEED to write more to get my head around it all!
3) What is the name of the shakes? Do they taste good? What flavours?
The actual product is called OPTIFAST and it is made by Nestle. In Canada it is actually a prescription. The Canadian program only offers 2 flavours of shake powders: chocolate and vanilla. You can use low calorie, or no-calorie extracts to flavour if you like - but I have decided to keep things simple.
I usually have 2 chocolate shakes a day, one vanilla shake a day and I also usually mix one vanilla shake with cold coffee once a day. I do not mind the taste. I did worry about how it would taste - but they are OK. You can adjust the amount of water used to change the consistency of the shake.
Some people use blenders, but I am lazy and use the hand shaker they gave us.
You have up to 20 calories to play with - many people use this as up to 1/4 cup of skim milk for their coffees, or to drink a cup of broth. I actually use the broth option to replace my salts if I have an extreme workout or soccer game where I sweat lots. It is actually quite refreshing and satisfying - can you friggin' believe I just wrote that about broth!?!?!?
The shake is perfectly balanced to meet all your nutrient needs. The goal is to provide your body with just enough calories to function and to get into a light state of ketosis. In ketosis your body is releasing ketones, which means you are burning stored fat. In ketosis you do not feel hungry - for real!!! I have found that I am not as moody or tired as before - my body has the fuel it needs and no junk in it. I am no longer artificially boosting my sugar levels to compensate. I actually feel GREAT!4) Do you miss food? Do you have any cravings?
There are times when I miss food - or more specifically chewing a variety of tastes. But, I am kind of liking the simplicity of the shakes. It is like a vacation from food. It is easy and instead of dwelling on the food I am missing, I think of what I am doing to take control and what I am learning.
The shakes are sweet - so I sometimes crave salty or some of the ethnic flavours I love. But, again, I try to stay focused and think to myself that right now, no food will taste as good as I am going to feel lighter and healthier. I have also discovered a bunch of decaf/herbal teas that give me a variety of flavours.
What I miss most is dinner time with my family. I have decided not to participate in the dinner hour - for personal reasons I decided I did not want my 3 young children to see me not eating. So, I make the meal, serve it and then escape - I either go for a walk, go to soccer, to the gym or go blog. Therefore, I do not miss food, but the social and family-bonding that takes place during food-related activities.
5) What have you learned so far?
Oh, I have learned so much about my old eating habits, old insecurities, and about the relationship I had with food. I have also learned a series of coping techniques and strategies for keeping the weight off. Look over to the right sidebar - I am starting a little list!
I am amazed at a few things:
- how little FUEL the body needs to work efficiently
- how easily other emotions can be mistaken for hunger
- how good I feel when I am not eating crap
- how much I use to eat BEFORE I ate - taste testing while cooking, snacking and stealing from the kids
- how I need accountability and I will ALWAYS need to watch my weight and work hard at maintaining a healthy weight, and
- how much I deserve to be happy, healthy, active, and to feel beautiful, inside and out.
Our weekly meetings cover a whole series of topics including portion controls, journalling, coping strategies, exercise programs, label reading and food preparation, and creating support systems.
I like how the behaviour specialist tells us that not everyone has will power - but you can have skill power to make the the right, informed, healthy decisions needed to succeed.
Another HUGE lesson I am learning each and every day is what foods I do not need. This is a bit of a strange concept to explain. Before, I believed totally in the "everything in moderation" theory. But I am plagued with the "all or nothing" mentality too...a deadly combination! I still believe in moderation, but my attitude has changed a bit. For example, it is OK to have a chocolate bar - but now I need to ask myself, do I REALLY want that chocolate bar. I really think my food choices will change. At the end of the 12 weeks I will have made it through multiple stresses, challenges and cravings without junk food or comfort food. Therefore, why do I need those bad food choices to help cope with life situations??? So, I have learned that there are foods just not worth having and that the high they gave me or the comfort they gave me was artificial. I now have new and better coping mechanisms.
I have learned so much...and have lots more to learn!
6) What is your weight goal?
Believe it or not, but my main goal is not number-oriented. Instead, I want to be healthy and fit. I want to have fun playing my soccer, be competitive in my soccer leagues, feel good about myself and enjoy being active with my family.
But in terms of pure numbers - my initial goal was to loose 10% of my body weight - I did that at week 7. Now I am working towards getting below 200 pounds. At the end of the 26 weeks I hope to have lost at least 50 pounds - then I will re-evaluate. I am never going to be 102 pounds - but I may decide to start maintaining a healthy, active 175 pounds. The program doctors have told me that 170-180 would be a good goal for me.
Realistically, results on this program can vary - but many people loose 10% of their starting weight by week 6 and then loose 5-10% again by week 12. Most people have an increase during transition, but then by monitoring their diet and following an exercise program they begin to loose again.
Well, this post is getting very long! I think the bottom line for me is that this program is working. It is a tough one - a strict one, and an extreme one - but the benefits, lessons learned and the successes I have had to date make it all worth it.
As you have read in previous posts, there have been challenges. But in the end, I know that I will meet my goals and I will be successful in maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. Failure is not an option. My love of life, my love for my wonderful husband and my amazing kids outweigh any struggle or challenge I may face.
Thank you all for your support.
For now, I will keep shaking, and keep loosing and learning and rediscovering myself.
Keep the questions and comments coming!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This afternoon I told him we should start planning his party.
He would like to invite Sebastien, Paul, Emily, Elizabeth, Avery, Ally, Alyson, Katie and Laurie,.
When asked what type of party theme he would like he replied, "a sweet home party".
A sweet home party?
DJ, do you want to have a tea party at home with all those girls for your birthday?
Nope. I want a party like the movie for my FAVORITE song. And I want ALL my girlfriends to come, like in the movie and we can wear our swimsuits! And we can dance!
CRAP! I should have never let him see this video before previewing it myself. You see, when this particular song comes on the radio, DJ go crazy. He LOVES it. So, one afternoon I searched YouTube and found the video...DJ scrambled onto my lap and we watched it together...now, my little boy wants a party, like in the video...
Daddy is proud, and Mommy, well, she now knows the importance of parental control and previewing videos before letting little eyes see them!
Sweet Alabama, the girls better watch out! Kid DJ is on the loose!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Last night I did not anticipate a big weekly weight loss - day 4 of my period (TMI!!!) - but was pleasantly surprised when the scales dipped by 5 pounds! Therefore, my total weight loss is now 33.5 pounds.
The transformation has begun!
This photo was taken in August - it is simply NOT a flattering photo - but it helped me decide to get serious and loose the weight - funny how powerful a photo can be!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The amount of support and encouragement that I am recieving from all my bloggy-friends is over whelming. Please - KEEP IT COMING - I need your support and encouragement. I so appreciate your comments and cheers. It is all helping me keep focased and motivated.
Yesterday also sparked a few questions. My inbox began to overflow with question marks! Everything from, "why did you decide on a liquid diet" to "what do the shakes taste like" to " do you have any cravings and how do you control them?".
One comment left yesterday by the wonderful, lovely and ever-brilliant blogger Mrs. Incredible at That's Life v 2.0 really made me stop and think.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Ghostly Ghost walking with pink crayon! We visited Daddy's work and the kids and their costumes were all the range. I also like this photo because DJ has always seen himself as Madigan's keeper - and this photo captures the love and respect they share.
Mags posing with our pumpkins. The kids and I had so much fun designing the pumpkins - but what we are really proud of is the fact that the three medium pumpkins were grown in our own garden!
The kids had a blast going to our friends' houses and trick-or-treating. All three are at a age where they ooze excitement. DJ and Anderson are all ready trying to decide what to be - at least I will have time to make their costumes!
Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe spook night.