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i’ve got da fevah!

i have a serious case of spring fever!

i don’t know how it is where you are, but in my neck of the woods…the weather has been absolutely gorgeous.
i think we reached a high of 18 degrees today!!
unfortunately my life is so crazy busy, i don’t even have time to look out the window let alone go outside and actually enjoy it.

i was on the phone working, trying to eat some lunch and taking a peek out the window – wishing i could be outside, feeling the sun on my face.
oh well – mamma’s gotta make a living right???

at the end of the day i got in to my car – and the whole drive home i had the windows down
it was heaven.
absolute heaven!!

i haven’t been to the gym this week.  i had every intention of going…
but with weather like this – i couldn’t bare the thought of being indoors.

all the things i had to do were floating through my head.  there was the general daily cleaning stuff still waiting for me
dinner had to be made, lunch and snacks etc etc etc
you know – i am going to make an amazing housewife some day 😉

anyways…

so – i decided to go back to my original work out.  my long walks.
this time i have my puppy as a companion – and she gives me a good run for my money let me tell you.
i live in such a beautiful part of the city – there is always something to see – some critter to meet.
i love it here…so i want to explore it as much as i can.

i am still sore from Zumba class the other night
my crazy instructor had me doing some crazy moves with my hips
crazy i tell ya
she’s crazy!!!  (in a totally good way)
and in case you are wondering – nope…i still don’t have rhythm.
and yup…i still don’t care
lol

i feel a walk in my whole body.  i ache and am a little sore and i love it!
not only is it good for me…but it’s good for my crazy hyper puppy – who generally doesn’t get enough exercise during the week.
so it’s a win-win

the house is finally settled.
i am ready for my day tomorrow.

my neighbours are sitting outside relaxing by candlelight
i think i am going to pour myself a glass of wine and follow their lead
how could i not.

 



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sometimes never really does mean never

my puppy is going through another growth spurt against my will.
sigh.
so with the growth spurt comes the extra visits out doors.  she is eating and drinking like a maniac – and so there have been many mad dashes to avoid messes.

so the other night – my poor baby really had to go.
i mean i had to run behind her to get her out asap.

there is about 10 feet from the pavement to the grass.  we ran down the stairs and ran across the pavement.
and that’s when it happened.

my ankle completely locked up for two consecutive steps.
it was painful and i had to stop and breathe, otherwise i am sure i would have screamed.  i don’t think my neighbours would have appreciated that after midnight.
i proceeded to limp through the walk – and woke up the same way.
today i am ok.

my point?  i always have one.

my dream to run again is just not going to happen.
and that’s ok.
it has to be ok.

to be honest i am surprised i haven’t seriously injured myself just walking.
i walk fast.  years of trying to keep up with other people with my really short legs 🙂
i don’t know how many times in a day…my ankle either locks or completely gives out.
i am telling you – i am the vision of grace.  i don’t think i have ever met anyone more clumsy on their feet than me.
if you know me in real life – you know i’m not lying!

For thanksgiving – i was wearing brand new flip flops.  my ankle completely gave out and i turned over on it with such force – i ruined my flip flops.
i loved those flip flops.

i gave up on running when i got hit by the car(s)
eventually i became ok with it.  i found other things to do to make me feel good and occupy my time.
i guess i recently got excited about the possibility of starting up again, since i’ve been making really great strides in my physical health ya know?
it just kinda bums me out.  it’s like when you tell me i can’t do something…i go outta my way to prove you are wrong.

i can’t do it this time.  all it will prove is that i am an idiot and i will probably end up being one with the sidewalk.
who wants that?

i am glad i got the nerve up to get a bike and ride it.  i am glad that i actually enjoy going to the gym.
so it’s ok.
the control freak in me will get over this eventually.
but it still does suck a bit.

the lesson i learned today?  that sometimes never, really does mean never.

c’est la vie

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what a lovely day for a walk

yesterday, i decided to put my running shoes in the closet and take out the Skechers.
yup…i skipped the gym to go for a nice long walk!
not only is that great exercise, but i knew it would make the puppy ridiculously happy.  i mean that’s how i started this journey, 5 mile walks and turbo jam – and i was successful.  so why not do things that work for me?
besides the temperature outside was purrrfect for a walk.  18 degrees, slight breeze…soooo nice!

and so off we went.

i learned quite a few things while taking my hour long speed walk.

like, with a puppy…there is no such thing as a leisurely stroll.  that’s not a bad thing…but man is my puppy crazy!!!!  well – she is a puppy so crazy is just part of her make up…so there were a few times that i had to hold her back so i could keep up…and keep from cramping up!!!

i also learned that “being active” is all relative.  for over a year and a half, being active has been a huge part of my life.  i’d like to think that i am in pretty good shape and can do alot.  i gotta tell you though, last night was as if i was going for a walk for the first time in my life!  My calves were on fire…and then finally 45 minutes into it…i was just numb.
I can only assume that there is a big difference from the elliptical and bike – to walking.
i feel wonderful today – not nearly as sore i had thought…so that’s good!

walking apparently is awesome for a headache!  i think because of the drastic weather change i had a terrible headache yesterday.  just the thought of doing weights and bouncing on an elliptical made me cringe.
shortly after i started my walk…the headache dissipated.  it came back full force once i got home – but the point is…it went away!

there is always time to chase squirrels and birds…and it’s always fun trying to eat a crab apple (this was what my puppy learned lol)

i was pretty much done by the time i got home.
as i was getting dinner prepped – the puppy was running laps in the house.  yes that is correct.  here i thought that perhaps a good walk would burn off some of the energy…but no…she was still go go go!!!!

she finally settled down and seemed so happy…and that makes me happy.

i am not the only one who needs a good run.  knowing that it’s good for both of us makes me a happy bee 🙂

by bed time she was snuggled into me snoring 🙂

aren’t we precious lol

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road trippin’

i am running away
no, not forever…one could only wish

i am heading out of the city for a couple of days
for a much deserved and much needed break from real life

mamma’s tired kids.

i am looking forward to not cooking dinner, not doing laundry, not walking a dog, not going to the gym, not waking up at some god awful hour –  not being a responsible adult for a little bit.
i am going somewhere where i will be taken care of…
where the only worry i will have is what restaurants to eat at and if they have that top in blue
yesssss….there will be shopping!!!!
maybe i will find the dress there unexpectedly too!!
where someone will leave chocolates on my pillow and make my bed
i will get some exercise in…what with all the shopping and site seeing 🙂
yay me!!!!!
i cannot wait!
ohhhhhh and there may just be swimming – better pack the bikini just in case.
(and if you are reading this jm, you may even get a skivvie pic outta this trip lol)

i love nothing more than getting into a car and road trippin’  it…singing songs at the top of my lungs, smiling ear to ear..with my feet on the dashboard sippin’ on my iced coffee – and of course amazing company! (that’s probably the best part of it all)

road trips rock my socks!!!!

Have a most amazing weekend – i’ll see you on the flip side!

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the dog days of summer

this picture was taken a couple of months ago…but thought it was a great one to share since i do believe we will be hitting temperatures around 105 yet again today.

this is puppy’s first cone experience…on a beautiful pre-spring day.

i am living vicariously through her today 🙂

this song has been stuck in my head since last night.  go ahead..listen to it.  i double dog dare ya.

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amazing restraint

usually grocery shopping is an enjoyable experience for me.
i love buying ingredients and coming up with an amazing end result.

yesterday was not one of those days.

i was determined to roast a chicken.  i had a recipe i just had to try.
the cooking time wasn’t that long…

so i picked up all the veggies and spices i required for this recipe…
getting more excited by the minute.
that alone took me a good half hour.

the last thing i needed was the chicken…so off to the poultry section i went.
the recipe calls for a 3 pound chicken.
all the chickens there were about 6- 7 pounds.
not a big deal right?  just double the ingredients and cooking time.
well…i don’t know about you, but i do not have 3.5 hours to waste on cooking during a weekday.
hell i barely have that time on a weekend!

so i had to go put back every single ingredient and spice i had picked up and start fresh.
what the hell was i gonna make now?  i had no back up plan.
i debated buying a big ass tub of ben and jerrys… but didn’t

i figured it out quickly and ran around the grocery store and grabbed everything i needed.
as i was running through the aisles like a mad woman i noticed coke zero on sale…but you had to buy 2 cases.
i’m just little so i knew i would struggle carrying all that but helllloooo…it was a sale, and i am a coke zero addict.
i ran up to pay….and put all my items on the belt…and noticed that i accidentally picked up chicken noodle soup instead of cream of chicken.
all the items went back in my basket, one case of pop under one arm, the other in my hand…and an over flowing basket in the other.
i ran back and i got the right soup…and went running to the check out…
and as i was running oh so gracefully…the case of coke zero ripped open.  it was like a slow motion movie.
my legs did some funky move…as my knee came up to try and stop the cans from falling out…
i saved the day…however i am pretty sure i pulled a muscle or 12…and entertained my fellow shoppers.

drama over, i went home.  i cracked open a beer (leftover from Friday) and calmed down for a moment.
i didn’t want to cook my dinner with hate and resentment ya know.

dinner turned out to be crazy yummy…so in the end…it was all worth it.

i rushed and got dressed and headed to the mall.  i had to return a phone i purchased on Saturday…cause i didn’t like it.  it wasn’t working for me.  the guy said i had 14 days to exchange it…so off i went.

did i mention i am pms’d?
i think that would be important to know…so you can grasp my mood.

i gave the phone to the sales guy, explained my issue – no problem – all was well – he went off to get the phone i wanted.
then he asked if i used over 30 min on the phone.  i said i have no idea
then he gets on the phone to call my cellular provider to find out how many minutes i used…which i thought was weird.
anyways..dood comes back and says “here’s the problem”
because i signed up between billing periods, he won’t be able to tell me how many minutes i used for at least 3 days.  so he cannot give me a different phone AND i can’t use my phone for 3 days, until i find out how many minutes i’ve used.

i guess what they failed to mention to me when i purchased the phone was if you go over 30 minutes you are no longer entitled to an exchange.
i later learned it was only because the company that sold me the phone would have to incur the charge.

not my problem.

i returned my phone within my 14 day time frame…and would like another phone please and thanks.
he said no.

umm…i don’t think so.

so i got on the phone with my cellular provider…ya know…cause i have that sort of time and the need to be that irritated.
i did mention i was pms’d right?

i got transferred 3 times.  3rd times a charm.  this gentleman totally fought for my right to paartayyy…i mean he told me that this company was LYING and they could not deny me a new phone.

2 hours later…i got the phone i wanted.  it wasn’t the sales dood’s fault..but he wasn’t being helpful.
i did my best to seem pleasant and lovely…all the while seething and giving off way more attitude than i intended.
he gave me my phone…i retracted my cat claws and off i went.

did i mention this store was right across from Laura Secord…and a few stores down from Cinnabons???
did i mention i am pms’d?

i escaped the mall and went home to pick up the pup and take her to the park.
she needed to burn off energy and i needed puppy love.

she was having a ball…and i was being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
damn ankle biters
when i started smacking my head and doing my mosquito dance…i knew it was time to go home.  i didn’t want to embarrass the pup in front of her friends you know.
i felt creepy crawlers all over my skin for the whole drive home.
brrrrrrrr.

did i mention i pass a Dairy Queen on my way home?
Did i mention i stopped at McDonald’s and only got an iced coffee?
no cone, no apple pie…no McFlurry?
just an iced coffee.

do you know how hard that is for a pissed off hormonal woman??????

by the time i got home and settled it was almost 10
stayed up a while to unwind and took the puppy for a late night pee
and then collapsed.

my alarm didn’t go off this morning – or i slept right through it..or i beat the crap out of it in my sleep

so i was late
if someone offers me a chocolate bar…i may just eat it.

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mr. sun you tease me

i am sure i repeat myself on this blog
it’s bound to happen when you have over 300 posts!
wow…crazy ehh?

i am working from home today…which i know i have talked about before.
believe it or not, i prefer going in to the office.
everything i need is at my finger tips and on a really busy day it’s just easier.
besides…i don’t need to fend for myself when it comes to lunch…someone makes it for me!

sometimes though…there is nothing better than waking up, brewing my coffee and starting up the computer
in my jammies and bed head 🙂
today would be one of those days.

but the sun is teasing me and asking me to come outside and play.

knowing i was working from home…i did not go grocery shopping last night
being at home – gives me ample opportunity to eat…just because.
the fridge is feet away…and c’mon i gotta stretch my little legs…and my stomach lol

i am going to pick up some chicken and veggies for lunch me thinks
then….perhaps a Starbucks coffee and take a walk around the lake with the puppy.
i am never here during the day so this must feel like xmas for her!
besides…what better opportunity to get a little sun kissed.

these are the little luxuries i have when i work from home.

i gave up my gym day today to meet up with some people after work…
we are meeting at my favourite wing place.
i don’t know these people – and so i will not be eating my wings.

i am there to charm and wow…
nothing says charming like suckin’ on a chicken bone with sauce all over your face
lol
hawwwwt!
salad it is…and a gym make up day tomorrow – if i am not exhausted from shopping till i drop of course 🙂
i think the outlet malls in Niagara Falls are calling my name!!

Happy Friday my friends, have an awesome weekend!

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a day off? really?

i started to stir in bed at around 5am – there is nothing more annoying than that
when you can sleep…and are not.

i don’t make lists on paper…unless it’s a long list for the grocery store
all my lists are in my head
and hence the reason i started to wake up at 5.  i started to think of all the things i wanted and needed to do today.
i forced myself to go back to sleep – but when the puppy vomited all over my bed – it was game over.

today is my day off…although i wouldn’t know it.
i was downstairs throwing laundry in before my eyes were even open
can i just say…it is illegal how much laundry i can accumulate in a week.  i think i have a problem.
never mind the extreme rage i seem to get when i do my laundry downstairs – opposed to leaving the premises to do it
people have zero laundry etiquette and i am forced to become one of those angry volatile women
oy.
i have successfully put my clothes in the washer without hurting anyone…the dryer could be a whole other story.

i took today off of work to get things done.
sad isn’t it?
a full day off will help me battle all those things that get left behind
after laundry, will be a much needed oil change.
then cleaning…
i am so domestic it hurts lol

i might just go surprise someone at lunch…cause i love surprising people 🙂
and if time allows i may even fit in a trip to the doggie park
maaaybe

i was out of control this weekend
completely
i ate things i haven’t in well over a year.
but i also went out and had an awesome time with awesome people…so it all balances out.

not sure if the gym is going to get on my list of things to do today…
but with all the running around and sweating in that damn laundry room – i think i will be ok.

my weekend of fun and food cheating was worth me being a domestic  goddess today.
no regrets

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this could only happen to me

sometimes i have to blog because i cannot believe what happens in my life
i wanna write it down before i forget!

i wasn’t sure whether to post this here or at the blog next door – but since it is “health” related…here we go.

i don’t know about your neck of the woods, but over where i am…we had such a gorgeous day.
i cannot remember the last time i actually saw the sun…it was just beautiful here!

today was also gym day…and the idea of walking into a NON air-conditioned gym just made me unhappy.
i can tell you i will NOT be renewing my membership.

anyways.

so i thought, why not go for a long walk.  you know, like the walks i took before winter set in.
the walks that helped me lose a bulk of my weight and gave me this gorgeous ass 🙂

the puppy has a ton of energy and i wanted to see how far she could go…
and so off we went.

it was sunny…blue skies gorgeous out there.  i was wearing my shades…life was good.

about half an hour in to my walk…it started to rain.  it was actually quite nice.
a light warm rain…
i love, love love walking in a summer rain.

but then things got crazy.

the sky went black.
and we were in the middle of a torrential down pour.
i mean i couldn’t see it was raining so hard.

then, the puppy vomited…twice.
no rhyme no reason…
and she had three poops and i had two poop bags…you do the math.

did i also mention i was in the middle of a torrential down pour?

we were at least a half hour away from home…and it was not letting up.

i am not sure if i mentioned that my puppy is a diva
i have no idea where she got that from!!
so she decided she had enough and stopped dead in her tracks and just sat on the sidewalk
she wasn’t budging.
i got her to move under a tree…that really provided no shelter…
my phone was getting soaked…and i was sure it was going to die.

after some coaxing i was able to convince her we had to go.
we started walking…very fast…and i heard yelling.
the yelling would not stop.
as i turned around…two ladies were motioning me over to their house…
they offered us to wait it out on their porch with them

i almost said no…i have no idea why…but i ran over and thanked them over and over.

we made small talk, they loved the puppy…and then finally one of the ladies offered me her umbrella so we could get home.

how amazingly sweet????

the rain let up a little bit so i decided to give the lady her umbrella back and race it home.
they offered me a towel…and also said if i were ever back by the house to stop by for some asparagus they were growing in their garden.

i thanked them again and was honestly a little overwhelmed at the kindness of these 2 strangers.

we made it home.  soaked to the bone.
i peeled off my clothes…dried my hair and put on my fat pants.
i looked in the mirror and thought i looked absolutely amazing with my waterproof mascara running down my face…
i am surprised i didn’t terrify those wonderful women!!

as i walked in to the main room, i looked out the window.

no rain.
nothing but blue skies and sunshine.

just my luck.

i am done.  officially home bound to chill out and enjoy the quiet solitude.
the puppy is beside me shaking, and i am all bundled up in my sweats…and it’s 20 degrees out there.
oy vay.

i deserve an iced coffee…but knowing my luck, as soon as i walk out the door…i may get struck by lightening.

maybe the gym wasn’t a bad idea after all.

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the battle of the belly

i don’t know what is wrong with me..but i have been soooo hungry these past couple of weeks.
i am talking famished.

i am not over eating or anything, at least i have that in check…
but my body is restless.
my belly wants food all the time.

this has happened on more than one occasion, but i was laying in bed last night..my tummy began to talk back.
i mean loud grumbling that woke up my puppy and put her in protective mode.
yes that’s right…she started growling back at my belly.
there i was laying in bed laughing at myself.  good times 🙂

i have woken up in the middle of the night…half asleep i raid the fridge…
everything requires some sort of prep…so i settle for some water and head back to bed.

i am pretty sure i know what’s going on.

i have been more free with my carb in take.  no, nothing insane…just introducing some stuff back in to my life…and i think my body is telling me i’m adding too much too fast.

since i stopped eating yogurt at home…i started eating it at work.  this is a fruit yogurt with fresh fruits and granola.  i am sure the yogurt is packed with sugar…and no…i don’t feel guilty for eating a little granola…but i think the sugar is making me hungry!  these yogurt parfaits are made fresh in the morning, so there is no nutritional info listed…so who knows how much sugar i am really consuming.

i had some rye toast on a breakfast date this past weekend…but again…i don’t feel guilty about it…but i think my body is having a hard time processing what’s going on.

it’s time i pulled out the ol’ Atkins book.

although i still wouldn’t mind if i lost a pound or two, that is no longer my focus.  i’ve been able to maintain my weight loss for some time…and i am pretty sure the gym is the reason.  i think that by working out…my options concerning food have opened up.
the gym is just going to be a reality for the rest of my life…and i love it enough to be ok with that.

but in the mean time…i want to start incorporating more foods in to my life.  it’s time.
i’ve been unusually scared of this place – the “maintenance” stage…and i have been putting it off.
in the past…i’ve come to this point, only to turn around and ruin everything i worked so hard for…
not this time.  there is no room in my life for failure.

so i am going to have a hot date with mr. atkins tonight…lay in bed and curl up with his book and read up on the maintenance stage.
lets hope my belly, and the puppy don’t duke it out!

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