Thursday, 10 July 2014

Lost and Found

Sasamat Lake
My after work ritual in the summer is to pretty much head to the beach quickly and as often as I possibly can. Yesterday was no different. We don't always stay for very long since the mountains quickly block the sun before it sets. But it is worth it to get in an hour of swimming with the After Work Dock Crew.

Apparently yesterday was supposed to be the coolest day over the next two weeks. I am so down with that. Especially if it means that I get to finish off more days on the dock.

Losing My Fitbit
Once I got home from the beach, I checked my fitbit, and my steps for the day were on the low end. After some trash talking from my friends who also just bought fitbits, I decided that I needed to get some more walking in. So I headed to the track at the end of my street for some power walking.

When I got to the track, I decided that I should figure out how many steps it was all the way around. That way I would know how many laps I need to do to hit my 10,000 steps. Once I had that figured out, I guess I didn't reattach the fitbit to my bra properly: it fell off.

At least I knew that it had to have fallen off on the track. It was both a blessing and a curse that I checked my track steps. On the one hand, I knew the fitbit was 100% on the track, so my search could be much more focused. But if I hadn't checked it in the first place, I probably wouldn't have lost it.

Since I didn't start my track walking until after 10pm, it was already dark when I started walking. Frantically I walked the track at least four more times with my eyes glued to the ground. I rallied the other track walkers into helping me look for it to no avail.

My fitbit was gone.

Losing It
Losing my fitbit sent me into a downward spiral. I knew that I couldn't live without my fitbit. But I didn't want to have to tell anyone that I lost it either. I would have to buy a new one and hope that I could seamlessly link the accounts. I couldn't let all of my trash talking from earlier go to waste!

The irony is, I'm sure I hit at least 10,000 steps looking for the darn thing.

After about four laps, I finally gave up hope. I had a just in cast Five Dollars on me, so I walked down to Safeway to buy something I shouldn't have.

I'm not sure if I was doing it to make myself feel better or to punish myself. A bit of both I suppose. I ended up buying two donuts and a four pack of mini brownies. Thankfully I didn't have any more money on me.

I was extremely embarrassed when I got to the cashier and realized that it was an acquaintance/friend of mine. It's hard enough going through a stranger cashier when I am in binge mode: it's a million times worse when it is someone you know. But I really wanted those damn donuts.

I ate the two donuts on the walk back to my apartment. They were awful and amazing at the same time. I didn't end up eating the brownies. Instead when I got home I threw them to the top of one of my cabinets that I can't reach.

Found
5:00 AM came far too quickly this morning. But I wanted to get back to the track as soon as I possibly could. I wanted to make sure I was there before the hard core runners got out there.

The whole time I was walking towards the track I kept repeating to myself "I am going to find it," over and over again. And I did. It was about halfway around the track, right in the middle of the lane. I'm actually surprised I missed it last night.

Waking up at 5:00 AM wasn't all that bad. Of course it was nice to get to crawl back into my bed for another couple of hours. But I could see myself waking up earlier and getting my walk on. It's opened up a new world for me: morning exercise. Something I've only ever heard of and never experienced. I always that it was an urban legend or a fairy tale.

Have you ever found anything that you thought was lost forever?

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Wednesday Post

My Fitbit stats for the week ending July 6, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday is not agreeing with me this week. I am up .8lbs... It was actually worse first thing this morning, but I'm not going to get all TMI on here. I know I didn't have the best week. There were a couple of slip ups. But I didn't have the worst week either.

When I compare this week to last week, I can really see why I lost more last week. This week I only burned 3265 more calories than I ate, whereas last week I burned 6135 more. But, I was far more active this week. That's the only area that was better last week. Every single other category was improved. So at least I am doing something right. At least I have something to work towards next week: Having improvements in ALL of the categories.

Last Tuesday I finally had my first 10,000 steps day! There must be something about Tuesdays, because I beat that record last night.



Weigh In Wednesday 

How did you do this week?

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Monday, 7 July 2014

The Frozen Sorbet Burglar


My aunt just sent me a weird text message.

"Hey Less, we were just having those frozen sorbet desserts and we were surprised that it was short two pina coladas... hmmmmm"

I don't understand what is going on here.

Am I not allowed to have a frozen sorbet?

My mom bought them almost two months ago for a family barbeque that we had at my parents' summer home. There ended up being too much food so we didn't end up bringing them out.

I went back up to the house a few weeks later with one of my best friends. We spent three glorious days chillin' and relaxin'. It was hot. We floated. And over three days, I had two coconut sorbets. Totally normal, nothing excessive (believe me, it could have been worse).

And that brings us to today. A month later and I get a weird text about them.

The problem with texting is that you don't know the tone. Was she trying to be funny? Was she annoyed?

It was probably somewhere in the middle. I would guess that somebody really wanted that flavour (which isn't even the flavour that she mentioned was missing, btw), and they were pissed that it wasn't there. So I, being the obvious culprit, was on the receiving end of a joke/accusation text. Lovely.

I shouldn't let it bother me, but I am sensitive about food.

I'm especially sensitive today. I gave into my cravings and had more than I should have. I was already feeling guilty about it, and the weird text just added to those feelings.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Happy Fourth!

My Forever Best Friend and I
 To me, the Fourth of July is always first and foremost my forever best friend's birthday. I always thought it was funny that her birthday was on the fourth, because for most of my life she was my only friend who had ever lived South of the border (she grew up in Boston before making Vancouver home).

So Happy Birthday to my Forever Best Friend and Happy Birthday to a Country that brings so many great things.

Great things like...

1. Mindy Kaling. She is my homegirl.

2. Good Television.


3. The Plus size section at the Forever 21 in Las Vegas. I pretty much buy out that section every time I visit Sin City.

4. Broadway! Best. Thing. Ever.


5.  Affordable alcohol. I can buy two bottles of Apothic Red for LESS than the price of one bottle at home. Now if that isn't a travesty, I don't know what is.

Allieology 

I decided to link up with the blog everyday challenge because I need a push to blog more and I am always up for meeting new people.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Weekly

I have been on track for exactly one month now. I started to refocus prior to that, but I feel really good about the last 30 days. I'm on a 31 day streak with logging into My Fitness Pal. Of those 31, there were only two days where I didn't end up logging everything. I was on vacation. I don't feel bad about it. 

I had been getting a bit annoyed with my body because it felt like even though I was trying my hardest, the scale was barely moving. The last two weeks both had a loss of less than a pound, which left me feeling slightly frustrated. 

But I kept on keeping on. I am so thankful that I didn't give up. This week I am down 3.6lbs from last week.

I'm just a couple of pounds away from being at my lowest weight of 2014. Which means I am almost finished playing catch up.

I am also just a few pounds away from being able to wear all of the cute summer clothes that I bought last year when I was at one of my lowest weights.

Fitbit Stats for the week of June 23 - 29, 2014
My eating has been pretty on point. I have been following that hypnosis plan after all. Today will probably be the last day for that because I am all out of then chicken that I made for my breakfasts. But it has been working really well. I haven't been hungry at night at all. I have been finding that I will set aside foods that I will be allowed to have in the evening, but most of the time I don't end up eating all of them.

I definitely need some improvement in the moving more category. I do love that I have a weekly analysis like this from fitbit. It really shows the numbers in black and white. I am definitely motivated to have a better week next week. I am already on my way. Yesterday I finally hit the 10000 steps in a day. 

Weigh In Wednesday
How was your weekly weigh in?

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Happy Canada Day - eh!


We eat Smarties, you eat M&M's
And you think all our money looks pretend
Ya, we got Bryan Adams, but hey, you got Bruce Springsteen
But we can drink in bars when we're just nineteen

- Stronger Beer by Tim Hicks

Happy Canada Day!

I am so thankful for this day off. It's going to be sunny and gorgeous out. It's a bit unfortunate that it happens to fall on Tuesday, but that's life. I didn't really have a full weekend anyway since I had to work. So I got overtime AND two days off this week. It really worked out.

I'm not sure what the day will bring. I am trying to decide between going boating with my parents or going to the beach. Right now I am leaning towards beach time. I haven't had a good beach day in a long time. Plus, I haven't been to my favourite spot yet this year. A travesty!

Tonight I will be celebrating my country's 147th Birthday at a cute little park on the ocean with some good friends and probably a few beers.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Hypnosis Synopsis

Biggie Biggie Biggie can't you see
Sometimes your words just hypnotize me
And I just love your flashy ways
Guess that's why they broke, and you're so paid (uh)


- Hypnotize by Notorious BIG


Like me, my mother also struggles with her weight. Unlike me, she is always looking for the next quick fix. I can't tell you how many times I have gone to visit her and received a random package or gotten an email about some magic pill that I have to try. When she saw that there were Weight-Loss Hypnosis classes available on Groupon (for 92% off!), of course she signed us up.

At first I tried to get out of it, but she wasn't having any of that. So I sacrificed a Saturday night to hang out with my mother and 30 strangers.

I have to say, it wasn't as bad as I expected. I liked the hypnotist. She told us how she had recently lost 100lbs and is now in the maintenance phase of her journey. It wasn't all cheese and corn. There was a bit of meat to her pitch.

I also liked the fact that everyone there is struggling with something similar. I can see the appeal of group therapy now (although I still don't think I would ever have the guts to try it).

We did 4 hypnotic sessions focusing on weight loss.
  • We focused on the body that we want to have.
  • We imagined our go to binge food covered in something disgusting.
  • We pictured ourself taking off our fat suit and destroying it.
  • We overcame a wall to get to our skinny selves on the other side.
I was pretty skeptical of the whole experience. But I have to admit that there might be something to it. One of the things she kept telling us during hypnosis was that we were going to have a great night's sleep and wake up alert. The next morning, I woke up and got right out of bed. That is something that I NEVER do. I don't even do that on days when I have to go to work.

I do still have the nasty image that I created of ice-cream covered in green slime in my head. I haven't craved it at all. Sure, it's only been two days.

Of course, the reason they offer the program so cheaply is because they want to sell you things. Of course, my mother being my mother bought four cds, along with the two that we got for free. You are supposed to listen to the cd for at least 21 days and then move on to another one.

The program also gave out diet advice. Now this girl is not a nutritionist, but she still had a very specific plan that you are expected to follow.

Breakfast: 4-5 oz of protein. No carbs! No smoothies! You need to chew something.
Snack: More protein. For example: cheese string or a handful of nuts. Do not skip!
Lunch: 4-5 oz of protein and vegetables.
Snack: Protein and fruit. For example: Fruit and yogurt.
Pre-Dinner: Shot of grape juice 30 minutes before dinner.
Dinner: One serving of anything.
Snack: Fruit or protein. Preferably a citrus fruit. Mix 1/2 shot of grapefruit juice with a cup of water to sip on.

I was less stoked about this part. She told us that our homework is to try it for three days to see how we like it. I wasn't going to do it, but then my mom convinced me that I could try it for three days. I have been doing really well with my food intake for the past month, so I didn't feel like I needed to change anything. I realized that I can pretty much fit this plan into what I am already doing. I just have to switch my current meals around a bit.

If you are looking to try something different, I would definitely recommend the Living Lite program to you. It's not that much money, and I do feel pretty motivated after walking away from it. I'd give it a B+.

Have you ever tried hypnosis?