WI Wednesday: Satisfaction


Good evening folks!
The countdown is on! I only have three more WI’s before my surgery. Will I lose all the weight that Dr. B wanted me to? Nope. Did I do my best? Most likely not, but I did what I could with what I had. Stress and pressure and stress.

I was up just slightly tonight, that’s thanks to PMS. I was all planned to skip the WI altogether but my pals on Facebook and Twitter talked me down off that ledge. It’s a far braver thing to pony up to the scale on a bad week than it is a good one.

Tonight we talked about getting satisfaction in what we eat. However, that becomes a tricky concept. Satisfaction, to some, is not the same to others.

Some are like my picture, and the satisfaction comes from the senses. Did it look good? Does it taste amazing? Do I love this food? It becomes a plethora of senses as you dig into say a chocolate caramel cheesecake, or a big deep dish pizza. There is no thought to what this food will help your body do. There is no consideration of what the scale will say when you step on it after you’ve been ‘satisfied’. That satisfaction is pure and in the moment and right away now in my mouth.

However, we talked more about the other side of satisfaction. Deciding if this food would satisfy us for a longer period of time or a shorter one, and then making the best decision for what we want. For example, I have been really enjoying Country Harvest (www.countryharvest.com) Flax with Quinoa bread. Two slices have 6g of fibre in them. Those stay with you. I know what you’re thinking; oh my GOD she doesn’t eat the weight maintenance breads, or the WW ones.
NO. Just NO.
If I’m going to eat bread folks, I want to eat bread. Not a bread joke. I will pay the 4ppts that 2 slices of this bread is on WW because it will stay with me almost 4 whole hours. Like seriously not hungry at all, after that with on fried egg.

So, this doesn’t mean you spend your life eating whole grain bread and kale and broccoli and artichokes, because they are full of fibre and therefore better for you and therefore need to be consumed to be healthy.
Be real friends, we don’t like in a world with a pink sky.

It’s ok to mix both definitions of satisfaction. I know, freaky right? If you can’t find a way to enjoy your food and get all the kinds of satisfaction from them you can, then you won’t be able to get to a healthy place.

Some days are harder to balance the two than others (she says eyeing the cup of chocolate on the counter and drooling only a little)

Until later.

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Friend Making Monday: Random Questions


I know you all love the random question weeks, this week is a variation on that. This week the questions come to you from Stephanie who blogs over at Athlete at Heart. I was lucky enough to meet the her at Fitbloggin last year. Thank you for this weeks awesome questions.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Favorite things.

1. Favorite color? (be specific… what shade of blue/green/red etc)

Favorite is purple, the shade at http://www.teamintraining.org

2. Favorite piece of clothing you own?

Right now, it’s my TD hoodie. I love it. Roomy and comfy and warm.

3. Favorite smartphone app?

Instagram and my banking app to get my bills paid fast!

4. Favorite city?

Easy. Sydney Nova Scotia.

5. Favorite strength training exercise?

I did a kettle bell class once. That was actually pretty awesome. Torture, but awesome.

6. Favorite vegetable?

When it cooks properly, TURNIP. I could live on turnip.

7. Favorite hair product? (shampoo, styling, conditioner etc)

I’m a whatever’s on sale kinda girl.

8. Favorite animal?

I love my kitty.

9. Favorite superhero?

That’s easy too. SUPER GROVER!!!

10. Favorite recipe? (share the details with us)

Southwest Pot Roast.
3lb beef roast
2 bags of baby carrots
8 red potatoes
1 jar of salsa

Add potatoes to bottom of a slow cooker, then put the roast in the middle. Pour the carrots around the roast, then pour the salsa over it all.
Cook on low for 8 hours.

Until later!

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Sunday Confessional: on pushing

Confession: most things we don’t want to do, end up being great experiences.

This weekend I did something I said I was never going to do. However, on Sunday at 3:30 I was glad I did it.

I promised myself, when I had kids, that wouldn’t push them to do anything that they didn’t want to do when it came to their Faith. I gave them choices, and I had to learn to live with it.
They would attend Sunday school, but I wouldn’t push them to do more than that and attend Sunday Mass. Once they were confirmed the rule is they either get involved with the youth programs and attend Mass with them, or they go with me with no arguing. So far, I have great kids who attend Mass regularly.

So, when this New Life for Teens retreat was proposed at church I didn’t think to push Thing2 to attend. However, after talking with another parent I pushed Thing2 and basically told her she was going.

She was cranky about it, and I got eye rolling and huffy noises. I dropped her off and when I picked her up on Friday night, it wasn’t promising. There was too much “chatter” she said, not the interaction she was hoping for.
Even worse, she had to be up at the crack of Dawn the next day. Bribery of Tim’s break kid got her up. Then I wouldn’t see her again until Sunday afternoon.
When I saw her today, she was laughing and smiling and carrying on with her Church friends. I saw her making connections with kids outside her regular social group, and I knew I did the right thing.

Will I push her to go to anything else?? Probably not, I want to wait and see what she’ll do with it all.

Do I hope she takes this and fosters her new friendships…..hell yeah!

However, if she goes back to just coming to Mass with me, that’s ok too.

Confession: I have freaking awesome kids

Oh wait, lol, no confession needed for that!!!!

Until later!

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My Saturday in Pictures!


Up at the crack of Dawn to drop Thing2 off at her Church retreat.


I managed to coerce this picture out of her by buying her breakfast!


Then picked up this beauty for tomorrow. We will need the leftovers for the kids through the week, with hubby on 13hr days for a month.


Then off with hubs to an eye appointment. Now will need progressive lenses, but bought an awesome pair of funky purple frames to make me feel better.


Now, with Thing1 at work, hubs is having a guys night, and Thing2 at Church, I am home alone watching the second Hobbit movie’s special features. Bliss!! No one but me likes the special features.

Until later!

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WI Wednesday: Is it Worth it?


Good evening!!

I was up this week, but it didn’t matter! I got some good news today and it totally trumped my gain.

I found out my surgery date: May 13th.

My last official day at work will be May 6th to allow for pre-op visits and such. There will be a lot to do before the actual surgery date. I also found our that I will get my STD as a full time employee, so that will take the stress off of trying to rush myself back to work sooner than maybe I should.

So, my blog will be taking on a new theme in a month. My focus will come away from food choices and activity and that aspect of a healthy life journey and focus on recovery good and bad with open heart surgery. I will be focusing on learning to let the control go, and becoming dependant on others. So hard!

Tonight’s WW meeting was all about was it worth it? They came at it from the aspect of food choices, but I’m seeing it from a different perspective.

For me, is it worth it will be in respect to the things in my life. Should I try to control it? Can I let it go? Is it really worth taking time in my day.
It’s going to become even more important next month when I’m to become a human couch cushion for the first four post-op weeks.

I think with this surgery I’m going to learn interesting things about myself. Like, am I able to learn to “not sweat the small stuff” or will I become a royal terror.

All in all, this journey is worth it, no matter what shape it will take in the coming months!!

Until later!

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Friend Making Monday: RANDOMNESS!!!


Happy Monday everyone.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

This week’s random questions come to you from Tyra who blogs over at Random Acts of Snark. Thanks Tyra for the awesome questions.

1. Have you ever had a reoccurring dream? What was it?

LOL sadly mine involves being a better figure skater than I really truly am!

2. What was the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Hmmm….I don’t do a whole lot of weird, but before I knew I liked it….dragonfruit!

3. Can you comfortably eat in a restaurant by yourself? Go to movie?

I can, I don’t prefer it, but I can. Usually on Tuesday’s I eat out on my own because I stay in town before choir practice. I just bring my iPad loaded with books.

4. What would you leave in your will for the person you care about the most?

I don’t have anything of monetary value besides my simple wedding ring, but I’m still young :)

5. Would you rather…Go without television or fast food for the rest of your life?

Fast food. Definitely fast food.

6. What was the best thing that happened to you this past week?

See my Sunday Confessional blog post. That says it all.

7. List the food items you take at a salad bar.

Spinach, carrots, cucumber, peppers, sunflower seeds, broccoli, beets, feta, chickpeas, tomatoes, snap peas….basically almost everything!

8. If you were in the “Miss America” talent competition, what would your talent be? (Note: both guys & gals have to answer this question)

I would be able to sing a song….well no not really I’d be petrified LOL

9. What do you keep in the trunk of your car?

LOL this is so random, but right now in the trunk of my car is a belly dancing hip scarf. Yellow velvet and multi colored beads, and gold plated coins.

10. How many rings before you answer the phone?

If I don’t recognize the number, I’ll let it go to voicemail. If you really need me, leave one. I’ll call back.
At work, when I’m close to the phone, TWO.

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Sunday Confessional: The Truth I’ve Been Hiding.

Confession: I don’t dwell on my faith much here in my blog.

Don’t get me wrong, I pray every day, and go to Church, but my personal contact with my faith only went that far. Until Friday.

I will try not to get to “churchy” but I need to say this: on Friday I had my first experience feeling the Holy Spirit in my life.

When I was confirmed oh so very long ago, the Arch Bishop gave the homily and he spoke to us. He told us if we didn’t remember anything else about today to remember this: “You are Good, You are Beautiful, and You are Incredibly Important. Honestly, I don’t remember feeling the Holy Spirit that day I was supposed to, but I did remember what he said.

So, on Friday when I went to a healing service at Church, I wasn’t expecting much.

Confession: I really only went to appease my friend Jo-Anne, and I know she won’t mind me saying so.

Confession: I am truly glad I went.

I wasn’t going to go up for the blessing at first, but under the pressured guidance of a couple of friends, I did. When Father got to me, he met my gaze and smiled, and I received his blessing.
It was then I felt Him. It was like I knew I was ok. I would not forget what has been happening, but my anger slipped away. I felt, for the first time in weeks…..Peace.

I have never had that kind of experience before, not sure I ever will again. However, I knew at that moment I was healed.

At this service I also brought something away that I will remember forever: “We find God’s love in our wounds…God is bigger than it all”

Confession: the rest of the weekend has been amazing.

I feel lighter, freer almost, than I have in weeks. I just pray that it will not fade on Monday when I get to work.

So, it’s been a while, and I need to come clean about what happened at work. My branch has had a business change, and because of it my job was reduced to part time. I am losing 26hrs every two weeks in pay, and I’ve been having a hard time with it. Especially when I have to be very excited to all my customer’s about our changes when every time I do it breaks my heart all over again.

There you have it. I chose to stay on part time with my surgery upcoming, to not have the stress of having to find a new job while recovering from surgery. So, this healing service was more to heal my anger and hurt than it was for anything else.

Confession: it felt good to type that. I am sick of keeping it to myself. Like it’s a dirty secret.

So, starting in May I will be the best part time CRC my company has ever seen.

Until then, I will remember Friday night and know that He is bigger, and there is a plan….I need to close my eyes, breathe and have Faith.

Until later

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