Sunday, 31 January 2010

How much??

I can announce that I have expended 19,014 in exercise this month!! On weightlossresources one of the members has a calorie tracker that we can all add our workout stuff to and I'm going to be 5th or 6th out of approximately 30odd people, woohoo! I'm quite chuffed about this because exactly a year ago on the 1st of Feb I signed up to change my sedentary, unhealthy life for a better one and I think it's safe to say I've achieved that goal:D

**"Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead."

– Louisa May Alcott**

Really liked this as it's exactly how I felt and still feel, I might not achieve all of my highest aspirations but I'm having a damn good try and am enjoying the journey towards them now!

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Happy Progress!

I have succeeded in TMS challenge of 5 exercise sessions, 3 weeks in a row because in the last 3 weeks I have seriously cranked up the exercise, I'm doing 3 aqua aerobic classes a week, the salsacise on a Tuesday and still maintaining my competitive edge with thedlondeone's monthly calorie tracker, and of course the 10km Friday challenge, rowing, and now the 100 pushups (you can tell she's trying to kill me lol:)) In amongst this I have been following the Biggest Loser 30 day Jump Start, which has helped give specific progress to my workout along with all the other stuff!!

I'm seriously enjoying all this and can't get my head round why I didn't do it sooner, but there lies madness, you can't keep asking why didn't I? You have to move forwards and enjoy the now:)

I've also been much more careful with my food and am more likely to have a peice of fruit than a biscuit, thanks to TMS challenge at the beginning of Jan, so gradually I'll get the right results and start to look forward to getting more clothes, teehee!!
Oh and in amongst all this I've been shining my sink and getting to grips with my household chores in a more positive way - all in all a very good start to 2010!!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Challenge 2

The snow's melting finally though it's only gone from the roads it did mean I got to the gym today, and I've just been over to The Motivation Station and found out this week's challenge is to do 20mins of exercise a day. I'm looking forward to completing that as I've just started the Biggest Loser 30day Jump Start which has exercises in it too:) I know the losses on the bigest loser are extreme and am not trying to enulate them but I do enjoy watching the programme and it has made me braver in the gym than I would have been - if they can do it so can I!
Our youngest has just gone back to school after the Christmas break and daughter's college has opened again, it closed last week because not enough students could travel, she was one that waited at a bus stop for nothing to happen! Eldest's college didn't have any issues as it's on the other side of the country - yes a whole 65miles away, lol!
 I found who's helping me organise my house one day at a time, rather than leaving it to do in 2 days before visitors and then leaving it for a month, even the kids are noticing things are much calmer and still getting done, yeha!
Really feeling positive about the coming months and the changes I'm making for all of us should have long-lasting effects.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Success with Challenge!

The Motivation Station Challenge for this week was to replace something unhealthy for healthy and I swopped biscuits for oatcakes and/or fruit and I've done it!!
I also got hubby back from the Gulf of Mexico, he had to fly from Houston to Frankfurt to Edinburgh but those airports were fine and all went well - upstairs snoozing away now as I type:D
Managed to stay on track for my housework and found some fun to enjoy with my kids, some dvds and veturing outside for a laugh and snowball fight! Youngests school due back on Monday, daughter's college cancelled classes this week and she starts again on Monday too with a bit of luck!
Have also re-started our chore charts, usually a good way to keep everyone motivated to help in the house so mum doesn't get overwhelmed and they've been great this week - sweetened with a little pocket money for the younger ones, eldest knows he's costing a fortune at college so is very willing, bless them!
The snow has just started again so hubby's really going to get a surprise tomorrow when he wakes poor soul, had him all muffled up today to make sure the temp change isn't too traumatic - it's a bit of a contrast lol!
Right off to get the diary done for next week, and the menus, and the message lists, life is never dull!

Monday, 4 January 2010

***It's still coming down***

This is totally amazing, we've been using the sleds to bring the shopping in from the car the few times we've made it to the supermarket - the car had to be parked at the end of our street, so there was plenty of walking to be done then! We did finally get some grit last week so the car can just make it down the street but the lump in the middle of the track will take out my bumper if it doesn't start to melt soon - or maybe I'll have to get out there and skim off some height, a bit cheaper than getting a garage bill to put the bumper back on!!
Doing a healthy eating challenge with The Motivation Station, for this week's challenge I've decided to substitute biscuits for oatcakes and/or fruit to improve my 5-a-day ration that our goverment is always advising us to achieve. I actually feel a lot better when my veg ration is bigger but fruit I kinda get stuck with bananas and blueberries, with frozen raspberries at this time of year, so adding in a few grapes and an apple with oatcakes should make it more fun - I can only try:D

Now I can do this!!

Our snowfall from last week covered our car and the temps not got above -1'C for weeks, unheard of for so long but used to be common when my mum (now 79) was wee!

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Happy New Year!!

Hope the new year has in store all the things you wish for! My new year has started the way the old one finished with us being snowed in again and our council not very interested in gritting as it's *too icy* - yeah for us too that's why big snowploughs are needed, honest! We dug out yards of 6inch ice from under the three vehicles along out bit of street and managed to get our car out for some essential shopping - sales, what sales?? Haven't been to any as I don't want to be out for long incase I can't get back in again, like last week when the car was parked out in the main road:(
Right enough moaning, I'm re-starting my fitness campaign on Monday when I return to the gym, come hell or high snow I'm going to get there because it's important and if I slither into someone else's car in the car park, I'm insured, I'll cope!!
The house had it's cleaning fest for Hogmany, we all clean for visitors to drop by but over here they don't do it like on Islay. When we were teenagers on Islay there would be complete strangers *first footing* around the village, they came with shortbread - so your house would never know hunger, booze so your house would never know thirst (though a few could have done with some juice or water!!) and fuel so your house would always give a warm welcome! My adopted brother was very dark-haired so he was sent out the back door with all this stuff and had to knock to come into the front for good luck you see, he was in demand at quite a few houses and used to visit with alsorts of folk he didn't see from one year's beginning to the next! In Argyll, we still did this with our children, visiting friends in the wee sma' hours, but in the east, here, it's not done at all - there's parties in folks houses but you need an invite and with hubby away I wasn't doing that this year but next is possible.
Anyway my new year's resolutions are to continue my weightloss journey whilst getting fit, and to complete it by next Christmas, and also to widen my circle of friends through my hobbies and through charity work of some sort - still looking into where I could be useful but something outwith children's education!
I want to make more of an effort to get to know my neighbours, who are very pleasant people but I don't *know* them, and to keep this house tidier so I can invite them in for a tea or coffee without embarrassment! This reflects on my younger son who's going to be encouraged to invite his pals over more - we got out the habit when I worked full-time and need to make an effort to start again.
And lastly, to work harder in my garden, I abdicated a lot of work last year to my daughter who's doing landscape design at college and needed basic experience but this year she can try for real work and I'll do my own garden again!!
Hope your beginning has been a good one:)