Monthly Archives: August 2016



Up 3.6 pounds in 29 days. Wrong direction. Holidays are OVER! And to be perfectly honest, I stayed on “holiday mode” for about 2 1/2 weeks in August when I wasn’t on holidays!

Today (Sunday August 28, 2016) things change and get back on track! Calories officially count again!

I had an amazing smoothie this morning … made in my new (to me; refurbished) Vitamix!!! (Did I tell you I got a Vitamix at the PNE Marketplace on Wednesday!?)

Today’s smoothie was made of:

  • Chocolate Thrive Lifestyle Mix
  • PB2
  • Banana
  • Carob Chips
  • Nescafe Instant Coffee
  • Water
  • Ice

082816 Smoothie

I’ve done my meal prep for the next few days …

  • chicken salad made
  • grains cooked
  • chicken diced

Veggies are already pretty well prepped as I buy mini carrots, snap peas, french green beans … celery has to be cut in half, and cucumbers have to be chopped in long pieces, too.

I don’t like to prep my veggies earlier than the night before as I feel they lose a TON of their (already lacking) flavour.

I buy 2 rotisserie chickens from Costco and break them down … removing skin and fat (and bones, duh!) then I break out 4 large portions of about 2 cups each. I will make 2 batches of chicken salad (one batch already made) and also have 2 portions of just chicken to mix with grains, etc. for dinners.

I also bought a box of 18 Lara bars from Costco. They worked out to $0.77 each which is a killer steal! I haven’t figured when I’ll have a bar … likely before I do my lunch walk/barre class for a little substance, then have my chicken salad and veggies when I get back to work. The Lara bar adds 230 calories to my day and as of current, that is unscheduled calories, but really doesn’t put me way out of range, especially if I do all the cardio & classes I have planned.

I’m scheduled in for 2 barre classes this week … Wednesday and Friday at lunch. And I’m planning to utilize the gym at work for some cardio on the forecast rainy non-barre days. On Thursday, it’s not forecast to rain … so I’m planning on a seawall walk at lunch.

This is all in addition to my 30 minute walk to and from work. And if weather permits, I’d like to get in a few more walks in the evenings. I really like the walk to Siwash Rock and back … it’s about 7 1/5 km round trip … takes about 90 minutes.

But if weather does NOT permit, I really shouldn’t let that be an excuse as my apartment building has a (free) gym with lots of equipment!

There are 25 weeks until my 35th birthday … so I’ll keep with my 5 Week Weigh In & Measure as I was doing before holidays.

And I think my blogging goal will be Sunday evenings …


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Over a month …

This summer is turning out to be one of the top summers for me!

I started out the summer by taking my first solo outside-of-Canada vacation to Las Vegas. That was a great vacation! You can read the blog post here.

Then I was back to work for a few weeks before a sort of “staycation”! This staycation included the Honda Celebration of Light, with amazing fireworks shows put on by The Netherlands (white fireworks below), Australia (red fireworks below), and USA (4 picture collage below) over 3 separate nights.

Then I moved on and attended The Tragically Hip concert on July 24. So amazing … such an emotional concert (but no where NEAR as emotional as the CBC live-aired show on August 20!)

072416 The Tragically Hip

On July 30, I headed to Bowen Island to celebrate one of my bestie’s birthday’s and to meet her brand-new 10 day old baby girl, Stevie Jean!

073016 Bowen

Moving on, I attended my first Pride Parade! It was really amazing to see the love that people have for other people … no matter what their lifestyle choices! And yes … even the Prime Minister of Canada marched in our Vancouver Parade! Aren’t Justin Trudeau and his family absolutely beautiful!?

Finally I’m on my way to the Okanagan for a jam-packed 5 days! First on the schedule (er, menu!) is my favorite Indian restaurant, Lachi. I ALWAYS get:

  • Veggie Samosas
  • Yellow Dal (3 out of 5 on a spice scale)
  • Saffron Rice
  • Regular Naan Bread

080116 Lachi

My first full day included many visits … I saw my Grandma, a former client, picked up my little sister and headed to Salmon Arm to visit my dad (her stepdad) and my grandpa & his wife, then back to Kelowna to drop off little sister and go visit a friend … all before driving the hour back to Penticton.

Day 2 included driving back to Kelowna and spending a great amount of hours with my other bestie and her family! Her “hubby” was off work, so she and I even got to ditch the kids and have some good adult alone time!

Then I went for appies & a drink with a friend from high school, then dinner and a drink with my Uncle … then the drive back to Penticton.

Day 3 was in Penticton … stopped by the old office, then lunch with a friend, and appies & drinks with my old condo crew.

Day 4 was also in Penticton and I met a friend for coffee. I had all day to lounge and take in the 33 degree weather in my parents’ back yard. I headed out to another friend’s place for dinner and a dip in his pool.

I tried to get in some sort of exercise/walk each day … even if just 30 minutes.

Finally on the Saturday, I headed to the Greyhound to catch the bus home. But it was delayed. So I was able to grab a serving of poutine from Jeffer’s Fryzz (food truck) – the BEST I have had!

080616 Jeffers

So before holidays, I had my Week 15 Weigh In & Measure. I started this “journey” on April 16, 2016 and week 15 was July 30, 2016.

I lost a total of 11.6 pounds and 11.25 inches! Then vacation happened … and August …

My folks left yesterday after being down for a visit for 3 days … and since my kitchen is small and uninspirational, we ate out … lots.

So today I went to Costco … loaded up on rotisserie chicken and fresh veggies. Tomorrow I wlll meal prep and start back on track!

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