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Good morning!

Wednesday I did really good with the food…I had like 500 cal left

Thursday not so good but…I was over by 250 cal…

I think some of the calories is because I took generic food to count my calories instead of taking the time to work it out myself but you know when it’s 10pm I don’t have much will power left and since my internet connection has been bad lately I cannot do it as I go when I am in the day care. I just thought it was better to put more than not counting them at all.

It looks like I keep forgetting to eight in when I am getting up …I just remember after my coffee then it’s too late. Anyway Have a good Friday!

Back to it


Monday’s stats


Tuesday’s stats


So far I think I am doing better today but we will see that tomorrow. Finally I was able to weigh in which is one thing that used to keep me accountable and it did not move but I have been over my goal most of the time so I didn’t expect much anyway and no gain is not too bad. 77.3 kilos/170 pounds. so it’s show almost 1 kilo lost but since I weigh in in afternoon at first it’s hard to say if there is any change at all.

My back is feeling great today and it makes me want to exercise but I will ask my physical therapist tonight what I should do.

We are having such a weird weather at the moment its +7 with horrible strong wind and it’s melting our nice snow playground that we had made outside in the yard. I bet the weather guy is just waiting for us to smell spring to shoot a –30 at us.

My daughter seems to be happy to be back at taekwondo and she gave 110% last night. I am very proud of her! When I look at those other kids who don’t listen and run around like if nothing was happening it doubles the pride!

Half the week is done only 2 more days for the weekend(only for some of us unfortunately


Going to bed hungry…

…definitely not for me!

So yesterday night and the night before I had to get out of bed and eat something so that I was not hungry anymore, just enough so I could sleep. It brought my calorie goal to high but it doesn’t matter, my stomach needs time to shrink back to normal because I have been stretching it lately and its used to so much more food. Even over my goal it is still a big improvement from what it was last week anyway.

This morning I got up at 5h30 am and did my small work out. It is the fourth day in a raw that I am working out. My body hurts a little and my breakfast taste unbelievably good because I am starving!

The scale said 77.3 kilos/170.1 pounds

Ok there is a loss of like 4 pounds from 78.1 kilos/175 pounds but lets not get to exited because the other time that I weighed myself it was late afternoon so there is already 1 kilo of difference from then to morning. I think I wanted the worst picture ever so that it would make improvement easier lol

Time flows so fast, by the time I made my coffee and done my exercises(20 min.) 45 minutes went past ?? Now I have to get moving, get daughter up, brush her hair(I hate that and so does she), try to make her eat something and get her dress then my client will be already here…Maybe I should get at 5ham or I should not go to bed at all…

Happy Monday if there is such a thing!

She’s alive!!!

Well first of all I am not dead… secondly I have been over eating through the holidays because… I am not sure but it could have something to do with the fact that I am so far from my family and I miss them and I would like to move back there but it looks like it won’t be for now. It could also be because I love pastry and chocolate… Probably as something to do with all the stress I had since this summer not knowing if my husband would still have a job, if he was going to accept another offer back home and we would move back there and would have to sale the house…

Before our vacation which was in September I weighed myself and I was still the same, around 74 kilos, I could not believe it! Considering that early 2013 I could hardly walk due to my back problems and after all that time  without thinking about my weight, calorie tracking, stepping on the scale and not working out either. I was shocked! However when my back felt better I was always outside with the kids and we would do lots of walks or mini walking trip to different playground having snack there.

So for our vacation we went back home for a month and I just wished I could be back there for good. By the sea, family around, less materialist life and property cost at a price where it still make sense.

When I came back here all the stress from mortgage and other exorbitant cost of life crawled back on me. The snow came along with Halloween to stay so that was the end of outside fun for us because I now care for 3 kids under 2 years old and it means they cannot move much once they are dressed up for snow play. Last year it was different because I had a pre-school group.

So all of it is my excuse for putting on about 4-5 kilos in just a few months. Emotions, stress, a lack of exercise and lots of baked goods over the Christmas period.

2 days ago after weighing myself and feeling bit of me that had been gone for a while and were back on my body , I charged my old fitbit and started to log my food again. It is actually not too bad but my real difficulty will be to get up earlier to exercise. I work a 10 hour shift with my home day care and around here the sun gets up after 8h30 and set at 4h30 so my energy is kinda low at the moment and morning always feels like the middle of the night even when I sleep in until 8am in the weekend.

So my wake up weigh in was at 78.8 kilos which would be 175 pounds

I forgot to step on the board this morning, lost the habit I guess so even if I have tried to cut back the calories I don’t know if it did anything for now. It’s crazy like a habit (calorie wise food choice) who used to be  like a second nature can be hard to re-learn. I had to go back on my fitness pal to have a look at what I used to eat back then and I think skipping starch for one meal or 2 and making sure I get real meat at meals( not a few bits lost in a sea of pasta or rice) could be the key for me.

I know this blog and my old “blog friends” have been the key in my weight loss journey before so I will try to also get back to it and re-connect with some people who went or are going through similar things.

So this is not a new year resolution but a trial for a bran new start. Somehow I feel scared to press “publish” for some weird reason, probably cause I will have to keep my word!

Gadget temptation


Finally I did alright with my food intake yesterday.

I was supposed to weigh myself this morning but we had a new TV cabinet this weekend and had to unplug everything and plug it back. Hubby said the Wii is not working ad he doesn’t know why so it will probably go to the week end before I can step on the balance board.

All the sudden the Aria scale from fitbit seems very appealing. It measures the body fat % as well so it can come in handy when you are building muscles and the scale don’t go down…and it sync with the fitbit so you don’t need to log any numbers. Just another gadget that is not necessary of course…


Like I suspected last week I finally caught a cold this weekend. I did not exercise or logged my food. I tried to eat very healthy (apart from the chocolate flourless cake that I waited all week to eat) and include heaps of fruit and vegies to help get better. I am still a little bit sick but I feel better than yesterday so it’s great. The only exercise I did was vacuuming Friday and grocery shopping Sunday.  I took naps(it normally never happens) took some drugs(Advil) and even found some time to paint the canvas that I had ready on my easel.

I ordered this book at the library: By Flora Bowley


It tells you how to create without being scared of doing something wrong… I tried and I don’t have a clue what the painting will look like or if I will like it or not but the point was to let myself go and have fun without pressure and so far it’s working. It’s almost like a therapy or a relaxation session with colors. I can paint over as many times as I want anyway lol


Tomorrow I will try to remember to weigh myself just to have an idea to where I am at and to keep myself on track. I will do my treadmill walking tonight and see how is my back tomorrow. At the end of last week my back was hurting but it might because I had walked everyday and my back  wasn’t used to it. I am hoping for it to get stronger and not weaker…

Have a good week!

The monster is ready!

I finally settled with putting the treadmill in the room downstairs…I still don’t think it is too big for the living room but it is too late now.



I can put my laptop on the shelf you can see in front of the machine so I can watch something. I have tried interval walking but it doesn’t make my back feel very good so tonight I will try just plain walking at a pace that suits me instead of alternating too fast and too slow.

I have done 30 minutes yesterday and it seems to go pretty quick.

I have logged my food yesterday and so far today. Here are my stats…



My treadmill is in miles and it said I have walked 1 mile which is 1.6 km so my Fit bit probably needs a little adjustment to be more accurate but it should be fairly easy to fix with the treadmill.

I really don’t feel like getting up early to walk because lately I have been feeling very tired so I will try to do it at night.The fact that I get to watch a show all by myself is a real motivation. I just have to make sure I don’t watch anything without walking it!.

Last week I applied primer on an old painting I bought in a garage sale (The good thing about painting over something ugly and old is that there is no pressure to wreck the canvas loll) and I was going to paint something on it through the long weekend but hubby had 2 days off in a row so we decided to go somewhere while we could. I wonder if I will paint that canvas before summer loll

So we drove to the city and we went to a place where there is huge glass pyramids and inside each of them is a different ecosystem filled with plants. It was really good to be in “summer” for a few hours. They had a special display for the Chinese new year and it was beautiful and it smelt like flowers. We spent the night at the hotel, went swimming in the pool and headed home after breakfast the next morning. Just the fact to be somewhere else was really relaxing.

I didn’t weigh myself for a while but can feel it creeping back, my pants feel tighter so I better do something  about itSmile

A side of me

I don’t know if you remember but a while ago I took a drawing class. It was late and tiring but I loved it. It only lasted 5 weeks but for once in my Mom life I took some time to go there and also to do my “homework”, something that was only for me.

So here are a few drawings that I said I would share and then forgot about it until today.

This is a view of my house, I drew it from a photo and did it by sale and almost drove myself crazy with trying t have it exactly the same…


A camel statue was posing for me(first homework)


My kitchen table…


A fruit we had to bring in class and of course mine was wounded when I got there…


Some basket of fruit that I had put together, for some reason we were given a view finder(a mini empty picture frame) and were ask to do the drawing the same size but I wasn’t able to do that and always ended taking the whole page…


This is my last and favourite one(my coffee maker) that I did from a photo. We had take pictures of it and crop to find the best composition and then draw it.


Here is a painting I did like 7 years ago from a black and white photo in a tourist book about Australian aboriginal.


The person is not too bad but I don’t lie the back ground.

This last one I did last year not really knowing what I was doing, my husband (and daughter of course) have some aboriginal blood so I was inspired by aboriginal dot painting.


I just wanted to show this side of my personality and am not pretending to be an artist.  I just like art and doing it makes me feel good(most of the time) but it sometimes makes me feel bad when I am not happy with it loll  Any time drawing, painting is a little moment away inside my own world that I used to visit more often a long time ago Smile

For the part of my journey that is about health, I am still off the wagon. I temporarily lost my Fit bit somewhere in this house(crazy right?) and I settle the treadmill argument by asking hubby to help me put it in the bedroom downstairs where 2 child nap in the afternoon. I thought there wouldn’t be any danger if the key wasn’t there, for those who own a treadmill is it safe for the kids with no key on it?

Blog venting

I am having such a weird day filled with annoying emotions…

This morning my daughter did not want to go to pre-school and was whining and I had to help her put her snow suit on while she was complaining and crying not to go. When she was finally ready husband tells me from upstairs that he won’t be able to drive her today because ha has to go to work early! @#$$%&?%$#??$#?#@!!!

So she was kind of happy about it !

All morning at every step of the day and everything I would propose or ask  she would whine, have a fake cry fit etc. So when we came back from outside where I tried to talk some sense to her so I could start having a better day she started again…so after time outs…still whining…I cracked it! I wanted to scream! She sure knows how to push the right button and made me wish that she was at school. I went in the bedroom to calm down and after I took her upstairs and put all her favourite toys away and told her she could have them back one at the time if she started to act properly.

Now I feel like a monster…I know it’s hard for her to do the difference between being home or being in the day care at home. She is only 5 years old but I couldn’t not hear one more minute of her whining. I felt miserable and now I am wondering if I just took revenge or proper actions to correct her behaviour.

I feel so easy to irritate and when it happens  the children seems  louder and naughtier than usual so normally I am careful because I know that it might only be  my perceptions of things but today it was really hard to put everything on the count of my emotions.

The Mommy guilt just hopes I haven’t been too hard on my little one…cuppa

Dear latté, you are always there when I need to wake up, calm down, relax etc. Thanks for all the comfort you provide me! Winking smile

Thanks to all my blogger friends as well who are still there to support me! You are amazing and I appreciate every comments!

Mind set

No I am not dead! loll Or maybe I am and get back to life every now and then because this blog is like a ghost blog.

I know I said I was back at it in January but it seems like I cannot set my mind to post consistently just like I cannot set my mind to log my food intake…

I weighed myself Sunday and I took 0.2 kilos which is not too bad for that long I guess. My thread mill is still in the garage but not hubby’s fault because he hardly got a day off since December started.

For all those times that I hated working out now that I cannot do too much I really miss it and it doesn’t help with getting back on track with my food. There we go, I just found the perfect excuse loll for my lack of control and discipline…

I am behind reading the blogs I follow as well and I feel like I have nothing to say because I am not doing anything towards my weigh loss goal. I feel ashamed as well so it could be why I don’t show my face around here too much.

I am busy with my home daycare and trying to gather everything I need to do my tax return. I hate tax time and our last tax person wasn’t so good so we might try to do it ourselves this year…YUK!

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