Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or a Treat?

Do you want a
or a

Treat of course!

(your treat?  no comments allowed today ~ you get to take a break!)

Have a Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Joyful Feeling

Is there a more joyful feeling
than that of coming home to your family
after being gone for a few days?


I think not.

And now to catch up
with all you lovely lovely people.

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I'm taking a mini-blog-break

no post again until Saturday

leaving tomorrow morning for Saskatoon
to attend a conference...

I might squeeze in a little shopping too...

that's a good one...

have a terrific week!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Working It" Kitty Style

Not to be outdone by all the
wonderful support and lovely comments I received
for the last few days of "Project Me",

Banjo goes against our very strict policy of
"It's Wrong To Dress Up Your Pets",
and adorns a sporty sweater
to show off his new physique.

"Hey!!! Don't show me from behind!!
It emphasizes my muffin bottom!"

Oh sorry Banjo...

How about we just show you 'a-la natural'?

"Yea ~ I'm much better looking without any clothes on...
hmmm...maybe that didn't come out right."

Happy Saturday
to all our human
furry four-legged friends!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Project Me ~ NOT The End But A New Beginning

So there I was on January 1, 2011
back at my original weight
my biggest clothes tight
starting over

but I had made a promise to myself last year
and I made a decision that
I didn't want to give up

I decided that I needed to start exercising
but what?
I had skads of exercise equipment

Suzanne Somers Thighmaster
the ShakeWeight as seen on Ellen
(umm...OK...this one was bought for me by my mom as a joke...I think)
weighted hola-hoop
Richard Simmons Sweatin' To The Oldies
various weights
tension rope

while all of these things did work
when I used them
they somehow over time
got shoved under my bed and forgotten about
(what??? they don't work sitting under my bed collecting dust???)

I decided I needed a piece of equipment that would
stare me down every day
(or at least 4 times a week)
so with Stanley in tow
we went out and bought a
recumbent bike on January 4/11

I used it fairly regularly
but my weight still wasn't moving
I was still not eating enough
and now was also burning up calories
that my body wanted to keep

on April 1, 2011
(April Fool's Day seemed like as good a day as any)
I joined Weight Watchers On-line
(third best thing I ever did)
and enrolled in their new
PointsPlus Program
all the fruit and (most) vegetables
you could eat and not use any points
which was actually originally a problem for me
as somedays I (still) struggle to eat enough points
(it seems so odd I know...but it's true)
short of sitting down and eating a
big ol' tub of ice cream!!!

it came off slow
painfully slow
some weeks 2 lbs
other weeks 1/2 lb
sometimes nothing for 3 weeks in a row

the weeks I wasn't losing anything
it was because I hadn't eaten enough
(Weight Watcher's tracking system is so darn handy!)

I have lost 32 pounds
in 29 weeks
I am at the goal weight I chose for myself
(BTW - I have been in consultation with my Doctor through all of this)

according to BMI and Weight Watchers
I am still 20 pounds overweight
but I am not paying attention to those numbers
I am paying attention to what feels right for me

I am eating 5 times a day
(and that is sometimes very hard to do)
1400 to 1600 calories a day
I am riding the recumbent bike
(while watching Cher's Final Tour DVD ~ OMG that woman's body!!)
or dancing
(just bought "Just Dance 3" for wii - LOVE IT!)
at least 4 - 5 times a week
for 40 - 50 minutes
I still eat out once in awhile
I still have treats once in awhile
( big turks and chocolate covered pretzels)

it was hard to find a 'before' photo of me
the best thing about always being the photographer
is that you are always behind the camera

if you are setting up photos
you can strategically place yourself
behind people and things
or you can simply delete them
if you don't find them flattering
(and you don't have time to photoshop yourself thin...ha!)

but I did find a few unflattering photos
that didn't find their way to
my computer's 'trash bin'
(I can't believe I am showing these...)

and here I am today
(no photoshopping in these photos!!!)
46 years old
(OMG ~ could I look any more like my mother???  When she was MUCH younger of course!! Ha!)
wearing the smallest size pair of jeans
(shirt tucked in I might add...haven't done that in years!)
than I have worn since I was married
(yet I am 15 lbs heavier... how odd...)

most people and statistics
would still classify me as 'over weight'
but I feel better then I have in years
and that is all I care about

they say when you lose weight
you should get rid of all your old clothes
I've never done that before
I've always held onto them
'just in case'

they are all out of my closet
and are being picked up by
Community Living within the next couple weeks

they say when you reach your goal
you should tell everyone
I guess because it's harder to
quietly slip back to your old habits
when you have shouted out your weight loss to everyone 

so I am sharing my story with you my friends
in the hopes that it helps me
keep my promise to myself
to take care of my health
to take care of me

that's what it is about this time
not the weight
but rather the health
the weight loss was a fringe benefit

"I can not change the direction of the wind.  But I can adjust my sails."
~ unknown

Thank you for reading my story.

xo Catherine

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Project Me ~ The Middle

"I can not change the direction of the wind.  But I can adjust my sails."
~ unknown

So add onto my arthritis some
sleep apnea
(unofficially diagnosed but suspected by my Doctor)
and the ongoing tightness of my biggest pants.

The wind
was blowing
(more like shoving)
me in a direction
(getting older)
I did not want to go
(poor health ~ poor lifestyle)

But what was I going to do about it?

I had to 'adjust my sails'.
(make my 'sails' smaller so there was less for the wind to catch...haha!)

I didn't want to go on a 'diet'
I didn't want to deprive myself of anything
(I like food!)
I didn't want to give up dairy
(live without yogurt or milk?  barbaric!) 
I didn't want to do any pill regime
(I'm too cheap to lay down that kind of cash!)
I didn't want to give up carbs
(love my multi-grain toast, cranberry rice mix and whole wheat pasta!)
I didn't want to have to live on 'special' prepackaged food
I didn't want to eat only blue food
(Do they even make blue food??? Hmmmm...)

After all,
I've been down this road many times.
I knew it was a 'lifestyle' change.

In January of 2010 I started a food diary
(best thing I ever did)
of what I ate on a regular daily basis
I did this for a couple of weeks
Next, I went to a nutritionalist
(second best thing I ever did)

My 1st problem?

It wasn't about eating healthy
I have been eating whole-grains for years
Love fruit
Love vegetables
(well...OK...those brussel sprouts are a little questionable...)
I don't really eat red meat
(a BBQ hamburger once in awhile)
and I am a 'less than social' drinker

It turns out,
I was only eating between
1000 and 1200 calories a day.

The nutritionalist says to me,
"Did you diet in the 80's?"
Uhhh...didn't everyone diet in the 80's?

I was eating virtually no fat
and had learned 'portion' control so much,
that I was not eating enough.
My body thought I was starving it.

Then compile that with a
Friday night of ordering in supper
(mmmm...chicken wings, chicken quesadillas, fries...)
and the Sunday afternoon 'treats'
(need some chocolate please...)
and all of a sudden
my starving body was holding onto
every single calorie I was eating on the weekend.

So with this new information in hand
I set about trying to eat
more quality calories during the week
and less empty calories on the weekend.

By May of 2010,
I had lost 20 lbs.

I then stalled for a few months.
I didn't lose one single pound.

By Christmas last year,
I was right back to the start.
I wasn't eating enough during the week
and was binging on the weekends.
My weight came back with a vengeance.

What was wrong with me?

to be concluded tomorrow...

Project Me ~ NOT The End, But Rather a New Beginning

(before and after photos included)

NOTE:  I have turned off my reader comments for today.
You deserve a break after reading all that!
I look forward to your lovely and supportive words tomorrow.  ;)

Happy Thursday to you my friends!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Project Me ~ The Start

This is a hard post for me to write.
But write it I must.

I am "putting it out to the world"
in order to help me keep a promise to myself.

And perhaps to even inspire
one person to start a
"Project Me".

My whole life I have been
'big boned'
(insert any cute term for over-weight here...)
and struggled with my weight.

A double chin when you are 6 years old???
Awww...but look how cute I was...
Don't you just want to pinch those chubby cheeks?

I would lose
(lost 50 pounds in my early 20's - mid 1980's)
I would gain it back
(gained 5 lbs the weekend of my honeymoon in 1988
and gained 50 lbs with my pregnancy in 1990)
I would lose
(lost 40 lbs in my late 20's - early 1990's)
I would gain it back
(gained 40 lbs over time...again...)

I didn't even really try
during the years of 2000 to 2009.
What was the point?

But during those years I was
certainly concentrating on someone else's
weight and health issues...

I realized that I had spent more time and energy
over the last few years
worrying and working on my cat's health
than I had on my own.
I got Banjo from 30 lbs
down to a svelte 17 lbs.

And while I want my Banjo
to live a very long and healthy life,
didn't I want the same for myself?

I was diagnosed with arthritis a few years ago in my hands
and it slowly but surely worked it's way into my hips.
Magnify that with carrying around a little
(a little?)
extra weight on those hips
and you've got trouble.

It soon started to affect my life in a big way.

I couldn't ride in the car or walk for very long 
without my hips aching and seizing up.

By the time I drove to Regina
(a 2 hour drive)
to go shopping,
I could hardly walk!

When your health starts to affect your
quality shopping time,
you know it's time to do something!

I was only in my early 40's!
There were many many years of shopping enjoyment
that I wanted to be able to experience!!

Something had to change...

"I can not change the direction of the wind.  But I can adjust my sails."
~ unknown

to be continued tomorrow...

Project Me - The Middle

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Wind Was Blowing Me In The Wrong Direction

"I can not change the direction of the wind.  But I can adjust my sails."
~ unknown

The 'wind' was blowing me in the wrong direction.
It was a direction I wasn't willing to go.
I had to adjust my sails.
So adjust them I did.
And now I see a new horizon
with blue skies
and new possibilities.

Change can be good.

Details to follow...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Wishes For You

It's a nippy - 4c (24F)
here this morning.

I hope your day is filled with
and all the good things
you enjoy in life.

Now if you will excuse me...
I'm heading back to bed
to warm my feet up
on Wayne's back...

Good Morning Stanley!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Don't hate me for this but...

in only 5 more weeks
I will be putting up my Christmas tree!

Woot woot!

I know a lot of you have seen these photos before
but I thought you wouldn't be as mad at me
for talking about Christmas
if I showed you Banjo when he was little,
destroying my Christmas tree. 

Now he's a big kitty and leaves my tree alone...
for the most part...

Have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Love is...not keeping count

now if only I could convince Wayne of that
as he is rubbing my back for the 5th night in a row....

am I right ladies???

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Word of The Day ~ Lackadaisical

October is very lackadaisical.

"If the English language made any sense, 'lackadaisical'
would have something to do with a shortage of flowers."
~ Doug Larson


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