Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Craft Update: Montreal Canadiens Scarf

A couple of years ago my mother in law requested a knitted scarf in Montreal Canadiens colours. It finally got to the top of my list this fall, and I finished about a month ago. I followed the pattern Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks (Ravelry membership required). It would have gone very quickly had I not been in the middle of moving at the time. I am happy with the results, although I would like to find a way to transition between colours a little bit more smoothly.

Thanks to Lisa for modelling the scarf for me.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Challenge Yourself

I began the new year feeling a sort of ennui about my fitness and weight loss journey. Something needed to change. Since then, I have implemented the following:
  • Training for a half marathon (to complete in either May or September)
    • Running Monday, Wednesday and either Friday or Sunday with Lisa
    • Running Thursdays on my own
  • Playing Ultimate Frisbee every Saturday
  • Sparkpeople.com: 'Pseudo' mealplan 
    • Following 1300-1400 cal mealplan, with the following exceptions:
      • Home visiting family
      • Pre-planned eating out
      • Events
        • Note: In the case of each exception I am calorie counting to the same #.
  • Sparkpeople.com: Weight loss challenge
    • Includes weekly challenges for points against other teams. This week's challenges:
      • General: Drink 10 cup water/day
      • Exercise: 15 min cardio/day
      • Exercise: 3 ab exercises (3 x 10 reps ea) 4x/week
      • Personal: Run a minimum of 15km/week
Having all of these goals set in place and making a point of keeping myself motivated (challenging self, talking to family/friends, Pinterest, etc.) has really helped. I haven't lost any weight per say since I started, but I've noticed a general increase in my fitness level, and I think I am gaining muscle (hence the even weight). I'm back on track, and excited to see what I can do!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mama Laughlin: Dear Big Girl,

I normallt don't repost, or post other peoples' work. However, I read something today that I found very touching and motivating. If you just starting out your weight loss journey, if you are on your way there, or if you have already made it - there will be something in this post that will resonate with you. Take a look.

Mama Laughlin: Dear Big Girl,