Total Goal

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

I was at first not going to bother dressing Evan up since we aren't really giving out candy this year. Since we have Earl's Grampa's service this weekend it was either give out candy or stay in a hotel. We picked the staying in a hotel for the night in Lethbridge so we wouldn't have to rush and drive there and back (10 total hours) in one day. So where turning off all the lights and taking off to make our rounds with Evan. Grama and Gramps house here in Akins, Mike and Leanne's, and who knows where else. I'm planning on picking up a costume of some kind after Evan wakes up from his nap. I hope they are on clearance already, that would be great!

So I called make my hair appointment at my regular salon here in St A. I left a message on the answering machine on Mon. When I didn't hear from the Mattar family, (they own the salon and I went to Jobies with their daughters) I figured something was going on. She usually calls me back with in the hour. So yesterday I called again. Sure enough something was going on! They where in the process of moving to bc! Kelowna to be exact. Whats with everyone moving! That's the second family moving to bc, both I know from jobies! Anyway the Dad was still around and he filled me in on everything going on. All three daughters moved with them. The mom was already there with them. Today was his last day, he's flying out tonight to join them. They've sold everything but one condo which they are renting out, just in case. The things sold include the salon! So my hair was done by some one other then one of the Mattars for the first time in over 8 years. As you can imagine I was a little nerves. The young lady of 25 that bought this small but well astonished business was great! She was friendly, talkative, and did a great job on my hair and Evan's!. So despite the change I'll still be loyal Salon Perron customer.

Hope everything is well your in worlds. See you tonight Leanne! Around 8?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tub Off Tuesday

Well I finally have good news!

I lost a total of 1.4 pounds!!! yippee! Finally the scale moved in the right direction!

I also got some results on my measurements this week with a total loss of 1.5 inches. My thigh and arm inches stayed the same, which is no surprise. But I lost .5 on my hip and a whole inch on my waist. I guess the jogging and poloties (I have no idea how to spell it) is starting to pay off.

On another weight loss note I've decided to change my goal weight. With all the muscle I've gained over the super months I'm pretty sure that another 55 pounds was an unreasonable amount of weight to lose. So I've cut it by 20 pounds to a total goal of weighing in at 170. I just don't believe my body will ever be smaller then 170-165, its just not possible at this point. Accordingly I've changed my mini goal to 10 pounds before my Trip to Cal on Dec 10th.

Feed back please. Am I going to easy on myself? Should I push myself harder? Should I be aiming for 160 or 165? You've seen me recently ladies so do I look like a weigh 195 pounds? A lady at work and Andrea where shocked that I weighed that much! They thought I looked like I am 170! Where they being nice? What to do, what to do?

I also have some news unrelated to my weight loss journey.

I'm going to Lethbridge on Friday. Earl's Grandpa has finally passed away...for sure this time. So that's where I'll be this weekend. Andrea already has the key to our house to care for the zoo of dogs, cat and fish.

Our snail infestation seems to be caring for itself at this point. About 12 of the 22 snails have been sucked up by the filter. They seem to let go of the glass as if to say "look mom no hands!" I can just hear all the other snails yelling don't do it man it's suicide. It truly is since they flout around the tank not able to do anything, then they get sucked up. I'm still doing a daily count to make sure the numbers aren't getting out of hand. But so far they are doing nothing bad except cleaning the rocks and glass, so I'll leave them until I notice something bad going on.

Well that's it for me today.
Please leave me some feed back on my weight goal. I'm lost. I know it's my battle and my choice, but I do need some advise. hint hint Jordanna and Leanne. Luv you ladies!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Treadmill stuff

Well I did it. I went on my treadmill last night after Evan went to bed. I was shocked at how fast I wanted to and could go. I was only on it for 35 min but I was walking between 3 and 3.5 and I even worked my way up to a jog at 4.5! I jogged! I've never jogged! I was listening to my tunes and a good song came on, I just felt like going faster! Needless to say I was sweating like crazy which is of course good. In total I burned 151 cals! Cool! I stopped after 35 min because I didn't want to push myself to the point of never wanting to do it again. I figured 5 min total of jogging for the first time was enough. I'm also surprisingly not sore this morning. I work tonight and I believe we're getting a tropical plant order, so there will be lots of lifting involved. It hasn't been overly busy lately but I don't want to be too tired tonight. I've decided to not work out on he days I work since I never know how physical my shift will be. If its not to physical the day before I'll exercise for longer on my days off.

Well that's it from the now jogger. lol

Have a good one ladies!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I can't believe how warm it is outside today! Since it was sooo warm Evan and I went for a romp in the field by our house. I can't wait till he's old enough that we can go to the park and play in the sand, swing on the swings together, rank up leaves and jump in, build snow men, and sooo much more. To be honest playing with him right now is rather boring. He just runs around and I follow. Not all that thrilling to be honest. I would love to find another mom to hang out with but even then I would still be chasing Evan so really there's almost no point. Again, I can't wait till we can actually play together.

More on the snail infestation. I was doing some research on the net and found some info on snails. Apparently snails are great to have in a fish tank. They clean it up like little vacuum cleaners. The 1 inch of fish per gal of water still applys so we'll have to watch that. We still have plenty of room in the tank so I'll just have to watch how big they get. Some of them may have to get moved to the 10 gal or just plain flushed.

I did my 20 x 2 min work out on Monday afternoon. I had forgotten how hard it was till yesterday and today. I can still barley move! I am planning on going on my treadmill tonight after Evan goes to bed. His napping schedule is out of whack lately, not to mention my treadmill is still in the living room up stairs with no TV, so in order to make it bearable I would have to put on my Ipod, which makes listening for him impossible. So Earl will just have to listen for him while I walk. Or maybe I'll go for a walk after dinner since it's so warm outside today.

Have a good one ladies.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Okay so we have a snail infestation!

We have a 30 gal tank and a 10 gal tank. The pet store guy suggested we get some starter fish for both tanks so we got some striped danos for the big tank and some tetras for the small tank. After about 2 days we noticed some tiny snails in the small tank, we where of course surprised! We eventually moved all the fish from the little tank to the big tank including the 3 mystery snails. They got sucked up by the bigger stronger filter in the big tank so we figured, oh well nothing lost, they where free snails anyway.

So yesterday I feed the fish and noticed more mystery snails crawling around on one of the plants. As I looked around and saw more, and yet more! A total of 22 tiny little snails! Crazy! So from 3 free snail we have now gained 22 free snails. So imagine for a second if you will that 3 snails makes 22 snails (from what I can see) so if 22 snails lay eggs or do what snails do we will end up with over 100 snails!!!! crazy!!!! We don't know what we are going to do. I don't want to kill the snails since they are living creatures, not to mention they are kinda cool. They're shells are chocolate brown with gold shinny spots. We do have the 10 gal to move some into if needed, but I'm a little nervous as to how many snails one tank can handle.

I'll keep you posted.

Since it's Tues I figured I would up date you on my battle of the bulge. I did weigh myself this morning and I'm still up from my lowest recorded weight. But down a little at 197.3. I've decided to start measuring and tracking inches as well as pounds since the scale isn't being very nice.

As I've explained I've been doing a lot of lifting at work which is adding to 0 lost or worse gaining on the scale. This is causing a discouraging feeling, which means "I don't care" which means I cheat, which causes even more discouraging results. Earl says I've been losing inches like crazy but I need to see some true numbers to feel like I'm getting some where. So here they are as embarrassing as it is:

Thigh - left 25/right 25 - great I'm even lol
Upper arm flab - left 14/right 14-even again
Hip (including bottom tire) - 45 inches
Waist (including top tire) - 42 inches

Well there it is in all its glory.

Tune in next week for the riveting continuation.

Have a good one ladies!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tub Off Tuesday

Okay I gained.

Here's my issue lately.

I don't care! lol...I mean I do care but I've felt soooo tired, so run down, so fed-up with what I'm not sure. I honestly don't know whats getting to me lately. I thought is was because I needed an Evan brake, but Earl and I went out on Saturday and I feel a little better, but still feel like I'm in a funk. I don't get it. Anyway so I got up this morning and I've followed program so far today. Oh...except those 10 gold fish crackers I stole from Evan. But other then that I'm right on track. Half a day down, 6.5 more to go. lol...I'm going to try.

Have a great day ladies.

Friday, October 12, 2007


Okay so yesterday one of my posts was about Earl's grandpa. The night I wrote it Earl received a phone call saying that his grandpa was being pulled from life support and would be gone. Earl went through the initial morning process and fell asleep rather late.

The next day when he received a phone call from his mom at work he was surprised to hear he was still alive!!!! What a spirit to live! He's now on morphine and oxygen, he's still in really bad shape, his quality of life is pretty much nill. Earl's dad and brothers where surprised to learn the news but where shocked to see the shape he was truly in. They signed a do not resesitate order and headed back home to play the weighting game in the peace of their families. So that's the story, crazy huh!!!

Now the doctors are giving anywhere from a day to a week. So the waiting game begins again.

Man, weird things happen I guess.

Have a good one all.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A Great Man

As I was writing the below post Earl was on the phone with his mom. Earl's Grandpa has pasted.

I only had the pleasure of meeting this man once. I have to say that dispite his age (93) he was very alert, talkative, and full of the stories only someone of his age could tell.

He told me about driving to school in a horse and buggy, about having a new fangled phone installed in his family home, he told me about playing goaly with news papers tied to his shins as shin pads. I could go on and on with all the interesting things he said.

May he live peacfully on the other side with all the loved ones he has lost through the years.

Good bye Great Grandpa.

Baby Talk

Okay so Evan's shots went pretty good last night. He got them in his arms this time "thank God" which ment I didn't have to struggle with him half naked. The first shot there was barely a wimper! The second there was a small amount of tears, I would say not even 2 seconds worth. He hugged me then turned to the nurse with a smile! As if to say "I know you didn't mean to hurt me. You where doing what you had to do." lol. Then he ran over to dad, grabbed his car keys and continued to try and unlock the cupboards he was detirmaned to get into earlier.

There was also the usule questions about his development. Talking came up which I have to say I've been a little worried about. Suposadly a child Evan's age should have a speeking vocab of 50 words! WHAT!!! ARE U KIDDING ME!!!!! THAT SEEMS CRAZY TO ME!!! I felt a little worried and guilty when I left with some extra information and a number to call. A number for a speech theropisit! WHAT!!! Is it really that bad!!!!

This morning I also had to take Evan for his 18 month check up to Dr Anderson. He was happy with his size, weight and head mesuaments. He asked if I had any concerns. I mentioned the talking and Capital Healths reaction. He simply shook his head, reasured me not to worry that much, not to call the speach theropist yet and gave me a plan. So for all of you coming into contact with Evan here is the plan. We have to repeat everything 3 times. If he hands us something for example his milk cup. We say "More Milk?" count to 5 in our heads, say "More Milk?" count to 5..."More Milk?" count to five...then give him more milk. All he's really doing the whole time your talking and counting is getting more and more upset, he gets down right mad! But I'll continue. For those of you who think I'm being lazy, you try it for one whole day and see how hard it really is. I dare you. Only imagin a fussey, crying, or screaming 18 month old at your feet, is he really listening?

Other then all that Earl's Granpa is again in the hospital. So it looks like a trip to Lethbridge is going to be coming sooner then we thought. Like maybe as soon as tomarrow. We are on alert to leave so I guess we'll see what happens.

Have a great day all.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Tub Off Tuesday

I hope everyone had a great Turkey day!

Well the scale was not very nice to me this morning, but it could have been meaner. I had a gain of .4 which could be worse I know.

I've been cheating sooo much lately. I've been skipping my vegi servings the last 2 days-I'm just not interested in munching on vegis lately, and I'm sure the pizza couldn't have helped last night. I can sure tell my TOM is coming since I never seem to feel completely full. Munchy crazy I am these days for toast, cheese and popcorn anyway. I guess I'm just going to have to keep myself busy this week. I'm planning on taking Evan out to play with the leaves when he wakes up from his nap today. I took some pics of him last year so I really want to keep it up every year. My sister loves getting photos of him in the changing seasons. That should keep my busy for a couple of hours anyway.

Tonight is Evan's 18 month needles. I have a feeling this one might suck! He's becoming so much more aware of whats around him. He knows what he wants, and he wants it now!!!!! lol...I guess it had to happen, he's more of a handful now then ever before. I'm dealing but I think I'm going to have to start the time out thing soon, or he'll never learn.

We had some excitement in the neighborhood yesterday. At about 11am the swat team rushed in to a house on the street that both Darcy (our x border)and my friend Cindy live on. This is one of the main roads in Akinsdale. There was still tons of cops in the area as of 12am last night. There is an unmarked cruiser sitting around the corner in my crescent since our crescent connects another main road to the street the house was on. They are obviously waiting to see if someone shows up. I'm curious as to what the hell is going on. Am I in danger if I want to go out and walk around? Is there a dangerous man or women on the prowl in my neighborhood? There must be a media black out on the situation because there has been nothing on the news or in the papers, but I also don't get any of the Edmonton papers. They would just pile up and be a fire hazard anyway. So I may walk by there to 7-11 and get the edm sun later.

Well that's it for me today, I'll keep you posted on the crazy situation. I hope good old St A isn't going to end up like 97th street!

Have a good Tues ladies.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Happy Turkey day!

Happy Thanksgiving.

I'm giving thanks today for everything I have gained-oh and lost. lol.

My wonderful house which for the first time is all mine-well and Earls and Evans. I give thanks for my husband that is great dispite a few ticks, but hey whose perfect! My perfect son-oh that's whose perfect. lol. I give thanks for everything I have, everyone whom I love and who loves me, and for the first time in a long time I feel I'm right where I belong. I have a sense of peace in my life now, which is a great feeling.

So why do I have a picture of pizza on turkey day? Well I'll tell ya. Earls Grandpa is in the hospital. He's going to be okay for now, but he's like 93 years old so the family is bracing it's self. Anyway so Earls parents and sister went down to Lethbridge to see him for the weekend. So that puts our little family alone so we decided to have a thanksgiving day pizza instead of the whole turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie thing. So I'm going to be pigging out on some gooey cheesy pizza the day before I weigh in. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to deal.

Since we had the whole day, we got all our fall clean up done outside. It looks sooo weird with all the flower beds cleared, the deck canopy down, and everything except the table and chairs put away for the winter. It looks like the remaining brown trim will not be painted burgundy before it snows which sucks, but I guess I'll just have to live with it.

I also got a great Turkey day call from my sister. She had just taken a preggy test before she called. So congrats are in order! She's having another one!!!! This means Mannix and #2 will be just under 2 years apart. She's super happy, and I'm happy for her. I couldn't do it, I know I'm not ready yet. Another 6-8 months and I'll maybe revisit the idea of starting to try.

Well that's it for me today. Have a great turkey day! I hope you'll have a slice of pumpkin pie for me!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Tubb off Tues on WEd

Okay so I'm totally confused! I've gone down a whole jean size but the scale showed only 2.4 loss in the last 4 weeks! What the! Okay so I'm lifting alot of block at work so I must be gaining some muscle, but could that really account for a 10 pound loss (one size) only adding up to 3 or so pounds? I don't you?

Other then the weight loss part of things:

1. Having the whole basement is great! Evan gets so much more tuckered out since he's gained 2x's the square footage to run in. Which means an easier bed time for me, no fussing, nothin, I put him down and he's down for the count.

2. Both Earl and I are sick, with some kind of cold bug. I went to visit Jordanna for like 3 hours when she was sick. So either it came from her and I spread it, or maybe Evan had a bug last week and his stuffy nose was not teething but a cold, or Earl brought it home from work. Or maybe I pushed myself too much at work in the cold. I guess we'll never know. Regardless of where it came from having a toddler and being sick sucks!!!!

3. Our office is now down stairs in our newly painted room. (Darcey's old bedroom) which leaves the old office open for company and Josh to come and visit over night.

4. Uncle Ian is no longer coming this week which works out great since we are all sick anyway.

That's about it. Work, Evan, weight loss. Hoohum...Have a good Thursday ladies. Hey at least my show is on tonight! Yippee!!!!