Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday - the ugly truth

OK, so I recommitted to weigh in Wednesday last week....and gained weight.  I gained a pound.  I'm so depressed.

When I read back over last week's post, I realize that although I DID sit down that day and create a meal plan for the week, those things don't actually work unless you FOLLOW THEM!  I didn't eat one meal that I had planned.  I did exercise, not 20 minutes every day, as I committed, but 3 times last week I went for a 40 minute bike ride.  We have wonderful hiking/biking trails in our neighbourhood, and I need to take advantage of them more often.  Limefreckle Jr., who used to LOVE to ride his bike everyday, is getting a little harder to convince to come -- he's too busy making movies with his ipad and doesn't want to be interrupted.  Going to have to try to change that this week, and convince him to get out there with me more often...we went once together last week (I went twice on my own, in the morning before Mr. Limefreckle went to work...


 


we have some talented artists in the area!

he always has to stop at this bench for a water break....


 so I soldier on......the alternative is to give up, and I'm not really prepared to do that....I didn't get this blog post till later in the day, so I'm not hooked up to WIW this week, but will do it next week.....
 
 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday - coming clean

I haven't posted ANYTHING about weight loss in quite a long time......because I haven't been DOING anything that relates in anyway to weight loss. I've become a complete sloth over the summer, and can't seem to snap out of it.


I've been doing a lot of laying around lately....my Mom kept taking pictures of me while I was visiting them on vacation, and posting them on Facebook!  Don't you just LOVE your Mom!!
 
So today I decided it's time to re-evaluate.....I looked through my blog, and realized that my "weight loss journey" (I've been on a friggin' weight loss journey my entire life....this time I speak of the one I've documented on my blog) began on November 30, 2012, at 215.2 lbs.  I went back to Weight Watchers, and I started to see improvement....slow, but improvement none the less.  The last time I documented my progress was April 19, 2013, I was 199.10.  Today I stepped on the scale.....210LBS!!  Not too far off that original weight back in November.

Of course a million thoughts have been running through my head, all negative, so I decided to just stop those immediately.....I've learned from past experience that negative thinking gets me know where.  I don't need to beat myself up, I just need to pull up my socks and get started again.

So, I'm dedicating today to planning menus,  and deciding exactly what plan I want to follow.  I bounce around so much from plan to plan, should I do weight watchers, should I do Paleo, should I do Wheat Belly diet.....as long as I keep stressing about which plan to do it seems to keep me from actually DOING anything. Today I make a firm decision, and start.

I'm going to set challenges, or goals of things to add in every week.  Not going to try and do it all today, one goal a week.  This week's goal will be to add exercise back into my week, at least 20 mins. each day.  That's a small, attainable goal, that I can increase later, but for now gets me started.

Looking forward to starting back to link ups with Weigh in Wednesday and getting to know the new hosts.  I found the weekly link up was hugely motivating for me last time, when Erin was running it, and I'm hoping it will be again!

Wish me luck!

Pretty
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Shame on you, Drake and J. Cole, shame on you.

It recently came to my attention through a facebook post, that rapper Drake's new song Jodeci Freestyle contains a line by guest rapper J. Cole that goes a little something like this....

I'm artistic, you n---as is autistic, retarded."

Now, notwithstanding the fact that he uses the N word, which is not acceptable, (just ask Paula Deen) I can't believe he uses autism and retarded as put downs.  I can't believe this is still happening in this day and age.  And hey, those of you that have kids on the spectrum, how many of them are FREAKIN EPICLY ARTISTIC?  So, Mr. J. Cole, you don't even make any sense in your little diss of our children!!!

Seriously, I was so annoyed when I read about this....annoyed that it's happening, annoyed that I actually kind of liked Drake, but will never give his music the time of day again (yes, I realize that losing a middle aged suburban housewife as a fan isn't likely to cause him any sleepless nights) but mostly annoyed that the only way most people are going to even hear about this is by reading it through facebook, cause not much has appeared on the nightly news, last time I checked.  Paula Deen uttered her slurs 30 years ago and her life was turned upside down, the media was like a dog with a bone.....but this?  crickets...that's what I hear, crickets.

I did find a clip of Holly Robison Peete giving a very eloquent and emotional interview on Access Hollywood.  I bet that had it not been for her speaking out nothing at all would have been mentioned about it.  J. Cole issued an apology, that I half read, because seriously, I don't for one minute think that he didn't know what he was doing when he penned those lyrics.....any apology after that is basically just lip service.  He did mention that we deserve "medals, not disrespect".  Well there is something I can agree with.  We DO deserve medals, because every single day, parents of children with autism have to fight tooth and nail to get them the help they need, we have to fight against so much insensitivity and ignorance, and we have to fight to help our children fit in.  And then some ridiculous "artist" (and I use that term loosely) comes along and throws these words out as insults, and all the work we have done to help our children not be perceived as "less than" is undone. 

I look forward to a day when this kind of garbage just isn't tolerated....because it's hate speech, pure and simple.....


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How bought that weather?

Well, we are back from our Northern Ontario jaunt, my parents followed us down here, my mom's sister and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary on Saturday, so they came down for that.  They stayed with us a couple of nights, and left yesterday.  Limefreckle Jr. stood outside waving at them, and yelled "don't call us, we'll call you!" as they drove away! He cracks me up every day....

I feel like today is the first day of our holiday, even though we've been off for 2 1/2 weeks......I have a MILLION things I want to get done around here this summer....starting with a little painting project that has been 1/2 done in our garage for a couple of months....I am PROMISING myself I'll get moving on that again.  Also need to do a big grocery run today, I don't know what Mr. Limefreckle was feeding himself during our absence (actually, I do know one thing.....I got an email from him asking for my recipe for egg salad! (Ummm....sure, boil some eggs, mush them up, add mayo...)   I'm sure he's happy to have us back if for nothing else but a decent dinner!

I'm amazed at how Limefreckle Jr. and I have lucked out with the weather! While we were basking in the sun on Lake Superior, Toronto saw rain practically every day, so much in one day that the city flooded!  I can't imagine being on the go train (something I used to take to work every day, back in my former life) and having snakes sneak through in the flood! (Mom, if you are reading this....don't look at the images below....found on google...)



I can't even imagine what I would have done had I been on this train......

So now that we are back, the weather is scorching hot!  We've been enjoying our pool everyday......what more could I ask for????
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The beauty of Northern Ontario

Our trip up North is drawing to a close. We have had so much fun, playing at the beach, visiting friends and family, even took in Despicable Me 2 one night!

We visited family that has a cottage on an island.....so pristine and beautiful.  I'm not sure if I could do that, it seems like an awful lot of work having to take a boat everywhere, no electricity or plumbing.....(outhouses aren't my favourite places...but their's was the cleanest I've ever seen!)  They do have solar electricity, so they have power, but no washer/dryer/microwave/television....you get the drift!

Limefreckle Jr. however was IN LOVE with the place!!  It's right up his alley, very rustic, there's an old logger's cabin next door....a great place to explore and make up stories....something Jr. loves to do.  And he got to go tubing, which makes him very happy.

He loved it so much, we plan to stop and spend the night tomorrow on our way back to Toronto...he can't wait, and I'm excited too, to catch up with family, and most of all to see Limefreckle Jr. enjoy all the beauty that Northern Ontario has to offer!

he's so excited to be in the boat!

I forgot how much I enjoy a good boat ride!
 


2nd cousins, meeting for the first time....they hit it off nicely!



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Thursday, July 4, 2013

and....EXHALE....

Ah, summer vacation! There is nothing quite like it! Once Limefreckle Jr. entered school, I feel like I've been experiencing the joys of summer vacation all over again, counting down the days until school ends, planning exciting adventures for our summer. One thing I LOVE about Limefreckle Jr., is he never says "I'm bored!" That kid can amuse himself for hours at a time, and not just by watching TV and playing games on the ipad, (which he does, a lot, and I'm not about to apologize for that so don't waste your breath..) but he has adventures...ESPECIALLY when we are up North, at my parent's place, or as Limefreckle Jr. likes to call it....his cottage. It's not a cottage, it's a beautiful house, that just happens to be sitting on Lake Superior...the best place to put a house I think! My parents moved there after I moved away from home. Truth be told, had they moved there when I was a teenager I probably would have bawked at the idea, because living that far from town wouldn't have been on my top 10 list of things to do at that time....back then hanging with my friends was all that was on my mind (well, that and boys..) and I would have felt isolated. Now that I'm an adult, I can fully appreciate this lifestyle, and when I come to visit every year, I tend to settle in and nest, and although I try to connect with the people in my life that still live here, I very often end up hibernating, and not wanting to make that trek into town very often....it's just easier to relax on the beach!



When I'm finished basking in the sun, I head over to my NEXT favourite place in the world...


I found this picture on my Mom's facebook page, with the cation "princess is home for a visit".....I finished that book in only a few hours.....


It was a GREAT book, the story of a young boy on the spectrum, who has an imaginary friend.  The story is written from his friend's perspective....great read to start off my summer!
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Our road trip.....

Limefreckle Jr. and I packed up the car on Monday morning and headed up North. It's a loooong drive (8 hours plus stops) but we do it every year, have been for many, many years and I'm used to it. Often people think I'm crazy to do that drive alone, but I find it very peaceful, I usually listen to a ton of books on tapes etc (although this year, I was so full of the speakers that I had heard over the weekend, I mostly just listened to music...)


I went back upstairs to make sure I had all our bags, and saw this in front of Limefreckle Jr's door.  I'm pretty sure his dad won't rent the room out while we are gone, but we are gone for 10 days, one never knows!

We headed out onto pretty quiet highways, one of the perks of waiting until the last day of the long weekend to travel...

flag up on the electronic signs for Canada Day

We travelled without much happening, weather was a bit cool about 2 hours north of Toronto, and I got a little worried that we weren't going to be spending time on the beach, but it warmed up the further North we got....

 
We always stop at this little store about 3/4 of the way up North...



At about this point in the drive, Mama gets a little punchy....perhaps thanks to Tim Horton's and their delicious Ice Capps....  I end up singing at the top of my lungs, this year Limefreckle Jr. decided to bring his bongos....and began to serenade me.....wonder what the other drivers think???


We made the trip in good time, ready to have a nice dinner and too many glasses of wine with my Mom and Dad, and then fireworks on the beach with our neighbours.....life is good in the North!



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