In Mom's Heels

A shoe obsessed mom's Weight Watchers Journey with Celiac Disease


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Ever had one of those days?

Ever have one of those days? Or in my case, months? Everything is irritating?

I know someone who walks everyday for an hour. They said to me that they didn’t think the walking was working. They also said they don’t eat any differently. I replied that could be the problem; They haven’t changed their eating habits. They said it doesn’t matter, with all the walking they’ve been doing, they should be losing one pound a week. I said why not add some weight lifting/training in. They said they didn’t want to build muscle before they lose the fat.  Now doesn’t that sound a little like which came first, the chicken or the egg?

I can relate though, although in the opposite way. I have changed my eating pattern (mostly) and am running/lifting weights/attending classes, and the scale has barely budged! Yes, I’m down 15 or so pounds (in 5 months!?), and the measurements are shrinking. I know I shouldn’t focus solely on the number on the scale that screams at me in red, YOU WEIGH HOW MUCH? Stupid judgmental scale. Discouraging and frustrating all at the same time. Yes, I’m about ready to give up.

AND, my dear people…notice how FRUSTRATED is spelled? It’s pronounced [fruhs-trey-tid] NOT FUSTRATED. Drive me insane.

I weighed in last week; down 0.4 lbs for a total of 16 lbs. I weighed in yesterday, up 0.5 lbs for a total of 15.5 lbs.  I’ve changed my workout routine recently with the help of a trainer. The lady at Weight Watchers told me to introduce more protein. Let’s try that this week and see if it makes a difference.

Cheers,

~S

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Year in Review…2015

Hello. It’s me. I was wondering if after all these months you’d like to read, about me. Snicker…thanks Adele for letting me “borrow” you’re opening lines…

So, it’s been a while. Looking back to my last post, I did eventually create that home gym; although I didn’t fix the basement wall…I knew it will take me forever to do that and it was just another excuse standing in my way. My friend K became a certified personal trainer and came over to give me training tips. I admit, I did it for quite a few months and then gave up.

Work has been going very well, I am enjoying my job immensely. I am a stand alone HR person with multiple locations. I’ve headed some projects and travelled to Montreal a few times to work on committees. I am really looking forward to what the new year will bring!

I got really depressed this summer. The moods became quite dark. I reached out to my family doctor who put me back on the meds and sent me for counselling…too bad the appointment wasn’t for another 6 months. In the meantime, I kept to the promise I made to myself and didn’t partake in any of the obstacle races that I had become so fond of, nor did I return to kickboxing. Instead, I chose to walk. I downloaded Map My Walk by Under Armour. My youngest had soccer practices on Tuesdays & Thursdays and when I took her to those, I walked. In April, (when I remembered to turn the app on) I logged 21km, May 5km, June 14.5km , July 15.5km, August 13.5km, and September 7 km. My longest walk was 9.4 km in 1.5 hours, that was taking it super slow at the end to cool down. I lost my poor little Fitbit Zip somewhere on the subway or at the hospital. Lucky for me, my wonderful family gave me a new Fitbit Charge HR for Christmas this year.

Hubby participated in the Grand Slam Charity Baseball Tourney supporting the Toronto East General Hospital with his company, we met baseball greats like Jose Canseco, Robbie Alomar, David Justice, Jessie Barfield, Mookie Wilson….so many more. It was an amazing and humbling experience.

I had another MRI and follow-up in September with my specialist and they have said the “spots” have not grown and are Focal Nodular Hyperplasia’s and I can move to MRI’s in 3 years. I have responded very well to the Gluten Free diet as the blood work shows zero antibodies.

Mom was told this year her Multiple Myeloma is no longer smoldering (“inactive” in easy-speak). She started treatments and, after a couple of bumps, is responding very well to the treatments. This is not a curable cancer, but a very manageable one. While the wait times with her specialist are LONG (one was about 7 hours), this is one of the foremost specialists in this type of cancer, we’ll wait (as frustrating as it is).

On Canada Day, we got to see Walk Off the Earth at a free concert in Brampton, ON. In September, I took A to her very first concert ever, Ed Sheeran. I went to my very first Madonna concert ever in October. I was on the floor, 6 chairs from the stage. What an experience.

We also got caught up in Toronto Blue Jays fever. My husband and I attended Game 5 of the ALDS – WOW, what a game. Of course, it was disappointing that we lost in the ALCS, but there is always next year.

My kids are well into their sports. E is still playing her rep soccer in winter and summer and A is playing girls hockey in winter and co-ed in summer. She had a few teammates join her this summer for co-ed hockey.

We went on a cruise, the four of us, in December. We boarded the Norwegian Escape (OMG – this ship was AWESOME!!) on December 5. We ported in St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands), Tortola (British Virgin Islands) and Nassau (Bahamas). Our underwater camera broke in St. Thomas while snorkelling and the GoPro managed to capture only my snorkel masked face and not the 1.5 hours snorkel…there’s always next year. We cruise from the Norwegian Getaway in December.

Christmas was hurried as we scrambled to shop after returning from the cruise. It was unseasonably warm here in Southern Ontario, everyone was commenting how it didn’t feel like Christmas. Most of my house wasn’t decorated to its usual extent. I even took down a tree – my hubby would tell you that the tree in the basement hasn’t been taken down in 4 years and I don’t turn it on in the off-season and call it a ficus and since we weren’t hosting Christmas this year, we didn’t need it.

My awesome company closes its doors a noon on Christmas Eve and gives us all a holiday until the new year. I don’t have to take vacation and I get paid for it. I am VERY grateful that I get to work where I do. I’ve been with some horrible bosses and equally horrible companies (from my perspective, of course).

New Years was spent with new friends in our downtown listening to live music and watching the fireworks. Mom was in Alberta visiting my younger brother and his beautiful family.

Things learned this year, I don’t put myself first enough (if ever), I lack confidence, I am good at my profession, and I am done putting other people first when they don’t value me the same way.

My New Years Goals for 2016? To be Happy and put myself first. I will learn to be more confident and use the voice I have.

I wish all of you a very Happy New Year, filled with love and happiness that you all deserve.

Cheers,

S.