Sunday, 25 February 2007
The funny thing is - I thought he was lying! I seriously wore that blouse all day and figured it couldn't really be a 12. Then when I changed out of my church clothes I looked and sure enough - it was a 12!
I think I must be one of those people who loses weight and doesn't see it in the mirror. I still have 1X shirts I'm wearing! I guess it's time to get rid of those so I can really start believing that I've lost weight - and that my body really has changed.
Friday, 23 February 2007
We got a dog tonight!
I'd post a picture - but my camera battery seems to be dead.
The dog is a chihuahua. He's soooo tiny!! He's all white with little brown spots over his ears and he has a black patch over his eye. I think we should name him Patch but the rest of the family is opting for Spike (I know...dumb)
And don't tell anyone....but I think I could like this dog.
The whole thing reminded me of how mom says they ended up buying the motel in Kelowna. My dad wanted to do it for quite a while but mom was holding back. When she finally decided maybe it would be okay to venture into that business everything fell into place lickety split.
My family has been lobbying for a dog for YEARS. As a matter of fact, Allen has been lobbying for a dog since we got married. I always told him that when we had a baby we could get a dog. Well, I've put it off for 8 years now....and so now I finally lived up to my end of the deal. :0) Allen was telling me today that we had some extra money and what should we do with it. I brought up that perhaps we should get a dog. Within the hour he had found one and right after dinner he and Jill left to go pick it up.
My favorite quote of the day on this topic came from Jill. Allen said when they were driving home Jill said, "What are we going to talk about now?" "What do you mean, Jill?" Allen says. "Well," responds Jill, "we've been talking about getting a dog for so long and we talk about it all the time - now that we have one we can't talk about that anymore!"
LOL Somehow I don't think that'll be a problem.
Wednesday, 21 February 2007
Being on the diet I've been on for the past few months has been really interesting. I think I've learned more about myself and food than any other time in my life...and I've had more success!
I've really learned what a difference sugar (or perhaps better said, no sugar!) makes! This diet is all based on keeping you in ketosis. Each time you visit the clinic, the nurse checks your urine for ketones. Generally, the higher the concentration of ketones, the better (since it means you're burning more fat). I have found being in ketosis quite amazing - I just don't feel hungry! I'm happy with salads and tuna and egg whites and other things that seem quite unsatisfying most days. However, when I'm in ketosis I like that stuff!
I've learned that sugar knocks me out of ketosis faster than anything. So do carbs. Things I cannot eat if I want to stay in ketosis are things like popcorn, potatoes, rice, and of course, sugary snacks...all the things I love!! I also have to limit breads. Two servings a day of bread is about it! (Oh the pain!)
However, I'm finding it's quite worth it. If I can stay in ketosis I lose weight quite quickly. This month I've been in and out of ketosis thanks to birthday parties, weekends away, Valentine's Day and our Anniversary. But that is all finished now...and I'm on to great ketosis moments. I have found that the benefits I experience while in ketosis as I try to lose weight are that my weight loss is quicker, I am not hungry and don't have cravings the same, I'm in a better mood, and I have much more energy. The doctor says that as long as protein intake is adequate you do not lose lean muscle mass losing weight when you stay in ketosis.
I've decided that this might be a life-long pursuit - that is, the avoidance of sugar. I've just got some good books out from the library on this topic. I'm hoping to bring my family along on this sugar-free journey. So far they're not that interested.
But that's okay, it's all good! I feel like I'm ready to get on a good weight loss roll again! Here's to losing!
Sunday, 18 February 2007
Yesterday was our anniversary. 13 years! Wow! I can't believe we've been married for that long. Then again, sometimes it seems like it's just always been this way!
Here's a picture of us on our wedding day. Weren't we just cute? LOL Allen had braces then...and my hair was naturally very curly. Now he has straight teeth and I have straight hair.
Thursday, 15 February 2007
Today we had a lot of fun watching all the kids in Jill's school perform at an Artist in Residence celebration. They've had an artist named Debra Geibelhouse-Maloney working with the students. She is an AMAZING musician and teacher. I almost felt like crying watching some of the things the kids did in their performances! (But then, I'm kind of weird that way) :0)
In Jill's grade they study a bunch of different countries in Social Studies and compare life in those countries to life in Canada. One thing they've learned is that many countries have similar 'tales'...and the one they talked about today was the story of the flood. They did a story put to music called How the Llama Saved the People in Peru From the Flood.
Just in case you can't figure out what the narrator is saying or the kids are singing, here's a little summary of the story:
Intro - Introduction of Llamas and Owners
Song 1- Hey Mr. Llama - the llama is sad and so the owner is trying to find out what the problem is
Song 2 - The Flood! The llama lets the owner know that a flood is coming.
Song 2 - Really, Are You Sure? (Owners response to the Llama saying that a flood is on its way)
Song 3 Climb Climb Climb - They climb up to the top of some mountain in Peru (whose name escapes me now!) to stay safe in the flood
Song 4 - Hello And How Are You Today - They meet a lot of new creatures along the way and are saying hello to them
Song 5 - The Storm (i.e. the flood)
Song 6 - Down Down Down Down - They climb down the mountain to see what changes have happened
Song 7 - A Tale From Peru...now we've told it to you!
....and that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the Llama saved the people in Peru from the flood!
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
This is us working on getting the bed together. You can tell from the lack of "glee" on everyone's face that this wasn't the biggest party we've ever had as a family.
Taaa dummm!!! Tonight Peirce and Jill are having a "sleepover" in Peirce's room to celebrate
This picture gives you a better idea of how high his bed is. He's pretty excited about having his own private little play place under the bed. :0) We still need to do a little adjusting of posters and things...but we got the bed together!
Saturday, 10 February 2007
I had registered our kids for two programs at the library today. One was with David Thiaw (prounced Chow). We had an introduction to him previously when he did an artist in residence program at Jill's school. He is a master percussionist, an engaging storyteller, singer musician, composer, teacher, linguist and recently, an author.
...then to top it off, when we came home to our babysitter who was babysitting for the first time I discovered he had cleaned up toys and just generally tidied up the family room! It's been so long since we've had a babysitter do that! Yea!! That boy will get to baby sit again!
Wednesday, 7 February 2007
Monday, 5 February 2007
After we finished we got a bite to eat and then did a little shopping (although not quite enough for Jill's tastes) By 8:00 we were back in the hotel room and I was totally exhausted! The kids seemed to have a little more stamina - but they did finally relent and go to sleep. Allen made a quick run over to Uncle Bob's house to deliver a blessing outfit to his parents and I stayed and read. I read two books this weekend by Nicholas Sparks - Love at First Sight and The Notebook. I thoroughly enjoyed both.
Sunday we got up and did some swimming in the hotel. They had a waterslide in the hotel - and it was about perfect for Peirce. Jill got her nose out of joint a bit as some girls about her age decided they really liked Peirce and only wanted to play with him. Suddenly she was very interested in playing with him. LOL
We checked out by 11:00 and Church was at 1:00 so we had a little time to go have a good lunch. In Sacrament Meeting Peirce fell asleep within 5 minutes of us sitting down - which was a good thing! Virginia and Andy blessed their baby - which was the real reason for our trip to Edmonton. It was fun to see everyone and great to hold little Jeremy. Jill especially loved holding him. She's just dying to have a baby in our family. Nana Ackroyd gave her a lecture about how if we do have another baby she has to promise to be a big helper because having a baby is a lot of work. She's got that right! :0)
The roads home were terrible. If we had known they were going to be like that we probably would have come home the next day. All the way from Edmonton to Red Deer we were tense and nervous. However, after Red Deer it was just fine.
As much as it is fun to go away, I sure enjoy getting home!
Friday, 2 February 2007
Success is very motivating for me. I'm starting to think I COULD really reach my goal weight!
Thursday, 1 February 2007
Having tried to do this kind of thing before with kids, I can tell you, it's impressive! I'm in awe at how a teacher could get these kids to pull this off! When I tried these kinds of things there was mostly chaos...actually, I think chaos was my specialty when I was teaching. LOL Clearly Jill's teacher has the chaos thing under control.
Sorry the video is blurry. This was my first attempt at doing this. I'll get better!