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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

After a long while of avoiding the scale and intentionally NOT obsessing about it....I braved a peek a few days ago. I have been intentionally eating less, only when hungry and since I am expending less energy since I can't exercise much, I have adjusted my eating to compensate.

So what did that scale say?

I had LOST 2 pounds from the last time I weighed! Whoo hoo! Okay I have to admit, 164.4 pounds is not my desired weight...but you know, gone are the days that the scale dictates my mood or self worth.

I know that I am more aware of what my body needs and wants now. I am less obsessed with food and cooking and I think for me, that is a good thing.

On the professional front, I am going to a part time job interview on Thursday and this is the 2nd interview. I am hopeful that I will get it, it is a position that is PERFECT for me and my skills and availability. It still allows me to be home for the kids in the afternoons.

I have written a couple of blogs for the InBetween Magazine. (one article due out soon) and one of the books I ghost wrote is not in print! Whoo hoo!

The best thing is that if I get this part time job, then we will be able to afford to get a second car and with the kids involved in piano lessons and my son in a recreation program at the community centre as well as teacher meetings and school events, I really need to have a car. It has been almost 2 or 3 years without a second car and it has been a challenge!

Let me also tell you about my nails! For the longest time my nails would break and chip and I could never grow them! WELL...after I quit my cleaning job, through the summer, all of a sudden my nails are growing like crazy. They are strong and healthy and to the point where I actually had to cut and file them down so that I could type properly again! WOW!

I am happy about that! I have not changed my diet, although maybe the increase in latte's might be part of it!????

I am optimistic for the future and once I settle in to the job and we sign up for benfits then I will be able to go for physio for my hip and once that is straightened out, literally, then I want to get a gym membership at the community centre and start over again to get my fitness up.

The occasional bike ride this summer was good, but then my hip would hurt later on in the day! I forgot to log most of them!

On Sunday night DH and I went on date night and I had the Pad Thai, I took the egg off the top and gave it to DH. It did not have tofu in it. It was a little spicier than I expected!

I know this is next picture has been a long time coming:

These are the noodles made with the Vegetti! Delicious! So far I sautee them and have added bolognaise sauce. I also added pesto sauce one time! Delicious!

I think once the weather gets a little cooler you will see a lot more zucchini noodle ideas.

I hope all of you are doing well and I apologize for being so scarce on here... the kids are back to school now, so although that helps in one way, it doesn't in another. The schedule is now rather hectic!

Let me know how you are!

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FITGIRL15 9/16/2014 3:22PM

    You look great, Mel!!!
Intuitive eating isn't easy for everyone! But it sounds like you are rocking it! And the "Vegetti" might have something to do with that! ;)

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EILEEN828 9/11/2014 5:16AM

    I hope you can get a new car soon. Love all your pictures. emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 9/10/2014 10:46PM

    Always nice to read your updates...looking great as always!! And the food looks amazing!!

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JAVAFLOWER 9/9/2014 7:31PM

    Lookin' good, Mel!

best wishes on landing the job!!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/9/2014 2:25PM

    Love all your pictures especially the picture of you and your daughter.... and your food looks absolutely yummy! I think I'm have to go out and buy the "Vegetti Delicious!" Good luck on your interview on Thursday.... I hope you get the job! I am so proud of you eating right and losing 2 pounds! Way to go girl! I hope you have a wonderful week!
Hugs and love,

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ERIN1128 9/9/2014 12:42PM

    Sounds like everything is coming up roses! :-)

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LIS193 9/9/2014 12:19PM

    Great pic of you and your DD.
Getting a 2nd car will be a huge help. I know how it was when my car was "laid up" for nearly a year and I had to share with DH.
Keeping my finger crossed for Thursday!!
Way to go being down - relaxing about food helps and yes, lattes are good for you :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/9/2014 10:35AM

    Those 'noodles' look delish!
Congrats on the positive outlook.

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LINDA! 9/9/2014 10:35AM

    I enjoyed the photos, especially you are your daughter. The food looks delicious. I am hopeful that you will get the job. Having a second car is a necessity in this crazy world or ours. Also, congrats on 2 pounds lost forever. You have much to look forward to - yay! I am trying to lose weight with less carbs, because I was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Wishing you all the best.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Just a quickie...
The kids are swimming and I am waiting for them to finish. Now that they are older, I do not have to swim with them! :-)
I would rather swim at lane swim, otherwise when I swim with the kids I get cold!

anyway I just wanted to say thanks to those who gave me birthday goodies and wishes! Some of you on FB.

I also wanted to post a pic of the kittens. They are growing so fast, but still utterly adorable!

On my birthday DH took me out for lunch, the kids were in day camp so it felt like old times when we were young and free. :-)

I had a peach and pecan salad with beets and goats cheese! It was delicious! I added some grilled chicken.

Hubby is getting me a VEGETTI for my birthday when they come back in to stock at "Bed , bath and beyond" happy! ( See Lis`blog for how it makes noodles out of zucchini etc)
( here is the link below)
I hope you are all having a great summer?

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LIS193 7/24/2014 11:24AM

    They are growing so fast!! The kitten stage is adorable but they show so much more personality when they get older. I miss my boys!!
Thank you for sharing my blog!

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FITGIRL15 7/23/2014 11:50AM

    Wow, they aren't baby kitties any more... more like teenagers! LOL Still SOOO CUTE! Meowwww!

Happy Belated birthday, my fellow Canadian Spark Friend!!! emoticon
SOunds like it was a lovely day!!!

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GOANNA2 7/23/2014 12:07AM

    Glad to hear you had a lovely birthday lunch.
Your kitties have grown and they are really adorable.
What is the spark name for Lis so I can check it out.
Keep enjoying your summer. emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/22/2014 9:00PM

    Your kitties are absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing the picture of them! I'm so glad you had a happy Birthday! That is wonderful that you and your honey got to go out to lunch together on your Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day at the pool with the kids!
Hugs and love!
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LINDA! 7/22/2014 8:37PM

    I am happy to hear that you had a good birthday. Your cats are adorable.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I have not written a blog in a while and thought I probably should.
So much has happened since Mother `s day. ( That was the last blog!)

My mother in law is now living here in Canada. She moved over permanently at the end of May.

I have quit my cleaning job as of July 31 and look forward to having my Saturdays back so that I can concentrate on family time. It means a loss in income, but I am sending out my resume in order to make up the money in writing jobs! ( Keep your fingers crossed for me and if you are a prayer person, pray!)

I am still without a car which has its challenges, especially in the Summer when the kids are home and want to go places.

A couple of weeks ago my hard drive not only crashed, but DIED! So there is another challenge I am dealing with. I am using a netbook at the moment, but it is what my son uses for school and it is a google netbook so it does not support windows operating systems.
That poses a whole lot of trouble too!

I am working around all these issues!

ON the exercise front, this week I will be biking at least 30 minutes a day to get DD to and from the bus pick up point for camp. If not cycing then walking. :-)

My doctor wants me to go for physio to sort out my pain in my legs from hip flex-or stuff caused by misalignment of the hips, but we do not have any health benefits as yet. We are working on that! Once we get benefits and I get the physio to correct things then I will be allowed to do more exercise.

( I want to get back to running and swimming)

Here is a pic from the opening event of my Portraits of Giving event:

( apologies if it is sideways)
The book I wrote to go with the photography exhibit is NOW available and contains the 10 biographies from this year`s recipients.

We have been doing a lot of de-cluttering and spring cleaning around the house! So I have been a busy bee!

I have not been eating on The Plan, as such, but I know which foods to avoid to manage the bloat. I think my weight is stable, but I would like to get back on THE PLAN to lose another 10 pounds. I just did not want to do it in a hurry...from experience I know that if I lose too much weight in one chunk then my body retaliates and puts it back on and then some....So I wanted to stabilize before losing the next few pounds.

Maybe once things calm down around here I can concentrate on getting back on THE PLAN and getting to my next goal! ( come on ladies, talk me into it! ;-))

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LINDA! 7/16/2014 6:49PM

    Thanks for sharing the photo. emoticon It does sound like you are always busy. But giving up the cleaning job should help with more family time. I am hopeful that you will find a job that suits you. I am sorry about your pain. I hope that it is gone soon. emoticon

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EILEEN828 7/14/2014 4:50AM

    Like you say if you avoid the reactive food, you should be able to get by until you can really focus. Don't forget to get some rest, busy bee.

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SPARKNMOM 7/9/2014 9:04AM

    Goodness! You're busy as always! Glad you'll get to add Saturdays to your family time!!!!

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GOANNA2 7/9/2014 4:31AM

    You are a very busy lady Mel. I hope your pain can be
alleviated. Sorry to hear about your computer. Sending
prayers for you to find another job. It is good that your
MIL has moved to Canada. sounds like you have a very
busy life now that you have no car and have the kids to
transport to places. I don't own a car and sometimes
relying on public transport can have its moments.
have a good summer. Praying for you. emoticon emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/8/2014 5:10PM

    It is great to hear from you Mel! Sounds like you've been one busy bee! Sorry to hear about your computer, no car and your pain in your leg! You will definitely be in my prayers! That's awesome that you're getting your exercise in picking your DD up from the bus pick up point from camp! I love the portrait of you! You are absolutely beautiful! I can't wait for you to start your "the plan" again.... because I love the pictures you take of all your yummy foods you eat! I hope you and your family have a wonderful summer! Sending you lots of hugs!
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FITGIRL15 7/8/2014 4:18PM

    Good to hear from you Mel! You certainly are busy! But that's a good thing sometimes!!!

Have a wonderful summer!!!
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LIS193 7/8/2014 1:02PM

    You have been very busy! Enjoy having the kids home for the summer and having MIL live close by - kids love their grannies :)
Sorry to hear about your hip/leg problems - hope you can something sorted out soon so you heal.
I hear you on being without are car - mine is only just fixed after being stored for over a year, I am happy to have my ancient (17 year old) Jeep back, even without the rearview mirror LOL
Getting back on the Plan is not easy with the kids home - watching them having summer treats is hard when you are being strict with yourself. Relax a little and do the best you can in the meantime. You can always declare one day a week a Plan day - I know how mush you like day 2 dinner :)
Have a great summer!!

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ERIN1128 7/8/2014 11:19AM

    Wow, you HAVE been a busy bee! Good that your MIL is closer...I know from experience how difficult it can be to deal with parental health issues from afar. Sorry about the hip pain - have you tried a chiropractor? Just a thought.

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Mother's day meal

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's day is a day this is both wonderful and difficult all at the same time! I miss my mom!

So I tried to focus on my own little family and enjoy the day with them. Mother's day will never be the same now that my mom has passed on, but I try not to let it dampen the mood.

My kids both made me hand made cards and my daughter bought me a YA fiction book I was anxious to read! ( thoughtful!)

We went to church in the morning and the kids had made a video talking about moms. It was so cute! They showed everyone and it came with lots of laughter!

After church we went to a restaurant for lunch with our good friends.
I had the curry shrimp bowl, without the shrimp! I had chicken instead.
The sauce was coconut based and loads of veggies! Delicious!

This is what it looked like:
( sorry, the pic is not great! only had my phone with me - and they are sideways! Sorry!)

Once I dug in, it looked like this! AND I ate it with chopsticks, right down to the last bite!

Other than that, had a quiet day play with kitties, reading my new book. Relaxing!

I hope that you all had a nice mother's day.

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SPARKNMOM 5/14/2014 9:26PM

    Looks like a yummy day for you :)

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GOANNA2 5/14/2014 4:38AM

    Glad you had a lovely Mother's Day. Hope your weather
has improved and you are finally enjoying Spring weather.
That curry looks so yummy. Have you read your book yet?
I miss my mum too Mel. I think that even though they are not
physically in our lives, they are always with us. emoticon

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ERIN1128 5/13/2014 11:52AM

    So glad you had a nice day!

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LIS193 5/13/2014 11:10AM

    What a wonderful Mother's Day!
Your food looks great and those kittens are getting so big!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/13/2014 10:49AM

    Sounds wonderful!

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JANTHEBLONDE 5/13/2014 9:59AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful Mother's Day spending it with your kids! Your lunch looks and yummy and your kitties are absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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First bike ride of the season

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Yesterday my Daughter and I rode our bikes to the library and pet store!
My butt is sore today! Not used to it! LOL

It was a rare sunny day. It rained all of last week! Sigh!

This is the mischievous one!

Cuteness overload!

I worked on assignment on Sat and it went well, the time flew by!

Tomorrow I pitch the stories to the lady who will decide to accept them or not. Then I write them and they will go online! fingers crossed!

Yesterday I did a photo shoot for my Portraits of Giving Author photo for this year's event.
I don't think I can post them here until later on, the photographer is keeping it all under wraps until the grand opening on June 19th.

Tomorrow my daughter is getting her hair cut here at home. A friend of mine specializes in cutting kids hair and she is coming to our home!

loving my kittens and this week I am getting more sleep! They are now on to the hard food and don't need me to feed them every 4 hours anymore! I feel human again!

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JANTHEBLONDE 5/9/2014 11:24AM

    I love your pictures of your kitties! They are absolutely adorable! I can't wait to see your pictures from your photo shoot! Hope you have a wonderful day!
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GOANNA2 5/8/2014 4:53AM

    That's great news about being able to go for a bike ride
after such a long winter. Good luck with getting your writing
accepted. I am sure you will get the OK. Your kittens are
growing fast and thy are really adorable. We are finally getting
some cooler weather. Low of 17 and high of 24 is still good.
i wish it could stay like this. Have a great Thursday. emoticon

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ERIN1128 5/7/2014 12:00PM

    Boy, ain't it the truth - I don't know how professional bike riders do it! Though I guess you can spend a bunch of money and get a more comfortable seat. :-)

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LIS193 5/7/2014 11:46AM

    Yeah! for nice weather and being able to go outside! It will be summer soon :)
Your kittens are sooo cute! Makes me miss my cats so much..

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FITGIRL15 5/7/2014 10:49AM

    It's been SNOWING here... Ugh! Thie spring has been just ridiculous! I haven't been out on my bike yet, the trails are pretty much still a mess! Need some SUN to clean this all up!!!
Congrats for getting out though! emoticon Keep it up, your butt will toughen up! haha!

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JAVAFLOWER 5/7/2014 10:36AM

    oooo - I am envious of you! - I have SO been craving a bike ride!
(and getting a kitten - lol)

good luck with your pitch tomorrow!

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