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This is what we were feeling like last weekend when I even managed to get out for not one, but two outdoor runs…in Southern Ontario.


So I was feeling pretty confident in the groundhog who informed us by not running away from his shadow a few weeks ago that spring was indeed coming.

Then this happened. Don’t let the happy heart shapes fool you, it’s cold and wet and miserable.


Overall, I am absolutely not complaining about this winter. It has plain and simply rocked and after last year when it was just unbearably awful. Seriously, I think I wore a minimum of 3 layers every day for around 8 weeks straight (or more) and I still couldn’t get warm enough.

So, I thank Mother Nature for the warm ‘winter’ we’ve had this year…but that groundhog has 2 more weeks ’til I best be seeing green again. I’ll be cheering his prediction on let me tell you. #GoGroundhog #BringOnSpring

Until then, stay warm, and cheer along with me…it can’t hurt…and it may in fact keep up warm in the interim 😉

What munchkin time means to me as a Non

I am ‘Aunty’ to many and actual Aunt to a few and it is a title I cherish.

Last year my darling wonderful niece and nephew (aka my BFF’s kids) moved to another province and as my BFF knows all too well, I was brokenhearted. I managed to say goodbye to Miss (and cried the entire way home after), but I couldn’t hold it together to say goodbye to Mister so I begged her to say goodbye for me (thank goodness he was 4 at the time so to him it wasn’t as big of a deal LOL).

I got to see all of them again a couple of weeks ago and I was beyond elated. So was Miss, and then Mister once he remembered me again.

We arrived late so didn’t get to see everyone until the morning, but it was all I could do to stay in bed and not run out and hug them all once morning came. To me it was like the feeling I got as a child on Christmas morning all over again. And when I did sneak out to surprise Miss and my BFF, it was beyond fantastic.

A full-week of my BFF and the kids, I was ready and enjoyed every single moment I assure you. Hugs every morning and lots of quality fun time with all, yup, it really was like Christmas for me (and I hope them too a bit). We went on day trips, we sat and snuggled. My BFF and I caught up and on our day to ourselves, it was like time had stood still and the nuttiness picked up right where we left off. This is the power of this friendship and my adoration for my niece and nephew.


My BFF and I: Reunited!

When you see that I have their pictures up at work and at home you can be assured I look at them often, these are things I cherish. I have them with my actual niece and nephews pictures too, the kids in my life matter to me, all of the munchkins in my life matter to me.

When I’m given a picture they’ve coloured (even some of my Sparks girls give me artwork) I save it and I do show it off. I think that surprises people, but for me, since I don’t get that everyday, I adore it.

This time I managed to hold myself together to say goodbye to my BFF and the kids (I know she’s proud of that) and after SEVERAL hugs and starting the countdown to next time, they left.

I miss them terribly, but I have the pictures and the memories…and there’s always Skype too ;).

Embracing Change

This year did not exactly start off well and seemed to get a lot worse before it started to get a little bit better.

It was rough, my stress levels went back up, my hours of sleep went down and my anxiety, well, let’s just say I really needed the weather to warm up so I could take it out on the pavement.

I’m on the cusp of a massive change to my life, a major job change. I wasn’t expecting it, I really wasn’t, and when it came I was excited and nervous equally. I am truly one of the luckiest girls in the world when it comes to my bosses. I had to disappoint one and it almost broke my heart. Hence why he naiively thinks he’s rid of me, but I’ll be checking in on him, no way am I letting him off the hook that easily ;). I’ve just had 5 of the awesomest years with him and never laughed so much and had so much fun creating my little niche and helping him.

And my new-ish boss, well, he rocks too! I’m very excited to start this new chapter of my life and share it all with you. I’ll be a lot closer to home so my beautiful fur-babies are very excited to be my regular lunch dates (well, if they feel like getting up, they need 18 hours of sleep per day after all LOL).

This is why you haven’t heard as much from me of late, but expect lots more now with so many new things coming my way, and yours!

Change is scary for sure, but it’s something we all have to deal with. I’m choosing to embrace it and move forward…with the occasional look to check on things of course ;).

Race Week is Here & I’m a Nervous Wreck

Yup, the countdown is really truly seriously on now. My next race is a mere 7 days away (well, less now) and my nerves are already setting in. Of course that could also be something to do with the fact I’m not sleeping well at the moment, but I think a lot is nerves for sure.

On the weekend I did a practice run/walk along the route with my BFF and it went well with the exception being that I didn’t hydrate enough (my nemesis) and I’m still in recovery-mode from that as I type actually. Doing the route definitely helped me because now I have a visual of what I’m going to be doing, I need that, it really helps me focus. Even with it being a practice we shaved off almost 4 minutes from the last race we did together back in the spring. I was pleased with that.

Frustratingly, my shoes are done. Yeah. A week before the race. Ok, they could probably last one more week, but even with my brand-new insoles in them, I admit, my legs took a bit of abuse on the weekend and since I still have a little bit more training needed this week, I think I may be picking up new ones asap.

But on a bright note, my Garmin watch (I love this toy, it’s my fave thing) performed perfectly, so did my Sparkle Skirt (I did  a full-gear check, I don’t like surprises) and I know I am NOT carrying a big bottle the whole run, that was a pain. I’ll set up for hubby to be my water-guy (I’ve even scouted a spot for him) and everything will rock.

10k, totally doable.

Now to keep pre-hydrating…..

Happy Monday all!

Mission Reclaim the House Update

You’ve no doubt noticed a trend in my posts lately and that they’re about my spring cleaning efforts. The reason is two-fold.

1. It is according to the calendar anyway, apparently spring

2. I need a way to make myself accountable and actually really get this done

My happy little townhouse was once spotless (well, for the most part) and also clutter-free.

Then I met my hubby, sorry dear, and then my parents and his mom both downsized at roughly the same time. We had a fully furnished place, now we have too much and I have been paring it down for several years. It has been a very hard process and I reached my breaking point this year. I simply cannot take it anymore and that’s it it has to be finished so I can move forward again. I keep getting stuck, but I find by taking a breather (as mentioned in a previous post below) I am able to re-focus and make serious progress.

Having certain deadlines also helps. This week I have the Diabetes Clothesline program coming on Thursday morning so on the weekend I tripled my efforts so that I can get as much out to them as possible. It’s good stuff in a lot of cases, and I would rather see benefit than waste from it so that’s why I donate.

This weekend’s tasks completed included:

  • Having our friend pick up the extra serving ware I had for his new place
  • Dusting done
  • Vaccuuming done
  • 2 bathrooms cleaned (the third is my temporary space for all of the stuff that is going this week)
  • Kitchen cupboards, floor, stove and small appliances wiped down. I have now got tea towels covering my coveted KitchenAid Mixer (I call her Mixie LOL) and my breadmaker to avoid build up of dust etc. when not in use.
  • Clothes sorted by hubby from pile I made for him and he also sorted his magazines (let’s just say the recycling guys are going to do a double-take this week at how many bins we fill)
  • Drapes in master bedroom mostly de-furred (the joys of white cats and dark blue drapes). I discovered that with a damp sponge, a bag and a whole lot of patience that you can get them clean again.

Am I done yet? Nope. But does the house look and actually feel better? You bet!
 How goes your efforts?

Nonmom’s Me Time

Hi there!

I know, I’ve been MIA, but I have several good reasons that can be summarized as ‘I’ve been swamped’. And really, that is actually a good thing, it means I have a lot to do and I’m doing it and things are moving forward after that slump called the February blah’s.

I’m trying to get out walking more, which isn’t always possible,  but I try to fit them in when I can, and I’m working more…which I really love. I am the person who cannot sit still. Ask my husband. I literally feel guilty when I sit and take ‘me’ time. Ridiculous I know, but I do and that’s something I’m working on too.

I’ve also changed up  my ‘me’ time a bit. My time to myself for doing things I love is now being spent doing things. Like I mentioned above, I’m walking more (gotta train for the season!) and I’m also helping out at Sparks (the youngest tier in Girl Guides) and I cannot tell you how much I look forward to that time. The girls are wonderful and as I was a Brownie and Guide myself as a girl, when Jackie invited me out I jumped at the chance. I have not been disappointed.

How is this ‘me’ time? I think for me I have to change the definition a bit. My time for me doesn’t need to be just sitting like a lump (although that is required sometimes and I don’t knock it), rather it can be giving back to myself and others. Those things both make me feel better overall and really, isn’t that the point of it all?

To clear my head and relax my new favourite solution is to lace up, put on my fave playlist on my Blackberry and hit the pavement. ***Note: These are words that have never been associated with me before LOL*** and for those moments I freely admit I have where I wish I could partake in some of the fun stuff that my parent friends get to do, I now have Sparks and get to help give the girls an hour of fun and positive messages.

How do you spend your ‘me ‘ time?

Telling MY @WeightWatchers Story on One Amazing Day

As I have gone through the whole process and am continuing on the journey as a much lighter and happier version of my former self, when I was asked to speak at Weight Watchers ‘One Amazing Day’ last weekend I jumped at the chance.

I am a very nervous before speaking in public at any time, but since this I think turned out rather well I thought I’d share it with you all.

I’m still kinda proud of me 😉

Hitting Reset and Making Our Plan

It is a New Year, and one that seems off to a rousing start. I cannot believe it is already past the mid-point of January, can you?

The past couple of weeks, as usually happens to me, have been about re-organizing, re-evaluating and looking forward. This year I dragged my poor hubby into my madness but you know what? It was worth it. We are both on the same page now (for the most part) and while I still have some anxiety (I stressed myself out so much I lost 2 lbs last week), I am learning to manage it and look ahead to the good things. I’m keeping my head up.

We actually took about 30 mins and sat down and looked at the budget and tried to figure out our strategy for the year and such. I still say I’d like to drop one of the two receivers for the tv but we’ll negotiate that one I guess. We used the actual numbers, looked how we were actually doing and made some hard decisions and some that are actually pretty happy ones.

Then a couple of days later we talked again. This time about the house and what our future holds and what our plan should be vs. what it has been. My hubby has the gift of vision for spaces that he inherited from his Grandmother I swear. He is very good at seeing the potential in a space, now putting stuff away so the space is clear…that’s another story altogether LOL. But he came up with some great ideas and I just sat stunned at them…they rock! We can do this!

The most important thing about this process was that we talked about it. We shared ideas. We worked together and will work together. After all, it’s just us and the cats (sorry, forgot the house hierarchy, the cats…then us) and we need to make this all work.

Do you sit down with your other half and do this too? Does it help or hinder?

A Little R&R… aka Girls Weekend!

I have so much to catch up on as I fell woefully behind this month. Again, chaos over the holidays is to blame.

So yes, the stress got to me and I needed a break. And that’s where my friends came in. It really didn’t take much convincing to get my friends Jackie and Laural to say yes to a getaway weekend in the US for some shopping and R&R.

Sadly Laural had to stay behind for work, but we’re going to make up for that in the coming months, so Jackie and I, being the troopers we are, made the trek to Buffalo!

I was in desperate need, and really I’m not exaggerating, of new clothes. So I went over to my Pinterest ‘Dream Wardrobe’ board and made a list…cause that’s what you do right? 😉 And so did Jackie. We were prepped and ready, two sophisticated awesome gals on a mission!

You would think the weekend would be all about shopping and helping out the economy (I try my best my American friends!) but we both just needed the break from the grind of our lives and we had so much fun along the way. Really, the purchases were secondary to having away time.

While she has two amazing kids (I ADORE THEM) and I have two amazing furballs, we both work hard, we both carry a lot of responsibility and taking a breather from that is essential every now and again in order to maintain our sanity. It doesn’t have to be a whole weekend away, lattes or coffee tide us over for the most part, but the opportunity presented itself and we took it!

So off we went and wow, first off, I had trouble keeping up with Jackie, LOL, and second, dang we got some good deals! I am now even more of a Target and Kohl’s shopper and am in love with the IZOD store too.

We laughed, we joked, we spent…but wisely and got the most bang for our bucks too.

By the end of Saturday neither of us had any energy left and even getting to the restaurant at the hotel was an effort and it was on the main floor LOL.

Sunday meant outlet mall time and I hadn’t been there in years. Jackie power-shopped, I tried my best and tried on a tonne of stuff in order to be able to scratch items off my list of  needs and I must say, I did rather well at that.

What did the end of the weekend bring?

1. Many items off of my checklist of what I needed including a treat of not one, not two, but three new colours of nail polish from OPI. Three for one? Yeah, like that was a hard decision 😉

2. A whole lot of fun with a dear friend

3. Most important of all: a chance to re-charge.

What do you do to re-charge? When do you know you’ve reached the point where it is 100% necessary to do so?

Challenging Myself to Succeed

Over almost the past year now I have been pushing myself to do more and to get my life back on track. Part of that, ok, a BIG part of that has been losing the weight.
I am very proud of myself and as of this writing I have 2.6lbs to go to my goal for a very near total of 65lbs GONE!
People ask me how I’ve done it and how I keep doing it and I tell them quite honestly what I do, which for me is Weight Watchers, but how I keep doing it is through motivation and a very stubborn mindset. Once I set my mind to something it’s very hard to change it (as my family will surely attest to).
What is my motivation? For me it’s every time I put something on that’s getting looser and looser. It’s going to my meetings and seeing how and what others are doing. And it’s my family and friends. When my amazingly awesome friend for example tells me how I’m doing and how she is looking to me, she probably doesn’t realize it but it pushes me more because I don’t want to let her down so I keep going.
I find that I have more energy and this energy has translated into taking on new challenges.
In May I did my very first 5k walk. I love to walk. It’s delightful. But I don’t stroll, I push. Again, I’m not just doing this for me, I want to make others proud too. And this makes me smile too.
A few weeks ago I was feeling very brave. I looked up events in my area and I found one in my town…this Sunday…and my friend and I both signed up for a 10K walk!
If you had told me at this time last year that I would be doing this I would have likely fallen over laughing. But I am. And I am going to keep pushing and challenging myself for further success too. The rewards are so great I just can’t seem to stop.
It doesn’t need to be weight loss or distance events that challenge you, but what does? How do you measure your success? How do you keep motivated?
I’ll make sure to update everyone after I finish on Sunday (or tweet during, I wouldn’t put that past me either). Wish me luck!