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Finding Treasure Emptying Out A Closet

I’ve been putting off cleaning out a large closet in our house that we have been using as a place to put things that we need to think about where it should go or weather we keep it.

Last week I started it – I can only do an hour at a time before my brain and my body give out, but it has been sitting there too long and if I leave it to Hubs it will all go in the garbage!

My main motivation is to clear the space out and create a art, craft, and writing space in for ME!

As I was sorting through bags of books  left over from a book exchange I hosted, old purses that I might send to a consignment shop,  craft supplies hastily put away when company was coming I unearthed an amazing treasure.

An artefact of the beginning of the friendship with one of the most important people in my life – Coma Attendant/BFF.    Its a simple, heart-felt thank you for hosting her baby shower.  We weren’t friends – just work mates, but the kindness was meaningful for her.

I had know idea that hosting a baby shower would lead to one of the most important friendships of my life, it was just something I did for someone I worked with who was having her first baby.

Go out and do good things  – like cleaning a closet – my reward was finding this lovely card that warped me back in time 8 years.  I think I’m going to frame it.  So glad I kept it.

What’s lurking in your closet?!

 

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Preschool Mothers United…in escaping our children

I was witness to one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen this week on the first day of pre-school.  Wildchild began serving his sentence two afternoons each week and this week.  The pre-school is very organized – doors open 10 minutes before start of class and the children line up and are lead away by their teacher right on time.

Not quite one minute later there was a high speed and mass exit out of the parking lot!  Stay-at-home-moms (SAHM) running for their life to squeeze out every moment of freedom that they can before coming back 1 minute before class ends to pick up their loving offspring.

Don’t get me wrong – I was one of the ones peeling my tires to get out of there.  I am an accidental SAHM – it wasn’t my plan – I was  a working mom until illness forced me home.

I love the time I have, but I’m not used to it.  There is so much to do and I have very little time to myself.  We were always a family where both parents worked full time and so now that I’m home – likely permanently – I’m trying to find my new normal…so please bare with me as I find that while blogging.

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Just Another Day In the Mountains

We are so lucky to live where with just an hours drive we are in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. 

Today we packed a lunch and headed out early to spend the day with Nana and Grandad at the campground they host. 

A simple lunch of hotdogs over the fire. Both kids took turns cooking them by the batch. Much fun. 

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Weight Loss Journey – post vacation re-motivation

July was spent on an epic roadtrip – me and the kids travelling 8000 km from Calgary to Ottawa to Montreal to Toronto to Calgary and many many points in between.

There were great intentions of packed picnics and healthy choices combined with restaurants and fast food an late night snacks.  The best thing I did for myself was hit a Weight Watchers meeting while on vacation.

At that meeting – two weeks into the vacation – I was up 6 pounds!!!  Eeps!  That was a great wake up for me to do a quick course correction!  It motivated me to get back on track and by time I got home I was down 3 of those pounds and a week later I lost the other 3.

That leaves me 21 pounds down to start September which is where I left things at the beginning of July!  Victory!

I am (STILL) down 21 pounds!

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These are the stops between now and the end of November:  

  • 5 lbs (check)
  • 10 lbs (check)
  • 5% of starting weight (check)
  • 15 lbs (check)
  • 20 lbs (check)
  • 10% of starting weight
  • 25 lbs
  • 30 lbs

Losing “just” 10  more pounds between now and November may not seem that ambitious but I am working on recovering my metabolism post-coma.  I am coaxing my body into burning fat and trying not to trigger it’s primal need to stabilise itself post-trauma.

I’ve been following the Weight Watchers program and going to meetings with The Best Man and AA which has really helped stay the course.  My WW meeting location also has a great Facebook page which helps us support one another between meetings.

At 20 pounds I can feel the difference in my body – and I was shocked to notice that I had a waistline in the latest update picture.  I was comfortable in my bathing suit where ever went and had to buy a new one that is smaller!

If you are trying to lose weight I really recommend taking a starting picture of yourself.  Share it or not, but it is so handy to compare my starting picture with a current one.  I don’t compare myself month to month – only to my starting picture.  You can really see the changes even if the scale doesn’t move.