Battle of Wills

July 30, 2010

Ah Georgia, we have this battle every time we walk by Gizmo’s house. She loves playing there, could also be because they feed her, and Georgia is certainly driven by her stomach. But she thinks we should stop every time we walk by no matter if it’s convenient for Gizmo’s family or not.  If she weighed more than 60 lbs, I might not win this battle.

The progression:

Georgia: “Wait we need to go back, I want to play with Gizmo”

Me: “Come on Georgia we need to finish our walk”

Initial resistance

Georgia: “Hmmph, I want to go back and I’m going to sit here until we do”

Me: “No, we have to keep going”

Sitting to wait me out

Conversation breaks down…

Legs braced and pulling

Now it’s a battle of the wills. Who gives in first?

Braced, pulling and going down so her center of gravity is lower

She does. Yes, I do still have some measure of influence with her.

Here are the lovebirds! They can hardly stay still when they’re together, so I don’t have any really great Gizmo pics.




June 14, 2010

Update on my Eat Well Live Well challenge goal. My original goal was to lose 10lbs in 8 weeks and after 6 weeks, I have lost 7 lbs. Yay! I’m feeling pretty good about it and with 2 weeks to go, I’m confident I can hit my goal. The first 4 weeks I ate a little less and exercised a little more. It didn’t seem to be working or I didn’t feel the difference. Then I started adding in a trip to the gym for 30 minutes of cardio 2-3 times a week. And that’s when I started to notice the weight dropping, slacks a little looser, face a little thinner.  I could actually drop a size. Woohoo! Excuse for a new wardrobe.

My keys:

  • Set a goal, if I’m working toward something it’s easier to keep myself accountable. Plus, I publically declared my goal, so that’s accountability right there.
  • Discipline, keep at it, I don’t think I’ve skipped the dog walk in the morning and I’m refraining from chowing down on cookies.
  • Don’t buy all the junk, since my cupboards are bare, there’s no way I can cheat and eat it.
  • Find tasty substitutes, I used cucumber slices in place of crackers, for cheese slices or dipping in hummus. No need for a bun with that Boca burger, use tomato slices.
  • Treat yourself every once in a a while, but don’t go overboard.

These are all standard healthy, weight loss goals. But they are working for me, which feels pretty darn good.

cucumber and tomato slices

Eat Well Live Well Challenge Goal: 10 lbs

May 2, 2010

I’m participating in the Wegmans Eat Well Live Well challenge through my employer. I’ve decided to set a goal this year, above and beyond the eating 5 cups of fruits and vegetables and 10,000 steps a day. My goal is to lose 10 lbs.

Now, those of you who know me may say that you don’t think I need to lose any weight. And maybe in your eyes, I don’t, but in my eyes, my winter weight is still with me and my clothes are just a teeny bit too tight for my liking. I’m also tacking on a few extra lbs so that I can feel that I’ve accomplished something bigger.

Having a goal is a worthy endeavour and by saying it out load here I will feel accountable. I don’t want this to be something I let slide, just because I can or because I’m not really “overweight”. Each individual person has there own expectations and goals. In this matter, mine is to lose 10 lbs over the next 8 weeks. Wish me luck.

Attack of the Ents

March 21, 2010

As we move into spring, evening dog walks are much more enjoyable because it’s not as cold and it’s light out, so no need to carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing. The landscape is still brown and with no leaves on the trees yet, the thin branches are hard to see in the light just before sunset. It’s like the Ents are reaching out to grab hold of you.

Trees (or Ents) at sunset

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