How Low Can You Go

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>> Wednesday, November 14, 2012

     I am in a bad place, a really bad place.  I have zero motivation to do anything.  All I do is go to work, come home, watch TV and go to bed.  I don't want to blog, exercise or eat properly.  Things are out of control and I do not know what to do.  Today is day 14 of Hot Yoga Challenge and I have been about 8 times.   I just don't care.  I don't want to talk to my friends or family.  I cannot be bothered to make groceries.  I went for a trim on the weekend and she cut my hair unevenly.  So I had to go to another hairdresser and get my hair cut to even it out.  I was really trying to grow out my hair and now I am back to square one.  I hate it, I can't even look at myself in the mirror.  I know that it is only hair and eventually it will grow (who am I kidding, my natural hair grows as fast as molasses going up a hill in January).
     I don't know what I need but I need something. 

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Slowly, Slowly

>> Friday, November 2, 2012

   Hello bloggers, I hope that this post finds you well.  Yesterday was a really good day.  I went to a really great Bootcamp class at the gym.  I really love this teacher, she works us so hard. She used to teach CrossFit and incorporates a lot of those exercises unto her class.
     Yesterday, was also the first day of my 30 Day Moksha Hot Yoga Challenge.  I did this challenge last year an I really liked it.  The challenge is to do 30 hot yoga classes in 30 days.  The class was tough, I haven't done hot yoga since the summer.  Funny thing is that the room wasn't as hot as I remember, that is a good think right!??  I struggled a bit with some of the poses, but that is my intention for the month to increase my balance and flexibility.  
     I am going to see Dj Jazzy Jeff tonight!  I am so excited!  The 90's was the B-E-S-T!  R and B, reggae, hip hop!  What more that a girl ask for!  Hands up if you remember: SWV, 702, Total?  Did you kill 112's "Cupid", jam to Warren G's "Regulate"?  YESSSSS!!!!!!  If I ever get married this is what I am going to be jamming at the wedding!


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Lost

>> Tuesday, October 30, 2012

     I really do not know what I am doing.  I am so lost with my weight loss  weight.  I am trying to get the motivation that I once possessed and get back to some sort of normal but, it is not working.  I am trying to eat better and cut back on the crap.  I am going to the gym and trying to make an effort, but honestly my heart is not in it.
     I am going to be heading to hot yoga again for the 30 Day Challenge or the month of November.  I did it last year and it was really great.  I am hoping that this will give me some sort of motivation.

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I Need A Life Make Over

>> Friday, October 26, 2012

     This have not been going to so well for me lately.  The apartment I moved into a few months ago is falling apart.  Thank God they are FINALLY doing something about that next week, but it is depressing to come home to a place that looks a certain way and there is nothing that you can do about it.  I recently found out that I have to have a minor surgery and I am really scared.  I told my mother and she just made things worse.  Weight loss is none existent because I have aforementioned things to worry about.   With all the drama on the blog, I am wondering is it time to just wrap it up or like so many people here in blogland are doing should I just take a break?  What to do...what to do....

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A Step In The Right Direction

>> Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Monday, I had my weekly weigh in for the gym's Biggest Loser contest and I lost 1.4 pounds (0.61%).  I am happy with that.  I am going to aim to have the same loss next week.  I also played Ultimate Frisbee on Monday night instead of going to the gym.  It was a really great workout and I am going to be a sub for the team during the winter season.
     Besides that life is pretty boring.  Hope that all is well with you.  I apologize for the drama that has been happening around here.  I am touched that some of you said that you find me an inspiration, I never really thought of myself in that way *blushing*.
     On a side note, I am going to be in NYC in a few weeks and my mother and I are going to see a musical, any suggestions?  I have seen Chicago, Wicked, Billy Elliot and How to Succeed in Business With Even Trying.  But I would love to see one or two shows when I am there.  I LOVE musicals!  Please let me know what you have seen and loved (or hated).  Thanks!

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Cross Country Running

>> Monday, October 22, 2012

This weekend I travelled with 5 of my students, 6 hours on the bus to the cross country provincials   They girls did really well.  All of them beat their previous times and I even had one student who placed 25th out of almost 100 girls.  I am so proud of them.

Tonight is the first weigh in for the Pre-Holiday Biggest Loser Challenge, I will let you know how it goes.

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Let's Try This Again

>> Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    After losing a few followers after the last post, I have had time to think seriously about my next move.  I have never been good at taking constructive criticism.  Ever since I was young, that has been my weakness.  I do not like to be TOLD that I am doing something wrong, let alone told how to fix it.  As I have grown older I have realized that I do not know everything (shocking I know) and the only way to get better and improve myself is to listen to others and take their advice, especially when they know what they are talking about.  So I am slowing starting to get  back to my old ways eat better; more veggies, less carbs, more water, less cookies and getting back to the gym on a regular basis.
    The gym is having a Biggest Loser type contest that is coined as a way to loss some weight before the holidays. I have entered this 7 weeks to lose the most % body fat and I hope that I can make some strides, my goal would be to lose 10 pounds, which would be about 4% body fat.
     I tried Cardio Box last night and my upper body is feeling it this morning.

   Thank you for all your comments (good and not so good), I do appreciate everyone that reads.  I really do.

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Discuss

>> Thursday, October 11, 2012

just wanted to say, i like reading your blog bc you are so committed to working out it's crazy. The races you run inspire me because it is a struggle for me to run a mile so clearly you must be fit. The thing is, you clearly don't eat well. You might feel like you do but even the once in a whiles you say "it's a celebration so i don't feel bad etc etc" is insight to that. Oh and also, the scale doesn't lie... i mean it's not the whole story but there's no way a person works out as long as you do for such an extended period of time and won't lose weight. Case in point. My friend is a bodypump, body step and body attack instructor. She teaches about 7-8 classes a week bc she is always subbing for people. CRAZY fit and strong...but she never looked it. she didn't look fat but she didn't look like someone you'd say worked out a lot. weighed about 190 (although coz of all the muscle she looked about 175 to me). Anyway, someone challenged her to follow a eating plan a nutritionist had on Just Because...

This comment was left for me the other day.  Not sure how I feel about it.  There is truth to it BUT, I once weighed 272 pounds and I now weigh 226.  I have still maintained a 46 pound loss.  I am not going to justify anything because many things said here are correct.  That is all for today.  

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Just Because...

>> Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hello Bloggers!
       Things are going a bit better in this corner of the world. I am recommitted to my life and I am taking the proverbial bull by the horns.  In the back of my mind I always have that under 200 goal in my head and I am hoping that one day I can reach it.  Yesterday, I went HARD at the gym; 35 minutes of cardio, 35 minutes of weights, then i went to Running Room and did a group run.  We were tackling hills and we ended up doing almost 6 km.
     As per usual road blacks stand in my way, after work today we are going for Indian and this weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving.  Pray for me.


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My Body Just Won't Work

>> Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I am really disappointed in my body. When I eat well and go to the gym nothing happens, when I eat badly and stay away from the gym nothing happens.  WTF!  I don't get whey my body is holding onto the weight.  I am not giving up yet, but it is super discouraging.

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Monday

>> Monday, October 1, 2012


I always feel like I am starting over, yet I refuse to give up.  I cannot believe that October is already here.  Where did September go?  I went for a run with the run club today and we did 5.5k , it is great to see the girls so happy about their distances.  I am really proud of them.

I sometimes feel like my body has given up on me. Whatever happened to the 10 pound loss months.  I feel like those days are long gone.  Just gotta keep truckin....

Over at All The Weigh it is Friend Makin Mondays and here are my responses.



 Uniquely You


1) Do you prefer to talk or text? I love talking.  But I like text because there are a few people that I may not talk to, but I will definitely text them.
2) How often do you make your bed? Once or twice a week (hangs head)
3) What sounds do you hear right now? Kids talking downstairs (I am in the staff room at work)
4) List three things that you always carry with you.  Cell phone, bank card, driver's licence 
5) What are your favorite TV shows? Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds, Big Bang Theory and Amazing Race.
6) Is there a hobby that you’d like to devote more time to? If so, what is it? I wish I had more time to read.  I love books and in summer I can read one every few days.
7) What is your favorite drink?  Amaretto and Cranberry juice.
8) Share a couple of cool facts about your family. My parents come from Trinidad I am first generation Canadian.  My mother's name is Icis which is the Egyptian goddess of fertility.  My grandmother was looking for a name when she was pregnant and someone who worked on a ship had travelled to Egypt and heard the name.  Unfortunately, they didn't know how to spell it, it should be Isis.
9) List one thing that you will do for yourself today. Go to the gym and do some strength training.
10) Share something that you’re thankful for today. That I am fit enough to run 5.5k.

Enjoy!  Happy Monday!

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My THIRD Half Marathon

>> Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    Last Sunday, I ran my THIRD half marathon.   How did that happen?  How is it that I have done THREE half marathons?  I don't usually toot my own horn, but I am going to take a minute to do so.  I have been running for a little over two years now and I am proud to say that I may not be the fastest, but I am so happy with what I have accomplished.  Three half marathons, three 10k and a bunch a 5k races and I am still standing, I am still strong!
     This race went much better than then that I did in May.  My ankle was hurting a it, but not as much as it was in May.  I had new shoes and I really think that helped.  My only complaint was that I was cold.  I wore a short sleeved shirt because I knew that I would get warmer and I expected the weather to warm up.  The weather never warmed up and it was windy, since many parts of the race course was by the water.  I finished with a time of 2 hours and 42 minutes.  Not bad, not bad.  I have to admit that I did not train (I know bad girl) and in fact the last long run that I did was the last half marathon race I did in May (hangs head in shame).  I vow that I am going  to run the Half next May in Ottawa I am going to train like a mother and come out with a new personal best.  

Here are a few pics from the race:





The second and third pic crack me up. I did that when I say the finish line.

My legs are done, I am in so much pain.  When I laugh or cough it hurts also.  I guess that I really worked my core when I ran.  This week I am just walking on the treadmill on an incline to get back in the game.

You are suppose to rest for one day per mile ran.  But to rest for 13 days seems a bit much for me.  So I am just taking it easy.

Run club is going so well, I am doing some speed work and Bootcamp with the girls tomorrow.  We are having our first inter school race even next week, I will let you know how we do.

I am going to get back into racing.  I missed it so much.

Have a great day!

Thanks for your continued support

follow me on Twitter @misshaneefa

xoxo

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Friend Makin Mondays

>> Monday, September 24, 2012

Saw this on Miss White's page.  Yo know that I love me some FMM!

1. What is your favorite thing about this time of year?  I really love fall fashion, boots, sweaters.

2. What do you hope to do again before Summer is officially over?  Summer is officially over :(

3. When did you last go on a hay ride?  I don't think I have ever been on a hay ride.

4. What is your favorite pumpkin dish? I LOVE pumpkin soup.

5. Do you decorate your home for fall? Nope

6. Do you have any hobbies that are seasonally specific? If so, what are they? Running in the fall is the BEST.  

7. Apple cider or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate all the way!

8. Are you a fan of football? If so, who is your team?  Not really.

9. Share a fond Fall memory. When I was in Japan a big event is to go and watch the leaves change.  One weekend I went with an adult class on a little hike and enjoyed the leaves changing.

10. It’s not Fall until…the leaves start to change and fall!






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Sigh

>> Friday, September 14, 2012

     I ran with my running club yesterday in my new shoes and they were great.  Running Club is also going really well we did 3K yesterday and the girls are starting to feel better about themselves.
   As for me I am getting back on track after a few days of eating like crap.  I had so many events back to back that I DO NOT want to see another hamburger or french fry until Christmas.  I hate how I feel when I have not eaten well for a few days.
   I feel like I am lost, I know what I have to do, but I am not doing it.

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Friend Makin' Monday! On A Monday!

>> Monday, September 10, 2012

Hello!
   I hope that this finds you well.  I went on the scale for my monthly weigh in and it was a disaster, 225 I am up 8 pounds YIKES!!!  Gotta get back at it.  #FAIL.  I also had to return my Asics on Saturday.  I went on the treadmill and I was getting pain in the arches of my feet so I exchanged them for Nike Lunargilde 4's.

Hopefully these will be better.



Safire posted this on her page.

    


Have You Ever? 

 1. Jumped out of an airplane? No sorry.

 2. Lived alone? Yup. That is my current living situation and I love it!  I also lived alone when I was in Japan.

3. Met a celebrity? I met Lil John once as well as Rupee (singer of "Tempted to Touch").  When I was in Japan I also met the dancehall reggae artist Elephant Man.

4. Said something to someone that you immediately regret saying? Can't think of a specific incvident but I am sure that it has happened.

5. Had a manicure/pedicure? Yes! Last weekend was the last time.

6. Gotten a hickey? Yup

7. Owned a pet that was not a dog or a cat? No, I have never really owed a pet.

8. Been outside of your home country? Yes. I have been blessed to have been to quit a few places in the world. USA (I'm Canadian), Trinidad, Spain, Portugal, England, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia  Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea.  Wow, I can't believe it!

9. Kissed your best friend? Nope.

10. Eaten food that fell on the floor? 5 second rule right!?

11. Met someone online? Yup, I have had some good and some bad experiences.


12. Been on TV? I was on TV a few times in Japan clapping in the audience of various shows.

13. Had braces? No.  I am lucky that I have pretty nice teeth. They are my prized possesion.


14. Gone skinny dipping? Yup once.

15. Been to the opera? Nope, not really interested.  I have been to see the Phantom of the Opera, does that count?

16. Been caught making out by a policeman? No, not a policeman.  park security.

17. Sung in public? Karaoke is the farthest I have goon.

18. Handed out candy on Halloween? Yes, but I haven't done it in years

19. Been snowed in? Not really, I have shovelled myself out.  I have had snow days at school though.

20. Fallen in front of other people? I am sure that I have.


21. Cheated on a test? Nope

22. Regretted saying “I love you” to someone? No.

23. Finished a meal in a restaurant and realized that you didn’t have your wallet? No.Thank God.


24. Shot a gun? Yes, when I was in Vietnam, I went to the shooting range and shot an AK 47.

25. Heard a song that was written for (or about) you? Nope.



After filling this out, I am having deja vu like I have done this before.....

Have a great week!

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New Shoes

>> Friday, September 7, 2012


  I am so excited I got new running shoes yesterday.  I decided to go back to Asics and got the GT 2000's they look like this:
  I am going to try them on the treadmill later today.  I went grocery shopping and I am getting back into the swing of things.

Have a great weekend!

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Running Club is a Hit!

>> Thursday, September 6, 2012

Yesterday I had my first Running Club meeting with my students.  I was stunned by the number of students that I had.  About 30 girls came out, that is over 10% of our school population.  We went for a short 15 minute run just to get the girls accustomed, I also wanted to see which girls were stronger runners. Let me tell you that there are a few really fast girls.  A few had to walk for a bit, but that was no big deal.
I was really thankful to have another teacher with me to help with the group.  She stayed at the front and I stayed at the back.  It was really hot yesterday so the girls learned a few lessons right of the bat, they learned that you cannot dress to warmly, i.e. no pants (I explained to them that when you run it feels 10C warmer than the temperature is outside).  I also explained that they will have to bring water if it is going to be that hot again.

   We have a parent information night for the school last night and I saw a few parents of girls who had come to run and they said that their daughters were so happy with the club and they were super excited.  This made me feel like a million dollars.  I am elated to see young women getting active and having a good time.

It is almost the weekend!  Woot woot!

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Bye Bye Summer

>> Wednesday, September 5, 2012


   I have made it to Day 8 of the 30 Day Shred and all I can say is that I am anxious to get to Level 2.  I didn't make it to Sexy Dance but I heard that it is a pretty good workout so I am definitely going to try to get there next week.  I went to  http://alltheweigh.com/ found an old Friend Making Monday post and decided to answer the questions since this blog post was boring. Since summer is pretty much over I decided to reminisce on the good times.

Summertime 

1. What is your favorite thing about Summer? No work (one of the perks of being a teacher) and usually great weather. 
2. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Running or taking a walk.  I am also a fan of team sports.
3. If you had to choose, would you prefer to be too hot or too cold?  Too hot all the way.  I hate being cold.
4. Does your appetite increase or decrease during warmer months? I feel like it decreases, but there are so  many BBQs and birthdays that I end up eating more.
5. What is your favorite seasonal Summer fruit? Watermelon and strawberries.
6. Would you prefer to spend a hot summer day at the mall or at a swimming pool? Swimming pool all the way
7. Are you more likely to tan or sunburn? Tan I guess.
8. How does your routine change when Summer begins? I get to wake up later and go to bed later.  I also get to work out more. Read more and watch more TV.
9. What is the temperature outside where you are today? 27C or 81F
10.  What is your favorite Summer holiday? My birthday does that count????  I guess Canada Day.
Until I see you next year summer, bye bye!

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Gym Schedules and A Compliment

>> Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I hope that everyone had a great long weekend.  I went to a spa on Saturday and had a great time.  I had a mud wrap, a facial, a manicure and a pedicure.  I felt like a million dollars when I was done.  Funny how just a little bit of "me time" can make you feel like a new person.

I went to Bootcamp last night, it was killer (and I followed it up with Day 6 of the 30 Day Shred).  The gym has come out with their new schedule for the fall and I am not happy.  I am never happy when new schedules come out because they always make changes and there is always something that I do not like.  I get used to a certain teacher and when they change that I get upset.  They cancelled my Monday night Zumba and Monday night Bootcamp.  They added a class called "Sexy Dance" on Tuesday and you know that I am going to have to check that out.*sigh* so is life.

I was in the pharmacy the other day and an older woman walks up to me, "Is your name Haneefa?" 

"Yes."  I reply, meanwhile my mental Rolodex is working overtime.  Is this a parent of a students that I have taught? Is it a former co worker?  Is it a stalker?  I have a pretty good memory and she did not come up at all.

"I am Debbie B's mom."  Just to let you know that Debbie was my good friend in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!  When I say that I look the same as I did when I was 10 I am not joking.  I have to find a pic of me when I was young and post it for you to see.

"I have seen you a few times and I was always tell Debbie that you are so pretty and tall and slim."   Woah, woah , woah pause. SLIM!  MOI!  WOW!  I find it so funny that people see you so different than you see yourself.  In a million years I would never call myself slim.

I am really trying to make a conscious effort to work on my hair.  I have been natural for a few years now, but I can never get any real length.  I am not a hairy person and I know that  I will never have long hair, but I am really going to try this month and get some growth.  I would like to have a big fro a la Measha Brueggergosman, a Canadian opera singer.
This is what I want!  Is that too much to ask for!

  I am very lackadaisical when it comes to my hair and I really need to pay more attention and take better care to get a bit more growth. 

I am also trying to go out more.  I would really like to be a happier person and part of that is going to be going out to new places and meeting more people.

I hope that everyone is having a great day!

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HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!

>> Friday, August 31, 2012


    Life is good.  I am really excited because I introduced my running club to my school and I have over 24 students that are interested.  I am so pumped.  I really hope that I can make this running experience a really good one for them.  We are thinking of entering a team in the Color Run.  Take a look:


We are blessed to have our school near a lake, so I am going to take them to run by the water.  So excited!
   In 30 Day Shred news, I did Day 2 yesterday and it is going really well.  For the first time I was shocked when the video was over.  I never would have thought the day would come when I would say to Jillian, "That's it!?"  I am still struggling with the push ups and the bicycle crunches.  I am eager to move on to Level 2.
  The scale is slowly moving in the right direction and I am optimistic about my 216 goal for Sept. 10th.  
   I wish you all a great holiday weekend! 

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600th Post: One Good Turn Deserves Another!

>> Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Yesterday I was reading my comments and I saw this:
By the way, the image for this post inspired me to go to the gym. My original plan was to hit the couch after work. Thanks for the motivation.
I realized that I hadn't done anything yesterday.  So I decided to dust of good old Jillian Micheals' 30 Day Shred, it really wasn't as bad as I remember.  Man, you really sweat like a mofo in 30 mins 27 minutes!  I also got in all my water.  It is funny how once you start doing something in the right direction, you have such a wonderful sense of accomplishment that you cannot help but continue the trend.

I have been looking for a new pair of running shoes.  These are the ones I have my eye on:

They feel like I am walking on pillows.

This is my 600th post!!! Thank you for your continued support!

xoxoxo MissHaneefa 

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Running Club

>> Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hello Wednesday, bloggers!  I am feeling good today.  I am starting a Running Club at my High School this year and I am starting to get things organized.  We are going to meet once or twice a week and go for a half an hour run as well as have a little talk about various topics (healthy eating, cross training, etc...)  Does anyone have any advice they want to give me? 
My goal is to have them run a 5K in November.  I really think that they can do it.  Wish me luck!

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New Scale

>> Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  I bought a new scale yesterday.  My old scale crapped out on me in the July move and I have been procrastinating with getting a new one.  I now have a new beautiful glass top scale and I am starting to feel the motivation to get back in the game.  My only problem is that I start to get obsessed.  I am REALLY going to try to control being pimped out by the scale.
   Today it read 222.8 my goal is to get to 216 by Sept. 10 (my monthly weigh in) I think I can do it.

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Do Better Mondays

>> Monday, August 27, 2012

   A new week is here.  If you haven't already take a few minutes to sit down and make your workout schedule for the week.  If you haven't already plan your meals for the week.  If you haven't already let this week be a great one, one day at a time.  You deserve it!  Tonight, I am going to tackle the back to back classes, Bootcamp and Zumba.  Last week my arms almost feel off with all the arm work we did.

Have a great day!

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Inappropriate Questions

>> Friday, August 24, 2012


HAPPY FRIDAY!


I found this on Tim's blog and I know I am late, but better late than never.


Inappropriate Questions


1. Will you vote in the upcoming presidential election? No! because I am Canadian, but we are having a provincial election in Quebec on Sept. 4.  I will be voting in that.
2. Do you say curse words? When I am not at work I do.  But I try to keep it to a minimum.  I was once asked it I was a devote Christian because my friends and I did not swear as much as other women!? 
3. Have you ever kissed a stranger? Yup, not recently though.
4. If you could choose to meet only one fellow blogger in person right now who would you choose? Hmmmmmm, I find Ro and and Reiko so hilarious.  I would love to meet them.  Trina cracks me up also.
5. What is the most inappropriate pick-up line that anyone has ever used on you? Yes!  This is the one that will forever stand out in my mind:
Guy: What is the chance that we will have sex tonight?
Me: Ummmm, 0%
Guy:  Really?  Not even 8%
Me: Ummm, nope.
Guy: 5%?
Me: Wow, I have NEVER been asked that in my life!
6. Do you sing in the shower? Yup!  I love it.
7. How often do you get drunk?  Not often, hate a horrendous experience in 2008 that really made me not drink as much when I partied.
8. Have you ever been fired from a job?  Nope!
9. Were you popular in high school? I won't say that I was popular, but I did get along with EVERYONE.  I used to like to stand up for the little guy.
10. Who is your current celebrity crush? Idris Elba is so dreamy and that accent *faints*


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The Glass Is Half Full

>> Thursday, August 23, 2012

    God works in mysterious ways.  When you are down in the dumps, he sends you a message to pick you up.  I have been really hard on myself over my recent "extra" weight gain.  Today, I went to a workshop for all the private schools in our area.  I saw a few teachers that used to work at out school but now work at another school.  One teacher has not seen me in 3 years.  he was shocked at how I looked.  I was so flattered.  All he could say is, "WOW, you look so great!"  This really made my day.  I know that I have said this before, I have to remember that I have lost 50 pounds in the last 5 years.


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Highest of Highs and the Lowest of Lows

>> Wednesday, August 22, 2012

   Two weeks ago I was elated, I had reached 217.  Monday, it all came crashing down.  I felt like the Canadian 4 x 100 relay team at the Olympics this year, when they thought they won the bronze medal and then realized that they were disqualified.  I weighed in at 226.8.  That is almost 10 pounds in two weeks.  I have no one to blame for this but myself.  I still can't get over how my body puts on weight so fast.  It is really sad.  How could have have just thrown away everything that I had worked so hard for...
   Now that I have done crying, I realized that I have some serious work to do.  I am going to the gym twice a day (and eating right) until I get back down to 217.  It is not easy to get out of bed at 6 am to head to the gym.  I do A LOT of the prep the night before.  The first night I did it guess what I forgot to pack?  No not my running shoes...no not my iPod...MY UNDERWEAR!  So after I showered I had to go commando for the day (BTW why do they call it commando? Do people in combat not wear underwear? Just asking).   I have been doing it since Monday for the last few days and it is not a joke. But I told myself I would do it and I am sticking to it.

   I also found this on the Oxygen Magazine Website 


#5 hit my when my friend told me over the weekend that she wants to start running because she saw what it to my body.  I was so surprised that someone would look at me as an inspiration.  When there are so many times that I feel like a semi-failure.

Happy Wednesday!

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Thanks!

>> Friday, August 17, 2012

   I would like to say thanks to Toot for her award.  Since I already got one, I will answer the questions.

1. What is a major goal that you have been able to cross off your list this year?  Get under 200 pounds.
2. If you could throw caution to the wind and hop on a plane to go anywhere (all expenses paid) where would you go? Bora Bora (French Polynisia) or Maldives.
3. What is your favorite color for this spring/summer? I love bright colors; pinks, oranges, teals
4. If you had $1 million to give to any charity, what would it be and why? (and YOU can't be your Charity of choice, lol) I would give it to a charity dealing with children.
5. What's your ALL time weakness - I mean the urge so strong you can't even resist? Does this mean food? I love chocolate or  can I say a hot, tall, chocolatey man?
6. What your greatest accomplishment thus far?  I always find this so hard.  I guess that I would have to say graduating from University.
7. Your workout playlist, please share... SOCA! Loving this song right now....Call Meh by Olatunji (I love this riddim called Maserati, makes me think of Zumba)



8. What's your favorite workout (strength, cardio, circuit, or a specific dvd)?  I like Bootcamp
9. If you could change your career right now, would you and what would you be? Yes I would, as to what I would do, I am not sure.
10. What's your healthy go-to snack? Fruit
11. What's one thing you've learned from blogging? Readers can be really supportive 

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So Where Do I Begin....

>> Monday, August 13, 2012

     Shit has hit the fan, it was my birthday last weekend and bdays + healthy living = NO BUENO.  Friday, I went to the movies. Saturday, I went out for a night of dancing and a few drinks.  The result, today I am up almost 4 pounds.  *Sad face*  this is my last week of vacation before I go back to work.  I am trying to relax before I get back into the school year. I hope that everyone is having a good week.

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New Personal Best!

>> Friday, August 10, 2012

   With all this Olympic talk going on I am proud to say that I have a new personal best. I reached a new (recent) low of 217.8 today. YEAH! I am hoping that I can maintain through the weekend even though it is my bday on Sunday (yikes).  I am going to have to stay so focused.  I did some cycling today and some inclined treadmill.  By butt is hurting from the last two days of cycling.  I hope that I get used to it.

     I went to see Borne Legacy, it wasn't bad, WAY BETTER than Total Recall.  Have a great weekend!

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Rowing Is Not A Joke!

>> Thursday, August 9, 2012

     Today I kept going with my Olympic Challenge, I did 30 minutes of cycling and 15 minutes of rowing.  I have never really rowed before and after 5 minutes my lower back was on fire!  I am sure that I did not have the proper technique.  I just watched some videos on YouTube (hey don't laugh), trying to improve.  I have to do it 7 more times to complete the rowing category so wish me luck.   

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Back In the Game!

>> Wednesday, August 8, 2012

       I am finally back at 218.  Now it is time to work on getting lower.  My birthday is on Sunday (32 already!?) and my goal is to not gain over the weekend.  I have been doing well, shakes for breakfast, omelettes for lunch and meat and veggies for dinner.  My sweet tooth is still here, but I think that I am going to buy some Skinny Cow desserts to have at night when the sugar beast comes a knocking.  At least then I would feel too guilty if I am eating a 100-200 calorie snack.  I go back to work in less than two weeks and I would like to be 5 pounds down by Aug. 20.  That would put me at 213.

   I have Ultimate Frisbee again tonight, woo hoo!  I have been getting my one hour of cardio a day in, but my heart is not into it.  Maybe when I get back to work I will have a little more drive.  They are having an Olympic competition at the gym for the month of August. Basically you need to do 8 workouts in each of the following categories: boxing, athletics, gymnastics, cycling, rowing and weightlifting.  Each cardio box-esque class that you take counts are 1 boxing workout.  For athletics, you have to do 30 minutes on a cardio machine.  Zumba, pilates and yoga classes count as gymnastics, 30 minutes on a bike or spinning class, count as cycling.  15 minutes on the rowing machine will get you a rowing exercise.  Lastly, 30 minutes of weight training will count as weightlifting.  You can do more than one category in a day (ex. cycling and gymnastics), but you cannot do 2 of the same in one day (ex. if you do 1 hour on the treadmill, you will only get one ticket).  I have been participating and I am having fun, it forces me to try classes that I usually would not. Feel free to do something similar, it really is fun.

  What am I going to do when the Olympics are over?  I am going to have so many hours of TV free...LOL


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Eating Junk

>> Monday, August 6, 2012

   The weekend is over *sad face*.  Friday, I went to see Total Recall (it was bad, please do not waste your money or 2 hours of your life) and I ate so much CRAP at the movie theatre.  I was so hungry and I had not had super so I had Burger King.  I had a little bit of popcorn from my friend. Yesterday, I went to a BBQ and brought veggies and dip with me, because I figured at least that would be a healthy option to eat.

I saw a 3 pound gain and it is all my fault.  I cannot resist the sweets.  The trend is that I lose all week and then I h=gain it all back on the weekend.

I gotta do better....

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Taggolicious!

>> Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy Weekend Readers!
     I saw this on on Dee's blog and decided to give it a whirl.


1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves

2. Then answer the questions the tagger sent for them, plus create 11 questions for the people they've tagged to answer.

11 things about me:

1. I am not a fan of rice. I know, I think I am the only Black person that doesn't like rice. 
2. I love Law & Order (especially SVU) and Criminal Minds, I can watch them all day.
3. I love the chocolate and peanut butter combination.  I LOVE Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
4. I love bling bling stud earrings, like these:

5. I am afraid of losing my parents
6. I love soca music! Listen to it everyday. Trini to di bone!
7. I love Stevie Wonder (Dee, I had to keep this one)
8. I love telling jokes (especially dirty ones)
9. I watch at least an hour of Olympics a day.
10. I love talking on the phone.
11.  My favorite dessert is creme brulee.

Dee/Ebbs Questions:

1. What are you currently listening to on your iPod or MP3 Player (So I can get some ideas)? I am all about the podcasts lately, I love IZ A TRINI for soca and DJ Mike Rizzy for everything else.
2. Any future fitness plans? Get under 200 pounds.
3. What is secret guilty show that you watch but embarrass to admit it? Anything Kardashian!
4. What has been the biggest surprise to you during these 2012 London Summer Olympics?  That it has taken so long for Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan so long to send women to the Olympics
5. And speaking the the Olympics, what is your favorite sport to watch during this time?  Track and Field
6. What is your favorite dish to cook or bake? Anything new
7. What is something you want to do on your own personal bucket list? Run a marathon
8. What is a new blog or blogger that I should check out? http://owinsunnysocal.blogspot.ca/ She isn't new but has a great blog.
9. Which city would your visit first? New York or LA? And Why?  I would go to LA because I have never been therebefore.
10. What has been your proudest moment?  When I graduated University.
11. What is one thing that you love about yourself? I can make anyone feel comfortable

My Questions:

1.  Which artist would you have sing/perform at your wedding/anniversary?
2.  What is your favourite accessory?
3.  You HAVE TO move to another country, where do you go?
4.  As a child what was your favorite toy?
5.  Which celebrities closet would you love to raid?
6.  Did you play any sports in high school? Which ones?
7. What is your favourite way to travel? Car? Bus? Train or Plane?
8.  What if your favourite Denzel Washinton movie?
9.  If you were a rapper, what would your stage name be?
10. You can only wear one piece of make up, what do you choose?
11.  Is there anyhing in your life that you wish you could change (beside your weight)?

Like Dee, feel free to use this on your blog.

Have a great day!

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