First Hike

February 24, 2013

On the trailWe have decided we need to do a little more that is different rather than just going to a mall etc.  Even though it was the Arts and Crafts Fair in Fountain Hills yesterday, and we love going, we were there in November and we didn’t want to spend money – trust me it is difficult to go and not to spend it.  I mentioned to John that we’d not been hiking as a family and I’d not been hiking since before getting pregnant. Daddy and Miss K on the trailDon’t forget Miss K will turn 6 in May!  I looked online to see what was going on at our local recreational area and the Ranger was going to be teaching knots.  I’ve not done any of these since my days in the Scouts and Guides so thought why not.  We would also introduce Miss K to the joys of hiking.  She can walk around Sea World, London and Disney for hours on end so lets try something different.  I’m not sure what she thought of it, but in the Nature Centre she was introduced to some examples of the local wildlife ie live snakes, spiders and scorpions. ParkJohn and I decided we are happier not knowing where they are around the house as we have never spotted them.  The weather was beautiful and you would never guess we’d had a couple of inches of snow just 3 days before.

We didn’t walk far and the trails were amazingly busy as you had the riders on horseback, the cyclists and then there were a couple of endurance runs.  We spent as much time letting people go past us as we did walking but it was still wonderful to get out.


Bod Pod Update (Post Number 100)

August 9, 2011

Well this is Post No. 100!  Happy Birthday to!

I mentioned in last week’s post that I was having a Bod Pod weigh-in this morning and I am so pleased with my results that I just had to share them.  I mentioned it is 3 weeks since my last weigh-in on the Bod Pod and so this morning the differences were:

Loss of 3.1% Body Fat
Loss of 8lbs Body Fat
Increase of 2.3lbs Lean Weight
Loss of 5.07lbs Body Weight

I am thrilled with these results.  I think I also mentioned in the post that I had stopped working with a trainer and these 3 weeks have been entirely on  my own.  I do have to thank a couple of twitter pals and friends who are supporting me but the workouts are all me.  Greg, my trainer, did a great job in getting me ready.  Now I just have to keep up the work!

Health and Happiness

August 5, 2011

I don’t know if any of you remember or have been following long enough to have read the post, but around August last year I mentioned in a post called Back to School that I had started working with a Dr with regards to my problems with inability to lose weight.  Well in the course of the last 12 months I have managed to gain 20lbs.  The road has not been easy but I managed to lose the first 10lbs on my own, and then over the last 6 weeks I have lost a further 13.8lbs.  One of the problems that has been solved in the last 14 months is that having spent 5 weeks in the UK and Norway last Christmas I did not suffer from S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) for the first time in over 15 years.  This was a wonderful relief to me.  Unfortunately no matter how hard we tried we could not get my thyroid levels to where they were supposed to be.  All other levels had sorted themselves out.  We had been trying to use the natural thyroid, but that wasn’t working so my Dr switched me across to Synthroid soon after I returned from England.  Then my emotional outbursts returned and I went in for yet another round of bloodwork.  We discovered that my T3 levels had dropped through the floor.  For those of you who aren’t aware it is our T3 that helps our emotions, weight loss etc.  Our body is supposed to convert the T4 to T3 on its own, but it seemed my body, as usual, had other plans.  OK so now we add in more meds to provide the T3.  Yup, that did the job and levels went to where they should be but now I’m 20lbs up on where I was when I first started seeing the Dr 12 months ago.  I managed to get the first 10lbs off on my own, but the 2nd 10 were not going to shift.

In June I went back to the Dr again and explained the situation and told him that I had a holiday planned for end September and I really want to have lost the 10lbs plus more if possible.  I got myself a trainer at the gym (the new YMCA at the end of the street) and headed full scale into this.  I started working with the trainer towards end of April, but it was 24th June I saw the Dr.  I have been put on a stimulant for 2 months and am almost 6 weeks in so just another 2 weeks to go.  The stimulant is supposed to help my body burn the fat a little more and helpfully boost the weight loss.  Unfortunately, or fortunately, it is also an appetite suppressant so I’m having to force myself to eat.

The plan of action I have followed for the last 6 weeks has been:

Eat 1700 calories a day
Burn 2555 calories a day aiming for an 850 calorie a day deficit with the plan to lose at least 1.7lbs per week

The calories are to be made up in 35% protein; 45% carbs; 20% fat.  Using the bodybugg that I purchased I can now monitor all calories burned and then logging online I input all food eaten (yes every portion that goes into my mouth is weighed).  I have a version 3 Bodybugg and am actually on my second one.  On the few occasions we have been out to eat I have checked out their menus online ahead of time to work out what I am going to order.  Over the last 6 weeks I have watched John and Kirsten eat Rubios take away in front of me and plenty of icecream with caramel and chocolate sauce.  I’ve allowed myself a few treats but nowhere near what I would usually have, and for those of you who know us, we don’t over indulge at all.  It hasn’t been easy and I’ve worked out at the gym 3 times a week: Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday.  Sunday has purely been a 2 hour cardio workout whereas Mondays and Wednesdays have been a mixture.  These were the 2 days I worked out with my trainer, but unfortunately he left 2 weeks’ ago and I’ve chosen to see how I get along without him for a few weeks.  Mondays and Wednesdays are 30 minutes cardio followed by 30 minutes of core/strength training.  I then go back and do a further 45-60 minutes cardio and finish with a 10-15 minute stretch.  Next Tuesday I will find out how well I’ve done without the trainer as I am going for a Bod Pod weigh-in.  This accurately lets me know now just how many lbs I’ve lost but the breakdown of whether they are fat or lean weight.  It will be 3 weeks since the last time and they have all been without a trainer.  I learned a lot from my trainer, but I like having someone there to push me!

I hope to lose at least another 5lbs before we go on holiday, but the closer I can get to 10lbs loss before the happier I’ll be.  I have to say thank you to John for his support with this, because trust me, dinner most evenings is extremely bland.

Beautiful Filly

June 9, 2011

I knowShe is only about 8 hours old in this picture I only posted yesterday, but I had to share these pictures.  My friend, Sunny, who is also British and living here, has a beautiful Arabian that they were given a few weeks back by Mother-In-Law.  I believe her name is Consuela (sorry Sunny if I got that wrong).  Anyway Consuela gave birth to a beautiful daughter at 1am this morning and whilst Kirsten and I were out delivering Avon books/orders this morning we did a drive by to say hello to the new baby.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Just on a side note please check out Sunny’s website, Natural Body Harmony, if you would like to find out more about obtaining Natural Healthcare products.

Tour De Cure Phoenix, 2011

March 16, 2011

This is just going to be a short post as I wanted to say congratulations to my husband, John, and his 2 work colleagues, Steve and Simon from Infosol Inc, who all completed the Metric Century ride for the 20th Anniversary Tour De Cure that took place here in Phoenix on Saturday, 12 March.  They hadn’t done as much training as they hoped but the completed the just over 60 miles in just under 4.5 hours.  I could never do that!  As a team they raised just over $1000 and it is all going towards research to find a cure for Diabetes.  Congratulations!

All looking a little exhausted

Kirsten Iceskating

November 3, 2010

I know, I know…two posts in one day but I have a lot of catching up to do as I want to make sure when I go away in 4 weeks’ time everything is completely up-to-date so that when I get back I only have to post about what we have done during the trip.

Kirsten was given a pair of ice skates by her Norwegian Great Grandmother last Christmas.  To me she is known as Mormor (Norwegian for Mother’s Mother) and to Kirsten she will be referred to as Oldemor (Great-Grandmother).  Some of you will know and others won’t that when John and I moved to Arizona back in 2002 I decided to take up the sport of Figure Skating but stopped when I discovered that I was pregnant and hadn’t been back since.  Kirsten had started to mention that she wanted to go iceskating and not because I had made the suggestion to her but because she had a number of bedtime stories that mentioned skating and a number of the programmes she watches on tv also mention it occasionally.  The other Thursday, 21 October, Kirsten had an early release day at school and it was also Parents n Pups at the icerink.  This meant that during the Learn to Skate session for children part of the ice is set aside for parents to take their toddlers (2.5 – 5 years old) on the ice for a group lesson too which I thought would be perfect.  I had already confirmed with the ice rink that it wasn’t sold out in advance ie people signed up for the complete 6 weeks, so that Kirsten and I could do a drop-in class (just turn up).  On the Monday after swimming (which is right by the rink) we had popped into the rink and had both pairs of skates sharpened.

On Thursday after school Kirsten was forced down for a nap as I knew it would be a late night.  The class runs from 5.45 – 6.30pm and Kirsten is normally going up for a bath between 6.30-7pm so there was no way that would happen.  The staff at the ice rink welcomed me back with open arms and it was as if I hadn’t been away for the last 4 years.  I’m hoping to take Kirsten again tomorrow.  If she shows as much enjoyment then I suspect that we will stop swim classes and start iceskating class in the New Year instead.  I look forward to that too as it is something I can do with Kirsten, but ultimately it is Kirsten’s choice.  John also left work early so that he would be able to be there too.  Kirsten was wrapped up wonderfully warm as we used some of the clothes that I have purchased for our trip back to England over Christmas.  In actual fact she was so warm and toasty she just didn’t want to get off the ice at the end.  I’d layered her up with tights, leggings and snow trousers on the bottom half and on the top she had a cotton long sleeved t-shirt, fleece jacket and the snow trousers as they were actually dungarees and you can see she had her cycling helmet on her head and also mittens.  The mittens were the only item of clothing we had a problem with as they kept coming off.  Probably because she was holding onto me so tightly.

Back To School

August 12, 2010

Can you believe it…finally the day has come and Kirsten went back to preschool  on Monday after almost 3 months holiday.  She finished on Friday 19 May and went back Monday 9 August.  It’s been a long hot Summer.  We had already decided that she was going to go for 5 days a week but were only planning on having her there from 9-12 but we bumped into the Mum of one of her classmates at Anthem outlets a couple of weeks ago, and she mentioned that her son would be there till 2pm (he’s also a high energy child like Kirsten).  That made up our minds for us and Kirsten is now staying until 2pm.  We’ve just finished day 4.  She’s also having 3 swim lessons a week until 3rd week of October.  She’ll be having 2 at the local YMCA (Tuesdays and Thursdays for 30 minutes) and will continue her weekly lesson at Aquasafe but that has now moved to Monday afternoons.  The last 3 nights she has slept through till 7am which is unheard of so it just goes to prove that she needs to be both mentally and physically exhausted in order to get a good night’s sleep.

Over the Summer I have done a little quilting.  I completed the “Pinwheels and Paperdolls” quilt based on the Cowboy Baby Quilt from the Material Obsession book.  It is now on Kirsten’s bed.  I even made her a couple of matching pillowcases.

I also finished the binding on a couple of the “Schnibbles” quilts that I did in Miss Rosie’s Quilt Club so they are all finished.  I’m giving some of them away as gifts and keeping the first, “Picnic”, “Roundabout” (That I made for John), and the lone star, “Center Stage” as they are my first, and my last from the club.

Now we’re getting excited as we have 2 trips coming up.  We have our week away in Dana Point, California at the end of September and then I am going across to England for the entire month of December with Kirsten, and John will fly over a couple of weeks later.  We will all fly home together first week of January.  We think we have managed to arrange house sitters for both sets of dates which we are really pleased with.

Last but not least I have now been working with the doctor for almost 2 months with regards to weight loss and have spent about 6 weeks taking thyroid (natural), testosterone and vitamin including B12 complex shots.  My weight is very slowly coming off although John’s has fallen off (about 15lbs to date).  I’m also having a fortnightly weigh-in using a bod pod too.  Everything is being monitored.  I had a second round of blood tests about 3 weeks ago and was told my thyroid numbers are at least going in the right direction.  On top of all this I am using my Bodybugg to monitor both calories in and calories out and my doctor is monitoring my food log.  Nothing like doing everything I possibly can.  So far I’ve lost about 8lbs.  I’ve got about another 12-15lbs to go till I reach my goal.  If I’m lucky I’ll reach it before I come to England.

If I’ve missed anything I apologise and if I’ve rambled too much I apologise too.