Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ch.. ch... changes!

Change # 1: My job is now secure and changing for the better (I hope). To start off with, you need to know that I work in finance and HR. I got a call from the CFO (who is in our CA office) yesterday afternoon… and it scared the crap out of me at first. There was a voicemail and email from her that basically said the following “*Subject: Please call me today * just left you a vmail. I need to talk to you today. Please call me either at office number below, or my cell phone **-***-****” I immediately thought, “this is it… I’m about to get laid off”.

So, my heart pounding and palms sweating, I call her back. The conversation starts with:

CFO: “So we had a meeting about roles and responsibilities… and obviously your name came up since a lot of stuff has been filtered away from you. We’re not sure that your plate is really full anymore (which is crap because sometimes I have WAY too much work to do, while others I have nothing) so……(my heart drops into my stomach and I feel dizzy)…… we’re transitioning you to an inside sales position if you’re interested.”

Me: “Wow… definitely.” (As I grab the emergency defib machine to jumpstart my heart)

CFO: “Great! I was talking with B (SvP Global Sales) about someone to fill this role and your name came up. He was excited that you may be a prospect because A, you in the office with D to pass of the role and get crossed trained and B he has worked with you before on some special projects in the past.”

With the combination of this and the “Outstanding Contributor Q4 2008” bonus that I got (only $500 but still!) I’m feeling better about my job, its prospects and my security here. I’m really excited about this opportunity. For the time being I am going to keep some of my previous duties (I’m hoping they’ll give them to someone else when I get comfortable with the sales thing) but to get moved into Inside Sales in the software field is huge. It’s not something I ever thought I’d do, but it’s got great potential… even if it’s not with this company. Hopefully the change will get under way soon and hopefully it’s as good of a change as I’m thinking it is.

Change # 2: I started working out at a new gym this morning since my YMCA membership was done yesterday and I wanted to switch to month to month anyway. I needed a bigger pool which I definitely got, but with bigger comes busier. Oh well… I push myself harder when it’s busier. I was exhausted after just a couple laps this morning. I lost my indoor track though, so for now it looks like I’ll be running on the treadmill until the weather is nice. The change rooms SUCK! My old gym had stalls so you could actually shower. The new gym has like 5 showers, all together that you have to constantly press the button because the water only runs for 15 seconds. They also only have the “male” and “female” and “family” change room, which means that when the city swim team finishes practice at 7:30, they come dripping in to the change room. At my old gym there was a “girls’ and a “women’s” and I will definitely miss that. What I will miss the most is the sauna. I would dry off in the sauna every morning after my shower…. that will def be an adjustment. But this one is cheaper, bigger, cleaner and closer… so I have to give up some things right? Plus I get an array of class options, 2 ice rinks etc etc. We’ll see how it goes!

Monday, February 23, 2009

I'm a Weakling

Yep… as ashamed as I am to say it, I caved and am still smoking. I didn’t even last the whole day. I am weak.

I was SO determined to quit and I am very disappointed in myself, but I couldn’t think about anything else all day and I felt like I had lost a friend or something. Finally, when I went home, I just grabbed my pack of the fridge, walked back out to the front porch and had a smoke. It was probably one of the best cigarettes of my life.

I don’t know when I will quit (I know that I still want to.. although maybe not as much), but I just can’t imagine my day to day life without cigarettes. I know it sounds weird, but unless you are (or were) a smoker, you may not understand. It’s a huge part of my day and life. I know it’s really bad, I know what it does to my body (and wallet) but at this point, I’m apparently not strong enough to let them go.

I took the weekend off from swimming and running because my arms were screaming at me from moving some furniture. I was back at the track this morning doing my C25K (w1d2) and I’ll be back in the pool tomorrow morning. I’m looking forward to it; because MAN can I tell when I haven’t exercised in 3 days.

This weekend was pretty good! Friday night we were both exhausted so we cleaned the house, ordered East Side Mario’s delivery and watched all our PVR’d shows from the week (Grey’s was AWESOME!). Saturday we got a slow start but we went to see BIL’s new house, went grocery shopping and then stopped at Future Shop. I bought a USB adapter so that I can play all my downloaded music in the car (the part cost me $10 and the install was free- thank god for DH’s staff purchase) and I also bought myself a Nintendo DS. Yes- I’m a little kid. I’ve wanted one for so long so I can play the Mario Brothers game and I got that bonus from work, so I decided to buy the DS and a game and then pay the rest (200-300) onto my credit cards along with my income tax. Saturday night we went to a buddies 30th b-day “rager” (my god… it was a s**t show party complete with way too many hammered people, too loud music and flying birthday cakes in the house- very fun). Sunday I was up and at it at 8am. I put a roast in the slow cooker, tidied up and we went to The Body Show. It cost $10/ea to get it and it sucked, we left after like 10-15 minutes. We went to Lowes because we are going to “reface” our kitchen cabinets. We picked the style and color and I’m so excited about it! It will be the first “major” thing we’ve done to the house. Then we went home, I napped with the dog on the couch while DH watched the third pirates, we ate dinner (I LOVE slow-cooked roast beef w/ mashed potatoes) and then watched Iron Man. It was just a fun/laid back weekend.

I’m back at work… bored already and watching the clock for lunchtime so I can leave to pay our property taxes at city hall. You know your job is boring when you WANT to go pay your property taxes.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Uh Oh world, look out. As of 9:30 last night... I'm a non-smoker!

That's right... I took my pack out of my purse and decided that I am now a non-smoker. It's a strange feeling because it was such a big part of my life, but I'm doing ok so far. However, I didn't normally smoke in the morning so it's not like I'm missing anything yet. The hard part will start after I eat my lunch. I have a feeling the next couple of days could be really rough, so I feel back for my co-workers and especially for my husband. Hopefully it sticks.

I ran the first workout of the C25K program this morning. My arms and shoulders needed a break, so I skipped my regular lap swim. I downloaded a hip-hop podcast that's structured around the program so I didn't have to time myself. This made it a lot easier, but the workout wasn't overly challenging. I'm def looking forward to moving up a level or two.

I'm registering for the 5k leg of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in September. I'm hoping I can get another 5k in before that so I can get my feet wet as the Toronto race is a BIG race (up to 13,000 racers) so it might be a little overwhelming. It sounds so awesome though... it's a whole weekend event, dinner the night before, an expo and then during the race there is live entertainment (every 2k), after race massages etc. Every person who finished the half or full marathon (unfortunately, not the 5k) gets a finishers medal.... it's awesome. Hopefully this year I can run the 5k, next year the half, and the following year the full. Although, I have to fit a pregnancy in there somewhere so that may not work out quite how I see it now.

I'm just going to stay focused on the following to stay away from my cigarettes:
-I'm healthier already
-I'm saving $$
-I don' t have to stand out in the cold
-I won't smell like an ashtray
-My teeth will be whiter (although all the tea I drink doesn't help)
Here goes nothing! I'm kinda scared!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I saw that one coming.....

It was my regular Wednesday weigh in this morning (nothing formal… I just weigh myself on Wednesday mornings at the gym before my swim). I’ve gained a pound this week. Yes- it’s definitely a setback, but I saw it coming. As per my previous post, I had a rough weekend “diet” wise and I didn’t do much exercising (although I blew my cardio minute goal out of the water, I didn’t feel like much). I’m cracking down this week though, because I have to make up for that gain.
I’ve decided to start running when the weather gets nice using the C25K program. I’m going to run the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront 5K in September. Depending on how training goes, I may try a smaller scale 5K before that. This is my motivator to quit smoking and I’ve been really thinking about it lately and it sounds more and more appealing the more I think about it. I’m not gonna lie though… I will REALLY miss it.
My workout this morning was awesome. The pool was really busy and I was the only female so I felt the need to really push myself to keep up with the guys. I’m definitely feeling it in my arms and shoulders now. I’m working really hard on endurance and proficiency in my crawl… perhaps I see a Triathlon in my future? That would be so cool!
I’m getting ahead of myself now… one step at a time! Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Way over the limit!

I had a pretty good (quiet) weekend but in terms of health and weight-loss, it was basically a write-off. It seemed that the whole weekend revolved around food!

Friday night: we had dinner @ MIL’s with MIL and DH’s Aunt. It was really quiet because BIL has FINALLY moved out (he’s over 30) and SIL was at her new boyfriends for the weekend (she’s 29). We ate WAY too much food and played Clue and then headed home.

Saturday: DH and I got up and took the dog out to Copeland forest for a long walk. It was super sunny and therefore a perfect day for a walk. Lola had a blast but was totally pooped by the time we got back to the car. We stopped at the grocery story and then headed home after that.
We had decided to stay in this year for v-day, and so we made this amazing dinner and dessert together, ate it and then plopped our butts on the couch to watch some of our fav shows that were collecting on the PVR. That was the extent of our v-day.

Dinner: DH made chicken breast stuffed with spinach, light ricotta cheese and garlic with roasted garlic and rosemary potatoes and steamed asparagus and snow peas.

Dessert: I made a chocolate chip cookie tart. See this link… I got the recipe from the Nest. YOU MUST TRY THIS DESSERT if you have a sweet tooth or are a chocolate lover. It’s AMAZING.

Sunday: Breakfast in bed and then we took the rest of the dessert from the night before around to different members of the family (we didn’t want the leftover’s in the house as a temptation) and went shopping for new bedding for our bedroom. We were all over town for most of the day and found nothing. We did go out for lunch, which I couldn’t afford $$ wise or calorie wise after Friday and Saturday nights.

Monday: I alternated between reading, sleeping and lounging in the tub until almost 1pm. Met my mum, step-dad, sister and nephew for a late lunch (again- the calories count for the day was blown out of the water) and then went home to have FIL and his fiancé over for dinner (they brought dinner) and watch Express (which is a really great movie). Yes- I ate 2 meals in less than 3 hours and yes- I felt disgusting.

So this week I have to concentrate on detoxing and staying within my daily calorie limit. I went for a swim this morning but I’m meeting my BFF for dinner tonight (again, can’t afford to eat out, drive up there to meet her, or consume the extra calories, but I’m doing it anyway) so it’s not going to be easy. Hopefully there will be some healthy options on the menu.

OH! and I had to bitch about this for a minute. I went for my swim this morning, go out to the pool deck (I swim in a small three lane pool) and the fast and medium lanes are occupied. In the medium lane it a woman doing the slowest side stroke I've ever seen in the middle of the lane, which means, I'm not getting around her. In the fast lane was the HUGE woman, basically doing the doggy paddle... again, in the middle of the lane. So, I (who used to be a competative swimmer) have to jump into the slow lane. This is fine, except the friggin handicapped stairs are in this lane and therefore in my way from doing my lengths properly. It pissed me off because it was just inconsiderate. Why would you get in the fast lane? It's not like you wouldn't know.... there are signs, and your now watching me do 2.5-3 lengths to your 1, and stuggling with the friggin stairs. Obviously there is something wrong here and you should not be in the fast lane. Not only that, but if someone else comes out and gets in the slow lane... I can't pass them, because it's the slow lane. Meanwhile, you take up the entire fast and medium lanes so I can't share those with you either. It's okay to swim in the slow lane... you're a slow swimmer and it's where you should be. Now my workout suffers because your too embarassed. Leave the fast lane for the fast swimmers or atleast make room for us and be prepared to constantly be passed. I hope it's better tomorrow.

Friday, February 13, 2009

When it rains, it pours.

I took my car to the shop yesterday and he said it doesn't look like anything is wrong but that the sensor (or something... I'm not a car person) is just being affected by the weather. So, I just have to see what happens in the next couple of weeks. He assured me that it's not unsafe to drive so I'm just supposed to let him know if the problem persists (which it did, yesterday and this morning). The bonus was he didn't charge me to look at it and told me that if there is anything wrong it will only be about $200 for the part, so it's not as bad as I thought.

I got home last night and was telling Bub what they told me about the car and he said "well, are you ready for a piece of bad news?". I wanted scream, but instead I told him to just say whatever it was. "Well, the basement is leaking". We have had 5 days of above 0 temps which is melting all the snow and then we had 2 straight days of hard rain so there is water everywhere outside. Luckily this leak is very small and it's coming through at the wall and running right in to the sump pump resovoir (couldn't be more perfect). There's not a whole lot we can do about it. Even my Mum said "everyone will have water coming in right now because there's just so much of it.

So... not as bad as I thought, but I still don't know what to do about the bedroom window and the paint on my car. What I would really like is a new car, but that is NOT going to happen right now. We just can't afford it. We strapped as it is.

TGIF! It's the long-weekend! :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Great... a (costly) streak of bad luck

This fall, I paid $400 to have the rust spots that we starting to show on my car, repaired (sanded, primed and painted). Well, we took it for a rinse this weekend because it was soooo nice out and my car was covered in salt, and all the rust spots are back with a vengence, plus some!

Last night we get home at about 10:45, go up to go to bed and low and behold, one of the windows in our bedroom leaks! AWESOME! The paint is bubbled and theirs water in behind it.
Then today, I get in the car on my lunch to run over to the grocery store and the ABS, TRAC and SERV CAR SOON lights came on. GREAT!!! I have no idea what that means, but Bub told me to take it in because we don't want to mess around with the breaks. Even if it's just the ABS, it's not good to go without ABS in this kind of weather. So, now I'm leaving work early to take my bloody car in because if I don't do it today, I won't be able to do it until Tuesday (it's a long weekend).

I have no money to fix the car or replace the window, not that I ever do, and I am trying to get my credit cards paid off... not rack them up! I hope my car is something simple (maybe low brake fluid or something) and I hope the window can be repaired (instead of replaced) even if it's just a temporary fix!

Apparently I need to find some $$... and fast! Grrrrrrrrrr

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Almost 6 bags of potatoes... gone!

I weighed myself at the gym this morning (before my workout, on an empty stomach) and I’m down 3 more pounds! That means I have 10 pounds to go until my goal weight. I can’t believe I’m saying that. I really thought that I would never do it. I thought I was doomed to be “the fat girl” for the rest of my life. I’m a dress size away and then it’s about maintenance! My BMI is now (and has been for a little while) in the “healthy” range, and I’m also considered a healthy weight for my height.

My grand-total weight loss is now 57lbs! I’ve lost the equiv. of almost 6, 10lb bags of potatoes! Stack those one on top of the other and it’s pretty significant. The means between Bub and I we’ve lost 167 pounds! That’s a light adult male. When you put it in to those terms it seems HUGE.

Now it’s about toning. I am going to start following the strength training exercises recommended on my Spark People program. We’ll see if those work. I would also like to try 30 Day Shred. The girls on the Nest H&F board rave about it, but I can’t seem to get my hands on a copy. My biggest goal is to get rid of my “Oprah Arms” (Oprah, I love you… no offense) and flabby tummy. I would like to see improvement on my back and thighs, but they aren’t the huge priority right away. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I will say that I like my calves. They’re just toned enough… not too much and I like the look in heels. And my rear? Not too shabby! I like the fact that I have body parts that I actually like now. If you would have asked me a year ago what I liked about my body, I would have said “nothing”.

Weight loss and the lifestyle changes haven’t always been easy, but they haven’t been nearly as hard as I thought they would. I like to be part of the “healthy” crowd at work and I like that I can say I don’t remember the last time I ate McDonalds. My next goal will be to run a 5k. I have lots of training to do for that, and will need to quit smoking first, but I’m determined.

On another note- tonight, Bub and I are taking a cooking class together at a local country club. How cheesy is that? My mom signed us up for it and paid for it and since we both love cooking (especially Bub) I thought it might be fun. I just hope that we’re not making something that one of us doesn’t like. I’ll guess we’ll see!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Dude... where's my car???

So Bub and I went to Niagara Fall on Saturday for the night. We met FIL (R) and his fiancé (C) at their hotel room, went to the Casino (I lost $10 and DH lost $20- we’re not big gamblers) and then we headed out for dinner.

We left our car at the hotel and took C’s car. When we arrived at the restaurant after making a quick stop at the liquor store for a bottle of wine, and it was packed. But it’s DH and FIL’s fav restaurant so we parked at the back of the dirt lot (there goes my super cute black ballet flats in the muck) and hiked in. Surprisingly we didn’t have to wait more than 5 minutes for a table and the food came really quickly. Within an hour to an hour and a half tops we were finished our excellent dinner and were walking out the door.

C had been chatting with us all day about buying a new car in the next 6 months and as we were walking back through the muck to her current vehicle we see this old (early 90’s) white van with a black door parked beside her car. She jokingly says to me “hey Ash… I want THAT van”. I laughed and then said “look... the lights are on… oh and it’s running, but there’s no one in it”. Now you have to know that this van was NOT the type to have an auto starter. It was a total piece of crap and definitely on its last legs. It was strange that it was WAY out in the parking lot running. It’s not like someone would have popped outside to start it- and there really wasn’t any need for that because it was ridiculously mild on Saturday (+8 C when it was -13 the day before…it felt like summer!). So, thinking it was nothing more than a little strange, we continue to walk past the van. Almost simultaneously, all 4 of us stop dead and look backwards up the line of vehicles and then back to the empty spot where C’s car had been parked. All I could say was “um….”. We all turned, without saying anything and walked back up the line of cars just in case we had passed it. No such luck, it was gone. Finally C says “uh… where’s my car?” . We all stood flabbergasted and silent for several seconds and then finally C decided to walk back up to the restaurant and call the police (she didn’t want to call 911 from one of our cells because it wasn’t really an emergency). She informed them about the van left running and unattended beside where her car had been parked.

3 cruisers (yep THREE … for a stolen car) arrived at the restaurant. The first girl took out her kit, asked us if we had touched the van at all and then went to work. Sure enough, the van had been hot wired so we figure whoever stole it, dumped it in the parking lot and then stole C’s car. It was probably as random as there was an empty spot beside her car where they could park/dump the van and block the view to the restaurant while they stole hers. It was total CSI. The cop was taking pictures and finger prints and everything. I couldn’t believe it because when they found my Mom’s car abandoned in a parking lot after it had been stolen out of her driveway, they didn’t do anything except tow it to the garage of her choice stating that “cars get stolen all the time… it’s not even really worth investigating because they never get caught”. I was fascinated because I went to school for policing (obviously decided to go another route) and it made me remember how much I LOVE all that stuff. I kept saying (quietly ) to Bub “I wanna play!”. The second cop just pulled in, asked us how long it had been gone and then took off again with his lights on. I think he may have been going to look for it. The third officer was the one in charge of taking our statements. When it was all said and done, the owner of the restaurant called and paid for a cab to take us to the liquor store (to replace the wine that had been in the car) and then back to the hotel. He also gave R and C a free drink (DH and I were outside).
It was so funny to see the things that C was worried about. She would burst out with the most random stuff.

Funniest Examples:

1. “OH MY GOD.. my licenses plates, they’re linked to my name, what if they do something bad in my car?” I had to reassure her that now that she had reported it stolen, she wouldn’t be linked to any criminal activity the car was involved in.
2. “CRAP… R, that was an unopened bottle of wine in the backseat!” Again, I assured her that we could go buy another… it was only a $12 bottle.
3. When we got back to the hotel she slams her hand down on the dresser and says “S**T.. I had a full pack of cigarettes in the glove compartment”. She was really upset about it.

DH told me privately later that it was really hard to keep from laughing when she was more worried about the bottle of wine and cigarettes, rather than the car. I just told her that whoever stole her car was having the time of their lives with her camera, a bottle of wine and a pack of cigarettes! She probably made some kids night. She finally laughed.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Blissfully Dull

As I mentioned before, we’re heading to Niagara Falls tomorrow overnight, to join my FIL and his fiancé for dinner and drinks. Although it’s only one night, I’m looking forward to it. We always have a good time with them. I’m hoping the hotel has a hot tub because I’m dying to laze in the warm water with a book.

Plan for tonight (here comes the mind-blowing Friday night plans of a 20 something): Clean the house, grocery shopping, walk the dog and make dinner. I’m reading a great book that I would love to dive into more tonight. Exciting huh? I’m so boring lately. I want to get everything done tonight so we can sleep in tomorrow and then head to Niagara on our own time. It’s only a 2.5 hour drive, so it’s not bad.

Things are settling down at work, for the time being at least. Although I’m always on edge for the next crisis/ unpleasant confrontation, it’s been pleasantly dull this week. I’m bored out of my mind (which makes the days VERY long) but I suppose it’s much better than being on the verge of tears or a raging outburst every second of every day. I wish there was just a happy medium I could find. Is it too much to ask that I am busy and challenged, yet not completely stressed out and overwhelmed? It’s one extreme or the other. I’m thinking my job is safe for the next little while too, which is a relief.

OH! We’ve made a rather big decision too. We had originally planned to start TTC at some point this year, but we talked about it after giving it a lot of thought separately, and we’re going to wait until early next year. That gives us a year to get the credit cards paid off and for Bub to look for a better job. It also gives me one more summer to be just me. I can do my white water rafting, and hopefully get another skydive in… not to mention a group camping trip and cottaging on weekends. I always said I’d like to start around 25 and I’ll only be 24 this may so it’s about what we planned anyway. I think the house just put me into fast-forward for a little while, but I’ve realized now that as much as I am dying to start a family, we’re in no rush and we’re not done being “carefree” quite yet. The in-laws may be a little disappointed, but they’ll live.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

In the spirit of positive thinking....

I shouldn't be thinking about this but.....

Each quarter our company has what they call "Cause for Applause" nominations. That's where you can nominate your fellow co-workers (companywide) for their outstanding performance over the quarter, and they receive a plaque and $500 bonus (it used to be $1000, but the state of the economy tends to change things like that). 3 winners, one from each office location, are chosen quarterly. We have a monthly company-wide conference call and in that call they announce the winners and present the plaques.
The winners for Oct-Dec have been chosen and we to be announced tomorrow, but the call was post-poned until next Friday. Generally, HR in couriers the winners plaque to me so that I can present it during the call. Well, the plaques arrived this morning in a sealed box and they were addressed to a director in our office and the co-founder of the original company, with instructions for him to present it in the meeting. At first I was offended... thinking "why the change? was I not presenting with enough zazazu?" But then I thought... maybe I won???? They wouldn't send me the plaque to present to myself if that was the case.

I could REALLY use $500 bucks right now (although after tax it's probably like a dollar or something). I would love to slap a $500 payment on one of my credit cards along with what I am hoping will be a largish tax return next month. It would put a huge dent in the debt that I am trying to pay off this year.

I probably didn't win.. and I've probably jinxed myself by posting about it, but I can't help but wonder! :) Additionally... I'm trying to find any tiny little positive things about my job right now and that would definately be one!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Spoiled (Exhausted) Brat

Well... my Dad's gone. He flew out this morning so we had to say goodbyes last night.

I love my Dad to pieces and I really wish he didn't have to go, but at the same time, I am sooooo looking forward to going home tonight and crashing. I'm exhausted from constantly going going going since last Tuesday when he arrived. That and my house is a mess (it's needs a major tidy and a good cleaning) because we usually clean on the weekend, but were too busy + we had a constant stream of people in and out for a week. My little house needs some attention! Even my dog is tired. She's used to quiet nights of just the "3" of us making dinner, going for a walk and reading or watching TV. This last week she's had to deal with a constant stream of people, 0 cuddle time, lots of playing etc. She had fun but she's ready for a break too. Last night, after everyone left, I got in the tub and DH came in with the dog to talk to me, and within seconds she had curled up in my towel on the floor and was snoring away! Poor baby. It was funny.
Tonight- I'm going to ignore the mess the best I can and just have dinner, walk the dog and veg. Hopefully I can go to bed early too.

My Dad is soooo crazy. He spoils me more now than he did when I was a little kid. In this trip he:
-bought the supplies and painted our office/library
-bought us a new computer desk
-bought us a 26 inch flat screen TV for the bedroom (our x-mas present- it's soooo much better than our 13 inch!)
-bought the supplies and fixed the closet door and bathroom door
-offered to buy me another winter coat when I couldn't decide between two that I really liked... I wouldn't let him (I paid for the first one)
-took us out for 7 meals and paid for the groceries for the food that we had a my house (I told him he was crazy, but he insisted that his vists shouldn't cost us money, he's so dumb)... he also paid for countless coffees while we were out and about, 2 bottles of wine, 2 bottles of rye

It makes me feel bad that he feels like he has to do that stuff for us. I'm happy if he just visits, but he likes to spoil me/us. I hope he can get down with my step-mom this summer, or perhaps Bub and I can make the trip up there again.

Another bright note? I bought a digital scale this weekend since I haven't weighed myself since probably last winter/spring. I have lost a grand total of............................... 54 POUNDS!!!!! I'm PUMPED! I have only got 13 pounds to go until I'm at my goal weight. It makes it seem so much more attainable! DH has lost over 100 pounds! So between us, thats a full grown person! When you think about it that way... it's pretty effing crazy.

We may head to Niagara Falls for one night this weekend. Since my FIL and his fiance have a room for a few days and DH's fav restaurant is there, they have invited us to spend one night and treat us to dinner. I thought about getting our own room for the weekend, but we both need atleast one night at home and one morning to sleep in and be lazy since we've been so busy lately. Either way, I hope to have a quiet weekend.

Works been OK the past couple of days (KNOCK ON WOOD x 1000) so hopefully it stays that way! :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed.