April 12, 2014

Exciting Busy

Just popping my head in quickly.  I'm not sure how much posting I will get done in the next few weeks.  I have been busy getting ready for my trip to Halifax to visit my daughter.  It's mostly for the granddaughters.  I told Sarah that, if she didn't have any children, I wouldn't have visited 3 times in one year!  Not that I don't miss her, but I could handle it.  But I couldn't handle it to only see Lily and Emma once a year or less.  They just grow up so fast.  And yes, there is Face Time and Skype, but it's just not the same as cuddling up to read a book or watch a movie together, or play endless games of UNO or Monopoly Junior or feel those little arms around my neck.

I have been busy this week, sewing a doll quilt for Lily.  At Christmas, I took both girls blankets I had made.  Emma's was a crocheted afghan, and Lily's was a quilt.

I had already made a smaller one to match Emma's for her doll, which I was going to give her for her birthday, but then I thought, since I gave them both one at Christmas, I couldn't very well just give Emma a doll blanket and tell Lily she would have to wait until her birthday in October for her doll version.  So this week, I made the quilt.  It's a good thing it was small and I used a super-simple pattern.

So, I am off on Tuesday, unfortunately without Jim, but I will be there for Emma's 5th birthday, which happens to fall on Easter Monday this year.  Flights were a lot more expensive over Easter, which is why I am going earlier. 

Hillary and William came and slept over last night, so I could see them before I leave.  They had a Frog Run at the Sugar Bush this morning, so we went for that.  The kids collected little plastic frogs in a basket and got a treat at the end.  It was a perfect day.  Bright and sunny and warm enough to go without a jacket.  When the frogs start croaking in the spring, it means the weather is getting warmer and sap season is over...thus the Frog Run. 

It's so nice to actually feel like spring is here!  (Although, it is supposed to be only a high of 3C on Tuesday, and below freezing overnight!)  I bought a small pot of what I though was hyacinth last weekend.  There were no blooms and there was a lot of wrapping around the pot.  When I got it home and cut back the wrapping a bit, I realized it was miniature daffodils, which is another of my favourite flowers.  I was glad anyway, since it is daffodil month for the Canadian Cancer Society and that is heavy on my heart as we wait for Josh's surgery in June.
So, how have things been on the eating and exercise front?  Not great.  Maybe not as bad as I think.  I did get out for some short walks, just by walking to a destination rather than driving, and I did make some healthy dinners, which is an effort for me sometimes with the shift Jim is working, so I guess just put the slips in the past and press on.  Progress, not perfection.  There might not be a lot of planned "exercise" in Halifax, but plenty of walking, I'm sure.  Matt is off the week after Easter, so we may be able to do a bit of exploring.

April 8, 2014

Feeling Positive

Today is a good day!  My sugar was high this morning, and I knew it would be because I did some a lot of emotional eating yesterday.  But still, even though I was expecting it, I felt a bit discouraged.  I also weighed myself and was up about 5 lbs since yesterday.  Again, I know my body does that when I have a bad food day.  It should also come off quickly, though.

I had my BIG cup of coffee in my Nova Scotia mug.  I can't wait for my trip!  This time next week, I will be there!

I checked e-mail and Facebook.  I joined a new group the other day.  From Fat to Finish Line.  This is a documentary film that is being made about a group of 12 strangers who have all lost at least 100 lbs.  They came together and ran the Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West last year.  I first learned about it from the Runs for Cookies blog by Katie Foster.  This is a Facebook support group for runners trying to lose or maintain weight through running and healthy lifestyle.  Someone posted about having a bad day yesterday, and making a fresh start today.  That really encouraged me to pick myself up and keep moving forward. 

Jim was out so I got dressed and ready to do a workout on the treadmill.  Just as I was headed downstairs, he got home, so I suggested we go for a walk outside instead.  It was damp, sprinkling and a little chilly, but it feels so good to get out.  We just did a loop down into Port Dalhousie and back through Jaycees Park.  Along the way, I said I wanted to run for just one minute, so Jim timed it for me.  Then later, he said, "Ready for another minute run?".  So we did it again.  This time I asked him to hit the lap button on his watch, just for curiosity's sake to see my pace. 

The total walk was 3.25 km.  My pace for the one minute timed was just under 9 minutes/km, which is right about where I have always been for running.  I did my 50-second plank and will walk to my mom's tonight for our weekly movie night.  That is another 1.7 km, so I am happy with that. 

I have started tracking my food again.  I am going to track my carbs and calories.  It is a lot of work to weigh and measure and write it all down, but that has given me success in the past, both for weight and blood sugar control.

Time for a cup of tea. 

April 6, 2014

Oh! What a Beautiful Morning...

What a change from yesterday!  Saturday was cold and windy and just not nice.  This morning, the sun was shining, and although a little chilly at first, promised to be a beautiful day.  It did not disappoint! 

We had to pick up a few things at the grocery store and stopped for a coffee at Tim Horton's afterwards.  There were a few people sitting out on the patio enjoying the sunshine.  I have a feeling those stone benches would have been a little cold on the buns, though! ;)

I had some overripe bananas on the counter, so made some Paleo Banana Bread with them.  I got the recipe from The Civilized Caveman blog.  He has some great recipes there.  The main carbs are from the bananas, but that would be divided between 10-12 slices.  It uses coconut flour, which has 9g carbs per 2 Tbsp., but 6g of fibre, so you only count 3g.  The recipe uses 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp.).  Anyway, it smelled great baking and looked great when it came out of the oven.

BUT, when I tried to take it out of the pan, it stuck!! 

Oh well, it did taste great.  I had greased the pan with coconut oil.  I guess next time I should used something else.  The recipe said to use your fat of choice, but the blogger did say that he used butter. 

Jim needs to renew his passport, so since it was SO nice out, we decided to walk to Costco for them.  We would get in a nice walk and get the pictures taken.  Two birds with one stone.  I wore the pink jacket that Sarah got me for Mother's Day a couple years ago.  It had always been a little too tight.  Maybe it still is a little, but the buttons weren't pulling like they used to and it felt comfortable.

Ha!  I just noticed Jim's shadow in the picture.  It was really sunny!  :)

It was 4.5 km round trip and I did my 40-second plank when we got home. 

Dinner was not exactly low-carb.  It wasn't horrible, but more carbs than I like to eat.  I saw a "Grandpa's Acadian Meat Pie" at SuperStore.  It was one of the winners in the Recipes to Riches TV show.  I haven't followed it, but I think each week was a different category...appetizers, desserts, etc. and the winner each week got their food put into grocery stores across Canada as a President's Choice product.  There will be a grand prize winner, which I am not sure how it is decided.

So this meat pie was one of the winners and I had to try it to compare to my own.  We only make it at Christmas.  Usually, when you see frozen, pre-made tourtiere, it is made with ground pork, which is the way a lot of French Canadians make it.  But the Acadian way is not ground meat, but cooked until it shreds, kind of like pulled pork, but without the BBQ sauce.  The PC pie was made with pork and chicken.  It was ok, but certainly not as good as the Frigault version.  We use beef, pork and chicken and also put a small amount of cubed potato in it.  My mom started using the chicken when she married my dad as a replacement for the rabbit that my grandmother used.  I am glad I tried it, but don't think I would buy it again.  I'll have to wait for Christmas...my sister could tell you the number of days left! 

April 5, 2014

Wonky Day

I woke up at around 5:00 am today and was feeling a little funny, so I got up to check my sugar.  6.2...no problem.  I figured I was just hungry.  I was feeling rather "rumbly in my tumbly", to quote one of my favourite bears.  :)  So, I had some coffee and by the time I was done, Jim was up, so I cooked us a nice breakfast. Scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato, cucumber, asparagus and a few blackberries.  I was pretty good, if I do say so myself! 

I went along with Jim to give water support to the running group at Runners' Edge.  It was fairly cold when we left the house, but thought it was supposed to warm up.  We got to the store and then to our spot to park our car and it just kept getting colder and windier.  A few people were having a hard time breathing when running into the wind.  Will spring NEVER come?  I know it will.  I just hope we do get a spring and it doesn't jump from this to being 30 degrees all of a sudden. 

We were doing some errands and I was feeling a little funny again, as if my sugar was low.  5.2...very good...strange.

Later, I met up with 4 other ladies that I used to work with for lunch at Boston Pizza.  I was proactive and checked out the menu online ahead of time so I was prepared to make a good choice.  I got the Mediterranean salad and added a garlic shrimp skewer.  I did find it odd that a Mediterranean salad would not include some black olives! 

I needed a few ingredients for supper, so stopped at the SuperStore after lunch.  Again, I started feeling as if I was low.  This time it was 7.5, which really didn't make sense, since it was 3 1/2 hrs after lunch and I really didn't have very many carbs.  In fact, the carbs I did have were from veggies.  I didn't have any starches. Maybe I need to eat more calories, since all 3 times when I felt low, I also felt quite hungry. I think I should try tracking carbs and calories for a week and see what happens.

Josh and Sharon came for supper.  I had seen this amazing-looking recipe on my Facebook feed.  Paleo "KFC" Chicken Tenders

They seemed easy enough, so I gave them a try.  They were great!  A few little issues that I saw others had in the comments on the blog, so just a little tweaking for next time.  I would grease the foil, or someone suggested to use parchment paper, as the coating 'melted' a bit and stuck.  The wet mixture was pretty thick and gloopy, but the author suggested to wipe the excess off on the side of the bowl before dredging in the dry mixture.  Also, I don't like hot sauce, so was wondering about using something else, but the comment was that it doesn't add heat, just flavour.  I figured even if it turned out a little hotter than I like, I would certainly live, so I used the hot sauce and it was correct.  I couldn't taste the hot sauce.  Any bit of a kick I could taste was pepper and that wasn't what I would call hot.  I had a small dish of vanilla ice cream with a few mixed berries for dessert. 
SO, I just tested again.  It is around 11:00 pm...well past supper, and my sugar was 15.0!!! I haven't seen that number in forever!  Even when it goes a little high, it usually isn't higher than maybe 12.0.  WHAAAATTT???  Google to the rescue to check nutrition info for Arrowroot flour, which is in the dry coating mixture.  Yeah...1/4 cup is about 28g of carbs and the almond flour about 3g, which is about what would be in one serving.  The ice cream and berries was about another 20g, so I guess that explains that!  I need to think of another way to do the chicken.  Maybe just dredge it in egg first and the almond flour.  Either cut out the arrowroot entirely or cut it way back.  I have lots more chicken thighs in the freezer so I can experiment and make lots of notes! 
Off to do my 40-second plank and then head to bed.  Need to get a walk in tomorrow.  I hope it is a little warmer.


April 4, 2014

Walking Naked in Lakeside Park

No walk Thursday, but I got out last evening.  I was looking for the excuse of rain, but although it was overcast, it really didn't look threatening. Or, I think it was another case of the excuses trying to find me.  I really wanted to go out...was going to do it in the afternoon, but then I got hungry, so had some dinner first, and I wanted to be home when Jim called.  Every day, at 5:00pm, just to say hi.  It's usually all of 2 minutes, but it's nice to connect.  And nice that he still wants to call every day, even after 31 years!  <3

I love our location.  We can walk down to the Lake Ontario from our house.  Last night, it was a little chilly, more so near the water, but it was mostly my cheeks that got really cold when I went out the pier. 

This is the entrance to Jaycees Park, which is about half a km away from home.

This is a memorial in the park for Kristen French, a local girl who was abducted and murdered in 1992, and for all missing children.

Pathway through the park.

Foot bridge over Martindale Pond, that goes into Port Dalhousie.  This is the location of the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta that hosts rowing teams from all over the world every August.  The World Rowing Championships were held here in 1999.

The rowers get out on the water at the beginning of April...

even though there is still some ice on the water! 

Walking towards the pier.  There were plenty of seagulls around.  My Garmin died about 100m past this point, so the rest of my walk was "naked" (without any technology).  I never use music, but love viewing my route, pace and heart rate (when I am running) on the computer when I get home.

One of the lighthouses.  There are two piers.  I am not real sure why the two lighthouses on the same side.  Perhaps something I should find out about.

This is the other lighthouse at the end of the pier.
The end of the pier where I was walking, across from the lighthouses.  If you look on the horizon, you can see the skyline of Toronto.

Building that houses the antique carousel.  Rides have always been, and always will be, 5 cents.
The beach.

If you are familiar with the rock group Rush, and a song called Lakeside Park, this is it.  Neil Peart is from St. Catharines.  The midway isn't here any more.  Back in the 60's, Jim's parents had the archery concession, and his Uncle Billy had one as well. 
Heading home.

Another foot bridge that leads in to Port.
It was a nice walk.  When I got home, I went to Gmaps Pedometer to track my route from where my watch died.  The watch measured 2.5 km and I went another 3.5 km after that.  Not bad!  I did some stretches and a 40-second plank!  I am a little stiff today, but it shouldn't take too long to get used to movement again.  I am looking forward to adding a bit of running.  I think I need to find a 5k to sign up for, to keep me focused. 
Have a great weekend!

April 3, 2014

New Name

Introducing Trials and Triumphs of a Type 2 Turtle!

The other name just wasn't sitting right with me.  The description kind of made me feel overwhelmed with the number of things I need to change in my life.  When I first thought about a blog, my idea was Type 2 Turtle in Training, but then my running (any exercise, really) fell by the wayside.  I think this new one describes me a little better.  I do have a lot of things to work on, but they are going to take time and there will be a lot of ups and downs, so here I am!  I still plan to tweak design and such, but that will likely be a little further down the road.  I have less than two weeks to get ready to go to Halifax, so I will be pretty busy.

Sarah sent a text this morning that it was snowing in Halifax again!  Yesterday, they had freezing rain and it was really windy.  Matt picked up Lily from school so Sarah wouldn't have to take Emma out in it.

We FINALLY have some nice weather here this week!  I got out for a walk on Monday, almost 3.5 km, and yesterday, I walked to my mom's.  I go to her place every Tuesday evening to watch a movie.  Josh was going to drop me off but it was so nice out.  It was only 1.7 km and took me 19:38 to get there.  I love my Garmin!  The plan is to build up the distance a bit more and then add in some running intervals.

I have to leave in a few minutes for my massage.  Ahhh...I am so looking forward to that!  I guess I should get going and come back to this later!

My massage was wonderful!  Very relaxing and she also got a few tight spots, but nothing too painful! 

Jim works noon - 8:30, so supper is alone for me.  There is lots of stuff in the freezer but not much in the fridge.  Here is what I came up with: 

I had some eggs, leftover spaghetti squash, a bit of leftover pork, some red and orange peppers and a southwest Greek yogourt dip.  I found this dip last week and it is really good.  It is a President's Choice product and doesn't have any strange, unpronounceable ingredients.  And no carbs!  

I scrambled 2 of the eggs, diced the pork and some of the peppers and mixed it all together with about half of the spaghetti squash and a spoonful of the dip, along with a bit of minced garlic, salt and pepper. 

Then, I cooked it in some coconut oil until it looked done.  It wasn't very pretty, but it was tasty and filling!

Later, I had to pick up Jim from work and we went to see Muppets Most Wanted.  I loved it!  The Muppets never disappoint.  We almost got a private screening.  Another couple came in during the previews. I didn't expect that there would be too many other people wanting to watch the Muppets at 9:45pm! 

I didn't get a walk in today, but tomorrow is another day!  :)