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Today I walked approx 25 km in 3.5 hours. I feel great. I am a little tired and my muscles are sore but on a whole I feel great. I am going over to Mike's to soak in the hot tub tonight. I am looking forward to that. I put on a size 16 swimsuit tonight and although the bra part is tight on my boobs it fits!!!!!!!!!! Thank God my mom had a swimsuit as all of mine are way too big. I think it is wonderful to say so. I need to go through my closet and clean out all my too big clothes and get rid of them. I am going tot need to buy a couple pairs of pants and some other dressy shirts so I can get through work for the next little while. I have been waiting so that I don't have to buy a new wardrobe every month or so.
Girly moment
I am looking forward to buying all my new clothes in a size 14. That is where I will be in August. I do not think that is a far fetched goal. That will mean my dress pants will be a size 16 though. I find it funny that dress pants fit so different. I will need to write a list of clothes I will need to buy. I am looking forward to it.
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I am very proud of my walking partner Andrea. I was worried about her asama and the walking but she did great. I think the hill almost killed us both. The thing we have learned for the next time: have a snack on hand as we burned a lot of energy and I think it would have been a better walk back if we had something in our tummies.

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Today I'm so sore. I wore heels for the first time this season yesterday at work, both jobs, all day with no other shoes to change into. Not a big deal, except Bobbie and I had been on hiatus from walking and now my calves are stiffer than a glass of whisky!

But it was a great walk... 5kms in 30 minutes. Our best time yet. Not that this is a race, but sometimes when we pick up the pace it feels good to have that burning muscle sensation. Plus it was raining, and I didn't bring a hoodie, so keeping us a fast pace kept me from getting cold.

Tonight, walking along the river. I'm sure the river has thawd by now, and it'll be a good chance for more pics. Hopefully Crystal (btw... WELCOME! and YEAY! for finally registering!!) will be able to come with us.

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Daily Inspirational Insight:

"Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it - immediately."

~ Stephen R. Covey

Insight:

When you make a mistake are you quick to forgive yourself or do you spend countless hours worrying about what you did? I believe that one of the key things that distinguish people who take responsibility for their lives is their ability to admit, correct and learn from their mistakes, just like Stephen Covey recommends. The alternative is to play the blame, shame, martyr/victim game. This is where you continuously beat yourself up for your transgressions and the truth is, the more you focus on what you did wrong the more likely you are to repeat the same mistakes. Forgiving yourself is not about letting yourself 'off-the-hook' but rather a gift you give yourself so that you can move forward. Life isn't about never making mistakes, it's about learning from them and then making new ones. This is how we grow and develop into the kind of women we desire to be.

Affirmation:

I take responsibility for my mistakes and forgive myself today.

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Last night Andrea and I walked our 5 km route in the rain. I was surprised the rain didn't bug me. Our walk took little time and I was impressed with the speed and the fact we didn't need to stop and rest. We are going to walk again tonight and then not again until Sunday when we do the 20 km walk. I am looking forward to doing the walk and getting back into the training mode. I was reading on line about being a training walk leader. I am thinking that might be fun to do in the River bend area. I am going to do some yard work and work out my arms and core today. I am sure that will be fun.
I am getting a littler worried about my fund raising as i sent out a mass email and have gotten no response. I think I will need to send another only I think I will do it a little different by using one of the form letters. Mike and Brenda have both committed to donating money to me. But I have to wait for it. Andrea and need to talk a little more about fund raising I think.

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Well I have out my mass email. I guess that is the first step of fund raising. I have asked my sister for a donation of $100, she agrees it is for a good cause. I just have to wait till her taxes come in so she can give me the money. Tonight Andrea and I are setting up our Store donation posters and forms. That should be fun.
Well I am off to work and will post later

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I received my first donations today! YEAY!

Mike took my forms to his Rotary meeting this morning. He said that lots of the members wanted to help. He brought back to the office with him my first donation for $250! AWESOME! And our mail lady, Betty, brought me a donation of $25! FABULOUS!

Yesterday I bought some more supplies for our ad boards. I also had an idea for our "business cards". Originally we were going to make something to bring to be colour copied, a sheet of business cards. This was so we could carry them in our purses and leave at all the Addition-Elle stores so our customers wouldn't have to search for pieces of paper to write our info on, they could just take this card and off they go. Much more "user friendly" and I think it will prove to make it easier for the ladies to donate. Afterall, they may want to make a larger donation than just dropping change in our donation boxes. And if that's the case, they can take the "business card" with our website info on it, go there and either donate online or print a donation form to send one in. Ok, so back on track here... originally I was going to print a page of these "business cards" at work and take them to be colour copied. But yesterday I had the afterthought that it would be MUCH cheaper (keep in mind, these are Bobbie's and mine out of pocket expenses we are contributing ourselves) to buy coloured paper and print black and white "business cards". Plus, then we're not limited to a certain number of copies.

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Current Music: 'Your Song' -Elton John

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Last night Bobbie and I attended our orientation at the Cross Cancer Institute. The speaker and information video made me cry (I hate crying in public), both very moving.
At the end of the presentations we were given a challenge: For those who'd already started fundraising, they were challenged to do their "big ask" within 48 hours (the "big ask" is when you ask a potential donor to donate your full $2000 required amount). For those who haddn't, to ask for your first donation within 24 hours.

Today I did both. I asked our mail lady at Fero (my bill paying day job) if she would like to sponsor me on my journey. She smiled, commended me for taking on this challenge and said she'd look over my webpage and took a donation form.

And then I asked Mike (my boss at Fero). I didn't get to the part about "the big ask" because as I was telling him that I was walking in the event this summer, and he just offered! He said, "I will sponsor you!" Plus he's going to bring my donation forms to his Rotary meeting tomorrow, and I got permission to ask some of our business contacts for their support as well. YEAY!

Yesterday I ordered some pink "Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends" bracelets from the breast cancer website, and 3 pink ribbon pins (for Bobbie, Crystal and I). I thought we could give the bracelets in our thank you notes to those who make sizable contributions. I ordered 10 for now (I'll actualy get 20 because they were on special, buy 1 get 1 free).

Bobbie and I also talked about some fundraising ideas. Bobbie's idea of renting a table at a Farmer's Market is great! I can bake up a storm and all the profits will go to the team goal (it's $6000, people... start donating! lol). Plus we can set up a poster and hand out our donation forms. The presenter lady had a good idea to have a house party and collect donations from guests, and here's my idea, expanded from that: Bobbie and I already have a games night, so I was thinking we could expand it, invite all kinds of people and have all kinds of games going on. We would supply chips, pop, maybe pizza and let everyone know (obviously) that the reason for the game night is to raise money for our team. We could either charge a cover fee, like $10, or make everyone stay till they empty out their pockets :) I know there are details to iron out, but the basic idea for the games night fundraiser is good.

Do YOU have any fundraising ideas? Comment if you do!!

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Current Music: 'Iris' -GooGoo Dolls

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So... we haven't been posting... or training as of late. I think we fell in a rut and have been struggling to get out.

We have begun our Addition-Elle Challenge. However, we're still working on updated pictures and boards... This week we'd like to take group pictures and get things really rolling. We are all registered, and we'll be joining a group walk tomorrow night (oops... I need to email the walk organizer and let her know we'll be attending!!) And Wednesday evening is the Big Orientation at the Cross Cancer Institute. We're excited for that!

And in the mean time, as I sit here *wasting time*, I have added some thing to our Info page, and given the journal a pink face lift. I haven't quite decided if I like it yet, so it still might change!

PS- Wish us luck in our challenge! More details to come when I have more time to write.

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Daily Inspirational Insight:

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Affirmation:

I listen to my heart and follow it's wise guidance.

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Current Music: 'As I Lay Me Down' -Sophie B. Hawkins

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Act like you're a size smaller, and you'll be a size smaller. How thin women thrive in a supersized world.
By Megan McMorris, Prevention magazine

(web addy: http://health.msn.com/dietfitness/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100159738&page=1)


We all have that one thin friend—the one who's never bullied into submission by the bread basket, and when she says "I'll just have a bite," she does just that. Is she for real?

Turns out, research shows that thin people simply don't think about food the same way as—well, the rest of us. "Thin people have a relaxed relationship with food," explains David L. Katz, MD, an associate professor adjunct in public health at Yale University. "Those who are overweight, however, tend to be preoccupied by it. They focus on how much or how often they eat, or attach labels like good and bad to certain foods. As a result, mealtime is always on the brain."

Here, weight loss experts explore the mysterious minds of the "naturally" slim. Learn what they do, what they don't, and how you can act the part.

8 (not so simple??) Rules To Live By:Collapse )


Quick Tip
Eat breakfast! 78% of successful dieters do it every day, according to the National Weight Control Registry, A database of more than 5,000 people who've lost more than 30 pounds and kept the weight off for at least a year.

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Current Music: 'Bad Day' -Daniel Powter

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Wow, I always knew the tracks were a hard workout. Shawna and I walked for 45 minutes on them and I feel like I have walked to Edmonton and back. The sights were great, the company wonderful, the work out more then I thought. It just proves to me I need to add other things to my walking training so I can make it though alive. I will be glad to home and walk our routes but the change of scenery has been nice. Before I leave today I am going to Mission Park and walking there. I have to admit I enjoy going to these places where I huffed and puffed and almost died walking before and being able to do it with only a little extra effort.

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As my life continues to swirl in all directions around me, I keep looking for things I can grab on to that will anchor me to the ground. Something profound that will help keep me pushing on through when I can't see the light through the darkness. Something to give me hope and strength. Then I remembered this quote:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?'
Actually, who are we not to be?
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our light shine, we unconsiously give others permission to do the same."

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Current Music: 'I'm Alive' -Celine Dion

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I am losing my mind. I feel like I am being pulled in every direction and no one side is winning. I have to tell to my sister about the dresses she has picked out for her wedding. Problem, I hate the dress. It costs $220 and I have to have it 1/2 paid for and ordered by thursday. More problems I am losing sizes so by the time I get the dress I will need to have it taken in to a seamstress so she can take apart the dress re size it and then sew it together again. Did I mention I have to pay extra for all this.
Then my friend Viv had a heart attack. I am wanting to get to Kelowna and be with her but I have to wait till Sunday. I know it is tomorrow but I have been waiting since Wednesday and worrying. I haven't been sleeping and when I do it isn't for long. But at least I get to go see her soon. (thanks John)
Walking has not been happening this week. First I was sick then Herb came to town so I canceled walking. That was the same night I found out about Viv so I wasn't much for company. (Sorry Herb)Then we went walking last night and I got a message on my cell to call John. So we had to cut the walk short. So while I am in Kelowna I will need to do some walking.

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Daily Inspirational Insight:

"Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will."

~Jawaharial Nehru


Affirmation:

Every day in every way I'm getting better and better.

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Current Music: 'Carry On' -The Cranberries

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I have been ill for the past couple of days and unable to train. It bugs me that I can't go and walk. I am hoping I can do a small walk tomorrow and not have to run to the bathroom very few minutes.

I have really started to notice a difference in my legs. The muscle is building up and i like it. I haven't really noticed much difference in my arms or belly. I am hoping to start noticing soon.

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Some things I've been playing around with for t-shirt designs:

FRONT
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

BACK
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

... might be a little cluttered... might have to re-word these still. Ideas??

Current Mood: creative creative
Current Music: 'Never Be Lonely' -The Feeling

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The last few days have been awesome weather, so Bobbie and I took our walk to the streets again last night. We walked 3 miles (in the dark, it was like off-roading because there were huge puddle we had to creatively navigate!)... I say miles because I dropped my pedometer, the battery popped out and it reset my programmed settings. I can't find the instruction booklet to reprogram it... bah!

At any rate, we like walking outside better. I have to say, harder on our legs, but we feel better overall. I mean, the hard pavement will take some getting used to (just like our A-E floors!!) but the fresh air makes us feel more invigorated and we tend to have more energy to take our little adventures further (distance wise... no mountainous terrain yet!)

And tonight, it's a new kind of exercise... dancing!!

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: 'I Love You Always Forever' -Donna Lewis

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Daily Inspirational Insight:

"People who look through keyholes are apt to get the idea that most things are keyhole shaped."
~Author Unknown


Affirmation:

I am open to seeing things from a different perspective today.

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Current Music: 'Hold On' -Tyrone Wells

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I hate how the more in shape you become the more weight you put on. I get that muscle weighs more then fat however when you watch the numbers on the scale go up you can't help but feel a little defeated. Maybe it is time to do measurements in lieu of weighing in.

I know I am getting smaller and I know I am in better shape then two months ago so maybe I just need to be content with that and quit weighing myself weekly and go to bi-weekly for a while.

I find I am missing walking on our off days. I think even if it is an off day I need to do a little walking or find some other form of exercise.

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Current Mood: aggravated aggravated
Current Music: Welcome to the Jungle /Guns'N'Roses

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Daily Inspirational Insight:

"To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you're dead."
~ Og Mandino


Affirmation:
Each day I am taking a small step towards creating the life I want to lead and being the kind of woman I want to be.

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Current Music: 'Into The West' -Annie Lennox

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