Day…. 24? Where have I been?


So, its been a while since I checked in. Life has been CHAOTIC… and that might be an understatement. As I mentioned previously, my husband is away for training, and I am alone with the kids. No big deal right? Lots of people are single parenting two kids… yeah… I’m failing. I am still working on finding my groove and getting things to fall into a nice routine… I think I am still a while away from that, especially now that school started yesterday. With my daughter, life is about routine… so I have been focusing on trying to get that set up in a way that will best benefit her, and allow her enough time for eating, activities, sleep ( she has asked to go to bed 15 minutes early so she can have more energy for school)… that 15 minutes is right in the middle of our household rush our…. so things are getting rearranged. my 20 month old son – is a whirlwind of screaming energy… seriously – if I could harness either the power of his undying energy… or the power from his ear-piercing screams… I would be super loaded! And after all that is said and done, it’s around 830-9 pm, I havent eaten and I am exhausted.

Basically what I am saying is – holy shit I am tired, when is life going to fall into place?

I have been keeping up with going to the gym. I missed a few days on the weekend due to no time, no childcare, and it was a holiday monday – so no playcare for the kids. But I am doing my stuff, and noticing changes both in inches and on the scale.

I feel that with my crazy schedule with the kids, and the house and actually going to the gym, that perhaps my blog posts need to be the thing that takes the back burner.  I will still post when I can, and rest assured – I am still doing my challenge 🙂 But feel free to leave me a message here, or hit me up at pickles are cucumbers on Facebook.

Till next time here are some photos from the last few days.


The new tree I just got in my front yard…. I miss my old tree. This one is so small….


Emrys and I picking up Emelyn yesterday from her first day of grade 1!


Emelyn colouring with her Granddad!


Emelyn playing with a new toy!


What I would look like with no eyebrows…. yah I know… I still look awesome 😛


Emelyn at her desk putting on her shoes for the first day of Grade 1!


Emelyn sitting nice with her Luna backpack and her brother Emrys with that determined face of someone that’s about to escape! 😛



Emrys play air hockey this past weekend at the YMCA





Day 19

Another day on this challenge. 

I woke up sick today. I tried to cancel the gym today but my daughter insisted we went. I feel like trash. I went and rode the bike as I barely had energy for that. I was super excited to go in the sauna…. I thought ” man that’ll feel good for my sinus”…. yah, I forgot my clothes so that was a flunk. Instead I took the kids to go buy hand soap… haha what an excursion. 

Oh I wanted to share that I managed to get all my iced tea last night! Did I go overboard? I like this kind though! And it’s only 20 calories a drink. That’s a huge win for me since I cannot tolerate artificial sweeteners.

 I whave not be at the gym tomorrow or Sunday as I have a thing tomorrow and Sunday I don’t have child care. But I’ll be back at it on Monday. 

I’ll try and post anyway, but if you don’t see me, I’ll be back for Monday 😉 maybe I’ll get some rest and kick this bug I have! 

Day 18 – We played hookie


Today I called in and canceled the gym. I mentioned all the errands we had been putting off all week to my daughter and she was ok with us going to do those instead…. probably because I told her that I was going to buy her a grade 1 work book ( she is in love with workbooks!).

So we got ready this morning… slowly! And at 940 we headed off onto our errands… We went to Co-op, Costco, Bulk Barn, Superstore, Canadian Tire and The Source. It took us THREE HOURS. I was hoping for 2. But my kids are like molasses. I also spent a lot of time carrying AND chasing my 19 month old son. It was totally a gong show. Emelyn was super good, Emrys was a terror…

So even though I did not go to the gym…. Today was one hell of an arm workout, I must have overdressed as well because man oh man, I was drenched in sweat by the time I got home. My feet hurt and I am super exhausted…. And I have to run out to another Costco possibly later on tonight. Solo parenting is hard… solo parenting while on a challenge that includes no drinking… even harder. Today would have been a nice day for an ice-cold vodka beverage!

Anyhow! That’s my today, see you tomorrow!


Day 17 – exhausted


So its day 4 with broken sleep because my 19month old doesn’t sleep, and my 5 year old keeps coming into bed with me. My husband is gone, so I am doing double duty… haha I said duty.

Anyhow, I wanted to cancel going to the gym today, but my daughter said ” mommmmm I really want to go!!”… OK! We went to the gym… but my motivation was super lacking, and it was even smaller when we got there because I forgot my purse that had my wireless bluetooth headphones in them… luckily i have a spare of wired ear buds in my bag for a back up.

I have to admit – although I rode the bike for 70 minutes… my try meter was pretty low, I just coasted along as I watched. Though I did do enough that I managed a cramp in my butt/sciatic… that was nice…

Anyhow, that was enough for me, maybe I will get more sleep tonight…

I can hope.


Day 16 – I fit it in

Today I woke up thinking I was going to cancel the gym. My daughter had an eye appointment this morning and I just wasn’t sure I could get my s#%* together to get it all done.  My daughter really wanted to go play at the gym, so we made a deal. She would leave quickly when I said it was time to go, and we could only stay 1 hour. Well we did it. I went and ran 4km on the track and did a walking cooldown. I didn’t have time to do anything else, but I think my face is still red from the run- so I feel I worked hard enough.  There’s always tomorrow! 

Can you believe it though? I’m on 16/60 that means I just passsd the 25% mark.  I can honestly tell you that I have lost a few lbs and I have noticed a change in my body! And it’s only been 2 weeks! I am excited that I have another 75% of this challenge to go, I am excited to see what other changes might happen if I keep going. 

It’s also the third day where my husband is gone. Im telling you that my kids are insane. Like off the wall crazy. Bed time is my best friend. I also like nap time- I don’t even care who is taking them. Though it’s awesome when it’s me hahaha. 44 days till he is home! I feel like he might walk through the door and I’ll just hand him the baby and say “I’m out”.  It’s not that bad- they have been pretty well behaved too. You just have to keep them busy… all of the time! 😉 

This is me after running 4km. Look how red my face is…. however when you are as pale as I am… you really only get two colours – red and transparent. 😭😂

Till tomorrow


Day 15 – back to the gym


I definitely made it to the gym today. I went in not knowing if I was going to run or ride the bike. My one knee has been bothering me the last day or so, so I made the decision that depending on what direction the track was today would determine what activity I did… It was going the wrong way, so I rode the bike for just over an hour… and of course watched my show.

I also spent some time on the weights. I forgot to do my push ups, so I will be doing those in a little while.. I think im supposed to do like 22 or something today. I’ll have to check.

It felt good to go to the gym after a few days off, and the kids were happy to go to playcare. Its day two of my husband being gone… I think that the gym will be my mental savior.  But since im alone, I have less time to write here. LOL.

Till tomorrow!


Day 14 – no time.


Today marks the first day of7 weeks where I will be alone with the kids. My husband left this morning for his military training course. I would like to say that I will have time to go to the gym most days, but the weekends are pretty difficult, especially Sundays… I did go to the YMCA this morning, however it was because my daughter had her swimming lessons. I realized today that the next two Sundays, lessons are canceled. Its pool cleaning season I guess. 😛

ALthough I am not working out at the gym today, I am going to TRY and squeeze in some of my workout – BUt I am also starting to organize the house… starting with my closet and hopefully over the next 7 weeks moving through the house and into the basement. Lets see how long this motivation lasts. My house could use some TLC in the organizing department. It gets done about once a year or so… but some areas don’t get too organized… like the shelves and bins downstairs…. once again, lets see how long my motivation lasts LOL. I’m starting at the top of the house and will head downwards… probably because I’m dreading the basement…

Ok! That’s today! See you tomorrow