A New Adventure AKA Challenge Time!

Tomorrow I am starting a new fitness challenge.

Originally it was in my mind that I was going to do a 48 day challenge, as my husband is being sent away for some probably super fun military training for 6-7 weeks and I figured that would be a good pastime for me, as well as something to accomplish while he is away.

As I was writing out my plan, and as always I get super anxious and excited about starting these challenges. If you have followed me over the years – though its been a while- I have done a few challenges like the 30 day squat challenge, 30 day plank challenge, 30 day Barre workout challenges as well as many eating and no drinking( man it sucks) challenges.  So, with this challenge, as usually – I want to start right away…. like right now.

I obviously need to learn and exercise(exercise… hahaha!) a little patience. It’s a work in progress, but instead of a 48 day challenge, I will be starting a 60 day challenge. This gives me essentially 8 weeks to give it my all and see what I can accomplish.

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While I have already written out what my daily fitness goals will be – I am not going to be sharing them before hand. This is because I might be changing them as I go along. I have written out my daily goals as a guideline. I am going to push myself, I am going to work hard, but I am also going to listen to my body and do what is right for that day. If I have a little extra energy at the gym – maybe I will do a little more. If my body is telling me no – I will listen to it and take a rest day.

Along with fitness, I will also be working on some eating goals. I have two kids, my husband will be gone for most of this challenge, I am hoping that this will go smoothly and I won’t be hiding in my room binging on a bag of chips because I haven’t eaten all day due to crazy kids sucking all my energy and motivations since they woke up. 😛

I am going to attempt to cut out all POP, JUNK FOOD, TAKE OUT, FAST FOOD, PIZZA, etc. I am going to attempt no eating out – however If I do take the kids out – I will choose wisely and healthily. I feel lucky that my daughters favourite restaurant is Swiss chalet and they have a pretty good selection of healthier foods to choose from.

I will be taking my body measurements, and I hopefully will take some before photos. Both of which I may or may not share at the end of this challenge. I am hoping, and will be working hard to see results. Big results or small results – i don’t care, I am just looking to spend the next 60 days working towards a better version of me. A hobby to keep me busy and something “ME” to focus on.

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I hope that you will follow my journey over the next 60 days as I post pictures and updates on how things are going. This is my accountability, my motivation to keep myself going. Without you, I might deteriorate into a couch potato eating junk and not doing anything to improve myself. So please pop onto my feed once in a while and like a photo, leave me a comment, or if you haven’t seen me update for a bit – ask me what the heck am I doing?! 😛

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Thanks for reading all this, I am excited to get started on my challenge.

Let the next 60 days begin!.. Well tomorrow!

Operation : Declutter!

You ever look around your house and think “why do I have so much stuff?”

This has been on my mind for quite some time. It might be my husband rubbing off on me, as I was once a sentimental person who kept absolutely everything… but now, i just look at stuff and think, when can I get rid of it?

However, I have a hard time getting rid of things. I am always worried that I might need them… like that bag… or two of computer cords that I’ve had kicking around for the last 10 years…. sure, they came in handy last year when my computer crashed and I was having a hard time getting the information from my hard drive and I needed to build a HDD bay to plug into a new computer, but nothing was cooperating… yes! one time in 10 years that bag came in handy…

I need to learn to let go of things. To realize that I don’t need them, and that it is ok to recycle or donate them.

I want an uncluttered house. I want only thing things I actually want and need.

The trouble is, the actual work that goes into organizing a household. Actually having the time to declutter each room and organize the things you have. It takes time, a lot of time. Ive been doing a little here and a little there… though I feel like I haven’t even chipped the surface yet.  Two kids, one with special needs, one thats 18 months and discovering is love for being a terror… they are very time consuming. Not that I am making excuses and blaming the kids, I just am having a hard time myself – finding the time – finding the motivation – finding the energy to tackle everything.

How would you tackle the challenges of organizing your house?

Hopefully over the next few days I am going to devise a plan of action – and soon there after start it. A cluttered home gives me a lot of stress and anxiety, and I know how good i feel when I get something organized… so it’s my mission.

Operation : Declutter!

Starting soon!

Mira

I’m like a yo-yo.

You know me.

I’ve been around for years…

I am the type that pops onto my blog every so often, commits to a bunch of posts, yapping about this or that for a while, posting almost daily for a month or two… then I fall off the face of the Earth for a while… must be because it’s flat and I have to find a way to climb back on top again… joking – whats with all that talk about people actually thinking the world is flat online lately anyways?? It’s crazy talk….

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Like seriously…. What would be holding all the water in? how would planes fly around the world? What would be on the bottom? AND wouldn’t cats have pushed everything over the edge by now?

I guess what I am saying is that I am back for a while. Trying to come up with something to yap about….

I’ve got a few idea’s …. so stay tuned!

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Mira

It’s been a while…

I was surfing around earlier and I came across my blog… this blog mainly and a few others I have on other topics ( like Prader Willi Syndrome) and I noticed that it had been 2 years since my last blog post.

2 whole years!

I could hardly believe it.

Where have I been for two years?

Actually it has been a super busy time! Two years ago I was pregnant with my second child. That was a lot of fun… yah no – I actually hate being pregnant. Pregnancy for me is 9 months of sciatic pain, feeling like garbage and wishing it was all over. Luckily – the end came and on January 31st 2016 we welcomed our son Emrys into the world.

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This is Emrys at 18 months! Can you believe how handsome he is? Seriously I just love him to bits!

My daughter Finished up preschool that year and went into kindergarten with an aide – and while the year had ups and downs, she made such amazing progress and I am super proud of her. She is about to enter into Grade one in a few weeks… I am super nervous and EXCITED for full day schooling! HAHA!.

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This is a recent photo of my daughter Emelyn. She has her backpack and lunch kit and is heading to summer camp… preparing her for Grade 1. That lunch kit is about the same size as her…

Since January this year, I have taken up running…. and by that I mean… I have taken up paying to enter into 5km races and going out to do that about once a month. I don’t know if I like it or not…. I like when I get to the finish line… and I like that I usually sign up for a race that gives you a medal… I do it for the bling! lol.

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Emelyn and I at our last race in July 2017

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Emelyn’s First 1KM Race! I was so proud of her!

I have also been “working out” at the YMCA for almost a year…. you would think I would be in better shape… They have free child care – so my son gets dropped off in the mornings for 2 hours and I head upstairs… sometimes I do stuff… sometimes I just plant my butt onto a bike and I watch Netflix in peace for 2 hours… I think I use it mostly for some mental health time. Which is super important! 🙂

I also got married this year. Nothing has changed since being married… but I guess if you are together with your partner for 11 years, have a mortgage and two children already – we basically had life all set up before hand anyhow. Let me tell you though, planning a wedding is a lot of work.  Worth it though – It was a super fun day… even though I had some unexpected bumps in the road that day. As fun as it was – I am glad that I am only getting married this once! You hear that Darcy?! You are stuck with me for ever and ever and ever 🙂

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My cake and cupcakes! I love them so much!

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My beautiful dress ❤

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Tacos! For our wedding we had a Taco Bar…. Best idea ever! Yum!

So… Basically that’s what I have been up to for the last two years… If I have any followers that still read my blog – let me know what you’ve been up to for the last while 🙂

Mira

First Challenge of 2015

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I’ve been feeling a bit off lately. I am guessing that it is from the month off of working out as December was a chaotic month, I just needed wanted the extra time in my day to get things done. I spent a lot of the month drinking and eating and not being active at all.

It was about half way through the month when I thought – I really need to get back on track, I need to do another “diet”/eating challenge.  It was then that I decided that for the month of January I would give up drinking alcohol, gluten, junk food ( pop chips candy gum) and fast food.  I have noticed that when I go on these challenges that I always feel so much better – less bloating, more energy and less flatulence (the world is cheering now!)… ( and yes I italicized the word flatulence to make it seem more gassy…everyone farts – don’t judge 😛 )

Its a good thing that I am starting this challenge today. I woke up this morning and stepped on the scale to both check out what weight I was starting this challenge at….. and to see the damage that Christmas had done to me. Seriously, I did so much baking and it was so scrumptious… I just couldn’t stop… I should have.

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8lbs.

I am beyond embarrassed and I am motivated to shed these pounds that I don’t need or want! (and hopefully I can work off a few more of that as I have definitely slipped on attaining my weight and/or pant size goals – whichever comes first 😉

With eating better for this month, I am going to resume being active. I am hoping to check out the new rec centre that opened up near my place, as well as I hope I can attend some barre classes as my body misses it!

Now, I was listening to the radio last night and they were talking statistics about New Years resolutions. 45% of people make them and only 8 percent of those people actually keep them. I don’t want to look at this like its a new years resolution. I feel like that would imply that this is something I am just starting, or that based on those statistics something that I am going to fail at. I think that first of all – I am not going to fail… and second, this is not something new that I’m trying to change, its a continuation of my work. Jan 1, 2015 just was a great day to start this challenge – its just a coincidence that it happens to be the start day of so many other peoples new years resolutions.

So for the month of January I will be avoiding gluten, junk food, booze, fast food… and basically just trying to make healthier home cooked meals.  I will also be actively counting my calories  to keep me from going overboard in my eating. I will also try and be active 4 days a week (as I have a few hours  on the days my daughter goes to school). I hope that I can start a good pattern to push me to reaching my goals this year.  I better tie myself to that wagon so I stop falling off!

What changes, challenges or goals do you have planned for 2015?

Good Luck to everyone who is starting a challenge, a new years resolution or a non new years resolution!

Mira

20/20 December Blog Challenge: Why Do I Blog?

Why do I blog?

I started this blog a few years ago… The reason I started it was to post my activity during Prader Willi Syndrome Awareness month and the challenge that I accepted during that time.  I have since then started a separate blog for PWS Awareness and continue to blog on this site, using it more as my personal diary. I write about my challenges, my fitness, this month I am doing this writing challenge.

I use Pickles are Cucumbers as a place to express myself. A place for me to talk about the things that are important to me, or just a place to have that is my own.

I love blogging, even though I don’t always have something awesome to say.

I am so appreciative that some of you actually read my blog posts and follow me. It truly means a lot.

Thank you!

Mira

19/20 December Blog Challenge: What Do I Hope To Be Remembered For?

What do I hope to be remembered for?

I just hope to be remembered for something.

I have no idea what, or when or how. But I just hope that I am remembered for something. I hope that I can create some sort of change or enrich someones life in a great way. It would be amazing if someday someone was reading a history book and my name was in it… But I would be satisfied if I just came up someday in casual conversation between people remembering something about me that was great.

I just hope that when I am gone, that I am not forgotten.

Mira