Thursday, July 31, 2008

The proof in weightloss journey montage

Please be sure to shut off my music player in the background to prevent two songs playing at once. I thought it would only be appropriate to use the music I played for Courtney's birth montage.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

As promised: The before and after shots!

150 pounds on the left today*, and 218.8 pounds on the right taken January 1st, 2008

*this photo is the after (for now) but I plan on taking another 10 pounds off by September 1, 2008. I will keep this bathing suit until then, take a photo and expect me to be in a brand new suit by then!

Challenging myself

I had lost a bit of motivation this past month (no doubt, life can do that to a person!) but now that July is almost out, I am ready to get back on my full program, and not the modified one. I am feeling mentally stronger today, after thinking a lot about my future, my health, my family. I am comfortable at 150 pounds. I know I have loose skin, but I should not let loose skin stop me. I will be beautiful no matter what. It is just skin. There is more to me than just skin!

So, come August 5th (a Tuesday) after our long weekend ends I am on my quest to lose 10 more pounds. When September 1st rolls around, school starts and I want be sitting right at 140 pounds. I think running my half marathon October 12th a bit lighter will take me a lot further, and I will run better. I have a better chance of running a sub 2 hour race. That is the plan!

I am not going to give up, and I challenge all of my faithful and caring blog readers to get on the bandwagon and do it with me! Let me know if you are in via the comments. Who knows, maybe I will send you a prize?! Seriously, if I can do this so can you. Start yourself a blog like I did back last year and document the amazing changes that will happen to you. Even if you do not make it open to the public! Do it just for you. If you decide to make it public, let me know the address and I will add you to my links section so I can check in on you from time to time.

Also, if you want to ask me any questions about my process please just send me a comment, and I would love to answer them. In fact, I was wondering if I put up an 'Ask Cathy Anything' would you use that?! Let me know because I would be happy to do that! If I can help just one more person, then YAY!!

Please take some time just for you, take the time to get to know yourself. You will be a better person, and that will make you a happier person. Spend a few moments every day just for you! You deserve that time!

Final Note: I promised you before and after bathing suit photos, and I will deliver. I just need a moment to get into the suit and have my hubby snap a photo. I seriously think I need to buy a new one because the changes are that drastic! or maybe I will wait until September 1st?! Let me know.



Monday, July 28, 2008

not feelin' it

I am tired, I haven't been sleeping well, and when I do it is usually right on the couch. My running is going well, but my eating is not. I find myself eating 'bad' things when the moment strikes. Today it was an ice cream sandwich. Yesterday, a bit too much chocolate.

But like I have said before, I am not really in the weight loss mind frame anymore. I do not like the loose skin that is starting to hand on my stomach, hips, arms and legs. It doesn't feel very attractive. I don't feel attractive. At most times I do not. I feel that food is one of the things that makes me feel happy these days. Not the number on the scale, or anything else.

Anyways, today I took a tumble onto the tile floor, and my shoulder, arm and leg is sore. I run tomorrow, and I just hope I will be feelin' it!

I feel exhauted after the week we have had with all of the throw up. I am hoping and praying for a happy and healthy August.

I need to kickstart myself somehow. I need to re-b00t my drive again. I seemed to have lost it.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Holding Steady

We have been going through a rough patch with lots of sickness running wild through our family. Courtney and I are the only two (knock wood) that haven't got it yet. Since Saturday night at 9 until now, the wee hours of Wednesday sickness is still here.

I managed to get out to my clinic run today. It was a 5 km steady run (tempo) that I managed to run in 24 mins and 29 seconds. I know I am improving because my last timed 5 km race was 28 minutes something. And, I would have to say the run tonight was not so great. My stomach was hurting (or maybe sympathy hurting) tonight and I have been really TIRED (go figure) from all of this extra clean up/laundry and emotional drain on my system.

I feel proud of myself for still continuing with my running program. I think if I didn't I would seriously lose it. These past few weeks/almost four weeks have been very trying. To the point where I am having troubles falling asleep because everything creeps into my brain in the middle of the night.

Anyways, a quick little update on my weight. I have been easily maintaining my 88 pound loss so far. I seem to cycle between 149 and 154 at times. I am not ready to take my loss any further until September when life gets back to 'normal' for us. Well our new normal. I don't have the time to commit just yet.

I still need to have Cliff take a photo of me for my 'after' bathing suit photo. We took the first one on January 1st. I promise when the puke leaves the building I will get on that.

And, I have the honour of being asked to speak at my local Running Room as a guest speaker to talk about my journey from my Learn to Run days all the way up until today as my old instructor says my 'Sexy Sveltness' of today. So, in between puke sessions I need to prepare a little chat for her current running group. I will be doing that at the end of the week.

The machine is in its final spin. I need to take care of that, and get to bed as morning is already here :D

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

If you want

If you want to be interesting, be interested. If you want to be heard, listen.

If you wish to truly learn, teach. If you would like to be wealthy, be generous.

If you desire to be understood, take the time to understand. If you want to have many friends, be friendly.

If you want the world to change for the better, make a positive change in yourself. If you long for peace, be peaceful.

What you give to life is what life becomes for you. The treasures you accumulate all come from the good things you do.

Every day is your opportunity to raise your life to a higher level by giving the best that you have. Whatever it is you desire, give it, be it, support it, and you will enjoy it in great abundance.

-- Ralph Marston

Sunday, July 13, 2008


I am officially registered into my first half marathon! Woo. I took the step, I committed and I will be ready. Training is in full force. I ran a 9km run this morning in the heat, and boy was it a struggle. Wow.

But, I did it. It can only get better (and cooler as the race day of October 12th approaches!)

I will be able to cross this off of my 'to-do' list finally! Woo!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Article on PASSION written by life coach Lindsay Sukornyk.

“What are you passionate about?” – one of my favorite questions that often stops people in their tracks. People often reply, “Passion? What’s passion? How do I know I have it? I don’t think I have any – how do I find it?”

What is passion?
Passion: feeling alive, fulfilled and full of energy. The buzz you get when you’re truly excited – about a thought, a relationship, a feeling or an activity. It’s turning on the faucet of joy when you’re engaged in what excites you.

How do I know I have it?
You may feel a sense of calm. You’ll feel it in every cell of your body, feeling lighter, freer and at peace. Time seems to stand still when you’re engrossed in a passion. If you make a living doing what you’re passionate about, you’ll find yourself saying, “I can’t believe I actually get paid to do this!” Passion can be experienced as a moment of bliss – a feeling that everything is exactly as it should be.

How do I find it?
The road to living a passion-filled life is one of ongoing evolution. Here are some of the steps of this journey:

Reflect. Think about the people, places, things, ideas and activities in your life that have made you feel alive.

Tweak. Notice where you incorporated the things that light you up and adjust your activities to allocate more time and energy into the things that bring you passion

Eliminate. Sometimes the path to passion is blocked by negativity. To eliminate these blocks, shift your thoughts to ones of possibility: redesign relationships that consistently bring your down: change your life circumstances – job, lifestyle, location – to provide a framework for passion. Take a stand for your passion by doing the tough work of eliminating the blocks.

Leap. Living a passionate life is not for the faint at heart. Take risks, do things differently and be open to the vulnerability inherent in living a full, passionate life. Without risk there are no returns.

Notice. Over time, your passions may change. What worked five years ago may no longer light your fire. That’s evolution. Notice what’s real for you now and make the necessary adjustments to realign with the “new you”.

Savour. Be grateful for all you create – it’s essential. Bathe in the experience of living a life that reflects you, at your best. Being true to yourself creates a flow that will have you constantly feeling lucky, as you attract more and more of what you want into your life.

The good news: the more you practice, the easier it is to live a passion-filled life – creating a life of fun and ease!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Running Room 20 Minute Challenge!

That’s Right the 20 MINUTE CHALLENGE is BACK! On JULY 16TH at every Running Room Location across Canada we will be giving away free Running Room Hat with Registration. And YES registration is FREE! Just come and Walk or Walk/Run for 20 mins….

You can sign up online. Register your kids and just go and be active as a huge group for one evening. All details are online @

We are going to be there, and eight free green hats! Woo!

Go for it! Have fun with your family!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

I am happy! I think I have found most of me!

Well, today is July 5th. I have been in the process of losing a lot of baby weight since the birth of my last baby on November 16th, 2007. I have lost close to 90 pounds since then. Since January 1st 2008 I have lost 33 inches and I am currently in a size 6/7 from my old size of 18/20. I have six kids, I have some loose skin, I have sagging breasts. Some wrinkles. But I can run! I can run uphill, I have strength. I am strong! I am starting to be able to do full bodied push ups. I have figured out the things that make me tick. I think I can almost say I have be able to "Find Cathy!' and I am pretty pleased with my results.

I have been trying unsuccessfully trying to lose the last 15 pounds and they do not want to budge, and I don't want to become crazy over the last pounds. I am still breastfeeding, and maybe my body says ENOUGH. Not worth it right now.

So, I am going to maintain this huge loss through healthy eating, and my running. Hopefully some weight training too. I am training for a half marathon this October and I need to concentrate on keeping my body strong, staying stress free. And, injury free.

Do I feel sad about not reaching my ultimate goal of 135 pounds? Nope. I feel so PROUD of my many accomplishments. Being able to do this with all of these kids, illness, and now a death in the family. It is time for me to step back a bit and just be me. And keep maintaining until I finally say to myself it is time to get the rest off.

Things are going really well in my life, and I want to be sure I will be ready for the good things ahead. I think that in September when I have three kids in school full time might be the time to go forth and lost the last 10-15 pounds if I feel that desire to do so. I want to give my body time to heal, and get used to this large weight loss. See if my skin might bounce back a bit. I will still get on the scale to see where I am at from time to time. I will not let myself go more than five pounds over my 150 mark. So at 155 pounds. IF I see the scale creep upwards I will exercise more and record my eating again. You betcha I will be blogging about it too!

Anyways, so I think it is time to just be with my family for the time being. Help them get over all of this sadness. It is almost too much to bear at this time.

I will check in from time to time, and I will be back most likely after the summer is over. I will hopefully find the motivation to keep trucking forward.

I just wanted to say thank you to all of my faithful readers of my blog and all of your support. Wow. Who knew!?! I feel so humbled and happy. Remember if I can do this, so can you. Be proud of who you are and move towards your goal starting today, and not next week or on Monday. Life is too short.

I promised you a bathing suit photo, and I will do that as soon as I am able!

Blessings to you all!


PS I updated the panel on the right with the new stuff in green!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Canada Day and I worked out!

Finally another workout done

5 km run
100 crunches
25 push ups
50 squats

The challenge was officially over, but I am going to keep going. Feels good.

I am doing OK, just laying low. Eating too much you know. Peanut Buster Parfait today...well, it is Canada Day OK!