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Wednesday, February 22nd.

So today was meeting night. What a great night. I am down another 4 pounds and my total weight loss is now over 15 pounds. Very excited about that. Feeling wonderful! It was an inspiring meeting and all the ladies are so pleased to be in the challenge. It is a wonderful group to be part of.

This is the last weigh in before the Amazing Race Challenge which takes place on Saturday morning. It is a type of scavenger race where we drive to different locations/businesses in Langley and collect points for answering various questions. Should be a blast and my team Tight-Butt/erflies……………….is made up of some of my family and we are excited to be going out and having fun together………….they are so supportive of me in this challenge.  I am truly blessed………….it will be wonderful doing this with my grandchildren.


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Tuesday, February 21st.

Feeling better……….so happy to say. I am doing a little happy dance. My throat is still sore but the rest of me seems recovered. She’s Fit gym was a necessity today. I took it easy but managed 50 minutes of weight training. Weight training is especially useful to me as I carry lots of my weight below my waist. Trying to shed some of it before my knee replacement surgery later in the year is essential to me. This last 5 weeks of dieting and exercising is starting to make a difference in my weight and health. FYI, I ordered a few pieces of new clothes online in a size smaller than I usually wear. Well, they arrived today and SURPRISE, they all fit me. I am ecstatic!


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Monday, February 20th

Well, I gathered up some energy and took myself to the pool. My voice was gone, but I did not expect to be talking much there. I did my water exercises soaked for a few minutes in the hot tub and returned home to bed as my energy was drained. My honey looked after me for the rest of the day.  The only good thing about being sick is that lol, I have no appetite……none.86d435b7a83d8f227991488a2c17af1a

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Saturday and Sunday, February 18th and 19th

A dreadful flu has sent in and I am very disappointed that I cannot attend the last day of the Real Me Seminar. I could tell from my attendance on Wednesday that it was going to be a very connecting and emotional experience and I am missing bonding with all those exceptional women in the challenge. I really have nothing to say about the weekend except that it was filled with sleep and liquids.

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Wed. February 15th, Thurs. February 16th, and Friday, February 17th, 2017


Well I have a bit of a scratchy throat today and the only important thing I did was attend the Total Makeover Challenge meeting and subsequent beginning of a seminar they planned for us called The Real Me.   It was interesting and made us challenge how we view ourselves and our relationships……in a positive way.  It became difficult sharing with the persons next to me because my voice was scratchy and gave out while I was talking.   Do I talk too much??  Not me lol.   And I guess I should have know it was coming, because the flu (or whatever they are calling it this year) has hit me hard.  This makes diet and exercise difficult.  No swimming, no gym, feverish, not eating much, and I missed the second night of The Real Me seminar………so unhappy that I could not attend.  Today I slept away most of the day and was a bit in the dumps about this turn of events.   Not looking good the the last section of the seminar tomorrow but we will see what the morning brings….keeping my fingers crossed.





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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines day……….always enjoy celebrating. Got a lovely card and lots of love from my honey and we spent the day together. First we went to the gym together and then a little shopping…………and a lovely dinner together. Loved it!


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Monday, February 13, 2017

I slept in late as the grandchildren have gone away on vacation and the house is QUIET!  I debated on going swimming what with school being out and all and figuring there would be lots of kids there, but I was determined to get my exercise today so off I went about 11 a.m.   Surprisingly, the pool was pretty empty.  I love being at the pool, the feel of the water and just the sense of wellness once I get in.  I did 75 minutes of my own aqua-size (no classes today)  and 5 relaxing minutes in the hot tub (I was in it all alone). Hot tubs are interesting.   At my age when you think of a hot tub you reminisce about bear skin rugs, wood paneling and naked hippies…………but hey, that was all in the past.  Not sure now if they are any less germ ridden, but I put that out of my mind and figure I can’t really catch anything in 5 minutes or less…..can I?   Happy soaking to all of you who love hot tubs!


I am truly thankful that being chosen for the #totalmakeoverchallenge has led me to do some nice things for myself and my body.  Never too old to get into shape and feel healthier.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 and Sunday, February 12, 2017

Another weekend has arrived. Funny I don’t long for them like I did before I retired. As I never had time on Friday to go to the gym, I went on Saturday morning. It was quite busy but mostly on the cardio machines which I cannot do because of my knees. The weight machines were all available and I was feeling the workout an hour later. Then off to the mall and Nature’s Fare Market…….looking for healthy food and snacks, which I found. I bought myself one of their protein drinks at their food bar and I have to say it was excellent. Felt like a treat and I got my protein in. Sunday was a quiet day at home with my sweetie and our cats…………..btw, what do you call a cat in a station wagon? A car-pet of course lol.  Well we all need an “in” day once in a while, especially with the cats.


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Friday, February 10th, 2017


So, today was a super busy day. I had to get up early for a visit to my Doctor………who is all the way in North Delta.  Very glad most of the snow melted overnight for sure as it made the drive there much easier.  First thing he says is “Looks like you lost weight”……got to say “I beamed”.    And he was impressed when I told him about the Total Makeover Challenge!   It’s nice when someone notices because it keeps you in the weight loss mood.  After my visit I was met friends for a nice Thai lunch and it was hard to make the healthiest choice ………….but I did and asked for a take home bag where I immediately put half my serving to save for dinner.  I was not hungry after lunch and got to enjoy the same fantastic taste for dinner too!!  BONUS!!  It was time for a movie in the afternoon and I was so proud that, probably for the first time in my life went to a movie and did not buy popcorn…….did not have even one bite out of friends’ bags either.  So proud!  Got to keep this up so my knee replacement surgery will have the desired outcome…….got to, got to…..going to, going to!



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Thursday, February 9th, 2017

To be honest, not sure I had my diet mojo working today. I did crave a nice fluffy pancake with maple syrup while I had my tea, but then common sense moved in and before going to the pool I simply had a protein bar.  I guess it worked,  my aqua-size session this morning  energized me.   The afternoon lead to quieter pursuits as I researched weight loss blogs.  I thought I could get tips and motivation from others in the same boat. Well, I read some interesting thoughts on diet and exercise and found lots of humour in the posts.  People have such interesting names for their blogs too like “No Thanks to Cake”, “Runs for Cookies”, “Run Eat Repeat” and “Too Hottie For That Body”. So I laughed initially but was touched by so many stories of success and failure and success, and recipes. Definitely going to make the “no bake energy bars”…………..those will totally help me when I am in a funk.    Just take a frozen piece out of the freezer and enjoy……….and won’t feel guilty!

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017


Well there is news today that our weekly meeting is cancelled because of all the snow that has fallen.  Very understandable, but disappointing as I wanted proof of some additional weight loss.  Yes, I know I have lost, but it is so much better when it’s in writing and someone else tells you. I will have to keep up my enthusiasm for the next week by interacting with the other contestants on Facebook. They are all super women and support and build one another up. As much as this is called a “challenge” all I see is supporting women helping each other, it is fantastic. It seems like when one of us “wins” we all win…….some very inspiring women for sure.

* My fitness coach told me to bend down and touch my toes. I said, “I don’t have that kind of relationship with my feet. Can I just wave?”



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Monday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
A new week and here I am again, Curiously Calm Carol. I have been thinking about where I am going with this this week.  I feel that to keep my weight loss going, I have to make sure that I am not bored……….boredom always makes me hungry.  Along with not being bored I know I have to be prepared for all my meals. It’s when you look in the cupboard or fridge and nothing is there looking inviting that one reaches for crackers or a piece of cheese or a goodie. I definitely need to go to the store and stock up on staples for meals and food for snacks like cottage cheese and yummy fruits and vegetables that will go into it. Then I will be prepared for any cravings I may have.  And remember the water.  Water with tea, water with lemons, water with oranges, water, water everywhere.   Monday is now my aqua-size day and Tuesday is my gym day.  I felt great after doing both and I do feel that my exercises are making my legs stronger and boosting my moods, really quite amazing.  But, the big butt lol………..can I really do this long term????


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Saturday and Sunday, February 4th and 5th.

Well, I’ll start by saying that it is a very cold and snowy weekend.


Doesn’t mean much to some people, but for me it means I am housebound (bad knees and can’t walk far in this weather)……which in many ways is a good thing.  Spent lots of time babysitting my granddaughters and of course feeding them one fantastically healthy dinner. They are good eaters and loved the ribs and assortment of roasted vegetables. Then after long cuddles tucked them nicely in bed.  My cuties have a very good sense of healthy eating.   Not long ago the youngest, she was probably 5 at the time came into my kitchen and saw me eating something no-so-healthy. She said “Gma, if you ate better you would feel better”…….makes a person think, it sure does. Out of the mouths of babes.  So today (Sunday) when they were here again and wanted a snack I made extremely healthy protein granola bars for them… sugar added….just lovely bananas and some avocado for sweetness and healthy fats.

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AND a new day starts all over again tomorrow, I am blessed!

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Friday, February 3, 2017


I always liked Fridays when I was working however in retirement it is just another day……..a reminder that I should probably avoid grocery stores over the weekend. So today I stocked up on lots of vegetables from the farm market…..and of course cottage cheese. I actually really like cottage cheese especially with a bit of fruit on top……a no thinking high protein breakfast or lunch!! I went to AQUA-SIZE today and totally enjoyed it.

pool noodles

Previously when I went I counted the minutes that I HAD decided I would stay. Well, that has changed.  I just stay until I am ready to leave, no counting how long I was there and before I step out of the pool I close my eyes and really enjoy the feeling of the water all around me and how relaxing it is………….then some hot tub time and I’m good to go with a great feeling inside of me.   And although tonight is my son-in-law’s birthday and I did have a small piece of his birthday cake, I am good with that… was pretty yummy!!


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Weight gain does not happen overnight. I have been gaining and losing most of my life. I think when I was young it did not really bother me. I was fit and strong and never got tired. But, young isn’t forever and when you get older you begin noticing little health problems crop up. Backaches, sore legs, bad knees, walking becomes difficult and there is the no energy, ………… now I am on a quest to improve my health. Losing weight is difficult, those of us in this Challenge are not alone in trying to improve our health and quality of life…..I am sure many of you reading this are also. Some say the hardest part is taking the first step…………….I think it’s all hard. Everywhere you go there is food, some is good but it seems much of it is junk food. It’s a quick fix in a busy world. So what is the answer, is it willpower? Maybe it’s mindfulness and taking time to make the right choices at the grocery store (just shop the perimeter) and planning.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Curiously Calm Carol is checking in again today. And yes, I am calm even though it’s weigh in day.   Did the best I could this week and we will see the results tonight.  Wow, I can’t believe a month of the new year has gone by and we are into February.  Aqua size was the first event of the day today……………..if you haven’t tried it, you haven’t lived.   Apparently water exercises have become the latest trend in fitness regimes.   Then there was herbal tea with friends…………….no donuts, no muffins.  I was hungry though after all the exercise and the best choice in the coffee shop was an English muffin with ham, cheese and egg. Thought about it for about one second and hunger won…….but, when I got it I took off the bottom half of the English muffin and most of the top and ate the middle……….got protein for sure and possibly a bit too much fat so for the rest of the day, no fat at all.   Figured I worked it out well. Around 6 pm was the big weigh in……….and I was pretty happy with the results, I was down and my total weight loss for the 2nd weigh in was 9 pounds. Content with that.

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Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Last day of the month and I have sort of stopped coffee in the morning, I have hot water now, sometimes I dress it up with lemon and it’s good. Starting to crave water, WHOOOA this has never happened to me before. Like it! So it is Tuesday still in the second week of the Challenge. Weigh in is tomorrow night and I am hoping after a great weight loss in the first week of 7.8 pounds that I can still lose a little tomorrow. Sure I know it will probably be smaller, but I am hoping………… I usually go to aqua-size on Tuesdays but today was a new adventure with my daughter into Vancouver’s Chinatown. Although it is evident that this area is no longer the 2nd largest Chinatown in North America the sights and smells bring back great memories of going there years ago. After visiting some meat shops and markets I returned home with some exotic fruits to add to my diet…..guava, dragon fruit, pomello and the cutest tiniest bananas. Some great new tastes to perk up my everyday fruits.

Dinner tonight was a delicious pork stir-fry. Pineapple, onions, green peppers and bok choy (yes bought earlier today) managed to turn into the most delicious meal. Only added two tablespoons of rice to the mixture and ate moderately…………..just thinking what does moderate mean to me??

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OOPS I think I have been going backwards in my dates, so will try and fix that.  Bear with me on this!


Monday, January 30th, 2017

Nothing more exciting than being a blogger, right…… here I go again. I have been into this for several days now, and I decided today that I need to give myself a blogger name.  Curiously Calm Carol…Good name for me as I have always been a curious kind of person………..and calm. Some people (not all) but some, say I am a pretty calm and laid back person. I think I am too!! So why am I in this Challenge. I need to lose weight generally to feel better, lose weight specifically because I am on a waiting list for knee replacement surgery. Which knee you ask….well, both. One at a time. Kind of scary stuff but tired of shuffling around.  I also do better generally under pressure and there is pressure in a “challenge” like this one.  OMG I don’t want to get on the scale on weigh-in night and not lose a pound. Too embarrassing. So today took myself to She’s Fit (sponsors of this Challenge). This is my fourth or fifth visit and I decided I like it there. I feel stronger when I leave. I cannot do much on anything that takes two strong legs, no treadmill for me, but I rock the machines that I can do. So, I do feel good about going there and everyone there is awesome!


Sunday, January 29th, 2017


This is a quiet and rainy day. Looking forward to a good movie with a great friend. Already packed light popcorn and lemon water from home. I wonder if Oprah (we all know she is currently advertising for Weight Watchers) takes light popcorn and water when she goes to a movie.   I should email her and ask.

“If you lost your appetite today, I think I have it!”

Saturday January 28th, 2017


OK folks the weekend is here. I tell myself “don’t get discouraged about eating on the weekend” but how hard is it to stay on track when you have friends over. I did have a huge resolve tonight when friends came over to play cards. I tried, but I was tempted by the array of snacks.   Could have done better, but really only had a bit too much of goat cheese and red pepper jelly. Did you know that red pepper jelly can increase metabolism by a whopping 20%…………really, yes really……think I might be OK.   Apparently Sriracha hot sauce works the same way.



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I hate when I think I’m buying organic vegetables and when I get home – I discover they’re just regular donuts.”



Monday, January 16th, 2017.   Weight, excess weight has been a life long issue for me. And now, the month of resolutions is here………..and this is mine. This time I am not calling this a diet, but my year of better health and today is day 1, the start of a healthier me in the Total Makeover Challenge. The Shape Your World Society’s 2017 challenge, and I am so lucky to have been chosen to participate……and thank goodness because this looks like a possible solution to reinventing a new me; slimmer, more confident; more determined to be healthier than ever before….and I do better under pressure, I need pressure.  I realize after a life of ups and downs with my weight which has often spiraled out of control, this will not be easy. It will hopefully be filled with successes, but I also know failure is always looming. So I plan on sharing both the good and the bad with those of you reading my blog.  Let the journey begin.


Tuesday, January 17th, 2017.   Some people aim for the destination, for me it’s the journey.   I always see each day as a new adventure. This adventure started out today with oatmeal, gotta love it served with oranges, bananas and almonds. Good start for the day. But there was a bit of a blip.  A previous event (lunch with the neighbours) took me to a local Thai restaurant for lunch. What could I do so this did not ruin my eating plan??? Before my first bite I removed half my order into a take home box………had the other half for dinner, I am so ready!!  Who doesn’t like Thai food twice in one day lol.


 Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.   Had a great day which ended with our Langley group’s first weekly meeting. Lots of nutritional information from both Gina and Fae and a free 3 day trial from Herbalife.   Looks yummy and I am up for the 3 day challenge this week!  I met lots of lovely ladies starting their own journey right beside me.  The room was filled with optimism and commitment for the week ahead.

“I didn’t mean to gain weight. It happened by snaccident.”





Thursday, January 19th, 2017.   I have an appointment at She’s Fit in Langley today…….so looking forward with what they can teach me about exercising with a mobility challenge…….looks like I have 2 challenges in one.



Wednesday, January 25th, 2017   Well, one week has passed. It went rather quickly but was filled with lots of work. Four days of exercise, two at the gym and two at aquasize. For some this is not sufficient, but for me it is enough. I also planned my meals to include additional protein, lots and lots of water and very little sweets. I did my best to walk as much as I could and although I usually use a scooter for many trips into stores etc….this week I walked. Slowly, but steadily. All in all a great week! Weighed in tonight, yeah…….weight lost on the first week is 7.8 lbs.

“I run, I’m slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but……….I run.”




Friday, January, 27th, 2017   Well, I had to laugh at the above quote because recently my little granddaughter told me I was as slow as a desert turtle……….and I guess I am.  Someday, when my name comes to the top of a waiting list, I will have knee replacement surgery.  Maybe then I can be a fast turtle.  Until then, I will try and be healthier and get more exercise.  Thursday and Friday this week, have passed by quickly.   I managed yummy healthy food and do not feel deprived…..well OK, I could have eaten something chocolate, but I chose not to. I listened to the supporting words of the other participants and stayed strong. The daily support from participants towards one another is heartwarming and helps a lot because obsessing over the best foods to eat, if I can eat out, and how to plan my next meal, is stressful.   A bunch of nice women cheering one another on and giving one another pointers on how to stay on target is a huge help.   I have also spent time at She’s Fit again yesterday and today had an early day at the pool doing aquasize and this time an old friend came along to support me. The weekend is coming and I need to plan and not obsess on how to continue to eat healthy and not let weekend temptations overcome my resolve.


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