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Friday May 5, 2017

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I am not seeing what all the celebration is about. I tried this and didn’t get anything….hello??
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Thursday May 4, 2017

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100 days of Happiness Day 106

Amazing group of women to complete these last six weeks, with.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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100 days of happiness Day 105

At the meeting this evening, we created our dream boards.  It is nice to visualize your dreams.

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Tuesday May 2, 2017

I had my photo shoot reveal today by the talented Tarra.  She had 13 beautifully done pictures of me that I had the opportunity to choose 3 as gifts.  3?!  How can one choose only 3 from her artwork??  I hummed and hawed for a very long time, and finally had to walk out without a decision.  I will bring my daughter back with me on Thursday morning, for her to pick her favourite 3.  Nothing like putting it on someone else. Bwahaa haa.

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100 Days of Happiness Day 104

Today my happy was going into the fridge for celery sticks as a snack, and finding a jar of freshly pickled cucumber!!

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Monday May 1, 2017

Hey hey, it’s the first of May.  Outside tanning starts today!

There a lot of words that are placed instead of tanning, but we have to keep it clean, Ladies. lol

Today, my daughter and I were on a mission to get replacement tires for the wheelbarrow and the utility trailer.  The wheelbarrow tire was picked up at Canadian tire, but not so lucky with the other tires.  We ended up at Fraser Valley equipment.  We bought their last two.

First thing, when we arrived back home, was to put the new tires on the utility trailer.  Well, actually, it was the attempt to remove the old ones.  Bearings were rusted solid on the axle. This is not going to happen.  Now I have to look at buying a new axle rod and cutting the old rod out.  In the meantime, I replaced the wheelbarrow tire, and Jenna had to wheel the dirt from the pile in the front yard out to her second to last garden in the back.

100 Days of happiness Day 103

Finally having some kind of dirt transporter available once again for my daughter.

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Sunday April 30th, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 102

My happy today is playing a double header at the local park. Sunshine and ball. Woot woot!!

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Saturday April 29th,2017

Today I visited the #runningroom in Langely.  They are one of the sponsors for “Shape your Vogue”; our fashion show on May 16 at the Phoenix Room in Abbotsford.  Tickets are $15 to a sold out show.  I still have a couple of tickets left for family and friends.  Contact me asap if you want to join us.  I will be strutting the runway!!

I was suppose to be there to try on some outfits for the show.  I loved their line and before I knew it, I was shopping for myself!  I did find an outfit for the show, but I also managed to get myself a pair of running pants for both playing baseball and for the Shopper’s Love you run on the 13th, and the most adorable warm up jacket (it was pink – I just had to).  I threw in some socks, as I always have to have socks to match.  Some women have to have shoes, but me, it’s socks!

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100 days of happiness Day 101

I finally bought a pair of workout capri’s so my pants don’t fall off when I try to run.

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Friday, April 28, 2017.

Today is the 100th day of 100 days of happiness.  I can’t believe it.  Inside of me, my happiness has grown 100 fold since the start of finding a bit of happiness each day.  It is the small bits of happiness you find, that grow to an overall happy outlook in everything you encounter.  What an amazing feeling.

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 Thursday, April 27, 2017

100 Days of Happiness Day 99

When my roomate’s cat loves me (and my hair)

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 98

Today Tracy Roper and I were finally able to present the cheque from the proceeds of the fundraiser by the Pink Ladies.  Our fundraiser is all wrapped up with happy recipients!

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Thanks again Pink Ladies!! As part of the Langley Total Makeover Challenge they hosted a fundraiser – they already donated loads of goodies and purses, which was already wonderful! They stopped by again and donated the proceeds from the money they raised.Thank you again for all of your support!
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 97

Today I wake up and go to my computer to find this lovely flower and vase from my daughter.  What a wonderful gift for no occasion except mutual love.  Wow! <3

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Monday, April 24, 2017

100 Days of Happiness Day 96

I finally registered for the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women in the 5K.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

A very tired puppy I am.  It was a very successful weekend of information, new found friendships, some fun and relaxation.  On top of all of this, my daughter missed me while I was gone, and so did her cat.  It is nice to be loved all around.

100 days of Happiness Day 95

Being home once again and surrounded by love.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

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100 days of Happiness Day 94

My happiness and relaxation today was swimming in the Grotto Mineral Pool, with these lovely Ladies.  I could live in that water forever!

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Friday, April 21st, 2017

100 days of happiness Day 93

 A very lovely and thoughtful gift from Tammy Floyd. We all received one and bonded even more.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Today, I start on a new adventure.  I met up with the rest of the Langley Ladies in Aldergrove, and car pooled to Horseshoe Bay to catch the ferry to Departure Bay.  We arrived early, so we had the opportunity to wander around the shops in Horseshoe Bay.  The sun was shining and it felt like a mini holiday.  This weekend is going to be awesome.

I love taking the ferry.  To be out on the water, enjoying the gorgeous views is such an exhilarating experience, each and every time. It’s too bad I didn’t take more advantage of it this time, than I did.  We had a 3 minute video, each of us were preparing for, that was to be taken on Saturday as part of the challenge.  The more prepared I was for this video, the less anxious I would be. I took this time available, to practice.

Upon arrival at the resort, we went to day one of the weekend seminar.  Thursday night was titled “Mastermind”.  Within half an hour, I found myself standing on stage, receiving a hug from the MC, then asking a room full of strangers, what I should do next in my life, as far as career goals go.  Talk about stepping out of your shell, into the spotlight and seeking support and encouragement from strangers.  This atmosphere of warmth continued the whole evening.  I think this weekend is going to be a further step towards my completion of a new beginning.

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A little fun by the administration at the#bestkeptsecret seminar

100 days of Happiness Day 92

My happiness today is  having a bathing suit to pack. For the first time in my life, I am sure, I walked into a store to buy a bathing suit, found 2 to try on and they both fit!  I actually had to choose between them. This is a great feeling when you are under the wire to find a suit for the weekend.

I got this one in black.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 91

My happiness today was leaving my painting on the kitchen table to show it off to everyone in the household.  It reminded me of all the fun time I had last night creating a paining and laughing with the other ladies both from Abbotsford and Langley at Zealous Art.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 90

My happiness today is the pampering I recieved from Karleigh at The Looking Glass Salon

Hair done!

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Monday April 17, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 89

My happiness today was marching in the Ladner Easter Parade on Easter Sunday.  It is so nice to start another parade season with the Delta Police Pipe Band.

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Sunday, April16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE

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100 Days of Happiness Day 88

My happiness is celebrating Easter without partaking in the Easter treats I use to love so much.  I felt good about not having them constantly calling my name!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

100 Days of happiness Day 87

My happiness today is seeing how the exposure of the Little Black Dress Gala has increased the interest in Herbalife.  This business, which I hadn’t planned on taking up, has taken on a life of it’s own.  The nutritional shakes are awesome and I am so excited about being able to help other people loose the excess pounds as easily as I have.

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Friday April 14, 2017

As much as yesterday was kind of a “take the day down” type of day, the pace continues.  I can’t afford to let another day go by in trying to regroup and take course again.  This next segment is going to be a whirlwind of appointments and juggling of time.

We were suppose to have hair and makeup done and a photoshoot done next Tuesday.  My poor hairstylist said “WHAT!?”  She is booked up for 6 weeks and in no way could she give me a cut and colour and style before our Tuesday appointment.  Tuesday was only set up as a style.  Fortunately, our beloved Anita got right on that and rescheduled the whole day for April 25th.  A short reprieve in scheduling.  However, to make this all possible, I am booked in at 8 am for my style.  OMG.  Me up and out of the house by 7:15?!  Another challenge.

I spent most of the day adding in all the appointments and obligations to my already full calendar.  I juggled as much as possible and cancelled what needed to be cancelled.  Some of these pre-scheduled events had not been confirmed, as I had enough sense to wait until I knew for sure I wasn’t in the Top 5.  Ha, I was! Not available, as I am going away for the weekend to Tigh Na Mara!!  This rocks.

100 days of Happiness Day 86

Although the slo-pitch team I was suppose to be on, informed me that they ended up having enough women without me, I was quickly absorbed onto another team.  Nice to put the feelers out and get quick positive results!  Let the games begin!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

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I love this picture, as it totally depicts the disbelief in myself at actually making it through to the Top 5. Last night, I was feeling like I was in a dream.  I was so convinced that my journey with the challenge was concluding.  I was shelled shocked for the rest of the evening.  I don’t think anyone could wipe the smile off my face, though.  It was a permanent fixture.

Today, the reality finally set in.  I was continuing on, but 2/3 of the women weren’t.  The women I had become the closest to during the last two segments, are not going to be right by my side for the last segment.  This became a big let down.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue.  I stewed on this for quite a few hours today.

Then I realized how many people I would actually disappoint, if I continued on this path of self destruction.  All my friends and family that had rallied behind me and were so enthralled that I made it.  How could I even fathom letting them down?

No, this was just another challenge set before me. I had to continue.  I had to strengthen my friendship with the rest of these women.  Carve a new path with them as we climb the last hill to the top.  I have learned that all this is possible over the last 12 weeks.  I can and will do this.

 100 days of Happiness Day 85.

My total happiness day is the realization that I actually made it into the Tops 5 of this challenge and I have the opportunity to continue on this journey with the 5 other women.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Well, tonight is the night.  Tonight we get all dressed up and I can’t find anything that fits.  I can’t believe this.  I was so looking forward to stepping into my wardrobe and choosing my favourite outfits from days gone by.  The frustration started after the first dress.  I have managed to loose 40 pounds, but not very much in the bust area.  The dresses fit everywhere until I tried to zip up the last 3 inches of the dress.  Nope.  The puppies are not going to allow that!! Gown after gown was taken down, tried and tossed on the bed (at least I didn’t toss them out the window!).

Fine then.  I have not left myself enough time to go anywhere to buy something new.  Besides, I plan on loosing more weight no matter what the announcement is tonight.  I will have to wear a skirt and top.  This way I can wear a smaller skirt and a larger top mismatch. Grrrrr.

The long skirt fits fine, but the top is a wee bit big on me.  A lovely shall will cover this up as long as the top doesn’t fall down too much and expose more than planned.  That, my dear, would be a total wardrobe fail.

Off to the Looking Glass Salon for a style and then the big event – The Little Black Dress Gala!!  So excited to find out who makes it to the top 5 and who makes the wildcard side!

Leaving for the hair stylist, all dressed up, I realized how different this night out, was feeling.  This is the first time I have gone to an event like this, dressed to the nines, without my husband.  Here I was, driving all by myself and actually going.  I have come a long way.

 

 

100 days of Happinesss Day 84

My happiness today is a good excuse to get all dressed up, makeup done, my hair styled and go out for the evening all by myself.  Look at me now.  I am all grown up.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

#100daysofhappiness #totalmakeoverchallenge Day 83. I amazed myself at how much I managed to accomplish in one day, now. I shovelled out 3 yards of very heavy wet soil from the back of the truck. Then bought and planted 3 banana palms and 3 fruit trees. I am very happy with myself at getting it all done!

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Monday, April10, 2017

100 Days of Happiness Day 82

Today my happiness comes with being proud of my daughter. She has travelled along side me in my journey. She too, took on the challenge to loose weight. Here is a marvellous depiction of her accomplishment so far.#proudmom As she puts it “Today, when I put my belt on, I decided to put it on the notch that I wore it on when I bought this belt in December. Yes, I’m actually wearing the belt in this picture!!! Watch out Taryn Marcotte , I’m catching up!”

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 81

My happiness today was performing at the Ladner Legion for the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

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Saturday April 8, 2017

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100 Days of Happiness Day 80

It was nice to leave the house and get some errands run today. I am happy to finally get some things caught up. Maybe I can finally put this cold to bed. 

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Friday April 7, 2017

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100 Days of Happiness Day 79

My happiness today is riding the train from all the voting exposure and getting yes’s to donations in my silent auction basket for the Little Black Dress.

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Thursday April 6, 2017

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100 days of happiness Day 78

Polls closed today at noon.  My happiness is that I managed to stay in 5th with all my support.  Stress subsides.

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Wednesday April 5, 2017

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100 days of happiness Day 77

My happiness today is hearing all the wonderful comments from the judges of our Pink Ladies fundraiser, from the business plan to the actual fun night.

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Tuesday April 4, 2017

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100 days of happiness Day 76

Having a cold is not fun.  It really screws up plans.  Why can’t we schedule these things? lol  Today my happiness is finally getting back to doing some exercise.  Thankfully I have a treadmill at home, as my hot yoga classes would not like me hacking away during the class.

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Monday April 3, 2017

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!00 days of happiness Day 75

My happiness today is finally having time and Energy to take my bathroom drain apart to retrieve my earring. It’s nice to have my sink back and bathroom back in order after a week of not getting it done.

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Sunday April 2, 2017

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100 day of happiness Day 74

My happiness today is realizing how posting the creations my sister did for me, makes her happy. She doesn’t know which one I will post next. She sends them all to me, so it becomes a surprise as to which one I will post next. She watches the reactions to her artwork and gains satisfaction in the responses.  She is enjoying this almost as much as me!

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Saturday April 1, 2017 Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit….

Don’t forget to vote daily to help me move up into the Top 5!

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I have been going along like gang busters, until today.  I hit a brick wall with a cold.  You know that achy, sore skin from fever type cold. I had to cancel out of hot yoga today, as my body does not want to move off the couch.  I am heading to bed, and it’s not even 6 o’clock in the evening.  I will tackle tomorrow and leave today as it is.

100 days of happiness Day 73

Today my happiness is watching all the subposts on my voting post with the word “done”.  It’s so heart warming to see all the support from my friends, while I am on this journey.

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Tuesday March 31, 1959

The day I was born.

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It’s now almost 5:00 and the polls are still not open.  A new challenge for all the Langley contestants.  How patient can we be??

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100 days of happiness Day 72

It’s my birthday. The decor at the table we sat at for dinner brought back memories of childhood. My Dad use to take his daughters out for dinner on our respective birthday. My favourite place was the Tiki Tiki

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Thursday March 30, 2017

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We find out who makes the top 5 on April 12, at our Little Black Dress affair.  This is open to the public to enjoy an evening of appies, drinks, door prizes, and silent auction, at Sammy J’s in Langley.  Tickets are $35.  If you want to join us, you can contact me on facebook -https://www.facebook.com/taryn.marcotte or through Shape Your World Society.  Don’t forget to mention my name.  I get extra points for selling tickets to this (and I so want to make it into the Top 5).

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100 days of happiness Day 71

Having sillies at 9 strong fundraiser in Langley

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Wednesday March 29, 2017

Same hair (maybe a little longer), same clothes (yes that is the same shirt), same girl?

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100 days of happiness Day 70

Seeing myself in the same clothes, and surprising myself at the difference.

Jan 09 to March 29 – 11 weeks -40 pounds lost.

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The Pink Ladies dropped off the filled gently used purses to the Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope.  I also received a guided tour of the facilities.  It is amazing what they are doing in our community.

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Tuesday March 28

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100 days of happiness Day 69

A picture paints a thousand words.  I am so excited about Friday, as I get to post the awesome posts my talented sister creates for me, once again.

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Monday March 27, 2017

100 Days of Happiness Day 68

We are in the paper again. I am loving this media coverage. This is good for our fundraising efforts.

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Sunday March 26, 2017

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100 days of happiness Day 67.

Filling all the gently used purses with the Pink Ladies, for the less fortunately women of our community.

Our Pink Ladies…such a great group to work with…

I so enjoyed working with each  of these wonderful ladies. They were all extremely hard workers, each with their own talents that they brought to the table. I don’t think a better team effort, could have been displayed.  Everyone one put in 110% to make this a successful and enjoyable “Apprentice” event. We got along so well, with respect, effort and laughter. Everyone did what they said they would do, so reliability was not an issue. We had great communication through our facebook page and meetings. Thank-you, Total Makeover Challenge, for this opportunity to work with others. I learned so much and gained a new respect for other people’s talents.

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Saturday March 25, 2017

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100 days of happiness  Day 66

Discovering an old newspaper clipping reminding me of great memories of living in the Caribbean.

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Although I sent some emails out to the local churches in our area, I still haven’t heard back.  I was hoping to get a better response during this season of lent.

Hi, I’m Taryn Marcotte, with the Pink Ladies.

 We are a group of 6 women, competing in the Shape your World Society’s “ Total Makeover Challenge”.  We have been tasked in the “Apprentice” part of our challenge to raise funds for “Shape your World” and a charity of our choice.  We have chosen “The Gateway of Hope” , to help the homeless women in the community of Langley.

We have concluded a successful pub night, to which many of the businesses in the Langley community, donated prizes for the pub night, and items to fill gently used purses for the less fortunate women of our community.

Presently we are doing bottle drives to add to the funds raised, during this season of Lent.

We would ask if your congregation would like to assist us in the bottle drive, by bringing their returnables to either your church on April 2, or to Willowbrook Recycling Inc. at 19641 60 Ave.  Our account at the depot is under

 #192 The Pink Ladies.

Thank-you so very much for your consideration.

Peace be with you,

Taryn

604-xxx-xxxx

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Friday March 24, 2017

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100 days of Happiness Day 65.

Photo booth with one of the Pink Ladies, Tracy Roper at the fundraising event called Oo la la.

The fashion show was so much fun.

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Thursday March 23, 2017

Tonight’s the night.  Our fundraiser, we all worked so hard to pull off, is happening.  Here are the highlights of the evening.  It was so much fun, not only for our guests, but for the Pink Ladies as well.

Pink Ladies fundraiser

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The pink ladies having a bit of fun.

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100 days of happiness Day 64

My happiness today was our fundraiser! at Rusty’s Pub. It came off beautifully and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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Wednesday March 22, 2017

OMG. I just blew myself out of the water. I needed a pair of black pants for this evening, and my stretchy pants are falling off of me. I found a pair of black jeans in my closet. I thought, what the heck, I will try them on for sHitts and giggles. They fit! Size 8 and they fit!! I am loving this Total Makeover challenge!!!!!  Day 63 of 100 days of happiness.

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Tuesday March 21, 2017

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100 day of Happiness Day 62

I have been waiting.  I have been waiting all winter.  I have been waiting through snow storms and shovelling, and roofs caving in.  I have been waiting.  It is finally here….

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Monday March 20, 2017

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Last night, I had all but  giving up on trying to get the  cookies baked up for our meeting today. I had gone out and picked up the extra ingredients I required, but I was back to my successful effort of procrastination.  Then, around 9:30 pm, all alone in the house, I finally decided to get her done.  An hour later, I had 4.5 dozen shortbread cookies with pink sprinkles baked and packaged for today.  I impressed myself.  This would be my happy for today, as they are done and ready to take to Teresa. Day 61

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The cookies I made are the round ones with sprinkles in the container on the left.  Teresa, of the Pink Ladies, took all the cookies and packaged them up in little bags, as gifts to our guests at the upcoming pub fundraising event.

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Sunday March 19, 2017

I had a happy dream last night.  I came to sit at a table next to one of my room mates, only to discover that my bestie and my daughter were also sitting at the table next to each other.  This moment made me so happy, I hugged my bestie.

This made me reflect on how this wonderful makeover challenge is effecting those around us.  Many of the women are worried about their husbands and boyfriends, and how this challenge may cause relationship hiccups or worse.  I would like to see something done about thanking our spouses for all the support they provided during our journey.  As this journey is all about us, our spouses are part of this.  My thought is to put on a potluck dinner party to honour our significant others.  I guess I will invite my daughter, as she is my significant other right now. (this makes me laugh and cry at the same time.)  Maybe once the Total Makeover Challenge is complete, this could come to fruition. Everyone is too busy before the challenge concludes.

Summer BBQ!  That would be fun.  Thinking about this is my happy for the day. Day 60.

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Saturday March 18, 2107

This has been the most wonderful day in this Total Makeover Challenge.

I started it stressed.  The Pink Ladies were taking part in the Shopper’s Drug Mart Gala “Springtime in Paris”.  We had a table available to us to promote our fundraising and awareness.  My appointments, today, were scheduled at the same time.  You know the old saying  “I can’t be in two places at once”. I learned you can still stress about it. Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing Image may contain: 7 people, people smiling, people standing and indoor

I still wanted to help in some way, so I created a display sign to invite customers to our table. We can also use it at our fundraiser event.  I then scheduled a stop at this shoppers before I went to get my hair done.

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Once I was at the Looking Glass Saloon and Spa, I started to de-stress.  As these appointments were pre scheduled, it was out of my hands. I was left with just enjoying the experience.  Now there is a hard concept to accept – Not.

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100 days of happiness Day 59.

My happiness today, was the day! I so enjoyed all the pampering and the final result.

 

 

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Friday March 17, 2017

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100 days of Happiness Day 58

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My happiness today is being on page 16 of the Langely Times.

 

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Thursday March 16, 2017

100 Days of Happiness Day 57.

My happiness today is another great healthy meal by Jenna

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Wednesday March 15, 2107

I am so impressed and happy with our business plan.  Jennifer Petrichenko put the finishing touches on the plan creating a work of art out of an account’s view on written paper.  Jen had it printed up and had it ready for presentation tonight.  I was crying when I saw it, and wrapped my arms around her.  Poor girl, didn’t know what hit her. 

Business Plan: The Pink Ladies Fundraiser

Business Plan: The Pink Ladies Fundraiser

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In support of:

Shape Your World Society

The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope

Contributors: Gabrielle Calestagne, Sylvia Dudeck, Teresa Gentle, Taryn Marcotte,

Carol Pegura, Jennifer Petrichenko, Tracy Roper, Tina Toal

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This would be my happy today, by far.  Day 56

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Tuesday March 14, 2017

All the bio’s are in, and my work on the business plan is complete.  I am forwarding it to Jen in the Pink Ladies.  She is going to polish it, then send it back to me for printing.

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Had a dentist appointment today.  It is nice to get all those stains off my teeth and enjoy another sparkling smile.  As far as the TMJ goes, there isn’t anything they are going to do about it for now.  I have to de-stress (good luck on that one right now), put warm compress on it when it is bad, where my invisialign appliance at night (this actually helps a lot) and take ibuprofen to reduce swelling.

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100 days of happiness Day 55.

My happiness today was getting my teeth clean and polished at the dentist. I am happy to be supporting a sparkling smile once again.

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Monday March 13, 2017

I got pulled over by a cop today and she said PAPERS and i said SCISSORS
I WIN!!! Then she made me get out of my car and do a bunch of tests. Sore loser!!

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New game to play. It’s a 50/50 card game to support our Pink Ladies fundraiser for Shape your World Society and The Gateway of Hope. Playing card is $5 and you can choose whatever card is in the deck, unless it is already sold. If you want one, let me know. I will write your name and phone number on the card and put it in the draw. The draw will be on April 1st and you will get half the pot. Right now the pot is sitting at over $700

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100 days of  Happiness Day 54

Today my happiness is in my food. I am presented with a shrimp creole. It is on a bed of zucchini noodles with a little bit of a kick to it. So delicious. Me very happy.

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Sunday March 12, 2017

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Wow.  I have spent many hours this week,  on this business plan for our group.  Just when I think I have it mostly complete, I realize there are still hours of work left to put into it.  Big learning curve.  I haven’t worked with Microsoft Word in a very long time.  I find it isn’t very friendly when it comes to graphics.  It kind of stalls the process.  It doesn’t like my page breaks and I haven’t figured out how to delete a page break.  I will get this.  Just a bit of stress. lol.  Another challenge to conquer.

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I have never taken on building a business plan before, or anything like it.  However, my plan is to take some of the stress off the rest of the group, and to be able to contribute to the group as well.  I am not very strong at speaking to the local business about giving us support in our fundraising.  I would be better to leave it to the confident members of our group.  I would incite a No, instead of a Yes.  A definite take away in our adventure.

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 100 days of  Happiness Day 53

Well, I did it.  I have a rough copy of our business plan done and out to our group to peruse for input and suggestions.  Woot, woot.  A long week’s work complete.

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Saturday March 11, 2017.

100 days of  Happiness Day 52

 Today my happiness was being at the airport with my drum. Although it was a very wet day, it didn’t dampen my spirits.
Our Saturday at Girls Fly2.https://www.facebook.com/SkysNoLimitGirlsFlyToo/
#girlsfly2

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Friday March 10, 2017

100 days of  Happiness Day 51

 Today my happiness was sharing ideas on bio’s for our business plan, and deciding that each of us will pick a shade of pink as a nick name. So much fun with this. (A cherry Blossom is a type person with a beautiful soul. A perfect example of what it is like to emanate a perfect human being. Cherry blossoms are always kind, polite, and witty)

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Oh my dear Lord.  I just found out that our business plans are due next Wednesday.  I said I would do it up, a big undertaking for me, but I never fathomed that we would have only a week to do this.  I know what I am going to be doing for the next week, every waking hour.  I can do this, I can do this.  If I can do 10 years of back taxes, I can do a week of a business plan.  YES!

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Halfway through my 100 days of happiness.

It’s been a long journey, but it helps to find a little bit of happiness in each day.

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Wednesday March 8, 2017

 

100 days of  Happiness Day 49

 My happiness today is finding something I can really help with in our group with “The Apprentice” Pink Ladies.

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The stress of this Total Makeover challenge is starting to show it’s ugly signs.  I am starting to get symptoms of TMJ.  I can’t chew without sharps pains in my jaw joint.  On the plus side, I am not able to eat so much. lol

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Tuesday March 7, 2017

100 days of  Happiness Day 48

 My happiness today is having our event venue firmed up and creating an event page on Facebook. Go Pink Ladies.

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TMC’s “The Pink Ladies” Fundraiser for Shape Your World Society and The Gateway of Hope
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Rusty’s Pub

17770 Hightway 10, Surrey, British Columbia V3S1C7

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Monday March 6, 2017

100 days of  Happiness Day 47

They are planting monkey puzzle trees in our park across the street

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Sunday March 5, 2017

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100 days of  Happiness Day 46

 Today, we had to stay home from our first meeting of the Pink Ladies. We conducted our meeting via facebook call. So cool that we could still carry on business even with mother nature challenging us

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Saturday March 4, 2017

100 days of  Happiness Day 45

 

 Today my happiness is another creation by my daughter, that I get to enjoy. Funny how I am on this weight loss diet enjoying gourmet meals!

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Friday March 3, 2107

http://www.langleytimes.com/lifestyles/415146534.html

The Top 15 contestants in the Total Makeover Challenge were announced after an Amazing Race on Feb. 25. - Submitted photo

100 days of  Happiness Day 44

Today my happy is learning why it’s ok to loose your bestie when she has cut you out of her life because of someone else

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Thursday March 2, 2017

The Apprentice

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100 days of  Happiness Day 43

My happiness today is a gift from Lizette Etsebeth . She created a piece of art for each of the Langley contestants. Mine has a sheet of music as the background. I totally love it!

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Wednesday February…no wait, it’s March 1st, 2017.  Rabbit, rabbit,rabbit.

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100 days of  Happiness Day 42

Today I am happy at finding a prospective slow pitch team to play on this summer. Loosing the weight has opened up a few old doors.

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Tuesday February 28, 2017

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Today, I am happy to finally get back to She’s Fit after a very busy and stressful February

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Monday February 27, 2017

I want to give thanks to everyone who helped and supported me through the last 5 weeks of round 1 of the Total Makeover Challenge. I could not have moved into round 2 without you. I can not possibly thank everyone by name, as I am sure Facebook would suspend my account, on the account that this post would be too long. lol. Suffice it to say, thank-you for voting, for pledging, for buying tickets, for the kind words and supportive likes, for putting up with my continuous posts,for helping in my time of need (with my car), for all you hard work by my side,…. and even this list goes on. You all know who you are, and so do I. Thank-you….now onto round 2!

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100 days of  Happiness Day 40

Today I experimented in a new flavour sensation. 1 scoop of Dutch chocolate and one scoop of Café Latte. A taste extravaganza. Shear indulgence with no guilt. It was nutritionally good for me. Awesome!

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Sunday February 26, 2017.

Man, am I tired.

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My happy today is arriving in the top 15 contestants and moving into the next round of#totalmakeoverchallenge. I am so excited about continuing my journey and finding success in me.

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Saturday February 25, 2017

Let the Race Begin!!!

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100 days of  Happiness Day 38

My happy today was with the Amazing Race. Spending time with my daughter, my friend, Julie Norton Teager, her daughter, Jessica, and friend, Caitlyn. We had a riot with getting our lips done at #shoppersdrugmart, working out at #thebootcampeffectand driving around finding no exit roads in attempt to visit all our sponsors. For a car rally, I managed over 6000 steps. A great active day with friends.

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Friday February 24, 2017

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prep table for the decorating of our own shirts

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My team’s hats and shirt

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Today, my happy came in spending a few hours with my daughter, shopping for our costume pieces for the Amazing Race. Afterwards I spent over 3 hours making stencils, and spray painting the back of 5 shirts on the back lawn (it was dark when doing the last 2 shirts). Then, the real fun started. My girlfriend, Julie, showed up with her daughter and her daughter’s friend in tow. Along with my daughter, we spent the next 3 hours decorating the shirts. They are now already for the big day tomorrow.

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Thursday February 23, 2017

Voting ends Thursday at noon, PST. Please make your this the day your won’t forget to vote. My goal ….Tarilyn

Voting closes today at noon, then the waiting begins….

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My happiness today is the voting is done. Polls are closed and I managed to stay in 12 place at close. Now on with prep for the amazing race.

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Wednesday February 22, 2017

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 Guess what it back in my garage safe and sound? My happy

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Tuesday February 21, 2017

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100 days of Happiness Day 34

My happy today is for my daughter’s excitement. She got a call for an interview to a restaurant that she is very excited about working in.

Fairmont Vancouver Airport Restaurants - YVR Dining

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Monday February 20, 2017

My Mitsubishi Lancer, Red, was stolen on Saturday. Below is kind of what it looks like. It has darkened windows, sunroof, Black grill with licence plate on the side below the headlight, black leather seats, paddles, black side mirrors.. Licence plate 372 MWA (although that may be different now). Please keep an eye open and let me or the RCMP know where you spotted it

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100 days of Happiness Day 33

 My happiness today is coming from one of my talented sisters. She has been an absolute awesome supporter and has created a fresh “vote for me” posting each day, <3

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Sunday February 19, 2017

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100 days of Happiness Day 32

When I finished the “Real Me” seminar, I didn’t think I got anything out of it. It was an exhausting event with so much information and participation. After a good nights rest, I spent the whole day, somewhat subconsciously, rehashing everything.I was amazed at how much I learned and how much it was effecting me. So enlightening.

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https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fshapeyourworldsociety.com%2Fseminars-workshops%2Fthe-real-me&h=ATN4w1DyW1BNej0dluHhP8i6N03by8A4Jvyg4qDaMUY2E_LPfL5b9IumCDyXK-TYiRJAChSH1ZCI6In3Kct_kj0I0EYZFEkFAlqXcI5SB9GSKd1AEC4R85wX0IDe

 

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Saturday February 18, 2017

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100 days of Happiness Day 31

Although my car was stolen today, my happiness is my drum safely at home and not in the trunk

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Friday, February 17, 2107

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100 days of Happiness Day 30

My happiness today is getting my daughters new samsung galaxy 7 phone activated, and stepping out of my comfort zone again, by asking the employee at Rogers http://www.rogers.com/web/content/store-locator?store=16297#rogers to vote for me. He was happy to accommodate! Now that’s customer service.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Voting starts tommorrow at noon:

https://www.facebook.com/MeloraD/videos/10154124194137161/

100 days of Happiness Day 29

My happiness today was stepping out of my comfort zone by asking for money and getting a favourable response

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Wednesday February 15, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 28

My happiness today was not only loosing weight, but being the top looser once again and getting awarded with another book of tickets to sell.

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Tuesday February 14, 2017

Wow….

Not a good Wow. It’s a rotten wow. The stress in the household hit the ultimate high. Between this challenge and the snow wrecking havoc on the house, I have been a mess. The party took it’s toll on everyone in the prep stage and clean up. Everyone is tired. One of my room mates also managed to break a toe in a “I can’t believe I just did that” moment. He is stressed because he can’t work with a broken foot, and needs to work to pay bills.  I feel so sorry for the poor guy.  Not a good space for him.

Stressed and tired, the tirade began between everyone. Words were said. Feelings were hurt. I did nothing about the whole situation, except hide in my study and cry.

I sit here and wonder if this challenge is worth all of this. I know I am worth the challenge, but I am not sure everyone else around me, who didn’t sign up for this, is worth loosing. I am the one that leads the household, and I cowered. I don’t do screaming. It is not productive. I have created a stress, not only personally, but all around.
One step forward, two steps back. This challenge is intriguing. The hill I climb becomes steeper with each step

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My happiness today came after the dust settled and the tears were shed ..valentine flowers from my daughter

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Monday February13, 2017

Struggling….

It is the 13th of February. I have done well with the weight loss, so far. Our meeting last week was cancelled due to heavy snow storm warnings. I was relieved, as my car does not like to make it up the hill, to my house, when it is even a wee bit icy. I don’t know what my official loss was, for last week, but I know I am still on track. This Wednesday will tell me how well on track I am.

No matter what the scale says, the weight loss feels so good. I don’t have to struggle getting up out of my desk chair any more. My back and knees no longer scream at me. This makes the reduced calories so much easier to stick to. The box of chocolates, on the counter, was so calling my name tonight. They were left overs from the birthday/ anniversary party from the weekend. Instead of diving into them, as I so wanted to do, I removed them from beside the fridge to another room that I don’t visit very much. Like the old saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind”. I don’t hear them anymore. .

The real struggle? I am behind in points. I don’t have any sponsors for either my blog page, nor for the Amazing Race, coming up on February 25th. The sponsors gain you 100 points each. This is big.

I also don’t have much in the way of pledges for the Amazing race either. Each dollar earns me one point. It doesn’t seem like much, but it can add up. If I can just get people to throw a loonie or two my way, I would be in a different frame of mind. My hurdle, is asking people for money. I know how hard it is to earn enough to pay the bills. The guilt I feel to ask someone for a donation, becomes overwhelming, so I don’t. I understand that part of this challenge is to come out of my comfort zone, but this tends to touch more on my basic principals.

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My happiness today are my two room mates. Life would not be the same without these two. Each have their own distinct personality. I am good at pushing the wrong buttons, at times, but they still put up with me. lol. They are wonderful supports in my life

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Sunday February 12, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 25

Today my happiness is my bestie, Kelly Couper. I am so proud to be her friend. She organized the best birthday/anniversary party for one of my room mates parents. Not only did she get it moving, she shopped, she cleaned, she decorated, she helped move furniture and she managed to keep me on track and sane throughout the whole venture. She got up this morning and helped clean up, and so the house now looks better than ever. What a gift I have in our friendship. PS – did I mention that she looked like a million dollars for the party as well? You betcha. I love this influence in my life.

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Saturday February 11, 2017

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 After lots of prep and clean up, the time for partying finally arrived. It came off perfectly.

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Friday February 10, 2017

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All cleaned up and ready for the roomate’s parents 60 anniversary party and 80 birthday tomorrow.

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Thursday February 9th, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 22

I am happy for the angel watching over me, today. As I was sitting on my back patio, the snow on the roof of the house gave way and came crashing through my aluminum patio cover, destroying a couple of panels and taking out the table I was sitting at,but not me

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

100 days of happiness Day 21

Finally overcame my procrastination and got the powerpoint presentation ready for Wednesday night’s meeting.

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Ironically, due to snow, our meeting tonight had to be cancelled.  This was good for me, as my car would not have been able to make it there, in any case.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2017.

I had forgotten that we have to do a powerpoint presentation for tomorrow night’s meeting, on our highlights of the She Talks event.  We were suppose to get together, but time is now of the essence. Today, I procrastinated, and it still sat there, not touched by any of us. I even tried to move the presentation to next week (I am really, really good at procrastination), but no dice. Tomorrow night is the night.  I finally sat down and started it, learning power point as I went along. To say the least, it was 1:30 am on Wednesday, before I had a rough draft completed and sent to my cohorts.

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Got my first pledge today for The Amazing Race.

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Munday, February 6th, 2017

Yes it is Munday.  I hate Mondays.  It always brings all the phone calls that were left over from last week, as people find new energies to cope with the work of the week.  I also have to get to work on my leftovers presented so well on the pile of my desk.  Grrrr….

However, Mundays aren’t so mundane when the sun is shining, especially after days of snow.  Today…WOW…and I thought yesterday was beautiful.

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 The sun is shining. The temperatures are rising. The snow on the roof is melting creating humongous icicles. It reminds me of my childhood where it was a treat to break off the icicles for icicle pops…and we didn’t get sick. Lol

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…and this is only half of the icicle as I tried to break it off.  For once, todays view of the memory is bigger than when I was a child, walking up hill both ways to school in snow that was over my waist deep.

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Yes, part of my pile of work, is pushing for more pledges on the Amazing Race, happening in just over  two weeks.  I am having difficulties getting out of my comfort zone and asking for pledges. This is something I have to work on this week.

My other task for the Amazing Race, is finding two more participants for my team.  My two had to back out, as they forgot that they had other commitments previously booked for that weekend. I knew about the commitments, but I too, had not put the numbers together, and remembered it was the same weekend.  I have busy friends.  This is good, but not at this moment. lol

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Sunday, February 5th, 2017

With all this snow, and all the work to keep the drive clear, I can not walk today.  My leg muscles have gone on strike and refuse to move. They are locked up solid. All I can do now is enjoy the beauty the snow has to offer.

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 It is absolutely picturistic outside.

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I thought I would so a little more house cleaning while I was stranded inside my house. I learned an important lesson today.  Do not attempt to walk down even 2 stairs, of the smooth wood variety, in stocking feet, when your legs refuse to bend.  I now have a major contusion on my right thigh and a sore elbow to boot.  It is still very picturesque outside, from the chesterfield. Superbowl Sunday requires a seat by the television anyways.  Go Patriots!

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Saturday 4th of February, 2017

100 days of happiness Day 17

 A job well done. I cleared the drive 5 times yesterday and still could not keep up to the snow. By the time I got to the end, the top was covered again. I started again this morning and finally had it cleared by 2 this afternoon. Now go away snowfall!

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I knew I was calling for help with this challenge, but be careful what you ask for in life.  Mother Nature answered my call with all the force she could muster!  I did get the driveway clear, by around 2 in the afternoon, but Mother Nature gave me more work to do.

https://www.facebook.com/taryn.marcotte/videos/10155028470613552/

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Friday, February3, 2017

Today, with all the snow, I have been very busy.  I know my car will not do snow.  I found that out this winter, when I got stuck at the bottom of our hill.  Now, I cancel everything and stay home. No hot yoga today.

I decided that I want to keep the snow off the driveway so we don’t have any ice build up for the big birthday and anniversary celebrations next weekend.  Well, I don’t know who decided they should order all this snow, but REALLY, did they have to order so friggin’ much!!?  I could not keep up.    I spent hours out there doing the drive, and starting over at the top and cleared again.5 times I went out to clear the snow, often doing the drive more than once each time. I finally called it a night, and I am going to bed.

100 days of Happiness Day 16


The dinner my daughter made for me the other night. A light version of thai coconut curry soup.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Happy Friends Day!

100 days of Happiness Day 15

Today I am happy for my friends.  Facebook celebrated this day with a video of my friends.

https://www.facebook.com/taryn.marcotte/videos/10155019149763552/

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So. we head out to yoga and discover that rush hour traffic puts a big damper on arriving in time.  We are late and the door is locked until the class is over.  The next class isn’t for another hour and a half.  We wait.  I am not driving for over an hour not to get in an hour of sweat time.  We end up in the Hot Fast & Furious Fusion.  OMG.  I couldn’t jump up and down, bend down, spin around and touch my toes fast enough to keep up to the class.  I modified everything.  I felt so much like an 80 year old women that has never exercised in her life, and didn’t look much different. I am sure everyone was snickering behind their tight little butts.  I know I was half laughing at myself as well.  Guaranteed that I will make sure I am really early next time and on a slower level class.

 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

“Rabbit rabbit rabbit” is one variant of a superstition found in Britain and North America that states that a person should say or repeat the word “rabbit” or “rabbits”, or “white rabbits”, or some combination of these elements, out loud upon waking on the first day of the month, because doing so will ensure good luck for the duration of that month.

100 days of happiness Day 14

My Mom taught me the the value of a job well done…”Here is your list of jobs for today. Once they are done to my satisfaction, you can go outside to play.”

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Oxygen Yoga in Langley has signed up with KISS 28 to offer $30 for a month of hot yoga.  I thought my daughter and I should give it a try. We did the noon class today, of basic stretching.  It was too slow and relaxing for me.  I couldn’t shut down the stress factors in me to de-stress.  I think I need to have a more vigorous workout before this class.  Tomorrow we will try something a little higher paced.

3rd meeting this week.  We went on a field trip after our weigh in.  Too bad I got lost finding the two places we were visiting.  Showed up late both times, but I did get there.

On a better note, I lost the most weight this week of the contestants, at 5.6 pounds.  The home scale did lie to me.  I didn’t gain a pound, as suspected.

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Tuesday,January 31, 2017

100 days of Happiness Day 13

Day 13. I ate Caesar salad on my diet. Jenna made a dressing with cauliflower instead of oil. It was absolutely fantastic. I am so spoiled.

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This week’s challenge is to create a video, full figure (lol) of what the  Total Makeover Challenge means to me.  It wasn’t so difficult to find the words, but it was oh so difficult to stand in front of a camera and relay my message.  The following is the untouched version.  Say cheese….

https://www.facebook.com/taryn.marcotte/videos/10155006661548552/

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Monday, January 30, 2017

I feel fantastic today.  I have  more energy than the ever ready bunny.  I do believe the back pack has been lifted from my back.

I talked to our life coach, Heather Rieder today.  She helped me through some of my obstacles I was having with this challenge.  I must admit, I am competitive.  I was not seeing how I could come out on top, in this challenge.  I have managed not to get any sponsor for my profile page, nor the Amazing Race coming up in three weeks, so far.  I am being left behind with the roll of this year’s competitors.  Some have over six advertises on their profile alone.  I don’t see how I am going to get through to the next round. This was my backpack.  It was heavy.

Heather said something that hit me deep inside.  This is the year that I need to start moving forward again.  It’s the me year.  I need to take out of this challenge what I need for me.  I need to take out of life what I need for me.  Take this, and start enjoying life.  I can’t do that, if I am worried about being the”top” Contestant.  I can do my best to meet the challenges, but not drag myself out, with the challenges I can’t meet.  I am not quitting, but just looking at it in a different light, with renewed energy.

The back pack got left at the door.  I felt so much lighter and energetic.  I became a cleaning machine.  That corner in the kitchen, that has been collecting empty boxes; broken things that needed to be fixed; tools for fixing everything from dishwashers, taps, to cupboards; empty wine totes that were planned to be turned into icepacks for muscles; to name a few, got cleaned out.  Cupboards got reorganized, so that kitchen gadgets had a new home.  I almost have a magazine ready kitchen, now.

I didn’t get to the gym. Yes, I did feel guilty, but, I did something that was far more therapeutic and probably burned more calories and worked more muscles.  I carted stuff  down to the crawl space, and up the stairs I went again,  back to the kitchen. Up and down the step ladder, as I moved stuff from one cupboard to the next.  Wiped out cupboards, cleaned walls and windows and wiped down the outside of cupboards. Back and forth to the garage, as I put my tools away, and then brought them back out again, to fix something loose, and then put them away again. (novel idea since I had cleaned out that collection space already).

I am not sure if I was really cleaning the kitchen of debris , or I was cleaning out the cobwebs of my past few years.  Either way, spring cleaning does more than give you a clean house.  It gives you a fresh look at the year ahead.

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100 days of happiness. Day 12

 My happiness today is finally a clean kitchen.I cleaned out the corners and a couple of cupboards to get the extras off of the counters.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Last week I managed to loose 7.6 pounds.  Knowing this is mathematical impossibility, I expected that I wouldn’t loose as much weight this week.  It takes 3600 calories to lose a pound.  As my basic metabolic is around 1600 calories burn/day, and my workouts burn less than 150 calories right now, I would have averaged another 1800 calories burn/day  than no food at all.  It doesn’t compute.  My water balance had remained the same, but my muscle mass had decreased.  Knowing this, I bumped up my protein intake (keeping the calorie intake count at the same 1200/day) and increased my weight bearing exercises.  Well, the wonderful scale (that I hate and lies to me), tells me I have managed to gain a pound over the last 4 days.  There goes my 100 points for loosing weight each week.  This challenge is definitely a challenge.

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100 days of happiness. Day11.

My daughter cooks soup for me. I love soup. This was awesome again tonight. Good comfort food, that is good for me! She made some pho the other night for dinner. Some slight variations to go with the diet, and it was delicious! Shitake mushroom and beef broth, thin sliced sirloin, brown rice and mullet raman noodles, and an abundance of kale!

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Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Today was a good day of new found friends and inspiring women.  I was gifted with a ticket to a She Talks Event for Health and Fitness.   I met up with two women from the challenge, Darlene and Tammy.  We sat together, listened, chatted and took in all the wonderful stories from 16 speakers, and how they arrived to their successes of today. It was all about rags to riches, obstacles crossed, and how the journey was worth it all.  A truly empowering day.

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The day touched old memories, of my struggles and my accomplishments; of friends I made and friends I lost.  Upon arriving home, my pool table renewed these images. So today, my happiness is my pool table and all the memories it upholds.

 

100 days of happiness. Day 10

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Friday, January 27, 2017

100 days of happiness. Day 9
Yes, Beer. One beer. I was in a down mood today and was giving up. I have been consumed with this Total Makeover Challenge. I have been eating, sleeping, waking to it for over two weeks now. It was getting to me. I treated myself. It was my happy today.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

100 days of Happiness, Day 8. Great first week with Total make over Challenge 2017

I was one of the top losers in Langely, and was rewarded with a ticket to this awesome event. I am so lucky. Thank-you SheTalks for this wonder gift. 

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I am very tired from all I have been doing, and also feeling a little overwhelmed.  Band practice has been cancelled tonight, and replaced with the Robbie Burns Dinner wrap up meeting at the legion, instead.  A lot of thought went into this, on my behalf, and I decided to forgo the meeting.  I needed some time down to reflect and catch my breath.  I also wasn’t sure I could resist the beer and pizza that is always shared at these wrap ups.  After loosing so much weight this last week, I was on a roll, and didn’t want to get off track this quickly in the race.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

100 days of happiness, Day 7.

My happy today was discovering the Speed Zone at She’s Fit. I hit many muscles groups in this circuit. Much better workout than the stationary bike

https://www.shesfit.com/group-training/shes-fit-speed-zone/

We had a lot of balloons left over from my daughter’s birthday party last week.  As re-use and re-cyle are one of my biggest passions, I brought many bags of balloons to our second meeting of the challenge.  As this is the first week for measuring our weigh lost, I thought it would be a great opportunity to do a little celebrating.  I didn’t know that I would be one of the top celebrators, coming in second in weight loss at 7.6 pounds.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

100 days of happiness, Day 6
Finding out my son is alive and doing well, makes me very, very happy.

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Monday 23, January 2017

Finally able to get back to the gym after performing at the Robbie Burns dinner with the Delta Police Pipe Band this weekend.  We recieved a month long membership to She’s Fit Langley, as part of the challenge.  What an awesome opportunity to get back into shape.

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Then drove out to Chilliwack to spend the afternoon at Herbalife with Wellness Coach, Faleen, adding simplicity to my nutritional balance.  My daughter came with me to both the gym and Chilliwack.  We ordered so much product, I decided that it was a good idea to join up and save 25% on my order and future orders.

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100 days of happiness, Day 5.

A simple gift from God. Sunshine! So much beauty in sunrises and sunsets. It’s my yang to my yin.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Totally exhausted and my muscles are screaming at me.  I was suppose to go back to the school to finish the clean up today.  I am physically not able to do this. My anxieties are getting the better of me as I try to push through another day.  Guilt ridden, I had to cancel.  If I don’t give myself some time to recuperate, I am not going to meet the challenges set forth before me. Change can not be done all at once, much to my chagrin.

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21 January 2017

Our second performance tonight went well.  On top of performing, I also worked the bar and clean up.  It was a good tired when all was said and done.  Took me a bit to come down after my emotional high, before I could fathom falling asleep.  I also cheated on my diet and had an IPA.  Man, did it taste good.  Sometimes I miss my beer.  However, the occassional beer tastes even better.

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20 January 2017

There are not enough hours in the day!

Going from full stop to full go is exhausting.  There is a lot to keep on on for this challenge, and a lot of personal changes that are taking place.

100 Days of Happiness. Day 4

We have the Robbie Burns performances this weekend with the Delta Police Pipe Band. Playing my drum with this awesome group of musicians is true happiness. The audience often come up to me to say how I am always smiling, as we march pass them. Yes, I do enjoy this

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100 Days of Happiness, Day 3. 19 January, 2017

My daughter’s cat Rosie, makes me happy. She cuddles with me at bedtime and with her gentle purrs, lulls me to sleep. Then she is off to my daughter’s bed to cuddle with her. 

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Today we celebrated my daughters 25th birthday.  It seems incredible that she is this old (and I am still 29).  She has grown into such a wonderful young woman, with many talents.  She is starting to teach me things.  I wonder if I am still teaching her new things.  If so, I hope they are all good.

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Day 2, 18 January 2017

100 days of happiness challenge, Today I celebrate my happiness with My Sisters!! Two gifts my mother gave me, that I never appreciated when I was young. My two best friends for life. Thanks Mom!

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Today was our first nutrition class with Gina Harmsen and Faleen Guthrie with the Total Makeover Challenge 2017. Water, water and more water to drink and protein, was the main topic. I am loving this education on my healthy change.

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Day 1, 17 January 2017
100 days of Happiness challenge. To be happy, you must appreciate all the little things that make you smile. Each day, I will choose one. Today I have to say many thanks to my wonderful daughter, She is so very much behind me in this journey of my total makeover. As a professional cook, she is preparing my meals (when she is available) to keep me on track with diet restrictions. These wonderful meals give me an smile deep inside. Sharing meals with family is a blessing in itself

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Here is the breakfast she prepared for me. A breakfast of champions.

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My dinner….

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Here is a video from the meet and greet last Sunday.

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Please vote for me to help me get into the round. The above link should take you to the voting page. You can vote up to 10 times/ day. Unfortunately, voting is restricted to Britsh Columbia IP addresses only.

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Wow….

MY JOURNEY: TOTAL MAKEOVER CHALLENGE 2017·TUESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2017

Not a good Wow. It’s a rotten wow. The stress in the household hit the ultimate high. Between this challenge and the snow wrecking havoc on the house, I have been a mess. The party took it’s toll on everyone in the prep stage and clean up. Everyone is tired. One of my room mates also managed to break a toe in a “I can’t believe I just did that” moment. He is stressed because he can’t work with a broken foot, and needs to work to pay bills.

Stressed and tired, the tirade began between everyone. Words were said. Feelings were hurt. I did nothing about the whole situation, except hide in my study and cry.

I sit here and wonder if this challenge is worth all of this. I know I am worth the challenge, but I am not sure everyone else around me, who didn’t sign up for this, is worth loosing. I am the one that leads the household, and I cowered. I don’t do screaming. It is not productive. I have created a stress, not only personally, but all around.
One step forward, two steps back. This challenge is intriguing. The hill I climb becomes steeper with each step

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Struggling….

It is the 13th of February. I have done well with the weight loss, so far. Our meeting last week was cancelled due to heavy snow storm warnings. I was relieved, as my car does not like to make it up the hill, to my house, when it is even a wee bit icy. I don’t know what my official loss was, for last week, but I know I am still on track. This Wednesday will tell me how well on track I am.

No matter what the scale says, the weight loss feels so good. I don’t have to struggle getting up out of my desk chair any more. My back and knees no longer scream at me. This makes the reduced calories so much easier to stick to. The box of chocolates, on the counter, was so calling my name tonight. They were left overs from the birthday/ anniversary party from the weekend. Instead of diving into them, as I so wanted to do, I removed them from beside the fridge to another room that I don’t visit very much. Like the old saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind”. I don’t hear them anymore. .

The real struggle? I am behind in points. I don’t have any sponsors for either my blog page, nor for the Amazing Race, coming up on February 25th. The sponsors gain you 100 points each. This is big.

I also don’t have much in the way of pledges for the Amazing race either. Each dollar earns me one point. It doesn’t seem like much, but it can add up. If I can just get people to throw a loonie or two my way, I would be in a different frame of mind. My hurdle, is asking people for money. I know how hard it is to earn enough to pay the bills. The guilt I feel to ask someone for a donation, becomes overwhelming, so I don’t. I understand that part of this challenge is to come out of my comfort zone, but this tends to touch more on my basic principals.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

I feel fantastic today.  I have  more energy than the ever ready bunny.  I do believe the back pack has been lifted from my back.

I talked to our life coach, Heather Rieder today.  She helped me through some of my obstacles I was having with this challenge.  I must admit, I am competitive.  I was not seeing how I could come out on top, in this challenge.  I have managed not to get any sponsor for my profile page, nor the Amazing Race coming up in three weeks, so far.  I am being left behind with the roll of this year’s competitors.  Some have over six advertises on their profile alone.  I don’t see how I am going to get through to the next round. This was my backpack.  It was heavy.

Heather said something that hit me deep inside.  This is the year that I need to start moving forward again.  It’s the me year.  I need to take out of this challenge what I need for me.  I need to take out of life what I need for me.  Take this, and start enjoying life.  I can’t do that, if I am worried about being the”top” Contestant.  I can do my best to meet the challenges, but not drag myself out, with the challenges I can’t meet.  I am not quitting, but just looking at it in a different light, with renewed energy.

The back pack got left at the door.  I felt so much lighter and energetic.  I became a cleaning machine.  That corner in the kitchen, that has been collecting empty boxes; broken things that needed to be fixed; tools for fixing everything from dishwashers, taps, to cupboards; empty wine totes that were planned to be turned into icepacks for muscles; to name a few, got cleaned out.  Cupboards got reorganized, so that kitchen gadgets had a new home.  I almost have a magazine ready kitchen, now.

I didn’t get to the gym. Yes, I did feel guilty, but, I did something that was far more therapeutic and probably burned more calories and worked more muscles.  I carted stuff  down to the craw space, and up the stairs I went again,  back to the kitchen. Up and down the step ladder, as I moved stuff from one cupboard to the next.  Wiped out cupboards, cleaned walls and windows and wiped down the outside of cupboards. Back and forth to the garage, as I put my tools away, and then brought them back out again, to fix something loose, and then put them away again. (novel idea since I had cleaned out that collection space already).

I am not sure if I was really cleaning the kitchen of debris , or I was cleaning out the cobwebs of my past few years.  Either way, spring cleaning does more than give you a clean house.  It gives you a fresh look at the year ahead.

 

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Last week I managed to loose 7.6 pounds.  Knowing this is mathematical impossibility, I expected that I wouldn’t loose as much weight this week.  It takes 3600 calories to lose a pound.  As my basic metabolic is around 1600 calories burn/day, and my workouts burn less than 150 calories right now, I would have averaged another 1800 calories burn/day  than no food at all.  It doesn’t compute.  My water balance had remained the same, but my muscle mass had decreased.  Knowing this, I bumped up my protein intake (keeping the calorie intake count at the same 1200/day) and increased my weight bearing exercises.  Well, the wonderful scale (that I hate and lies to me), tells me I have managed to gain a pound over the last 4 days.  There goes my 100 points for loosing weight each week.  This challenge is definitely a challenge.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Meet and Greet:

Today is the Meet and Greet. I was so looking forward to today; starting my new journey.

My anxieties are starting to come to head once again. All my talk about meeting new girlfriends and walking this journey with them, is my outside voice. Inside, I am apprehensive about how I will come across to these new people. I am a wallflower. I like to sit in my corner and watch. I listen to all that is said and watch how people react. I am drawn to the outgoing people. They are the easiest people to talk to and get to know. Often, what I say and what I mean are two different things. I always say that I don’t communicate well, but what I mean, is that I don’t communicate what I am thinking very well.
It would be easier just not to go.

Wait, I am doing this, not to be easy, but to grow outside of my shell. To move beyond my anxieties. Gas is cheaper in Abbotsford. I can fill up there. Now shower and go.

I went. I felt awkward and out of place, but I stayed. I ordered my “last supper” and never got to finish it. We were too busy during the evening to think about anything else. We were inundated with information on what’s to come. Blogs, videos, photos, sponsors, nutrition, physical fitness and the list goes on. We had to step on the scale in front of everyone. It lies to me, it does. With all the binge eating and alcohol consumption, I knew I was in trouble. I had lost 3 pounds. What?? I haven’t started the challenge yet. This scale told a different lie than previous ones. I liked this scale.

My head was spinning when I left, but I left with a whole new attitude. I can do this because I want to do this.

 

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Day I Decided to Apply:

It wasn’t the day I did apply, it started back early in 2016. One of my room mates had friends come over every weekend to watch NFL. We would all watch football, yell at the refs (like they could hear us), yell at the coaches, scream at the players, jumped up and down, cheer and cry. Fortunately, the television never got broken, or anything else, save for our hearts. Truly, the Seahawks should have won. We would drink our beer, smoke our cigarettes and even chat about other things, besides the stats.
On one of these occasions, Ken mentioned that his sister was competing in the Total Makeover Challenge 2016 in Langely. She needed votes to put her through the next round. “Please vote everyday to help support her”. I facebook friended her. I voted relentlessly. I shouted out to friends to vote for her. She made it through. I started to follow the whole process. It was interesting and exciting. I saw the changes in her, and watched what she accomplished for herself. It became inspiring.
Then, she won. Wow! She worked hard to get there, but she did make it. It was something, I had lost inside me. I wanted to recuperate this important piece of myself. Determination and strength to see me through everything in life. I checked out the website to apply for the next year. Registration didn’t happen until the fall. I put it on the shelf with everything else.
The year came and went. New Year resolutions came and went.
Then, it fell off the shelf, with a bang. I saw it in my newsfeed. Total Makeover Challenge registration ends on January 11. Today was January 8. I clicked, I read, I reacted, I thought. Can I make the commitment required to carry me through all that will be asked of me? No, yes, no, I don’t know. I called it a night.
The next morning, once again, I looked at it. More thought, more desire, more walking away. It costs $30 to register without any guarantees that I will be chosen. I could buy many weeks of lotto max for that! The odds? Well, I had better odds with the challenge. Pffft.
Finally, close to midnight (and a few beers into the evening), I made the plunge. If it is meant to be, then it is meant to be. IF not, then I will find another journey for the year, hopefully more successful than the last 9 years, though I had doubts. I knew I needed help, and this challenge seemed to be the key. After the money was spent, the excitement grew. What do I need to do to get in this? Post on Facebook was one of the suggestions. Done. Fingers crossed, I agonized through the next few days. This was Monday, and we would not know until the following Sunday. That was a very long week for someone who really, truly wanted this and needed this.
Wednesday night, I received a call. I heard the lady say she was calling from Total Makeover Challenge. My breath stopped. I waited on baited breath. Then she said something about payment. Nothing to the words of “You’ve been accepted”. The brain finally came back to life, and the breath released in a sigh, and the heart slowed to a slow rhythm once again. . They only wanted to confirm I had paid via paypal, after I had clicked on “contact me for payment”. I sadly replied that I had indeed paid, and hung up with disappointment. I really did have to wait until Sunday to find out.
If I was going to do this challenge, I would have to go on a diet. I agonzied once again. I started with my beer, drank my wine, ate my Christmas chocolate (this included my Reeses peanut butter half pound cup, I consumed in one sitting). I ate my chocolate cookies, my shortbread and anything and everything I could find. The house was going to be clear of these temptations, and I was going to enjoy every minute of it, and I did.
Well, you know the result, but I didn’t find out until Saturday. I had just completed a band practice and was packing my drum back in the car, when my daughter, Jenna, called. She released the news to me. “Some lady from the challenge, had called. You made it in, Mom!”. I screamed. I ran around in circles. I jumped. Spun around again. Thankfully, there wasn’t anybody else in the parking lot watching this crazy lady doing some sort of tribal dance.
The meet and great was to be the next day, Sunday night, in Abbotsford. I was a happy camper waiting for school to be out, and the road trip to begin.

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