Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day!

July 1--Happy Canada Day even if you aren't Canadian! We already celebrated with a big fireworks show last Monday but today is the day where everything is closed. Enjoy the day off if you're at work.

I thought that I would start the month of July off with a recap of June. It was SO MUCH BETTER than May in all sorts of ways. I wanted to prove to myself that I could lose the weight I'd gained since leaving my job by myself! I'm a lifetime member at Weight Watchers and losing all that weight the first time seems like ages ago, even though it's been a little over 5 years. When I complete my period of maintenance, I'd like to go back because I think it will keep me focused. I didn't do my monthly weigh-ins because I got cocky thinking it was a cinch! But as many of you know, while it's tough to get the weight off, sometimes it's much harder keeping it off!

One big change from the first time at WW has been the increase in my physical activity. I used to go to the gym, would use the treadmill every now and then but since joining the HYC I've been so much better! I have become very active and am loving it. I never dreamt, for example, that I'd enjoy running. I'm doing 4 miles now but would love to increase that over the next few months. I also want to get my butt to the gym more often and start some water classes.

As most of you know, I keep a workout calendar to the left of my posts. I tallied my numbers and this is what I came up with:

CARDIO: Biking-1095 min. (18 hrs., 25 min.)
Running-493 min. (8 hrs., 22 min.)
Pilates-180 min. (includes working with weights)
JUNE CHALLENGE: 10/12 (this included a lower and upper body workout)
JUNE NUMBERS: 7 lbs. gone, 3 inches total gone

When I see it all laid out like that I'm pretty proud of my accomplishments! How has your June been? Do you see room for improvement for the month of July?

I still have 2 challenges going, Grumpy Chair's and Thinking Thin's. I hope for continued success there too!

Enjoy the 4th when it rolls around and the freedom that our countries have. God bless!


Nicole said...

I am more active this go-round with WW, too. I think it makes a huge difference. I'm proud of both of us!

Happy Canada Day! I just saw this article on snopes.com and thought of you. http://www.snopes.com/history/canada/flag.asp I didn't know any of this and found it quite interesting, although I'm sure most of it is familiar to you.

R. Shack said...

oh.my.gosh. you did amazing on the june challenge!!! great job!!

I love Canada Day! and your national anthem, it's a side effect of growing up 20 minutes outside of CA :)

Manuela said...

Thanks for that link Nicole. We have a series of commercials that tell stories in Canadian history and one of those is about the flag. (love snopes--great site!)

I'm SO GLAD they didn't go with a beaver. I love the maple leaf!

And R. Shack, I always get teary when I hear the anthem played at the Olympics :)

Irish Mom said...

Awesome job!! Happy Canada Day!!

Lillian said...

Great job on the weight loss. Keep up the running!

mamachristina said...

great job on another pound lost, and Happy canada day! Lokking forward to our $rth celebration.

mississippilinda said...

Happy Canada Day!!
Thanks for the nice comment you left on my blog. Great job on your weight loss. June was a huge improvement for me but I have more improvement for July to do.

Thinking Thin said...

Improvement for July, muah? Never. How could I possibly improve? Oh wait, I could actually lose weight...lol. What a concept..hehe. July is going to be my month!!!

Felicia said...

Popping by to wish you a wonderful week! Happy Canada Day to my just north of us neighbors!!!


Pattie said...

Wow, those numbers are amazing!! You SHOULD feel proud of yourself. You're an inspiration to me.

And thanks for your entry. :-)

Happy Canada Day!

Anonymous said...

Happy Canada Day!! Congrats on your loss! Isn't also the first day of Summer for you too?

JanetM97 said...

Very impressive exercise stats! Very motivating to have it all on the calendar like that. hmmmmm...might have to look at that, too!

Happy Canada Day to you, too! :)

RunningNan said...

I'm canadian.. eh... well, only so I can say eh.. eh? lol... Happy Canada Day!

Pattie said...

PLEASE forgive my misspelling of your name! I hate it when people do that to my name - ack! Teach me to post in the wee early hours before my coffee has kicked in! :-)

Katschi said...

Seriously, I never saw you as a runner...amazing how far you've come, Manuela. I can't say it enough.
Happy Canada Day! It's gorgeous outside, eh?

Mama Bear June said...

You had a great month! I need to add up all my numbers for a recap, too. No pounds or inches gone, but I definitely had a regular exercise regimen and I like that!

Congrats on kicking butt on the challenge! :-D
Path to Health

Cammy said...

Happy Canada Day!

You had an AWESOME June! Here's hoping July is just as good...or even better!

Heather said...

I think you had a great june! I know july will be fantastic for you too :)

Katschi said...

Ralph K. had his fireworks tonight. They were unbelievable.
You have to get yourself invited to them next year. This is my first year going and I'm not sorry I went. I had no idea the amazing fireworks a person could buy.
Linda G. and Ralph say hello! I told Linda about you going to TC and she's very happy for you. I didn't get a chance to tell Ralph.

Manuela said...

K-I haven't seen Ralph in YEARS and doubt an invitation would be forthcoming (I doubt that I would go, I only want to keep contact with 3 people and you are one of them).

Nice that you saw Linda--always a sweet lady and no doubt enjoying retirement.

RunningNan said...

Do you have email? Dumb question.. Actually, do you mind giving it to me?

Big Girl said...

Awesome June numbers! Such an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Hey! Great numbers!! I really like the idea of monthly recaps! I think I am going to start that too. Puts all your hard work into perspective. GREAT JOB!! Keep it up! =)

Oh...Happy belated Canada Day! I hope you had fun on your day off!!

JC said...

Just came over from another site. Happy Canada Day to you. I think your country has a pretty flag.
I look forward to visiting you often.

Thinking Thin said...

I know you had your Canada Day the other day but have a happy 4th anyway :).