Monday, March 30, 2009

New Videos !

Ok so first, I shall remind you of my first blog giveaway !

To qualify, you must click this link and :
-Either post a comment with a new fund raising idea my walking/running team could gladly use
-Or follow this blog and comment so I know who you are !
Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner ! Giveaway started on March 28th at 5PM EST and ends on Easter Sunday, April 12th, at 5PM EST. Names will be put in a hat and my lovely sister Roxanne will pick a winner !

Also, I posted new videos about my weight loss journey, for those interested. Here's my Pre-Weight In video made this afternoon. I was in a good mood, because I had an excellent week !

Then I came back from my Weight In, and posted another. With the new weight information (!!!) and something about next Saturday's outing : The Sugar Shack ! I'm explaining what I'm planning to do. Let's see if I can stick to it.

So for now, I'll finish my cup of camomille-honey-vanilla herbal tea and head to bed to a good night's sleep. Tomorrow, I'll write about Artfire and my new creations...

We speak the same language, but...

Bodnant Gardens - Pavillion, originally uploaded by brindegazon.

...But some differences can lead to very embarrassing moments.

I have been to the UK twice to date, and will go one more time in June. I loved it of course, but there are language differences I wasn't aware of during my first visit. This post is kind of a response to Misssarahlou's "What are you talking about?" post. She was showing the UK's side of things, as a new Canadian resident.

Well I'll talk about the point of view of a Canadian visitor to the UK.

So we'll start with PANTS. I was going to go shopping with my boyfriend at the time (Now husband) because he needed some clothes for his upcoming 6 months trip to Canada. We get to Wrexham, enter some shops, buy some stuff, then I ask my mother in law if Phil got some pants yet. She doesn't seem to take notice, she probably knew what I meants, but didn't correct me on that one. So we keep shopping, he finds some pairs of pants, then we go back home. In the evening, we went and had a cup of tea with cheese on toast at his grand parents' place, and we start telling them about our shopping trip. Then I say : Oh and he got some nice pairs of pants and 2 or 3 nice shirts.
"Valerie, do you mean trousers?" hmmmm trousers ? Is there something I don't know ???? Well, apparently, PANTS are UNDERPANTS.

I wanted to hide under the sofa BIG TIME. So embarrassing...

Oh and imagine my face when I first heard "Toad in a hole". I really was wondering what it was. Well it's a meal. Comprised of sausage and a yorkie. With peas and gravy. Yum !

So that was my story, accompanied by a nice photo taken in Bodnant Gardens two years ago ! I loved that place, and will be going back this summer with my sister. (Along with a lot of other places. Like Cadbury's world... But this time, I won't indulge on chocolate too much =P Just a couple of Flakes will do.)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

No, I don't eat weird stuff.

Information on the blog giveaway can be found here.

I have heard a lot of people say that to loose weight on Weight Watchers you needed to buy their product, or that people following WW ate weird stuff and so on. But these are false assumptions that I am trying to kill with this video. See for yourself, here's a tour of my pantry and freezer.

I have been a good girl for the last days. I used to be struggling to stay within my daily point allowance and seemed to always go over, so much that I didn't even have enough of 35 weekly points ! But I found the problem : I ate unecessary big breakfasts. I sometimes used 7 to 8 points for a breakfast, while I can be full and satisfied with only 4 to 5 points. I worked on reducing my breakfasts' points values and ended up using only my daily points for the past 3 days ! GO ME !

I still have a bit of grocery shopping to do today, as well as some cleaning before my parents get here for dinner ! Tonight is going to be very smooth, we're eating chicken cacciatore with a salad and a piece of homemade carrot cake. We might watch a movie after or take a walk if the weather permits it.

Have a great day everyone ! Smile even if it's rainy !

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ooooh I think you're going to like this one...

I'll start with the usual rambling, then go on with an exciting announcement !!!

So, lately, I've been doing great. I've not been able to say that for a while, but I'm getting used to less food, and I find more tricks. Yay !! So that's about the weight loss part.

Now, my breast cancer walk team and I are organizing a cocktail night at one of my friends' place, on April 25th. It's going to be my first cocktail party in 2009, and I'm really excited ! I'm working on a new line of anklets, that will be introduce on that very day. I'm currently supply-shopping, to see if I can find exactly what I want. I may let you take a peek before the actual day, but they won't be up for sale until April 25th.

Another activity we're organising is a garage sale on May 30th and 31rst, postponed to the next week-end if raining. We're trying to get as much stuff as we can from everyone around us to make a couple hundred dollars out of this event, along with the chocolates we're selling right now as a lower-scale fund-raising activity.

I'm also preparing a bowling night. It will take place on August 21rst, more details to come.

Sooooooooooooooooo Here's what you all have been waiting for since the beginning ;

My first giveaway !!!

So to thank you all for your support, I offer the chance to all my readers to win this nice pair of pink earrings made by yours truly.

To qualify, you must :
-Either post a comment with a new fund raising idea my walking/running team would gladly use
-Or follow this blog and comment so I know who you are !
Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner ! Giveaway starts today, March 28th at 5PM EST and ends on Easter Sunday, April 12th, at 5PM EST. Names will be put in a hat and my lovely sister Roxanne will pick a winner !
Good luck everyone =)

Friday, March 20, 2009


I almost never post. What's happening with moi ? Actually, plenty of things xD

I'm going to the UK in June, that's for sure. Trip is booked and paid for, this is for real ! Even though it's going to be my 3rd time over there, I bet there are tons of things I haven't seen yet that I have to discover this time. We'll see =)

Also, news and updates regarding the breast cancer run, I am able to run the full 5km now. I am so glad ! I just need to reduce my time to 30 minutes and my goal will be reached. I feel like I went beyond myself with all my heart and strenght to help breast cancer victims, and each time I run, I push myself ahrder and harder, because running is so much easier than leading the battle for your own life. There's a meaning to each and every step, and that's what makes it so wonderful.

Change of subject, I'm starting to like action movies even more, I think I'm turning into my husband. That is SO weird ! I changed A LOT in the past few months. Physically (lost 21 pounds up to date, 17 of them left to lose. GO MOI !) and psychologically as well. I think this is for the better. I take care of myself a lot more, buy nicer clothes, I'm totally rebuilding my self-confidence. I love it. Thanks to everyone cheering me up after each weight-in, without you guys, I would probably have given up already. Special thanks to my co-worker Eve. She's going through the same thing as me right now and she's my biggest inspiration right now. We support each other, and that how we make our journey a success.

I'm leaving you on a second Vlog entry posted 2-3 weeks ago on my YouTube. See the change in mood. I love myself now. Finally.