Here I go again…

•December 16, 2011 • 2 Comments

It’s been almost a year since my last post, and what a year it’s been. 2011 was supposed to be a great year of positive changes, bug instead it was riddled with disappointment after disappointment. Personally, professionally, and physically … 2011 was a bad year in a lot of ways. So I find myself here, 50 pounds heavier than a year ago, and not happy.

The good news is I think I’ve reached the point where I can start to change. I’ve on plan for a week – and lost five pounds. I still have a long way to go, but I think I’m back.


Dreams shattered

•January 21, 2011 • 6 Comments

I realised today, after fearing the worst for several weeks, that I think I am going to have to stop running.  Yep, it appears after all my hard work and training, that I have simply become to “floppy” to run.  Running is extremely painful now on my midsection, even with a brand new “band” trying to hold everything in.  Three minutes of running made me so nauseous (from the pain) that I had to stop.  How embarrassing with other people in the gym too.

I suppose I should just accept this…it’s no one’s fault but my own.  I got myself into this mess, and now I have to live with the consequences.  Except I’m not sure where to go from here.  I suppose a stronger person would just move on.  However, I’m not strong.  So there’s a good chance I’ll just binge. Food, alcohol, blah blah blah.  I may as well.  My dreams of being anything I’ve ever wanted to be are just pipe dreams.  What a waste.




Germs be gone!

•January 20, 2011 • 2 Comments

After a few days of learning, theroizing and touring, I spent the entire day today working at an actual store.  Most customers were very pleasant, but this one guy was so rude it was hilarious, and will be the subject of today’s blog entry.

So Mr. Customer comes to the coutner with a bottle of pop.  He shows it to me, and I ask if I can have it to scan it.  (I can enter stuff manually, but it is time consuming to look things up, and really is unnecessary when you have the product right in front of you).  So he turns it to me and shows me the label (not the barcode).  I say, “yes I know what kind it is, but I need to scan the barcode.”  I take it from him, scan the barcode, and tell him the total price.  He hands me money, and with a look of disgust on his face says “well now you’re going to have to give me a paper towel.”  So while I am getting his change, the store manager who is training me give the man his paper towel.  Once he gets it, he proceeds to wipe every square milimetre of that bottle, all the while continuing with the look of disgust on his face.

So my question is this… why are you being so obsessive?  Are you really that concerned about germs, or was it a personal attack against me?  He didn’t wipe it off after he took it from the cooler, and for all he knows I could have been the one to stock the cooler.  Or what about other customers who may have touched that bottle and then decided they wanted something else, etc?  It just didn’t make any sense to me, and gave me something to chuckle about the rest of the day!

People will never, ever, ever, ever, EVER cease to amaze and amuse me.

And speaking of filth and germs… it has been years since I’ve ridden the subway here in Toronto. All I have to say is that I hope it’s many years before I have to ride it again.  FILTHY!  Absolutely filthy.  I’m no germophone or anything, but after leaving one subway car, all I could think about was getting to a bathroom to wash my hands (except not in a subway washroom, I didn’t even want to THINK about what those would look like!)

Hogtown, here I come…

•January 16, 2011 • 3 Comments

Ever wonder how cities get their nicknames?  Calgary is called “Cowtown,” which makes sense, because of all the yummy Alberta beef that comes from the province.  Being that Calgary is the largest city in the province, it’s a fitting name.  However, I’ve always wondered why Toronto is called “Hogtown” (insert ‘Ontario people are pigs’ joke here??).  Anyways, apparently it comes from a history of having a lot of pork processing plants in the city.  Wow, that’s gross.  Anyone who has ever been to or through Brooks, Alberta (near Medicine Hat) can attest to the abslutely disgusting smell that comes from these plants.

I am getting ready to depart for the first of my three business trips over the next two months.  This one will take me to Toronto for the Nicholby’s convenience store training.  Apparently I will be spending some time at their head office in Unionville and some time at their main corporate store right downtown.  It should be interesting learning the in’s and out’s of their business, not to mention that I’ve never spent a considerable amount of time in downtown Toronto.  I’m looking forward to having some fun as well as working, and hopefully catching up with some friends and family as time permits.  The hotel at which I’m staying has their fitness centre and pool on the 27th floor, so I’m looking forward to that, too!

In weight-loss related news, I weighed in at 211.4 on Friday, bringing my total loss thus far to 108.6 pounds.  I can’t believe I may be mere weeks away from going under 200 pounds.  I have decided to make a “goal date” at which time I want to basically be “at goal.”  Now, being a realist, I like to make my big goals have two goal dates.  One allows for a little more time, but the closer one isn’t necessarily unattainable.  So my two dates are:  OPTIMAL is 20 May 2011 (for the May long weekend), and the longer goal is 1 July 2011 (happy birthday Canada).  Now I  say “basically” at goal because I have accepted the fact that I am going to need surgery to remove the large amount of excess skin that is being left as the fat leaves my body.  Thus,  my “goal weight” will not be fully reached until that happens.  My research seems to indicate that I can expect for that skin to account for about 10-20 pounds, making my pre-surgery goal weight approximately 190 pounds.  I am diligently saving money toward this surgery, as I have defined it as my number one medium-term goal.  It’s going to be very expensive (unless, by some miracle, I can get a doctor to convince Alberta Health that they should pay for it), but it’s what I want.  Some people think it’s vain, and to some degree it is.  Who knows, maybe when I reach goal and start building muscle, etc., I will find it’s not that bad.  That would save me serious money!  But at this point, all signs point to the knife.

We’re boarding (late, as usual)… bye for now!

I’ll show you a way to save the earth…

•January 5, 2011 • 2 Comments

I don’t usually post stuff like this on my blog, but I saw something last night while browsing at a Chapters book store that made me incredibly angry.  I knew right away I needed to blog about it!

Don’t get me wrong, I think being environmentally “friendly” is important.  I do, however, have very strong opinions about groups such as GreenPeace, PETA, Al Gore and his band of merry followers, etc.  But all those aside, I hate hypocrisy.  I stumbled upon a book entitled “365 ways to save the earth.”  A great concept – a different idea for every day of the year that can make the earth a better place to live.  Who can argue with that?  What infuriated me is the book itself… it’s massive!  I wish I could have weighed it, because it was ridiculous (see photos below).  And when you open it up, every other page is a glossy photo.  The page opposite each glossy photo contains the day’s idea.  None of them seem to fill a whole page.  So my thing is…WHAT A WASTE!!!!  A waste of paper, of ink, of fuel to transport the oversized monstrosities… goodness gracious!  Hypocrisy at its finest.  Al Gore would be proud.

Welcome to Calgary

•January 4, 2011 • 2 Comments


It appears that, after long last, I am a Calgarian. I made the move on Sunday, with the help of some very good friends.  I have been so sick over the last three weeks (note my lack of blogging), I was in no shape to do anything.  We succeeded at getting everything moved, now I just have to organize and unpack it all!

One thing that being sick has accomplished is that I broke through the “100 pounds lost” mark around Christmas time.  I am currently at 107 pounds lost, but will probably gain a few back once I start eating properly again.  I am looking forward to working out again (hopefully very soon), and getting back to normal living.

This is all I have at the moment… Happy New Year everyone.

So many changes…

•December 12, 2010 • 6 Comments

In previous posts, I have talked about needing/wanting to make changes to my life.  I am pleased to announce two more have taken place (or, rather, are in the process of taking place and almost complete).

The first is that I have found an apartment in Calgary.  I have lived in Medicine Hat for a number of years, and feel that moving to a larger centre will allow me to accomplish more of the things I want. The apartment itself is nothing special, but the neighbourhood has a fantastic view of downtown (I’m sure I’ll be posting photos on this blog).

Calgary, here I come

Rendering of how Calgary's skyline will appear once all current projects are completed

I officially started my new position on Thursday.  I am the new Retail Manager for Compass Group Canada at Suncor’s Firebag site.  However, I am still doing the majority of my work in the housing department until they find my replacement.  I hope it’s very soon, because I am definitely ready for a change.

Once in full swing, I will be managing the new Tim Hortons outlet and the new Nicholby’s convenience store outlets that will be built on site.  I have retail experience already, but this will certainly be a welcome and interesting change/challenge.  I will need to attend training sessions in the Toronto area in the new year, and look forward to learning lots of new things.