by Shawna Chetwynd
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It dawned on me that I have never formally introduced my family. Why would I really? The blog is about my weight loss but as I mentioned before, I’m going to throw in some different posts because I truly believe that weight loss is not just about dieting and exercise. It’s about who you surround yourself by and what you allow yourself to stress over.
So I’ll give you a little Chetwynd history.
Kenny and I are high school sweethearts and have been together since 1996. I could tell you the last 15 years have been flawless and magical and that we don’t fight and then I could tell you I am going to pay for you to go for a trip around the world….we know both didn’t happen nor are they going to happen! Ken and I have put a lot of work into our relationship and we love one another dearly. Every argument helps us grow as a couple and as soon as he realizes that I am always right and he should just save his breath and not argue, we’ll be perfect
We were blessed with our first bundle of joy, Meaghan, in 2001. We were both 21 and yes you guessed it, Meaghan was a surprise! I remember back then that I thought I was the queen of motherland and that there was no way I could be a better mother. Meaghan looks like her father but has my attitude. I keep telling my husband to not stress over these years because I remember what I was like as a teenager and it gets worse, way worse! Meaghan is our brainiac. She skipped grade three this year and was placed into grade four; we’re both very proud of her and as soon as she is comfortable enough to toot her own horn, she’ll realize what a unique and rare thing it is that she is experiencing.
Then there is Sydney. Let me just say that this child cracks me up. Sydney came to us in 2005 and yep you guessed it, SURPRISE!! The week before I found out I was pregnant, Meaghan had a massive meltdown and Kenny said, “That’s it, we’re not having anymore”. I’m sure it was only two or there days later that I was telling him I was pregnant. Sydney keeps us entertained and you never know what is going to come out of her mouth. She looks more like my side of the family and she has my humour and soft heartedness. She is in love with the outdoors like her father and loves nothing more than watching a deer get hung, gutted, and cleaned up. Unfortunately she was sadly disappointed this year as her father was unsuccessful. He had to take her to his friend’s house so she could watch them.
Hell, since we love surprises, let’s throw in another surprise! Owen was born just 10 short months ago. I have to say he was the biggest surprise because with Meaghan and Sydney we knew we were going to have kids, we just didn’t plan when. We thought we were done at 2. We have a three bedroom house so until renovations are done, Meaghan and Sydney are sharing a room. They enjoy it at this age but in three years time I have a feeling that Meaghan will want her own room.
So when people ask if I will have anymore I just shrug my shoulders. I’m not planning to but as you can tell, I’m not a planner.
So there you have the Chetwynds. We aren’t perfect, we weren’t planned but we wouldn’t change a thing for the world
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January 15, 2011
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Well I am half way through the bootcamp. I’m still not convinced that I will survive but I am making it through. Still living up to my three commitments which of course are:
1. To follow Last 15 – things are still going good in the eating department. What I love about this routine is that I am always so full because I am getting so much protein.
2. No Take Out – Haven’t even thought about it to be quite honest! Today was the first day that my car has driven through the drive thru and that was only through Dairy Queen for my girls to get an icecream. It didn’t bother me because it was too cold for ice cream in my opinion, the girls did not agree.
3. Blog twice a week – here I am….you’ve seen more entries from me in the last two weeks than the last three months combined I am sure!
So still going strong…I can feel a difference and that is what I love. Looking forward to the 28th to see how much my hard work has paid off.
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January 12, 2011
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The last 12 days have been very interesting. If you read my last post, you know about the bet that I have with my husband.
We have each gone to great extremes to try to get the other to crack and Kenny has been auditing my facebook account to make sure I haven’t been on-line. I will admit that I’ve been known on a few occassions to sneak out to the garage when I know he is in there working hoping to catch him with a beer in his hand.
On Monday night, he was in his garage getting the garbage together to put out the next day and I had a dirty diaper that I wanted to go in the garbage bag that he had. So out I went and just as I was going to open his garage door, he opens it and comes out. I scared the crap out of him and I see him swallow a mouthful of liquid. I shouted, You bugger I just caught you drinking a beer. He said No way, its Coke. I pinned him up against the truck and said, “Stick out your tongue”…oh come on people, we’ve been together for more than 15 years I’ve licked a lot more than……oh G rated Shawna….G rated blog….so anyway…he wasn’t lieing, it was coke and I walked back into the house thinking my days of knowing what was going on at all times was over….until today.
Today was a great day. The kids were dismissed early from school, the baby napped great, I am on day 9 of the challenge and doing great, and KENNY HAD A BEER!!! He came home from work and went to the fridge and said I need a beer. I thought he was joking just to make me angry but sure enough he hauled out a beer. I was shocked, I said “kenny, you’re not going to drink that, you’ve lasted 12 days”…he said yep I am….and cracked it open. My first instinct was to run into the bedroom and sit on the computer to see what I missed but I was in the middle of preparing supper for the kids so felt it was probably best to feed them. Then my second instinct was to call Wendy and tell her that I won!!!!!! I found out later that Kenny actually had a beer the night before when I was at Turbo but who cares? I won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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January 8, 2011
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Look at me blogging only two days after my last post…you must be shocked!! Well enjoy it because I’ve committed to it so for at least the next three weeks you’ll get two a week.
So the bet is unfortunately going strong. Damn you men, why must you be so stubborn?!?! Drink a beer already and get over it. I don’t miss it but I feel like I’m out of the loop. Like there is something that has happened and everyone in the room knows what is going on except me. Don’t ask me why, the majority of my friends updates tells me that they showered, their cat had diaherrea, and they need groceries so it’s not the end of the world if I don’t know but I still walk around feeling out of the loop. So if I randomly come up to you and ask you to tell me everything you did that day, think nothing of it. I always ask Wendy if I’m missing anything, to which she tells me no. I’m soon going to ask her if she’ll call me before bed and ready to me a few statuses just to help me sleep at night!
Today completed day 4 of the last 15. It actually is going pretty good. Three weeks from today will be the final weigh in. Don’t get me wrong, I know it goes well beyond three weeks for me but anything long term overwhelms me. The fact that this challenge was only 3 weeks and 3 days was fantastic because I keep telling myself that it’s only 3 weeks.
I have been getting my water in everyday and have been eating my servings of fruits/vegetables.
Tonight I went to the “Ab Ripper”. It is an extra class on the schedule specifically for this competition. Now the name itself should have clued me in to what was about to happen but still I was a bit naive going in thinking that an hour of ab work wasn’t going to do me any good. My “muffin top” is more like a 75 lb pound cake so my abs are lost somewhere in there….well let me tell you, I may not have been able to see them but boy oh boy did I feel them. They are still vibrating as I sit here and type this blog…which only means one thing….I will hurt tomorrow!
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January 5, 2011
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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. We kept it pretty low key and went to a friends house for potluck and fireworks with the kids. It was nice and semi quiet (there were lots of kids running around!).
I love New Years Day….it’s always so quiet and no one expects anybody to do anything. I’m sure if you surveyed the general public, about 80% don’t even change out of their pjs. It was New Years Day 2011 when the bet was made.
Let me give you some history first. I love the internet. I’m not addicted to it, I can live without it but chose not to because I have every answer I ever needed right at my fingertips. I’ve searched some home remedies that have actually worked for when my kids have gotten hurt and I made my first ever baked cheesecake New Years eve based on a recipe I found on-line. So yeah, I’m a fan. My husband is not a fan. It took me literally over a year to show him how to download music and even then he would haul out his written instructions and call me if I wasn’t home. So in this area we are complete opposites. I would prefer to spend my free time looking on the internet (facebook, email, blogging, news, etc) as opposed to his preference of watching television and enjoying a few brewskies (remember the brewsky part). I see no difference; however, everytime we’re out with friends or we have company over, he makes some type of comment about me being on the computer.
Okay there is some past. So this New Years Day, he made one of his comments and because I didn’t go to bed until after 1am and was up at 4:30am with the baby, I didn’t let it slide. I said to him that facebook was no more important to me than beer was to him. I then went on to say that I could go a lot longer without facebook than he could without beer. Well the bet is on….$100 on the line but the biggest prize for us is the bragging. Of course I would never brag but it would eliminate his funny haha jokes in front of people that make everyone laugh but me.
So today is day 5….quite honestly it doesn’t bother me. I do feel like I’m out of the loop because facebook is how I keep up-to-date on some of the things that go on in my hometown but I figure if it is important enough, someone will call me. Ken keeps coming home and saying oh did you hear about this or did you talk to so and so today knowing darn well that facebook is the only way I would find it out but I just smile and say, “no honey I didn’t but would you like me to crack you a beer?”. Truly it’s a win/win situation for me….my house has never been cleaner because now when the baby is napping, instead of using my me time to go online, I do housework and then watch Ellen. We’ll also save money since there won’t be a need to frequent the NSLC for beer. Life is good! Don’t worry though, this won’t last….he’s a Chetwynd, he’ll need a beer eventually
So I think in my last blog I mentioned about joining a 24 day challenge at the gym. I did sign up and my three commitments were: 1. To follow the last 15 2. no take out/fast food 3. Blog twice a week (Patti I know you’ll like this one!)
Today was the dreaded day 2….the day that my body realizes that I wasn’t joking yesterday about not giving it any sugary yummy goodness or nice fatty foods. This morning was rough, I’m not going to lie….I had the shakes, a really bad headache, and some serious sugar/carb withdrawls but with a few tylenol, advil, and a magic bag I got through it!
The thing I like about this challenge is that I was not allowed to see my weight. I won’t weigh in again until the 24 days is over so it really takes the pressure off of me. I think I managed to stay the same from when the Greatest Loser competition ended to yesterday when I weighed in for this challenge but I won’t know for sure until I see what my weight was.
New round of Turbo started at the gym yesterday, it’s awesome!! Lots of new folks were there as well as some people I haven’t seen in a while, it was nice to have a full house again…but of course not full enough if you want to come out!
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December 22, 2010
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Let me reintroduce myself. My name is Shawna and I’ve failed miserably at blogging With three kids and loads of Christmas cards to get out, my days have been a complete blur. I can happily say that my shopping is nearly done, just a few odds and ends at the grocery store tomorrow night and I can put my feet up and enjoy the excitement of the little ones!
So the Greatest Loser competition is over. I was pleased with my results. I lost 23 inches which was crazy. My weight loss wasn’t high but I was still happy that it was a loss because if I hadn’t done the competition I probably would have gained so anything other than up is a good thing for me!!
I’ve been trying to keep drinking my water. God I hate water, I’m sure I’ve told you that before. I don’t mind the taste I just hate that I have to remember to drink it! Since the competition has ended, I have drank my water quota everyday. Good thing, right? Well I would agree except that it usually isn’t until this time that I realize I have only had 2-4 glasses and I have to get the rest into me. The late night drinking causes me to have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the washroom which interrupts my sleeps more than my 9 month old usually does and then it does nothing to increase my love of water. I know what you’re thinking, just drink it through the day. Thanks for the advice but if I could remember to drink it I would do it. Trust me, I don’t like interrupted sleep! Speaking of which, I have glass number 5-6 out on the counter, I must go get it.
There are a bunch of lucky folks who are going down south the end of January with HEAT so Mary Ann is running a 24 day bootcamp to get rid of some extra weight and to tone up those bikini abs. I unfortunately am not going but am going to take advantage of this bootcamp. If I can’t commit to something for 24 days then I may as well throw in the towel! One of the things that you have to do when you sign up for this, is to publicly declare (on a paper that is posted at the gym) three things you commit to doing. It could be something bad you are going to stop doing or something good that you are going to introduce. I have thought a bit about it but haven’t firmed up what those three things are. I really want them to be things that challenge me a bit in these 24 days yet things that I know I can commit and stick to. I’ll be sure to let you know what those are.
So there you have it, my blog Expect to see some changes in the New Year. There is only so much you can talk about when you are losing (or not losing) weight so I thought that some of my blogs would just be random things about me and my family so that you can get a sense of what my life is like and why I am as crazy as I am. Since none of you comment I’ll just assume that it is okay and go with it
I hope you all have a Happy Holidays and please be safe.
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November 2, 2010
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Wrappers here, wrappers there, wrappers wrappers everywhere!!
I officially detest Halloween. I feel like a monster is trapped inside my body and at any moment it is going to shed it’s skin known as me and consume every piece of candy and chocolate in this house! holy cow why do people have to give out so much!!
I’ve tried a few tactics in the short 36 hours since the candy has invaded my house. I’ve tried hiding it…which of course didn’t work because I knew where I hid it. I tried going through it and decided which ones I would save away for December…which didn’t work because number one it isn’t my candy and number two there will be much better Christmas candy out by that time
I then decided that I had to do what I knew I had to do the whole time, suck it up and deal with it. I won’t lie and say I’ve had nothing but the monster has still not won so that is a good sign.
Weight loss is still going well. I’ve lost a total of 19.2 lbs in 5 weeks so very happy with that. I try not to set goals for myself because I find when I set goals, I become obsessive about it and allow my ability to meet or not meet the goal to determine my success. My success is not right now, it will be in the years later on in live that I have added by changing my habits.
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October 18, 2010
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Due to having spent my entire adulthood in the morbidly obese category, I feel it is my right to voice my frustration over spandex clothing. Why must all shirts be the spandex clingy kind??? Do they think my rolls don’t stick out far enough that they have to be highlighted by some good ol’ sticky material?? Well newflash, they don’t!! When I button my jeans that are tight, my goal is to hide the muffin top, not put on material that will cling to me! Just slap some fishnet stockings on me, give me a pole and call me the three roll wonder! Spandex should be illegal, just saying!
Sorry…had to get that off my chest. That material is exactly why I do not go clothes shopping.
So….weigh in number 2 saw me lose 4.5 lbs. I was very pleased. Week 2 is always a pain for me and can make or break me. 4.5 lbs was a great loss for week 2! Week 3 saw me with a loss of 2.9. Again very pleased. I’ve been doing really well with getting my water in and keeping my calories within the healthy range. My goal for this week is to ensure that I get 5-7 servings of veggies…right now I only average 3-4….adding those extra servings will definitely help me with a few pounds!!
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October 5, 2010
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I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. I know I am! God it feels good to be back on track. I feel better, I’m sleeping better, and have more energy! First weigh in went well. I lost 6.1 lbs. Week 2 is going great…still no struggles and don’t forsee any in the near future so looking straight ahead.
I have a bracelet that I’m wearing. All the greatest losers got one. If you lose weight you keep it, if you gain weight Mary Ann takes it and wears it until you lose your weight again. My goal is not to lose the bracelet. When I came home from Saturday’s workout and weigh in my oldest daughter said, well I see you kept your bracelet. I love that they are involved and my oldest one definitely keeps me in line!!
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September 28, 2010
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Shh….what’s that sound? That my friend is the sweet sound of a 6 month old napping and a 5yr old and 8 yr old off to school. Sweet bliss!! So instead of cleaning up after the morning chaos that has become a trend in my house, I took this opportunity to write to you guys. Isn’t that nice of me? I thought so!
I’ve really struggled with the blogging. As I’ve told you before I find it hard to come on here and blog about the crappy time I’m having with the weight loss because I feel like it will bring you down and then what’s the sense of reading it right? I mean yes, everyone has their bad days, and it’s nice for you to read about other’s bad days so that you know you aren’t alone but over the last few months…I’ve had a lot of them! I have gained all but 15 lbs back. Disappointed yes, defeated absolutely not!
I’ve joined the Greatest Loser program being run at HEAT Studio. I’m on day three and so far going strong. I expected Sunday and Monday to absolutely suck because typically I’ll have a good day my first day but at night time want to go crazy and eat so I go to bed early and then the second day I struggle big time and my mind tries to tell me to give up. One of two things happen; I either give up or I push through and then day three and on are pretty good. Well that didn’t happen! Good news right? Well, the pessimistic side of me says, those bad days are going to come. Until then, I’ll take each good day as a blessing and tackle the next day and so on and so on.
I’m not sure when weigh in days are but I’ll be sure to post my results for you. I’m hoping for good ones!
It feels good to be back and I look forward to your comments (that’s directed at all you readers out there that never comment and make me think nobody reads my blog until I see the numbers and realize people are reading it!).
Until the next time…
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