Walking for Fitness

Now that the weather is nicer it’s easier to get outside to walk. My cardiovascular health hasn’t been the greatest after a winter stuck inside.

I am currently aiming for 5 kms a day. Some days it’s harder but it’s doable. Baby steps to a stronger me.
I have been craving fast food. Having to drive by 6+ restaurants a day is increased temptation. Even stopping for a coffee is dangerous for me. My wallet thanks me, along with the environment and my body.
As the spring brings warmer weather I notice just how many bad habits I have picked up and used the excuse, well just this once or twice or 3 times. 

I need to be more accountable to myself and my road to a healthy me.
In a few days I am working up the courage to post a picture that will make me face the reality of what I have put my body through.

2017 first update

2017 is the year of letting go for me. It’s been a new years resolution.
A change I can notice is that I have cleared out 1.5 closets, 4 under the bed clothing bins and a few laundry baskets. This is just my clothing. It’s gone in my church yardsale and the hospice boutique.
I am emptying off bookshelves  (mostly Tudor Era historical fiction and church related).
I am clean eating and since Christmas knocked a few more lbs off with many to go.
I am back into physical training and taking time to make myself physically and emotionally stronger.
 Physically I have less breakouts, less bloating, and I sleep better. I am trying this for me. 2017 is when I follow God’s call to be a stronger me to be able to serve God better.

Two Player Clue


1) Remove Weapon/Suspect/Room cards as normal. 
2) Shuffle the remaining cards and place one card face-down on the board on each room. 
3) Deal 4 cards each to the two players. 
4) Place the one remaining card face-up next to the board. This begins the “collective clues” pile. 

Players may move to any adjacent room each turn and may make an accusation in that room. Adjacent rooms here counts any room that is direct or diagonal to the current room. Secret passages also count as an adjacent room.

First Turn
Players Determine randomly who goes first. 
The first player moves from the entrance to any room in the mansion (as all are adjacent according to the above definition). 

Follow movement rules as aforementioned. When the player lands on the room, she takes the face-down card into her hand. 

The first player makes an accusation as usual, with the current room being the location of the murder. Do not move player pawns around the board when making the accusation. 

If the second player has any cards in hand, he reveals one of them and places it in the “collective clue” display next to the board. 

“Leaving a Fingerprint”
The first player then must place a face-down card from her hand on the room with a marker showing that she has left it. The marker could be the heads/tails side of a coin, a colored cube, poker chips, etc. 

The turn is now over.

Special Rules

Turn Order
The turn order is as follows:

First Player / Second Player / Second Player/ First Player / Second Player / etc.

This equalizes the first player advantage. 

If the player lands on a room where she already has a left a fingerprint marker and a face-down card, she may leave a different card upon leaving the room. 

If a player lands on a room where another player’s fingerprints and face-down card are present, he places the card into the “collective clue” display instead of taking it into his hand. 

If at any time placing a fingerprint marker and card would leave a player with no cards in hand, he keeps that card in his hand instead and does not leave a face-down card or marker on that room. 

Final Accusation
At any time, a player may make a final accusation. He or she does not need to be in the room where the murder occurred. 

That may seem like a lot of rules, but it flows pretty quickly. There’s a bit of strategy in trying to empty your opponent’s hand by trying to guess what’s in there hand. Also, there’s a bit of positioning to figure whether you want to grab new clue cards or go after the “fingerprints” your opponent has left. 

It should set-up/play in 30 minutes easily. 

Another variant I could see is to do away with investigator sheets entirely, forcing players to remember which “fingerprints” they left. May be a good option for younger children looking to test their memory skills 

Oh My Darlin’ Clementine

I find sugar is my main addiction as I try to eat healthier. it seems like everything I look at has a crazy amount of sugar in it.

I recently bought what I thought was healthy cereal “Quaker Harvest Crunch Granola”. The box proclaimed lower in fat and salt than the previous version. I grabbed it quickly without reading the nutritional panel. 

After I had a bowl I looked at the panel. I found the cereal sickeningly sweet. In 1/2 cup,  45 grams, there is 12 grams of sugar. This was in a supposedly healthy cereal. 

After that I am taking a look at more of the processed foods that I normally buy in he super market. It is no wonder I liked sugar so much as it is in everything from cereal to soup.

Those little fruit cups that  I love to take in my lunch as a “healthy” dessert, forget it. They have almost as much sugar as fruit. 

So I go back to square one and go back to basics. Get rid of this processed garbage and eat more foods I prepare. That way I can control the sugar, fat, salt.

My new dessert in my lunch, two clementines. I never realized how good thar little fruit tasted and how easy it was to take for lunch.

With any food the key is moderation. Too many and I am ingesting a good amount of natural sugar along side too uch tooth damaging citric acid.

I came across this nice article on the benefits of the clementine.


Fight the Good Fight

I have Paul’s words that he wrote in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 before his death in which he says:

“As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds. You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message.

At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

My question to myself is if I were to die today have I fought the good fight?

My answer today is no. I have not been the best I could be. I have given in too much to temptations. I have wasted too much time. Today I start fighting the good fight.

It starts with cutting out fast food.

Food Guide Overhaul

For as long as I can remember we were taught about Canada’s food guide. Turns out there are flaws even with the updated version.

Jane Philpott announces Food Guide overhaul

The Beginning

Worth of a Woman

Have you ever noticed how much women are judged by their appearance?

I can remember the first time I was told I was fat. I was 5 years old. An older boy started teasing me based on how fat he thought I was. This would begin a lifelong struggle with my weight. I started my first diet by age 8.

I have always been the oversized person in both height and weight. I was 5’6 by the time I was 12 years old. I stood out to say the least. Within my family I was the tall fat child while my siblings were in the normal range.

I look back at pictures and I never was all that fat but I was just big. I was taller than my peers and broader than my peers. By the time I reached grade seven I just wanted to disappear. Physically I began to disappear. It did not make the comments about my appearance stop.

I kept growing taller with a smaller waistline. When youth couldn’t tease me about my weight, it was my acne covered skin that became the point of redicule.

The teasing was not just at school but within my home as well. My siblings teased as siblings will by pointing out my weight and skin problems. By the time I was 15 I was 5’12 and 130 lbs. As another family member recalls, you were over weight at 130 lbs but you lost it.

In High School I was so thin you could count my ribs. I maintained a weight of 100 to 115 lbs. I would eat one meal a day but allowed myself to drink as much milk as I wanted. I was always hungry and tired but it was better than being fat. Classmates would then comment that I looked like a boy. There was no stopping the teasing. I would fix the flaw and something else would be wrong. At 6 feet tall it was impossible to disappear.

I went to university hours away from my hometown. I wanted to leave that place and never look back. I used to wear long flowing jackets to hide myself. In University I slowly opened up and allowed myself to not be completely hidden.

I however had remained my own worst enemy. I used to walk the university grounds late at night, trying to burn off those extra calories, trying to burn off those negative thoughts.

To be continued. ….

A Physical and Spiritual Journey From Unhealthy to Healthy

I sit here as I begin this blog and I wonder how did I get here? How did I go from size zero to size twenty? Where can I place the blame?

Sure I can blame aging for a slight percentage of my weight gain. The other 99% is squarely on me and my decisions.

God gave me the gift of a relatively healthy life but yet here I am at age 33 wasting that God given gift.

That stops today. Today I become accountable. Today is the first day of my journey to become a better and more healthy version of myself.

I hope you will journey with me during the upcoming days, weeks, months, years.

This is a new beginning.