Goodbye November and Movember!

Ok peeps, November is a great month ,mostly because I myself have a birthday as well as my future husband Chad Kroeger( He has not been informed of our upcoming nuptials yet!). I do have to say though , I am glad to get this month over. Bring on the Xmas parties, Decorating and Christmas cheer!

Mostly though I am ecstatic to see the end of MOVEMBER, why you ask? Never in my life have I seen this much 70’s porn star staches and it looks ridiculous on many men! There is only one man that rocks the MO

THIS GUY!!! He is the epitomy of masculine sexiness with facial hair. I must also put a plug in for Blue Bloods which is one of my favourite shows ever,besides Y&R of course.

So with that being said, ladies hand over the razors to your man and lets lose the stache!

Whew! Bring on December!

Bit of a Gongshow at the gym today!

I must say, motivation was at an all time low today. It was rainy, dreary and cold,but I knew I needed to get there because I have a mileage goal I want to attain. Once at the gym I started my run and was pacing quite well , then the power goes out, treadmill DEAD STOP.. Inkdgirl Almost face plants the monitor! Not cool! Ok , all is good, teeth check, none missing, power boots back up and we proceed with the start of run 2, 8 minutes into it, BAM! power out again… Ok gods of running why must you do this to me! I then start run attempt 3 and I actually finished.. I believe I was able to get about 3.6 miles in and felt great.I am now running at 6.0 mph which is awesome for me as a newbie runner.. I will improve , I will get better I can do this!

Eating has been very sporadic for me lately, with the change to a plant based diet I am just not so hungry till 8pm. I get my protein in everyday with at least 70 gr a day. I do one recovery shake GNC Whey Kool which is a product you know I highly recommend, no dairy shakes for this lactose intolerant chick!

Not sure if I mentioned it but I found some Soy Nog yesterday and I forsee a lovely Egg Nog Latte in my travel mug tomorrow! Big shout out to Starbucks for making the Via Christmas blend coffee… I am in love!

I’m hoping to start some new soup recipes and adding some new food porn to the blog, I am an epic fail at posting food on here, but my Facebookpages have a ton of it.

Hope my adventures in life can make one smile and remember, be positve all the time, be happy, stay focused and remember Good Things Happen To Good People!

Cheers to my people!

Gym Time Hotness!

It has been a week since I entered my favorite place on earth, NO not Starbucks, Gym! Today my very good friend and I went at the  usual 230pm time slot because hockey hotties are always there at that time and we were not disappointed! Unfortunately I had been on Treadmill for 28 min already by the time the hunks entered the cardio/conditioning room and I was fading fast! So I marched on into the weight room because I like to lift heavy things ( preferably shopping bags!). My dear friend was still on the treadmill and promptly text me to let me know said hotties were about to work out, well Inkdgirl needs that kind of motivation, so back on Treadmill I go for another 15 min of labour intensive running with many intervals! I need to look good while trying to run, despite the huge wet circle of sweat under my breast ,which looked like I was lactating from only one boob! Remember, I have 3 children but all are over 7, it’s just sweat boys! I do not know what gets you going to the gym, but young male hockey players work for me. So I guess the moral of this little story is…. Whatever it takes to get you to the gym , just get going!

After about an hour of rest time from today’s run/weight session I have decided that stronger meds will be on the menu tonight! I’m so sore! I thought I did well shopping last week, but taking a week off from the gym is a NO NO! A 41 yr old woman tends to stiffen up!

On a side note for all you RNY’ers out there, READ LABELS!!! I did not do this tonight and paid for it royally! I had 1/2 cup of Vegetarian Baked beans, BAD IDEA!!! It had 14 grams of sugar… y’all know I’m a dumper and very very sensitive to sugar and this came back to bite me in the ass! I am usually very diligent about label reading , tonight was clearly an exception! Point noted Pouchie!

Calling it a night, medicating, lubing up the joints and hitting the hay!



So yesterday’s HINT HINT must have worked because the famjam took mama out for a lovely dinner. Had my favourite Mediterranean Veggie Pizza, ate 1 piece and brought the rest home (breakfast!). We then headed out to the Santa Claus parade, in the pouring rain, but i timed it perfectly.. The old guy was just pulling up as we got there, parade over, let’s jet!

Definitely hit up my local SBUX 4358 for my free birthday drink, which was of course a Grande Skinny Lactose Free Earl Grey Latte! Fo Sho! I picked up an ornament too, just had too it seemed so appropriate seeing as I heart Starbucks so much!

Started with the Xmas decorations today, but still no tree yet. I refuse to put one up prior to Dec 1,seeing as I take it down by 10am Xmas day!
Overall, a good relaxing kinda day with my favorite peeps!

Thanks kids!

Shopping = Weightloss! And a great Broccoli soup recipe!

I absolutely had to post this scale victory! I weighed myself this am and I am down 5lbs since Wednesday(the day we left for the US). That makes my total weight loss to date 121 lbs,making it only 19 more to get to my goal! I just had my visit with my surgeon and they are so pleased with my success. Being that I had a revision they stated that I may not lose like a newbie RNY’er. I am over 76% Estimated weight loss and I am lower than his goal weight of 168! Today I am 159! It has been awhile since I have seen the 150’s. Here’s the catcher- I was on holidays, it was Thanksgiving and I shopped my butt off, so I now qualify shopping as exercise! I guess my body was totally ok with missing the gym for a few days! It has also been 2 full weeks meat free and I feel phenomenal, I guess since my body does not have to work hard at processing decaying flesh it is happy. I managed to get through Turkey day with the turkey! Mind you I was never a fan!
I wanted to share with you an amazing recipe I whipped up today in like 10 min, and I must say it was the BOMB! I will not post pics because my pics always look like shit and the meal isn’t especially appealing looking but it tastes like Heaven!

Crockpot Broccoli Soup
Cut up 1 onion, throw in crock
add 2 bags of frozen broccoli
cut up 4-5 potatoes skin removed
3-4 tbsp flour
6 cups of skim milk
and a package of dry mix cream of broccoli soup mix.
salt and pepper to taste
handful of grated cheddar

Put on low and cook for 6 hrs!

Make sure you take a Lactaid for those that are lactose intolerant !

Tomorrow is my birthday so Im cooking up a lovely roast beef dinner for the family, unless I get to go to my fav restaurant by surprise HINT HINT!!!

Ciao peeps!


OMG, what a shitshow that was! I have experienced many a black friday, but this year was KAOS! I must say, to the lady at Walmart who got escorted out by the Police, you can’t hit people over the head! I dropped my son off and sent him on the purchase mission while I parked, I must say, I’m proud of that boy because he delivered! He got said purchase, paid for it and we were back on the road in 15 minutes! That’s my boy! On a must better note, I had many a NSV this day, I bought 2 pairs of Guess jeans and they fit amazingly! I used to think I could only buy bags there, cuz they fit! NOT ANYMORE! I also got 2 other pairs of jeans, I have never owned this many sassy denim items ever, and let’s not forget about BOOTS! I love boots and I was able to get 2 pair of cute ankle suede ones to wear with my new skinny’s! I picked up this sassy lil number for my Xmas party

But these are what I really wanted to get my hands on because you all know my love affair with PICKLES!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and I going to get a pickle!

Negative Influences!

Do you have “that person” , you know the one that thinks everything is against them. No matter how great your day is going , they walk in with all their negativity and suck the life right out of you! I am so trying to rid myself of those people, I am probably one of the most positive outgoing people I know, ask around, they will tell you the same. I am the life of the party, the entertainer the funny chick.. that girl that makes the party.. (and I am the sober one too!) . I call these negative people fun suckers, because that is what they do.. suck the fun outta everything. I like to surround myself with happy people, I personally feed off other people’s joy and feel I am a better person because of that! So to all of you that  have these life suckers around you, GET RID OF THEM!! Find yourself some fun, entertaining, happy, joyful people and get on out there and enjoy life!

On a lighter note, I am headed to the US tomorrow to see my surgeon , have Thanksgiving with my boy and shop my FLAT ASS off!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American peeps!

Roasted veggies and contact dermatitis! Not together!

It has been a few days since I have graced the pages of ShrinkingInkdgirl, but that darn life keeps getting in the way! I went to college Open House with my son on Saturday, which was awesome and reminded me of those great college days, BUT, by the end of the visit all I could see was $$$$$$$. Sigh. Went on another Costco shopping trip and when I was at the butcher counter I was grossed out. This plant based diet is really opening my eyes, I have no desire to consume meat or fish again. I did however purchase those items for the family as they are not on board with my new lifestyle choice. My dear son is reading George Laroque’s bio and he mentioned he was a vegan and the movie “Earthlings” changed him! So , me and my love of documentaries felt the need to check it out… BAD IDEA… this film is graphic and very disturbing.. it is very good but I cannot deal with the topics it discusses, I was quite bothered by it and cannot get some of the images out of my head, and I only watched like 20 minutes of it!
So tonights menu consisted of roasted veggies and I made the family tilapia, I did not eat the fish though.. And I am suffering from a nasty eye contact dermatitis that has both eyes swollen shut , red and scally.. I am a mess!
That is all I got for now!


Vegan “Meat”Balls!

So, I do not know where this recipe originated, I am not laying claim to it, I just made them and loved them!!!  I had this recipe stored in my phone forever and finally made them and felt I had to share!

Vegan “Meat “Balls 
2 cups cooked long grain brown rice
0.5 cups quick oats
0.5 cups chopped onion
0.25 cups breadcrumbs
0.25 c unsweetened almond milk
dash of itialian spice blend
dash garlic powder
dash onion powder
dash cayenne powder
1 tbp oil for the skillet
1 cup of crushed Fibre One cereal
Mix all ingredients except the cereal, form into balls, then roll in the crushed cereal. Cook in an oiled skillet for a few minutes, rolling them to toast on all sides…Very yummy.

Now you can add a nice marinara sauce, or mix with pinepples and rice for sweet and sour meatballs, endless possibilites. Hope you love them like I do!

Chapter’s and Starbucks are such a lethal combination!

I am addicted to 2 things, really really badly ( piss poor grammar , but whatever!) Books and Latte’s. I cannot enter my local Starbucks 4358 without meandering over to the Chapters diet and food section. Today I finally got a copy of this book and my Santa wish list grew to include about 25 vegan cook books. I will devour this book tonight while curled up in my flannel sheets and complete solitude of my bedroom! I am sure after reading this I will just have to have the rest of Michael’s books, which I glanced over today! I will keep you posted on my review, which I’m sure will be a glorious one!

FYI- my current latte addiction is Grande Skinny Lactose Free Earl Grey Latte! I know I have not given up on milk or cheese yet! I can’t do it! Baby steps, memba!

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