Monday, July 14, 2014

Short update on the 30 Day Ab Challenge

We are 14 days in to the 30 Day Ab Challenge and I have to say, it's been very hard...harder than I thought it would be, but I've persevered through it.

I've actually had conversations, arguments even, with myself about getting up off the couch and getting the challenge over with for the day.  These arguments get pretty heated, but I've won them all...or have I??

I'm happy to say that I haven't yet missed a day and I plan on keeping it up.

Wish me luck!

'Til next time

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Next challenge :) last challenge worked out well.  I stopped biting my nails.  I never thought I would be able to since I did try many times in the past...but here we are weeks later and I've stopped.  When I got back from DIsney, I had some Disney Jamberry Wraps waiting for me and I decided to try them...see result below :)

The two previous challenges have also been pretty successful.  I haven't had Pepsi/Coke (dark colas) since early March.  I haven't had any Potato Chips in a couple months either.  I sometimes miss them, but the horrible cravings have all but disappeared!!

I think those challenges combined with the insane number of steps we were walking at Disney have helped me lose 10 lbs in the last 4 months.  I'm not doing these things to lose weight...but it's a nice side effect :)

Now for my next challenge.  This one will be a tough one.  Last month, a few friends of mine were doing the "30 Day Ab Challenge".  I decided to push it a month because of my Disney Trip and there was no way I'd be doing an Ab workout every day of my trip.

So here it is.  On July 1st, I will be starting the 30 Day Ab Challenge.  It looks EXTREMELY difficult, but I'll be trying anyway.  I'm sure I'll be needing some encouragement during this one...I'm good at convincing myself OUT of things...but I have to do this one.

*Fingers crossed* that this goes well.  I'll be taking measurements to see if there's any difference at the end of the challenge.  Granted - if I eat horribly during that time, it won't be helping me much, so I'll be starting the "My Fitness Pal" app again to try to keep my calories to a normal level.

I'll probably keep updates going on this more regularly.

Have a fabulous Canada Day Weekend y'all :)

'Til next time
Julie / @Flip_4

Friday, June 27, 2014

NHL Draft day

The day many hockey fans wait for to see who their favourite NHL team will choose to build their future on is here.

Yes, it is DRAFT DAY!!! 

The first round will be tonight on TV and the rest of the rounds will happen tomorrow.

I've watched many drafts over the years...MANY drafts.  There were two reasons for this.

1. I wanted to see who my favourite team at the time would pick.  Those teams were the Habs from 1986 to 1992 and the Sens ever since.

2. I was always interested to see where Ottawa 67's players would be picked.

There are many draft days that I remember.

1992: The Otttawa Senators' FIRST draft year where they picked Alexei Yashin at number 2.  It was also the year three Ottawa 67's players were picked in the first 2 rounds. Curtis Bowen (22), Grant Marshall (23) and Mike Peca (40).

1987: The year Ottawa 67s player Andrew Cassels (my fave 67's at the time) was drafted by the Habs (fave team at the time).  That was an exciting year

2008: Attending my first live draft and watching the Ottawa Senators pick Erik Karlsson.

2003 - 2009 - 2011: Three years the Senators went and drafted from their own backyard - from the Ottawa 67's. Will Colbert (228),  Corey Cowick (160) and Shane Prince (61)  I know I missed one...there's a reason - hold on to your horses.

There are others as well for various infamous reasons...but on to my favourite draft years....


The year I watched Martin Gélinas get drafted by the Los Angeles Kings 7th overall.  For those who haven't read previous blog posts, Martin was my fave NHLer for a very long time.  He was billeted by my aunt Fleurette when he played for the Hull Olympiques, and that's how I found out about him.  I saw a picture of him with my aunt in the newspaper and that was it - I started following his career instantly and didn't stop until he retired.  He was part of the famous Wayne Gretzky trade to Los Angeles back in August 1988.

I always hoped he'd get traded to Ottawa, but that unfortunately never happened. :(  My only Gelinas jersey is a Vancouver Canucks one.

For previous blog posts I've written...see:

      Martin Gélinas - My favourite Hockey player.
      The day I turned into a 12 year old girl!!


The year my all-time fave Ottawa Senators player and all-time fave NHLer, Chris Phillips was drafted first overall.  I absolutely do remember watching that draft and thinking the Sens had made a great choice.  I didn't know that much about Chris at the time, but there was something that I liked about that 18 year old kid.   He quickly became my fave Ottawa Sens player.  I now have 4 jerseys with his name on the back (one of them is game-worn).  I can say that he and his wife Erin are truly amazing people.  Always so nice to talk to.  I've met Chris multiple times and he's always been great - even though I was probably making a fool of myself once or twice - or EVERY time :).

For more see: 

     Roller Coaster of Life
     One year ago today - meeting Chris Phillips
     Birthday weekend - Did that really happen?
     NHL Trade deadline day 2014

And finally...


The year the Ottawa Senators drafted Cody Ceci from the Ottawa 67's 15th overall..  I knew Cody was getting drafted that year and was hoping the Sens would take him.  I kept seeing pictures of him on the ice with Mike Fisher when he was a child.  The picture was taken during the Sens Skills Competition day.   It really was something exciting to watch happen when he was drafted.  It's an amazing thing to watch, really it is. may be wondering why this was one of my absolute favourite draft years along with the above-mentioned two. Well, I know that Chris Phillips will be retiring sometime.  The guy can't play til he's 50 after for years I've been trying to see who would be my next fave Ottawa Senators / NHL player.  I love all my Sens players...but there was no one that I felt could follow after Chris retires.

This past season, when Cody was called up for a game, I was lucky enough to have been given tickets to the 100 level in the Sens end.  As soon as Cody came on the ice, I just knew that I had found my next fave.  I can't tell you why or exactly how I knew, I just did.  My bestie commented on it during the game as I was paying attention to Cody every time he was on the ice and almost ignoring Chris (they were on the same pairing).  Ever since that day, Cody's been my second fave Sens player. :)

I already bought a jersey with his name on the back, the Heritage Classic one.  He autographed it that same night and I got to get my picture taken with him as well. (Thank you to his mom Karen for setting that up)  Looking forward to watching hm for many years to come.

Now, tonight I'll be watching the draft, not only to see who drafts who, but to see if the Senators will be trading away their captain Jason Spezza for a first round pick (and more I hope).  I don't want it to happen, but it's extremely possible that it does.

In any case, it's always fun to watch these 18 year olds get drafted and seeing the joy on their faces as they pull on the jersey of the team they're possibly going to be playing for in the future.

Til next time
Julie / @Flip_4

Monday, June 2, 2014

No nail biting - Week 1's been 1 whole entire week since I decided to stop biting my nails.

Here are the results so far...Been told that's not too bad considering just how bad it was before.

I hope I'm able to keep it up, since it obviously isn't the first time I tried this.  It hasn't been too hard...yet.  We'll see if that's the case the rest of the way.  Maybe eventually it won't even be an issue anymore. :)

Have a great day!!

Julie / @Flip_4

I'm going to Disney World!!!

A lot of you already know that soon, I leave Ottawa and head to Orlando and Walt Disney World.  I am a HUGE fan of anything and everything Disney!!

My Bestie and I are going to be celebrating our turning a certain age over the past year.

We've both been there multiple times, but I have to say that for me, it's the first time I go without any kids with me.  It's going to be a whole different experience, that's for sure.  No standing in line for autographs...unless we want to ;).  No going on the "kiddie rides"...although...really, even the kiddie rides are good ;)

It's going to be a relaxing 10 days.  Can't wait to visit all the parks, eat at some great all the rides - except for a few I refuse to go on...and just have a grand ol' time.

You can't see me - but I'm jumping up and down with excitement over the thought of going to Disney LOL

More to come after my trip :)

Julie / @Flip_4

Saturday, May 31, 2014

What would you do...

...if you won the lottery?  Let's say you're one of those lucky people who wins the Lotto Max Jackpot of 50 Million dollars.

What would you do with it?

Well, the other day I was invited to the United Way Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala.  I was very excited to go to this event as a guest because the only way I usually get to go to any of these types of events is to volunteer.

Don't get me wrong - volunteering is FANTASTIC, but getting to experience the event is something else.

Now back to the topic at hand, when I was sitting there watching all these amazing people in Ottawa receive various awards for the work they do in the community, it was extremely inspiring.  I do what I can currently by donating time and $$ as much as I can.  That's such a small drop in the bucket compared to the award recipients, but every little bit help.

Now, who hasn't thought of what they'd do with a lottery win?  Over the years, I've had many different ideas, but more recently, I thought that if I was lucky enough to win such a big prize,  Of course I'd want to give money to my family and friends and also do some travelling, but the main thing that's been occupying my thoughts over the past couple years is that I'd love to set up some kind of foundation/charity to help out in the community.

I don't have a clue how I'd do it, but I'd love to help the less fortunate than me.  I'd love to help families with children get their kids in sports, activities or musical programs they would otherwise not be able to afford.  I'd love to help people find jobs.  I'd love to make sure that no one goes hungry or is homeless ever again.  I'd love to help people learn the tools to get themselves out of debt.  I'd love to help teenagers who can't afford post-secondary school to go to University or College.  I'd love to set up a free tutoring program so that everyone can get the tools to learn and succeed in their lives.  I'd love to ensure that everyone who needs expensive medical treatments will not have to turn these down because they can't afford them.  I'd love...I'd love...I'd love.

I'd love for there to be ONE MAIN charity that houses ALL others under one umbrella so that they can help each other and cut down on costs and make it so that instead of 100s of different places, there is one main place that anyone in need would have to go.  No running around applying for help here and there, just one place and the right program is found for them.

For example, the different charities can help each other in this way - the need for music teachers or coaches could be met by some of the people who are looking for work, therefore helping them get out of debt.

How about a "Dreams Come True" group that finds deserving people in the community and makes one of their dreams come true.  There are so many people who work hard for others and can never seem to be able to find the money to do anything other than the "responsible" thing.

There are so many other ideas just floating around in my head,

Going to events like the United Way Gala really reminds me about how lucky I am.  Helping doesn't have to cost money, it can be a little bit of your time, a smile, doing something nice for a stranger.  Making the world  better place starts with one kind action.

Maybe one day I WILL win the lottery and be able to help a few more people in the wonderful city of Ottawa, until then, I will strive to help someone every day.

Be kind!!

Julie / @Flip_4

Monday, May 26, 2014

Post-Lent Challenge #2 - Update / What's next? looks like this challenge wasn't anywhere near as successful as the last one and I still have a little over a week left.

I did give up the chips / Doritos though which is a big success.  Didn't think I'd be able to do that one.  I also haven't had any Pepsi/Coke since my first challenge began.  I'm so proud of myself when it comes to that.  It was all harder than I thought it would be.

I am moving a little more...but I haven't made the effort I should have made EVERY DAY!.  I have started Yoga with a friend of mine and I'm starting to enjoy it more.  I just have to start doing some at home as well to help out.  I've done a little more walking...but not regularly.

Wow - this exercise thing is so much harder than I ever thought it would be.

To help me out, I've now got my "Fitbit" and the app installed on my phone and it works great when I actually remember to wear it.  I've also downloaded "My Fitness Pal" on my phone and synched it to the "Fitbit" app.  I enter the food I eat in "My Fitness Pal" and everything links.  It's great...again, when I remember to do it.  I'm making a greater effort starting today.

I've decided to start on my Third challenge already but it won't have anything to do with food.  Hey - I'm going to Disney World from the 15th to the 24th and I'm not going to give anything up that I may want to eat there ;)

This challenge is going to be harder though...but for most of you out there, you won't understand why.

I've bitten my nails since I was a child.  I've tried repeatedly to stop - but I find it so difficult.  It's such a habit that I don't even notice I do it until it's too late.  I'm hoping I'll be able to do this now.  I don't want super long nails, I just want to stop biting my nails.  Really, it's gross...and I don't understand why I do it.

Anyone out there have any tips / tricks to help me out?  I've tried this before and the nails are so brittle that it fails...can I do anything to help out with that??

I'd appreciate any kind of help you can provide....please????

In addition, I don't plan on buying the dark colas again and I'll try to not buy the potato chips / doritos anymore either.  That's not to say I'll NEVER have any of those things again - just that I won't make them readily available to me in my house or buy them at a restaurant.  It's going to be hard, but I think I've gone through the hardest part of both of these.

I've also started walking a little more the past couple of days and want to actively take part in making positive changes in my thing at a time :)  I'm sure I'll be doing a TON of walking at Disney World and I'm looking forward to that.

Til next time

Julie / @Flip_4