Meow! Scratch that off Thee Ol’ Bucket List



When I heard about the 5k Run or Dye marathon I instantly knew it was something I had to do. I mean, how often does one get to prowl around the city with cat ears and wiskers on their face?

I also liked that the proceeds of the marathon went to a local charity. Having fun and working hard for a cause seemed like a good way to start off a Saturday.


This was my team! The crazy cat ladies. In case you’ve never heard of Run or Dye, it’s a 5k run/jog/walk that has dye stations placed in 1k intervals throughout the course. It was one of the many things I had put on my bucket list.


I myself am not all that fit. I’ve tried over the last bit to get in shape but it’s a long process. I wasn’t going to let my body or negative opinions stop me from doing something I really wanted to do though.


Despite being a bigger girl I do have TONS of energy and a positive mind set. I was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it but I KILLED it!! Two of our team members quit but Corrie cat and I had a blast powering through the uphill walk in the hot hot sun.


A huge lesson I’ve learned lately is to have fun, stop undereatimating what I can do and to ignore the negative people around me.


The dye stations were amazing! I love bright colours. The dj at the end of the course was adorable and had fantastic music. I had a blast dancing and celebrating!!

Verdict is: Run or Dye was amazing and everyone should experience it!!

Ricarda Simmons, peacing out.


Operation Get Fit – Bushed



I’m very proud of my little family, the kiddos are embracing operation get fit with me. We went for a family walk across the “big” bridge near our house last night. My little guy almost made it across and my daughter well, she was way ahead of us the entire time. I was completely bushed last night but I feel great this morning!

Heading out for a kiddo free walk this morning, hello jello legs haha. Feeling strong and motivated 🙂

Operation Get Fit – The Harsh Reality


Operation Get Fit - The Harsh Reality

This morning I stood contemplating whether I should step on the scale or not. Three tiny little numbers were about to show me my harsh reality. Do I actually want to know? Can I really make a change? Such a silly little thing to get so anxious about.

After I psyched myself up I stood on that scale and embraced the numbers it unveiled. Three tiny little numbers strung together that showed me the highest weight I have ever been in my life. To be honest I am so shocked that I can’t even share these depressing little numbers in this post, maybe some day. Hopefully after seeing some results!

As upsetting as it is to see how much I weigh, I’m trying to use it as motivation to succeed. I know I don’t want to gain any more weight. I want to be more energetic and active. It would be nice to work myself up to jogging. That way I could play tag and run around with my kiddos for longer.

For this week I am setting little goals:

  • Decreasing my portion sizes
  • Eliminating fast food
  • Walking with the kiddos at least three nights

Friends and family tell me that I don’t look as big as what I am but I don’t want to feel as big as what I am. It’s lovely to hear that you are a pretty girl but you have to believe it. Any weight loss tips are welcome! I know it’s going to be a long journey but well worth it.

Thee ol’ bucket list



I have so many things that I want to do/see in my life. Some are short-term and some are long-term. I’m sure I need to stop over thinking though and start doing. Here are some of the goals I have right now:

1. Taking my children on a weekend getaway to Niagara Falls

2. Attending make-up schooling or a MAC pro class

3. Touring a cave – the Hell Holes

4. See a Medieval Times show

5. Learn to paint with water colours

6. Grow my own garden


7. Own my own home

8. Swim with dolphins

9. Take my children to Disney World

10. Quite smoking

11. Take a glass blowing glass

12. Go on a wine tour

13. Get a real massage

14. Vacation in Costa Rica

15. Travel around Europe

16. Take my daughter Sienna to Siena, Italy

17. Drop a few dress sizes

18. Sky dive

19. Scuba dive

20. See Luke Bryan live in concert or attend a country music festival

21. Spend more time reading to my children

22. Finish at least one novel a month

23. Learn to crochet

24. Travel beyond the province of Ontario – coast to coast

25. Kiss a cute boy in the pouring rain

26. Walk behind a waterfall

27. Cliff dive

28. Participate in the Run or Dye Marathon summer 2014 – August 9th is the date!!

29. Do the art in the county tour to check out funky local artists

30. Start a summer 2014 fun bucket list for the kiddos and I

I’m sure I will have more to add as I go but this is a good start for now!

What is high up there on your bucket list? Comment and let me know! Cheers