Thursday, May 4, 2017

Guest Author - Cheryl Beachbody Tibbitts!

So.... I had an interesting idea; why not ask one of my favouritest friends to guest blog about her experience with Beachbody, a system I have lingering curiosity about, but haven't tried.

Cheryl is the friend that got me started on my health quest as an advocate for alternative health. Cheryl is also my friend that has tried everything with me, we once lived together in an apartment in the sky (literally a penthouse with a huge patio), she saved my life in a frantic midnight move, she loaned her couch and her shoulder to me when I really needed it and she stood beside me as I married my best friend.

Cheryl also has some challenges including an allergy to Chocolate (it even hurts to type that), endometriosis and a desire to live in the middle of nowhere. So finding something that works for her is a huge win.

I am fascinated by the new offer from Beachbody, beach body on demand, Netflix for workouts, which I LOVE. I love the idea of all of my favourite opportunities in one place. I know I have completed Jillian Michaels (different company same idea) 90 day challenge a half a dozen times and as much as I love her, I don't want to do it again.

I am always leary of expensive things, so the fact that dear, sweet Cheryl already shelled out the big bucks she can review it first (much like me with Isagenix, ps. awesome).

Without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen - CHERYL!

I have fought to keep my weight in check for as long as I can remember! 

Sometimes it seemed to melt off without any effort from myself and other times I would have to put myself on a strict diet and exercise plan (1).  After moving to the “middle of nowhere”,(2) like my friends lovingly call it, and fighting with fertility treatments, pregnancy and now not having a quick access to the gym the weight just kept piling on.  

Earlier this year I looked at myself in the mirror and I didn’t recognize the girl in the mirror.  Overweight and riddled with joint pain she was a shadow of the girl I remembered.(3) I knew in that moment something needed to be done, no more procrastination and no more excuses. (4) 

I’d been in contact with a friend who was an Independent Team Coach with Beachbody and she was following the workouts herself – her results were amazing (it was along with a proper nutrition plan but that’s not what we’re talking about here)(5).  She was working out with her kids around her or while her kids were asleep...there was no allotting 3 hours for travel and workout to get to the gym. (6)(7)

I thought, 'hmmm this might work'. BUT I have workout videos and I don’t use them because I’m bored of them! They had a free trial for Beachbody on Demand so I thought I’d give it a go. 

Let me tell you what Beachbody on Demand is ... its like the Netflix for workout programs.  The all access on demand has workouts from Core de force, P90, 21day fix, insanity they have yoga, tae chi, family workouts, dance workouts, all kinds! The trial didn’t have the premium content like 21 day fix (8) but if you chose the “Challenge du jour” button it would pull a workout from some of the premium programs that you could try! I loved it! The workouts were under an hour and a lot were around the half hour mark – I could totally manage 30 minutes while my son sleeps, or plays around me! 

AMAZING! I got about 2 weeks in to the 30 day trial and asked my friend to help me sign up.  

Best. Decision. Ever. 

It’s 30 minutes to better myself for my family and for me!(9) I can do this! (10) 

I workout while my son is down for a nap and I’m doing it! I’ve since become a Coach myself and am shouting from the rooftops (11) what a great program this is! 

Check it out - Beachbody on Demand.

Thank you Cheryl... now the rub, I have issued a challenge. Isagenix vs. Beachbody... who will come out on top?? We'll be back with the results. 

And check out the poll to vote on which program you believe will offer the best results.


(1) - Oh the joys of being a girl, Richard gives up Pepsi for a month and drops 15 pounds. I give up everything for 2 months and gain 3 pounds!

(2) literally the middle of nowhere

(3) This is also known as the baby fog, typically occurring 6 months postpartum, when you don't recognize your body or your life and you have slept in 8 months.

(4) but my show just started, I ran a lot of stairs, sleep is also an intricate part of a weight loss plan.

(5) but we will be

(6) who has 3 hours for the gym

(7) oh right, she's in the middle of nowhere

(8) or Cize the main reason I am considering it

(9) and for me!

(10) heck ya, you can!

(11) I literally had to talk her down yesterday

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Do you have 7 minutes?

Ok, I am on a new trend; not in place of, but in unison. It’s called 7 minu—wait! You need to know about my birthday present first.

I was a very lucky girl that got an Apple Watch for her birthday (spoiled is a better word). I was gifted this treat to help with my health goals, it tracks workouts and my heartrate, reminds me to breath and tracks my steps and now coaches me during my workout.

It’s called 7-minute workout. It is exactly as the name describes. It’s a 7-minute body weight workout, no equipment required. And (this is the best part) I can launch it from my watch, which means an angry man gets in there and yells at me to work harder and the exercises are pictured on my watch with the countdown.

It is also full of challenges, you have to do it once a day, every day. If you skip a day you lose a life, (standard Mario Bros. rules applies). If you lose all 3 lives you get thrown back to the beginning and lose everything! I don’t even know what everything is, but I can’t lose it. It would be devastating!

So I started last night and, in my PJ’s completed my first 7 minutes. It was good! Enough of a challenge to be worth it, but realistic enough to squeak in before bed.

But everything is better with friends… so who is up for the 7-minute challenge?

Can you do 7 minutes a day?!?

Seven – 7 minute Workout Training Challenge
2016 App of the year

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Day 46 - an update

Hello Blog Lovers! Sorry for the delay in my follow up. I had little to complain about, which makes for a very 'rah rah' post, which let's be real, is less fun to read.

The last 38 days have been amazing.

I kept the Facebook page updated (sorry), but abandoned my blog (have you tried to type anything at length on an ipad/iphone???).

So I finished my 30 days and shed 27lbs and 40 inches. *jaw drop* I don't know how it happen. It was mostly easy. It was mostly enjoyable.

I followed the 30 day cleanse to the finest detail. I didn't miss food, I missed the routines. Breakfast with my family, snacks during a movie, pizza on a Friday night, wine on a Saturday night, but I didn't crave anything. In fact, the thought of some of my favourite things turned my stomach (not chocolate).

I have always imagined the deliciousness of things, the feeling of crunching and the pleasure of swallowing (Oo. Dirty), but during this process all I could think about was the bloating, the tooth ache and the weight. It was a blessing really.

Even after my cleanse, day 31, I still didn't want to eat junk and when I did (it was my birthday don't judge) it wasn't satisfying. It wasn't worth it. I want this so badly this time.

So the next wave, now that I have a handle on my diet, it's time for the gym. I am so excited to be back at the gym, granted I have only done one class, but I killed it. Richard is taking on more responsibilities with the boys to help me catch 3 step classes a week. Tuesday's its a 5:30 class on my way home, Thursdays its a 7:00pm class after dinner and Saturday's its an 8:30am class before the day starts.

I am also hoping to start with a personal trainer in May, during cleanse number 2. I want another big loss. I want to be summer ready. I want to be free to wear shorts, tank tops and cute dresses.

I want to be done with losing weight and to finally get back to maintaining.

The next post is going to be a bit of a sales call... I figure if I am honest about it, it's ok.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Day 8

Day 8.

I am 8 days in and mostly enjoying the experience. I need to be near a blender at all times (a mistake I learned too quickly at the cottage. Also, Isagenix why not make a product that shakes better with water?). I got my first, ‘you look great, what are you doing?’ comment and it feels good. 

I weighed in this morning (yes, before the end) and I am down 12lbs. I wanted to weigh in this morning as today is my very first Deep Cleanse (I feel like those words should be read aloud and scary music should play). The Deep Cleanse varies from the shake days because it includes nothing. A deep cleanse pulls logic from Intermittent Fasting, with the belief our cells need time to catch up on basic maintenance. I agree with this logic and support the idea (as we know).

It’s not actually nothing today, its 4 deep cleanse drinks (a delicious pink powder in water), 2 snacks (1/4 apple or pear) and the standard capsules (comfort and accelerator). There are no meals today (yay, no prep). It’s something I was looking forward too, but it is not what I expected. 

First, the drink is delicious, despite loving my current results, flavour has not been a bragging point thus far in the program (hint: add cinnamon to everything!). The downside to flavour I spent the entire drive to work wanting to vomit and things just seemed fuzzy (sidenote: I made a safe arrival). Every deep cleanse drink thus far has made me feel the same way, nauseous and fuzzy, but I don’t feel hungry. It’s the thick film on my tongue that is the oddest side effect. I also have dry mouth like back in the day *wink wink*. Drink more water you say, I am on litre 9. 9 litres trying to quench this thirst and alleviate the fuzz. Here’s the best part… I also don’t have to pee, where the hell is all the water going? Everyone talks about numerous potty breaks and here I am wondering if I’m broken, because nothing (not nothing, but no more than normal).

Now the boring ‘sell’, I do feel great 95% of the time (but that’s not good writing). I am sleeping better and waking up rested. I am not bloated or full. I have excess energy for my million and one daily tasks. I feel ‘happy’, which is hard to explain, but the gloom that hung over my world seems to have lifted. I feel motivated and productive. I feel good.

I had the opportunity at the cottage (this weekend) to cheat. I hadn’t had luck with my shakes and I was so hungry. I could have had a bite, a sliver… the calories would have been minimal, but I thought, ‘it’s not about the calories this time; it’s about the quality of food I am putting into my body.’ And I didn’t cheat, not even while I was icing the Cinnabons, warm from the oven and icing fell onto my hand, gooey and inviting, begging to be licked, the smell intoxicating… but I digress I didn’t cheat. 

I am curious to see how these 30 days unfold and the 30 days after, but I think it’s the start of something new #lame #buttrue

I am excited to work exercise back into my daily routine now that I have the energy for it.

Wish my luck… its time for another cleanse. Mmmmm…. Oh.


Monday, February 27, 2017


Isagenix and me

I know I talked about this before as part of my annual plan, but it’s happening. I can’t find anything wrong with the product of the business structure so I signed up and I grabbed my good friend Kim along for the ride. I tried to drag more into the cleansing muck, but they found different avenues to pressure their goals.

I decided to kick things off with a 30 day cleanse in March. 30 days to get it together and shed the bloat, all in time for my month-long birthday celebrations.

I was so in the thick of my life that I didn’t have time to open the heavy box on my doorstep this Friday, basically my entire diet for 30 days in a relatively small box. What it lacked in size it made up for in weight. I need to bulk up just to carry around my product. 

Yesterday filled with trepidation I cracked open the box to explore the treasures within. It was a quick education on everything as Zachary piped up from his nap earlier than I anticipated. It is a thorough system with lots to offer. I have Chocolate shakes and Vanilla shakes for 2 meals a day, a handful of supplements to support my bodies transition from gross to glossy – (the cleanse has drained my creativity from my body).

I had a full blown panic attack prepping for my start date; dizzy and spins, nausea and a headache. I had myself worked up over the results. I had myself wound up about moving forward and actually being accountable for the $350 price tag. That’s money away from my boys because Mummy likes to eat. Argh. 

I finally went to sleep and hoped for a restful night, but sweet Zachary had other plans with a midnight explosion. I skipped my very first workout, which is typically my favourite part of a new routine, but I was up at 1:30, 3 and 4:30 with Zac… I couldn’t imagine a 5am wake-up call for the day. So, I snoozed and felt ready at 6am to start testing the product.

On top of everything else, Mother Nature was like, ‘Hey, I wanna come play too!’ being a girl is the best.

This morning I did it, I took a shot of green goo, popped a pill and drank the chocolate sludge – I was way more into this, this morning at the moment I am at a 3pm lull feeling drained, dizzy and foggy. I would normally have a tea around this point. I would normally have a snack, but today it’s just water. Sorry there was a lunch in there… lots of greens; avocado, spinach and cucumber salad with apple and chicken.

I want to curl up and sleep for 100 years. 

I do remember this from my last cleanse, the headache should kick in soon and it will be an early night for me. I just keep telling myself, it will all be worth it. It will all be amazing in the summer around the pool, the late spring in shorts, feeling good in my skin again. It will all be worth it. 

I am grateful that I didn’t workout this morning, I would be asleep at my desk.

Stay tuned for day two when things get bitchy.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Weight Loss Grants

Canada is awesome. Free health care AND a big fat cheque if I can stick to my weight loss goals. Yes. Please.

Ok, it’s never that simple.

The program is on an approval basis and is a reimbursement, not necessarily a pay out. If I meet the criteria and lose the weight I said I wanted to, in the time frame I chose. The Government will reimburse my costs.

I have my official weigh-in and consultation on Friday (next week). I have to use the resources provided, in my case a wellness clinic with Nutritionist, Naturopath and physio therapist. So I am all signed up.

Worst case scenario, I don’t lose the weight and I don’t get any money at the end.
Best case scenario, I lose the weight and get all my money back.

Wish me luck. I made a 5 year plan 4 years ago and it involved losing all of the baby weight by 2018. 

I am running out of time and have gained since that plan.

I am losing to my self. I hate that.

Monday, January 30, 2017

What is starvation mode?

Change is new and weird and must be destroyed. That’s the vibe. That’s what I hear from all the people who ask, do you want [insert delicious breakfast food here] and I say no; and when they persist I say, ‘Actually I am doing intermittent fasting and I don’t eat until 1pm’. This is when the eyes go wide and it is announced I must consume breakfast or else my body will go into starvation mode and shut down and I will just gain weight. Lies. I have never believed the ‘Starvation mode’ discussion as I am sure it takes more than a couple hours of hunger for my body to decide I am dying of starvation and all my precious fat must be preserved.

I couldn’t agree more with the author. The general public is so misguided with health myths, that no wonder we’re all squishy in the waistline trying to follow all the rules. It’s more complicated than religion; damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

I can’t bark at other peoples’ judgment and then judge them, but you have to find what works for you. Everyone knows the basics, eat good food and exercise, but you to make it work with your life. IF seems to work with my life. At least I feel like I am doing something, when I don’t have time for anything.


Ps – That was my subtle cry for the gym, I miss you. 

What is IF?


I’m back with a new fad to attempt. I know I get suckered into everything. I am aware at the naivety deep inside me to the wonders of ‘get skinny now’, ‘millions have done it’. Actually… I do this all for you, the reader. I am such a generous giving soul.

This latest ‘trend’ is IF, intermittent fasting. It is exactly what it sounds like. Short stretches of hunger, that have an affect on the amount of fat your body is-- using… eating… getting rid of. I don’t know the terminology.

This is a great article with all the technical details…

As always, I am going to discuss the ‘how it affects me and those that surround me’ details, not the medical terms.

I first heard about this a few years ago when a girl friend of mine, known for doing crazy things to lose weight, started IF and dropped an amazing amount of weight. We all scoffed at the unhealthy method and vowed we wouldn’t go to that extreme for weight loss. Bah!

Fast Forward to the end of 2016, when we all gained what we lost in early 2016 and we needed something new to try. Thus, the research began and the above article appeared. Now we’re one week into this IF thing and I like it. I actually love it. It is the easiest program I have tried. I reserve eating for 6 hours, from 1pm-7pm. The hustle of the morning is eased without the need to eat. The hustle of the day is eased without the calorie counting and restrictions on my diet. I still pack my lunch full of healthy options, but hardly have room for everything, which leaves me only eating the veggies/fruit and proteins. During the week it’s tricky with pick-up and bedtimes, once this week I had to miss dinner, because it was just too late (the following morning seemed to drag on FOREVER).

My body is getting used to the routine, the first couple of days my belly was in a weird (and uncomfortable) knot. I think it could be a long-term resolution.

Now my opinion; it’s the same BS that has been spun a hundred different ways. I have always been told to drink more water (which is the only thing you can consume to curve the hunger pains (do you curve the feeling or curb the feeling? Like change it’s direction or put something in its way??), and I do with this program. I have always been told to give up eating early in the evening to go to bed empty, this is exactly that. The only change is the start time, which I don’t think is any different then if I slept in till noon.

So… the internet said it was a good idea so I am doing it. I want to lose 50lbs this year. Whewf!