Monday, December 11, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
We're cleansing together, me to continue the weight loss after a lengthy plateau and him to kick some old habits and lower his blood pressure.
Wish us luck! It is day three and he's gone through the headache stage (where I am today) and his mood has improved (even if he hasn't noticed, I have).
27 days to go!
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
We ran the Badass Dash in Kitchener this past weekend and it kicked my ass.
7km. 40 Obstacles.
I am covered in bruises, but I loved it and would gladly do it again every weekend.
You arrive to the ski hill with all the other runners, everyone is costumed and ready to go. The energy is infectious. Everyone there is an athlete. Everyone there is a team.
We registered and received our arm sleeves/sock thingy, which was the first oddity.
Then we were corralled to the starting line, literally a coral for cattle. The music was loud and everyone around us was having the same conversation... the 40 degree heat, the excitement to get moving, the massive hill to climb. Which isn't even an exaggeration...
Obstacle #1 - The ski hill. Run up the ski hill, full of naivety I said 'My first goal is to run the entire way up!' Which didn't seem ambitious until half way when my legs quit and I debating crawling.
|I did not crawl. I walked. Slowly.|
Also, it should be noted that we climbed that hill 4 more times, probably more, but that was as many as I counted. Also, we climbed the hill to immediately climb down the hill.
We had to do a round of 15 push-ups and then we headed back down the hill, around the half way down point there were tubes to crawl through, not the claustrophobia tunnels (they come later), but squishie dog tubes.
Note: There were not as many inflatables as promised -- more on that to follow.
The obstacles we're perfectly based every couple of hundred meters, which meant very little running. There were chin-ups, I did burpees, there were wall climbs, I did burpees. That seemed to be the favorite punishment for the inability to complete an obstacle.
We climbed a cargo net.
I survived, the last hill climb was questionable and the after math felt like death (full blown panic attack over lunch as I quietly filled up on ice cold water and french fries), but I did it. I can walk away knowing I am Badass!
Thank you to Vanessa and Kim for dragging me along for the ride.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Now the irony is, I thought this would be a cake walk (or a veggie walk?), a bit of will power and I would lose another 20lbs (my 2017 goal).
I was not as thorough with my maintenance as I thought... because it's day 2 and the sugar withdrawals are making my knees buckle and this migraine has lingered since last night. I am sluggish and cranky.
I do feel motivated... I can control the cravings, even with Zachary trying to share his graham cracker with me, mostly by forcefully shoving it in my mouth.
The catch I have given myself for this challenge is no scale. There will be no scale until day 30. I think that alone will be motivating, because I will be working towards that end goal... not the daily up and downs.
Skipping the scale in the morning is going to be more of a challenge than skipping that chocolate cake. I already buggered it, on autopilot I hopped on this morning. Happy to see a 5lbs loss, but than angry that I buggered my first challenge. So starting TODAY I will no longer weigh in.
I have 22lbs to lose before December 31st (good thing I already got 5 out of the way).
Wish me luck!
Ps - I have to delay my cleanse day, I am listening to my body and it says no deep cleansing with a migraine. So I will leave it until I wake up ready for it.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
I am insane.
Before starting Isagenix and working on my clean eating, I would wake up with chest pain. I always attributed it to how I slept, but then we bought a new mattress. Some days were worse than others, but overall I had this heaviness in my chest every morning. I believe, 'hey I am fat, this is what fat feels like,' but its more than that.
Then I did Isa and it stopped, I didn't even notice that it had stopped until it happen again and I remembered the pain or the lack of it over the first 30 days of cleansing.
What the hell is going on?
I started to think it was something I was consuming, because it would come back without warning and linger for a day. I couldn't put my finger on it, my diet is pretty basic.
I went to my GP and they ran a battery of tests; blood, x-ray and ultrasound to find nothing wrong.
They chalked it up to Costochondritis; inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join the costal cartilage that attaches them to the breastbone (sternum). Costochondritis causes localized chest wall pain and tenderness that can be reproduced by pushing on the involved cartilage in the front of the rib cage. And suggested I take an Aleve every night before bed to bring down the swelling and prevent future pain. They didn't even acknowledge my thoughts on a food sensitivity.
So... I could take a drug forever or OR I could go on a quest to figure out what is wrong and fix it.
I am writing this post realizing you are looking for answers, well me too. I am currently searching for a naturopath to help with the riddle.
In the meantime, the insanity is surrounding my eating habits. I know it hurts when I eat crap, I don't know what kind of crap, but all crap. So don't eat crap is the easiest solution, right?! Well, why can't my brain work that out??
When I am faced with a dessert or delicious treat I have zero willpower... I eat and eat. At home I can keep it at bay as I don't bring it in to my home and surround myself with healthy options, but then I am out in public and deliciousness is presented and I gorge myself.
Case in point this weekend I got to go to the most delicious house I know; a talented smoker mans the grills with ribs, chicken, brisket and steak* and then there are desserts I can't refuse and appetizers and treats. This doesn't even include the wine I managed to avoid, despite my desire to liquidate my afternoon.
So I spend all of Monday struggling to breath because the chest pain was so intense, several times running from my children to throw up. It was gross, but I did it to myself. I knew my previous days consumption was not only going to tip the scale, but it was going to hurt. I jeopardized an entire day with my kids, my weight-loss progress and everything I have worked so hard for, for sugar.
I am so disappointed with myself.
*These are not the culprits
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
I know every diet is different. I know you need to find what works for your system, but listen - - I don't like fat; the good, the bad or the ugly. However... my body seems to react the best to healthy fats. Every time I edit my diet to include healthy fats the scale shifts. I just hate them.
Avocado tastes, smells and feels like mother natures boogers and we shouldn't eat boogers.
I'll make it work...
Friday, July 21, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
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!
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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
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.