Food Journal+Weight Loss Results Week 4 (High Carb)

Hello everyone!!

Lets talk about week 4. Just to let you know I weigh myself usually On Mondays so here I am updating you all on Tuesday. I’ve decided to just start calling this my food journal. To be honest…not everything I eat is plant based. I try to eat AS MUCH plant based foods (fruits, veggies) as possible. But I am human and sometimes life happens. I am not eating any animal products currently and very low amount of oils. I am eating tons of carbs and my body is loving it! Just don’t want to rub anyone the wrong way and be upfront and honest with you all!

For anyone new reading this…I have switched over to a high carb, low(er) in fat lifestyle with the aim of incorporating as much plant based, whole foods as possible. I am into my 4th week. I try to include some photos and fill you all in on what I ate and what my exercise looked like each week plus my weight loss results (if any).

Without further ado lets talk about week 4.

Monday July 22

Breakfast: Starting to become a favorite! Oatmeal with frozen fruit. Typically I make it with water and then add in some almond milk afterwards for some creaminess.

Had lots of water and took all of my supplements (going to do a separate post about what I take very soon)

Today was an unpacking day and I didn’t even get it all unpacked/washed/put away. Oh well.

I went on a short walk with Lola – today was a very hot day.

Lunch: Raw wrap with guacamole, cucumber and red cabbage. This is my first time trying a raw wrap. My mom picked this up for me when I was up visiting them on holidays. I have to say it was quite tasty!

Dinner: Pasta – red Lentil pasta made with sweet potato, organic tomato sauce which I added spinach, broccoli, peppers and onion to – Very filling but had the toots aftwards, haham..TMI but keeping it real!

I made the same dish for Brent but made his with regular spaghetti noodles. He tried the pasta I had and found it quite delicious! I enjoyed a large serving of this.

Tuesday July 23

Breakfast: Oats with Banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and almond milk

I also enjoyed a coffee with silk soy milk.

Drank a ton of water with my supplements. Just to be clear…I drink water all day long. Don’t think I mention that in these journals!

Lunch: Left over burrito bowl from the weekend (added red pepper cashew sauce and guacamole) This is the dish that keeps on giving! I definitely miss the Pea Pod.

Dinner: Left over pasta

Dessert: oatmeal bar – homemade (vegan)

I enjoyed a longer 45 minute walk this evening. It was a beautiful evening with a nice breeze!

Wednesday July 24th

Breakfast: 2 Mangos cut up, lots of water with my supplements.

Snack: Homemade Oatmeal bar (vegan)

Lunch: two toasted tomato sammies with English muffins, tomato and vegan mayo (Hellman’s)

Dinner: Two (yes two) Sol Original Griller burgers (meatless) from Costco with all the fixins along with a Cottage Springs Distillery Peach Vodka Soda..because..life! I feel like I am eating more than I ever used to on a lower carb lifestyle and my body is loving it. I continue to lose inches, lose weight and blood sugar is stabilizing while eating more carbs. After a life spent thinking carbs were the enemy. I guess I was very wrong.

Exercise: 30 minute walk followed by a 30 minute freestyle swim

Thursday July 25th

Breakfast: Toasted tomato on gluten free seeded ancient grains bread with vegan mayo. This was a new to me style of bread and I really enjoyed it. Brent had some too and said he would have it again. I also enjoyed a new tea we picked up from the British shop. This tea really does taste like biscuits!

Lunch: Sweet potato fries with vegan chipotle aioli

Dinner: Orzo pasta with vegan pesto and chopped tomato along with lettuce, black beans, guacamole and roasted red pepper cashew dip

Exercise: 30 minute walk followed by a 30 minute freestyle swim

Friday July 26th

Breakfast: Silk coconut creamer and coffee, Bowl of cherries, Oatmeal with banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut creamer. This was delightful.

Lunch: Left over orzo with vegan pesto and chopped tomato

Dinner: Raw wrap with black beans, lettuce, guacamole and roasted red pepper cashew dip

On the way home from grocery shopping I enjoyed this Cashew chocolate milk drink (DOSE). We go to this small town No Frills and I have to say I am super impressed with it! So many plant based, vegan and vegetarian options!

Exercise: I got in a 20 minute walk and 30 minute freestyle swim

Enjoy a morning view of my hairy legs with a side of oatmeal



After grocery trip on the ride home. I enjoyed this instead of my typical mcdonalds iced coffee

Saturday July 26th

Enjoyed a Lemon and lavender water infusion this morning and took all of my supplements

Breakfast: 1 toasted tomato with vegan mayo, earth balance and tomatos

Lunch: fresh green beans from our garden and 1 mango cut up

Dinner: 2 veggie burger patties with all the fixins and a big salad

Exercise: 10 minute walk in the morning and Walked 45 minutes in evening

Sunday July 27

Breakfast : The husband made homemade Home-fries. He used peppers, onions and some seasonings and no oil. I also had toast with earth balance. This was particularly satisfying and delicious.

Lunch : Peachs, watermelon, celery, cucumber, sunflower company olive hummus

Dinner – Dr pragers veggie burger and salad with pesto

Dessert: Half cup coconut milk ice cream. I have to admit this ice cream was delicious and also not as pricey as your typical dairy free ice cream. Also, my husband is very picky about these things (likes his ice cream) and he also enjoyed it! Definitely recommend.

We also worked outside and took a dip in the pool. I enjoyed a strawberry vodka social drink.

Self Care! Dip in the pool

Hung up this new Canada sign we got at the Southampton Market

One of the best dairy free ice creams I have tried so far and very affordable

Overall a great week especially for exercise. For me, it’s all about doing light exercise at least 5-6 days per week. I have a good groove going with walking and swimming. I don’t really do the high intensity work outs yet as I am still working on my adrenal health. If you have any sort of issues with stressed/taxed adrenals then you don’t want to be doing crazy stressful workouts. I had some GREAT blood sugar readings too, they just continue to stabilize and get lower.

Weight Loss Results/Photos

SW: 265 September 

SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250

CW: 238

That’s a 2 pound loss for the week! I am happy with this.

Clothes are fitting better!

Into week 5 already…adding in IMF this week (isn’t that all the rage? lol) I will explain more about this next week and let you know if I see any difference with results in my blood sugar and weight loss. Lets do this!

Food Journal+Weight Loss Results Week 3 (High Carb)

Time for week 3 update! Again, I am a little late with posting this (will be sharing week 4 on Monday!!) However…it’s taken some time to get organized after our holidays and back into the swing of things. Brent came down with the stomach flu as well and so we have been dealing with sickness as well. I am just going to jump right into things. The results of week 3 were a little disappointing however I can’t complain too much. I had just finished my period, was on holidays and indulging probably a bit more than I should be and I still maintained my weight loss thus far.

Monday July 15th

Breakfast:  2 small coffees with soy creamer and a maple walnut bliss ball and cherries

Lunch:  2 flat out wraps with guacamole, rice, beans, Pico de gallo, hot sauce, cashew sauce and then grilled it on the panini press.

 Dinner: Half a massive burrito bowl from The Pea Pod containing bulgar wheat, corn, peppers, cucumber, sweet potato, salsa, cashew sauce.

 
Today I drank lots of water, took all of my supplements and got in a long walk in morning.


Had another great blood sugar reading today 2 hours after breakfast. Going to keep going with this!

Tuesday July 16th

Well I had a crappy sleep and the dog was out of sorts which made for a long night and a long day today. I really make sure that I try and get a good sleep each night as well as keep my stress low – as I feel it plays an important role in my health and weight loss journey. Oh well..hopefully a better sleep tomorrow!


Breakfast: 2 coffees with soy creamer, one large banana with cherries. I drank lots of water and took my supplements.

Went on a 30 minute walk. Checked my blood sugar was good 1.5 hours after eating fruit (!!)


Snack:  Veggie straws (addicting and processed) 


Lunch : Leftover burrito bowl. I added more guacamole, Pico de Gallo and cashew sauce!  


Snack:  More cherries and lots of water 

Sat out in the sunshine soaking up the Vitamin D.


Dinner:  Dr Pragers veggie burger on an O dough vegan+ gluten free bun with ketchup, mustard and lettuce.
I must admit this was a nice change from salads. I know the big salads are best for me though.
Took the dog two longer walks this evening she was being stubborn and not pooping – good exercise for me though!

 

Wednesday July 17th

Breakfast: 2 coffees with silk soy coffee cream 
Oatmeal with coconut milk, cinnamon and honey and a bowl of cherries


Snack: Daiya dairy free burrito 


Lunch: Dr pragers burger on an O’Dough thin bun with pickles, mustard, ketchup and Hellmans vegan mayo (yes..it has oil)


Today I did lots of walking. I did 3 seperate 20-30 minute walks plus walking around two beach markets. I also enjoyed an iced coffee made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and cinnamon while walking around one of the markets. It was such a hot day!


Dinner: Leftovers. I had two flat out wraps with beans, Pico, lettuce, guacamole and cashew sauce. 


Everything homemade that I brought here is now finished. Everything Lasted 7 days so I would call that a win!

Thursday July 19th

Enjoyed some treats today! Don’t hate 😉

Breakfast : two toasted tomatos on O Dough thin buns with vegan mayo using one small tomato 


Went a 25 minute walk, drank lots of water and took all supplements 

Went to the beach for a few hours today. I love swimming in the lake. It’s so refreshing and calming. Although I applied and reapplied sunscreen, I still got burnt! Feeling good in a swim shirt and shorts! I used to hide in cover ups and refuse to have my picture taken. Life is short my friends. Wear the swim suit, get your photos taken!

Lunch: Cherries, veggies with guacamole at beach and veggie straws. I also enjoyed my first “drink” of holidays today. I’m really not a big drinker these days. This was pretty tasty though, I love anything watermelon.

 
Dinner – rainbow wraps with peanut sauce from The Pea Pod and half a baked potato with cashew sour cream 


Dessert: Had half a cup of Haagen Daz non dairy ice cream my mom bought me
I got in 2 seperate 20 minute walks in the evening.

Dangerous!

Friday July 20th

Not the best healthy food day, I will admit. But it is what it is!

Breakfast: Mixed fruit bowl

Lunch: Beyond beef burger on an O’Dough toasted bun with lettuce, tomatos, pickles and mustard

Went on a 30 minute walk and enjoyed more time swimming down at the lake 
 
Dinner: the same as lunch – I guess I was kinda lazy today.

Saturday July 21

Breakfast: Toasted tomato with vegan mayo


Took all supplements and had lots of water

Went to the Lake swimming again – gotta love it


Walked the dog 25 minutes 

Lunch: Rainbow wraps with peanut sauce from The Pea Pod

Dinner : Half of a burrito bowl from The Pea Pod. I’m going to miss this place when I am back home!


I also enjoyed Cranberry vodka soda – this was pretty tasty!


Later in the evening I had a Half cup of non dairy ice cream 

Brent gets home tonight, yay! 

Sunday July 22

Brent got to the campground late last night. So happy to see him! He had a great week of fishing with the guys.

Breakfast: Raspberry vegan muffin with a Coffee and soymilk

Took all of my Supplements, drank a buttload of water and got a  short walk in
Lunch: Rainbow Wraps with peanut sauce and a bowl of Watermelon 

We drove back home this afternoon and got take out for dinner. I did the best I could with what they had available!


Dinner: Vegetable chop suey with Mushroom fried rice 

Weight Loss Results/Photos

SW: 265 September 

SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250

CW: 240

I did not lose weight this week however I maintained the loss. I’m not really surprised as I indulged quite a bit this past week. However, I continue to see physical changes in my body, energy levels and how my clothing fit. These jeggings would not go over my butt last year and now I can pull them up past my belly button! I feel great and looking forward to continuing this journey!

Food Journal+Weight Loss Results Week 2 (High Carb)

Hey hey!

Week Two and Week Three results coming at ya – a little late but better late than never. I had a great time on holidays by the lake and did not bring my laptop. We got home yesterday and just getting the chance now to sit down and share my results.

Week two was half at home and half on holidays by the lake. I will share a few pictures of certain foods/meals I ate along the way. I ate a ton of plant based food…glorious food! It was all worth it. Weight loss results (if any!!) will be at the end of this post 🙂

Monday July 8th

Weighed in today at 242 pounds. That’s 8 pounds in week 1. Onto week two! Fasting blood sugar level today was 7.3 – down from 10.1 2 weeks ago. I am so happy with the progress and going to keep going. I love seeing the lower blood sugar numbers as well as feeling great too. Lots of energy and less pain all over.

I had a lime water first thing this morning and took all of my supplements.

Breakfast: I had oatmeal with maple syrup topped with frozen fruit (unsweetened berries)

Lunch: I made Thai rainbow wraps. I filled the wraps with cooked rice noodle, red cabbage, lettuce from the garden and chives. I dipped the wraps in peanut sauce.

Dinner: I had two grilled Sol burgers (veggie burgers from costco) with all of the toppings along with grilled asparagus (no oil) and half of a left over baked potato with pico de gallo and cashew ranch dressing.

I walked over 50 minutes today – split up into two walks, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Feeling great! So happy about the weight loss and most importantly my sugar levels are coming down. I am eating a ton and feeling full and satisfied which is important to me especially coming from my past with binge eating.  I do not feel deprived at all. However.. I do need to eat more veggies (making a note)

Tuesday July 9th

Breakfast: 1 cup of oats, 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tbsp of jam.

Lunch – Left over rice noodles, cooked veggies, peanut sauce, hot sauce, 1 Dr Pragers California burger

Dinner – 1 big baked potato with grilled onions, cashew ranch sauce, black beans with spices and pico de gallo

Snack – cup of strawberries

Snack – 2 slices gluten free bread toasted – with peanut butter and jam

PMSING I AM SO HUNGRY.

I walked the dog 25 minutes in the morning and swam freestyle 30 minutes in the evening. It felt good. Swimming is a great low impact full body workout which burns some serious calories! I definitely need to do it more. We have a nice little pool in our backyard and just had a heater put in so it’s easier to get in there daily over the Summer.

Wednesday July 10th

Feeling good! I get right up in the morning easily. Sleep is restful and deep. Body is less achy in the mornings.

Breakfast: 1 cup of oatmeal with peanut butter and jam. Loving this combo. Trying to empty out our fridge before holidays so just eating what we have lately instead of going out to get more groceries. We Ran out of almond milk so I made the oats with water. Definitely not as good.

Snack – Half of 1 large orange

Early Lunch – Bout a cup of  cooked veggies, rice noodle, peanut sauce and hot sauce

Snack – 1 dempsters wrap, 1 dr pragers California burger, mustard and pickles

Dinner – Dinner was on the go as we had lots to do tonight. Burritos were calling our names. I got a regular whole wheat topped with black beans, brown rice, guacamole, corn, red onions, lettuce, green peppers, tomato, pico de gallo and hot sauce. This was delicious and beans make a great protein source too. This kind of food sits better in my stomach too vs the typical fast food joints like Mcdonalds or places of that nature.

I got out a 25 minute walk this morning.

I had a relaxing pedicure in the evening. Haven’t had a pedicure since my honeymoon. I notice the bottom of my feet are less dry and less cracked since starting my new lifestyle. Before I used to get such deep and painful cracks in my heels.

We are leaving tomorrow for the lake and so happy!  Not weighing myself until Monday so we will see what the results will be. I feel like my period will be here soon and so probably will be retaining a bit of water weight.

Thursday July 11th

I had a very busy morning – lots of running around, laundry, cleaning, prepping some food to take with me and packing.

Had lemon water to start and took my supplements.

Breakfast : 1 cup of oats, coconut cream (silk), peanut butter, jam and 1 banana

Lunch : one baked potato, half cup black beans, pico de gallo, cashew sauce, hot sauce.

Dinner: Massive salad utilizing lettuce from our garden

I made a big batch of my Cuban style black beans, pico de gallo and Cashew ranch (vegan, no oil) to take with me on holidays as well as a few veggie burgers, flat out wraps and gluten free buns. Just taking some of my favorites which should also help me out in the long run as I KNOW I can become very easily tempted by other foods that don’t really align with this lifestyle. Not to say I won’t indulge in some plant based treats…but it’s a slippery slope!

We packed up our gear along with Lola and her gear and made the two hour trek up to the lake (where my parents live)


They had an awesome sign made for Lola lol



Friday July 12th

Just an FYI…some of my regular at home routines fell by the way side while I was on holidays. It is what it is! Ya…I had coffee instead of lemon water most mornings. I also got my period today. Bah humbug.

Breakfast: Coffee with silk coconut creamer. I had a full icewater and took my supplements. Forgot my vitamin D at home though – one of the most important supplements that I have to take ugh. This is the last meal with Brent before he leaves for his week long guys fishing trip. We took a nice little drive along the lake and I enjoyed the beyond meat breakfast sandwich at Tim Hortons while we parked by the lake.


Lunch: was a big salad with the food I packed. Garden lettuce, Pico de gallo, black beans, guacamole, cashew sauce and salty crunchy lentils which my mom gave me!


I ran to the town Health shop and picked up vitamin D with K supplement. I refuse to be without as my levels were super low. I will be interested to see if they have raised any at all by September.


My mom introduced me to the Pea Pod a vegan and vegetarian restaurant in town. It has the coolest menu and chill vibes. I definitely will be eating here a lot during my stay.

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Afternoon snack: “the cookie dough smoothie” from the Pea Pod which contains banana, dates, cacao powder, almond milk, almond butter, sea salt, cinnamon and spinach. This was super delicious but SUPER filling!


Dinner: I enjoyed vegan tacos made with walnuts and black beans and such yummy toppings. These were also super filling. 
I was extra full today. I definitely ate more calories than usual which is fine. Usually I eat between 1200 and 1300. I track everything on Chronometer app to make sure I’m getting enough calories, protein and vitamins.


I Went a 25 minute walk with lola around the campground


Had a great sleep. Bed time was 10 pm and up at 6! We are surrounded by trees and birds and they wake up early!

Saturday July 13th

Breakfast: 2 coffees with silk soy cream. This is the first time that I have tried soy creamer for coffee. Cutting out half and half has been the hardest thing for me. This is why I just avoided coffee the first week. However I like the soy creamer much better than almond or coconut creamer.

It’s been nice to chill outside on the deck WITHOUT mosquitoes and enjoy the early morning peace. Just me Lola and the birds! At our home mosquitoes swarm the place and we can’t enjoy the outdoors. Self care doesn’t always have to be costly spa trips or massages. To me – self care can be those little moments of peace where you can be alone with your thoughts, the outdoors and nature.


This morning to eat I had one raw 1 banana and a cup of cherries. I had a huge glass of water and took all of my supplements 


I took Lola a 20 minute walk around the campground.


My mom and I went to Port Elgin Veg fest for something fun and interesting to do. I believe it was the first ever Veg Fest at this location. They had lots of vendors and goodies. Food is still food though and everything looked so good. My mind frame is not the best…“I’m on holidays” and so, indulged a bit. I tried a cup of vegan mac and cheese, bought a handmade bracelet, a book from a local author and 3 bliss balls (made with oats and lots of other yummy ingredients).


Lunch was rainbow wraps with peanut sauce and a Zevia tea from the Pea Pod. It was kinda nice not having to make these myself and they were MUCH better than my own haha. I loved the addition of the sprouts and pineapple. The peanut sauce was also very salty.


Snack : A strawberry vanilla bliss balls – super delish. I must figure out how to make asap!


I had bad cramps on and off today thanks to shark week and was quite tired so took an afternoon nap. Why not? I’m on holidays 😉


Dinner : was a big colorful salad


I had a raspberry tea and water in the evening . I like to drink raspberry tea in the week leading up to my period and over the course of my period as it helps to alleviate cramping and lightens the flow. Medical medium has lots of great info in regards to raspberry leaf in his book “Life Changing Foods” .

Veg Fest!
Bliss Balls – Yum
My early morning coffee companion
Self care <3
Bliss balls

Sunday July 14th
Today is day 2 of my period. The worst. Not as heavy as usual though. I attribute that to drinking raspberry leaf tea throughout the month and perhaps even the diet changes I have been making?


Breakfast : A bliss ball , 2 small cups of coffee with silk soy milk  creamer.


Snack: a cup of cherries


Lunch: Celery and baby carrots with cashew dip along with  a cup of vegan oil free Moroccan chickpea and carrot salad 


Snack : Paleo brittle banana nut (Dear Lord..this stuff is addictive)


Dinner: I enjoyed a massive salad with all the fixings (black beans, pico de gallo, lime juice, salty lentils). Getting tired of salad but brought up lots of lettuce from garden and don’t want to see it wasted. My body enjoys the salad.


Took Lola two walks today. Both around 20-25 min each. I spent lots of time relaxing outside all day, yay for vitamin D and bird watching. Lots of water throughout day and raspberry tea at night. Took all of my supplements. 

Lettuce from our garden
Bliss balls

This weeks weight loss results

Down 2 pounds in week 2 


SW: 265 September 

SW at Day one of Plant Based journey: 250

CW: 240

Not the same location or same clothing but it will have to do!

Cheers! Onto week 3 ❣️💯

A Journey Not a Race

I started my WL journey in September….a little wishy washy, not 100 percent motivated but I plodded on. And I’m glad I did

I can now walk twice a day up to an hour at a time where as before 10 minutes was a struggle. I can swim 30 minutes without stopping. I can take an hour long zumba class without being winded.

On the food front I was doing everything today’s society tells us is good for weight loss (low carb to everything in moderation) but it left me very hungry, grumpy, with severe gall bladder pain, always feeling swollen and bloated and my sugar levels were sky high.

Obviously it was not working for me.

And so after reading a few books and doing some research (life changing foods, liver health by medical medium, eat to live by Joel furhman and The starch solution) I challenged myself to go plant based this Summer (high carb lower in fat) for furthering my commitment to my health. It was a foreign concept at first but it’s working!

So far so good! A few weeks in and my body is responding. Sugar levels have decreased and inches melting. I eat a lot of beans, oats, veggies and fruit 😂💯 I have a long way to go and maybe you do too but this is not a race. Every body responds differently and it’s trial and error.

Sometimes we need a reminder of that. This is not a race. Our health and vitality has to mean more than that. Let’s enjoy the journey and learn lots while doing so!

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#remindertokeepgoing #dothethings #progressupdate

Food Journal+Weight Loss Results Week 1 (High Carb)

This is coming to you a little late! Starting to type this out Monday evening but I know realistically I will not be posting until Tuesday lol. These past few weeks (and few days) have been super busy! We are both trying to get our shit together and pack for our holidays. Brent is going on a guys fishing trip which he does every year and I will be going to the lake where my parents live with Lola! Cannot wait to smell that fresh lake air.

Ok let’s get right too it!

My first full week of high carb/plant based eating went really well! I wrote out what I ate and how I felt each day so I’m just going to copy and paste those notes here. Full Weight loss results and photos will be near the end. Some photos are included but not all.

Monday July First

Start Weight – 265 (September)

Current Weight and Start of Week 1 PB – 250

Breakfast: Warm lemon water. Half cup of oatmeal with almond milk (unsweetened) and almond butter.

Lunch: Protein shake (Sunwarrior plant based chocolate protein powder)

Dinner: A mix of riced cauliflower, onions, peppers, mushroom broth, spices

Snack: Cherries and watermelon

Went for walk in evening – not long enough but it’s so hot out. I need to schedule a walk early morning and evening so that I knock it out. Brent offered me chicken today. I had to remind him of the plan and that im going to see it through. Slightly irritated but feeling good. Took all of my vitamins/supplements. Early to bed.

Tuesday July 2

Breakfast: Warm lemon water. Half cup of oatmeal, almond milk, 1tbsp almond butter, 2-3 tbsp frozen fruit (mixed berries)

Snack: Cherries and Oranges

Lunch: Chopped salad with homemade pico de gallo, cucumber, cabbage, celery, lemon juice, peanut sauce

Snack: Leftover cooked caulfilower and mixed peppers

Dinner: Two veggies burgers, cooked veggies with peanut sauce

Snack: Watermelon

Went for a 25 minute walk in the morning. It was so hot and humid. I have this hunger pit in my stomach. I took my vitamins and supplements.

Went for a drive in the evening – husband got iced coffee…I politely declined – the scent waft of Tim hortons made me salivate…muffins, churros, bagels, sausage…I want it all – happy with myself for saying no.

TMI alert but there has been LOTS OF POOPING..is it normal to poop this much???? Wow.

I have noticed that I get bored a lot so instead of snacking I get the H20 – results in more hydrated self and lots of peeing. I never drink enough water before so this is good. Didn’t get my evening walk because of rain. Early to bed. Good sleep last night although up once to use the washroom. I’m a pooping machine.

Wednesday July

Weighed in 245.6 (started this at 250) ok so wow..weight loss! It’s happening.

Breakfast : Water with lime. Protein Shake – Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder. Should just be a hemp protein powder single source but this is what I have and it’s plant based so going with it. I blended it with almond milk, half a frozen banana, water and ice.

I Took my vitamins and supplements.

Snack : Cherries

Lunch: Rainbow rice paper wraps (was quite proud of these) I used 3 rice paper wraps and the filling was mixed greens and cilantro with lime juice, cucumber, red peppers, red cabbage and peanut sauce to dip.

Dinner: chopped salad – lots of mixed greens, cucumber, red pepper, red cabbage, sunflowers seeds dressed with Dr foos coconut sauce and lime juice.

Internet was down most of the day and evening – watched 2 episodes of season one the OC, leafed through the Kind diet by Alicia Silverstone which I bought back in 2009 – I guess I have always been interested in plant based, vegetarian, vegan eating but could never really see it through! We planted onions in the garden tonight and going to be in bed by 10:00.

Something I’m noticing – not waking up feeling swollen (hands, feet) and sinuses are so clear. Usually congested when I wake up mornings in the summer due to seasonal allergies. But everything is so clear. It’s a nice feeling.

Thursday July 4th

Weighed in at 244.2

Not going to weigh now until Monday as I know it will soon start to taper..so that’s almost 6 pounds since Monday and just over 20 pounds altogether since I started this weight loss journey.

Was very hungry when I woke up..I’m learning what true hunger is (pit in the throat, feel it in the back)

Breakfast: I had just over half cup quick cooking oats with unsweetened almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, 3 tbsp of frozen fruit, 1 tsp manuka honey and 1 tbsp almond butter.

Lunch was quick and easy : half cup cooked rice noodle, left over cooked frozen veggie, peanut sauce and hot sauce

Snack: handful of cherries

Dinner was on the road : vegetarian burrito: Filling: black beans, rice, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo, hot sauce, corn etc etc Should NOT have got the green jalapenos. Not feeling the best this morning (sore stomach)

Friday July 5th

Woke up had glass of water

No weighing today as I know it will be tapering down now. Will weigh Monday morning to see the total amount lost for the week. As of yesterday I was 244 and started the week at around 250ish (Started in September at 265)

I enjoyed a Teccino Coffee alternative – tea – roasted dandelion and caramel nut. It’s not so bad if you let it cool for a bit and I also used  a coconut milk creamer. I haven’t had coffee in almost two weeks. That is huge for me. Coffee is a stimulant and I really need to give my adrenals a rest right now and nourish them back to life.

Stomach is a bit off and im tired today – maybe it’s because I haven’t had coffee? Lol No headaches..just tired. Also I should not have got spicy green jalapenos on the burrito last night. That has thrown my stomach way off.

Breakfast: half cup oats with almond milk, almond butter, 2 strawberries mashed up and 1 tsp maple syrup.

Lunch – 2 wraps: 1 cup refried Amys organic beans, lots of homemade pico de gallo, mixed greens, red pepper, cucumbers, and  1-2 tbsp of the homemade cashew “sour cream” that I made – grilled up served warm.

Just feeling tired and irritated today. People working on our house so I have to be home at all times. Lots of loud noises and haven’t been spending much time outside and haven’t gotten my walks. Feeling lazy and sluggish.

Dinner: Asparagus and a mix of riced cauliflower with pico de gallo, spices and cashew sauce

Saturday July 6th

Busy day today

Had my lemon water

Breakfast – two beyond meat sausage biscuit sandwiches and a tecchino dandelion caramel nut tea. I know this was a “processed food breakfast” But I’m ok with it. Doing the best I can and my choices are still a great improvement from how I was eating before. This was a nice weekend treat and I was super curious to try this popular “beyond meat” movement! It was actually pretty good.

Lots of running around today – busy getting Brent ready for his fishing trip.

Did a ton of walking around Costco LOL Does that count for my walk?

Brutal heatwave happening around here. Can’t wait until it breaks. It’s not safe to take Lola for walks in this heat.

Lunch : Left over asparagus and lots of fresh local strawberries and watermelon

Dinner – Loaded baked potato with cooked black beans which I just added a bunch of spices too and veggie broth, pico de gallo and cashew cream sauce

Was out all evening visiting sister in laws new house

Sunday July 7th

Today seemed to be the busiest day of life.

I took care and entertained our 2 neices today while Brent was at work.

We did lots of walking outside, swimming in the pool, and lots of different activities (how do moms do it? Lol) By the end of the day I was so tired.

Breakfast: half cup of oats, almond butter, maple syrup and almond milk

Lunch: one wrap, black beans, pico de gallo and cashew sauce

Dinner: I was offered an ooey gooey cheese and olive pizza (my fave) I politely declined and sat and ate my meal in a separate room to decompress a bit from the day. Brent and the girls ate their pizza. I had a giant baked potato the size of my head topped with grilled onions, cuban black beans, pico de gallo and cashew cream sauce.

A few days ago I picked up a blood testing meter at Costco (just to test periodically to make sure I’m on track)

Two weeks ago my A1C level was over 10 (diabetic) The past few days I have been getting blood glucose readings in the 7.1 and 7.3 range for before breakfast blood sugar level readings and a few hours after meals. I love seeing the green light reading “within range”. This tells me that I am on the right path with what I’m eating, what I’m doing for exercise and overall making the lifestyle changes I have desperately been needing to make. Hopefully with consistency my A1C continues to lower as well as stabilizes. I will continue to test and share with you the results. The naturopath will be checking my blood A1C again in September.

Just for reference

Diabetes Canada (formerly the Canadian Diabetes Association) suggests the following A1c and blood glucose ranges as a general guide.

  • Most adults (non-pregnant) 
    • A1c: 7.0% or less
    • Blood glucose:
      • Fasting and before meals: 4.0 to 7.0 millimoles per litre (mmol/L)
      • 2 hours after meals: 5.0 to 10.0 mmol/L or 5.0 to 8.0 mmol/L if A1c targets are not being met

I have been eating all of the fruit, oatmeal and good healthy carbs (that most of the medical diabetic community tells us is bad for those with diabetes) But I have also been keeping fat low and each time I have tested my blood it has been within range.

I feel like so much of what is out there for the diabetic community is a scam. They keep the diabetics in “maintenance mode” not really getting any better but not getting any worse off with potentially harmful medications and harmful diets such as low carb and high fat. It has been scientifically proven that many of the diabetic medications out there have damaging effects on the liver and the heart.

Monday Weigh in – End of Week One

I weighed in today at 242 pounds. That’s 8 pounds down in week 1. Onto week two! I am so happy with the progress and going to keep going.

Cheers to week two!

I have more photos to include in the next post but for now I will leave you with this one.