Fresh Goals – Cleaning It Up

Hello everyone!

Happy Wednesday.

I have made a new goal for the next few weeks in August now that I’m out of the 6 week countdown! This goal is to clean up my diet even more. No giving up now! Last week wasn’t the best in terms of processed foods. I am Learning every day.

I want to bump up the greens and plants and limit grains just a little. Doesn’t mean giving them all up completely – just reducing the amount of them I have been consuming. Love oats in the morning ❤️

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Today I had oatmeal, almond milk and blueberries for breakfast
Another comparison from week one to week six

Ultimately I would love to get out of the 200s …so around 35 pounds to go! I plan on doing this through a series of fun challenges to keep my interest high and my tummy full of highly nutritious foods!

I will be adding some helpful resources over the coming weeks to the blog for you all to check out, from helpful books, resources, mindset tips, ways to overcome binge eating and more.

I really can’t believe the difference here. I can’t really recognize the woman in the first photo. She was uncomfortable, embodied by just layers of unhealthy conditioning and physical ailments that got in the way of herself really enjoying and living her best life. Goodbye to her.

Food Journal/Weightloss Results Week 6

As I enter week 6 and taking some time to reflect on the previous few weeks (this was supposed to be my last week) …and enjoying my lunch of garden lettuce, black beans, half a small avocado, homemade Pico de Gallo and homemade cashew ranch….I can’t ever see myself going back to the way I was eating before and feeling crummy while doing so (digestive issues, sore tummy, skin issues, sugar highs and more) I plan on enjoying maintaining eating this way 90-95 percent of the time (as much as possible) and allowing for little leeways on holidays or special occasions. Recognizing that life happens and going with the flow is life.

It took quite some time and trial and error to figure out what was the best for my body and this is key. It’s hard to go against what society wants you to do or what they tell you is good for your body. We are even up against medical doctors who are sadly stuck in the past with old studies and knowledge who have not yet seen the light when it comes to nutrition, lifestyle and wellness.

What’s meant for me and my body may not be meant for you and yours. I am also human and this is very much still a learning process for me so expect slip ups, expect to see some processed food and expect to see me slip and get back up. That’s life.

It’s just so important to meet people where they are and celebrate their choices and wins along the way. I have become much more interested in this new way of eating and cooking than I ever initially anticipated I would be.

Monday August 5th

Breakfast: Husband made homemade home fries with peppers, onions and toast with earth balance. Treat was ketchup. I used to be addicted to ketchup! Now I rarely have it. It’s way too sweet and not in a good way like say…fruit! I also had 2 small coffees with soy milk creamer.

Today we spent the day visiting. First we visited Brents’ parents and nephew. We had lunch there. I had a mixed bean salad with tons of veggies and Italian dressing. They were very accommodating and have always been accommodating with my dietary changes as I have figured out what works with my body. I am thankful.

I had my hair done (as I mentioned last time) at my sister in laws afterwards– went from blonde to brunette! Loving it! Still kept some very thin blond highlights in there.

Dinner: I was so hungry when I got home, ate at 7pm. Had about 3 cups of chopped spinach with potatos, tomato, roasted red pepper dip and cashew sauce

Treat: So Delicious Salted caramilk non dairy dessert. You guys, I legit cannot purchase this stuff. I will eat it frequently and it will no longer become a treat lol

Tuesday August 6th

Staring at computer screen and working all day made me hungry.

Breakfast: left over homefries, toast (GF), coffee with soy milk

Lunch : Daiya supreme pizza (surprisingly not bad…still processed!) As I mentioned…this has not been a great week for me in terms of processed foods and eating out. You win some you lose some. I will say this….as opposed to regular pizza with regular crust and regular cheese – this did NOT send me running to the toilet with violent diarrhea. TMI, I know…but has to be said. Dairy does not like me!

Dinner: Subway veggie sub – loaded with the works, all the veggies!

Exercise: Short walk in the evening


Wednesday August 7th

Coffee with silk soy creamer

Breakfast: toasted tomato on seeded GF bread with vegan mayo and yellow plums.

Lunch: orange and spinach salad with beans, pico de gallo and homemade cashew sauce

Dinner: Spinach salad with boiled potatos, veggies, cashew dressing and hot sauce

Dessert: Banana “nicecream” (2 frozen bananas) blended and topped with Natures Path Coconut and Cashew butter granola

Exercise: 30 minute swim


Thursday August 8th

Today I had a blood Test debacle. I went early at around 7 am, Brent was late for work as he came with me (bless this man)…two women could not get blood from me or find my veins. It was a poor experience just like I had all throughout child hood. They dug around with the needle and I just had to say “please, no more” and try to come back again. So that threw the day a little bit. I was upset because I needed these results for my next doctors appointment which was coming up on Monday.

I also babysat all day so my diet was not the best today. Not sure how mothers keep it all together!

Breakfast: right after the blood draw – Tim hortons beyond sausage tomato and lettuce biscuit with hash brown and small orange juice

Lunch: Tostitos bite size with mashed avocado, garlic salt and lemon juice. My nieces love this…they are not the best eaters but I know they would eat this so I had it too. I added pico de gallo salsa to mine.

Dinner: Veggie sub on oat wheat bread – with all of the veggies, avocado, house dressing and sweet onion sauce.

Exercise: 30 minute walk (throughout the day)

Stopped by my sister in laws farm/garden in the evening and picked up an amazing array of fresh veggies. Caught some amazing skies while driving home.

Friday August 9th

Breakfast: Breakfast nachos topped with mashed avocado, vegan queso, salsa – this was a treat

Lunch: Mixed fruit bowl with chia and flax

Dinner: medical medium spinach soup with corn on the cobb

Exercise: 30 minute swim and 45 minute walk


Washing the fresh spinach and getting ready to make some soup!
Beautiful night for an evening swim

Saturday August 10th

Another blood test attempt today and happy to say I was successful (or rather) Meena the wonderful woman who drew the blood was successful. She was calm, confident, happy, sure of herself and assured me she would not poke around if she did not get it the first time. Sure enough…she got the blood immediately with a butterfly needle to my hand.

Breakfast/lunch (fasted for blood work until 10) Coffee with soymilk creamer, Tim hortons beyond meat sausage and biscuit with tomato and lettuce, hash brown, orange juice

Dinner: Corn on the cob, beets, fresh green beans from our garden and a Sol meatless burger bbqed on an ODough gluten free/vegan sandwich thin

Exercise: 30 minute swim, 30 minute walk

Sunday August 11th

Did some visiting today at my sister in laws and my husbands parents were there as well. Twas a lovely day for a photo shoot in their beautiful big, green back yard!

Breakfast: Mixed fruit bowl, coffee with soy creamer

Snack: Peaches

Lunch: Garlic naan with hummus and fresh cucumbers

Dinner: sol burger, O dough, bbq sauce, pickles, corn on the cob

Swimming: 30 minutes

Enjoyed my coffee outside this morning. So peaceful. Good for the mind and soul.

A month ago I would have not wanted my photo taken. I was just down in the dumps. I feel happier and a lot healthier lately.

Weight in Results

SW: 265 September 2018

SW at Day one of dietary changes journey 6 weeks ago: 250

CW: 236

Down another pound for 15 lbs in 6 weeks.

True story

I bought these Torrid size 16 boyfriend Capris last year at end of season because I loved the details on them and they were on sale. They didn’t even go over my butt but I bought them anyways hoping one day they would. I had been typically a size 18-20 Torrid prior.

Well I found them in the back of my closet, tried them on again and to my surprise I can now wear them comfortably. I can even squat in them if necessary 😅

I only share because last year it really had me down, not being able to fit in certain things plus being so out of shape and lack of energy. But by making a choice and simple changes over the course of a year…anything can happen!❣️

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I have some big news to share in the next few days…stay tuned to more regular posting now that the initial 6 week countdown is up! <3

Food Journal+WeightLoss Results Week 5 (IMF Fail)

I can’t believe we are into week 5 already! Late as always but better late than never. This past week has been pretty busy! I haven’t been taking as much pictures – sometimes it just slips my mind!

So I had planned on doing interment fasting this week but I only managed to do so for 4 out of the 7 days. I’m not sure if I just picked a not so great eating window for me as I really felt shitty on the days I did IMF. I’m wondering if I need to stick to something like 9-5 or 9-6 if I try it again (I was doing an eating window of 10-3)

Monday July 28

IMF 10-3

Started at 10 with a coffee and a vegan ginger snap cookie

Breakfast: Cup of homefries (peppers, onions, no oil) 2 slices of toast with earth balance

Lunch: 1 Mango, 2 peaches, cup of watermelon

Dinner (but not really…doesn’t feel like dinner at 3 and I totally was NOT hungry!): 1 protein shake – 1 banana, 1 scoop chocolate sun warrior, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond milk, water and ice

Exercise: 2 separate 15 minute walks (as quite hot out today), 20 minute free swim

Not sure how I will like IMF but I hear it’s great for balancing sugar levels, insulin resistance, fat loss and to correct hormone imbalances.

Not sure If I can do it every day this week (going out Thursday with pals) but will try it the other days.

9:30 pm – SO HUNGRY!!!!

Tuesday July 30th

IMF 10-3

Breakfast: Tim hortons beyond meat sausage lettuce and tomato with hash brown and orange juice with chantel. It was fun to get together and Chantel surprised me with the most beautiful coconut bowls!! I have been wanting these forever and can’t believe I now have my very own set. I’m almost too afraid to use them! Chantel has been a huge inspiration to me when it comes to eating plant based and cutting down on meat consumption. She knows so much about vegetarian/veganism and great products to try.

Lunch: Another Tim hortons beyond meat lettuce and tomato with potato wedges ( don’t be disgusted) I enjoyed it and owned every bite.

Dinner: cucumber, celery, peaches, watermelon, olive hummus

Iced coffee made with almond milk

Exercise: 25 minutes walking Lola early morning and then walked to tim hortons and back which is around 10 minutes.

Wednesday July 31

IMF 10-3

Feel really tired. Not sure if it has something to do with IMF or not sleeping very well? Or…here’s the kicker…maybe not sleeping very well because I am very hungry to do IMF.

Breakfast: Big bowl of oats with almond milk, frozen banana, peanut butter and maple syrup

Snack: Mango

Dinner: homemade veggie sub – lettuce, cucumber, pickles, pico de gallo, roasted red pepper dip (cashew) and vegan mayo with a side of veggie straws.

Coffee with almond milk

Thursday August 1

No IMF today.

Exercise: 30 minutes walk  and 30 minutes of free swim. I love swimming!

Breakfast: 2 toasted tomato on ancient grains seed gluten free bread with pesto and vegan mayo 

Lunch: cherries, mangos , salad with spinach Pico de Gallo, red pepper cashew sauce and homemade cashew ranch 

Dinner: regular burrito from barburrito, whole wheat, black beans, brown beans, rice, guacamole, corn, onion, pico de Gallo, lettuce and hot sauce

I Went to see the Lion King tonight and enjoyed dinner out with Chantel and my husband Brent. The movie was Amazing! All of us got emotional within the first 20 seconds of the movie. I’m not sure it was just the nostalgia of it – but the movie was really well made too. I enjoyed half of a small popcorn that Chantel bought me (spoiled) and yes the popcorn was definitely a treat!

Friday August 2

IMF 10-3

Breakfast: two toasted tomato with pesto 

Lunch: gardein orange crispy chickun with green peppers, quinoa and wild rice. This was actually delicious. I haven’t tried many “meatless” products since my vegetarian days when I was younger. Yes fun fact…I was a vegetarian for at least 6-7 years in my youth. The products have come a long way because this was delicious.

Snack: So delicious cashew salted caramel dessert 

Dinner: homemade veggie sub 

Exercise: 1 hour of free swim and 30 minutes of walking. Feeling stronger and stronger especially in the pool. I am sore the day after but the pain doesn’t stick around for long!  

Saturday August 3

Great Summer day spent with husband

Check out our lil veggie garden!

Enjoyed coffee with silk vanilla coconut creamer outside by the pool this morning.

Breakfast: toasted tomato on seed bread with vegan mayo and 2 juicy peaches

Went for a drive and got fresh Ontario Corn just picked

Lunch: 3 small cobs of corn

Exercise: Went for a swim and also did my workout – 45 minutes of non stop swimming!

Afternoon: So Delicious Salted Caramel Cashew Based Icecream treat

Dinner: huge homemade burrito topped with beans, green chilli, lime cilantro rice, pico de gallo, homemade cashew sauce, salsa, hot sauce and lettuce

After dinner exercise: – went for another swim and another swim work out this time 30 minutes

Had a relaxing time by the fire and and enjoyed 1 voda socialite drink



Sunday August 4th

I was so Sore when I woke up this morning …my upper body specifically. Swimming is no joke! Brent had to work 7-12 today but we made some plans together for when he got off work!

Breakfast: 2 coffees with vanilla coconut creamer and toasted tomato with mayo on seed bread with 2 juicy peaches

Lunch: 3 small cobs of corn with sundried tomato pesto and earth balance

We took a drive into town to this popular icecream shop. Well lets just say it was TOO popular. There was no driving anywhere and tourists over populated the city. Both of us are quite introverted and prefer to avoid large crowds so we decided to just make a wal mart run, grab some icecream and go eat it pool side. I decided on dairy free Ben and Jerrys. It was SOOOO good. I had around half of a cup which is the serving size on the back.

Dinner: Gardein meatless BBQ wings and loaded caulflower nachos. I topped my cooked caulfilower with pico de gallo, guacamole, veggies cashew sauce and hot sauce. Another yummy meal.

Exercise: 30 minute walk with Lola

Enjoyed a fire with the husband tonight and just enjoyed the last of the long weekend and being outdoors! When you are healing from any sort of trauma, PTSD, auto immune issues, diabetes, chronic illness or even obesity….it’s important to fit some leisure time into your schedule doing relaxing things that bring you peace and joy. Bonus points if you can do that outside.

Every day I take all of my supplements and I make sure to stay hydrated and drink water all day long. Lately I have been loving water infusions (lime, lemon or even orange)

I wasn’t quite sure if I would have lost any weight this week as I did enjoy my fair share of treats. But I did…this tells me that this way of life and eating really does work for my body. After years of being on and off every single low carb diet and depriving myself of vital nutrients from fresh fruit and good carbs – I am learning as I go.

Weight Loss Results/Photos

SW: 265 September 

SW at Day one of High Carb journey: 250

CW: 237

Down another pound for 13 lbs in 5 weeks. I took some of the photos this morning (hair up) then had my hair done so of course had to take more with it down for a change 😅🤷‍♀️ Wore this skirt out today!!! It did not do up 5 weeks ago.

Feeling good. More blood work to be done Thursday and another appointment with my naturopath Monday as we continue to unravel the mysteries of my body 😅😅(pcos and hormones) which both have not stopped me in my weight loss journey 🔥❣️

New darker hair!

Excited for week 6 – lets do this!