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!

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.