Food & Exercise Journal – August 26-Sept 1 – Lazy Days, Weight Check in, Life changes, School and more!

Hello everyone! Happy back to school day if you or your kidlets are heading back today!

Well this past week has been kind of a lazy one for me. For one reason or another (excuses such as…having my period, unpacking from our trip, family events) I seemed to have taken a bit of a break from my daily exercise and so really must get back into the swing of things! I am acknowledging that I have made excuses for myself feeling lazy.

Monday August 26th

Still in Port Elgin on holidays, loving the outdoors and slowing down a bit. Enjoying some good food along the way.

Breakfast: Udis gluten free toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with a bit of earth balance butter.

Snack: left over baked potato and veggies with hummus

Lunch: Veggie roll sushi with wasabi and pickled ginger

Dinner: My dad treated us to pizza. Of course I got the spicy pineapple (daiya cheese and yves meat free ham) from New Orleans Pizza. So good!

Tuesday August 27th

Back to reality – back home today!

We wanted to visit the Keady market today but it was raining so decided against it. Instead we took a drive by the lake – got breakfast (not pictured) and just sat and enjoyed the gloomy scenery.

Breakfast: Tim Hortons Plant based sausage, lettuce and tomato biscuit with hash brown and coffee. I ordered my coffee black and used some soy creamer when I got back.

Lunch: Before heading home I ate this little microwave meal I picked up a few days earlier (just to have something on hand that was convenient) This is the Gardein orange beefless bowl. It was spicy and quite delicious!

For the road: Stopped at The Pea Pod for one last hurrah – got their special weekly drink which happened to be a dairy free golden milk with an extra shot of espresso (yum) and we snacked on some fresh local cherry tomato.

Dinner: Sol original griller burger with all the fixins, ODough gluten free hamburger bun, cob of corn

Exercise: 20 minute walk with husband and Lola

Wednesday August 28th

Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer and Udis plain bagel toasted with earth balance

Lunch: Veggie Sandwich

Snack: Lots of yummy melons we picked up while on holiday all grown locally

Dinner: Potato, veggie and chickpea curry

Thursday August 29th

Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer, melon and blueberries

Snack: Unsweetened coconut yogurt with blueberries, chia seed and flaxseed

Lunch: Left over veggie curry

Dinner: Dr Pragers veggie burger with all the fixins on an O Dough

Friday August 30th

Breakfast: Udis gluten free bagel toasted with earth balance

Lunch: mixed green salad with chopped veggies and black beans

Snack: bowl of mixed melons

Dinner: Brown rice spaghetti cooked with peppers, zucchini, onions, garlic, green chillis and peanut sauce

It doesn’t look appealing but it was yummy!

Saturday August 31

Breakfast: Found a new style of the Odough product which I have been loving this summer. At Goodness me we found the 100 calorie ODough bagel thins which also happen to be gluten free vegan and no sugar added. They actually are pretty dang tasty. This morning I had one of the bagel thins with Hellmans vegan mayo and some of our garden tomato

Lunch: Had a big salad with regular green lettuce, spinach, red peppers, cucumber and mother raw dressing. I also had a bowl of left over peanut noddles cold.

Snack: Mango

Dinner: Morning star farms black bean chipolte burger (no bun) with a baked potato topped with cooked spinach, broccoli, nutritional yeast and tofutti sour cream.

It was such a beautiful late Summer day today. Spent time by the pool and got some much needed vitamin D!

Preparing my mind AND kitchen for liver rescue 3.6.9!

Sunday September first

No pictures taken today!

We spent most of the day at my sister in laws house for a birthday celebration for my father in law. For our contribution we brought a vegan potato salad (made with hellmans vegan mayo) along with a beautiful 3 bean salad which consisted of mixed beans, garden cucumber, parsley, dill and italian dressing.

I had a large plate of cooked mushrooms (instead of choosing a burger) mixed garden salad, 3 bean salad, potato salad and a large slice of a tomato. Dessert for me was 3 small brownies that my mother in law made and some strawberries. All in all it was a nice Sunday!

Weight Check In

Haven’t done this for awhile! It was kind of nice ignoring the scale for awhile and I guess it worked!

SW: 265 September 2018

SW at Day one of dietary changes journey 9 weeks ago: 250

CW: 234

So that’s 2 more pounds down since my last check in around 3 weeks ago 🙂

I don’t always want to focus JUST on weight loss. Truth is anything could happen today or tomorrow that might set me back in terms of weight loss. But the important thing is im changing the way I look at food and how I relate to it and life. I’m learning and doing what’s best for my body and that’s what it most important.

While any amount of weight loss is extremely difficult and we should applaud people for doing it for the right reasons (health) we should also applaud the growth and everything that goes along with that.

Here’s what has been changing for me along the way:

– mindset – acknowledging how I feel and not holding onto those feelings. This was a big obstacle for me. I worked on it. 
-living in the present with few worries
– food choices – improved. Choosing food that makes me feel good despite the opinions of others.
– looking forward to “go out and do” 
– new goals: registered in a holistic nutrition diploma program 
– able to walk longer 
– able to swim longer 
– sugar levels have decreased 
– digestion has improved 
– no more painful skin rash 
– greater knowledge of what’s going on inside my body as I got over my fear of blood testing 
– happier in hot and sunny weather. Before I would dread it because I sweat a lot 😂🤣

❤️❤️❤️

Finally

My school books have arrived! EEEK

So looking forward to taking you all on this journey with me!

More to come <3

Self Sabotage

This topic is an important part of my journey – and a very important self realization for me that I included it as a sub topic in the “about me section”. Can you relate? Have you played a role in any of your suffering, weight gain, disease etc…? I know I have.

After a great deal of reflection, self analysis, shadow work and inner child work I have come to realize that my path has been rife with self sabotage up until just recently. I had EVERY excuse under the sun to not exercise, to not spend time outside, to not choose healthy, nutritious foods that actually agreed with my body and to simply take proper self care. I didn’t care to heal myself or my life. Even if someone handed me all of that on a silver platter, I bet you I could still come up with the reasons why that I could not and would not do that. I did not feel worthy of what might come along with making these integral changes in my life.

I have realized that I had everything I needed all along, the knowledge, the power, the tools within myself but deep deep down I was afraid. Afraid to take a chance, afraid to stand up against the status quo, afraid to say no to the typical S.A.D (standard north american diet) I had a deep routed fear of being seen by those around me and such a low level of self confidence from trauma that I have been through throughout my life that I could not get beyond. I played into the trauma that happened to me and let it affect me more than it should have. I was afraid to really LIVE and start my life. I was holding onto the past and the negative patterns and unable to break free.

This pattern of self sabotage became my own personal hell and identification. It was the never ending hamster wheel that I could not get off. Until one day I said no more. I will no longer accommodate the pattern of self sabotage that had become apart of me and I no longer will identify with that. I will no longer kill myself with food, negativity and nasty self talk. I love life, I love myself and I want to live! Like…really live. Disease free. I will no longer accept that I have to live with the disease that I created in my body by the choices of self sabotage that I once made. I have the power to say no and to change. We all do.

The thing is…i was never ready before now. Everyone will have to come to this point in their own time of acceptance and letting go and making the choice. And I’m just glad that my time is now.

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.