How have I lost 40+ lbs and counting?

I have had a few messages recently asking me how I have been losing the weight. This journey has been a long one. My 98098098th attempt to lose weight began (again) back in September of 2018 (265 lbs) but the bulk of the pounds have came off between June of 2019 and today.

While weightloss is not always so hard and fast and every body will be different in what works for them – I have compiled a list of things that have worked for me thus far.

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So….

How have I lost 40 pounds and still counting?


How did I battle and overcome a chronic binge eating and restriction disorder?

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How have I flipped the switch on my previously slow as molasses metabolism?

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How have I been lowering and stabilizing my wacky blood glucose levels without medication??

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Starvation diet? No….. daily boot camps and sweat sessions? No…. Mega calorie restriction? No….

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It’s doing the following 90 percent of the time or more

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I will tell you how in the simplest way I know..

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Change your mindset πŸ€― Probably the most complicated thing for me but the most beneficial in terms of overall health, wellness and vitality.

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Challenge yourself – if you read back throughout my blog I have kept things fresh and interesting by putting myself through a series of challenges which taught me more about nutrition, the benefits of raw fruits and veggies and more. It kept things fun and interesting for me and I will continue to try out different challenges while my weight loss journey continues.

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EAT CARBS…nourish yourself…. All fruits, all vegetables including the starchy kind!!! – Lots of potatos, oats, beans, rice, legumes some nuts… Load up on what we were born to eat!! It’s the most satisfying way to live.

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Cook at home, from scratch. Try new recipes.

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Achieve Healthy hormone balance. Test don’t guess for potential hormone imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. Healthy fats have a place at the table and are necessary especially when you are dealing with hormonal issues. You have to find the ones and the amount that work best for your body. Nobody can tell you that except for your body! I personally have found that limiting or eliminating animal products has worked the best for my body – but you need to find what works the best for you!

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Walk every day

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Get outside every day

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Consistency. Try and try again every day

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Trust your gut. Also known as your intuition. Do what feels right and good.

By doing everything above I have gained self esteem, self confidence, new perspective, developed new interests and passions and overall I feel like a lighter more free version of myself.

I look forward to continuing on this journey of self discovery.

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Feeling free and comfortable in my own skin…

β€œWhen people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.β€œ – Andy Warhol

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Medical Medium Liver Rescue 3.6.9 Cleanse Recap

Near the start of my journey while I was knee deep in the nitty gritty that is ANY healing journey I came across someone named Anthony Williams otherwise known as “The Medical Medium” He had been making a splash across Instagram and other social media platforms with his information from “Spirit” along with the celery juice craze. He has a loyal and passionate following that seem to be doing some AMAZING deep, cleansing and healing. Naturally, I wanted some of that…cuz like….who wouldn’t!?

I had been dealing with terrible candida infections and mystery skin issues (not knowing at the time that it was linked to type 2 diabetes and PCOS) I got some of his books (Medical Medium, Life Changing Foods and Liver Rescue) to use as a potential resource. I also embarked on 30 days of celery juice. This was NO JOKE folks. He says if you have any sort of candida yeast, parasites, heavy metals, toxins – that celery juice WILL clean you out on your first few days. And clean me out it did. The first 4-5 days were hell and I had to stay close to the toilet. What came out of me was UNGOLDY. Sorry TMI!! But…oddly enough….I started feeling really good after the first 4-5 days. My digestion improved a ton and slowly but surely my eczema on my hands went away. This guy (and Spirit) knows whats up!

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Fast forward to mid summer of 2019. I had been incorporating some of Anthony’s suggestions into my days – more raw food, lots of fruit, good amount of veggies, lowering down the fats, getting off animal products completely, adding in some herbal supplements, teas and tinctures and meditations. That was going swimmingly and my weight loss and overall health has been amazing. I could not complain.

When I read Liver Rescue it seemed to go deeper into the whys of how issues like eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, strep, acne, gout, bloating, gallstones, adrenal stress, fatty liver, weight issues & autoimmune disease happen in the first place. One of the main reasons is because we go through our life not really taking proper care in the first place of our liver, kidneys, adrenals and gall bladder – all are working over time to keep up with our highly processed and junky S.A.D diets and lifestyles. But sometimes they get to their breaking point too and that’s when these diseases take over our body.

Below is my recap of my journey with the 3.6.9 cleanse. For further information and a step by step guide please go to your local library or book store and get a copy of the Medical Medium Liver Rescue Book! It will be your companion to get you through your own cleanse. I picked food items that worked for me and my husband over the 9 days. This cleanse will look a little different for everyone as you can tailer it a bit to your personal desires. Please note – this WAS not just for weight loss. Although naturally, weight loss has happened….it goes so much deeper than that for me. I am looking for TRUE and deep, lasting healing – which ultimately goes far beyond weight loss. Please note, I only shared a few of the pictures. Not everything I ate is pictured here πŸ™‚

Monday September 2

First Day of 3.6.9

Upon Rising: 32 ounces lemon water and hibiscus tea

Breakfast: 1 Mango, 1 banana

Mid morning snack: Apple

Lunch: Gluten free brown rice pasta with veggies and nut free pesto

Dinner: Medical Medium liver rescue broth (turned into purred soup)

Dessert: 2 frozen bananas with pitaya powder – banana nice cream!

Feeling positive!

Today was pretty easy. The first 3 days are pretty simple and seek to ease/transition you into the cleanse. You want to try to avoid gluten, dairy, eggs, lamb, pork products and canola oil, reduce your normal consumption of radical fats (nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, animal proteins etc) by 50 percent and wait to eat fats altogether until dinner time, try only eating one serving of animal protein per day and focus on bringing in more fruits, veggies, and leafy greens in daily. I have been lowering my fat consumption over the summer so this really wasn’t new to me – although i will definitely miss things like nuts, seeds, nut milks, nut butters etc. The soup was absolutely delicious. Brent enjoyed it as well. I could see myself making this a lot in the future. He also gives a few alternatives like adding curry powder to this soup and some coconut milk (for a higher fat option). This felt and tasted super nourishing.

Tuesday September 3

Day 2 of 3.6.9

Feeling good but bad headache for most of the day – likely caffeine detox!

Upon Rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Breakfast: Fresh juiced apple (2), celery and parsley

Lunch: Big salad with chopped lettuce, spinach, sweet potato, black beans, extra veggies, dressing was fresh squeezed lemon juice, raw honey and some dried herbs

Snack: 2 apples and 1 Medjool Date (fun fact, I have always been so afraid of dates because of how “sugary” they are. Well guess what? They have yet to affect my blood sugar on this cleanse!)

Dinner: Medical Medium Liver rescue soup

End the night with more lemon water and hibiscus tea

Exercise: 45 minute walk with the dog

Prepping for the week – washing the celery

Blood glucose check in!

My levels have been coming down even further and even better they have been stabilizing (minimal spikes)

Wednesday September 4th

Day 3 of 3.6.9

Feeling good but headache still lingering

Upon Rising: 32 ounces lemon water

Breakfast: 1 Mango and a banana

Lunch: Baked Beans and mixed veg

Snack: 2 apples with dates

Dinner: Big salad with lettuce, spinach, black beans, sweet potato, pico de gallo and mixed veggies

To finish the night: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 45 minutes walking with the dog

All of the medical medium books are chalk full of information including helpful supplements for any sort of mysterious or perhaps not so mysterious ailments you may be facing. For the liver cleanse it’s not necessary to take ANY supplements during the cleanse however he does provide a list of helpful resources and you can pick or choose (or not) which supplements to take. I already have a pretty set supplement routine I follow daily but I did add in lemon balm to my rotation from his recommendations.

Thursday September 5th

Day 4 of 3.6.9

Headache has passed – yay!

Day 4 starts a little bit of a “stricter” cycle of guidelines to follow

For days 4,5 and 6 you must avoid radical fats (nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, animal proteins) entirely, stick to the foods outlined in his chart in the book, eat as much as you need to feel full.

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: 16 ounces of celery juice and Liver Rescue Smoothie. Yum…the liver rescue smoothie has got to be one of the yummiest tasting smoothies I have ever had. I hope to continue adding the liver rescue smoothie into my weekly routine! Today I went with the papaya option which was fun as I never really have papaya.

Lunch: Steamed asparagus with the Liver Rescue Salad

Snack: 2 apples and dates

Dinner: Steamed asparagus and Liver Rescue Salad

Evening: 32 ounces of lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement.

Getting that natural vitamin D whenever possible! So healing!
A Ha moment!

Friday September 6

Day 5 of 3.6.9

Very similar to yesterday!

Upon Rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: 16 ounces Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie this time with banana instead of papaya

Lunch: Steamed asparagus with Liver Rescue Salad

Snack: Apples and dates

Snack: Liver Rescue Soup/broth

Dinner: Steamed asparagus with liver rescue salad

Evening: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 25 minute walk with Lola

Saturday September 7th

Day 6 of 3.6.9

Upon Rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie

Lunch: Steamed asparagus and liver rescue salad

Snack: 3-4 apples and 2 dates

Dinner: Steamed asparagus and liver rescue salad

Evening: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and Lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 2 short walks with Lola and 30 minutes of swimming laps in the pool. Making the post of this nice weather before we close the pool!

September 8th

Day 7 of 3.6.9

The next cycle of 3.6.9 starts with day 7! A little changes in the food but the basis remains the same. Continue to avoid radical fats (nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, animal proteins etc) entirely, stick to the foods outlined in his chart, eat or drink as much as you need to feel full.

I am feeling pretty great! I have tons of energy and I’m proud that I have been able to stick with things.

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie

Lunch: Spinach soup with extra garlic over cucumber noodles.

Mid Afternoon: Another celery juice with at least 2 apples for a snack

Dinner: Potato with dried herbs and brussle sprouts

Evening: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 2 short walks with Lola and 30 minutes swimming laps in the pool

This tastes way better than it looks. I added extra garlic for a nice kick.
Shared this snack plate with Brent

September 9th

Day 8 of 3.6.9

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Mid morning: Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie

Lunch: Spinach soup with extra garlic over cucumber noodles

Mid afternoon: Another celery juice with 2-3 apples

Dinner: Squash with Brussels sprouts

Evening: Lemon water, Hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 2 – 20 minute walks with Lola

Tuesday September 10th

Day 9 of 3.6.9 THE LAST DAY!

Today is a day of liquids, water, juices, blended fruits etc. Today is a good day to take it easy! I am so proud of myself.

Imagine…a former binge eater like myself…addicted to food in so many ways, addicted to putting myself down, poor self esteem, poor self confidence, no self control or daily good positive habits in my life, unable to lose weight…to see how far I have come – let me brag a little! πŸ™‚

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: Celery juice

Mid morning: Cucumber Apple juice

Afternoon: Celery Juice, fresh squeezed orange juice

Late Afternoon: Another cucumber apple juice

Evening: Blended watermelon slushie with lime, water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Progress Shots

Taken on September 7th. I just wanted to see the progress since mid Summer. So pleased with the results! It doesn’t even feel like I’m trying to be honest. Especially while on this cleanse. I am always so full. I have been eating so much i couldn’t make room for one more bite! Now that’s my kind of cleanse πŸ˜‰ No deprivation calorie wise.


Weight Loss Update

SW: 265

Last Weigh in : 234

Current Weight: 227

Along with the weight-loss I am establishing, cultivating and maintaining healthy daily routines for not only a healthy relationship with my body but also my mind and soul (spiritually). I look forward to my morning smoothie or a fruit for snack and i think my palette for healthy, nourishing foods has expanded ten fold especially after this 3.6.9 liver cleanse experience! I am enjoying experimenting cooking and eating foods that don’t include animal products. It’s very different to the low carb lifestyle I used to lead.

I look forward to getting outside and appreciating the wonders that is our natural world. I enjoy the present moment and I try not to be too hard on myself these days. I am enrolled in a holistic nutrition program! The changes that have come along with taking responsibility for ones self have been amazing.

Overall Impressions of the Medical Medium 3.6.9 cleanse

PROS

  • I learned what REAL hydration was all about. I think this was key for me. Most of us walk around these days super dehydrated. I started my day with 32 ounces of water and ended it the same way. I ate so much fruit, drank herbal tea and sipped on water throughout the day. This is something I will for sure carry on.
  • Blood glucose levels came down even further and minimal spikes. Imagine that! I ate so much fruit. The fat was cut down and my sugar levels balanced out.
  • I ate super Nourishing food and rarely experienced hunger – in fact i was usually full and could not eat another bite!
  • Great community support via social media
  • Weight loss: Although not really a motivating factor in doing this cleanse …I lost a substantial amount of weight!
  • Feel very uplifted and motivated

Cons

  • Lots of daily prep work (but worth it)
  • Some of the items in the guide lines were not in season so some of it was a little pricey
  • Bad headache the first few days but that subsided!
  • A little hungry on the last day because it was mostly liquids
  • Eating differently than husband however he DID eat some of these meals

In other news ….School is going well! Lots of reading and note taking so far.

IF you have any questions about the cleanse or anything else please feel free to drop me a line πŸ™‚

Food & Exercise Journal – August 19-25, Holidays, Birthday and Girl talk

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all well. I have had a slow start “back to reality” after a wonderful holiday by the lake visiting my parents with Brent and Lola. Delicious food was consumed, sometimes yes, extra food was consumed! To save you some time yes I weighed in this Monday (it is now Thursday) and no…I did not lose not one pound however I did maintain, which makes me happy. Sometimes you have to go with the flow of life and it’s not always going to turn out as you wish.

Monday August 19

Breakfast: Gluten free toast with peanut butter and jam

Lunch: Salad with arugula, spinach, cooked mushrooms, black beans and pico de gallo

Snack: Protein shake with almond milk, ground flax, ice, cinnamon, and Sunwarrior protein powder

Snack: Homemade tea brew of nettle, yarrow and calendula

Dinner: Left over vegan cheddar broccoli Soup with garlic naan bread

Dessert: Watermelon

Exercise: 45 minutes of swimming laps

Healing herbs: Nettle, yarrow and calendula – very healing for females especially

August 20th (My birthday!)

Breakfast: Tim hortons Beyond Meat sausage and tomato biscuit a hash brown and orange juice (Brent treated me to birthday breakfast on his way to work which was very sweet of him)

Lunch: Mixed Veggies with hummus

Dinner: Brent made a lovely mixed veggie and potato stew

Dessert: Daiya Key lime cashew cheezecake

We were supposed to go out for dinner but the restaurant I really wanted to go to was shut on this day. Brent’s homemade veggie stew was just as good as any restaurant.

Exercise: 30 minutes of swimming laps

Wednesday August 21

Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer, two natures path maple waffles with maple syrup and blueberries

I snacked on veggies throughout the day

Dinner: We tried to go to the restaurant – The Plant Diner – that I really wanted to go to. It serves 95 percent vegan food and 5 percent meat. This is a place vegetarians or people looking to eat mainly plant based can bring their carnivore friends! They have basically flipped the standard restaurant where it’s usually 95 percent meat based dishes and 5 percent vegetarian and vegan. Unfortunately it was SO packed that we could not get a table. I was greatly disappointed however the night turned around. We decided to eat at Montana’s which is one of Brent fave restaurants. It is mainly meat based but they have recently revised their menu and offer a few veggie options. I ordered the veggie burger (despite the fact that it had goat cheese and regular mayo on it) I enjoyed it anyway and didn’t let it bother me. I got french fries with it. I also enjoyed an adult bevvie – the “big mama” a spiked lemonade. Overall it was a fun Birthday meal. I’m not perfect. I am human. My food choices will never be perfect.

Thursday August 22

Breakfast: Coffee with soy cream, Udis gluten free cinnamon raisin bagel with earth balance butter and peanut butter

Lunch: Veggie sandwich using tomatos, pickles, olives, cucumbers and honey mustard

Dinner: I felt like a light dinner tonight. I had a Protein shake using Sunwarrior protein powder, frozen banana, cinnamon, flax, ice and cashew milk

Exercise: 45 minute walk and 45 minute swimming laps’

Getting that vitamin D and reading in – starting the Liver Rescue 3:6:9 in a few days!

Happy girl after a long walk

Friday August 23

Busy day packing and cleaning today!

Breakfast: Fruit bowl consisting of mango, blueberries and hulled hemp seeds and chia seeds

Lunch: Cucumber chopped with hummus and garlic naan

Dinner: On the road – New Orleans plant based spicy pineapple pizza (small) topped with dairy free mozza cheeze, yves “ham” red onion, pineapple and jalapenos. I dipped my crust in marinara sauce. This was absolutely delicious and TMI but…did NOT make me run to the toilet in pain with diarrhea. The last time I had REAL pizza was end of May. I spent two days in bed and had painful bowel movements, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Regular cheese does not like my body.

Saturday August 24

So happy to wake up in Port Elgin! I love spending my days outside. I feel this connection with nature. It uplifts me, renews my spirit and just makes me feel amazing!

Breakfast: Coffee with soy cream, Udis gluten free cinnamon raisin bagel (brought this with us)

Lunch: Stopped at my fave place “The Pea pod” TO pick up lunch and dinner. For lunch I got the cheezy chickun taco which was delish.

Snack: Large peach – so juicy!

Dinner: Half of the burrito bowl from the Pea pod. Full of good stuff!

Exercise: Short walk with Brent and Lola

I put this in the fridge and saved it until dinner which is why that beautiful avocado has turned spotty! This has layers of rice, corn, cucumber, grilled peppers, onions, sweet potato, lime juice, cashew sour cream, chilles and more.

Sunday August 25

Breakfast: Fruit and yogurt bowl using silk coconut unsweetened yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, hemp seeds, chia seeds

Lunch: Left overs from my burrito bowl

Dinner: A Sol veggie burger on an O Dough vegan/gluten free and no sugar added hamburger bun with fresh green beans

Exercise: Short walk with husband and Lola

Enjoyed time at the beach today – was super windy and the waves were crashing but we both had child like fun jumping through the waves! The water has warmed up as well – it was maybe 74-75 degrees.

We also enjoyed a camp fire at night!

I didn’t lose any weight this week – however i enjoyed my food and my holidays. I also didn’t exercise as much or as long as I typically would have. Overall it was a nice holiday spent with my parents and husband and Lola of course! I feel a lot better than I have in ages. I attribute this to dietary changes, an increase in exercise, getting outside more and my emotions and mentality getting stronger. I look for the good in things and try not to always focus on the bad or negative. This has been a work in progress for me as I lived my life for a great many years always looking at the “bad” or negative and complaining about things that I could easily change.

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Now if you are a man reading this you might want to tune out…I’d like to talk a little bit about changes in my cycle. So I have been making changes to my eating habits since around June. I have been limiting animal products and oils as well. Despite best efforts sometimes the fat levels may be higher than I would have wanted them but it’s been a work in progress.

This month I noticed distinct cycle changes. My cycle was around 7 days late (which stressed me out of course that probably made everything worse) but when it came….cramps weren’t that bad and my flow was super light. This is very unusual for me. Most of my life I have suffered pretty heavy flow and horrific cramps. Could this be the dietary changes as well as the new supplement regime lightening everything up? I’m not sure, but if it is, it’s definitely a welcomed change.

Stay tuned..I have more posts to share with you all this week πŸ™‚

Food & Exercise Journal – August 12-18 and some BIG NEWS

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all doing well. We are officially out of the little (or perhaps not so little) 6 week challenge that I had put myself through in order to change some of my eating and lifestyle habits but I think I want to continue sharing my weekly eats and exercise as it’s something I enjoy πŸ™‚ I have actually grown much more interested in this than anticipated.

With that being said I will have another fun little challenge coming up so look forward to that most likely starting Monday September 2. I will be completing the Medical Medium 3.6.9 Liver cleanse! I have been re reading the book and it’s definitely inspired me.

OK…lets get to the goods. I haven’t been taking as many pictures but I will share what I have.

Monday August 12

Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy cream and GF toast

Lunch: Cucumber and celery with hummus

Snack: Half cup B+J dairy free icecream

Dinner: Big salad with black beans, homemade pico de gallo, assorted veggies, cashew sauce and hot sauce

Today I had another follow up doctors appointment with my current Naturopath doctor.

Summary of appointment

We took a look at the latest results from the lab tests

  • High Iron (runs in the family) So it’s a good thing I have chosen to limit meat consumption! I have to start drinking green tea or regular tea with my meals and perhaps in the future might have to give blood regularly.
  • Try to add more protein (I’m on the fence about this) I believe we can get all of the protein we need from a plant based diet….and when someone suggests adding in more protein or a higher protein diet this is also suggesting a higher fat diet in disguise. Even so, I could always use more plant based protein.
  • She is not really sure about a vegan/vegetarian diet but will support my choices. (She advocates for low carb/keto)
  • Refilled my supplements which have been helping
  • Weighed me and I was down 15 pounds on her scale (in the evening too!) since last appointment
  • Continue to monitor blood sugar as im comfortable with (I try to daily) 2 afters after a meal
  • Continue taking supplements and increase b12 from 1000 to 2000-5000
  • Continue light to moderate exercise
  • Increase water intake

Tuesday August 13:

Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy creamer, half cup of oats topped with 1 peach chopped and some vanilla almond milk

Snack: 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (unsalted, raw)

Unexpected brunch: Tim hortons beyond sausage lettuce and tomato and hash brown from chantel

Lunch: Sunwarrior protein powder,  1 banana, almond milk, water, ice, cinnamon and inositol supplement – protein shake

Snack: celery with hummus

Snack: watermelon

Dinner: cooked cauliflower with Heinz beans

Exercise: Short evening walk

Chantel brought me back the nicest gifts from her trip to Orlando for the Younique Convention.

Wednesday August 14

Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy creamer, half cup oats with blueberries, so delicious coconut milk yogurt (unsweetened) and peanut butter

Lunch: Medical Medium spinach soup, celery with hummas

Snack: 2 tbsps pumpkin seeds

Snack: Protein shake with chocolate sun warrior powder, banana, almond milk, water, cinnamon, ice

Dinner: High Carb Hannah cheddar and broccoli soup – delicious but next time will add some fried onions and celery and fresh garlic. Over a little bit of brown rice. Even Brent enjoyed this which is saying something!

Had a pedicure this evening in anticipation of an upcoming wedding i will be attending – was relaxing #selfcare. Also I have to mention – since changing my diet and taking better care of myself all around – I have noticed a huge improvement in the bottom of my feet. Less painful cracks and less dry skin which can both come along as a result of diabetes or blood sugar issues and infections.

Thursday August 15

Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer, half cup of cooked oats with Bobs flax, almond milk and blueberries

Lunch: Cooked zucchini, bell peppers, gardein crispy chickun mandarin orange and a little bit of rice

Snack: Veggie straws

Snack: So delicious coconut milk vanilla unsweetened yogurt with pumpkin seeds

Exercise: Walk 40 minutes, swimming 30 minutes

Friday August 16

Breakfast: Rudolphs Bavarian rye bread toasted, 1 slice of Emmi-Swiss lactose free swiss cheese, 1 tbsp hummus and spinach, Coffee with soy creamer

Lunch: arugula raw, black beans, bell peppers, pico de gallo, mushrooms, onions

Snack: 1 cup of blueberries

Snack: Protein shake – 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon and inositol (will talk about this supplement soon!)

Dinner: Cheesy vegan pasta – delicious! Brent enjoyed this as well.

Exercise: Walk 40 minutes, swimming 30 minutes

Lola and I have shaved 5 minutes off of our typical 45 minute walk!

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Saturday August 17

Went to a wedding today. I didn’t want to be that pain that required a different meal so I just had a little bit of your traditional β€œwedding food” It Was fun getting dressed up but a very very hot day.

Breakfast: 2 natures path maple cinnamon waffles topped with peanut butter, maple syrup and blueberries with coffee

Lunch: Argula , pico de gallo, black beans, cucumber, cashew dressing with cheesy vegan pasta left overs

Dinner: half of a small chicken breast, cooked veggies, 2 small roast potato, coleslaw, about half a cup of red wine. I declined the gravy and heavy looking sauce for the chicken. I took 2 bites of dessert which was a homemade ice cream and then gave the rest to my husband.

It was overly sweet and I just could not have any more. I haven’t had these kinds of food since June and I am not interested in getting started again and that’s all I really have to say about that!

I need to continue on working on my confidence with the ability to simply say no to things I don’t want and things that don’t make me feel good. Why should I eat something that makes me feel like shit just to appease someone else? They don’t live in and with my body and know how I feel.

And while I didn’t want this food..I also did not want to be a pain in the butt to the bride and groom to provide an entirely other meal which I know is kind of a nuisance and costs extra money usually. The ability to say no without fear is something I will have to work on throughout my life time!

While I don’t identify as vegan or even vegetarian – I still have been eating that way 95 percent of the time as that’s when I feel my best.

I woke up at 4:30-5 am the morning after the wedding feeling like a punching bag. I was so dehydrated and swollen. I told my husband that it felt like I had inhaled a large pizza! This proves to me that I really don’t want to be going back to eating how I was. It was not benefiting me at all.

Got to shop in my closet again. I bought this dress last summer but it was far to snug on me then.
These shoes were also too narrow for my swollen feet last year. This is the first time I have been able to wear them comfortably

Sunday August 18th

As you read above I got an early start to my day. I drank 4-5 tall glasses of water to hydrate myself between 4 and 5 in the morning.

Brent had to work so he picked up some breakfast and dropped it off for me which was very sweet!

Breakfast: 1 large Tim Hortons coffee black (which I added soy creamer too) and the beyond meat, lettuce and tomato sausage biscuit with a hashbrown.

Lunch: A big salad with arugula, spinach, black beans, pico de gallo, veggies and peanut sauce

Dinner: Left over vegan cheddar and broccoli soup topped with smoked paprika and lots of dill.

I chose not to weigh myself this week as I had already checked in at the doctors office and was feeling pretty good about where I was at! I will check on the 26th and check in on here as well with that update πŸ™‚ I choose not to weigh more than once a week for my mindset, mentality and peace of mind and heart. I will update you all with some clothing shots though and this quote which i found that sums up my health journey pretty well.

“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” -Carl Jung

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I went shopping in my closet and found this black off the shoulder top which fits me perfectly now – before it was way too snug and I chose to never wear it. You can tell in this picture I was pretty proud!
This size 16 jean skirt from addition elle did not fit me the week before my 6 week challenge!
Six weeks apart!

Ok…now….are you ready for my big news

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I have enrolled in the CSNN – Canadian School of Natural Nutrition distance education program in hopes of completing and successfully achieving my diploma and certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. Kinda geeking out and excited to be a student again!

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I am so excited to learn and grow on this new exciting journey and of course share with you guys a long the way! Remember beautiful things can come out of difficult experiences.

Thanks for reading!

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 β€οΈ

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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.