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The Secret Nobody Told Me about Weight Loss


One day I woke and admitted to myself that I was fat and that I needed to do something about that.  

Now it wasn’t that I was unaware of myself, after all, I do have mirrors and I do own clothes with sizes on them.  It is just that when you are something that you wish you are not, you tend to lie to yourself.  I didn’t go on the scale that often as a matter of fact, I avoided the scale.  The scale told me something I didn’t want to admit to, so I just avoided them, simple enough.  Clothes, as they got old, tended to shrink and get all out of shape.  As I would replace clothes, the manufacturers had obviously changed how they sized their clothes.

These are all little lies that we tend to tell ourselves to avoid the cold hard truth that the food we are eating, drinks we are consuming, walks we are not taking are starting to pile up on our hips, thighs, butt and belly.  Admitting to ourselves without self-loathing, that we are not taking care of the one body we have, is truly a difficult thing.  BUT, four and a half years ago I finally, once and for all did something about my weight gain.  The mind was the hardest thing to change but after years of hard work, hours upon hours of working out, litres of sweat, so much sweaty laundry, tonnes of hours of food planning and lots of tears I should be at my goal weight and size, but I am not.

The secret thing that nobody told me about when I started on this journey is that it was actually the never ending story.  If I had known some of the things that I would encounter, I don’t know whether I would have started it.  Well, that is the real reason that I hadn’t done this sooner, the fear of the unknown.  I don’t regret anything about my new found food and fitness knowledge, it is just so much more than I thought.  One of the big things that I was totally unaware of was the evil ‘plateau’.  When I started working out and eating clean, I started losing weight.  It was great.  It was a lot slower than Doug’s weight loss and that was a little frustrating but at least it was still moving the scale and tape measure in the right direction.  I actually lost 30 lbs.  But then it stopped.  I mean completely stopped.  Doug met his goal weight, set a new goal in inches, met that, and there I was still in the same place.  Sure I was still working hard.  I was still eating clean.  I was lifting heavier, but that did not reflect in my jeans.  BOO.

After a couple of years at the plateau weight, yes that right, I said and couple of years, I got serious again.  I had looked into all sorts of things that could be causing this plateau.  I had my hormones tested after all I am a menopausal woman, or at least I am at that age for this to be an issue.  We upped my weights in the gym.  We added more cardio, we took away cardio, we looked at supplements, we looked at amounts of protein, and then we tried something new.

After pure exhaustion of ideas, we have tried a carb cycling program.  Guess what?  It seems to be working.  Finally!!  I had reduced my carbs a lot anyway, but apparently we needed to shake things up some more.  We have been on this new program for several weeks now and BAM, 12 lbs have left for good.

I wanted to share this with you not to scare you about how restrictive you need to be but to let you know that sometimes keeping focused means changing the path from time to time.  My goals haven’t changed, well maybe they have a little, but that is ok too.  This is working for me.  I am really happy to see that I am once again losing weight and will keep working to my goal.  My goal is to a very healthy, active, inshape Grandma.


My carb cycling plan is 3 days of low carbs and 2 days of moderate carbs.


Meal 1  protein powder, steel cut oats, ½ grapefruit

Meal 2  rice cakes, egg whites, veggies, 10 almonds

Meal 3  4oz chicken, veggies, ½ avocado

Meal 4  fish, sweet potato, veggies, almonds

Meal 5  chicken, salad, almonds

Meal 6  protein powder, almond butter


Twice a week I add quinoa and other extra carbs to my day.  We call these my “refeed days”


This program isn’t for everybody, but it is working for me.  Don't be afraid to try new things.  Every body is unique just like everyone else.  Do what works for you!  Just do something!  


The only thing I like better than talking about Food is eating. – John Walters

Sometimes You Just Need to do Things for Yourself


We have had the biggest thing happen in our world this past week.  We became grandparents.  

We are over the moon happy about this.  Not only is it our first grandchild, but we had the honour to be there in the room when he was born.  We have had several people around us become grandparents recently and now we understand why we have been inundated with pics of their grandchildren.  It’s because it is truly the most amazing thing to happen.

You get to that stage in your life when you are kind of glad that the toys are becoming smaller.  The shoe cupboard has bigger shoes, yet they are not velcro or waiting to be tied by you.  There are no longer weird locks on cupboards and you can leave the house with just whatever fits in your hand, no diaper bag needed.  At the same time, the house is sometimes eerily quiet.  Rooms will go days without being used.  You start to long for a text or call from your kids.  You start to look at each other and say, “so, what now?

The whole empty nest thing is a little tough to get used to when you have been surrounded by your family for most of your adult life.  And just when you wrap your head around dating your spouse again, things change.  Our son is our oldest child.  He has been married for over 4 years now, so babies weren’t out of the question.  We were waiting for it.  Our world has once again been turned on its ear.

That instant love that you feel for babies is so much more when you are the grandparents.  We are blessed that our kids don’t live too far away and we will be as involved with them as they want us to be.

One of the things that people ask us now is “ don’t you feel old now?”  Grandma and Grandad always come with the usual images.  I should take up knitting and sit in a rocker.  Doug should be grumpy and read the newspaper all day.  We should be “old”.  But, yet, we are not.  Two weeks ago we were just us, now we are grandparents and are supposed to be “old.”  I don’t think so.

We are now the only grandparents at our gym.  That is really cool.  We are in better shape now than when we were raising our own kids.  This is going to be great.  With our newfound way of eating and our level of activity, we are in the best shape of our lives.  We are not taking any medications.  Don’t have regular doctor appointments.  We are looking forward to chasing our grandkids around.  We will be able to be right in the middle of things, just like them.  We will run, jump, crawl, right along with our growing family.  Keeping in mind that we will likely sleep longer than they will and nap right along with them, but we won’t be sitting in our rockers waiting for them to tire out to visit with us.

We started our get healthy journey for our own selves and now we realize that it has just become so much more.  I have been saying for a while now that I wish I had chosen this lifestyle back when our kids were little so that they could have grown up with a much healthier foundation for their bodies.  But, better late than never.  Now, we get to pass on our love for fitness and activity and healthy eating to the next generation.  Our grandson will have the best foundation possible.

Sometimes you just need to do things for yourself and in the process you will find out that your journey is way bigger than you thought and it will have more impact than just you and your own self.

The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters. – Audrey Hepburn

7 Natural Treatments for Seasonal Allergies


People sometimes are asked what they are grateful for.  I am grateful for a whole lot of things.  

One of the biggest things I am truly grateful for is that I don’t have allergies.  Really, no allergies at all.  Well ok, maybe one.  Aspartame gives me the worst headaches.  But I don’t count that.  I have never been tested so I just avoid it, duh!!

But, seasonal allergies are awful.  I know because some of my family suffers with them.  My mom and two of my sisters have really bad reactions to seasonal allergy triggers.  I hope this article can offer some relief to those who suffer.



3 Healthy Swaps to Save Money at Restaurants



Eating out sometimes is unavoidable.  Well, it feels like that sometimes.  

When we choose to live in a social world, we choose to be accommodating to the people we surround ourselves with.  Lots of times eating out is such a big treat that we save up to do it.  But it seems that eating out has become very common for most of us and it starts to eat at our budget as much as we are eating out.  This is a simple reminder that there is always a choice.


Hopefully, these few ideas just get you thinking about the fact that you can still enjoy eating out, if you want to, but as I have said many times, try to plan ahead.  Think a little about where you are eating and the many options you truly have before you.


Healthy Swaps