Journey to the best health of my life (yes, the journey includes olives)

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I’ve been missing in action since Jan – the year is flying by!  A lot has happened in that time, and some things have stayed the same.  I’m still working on my health and fitness goals.  I’ll never give up! 🙂   I’m not sure when I will be back on a regular basis, but I’m just popping on to let you know that I’m alive and kicking!



Whitney’s big fat fabulous life

You probably know who Whitney Way Thore is.  Her dancing videos went viral.  She was the fat dancing girl.  She makes me smile.  Just because you’re fat doesn’t mean you can’t dance and doesn’t mean you can’t have fun!

Now’s Whitney is doing a reality show.  She’s so confident in her skin, but at the same time trying to better herself.  She is trying to lose weight, but she is not stopping herself from living.  I can identify with her in so many ways.  At the same time I want to take a page out of her book.  There are many instances where I do not do something because of my weight.  Whitney has reminded me that my weight shouldn’t stop me from living.

It is assumed that people who are fat are lazy.  That’s simply not true in so many cases.  If, like me, you have PCOS then this video will empower you and remind you that you are not alone in your struggles.  If you don’t have PCOS but would like a better understanding of it through the eyes of someone who lives with it then watch this video.

It takes courage to open yourself up to the world.  Thank you Whitney for putting yourself out there!

UPDATE: Unfortunately the YouTube video with the full episode has been removed. For those who are able to access the videos (USA residents) here is the TLC page:


Rebounding – or jumping on my new trampoline!

I always loved trampolines. I remember using a huge one in gym class. I was the big kid, but on the trampoline I could fly just as high as everyone else. I felt light. I did twists, turns and jumps just like all my friends.  My weight was not an issue. I remember feeling really happy. I wanted that feeling again. Little did I know that there is a whole rebounding world. Fitness trampolines for adults!  My superstar friend told me about a sale and we both bought one.

There are a number of benefits of rebounding that are noted in various articles online. Here are a few of the articles you will find with a quick search on google:

The way I see it there are always benefits when you are active.  It doesn’t matter what you do.  What matters is that you do it consistently.  People are more likely to be consistent if they are having fun.  The trampoline is all about fun!

I bought the JumpSport 350i.  It arrived today!

It was super easy to put together and I was bouncing in no time. Everything you need is in the box.  There are six legs.  In addition, a stability bar is available that can be used for various exercises.  I haven’t attached that yet, but I will.

I was initially nervous to let my feet leave the trampoline.  This surprised me.  I didn’t even think about it as a kid.  As an adult I was full of fear.  However, after a few minutes I was more comfortable and felt like I was flying (sort of!).

I did the following exercise video today.  I think it’s a great beginner workout.  I learnt that rebounding is a lot harder than it looks!  Within 5 minutes my calves were burning and I needed to take a small break.  After a couple of minutes I finished the video workout.  It got my blood flowing and I felt really good!  Rebounding, or bouncing around like a goofball, is a new addition to my daily activity.

Have you tried rebounding?  What did you think of it?  Do you want to try it?  I would love to hear your about your thoughts and experiences!



Almost 2015!

Hello everyone!  It has been a while since I posted, but I promise you I am still alive and kicking. I had a couple of weeks off work and really enjoyed not doing much! It was my first staycation in many years. I enjoyed not being controlled by time. I enjoyed doing exactly what I wanted to do. I enjoyed staying away from the computer. I enjoyed going to sleep when I was tired and waking up when my body was ready. I really enjoyed The West Wing (yes, I’m a few years behind). The two weeks away from the office was wonderful.  I felt free.

On Sunday night I faced the daunting task of waking up for work. My body had not been up at 4:50 a.m. for two weeks. Although I generally enjoy my work, I was dreading stepping into the office.  In fact, I had been dreading it for days (maybe even 50% of my staycation!). I do not enjoy being controlled by an alarm. I do not enjoy having to get to the station in time for my train. I do not enjoy prepping lunch in advance. The freedom of the previous two weeks had passed and I felt that sinking feeling in my stomach.

Monday was not as bad as my sinking stomach thought it would be.  Yes, it took me a while to prep the night before. Yes, it was tough to get out of bed.  Yes, I ended up running for the train.  But, dare I say it?  I actually enjoyed having some routine back in my life.  I at a nutritious breakfast and felt energized for the day.  Lunchtime rolled around and I ate a very colorful one (mixed salad and kebab).  My two weeks of freedom meant all my regular planning had been thrown out the window.  I just ate what was on hand when I was hungry and, shockingly, it was not always the best choice.  Routine has allowed me to start making good choices again.  Before I knew it the end of the work day had come.  I smiled as I sat on the train because it was not that bad after-all.

My staycation reminded me to enjoy all the freedoms I have without allowing events I can’t control to take over my mind.  I must enjoy the moment because tomorrow will always come, whether or not I like what is coming.

2015 is around the corner.  I’m going to work on finding more opportunities to feel free, and to let go of feelings about the future that hold me back today.

Have a safe and wonderful new year celebration everyone!  And remember, enjoy the moment!


Whole30 made me feel beautiful

I’ve finished my second round of Whole 30. In fact, I finished a few days ago.  I have been wanting to write a post, but (and I’m being brutally honest here!) I had mixed feelings on the day I finished.  I was extremely proud of myself.  I still am.  I did 30 full days of sticking to the rules.  By the seventh day I noticed that my shirt was feeling loose around my tummy.  By the end of Whole30 my pants were falling off as I ran up the stairs for the train.  My energy was up; my skin was glowing; my system felt clean.  Result!  Why wasn’t I jumping up and down? (aside from the fact I did not want my trousers pants to fall off!)

I had to think long and hard about that question.  Like many of you, I have been struggling for years with my weight.  Even with Whole30 success it did not feel like enough.  I started Whole30 weighing in at 238lbs.  I finished 16lbs lighter at 222lbs.  Before you all go crazy and jump on me – I get it, 16lbs is a GREAT loss.  I’ll be honest – it was not enough for me.  I wanted to lose 100lbs yesterday.

I spent the last few days changing the way I think.  My brain needed to be retrained.  Success is measured in small steps, and not just one big step.  It’s all about the small steps we take on our journey that will turn into that big change we want to see.  That decision I made to not consume something off plan was a small step.  That decision I made to to exercise was a small step.  That decision I made to give 110% to Whole30 was a small step.  Small steps are enough.  Small steps lead to big changes.

My results are enough.  To me, the weight loss is a small step. It’s a small percentage of the long journey ahead of me.  However, it took a lifetime for me to get to where I am today and I cannot expect to lose 100lbs overnight. In addition, I now truly appreciate all the results.  I am on this journey to be the healthiest version of myself that I can be.  I have seen many positive changes while completing Whole30.  They are all small wins.  If I can continue the small wins I will reach my goal.

Whole30 did not just guide me to eating nutritious well-balanced meals. Whole30 challenged my mind.  It led me through a path of emotions that has truly changed my life.   It forced me to open my eyes and now I view my successes differently.  I am going to stop putting myself down and instead celebrate all my successes – big or small!

I looked in the mirror this morning and I felt beautiful.  Beautiful because my body is well-nourished; beautiful because I am taking small steps to improve my health; beautiful because I am true to myself; beautiful because when I smile I’m truly smiling.  My husband tells me all the time that I’m beautiful, but rarely in my life have I truly believed it. Today, I believe it.

I have no affiliation with Whole30 – I just think it’s an amazing FREE program.  Check it out here.  Also, I would strongly recommend reading It Starts With Food.  It’s a fantastic book!  


I was nominated for a Liebster Award!

I was having a really tough day at work and then I saw a notification on my phone.  It was from Nekaaar and she had nominated me for the Liebster award.  It made me smile and I was ready to hit my 9 to 5 again.  Thanks for brightening my day and for thinking of me!  I am humbled by your nomination.

As part of accepting the nomination I must provide 11 random facts about myself and answer 11 questions about myself provided to me by the person who nominated me.  Here goes …


11 random facts about me

  1. Die Hard is my favourite movie of all time.  I love a good action movie!
  2. I’m a short 5 foot 2 inches.  When I was in college that was average height.  Now it’s short.
  3. I’m very close to my mum.  I love her, I adore her and I admire her.  She’s a strong independant woman who followed her dreams.  She’s an amazing role model.
  4. My favorite colour is purple – any shade.  That explains my main blog color 🙂
  5. I love Thai food.  I coud eat it every day.
  6. I also love chocolate.  I could eat that daily too!
  7. I loved my wedding day and remember every single second.
  8. I love working out with weights.  I won’t lie – I love that I can go heavier than what people expect when they look at me.
  9. I was born in the UK and moved to Canada seven years ago.  I will always be British at heart (and plan to hold onto my accent forever!).
  10. I’m a huge Formula 1 fan.  Ferrari all the way!
  11. I was a back-up singer on one of my mum’s albums.  That was quite an experience!


Nekaaar’s question: Share eleven things in/about your life that you are absolutely grateful for

I’m of course grateful for family and friends that have stood through me through all my ups and downs.  I’m also grateful for opportunity.  I live in a country that provides me with all the opportunity that I could ever want to be as successful as I want to be.  I’m grateful that I have a wonderful husband.  I want my list of 11 to be about the things that I rarely think about.  Things that I generally take for granted.

  1. The internet.  I’ve met many wonderful people through my blog and I’ve learned so many things online.  I have access to experts that I would not have access to if it wasn’t for the internet.  I have found support in strangers.  When I suffered from a Pulmonary Embolism I was scared and didn’t know anyone who truly knew what I was going through, and what I still go through every single day.  I found friends online who know exactly what I’m going through.
  2. Fingers.  Fingers are awesome!  Have you ever thought about everything they do?  You eat with them, you write with them, you type with them, you hold things with them, you scratch with them, you can speak with them.
  3. Cameras. They capture moments in time.  I love photos.  I love looking back.  I love framing the photos of those that have passed, and it shining a light on all the wonderful moments we spent together.
  4. Well written TV shows.  Sometimes I just want to escape into another world.  A well written show keeps me focused and takes my mind of any worries that might be running around.
  5. Public transport.  We may all complain now and then, but it is how I get to work.  Could it be better?  Yes.  Would life for me be much harder without it?  Yes.
  6. Inventors.  There have been some awesome inventions in my lifetime.
  7. The fridge.  Talking of inventions this is one I love.  It means I don’t need to go to the grocery store every day or every other day.  It’s a big time saver!
  8. Hair dye.  I started turning grey in my late twenties (at the front on the sides).  I have dark brown hair (almost black) so it really stands out.  Hair dye makes me feel and look years younger.  Maybe one day I will be able (and will want to) carry off my grey hair, but I’m not ready for that yet!
  9. Dishwasher.  It took us 5 years to get a dishwasher.  5 years too long!
  10. Hair ties.  I have long hair and I go to the gym regularly.  I can’t imagine working out with my hair flying around and falling onto my face.  I would literally pull my hair out.
  11. Emotions.  I’m so grateful that I’m able to feel.  I love that feeling of joy when you just want to jump up and down.  I love the feeling of butterflies when my husband kisses me.  Feeling sad is not so great. I have felt sad to the point my heart physically hurts.  Those sad moments really help me appreciate the happy ones!


Rules of nomination

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which was provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 –11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers.
  6. Create a new list of eleven questions for the nominated bloggers to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post
  8. Inform the people/blogs you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.


My nominations

In no particular order.  Acceptance is voluntary 🙂

  1. Waiting for a baby bird
  2. Cupid or Cats
  3. Missing Peace
  4. Finding Balance
  5. Brickhousechick


My eleven questions for you to answer, if you choose to accept your nomination!

  1. What makes you smile?
  2. If you could travel back in time, what year would you travel to and why?
  3. What is your favorite quote?
  4. What is your favorite place in the world?
  5. Ocean or space?
  6. What is your favorite post that you have written?  Provide a link!
  7. Describe yourself in three words.
  8. How did you pick your blog’s name?
  9. What is the one thing you do every day, without fail?
  10. Name a goal that you have not yet met, but are working to achieve.
  11. What is your favorite season, and why?

I can’t wait to read your answers!


Waking up crying

Have you ever woken up crying? I have. In fact, I did this morning. I’m not unhappy right now. Things are good. I’m well on my way to completing Whole 30 and Neila Rey’s 30 days of strength. I feel great!  So why did I wake up crying?

I don’t remember my dream, but my first thought was losing my husband.  That’s all it took.  I imagined being in hospital and being told he had passed.  My heart hurt and my eyes filled with tears.  So, I guess, the love that I feel for him made me cry.  That’s not such a bad reason, right?  He is still here by my side and I hope we have many more memories together before either one of us has to learn to cope without the other.

One thing I’ve learned is that I am a worrier.  Not warrior, worrier.  I worry about the future.  About what might happen.  My mind takes me to worst situation and I wonder how I would cope.  Life can change in a split second.  I’ve seen it happen too many times.  I know I should enjoy the life I have today and not think about what I can’t control, but sometimes it is easier said than done.

Do you worry too?  Or are you better than me at enjoying life for what it is?  How do you keep worries about the future from controlling your thoughts today?