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


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!



The Butterfly Light Award – I’ve been nominated!



I’m am so grateful to Don Charisma for nominating me for this award.  The award, released by Belinda, of idiotwriting, into public circulation, is meant for beautiful bloggers who spread light into other people’s lives.  And look, it moves!

In accepting this award I have to state how i’m a positive influence.  It’s hard to compliment yourself right?  At least for me it is… but here goes!

How I’m a Positive Influence

I’m on a journey to the best health of my life.  I’m sharing my journey in the hope that I inspire someone else to work towards their best health.  I always try to stay positive even when things are not going perfectly.  I’m human – I make mistakes.  I eat things I know I shouldn’t, I don’t go to the gym when I know I should.  However, I pick myself up and continue on.  I know that the power of my next decision lies with me, and only me.  That is what I try to project through my blog.

My message: I can recover from making the wrong choice.  One bad decision does not mean all my future decisions should be bad.  I take every decision one step at a time.  I can turn things around after a bad moment, or even a bad day.  If I can stay positive then so can you!

My nominations

I’m nominating alwaysthinkingimfat and weight2lose2013 for the award – you both bring light into my world whenever I read your posts!

Conditions For Accepting The Award

1. You must write an acceptance post, making sure you link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them. You may not lump this award in with a batch of other awards.

2. You must individually name and re-award to a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 9999999 bloggers. You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog OR a pingback (I’d suggest their about page)

3. You must link back to Belinda’s blog either to OR

4. You must write a short paragraph – Entitled either “How I’m Spreading Light” OR “How I’m A Positive Influence”

5. Display the “Butterfly Light Award” badge on your blog


Quintet of Radiance Award – I’ve been nominated!

This is my first award nomination!  I am thrilled and very grateful to weight2lose2013 for the nomination.  Please visit the blog – he always has something interesting to say.

I am super excited about this nomination. Not only is it my first award nomination, but it’s a bundle nomination!  I’ve been nominated for 4 of the 5 wonderful awards that are part Quintet of Radiance Award.  So here goes…

Most influential bloggerIt’s exciting to be nominated for this because I started my blog as a way for me to release my inner thoughts, a way for me to share my journey with whoever came across it.  I was shocked that my first post was actually read – and my blogging journey began.  It is great to be a part of this community.  I hope that I do influence you to stay determined, to keep on the path to your goals and, above all, to strive for the best health of your life – and then to maintain it.



Don Charisma was kind enough to nominate me for this award again on May 21, 2014.  He redesigned the logo and I LOVE what he came up with.  One is a ‘Superwoman’ logo and one is ‘Superman’.  Superman is my all time favourite hero so thank you Don giving me something so close to my heart!


Sunshine Award

One of my friends used to refer to me as Sunshine.  Unfortunately he passed away when we were both young, but I like to think that as life has continued for me I have kept ‘Sunshine’ a part of me.  I have my moments just like any other person, but I always try to stay positive. We cannot always control what happens to us, but we can control our reaction.

Inner Peace Award

I struggle with letting things go.  Sometimes things just eat me up inside.  However, as part of the STMC I have been trying to make yoga a part of my daily life.  It helps me relax and changes my outlook for the day.  I’m learning to let go of things that I cannot control.  I’ve also been working on taking people out of my life that give me inner rage!  I am not at 100% inner peace, but I am on the road 🙂 Namaste.


UPDATE: Don Charisma was kind enough to nominate me for this award again on April 11, 2014

ABC Awesome Blog Content Award

I started this blog as a way to unleash my thoughts.  My main focus is health and this blog is a journey to the best health of my life (and I will get there!).  I will generally write about what is on my mind and so I do hope that what I write engages you.  I love interacting with you all so thank you all for your support!

The ABC Award requires me to write a word or a phrase about myself for each letter of the alphabet.  Here we go!

Avocado – I’m in love

Brown-eyed – yes, I have beautiful brown eyes with long natural lashes 🙂

Creative – I act, write poetry and do video and photo editing in my spare time (as well as blogging!)

Determined to reach my goals in life

Encouraging to others – I am totally here for you and find joy in supporting you through your journey, whatever that may be

Food – I love tasty food and I finally realize that tasty food can be healthy!

Gym addict

Happy – generally


Jiggy – I love to get jiggy with it (Generally in my kitchen when I’m cooking and the music is blaring.  I have been known to dance to just the music in my head though!)

Kayak – I have a secret desire to try kayaking, but am scared I won’t fit in so have never tried.


Movie fan – in particular I love action and comedies

Natural – I try to eat whole non-processed foods and am working on using less chemicals in my home and on me.

Olives – as you know, I love them!

PCOS – I have PCOS

Queen – the way my husband makes me feel

Red – Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh.  This is one of my favourite songs and this leads to my goal dress – it’s red!

Strong – everyday I get both mentally and physically stronger

Traveller – I have a travel bug.  I love to explore the world and different cultures.

Unique – I am who I am and there is only one of me

Volunteer – I get great satisfaction and it’s a part of me

Water – A few years ago I didn’t drink any water.  Today I drink a lot of water!

XOX – as in, I love to hug and kiss!

Youthful – I’m a kid at heart

Zzzzzz – I really do enjoy my sleep, but I hope I never put you to sleep!


Now it’s time for me to spread the love and respect I have for other bloggers.  Here are my nominations for the 4 awards, if you choose to accept.  To keep with the ABC theme they are in alphabetical order – go check them out!