Somehow I Got 4 Chesticles!!!

I’m going to share my journey with you.

Back in January I had noticed that I had started to gain weight.  My clothes were becoming tighter and uncomfortable.  The cups of my bra weren’t quite covering my boobs, giving me 4 boobs instead of two.  My cheeks were looking pretty chubby and no amount of makeup could contour them away. Funny-Weight-Loss-Inspiration-Quotes

Slowly, without me even noticing, the weight just crept up on me.  I gained close to 25lbs and went up 3 pants sizes without even noticing it, until one day I split a zipper open on my pants.  And my mood swings…..I constantly felt down every time I looked in the mirror.

Many things could attribute to this.  Food, lack of exercise, a few too many cocktails,  medications etc…. All I know is I was uncomfortable all of the time, both mentally and physically.

A little bit of a back story….

5 years ago I got really sick.  It got to the point where I couldn’t keep any foods in.  I was drained.  I had been for many many tests over the course of 6 months, all coming back negative.

While in between doctors visits, tests and test results,  I was encouraged to visit a Naturopath.  At the time I thought they were hookey, but I was desperate, so I gave it a go.  Through a blood test, she was able to determine that I was allergic to many foods that were causing this sickness in my body.  Gluten, dairy, eggs both duck and chicken, beef, broccoli, pineapple, cranberries and a few other things.

Normally they recommend slowly weaning your body off of the gluten but I went cold turkey.  Things got much worse before they got better as I went through a detox that they say is similar to what heroin addicts experience.

As my body started to heal itself and the toxins left my body,  I dropped 30 lbs, going down to 117lbs (too skinny), but end up regulating at 122.  I felt great. Healthy. More energy.  Even my overall personality was friendlier.

And I stayed this was for the past 4 years.

Back to the present…..

So now here I am, weighing the most I ever have in my life and needing to do something about it.  I knew that I couldn’t do it on my own.  I just don’t have the self regulation to do it.  There’s always that devil on my shoulder that says “just eat it” lol.  And let’s face it, I am a carb addict.  I love carbs.  Hmmmm…..spoonful’s of Nutella…..sigh!

Anyways….I have decided to give the 8 Week Challenge a go. 730abe1100b4ea8cbdd9c5a3a069e555---week-challenge-butt-workouts

The 8 Week Challenge is a food-focused program with simple guidelines that anyone can follow. Teaching you what to eat, when to eat and why, with support the entire 56 days.

The challenge started on June 18, this past Monday.  All of the participants are currently in a week of learning.  How to read labels, what kinds of foods to eat, etc.  There is also an app which allows members access to see challenge friendly foods at local grocery stores and restaurants.

The actual challenge is for 56 days and starts this Monday, June 25. gym-humor-diet-and-fitness-humor-fitness-memes-gym-memes-diet-weight-loss-fat-fat-loss-cro-1024x1024

During the challenge you follow an eating schedule, eliminating sugar, caffeine and alcohol all while eating challenge friendly foods and incorporating exercise.

For me eliminating sugar and exercise will be the hardest part.  Eeeekkk! lol!

So, I have decided to blog my challenge and see where this thing goes.

Stay tuned…..

 

Rating Mondays on a Scale of 1 to “I’ll give you my kidney to skip today”

Why is it that we hate Monday’s so much?  Is that our weekend wasn’t  long enough? Or that its the first early morning of a 5 day work week?  Maybe its having to make school lunches or listening to your kids complain about having to go to school? Or having to tell them yet again, to get ready for school. 93454dba4c03f3da46e85332c728ef4b

I have been a long time sufferer of what I call Sunday Night Anxiety.   It usually happens around that time of day on Sunday that is called Smonday.

For me, its just the thoughts of starting a new week.   The feeling of having to do something.   There in never really a reason for it, it just is.

So how do we stop this dreaded Monday feeling? Maybe its just a simple as changing our routines?  Or looking at it differently.   Finding the good things about the day.

I recently read a blog post titled Tell Me Something Good by Leslie Nichole The premises behind the post was to share something good that happened instead of focusing so much on the negative.

So what if we applied that to Mondays?  What if, instead of looking at Monday as the black sheep of the week, we6c000ef9841d390268066f4268370b66 looked at it in a more positive way. Stopped hitting the snooze button a dozen times, or offering to sell a kidney to stay in bed longer.

What if we looked at Monday as a fresh start to a new week?  A chance to be amazing?  Shake things up a bit?

Who knows what the possibilities could be!!!!

Or may Mondays will always just be that day of the week we want to punch in the face!

Whatever your feelings…..enjoy today however it works best for you

Pop Up Bunnies Just In Time for Easter

This morning my mom and I, along with some friends of ours, enjoyed the tranquil and relaxing atmosphere of The Watering Can. This weekend they were offering a Spring Fresh DIY Pop Up workshop. The completed 8″x5″ planter has a beautiful assortment of colours, with a cute little bunny ornament to finish it off.

The workshop, a cost of $20, was pre-booked and not surprising, was sold out in all time slots.

Long workstations are set up and all the supplies set out, just leaving us to pick which plants we wanted to use.

Our mini gardens were colourful and included Campanula, Star of Bethlehem and Kalanchoe.

Everything was planted in a stone planter and topped off with a colour moss and a bunny nestled in the centre of it all!

And presto, we have a Spring Fresh planter.

This was my first workshop at The Watering Can and I would definitely do it again. It’s a great activity for a girls day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the smells were amazing. We had time to talk and laugh all well putting our planters together

Afterwards we strolled though the displays and plants they had in their shop. There is also a little cafe onsite, with many yummy treats for sale.

So next time you are in the Vineland, Ontario area, pop into The Watering Can and enjoy!