Thursday, September 6, 2012

New Blog!!!

Hi everyone:)

I finally rolled out my new blog this evening and I hope you will stop by for a look.  Its about clothes,shoes,cosmetics & perfume, cooking, home interiors and other fun things :) This is revolving around my new-found again love for all things French. Yes I was a major Francophile when I was younger and my interest has been rekindled again lately.

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

New Blog Coming Soon

I've decided to separate this blog from talking about fashion.  It will be coming live soon and I hope anyone that is reading this blog will check it out.  I'll still be blogging here a lot about weight loss and health :)

The new blog will focus on Fashion, Cooking,Home Style, and whatever else inspires me :) 

Have a great long weekend!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Today is the day I achieved my 1st mini goal!! That goal was to get to where I left off two years ago and finally I'm back to where it ended. This is my reward

My next mini goals is to get to 199lbs and that 37lbs away :)

The reward for my 2nd goal is this dress

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

In Transit

We're finally moved and now trying to get as settled in as possible.  Unfortunately we're still in transit as we'll have another big move within the next 12 months.

These past few weeks really had D and I talking and thinking if we really wanted to move back to Edmonton or even if we wanted to stay in Alberta or Canada. 

  1. We realized we don't want to move to the States. I really dont want to deal with more immigration stuff on the flip side of D trying to stay down there with me.  So New Mexico is out
  2. We're tired of the rising crime rate in Edmonton.  So moving back to Edmonton became a big fat NO
  3. I miss living on the Coast though moving back to the East Coast is now out for various reasons.
  4. We want somewhere where the lifestyle isn't so money-centric.  A city with a small town feel where we can lead a more mindful life and where we'd want to retire too
  5. Preferably an area I can stay within the same company I work for now. 
So in 12 months we're moving too:

 I'm super excited.  I can job transfer there. D will try and get a job at Costco here so he can also try and put in for a transfer.  Rent is within a below means budget and we found several places there are pet friendly also.  Though we wont be on the side of the Island on the Pacific Ocean its close enough to make me very happy.

To this end, we'll be saving our little hearts out. I wont be joining a gym and instead taking that money I'd be using and banking it.  I'll be doing a lot of walking and biking to make up for it in addition to finishing up C25K and using my fitness dvd's also.  I have enough fitness things to keep me happy and busy and other than getting another pair of running shoes I've stopped spending in that area completely. We'll also be very busy trying to downsize the things we have now since we'll be flying to our final home :) I'm so happy and feeling very calm inside so I know this is a good decision for us.


Much & Healthy Living!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I'm still here

We're in the midst of a whirlwind move so I'm on  a brief break from pretty much everything until towards the end of next week...

We're moving to the next town over from Edmonton, downsizing for a few months to get back on our feet financially etc..  

I'll be joining a gym there and we'll have out bikes so we'll have a whole new area to explore so I'm quite excited about it too plus they have a HUGE Saturday Farmer's Market that I'm looking forward to going to again.  

So I should be back next Friday:)

Much Love & Healthy Living!!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Inhale, Exhale WTH?

So I'm trying to add some yoga into my weekly fitness routine and well.....its kinda funny. I'm just not flexible yet so places hurt and my breathing sucks...For some reason years ago I started breathing more through my mouth than nose and that is something I need to retrain myself not to do.  I'll adding some guiding meditation to help with.  I really want to be bendy:) So lookout downward dog I WILL conquer you!!

Yoga is something I've always wanted to add to my life so its something I'm really going to work hard at...Yoga and Running :)   Anything else will be gravy.  

I've also fallen in love again with Taos New Mexico and I think after so many years of failed attempts hubby and I will be planning a holiday with Taos being our destination. I think it will be a good place for use to relax and get ourselves balanced. 

Also, for the month of May, my workout total was 1,680 minutes!!  Yayy Me!!:)

Much Love & Healthy Living!!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Diagnosis

So one of my test results came back and I have PCOS or also know as Polysystic ovary syndrome.  While this is something I suspect I've had for awhile I'm still stunned that it's now confirmed.  It does explain a lot of things that has been going on with my body for the last few years and it will make losing weight even much more harder.  I'll just have to work even harder!!
I'm also keeping my carbs lowered to around 100grams a day and I'm going to start being more diligent about it also.

So now on my reading list is

Much Love & Healthy Living!!!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Meet My Nemisis

Looks fairly innocent right?  Ha!!  Don't let it fool you, those stairs are the bane of my fitness existence and one I aim to conquer this year or die trying. 

I've done these stairs once and OMG  I about died, I did get applause when I made it to the top but that is only nice when you aren't preventing a coronary attack.

So today I started by taking those stairs baby brother, still up a hill but not as many stairs.  I still wanted to die but it wasn't as bad and getting Hi-5's from hubby at the top was sweet!!!

So almost a 5 mile walk today, including a tour of a fitness centre and a window shopping trip to The Running Room. I drooled over running shoes, looked at Fuelbelts and gym bags, Good Times!!!

How was your weekend?  

Much Love & Healthy Living!!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Day!!

I had two back to back job interviews today and by the time  I got home I got a solid offer from one of them.  I'm so happy. The pay isn't awesome but the health benefits are so I'm happy about that.  Plus they offer a discount to the closet fitness centre by them so I'll be joining a gym once we get back on track.  My hope is by mid-July for my birthday. 

Now I need to find a balance for work and working out/being healthy. I REFUSE to let my new goals take a back seat again. 

I had ordered compression shorts from Old Navy and they came in today and they are totally awesome:)  I got them in the largest non plus size and they are even slight large already Woot!!!  

I have a week until training stars so I'll be busy planning out lunches in advance, getting the apartment in order, and working out a lot. 

Tomorrow: Week 1 Day 3 of Couch to 5k and a nice long River Valley walk:)

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Turbo Jam

This morning I did a dvd of Turbo Jam instead of working on C25K.  I did the first dvd called Learn and Burn.

I really didn't think I'd get a decent workout but boy was I wrong!!! It was 30 minutes but I did sweat a bit and I'm sure I looked like a big dork trying to figure out the moves but I completed the session and I love it!!

This evening we went on a long walk and checked out a new Farmers Market.  Great walk that ended up being almost 1.5 hours too.

I'm hoping that eventually working out will be as natural to me as breathing.  :)

How was your healthy week?

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Another 1.5lbs bites the dust

I think lowering my carbs this past week has helped me a lot and made the scale finally budge again, Yayy!!!

I still hate my stomach, in fact I think that is my biggest complaint about my body.  However if I can lose more weight and start lifting weights with more cardio/running I think I will lose a significant portion of it before I head to surgery to get excess skin removed.  I CAN DO THIS!!

I'm currently reading 

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Week 1 Completed But Probably to be Repeated

This morning was a mini C25K disaster.  First my earphones crapped out so I couldn't hear the voice prompts and then I just couldn't either finish the minute intervals or I had to skip them.  I was a very sad panda too.

So after buying a new pair of JVC sport headphones I have decided that I'll probably repeat week 1 starting on Tuesday morning. Tomorrow I'm taking a proper rest day and working on stretches, taking measurements and body photos and doing some reading.   My legs are so achy:(  

I'm still also having stomach/digestion issues and I've been waiting for about a month now for a phone call from a G.I. Specialist.  My doctor said he sent in a referral but I've yet to hear from anyone.  I still think its either I.B.S. or Crohn's. 

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Great Day

First off, I really needs to get a compact camera that I can have on me at all time for photos. I don't have a iphone with a good camera so this is something I really need to look into.

We walked to the downtown farmer's market today.  Today was the first too they are outside so it was a perfect opportunity to check out what was available fruit and veggie wise.  We ended up not buying anything today but I did scope out lots of booths to try in the coming months.

My husband and I then walked over to the mall so i could look for a few things.  They have a boutique Sportchek there so I checked out a bunch of things, running shoes, socks and I tried on a fuelbelt.

Its a one size fits all item but it barely fit but I was happy it even just fit though I'm sure in the coming months I'd be able to tighten it up.  I'll be ordering it for running in the next few weeks.  I always have to carry water with me when I walk or run not matter the distance or length of time. I have a one bottle holder for less bouncy excursions.

This was my Mother's Day gift to myself this year

Yes purple is my power colour this year:)   

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Week 1 Day 2 Completed C25K

I got up fairly early today and instead of doing day 2 on the treadmill I decided to walk over to our muli-path trail and do my session there. 

I have to say it's a lot easier running on a path with intervals than on the treadmill.  I still had a hard time with the 1 minute jog/runs but not as bad as I wasn't having to fiddle with the controls to get a good pace.

Sunday I'll do day three as I have a long walk planned Saturday morning with a friend. 

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012


I just completed Day 1 of Week 1 of Couch to 5k.  I had to skipped the last 1.5 jog intervals and had to pause to catch my breath a couple of times but I did complete it and next time I'll do even better:)


Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

River Valley Kind of Day

We went out this morning and walked down to the River Valley and along the river for awhile. I the end it was about 5miles total...I even took pictures, including one horrible one of myself with a walkers "high".

I look awful but I felt great:)   Also I have always hated having my photo taken but I do need to visually track my weight loss so I figure what the hell and just did it.
The second to the last photo shows part of the hill we walked back up.  Its really not that bad and it slopes pretty easy but it still kicks my butt.

I'll be doing this again tomorrow too !!!  My goal is to make it up that hill w/out stopping

Also omg!! I super want my fridge looking like this

I also have a Tumblr now though I'm not sure why lol. You can check it out HERE

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Two Years Ago

Two years ago I got my weight down to 236lbs.  Then I was laid off and got depressed and then soon after I discovered online gaming. 

If I can lose 17lbs then I'll be back down to that end weight. So that is my short term goal; to get down to 236 in the next 10 weeks. 

My next mini goal after that will be to get down to 199  

I CAN do this :)

Much Love & Healthy Living

Sunday, May 6, 2012

So far

My weight in was a bit wonky yesterday so I'm going to mostly ignore it..I didn't gain but the loss was insignificant so I don't even remember what it was.

This past week I had two job interviews and I have another on Tuesday. I'm 99.9% sure I'll get at least one offer out of the three to so I'm quite excited. 

I'm still eating super healthy.  Cutting out most if not all junky food though carbs aka bread is still killing me big time.

I'm starting my weight lifting program on May 14th and also that week or a week after I'll be starting P90X

 Yep, I'm pretty sure one of them will be the death of me too lol but I'm still going to do them both.  the dvd's will be nice when its too hot for me to work out in the gym or outside, Woohoo for air conditioners!!

Yesterday I walked 4.92 miles and today though I didn't log mileage I did walk for 45 minutes.

Will start logging meals tomorrow

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What I'm reading

I love my kindle to pieces but I actually went to my closest bookstore and picked up this book. It has correct position lifting photos so I wanted to see it better then I'd be able to do on the Kindle.

I've been wanting to add some strength training to my workout routine and this came highly recommended. I will review when I'm finished.

I had a job interview today and I think it went well. I should know in a week or so if I got the position or not. I have another job interview tomorrow morning too:)

And because I know you all want to know /sarcasm I'm going to try and start posting my weekly food diary on here.   I keep it separate on My Fitness Pal but I thought maybe I can make myself a bit more accountable by posting here also.

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Maxi Dresses- Love 'em or Hate 'em

Personally, I'm not a fan of them but I really love this dress from Addition-Elle

Of course because I'm not a maxi dress kind of girl I'm going to have it shortened   lol 

On some good new front: I have three job interviews scheduled within the next week.  I'm so excited that positive things are starting to happen for me  :)

I also picked up a book today on Weight training for Women..No, I dont want be all uber muscled but I'd love to tone while I'm losing weight.

Much Love & Healthy Living!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Why is it so hard?

I want to be healthy. I want to be able to not pay double for larger sized clothes..So why is it so hard to just do it?

A virtual representation of me now

258lb - Current Weight
How I'd look approximately without the extra 58lbs

And then at 175 which is close to my goal weight

Pretty awesome at 175lb I think....not my final goal of 155 but even would be a good stopping point and keep working on toning.

So why is it so hard?    I have a million excuses on why its hard but how many of them are really valid.. Probably 5% or less.

I mean I know what I need to do and I have started it but yet something little unhealthy devil sits heavily on my shoulder and whispers sweet and fattening nothings to me "fast food, chips, Southern food" and so on. 

Then there is the "sit on my butt" devil that sits on my other shoulder that says "Hey! Video games are fun!  Watch more tv! surf the net for hours!"  

I need to find my food and fitness angels that those devils are sitting on and set them free!!  

Yesterday I walked over 4 miles /pats back  though my time sucked but its a start.   2 years ago I could walk 4 miles in 60 minutes and yesterday it was 4.25 miles in 78 minutes.  Not bad but not great. 

What are your devils? 

Much Love & Healthy Living

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Disclaimer: I don't swim but I love going in the pool and I'm hoping soon to be able to take some kind of Aqua non-swimming class...I have a fear of drowning so despite swimming lessons when I was younger it didn't take.

That being said, SWIMSUITS!!!

Land's End - Swim Top and then Swim Shorts

I love the colour and the flirty skirt- Land's End

Old Navy Swim Top

Old Navy Swim Top

Old Navy Swim Top

Old Navy Swimsuit Coverup

Old Navy I love the colour but am worried I may not be busty enough for it
I'm thinking I may order the swim shorts from Land's End and then get an assortment of cute swim tops to mix and match.

What kind of swimsuit do you have?   Do you swim a lot or just pool exorcise classes?

This mornings weight in : -2.7lbs and I walked 4.15 miles this morning

Much Love & Healthy Living

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hello Everyone

I'm truly sorry that I've been AFK again. I've had quite a few medical issues in the last few months and have been trying to sort them out. 

While that has been going on I've become re-commited to a fitness routine and have re-vamped my way of eating again also.

In the last 15 days I've faithfully logged my meals at My Fitness Pal and have been working out at least 4 times a week. 

I'm back to eating most of my meals vegetarian though I haven't given up totally on some meat and seafood/fish.   I'm also still eating eggs and dairy.  Overall though I'm feeling better and have more optimism that my life will get better in the next 12 months. 

My personal goal is to start blogging again, at least twice a week to keep up with my accountability.

P.S. If anyone that still reads my blog is on MFP I'd love to have more friends:)

Much Love & Healthy Living1!


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