My #80lbJourney – 8 Week Challenge in review!

My #80lbJourney - 8 Week Challenge in review!

My #80lbJourney: 8 week challenge in review

Okay, I really need to get back to weekly blogging about my journey. Not only does it keep me accountable, I hope it also helps keep others inspired and on track.

It has been over a month since the last post, and I am truly sorry it has been this long. Many things have happened and I will recap for you with results, accomplishments and barriers. As you all know, this is a long term journey for me. There is no quick fix or magic solution. It is a learning experience and lifestyle change. If you have been following along, you will know that I joined an 8 week challenge with Deb of Journey to Wellness. During the 8 weeks, I received all the tools I needed to start fueling my body instead of just eating, exercising challenges to keep me motivated to stay active, and a support system that included Deb and a private Facebook group of other women to share with and support. My results in pounds and inches are noticeable, I lost 18 lbs and 22 inches, but what I found the most rewarding about this program was the way I felt during the entire process and the knowledge I carry with me now about how to listen to my body and work FOR it, instead of against it. Trust me, there were ups and downs, and when any of us had downs, the Facebook group was amazing. By sharing our experiences, goals and achievements, we were able to support and encourage each other on the rough days, the days we fell off the high of achievement, and felt defeated. We celebrated every little hurdle, and I truly enjoyed meeting all these ladies virtually. Deb checked in personally each week and provided feedback based on what I sent her. My meals and my thoughts for the week. She is a wealth of knowledge and understands first hand what it takes to be happy and healthy while also running a household with children. THANK YOU Deb for being an inspiration to us, and for sharing your training and knowledge with us, so we can continue to be healthy in the future. My only wish with this program was that I was in the Halifax area and would have been able to join in some of the classes Deb offers in Fall River. If you are looking for a fitness program, check out her page here. Here's what Paula had to say in our Facebook group, about how she felt after 8 week challenge we completed: "Deborah Hann,  Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you, from the bottom of my heart thank-you for taking me under your wing.  For teaching me how to nourish myself,  for teaching me the difference between eating and nourishing,  for showing me that, even with my beat up old body, I CAN EXERCISE!!!  For making me believe and understand that I am beautiful, for helping me understand my value.  Thank you for helping me realize the mental strength that healthy living gives me.  Yes I lost lbs and inches!!!  I'm so happy for that, but I am so very happy and grateful for all of the things I have gained from this wonderful, life changing program. Deborah, you are an amazing teacher and a wonderful loving person.  I am so thankful for having you in my life.  All that I have learned from you will continue to be my everyday way of living.  (Yay!!!  No more binge eating!!!) To all of you wonderful, bootilicious, powerhouse women; Keep on keeping on!!!  I love you all so much, you have enriched my life and made this past 10 weeks, inspiring, funny, encouraging......xoxoxoxo"  

FOLLOW UP: What's happened since the 8 week challenge?

Since the challenge ended I have struggled with keeping on track. I gained and lost a couple pounds here and there, but still linger around the same weight. I have not remained consistent with exercise, and that is where I need to focus these days. This month I have set a goal to eat as best I can with parties, visiting, and some family meals planned. I know it is possible to stay on track, and my realistic goal for December is to maintain my weight.

Moving forward...

In January I will be getting back on track and working with a friend locally to stay on my journey to better choices and healthier ways. I look forward to sharing what I am doing and encourage you to share what you are doing as well. In January, I will also be launching a Facebook group for those who want to follow along and join me in the journey. I continue to receive positive feedback from my readers through emails expressing how I am inspiring them to make changes. It is an amazing feeling knowing that just by putting my journey out there, it might help just one other person decide to make positive changes. So keep going, no matter how many times you take backward steps, you can always keep moving ahead. One step at a time, one bite at a time, one push up, or carrot....whatever it is that challenges you, keep pushing forward!

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Wild Lights at the Magnetic Hill Zoo 

Wild Lights at the Magnetic Hill Zoo

wildlights Our family have been Magnetic Hill Zoo patrons for years. We have had season passes several years, attended birthday parties and zoo camps and always try to fit in at least one Spring Sunday opening each year. Now, we have a new yearly event to attend. I was looking forward to seeing and experiencing the Wild Lights display, but really had no idea just how well it was done. Friday night we bundled up and ventured out to check out the Wild Lights at Magnetic Hill Zoo. Having never been there at night before, Clayton (almost 4yrs old) was a little timid at first. Once he saw all the lights, it he was on to exploring. Walking through the admissions building and stepping out into the park, the lights hit you, right away something magical happens. Trees are lit, a giant snow globe greets you before you enter the park pathways. On your walk down the pathways, lights are strung above lighting the way. Animated lights of deer jumping, swans, and monkeys are just a few of the fun features on your walk around the zoo.  There were so many large trees almost fully lit, it was just breathtaking. We stopped by the canteen for hot chocolate, and you can also warm hands and feet by the bonfire along the pathway nearby. zoocollage3 zoocollage1
Check out the look on Clayton's face above....pure awe!
As you start to feel the night's chill you can slip in to visit some of the zoo animals in the Primate Center, Discovery Center, and Eco-dome to warm up a little. zoocollage2 There are also special afternoon viewings of the outdoor winter hardy animals on weekends and December 26-30 only from 2-5 pm. We went after dark, but I would suggest going around 4pm to see more animals and walking back through to enjoy the lights as it gets dark. Running through the month of December, this event features hundreds of thousands of holiday lights throughout the 40 acre park. You can visit the Wild Lights at the Magnetic Hill Zoo weekdays from 5pm to 9pm, and weekends 2pm to 9pm. For pricing and details visit www.moncton.ca/wildlights Bundle up and head over for an evening stroll through the zoo. Take the whole family and check out the beautiful displays!

GIVEAWAY TIME!! We have 4 ticket s to give away.  Get some friends together, take the family, it's up to you! Winner will be drawn Sunday, December 18th at 9pm. Must be picked up from me in Moncton (Kingswood/Evergreen area).

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*our family received passes in exchange for writing this post. All opinions & experiences remain my own.

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FREEBIE ALERT: 28 Day Free Trial – Workout at home for FREE!

If you have been following along the past few weeks with my 80lb Journey, you will have heard me talking about Airtime Fitness. I have gone into the studio now for 6 workouts over the past few weeks and I am hooked. It is not just the workouts that make me feel amazing, it's the people! Rob and the other trainers at Airtime are so encouraging and keep you motivated. Being almost 100lbs overweight, I was extremely intimidated to go to a gym, but I did, and I am glad I did. Again, having amazing staff to be encouraging and offering me alternatives to some of the exercises (no need to get hurt trying to do it all), makes me want to keep going back. Fortunately I have a gap of 10 years between my children, so my 13 yr old can babysit, and it allows me to venture out of the house to work out. Something I need to do more often, get out and do something for me. That being said, over the past few years it would have been much harder for me to get out of the house to work out, and this is where Airtime has done something different. You can workout in the comfort of your home, with the kids by your side or having a nap. Different workouts daily, access to the videos 24/7 and past workouts to check out as well. You can do a 28 day trial for FREE with Airtime. Online you get the benefit of having a motivating trainer show you the exercises for each workout, do a warm up with you and then motivate & entertain you throughout the entire 20-30 minute workout. That's what is so great about Rob and his team. They are energetic and funny. The time flies by as you push yourself to complete the workout. Before you know it, it's done and you feel so much better for having made that commitment to yourself. I have done a few of the on demand workouts now, having my older son away this week. You need minimal equipment and enough room to move around a little. Here is a clip of what you might see in the on demand workouts. Rob and Matias (first time co-hosting) having fun! This kind of banter will keep you amused as you work out each day. Sign Up, give it a try, you have absolutely nothing to lose! Get your 28 Day Free Trial NOW! ~~~~~~~

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Summer TV Round-up & GIVEAWAY from Shout! Kids

Summer TV Round-up featuring My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, Transformers

SummerDVD RoundUp We have been watching this set of DVDs for about 2 weeks now and my 3 1/2 year old loves them. He knows how to put them in the computer and get the shows he wants on the screen. I would have to say that so far the favourite is Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends. He has watched at least part of it each day. When he is playing lego, or another toy, he usually has a show running. This summer TV round up is perfect for 3-9 or even older! The recurring theme in this set of DVDs is the importance of Friendship. Who doesn't want their kids to know how important friends are? Check out the details below, and ENTER TO WIN your own Summer TV Round-Up Set!   EquestriaDVD LittlestPetshopDVD PoniesDVD RescueDVD

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DVDs from Shout! Kids and Hasbro Studios

Four DVDs from the My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers Rescue Bots lines are being released this summer as the perfect way for kids to unwind with characters from their favorite shows after days of fun in the sun. Ponies

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Friends and Famil

You don’t necessarily have to be related to be family! That’s one of the lessons in My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Friends And Family, coming to DVD on June 7, 2016 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Twilight Sparkle returns with Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Spike to celebrate the magic of friendship and family! Come watch as Apple Bloom, Maud Pie, Big Mac and others demonstrate that best friends can certainly be family. And family can certainly be best friends! Episodes Include:
  • One Bad Apple
  • Maud Pie
  • Brotherhooves Social
  • Hearthbreakers
  • The Gift of the Maud Pie
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Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends

Celebrate friendship with your best pet pals!  On June 14, 2016, buddy up with Blythe and her pet pals with Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends on DVD from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. If there’s anything Blythe has learned while working at the pet shop, it’s how to make friends. And now, she and her very best friends — Zoe the spaniel, Vinnie the gecko, Sunil the mongoose, Pepper the skunk, Russell the hedgehog, Minka the monkey and Penny the panda — are going to teach you all there is to know about making new friends! It might even mean learning a few brand-new lessons themselves! Episodes Include:
  • Sleeper Room Enough Why Can’t We Be Friends? It’s The Pet Fest! Part 1 (Featuring Heidi Klum)
  • It’s The Pet Fest! Part 2 (Featuring Heidi Klum)
   Rescue

Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech

The Rescue Bots are ready for tech-filled adventures! Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech will be released on DVD on June 21, 2016 from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Featuring five exciting episodes that the whole family can enjoy. Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder return for five brand-new adventures with their Griffin Rock friends, the Burns family! This time, they learn the valuable lesson that new technology can definitely be awesome. But it can also be… dangerous! Episodes Include:
  • One For The Ages
  • Space Bots
  • The Island Of Misfit Tech
  • Too Many Kades Of Justice
  • I Have Heard The Robots Singing
  Equestria

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Soarin’ Over Equestria

What could be more fun than Soarin’ Over Equestria? Rainbow Dash would say nothing! Now she and her fans are in luck because My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic:  Soarin’ Over Equestria is coming to DVD on August 2 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. The sky’s the limit with these five high-flying adventures, featuring all of your favorite winged Ponies! Join Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, the Wonderbolts and, of course, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Spike, as they show you Equestria the way it was meant to be seen… from above! Episodes Include:
  • Griffon The Brush-Off
  • Hurricane Fluttershy
  • Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3
  • On Your Marks
  • Newbie Dash
  *We received a complimentary copy of this DVD set for the purposes of review.