My Journey – Living Healthier

My Healthy Journey - the ups, the downs and living the lifestyle!

My Health Journey started in July 2016 when I had just had enough. Over the years I had gained weight, 10 pounds here and 5 pounds there. In July I weighed 250lb, around what I was when I had my first baby. Over the last 14 years I was up and down between 210lbs and 230lbs. The jump to 250 happened over the winter of 2016 and I could feel it.

My first steps to take were small, changing little things here and there. Each week I feel better, the weight is slowly coming off, which is how I want it. It took a long time to gain, so I am not expecting an overnight weight loss. I am using no gimmicks, eating real food, drinking lots of water and trying to add more exercise to my life.

Through sharing this journey I am hoping to accomplish two things:
  1. I hope through reading my blog, this inspires even one person to make positive healthy changes for themselves.
  2. By sharing publicly what I am doing, I feel more accountable to myself to continue and move toward my goal.

Here is my journey unfolding:

My Health Journey Week 1a: the starting point to a healthier me

My Health Journey Week 1b: Over the Years – Turning Point

My Health Journey Week 2: Keep Moving

My Health Journey Week 3: Calories

My Health Journey Week 4: One Month Results & Thoughts

My Health Journey: Cheesies, Hickory Sticks and Beer! Oh My!


My Health Journey week 6-7 : it’s not easy, but it can be done

My Health Journey: Food, Fuel & A New Perspective (09/15/16)

My Health Journey – Getting the hang of this, I think (10/10/16)

My Health Journey - 8 Week Challenge in Review (Dec 2016)


My Health Journey - more than just weight loss

My Health journey - reflections...back to the gym & moving forward

My Health Journey - In Need Of A Little Inspiration (03/02/17)

My Health Journey - Reset & Let's Try This Again! (April 2017)

My Health Journey - Prep & Freezer Meals (04/25/17)

Healthy Living - The Journey Continues (10/17/17)

Healthy Living - I Survived Week 1 At The Gym


My #80lbJourney – Prep and Freezer Meals

My #80lbJourney- Prep and Freezer Meals

This week was all about getting back on track and getting organized. Between my birthday early last week (2 cakes and cupcakes as well) and getting back on track after being away for a few days, it was a slow start. I did stick to some of my goals, as you will read below, but I used this week to plan ahead and prep.

My 80lb Journey – In Need Of A Little Inspiration

Being inspired in life is sometimes hard. We fall into patterns and routines that are automatic and not always good for us. It is no secret I struggle with my weight, but getting at the reason for that struggle is another thing. 

Over the past 8 months I have had some great results, and I have faltered. Right now I am dealing with a head full of "stuff" and de-cluttering is taking time and effort. But I am in this for the long haul and finding inspiration along the way. Celebrating the small milestones, and not 100% focused on the weight.

My #80lbJourney – Cheesies, Hickory Sticks and Beer! Oh My!

My #80lbJourney - Cheesies, Hickory Sticks and Beer! Oh My!


Okay, we all have days where we don't try as hard, or maybe skip out on watching what we eat, or exercising. Well, this week threw me for a complete loop. I promised when I started these weekly posts, that I would share the ups AND downs. This past week/weekend was a downward spiral. WARNING, long post ahead!

I knew I would not get into the gym this week because my oldest boy is away at Camp Argonaut for summer cadet training. He usually watches my 3 yr old so I can get out. Fine, I planned to work out at home following the on demand workouts from Airtime.

Sunday night and Monday were extremely stressful, as my son was homesick and not happy being away, and I didn't expect that. I worried, stressed over what to do, and then stressed over my decision to be a tough parent and not do anything. SO....the gym, working out....well, I did a workout at home Monday, half effort, but I did it. Wednesday came and I cancelled my gym appt as I ended up on a conference call that afternoon. Not a biggie, but I should have made up for it with an at home workout. Friday was coming on quick, and we planned to go to Fredericton for the weekend. I felt I needed to get to the gym, no matter what.

I did go to the gym Friday and enlisted my nephew to babysit for me. What a relief. I know now that I NEED the gym. Getting out of the house and going to the gym makes me happy, and a nicer person to be around. I tend to let things fester, and get to me. Being stressed all week, not knowing our plans for the weekend until last minute and not getting in the workouts was getting to me.

Saturday we finally knew when we would get to see our son at Camp and that we would be able to sign him out overnight. What a relief. Off we went to Oromocto. Clayton was excited to get to the hotel and wanted to check out the pool. He and I loved it. We swam before supper and after, then settled down to rest before Lorne joined us that evening.
Seeing my boys together and happy was awesome. Both were so happy to be with us. Together.


I know it may seem silly to some, but we spend most of our time together. Never having been away for more than a night or two before, we all felt the homesickness Lorne was going through. All was good now that we were spending time together.

At this point, I had stayed on track with food, not eating anything overly indulgent or "bad" all week. Had sushi for supper on Saturday, and then all went down hill.... 🙁

Cheesies, Hickory sticks and Beer! Oh My!

I am not kidding. I ate junk and even drank a beer, a Pump House Radler (I am not a beer drinker, but this stuff is amazing!). No measuring and counting calories, no looking at the calorie count at all, I just ate it. After, I felt NOT so great, since I had been avoiding this kind of food for about a month, it seemed foreign to my body I guess. But, it didn't stop there. Breakfast wasn't bad, a boiled egg, yogurt, banana and coffee. But Lunch was a Ranch Chicken Ciabatta with side of fries and supper was a Korean Sub at Subway. Too Much Bread!

So there you have it, I caved, indulged, and felt bloated and not so good after. I was super cranky yesterday and still today. Eating better today, but not completely back on track. Tomorrow is a new day, I will move forward and try to curb those cravings the next time they surface. Or at least find some healthier options to satisfy those cravings.

Gym goals this week:
  • Get there Wednesday and Friday, in the gym.
Food Goals this week:
  • Prep lunches
  • Keep on track even if I have to eat out.
  • Drink water, Drink even more water, and when I think I can't drink any more, have another glass!
Other Goals:
  • Get boys rooms finished (need to put up things on the walls and make curtains for one)
  • Start back to school organizing. What do we have already, what do we need to get?
  • Go for a walk at least 3 times this week.
  • Get to bed by 11pm.

Just keeping it real here. We all struggle and have various factors that can sabotage our efforts. I truly believe that getting back on track is the thing we need to teach ourselves, to acknowledge the setback, and move on. Just because I had a couple bad days with my eating and exercise, it doesn't erase all the good done over the past month. In fact, I think it proved to me that what I have been doing has been making me feel better than I realized. Mentally and physically, this week I felt gross (that's the only fitting word). So, I know I want to feel that energy again, that happier me needs to come back to the surface. Most of all, I need to remember how I felt these past few days, and try not to let it happen again.

Happy week to you, and keep moving!


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