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Week Three

5th April 2012

Here’s how I did this last week:

Woo Hoo.

I haven’t had a Diet Coke or Starbucks or any coffee or caffeine since before March 26 – 11 Days! That may not sound like a big number, but it’s huge for someone who drank a ton of both, daily.

Since quitting both, and cutting out starches and junk and things with sprinkles and other things that make you salivate, I’ve had zero heartburn, zero bloating and I want to sleep again.

Bye insomnia.

Yes, I still dream of cold Diet Cokes, and cupcakes – all the time. And yet, I haven’t indulged once – it’s a whole lot of chicken and huge salads and tons of veggies for me. Also, water is the only thing I’m drinking, except for the occasional mineral water.

I feel really good, and maybe even proud of myself and it’s been ages since I could say either.

Week Three:

Weight LOST this week: 3

Weight Lost to date: 12

Weight left to Lose: 88

First Goal: 10 pounds (Reward: Magazine subscription) – DONE April 5/12 (ordered subscription to Vanity Fair)

Second Goal: 20 pounds (Reward: New perfume)

Third Goal: 30 pounds (Reward: Sephora!)

Fourth Goal:  40 pounds (Reward: Cute flats)

Fifth Goal: 5o pounds (Reward: Some new clothes)

Sixth Goal: 60 pounds (Reward: New Glasses/Sunglasses)

Seventh Goal: 70 pounds (Reward: Massage)

Eighth Goal: 80 pounds (Reward: Get my hair done)

Ninth Goal: 90 pounds (Reward: Weekend away with my girlies)

Final Goal: 100 pounds – GOAL WEIGHT! (Reward: An overpriced, obnoxious handbag)


How was your week??

See Week One Here

See Week Two Here


Weight Watchers Week One And 100 Shiny Gems

22nd March 2012


Hope you’re all enjoying the gorgeous weather out there.

So, before I talk about my first week back on the Weight Watchers, I wanted to blog about this great idea I read about that I am now going to borrow for my own weight loss.

I want to give credit to the blog/site that I saw this on, but I honestly cannot remember where I saw it because it was ages ago.

If I do find it, I promise to come back and give due credit – in the meantime, whoever thought of this, thank you and you’re very clever.

When you have a lot of weight to lose, it can be extremely overwhelming and perhaps, slightly depressing. So, having a tangible way of looking at how much you’ve lost, in terms of actual numbers, can help make it seem less overwhelming.

I hope anyway.

Introducing: The Jars of Weight Loss. The Gem Jars. The Gem Jars of Weight Loss. I have no idea what to call these, clearly.

You take two jars.

First jar is the total amount of weight you want to lose, mine was filled with 100 little plastic gems – thanks dollar store. (you can use marbles, stones, pennies, diamonds, whatever) 

Second jar is for the weight you do lose.

As you lose weight, you move the gems into the pounds lost jar. Eventually, if you work your butt off, you’ve moved all the shiny, plastic gems into that jar.

I just love this idea, because seriously, who wants to look at that empty jar? Not moi, so I’ll be posting a pic of my jar every week.

SO, how did my first week back go?

Weight LOST this week: 2.5

Weight Lost to date:  2.5

Weight left to Lose: 97.5

I lost 2.5 pounds in my first week back. It’s alright but I know it could have been more – this isn’t 2.5 lbs of working my ass off. If it was, it would have been higher.

But any weight loss is a win, right?

For this next week, the goal is to exercise and to stick to the plan 95% of the time.


How was your week? If your following along and/or also working to lose weight and get healthy, please leave a comment below with your link so I can come visit. I’ve decided to get rid of the linky for now, but I still want to support you so let me know. If you’re interested in Weight Watchers and want to know more, I wrote a post about the program yesterday with deets on how the whole thing works, so feel free to check it out.

(FYI: None of the Weight Watchers posts are sponsored.)


March To Blogher – Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012

15th March 2012

Ok, so I’ll be honest and say that I was actually going to call this post “March to Blogher – Fat Shame & Bad Skin”.

Why? Because right now, I don’t know what is happening with my skin – it is awful. I never had acne in high school, and NEVER this bad except for the last few months. It is almost worse than being overweight. Almost.

And the fat shame should be pretty obvious.

Every year at this time, when winter is on the way out and spring is arriving, I get this feeling of dread because I know it’s not going to be as easy to hide behind one of my million cardigans. My beloved cardigans (yes, I have an obsession) have become a way to hide my fat. They’re part of the uniform – wide leg jeans, long t-shirts, and a long ass, huge cardigan. I pretty much wear the same thing every single day. As someone who LOVES clothes, and loves shopping for clothes, this KILLS me. My husband used to take me on trips to Toronto and Ottawa to shop at my favorite stores, because we didn’t have them in our smaller city. Now, when we go away and do some shopping, I don’t go into a single store that doesn’t have kids’ items. Not one. They remind me of my old self and what I desperately miss.

  • I miss shopping for myself and buying myself things I like, and not just things that will cover me up the most.
  • I miss jumping and running with my kids and thinking about having fun with them, and not ‘what do I look like right now’ and ‘I hope no one sees me’.
  • I miss seeing someone I know from my past and being happy about seeing them, rather than thinking about how they’re probably shocked at what I look like now.
  • I miss looking in the mirror and actually seeing myself, rather than never really making eye contact. I’ve mastered looking THROUGH the mirror.

I could go on forever, but I hate talking about this stuff, because I don’t want pity, and I never want to come across like a “woe is me” person because that’s just not really me. I put myself here – I totally get that. This is the result of eating poorly and not exercising for years – I know this. However, if I’m ever really going to do this, I have to be honest with myself, and I have to stop telling myself that I can’t do this. This is my biggest downfall. At some point, being mean to myself has to get old, no?

And so……

After reading about so many of my friends succeeding on the Weight Watchers plan, I can’t ignore it. This plan makes the most sense for long term success, and I have to stop caring about what other people are doing to lose weight and focus on the end goal, which should just be about my own personal goal. If I keep comparing others’ successes to my failures, I’m going to have to move into my closet permanently. I don’t want to do that – it’s dark in there.

So Wednesday evening, I went back to Weight Watchers AGAIN, and told them that I wanted to sign up and start fresh, and I took my older sister with me. The Weight Watcher ladies put me in my place as soon as I tried to be negative about myself, so thanks for that Weight Watchers ladies. They weighed me and as I already knew, I need to/want to lose 100 POUNDS – that’s the goal. And now that I was weighed on a Wednesday evening, I plan to go every Wednesday, which works great because I’ll be able to blog results on Thursdays.

For those of you who have never been to Weight Watchers, the sign up is very easy. You go in, you are immediately welcomed by someone who is also on the program. You sign up and/or pay for your week, and then they weigh you. It’s a very nice and comfortable environment and they are very discreet about your weight. They are encouraging and very nice and extremely helpful and knowledgeable. According to your weight and some other numbers, they will tell you how many points you can eat each week. You are given lots of reading material and you get new informative Weight Watchers Weekly inserts every week. They also have tons of extras available for purchase, like cookbooks, magazines, food, etc. Honestly as long as you get all the weekly materials, all you really need above that, is the calculator that will help you calculate points of everything you eat. The best $10 you can spend I think.

So there’s where I stand – I guess I’m a bit behind since it’s mid-March but in the big picture, who cares really.

Are you on working hard to get to your best self for Blogher in August? Maybe you blogged about healthy eating, or workouts or maybe even Weight Watchers. Whatever it may be, I would love it if you linked up your post below, so that we can come and support you and see how you’re doing!!


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March to Blogher – Setting Up Goals and Rewards

8th March 2012

If you have no idea what March to Blogher is about – please check out the first post here.


I’m going to talk about how the first week went below, but first, I decided to offer myself some incentives.

The fact is even when you have people supporting you, if you can’t get over that voice in your head telling you can’t do it, you won’t.

Let’s just say that for me personally, that voice is STRONG. I’m such a self-doubter in the weight loss thing, and it’s my biggest downfall by far.

So, I thought that perhaps if I gave myself some goal/reward incentives it might help.

I’ve seen other bloggers do this on their blogs when trying to lose weight and I thought it was a good idea, so here goes.

Personal Goals: 

  • First Goal: 10 pounds (Reward: Magazine subscription)
  • Second Goal: 20 pounds (Reward: New perfume)
  • Third Goal: 30 pounds (Reward: Sephora!)
  • Fourth Goal:  40 pounds (Reward: Cute flats)
  • Fifth Goal: 5o pounds (Reward: Some new clothes)
  • Sixth Goal: 60 pounds (Reward: New Glasses/Sunglasses)
  • Seventh Goal: 70 pounds (Reward: Massage)
  • Eighth Goal: 80 pounds (Reward: Get my hair done)
  • Ninth Goal: 90 pounds (Reward: Weekend away with my girlies)
  • Final Goal: 100 pounds – GOAL WEIGHT! (Reward: An overpriced, obnoxious handbag)

A couple of these may change or get switched around, depending on when I actually reach them. I’ve also been promised a shopping extravaganza when I reach my goal weight, so that’s some additional incentive for me to do this, once for all.


So, what has happened in the last week?

It was a bit of a lunchbox letdown.

I wasn’t 100% prepared to start on Friday, because I didn’t have the groceries I needed. Big mistake of course. And with the husband gone for two weeks on business, I was kind of exhausted by the end of his trip which coincided with this past week. Excuses, excuses I know.

A bigger problem I had, is that I had some issues with some of the foods that I was supposed to eat. Following the dietician’s suggestions from last week, I tried to eat from Canada’s food guide and stick to the food groups. However, all of the fruit that I ate (except for bananas) gave me unbearable heartburn and acid reflux. It’s not the first time that has happened, but it usually involved drinking juice and not eating the fruit. I also had a lot of stomach pain/bloating, etc (I will spare you the details), when I ate starches and dairy. I don’t really know what’s going on but I had to basically avoid all those foods in order not be in pain. It was weird and uncomfortable, to say the least.

So, for this week, I think I’m going to have to switch the plan up a bit. I still plan on eating healthy and drink a ton of water, but I’m going to focus more on protein and vegetables and see how I feel. Since I’m deviating a bit from the original plan, I’m still unsure on whether I should in fact count calories or keep track of how much I eat using Weight Watchers points (small confession here: I’m actually an online WW member).

Uncertainty does not bode well for me clearly, so I’ll push the restart button and go from here.


I’m adding a linky below as I will each week. I would love for you to link up so that I can stop by your blog and support you on what you’re doing to get healthy. You don’t have to be following a certain diet or anything like that – it’s just about supporting each other for these next five months before Blogher NYC!!! If you’re not going to Blogher, you are more than welcome too!!

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March To Blogher – A Trip to the Dietician

1st March 2012

Happy March my friends.

I’m starting a new thing on here that I’m calling March to Blogher.

What is it?

I’m planning on going to Blogher in August, and like most people, I want to look my best when I’m surrounded by hundreds (thousands) of fabulous bloggers that I adore and respect. So, I’m giving myself a challenge and calling it March to Blogher!

The real long-term goal here is to get healthy and get to a healthy weight. Will I get to my goal by Blogher – sadly, no because I have too much to lose. However I can make a great dent in it for sure, and I know I can make a difference in how I feel overall.

Since it’s March 1st, I’m starting today and plan to blog every week on Thursday, and I would LOVE for you to join me.

You don’t have to be doing a certain diet or losing a certain amount or anything like that. You can write about anything that you’re doing each week to get healthier – it’s up to you. It’s really about supporting each other, no matter what plan you are following or exercise you’re doing and inevitably, we can all learn from each other’s success and failures. So, if you would like to join me, grab a badge (badge to come!) and sign up using the linky below – hopefully, once this gets going, there will be several of us supporting each other and finding each other through the linky.

And if not, I’ll be here doing it on my own. Ahem.


SO, yesterday I had an appointment with a dietician for the first time. She was really sweet and honest and it was an eye opener for sure. She asked me some basic questions, then asked me what I ate during the day and how often, etc. She was kind of shocked by what I told her and I was kind of shocked by what she told me – we schooled each other basically.

What did I learn?

Surprisingly, she told me that I was not eating enough and wasn’t eating meals spaced throughout the day so that my metabolism would work properly. She also said I have to give up Diet Coke, which I knew but it’s hard to hear regardless. I was actually expecting really strict rules and guidelines from her but that’s not what I got at all. What she suggested is very doable and realistic and it all made sense. I’m going to visit her once a month, and we’ll tweak the guidelines if needed then.

Here are the actual recommendations she gave me and honestly, I think they’ll work for anyone so please feel free to use them as well.

  • Eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks spaced 3-4 hours apart – This one is crucial for me because my metabolism is totally screwed up right now. Also, when you don’t eat regularly, your body just holds onto everything on your body for dear life because it’s in starvation mode – ie. it’s much harder to lose weight.
  • Eat from 3 of the 4 food groups for meals, and eat 2 of the 4 food groups for snacks – The food groups I mention are those in Canada’s Food Guide. She told me that there is a lot of science behind the food guide and so as long as I follow the suggested serving sizes, that counting calories wasn’t actually necessary. She said that the goal is to get into a pattern where you are eating the right amount from the recommended food groups – this essentially cuts out junk food, sugar, crap and the like. She also mentioned that being able to eat like this is very sustainable for a healthy lifestyle long-term.
  • Eat breakfast within one hour of waking up – This one is key and she said it’s super important to eat within an hour of waking up to get your metabolism going.
  • If eating an evening snack (and an insomniac like me) eat a starch and dairy – When I mentioned I wasn’t sleeping, she suggested I eat a snack that contained one serving of starch and one dairy, to help me sleep.
  • Drink water as your main beverage – If I’m feeling bloated it means I’ve had way too much salt – water will help get rid of that water your body is holding on to, and water is essential to being healthy.
  • Walk daily or exercise in some way every day – She suggested I start slow, with ten minutes and add to it every day until I can get to at least 30 minutes.
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night – She couldn’t believe how little I was sleeping and said that unless I start sleeping more hours, weight loss will be harder to achieve.
She also made a point of telling me that I should be losing 2 pounds a week MAX. In the first couple of weeks, the numbers may be higher because my body will inevitably drop water weight that it has probably been holding on to, however it should level out after that. Losing more than two pounds a week really affects your skin’s ability to bounce back and results in loose skin that so many people have when losing large amounts of weight quickly. Loose skin – me no likey.

So the plan for this first week? Incorporate the recommendations that the dietician gave me, drink water as my main drink and lots of it, and move/work out every day in some way, and we’ll see what happens. Are you working on getting healthier? It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting or have been at it for a while, link up so that I can visit and support you too!

Five months to go until Blogher!! I would love it if you would join me!

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