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Back in the Groove

So today is Day 1 of clear the freezer and eat healthy.

Here’s what we ate:

Breakfast was scrambled eggs with leftover cooked ham

Lunch was salad with tuna and a bit shredded cheese for me. The kids had some deli turkey wrapped around a cheese string with fresh cherries and crackers

 

 

Supper was a new dish we tried called Cowboy Grub which we all loved and it made tons of leftovers

 

Snacks we had some popscicles, baby carrots and hummus, crackers and tzaziki, watermelon and cherries.

 

Now of course I didn’t spend the whole day in the hot kitchen I also had some fun in the sun. The kids and I got out our jump ropes and played. I forgot how much fun it was to jump rope and sing songs.

 

After dinner it was time to head to my new gym and get my sweat on. I have to say my new gym has a great workout vibe going on compared to most gyms I’ve been to. Here’s a pic of me doing a circuit at the new gym. I have to say I feel like making simple meals and working out this week has made life much easier and actually given me more time to play and homeschool the little ones.

Let’s Catch Up

As usual time has gotten away from me recently. I always think of things will slow down eventually but the truth is life is alway busy and I need to make this blog more of a priority.

So what’s happened since the last time we spoke? Well tons of things. I’ve had a minor surgery, had my parents visit from back east, finished and restarted the homeschool year. Joined a new gym, maintained my weight loss and much much more.

As much as it’s fun catching up I want to make this blog post about something that I am passionate about. Those of you that know me know I have a passion for cooking and I tend to buy a ton of groceries with the intentions of making a bunch of different meals. I’ve had a few people say oh if only healthy eating wasn’t so expensive. Well consider that a challenge accepted! I want to empty my freezers to make room for a butcher order so this is going to make this challenge double the fun. I want to only make food based on what I have at home. If I buy anything I will upload the receipts to the blog. The only thing I will tell you I will be buying probably weekly is milk, other then that lets empty the frozen veggies, fruits and everything else from the freezer. I will let you know what I’ve cooked every day for meals and snacks. Let the creative juices start to flow so I can feed my family healthy and delicious meals without spending a fortune 🙂

Mexico

I’m back from Mexico. Now I realize since I haven’t been blogging much that most of you didn’t know I was even going on vacation. But I am back and more rested then ever.

I’m going to put it out there. I have caught the travel bug. On my way home from this trip I was already trying to figure out where the next destination would be. But how about I tell you about this trip before I talk about my dream vacations lol.

I went to Mazatlan Mexico from 7 nights and 8 glorious days. I was looking forward to spending some time in the ocean but the water was quite choppy so I stuck to the pool except for the playful photoshoot I did and the morning walks on the beach. This trip has taught me a lot about myself. Some things I knew about myself and others I was kind of surprised. For example on day three of my trip I started wondering how much weight I had put on and that didn’t shock me at all. What did shock me was the confidence I know have in myself. I walked around in bikini’s and I even did a photo shoot with a photographer on the resort which I would never have done before. I went into the town and explored the downtown markets and I did some tours. Had I went on this trip a year ago I wouldn’t have explored as much as I did this year. I went kayaking in the ocean, I went on a Catamaran. I even felt comfortable enough to go for a massage. It’s hard to put into words just how amazing this trip was so instead I’ll post some pictures tomorrow 🙂

 

One Year Post OP

This year has been full of ups and downs. I got away from blogging for a while not because I wanted to but because life became a little overwhelming. I am ready to come back now that I’ve landed back on my feet.

A year ago today I was a completely different person. I was always sore, tired and I was extremely overweight. I was battling my food and weight issues and trying everything I could to lose the weight and be healthy. I had been trying to lose the weight for years and just couldn’t shed all the weight I wanted to lose. Then I had my sleeve gastrectomy and my whole world changed.

I went from being someone that was consumed with thinking about how to lose weight, what I could eat, what I couldn’t eat, when I could eat and how much I could eat to not being hungry at all. This was so freeing to me it was like the shackles had been unlocked and taken off I was no longer a prisoner of my mind and body. The hunger is now starting to come back at 1 year post op but I am in control of the hunger the hunger is no longer in control of me. On top of that I changed as a person, I went from wanting to sit and watch tv to wanting to hike, camp, kayak and enjoy all the scenery around me. I went from having trouble walking around the block to walking and running 5K’s.

Something I learned through this process is there is a lot of misinformation out there about weight loss surgery so this year I want to get this blog up and running again. I want to show all of you how I live. I want to share with you how I eat to maintain my weight. What my favourite workouts are. How I am beating cravings and dealing with things like trips. Speaking of trips I am going to Mexico in a few weeks. I am going to be conquering some new adventures while I am there. I’m going to go snorkling for the first time and I can’t wait to share the pictures with all of you but for now I want to leave you with a picture of me a year ago and a picture of me today 🙂

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Keeping busy

So I finally got over my writers block and now I don’t have enough time to blog lol. I started working at the end of October and I am getting a lot more hours then I originally thought I would. I am working 4-5 days a week overnights and the coming home to homeschool and get some sleep. It proving to be quite a balancing act but I’m pretty sure we will get it all organized and back on track soon.

Work has been tough when it comes to eating. Since I haven’t told my co workers about my weight loss surgery they seem to be constantly trying to feed me food. I have been packing my lunch with some delicious foods which my co workers have named the grown up lunchable lol. I’ve been packing proscuitto, cheese and wheat thins with some fruit and a protein bar. Most nights I’m only eating my “lunchable” and drinking at my two fifteen minute breaks. My weight loss has slowed down quite a lot recently but I think it’s due to adjusting to me sleeping and eating at weird hours.

Now my workouts have pretty much been non existant which I am going to need to fix but I do lift tons of boxes and stock the shelves while at work for 8 hours so I guess I am doing some exercise just not the type I’m use to.

Tomorrow I’m planning on getting in the kitchen to get ready for the week and staying on track. No more grown up “lunchables” for me. I will be making some quinoa and vegetable stir fry. I’ll post some pics on my facebook page after it’s made.

How do you balance your work life and everything else?

Changes happening

It’s been forever it seems since I’ve been able to get on here and blog. I think part of it has been writers block and the other part is I have been swamped with life. And that’s not about to change because I have so much to catch you up on!

So first of all I am still eating well and doing well with my weight loss. I’m working out and making meal plans and trying tons of new recipes. If you don’t follow me on Facebook check out my meal pics. I wanted to get that out in the open because in the past when I stopped blogging it meant I was falling into the rabbit hole so to speak and letting my food addictions get the best of me and this is not the case this time.

So what else is new? Well I quit my gym. It just wasn’t working for me anymore and I didn’t want to spend cash on something I wasn’t getting everything I could out of. So now I workout with the kids at home. We even dusted off the wii fit and started playing games and they actually enjoy being able to workout with me. Zumba parties are another amazing workout we do at home. So that was a big change for me.

But this this is my biggest news of all I got a part time job!!! As scary as this is I’m also incredibly excited about it. I have my training tomorrow and I’m actually nervous as I haven’t been in the workplace since my first born. I’ve had temporary jobs here and there but this is a regular part time position.

I guess that’s it for tonight I have to rest up for my training but I feel like I am back and ready to once again blog 🙂

Gym Memberships and Life

So I just realized on Friday that I am no longer locked into my contract with my current gym. Now I need to make the decision of what to do. I have loved my current gym for years but the prices keep climbing and the amount of classes offered keep dropping. I have to really think about my next step. Do I try another gym? Do I join the community centres which seem to offer some pretty amazing classes? Or do I look into programs like BeachBody? My only reservations with joining a program like BeachBody is will I actually do the workouts or will I keep paying for a service and not use it. I’m also trying to be realistic in the sense that since I homeschool my kids are always home and sometimes you just need a really good sweat session without a little one around. I’m also leaning towards the community centre since they have a variety of classes that I have been wanting to try like belly dancing and bootcamps! I think my husband came up with the perfect solution for the time being. Keep my membership for a few more weeks and try the classes I’m interested in at the drop in rate. So I think I’m going to do that.

Now on to what I’ve been up to lately. Life is always crazy but lately it was even more crazy then usual. I recently  spent 5 days in hospital with some stomach issues from surgery and thankfully they have been resolved and I am back home. I’m on a two week course of antibiotics and then I will be as good as new.

Homeschooling has started again and we are getting back into the grove of things. I have to say I already miss summer where the kids and I just spent our days hiking, camping and picking which park to go to. But their learning is also important so we will keep doing our school work 🙂  On top of school work we also have their activities which have started. I love watching them in their dance classes and in a couple weeks swimming is starting and horseback riding. We might also do a learn to skate program after Christmas.

I guess that’s it for now. What have you been up to? Any new and fun workouts I should look into?

Beet and Black Bean dip

I wish I could take credit for this delicious dip but I can’t. Here’s the recipe and a link to the original page. I got the recipe from my dietician. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Recipe from Melissa Bakerwww.upbeet.ca

Ingredients:

cup or ½ can Black Beans (19 l oz / 540 mL), drained and rinsed

1 cup or 1 large cooked Red Beets, peeled and diced

1-2 large cloves Garlic, minced (…or 1 or 2 more if you love garlic)

½- tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

½- tbsp Soy Sauce

1-2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 tsp Cumin Powder 

Couple shakes of cayenne pepper, or crushed red pepper (if you like it spicy)

1/2 tsp Black Pepper, freshly ground 

¼-1/2 cup Parsley, chopped

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the side of the processor during the process.  Serve room temperature, or chilled.

Nutrition Facts (per serving 2 tbsp (30 g), makes total 17servings)

26 kcal, 1.0 g pro, 3.5 g carb, 1.0 g fiber, 1.0 g sugar, 1.0 g fat, 87 mg

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Last Camping of Summer

This blog post is a little late since I ended up in the hospital after I wrote it but I still think it’s worth sharing 🙂

It’s a Tuesday night and I am sitting by the campfire. This is the last camping trip of the season. My two little ones are snuggled up asleep in our tent while my oldest sits and watches the fire and keeps telling me he loves the sound of the fire crackling it makes him all warm.

What is the point of telling you all this? Last year I would have never been able to take my three kids camping. I would have been to exhausted by the set up of the camping gear that I would have been a sweaty mess that was cranky and miserable to be around. This year I am the fun outdoor mom.
As we are in our last week before homeschooling and activities begin I am proud of myself. I am proud that I have faced a few of my fears this year. I participated in my first 5k, I went kayaking, I walked the Coquitlam crunch, I walked 10k trails, I wore a two piece bathing suit. I went from wearing tight size 22 clothing to now shopping for size 12. All of this wouldn’t have been possible if I wouldn’t have had weight loss surgery. If I didn’t have my surgery it would have been another summer of I wish I would have done this or that…. I’m no longer afraid of what people might think when I am attempting a new challenge instead I am enjoying life to the fullest!

My first 5K

Yesterday was an amazing day! I walked most of it not because I didn’t want to run but because of the amount of people that attending the event. I participated in the Night Nation Run. I am starting my training tomorrow for my next 5K in September and I am hoping I will be able to do more running. I have to say that yesterday’s 5K gave me an adrenaline rush. Everyone was dressed up and the music was blaring. There’s a video and more pictures on my facebook page of the music but here’s a few pics of my amazing night!

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