When you have so much to say

Lately I tend to start and stop several blogs daily. I have so much I want to say but I can’t seem to type it out properly. There are thoughts I need to get out but I want to make sure they aren’t just a bunch of jumbled words but a post that makes sense. So I will keep trying to put my thoughts on here and hopefully I can get ride of this writers block soon ๐Ÿ™‚

My eyes are bigger then my stomach

Ok first of all where has the summer gone? I mean we are already August! How did the summer slip away so fast?

I don’t know what is going on with me lately but I seem to be on a food shopping spree! My freezers are full, my cupboards are full so there is no need for any other food yet I keep buying more! It’s like I go shopping and forget I can’t eat that much food at a time. ย In the program I followed before surgery they talked about cross addictions. One of them having the need to shop. I have to tell you that in the last 6 months I have had a couple things I was obsessed with. Like when I was fresh out of surgery and I would watch 10000 calorie challenges on youtube or food eating competitions. I could sit there for hours watching it and never feel hungry. I’m not sure if I enjoyed watching people eat cause it grossed me out or I was living thru them but I am glad I am over that phase. Now I need to deal with the food shopping issue which I am sure I will overcome as well. Especially if I stay away from the stores which will be easy to do with the cupboards over flowing.

As bad as shopping for food has become I am getting good at at least buying healthy food. This weekend for example I got a 20 lbs box of veggies from a local farmer and a 20 lbs box of fruits. I actually gave some of the fruits away since there was no way we could eat it all before it went bad. The pleasure I get from a peach now is way better then what I use to get from cakes, cookies and chips.

I hate having a negative tone to my blog so lets talk about what I have been doing well lately. I’ve been busting my butt with hikes. If your on my facebook you saw that I did the Coquitlam crunch today and boy did it feel good to get to the top of those 437 steps. I’m also going to be starting the couch to 5 k app this week. I am going to walk a 5 k this Saturday but I am hoping to run my 5k in September.

What are some of your health and fitness goals this month?

I will leave you with some pics of the fruits I purchased this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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Protein I put that S*** in everything

I am seriously starting to feel like the old lady in the Franks Red Hot sauce commercials, except instead of hot sauce it’s protein lol. My newest protein product is protein ice cream. With the weather getting warmer and warmer finally I want a healthy treat that will still get me to meet my protein goals. I am hoping to record and upload a vlog about all the products I’ve been trying. But here’s a list for those of you interested in my favourite protein products and it’s quite the list.

Atkins lift water (got mine at walmart)

Atkins Indulgence Bars(for when I want a chocolate bar also bought at walmart)

Syntrax comes in tons of flavours but I prefer Twisted Cherry and Fuzzy Peach ย it makes a great protein juice or popscicles ย  ( got mine at a specialty shop but you can order from Amazon)

Vega chocolate protein powder with greens ( from walmart)

Premier protein protein bars especially the salted caramel one from Walmart

Premier protein shakes my favourite at the moment is the new bananas and cream ( I get them at walmart or costco)

Atkins Cookies and cream shake for when I want a milkshake type treat (got mine at walmart)

Those are just a few products so you can see why I feel like the lady from the commercial lol.

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I also want to share my numbers with you since it’s been a few weeks.

Current weight 188 lbs!!!!

Highest weight 274 lbs

If you’ve read up to this point thanks for bearing with me I’m a little scattered but I want to talk with you about some struggles since having weight loss surgery. Some would think it’ a blessing to never be hungry and to not realize you are skipping meals till it’s the end of the day. At first I was one of those people. I was grateful that for once in my life I wasn’t thinking about food and what I could eat and couldn’t eat. But now that I’m almost 6 months out and I am skipping 2 sometimes 3 of my 6 meals I am getting concerned. I am trying to be more respectful of my body and treat it properly which means I need to fuel it to avoid having deficiencies or getting malnourished. Thankfully I am part of a bunch of weight loss support groups and they have been helping me. I have my Fitbit set up to go off at regular intervals so that I eat and over the past few days that has helped me a lot. So I will keep that up and hope it becomes a habit ๐Ÿ™‚

Also here’s a link to the video if you have no idea who the old lady is with the hot sauce ๐Ÿ™‚

Before and After

I am just over 5 months post op (surgery January 28th 2016) and I am feeling great!! I wanted to share a before and after picture with you. And I want to share my stats with all of you as well. SW 274lbs ย CW 193 lbsIMG_0474

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The first picture was taken while road tripping to Ottawa from Vancouver last July for my brothers wedding. The second picture was taken yesterday. It is amazing to me the difference in these two pictures. There’s also a lot going on in the pictures that you can’t see. For instance in the first picture I am thrilled to have gotten to the Winnie the Pooh statue but I am in pain. My back hurt, my hips hurt, my ankles which you can’t see in the picture are swollen and I have a smile on my face but my first reaction when I saw the picture was is this really what I look like?

The second picture however tells an entirely different story. I am finally in a dress that I have been trying to get into for months. It’s a size 16!! I am no longer in pain. I have a gap between my legs and I no longer feel self conscious. And my smile just shows how much my new life is radiating in me. I have changed so much since the first picture. I have signed up for 3 5k, I am hiking more with my family, I am camping with my family…I also have a huge list of things I want to do like learn how to skate, buy a bike to go bike riding, kayak, do more dance classes the list goes on and on.

I feel like I have been given a new lease on life and I am not going to waste one second of it worried about anything except how it will make me feel. I use to spend most of my time worrying what other people would think if I was riding a bike or skating etc and now I am simply living my life for me ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Weekend Away

If you follow my page on Facebook, you know that I went camping with some friends this weekend. I have to say it great to just get out of the city and be closer to nature. The beautiful views of the mountains and the lake and hearing the water it was amazing! We did have our phones with us but we didn’t have any internet access so it was great to sit by the campfire and just chat about life with some great friends. It was great to just sit and enjoy the smell of the campfire and think. It gave me time to reflect on everything I’ve accomplished this year and how much I have grown as a person.

I’m off to spend some time with the little ones since I was gone most of the weekend and I will update you more later this week ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m a foodie

I’m a foodie. But since surgery I really have to find ways to keep my foodie happy. I don’t think I will ever regret the decision to have weight loss surgery as it’s made my life a lot better. Somedays I do struggle that I can’t eat meals like I use to. In my near future there isn’t any big meals. I often take more food then I can physically finish on my plate but never force myself to clear my plate.ย So how am I keeping my inner foodie happy? I am cooking foods I really and truly enjoy. If it’s not tasty I don’t finish it and I am not tempted by foods and controlled by them like I use to.

Last night I went to an event and I had no interest at all in the food that was spread out. I’ve realized that my portions are small so I need to make them count and be satisfying. My foodie had been satisfied before I went and I drank some iced tea instead of eating.

The one thing I am missing now that the weather is getting warmer is salad. Since my stomach is so small I can’t handle salads in the volume that I use to. If I get two or three mouthfuls of salad I’m lucky. The thing is I know that I need the variety from the leafy greens in my diet. So I am giving greens a go. I am hoping I can hide then into my protein shakes and they will taste delicious. Do you use greens? What brand do you buy? Have you tried a protein powder that has greens mixed into it? Give me some of your feedback

I am a new person

I have realized I have changed a lot since surgery. For the best that is. I have a lot more energy and I am taking every chance I can to be fit and active. I did something recently I never though I would do, I signed up for a 5 K and I am really excited about it. I’m so excited that I decided to sign up for a second 5 K and take advantage of the early bird pricing ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll be participating in the Night Nation Run as well as the Colour Run in August and September ๐Ÿ™‚

I also realized that I’ve change a lot by our weekend activities. Usually a long weekend was for lounging around and being home but this long weekend was packed full of active activities. We started our Saturday with a 5 k walk with some friends in Steveston . Saturday we spent all day walking at the aquarium. But my favourite day was Sunday we went to Capilano Suspension Bridge and walked for hours then had a nice meal out as a family. Normally after a day out like this I would be exhausted and struggling to stay awake but instead when I got home I saw the lawn needed to be mowed and I knew this week was full of activities so I cut the grass. We have a decent size yard to cut it takes about an hour to get it done. I would never have done both of those activities in the same day before. Not only did I do both those activities but I wasn’t struggling to stay awake after I still have some energy ๐Ÿ™‚

Everyday I am amazed at how much more I can do now that I have taken control of my health ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m off since it’s a busy day but I hope you have dayย a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Why I refuse to get beach body ready!

So we have all seen the magazines and the tabloids lately about getting your beach body ready. These articles usually have some sort of meal and or workout plan included in them that are slightly ridiculous. But I want to tell you why I refuse to read these articles and give in to the temptation or diving into another fad diet.

I refuse to believe that there are only certain times or the year where I should get my body in shape. I have the same body 365 days a year. So I will love myself enough to take care of my body all year long. I won’t let a magazine dictate to me when I should be taking care of myself. We have one body that’s it there’s no getting a second one.

So if you want to have the best body ever I have some tips for you. There’s no magic pill, there’s no fad diet. I did have weight loss surgery so I will add that in right now but it is a tool to help me it hasn’t made my work to lose weight and be healthier any easier. The tip to having a healthy body is to fuel your body with good food and to make sure to move everyday. I would also add to be healthy you need to love yourself for who you are, don’t compete with anyone but yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

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Baking!

Let’s face it I have always loved cooking and baking every since I can remember. So since I’m staying at my parents I have been baking a lot with my sister in law. To some baking is stressful to me it’s a whole adventure. Getting the texture to be just right and seeing other people enjoy what you worked hard for can be so rewarding.

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So far since being here we have made some rice pudding, an apple pie, four loaves of banana bread and today we are making an cinnamon loaf as desserts and we have made countless meals. Like sweet potato carbonara, chilli, roasts and much much more. I’m finding it’s great to cook since we can chat and cook. We are preparing enough food at every meal for between 9-15 plus people a meal. I love gathering everyone around and enjoy the conversations around the dinner table. It will be an adjustment when I go home to cooking for 5 lol. I love that I am cooking healthy meals to show my family and friends that healthy food isn’t boring or flavourless but it’s actually delicious.

How do you get your family together? What are some of your favourite sit down family meals?

15 weeks Post Op

Wow I can’t believe I am already almost 15 weeks post op! Time flies, I remember thinking I would never have surgery and kept waiting for the call but now it is just zooming.

It’s been quite ย awhile since I updated all of you so I have quite a bit of catching up to do with all of you. Let’s get the scale numbers out of the way. When I started this whole thing I was 274 lbs and today I am 210 lbs! I am amazed at how fast I am losing the weight but don’t be fooled I need to have a good eating balance on days when I don’t eat enough I actually gain weight so I have to stay on top of things. I also need to workout for the scale to move in the right direction.

But one of the things I am amazed at is the way clothing is fitting me. I’m currently on vacation with my youngest visiting my parents and I have had to actually go out and buy some clothing while here. I have gone from a size 22 to a size 16 and even those are getting to be lose on me and I only bought them a week ago. I have gone from wearing 3 x shirts and having very limited choices in clothing to walking into a store and just buying something. I don’t have a Giant Tiger close to my house so I have been checking out what they have to offer here in Ontario and I am actually really pleased with the selection of clothing. I have been able to buy myself some size Large clothing. I almost cried in the change room when I realized that I am almost out of plus sizes. I say almost because some stores are make their clothing bigger while others make them smaller. I can’t even remember the last time I was in a size large or size 16 pants.

Now let’s talk about vacationing after weight loss surgery. The first thing I would have to say is it takes a lot more planning. There’s no more just going with the flow and eating out if your too tired to cook. Also airlines don’t have the healthiest snacks available on their flights, add to that the fact that my youngest has a severe nut allergy the only thing they could offer us was pretzels that were but free lol. So I will be packing my little one some nut free snacks for our travels home.

The second thing I would say is forget your normal routine you can’t implement your routine when you are staying with family members. You think you will have all this time to workout and read etc but the truth is your busy. Your busy planing your meals, shopping for your meals and of course visiting with your family ๐Ÿ™‚

The last thing I would say depending on how far out you are is plan to have some extra cash on hand for when your clothing does start to be droopy and you have to buy a few new outfits.

This vacation is fun but I am looking forward to going back home to see my husband and my two older children.

Well that’s it for tonight I’m struggling to stay awake but I will keep posting ๐Ÿ™‚