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This is perfect. There are peaks and valleys in life. When in a valley, get back up and climb that peak!!

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It’s hard to fall and it’s hard to get back up from a hard fall. But do it anyway. Get up and start over. If you’re still here, you still have a purpose; you still matter. Brush off the smudges on your face; shake off the dust on your pant legs; and start over. Start wherever you are with whatever you have. What matters most is not where you have been but where you are right now. And maybe knowing and respecting and honouring where you are right now will lead you somewhere that feels better. So get up and start over. Now.

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Week 12 – Day 7 — Lighter?

People are starting to comment that I have lost weight. I’m really not sure that I have (refuse to step on the scale), but I’ll take the compliments nonetheless!

I’ve been on this road for 12 weeks. I have learned to eat healthy for the longterm, instead of for a short term purpose. I have also learned that exercise can be challenging AND enjoyable – and can be less than an hour a day. This is a lifestyle, not a quick fix.

I HAVE lost weight in a sense. I’ve lost the pressure to look a certain way and the emotional weight that goes with that. I feel a lot lighter in that sense 🙂

It’s not easy. It is still challenging!! But I am starting to see that there is life after competition. It feels pretty great! There is a light at the end of the tunnel!!

Take care,

Week 11 – Day 7 — Thoughts…

Well hello!  It is a beautiful day here in Atlantic Canada.  The sun is shining, and it is getting warmer and warmer these days.  I love it when the days get longer!  It definitely brings up the spirits!

I’m eating almond butter, Wasa crisps and drinking my morning coffee.  My little guy just finished his breakfast and is watching Looney Toons with his dad.  Life it good!  I really enjoy our Sunday mornings here at home – quiet and relaxing.

When I have this relaxation time, I tend to think.  Last night and today, my head has been spinning, constantly thinking of how technology has drastically changed our world is such a short amount of time.  Technology can do just about anything for us now.  We can stay in touch with people 24/7 be it through text message, facetime, or phone conversation.  We can learn our BMI by stepping on a scale.  We can post videos and photos just taken to social media sites for the world to see.  We can make one cup of coffee at a time (I love this one).  There are even cars that will park for us!

When I was younger, if someone had of told me what the world was going to look like nowadays, I am not sure that I would have believed them.  Now I am wondering what it is going to look like 10-20 years from now.  What kind of technology will my son grow up with?  He is already accustomed to touch screen technology.  Will he grow up in a world where keyboards are part of the past?  It is interesting to think about…

This brings me to my point.  Technology is in a constant state of new.  As consumers we explore the latest and greatest gadgets, etc all the time.  How do we incorporate this into our current existence?  Are we handling all of the newness well?  For example, when I grew up text messages did not exist.  Now for kids, text messaging and instant messaging are normal.  How do we ensure they are responsible with this technology?  Bullying seems to be more of an issue these days…online bullying too…is it due to a lack of educating kids to be responsible?  It is definitely easier to say something not so nice in a text or message, when the reader is not right in front of your face.  Are we being somewhat removed from reality?

This is true for adults as well.  I am guilty of being on my iPhone quite a bit.  I need to really think about when I use it.  Am I cutting into family time?  Am I paying attention to my phone when I should be paying attention to my family?  I am making a point to take breaks from it.  Like today (minus blogging), I will be spending the morning with my son – sans phone.  This way I can assure he is getting my undivided attention.

Do we need to plan breaks from technology?  I think that “powering off” once in a while will definitely help us to “reboot” (couldn’t resist – I am a sucker for corny jokes)!

Thank you for reading my rant – completely unrelated to training and diet 🙂  Now, back to my relaxing Sunday….




Week 11- Day 2 — “Fraud”?

Training and diet are going well. I seem to have struck a good balance, and am staying positive!

I have been traveling for work the past couple of days. Maintaining my diet while traveling used to cause me a great deal of anxiety. I am proud to say, as I fly home, that my diet was not perfect but was not out of control – and I am ok with that! This tells me that my focus has shifted, and that this process is working.

Now for my weekly attempt to be deep 🙂

Now that I have this new found focus time, I am spending a lot of time thinking and reflecting.

Have you ever been in a room with a group of people, and wonder why you are there? Wonder what exactly you are contributing? Scared of being “found out” – based on your own view of your strengths and weaknesses?

I deal with this. I am constantly at war with myself, insisting on the one hand that I am qualified and that my thoughts matter while on the other hand terrified of making a comment and coming across as a “fraud”.

I am realizing that perfection is not attainable. People make mistakes. That is how we grow and discover. We don’t have to be perfect to contribute!!!

I don’t have to have the best physique.

I don’t have to know all the right answers all the time.

I don’t have to know the absolute best way to parent.

I DO need to voice my thoughts more. Thoughts provoke questions and lead to discovery. If we don’t contribute our thoughts – it is a lost opportunity!

I guess I have been found out. By myself!! I am going to make a point of contributing more, and in all aspects of my life.

Thanks for listening to my inner struggles! The journey continues!!!


Week 10 – Day 2 — Triggers

I miss chocolate.

I have been so good!  I think I will treat myself tomorrow 🙂  I’m really cognizant of my cravings.  After  being so focused on food for so long, and now trying to get away from that way of being, I am fully aware of my triggers.  You know, the things in your life that just make you want to eat everything in sight.

I know that one of my triggers is being too restrictive with my diet.  If I go too long without a little treat, I start to think about it…then think about it some more…then really really think about it…eventually I’m pretty much dreaming about it!  When it gets to that point, I’m about ready to buy out the chocolate stock at the local grocery store.

So, now that I am in full control of my nutrition, and am aware of my cravings – I am going to have a piece of chocolate before I go over the edge and into chocolate heaven!!

What are your triggers?  How often do you treat yourself?  Are you able to stop at just a piece? 

I know that two months ago, I would eat more than my fill of chocolate.  Not anymore!  Success!!!

Happy Treating!


Week 9 – Day 3 — Happiness

What makes you happy?  A friend of mine told me recently that she needs to make some changes in her life because she deserves to be happy.  This got me thinking. 

Happiness is a tricky thing.  How do we figure out what will make us happy?  Once we commit to an idea of happiness, are we able to move on when it doesn’t work out?  Are we able to ever achieve true happiness? 

I am guilty of searching for happiness.  Grasping onto ideas that I believe will result in sunshine, puppies and kittens!  I would throw myself into achieving extreme goals, and achieve some of them…only to feel a disservice in the end.  No matter what, my idea of happiness just did not happen.  In some cases it made me miserable.

Now, I am a positive person but that last paragraph is downright sad!  The point is, up until now I have been searching for happiness outside of myself:

  • Being in my best shape possible will make me happy – Nope!  It’ll make me tired and a bit cranky!
  • Getting my Masters will make me happy – Not yet…so far it’s made me really busy!

The list goes on!

The journey has morphed from physical health to mental as well.  I find that I am searching within and really thinking about life and my focus.  Today my happiness is a result of knowing I have control over my life.  I guess you could say I am being more assertive with myself.  I spend my time where I want to (family!), I maintain a healthy reasonable diet, I have  a maintainable exercise regime, the list goes on.  I have changed my view of myself, and am  becoming ok with being me. 

I believe that happiness is a result of being ok with yourself.  The things that you think make you happy – really take a step back and think about them.  Are you constantly stressed while working toward your goal?  Not to say that I do not experience stress, but these days it is a lot less!

We DO deserve to be happy!! 

This friend of mine is wise.  She looked within and is making a change for her well-being – letting go of social expectations for her own happiness.  Very admirable!

Thanks for reading my happiness rant 🙂


Oh…and my diet and nutrition are going well too! – Thought I had better provide an update…since that what my blog was originally about!


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