Saturday, September 7, 2013

I don't need your voodoo!

Although I'm uppsies from last summer it's still motivating to look at my before + now pic, because even though I'm up I am certainly not back at the start. 
Realising what just one pound of fat looks like puts into perspective what an accomplishment losing one freaking ounce is. It's easy lose motivation due to a skewed perspective. Keep going! Keep your eye on your goal. Your hard work WILL pay off!

For some reason people always want to recommend pills, powders and potions to me when they hear I've lost 40+ pounds. I've lost this weight without pills, powders or potions. You do not need to spend money to lose weight. I honestly feel like deciding to lose weight is viewed as vulnerable, and then you become a target for money grabbers. I'm losing weight and I certainly am not vulnerable. I've never felt stronger! Make changes for the long run and you don't need wraps, multi level marking processed meals etc. No thanks, I've got this under control!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

30 Day Shred

Last summer I hit my lowest weight and was just 10lbs away from my final goal. I also hit a mental block and really struggled with my new body image. I'd worked hard and adopted the attitude that if I avoided looking at myself I could be just as surprised as everyone else seeing me for the first time, healthy and happy. It didn't work - surprising other people is much more fun that freaking the life out of yourself when you don't recognise yourself any more.

I took a break to adjust and over a year put 20lbs back on, which I only really noticed when it came time to pull out the summer wardrobe I'd previously been perfectly comfortable in. Yoga pants over the course of one year had given me room to grow and I didn't notice the pounds clinging on.

I lost 60lbs from October 2010 to June 2012 by walking mostly. With a serious back injury I'd been afraid to push it any further than that, and to top that off I didn't want to jeopardize my milk supply - having had a baby in December 2011. 

I stopped nursing my baby in June this year and started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred at the end of July. No excuses. I wanted to focus more on toning for a couple of years but didn't know how to go about it. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred is on Amazon for $1.99 instant, $7.95 dvd, and Level 1 is on Youtube - seriously no excuses! 

We completed 30 Day Shred today. I'm up 3lbs from my starting weight, putting me at exactly 20lbs up from last summer but seeing the results, inches have obviously been lost, the number on the scale doesn't mean as much to me now. 

My oldest brother is coming to visit me in 70 days, which is my new exercise incentive. 70 days gives me time to do two rounds of 30 day workouts OR one round of Insanity - which is what we're planning on trying at the moment.

I feel stronger than ever, physically and mentally right now and I'm prepared for the changes that will come in progressing to my final goal!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


I feel like I should have more to say about my weight loss and lifestyle changes but I don't really know how to even process it all myself. I wasn't unhappy back then. I was sassy and funny, just like now ;) I've always been laid back and haven't had self esteem issues since I can't-even-remember-when. My body is different now, and honestly I'm a little less confident because of that for some reason. This weight loss has been driven by curiosity and I'm still curious about what it's going to be like to be at my goal weight.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Disappearing Shyboy

I don't think there's anyone who would say that they didn't want to be healthier, but not everyone who would say that will do anything about it. It takes guts (ha!) to get that ball rolling (haha!), to put yourself in a position where failure is likely due to how difficult it is to keep going on such a personal and sometimes lonely road. Creating a healthy lifestyle takes support and encouragement. Without a deep rooted personal goal, a dedication to the cause that will drive you it's hard to get very far. It's a serious psychological journey where it often feels like your honest, hard efforts aren't paying off at least not as quickly as you'd like, so why continue? The motivation has to come from somewhere and when you struggle to find it within yourself it helps to see other people who have had the success you want.

My oldest brother, Scott started his journey this past summer and has seriously blown my mind with how far he's come. He's working incredibly hard and it's showing! He's lost 1/3 of his body weight.

It all began when he decided to go for a walk...

No gym memberships, no crash/fad/special diets, no detoxes or cleanses, just a lifestyle change.

Good old diet and exercise!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cupid's Birthday 2011-2013

We have a tradition which is now officially "established" to take family pictures the week of Valentine's wearing the same outfits. I don't know for sure how we decided to do that but I love that we did and that Autumn plays along now too. We had no idea in 2010 when we did our first pictures that we would have a baby the next year/ever.

Thursday, February 7, 2013


It finally happened, the moment I've been waiting and hoping for. I never knew how it would happen and couldn't really fathom what it would feel like but it's here, right this minute...

I was looking through some photos for my oldest brother, Scott who has lost 112lbs in the last few months through good old diet and exercise, just like me. I love a good before and during set of pics and he's quite enjoying them too. Whilst flicking through the years, 2003 and onward I look the same but for some reason I always think of 2010 being my worst year. I see my face, my face, my face, mischief, adventures, years of fun. Then I don't recognise myself anymore. Me at my little sister's wedding. It's me but it's not me.

I finally see myself differently. I do not look the same! It's exciting. I feel like I've just lost all that weight all over again.

I'm ready to finish this.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

FitBit Zip

Have you heard that the recommended daily step allowance for good health is 10,000? You can read a little more about that here.

I actually had no idea there was a recommended number of steps and I had no idea that I wasn't hitting close to it in the slightest until this past week - although I would have guessed otherwise. Surprise! On days that I don't get out for a walk I feel like I've been running around all day after the baby. That's actually normally the reason I give myself for not going out for a walk. 10,000 steps doesn't seem like that much but today, being Sunday I was chilling more than on exercise days and I only got about 2800 steps in before jogging a bit - that was with a 15 minute walk too.

I got a gift card for Christmas that was burning a whole in my pocket. There's a few things I've been weighing up in investing in - a pair of trainers for this Spring when the snow clears up, a bike (and trailer for the baby), a heart rate monitor. All health investments. I discovered a little gadget a while ago called the FitBit that I've been keeping my eye on and wanting pretty badly. My friend, Melinda got a FitBit One and has had a bit of spring in her step since she began using it. I needed a spring in my step too!

I bought a FitBit Zip from
- It was easy to set up and sync with my iphone and straight out the box
- It clips securely to the inside of your garment
- You tap the little screen quite firmly to navigate between time, steps, calories burned, and distance traveled

When you hit 5000 steps you're notified of your first badge earned, from there you can earn 10,000, 15,000 etc. Badges to also be earned are for the first 50 miles traveled using an accumulation of your steps over time (since Tuesday afternoon I've walked 19.5 miles)

It's fun for motivation. Your web profile has a whole array of graphs and charts full of measurements to show you things like when you're most active in the day, how many minutes of your day you spend sedentary, lightly active, fairly active, very active, your water intake, calories in and out etc. I love stuff like that!

I've had it less than a week but would recommend it to anyone looking to freshen up their exercise routine. It's a nifty wee thing. Plus, you can connect with friends on there too and keep an eye on them ;)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year!

I'm on the wagon again after gaining a few cosy pounds over Halloween/Thanksgiving/my birthday/Autumn's birthday/Christmas/New Year. They've shown me how this smaller body gains and it's a lesson I needed to learn.

I'm back into my comfy size 12 jeans right now and am probably just skimming into a size Large in tshirts from the large Medium I was. I have a pair of target jeans (actually from Target but also a target size ;) that I'm working towards and confident I'll be in them by the summer.

My weight loss group on facebook is in full swing and I'm looking forwards to seeing everyone losing!

Saturday, November 24, 2012


I turned 28 this past week and although I haven't lost those last 15 lbs I'm more than happy with the progress I've made and don't mind if it takes a year for them to budge - it'll give me time to adjust to this body that's causing me so much confusion.

I'm down between 60 and 63 lbs most days.
Here's how that looks:

I'm getting there!

Monday, August 13, 2012

California: before + after

We had some friends from California come over for dinner last night. After we had our picture taken I remembered another photo we had taken together around April 2011, right before I found out I was pregnant, and about 20lbs into my weight loss. Looks like Natalie's lost some weight too!

When the before picture was taken I was dealing with chronic back pain from an injury in 2006 that was stopping me from being able to do much. I couldn't walk/stand/sit/lie down for very long. It kept me from doing a lot of things for a lot of years. Part of my injury had left me with an extreme case of excruciatingly painful sciatica that ran from my right hip down the back of my knee and all the way down to my ankle. A mixture of weight loss and pregnancy hormones put that to an end.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fat Losers Challenge

Tomorrow I start little challenge with a group of friends. It's points based and will run for a month.

This is the points sheet we're using. I'll be posting all my postables (I made that up) on here to keep track of things.
link to recipes etc

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


It's an unofficial photo but since my 16 weeks set have caught so much attention I thought I'd post this one here too.

How have I managed?

*Counting calories. I use the app. It's available online too and has a great online community.

*Being kept accountable. I have a group of friends also working on losing weight. We check in with each other through and post motivational thoughts, recipes, struggles, ideas etc. We keep each other in line.

*Exercise. I started by only doing 10 minutes of jogging on the spot a day - it's better than nothing and you can do it whilst watching tv in your underwear.

*Being honest with myself. I want to do this. I know I can do this because I HAVE been doing it. I need to keep going. I'll succeed. There's no reason (other than myself) not to. It's nobody elses fault if I over eat or don't get some exercise. This is in my control.

There's no secret really. It's all just an honest effort on my part.