Monday, 27 April 2015

Cleanse week

You can't help but make it funny!!!

I'm doing another detox/cleanse week...not sure if it's a great step in my road to healthiness or I am just a sucker for punishment! LOL!

This cleanse is not just for the's a true liver/kidney/bowel purification program.

My poor body has been bombarded with ibuprofen, additives and preservatives for pretty much most of my life! I am working hard at undoing the negative effects of what these years have done to my internal organs, joints and muscles.

The owner of our local health food store recommended this cleanse to try:

So it will be an interesting timings with the 3 steps, working out, work, supplements and the amount of water I have to drink will be like operating a very fine-tuned machine. I have to make myself a daily schedule!

The whole point to it all is to be as optimally healthy as I can be....inside and out!

I am doing a very simple week of eating as week one on this program, I am going to cut out the "heavier" complex carbs (like yams, gluten-free bread, oatmeal,etc) and stick to fruit and vegies only. I will cut out the greek yogurt and be completely dairy free this week. And LOTS of water to flush out my system. Still eating in threes..a protein, carb and fat every three hours.

I am hoping the bowel part of this cleanse does not "kick in" at inopportune times :)

Doing something like this on a work week takes GREAT COURAGE!! HA!

And...although it has nothing to do with cleansing...just because it's's one more:

I'm sure you'll all be dying to hear the results next week...and I will be sure to let you know :)...I promise to avoid all the "crappy" details!!! lolololol!

ps...the turkey chilie recipe from last week is REALLY good!!!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Sometimes Salt is GOOD!

The Amazing Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt

What Exactly Are The Benefits?

Some of the benefits that you can expect by consuming this salt in place of regular table salt include:
  • Aiding in vascular health
  • Supporting healthy lungs and respiratory function
  • Promoting a stable pH balance within the cells
  • Reducing the signs of aging
  • Promoting healthy sleep patterns
  • Increasing libido
  • Prevents muscle cramps
  • Increases hydration
  • Strengthen bones
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves circulation
  • Detoxifying the body of heavy metals
 read the whole article here:

I have had a definite "set me on my butt" chest cold this past week...but I am feeling much better and a lot quicker than usual in large part due to my SALT PIPE INHALER:

I have been inhaling it twice a day for 20 minutes and it is amazing how it breaks up the congestion in your chest and sinus and allows the healing to be much quicker.
We have also started using sea salt instead of table salt in our food....but after reading the above article and researching out the actual benefits of the Pink Himalayan Salt...I think we'll be switching to this for our food as well.
We got our salt inhaler at a local health food/vitamin store.

Although still a bit congested I decided it was time to get back to some working out. The sun is shining and it an absolute beautiful, warm spring no treadmill...the outdoors was calling my name!

Anyone who has been to the city I live in knows we are basically one big hill! I have always enjoyed the challenge of our hills and have 3 or 4 different routes I use depending on where I am at physically (with my knees, back etc) I have an easy route, a moderate, a hard and a "kicks your butt and try's to kill you" route!!
Most times I take the hard today. I haven't been walking outside all it's been about 7 months since I took this route. What was really significant to me today was how much easier it was then EVER before! I really believe the type of work outs I've been doing, esp. the 30 minutes of sprints I've been doing since January, has really improved my tolerance and conditioning. And that was with some chest and sinus congestion still going on!!

I'm not sure these pictures do the hills real justice, but it gives an idea of the grade:

I may have to try my "kick butt" route and see how much better I can do that one....may have to change my route grading system! LOL!

And just as an update on my plan of attack for being sick....I did quite good! I didn't really cave in to the desire for comfort foods...I had my one planned "off plan" meal for my Daughter-in-laws 30th birthday party, but stuck pretty good to plan otherwise. I didn't get any work out in...I was just not feeling good enough and had very little energy till today...but all in all I'm happy....being accountable really works for me!

Here is a recipe I am going to try tonight...if you try it...let me know what you think!

Spicy Turkey and Black Bean Chili

Spicy Turkey and Black Bean Chili
This rich and spicy chili recipe is easy to make and great for family lunches or dinners and grab ’n’ go meals all week long. Fresh toppings like sour cream, cilantro, and diced red onion add texture and flavor. Try doubling the ingredients for plenty of extra meals throughout the week. To increase the heat, add more cayenne pepper or jalapeño.
Makes 7 servings
Serving size: 1 heaping cup
Calories per serving: 258
Protein per serving: 20 grams
Carbohydrates per serving: 25 grams
Fat per serving: 7 grams


  • Fat-free cooking spray
  • 1 (20-ounce) package 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, plus extra if necessary
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes (Cento brand petite diced are good)
  • 1 (20-ounce) can black beans
  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small red onion or bunch of scallions, finely chopped


  1. Spray a pot with fat- free cooking spray and place over medium- high heat.
  2. Once hot, add ground turkey and break up meat with spatula.
  3. Add cumin, thyme, salt, cayenne, and paprika and cook until turkey is no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Once turkey is cooked, use a slotted spoon to remove it to a bowl (keeping as much fat as possible in the pot) and set aside.
  4. Add onions, celery, and bell peppers to the pot and sauté for approximately 3 minutes.
  5. Season gently with a pinch of salt.
  6. Add jalapeño and garlic and continue to sauté for another minute.
  7. Add turkey to the vegetables in the pot and stir well.
  8. Add tomatoes and beans and simmer, covered, over low heat for about 15 minutes (or more if you have the time) until thickened.
  9. Top with 1 tablespoon of sour cream per serving and some red onions and cilantro.
  10. Enjoy!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Headcold Strategies how I feel today!!

Yep...the blog post NOBODY wants to read!!

 When you are feeling great, you always think...OH...POOR BABY has a head cold...suck it up's just a little cold!! Until your the one with the head cold....then it's:

I always want to comfort myself with food when I'm sick...most "normal" people don't want to or can't eat...but no, I want ice cream and CARBS of any kind. I don't have the energy to cook healthy...just give me comfort foods! And working out....FORGET IT!!! I wouldn't last 2 nose is a never ending faucet of ugliness!

So I need a strategy today...and maybe the next few days. I need to keep myself accountable somehow so I don't just lay on the couch and get fat!
First of all...even if not one human being reads this...I blog...just to get it out, to make myself think about how to NOT fall into the old pattern of "I'm sick...I will eat anything I want"

I really want to think like a fit, healthy person through this. SO...I'm sticking to plan as much as possible. I will not graze all day and go for naughty, carby foods.
I really can't do any kind of hard workout...but the sun is shining and it warm and beautiful today so I will go for even a 20 minute walk. (SOOOOOO glad I'm on 6 days off right now!)
I am going to try and get a nap in today and get my body as rested as possible.
I WILL be STRONG and faithfully do Oil of Oregano drops under my tongue every 3 hours (if you have never done is NASTY...but I believe it helps get over the bug quicker) 

I can only breathe right now because of Dristan...hate to admit it...but I feel very panicky when I can't breathe through my it is what it is!

Well...if you are this far into reading this blog...I hope you have had a laugh or two...humor is supposed to be a good medicine...and it masks the whining and complaining I really want to do right now!

My whole household is in one stage or another of this crappy we are all in it together which in a very weird way, kinda helps! LOL!

SO now that I have put my strategy into words...posted this...I am held accountable to myself and to you! I will remember these words of wisdom...THIS TOO SHALL PASS!!!

Monday, 13 April 2015

An Amazing Week!

I had such a great week off!

Got some extra "trampolining" in:

Went on a loooooong hike with my three oldest amazing grandchildren:

Had, for the first time, some wonderful one-on-one time with my sweet 3 year old grand-daughter:

a girl has to get her nails done..right?
 I have to say...being on "vacation" for a week...I did end up having 2 off plan meals instead of the usual 1, it was so worth it though....we had an amazing steak and lobster dinner with some very dear friends and then did a very yummy Easter brunch with our children and grand-children.

It felt really good to hike with my be physically able to do these things...I pray that I have MANY more years ahead of me to do these kinds of things with them.

I have another 6 days off coming up and have some fun plans with the rest of the grand babies that I didn't "fit in" this past week...

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Looking "Normal"

It feels so good to go to a special event and feel like I look "normal"!

 It's just a great feeling to NOT stick out like a sore wear a dress and feel pretty. To not dread getting dressed up.

We attended a beautiful wedding this past weekend...a young couple that are like our own kids...I got to be "honorary" mom of the husband was "dad" and walked this most amazing young woman down the aisle.

It was a wonderful time with great friends and family. A bit of dancing was in order:
I had a total OFF PLAN daughter-in-law made the best gluten/dairy free cake EVER!! Better then any cake you will ever buy...she blows my mind...and the sugar kicked my butt!! LOL! But it was worth it!
gotta love the brides hand on the groom's butt!!

I love having the freedom to work on getting healthy but still living a real life!

Soooo...I was back on track the very next day and loving it!

 I'm off this week and have plans to be outside on the trampoline, a hike with my 3 oldest grandkids down by the river, and other fun sure to check in next week for all the details! :

Monday, 23 March 2015

Loving being free of Gluten!!

I NEVER would have thought I could be Gluten free in my diet. I'd say other than the odd bit on my one off plan meal per week...I am truely gluten free!

We have a wonderful new bakery here in Mission...completely gluten free and run by a lovely woman named Yvonne.

I had Yvonne make me up some wraps a few weeks ago...she did them fresh right on site. They were FANTASTIC!! She gave me great instruction on how to make them up and store them for the best freshness. I called her this morning and asked her to make me up another 1/2 dozen...and by 2:00 they were ready (still warm!!!) Such amazing customer service!

She carries many items:

If you live in or near Mission sure to check out Yvonne's'll be glad you did!
If you don't...check in your area for a bakery such as this...hopefully you will get the same care and attention to customer service as I have gotten at YB!!


Give them a call for address and store hours!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015


I think I am finally starting to understand this! I've prayed for years for the Lord to help me get to a place in my life where me and food have a healthy understanding.

I have never really had much control in that area. Food has always been my go to thing for comfort, fun, activity, get what I'm saying.

I also realize just how addictive processed foods and refined sugar are....they make you crave and want it's all you think about at times.
So now that I am eating refined sugars, no processed foods, no diet soft drinks, gluten free, dairy free, aspartame free...I very rarely crave the foods that kept me "living to eat".
I'll be honest, there is still a moment here and there where I cave...but those moments are getting fewer and further between.
And when I do have an "off-plan" meal or's just that, a meal or a day. Not EVERY meal or EVERY day!
I believe it's important to have foods I enjoy...and the odd "treat"....just not to make them my focal's too short to NEVER have a piece of pie! :)

I used to feel like this

Now it's more about this!

Here is one final saying I thought was so true:
So...."ONWARD HO" and here is to all the wonderful things in our lives that deserve our focus and our our amazing family and friends, those moments that make memories and the love we have in our lives.

Monday, 16 March 2015

8 Week Results!


my 8 week results picture!

Back in to clothes I couldn't wear for the last 6-8 months or so!!

I'm so glad I had a good understanding going in to this program that the results on the scale may not truly reflect the results in my body!

Otherwise I may have been shocked that in this 8 weeks I only lost 12 pounds!

 I look like I lost so much more than that! It's all the fat burning/body sculpting/muscle building/toning that is happening!

Because I FEEL like I lost 20+ !!!

I've lost a total of 15 inches!!!

This is why I've decided to have a goal SIZE and not a goal WEIGHT. It's pretty hard to be focused on the number on the scale when I am losing the inches and feeling SO AMAZING!

I LOVE THIS PROGRAM! I'm so grateful to the Lord for leading me to it and anointing me for it!

I'm excited to see what the NEXT 8 weeks will bring!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Starting week 8

SO here it is...the start of week 8....the final week of my 8 week run! Next Monday will be my next weigh in and measurements. At that point I will decide to do one of three things. 1. Go on to the thrive stage 2. Continue on with what I'm doing or 3. Re-start the whole process with another detox/cleanse.

I am so fascinated (and thrilled and grateful and happy...etc) at the results I have had in such a short amount of time! I am back into clothes I haven't been able to wear for almost a year! I have amped up my work out routine, am off of Ibuprofen (for the first time in MANY years), off of dairy & gluten (except for the odd bit on my off plan meals) I am off aspartame, I am down to 1 cup of coffee in the am (sleeping WAY better w/o all the caffeine in my system).

I have definitely had the odd time where I've struggled a bit...old habits seem to die hard...but I've pushed through most of them and haven't "caved" in to the old habits and temptations. And the one or two times I did....I just got right back on track immediately. I think that is one of the things I like most about this way of living and is so easy to "get back on track" after a little "oops".

I have a whole new way of looking at food: this!!!

Soooo...I haven't had a chance to try the slow cooker recipe yet...this week for sure!

Love the chai tea in the protein shake idea. I've done it a couple of!! So good! I use the Spice Dragon Red Chai by Stash. It`s an herbal tea and is caffeine free.

The gluten free wraps I got from our local Gluten Free Bakery were absolutely WONDERFU!! I made them all up that day and ate them for lunches or dinner through the week. Here`s what I put in them: I browned some extra lean ground turkey. Added chopped up onion, peppers and mushrooms. Garlic, pepper and a yummy seasoning salt to flavour. I put one serving of avocado on the wrap and added some siracha (not sure on spelling) sauce added turkey mixture once it was cool. I put each wrap in parchment paper then put them all in a ziplock bag. They stayed wonderfully fresh all week. So easy to heat up and eat!

We are having some beautiful, sunny amazing weather I have started my trampolining early and will be out there whenever the weather permits right now. I have learned from going to hard to quickly in the past, so I started out with 3 minutes and have worked up to I will do 6. I want to be able to do 20-30 minutes by this summer.

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, 2 March 2015

A Couple of Recipes

Here's one I want to try this week:

This looks soooo good! I don't have the fiesta salsa mix...but I have a seasoning I think will work as a substitute.

One of my staple go to yummy snack/meals right now is an egg white/banana "pancake" Here is a great idea that is pretty much the same thing. I'm going to give a try just has a bit more "oomph".

Do it more like a crepe.
3 Oz of egg white
1/8 cup pineapple.
Blend in Bullet (or blender)
Cook in fry pan w/ coconut oil/spray on med/low. Top w/ fresh berries and nuts.

(Great balance of protein/carb/fat) YUMMMMMMMMMY!!!

Another idea I'm going to try is instead of using just plain water with my vanilla flavored protein powder...I'm going to use chilled caffeine free chai tea for my next protein shake....sounds so good...I'll let you all know how that turns out.

We have a new Gluten free bakery in town. I love that they use only the Dolphin water (talked about in a previous post) in all their baking.
I went in there today to ask about gluten free wraps...I am not having any luck finding a good store bought one. First of all....they taste horrible! But more than that, they just crumble and fall apart when you try and roll them...SO...what's the point right? Anyway...the owner is doing up a special order for me of wraps she makes for her own family. I'm going to pick them up in a few excited to try these...I'll let you know how it goes once I give them a try!!!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Benefits of Bouncing!

I knew an amazing woman. Her name was Muriel and she passed away last year just before her 92nd birthday. For as long as I can remember, she bounced on her rebounder (a small personal trampoline) 2 or 3 times a day...until maybe a week or so before she passed. She liked to bounce outside in the fresh air all year long. Now you need to know, she was pretty much blind and deaf for the last 10 or so years of her life....and she never let that stop her! I believe she lived a better quality of life then she may have otherwise because of a few things....a daughter who cared for her beyond what can be imagined, a healthy way of eating, natural supplements and regular exercise, both walking and rebounding.

I started doing some trampolining last year and I plan to up my "trampoline routine" this summer and really incorporate it into my regular routine of activities.

Here are some amazing benefits to putting some "bounce" into your life:

The Benefits of Trampolining

There are so many benefits to trampolining; it’s a wonder not everybody is involved in bouncing back to health. Jesting aside it really is a great and fun way to get fit and it has lots of other benefits too.
One of the lesser known but more popular facts is that studies have shown that the activity of trampolining is one of the most beneficial methods to genuinely reduce cellulite.

 Using the trampoline takes up to 80% off the stress of your weight-bearing joints. Using a trampoline is a wonderful option for seniors, physically-challenged, those recuperating from accidents or injuries. It’s also excellent exercise for those who have been sedentary and are starting an exercise programme.

 With trampolining, the springs take away all the impact of the road, and as a result, the activity has been shown in test to be three times more beneficial to you than running (2). So a ten minute bounce is the same as a half hour run!
See for yourself by looking up the wealth of information available at numerous websites dedicated to the benefits of trampolining and rebound.
Rebounder or trampoline exercise has many important health benefits as follows:
Stimulates your metabolism.
Increases oxygen capacity.
Improves your sense of balance.
Increases oxygen circulation to tissues.
Improves the circulation of the lymph through the lymph glands
Strengthens the heart (Cardiovascular health)
Increases energy and sense of vitality
Firms and tones the muscles

Personally...I enjoy a large, full size trampoline...but many people I know use the smaller "Rebounder" right in the privacy and comfort of their own living rooms.

When my friend Muriel would bounce...her feet wouldn't even come off the rebounder...she JUST did a gentle bounce...and that was perfect for her even as she became more frail. SO really...ANYONE can do it!!

Just remember one VERY IMPORTANT THING....always go to the bathroom before you bounce!! I learned this the HARD WAY!!! LOL!

I love bouncing with my is a family fun time in our back yard every summer...exercise and being active CAN be fun and fantastic!!
Google benefits of trampolining for yourself...there is a wealth of information on the net...maybe this can be a fun new activity for you too!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Patience is the Key!

I have always had to work on patience. My personality falls more into the "instant gratification" category.
One thing I have learned is that, for me, the biggest key to weight loss and achieving overall good health is :

Whenever I have wanted quick, easy instant results...I have always failed miserably!
Right now, I am enjoying each day and the journey the Lord has me on as I learn what is working best for my 50+ year old body. I NEED to be patient with this process so that it becomes a part of me, something that will stick so I don't have to be a weight "yo-yo-er" forever.

I find that truly taking one day at a time is the best way for me to exercise patience with weight loss. If I think too far in to the just feels like it takes longer to get there. If I focus on how much weight I have to lose, or how long it will can just feel big and overwhelming. Small goals work for me and are easier to attain. I am more focused on getting to the next size down rather than the numbers on the scale...I am just enjoying feeling better every day and not dreading getting dressed because all my clothes were too tight again.

My son told me the other day that he is proud of me for catching this and doing something about it before I got back to 250 lbs again. That just blessed me tremendously!

I found this picture today: 
that's me on the right...about 3 1/2 years ago....

and this is me on the right about two years later:

I'm about 10 lbs heavier than that right my next short term goal is to be back in this dress again this summer. It's taken a lot of patience, trials, successes and determination. I've fallen down, but the Lord helped me get back up and forward I will go!

The older I get...the more patient I need to be! :)

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Special Occasions!

Charlie and her cupcake!!!
My youngest Grand-daughter just had her 2nd Birthday party. She has been such a light in our lives. She is so full of personality and a huge blessing to our family. Isn't she a little doll??

And for the first time in a very long time (actually...maybe the first time ever!!!) I did not have any of the party food. No cupcakes, no chips & salsa, not even any vegies & dip. I had a big cup of tea and at my 3 hour mark I had my protein shake I had brought along with me. AND HERE'S THE KICKER....I did NOT feel sorry for myself. I did not even want it....ANY of it.

I just enjoyed my amazing family, I "basked" in the love I felt for them all and from them all. THAT's what I chose to fill up on. So grateful to be there and so honored to be a part of this amazing group of people. I didn't feel the need to indulge in the cupcakes (which, by the way, happen to be a favorite of mine...any baking really) I just enjoyed watching my little sweetheart eat hers and that was enough for me.

Spring and summer tend to be seasons filled with special occasions. Weddings, bridal showers, birthdays, baby showers, graduations...etc.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a bridal shower and I brought my own food. I brought my protein shake to the birthday party...I know I'll have to pick and choose when I will have an off plan meal or day, so I am trying to choose wisely and have some good common sense about it. We have a LOT of birthday parties in our family...I find them easy to bring my own food to. We have a wedding to attend in about a month...I may choose at that time to have an off plan day...or I may not, I'll see how I feel at the time.

 I do know the people who love me understand why I bring my own food right now. I am not embarrassed to do it. There will be times where "real life" does happen...but being healthy is my "real life"and I can work with these special occasions and still make good choices for me.

Life is full of special occasions...but we CAN choose to focus on the reason for the event, the people we are celebrating, the love in our lives instead of all the food and drink....and we can have a fantastic time!!