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Ideal Healthy Weight Here I come!

Ideal Healthy Weight Here I Come!

September 2014   Before                 December 2014 After

TERRAfit 90-Day Challenge       TERRAfit 90-day Challenge

My desire to find my ideal healthy weight has been put on the back burner for the last year. The year 2016 was very difficult for us. It started with my husband having double by-pass open-heart surgery and ended with the passing of my wonderful mother-in-law. You can only imagine everything in between.

During 2016, my really cute size S-M, 6-8 clothes have been getting tighter and tighter until they no longer fit, and I was forced to go buy size L, 12-14 clothes!

The day I went through my closet and clear out all of the clothes I could no longer wear was very depressing. It was more than depressing. It was devastating. Fortunately, my husband has been very supportive in every stage and every need.

When I cleaned out my closet, I was not prepared to part with all those cute clothes. I put my clothes in our attic with the hope that one day I would reach my ideal healthy weight again and fit into them …. one day.

I am not sure if knowing they are there waiting for me to wear them again has inspired or discouraged me. I have struggled with bouncing between being inspired and discouraged. I now choose to be inspired. I choose to be committed to wearing them again.

The year 2017 brings with it hope to find my ideal healthy weight once again. How does one determine what their ideal healthy weight is? I read a book that said for a woman of medium-bone frame structure, the first 5 feet of height accounts for the first 100 pounds. Every foot after that, a medium-framed woman should add 5 pounds. I am of medium frame and am 5’6″ tall. Putting it all together, my ideal healthy weight is 130 lbs. That is my goal.

I used to weigh only 110 pounds in high school, but that was before marriage and babies. After having 5 babies, I weighed around 165 – 170 pounds. I worked diligently by working out with Billy Blanks 6 days a week. I didn’t really worry about what I ate. I just ate what we had. I managed to get myself down to 125 pounds in 3 months! That was awesome! However, once I reached my goal weight, I stopped working out and still ate whatever I wanted. I re-gained some of the weight back. Thankfully, I was a busy enough mom that I didn’t gain it all back.

However, after a few years, a divorce, a new marriage, and the onset of Degenerative Disc Disease, my activity level and metabolism changed. Slowly, I was able to do fewer and fewer active things that helped me keep my weight in check. Slowly, the weight found itself a permanent home on my body.

Over the last 12 years, there have been many days and months I have been in bed with significant back pain. The pain led to using prescription pain medications. The prescription pain medication added to weight gain. The weight gain led to larger sizes.

In the Fall of 2013, I found my own personal miracle with essential oils that changed my life so significantly that I was able to participate in some of my usual activities again. I found a way to control my back pain naturally. I will talk about that story in another post. It’s a really great story that I hope will inspire you.

There was also a time that I thought I had to buy into the belief that my back had to hurt. The more I believed it had to hurt, the more it hurt. The more it hurt, the less I could do.

In May 2015 I attended a 3-day “Make Your Mark” Business Mastery seminar with Colin Sprake. It was there that my mindset began to change. I learned how powerful thoughts are. It’s amazing how empowering or limiting our mindset can be. I will talk more about that later as well.

If you are a business owner, you want to attend this seminar. Are you struggling to make a profit or want to increase your profits? Click on this link to register for the next event February 2-4, 2017. Enter 16908 to activate the registration.

I have decided that I need to do the TERRAfit challenge again. I have done it a couple of times before and found it to be a very challenging and effective program. The TERRAfit program focuses on 3 key areas of success: Nutrition, exercise, and essential oils. You may wonder how essential oils can help with achieving weight release success. Over the next 12 weeks, I will talk about them as I blog about my progress. The specific oils used during the challenge are:

Slim & Sassy Essential Oil

 

Slim & Sassy (Smart & Sassy in Canada)

 

 

 

Peppermint Essential Oil

 

 

 Peppermint

Lemon Essential Oil

 

 

 

 

Lemon

 

Easy Air Essential Oil

 

 

Breathe

(U.S.A.)

Deep Blue Rub
Easy Air

(Canada)

 

Deep Blue Rub

 

 

 

 

Contact me at hopenaturalwellness@gmail.com to learn how you can get your essential oils for 25% off and even earn free product! Be sure to include your e-mail address and phone number. I look forward to hearing from you!

Other products used during the challenge. They are:

 

LifeLong Vitality

 

Mito2Max

 

 

Mito2Max

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex

 

 

 

 

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex

 

 

Trim Shake

 

 
Slim & Sassy Trim Shake meal replacement powder. Available flavours are vanilla, chocolate, and vegan.

 

 

 

I am starting the challenge today, January 9, 2017. It is a 12-week challenge. I decided I would write about my progress every week with pictures, my successes, my difficulties, lessons learned, my triumphs, and celebrations.

The first daily challenge set before participants today is to weigh in, measure, and take before photos because “when you start with a clear view of where you are, it will be so much easier to celebrate your successes!” (TERRAFit Team)

As difficult and scary as they are, here are my starting stats:

Weight: 175 pounds

We will be weighing in every Monday. I am looking forward to seeing a slightly lower number in a week. Wish me luck!

Measurements:

  • Chest – 40″
  • Right arm – 13″
  • Left arm – 13″
  • Waist – 35″
  • Hips – 42.5″
  • Right Thigh – 21.5″
  • Left Thigh – 21.5″
  • Neck – 14.25″

Before Photos:

Ideal Healthy weight
As you can see, I have some work to do. There will be some obstacles in my way as I go through the challenge. For example, we are on the road fairly often. Being on the road has its own drawbacks with eating right, having time to exercise, being active, and drinking enough water throughout the day (It gets a little interesting when you need a washroom on the road with none to be found).

This coming week we will be traveling to Calgary (2-2.5 hours away from home) on business. Our schedule on one of those days will be as such:

3:15 a.m.: Alarm (hit snooze as many times as possible)

3:45 a.m.: Drag ourselves out of bed, shower, dress, etc.

5:00 a.m.: Leave for Calgary

7:45 – 8:30 a.m.: First business meeting

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. : Next business meeting

11:00 a.m – noon: Network with other business owners

12:00: Client appointment

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Client appointment

Eat out for dinner

Drive home

10:30 – 11:00 p.m.: Arrive home and fall into bed

We have been doing this every other week. It is the longest day ever. Having a schedule like this makes getting 6 meals in before 8:00 p.m., exercising, drinking 64 ounces of water, doing the daily challenge, and taking all my whole food supplements of Life Long Vitality a real challenge. I will tell you that it is absolutely doable. It will just take some planning and then following the plan while on the road. With planning, I am sure I can reach my ideal healthy weight even on the road.

Wednesday will take us to Lethbridge (an hour away from us) for an appointment and other errands.

Thursday will take us back to Calgary for 3 appointments starting at 11:00 a.m.. That means we will have to leave by 8:30 a.m. and will get home at around 11:00 p.m.

We are equally busy when we are at home. Between our children, community involvement, business needs, and so much more, we have a lot of demands on our time and energy. I also have a part-time job working at the local health food store every Saturday.

Eating right, exercising, taking Life Long Vitality (& other supplements), LifeLong Vitalitydrinking 8 glasses of water, doing the daily TERRAfit challenge, and getting enough sleep are all on my commitments priority list.

Of course, there are days when I think I don’t have the time to do the things necessary to reach my goal of my ideal healthy weight, but when I take a step back, I realize that if I don’t follow through and do them, then I will not reach my goals, and my health also suffers. My back hurts more, I don’t have as much energy, I am less focused, and not as able to cope with all the stressors in life.

TERRAfit is not only a fitness challenge, it is a lifestyle challenge.

I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

Want to know more about the TERRAfit challenge? Visit the website www.terrafit.com.

The next challenge starts on January 30, 2017. Click on the following link to join the next challenge. By clicking on this link, you will be joining my team, and I would be your coach for the challenge. I look forward to helping and supporting you on your journey to finding the health, vitality, energy, and feeling great!

terrafit.com/join/team-hope-eh76

Your natural body transformation starts now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardiac Surgery Caregiver Preparation

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As the caregiver for a cardiac patient, keeping myself healthy is as important as keeping my husband healthy prior to and during his procedure and recovery.

My husband and I are preparing for his double by-pass cardiac surgery that is scheduled for Monday, February 1, 2016. He was originally scheduled for last Friday, but another patient needed help first, so we were bumped. Just getting to this point has been a journey and an adventure. It took a few years to pinpoint the cause of his chest pain in the first place. He had a cardiac angiogram last October that showed his need for some re-routed plumbing.

It has been a real challenge to watch my husband, who tirelessly takes care of me and our family, become the one who needs to be taken care of. Now, it’s my turn to be the caregiver. I only hope I can give him the kind of care that he so compassionately, lovingly and patiently has given me.

There are some things that I am realizing are very important in the caregiver role:

Caregiver health matters.

As we approach his cardiac surgical date (with much anxiety) we are both very aware of every cough, sniffle, tickle, or any other malady that either of us may come in contact with. For him to catch a cold before his surgery could cause another postponement, which would of course bring more stress and lots of time to build up more anxiety about the whole procedure. That would also give him more time to have a heart attack and subsequently add problems, or worse, I could lose him altogether. We are both taking every precaution that we can take to stay healthy and avoid the cold/flu that is going around our community. It wasn’t until I started looking at my role as a caregiver, rather than only a wife, that it hit me how important protecting my own health mattered. This is not about being selfish or self-centred, but rather putting someone else’s needs above your own.

It is easy to overlook the health of the caregiver because all the focus is on the cardiac patient. However, if I were to contract a cold this week, incubate it for a few days, and then go see him after he has his surgery, then there is a great chance that I could share it with him in his weakened immunity state. He and I like to share with each other, just not viruses at such a critical time.

The danger in sharing that cold with him would be the possibility of pneumonia setting in, tearing his stitches, prolonging his recovery time, disturbing the breast bone that is trying to heal from being cut and pried open, or infection. The hospital staff want him to cough deeply several times a day to help prevent pneumonia during recovery, which is a risk to begin with when someone goes through by-pass cardiac surgery. Add in a virus and you have a recipe for disaster. As a caregiver, I want to minimize the amount of suffering and discomfort he has to endure.

What precautions are we taking?

That’s a good question. Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 9.21.25 AM

  1. Let’s start with eating healthy foods on purpose. I know, healthy foods can be boring, right? It’s so much more enjoyable to eat those chips, cakes, cookies, candies, pop, etc. We have been working on eating healthy foods on purpose for quite a while now. When I bake or cook something, our children ask if it’s healthy or not. If it’s healthy, they tend to shy away from it thinking it’s not going to taste good. True, some of my “healthy” experiments have made it to the family “remember when….” memories, but I have come up with some pretty tasty treats that also serve as nutritious and satisfying. I have found that when I choose to eat more nutritious foods, that I have more energy to fill the role of the caregiver. When I choose to eat whatever is around, I don’t have the same vitality, patience, ability, or stamina to take care of myself or my husband. Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 9.29.16 AM
  2. I put effort in to drink enough water. It may seem like a simple thing, but it is one of the major things that helps the body detoxify and boost the immune system. Drinking enough water gives the body all the hydration it needs to perform vital functions. Less water = less energy. Screen shot 2016-02-06 at 11.31.46 AM
  3. I like to add lemon essential oil and baking soda to my reverse osmosis water. Why? The lemon oil helps to remove toxins from the body. You can also add baking soda (1 tsp/4 Litres) to your water to increase the pH level of your water, which can be important to good health. Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 10.49.11 AM
  4. I include exercise. Don’t like to exercise? Don’t think you have time? Yes, being a caregiver can be demanding on your time, but even if you can only squeeze in a few minutes of yoga, pilates, TaeBo, TERRAfit (if you are interested in joining a 90-day TERRAfit challenge, please e-mail me at hopenaturalwellness@gmail.com. I am a TERRAfit coach and would love to help you reach your goals!), go for a walk, or go to the gym, DO IT. Sometimes, I struggle with getting my exercise in every day. Exercise helps to boost your ability to deal with stress. You are going to need all the help you can get in that department. Stress can be a contributor to illness.Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 11.09.23 AM
  5. I try to go to bed early enough to get the sleep I need. Sleep is a beautiful thing. I am an 8-hour creature. I just need it. On Guard+
  6. I take On Guard+ softgels. We love our essential oils. One of the products that we use is On Guard+ softgels. It is a blend of some powerful antibacterial, antiviral, oils that promote and support a healthy immune system. Mark was feeling a cold coming on just yesterday. I had him take On Guard+ softgels throughout the day to help support and boost his immune system. Today, there is no sign of a cold. As his caregiver, I have also been taking On Guard+ softgels because if he is feeling a cold coming on, there is a good chance that I may be carrying the virus too. If I boost my immune system to help fight off the bugs, then we are that much closer to keeping it away. We are continuing to take it daily as a proactive approach.Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 12.17.01 PM
  7. We have been limiting sick visitors to our home. Your friends and family may want to show their support by being around and helping out in any way that they can. Seriously, though, if they are sniffling, coughing, feverish and stuffed up, they will help out the most by staying home and getting better themselves. You will appreciate their visit and help more when they come back healthy. The last thing you want is to need a caregiver for the caregiver. Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 12.21.06 PM
  8. I try to manage my stress. Some ideas to manage stress are to: Read a book. Take a bath. Go for a walk. Do something you really enjoy doing, even if it’s just for a few minutes to help you decompress and relax. You are going to need every ounce of energy you can muster.Emotional Aromatherapy Title Line
    Passion
    Cheer
    PeaceConsoleForgive
  9. I like to use essential oils to help manage my mood/stress. Essential oils are aromatic compounds that come from plants that can help with the roller coaster of emotions you’re going through. Being a caregiver does not mean that you will be immune from the many emotions that can come with the heavy demands.  Essential oils can help with relaxation so you can get a good night’s rest. They can help ease anxiety, grief, fear, stress, depression, and more. Learn more about Emotional Aromatherapy.
    On Guard Oil
  10. I like to diffuse essential oils, like On Guard. If you do have a friend or family member who brings an illness to your home, set a diffuser with On Guard. Essential oils are naturally antiviral and antibacterial, some more than others. The On Guard blend is specifically designed to help clean the air of viruses and bacteria (especially when diffused). As the caregiver, you’ll be grateful you took the steps to ward off as many bacteria and viruses as possible. You’ll feel great knowing that you’ve done everything you can to keep your loved one as healthy as possible. On Guard Hand Wash
  11. I wash my hands often. Sometimes, I feel that’s all I’m doing. I like to use On Guard foaming hand wash. Washing your hands breaks the chain and helps to control the spread of viruses/bacteria. I have found that when I use the liquid soap we buy from Costco, my hands become dry and chapped from washing so often. However, when I wash using On Guard foaming hand wash, my hands don’t dry out because it is pH balanced. In fact, they are healthier and softer when I use the On Guard foaming hand wash. I feel so confident using this hand wash. I know that I am killing germs, viruses, bacteria, and everything else I can’t even imagine is there.
  12. Last, but certainly not least, I have faith in God and Jesus Christ. I live only a couple of blocks away from an LDS temple. I like to go there to ponder and pray. I trust that the Lord is watching over me and my family. I trust that He has a plan. My faith has brought great peace to my mind, heart, and soul. Whatever your faith may be, be sure to take some time to meditate, pray, and feel connected to whatever faith/Deity you may believe. This one item may help you to give the best, most loving service that you can as the primary caregiver of your loved one.          Click on the following link to watch a wonderful 3:25 minute video about faith.

 

Want to know more? e-mail me at hopenaturalwellness@gmail.ca. I would love to hear from you!

 

My Year, My Goals

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This year has been challenging with regards to maintaining a healthy weight.

My goal is to look and feel even better than I did at the end of last year. I have some work to do.

I had some setbacks over the last 10 months that caused a significant amount of weight gain. My goal is to reach my ideal weight before Christmas.

I plan to:

Eat at least 10 servings of healthy foods per day.

Eat at least 4 servings of vegetables every day.

Eat 3-4 servings of fruits per day.

Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day.

Eat 6 smaller meals per day – all before 8:00 p.m.

Take whole food supplements daily.

Use Certified-Pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oils.

Exercise 5 days a week, resting on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Have a support network that will hold me accountable.

Reduce my toxic load.

Work closely with my doctor to monitor any health concerns.

Take an active role in understanding my own healthcare.

Meditate regularly.

HAVE FUN!!