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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey-Dijon Sauce

Honey-Dijon Sauce

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This Honey-dijon sauce is one of my favourite sauces ever! It’s easy, quick, and versatile. I like to brush it on my salmon while it’s baking or as a sauce served over my cooked chicken breast/thighs & brown rice. Mmm!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup dijon

1/2 cup honey

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 drop thyme essential oil (doTERRA) or 1/2 – 1 tsp dried thyme (according to taste)

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well incorporated. Serve over chicken, salmon, white fish, pork chops, rice, quinoa, buckwheat groats, or millet.

What are the health benefits of dijon mustard?

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What are the health benefits of thyme essential oil?

 

Inability to lose weight? The answer could be in your blood!

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How frustrating! How infuriating! How depressing! How discouraging! It just makes me want to give up!

I’ve done EVERYTHING I should EVERY DAY: I drink all 8 glasses of water, eat 6 smaller meals, eat at least 10 different healthy foods, eat at least 4 vegetables, exercise (5 days a week), take my supplements, use a great meal replacement shake twice a day, finish all my meals before 8:00 in the evening, and live an active lifestyle.

I don’t drink alcohol, smoke, or do drugs.

I have eliminated/strictly limited sugar, potatoes, gluten, corn, and dairy from my diet.

So why, then, has my weight either stayed the same or increased?????

Well, there are other factors that are involved in women’s weight.

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My husband and I have been doing the TERRAfit 90-day fitness challenge together since September 28, 2015. His weight has steadily gone down every week. Mine has stayed pretty much the same. I am still overweight, bordering on obesity. That is not a healthy way I want to live my life.  Why does he see success where I am completely stuck?

We recently attended a Mind and Body Wellness Fair in Kelowna, B.C., where we met some interesting people who have shed some light on this subject.

One lady, in particular, Shannon Bliss is a wonderful lady who founded “Health is Bliss” in Kelowna, B.C. We took the opportunity to have her look at each of our blood and do a quick “Live Blood Analysis.” It was fascinating! We learned so much about ourselves and what we each need to do to improve our health, just by looking under a microscope to see what our blood had to tell us. We are so VASTLY different, yet at the same time, have some similarities.

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A couple of the things that I learned about my own health are:

1. Although I am taking a fantastic nutritional supplement (Life Long Vitality) with all the omega’s one could possibly ask for in a supplement, my body has not been absorbing any of them – at all! This is one of the reasons I am always feeling so exhausted and unmotivated. It’s tough to get out of bed in the morning feeling like you haven’t even slept yet. Sure, I went to sleep. My eyes were closed all night, but I didn’t feel rested. I have had to push myself to get excited about our 6:00 a.m. workout session before we get on with our busy day. Gratefully (I think), my husband is dedicated to helping me reach my goals and wants to see me succeed as much as I do, so he makes sure I get the workouts done. Yes, I have continued doing our workouts; although, admit that I am asking myself, “what’s the point? It’s not making a difference anyway.”  Yeah, I know that my thoughts have an effect on my results. I promise I will improve on that.  (I’ll post some interesting information about that later on.)

So, having learned that my red blood cells are not using the omega’s that I am taking means having to switch to another omega complex. I have not been excited about having to switch because I really like my current supplements. I talked to the owner of “Nature’s Cabin” in Cardston, Alberta. She suggested that taking Acetyl L-Carnitine may help me to absorb the healthy fats I am eating in my diet as well as the omegas I am supplementing with. I am truly hoping that it makes a difference.

Shannon also explained that it would be wise to use emulsified omega’s to help my body learn what it should be doing with those beautiful omega’s. So, I have switched from my usual regimen to give that a try, with the intention to return to my original supplements in a few months when by body is ready.

2. My liver is having to pick up the work that my red blood cells are not doing. This is causing distress to the liver. In all my years of learning about weight management and loss, I understand that if the liver isn’t happy, weight is not going anywhere. The liver needs help first. Once the liver is happy, then it can do its job of clearing out toxins and excess weight. This poor liver needs some TLC. I will continue with the healthy foods and staying away from the unhealthy sugary, packaged, fast foods that seem to be taking over our Western diet and lifestyle. I will also be diligently working on helping those red blood cells to do their job effectively and efficiently, thereby taking some of the workload off the liver.

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3. A magnesium deficiency can lead to problems like poor bowel health, poor sleep quality, migraines & headaches (I ALWAYS have a headache), fatigue/low energy, chronic neck and back pain, stiff, sore muscles, sugar cravings and weight gain, PMS and hormonal imbalances, constipation, indigestion, teeth grinding, and so many more symptoms and conditions. I have suffered with all of these.

Yes, I started taking a magnesium supplement right away. I chose to use “CALM.” I found it at the local health food store, “Nature’s Cabin.” It’s a powder that you mix with warm water and drink just before bedtime. It has a tart-sweet taste (something like SweetTarts), and it has a light fizz to it. The first night I took it, I found that I had such a restful sleep that I didn’t want to disturb it in the morning. It felt so good to feel so relaxed I didn’t want to move a muscle. Okay, so I still had a hard time getting out of bed – but for a different reason.

There were a number of other things that I discovered about my health that I have learned what and how to change and what direction to take that I am feeling encouraged and hopeful. I am working to become healthy from the inside out. If you are concerned about some of these things or want to know what’s really going on inside your body, I would recommend Shannon Bliss to you. She is thorough and explains things in a way that you can understand. As always, I also recommend talking to your healthcare provider to be sure you aren’t missing any underlying issues.