Monday, 4 August 2014

Losing it and Winning - So did I win?

Hey all!

Sorry I've been MIA for the last couple of weeks, but it couldn't be helped.  First I was working my bootie off trying to finish off strong in the Biggest Loser challenge and then I needed to recover.

If you are new to this series, I wrote a little bit about my 12 week challenge in this post.  Here are the recaps for week 1week 2week 3week 4week 5week 6week 7week 8week 9 and week 10.

So where do I start? The last I left you, my percentage weight loss was 13.87% and I was sitting at 148.4 lbs after binging nasty encounter with a bag Honey Teddy Graham cookies one night.  Up until that point my average weight loss per week was about 2.5 lbs. I was irritable and miserable and just plain irritated with the whole thing and ready to give up.  But I'm a fighter so I put on my big girl workout clothes and really kicked it up a notch.

This is what my last two weeks of workouts consisted of:

5:30 - 6:00 a.m. - Sprinting running on treadmill
6:15- 7:05 a.m.- Crossfit class (HIIT Class)
Stretch and go home have breakfast and feed kids
10:45/11:00-  a.m. - back to gym, ride bike for 90 minutes or run on treadmill for 5k
12:00- 1:00 p.m. - Crossfit class (HIIT Class)

A couple of times I went in for the 2:30 p.m. or  4 p.m. class or rode the stationary bike/ran treadmill while the class was going on.  It helped to pass the time watching people moving around in front of me.

Going into semi -final weight in I was sitting at 146.8lbs or 14.87%. Yes, I was really frustrated!  After all that I did that week, only a 2.5lb weight loss.  My closest competitors, semi-final weigh-ins landed them at 18% and 19%.

So I kicked it up one more notch. I had to or give up.
And then at the 6:15 a.m. class on Monday morning, I rolled my ankle and I thought it was all over.  I cried.  I tried no to, but I did. When I told my trainer Leija, all she said was "giving up is not an option!" I texted my two group ambassadors and I got the same response from them.  So I went to drug store and got a wrap for my ankle and wrapped it up tight and went back to gym! It hurt and I was careful on certain moves, but I got my sweat on and the motivation came back.

On one of the days where my schedule looked very similar to the one above, I also ran 8k that evening with Biggest Loser Tuesday class with a tired sore wrapped ankle.  Let's just say, the next morning, my body was ready for a break and I rested it... for a couple of hours, and then I headed back to the gym.

In the final week I also changed up my nutrition/meal plan and water intake.  I cut out oatmeal/bread that I was eating for breakfast and also cut out fruit. My diet consisted of eggs, chicken breast, and green vegetables and protein shakes for 4 days.  And the last 3 days I cut it even further. My water intake was reduced as well.

****I don't recommend this if you are trying to lose weight and not in a competition where every ounce counts. It is not healthy, and the water weight returned within a few days of normal eating and drinking again.****

I challenged myself!  I did it because I knew/suspected my competitors would be doing the same thing.

The water cutting was hard. I was tired and just wanted it to be over!  But I got it done.

So did I win?

No, I came in third.  My final weigh-in number was 131.3 lbs or 23.8%.

The second place winner was 23.9% and the first place winner was 26%.

But, I still feel like a winner!

I reached my goal, I challenged my body, and I've changed my lifestyle to be a healthier, more fit me.

I've motivated my family and my friends to start working out.

I've met every set-back head on and never gave up.

AND... I have my strong healthy body back! It took me 15 years but I did it.

I am a winner!

January 13, 2014 I weighed in at 188lbs and July 27, 2014 I weighed in at 131 lbs.  That is a 57lb weigh loss! I lost 30% in about 6 months.

I've been asked a few times about the gym that I've been working out at and I don't think I ever mentioned it by name.  It's called REV3K and they just launched a new website too.  Check it out!

Any locals, want to check it out, just let me know, and you can come in for a week of free classes. I will join you.

I've been asked a few times... "what's next?"

I'm not done with my body yet.  I want it stronger and I want it leaner.  I'm purchasing a membership at REV3K and I will be working out 4-5 times a week.  I will stick to my eating plan of high protein and low carbs, but I will have more options in my diet. I will allow myself a treat without guilt.

By the way, because I know you like to see the before afters.

And after...

Thanks for following along in my weight loss journey and for all of your encouraging comments.  I needed them!

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linking up at TDC Before/After

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

{RECIPE} Easy Tin Foil Potato Packets

We love to camp in the summertime, at least once. We've been doing it since the girls were babies.  But before we head out I like to test out recipes at home to make sure they will work for us when were out there without my bare necessities (back-up food).

Recently I tasted tested these at home and they turned out amazing. Kids loved them too!

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Tin Foil Potato Packets

  • 6-8 medium potatoes, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp of canola or olive oil
  • 1 tsp of favourite steak seasoning
  1. slice onion and potatoes and place in large bowl, add garlic, seasoning and oil and mix together.
  2. Meanwhile rip a heavy duty tin foil into large squares. (I like to double mine too, just to make sure). Usually for 6-8 potatoes I make two packets that feeds my family of 5.
  3. To middle of each square add potato/onion mixture, leaving enough room to fold the tops and crimp the sides. 
  4. Grill over low - medium heat, with lid covered for 30-45 minutes. When I get close to end time I packet to check. ;) Open packets slowly to release steam. Enjoy!

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Are you like me? Do you taste test your recipes at home before going camping?

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Losing it and Winning - Week 10

If you are new to this series, I wrote a little bit about my 12 week challenge in this post.  Here are the recaps for week 1week 2week 3week 4week 5week 6week 7week 8 and week 9.

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I have had a few people ask me about an update pic so, I managed to take one yesterday after my group session.  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this already. Thanks to all for your kind comments, it gets me through the tough parts of my day, knowing that someone is rooting for me.

And to remind you where I started... My before pics taken May 4th!


Here are my measurements as of  Sunday, July 13, 2014:

Weight:  148.4 lbs
Bust:       38" 
Waist:     31 1/2" 
Butt:       37.5"

Here is my original starting weight and the measurements as of Sunday, May 4, 2014:

Weight:  172.3 lbs
Bust: 41 1/2"
Waist: 39 1/4"
Butt:  40"

Yeap... I'm up .3 lbs from last week. And I know why! Nope I didn't go on a drinking binge (I don't drink) or food binge. But what I did do, was miss meals (snacks mostly), and when I did eat they were not on schedule, I did not get enough sleep, I missed a bunch of workouts, I slept in late and my first "meal" was usually coffee first thing in the morning and I ate half a bag of Honey Teddy Grahams one night for dinner. Yeap that will do it! At least I'm being honest right? I'm just glad the damage was not worse than .3 lbs, it could have been worse, alot worse. The bad part is that I lost 1st place, I had it and then I lost it, because I was not organized and on track during the week.  But that week is done and it's time to leave it behind and keep working.  


Like I stated above I did not work out nearly enough to burn enough calories to promote weight loss. Working from memory I did a couple of classes (3, I think) and ran a couple times.  The running was nothing major, I think I did a mile or two on the tread each time. I was short on time all week and low on energy (lack of consistent food) and then my motivation went out the window.


At the beginning of the week ( Sunday, Monday) I was motivated and then it tapered off. Two many late nights at out-of -town baseball games for the kids meant I wasn't getting to bed until midnight and getting up the next day after 8 or so. It threw off all my meals, which threw off my workout times and my energy levels. It was one big ferris wheel that kept going round and round! 

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Two weeks left, and I've reset myself.  I've enlisted a buddy to work out with me everyday, early in the morning, even before my family is awake. My meals and snacks are all planned out and I will bring them with me to our late night baseball games this week. I'm not allowing myself any coffee until I've had my breakfast. ;) I've got this. I'm giving it 200% for the next two weeks to see how far I can take this! 

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Friday, 11 July 2014

{RECIPE} - Best Ever BBQ Sauce

This has become my go-to home made BBQ sauce  and my kids love it. I've used it on chicken wings, as a hamburger topping and even with these holiday meatballs. It is so easy to make and you can control how much heat you want. I love the sweet and spicy flavour.

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Best Ever BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp steak sauce
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • a couple shakes of hot pepper sauce (depends on how spicy you want it)
  1. In sauce pan, saute onion and garlic in oil, until slightly browned.
  2. Stir in remainder of ingredients except for hot pepper sauce.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add a couple of shakes of hot pepper sauce to desired spiciness. Enjoy!

* Refrigerate the leftovers.
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Some other Summer Recipes you may like:

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

{RECIPE} - Grilled Vegetable Salad

I love grilling in the summer time! I love to eat salads in the summer time! I have found a way to combine my two faves into one big bowl of yummy goodness. I'll even call it healthy yummy goodness... mmmkay? You can use whatever vegetables are in season or whatever you have in your crisper. 

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Grilled Vegetable Salad

Grilled Vegetable Salad

  • Fresh Summer Vegetables (not frozen)- red and yellow peppers, zucchini, asparagus, eggplant, mushrooms, etc.
  • 2-3 fresh tomatoes
  • 2 - 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Dressing ( i used my favourite)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Prepare your vegetables for the BBQ (see pic below, to see how I did it)
  2. In a bowl, pour olive oil over vegetables and sprinkle salt and pepper.
  3. Place on grill until you have your desired doneness. We like ours on the softer side.
  4. Once vegetables are grilled, carefully chop them up into bite-sized pieces.
  5. In a bowl add chopped tomatoes, chopped grilled vegetables and pour balsamic dressing over top. Mix together. 
  6.  Sprinkle feta cheese over top. Enjoy!
Grilled Vegetable Salad

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TIP: Skewer your mushrooms so you can easily turn them.

Grilled Vegetable Salad

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Are you a summer griller or a year round griller? Do eat like to eat salads in the summer?

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