Monday, 11 February 2013

My Weight-loss Journey! The Beginning...



Do you remember when I brought Shaklee back?

Well now I'm bringing Sexy back!  Yep!  Slowly! I need to loose about 50 lbs.

But I'll take you back... way back.

Growing up, I was always the skinny child.  I was a picky eater.  Picky as in I wouldn't eat cooked peas, but I had no problems going into my Grandma's garden and picking sweet peas and eating them raw right out of the shell.  I was picky that I would never eat cooked vegetables, but I had no problem eating smelts and fried liver and eels (yummy eels, eel stew is still my fave).  I ate all the odd things that most other kids wouldn't eat, in North America anyway.  I lived in Portugal until I was 8.

I wouldn't eat pizza. I remember the first day I was offered pizza when we moved to Canada and I nearly gagged when I saw what "pizza" was.  At the time Pizza was not a "Portuguese" thing to eat. Now it's a family staple. lol

I wouldn't eat salads.  I was 22 the first time I ate a salad.  I was at a conference for work and I was starving and out came the salad.  I asked the lady beside me if that's all they were serving.  She said "yes". So I thought I'd give it a try.  It was a green salad with French dressing.  Not bad. Then, the next meal came out... I don't remember what it was. I looked at the lady beside me, and she starts laughing "oh you thought I was serious that we were only having salad?"  Yeah, actually I did.  Anyways, from that day on I started eating salads with every meal. With French dressing. I guess I just assumed I didn't like salads.

Oh by the way, when I was 22 I was also bulimic/anorexic and weighed 92 lbs. (at my lowest)


It took me a number of years to figure out what was causing my eating disorder and deal with it. But I won't go into that here, I'm no expert, just a survivor.

I met my soon-to-be-husband when I was 24.  He was very active.  He worked out, he rode his mountain bike, he played hockey, he played tennis, and he played golf.  I on the other hand was skinny but I rarely worked out.  I just rarely ate... until I met him and fell in love. I like to say that love made me fat. lol

He introduced me to pasta.  You need pasta for energy when you are working out like he was.  He introduced me to vegetables with pasta and cheese, lots of cheese.  It  became a staple meal in our house.  Oh yeah, I still wasn't working out much, other than the odd walk with our dog.  I started noticing the pounds packing on. Slowly but surely I had gained 10-15 pounds by the time I was pregnant with my first daughter.

My oldest daughter came along before I turned 26.  That pregnancy was my excuse to let go and enjoy being pregnant.  I ate and ate and ate like I had I hadn't eaten in 26 years.  I gained 80 lbs.

I was surprised after she was born, that I weighed only 20 lbs less, I was positive "I was all baby".

I spent the next 6 months, walking my dog with the baby in my front pouch.  The weight came off minus about 15 pounds.

I carried those 15 pounds into my second pregnancy a year later.  But then I was put on bed rest 11 weeks into that pregnancy.  I was eating but not moving... much.  I gained 65 pounds.  I had clearly not learned anything about eating healthy.

Haley was born and again I lost the regulatory 20lbs before I even left the hospital.  Now I had a two year old and an infant and definitely no time to work out, oh and it was winter (I hibernate in winter).  Haley became ill a few weeks after she was born... RSV, pneumonia, asthma. We were in and out of the hospital for first few years of her life.  She had a few surgeries.  Eventually I lost the weight, minus 15 pounds (plus the first 15 from the first pregnancy). By the this point I weighed about 145 pounds.

I ended up gaining another 20 lbs overtime and then along came baby #3.

I'm not sure how much I ended up gaining but I know I broke 200 lbs, and went well over because that is when I stopped looking.



 After he was born, my weight went down to 165 pounds. I'm assuming I lost the weight because I nursed him for 6 months, because I certainly didn't work out. But then it came back after I stopped nursing.

Anthony is now 6 1/2.



I have tried Weight Watchers numerous times.  I hated keeping track of the points. I know the diet works, if you are disciplined to keep track.  I wasn't.



I looked in to Dr. Bernstein. Have you seen the cost?


My face kept getting rounder and rounder.

I tried joining the gym.  I couldn't stand walking on a treadmill sweating while the pretty skinny girl beside me barely broke a sweat while she ran. Although I admit I enjoyed the yoga classes, I didn't go often enough to see a difference and motivate myself to keep going.

I tried another diet 2 years ago, as a new years resolution.  I lost over 25 pounds.  The weight loss stayed with me for 1 1/2 years, but with all of my different stresses last year slowly the weight came back. But that diet worked and it stayed off until I got too comfortable again.

So what is so different right now you say?

I'm tired of this battle.

I'm tired of my knees hurting when I go up the stairs.

I'm just tired.

I went into the depths of my basement the other day and found my husband's old weights and I pulled out 50 pounds.  I could barely lift them more than a few inches off the ground.  No wonder my knees hurt, I'm carrying this weight around all day.  24/7.







Here's my weight : 188 lbs
Feb 11, 2013



And my stats:

I'm 5' 3" tall
Weight: 188 lbs.
Bust: 43 inches
Waist: 43 inches
Hips: 42 inches
Thighs: 38 inches

Arms: 14 inches





  • I will have breakfast every day.  To make it easy, I will have a Smothee every morning, because it worked for me last time I was on a diet. 


  • I will drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily.



  • I will work out a minimum of 30 minutes daily. I'm sure this cutie patootie will make sure of that.





  • I will eat high fibre meals. I will eat either fruits and/or vegetables at every meal.


  • I will eat limit sugar intake, but I will eat dessert occasionally. (cause I'm not crazy!)

To help me a long and to give me the boost my body desperately needs right now, I will also taking a Shaklee 180 Metabolic Boost.







So that's my plan.

This time... I'm motivated and it's not a New Year's resolution, it's my new lifestyle.

Any one else with me? You know strength in numbers and all?