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An Ordinary Woman's Journey of Surviving Obesity


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Thin Blood

​I think a lot of people would claim that autumn is their favourite season. Maybe you have a birthday around this time,  perhaps you like the colour change happening on the trees and I imagine you’re a fan Halloween- who isn’t? Plenty of great reasons to love this time of year. 

For me it’s all about the pumpkins. Not eating or carving – but painting.  I paint pumpkins.  This year I painted over 30. The most I have ever done! 


I dont paint them just to sell them, although that was what happened this  year and the main reason I did so many. I just genuinely love doing it. I find mixing the paint  to get the perfect shade of blue a sort of  “zen like” experience. I get to zone out and pour all of my creative energy into this one action. This October hobby takes up a lot of time. In order to get this many pumpkins done I had to scale  back on my fitness routine. Boy did I miss  it. NEVER in a million years would I think I would crave exercise as much as I do! So as October comes to a close, I bid it a fond farewell and am very anxious to get back to my exercise regime.

A fond farewell is also given to summer….yet another thing I didn’t anticipate missing as much as I am right now. I know a lot of people who welcome the weather change over from summer. People who love the warm, cozy sweaters, sipping some type of hot beverage and feeling that crisp breeze. I used to have a lot in common with those people. The key word is USED to. Yesterday  it was 8°C and I was in a parka with gloves and a scarf.  Walking dogs for a living  keeps me outside most of my work day so it’s important for me to be comfortable in whatever mother nature  chooses to throw at me, but being comfortable in cooler weather is proving to be pretty difficult. I barely got through  our unusually mild winter last year, so you can imagine how terrified I am for this winter. 

Since losing  a lot of weight, I freeze at the slightest whisp of a breeze. It seems I can never get warm enough…and it’s only  October.  This will be one long winter if I can’t get  a grip on this. Friends laugh and think I am exaggerating. I REALLY wish I was. I do think there’s something to being thinner and having less fat as insulation. I get cold so fast now. Those of you who have been thin for your  whole life have the upper  hand. Your body knows how to regulate heat properly or you’ve simply  built up a tolerance to colder temperatures. You probably still feel the chill, but something tells me you’ve got a better handle of it than me. I envy you.

 My old problem was that I would over heat easily. I loved colder weather. I get now why people love  the summer so much.  Being cold sucks.  Extremities go numb,  it’s almost painful! I get little sympathy for this problem ,  and that’s ok, I get it. I don’t need it. But I DO need some supplies to get me through until Spring. So  I will be highlighting and circling thermal blankets,  slippers and “Snuggies” on my list to Santa this year. 

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My Health Scare…And No, It isn’t Weighing 300 lbs

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I was on the fence about sharing this with you. It certainly is personal, so that was part of me deciding to withhold it for a while. The other is that I have been praised for being so healthy lately and part of me thought that sharing this struggle would make me seem less successful. But I’ve come to the realization that that simply isn’t true. I think a lot of you who read this appreciate my honesty and realistic approach to health and fitness. So why should I withhold this? I haven’t had my period since March. It’s October.

I am 31 years old… a far cry from menopause. But given my hormone history, I began to get pretty worried after one month of not seeing my monthly visitor. I will spare you the long medical details. In short, when I was born, I had a very unique condition. If the condition persisted I would’ve started my period at the age of 5 and actually been going into menopause in my 30s. My life would’ve been very different and some doctors had said non existent all together. Call it divine intervention or luck but this condition all but disappeared shortly after its diagnosis and I went on to live a fairly normal life. But you can understated why I might pay attention to this particular absence in my routine. I also had a tubal ligation a few years ago, so I knew I wasn’t pregnant.

I brought all of this up to my doctor who, despite knowing my medical history, didn’t’ seem at all phased by it. She actually said to me “ Don’t you like not having your period? You really want it back?”

YES!!!! I kinda do.

I mean, what woman would miss all the crap that goes along with it, but it’s not normal to lose it such a young age right? I was entering the tail end of my weight loss, feeling and looking better than I ever have in my entire life and here I was getting furious with my body! I was working tirelessly to give it proper nutrition and exercise. I had a good handle on my mental health, I was even meditating! And this is the thanks I get?!

I had to practically twist my doctor’s arm, but I got her to run some blood work and tests and everything checked out. She said I shouldn’t panic and it would likely return in a couple months once my body acclimated to dealing with the lower weight I was now sporting. So I waited. A couple months went by. Still no period. I returned to my doctor, who said to wait a few MORE months and then come back to see her. I was beginning to think I was dealing with the Wizard of Oz here. “Go away and come back tomorrow” was getting a bit old. Not that I am not a hypochondriac but I felt like we should be doing more about this. I didn’t want something to be wrong with me. I was just very curious as to why this was happening. But having nothing to do but wait, I tried really hard to get it out of my mind. Who needs more stress right? Stress does NOTHING good for us.

Since my doctor had given me little to mull over with this whole ordeal, I took it upon myself to do my own research. I know an M.D who lives in another country and between her and some online reading I was able to settle my mind a bit. There are some changes that can occur with hormones when it comes to a dramatic weight loss, especially with woman. With a steady declining fat percentage, my body was basically saying that it would not be the proper host for a fetus at this point in time and so it eliminated that risk all together. They say our bodies are very smart but I figured mine would’ve clued in on me not providing a good home for a growing fetus with the whole tube tying operation…but I guess not. Basically my body needed enough time to regulate itself to my “new normal”.

Just as I was about to give The Wizard another phone call, it came back. I am an expert on practicing patience and I am thankful to say that all is well. We have returned to our regular scheduled programming and I have never been happier to go shopping for feminine hygiene products in my life!


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What I Eat In A Day – Excerpts From A Food Journal, October 2016

I was planning on doing this as my next post anyways. Receiving an abundance of requests for it just solidified my decision.

My diet. Everyone wants to know the exact foods I am eating on a daily basis. I am more than happy to share the information. I hold nothing as a secret. I am not looking to market my approach to food as anything but what I am choosing to eat. There is no catch to me giving you this information. I’m not selling an e book. I’m not selling anything! Despite the attempt from a popular woman’s magazine, the way I eat cannot be put in a box and labeled as anything other than healthy eating. It is not a “program” or a “plan”. It is just food.

I am happy to share what I eat with you but please do not mistake this for me telling you that you must to do the same if you want to get my results. I would be delighted to know that among the different impacts that I am told I am making in people’s lives, that one of them would be that I am helping to shape critical thinkers. I think it is a mistake to hold one person’s experiences on a higher level than your own. If you do, then there’s a good chance you’re not paying attention to how your body is responding to the changes you will be making. For instance, I cut out fruit when I first began my journey. I consumed it maybe once a week in a smoothie as a “treat”. For me, sugar was a gateway drug….even in the form of fructose. I had to really scale back. Your body’s response to sugar, dairy or grain may be totally different than mine. And that’s ok. The entire point of a lifestyle change is to find something that you can stick to long term.

I truly believe that there is no one perfect way of eating for everyone. There are plenty of ways to lose weight. Even fewer ways to keep it off for good. You may need to alter your food choices or the frequency of your meals multiple times throughout your journey. Everyone wants to get it right, right off the bat. You probably won’t. I didn’t. But that’s how you learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Don’t take my word as gospel. Instead, use this as a guide, a starting point, and then discover for yourself how your own road looks on your journey.

I guarantee you success. The principals of losing weight are very simple. Burn more calories than you take in. You burn calories just by sitting up straight, so don’t think that by me telling you that you need to “burn calories” that automatically means you also need to sign up for a gym membership. You never need to step foot in a gym if you don’t want to. Remember the first 100 pounds of the weight I lost was achieved with dietary changes. The key to choosing foods to eat is picking ones you enjoy. If you don’t like broccoli, eat cauliflower. If you hate chicken, eat turkey. If meat isn’t your thing, tofu works fine. The idea is just to eat foods sourced as close to nature as possible. Eliminating a lot of overly processed foods and the additives and chemicals that go along with them are going to help reduce the amount of calories you are taking in. Consuming real, unprocessed food is also going to make you happier, calmer, revitalized and more powerful.

There are just 3 things you’ll need to do to succeed:

  1. Get a food journal. Once you introduce a healthier lifestyle and you start paying attention to your bodies signals you are going to like having the ability to look back on your food choices on days where you felt extra hungry, tired, bloated or like a million bucks to determine which foods likely played a role in that.
  2. Get a positive, goal oriented mindset. Other wise known as motivation. Stop yourself from thinking about long term goals though. I do not want you to be worried about the upcoming holidays, how you’ll manage your diet on weekends or stress about your birthday cake in 5 months. I guarantee that you will drive yourself nuts with that sort of thinking. You’ll get nervous, doubtful and give up before you start. Focus on today, on the next meal you will be eating and nothing more than that.
  3. Get food

That’s it. That is all you need to get started the same way I did. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. It may not always be easy, but it is possible. A new lifestyle is going to be difficult. You will have cravings, they will lessen over time. You’ll have monumentally successful days, and days where your perseverance is tested to the max. That’s life. If you want a healthier one, it’s your choice.

I’ll share with you an actual photo from this week last year taken from my food journal.

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My diet is pretty similar a year later. I eat a bit more fruit and greek yogurt now, but just about everything is the same.

I post meal pictures pretty frequently on my Instagram page. I will encourage you to check it out, the link is on the homepage of my blog.

The following are recent entries from my food journal.The oils I use to cook my meats and veggies on the stove top are either coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. I use measuring spoons and I own a cheap food scale. I’m also having a love affair with my NutriBullet Blender….don’t tell my husband.

October 3, 2016

8:30am
– 1/3 cup steel cut oats, 1 capsule of Probiotic, 1 tsp Stevia, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
-1 egg, 1 egg white
-1 square 80% Dark chocolate

11:30am
– Protein Bar

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2:00pm
– Protein Shake ( 1 scoop Pineapple/Mango powder from AllMax Isoflex, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbsp unsweetened shaved coconut, 1/4 cup frozen mango, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla cashew milk, ice)
-2 Twizzler sticks

5:30pm
– 1 chicken breast seasoned with lemon and pepper
– handful of baby carrots, chopped onion and mushrooms
– 1/4 cup whole grain quinoa
– 1.5 cups Smart Food Pure Delights Popcorn in Salted Caramel

October 4, 2016

8:00am
– Protein Waffles (1 scoop vanilla protein powder from AllMax Isoflex, 2 tbsp oat flour, 2 egg whites, 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla cashew milk, probiotic capsule, pinch of cinnamon, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1 tbsp Stevia)
– 2 tbsp powdered chocolate peanut butter from TruNut drizzled over top, sprinkle of cinnamon

11:30am
– Protein Bar

2:00pm
– 9 pieces of vegetable sushi with soy sauce
– 1 can tuna with 1 tsp olive oil and dill seasoning
– 8 slices of cucumber

 

5:00pm
– 1 tilapia fillet with lemon
– 1 medium roasted sweet potato
– handful of cauliflower, mushrooms and baby carrots

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7:30pm
– 5 scrambled egg whites with Italian seasoning and 10 almonds

 

October 5, 2016

9:00am
– 8 egg white omelet with handful baby spinach, mushrooms and 1 tsp light crumbled feta

Noon
– Protein Bar

2:00pm
– 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 tsp Stevia, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 tsp natural honey, – 1/2 cup granola
– 8 cucumber slices
– 1 can tuna with 1 tsp olive oil and garlic seasoning

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5:30pm
– 2 small home made hamburgers with Italian seasoning
– bed of green leaf lettuce
– handful of mushrooms, zucchini, baby carrots and corn
– 2 tbsp salsa, 1 tbsp Greek yogurt
– 1 oatmeal raisin cookie that my mother in law baked

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Practice makes perfect. Persistence pays off.