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An Ordinary Woman's Journey of Surviving Obesity


Life, Love and Weightloss – Get What You Want


How is your new year going so far? Want a re do? You’re in luck! Happy Chinese New Year. Welcome to the Year Of The Rooster! This year boasts order, precision, excellence and never backing down. And according to Eugina Last from the Toronto Sun, “This year is perfect for those who strive to reach the ultimate level of life mentally, physically and financially, but not so good for those who favor being lazy or living the life of a couch potato.”

I think the Rooster may be my new spirit animal. The cat has been my animal of choice since exiting the womb. And the cat is just about the world’s definition of laziness. So maybe not the right fit for me. I am after all a morning person. The Rooster may have been my calling all along!

I’m not one to follow too strongly on the principals of western or eastern astrology, even religion for that matter. In my own life’s actions I trend towards following my head and my heart. Putting trust in both of mine has taken some time. Feeling confident about my decisions has taken even longer.

What do you want? What a loaded question. For some people it may take a while to figure it out. Once you do, expect to get creative in finding ways to hold onto the core of it. In life and love I think it comes down to determining what your bottom line is. And working outwards from there. For me, I have always needed to be goal specific. Weight loss taught me that. God, what hasn’t weight loss taught me? Some people may turn to bible scriptures to help them decide paths to take in life. Others may look to horoscopes, even lines from their favourite songs for guidance about decision making. For me, all roads seem to lead back to weight loss.

It had to be more than “ I want to lose weight.” That sentence is so vague. It had to be broken down into specific components and then plans of action were needed for each component. My life is no different.

From day one of running my business I had small goals that I set for myself – and achieved. EVERY SINGLE ONE. It didn’t happen by chance or because I wished it into existence. It was a goal, a plan and I put it into action. Some took longer than others, but over the course of a decade they’ve all happened. And guess what? It’s not over. I’m still setting new ones. What I want is always evolving, but the core of what Amanda’s Pet Sitting stands for stays the same.

Love follows the same path. It is fair to say I’ve wanted different things at different times. Like the other aspects of my life, some of them have taken longer to achieve. But if past life lessons have taught me anything, it’s that I eventually always get there. In previous matters of the heart, my standards were much different. I equate a lot of that to being overweight. I attracted a different sort of person due to the vibes I was sending out. My lack of self confidence shone through me in a myriad of ways. My lack of self respect did the same thing. I would find myself surrounded by the type of person who found those traits attractive. The moment I began to give myself more value, my eyes opened. My standards towards myself changed and I began to understand what I truly wanted. What I truly deserved. I take comfort in knowing that because I have a higher value towards myself, then that’s now the type of person that will be in my life. Someone who sees my value. I will settle for nothing less.

To figure out what we want, we have to keep experiencing life. We can’t be that couch potato and sit around waiting for it happen. Nor do we need to feel pressured into creating something that isn’t there, something false. Just live life. Live your life. Do the things that make you happy, go to the places that entice your soul. That energy is the key to getting what you want. Never back down. Embrace your inner Rooster.

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New Year New Goals

How many reading this have already broken your New Years resolution? How may never set one at all? And what is your reason for not setting one? I am of the mindset where every day there are goals being set. In my world, I don’t need the start of a year to do that. Neither do you. Let the beginning of the year signify a fresh start by all means, but your personal goals need to be happening all year round.

As much as this is a time to look ahead and make plans, I find myself doing a lot of reflecting on the year I just came through. In terms of “success” I feel I nailed about every opportunity that came my way. I hear people talk about how rotten they thought 2016 was. I do not at all share that sentiment. But I was dialed in and more focused on myself than I have been a good portion of my life. I brought a sense of positivity and possibility to everything I touched, so I guess that is to be expected.

It just takes a couple seconds to hop through some previous blog posts of mine to see how exciting the past year has been for me. So in looking ahead to the coming year I initially thought “God… how can 2017 even come close to being as great as 2016?” Surely there will be no magazine cover, no huge weight loss accomplishments or radio interviews. (AM800 can’t seem to get enough of me, so who really knows on that last one…)

It’s true I won’t have any of those old accomplishments, but I’m planning on a whole new set. The goals I have for myself may not be as noticeable as a 150lb weight loss, but it doesn’t make them any less significant. My journey is ongoing and I’d like to share what I wish to achieve in the next 12 months. Maybe in December we can revisit my goals and take a look at the progress made. Because there WILL be progress made.

For 2017, I have personal and health related goals in front of me. I’ll start with the health related ones. I plan to build muscle. To be specific, I plan to build glute, ab and tricep muscles. These are the areas that I feel a bit self conscious of. I have done pretty good with the whole lose skin issue that can plague people who lose a drastic amount of weight. I believe that the bit that I have is 100% manageable with exercise and time. By building muscle in these areas it will change my body’s composition. Muscle preforms very different on the body vs fat. So even though the “weight loss” portion of my journey is pretty much over, the overall look of my body is still in a state of change. Some people have told me just to leave things be. They tell me that I have come so far why would I need to push farther? But, why wouldn’t I want to push farther?! My journey has never been to get to a point and settle in. I have one life and I plan to make the most of it. That includes pushing boundaries and limits.

It’s really fun to learn that you have control and power over your own body. The changes I want to see will take time and dedication. I feel like I am working from a blank canvas in some respects despite the road I have traveled. I think now is a good a time as any to share some intimate before photos. Takes a bit of courage on my part to post these, but I have done harder things than this in the past couple years.

The best way to track progress is through a picture. This year I will build some glute muscles to reshape my bum – it took a bit of a hit with the fat loss, and my abs I plan to tighten up. For kicks, I’m throwing in my tricpes too. They’ve come a long way, but I know I can improve them as well. These specific goals will be accomplished by weight training and some cardio. I bought a barbell over the holidays and have begun weighted squats. It was suggested to me to use a bench to ensure proper form. I am still learning and working on mine but I know it is VERY important to know proper form before engaging in larger weight bearing exercises. I hope by the end of the year to not only have gown a booty, but eliminate the need for the bench.20170112_144435.jpg

Another health related goal involves volleyball. I play rec volleyball a couple times a week. My skill has improved over the years but I’ve always been tentative when it comes to jumping and blocking at the net. I know I have the height to be able to do this. It is the timing of the jumps that makes me hesitant. My goal is to improve upon that. Even if I don’t get the block and instead take the ball to my face , I need to conquer my fear and start jumping more.

One of my personal goals will be to do some traveling this year. Be it on my own or with someone else. Life is about experiences and there are so many places I haven’t been and would like to be. I want to stop dreaming of them and actually visit them.

And lastly, and maybe most importantly I will be focusing on worrying less. I want to live in the moment. I want to be grateful for the happiness I find myself in right now. Really sink in to those moments. I am a planner – in my line of work I have to be. But planning is also my nature to a certain degree. When you are so focused on whats next, you might miss the here and the now. And my here and now is pretty fricken awesome. Happy New Year!