Finding Joy Week 7

One step at a time. That was my motto for the week. Weight loss seems to me like an endless series of small steps in the right direction. If you look up too often to see the end goal it feels like an impossible task, but to look at you feet and make one step at a time, the journey seems less daunting. Nothing was more of an in your face metaphor than the hike I did on Friday. It was a hard one, Barrier Lake Lookout in Kananaskis. The moderate climb in the beginning was difficult right from the start and I wasn't too sure I'd be able to do it, let alone keep up. But with encouragement, friends and a gorgeous view, we made it to the lookout! It felt like a mental hurdle, making the choice ever

The best views comes after the hardest climb....

I am going to branch out and talk about exercise. Nutrition is my usual jam but I ALWAYS get asked about exercise. Mostly it is new clients saying... " SOO oooo what kind of exercise are you going to MAKE me do??" The answer is none. I am a big believer in exercise. It aids in the process of weight loss and "toning up". You can absolutely drop weight without doing exercise though. Most people say " please don't say I have to go to Exercise classes/ be a runner/ join a gym/ do yoga..." because those are things they don't enjoy. First of all just don't do exercise you hate. Second, please find something you love. It might mean stepping out of that comfort zone and trying a few new things. I de

Finding Joy Week 6

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. -C.S. Lewis Nothing illustrates this more for me than my weight loss graph. I can tell you every “food fail” and every “success” that you can see in the ups and downs. What I sometimes forget, and it's an easy thing to do, is that the trend is down. In the last two months I have lost 10 lbs and I am starting to trust the process. It's so hard to see why you have to turn down the “Spring Fling Cupcake” but when you look at the downward trend you can see the payoff of every single hard decision. I know that in 6 months, the decisions won't be as hard and the payoff will be in the new sized clothing and the

What it really looks like...

We are bombarded with images from media about what weight loss looks like... Before and after pictures. The flashy sales pitches " 10 pounds lost overnight!!" 'Lose all your baby weight in 6 weeks" (ps it took me 4 years) IT is confusing because it does not show the struggle, the stalls, nor the celebrations along the way. I am so glad that Joy is sharing her journey. She is showing us the reality. This week's blog shows us her progress and the importance of setting goals and celebrations along the way to work toward. If you have struggled in the past with what it should look like. Cut yourself a break. The media misrepresents these things. IT is a journey..... Let me know if I can help. It

Spring TIME ! No excuses

Spring Cleaning: Time to Throw Out the Excuses Other than New Year’s, there is probably no other time during the year that motivates us to make a fresh start like springtime does. When the warm breezes start blowing, we want to throw open the windows and let the rebirth all around us revitalize our homes and our spirits. Because it seems natural to clean out the old during this time of year, it’s a great time to come face to face with our excuses for not getting fit and healthy. Excuses pile up just like the clutter that we accumulate in our houses, but it’s time to come clean. What is your excuse for not choosing health? I don’t have the time to exercise: This is likely one of the most c

Does a Plateau mean I am failing?

Here is the senario; You are cruising along, eating healthy drinking lots of water and you are dropping weight consistently and you come to a HALT. Wait ?! What?? You are eating well.?.. you are listening to your coach? you are putting in effort. ..... Here is the temptation. TO QUIT. Why? because why work so hard with no results, just to fail?! Most people quit at this point in the weight loss journey. The question is, is this failing or is it normal? A plateau is a perfectly normal part of dropping weight. You go down up and will stay the same.... Sometimes for a few days and sometimes for a month. It is your body adjusting or stress, or hormones.... or anything really. How do you beat

Finding Joy Week 5

This week I found my stride! I'm not sure if it was the weather (though that really helps my mood and getting my family outside) or if keeping sugar out of my diet is starting to really work. For me, knowing that I would have very little time for lunch, I planned around that. This last week I have been doubling up my morning breakfast smoothie and taking one for lunch as well. Coach Lucinda VERY nicely reminded me to watch my carb/SUGAR intake on this as two fruity smoothies can add up to a lot! My favorite one so far is my banana, peanut butter, chocolate and cinnamon smoothie. Put a half cup of ice into your blender and add one banana, a Tbsp of natural peanut butter, a tsp or so of cinna

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