Jill – Determined to get back on track.

So I have taken just over a month off from being conscious of what I eat and how much I work out.

Even typing that makes me feel silly…”Taking a month off from being conscious of what I eat and how much I work out”…What is that even?! Shouldn’t I always be conscious of what I fuel my body with  and time after time I have said how good I feel when I am consistently working out…This leaves me with no excuses and only  a plan to kick my own butt moving forward.

Some factors affecting me right now:

I have fallen quite ill with a cold/flu that has kept me away from the gym and the pool. I am on the mend though so I will be back at it next week.

I have a weak lower back and bad knees. So far the only thing that makes them not hurt is working out consistently.

I am back into a more regular routine so eating healthier is not so much a problem.

I am now saving for a wedding and a new sofa so I have no money to eat out! J

I drank way to much last Saturday night so I have learned my lesson…I have more fun as the designated driver…and I feel less like I am going to die the next day. A glass or two of wine on special occasions will do just fine.

What I am committed to right now:

  1. Being proud of myself for losing 22 lbs over the last 5 months!
  2. Choosing a race to train for. (Either a ½ marathon or a sprint triathlon)
  3. Set up a training program at the gym with a certified trainer. (Not a personal trainer, just someone who will create an effective program for me)
  4. Staying positive. I did it once and felt amazing I can get back into a healthy routine. My goal is for it to become just part of my life so no will power is necessary. (Like my veganism!) J
  5. Find a really great low cal recipe for muffins so that I have a quick low cal snack if I’m craving.
  6. Lose 8-10 lbs over the next 6 weeks so that I can go wedding dress shopping then maintaining that size so that my dress still fits on my wedding day (and then still fits 10 years later!) J
  7. Start counting calories again so I have an idea of where I am at when I am not planning out my meals.
  8. Stop eating such processed foods! This one is really important to me. I feel like my body would benefit greatly from  being nourished with whole, fresh foods.
  9. Help others to achieve their goals through my life coaching sessions and workshops. (I’m offering free consultations!)… Shameless self plug…Contact me today!

I am ready to do WHATEVER  IT TAKES!

I am excited to get back on track. I haven’t decided yet if I want to weigh in and report consistently yet. Once I have a more concrete plan I will let you know!

Thanks for tuning in!


Nikki-Oh Evenings

I’ve really come to realise that evenings are my downfall. 

At work I don’t have a ton of control of what’s being made for dinner.  I could bring my own dinner to ensure it is a healthier option, but I feel bad when I don’t eat the what my kids make.  They often chose high calorie/fatty options, such as on Monday-Pizza and wings.  Omg I love pizza and wings.  So I stayed at the gym an extra 30 minutes to make sure I burned enough calories to eat dinner and not have to worry about it too much.  I have also had conversations about healthy meals and portions sizes with my kids as well since I do want to lead by example.

At work I also bake and when I bake I mean that I bake but mostly I eat cookie dough like no body’s business.  I enjoy baking though, so I guess I need to learn to have some willpower and limit the cookie dough I eat since I know for a fact I can’t say no. When I’m at home I seem to just be making some poor choices in what I should make for dinner or evening snacks.

Anyone have any tips on how to curb your cravings? or where you get your willpower from?

Breakfast and lunch are the easiest meals to stick to.   I have been making low cal, high fiber/protein choices and am full until dinner on these choices but it seems as of lately I am craving sugar and high fat meals or evening snacks, I can’t seem to convince myself to have fruit or veggies-see above photo.  My other issue with evenings is that I get bored.  At home, at work, mostly when I’m alone! So the easiest thing to do is find food to fill my time!  I know I already mentioned that I am going to be working at staying busy, and so far I’ve done well at being busy this week.  I’ve done some more organizing around my house, done some crafts at work to pass time, and just found little things to do.  Fingers crossed my efforts pay off on friday!

 Well this week has been a bit better than last week, but I still haven’t done my weigh in, figured it’s not a huge deal so it can wait till this Friday! Speak to you all soon!

Nikki-Whoops it’s weigh in

I totally forgot that I was working this friday so I can’t report my weigh in.  I will talk about my week and goals.  I’ll either weigh in monday or just wait until next friday since it’s not a huge deal!

 I really thought going totally meatless for 2 days would be easy for me.  I thought I didn’t eat a lot of meat.  I don’t eat meat at breakfast (the odd time bacon but it’s been months) and I often just have sandwiches without meat , but shit it was a struggle and a half this week.   I was craving chicken and tuna every time I made a salad or sandwich.  I did manage to hold off on meat one day until I got to my new relief job and there was just not enough of anything to make a decent meal without meat.   So this meatless goal is going to be one that I have to work towards, but I am working on it!   I think it will be easier to plan it out and shop accordingly to do it. 

Yoga I’ve only managed to do it once so far this week but it really felt great when I did do it.  It’s a yoga strength video so some of the poses are very challenging and others aren’t since I’ve been working those muscles.  I think it will be very interesting to work my way up from the beginner/intermediate level to difficult.  

The rewards I’ve come up with have really been helping my motivation to get a work out in, but I’ve also been struggling with the afternoon wanting to munch out on anything and everything.  I’ve found this week that I need to find something to do between 2-5pm otherwise all I want to do is eat.  It’s been especially bad certain days where I’m feeling a bit down.  I really do turn to food to cheer me up which is totally unhealthy and unnecessary.  It’s hard to find something to do between 2-5 because this is when Ryan and I often hang out and spend time together, but this time has turned into TV watching time which I find boring to do for 3 hours.  Another reason eat, I get bored.  It’s frustrating because I sometimes feel like I have to choose between spending time with Ryan or making a better choice and getting out of the house/being busy so that I don’t eat.  Right now my choice is to now stay busy until work because it keeps my mind off of eating, and obviously if you’ve been to my new place you know there’s still a TON of work to do.  I don’t need to leave the house to stay busy I have pictures to hang, the basement floor to paint and then re-organize, the craft/office/spare room to finish setting up and of course there’s cleaning that can be done every day (seriously I would never tell anyone that 2 long hair cats is a good idea). All of these things will keep me busy, keep my mind off of being bored and wanting to eat, will help me burn a few extra calories and help my house be organized. 

Anyhow to sum up this week, I struggled a lot but I’m not giving up.  I’ve got a lot to look forward to and am so thankful for all the support and encouragement! Love reading you’re comments and ideas.  Did anyone else check out http://www.stickk.com/ that cultfit.wordpress.com suggested? You should check it out and check out Cultfit, some great stuff on there!


I’ve recently started following another  blogger-Roundinfinity who wrote about rewarding herself every time she loses weight but not rewarding herself with food since that is often what us dieting folks will do.  Ok if drop 5 pounds this week I can eat an entire cake! that’s pretty much how my brain works anyways.  I decided I would borrow her idea and with each pound I drop I will reward myself.  The biggest reward will be when I reach my goal weight.  Here is what I’ve come up with.

  1. 152Crafting ( Stampin, scrapbooking, cards, whatever I feel like.  I have a new spare room that is perfect for crafting)
  2. 151Get a new book on my Kindle (Then I can read during my next reward)
  3. 150Bubble Bath (Maybe Ryan would even be so kind as to prepare this bath for me haha)
  4. 149Spa Day @ home (I’m to poor to pay for it, or it could be cheapness, but I can totally do an at home mani/pedis and facials! anyone wanna join?)
  5. 148Movie date! (Ryan said he would take me to a movie of my choice)
  6. 147Record new Charity Case Songs (Yes, I’m in a band, we only write songs about one thing-Stacey.  Hopefully a rock song will be next)
  7. 146Play wii for hours (I sometimes have days where I’ll play wii with friends for like 8 hours… nerdy, why yes sometimes I am.   Jen, Em and Aline you guys better be ready for this.  Wii party hardy)
  8. 145Get a Massage! (Can’t wait for this one!)
  9. 144Get a new Toque (I love Toques, or Beanies as some friends call them)
  10. 143Get a hair cut (I really, really need my hair trimmed, it’s been at least 6 months)
  11. 142Photo Shoot (I’m hoping Jen and Emma agree to this one! and not just a photo shoot of me, photos of the wolfpack) 
  12. 141Get my eyebrows threaded (I like it better than waxing)
  13. 140 Shopping Spree. ( I need new clothes and got rid of a bunch (donated them my kids at work) so I will need new clothes, or at least a few items.) AND to add-on to this final reward Ryan said he would cook me a healthy meal of my choice! What a sweetheart!


Ok if this list isn’t motivation, I don’t know what else is!?  I’m also planning on putting $10 away for every pound so that I will actually have some money to spend when my I get to my shopping spree.  That way I can spend guilt free (plus i have a few gift cards I’ve been saving for months) I wouldn’t say no to anyone who wants to donate or match this amount either 🙂  Just playing!   Alright time to finish my coffee and do some at home yoga!

Nikki-Weigh in Day

So I went to visit a nutritionist to make sure that I am in fact on the right track and eating properly, and I am!  Obviously I have lost weight but I want to ensure that I am eating properly and enough.  It was very encouraging to hear the nutritionist say that I have great knowledge already because although I felt as though I was doing things right the last few months there are days when I would wonder, well am I?  She only really gave me 2 pieces of advice: to add in more protein and to continue to keep track of what I’m eating but play around with the amount of calories I take in to see what works best for me but not to cut out any less than 1200 minimum.   So good thing I can easily get back into the habit of tracking my food since I was doing it before.

I said I would be weighing in on Fridays now as it seems to be an easier day for me.

Current Weight: 153 lbs

so I’m down 1 lbs since the technical end of Jill and my challenge.  This is good considering I was stressed and ate very poorly while we moved!

I just have to say that I am 2 lbs away from losing 30 pounds since last July… I found my old Spa Lady work out card and was comparing and had almost forgotten that I had ballooned up to 181 pounds (that’s more than my dad has ever weighed!) so I’m feeling very proud that by January (a year and a half) I will have lost over 30 pounds! I’m currently at 28 lost. I know I will lose more in the next 2.5 months so I am confident in saying that.  It’s exciting to be at this weight now because this is the weight I was when I first started dating Ryan.  Now to get down to the weight I was before I moved to Edmonton!


I’ve had a lot of trouble coming up with goals I actually want to work on this time around.  I have had many great suggestions but to find something I want to do has been challenging.  there are some suggestions that I am going to do like: Kira suggested meat free Mondays (I already don’t eat a ton of meat but to go for 2-3 days instead would be a new challenge), Leanne said Wheat Free Week, this would kill me but I would attempt it! and a few friends mentioned hot yoga challenges that I can’t currently afford but will work on saving up for.  I know Jill would like to train for a half marathon and/or triathlon which is amazing, but that doesn’t really interest me.  I think I would train with Jill but the actual race is the part that I don’t want to do.   So here’s what I’ve come up with so far and I think my goals will be a work in progress.

1. To reach my goal weight of 140 lbs.  (yes again, I need that number to strive towards although I already feel amazing)

2. To do my Yoga Strength Video 3x times a week.  (I can’t pay extra for yoga but I can still do it so I will, also If it’s too cold/snowy/scary to go the gym this video is an hour-long so there’s my work out for the day!)

3. To have 2 days a week where I eat Meat Free. (Figure on those days Ryan is at work I can whip up some meat free meals)

and this goal is for this coming up summer.  During the move I found my backpacking gear and was sad to realize it had been 3 years since I went on a backpacking trip so…

4. To go on at least 2 backpacking trips:  1. I’m hoping this summer to take time off from Chimo and go back to Kamp Kiwanis to go on the leadership backpacking trip. 2- I have heard amazing things about the Skyline Trail and would like to check it out.  So if anyone is interested in doing that hike with me I would gladly welcome you to join! 

Again my goals are going to be works in progress so they might change or I’ll change them up if something isn’t working or I’ve accomplished them. Thanks for reading!

Nikki-Back at it!

I can’t believe how much I’ve missed writing in the last couple weeks.  I haven’t been tracking or really paying attention to what I’ve been eating, and I also haven’t been to the gym as much as I usually go but that’s because we moved! Ryan and I are first time home owners! So we’ve been busy packing, moving (so glad we were so lucky to have the snow wait for us!) and unpacking! Now I am getting back to my regular work outs, hopefully 5 days a week and I’m hoping the treadmill will work once we get it in the house.  It almost didn’t make it out of our old place and I will be pretty sad if I can’t get a good run in on some horrible winter days when I don’t want to drive to the gym.

I’m still deciding on what I want my new goals to be.  There were a few ideas thrown out for me on Facebook, and I would love to do yoga I just don’t think I can afford it right now so that might be a goal for me in the near future.   I think I will decide by friday and post my goals then.  I will also start doing my weigh ins on Fridays, seems to be a better day for me to weigh in and post.  Just wanted to give all my lovely readers a heads up that I will be posting regularly again!

Jill – Final Photos and Future Plans

I promised before and after shots so here they are!

This is Christmas 2010 and then November 3, 2011


















This is July 2010 and November 3, 2011
















This is April 2010 and November 3, 2011.
















I just want to confirm that the first photo of me in the black dress (with my brother in front of the truck) is not distorted or stretched. He is that tall and I was that round! lol

Present to Future:

I just got back from an incredible 8 day vacation on Maui with Mike (my future husband!) and it was a blast. I really let myself go and enjoyed everything that little island had to offer including the Mai Thais and lots of cheap American beer. i didn’t work out per say but I did go hiking, snorkling, swimming, walking etc. I ended up gaining about 3 lbs over the past few weeks. I’m not proud of it but I am not upset either. I didn’t feel like counting calories while I was on vacation and there was a Zumba clas sI could have taken but I would have missed the sunset! Lol in Maui you don’t want to miss the sunset…it is unlike any other I’ve seen.

So on to the future!

I am determined to get to 140lbs and I am determined to getting back on track with my fitness goals. I swim every Tuesday and I have decided to get a trainer at the gym. With my membership I don’t get someone who will stay with me while I work out but he/she will go over my goals, set me up with a plan and then check in on a regular basis to make sure I am on track. If anything I am more motivated now than ever! I have missed my workout classes and everyone at the gym. I will think of some future goals and then post again soon.

Thanks for reading.

Stay tuned for more! 🙂