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Wow, it sure has been a while since I updated this site. I think that has partially something to do with the fact that I don’t seem to have all that much free time these days. My daughter will be three this winter and most of my time is spent with either her or in the kitchen cooking and then of course cleaning up my mess.

My daughter was having problems with foods and she was getting what looked like candida infections often, she also had a urinary tract infection that I felt horrible watching her be in so much pain, so she went on antibiotics to help. The infection cleared up quickly after taking the medication but this is the 2nd time she’s had a UTI(both during potty training time and likely is the cause of the UTI) and honestly I hate putting her on that medication as I know what it can do to her system. Since the first UTI and first round on antibiotics it seemed like her intolerances were a bit worse but after the 2nd round of antibiotics her candida infection just wouldn’t clear up. I was trying to make sure she wasn’t eating much sugar and I had her taking a probiotic and D-Mannose to make sure she didn’t get another UTI but the candida seemed to still be there and I can tell she was uncomfortable.

One of her favourite foods was yogurt and I knew she had dairy intolerance but she has always been able to eat the yogurt in the past with no issues but since that 2nd round of antibiotics, her daily inhalation of yogurt has turned into more of an intolerance than what I was expecting. One day I ran out of yogurt and instead of getting more I thought, she can wait a few days. Well in those few days, her candida symptoms vanished. Hmmm coincidence? Wasn’t sure but I bought more that week and within a few days the symptoms returned. I was confused, she’s been eating yogurt for over a year and all of a sudden she has problems with it? It can’t be, so I again stopped feeding her the yogurt, her symptoms again cleared up within a day.

Hard to explain to a 3-year-old that she can no longer eat her yogurt because it has caused her problems. I have given her one here and there and while it causes a bit of problem it’s not as bad as when I was giving it to her everyday.

I have always had a problem with Candida(sugar is always my problem) and I hate that she has to deal with it too but I have recently been giving probiotics a more serious thought. I use to take them every single day and had no issues with this but recently every time I take a probiotic, within 2 days my stomach is in pain (left side around my ribs have sharp pains). Actually to the point where I ended up in emergency thinking my spleen or pancreas was causing it. I wasn’t sure what was causing it (tests revealed those are both fine) I would stop taking everything(supplements) and the pain would get better. I’ve experienced this intense pain 3 times now and have come to the conclusion that the probiotic pills I was taking are the problem, I changed to different ones, still causing problems. The pills are expensive and I really don’t want to keep testing different brands till I find one I can tolerate.

After doing some reading I have realized that people who have SIBO have issues with probiotics. I’m not 100% sure I have SIBO but if I do, do I have to get my SIBO under control before I can start to tolerate probiotics again? Is there probiotics I can take that won’t bother me? I don’t want to not take probiotics, I really think that some are better for me than others but which ones?

I’m testing out fermented foods right now and while I thought that I would have issues with dairy KEFIR, it doesn’t seem to bother me so long as I take a digestive enzyme when I drink some KEFIR. Maybe the store bought isn’t as strong as making my own, maybe it is and there’s just no lactose in it because it’s being fermented. I know I have a lactose intolerance and possibly even CASEIN. The other day I had Kefir and didn’t take a digestive enzyme, it didn’t seem to bother me. Do you think that it’s possible that having KEFIR is helping cure my lactose/dairy intolerance? I have taken the KEFIR everyday for the past week and it seems to be tolerable to me, not like the probiotics I was taking.

I have also tried water kefir and it seems to cause quite a bit off issues with inflammation(sore joints all over my body), but I also have a sugar intolerance and you have to put a bit of sugar in it for it to ferment properly. Maybe I have to let it ferment longer on the 2nd ferment so there’s less sugar? Maybe I just don’t have enough grains yet to get it fermenting properly because the water still tastes sweet. I’ve never tried water Kefir before so I have no idea how sweet it’s suppose to taste. I’m experimenting with longer 2nd ferments and trying to get my grains healthier looking so they ferment better. I’m going to give it a few days for my symptoms to clear up and let new ferments brew and we’ll see how it goes. I might have to stop with the water kefir for now and stick to the dairy kefir, we’ll see. – Side note sugar usually caused my inflammation in the joints so I can tell I’m having too much sugar.

Another thing I am going to try is fermenting vegetables, this will introduce a whole new set of probiotics into my system and maybe it will help me enjoy vegetables a little more than I do now. I have always had a craving for tart foods, I love the taste of dairy kefir with a little ferment strawberry in it. I actually craved vinegar when I was a child, maybe this is because I needed more fermented foods, I always never understood that craving. I like sour tart foods so it stands to reason that fermented vegetables might please my palate more than the raw or cooked variation? I have no clue, but I’m going to give it a try.

Today I’m going to head out and buy an organic green cabbage. Apparently this is the best vegetable to start with when starting wild fermentations. It will be used to create a brine to start fermenting other vegetables, once it’s done fermenting I can store it in the fridge and use that with each new ferment. You can use whey or starter cultures from a kit but to me this seems unnatural. Rather than having the vegetables natural bacteria fermenting properly you’re fermenting whey bacteria which is completely different, I also heard that when you ferment vegetables with the whey cultures that the vegetables aren’t as crisp and get slimy.

Wild Fermentation is actually quite basic. I am going to ferment the cabbage by creating a sort of cabbage juice which is literally pureed cabbage, water and salt. That juice are used in future ferments to create fermented pickles, carrots, sauerkraut, kimchi etc. I’m not a huge fan of cabbage but I don’t mind sauerkraut that much, so I’ll give it a shot. I have no clue how fermented carrots or other fruits/vegetable would taste like but who knows, maybe I’ll like it. I just hope it doesn’t bother me like the probiotic pills do. I really think it’s important for me to get my gut healthy again and eating fermented foods is the best way to do this. I just need to be careful with how I go about it as my stomach is very touchy these days.

Another thing I really need to do is cut out sugar more. Very hard to do around Halloween let me tell you, those stupid candies are everywhere! I also came to the conclusion that I need to avoid gluten the best I can. It’s really not worth eating at all. I suspected that the gluten was causing my stomach pains because I was having a bit too much of it lately. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. I talked to my doctor to see if I could get a biopsy done to rule out celiac. I did the blood test years ago but then I don’t think I was eating enough gluten to tell, there’s also 50 different (proteins?) that can be markers when tested for celiac but the blood test only tests for 2 of them so it’s possible I still have it. The biopsy was my next option, I really hated the idea and didn’t realize that I needed to still be eating gluten to take the test. The doctor told me I needed to be eating it everyday for the next few months before the test, I looked at her like she was crazy. Day 1 – I tried eating it and felt awful, I called the office the next day and told them to forget it, I don’t want to take the test. I’ll just avoid gluten. So I may never know if I have celiac.

Why would I want to know? When you have celiac you have to be careful, even the littlest bit of gluten will cause damage. This means keeping it away from your food, cross contamination from things like utensils, cooking pans or even toasting gluten-free toast in a toaster can cause a reaction. I rarely ever eat out in a restaurant so I take it as a treat and eat what I want. I don’t want to be taking the chance if I am celiac of causing damage but now I’m not as careful because as far as I know I don’t have it, I have gluten intolerance and it just isn’t the same. You don’t feel great when you eat it but you don’t get the damage like you would if you were celiac. Just something that would be good to know.

For people who don’t have gluten intolerances or Celiac it really truly is hard for them to understand just how difficult it is to stay away from the stuff, it literally is everywhere you look. It is incredibly hard to buy something because it is hidden in ingredients and because labelling doesn’t always say whether it’s gluten-free or not I’m basically confined to making my own foods. When all my foods are cooked by scratch I know what is in my food, I feel better, I digest foods better, I don’t get sick as often and honestly it tastes better. BUT it is sooooo incredibly time-consuming. I don’t get to relax on the weekends, I spend most of my time cooking and prepping foods for the week ahead. It’s not just myself that eats this way, so does my daughter. The food is so much healthier for her.

When she started daycare at a new school this summer, her old daycare the caregiver would prepare her foods for her and freeze them like I do. I would also bring foods sometimes that I had extra of and she would feed her those. It was great, Emilie was eating healthy and I didn’t always have to make her meals during the week for snacks and lunch. We switched her to a new school for a few reasons – first of all it’s a French school and I think it’s important that she learn the language. The class has more kids than the small daycare which only had 2 other children and it was a bit cheaper.

Now that she is at the new school, they have catered meals (lunch and snacks) and while they do their best to accommodate Emilie’s intolerances they don’t do much in terms of nutrition. I was finding that she wasn’t eating barely any vegetables and every meal they gave her gluten-free breads/snacks, none of it was without some sort of gluten free bread. What’s so hard in cooking vegetables, some meat and giving her a piece of fruit? Anyways within the first week at her new school I found that she was having temper tantrums more often, this is also when she was getting more candida infections and the UTI ,so I was trying to figure out what it was she was eating that could be causing it. Some nights she would complain of sore stomach and would be in lots of pain. I had no idea what the problem was because while they did sometimes give me a menu for the week, they couldn’t tell me what exactly the ingredients were with each meal. The meal plans were in French also which made it difficult to translate for me, I know some French but not enough to understand each meal. Her temper tantrums I assumed were because she was learning it from other kids, but they had increased to 2-3 tantrums per day. She’d have one in the morning, getting her ready for school, one on the way to school in the car and bringing her into the school, sometimes one when I picked her up and sometimes one again when I put her to bed. That turned into lots of sore arms, tired mommy and tons of bruises for me and her, she’d kick so much she’d hurt herself in the process.

I decided I was going to have to do something about the food – not because of the tantrums just because of the sore stomach and problems with going to the washroom, rashes on her bum, gosh poor kid. It was all signs to me that something she was eating was bothering her.

It’s been about a month or a bit longer since I have provided her meals and snacks to the school. Within a few days her tantrums went down to none, she would maybe have one a week but they weren’t nearly as bad as before. She rarely kicked and screamed and dropped to the floor, having to pick up a 35 lb kid like a sack of potatoes(kicking potatoes) and walk her into the school. Not anymore, she is back to her normal fun-loving self. She’s still defiant and loves to use the word no quite often but I have rarely had to put her in time out since. Her rashes are gone, her infection now that the dairy has been taken away and she’s eating less sugar/gluten free breads are gone.

Why didn’t I do this sooner? I had no clue the tantrums were related to the food, and I really didn’t have the time to commit to cooking even more food. I realized I had to shift my priorities a bit and commit that time to preparing her food and it is very worth it but to all my friends and family, I’m sorry I just don’t have time for much else these days. it’s exhausting and I don’t know how I’ll ever manage if I have another child but I’m sure I will. It’s her health and seeing her healthy and happy, it’s worth it. Plus I really just don’t like the kicking and bruises :)

To those who come and visit me, my house is a bit messier than before and my laundry and dishes aren’t always done and put away. While it annoys me that I can’t do everything I also realize, she has food in her tummy, she has clean clothes to wear and while I’d love to clean up the mess, it really is going to be messy again in 10 minutes so really does it matter all that much, the floors are swept less often, the bathroom isn’t cleaned as often but for now I’m ok with it. It won’t be forever and when Emilie gets older I will teach her to cook, I will teach her to do her own laundry and help clean the house, she will have her chores to do and this time in my life while it’s hectic, it’s not always going to be like this. I’m doing something that isn’t easy but it is also teaching my daughter just how important health is, it is something that you can’t take for granted.

When I was growing up I just assumed that it didn’t really matter what went in, I am paying for that now. I realize now how wrong I was. What good is it in learning hard lessons in life like that one, if you can’t share your mistakes with your children. The food that goes into your stomach, does matter, the quality matters. It’s important to know what you are eating, to know how to make your own meals, to eat real food. If anything in my life that I teach my daughter this is one of the incredibly important ones because to me, if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.

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paleohelp.caHey everyone! I haven’t posted in a very very long time. I have been super busy and I actually haven’t had time to write much on here because I’m working on other websites/blogs at the moment. I just launched today my new paleo website. It’s paleohelp.ca and is a Paleo Resource site for Canadians.

When I first started eating Paleo I had a heck of a time trying to figure stuff out and find places in Canada and Ottawa to eat, find paleo friendly products and find other people who are paleo as well. As I build the site it will hopefully grow to a community of Canadians who have a passion for staying healthy and eating paleo.

I’m also working on a few sister sites that will have a paleo Canadian store – paleoshop.ca (not up yet – working on it) and a sister site that will feature recipes (WAY in the future) called paleochow.ca. Also not up yet :)

I’m focusing on adding content to the main site right now and building on that. I don’t know how much time I’ll have to update this site but it too will move to http://www.healthyhappywise.ca. Once I make the official move I’ll let you know. There’s stuff there right now but it doesn’t look all that great.

It has now been about 2 1/2 weeks following the SIBO diet, my gosh this is hard! I’ve had a few days where I ate foods I shouldn’t have eaten, most of those days it was because I was out and about and got really hungry and no healthy food was available. I didn’t actually think I would be out so long(in most cases) so I didn’t bring any snacks with me, though I’m finding it hard to find convenient snacks to bring with me other than a cup of soup(bone broth with chicken and a few veggies) or kale chips.

I actually have noticed that days that I end up eating something I shouldn’t, especially if there’s quite a bit of carbs in it (usually I end up eating some form of potato, chips or fries)that usually sets off a stomach upset, almost immediately.. I even had Swiss Chalet the other day and opted for the fries instead of salad.. shouldn’t have done that, I know.. but as soon as I ate it my stomach immediately was mad at me.

It’s funny how when your stomach reacts to foods like that, those foods no longer seem so appetizing.

Seriously, like my tummy had never had a few fries and rotisserie chicken before?! I caught my stomach off guard, it didn’t expect something like that and I had stomach and gas pains the rest of the night.

I think that’s a clear sign that I’m on the right path, I’ve never reacted that way to fries and chicken.. The bad bacteria takes advantage of any little bit of carbs you have and uses it to stay alive.. it also produces gasses as it digests the food.

So there ya have it.. I have evil mean bacteria in my tummy.

I know I’m healing and I know it’s going to take time but I have NO IDEA how long it will take and when I’ll be able to introduce foods back in again. maybe a few weeks, maybe a few months.. I really don’t know. All I know is I miss food.. there’s a certain comfort in food even when you are eating paleo, you get use to having a little piece of dark chocolate or a paleo muffin as a snack, an apple or banana on the go. I always had a feeling that I should avoid the sugars, even in fruit but I really didn’t know it was going to be so difficult. I never thought in a million years I’d miss eating a banana.

I remember not that long ago, 2007 I was 215 lbs and I was eating out at restaurants everyday, a deep fryer on my kitchen counter at home. I wouldn’t bat an eye drinking pop for lunch and supper, everyday. I would go to the store on weekends get a bag full of candy and pick up a movie, order a pizza and have a night in. I really didn’t know the damage I was doing.. and honestly thinking about it now I wonder what took me so long to figure this all out. It makes so much sense to eat real food, getting nutrients to fuel your stomach.. how could I have possibly thought that eating candy and a pizza was giving me any sort of nutrition.. and in my head I would think, well I’m eating pizza, it’s good for you. It has grains, vegetables and meat.. how is that not good for you? WOW!!

I really can’t believe that was me, that was how I thought and that really wasn’t all that long ago..

The food I eat, it’s the exact opposite of that person in 2007. I am still struggling to heal all the damage I have done from the past 30 years of eating crap everyday, I hope it doesn’t take 30 years to fix it..

Today I was actually feeling pretty good, so I thought it would be a good day to start back at the gym.. I did 45 minutes on the treadmill.. not too fast but not slow either.. a nice brisk walk. I figure if I can get a few walks in during the week, it’s a start. Up till now I haven’t had the energy, so it’s nice to see that it’s coming back, even if it’s just a little.

I kind of look at this phase of the SIBO diet the same way I looked at pregnancy. My body is working very hard to CREATE – not a baby but new cells, heal and replenish nutrients in my body. It drains you to make a new human-being inside, just as much as it drains you to heal. Feeling tired, exhausted is your body’s way of telling you to take it easy, it’s busy doing it’s job, my job is to listen.

I will continue taking it easy with the exercise and I know when my body is ready it will tell me by giving me the energy I need to do more… I know the feeling, I had it before and I know it will come back eventually. I just have to give myself time and be patient… even though it really really sucks!

** update on vulvodynia, well it’s not flaring up, so that’s a good thing but still not gone so I’m sure it will take much more time. I think the last time it took a few months after changing my diet for it to get better. It’s funny because the last time, all I did was cut out gluten then sugar. I still ate fruit but not lots and it got better.. this time it’s a little more difficult to get rid of. We will see but I haven’t had any gluten at all since early February.. that I’m sure is helping me heal!

For more information on SIBO, what it is, what causes it and how to get rid of it you can check out this site

sugar-addictI have been having problems since having my daughter with infections, getting sick and I have been ADDICTED to sugar. I can’t seem to keep away from the stuff, I’m having stomach issues and I know I need to get away from the sugar to help heal my gut, eat less fruits, eat more fermented foods..

I know 100% that eating Paleo helps and I can’t say that I’m really eating that bad as it is now. I still occasionally eat rice flour and I still eat more sugar than I should. I have a list of foods that I apparently have a sensitivity too and I have not been avoiding all of them like I know I should be. Coffee, sugar and chocolate are the biggest culprits next to dairy.

I know sugar bothers me and dark chocolate gives me a headache, dairy isn’t too bad as long as I stay away from milk but to heal completely and start reversing my food sensitivities I need to get away from these foods completely for a long enough time that I start healing. I haven’t done this and that is why I’m still suffering.

I have come across a great website by a Canadian Dietitian, she has struggled with IBS and other digestive, auto-immune problems like myself and she has tons of very helpful information on her website. I just pre-ordered her book. Her name is Aglaee Jacobs and she is one of a very few Dietitians that are Paleo. She knows her stuff!! Her website is called Eat Real Food Paleo Dietitian and can be found here.

I absolutely love her!! She is one of the most helpful people, she is incredibly dedicated to helping people solve their digestive issues. So much so that she is actually going back to school to become a registered nutritionist as well. This is another 4 years of schooling for her(ontop of her schooling she already had to become a Registered Dietitian) and I support her 100%, which is also why I don’t mind buying her book to help with funding her schooling. Every little bit helps!

Digestive Health real Food.jpgHer new book is called Digestive Health with Real Food.. exactly what I’m looking for. Problem is, it’s not out yet(It comes out end of June!) So I have searched the internet to try to find as much information as I can to get started on a modified Paleo plan. I’m sure the book will help TONS with recipes and ideas but until I get it, I have to find this stuff myself. I guess I can wait, but I don’t want to!!

SIBO – Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth

After reading through Aglaee’s website I discovered I likely have SIBO.. and to reverse this it is much more restrictive Paleo but it is intended to heal the gut and starve unwanted bacteria. I know for a fact this is the problem. Every doctor I have seen has said this, including my specialists and GP but my GP gave me pills for Yeast and Bacteria, which probably did more damage than it helped..my Naturopath gives me a treatment plan, which includes foods to avoid but she was very vague and the lists she gave me were very contradicting. 1 page said I could eat this, next page said I couldn’t. So I was confused and I gave up.

As usual I have done more research and I am starting to prepare to start a new phase of paleo eating. It is going to be hard, very hard. Very restrictive, especially the first few weeks until I start slowly re-introducing foods back in but I am confident it will help as long as I stick to it. That will be the hardest part.

Why will it be hard? basically I will be cutting out all starch and sugar. This means that my body will have to shift from using carbs as a source of energy to using ketones. This process will take a little while and switching over will be giving me a serious case of the carb flu. I know this because each time I try to cut out sugar I start to get it and it’s too intense and I give up. Whether it’s having fruit or juice.. I must have something sugary because the symptoms I get have just been nasty.. headaches, nausea mostly but my joints start aching and my legs start cramping. I swear it’s awful!

Over the next week I am going to plan to start this for when I’m on my holidays so I can go through symptoms at home and not have to stare at a computer screen with a migraine. I can drink water, bone broth and snack on healthy food when I need to and not be confined to what is in my lunch box.

After I get through this nasty phase, I will be starting a regular workout routine again once I start feeling more energized. I know that I will get there, I was there before, I can get there again. I just have to get through the rough patch at the beginning.

I know I can stay away from the sugar once the cravings are gone but my god they are STRONG. I have to keep away, out of sight out of mind.. if I know there’s any sugar in the house, even a miniscule amount I’m likely to fall into it’s trap.

I don’t remember it being this difficult the last time I switched to paleo. Maybe it was, I guess I’ll have to go look through my archived blogs to see what I said back then.

I have wanted to get back to where I was before the baby for a while now but every time I tr,y I have a set back, something comes up. I get sick, the baby gets sick.. I don’t have time to cook. I also feel like I just couldn’t commit to doing the full Paleo thing properly because I just couldn’t find a place locally that sold grass-fed meat.

Well I have found 3 sources of grass-fed meat, 2 near where I live(within 10 -20 min) and one near where I work (within 20 min) so I should have no excuses. Once I check some of these places out I’ll post more about them!

Over the weekend I’m going to find recipes, I’m going to write out a meal plan and then the following week I’ll be on my holidays, I’ll have time to cook and prepare some foods for when I get back to work.

I’m actually kind of excited to try grass-fed beef/pork and chicken. I have only ever had grass-fed Turkey but knowing that I’m eating something and not worrying about all the crap they put in it is kind of comforting. I’ll also be eating other foods that I don’t eat on a very regular basis, so this should be interesting.

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I realized today that I haven’t posted an update in a while, so I thought better late than never! I have to say, things haven’t gone as planned this New Year. The plan WAS in January to start back at the gym, get back into pre-baby shape and fit into some of my old clothes again.

Plan shmam – things never go as planned

If I have learned something these past few weeks, it’s stop making plans! Lol well maybe not stop but don’t expect things to go as planned. Unfortunately when you have a child things aren’t really up to you anymore, let’s just say that I have had a few setbacks.

Setback 1 – Flu/cold Season

I don’t normally get sick, if I do it’s once a year and it’s very mild. This year I have been sick on and off since January. What’s the difference? Well my daughter started daycare in January and didn’t waste time in bringing home a few colds and flu’s. Now some of those are likely linked with her teething as it seems everytime she gets teeth in, she seems like she has a cold but the teeth come in and she’s better. The cold and flu season was the biggest set-back, since I’m not one who likes to work out when I’m not feeling good. Also when you are sick you need time to heal, get your immune system healthy again. Working out weakens your immune system, so it’s not a good idea to push through it. Rest, heal then gym.

Setback 2 – Too much to do, not enough hours in the day

I’ve been busy, more than normal. I’ve started a few new projects and lots of other things going on and just not enough time to do them all. It is now time for me to adjust my priorities and make losing weight and getting back into shape a priority. Period!

No more excuses

As I read my over my biggest setbacks I think to myself, they seem like excuses. In part they are but unavoidable ones. I wish I was feeling better, I wish I had more time but I don’t. Now I’m in April and am so far behind with everything, I’m planning a catch up week. I decided that I will be taking a week off in May, this week will be a work week. I’m going to spend the time to get caught up with cooking, cleaning, blogs, videos. It’s going to be a busy week, my daughter will remain in daycare for most of the week. Depending on how much I get done. I’ll have a long weekend with her and hopefully I will have gotten enough done throughout the week so that I won’t be working on the weekend before heading back to work!

Once I’m caught up with everything, I’ll have to keep on top of it all so I don’t fall behind again. I have a LONG list to tackle and I’m not 100% sure I’ll get it all done in a week but I’ll try my best.

New goals, new commitments, new challenges

Since becoming pregnant in 2011, I went from being in decent shape and at my lowest weight I’ve been in years, to gaining approx 30 lbs being pregnant, losing 25 of those pounds after having the baby, gaining another 20 lbs again while being at home and eating WAY too many carbs, to losing 10 of those pounds and still not in shape. I want to get back to where I was before the baby. That’s my goal, I have no idea what I weighed at that point but I know what clothes I fit into and how I looked and felt and I want that back!

I was thinking about it today and I realized that when I lost the majority of my weight, I was creating meal plans. I was sticking to them and was only buying groceries for those meal plans. But I was also single at the time, I lived on my own and it was much easier. This is going to be a whole new challenge for me, I have less time and more mouths to feed. My daughter eats really healthy, so now I have to combine what she eats into my diet and PLAN better for the week.

PLAN SHMAM

Yeah I know, I just finished saying no more planning and now I’m talking about making plans. HA! Well they are good plans and I am going to have backup plans for my plans… that way if something comes up, I’ll know what to do. For example, my original plan is to do menu’s and go to the gym Mon, Wed, Friday. Plan B – If I don’t get around to making my meal plans for some reason, I have an idea what I should be eating so I’ll get by for the week, I just will make sure to write out a grocery list and stick to it, no junk in the house! ALSO if for some reason I don’t get to the gym on those days, I will get some sort of exercise that day. So that means I will go for a walk on my break at work for 30 minutes, or I will go to the gym after work or I will get home and do a workout there somehow. When I write out my meal plans I usually write out what exercise I will do, so I will write out my back up plan as well if I don’t make it to the gym. No more excuses!

I’m also going to keep my freezer and pantry full of healthy options and not have the snack food around that I love to eat. Once I get into a good routine, I should be fine but that could take a few weeks, so I’ll have to behave for a while ;)

Thanks for listening and if you have any suggestions or tips for someone who is trying to get back into shape, cook healthy meals and manage a baby, full time job and friends and family, I’m all ears!

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Good Days– I haven’t had a ‘good day’ in a while. Let me explain to you what a ‘good day’ looks like to me. I get up and as I go about my day, a burst of energy comes my way. It stays, all day even during a gym workout,  long day at work and then continues into the evening. I go home roll into bed, fall asleep and have a great sleep to wake up refreshed and feeling great again the next day…

This ‘good day’ eludes me. I haven’t had it, well since pre-baby.

Lately, I wake up and I feel like I just want to roll back into bed.. AND I feel like that ALL DAY!! But alas I can’t roll back into bed, so I continue through my day and feel the same way the next day and the next.

This is what I have felt like since having my baby.. I love her to bits but having a baby, it just drains you. From being pregnant(draining), to delivery(draining), newborn baby (draining), to chasing around a 1-year-old that is curious and mobile(still draining).

Today (SO FAR) was a ‘good day’. I honestly didn’t think I could have a good day again.. ever!

I got up and felt good, then I went to the gym and I had lots of energy. I got in a good workout and still felt great afterwards and my energy level has been good all day. Unbelievable. Just hope it continues!

More thoughts of the week

Kombucha News – My Kombucha is once again brewing. This time I’m brewing two batches. The first batch I finished is ALMOST gone now and it didn’t last long, so this time, I tripled the amount HAHA 1 batch brewing is 1 gallon, the 2nd batch that’s brewing is around 2 gallons. That’s 3 gallons of Kombucha(yes I can add, yay me)! I am not sure if it’s helping me at all or if it has contributed to my rise in energy but I think it’s still too soon to tell. I’ll give you updates as time goes on.

Working out – I’m making progress at the gym, I’m so proud that my strength and endurance is coming back so quickly. Close to half of the machines I’m using I’m back to the weight I was lifting right before I got pregnant. I’ve actually exceeded the weight on two of them.. not surprising that they are both arm exercises – with all the baby lifting that I do. I’ve only gone to the gym, maybe 10 times total(if that) since the beginning of January. The cardio would probably be better if I spent more time on it but I thought it was more important to get stronger, so I focus more on weights when I go. I still do 20-30 min of cardio, which is fantastic but I haven’t stepped up the level on the cardio AT ALL. If I keep having ‘good days’ then I might be able to step that up as well.

I don’t know if I’ve lost weight, honestly I haven’t checked the scale in a week. The important thing for me is that I feel stronger and my pants feel looser. Sad to say and admit but I’m still wearing maternity pants! I know, I’m actually terribly ashamed about it but they still fit, are comfy and my old jeans(the last time I tried them on) were too tight. I’m a cheap-ass so I just haven’t bought a pair that fit me now, knowing I’m going to lose weight and eventually get back into my jeans again. Within a month or two for sure…

My strength – I would love to get to the point where I can squat or do a push up without falling flat on my face.. A girl can dream can’t she? Speaking of push ups, I saw a great blog post today over at Marks Daily Apple – it’s called Pushups the Perfect primal exercise. It explains why push ups are a great exercise(no duh) and how to progress from doing wall push ups to floor push ups. They also posted a great success story today on Marks Daily Apple that is inspirational! I love reading success stories.

Even more thoughts of the week

Inspiration – Another great inspirational story I found is over at NERD FITNESS – This guy has dropped 128 lbs in 10 months.. You can hear his story and read an update on how he is doing. Very awesome!

Slim is Simple – A couple of days ago I posted a video that I hope you all check out, it’s called Slim is Simple and it explains how to eat healthy. If you think you are eating ‘Healthy’ you may not be AT ALL!! We are doing it WRONG(who knew) and it is costing each one of us our health. So check it out and be amazed!

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Tiana MacLeod
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Time flies by

Posted: May 10, 2012 in General

Wow! I can’t believe it is already May and I have been off work since the first of January. I just can’t believe my baby is already 3.5 months old! I really don’t have much time to sit down at the computer and get things done, so I don’t update often, as you might have noticed! I just thought I’d come on and share some pictures of my sweetie with you all and let you know I’m doing well.

I haven’t gained much weight while being off, staying around the +5lbs since having Emilie, I’m still eating well and I’m sure if I got some exercise more I’d probably get rid of that weight. Now that Emilie is sleeping better and doesn’t need as much constant attention and feedings every 1.5 to 2 hours I have a little more time so I will try to get more exercise in, especially now that it will start getting nicer out. Going for walks with my girl and some weights is about all I can handle right now but hopefully I can get back into going to the gym at some point. Probably when I get back to work and can afford a gym membership again. I do miss working out, oddly enough.

Anyways, hope you all are well. Take care and enjoy the photos!