It Ain’t Easy Being Lean


How’s this for an instant block to weigh loss – it’s not easy being lean.

 “We don’t know if  fibromyalgia causes weight gain or vice versa.” … “Fibromyalgia patients have a 25% lower metabolism, on average, than someone without fibromyalgia of the same age and body weight”.

Now I kinda feel I got around this with the changes I made with food choices (no sugar, carbs or dairy) but what I didn’t account for was impending grief, stress and depression.

It’s a god damn formula, a balancing act to get this right and we all know from my track record of accidents that I have absolutely no balance whatsoever.

I’m tired this week, my body is aching and the food plan is practically non-existent, comfort foods have found their way back into my home.

All that hard work I put in to lose 30lbs in the last year or so has practically reversed itself since I’ve regained half of that weight back!!!

Yes, you have guess it I’m having a poor me day today, the pounding headache doesn’t help either.

So, does that mean I’m giving up?  Hey Gail, great minds want to know.

Absolutely not.

This just means I am going to start back at a deficit weight point but the glass is still half full, I didn’t gain back 30, I gained back 15.

I just have to wait for this wave of pain, depression, grief, stress and worry to pass over – ironically Passover is just around the corner.

When life knocks you down, get back up and fight harder.

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I used to have a t-shirt that said I’m a lover not a fighter but the truth is…I’m a fighter, I don’t take no for an answer and I absolutely never give up.

I might never win with the “weight loss game” but I’m going to keep trying to find something that works for me both for the loss and pain management.

On a positive note, the show ideas are flowing – I’m excited about getting things ready to launch.

My dog Tiger is going for dental surgery this week, he has an abscess and he needs an extraction, I’m hoping all will go well.  I’m very anxious about it!!

Please keep my puppy in your prayers xoxo #doglove

Multifaceted New Year’s Resolutions


My New Year’s Resolution this year is multifaceted.

The Ultimate goal is to be more awesome than I was last year 🙂

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First off I’m going to continue on the same health plan I started last January.  I set out to lose 59.5 lbs in 2 years and a full year into it I am almost halfway at my goal.  I walk more, feel way more energized and slowly but surely I feel like myself BUBBLY!!!  The correlation between food and a chronic illness like #FIBROMYALGIA are absolutely bang on.

By changing the way I eat I eliminate inflammation in my body and diminish pain.  It helps with fatigue and brain fog as well.  Many people with this illness are on disability and I can understand why.  At my worst I have pain all over my body, it even hurts to type.  I feel lathargic and depressed and completely knocked down.

I am currently on Day 4 of a strict (No Carbs, No Dairy and No Sugar) plan for the next 30 to 45 days…If I last for 45 days it takes me right to my Birthday, a perfect time to come off and enjoy a piece of cake and party with friends :))  #30DayCleanse

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Keeping track of the days and the effects of the food on my mind and body helps.  Right now I have a headache because I cut out sugar The Hell of Giving Up Sugar, the pain is pretty strong and won’t subside until at least day 6.

I’m having difficulty sleeping and I am prone to be a bit more irritability, that is from the lack of carbs believe it or not: Low Carb Diet Makes You Irritable.

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My next resolution for the New Year is going to be Financial Health/Saving Money.

I need to get a better grip on my frivolous spending, expenses and I truly need to learn more about good investments.  I need a complete overall in that department.  This year has been rough in every sense of the word, financially as well.

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This I think is a good start: 10 Habits Financially Stable People Have.  First I have to put aside the bad feelings of many years of just getting by and realize I’m not there any more.  I need to be a bit more discerning with my funds.

 

Last but not least my New Year’s Resolution is above all to LOVE everything and everyone.  To let go of any hurt, past regrets, embarrassments, perceived failures, pain and loss.  To cherish every minute of every day and to embrace fear.

2017 will see me as a true champion of #LOVE as the song says: All You Need is Love.

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The image above is from a site called:Face Everything and Rise, they have some really great quotes to live by.

In closing I want to wish you a Happy New Year – Here is my personal quote to start the year: “Be True to yourself, life is too short to be someone else.”  When you look at the feature image for this post, many stickies have already been removed in my life  – Quit Smoking, Drink Less, Lose Weight and Join a Gym.  Now I just have to get rid of all the other stickies and I’m golden.

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On Your Mark, Get Set…Go!


Top of the morning to you! Tally ho and pip pip.  Well there you go that is the extent of my British twang.  I hope you can tell I’m very chipper today :)) On the way in to work this morning I had a bit of a bounce in my step, a dress I wore years ago fits me again and I’m showing a wee bit of cleavage today LOL.

Can you say SEXY – yes!!! starting to feel like my old self again, too bad younger men are off my list now…damn.

I was listening to some old disco this morning and I really really wanted to break out in a dance – disco, disco duck :))

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I’m so excited about Christmas being over, no I’m not being pessimistic, I am actually excited about January starting.  I will get to go back to the gym!!!!

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I am so ready to kick it into high gear, this gal is gonna have a rockin’ body by the time summer rolls around.

I have not felt this optimistic about my health for a while :))

I am planning to make a few more changes in the new year. (I will tell you all about them closer to New Year.

Another Reno is planned on the upstairs and downstairs hallway for January.  It is a lot of work but I am really enjoying my renovated washroom and I know I will feel the same about this too.

I was out sledding with my daughter and grand daughter last night, we had such a blast.  I am so glad to have the energy to be able to do this now.

The dietary changes I have made since last January are about much more than weight loss. I am not feeling pain in my body from Fibromyalgia, I am energetic and my digestive issues are almost completely gone.

I went out last Friday night by myself after work for a drink, I made some new friend (Katrina & Andy) and my friend Rondy joined us…It was a blast :))

Things are not perfect, I am not perfect but every day that I get my life in order gets a bit more perfect.  Getting things organized is about much more than my house LOL.

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.

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This was me in 2009, fit and healthy – I am on my way there again :))