Living Lean

I Have leaned so much these last 5 days. I actually found myself not eating enough, but thanks to my incredible support I’m getting back on track. My coaches are amazing! 

When I was feeling down tonight because food didn’t sound good, I called one of them. She so kindly gave me her time and for another coach on the phone and we chatted away for a good 20 minutes to see what was going on with me. I wasn’t eating enough. I was starving myself of important calories and nutrients.  

With their help, they got me back on track, advised me what to do to get to feeling back to amazing and to seeing great results! They even want to talk again tomorrow to check up on how I’m doing. What other company would do that but this one! 

I love this company and I believe in it. I believe in this lifestyle. It’s all about real food and amazingly wonderful supplements. Who doesn’t want to be healthier? I can now help them thanks to this company. Anyone who wants information just has to ask. 

This program is so good I want to share it with the world. The energy, the overall wellbeing, the fantastic health benefits all in one box! Feeling great with only 3 days left of this initial phase.

Detoxing My Body

It’s day 5 and today is a sluggish day to be sure. Although I’ve had tons of energy up to now, today I feel my body really working through the process of detoxification.  I’m not surprised. 

This day shall pass. I’m sure tomorrow I will wake up with all my energy again and ready to take on the world. When you think of the years of dietary abuse my body has been through, it’s only natural that it will take these days to detox. Reading up on this process, I’ve learned to take it easy, eat plenty of fibre and drink plenty of water today. Taking a nice hot shower will also help the process. 

I’ve got to tell you that I no longer crave sugar. I no longer crave greasy, fast food. In fact, my biggest problem is eating enough food! Drinking my eater is the easy part. I love water! I am definitely well hydrated now.

I learn something new about myself everyday. I also learn something new about this business! What an extraordinary line of products we sell to help change people’s lives. It’s certainly changing mine. 

Time For a New Me

Ever feel like you’ve tried everything to lose weight and you just are stuck losing the same 3 or 4 pounds over and over? I’ve been a yo-yo dieter for my whole adult life. I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety, and aches and pains that I couldn’t explain. It simply isn’t fair that some people were born with skinny genes and I wasn’t. Well, at least that’s how I used to think.

I have started a fabulous program and I want to share it with everyone because I feel great and I’m only on day 3! I know what you’re thinking, ‘but how will you feel later?’. Let me tell you, this program is for real! It’s not some snake oil. It’s for life. It’s a wellness program. Yes! 

In my first 8 days I expect to lose anywhere from 6-16 pounds. You read that correctly. It’s not a typo. That’s the results promised by this program. If you don’t like the program, you get your money back! What do I have to lose! 

Let me tell you, so far I feel terrific. Last night, I slept better than I have in a very, very long time. Usually, I wake up frequently and can’t get back to sleep. Last night, on those few occasions I woke to use the bathroom, I went right back to sleep! No more up for hours of sleepless internet surfing between 2-5AM! How cool is that!

I haven’t been hungry at all unless it’s time to eat again. I will weigh tomorrow again to see how much I’ve lost after the 3 days then I’ll tell you, but I already feel better. My energy is increasing daily. I’m already off one med that I was on for weight loss. That med alone could have caused damage to my heart. I didn’t like how it made me feel. Now, I can tell you, I feel different and that difference is much better.

Life is too short to waste it feeling sluggish, downright tired most of the time and being overweight or simply obese. I, for one, am choosing to make a change in my life for the better and these products are doing just that, all nearly packaged in a little red box. I was skeptical at first, but after just these 2 days, my skepticism is gone! This little red box is saving my life. The support is amazing as well.

 I’ll let you know how my journey goes as it unfolds, but let me tell you, since January I have been under a physician’s care to lose weight and only lost 11 pounds. 11 pounds in 5 long and tedious months. Hooray for my little red box!

Middle Life Moments

This last year and a half has brought about many changes in my life that were unexpected and frightening. Lately, however, I’ve been much more focused on the future than I have been over that time of sadness and stress. It’s such a relief to feel more positive again. More like myself again. 

I’ve been trying desperately to get some extra weight off but my brain and body simply don’t jive at times. I have managed to get rid of 10 pounds successfully but, me being me, I want more gone and I want it gone now already. 

My husband is half heartedly losing and when he tries just a little bit, his success is incredible. My success is so slow and the task seems so arduous at times. I know in order to be a success at anything you must plod along and never give up, so plod along I must.  But ice cream…

It’s the worst downfall I have. That rich, sweet, delectable treat I crave after dinner. I’ve learned to give up a lot just to have my ice cream. But I think we are going to have to break up. I love sweets, but ice cream has become my go to treat. What’s a girl to do?

After having 2 surgeries within 8 months of each other, my stamina has been put to the test. To put it mildly, at first, I got winded walking through my house. I’m getting stronger every day and with that strength, I will be adding some new exercise to my weight loss journey. I walk at lunch when I’m working now, but I’ve slowly build up a little speed. And I mean slow. Next, I’ll be walking my dogs and hopefully adding weights to that soon.

Later this week, you will find me basking in the sun and swimming to my heart’s content. I’ll be leaving my dreary home for some sunny, hot weather. It’s time to pick up dad and drive the snowbird home for the summer. The perk is, swimming in the pool and ocean for me first for a week. The downside is 3 days of driving home but with a great copilot. 

Life is never dull or boring around here. Just a little chaotic sometimes, so I can’t wait to read, relax in the sun and hang out with the world’s greatest dad, mine. See ya’ll soon!

It’s Been A While…


I haven’t written in quite a long time.  In fact, it’s been months.  It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say, but I was in a dark place for the last few months.  Depression is a terrible disease that haunts my life from time to time.  Luckily, there is medication that truly helps me but needs to be adjusted from time to time.  It was past time this particular time.

I have been in the darkness before, but this was the darkest of times.  Never have I contemplated my purpose on this earth or lack thereof.  This time was different. I looked at my family and thought they would be much better without me around.  Still, luckily, I was able to dig my way out and not take any action on these negative and dark thoughts.

The fact that I cried every day just goes along with the depression.  I couldn’t find any joy in life.  I just went through the motions of life without actually living for months.  I found myself trying to find a reason to get out of bed and not being able to most days.  Even leaving my bed to go to the kitchen to find something to eat was more than I could bear some days.  I wouldn’t wish this disease on anyone.

Somehow, by the grace of God, I knew what I had to do, although I had so much self doubt that I didn’t believe anything could draw me out of such a state of despair.  My physician is amazing and luckily, I responded well to the increase in medication.  Some people aren’t so lucky.  Some don’t look for help.  Some take their lives.  I understand now.

 I managed to go to work. My co-workers were not privy to the inner workings of my darkened mind. In fact, I felt better there. I felt more whole and needed but it was so hard to get there each day. 

Depression hurts not only the person suffering from it, but their loved ones too. I know my family were at a loss as to what to do about me. I didn’t know at times. If someone you know suffers from depression,  get them the help they need. Call a doctor. Call a counselor. Call a hot line. Get help before it’s too late. We often won’t tell you how bad it really is.

Day 2 of the Big Journey

This is exciting but difficult. Change is hard whatever it may be, and for me that change is my love for food and making it quick and easy. I know it’s only the second day and it will take time to make my changes a habit. I’m not depriving myself either. I believe in the weight watcher’s approach to a new me. 

If you deprive yourself, you just focus more on what you can not have and that stinks, but having a little bit in moderation at certain times always helps me. Tonight, I was craving Mongolian beef. I had a small portion of beef and smaller portion of rice, but it was enough to satisfy my longing. I had budgeted calories in my day for this dinner, too, so that I had enough in my bank, so to speak, to enjoy my dinner and not have to worry about ruining my diet on the second day.

It’s so difficult to want to trim down my calories each day while wanting to boost calories for my kids who are still growing and in need of them. While they enjoy earing healthy, they also enjoy comfort foods, too. I guess I’ll have to learn how to make those a bit healthier and more calorie friendly since hubs is joining me this time around. It won’t hurt the kids either to have those comfort foods in a healthier version. Granted, most of our homemade food is already fairly healthy, but could use some tweaking. Another experiment for hubs and I. 

Our greatest challenge is always what t of eat first dinner. I see that we will finally be planning out our menus like I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time now, but the challenge will be adding the healthy aspect to our recipes. Any ideas? We love our crock pot and I see some ideas meandering around in my brain with ingredients and the like to attempt. I’ll be sure to share my creations if they are tasty. 

Thus endeth day 2 of our journey. So far, so good, but I can tell you, I could really go for some ice cream right about now. Too bad I won’t be having any. 😣

Peace and love guys!

Deirdre

New Me in 17

It’s the new year and I’m starting it with changes as many people do. My hubs turns the big 5-0 this year and we have both been wanting to get healthy and lose weight. It’s been a long time coming.  Now with his big birthday approaching, we are finally getting serious about making the necessary changes for our health.

I always hear about people who want or need to lose 10 or 20 pounds and I can tell you that I remember those days. In 2012-13, I lost 80 pounds. Unfortunately, after my mom died, I gained 40 of those precious lost pounds back over the next year. I really wasn’t finished losing weight. I was still fat, but not as big as I had been. Thank the good Lord above!  

I’ve been contemplating many things over the last few months. I’m tired of being tired. I’m tired of having pain in my knees. I’m tired of having no energy. Guess what! I made the decision over this time, part of my weight loss process, to really do something about it. It’s time to get serious.

Hubs must be on the same wavelength these days with the big birthday coming up on July. Granted, he is not anywhere as overweight as me, but he could lose some and his health would be exponentially improved. He is hypertensive and a non-insulin diabetic for the last few years. Losing just 20-30 pounds could conceivably eliminate his need for medications. Turning 50 seems to finally have him serious about his health. You can’t imagine how happy that makes me. I’ve been wanting him to make some of these lifestyle changes for the last 10 years. I love him and want him around for a long time.

Today is the new beginning, the new dawn for our new life. Surprisingly, it went very well. I’ve made my chart, another part of my process, and I plotted out my weeks and goals. This time, I added hubs to my chart. Woo-hoo! 

My overall goal is staggering, but in small increments I shall conquer each new goal. Hubs has it easy in comparison. I not only have to lose the 40 that I regained but also another 50 to make my final goal. I’ll be left with a tummy that will sag and have to be tucked in, thanks to having 4 kids, but the rest of my skin is still in good shape. If and when I succeed, that will bring my total weight loss to 125 pounds. 

I know most people can’t imagine having to lose this, but I love this and I’m coming clean. I’ve never published my weight loss journey before, but this time is different. This time I am a blogger and I figured that maybe some of you will appreciate the struggles and successes of this journey. 

This is my story. This is the beginning of my transformation.  If you’d like to join me please feel free to tell me your story. We can support each other. Below are my before pictures taken this evening. 

Love and peace!

Deirdre 

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And So We Begin Again…

2017 is here at last! We always start our new year with resolutions that seem to dwindle over time. This year I just want to make some small changes to myself that wikl make big changes over time. I know I can accomplish this, as I have achieved big things in the past and stuck with them. 

My biggest hope for the new year is to have a better year than the last 2 years. We need some good health and cheer around here. Each and every day is a blessing and if I can simply remember that each day, I’ll be doing alright.

The End of Another Year

As we age, the years tend to fly faster and faster. This year has been like that in some ways but has dragged on in other ways. It’s hard to think that these last few months have flown by already and we are nearly at the end of 2016!

Last year at this time, we buried my wonderful mother. It seems like yesterday that I was chatting with her but at the same time it seems like it was years ago. How is that possible that life continues like this? God helps us through these times of sorrow and our family and friends get us through as we come together and create a community of love and hope to make it through the tough times and come out on the other side refreshed and smiling once again. 

Earlier this year, I had surgery that turned ugly. I ended up having a life threatening infection following the removal of my spleen and partial pancreas removal. What a whirlwind! There were days I thought and wondered if I would ever make it through that and see my children grow up. Here I am thanks to the incredible love, again, of my family and friends. Without them, I am not sure I would have had the strength to go on. 

I sent my second daughter off to university which was hard, but not as hard as sending my first one off emotionally. I knew she would be home often enough but it is still another thing to have to get used to. Another change for our entire family just to make things interesting! She loves her school and has made so many friends already. Now she is home for a month a I’m so excited to have her home. 

My oldest has moved out of the house for good which is another change but I’m so proud of the young woman she has become. My oldest has grown up so much over the last year. She got a job and bought her first car. She has made herself a place in yhis world and is making her own roots. She will always be my baby girl though. 

Hubs and I have only 2 at home now. Very strange how that family dynamic changes so much. Usually this is alright with a few exceptions. Our exception is when my youngest has homework time.  My youngest has ADHD which makes the end of the day… well… interesting when I’m working. Luckily we have the best 4th grade teacher this year. She is a tough cookie but very fair and loving with our little guy. She expects his best and he fights tooth and nail! This little man will get through the fourth grade and it will be thanks to his marvelous teacher. 

This year has been one heck of a year and one that I would like to mostly put in the past. There have been bright parts to it as well, and those moments have gotten me through the tough times. 

Looking forward to the new year, I am looking forward to a year of great relationships with family and friends. I look forward to a healthier me in 2017 with hubs and I working on healthy choices for healthier bodies in the new year. I believe that 2017 will be a much better year than the last 2 years have been. So I say, so long 2016 and bring on 2017!

Christmas Crafting

What is more fun than decorating for the holidays? Creating new items to make your spaces look even more beautiful. I am a Pinterest junkie. There, I’ve said it. They say admitting it is the first step to recovery but I don’t want to recover! I LOVE Pinterest! When I can’t think of a project to do or how I want to proceed with a new project, I check out all the fun and exciting things on Pinterest and get inspired. 

I have created gobs of projects from home decor and home renovation to new recipes based on my Pinterest addiction. Yes  it most definitely is an addiction. Lately though, it’s like about the holidays. 

I love decorating for the holidays but I love creating new decorations even more! Last year we made giant lollipops for the yard from pool noodles and colorful duct tape. So cute! This year my hot glue gun and I are all about wreaths. I’ve made several and I love them. 

Such a neat idea, right? Believe me they have to be simple for me to try them. It’s a Styrofoam wreath form covered with about 100 different sized shatterproof ornaments. I especially even have the burned fingers and a blister to prove I made these. 

I absolutely adore these wreaths. I’ve made 4 so far and have at least 1 more to go. I also love hanging home creations on canvas up for something a little different for this time of year. I created a “oh holy  night” picture that didn’t turn out exactly the way I wanted it to, but I sort of rushed it. I could redo it but I think I’m just being tough on myself. The artist is always the one to see the biggest flaws in their wi r just after all. For the most part though, I like it. It’s canvas that’s painted then I used Gabriel glue to do the rest. Overall, I’m satisfied with the results and would love to do this again with another song. Maybe for Valentines day…

I’ve also been busy repainting my dresser and now painting a brick wall in my kitchen. I have way too much brick in this house and want to update my house to bring it into the 21st century. There is never a time when a project isn’t being done around here. Maybe someday though… Then what will I do with my time? Just  bake? Nah, there will always be something that needs to be painted. Of that, I’m sure. Till my next project is completed I bid you peace. 

Ciao!

Deirdre