Thursday, May 29, 2014

Poor Timing

So I was all gung-ho about doing the detox and then life happened and I never did get started....that being said, however, I have diligently aware of what I have been eating and sticking to eating relatively clean, I just have not been doing the detox as of yet.

So, what has kept me so incredibly busy you ask?

Busy Excuse #1:  Ballet Recital!!

Since the recital was on Sunday, this meant we had regular class on Thursday, rehearsal on Friday, dress rehearsal Sunday morning, pictures Sunday day, and then the actual recital at night.  

We did quite an amazing job I think and I am so excited to get our video to see how we did in the eyes of others.  All I can say is that I was a bit in tears prior to and after the dance, not from nerves or sadness, but of joy.  I accomplished something that scared me shitless.  I dressed up in a leotard, tights, and a tutu and danced my 240lbs frame across that stage.  I was not only proud of me, but also all of the gorgeous women in my class!  All different levels of ballet and dance and all came at it with dedication, commitment, and grace.  I am so excited for next year!!  I am actually going to take ballet again, but I am also going to enroll in the modern dance class to get even more experience.

Busy Excuse #2: My sister had her baby!!

Cori and newly arrived, Nolan James, made it home safely last Wednesday and we were all there to welcome him to the family.  If you haven't seen this video of his sister welcome him to the family yet, you definitely need to!

So, needless to say I have been bopping back and forth to their house and mine to see Mr. Nolan as he won't stay little for long!


This means I have taken to the streets with my bike!  That's right, I am not about to waste this beautiful weather by sitting inside (all the time, anyway).  Yesterday, Ryan and I even picked up some stellar helmets which I am soooo pumped about....and I find that these ones are cuter and maybe will set the expectation for drivers that I am not a speed racer, but rather someone that likes to cruise along (plus it came with a cardboard squirrel!!).  I feel the traditional bike helmets may set a higher expectation for speed....

But seriously, if you are ever in the need of bike equipment, head over to Woodcock Cycle on St. Mary's Rd.  They were extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and they are local!!  I will also use this excuse to remind everyone else to get their full intake of water now that the weather is heating up!!  Stay hydrated to stay cool.

Busy Excuse #4: I have been shooting a lot lately, helping out other photographers and just utilizing this beautiful weather we have been having.  With shooting comes editing and that is a massive time eater for me.  I am also getting back into daily(ish) self portraits so that is keeping my pretty busy as well. 

All of these excuses have taken place within the span of 1 week, which is crazy to think.  That being said, however, the summer is only just starting to ramp up and I best prepare myself for the craziness that is yet to come (hello, August with 4 weddings and living in Swan River!)  In 2 days I leave for a 10 day trip to BC/Seattle to become more knowledgeable in the ways of the blog, get my boudoir photos done, and meet up with some friends I made while at Creative Live in January!  It will be a ton of fun!  So at this point I am postponing my detox until I am back from my trip at which time I will be more than ready for it!  Enjoy the lovely weather!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spring into Summer Detox!

G'day my friends!  Since my last post about my cookie binge, I am not very proud to say that I have consumed even more and even worse things since then.  This past weekend I held my first Photography Camp and of course, we ate "camp" food.  While the main meals consisted of relatively good stuff (chili made with turkey or ground round), homemade soup from 2 Broke Gals Soup Company, bacon, eggs, and toast, etc.  It was the mindless snacking in between, at night, and there may have been a wee bit of alcohol involved.

That being said, however, we walked A LOT, and I definitely noticed that when you do not fuel your body with the right stuff, your workouts become a thousand times more difficult.  I was essentially outside all day for 2.5 days which was awesome!! We had great weather, we got to be consistently creative, and we found out more about each other as artists (which is always fun!)

When I came home, however, I had EXTREME bloating in my extreme.  At first I thought it was a result of all the walking I had been doing, but it literally lasted 2 full days and that's when I realized something wasn't quite right.  Around that time, I had received an email from Heather (my friend and holistic health coach that I wrote about before) offering a Spring detox and I signed up!

So, to get myself on track and the undo what I did to myself on the weekend, I am taking the plunge into the detox to feel a bit better.  My favorite thing about this detox (after reading the welcome packet) is that it's a detox for EVERYTHING...there is meditation, vision boards to be made, affirmations to say, body care, and of course healthy eating.

I will be using this platform as a journal, as one of the requirements of the detox is to write down the recipes, how I feel, etc. (similar to what I used to do when I started this blog).  I also want to emphasize that this detox is not to lose weight, but rather to get my body in the right state to take on my busy summer!!

Today is my shopping day for all the delicious items on the list and the end of this detox will be when I head out for my trip to Seattle/BC and I am so excited that I will have these habits in place and the fresh mindset to keep me going while I am out there!

Oh! And if you want to get in on this action, contact Heather over on Facebook or send an email to: and score yourself 25% off because you are reading my blog <3!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cookie Confessional

...I ate 5 of them yesterday.  In a row.  I don't think I was breathing.  That is all.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Catching Up

So, it's been about a week since my last blog post and it isn't because I have been dreading telling you my sinful ways of shoving sugar into my mouth hole, but rather it is because I have been busy traveling to Regina, enjoying the beautiful weather, and hanging out with my family and friends.  My life is picking up (as I expected) and I have to get things under control, eating consistently, drinking enough water, and taking my supplements regularly.

While in Regina, we stayed at Ryan's parents house, but alas, his mom was not there to cook for us, so there were a plethora of restaurant meals.  Luckily, my friend Bobbie cooked a delicious healthy meal for us one night and Ryan and I finally BBQ'd some turkey burgers.  I do have to say, though, that there were a few days where I consumed almost a whole loaf of bread to myself....2 pieces of toast in the morning, a sandwich for lunch, and then garlic bread with supper....YIKES!  Let me tell you, as soon as I got home I loaded my fridge with greens and fruit.  I couldn't get enough! 

How happy is everyone to be seeing and feeling the sun??!!  Seriously, I was so happy yesterday and I even got a bit of a tan (I know, I know, the sun is bad, yadayada...but I like it!)  Yesterday we spent the day at my sister's celebrating Jeff's 30th birthday party and I did, sadly, consume large quantities of not so good food.  But hey, it was a party.  I also decided not to drink because I would rather eat some desserts hahaha!
This is a dessert my sister whipped up...looks healthy because of the apples, but the middle is cream cheese, toffee sauce, Skor bits, and chocolate chips.  It was very addicting.

Earlier in that day, I attended a Steeped Tea Party hosted by my old friend, Tenniel at my best friend, Stephanie's condo!  We got to taste some delicious teas and there is SO much variety!  I ended up ordering a mint julip tea after reading that spearmint tea can help with hirsutism (excessive hair growth caused by increased of the symptoms of PCOS).  Apparently, 2 cups of spearmint tea a day over a period of 3-6 months can drastically reduce the amount of androgen production.  You can read a bit about it here.  In this particular study, it states within 5 days you will notice a difference, so I am excited to see how it works or if it works at all!

I ordered a bunch of new books from Amazon in regards to PCOS and am slowly making my way through them.  They are, however, quite interesting reads and if anyone wants to borrow them when I am done, just shoot me an email!  In addition to the books, I have also stumbled upon a few other gold mines about PCOS information, one of them being a great blog dedicated to PCOS!  There is great diet info, meal plans, and scientific knowledge that is written in an easy to understand manner.  If you are intrigued to learn more about PCOS check out that blog!

I will admit that my exercise has been lacking significantly the last 2 weeks and yes, I have made extreme excuses, but to be honest, I just cannot pull myself out of bed to get my ass to gym any more.  I just need to do it.  I swear to God, if I could get healthy by thinking about being active, that'd be stellar.  Some days I just feel like a slug.  Now that it is nice out, I have absolutely no excuses.  
While I was out in Regina, however, Ryan and I did go on a bit of an adventure to Moose Jaw where we spent the day touring the tunnels and kicking it at the mineral spa.  It was super relaxing and a great way to enjoy spending time with my lova! 

Anyhow, I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend, enjoying the weather and celebrating Mother's Day and their mom-like figures!  Catch up with you soon :D

Monday, April 28, 2014

Featured Interview: Sarah {MABBA competitor}

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I am bringing you a lovely interview that I did with a friend and fitness buff, here in Winnipeg.  Ms. Sarah just finished her second MABBA competition this year and while I was doing her fitness photoshoot, we got to talking about bodybuilding, the intense training and the feedback she gets from other people. So, I thought it might be neat for people who might be considering competing or those that wonder how easy it is to get the body of a fitness competitor.  Without further adieu, here is my interview with Sarah!

T: What motivated you to start training?

S: I have always been in shape and have loved the gym.  I had never been trained by a professional though and previous to having a baby had been interested in the possibility of doing a fitness competition one day.  After having Amelia and putting on and keeping a tiny bit of extra weight I felt there was no better time than now to train to compete.  I googled, in search of a trainer, and found Katie at Fit-Fire Fitness and here I am today;  I just finished my second competition.  Other than wanting to get into the best shape of my life I also wanted to challenge myself to go into the spotlight and show myself off on a stage.  I have never really been on a stage or been the center of attention (nor wanted to be).  I never took dance classes or anything growing up or anything that required me to be on a stage in front of people (other than piano recital and Christmas concerts for elementary school).  Training to compete gives me the challenge to better my physique but also challenges me to get out of my comfort zone by show off a little and challenging my confidence.

T: What was the hardest thing to overcome when you started training?

S: The hardest thing was changing my diet and eating clean.  I loooooove food and love my sauces and gravy's and sugars, etc….so taking all that out of my diet was very hard.  The posing practice was always tough because I am not naturally flirty or "sexy" so it was hard to put on that bubbly "fa├žade" and prance in front of a mirror, let alone a crowd of people! I am still very much working on my stage presence and confidence.

T: What was your biggest motivation?

S: My motivation was the challenge I was giving myself.  I just wanted to get into the same shape I was before I had a baby and into even better shape!  It also motivated me thinking that I was increasing my confidence and challenging myself outside of my comfort which only makes me a better person I feel.  In the end my only competition is myself.

T: I know you said that you wanted people to know that even though you look super healthy right now, you aren’t at all. Can you explain this in a bit more detail?

S: I'll first mention that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or anything like that so this is mostly in my opinion and understanding.  I mentioned to you that I am not necessarily healthy at the moment because it is true, being so close to a competition when I shot photo's with you (a day after I competed) I am at a very low body fat percentage.  My percentage was less than 8% and is less than 8% within the last month of training and at competition day.  It is said that to function at a normal level women should have at least 11% body fat and 12% for men (I believe those are the stats, but, again, I am not a doctor).  I may be eating healthy by eating in small portions and often and eating very clean (which is good) but I am also working out A LOT and putting my body through a lot of stress with all the training I do in the gym.  I'll also mention that we are playing with our diet a lot especially the last couple of weeks before competition we are eliminating a lot of fats/carbs and dairy as well as the last 1-2 days before competition where we are depleting our water which is clearly not a healthy thing not to mention the day of competition where we are trying not to drink any fluids at all! (water is very important to drink! While training I drink at least 1.5 litres just while I work out!)  It is not realistic for me to think that I will keep this body post competition nor is it healthy.  A competitor does this for that big day and once that big day is done we will put that body fat back on and won't look like we do on stage all year round…and if we do? In my opinion it is not healthy or normal to look like that all the time…unless someone is just naturally blessed with that body then good for them and I am jealous!

T: How did you feel after your first competition when a bit of weight came back on? Were you sad? Disappointed? Etc.

S: To be honest I was aware that I would put the weight on so it didn't bother me as much as you or I may think…I was, however, a little disappointed that I didn’t have that body for very long.  I immediately bloated up and felt like I put back all the body fat within a week of the competition!  After my first competition I just ate and ate and ate which I regretted because I felt I could have and should have continued eating clean.  My trainer made sure I knew, while I was training, that it was not realistic to have that body at all times and to be aware that I may not look like that after the competition and that I would bloat up.  I think knowing this helped me not be too disappointed as I was already prepared and aware.

T: What surprised you the most during your journey?

S:  I was pretty amazed by how quickly your body starts changing from eating clean.  I immediately lost probably around 5% body fat within a month, I believe, when I first started (I started at around 20% body fat when I first started training for my first competition).  All the changes and all the new muscles I saw develop was just amazing….I have never felt the striations of a muscle until I trained to compete.  My muscles have come so far in their growth and it is pretty cool to watch happen!

T: Is healthy eating/working out something that you think you will keep doing?

S: I will definitely continue eating clean as much as possible (with cheats along the way of course!)  There are so many new recipes out there now a days with the new "eat clean" craze, so I plan to take advantage of these recipes and continue to find ways to still enjoy flavours of food but also try and make clean choices at the same time.  I love working out; it is my biggest passion so I will definitely continue with my fitness and trying to grow (I want a bigger bum!) as well as compete again.  I haven not been to the gym in almost a week and I am so excited to go back today I can hardly wait to get to the squat rack!  It is not about weight loss for me though (I definitely don’t need to lose weight but only gain it) it is about weight gain in the end because I want to increase muscle and be healthy.

T: To somebody who wants to start training for a fitness competition what would your biggest advice be? (aside from getting Teri to do your “after” photos bahaha!)

S: Have a good trainer that is looking out for you! There are so many trainers out there just looking for your money so be wary!  I have heard so many competitors say how upset they were when they bloated up after and tell me that their trainer didn't prepare them for that or give them a post competition plan.  I was very lucky to find my trainer (Katie at Fit-Fire Fitness).  She supports me 100%, is there for me to ask questions at any time and doesn’t make me feel stupid when I ask the silly questions (which I do weekly).  She cares about all of her clients well beings and makes sure she helps you set realistic goals.  You need a trainer who cares to give you a game plan for after the competition and help you understand the changes your body will go through.  Do not try and train yourself for a competition.  You need a trainer who knows what they are doing.  The other big advise would be to be aware that the body that is produced for a competition is not something that is kept all year round.  You have to be aware of your body and love it even with 20+% body fat and be aware that your body fat will go up after competing.  Many competitors go through a "post competition depression" so you just have to be very strong willed and know these things and be aware to avoid becoming depressed post competition.  Have a good support system but also be good/strong support for yourself by knowing yourself and your body.  Be prepared also mentally that there is a good likelihood that you may not place in top 5 in your first, second or third competition….Do not set yourself up for disappointment in that way.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Attention Ladies!!

Omigoodness!!  I totally have to share some awesome stuff with you!  Since I am doing a boudoir session in June, I have gone a bit crazy as far as acquiring outfits for the shoot goes.  The hard part is that I am a plus size lady and not in the super lovely curvy way....more like a ruler with the odd bulge here and there, so finding lingerie that A)fits and B)is flattering has always been a struggle.  Then I found and my life has been forever changed!! Not only do they have a massive selection of beautiful lingerie, but it is relatively inexpensive and they have everything from the very sweet to the extremely erotic (if that's your thing). 

But seriously, for plus size ladies this is a gold mine!!  I literally spent a few hours just going through all the things and narrowing it down to a few outfits!!  I am so excited about how these garments made me feel and I think it is important for ladies to do that for themselves from time to time.  It will be even more awesome when I have my boudoir session (though I am slightly nervous...most of you know that I love to show off my Grumpy Cat face when a camera is on me).  I have posted a few phone pics of me in 2 of the outfits so you can see the fit of them, so if you have an aversion to bigger ladies in skimpy clothing, close your browser.  The first one is a bodysuit (SO comfortable) and the second one is a negligee and panty set.  Seriously, check out their site!!  You also get stickers and I was impressed with the time frame of delivery!

Anywho, I just wanted to share that with you, because if you are a plus size gal like me who likes to look sexy but not pay hundreds of $$, then this is the place to go.  I will certainly order from them again!! YAY!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter is Over... let the diabetic coma commence....Happy Easter Monday, everyone!!  I hope you found yourself surviving after a weekend full of chocolate, sweets, and suppers!  I didn't fare so well, but it wasn't due to Easter.  It was a result of me having to help my sister prepare for a wedding dessert table on Saturday and therefore, I consumed copious amounts of sugary baked goods.  Oh man, did I ever feel sick.  Yesterday wasn't much better, however, as I had an all day photo shoot and the only sustenance we had at the studio was Timbits and coffee...while I refrained from eating ALL of them, I piled them on top of all the other crap I ate the day before.  Interestingly enough, however, I have been craving protein like there is no tomorrow....and green juice.  All I think about is making green juices...perhaps a 3-day detox is in order, hmmmm.

One of my pleasures from the weekend was taking Ms. Madi to her ballet class on Saturday morning and it was sooooooo cute!  Seriously, I cried a bit because of the cuteness.

I also had the pleasure of attending my first fashion show with Stephanie on Saturday night and it was quite fun!  Dee-Karpa's designs were beautiful and it was cool because we had seats in the front row!! YAY!  It was nice to get out and it was beautiful enough outside that I didn't even wear tights under my skirt!! Scandalous, I know.

Oh!  I wanted to share the recipe for the most delicious oatmeal cake thing I have ever made/ate.  It was absolutely fantastic and really easy to make!  The hardest part was not eating it all!  You can check out the recipe over at!  Seriously, the yummiest!!

Lastly, for Easter my momma gave me a basil plant and it smells so lovely.  I think I may give urban gardening a go this year.  It's nice to have my own herbs when I want them!  In fact, I used some of the leaves for a delicious chicken, basil, goat cheese pizza for this evening!!

Anyhow, stay tuned over the next few days because I am going to have some features on some lovely ladies that are sharing their knowledge on health and wellness!  Plus I tried out some new activities which you definitely need to hear about!!  Have a great week!! Ps. enjoy the sun and this little picture I found and thought was hilarious: