Life Style Lift

This Blog is dedicated to my goal to change my life. In this blog you will read of my trials, triumphs and tests into improving the quality of my life and that of my family's life. It will start out with basic things, things I have influence over and will move on to more intricate changes. This blog will read like a diary, one of my goals is to update it daily, noting a small change I have made or maintained during that day.

From food to fitness, spending money to saving money, setting goals and achieving goals, and everything in between. Stay tuned to see how my Lifestyle Lift pays off!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Six Week Challenge

So I am starting a new six week challenge at the gym.  I am hoping to see some more phsyical results that are noticed in my appearance again.  But I have a lot of hard work ahead of me.  I NEED to win and that is going to drive me to try my hardest.  I am hoping I see big changes but I know I am going to have to work extra hard to see these results coming through.

Here are some rather unflattering photos of me from my first six week challenge and here are some more updated photos, can we see a difference?

The next picture has my before and after from my six week challenge, I am at the bottom!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Springing Forward with Healthy living

I love the spring!! I love summer, I like fall and I tolerate winter (only because I am not yet rich enough to move away from here and live where it's hot during those dark black and white months).  But I love spring because of all the changes that are happening and the burst of energy I always feel at spring time.  I want to be outside more, I enjoy being outside walking around and doing other outdoor activities. 

Spring is going to be a great time for me to cement in these new habits.  I will become more active and my eating habits have definitely changed.  Spring is the time of year that helps motivate me to see what is new with the world.  The trees are budding, pussy willows are peeking out, birds are singing, gophers are digging holes (although this isn't always great, I hate twisting my ankles in those holes). 

I have made a decision, while I was taking myself off regular pops, I switched to Diet pops, mostly diet Pepsi, but now with Spring I have decided that I am going to stop drinking pops altogether.  I am going to finish the last of the diet pop in my house and then that is IT!! No more pops for me, I will drink strictly fruit juices, water, teas and coffees.  Even when I eat out I am going to keep this restriction.  It's going to be tough, because I love my cold drinks in the spring, but I am willing to give it a try. 

So now I am changing my diet a little again, because I am trying to cut out all carbonated drinks.  I think I can do it!! In fact I know I can do it, I did it once before for lent, so that was 40 days, here's to 40 days plus with no carbonated bevies!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


I have decided that I need another new goal, this one will be a subset of my other goals.  Being active and losing weight and exercising but I am sure I will be able to maintain this goal if I work at it.  I find often that I stay indoors when the weather is not very nice.  I won't venture outside and become some what of a hermit.  I have decided that from now until I get married I must go out on a walk every other day.  So basically on days when I do not work in Ponoka I will be walking. 

We started today and it was pretty fabulous out. It was brisk and the wind was a little chilly, but the fresh air was so.... refreshing (who knew) lol.  We walked from my house to my friend Tamara's house which is a good 20 blocks away and then we walked back home.  Little man even walked with me a bit, but he got tired and cranky and wouldn't hold my hand so he cried in the stroller for a good portion of the walk.  Thankfully, it wasn't too busy out so not too many people saw him having a fit.  It was a good two hour walk and I LOVED it!!! I can't wait to do it again and I may even do it tomorrow even though it won't be every other day.  But I am going to schedule it in, I find if I schedule things in I work better.  So that's my goal and I will chart it to see if I can maintain it for 21 days to make it a habit.

Here are some pictures from our walk!

diet where have you gone?

Diet oh diet where have you gone?  I was looking for you the other day and I couldn't find you so I snacked on half a Reese's peanut butter egg... I looked a couple days before that I couldn't find you either so I tried out a mini blizzard from Dairy Queen.

Today I am baking and baking, bread and cookies and then fixing Fettuccine Alfredo for supper... diet I am still missing you? 

I have come to a conclusion, in regards to my diet.  Thought I have taken a few liberties with my diet I don't feel as if I am cheating. And in actual fact I almost feel as if my diet has become my regular eating habit!!!  I know shocking right.  I no longer feel like I am on a diet, when I am feeling snacky I often go for a bit of fruit or some veggies or some kind of healthy carb, like whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter.  I sometimes give into temptation but I am ok with it, I know that one treat here and there is not going to ruin me and put me back on the fat gaining train.

I fit comfortably into a smaller sized jean now, my shirts are fitting better and I have much more energy.  All in all I think I am being successful on my journey to my wedding day.  Just gotta keep going until I feel like I need to maintain my weight and not lose anymore. 

So diet oh diet thanks for becoming my regular diet and not something I do because I am dieting!!!