Saturday, 8 November 2014

A Healthier Me

It's been a while since I joined you all in the blogosphere.  I've been on a journey during that time, several actually... and ... really when are we not on a journey?  But this one has been intentional and life-changing (for the short term and hopefully the long term) and a blessing.

I've spent a good portion of my adult life being overweight, well technically , let's put it baldly, obese.  I put on the commonly-heard-of freshman-fifteen in my first year of university, and then after a couple of years I moved away to complete my degree at a different institution and consequently lived your also commonly-heard-of low budget student lifestyle.  This included lots of low-budget carbs and protein and fewer than recommended fruit and vegetable servings.  Couple that with living in a very cold climate that little old bookworm me was not very motivated to be healthily active in and you had a perfect weight-gaining storm!

I took some weight off after I graduated in preparation for our wedding, and then children came quickly and my health changed gradually without me really noticing.  By the time I was expecting number 3 I was heavier than I had finished my pregnancies with numbers 1 and 2.  And once number 3 was delivered I never really lost much weight after that.  I became tireder and tireder, but I figured I was a busy mom of 3 kids, now running a small home business as well, and being tired was just the way I was supposed to feel.  I tried several things over the next 9 or 10 years to take off some weight, using some very recognizable branded systems, joining a gym, working with a personal trainer, but nothing really made a dent.  I resigned myself to being the way I was.  I would just be happy with being me, accepting myself for who I was and loving the skin I was in.

Eventually though, and I can't really say it was just one thing that sparked it, it was a confluence of factors, I decided to try again.  We had number of young family members have significant health events.  I knew I had a family history of diabetes and stroke, I knew I was at elevated risk of those happening to me at my weight, and I knew with 7 kids (at the time) that I had plenty I wanted to live long for, I had 7 young minds I was in the process of forming and souls I was in the process of guiding towards heaven.  I decided to commit to a change.  I'll admit I didn't start out with a lot of hope, but I had been starting to use Philippians 4:13 as a catch phrase for my life - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me", so I forged on.

I have very often been someone who does things the hard way.  I jump into projects at intermediate or advanced levels rather than starting at the beginning.  I insist on doing things without help when I have resources around me that would make life easier.  And I like to do things as "naturally" as possible, even when there are some wonderful advancements that can help me.  This time I broke the mold, I agreed to try using some supplements that were reported to help with boosting metabolism, curbing  cravings, and helping with energy.  Previously I would have considered this cheating.  I would have felt like I didn't deserve to succeed unless I did it all the hard way, sweating off every pound and counting every calorie.  But one thing I have learned over this journey is to work smarter, not just harder.  After all, is my health served better by staying in the obese range longer and feeling more discouraged along the way?  Is it cheating to use supplements with nutrients I am probably lacking in anyway?  After all weight loss is 70% about nutrition, and only 30%  about exercise and if I don't have the energy to do that exercise initially is it cheating to boost my energy through using ingredients found in nature, just concentrated for my use, until , I have the energy to get more active from an internal motivation?

It wasn't always easy, but it was actually pretty simple.  Gradually, through a plan that took great consistency, I took off 48 pounds.  I went back down to a weight that I hadn't seen on the scale since high school!

Then came baby number 8.  I started this pregnancy at a lighter weight than I had ever started a pregnancy before and consequently I actually gained a higher total number of pounds with this pregnancy than ever before!  Here was my real test.  Could I return to my pre-pregnancy state of being a healthy weight in a timely manner at age 40?  Particularly after gaining more pounds throughout the pregnancy?  Again I committed to a plan of consistency, changing one small thing at a time and within that first year I was once again down to a healthy weight, within 5 pounds of high school, in the healthy BMI range for a woman my height!

It's been an incredible journey with lots of support from my wonderful husband, and help and resources from many directions along the way.  I feel like I've got more energy and initiative to be the wife and mother God wants me to be.  I've settled on a program for life-long health that I can believe in and commit to, and I'm happily sharing it with others in our life-changing home business.  It's not a quick-fix solution, the market is full of those, proven to fail and 80% of people using them regain everything they lose and more within 2 years.  But the Automatic Body program, is gradual, gentle and sustainable, with a built-in method to prevent burnout!

I'm happy to share it for FREE with anyone who wants to try it - making a life-long change to get in the best shape of their life!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Paintings a Day 309 - 321

Okay so this is the last of the batches of paintings!  I am all caught up!  I know that I really should give commentary along with all of them, but, really - I can't manage that right now.   Enjoy!

Paintings 295 - 308

Paintings 291-294

Days 287 - 290

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa (Up to Day 286)

I know it's been too long.  I have been completely unable to post lately.  We really have so much going on that I don't even know where to start to tell you al about it.  But at the bare minimum I will post more paintings today, and if the afternoon goes well I will post enough to get caught up to the present day.

And I will tell you that we are hosting a Weight Loss Challenge!  Beginning on Tuesday October 16 - Tuesday December 18, 2012.  We will be meeting virtually so no need for driving and if you are interested contact us through our website

So here go the postings:

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Paintings 274-278

Road Blur

Dusky Desert

I'm Driving, I'm Driving...

Above the Clouds

Gloomy Waters