Month: January 2018

Sweet Potato Hash

Well this is week#2 of my #80DayObsession. One thing I have noticed is that my tastebuds have been bursting with all the new recipes I have been making! I love how I can prepare these meals ahead of time and I can store them and they’re ready to go!

I have never been a Hash kind of person, but I think its another way of saying ” throw everything together in one pot” lol. So I was like Hey lets give this a try! OMG it tasted incredible. Now the recipe calls for Chicken or Turkey sausage but I didn’t have any on hand so I substituted for Ground Turkey. I had to add some extra seasonings, the chicken or turkey sausage already has seasoning so I would stick to the list if you used sausage. If you use ground chicken or turkey you’ll definitely want to add some extra. Give it that punch!

Here is the recipe and I’d love your input!! Let me know if your a “hash kind of person” if your not maybe this will convert you?!


So I used 2 cups of sweet potato diced small and steamed until almost done
4 reds or 2 cups worth of sausage or ground chicken/turkey
4 cups of veggies (I used onion, red pepper and spinach

Brown sausage in pan until almost done. Remove and keep a bit of oil to saute onions and peppers. Return sausage to pan and steamed sweet potato. Add spinach at the end.
I added a bit of garlic powder, sage, oregano and cumin after I added the meat back in.

Enjoy super quick and easy!!

Day 6-80 Day Obsession

Well if you look at my picture I will tell you I am quite happy with myself. I didn’t cheat all week on my nutrition and I did every workout for the First week! But you want to know what I’m most proud about is that I can feel a difference not my weighing myself on the scale but by my non scale victories. One victory is in this picture I can actually cross my legs! I know that sounds probably silly, but trust when you have never been able to before and you can now its a big deal!

I really was nervous about the timed nutrition, I wasn’t sure how eating every 2-3 hours was going to be? But it wasn’t as bad as I thought. In fact it was actually awesome! I wasn’t hungry, I wasn’t tired, I wasn’t even tempted to cheat!

The workouts were certainly at a level I haven’t done before and I can’t believe that I made it through them. This last one on Day 6 was the absolute hardest one. I had to press pause quite a bit and I was huffing and puffing a lot. I could even feel my heart beating! But I didn’t give up I kept doing what I could and if I had to modify I did. I didn’t think of it as a failure I thought of it as a big challenge that I can certainly improve on. I will improve, I will progress, I will be able to get through a workout without pausing. It just takes time. It is one thing I’ve learned is that these things aren’t a quick fix, in fact the consistency is the key. I know I say that all the time, but it’s true!

This is a new adventure and a new chapter and I’m so pumped, I can’t wait for Week 2 , I know it will be tougher and I know there might be times when I might want to give up or quit but I know what my goals are. I’m not going to press that failure button again. I’m not playing repeat again. This is for the long haul.


Well Day 2 and I’m still surviving, actually the workouts are harder than the meals! Actually so far the hardest day was Saturday for me, even though it hadn’t kicked off until Monday I was already getting myself used to the Timed Nutrition, and with that day being my first day of my Nights I’m still up most of the day then all night. So that was tricky for sure. Here’s another funny thing I’ve noticed already too. When I would get home from work around 7:30 I was always starving and needed something to eat! That’s when I would go Carb heavy, which is probably the worst thing considering I would be going to bed shortly after. I even caught myself eating Mini Wheats! yep I said it and I’m admitting to it too.  No wonder I was gaining weight lol. I was nervous about the Timed nutrition because my last meal before bed is at 3 am. I usually don’t go to bed until around 8-9 am.  But I am happy to announce that I haven’t craved to eat when I get home at all! In fact I don’t even have to convince myself either, I just don’t even think about it. Definite move in the right direction I say! Now I do drink my “RECHARGE” which is a drink to help restore and heal any muscles that were sore during the workout, so I’m ready to go the next day without being sore or a lot less sore than I would have been.

What I was surprised about with this workout was usually when we do “BOOTY” workouts we always use weights. But this time we only used one tool. The Resistance Band. You wouldn’t think this little green thing would cause so much burning of the butt, but let me tell you it did it’s job wonderfully! I even switched up to a “BLUE” which is the heavy band. I am not a co ordinated person at all. These workouts are truly a test for me too. But I’m confident that I can do it, I will do it. Nothing is stopping me from achieving my goals! Did you have something you were so determined about that nothing would come between you and your goal?!


Monday was a big day for me, and I’m making this post a couple of days late. Mostly because I’m human and I have had a lot of rearranging to do. But I need your help, and by help I mean I need to have you keep me accountable for my 80 DAY OBSESSION program. This program will be my Transformation, I have lost a lot of weight as you can tell by previous pics. But this is where I get stuck.  Do any of you feel the same? You going really good, your excited and you start to see results so that keeps your fire burning.  But then after all that hard work and your clothes are fitting really nice, in fact your able to go down some sizes and feel great. That should be all you need to keep you going right? WRONG!! In fact it’s worse, because you’ve lost so much weight, everyone notices and compliments you on all your hard work, so you start to relax. You feel I got this in the bag!  Then you go out for dinner and instead of eating the most healthiest you treat yourself( Not that that’s a bad thing) but when you start saying to yourself. ” It’s ok, I’ll work extra hard on my workout tomorrow”

Here’s where the tough love comes in, ” You can’t outrun, out work, a bad diet” No matter how hard you try lol. That’s what I learned the last 3 months , I took my eye off the ball sort of speak! So here comes the reality, I kept my workouts, I just didn’t have my nutrition on point. When my pants started fitting tighter, and then my winter coat was snug. That was the eye opener for me.  Remember I was still working out! But then I was lost, I wasn’t sure what I was going to have to do to get that spark, fuel, back so I can start to feel good again, and have energy. Not just stuffing my face for no reason( aka a whole bag of licorise)

That’s when this beautiful program came into my life! I know your thinking it’s like all the other ones I’ve done right? WRONG again lol. This program is a different workout for 80 days, as well the thing I need the most help with is “TIMED NUTRITION”  so your probably wondering what that is? Well according to your weight and height they let you know what your calorie intake should be, which then turns into how many containers you will use in one day!.  Different times of the day is for different containers. A lot of people have been really nervous and anxious about this part. Mostly because it’s out of our comfort zone! But as I’m typing this blog post I can honestly tell you “WOOHOO !” I’m on the third day (officially) but I started this nutrition 2 days before that.

First off I want to squash all the ideas of the fact that you have to starve yourself to be on a plan. It’s actually the total opposite. I’m eating every 2-3 hours. and they’re not all huge meals but there are 3 main ones, then mini meals throughout. I have never felt better, no cravings, no mindless searching for crap food. No feeling of embarrassment or shame. Only energy, feeling good and most importantly found my spark, so my fire is well lit.

That’s where you come in!.  I will be posting the good , the bad , the ugly everyday I will be showing you pics of my before during and after. I will not lie, I will not Cheat! But If I know you are there to hold me accountable, there’s no way I will give up! Then You’ll be able to see me on stage in July for the big Transformation! But mostly because, I did the first year all alone, and it sucked. It was so much harder than it needed to be, then I found my coach and what a difference! Having that accountability really helps you say ‘NO” to those chips, pop, chocolate etc. That’s why I’m expanding my accountability, to YOU! If I tell you all and show you all, then I can’t cheat or else you’ll see it.  Then I’ll be a hypocrite. I do NOT want to be that! Who would? So here we go! These are my before pics.  Plus my first workout of Day 01! Don’t worry I’ll also be posting my food too!

Mom’s Big Adventure

So this week has been a very trying week for mom and myself. My mom has always been terrible at letting me know when she’s in pain or discomfort. I know it’s because of her childhood and if she complained about something she would get in more trouble than what the complaint was about. So I understand why she has a hard time telling me she has a headache or her back is hurting I have gotten pretty good at noticing the signs. But for a while there Mom kept taking out her dentures and then shoving them back in if I saw this. So I questioned her and she finally admitted that they were hurting her.  So just before we went away to Ontario I took her to a denturist and sure enough he said she has sores. I also found out these have been the same ones she’s had since she first got them. So her molars were worn down to the nub.  She just said she couldn’t afford it. But Terry and I said you have to have new ones. They’re a necessity. So we paid for them and she has been getting appt for them. They started off with impressions, then the wax model to see how they fit etc.

Well I made a big mistake and booked her hair appt in the middle of the two appts. for her Denture fittings.  Plus I had to rush her which is not at all.  As the day went on the worse she got. But on friday was her last appt. I thought she would be excited but in fact she was more anxious. It didn’t matter what I did she was at me with snide remarks and whatever I said to her, she would snap back with a different point and it didn’t matter what I said she was on one way and I certainly was not allowed to be on it lol. Let’s just say it was a very quiet ride into town. I tried to see if she’d like to play bingo on her tablet and she said ” NOPE” because you always pipe in and tell me how to play it.

It wasn’t going to matter what I said ” I was the bad guy” so thankfully when we got to the denturist office it finally cheered her up.  I she finally smiled and it cheered her up. She was in a lot better mood after that. She even wanted to go to the Rink for Burger (mostly because Terry was cooking) but it was much better.  Thank goodness.  So this week we have a dr. appt on Tuesday and the following we’re in Regina for her follow up. Fingers crossed it will be a lot more successful mood wise. lol

This little lady has finally got her pearly whites (literally) and the smile on her face was well worth it. I know  she doesn’t mean it at the time, and I know she’ll apologize later in the night. I just have to brace through it.  Choose my battles they say!!

My Hiatus

I cannot say how crazy this year has been already, I can only apologize for not posting like I normally do. I haven’t forgotten about you, honestly it’s been a bit overwhelming and I have been close to having a mini breakdown.  With flying home for Christmas and having major mixed emotions there, then flying back and the biggest let down I have had was with myself. I have let my emotions dictate my eating. So instead of going forward I have actually gone back.  Feeling embarrassed and ashamed, I had a hard time posting because I felt like a hypocrite.

I’m an Emerald Beachbody Coach and with that I have some Challengers and Coaches that look up to me for guidance and support.  So I was beating myself up trying to focus on how I can do that for them when I’m doing everything the opposite? I discovered something about myself, within this last week.  My Company is launching a New program called 80 day obsession.  Every Monday they send out a podcast of what news is happening and some inspirational speaker, to help us and give us tips of how to be an awesome coach for both personally and professionally.  There was one speaker that really got to me, let’s just say he got my inner self fired up!  Then I went to a Conference last Sunday and let me tell you, that in itself really got me fired up. I realized that I am who I am. I have good days and Bad days, I need to focus on why I was overeating and what can I change so I won’t keep going to that habit again?!  I also let my workouts slack a little, why do I do that? It’s the one thing that helps the stress and pressure and makes me happy and feel good!

I have been asking people/friends what goals they have been making for the New year?  it’s funny how many different responses I’ve been getting, but what I realized is I need to focus on my goals too. SO I got back to the basics, I made a vision board, I cleaned out my craft room/ office/ gym.  Organized it a bit( still have stuff to do) then I sat down and made a list of what I am going to work on to help me be a better me, better coach and this is what I came up with.

  1. TIME MANAGEMENT – a biggy for me. I have always been a fly by the seat of my pants.  What I post is what I’m feeling right now. So I need to schedule and be productive.  I have already made a biggy, I have discovered how to actually use my smart phone as a better tool. Check this out!!
  3. MY HEALTH- I started this journey 4 years ago, I remember the fire I had and the drive to get to where I was. So I’m focusing on just that, and thank goodness 80 day obsession has come when it did.  I will be definitely giving it my all. I put on my winter coat (it was tight) I put on my fatty pants ( they were too tight) I didn’t need to go on a scale for me to find the truth. But I did this morning I am up to 163 lbs. The heaviest I’ve been since 2 years ago.  That’s why I’ve already begun the nutrition plan and the challenge hasn’t even started yet and I’m already feeling a huge shift in both my mind and body!!
  4. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT- I think one of my achilles heel is that I am always worried about what people think of me and sometimes it dictates how my day will be. So my goal is to focus on healing my mind, with meditation and destress and best of all NOT Care what others think of me. I am my own person.  I have a  lot to give and I have a lot to share and I know that I will do whatever it takes to help people that are looking for goals  they want to reach but are not sure how to do it.  My daughter told me about a challenge that she is doing and it’s read a book a week. One of the biggest things that Beachbody emphasizes is Personal Development. SO I am stepping up mine and I’m going to be reading a lot more build up my confidence and my leadership!

This Blog was a big step forward for me as a coach and a person, and I let it go to the wayside. I am now more determined than ever to give it my all. I love to share what I have accomplished and if it helps anyone do the same, then I have achieved the biggest goal yet!!  So don’t give up on me, I am going to be a stronger, healthier, funnier and most important reliable Friend/ coach / Blogger. Stay tuned!!