In Mom's Heels

A shoe obsessed mom's Weight Watchers Journey with Celiac Disease

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2017 Year in Review

It’s been a few busy months since I posted. I have about 30 drafts that I was too busy to finish. However, it’s after midnight on a Wednesday and I committed to finishing this one!

2017 was a rollercoaster year.

I started the year off on Weight Watchers, but after a 25 lb. weight loss, I convinced myself it wasn’t working. In all honesty, I feel like I sabotaged myself from a comment DH made. Excuses.

I’ve been helping my mom downsize and get her house prepared to sell – anyone looking for a beautifully remodeled 4,000 sq. ft. home in the GTA??

I feel like I’m finally in a good place at work. In 2018, I would like to do more professional and personal learning.

In August we drove to Atlantic City, NJ for a vacation with friends and their boys. The weather was amazing, the beach was amazing. I’d go back.

In October, my gym membership lapsed, and my DH and I went to Vegas with 2 other couple friends to celebrate our (the ladies) 40th birthdays this year. It was 2 weeks after the Vegas shooting. It was an emotional and heavy feeling to Vegas. We went to the Grand Canyon west tip and it was spectacular! I pulled my back 2 days before the trip and suffered for the next 10 weeks!!

My back is finally healed, and my kids sports take up 6 days a week. I feel like a blob. I’m exhausted all the time. I want to start back in the workouts. I really like lifting. It’s my happy place. I hate cardio. I may give the dreadmill a rest and start looking for HIIT workouts.

I joined a 12-week transformation challenge that my high school buddy Rob & his wife Michelle’s company, Trainers on Site is running. Wish me luck.

No resolutions for 2018. I have the type of personality that if I set a goal and didn’t meet it; I’d constantly beat myself up for it and add it to my list of failures and become depressed over it. I am always learning about myself, and trying to change how I see things about myself. I promote self-love & positive body-image to my baby girls, I need to practice what I preach.

Goodbye 2017. Thank you for the memories and life lessons. Cheers to a wonderful and adventurous 2018.




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Wobbily Bits and Perky ….

I weighed in yesterday. Down 0.9lbs. I know I can get discouraged and hung up on a number, and I know it’s more than just the scale.

I’ve been working out like crazy! I attend classes on Mondays (tabbata), Wednesdays (when I can, burn n’ firm) and Thursdays (boot camp). On my own, I’m at the gym on the dreadmill for 30 mins min – even before my classes, a min of 30 mins. I do weights at home mostly. Lately, I’ve been concentrating on doing abs nightly to strengthen my core. My core is quite pathetic, really. They’re in hibernation. For 20 years.

IMG_1244[1]I was dying, I mean, lying down the other night looking at my phone when I turned on the camera. I took a pic and thought – “ha! this is why all those fit Instagram people always take pics of themselves lying down! I look muscular!”

It’s such a hard thing to do. Not compare. I look at my friends and wish I was as skinny, perky (snicker), outgoing, muscular, etc. But I’m not. I’m me. I’m smart, introverted, kinda shy, round, jiggly, determined. I have NEVER looked like those friends (even back in highschool). I am not built like that. Those aren’t my genes. Victoria’s Secret & Spanx are my BFF’s. What I can do; try to live actively and healthy. Teach my kids the same while being decent, patient, kind, tolerant, understanding, empathetic, strong women and human beings. It’s a struggle. I don’t always practice what I preach, but I’m trying my best. Every day.



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Weight Watchers Week 9

WI day, down -2.5 for a total of 12.5 lbs.

This week was a tough one. I raided the kids Halloween bag more than once. I mean, this wasn’t mom stole A candy. It was ‘mom took ALL the Caramilk’. On Tuesday I messaged my fellow WW A. I wanted to quit, give in and give up so badly. I couldn’t do this anymore. I’m starving. She gave me words of encouragement and a Ryan Gosling meme that got me through the day. Admittedly, on Tuesday, every meal consisted of cocoa, milk and mint (pronounced York Peppermint Patties).

I know, you’re now scratching your head and saying, “but Steph, you were down this week!”. The secret is I busted my butt on fitness. My feet, shins & knees have been sore so I moved from the dreadmill to the bike (on a side note, I went and got a prescription for orthotics and was fitted for them last week). I pushed myself to use machines I’ve never used before. I went to the basement and did the Tony Horton 22 Minutes Hard Corps workouts. Oh, and I mowed my lawn for 3 hours. Yes we have a large yard, but usually it doesn’t take more than an hour or so to mow. Truth is, I haven’t mowed the lawn for months and it was REALLY long. I earned 116 FitPoints last week, 262 minutes of activity and nearly 62K steps.

My goal for this week…track my food and focus on the healthier options. Could you imagine what that loss could have been with all that fitness and no chocolate?? I want to find out 🙂

Have a great week! Cheers,


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Weight Watchers Week 6

PHEW!! What an utterly exhausting, busy week!!  Last Friday I left work at noon. Hubby and I hopped in the car and began the 461 km, 5 hour drive to Cleveland, OH, USA

for Game 1 & 2 of the American League Championship Series. We drove home after the Toronto Blue Jays LOST on Saturday and made it home around 2am.

I was up the next morning cleaning and cutting up veggies for a Steeped Tea ParTEA that I was hosting on Sunday. Monday morning i left early to drive 1+ hours north to facilitate a training session on Global Compensation at our plant in Aurora. Tuesday I was at another plant of ours, left work early to go to Game 4 which the Blue Jays won.

Wednesday was busy with early morning meetings for a committee I head up and leaving work early so the Jays could lose Game  5 and the ALCS. Thursday was another early morning meeting of a Women in Print presentation back in Aurora and tomorrow I am facilitating another training session in the morning at a different plant near the airport. Evening will see Hockey AND soccer practice for the girls and then girls night out. What I really need in a night in to sleep.

I did rush up to WW on Wednesday at lunch to weigh-in knowing I was headed to the Jays game with my Big Brother. I was down, -3.3 for a total of 10.8 so far.

Food was good this week. I made wise choices without depriving myself. While I wasn’t at the gym or in the basement gym, I did fit in a HIIT while sick with a cold and we walked everywhere in Cleveland. We never once took the car out of the Valet. We explored the waterfront, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and had our photo taken at the “Cleveland” sign. Unfortunately, my FitBit died and I can’t find my charging cord (*crying*).

Tonight was 30 mins on the dreadmill and a 45 min arms session with the Arnold exercises with a couple more added in for good luck. I may not be able to lift my drink tomorrow…

My goal this week; more activity.




EDIT: After a week of searching, I bit the bullet and bought a new FitBit Charging cord. Then my husband found mine 3 days later. Of course. *eye rolling* 

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Weight Watchers Week 4 & 5

Oops! I forgot to post Week 4 and since it’s Week 5, I’ll double the fun!

Week 4 saw an increase of 3.5 lbs. Boo. I can attribute to a number of reasons (not excuses). First was T.O.M. and the other was I ate a large dinner RIGHT before going to my weigh-in. Lesson learned!! Never eat right before!! D’Oh!

My goal for week 5 was to refocus on the healthy foods and try to be less intimidated at the gym.

I mentioned previously my insecurities/fears of the gym. I faced those fears and joined the City recreation centre (again).


My first outing was…intimidating. Talk about Bambi on ice….I walked in wide-eyed and intimidated as hell. All the muscle guys crowding all the equipment, taking selfies of themselves. So I picked a bike. The first one I picked kept turning off on me before I could start the workout. I should’ve taken that as a sign not to do it. Instead, I picked another bike and thought “ok, I’ll do a 5K”…well, that killed 15 mins, now what? I walked the track – but everyone was going in different directions! So I stopped at the rowing machines. After 5 mins I was BORED. I haven’t figured out how to tune into the TV’s while there. I felt very overwhelmed and out of my element, so I left after a half hour.  BUT!!! I went back the next night for the elliptical and a walk.

I also went to they gym and ran 35 mins on the dreadmill and leg weight machine while my oldest A was at hockey practice. The flexibility of the City rec centre.

Week 5, down 4.7lbs. So, not only has T.O.M.left for the month the refocus on food and activity contributed to my success (and not eating right before my weigh-in)!

Next weeks goal, more activities at the gym (get out of the comfort zone) and make my lunch…atleast once…