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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I am Pretty…Strong

Wow. Last week’s cheeky post garnered a lot of responses on my Facebook link. Thank you to all who commented. Thank you all for the advice, and workout dates we have set up.

I DO notice the fit of my clothes is different. Today I am wearing a work-branded golfing-type vest. When purchased last summer it was snug so I never bothered to use the zipper. Now, it’s loose. My pants? They keep falling down. I’ve measured – another 2″ off my waist!

The weight is slow to come off. I know. Today I weighed in and was down 0.4 lbs for a total of 16.8 lbs. The difference this time around from the last time I was on Weight Watchers? One is I was unaware of my Celiac Disease and two, I work out like mad now where as before all I did was run. With not knowing about my disease, my body wasn’t retaining the nutrients it needed. I was able to lose the weight easily, but I wasn’t healthy. Now, my body has repaired the damage and I retain the nutrients (good and bad), so the weight loss is slower. Second, muscle weighs more than fat, I know. This is why this time, I am also tracking measurements. I see me getting leaner, even if it’s not lighter.

Some days I have to force myself to go to the gym. Some days I’m dying to get there. I love following a couple of strong women on Instagram and seeing the exercises they post; and imitating them in class (the ladies in Boot Camp don’t like me much though).  I have a confession; I love lifting!! I have become obsessed with working my upper body (I actually have a pretty strong lower body) and core (even though I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, Strongly dislike core exercises).  I love feeling the struggle as I add more weight and push against the resistance until I just can’t do it any more. What a high!!

So, as I plan out my week of kids activities (hockey & soccer) and exercises for myself, what will you be doing?



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Goodbye 2016; Year in Review (and Weight Watchers Week 16)

I did not go to my meeting this week. On purpose. I know when I go next week I’ll probably have undone all the good in this one week that took me 15 weeks to do. But today – today is January 1 and it’s the first page in my 365 page blank book to write my story.  What will my story look like? I’m not sure. It is my story, after all. I can re-write my future. Cause those ripples in time.

I look back on my 2016 year and think not a lot happened to make it stand out. I did spend some of this past year in the dark, mentally speaking. My depression was taking me to a very bleak place. I reached out and asked my doctor for help. If you know me, asking for help is like me not swearing in traffic. Very difficult.

I spent time with my family this year, swimming in the yard, playing with the kids.

Enjoying time with my husband as we went to Blue Jay games, hopping in the car to follow said Toronto Blue Jays to Cleveland. Going on our cruise.

I applied for a promotion at work and got it.

I’ve investigated my headaches (which have been great these past couple months).

Meeting new people and being able to call them friends.

Most of all, I think I found some of my confidence this year. I KNOW I’m not perfect, but I am damn good at what I do for a living. My kids seem to be decent human beings (most of the time).

After my dad passed away, I was petrified of my mom getting sick again. I didn’t know if I could handle it alone. However, when the inevitable happened back in March, I learned I CAN handle it. I also learned I didn’t have to do it alone. When I said the word, my big brother was there, every step of the way with me. Even my younger brother was with me as we texted our sick humour to get through the time.

I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and kids; my mom and my brothers, nieces & nephews, grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins; my BFF’s, hockey & soccer families; my memories of my dad; my SIL’s bone marrow transplant was a success and she is still here shining her bright light on all of us.

I won’t make resolutions. I’m going to make plans and write down goals. Some I’ll achieve and some I won’t. I promise though, to always be, Me. (shush, that’s not a threat!!).

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope you are all blessed with love, light & happiness. Always remember how loved you are.



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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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Wacky Wednesday: Week 13 Training

You’ve heard me mention over the past few posts that I suffered a moment of…something…and signed up for the Mud Run and Warrior Dash this summer. Insert moment of panic. WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?! I am worried that I won’t be able to complete the obstacles. I have always been strong in the lower body but admittedly I have zero upper body strength. I have a fond memory of my mom and I at a local rec centre many, many years ago working out and I could barely do 2 set of 10 arm movements with a 5 lb weight!

In reflection of all this, E and I have started training. We are on week 2 of the C25K training program. Week 2 Day 2 started Saturday on hilly terrain. E ran with the training program in her ear while I turned on the Nike + Running App to calculate our distance. The C25K has us doing a timed run, which turns out isn’t a full 5K. We decided to try a full 5 and ran 5.26 in 42:49 with an average pace of 8″08″. So, yeah, we might want to get a little faster. I will point out that it IS only Week 2 Day 2 AND since we chose to go a full 5 km, we had to make up our own run to that tree – walk – run to that lamp-post – etc. for the final 1/3 of the 5.26 km. The Nike app showed that the second km was our fastest..too bad it went downhill from there…I will remind myself of this every time I want to quit:

Just Do It

Just Do It

I digress. Monday brought me to Kickboxing and a good workout. On Tuesday we finally saw our first signs of Spring as April Showers have started. E and I had planned to get out for another 5 K like we did Saturday but the weather had another plan for us. In light of this, I did the C25K Week 2 Day 2 on the “Dreadmill” followed by an ab workout. Today, Wednesday I came home early from work with a break in the rain I ran in the house to get changed and started out. At 1km, the sky fell on me – so I only managed to get 1.36 km in. My Nike + App konked out on me – it kept running but wouldn’t let me in to stop my run. E and I also went to Kickboxing for a fantastic workout.

Tomorrow will see my oldest daughter A complete her last class in her 6-week Intro to Tennis lesson. Her instructor commented to DH that she was really good. She loves tennis so I will look into signing her up at the local tennis club. I’m not familiar with this sport – I grew up figure skating and playing rep soccer, DH grew up playing rep softball. My younger daughter E has chosen to play soccer again this summer so I signed her up last weekend. In our house, they MUST be involved in an activity, but what that activity is is left up to the girls. I hope that I have inspired and enabled my daughters to make their own choices, live with those choices and learn from them and move on. I can only hope they make the right choices.

Hope to see you fitter and lighter next week.