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December 2004  I was always within my healthy weight range for my age, but with being pregnant I started to gain the weight you put on during pregnancy. This photo above is me, December 2004. I was at a weight I have never been at in my life.   Two weeks before my due date in August, I opened my eyes, everything straight was round. I was told I had retinal lesions, the Doctor couldn't tell me I wouldn't lose my sight.   I worked out right up until the day I found out about my lesions. I didn't put on more than 20 - 30lbs being pregnant, I exercised and ate right for my child growing inside me. Well that day changed everything with my workout routine.  I was scared, getting laser after laser trying to save my center site in my left eye before I went into labor. After the first laser, I opened my eyes only to see a world like a kaleidoscope. The Doctor stopped my lesion right up on my macula, but the labor of me pushing took my macula, I lost my center sight in my left eye.  Don't worry, sigh, I still have my peripheral in my left eye and I have full vision in my right eye. With a new born and not knowing if I would wake with more lesions, I didn't do much as for activity. I was tired with a new baby and was eating whatever was around. By Christmas of that year, 4 1/2 months later, I gained at least another 10lbs after my pregnancy from sitting around.  Well this is the photo that I was like OMG, I need to lose weight!! I had to get back into taking care of my body, I had a child to worry about. If I lose my sight, I don't want to be out of shape too. So with 30 - 40 minutes of walking every day, by my son's first birthday I had the weight off.  So I know what it is like to have to lose fat, that is what I was carrying. So flip on over to my Photos page, and you will see, with commitment, and yes, splurge days too, you can become healthier and happier about your body. Oh, and the brown hair, well I didn't feel like being blonde during pregnancy  Foot in mouth Blonde, Brunette? all the same when it comes to having fun!

So here it goes, a little bit ABOUT ME and my online journal / blog…This photo above is me, December 2004. I was at a weight I have never been at in my life due to normal pregnancy weight gain, but in all honesty, due to all the emotional eating I did after popping out this little guy you see above.

Two weeks before my due date in August, I opened my eyes and everything was round. I was told I had retinal lesions and needed to start laser treatment immediately, that day, to stop the bleeding in order to save my sight.  The first laser on each eye started the day I was told I have lesions in both eyes. My right eye only needed one laser to stop the bleeding from the lesion that is in my center sight. My  left eye needed  laser after laser over the next 2 weeks trying to save my center site in my that eye before I went into labor. The lesion in my left retina was huge, I was scared with the thought of not being able to see the face of my baby. After the first laser on my left eye, I opened my eyes only to see a world that looked like a kaleidoscope.  The doctor was able to stop the lesion in my left eye just a few days before going into labor. However, the pushing that occurred during my labor opened the lesion and I lost my center sight. Don’t worry, sigh, I still have my peripheral in my left eye and I have full vision in my right eye, well that is the lesion is to the far left / in my center sight..so I still see everything normally as I did with having two eyes…hahahaha.  

With a newborn and not knowing if I would wake with more lesions, I didn’t feel like exercising. I was tired with a new baby and was eating whatever was around, I had packed on 50+ pounds since getting pregnant and half of that I gained after my eye condition occurred. I was fat and hated the way I looked.  What got me to get back into taking care of myself…seeing the photo above of me for the first time. If I was to lose my sight, I didn’t want to be out of shape too. So I got back into my tennis shoes and started with 30 – 40 minutes of walking every day and eating healthy. By my son’s first birthday, 8 months after this photo,  but I needed to get another 25  off! I just kept walking and I stopped pigging out on too much chocolate and carbs. Eventually. with exercise and better diet choices the remaining weight did come off, but it took time, it doesn’t happen over night ladies! So I know what it is like to have to lose fat, it’s time and commitment. You will have slip ups but you need to keep pushing yourself to get your life on a healthy track. So flip on over to my Photos Page and you will see, with commitment, and yes, splurge days too, you can become healthier and happier about your body. Oh, and the brown hair, well I didn’t feel like being blonde during pregnancy. 

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HERE IS THE REASON WHY I NEED TO FIGHT FOR MY HEALTH

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Today, I am a self-taught Mother Nature Chef, Lifetime Athlete and a Mom who has a passion for health and fitness. I love to blog, sharing my healthy recipes with an occasional workout video to help motivate women to live healthier lifestyles through diet and exercise. Making smart health choices daily helps me  live healthy and happy and enjoy quality, especially as I age. I don’t want to be overweight or inactive and neither do you, there are too many negatives to living life heavy and not fit.  Follow my exciting daily blog posts as I create delicious, easy-to-make healthy recipes. Also, I post a daily Muse about diet, exercise, health facts or just something I want to say. With my healthy recipes and exercise moves, you can put together a game plan that will help you achieve permanent weight loss, never diet again and feel great about yourself! 

Now, a little bit more about me. I am a happily married 47 year old woman. I have four children, my sons are 30, 24 and 12, my daughter is 27.  I never say stepchild when I introduce the three older ones, but they are my stepchildren.  However, through good nutrition and exercise I am never guessed to be 47, always 28. No one ever believes that they are my kids. They look at me funny and say…you don’t have a 24 year old! With a big sigh, I say nope, I’m there older sister, lol. Being a mom, I try to be a very positive role model in each of their lives because first and foremost, I love being a Mom. 

Now a little about my hubby, Donald is 57  years old and he was diagnosed with Carcinoid Cancer in 2008. WE are doing good in his fight with his cancer, even though it spread to his lymph nodes, the cancer is no where in sight!

Donald & I do our best daily to make healthy choices for ourselves and our family.  It’s about quality of life as we age,we want to always be able to travel, explore and eat what we want without any restrictions.  You don’t have anything unless you have your health, which is the greatest wealth…Have you ever heard that saying?

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Lol, my neighbors don’t call my garden a garden, they call it Don & Jill’s farm. I find gardening relaxing and love having vegetables that last me lil the next season’s harvest.

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Ladies, from the time you turn 18 it seems like it is a battle of the bulge. Then you pop out a baby or two, and the battle becomes even harder. You can lose the fat, you just need to be patient, realistic and believe in yourself as a woman. Do not compare your figure to other women, reality isn’t photoshopped.  If you click on over to my photos page and scroll all the way to the bottom, you will see, I WAS FAT, and I lost it all through diet and exercise. It took time, but if you just start exercising and eating normal calorie intake for your body size, the fat will come off.  Working out and eating right is the best medicine for a healthy body & mind. 

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Photo Above Taken 8/22/15 With My Favorite Workout Buddy!

 

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Island time at the cottage :)

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Renewing Our Wedding Vows In Montreal

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Easy exercise, walk / jogging with my 3 cats!!

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And the one thing I have a very hard time saying no to…CHOCOLATE :(