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Reward Yourself ✮ Diet Tip

Reward Yourself

Happy Saturday and Welcome!

Starting a weight loss program is often a very lonely journey! The quest is quite hard and tedious, unless you are the lucky one whose significant other is embracing the same healthy living way of life and share common goals. Since it’s not my case, I do have to motivate myself and trust me, I often wish I wasn’t doing it alone but it is what it is (BeardMan is supporting but is going thru some challenges himself…). And when I look at my friends and family members, they sometimes act like the worst weight to lose: the reality is that your overweight friends mostly want you to remain as fat because loosing weight puts their own reality and lack of motivation right in front of them and as I already talk about, your thin and fit ones keep on telling that you are so pretty the way you are! Am I fabricating these hypothesis? I’m sure that I already said (many times) to someone that it didn’t show they had added 40 pounds… And frankly, I liked being the slim friend next to my full-figured friend.

So I’m all alone; I’m my own cheerleader! I have to give myself all the “pats on the back”, the “way to go Ingrid”, the “you can do it” and all other encouragements possible to mankind! That being said, I’ve always been very independent..I’m used to doing things all by myself and truly, I don’t need anybody to hold my hand 24/7 but still, being on a diet takes a lot of the fun away!! You know that I’m a makeup addict but I realized that I LOVE eating as much: I’m a foodie at heart, I have a great appetite, I have the worst sweet tooth and every reason is a pretext to enjoy a great meal…Dieting is such a downer sometimes,  you need to reward yourself for all that hard work too, right? Not with an epic cheat meal or a whole cheesecake but maybe with something non food related .

You have to be intelligent about your rewards though: it’s too easy to get into a habit of celebrating weight loss successes with drinks out on the town or a fancy, high-calorie dinner. While this is okay every once in awhile, going out every week to celebrate will add up and take away from your weight loss progress and keep you in this journey for another week? Month? Year? I prefer to reach my goals instead of walking the eternal dull path of dieting!

I cherish the idea of giving myself rewards every week (or month), when I reach a certain milestone or when I feel I’ve made great progress and started to see results… You know me, as soon as I had this idea, I was already on the Sephora website putting 10 items in my cart as rewards, cashing in on future positive weeks. I thought of rewarding thinking about this or even rewarding in advance as I’m sure to reach my objectives! I Know, I’m terrible !!!

Since this week was pretty good, I went shopping and bought myself a pretty cute top and bottom gym ensemble (both were on mega sale)!

Here are some example of ways to reward yourself when reaching fitness & diet goals:

* Buy yourself a new workout outfit, shoes or a piece of gym equipment,

* Shop for a new outfit to fit your new body in progress,
* Buy yourself an ipod and download music to work out with, it helps with the motivation,
* Buy a new book and enjoy a relaxing afternoon,
* Have a spa day,
* Get a new hairstyle (new you = new look),
* Get a pedicure or manicure,
* Buy yourself a beautiful cup of coffee or tea, again maybe with a motivational quote,
* Buy yourself a new kitchen appliance (Humm, come to Mama you beautiful Vitamix!!),
* Take some cooking classes,
* Go see a movie,
* Come home with a bouquet of flowers,
* Adopt a dog, they are the best walking buddies…(This is my personal favorite).

My big reward…

Personally, when I will reach a size 8 (I can’t put it in pounds since I don’t weigh myself), I want to WILL go skydiving !!!
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Treat yourself my beautiful friends !

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Hiking (until I drop)! ✰ Week 4

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We made a friend!😊

I always wished to be a runner, unfortunately, my knees never felt that keen on the idea. My stubborn-self tried and tried again!! After trading regular jogging for trail running, it was exhilarating and so much fun at first, but then again, my knees were not about to let me win this battle either. Seriously, I was so upset to be forced to give up on my dream to run at least 10k (I know it’s not much but still)… It wasn’t just the idea that I failed miserably at another objective, it’s also that I had already purchased a trail running backpack, 4 pairs of running shoes and all of Stella McCartney’s cute running wear I could get my hand on, even a hi-tech bottle and a reflective nighttime running kit… Yes I always go overboard!

Then, I had an Epiphany: I discovered hiking!!! Not your Sunday 30 minutes in the city park but hiking from 6 hours to 2 days (maybe more one day!) in some distant mountain trails. Love at first step is an understatement: slaloming around rocks and trees, jump over innumerable roots or small streams became a therapy! The time spent hiking made me think of just one thing: How good and at peace I feel when I hike! This Summer, accompanied by my sister and/or BeardMan, I’ve been hiking like there is no tomorrow (well they don’t really have a choice since I can be VERY persuasive and overly selling any new trail I find)! But, I guess shit always happens to the same person and once again, my body started reacting badly to all that hard exercise! I swear, after a hard hike, I cannot walk properly because it hurts from my hips to my toe tips (I truly look like I’m 90).

I’ve seen a foot specialist that point blank told me that my extra weight was very damaging to my size 5 feet and no wonder it hurts so much… Life is seriously talking to me; losing weight is not just a vanity thing, it goes way deeper …

Let’s science speaks …

Your feet are responsible for carrying your whole body around. They must absorb the impact of striking the ground, and the strain of your body bearing down on them, at the same time. The more weight they support, the harder they must work and the more stress the tissues are under. Being overweight, stresses your lower limbs and wears down your foot structures over time. Connective tissues stretch out, natural fat pads in your soles compress down, and muscles must work harder to do their jobs. People who are bigger put more pressure on their anklesknees and hips as well as feet.

All the extra pressure on your lower limbs can make spending time on your feet very uncomfortable. You’re more prone to overuse injuries and problems like tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. More serious issues like peripheral artery disease are also more common among those who are overweight.

On a more magical note, let me tease you with some pictures of my last hike…

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💠Recap of my journey …Week 4💠

1 month update

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Who knew I would one day be quoting Will Smith!!!😉

I failed miserably…


✗ I don’t feel like I lost any weight!

✗ Totally didn’t drink enough water … I should know better!

✗ Walking is fine but I need to incorporate way more strength exercises

✗ I need to structure my meals the day before and stick with my plan… Loosing weight is 80/20 meaning 80% is your food intake and 20% is the exercise you do.

✗ I didn’t read … or relax … or write in my food journal.

✗ Too many CARBS … Must eat those only for my morning meal!

On a more positive note…


✔︎ I religiously have my lemon-honey-water, my greens and ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)

✔︎ I’m super motivated (in my head), I just need to translate this will into actions.

✔︎ Somehow I sleep better! Really feels good to have some good night sleeps

✔︎ I bought some clothes so I know my size (tight 12 and large everywhere else)… Since I don’t own a scale, it’s the only way to follow my progress… in addition to all the awful pictures I took!

I can’t believe that one month as already passed and I’m not feeling proud of myself or my results. In my head, I failed since I estimated that I should have lost roughly a healthy 5 pounds ( 1 to 1 1/2 per week)… Let’s call this month a trial run!! Month 2 has to be a “move your ass” one; I do need to see some results to continue on this journey! Today is another day and rest assured, month 2 will be way better !

I want to thank everyone who commented on this new topic and are supporting me in this new way of living, even though it’s far from my usual themes! Even if it has everything to do with beauty/self-esteem, it’s totally different from palettes, glosses and foundations! You know who you are, big hugs and kisses to you…

Not everything is about Glitz & Glamour! Happy Saturday and Be Happy

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Why I can’t accept myself the way I am !

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Maybe you were always meant to be this size 😖…

I never complain, never talk about my diet nor promote my plant-based lifestyle in my inner circle… The fact is I hate when people make their diet or exercice the only subject they ever talk about. The one exception is my Saturday post, and that is because it’s part of my therapy!!!

Today’s subject relates to a friend’s comment who, after seeing me drink my greens, my lemon/honey water and increased my exercise level (meaning less time for friends’  gatherings), point blank told me: “Why don’t you accept yourself the way you are and be done with it????” When such a comment comes from a thin and fit person, endless to say that I was boiling inside. Accepting myself right now would be conceding defeat and truth be told, I’ve previously been in great shape, and I know how good I feel when I’m fit and feeling good about my body. It would certainly make for a good post If I wrote that “Big is beautiful!”, that “I love my huge curves”, that “climbing a flight of stairs and being out of breath is awesome!”? No way in HELL, will I or should I accept being that miserable. I’M not making those sacrifices or changing my way of living for the neighbour, my boyfriend, family members or anyone else; this is a selfish decision to increase my stamina, improve my health and enhance my self esteem. I’m not whining or looking for a pat on the back, I’m just very pissed at these comments that are coming too frequently these days!

Instead of searching for acceptance from my peers, I’m more interested in finding out why, in the last two years, I haven’t found the motivation or discipline to achieve my goals. Maybe I needed to hit rock bottom, and believe me, those last months, I felt like I did big time. Moving forward, knowing that I WILL succeed makes me feel 100 times better in my overweight skin, even though I know that there are some difficult times ahead…   Knowing it will happen is everything, thinking positive is a big step to recovery and improvement. Never IF but WHEN !!!!

I went clothes shopping …

At work, I wear a uniform and at home, for the past two years, I’ve literally wore (and just about ripped everyone of them) sweats; I’m sure you’ve never seen such a girly, full maked-up girl in sweats though!!! So, since BeardMan and I are planning a vacation for the beginning of 2017, I thought it would be good to take advantage of all those end-of-summer sales to buy a couple of items (you know the Frugal Ingrid). I HATE shopping and I truly didn’t know my size: the results are in: size 12 (borderline 14 for some brands) in pants, skirts and shorts, and large for all the rest! Maybe sometimes I should go for a size smaller but when I gained weight, I try to go for loose garments instead of those adjusted, slim fitted outfits. Force to admit that going from a size 6 to a tight 12 in a short period, it sucks! I bought nice clothes but these are not my style, they are mostly overweight friendly (I look like my mom – oh! gosh). At least, it beats the sweats and my boyfriend’s t-shirts.

You may think that a size 12 is not that bad, and maybe it’s not… I’ve weighted 210+ pounds not that long ago (threw the scale away and went on a diet a year later, so I don’t know my all-time highest weight), so 12 is OK I guess. But honest to God, if I were to go back to this point again, I wouldn’t be able to fight it. I have done it before so, for me, it’s now or never.

💠Recap of my journey …Week 3💠

An old myth  mentioned that it takes about 21 days to create habits and this is true for me (not so in the scientific literature but who cares); it starts not to suck as much to eat differently and to exercice instead of watching Netflix (anyway, Suits season 4 and 5 are not that great!)

Training…

I think I went a little overboard in my first two weeks and this week, I was feeling very sluggish for two days. But all in all, I’m happy to be moving/training everyday!

Food…

I don’t know if it’s because it’s Summer but I just can’t cook, I’ve bought a ton of ready, “healthy version” meals, but still, it’s not my ultimate goal! I would prefer eating some great veggies and fruits, homemade recipes and just enjoy cooking instead of microwaving…

I always had the sweetest tooth, so instead of cutting dessert altogether, I’ve bought 90 calories desserts that I enjoy a lot and are not too damaging. Deprivation is the worst!

Motivation …

My motivation is sky high, to the point that this journey cannot fail; it’s more a question of how long will it take. I have to thank all of you for your kind words and support.

Relaxation …

Week 3 and I’m not more relaxed; I think (if it’s possible) I may be more hyped and everywhere. At this point, I need to consider taking some sort of classes where I won’t be able to jump everywhere like a Mexican jumping bean (I hope!)

Not everything is about Glitz & Glamour! Happy Saturday and be happy:)

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