My Lifestyle Goals| 2018

My Lifestyle Goals| 2018

Like my Blogging year, my life in general suffered in 2017. Last year was like a perpetual fall into the abyss in terms of health, so I really didn’t enjoy those 365 days because I was hurting all year. Juggling between medical appointments and exams, trying medications like a guinea pig and without any results, it took a toll on my happiness, my motivation & my usual drive. Frankly, I need to reconnect with the things I used to passionate about, so much so that lots of changes need to happen in 2018.


Being healthy again is my #1 priority. I will need to change a lot of things after my operation mostly to control my weight and to alleviate my feet problems (plantar fasciitis). I also need to start a proper workout regimen to help my insomnia. Fortunately if there are no complication, the endometriosis + fibroids & permanent bloating should be a thing of the past at the end of January and I will now be able to focus on getting back in shape. I need to prioritize my health and doing so, why not start blogging about it? I may help someone along the way…


After such a lousy year, it made me want to live my life to the fullest. I really want to travel even if it just means discovering new places within my own province. BeardMan and I share a dream about creating something, a reference guide about all our hiking experiences across Quebec and New England area. When we look on the web, we always see the classic hikes but we have so many interesting regions to share, with different landscapes and climate, wonderful wild Provincial and National Parks, it needs to be recorded somewhere… Corsica, Hawaii, Walt Disney World again in 2019 & a road trip from California to Nevada are already planned for the coming years, and some smaller venues to visit in-between. In 2018, I want to discover my own back yard, specifically the wonderful Province of Quebec.

Cook More & Share my Best Vegetarian Dishes

I’ve never been a good cook (maybe it’s one of the reasons that BeardMan has now a small belly), but the foodie inside me wants to learn new easy recipes, experiment, and share them. I absolutely adore these 5 ingredients, basic recipes that are good for you and good for the soul. My desire is secretly to make BeardMan enjoy my lifestyle! He likes and craves meat but I would really like to have a positive impact on his life too.

The pleasure of being healthy and contented is also to have someone to share our passions and happiness. Changes in my life will surely positively impact my boyfriend. The last year was also hard on him; he’s standing tall, undaunted through all my hardships, sorrows and mood swings while he still has to manage his career, his own challenges and heartaches. Regaining control of my life will undoubtedly make his life easier ❤️

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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 !!!
source:Balmers Skydive
Treat yourself my beautiful friends !

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Hiking (until I drop)! ✰ Week 4

Hiking Massid Du Sud Quebec
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…

Hiking Massid Du Sud Quebec




Hiking Massid Du Sud Quebec

Hiking Massid Du Sud Quebec

Hiking Massid Du Sud Quebec

💠Recap of my journey …Week 4💠

1 month update

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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