Monthly Archives: March 2012

Guest Blogger – Finding Fearless

My first guest blogger…Kelly Tibbets!  How do you introduce a beautiful person, properly?  She’s a wonderful human being, I love her writing.  She is as funny in-person as she is in writing.  She has many passions, aside from her beautiful girls.  You’ll find her doing all things in the fight to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.  In doing so, she lives most days…Finding Fearless.

I have always been “fat”…. I don’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t worried about what I was eating or how much I was exercising or how I looked or how people thought I looked… One of my most vivid memories was from the 4th grade when I asked my friend to ask a boy I liked if he liked me too and he said that yes, he did like me but I was kind of chubby. 

One important fact to note that through all of this “fatness” the “fat” did not become “real” until I was well into my 30’s and having children. The “chubby” of my dear little 4th grade friend was the start of hips and boobs, much earlier than my peers. Of course I looked “fat” to that little 9-year-old compared to my other little girl friends whose bodies looked exactly like his! My perception of myself and my size and the way I look are a continuing theme in my life.

I have gained weight and lost weight and gained weight and lost weight… this process gets much, much, much, more difficult when you are approaching 40 and have been deep in the sleepless trenches of early motherhood – well, the lose weight part does. 

This is the truth… it doesn’t matter what the number on the scale says or how you look in them jeans… I’ve looked pretty damn good in them jeans and still obsessed about how I looked in them jeans. In fact, during the time in my adult life where I looked my physical best was probably the most emotionally messed up I have ever been. As lame and cliché as it all sounds it’s gotta come from within.

Now I want to tell you the truth – I am tired. I am tired of trying to imagine a day when I will squeeze this body into a bikini, I am tired of spending every single moment of my life worrying about what I eat and how I move and how all of that diligent worrying will affect the number on the scale or the fit of my jeans.

Please don’t proceed to give me weight loss advice here – I am an expert – remember I have been “losing weight” since the 4th grade… I really, truly, from the depths of my soul believe that there is this tiny little monster in me that doesn’t think I DESERVE to have the body that I want and thus there is always a lot of sabotaging going on with my fitness or the food that I eat. 

So, for the very first time in my life I am conducting a little experiment and instead of trying to get rid of this weight.  I’m going to get rid of that “monster” once and for all.  I believe that monster is my ego.  My ego is a nasty little shit who constantly reminds me that I am less than perfect but also revels in anyone else’s opinion that eludes to the fact that I come pretty darn close.  It’s all smoke and mirrors.  Just like it is for anyone else who looks “perfect”…’cause guess what?  And here’s a big newsflash.  NOBODY’S PERFECT!!!!  Shocking, I know!

Aren’t you tired? Aren’t you so exhausted from creating all this smoke and polishing all these mirrors?  It’s so time…it’s just time.  ~ Kelly Tibbets

Butter Tarts and Golden Arches

For the first time in my life I found myself standing under the famous “Golden Arches”, not fighting with the skinny girl in my head on what to order. In the past, that wench always lost. There has never been a day I went to the fast food franchise, and NOT ordered “a Quarter Pounder with bacon meal – please don‘t forget the bacon, I love the bacon.” Oh, and sometimes a chocolate milkshake to wash it down. But usually, a Coke. I don’t know what it is about McDonald’s and their fountain Coke, but MAN it tastes so good. That’s stuff is like crack-cocaine. I’ve never tried crack before, but I’m sure it compares. It was especially good last summer when any size Coke was $1.00. A cheap thirst quencher. And seriously, why would I order a small coke for $1.00 when I could get a large Coke for $1.00? Anyway, back to my story…so yesterday, I ordered myself a grilled chicken, something or other (I can’t remember what it’s called because I’ve never actually ordered one before). No fries, and a bottle of water to drink. I could have ordered myself a salad off the menu, but I have this freakish phobia of fast-food salads ever since I found a beetle in the bottom of one back in 2001.

Sunday, a day of relaxation and reflection. Except our was a relatively rushed day. I had an apple for breakfast. Big mistake. We found ourselves at the Red Deer Home Show. In particular, Pearson’s Berry Farm booth. One word – butter-tart. Plus, in exchange for some Seabuckthorn juice and capsules to sample, Duane sent us home with some Cranberry Raspberry cider mix, Raspberry Lemonade mix, Saskatoon Syrup and some Gordo’s Gourmet Sauce. Of course, we couldn’t wait to sample the syrup, so, breakfast for supper it was! To follow that up, a mug of hot cider. What a tasty treat. So, seriously, the day was full of a great deal of sugar.

One thing I discovered about myself this weekend is I do a lot of beating myself up. I think it comes from years of gaining and losing weight over and over. Most of the stuff that passed through my mouth yesterday was the least nutritious I have eaten since January 5, 2012. This is most definitely the longest I have consistently gone eating nutritious. So why was I beating myself up? To go nearly 3 months without eating once at McDonald’s is pretty darn good, considering where I was four months ago. I even made healthier choices, without even considering otherwise. I didn’t eat the entire butter-tart, I ate probably 1/3 of it. But, by sun-down I was fretting. Fretting about what the scale was going to say in the morning. How the scale would be a reflection of poor planning and not packing some snacks and a lunch. This morning, the scale said 155.5lbs which means, no gain.  It’s time to stop the fretting.  I have clearly re-set my metabolism.  My body clearly has re-learned how to metabolize sugar and fat. 

Moral of my story, sometimes life throws you a trip to McDonald’s or a butter-tart and other tasty treats.  Its need to celebrate the healthy choices I make, the majority of the time.

Wednesday Morning Weigh-In

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It’s Weigh-In Wednesday people!!!  My weigh in this morning was 155.5lbs. That’s 27.5 lbs released from my starting weight and 33lbs released from my loading weight.  Pat on my back – I’m maintaining very well.  The almost daily walks are definately helping. 

155.5lbs. That is an all-time low since I started. It is a breath of fresh air to see the number on the scale pretty much stay the same every morning. I’ve lived so many years beating myself up during, and after every indulgence.  A chocolate dipped strawberry deserved a spankin’!  Always saying to myself “once past the lips, twice on the hips!” In hindsight, how lame.  This is still something I work through every day.  The mentality that I can’t, or shouldn’t eat ANY of the things that taste good.  I wonder if other people have these same things go through their head?  Maybe I’m just insane in the membrane…INSANE IN THE BRAIN!! 

We live in a world where we are constantly nagged at to eat low fat or no fat in order to lose weight, and/or maintain what we have lost. I’ve discovered that’s a bold face lie – and actually part of the problem why 1 out of 4 Canadians is obese.  There are also hints that these foods are causing heart disease, among other degenerative diseases. Do low-fat foods make us fat?  Research backs me up when I say “Yes!”.  I bet you just said in your head “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR?!?!”  Most of my adult life I have bought the “low-fat” or “fat-free” products at the grocery store.  I guess it’s partly a mental thing, or just plain habit.  If I buy the fat-free sour cream, it’s a healthy side-dish to my nachos and cheese.  Isn’t it? LOL  That strategy clearly did not help me keep weight off, for all those times I lost 10 or 15 pounds.  Go to the fridge and read the nutritional label on your low-fat dressing, yogurt, sour-cream or whatever.  They replace fat, with sugar or carbohydrates.  Sugar is cheaper than fat.  Duh. 

A Science Daily article tells us about a Cornell study.  The study “showed people eat an average of 28% more total calories when they eat low-fat snacks than regular ones”.  It goes on to quote “Obese people can eat up to 45% more,” reports Brian Wansink (Ph.D.), in the book, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

Through my own research, I’ve discovered our bodies need fat.  If you constantly diet and restrict fat, your body forgets how to metabolize fat as energy.  Do yourself a favour…buy the regular stuff next time, savour the flavour and just eat less.

I like it when my taco’s don’t poison my family.

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If you haven’t noticed already, I love a lot of things when it comes to fine cuisine.  One of them is taco’s.  Come to think of it, I love the taco seasoning.  It’s versatile.  I use it to make taco’s, obviously.  I season the ground beef, chicken or turkey with it.  I also like to use it for taco salads.  My family loves taco salads.  I’m pretty happy about that because sometimes getting veggies into kids is a major challenge.  I make a taco salad dressing mixing mayonnaise and sour-cream with of course, taco seasoning.  Sadly though, my favorite seasoning contains such ingredients as maltodextrin, sugar, “natural flavor” (Lord only knows what the hell that is?), hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide and yeast extract.  Seriously people…what is this crap?  Sounds science fiction to me.  I’ve been perfectly aware of the sci-fi garbage in the taco seasoning, but some things (like Heinz Ketchup), you just can substitute.  Until I found this….

Taco Seasoning Mix

1/3 cup dry minced onion (I used chives)

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon oregano

2 tablespoons flour

Mix ingredients.  Cover and store in cool dry place.  2 to 3 tablespoons equal 1 package taco seasoning mix.  Stir seasoning mix into meat or beans.  Add 1/2 cup water and simmer 10 minutes.  Yield 3/4 cup. 

I found this treasure of a recipe in a book my grandmother gave me a couple of years ago.  It’s called Set for Life:  Eat More, Weigh Less, Feel Terrific by Jane P. Merrill and Karen M. Sunderland.  It was first published in 1988.  It has some amazing wholesome recipes that taste just like Grandma’s house.  I highly recommend it.

Goodbye My Muffintop is born…

For those of you just joining me…this is where it all began.  I started this program very critical that it would actually work. I vowed to myself that this would be the last time I spent another dime trying to lose weight. I took a leap of faith. Am I ever glad I did. It has changed me. It has changed my family. This is where my business “Goodbye My Muffintop” was born. This is where I started to inspire and touch the lives of others.  I released 27.5lbs and 35″ in 39 days – and will never look back.  Here are my amazing results – weekly photos.

Thank you for following me in my journey.  Thank you for sharing my story.  Stick around and watch my business grow as other muffins shrink and other people’s lives change.  Have you followed our Facebook page yet?

Today, I am grateful.

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