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May 15, 2017

Tomorrow is the BIG day! This whole journey will come to an end! I really think I will volunteer for the next set of ladies who embark on this journey with the Total Makeover Challenge! I don’t want it to end.

It will be nice to have my life back 100% but I sure am going to miss all the faces. Just thinking about the Challenge ending I want to cry. I wouldn’t even call this a Challenge because you make so many friends and all of our Challenges are so much fun!

I am going to be printing all of my blogs. Back to back pages. Going to make my own book because I want to keep all the memories, every part of it.

Wish me luck for tomorrow. Regardless of the outcome, we are all winners and we all did an amazing job!

Now…to strut my stuff on the runway tomorrow at Shape Your Vogue Fashion Show! Work it girl!

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May 13, 2017

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Shoppers Love you Run 2017! Done!

All of the Langley ladies and all the Abby ladies came together for the 5k/10k walk/run.

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I walked and ran the 5k with Taryn. When the finish line was in sight we sprinted right across the finish line! What a feeling!

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Vancouver-raised 135,000 for BC Women’s Hospital-Mental Health. As being a woman who suffered from mental health issues before, the feeling couldn’t have been anymore overwhelming. I hope we were able to help many women in need.

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Was a great day and I am so happy I got to be apart of it.

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VOTING IS STILL OPEN TILL MAY 11 AT NOON.

PLEASE VOTE 10x per device!

Please click my picture to vote!

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May 5, 2017

For tonight’s meeting, we all met at Sammy Js for our last weigh in. Can you believe that I am saying that our last weigh in. Crazy this is all coming to an end. I have been having some slight medical condition which is preventing me from doing anything that causes straining. However, with still eating all the right foods I am maintaining my weight, which is excellent news for me! So I did not gain tonight nor did I lose. It is better than gaining that is for sure.

I had such a fun time bonding tonight with all the ladies. Some funny stories were shared and some laughs were shared as well.

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I had my fitting at Vanilla on Sunday and I really love my dress. Totally out of my comfort zone. It is so chic and so awesome. I can’t wait to wear it at the fashion show. It is coming up soon! So exciting!!! Ahhhh!

This Saturday I am registered for Shoppers Run For Women 10k walk/run. I registered for this run before my medical condition occurred. Buuuut I am still going to attempt the run/walk. I’ll keep you all posted!

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Shape Your Vogue Fashion Show Practice

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May 7, 2017

We had our 1st fashion show practice today. I got paired to do my walk with Taryn because we are both slow walkers. I won’t lie I was very nervous and I still am. Nikki, the fashion show coordinator had some very flattering words for me and so that definitely made me more confident in my walk.

I can’t wait for our next practice which will be at the actual location of the fashion show, The Phoenix Ballroom.

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VOTING IS OPEN

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Please show your support by clicking my picture and voting 10x a day!

The Total Makeover Challenge has helped me gain my self-confidence back, helped me deal with my open heart surgery, helped my boyfriend and I lose over 60 pounds combined, taught me in order to love others I need to love myself first, set me on the right path towards a career I want, taught me how to forgive, and helped me in loving myself again.

It will all be coming to an end soon but not my journey, it will continue long after the end.

Thank you to everyone behind the scenes at the Total Makeover Challenge.

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May 4th, 2017

The TOP 6 ladies were all at Rebel Kat tonight trying on some clothes for Shape Your Vogue Fashion Show.

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I so wish I could post my outfit on here for you all to see but I can’t. I just love my dress though…so vintage looking!

After trying on some clothes we went to WAG for a bite to eat. I didn’t eat anything because everything was shellfish which I am allergic too. I tried a salad but it tasted like shellfish to me LOL so I was afraid to eat it. When I got home my boyfriend had prepared supper for us so at least I had something to eat for dinner.

Voting starts Friday June 5th! So please stay tuned for voting links.

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May 3, 2017

Hi everyone! This weigh in was different we were at Anita’s beautiful home. I have been really sick recently so my gym time is minimal. I gained 0.6 pounds. Which is totally fine to me. Nothing to make a big deal about. The old me would have been freaking out. The new me knows this is just a number that will fluctuate even if you have 1 sip too many of water.

I am not going to lie when this Challenge is over, I am going to be scared. Scared to get back in to old habits because Lord knows it is easy to fall off track. I am just really happy and lucky to have a spouse who supports me and who would want to continue the journey with me. The good news also is a lot of the ladies from the Challenge want to set up our own regular weekly weigh ins so we keep on track.

After weigh in was done we started on our vision boards. I made my board exactly to what I want it to be right now in my life. I strongly believe in the law of attraction and I strongly believe everything I put on my vision board. Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. I hung up my vision board where I can see it everyday and visualize it, I plan on making every vision come true.

Watch me!

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Hello everyone!

Part of this last segment challenge is we have to create a video with the glasses and sunglasses we are wearing at our fashion show on May 16th.

I am wearing Dior glasses and Versace sunglasses. Whoever has the most likes will win a pair of sunglasses.

Please click the link below and show some love by liking my video!

Thank you kindly.

Tammy’s Glasses Video

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The 5 Love Languages™

April 30, 2017

After reading what the Abbotsford ladies spoke about at their last week’s meeting I thought I would check it out. It was about the 5 languages of love. I went online to this link here Learn Your Love Language and my boyfriend and I both did the 5 love language test. The profile will give you a thorough analysis of your emotional communication preference.

I scored a 9 for words of affirmation which is actually true.

This language uses words to affirm other people.

Your Scores

9

Words of Affirmation

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Acts of Service

7

Quality Time

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Physical Touch

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Receiving Gifts

My boyfriend scored a 10 for Quality Time. 12 being the highest number you can score.

 This language is all about giving the other person your undivided attention.

Your Scores

10

Quality Time

8

Acts of Service

6

Words of Affirmation

5

Physical Touch

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Receiving Gifts

Their website has many other quizzes you can take. Real fun quizzes to do with your partner whether you’re looking to communicate on a deeper level or just get to know each other a little better. It will single out your primary love language, what it means, and how you can use it to connect with your loved one with intimacy and fulfillment.

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April 26, 2017

This week weigh in went well. I lost a little over 1 pound. I am at 167 pounds now. I find it hard to get out of this mid 160s range.

I have been having health issues lately which make it not possible for me to go to the gym. I have appointments with specialists coming up and hopefully, they can fix me.

So far just eating healthy is doing the trick. I do want the points we get for going to the gym but my health is most important right now and I have to listen to my body.

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At last night’s meeting, we had the privilege of discussing clutter in our homes with Kick The Clutter owner Susan. I now have a mission. Cleaning out my closet. I will have a before and after picture. My closet is waaaaay too small for me and boyfriend. I have to make it more accessible.

One thing Susan mentioned that was pretty neat was the 5, 10, 15 clutter rule and here is what that means exactly.

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Every day for 1 month throw away 5 things. Make it fun and have a friend join in with you.

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Every morning after getting ready put away 10 objects you used to get ready. For example lipstick, hair straightener, brush, blow dryer, blush, coffee….Grab 10 put it away.

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Every day for 15 minutes do a little bit of house cleaning.

Just by doing the 5,10,15 rule you’re on your way to a home with a little less clutter already.

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April 25, 2017

I have been looking forward to my 1-hour photo with Tarra Lee Photography since forever it felt like.

I started with my hair at The Looking Glass Salon and Spa with Jamie. She is so awesome and we did nothing but laugh. She cut my hair the day before and styled it for my photo shoot.

Here is my hair cut.

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Exactly what I wanted with my thin, fine hair. This haircut makes my hair look thicker. I love it!

Here is my hair style for my photo shoot.

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After hair…off I went to makeup where again we did nothing but laugh. Some really good people I got to share my day with.

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I will be honest at first I was not so fussy about my makeup. I guess it is because I am not used to wearing so much. I warmed up to my makeup pretty quickly though.

After makeup, I made my way to Tarra Lee Photography for my 1-hour photo shoot.

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Here is just a little sneak peak! heehee I was really going for the romantic, girl next door type of look.

During my photo shoot, I broke down crying. Not once but twice.  Tears of happiness of course. Tarra really made me feel special, unique, and beautiful. Everything I was searching to feel for a long time.

If anyone has not taken the time for themselves to get your hair done, makeup done, and have a photo shoot session, I highly recommend it. Being positioned and styled for a photo shoot is something I could get used to. Such an overwhelming feeling of greatness.

Thank you, Tarra, for the lovely session.

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April 24, 2017

As being part of the TOP 6 we get a free set of lashes. My 1st time ever. Everyone who does my makeup tells me how long my eyelashes are. I always wanted to try getting a lash lift but instead, I tried this first. The lash technician said she had to spend extra time on my lashes because there was so many of them.

I love the results and I keep getting compliments on how lovely they look. Stay tuned. I will post a before and after shot as soon as she texts me the pictures.

Overall, the experience was incredible and I would highly recommend trying it at least once.

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April 20 – 22, 2017

Who ever would have thought, that I would have the privilege of attending a Frock-alicious Life Series Event. I had the honor of listening to very empowered women speak about their lives. They were telling stories and letting us in on some best-kept secrets to success in life, love, and business.

I made a really good connection with a lady who I always somehow seemed to find myself sitting next to. I am looking to open my own business and she wants to help along the way. I can’t disclose any information now but stay tuned for something BIG.

There were lots of tears throughout the event. Some of these ladies stories were just incredible. Your past is your past. It made you who you are today. Your past does not define you or dictate where your future is going.

My 1st time on the ferry to the island. I thought I would have had motion sickness but surprisingly I was fine. Maybe because of all the gravol I took LOL

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We arrive at Tigh-Na-Mara and this is our cabin. The last cabin on the right lol

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So comfy and cozy! I tried starting a fire for the cabin with the skills my dad taught me lol but the wood was damp and wet.

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I, unfortunately, got really sick while I was there. I was coughing, congested, and even vomited a few times. I took the ferry home on Saturday with Trish and Kristen instead of staying till Sunday with everyone else.

I am happy however that I had the opportunity to see the beach and walk on the ocean floor when the tide was low with Taryn.

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While at the resort we had to deliver a 2.5-3 minute speech in front of the camera. I stayed up the night before practicing till 3 am. I was really nervous going in. So nervous I thought I was going to black out. But to my surprise, it really went quite well. I realized that I could totally own the camera. By the time my speech had to wrap up, I didn’t want the filming to end.

I really saw this weekend as a time for us all to bond. I got us all matching bracelets as a reminder to where we all were when we started, where we are now, and where we are going. We all share a special bond.

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How does one even thank someone for the weekend we had. It was an honor being there representing the Total Makeover Challenge. Merci beaucoup.

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April 19, 2017

Today me, Bonnie, Darlene, Shannon, Autumn, Cherise, Kristy, and Kendal donated over 400 bras and a cheque to Supportive Start. It was a great feeling knowing we were helping out women in our community.

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It was great seeing Shannon and Darlene! I can’t wait to organize something for all of us. It seems like even Shannon and Bonnie and others are looking to plan outings and gatherings for all of us to get together! Can’t wait.

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It is a great feeling helping out the community. It makes me feel like I am more at home. Which is important to me because I miss my family so much back in Québec.

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April 18, 2017

I was really happy at our 1st TOP 6 weigh in! I was the BIGGEST loser in Langley with a total weight loss of -2.8 pounds. YAY! Not bad for after Easter and all that food! It is all about balance!

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Our weigh in was at Zealous Art studio in Langley with the Abbotsford Challengers. Was so excited because we got to stay and enjoy paint night.

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I was a bit surprised to see we were painting a butterfly because that is what my boyfriend calls me but in French. He calls me his papillion because he thinks I am as beautiful as a butterfly and so gentle and delicate on the inside. It’s funny he said “The way your life was before it is almost as if you were a caterpillar and now you have become this beautiful soaring papillon.”

Je t’aime mon amour

The paint night was really fun! I liked focusing on the drawing and painting. Totally brought my mind at ease. It was actually scary at the same time because when the instructor tells us to draw, you’re not really sure how it is going to end up! LOL I would highly recommend going to paint night at Zealous. It was such a great atmosphere.

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Well done Langley and Abby!

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Something that is coming to a realization to me right now is I won’t be seeing everyone anymore like I used to at our challenger meetings or getting together to work on our team projects.  It makes me sad, as well as others I am sure.

I think I will plan a Movie Night for everyone in the media room at my condo. Would be nice having everyone together from time to time.

!Miss everyone!

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April 12, 2017

HELLO EVERYONE!!!!!!

I MADE IT TO TOP 6! 

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I am not sure if I should feel like I deserve all of this or if I should feel lucky. How about I FEEL BOTH! LOL How blessed are we all to be receiving the following listed below from The Total Makeover Challenge…

ALL TOP 5 plus Wildcard Challengers will receive:

  • A gym membership with SHE’S FIT
  • Weekly Weigh and Measures by HERBALIFE
  • Weight Loss Coaching and  Nutritional Support BY HERBALIFE
  • Professional Hair Cut and Color with hand and foot massage by THE LOOKING GLASS SALON AND SPA
  • Nails by THE LOOKING GLASS SALON AND SPA
  • Professional Makeup Application by SHOPPERS DRUG MART
  • Professional Photo Shoot with TARRA LEE PHOTOGRAPHY.
  • Wax package by THE LOOKING GLASS SALON AND SPA
  • Unlimited 1 month Yoga Membership with OXYGEN YOGA
  • Set of Lashes from FABUTAN LANGLEY
  • Skincare Set from DoTERRA
  • Flower Bouquet from SAVE ON FOODS
  • Lessons & Star in a Fashion Show
  • Team Building Getaway to Tigh Na Mara Spa with FROCK-OFF
  • Art Workshop by ZEALOUS ART

No, the list above is not my bucket list lol  Yes, we did work hard for it. But, I feel like a princess in a fairy tale.

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Can you believe that TOP 6 got a Coach wrist bag! And all 15 of us got these beautiful flowers!

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I was speaking with someone at the Cocktail party who told me, she wishes she was part of a sisterhood just like we all are. I paused to think for a moment and that is exactly what we are, a sisterhood. I grew and learned so much in a short amount of time from all of these ladies, who were strangers to me before and now I feel like I would be lost without them. I also realized that being part of a sisterhood is what I have always wanted since as long as I can remember.

Thank you!

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Announcing the TOP 5 is only 2 days away! Nervous? Yes! Excited? Most definitely! Do I wish I tried harder? There is always room for improvement. The 2nd segment really took over my life with The Apprentice Challenge. But that is okay because I made great connections with the community. Being a small town girl from a small Irish town called Shannon in Québec city, it’s really important for me to feel part of the community! For the 1st time since I got to BC, I can say that Langley is starting to feel like home to me!

The TOP 5 will be going on a getaway to an Island! Tigh Na Mara Seaside Resort and Spa! What an amazing bonding experience this will be.

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Wednesday cannot come soon enough! I have my dress picked out already for the cocktail party! Thank you, Teresa!!!! Getting my hair and makeup done also! This is going to be a fun night.

Whether I make it to the TOP 5 or not (which I will make it) I already feel like a winner!

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April 8, 2017

Was pretty exciting having some of the Total Makeover Challenger ladies join me at my place for a Mary K Pamper Party.

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We got a facial peel, some makeup tutorial, and silky hands treatment. It was nice having us all together.

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Thank you Mary-B for the homemade cookies and the gift for hosting! Was really sweet of you! I love candles!

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After, when the pampering party was done Tintin, Bonbon and Tamtam (me) LOL Went out to Dublin Crossing for some drinks, dancing, and a bite to eat.

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Got to know more people by joining them on the dance floor! Life is too short not to dance!

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Without the Total Makeover Challenge, I can’t help but wonder…what would I be doing today without all these new amazing people in my life.

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April 5, 2017

At our last weigh in on March 29, I said and I quote…

“I am giving myself a goal/challenge. By next weigh in on April 5…I would like to be 168 lbs or less. My 1st weigh in I was 186 and I want to invert those last 2 digits! LOL Here we go baby! 1 week…-2.7 pounds.”

And guess what…

I DID IT!!!!

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Good bye 190’s. Good bye 180’s. Good bye 170’s.

Hello 160’s!!! Sorry but I am not planning on staying long! But still nice to see you! LOL

Remarkable, that I set a goal for myself and I achieved it. I haven’t had any goals set for myself in a while.

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LOGO FINAL

Also, at the meeting, the 3 teams who hosted fundraisers during The Apprentice Challenge received feedback from a panel of judges.

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I was a little nervous because I was not sure what the judges were going to say. Especially on the business plan I had to create in less than half a day. But the feedback was amazing and I even recieved postive remarks on the flyers I desgined. Overall, our team did really well. I couldn’t be more happy for all of us than I am right now.

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We also found out who the top 3 wild cards are and 1 of them will be part of the TOP 5!

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April 4, 2017

How cool is it that we had a private shopping event at Rebel Kats clothing in White Rock. A big thank you to Teresa Randle for planning the event.

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The store sits right on the beach with a breathtaking view outback.

We had wine, food, music and awesome service from the store owner!

I like how everyone was being honest with everyone. If something looked great there was applauding. Some good laughs for sure and a lot of zipping and unzipping dresses! LOL

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I can’t wait to visit Rebel Kat again because the website isn’t even half of what they have in store!

“Don’t Be a Bore, Be a Rebel!” 

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VOTING IS OPEN!

PLEASE CLICK MY PICTURE TO VOTE UP TO 10x PER DAY FROM DIFFERENT LAPTOPS, CELLS, iPads!

THANK YOU! MERCI!

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March 31, 2017

I attended the She Talk’s seminar a few months back to listen to some beautiful ladies speak about their lives, struggles, and how they overcame their struggles. They all had very powerful messages.

At the seminar, there were vendor tables set up and I entered a draw with Mary Kay. I got contacted the other day because I WON a pamper party from Mary Kay for me and 6 other ladies. YAY!

I will host it at my house on April 8 with some fellow challengers. I reserved the media room where we all have our own lazy boy, a big drop down screen playing Magic Mike XXL or some music. We will have some wine and munchies. Every lady will get a facial peel, goddess on the go makeup look, and a satin hand treatment.

I can’t wait!

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March 30, 2017

Tonight I attended the Nine Strong event with some fellow challengers. Their event was to raise funds for Shape Your World Society and Breakfast Club of Canada. They did such an amazing job! Had such a fun night. THANK YOU!

I would never have made the friends I made if it was not for the Total Makeover Challenge. It’s a very nice feeling to be able to say that I am making some friends!

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LADIES AND GENTS VOTING FOR TOP 5 STARTS TOMORROW! I’LL BE POSTING THE LINK TOMORROW! STAY TUNED! GET THOSE CLICKING FINGERS READY!

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March 29, 2017

I was very nervous for tonight’s weigh in but it went a lot better than I thought! 171.6 pounds! WOW! I just can’t believe that I am doing this! I am giving myself a goal/challenge. By next weigh in on April 5…I would like to be 168 lbs or less. My 1st weigh in I was 186 and I want to invert those last 2 digits! LOL

Here we go baby! 1 week…-2.7 pounds.

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The Passionate Home was 1 of our guest speakers tonight. This store might be bad news for me because I know I can spend hours in this kind of store. Also, I really feel like doing something with our bedroom. It is as plain as plain can get. The closet lacks space for my clothes and my boyfriend’s clothes. This is a project I have been wanting to take on for a while and I plan on doing just that! Stay tuned for bedroom before and after pictures! lol

We had the pleasure of having a professional stylist/owner of Rack Fashions come in and give us some information about what kind of clothes we should be wearing for our body shapes. I was shy learning that I have an hourglass figure because I always thought I was the shape of a football player. Knowing my body shape motivates me, even more, to keep on going and own that hourglass figure.

Click the link below to see what the hourglass figured women should be wearing primarily but that is not to say you wouldn’t look good in something for a triangle or rectangle.

How to Dress if You’ve Got an Hourglass Figure (with Pictures)

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March 24, 2017

We had our fundraiser! Soirée Oh La La! Just thinking about the night and I smile.

I NEVER EVER DID ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN MY LIFE! and all I can say is “I kind of want to do it again.”

We all arrived at around 5:30 for setup! The tables went up, balloons, table clothes, the catering arrived, the wine arrived, silent auction table set up, we all flowed well and knew what to do. We worked well as a team.

People started arriving at around 6:45. They were greeted at the door by Darlene and Kendall. Received 1 wine ticket and to me, they came to receive a door gift bag.

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The catering service was just out of this world. Thank you to Fork and Kife Catering.

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We had some really awesome guest speakers. Thank you to everyone who spoke!

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Jenny – Founder of Shape Your World Society

The fashion show began and I could not have been more impressed and thrilled with everyone! Some members of the Open Arms team/Total Makeover Challengers Kendall, Autumn, Shannon, and Bonnie strutted their stuff in the fashion show! I had goose bumps every time I saw Autumn come around the corner. They were all so strong and looked so powerful!

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I was the CHOSEN ONE who brought 3 XXL garbage bags home full of bras! We collected a total of 81 pounds of bras. That is a lot when you consider that 1 bra is nowhere near 1 pound. We are all going to get together soon to sort and count our bras and bring them to Forever Yours Lingerie for donation to Supportive Start.

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Last photo of the evening after pick up and thanking the manager for the venue!

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March 23, 2017

Some girls from the Challenge and I went out to support the Pink Ladies fundraiser! Had a great time watching them sing karaoke and some great laughs. Drank some wine and it has been a while. I had a little headache the next morning but nothing Advil can’t fix :D

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I ordered a chicken burger with no bun and get this LOL, I ordered my salad dressing on the side as advised my Gina from Herbalife and I dabbed and stabbed. Dabbed my fork in the salad dressing and stabbed my salad. The salad was just as good if not better than a salad drenched in dressing. At the end of my meal, I had more than half my salad dressing left in the little container. Just saved myself from a lot of oil.

It is nice to be getting out and doing things for myself and not for everyone else around me. It is okay to be a little selfish sometimes!

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March 22, 2017

So happy with how weigh in went! Down 3 pounds!!! Soon enough I will be in my 60’s. AHHH!!!! It is crazy because I honestly see the scale when I close my eyes going through all the numbers from 199 to 172! I had 59 pounds to lose and I have only 27 more pounds to go! What a crazy journey. This is so much more than all the weight loss. The inner self is so much more important. When you learn to love yourself fully. It all falls into place.

I had a WOW moment the other day. I was getting ready to go support the Pink Ladies fundraiser and when I put my hands on my waist, for the 1st time in I don’t know how long I was able to feel both sides of my body, both front and back!! LOL Felt amazing! :D Silly I know but it felt wonderful!

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Here is the picture we chose to be published in the Langley Times! Unfortunately, we are missing Autumn in the picture.

Thank you, Matt, for your photography skills and thank you to my lovely mother for all the touch ups you did to the picture with your photoshop skills!

Click the link below to read our article in the Langley Times.

Open Arms Langley Article

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We had another team meeting last night at Cherise’s place. We sorted all of our gift bags, gift baskets, silent auction items, and much more! Lot’s going on! So little time! This week will be crunch time for us and finalizing any last minute details. So pumped. This is my 1st fundraiser that I am involved in and I have to admit, it is quite fun!

All bras donated are going to Supportive Start for women whom have left a violent situation with nothing, are homeless, marginalized, living in poverty and simply don’t have the means to access the undergarments we need.

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Getting them ready for donation and for our Bra Draw at our event on Friday March 24! You won’t want to miss all the great prizes.

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March 18, 2017

As being part of the top 15 for the Langley Total Makeover Challenge, we are all getting our hair done, makeup done and heading to a photo shoot. I was really nervous because I was unsure of what to expect. But REALLY EXCITED at the same time!!!

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I headed to the Looking Glass Salon and Spa for my 1:30 hair appointment with Karleigh.

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They are all so friendly and what an amazing place to just hang out. I really enjoyed the decoration and atmosphere.

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When my hair was done, off I headed to Shoppers Drugmart Thunderbird Village for my makeup.

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One thing my makeup artist could not get over was the length of my lashes. Only downfall is they don’t turn they just point straight down. I plan on getting an eyelash perm or lift. Should be exciting. While I was getting my hair and makeup done…my mom was skyping and following along.

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When makeup was finished off I went to Taralee Photography for my head shots.

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Very welcoming and I was so happy she was telling me how to place myself for the pictures because I had nooo idea what I was doing! LOL Since I thought it was a full body shot I bought heels to match my blazer so she was ever so nice enough to take a picture for me so I can show my mom! Cause yes mom, I know! You want to see a picture of me fully dressed head to toe! I heard you the 80 times you reminded me! :D Hi Mom! I love you! haha

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Taryn was always right behind me with her appointments. Thank you Tara for taking our picture together! Taryn you look AMAZING!

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Overall, the day was fabulous. I felt like a princess. After everything, some girls and I went to Moxie’s for Teresa’s birthday and also to showoff our new looks heehee My first time out in 2 years with a group of ladies. Was so much fun and we had some great laughs.

Thank you Total Makeover Challenge for making this all possible. Feels like a dream!

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March 15, 2017

Weigh day…was not the best. I have not made time to go to the gym in a while. School and the Apprentice Challenge…is really challenging! I did lose 0.4 pounds. Still not a gain! But not what I want. Time to get back on track. Same routine of going 1 or 2 times a day to the gym. I got this!

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At today’s meeting, I got chosen by the makeup artist from Shoppers to be her model. She did contouring on my face and my eyebrows! I need the brush she used for my eyebrows! Looked like a mini mascara brush and it only works on your brows so your skin won’t get marked! ♥

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We also had the lovely owners of The Looking Glass come to our meeting and give us some tips and pointers on hair. They also did a quick example of hair styling that they did so flawlessly. I can’t wait to get my hair done by them for our photo shoot. Visit their facebook page below.

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I am so sorry I have not been blogging much! With the new challenge the Apprentice, events, meetings, and school! YIKES! I have not been sleeping well at all. I fall asleep at 2-3 o’clock in the morning.

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Our group of 8 passionate women, Open Arms hosted a fundraiser party last night. We made a nice profit. Thank you to everyone who contributed and thank you to Faleen and Gina for making it out to us. It was nice to just relax and share some laughs with everyone. What a great bunch of people we are. Also, if anyone would like to purchase Herbalife from now till March 20th, please mention you are purchasing through our fundraiser Open Arms!

THANK YOU!

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Here is a copy of our flyer to our event Soirée Oh La La! Feel free to email us at openarmslangley@hotmail.com for tickets!

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Here is a bit about the 2 causes we are fundraising for

Shape Your World Society. Helping women grow, evolve, and empower one woman at a time. The purpose of Shape Your World Society – “To educate and support the emotional, physical and financial wellbeing of women and their families through workshops, seminars, and programs.”

The Supportive Start program facilitates bra clinics in partnership with charitable organizations from across the lower mainland. Helping women in addiction recovery houses, transition facilities, and shelters who face barriers in accessing proper under garments. 

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March 9,2017

Hello everyone! Hope you have been having a great week so far.

Yesterday was weigh day here in Langley. I am definitely doing something right. From 199 pounds at Christmas, 186 in January, and now 175 in March. It feels overwhelming and crazy how I am going through these numbers.

190’s, 180’s, 170’s…soon I will be in the 60’s!!!!! AHHH

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There was a lovely lady speaking at our meeting last night. Her name is Monique. So far all of the guest speakers have been so motivational and inspirational. Last night I realized something about myself through the tests we did with Monique, I realized that I am a VERY compassionate person. I am also someone who has a lot of passion. What I learned about myself is that I am very passionate about compassion.

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If I can show a quick example of compassion.

The other week there was an 86 year old man wondering in the building. He couldn’t get his key in the lock to unlock his door. So I helped him. When I saw his keys I knew right away he didn’t live in this building, and I knew the young lady who lived in that apartment.

I asked him his name and if he was sure this was his building. After talking with Joe, I realized he was lost. I brought him outside and he was convinced he lived in the other building. So we walked together to the other building and couldn’t get in.

It was a beautiful day and there was a park bench outside. I had Joe sit down with me and asked him for ID just so I can see his address. Turns out he lived in Richmond and he wondered all the way out to Langley all alone.

I told Joe I was going to call someone to come and help him. So I dialed 911. Turns out they knew who Joe was. He wonders away all the time. When they told me the police were on the way, I let Joe know that everything will be okay.

I realized his accent. He is from Ireland. Where my family is from. We sat on the park bench singing Irish Songs while we waited for the police.

A lot of people were laughing at Joe and getting mad at him for wondering around. But I showed compassion and helped him out. Even if I was late for my appointment.

It is important to be kind and help others. What if this was your father, or even you one day. Wouldn’t you like to know there is someone out there who will help you and show compassion. I know I would.

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Just in case nobody has reminded you today…

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March 3, 2017

Yesterday was a gloomy day for me but today is a new day! Yesterday doesn’t matter.

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I tried Pilates infused hot yoga this morning. I didn’t think I could ever do that class. I am so proud that I did. I met a really nice lady a few classes ago and saw her again this morning. I call her Meg Ryan because she looks just like her. She helped keep me motivated this morning. She is so nice. We added each other on Instagram and now she is following my journey. It is so refreshing meeting nice people.

I can’t wait for yoga this weekend.

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Feeling a bit under the weather today. Hopefully yoga will help clear my mind. With school, the Challenge, meal prepping, going to the gym, planning an event, birthday parties coming up, and just life in general…I am just feeling really overwhelmed.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if life had a pause button, just for a few minutes! There really isn’t enough hours in a day.

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March 2, 2017

We had our first TOP 15 meeting yesterday. I am down another 1.5 pounds. So proud that I keep on losing weight. I haven’t gained yet. Knock on wood. Very happy with that.

I was also happy to see almost everyone showing up to the meeting. I was afraid not to see them all again. Good luck to everyone for the wild card!

Our challenge this segment is the Apprentice. We have to fundraise money for a local charity. We are throwing our own event to bring awareness and fundraise bras/toiletries etc. for the less fortunate.

The charity we chose is Supportive Start by Forever Yours Lingerie. 

I am a little nervous and excited about this challenge because we all have great ideas and all want to be heard. This will really put our team working skills to the test. I really can’t wait to throw our event. It will be so much fun!

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Okay! So we are all only human right!

I AM CRAVING SALT AND VINEGAR CHIPS SOOOO BAD! I have not had any junk food since January 15th but whose counting LOL

I can’t have only 1 chip cause I could easily eat the whole bag!!!! Just talking about my craving for CHIPS is helping…so I wrote a poem! LOL

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CHIPS

THE SOUND YOU MAKE WHEN YOU GO CRUNCH,

I COULD EAT YOU EVERYDAY FOR LUNCH.

CHIPS, I CRAVE YOU,

IF ONLY YOU KNEW.

I LOVE THE TASTE OF YOUR SALT ON MY LIPS.

BUT I CAN’T EAT YOU CAUSE YOU GO STRAIGHT TO MY HIPS.

-Tammy Floyd

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February 28, 2017

I tried out Oxygen Yoga tonight! It was their Candlelight sessions in a hot yoga room. Can you say wow! I don’t think I have ever sweated so much. At one point I was so relaxed I think I fell asleep LOL.

Check out their website below. They really are not your typical yoga studio.

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 I booked yoga classes for everyday this week and plan on going to She’s Fit every day in the morning….Woah! lol

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What’s going on!!! All this healthy eating…working out…positive thinking…wonderful support. I have so much to be grateful for!

Did you know that we control everything. Our mind is a powerful tool, if used properly.

Think positive and allow your soul to bloom into a beautiful garden for you to walk in and enjoy your life. Don’t let others negativity bring you down and destroy your walk.

I rather walk in a garden of dahlias, lilies, and orchids, than walk through life in a garden full of branches and twigs.

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My mother speaks about you all the time Mrs. Caldwell ♥ She also told me that you are following my journey all the way from Scotland! ♥ I just want to say HELLO from Canada! I hope I get to meet you one day! Thank you so much for all the support! Hug my mom for me!

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February 26, 2017

Where do I even begin!

The amazing race was so much fun! Thank you to all the businesses who took part in this amazing event. Thank you for all the goodie bags and water bottles. Thank you to the Total Makeover Langley team for putting this all together! Getting to spend this quality time with my boyfriend’s family, I really feel like it was great bonding time. We all had so much fun!

700$ Bob…

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Thank you, everyone, for voting me Challengers Choice. You have all touched my heart in more ways than you can imagine. I am truly blessed to have you all in my life. What a strong bunch we are. So blessed for this journey!

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In random order, TAMMY FLOYD! So happy I was the 1st one called. I don’t think I would have been able to handle the suspense! haha I couldn’t be any more proud of all of us…all 30 of us! We are such an amazing bunch. I can’t wait for the 2nd segment and see what this part of the journey has in store for us.

THANK YOU TOTAL MAKEOVER CHALLENGE FOR MAKING THIS ALL POSSIBLE!

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February 23, 2017

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I got my makeover done today by the lovely Joelle, at Shoppers Drug Mart. It just so happens that she is French :D She had some pretty interesting stories about her stays in Paris :D Thank you for the wonderful experience today!

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I bought an eyebrow pencil today…

**clears throat**

I, Tammy Floyd, solemnly swear, to figure out how to use an eyebrow pencil. Signed on this day, Thursday February 23, 2017.

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I am cooking a romantic candle lit dinner tonight for my sweet boyfriend and I. No different than any other night…Just tonight we have candles LOL JUST JOKING. Last night he made probably the BEST Salmon I have ever tasted!

♥ Merci mon chèri d’amour ♥

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February 22, 2017

And the inches and pounds just keep coming off.

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Isn’t it just FANTASTIC.

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I really joined this Challenge for my mental health, all this weight is just a bonus for me. It is hard work, but this feeling IS WORTH IT!

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I was kind of disappointed last night at our meeting. I found out that all of my family and friends in Quebec, Ontario, or Europe could have voted for me, this whole time. Instead they only got to vote for me the last day of voting.

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If…I mean…When I make it to round 2, boy I am telling yah! FAMILY AND FRIENDS GET YOUR VOTING PANTS ON! HAHA

Thank you everyone for voting. Thank you for believing in me.

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My love,

I would be beyond lost without you. Your unconditional love, the support, and understanding you have. You’re amazing in more ways than I can ever imagine. I cherish you.

Thank you for loving me the way you do.

My soul mate,

I love you yesterday, today, tomorrow

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You have to be strong to forgive someone who never apologized. But once you do, you’ll wish you had done so earlier.

I guess this is why I have been feeling so great lately. I learned how to forgive and I learned for my sake.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was okay. It just means you have made peace with the pain and are ready to let go.

How can you be happy with pain, sorrow, and holding grudges? You can’t. Holding on to negativity brings more negativity into your life! Let the negativity go and welcome the positive.

Choose to be happy!

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  • 1 cup of milk 1% (a follower on Instagram suggested Almond milk! Thank you:)
  • 3 tablespoons of yogurt, flavored or plain
  • 10 blueberries
  • slice of turmeric root
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein
  • 1 ice cube

Blend well in blender. I sprinkled powder turmeric on top and decorated with some blueberries. It was very nice. Did you know that turmeric is very beneficial for us. I now incorporate it in everything I can.

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AAAAnnnnnd this is now my life. LOL

Well, G.T.L.S…..School :D

I am feeling great. It is almost overwhelming how GREAT I have been feeling!

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I need votes for voting week. Not knowing many people from here, I had to think.

I have an ad that will run in the Vancouver Sun and The Province. I had to wait for revision of my ad and WOOHOO! It got approved. February 20th it will be published! YAY! Lets hope that helps with a few votes!

I came up with a second idea. Which just got approved. I am nervous for this one. Tuesday, will definitely be a new experience.

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February 15-17 & 18, 2017

Where do I even begin. I figured out more about myself this weekend then I ever knew about myself before.

I learned that I have a lot of blocks in my life. Blocks that were preventing me from growing as an individual. With the help of everyone at the seminar, I was able to figure out how to forgive everyone and everything that ever created a block in my life. This was HUGE for me because I always hold on to grudges.

Just the other night I started having a bad thought about someone who hurt me in the past, and before I could complete my thought, I stopped by saying “I forgive, I forgive, I forgive.” Next thing you know, I forgot about my negative thought, I didn’t pollute myself with negativity, and on I went with my smile.

Forgiveness is a gift for yourself. Learn to forgive and you’ll learn to be happy again.

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I can’t thank everyone enough at The Real Me Seminar who made this all possible. I will forever hold this experience close to my heart.

Here is the link for the next Real Me seminar in September.

The Real Me Seminar

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Very happy that I got Nutrition House on board for the Amazing Race Langley. My 2nd sponsor! Woohoo! Very nice owner and staff. I want to buy all their eucalyptus oil. I am a big fan :)

Check out their Facebook page here

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Voting is open until February 23! You can vote up to 10 times a day!

DON’T DELAY VOTE TODAY!

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The Amazing Race is next weekend! Very happy my boyfriend was able to help me form a team with his/our awesome family! I have to start making our costumes. This is going to be hilarious! haha

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VERY VERY pleased to announce that I got my 1st sponsor for the Amazing Race.

Blink & Brow Co. Langley was the first company in Langley doing eyelashes 6 years ago. I can’t wait to get my eyelashes done for my first time by them. Very sweet owner. Check out their links below.

Blink & Brow Co. Website

Blink & Brow Co. Facebook

Blink & Brow Co. Instagram

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Okay, I won’t lie! This whole voting thing has got my knees shaking. We are only allowed to have BC residents vote for us and everyone I know lives in Quebec.

I fell asleep at 4 am trying to think of ways to get votes. I am nervous as all heck like I think I am going to vomit nervous LOL but I think, I just might have a good idea. I’ll keep you posted. Regardless whether this works or not.

Oh god! Wish me luck! hahaha

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February 16, 2017

December 27, 2016, I stepped on the scale and saw 199.3 pounds. I panicked and I didn’t know what to do. I hated myself and everything about me. I didn’t eat anything for 3 days because there was no way I wanted to see 200 on the scale.

So, I started watching what I was eating, to a certain extent. I lost 13 pounds on my own.

I then got the phone call for the Total Makeover Challenge…which helped me in so many ways to understand the importance of exercise and what we eat.

I lost 6 more pounds since I started the challenge.

I have 40 more pounds to lose, to reach my goal.

I have never been so proud of myself because I have never done anything this hard. I have never felt so alive and my confidence that I lost somewhere between a slice of pizza and Doritos…is coming back!

Thank you once again for this amazing opportunity.

This journey truly is a blessing!

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We had our last and final weigh in and measure for segment 1. The results from today will be posted. So far, I didn’t gain any weight YAY! I keep losing weight. I am not sure why my measurements are not changing. This could get very discouraging but I keep telling myself…

TRUST IN THE PROCESS! BELIEVE IN THE PROCESS. 

We have really awesome raffle tickets to sell. One ticket for 5$ or 20$ for the whole pack of 10 tickets and the prizes are just mind blowing. If you are interested in buying a pack or a ticket feel free to email me.

Tammyfloyd@live.ca

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Voting starts for us Friday, February 17. I was so sad when I found out, that all my family and friends who live in Quebec or Europe cannot vote for me :( Only people in the BC area. I will have to use my creative side and figure out a way for getting votes. I really want this more than anything.

A ladies gotta do, what a ladies gotta do.

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February 14, 2017

I remember years ago I tried the elliptical and promised myself NEVER AGAIN! My first experiences were horrible.

When I go to the gym my cardio WAS sitting on a bike and pedaling like I’ve never pedaled before and barely breaking out in a sweat.

But now, on the elliptical, after 5 minutes, I am dripping in sweat and I can’t get enough of it!

I made up a song! Instead of…Cause we are living in a material world…and I am a material girl!…I sing this instead everyday when I leave the gym!

CAUSE WE ARE LIVING IN AN ELLIPTICAL WORLD!

AND I AM AN ELLIPTICAL GIRL!

I love it! LOL

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You would be 92 years old today Opa ♥ I miss you every day ♥ Everyday I think about you ♥ I was your first born granddaughter and we shared a special bond ♥ You were a wonderful person ♥ Thank you for looking over me every day ♥ I miss you dearly and all our secrets ♥ Don’t worry I still didn’t tell Oma all the……..okay okay I won’t tell lol ♥

I love you Opa. Happy Birthday!

Your granddaughter,

Tammy

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February 13, 2017

I had another appointment at Fabutan today. I got to try out the Red Light bed. This bed penetrates a layer deeper and it promotes your skins collagen. Also, very relaxing.woman_on_vacation_relaxing_and_getting_a_suntan_0515-1011-1713-0944_SMU

After tanning I hit the gym. I did the famous 30 minutes 45 second interval circuit and then did 30 minutes on the bike.

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It did feel good going to the gym. After being away for so long because of my pain, I realized it could be very easy to fall back into the same routine. The routine of all I want to do is watch TV and oh just one piece of chocolate or just one slice of pizza. Although, I did eat healthy during my time away. Getting up and going to the gym was hard but I am happy I did. This is all for my health and my life.

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Nobody said this was going to be easy. But it will all be worth it.

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February 11, 2017

I just got back from meeting one of our sponsors Fabutan. Being a top 30 challenger in the Total Makeover Challenge, we get 50 minutes of tanning. Fabutan does a skin evaluation and tells you exactly how long you should be tanning for. The tanning bed actually helped relax my muscles. There was A/C and vents in my bed, that I got to control, and my own in bed radio, that I could also control. I didn’t want to leave! hahaha

You can check out their Facebook page here for specials and other fun information.

I have my next tanning appointment this Monday!

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no-more-painBoy oh Boy! Am I ever happy to not be in agonizing pain anymore! Wow! That was horrible.

I have now dubbed the butterfly press machine the WORSE MACHINE IN THE WORLD. I am not planning on using it anytime soon. Not until I am stronger anyway…you haven’t seen the last of me! I’ll be back!!!

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I went grocery shopping at Nature’s Fare Market today. Beautiful organic fruits and vegetables. What blows my mind is if you want to buy a bag of anything, but are not sure if you will like the taste or not, they open the bag for you to sample right there on the spot.

Check out their product page and the care that goes into picking their foods for all of us to enjoy!

Nature’s Fare Markets Product Page

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Created on 2017-02-11 11:46:36

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I had the honor of working with some pretty amazing people. I had gotten a 2nd job part time at Go Skydive to make sure I could make ends meet.

I had never skydived before, which was alright because I was taking care of making sure waivers were signed, handling the payments, and reservations.

Until, one day my boss throws me a jumpsuit and says “Tammy, put this on and quick the plane is leaving in 5 minutes.”

Up I went and jumped out of a perfectly functioning plane at 13,000 feet.

Watch my video below.

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Created on 2017-02-09 23:58:42

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February 8, 2017

Unfortunately, our weekly meeting is canceled today because of a snow storm warning. No weigh day today. Which is fine by me. I am still eating healthy but been going less to the gym because of the pain. The pain will be gone soon and I will be back at it even harder now…I just won’t ever do that machine again that triggered my inflammation.

This pain WILL NOT hold me back…It will only make me stronger.

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Created on 2017-02-08 17:40:35

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Well, I guess it really is muscle inflammation. I asked the doctor for a prescription for the pain or inflammation while bawling my eyes out. He told me to go get Advil or Motrin, it is the same thing. I totally feel brushed aside.

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But here I am cuddling with my 5-foot teddy like a baby, on some heavy Advil anti-inflammatory pills, ice, and heat. Tomorrow I have an ECG just to make sure my heart is still good. Just trying to stay positive but it is so hard.

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Created on 2017-02-08 16:47:27

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 Okay well…I went to the gym last night after 4 days of bed rest. I took it easy. I did 45 minutes on the treadmill and 15 minutes of leg exercises. I found this weird looking machine at the gym that totally stretched my sternum and shoulders. Felt so amazing.

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However, the pain this morning is unbearable. I don’t feel like I am getting any better. I am just about to head out and walk to the walk-in clinic. Four different doctors in Quebec told me I suffer from chronic muscle inflammation and there is NOTHING they can do about it. Let’s see what BC doctors tell me and let’s CROSS OUR FINGERS they just prescribe me with anti-inflammatory.

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UPDATE

My muscle inflammation is still bad but getting better slowly.

I can definitely breathe a lot better. When my muscle inflammation acts up I can’t breathe deeply because every breath is like daggers. If I move too quickly and make my heartbeat rise even just a bit, the pain will radiate and throb with every heartbeat. The pain just throbs and spreads. It started in my back and was around my lungs last night. Thank god its not around my lungs anymore today, just my shoulders and neck.

The pain is enough to drive anyone crazy…especially when it’s a constant, nagging, agonizing PAIN! AHHH! I just want to scream LEAVE ME THE HECK ALOOOOONE!!!!! I have been taking these codeine pills which I find help more than anything I have tried before.

I didn’t go to the gym in 3 days because of the pain, but I decided tonight I will go and just at least walk on the treadmill. 

I’ll keep you posted if I should not have gone at all.

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Created on 2017-02-08 14:02:15

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I call this recipe Chickado Salad instead of just chicken avocado salad because this recipe DESERVES its own title.

This might sound weird (for me it did because I never did this before) but I poached my chicken. This recipe made a lot for just us 2 in the house. So feel free to adjust the portions.

To poach chicken: Bring 4-6 cups of water, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper to a boil. Add 1.5 pounds of chicken. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Let cool and shred with two forks or your fingers.

Ingredients

·        1 avocado

·        ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese {preferably low sodium}

·        ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

·        2 TBSP lemon juice

·        ½ tsp salt

·        ¼ tsp black pepper

·        1 clove garlic, minced

·        4 cups {about 16 oz.} cooked chicken breast, shredded

·        3 green onions, chopped

·        ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions

1.     In a plastic or glass bowl, mash the avocado to a chunky consistency. Set aside.

2.     Add the cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process until completely smooth. Add mixture to the mashed avocado.

3.     Stir in the chicken, green onions, and cilantro. Taste and season as needed.

4.     Keep refrigerated, tightly covered, when not in use.

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Or a great topping for a salad or use a lettuce leaf and make a wrap.

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Created on 2017-02-07 17:53:16

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 February 5, 2017

Pain does not even begin to describe what I am feeling today. I tried a new machine at the gym and it triggered my chronic muscle inflammation. Even breathing hurts. This sucks. Like the doctors said I have to learn to live with it. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.

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February 4, 2017

With all the snow we have been having, I was actually really excited getting out and driving to the gym in the snow. It reminded me of Québec…

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…sort of. LOL

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 February 1, 2017

We had an awesome tour at Nature’s Fare Market by lovely Kathleen. I gained so much knowledge on food. It’s borderline embarrassing, the amount of information that I lacked on healthy foods. Definitely, will start shopping organic and not just anywhere either. I was even more impressed to learn they host events. Check out the link below to see their upcoming events. It’s pretty neat.

Nature’s Fare Market Events

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This chart explains how we are supposed to shape our eyebrows. I had no idea this was even a thing. LOL

This is my face when anyone ever tries talking “makeup” to me…

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However, Brittany really was captivating, and I hung on to every word she was saying. I want that Lusty Rose lipstick by Benefit! It is a lipstick and liner in 1 and makes the lips look fuller. Thank you very much, everyone, at Shoppers. This was exciting, and I will be going back to check out that line.

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Created on 2017-02-03 14:44:19

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February 1, 2017

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  1. IT LIES!!!!
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All week I am stepping on the scale. Weight goes up, weight goes down, weight stays the same, weight goes up, weight goes down! IT LITERALLY WAS DRIVING ME CRAZY! I kept focusing too much on the number.

Faleen, (Awesome Herbalife Wellness Coach) messaged me to check on how I was doing that day. I WAS IN TEARS! She told me “When you get here, I will put you on the Tanita scale”

I WAS SHOCKED!!!!!

All week my scale was LIEING to me!

The Tanita scale told me MY BODY FAT went from

44.9% to 38.7%

in 2 weeks.

From now on I am counting my body fat!

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 January 31, 2017

Very pleased to announce, I totally put myself out there and look at the results. I got my first picture sponsor. Great staff! Excellent products! Awesome shake bar! If you’re looking for someone who knows his supplements, I’d highly recommend it!

Body Crafters Supplements!

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January 28, 2017

I had the opportunity to attend the She ♥ Talks Health & Fitness event at the Elements Casino. Taryn and Darlene won the tickets during our 1st weigh in. My boyfriend was so sweet he informed himself about the event and purchased me a ticket.16195327_416912115318367_5716661200087508059_n

With Darlene, Margot Gauley (from She ♥ Talks), and Taryn.

The speakers were all amazing. Andra Dunn hit home with her story. There were tears and laughter, overall, a great experience. We had a beautiful continental breakfast and lunch. Well worth the experience. I left the seminar feeling almost as if I was at peace.

Click the link below to visit their page and learn about their upcoming events.

She ♥ Talks

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Created on 2017-02-03 14:42:39

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NO BAKE ALMOND JOY PROTEIN BALLS

  • 1 cup of coconut peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup natural honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened if possible)
  1. Mix all together until well combined in a bowl
  2. Roll into balls
  3. I like them best from the freezer and they stay fresher this way as well. 
  4. If you want to get a little fancy. Put less shredded coconut in the recipe and roll the balls in the shredded coconuts.

The recipe is called almond JOY protein balls for a reason. They are such a JOY to eat to satisfy that sweet tooth. Have 2 for a snack per day and keep the rest in the freezer.

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Created on 2017-02-02 20:35:07

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Totally feeling overwhelmed with making time for everything.

School, life, part time job, gym…

It is all about organization, prioritizing, and scheduling.

One day at a time. Live in the moment.

Deep breaths and appreciate.

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January 25, 2017

I was a bit upset at our first weigh in. I am going to the gym 5 times a week and eating nothing but chicken…fish…veggies…HOW DID I ONLY LOSE 2.8 POUNDS??? Well, it’s because we gain muscle at the same time. It’s not rocket science. I am always hard on myself. ALWAYS! and this is teaching me NOT to be so hard on myself. SO GOOD JOB ME! I CAN DO IT! WE ALL CAN DO IT!
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Created on 2017-02-02 20:33:23

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I ain’t gonna lie. It’s REALLY hard to get into the gym routine.

BUT IT FEELS AWESOME ONCE YOU GET GOING!

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Created on 2017-02-02 20:32:50

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Week 1

The first week of eating healthy was a lot easier than I thought. I had NO CHIPS! NO CHOCOLATE! NO POP! I impressed myself haha

It’s crazy how much we can change about ourselves in 1 week, with the proper nutritional information, and with total commitment.

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Almost felt like the first day of high school but everyone was just so friendly that my anxiety quickly calmed down.

The meeting started with weighing, getting our BMI, measurements, and so much more valuable information about our bodies. When I saw that I have the metabolism of a 50-year-old and that I was almost 50% body fat, my heart almost stopped.

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When I had my open heart surgery I quit smoking cigarettes. I smoked for 12 years and now that I stopped poisoning my body with cigarettes, I am poisoning my body with fast food, chips, pop, sugar, chocolate, and so much more horrible foods.

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Gina and Faleen made me realize the importance of eating healthy and not skipping meals. The importance of protein that our bodies take in. I never, ever thought that I would be counting my calories and my proteins. But let me tell you, now that I am…I wouldn’t have it any other way. Their information at just our 1st meeting alone was so motivating and valuable. Did you know we have to drink half our body weight in ounces? I didn’t. I thought my 8 glasses a day was sufficient.

The whole meeting was a bit overwhelming with finding sponsorships for our journey because I am still pretty new here and I really do not know many people. But, it was okay because I knew this would make me step out of my comfort zone. Made me step so much out of my comfort zone, that I had a meeting with Adidas LOL. Obviously, it got refused but still pretty crazy knowing that I put myself out there like that.

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January 18th, 2017 – 7:30 am

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 Gym registration was done the moment I found out that we could start going.

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Usually, at 7:30 am I am sleeping like a baby. During the week, I wake up at 8:30 am and start my school. I quickly realized going to the gym first thing in the morning was not for me. I decided to do my school work during the day and go to the gym in the evenings. Fits more with my schedule and I can’t afford to lose focus on school right now with graduation 1 month away, which would be so easy to do right now with all the excitement.

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January 15, 2017

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On my way to the Phoenix Ballroom for the Meet & Greet and my heart is just racing a hundred miles a minute. What was I getting myself into now? Surrounding myself with 60 women, sponsors, organizers, and driving to a place that I am not familiar with at all. So, I did what I do best. I played some music in my car as loud as I could, I took a few deep breaths and told myself “Tammy, It’s okay, you’re about to meet 30 other women who are in the same boat as you.”

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It was fun meeting everyone. All the sponsors are so friendly. I really can’t wait to make an appointment with 200st Langley Dentist. Not just because he is a fellow Québecois but because they seemed so amazing. Everyone did!

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I feel so happy, anxious, excited, and overwhelmed with joy. I feel like we all already won just by being chosen to be part of the top 30 for the Total Makeover Challenge in Langley. It all feels surreal for me and this could not be happening at a better time! For all of us, I am sure!

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This journey is going to be all about commitment and I already promised myself to stay committed long after this journey ends.

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In 2 years I became a hermit, and it’s my fault.

The first year I moved to Langley, I applied for jobs everywhere. I emailed over 50 resumes and only got 1 interview. Maybe it is because I only have experience within the government?

My next move is where I went wrong. I started going back to school, which is great but studying from home. This now means I am not working, I do not know anybody here, and I just barricaded myself in my apartment for the next year, so I can graduate on time.

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I went from being a social butterfly and the life of every party to interacting with only 1 person. I developed anxiety issues and feared that I was always being judged on my looks, my weight, and my hair. I started to feel like I wasn’t good enough for anyone or anything.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, I went downstairs to get a copy of the community recreational activities to join a baseball team. At least now, I will be interacting with people and getting out of the house. Instead, I stumbled upon the Total Makeover Challenge advertising. After doing some research with my awesome boyfriend, I decided to apply.

January 14, 2017, I heard the most enchanting voice speak to me. Debbie was calling to tell me I was going to be part of the top 30 for the Total Makeover Challenge in Langley. At first, I thought it was a prank phone call. But I soon realized my dreams were becoming a reality; I felt so alive and happy on the inside. I knew this was going to be the beginning of an amazing chapter, that I could not wait to start.

Please click the link to hear a first few seconds of “The Phone Call.” lol

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“Ms. Floyd, you are going to require open heart surgery as soon as possible”, are words I never thought I would hear as a healthy 27-year-old playing for the Ottawa Women’s Football League and for a Slo-Pitch team in Québec.

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May 5, 2011, I went to the emergency room at the hospital in Québec with a horrible cough. I was told I had bronchitis and off I went with a prescription to treat my bronchial infection.

May 11, 2011, I returned to the same ER and told them “I am not feeling any better, and I can’t breathe”. I was told I had asthma and off I went with a prescription for an asthma pump to treat my respiratory problems.

May 16, 2011, I returned a 3rd time to the same ER, and now I am PISSED OFF. I looked at the doctor and told him “Something is wrong with me, I feel like I am dying, I can’t breathe, I have sharp pains all over my chest, please do some tests on me!”

After an x-ray and seeing black spots all over my lungs, they sent me for an MRI to make sure they were not blood clots. They ended up discovering I had a horrible pneumonia and something in my heart that was not supposed to be there.

At midnight, I was sent to another hospital. The hospital’s cardiologist was called in to do an ultrasound of my heart. He had me facing the wall; the room was dark and cold and I was already panicking wondering what was going on. I remember tears silently pouring out of my eyes as I stared at the gray hospital wall. When the exam was over right away, he said to me, “Ms. Floyd, you are going to require open heart surgery as soon as possible”. The room went black, and everything started spinning.

It turns out I had a tumor called myxoma in my left atrium about the size of a golf ball. If I didn’t return that 3rd time to the hospital, I might have been dead today. It was apparently there for 5 years, and I was lucky to be alive because quite often people die from the tumor, have a stroke, or an aneurysm and become paralyzed.

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I ended up losing my job because I needed to take 5 months off. I was living in a town where my family lived 5 hours away, and I was in an abusive relationship. He put his hands on me the 1st week I was out of the hospital. I had to wait 6 months until I was somewhat healed, so I could start packing and finally leave…with really nowhere to go. The wait to heal…was nothing but pain emotionally, physically, and mentally. It was months of hell because I wasn’t able to dress myself, feed myself, I had to depend on that asshole for everything. I remember when I left him sleeping on the floor of my empty apartment because I had nothing but my clothes, cat, and blanket. But it didn’t matter because I was free and finally could start focussing on myself, trying to understand what I just went through.

The doctor gave me the “OKAY” to play baseball again. Boy was that ever a MISTAKE! Tammy Floyd #83 up at bat! She swings, and OMG QUICK GET THE CAR, SHE NEEDS TO GO TO THE HOSPTIAL. I popped 2 of my 4 wires holding my sternum together. The wires were piercing through my skin! Talk about pain! The doctors opened me back up and removed my wires. I now suffer from chronic muscle inflammation, not even morphine dulls the pain. Such excruciating pain but it gives me an excuse to go for a relaxing massage :D

This experience obviously destroyed me. I had to find a new job, and every heart palpitation was now, okay I am having a heart attack. I started living my life in fear. Since my surgery, I gained 50 pounds.

With the Total Makeover Challenge, they gave me a one-on-one with a Life Coach. In just a few words, she changed my life. “The best thing you can do is forget it ever happened.” Words her doctor told her because of a similar experience.

Heather – Life Coach Facebook Page

People say you only live once, but I say that is wrong…we live EVERY DAY! We only die once! You never know if you will be here tomorrow. NEVER MISS OUT ON AN OPPURTINITY, TAKE IT!!!! Love every day and don’t let the small things bother you, will it really even matter tomorrow?

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It all started when my Oma left her family and friends behind in the Netherlands. She fell in love with my Opa. She was 17, and he was 31. Being a handsome military soldier, she was swept off her feet. Her mother was not impressed, to say the least. In 1963, they were living in Quebec City and soon to be a family of 7. My mom is the 1st born. 

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And so the Family Tradition begins.

In 2001, my mother moved away to Scotland to be with the love of her life, leaving behind her family. I was 18 years old, confused, heart broken, and torn. As I grew older, I learned that we only regret the chances we don’t take in life and that distance means so little when someone means so much. My mom and I never lost contact, and they are visiting beautiful British Columbia this summer. There comes a time in life when you just have to accept things the way they are.

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So, the apple REALLY doesn’t fall far from the tree. In 2015, I sold practically everything I owned, packed my whole life in a Mazda 3, while my cat was taking the plane aaaand I left my family and friends behind, to be with the love of my life. This was all starting to sound a little too familiar. By far the hardest thing I ever did, was say goodbye to everyone. I drove to British Columbia from Quebec City all alone for 5 days, 5128 km.

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I have never felt a love like this before and I would do it all over again tomorrow and I am sure, so would my mother…and so would my Oma.

I know you’re reading this mom and I just want you to know I love you. Near or far, you have always been there me. I forgive you and will never hold it against you. If anything, it has made me realize what a strong woman Oma is and what a strong woman you are.

And with my 1st blog and writing this all out, I realize what a strong woman I am too.

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Hello everyone, 

My name is Tammy Floyd. I decided to write the 1st part of my blog as a story. I really have no idea what I am doing when it comes to blogging; please say I am not the only one! LOL  

I am working harder than ever to make myself healthy. Not just on the outside but mostly on the inside and in my mind.  

Please feel free to follow along with my journey on Instagram, where I post on a daily basis.

My Instagram Page

Thank you to everyone for making this journey possible and thank you for all the amazing support. 

-Tammy

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