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https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154339623237617&id=623217616 Needless to say, yesterday was a horribly frightening day! IMG_3504 IMG_3505 IMG_3506I will find out course of action nice seen by neurologist.

Created on 2017-04-10 04:39:13

WEIGHT UPDATE………..

are you ready for this???????

Since January 1st I’m down 26 POUNDS and 18 INCHES!!!! WAHOOOO Thankyou TMC for EVERYTHING you’ve helped me accomplish!! I couldn’t have done this without you. Shape Your World Society is amazing and offers so much!!!! Beyond words really!!! Not only have I lost so much weight and inches but I’ve GAINED some fabulous new friends. Here’s my new out of my comfort zone dress I purchased for the “Little Black Dress” cocktail party. I shopped with some of these awesome new friends and they had the nicest things to say when I put this on! Thank you Leanne at “Rebel Kat” for hosting a private shopping party just for us!! Where else can you go shopping while browsing in your bra and panties??? Hehe IMG_3510

Created on 2017-04-10 03:11:08

Just when I thought my life couldn’t get anymore stressful our landlord of 17 years calls announcing they want to sell our townhouse!!! I knew this day would come eventually but I had no idea until then how attatched I am to our home and just how upsetting this news was going to be. I cried non stop all day. Every time I walked in a different room I’d cry again. I decided my husband didn’t need to know this devastating news until he came home from work. I seriously felt like someone had died. We have always treated this place like its ours and take pride in how it looks. 17 years ago when I came by myself to look at the place, I guess I made a really good impression as they told me if I took the place, they’d NEVER raise our rent!!! And they really never did!!! How truly blessed were we?? Now we are being  faced with finding another inexpensive place we can call home while open houses are taking place in our home. So hard and so sad. IMG_1889 IMG_1894 IMG_2832 IMG_2879 IMG_2891 IMG_2903 IMG_2906 IMG_2917 IMG_2918 IMG_2954 IMG_3081 IMG_3099 IMG_3111 IMG_3189

Created on 2017-04-10 02:58:39

MAKEOVER DAY continued

From Shoppers I was off to The Looking Glass Salon to meet stylist Jessika who was scheduled to do my hair. Actually we had kind of met prior as she had come to our Wednesday meeting to give us some great hair tips. I told her to do whatever she wanted as  I had Total faith in her. The salon is so cute and beautifully decorated and the staff super friendly. We chatted a lot while she was curling my hair and also discussed prices as my stylist had recently retired!!! Seriously….. do you know how traumatic this is???? Hahahaha  We it turns out the prices are very comparable and I’m happy to say Jessika has gained a new client. I even booked her for my daughter, Chantelle’s wedding day. She did an amazing job on my hair and I really wish I knew how to curl my hair like she did. IMG_3407This is the lovely Jessika.

From here it was off to Tara Lee Photography for my photo shoot. Well it turns out Tara and I recognized each other and eventually figured out I’d worked at an Out Of School Care her children had gone to. Such a small world. It’s funny I recognized her at The Meet and Greet then again when she’d come to our Wednesday meeting but just couldn’t figure out how I knew her and neither could she. Eventually after much thinking I figured it out.

Her studio is in her lovely home where she made me feel very welcome. She made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera and she really seemed to know what she was doing in regards to positioning me in different poses. I think the entire session was over in 5 fast minutes. Needless to say, I’m thrilled with the outcome. Thanks to these 3 lovely women, ive never looked or felt so beautiful in my life!!! Not even on my wedding day. This tops everything. IMG_3402 IMG_3463

Created on 2017-04-10 02:34:54

Darn I pressed submit on my last blog instead of add media. These pictures are to go with last blog written. IMG_3509IMG_3127

Created on 2017-04-10 02:16:00

MAKEOVER DAY- yippee

I thought I picked out the perfect Top that I feel pretty in fir this special day. The Top 15 get their makeup done at Shoppers DrugMart and hair done at The Looking Glass Salon. It was an early start to the day as I had to be at Shoppers at 9:00. Leaving the house with not a stitch of makeup on and my uncurled or unflatironed hair put up in a bun is a challenge for me in itself!!! Haha But I did it.

Melissa did my makeup and she was lovely. She gave me some great suggestions in regards to products that would be good for this old tired wrinkled face!!! Lol Believe me she never said any such thing, I was just thinking it!! Lol She picked some gorgeous eye shadow colours using Smashbox brand which was one of my few purchases. I felt so pretty when she was done.

Created on 2017-04-10 02:04:38

Wednesday March 29,2017

The weigh in tonight was so upsetting for me as I’ve been down every week until this night. I was up .4 ounces! I know it’s so little and not en a pound but it wasn’t a loss. My streak was ruinined!! I can’t believe how upsetting this was and how deflated I felt.

Sometimes this dam body is so unpredictable. Or maybe I should say, this dam disease is so unpredictable. Some days I have so much energy and can just go go go. Sadly this great feeling can end so suddenly and unexpectedly. Some days I know as soon as I’ve stepped out of bed as to what kind of day I’m going to have. I usually refer to it as a “Charcot-Marie-Tooth ” day. But why do these days have to happen when I have an endless list of things I need to do and get done. I don’t think it helps when before I’ve even climbed out of bed my stomach is filled with anxiety as the wheels in my head are turning and going over and over things that just need to get done. I hate this feeling and I know it’s just not healthy to be so stressed out. I’m sure this contributes to my “bad body ” days.

I’ve been back atter with reaching out for more donations as we are asked to bring a basket for the silent auction at the Cocktail party. I’ve been making numerous phone calls to local hotels, restaurants and businesses as well as firing off emails. Every phone call I make is so different as I try to rehearse ahead of time and have notes in front of me so I don’t stammer my words as I’m introducing myself and explaining about the Challenge and what I’m asking for. I find this quite nerve racking and then heart wrenching when their reply begins with “sorry”. Hmm As deflated as I feel I try to build myself back up with a little self talk and a pat on the back for having the courage to even make the calls and ask.

My gym attendance has not been what I’ve hoped for myself. Some days I just have so much to do around the house plus going shopping, running errands etc I’m so exhausted and in physical pain. When my body becomes so overworked and unrested it becomes extremely achey ( like when you have the flu with those horrible body aches). Unfortunately my body feels like this 24/7. Another unfortunate symptom is severe cramping of my lower limbs. These can become almost embarrassing. Because it’s been so hard to drag myself out to the actual gym I’ve resorted to working out at home using the treadmill, free weights and a bow worker. This completely sucks because only the gym visits count when it comes to earning points in the challenge. I just have to remind myself that I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought was possible with my disease and can’t keep beating myself up when things become too challenging. Sometimes I just have to modify and customize for my own well being and tell myself that this is okay. todolistIMG_3142IMG_3086

Created on 2017-04-10 01:56:32

March 29, 2017

Wowsers I’ve been so overwhelmed. Voting is about to start again, we have to sell 10 more books of raffle tickets and 7 tickets to the “Little Black Dress” Cocktail party. I’m planning my daughters Bridal Shower for Saturday April 1st and unfortunately all the decorations, dishes, decor, champagne punch, finding venue, coming up with games and prizes and sending out evites has been all up to me. I’m extremely grateful the gals in the Bridal party are helping out by contributing some food and some of the games and prizes as well. My mom was awesome by booking her amenity room for the function. I’m so relieved and excited my sister Denise is coming from Victoria as she will be so much help and is super creative with decorating. She even went shopping with me and bought some extra goodies to contribute to the decor. I was also so grateful for my sick mom helping out with the decorating the night before and my sister Susie and sister in law Melanie coming early the day of to help. It all turned out great and looked beautiful. IMG_3455 IMG_3457 IMG_3458 IMG_3470

Created on 2017-04-10 01:25:10

Unforgettable moments with all our hard work and what we accomplished. IMG_3508IMG_3507

Created on 2017-04-10 01:09:17

Wednesday March 29,2017

Tnis was a day filled with a lot of joy and excitement. My daughter Chantelle and I spent the day together as she had her hair consultation for her wedding as well as her final dress fitting. She looked absolutely beautiful. After these fun appointments she got to come with me to Gateway of Hope with the Pink Ladies as we had the honour of dropping off the generously filled purses. The staff there were just as excited as we were and just couldn’t stop thanking us. We delivered 76 filled purses as well as some wallets, evening and smaller purses and boxes of all natural vitamins donated by London Drugs. We enjoyed a wonderful tour and learned so much about Gateway of Hope and all they have to offer to the community. I feel so proud.

Created on 2017-04-10 01:04:42

Sunday March 26,

The Pink Ladies get together to fill the purses with the many donated products. This is only what I had being stored at my house. IMG_3461When we all brought the donated purses and products together I think we all had a moment. We just felt so good about what we were doing. And of course this just made us even more excited to hand them out. IMG_3437 IMG_3438 IMG_3439 IMG_3441 IMG_3442 IMG_3443 IMG_3444 IMG_3445 IMG_3446 IMG_3447 IMG_3448 IMG_3449 IMG_3450 IMG_3451

Created on 2017-03-29 04:02:08

The Apprentice

Our Fundraiser at Rusty’s Pub

What a night!!!! This was a HUGE success. Our turnout was great. We arrived at 4:00 to start setting up the back room for the silent auction, raffle prizes and Photo Booth. We had access to the diningroom at 5:00 to start setting the tables up. We had baked cookies as parting gifts with voting cards attatched. Plus we’d made an agenda for each table with the nights schedule as well as a list of the generous donators. We also placed 10 bows under random chairs for prizes.

What made the night so successful was being as organized as we were. We discussed everything prior to this night as to who was doing what and when everything was going to take place. We had a door greeter who also handed out door prize tickets. Unfortunately there wasn’t always someone manning the door as we were being pulled in every direction as needed. We only had 6 out of 8 team members on the floor handling everything. By everything I mean: Greeting guests, handing out door prize tickets, selling 50/50 tickets, selling raffle prize tickets, manning the toonie toss and having someone in the prize room at all times. It was crazy busy, exhausting , exciting and super fun. We are so proud of ourselves. IMG_1039IMG_3365 IMG_3375 IMG_3411 95F81D56-2AAE-4D48-8457-59FD913207BF

Created on 2017-03-29 03:49:44

Thursday March 23,2017

THE APPRENTICE……,our big night we’ve worked so hard towards.

Before tnight, our team the “Pink Ladies” had been meeting 1-2 times weekly in person as well as communicating on our private Facebook page we made. We’d also done video and conference calling so everyone could be included.

We were very successful in getting donations for our silent auction and raffle prizes from various people, companies, businesses as well as products to fill the purses.

Our goal was to collect gently used purses to fill with beauty, personal hygiene and feminine products for homeless and underprivileged women through “Gateway of Hope”. As well as raising money for “Shape Your World Society “.

Created on 2017-03-29 03:16:51

WEDNESDAY MARCH 22,2017

so sad…… my first real disappointing weigh in!! I have been down in wright e dry single week since the Challenge started in the middle of January. Tonight I was up .4 lbs. I can’t believe how deflated I was. It seemed like a week of hard work and commitment for nothing. Once I thought about it, I think this happened because I wasn’t being consistent with getting my water down as well as I know on many days I wasn’t eating properly. Not that I was eating unhealthy or anything but I wasn’t eating enough. Some days I can honestly say I only eat twice. They are healthy snacks/ meals as I’ve been very good with keeping up my food prep. Some days I just seem so busy and preoccupied that I don’t think about eating or I just don’t take the time. I’m learning that this is definitely not the way to lose weight!! As a matter of fact, it has the opposite affect as the body begins tomstore fat. I have to say this past week hasn’t been any better whatsoever. That being said, I’m not looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow night at our meeting. StressRelief-462x200todolist

Created on 2017-03-29 03:07:50

THE APPRENTICE

Wow this is the biggest Challenge yet. The Top 15 finalists have been divided up into 3 teams. There are wild cards on each team as well. Wild cards are challengers who didn’t make the top 15 but are continuing coming to the meetings, being weighed and measured and participating in the challenges. St the end of phase 2 a eildcard can win a spot in the Top 5 making it the top 6! Go wild cards!!!! This includes my mama Gabrielle Calestagne.

My Apprentice team is called the “Pink Ladies”. We are to plan a fundraiser and raise funds for “Shape Your World Society “, as well as a charity of our choice which is “The Gateway of Hope”. We are collecting gently used purses to fill with feminine hygiene products/ beauty products to give to homeless and underprivileged women. We are hosting a fundraiser at Rusty’s pub on Thursday March 23rd at 6:00. This has been so much work planning for. I had no idea the work that is put into an event like this. I’ve learned so much. Not only how to plan it but how to be a positive, contributing team member. I’ve hosted a meeting at my house which I was kind of excited to have the gals over. I love hosting. We have been meeting every Wednesday before our regular TMC meeting and doing a lot of networking online and even had conference calls. Our team works amazing together and everyone definitely has their own contributing strengths. We have advertised at some sponsoring businesses who have also donated to our cause as well as in The Langley Times and online. 200thstreetdental-logo-verticalshoppers-site-wideIMG_3365 IMG_3371 IMG_3375 IMG_3393 IMG_3395 IMG_3412

Created on 2017-03-22 06:20:02

IMG_3334 IMG_3335These were supposed to be inserted into my last post but I clicked submit instead of insert media. Sorry! These were taken in the hot tub in Whistler.

Created on 2017-03-22 05:58:33

So I went to Whistler March 4th weekend for one of my Shelley’s triplets stagette. We were leaving early in the morning so I was really good and made my Herbal Life protein shake to drink on the way and packed yogurt with berries and almonds in a baggy and of course a big water bottle. I even premade  a yogurt parfait for the next morning at the hotel. When we arrived the first thing on the agenda was everyone meeting st The Longhorn for lunch. I ordered a delicious Caesar to drink and it was so good and refreshing and came with jumbo olives as a garnish! We had dinner reservations at The Keg and I knew I wanted to enjoy a nice steak so I didn’t want to eat too much for lunch. While most of the 25 gals were ordering burgers, sandwiches and greasy battered appetizers I ordered a cup of home made mushroom soup and veggies/dip!! Yay me! Surprisingly enough, I was very content with this choice and very proud of myself. So I had a glass of red wine afterwards to celebrate my accomplishment!! Bahahaha

The afternoon was spent outside in the hot tub and was amazing. I wasn’t even worried about putting a bathing suit on as I normally would’ve been. My confidence level has definitely changed and I proudly took my big fluffy white robe off. Geez I love when hotels provide those. Of course everyone brought bevies down to enjoy. I filled my coffe travel mug up with white wine to last me the entire time out there. I wanted to pace myself. I’ve not been having any alcohol during the week which is no big deal because I would on,y really have one if we went out but I was really trying not to have anything until the weekends and even then, limiting myself. It’s just not worth sabotaging all the hard work I do during the week.

Created on 2017-03-22 05:55:39

I have really enjoyed working out with some fellow challengers. I appreciate any opportunity to see everyone outside of our Wednesday meetings to get to know them better. Working out together and trying new things is awesome as we have had many laughs. IMG_3315 IMG_3316 IMG_3317 IMG_3321

Created on 2017-03-22 05:31:18

I am continuing to do well with eating healthy but I’ve definitely faultered with my workouts. I’m struggling with life right now. There are some very personal issues going on which unfortunately I can’t share with you all in here as this would be completely disrespectful to family members. As much as I would love and probably need to spill my guts in here but I need to tread softly here so as not to make matters worse. But, I’m filled with worry , anxiety and sadness 24/7 and right now I’m struggling to find the answer. I’m so worried about some loved ones and issues that are going on and I’m unable to communicate to one of them as I’ve been shut out. I’ve also received very upsetting news (medically) about another love one but I’m trying to be the brave, positive optimist. I’m one of those people that is very good at putting the “happy” mask on when I’m around others. My stomach is literally in knots with worry. I can just hope and pray that things turn around and my loved ones heal and find peace. optimism

Created on 2017-03-22 05:27:43

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged for a while. I am happy to see I have been giving this challenge my absolute ALL! My blogging is The on,y thing I’ve fallen behind in. I honestly can say I haven’t been this overwhelmed, busy and stressed out in a very long time…. or maybe even ever!!! Some days I feel so scattered due to being so overloaded. Unfortunately I’m a bit of a type A personality so I always have and feel the need to do everything exactly right and I don’t stop until a task is done. I’m one of those people who always needs to make sure I’m doing just as much as the next person or I start to freak out and get anxious. I’m working on this and really trying not to put so much pressure on myself. I really don’t know how my fellow challengers who work and have small children keep up without totally losing it. Man, I give them so much credit.

 

Created on 2017-03-22 05:04:13

I have really enjoyed getting to different classes and discovering a variety of ways to work out. I love attending the Speed Zone as well as the Core/Stretch class at She’s Fit and have been enjoying a complimentary week st EnVie Fitness. I’ve tried Dance Hall (Hiphop), yoga and Zumba. Unfortunately yoga is not for me as I struggle with vertigo and was pretty difficult with my disability and weakness. My favourite is definitely the Zumba. I love the music and it really is more dance than aerobics. shes-fit-logoenvie-fitness-logo

Created on 2017-03-03 06:29:09

I want to talk about how this challenge is affecting me. I’m sure my posts and pictures make it look like so much fun but in reality it’s very overwhelming and challenging at times.  We are given many tasks and homework each week. Some things are fun and not so challenging and other things take a lot of time and commitment. We had to approach businesses in langley to see if they be interested in Sponsoring The Amazing Race and participate by having over 30 teams visit them the day of and perform a task. This is really putting ourselves out there and pushing a lot of us out if our comfort zones. My mom was with me and said I seemed like a natural at it but I was pretty nervous. We visited approximately 8 places and fortunately I got The Viva Mexico Restaurant willing to sponsor. I was so stoked when he said “sure”.

We were also asked to get sponsors for our blogging site which you can see to the left here on this page that I was so blessed to have some awesome friends offer. They each paid to be sponsors and get their businesses advertised here. Every amazing sponsor also earned me 100 points.

We sold raffle tickets as well which have incredible prizes on them. These sold pretty quickly. I had a lot of out of town people but them as well. I have picked up some little thank you cards for them and will mail their tickets to them. The draw is May 16.

Life got very stressful when the voting started. People could vote 10x a day from different IP addresses. I had many friends posting on their Facebook pages asking coworkers, family and friends to vote for me. I couldn’t believe all the love and support I felt during this week of voting.

Some days just seemed so overwhelming with trying to get to the gym, trying to plan and prep meals, getting all the expected posts in daily with 100 days of happiness, food journaling, pushing past cravings, driving by McDonald’s without stopping for that cheeseburger and those salty yummy fries!!

Some days I’d be so short and snappy with my poor husband. This is definitely out of character for me and he was so good about it. I think he realized I was struggling at times and he would do what he could to help me push through these struggles. Honestly, sometimes I felt so consumed with this that it’s all I’d dream about at night. I have to say though, that the good days definitely out weigh the harder days. It’s obvious this hard work all pays off because look how I look and feel. IMG_038120170131_065257000_iOS

Created on 2017-03-03 06:16:51

The Amazing Race

What a blast this was!! I spent a lot of time on our costumes and loved every minute of it. My team was “Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams.  #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

IMG_3289IMG_3304IMG_3305thank you to all the businesses that sponsored this event.

Created on 2017-03-03 05:51:21

Today I thought I’d just be real!

This Challenge has been so good for me. My weight has not been updated on here but since I’ve started the challenge on January 15th I’ve lost 11 pounds and around 15 inches. I haven’t felt this great for years. I’m loving hearing people tell me how thin I look. Who wouldn’t love to hear that?? I started right after New a Year to make some serious changes and successfully lost 10 pounds before the challenge started. This means I’m down a total of 21 pounds!!! Wahoo!!!we_are_all_winners

I’m super stoked I’ve made it into the Top 15!!! It truly meant the world to me to hear my name being called. I was sad mom didn’t make it but she seemed okay with it. She’s looking forward to continuing the Challenge as a WildCard and excited she can continue to attend the Wednesday meetings and weigh ins. Way to go mom.

 

Created on 2017-03-03 05:43:59

Wednesday February 22,2017

Well it was our last official meeting in Phase 1 for the 30 Challengers. In the challenge I’ve lost 8 pounds and around 16 inches!!! CRAZY!!! Right after New Years I cracked down and started getting healthy with eating less, eating right and exercising. I lost 10 pounds right before the challenge started. You can imagine how good I feel and how excited I am to keep going.

We had 2 amazing speakers tonight. The first one was Marlise Kelsey a Financial Advisor. We learned about budgeting, finances, RESP’s , RSP’s, pensions etc. I think for a lot of us it was a bit of a reality check!! Thanks Marlise.

The next guest speaker was Sara Darwin from doTerra. She talked about the benefits of essential oils. She had a couple to pass around and mmmm they smelled amazing. One was lemon and the other, grapefruit. There are so many oils for so many ailments, illnesses, aches and pains, digestive issues etc. I look forward to to trying out the wonderful samples she gifted us all with. Thanks Sara. IMG_3297 IMG_3298 Did I mention I won a gift card!!! WahooIMG_3299

Created on 2017-02-23 21:30:23

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to share with you my new found “meal prepping “!. If you don’t do this, then I highly recommend you start. I’m going to give you some of my tips:

– Once you’ve shopped for your produce, make a large bowl of salad to keep in fridge, have your veggies washed and cut for quick, convenient snacking . Can serve with hummus.

– Prepare veggies to throw in crockpot for quick and convenient meals.

– cabbage, cauliflower, onion, turnip, yams or sweet potatoes , carrots, parsnips really anything you like. I like to add black beans or chickpeas for protein which makes this a complete meal if you choose.

-In the rice cooker prepare brown rice ( I prefer brown Jasmine). I add in the rice cooker celery, carrots and onion diced.

– have me,ins cubed up in a large bowl to eat on it’s own or add to yogurt or cottage cheese.

– in the pantry have bowls with ground flaxseed, another with raw sunflower seeds, another with unsweetened shredded coconut, another with craisins. These items can be added to salads, fruit, yogurt etc.

– cook chicken breasts to add to salads, or cooked veggies, or have as snack with raw veggies or shred for lettuce wraps. IMG_3283

-In a fry pan cook extra lean ground beef or ground turkey with carrots, celery and onion. This can be served with the rice and veggies. Or use for lettuce wraps.

Created on 2017-02-22 07:24:12

“THE REAL ME” seminar. IMG_3291 My Mission Statement IMG_3292 IMG_3294

Created on 2017-02-22 07:02:58

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY  15,2017

“THE REAL ME” seminar

Tonight was the first night of this 3day seminar. The Abbotsford challengers joined us for this. We haven’t actually seen each other since The “Meet and Greet”. Was so nice to all be together as one group. The seminar was held in  The amenity room at Anita’s townhouse complex. It was a perfect size with 2 bathroom and a kitchen to heat up our lunches if needed.

The first night was great. I think we were given this night to break us in gently for what was coming. We did a lot of sharing in small groups of 2 or more. It was quite intimidating at first. We sure got to know each other in a hurry. It was very interactive.

This seminar helped us to release any buried anger, sadness and helped us to forgive. It taught us that we all were created because we all have a purpose. Some of the exercises such as writing our own eulogy and having to choose 2 out of 5 of us in a group who could survive on a sinking ship were extremely difficult. I honestly can’t believe the tears I shed in front of perfect strangers. I barely even cry in front of my husband or family. These exercises were just so sad and difficult for me. I cried for the other gals around me while listening to them plead their case as to why they should survive the sinking ship. The sadness, the compassion for one another, listening to their struggles and hardships was so overwhelming. I learned so much about myself. I felt so much lighter once this seminar ended but at the same time, I felt emotionally exhausted. I honestly would recommend this seminar to everyone I know. Thankyou to all of you who put this all together for us. candle

Created on 2017-02-22 06:54:07

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15,2017

3:30P.M- Mom and I had our Makeover session at Shoppers DrugMart , Thunderbird location. The same one we all had our field-trip at. I went with all my makeup on so I could get honest opinions on how I was applying it. I felt good because they really liked it except maybe hinted a little that my eyeshadow was a little too metallic! I will buy some matte shadows. I always wear pinks and plum shades of lipstick so they tried something different from “SmashBox”. I didn’t realize how much I loved it until looking at the pictures afterwards. I will go back and hopefully find it. Thankyou Shoppers. IMG_3127 IMG_3264 IMG_3265 IMG_3266 IMG_3267

Created on 2017-02-22 06:21:06

Okay everyone I’m feeling so fantastic!!! I’m really making a huge effort with getting to the gym almost everyday. I have finally drummed up the courage to try some classes at She’s Fit. My first class was “The Speed Zone”. I wasn’t feeling too confident and I was extremely nervous and feeling very self conscious. Because of my disability ” Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease ( a form of polyneuropathy) that causes progressive weakening of all the nerves in my body I have to wear leg braces, handsplints and sometimes use a custom wheelchair. While working out in repetitive motions, I tend to get drop foot. I only wear one brace to the gym though because 2 of them on prevents me from being able to get on and off the machines gracefully and prevents me from moving less awkwardly. I have learned this through trial and error. I wear handsplints because my fingers tend to curl in and my wrists are extremely weak. The splints have metal running down the inside which helps me to grip and lift weights safely .

After successfully attempting my first very fast paced class I was so ecstatic and proud of myself that I actually started crying. I honestly didn’t know I was even capable of doing this. It also made me realize I wasn’t previously working out to my full potential. This is why I now prefer attending the classes when I can verses working out on my own. YAY ME!!! IMG_3086 IMG_3119 IMG_3142 IMG_3230 IMG_3235

Created on 2017-02-20 06:05:10

IMG_3281Loved my eyebrows the gals at Shoppers DrugMart showed me how to do. Sorry but I’m not sure why the picture is sideways!! Haha

Created on 2017-02-20 05:49:37

WEDNESDAY,FEBRUARY 1st con’t

After our measure and weigh in we all headed to Natures Fare market. Honestly, I didn’t even know this store existed. They have the coolest stuff. If you are vegetarian, gluten free or just like to eat healthy and organically then this is the place for you. Their selection is amazing from fresh juices, salads, organic produce to the coolest snacking options, pasta alternatives, vitamins, protein shakes etc. We were there quite a while getting a wonderful tour. Unfortunately it became difficult for me to really enjoy and take it all in as I was so stubborn and didn’t take my wheelchair with me. Honestly I didn’t even really think anyone knew I even had a wheelchair. I’m so ridiculous and really need to get over this but I just didn’t want to get the looks and questions as I feel so self conscious . I’m working on this. Because of me ending up being in so much pain I couldn’t enjoy purchasing any of these great items as others were doing because I had to go sit in my car and get off my feet.

Our next stop was at another amazing  sponsor Shoppers DrugMart (Thunderbird). First of all, I was so relieved the gals in cosmetics had nice comfy chairs for us. They also provided nice snacks and refreshing water. This visit was so much fun. We learned so much about eyebrows, contouring and highlighting. We learned how our brows should be shaped, filled in, where the arch should be and where the “tail” should end. I loved getting my eyebrows done and they looked gorgeous. Thanks ladies. Shoppers-Love-You-Vertical-w_Tagline-P2-SE

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st

MEETING

6:00 P. M This time I decided to bring my dinner and eat after the weigh in!!!! I can’t believe how much I stress over this!! It was a weigh and measure night. I got weighed first and was down another couple of pounds but obviously was hoping for me. It honestly feels like so much work for so little results!! BUT GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT????? I didn’t feel  deflated for very long because as Gina was measuring me we were both like “WOW” I had actually lost 11 INCHES!!! WAHOOOO!!! YAY ME!! I guess my hard work really was paying off!! Oh what a great feeling!!!

I have to say I was very careful about being too excited and trying not to brag as there were actually some tears of disappointment in the room. I celebrated quietly with my mom and then felt the need to check in on the gals in tears. Low and behold they experienced being up on the scale in weight but had lost inches.,,,,, YAY ladies!!! All was good. its-supposed-to-be-hard-if-it-wasnt-hard-everyone-would-do-it-the-hard-is-what-makes-it-great-quote-1

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FEBRUARY 1,2017

SPONSORSHIP

I have been busy contacting friends about getting sponsored. Those who sponsor $100 will have their business advertised here on my profile page for the duration of the challenge plus I receive points to help me advance in the challenge. I’m so excited and grateful for those who offered. KATRINA OSTRIKOFF, SHELAGH MARRO, KORI & COREY VANDERBERG, and KIRSTEN BROLIN. You are all so generous and I’m super grateful for all your support. I pray everyday that I’m doing everything possible to help me advance in this challenge and you are all helping me immensely. Thank you. IMG_3086 IMG_3109

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JANUARY 25,2017

Im proud of the changes I’ve been making in regards to eating healthy and working out.  I’ve lost 2.6 pounds this past week. I must be doing something right!! I just wish I could lose more pounds faster but as my husband would say ” You didn’t put it on in 2 weeks so you’re not going to lose it in IMG_3149 IMG_32542 weeks”!!

I love seeing all the gals at the meetings. I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone better.

Mom and I arrived early to meet with Gina from HerbalLife to go over our food journals and just to see how we were making out. We loved our 3 days of free samples and were very sad when they ended so we both ordered Protein shake powder and Total Control tablets that gave us amazing energy to work out.  I’m also getting very good with making snacks and meals to go when I’m in a hurry.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 19,2017

Mom and I head to Langley She’s Fit to sign up and attempt our first workout. WE LOVED IT!! Felt great! Thanks to She’s Fit, every challenger has been gifted a free membership during the challenge. The generous sponsors are amazing.

From there we headed to another big sponsor Shoppers DrugMart. We thought we’d just go and introduce ourselves as challengers, maybe score some wrinkle cream samples ( hehe), and for me to get an Optimum card. We met Holly at the cosmetics counter who was so lovely and had some samples for us and even offered to pose in a selfie with us. I enjoyed looking at the jewelry that was 50% off while mom shopped taking advantage of it being seniors day. I used my Optimum card immediately while purchasing a beautiful necklace. Shoppers-Love-You-Vertical-w_Tagline-P2-SE IMG_3116 IMG_3117 IMG_3119 IMG_3120 98F8A7DB-267E-475A-91DF-3C0969AF2167

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18,2017

6:00PM- Our first meeting. A lot of us had already friended each other on Facebook. Friendships were already blossoming. It was great to put some faces to names. I think it may take awhile though with there being 30 of us. The meeting was great except I was up 1.2 pounds. I was so upset over this. It had only been a few days since being weighed at The Meet and Greet. I was shocked as I’d been working so hard with healthier eating, smaller portions and working out at the gym.

It was very interesting learning about our bodies on the special scales Gina and Faleen brought from their Herbal Life office. It told us our weight, muscle mass, metabolic age etc. The “Herbal Life presentation was super informative. I have so much to learn about nutrition and knowing how to calculate protein into grams and how much we should have throughout the day.

One of the biggest challenges for me is getting the proper amount of water in daily. Apparently everyone should drink 1/2 their body weight in ounces daily!!! Yep you read that right!!

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IMG_3108Mom and I at The Meet and Greet

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 15,2017

THE MEET and GREET

4:00PM- Mom and I drove out to The Phoenix Ballroom in Abbotsford together. I had been previously watching the football game on t.v with my husband. I’m not even a football fan but this game was so exciting. If Dallas lost, they wouldn’t be in the Super Bowl. We have a lot of family and friends who are HUGE  Dallas fans.

4:45PM- Upon arrival at Phoenix, the game (we are now listening to in the car) was extremely exciting. The score kept getting so close and tying at times. We sat there listening while watching other gals arriving in black pants and white tops. We knew they were there for the Meet and Greet as well. Sadly Dallas lost, but luckily the nail biting game ended right at 5:00!

5:00PM- Once we walked into the building to register, we could immediately feel the vibe. There was excitement and anticipation in the air. As soon as we gave our names, the gals helping us were so excited that the “mother/daughter duo had arrived. It was so funny. They were announcing it like we were celebrities or something. They actually made us feel like celebrities ( without he red carpet of course). haha It was so funny.

6:00PM- We found a booth, ordered a drink to calm our nerves and just enjoyed observing everyone else. There was chatter, laughter, and the beginnings of great friendships going on.

It was an action packed evening with all the introductions, the very week 1 tmc pic 4informative stations, weigh-ins, photo shoots, video taping, door prizes, games etc. Can you say “OVERWHELMED?” We left there feeling nervous, confused, but most of all EXCITED and ready to begin our journey.

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Okay I finally seem to be up and running!! Wahoooo!’

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14,2017

THE CALL:

3:30PM- My husband Rich and I didn’t leave the house until late afternoon …..no call!!!

6:30PM- On our way to Newlands Golf and Country Club for a birthday celebration, my mom calls me on my cell phone. I didn’t even say hello. “Did you get the call and I didn’t??” She never calls me on my cell unless it’s important. She proceeds to tell me she got in and right away had asked ” did my daughter get in?” The answer was “YES!” OMG I was so excited even my husband couldn’t quiet me or calm me down. I guess I was really freaking out! Needless to say this is all I could think about all night.

11:30PM- As soon as we got home I couldn’t run to the phone quick enough. I needed to hear it for myself. There it was, music to my ears, the lovely voice of Anita Voth congratulating me. WAHOOOO I’m officially in The Langley Total Makeover Challenge!!!!

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I’m sorry my blogging isn’t working at this point! I’m trying to resolve the issue asap! Stay tuned!

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