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I had a nice treat last week.  My daughter had entered me in a Mother’s Day contest at The Body Shop, and I WON!

It took me a while to go in and claim the prize, I actually had to cancel twice, once because I had a bit of an eye infection and the second time because I had to do a trip out of town.

When I finally got in there, I was pampered with a free facial and makeover.  Of course the main goal was to showcase all of their products.  But it was a nice relaxing pampering session for baby K and I.

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If you know anything about me, you know that I am a pretty “plain Jane” kind of girl.  I don’t wear a bunch of makeup, and I normally have a really quick wash, moisturize and go routine in the morning.

As part of the “healthy me” lifestyle I am creating for myself.  I am really putting effort into taking better care of myself, and that includes my skincare.

Some of the products that she showed me I actually really loved! Some of them not so much!  I am referring to my skin specialist as “she” because like an idiot, I do not remember here name (I’m sorry, you did a great job)!

After losing all this weight I have a really BIG problem with an abundance of skin.  The way it shows up in my face is that it makes me a bit…. droopy is a good word lol.  Also as I am aging, I am getting some wrinkles and laugh lines.

My very favorite was a product the skin specialist told me was great for mature women (when did I get to be a mature women I’m not quite sure, lol).  It’s call The Oils of Life,  and is an anti-ageing product line. She used the Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil on me, and if felt sooo good!

I have been using it at home, and I am seeing that my skin is actually starting to look … younger?  It’s like the lines around my eyes seem less noticeable and that my “droop” isn’t so droopy.

I am going to be trying a few more products in the product line.

The other product that I really love is the Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate Serum.

Love this!!

 

I think it is probably a combination of the two, but my skin is really starting to look tighter and younger, less droopy, and more … finished.

I will have to update with some pictures.

As part of the makeover, I got a coupon for the Drops of Youth Liquid Peel, so will be going in to try that as well.

During the makeover and as we were chatting, I explained my extra skin issue from my weight loss, and she suggested a firming body coffee cream.  So now that is also on my wish list.

I really enjoyed the facial and the product that she used on my skin.  Sadly I didn’t book enough time and so we were very rushed toward the end of the treatment.  Maybe that’s the reason that I didn’t enjoy the makeover part as much.

Not that I didn’t enjoy the pampering, the products were really nice and she did a great job, I just didn’t enjoy the end result.  I felt “overdone”.

I didn’t get a chance to snap a before picture.  But here is the end result.

All in all, it was a great experience.  A huge thank you to The Body Shop in Lethbridge, and to my beautiful daughter Janine for thinking of me and entering my name.  It was a really fun experience.

Us “mature ladies” (such a nice way of putting it lol) can use some extra help, so although I won’t be using all of their products as I don’t have that kind of time, I will definitely be using a few.

 

 

Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

 

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My daily life and aspirations have changed so drastically over the course of my journey to health…

 

It use to be that the only place you would see me walking was up and down the junk food isle at the grocery store trying to “stock up” on the comfort food that kept me so uncomfortable.

Looking back, I find it really amusing (and very sad) because I would go up and down the isle quick in hopes that no one would notice me or how many bags of chips I was putting in my cart.  I would also grab a 24 pack of DIET PEPSI (as if that was helping lol).

I always felt so …. ashamed!!

People would look in my cart, and then look me up and down, some people would even start whispering and pointing.

I would wait until I put all the kids to bed, and then go grab a bag of chips and a diet Pepsi (so I wasn’t getting all that sugar of course), then I would go and pig out in my bed while I fell asleep vowing tomorrow would be a better day.

I couldn’t walk anywhere.  Going up and down the stairs to get in my house use to hurt my legs.  Going out to do grocery shopping, or any event that required even a small amount of walking would leave me sore, and exhausted.

For so many years, I could not get out of that cycle.

Fast forward to now…

This Thursday June 15, I will be participating in my first ever Walk to Raise Awareness!  I am actually having a hard time believing how much has changed…. how much I have changed!

The walk is being put on by LEARN (Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network) to raise awareness for Elder Abuse in our city and is part of  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

The walk is being held at the Civic Centre Track this Thursday from 10:00 – 11:00.

The walk is followed by a BBQ (cost of $2) and all proceeds from that are going to the Seniors Safety Calendar.

 

Why don’t you come down and cheer me on?!  Or better yet, come walk with me!

Why am I all of a sudden interested in walking for a cause such as Elder Abuse?

A few reasons…

  1. One of my new goals is to get out more and involved in our local community.
  2. I have recently started a new local business serving Seniors’ (more on that in a future post) and this is a big concern in our community.  There was a news report last year that said the police are called out to investigate 12 incidents each month of Elder Abuse.
  3. Now that I am feeling so much healthier, I want to start getting more active and moving more.  Granted this isn’t a 5K marathon or anything like that, but it is a start.
  4. Moving actual feels good and gives energy.  This is a great walk for local friends and seniors to come down and get involved to stay active and healthy.
  5. I CAN!

I really hope to see you locals down there to cheer me on, say hello and help support the Senior’s in our community!

 

 

Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

 

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My last post was in April of last year.  So much has happened in that time, and I feel guilty for not updating in so long for those of you the were following my journey.

I am sorry.

The last year has been a whirl-wind of change and changing for me.  I had to take a really hard look at where I was, and WHO I was inside.

I think that I had just reached a burnout point from my life in general, and my life with kids.   I decided that I didn’t want/need to continue with fostering and not be able to give my all to the kids who needed me.

Not to mention (but let me anyway) that  I was so very UNHEALTHY, tired, and stressed 24/7.

I felt that my best course of action was to drop out of life, and hide behind my computer screen quietly selling products on eBay and Amazon.  Living my life with much less responsibility of caring for others.

The year of 2016 passed, and as it turned out, life had it’s way of gently (and some days not so gently) showing me that hiding behind a computer screen and avoiding everything is not the person I am here to become.

The more I seemed to work towards a life of seclusion, the more I was being nudged/lead back into a life of service.

Here are some pics of my journey and transformation.  I am learning to embrace the person that I am inside, and I am really looking forward to continuing the journey.


Looking back at my blog it was in the beginning of 2016 where I announced I was taking a year away from fostering to recharge, get healthy, and discover “What do I want to be when THEY (the kids) are all grown and gone?”

My goals at that time were:

  • My Health.  As many of you know, back in August I adopted a new way of eating and have so far lost 72 pounds.  I do have a long way before I reach the state of health that I am looking to achieve, but it feels really good to be working on it.
  • My Business.  I have been tinkering online for 10 years.  It has been only in the last couple years that I have become serious about creating a generous income from the comfort of my home, on my terms.  Really diving in with both feet to expand my business and make it a true success.
  • Finding what it is that excites me and that I can become passionate about.
  • Finding out how I can best be of service to the community of empty nesters who are likely in the exact same positions as me.
  • My family and friends.  Keeping strong relationships with family and friends as well as meeting new friends and work colleagues.

And where I sit today:

  • I feel like I am in the best health that I have been in all my adult life.  I have lost a total of now between 155-160 pounds (it fluctuates), I am no longer categorized as diabetic, and I am completely off my high blood pressure medication.
  • I am still growing and changing as far as “business” goes (more to come on that).  I realized late in 2016 that the business I did DIVE into was not the business that I truly enjoyed.
  • Finding out what excites me is always going to be growing and changing – My main passion and love right now is being a Grandma to my grandson and new littles.
  • Empty Nesting seems to be a FAIL right now.  Although I am not going to call it failure, I am calling this past year feedback.  Turns out my nest didn’t like being empty, and I didn’t like it being empty.
  • As for family and friends.  Those bonds and relationships have only grown stronger.  I have been throwing myself back into life, meeting new people, getting involved and I am actually really enjoying it!

A few things that I have discovered along the way:

  • I am a caregiver and nurturer by nature. Part of me was missing having the ‘littles’ around. Knowing that, starting in January of this year I have opened my home back up to kids in care that need a good and loving home. The difference this time is that I have younger kids.  So far it’s been a LOT of fun re-inventing my self as a Gramma!
  • The next thing that I discovered was back in 2015 I felt so very unhealthy, fat and burnt out that I could not imagine carrying on with the stress of high needs kids and political BS that comes with fostering. I was really TIRED, and thought “retiring” was the best option.
  • Turns out – that if a gal loses 155 pounds, she feels a lot better, has a lot more energy, and can manage much more. That said, I was able to really jump back into life not retire from it. With the kids I have now I can actually get down on the floor and PLAY!! That is an awesome stress relief right there!
  • One thing that I know now,  is that life is not about hiding away from the world, it is facing it head on with expectancy and determination.  It’s about continuing to grow, share, learn, and serve others. It’s about being the person that you feel you are in your heart.
And above all else it is to experience JOY!

Looking forward to chatting with you more soon.
Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

 

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Hey everyone, this is just a really quick message to let you know of a new 90 Day Low Carb Challenge starting tomorrow.  This is a great group run by the Low Carb Traveler (Lynn Terry).

The challenge is  called the “Get Lean for Summer” Challenge, and that is just what we are going to do.

2016-low-carb-challenge-600What you will need to do is:

That will give you all of the instructions on the group, and allow you to participate in the challenge.  Also if you have been watching my 100 pound loss and would like to get additional updates and community from me, you can make sure that you:

  • Follow along on Facebook by liking my AHWH page.
  • Sign up for updates on my blog by going here
  • And if you are on Instagram, let’s connect there as well @athomewithheather

I am really excited for this next challenge, and would love to get a dialogue going with all of you that have been wanting to get started as well!!

Here is to a leaner, healthier summer!

 

Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

 

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Well I did it!!!

 

I am not where I want to be yet, but this is certainly a HUGE sense of accomplishment for me.

So many people are asking me what my secret is.  Quite honestly I don’t have one, more than what I have already been posting and sharing.  But I do think here is the difference this time.

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