So Here We Are

So here we are, almost 1/4 of the way into 2011, my supposed “year of change”, and I’m not doing very well.  I started off great!  Like most at the beginning of this year, I was motivated, got a gym membership, was making meals at home and actually beginning to enjoy cooking again.  Then, about 2 weeks ago, my husband had to work late, and I used that as an excuse to go back to my old habits.

I have to face facts.  I am 35 years old, and I need to take control of my health if I want to be around to meet my grandchildren some day.  I want my children to be healthy and not put them at risk of developing diabetes, bad eating habits and become obese, unhealthy children.  I want my husband to be healthier also so he will be around for a long time to come.

I know I’m the lynch pin to all this.  I’m the one that decides on our meals, when we eat out and where, etc.  I have to “stop the insanity” and take charge of my life, our lives, and change everything.

I have to remember that this will not happen over night.  I have to do this in small steps to form healthy habits.  I hope that you’ll all follow along with me to help keep me motivated.  I won’t be posting before and after pictures, how much weight I’ve lost, my measurements, etc.  That’s NOT what this is about for me.  If I loose weight, great.  If not, that’s ok too.  At least I know I’ve made a change in the name of good health.  I think that will be my biggest motivator of all!
I may even throw in some photography tips along the way.
Thanks for being here with me!  I look forward to the comments, and by the way, I do my best to reply to comments.



  • http://twitter.com/dorisdays88 Doris Chung

    Jennifer, I’m really looking forward to meeting you in the Spring. And I know that you can do it. Putting out the positive will get you to where you want to be. Keep it up!

    • http://www.naturallybeautifulphotography.com JenGPhotog

      I can’t wait to meet you either! We’re going to have a fabulous photo session together!

      Thanks for your encouraging words…I’m going to need them! :)

  • Anonymous

    Welcome Jen! I will gladly join you on your journey! :)

  • http://twitter.com/urbanmomsdiy Sara L

    Go Jen!!!! I’ll be rooting along with you!

    • http://www.naturallybeautifulphotography.com JenGPhotog

      Thanks Sara!

  • Brookesat

    I am in the same boat Jen so i will be following along. For me it is less the take out but convenience foods please share if you find yummy, healthy, quick and easy recipes

    • http://www.naturallybeautifulphotography.com JenGPhotog

      Yes convenience foods are evil also! I hope we can overcome them together!

  • http://www.fortysomethingbride.com/ Colleen Cole

    Hey Jennifer, congrats on your new blogging gig! I know you can do it. We made the same decision this year. Some weeks have gone smoothly and some…let’s just not talk about that…
    If you are in to red meat did you know that Sobeys is carrying $5 sirloin tip roasts (650g) on a regular basis now? One of those roasts is enough for two dinners for my husband and I – and the great thing is you season it and toss it in the oven and dinner is done! I put it in a small roast dish, surround it with root veggies and baby potatoes that have been sliced in half and microwaved for 5 minutes first. It is fast, easy and good for you (the roasts are incredibly lean).
    Good luck with your challenge!

    • http://www.naturallybeautifulphotography.com JenGPhotog

      Thanks Colleen! We actually only eat red meat about once a week, but I do love a good roast followed by a hearty stew the next day.

  • mommyof3

    Congrats Jennifer. If I can offer my 2 cents…just take one day at a time with baby steps and you’ll do great! The biggest mistake most people make on this journey of change is trying to do it all at once and make it happen now. Good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1054657213 Jennifer Saarinen

    My name is Jennifer and I’m in Brampton too. I’ll be 35 in May. I’m trying to lose weight also. I lost 25 pounds last spring and gained it back. Losing weight doesn’t require a diet, it requires a permanent change in habit and lifestyle. My goal is to, for the most part, eat vegan. No dairy and no meat. Plant based diet. Seems drastic, but, in my opinion, from my research, it’s the best way to go. Eat as much as you want and still lose weight. At the same time, you can cure and prevent many diseases such as diabetes and many forms of cancer etc. Read the China Study. Great book with in depth research. Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr McDougall are great leaders in the field. Even if you don’t want to do it full time, try to incorporate plant-based recipes into your week as much as you can. It worked for me, I just didn’t stick with it and I’m just getting going again.

  • tevange

    I too am trying to take control of my health. With a GD scare with my first pregnancy, I lost 30 lbs before getting pregnant with my second. She just turned a year old, and I’ve maintained the 30 lbs and have lost another 20. It’s definitley small steps to form healthy habits, but I think it’s those small steps that will help for a successful future. All the best and I’ll be with you along the way!





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