The Jillian Michaels App: Week 2

Read about week 2 of my journey using the Jillian Michaels App! It was definitely challenging but very effective- I've lost 2.5 lbs!

It’s Tuesday so it’s time for another update! If you’ve missed the previous posts on why I’m on this fitness journey, click here, and how week one went, click here.

So this week was a weird one. I’ve never been so sick. I’m so congested that I can’t smell or taste anything and my face hurts. Not fun. In the past I’ve turned to comfort food when I’m not feeling well, which of course is so counterproductive. I felt so nauseous and icky my whole pregnancy, so I comforted myself with pizza, donuts, potatoes, etc. I know it makes no sense to eat junk food when you feel sick, but I’m an emotional eater. This time though I consciously made the decision to nourish my body with healthy food rather than giving in to emotional food cravings. And I did really well!

I ate according to the vegan meal plan in the Jillian Michaels App for the most part. My appetite was really weird so sometimes I ate different things but I stuck to healthy options.

I lost another 2.5 lbs for a total of 6.5! I was worried I was undoing my progress by not exercising but clearly sticking to healthy food makes a big difference.  Continue reading

The Jillian Michaels App: Week 1

Read about week 1 of my journey using the Jillian Michaels app! It was definitely challenging but very effective- I've lost 4 lbs!
Here’s my weekly check-in for the Jillian Michaels program! You can read more about the start of my journey here.

Week 1 went really well. All of the recipes were delicious and satisfying. The workouts were HARD but I’m proud of myself for pushing through them and doing what I can. I’ve needed to move around the workout days and rest a bit extra, I don’t get a restful night sleep because my baby wakes me to nurse every few hours at night. I don’t want to get burned out and give up so I’m trying to make sure that if my body really needs rest, I rest. If I’m just a bit tired or not feeling like working out, I’ve pushed myself to do it anyway and always feel great afterwards! I actually quite enjoy my time at night after I put baby Evelyn to sleep- I workout, take a shower, and enjoy my healthy dinner in peace and quiet. It’s the “me time” I’ve been desperately needing. Continue reading

The Jillian Michaels App: my new journey to fitness

Follow my journey as I push myself with the Jillian Michaels App so I can be the fit, active mom I want to be!

I’m doing something a little different today! My passion is healthy cooking but what goes hand in hand with that is fitness. This is a bit of a sore subject for me. Truth is- I’m embarrassed.

I was always a bit overweight my whole life, then went through an eating disorder and got way way too thin, then put the weight back on. But while I was in university I got myself really fit and healthy. I ate well and I worked out like a BEAST 5 days a week, lifting heavy weights and feeling strong and confident. I kept this up for several years.

It pains me to say, that all fell apart. I struggle with anxiety and it hit me HARD a couple years ago. I stopped working out because I felt so lethargic. I started eating for comfort. I started to put the weight back on. Then when I got pregnant about a year and a half ago, my comfort eating got out of control. I was very sick my entire pregnancy, intense nausea and horrible heartburn. The only thing that calmed down the stomach acid for a bit was eating, especially starchy foods like bagels. I ate lots of pizza, bagels, donuts, etc. Of course I felt awful afterward, but I’ve always been an emotional eater and pregnancy only intensified the issue. Continue reading

August Farmers Market Challenge: The Last Week

August Farmers Market Challenge- Week 2: healthy, delicious meals with local produce for a whole month! Yum! Here is my meal plan for week 3- feel free to follow along or make your own to be specific to the produce in your area. | The Refreshanista

This month has gone by quickly! A whole month of 95% local food has been no easy feat. I’ve learned a lot in the process:

Eating local meant eating more fruits and veggies which was fantastic! I was feeling great from all the delicious and nutritious produce.

The challenge involved a lot of planning ahead. The markets are only open on Saturdays- meaning if I forgot to buy something then I couldn’t just go out and buy it midweek.

Eating all local meant a lot of cooking and prep time for me. I made lots of homemade bread and pie crusts. Delicious but time-consuming!

I have many new recipes I created to use local produce that are now favourites in our house!

Spontaneous events like grandparents visiting my parents house for lunch and a spur of the moment surprise birthday trip across the country to Calgary and Banff {which is where I am right now!} have made it hard to stay 100% local.


Because I was surprised with this trip to Calgary and Banff I wasn’t able to plan ahead for next week’s meal plan- and we will not be home Saturday to do our shopping! I have lots of leftover broccoli, eggs, kohlrabi, cabbage, carrots, yogurt, blueberries, and strawberries plus my fiancé can pick up some veggies from the farmers who sell some of their veggies on Wednesdays but I never know what he will be able to get.

Needless to say this week will be a bit different, I’ll be winging it! But I’m sure whatever I make with the assortment of fresh veggies I get will be delicious 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!