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Who I am and what I believe.

 

THIS IS WHO I AM AND WHAT I BELIEVE

I am always pretty open about my beliefs and how I see the world.

Some might say that some of my thoughts and views on health/fitness/parenting/lifestyle are harsh and they are, but I’m ok with that.

 

I am cough well over 40 but I feel no where near that age.

 

I am starting to be ok with me now that Im in my 40’s – with age comes wisdom.

 

I married my best friend and I’m so blessed to have such a great partner.

 

I am a Virgo. If you look up the astrological definition of Virgo there just might be a picture of this girl.

 

I am a mom to 3. I have openly said that I have twins and because of that, nothing scares me.

 

Twins do not run in my family, a question everyone asks.

All 3 kids were conceived through IVF-a long and painful process but in the end worth every self administered needle and every surgery.

 

I was born and raised in Toronto. I live in Florida now and it’s home!

 

I am 5’1 BUT I think I make it to 5’3 in my running shoes with insoles.

 

I don’t weigh myself. The scale made me crazy when I was overweight. The heaviest number I saw when I was standing on a scale was 230lbs – I am sure I weighed more but that was the last time I got on the scale as an overweight person because all I could think about was that I weighed as much as Mike Tyson and I was only 5’1.

 

I was adopted.

 

My Dad died when I was six and my Mom raised me on her own.

As a Mom of 3, I dont know how she did it.

Sadly, I lost her on my 20th birthday (yes, on my birthday). I really dont look forward to celebrating my birthday since she died.

 

This is a TMI moment (you can skip it if you’re squeamish)

I didn’t get my menstrual cycle until I was 18. My mother took me to the Dr in total panic. I was quite content not having an answer or starting my cycle. Seeing all of my friends writhing in pain monthly did nothing for me. The Dr reassured her it was fine. She however, kept telling me that the blood was going to go to my brain and inferred I would likely die. She was wonderful at fear mongering and subsequently, I have developed that talent and passed it along to my children.

 

I regret not going to medical school. I had the opportunity and I didn’t pursue it. Oddly, I wanted to be a Dr despite the point above #funny – BUT I did finish my PhD in Nutrition in my 40’s and I am so proud of that. #DrCarrie

 

I became a clean freak and legit germaphobe once my son was born. It has not gotten any better and I am ok with that.

 

I overuse Purell and insist those around me do the same.

Roll your eyes if you will, I have heard the “we all need dirt speech” It’s a quirk and Im ok with it.

 

Im not a perfectionist but I want to be.

 

I expect a lot from those around me because I expect a lot from myself.

It’s an issue and no one is more critical of it than me.

 

I am one of the very few people who love what they do.

I “get” to help people change their lives.

I get to be a part of their journey. It is an honor and something I do with such pride and commitment.

 

The tone in which you speak can easily make me like or dislike you on any given day.

 

I love and overuse hashtag’s # – I think they are fun and the written word at times needs some comedy #LightenUpPeople

 

I am loyal to a fault.

 

Lying under any circumstances is not acceptable in my world. If you lie to me, I won’t forget it.

 

I go to church and I believe in and love God.

 

I hate fighting or conflict-it rips me up inside. But, to that point, I am as stubborn as a mule.

 

My spiritual walk has helped me love people on a deeper level.

 

When I come across as tough or mean on issues with health and fitness it is said or written with passion.

Being overweight was miserable and if I can save you from that, then yes, my words will be strong and harsh.

Life is not always rainbows and unicorns.

 

I hate movies that make me cry and even if it was a good movie I will say it was stupid if it made me cry.

 

My idea of parenting is that we are raising adults. I have expectations because I want my kids to be prepared and not blind sided.

 

I have some serious stretch marks from being over 230lbs. I also have loose skin because I had twins and ate gallons of ice cream while I was pregnant…I was eating for 3, gahhhhhh!

 

I am not opposed to plastic surgery. If it makes you feel better and you dont look crazy in the process then so be it.

 

I believe we should all have a charity we believe in and support.

 

I believe we all need to do some form of volunteer work regularly.

 

I can’t stand fake people (you know who you are). Be genuine. If you have a work or online persona and that is not you in real life IRL then you’re fake.

 

I can always justify buying new running shoes…always.

 

It is no secret I love donuts. I regret eating them each and every time.

 

I beat myself up daily with my lack of willpower.

 

My relationship with food is tormenting.

 

I am thankful and grateful for what I have and who I have become.

 

I know I can be better and I work towards being better everyday.

 

Now the really quirky side of me:

 

  • clutter and mess make me twitchy
  • I get weird about eating out and the thought of people (strangers) touching my food creeps me out
  • I bust out into dance moves at odd times, and I have no rhythm

 

  1.  I iron everything…and by everything I mean everything. So if you are thinking “does she iron (insert item here)….” yes, yes I do. I always have ironed everything and I always will. It’s weird, I’m fully aware.
  1. I don’t looooooove veggies. From time to time I think salad is lame. I eat them because I am not blessed with a great metabolism. I eat them because I know they are good for me and I tell myself that through each and every bite.

 

3. I have an obsession with Bath and Body Works. In my world you can never have enough hand sanitizer, soap, body lotion, lip gloss, candles or air fresheners.

 

4. I really like Monster Energy Zero….there I said it. Extra caffeine, zero calories, bubbles….come on, how great is that!  Simmer down, I know that pop/soda is bad but its just on the rare occasion I want a soda, it’s Monster Zero. #CaffeineAddict

 

5. NKOTB (New Kids on The Block) is my favourite boy band (man band). To this day they are still cranking out some fantastic beats in their 40’s….well done boys!! I still love them, and if Donnie Wahlberg ever calls, well….

 

6.  My favourite super hero’s are Iron Man, Captain America and Thor (he’s cute).

 

7.  I will never turn down steak.  A nice thick cut of glistening, right out of the broiler, sizzling steak.  I like mine medium rare…closer to rare…..rawwwwrrrrrrrrrr (that’s me growling).

Settle down Vegans, this is my list.

 

8.  When I go for a run I sing…crazy loud, tone-deaf kind of singing.  Yeah, I’m that girl you pass when you are driving by, “What is she doing?  Is she in pain?” Don’t judge, it just helps me run!!

 

9. If you get in a car with me at night you are taking your life in your own hands. I am completely night blind and my driving skills are well….

 

10. I would eat sushi 7 days a week but the fear of  glowing or growing fins from the mercury keeps me in check.

 

  1. I cannot stand…(I wanted to use the H word but I will hold back)…so read between the lines:

If you scrap your teeth on your fork while eating, be prepared.  I may launch myself across the table at you!  Also, if you lick or suck your fingers while eating I may throw my fork at you.

Get some friggin manners and tact…..gah….sooo gross.

 

Again, I know I can be better and I am working on it everyday.

 

Thank you for reading…now, you really know me…hope you still love me.

xo

 

What if you stayed the same?

Here is my question to you, please feel free to answer it or leave a comment below.

If you stayed at your current weight would you be happy?

Could you go through the next 20, 30,40, 50 years in the shape you are right now and be happy ? Honestly happy…not just settling.

 

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Where some might think that your physical appearance should not be tied to your happiness or state of mind, I say different.

So many people are consumed…yes, comsumed with unhappy thoughts because they are over weight and out of shape.

When I was at my heaviest (225lbs + ) there were days that all I could think about was how much happier I would be if I could just lose weight. Then there were days that all I could think about was which decadent food could I eat next. It was a viscious cycle and I am still tormented by it today.

I know I am happier now for a few reasons. Being over weight is not an all consuming thought. I am able to be active and do activites that I never dreamed of doing. I am happier now because I don’t beat myself up meal after meal, which is exhausting.

If you aren’t willing to make some sacrifices then you need to make peace that you are where you are and your weight will not change.

In fact, and this is not to fear monger but to open your eyes…your weight will go up.

Getting older and not being active means you slow down. Your hormones are involved (menopause) your metabolism slows to a grinding halt, add in stress and you have a recipe for obesity.

What will your life look like in a year, 2 years or 5 years if you continue to do nothing?

What will you feel like in a year, 2 years or 5 years if you continue to gain weight?

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I guarantee…I mean I guarantee that if you start to put focus on your health you will feel better, you will stop feeling fat, ugly and miserable. Today is your day.

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If you do nothing and keep doing nothing you will be unhappy…plain and simple.

 

The emotional side of being overweight is so mentally taxing but aside from that

you are taking years off of your life…which is a fact. Why would you want to do that?

 

Today is your day. Today is the day that you will make healthy choices and do some real physical activity.

 

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Happy February!!!

How is it February already?!

Did you make resolutions…and how are they doing??

I wanted to do a quick blog post and give a major shout out to our My Breakthrough Academy 30 Day Challenge Participants.

We had so many people change their lives in January, how amazing is that!!!

They ate real food, they did short focused workouts, they drank water and they were accountable!

There were no crazy food, pills, insane workouts or deprivation!

Real Results were EARNED!

I am so proud of everyone for taking back their lives.

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Real people, with real jobs, families, and responsibilities.

I am so proud of everyone that participated!!!

To see more of their results head over to www.mybreakthroughacademy.com

I hope you had a successful January and I hope your February is fit and healthy!

 

xo

 

#1 tool for fat loss

There are hundreds and thousands of weight loss gadgets, pills and potions out there claiming they will get you on the fast track to fat loss. Do they work? Some might, most don’t.

If I asked ANYONE and I mean anyone, on the street, on a bus at a school in an office

“How do you lose weight”

The answer each and everyone of them will have is eat right and exercise.

We all know what to do BUT NO ONE DOES IT??!!!  #crazy

If there is one “tool” that works for fat loss it is…

a journal

FoodJournal

I know a lot of you just let out a big sigh … oh, that.

I will bet those of you that just rolled your eyes don’t keep a journal and I will also bet most of you struggle with your weight.

A journal (online or old school paper) keeps you accountable.

You can go back and see what you are actually doing as opposed to guessing.

How much of that pasta did you actually eat?

Did you eat or forget to eat?

How long did you work out and what exercises did you do?

How much water did you drink?

How much sleep did you get?

Was it a good day or bad day?

 

IF YOU BITE IT…YOU WRITE IT

 

Food-journal

All of these seemingly small things add up to big results.

If you are keeping track of what you are doing you can see where and why you are going off the rails or why weight loss has stalled.

It is sooooo simple but no one does it.

Why?

Lazy. More work. No time  #excuses

If you track what you do it will get you to your goals faster, I promise.

Track /journal everything that you want to change. It will give you the reality check of where you are and the awareness to keep going and recognize the work you have done.
If there’s something you really
want to change right now, get a journal and
start writing out where you are are and
track what you are doing to get where
you want to go.

I promise you it’s one of the most powerful
things you can do.

Don’t believe me… try it.

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2016 Predictions (my accuracy is remarkable #humblebrag)

I PREDICT that if you reach into your wallet/daytimer/agenda on any day in 2016 and pull out a card or piece of paper with all your realistic goals written on it in precise detail, the odds are in your favor of you’ll achieve every one of those goals before the end of the year.

 

I PREDICT that if you focus your thoughts on your goals and how you are going to achieve them, you will reach your goals so fast in 2016, it will make your head spin. #truth – try it!

 

I PREDICT that if you focus your thoughts on health woes and body fat problems and if you think about what you don’t want, your problems will get worse than ever this year.

 

I PREDICT that if you can tell me all the reasons why achieving your goals are important to you, you will be motivated from within to stick with them when the going gets tough.

 

I PREDICT that at times, the going is going to get tough. But you need to tough it out.

 

I PREDICT that the way you see yourself in your mind’s eye today will be an exact reflection of what you see in the mirror at the end of the year.

 

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I PREDICT that if you have a setback that seems to get in the way of you reaching your goals and you tell yourself “this is temporary; this too shall pass”, then it won’t set you back and it will pass.

Don’t be a victim to excuses.

 

 

I PREDICT that if you believe the way your body looks today is out of your control and you feel helpless or powerless to change, you won’t even make much of an effort this year.

 

I PREDICT that if you accept complete responsibility for the way your body looks today and you believe that you have the power to change, that you will take action and keep taking action, even through the tough times.

 

I PREDICT that if you’re unhappy with your physical condition and you say, “it’s not my fault” or you blame it on genetics, hormones or age, then your body will look pretty much the same at the end of 2015 as it did on New Year’s day.

2016

 

 

 

I PREDICT that the more you seek “miracle pills” or “quick fixes,” the more likely you are to be a failure a year from now.  That’s the cold hard truth.

 

I PREDICT that you will be tempted by many quick fixes in 2015. You’re smarter than that–don’t fall for it.

 

I PREDICT that if you hang out with negative people this year, you will become just like them.

 

I PREDICT that if you hang out with winners and positive people this year, you will become just like them.

 

I PREDICT that you will run into more negative people this year than positive people. Choose wisely who you want to be like. There is a reason there are more negative people…it’s easy.

 

I PREDICT that if you recruit just one friend or support partner that stands behind you and the lifestyle changes you want to make in 2016, you will double your chances for success. If you surround yourself with numerous support buddies, you will become unstoppable.

Did you reach your 2015 goals? Think about that for a minute. Are you heading into 2016 in the same spot?

 

The past is the past and you can’t change it, but by changing your thoughts, attitudes and ACTION in the present moment, the future is yours to create.

Read these predictions again.

Share this and rally your troops.

Make 2016 different… really different. Get uncomfortable.

 

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How to say NO to food pushers

Odd title to this blog post, I know…but I will explain.

I was at a holiday party last week. It was great to socialize, meet new people, talk about a range of topics and then IT happened.

“IT” was one of the party guests coming over to me insisting I eat some cookies or cake or have some of the appetizers. When I politely declined, she offered me other things wine, mixed drinks, some kind of Christmas creamy alcoholic conncoction and again I politely declined.

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Before making my way to the party I had dinner. I was full so not to be tempted by any of the holiday food joy.

Back to my story…once I refused food for the second time, she rallied the troops. Mark…Carrie is not having any of the treats…go and make her up a plate. Which was followed by “you can afford to eat it, c’mon just have a plate” Then the host hollered over to another guest and said “Christine…Carrie needs to have some of your cheesecake doesn’t she?! grab her a piece”.

Smiling and kindly pushing away the food, I insisted that I was full. Her reply was “you are small, you should eat more AND it’s the holidays” — whhhaaaattttt?

You know all heck would break loose if tables were turned and I went around telling people to put food down, can I get an Amen on that one?! #Amen

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Look lady, I have been cordial and polite but enough was enough. So then I started…I told the host that none of the food there was on my nutrition plan, that most of that sugary, fattening stuff will make me sick to my stomach…then came the doozy and I said :

 I don’t need food to enjoy the company of others.

READ THAT LINE AGAIN AND REMEMBER IT! 

I know the host and most of these food pushing guests are very nice people but that night they were jerks.  In a not so mall way, they were being bullies.  Now that isn’t to minimize real world bullying, but you know what I mean.  I honestly felt like I was being bullied into joining in their experience.

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Food doesn’t equal happiness or a good time to me. I will add a disclaimer that yes, I have had meals and have said, “Hellooooo happiness” while eating said meal.

If you are big or small don’t give in to Christmas, Valentines, Easter, 4th of July, Canada Day, Halloween food pushers.

Those Christmas calories add up fast and can get out of control fast.

This morning I got a phone call from one of the guests congratulating me on my stand and she asked me to put together a plan for her nutritional future.  She wants to start today…not after the holidays. 

Just like raising our children…when you stand up for what you believe in, the influence you can have on others is golden.

Celebrate being with the company of others.  Enjoy your time, fellowship and the company of others without the regret of doing something that you wouldn’t normally do and that doesn’t fit into your own nutritional plan.

 

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Meals On The Run

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As a nutritionist, trainer, coach, and Mom, I can tell you that food is one of the biggest hurdles people have.

  • What to eat?
  • How to prepare it?
  • When do I eat?
  • Do I need to eat after my run?
  • What do I eat after my run?

The “healthy food” world is confusing. What works for one person doesn’t always work for you. Add into the mix allergies, reactions, discomfort, sensitivities…it can be tough to know what foods help and what foods might hurt your performance and your general well-being.

Runners are a unique group of athletes. Runners are dedicated to their training schedule. We will drag ourselves out of bed at 4am to get our run in. We will show up early on a Saturday morning to get our long run of the week completed, without excuses! But many of us will skimp on proper fuel.

Long gone are the days of carb loading and just refueling with wasteful carbs with little or no nutrient value.

Today’s runner needs to be smart when it comes to nutrition. If you are investing your time, effort and money into the sport of running, food/nutrition needs to be high on your list.

Fuel well / Feel well!!

I guarantee if you start eating better, you will be a better runner. Your body is craving real food, real fuel. It’s the same analogy of putting sugar in the gas tank of a car…it is going to die.

I was able to get a copy of Runner’s World, “Meals on the Run” new cookbook. It’s a 30 minutes or less cookbook designed by runners for runners–they understand #TheStruggleIsReal.

Meals on the Run separates recipes into categories so you dont have to over think the how, what, when, where and why. Pre-run nutrition, mid run fuel and post run recovery. It goes one step further, it breaks down recipes to show if they are gluten-free, vegetarian, good for hydration, etc.

Even something as simple as stocking your pantry is included in this book!! There are incredible ideas just from knowing what to have on hand.

The Fast Runners Kitchen, Meals on The Run

Every part of your day is covered with a fast and healthy recipe. Breakfast, snacks, smoothies, lunch/dinner, salad dressings <- (which I am always on the hunt for!)

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There is even a “kitchen sink” pizza recipe!! Who doesn’t LOVE PIZZA!?!?!?

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I’m a visual girl, so all of the recipe photos spoke directly to me! It gives me a better idea of what I’m making is supposed to look like.

Real food recipes are broken down in an easy step-by-step way to make it easy for every runner to prepare healthy meals.

As a mom of 3, I can very easily get into a “What to make tonight” rut. We have the same rotation of meals so this was great to have easy and fast recipes to turn to mix up the routine and keep everyone happy.  Cooking is like weight loss, if it is too complicated people tend to give up or just not try.

If your body is well nourished you will have better runs, reduce the risk of injuries and disease, have a better feeling of wellness and energy and who doesn’t want that????

Meals on the Run is my new go to recipe book. I’m looking forward to cooking my way through this book (see what I did there). I’ll be posting recipes and pics of what I make.

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I will leave you with this final thought… you cannot out train a bad diet.

If you want to be a better runner/athlete you need to do your work in the kitchen as well! If you take that part of your work out seriously, it make the rest of your workout seriously better!

 

You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Meals on The Run to review but I was not asked to write a public review. I’m writing this review because it is a fantastic recipe/cook book that I’m recommending that runners get a copy of. It is designed by runners, for runners.