I’M BACK . . . @highestwizard


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. I have been away for a while dealing with different things, but I am back and looking to not only start a new journey, but to also take you on the journey I was on while I was away. There are two sides to this journey, mine and my son’s.  I am not an Instagram person, so I am going to tell my version on here and my son on Instagram. Please follow my son @highestwizard on his Instagram journey through the highs and lows in the hot box. As he gets upfront and personal about his struggles, his tell all about how they came about, how he dealt, what worked, what didn’t, how he uses humour to get through, the choices he had to make, what saved his life and so much more. Please feel free to share, like, follow you won’t be disappointed . . . he is just getting started but has big plans for you all!

I will be sharing the same journey but rather than be up front and personal it will be personal, but as seen through the eyes of a mother. Stay tuned and you will see where @highestwizard journey started and where it is headed.

Looking forward to having you on this journey with us and to seeing where it takes us!



PHASE 1 . . . day 1


Well so far, I failed to drink enough and eat every 3 hours, just plain forgot, busy morning. Tomorrow I will be setting a timer to remind me and carry my water bottle around as well. I have the food ready to go in the fridge and need to remember to fill my water jug as soon as I get up! As for the eating, I did well with what I ate, and exercises . . . weeell they were tough, but I am proud of what I did 🙂 I got so excited about getting started that I forgot to warm up, so need to add that for tomorrow. I was able to complete all the exercises except the push ups, instead of 3 sets, I did only 2 of each. My arms were giving out on me. Lara was right though, you do feel good after, tired, but good! Now I am going to have my lunch ~ zucchini stuffed with turkey and vegetables and for dinner ~ turkey burger topped with roasted peppers, mushrooms, onions,  and lettuce minus the bun! 🙂

GETTING STARTED (WEEK 1 OF 12) . . . wish me luck!!!

Tomorrow starts week 1 of a 12 week program by Jamie Eason. I will be adjusting the meal part of it because I am currently on a low carb diet, but looking forward to doing the exercise part.

I am not as brave as a fellow blogger who previously posted about this program and is currently on week 2 and loving it so far. She is brave enough to post weekly progress pictures . . . I am not there just yet, but I will take a before and after picture and maybe at the end of the 12 weeks, I may post it. So you will have to stay tuned 🙂 WISH ME LUCK!!!!


KICKING “FUNK” IN THE BUTT . . .anyone what to join in?


Today I was pleased and excited to find a post that was posted about a fitness program that a fellow blogger is excited to embark on. I have been in somewhat of a funk lately, so when I came across this I thought what a great way to knock this funk on its butt! Please find the post below and I hope it inspires others  to give it a whirl as well. If you do, please let us know so we can all keep in touch with each others progress and offer support at the same time. I will be starting the program Monday February 3rd after my weigh in on the 1st. I would like to thank Thinspirational Journey for posting this. I enjoy reading Lara’s posts, she is always very positive and motivated.

Meal Prep For My 12-Week Program

Thanks for sharing . . . Great idea and good luck!!!

Kawaii Fitness

Hey Everyone! Today is the day I am starting a 3 phase, 12-week program by Jamie Eason

from BodyBuilding.com And I am just so excited to start it because she is one of my biggest inspiration ever. I’ve always looked up to her when I look at fitness models and such. I was so

excited when I saw her training program that she designed (FOR FREE) for everyone who wants to transform their bodies to being in their best shape ever.

Each phase is compromised of 3 parts. Training, Nutrition and Supplementation.

This entire weekend I dedicated it in prepping myself knowledge wise and nutrion-wise so I can do this program correctly. And of course since I start training later on today, I had to make my meal prep a priority.

So here is my meal prep:

Lara Novales meal prep diet

Lara Novales Meal prep fitness

Lara Novales meal prep

Meal Prep

Small round containers are for my mid moraning and mid afternoon snacks. And…

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IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED . . . try and try again

Try-Try-Again-American-Proverb-PostersThe New Year is upon us and I found myself starting out strong and then dwindling. I care for children on a daily basis and the above is a phrase I use a lot. However, I myself do not follow it. I am doing good for a day, lose 3 pounds, then gain 2, in the end I am losing weight, just not as much as I would like, but I am not giving up. I am taking the time to read labels now, which are very interesting, watching the carb and sodium intake, getting my treadmill fixed and see where it goes. I am being unrealistic when I set my goals on losing 32 pounds in a month! I have decided not to weigh myself because I find myself getting discouraged when I don’t lose and want to eat and when I do, I feel that it is an opportunity to splurge a bit. I will no longer know if I am losing or gaining therefore I will have to continue eating properly in order to be where I need to be or as close as I can get by Feb 1st when my next weigh in is after being away for over a month. During which time I gained all my weight back and then some 😦 Not to worry though . . .  I am going to practice what I preach! I have a new philosophy now and I plan to follow it!

DAY ONE (GETTING BACK ON TRACK) . . . wasn’t too bad!

Today I have decided to try to start to get back into the swing of things. I am pleased that I didn’t wait until “Monday” as I usually do, so that is a step in the right direction 🙂 Now the day wasn’t too bad except I got a little snooty with my husband and am feeling guilty now, but can’t rectify it as he is at work, so I will just have to wait until 11:30 when he gets home.

I did well eating though. I had made a new bread yesterday using chia seeds that I read were great to eat, so I had 2 very small pieces with meat, an egg and sausage, rapine, and then I was starving by 8:30 and gave in to a caesar salad which never tasted better, OMGsh it was divine. I now see why the Europeans enjoy their food so much, it actually tastes better when eaten slowly and enjoyed as apposed to wolfing it down so fast that you taste nothing and didn’t even realize you had finished it already :(OK, so I know that the caesar salad probably wasn’t the best thing to do, but I am still pleased  with my progress because it could have been a lot worse considering what I have been eating the past 2 months and I also enjoyed a few “anti bloating” teas using my new Keurig and infuser that I got for Xmas (which I love by the way) Surprisingly the teas actually did what they claimed they would do.

I have scheduled an appointment to see my weight Dr. who is expecting me to be 180 when I go back. I am currently 228 so I don’t think that is going to happen in a months time, but I am going to do my best to get down as much as I can and may even start exercising again 🙂 It will be really embarrassing to go back having failed, but it was my own doing and now I need to suck it up and deal with the consequences . . .

I have added my tea recipe . . .

Add to the infuser a small piece of fresh ginger (I sometimes use 1/4 tsp ground), with 1 tsp fennel (I crush them), steep together for 15-17 minutes, then add peppermint tea (I break open a bag and add) steep another 10-12 minutes

Does the trick for me. Please keep in mind that ginger can affect  people in different ways, so be careful and enjoy!!!

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