My Me Moment-Achieving Life Balance In 2014


Hey everyone! A little bit of a different post today, so I hope you don’t mind!

After my doctor’s visit yesterday, I had a Me Moment. I feel so much better knowing how to deal with my health problems-mainly anemia and hypothyroidism, and being overweight. I feel armed and ready to tackle my health this year and achieve some balance! Here’s my plan:

1. Actually re-joining Weight Watchers and following the program. Online.

I’ve lost weight before with Weight Watchers. It works for me. I don’t like feeling deprived, and on other diet programs that avoid certain food groups I don’t do well. I feel they’re just not realistic and not a way to live my life. Life’s too short to not eat bread. Or chocolate. Or whatever I want. And with Weight Watchers I can still eat those things and lose weight. So, today I clicked join and paid for an online membership. GUYS the WW Mobile App-SO COOL. You can just scan the barcodes now and if WW has the info, it automatically finds it for you and you just hit enter onto your tracker! I LIKE THIS.

2. Exercising every day.

I already exercise as you know, but not enough. Because of the hypothyroid business, I have to REALLY move it move it, so that’s what’s going to happen-no ifs, no ands, NO BUTS. I’ve been loving Zumba a lot, so I bought another Wii Zumba game to add to the mix so I don’t get bored, because that’s a huge problem for me. Boredom. If I get bored, I stop. And I CAN’T stop this time.

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I’ll also dust off my treadmill, because I kind of gave up on it around November. I wasn’t seeing any results, but now that I know WHY, I’m going to use that sucker again. Β I might not run so much, but walk more and listen to music while doing it! So if you have any favourite songs that are good to exercise to, let me know!

3. The anemia business. I’m getting so tired of it to be honest. But it’s so hard for me to take the high dose iron pills-they really bother my stomach. But this new doctor of mine-he’s amazing. He told me to buy these instead:

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Prenatal Vitamins have a bit higher of a dose of iron than just a daily multi-vitamin, but not as high as the high dose iron pills. They’ll be easier on my stomach, plus I get the added bonus of other vitamins and stuff too. I’ve taken one already today, and so far so good! No sore tummy so yay! Yes, this’ll take a bit longer to build up my iron stores, but at least I won’t have to quit taking them because of stomach pain which always happens and then I end up right back where I started: tired, pale, and low hemoglobin stores which makes it harder to exercise. NOT THIS TIME.

4. Remembering To STAY on track!

Thanks to some lovely and amazing PR, I’ll be able to do that with these pretties:

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Joseph Nogucci Elephant Memory Stone Bracelets

Joseph Nogucci Elephant Memory Stone Bracelets are made with semi-precious stones and colours that represent different goals. The beautiful elephant icon ensures that you never forget what you’re aiming for. The Iron Stone represents Perseverance, while Green Malachite means success and will bring good health. There are other stones too that represent other goals.

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Joseph Nogucci Elephant Memory Stone Bracelets

The tiny rhodium filled elephant charm is ADORABLE. And I love wearing theseΒ Joseph Nogucci Elephant Memory Stone BraceletsΒ to remind me of my Life Balance Goals! They’re on sale right now by the way, so if you want to pick one up for yourself, or as a gift for someone do it now!

Oh, and in case you missed it, here’s my new hair colour:
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My hairdresser put some Indigo into the mix, so there’s some light pink and purple and indigo in there-I know it’s a bit hard to see from this angle, but that’s what’s there now and I LOVE it. I like it a lot better than the pink to be honest. Sometimes I felt like the pink accentuated the redness in my cheeks. The bluer colours seem to tone it down a bit, and I think my eyes look bluer too.

So, I hope you don’t mind if from now on, I throw in a different kind of post like this. Something about exercise, about Weight Watchers like a great recipe, or anything else that I’ve been doing to achieve my Year Of Balance.

What do you do to achieve balance in your life? Are you trying to get healthy this year too?

  • Nicci

    Can I just say I love your hair? I’m sooooo jealous – colors won’t show up in mine unless I bleach it to death first.

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Nicci! Yeah, I’m lucky I have grey hair-you don’t have to really do any lifting especially with the dark blue!

  • LOVE the new hair color, Tracy! And I don’t mind posts like this at all! Share your healthy recipes! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I like to move and keep myself from getting bored, which is why I do all kinds of things. LIKE AERIAL HOOP and dancing and rock climbing (I miss climbing, we gotta find a new gym!). I think so long as you keep changing it up and it keeps you engaged (and you stay safe!), you’ll always be excited.

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks! xo AERIAL HOOP you kill me. I’d break a hip doing that LOL!! I love hearing your fitness adventures-I wish I could do them! I agree-I gotta change things up every so often. I get bored SO fast it’s not funny and then BOOM I just stop. No more stopping now!

  • emlangille

    Glad you are taking 2014 by the horns! I’m trying to help my parents get motivated the same way, but it’s hard! We’ll see!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Hahaha thanks my friend! so It is hard to get that motivation going. I guess I had to become hypothyroid to get motivated haha! Like HELL I’m gonna let this thing bring me down!

  • Lulubelle

    I’ve got a renewed focus on life balance/healthy living as well, so definitely do not mind seeing posts along those lines! I find most of my inspiration and support online as it is, plus I’m using my Sunday blog posts to keep myself accountable by reporting my progress.

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Yay! Good! I’ll be checking in on you as well! I love it!

  • Hey Tracy, eeee I love your new hair! That’s really cool! I need to get back to jogging again. I’m becoming a big couch potato, just typing all day!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Sunny! I love it better too.
      I hope you start jogging again! Sitting all day like we do is just so bad for us.

  • purple!! i decided to start ice skating and get in on a class as soon as possible. since my idea of fitness goes about as far as whatever running around i manage to do in a mall. LOL. i used to figure skate a bit when i was young, so yay. Also good call on the vitamins. I never thought of that!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Ice Skating!! That’s so cool! You go Joyce!

      • the adult class at the local park district rink already started though πŸ™ So i might have to wait for the next session! Oh well, mr bunny and i are gonna skate in the meantime. park down the street has a little rink frozen over. I figured i might as well try to do something i like cause i’m much to lazy to move otherwise lol.

      • TracyBeautyReflections

        :D:D that’s the key! Finding something you like to do as Larie said!

  • Of course, we don’t mind it at all! I love reading posts like this.
    I need to start exercising again myself and be better with taking supplements as well.
    Knowing what to do is already half way there. Best wishes, Tracy!
    And I love your new hair color. Radiant Orchid!! πŸ™‚

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Lena!! It’s true-knowledge is key!! Haha-you know I never even thought of that but you’re right it IS Radiant Orchid!

  • Vanessa

    Yay, Tracy! Stay encouraged πŸ™‚

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Vanessa!!

  • This was a fantastic post. I am so glad you’ve made these great strides and are focused on the future. You’re inspiring me! Weight Watchers is definitely manageable once you get the points system down. It sounds much easier now that there’s an app! When I did it years ago, you had to carry around books and that was kind of annoying. But it did work and you’re right – you sure don’t have to avoid certain foods. As far as working out tunes, I really love AC/DC’s Back in Black (makes me feel like a badass) and Katy Perry’s Part of Me b/c it’s really fast and gets your butt MOVIN’! I’m glad the new vites aren’t killing your tummy! YASSS! Power to the Ace of Trace! πŸ˜‰

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks babe! I’ve done it before with the books, but now-PFFT no excuses! it’s all right there on your phone! LOL AC/DC hahahaha-see that’s why I love you so much!

  • Eugenia

    Lil Sis, I absolutely devoured every word of this post and I’m so, so, so proud of you! I know it my gut that this IS the year that things turn around for you in every positive way possible – and you know how I’m NEVER wrong! LOL! I’ll be there to support you in any & every way I can – if you ever need a kick in the ass, I’ll be more than happy to oblige – that’s what big sisters are for! Hahahaha! What a genius idea about the prenatal vitamins, by the way – I’m liking this new doctor! Go kill it, Trakee! xox

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      LOL hahaha thanks Big Sis! I’ll be bugging you for kicks in the ass from now on hahahaha!!
      I know! Me too! I finally can take a bit of a higher dose of iron without killing my gut!

  • Don’t mind this one bit! I love hearing what is going on in your life. You are awesome and I know you are going to achieve all of your goals. Reading this really motivated me to jump start some of my goals, no more excuses!!! Man I love Zumba. And your hair looks great as always πŸ™‚

  • Gaelle

    I’m considering rejoining ww and starting running again and your post was just the impetus I needed. I spent most of my uni years on iron tablets, I hear ya!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Yay!! It’s been one day of WW and it ain’t so bad! Lost 1 pound LOL! πŸ˜€ I’ll start running again too soon. But right now I’m having such fun dancing baby!

  • Sara Hawkins

    What an awesome post! You will achieve your goals. My life balance is to take 2 dance classes without my daughter. I need that down time to refocus and regain energy.

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Sara! xo
      LOVE that your dancing! Dancing by yourself! πŸ˜‰ I have to find and actual Zumba class nearby- and maybe after aI lose a few pounds I’ll sign up for tap dancing. I’ve always wanted to do that!

  • Good luck with your health goals, Trakee! I actually have a Count Me Healthy silver bracelet that’s supposed to help you keep track of your water intake; but I still suck at it and rarely wear the bracelet. I need to start moving too – I have pretty good metabolism but this belly fat ain’t going anywhere!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Monika! I like how they are there to remind us, it helps a lot!
      LOL hahaha, moving should be on all of our lists it looks like!

  • Liz

    You can do it, Tracy! You’re a champ! πŸ˜€

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      LOL I ain’t no bum(that’s my Rocky impression in case you didn’t know haha)

  • Toya

    Love to hear all your positive goals Tracy!! I’m behind ya 100% πŸ™‚ Also, love the new hair colors – you know I LOVED the pink, but I’m really digging how romantic, soft and pretty these are too! I’m fairly certain you can just make ’em all look good!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Toya! xo
      Hahaha I think I’m going to try every shade too to be honest! πŸ™‚

  • Lily

    We’ll cheer you on, Tracy!

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks Lily! I’m counting on it!

  • YOU GOOOOOO, GIRL! You are staying super positive which is always great for momentum! And keeping yourself motivated is a great thing! <3

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Thanks lovely! xoxoxo

  • Good job!

    I love the Just Dance games for fitness, but I aaaalways fall off the wagon. I’m thinking I might have vitamin deficiencies too, so my just-came-up-with-at-this-moment goal is to actually take multivitamins daily and exercise when I have the energy.. which hopefully they will give me!

    Loooove your hair! So nice and cheerful in this dreadful winter πŸ˜€

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      Do it! Take a multi every day. It can’t hurt!
      I have the Just Dance #1, but I’m so addicted to Zumba at the moment haha!

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