About Me!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! My name is Therese and I’m a 32 year old woman living and working in Toronto, Ontario. Life’s Tasty Adventures is a blog about good food, good health and a great life!

Up until about four years ago I lived my life the way most people in North America (and beyond) do: I didn’t care what I ate, barely moved, went to work, came home and repeated the process the next day. In essence, I wasn’t living, I was existing.

 

Roughly 250 lbs

How It Started

Fresh out of a relationship and back living on my own in a town where I only knew my family, I spent a LOT of time alone. I knew I needed a change. I was at least 120lbs overweight and working at a part time job I disliked, in debt and trying to pay the bills. I was unhealthy, had very low self-esteem, had a negative attitude and was afraid that I’d fail at every turn. I would dream of my life being so different. A life where I was miraculously thinner, successful at a job I loved with lots of friends and a man that loved me above all others.With all of this down time I began to journal and listened to a lot of self-help podcasts. What I learned from these were two important things: 1) I got to where I was not because of the things that happened to me in life but because of how I chose to deal with them. I spent many years blaming others and situations for my problems when, in reality, it wasn’t them, it was how I chose to act with those people and in those situations. I was where I was because *I* had gotten myself there. No one else was responsible. 2) Only I could become who I wanted to be. I couldn’t sit around waiting for opportunities to happen because opportunities rarely happen to people who sit around on their butts all day. If I had gotten myself into the place I was, I could get myself out of it.

 

July 2009

Life Changes

This realization was so incredibly powerful (both exciting and terrifying) that I immediately decided that I wanted to make it my life’s mission to help others discover their own power as well. I immediately put my notice in at work and on my apartment and asked a friend if I could move in with her and her then fiancé in Toronto where I could get on my feet.In April of 2007 I moved to Toronto. The plan was a baby steps plan of sorts, it was to get a day job that gave me a salary and benefits so that I could hatch out a plan in the evenings to get on the path of helping others.

Weight-Loss

I managed to find a job in about a month and moved out of my friends house into a small apartment in September 2007. Because I didn’t know many people in the city I STILL had a lot of alone time! But I used it wisely, I started exercising more and began making healthier food choices. I had finally realized that no one was going to get rid of this weight other than myself! I had decided about a year and a half prior that I would like to run a 5k race. Even now I can’t tell you why. I think I had just decided to take a chance, I was sick of the way things were going and saw the problems many of my family members were having due to weight and health problems and knew I did not want that. A little seed must have been planted deep within me and I just wanted to see if I could do it. But with all the changes I had made in other areas of my life, it was put on hold until I moved to Toronto.

 

My first 5k - October 2008

I had decided that I would aim for the Run for The Cure 5k in October 2008. Since I didn’t know how to run, I needed to learn so I started off walking! I walked around the block, each week extending my distance further. After a few weeks I started adding small bursts of running between lamp posts, signs, trees, anything. By the time winter hit I was putting in three days of walk/runs a week. I took a break over winter however, I couldn’t afford a gym membership and didn’t have outdoor clothes. When March rolled around I surprised myself by realizing I was still motivated so I got back outside again. With the support and encouragement of my best friend (who just so happens to be a runner), I quickly made the walk/runs more consistent. In May 2008, I officially signed up for the 5k. In June I bought a book about running (“Running for Mortals” by John ‘The Penguin’ Bingham and Jenny Hadfield) and began to follow their 5k learn to run program. Each week I began surprising myself by running longer and walking less! I remember when running for 5 minutes at a time was a HUGE stress on me!

At that time I also joined  SparkPeople! It’s an amazing website to help people learn to lead healthier, happier lives. I started up a blog and began to document my running journey as well as my weight loss journey. By that time I had dropped 50lbs by moving a little more and scaling back the junk food and processed food.

I ran my very first 5k on October 5, 2008 and I will never forget it. When I saw the finish line and sprinted towards the end I started crying. Never in a million years did I EVER think I would get to that point.

This race was more than just me getting to an end. I had never before made a goal and gone through with it. I knew that this was different, this was the dividing point between the old me and the new me. I wept tears of sorrow for the person I was and wept tears of joy for the person I was becoming.

Now

Now at 157 lbs and still losing!

January 2012 sees me 90lbs less than when I started. I have since run several more races including more 5ks, 10ks and I even ran my first half marathon in September, 2010. Moving has become not just routine, but a necessary part of my life.

I have a much better grasp on food and how it plays in my life. In doing so I have become mentally healthier because I now actually DEAL with my problems instead of pretending they don’t exist and eating them instead. I still use SparkPeople and track my food intake because even after three years I’m still getting on track with portion sizes. I spent my whole life eating crazy portions that I still find myself sometimes eating too much for no other reason than that it’s in front of me. It’s been a slow learning process but it’s been in taking it slow and being patient that I have come as far as I have.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE food. I believe in food. I believe in whole foods, clean food. I think about food all the time! Since becoming a vegetarian in 2006 I have learned not only to cook but to LOVE cooking. I figure if we have to eat for the rest of our lives we might as well learn to do it WELL. There’s nothing I love more than to see the end result of something I’ve made. I love finding new recipes and learning the processes of it.

So where does this leave me? Four years ago I was unhappy, unfit, unhealthy and a lot more un’s. Now? I’m happier than I have ever been, I’m fitter, healther, better able to manage my relationships. I finally love myself and due to this have been able to find a man that loves me too.

This blog is the beginning of that decision I made to help people find their own power and in so doing, help me to keep growing, changing and further become the person I know I am.

Thank you for being a part of my journey!

15 Comments

  • At 2010.05.05 10:14, Betsy S. said:

    Hi! I’m so happy I found your blog through Cailin’s self plug post! I recently started a blog as well – there is so much to learn. Congratulations on your weight loss – I am working towards a similar weight loss but just starting. My blog isnt completely about food but rather just the pursuit of a happy healthy life while in graduate school! I wish you the best of luck and look forward to continuing to read!
    Betsy

    • At 2010.05.05 16:45, Therese said:

      I’ve seen your comments on other blogs before and get so freaked out thinking, “Wait I didn’t write that!”

      Go figure we are both red heads!

      • At 2010.05.06 22:22, Therese said:

        Congrats on getting started! Just take baby steps, that’s all I did. Baby steps and LOTS of patience!

        • At 2010.05.21 11:52, Heather (Heather's Dish) said:

          baby steps are huge…and the numbers are NOT what define you! just remember that…you are beautifully created, and you ARE a beautiful woman!

          • At 2010.06.07 21:06, Faith @ LovelyAsCharged said:

            Such an inspiring story, Therese. Congratulations on turning your life into such a fulfilling, healthy one – can’t wait to read more :)

            • At 2010.08.05 09:37, Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure said:

              Wow what a great story, so happy for you and all your success!

              • At 2010.08.18 16:17, little_jo said:

                Thanks a lot to you for sharing your experience… It rings a bell inside me… Because I don’t like at all the bitter woman I became, I want -and I need desesperately- to reevaluate my life, I have already started but things need time and your example is so impressive: it gives strenght to go on. 😉

                • At 2010.09.14 10:45, Evita said:

                  Hi Therese

                  Wonderful to “meet” you and learn about your personal health journey!

                  I always find it so incredible when people decide to change their lives around, incorporating more healthy and wholesome habits! Way to go and congrats on all that you accomplished!

                  In fact, if you are up for it, I would love to feature your story in our “Evolving Wellness in Action” section on EvolvingWellness.com (Each month a different inspirational story from someone gets featured, to help, inspire and motivate others)

                  Please let me know if you would be interested in that by contacting me (the email address that was used with this comment.)

                  And wishing you a continued and beautiful health journey :)

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                    • At 2010.11.01 08:46, Dani @ Body By Nature said:

                      Girlfriend, what an amazing journey you’ve had. You are so inspiring!

                      It was really great meeting you yesterday!

                      • At 2010.11.02 12:05, Nienke at Revel said:

                        Hi Therese!
                        It was awesome meeting you this weekend! I am looking forward to following along your journey and hopefully we can hang out again too!

                        • At 2011.12.22 21:57, Nicole said:

                          Hi! I just found your blog & love your approach to food and living a healthy lifestyle! I can’t wait to read more of your great ideas!

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