Falling into a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner

This Tuesday will be my one year anniversary of managing the office.  The goal of my taking on the role of Office Manager was for me to become a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner while putting my business and technology skills to good use.

I feel I have done a pretty good job of managing the office with minimal oopsies which were easily fixable (for the most part).  Double bookings, ordering mix ups and forgetting to do some tasks have been my list of offences.  Probably the worst of which was ordering 12 cases of product (rather then 12 individual packages) and having to send back 10 of them.

Any “stress” (if I can call it that) in this job has been nothing in comparison to working in a corporate environment where a mistake or web server going down meant over $20,000+/hr in lost sales, potential death of a patient (from not being able to access medical policies and procedures and/or dosage information) or employees not being able to access paperwork needed for customers.  When I worked in a corporate environment, it was always in times of something going sideways that I realized the importance of the role I played for the corporation.  Stressed much?  Yes’m.

Yesterday was the third annual Be Your Best! Celebration at the office.  I was feeling fine before we had to go and then stressing to get brunch made and ready to go in time.  My stomach was in knots on the way there and I was feeling pretty nervous about the event because we really had no idea how many people would show up.

I started off taking a lot of photos before heading over to our Kinesiology Korner when another Touch for Health student showed up with their textbook.  I have to admit that I opened up my book, a question was asked and my mind went completely blank.  I had to call in some backup and then within minutes, went into Practitioner mode for three hours balancing people.

The feedback I was getting and the sessions I did were huge confidence boosters.  I have had hangups about becoming a Practitioner.  When I see someone doing a balance, I know exactly what is going on and I see when mistakes are made.  When I read my books, I understand and get the majority of it.  When I talk to people about what we do in our office, I actually sound intelligent.  But for some reason, a mental block goes up when I start to work on someone.  This was something we worked on in my last session and after yesterday, I feel those hangups might actually be gone.  Although there was one point that I almost called to ask for help, I did not and instead, pushed through it.

I think I may have finally pulled up my Practitioner Panties.

We have done a lot of work over the Summer clearing junk (including some very old junk) out of my closet.  My Summer has gone by in a blink with all that has happened.  The stress, the heartache and the tears were all necessary for me to get to this place of being ready to start accepting clients this Fall.  One of the hangups I was having was around feeling the need to be healthy and “healed” before being able to help someone else on their healing journey.

Mentally, I feel as though I am finally there.  With all the shifting that has happened over the Summer, I feel as though I have finally found true, blissful happiness.  The by-product of that has been closer to 20lbs that has come off of my body.  I feel pretty confident that over the next year the rest of the weight I have been carrying around for far too long will finally come off.

I have come to realize that healing is a lifelong journey and being able to help others on their healing journey is a gift that I have and is meant to be shared with others.

I am feeling very happy, confident and optimistic about life and my future.

Harvest Time Means Winter Food Preparations!

I have been so preoccupied the past few months that I totally forgot one (of the many) reasons I started this blog:  I was wanting to try other healthier, whole foods based on what my body was telling me I needed to consume, takes photos, create new recipes and blog about the process.  What a great time to get into it!  It is harvest time and Fall and Winter vegetables are some of my favourites!  This is also a great way for me to combine a few of my hobbies into a single project:  cooking, health and wellness, preserving, photography and blogging!

Before I started blogging on a regular basis over the Summer, we picked up a sprouting kit for a donation at the SFU Farmers Market.  The kit we got is using the jar method but after being told that it was better to get one that has the 3 (or more) levels for sprouting, I have been on the hunt for one.  You can sprout more then one type of seed at a time and because there are three levels, you can spread out your sprouting every few days.  This ensures so you always have all three sprouted and would not have to wait a few days for new sprouts.

One of my favourite lunches to have when I had lost my 65lbs, was toasted veggie sammiches with FF cream cheese, sprouts and veggies.  There was also my Yummy Tuna Sammich that I need to figure out a substitute for because Uprising Breads is in Vancouver.  I will have to re-calculate but it was a 2 or 3 point sandwich that I lived off of at one point.  When I was really hungry and was exercising a lot, I would also either make a container of the Campbell’s Gardennay or home made soup which are between 1 and 3 points per 500ml serving.  I have butternut and acorn squash at home that I will be cooking up and either canning or freezing for the Winter.

With there being so many problems associated with eating meat, I have been trying to find other ways of getting other healthy protein in our diets such as quinoa, pois chiche and other foods that are high in iron and protein.  There was a bunch of really great looking recipes in the September 2012 issue of Alive magazine that I would like to try out.  I am an avid reader of the Alive magazine which has me heading to a couple of local stores at least once a month (great marketing) and I always feel as though I have to buy something in there when I take a free magazine.

Am I the only that feels like I’m stealing if I mainly head to a store to pickup a free magazine but feel that even if they don’t have anything I want to buy at that time, that I still should buy something?

Goal: Weight Loss – Lose 60 lbs by May 1, 2013

My goal weight has been 165lbs for quite some time now.  Knowing the physique of my body and how I felt when I was at 195lbs in 2005, I have had a goal weight of 165lbs in mind knowing I wanted to gain muscle and lose fat.  I have always felt it to be a good goal weight to strive for and once I attain that goal, re-evaluate to see how I am feeling then.

As of July 20th, 2012:  39 weeks and 2 days to May 1, 2013.

This averages out to slightly over 1.5lbs per week I would have to lose to achieve my weight loss goal.  I was trying to decide which would be more attainable:  losing 1 or 2 pounds per week so 1.5lbs is perfect!  I know with the version of the Weight Watchers program I will be using, you should average 2lbs per week weight loss.

Tools for Success:

  • Food and Exercise Journal (online and day planner)
  • Weight Watchers Program
  • MyFitnessPal.com
  • Scale with body fat percentage
  • Holistic and Spiritual tools
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Pedometer
  • Free Weights and Weight Bench
  • Treadmill
  • Exercise Bike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Good pair of shoes


  • Walking
  • Weight Lifting
  • Running Program (when I’m ready)


  • Whole and/or Raw Foods
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
  • Lean meat and seafood
  • Sprouting
  • Healthy snacks (this is a big one)

Positive Affirmations:

  • I am 165 pounds.
  • I exercise daily.
  • My body naturally sheds unneeded fat.
  • My body is dissolving excess fat that it no longer needs.
  • I only eat foods that are nutritious and health giving.
  • I honor my body.

I need to flesh the above out a bit more but already this Goal meets the SMART criteria:

  • Specific:  clearly stated exactly what I want to do, by when and how
  • Measurable:  the scale will become my new best friend
  • Accountable:  between MyFitnessPal, this blog and friends
  • Realistic:  given the WW program I will follow
  • Time-based:  I have a date I would like to achieve this by

In addition to my goal meeting the SMART criteria, my Positive Affirmations are also stated in the present tense and are positive.

Do you have any weight loss goals?  How do you plan on achieving them?

Edit:  I have created a page for Weight Loss Tracking.