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.

Mid-Summer Evaluation of Goals

It has been a busy past two weeks since I posted last!  Thankfully in which I have done a lot of things to keep up with the goals/tasks list I had set out for myself in Back to Reality.


One thing I was really looking forward to during my visit home, was heading out with a buddy of mine to take photographs.  On Halloween last year, we went to Courtenay for my partner to conduct research for her PhD.  While she was doing that, my buddy, my son and I went for a beautiful walk down to the waterfront taking photos.  My son was just gleeful picking up giant handfuls of very colorful leaves.

During the Victoria Day long weekend, just my son and I went home to visit my family.  The three of us headed up to the Englishman River Falls and my buddy was showing me the new dSLR he had acquired.  I unfortunately didn’t take my camera with me that day.

When I was home this last trip, with my camera in tow, we went back up to Englishman River Falls and then headed to Rathtrevor Beach.

I really need to learn more about the non-auto point and shoot settings on my camera so I can take some better photos.  I have never been one to post shoot, edit my photographs.  My own bias is that photo editing is not photography – taking raw photos is.

Blog postings

When I hit “publish” on this post, that will be number five for the month of July!  I know there are bloggers out there that post more then that in a day, hell, even in an hour but I have never been very good at getting blog posts out even though I have several of them I would like to publish.  So for me, this is a really great start back into my blogging efforts.

Crystal Healing Courses

There has been several hours spent reading and writing two exams for one of the Crystal Healing courses I have been taking.  Yesterday I submitted two of those exams and received one back thus far stating I had “passed with flying colours”!  With that, I can now add “Crystal Healing Practitioner” to my Holistic Healing resume.  As I was reading through the comments she added to my exam, my eyes started welling up with tears when I read:

Jake you are going to be a great healer, you absolutely get what healing is about…

This is far from the first time I have heard this from someone in the field.  Being in this field thus far has been the polar opposite of my previous career where it didn’t seem to matter how well I did on anything, I was almost never given positive feedback and constantly felt like my supervisors punching bag.

The other Crystal Healing course I have been taking, I did all the exams for in March and April and aced all of them except for one on which I got one question wrong.  I still have to do three Crystal Healing sessions in order to get certified with them.  It is unfortunate that it  has been this long since I finished the exams and have not yet completed the course.

….but, during my trip home over Spring Break, I came home with the nastiest allergy flare up I have ever had in my life!  And it lasted for over two months including migraines, ear aches and a whole lotta facial tissue consumption!  At the tail end of that, my son got the chicken pox which I had not yet had – but did two weeks later.  At the tail end of that, I got the six week call for the surgery that I am two months post op tomorrow from.  All of this after I had my tea leaves read during which she told me to up the anti on “Love, Tranquility and Health.  Because your health could be gone *snap* just like that.”  And seemingly it was from March up until now as I get back to normal from surgery.  Surgery recovery has gone incredibly great other then the days of exhaustion I have which seems to be tapering out.

By the end of Summer, I am hoping to have the third level and exam done and to have had the three healing sessions required for the other course.  Looking at this goal as having four major tasks to do, I am sitting at 50% done.  Looking at it from the perspective of hours to complete the tasks, I would consider myself about 70% done.  Getting the third level readings and exam done are totally feasible.  The three healing sessions are dependent on me finding three different people with their spare time for me to do the healing sessions.

Eating Healthy and Exercise

Unfortunately when I went to snap a photo of my pedometer for posting today, last Wednesday and Thursday’s numbers are no longer there because it only holds information for seven days and automatically turns over on its own.

I did have a 26,000+ steps day last Wednesday and a 12,000+ steps day on Thursday!  I don’t quite remember the exact number and really kicking myself in the butt for not having snapped a photo with my cell phone camera at the end of those days.  Lesson learned!

Local fruits and vegetables are just coming into season here.  Last trip to the store was the first of the Okanagan Peaches and cherries came into season here two weeks ago.   Have not yet tried the peaches and have probably been eating way too many cherries.  Our diets are generally pretty healthy when it comes to cooking meals.  It is the snacks that need to be worked on in our house and it has been really challenging this Summer with weekly road trips down to Vancouver.  I am still craving sugar post-op but not nearly as much as I was.  I am hoping this is an indication that my body is getting closer to being to a recovered enough state that my exhaustion’s might soon cease.  I do know it will take at least year or more for the body to fully recover.

Pride Season

I am happy looking at the calendar to see that we are getting closer to the end of my partner teaching at SFU which means no more weekly commutes for her.  Next weekend we will be in Vancouver during Pride but I’m not sure if we’ll be taking in any events while we are down there.  Our calendar may already be full with family visits and BBQs.

Okanagan Pride is happening from August 12 to 19th and I am coordinating volunteers which is slowly but surely filling out.  It has been amazing watching the business community in Kelowna getting involved this year.  As much as I am looking forward to participating in Okanagan Pride this year, I am really looking forward to it being August 20th and all over.  After that, I will have two weeks left of Summer to finish up my Summer goals.


I did pull out the pieces for my dreamboard and in doing so, realized that some of those pieces need changing.  The overall is good but there are pieces in there that I am programming for that I need to find.  I am also starting to see how I can tie in what I have been learning about Crystals to help manifest these dreams.  It is still on my task list but may be pushed into September at this point while I find some missing pieces to complete my board.

Practice, Practice, Practice

On top of all this, I still need to be getting in practice with Touch for Health.  I have sat a few times to re-read the Touch for Health Manual.  At this point, I do have until end of November to prepare for Proficiency although I am stressing about whether or not I will have the finances to pay for the three courses I want to take this Fall – something else I need to be programming for.

Resume and Cover Letter

And with that, I need to find a job.  It is hard to believe that I have not worked in almost 20 months now.  I have been so incredibly thankful that money has found its way into my life to ensure I would not have to go back to work post LTD before having recovered from my surgery that I waited six years for.

I have been ready to head back to work part-time since March when I started getting antsy from sitting around for so long not doing much.  But figured it wasn’t worth it when I had the money and would just have to quit once I got my surgery date and my doctors agreed.  I waited from October until April for a surgery date following my consult with the surgeon.

The Future

Now that I have overcome a hurdle in my life that I have been waiting to get to for years, even though I still have days of exhaustion, I finally feel like I can be a functioning member of society and move on in my life!

Having written this blog post is enough for me to validate how and why I have not been able to move forward in my life.  I finally have motivation to do stuff.  I finally feel like I’m moving forward.  I finally feel comfortable in my own skin!


Got 100% on my second Crystal Healing Exam!

Road Trip!

Being a Bachelor for Two Weeks, I was trying to decide whether or not to make a trip home and if I did, whether or not to take the longer, “prettier” route down through Penticton, Princeton and Manning Park so I could stop along the way to take photos with my dSLR camera.

Within those thoughts, was hanging out in Horseshoe Bay for a few hours to take photos and eat oysters.  As I drove down to the coast (ended up taking the shorter route, straight through), I realized I could possibly make the 3:10 ferry, if not, spend time in Horseshoe Bay and catch the 5:20 instead.

I just barely missed the 3:10 and was only slightly upset about missing the boat.  When traveling, I sometimes just want to get there by driving straight through and very rarely want to make it a longer trip by stopping to enjoy the route along the way.  Still recovering from surgery and being tired in the hot, humid heat I entered in Hope, I was hoping to get right through to the island but no such luck.

I went to what is now a different restaurant from the YaYa Oyster bar.  I didn’t realized it had changed when trying to get oysters last year to take back to my car which I’ve done in the past but apparently they new owners won’t allow.  After arguing with them about it, I turned around to walk out the door when they finally decided to change their minds but I told them it was too late and continued to walk out.  Today, I really wanted certain oysters but was met with a different list of oysters that did not include the ones I wanted.  I ordered one of each six flavours for my half dozen.

While I sat in the shade trying to cool down on their patio, I remembered that I could have walked a little further up the road to The Boathouse and will elect to do that next time.  It’s not that the oysters were bad, it just didn’t feel or taste the same and after my experience last summer with them, I think I’d rather go for a longer walk to The Boathouse.

I ended up taking 25,663 steps on my trip home:


This is the second 20,000+ steps in the past 10 days!