Mother of a bride to be and groom to be…

"On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there…

John 2:1

Just at the turn of the year in 2013, when the days were close to Christmas, my daughter got those magical words wafting into her ears… “Will you marry me?” Totally in love but totally not expecting of this question, she replies “Yes!” and receives a beautiful gift from her man to be. And in that moment I knew I was to become a mother in law.

Three words that can conjure up a whole host of thoughts, negative and positive. But beyond that it meant that I was going to be a mother of the bride. At 209 pounds that was not a fun thought.  But I was about to embark on a new journey and at that stage I did not realize that I was going to be losing 22 pounds in a few months, something that I had not been able to do for years, decades even. The thought of losing the weight for the wedding had not even occurred to me yet though. I was simply looking to start a new journey and see what it was going to bring me.

And what did it bring me? It brought me a whole lot of new options… I found out through My Busy Healthy Life what foods offended my body, what foods  are best to consume, what chemicals can do and where we find them… a whole host of information. It was quite amazing. My Busy Healthy Life had opened doors that I never knew existed.

As I began this new journey my daughter noticed that I was losing weight like I had never done before! 8 pounds in 3 weeks! Totally unheard of for me. And then almost 20 by the time the re-introductions were done. And I felt wonderful! 


I had lost almost 20 pounds by this stage and made changes to my hairstyle as well.I had learned a lot of new recipes too and was enjoying experimenting as well. It was a pleasure to put in the effort because I knew it was going to benefit me… get me the results I wanted.

Then I had to travel…!!!!

That is a scary word when you are on a new eating plan or trying to avoid

Totally yummy and easy to make no bake Apple Crumble
Totally yummy and easy to make no bake Apple Crumble

certain foods, but I was prepared with my enzymes and my attitude, my resolve. Granted, the sugar monster woke up, some of the old craving reared their ugly heads, but with my resolve, I realized that IT CAN BE DONE! Did I lose weight? NO! BUT I did stay focused and stayed the same or went up slightly only. You see, I had learned that grains are my worst enemy, so I stayed away from them as much as possible.

Then I traveled again and went away to a cottage for a weekend and when I came back at the end of August I found myself unmotivated, not wanting to commit to the new ways of eating. I had tried to do the cleanse again, but did not have the same results, it was not working.

Then I had a chat with Celeste again…

She told me that I need to stop doing the cleanse over and over for it can cause an eating disorder. She reminded me of the 3 different options to continue on in long term, she reminded me that I need a trump card. What would that be? What would motivate me?

Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom May 2015… 2 weddings in May and I need to fit into a dress. 

Barbara Bird

Barbara Bird


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