I Did It! (My Transformation Story)

Hey Strangers!

I’ve been trying to write this post since I stepped off the IDFA Stage as an OFFICIAL Fitness Model Competitor just two weeks ago. The fact that I’m even typing these words…BLOWS MY MIND. I did it. I walked confidently on that stage in an emerald green Swarovski jewelled bikini and 5′ clear high heels.

Hi! That’s me! Crazy right? I can’t even begin to explain how it felt to have my story read for everyone to hear and to step on stage with a ginormous before picture of myself in the background. I guess you could say PROUD was one of the many emotions I was experiencing.

Entering the Transformation Challenge was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up. Not only could I enter as a Fitness Model competitor but I could also SHOW and SHARE how I got to TODAY. It wasn’t easy – oh boy it wasn’t easy. My transformation was certainly physical but most of all, it was a mental one.

I was PROUD to stand alongside my transformation teammates <3 All of them had AMAZING stories and transformations. I will ENSURE to link the winner’s story once it’s published as she has come SO far, we ALL have!

Following the transformation challenge was the Fitness Model Novice (short) line up!

Let me just say that all I wanted for show day was to look like I belonged there on stage as an athlete and I’m proud to say I truly felt and still feel like I did. I not only looked strong, I felt it too. There are no words to explain just how strong, accomplished, beautiful and PROUD I felt on that stage.

I couldn’t possibly sum up the whole day into one post but what I did want to share was my transformation story that was read before I stepped on that stage…

*Deep breath…here it goes*

           ”Distilling my weight loss journey into 300 words was enormously challenging because it has been a life-long struggle. One of my earliest memories was feeling uncomfortable in my tight clothes at 7 years old and noticing the difference between me and other girls. At 17 I overheard a friend say, “I don’t get why Jess has a boyfriend…she’s overweight” These moments solidified my self doubt and insecurities and becoming thin became my obsession.

Although I did lose weight throughout the years, diets made me hate my body so I always gained it back. My body was the enemy. I always let my insecurities sabotage me and stop me from finding lasting change. Deep down I was afraid to succeed because I never saw myself as a winner.

Change only arrived when I threw out the excuses and the “quick-fix” diets and started training hard and eating for health and fitness.  I started to take one day and one workout at a time. Eventually my head and my heart caught up with my actions and I realized that if I wanted to be a winner, I needed to put 110% of my passion into action, be patient, be consistent and believe that I could be a winner. Why not me?  Was I scared? I was terrified! But if your dreams don’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough. I was doing it – every cardio, every meal and every set because they all mattered. Every single workout was my way of overcoming my fears and doubts; if I could finish this hill sprint, I could do it all.

The most surprising part of this journey has been the impact my personal story would have on others. In the last 7 years, I have actively documented my weight loss journey on Youtube. Sharing my ups and downs inspired people across the world to do the same, which is even more powerful than the changes I see and feel within myself.

I stand here today as the strong, beautiful and confident woman I’ve always wanted to be. I now know that I can do everything I set my mind to and so can you. Be a winner”

Having those words, MY words, MY story read out lout before stepping on stage was FREEING. I did what I set out to do – show that when your put in the work both MENTALLY and PHYSICALLY you can achieve it all. I stand here today as an athlete. Am I done? Heck no!

My next goal?

I’ve got so much more to share from show day and I promise to do so this week! I want to share the makeup, the not-so-glamorous moments, the people I’m thankful for and so much more.

This journey….has just begun <3

Much love,


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He liked it…..

so he put a ring on it <3

I am SO SO SO SO happy to announce that the man of my dreams proposed at sunrise on the beach in Barbados on Saturday, March 29th, 2014.

I did vlog before and after the proposal so that I could share this HUGE moment with all of you <3 I was shocked. We had spoken about getting engaged in the next year and of course it crosses your mind A LOT! I can’t deny I thought about it often but I didn’t expect it to happen on a family vacation. I couldn’t be more excited and in love <3

There was actually a lot of work and thought behind the ring and proposal.

Andrew had the ring made for me. What makes this even more special is that the diamond in the middle is my mom’s. She wanted to have the pleasure to see me wear the ring of my dreams. I remember my mom sitting me down in November to tell me this. I cried. A lot. I couldn’t believe that the man of my dreams and my mom were working together to make the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. Honestly. It’s the ring of my dreams. I.can’t.stop.starring.at.it. 

Now why in Barbados on our family trip? Well if you’ve been following me for a while you know that my twin sister, Sarah, now lives in Montreal. From the beginning he KNEW I’d want to share this moment with my sister and family. So as soon as we began talking about Barbados last year, he immediately thought it was the perfect time, place and with the right people. I honestly could not think of a better place and people to share this with.

There’s so much more to say about this day: was he nervous? did he know when to ask? how did he bring the ring? Were there sneaky moments that now makes senses? YES YES YES! I’ll share so much more with you guys and PROMISE to share everything wedding on both my youtube channel AND on my blog. Prepare to see a MUCH more active Truly.Into.Fitness blog ;)

I am SO excited to be engaged to the man of my DREAMS <3 I love you Boo Boo <3

Much love,

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Are you TrulyCommitted? One Week Challenge

Hi loves!

I know, I know, it’s been a while I haven’t updated the blog but I’m about to give you a challenge that will make up for my absence.

First, let’s talk about goals. How are your New Year resolutions going? Are you still going strong? Are you finding yourself losing the motivation to keep going? Well I have the PERFECT solution for you. I want you to prove to yourself that you ARE committed by following a few simple food, fitness and positive thinking suggestions.

Now I know the question that’s on everyone’s mind, “What do I eat?” Before we get to the actual food I would recommend you to concentrate on, I want to ensure I share with you a few key points:

  • No calorie counting required. Yeap that’s right I don’t calorie count. Appropriate portion sizes are all you need
  • Eat smaller portions but eat often, every 2-3 hours a day. In total, I roughly eat 6-8 meals a day
  • Drink WATER, sometimes we THINK we’re hungry but really, we’re just dehydrated, so chug that water! Try to aim for 1-2 litres of water a day
  • If you workout in the morning, eating a simple grapefruit or some berries 15-30 mins beforehand will provide you with quick energy to get you through your workout
  • Your post workout meal should include both a complex carb and some protein (list will be provided below)
  • Include protein in every meal (this will keep you satisfied)
  • It’s okay to eat at night. If you’re hungry, reach for some egg whites or a quick protein shake with 1tbsp of nut butter. You do NOT need carbohydrates late at night, carbs provide you with sustainable energy, which….isn’t needed at 10PM

Ok, now that we’ve got those out of the way, let’s get to FOOD! Below is the list of foods you should have on hand. I’ve placed them in their own category (Protein, Complex Carbs, Fruits, Veggies and Fats). 

Egg Whites
White Fish (tilapia, sole, orange roughy, etc)
Protein Powder (shake, pancakesCoco Protein Cake or Fudge (recipe to come))

Complex Carbs
Sweet Potato
Cream of Rice
Brown Rice

Green Veggies
Green Beans

Fruits (max 2 servings a day)
Pure Pumpkin/Unsweetened Apple Sauce (for protein pancakes)

Almonds (10-15)
Nut Butters (1tbsp a day MAX)
Coconut Oil

Now this isn’t a FULL list, it’s mainly the clean food I personally enjoy to have and works for ME. Get creative with spices and mix different veggies with your proteins. You can definitely make it work for 7 days;)

Now let’s talk about what we’ll AVOID this week:

  • Alcohol (yeap even on the weekend)
  • Pop
  • Dairy (stick to almond or coconut milk if needed)
  • Juice (don’t DRINK your calories, eat them)
  • Sweets (take that sugar OUT)

What about fitness?

Since we all have different fitness styles: some like to weight train (me, me,me!!!), dance, participate in group classes, workout to DVDs, etc. the fitness portion of this challenge will be more about CHALLENGING yourself. I want you to make sure to make every workout count. Don’t just show up to workout, I want you to give it your all. If you workout three times a week, great! Make them COUNT. Be conscious that you’re moving to better your health, body and mind.

If you don’t currently have a fitness routine, fear not, start small. A simple 30 min walk 3 times a week will help. Just start moving. Turn those walks into jogs and work your way up. Start small and watch yourself progress. So for this week, MOVE and CHALLENGE yourself.

Last but definitely not least, this week I want you to STAY POSITIVE. It’s crazy how GOOD your day can be when you don’t let the small stuff bother you. Try keeping a smile on your face, not only will it make YOU feel better but it will have a ripple affect on the people that you encounter at the gym, at work and even at home. Imagine when your boyfriend/friend/family member comes home in a terrible mood, how does that affect you? Now think how different you’d feel if they came home with a big smile on their face and greeted you with a pleasant conversation, wouldn’t that automatically make you feel good? Of course it would! Same goes with how you choose to view your day, so why concentrate on negatives when thinking positively has so many rewards?

So how do you participate?

Simple! Be TrulyCommitted for 7 days (Monday-Sunday) by eating clean and kicking some booty with your workouts! You can join in the fun on Instagram by using the #TrulyCommitted hashtag, which I am proud to say has been used over 20, 000 times since I created it back in July!! Wooohooo! Way to be #TrulyCommitted guys! You can share your meals, pre and post-workout selfies (let’s be real we all take them) and everything in between. We’re there to support one another and celebrate our successes together.

But wait…there’s more! My wonderful friend Morgan over at WildlyFit has generously offered to giveaway one tub of TrueStar Protein Powder in either Chocolate or Vanilla to one lucky participant to further help them stay on track! A free tub of protein powder? Umm…yes please! Protein powder is so versatile and to prove that, I’ll share some simple, yet delicious recipes this week! The winner will be picked at random, all you got to do is COMMIT and SUPPORT others to commit as well.

Ok are you ready? We all start tomorrow!! But that doesn’t mean to stuff your face tonight, nope! Drink that water and eat those greens! I’m excited to see you thrive.

Much love,

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