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I’ve been AWOL for a while from the blogosphere, but I’ve been cooking up some fun new things to tell you all about. Recently, I took a big step and became a Pampered Chef consultant!

For those of you unfamiliar with The Pampered Chef, they are the leading direct seller of premium kitchen tools in North America. More information is available on their website ( and you call also browse all the wonderful products there. With my interest in making quick, healthy meals for my family and my love of Pampered Chef products, the move from customer to consultant just made sense for me!

Now that I have taken this big and exciting step, I’m turning to all of you for a little helping hand during the first few months of my new business. How can you help me? Easy: host a cooking show!

At a Pampered Chef cooking show at your home, I will demonstrate a quick, easy and delicious recipe for you and your guests. You’ll learn tips and tricks to make your time in the kitchen fun and more rewarding and then I clean up all the dirty dishes! You’ll receive personal service (something you just can’t get at retail stores these days) and as a host, you’ll earn rewards too. My hosts NEVER pay full price. As a host, you get:

  • Free and discounted products
  • Half-price products
  • Your choice of our monthly host specials (up to 60% off)
  • FREE shipping on your order
  • 10% off Pampered Chef products for an entire year

With my help, you can select a recipe or party theme that your friends and family are sure to love. If you’re interested in learning more about Pampered Chef or about how you can host a fun, interactive party, please leave a comment below (or email me) and I’ll get in touch right away!

For all those Pampered Chef fans outside of Ottawa, I can process your individual order (or you can host a “catalogue show” where you collect orders on paper and still receive some host benefits) via email and have it shipped directly to your home.

Thank you for all your support and happy cooking!


And so 2010 begins!

First of all, apologies for the lack of December posts. The weeks pre-Christmas are always a little hectic and Joe and I were busy preparing for our vacation in Florida and North Carolina (more on that later this month along with pics!).

But on to “bigger” and better things – the newest season of the Biggest Loser. Honestly, I can’t get enough of this show. I love the premise (people learning about healthy eating and exercise as a way to – shock – lose weight), the trainers (I heart Jillian!), the host (Ali is super sweet and gets so emotionally invested in all the participants…and she’s looking totally fly this year post-baby), and the feel good inspiration/motivation that comes with watching people grow emotionally and mentally while they shrink physically! I even love reading the recaps over on Television Without Pity.

The only problem is, Joe worked at the Sens game last night and we didn’t get home (I picked him up) until after 10:00 p.m. Then we decided to “just watch a little bit” of the season premiere. Before you know it, it’s midnight and we’ve laughed and cried (okay, that was just me) through the whole show. And now we are exhausted! But I think it was just the motivation I needed to put in a good workout tonight!

It’s clichéed but true: you should be careful for what you wish for.

Watching the Biggest Loser with my hubby, I always talk about how much I love Jillian Michaels, one of the trainers. She is ruthless. She gets in the contestants’ faces, screams and pushes them to the absolute edge.

“Unless you faint, puke, or die, KEEP WALKING!” (Season 6, Episode 1)

I always say it would be awesome to have her workout with me, even just once. I know I never push myself as far as I’m capable of going on my own. So I picked up one of her workout DVD’s for Joe for Christmas – Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred. Basically, it’s three 20-minute circuit training workouts (three minutes of strength, two minutes of cardio, one minute of abs, repeat) of increasing intensity. I tried out Level One two days ago and I’m still aching! I don’t even want to know what Level Two will bring…gah!

On second thought…perhaps my brain does need a little structure to make sure I’m on-track and being productive. Especially while on vacation. Then again, isn’t that what a vacation is for? A break from the everyday responsibilities of life and work?

But no matter! Christmas is over (*sigh*), the new year has begun and we’re all back to work and “normal” life. I still have photos to post of baked goodies along with recipes, so hopefully those will go up in the coming week. Joe and I made up cookie tins for our relatives this year and we did LOTS of recipe testing beforehand. Yummy!

And it’s also back to one of our favourite shows – the Biggest Loser! I seriously love this show. It’s motivating, uplifting, funny, educational, and something my husband and I look forward to watching every week. We even time our workouts so we’re sweating away while Bob and Jillian are screaming at their trainees. Awesome.

If you ever miss an episode, be sure to check out Television Without Pity, a blogging site that chronicles lots of different TV shows. Their writers are absolutely hilarious – especially the one that does the Biggest Loser recaps. Even when I’ve seen an episode, I always check her posts every week to get a good chuckle.

For those of you who read Joe’s post about getting back into working out, I’m sure you’ve guessed that this means I can’t get away with slacking off anymore, either. Bummer!

So we were over at my folks’ last night and I ran/walked on the treadmill for over half an hour – not bad after two months off. I find it’s super important for me to have good music to keep up my motivation. Right now, my workout mix includes:

  • “Toxic”, “Womanizer”, and “Piece of Me” by Britney Spears
  • “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake
  • “Just Dance” by Lady GaGa
  • “Stronger” by Kanye West
  • “Disturbia”, “Shut up and Drive” and “SOS” by Rihanna
  • “When I Grow Up” by the Pussycat Dolls

I’d love to have more, though!  So if any of you have some ideas for fast-paced songs, please feel free to leave comments with your suggestions…

Hey everyone, be sure to check out Joe’s new blog over at

After a lifetime of struggling with his weight, Joe has finally found a path that works for him. It’s all about adopting a healthy lifestyle – no dieting allowed! He’s lost close to thirty pounds since we starting dating and he’s still going strong. I’ve even lost fifteen – he’s a fantastic support and inspiration!

He’s now officially launching a health and fitness coaching business. If you know anyone who wants a helping hand in losing weight or getting fit be sure to send them his way.

Why I’m here

My name is Sonya. I live with my husband and our cat in the suburbs of Ottawa. I started this journal to document my thoughts and experiences and share them with friends, family and anyone else who happens to pass this way. My hope is that it will help to keep me focused on the simple things I value most in life and, above all, keep me writing.

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