I was at the hospital

I was at the hospital yesterday and it was one of the most frustrating days I have had in a long time.  My mother had an appointment for 12:30 at the hospital for a test.  We arrived there just prior to our appointment time, registered and then we just waited.  We actually waited for 2 hours for a 5 minute appointment..


It was in the waiting that really got me thinking.  It took me back to the time when I decided that I MUST begin to take better care of my own health.

That was way back in 1997.  You see I have been taking care of my mother for a very long time and it really began when she broke her hip.  Now there are some that say you fall because you break your hip, others say you break your hip and fall.  Either way in 1997 my mother broke her hip.  Now she wasn’t in the best of health at that time however she was living independently and still had a fairly active social life.

When she was in the hospital recovering from the hip replacement, I was told at the 2 week mark in her recovery that she was going home.  She could not get out of bed by herself, she could not walk by herself and at that time her going home would have meant disaster for her and her health.  So I had to fight with hospital management and ultimately she went to a rehab home for 4 months.  When she came home she could walk, do stairs, sit, you name it she could do it.

I only share that story because at that time this experience got me thinking that I did not want to end up that way for my future.  It scared the @#$$ out of me that if I didn’t make change in my life that was exactly what my future was going to look like.

At the time of my mothers hip replacement she was 67 and I felt if I didn’t begin right away when I was her age I would be going through the same health challenges.

At that point in my life I was taking vitamins, supplements and had kind of started to eat a bit better however I still was not doing all that was possible.

I was still have my own challenges with Fibromyalgia, Myofacial Pain Syndrome, low energy, obesity.  My life was going to begin to make big changes.

Yet I knew I could not do it all at once because I wanted to have success and permanent change.  The first thing I decided to do was start an exercise program.

So what I did was borrow a friends copy of Tae Boe, (remember Billy Banks?).  I did the easiest Tae Boe DVD and could only accomplish 15 minutes to start. And each day I pushed 1 minute longer until I did the whole thing, then went on to the harder DVD.  It was not easy and yet I can tell you it was well worth the effort.

I kept that image of my goal in my head each and every day.  When I didn’t feel like doing the DVD that goal was what kept me going.

It was hard work, it was a fun experience because I mentally started to feel like me again.  That was the most exciting part.  HOPE was coming back into my life and that was a good thing.

Over these past 15 years I have gone from doing my little DVD in the living room and struggling to swinging kettlebells, barbells, body weight, riding my bicycle 660k, reducing my weight by over 70lbs, and probably most important improving how I feel each and every day.

So when I spend time in the hospital it really does make me sad.  I see people that are putting their trust in a system that I don’t believe will help them improve their health for the most part.

The tests, the medications (I do realize for some medications are the only solution and that is a good thing) yet for many medications only cause more and more problems, the lack of quality of life, the belief in a system that is not working.

You can make a big difference in life if you simply decide.  Really that is the first step.  Decide you want more out of your life.  Decide that you are worth feeling good in your life.  Decide that pain does not have to be a part of your life.

Small changes made successfully will give you the strength to make another small change successfully and so on until.  Until you begin to reach your goals, then you begin to make other goals, bigger goals, more challenging goals.

The small changes for me were like I said exercise, I did also begin to drink water (which I never really did before) and like I hear so many people say I didn’t like the taste.  Water doesn’t actually taste and what I now realize is that I didn’t like chemicals in tap water.  So my water of choice to begin was Perrier.  It was bubbly and kind of like pop.  Not maybe the best choice however I was water and a place to start.

Then over time very slowly began to learn about food, diet, eating, and made changes.  And today my eating habits are very different from 15 years ago and way back then it would not be something I could have imagined.  Organic, grass fed, pastured, I never even heard of those terms.  Even my vitamins are organic!

I was at the hospital yesterday and it took me back to a time where it all began for me.  What will be your starting point?


Today I share a secret!

Today I share a secret!  Today I am going way outside my comfort zone to share a secret with you!  It was about 8 weeks ago that I was feeling really terrible.  I was about 15 lbs over what I weighed last summer,  every part of my body was in pain, I was tired all the time, and just really frustrated.  I am a personal trainer, wellness coach, I shouldn’t feel like this right?

Well to explain where I am right now I do have to go back a little.  In fact way back to July 2010.  I was in complete burn out as a care giver.  I could not move, or get out of bed.  6 years of caring for my ill parent had just done me in and only when I got right to the bottom did it really become obvious that I was in total burn out.  We actually went into crisis and my parent was moved into a really beautiful Long Term Care Home.  It was one of those miracles that happen.  It just all worked out.  Parent is happy and now I am figuring I will be on the road to recovery.

Well not so fast.  3 weeks later I have an accident while ref’ing a hockey game and tear my MCL, Menisus and do serious damage to a disk in my low back.  I can’t walk  or sleep for 2 weeks.  It was a crazy time.  Over the next few months as I am in rehab for my injury and in my opinion it is not healing fast enough I figure I need a big Goal to get me there. So I decide to commit to riding a bike 660k Toronto to Montreal in July 2011.

I didn’t even own a bike to take on this task.  So get a bike, get training, and struggle along from April to July when we are meant to go on this trip.  Now amazingly I accomplished this goal.  In total with the training and the ride I put on 2000km on my bike last year.   Camped along the way.  Got home and then the recovery really began.

It took me a few months to really recover and in these months I started to see the weight gain, I was really in pain everyday.  I actually thought the pain was from the training rides, exercise ect.  Boy oh boy was I kidding myself.  I was just in pain! I was also very fatigued!

Now I don’t take any medication for pain or fatigue so I began to look at other lifestyle changes that might be necessary for me to make.  When I was ready because you always have to be ready for change what I did first was cut out all grains.  ALL!  No exceptions ever.

My decision was to only eat protein and vegatables.  I would allow myself to have cream in my coffee, a very small amount occasionally of Kefir, nuts, olive oil, butter and coconut oil.  (Will talk more about this in the near future.)

Immediately I began to feel better!  I could not believe it.  Within days the pain I had been feeling for so long was disappearing.  I could get out of bed with ease which I hadn’t been able to do for quite a while.  I had more energy.  Actually started to accomplish stuff each day.  Lots of stuff.  It was very exciting to feel this way.

Then I was lucky enough to plug into the Paleo Summit and listen to a number of specialist in Paleo living and was amazed that in fact that was what I was doing for the most part with my diet and didn’t know it had a name.

Then a huge improvement again when I listened to Dr. Thomas O’Bryan discuss Gluten sensitivity.  Bam!  I was absolutely shocked at all the things that gluten sensitivity can affect.  I made the decision to stop eating gluten and this has furthered my well being!

The experiment continues however it is very exciting to say that my weight is down 12 lbs without once ever being hungry or feeling like there are foods I am missing out on.  Cravings, no not really.

What’s more exciting than reducing my weight by 12 lbs is that clothes that have been sitting in my closet for quite a while because they didn’t fit, fit!

My training is really awesome.  I feel stronger than I have in a long time and I am not putting hours into training either!  I use kettlebells, body weight, and really looking forward to getting up to the cottage and using more nature training up there.   Have included playing basketball once a week just outside throwing the ball around.  Play!  It is fun, we laugh, giggle and at the end of 1/2 hour work up a nice sweat!

Results of the last 8 weeks:

  • feel great
  • have reduced weight by 12 lbs
  • have more energy
  • clearer thinking
  • lots of clothes fit that didn’t 8 weeks ago
  • better training (stronger)
  • reduced pain dramatically in my body

So there you have it today I shared a secret, I am a bit uncomfortable however feels good to share it with you.  I am looking forward to continueing this journey and sharing more as I go.

Stay tuned!


The last few months I have been experimenting with my life!  To explain why I have to go back to last summer.  I was in training for the Friends For Life Bike Rally, a 6 day, 660k bike ride adventure from Toronto to Montreal.  When I started training I was riding 50k a weekend and as we got closer to the date of departure we were riding 200k a weekend.

There were many challenges for me in this adventure.  I was recovering from a torn MCL, torn Meniscus and a big problem with my back.  On top of all that I was always in huge pain, barely being able to walk after each ride.  I continued and in July of 2011 we left Toronto.

The pain I experienced doing this ride was extraordinary for me.  Riding the bike was no problem however once I was off the bike I could hardly move and sleeping outside in a tent on a blow up mattress was beyond what I could enjoy.  It really made the whole event something that I couldn’t wait to be over!

Once we arrive in Montreal my thought was it was no big deal to ride a bike 660k!  LOL!

However once I got home and back to normal living back in Toronto not to be on a bike since what I noticed is I started to bloat up.  In a very few short months I noticed I had gained over 15 pounds and was not happy about it.  Even though I was not riding a bike I was still exercising and training each week.  As I don’t eat junk food of fast food it was really a mystery as to why?

Then one day we were having a conversation and the comment came out that where we were buying our food (protein) it was all grain fed.  I was actually quite shocked to think about this because they advertise the protein to be antibiotic free and hormone free.  In my mind that seemed to say it was grass fed!

You have heard the saying you are what you eat?  Well I was eating grains everyday and not even knowing it!  To add to that I was eating sprouted grains each day for breakfast (toast).  In the process I was gaining weight, getting bigger and bigger to the point where my clothes were not fitting me.

So here is where the experiment comes in.  I decided to do an experiment.  I was only going to eat protein and vegatables.   I decided that butter was ok to put on my vegatables and I could use olive oil and coconut oil for cooking.  Now within 2 weeks I had gone down 10 lbs and that bloated look was gone.  I started to feel more energetic, I was thinking clearer as well.

This was 2 months ago when I began this experiment and as I continue to reduce in size what I am also seeing is my sleep is really amazing.  For the first time in over 15 years I am getting most nights about 6-7 hours sleep without waking up.  That has been one of the best things about this experiment for me.

About 3 weeks after I began my experiment I was able to listen to the Paleo Summit by Sean Croxton.  Here I have been able to begin my journey to learn about the Paleo and Primal program by many professionals.  I have also been able to begin learning about Gluten Sensitivity, a big health challenge in our world today!

So my experiment so far has been quite amazing for how I feel.  That dull constant pain I have lived with for over 16 years has  been eliminated almost 100% and if that is all I would ever has found beneficial for my experiment it would have been well worth it.  Better sleep, weight reduction, more energy, clearer thinking have also been benefits I have seen over the last 2 months.

Now is a time to continue to experiment, to see what other benefits I see and more importantly feel.  I will continue to include Symmetry’s Ultra Vitality, Tranquility, Clarity and of course Genesis with X’Tranol 24 in my daily regimine, lots of Symmetry filtered water of course and for sure Organic vegatables, butter, coconut oil, coffee cream and pastured grass fed beef, and poultry and Alaskan Salmon.

I personally don’t feel that I am missing out on any Junk foods because feeling better is worth so much more to me than putting anything in my system that causes me challenges!

It is my intention to continue to chronicle this experiment for myself and see where it leads me.

In good health, Wendy Bottrell

Believe in it without doubt!

Found this quote and feel it might be beneficial for today!~

“The secret to making something work in your lives is first of all, the deep desire to make it work: then the faith and belief that it can work: then to hold that clear definite vision in your consciousness and see it working out step by step, without one thought of doubt or disbelief.” – Eileen Caddy, Co-Founder of the Findhorn Foundation, Scotland

No matter the goal this quote is very good advice.  What is it for you that you must believe in without doubt for something to work in your life?

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Is Exercise Preventable Medicine?

Is Exercise Preventable Medicine? This is the question for today! In today’s world where couch potatoe is the norm, where most say they don’t like exercise, or they don’t have time it’s a question that may make the difference between life and death for some.

I find that a visual sometimes has so much power to put us into action that I want to put up this video today. It is really awesome and in fact went viral on YouTube because it is so great to make the point of the Power of Exercise in Health. The question today is exercise preventable medicine and the feeling is that it is! What is exciting is that it is also simple.

“A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way.
Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.”

Now if you took the time to watch the video you will now know that it doesn’t take hours per day to change your health situation whatever it is right now. Time is our most valuable possession and using it in ways that provide us with quality of life for our entire life are worth it right? What do you feel? Is exercise preventable medicine for you? How will you add 30 minutes to your day?

If you have questions or I can help you get moving get in touch!

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Are you being sold poor health?

Ok do you feel you are being sold poor health?  Are you looking for a quick fix to a health concern you have?  Are you watching the TV commercials and deciding you might need one of those prescriptions for you?

I am watching Big Pharma, Big Bucks Documentary and it is really disgusting what is going on in our so called medical world! Now for sure today there are cases where a presription drug is necessary for saving life!  Yet there are also many, many cases where a person has created health problems by very poor diet, no exercise, smoking, too much sugar, too much alcohol.  Making better decisions are very important for you and me to make every single day for feeling good.

We are being manipulated with our health and most of us don’t even realize it!  We somehow seem to think that the medical professionals are working in our best interest.  Big Pharma is pushing drugs because they are making millions of dollars at your expense!

I heard a few weeks ago is that the average Canadian is taking on average 6 prescription drugs.   That’s a  lot of drugs if maybe you or I were able to make better choices to eliminate a few of those prescriptions for feel better.

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Certified Organic

In November 2008 I began my Holistic Lifestyle Coaching course.  It was at that time I was introduced to The World’s First Certified Organic Personal Care, Body Care, Oral Care, Baby Care products.  It is so scary when I think about all the toxins we put into our bodies every day without really even thinking about it!  Prior to this course I never really considered that I was putting toxins in daily.  Toothpaste and Deodorant are the worst because most of us use them daily if not multiple times a day!  That is lots of crap going in that is not good for us.

So I have posted prior about a couple of products that I really like and here I will tell you about the Deodorant.

Aroma Free Roll-on Deodorant

Aroma Free Roll-on Deodorant



  • Stay naturally fresh all day with Aroma Free roll-on deodorant. An effective formula, even for the most active person. No aluminum compounds or chemical antiperspirants. Based on the traditional remedies of bicarbonate of soda to eliminate odors and aloe vera to soothe. No essential oils for those who prefer aroma-free protection.

Another awesome product that I use regularly and if you have any questions ask here or go to my website at http://www.dreambig.mionegroup.com to see all the wonderful Certified Organic Products.