20 min elliptical and fresh green juice

My little baby gal is not doing a great job sleeping lately. She was up till 1030pm last night, and then up at 3am.  I’m not a night owl, but I am an early riser, but not that early.  I literally felt the stress coming onto me last night when she wouldn’t go to sleep.  I felt the pounds of fat piling on.

But I refused to give into it, like I usually do, and this morning, even though she woke up mighty early, I still had a super morning.  Once all left for school or work, I ended up getting on the elliptical for 20 minutes, and then making some ridiculously delicious green juice:

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It wasn’t fancy or busy, it was just straight love.  I filled a former bottle of GT’s Kombucha for my husband to drink too!  It’s so nice to kick off my morning with fresh raw juice.  I love it so much.

The other day, my sister sent me a quick note she found online about writing out everything you love to do – and then comparing what you actually do each day.  Needless to say, for may people their lists don’t match.

But with an attempt to be able to be happy and share happiness, and feel love and give love, I want to make sure that I’m doing everything on my list.

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Here is what I wrote out that I do love to do:

get massages, manicure, pedicures, run, bike outside, bike on the aerodyne, swim laps in our pool in the summertime, read novels, write, watch Dateline, cook healthy grub, shower/take baths, juice, blog, connect with good humans (especially women), eat healthy, do yoga, drink seltzer, drink hot tea and lemon, delcutter – less is more, make and eat salads, walk everywhere, weight train, walk/hike be in nature

Since I wrote out this list, I have been doing MORE of the activities I love to do.  I have been walking a lot, trying to get to my 10K steps per day.  I have been juicing.  I have been running and workout out.  I have been cooking.  I made a delicious coconut milk chicken with lots of veggies on Sunday.  It was so delicious, and makes me so happy to prep food for my family.

So cheers to staying active, making & drinking juice, filling our lives doing the things we love.

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Live Your Future, right now.

Sometimes our goals are so far away, that we have no idea how to get there, if we ever will, and is it right to be so absolutely focused on our goals?  Does this take away from the present?

Today, my goals make my present absolutely enjoyable.  I was so happy that I spent my weekend at home, at our community pool, taking so many walks with my children in the stroller, a few solo & family bike rides – all in lots of sunshine.  It was all free.  Free everyday fun where the outside and nature provided 100% of the entertainment.

I made the most delicious iced coffees, with whip creme on top with sprinkled cinnamon.  I don’t need to go to Starbucks, or a local coffee shop to get my fix!  I can make my very own, and share it with those I love.  I made one for neighbor, my husband and my step daughter.  They were delicious, fun, and truly full of LOVE.  I opened up my kitchen cabinets and said, “Okay – what do we have?” And I used what we had to create deliciousness.

Just right now, I was taking a lil break at work, taking a stroll around our office building, and I said to myself:  Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and the goals will come together.  My main two goals are my goals of HEALTH and WEALTH.  I want to continue to eat healthy & Whole30 each and every day – and I want to continue to reduce my expenses, and build up my savings, so we have 1M invested/saved.  These two are huge goals.  The journey to reaching them is actually the fun part.  It will be absolutely AWESOME to get there, and LIVE my life and make the decisions I need, when we get there – but right now right here, this past weekend, this is the journey.  It’s fun and exhilarating, and awesome, and hard, and motivating and most of all:  worth it!

Know exactly what you want, how you want to live, what you want to learn and explore and experience – and go after it.  I’m just so absolutely psyched to practice exactly what I need, to live exactly as I want to – right now (while mimicking my future).  The key is to create your daily life EXACTLY as your current goals & dream future.  Make your future your present and your happiness a daily present.

 

 

Down 6lbs, thank you Whole30, Day 9.

I got up on the scale this morning, and I’m down to 159.  I ended up just having some cucumber for dinner, and basically chowing down on an apple standing up.  Instead of a dining room, we have a big island that connects our kitchen to the family room.  The kids sit & eat around this island, and my husband likes to eat after the kids go to sleep, which is around 8/9pm.  This is too late for me, so instead, I either eat with the kids, always standing up, watching over the little birds.

I was so hungry at lunch yesterday, that I ate what I needed to (a combo of sauteed kale, zucchini, tomato, peanuts & raisins w/ salad dressing), and then a really cold delicious banana, and my hunger/appetite subsided for dinner.  I really don’t need to do dinner each and every night, especially if I eat enough at lunch and in the afternoon, which makes sleeping more pleasant (less digestion) and I certainty don’t need the calories for the next 7-8 hours of rest.

Creating the healthiest diet lifestyle for ourselves truly involves figuring out what exactly works for us.  It’s not always three meals per day, it’s not always 6 mini meals.  It’s what works for you, for that day, for that meal.  Yesterday for me, this meant eating a larger lunch, and a tiny dinner.  It’s easy to get upset with our minds, our bods, when we aren’t able to go along with what we think we should do/eat, but instead, make up your own rules – from the evidence you have – your life.   And keep pushing forward.

Health is the goal.  Feeling fit.  Feeling good.  Feeling well.  Feeling rested, and being all of the above is more important than perfection.  Get it done, and do it right – whatever is right for you.

 

Obsessed with Seltzer

Sometimes, water just doesn’t do it for me.  Sometimes, when you are REALLY hungry, and just probably thirsty, or truly actually HUNGERS, which turns to HANGRY, it’s time to jazz it up!

I start off my day with a big cup/glass of ICE & SELTZER (and tap/filtered water if there is room).  Even though I don’t enjoy spending the extra cash-flow on cans, I really really really love my seltzer, and it keeps me in line with my HEALTH goals.

My body, first thing in the morning, instead of craving pancakes or waffles, or bland water, I drink this up!  (And especially when I AM craving things I should not be!) And right before bed, right after I brush my teeth (which I do sometimes too early), I fill up on a can of seltzer & lots and lots of ice.  It keeps my stomach full, and my body on point, and heading towards the right direction.

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I buy most of my selzer at Aldi‘s.  They have the best prices at 12 cans for $2.99, but lately another grocery store had a great special, 24 cans for $3.99.  Hard to pass this up.  I love all of the flavors, and the more the merrier.  I try to limit myself to one or two per day at my house, and my office also has plenty of seltzer water available.  Makes it easier to stick to my beloved Whole30, especially when post lunch munchies start to wake up.  I also like to fill up on mint tea, and hot water with lemon.

We have to stay absolutely hydrated, and full on zero cal fluids.  We have to flush out the toxins, the cravings, the sugar, and the grub, crap we no longer want in our bodies.  Our bodies are gorgeous, really incredible machines, and we have to DRINK UP THE WATER to make sure we get to the EXACT goals we have committed to, and the EXACT LIFE that is ahead.

My goal is to hit 139lbs.  I’m currently 5’6 and weigh 161.  I started Whole30 Day 6, at 165lbs.  I’m 33 years old, and it’s certainly time to be & live at my healthiest weight, and healthiest body.  I’m down 4lbs, and we have 22lbs to go!!!  I know I can do it – so thank you for READING.  Wishing you absolutely ALL of the success possible.

If you have not yet tried Whole30 – do it.  I’ts truly an incredible LIFE plan.  Similar to ATKINS (I would assume from mediocre knowledge of Atkins, but it eliminates DAIRY/cheese, but you can do POTATOES)!  Not too bad of a trade off.

Whole30, how to eat well even during weekend fun.

The last two days, I did well eating mostly veggies, fruits and lean meats & eggs – even through some social situations and weekend fun.  Last night, was Friday night, and my brother in law stopped over.  I wanted to eat EVERYTHING.  Not because he was here, but because it was Friday night, and I just wanted to let loose, and eat a few cookies, chips, etc.  But I stuck with my plan and decided against it!!!  I ended up having a small piece of salmon with capers for din din, and I finished off Day 3 of my Whole30, by going on a bike ride around my beautiful neighborhood, once my little 21.5 month old cupcake went to sleep.

I woke up feeling GREAT today, and I’m proud of myself for sticking to da plan.  I also noticed that I’m not having as much trouble going back to sleep, once I wake up in the middle of the night, as I did previously (when eating a diet high in sugar & processed carbs.)

Today we celebrated my friend’s son’s 1st birthday.  The party had everything and anything, anyone could possibility wanted.  Lovely snack array, pretzels, little Chic Filet chicken nuggets, pizza, mac & cheese, chips, and then the DESSERTS came out!!  So delicious and so fun.  I first had a plate of VEGGIES  and then I had a red cup of fresh cut up FRUIT.  And I also had a few pieces of the chicken!  I could have avoided the chicken completely (as it was fried with some breadcrumbs) but I did better than I would have done any other day!!! I certainly WANTED all of the sweets, but I wasn’t CRAVING them.  I didn’t have a physical/psychological need for them.  Anyone who is addicted to sugar, and has a sweet tooth, would understand.

Sometimes you just can’t stop, can’t NOT have something.  But because I’ve been eating Whole30, and clean the last 4 days, I no longer CRAVED the sweets. I certainly WANTED them, but wanting something is much less weaker than craving something.  The cravings grow weaker and weaker as the program continues!

As soon as we got home from the b-day party, I brushed & flossed my teeth – poured myself a big cup of water and made myself a salad full of romaine lettuce & spinach, topped with raisins and a small piece of salmon.  I’m proud of myself for not losing control, but instead making conscious and good choices, and sticking to my plan!  I love feeling well (who doesn’t), but sometimes it is sooo incredibly hard to keep it going.  We have to stay uber motivated, and stay on point, on track, and do exactly what is right for us.

 

 

Take care of you – first.

It sounds so absolutely selfish, and as a mom and woman, it really urks me when I feel selfish.  But it’s so vital when it comes to meeting our goals, that we put ourselves first.  A long time ago, on the Oprah show, I heard someone say:  Pay Yourself First.

And I get that. It’s important to invest money, save money, before paying bills AHEAD.  Before paying creditors, before paying other people.  Pay ourselves FIRST, and THEN see what is left over for others.  This is an important concept, I’m still learning how to put into practice consistently.  For instance, I’m trying to figure if I should PAY DOWN or PAY UP my mortgage, instead of putting the money RIGHT into Vanguard – where it belongs.  I’m thinking of paying off my daycare costs, instead of taking the weekly payment option, and investing & saving my money.  These are just two little examples of how we struggle with paying ourselves first, but we must.

Today at work, I walked for 19 minutes in the morning, and then I spent my lunch hour shopping for the office (coffee, birthday cake for colleague, etc.).  I ended up not taking my noon walk, because I was out at the store.  And then we were celebrating the colleague’s birthday.  And by the time the afternoon walk came around, I felt so incredibly guilty of getting out of my seat and going for a walk.  This is the employee guilt that I’m also a victim or guilty of.  But, I did get up, lace up my kicks, and I went for an 11 minute walk.  The compromise I made with myself was that instead of going for a 18 minute walk, I was going to go for a shorter one instead.  Progress.

This walk helped me get back into a great, positive & motivated mindset!  It was exactly what I needed to stay focused on all of my goals.  Please put yourself first, hold your head up high, and do EXACTLY what you need to do to prosper in mind, heart, soul.