Middle Finger to the Crap Food

It was an excellent weekend, and after a whole week of eating CLEAN, WHOLE food, I’m down to 162lbs.  I feel a thousand times better, and I’m determined to stay focused on eating the best absolute food, and no processed junk.  Yesterday, a neighbor and girlfriend came by and we had a little birthday party for her son.  She brought some delicious pizza pies, and cake and cupcakes, and I gave it one or two thoughts about eating them, and then decided against them.  At this point, my cravings are gone, but now I have to stay focused and on track.  It felt awesome waking up this morning – and feeling so good.  Giving the middle finger to crap is awesome.

Yesterday morning my honey ran out to the grocery store, and came home with fresh grub.  He purchased bags of apples, and bananas, and raspberries, and blueberries, and strawberries, and kale, and arugula and spinach and coconut milk, and sweet potatoes and honestly – all food that feeds our bodies better, and helps them grow stronger and longer.  It was nice to ask him to go to the grocery store and say: buy whatever you think we can use from the produce department!  And so he did.

He’s also down a solid 10lbs.  He decided to stop eating processed food, dairy and all meat.  He feels really good and I’m so proud and happy for him.

My children are also eating so much better, and they are eating strawberries, and pears and apples and grapes and raw food whenever they are open to it.  Instead of filling our cabinets with dead processed junk food, we are filling our fridge with live food.  I also put out several bowls around our kitchen and filled them with washed apples, and pears.  So whenever someone wants a snack – grab a fruit and enjoy!

I’m looking forward to doing more and more for my body.  I’m excited to see how it continues to evolve, and how it continues to change for the better.  Mentally, I already feel a whole lot better, and now I’m ready to keep it going, and keep eating really good food.  There is nothing better than feeling good from the inside out!

For breakfast I had two eggs and baby carrots.

For lunch I had a romaine salad with organic arugula, with cut up cucumber and broccoli, and then walnuts.

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After this I ate two clementines and an apple.  I’m hungry again, but this time I’m thinking I’ll make some hot coffee and enjoy a little java with cinnamon!

 

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Dusting off the Jack LL Juicer

It was time to dust off my Jack Lalanne juicer and get back into drinking fresh squeeze vegetable and fruit juice, as often as possible.  When it was just one child, I was able to juice pretty often.  I actually loved juicing.  I loved it so much.  I took a video of my little guy (8 months at the time) drinking a whole bottle of green juice.  He loved it too!

But when my daughter came along, the juicer went under the sink, never to be heard of again.  My health certainly took a back seat due to the increase of children (one that still does not easily sleep through the night), a full time outside the home job, wife/home duties, and everything else!  When listed out it does not seem like that big of a deal, but honesty, having two children, versus one, has kicked my butt x 100000!  But it is what it is, and I love them both so much, I couldn’t imagine a single day without them.

Yet, my health is also my baby, and I need to start treating myself well, each and every single day.

This morning, I walked my son to the school bus, my husband took my daughter to school, and I had a few minutes, before I had to get myself to work, to juice!  I juiced: baby carrots, romaine lettuce, kale, apples, clementine to create a delicious juice!!! Everything went through the juicer really easy, and the cleanup like always takes time, but it is not impossible.

It felt SO GOOD to have this fresh juice in my system.  I actually can’t wait to do it again.  I’m going to hit up the farmer’s market again this afternoon, and perhaps juice for dinner.

Tracking CRON days, not all days perfect!

I decided to keep a monthly calendar of CRON days.  Instead of trying to go for perfection and losing all hope, I’m going to track and celebrate the days where I can eat really well, make awesome choices, and keep it going.  I don’t want to despair or get so upset that I can’t CRON each and every single day of my life. Instead, I want to start with small steps, and right now this includes tracking the days where I can CRON and do it successfully.

9/28-10/6 – CRON
10/7 – went out with friends, had wine & burger
10/8 – CRON
10/9-10/12 – lots of sweets, home made pizza and calzones
10/13-10/14 – CRON
10/15-10/17 – lots of sweets, birthday party for kids
10/18-today – CRON

Instead of starting over and over again, today I celebrate the 14th day of the month eating CRON, eating mostly raw fruits, raw vegetables, a big salad, and keeping my calories limited to the healthiest grub possible.

It makes me incredibly happy I was able to do it this way – and figure out I don’t have to be perfect each day, because it’s very upsetting starting and quitting, starting and quitting, starting and quitting, over and over again.  Even though I would like to be perfect and motivated for eating CRON, and less than 2K or 1800kcals per day every day, I need to come to terms that some days I will not do a great job eating well.  And other days, I will.

But because I know that I can have more and more good days, and by tracking it this way – I know I can eventually limit my unhealthy grub, and extend my CRON eating days for multiple days, weeks and perhaps even MONTHS at a time.  I also want to quickly jump back into CRON.  I don’t want one meal or one party to ruin my healthy CRON motivation for the next week or month.  Instead, I want to say:  Okay, you had a great time at the birthday party yesterday – now it’s time to load up on the greens, eat low calorie and absolutely nutritious foods – and get back on the horse, immediately!  That’s exactly where I want to be in my life.  I want to eventually move away from having a horrible food day from breakfast until dinner, to having one unhealthy meal, and eating well the rest of the day!

Small steps.  I’m 33 and it’s pretty ridiculous that I’m just getting a hold of this right now.  I mean, I couldn’t have figured this out like the other 13-years of my life?!?!  But at least I have figured this out now, and now I can put it into practice.

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I actually feel so much pressure taken off my shoulders.  I feel so much lighter because I know that I can EAT CRON, EAT WELL, but I don’t have to do it forever.  I can go to a birthday party, have a slice of pizza, have some cake, drink a soda, and then jump right back into CRON.  I’m going to aim for more CRON days then non CRON days.  So far for October – I’m determined to accomplish this.  Including today, I have eaten healthy and CRON for 14 days!  This is a HUGE HUGE deal, and I’m so excited about tracking my success, and moving on and not despairing about the rest.  A CRON day means I will eat health and low calorie and super nutritious foods ALL day.  There are 12 days left in the month, and let’s see if I can eat AWESOME most of those days.

I already know that we’re going as a family to a Halloween birthday party on the 21st and on the 31st is Halloween.  So, those days, let’s say I enjoy some candy, grub, and non-CRON diet.  That leaves me 10 other days where I can enjoy CRON perfection. So, let’s get it done!!!

Planning for this success is actually making me feel so much relief, it’s taking so much pressure off me, and bringing me so much happiness right now.

A friend yesterday, posted an article about the fact that our WILLPOWER isn’t the reason we’re successful.  We’re successful in achieving our goals because we AVOID temptation!  And hence, why I’m planning for a non-CRON diet on those two days.  I will go to the B-DAY party with my kids, and I will go trick & treating with my kids on the 31st – both days planned for!  Instead of trying to use willpower and eat well, I will indulge.  If I wanted to be CRON on both days, I would avoid both of those events, which I refuse.

But I will avoid OTHER events, events that are going to take place the other 10 days!  Cheers to CRON perfection on those days!

Create the Highest Vision/Version of Your Best Self

The other day, I read:

Create the Highest Vision of Your Best Self, and get it done.

I edited that so it could mean EXACTLY what I want it to – right now.  But still.

Basically – become your absolutely best self.

I know exactly what I want to do, who I want to be.

I want to write, and blog full time. I want to eat healthy, I want to eat RAW, I want to eat organic, I want to juice, I want to fast, I want to CRON (Calorie Restriction, Optimal Nutrition).

I want to read, read and read some more.
I want to write.  I want to write fiction and non-fiction, and children’s stories, and blog.

I want to have ultimate health.  I want to dedicate myself to living the absolutely healthiest lifestyle.

I want to wake up each morning, and take care of my kids.  I want t have tea, I want to walk or run, or yoga or weight train.  I want to be fit, and fit fitness in.  I want to juice for breakfast, or for dinner.  I want to feel good, each and every day.

I want to grocery shop at the farmer’s market daily.  I want to feed my children, nothing but healthy grub.  I want healthy, fun options, available all of the time.

I want to connect with women that want to change their life, that are living their best lives.  I want to surround myself by motivated, smart, women – who are living their own lives – on their own.

I want to be best friends with my husband, he is my ultimate one, and my soul mate.

I want to continue to de-clutter, and need less and less, and only more of great energy and awesome space.  I want to eat well, and do with what we have.  I want to be able to live resourcefully and efficiently.

I want wake up each morning in peace, health, and freedom.  I want to drink coffee or tea or water with lemon, and write, and read, and create, and share, and help others take care. I want to take care of me.

I can see myself creating an incredible site, living an incredible life, with my loves, on my very own terms.

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Sore from exercise, and VACAY exercise plans!

What’s better than feeling fit?  Honestly, I can’t think of any better long lasting feeling than how good it feels to feel fit!!!

Almost daily this week, I have been taking 3 mile noon walks with my neighbor!  One day this week I got on my Schwinn Airdyne bike, and rode for 20 minutes (arms and legs on alert).  Then, one early morning, I ended up taking my lil gal for a walk/run for a total of 3 miles.  We have also been walking to my mom’s house in the evenings (she happened to move into a spot just 1 mile from us), which makes a nice 2 mile round-trip of stroller pushing, and such.

As we depart for the beach tomorrow – I really want to get in a great workout either first thing in the morning, or right before shower time at night – each day.  I’m super psyched to get back into daily running, and just make fitness a part of my daily life, on the daily, erryday.  Even though there are a million excuses I could come up with each day on why I can’t get some workout time in – I really need to nix them asap, and just get my business handled.  My daughter does not mind being in the stroller, so if she needs to come along for the run, I need to suck it up and push her cute little bun wearing head along.  I also need to take advantage of my recently early wake up times.  I have been getting up early, which means, it’s an opportunity for fitness, first thing in the AM.  And this is my most favorite time (ever) to work out.

Other than that, I plan on drinking lots of water, eating lots of salads, making lean protein and meats and seafood – and staying honest with the Whole30 diet and lifestyle.  I want to continue to feel good each and every day of VACAY, and come back feeling even better than I left!  Is that even possible? Cheers to success!

Strong Relationships = Stop Spending

We have a few friends/family that are currently going through separations or divorces.  It’s always sad to see people break up, and move on.  And in every single instance (from what we can see) poor money decisions have always been a factor.  This is not to say there weren’t other problems, or lack of other problems, but the money factor is always clear as day in the couple’s troubles and issues.

Keeping a relationship going, strong, happy and successful is no easy feat.  I have very little experience in this (as I’ve only been married once, and married for just 5 years), but the fact that every couple we know (at least 5+ serious relationships since we’ve been together) has broken up, and every single one, has dealt with one or both people in the relationship abusing money.  One or both either overspend it, don’t respect it, don’t know where it goes, and both people or one are completely oblivious to their poor money behaviors.  The hard earned money does not stay home.  It goes out the door faster than it came in.

My husband and I are very busy right now.  Probably too busy, but this is life.  We are raising three children.  We are managing three properties.  We are working full time.  We are truly doing it all, and trying our best along our way.  We would love to slow down, have more downtime, have more our own time, but the kids are little at this point, and we are building our empire of real estate and investing, and thus – it’s a busy time in our lives.  Yet, what keeps our marriage strong, happy, and full of love, is the fact that money stressors don’t enter it.  We are both low spenders, rarely spend money on ourselves, and instead put 100% of money earned into our necessary bills or our saving & investment accounts.  My husband doesn’t have to wonder if I spent the day at the mall by spending our paychecks, and I don’t have to wonder if he’s spending our cash on whatever hobbies he may have. It doesn’t happen.  We are, thankfully, on the same page with our spending, with our needs, with our desires to keep our family strong, and stronger, with wise money decisions.

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We are still young (I’m 33, and my husband is 37), and we still have a lot of learning, growing, and life to experience.  It’s not all perfect, nor will all days flow like honey going forward.  But the fact that we don’t argue over money, the fact that surprise bills don’t arrive, the fact that cash does not disappear, the fact that frivolously and unnecessary things aren’t purchased daily and at random, all make each day better, make our future brighter, and our life today – good.

If I had to give just one advice to all new couples, new relationships – and hey – even old couples, it would be to STOP SPENDING.  Stop the outflow, stop the leaks, stop buying, stop purchasing, stop needing it all, stop it immediate. It’s the number one reason why lack of happiness will hit you and your partner quickly and harder than any other issue. It’s not fun to not have enough, it’s not fun to have credit card debt, it’s not fun to have to NEED money, when you don’t have it.  If you want the best possible relationship, build a strong solid financial foundation.  This will be the best guarantee for the relationship you want, in both good times, and hard times.

2 Mile Run @ Gym!

Just got back from the GYM, where I ran for the first 10 minutes, walked 1, ran 1, & so on, for a total of 20 minutes & 2 miles.

I’m super psyched to get back to the gym.  My husband goes at lunch every day, and he walked into my office at 12:07pm, and said:  You ready?  And I had no choice but to head out!  I packed my bag before leaving for work, and had everything I needed to get this workout completed.

We got to the gym, I changed quickly into a pair of yoga pants and a running top, and hopped on the treadmill.  Then after my workout, I got back into the locker room, found my shampoo & conditioner and towel, and took a quick shower.  I forgot my brush so I just pulled my hair back into a ponytail, and ended up getting dressed, and finishing up!  There was no one int he locker room, which is nice, privacy is always nice!

It feels so good to feel fit, and I feel exercise is such a life motivator, and a life boost for each and every day.  Plus, I really need to remember that daily exercise is so good for the body, mind, heart and most importantly our health.  It’s easy to say we’re busy, and we don’t have time, and we don’t want to – and all of that is true too – but we have to fit it in.  I wish the gym was a TAD bit closer to my office (like walking distance would be nice) but I can’t be picky at this point, and I have to make it work.

I would like to run daily, every single day, for at least 20 minutes.  It’s an amount of time that is not too long, and not too short.  At 20 minutes, I could run quick and get 2.5 miles in – eventually.  And I could always run longer, if needed/wanted.  Ideally, as I mentioned before, I would like to run each and every day, do some type of YOGA, and then also some weight training.  If I stay focused on these three goals, I’ll incorporate them in my daily life more and more consistently.

I would also like to eventually do some regular racing.  I’m not interested in doing another triathlon, but a 10K or a 5 miler here and there would be nice.  At this point, I’m not fit enough to sign up with ease, but that’s the goal:  to be able to run one anytime I want to.  My kids are growing up and getting older, and I know they will be active fit children.  Nothing would make me happier than to race with my babies!! There are so many awesome local races – and why not make racing a family event?  What better way to connect with the community, and to stay fit & focused on health?