New Year….New You!

Here it comes! Ready or not! 2019 is just around the corner and I have a different outlook this year then I have had in the past. New Years Resolution? Nope. I will be taking this coming year one day at a time. I will make sure each day I am doing a program with others that inspire me. THAT will give me motivation to keep heading forward one day at a time. I encourage any and all to give at least one program on Beach Body a try. There are so many to pick from. I have done 2 rounds of 80 Day Obsession and a couple more and I would love to share my results but not sure how to….maybe my coach could help me with this one.  Till then, seriously consider checking out one of these programs…..new year…new you….one day at a time!

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It Pays to Shop Around

I am a big fan of Dollar Tree and Dollar General and here in our town we are lucky to have both, however I was looking for stocking stuffers and in Dollar General I found a whole section of exercise equipment! Everything from mats, weights, weight gloves, push up bars, ankle weights, jump ropes, and so much more! So go check out your local dollar general and see if you think you would like to try something out for the prices they are offering…..it’s the perfect way to go for beginners or if you need to replace something. 

Cleaning Eating…..

What does clean eating mean? It’s a phrases that has caught on the past few years. Simply. It means a diet of healthy basics, fruits, veggies,

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protein and healthy fats without added sauces, sugars salt and salt and over processing.

Is it more expensive way to eat? No not really. A few years ago the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health research and came up with $1.50 pr day cost difference between eating a healthy and unhealthy diet. That is less than a latte!

Eggs, nuts, beans, oats, whole grain bread, bananas,frozen berries, or other fruits, olive oil, carrots, brussel sprouts. These are healthy snacks to look for next time you go grocery shopping.

 Yoga….A Good Stress Reliever!

 

I’ll admit yoga is not my favorite cup of tea.  I do know it is good for you and I need to think outside the box, and broaden my horizons so maybe by seeing the words in front of me will help me? We shall see.

Did you know that yoga relieves lower back pain and hand osteoarthritis? It is also a good remedy for stress and depression. Helps to improve digestion. Aids in weight loss. Reduces effects of carpal tunnel syndrome. Helps to control hypertension and diabetes. It can also aid in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar, all of which are good for you heart and blood vessels. Practicing yoga a couple of times a week increases muscle strength and flexibility. Yoga poses work by stretching your muscles. They can help you move better and feel less stiff and tired. At any level of yoga you will probably start to notice benefits soon. In one study people improved their flexibility up to 35% after only 8 weeks of yoga. Many of the poses, such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper body strength. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings,

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quadriceps, and abs. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose. When done right, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles.

“Don’t Even Try To Say Your Not…..”

Today I am going to blog a personal experience. We all have them. They all affect each of us differently. A couple of weekends ago my family and I piled in our van and headed to another town where another couple were waiting for us in their pasture. Do I have your attention yet? Yep their pasture. No it’s not where they live but it is where a Christmas project for some people we care about is about to get real, or maybe just maybe come alive? We worked as a team loading the van full of some goodies we would soon be transforming into hopefully magical wishes that will make others smile for years. I know we will all have great memories of how we transformed them. We started talking about health, how we are all getting older, parts of us talk back at times and some make noises beyond our control. This couple were sharing with us how they both worked for this company for 20 plus years and had decided to retire together. To enjoy life together. So many do not get that chance in life. They work their entire life, retire when their body forces them then health fails quickly and they die. They work their entire life……not getting a chance to enjoy that precious thing we call life. Which leads me to my next conversation. Taking care of our bodies because they are the only one in life we are given….sure we can get spare or refurbished parts even new ones but they are not your own…..not the ones God blessed you with. The lady we were with made a comment that I was half the person I used to be. I have always been the type that can not take compliments well so I lowered my head and started shaking it left to right, smiling when our son piped up and defensively said “Don’t EVEN try to say your not mom! You have worked your butt off the past year.” Wow. I held back the tears as we continued to talk. This is a teenager guys. A boy who I constantly remind to pick up his room, to shut the door because we were not born in a barn, he does great with lights so he is off the hook there but you get what I am saying…..daily I think “why doesn’t he pay attention, listen?” I was wrong. He does. On the things that mean the most in life to “get”…..he does pay attention. He does notice I am trying to make a difference in my life to become healthier, to love longer. It’s a journey and a long one. I am struggling right now in many fields and have found myself not working out because “life’s issues” get in the way. I know this should not be the case but I am human. We drove away that day and my heart grew even bigger for my son that I thought it could. Yes I am on the struggle bus now, but the side of that bus does not say loser….quitter. It says “hey your human, we slip up sometimes, it’s ok…..take what time you need, get your crap together and jump back in. So sometimes when you spend days in and out beating yourself up because you did not make that workout as planned, or didn’t eat healthy it doesn’t mean you have failed……inside I know it’s a journey I want to stay on speed bumps and all…..learning to love yourself is sometimes the hardest thing of all. and being your worst enemy is a given.  Those little eyes regardless how old they are…they are watching. As they say about Santa (this family believes in the Spirit of Christmas so yes we still say we believe….we can even hear the bell on the Polar Express!)  So for now I will keep on keepin’ on…..it may not be as fast as others but one thing you will never see me do is quit. Don’t give up on yourself if you are struggling…..we are worth it and the best is yet to come. I need to focus on how good I felt when I was giving it my all…..and take it one step at a time. If you are on the same bus as I am we can do this….together……sweat, tears, all of it. One day at a time.

Christmas is coming……

What better way to share your love during the holidays than to present your loved ones gifts from the heart? Or should I say gifts good for the heart? Home made granola…..

1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa

1/4 ground flaxseed

3/4 cup raw nuts

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

3 tbsp. pure maple syrup

2 tbsp. molassess

3/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup golden raisins

Place rack in the middle shelf of your oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl stir oats, quinoa, flax seed, nuts, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Drizzle the coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla over the oat mixture, then stir.

Spread on cookie sheet, press flat. Bake for 20 minutes, remove stir in golden raisins, press back into a flat layer. Bake 10 additional minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool. Granola will continue to crisp and dry as it cools.

Put in a mason jar wrap it with a bow and there you have it. A healthy gift to share with someone you love!

What has changed?

So you have decided to take the plunge? Awesome! Turning your life around? Turning over that leaf? No more daily trips thru the drive thru? No more greasy pizza for breakfast? You my dear are an inspiration! Not only to me but to others! A year ago my life changed even more. I was blessed with an amazing health coach. She made me think beyond walking daily. I always thought that was enough. Until then…..She introduced me to a whole different world, I got to make some amazing friends during this journey. It took for me the word PUSH to a whole new level. I strongly advice to reach out to someone who can be an influence in your life. Not someone who is perfect, not someone who never screws up and is always a cheerleader but someone who is beneficial to your needs, knowledgeable in the field you are interested in studying and above all someone who is down to earth and real. You may be strong willed, have all the motivation in the world but you need this person in your life. This can be YOUR person, one that you build a trusting friendship with and as far as I am concerned there is no one I more admire than someone who is not afraid to stand beside me and sweat like there is no tomorrow, push themselves harder than they thought possible, and is not afraid to cry with me on bad days, and celebrate the good ones with a hug. Friends that sweat together stay together. Sarah Kroes is an amazing person who I will put on a pedestal because yes she deserves it. She trains hard, she speaks from the heart, and she cares more about you than sometimes you care about yourself. You need someone that is not afraid to show you through their eyes what they see in you. If you do not believe in yourself……allow someone to show you how much your worth really is in life. You might be pleasantly surprised. Doors will start to open you never realized were even there. Results? Someone you can love when you look in the mirror, someone who you are proud of, and someone who without a shadow of a doubt can see their self worth on a daily basis, the way everyone should see themselves.

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