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Day 1: 22 Nutrition Vegan Challenge

Saturday, January 04, 2014

My goal for 2014 is to be vegan by 2015. It's not too far off what I love or enjoy eating, but I will need to give up dairy, eggs, and revamp by makeup stash...I will not be a hippie looking vegan! Lol so I give myself the year to get and locate things I love that taste yummy and make me pretty :)

I decided to look into the JayZ and Beyoncé thing because...well.... They are hip hop royalty and look great and even though she made a big "oh no she di'nt" in the process, they did bring more people to try and either incorporate meat free meals and or try the vegan lifestyle.

I honestly don't feel it's as drastic as other feel it is...my love of animals is almost ridiculous...but it is what it is and I love them more than humans :) and Facebook has allowed people to be even more educated about what animals go through so we can eat and look pretty and it's sick...I personally don't want to be a part of it,

I have a pic on my closet door (my vision board) that says: Being Vegan Means I am trying to suck less" and that's pretty perfect!

So...on my Facebook page and Instagram I'll be sharing my pics and reviews of things I find on my year long journey. it's not my job to preach...I hate being preached to...but just show you stuff that you may not have thought of or wondered about...plus give my honest opinion on taste and how beauty products work etc. I live in New Zealand and things aren't as easy to get as in the states, but the world in changing,

I do recommend that you watch "Forks Over Knives" and educate yourself where your food comes from and how what you eat effects your body :) give yourself that 90 minutes!

My Facebook page: Www.facebook.com/morphassist
My Instagram name is patty1dr
To access the plan and recipes go here: Www.22daysnutrition.com/blog/2013/12

Here are some pics.
My breakfast today was Vanilla Chia Pudding and Berries....I think it's replaced my favourite breakfast...wow..loved it!

Lunch is Crunchy Red Cabbage and Green Apple Sesame Slaw + 1 cup sweet potato

For a snack I have hummus and veggies

For Dinner Black Bean and Quinoa Salad with quick cumin dressing plus some dark chocolate for dessert (no photos yet)

Aiming for 10,000 steps today as well. :)

Enjoy your day and have a great month!

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SWEETLIPS 1/4/2014 9:31PM

    Welcome to the lifestyle. Hubby is a vegan (over 30 yrs), I prepare all the food and even teach and I am back on track - so let's rock and roll!

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Meant To Be

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Today I had my first face-to-face meeting with my elderly person for "Age Concern" as a visitor. I have been waiting to get paired with someone for several months. I had a possible 2 before today and they ended up having some unfortunate health issues and had to go into nursing homes etc.

Several days ago I rang "Maria" and set up a time to come over and give her some company and meet. I heard her Dutch accent and it made me happy and excited. I was raised in a German and Dutch filled home and surrounded by people that spoke Dutch and German all the time...:)

I arrived and she made me feel welcome. It took us a little while to feel comfortable though. Maria is 92 years old (93 years old next week) and lives on her own. She has lived in New Zealand for 60 years and being in her house felt like home. She even had the same clock on her mantel that my grandparents had. The same dishes, decorating style, windmill cookies, tea in proper tea cups and tea spoons, etc. Everything had a place and was perfect...just like my house growing up! W hile I was there to give her company and someone to talk to, she gave me so much more. I miss my Oma and Opa more than anyone or anything and after spending a couple hours with her, I believe Maria was sent to me to be my Oma-ish person in my life. I feel honoured. I look forward to our weekly visits and I am pretty sure none of them will be an hour (that's my requirement as a volunteer). I've been on a little high all day. :) emoticon

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RABBITART 12/12/2013 6:50PM

    You both sound like a wonderful match for each other. Enjoy your visits!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/3/2013 12:53PM

    That is AWESOME!!! We do that here in the US too! We love it. :-)

I also didn't comment on your last blog, but I wanted to say how happy I am that your man is now finally taking his health more seriously! Long time coming! That's got to help put your mind at ease a little! :-)

Have fun with your new friend. :-)

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BATCHICK 12/3/2013 11:52AM

    That is awesome, so glad you got paired up!

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Feeling better and back on track

Friday, November 29, 2013

After my last blog, i still waffled with my food intake a bit...my brain has been a bit fuzzy...been an emotional couple of weeks and this time is really hard for me since moving to New Zealand. BUT I attended a Christmas party for Age Concern (who I volunteer with) and it was the first time in 7 years I felt a little Christmasy :) It was nice. I don't know why but it FELT like the holidays...and that's what I'm usually missing...THE FEELING! I can't get use to warm weather, BBQ and Christmas at the same time...freaks me out. :) I'm a Midwestern Girl!

So..it's taken me a little while, but strapped on my BodyMedia armband at midnight, started tracking again, and have my man finally taking care of himself so I can focus on me...ahhhhhh....no reason not to rock out 2014! :) Now...to propel my Stampin' Up! business into full time dollars! Yea Baby!

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HEIDEHICKEY 12/1/2013 9:28AM


I am so happy to read this! Sending you Christmas love and cheer!

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_JODI404 11/30/2013 12:07AM

    emoticon Yay! This is an awesome update, so happy for you!!!

Wow, even got your man on track -- that is great!

Best wishes with your Stampin' Up business! I hand make my Christmas cards with stamps every year. I've been doing them since 1999!

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A funny thing happened when I listened to my gut...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

As some of you know I have been going through some wacko things with my muscles and nerves and that "they" want to reboot my central nervous system...

Well...I said no to all the drugs they were giving me to try...yes, some helped the pain, yes, some helped my anxiety, but it made me feel like an emotionless turd...that is so NOT me. No thanks!

I decided to try something...I stopped drinking green tea everyday (caffeine makes your nerves active...I didn't need that), I started wearing my mouth guard because of my headaches and anxiety, and I because I had a bit of soreness one night, I tried taking 2 Panadol....I have done the same thing for over a week and I feel great! Started getting back on my eating plan, and walking and I actually feel good.

Weird how simple things work sometimes. :) I think unless you experience stuff it's hard for you to tell people what to do. Doctors that don't know how it feels...anyone remember that movie with Denzel Washington where he would touch people and they would feel what he feels??? I often feel that way. Pay attention to your body. Trust your gut, and don't be afraid to try things that are logical and make sense to you!
Have a great week!

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B-LYNN1ST 11/24/2013 12:22AM

    emoticon I'm so glad that you found something that works for you. Doctors only know how to push medications. I had 2 doctors dropped me because I believe in holistic care. One told me that was witchery and the other told me. I'll see you when you need some real drugs. Now I see a doctor who believes in medical & natural pathways to medicine. Sometimes the simply things can heal us. We all don't need some type of pill to reboot our system. Great advice with the Green Tea. I cut back when I get aches and pains in my muscles and it always work. I get them mainly when I drink it and weight train on the same day. IDK what's going on with that, but it does help to not have the green tea on my weight training days. emoticon

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~INDYGIRL 11/20/2013 3:39AM

    You know, I am going through some of the same things! I will try your approach!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/19/2013 11:43PM

    Yay!! Glad to know you are feeling better!! You said it best...listen to your GUT! ;-) Nice to see you! ((HUGS))

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Back to ME!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I have been missing in action for several weeks...they tried some medication to try and reboot my brain and I did not react well...missed work..didn't work out...ate whatever whenever...finally I stopped everything and said NO! I may be in pain, but at least I'm myself...with these pills I am a numb version of someone that isn't me. So I listened to my body once again and went back to simply taking Celebrex for the back pain and all is better...just getting back in the swing of things with food and walking.

In the midst of this, it was said I have too much stress and it is effecting my nerves and muscles as well and how I function, so I had to make some decisions...

Decision 1: Don't get all wigged out when my Burn on my armband isn't at my goal...as long as I burn than I eat, I'm good. Period!

Decision 2: Step back from the gym floor and head back to the sales office until I'm stronger...and I am totally cool with that.

Decision 3: focus more attention on my Stampin' Up! business because that's what makes my soul sing, soar, and puts me in a state of Bliss...so DO MORE of that!

Decision 4: Tell people EXACTLY how I feel. I know I know...you're shocked! I actually do, but I do believe that when you decline someone's offer you don't have to give them a reason...you said NO period. Well..I may explain to people now a little bit more so they know...it's me (they always knew that...but it's for my well-being) I'm an introvert and when I'm not at work I am happy at home. Simple.

Decision 5: get back to feeding my brain with positive books and cds again...always helps me :)

so theres the scoop...by the way...loving the goal board on here...That was a change I REALLY dig!!! Thanks @sparkguy!

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B-LYNN1ST 11/3/2013 6:47PM

    I've heard of some plans, but these are the best by far. Thank you for sharing.

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BATCHICK 10/30/2013 2:20PM

    Its difficult to step back and focus on yourself... but its neccessary.

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