Monday, June 23, 2014
So I'm starting a candida cleanse today. This should be a way to not only clean out my digestive system but also help break my sugar addiction and hopefully feel better with more energy. From my research it doesn't sound like this is a fun process though. I'm starting out by removing all forms of sugar (including fruit and dairy products), processed foods, and any drinks other than water or herbal teas. There's a special drink that I mix up to add fiber and push all that junk out of me, plus another drink to help support my liver, and I'll be drinking aloe vera juice to help soothe my digestive tract and keep things flowing. Plus there are a couple of supplements to help fight the fungus, support my liver and help the detox process. Then of course probiotics to help rebuild up the good stuff in my gut. Seeing as serotonin is produced in your gut and your immune system is heavily dependent on the health as your gut I'm hoping this will help me to feel better emotionally and physically.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
I'm so excited!! I got my big year long certification last year and have since become certified in prenatal and family health coaching! I've not done much with it yet (I only have two client so far) because life has been a bit chaotic. My divorce was finalized in February (big celebration time) and I've been adjusting to raising my four kiddos on my own. (five if you count my oldest step son who's still living with me) While the kids are out of school for summer I'm going to just continue working at the spas I work out for massage and continue on my health journey. Come August, though, it's on! I'm going to get my business going. I'll be working with families and couples wanting to start families. I'm so excited to be starting this chapter of my life and to be able to help other families like mine live healthier lives!!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I have not always been the healthiest person. My parents were both overweight and did the best they coculd with what they knew but I grew up to be overweight too. After my first pregnancy I had to have my gall bladder removed because I had stones. That was when I was 19. I hadn't had normal bowel movements since then until I started drinking Shakeology. There's fiber, pre biotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes in each scoop and the mixture has me evened out and feeling good in the digestive department. I will give the warning that at first you may feel a little bloated or yucky as it is regulating everything. Give it a good two weeks and you won't believe the difference!
I am also a caffeine addict. A cup of coffee in the morning and usually a 44 ounce soda in the afternoon. Plus sometimes an energy drink. It's bad. Well, it was bad. :) I wasn't intending to stop drinking coffee. I love it. I just wanted to not use as much sugar and cream because that's what's not good for you. I got to the point that I could use vanilla coconut milk in my coffee and I was good. Then I got my Shakeology. I started drinking that first thing in the morning and I no longer needed my coffee for energy, matter of fact, I didn't even want it. I was full, satisfied, and had energy. Soda was easy to quit too. I will admit, I still drink an energy drink a day *hangs head low*. I will be breaking that habit too, I just have to want to first. I'm working on using soda water and juice as my bubbly alternative. I just haven't found a combination I like yet. It's the cold bubbly I like most.
I'm also down 28 lbs as of this morning. I am getting a little teary eyed here. I started out at 284 lbs. Even at 5'10" that's a big girl. My goal is to get down to 150 lbs. For the record I don't EVER remember weighing that little. When I was 12 I weighed 175. The smallest I've ever been since I've been measuring my weight was 160 lbs when I did summer school PE my freshman year of high school 18 years ago. I know without a shadow of a doubt I'll get there. I'm guessing I'll get lower than that. Why am I crediting Shakeology with this weight loss? I know it's eating good and exercising but I'm a comfort eater. If I'm sad, happy, angry, frustrated, impatient, etc... I eat. When my body isn't healthy I eat junk food. Did you know that when you start giving your body the nutrition it needs it starts to crave junk food less? That just by eating whole foods (Shakeology is made from whole foods), staying hydrated, and being a little bit physically active you start a spiral effect that will help you not crave junk food, crave healthy food, and want to move more? You can't focus on what you shouldn't be eating. You have to start with what you should be eating. My Shakeology has helped me curb my cravings. Don't get me wrong. Yesterday we were at the gas station and my kids wanted nachos and I caved and we all ate nachos. I also didn't have my Shakeology yesterday either because I splurged and ate my favorite cereal (oatmeal squares) for breakfast. I actually didn't eat well yesterday at all. But that's ok, I didn't go crazy, ate in moderation some foods I really wanted (I also started my period today so that explains why my desire to junk out was a little stronger) and stayed hydrated. I still lost a pound when I weighed this morning and today is a new day and I'm back on track.
I'm losing weight, I have more energy, I'm sleeping better, my digestion is way better, my mood is better, I'm just healthier. That's why I love my Shakeology. That's why I share my story. To learn more about Shakeology you can go to: www.myshakeology.com/aboveeden
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
So I started my C25K program in the middle of summer (not exactly a smart move in Phoenix, AZ) but I figured I'd just get up early and run before it got too hot. So it started at 8 AM and then moved to 7:30 AM and then about 7 AM and it's still too hot at that time. :-/ I tried to get up earlier today and just didn't have the motivation and didn't get up.
So getting up earlier isn't going to work and running in the heat doesn't work because we start to feel sick so I'm thinking running in the evening is going to have to work. That won't be easy because I work evenings on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; however, I run Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Tuesdays are usually slow at work so it won't be a big deal to run after work then. Saturdays normally kill me so I may have to just try to wake up early one day a week.
Gotta tweak this to make it work! Can't let it slide. This is important to me.
Oh! One of my massage clients yesterday was telling me about a girls only 5K Iron Girl. My daughter is only 4 but they take them as young as 4 so I'm going to start having her run with me! (maybe get my husband to take her and my 9 y/o on Tuesdays since they won't still be awake when I get home from work).
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Yeah baby! This 258 lbs 5'10" woman is going to be a runner!
Have you ever tried to push 258 lbs off the ground? Let me tell you, it's not an easy task. My hip flexors are dying by the time we're done jogging.
That's some serious motivation to drop the weight. I want running to be fun.
I've always had the desire to run. When I have excess energy (which happens all the time), when I'm down, when I'm up, when I'm angry.. I get the urge to run. If I actually go out and do it in about 30 seconds I remember I'm out of shape and have asthma and go home.
I've looked several times at the C25K program (couch to 5K) and even tried it once a year or two ago. I didn't have the drive then like I do now.
What's different now?
I'm already working out (Can't I get a woot woot for Turbo Jam?!), I'm already eating healthier, but what's the big difference? I found a 5K where you're chased by Zombies.
Real ones? No, that's silly. But close enough. :)
It's called Run For Your Lives and it's coming to AZ in November! My husband and I are doing this one together. Kids can't run. :-/
My 9 y/o son is training with me and I was looking for a run he can do with me that we'd both really enjoy and found The Neon Splash Dash! This one isn't until April of 2014 but that's ok. I'm going to keep looking for new ones coming to AZ.
So the first day of C25K I was dying! My legs hurt for 2 days afterwards! The only reason I didn't give up during the training was because my son was jogging with me and he wanted to give up and I couldn't let him think that's ok. So we did it. He was so proud of himself - the best feeling in the world for a mama to see! We run every other day and the second day was a little easier and I wasn't sore afterwards. More importantly my son wakes up and asks if we're running every day. :) Love it! Out of 7 children he's the only one that's a little chubby so this is very important to me to get him healthy.
This is such a positive experience! I'm not dreading the running and I feel amazing afterwards and my son is doing this with me and we're getting some great bonding time together. Plus, my husband is going to be doing it with us! Even better! I love this being a family journey.
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