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{February 27, 2010}   Let the Fun Begin!

Nothing gets you out of a funk like good friends that take you for a nice walk ….and packing -that is right packing!  Today I divided up my clothing into 3 different sizes – the current, the hopeful and the “one day I will”.  I also set some aside some clothes for the “top swap” I will be having next month.  It is so fun to donate a bunch of clothing to friends and come home with a bunch of “lightly used” clothes for FREE.  So with the clothes packing almost finished,  we have a few more days of packing before we leave our WONDERFUL winter home for our new place.  I look forward to this mental and physical example of a new beginning.  I must admit all this excitement does make me tired so I will now go dream about the weight training course I am teaching tomorrow and review all the exercises I will be preparing for the FUN bootcamps next week….gee I hope I can sleep!

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{February 24, 2010}   In a Funk

Today was rough.  Turns out that I was more affected by the Doctors’ news then I would like to admit.  I know it is normal to be frustrated with the lack of results and normal to feel a lack of hope but even so,  I tend to beat myself up for feeling this way.  I just keep telling myself to keep moving forward day by day, hour by hour and minute by minute.  I have so much to be thankful for but it is tough to focus on that when I feel the fog surrounding me.  I go to bed tonight with a feeling of helplessness but also with a prayer of perspective on in my lips, the love of the friends and family around me and the desire to wake up tomorrow choosing to have a healthy day.



{February 22, 2010}   The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

On Friday I had a follow up appointment with my Dr. to determine my progress with the Adrenal Exhaustion and the hormone treatments.  I had done all I could with my food, exercise and medication and still was disappointed with the results.  Until my body is functioning properly it will be a slow struggle to achieve the goals.  I was happy to see that we are going to take a more aggressive approach with the therapy so all my hard work has at least paid off by preparing my body for this new therapy.  In regards to my food plan I am choosing to add a few items back in but I still want to give my body the best fuel possible.  I will continue to avoid sugar, most dairy, caffeine, deep fried anything and wheat.  However I must admit after hearing the news I was a little disappointed and slipped back into some of my old “eating for comfort” habits.  When I woke up all puffy and feeling the “sugar hangover” I re-evaluated and determined that those foods are not worth the pain.  I am excited for this new journey, I have a new plan and I am looking forward to the next few months.



{February 17, 2010}   Yummy Rice Pudding Treat

I am always looking for healthy options while on this food plan.  I recently made a rice pudding that even Steve agreed tasted good.  Here is it!

2 eggs, 2 cups almond milk, 1/3 cup Xylitol (my new favorite natural sweetner)

1tsp Vanilla, 1.5 cup cooked brown rice, 1/2 cup crasins.  Bake at 350 for 1-1.5 hours.  Good source of carbs, fats and protein.

Do you have any healthy treats to share?



{February 14, 2010}   My Tight pants are Feeling Looser

After 6 week of hard work, clean eating and new medications I can now say that my clothes are fitting a bit better.  I slipped into one of my favorite pairs of pants today and was presently surprised.  I still have a long way to go but I am excited to report that change is happening.  Now I need to be careful of the sabatoge.  I look forward to enjoying today with my husband and to the next coming weeks of challenge and change.



{February 11, 2010}   Take some time to celebrate

I have always associated celebration with food, so when Steve asks me how I would like to spend Valentines day my first thought is what can we eat?!!  I am taking some time this year to focus on what we are indeed celebrating.  We are celebrating being married for over 8 years, we are celebrating the passion we have for our jobs, we are celebrating our bodies and what they allow us to do, and we are celebrating having wonderful families and friends.  Turns out I don’t need chocolate to do that.  In all honestly we will have something special to eat as part of our celebration however this year I want to enjoy the food as just one part of the day, this year I want to enjoy a fun activity that improves our health and brings us together, this year I want to do something special for the people that love us.  I look forward to enjoying all the aspects of this celebration and hope you find reason to celebrate as well.



{February 8, 2010}   Sharing Knowledge

This weekend I had the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with a number of excited and soon to be fitness professionals.  I told them many humorous and rewarding stories that I have experience in my last 14 years as a fitness professional.  I take for granted all the education that I have accumulated over this time and am reminded that fitness terms are really a new language for many people.  I feel so privileged to be involved in a industry that encourages me to learn and try new things; that I am challenged to find new solutions and to help motivate others when they are doing actives that may be “unenjoyable” at times.  Thanks to all of you that have let me share my passion with you.  May we all enjoy sharing a part of ourselves to encourage growth in someone else.



{February 4, 2010}   My Poor Zumba Muscles

Ok, so I realize those of you out there that I “torture” through workouts are going to love the fact that your trainer is SOOOO Sore from her ZUMBA class that I taught on Tuesday.  Last week I practiced teaching some new routines and then on Tuesday I went a little crazy and when I woke up the next morning – everything hurt, I mean everything.  Now in less then an hour I get to go do it again.  Yes, laugh it up.  Now I am giving myself some of the advice I freely give out – I can do anything for 2 minutes – now I just have to times that by 30.  Wish me luck – I hope to see you all there!!



Yesterday I had a big chocolate craving…ever had one??!!  Well as you know no chocolate for me.  I did however find a recipe for Carob Vegetarian brownies.  All great ingredients, all allowed and beneficial for my body.  I made them and turns out they tasted pretty good.  About 6 brownies eaten  (in a period of 3 hours) and I needed to remind myself that even though they are healthy – 6 brownies in one day is pushing it!!  After a little bit of self reflection I recognized the pattern.   The feeling of being deprived of something that I liked, the strain of mental and social frustration and the stress I was feeling all reminded me of a desire to eat.  I was not checking if I was hungry I was just enjoying a tasty (well many) tasty treats.  I was able to get back on track and remind myself that the brownies will always be there and I can have another one tomorrow.  In fact I have enjoyed one today and I am very happy with that decision.



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