Improving Habits

I've been a little bad on my diet beta test plan over the weekend, eating bread and drinking wine.  I'm ready for a hard do-over and get myself ready to try my first supported fast. Over the weekend while I was doing some much needed weeding, I was listening to podcasts, especially The Chalene Show, and one in particular about working on your habits.  Right now I have two habits to work on - not drinking a glass of wine in the evening after the kids go to bed and exercising daily.  I'm going to use the replace tactic for the wine and swap it for herbal tea or ginger-turmeric latte.  On the exercise, I need to keep to simple workouts like PiYo on Beachbody On Demand and remind myself how good I feel when I workout.  Today my nutrition was as follows:

Waking - coffee, black
Morning - intermittent fasting, drinking lots of water, until almost 11AM when I had my chocolate vegan Shakeology with unsweetened almond milk and coconut butter
Lunch - salad with chick peas, avocado, …

Diet Beta Test Update

Wow!  I will tell you this is life changing stuff!  I've been wanting to give an update to everyone as I've been having great success experimenting with fixing my metabolism.  Partly why I wanted to try this program, is I already was experimenting with different things like healthy recipes, cutting out dairy and intermittent fasting and was having some results.  What I was really looking for was more guidance on protocols and why one would choose to try different protocols and why.  That is exactly what this program is.  You listen to lots of different audio programs talking about the following ideas:

Healing gut health - this is one of the key ideas that we need to do in order to repair our metabolism and ensure we are receiving full nutrition from the healthy foods we eat.Eliminating inflammatory foods - inflammatory foods do not help your metabolism and gut health.  I've been avoiding dairy, gluten, alcohol, peanuts and nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, egg plant and pep…

May Goals and To Dos

It's been a long time since I've posted monthly goals/larger to-do items. We have a lot going on this month and I really want to make sure my focus is in the right places.  I'm very excited about some of the changes going on in our life.  Things are definitely much different than where we were several years ago.

Personal Finish Chalene’s Diet Beta Test – on Day 3 right now!Run or elliptical 2-3 times a weekYoga from Beachbody on Demand 3 times a weekHave my passport renewedCall the doctor about the moles on my face – want them removed!

Family Boys’ First Communion on May 6th!Phoebe goes to a friend’s Junior Prom on May 19th, but I think we are fully ready for that already.Work with the boys on their math fact skillsGet Tommy new glasses – can we use our regular eye doctor?Schedule boys’ physical and filling out form for Cub Scout campSchedule physical therapy for Phoebe’s back (pinched nerve/mild scoliosis)Schedule her follow up orthodontist appointment after 7/24Schedule the…

Diet Beta Test - Learning Starts April 24th

I'm about to embark on something amazing!  I signed up for Chalene's Diet Beta Test yesterday.  Our prep week is next week and then we officially start our new way of eating on May 1.  I can't wait to learn more about it, as I've been listening to Chalene's latest podcasts about sleep and diet.  They all make a lot of sense to me as I've been experimenting myself with intermittent fasting, what foods I'm eating and better sleep.  Sounds like this is the perfect solution for me to use her and her experts to help increase my knowledge on how to keep time from taking its toll on me.

Things were getting really tough since September of last year and right before my birthday in March, I decided things had to change.  I've been doing a lot of soul searching, experimenting with different ideas and trying to keep an open mind.  I'll try to update here more often with information on what things I'm trying, recipes I'm cooking and our menu plans and ove…

Miracle Mornings - September Challenge

Wow!  Have I ever been busy and there is so much to provide updates on.  But I'll start with what book has been rocking my world and that's the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.  I've also been doing a 30 Day Challenge with the support of a private Facebook group of an amazing group of women.  I will continue doing daily Miracle Mornings through the remainder of the year as I've been learning so much about myself.

The concept is relatively simple.  In order to be successful, you need to put yourself in the right frame of mind for the day and ensure you are spending time improving yourself daily.  Hal put together for himself and others several practices in a plan of daily Life S.A.V.E.R.S., which stands for Silence (meditation), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading (personal development books) and Scribing (journaling).  Don't think that this synopsis will let you not read this book.  I strongly recommend it.  Recommendations on how to wake up and increase …

It's Been Awhile

I'm still out here.  I'm currently working on getting my morning setup from "The Miracle Morning".  One of the items is journaling.  I was starting to put it in a notebook, but then realized why should I do that when I have my long neglected blog.

Things at my corporate job are going well.  I've put a lot of time and energy into it and people are seeming to be noticing.  Just yesterday, my manager got some great feedback from someone before I even got off the phone with them.  Glad to see my hard work is paying off on that front.

I really want to spend more time on my Beachbody business though.  I'm in a Dash to Diamond group and I haven't done much with it the past few days as by the end of the work day I'm exhausted and work seems to consume all my day hours.  I need to work on that balance.

I think I'm also tired at the end of the day as I'm trying to get back into working out and being a better runner.  I'm running a 5K in mid-May and…

Tommy's Portfolio Breakfast - The End of Kindergarten

Wow!  The boys are officially done Kindergarten and moving onto 1st grade next year.  I really can't believe it!  With Liam being sick this week, things have been crazy.  Tommy had his Portfolio Breakfast this past Tuesday, but only one of us could go, as one had to stay at home with Liam.  Tommy said I should go when we asked him in the morning, but then when he got home from school, he said his dad should have gone.  LOL - little guy, we wish we were both there!

 He has such a different personality from Liam, whereas Liam wanted to hang with us and show us what he had done at school and point out one or two friends, Tommy introduced me to a bunch of his friends.

Liam on his day, was interested in all the treats and choosing the sweet ones he wanted. Tommy couldn't be bothered with going to get a snack.  I chose some treats for him while he kept building  things at the tables in the classroom and he snacked while he kept building. In particular, he loved this rocket he built.