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Sober in October

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It’s all over the news: two drinks a day is a ok.  That’s if it’s alcohol cause if you’re consuming 2 fizzy drinks a day, well then, that’s a whole different story.

Then there’s the news about the value of resveratrol in wine.  Well, that along with my Italian heritage was all permission I needed to justify enjoying a glass of wine (or two) an evening.

Last October I decided to go coffee free for the month.  This was born out of the awareness that we have become a society where needing the jolt in the morning has become acceptable.  At the same time I found I was needing more of the kick yet enjoying it less.  I was the sort that a part of my night routine was to prepare my morning coffee maker.  My favorite was ground freshly and the timer set to go off precisely 10 minutes before my alarm.  I would lay in bed contemplate hitting a snooze button, then my senses would pick up the aroma of my fresh jolt waiting for me.

Drag myself down the stairs, barely awake, the brown liquid poured into my favorite mug.  Although it seemed like in an instant when I am certain it was more a gradual process that I was unaware of, I had an epiphany that I was needing this more than enjoying it.

May of this year I did a 5 day detox.  That in itself had a joke……”heck if I can’t have wine I may as well go to bed!”  Interesting how during those 5 days I would have THE BEST SLEEP.  I have done this program before and am well aware of the power of it.  This time around my results were very disappointing.  I was baffled and yes a tad frustrated.  My one daughter made a comment about it “being my age”!!!!  My age!  My age!  My whole life all needed to do is talk to my metabolism and it fires up!  I haven’t experienced a “weight problem” for 3o years.  Ah yes, I thought a bit more calmer……… my age.  This is very similar to when another daughter was a preteen; I reminded her that right now as a 11 year old, she can eat ice cream every day, BUT there will come a time when that will not serve you.  Between being in the process of, or right at the doorstep of menopause, there’s a lot of “stuff” going on.  My liver is working pretty darn hard right now.  Something needs to change!!!!

no wineThe same awareness that carried me to the doorstep of coffee free, is carrying me to Sober In October.  “Sober?  But mom you’re not a drunk” – 16 year old daughter.  Interesting, that society says it’s acceptable to have the couple of glasses a day.  WedMD says that one of the signs of alcohol abuse and/or dependency is that “You feel like you must drink just to get by”.  Being honest with ourselves is a huge first step:  I don’t need the glass of wine to get by BUT I do recognize that I need the glass of wine to relax.

In addition to supporting my liver with herbs and supplements, I am looking forward to input:

A recovering alcoholic to talk about dependencies.

A naturopath to share on what happens in the body (the liver) with daily exposure to alcohol

Strategies on how to relax at the end of busy days

In sharing my intention today with my naturopath, the last thing she said to me was that she was glad I was doing this.

So am I………………………………….

RESET Day 3 – I Cheated

Yesterday was Day 3 of the RESET cleanse/detox and I am making a public declaration, well I suppose it’s a confession……I cheated.

In coming clean with this last night and sharing it with my daughter her question was “whaaaat did you do?”

“I weighed myself” I confessed. She didn’t seem to think this was a big deal, but then again she hasn’t been around the block and back with the experience of the mind games we can play with our relationship with food, commitment, goals and our health as I have.

The experience that took me from being labeled as “the skinny active one” as a child, to personal disgust in myself with poor physical health and overweight as a young adult, back to skinny as a runner, onto 8 years of bulking up and leaning down, the physical commitment of 3 pregnancies and now journeying through the changes that the middle years bring. Talk about experience!

My sport of competitive bodybuilding food is your biggest tool. So is the scale. For the months and weeks of bulking then leaning down the right amount foods at all times is what will fuel your workouts. Workouts where your constantly moving forward. The scale and its importance appears on weigh in day. If your more than 1/2 a pound off, over, your placed in a different weight class. May not sound like a big deal but if you’ve been training and building for a middle weight and all of a sudden your over in your weight, your competing as a heavy weight. I’m sure you’ve seen and noticed the differences in different women and muscle mass!

During the 5 Day program one of my rules is to NOT weigh yourself until the 5 days are done. Due to our relationship with the scale and the tangible numbers that appear, it can be a make or break point.

Late in the day, I was 4 pounds down and other than fighting some sort of sore throat, feverish, headachy bug thing, I was feeling pretty good.

In comes, creeps, that little voice. “Damn, that’s great. It’s only three days and your near your goal with two to go”.

I could have, I really thought about……..something. *smack* *smack* Something, kinda treat like. Well sure it would have been healthy. Well, sure that would have been the intent.

Have you experienced this? Reward yourself with food? I like to call it licensing and to be honest with you, it is this licensing that has me doing the RESET. A summer full of it.

In starting day 4 I invite you to recognize any habits, awareness that you’ve received about yourself and your relationship with food.

-boredom?
-regularity in eating?
-planning your meals?
-licensing?

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Post RESET Week 3

21 day habitsWHERE does time go!  We are starting week 3 of this journey.  Now, I am really hoping that the honeymoon isn’t over.

Are you still loving this?  The new wardrobe.  More energy.  Improved sleep. Your skin may even look better.  You have glow about you that is lighting up your world.  Others ARE taking notice!

The 5Day RESET cleanses your body of the cravings and now your into habit forming, health supporting lifestyle.  It takes 21 days to create a new habit.  So this is it!

I really want you to recognize and appreciate how far you have come.  You are:

 

*becoming the person you have dreamed of being.

*the person who you really are inside.

*you recognize or create your own expectations.

*and you NOW know what you are capable of.            good habits bad habits

You have made a collection of good choices that are now becoming habit and even if there was an “off” time you got right back on track.  Wow!  That mental part is just so powerful!

A message I shared with a client who is jumping back on the RESET train:

This may be over used but “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”  There is huge value in going at it again.  Trying again is a knowing of what you can and will accomplish.  It’s a trusting in yourself.  An adding to an already solid base of knowledge and experience.  I can’t help but think to IF I had stopped competing after one year just because I didn’t “win”.  It was 8 years of doing it again.  Learning something new, changing.  That’s what gets me really excited about coaching people through this.  It shows a high level of character. 
 
Be sure to acknowledge and be proud of everything little thing you do this week.  Perhaps as you write in your diary add one little thing your grateful for and one thing you did really good.  Regardless of how big or small. 
Appreciate how far you have come, pat yourselves on the back!
As one RESETer said:  ONWARD and DOWNWARD (in weight)  Have a great week!

Post RESET Week 2 Destination Transformation

Your day of disgust has come and now it’s time to move onward. line in the sand

You have drawn the line in sand and now recognize the value in having the very best of health. With your words and actions up until now you have (figuratively) taken your finger, placed it in the sand and drew that line with conviction, commitment and determination. And there ain’t no turning back. You have just come too far.

This is the point where you have accumulated a lot of the great habits that we have been talking about. That point where your confidence level is higher than your frustration. You feel as if you have all the pieces. It’s when there may be a temporary weight gain through a temporary situation BUT you know where to go and what to do to get back on track. The feeling of helplessness and confusion is non existent.

Wow, now doesn’t THAT feel good! I think so.

Let’s talk about snacks. Reaching for nuts and seeds is such a good idea not only now but through out a healthy lifestyle.You need just a little bit of these powerhouses of nutrition to sustain you as a snack.

My tip is to rather than taking out the jar and enjoying from it, find a snack size dish and place your serving in there. Seal the jar and put it away. Just as with a meal, sit down and enjoy it rather than eating on the run.

Have a great week 2!!!!!

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Oh Baby, BIOTIN, I love you

I know you’ll be just excited about this as I was.

Heck who do you know that has struggled with the same ol 10 pounds year after year? Chances are for some, those 10 lbs have lead to additional weight gain. Weight that after accumulating has lead to being at the door of a disease diagnosis.

My latest awareness with the most awesome products to support health in the world, came while my daughter enjoyed a REV3.  We have been in awe with the Korean ginseng and rhodiola in this product.  Hmmm, we both wondered, what’s the value in biotin?

Only  that your body needs biotin to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids, the building blocks of protein.  Oh THAT’S all.  You do recognize how huge this micro nutrient is don’t you!?

We are in the middle of a global health challenge, spanning across 21 countries.  Thousands are connecting and  undergoing a health and weight management program together.  As during this challenge and through out the year, it all starts with a RESET.  The plan moves forward from the  5Days to the Transform Phase.  I have noticed that often folks will opt out of continuing with the supplementation part of the program.  Yet, on the same hand I have folks who have just used the Cadillac of the product line and have exclaimed that they have actually lost weight, just from the supplements.  Is it any wonder.  When you feed your body EXACTLY what it needs it is oh so very obedient.   That is evident in my sport of competitive bodybuilding .

I have summarized above the value of biotin, now, here are a couple of pointers about it.

*it is water soluble (you will pee out excess, if you even have excess.  It needs to be replenished daily)
*it’s a member of the B vitamin family.  When you think of the B family of vitamins, you need to think of stress.  Stress depletes B’s.  Do a quick research, the value in B’s alone are numerous.
*it is synthesized by intestinal bacteria.  Which moves us along to antibiotic use and probiotics.
*I also read that Biotin is a coenzyme as well as a B vitamin.  As a supplement, biotin is sometimes used for diabetes
*supports healthy skin through fat production
*if your in the child bearing years, biotin deficiency may occur in as many as 50% of pregnant women. Make certain your prenatal multiple vitamin and mineral formula that contains biotin

I was equally excited that there are some of our personal everyday foods that contain biotin; carrots, almonds, walnuts, various other nuts, berries, fruit, halibut, vegetables.  OF COURSE, these all need to be fresh local and in season.  Then the portions.  I have no idea how much of these to consume on a daily level to meet optimal levels.  Add a little stress (and who doesn’t have that) from a day or two and you need to increase the amounts consumed.  So much guess work!!!!!!

So there you go, you can look better, get stronger, get leaner, feel healthier.  As it appears that you can purchase single doses of biotin don’t go thinking “some is good more is better. I am neither a doctor or scientist but my experience tells me the overdo-ing on one mineral/vitamin just doesn’t work.

Two pictures:  pharmaceutical grade and a leading “one time a day” food grade product:

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In closing I just like to say……..guess work has no place when it comes to supporting your health.  Go to the science.

Healthier You …………..Starting Here

By now you may have bought, wrapped, baked, mailed, delivered and your giving just a thought or two to yourself.

The New Year is coming and “this is it” you say, “I’m going to get healthy”!!!!! But where to start? From the privacy of your home, at your convenience take the Dr.Oz approved AND the same test that gave BIG a-ha’s to Gen Y Guy, Jason Ryan Dorsey.

It takes but a couple of minutes and will be your starting point to the very best you: True Health Assessment.

Wealth is knowledge in health.

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