Time to Prepare

The day is almost here! Tomorrow I am going to relaunch my Juice Plus business! I renewed everything about a month ago, but I really wanted to kick things off at the beginning of the month so July 1st became the starting point.

I have been taking Juice Plus for a little more than a year now, but not regularly until about 6 months ago. It is the only change that I made in my daily routine so far. That changes tomorrow. My first change will be all about how and what I snack on throughout the day. I am dumping potato chips and fun size candy and adding healthier alternatives like fruits and veggies. This will be a big change for me since I really like chips and chocolate, but I have to do this if I want to get my belly back.

I also plan to get back on the road and walk 30 minutes everyday. I really like walking around my neighborhood now, plus there’s some cool wildlife around here that will start showing up on my Instagram account. If it’s raining, because it is summer time in Florida, I can do a 30 minute bike ride on Wii Fit Plus.

Last, but certainly not least, I am going to cut back on my Pepsi intake…again. Instead of just dropping it completely, I am going to ween myself off it. Today, I will keep a log of how many I drink throughout the day and start cutting it out from there and gradually decreasing it through the month of July. I want to be done with it by the end of the month.

I’ll keep you posted on how things are going. ­čÖé

Daily Post: Farce

In less than a week, I have to decide whether or not to renew my Juice Plus distributor status. It’s been a rough year for me and Juice Plus. For most of the year, it has helped me regain some nutrients my body was completely and totally lacking… because my eating habits still suck. On the other end though, I have completely failed myself and others by not sharing about it – this journey of mine, and possibly make it into part-time work.

I haven’t shared because I didn’t want it to come off as a farce. Don’t get me wrong, I have had plenty of ups and downs this year as far as my health and wellness is concerned. Times of pure motivation. Times of illness. Times of extra hours at work. Times of concentrated effort to just remember to take my JP. Times of health.

As of today, I have taken my Juice Plus on a mostly regular basis since Christmas. I also added the berries to my fruit and vegetable blends. I’ve been so determined lately, because I forgot to take them regularly at the end of last year and got sick repeatedly. It was not good – especially on those days when calling in to work was not an option. At the end of the last infection, I started taking JP regularly.

Up until today, I have skipped out on some horrendous stuff that has swept through work. I contribute most of that to JP. We had that nasty stomach virus going around at work and it skipped me. Even my girls picked it up – it was horrible – but nothing for me.

 

As for today, i think it has to do with something I ate yesterday…my stomach seems to hate me right now. I don’t feel sick.┬áI’m just fighting with my stomach today and praying it will be over soon…

Anyhow, I really do feel a difference when I’m taking JP regularly. I haven’t lost any weight or dramatically changed…well, anything else. But I know that I am adding essential stuff to my body that I won’t get otherwise – at least not right now. JP gives me more energy, as you would expect when adding the best parts of 30 different fruits and vegetables to your system, and it seems to be helping me fight off some stuff, too. I’ll take that and say it was well worth the money spent.

Yet, I have to make some changes.

Those things that need changing are also a part of the reason why I haven’t been putting much effort into sharing JP, and a year later my income from it is non-existent. ┬áLike I said above, why would I post about all the benefits of JP when I haven’t put the effort into making it happen in my own life. Juice Plus is all about making “One Simple Change” and I have failed at a bunch of them. I’m not going to sign someone up for health and wellness anything, if I am feeling well but not healthy.

Does that make sense?

Another example: I’ve gone back to chewing my nails (I know, I know) but unless you want to see a million pictures of my adorable toenails, then I shouldn’t be selling Jamberry, right?

I feel the same way about Juice Plus.

I do love it and I want to continue taking it. I actually would love to share it more…but should I? If I do, how? The biggest question – when? I could make this post a launching point but I’m not going to do that right now. I am not in the mood to once again set myself up for failure. I still have a little bit of time to figure it out.

Daily Prompt: Expert

Am I an expert on anything? I guess it depends on who you’re asking?

Parenting? No, but some look at my awesome kids and think I have some kind of magic trick that I used to make them be as awesome as they are. My oldest daughter is taking some early childhood development classes in high school and her teacher will ask her what it is I did to make my kids so cool. The best answer I have – common sense and a lot of logic. I had my own childhood and it was filled with ups and downs just like everyone else. I figured out what seemed to work and what didn’t and applied that knowledge to their upbringing. There’s my big magic trick.

Writing? Definitely not, but I had to do so much of it while I was earning my degrees it just made sense to keep going. I still struggle with vocabulary usage, where to put a comma, and finding my niche in the writing world. Just because I’m known as the walking dictionary around here doesn’t mean I know all there is to know about the art. I often find myself directing the kids to Google to find the answer they’re seeking. Nonetheless, I’ve found a love for writing and will continue to develop it as long as I am able to do so.

Healthy Living? Hardly, but I’m working on that one…probably more than the others. What I mean is, I’m not sitting around reading up on how to be a better mom or how to spit out the next best-seller, but I am learning more and more about living a healthier life everyday and figuring out how to apply what I’ve learned to my daily routine. I’m systematically increasing the amounts of exercising I’m doing and pay more attention to what I’m putting into my body – ┬ámore than I ever have before. Maybe one day I’ll be able to say I’m an expert on healthy living – at least as much as it applies to me.

Out of all the various facets of my life, there is one thing that I do think I’m an expert at – listening. I can listen to anyone’s “side of the story” and at least empathize with their unique situation. It can be difficult at times, but I can always see things from someone else’s point of view once I’ve heard it. With that, I have been able to defend most positions, even when they are on the opposite side of the spectrum from my own. It’s one of the main ways I’m able to ignore and avoid conflict…especially on social media. Election seasons are the worst, particularly the one we are currently in, and it can sometimes be overwhelming to keep my mouth shut. However, I do and I will because I know that each of those posts reflect feelings and thoughts that are based on so many factors that are foreign or unfamiliar to me like life experience, race, socioeconomic status, age and gender. Many people have come to me for advice and I will give it to them when I have something for them, but if nothing else…I will always be there to listen. Sometimes, that’s all someone needs.

Daily Prompt: Purpose

Well isn’t that ironic? Today’s prompt is about purpose.

I did something so stupid last night. Actually this stress-induced stupidity has been a week-long thing. However, I took it to a new level last night. Basically, I’ve slacked off a lot on healthy eating this week. I’ve taken my Juice Plus, no problem, but skipping breakfast and lunch has happened more than once this week. That’s exactly what I did yesterday…then picked up some fast food on the way home from work.

Yes…you could say my body was/is not very pleased with that decision. Here I am, home from work, trying to keep down a slice of bread. It was not a pleasant evening either.

What was/am I thinking? This is the complete opposite of what I’m trying to do and defeats the purpose of why I’m leaving my full-time job to focus on my God-given purpose. I need to feel better, healthier, and more in control of myself. What do I do? I let the stress take over, skip out on the natural energy I need, drink way too much soda, eat some gnarly food – and call it “surviving through the week.”

It’s like I know there’s a better me just dying to get out, but I want to wait until I have everything lined up and ready before I really dig in. What is that? I know I’m not the only one that does this. Studies have shown (don’t ask me which ones because I don’t remember) that a lot of people get so distracted by getting things in the right order to get something done that they actually never get to whatever that thing is and finish it. For example – someone who feels the need to finish laundry, clean the living room, and make out a grocery list before they can concentrate on writing a term paper. (I’ve been known to be guilty of this too!)

Now, there’s a bit of positive in the above example – at least the laundry’s done, the living room is clean, and you’re ready to go shopping. As for me today, the consequences of my distractions are not so pleasant.

Top 5 Ways I Avoid Fruits & Veggies

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, I am pickier than a 2-year-old. I know that they’re good for me. I know that they contain ingredients, nutrients, etc. I know that I should be consuming a lot more than I do now. However, I’ve never had a lot of success doing it…until now. But first, here are the top 5 ways I avoid them:

1) Just Say No…

Quite simple really, if I don’t like the taste or the texture, I just won’t eat them. Need some examples? In the (fresh) fruit category we have: peaches, pears, cranberries, oranges, papayas, melons, cantaloupe, cherries, prunes, dates, apricots and many more. I put “fresh” in parentheses because I don’t mind canned peaches and I do like a few of the above mentioned fruits in juice form. On the vegetable side we have: tomato, beet, sweet potatoes, cabbage, asparagus, and kale. I’m sure I missing a few veggies for the list but I think you get my point.

 

2) When I’m Done With…

Oh, this is a good one and happens all the time. I’ll walk into the kitchen and grab a portion of the main dish and maybe a side. Then I’ll say, “I’ll come back and grab some of those <insert veggie> after I finish this. Many times my walk-off is slightly validated by the fact that said veggies will make whatever bread I’m having too soggy for consumption. (I know some of you like wet bread, but I do not.) However, I still end up veggie-less because I’m full from the other foods I just stuffed my face with – sometimes on purpose.

 

3) Bad Teeth…

This one is kind of legit too. I really do have bad teeth and some veggies get stuck during the chewing process. Especially uncooked carrots and celery. Sometimes they hit the wrong spot and I end up in pain for a couple of days. What can I do? I don’t have a lot of money to spend on dental work right now…so cooked veggies are a must most of the time. Which brings me to…

 

4) Lack of Skills…

I don’t do the cooking around here. Just about everybody else in the house takes care of that and I make up for it in other ways. I can cook, but it usually requires a recipe if I’m in charge of making it. As long as everyone is okay with me not cooking, then I’m okay with that too. Nonetheless, if I want to whip up something for myself and I’m by myself, chances are good that I’ll skip the veggies for something easier to prepare.

 

5) Ten Million Pills…

Finally, the pills. I’ve tried a bunch of different supplements. At one point in my life, I was working on a plan that had me taking 27 different pills a day! That is not a good thing period, but especially not cool for someone who really dislikes taking pills in general. If I’m going to take part of my nutrition in the form of the pill…it needs to be worth it.

Here’s My Big Secret – There Isn’t One

For the past 30 days or so, I’ve been taking Juice Plus. In just 4 capsules a day, I’m adding loads of nutrition to my highly-lacking diet. It’s not a miracle diet and I haven’t lost or gained any weight. What it is – it’s my one simple change. It’s just one step in the right direction. And it’s only just the beginning! More simple changes to come…

Questions: Do you avoid fruits & veggies as bad as I do or is it just me? What ways/excuses do you use?

New Journey Begins

For a long time now, and on many different occasions, I’ve talked or written about needing to make some changes. My youngest is 13 now and I’m still carrying around the weight I put on during the three times I was pregnant. In total, I’ve gained about 70 lbs. That number is basically taking my current weight and subtracting my pre-pregnancy weight (the weight I was before I got pregnant the first time).

To be fair, I would be considered under-weight if I accomplished taking all of that off. I was pretty much skin and bones back then. I’m not trying to do that at all. However, I would like to knock off some pounds to get to a healthy weight – approximately 30-40 lbs actually.

I’ve tried a couple of different methods and they didn’t work out for one reason or another. One was way too expensive and it required me to change everything about my life-style and eating habits. Needless to say – I failed completely and gained an extra 10 lbs. Not trying that again!

It has always been obvious to me that I need to improve my eating habits and exercise more. Changing my eating habits is tricky because I don’t really care for most of the foods that are good for me…especially fruits and veggies. Exercising used to be easier because I was a stay-at-home mom, but now I’m working full-time and finding the time to move my body more is much more difficult.

Recently though, I’ve acquired two new options that might actually work…so here I go again.

That’s all I’m going to post about it for right now, but I hope that you will come back to learn more about what I’m trying and check to see if it’s actually working.

Until next time….