Posted in Daily Prompt, Nutrition, One Simple Change, Writing

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. I’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.  Like 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.

Posted in Nutrition, One Simple Change

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?

Posted in Weight Loss

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….