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. 🙂

One-Month Follow-Up

 

Well, it’s been a month since I posted some thoughts on here.

Here are a few things I have figured out since May:

  1. I did decide to relaunch my Juice Plus business. It just doesn’t make sense to drop it when I know how great it is for my health and well-being. It is one of the only consistent things in my life that is actually helping me be a better version of me.
  2. I quit biting my nails!!! It’s been about a week and a half… a rough week and a half!! Really rough, but I’m getting through it.
  3. I have finally started to figure out where all my time goes. Now I’m starting to reconfigure my routine to fit in the things that are most important to me.

My next steps:

  1. Host some kind of Juice Plus event online and at my house. I’m thinking info session online and salad party at home.
  2. Cut down on my Pepsi intake some more. This is a big one…please pray for me. 😉
  3. Write more than once a month!!!
  4. Begin implementing simple changes to reach my health and weight goals.
  5. Work through all of our financial crap…more on that later.

There’s a lot to do but I am determined to get through it.

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.

Lost in the Possibilities

The Discover Challenge this week is all about Mixing Media. On most days. I just write a post and hit publish. Every once in a while I will add a picture, but it’s not a regular thing. Today, I’m adding more than just a picture. For the first time in a long time, I opened up Photoshop and played around a bit.

me1I put this together to show what my brain is going through today – me and my thought bubbles. I have so much on my mind right now. I’ve been in this place before – feeling like I have so much going on and not really giving any one thing my best. I can’t stand this feeling. I sit and wonder if I should drop one or more things to concentrate on the others or just try to schedule time to really work on each of these things separately. I would love it if God would just stick a neon sign in front of me to show me what to do!!!

It’s so tiring and sometimes I want to just give up on all of it.

Radical Authenticity: Removing the Layers

Am I guilty of “spending so much time trying to appear authentic and happy” that I’m exhausting myself? I don’t think that I am. However, I do admit that I’ve not revealed all of the struggles that I face daily while I’m posting on my social media networks. Is that kind of the same thing? This week’s Discover Challenge has me thinking that I should share more of myself and try to be as authentic as possible while I do it. This blog was to be a vehicle to do just that…and yet it sits here, day after day, without a word to show where I’m at or where I want to go.

It also seems like a great place to begin a 31-day blogging challenge that a friend shared on Facebook. So here I go…

Day 1: Introduction

The quick and easy stuff – I’m 39 years old, I’ve been married for almost 19 years, and I have 4 awesome kids. I’m a Christian and my family is very involved with our church. I serve in kids’ ministry and absolutely LOVE it! I volunteer with World Vision as a Child Ambassador and I’m also on the leadership team. I work part-time at a preschool and part-time as an independent distributor for Juice Plus. I have two degrees –  a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (Anthropology and Religious Studies) and a B.A. in English.

Now for some authenticity – I’m still carrying around a lot of weight that should be gone by now – my youngest is 13 so the baby-weight excuse is no longer valid. At my current age, it is difficult to motivate myself into doing the work needed to get rid of it, and it will only get more difficult as time passes. My husband and I have been together for almost 21 years. The first two years of our relationship was hindered by the fact that he was married to someone else. It was complicated and that’s putting it politely…but that’s the truth of it. My oldest son is unfortunately not mine by birth and that made his childhood and my relationship with him just as complicated.

I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 12. I was baptized at Heritage Baptist Church in Venice without a single friend or family member present and it still feels like it didn’t count. I know that it did but I miss not having anyone there to witness it. I’ve thought about being baptized again and maybe I will one day, but this is where I’m at now. Working with kids at church always comes with its own challenges, but the truth is I do really love it. All of the children I encounter become my own and I love all of them – no undiscovered tension there.

My volunteer work with World Vision has had years of success, but lately I’ve been in a big slump. I’ve wanted to quit a few times and God keeps pulling me back in. I really don’t understand why. Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my passion for it, not for the kids or helping them of course, just in trying to find ways to reach new people. It would be great to have just one more successful event or encounter to knock me out of this feeling of failure and defeat.

I don’t particularly like working outside of the house but volunteer work doesn’t pay the bills and right now neither is my Juice Plus business. The second part of that is completely my fault – I’m not putting in the work. I have plans and ideas, but I also have just as many excuses to not get anything done.

As far as my two degrees are concerned, they are useful occasionally in conversations with others or helping the kids with homework, but they are not helping to pay the bills either. And the bills are killing me! I’ve never lived higher than just above the poverty line. I choose to stay home with my kids instead of seeking full-time employment. When they were old enough to be on their own and I did work full-time I was absolutely miserable! So…now I’m back to part-time and we’re struggling week to week again. I’m still not sure if I’m being selfish or if I am truly called into doing something else and this struggle is leading me to it.

So that’s it, the bits and pieces of me. It’s the concise version but I have 30 more days to fill in the gaps. Here’s a list of what’s coming up:

  1. Introduction
  2. 20 Facts About Me
  3. Meaning of My Business Name
  4. Earliest Childhood Memory
  5. My Guilty Pleasure
  6. 3 Personality Traits I am Proud of
  7. 10 Favorite Foods
  8. Old Photo of Me
  9. Piercings and Tattoos?
  10. First Celebrity Crush
  11. Most Proud Moment
  12. If I Won the Lottery…
  13. Favorite Quote
  14. What is in My Handbag?
  15. Timeline of My Day
  16. Dream Job
  17. Favorite Childhood Book
  18. What am I Afraid of?
  19. My Worst Habits
  20. Where I Want to be in 10 Years
  21. Something I Miss
  22. 10 Favorite Songs
  23. Pet Peeves
  24. A Difficult Time in My Life
  25. Best Physical Features
  26. 5 Favorite Blogs
  27. What Makes Me Feel Better, Always
  28. Last Time I Cried
  29. Top Things on My Bucket List
  30. Favorite Comfort Food
  31. Weird Quirk of Mine

 

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?