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Motivation to ReCLAIM My Life


I found this motivational photo on Pinterest from a post by Skinny Bitch and it really struck right to the heart of my renewed initiative to lose the weight I lost last year and have since put back on…

I’ve printed it out and taped it to my bathroom mirror. I intend to read this every day and to keep the focus on my choices throughout the day.

I’m also going back on my juice fest because I felt great getting all those nutrients and it kicked all the cravings. Those damn cravings! I’m back in the thrall of them – burgers, pizza, pasta dishes, ice cream… everything chocolate!

The veggie garden is in full swing, so there’s a lot of variety very conveniently located. I have absolutely NO excuses not to do this.

Another area I’ve been slacking off in is my exercise. Last year I dedicated myself to doing the Beachbody Power 90. Well into that, with juicing, my energy levels soared and I added the C25K program. My weight loss started slowing down, but the inches were melting off, so who cares about pounds!

I started a walking group called the Foothills Mile Markers that meets every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning for two reasons. One, to help keep me motivated and accountable and two, to share what I’ve learned about nutrition and fitness to help others. Oh yeah, I forgot the third reason: TO HAVE FUN!

So, Tony Horton, once again, its you and me, bay-bee. Gonna be pushing PLAY when I get back from my walk to do the Sweat Circuit and Ab Ripper. I’ll do the Sculpt Circuit Tuesday, Thursday & Saturdays.

Please, God, I want to lose this extra weight, and I know how to do that, feels like You & I have done it a hundred times. But more than that, please help me to finally make the deep personal transformation to keep it off and make it a non-issue for the rest of my life. I pledge to help others every step of the way.



Leaders Leading


Ultimate Reset – Day 3 of 21

So far so good, the eating plan is easier to follow for me  – Herb likes his food really wet/moist; lots of sauces, gravies and butter on everything. He’s convinced there is a lot of melted butter on the breakfast toast in the picture. On the other hand, he was amazed that he didn’t miss the huge glob of tartar sauce on the broiled salmon. We eat salmon & steel head trout often and he always makes up a big batch of mayo-based tartar sauce. Last night I made the brown rice & black beans in one 6-inch corn tortilla. Herb was dubious and thought, based on the picture, it was a snack. The tortilla with the homemade salsa & guacamole and lemon kale turned out to be a filling treat! He liked the colors and flavors and said he’d like that again for tonight. We’ll see. They say it is okay to substitute meals within the same week’s plan.

One of my problems is portion control. I sometimes joke, I eat well but I eat a lot! So I’m amazed that these lesser portions are filling me up.  Herb says a lot of that is the 12-oz water half hour before every meal. But hey – it’s all good!

Okay, update out of the way, today’s blog topic is politicians getting on the fitness bandwagon.

Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2003, he lost 110 pounds. Barely two years later, he completed four marathons!

Tony Horton’s P90x is but one of the fitness programs I represent as a  Beachbody coach. And I’m thrilled to see our leaders getting in shape.

It is really cool when they go beyond  a personal journey to make it a challenge for their contemporaries, staff or public, too! And two articles within the last week caught my eye. One in Kentucky involved the entire General assembly.

It started out as a discussion on how to get a handle on obesity when a 2010 report showed that Kentucky ranked third in childhood obesity and seventh in adult obesity. Also, Kentucky is one of eight states with an overall obesity rate of more than 30 percent. The two biggest losers? One Democrat and one Republican, naturally! You can read more about it here.

Another between two Washington State mayors has them carrying on the tradition of a friendly sports rivalry between the two towns.  Both plan to make use of convenient local walking and hiking trails. Here is the beginning of their story.

And an Honorable Mention goes to Senator Claire McGaskill of Missouri who lost 50 pounds in 6 months through sensible exercise and change of eating habits. Your can read her story here.

These stories have me so jazzed because when our leaders lead by example and understand themselves what works and what doesn’t and how hard it is to start, but how good success feels, then maybe we’ll see some sensible changes in our govenment at all levels. Especially when they become more aware of what is healthy to eat and the dangers of processed and GMO foods.

Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes


Turbo Jam – day 22 of 28 – people are starting to notice!

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results… Albert Einstein.

 (Listening to Don Ross’ Afraid to Dance as I write this and it seems appropriate to the theme. I found this version on youtube and he explains what this song is about, if ya want to skip to the music, it starts about 3:20. I’m breaking out of my comfort zone to make real changes. Nothing changes if nothing changes, eh?)

I’m getting better, but I’m still yo-yo-ing a bit. So I’ve decided that if I want to make a real change and get serious about sticking to a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly, then I’m going to make it my livelihood.  I’m far enough on my journey that I can confidently share what I’ve learned thus far with others. By helping others, I can help myself and I like that, a lot.

Thus I’ve signed up to be a Beachbody coach. I’ve been using Beachbody products for about 5 years now and I know they are effective.  What I like most is the company builds a cohesive offering of fitness plus nutrition plus support.

There are fitness programs for every taste and fitness level from total couch potato to workouts that would challenge a Navy Seal or Green Beret. This means that as we progress, there is another challenge to take us to the next level.

There are supplements and the tasty, popular Shakeology meal replacement shakes. They’ve just released a new 21-day total health program called the Ultimate Reset that works gently to sort of reset your body to the original factory settings, balancing the body’s oxygenation, alkalinity and performing a detox that is not colon-centric and won’t have you running to the bathroom all day. I’m going on this Reset myself soon, so I’ll be sharing my experience with that here.

And the support is beyond anything I’ve ever gotten in any corporation I’ve worked for. Whether you sign up as a free player or elect to join the Team Beachbody Club, there is amazing information, tools and interaction with people just where you are on your journey and who can answer any questions you may have.

The corporate philosophy can be summed up as “end the trend of obesity” with superior products and trainers. They’ve just removed two ingredients from the Shakeology formula because one can cause false positive results in professional athletes’ testing and the other is being removed because there is an environmental issue with sustainability. It is just that awareness and commitment to integrity that lets me know I am in the right company.

I’ve started a Facebook page if you’d like learn more about how I can help you can reach your goals. I’m not a salesperson, so I’ll never ask anyone to buy anything; my coaching is free and I’m happy to share what I’ve learned and what I am learning with everyone.

TurboJam!!! Beginner Level – Day 1 of 28


Received TurboJam from Beachbody in the mail yesterday. TurboJam was created by Chalene Johnson and is geared to be effective for every fitness level, from total beginner to quite the workout wiz.

The music for these workouts is total PAR-TAY! Really gets ya pumped. The 20 minutes was over before I knew it. The program is kind of a mix of high energy club dance and martial arts moves. The whole thing has 11 core moves and once you feel comfortable with you’re ready to party off the inches!

I did the Learn & Burn this morning – I feel like a seriously uncoordinated sock! Yet I was able to finish the whole work out with just a few modifications to the kicks because my hips have a real limited range of motion. Long boring story…

 But just think what wonderful progress I’ll make and how each new personal victory will blossom into another – I’m soooo psyched!

Check out this link to learn more about TurboJam.

March – Adding a fun new fitness regime


Happy Colors!

Good morning, Red Juice!

This made just under 32 oz of  juice

  • 1/4 head red cabbage
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • bunch parsley
  • 2 orange peppers
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 pear
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 small piece ginger

About 3 years ago I was taking NIA classes in Flat Rock and had to discontinue. I loved NIA (Non-Impact Aerobics) because it is a full body hour-long workout, encorporating all your muscle groups and joints. After the hour you are both exhilarated and exhausted and yet there is no next-day stiffness or soreness as you expect with other bust your butt workouts. NIA is gentle, thorough and effective.

Dancin' With Denise

So I was thrilled to learn my teacher, Denise, a NIA black belt certified instructor, had produced her own dvd using NIA technique! I scurried up the mountain and bought one !

I put it in my player and the audio was messed up – a constant high pitched whine & Denise’s voice was garbled. Tried to play it on my computer and Media Player balked. A few days later, I tried it on a friend’s player and the dvd played just fine. Tried it in my machine again yesterday and ta-da! it works perfectly. Go figure, eh?

This is a hour long jazzy routine uses the soundtrack from Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Denise’s workout will be a nice addition to my joyful movement repitoire as I love the Power 90 regime, but after a while anything gets a little boring.

What I really love about NIA is you are taught to listen to your body. You can make the movements as deep or expansive as your body tells you it is comfortable with. Maybe today you bend to the ground, maybe just to your knees – its all up to how your body feels like moving right now. No competition with others, only yourself and only in this moment. How kind is that? And it is very effective in making your body happy, flexible and healthy when you continue the practice.

By the end of the hour I was ready to stretch and relax! If you’ve not heard of NIA, I suggest you check it out – I think you’ll love it, too!

2nd 60 – Day 14 – Inches Not Pounds


Today, Sunday, is Progress Day.

Weighed in after staying off the scale most of the week. Imagine my dismay when I saw I was down only 1# – down is good, of course, but it is still one pound more than when I finished the juicing. And I still haven’t cracked that 30# goal.

However, getting that off my chest, I’m so steadily down in inches (yippee!) I can go into my closet and wear any damn thing I want. I can go to my jeans cabinet and pullout any pair I want. I can be picky because its not just what I can fit my fat ass into, its what do I feel like wearing and how does it show me off to best advantage?

So what’s up with the weight?  Something wrong with my scale? How can I lose that many inches and not be shedding pounds, too?

Of course, I started Googling and came across this photo & info and this is the first time I’ve really understood the fat vs muscle thing.

A person weighing 150 with 19% body fat is going to be much slimmer than a same height person weighing 150 with 35% body fat who will be more lumpy and dumpy.

The weight will come off in time as I continue eating mostly fruits & veggies and exercising. I am going to come up with another word for exercising, because the word exercise still has connotations of exertion, and duty, not joyful movement. I’ll think on that as Herb & I hike the Triple Fall and High Falls in Pisgah Nat’l forest today.

2nd 60 – Day 7 – Enjoy the Ride!


It’s Sunday afternoon; a full week since the end of my 60 day juice fest.I’ve been weighing myself every day, so you can imagine my surprise when I weighed myself last Monday and the scale said I’d gained 2#s. Okay, no need to panic… until I weighed myself the next day and I’d gained 4#s !!!!!

Now, I did have Herb make me a homemade pizza – homemade 100%whole wheat crust, homegrown mushroom sauce and veggies and mozzarella cheese. I only had 2 slices where before I started my juice-fest it would have been 3-4 slices easily! But 2 slices of pizza = 2#s??? I ate nothing but fresh fruit & salad the next day, no cheese burgers or any meat or cheese for that matter = 4#s??? I don’t get it.

Then I was talking with my friend Ann. She said, “Are you really making healthy choices?” and I said, “Yes.”  “Then put it out of your mind.” (She’s a wise one!) Ann reminded me of a bit from Dr. Dean Black’s Releasing Your Healing Powers lecture about how people that can get in their own way being too preoccupied with what they are eating and why – if they are coming from a place of  fear rather than fulfillment and joy.

So I’ve quit weighing myself every morning. I know I am eating in a healthy manner and I’m going to continue to learn about food and delicious ways to prepare veggies & fruits. And I’m consistent with both my Power 90 and C25K exercising. My proof is if I have the energy and inclination to get out there and enjoy my life in balance.

Last night I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead again, this time with Herb.

I was a little put out that those guys experienced such huge weight loss (80#s in 60 days – I didn’t even make it to 30!!) But they had a lot more to lose that I did, too.

Oh and btw, my weight was up from last week, but only by 2 and not 4#s and I was down in inches overall – not bad, not bad.

So that’s today’s lesson – I’ll listen to my own body – it loves me and will do what is right for itself in its own time if I let it. So I’m gonna make the best choices I know and enjoy the ride!