Friday, April 22, 2016

Ready, Set, RESET

I FINALLY did it.  Have you noticed that I have mentioned several times on this blog that I did the Ultimate Reset in 2014, and I have never felt better in my life?  You were probably also wondering, with all I am going through, why I was making excuses about why I was not jumping into another reset again.  Seriously, this program is a no nonsense detox.  It tells you exactly WHAT to eat, HOW to prepare your food, and WHEN you need to be eating.  Shopping lists and recipes are provided.  The truth?  I didn't want to pay the price for the Reset, and because it is an intense eating plan, I wan't ready to commit to 3 weeks of super healthy eating.  I know, it is exactly what I need, but I just wasn't ready, mentally.

2 days ago, I saw this VIDEO POST on Facebook, and had one of those "get off your ass and make a REAL change" moments.  I sat down and ordered my Ultimate Reset  RIGHT THEN.  I wish I could share the actual video on here, but I couldn't find it anywhere except Facebook.  Anyway, after watching this video, I KNEW it was time.  I think the fact that the program is on sale through the end of April (discount on shipping too) made all the difference.  I am ready.

I was planning on starting my program on May 1, but I have already changed my mind and decided that if my kit arrives sooner, I am going to start sooner.  I NEED this focused detox.  I NEED to really get my head in the game,  I NEED to make sure that I get control of my health.

Overall, I have been feeling pretty good lately.  My energy levels are staying up, and my digestion seems to be functioning pretty well.  I am confident that the liver detoxing is working.  I have been abstaining from intense exercise...I REALLY miss my regular workouts, but I am determined to HEAL my body, and right now it needs rest.  I am trying to do my detox stretches daily - wow, do they really help me FEEL good.  I am consciously making sure that I stay active and get in my Fitbit step goal daily.  My eating has been decent.  I am focusing on organic, and minimal ingredient foods....BUT, I am not gonna lie, I have been eating more than I should, and allowing myself some extra treats.

You know getting out of your own way is half the battle when it comes to fitness and/or weight loss.  Sometimes, it can be a real challenge.  In my years of experience as a coach, I know that I can't make people do something that they don't want to do.  I know that unless you are mentally ready to make a change, that you WILL NOT be able to make that change.  I think I have been stuck mentally, for the past few months.  This time of year is always tough for our homeschooling (we get spring fever too, and still have requirements we need to finish), and with birthdays and events, and with Jeff's travel schedule picking up.  My focus has just been elsewhere.  I need to start focusing on myself again.  I would love to have some friends to do this with.  If you think you are mentally ready to get in the game, and want to get some extra support, CLICK HERE and fill out my survey, or send me a message (here on the contact me section of my blog, or via facebook,).  I will set up a special Challenge Group where we can share and support each other along this journey.  Facebook will not be required, but you mys have a smartphone or tablet, so you can download a the FREE app where I will host the group.  THERE IS NOTHING TO BUY, I promise.  It will just be accountability, support and motivation.  The only thing I ask is that you check into the group daily.    If you are interested in the Ultimate Reset, you can join me and we can do it together!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Do you Facebook?

I have recently discovered this great little tool over on Facebook that allows me to do LIVE videos.  I have found that it a great way to share information.  Essentially, I can use it as a video blog :).  You might find that I am on Facebook MUCH MORE that I am here, blogging.  I wanted to share my Facebook Page link with you, so that you can follow me, and maybe catch some of my videos and tips :).

I hope to see you over there!!  Please feel free to send me your suggestions on topics for my  videos!!

If you are NOT on Facebook, I will still be posting here.  You can also follow me on Twitter @Blairmama - I share all of my Facebook posts to twitter (my videos won't share...I wish they did).

Friday, April 1, 2016

Being patient is HARD

No JOKE, right?!?!?  So, I mentioned in my last post that I am following an eating plan that focuses on detoxing the liver.  Did you know that when you are following a plan to HEAL your body from the inside out, that you need to take the time to focus on the healing?  It's true.  Because of that, I have been going at a much slower pace than I prefer with my fitness.  I miss my heart pumping and heavy lifting workouts.  I was actually supposed to start following the 22 Minute Hardcore program on Monday.  That is going to have to wait.  My body NEEDS this time to rest and reset.  This particular blog is only a little over a year old, but if you have been following me through my other blog, or via Facebook (or Twitter), you know that 2 years ago, I did an amazing program called the Ultimate Reset.  I have NEVER felt so good in all my life as I did at the end of that reset.  You can read my results blog post HERE.  During the Ultimate Reset, I was not supposed to exercise AT ALL.  For someone that really enjoys the routine of daily exercise, it was really difficult to slow down and let my body reset.  The human body is such a complex and wonderful machine.  But just as any other machine needs regular maintenance, so does the body.  Your muscles, your organs, and your mind all need to be relieved of the constant stressors that we put on them. Stressors from the food we eat (chemicals in our foods), the air we breathe (pollutants), and the physical strain we put on our entire body through exercise.  Don't get me wrong, exercise is a GREAT thing.  However, every so often, you need to give your body a chance to recover.  Allowing that recovery time will let your body perform BETTER,

So why not the Ultimate Reset now?  While it was a fabulous program, and one that I would definitely like to repeat again, the Ultimate Reset is an extremely rigid program.  The program is so precise that you know exactly WHAT to eat, HOW to prepare it, and WHEN to eat it.  There is NO GUESS WORK AT ALL.  Seriously, if you need something that will provide a lot of discipline, then the Ultimate Reset is perfect for you.  It is only a 3 week program, but I promise you will lose weight, sleep better, have more energy, and just feel amazing.  I chose not to do the program (right now) because I need the flexibility of being able to make food choices.


I made a decision earlier this year to try and transition our household to the world of organic (and eventually non-GMO) eating, and non-toxic, earth friendly household chemicals and personal products.  It really is a process to transition from being that family that would buy the most INEXPENSIVE foods, just to save money, to a family that is being conscious of our health and environment.  We have BAD habits that are going to take awhile to break.  Since we are doing this as a family, I need to make sure that we choose a plan that works for all of us.  The Ultimate Reset is NOT for kids.  for now, as we run out of items in our house, we are replacing with healthier options.  I am still choosing the most inexpensive ORGANIC brands.  I know there are BETTER options, but we are just getting started, and I still have research to do the be fully educated in the art of going organic and chemical free.  The way I see it, is that EVERY step to a healthier family is a POSITIVE step!  I have also started ordering things from The Honest Company.  They are extremely cost effective, if you sign up for one of the monthly subscription plans.  I am buying organic make-up too.  I am learning that going organic is not just about what you put IN your body, but what you put ON your body too.  I am learning SO MUCH.

My eating plan is focusing on Organic food choices, as much as possible.  We are still working through all of the food that we ALREADY have in our kitchen.  I have incorporated making and consuming organic, homemade bone broth.  OMG, I am learning so much about bone broth, and it's health benefits.  I'll be sharing more as I continue through this process, but seriously, start looking into bone broth!!  Of course, I am still drinking my Shakeology DAILY.  I have done my research on Shakeology, and I KNOW that it is already full of the whole food nutrition that I am transitioning to in my eating plan.  

For my fitness plan, I am following a Muscle Meridian Method (part of Chinese Meridian Theory ) of stretching, specifically designed to create an energy pathway to a specific organ.  In my case, it is the liver.  I am amazed at how well this targeted stretching works, and how much better I am starting to feel.  I am still fitting in PiYo and some 21 Day Fix Yoga, several time during the week.  I would LOVE to be following a program calendar, so that I can get results faster, but I KNOW my body needs to heal.  If I don't give my body the time to heal, it will just have to work harder to get the results I want, and that will lead to more stress on my organs....just not a good plan for me.  So, I am *trying* to be patient, and REALLY listen to my body and what it needs.  Patience is a virtue, right?

I'm curious...Who else would be interested in learning why it is important and how to start transitioning to organic eating?