There’s so much to talk about…

Hey Folks:

It has been a really long time since we last chatted and to
be honest, this year has been filled with lots of changes. Since my last post I’ve
changed full time jobs, sent a kid to college, turned 40, changed side gigs and
celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary. We’ll go through each of
those items one by one and I’ll catch you up.

As you may remember, I was pretty stressed out with work for
a long time. This stress caused me to really rethink what was important in my
life and whether or not most things were worth it. In the end, I decided to
apply for a position that was actually in my degree field, health and wellness,
and I got it. I’m now just one week shy of my one year anniversary. The thing
is, no job is perfect, and yes, while I have less stress in some areas, there
are other things that I am getting accustomed to. This doesn’t mean that I am
heading for the hills, but I am determined to never allow myself to get to the
level of frustration that I felt before. I’m grateful that I am able to work in
health and wellness and hope that I am able to impact lives the way that I
would like to.

My oldest daughter graduated high school and left for
college which meant that this year was filled with an enormous change in my
role as a parent. Now I try to be more of a “consultant” as she begins to
navigate adulthood. There are things that she does that I don’t necessarily
agree with, but it’s all part of her learning/growing phase, and I suppose it’s
part of mine too. She’s doing well and heading into her second year and I can
certainly say that I am so proud of the young woman that she’s turning into.

Turning 40 has been a complete and total whirlwind. There
has been something about it that I’m truly starting to like most everything
about it. I honestly think that my time leading up to 40 has put almost all of
the other major changes in my life in perspective and likely prompted a few of
them. There has been something about it that I can’t quite put my finger on it,
but I think it has to do with knowing what I’m about, knowing what I stand for,
and no longer being willing to accept less than I deserve. I’m giving myself
permission to dream again. And not little dreams either, big dreams. I don’t
want a big house filled with stuff (you have to clean it, or pay someone else
to), I don’t want a bunch of fancy clothes (I’m not a fancy person and while I
like to dress up on occasion, I don’t need all that, I’m not trying to impress
anyone), what I want is a life filled with experiences. The ability to go and
do the things that bring me joy without having to ask anyone for permission. If
you are someone who enjoys the big house and fancy clothes, go for it. I’m not
saying it’s wrong, it’s just wrong for me.

On the note of giving myself permission to dream big, I
chose to change my side gig. Initially I signed up to be a coach through
Beachbody for a few reasons, 1. It was in health and wellness, 2. It gave me
the ability to work on my own fitness while helping others, and 3. I saw it as
an opportunity to provide additional income and potential financial freedom for
my family. Fast forward nearly 2 years and I was never quite able to advance in
rank. I’m not blaming anyone but myself because I struggled to get comfortable
with approaching people about their fitness goals. Yes, I work in health and
wellness, but that doesn’t mean that I am able to easily walk up to someone and
chat with them about a fitness program. The other thing was that while I had
the programs and shakes available, many people chose to either order them
directly from Beachbody (ie, the infomercials with the special payment plans)
or they were getting stuff off of Amazon. All of that made me lose interest in working
that business. I believed in network marketing, I just couldn’t make it happen
with that particular product.

Fast forward to this February and I started seeing posts
from former team mates about wine and how they were in the WINE BUSINESS.
Eventually I asked for more information. When I reviewed the info and got on
the phone to discuss it further, I knew that it was a no brainer. This business
model and product just made since. Also, I am actually starting to have success
in this business because other people see where this can go. This is the one
business that I have tried that I truly believe that I can be successful at and
begin to free myself and my family, from the chains of financial bondage. This
is the business that with a little hard work, I will create a legacy for my
family. This is the business that I can use to help other gain their own financial
freedom.

My hubby and I celebrated our 20th Wedding
Anniversary and while the first 20 has been good, our plans for the next 20
will knock your socks off. A lot of it has to do with getting on the same page
about what we want and how we plan to obtain it. Now that we are mostly there, we
can begin to make the necessary changes in order to move towards the life that
we want to lead and to be able to Live Life on Our Terms. Again, the life that
we are working towards has nothing to do with adding more “stuff”, it is about
having the ability to live life to the fullest. I’m so glad that we want to do
this together and that we are creating a plan of action to get there. 

Jess

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What’s Going On!

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Hi Folks:

So let me start out by saying that I completely and totally apologize for being MIA for the last few months. Life has been filled with so many ups and downs that I’m just grateful that I’ve made it this far. Now I won’t say that all of it is over with, but I am starting to gain a better sense of clarity through all of this. This is the deal; I can’t allow all of the stresses from work or any other section of life make me so stressed out that I let it impact how I interact with my loved ones. Life is so precious and the time that I have with my loved ones is precious as well. I cannot and will not allow challenges to impact my family life. Work will be there and if something happens to me, I can and will be replaced. Heck, I could be replaced even if nothing happened to me. My family will always need me and it is vital that I give them the best version of me.

Needless to say, all of this stress has not been good, mentally, physically, and especially from a weight loss and nutrition perspective. Stress eating has been in overload mode and I absolutely have to figure out the best way to reign this in. Cold turkey won’t work because I will lose it in a week and end up in the middle of a pile of junk food somewhere. So where does that leave me? Trying to find a perfect balance between healthy eating and occasional treats. Will it be easy, nope! Will it be worth it, absolutely!

I have to give the very best version of me to my family, the people that I care about and those who care about me. My best version is strong, healthy, with clarity of mind, not stressed out and eating way too much. It’s done, I’m over it, I’m moving on. I have some things inside me that I really want to begin working on and all of the noise, all of the drama, and all of the nonsense that I continue to allow in is not leaving me room to do those things. No more! I am choosing to get my health right and work on my other things.

Prior to my 39th birthday I had a great deal of hope going into this last year of my 30’s, but as my birthday came and went, so did my zeal and my plan on how this year would be epic. I have just over 6 months until I turn 40 and I had a goal to make some things happen before then. I guess there’s no time better than right now to push for the life that I want.

Jess

Change of Plans

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Hi Folks:

So my original plan was to finish P90X3 then move on to The Master’s Hammer and Chisel in January, however I decided to go ahead and change my plans and start Hammer and Chisel on this past Monday. If you haven’t heard about it yet, this is the new Beachbody program from Beachbody trainers Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev.

Why I chose this program:

Simply put, I enjoy a challenge! I love workouts that tax my mind and my body and push me to be my very best. I get bored easily so the daily variety is helpful. This program also includes portion fix containers and a meal plan to assist in the ever important nutrition aspect of your wellness journey.

I am a week into my program and I absolutely love it so far. Partially because of the short workouts but also because the nutrition is easier once you plan out your week and prepare ahead of time, limiting any surprises.

Beginning January 4, I will be hosting a 60 day accountability and challenge group to start the New Year off right. The group will feature the Master’s Hammer and Chisel plus Shakeology, however you can use any Beachbody program. I just want you to use the program that best suits you and that you can commit to completing.

This will not be a time to quit on ourselves, but rather a time to commit to our health and well-being. Taking the 30-40 minutes a day to workout is an easy way to begin to prioritize yourself and not allow the challenges of daily life to get in the way of you living your best life.

If you’re interested in joining the challenge group and want to get your copy of The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, click the link below:

http://www.teambeachbody.com/checkout/-/bbcheckout/challengepack/hammer-chisel?referringRepId=782033

Remember to order by December 14th to receive by Christmas (with standard shipping) and December 21st to receive by New Years (with standard shipping).

Jess

3 – Day Refresh – Day 3 Recap

Hi Folks,

Today, like yesterday was pretty good. My energy levels were higher and can’t complain at all.
Here’s what I ate:
Breakfast: Greenberry Shakeology with strawberries

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Mid morning: Fiber Sweep
Lunch: Lemon Pepper Cauliflower with 1/2 pear and Vanilla Fresh Shake

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Mid afternoon: no snack,  not hungry
Dinner: Vegetable stir fry with Vanilla Fresh Shake.

How I feel:
I’m feeling pretty good. Not as tired at all.  I’m sleeping well too, which I’m grateful for because that can be a challenge. I’m also happy to report that I’m down another 1.8lbs. Now just waiting to see my final numbers in the morning. 

Jess

3 – Day Refresh: Day 2 Recap

Hi Folks:

What a difference a day makes!

I’m so glad that today was so much better than yesterday. 

Today I ate:

Upon waking: Water

Breakfast: Vanilla Shakeology and 1/2 Apple

Mid-morning: Fiber Sweep

Lunch: Curried cauliflower, 1/2 apple with almond butter, Vanilla Fresh Shake

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Mid Afternoon Snack: Wasn’t hungry!

Dinner: Salad, no dressing, with Vanilla Fresh Shake (no pic, sorry)

I also drank a lot of water and some tea.

How I feel:

Today I feel great. No headache and my energy levels are coming back up. 

Total loss so far: 1.4 lbs

Feeling great!

Jess

Whole30?

Hi Folks:

Can I just say that it never fails that as soon as you try to start doing the right thing by going to the gym and eating right, something pops up?

My pop up happened to be some weird lingering sinus/cold/allergy thing that sucks the life out of you. I started feeling bad last Wednesday, it came in like gangbusters and I felt like I got hit by a truck. In fact, I’m still dealing with it a whole week later. Needless to say, my workouts and food choices have been compromised. As far as working out, I can’t really fathom lifting weights when it already felt like an elephant was sitting on my head. My food wasn’t so great because if I don’t cook, we typically end up grabbing something quick and easy (translation: fast food).

With all of that going on, I’ve still somehow managed to lose another 2 pounds since last week. I’m grateful for it, because I have to continue to see progress in order to maintain my motivation. I’m still doing a modified Atkins and planning to move into a primal approach soon, but I’m currently reading “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig and it has raised some very real questions that may make it worth my time to complete a Whole30 before I completely move into primal. I say that because there are food items that I still currently eat that may need to be eliminated just for the basis of my general health and not for weight loss. There are so many of the health conditions that the book lists that I have or am experiencing and this is the kick in the behind that I’m using to do something about it.

I feel like the Whole30 will be doable because I am currently limiting my intake of added sugar (though I need to deal with the substitutes, like Splenda and Stevia), grains, and alcohol. I may not deal with a lot of the “withdrawal” symptoms that others go through because I have already gone through them. My challenge will be, as it always is, trying to deal with cravings and making sure that I have Whole30 complaint foods on hand that do not require a lot of effort.

I’ve learned that meal planning and prepping is the best thing that I can do to ensure that I have a successful week. When I take the time, like I did this week, to cook extra food and put it into containers, etc. All I have to do in the morning is grab and go. It makes my life so much simpler. Yes, I do get bored form eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch all week, but I try to mix it up for dinner and for my snacks. I haven’t decided when I want to start my Whole30, I’m still reading the book to get a full understanding of the program and I would like to make a meal plan for the 30 days so that I limit my risk for slips.

I’m praying that this will be an eye opening experience for me and my husband and that we are able to take this challenge head on, commit to it, and use it to move forward with the rest of our lives.

Jess

Still Pressing

Hi Folks:

Just wanted to give you a quick update on my progress; I’m still pushing forward on my journey and I’m pretty darn excited that this train is still moving. While I haven’t had the “perfect” week in terms of my eating and my exercise I am pleased to announce another ½ lb loss. I’m not going to complain about that because my weekend I indulged a bit as my husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary.

For that dinner we went to Mitchell’s Ocean Club and let me just say that they NEVER disappoint when it comes to taste. I had the Sea Scallops that were on top of a parmesan risotto with English peas (I’m not a pea fan but I ate them). We also shared their jalapeno au gratin potatoes (one does not go there and not eat the jalapeno potatoes) and the roasted Brussels sprouts. I also had a martini and a slice of the 10 layer carrot cake. Let me be clear, I didn’t eat the entire slice of cake in one sitting, I saved half for the next day (and I split that half with my hubby).

My workouts were virtually non-existent last week but because my eating was not completely out of control, I was still able to lose some pounds.

This weekend will be a bit of a challenge because I am planning to go visit my family. I love my family but it is filled with a ton of great cooks and because they don’t see me very often they are always trying to feed me. It can be hard to walk away from all of that deliciousness, however my plan is to eat in moderation so that I can partake but not overload. I’ll just need to limit my breads and sweets.

I’ll say this, I’m not perfect but I will continue to try and continue to put forth effort. Can’t is not part of my vocabulary.

Jess

Komen Columbus Race for the Cure

Hi Folks:

Today was my very first time participating in this event and I have to say that I can’t wait to do this one again. I guess that I’m getting more and more sentimental about things but looking at 35,000 people who are all taking a stand against breast cancer I can’t help but smile. This morning I woke up with a plan in mind, I was working on decreasing my 5K time. I’ve said it before but I consider myself to be a wogger because what I do is somewhere between a walk and a jog. I’m completely ok with that but I do want to try to start picking up the speed a bit. As of right now my 5k time has been coming in around the 43-45 minute mark. My goal for today was to come in between 35-40 minutes.

Something can be said about having plans and goals and how quickly things can change. There are times that you can plan everything out and have your set goals in your mind or even write them down, but God has other things in mind. This is what happened to me today: at the starting line I met a lady and we exchanged the normal pre-race pleasantries that you do when you’re waiting for the race to start and you happen to be by yourself.   As it turns out, today I was meant to work with her and encourage her so that we both finished. There were plenty of times when she told me that I didn’t need to wait for her and that I could go on but I couldn’t. I was vested in getting her through this race and I felt that I needed to stay with her.

We decided that we were going to walk/run to get through the race. She let me know when she was ready to run again and she set the pace that she was comfortable with. My job today was to keep her encouraged and to keep her pushing forward. Doing this meant more to me than any time goal I had.

I am now encouraged that the current path that I’m on and the things that I have in the works are indeed part of God’s plan for my life. I realized something about myself today; I don’t have to be perfect I don’t need to be fast or skinny or anything else to be the coach that I want to be. I just have to start finding opportunities and start doing. More certifications, etc… won’t get me there because I have everything that I need in me right now. I already hold a Masters degree in Human Services/Health & Wellness and I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. I just need to start using my current knowledge and my gifts and talents to do what I need to do. I may have helped her but she helped me just as much.

Jess

Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, 2014. My new friend Angy and I
Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, 2014. My new friend Angy and I

DDP Yoga Weeks 5 & 6

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Hi Folks:

As promised I got back on my DDP Yoga train and I am on the move. It feels really good to be back on my game and to do the things that I needed to do. Work has still been a challenge but I know that as soon as my position changes in June, I’ll be able to have some semblance of normalcy; with the exception of learning a new job. By the way, did I tell you that I got a new job? 🙂 I’m really excited because this one of the first times that I’ve ever really decided on something and went for it. I’m excited for the challenge that it will present for me.  

Now back to my health and fitness, week 5 I wasn’t as consistent in my eating as I could have been. No real excuses, my kids were out of town and I didn’t want to cook so we ate out A LOT. Week 6 was much better as we got some shakes from Vemma Bod-e to drink for breakfast and some lunches, and we eat healthy snacks. In all I’m proud to say that I’m pleased with how I feel right now and am so ready to keep it up. Belly bloat has decreased and my head is mostly clear, with the exception of those days where my allergies and sinuses get the best of me.

Our Workouts for week 5:

Monday Energy  
Wednesday Energy  
Saturday Fat Burner  

 

Week 6:

Our Workouts for the week:

Monday Fat Burner  
Wednesday Energy  
Sunday Fat Burner  

 

I’ve added some additional workouts in there, like a run and some additional cross-fit style workouts that I can use to help me continue to build strength. I’m looking forward to the coming week because even though I have a parent meeting and 2 softball games to watch, I’m going to make time to get it in. I will make this happen, I will reach my goal.

Oh and by the way, I’m down 1 pound. Woot Woot. Back on it baby!!!

Jess

Color Me Rad

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Hi Folks:

Yesterday my daughter and I started off race season with Color Me Rad. I’ll say this, I have to just keep in mind that this race was designed to be an untimed fun run. That being said, I had a good time at the event but I have a few takeaways from it.

  1. My daughter and I had a lot of fun
  2. I have a lot of work to do if I want to be ready for my Olympic distance duathlon in July

Like I said, the race is not timed but I had to know where I am so that I can use this as a sort of gauge for my progress. Aside from my lack of run training in recent weeks, this course was very difficult to get through running the entire time. From mud and uneven grass to broken up asphalt…as a person who has a knee injury and tries very hard to keep from aggravating it, this was not ideal. So in areas where I would have ran, I chose not to for the sake of saving my knee.  The other issue that tends to happen is large groups of walkers spread all the way across the path without concern for those of us who are trying to run. My friend injured her ankle trying to go around one of these groups. ***Just a bit of race etiquette-if you are slower moving (walking or wogging “like me”) please do not block the entire path, it’s just rude. Try to be no more than 2 abreast so that others can get around you.***

Other than that I had a really good time going through each of the color stations and just having some great one-on-one time with my baby girl. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, it took me roughly 46 minutes to navigate this crazy course and blocking people. Not what I wanted but I know I can do better than this.

As far as DDP Yoga, the hubby and I get back on track tomorrow. Due to new carpeting we had to take some time to move the entire house around a couple of times so it was a bit difficult to squeeze in some yoga time.

Jess