Day 13 of 40 Day Challenge!

Day 13

We have 28 days to go!  Time sure is flying!  Take a moment to connect and thank your self for going on this journey of healing and transformation.  It’s such a beautiful experience for me to watch amazing women start to take care of themselves and begin to understand the importance of self care.  You have all been such an inspiration to me.  I thank you for allowing me to be a witness.

 

1.  Saturday-  Cardio fun day for the whole family.  Go for a walk, run, hike, bike ride, skate, etc…whatever it is, incorporate the whole family or friends in your workout.  This is a great time to build memories and teach your kids by modeling a healthy, active lifestyle.  I’m so encouraged that some of you on the team have started working out with your spouses!  That is awesome!!!

 

2.  Food- Know your battles.  Know your triggers.  One of my triggers is not seeing food go to waste.  I’m a human vacuum cleaner and often eat food off my kid’s plates and even off the floor!  Funny story, my son was trying to pull a prank on his sister.  He replaced the white filling in the Oreo with toothpaste and put it on the floor.  I walked by, picked it up and ate it!!!  I was surprised to taste the mint since I knew I bought the double stuffed Oreos!!! My family was rolling on the floor!  Serves me right!  LOL !  So, what are your triggers?  Half the battle is knowing what you’re fighting against.  I seriously have to talk myself out of eating leftovers when putting dishes away.  It’s from all the years of being programmed to eat everything off your plate because there’s starving children in Africa.  I have to re-program my brain to just eat the food on my plate and let them be!

 

3. Mantra for the day:  I am mentally tough!

You are mentally tough!!!  The battle starts in our mind.  If we doubt and give up mentally, then we are out of the game.  Start to believe that you are strong and that you are finisher!  Don’t be weak and be a quitter!  You don’t have to finish pretty, or perfectly, or gracefully, JUST FINISH!!!  This journey is an exercise in character.  Look at all the things you have overcome in your life up until this point.  This is just one area that you will be able to look back on and say, YES..I FINISHED!!!  You can and you will.  I believe in you! You ROCK!!!

 

Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)

Day 12 of 40 Day Challenge!!!

Day 12!

1.  Friday- Stretch and do 30 min of solid cardio and 30 minutes of strength training focusing on your core. There will be a few videos uploaded to our exclusive page.  Don’t forget to stretch and breathe!

 

2.  Food-  I know you are loving the new menu for the next ten days! (get the menu on the exclusive page) Wow!  I would have never guessed that healthy food could taste so good!!!  Who knew!?!?  Make sure to log your food and exercises for more accountability.  This is essential to your success.  Take the guess work out of it and focus on the goal!

 

3. Mantra for the day:  Bold faith!!!

By this time, you’re losing weight, feeling pretty good about yourself.  You are starting to really believe that you can make these lasting changes.  It’s time to really step out and do something really radical!!!  The average woman has about four different sizes in her closet.  Some of us still have our high school clothes in the back of the closet and we’re secretly hoping to get back in those jeans!  Some of us are just hoping to get back to pre-pregnancy clothes.  While others just struggle with the yo-yo dieting of life.  Well, today, your bold faith is to go to your closet and purge out all the fat clothes!  Oh come on, we all have them!  Get rid of all the sizes that you don’t want to be and the ones you will realistically never get back to.  Keep the size that you feel great in and is a healthy weight for you.  DO IT!  I dare you!  I did this about three years ago and guess what?  I’ve kept the weight off!  Sometimes the only motivation I had was to fit in my clothes!  Today, you are going to declare that you are never going to  wear those fat clothes ever again!!!  Purge them and donate them and make room for new clothes to reward all your hard work!

 

Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)

Day 11 of 40 Day Challenge!!!

Day 11!

Happy Bday to me:) LOL Shameless plug!  I’m very happy to be 42!!!  I really am enjoying growing up and growing gracefully.  I think God is very smart:)  If we had the wisdom of our 40’s and the body of our 20’s, women would take over the world!!! LOL  I hope you are enjoying everyday you are blessed with.

 

1.   Thursday- Stretch and do 1 hr of solid yoga.  There will be a few videos uploaded to our exclusive page.  Stretch your body and breathe!

 

2.  Food-  I was at a party and I was talking to a guy who just came back to the states from India.  I was talking to him about our transformation series and we got on the subject of food in other countries vs. here.  We agreed that it takes so much effort to eat well here.  In other countries, mostly everything is fresh and organic.  Unfortunately, there is so much greed and corruption with the big corporations and distributers here in the US.  Don’t get me started!  Educate yourself.  Read books, watch documentaries.  If we rely on the default of the Standard American Diet you will surely be unhealthy.  You owe it to yourself.  Applaud yourself today for being proactive with your food choices.

 

 

3.   Mantra for the day:  Gratitude
Make a list of ten things you are grateful for.  Sit and marinate on that. Our health is priceless!!!  You can have all the millions in the world but if you don’t have your health, what good is it?  I was sick a few weeks ago with a horrible virus that attacked my nerves.  I was laid up and could barely move my body.  It really made me grateful for my healthy body.  So when you are tempted to be critical and hate your thighs or butt or whatever…remember that you are healthy and that you have the opportunity to be better everyday.

 

Have a beautiful day.  I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))

Day 10 of 40 Day Challenge!!!

Day 10

WOW!!!  Ten days!!!  You did it!!!  This is the beginning of a great change in your life.  Remember to stay present, engaged and still.  Be proud of yourself for the last ten days but keep going.  We are just getting started!!!

 

1.  Wednesday- Stretch and do 30 min of solid cardio and 30 minutes of upper body workouts.  Grab your weights and let’s go!!! There will be a few videos uploaded to our exclusive page.  There will be beginner, intermediate and advanced exercises.  Stretch your body and breathe!

 

2.  Being engaged and present is important even when we eat.  So many of our pitfalls come from mindless eating.  Be aware of the food you put in your system and be present enough to taste and enjoy each bite.  Listen to your body.  Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full.  This is the hardest for me.  Back in the day when I struggled with binging and purging, I would eat so far past my comfort zone that it just numbed me out.  I would eat until I passed out on many occasions.  It takes time to heal our bodies and appreciate how we were designed.  Listen to the natural cues of your body.  Have you ever noticed that babies don’t have to be reminded to eat?  Believe me, you will know when they are hungry!!!   You are able to re-train your body to go back to its natural state.  Join us and let’s re-program and re-boot our systems!!!

3.  Mantra for the day:  Listen.
This seems to be the theme today.  I heard in yoga class the other day that when we listen, we have more intimacy.  We can relate better with people.  I agree with that.  Take a moment to stop and really listen today.  Enjoy your surroundings.  Whether you’re enjoying the quiet countryside or the hustle and bustle of the 405 frwy, you can be still and listen.  Slow down and enjoy what you hear:)

Have a beautiful day!  I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)

Day 9 of 40 Day Challenge!!!

Day 9

You are doing something special for yourself. Transformation is healing.  It’s getting off the crazy cycle and doing something different.  As we continue on this journey, really challenge yourself to do something different everyday.  Whether it’s eating a new type of food or trying a new exercise.  It makes life exciting:)

 

Tuesday- Stretch and do 50 min of solid cardio and some strength training. There will be a few videos uploaded to our exclusive page. Stretch your body and breathe!

 

 

Food:  Enjoy clean eating and know that you are healing your body from the inside out.  Educate yourself.  Knowledge is power.  Watch your portions.  WOW!  When you start weighing and checking your portions, you see how easy it is to gain weight.  Our bodies need to adjust to the proper portions.  It takes 3500 calories to lose 1 pound.  That’s a deficit of 500 calories a day per week.  It may seem like a lot but check this list out…25 ways to cut 500 calories a day! (see exclusive page)

 

Mantra for the day:  Celebrate the victories of others!  When you allow yourself to learn and be inspired by others, you leave yourself open to growing and blossoming.  Here are some amazing testimonies from people on our team.  If they can do it, you can do it too!!!  Do not give in to judgment, jealousy, criticism, or excuses.  Allow the victories of others inspire you to get closer to your goals!!!

 

“I weighed and measured myself this morning, and I am so encouraged. I have lost 8 1/2 pounds, dropped two points in my BMI, and lost a half an inch to an inch in all of my measurements.” –M.R. 40 Day Transformation Member

 

“I lost 4 pounds, 3-1/2 inches!!!” –K.Y. 40 Day Transformation Member

 

“I weighed myself this am and I’ve lost 4.2 lbs! I’m taking my measurements tomorrow. I know it’s just the first week. but every day, there’s been some kind of breakthrough. I’m not having major cravings, but I do MISS chocolate or something sweet:)” –T.H. 40 Day Transformation Member

 

“I lost an inch on my waist, half an inch in hips and 5.5 pounds! Im excited!! Thanks for the encouragement and support ladies!!!”-C.M. 40 Day Transformation Member

 

“I lost 6lbs”! -D.S. 40 Day Transformation Member

 

“I had a really encouraging day today and saw some changes. I started eating better last week, so I have been much healthier for a week and a half…and today I discovered I have lost 4.5 pounds! I know we should be just measuring ourselves, but I’m definately encouraged that there are changes. I’ve lost 1/2 inch around my hips and belly!” -N.R. 40 Day Transformation Member

 

“Hi Judy, I weighed in this morning and I have lost 10 lbs since last monday!!! I hope this keeps going well for me… Lots of plans in the up coming weeks so I hope I can reach my goal. Thanks for all your encouragement!” -T.C. 40 Day Transformation Member

 

“2lbs lost!  Not sure about the inches but my jeans are baggy in the butt!!! Yay!!” -R.F. 40 Day Transformation Member

 

“1 1/2 inches around my waist gone forever!..1/2″ increase on my calves and no weight loss..yay!!!” M.Q. 40 Day Transformation Member

WOW!  Overwhelmed by all the results!!!  If you are serious and ready, this too can be you!  Join us and be our next transformation story!!!  *hugs*

Judy

 

Day 8 of 40 Day Challenge!!!

Day 8

You are amazing and you should be so proud of yourself.  By now, you should be enjoying the physical activity and eating clean should give you lots of energy!  Keep it up!  One day at a time.  You should also be pretty regular by now…if you know what I mean;))) LOL!

 

1.  Monday- Stretch and do 30 min of solid cardio followed by another 30 min of lower body workouts.  Find the videos uploaded on the exclusive page. There’s an awesome cardio Kenpo karate workout and some bootylicious exercises!!! Stretch your body and breathe!

 

2.  You should have your weekly meals planned and ready to go.
Here’s my sample schedule.
7:00am two egg omelet with mushrooms, peppers and feta cheese and two small organic corn tortillas  (310 cal)
10:00am  Green Juice (see recipe on FB) (210 cal)
12pm turkey burger with side salad and lentils (310 cal)
3:00pm Apple with two tablespoons of almond butter (160 cal)
6:00pm  Homemade chicken soup with loads of veggies & brown rice (310 cal)
Approx 1300 calories
Lots of water!!!!
***Tip- set your alerts on your phone to go off every 3 hours as a reminder to eat!
Check the exclusive page for a clean eating grocery list!  Take the guess work out of shopping and planning!!!

3.  Mantra for the day:  Success is not convenient! 
When you don’t want to work out… Success is not convenient!  When you don’t want to prep your food…. Success is not convenient!  When you don’t feel like eating clean… Success is not convenient!  Anytime you have to do something that you don’t want to do ask yourself, ‘Is this going to help me be successful?’  SUCCESS IS NOT CONVENIENT.  You’ll be inconvenienced for a little while but the rewards are worth it!!!

Have a beautiful day!  I love you guys and I’m rooting for you!

XOXO!

Judy

Day 7 of 40 Day Challenge!!!

Day 7

1.  Today is REST day!  You deserve it.  Let your body rest and replenish.  Enjoy!

 

2.  Stay on your eating plan and keep it up.  Get a good night’s sleep.  Studies show that getting at least eight hours a night is essential to weight loss.  Be disciplined and get to bed at a decent hour.  Today you will get a new menu for the week.  (posted on the exclusive group page)  Take time to prep your food for the week.  Planning is key for victory!!!

 

3.  Mantra for the day:  Be still…..

Take a shavasana pose.  Corpse pose.  Lay down with eyes closed and palms facing the sky.  Take a moment for yourself.  Stay engaged and be present.  Breathe.  When you find your mind wondering, continue to focus on your breathing.  This is the time where you thank yourself for being on this journey.  Thank your body for being strong and willing.  Showing up is the hardest part.  Focus on gratitude for all the things that you have.  Remember, what you focus on, you get more of.  If you focus on problems, you get more problems.  Lay here for about five minutes.  The world will not stop I promise.  This is a hard exercise and you have to discipline your mind to be still.

Now, after you have laid there for a few minutes, we are going to take our fetal position pose.  Go to the right or to the left and curl up into a little ball.  We are going from death to life.  This pose signifies a rebirth, a new beginning.  Every breath we take is a new breath.  Focus your intention on forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead.

Slowly come up to a comfortable seated pose.  Take three deep breaths.  Thank you for being on this journey with me.  I’m honored and grateful to have you on this 40 Day Transformation with our community.

 

 

Namaste

Day 6 of 40 Day Challenge!!!

Day 6

You’re getting the hang of this now.  You are actually enjoying eating clean and your body is asking for more movement.  You are waking up the mind, body and spirit!  Good for you for making this lifestyle change!!!

 

1.  Saturday- This is a great day to incorporate the family in your fitness fun!  Go on a hike, bike ride, roller skating, etc.  Find something active the whole family can do.  If you’re single, you have the luxury to do whatever you want!  If you’re not fortunate enough to live in sunny So Cal.  Sorry:)  You can  crank up the music and dance in your living room!!!

 

2. It’s Saturday and you’re probably going out on a hot date or driving kids to gazillion bday parties!  If you are going out, check the restaurant menu ahead of time and know what you’re going to order.  If I were you, I would opt for making a romantic picnic basket for your man.  You will be in control of what to serve and know that your food will be a delicious healthy meal too!  If you are going to a party, offer to bring an appetizer.  This will ensure that you will have something safe to munch on.  Also, eat before you go out.  Don’t let the moment of being tempted by the sights and smells fool you.  You can do it if you arm yourself!!!  Step away from the dessert table…just walk away, don’t look back…you can do it!!! :)))

 

3.  Mantra for the day:  Knowledge is power.  Fill your mind with information that will give you intense conviction to make healthy choices. Some of us live by “Ignorance is bliss!”  Well, how is that working for you???  Be well informed about what you put in your temple. There are so many resources now from documentaries, internet, youtube, etc…It’s your body, It’s your responsibility!  (Go to exclusive page for some content that will blow your mind!)

 

Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you!

 

XOXO,

Judy

Day 5 of 40 Day Challenge!!!

Day 5

 

Wow!  You need to be so proud of yourself.  You ROCK!!!  I know it’s hard and tiring and painful.  Anything that is worth having takes hard work and dedication.  Keep it moving and smile:)

 

1.  Friday- Stretch and do 30 min of solid cardio.  30 min strength training.  Today is core day.  Check out the exclusive group for some great ab exercises.  Remember that if you have access to a gym or you have a group to workout with then adjust your workouts.  If you do more, GREAT!  The most important part is keeping it fun and exciting!!!

 

2.  By this time, you should start feeling really great.  If you have cut out caffeine or soda, you should be done with your detox headache by now.  Remember to drink tons of water!  For example, if you weigh 120lbs, drink half your body weight in ounces.  So you would drink 60oz of water.  If you are working out and sweating, then drink more.  You will have to pee often..sorry but that’s the way it goes:)

 

3.  Mantra for the Day- I need to shower myself with love and encouragement.
I posted on FB today and asked people to share what their favorite physical attribute was.  It was so hard for people to respond confidently and really own what they loved about themselves.  I bet if I had asked, “Give a reason you don’t like your physical appearance.”  I would have gotten tons of responses.  Why are we so hard on ourselves?  I think that we sometimes think that it’s wrong to toot our own horn,  yet its so easy for us to criticize ourselves without even thinking about it. Hmmmmm…something to think about.
Here’s the challenge.  Starting today, write one new thing you love about yourself for the remainder of the challenge.  I know it will be hard and uncomfortable but we need to practice…starting now:)))

 

 

Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)

XOXO!
Judy

 

 

Day 4 of 40 Day Challenge!!!

Day 4

You are doing AWESOME!  You should be so proud of yourself!  It’s a marathon not a sprint.  So, take your time.  One day at a time.

 

1. Thursday- 50 min of solid cardio and don’t forget to stretch.  Do some strength training exercises. Go on a hike and take advantage of the beautiful So Cal weather..If you don’t live here, sorry:( Stay active, park your car far away, take the stairs, be intentional about moving!!!  (Workouts uploaded to the group page)

 

2.Enjoy your meals.  When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Take the time to sort out your food and snacks into single servings.  This might seem like a pain in the butt but it will pay off.  Especially when your day is busy and you have to drive kids all over town, it seems easier to go to the drive thru when you are starving and you have starving kids yelling for food.  Pack snacks for them too.  You will save money and feel great that you are giving your family healthy options. (Follow menu on group page)

***Speaking of snacks….here’s a great reminder:)))

 

3. Mantra for the day:  You are beautiful!!!
Thank you for loving yourself enough to take care of yourself and invest the time and energy on your health.  If your motivation is because you hate your thighs, your belly, arms, etc….your energy and focus will be on the negative and you will get more of what you focus on.  Think about how grateful you are for the body that you were created to have.  You are strong, powerful, beautiful beings.  Your body is your ally, not your enemy.  Be kind to your body and your body will be kind to you.  Here’s a great exercise for you to do today…

Go to the mirror and really look at yourself, your body and say, “Thank you for being there and loving me unconditionally, even when I am not kind and say hurtful things you are still here and haven’t given up on me.  I vow to treat you better and vow to speak kind words to you and about you.  Please forgive me for hurting you and being ungrateful…I am transforming!!!!”  Really mean it…decide today to stop the cycle of self hate.  You are amazing and beautiful and I’m so honored to know you.

 

I love you guys and I’m rooting for you!

Love,

Judy