Day 10 of January Detox Challenge!

Day 10!

I’m so excited to hear all the good news and hear about how you guys are changing your lifestyle.  This is why I do what I do!!!  I love sharing the benefits of healthy living and seeing people produce results!  It’s not about deprivation.  Clean, healthy eating is not just good for you but tastes good too!!!

1) Wednesday- Upper Body Workout!
Focus on working the triceps.  You know, the bat wings!?;)  The older we get, the more we need to focus on this area.  Try these…..

 

2) Food- Blending vs. Juicing
I for one like both. Especially in the warmer months, I love blending.  I feel full and can use a smoothie as a meal replacement.  I recently got a juicer for Christmas and I LOVE it!  Maybe I’m in the honeymoon phase but I can’t get enough of juicing.  I love how I feel after I juice.  I have so much energy and my skin looks like it’s glowing:)  I’m experimenting with recipes and so far, I love it:)  Here’s a great article on the difference between blending and juicing.  Let us know.  Which do you prefer?
Read here….

3) Mantra for the Day:  It’s a Marathon not a Sprint!

Sometimes, we give ourselves unnecessary added pressure by giving ourselves hard and fast deadlines.  What’s your hurry???  The most important thing is to enjoy the journey.  I feel like this was my greatest lesson last year.  I had those last stubborn ten pounds I’ve been trying to lose since 1993!!!  No matter what I did I just couldn’t get rid of it.  I would do fad diets, cleansing, fasting, workout like a crazy woman and eventually, those pounds would creep right back like I had a magnet on my belly:) I recently hosted a 90 day challenge and I remember just surrendering and being OK with where I was.  I was focused on the fact that I was strong, I was healthy and my clothes fit well.  I stopped stepping on the scale and just enjoyed life.  One day I stepped on the scale and low and behold, the pounds came off!!!  Regardless of where you are on your journey, remember that all you can do is your best everyday.  Enjoy the journey.  Hopefully, it’s a long one:)))

Love you guys!!!  I’m rooting for you:)  XOXO!!!

Day 78 & 79 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 78 & 79

Happy Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas!!!  This is such a great time of the year where we can sit back, enjoy family, and take some time to reflect.  I really hope you are living in the moment and not rushing from store to event to party to family gatherings…you get the idea;) Every year we try to minimize the commercialism of Christmas in our home and focus on the true meaning of the season.  No matter what your beliefs are it’s pretty amazing to see the whole world stop and honor the birth of Jesus.  We have family traditions like giving and serving to organizations like El Rescate and Advent Conspiracy.  El Rescate is an amazing organization that serves the San Fernando Valley and we donate our time and toys to give back to kids who are less fortunate.  Advent Conspiracy is an organization that facilitates building wells in third world countries so that they can have clean water. We have people over on Christmas Eve and invite people who are not able to go home for the holidays.  We have a great time eating, singing and then we have a white elephant gift exchange.  It gets pretty crazy in our house.  I’ll let you know what I end up with.  There’s a pack of cassette tapes that gets re-gifted every year and gets added to the pile.  You don’t want that gift!!! LOL!  On Christmas Eve this year, our family is going to bless a family that doesn’t have much.  I met a woman named Isabel and she told me they were skipping Christmas this year because they didn’t have any money.  She has two young kids my children’s age and it broke my heart.  I told her we were bringing Christmas to her.  So, we’re bringing dinner, gifts, and lots of cheer.  Our family is excited to go and meet them since we’ve been shopping for them and preparing for them all week.  We are excited to meet them.  I’ll let you know how that goes.  Enjoy your holiday season and don’t forget to feed your soul.  Smile, hug, love someone today.  Pay it forward.

 

 

1. Monday- I know it’s Christmas Eve…just commit to doing at least fifteen minutes of HIIT training and stretching.  You will be busy, there will be a lot of stuff to get done.  Make your health a  priority!  You will feel better, trust me:)

 

Tuesday- MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  Do what you can realistically.  You may want to take this as your rest day if you’re traveling or with family all day.  Initiate a walk around the block.  Go for a bike ride.  Stay active even if you don’t get your ‘workout’ time in.:)

 

2.  Food- I know that this is the time of the year where we indulge a little bit.  It’s OK.  Just don’t overdue it.  I was at a party and tasted these amazing, white chocolate, toffee, pure yumminess!!!  I totally fell off the wagon and had about twenty!  I wish I was exaggerating:(  Anyway, what I realized was that there was a very familiar taste to this candy that reminded me of my childhood.  I was triggered because I was missing my family and the treat reminded me of that time.  I realized it afterward, after it was too late!  For me that’s progress because I was able to identify what the trigger was and why I binged.  Hopefully, next time I will catch it earlier. It would have been better to realize it, take inventory, be in the moment and accept the feeling of sadness and talk it over with a trusted friend, counselor, prayer, meditation, our private challenge group or whatever it is that helps you.  You are not alone.  Enjoy your day!

 

 

3. Mantra for the day:

 

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