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Friday, January 9, 2015


Congratulations for loving yourself enough to make your health a priority. One of the hardest things in life is to put your own needs first. In our society we are always told not to be selfish. Well there comes a point in our life especially to those of us who are always the caregivers, that we have to put our self's first to be able to continue providing care to our loved ones. God is doing new things in your life.  you may feel like no matter what you have done you end up walking up hill. So I want you to keep this verse in mind "He is making a road in your wilderness and rivers in your desert" (see Isa 43:19). So now lets dig in to your first week of this journey.

Week One:

  1. ·         Drill it in your brain this is NOT A DIET IT’S A LIFESTYLE CHANGE

    The difference between a Diet mentality and a Lifestyle mentality is a matter of how you see it. I see a diet as rules that need to be followed for a period of time. To me a Diet has an expiration date. Now the way I see a lifestyle change gives you a different perceptive on the world.  How you see your food options, are they taking your life or are they giving you life.  I can tell you this was a huge AHA! moment for me, It has saved me heartache, pain and disappointment. It's time to start Living the life you were born to live.

  1. ·         Make your list of reasons why you are making the change.


    Keep your reasons in your mind, write them down, put them somewhere you will see them through out your day. Share them with your loved ones, get them involved in your journey. Why? well because we are human and life happens. You will need this little reminders as to why you made the lifestyle change. you need that encouragement to keep going. You need to put a picture to the reward for all your hard work.  
  1. ·         Start investing on the tools to help you achieve your goals.
Masticating Juicer, Firm toothbrush (will help you clean it), apple cider vinegar, black strap molasses, Wheatgrass powder, 2 oz Tupperware containers (for traveling ), 16 oz  mason jars wide mouth with  lids. Insulated lunch bag. You have to keep in mind even though you have made a change the rest of the world has not.  Life does not stop as you fast  you are still to live life. What this means is that you will travel with your juice, snacks, and some tools to insure that you are successful.
  1. ·         Cut down on unhealthy foods (no fast foods) , sugars (fake sugars as well) , caffeine (energy drinks).

   This is where the real  work starts. Time to start eliminating all the bad habits out of our daily day.  If you find your self eating out, on the drive through on your lunch time, maybe waiting in line for a cup of coffee, or you look down at your shopping cart and see all processed foods and sugar filled foods. This is it say I do not need you anymore. Trust me I still have days where I stumble but I get back up and try again. The way I see food now is "are you giving me life or are you taking it from me".
  1. ·         Add more vegetables to your diet.

      How many vegetables are out there that you have never even tried? this change is not about taking things away , it's about adding good things in. There is more vegetables than potatoes and corn. start looking at protein dense vegetables, protein dense grains. Enjoy the adventure. Have fun exploring all the different flavors. 
  1. ·         Add more water intake (64 oz).

 Stay hydrated, your body needs water just as much as we need oxygen. keep a 32 oz bottle with you at all times. you can label it like the picture to help you keep you on track. If you have a smart phone there are apps you can use as well that will remind you to take a drink and will keep you on track.
  1. ·         Add 30 minute walk every other day.

  The key here is to start moving. When you go to the grocery store park as far away from the front door, Use the stairs instead of the elevator (yes it will take you longer). Walk around the block, take a walk during your breaks at work, do a scavenger hunt with the kids.
  1. ·         Find a support system.
  This is very important for your success. Get your your family to cheer you on, they dont have to understand all of it but the one thing they need to understand is that you are doing this for you. Have a friend you can talk to on those moments you feel weak. But also those moments where you need to celebrate a victory.
  1. ·         Buy a journal (trust me you will thank me later), start using it.
          This is important because it will allow you to get all the crazy noise out of your head into paper. put your fears, questions down on paper. Do not let then make a home in your mind.

  Now lets have some fun and enjoy this new adventure, remember you were not given a spirit of fear, or anxiety. You were given a spirit of Peace, Love and understanding.

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