Tuesday, January 23, 2018

My story

This is me (and my awesome husband!):


I've been thinking a lot about what got me to where I am today.

Over the past 25 years I have learned a lot!!

I guess things all started when I was a kid. I knew nothing about health, but I did notice that most of my family members (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and some cousins) were overweight. Some would fit in the obese category. Another thing I noticed was that they weren't really happy either. So in my mind being overweight meant that you would be unhappy.



In my teenage years I became obsessed with my weight. I wasn't overweight but I never felt like I was the weight I would like. I wasn't super skinny. I tried all sorts of things. I would exercise. I even started running. I would run up and down the bleachers at the high school across the street from our home. I drank SlimFast shakes (nasty) and ate Snackwells cookies by the box because they were "healthy". I bought my own small refrigerator when I was in high school so I could put buy and have my own "healthy" food (which was mostly yogurt). At one point I became anorexic. I didn't eat. After a while it wasn't even hard and I really didn't feel like eating. Thankfully that didn't last long and my parents made me go to the doctor. But during that time people were noticing that I was losing weight and they were telling me how good I looked. So I thought to myself "did I look bad before?"


After getting married, we didn't have much money and ate a lot of processed food. It was easy. We had 4 babies in 4 years and 10 months! To me, health was exercise. That's all I needed to do. And I made that happen during the 12+ years of having babies and toddlers around.



Then in 2006, after my 5th child, I noticed a slight lump on my throat. I called the doctor to make an appointment. I knew what he would say - Hypothyroidism. I knew this ran in my family. I quit sugar. I took the prescription and for a year or so started to wonder why this happened. What was the cause, and why couldn't the doctor tell me anything other than "take this little pill for the rest of your life"? That answer was not acceptable to me. It just didn't make any sense.

So I started on my health journey. It's really been over the past 10 years that I have learned SO much! I've had to un-learn lots of things. Lots of things that mainstream media and doctors want you to believe. Now, don't get me wrong. I think doctors are great but I just don't think they are really the ones that should be in charge of your health.

I've tried:
No chocolate.
No sugar.
No dairy.
No gluten.
No grains.
High fat.
Low fat.
Whole grains.
Lots of veggies.
Paleo.
Gluten free.
No starchy carbs.
Intermittent fasting.
Water fasts.
No processed food.
Plant-based.
I've even tried to follow the US Food Pyramid (what a joke lol).

I've followed advice from:
Denise Austin
Billy Blanks
Tony Horton
Chalene Johnson
Dr. Amen
Dr. Mercola
Dr. Sara Gottfried
JJ Virgin
Dr. Morter

I've purchased tons of workout videos:

And that's only some of them (Can you tell whose I like the most?)

I've read tons of books too:

And what it really boils down to is this.

No two people are alike!

Right now I am in the process of figuring out what is best for MY body. It's more about how I feel in more than one area of my life. It's a whole mind, body, spirit, relationship connection. It's more than just exercise. It's so much more!

I'm learning new things all the time! Right now I'm listening to the Broken Brains online series by Dr. Mark Hyman, going through the 131 Diet by Chalene Johnson, and reading a book about the  subconscious mind.


Learning is power. Power to change. Power to make a difference.

And these people are why I do what I do:


This family of mine! I want to feel good and be around with them for a long time! Sometimes they wish I wasn't all into this health stuff but deep down I think they really like it ;)

I hope you'll be with us for this crazy ride!



Thursday, January 4, 2018

Healthy eating while traveling

In the past, when we've gone on vacation it was an excuse to pig out! To eat whatever we could find that was cheap and convenient.

But we have improved over the years. 

We have been on vacation for the past 2 weekends in two different places.

Our first vacation was with our family right before Christmas. We rented a home through www.vrbo.com and stayed 4 days and 3 nights. I have been on a strict diet/way of eating for the past 2.5 months and was really wanting to keep going since I have been feeling SO good!

So I brought some food from home and my husband and I went grocery shopping when we got there. We got some splurges but we bought pretty healthy and yummy food. 

We got eggs, bacon, ground beef, veggies, fruit, and some snacks in between meals. 

Each meal was a treat! I did so good! 




These may not be the prettiest presentations (LOL) but they sure were good! And I was feeling pretty good when we got home. 

Then we left 6 days later, just my me and my husband. We went to Oregon and stayed 4 days and 3 nights. Again, we rented a home through www.vrbo.com and "ate in" for each meal. It was nice to have a Whole Foods within walking distance too!

Here were some of our meals:






I am hungry just thinking about all of this food!

Real food tastes so good! 

When traveling by plane, come prepared with snacks to eat while in the air. Nuts are my favorite. But you can also do fruit, applesauce, jerky. I've been impressed with airports lately. They are offering more and more healthy convenience and dining options! It is actually pretty fun to forage our way to finding the best food. 

The key to eating healthy is PREPARATION!

Don't let a vacation or weekend derail you - but if they do, jump right back in! No one is perfect. We all mess up. I did yesterday. I had a bunch of See's chocolates but today is a new day and I am really looking forward to having a salad like one of these tonight!