Crossroads of Life

I am at a crossroads in my life and hoping I can figure my way through the intersection rather quickly.

I recently put my resume online and then was contacted by an insurance company that sounded promising, so I quickly studied and passed the state licensing exam and headed out to Chicago for 10 days of training.

Then reality hit when I realized within 3 weeks that what they spoke about in Chicago was nothing like the real world of trying to sell supplemental insurance to people who really aren’t interested.  I tried, and maybe could have tried harder, but it just wasn’t me.  I have been stressed, my mind consumed with my lack of sales, and a general malaise brought about by all my stressing.

So today I decided I would leave the company and focus all of my attention on getting healthy and fit using the knowledge I already have.  I am a Beachbody coach, but have not been working the business, or working out.  I have the tools I need to make a difference in my own life, then I will adapt that into making a difference in others’ lives through coaching.

I know I am an excellent teacher and love sharing what I know with those wanting to hear me.  No more, “Not interested, or I have enough insurance,” but more like, “How did you do that and might that work for me?”

Tutoring my local schoolkids will help a little bit with the bills, but I may need to find something else to fill the void while I get up and running.  Maybe even literally!

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Kermit the Green Juice

Yesterday I was feeling hungry but not wanting to actually make something, so I headed over to a vegan bakery and cafe called Wildflour Bakery.  It’s located on the Pawtucket/Providence line near Blackstone Boulevard.

I ordered 2 juices, one for lunch and the other for Saturday’s breakfast since I was supposed to be out for the day.  Lunch was the Alkalizer with plenty of ginger for some zip and I enjoyed it.

Kermit the Green Juice

Kermit the Green Juice

This morning’s treat was this very very green Kermit juice.  No fruit at all and very, hmmm, what’s a good word?  Green and grassy!  Not as tasty as I would have liked but healthy for sure with kale, spinach, celery, cucumber and can’t remember what else.  I got it down but will not order that one again.

Will try a smoothie next time.

Clean is going well and released another pound or so, for a grand total so far of 3.3 pounds.  I’m not starving, and even though I have to think a bit more about what I should be eating, my body is liking it so far.

Day One of Clean

I have finished the recommended minimum amount of days for the elimination diet and ready to start this 21 days of being Clean.  I hope to release plenty of toxins from my body and of course, would love to shed a few pounds too!  My goal is 15 pounds.

During the elimination phase I have already shed 2 pounds.  Not weighing myself every day, but probably every 2-3 days to see if I am getting progress.  Of course I will also gauge from the way my clothes fit.

Nime Chow

Nime Chow

Tonight was a challenge for me since I went out for dinner to one of my favorite Asian restaurants, Apsara. But I kept it on the program by ordering Nime Chow with shrimp and then Stir Fried Lort (rice) noodles with seafood.  Rice is allowed on the program, but not wheat.

Weighing in again tomorrow and will see where I’m at!

Started Easing into the Clean Program

Today was my first day of a completely caffeine-free day and still doing fine, so far.  I am sipping some Coconut Oolong tea sweetened with liquid stevia.

Had a protein Greenberry Shakeology shake for breakfast made with almond milk and also had a Chocolate Shakeology shake for dinner, along with a tablespoon of almond butter.  Usually add peanut butter, but due to fungus on peanuts (per Dr. Junger and the Clean book) they are not in the program.  I will miss my peanut butter.

Lunch was my main meal and I ate Indian food at Rasoi, on Hope Street in Pawtucket, RI.  Delicious!  I had Shrimp Saag and a little rice, although I remembered after no white rice, so will keep that in mind.  I passed on the garlic naan and still felt I ate plenty to fill me without feeling stuffed.

Another day or so of easing in and then I will start the plan in full force.

A Pot of Tea

A Pot of Tea

Starting The Clean Program

Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger

Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger

I have decided to experiment with myself to find if any specific foods are bothering my digestive system,  I am experiencing allergies for the first time in my life and starting thinking it may be a food I am eating.

I found Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger and will begin the Elimination Diet part of the program for 3-4 days beginning tomorrow.  Then I will do the 21 Days of Clean to, well, clean out my system and detox.

Then when I begin adding foods back in I will hopefully find the annoying culprit and eliminate that particular food from my everyday diet.  And the jump start with weight loss will also be a plus.

I will be posting every day for the full 21 days once I begin them on Friday. Easing into the plan for the first few days.  Off to the grocery store for some good clean food!

Back Into the Rhythm, Again

Shadow on the Path

Shadow on the Path

I have stated this before, but I am now going to be regular in my postings.  I plan on posting 3x per week, and more if I have something interesting to say.

This is all a part of my learning to get organized, scheduled, and committed with consistency.  I have had this blog for nearly 2 years and truthfully only worked it in spurts.  I have enough views to keep it going and reinvent instead of starting over with a new one.

My life as a health and fitness coach has taken me to new places that I am beginning to explore.  Most important of all is learning how to be a better person in general.  I want to be consistent in my business efforts, and in my efforts to share my knowledge,  and sometimes just my thoughts, with the world.  It’s through sharing that we make a difference and help others.

So if you’ve been checking in, thanks.  And if you’ve just visited from an internet search, I thank you too.

Post coming later today. Promise. Pinky swear!

Back Into Running Rhythm

I ran 3 times this week at the gym.  I do it on the treadmill since that has more give and less pounding on my feet, especially my reconstructed ankle.

The first time I tried this I hurt and ached for days.  Now the pain and swelling is not as severe and I can do this every two days or so.  Now its time to make a walk/run schedule like I had last year.

The Running Journal and Complete Book of Beginning Running.

The Running Journal and Complete Book of Beginning Running.

My plan is to use a warm-up walking period of 5 minutes since my ankle can be stiff until I get it moving along at a good speed.  Then I will use 20 minutes on the treadmill and block off when and for how long I will run in between bouts of cooling down.

Today I ran for 4 bouts of 45 seconds each with about 3-4 minutes between.  I didn’t track it exactly.  But now I want to track so I can see improvement and push myself as I progress.  If I hadn’t already been getting into shape through Beachbody and ChaLEAN Extreme, there is no way I could come right out and run 45 seconds the first time.  I am getting stronger and not stopping now.

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