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!

ChaLEAN Extreme

ChaLEAN Extreme

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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

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!

It’s Not a Diet!

I have been posting pictures and comments on Facebook and Instagram about my journey into healthy eating and exercise.  And I just got proof that people are really paying attention to what I’m doing, even if they don’t interact with me very often.

I went to Mary Lou’s Coffee yesterday with my kids and got a delicious and decadent

My Spilled Coffee

My Spilled Coffee

Girl Scout Cookie iced coffee, complete with some whipped cream and about 350 calories.  But I wanted it and I enjoyed it.

The problem was the poor girl behind the counter spilled mine by accident and had to make me another one.  And when she commented that she should have taken a picture, I obliged her and put it on Instagram and Facebook.

Then I get the comment, “I thought you were all into healthy eating?”

I am, but this is a lifestyle change, not a drastic deprivation diet.  I enjoy an occasional treat and made up for the extra calories by hitting the treadmill for a walk/run and the arc machine for a nice calorie burn.

Don’t live like everything is forbidden except carrot sticks and salad.  Enjoy a treat every now and then.  All things in moderation is a nice credo to live by.

Ankle Hurting Again

I am not sure if it’s the cold weather, but my ankle is really bothering me lately.  Very stiff  and taking quite a bit of time to warm up and move, and I feel like I have gone backward in my recovery.

My Painful Swollen Ankle

My Painful Swollen Ankle

It also didn’t help that I decided to take my Beachbody Fit Test and tried the jump and reach.  I didn’t jump too far, probably just an inch more than I can reach stretching my arm to the fullest, but the landing took my breath away.  Not a sharp pain, but a feeling of “What the heck were you thinking???”  My muscles were just not ready for that landing and have been protesting since.

Stretching more has been absolutely necessary and I have to assess other things I do to make sure I don’t reinjure this poor ankle.  I was making such good progress, and then ouch!  But still continuing with my workouts and just walking a bit slower and stretching a bit longer.