I Ran Again

I haven’t run in nearly 7 1/2 months and I actually did it yesterday.  And that was a big step for me.

My Adidas Walking Shoes and Comfy Neon Socks

Going to need a new pair of good running shoes.

I had been working on my own version of a walk/run C25K last summer before I broke my ankle in 3 places on August 15th.  It has been a very slow and arduous journey back to walking, and I still have times when the pain and swelling flares up and I limp.

But I started back to the gym about 2 weeks ago, and have been working out at home

ChaLEAN Extreme

ChaLEAN Extreme


using my Beachbody ChaLEAN Extreme program, and just felt ready last night to try a brief run.  And I do mean brief.  I think it lasted about 15 seconds and I did it twice.  I just wanted to celebrate once it was accomplished.  No balloons fell from the ceiling of the gym and I probably looked like a dork with the big grin on my face, but I didn’t care.  I had just run.

Running had been a goal I set for myself to complete before the end of March and I did it.  Fear of the pain, or perhaps falling down, had prevented me from trying sooner.  But now it seems that conquering that fear has lit a new spark in me, and I plan on creating a new C25K program to start April 1.

Studying to be a health coach through IIN has changed me from the inside out, and I’m liking the positive changes.  Hoping there are more to come soon!

Motivation to Workout

I so didn’t want to exercise this morning.  I had a hard time getting to sleep last night with thoughts racing through my head.  Finally fell asleep around 2:00 am.  And I had to get up before 7:30 to wake my son for a bowling trip with his friends.  Not a cheerful person this morning.

But I got up, woke him, made his bagel sandwich to go and sent him on his way. Then I folded laundry, read 2 chapters in a motivational book and listened to a lecture from my online Integrative Nutrition class.  Then I was thinking, why am I putting this off?

The book I am reading is Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy and is all about procrastination.  I should have written the “what not to do” book on that subject since I have been an expert most of my life.  And it’s the reason I’m reading the darn book in the first place!

So on went the bright blue sneakers and I completed the Push 2 circuit of the ChaLEAN Extreme program.  Once I was done I was asking myself, “Why put it off?  If you don’t want to do it, then do it first and get it done!”  Brian Tracy would tell me that exercising was one of my biggest frogs and I have to eat that one first.

My Assortment of Hand Weights

My Assortment of Hand Weights (the little red one in the left corner belongs to the dog)


My New Nutribullet

I have wanted a Nutribullet since I first saw the infomercial, and then when I heard David Wolfe as a lecturer at IIN, then I wanted one even more.  So I saved up for one since I didn’t get one from Santa, and finally bought it today.

I went to my local Bed, Bath & Beyond and all they had was the display.  What??!!  I want one now!  I was in the buying mood and had to get that darn Nutribullet today.  But I did have the friendly guy call the next closest store in Foxboro and they set one aside for me.  My daughter and I drove a bit farther for it, but so worth it!

I have reviewed the guide book and drooled over the recipes.  Now my first Nutriblast will be in the morning after my early workout.  Can’t wait and will post my recipe here.


Ok, now it is Monday and I had my first smoothie.  But I realized this morning that I had no greens, so it was a fruit smoothie.  My recipe today was 1 banana peeled, 1 kiwi peeled, 1 orange peeled, and a small apple just cored.  Supposedly apple seeds can contain trace amounts of arsenic, so I’ll pass on them.  And I added a small packet of ground flax seeds too

The consistency was a bit thick for me, and it didn’t grind everything up as smoothly as they show on TV.  But it may be that I need to add more water or shake or tap down the ingredients so they get into the blade area.

It was tasty and filling, and will be going shopping for greens to add in.  I have the fruit covered.

Nurture Change Health Coaching

I have finally created my Facebook page for my health coaching business through Integrative Nutrition.  I had created it back in November but never activated it until today.  I guess I was just scared of it going live, and I have no idea why because it was quite easy to publish it.  Just hit the button!

Scituate Reservoir

Scituate Reservoir

This is the picture I chose to use on the Facebook page since I love it so much.  It is of the Scituate Reservoir taken during Columbus Day Weekend at the Scituate Art Festival.  Just a nice picture overall.

Please stop by to visit my page if you’re interested.  I’d appreciate any likes and comments, but it’s still a baby and a work in progress.  https://www.facebook.com/NurtureChange

My business is called Nurture Change Health Coaching and I will put up links when I have the actual business site up and running.  That too is a work in progress!

Conflicting Eating Ideas

Perhaps that is what’s go great about Integrative Nutrition, the fact that they present many varied eating ideologies and you make your own decisions.  My latest confusion is concerning the raw food movement and the locavore movement.  

I discussed the other day about eating foods that are grown within 100 miles of your location, thus the locavore movement and eating “local” foods.  Then the raw foodists want you to eat at least 60% raw foods, but many of the “hot” items are from thousands of miles away.  I can’t find a cacao tree or maca root anywhere in New England and don’t expect to any time soon.  If I lived in the Andes mountains or the rain forests of South America I’d be all set.

Thinking on the raw food movement, although I believe it is a fantastic and healthful addition for more raw foods in our daily diet, it is not a way of life I could follow.  I definitely plan on adding more fruits and veggies through juicing and snacking, but draw the line at no foods cooked at higher than 118 degrees.

IIN offers us the options to learn about these methodologies through our studies and hopes one will resonate with us to bring us to our most healthy state.  I lean toward the locavore way of life, but I’m still looking.