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!

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.

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.

Eating Locally

As I have mentioned before, I am in classes to become a Health Coach through IIN, and was listening to an amazing lecture today by Andrea Beaman.  I really enjoy listening to her!

The statements she made were so very simple, but hit home.  We should be eating local foods that are native to our area, and grown or raised within 100 miles of our home.  So since I live in New England I should be eating apples, plums, and pears for fruit instead of pineapples, bananas, and mangoes.  With the availability in the markets of foods from all over the world, we really don’t think of where they came from and how they got to the store.

Andrea Beaman was lecturing on the guidelines of macrobiotics and how local foods are a major part of this philosophy and way of life.  And she joked about how one of her friends ate tropical fruits while living in NYC and then decided it was too cold for her and relocated to Costa Rica.  So I am off to the supermarket for pineapple and coconuts.  Hawaii here I come…

Just a thought.


I feel bad that I haven’t been updating and posting lately.  Life has gotten in the way, and not in a good way.  I’ve been bogged down with a lot of unimportant issues and have now decided to clean up, organize, and move forward.

The IIN classes are going great, although I am a module behind.  There will be time next week to catch up and get back on track.

My 90 Day Challenge is also progressing, albeit a bit slowly, but I am still losing pounds and inches and feeling better than before.  My depression issues have lifted and even though I am not bursting with energy each day, I definitely feel better.


Learning from IIN

I have just begun my online training for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, or IIN, and I have already learned and absorbed so much information.  Sometimes it is actually overwhelming.  There are so many experienced and opinionated people posting in our FaceBook group, that it can be distracting, to say the least.

Homegrown Vegetables

Homegrown Vegetables

Eat meat and dairy.  Only veganism will do.  Vegetarian with fish and eggs, raw dairy products, paleo diets, whole grains, no grains, gluten-free…  Are you kidding?  After reading just a handful of posts anyone who eats would be confused.

I agree that we should eat more fruits and veggies, and get our foods as naturally as possible, including organic.  I have decided to not spend too much time on the larger FaceBook group and pay more attention to the smaller group connected to my coaching circle.

Healthy Mediterranean Plate from Angelos

Healthy Mediterranean Plate from Angelos

This is an amazing journey already, and I have just begun.  More to come as I learn.

Institute for Integrative Nutrition

I have taken the plunge and signed up for the class starting October 29, 2012.  I first heard of IIN way back in the 90’s and had an actual catalog loaded with information about the course and how to turn the education into the springboard for a Health Coaching Career.  This appeals to me and I’m doing it.

I have already been in touch with many of my new “virtual” classmates since this is the 21st century and done online.  The Facebook and Twitter community is full of new supporters and offers a completely new way to communicate and interact more than ever.  I have chatted with folks from all over the world and it is so satisfying to discover like-minded people in my class.

Even though the online class doesn’t start until October 29th, there are Fundamental classes available to work through.  These classes give you an idea of what the upcoming classes may be like.  I have downloaded the IIN app that works with Apple products and I have my new iPhone to use for listening to lectures on the go.

The Integrative Nutrition Plan has 12 steps, but you do not need to follow the steps in any order. Pick one and then go onto another when you’re ready. You could tackle one new step a day, a week, or a month. This isn’t a short- term diet; this is long-term lifestyle. Trust your instincts, and know that each change you make has a tremendous impact on your present and your future.© Integrative Nutrition

The 12 Steps to Better Health

The 12 Steps to Better Health

I am working on the 12 Steps to Better Health 2 steps at a time.  As many others in the class have mentioned, most of us have done all of these steps at one time, but not consistently, or have not mastered them.  I know I certainly haven’t.  So 2 at a time until those are mastered, and then on to the next 2.  I am starting with #1 Drink More Water and #2 Practice Cooking.  And I definitely could use a boost with both of these even though they are quite easy to master.

Here’s to running to the bathroom more frequently and messing up the kitchen!