Nutritionally Sound ~ Emotionally Delicious


Starting “Again”…

We all know that “life Happens”. Things that are beyond our control take place and sends us off into “The Land of Chaos”. Sometimes these things happen repeatedly or many things happen and it’s takes while before we come up for air and realize the extent of the damage. That is ok. But your life goes on. It’s what we do from today forward that counts. Whatever the reason is, you can move forward through it and get your life back on track again.

It’s been 7 years since I was at my lowest weight and at a size 2 – 4. Now, many years later, my age and “life” have caught up with me. Some pounds have managed their way back onto my body. I knew it, I saw it, tried to do the right things, but I wasn’t committed, completely. So instead of a size 2 -4, I am a size 8 – 10. Not the 400 pound person that I was before, but still not where I want to be. Mind you, I do not want to be a size 2 -4 again, but a healthy, fit size 6 would be fabulous. For me, to keep a size 2 -4, it means to keep my calorie count around 700, as close to 0 fat a possible and under 150 carbs, not to mention exercising a minimum of 3 hours a day, 6 days a week. To me, I don’t want to be under thin, over exercised or under nourished. Really, it was a mental thing. I just want to feel good, be able to do the things I want, and have a great quality of life as I get older.

So this week, I started anew. Since we are finally getting settled in our new state and new home, it was time to get the training center put together. So, I did that and actually started using it. I also am trying yoga for the first time. I realized my body was feeling extremely stiff and thought I would try my hand at it. For a complete beginner, I must say, I have progressed a good deal in 5 days. Now, I am not a yogi, and with the damage I have already caused my body, my poses may never look as pretty and elegant and they are supposed to, but that is perfectly all right with me. Ultimately, the only competition I am in is with myself. The fact that I actually show up and try to do better than the day before is a great accomplishment that I can be proud of.

Now, my honesty here, is to help you to understand that we are all human, we are all at a different place in our life and we can all love ourselves where we are today. Life Happens, it’s just that it may be time for you to get motivated again and start anew. Start with me and we can do it together.

This picture is the most recent one of me I could find. I am showing of the largest french press I have ever seen. We stopped in at Crio Bru, brewed cocoa to pick up a larger bag then I can buy in the local health food market. Since I have stopped drinking coffee, approaching a year now, I have been seeking a beverage I can enjoy in the morning or on a cold day, like I did coffee. I was the ultimate coffee addict. Herbal tea is awesome and my normal for mornings, but Brewed Cocoa is amazing. I ground cocoa beans, with all the health benefits of the straight cocoa bean without the added fat or sugar of the darkest chocolate. I add a bit of agave and a tiny bit of 1/2 and 1/2 and I have a scrumptious hot chocolate. It’s grown up hot chocolate that is actually healthy, not like Swiss Miss. Now, it doesn’t taste like Swiss Miss, Thank Goodness, it tastes better!!! Another hint, I use the grounds in my faux ice cream to make it chocolate chip. Since I am a Peppermint a holic, I use my Young Living Peppermint Oil to make Mint Chip Ice Cream… It’s delicious, like having a Peppermint Patty without the regrets. See Healthier Version Recipe Page directions. 

Joy Crio Bru I was also told, you can brew the grounds a second time, only use 1/2 as much water. Nice tip.