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A post from me!
But it’s been Over 6 months!

Yes… I know I know I have been MIA for the later half of 2013.
I experienced a bit If a rut in dealing with my ulcer and a few other issues. Blogging went from the back burner to completely off the stove for quite a while.
I miss being tied to this blog as it keeps me on track with all my health care and fitness goals.
Being honest, I’m not completely out of this rut but I need to make some changes if I want to get back to where I was. I miss being happy, feeling good and having energy.
I WILL turn this around.

I am all about making easy lifestyle changes and making things fit into everyday schedules but this year I have made a drastic decision to get my ass in gear.
If all goes well on feb 3 I will sign up to do the Seawheeze at the end of August. The Seawheeze is the lululemon half marathon. It was part of my goals last year but it was sold out by the time I went to register. I refuse that fate this year. I have mentally committed to this race and I will register for this event if it’s the last thing I do.

I will be blogging 1-2x a week to share my trials and tribulations as well as updating my social media pages daily so make sure to check them out.

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Manic Monday

well not exactly a manic of a Monday but I decided to play on my last post “Sunday Funday”
If you have no idea what I’m referencing you live in a box and need to click on this link ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

now you are more versed in the wonderful era we call the ’80’s

So today I woke up with residual headache from yesterday. I woke up and did my new morning routine and felt better.
Today, in an attempt to make my protein shake better I added my sealicious omega fish oil to my shake. It is flavored with lime (only one I found) and did find it masked the taste a bit. I think the chunkiness is coming from the coconut oil. It is solid at room temperature and so when I put my almond milk from the fridge into the blender the coconut oil just stays solid. It’s unappetizing having chunks and the top of your protein shake but I’m determined to make it better.ย  Ill try and warm up the oil and use room temperature almond milk.

I started work at 12 today so I had time to make lunch and dinner. With last nights fail and rice casserole I was determined to make this batch work.
Lucky for me I succeeded.
Ill post the ricipie here:Click me ๐Ÿ™‚
It was quite good.

I packed zucchini sticks and almonds for my snacks and the rice dish for lunch and dinner.
I was finding myself really hungry soon after eating lunch and dinner. I have to make sure to pack some more snacks. When I got home I had steamed 3 carrots (cut in sticks) to eat. It was about 8 and was not planning on eating this late but I had to. As Im writing this I’m still really hungry. I’ll find a good balance eventually.

Today was a good day Overall. Although Ive had a migraine, failed attempt at rice casserole and always hungry I’m optimistic. I know this will go away and I will be so much better. I am One lucky gal and I’m so thankful for the love and support from my family and friends. My loving Mother reads all my posts and emails me about them as soon as she reads them. It makes me happy that she takes the time to read what I write and get caught up with what I’m doing. I’m blessed to have her as my Mom.
My mom was also my inspiration to knit. She knits a lot and is very good. Last mothers day I taught myself how to knit. As a mothers day surprise I knitted her a set of dish clothes for her kitchen. Since then Ive found joy in knitting. I have not done it in a while so today I picked up my knitting needles and am starting to make a coffee cozy. It helps me relax so this is what I did for myself today.

How have you taken time for yourself recently?

Sunday funday

I was supposed to post this yesterday but ill soon get to why I did not.

I woke up optimistic on Sunday morning at 7 am. I bought everything I needed at planet organic and thrifty foods on Saturday. Matt and I both had to go to work so we worked together to get the day going. I had made lunch the night before so he made the shakes in the morning.
I started breakfast with l-glutamine and water then 1/2 tsp of Manuka honey. Apparently the Manuka honey helps kill the h. Pylori bacteria (ulcer) and I am happy because I love sweets ๐Ÿ˜‰

My morning shake consists of 1cup of almond milk we made from scratch, one scoop of brown rice protein powder, and 1tbsp coconut oil. This is what it looked like:

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Does it look good?

Hell no!! it looks bad and tastes bad haha I should have gotten the small package but oh we’ll. I’m gonna stick it out. This is the one I got

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After some sealicious omega fish oil breakfast was done. Overall not so bad.

I work at the salon today so here is what I packed. I did bring almonds and cashews but they were soaking while I took this picture.

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At snack time (before and after lunch) I had 1/4 cup of almonds and cashews and half of a zucchini made into sticks.

For lunch it was about a cup and a half of quinoa, steamed asparagus, carrots and cabbage. It was pretty good.
Afterwards, I asked about eating the quinoa and learned that for my stomach at this time it would be too complex to digest so I’m going to stick with rice from now on.

Unfortunately at work around 130 I started to get really hungry. I had the Rest of my snacks and had herbal tea. This did nothing. I finished work at 5 but seemed to get hungrier and hungrier to the pointe of getting a migraine. My coworker drove me home but stopped at the store first. I decided to get 85%cocoa bar. I had a 2 squares in hopes to get better but did not.
Home came pretty quick and decided to look up some more substantial recipes with my allowed foods for this 10 day stomach healing diet for an ulcer. Spinach rice casserole! Sounds yummy, i omitted spinach for cabbage and got some veggie broth. I’ll post this recipe and have the link here when I post it.
I got to the part where it’s supposed to simmer, lucky Matt came home so I said “can you set a timer for 15min then can you serve it up?” And as the sweetheart he is he obliged. 15 min came and it was burnt!!! With this migraine I neglected to think to turn the burner on low to simmer. Damn it, not my finest culinary moment. I ate most of it anyway. I was so hungry and wanted to eat. After that I fell asleep and slept well.
This post was supposed to be done last night but as you could understand it did not get done. I woke up with a mild headache but water and my morning routine fixed it pretty well.
I’m so thankful for my friend whose given me all this information and taking the time to help me out. Without her I don’t know what I could have done. I’m on a road to really understanding what my body needs.
I’m also so thankful for Matt. He knows exactly what I need and just does it without me asking. He makes sure I am comfortable when in pain and does everything to help me out. He is so caring and loving. I’m so thankful he is part of my life.
I think that today I was nice to myself by starting the journey. I’m starting to listen to my body and giving it what it wants. I still have lots to learn but starting somewhere is the start.

Have you ever suffered from an ulcer before? What were the steps you took to heal?

February 2013

February already? January came and went in a blink of an eye.

Well, I’m excited for this month. Its the month in which I graced this earth ๐Ÿ˜‰ ha
Yes, I’m turning 20*ahem*6 on Thursday the 7th. I thought turning 25 was difficult but turning 26 has been a little worse. I’m over the hump. There are no excuses now I’ve got to get my SH*Tย  together. Well, that’s how I feel anyway. Continue reading

31 Days to a healthier you (disclaimer & mild rant)

So I just wanted to say that I am not a doctor or a medical professional.
My blog contains information based on my own research and schooling (fitness theory and group fitness training) and is opinion based.
My blog has suggestions on living and feeling your best while going about your everyday life.
I post exercises for both the gym goers and the stay at homers and give you tips for time management so you can maintain. Iย  also post some yummy clean recipes for you to try.

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Thanks for listening!

The Weight Is Over!………….Finally!

I am extremely passionate about fitness and health & wellness.
I’m a dance teacher (among many diff. jobs) and have my BCRPA certification in group fitness. Over these past few years I have been reading more and more about safe training for different types of fitness and nutrition. The more I read the more I saw ad’s and claims such as “flat abs in 6 days no exercise required” or “shed fat by cutting carbs”. A bit ofย  schooling and common sense had me question these claims. Is this true? Can this happen? How? This cannot be possible!
The more I read the more I believe there is a simple solution to looking and feeling your best……

CONSISTENTLY Eat Clean and Exercise.

That’s it!
So simple we overlook it.

No one EVER should cut out any food group. Eat the amount of calories you need to maintain or achieve your goals and exercise everyday.

Now I’m sure your thinking ya right whatever who has time for that?
I bet you that with a little time management (which ill give you pointers) you can eat clean (and taste yummy) and exercise everyday, even with kids!

So I challenge you to follow and join me in my journey to become healthier and build a lifestyle that works!

I will post exercises for both the gym goers and the stay at homers. Ill give you tips for time management so you can maintain. I will also post some yummy clean recipes for you to try.
So stay tuned as I will post as often as possible. I will post about the challenges and triumphs just to keep it interesting.