New Beginnings: Day 4

Happy Valentines Day!

So, I skipped away from my goals…for a day of ravioli:

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New Beginnings: Day 3

Very cold in the Northeast today. Hot Yoga was just what was needed to get going! Today I reflected upon the fact that after 3 days, my sweet tooth seems under control. And, I have most definitely satisfied my homework of filling up on fruits and veggies.

Afternoon Snack
Broccoli Slaw w/ rice vinegar, raisins, beets
1 banana

Slaw was ok, think I might mix in some quinoa for lunch tomorrow.

Homework
-Fill yourself with as many fruits and veggies as you can. ✅
-Drink more water (glass before you eat). ✅
-🔜Observe media assignments
-Reflect upon goals and motivators ✅
-Get creative; think about ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. ✅

I am thankful for my family, friends, hot yoga and new beginnings ❄️

New Beginnings: Day 2

Pomegranates, baby!!! The perfect cure for a sweet tooth (well, mine at least). Pomegranate are sweet, juicy and satisfying. There are many health benefits packed into this funny looking fruit, including antioxidant compounds.

Breakfast
This morning, I quartered a pomegranate and indulged in the sweetness of the seeds realizing they would taste great as a topping for oatmeal.

Getting Creative
With both pomegranate and creative juices flowing, I thought I might collect some pomegranate juice to save & use as a dressing for a greens salad later.

Lunch
I topped my greens with tomatoes, green beans, raisins, one tablespoon of chia seeds, a dash of rice vinegar & pomegranate juice. At the very last moment, I decided to add a beet including the juice. Yummy!!! The combination of pomegranate & beet Juice mixed with a dash of rice vinegar made for a very satisfying dressing.

Homework
-Fill yourself with as many fruits and veggies as you can. ✅
-Drink more water (glass before you eat). ✅
-🔜Observe media assignments
-Reflect upon goals and motivators ✅
-Get creative; think about ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. ✅

A great read on benefits of the Pomegranate: https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article19.aspx

I feel thankful for the love and support of my husband, second chances & the power of a smile 😊

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New Beginnings: Day 1

Woke up this morning feeling good about the Plant Based Diet. The coaches and staff at Pro-Activity are awesome! I am feeling motivated.

Homework
-Fill yourself with as many fruits and veggies as you can
-Drink more water (glass before you eat)
-Observe media assignments
-Reflect upon goals and motivators
-Get creative; think about ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet

Breakfast
1/2 cup rolled oats*
Topped w/banana, strawberries, blueberries & cinnamon

*web search conducted to understand the difference between program suggested steel cut oats. Ingredients are simple and listed as organic whole grain rolled oats. Difference, from what I understand, is that although not listed rolled oats are processed slightly – guessing when they are “rolled”. Rolled oats had .5 grams of sugar per serving while steel cut had 0 grams of sugar. Steel Cut Oats are lower on the Glycemic Index. (source/search results pictured above: http://www.prevention.com/whats-healthier-steel-cut-oats-or-rolled-oats) .

I am thankful for the coaches and staff at Pro-Activity, the support of my family and friends, the power of choice, and this new day.

Plant Based Diet Program

Look out world! I am planning on making a comeback in 2015 as a stronger version of me.

This evening is my first meeting as part of a 12 week program designed to help educate for a healthier lifestyle via a Plant Based Diet.

I have witnessed my friend Anthony make an amazing and inspiring transformation to a healthier, happier lifestyle. I have more good reasons than excuses to get my health back on track. Over the past week I have been reflecting on short/long term goals as well as anticipating challenges/potential barriers for success.

Goals

Gain more energy
Restore core and upper body strength
Shed unwanted pounds (30)

Challenges

Sweet tooth
Influence
Motivation
Consistency

I am feeling strong however am looking forward to hearing stories and journeys of others in this group program to help me build strategies to overcome potential barriers for success.

I feel thankful for friends who have made this possible. Family who support me. And, the power of choice, confidence and will that together will help to motivate me through this journey.

Pro-Activity Plant Based Program

Motivation or Intimidation? Parenting with Confidence

Parenting is both rewarding and challenging.

My son is in 5th grade.  He is a bright, caring, and sensitive 11 year old.  And, up until now, has breezed through as an honor roll student.

Recently, his grades have taken a concerning dive.  Some possible contributing factors (discussed by my husband and I) include; hormones, general lack of interest & overall distractions brought on by normal social factors plus over exposure to gaming/technology.

Over the years, our son has also taken a great interest in sports. We have threatened his ability to participate in seasonal organized sports in absence of acceptable grades.  This method has recently been ineffective considering he did not participate in a winter sport and his grades still have not improved.  Frankly, I am beginning to question the sports restriction that we currently have set in place.

I am a full believer in the mind, body and spirit connection. I recognize that the absence of physical activity does not complete the recipe for success of healthy balance and focus that we desperately want to help him restore. Have we as parents, further damaged the problem of focus due to restrictions/consequences resulting in lack of physical activity?

I should also add that my husband and I are not fans of the new common core curriculum adopted by our school system.  Has our negativity and lack of interest in this new learning format rubbed off on our son?

Furthermore, our parenting styles differ. Dad is calm, cool and collective when discussing the issue…and with with great economy I might add.  And, as for me…Mom is admittedly entirely too emotional, going off on rants, and obviously not completely confident in current course of direction.

We do spend time helping with homework, studying & have reached out to the teacher. We have suspended privelages of iPod, Xbox and sports without seeing any change in the situation.

As parents addressing this issue, we recently seem to be dishing out more intimidation and less motivation

So the question remains – how do we continue to motivate our son to keep focused? How can we further encourage him to, with confidence, find and maintain a healthy balance in life?

my son took the feature photo while visitng Galveseton Island, TX on our family vacation last Spring