New Beginnings: Day 7

Okay, lots of information to consider following my second session of the Plant Based Diet Program at Pro-Activity.

Homework
Reevaluate your initial goals
Set daily affirmation
Set metrics-goal setting (create list: eat more/eat some/eat less)
Watch Forks Over Knives (Netflix)

Shopping List
Farmer Steve’s Popcorn
Low sodium veggie broth
Food For Life bread
Date Sugar

After feeling good about achieving my goals for week 1, the review of blood screen results begins to resonate. The bigger picture of overall health and well-being are now clear, prompting reprioritization of initial goals. There are far greater ways to measure health beyond what the common bathroom scale may reveal.

I am grateful for the encouragement and support of my sister and mother, motivation and inspiration from my coach Anthony, and, All of those in my group who have shared with me.

Would highly recommend anyone ready to entertain a healthy new start to sign up for this program: http://www.pro-activity.com/coaching/

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Above photo taken at my house this morning- long lines at the breakfast buffet today. FEED THE BIRDS ๐Ÿ˜Š

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New Beginnings: Day 6

Just a day shy of a week since starting the Plant Based Diet with Pro-Activity. Feeling strong ๐Ÿ’ช

Week 1 Reflection:

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

Goals
Gain more energy โœ…
๐Ÿ”œRestore core and upper body strength
Shed unwanted pounds (30 total @ -1 pound per week) โ“TBC

As I reflect upon my goals from Day 1, I can honestly say that I feel that my energy level is up. Is this possible after only one week? I am hoping that tomorrow evening the scale will reveal a minimum of 1 pound lost to achieve my weekly goal.

Challenges
Sweet tooth โœ…
Influence
Motivation โœ…
Consistency

Move minutes are up with a little help & support from my daughter Ava to whom I am thankful for ๐Ÿ’œ

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I am grateful for random acts of kindness and support from strangers, freedom of choice, family & friends

New Beginnings: Day 5

Feeling motivated and energized which is surprising after a day of splurge. Back in the saddle today.

Bitter cold outside. Perfect day for some butternut squash soup. Mixed in sweet potatoes and apples. ๐Ÿ Delicious ๐ŸŽ

Set-up my “me zone” in the basement as I look to increase my “move” minutes. The Plan for the next two days is to complete weekly reading homework requirement. Looking forward to goal setting as part of week two session at Pro-Activity.

Today, I feel most grateful for my friend and coach Anthony, my husband & children.

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Above picture: Warmer times about a year ago ๐Ÿ”†

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. โœ…
-Drink more water (glass before you eat). โœ…
-๐Ÿ”œObserve media assignments
-Reflect upon goals and motivators โœ…
-Get creative; think about ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. โœ…

I am thankful for my family, friends, hot yoga and new beginnings โ„๏ธ

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. โœ…
-Drink more water (glass before you eat). โœ…
-๐Ÿ”œObserve media assignments
-Reflect upon goals and motivators โœ…
-Get creative; think about ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. โœ…

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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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 cupย 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.