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For one day of our daily calendar this week we were asked to share a short inspirational quote with the Healthy Living Challenge group.  We all need some inspiration, right?  Here’s a list of our quotes.

  • We are what we repeatedly do. – Jenn
  • Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20. – Pam
  • I am awesome because I’m humble. (Woody Paige) – Brooke
  • Hope on.  Journey on. (Jeffrey R. Holland) – Becky
  • Strength and struggle go together.  The supreme reward of struggle is strength.  LIfe is a battle and the greatest joy is to overcome.  The pursuit of easy things makes men weak.  Do not equip yourselves with superior power, then hope to escape the responsibility and work.  It cannot be done.  It is following the path of least resistance that makes rivers and men crooked. (Ralph Parlette) – Sandi
  • Anything can become a habit – it’s up to YOU what they are. – Bonnie
  • Embrace the suck! – Joy
  • Nothing tastes better than thin feels! – Susan B.
  • If you want to improve your life, start by being kind to yourself. – Amber H.
  • Give up something good for something better! – Katie
  • A successful woman is one who can build a foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her. – Pam
  • Everything you are learning now is preparing you for something else. (Marjorie Pay Hinckley )- Lori
  • You try, you fail.  You try, you fail.  The only true failure is when you stop trying.  Try again! (Haunted Mansion movie) – Tera
  • We can do hard things! – Susan B. (this is her motto for the year – she has lost over 60 pounds since January!)
  • If one dreams lofty dreams, so shall he become. There is magic in the way one thinks. If we expect the worst, we will get the worst. If we expect the best, we will receive the best. If we train our minds to have faith in God and ourselves, we are using one of the great laws of life. If we think and live righteously, happiness will find its place in our lives. It is amazing when we expect the best how forces are set in motion which cause the best to materialize. Our thoughts more than circumstances determine the course of our lives. These thoughts carve their impression on our faces, in our hearts, and on the tablet if our eternal souls. (Howard W. Hunter) - LynDee
  • Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says, “I’m Possible!” – Kelly
  • Start every day by giving everyone a clean slate. – Cassidy
  • Never give up on anyone.  And that includes not giving up on yourself.  (Dieter F. Uchtdorf) – Becky
  • Don’t you give up.  Don’t you quit.  You keep walking.  You keep trying.  There is help and happiness ahead….it will be all right in the end.  Trust God and believe in good things to come. (Jeffrey R. Holland) – Katie
  • Anger is like holding on to a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone – you are the one who gets burned. – Susan H.
  • It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is.  It all works out.  I say that to myself every morning.  It will all work out.  If you do your best, it will all work out.  Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future.  The Lord will not forsake us.  He will not forsake us…if we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings.  He will hear our prayers. (Gordon B. Hinckley) – LeeAnne
  • Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.(Nido Qubein) – Diane
  • I have a problem with low self-esteem, which is really ridiculous when you consider how amazing I am. – Pam

And my personal favorite contribution of the week from Brooke:

No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping the people on the couch.

Oh yeah.

I’ve also added more vinyl quotes to my Silhouette store.  Some are inspirational.  Some are for fun.  Some are because they seem to say just the right thing.

Enjoy them all!

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Had a great two weeks with the Healthy Living Challenge – got all my points and have broken the 20 pound mark.  I have officially lost 20.5 pounds!   Woot!  Woot!  But more importantly, I feel like I look healthier and better than even the 20 pounds reflects.  This picture was taken yesterday.  Our family didn’t mean to color-coordinate but here we are!  I love this picture because along with a perfect Jason and Coleman, I think I am looking dang good.  It’s things like this that motivate me to keep going.  Today I’m celebrating a great family snapshot!

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One of the things that was the most difficult for me the first month of the challenge was that I didn’t have very many recipes that fit into the “legal” category completely.  As a family, we eat OK, but too much was included on the “bad food list” in my recipes.  I’ve been working on changing that, eating more clean, and shifting our family meals to more healthy ones.  I don’t expect Coleman and Jason to only eat off of the “good food list” but I want to get closer to that. (click here for info about the Healthy Living Challenge)

Here is a recipe that I have been making over and over again.  I love oatmeal so when my vegan-ish neighbor, Chelsie, told me about this Baked Oatmeal then I had to try it.  Now I’m hooked.  I warm it up in the microwave and add a little almond milk and breakfast tastes like dessert.  Healthy and totally legal in our Healthy Living Challenge.

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Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal

(Makes enough for 8×8 baking dish – double for 9×13 pan)

1 1/4 c. old fashioned rolled oats

1/3 c. chopped walnuts (divided) opt.

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

1/3 c. maple syrup

1 c. almond milk

1 flax egg (mix 1 T. flax seed + 3 T water – let set for 5 minutes) opt.

2 T Earth Balance soy butter or unsalted butter – melted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3-4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced

1 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen (divided)

(you can use other fruits such as fresh peaches and raspberries if you choose)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish.

2.  In a medium bowl, mix the oats, half the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir to combine.

3.  In a liquid measuring cup, combine the syrup, almond milk, flax egg, Earth Balance butter, and vanilla.

4.  Spread the sliced bananas in layers over the bottom of the baking dish.  Top with half of the berries.  Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer.

5.  Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats.  Sprinkle the remaining nuts and berries over the top.

6.  Bake 40-50 minutes until the top is browned and oats have set.  Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

7.  Favorite way to eat this: put it in a bowl with some almond milk and eat with a spoon.  Yum.

Enjoy!

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Just a reminder – if you are participating in our neighborhood Healthy Living Challenge we are starting tomorrow, Friday, April 12.  Click here to see the entire program and to access the downloads.

Time to strap on those running shoes, fill the shopping cart with fresh food and get your mind focused on a fabulous 6 weeks!

Enjoy!

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You read about my current Healthy Living journey here.  Have you been thinking about our challenge?  Ready to see what our Healthy Living Challenge is really about?

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Enter LynDee.  My neighbor and friend who inspired women in our neighborhood to take a Healthy Living Challenge in teams of two.  The original “Feeling Super in 6 Weeks” program has been floating around the internet and here is how we adapted it.  We earn points based on the good foods we eat, the exercise we do, the life we live.  We lose points for naughty choices.  Yikes!  We then report our weekly points to our partner and then to a group recorder who tells us who is “winning” each week.  Pounds lost plays a small part in the challenge because it is more about healthy living than about losing weight.  But we all know that we can’t live healthy without losing some weight in the process so that is definitely a goal for me.

I am now 8 weeks into this thing (the other ladies started 4 weeks before me).  I’ve lost about 15 pounds and I feel like a new person.  Literally.  The group is taking a 2 week break right this minute and then we’ll have one more 6-week session right before summer starts.  New partners. 6 new weeks.  It’s coming starting Friday, April 12.  I decided to keep going during the two week break but I’m not being quite so strict.  I don’t want to backtrack so I decided to stay focused and keep moving forward with the challenge till the rest of the group joins me again.

Now, let’s get down to business.  First, there are guidelines to this challenge.  Rules need to be followed to earn your maximum number of points.  Be honest!  No cheating yourself of the changes that are possible!  These rules are focused on the entire body and spirit so you will see religious things included.  You can choose to leave those things out or simply replace them with something that feeds your spirit.  Click here (Healthy Living Program Rules) to download the rules that WE are using.  Feel free to adapt it but I encourage you to stick as closely to the plan as possible since it works.  I’m here to prove it!  All of these downloads are a reflection of our 4-week sessions.  Our next session will be 6 weeks because we are trying to be done before school is out and summer hits.  But you can do it for 4 weeks or 5 weeks or 6 weeks or whatever works for you.  I loved doing a longer commitment but in 4-week increments.  That was a really successful formula.

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Next you need this Point Tracker.  This is the one we are using and you can create your own really easily – it’s just an excel document.  Our week has been starting on Wednesdays and we report our points on the following Wednesday morning.  I like doing it like that because Sunday is a free day for exercise (20 free points!) and that lands in the middle of our week to give a day to recover.  Due to other calendar items happening in April, we will be starting on a Friday and reporting each Friday.  I am including both Point Trackers (Wednesday and Friday starts) but they can be changed to whatever start day you want in excel.  See the list at the bottom of this post for all of the downloads.  Friday, April 12 will be our start date – all my online friends you can join us or start it whatever day you like!

Finally, you need this Good & Bad Food List.  At first it may seem like everything good is on the bad list!  You’re right – there are a lot of tasty things on there. But they are not doing us any favors so for THIS challenge we are committing to giving them up.  And here’s what I’ve found, it was really hard at first to let go of some of those things, but by focusing on the good food list, I am starting to crave those foods more than I ever did before.  I’m not saying I don’t want to snack on the chocolate chip cookies my friend Kristy brought me for my birthday this week (thanks a lot!), but my cravings ARE reduced the more healthy foods I eat.

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Also, here is a Weekly Calendar Example to give you an idea of what kinds of things can go on yours.  A different person doing the challenge creates the Weekly Calendar each week.  It can include anything that helps us live better – spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally.  You choose these daily challenges.  Here’s the links again for each file:

Healthy Living Program Rules

Point Tracker – Wednesday Start

Point Tracker – Friday Start 

Good & Bad Food List

Weekly Calendar Example

Take a look.  Think it over.  Can you commit to this right now?  I couldn’t do the first 4 week session with my neighbors because Jason had just gone into the hospital and I couldn’t add one more thing to my list.  But I was ready to take it on a month later.  Do what’s right for you but consider jumping into it and creating a more healthy life for yourself.

Let me know what you decide!  We would love to have you!

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Life gives us many journeys.  I don’t think that life is confined to just one adventure or journey or road or trail.  It’s made up of a combination of paths and hikes and jogs and strolls, depending on what is going on at a particular time in your life.  The beginning of May three years ago was the beginning of one of my life hikes.  The climb was steep.  Overwhelming, in fact.  Rocks were tumbling down around me and at times I just curled up and tried to survive the onslaught called gallstone pancreatitis (click here if you want the story from the beginning).

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Weeks in ICU, a pseudo-cyst in my abdomen that made me swell larger than when I was pregnant, pain so intense that I couldn’t move or breath for fear of triggering a greater ache.  My only nutrition for about seven months was from a bag I carried around to a picc line in my arm.  My pancreas was removed except for 30%, my gallbladder is gone and my organs are rearranged in a way that affects my digestion and creates a constant pain.

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But I did survive.  Two and a half years later, after working my way through a laundry list of problems and ailments – some temporary (the need for iron infusions each week) and some permanent (diabetes) – my doctor said, “You need to gain more weight.”

I was a ghost.  I had gained 60 pounds in one week because of the pseudo-cyst and water retention at the beginning of my illness.  I then lost much more than that while on my picc line.  I had survived but I wasn’t very healthy.

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My ability to eat real food was a challenge for many months so when my body finally kicked in and started hanging on to the food I was eating, craziness happened.  I’m not kidding.  The diabetes wasn’t familiar to me and we were playing with my insulin a lot.  I wasn’t experienced in how to read my new body and the sugar lows so when I finally felt cravings for food I acted on them….even when it happened three times a night.  I was ravenous.  Suddenly starving after 2 years.  Since I was told to eat, I ate.

Six months later, I was 20 pounds overweight and my doctor was saying, “OK, now you need to lose weight.”  Talk about frustrating!  I couldn’t believe I had done that!  But I tried not to beat myself up too badly because again, this was one journey I was on in my life.  One experience.  One adversity.  One challenge.  And I was working my way through it.

This was so much more than losing weight, though.  My pain level was still controlling me on a daily basis and I was on many different medications and supplements.  A pill for this, a tablet for that.  I looked at my handful of pills one night and thought, “What am I doing?  There has to be another solution.”

Thus started my attack on my own poor health.  I have a 4-year-old son and I wanted to live a long and healthy life with him and for him.  It was time to tackle this thing.

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What have I been doing since?  Knocking out my health issues and taking control of my own body in more natural ways.  I believe in doctors.  I believe in medication and prescriptions.  But I was ready to try some holistic options for certain things.  Here’s what I’m doing and how it’s affecting me:

1.  FOOT ZONING

My first step was to try foot zoning because my neighbor, Kathleen, has been certified in it and she is a down-to-earth person who was looking for ways to help her family with different medical issues.  She is not mystical or too extreme and that is why I finally tried it. It is similar to reflexology where the entire body is mapped out on the feet but as they work and massage the feet in a specific pattern and method, the entire body is affected.

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My expectations were low and there are many claims of things that it can do to help our bodies.  I didn’t really see the kind of results that others might experience with this method of treatment but after the initial series of 8 sessions, there was one major change in how I felt.

My energy level was remarkably improved.

For the first time in 2 1/2 years I could keep up with my son.  I still felt pain every day but I no longer needed a nap every afternoon.  Naps were over for me and I could move easier and was more free than I had felt since I got sick.  That was worth every penny.  I still do foot zoning about every two weeks to keep things going.  My health issues are long term and we are working toward a maintenance schedule of once per month.  Foot zoning is one piece of the puzzle in my attack to gain a healthy body.

2.  ACUPUNCTURE

I had heard that Chinese acupuncture helped with pain and since I was taking 6-8 low-grade pain pills in every 24-hour period, pain was ruling my life.  I went to a local acupuncturist with hope but again, not very high expectations.  I started on a 8-session series where I visited her twice a week and she targeted my abdominal area, digestion and pseudo-cyst area.  She also worked on helping me sleep better and controlling my food cravings.

Acupuncture has changed my life.

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After 6 weeks I was able to drop to just one pain pill every 12 hours and I’m working on getting off of those right now.  I have left behind many of my other meds because my digestive issues are more controlled and healed.  My body temperature has been extreme – I am always hot and can’t really function in anything but cool areas since my illness.  My body temperature is now more normal.  My food cravings are very controlled.  My sleep is better than it has been in a long time.  I have to roll Jason over every night, usually twice a night, so being able to maximize my sleep and get back to sleep easily is really important to my overall health.

I am now down to one session per week and feeling the effects like nothing I have ever experienced.  I am a believer.  After feeling this kind of pain for almost 3 years and to be virtually free of it after 6 weeks is remarkable to me.  I feel balanced in so many ways and I am grateful for this method of treatment that has literally changed my life.

3.  HEALTHY LIVING CHALLENGE

Finally, my friend LynDee spearheaded a challenge that has been floating around the internet for awhile, tweaked it to fit the needs of our neighborhood and invited some truly committed women to be a part of it.  It involves having partners to keep you accountable, exercise almost every day and keeping track of good and bad foods you eat.  Everything has a point value and the goal is to get as many points as you can by the end of each week, report your points and see where you land on the leaderboard.  Oh, and you get points for losing weight but weight is not the focus here.  It’s all about eating right and moving more. (click here to see post explaining the challenge & free downloads)

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I’ll share the program in more detail in this future blogpost but I want you to think about joining in with us for our next 6-week session.  We’re finished with our second session this week and we will be starting up again on April 12.  Start thinking about it.  Do you want to change your health?  Nutrition is key and this challenge helps you focus on healthy eating and healthy habits.  I’ve lost 14 pounds in 8 weeks but more than that, I look great.  I look healthy.

FINAL THOUGHT

This is my journey.  And my tools to navigate this particular path.  It may not be the same path that you need to take but I wanted to share my experience with you since it has impacted my overall health so dramatically in just a few short months.  I started Foot Zoning last fall but acupuncture began 10 weeks  ago and the Healthy Living Challenge began just six weeks ago.  All of these things are working together for the same goal.  The same good.  The same results.  One step at a time.  I am not an expert on any of these things.  I’m just sharing my experiences.  I add what I can, when I feel like I can tackle it.  We should all do what we can, when we can without feeling pressure to do something we are not ready to do.

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I am reminded of this post from 2011 (click here for free download).  The idea of balance applies at every stage, including this one.  But I can’t help thinking of it in new a new light – balanced energy, a balanced diet, a balanced spirit, a balanced body.  This is what matters most right now in my life in order to make the most of the rest of my life.

But I would love to join you on my journey this next round of our Healthy Living Challenge!  Watch for more info about the program – coming soon!

Here’s to a journey full of health, energy and joy.

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I was watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution last night on television.  I was outraged along with the twenty parents who showed up to view his “how much sugar is in flavored milk” demo.  I wanted to try his “I know where this meat comes from” burgers at the fast food place.  I was nervously anxious to find out if he will ever set foot in an LA school.  “Let Jamie In!” I chanted in my head.

All of this was going on while I ate my way through half a box of Little Debbie snack cakes.

The chocolate and creamy ones that are rolled up like Ho-Ho knock-offs.

Talk about a disconnect.

Why is it that we can know something is not good for us and still take it in?  Or, for that matter, know that something is GOOD for us and NOT choose to take it in?  I was guilty of both last night.  And will be again, I’m sure.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated about the right things?  What helps you steer clear of those pesky temptations that we want out of our lives but we know are not good for us?  I’ll answer my own question…if you throw the Little Debbies away then you won’t eat them.

OK.  The box is empty now, anyway.

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I am working on my lesson for Thursday night’s ENT “Organization Fair” and so Download Day will have to wait until I have that handout done.  It will be a new take on time management using the “Planning with a Purpose” model.  I want to share it with you but you’ll have to wait till Wednesday for the lesson and downloads that will go with it.  I am excited for our activity on Thursday – and I will have tons more info to pass along to you once it’s over.  I’m rubbing my hands together in eager anticipation!

In the meantime, today let’s talk about the half marathon that is coming up in my life!  We are 11 weeks away (I feel like I’m pregnant again…counting down from 11 weeks…) and a friend of mine recommended Hal Higdon’s Training Program for all length of races as well as training in different weather conditions.  Click here to check out his site.  All you have to do is determine what level you are (I am “Novice” of course) and he gives you a 12-week program that will get you to the end goal.  He even has a program for those who want to walk it instead of run.  Here is my training schedule:

Training for your first Half

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
1
Stretch &
Strengthen
3 m run
2 m run or cross
3 m run +
strength
Rest
30 min
cross
4 m run
2
Stretch &
Strengthen
3 m run
2 m run or cross
3 m run +
strength
Rest
30 min
cross
4 m run
3
Stretch &
Strengthen
3.5 m run
2 m run or cross
3.5 m run +
strength
Rest
40 min
cross
5 m run
4
Stretch &
Strengthen
3.5 m run
2 m run or cross
3.5 m run +
strength
Rest
40 min
cross
5 m run
5
Stretch &
Strengthen
4 m run
2 m run or cross
4 m run +
strength
Rest
40 min
cross
6 m run
6
Stretch &
Strengthen
4 m run
2 m run or cross
4 m run +
strength
Rest or easy run
Rest
5-K Race
7
Stretch &
Strengthen
4.5 m run
3 m run or cross
4.5 m run +
strength
Rest
50 min
cross
7 m run
8
Stretch &
Strengthen
4.5 m run
3 m run or cross
4.5 m run +
strength
Rest
50 min
cross
8 m run
9
Stretch &
Strengthen
5 m run
3 m run or cross
5 m run +
strength
Rest or easy run
Rest
10-K Race
10
Stretch &
Strengthen
5 m run
3 m run or cross
5 m run +
strength
Rest
60 min cross
9 m run
11
Stretch &
Strengthen
5 m run
3 m run or cross
5 m run +
strength
Rest
60 min cross
10 m run
12
Stretch &
Strengthen
4 m run
3 m run or cross
2 m run
Rest
Rest
Half Marathon

If you are wondering what “cross” and “strength” mean – don’t worry, he tells you directly under the training schedule in a clear, concise way that makes it feel actually possible to accomplish.  I am on Week 2 and heading off to Jim’s Gym for my training.  This is my last week at Jim’s – I will truly be sad to move on – but I really want to focus on this half marathon and my body is taking a little bit of a beating trying to do both.  I have to make a change and this is what it’s going to be right now.  I have loved getting fit and working hard at Jim’s and I have to say that I really like Jim.  He’s a good guy and has helped me a lot – hey, let’s face it…I certainly didn’t even have a 5K on my radar when I started with him and now look at me!  Thanks, Jim.  That’s all you.

OK, so since I don’t exercise on Sundays, I will be shifting the order of what days I do each workout so that Sunday becomes my “rest day.”  It’s not hard – basically Monday becomes Wednesday and you shift each day to get to where you need it to be.  Easy.

I have already been able to run 7 and 8 miles at a time so I think that I’m a little above the “Novice” category but since this is my first try and I know that I will have to go slowly, I’m going to use this training program.  Slow and steady….that’s alright with me.  Enjoy your Monday and I’ll see you with a great download on Wednesday!

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