Starting ALL OVER Again!!!!

This is how I feel after 4 months of not really working out...ugh!!!

This is how I feel after 4 months of not really working out…ugh!!!

Yes, I completely failed my “62 Days to Change Challenge” due to some major traumatic (or rather dramatic ūüėČ events that have been going on in my life over the past four months.

Do I feel terrible for not really working out for the last 4 months?

YES!

Do I feel a bit like a loser for not being in shape for my 30th b-day in July?

YES!

Am I more than a little apprehensive about trying to do this again?

YES!

Am I going to quit and not try again?

HELL NO!

Ok, now that I got that off my chest, it’s time to make a new declaration, come up with a new plan, and set new goals!

Since one thing I know that works is to work backwards from your goal, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Easy to remember dates work best for me when it comes to setting goals, so…

Valentine's Day

V-Day 2015 is my new goal…who’s with me?!

I’ve decided that my NEW Journey to Change goal will be Valentine’s Day 2015:)

I think that’s an appropriate date to celebrate what I’m really striving for…more self-love and a healthier happier life.

Yes weight-loss is part of it, but it’s so much more than that. ¬†Now that I’m in a new decade of life, I look back at the past decade (my twenties) and have a lot of regrets, unresolved anger, sadness and a bunch of other junk that I wish to get over.

That’s why I want to make this NEW Journey to Change about more than just fitness, I want to make it about a lifestyle change.

As before I plan to blog daily about my journey and this time intend to successfully complete it!

I think I’ll call this new journey “26 Weeks to Change“–I have a thing for titles people;)

Chat with you later,

Janelle

 

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Day 2 Atkins – Energy Crash & A Bit of Thirst

energy crashWaking up this morning I felt great.

A little groggy, which I attributed to the overcast weather here in my fair city, but otherwise I felt great.

I wasn’t hungry, not overly so, but I was excited to eat breakfast at 8a.m.

So after a delicious breakfast of soft scrambled eggs with Boursin cheese (I’m seriously obsessed with this stuff) and a few links of sausage, drank my cup of hot green tea, and I was ready for the day! ¬†I had an appointment from 12-4p.m. so I spent the rest of my morning tidying my place and getting ready for my appointment.

All was well until about 10:30a.m.

There were some scheduling changes and my appointment was cancelled, so when the waive of tiredness hit me, I headed back to bed.  I thought it was just a little nap I needed, so I decided to lay down for about 30 minutes.

The next time I opened my eyes, it was 2p.m.!!!!

I had a serious energy crash, but I’m sure glad it happened over the weekend.

When I got up at 2, I went and ate another meal, and drank about 40 oz. of water.

thirstyThe rest of my day went well after that. ¬†Oh well, maybe this is just something that’s do to the body adjusting to the consumption of such a low amount of carbs.

The one thing I was a bit frustrated about today was my not consuming enough of my daily net carbs from vegetables.

I am happy to say that I did drink about 120 oz. of water today, but I find that I’m still thirsty?!

Signing off for now, wish me luck for tomorrow!

Oh, and I haven’t started to add exercise yet, that’s coming tomorrow as well!

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Day 1 Atkins – Menu Rewrite

Ok, so I’m here to let you know how my first day went!Atkins 30-Day Challenge

Actually it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. ¬†I woke up early this morning and went to my local Wal-Mart to stock up on everything I would need.

Much of my shopping list was based upon the sample menu, I created yesterday.

That was all well and good until I realized that the sample menu I created WAS NOT within the guidelines of the Induction Phase!

YIKES!

In my defense, I did create the sample menu at about 3a.m. this morning and was only partially lucid from a particularly grueling week at work.

Anywho, I noticed my serious error when I tried to actually follow the menu today.

The problem with my original sample menu is that the net carbs (NC) for the day was about 13.6 g and I wasn’t taking in a sufficient amount of (12-15 g NC) from the foundation vegetables mentioned on the Atkins website.

With that error recognized, and easily rectified (since I had the correct vegetables on hand)¬†I’ve created a revised sample menu.

Check it out!

Sample Atkins Phase I Menu
Breakfast Net Carbs
2 Eggs, large
3 Brown ‘n Serve Original Frozen Sausage Links 2 g
1 Tbsp. (28 g) Kraft Naturals Shredded Cheese 0.5 g
1 C. Herbal Tea
OR
1 Atkins Advantage Shake 3 g
1 C. Herbal Tea
Snack
1 Sugar-Free Jell-O
Lunch
Turkey or Beef  Soup
   -1 C. Low-Sodium Chicken Broth 1g
   -1/2 C. Water
   -1 C. Bok Choy 0.8 g
   -1 stalk celery, diced 0.8 g
   -6 oz. ground turkey or beef, sauteed
Dinner
6 oz. ground turkey or beef, sauteed
1 C. Brussel Sprouts, roasted 9.6 g
1/2 C. Kale, roasted 2.4 g
2 Tbsp. Kraft Greek Vinaigrette with Feta Cheese OR
Kraft Blue Cheese Dressing OR
Kraft Caesar Italian Dressing
2 g
19.6 g NC
(13.6 g NC from foundation vegetables)

Atkins 30-Day ChallengeDaily Diary:

Drinking lots of water throughout the day greatly helped me retain a feeling of fullness, stay hydrated, and not have any cravings.

The only thing I noticed that was really strange was as serious case of the chills this morning after breakfast. ¬†Now granted, it’s still Winter and I live in the northeast of the US, but I found that I couldn’t get warm no matter what this morning! I finally got sick of it after about an hour and took a hot shower to see if I could warm up. ¬†It worked!

Other than that, nothing else wayward or strange occurred.

My energy levels are about the same as normal.

Chat with you tomorrow!

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Winter Revive Facial Oil

Winter Revive Facial OilUhhh…the cold harsh winter weather in the northeast can be brutal to sensitive skin.

This fabulous oil is perfect for my dry, acne-prone skin!

Please note, I mix this as needed using a pipette.  It only takes about 3 minutes to do when you jump out of the shower or immediately after you wash your face.

I use this every morning as a moisturizer and allow it at least 30 minutes to soak in prior to applying any makeup.

Here’s the recipe:

Winter Revive Facial Oil

Instructions

1. In warm clean hands, use a dropper and add drops of each oil into your hands and rub together in your palms

2. Apply generously to a freshly cleaned face, neck, knees and elbows.

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Spicy Sour Cream Avocado Sauce

Spicy Sour Cream Avocado Sauce

Urban Health Goddess Tip: This is a versatile sauce that can be used as a dressing, marinade, or sauce!

Oh the joys of cooking!

I’m learning to really get back into the kitchen and let my creative juices flow.

With my new health initiative for the year, I’m really focusing on creating versatile, tasty, and healthy recipes.

My newest creation is a fantastic sauce/dressing/marinade I made to use in a Doritos Nacho Cheese Casserole I made (yes, I know Doritos aren’t healthy, but this recipe lets you get the taste of Doritos without the guilt).

Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

Spicy Sour Cream Avocado Sauce

  • 1 16oz. Sour Cream (I used Kraft)
  • 1 jar Jalapenos, drained (I used Great Value aka a generic brand)
  • 1 Avocado ¬†(slightly overripe)
  • 1 8oz. block Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 clove garlic

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blend (at least 1000 watts) and blend until the mixture is smooth.

Trust me, it will have a kick!

Refrigerate it and then use it as a sauce, marinade, or dressing.

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Chia Seeds ~ What Are They & Why They Work in Green Smoothies

Chia seeds

Chia seeds are packed with so much energy and fiber there’s no reason not to use them! They are Nature’s “5-Hour Energy”!

Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. Chia, is familiar to most of us as a seed used for the novelty of the Chia Pet, clay animals with sprouted Chia seeds covering their bodies. Little is known, however, of the seeds tremendous nutritional value and medicinal properties. For centuries this tiny little seed was used as a staple food by the Indians of the southwest and Mexico. Known as the running food, its use as a high energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs. It was said the Aztec warriors subsisted on the Chia seed during the conquests. The Indians of the south west would eat as little as a teaspoon full when going on a 24hr. forced march. Indians running from the Colorado River to the California coast to trade turquoise for seashells would only bring the Chia seed for their nourishment.

Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are extremely high in Omega 3 fatty acids and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber. One ounce of chia seeds provides eleven grams of fiber. This amount also includes calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, zinc and the proper ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Chia seeds are rich source of antioxidants containing chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin and kaempferol flavonols. These compounds are both primary and synergistic antioxidants that contribute to the strong antioxidant activity of chia.

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Studies show that eating chia seed may slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. If you try putting a spoonful of Chia seeds in a glass of water and leaving it for approximately 30 minutes or so, when you return the glass will appear to contain not seeds or water, but an almost solid gelatin. This gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber in the Chia. Research believe this same gel-forming phenomenon takes place in the stomach when food containing these gummy fibers, known as mucilages, are eaten. The gel that is formed in the stomach creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. This blockage of calorie absorption makes the chia seed a great diet helper.

One of the exceptional qualities of the Chia seed is its hydrophilic properties, having the ability to absorb more than 12 times its weight in water. Its ability to hold on to water offers the ability to prolong hydration. Fluids and electrolytes provide the environment that supports the life of all the body’s cells. Their concentration and composition are regulated to remain as constant as possible. With Chia seeds, you retain moisture, regulate, more efficiently, the bodies absorption of nutrients and body fluids. Because there is a greater efficiency in the utilization of body fluids, the electrolyte balance is maintained.

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Chia seeds are Nature’s energy booster!

You do not need to grind chia seeds in order to digest them. It is a relatively easy to digest seed, whereas flax seeds are not. Flax seeds need to be ground for the nutrients to be absorbed by our digestive systems. That is not the case with chia seeds. Unlike flax-seeds, chia seeds can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid.

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Chia seeds can be eaten raw as a dietary fiber, omega 3 and antioxidant supplement. Chia seeds soaked in fruit juice are commonly consumed in Mexico and known as chia fresca. The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in porridge’s and puddings. Taste-wise, chia seeds have a slight nutty flavor and are a healthful addition to the diet.

Some possible benefits of our Raw White Chia Seeds may include:

‚óŹ Supporting cardiovascular health
‚óŹ Being very high in soluble fiber
‚óŹ Promoting healthy gastrointestinal function
‚óŹ Strong antioxidant benefits
‚óŹ Promoting healthy joint function and mobility
‚óŹ Being great for prolonged energy & endurance
‚óŹ Supporting a healthy heart
‚óŹ Supporting healthy blood pressure levels
‚óŹ Higher antioxidant than blueberries

Our Chia seeds are raw, Non-GMO, non-irradiated, and cultivated without pesticides. Try them and we know you’ll enjoy them.

Suggested Uses: Add to cereal, yogurt or salads or soak in chilled fruit juice to make delicious chia fresca. Can also be mixed into flour when making breads, muffins and other baked goods.

Botanical Name: Salvia hispanica

Other Names: Chia Herb, Chia Sage, Indian Running Food

Source: Znaturalfoods.com

How to make “Chia Gel”:

  • Add 2 Tbsp. of Chia seeds to 1/2 C. water and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. ¬†Since each chia seed can absorb 10 to 12 times its weight in liquid you will return to a gel of sorts. ¬†I find this more easily digestible with a better ability to blend than just dry chia seed.
  • Use 1 Tbsp. (or all of it!) of the Chia gel and mix into your green smoothie. ¬†Pulse blend for an additional 20-30 seconds to make sure it’s evenly incorporated.
  • Enjoy!

The energy will kick in about 15-2o minutes after consuming your green smoothie with no evident spike or crash in energy!  I love this stuff!

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