July, 2011

  1. Plodding along…

    July 25, 2011 by Heather

    I do my best thinking while running, which is ONE of the reasons why I don’t listen to music during a run.  While I was running this morning I began thinking about some things that I already knew but that really hit home today. 

    Today was my first day back running after a week off.  As I was plodding along, and I do mean PLODDING, I began to think about how quickly the body forgets.  My legs did not want to do what I wanted them to do.  My mind wanted them to go quicker and ya that wasn’t happening!  And I have a little theory that fibromyalgia sufferers just may have a harder time with this muscle memory thing, but that is just my humble opinion. 

    And what a difference what you put in your body makes!  Of course, I know this.  But alas my friends, I did not eat  the best during my week off.  Let us just say it was not ALL super clean.  Had my eating been spot on during my recovery week, the plodding might have been a bit faster this a.m.  In fact, I’m sure it would have been.  But I’m not beating myself up.  I had a semi-relaxed week, continued working out, ate 75% clean and now I’m back at it.  Today was the start of my half marathon training and the beginning of my plant based diet.  I am looking forward to re-evaluating in a month to see where I’m at!  We are all a work in progress!

  2. My plant based diet journey!

    July 19, 2011 by Heather

    So my body has decided it wants to try a plant based diet.  I have been asked why I want to try a plant based diet.  To be honest I don’t know MY answer for that just yet.  All I know is that my body is telling me to do it so I’m listening.  Do I have a clue what I’m doing???  NO!  But I am looking forward to the journey and wherever it may lead me.  Right now I want to continue eating fish and cage free eggs.  Who knows, maybe I’ll find that it is not for me, but I won’t know until I try right? 

    And I will be honest.  I have this fear that I will put on weight.  I am human and my past is quick to remind me that those “thoughts” still exist.  But it’s all about stepping out of my comfort zone and getting past those fears right??  And if I blow up like a fish well then I’ll just go back to eating chicken!  Right!?  🙂  So there I was in Trader Joe’s today (a place I’m in love with by the way!), like a fish out of water, just grabbing stuff with really no plan.  I decided I would just get creative. 

    But it got me thinking.  This is what I felt like when I first started super clean eating.  It feels so long ago.  But this is what my customers must feel like when they first start out in their health and fitness journey!  What a lightbulb moment!  So this is good for me because it helps me remember what it feels like to start something new and not really know what you’re doing.  But luckily I have a bunch of friends willing to help me along.  And I hope that I can be that person for my customers so they don’t feel alone out there! 

    Looking forward to the journey….

  3. The Positive Me…

    July 13, 2011 by Heather

    It has been hot and humid here in New England.  The humidity does not like me.  I have learned that it definitely increases my pain levels and exhaustion.  For the past few days it has taken everything I have to drag myself out of bed, lace up my running sneaks, and go for a run.  I do this because I know NOT moving will only make the pain worse and I will feel better when I am done.  So I go for a run then I come home and do my weights.  And I do feel better.

    And I stay positive for the rest of the day.  Because really, what else is there???  I could have a pity party.  I will not lie, there are days….  But if I stay positive, it helps!  Tonite it is killing me just to sit here.  I am uncomfortable in every sense of the word.  But guess what???  I am going to put a big fat smile on my face and be happy that I am alive, that I get to do what I love to do, that hopefully I impacted someone’s day today with a positive thought and that maybe, just maybe I can help someone else going through what I’m going through!

    Night everyone!  Stay positive!  Because that will get you everywhere!!

  4. Helping the ones you love…

    July 10, 2011 by Heather

    Shooting straight from the heart tonite!

    I found out today that my husband was still smoking. I guess I had suspected. He has tried to quit several times. I cannot pretend to know how hard it is to quit. I have been there for him everytime he has tried to quit, with support and love. So today I was heart broken. Heart broken and worried and in despair. In despair that I cannot help him. Helping people is what I do. But I have to remember that I can’t help someone that doesn’t want to help themselves. It is the same thing with weight loss and nutrition. If someone does not want to take those first steps you can’t take them for them. I guess it just hits home more tonite. I shall repeat this again and again until I am ok with this….You can’t want something for someone more than they want it for themselves. I may need to say this alot over the next few days. And, I will be the strong one, and through my hurt and anger I will continue to watch over me. Starting tomorrow I am searching for life insurance. Something I should have done years ago. I have always been the responsible one, I will continue to serve that role, for myself and for my family.

    And isn’t it funny how we revert back to old habits when we are stressed! Back before I found Beachbody and a healthier lifestyle I suffered from eating disorders. Tonite despite my best efforts to stave off the stress demon, I dove into that bowl of ice cream. I am now sitting here ashamed of myself because I thought I was past this. Well I guess you are never really “past” something like that, but I was winning the battle. And I am angry at myself because my job is to help people get past these same issues. But I have to remember that I too am human. I am human and for people to see that is a good thing. Because if I were perfect and never messed up then how could people relate to me?

    I am not afraid of failure in my business. But failure in my personal life is another issue for me. I need to work on not being afraid of failure when it comes to personal “stuff”. Always something to work on right? Because if we had nothing to work on then how boring would that be!?

    So this is me…getting real and personal. And regretting that ice cream I just ate! My body will remind me in the morning I am sure!

  5. Shakeology is the REAL DEAL!

    July 8, 2011 by Heather

    Ok I must continue my rant from my Facebook post this morning! 

    So seriously!!!  Shakeology IS the real deal!  And I don’t just say this because I sell the product.  I say this because I know what it has done for me and for so many others.  You can’t fake results people!  But if you want the straight up facts, where else can you get over 70 whole food ingredients, protein, amino acids, probitiocs, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals all in one glass for 140 calories?  And the ingredients are of the highest quality!  This company does not just throw a bunch of crap together, they research each ingredient and go to these places to make sure they are getting the finest product.  In fact do you know why they haven’t come out with a vanilla flavor???  Because they cannot make it taste good without putting a bunch of artificial crap in it!  Does that not speak to the integrity of this company AND does it not make you wonder what the heck is in the vanilla powders you have been drinking.

    And let’s talk about the cost.  When I mention to someone that it is $120/mth on autoship I usually get the WHAT????  look!  Let’s think about this….It breaks down to $4/day.  You are replacing a meal with it.  That breakfast or lunch you are buying is atleast $4 and I will argue it is probably not as healthy.  And I challenge anyone to go out and buy all the ingredients that are in Shakeology.  Good luck finding them all by the way.  But if you do, calculate all the ingredients, divide it by 30 and tell me it is less than $4/day!! 

    And lastly, seriously, are you worth $4/day???  If you can honestly answer that question with a NO then I am deeply saddened!  Everyone’s health is worth ATLEAST $4/day!!!! 

    I could go on and on about this product because I have seen and felt what it can do for people!  OH, and a little tidbit I picked up from Summit….for those lactose intolerant people, yes, Shakeology does have whey in it.  But the majority of lactose intolerant people, the co-creator herself, can drink Shakeology with no problem because the whey in Shakeology is of the highest quality.  Higher quality whey has less of the offending lactose in it.  Again, makes you wonder about the quality of the other whey protein shakes you are drinking! 

    So that concludes my rant from earlier today!  AH, I do feel better now!

  6. Coming Soon: Shakeology Tropical!!!

    July 5, 2011 by Heather

    So you may have heard that there is a new flavor of Shakeology!  Yup!!!  It is true!  And I had the chance to taste it at Summit!  It is fabulous my friends!!!!!  If you are my customer I will let you know as soon as it comes out!!!

  7. Embracing the me that is me

    July 3, 2011 by Heather

    What makes us fearful or ashamed of who we are? I have been pondering this question all day.

    A situation came up yesterday that made me start thinking about who I am, what experiences have made me who I am and why I am sometimes ashamed and afraid of the person that I am today. We are all shaped by our past experiences, our childhood, and so many other factors. All of these things make us the unique people that we are.

    Without going into so much detail about my past and what has shaped me, let us just say that I spent this weekend keeping it clean. Well, with the exception of the fries Friday night!!! At first I was feeling bad about missing out on a friends fun and feeling ashamed for who I am and the situations that I’m not comfortable around. But then I started to realize that who I am, the things I have experienced, the person I have become make me the unique being that I am. I need to embrace the me that is me!!! Now I’m not saying that’s going to happen over night but I am more aware now that I don’t need to be ashamed of the experiences that have shaped me and the person that I am today. I am me!! My challenge to you is to embrace the you that is you!!!!

    Happy 4th everyone!!