#10dayshred: What I learned

Alright. What the heck is this #10dayshred I keep talking about, and why the heck do I refer to it only in hashtag?! Honestly, I am not sure why I hashtag it, other than I think hashtagging is fun. To me it is my humor, my version of Christian and Anastasia’s ever changing, clever closing remarks -but mostly because it makes me smile. I often don’t smile enough. It’s something I’ve been working on, along with getting healthier.

Odly, the two actually go hand-in-hand. Who’da thunk?

Since my recent journey with joining the Juice Plus+ team, I have been noticeably happier. Just ask any one (okay, maybe not my hubby on a Friday)? It might be the 30 plus plants flooding my body daily, or the increase in social events, or putting myself and my story out there and having clients tell me their successes. Whatever it is, it feels good!

About as good as I feel after completing the said #10dayshred. So what the heck is it?13256394_10153671773343634_6271902663035017417_nIn case you were wondering. That is not my body. Though lovely and desired, it is not mine. Maybe one day, in another life, but for now, I am getting to love the one I was given.

Let’s be real. We all want what we don’t have. All you flat chested women out there want some of my “E” boobs. Yes, E, not D. Recently, I had a couple of girl friends tell me they were amazing too (not bad after nursing 2 kiddos)! Yes, girlfriends see each others boobs from time-to-time. No, we do not have pillow fights.

No, but really. I want some of that big booty you have, or those flat abs like your friend, or that naturally bronze skin you constantly show off. Yeah, you.

You get the point. We all want things that others have.

I say, love what you got, or learn to.

That’s where operation bikini, boating, going on a cruise (with a bunch of skinny biotches) season came in to play (aka #10dayshred).

What I love about the Juice Plus company, is that they care about health. They care about whole food nutrition and getting it in your body. The healthy way. They also offer various challenges throughout the year, to jump start, or cleanse your system to give it that baseline you may need.

So, what did I learn during my 10 day shred journey?

-that I can do it!
-that loosing 5 lbs in one week is totally doable (and even 10 if you are my hubby)
-that belly bloat is no joke, and it can disappear fast
-that clean eating is good, really good!
-that I really do love my morning coffee and missed it dearly
-that taking before and after pictures was a good idea though highly out of my comfort zone
-that not eating past 6 pm is the best thing you can do. JUST SAY NO
-i love avocados and I used to not be able to eat them other than in guacamole
-the scale is not your enemy (even on the 3 days IN A ROW that I had zero change)
-weight loss adventures are more successful when you have a team doing it with you (thank you FB shredders and my husband!)
– the JP+ chocolate complete shake mixed with almond milk, peanut butter and ice tastes better than chocolate ice cream
-that wine is not needed, but still preferred
-you don’t need to go to a gym to workout- a park bench will do
-fresh squeezed lemon and a drizzle of olive oil makes for the best salad dressing. You actually get to taste the toppings!
-sweet potatoes are worth buying, even more so, making
-i am way more creative in the kitchen than I give myself credit for
-i like (unsalted) nuts and they are filing
-if you smell a quesadilla it is almost the same as eating it
-the only food I really miss is pizza
-that I am going to continue a modified version of this through the summer (come to be coffee and wine, come to mamma) and hopefully continue to shred lbs
-that i can love the skin i am in
-i have amazing self-control (when I want apparently)
-everyone should give it a try

Really.

I haven’t been this proud of myself in a long time!

Remember those other posts I said I was going to loose weight. Well, I never did. Until now.

I needed this confidence booster.

We all do.

Maybe, next time you will join me.

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If not, at least cheer me on like my bff’s did

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XOXO,
Magazine Mom

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One Simple Change

I have had a revelation. Yes, it is true I have these often and sometimes they do not amount to much or are never completed like my master bathroom (ahem) or my forever incomplete weight loss goals. This time, during my hot vinyasa flow yoga class, the perky and flexible instructor told us to think about something we were grateful for during shavasana.

I am sure many of you would have chosen your children. Not me. They are driving me insane, which is why I actually got my butt to yoga last Friday in the first place.

Instead, I chose ‘health.’

I am grateful for health.

I have been doing a lot to better myself. Working out, TRYING to eat right (dang those potato chips), actually responding to peoples texts (no, it is not just your texts I ignore) and improving my mental health all the while.

Just the other day, I realized that the ‘ding sound’ my phone made when I received a text was causing me anxiety. True that it is not hard to do (cause me anxiety) but now I changed it to ‘chord sound’ and it is so soothing and inviting that I no longer mentally shut down.

Try it.

It’s amazing.

One simple change, makes such a difference.

That is why I finally said yes, to Juice Plus+, and making that one simple change towards healthy living.

What is it (Juice Plus+) you ask? It is fruits and vegetables in a capsule. Despite its name, it is not juicing (it is way cheaper than that), nor is it a vitamin (it is bioavaible unlike vitamins). It is simply vine-ripened NSF certified whole food, in a convenient capsule or chewable.

I am not going to get all technical with you, I just want you to think about it if you are getting 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables, as recommended for a healthy diet and healthy living. I am talking fist full servings size?

I know, I was not. Even my vegan, clean-eating friends are not.

Now, I am. I have made this one simple change for my family, and now we are all benefiting from the healthy nutrition it offers. Even my super skeptical husband.

 

Instantly we saw the benefits. We feel less hungry, have been able to ward off sickness, we have more energy, crave healthier foods, and heal at an accelerated rate. Just ask my mom. She has an amazing story to tell.

As do I. We recently went on an amazing family vacation, courtesy of my mom, to Disney World. It started off great, until 7 of the 11 of us came down with the stomach bug. Let’s just say the hotel cleaning staff were very busy in our rooms.

But guess what? The 4 of us who consume Juice Plus did not get the bug.  Everyone was dropping like flies but us four. There is no other explanation and no better proof for me. Or my husband. He was one of the 4 thriving.

That is what is great. All the amazing stories being told by people, like me and you, who take Juice Plus.

I feel selfish if I do not share. Besides, since when do I hold anything in?

Never.

Don’t just take my word for it. Check it out for yourself. It took me a year to listen to my dear friend, Lauren telling the the benefits of this amazing whole food product. Now, I just feel silly that I didn’t listen sooner.

Bridge the gap of what we eat everyday, with what we should be eating.

It’s that simple.

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XOXO,
Magazine Mom on a mission