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Healthy Habits: Meal Planning

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Today is Day 16 on my 2nd Round of my Ultimate Reset. The question in my private Facebook Group today is: Have you become more conscious of your eating habits since doing the Ultimate Reset? Share a positive new habit with the group.

What I shared was what I learned in my 1st Round and we have done ever since.

“For me, it was learning how to meal plan for the week advance. Doesn’t take long to do and then you don’t have to think about what you are going to eat. Can do all of the correct grocery shopping, spending less money, since you know what you need and not wasting any food since you are buying only what you need. Also looking ahead you can see if there is anything you need to do in advance, like toasting pumpkin seeds, soaking cashews etc. You can be ready.”

What we do personally is on Sunday, we pull out all the recipes I have collected wanting to try and grabbing a couple of my vegan cookbooks. Then we look through them all and choose 7 dinners for the upcoming week. Dinner is the only meal we focus on since every morning for breakfast is Shakeology and every day for lunch is a huge salad. We love our salads and it always makes me smile. At one point, Kevin would never eat salad and called it Rabbit Food. If we were in a restaurant ordering dinner and came with a salad, Kevin would always give his to me. Where he turned the corner was when we got our Chef’n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper. It finely chops veggies, making it a chopped salad and for some reason he liked it better. We feel in love with chopped salads and got into the habit (important key to success, developing healthy habits) and started having every day. Have to confess, when I went to get the link for you, I saw a new chopper, Brieftons QuickPull Food Chopper: Large 4-Cup Powerful Manual Hand Held Chopper, which holds 4 cups, instead of the 1.5 cups of the one we use currently and just added that one to my Amazon Cart.

So, back to meal planning. We choose our dinners for the next 7 days. Once we have decided on the recipes, I choose the order, which day we will be having what. I want to make sure we don’t have soup 3 nights in a row or similar type meals back to back. So once that is decided, I add them to my Meal Planner. When we have our meal planner filled in, I grab a notepad to do my grocery list. This is where another tool we learned doing my 1st reset, we shop only 3 days out. When I have all 3 of the recipes in front of me, I look at all of the ingredients and check to see what I have on hand and what I need. Whatever we need goes onto the shopping list. We have found over time, we have most of the staples, spices, etc. and only have to buy the fresh items, fruits, veggies and anything we are out of or sometimes a new ingredient. As a result, our grocery costs are pretty low.

What I have also become aware of is how much more expensive eating out is compared to making great, fresh food at home. When we did the reset the 1st time, this was really my 1st experience following a meal plan, shopping based on the meal plan and making at home every meal. What I also found was I actually liked cooking. Imagine that… Since the program lasts 21 Days, we got into the habit and just kept it up when we finished. So this time, doing the Ultimate Reset was much easier. We were already meal planning, already cooking most meals at home and so we just substituted the meals in the Ultimate Reset, rather than creating our own.

Meal planning is my new positive habit! What is yours?

Teaching Healthy Living,

Judi

P.S.  If you would like a copy of the Meal Planner we have created, simply email me with Meal Planner in the Subject Line and we will be sending out in just a few days.

For Lack of a Squat – Not Me!

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I watched a video the other day which said the #1 reason people enter assisted living facilities is because they cannot lift themselves up from the toilet. While I did not personally verify the information, it really got me thinking about how important our health and our mobility is as we get older. I know, for sure, I don’t want to have to depend on someone else to take care of me. I don’t want to be dependent on anyone else.

It has been just over 6 months since I committed to being at my ideal healthy weight by December 15th, 2016 which is my birthday and my 10 year anniversary of being a Beachbody Coach. Yes, 10 years and I could either be beating myself up for not doing it sooner or going forward anyway. I have spent a lot of time beating myself up in the past and guess what it doesn’t help and in fact holds you back. Spending time on regret, what I coulda and shoulda done doesn’t work.

So moving forward it is. When we got home from our Summit (Team Beachbody Annual Convention) is July, we decided to do the Ultimate Reset and began in August. We had great results, loved the program and got us into the habit of meal planning and cooking at home. And guess what, it was fun. At the end of the 21 days Kevin was down 13.5 pounds and I was down 14.5 pounds. Since you can only do this program once a quarter, we then switched over right away to the 21 Day Fix.

We started and just kept going and beginning one Round after another. What is great about The 21 Day Fix is you can continue until you reach your goal weight. My belief is those of us who have more than 25 pounds to lose need to learn better control over portion sizes and the types of foods we are eating and this is what this program teaches. We adapted a bit to fit our Vegan Lifestyle. We have been doing the 30 minute workouts daily since we began. We only missed a handful of days and made them up the next day.

We created weekly meal plans by finding recipes we liked and planning and shopping in advance. When you wake up in the morning and know what you are going to be eating and have what you need on hand to prepare you take away a lot of excuses for not following your plan. We had so much fun, finding recipes, tweaking them to our liking and sharing the results we created Judi’s Recipe Club. When a recipe gets rated a 10 by our scale, we email it out to the people in our recipe club and each recipe has a guide to what the counts would be on The 21 Day Fix, since we are calculating that for us anyway.

Then on January 11th we began our 2nd round of the Ultimate Reset and are on Week 2, Day 5 today. We are finding it so much easier this time as we know what to expect and are familiar with the menus and recipes. We have it dialed in. Since you can’t do workouts on the Ultimate Reset, we started doing daily walking. Started at 30 minutes for me and adding a few minutes every day. We are planning to do once a quarter, so will be doing again in April, July and September.

My commitment is that I will continue to improve my health daily to ensure I am not the person living in a care facility because I cannot get off a toilet by myself. In the video he said for the lack of not being able to do ½ of a squat, these people have to rely on others. I can’t personally do a squat yet, but working on it.

What are you doing to make sure you don’t have to give up your independence? It’s never too early to start taking better care of yourself. For more information on both of these programs, below are some links for you to check out. Let me know if you have any questions. Also, for even higher accountability, you can do what I did, become a coach. When I committed to supporting others in getting healthy, I knew I had to be integrity with myself by walking the talk.

Teaching Healthy Living,

Judi

21 Day Fix Program Information, click here…
Ultimate Reset Program Information, click here…

Bathing Suit Blues

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It has been almost 2 months since we attended Summit in Nashville, where I had an ah-ha moment.   I really had not wanted to attend as once again I was not at my goal weight.  I went because I love my coaches and my TEAM and I wanted to be there for them and that part was wonderful. What was not wonderful was the feeling of failure in that another year had passed and still not where I wanted to be.  Each year, at Summit, I commit to make changes and have done so, however this year, something was different.

It was Kevin saying, that it was unacceptable that after almost 9 years of being a coach I was not there.  Now before you think that was not a nice thing to say, he said it lovingly and in a sweet way. BUT it just really hit me this time.  Two months later, going strong and completely focused still.   We completed the 21 Days to Vegan Challenge, after quitting on it twice before and rocked it, if I do say so myself.   We cooked dinner at home 31 nights in a row which I am sure was a record for our entire 30+ years of marriage.  And now gearing up to being our 21 Days to Success Challenge, another program I have avoided – until now.   Today is actually Day 29 of the 487 Days of my Celery Test.  I am counting down the days to my 10 Year Anniversary as a weight loss and freedom coach which happens to coincide with my birthday.

So as summer draws to a close here, another summer has passed where I did not go to the beach. I LOVE the beach and most of my life have lived within 2o miles of one beach or another.   Several years ago when I did my 60 Day Juice Fast, I was feeling good about myself and decided to do.  The moment I sat down in my beach chair with my toes in the sand, I felt great.  And I remember that feeling and miss it.  So for the last couple of weeks I have been wanting to go.  So the dreaded search for a bathing suit began.  Probably only in SoCal can you shop for suits half way through September.  I did finally find one (ugly, but it fits.)  And as the heat wave starts to break, Kevin and I have made a pact to go to the beach tomorrow!!!! The dinner we are making tonight makes 4 servings, so packing up the leftovers to have a healthy lunch to take in our cooler along with water and fruit…

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I really know I will be uncomfortable with my body and counting on the feel of the sand beneath my toes to compensate.  I have wasted too much of my life not doing things because I was not happy with my weight.  Enough is enough.  To move forward we have to love ourselves now.  Our self worth is not based on how much we weigh.   I am down 43.5 pounds and on my way.   What are you letting your weight get in the way of?

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Teaching Healthy Living,

Judi

P.S.  Would love to have you join Judi’s Recipe Club for healthy recipes delivered to your email box 🙂

Changing Perspective – Earned a Gold Star

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For 21 days while on the 21 Days to Vegan Challenge Kevin and I made a pre-planned dinner every night. Then I created a menu plan for the next week and M, T, W and Th made dinners we had planned and shopped for, 25 planned dinners in a row – and lifetime record for me, not the kitchen, cooking girl.

Last night Best Veggie Wraps Ever was on the menu. We needed to go to the store to pick up 2 ingredients we were out of – Romaine Lettuce and avocados. Normally we go to the market in the morning and get it done. However this was a wild week and both Kevin and I put in a lot of hours and all of a sudden it was 6 pm and we were beat. And I did not want to go to the store. And we started talking about what we could pick up and bring home which was “healthy” and not have to “make” something. Even discussing it, I started to feel guilty. I work at being a “recovering perfectionist” and not having to be perfect. Each of the places we mentioned, which we used to consider healthy did not measure up to our new definition of healthy. Mentally I began beating myself up and feeling badly for not “staying on the plan.”

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Then we checked and we had everything we needed to make “Kevin’s Mexican Bean Bowl” which is a recipe Kevin created and is 100% healthy, delicious and we love it!!! It is also coming soon in Judi’s Recipe Club and better yet, Kevin offered to make it while I went and read for a while 🙂 Dinner and great, healthy, right on track and yet I was feeling a bit like a failure for not making what we had “planned” to have.

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This morning, luckily, I came to my senses and instead of feeling guilty, decided we had done great. Instead of failing, I had passed a test and gave myself a gold star. The Perfectionist made way for The B+ Plan and that is great. We did not go to the store and make the “planned” meal and yet we did not revert to old habits and choose a quasi healthy meal either. We made a great choice and this morning I am proud of me.

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What do you deserve to give yourself a pat on the back for instead of beating yourself up? Trust me, we don’t have to be perfect, we want to strive daily for being the best us we can be. Let’s do it today.

And P.S heading the Farmers Market this morning with shopping list in hand!!!