It has been over a year since I started this blog and I have been inactive for quite some time due to the fact that this blog started to consume me and my time that needed to be spent more with my family and all the priorities that line up with them. I am still active teaching classes four days a week which is only four hours out of my life and I really enjoy this aspect of my life. I also have recently taken on a position with Rochester Woman Magazine and really believe that I was meant for this job. I am the Advertising Sales Executive for the Woman who own the magazine and I know that my job does not stop there. I am blessed and excited along with being thankful for this opportunity and looking forward to see where it takes me. I have already met many wonderful people as I have come aboard as part of this magazine that I highly respect and am blessed to represent. I look forward to all the doors that it opens for me and others along with the friendships and opportunities I have along the way. It allows me to be me that I believe I was created to be and I couldn’t ask for anything more. http://www.rochesterwomanmag.com/rwm/
I have worked really hard to reset myself spiritually, physically, emotionally and nutritionally for the past twelve years since I believed in Jesus and He made me believe I was made for more. Where I once was dead in the habits that I had created not truly knowing what I was doing or even what living was, I had to choose to believe in something bigger than myself and this was my turning point. To be completely honest with you I love the life I am living today by the grace of God. I have an amazing husband, beautiful children, wonderful friends and family along with an amazing church fellowship that we are blessed to be a part of and look forward to see all God has planned for us there. I love teaching fitness classes and getting paid to do what I love. I am a blessed woman and have nothing to complain about. If there were something I could change it would be the fact that my past history of bulimia still follows me around and I hope and pray that someday it is not even in my thoughts. Even though I know longer practice binging and purging I believe I have a good healthy fear of falling into those old habits because it is still so fresh in my mind. The best way to explain this for anyone who hasn’t experienced an addiction, especially dealing with food or substance abuse I have found myself at times saying “you have been doing so good” tapping myself on the back and then feeling strong enough to handle certain foods that had once stumbled me. I will eat these foods and be perfectly fine not feeling guilt or overcome which has allowed me to get to comfortable in the overindulgence of sugary foods that are no good for someone like me who can so easily slip back into becoming numb to food and eating for the wrong reasons that leave me feeling empty and dead inside. I hate that certain foods still have that affect on me and that is why I turned to AdvoCare. AdvoCare gave me a discipline in my life that I needed that I had not entertained ever out of fear, fear of depriving myself because of all the things I hear about ”if you do deny yourself certain foods, even if they deem to be a good and nutritional pat of a balanced diet, then you will want those things more or it may put you into a binge, just do them in moderation.” You see I have NEVER Denied myself anything when it came to food so there came a time in my life where denial of certain things were needed and absolute for me if I am totally honest with myself. So this is me being honest with myself and others. I am not strong enough to just say no all the time and I came across a scripture that spoke so much truth into my life that it jumped off the page at me and it reads “all things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful.” Talk about revelation that I needed to not only hear, but apply that truth I knew about myself. What may be OK for someone else is not always OK for me and I needed to acknowledge that and accept that as a part of my life. It is not easy and sometimes I do get jealous when people freely eat the way they want and have no negative effects, which is the way it seems or they say they that they can freely eat whatever they want and have never had an issue, good metabolism, genes or whatever they were blessed with, I was not and have to be more careful and mindful than some. This is my truth and even though I would like to box it up and throw it away and pretend it never was then I would only be lying to myself and others and I have found time and time again that the truth sets us free and there is more peace in that than putting on the appearance of perfection. I am thankful that AdvoCare provided a tool to help someone like me to rid myself up some foods that were strongholds in my life, helping me get out of my comfort zone and getting rid of my spiritual handicap that I now can freely walk away from. You see I need accountability and a time frame to do something to get things in motion. This is my personality, just like I like to workout with someone, someone who will challenge me and push me more than I would on my own. This is why I love AdvoCare because it represents who I am as a person who wants to help others, inspire others to see food and their bodies differently,provide the support to help others and an outline of what to do and the practical ways to do it. People need to set their own boundaries as far as what works or will work for them individually. It’s all part of getting to know yourself and what works best for you. My desire is to help others believe they can and then help them do what they can. Take time and listen to what is dead in your life and holding you back from becoming more. Do not let what is dead have dominion over you any longer. Check us out at http://www.advocare.com/120730446
Doing the Whole 30 has been the biggest challenge and work that I have faced when it comes to starving those cravings or habits that I want to destroy and I know it is not for everyone. I am not trying to discourage anyone from the whole 30 because it is a great tool and structured guideline if you are addicted to high glycemic (bad) carbs and need to heal your body and cleanse it in a more restrictive eliminated process for 30 days to really bring change. There are no quick fixes, no magic pill, there is work required (some more than others) when it comes to eating healthy and making better choices that requires us to get uncomfortable. I can provide you a solid foundation to start on, build from and provide good tools, but cannot fix you or do the work required for you to get results. Food and giving in to poor cravings that left me run down even though they were pleasurable at the time was a Spiritual Handicap that I had hoped God would’ve just given me a quick fix and do the work for me, but I learned the hard way that is not how it works. I am promising you that if you make a decision to take care of your body and make better choices that you will work and work it out daily. Sometimes we just want the goodness of life and the things life has to offer without doing the work (quick fix). Obedience proceeds the miraculous so if we want the miracle with our bodies then we have to obey what needs to be done. Take action with your health in all aspects, make a honest evaluation and decision to what you personally need to do, then go do it. Greg and I need five people who maybe are not ready for the discipline it takes to do the whole 30, but you are ready to do the AdvoCare 10 day cleanse within the 24 day challenge which is an amazing nutrition plan and tool that has helped provide many build on a solid foundation that provides a step by step, meal by meal along with a free support team of people that have been where you are and know the challenges you are facing to best be able to come along side and support you AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE. We will be starting a group inviting all those that have done the challenge to offer support and encouragement for those that are doing the 24 Day Challenge.
Nutrition is a huge part of any wellness program, and the good news
is, you’re going to get to eat good food during the 24-Day Challenge!
We focus on a large variety of lean proteins, vegetables and complex carbohydrates as well as a variety of snacks. Use the 24-Day Challenge™ Daily Guide as your one-stop reference for nutrition, supplementation, water intake and exercise throughout the Challenge.
What’s in the Daily Guide?
- Water & Food Portion Recommendations
Hydration is key in any weight management program and it is important to have sensible portion sizes.
- Daily Checklists
We have included a convenient checklist for each day of the challenge that makes it easy to keep track of when to take your supplements, how much water you’re drinking, what exercise you are doing, and suggests what foods are recommended at each meal.
- Food Suggestions
This isn’t a fad diet that eliminates entire food groups. Instead, our food suggestions revolve around a well-balanced diet of lean proteins, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and other snack items such as healthy fats, fruits, dairy, and AdvoCare products.
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|24-Day Challenge™ Daily Guide|
The information found in the Daily Guide is merely a guideline and not a definitive list of what can and cannot be consumed on the 24-Day Challenge™. As always, please consult your healthcare provider before making any dietary or fitness modifications. Be sure to stay in contact with your AdvoCare coach to help with any questions you may have.
I am going to try to keep this short. Sometimes standing up for what you believe it may cause conflict in relationships. I hate conflict and in the past would shy away from speaking what I believe in fear that it may cause misunderstanding or hurt (unintentional) in someone else life. I realized that I like things comfortable (who doesn’t), but there comes a time when we need to be risk takers and stand up for what we believe in. If it’s not worth taking the risk of stepping out in faith then most likely you do not believe in it. I came across this quote by Coach Greg Glassman “Nutrition can be a touchy topic, like politics or religion,that people take very personally, but good nutrition is the foundation that we build upon…” and I have come to realize through trial and error that there is no cookie cutter nutrition because we are not cookie cutter people. What this means to me is that no two people are made exactly alike so therefore no nutrition lifestyle, political belief or opinion or religious belief is going to look exactly alike. Stand up for what you believe in and step out in faith and embrace the risk. Reward isn’t always instant, keep working and let your passion motivate you and allow conflict to shape you and strengthen you. This is part of life’s lessons and if you are really living it is going to be uncomfortable at times when you stand up for what you know is working for you and you know your purpose in it. I know this is not easy because I am a people pleaser, always want to keep peace within all my relationships, but at times have found that people are not always going to see eye to eye and this is OK and a reality of life. Not dealing with confrontation or not taking risk and embracing what I believe in is what put me in a position where I cowardly turn to a substance such as food in efforts not to deal with negatives in my life. Now I choose to recognize negatives are a reality and used to sharpen us as people, correct us when we are wrong and shape us into a better person of character and strength. Those that you come in conflict with are people as well and regardless of where we come from we all have our own shoes to walk in and may not understand or even have to understand to respect others lives. We can not take things personally and when we start to think we are personally being attacked for what we believe in the only way to overcome it is to talk with that person. You are responsible for your own behavior so if the other person is unresponsive you can have peace knowing that you tried within your efforts and responsibility to make peace. We are all human and all have gifts differing from one another and at times those gifts and purposes that we know we have, I encourage you to embrace to help the World stay in balance. Don’t fear or live in fear of others. Embrace who you are with a pure heart and pure motives and know you may not reach everyone and be OK with that reality. Remember God puts us in different, gifts and purposes differing from one another and that is because we are all different. I respect anyone who went to school and earned a degree and practice and use that gift to help others. It is needed and I feel for those like myself who spent years in school trying to earn a degree and then never use it because that was not there intended purpose. Press on and life experience I know speaks just as highly as a degree because we can all have plenty of knowledge but that knowledge is dead and useless if we are not living it. I excelled in nutrition in high school so you would think that bulimia would have been never a part of my life and trust me I questioned why for years. God was showing me and teaching me that even a ton of knowledge and wisdom can be grievous and sometimes detrimental if you do not use it for good and look at things more openly. I know what I do today I use for good and have lived a life of experience and knowledge that I not only believe, but have had to work hard to put it into practice. I wish I had someone like me to show me the light when I was in such a dark place, but thank God He did what He knew best and helped me to see that faith without action in what you believe is dead and I pray that He can use me as a light in that dark place. You see I wanted God to bring someone in my life to lay out a nutrition plan that would work for me and heal the damage mentally, physically and spiritually that had been me for those fifteen years. I remember in that moment a light went on and felt God saying to me that He was that man because He formed me, knows my beginning and end and most importantly new me better than I knew myself and obviously could best prescribe a nutrition plan for me and I needed to step out in faith and trust Him. I believe in Him more than I believe in anything or anyone else and I believe that He wanted me to put that into action and learn to eat the way God intended and not man or Science. I know God created us for His purposes and to be used in the lives of others to bring Him Glory and He could have used such a person for me, but didn’t because I believe God wanted me to grow to rely on Him. God works in everyone differently and I am thankful He didn’t just fix me because it has helped me to see I was created for the purpose and gifts that I am walking in today and I believe that part of that is to encourage and inspire people to start living and looking at being good stewards over the bodies we have been given and teaching what that looks like mind, body, spirit. Much love to you all and grow in whatever is conflicting you today to shape your character into a better you for what you have been called to do, not comfortable, but worth it because you passionately believe in it and yourself. Be confident, I am
Although food is the substance over which I struggled, it was not the root of my problem. I learned to be honest with myself and accepting responsibility that my struggle with food was really a struggle with not dealing with my emotions the correct way which left me empty and dead inside because to truly live from my own experience is to deal with your feelings head on and acknowledge them regardless if they make total sense or not. Working through them and working it out is what strengthens us and our character rather than burying it in some substance as I did. Emotional and spiritual emptiness was the real culprit and at times still can be. There is tremendous pressure from our culture and society to be thin and have the “perfect” body. Families can be to rigid or out of control in there family structure as mine was growing up. The pressure to conform to what others are doing or may think of me, appear perfect or put on the appearance of perfection, and not deal with negative emotions have all played a role in me turning to food. It is important that we recognize why we do the things we do and do we really have control or are we in control or does that thing have control over us. I know leaving home early, at the age of fifteen I was on my own so not only dealing with physical and emotional changes I became an adolescent left to myself with out any guidance which I know contributed largely to me turning to food to cope. I handled conflict poorly and used food to numb myself from negative feelings or emotions caused by circumstances or relationships in my life. This lead to a very undisciplined lifestyle. Interest in food or the feel good factor became all consuming to me. I began to have a relationship with food rather than myself or others. Sounds pretty silly and I had a hard time acknowledging it, but in order for me to be free I had to start acknowledging that it was a problem and it took me quite a while to realize food was never the real problem. After acknowledging this I had to correct my faulty eating habits and developed an appropriate view of food as nourishment. So my advice to anyone who maybe struggling with an eating disorder in any shape or form, to work through yourself, emotions, family and any other relationships that you may be struggling with. My Faith in God and not myself was the biggest help in this process to correct my view of self, open my eyes to what true beauty is and who I was created to be and then grow and mature into that woman that I am today and work on being each day. I am not saying I have it all perfect, but I am being perfected and transformed anew each day.
Something to think about; Do you like your body? Are you constantly dieting and wishing you looked like someone else? Do you spend your days thinking about food, weight, and your body? Do you count calories, weigh yourself multiple times a day, and feel “fat” no matter what you weigh? Are you uncomfortable eating a regular meal or maybe you don’t even know what one looks like? Do you make judgments about yourself based on what you eat? Do you think others are judging you by what you eat, and do you feel anxious eating around other people? This was me either in one area or some or all and the warped place I lived in, but because I was the one going through it I didn’t recognize it and was ignorant. This way of thinking was very damaging to me until I recognized what was really going on and decided to do something about it. I obviously had a lot of faulty thinking and it didn’t happen over night to change those habits so one day at a time, one habit or thought at a time and really starting to discern the thoughts and take them captive and think on them before I react or act.
More than 11 million women and girls struggle with eating disorders in America today and most of them in silence and in such a dark place because they start to believe the lie of who they have become and the eating disorder whether it be bulimia, anorexia, or compulsive and binge eating stars defining them. I pray for these young women that there eyes would be opened that they would see the truth that they were made for more and then become more. Thank God my eyes were opened and He saved me from myself and may He use me to help others. God Bless you all and May God keep you in perfect peace as you keep your mind on Him and who He created you to be.