New Year: New Goals, Wholesome diet, Exercise & Empowering Each Other!

The majority of my life has been a very active one, and with little ones it is another side of that story! I have traded in my soccer cleats for anything comfy, which usually includes a pair of yoga pants and a tee. Easy. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you all know the story! Mom has babies and devotes her energy into raising those babies and giving them her 100%, and while I am not saying the littles don’t deserve that attention, I think it is very important to change our mindset about the work out vs. kiddo dilemma.

And what’s that? Include them. Yes! Get creative and find new ways to include them any way you can. This is not only going to help you get your workout, but it is going to help build a healthy foundation for your family. The solution sounds easy, but any real change is going to take commitment and realistic expectations. That’s something to remember. It’s the big one. I’m trying to hold myself accountable and do everything in my power to include my wee ones whether it’s hiking, running, walking, sports, or any other activity: be mindful of the journey I’m on.

So far, I have signed up for my first 5k since junior high! It’s not until March, but that gives me more time to prepare. In the meantime, I’ve been running 1-3  miles, doing yoga, (and story time yoga with the babes) bleachers and Squats. Oh the squats, oh the burn. HA! There is a 100 squat rep workout I thought I would try this morning and I can.not.believe.i.did.it!

I also took the boys to a 1k in December ( Jingle Bun Run) to see if they might be interested in running like Mama & they LOVED it! They rocked those metals and wore the biggest smiles. It takes me back to my running days and soccer tournaments & reminds me of my metals and accomplishments. It makes my heart so happy to see them active!  It’s a small start and I hope continues to be a chain reaction of a healthier lifestyle for us Warren bears!

But, long story short: I have a long way to go to be where I want to be.

I want to improve my diet with nutrition-rich, wholesome foods, and make time for work out we can enjoy as a family and that is not some 21-30 day change. It’s a shift in my mindset. It’s a lifestyle change.

So, We’ve been on the “paleo train”  so to speak for a few years now, and while I have seen the positive impact of it on my life, I will admit that it is a hard transition! It is so incredibly easy to fall back into questionable eating habits! I have completed 21dsd once before (and felt GREAT!) but one taste of sugar seemed to put me back on that vicious cycle of fruit over load and more often than not chocolate hauls! So this time….. I’m going to be realistic with my approach, my intentions and I’m not even going to pretend I know everything about Paleo or Primal ‘diets’ , but I will share my experience ( keep in mind that everyone’s body is different so what may impact me, may be different for you and like-wise) It’s important for us all to listen to what our bodies are telling us, and more often than not, your body has a whole lot to say! Just ask your second brain, aka, your gut!

Anyway, I will share that I am a huge sugar-holic and that transitioning to a paleolithic diet has been beneficial to me, and I’m ready to take the plunge once again! I’m ready to start my year off with the 21 day sugar detox with Dianne SanFillipo. If you are interested in learning more you can access more information here. We plan to do this as a family, and I think that will help keep us all accountable! 🙂 The official start date is January 5, but this is actually my 2nd day of no added sugars. The only sugar I’ve had has come from 21dsd approved fresh fruit! Half banana ( green tipped, on the unripe side with almond butter)No grains, no legumes, and no dark chocolate! Now, thats a dangerous deal right there! No chocolate!! And to my surprise, it hasn’t been too bad other than the mild headache I had yesterday; something I am not used to experiencing.We’ll see how the week progresses!

So here’s the scoop on yesterday’s meals: My husband made a veggie-filled omelet for breakfast, We had leftover bone broth, beef and kale soup for lunch, while the balsamic braised short ribs spent 5 1/2 hours infusing flavors of fresh rosemary and garlic! We had our family over to enjoy the ribs with us & it was a real treat!During the day, we snacked on carrots, snap peas & other misc. veggies.

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{Thanks for letting us try your beets, Purely Paleo!}

My hope is to share via photographs (and perhaps recipes) of my 21dsd journey. My goal is to complete the detox helping to reset my palate and strive to make better choices when it comes to sugar, as it finds it’s sneaky little way into everything! A fresh start eating healthy, wholesome foods, combined with exercise (yoga, running, squats, oh my!) is a lot, but I will promise to try my best, and most importantly, never give up! I’m also going full-force into getting my herbalist and aromatherapist certifications, so I need all the positive vibes I can get! In the meantime, I’m going to relax, breathe, and be.

Whatever your goals may be, I wish you well and know that I’m rooting for you! Lets work together & empower each other to meet up with our passion, our goals and strive to be the best we can!

What are your goals as you enter 2015? What is your mission? What can we do to help each other reach these goals?

Here’s a lovely quote from a book I’m currenty reading called : “The Four Agreements”
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Much love and light! With the last drops of my fire cider, I cheers to you & your goals. I cheers to health, happiness, peace, love, mindfulness, compassion and gratitude. I cheers for better us! XOXO

*Namaste*
Brandi

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