Fun News!

I reached a big goal this week! I am officially more than halfway to my weight goal!!

I haven’t talked about my health and fitness on here because honestly I was uncomfortable and scared. Weight is something that I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. But the reality is this has been a long but healing year and I’ve made great progress. As of November 4, 2014 I have lost 31 pounds out of the 60 I plan on losing.

My health has definitely become a MUST and not just something that I should probably do. I know that the choices I make with my body won’t just effect me, but the future of my family. One of my BIG motivators is that my wonderful hubby and I want to start a family in the near future. I want to make sure that I not only have a healthy pregnancy and birth, but a healthy lifestyle. I want to live that out and not just talk about “what you should be doing” in theory.

Currently, my short term fitness goal is to lose another 10 pounds by Christmas. I would like to get involved in a local community that will encourage and motivate me in my fitness journey. I’ll keep you wonderful people updated on how my search goes. Are there any programs you like to do at home or a with a group?  What motivates you to stay or get healthy?

xoxo, JoyLynn
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Be Kind To You

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Still resting today but check out this awesome salad that we (Justin) made for lunch today! Followed by me using my new baraka neti pot and feeling better 👍YAY health!IMG_3101.JPG

I also realized today that my mindset this cold is totally different than the last time (back in July) I have not once thought “well this is it for the next while, I hope it doesn’t last too long” OR “forget you body, I’m going to run you in to the ground until you can’t run any longer”. Both are not a good mindset to be in. I’m taking care of my body but I have not “given up” in anyway or felt angry towards myself for getting sick. If you’re feeling that way towards yourself, take a moment with some deep breaths and be thankful for what your body does on a daily basis without you having to even think about it. It’s amazing!

So be kind to yourself today and keep pressing forward towards your dreams!

xoxo, JoyLynn

 

Quiet Day

IMG_3072.JPGOctober was a really busy month for us, outstanding but busy. So this weekend we didn’t schedule a thing (go us). However, today I woke up not feeling super great, everyone I work with has been getting sick on and off for months. The office manager I work next to has been basically sick the whole time I’ve worked there 😦  BUT changing my diet has really helped with my immune system, before I would have been sick along with everyone else, so that is a real plus!

So on our lovely day off I will be drinking lots of water with lemon and something called Chlorella Mana to help me hopefully step over this potential cold/ sickness and not into it.

If you are getting to rest today or even if you are not, don’t forget to be thankful, stay positive, and keep MOVING FORWARD!

xoxo, JoyLynn

Unleashed (& Stir-Fry)

IMG_3050.JPGSo last weekend the company my outstanding husband works at gave us a wonderful gift to see Anthony Robins Unleash the Power Within. We had no idea what this seminar was about but everyone in management had gone and wanted to give this to us as a couple. It was a wonderful experience, and we were able to do a lot of fun things like meet new people, gain life changing information, and do a fire walk. If you can make it to any of the Anthony Robins events I whole heartedly recommend it.

Anyway, one of the things that they talk about is health and they invite everyone to do a 10 Day Challenge where you eat high alkaline diet for 10 days and then do 30 if you are really feeling it. This means no processed foods, no canola oil (I had no idea how that stuff was processed), and no meats (which I was fine with). What was most surprising was that my husband wanted to do this!

I have been mostly vegan for about 2 months and fully for a month due to a dairy sensitivity and the recent discovery of being egg and peanut sensitive as well. Since food allergies is something I’ve been dealing with for the past 10 years this was not a big deal for me to cut out a few more things to feel my best. However, food has always been a bonding point in my relationship/ marriage with Justin and this was a hard change for him.

I still made his lunches with meat and would make him animal protein every so often but not as often, and I made sure to let him know I didn’t expect him to eat gluten free vegan as well. He was still sad for me though and had a hard time imagining that I was still truly happy with my food options when we went out. But after this event he was all in for this challenge! When we went out for dinner that night after the seminar he wanted to make sure we could eat alkaline, and when we got home we went shopping right away to stock up on healthy options and cook right for this 10 Day Challenge. It’s been a total 180°. This morning he got up and made almond milk from scratch, and as I type these words for you he is working on making homemade hummus with dried not canned beans and fresh tahini. I can hardly express how lovely it’s been to have the full support of my spouse with my eating, I feel like we are a real team ❤

In honor of this great new food partnership here is the recipe we made last night for dinner.

Alkaline Stir-Fry 

  • 4 cups Cooked organic Brown Rice
  • 1 small Eggplant cubed
  • 1 head of Cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 head of Broccoli cut into florets
  • 3 stems of kale stems removed and torn into 1″
  • 1 large White Onion loose chop
  • 2 cups Snap Peas
  • 1 Bell Pepper loose chop
  • 1.5″ diced fresh Ginger
  • 2 tsp Chinese Five Spice (if you think it needs more then add it)
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1-2 good sprinkles of ground pepper
  • 1-2 tsp course ground Celtic Salt
  • 1/2 cup Braggs Amino Acids ( you can find this at almost any grocery store, we got ours at Fred Meyers)
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/3 fresh squeezed Lemon

What To Do

  1. In a wok or large pot on medium high add a couple of tablespoons of healthy oil (avocado or organic coconut oil because they can take high heat. Olive oil will just smoke) and add all of your veggies. Cook stirring constantly until veggies are as desired.
  2. Mix wet ingredients together and pour over veggies, stir until veggies are coated with mixture.
  3. Serve over your warmed lovely brown rice. If you like you can drizzle a little more Amino Acids if you would like more soy sauce flavor on your plate.

I hope you enjoy this meal like we did.

xoxo, JoyLynn