Day 7

So yesterday was day 7 and I am feeling good. I do feel like I am slimming down, but I have hit a plateau in my weight this week. I WILL be breaking it this next week. I am determined. No matter who you are when you are working on losing weight to get healthy, you plateau. Whether your plateau is for are short few days or a longer few weeks it can be frustrating. So what can you do? Well first of all don give up! Keep with your two shakes a day and one meal and day. This system works I am sure of it! This week I and adding into my routine a morning cup of tea with lemon. Lemon is a natural detoxifying agent and will help to cleanse your system. If you are doing your 30 Days with me, then you will be starting your 7 day cleanse this week. Remember the cleanse is something you do on top of your daily intake of food. When I first did this program the cleanse is what really jumpstarted my weightloss. But overall stay the course. You made the decision, stick to it! Remember why you are starting this joirney and never look back. My why is below. I am getting healthy for my son, to be with him every step of the way! And to you my readers, together we will celebrate our successes in just a few weeks!!

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Feelin’ Good

Today is Day 5 of this new 30 Days and I am feeling good! I am excited to say that my energy is up and my brain is less foggy. Last night I had a rough night with my teething 6 month old, up and down all night, but after my shake this morning I really feel good. I feel like I can focus and I have the energy I need to make it though my day. Now, it will probably be an early bedtime for me after my evening shake, but eh who can blame me! My challenge for you today is to commit. Yes yes I know you may have said yes to a shake here or there or yes to “being better” but what does that really mean? Look down the road a ways. What if I could tell you that you don’t have to ache everyday and you don’t have to worry about blood sugar or blood pressure problems. I don’t know anyone who has truly gotten healthy by eating clean (no dairy, no sugar, no gluten) that has these issues. Yes I know you LOVE food, and I do too, I have found that over time your palate will change and a peach tastes like candy because you are no longer giving your body poison called sugar. We are also talking about quality of life down the road. It is so important to make that decision now because it will truly change your life. If you say to me “Oh that’s alot of pressure” Well yes because it is a life altering change, but it is simple. Start with a decision to eat right today. 30 Days to Healthy Living is how I choose to fill the gap from our standard American diet to healthy living, and it is so simple. You have your shakes so you only have to worry about one meal a day. As a professional yo-yo dieter growing up, only having to prepare one meal sounds great! But today I am feeling inspired, because even with lack of sleep, my jeans are loose and my energy is up!! I love it!

Are you Under Attack?

It’s an issue of the mind. Are you foggy, forgetful, and sometimes even ask yourself if you are losing it?  It’s not your imagination.  Your mind is under attack. There are media outlets that are telling you that whole wheat is healthy for you even though a serving of whole wheat toast turns to sugar faster in your body that eating table sugar! They are telling us that GMO’s and spraying crops has no effect on us. That bread you just ate was made with wheat sprayed with Roundup just ten days before harvest.  When the media come up with a “cute” slogan of “Bet you can’t eat just one” in regards to potato chips, the science behind it has made it so when you eat these foods the combination of salt, fat and sugar causes a bliss point in your brain that is more addictive than cocaine! We have to commit to take the time to educate ourselves and take back our health.

Now I do not know everything, but everyday I try look into something new. I look around me and see the problems that are plaguing my neighbors and peers. What is causing the diabetes? What is causing the cancer? Why are there so many on anxiety medication and high blood pressure medication? Why is Autism and ADD and ADHD consuming our kids! Could it have something to do with the food that we are consuming. Just a thought… Did you know that 180 million pounds of glyphosate (Roundup) was used on commercial crops in 2011 and an additional 5 million pounds used on home gardens!

According to Scientific American, “scientists found that Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells—even at concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns.

One specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, was more deadly to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells than the herbicide itself – a finding the researchers call ‘astonishing.’

“This clearly confirms that the [inert ingredients] in Roundup formulations are not inert,” wrote the study authors from France’s University of Caen. “Moreover, the proprietary mixtures available on the market could cause cell damage and even death [at the] residual levels” found on Roundup-treated crops, such as soybeans, alfalfa and corn, or lawns and gardens.”

Inert ingredients are ingredients that manufacturers claim have no effect on your body. Is it not scary that the “harmless” ingredients in and on our foods are the ones that are killing our brain and our gut! 80% of our immune system is in our guts and through non organic foods, the good bacteria is slowly being killed off and our immune system is as well. Why are we getting sicker? Could it have something to do with our food?

Here We Go

Ok Everybody. A few months ago I started back on my journey to health post pregnancy. During my pregnancy I gained a total of 65 pounds, which was discouraging, but totally worth it! Isn’t he cute!

I am not alone on my journey to health, I am sure. Many many people have success losing the weight and look back a year late have backslid a long ways. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!  I am back! I started back on 30 Days to Healthy Living again and have lost about 35 pounds!  I am so excited, but have now hit a plateau, so here I am. I am going to share with you my journey over the next 30 Days and beyond, my journey back to health! You ready. If you want to join me, I have a texting support group who is doing it with me and we share daily encouragements. Email me at annajoyjeffrey@gmail.com. Yesterday was my preparation day and I went shopping and bought whole foods to make my clean meal with. If you are unfamiliar, 30 Days to Healthy Living program consists of 30 Days or eating 2 protein shakes a day and 1 clean meal a day. I use Arbonne protein powder because it is vegan, soy, and dairy free. Whey protein is inflammatory to your system and soy protein acts as a phytoestrogen (or a false estrogen) and once it passes your mouth, your hormones are at risk! So I use our protein powder and will share with you my different shake recipes and meal recipes. This morning I am having a hot shake. I heated my water and am using the Vanilla Protein Shake Mix with cinnamon and a little added vanilla. I have my own vanilla latte without all the added chemicals and sugars! Yum. I am excited to share my journey with you! In 30 Days I am going to be changed! I hope that it will inspire you to get healthy too. We as a country are getting sicker and sicker and instead of taking pills to cover up the symptoms, lets fight the problem, yeah? 

Making Progress

Every journey takes one step at a time! One foot in front of the other. Life is a learning curve and everyday is a new start for you on your journey. As you know my journey started a few years ago as a miserable 18/19 year old, so desperate to feel vibrant! Over my first journey I lost over 75 poundsPhoto_2017-04-11_12-22-38_PM in 6 months and it really did change my life! And as life happens sometimes, here I am again walking my journey back to health. I am not back where I started, but between new marriage and first pregnancy, I took a step back from my size 8 jeans to a size 16! When I started back on this journey to health I was up to 250 pounds with my 3 months old handsome man wearing me out! Haha. You moms know what I am talking about! I set my mind to getting back to health and have used the tools in my toolbox to make it happen! My favorite tool by far is 30 Days to HePhoto_2017-04-11_12-23-14_PMalthy Living all the way! I have the energy to chase my little one. I have a clear head to make the decisions I need to and I feel good!  I have been on 30 Days to Healthy Living, or 30 Days to Fit if you have been with me a while, for a couple of months now. I am excited to tell you that since I have been back in action on 30 Days to Healthy Living (late January) I have lost 26 pounds!!! In fact, look at what it has done in my face! The first picture is from February 22nd to April 5th… The second picture is from March 25th to April 5th!! Only 11 Days!

 

Accountability

I truly believe that one of the main reasons I have been successful with weight loss thus far has been accountability! And I am not talking about those around me. Yes, I have my family to help keep me on track, but the tool that I have loved for so long has been a food journal. You can keep one on paper or online. I personally use Myfitnesspal. I have downloaded the app on my phone and by keeping track of every morsel that passes my lips. You have to be your best partner when it comes to weight loss. Your mind can be your biggest adversary and if you truly want to be healthy, you need all the tools you can get. I know I do! So I challenge you today to commit. Decide today to give it 30 days. Your mindset will change and you will be triumphant! If you want my accountability, I would love to help you on your journey! Email me at annajoyjeffrey@gmail.com and we will stay in touch as we walk this road together. But please start a food journal. If you are using protein powder with me get creative with low calorie shakes and fun protein bars to mix things up. Keep track of everything and it will help to keep you motivated to stay on track! Comment below if you have had success in the past like I have! myfitnesspal-logo-600x200

It’s a New Day

I want to take a moment and tell you that today is a new day, no, today is your day!! Everyday is a new beginning and I want to challenge you to take today to slow down and see those people around you. Take the time to talk to someone you wouldn’t normally talk to. Invite a friend over and find a new healthy recipe to learn to cook together. Fellowship with those around you. So many times we get too busy ande9667a7198aee40ad31b343712ee7288 we miss out on those precious moments around us! We all live very busy lives, believe me! But today take a moment to share what you are doing on your journey to health because what you are learning could transform the lives of those around you! Be bold! I am down 20 pounds and feeling amazing! That baby weight doesn’t leave easy, but I am doing it! And the knowledge I have can help to transform the lives of the people I meet! Today is your day! Slow down and enjoy it!