Monday, 10 March 2014

Falling off the CLEAN EATING WAGON, and clambering back on ASAP!!!

This last Thursday, my darling sister and her husband booked Scott and I into Harrison Hot Spring's Hotel for a relaxing night out.  They even babysat the kids for a night.  It was a thank you to Scott for all the help he has been while they are renovating their new house.

I've been really good with my clean eating since January 6th.  No Dairy, Caffeine, Alcohol, Red Meat, Gluten... and been pretty good on all level's. (With the exception of the Coffee... Monday's are definitely a coffee day).

We had a relaxing time in the hot springs, I've never been in the actual springs... funny how you can live 20 minutes from a tourist site, and have never taken the time to literally immerse yourself. They were beautiful, and definitely worth checking out if you are ever in the area.  We had a really great time!

So since we were on a mini-vacay, I thought... i'm going to treat myself!!! OMG BAD IDEA!!

So, that evening I had two Apple Ciders (Gluten free) one before the springs, and one before we went to dinner.  Then we walked to the Black Forest German Restaurant.  We had Sourdough bread, and I had Ham and Cheese Schnitzel, (with Potatoes and veggies) and an Apple Strudel with Ice Cream and Whipped Creme. The food was very, very good!  I didn't take the pic, but thanks to other food picture snapping people, i easily googled a pic of my dish of choice.

As soon as we got back to the room I had an EXTREME stomach ache, and was little to no fun for the rest of the evening. Scott who also has been eating CLEANER due to association, had a similar effect on his stomach. (he had the cheesecake). We were asleep by 9.  We were not visited by any of the local ghost's, this time. ;-)

The next morning, I awoke to the worst "hangover" EVER!  It took two day's to get my system to feel normalized again, that includes brain fog... and irritability (this is only somewhat normal).  I have learned my lesson.  And have officially realized that i NO LONGER wish to eat anything that doesn't feed my body properly.  Lesson learned!

But... oh the bread....

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Month End, Momentum, Magic, and March!

Welcome to March of 2014!!!

What is this month going to be for you??  For me it's going to be EPIC!!! I've got so much to look forward too.  We have amazing outings planned for the family, and I have some fun (aka work) planned for myself as well!

Last night we just had another amazing Magical Month End in our business.  We had another amazing team member make a push for a large pay raise to Area Manager.  Her and her team all came together and made it happen.  I truly know that I am in the right business.  When people work together to make things happen, they don't climb, stab, or undermine each other.  I still have to pinch myself sometimes when I realize that this is what I get to do for a living.  It is SOOO worth the learning curve, the cancelled appointments, the late nights, the hours and hours of coaching calls.  I couldn't imagine anything else.  I am TOTALLY UNEMPLOYABLE! :-)

And on that note...last month I had a new first for me.  I taught my first class at the University of the Fraser Valley. I'm facilitating an amazing group of people working towards a Management Diploma.  The class I'm teaching is Momentum, Delegation and Giving Feedback.  It was a blast, and I'm looking forward to the next 4 day's of class's.  It was a fun hearing other's experiences with their careers, both positive and negatives.  There is always so much to learn in a good story.  I am looking forward to teaching a few classes a year (if they will have me back ;-).  It's always a great experience to push yourself in a direction that you never expected to be in.

Self Care:

I am still behaving(ish) on my clean eating challenge.  It is amazing how when you make something a habit, after a month and a half... it truly becomes second nature. I don't crave the sugar, etc. But I will confess to a coffee as well as a celebratory cider that may have slipped into the schedule yesterday.  My weight continues to drop, slowly but surely.  I also am noticing a decrease in back pain, but I believe that has a lot to do with the activity at the gym.

I am still loving taking the time to Meditate almost daily.  I find it has helped with my focus, and really centered this rather random brain of mine. I read a study once (well I read an article that referenced a study, let's be honest) that Meditation had the same effect on the ADD brain as medication.  And since I won't be taking anything medicine wise, this has been a great alternative that I will be happy to continue.

Going to the Gym took a bit of a hit last week.  My kid's took turns being sick, and I was sidelined after a busy couple of day's of bad hwy driving, event's and teaching... my migraine returned combined with a bit of whatever it was the kids had.  So I missed a week, but am now back with a vengeance... and new goals.

Make a memory, connect with friends, be kind to a stranger.  We are here only for a few heart beats... make each one count!  xo di