Am now on day 5 of USANAs RESET programme. Looking forward to weigh-in in the morning. Found yesterday a little challenging as went out for lunch anticipating to buy a smoothie. The café didn't make them and settled for a salad with no protein. The rest of the afternoon I observed myself snacking on raw vegetables and fruit. Thank goodness I saw the pattern of no protein so had an egg. I have done several of these RESETs over the last few years and this year I have been more aware of my eating patterns.
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First and second days of USANA’s RESET programme
First weigh in before getting started was a surprise. I thought I was starting at my base weight to find 3 kgs had crept on over the last few weeks. Felt a bit on the back foot then turned it around and saw it as my goal motivator.
Started days one and two with a glass of warm lemon juice and USANAs REV3 to kick start my system. Small amount of exercise on my lymphatic rebounder and a small walk. Time for my first balanced Chocolate Nutrimeal. The next few hours were fine with the addition of a few nuts, another shake at lunchtime, apple and a hardboiled egg for afternoon tea. Another USANA shake for dinner. Must admit I was pleased to end the day and a great feeling that one day was ticked off. Day 2 is still in progress. No great hunger spikes and very conscious how I’m behaving around food. My go to comfort drink of tea with milk is off the agenda. Green tea and a few herbals are at the top of warm drinks.
Day three is often where the body switches and can be a bit of a grumpy day. I’m preparing myself mentally as have a few café meetings set up for the week.
In preparation for USANA's RESET
Every time I decide to do the RESET, the hardest part is the preparation. Every breakfast, every snack, every lunch and dinner feel like the last my meal.
I’m checking out the pantry to make sure there are enough healthy Low Glycaemic snacks available. I keep in mind apples, nuts, celery, lemons, some salad greens, green tea and Rev 3, USANAs energy drink. My RESET package arrived via courier a few days ago. This time round I also have my Fitbit to make sure I do at least 20 to 30 mins moderate exercise very day. Calories are down for the first 5 days, so it isn’t sensible to do excessive exercise. In the Transform phase I can step it up.
Well it’s Friday night and I’m mentally and emotionally prepared! Tomorrow I shall measure and weight in on my own bathroom scales.
Love you to come on my journey with me. Should you decide to join me and do the RESET, great. By the way, the free blender bottle is only available until 9th Nov
Last Monday I started the USANA RESET programme to release around 5 kgs. Keeping on top of weight gain seems to be number one on wellness goals for many women and men.
Come spring, every wellness website is expounding the virtues of their amazing product and programmes. In a sense I have joined these wellness people with my programme!
The question is why do we put weight on in in the beginning. Right through my childhood until after the birth of my second child, I was slim. The weight gain never went away after my third child. It may have been hormonal, hence way I have embarked on a course with Wendy Sweet looking at peri-menopausal and menopausal weight gain.
Low Glycaemic foods is one of Wendy’s recommendations, hence why I have embarked on my 5 day RESET programme that helps to reset the insulin in the body.
Monday: Day 1. I started with a positive attitude and put on my new Fitbit to measure my steps. Weighed myself and yes at least 2 kgs had crept on over winter. I decided to have a Lemon Tang drink, made from whole lemons with ginger and turmeric. This is meant to wake up the liver. The rest of the day was made up of three shakes and a couple of healthy Low GI snacks. I had trialled out the recipes with my 2 year old grand daughter!
Tuesday: Day 2 Feeling good
Wednesday: Day 3 Feeling positive and keen to get in at least 6000 steps. Shakes make life easy and not having to think too much about food. I'm aware Day 3 can sometimes create grumpy feelings...I did have a few then got back into positive mode.
Thursday: Day 4 Still feeling good and desire for other food is getting less, which is a little strange for me. The RESET is working!
Now becoming more aware of foods in the pantry for Saturday when I need to start creating low GI meals. I do have a few spare shakes for the 'just in case' moments.
Friday: Day 5 I will be fine!
Weigh in Monday
Spring is here and its time to put the hot oats away. This morning I started the day with a glass of Lemon Tang followed by a Low Glycaemic USANA Chocolate Shake. The shakes can have water added or a combination of water and milk or an alternative milk product. I rather like half water and half Coconut Milk or Almond Milk. There is already 15 grams of protein in the shake derived from whey and soy protein. Another option is to add half a banana, pre-soaked chia seeds, sunflower seeds and linseeds and almonds plus berries.
There are 3 flavours to choose from, Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate.
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How are you going getting spring into your step towards feeling and looking great?
A few days ago, I had one of those spontaneous moments. Driving along I glanced into a paddock and spotted a few lambs having loads of fun, jumping on some newly felled logs, nudging each other and generally frolicking around. They didn’t have a care in the world and were simply in the moment.
As I drove off my feeling of lightness and excitement stayed with me and opened a gateway to contemplate: how do humans get a spring in their step? For some it might be buying spring and summer clothes, others it could be hopping on the scales and seeing the numbers going down, clothes feeling loose around the hips, having dinner with old friends, a glass of wine, seeing a sunset.
What makes you get a spring in your step?
Experience USANA’s 5 day RESET to help you get the spring back into your step, feel good and look great.
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Have you learned how to relax while having continuous deadlines, informative books to read, children’s demands, partners demands, IT demands?
As I write I realise the demands on our precious time is endless.
How do we take timeout to relax during the day with all these demands? Today I observed my cat, Boots. He doesn’t care if I’m busy, he knows he will get fed and stroked when he wants and he does go to work occasionally, walking around the section on paw patrol to keep my house mouse free.
What can we learn from our animals? Quit being busy, quit worrying, relax, enjoy the moment, be mindful, have time off from mobile phones, computers, webinars, children and quite honestly put yourself and your needs first, just for a change.
I am a work in progress, having a mindset instilled in me as a child to rest when the work is done. What a crazy belief to take on board…now it is time to unlearn it and relearn to go with the flow and really acknowledge that both our time and ourselves are precious.
I have had a rather intriguing two days chatting to mums about how they celebrated Mother’s Day. It is a world-wide celebration and Facebook entries have soured with photos of happy Mums, remembering Mums who have passed on and how people have celebrated.
Modern day Mother’s Day seems a great marketing idea, so I decided to explore history to see where it all started. To my surprise it started back in Greece 250 BC!
Earliest History of Mother’s Day http://www.mothersdaycelebration.com
The earliest history of Mother’s Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.
Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.
Early Christians celebrated a Mother's Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honour of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. In England the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday.
It is also intriguing the role Dads play in helping children celebrate Mother’s Day and how they celebrate with their Mums. Is their activity role modeled from their fathers? This year was unique with Mother's Day landing one day after the start of duck shooting! I imagine this would have changed the celebrating dynamics in many New Zealand homes.
I was fortunate to receive calls from my 2 adult sons who live away from me and my daughter invited me to dinner. Other Mums I have spoken to had heard from some of their children and not others. Some children simply said they didn't believe in Mother’s Day or any other ‘special’ days, hence no calls to their mothers.
Knowing the history behind the day gives it more significance, honouring our mothers for nurturing us, caring for us, loving us and simply being there when we were hurt, sad, happy and just being ourselves.
Let us continue to celebrate Mother's Day.
How can we maintain or create a state of Wellness as we move into the 40+ age bracket?
Fortunately Wellness is not the absence of disease; in fact it is not dependent on our physical wellbeing. This may come as a surprise as we often see the word ‘Wellness’ in many publications especially about health and fitness.
The first prerequisite of wellness is our ability to have free choice and to take responsibility for our health and wellbeing. Typically, I went out for dinner last night, ate far too much and felt my body struggling to digest the lovely meal. I chose what went on my plate, how much I ate and what stayed on the plate. Did I need dessert…no, did I have dessert, yes!
When assessing our state of wellness, we look at ourselves holistically. This includes our breathing patterns. Do we use the time at the lights thinking about our next meeting or taking time to do deep breathing that will support our immune system and keeps our stress levels down.
How effectively are we communicating with our partners, our children, our work colleagues? Are we blaming or are we in learning mode and listening with the intent to listen and understand where the other person is coming from.
If you are a woman 40+, live in the vicinity of Hawke’s Bay, come and join Robin Wilson, Health and Wellness Coach and June McCarthy, Wellness Coach on 12th March at the Heretaunga Women’s Centre. 2-4pm Cost $10 going to Heretaunga Women’s Centre. Booking is essential via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For whatever strange reason as we move out of December and into January we seem to have a sense of renewal, change, new direction and a time to reassess who we are, what we can offer the world, how we can better deliver our services.
I personally enjoy the challenge of reassessing my dreams and targets for the new year, rewriting vision statements and mission statements. It is a sense of renewal, of better things to come and in essence a renewed sense of hope. We can all do with a dose of hope every now again.
Part of my reassessment is to look at my physical wellness.
Post Christmas is always a time when we may need to take stock of the extra kilos that we may have gained over the holidays. This year I have made a commitment to increase exercise, decrease gluten, decrease sugar and attempt to replace some dairy with coconut products.
I have also made my own Kombucha, a healthy way in increase good gut bugs, increase immunity and aid digestion. Because it's naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probiotic beverage. Find a friend who has a bug and make your own!
Partnering with USANA Health Sciences has been my ongoing commitment for the last 17 years. I was so proud to see the USANA signage at the WTA tournament in Auckland. USANA is the preferred nutritional supplement supplier for the WTA. This company is certainly my preferred supplement supplier.
One program USANA is now promoting is the RESET Challenge, starting 19th January. This program is perfect for post- Christmas kilos. The program is based around low glycaemic foods, vegetables, fruit and low fat meats, USANA shakes and snacks and loads of fun and education. In 2014 I did the program and released 5 kgs. This weight has not returned.
The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low-GI foods, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health. Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). They have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Low GI diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance.
Recent studies from Harvard School of Public Health indicate that the risks of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease are strongly related to the GI of the overall diet. In 1999, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) recommended that people in industrialised countries base their diets on low-GI foods in order to prevent the most common diseases of affluence, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Anyone wishing to join a RESET group please send me a message. I will answer any questions that may arise and will offer my coaching skills to help you achieve your goals. The program runs for 12 weeks.