2017 Is My Year For Wellness!

2017 Is My Year For Wellness

I’ve put it off long enough. It’s not that I don’t take care of myself, it’s just that I tend to let it slide sometimes. I’ve packed on some weight and want to slim down a bit. I have a deviated septum to fix and overall I want to focus on health and wellbeing.

The first thing I did was schedule my surgery for the first week in January. That was a tough one. I had heard sinus nasal surgery was hard but it put me back for a while.  Luckily I started to modify my diet and eat well during this period.  That gave me a jumpstart on what was to come.

Next, I began a body fat challenge at Kicked Up Fitness. Having planned this for the beginning of 2017, I tried to lessen the pain by preparing in November. I joined the gym, took kickboxing classes and worked with a trainer. This gave me a false sense of security. The first thing they did for the challenge was have a bod pod survey done. This is when they measure all of your body composition and that was a bit scary. I fell into the risky category by 2%. That was enough to get me into gear.

The body fat challenge is composed of six teams. The team is a trainer and four members. The team that loses the most body fat wins. Janice is our trainer and we only have three members but we have already decided this contest is ours! It was painful at first. Each week we have two individual training sessions with Janice and one group session. That’s three training sessions along with my regular tennis (I’m scheduled twice a week +/-) and fitting in a kickboxing or yoga class here and there. Needless to say, I’m pretty busy.

To start us off right Martel, our local Whole Foods Marketing and Community Liaison, offered to give us a tour of Whole Foods. This helped us with our healthy pantry makeover and gave us an education on how Whole Foods operates and their philosophy. No GMO’s, how they support the community and more. This is evidenced in their motto “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”. This video is an excellent instruction in how our pantry should look for optimum health and wellbeing.

During the tour, we were treated to a tour of the back rooms seeing what is behind the scenes in the storage areas, offices bakery and deli kitchens. It was quite fascinating.

Martel sent us on our way with shopping bags, a gift card and a few tastes of how good healthy food can be. Now that we are educated on stocking a pantry and settling into our training routine it’s a pretty exciting endeavor.

Now that we are two weeks into our journey, I’m happy to announce I’ve lost 8 lbs. and it’s only been two and a half weeks! Combining the diet and healthy eating with our training sessions is really paying off for all of us. I’ll check in with the rest of the group on Sunday but we are all felling healthier, happy and vibrant. That’s what this is all about and plus we’re going to win this thing!

 I found the recipe in Bon Appetit Magazine and made it with whole wheat pasta. It was delicious, filling and packs lot’s of protein!

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