Being kinder and more compassionate to…YOU


A sweet friend gave me this journal.  As I write my “I am thankful for …” list each day, I love to read the cover over and over.  Doesn’t it just sound like what we want?!  Having a week of boot camp like this allows us to re-focus our lenses on what is really important.  This week you are taking time for you.  Because guess what? If you don’t take care of you, how are you going to take care of others that you love or care about?  

Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, etc. would have us all believe that everyone around us has an awesome life without much effort.  In the words of Jen Hatmaker, “We need to quit tying to be awesome and instead be wise.  Decide which parts are draining you dry…Could you sacrifice a Good for a BEST? Throw out every should or should not and make ruthless cuts.  Go ahead.”  Want to read more on this? Here’s her book:

Home stretch… we are almost there this week…hitting RE-SET never felt so good.  Hang tough, my friends.

New Juice Bar

Thanks, Amy for sharing this morning that the new Juice Bar by Harris Teeter has an amazing menu! Juices, smoothies, soups, salads. If you find that you don’t have time to prepare food this week that might be a great place to stop by and try.

How much sugar is ok?

ok, I’ve read 2 teaspoons a day is all you can take, but I just read an IDEA article (great research behind it) in my latest IDEA Fitness journal (Nov/Dec. 2015), and it says 6 teaspoons and not more a day.  That’s a good visual, right? So here’s what authors Joy Keller and Judy Meyer had to say about how much sugar is in common stuff:

  • Spaghetti sauce – 2.4 tsp
  • lucky charms cereal – 10.6 tsp
  • applesauce – 4.6 tsp
  • iced tea- 9.6 tsp ( and I bet that’s not southern sweet!)
  • typical soft drinks (20 ounce) – 19.25 tsp

yikes.  More than that is being linked to tooth decay, obseity, heart disease, liver disease, and other problems…think on that this week.  Visualizing the teaspoons can help us make better choices. 

(One more thing though…please don’t switch to fake sugar! Worse for you than real sugar cane.  Your body doesn’t know what to do with those chemicals.)

Today we start our cleanse and committment to exercise.

Let’s spend the next week focusing on eating what’s right for our bodies:

  • meat/fish
  • nuts/seeds
  • fruits/veggies
  • more veggies!

CHALLENGE #1:  Grill or cook more than one meal today so you are ready when you get hungry this week.  Last night we grilled our dinner and 5 more organic chicken breasts (from The Peach Stand right here in Fort Mill – great butcher and fish selection if you haven’t been) for the week to throw on salads.  This is the KEY: BE PREPARED.  PLAN YOUR MEALS FOR THE WEEK TODAY.  You won’t go wrong. Marinade on chicken? Homemade balsamic vinegar. yum.

CHALLENGE #2: Try to eat one salad per day this week.  Easiest way I know to get you 5-7 servings of vegetables in.

Remember: no sugar, no alcohol, no packaged food.  Read your labels – sugar is everywhere (but better for you than gluscose, fructose, anything ending in -ose, or corn syrup).

Did you eat too much Halloween candy?  5 day Boot camp coming.

November 15 through November 20.  This is the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving.  Think it over – there will be 2 sessions:

1) Mostly morning session: starts Sunday afternoon at 5:00PM. then Mon. at 5:30am, Tues. at 5:30am, Take off Wed., Thurs. at 5:30am, and ending Fri. at 5:30am.

2) Evening session: starts Sunday at 5:30pm, and Monday through Thursday at 5:30pm.  No Friday.