I got the notification this morning that over 100,000 people read my blog!!In the world of blogs, honestly,I know its not huge, but to me, its HUGE. I just really can't believe it, I'm so grateful, and honored. Thank you so much!!!This got me thinking, there is a Universal Law called the Law of Relativity, I'm forever reminding my daughter Sasha that what you compare yourself to MATTERS! To YOUR brain! (Before you doze off, let me tell you why you should care.)She likes to compare herself to Simone Biles in terms of gymnastics, and I do think its great she has role models like Simone to look up to, however, if she compares her gymnastics to where Simone is now, what happens?She finds herself not as good in comparison. Your brain counts that as a loss.
Minus 1 YOU bro! Extend that out for weeks, months or even years... ugh. There's not much fun in that, there's no dopamine release, either.Many people I know are type-A competitive people (the opposite of me) and they LOVE to use this sort of measure to motivate themselves.What I see happen all the time, and what the Law predicts, is that the constant losing the brain is experiencing is tallying leaves them deflated, exhausted and usually depressed. Who wants to constantly lose, its painful! So they give up.Winning is relative, even in a race, coming in 1st is not relative. Your brain wants WINS, it counts them all day long. You have the ability to control that. Wow!Maybe this is what our moms meant when they would tell us to "look at the bright side?"If you are comparing yourself to any standard you will never hit, your brain is tallying LOSSES. It's counting you as a loser.I know it sounds weird, but try it, make a long list of easy stuff to get done over the next couple days- I mean as LONG as you can.... take shower, eat banana, watch TV, throw away trash and then, here's the magic, CHECK THEM OFF. WIN! Like really go for it.If I had started my blog comparing myself to the New York Times or Deepak Chopra or the Huffington Post, I don't think I ever would have started it. I know that my expertise has value and is concentrated in an area many people really need help, but still I probably would have been too overwhelmed to ever start writing anything. How would it ever be good enough?Instead I wrote blogs to my friends, on subjects they were struggling with, and to myself and once clients started reading, their questions. And honestly, I love it, I would write it if no one was reading it.My message to you is, wherever you are in your journey to wellness, start small, compare yourself to you yesterday, or make a list of easy wins. Show yourself you can do everything you set your mind to, and pretty soon you will be amazed at how far you've come!Jennifer
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People who have successfully transformed their bodies call it a “lifestyle.” You really have to change your view on what you are going to do every day, we repeat habits daily because we know the long-term payoff, the benefits out-weigh the irritation of having to repeat tasks daily, like brushing your teeth.
The easiest path to change is to make it non-negotiable. You just decide that these new habits are going to take priority over other things, and you change your lifestyle to reflect these new priorities. You are going to have to weigh the pain of staying the same against the pain of change and see if you can convince yourself that the effort is worth it.
My job is to help you see that these changes have REAL benefits in your life, that you can feel great, look great and enjoy life on your terms. Of course you will not be perfect, so get that out of your head, seriously, this is not about perfection. This is about decision, loving yourself enough to become a priority to YOU!You will never regret working to make yourself better, I’m here because you needed to hear these words from someone who has been there- you deserve better, you deserve to live your best life. You deserve to treat yourself better, because if you can’t do it, who will?Whoever has mistreated you, abused you, hurt you, ignored you, forgive them and move on. Forgiveness will give you your life back, your strength back and stop your victim mentality.Forgiveness is NOT FOR THEM, ITS FOR YOU. It does not make what they did ok, it makes it ok for you to live your life.
You have to decide you are worth more, before you can get more, decide that you want to change, that it is a done deal, that you are going to change some priorities, ask the Universe, God or Your Higher Self for help, knowledge and strength if you want to. Don’t put this responsibility on to someone else, a partner, family member, lover, child or anyone else, this is your decision and only you can change.To get a little "woo" on you, the full moon and Spring equinox are coming up, the moon signals a time to let go, move on and let new doors open, the equinox is a time of rebalancing. The start of Spring, all things begin anew, equal and balanced again. Whatever storm you passed through in Winter, you can now know that universal forces will rebalance injustices, repurpose resources and renew life. It's a great time to commit to yourself.This comes directly from my heart, in true knowing that you deserve the absolute best in life and I want you to have it.Jennifer
A lot of people have been asking me about essential oils, which are good to use while working on yourself, for cravings and detox bathing. I love essential oils, we even sell a rollerball with the fragrance of NST in the store to use when cravings strike!I made a fun little video tell you about my favorite oils- you can watch it hereWeight Loss Transformation with Essential Oils- You TubeThank you for liking and sharing it, I really appreciate it!Jennifer
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Plan and prepare your week of meals today!This kind of prep is what takes you to the next level, it really shows how much you believe in yourself and what you're doing, its putting your money and your time into doing something that will really support your goals.You won't have to think about making your next meal or finding something healthy when you're starving! It's already there!I know you're busy, tired and cranky-- that's why you need to PLAN!I challenge you today to plan and make your 10 lunches and dinners for the week.It's not as hard as it sounds, especially if you can handle repetition.Cook 10 portions of protein & 10 portions of vegetables, make a large mixed salad and cook a few potatoes if you can handle eating starchy carbs.I use these handy containers to store my food: 10 Pack 3 Compartment Meal Prep Food Storage Containers with Lids/BPA Free Bento Lunch Boxes/Divided Portion Control Container Plates-Microwave, Dishwasher Safe, Free CutleryFor 1 person the list of food might look like:4 chicken breasts
8 ounces shrimp
4 fish fillets or pork chops
2 lean burgers (salmon, beef)mix and match seasonings and sauces1 pound green beans
1 pound zucchini
1 pound carrots
1 pound peaslarge mixed salad- add cabbage, carrots, grape tomatoes, olives in a covered bowl.Cook: Simply calculate cooking time and put each in so they all finish nearly at the same time, you can roast or steam veggies, this is 6.4 ounces of vegetables per meal, add more if you want.While everything is cooking, wash and chop greens & fruit for smoothies into plastic freezer bags or prepare your snacks.When everything is done, distribute into containers and store in fridge or freezer, meals for thurs/fri should be frozen.I don't recommend heating your food in plastic containers, so if you need to bring to work, I suggest investing in glass.
Want more help crushing your sugar cravings? Add more greens to your diet, the minerals in the dark leafy vegetables squelch cravings for sugar by supplying your body what it actually needs!My favorite place to hide greens is in a smoothie, especially when paired with dark purple fruit, you can barely taste them and they're so filling.Below is a great info graphic from abesmarket.com about how to create a detox green smoothie, try to keep the sugar low and the fiber high!Here's links to the products I personally love & use:Nutiva Organic Chia Seed, Black, 32 OunceBenefiber Taste-Free, Sugar-Free Fiber Supplement Powder for Digestive HealthNutiva Organic Hemp Protein 15g, 3-Pound BagHerbal Secrets USDA Certified Organic Maca Root Powder- 16 oz (1 lb)- GMO FREE- Supports Healthy Mood, Hormonal Balance, Cardiovascular Health & Immune HealthMaca root is especially good if you have hormonal imbalances, like PMS, PMDD or PCOS. Regularly committing to drinking green smoothies will help you transform your health, if you don't like the first one you make, keep at it, start with more fruit than greens and gradually add more greens, this isn't a race, you have a long life, work at it a little until you get the balance right!!