By Cheryl L. McClure
My boys and my grandkids will not bat an eye about my weight when I go visit them but I’m also visiting my brother this summer. He’s more like a string bean, and I'm guessing he will be looking at me and thinking "Orca", LOL, so I better get some of this weight off and get back on track! But seriously, I feel uncomfortable when I get beyond a certain weight.
So I started back to walking at least 30 minutes in the morning. When I’m doing my contract job from home, I’m planted in front of the computer most of the day. When I’m not doing that job or my other computer work, I’m doing things like gardening, cleaning out the chicken coop and run, fetching water and food for the chickens and cleaning the extra coop for the youngest chicks, etc.
Then there’s harvesting from the garden and cooking and doing more of that since the only fast food around here comes out of our refrigerator. Check out my Minty Cabbage Slaw recipe!
Then I drink my cup of hot Tumeric/Lemon tea and I’ve added essential oils to it for the health benefits which promote a healthy immune response and support digestion. I add lemon juice plus a drop of Lemon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Clove and Cinnamon Bark (Vitality line). I can’t tell you how much this combination has helped!! Trust me, it is worth the trouble of getting out those ingredients and sipping that one cup of “tea”.
I’ve switched up my consumption of food and now that it’s warm outside I really enjoy my smoothies in the morning. I use protein shakes from Young Living with frozen fruit and coconut milk. That’s just one meal replacement.
A light sandwich is good for lunch when I add fresh veggies from the garden like banana peppers and tomatoes. I even add Malabar spinach and hard boiled egg from our very own farm fresh eggs!
So, all said and done, when I purposefully and intentionally started this, it was about a month ago. I did not weigh when I started because, frankly, I had looked at the scales in January and I did not want to see that number or one even close to it!! But I weighed in last night and I can tell you that I have lost at least 10 pounds and my clothes fit better. I saw someone the other day and she had commented on how much weight I had lost.
I have lost weight, I feel better and I have more energy.
Bottom line is I have changed my exercise + supplement + eating routine and it’s working for me. I'm choosing a different path. One that may not be perfectly straight but it's working!
- Stick with a reasonable exercise routine; you don’t have to run a marathon!! Find a buddy to walk with; your best friend or your dog or both!
- Eat sensibly. Eat REAL food (clean meats, veggies, fruits). Someone once told me, “eat just enough to shut your stomach up”. Moderation is key. You can eat everything on your plate if you serve yourself smaller portions!
- Bless your body with good nutrition. Build your immunity. Keep above the wellness line by using quality supplements like the ones from Young Living. See the Product Guide and if you have questions, contact me! I want to help!
- If you chart your progress you will know what’s working. If anything, you will feel better. It's not all about pounds and inches.
Do you have gluten sensitivities? Try these Gluten Free Brownies with Peppermint Vitality essential oil and you will wonder why you didn’t try this before!! Browse our line of foods that will meet your need. We have Einkorn pasta, flour, pancake mix and more!
Hopefully my experience will encourage you if you are just a little off balance and struggling with minor weight management. Bring it on back! You can do it with a few simple changes!
Take care and give your body what it needs to stay above that wellness line!
Cheryl @ Pickle Creek Ranch