Health - Nutrition, Diet, Exercise

In Times Like This

Hello there,

It seems appropriate to start this post with a greeting. So many of us are missing face to face, voice and physical contact these days. While some are going about their lives as normal (don’t get me started on the Spring-breakers in Florida!), others are self quarantined, and still others are somewhere in between.

I have waffled, which is unlike my normal self. I am more of a reactor in general. I see, I hear, I do. Not always the best way to handle things but it is how I do, me. When I received the message midday on a Wednesday that our son’s school would be closing for 2 weeks in an effort to ‘flatten the curve’ (just one of the new buzz word/sayings), I took it in stride. A trickle of joy ran through me as the thought of having our son home for a couple weeks entered my brain.

Imagine my joy when not only school was canceled for 2 weeks, but so was soccer. Don’t get me wrong (yes, I just heard a collective gasp through the cloud slammed back at me), I LOVE watching M play soccer. However, the thought of a couple weeks without school AND soccer, brought visions of the ocean dancing in my head! I quickly began a search for vacation rentals at our favorite WA coast beach town. My hubby, who thinks a lot like me, was doing the same exact thing in another room of the house. We collaborated and booked a house for the following week.

After picking up our ‘son from another mother’, D, we packed up and headed to the coast for 5 days. We called it our spring break. (Now, hold your tongue! We did not party like it’s 1999 or anything of the sort.). We maintained social distancing from other people, ate in our rental home (not in restaurants), went on private walks through the woods, played ping-pong in the garage of the rental, played pickle ball (when no one else was) and did not join in other vacationers gatherings.

That last paragraph, the content of it, was VERY difficult for me (and Laurie). We are social by nature. We see a dog, we go pet it. We see people shooting hoops, we invite ourselves to join in. We see a child playing alone, we ask them to join our group. It’s in our DNA to be inclusive. Needless to say, we struggled, but we heeded all warnings and suggested cautions to maintain social distance. And instead, we had a blast with just our family, D, and Yuto (exchange student from Japan that lives with Laurie). We were our 6 (under 10).

With all this time on my hands I decided to take up an invite to tryout a newly started workout class via Zoom. My long time friend, Jessica Gleason, founder, owner and instructor for SDF (Seattle Dance Fitness) has stretched her creative business skills and is hosting workouts via a video platform. Women who normally went to her live classes at multiple locations throughout North Seattle, needed a way to keep working out and stay connected. I have been so proud of the business Jessica has started, watching it flourish and grow from a guest instructor at local fitness facilities to her own full fledged (FEMALE OWNED AND RAN) business. Talk about BOSS BABE! Just when she was killing it and had added multiple instructors to her booty shaking fleet, the virus hit and through a wrench in her business curve.

Rather than let that knock her out, Jessica picked herself up and began planning. Finding solutions, researching video options and creating a website for access. BOOM! Take that Covid-19. I have now tried a weeknight dance workout, a weekday kid/family hip hop class and a Saturday morning workout. All were fun, physical and made me sweat! Today’s workout unleashed hidden emotion within me, bringing joy and a sense of connection even though I had turned my video part off and knew the others couldn’t see my scary dance moves. We moved, we danced, I’m sure we laughed, we sweated, and we connected through the internet/cloud waves, all because of what Jessica has grown over these past years in her business.

As much as this Blog post did not start out as an advertisement for Seattle Dance Fitness, I guess that is where it has gone. My initial thought was to share what we are doing and how we are fairing so far (which is just fine). We are loosely schooling at home. We are working as much as we can with our real estate clients (email us, call us, text us for real estate advice now and going forward). We are going to church online with Westside Church. We have limited our contact to a small group of about 10 people (our fam, Laurie and her exchange student, D and one other small fam) to keep our social distance responsibility in check. We are getting outside, running, walking, doing workouts at home, yelling at kids to get off screens (not much yelling really), and playing games. And yes, watching some TV.

I am not a gym membership kind of person. Ask my bestie, Dawn, she has tried to get me to join for forever. I am also not much of a go to a workout class kind of person. As much as I am believed to be an extrovert, I do not like group work outs. I am a workout from home, DVD, elliptical, go for a run, kind of gal. I like my group interaction from a distance and without the after workout chat. You heard it here.

Several days ago I caught a small portion of a Facebook Live from my friend Jessica, Owner of SDF (Seattle Dance Fitness). She was sharing her heart with her dance family. Many women (and a few men) go to her classes on the weekly. Some a few times a week. They are seriously a family. I’ve seen the way they interact (from the comfort and safety of my home sneaking a peek on Facebook). With the shut down of groups larger than 50, which stretched out to include Restaurants, Churches, Gyms, and pretty much everywhere except grocery markets and pharmacies, SDF lost their ability to get together and workout. More so, Jess lost her income. Fitness instruction is her bread and butter. No workouts, no money, no paycheck. It broke my heart.

In her video Jess let them all know she was going to start Live classes via a platform called Zoom. Many of us in the business industry and writing world have been using Zoom for meetings for quite a while now. It turns out it can be used for workouts as well! SDF would be offering a limited schedule of classes while they roll it out and add more as the need and ability arises should the need for us to stay home continue. There was a link to her website (which I have linked anywhere you see ‘SDF‘ in this post) and I went to check it out. As well as offering classes via Zoom she was offering the first week free for newbies (like me). I decided to take her up on the offer.

My boys and I attended the Kids/Family Hip Hop last week and I attended a Thursday night as well as a class this morning. Our first two classes we did while we were off on a family trip on the WA coast from our rental. This morning I logged in from home. Both times I was able to connect my laptop to my TV with an HDMI cable. Very cool to follow Jess/SDF on the big screen right in my home! The classes are fun, the music is engaging and Jess does a fantastic job keeping you going for 50 minutes. The moves are somewhat difficult, but she gives you tips and you are able to muddle your way through. I will add, now that I’ve done 3 classes, many of the moves/songs are repeated class to class so you will get the hang of it. Most importantly, YOU WILL SWEAT! And, you will have fun!

Near the end of today’s workout I found myself a little emotional. I really didn’t think I was feeling anything about the situation we are in, the virus, Covid-19 other than caution in regards to germs. I have felt blessed to have the time with my family, the ability to be home, the means to stock up and even to getaway. As I worked out and heard Jess, saw the ladies dancing and having fun, I felt the love, the encouragement coming through the internet/cloud waves directly into my heart, and it felt good. I shed a couple tears, sucked in a big breath and kept moving. The workout wasn’t over!

I want to encourage you to do what you can to help others around you during this time. If you can run to the store for a neighbor, do it. If you have supplies to give, offer them up. If you have the means to order take-out/food from a restaurant, do it. If you have the financial ability to join Seattle Dance Fitness Live Classes during this time, DO IT! I would love to see this small business stay a float during this time, and be able to pick back up strong when we all recover going forward.

So, go to SDF.

Check out the schedule.

Sign up for a punch pass or a monthly membership.

Support this business AND…….

Get ready to shaky your Boo-tay, burn some calories, catch a smile and FEEL the love!

Much love,

Kristi Lyn Reddy
Reddy Real Estate Team – Owner/Broker
Reddy2Write – Author, Blogger
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30 Day Cleanse Workout

30 Day Challenge Success

Okay, so I didn’t post daily. Honestly, I imagined you getting bored with the day to day minutia of my eating habits. I know, I did. I would say this, I am 3 full weeks in and about to round the corner of the final week of the challenge. I have stuck by, oh about 80-85% of the plan. A friend texted me her 3 week after photos with her day 1 before photos, and so I too took mine. Sorry, not posting them.

There is a notable difference! I can see a change, a reduction in the front lower belly fat which my stretch marks, from two children and multiple surgeries due to cancer, cling to. Also, my waist is slimmer with a bit of an hour glass effect that was not there 3 weeks ago. My pooch is all but gone when I take the side shot. Woot! Woot!

I am down 8lbs over all. I am afraid that may change in week 4 for the worse not the better, due to my cheats. Confession #5-9 or more. I resumed my nightly bourbon and dark chocolate habit (although I did not eat my allowed after dinner snack for the program). We had a long weekend in Vegas for a soccer tournament and I drank 4 vodka sodas in addition to my bourbon. Last weekend I went to the ocean with 13 other women for a planning session. I stuck to the food diet (did that pretty well in Vegas also), but consumed oh, about 6 glasses of white wine, sparkling and not.

I have stuck to the workout 100%, I have maintained the morning ACV (apple cider vinegar) elixir, 80-100 ounces of water, and two cups of detox dandelion tea, every single day. All of my cheats seem to be alcohol related. I did give up beer and plan to discontinue drinking it for now. Going forward I am thinking only bourbon on week nights and leave a glass of wine or a cocktail for the weekend if at all.

Considering my cheats I a very pleased with the results. The food/menu is something I will incorporate going forward for sure. Delicious! The workouts are great and I will do them at least 3 times a week while going for a run the other days to keep it real. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to reset their gut, their portion sizes, and jump start a healthy diet and exercise program. In my opinion you shouldn’t just do it 30 days and go back to your old habits, but plan to make some of the changes permanent going forward, forever. That is the way to lose weight, and keep it off.

Healthy eating, regular exercise, and alcohol (if at all) in moderation. It’s a good thing.

30 Day Cleanse Workout

As Easy as it Was Hard

Today was Day 4 of the 30 Day Program and the first day that is not considered the cleanse. In some ways it was much easier. More food made it quite appealing to my stomach, mind and attitude. The plan consisted of morning elixir, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, Dinner, snack. Quite honestly it was too much food! After 3 days of so little, it seemed like over eating.

The difficult part had nothing to do with the food or the recipes, it had to do with my schedule. I had been very privalidged to be able to stay home for the 3 Day cleanse. This made timing of tea, water and smoothie drinking, not to mention the hundreds of trips to the bathroom, very doable. Today however, I had a 3.5 hour real estate training class to attend during what would be snack and lunch. Then between our son’s soccer practice and an open house tour of the middle school our son will most likely attend in the evening, we were left with about 30 minutes to cram in some dinner.

As we entered the real estate class we were greeted by 3 long tables full of bagels, cream cheese, danish pastries, fresh fruit, and coffee and tea service. I glanced and smiled. I had tucked my allowed two hard boiled eggs in my bag and brought my allowed mug of tea, with the plan to refill my tea at a break. I was proud of myself to say the least.

I had eaten my breakfast, had my snack midway through the class and yet, I found myself growing quite tired as the class went on. It wasn’t boring. I have heard the speaker before and really like her delivery, as well as the subject matter. The State of the Market. This particular woman makes predictions each year and is historically 98% accurate. She is educated as much as opinionated. I think it was sitting sedentary for so long after the 3 day detox that was getting to me.

After the class finished up I dashed home and was supposed to make my lunch. Knowing the evening we had in store I chose a quick 55 minute nap instead. I slept like a log! Woke up to an alarm and dashed downstairs to make my grated beet and feta cheese wrap. It was DELICIOUS! No pics today, sorry.

After driving my son to practice I came home to get dinner prepared for us all. Leftovers from the freezer for my husband who is not participating in this challenge, grilled cheese and fruit for my son and I elected for a smoothie as I didn’t have time to make the bokchoy salad with turkey bacon. I plan on making that tomorrow evening instead.

After the open house we came home and got our son doing his homework. I dished him up a promised bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce and then made myself the allowed evening snack. A small smoothie. It was wonderful. I love the variety of smoothies this program has had. Danette May knows what she is doing.

Many in the group are putting away the scales and will not weigh in until day 31. I am on the fence. I may join them, or I may do a 2 week weigh in and then a final weigh in. I’ll keep you posted. Future posts will be a quick check in now that the detox is over.

30 Day Cleanse Workout

I think I can, I think I can….

Yesterday was Day 3 of the cleanse. My apologies for not blogging at the end of the day. I was tired. Instead I spent a little time listening to my son read to me and then crawled in bed with a cup of chamomile tea and my hubby. A lovely way to end the day.

I labeled the 3 Day Detox like this:

Day 1 – Apprehensively Optomistic

Day 2 – Famine stricken child in a 3rd World Country.

Day 3 – Everybody’s Cheerleader

That is how it has felt. Day 3 I woke up feeling as tired as Day 2 and yet, I knew it was the final day of the detox part and thus had a spark of what must have been endorphins or adrenaline or both. Each meal (smoothie) was met with joy and anticipation of the food coming on Day 4. This is not to say I felt deprived, I didn’t. The smoothies, for the most part, have actually tasted good. Beside that one glorified flavored water, they were hearty and yummy.

For Day 3’s lunch it was sauteed quinoa, spinach and a bit of chopped mango on top. Quite delicious, actually. I found by slowing down and savoring each bite I was full before the bowl was empty. Imagine that! I chatted with a fellow friend in the challenge and she agreed, slowing down is the key to eating less.

We live in a busy world people. All of us for our own reasons rush through meals. The idea of a 3 hour meal to me means way too much food, but maybe not. Maybe it actually means tasting each bite, chewing it up and setting your utensil down in between. Throw in a but of conversation as well and the time could fly by. The key would be wine in moderation, now that could be tricky.

My afternoon snack on Day 3 was once again a cup of Sacred Hot Cocoa, as Danette calls it. The first day I thought it was bland at best and disgusting a better description. Danette does recommend purchasing her signature Cacoa Bliss, which I did not. It’s possible her’s tastes better. It is a mix of pure cacoa, tumeric and cinnamon. Not sure of the amounts used. So, for this time around I used almond milk. instead of water, the suggested 1 tsp coconut oil and 1 tsp pure maple syrup, my cacoa, added tumeric and cinnamon and brought it all to a light boil while stirring. After turning the heat off I used my frother (typically used to make a foam froth for a cappaccino or latte) to be sure it was well mixed.

I actually found it to be quite tasty. Still a bit powdery from the pure cacoa. Now sugar to melt that stuff. I think the next time I will reduce the amount of cacoa a little but.

Dinner ended the day with a smoothie. Although it wasn’t a meal per say, it was quite delicious once again. I went to bed feeling good.

Confession #2

I ate one square of 72% Dark Chocolate at bedtime with my tea. Yep, I did.

Not on the plan, nope.

That ends Day 3. Next up Day 4…….weigh in to see how the detox went. Stay tuned.

30 Day Cleanse Workout

Chew, chew, chew! Day 2 Detox

I’ll get right to the point, breakfast kind of sucked. Not taste wise, texture wise. Day one consisted of a smoothie for breakfast, a smoothie for lunch and a smoothie for dinner. They varied in ingredients, size and texture, but all erred on the side of a thick consistency. Breakfast this morning was glorified flavored water. Healthier than most I imagine as it had mint leaves, fresh ginger, and cucumber mixed into 2 cups of water. I added ice as I knew I would need at least that. My hopes were dashed when the added ice did little to the consistency of the drink. To top it off it made it cold. Duh. I know. This time of year I prefer hot drinks, but a hot ‘refresher’ (as this recipe was labeled) made my stomach turn.

I sucked it down, all of it. I had to. It was all I was getting besides the morning elixir, detox tea and about 40-60 ounces of water until lunch time. My energy was low from the moment I woke up. Hadn’t slept well. I did the bare minimum and couldn’t help but wonder if those who were at work doing this have their own set of advantages. Mainly, distraction and a reason to keep moving.

I drove my son to school. Upon returning home I forced myself to head to my home office to get a bit of work done. I am knee deep in editing a piece of writing for a reading at a book launch this Friday. My very first publication, a chapter in an Anthology entitled, True Stories. As soon as it is available for order I will edit this post with a link. All things told I worked for about three hours, all the while considering going to lay down for a nap. My cozy bed was calling my name. Clothes and all, which for me says a lot. Normally I overheat when trying to sleep. Today I felt nothing could get between me and a little shut-eye if I only I would let myself go lay down. I persevered.

Lunch did not disappoint, but then how could it after breakfast? Never have I been so happy to drink a green smoothie! The consistency was thick, smooth and it tasted good too. The main ingredients were avocado, pear, spinach, ginger, lemon, cilantro, Greek yogurt and coconut water. It filled a very large beer pint with a bit for seconds. I drank it all.

Confession #1:
I Took A Nap

I say #1 as I imagine as this month goes on I will accumulate more than this one confession. Honestly, I do not know if naps are a forbidden no, no but it felt a little like cheating when I was perusing a few of the posts on the group Facebook page. Other women, stronger women packing their blenders to work no less, holding meetings, reaching goals, even baking breakfast sweets for a living! And here I was in the luxury of my home, everything at my fingertips, including my nice cozy bed. I slept for 60 minutes and knew, whether they knew it or not, my family thank me for the sacrifice.

MAJOR WIN #1
The dinner I made for my husband and son:

And the Day 3 Detox dinner I made for myself.

I stuck to the plan. A total win in my book. I ate my ‘chew-able’ meal and it tasted good. I love spicy so I added a little more red pepper flakes than suggested. The dinner for my husband and son, looked and smelled A-Mazing! I did not take one single taste. A small potato called my name as I dished up their plates. I had it in my fingers. I nearly plopped it on my tongue. And then, my inner goddess said, “What the hell are you doing? You are stronger than this. Why sabotage yourself? You made a plan. You bought the ingredients. You have nearly made it through 2 days without a single hiccup. You don’t want that potato.” I set it down. Went to the table and enjoyed every bite of my special meal. The meal that says, I care about myself. I care about my health. I care about my body. And dag-nabbit I’m sticking to the plan!

I am finishing up the day with my final warm water with ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), fresh squeezed lemon and cayenne pepper. I will have a cup of hot tea in bed, most likely while my honey sips bourbon again. It’s okay, I’ll have some. Just not yet.