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

30 Day Challenge Day 5-8

These days have been a breeze. Not a cool breeze on a hot summer’s day, breeze. More like a walk in the park, breeze. Days 4-7 were lined out in the first email giving instructions for the 3 day detox. It was an easy transition from daily smoothies, to more smoothies and a couple small meals. The difficult part was the added snacks. I am not used to eating every 2-3 hours.

I still find it hard to believe that women do this while working a full time job. This is not to say that I am not working. (Please, real estate clients reading this, understand, I am working. But, I have the luxury of working from home with my kitchen (and my bathroom) within a few feet of my office. All ingredients and the appliances needed to create these meals (and they are many) are within my reach. Not to mention I can hop up and make these meals/snacks at any given moment.

The recipes have been wonderful. Easy to follow and quite delicious. The most prominent change thus far for me is the lack of sweet (sugar) in sauces, marinades and such. The cleanse has balance or neutralized my palette and I no longer crave what little sugar I was having before. The smoothies, while they have fruit, have only a little fruit and thus, they are not overly sweet. I don’t even miss it! In fact, I think I like them better this way.

The second hugest thing (in the words of our current President), is the feeling of being satisfied after every meal or snack. Not full. Not bloated. Not hungry. Not wishing for more. Satisfied. What a lovely and contented feeling! I have also found that I eat more slowly. Notably chewing each bite and savoring the texture as much as the flavor. In slowing down, I find that I am done when the food is gone and I do not feel the desire for a second portion.

My will power, having grown by leaps and bounds, now resists the temptation to lick the peanut butter or nutella off the knife when making my son’s lunch every morning. I no longer finish the apple I have sliced simply for because it is there, uneaten, unable to fit in his small lidded bowl that goes in his lunch box. I wash my hands rather than lick my fingers when creamy curry sauce which I am cooking finds its way onto my hands. You might think I am going a bit over board here, but I think it is the reset of a bad habit which had gotten out of hand. One taste leads to a bite, which leads to another, and another. Before I know it I have eaten a small plate before dinner is even served. Now, I am able to eat my full meal, guilt free, knowing I have not sabotaged my waistline for the sake of tasting.

Day 8 kicked off week 2 of the program. With it came new recipes, a new meditation, and a new workout. So far, the recipes I have tried have been delicious! The peanut butter balls are divine and go well with a cup of black coffee in the afternoon. The workout is challenging but not too difficult. I can feel my energy picking up and my waist whittling down. It’s a good day!

30 Day Cleanse Workout

New Year, New Me, New You?

In the past I have written New Year’s Goals more so than New Year’s Resolutions. It’s not that I am against resolutions, goals just sit better with me. Whether planning an assignment in school, an agenda for a meeting, a business or life plan, I have always looked at planning as a guideline open to revision. I set a goal, make a plan with activities to reach the goal. The activities and the end goal are adjusted as needed, redefined or scrapped altogether with a new goal in mind.

This year I have not had time yet to sit down and make goals or a plan for the year. It will happen, most likely later this month. I was intrigued by a message I received from a friend on Facebook. She was wondering if I was joining a 30 Day program she had seen, Danette May’s 30 Day Challenge. I responded that I had not seen the challenge but I have done a few of Danette’s workouts. I searched it up and took a look at the plan.

Like many plans you have seen on the internet (formerly called the World Wide Web), it includes 30 days of workouts, a meal plan, and recipes. By paying a small fee you have access to all of these direct to your email inbox. Additionally you have a private Facebook page, for you and the other several thousand women participating, as well as, several mentors there to moderate and motivate. Mainly I was looking for a new 30 day workout plan. I love the workouts I have been doing (21 Day Fix, Jillian’s workout DVD’s and Danette’s Ab Blaster), but I always look to change them up when possible. For my sanity and because I hear it is good for your body as well.

I decided to participate, signed up and paid the fee. Within minutes I had an email welcoming me to the program and inviting me to join the private Facebook page. I did. My excitement popped as I scrolled through a few of the posts. Many women were already posting they had chosen to begin before the initial start date of January 7th, due to work schedules and such. While that wasn’t the pin in my balloon, it did cause a hitch in my step. I scrolled a little more only to find complaints, whines, and quite honestly bitching and moaning.

Mind you, these were women on Day 1, 2 or 3 of the Detox, all of which are drinking a concoction they deem at times unbearable, while eating nothing else. If that wasn’t bad enough, their descriptions of needing to pee every few minutes due to the gallon of water they are taking in, would make anyone wonder how you can do this while working. As much as I wanted to sympathize (I say that because I imagine you expect me to), truthfully I was annoyed with their whining. What did you think when you read: Day 1 Drink 8 oz water with the juice of one half of a lemon, 1 tsp of organic apple cider vinegar and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Breakfast – Smoothie with plain Greek yogurt, spinach, water, berries and chia seeds. Lunch – Smoothie with Coconut water, lime juice, cucumber, pineapple and coconut oil. Follow that up with the apple cider vinegar (ACV) elixir in an hour. You get the idea.

It’s a 3-Day mostly liquid diet that is meant to purge your system! Not to mention you will NOT be drinking your morning latte (could have pulled out one of those never ending descriptions often used in movies or stand up comedy routines), nor are you grabbing a snack on the go from the Costco food court. I would expect a shock to my system for one, to spend a large amount of time in the bathroom, and low energy would make complete sense. The part causing me to second guess my plan to participate was the claims if not keeping some of the elixir down and the inability to find ingredients coupled with the time it was taking to make the smoothies 3 times a day. Now I know why some people just order juices delivered to their door (for much more money).

Thoughts of giving up before I had even begun swirled around in my brain. Then I pulled on my pants and sucked in my albeit not that large belly in order to button them, and determined I would do it! I like my clothes. I want them to fit. And I don’t want a muffin top. I quickly searched for 2 of the most difficult items it seemed for participants to find locally and ordered them on Amazon. Before I could change my mind I hit Place My Order for Cacao powder and nibs (I should add, I was sitting in my car, not even home yet from a strip away, and I had not as of yet read the entire program. I know, crazy!).

I have now printed out the 30 day program, placed the pages in a binder, reviewed and checked off the items I have in my cupboards (or are coming from Amazon tomorrow) and I am not prepared to make a grocery list for the remaining items. Reading through the 3 meals and 2 snacks a day my inner voice kept me going with plenty of encouragement, “You got this!”, “That doesn’t sound too bad”, “You have had a colonoscopy girl, this is going to be a piece of cake!”, and so on. Feeling pretty optimistic I headed downstairs binder in hand. It wasn’t until Tom asked what I was doing, that it dawned on me, “How was I going to do this while maintaining regular dinners for my family?”

Silence.

Hmmm……. the inner me stepped up to the plate again. “Hold on girl, you have plenty of frozen leftovers in the fridge. Tom is an easy going kind of guy who will eat pretty much anything you make (as long as it isn’t fish). And Michael, well he will eat a hot dog or grilled cheese every day if you let him.” I nodded in agreement and opened the freezer to take stock. Plenty of meals to last for the 3 days that I would be eating nothing more than ACV (apple cider vinegar) and smoothies. With a lighter step I walked over and checked out the meals for days 4 and on. I could say enhancing them a little for Tom while maintaining the integrity of the 30 Day Plan for me.

I think I can do this. I know I can try.

So, starting Monday I will be on a 3 Day Cleanse and hopefully will continue for the full 30 day program (with little or no alterations). I shared the idea with a few girlfriends who were over today for our annual Holiday gift exchange and happy hour. Kelly suggested I blog about it. Just know, I will give the good, the bad, and quite possibly, the shitty when it comes to the cleanse and the program.

Leave your questions in the comments. I’ll do my best to answer them, most likely in the next days blog post.