A September to Remember

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It’s 8:15 on a Friday night and I’m sitting here writing this new blog! Why?! Because today FLEW by and I wanted to share some things will all you wonderful people on this first day of September. Who’s ready to make this a September to Remember?!

As much as I wish summer would last another month, I’m working on embracing a new month and all the exciting things that are going to happen. Lots of changes happen this time of year as we transition from summer to fall, some people get back into routines with kids and school, and even our bodies go through changes (so if you’re feeling “off” just know that’s normal πŸ˜‰ ) I think it’s the perfect time to sit down and write down a new game plan, new goals, and figure out what you’re going to focus on and let go of. I even did that today. ha. I cleaned out some drawers in my dresser and just threw stuff away. Oh man that felt so good. lol

Anyway, at the beginning of every month I also sit down and write out my goals for the month ahead. You can’t get anywhere if you don’t set goals!! Goals give you DIRECTION, PURPOSE, and FOCUS. You are significantly more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. The % goes up if you share them with someone. That’s why I also have my clients and coaches send me their goals every month. Plus, there’s a sense of accountability with it.

So here are some tips on setting these goals. Use the SMART acronym.

S- specific (as detailed as possible!)

M- measurable (how will you know if you achieved it?)

A- attainable (is this reasonable for you?)

R- relevant (why is this important to me right now?)

T- time bound (set a date by when you want to accomplish it)

Write those things down and post them where you can see them DAILY. The will serve as good reminders on the days you feel like quitting.

A few things I do with mine: I have two categories for my goals- business and personal. Business, of course, is anything business related. Personal includes my fitness, personal development, self care, and just life things I’m working on. (If you’re in a relationship maybe you want to add that category but I don’t have that haha). I also add affirmations and my mission statement at the bottom of the sheet so when I look at it I am constantly reminded WHY I am in the business of helping people get healthy and fit while also working on my own health and fitness journey. This time I even added personal development books I want to read this month.

I once read a book called “Write It Down, Make It Happen.” There ya have it. Write stuff down; make it happen. Get those things OUT of your head and ON to your paper.

September is going to be a huge month for my team and also my own fitness. SO many changes coming but oh man I am excited!!! As always, if you need support on your own journey, please reach out. I am always here and eager to help you create a healthy, fulfilling life!! And I want YOU to have a September to Remember!!

 

XOXO,

J

What Happened in Just 3 Days!

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Detoxes. Cleanses. To do them? Or not to do them? Some people say the body naturally detoxes itself so we don’t need them. That’s true to an extent, but when done in a healthy way, without harsh supplements or restriction, I believe detoxes are very good. I’ve done many different programs over the years. I’m definitely not a fan of juice cleanses. EEK, yes I just said that. I felt awful when I did it and the thing with juicing is you lose a lot of important ingredients that are found in the skin and pulp. Plus, the nutrients from juice absorb into your system so fast it can be too much.

My favorite is the 3 Day Refresh! LOVE this system. Just finished my second one yesterday! I did one in April and now July. Both times my goal was to cut my cravings, cleanse my digestive system, and get back on track. And that is exactly what it did πŸ™‚ I didn’t weigh myself this time, but I did lose 1/2 inch around my waist and each leg. I can tell I lost inflammation and I just FEEL BETTER from the inside out!!! Plus, my skin has FINALLY cleared up. I had been breaking out bad for the first time in years, and now it’s going away. yay!

Here’s what I love about the Refresh:

  • no pills
  • yummy plant based shakes
  • you get to eat REAL FOOD!!!
  • don’t feel deprived
  • you don’t have to run to the bathroom πŸ˜‰ It’s very gentle.
  • it’s super easy to follow

Day 1: I felt great. Good energy. But by the end of the day was WIPED. Not sure if it was related to this. The first time I did the Refresh I didn’t have the fatigue.

Day 2: Super tired all day and had a MASSIVE headache. Β All I could do was take a walk. But again, this might have been stress too. Or maybe it was my body getting rid of the sugar I had been eating. HA!

Day 3: Headache was gone and I felt really energized and GOOD!!!! Another thing I noticed was that my bowel movements were a LOT better during this!

Day 4: (today!) Migraine but it could be related to my time of the month. Who knows?! I miss those vanilla fresh shakes. lol. They are so good!!!!! Bowels have been AWESOME today though.

A couple of the gals I coach did it with me and they each lose 4 and 5 lbs and inches too!! If this sounds like something you’d like to try, just email me and I’ll help you πŸ™‚ I have a private support group on FB for it too. I found it’s a LOT easier to do with a support group and to hear from others who have done it in the past!

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So what now?! Now my goal is to eat as close to the Refresh as possible for as long as I can. I don’t have the same shakes that come with the Refresh, but I still have my shakeology and a plan to continue to eat clean! I don’t know about you, but I do much better with a plan to follow rather than winging what I eat. It works for me.

Questions about the Refresh or anything else fitness and nutrition? Just email me and I’ll get back to you!

~ Janae

AHA! moment with cravings!

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Well, I’m back from my trip to the cities! Being gone for a week really brought some AHA! moments. First thing was with my cravings. I didn’t bake for a whole week!! hello!!! That’s a huge accomplishment for me. lol. I LOVE to bake. I didn’t have the same food temptations around me unless I bought them, which I didn’t want to do. Ok, I did finally try the Halo Top ice cream, but I felt controlled when I took a couple bites, not like I needed to scarf it down. Having my shakeology at the end of every day helped tremendously! Refreshing and satisfying!

I also realized this: the environment I’m in has a HUGE effect on what I eat and how I eat!!! I was much less stressed while I was away from home, around people that make me feel happy, and didn’t have as many distractions around me in the house either. Not to mention the tempting foods. This is called Emotional Eating. Now I realize my emotions have a huge part in what I eat, and so does HABIT. But, it IS possible to overcome these things. EEEEK this really gives me hope that I can change my habits and do what I need to do to reach my big fitness goals!! πŸ™‚

Now that I’m back home, my stress level has gone up and my cravings increased again. Not terrible, but more than when I was away. Thank goodness I’m doing my 3 Day Refresh this coming weekend! Time to banish those cravings and get my mojo back again like I had last week.

 

Stay tuned! I will document my journey with the 3 Day Refresh! This will be my second time doing it. I felt AMAZING the first time and can’t wait to see what round 2 brings.

Until then… move your body, eat well, and love hard!

~ Peace

 

 

Honor the Process

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How can it be 3 months since I wrote an update?! My goodness… well, quick synopsis, the last 3 months I was feeling pretty darn good! I increased my workouts, had more energy, and wasn’t getting as many headaches. Then, BOOM, a couple weeks ago I started getting more again, complete with a couple migraines. I’ve been seeing my doctor every two weeks. Yesterday he found Bartonella in my neck and even in my EYEBALL!!! So weird!!! But then, Lyme is a crazy disease. And so, the returning headaches makes total sense.

One thing I’ve really learned on this journey is how much the little things really matter. Like this morning, being able to stand is a huge accomplishment!! Last night was the worst migraine I’ve had in MONTHS!! Not even the ice pack could block the pain. My eyes burned and hurt and were so blurry. All I could do was pray “God, please take the pain away” and try to deep breathe to calm myself down.

Another thing I’ve learned through all this is that through struggle comes strength and hope. He can bring good from any situation. NO matter what you are going through, just know that nothing last forever. Every morning is a new chance for new miracles and possibilities. You just have to keep going.

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Love this quote I found this morning. My to do list is a mile long, but it will have to wait. Patience doesn’t come easy to me, and I put more pressure on myself to get things done and be successful, to be there for others, but I am learning that I need to take care of myself first, or I have nothing to give others. When is the last time you did something special for yourself? Allow yourself to do that. YOU truly do matter. I want to be the best Coach and friend I can be, so to do that, I need to replenish my soul today.

Thanks for following my journey! Remember: there is ALWAYS hope. Don’t give up. There’s a miracle waiting on the other side of your struggle. I have promised to show up and be open and vulnerable throughout this, which is why I’m sharing the nitty gritty as well as the “WOOHOO!” days.

This weekend, take care of yourself. Do what you need to do. Things won’t completely fall apart if you take a little break πŸ˜‰

XO,

Janae

 

 

 

One Day You’ll Look Back…

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I’m totally writing this on a whim today. This picture was taken immediately after my workout, totally random, and I realized it captured exactly how I’m feeling today: STRONG and ENERGIZED!!!!

Exactly 3 months ago I started my Lyme treatments! Holy cow! Last week I had a follow up appointment and a very good progress report. Things are healing nicely and I get to wait 2 months to get checked again! Whee!!

In the last week, I’ve noticed a significant shift in how I feel. I feel so much stronger every time I work out, my brain fog is clearing, and I have more energy! I feel like I’m getting myself back again. Or rather, a NEW Janae! I’ve still had some tough days, a couple bad headaches, but I’ve also had MORE days with no pain in my head, neck, muscles, and joints. THAT is a huge success for me.

One of the biggest shifts happened last weekend when I did my 3 day detox! It made the biggest difference in how I feel, simply because I got all the junk out of my system, mainly sugar, and plugged my body with all the RIGHT nutrients. It took my cravings away, my Lyme symptoms are significantly lower, and my digestive system is running the best it has in…. a couple years to be honest. Hey, that alone makes me a happy girl!

I’m still dealing with some struggles mentally, but God is good, life is good, and I am blessed! He is working this struggle for good, and if I can help at least one person a day through their struggle, give them hope, then it’s worth it.

Never give up! Do NOT settle for not feeling healthy or for living the life you know you’re meant to! Keep searching, keep trying, keep moving forward. Embrace every single day on the journey. One day you will look back and see how far you’ve come. You might cry tears of joy, or you might want to jump up and down or hug the first person you see, because you’re so happy. Happy moments are all around us. Focus on those, not the struggles, and you’ll make it though.

Hugs & Smiles,

J

Rollercoaster Ride!

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It’s been a rollercoaster ride! Seven weeks gone since my first Lyme treatment with my holistic doctor!! My symptoms have been UP and DOWN and all around. So far this week has been much improved, but the past three weeks were dang ROUGH. I had such bad migraines once a week for three weeks in a row that I literally could not get out of bed. On the other days, I had headaches almost constant. BUT…. the last few days have been much much better. I am hopeful my body is finally hitting a turning point! *crossing fingers* My energy has been better, my focus has improved, and I haven’t had a migraine in exactly one week. (oops, maybe I shouldn’t say that). The brain fog and fatigue are back today. There’s like nothing going on up in the noggin. I think this must be what guys feel when they say they can shut the brain off and not think about anything?! At least that’s what my guy friends say is possible. haha. I’m a huge thinker and it’s driving me crazy not being able to THINK clearly, to connect the dots and be creative with my business ideas!! This journey is teaching me so much. Patience, self love, and surrender, among many other things.

The past week I had some significant AHA! moments. I have such big goals with my life and career and this deep feeling that God has a huge purpose for me, but I have to trust His timing. I can’t rush it. The best way is to do my best and let Him work out the details in His timing. That’s where surrender comes in. As soon as I let go of trying to control, really good things happen. It’s a daily battle and one that I have to keep practicing. I’m also learning to love myself through the process. Some days are really hard to stay positive and not get too frustrated with myself for what the body and mind are going through. I’m sure learning to slow down. I guess sometimes it takes something big to teach us life lessons.

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m actually thankful for this disease. It might sound crazy, but I am thankful because this is allowing me to connect with so many more people! It helps me be more empathetic, and I believe God is going to use it for a bigger purpose. I firmly believe that the struggles we go through enable us to help more people. Our struggles make us stronger. It can only make me a better health coach, yoga teacher, and I hope, daughter, aunt, and maybe someday…. a wife (Lord willing).

I should see significant improvement around March. This is a LONG journey. I know not everyone believes me when I say I have Lyme, because they don’t believe in holistic health or alternative doctors, but I believe it, and I have researched and gone through the experience myself. Thank you to those who support me through this!! I know I’m sometimes a basket case and my mood can change at the snap of fingers, but that’s what happens with Lyme. I am trying my best. Unless you’ve gone through it, you can’t possibly understand what it’s like to have every major organ of your body infected, including your brain, which controls basically everything. When you’re a go-getter like me, that has a huge impact on life.

One day at a time, whatever you’re going through. Stay positive. Know that there’s a reason. There is always hope, and you have the choice EVERY day to make a change.

Until next time….

~ Janae

 

Raw and Real

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On cloud 9 one day…. in bed ALL day with a migraine the next… that’s the nature of Lyme disease. It’s so unpredictable. If anything, this journey is teaching me to GO WITH THE FLOW and surrender, embrace the process. The only thing we have is RIGHT NOW, the present moment.

But before I go that far, let me take a step back. I had a follow up appointment last Friday, December 30th, and my doctor treated some more infections that were settling in my neck and shoulders. That explained the constant neck and shoulder pain I was having for over a week prior. Those who have Lyme experience different symptoms but many similar too… where they feel those symptoms can be different from person to person. For me, it all settles in my neck, shoulders, upper back, and the back of the head. After my appointment though, I felt great over the weekend! I was even able to spend New Year’s Eve with my family away from home! Good times, even if I did eat and drink things I “shouldn’t” have. πŸ™‚

Monday was my “cloud 9” day. I felt AMAZING, like Wonder Woman, even after being sleep deprived over the weekend! I was stoked, like SUPER excited. I had a whole day without pain, tons of energy, worked out PLUS did lots of yoga, and even had the energy to do my makeup. I started getting a headache before bed and woke up with an even worse headache. I was scheduled to teach yoga that morning and felt I shouldn’t teach, but I also didn’t want to let down my students. So… I pushed through it. BAD IDEA. When I got home my headache intensified so bad I had to lie down. MEGA MIGRAINE.

Nausea, weakness, and such intense pain all I could do was lie there with the ice pack on my head and the heating pad over my stomach to keep me warm. And not move an inch. I tried to get up a couple times because I hadn’t eaten, but I felt so nauseous I had to switch ice packs and stumble back to bed. And that’s where I stayed til after 3:00 pm.

This picture above is a peak into my day. What I experienced was my first Herx. That’s short for Herxheimer Reaction. Basically what a Herx is is the release of endotoxins from the bacteria that causes Lyme. How bad your Herx is depends on the amount of toxins being released at one time. The more Lyme bacteria being killed, the worse the Herx. Flu-like symptoms are very normal, but symptoms also range from headaches, migraines, joint pain, fatigue, and other things.

People with Lyme have a lot of inflammation in the body. It is very important to have good nutrition so the body doesn’t create MORE inflammation. The core diet for Lyme is to eliminate dairy, guten, and sugar. I just started the Whole30 again this week for that very reason. For my body to heal, I need to be careful what foods I put into it.

I will continue to drink my shakeology during this time, because it helps me get the nutrients I need to heal and help my body recover. It also helps keep inflammation down, and I am positive that is why many of my symptoms aren’t worse. This is just my story. Everyone might be different.

Whatever journey you are on, embrace it. Take it ONE day at a time, but please, NEVER GIVE UP! There is always hope, always a way. You are stronger than you think. Give yourself grace when you need it, and push when the time calls for it. Honor and love yourself through it. Tell your friends and family how much they mean to you. One small word, text, message, or phone call can make their day. I hope we are never “too busy” to tell those we love how much we care. It might make all the difference in their life.

Sending much love today! Thanks for following my journey! XOXO~ Janae