Wednesday, January 30, 2008

where am i?

have you ever woke up in a hotel room and wondered what city you were in? Two more days and then I am back home, just to turn around 12 hours later and do it all over again! Let's do something fun and see if you can guess what state I am in this week and what state I will be in next week ... I'll be sure to send something out to the first person that posts the right answers. hint for this weeks location: palm trees, hint for next weeks location: Huachuca

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Nutritionist

I have been receiving many personal emails from all of you in regards to my nutritionist so here is a review!

Let me start off by saying that I feel 100% better and it’s only been a couple of weeks. I actually noticed a difference a few days after our first meeting! One more thing to keep in mind before reading further is I have really come to understand that you need to go through this process as an individual. So please do not take what I am doing and think that it is going to work for you or be safe for you. “what works for one, may not work for another”. There are several reasons why I wanted see a nutritionist:
•    Disgestive problems – For the last eight months I have had digestive problems and have been living on Tums.
•    Wanting to eat healthier and buy better food products
•    Getting through NW winter
•    Making sure my hormones are on track before heading into menopause (see the link I give for Sandy, she wrote a great article on “Are you hormones making you fat?”

I found Sandy (my nutritionist) at the yoga studio that I go to. She came highly recommended by Dana, who owns the yoga studio. I am lucky enough that I belong to a yoga studio that has well rounded services available! Now I am sure that you can go through your doctor and they can recommend someone and it will most likely be covered by your insurance. I chose this route because I want to have a mixture of traditional advice from my doctor and more of a natural option from Sandy. If you live in the area of Vancouver – I highly recommend her. If you need someone in Portland email me and I can give you a contact over there. For other parts of the country I again recommend talking to your doctor.

In the first meeting this is what Sandy and I did:
•    Discussed my Nutritional Assesment Questionaire – I had this filled out prior, it was about 5 pages long and asked various questions your eating habits, how you feel after eating, lifestyle habits, etc.
•    Body type tests
•    Metabolic tests

After that first day Sandy had a good idea of what small changes I needed to make right away. The main one was cut out most of my refined sugar – carbs. And I did, and the very next day I felt so much better. Also at this time she recommended five different supplements that I needed to take. Two of which I take with meals to help my digestive system. She also sent me a report and the steps we were going to take to reach my optimal health. Sandy also provided meal ideas – which is always a plus for me.

The following week I met with Sandy at my house! She and I discussed any questions I had regarding her report and the steps she was having me go through. I had several but she was great in walking me through them. Having her go through my pantry and refrigerator was not as painful as I thought it was going be. Probably because we don’t have very much food in the house anyway! LOL! I did learn that most of the food I had in the house wasn’t that bad – but I could make better choices. Some of the things that we did recently was to cut back on artificial sweeteners. Hubby is now using sugar in the raw for his coffee. Diet Coke isn’t something that we can give up right now but I have cut back to one a day. We are also buying organic dairy products and meat and trying to make sure that we buy local. One of the interesting things that Sandy said was "That if I had the choice between buying organic or buying from a local farmer – I would choose the local farmer."

At first I thought this was going to be a daunting task – but then I
figured this was way easier than counting points! I am just coming back
from a trip to Seattle and eating out was very easy. I also found a
great powder shake that I can take with me when I travel. It is made by Advocare
and the ingredients work for my program. Very low in sugar, has some
fat, etc. I drink one of these in the morning because it is easier than
finding what I need for breakfast and fills me up. The other product
that I get from them is the energy drink
this helps keep me hydrated while on the plane since the airlines don’t
give you enough. It also energy boost – it has caffeine, but since I
have cut back on my diet coke and I don’t drink coffee anymore Sandy
says this is okay for me.  Contact my friend Suzanne at:
if you can’t find anyone local, she is a distributor for the company.
But also have your nutritionist look at the nutritional information to
make sure it is the right choice for you.

I did have one night that I didn’t bring my supplements to take with
the meal and I paid for it. I had forgotten what it felt like to feel
so sick after I ate, since I had felt so good for the last couple of
weeks! But as soon as I got back to the hotel and took the supplements,
I was fine in a couple of hours. Now I am on the hunt for the right
kind of pill case…

I have also lost four pounds – one of the ‘perks’ to getting your body
on track. Sandy says once we really get everything dialed in I should
see some more weight loss.

Remember we are all individuals and should be treated as such when it
comes to our bodies! Can’t wait to hear from you and your experience
with a nutritionist.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A Place to Bark

There are only two weeks left to donate and help out A Place to Bark. Remember with the six degrees program it's not about how much you donate it's about the number of people. So you can donate the minimum amount of $10! Be sure to check out what Tim Holtz is having a contest and your donation is your entry!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Just lately...

what have I been doing? It seems like I have been chasing my tail ever since we came home from our trip to New Zealand. Maybe I am longing for the slower pace of the kiwi life?? I have just been off - then I got sick with what ever everyone else had. Lived in a drug induced state for about four weeks. Celebrated Christmas, welcomed in the New Year and now February is right around the corner. So what have I been doing? Have you ever felt like you are just chasing your tail and not getting a single thing done? I have managed to post a picture each day - except did you notice that I have problems with Wednesday's? What is up with Wednesday's?

Here are some things off my home checklist:
Finally hanging my canvas in the stairway. It definitely cheers up that area - walking up and down the stairs and each time seeing my happy furbabies! And since I had all of my hanging picture tools and supplies out why not tackle the art work of Eli Halpin that we have had for three years! I love Eli's style - She used to live in Portland but moved to Maryland (?), not sure. She has a website here. The five crows was done on an old window sash - this is now hanging in my kitchen. Yes, my kitchen/dining room/great room is ORANGE. It has been this color for 5 years, my favorite in the entire house and it's the one color that I haven't grown tired of.

Then there was a sunny day on Sunday! Chilly but sunny - so my mom and I gathered up the dogs and headed down to the river to do a four mile walk down by the industrial park in Camas, Washington. If you live in the area and haven't seen what they have done - it is pretty amazing. One long trail going both East and West along the Columbia River and the you never lose sight of Mt Hood. Here are all the dogs on one of the benches...


The nutritionist is coming to the house tomorrow. We are going to have a chance to discuss my assessment and she is going to go through the kitchen. I am a little freaked out but I also want her to see the 'real' us and tell me what I need to work on changing. So far I have felt better in the last 5 days just changing some small things in my diet. I am also back at yoga - boy have I missed that.

Daily Grind: Just when I think...

I am getting it all together it's back on the airplane I go! I actually love to travel, but I also like to be home doing home/routine things. My travel schedule over the next couple of months looks pretty scary but at the same time all new adventures! I plan on taking my iPod that has my yoga on it and also take all my running gear - even though it takes up too much room and I may have to check my bag. I just don't want to fall off what I have started. The nutritionist has given me a lot of ideas of what to eat on the road and what to take with me. I am feeling pretty confident - I will be sure to give an update after the house visit.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Photo a Day goal started!

One goal already started - check it out here! BIG thanks goes out to the uber creative Lisa Damrosch for her 2007 inspiration to do this. I do need to find some photos from the 1st and 2nd...

Goals for 2008

Not resolutions - just goals for 2008. Thought I should make these public so it puts some pressure on me!

Get Organized - which really means that we have to purge all corners of this house. Why two people can't live comfortably in 1700 sq ft is beyond me. But it is hard when both of us work from home and we use every room in the house.

Simplify - I haven't really determined the details of this yet, but I think with purging above and having the right 'tools' around it will simplify my life.

Organize the Closet - Yes, this should go under the 'get organized' goal, but you haven't seen our closets. Both hubby and I LOVE clothes, shoes, jackets, etc. This warrants to be singled out as a goal. I was lucky enough to have a stylist come in last year, so my closet isn't so bad. Oh and we can't forget about the downstairs closet - you know the one that is under the stairs, the endless pit...

Go (half) Organic - I need to take baby steps here. But I am going to start buying more organic food products this year. Dairy and meat to start with.

Recycle more - trying to get on the GO GREEN bandwagon. I am sure any thing that you can do helps. We already do our basic recycling of newspaper, glass, cans, office paper and cardboard.

Learn something NEW - I am going to recycle my old goal from A Year to Remember class and learn Spanish. I also want to take a class in letterpress.

Get Fit - does this ever come off the list? This year it means yoga 4 to 5 times a week, running, walking and eating better. I am going to have a nutritionist come in and analyze everything. She is going to do a body assessment, kitchen inventory, etc. Hubby is not to stoked about this one...

Cook more - with the above help I am hoping that I will be motivated to cook more. I am aiming for at least 4 times a week.

Travel locally more - this is going to be hard as I look at my travel schedule for the first 5 months. But I miss seeing the amazing Pacific NW area that I live in.

A picture a Day - Take a picture a day, I might even set up another blog like Lisa.

Okay I have put it out there - what are your plans for 2008???

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

You Are Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

You take the title "mad scientist" to the extreme -with very scary things coming out of your lab.

And you've invented some pretty cool things, from a banana sharpener to a robot politician.

But while you're busy turning gold into cottage cheese, you need to watch out for poor little Beaker!

"Oh, that's very naughty, Beaker! Now you eat these paper clips this minute."

Happy 2008!

We had a quiet night at home - hubby was in bed by 9:30 and I had to wake him up at midnight. We have both been battling this cold over the past several weeks so it was best that we stayed indoors.

I have been working on stuff for Big Picture and a new venture that I hope to launch soon! Don't forget there is still time to register for the January classes - very excited about Wendy's class, what better way to start the new year. That is what I will be doing today - cleaning, purging, and organizing my office. Then I have somewhat of a clean slate to start the New Year.

Hope all of you have a happy first day of the year!