Date: 9/28/2014 8:14 AM PDT

Identity = Individual traits, preferences, thought patterns, strengths, weaknesses; knowing how you differ from others and how you are similar. Who are you?  Seems simple enough yet I have been searching for mine for what seems like forever.  We are created by our Father and delivered to our parents so I guess I started off as a daughter, became a sister, a friend, a student, employee, a business partner, wife, lover, trainer, coach, bodybuilder, biker, unofficial therapist, leader, follower, owner, servant.  I am sure that others could add to my list and at the ripe age of 36 I often still feel like I am looking to fill some shoes that are too big for my feet.

Has society put so much pressure on us to make something of ourselves to stand out that we are never satisfied with our identity?  Are we striving for the next big thing or the 'grass is greener' idea.  Each of us have unique and incredible talents that many, including myself, are too "loud" to hear or identify them.  We must be DRIVEN, have PURPOSE, create WEALTH, be SUCCESSFUL.  Who decides what that looks like?  You? Me? Media? Government?  The great saying 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder".  Shouldn't that also apply to your identity?

With every season change I think of cleaning.  Not just in the literal sense but metaphorically speaking.  This Fall let us take the time to love ourselves for who we are at this moment.  Clean our minds of other's influenced ideas.  Be still in our thoughts if even for a moment.  Clean our influences of the negative ones.  You know who I am talking about.  Be yourself!  No matter what that looks like!

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Date: 6/9/2014 5:04 PM PDT

Be kind to yourself. Always. It is fantastic to be inspired by another’s physique and to strive to sculpt your own body; but it can be very easy to have an image of what you want in your mind’s eye and to not see that in the mirror and berate yourself for it. The physique that you want is right there, it’s looking back at you in the mirror. You have everything you need to attain your goal. Hold the vision and trust the process. If you have the will, apply patience and dedication and that goal will become a reality! Also, you gotta love the process and enjoy the journey... and it’s all about the journey. There is no finish line. Believe me, you will continue to set new goals when you achieve those you have already set. Fitness is a lifestyle and an addictive one at that ;)

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Date: 3/24/2014 1:11 PM PDT

Often we come to a place where we feel we are plateaued or maybe we feel like it is just an uphill battle of the bulge.  We think we are making good choices with our food and drinking intake, work out hard, and yet the scale is not going the right direction and the clothes are getting tighter.  Our behavior can even become irratic.  Thoughts of going after a whole cheesecake or eating an Xtra large pizza just makes sense.  Why not? After all we are not getting what we want.  Or maybe we need to go on medications.  It must be our DNA.  We just can't get a handle on it.

I have had each of these thoughts run through my mind.  I have had DNA testing done, hair tests, done colonics, followed the candida yeast protocol, and blood sugar diet.   I have cut calories, added calories, and watched each thing I put in my mouth.  All of these tools are great tools but bottom line for me was and will always be triggers.  Sugar is a HUGE trigger for me.  It sneaks in my diet through occasionally grabbing processed food items, sugar in my coffee, or mocha flavored drinks.  Next thing I know I am thinking/obsessing about what 'treat' I can have.  I become out of control and I feel like I picked up smoking again only this time it is sugar.  What does a girl do?  Well for 10 years now I have been teaching people how to kick this and yet it has been years since I have taken myself through the cleansing process.  About time I take my own advice.  

Now cleansing is and needs to be set up a bit different per each individual based on your current health status.  Had I done this exact same 7 days 10 years ago I would have probably wound up ill.  So I encourage each of you to work with your health professional if you choose to try this and if you want additional help to contact me for help along the way.  Also you hear me refer to this week as a cleanse and not detox.  I have done detox programs and none of those programs looked like this, they were temporary and very limiting on either food intake, if any, definitely buying some sort of supplementation products, and rough on the digestive system...for me.

So let's look at the guidelines first:
1. Only consume fresh fruits and vegetables.
2. Drink only water and herbal teas.
3. Limit your fruits to 3 a day
4. Unlimited vegetables
5. Absolutely no oils, sauces, and meat or dairy
6. Start off each morning with hot lemon water
7. Stop all work out programs and if any exercise to do yoga, walking, or house work.

Now I modified based on what I wanted for this week.
1. Consumed as many fresh fruits and veggies as I could exception of a few that I steamed or grilled. AKA Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, asparagus, and sweet potatoes.
2. I lifted every day.  It is what I do.  I took in 5 plus fruits a day including avocado for good healthy fats.

Sample Day:
Upon Waking:  Isotonix Vitamins, Hot Lemon Water.
A.M. Breakfast: Either a fruit salad or smoothie.  Smoothie: 2 cups kale or spinach, 1 cup blueberries, 1 banana, 1/2 avocado
Post lift Smoothie: 2 cups kale or spinach & spirulina, 1 c blueberries or 1 c strawberries, 1 banana
Lunch: Super salad with either spring mix or spinach, beets, peppers, jicama, salsa, sprouts (loaded pretty much with every raw veggie I like)
Afternoon snack: 1/2 avocado, 1 banana
Hike or bike depending on my mood and if my dog makes me feel guilty.
Dinner: Lettuce wraps with romaine or another super salad with fresh kiwi, strawberries, pineapple and either blueberry or strawberry 'juice' with lemon juice for dressing.  
Late evening snack: Sweet potato with cinnamon.

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Date: 3/23/2014 1:52 PM PDT

Welcome to my NEWly updated blog. This is where I will be sharing the majority of my experiences with you. I hope you enjoy my journey as much as I do.

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Date: 5/11/2012 2:57 PM PDT

When I decided I was going to take the journy to change my body for a figure competition I had NO idea what I was in for, what was involved and where to begin.  Now with 7 days to go I can't believe all that I have accomplished and all that I have learned.  Excited and anxious are the 2 words that would describe me today.

If you are contemplating competing in a body building competition you definitely want to do research and talk to as many people as you can.  Then interview for a trainer.  I certainly could not do this without one.

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