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GRIT, Sophie, and how I’ve been feeling lately

A lot has happened since my last post! So much that I keep thinking that I need to write a post about each individual thing and then I think that it would take me forever to do that! I figured I’d just start typing and see how much I get through – how’s that sound?

About two weeks ago I went to initial instructor training for Les Mills GRIT. If you’ve never heard of GRIT, it’s a high intensity interval training (HIIT) style class that’s 30 minutes long. The premise is quick bursts, followed by short rests, to burn fat fast! HIIT has been around for a long time, and has many benefits cardiovascularly as well as for your overall health! The weekend was long, grueling, and tiresome. My husband and I drove the three hours to West Chester University (in West Chester, PA) early Saturday morning to arrive at a quarter to 8am so that I wouldn’t be late for training!

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The training modules are two days long from 8am – 6pm, and include learning about the company, learning to choreography for the class, a physically demanding challenge, and teaching the choreography many times over the course of two days. After you have completed the two days you are given a grade out of 3.

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When the weekend was over, I had gained 10 new friends, was tired and sore, got a recipe for some amazing low carb/gluten free cookies, and passed with a 3/3!  After we were done on Sunday, my husband and I went to this burger place around the corner from the college and I had a huge burger with bacon and avocado!

The day after training I went to CrossFit (enter surprised smiley face here) and managed to complete the workout, but I was done for for the rest of the week! Exhausted really isn’t even the word!! Since training (which was about two weeks ago) I haven’t looked much at GRIT but after this weekend I plan to really practice and learn the choreography so that I can tape and pass to become a GRIT coach!

Later in the week last week, I went to an interview at another gym for both GRIT and Body Pump. They were interested in taking me on as a substitute instructor for now and willing to help me with my GRIT certification. I was very pleased with them and happy they want to help! I look forward to working with them and practicing! I am excited for what the future holds with these programs!!

This past week was actually a really rough week for me emotionally. At work we had a dog come in who appeared to have been hit by a car, she’s paralyzed in her hind end and had no microchip. A good samaritan brought her in, and with no known home we began calling shelters and rescues. Due to the nature of her condition none of the shelters would take her but we were hopeful in one rescue who said they had to call us back. I felt horrible, she was emaciated, and clearly mistreated. Depsite all of this she was extremely gentle and sweet.

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There’s no surprise that I fell in love with her at first sight!! They named her “Cali” and then changed it to “Joy” but I felt she needed a better name. I didn’t think Joy was appropriate so I began thinking of names for her. She spent one night in the hospital and the next day I came to work and asked what was going to happen to her. The doctor said that if they couldn’t find a rescue they would have to euthanize her. That just could not happen. I asked to take her home that night to buy her some time and so that I  could think of something to do. They told me a rescue had called but had to rearrange some things and would be calling the following day to let them know if they could take her or not.

When I got her home she ran inside as if she knew we were home! She smelt my whole apartment and took an interest in my boy Charlie. Where he went, she went. Charlie is kind hearted and wouldn’t hurt a fly so he quickly took her under his wing. She slept comfortably on my couch next to me snuggled up to my leg, melting my heart with each and every deep breath that she img_9827took. She was comfortable, home, and it showed in her demeanor that she was no longer scared, but happy to be in a warm home in a “bed” (my couch) with a loving human and friendly dogs. While I watched her sleep, the name Sophie (which mean wisdom) came to mind. I lovelingly named her Sophie.

The following day, I brought her back to work as she’s special needs and couldn’t be left home alone all day. Around 12pm I was informed that a rescue was coming to pick her up at 2pm and she was scheduled for an MRI the following day. I was prepared for this, but my heart was broken. I knew that it was best for her, but I wanted to take care of her, I wanted her to be mine. Saying goodbye to Sophie was one of the hardest things I’ve done in quite a long time. I know that she was getting the medical care she needed, that I would not have been able to give her right away, and she would be safe and free from euthanasia, but my heartached and I img_9839felt like the wind had been knocked out of me with the news that my sweet girl would not be coming home with me again.

Sophie had an MRI the following day and it showed that she has spinal inflammation likely caused by trauma and she was prescribed physical therapy. Sophie may or may not walk again, but the rescue is willing to give her the chance. If you’re moved by Sophie’s story – please considering donating to Oliver’s Orphan Oasis at www.gofundme.com/ooohelp.

 

If you read the explaination of Sophie’s story on that go fund me account, that tear-filled tech — yea that was me! Damn, I really fell hard for that girl!! She is such a sweet sweet girl, and will need a furever home. If you want to feel the love of a rescue pet please consider adopting Sophie, or another baby who needs a home!

I’ve had quite an interesting week between Sophie, my tire going flat on the parkway to work, getting peed on and bitten by a cat, and feeling like the world is out to get me. I really hope that next week is better, and that whatever is going on with all this negativity stops soon!!

On a good note – 41 days til I turn 30! I’m not sure why that’s exciting, butIMG_9871.JPG I like my birthday, and I look forward to another year older – hopefully I can continue to grow as a group fitness instructor, continue to grow as a person, and maybe just maybe become a parent — I was hopeful that this last one would have happened sooner but looks like someone has different plans for us!

Heres to learning Body Pump 99, GRIT 18, and hopefully having a better week!!

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Liver, Sweet Potatoes, and Paleo!

My coworkers think it’s funny and ask me if everything is paleo. “Hey Suz, is this paleo?” “Hey Suz, I’m eating out of a plastic container – totally paleo right?” “We’re having Chinese food tomorrow, is Chinese food paleo?” It’s light hearted and makes me laugh, but it makes me think about how some nutrition strategies can be so foreign to some. Paleo is pretty simple, but it’s going to be a learning process – I’m sure I’ll be eating things that aren’t totally paleo – until I learn the ins and outs. Also, before really making the decision to remove gluten and follow a more paleo style I purchased some meal replacement bars that are low carb but definitely not gluten free or paleo, and a box of quest bars – that are gluten free but probably wouldn’t meet the paleo standards. Being that I don’t have a lot of extra money laying around and I literally can not stand the thought of wasting food, I plan to continue to eat these bars until they are gone, and then look for alternative quick meal bars for work. As a licensed vet tech (vet nurse) I often have to eat on the run, and meal replacement bars become a staple – it’s either that or eating the donuts that were brought by a client.

For more info on paleo click here. There’s a lot of info out there – a simple google search will do, but the website in the link above is pretty comprehensive and also has a link with research. 

For more info on gluten free I really suggest you read the book Wheat Belly by William Davis. It explains why one would consider taking wheat (gluten) out of their diet even if they do not have celiac disease.

Anyway, yesterday I mentioned that I was going to try to make a recipe with liver… Well, I made it, and it’s not bad! I only tasted it warm so I’ve put it in the fridge to cool so I can try it as the dip/pâté it’s meant to be! 


Want the recipe!!?? Check it out at healthfulpursuit.com it was a little bit messy but that’s because I don’t have a big blender! Shout out to my coworker Becca for the mason jar! 

For breakfast I had a beautiful veggie bowl that I concocted myself! I was so proud of myself I didn’t want to eat it it was so pretty! 


It consisted of alfalfa sprouts, kale and spinach sautéed with chopped onions, a half of a sweet potato, 1 egg, and 1 meatball that I got from the super market (it’s grassfed beef that comes in small round balls that I got at the local hannafords). It was so good! I’m really getting the hang of cooking! 

I ate my breakfast or first meal around 12, I wasn’t really hungry and sort of fasted without really intending to. Feels like eating this way will have me slowly and effortlessly easing into intermittent fasting as well. Anyway, I ate one of my bars for “lunch” and a few hours later had a banana and another bar. We were busy and a client brought us brownies so I was glad I had my bars as my emergency snack! 

For dinner I made some sweet potato and kale hash – I got the recipe from Fitfoodfinds.com and kind of just threw things in the hash – I didn’t have a red pepper so I used a green bell pepper, and I had some left over leeks from the liver pâté so I threw those in there! The balsamic really gave it the kick it needed at the end and I added some chicken legs marinated in a chipotle seasoning packet (I made sure it didn’t have sugar – it was a store brand). 


My husband loved dinner so much he had to post a photo on instagram! Ha! 

All in all today was a pretty good day. I actually wasn’t even hungry for dinner. I will say I have to lighten up on the coffee at work, I have small cups but 2-3 is a bit too much. I wasn’t tired today at all, so I’m not sure what that was about but I’m taking it one day at a time and will be better tomorrow! 

Well, that’s it! Gluten free and paleo journey is just beginning and I feel pretty good! I can tell my energy is much better, my inflammation feels less and I feel lighter. I jumped on the scale today even though I didn’t want to just to see where I’m at and I wasn’t exactly happy with the number, but it didn’t upset me or make me want to give up. I feel like my mind has finally shifted, and this is do-able. Plus, I haven’t had a headache all week!! 

Not sure what recipes I have planned for tomorrow but I have some left over sweet potato hash from dinner so I’ll probably add an egg to it for breakfast or maybe some of that beef like this morning! My doc is buying the service Chinese food so I’ll have to see if I can navigate through that! 

I wonder if Chinese food is paleo? 😉

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My Unplugged Weekend

A lot has been going on in my life. I have myself pulled in many different directions as I usually do but this time there’s a paramount difference. I can’t seem to hold and stay on any one particular project for too long. I am usually pretty good at starting and then finishing something but for some reason lately I’ve had a lot of trouble concentrating too long on one task. I changed jobs (same job just different location), began working on a holistic nutritionist certification, continue to slowly (very slowly) build my business, I still have this blog looming over my head that I don’t sit down to write in enough, I continue to teach group fitness thinking often of new certifications I should do and want to do, and my husband and I have been trying for a baby. All of this and I continue to find myself adding new projects – just to add to the confusion, I try to maintain my social media presence, be able to maintain my relationship with my husband and pets, and still work enough to make money to pay the bills.

After 5 months of unsuccessfully trying for a baby I had a meltdown. My mind was being consumed by what was happening in my body, was I pregnant? The answer was clear as day when my body told me, 5 days late, that I in fact was not. I was broken. The sense of loss only something a mother who has lost a child could know – I didn’t lose a child, not a physical one, but the idea of a child was lost in my minds eye. Another month gone, 5 months of 2016 have been consumed with all ways one can make their body more fertile, how one can plan and time making a baby so that it would be successful. Five months of communication in a private Facebook group with other hopeful women trying to conceive either their first or fifth child. There’s been something missing these five months despite having communicated with so many women – this feeling that someone understands me, this has been a missing piece.  

I needed time to collect my thoughts and figure out what my next step is to be.

So, after a mental dump of everything that I had been feeling, I decided I needed time away. I needed time to collect my thoughts and figure out what my next step is to be. I shut down the social media and picked up a book. The first book I picked up was called “When GOD Winks at You” by Squire Rushnell. The stories in this book tell of men and women who have experienced situations that would have otherwise been described as coincidence, but the author explains that there really is no such thing as coincidence. That actually these experiences are winks from God. Little messages from God saying “Hey there, I’m here, you are not alone, I am with you.” This book was full of little stories of hope. It got my mind thinking about all of the little coincidences that have occurred in the last 5 months, and my whole life. All of the babies I’ve noticed, of the women who were pregnant, of the number 12 that keeps ringing in my ears after my friends mom said it had significance and that we would conceive within the year, and how much this social media rest has seemed to be needed.

You see, social media consumes us, at least it was consuming me. How many times have you woken up and immediately grabbed your phone to see what you missed while you were sleeping. Could it really have been that much? I mean, most of the world is sleeping at the same time as you, but you feel the NEED to pick up your phone and dial into Facebook or Instagram or whatever social media is all the craze at that moment. I had trouble for this reason, I had trouble truly putting it down. I found myself mindlessly scrolling – not taking part in posts or liking things, but still scrolling to see pictures of my “friends” and all of the things they were doing while I was supposed to be taking a “break.”
I would scroll for a few moments and then realize what I was doing and put it away. Then I picked up another book called “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. This book has been around for almost my entire life, and I had heard IMG_6416of it before but was never drawn to pick it up. Less than 12 hours from when I picked it up, I finished the book, and in awe of what I had just read I felt the immediate urge to start writing. You see, last night when I was walking around Barnes and Nobles searching for the next book I’d be reading during my weekend away from social media, I opened a book that had a bookmark in it from a publishing company that read “Are you ready to write you book? Contact us! We can help!” I smiled, as if this was a sign (or a godwink?) that I needed to take on yet another project – to finally write that book I’ve been meaning to write all of these years. I actually started writing, a few months back I wrote a paragraph and proclaimed “I’m writing a book!” But that’s where it started and ended. After reading The Alchemist yesterday and this morning, and being drawn to write, to just pour out whatever came to mind regardless of if it made sense – I realized that it is time. It’s time to add that additional project to my plate, because maybe it’s part of my Personal Legend. Maybe it’s part of the story of my life, for me to write a book – and it starts with this blog post.

Go where your heart tells you, get up and move

Besides writing a book, trying for a baby, paying for but not studying for a holistic nutritionist certification (because there’s just not enough time in the day right?), I’m also taking a trip in a few short weeks to North Carolina to see how I like it, to see if this feeling of my heart being drawn there is real or not. Taking two days off from social media has so far been proof to me that this world we live in has become so disconnected from each and every one of our hearts because we are consumed by everyone’s life but our own. Ever wonder why so many people are drawn to yoga and meditation? Maybe it’s because something vital is missing from their lives. Maybe it’s because they are so consumed with everything that is going on around them their hearts are screaming to be heard too! My heart was screaming so loud I couldn’t help but hear it. My heart was yelling at me to stop paying attention to everyone else and start looking inward. Read a little, listen a lot more, and really take in all the experiences that occur in the next few days. Go where your heart tells you, get up and move.

I find that I’ve allowed myself to become so consumed with others business that I’ve forgotten about my own. That if I spent the hours that I’ve been on social media (because if you add it all up it’s probably way more time spent on others than I’d ever thought) tackling all of these projects, that I’d actually get some things done. I’d like to spend some time everyday writing, whether it materializes into a book at the end of the day well, I guess I won’t know that until it happens or doesn’t happen but at least I’ll have spent time getting the words out of my head so that they can eventually be shared. If I spent a little of that time reading the books I have on holistic nutrition, I could complete the certification I am truly interested in so that I can help people learn to eat real food and heal their bodies. If I spend more of that time with myself, reading stories of triumph and leadership, I will learn from others how to successfully realize all of my dreams. If I spend less time “googling” and searching how to be fertile, and more time eating healthy and spending real time with my husband, maybe God will answer our prayers for a child.

Now, I’m not saying social media is terrible, I’m just saying that I think it’s important to unplug and connect with yourself for some time as well. On Monday I IMG_6411will go back to posting on social media and continue to check in with those around me, but I am sure
something inside me has changed, and if I ever feel like I’m being consumed by others lives again I will again completely unplug. I feel that it’s important to stay in touch but real human connection (whether it be to others or to yourself) is of utmost importance. Face to face, belly to belly relationships is what has made the world go round all of these years and we have truly begun to get away from that. We hide behind our computer screens, tablets, and phones. And we ignore those we love. So, I challenge you to roll over tomorrow morning, thank God for the sun shining on your face and kiss your husband, wife, or puppy (if you have no one next to you kiss yourself!)

Before you plug in to the electronics, PAUSE and plug into yourself! 

 

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