Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Worth The Wait

So I recently became a member of Young Living Essential Oils.  I became a member just before one of the biggest growth spurts this company has ever known and RIGHT as holiday sales are ramping up.  Needless to say, I had to WAIT for my Starter Kit and I was NOT happy.  But then the kit came and I tried the oils.  Can I just say.... SOOOOOOOO worth the wait.  This isn't my FIRST bout of impatience:

Once upon a time in a land of tumbleweeds and super hot summers, a beautiful, charismatic and really quite skinny girl made her first trip to a well-known coffee shop. She met a friend there who was full of excitement and seemed to have a knowing glint in her eye. After 20 minutes our super hot, skinny, well-spoken, charismatic girl got a little irritated with the wait. "Why am I standing in a 20 minute line for a cup of coffee? Why would ANYONE wait for this? Don't these people have lives?" To which her friend turned to her and said, "THIS coffee is like none other. This is the very best coffee in all the land. Would you believe that every one of these people DO have lives and including this coffee makes it complete? It is not just coffee, it is a lifestyle. People come together because of this coffee, they form incredible friendships and even conduct meetings here. There are some who, like you, don't get it. Maybe it's because they've never tried the coffee, maybe they've tried it and haven't seen the light. But for those who tried it and get it, they now have a place to 'belong' and enjoy the very best. They have something to look forward to every day and have found something that makes them happy. They could try and manufacture this happiness on their own at home.... but NO ONE makes coffee the way this coffee company does and for all of us WAITING.... it is SOOOOO worth the wait. The drop dead gorgeous, funny, well-spoken, super-model thin, charismatic girl smiled and decided to wait in anticipation of the very best that she now believed was on it's way.
This is a mostly true story. Why WOULD everyone wait? Aren't we curious.... anticipating.... what everyone is waiting for? If everyone is waiting... could there be something to it? There was a time not so long ago that I didn't get it... I get it now. I REALLY, REALLY get it!!! And I've just replaced my morning coffee with Ningxia Red.
I am now a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils (#2065124).  I am such a believer that I decided that I needed to share it with the world.  If anyone reading this is curious about how essential oils can enhance THEIR lives.... please send me an email.  I would LOVE to speak to you:   *** Young Living Essential Oils is expanding because of the growth... luckily the wait is no longer very long!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Binge Days

What is it that sets me off?  I don't know what it is, but there are days I want to eat non-stop.  And I mean literally just keep chewing and chewing until my jaw seizes... except it never does.  I've always been a lover of food; a little is never enough.  Some people talk about emotional eating or bordom eating.... seriously gang.... I will eat just to eat. I will eat because things are going bad; I will eat because things are going great. I will eat because nothing's on TV; I will eat because something good is on.  I will eat because I'm going out, or because I'm staying in.  There is no rhyme or reason to why I binge.  I know, because I've been journaling about it for years.  But recently, I've noticed that there are certain foods that have been making me feel satisfied, that I can also eat a lot of, but doesn't cause damage to my weight loss achievements.  Here is a list of foods I've been incorporating into my binge days

*479 Degrees Asiago, Parmesan and Cheddar Popcorn - found at Target.   At 130 calories for 3 cups, I can sit and eat an entire bag for only 520 calories.  Not too bad for say, "taking in a movie"!

*Peanut Butter and Celery - found EVERYWHERE!!!  4 celery stalks and 2 Tbsp. of peanut butter are VERY satisfying and VERY filling and only 220 calories!

*Vita Tops Deep Chocolate mini cakes - also found at Target.  These babies are only 100 calories a piece with a ton of fiber and even some protein (they are practically a health food)!  I can eat an entire box of this chocolatey goodness and only consume 400 calories!!!!  Talk about a binge that won't kill your diet!!!

*Blueberries - found EVERYWHERE!  So these babies are 85 calories for 1 whole cup!  You can fill up a HUGE bowl with 4 cups of blueberries and go to town and you haven't even hit 350 calories!  Layer an entire cup of blueberries with 8 oz. of blueberry flavored greek yogurt and some fat free Reddi Whip topping and you have a HUGE dessert for only 210 calories!!!

*Jicama (pronounced Hicuma) - Found in most produce sections.  If you haven't tried Jicama, it is what you get if a potato and an apple had a baby!  The filling effects and crunch of the potato, but the flavor of an apple and sooooo yummy!!!  They are best served cold and REALLY satisfy when you have an urge to crunch!  One cup of Jicama is only 50 calories.  This is another one where you can fill up a huge bowl with like 4 cups and just fill up!

Ok gang... these are my new go-to's when I want to really pig out.  It also allows me to quit berating myself when I am overcome with the urge to eat.  BTW, a little side note, if  you're working out regularly, experts say that the urge to binge sometimes is normal.  Choose your food choices wisely and go for it.  Maybe, like me, you'll discover the urge overtakes you less frequently!

Quite A Long Hiatus... But I'm Back!!!

What Happened????  I've been out of commission for a LONG time!  Well... there's a story!  Isn't there always???  Let me see if ...