TRANSFORM: I’m in! Now what?

Woohooo!!!  I am so excited for the HUGH response to Project Transform and to have all you peeps getting healthier along with me.  Some of you are starting to exercise, some of you are tackling your debt, some of you are making healthy eating changes and some are detoxifying your home.This is going to be so much fun to have a team of supporters, encouragers and doers.  You are all awesome!

I wanted to share MY Why, What & How with you for accountability and encourage you to do the same thing.

WHY

I want to be have a healthier body so that I have energy and endurance and to improve my overall quality of health. Plus, I would like to be faster than my kids! LOL

WHAT

My goal is to lose 2 pant sizes and run a 5K

HOW

1.  Change my eating by eliminating white sugar and flour and keep eating more fruits and veggies.

2.  Drink Leucine Protein shakes (2 meals) to ensure NO muscle loss

3.  Use the Couch 2 5K program

That’s my plan!  The C25K program is awesome because it tells you what to do each day.  I got the app for my iPhone.

Take the Challenge Transform

Now the next step is to make sure you follow me on

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

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because I will be posting A LOT about project TRANSFORM to keep us all going!

This is going to be so great! 

Be sure to take pictures relating to your goals and post them often so we can cheer on your success.

What is your Why, What & How? 

Tell me in the comments below!

Happy Health!

Claire

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3 Ways to Add Nutrition to My Kids Meals

I have 3 boys ages, 15, 13 & 8.  I am constantly looking for ways to add nutrition to their diet.

This are some good tips from Laura Evans, 

Senior Vice President, Sales and Field Development with Shaklee.

fruits & veggies

I have three children, ages 8 to 17 years old.  They are not only highly active, but they also have varying

tastes in food and varying appetites.  Because they are young, growing fast, and learning from my influence,

I feel it’s especially important that I help them create healthful eating habits now.  For me, it begins with creating

nutritious meal options for them.  In general, I keep a supply of Shaklee Cinch® Snack Bars on hand for when my children

need a low-calorie, high-protein snack.  Of course, each of my children favors a different flavor, so we keep a Snack Bar Assortment

Pack in our pantry at home.

My go-to strategies for creating nutritious meals for my children:

1. Use soy protein whenever possible

We always bake with Shaklee Instant Soy Protein. As a rule of thumb, we substitute about 1/3 soy protein for every cup of 

flour that a recipe calls for.  For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, we’ll change it to 2/3 cup of unbleached or wheat

flour plus 1/3 cup of soy protein.  And a favorite kitchen activity we can all do together is to make Shaklee protein snacks. 

Add a cup of soy protein to 1/3 cup peanut butter and ¼ cup of honey.  Mix the ingredients together like dough and then roll

into balls or snakes. Any shape will do.  Cover with coconut or nuts and refrigerate until hard.  My kids love these for dessert

or as an afternoon snack!

2. Sneak veggies in everywhere.

Either celery with peanut butter or baby carrots make a great snack.  Soups are another great meal to pile with veggies,

such as carrots, spinach, broccoli, or celery.  For example, I like to cook carrots or celery in a stock pot and then puree in a food processor. 

This not only thickens the soup base, but my kids never even know the veggies are in there!

3. The more fresh fruit, the healthier. 

At home, we call fruit “nature’s candy.”  Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, bananas, and apples are always on hand in our

kitchen.  The berries are easy to grab by the handful, and we often bag a variety of berries and other cut-up fruit to take on the go. 

Another specialty in the Evans household is to replace sugary jams or jellies in a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fresh fruit. 

We put berries or even bananas in the sandwich and smush them into the peanut butter.

Probably the most important thing is getting my children involved in deciding what to eat and being creative with meals. 

The more they are involved, the more likely they are to make healthier food choices when I’m not around—and that makes me a happy parent!

 

My favorite is that she calls fruit ‘nature’s candy’.  Love that!

Do you have your own strategies for creating nutritious meals with your children?

Please share in the comments section below!

Looking forward to your next visit,

Claire

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My Mexico Trip

Hi everyone!  So sorry I have been MIA lately.  I just got back from a fabulous 5 days completely unplugged in Puerta Vallarta, MX!  

My friend and I have been planning a girls’ trip to celebrate our 40th birthdays. 

Although I like to remind her that my ‘official’ day is not until June 30th.  LOL  It really was dreamy.  Everything we hoped for and more. 

This was the first time I have taken this long of a trip without my boys or my husband.  Isn’t my hubby great? 

He told me to go and have a good time.  He works really hard at his job, took an evening class, took care of the boys

and finished putting in his mom’s wood floor…all while I was gone!  He is amazing!

Here are some pictures and highlights of our trip that I wanted to share with you.

**warning:  lots of pictures.  Too many cute ones to narrow it down**

This is the hotel we stayed in.

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Here is a view of the pools.  We spent a lot of time here enjoying the SUN!  Living in Oregon, we were really lacking our Vitamin D.

There was a swim up pool bar that was fun, too.

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This is our room.  It was simple and modern with a fabulous bed!  Usually I do not like hotel beds, but this one was great.

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This was our ocean view patio.  We did not know we were getting this, but sooo glad we had it!  We used it every morning.

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I took this picture from our patio one morning.  Our hotel is right by the Marina where the cruise ships come in. 

We have been on 2 Mexican cruises together with our hubbys and two other couples and came into this Marina. 

It was fun to see the view in a different way.

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Here we are!  I am on the right.  Doesn’t my friend look great?! 

She recently lost 23 pounds with the Cinch Body Transformation Plan!  She feels so good. 

I have lost 15.  I still have 20 to go.  I was really happy that I fit into my summer clothes better than last summer.

Cinch Transformation (Shae & Me)

One day we took the bus and went shopping along the boardwalk at the flea markets and had lunch at this great restaurant. 

It was covered in signatures from all of their customers.  We got to sign our names too.  So fun! 

We ordered their special 2 for 1 margaritas and they brought us EACH 2!  LOL 

We were cracking up because if you know us we do not drink very often at all so 2 was just hilarious for us. 

BUT it was really good. Winking smile

This is me with my mango margaritas.

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I did not really buy much at all because I was spending most of it at the spa. 

But I loved these scarfs, got some candy for the kids and just as we were about to catch our bus back to the hotel,

we saw an awesome shoe shop.  Seriously, it was shoe heaven!  Tons of cute sandals!  We spent over an hour there looking and trying on. 

The girls that worked there were annoyed with us because they had to go upstairs to get the sizes.  They were obviously not on commission. 

Anyway, I ended up getting these 2 pairs for under $40.  I love them!  They are so comfortable and cute.  My friend got 4 pairs. 

Needless to say, when we purchased 6 pairs the girls became more friendly.

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This is a picture of a spa we found less than a block from our hotel.  Our big splurge and dream for this girls’ trip was to go to the spa. 

We love massages and they are a real treat for us.  Anyway, we were planning on getting one at our resort,

but when we stumbled on this we were squealing with excitement.  The place was clean and professional. 

They spoke some english (my friend also speaks spanish very well).  The best part was their prices were less that half of the resort prices!  Score! 

So of course we went twice.  The first time we got an hour and a half massage.  The girls were extremely professional and very good. 

I think it was the best massage I have had.  Then we went back 2 nights later and got another one plus a facial.  We were there over 3 hours. 

It was our first facial and I can not believe I waited this long to have one?  My skin still feels amazing and we slept awesome that night.

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Here we are with our ‘girls’ after our 3 hours of heaven.  We requested them for our second night. 

It was fun to get to know them, too.

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Fish Tacos here every night.  Cheap and good.  YUM!

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Parasailing off the beach.  I was scared at first, but it was amazing!  Really peaceful and easy. 

Just sit when they tell you and float down when it’s over and they catch you.  A really great experience. 

Here is my friend at take off…

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In the air!

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That’s me in the air.

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That’s me landing.  Super easy!  It was such a thrilling experience!

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On our way home…{sigh}.

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and…YES we brought only 1 carry on bag :0 Stay tuned for a post on my packing tips.

So did I loose you yet with all the pictures?  It was a really relaxing break for me. 

Unplugged for the entire 5 days.  Read 2 books.  Spa, Sleep & Sun.

I got to thinking how much better I feel coming home to take care of my family.  I feel more ‘present’. 

Why do we moms have such a hard time taking breaks for ourselves? 

We seem to put ourselves last and really, that ends up not so good for our families. 

Thank you for letting me share my special trip with you! 

Looking forward to our next visit,

Claire

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