Pizza Boxes! 

October 17, 2017

I affectionately call this one the “pizza box” even though there’s no tomato sauce!  For my kids snack this week, here’s what I packed:

  • String Cheese
  • Turkey Pepperoni (which they love!)
  • A mini bell pepper
  • Black olives
  • Crackers

The boxes themselves are from Lunchbots and you can order them here.

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Hers and Hers snack boxes for tomorrow. Daphne’s got some cheese and fruit in hers and I’ve got a shake Day approved box with Mary’s Gone Crackers. I have a marathon day tomorrow of training calls so I know having my snack prepared in advance will make it so much easier to stay on track!

Lunchbots Packed for Daphne & I

Left Box, for Marie

  • Hard Boiled eggs
  • Mary’s Gone Crackers (vegan, gluten free)
  • Mini cucumber slices

Right Box, for Daphne

  • Hard Boiled Egg
  • Cheddar cheese cubes
  • Crackers
  • Grapes sliced in half

If you like the box itself you can find it here.

Isa Week 3In continuation of my post about how to start a 16-week health challenge, I thought I’d offer some tips for getting the most out of your challenge and staying on track to completing the challenge. Here’s Week 3!

1. Goals – you set some, how’s it going? Do you need to modify your goals now that you’ve had a few weeks to get started? Maybe you can get to the gym more often? Maybe you need to re-calibrate? It’s a good idea to make your goals achievable!

2. Have you been cheating? Or letting a cheat day become a cheat weekend? It’s so important to keep your food interesting so you don’t get tempted to cheat. Look for some new recipes, try a meal delivery service like Sun Basket, or just get creative in the kitchen. Chicken with broccoli gets old real quick, so prioritize making it interesting!

3. Acknowledge how far you’ve come! It’s been 2 weeks and you’ve likely given up several things you used to enjoy (coffee, wine, white bread) so acknowledge yourself for how much you’ve taken on. Make a list every night of 3 thinks you are proud of yourself for!

Isa week 2

In continuation of my post about how to start a 16-week health challenge, I thought I’d offer some tips for getting the most out of your challenge and staying on track to completing the challenge.

1. Before you began, you wrote down some goals. Now it’s time to check in and see how you are doing. Did you hit any setbacks? How did you overcome them? What did you do right last week? What are you proud of? What areas would you like to work on for next week? Keeping logs of your eating and exercise is a great way to track how well you are doing.

2. Another great resource to have is an accountability partner or group. Do the challenge with friends, family members or coworkers. You can also join a Facebook group and get support from people all over the world who are participating in the same challenge!

3. Last but not least, make it fun!!! If it’s not fun, you just won’t last for the long term. If you think it’s torture to work out and eat healthy, it will be. Instead, focus on finding the joy in movement and the many delicious ways you can healthily nourish your body!

Isa week 1

Imagine what you can transform in 16 weeks? I know many times I’ve congratulated others (and myself) for completing a 16-week challenge, and maybe some of you are wondering, just exactly what is that? I thought I would share some tips do those who may be interested in joining us!
1. Take the before photos. 😝I know, I know, no one likes doing it, but trust me, you will want to see your progress and a picture for comparison is way more useful than a number on the scale! You may also want to take your measurements and record them in a journal.


2. Consider why you want to do a 16-week challenge. Do you want to get healthier? Have more energy? Be a better parent? Get into your college jeans? What ever it is that motivates you, write it down so that you can refer back to it throughout the course of your 16 weeks, especially when you feel like quitting, you can remind yourself why you started.


3. Consider your goals. 💪 Write down specifically what you’d like to accomplish in 16 weeks. Run a 5k? 10k? Start lifting weights? Hit the gym 3 times every week? Start having healthy family dinners every night? Write down your goals and start to make it happen!

Before, not an easy one to post


They say the average American gains between 8-10lbs between Thanksgiving and New Years, and guess what, I DID.  Ugh.  This was totally not in my plan, but I have come to realize I’m not special, I am normal, and I gained the average amount of weight because I was not on top of my goals as much as I’d like to admit.

So what was great was that I enjoyed my holiday season, I ate some cheese (!), lots of bread, & lots of soppressata.  I didn’t drink much, but I did eat a whole bunch of struffala.  I didn’t feel deprived, because I wasn’t.  I did continue to work out and even switched it up by going to some yoga classes for the first time in like a year.  If I had to score myself between 1-5, I was a solid 3 for effort.

Now its 2017 and even though for the first time in my life I actually feel happy and content with my body, I know there are still more goals to achieve and more skills to master.  One thing I noticed from the Light Yourself on Fire challenge was that using my planner and bullet journal was crucial to my success, so I’m definitely going to do that again with the Crush Your Resolutions Challenge (cute name right?).

If you’re ready to crush your own resolutions around your overall health and wellness, reach out to me so I can support you!  People who take on these transformation challenges with a team achieve more results, lose more weight and have more fun doing it!

Marie’s Crush Your Resolution Challenge

January 4- April 11 (which happens to be the day I leave on vacation for Jamaica!)

  • Chronicle my journey via the Isabody Challenge
  • Complete 16 deep cleanse days
  • Complete 50 workouts
  • No dairy (except for my shakes)
  • Write 16 blog posts
  • Publish 16 weekly meal plans
  • Utilize Bullet Journal for tracking
  • Journal my gratitudes and accomplishments, and not be so hard on myself!

 

 

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The Picture I’m Most Proud of From 2016

It’s January 1st and it’s natural to set some new goals today.  I have set goals at the beginning of the year for as long as I can remember although I can’t say that I’ve met all of them.  That’s why this year I did something different.

I took my husband out for a date and we talked over lunch about all the things we were proud of accomplishing in 2016.  We didn’t talk at all about 2017 goals and what we failed at in 2016, just pure pride in what we did accomplish.  It felt good! And as we talked more and more about it, I thought of more things to be proud of!

The truth is, this year I’ve been interviewing people in my life about how I occur to them as part of my latest project and one of the common themes coming through is that people think I am too hard on myself.  When my coach and friend said this to me when I was telling her how stuck I felt, I finally saw how much being hard on myself was costing me.

Ultimately, it costs me the pride and happiness that I deserve in my life, because every time I do something good I either dismiss it with “Oh yeah it was no big deal” or I follow it up with, “But I could have done it better.”  A lot of my clients tell me they do this too.

For 2017, this is the ONE THING that I will focus and work on.  I’m not gonna make a huge list of “resolutions”, I’m just gonna focus on this “Being kinder to myself and celebrating my accomplishments”.  Sounds simple right? Then why is it so hard for most of us to acknowledge where we have made progress or where we have made an impact? Because our brains are wired to look for what’s wrong, not what’s right.  It takes time and energy to rewire your brain to focus on the good.  Honestly I can’t think of a better time in the history of my life to start mastering this skill.  I want to show my kids how to love themselves and enjoy all the happiness that they deserve in life.

Marie’s 2016 (and first ever!) Happy List of Accomplishments (in no particular order)

  • Completing the Light Yourself on Fire challenge
  • Moving up a rank in my business
  • Increasing my income
  • Completing 1 seminar at Landmark, assisting at 1 seminar and taking on the final leg of my Landmark Curriculum
  • Pushing myself at the gym and going consistently all year
  • Starting to sing again in a local chorus
  • Supporting my husband to start training in Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing
  • Supporting my son to start training in karate and reaching orange belt
  • Giving up dairy for 7 months to work on my overall health
  • My term as BNI president
  • Raising $1400 for my friend to move into his new home, and assisting him to find a new home
  • The Concourse House diaper drive, and my networking group’s taking it on to make it a huge success
  • Telling my story on an international call
  • Travelling to Texas, Illinois, Arizona and Nevada for business trips

 

 

This Wednesday I am honored to be featured on our international team call telling my story of how I got healthy and lost 37lbs! Plus hear what I told when my husband when he lost his job back in March. It could have been a very scary moment, but instead it was validating for me. 

Wednesday 9pm – dial (641) 715-3580 passcode 945461#

Citizen Isner

November 11, 2016

Posted by Ran Isner

 

On October 31st I passed my citizenship test and am waiting for the swearing in letter to arrive. I must admit that I am very excited about becoming a citizen and I am really looking forward to the ceremony.

I missed voting in this election because I started the process a little late in the year and I have to blame myself for that. I dragged my feet getting the process started because I was still grappling with the idea of becoming a citizen of a country I wasn’t born in and all the guilt I felt about seemingly abandoning my Israeli identity for a new one. I realize now that it doesn’t have to be that way. I will always be an Israeli because I was born there and that’s never going to change, but I also feel such a deep connection to this country. I am raising a family here, I have created a life for myself and my family here and this country is what I call home now.

I am very much involved in the political conversation and the reason i decided to become a citizen was so I can vote in the election because I believe that since I intend to live the rest of my life here I am required to exercise the right to vote and make my voice heard. I have very strong opinions about the path this country should take and what kind of country I would want my children to live it, so even though I wasn’t going to have the opportunity to vote, I was still very much involved in the conversation and was invested in the outcome.

The past couple of days have been very emotional. I won’t lie to you, I felt like I was sucker punched. I was supposed to become a citizen in a time when love was going to win over hate and acceptance was going to win over bigotry, yet somehow the world turned upside down and certainty turned into doubt.

This was how I felt for most of the past two days. How could people be so stupid? How could we have been so wrong and how did we let them win? I felt so much hate and disdain and then I reminded myself that this is not what I stand for. I stand for love and acceptance. I stand for possibility and opportunity. I stand for each and every one on this planet having their own opinion, I may not agree with it but I will respect the person and their right to their opinion. One can’t be against hate when things are going their way and once they don’t, become a hate spewing machine, that’s hypocritical.

I can only bring about change when I become the change myself especially when hate and negativity have such low vibration in the universe. I could sit back, play the victim and complain or actually be a cute in the matter and take action. We don’t live in a bubble where everybody thinks the way we do, there are many different people with many different opinions and our opinions are not more valuable than theirs. We must learn to communicate in a way that promotes a healthy discussion rather than divisive rhetoric.

Many people dream of becoming a citizen of this great nation and I believe that we have a responsibility to be active and willing participants so that we live in a country we can be proud of and also be critical of it when we feel that it is veering of the path. We have a duty and a responsibility to future generation to hand over a country that sets them up for success where its people are able to continue a dialog of peace and acceptance.

Being sworn in and singing the Star Spangled Banner will be one of the proudest moments of my life and I will not take the responsibility of citizenship lightly.

Bless you all and bless these United States!

What a way to finish up this challenge, taking my final photos on election day as emotions and anxieties were running high.  I didn’t have the best week that I thought I would have as I ended this challenge – in fact I had a challenging week.  I succumbed to temptation, laziness, irritability and a roller coaster of emotions (and this was all before Election Day!). What can I say? I get super moody when I have PMS and the last two months have been especially hard.  Maybe it’s because I haven’t been sleeping as well.  Maybe it’s because my will power has faded.  Maybe it’s because I’ve reached a new level and I’m self-sabotaging.  Honestly, it could be all of these things or none of these things.  Some weeks you just gotta keep swimming and hope it all comes together.

It’s also really easy when things don’t go our way to give up on ourselves.  After the late night with the election results, believe me, I didn’t want to go to the gym this morning. But I knew that if I skipped it because of external factors it would set me back and I would regret it.  So I went and I got to work out and get some of the feelings out of my system in a healthy way (read: not through eating a sleeve of cookies).  No matter what the final outcome of this challenge was, I knew that the time I spend working on myself was never going to be something I would regret.  These 23 weeks were going to pass anyway, at least I made them count by staying the course and being true to myself.

I am very proud that I reached a new “lowest weight” since 2010.  I am very proud that I kept my word and wrote and blogged as much as I did.  I am very moved by all of the people who cheered me on and who took on their own “Light Yourself On Fire” challenges. I haven’t really thought about what the future of this challenge will hold for me just yet, but I do know what my goals are for the rest of the year.

Looking forward to 2017 I am excited for my new endeavor, the Parents Passion Project to light the fires under parents to reignite their passions.  Learn more here.

This begins the final week of my (extended) Light Yourself on Fire Challenge.  November 8th I have to submit the final pictures and weight for my challenge as part of the “maintenance” portion.  I’m so glad that I extended the challenge, because without that I know I would have slipped back into some bad habits.  I took a quiz online that I found (while I was looking for resources about parents and passion) that really gave me some insight about myself, I am an Obliger.

Here’s the description:

Is it easier to spend time or money on someone else instead of on yourself?

Do you sometimes think, “When someone expects something of me, I do it. But, I often have trouble meeting my expectations for myself.”

That’s because you’re an Obliger.

In order to change a habit, Obligers need external accountabilitythat’s the crucial factor for Obligers.

You can take the quiz here and find out what tendencies you have.  I found this so helpful because it gave me a vocabulary to understand why I need so much EXTERNAL ACCOUNTABLITY all the damn time.  It’s like, when no one is watching, I’ll eat a sleeve of Ritz crackers with dairy free chocolate spread, but when someone is watching (i.e. this challenge) I will happily post my weight every week online for all the world to see.  I’ve always wondered, what the F is wrong with me? Turns out, it’s just my “tendencies”. Doesn’t that sound better than me being a crazy lady?

When all is said and done, this challenge will be 23 weeks of my 2016.  That’s nearly half the year.  When I look back on it that way, I can appreciate how much I’ve accomplished and how much I committed to (and actually achieved).  Just to recognize my achievements and then to high-five myself for it is new behavior for me.  Unfortunately I spent a lot of time being so hard on myself over the past 30 years and it doesn’t really serve me anymore.  Sure, it would be easy to say, “oh after 22 weeks you SHOULD HAVE lost more weight, done more workouts, cooked more food, whatever” but does that help me at all?  I’m flipping it around this time.  “Oh after 22 weeks you HAVE done 53 workouts, 24 cleanse days, 22 blogs, numerous video blogs, GO YOU!”  Now that’s something I can take to the bank!

Week 22 Results

Weight: 183.4 **New Lowest Weight!!**  (-13.8 since start, -1.4 change since last week)

Cleanse days completed this week: 2

Workouts: 3

Non-Scale Victory:  File this under #adulting, since I’ve lost so much weight, I re-applied for life insurance and was able to get a better rating!  Which means, I will get lower rates for life insurance since I am considered healthier by their standards!  Since I applied 2 years ago I’ve lost 30lbs!!

What I want to be acknowledged for this week: Cleansing on Halloween!! I didn’t touch one piece of candy you guys, this is huge for me.  Normally I would skim a bunch of fun size items from my kids bucket, but this year I was able to enjoy Halloween without one piece of candy.  I think I may have a new tradition on my hands!

Book I am reading this week: Ugh, still working on this

Song that inspired this week’s title:  Thriller, by Michael Jackson

Bonus Material: Here’s a video of New Body Bootcamp doing Thriller choreography (with me and Dylan!).

Posted by Ran Isner 

Last night I graduated to a white-blue belt in my Kickboxing practice. As part of the graduation process I was required to write an essay and do one hour of community service.
In the essay I was asked to write about what I have gained since beginning my practice and if I have noticed a change in myself. What came out were honest words of gratitude and acceptance. 

I am grateful because this practice has allowed me to join a community that embraces everyone with no judgement, a community that supports one another and not expects something in return and a community that reminds you that it’s not about the result, but about the process. 

The professor said something that even though I’ve heard it before, it resonated with me in that moment. He said that the week after earning the belt is very important. It is important because that is when people take their foot of the gas and decide that it’s time for a break and that’s why one should push even more. 

The work doesn’t stop just because you went up a belt (insert whatever accomplishment that suits your situation) if anything it becomes more intense and every level becomes more meaningful because it means that you are taking one step closer to where you want to be. Even after you are a black belt, the work always continues because we never stop learning.

Another thing I wrote about in my essay is how much this school is in alignment with who I am and who I am striving to become. I want to surround myself with people who share the same values as I do and are committed to creating a culture of empowerment and positivity. Building people up is so much more fun than tearing them down.

I am grateful every time I get on that mat and am looking forward to the journey ahead.

Marie got her groove back this week!! I don’t know if it was cleansing, finally getting antibiotics in my body or the grilled cheese I allowed myself to have, but I definitely felt a shift this week.  I was in a bit of a slump feeling a little bored, a little sorry for myself (everyone else gets to eat pizza!) and a little cocky too (sure why not have gluten!) that just created a perfect storm in my brain of feeling not myself lately.

I was also sick with bronchitis, which I finally went to the doctor for and get meds for, so I’m feeling much much better.  Getting sick is just the perfect reason to throw in the towel sometimes, and I didn’t totally do it this past month, but I did with a bunch of stuff.

Bad habits I let sneak back into life in the past month

  • watching tv before bed
  • ordering thai food takeout instead of cooking like 1x a week
  • staying up too late
  • winging it and not bullet journalling
  • skipping my morning shake!!! eeek I said it out loud
  • eating gluten
  • skipping the gym on Sunday mornings because I was tired and wanted to snuggle my babies

Transformation is all about getting UNCOMFORTABLE and doing new things, and I was doing that for 16 weeks and then slipped back into COMFORTABLE.  Because, human.

So now that’s off my chest, I can move on! And redirect these to better habits.

  • watching tv before bed  –> reading before bed
  • ordering thai food takeout instead of cooking like 1x a week –> choosing a dedicated “take out” night with my family so that its not a result of laziness, but more of a planned thing
  • staying up too late –> in bed by 11!
  • winging it and not bullet journalling –> bullet journal every (damn) day
  • skipping my morning shake!!! eeek I said it out loud –> commit to drinking my shake every morning no matter what
  • eating gluten –> remembering how good I felt without the gluten in my body
  • skipping the gym on Sunday mornings because I was tired and wanted to snuggle my babies  –> making a commitment to get to the gym once each weekend and knowing that snuggling won’t get me those Michelle Obama arms

Week 21 Results

Weight: 184.8 (-12.4 since start, -5.2 change since last week)

Cleanse days completed this week: 2

Workouts: 2

Non-Scale Victory:  Went down another size in clothes.  This time it was in a top from LulaRoe that I used to wear a Small in (they run very big) and now I can wear the XS!  What a thrill, I’ve never worn an XS size in anything!

What I want to be acknowledged for this week: Getting back into my bullet journal this week.  I was doing really well with it and then kinda fell off once school started.  I noticed that when I have my tasks written I get so much more done.  So I’m glad I got back into this week and started planning my tasks ahead for better time management and productivity.

Book I am reading this week: Ugh, still working on this

Song that inspired this week’s title:  Let the Groove Get In, by Justin Timberlake

Finally this week I went to the urgent care and got diagnosed with Bronchitis.  Finally.  My 90 year old grandmother was like, “Don’t you think you should have gone sooner?” Maybe!! I’ve been suffering for about 6 weeks, so yea maybe!! But honestly it usually takes me a month to get over a cough so I didn’t really even think about the doctor until week 6 began.

Now that I’ve got some meds in me and I’m not coughing up a lung, I got some of my energy back! I’ve really been struggling these last few weeks to keep up the pace of kids, work, chorus, landmark, housework, blogs, boot camp, and trying to have a little fun on the weekends.  Even this week I didn’t write this blog on time and I wasn’t able to film a video blog.

When I don’t complete my tasks on time it makes me feel like a lesser version of myself.  I relate to myself differently and I end up feeling like crap –> wanting to eat crap.  That’s kinda how my life goes.

Feel like crap –> want to eat crap –> eat crap –> Feel like crap —> repeat

I know what I know about what to eat, what not to eat, when to exercise, when hunger is real, when it’s phantom (emotional) hunger.  And I’ve been SO GOOD about keeping to my no dairy/egg lifestyle that it would be shame to give it all back. Especially when I feel better without it.  But I think with the change of season and feeling under the weather, I faced some new challenges. Week 2o was a little bit of a wash, but I vow to make week 21 an improvement and get back to myself.

Week 20 Results

Weight: 190 (-7.2 since start, +1.4 change since last week)

Cleanse days completed this week: 0

Workouts: 2

Non-Scale Victory:  I attended an event this week and bumped into someone I haven’t seen in a year!  She said “You look great!” and I was thrilled.  Thank you!

What I want to be acknowledged for this week: Definitely getting to boot camp twice, because it wasn’t this week with Daphne waking us up at 5am all week.  Wednesday morning I seriously considering skipping it and napping instead, but I pushed through!

Book I am reading this week: Hell, I haven’t  been reading, I commit to picking this up again in the upcoming week

Song that inspired this week’s title:  I Know What I Know, by Paul Simon

The Tipping Point

October 21, 2016

Posted by Ran Isner

This week has been a little rough. My UC ( Ulcerative Colitis) is acting up and I am resisting growth something fierce.

I am ready for a breakthrough in both my health and wellness business and with UC because I feel that with all of the growth I’ve had in the past couple of months, I am primed for one. My ego and mind however, they have a different idea.

They are telling me that I am not good enough, that it’s time to rest, and that this might be it for me. I keep reminding myself that this is my upper limit and that it means that I’m on the verge of something big but I’m also terrified by it. The unknown has always been a scary thing for me and even as a kid I always wanted to know what was going to happen next and when I knew, I was then able to relax.

I know now that the exciting part of not knowing what’s going to happen next is that we get to create it ourselves but I am still terrified by it. I feel that this is the tipping point for me and that it’s time for me to dive in deep. I am disheartened by this because it feels like even though I have made of all this progress, I am right back when I started. I know that it’s not true because I am no where near where I was 5 months ago! Our minds are fickle that way, aren’t they?

I am ready to feel better and keep making an impact in this world because honestly, the world needs it. I am ready to not play the victim anymore because it’s comfortable and familiar. I am choosing to embrace success instead of being scared of it. I am choosing to heal so I can be them man I was meant to be and not be ruled by a condition and I am setting the intention of healing so that I can allow myself to heal.

 

I have been dreading writing this blog entry because the old me thinks that sharing this meant that I failed but here I am writing these words and if anything says anything about my progress, this is it.

My mind and ego will always be there, trying to tell me that I am not good enough but it’s up to me to tell them to shut the fuck up and keep pushing myself so that I can change the world.

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