Starting & Sticking to a healthy plan can be a struggle and my guest who I am interviewing and featuring in MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY knows all too well the ups and down of staying true to #self-care routine.
It is her dedication towards her health that has transformed the way she viewed food, from a “vice” into a key ingredient so she can achieve the healthy daily routine.
It usually involves a “GREEN JUICE” and recipes that follows a “clean” way of eating.
This Mom of three beautiful girls and Grandma to two, will find the time and the energy (not sure where!!!) to fit in a daily workout, regardless of the weather. Hiking , or training for a half marathon , or even meeting up with school mates to play a game of indoor soccer.
It is usually done with friends and or family or both!!
Oh did I mention these sports are all done with fashion in mind!! Skirts are a MUST!!!! lol 🙂 (Or it is NOT done at all!! her words)
On that note I would love you to meet my friend Marcella (aka Laverne)…
1. How did your hiking and eating healthy all begin?
After an invite by a friend to hike, I had the grandiose idea that I could climb the Squamish Chief with a group of young people way back in 2002/2003. I made it to the top in 2.5 hours. Then, stupidly went on to challenge the Grouse Grind and made that in roughly the same time. I was grossly out of shape and way over weight. Later in 2003, I had some devastating news and that energized me to get up and move. I walked hard and fast – it was an excellent stress release. I was on to something!
2. How easy was it to just change all your eating habits?
Not easy at all. Our house was the party house. We always had parties for friends, kids and to mark family milestones – on top of all the holiday meals at our house. Why, because between my spouse and I we had 6 kids every other weekend – so we were designated party central. Good times around our house were always associated with eating good food and second helpings. These were not healthy foods! Who wants cake?
3. What was the hardest part in the whole process for you?
In 2006, when I got my real estate license, I didn’t want to be the pudgy Realtor on the sign. Seriously. So, I joined Sureslim – I though the advertisements looked gimmicky, but, went in and they did a whole blood panel workup on me and then tailored a menu specifically to me based on those results. The hardest part? Weighing my foods and packing my lunches every day. Oh, and laying off the 2 Tim Horton’s double-doubles I’d had EVERY day! That’s ¼ cup of 18% milk fat cream in your coffee plus all that sugar every day! Gross. Thank goodness I am cured of Tim Horton’s and now enjoy dark roasted coffees without the cream and sugar. Pass.
4. Were there any foods or drinks that you never gave up and why?
It was actually easy to give up white foods, once I gave up that double-double – I started drinking black coffee with splenda (which I have long since given up on – splenda is nasty stuff; I now use stevia and still love black coffee). I could not give up my coffee – been drinking that since I was 13. These days, I have cravings for bad foods, especially on hormonal days. Wink wink. I get cravings for sugar and carbs. So I cave every now and then – in moderation. No guilt, just do it, get it done and move on.
5. If you could think back to the time when you were at your highest weight, what were you struggling with the most emotionally?
That’s a loaded question, but, happiness; because food at our house was always associated with good times with family and friends.
6. Now that you are more in-tune with yourself, what coping mechanisms have you in place when you feel yourself starting to pedal backwards?
I have a great network of friends that I turn to. My good friends Matt and Mike started a healthy lifestyle coaching company called My Health 90; I joined that in March 2015. It’s not just the daily coaching I get from them, but the community of support from other members in the group. When I’m falling off track, I connect up with them, and they encourage me with positive mind in-put. It’s good, I got this!
7. Was it easier to start the exercise first or the change your food habits? or both? 🙂
Getting into a regular routine of exercise is never easy. For me, going to the gym is a task. On rainy days and in the fall/winter months are when you’ll most likely find me in the gym. It’s like pulling teeth. Nobody likes the dentist.
I love eating healthy – you must make a conscious decision to eat healthy, and once you get going down that path, your body adjusts and will literally feel sick when you re-introduce the refined junk you stopped eating. People think it costs more to eat healthy, I have to disagree. I spend the same amount on food; I just buy more fresh fruits and vegetables, switched from white rice and wheat pasta to quinoa or a quinoa blend of wild brown rice and quinoa pasta and leaner cuts of meat and fish.
Getting into a routine of daily exercise I think is harder, because the body isn’t used to it. It’s more of a chore when you first start to change your ingrained lifestyle to something new. But persistence will pay off.
8.What is your favorite type of exercise ? and why?
On 5 out of 7 days, you’ll find me outside, doing stairs, hiking a mountain trail, running somewhere on the beach or out for a leisurely hike with a group of friends. It’s not a task or a chore – it’s a conscious decision to get out there and enjoy what I am doing! For me, it’s a genuine stress release of everything life throws my way. I can hike my best time on any day that I am angry or mad – it’s excellent fuel for a “personal best time”. By the time I’m done, all that anger is brushed off because now I’m celebrating my time with those that probably made me hike it, run it or walk it off anyways.
I love being outdoors – soooo much more “scope for the imagination” (Anne Shirley, of Green Gables). It’s a refreshing, ever changing landscape that is awe-inspiring and breathtaking.
9. What is your favorite what type of food or drink and could you share your recipe?
A favourite drink? Juice your greens! I love juicing. Since the beginning of this year, I have probably only missed 7 days. I take my juicer with me when I travel – my friends look forward to getting a fresh juice or smoothie. I am a fanatic! I also love a good salad with a great big grilled chicken breast on it. Eat lean meats! They are heart friendly.
My fave juices – so simple:
Spinach, kale and mangos in coconut water – oh, so divine and refreshing. (Sipping this one as I respond).
Kale and pineapple in coconut water – like sitting on a tropical beach! Envision this!
Kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, lemon, apples and ginger – bam! Green lemonade.
Watermelon, mint and goat cheese feta, drizzle with olive oil. Oh my!
Spinach, kale, strawberries, sweet yellow red and orange peppers, raw almonds, raw pumpkin seeds and raw sunflower seeds, drizzle in balsamic vinaigrette, throw on a chicken breast. Hola! Yummy!
10. What three words describe how your felt after you made the “choice” to become healthy?
In four words? I love this lifestyle!
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