Thursday, August 22, 2013

My Early Morning Battle

This past week I had two VERY early starts for work.  Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer breakfasts for 2 of our walks were held and since these begin at 7:30am our staff is asked to be there at 6:00am to help set up.  This means a 4:00am or 4:30am wake up call for Moi!

I'm not a morning person at the best of times so this is always a struggle for me.  One thing I remembered from last years experience was that I was STARVING.  I just cannot get myself up early enough to prepare a full breakfast and sit down and eat it before leaving the house, on any regular day let alone a super early morning.  

This year I had Shakeology and not only that, I had the knowledge, guidance and motivation to prepare ahead of time healthy snacks that I could bring with me too to help tide me over.



After getting up and dressed I made my usual favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Shakeology and drank it in the car on the way to the breakfast. If there is ANYTHING that can put me in a good mood in the morning it's this chocolatey goodness!  Not only does it taste amazing but the nutritional benefits are incredible.  These are just some of the wonderful benefits of drinking Shakeology

  • Increased Energy and Endurance
  • It's good for the heart!
  • Low on the Glycemic Index
  • Digestion and Detoxification
  • Weight Loss

Not only does Shakeology offer these benefits but for me personally one thing that I've noticed is that I am a much, much happier person.  My mood on a daily basis has so significantly improved from where it was a few months ago.  I find myself smiling more and catching myself doing it then reflecting on why.  I'm just sitting at my desk at work, why do I feel so good?  I know that Shakeology has a lot to do with it.  Shakeology delivers powerful, cancer fighting anti-oxidants, vitamins, amino acids, prebiotics, and phytonutrients.  All of this is used to combat everything from weight gain to heart disease and knowing that I am putting these amazing nutrients in my body is definitely something to smile about! 

At these breakfasts we are offered the chance to eat breakfast once the guests have left and we clean up.  There is some fruit offered, which would be fine if I liked more than green grapes, bosc pears and apples!  I'm not a big fruit person.  The majority of what is offered is going to do absolutely nothing for me though.  Instead of eating food that will spike my sugar levels and leave me feeling bloated, tired, uncomfortable and hungry very soon later I had my own snacks prepared.  

Baked Chicken Strips (protein)
Bosc Pear (complex carb)

A great combination!

By the time we were allowed to eat these were a god send because I knew it would be so easy to give into temptation.  I followed these snacks up later in the day with healthy lunches, more healthy snacks and a healthy dinner.  1 good decision helps keep the ball rolling and I felt amazing at the end of the day knowing I had made good choices.

Preparation is EVERYTHING.  Taking steps to help prepare you in advance for situations you know are coming up, or even back up options for when your day takes a turn you don't expect.  Having snacks you can take on the go with you will help you in so many ways to avoid the tempting foods surrounding us that have only aided to our expanding waistlines.  



Stick to your goals!  I'm here to help you too and excited to be sharing my journey.

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