Wednesday, September 6, 2017

On fear and moving forward

I quit my job.
I quit my job.
My "full-time, I went to school for this and built a career out of it" J.O.B.

It was an important job.
One that made me feel fulfilled, useful, and important as well.
It was the kind of job they make TV shows out of.
It was everything I knew for the last 12 years. It had become ME.




I used to have a quote on my office bulletin board by a running coach and Boston Marathon winner named John J. Kelley. "The things we do should consume us. If they don't our lives won't have any meaning." (Here is an amazing article about him: Runner's World)

I was consumed. And I loved it.
My career there was influenced by great mentors. I was surrounded by people who are like family to me. They inspired and guided me to be a better lawyer and to seek justice at every turn.

But in being consumed by it, I started to lose myself and my happiness. Who was I when the job I loved so much gave me a pit of despair in my stomach every Sunday night. And that despair translated to a short fuse with my family, a sour disposition, and using drinking as an avoidance technique. None of it was good anymore.

And now that I've quit. Who the hell am I?

"...it's no easy feat to let go of a dream (and identity) you've held for most of your life. I had built my self-worth around what I did for a living. I had let it define me, so when I finally cut the cord and closed the door, I entered a full-blown identity crisis." (Melissa Ambrosini)

If I wasn't a lawyer and prosecutor, who was I?
Who am I?

That's a hard question to answer, isn't it? We tend to define ourselves by the roles we fill in life:
Daughter
Caregiver
Mother
Sister
Wife
Friend
Worker

But who are you before those things and who are you after? What gets carried with you and how does that impact what you do in this world?

I'm still sorting it out. And I have to be OK with that.

I think, in a way, I'm mourning the loss of something that I used to be. But as I move to accepting it and regaining my feelings of worth and my identity without that job that used to consume me, I feel a desire to be consumed by something else--an unstoppable mission to help other people live a life they are proud of. I want everyone to wake up in the morning excited about what the day will bring. I want people to feel joy in moving their bodies and filling themselves with powerful energy-giving fuel. I want people to be at their best so that they can pass it along to others who might be hurting and struggling--whether that is emotionally, physically, spiritually, or financially.

I do not have much figured out, but I feel joy in learning.
I want to inspire others to close their eyes and jump. (As scary as it may be!) To chose a path, make a decision and stop drifting along, letting things happen to them.

I want others to live free from fear, doubt, and scarcity. I want love, intention, and abundance. I want to lay my head on the pillow each night knowing I got the most I could out of the day and served others with an open heart.

And where that takes me...well, we shall see. But making a scary decision that wasn't based in fear was one of the best things I've ever done. I don't have it figured out. It isn't all sunshine and rainbows and coffee on the porch. But better the unknown with a clear mission than the regret of never having taken a chance. Better to fly and fall and get back up again than to sit in the nest waiting and wondering what could be out there.



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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fall Soccer Mom Meal Plan

It's quick, it's simple, and you can prep it in no time! 

A 1200-1500 calorie meal plan using the 21 Day Fix container system to the rescue. 
As a reminder--
Green is veggies, purple is fruits, red is protein, yellow is carbs, blue is healthy fats, and orange is for seeds and dressings. Each day you get:


  • 3 green containers
  • 2 purple containers
  • 4 red containers
  • 2 yellow containers
  • 1 blue container
  • 1 orange container
  • 2 teaspoons



Please note that I re-arranged the timing of the snacks shown based on my schedule! Do whatever floats your boat. 

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 
Breakfast:12 almonds and Shakeology blended with ½ cup blueberries, water, and ice (not shown) (½ purple, 1 red, 1 blue)
Snack 1: Whole-grain rice cake with 2 tsp. peanut butter (½ yellow, 2 tsp.)
Lunch: Mason jar salad with 2 Tbsp. vinegar-based dressing, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, ½ cup bell peppers, ¼ cup onion, ¾ cup cooked chicken breast (about 4 oz.), ¾ cup baby spinach (2 green, 1 red, 1 orange)
Snack 2: Baked Oatmeal Cups with Blueberries with 2 hard-boiled eggs or ¾ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt (Not shown) (½ purple, 1 red, 1 yellow)
Dinner: ¾ cup seasoned ground turkey with 1 cup sautéed zucchini, and 1 cup strawberries (1 purple, 1 green, 1 red) ** Turn this into dinner for your family by adding whole grain pasta and jarred pasta sauce. Remember to watch the sugar content in the sauce. 
Snack 3: 1½ cups air-popped popcorn (½ yellow)

Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday 
Breakfast: A handful of cashews and  Shakeology blended with ½ frozen banana, water, and ice (not shown) (1 purple, 1 red, 1 blue)
Snack 1: 1/2 cup apple slices with 2 tsp. peanut butter (1/2 purple, 2 tsp.)
Lunch: Roast Beef Salad: 1 cup lettuce, ½ cup cherry tomatoes, ½ cup shredded carrots, 3 oz. deli roast beef, dressing (2 green, 1 red, 1 orange)
Snack 2: Baked Oatmeal Cups with Blueberries with 2 hard-boiled eggs or ¾ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt  (½ purple, 1 red, 1 yellow)
Dinner:  Slow Cooker Beef Chili (1 green, 1 yellow, 1 Red, 1/2 teaspoon) 
Sunday: I usually give myself a little grace and eat leftovers, a coffee drink treat (count as a yellow!), and sample while I meal prep. I still count my containers, just not worrying if I don't hit them all. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

That time I was wrong wrong wrong (again)





3 Day Refresh Results Time!!

So I've been a coach for a little over a year now.
Last week was the 1st time I've tried the Beachbody 3-Day Refresh.

It's funny to me because of the reason I've been holding out so long to try it.

Because I didn't think I needed it.
Because I didn't think it was for me.
Because I didn't think it would work.

Hmmmm. Sound familiar? Those are the exact same things I said about Shakeology BEFORE I actually tried it. You know what that reminds me of? Serving your kid dinner. Ever set the plate down in front of your child and, without so much as a sniff of the food, hear him or her loudly exclaim, "I DON'T LIKE IT!!!"

But you've never even tried it.
"YES I HAVE AND I DON'T LIKE IT."

Really, because this is a new recipe I'm trying out for the first time. You've never had it before. How do you know you don't like it?
"I JUST KNOW."

I'm guessing if you're a mom, you've had that conversation a time or two.
I realized I was having that conversation about Shakeology too. And clearly, now that I've tried it, and now that I gave it a full thirty days (plus!) for it to kick in with it's powerful ability to give me more energy, change the shape of my body (hello muscles), and help me beat the sugar addiction, I will never go back.

So what the heck was I doing holding out on trying the 3-Day Refresh?
Well, I was making incorrect assumptions about something I'd never tried for myself. I thought it was a cleanse or detox that would be restrictive, too difficult, make me starving and I thought that maybe I would fail at sticking to it.

None of those things were true. The 3-Day Refresh is a program of specially formulated shakes and easy-to-prepare clean meals helps put you on the fast track to losing weight and eating healthier. And unlike a juice fast or an all-liquid cleanse that's high in sugars and low in protein (which can leave you feeling weak, sad, and sluggish), this program is scientifically designed to help support your metabolism and help your vital organs re-energize.


In just 3 days I jump started my progress that had begun to stall a little, I broke the cycle of bad eating habits creeping their way back in, I conquered my cravings, and I felt lighter and more energized. Not bad for 3 days, right?! Oh and did I mention that I lost about 3 pounds and 1 inch from my waist. 


YES!!! 1 inch from my waist in 3 days. Amazing I tell you. 






Although my pictures are not as dramatic as some I've seen from the 3-Day Refresh, what was even better than the inch lost was how my pants fit. 

I'd recently gone from marathon training mode to a bit of a workout funk--still doing them, just not having my mind in the right place and not giving them my all. The 3-Day Refresh gave me back what had been missing--the confidence that it's my logical brain that controls what I eat and drink. Not my emotions, not my stressors, not my wants or whims--I am in charge. No one else. Nothing else. 
Moroccan Carrot Salad 

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh
Why should you Refresh? 
  • You need a clean break from a period of unhealthy eating.
  • You used to eat pretty well but have recently fallen off the wagon and need some help getting back on.
  •  You want to jump-start healthy eating habits for a new workout program.
  • You want to quickly lose a few pounds for an upcoming event.
  • You’ve never been a healthy eater, but are ready to kick-start better nutrition for the first time.
  • You want your clothes to fit better.
  • You want more energy.
  • You love food and want to be satisfied while you lose weight and get healthier.
  • You’ve tried liquid fasts or other fad diets and they simply don’t work.

    Contact me at megan9j@gmail.com for more information or Shop Here!
    But please send me a line before you do so that we can make sure you are getting exactly what you need--no more and no less.
    You can also send me a message on Facebook at Megan Jewett Momentum.
I can't wait to hear from you! 


Monday, June 12, 2017

Quick Little Recipe: Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh

Just finished the 3-Day Refresh. Words like "cleanse" and "detox" sort of describe it, but not exactly. It was surprisingly do-able. I'll have my results and a review of my experience out soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to share this recipe. It's one of the food options during the 3 days. (Yes--you eat real food with the Refresh. One of the things I liked most about it!)

This also makes a great side dish or light lunch even when you aren't Refreshing.


Ingredients
1 small head of cauliflower (alternatively, you can buy frozen or fresh pre-riced cauliflower)
1 small tomato
1 English (seedless) cucumber
1 small red onion
1 bunch parsley
1 lemon
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Chili flakes (optional but recommended)

Instructions 
Grate or pulse in a food processor 1 cup cauliflower florets, until they resemble couscous/rice. 

Cook riced cauliflower in a nonstick pan over medium heat 5 minutes. Allow to cool before mixing with other ingredients. (This is optional--you can leave the cauliflower raw, but I prefer it cooked.) 

Small dice the tomato and add to a large bowl. 
Small dice 1/2 of the cucumber and add to the bowl.
Small dice the onion and add 1/4 cup to the bowl. 
Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped parsley. 
Add the cooled cauliflower. 
Dress with 2 or 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 3 teaspoons olive oil, sea salt and chili flakes to taste. 
Toss well to combine. Allow to sit, refrigerated for a few hours. 

Enjoy the healthy goodness. 
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