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MY CHANGE FOR A TEN

Happy Tuesday. This is the second week of my second half of my wellness journey ( as a vegan) and I’m starting off strong with a positive mindset. I began this blog in 2013 and I helped a new charity with each ten pounds. I lost a significant amount of weight and helped several charities.  I was in the best shape I’ve been in since my twenties, and I regained my sense of purpose in the process. I had a lot of help from others in fitness and philanthropy. It was a team effort from friends who got involved.

When I decided to go all in on this blog again  ( for real this time) I didn’t think I could take on a charity with each ten pounds. I am still doing charity projects separately, but I wasn’t sure one charity with each ten pounds could be managed, until I came up with a fresh idea to accomplish my original mission with a new twist. My new my change for a ten plan is to donate something every ten pounds, with the number ten. For example, ten cans of food to Food bank or homeless shelter. Ten pounds of cat or dog food to a animal rescue. You get the idea. I would also like to start a movement to get others to do the same. Challenge yourself to do something for others using the number ten. Send ten cards to family members, ten blankets to a homeless shelter. You can do what I did originally and motivate yourself to lose weight by helping others. It worked for me then and I believe it will work for me now. I weighed in yesterday and my current weight is 169 lbs. When I get into the 150’s I will be doing a giving back to an organization I am passionate about. I’m yet to decide my first ten pounds donation, so stay tuned.

I’m also running the Facebook group I founded called Letters From Uncle Louie, we send cards and letters to seniors in homes to let them know they are not alone. I feel like teaming charities with weight loss really helped me be successful the first time around, and keeping it up is very motivating to me now. I would love to inspire others to do the same. We get healthy and it helps us be happier, and helping others is so rewarding; it’s a real win win.

Have a wonderful day.

With Gratitude, Rose

 

 

WEIGHT WATCHERS VEGAN

Happy Wednesday to all. I restarted my wellness journey after a long hiatus, and a lot of attempts to begin again. In that time period I did lose some weight, but I was not consistent and my fitness journey became non existent during the pandemic. That, coupled with a few minor health snags messed with my positive mindset. Now I’m back in a new frame of mindset, in a new apartment ready to make a fresh start here in Texas. I am a vegan and I’ve written for VegWorld Magazine. I’m proud of my vegan lifestyle.

I’ve decided to use the WW ( Weight Watchers) app to keep accountable. It really helps when you are trying to lose weight. My starting weight a week ago was 174 lbs, and I currently weigh 170 lbs. My short term goal is to be in the 150’s, and my long term goal is to be around 135-140 lbs. I have wellness goals and fitness goals that I will get into at a later date. I’m chasing the whole package ( happiness and health) not just the shiny ribbon. It’s great to look better but so wonderful to feel better.

If you are wondering how WW online works I will share my plan. I signed up for online only, which is $19.99 a month. With that I downloaded the free app and there I count my daily points and journal my food. The app tells me how many points my food costs, and the search engine has most foods listed so it’s a seamless way to stay accountable. My budget is 30 points because I chose the green plan with the most points but less free point foods. Fruits and veggies excluding corn and avocado are all free. Once a week ( Monday’s) I weigh in and record my weight.

There’s two other plans too, Blue and Purple. Purple has the most free foods. A lot of vegans choose that plan but Green works for me best. I don’t need brown rice to be free.

That’s how I’m beginning my blog this time around. If you followed me before I sponsored charities with each ten pounds I lost. Now I’m working on my weight loss, wellness, and overall happiness and doing charities but not at every ten pounds. Is National Love People Day so it’s the perfect moment to share. I founded a Facebook group called Letters From Uncle Louie and we send letters to Seniors in homes. It’s really growing and I could be prouder of what we are accomplishing. If you would like to write to a senior twice a month come over and join our page, and message me and we can pair you with a senior. Giving back is part of my happiness journey, to be of service to others, so it’s completely relevant to this blog. I’m working on my outer and inner health. Let me know if you are beginning a wellness journey despite the crazy year we are having. It’s made me realize the time is now. Happy Wednesday to all and love and light.
With Gratitude,

Rose

 

Selfless Saturday

When I began this blog in 2013 I had two intentions, to lose weight and get as fit as possible and to help charities with each ten pounds. I accomplished much in the time between July 2013 and May 2017. My hiatus and weight gain after 2017 was the result of a few personal losses.

Here I am approaching 2020 and beginning again like it’s a brand new journey. I still have some personal struggles I’m dealing with, but the point is I’m getting through and getting back on track. Life happens to all of us, it’s how we react and take action that shows who we really are. I’m first navigating through the holidays then really setting my intentions on my goals for 2020.

I want to start Selfless Saturday’s beginning today, so here’s my first contribution to my weekly Selfless Saturday. Feel free to join in and let me know how you are celebrating paying it forward on Saturday, this one has a bit of a backstory.

As my weight loss journey evolved coffee is still my non-negotiable. People have said to me, now you must stop drinking coffee. That didn’t happen in 2013 and it’s not happening now. I also believe in kindness, giving back and paying it forward; all while fueled on my delicious morning java. One cup is usually my limit, with an occasional second cup when I visit book stores and coffee shops.

Of course sometimes disaster strikes in the form of a broken down coffee maker. This happened back when we first moved to San Francisco in November 2014, my new co-worker Alba sold me a brand new coffee maker for just ten bucks, and she put what seemed like a years worth of coffee in the bag for me.  That coffee maker made delicious coffee and kept me going for a few years.

The dreaded broken down coffee maker moment happened to me again last week. I woke up and my coffee maker just stopped working. We are on a budget and a new coffee maker was not in the cards. Cue my dearest friend Kristen who happened to have two coffee makers she never uses. Do you believe Kristen doesn’t like coffee? Yes, neither did I, but her wonderful qualities outweigh her lack of coffee love. The one coffee maker I chose to use is working perfectly and it turns off automatically, which is needed because I tend to be just a slight bit neurotic. The other coffee maker is a two cup single use coffee maker, a black and decker.

I was at work this week and one of my co-workers was brewing coffee and I mentioned how delicious it smelled. He told me he agreed, and how his coffee maker recently just stopped working. I, of all people understand the horror of a broken down coffee maker. I mentioned the extra coffee maker Kristen gifted me with, so today I’m taking it in for him so he doesn’t have to purchase a new coffee maker. I’m sure he would rather spend the extra cash on Christmas gifts for his daughter. The beauty of the ricochet effect. That’s what I call when people share kindness and pay it forward, it comes back to you ten fold. I’m grateful to Kristen for helping me fuel my mornings with my much needed cup of caffeinated joy. This is my first Selfless Saturday and it wasn’t even planned. Kristen started it and I’m just paying it forward.

My hopes for you this Holiday season is that people share their kindness with an open heart, and you go forward doing it for someone who may need an extra smile or just a cup of deliciousness found in coffee. It warms the heart and soul. Happy Selfless Saturday. Love and light Rose