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What’s Your “Why”… Your Purpose?

What's Your "WHY?"  What's Your Purpose in Life?  

 

Many of us do not question our "Why" until something happens which grabs our attention, bringing us to our knees at times, and then we ask!  Why?  Why me?  What is the purpose of living?  Sound familiar?

I'm sharing my "Why" to hopefully bring some inspiration to those whom may need it and to a few "friends" who have questioned why I've been so serious about my health and weight. So, grab a cup of coffee and read on!  

Let's go back to 2010.  My fur kids, Gracie (toy poodle) & Kaylee (yorkie) and I moved into a new apartment.  All seemed well until a few months later, when I had my first TIA – Mini Stroke.  I say, "my first" because in the 5 years that I lived in that apartment, I had a total of 6 TIA's – Mini Strokes!  It wasn't until early 2015, after several severe rain storms, that the water damage showed up as cracks in the ceilings and walls. A section of my bedroom wall collapsed and it was full of mold!  I'll spare you the photos that I took.  

After "Management" saw the damage, they let me move into a small, temporary apartment with my fur kids. Of course, I had to sign papers stating that I would not sue them. 

Unfortunately, my poodle, Gracie, who was 13 years old, with a heart condition, suffered mini strokes as well. At the end of November 2015, my sweet Gracie had to be put down.  That was heart breaking enough but the way it happened, hurts me to no end! 

The technician could not prick Gracie's vein with the tranquillizer.  She tried at least 10 times, all the while Gracie screached and tried to bite her!  I didn't know what to do!  I held Gracie so tight.  I was trembling, crying and felt so helpless. I shouted at the technician to go get the vet.  She did.  He didn't even say a word to me.  His exact words to the techinican were: "Give her gas and finish the job!" A few minutes later, Gracie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  💔

My fur kid, Kaylee, who was much younger than Gracie, is doing well, so far.  We moved to our new apartment in June of 2016. It was an adjustment for me.  New area of Montreal, surroundings and people.  Even though I was in pretty good shape, considering the mini strokes, I felt lost at times and I hate to admit it, depressed.  My way of coping was to eat.  I made excuses for not working out on a regular basis.  I didn't care much about myself.  

One day, when I couldn't fit into my jeans, I looked at myself in the mirror and brought out the dreaded scale.  I had gained 20 – 25 lbs, had 2 "muffin tops," or was it really 3…flabby thighs, hips, "bat wings" … you know the rest! I felt I had no choice but to do something about it, or else…and I didn't like the "or else" option! It scared me half to death!

A dear friend shared a link to a free healthy eating plan and I followed it to a tee. You must, however, eat a lot, way too much for me so I'd replace one meal with a shake.  Within 2 – 3 months, I shed the extra pounds and reached my healthy goal weight.

This should have made me happy, right?  NOOO!  I now had loose skin! That made me feel like wrinkled up old gal!! Not funny at all and not the look I was after!

I also received a call from my family doctor, after going for a body scan, stating I had osteoporosis in my lower back and hips!  Needless to say, you know what she recommended…exercise, vitamins and meds.

THAT was enough to motivate me to do better, exercise more, eat healthy and keep my mind occupied with positivity.  Yes, I am working my butt off!  I train 4-6 times per week.  I am finally starting to see muscles in my arms.  My "bat wings" are getting tighter…still have a ways to go.  I've lost inches in my waist and hips. I'm not where I was in 2010 but I'm a heck of a lot closer than I was a year ago!  Is this easy?  NO!  It is so worth it, though! 

In June, I started to paint on canvas.  A new hobby and I love it.  It's a therapy and the time I paint, it takes me away to another world…far away from depression.  Here are a couple of my paintings.

Oh, I'd been blogging for years.  In November of 2015…the same month I lost my dear, Gracie, my blog was hacked.  I hired experts but was told it was impossible!  Everything was gone! I had to start from zero!  Just one more thing that added to my already stressful life at that time.

I enjoy posting on social media, mostly Facebook.  I do post about working out and my progress…And this leads me to one of the reasons why I wrote this blog post.  A "friend" sent me a private message insinuating that I've been "bragging" about my health and training progress and that I was "pushing" my products. It truly hurt me to hear this. 

Yes, I am a distributor and proud to be affiliated with Organo.  I share, as an entrepreneur, what works for me and how it has helped me in my journey.  In addition, I've always emphasized how eating healthy and exercise is essential. It's great to take a product which may give you energy but if you use that energy to eat unhealthy foods, snack, and sit on the couch to watch TV all day…don't expect it to work! I speak from experience and from my heart.  I share what I believe in.

You may be wondering why I haven't shared a healthy eating plan from Organo.  Well, I understand that some people would prefer not to invest in products.  In order for me to offer an alternative, I had to try it myself.  It worked with a combination, after a month, of Organo products.  I've kept the weight off and am determined to stay that way…at my healthy goal weight!  IF, you'd like to hear about Organo's meal plan, click here: Organo OGX Meal Plan.  This will take you to a previous blog post.

If you're still reading this,  hats off to you!  You care about your well being!!  I hope you'll get a better understanding of who I am and why I do what I do. I share in what I believe.  I'm here to help out when I can.  If anyone wants to know the healthy eating plan I used to shed the pounds, send me a private message, here, on Facebook.  It is FREE.  

ONE more reason why I am determined not to quit, is my fur kid, Kaylee. For those of you who have pets, you'll understand. They give us unconditional love, make us laugh, and  bring us such joy. I swear that she can also read my mind!  The photo below is my Kaylee.  Isn't she a doll?

Thank you for taking your precious time to read my post.  Perhaps, think of what's your "Why" now, before you're in a position where it may be a challenge.  Be grateful for the little things.  Be kind to people you care about. Weed out the naysayers in your life. Ask for help when you need it. Most of all, cherish every moment of this thing called LIFE!  Know your "WHY!"

Sending love your way,

Alexandra McAllister

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Organo Holiday Drinks Perfect for Fall

 


OG Drink Recipes Perfect for Fall

The season of beautiful colors and cooler temps is upon us. The best thing — on our opinion — about fall is the flavors! To celebrate the changing of the leaves and the changing of the weather, try some of these yummy, rich concoctions that are both healthy and delicious.

With ORGANO™ products, you are not only creating comforting fall drinks — you’re doing something good for you health. With healthful ingredients like Ganoderma mushroom, you can take extra pleasure in each sip.

Try these for a fall gathering, holiday, or just because you’re excited for the season.

ORGANO™ Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yields: 2 servings

Calories: 328 (164 per serving)*

* More if you add whipped cream

Timing:

PREP 5mins

COOK 5mins

TOTAL 10mins

INGREDIENTS

  •       2 sachets ORGANO™ Black Coffee or King Of Coffee
  •       ½ cup boiling water
  •       2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  •       2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  •       1 to 3 Tbsp brown sugar, depending on taste
  •       1 tsp vanilla extract
  •       1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, plus more for garnish
  •       Whipped cream, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.     Add milk, pumpkin puree, and brown sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until hot, but do not boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and ORGANO™ coffee of your choice.
  2.     Divide the mixture between two mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

NOTES

* Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend can be found at stores. However, you can also prepare your own by mixing the following spices in a spice jar: 1 ½ Tbsp ground cinnamon + 2 tsp ground ginger + ½ tsp ground nutmeg + 1 pinch of ground cloves.

ORGANO™ Autumn Red Tea

Yields: 2 servings

Calories: 165 (82.5 per serving)

Timing: 10 min

INGREDIENTS

  •       2 bags ORGANO™ Red Tea
  •       1 cup boiling water
  •       ¾ cup unsweetened apple juice
  •       1/3 cup cranberry juice
  •       1 ½ Tbsp brown sugar
  •       1 Tbsp lemon juice
  •       1 pinch pumpkin pie spice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.     Place ORGANO Red Tea bags in a large heat-proof bowl; add boiling water. Cover and steep for 8 minutes.
  2.     Discard tea bags. Add the remaining ingredients to tea; stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3.     Serve and enjoy!

NOTES

* Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend can be found at stores. However, you can also prepare your own by mixing the following spices in a spice jar: 1 ½ Tbsp ground cinnamon + 2 tsp ground ginger + ½ tsp ground nutmeg + 1 pinch of ground cloves.

FENIX™ ‘TIRAMISU’

Yields: 1 serving

Calories: 210 per serving

Timing: 10 min

INGREDIENTS

  •       1 scoop FENIX Shake Vanilla
  •       1 sachet King Of Coffee
  •       1 cup Soy Milk (preferably unsweetened)
  •       5-6 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy!

Alexandra McAllister

http://www.wow101.myorganogold.com     

**Shared from Organo Blog

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Coffee is more than just a drink, it’s an experience. Around the globe, different countries and different cultures enjoy coffee in different ways. From elaborate ceremonies to tricky taboos, coffee can be an excellent conduit to experience different global cultures. To celebrate International Coffee Day, here are some unique coffee rituals and traditions from different parts of the world.

Ethiopia

Perhaps more than anywhere else on Earth, in Ethiopia coffee is an event. An Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a ritual that can take as long as two hours — with coffee as the star of the show. Ethiopia has some bragging rights to coffee as it’s widely considered the birthplace of this beloved beverage.

The ceremony starts with the roasting of raw beans over an open flame — usually performed by the youngest woman of the household. Guests are often offered snacks during this phase and encourage to interact. At the core, the Ethiopian coffee ceremony is meant to connect participants in conversation.

After the beans are ground super fine by hand, they go into the jebena, a clay pot with slender pouring spout, to brew. The coffee usually goes through three different brews, with each participant receiving a cup of each brew. The first is the Abol (the strongest and most important), second is the Tona (little more water), and the last is the Baraka. Each stage has significance attributed to the occasion — addressing a conflict in the Abol and finding a resolution in the Baraka, for example.

The drawn-out nature of the process encourages participants to slow down and enjoy life — while the coffee keeps coming.

Italy

Coffee is so deeply rooted into the Italian culture the country has developed some deeply rooted rules and taboos to follow. When consuming coffee in this beautiful mediterranean country, be careful not to accidentally perform a faux pa in one of the many fantastic bistros.

Italians have built their eating and drinking traditions around certain ideas about digestion. The pre-dinner drink, for example, is thought to warm up the digestive system to receive heartier items in a meal.

For this reason, it has become a taboo to order a cappuccino — frothy milk and coffee — after the morning. Order up a cappuccino after 11 am in Italy and there’s a good chance an Italian will shake their head in scorn — feeling sorry for your digestive system. The heavy milk is believed to be hard for your body to digest — and therefore should be consumed in the morning to process throughout the day.

Coffee is also meant to be an experienced in cafes in Italy — not in a foam to-go cup. (You will actually not find a single Starbucks in Rome for example.) Native Italians tend to go for their own version of the to-go coffee, a shot of espresso enjoyed while standing up at the counter or bar.

Turkey  

Coffee in Turkey is, like in Ethiopia, a reason for a celebration. In social gatherings, the Turkish people often hand grind their coffee and mixed with cold water in sugar. Traditionally, Turkish coffee is boiled and brewed in a cezve, a pot made of copper or brass.

This handmade coffee is similar to many other traditions, but the people of Turkey take coffee grounds to another level. As the grounds settle, they are saved and used to tell fortunes of the coffee drinkers. While the fortune telling is often just for fun, many do take it seriously when it comes to matters of choosing a partner or other big life events.

How will you be celebrating International Coffee Day? Do you have your own cultural, family, or personal tradition?

I invite you to visit our website and check out our complete line of coffee, tea, shakes & more.  Click here: http://www.wow101.myorganogold.com

Happy Autumn!

Alexandra McAllister

ORGANO

**Post shared from Organo Blog

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