Transform 30 April 26, 2016

tranform 30 30 days

We’ve tried it and have to pass it on.

We re-started Transform 30 two months ago. Our goal is to be on the program for 120 days. We used Transform 30 last year in Williams Lake while in the RV. When we returned to Alberta we got out of the habit. That’s life, we don’t claim perfection and we’ve learned from it.

So far this year, we’ve lost alot of weight and inflammation. How much? Difficult for us to answer. We’ve both struggled with weight our entire lives. We’ve used scales to track our progress (generally upwards). Our goal now is to be healthy. For us this mean not tracking our weight. The only exception is when we visit the Doctor.  Della has lost 9 kgs and I’ve lost 6 over the past year. Della has lost 4 sizes in her jeans; my clothes are hanging off me. Judge for yourselves in the image below.

We’ve already told you that Juice Plus+ is not a weight loss program. You may experience alot of health benefits including extra energy from which you may loose weight. We did,  but felt like we wanted to go further.

We heard about a program called Transform 30 or Transform 120 if you go 4 months as we decided to. Developed by Doctor Mitra Ray and used by many professional athletes, we decided it was for us too.

Dr Mitra Ray

Dr. Mitra Ray briefly explains Transform 30

Dr David Phillips

Dr David Phillips (MD and Athelete) on Transform 30

Weight loss in Della and Mark

We noticed the change in this very recent photo.

How do I get started?

If you’re taking the trio product you’re half way there. Simply order the Complete Shake product outright.

Other tips:

  • drink water until your urine remains clear (2-3 liters)
  • exercise moderately 30-60 minutes 4 times a week
  • cut out wheat
  • cut out dairy
  • relax and breath deeply 3 times a day.
  • get a full night of 8 hours rest.
  • eat your last meal by 6:00 PM to allow your body to digest.

What I’ve learned about social media

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Ipad setup for content creation

I really became interested in social media when I retired and my wife decided to become a distributor for Juice Plus+. When I was working as a Deputy Chief in Emergency Services I was aware of the value of social media in getting information out. It wasn’t until I started curating and creating content for Della that I really got my feet wet.

I started out using Avid Studio on the PC to create video content. I loved it. The problem I had was that I didn’t use it every day so that I practically had to listen to the training video with every use. A smaller issue was that I had to go back to my home office and create the video before publishing it. Still I loved the program and still use it.

I’ve learned about Pinnacle Studio on the iPad. Its what we use now to create, edit and post content. We can go from start to finish in 30 minutes. You can’t beat that kind of immediacy.

I’ve learned that content we create does a lot better with the Facebook algorithm’s than curated content. The results for our own video and photos are much higher than content we curate. I remember one superb post that got very little coverage because I used a photo I got from a site.

We have experimented with Facebook Advertising. For a very small cost, you can dramatically boost the number of people that see your post. The lesson I’m working on is creating a boosted post that spurs a call to action.

Here’s an example of our video’s:

Software we use:

  • Hootsuite. We use it to monitor our personal and fan pages on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Instagram, Google+. I like it but I’ve not much experience with other programs. Occassionally, it looses a stream which is irritating. I don’t like that the iPad version does not have the same capability as the browser version.       Like
  • Avid Studio for the PC.  Full of features, longer learning curve.    Like
  • Pinnacle Studio for the iPad. Enough features for on the fly editing and posting to the Internet. Its what we use now for content creation.                          Like
  • Canva. It’s what we use to create images for our posts. After all, posts with images are read. Without an image, the post is less interesting                  Like
  • IoGrapher Hardware for the iPad. We use a frame with handles that the iPad fits into. The frame allows for lenses, microphones, lights and a tripod to be attached. Big Like
  • Filmic Pro. That’s the program running on the iPad in the photo. It assists with 3 different zooms, focusing and lighting.      Like

We have a couple of issues remaining:

  1. We’re not used to being on screen presenters. Showing the energy and excitement we feel is harder that we thought. Still we’re getting better. It helps to have a solid belief in what your doing.
  2. Developing engaging content.
  3. Advertising. No doubt that using Facebook boosts will get you in front of more people. We don’t yet know if that will translate to more site and page visits.

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New Years Resolutions

Are you one of those people that have New Years Resolutions? So were we, once a long time ago.

The problem we had was that we couldn’t stick to them. It didn’t matter if the resolution was about loosing weight or getting more exercise. A couple weeks or months afterwards, we stopped. Then the guilt and feeling of failure set in. It seemed like an endless cycle.

Then a couple of things happened in our lives. We attended a year long health basics course. I still remember a couple of lessons learned:

  • Develop a Mantra. Ours is “Food is just fuel”.
  • Use smaller plates. We keep our dinner plates in the cupboard for company and just use the smaller set. It’s funny how your mind works but it does make a difference.
  • Plate your food away from the table. This discourages seconds. It works too.
  • Half your plate should be coloured green and orange. Eat real food. Portion sizes should be no larger than your palm.
  • Drink a glass of water when you wake up, 30 before minutes before each meal and before bed.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes 3 times a week. In Red Deer we used the gym sets spread though out the Parks.
  • Focus on being healthy and weight should follow. We don’t use a scale anymore.

Then we were introduced to Juice Plus. The Trio pills certainly make getting the required amount of fruits and vegetables easier. The corresponding improvement in our health has been astounding. But the trio is only a bridge so we also use the Tower Garden to get fresh vegetables year round. The flavour difference is amazing. It’s like I’ve never eaten lettuce previously.

We completed a 12 day detox program the other day and notice that both of us have lost weight in our faces. This made us think about New Years resolutions again.

This time its different. We have a community that supports and encourages us.  That same support could help you too. Click the photo to jump out to the Healthy Living Rules website. If you like what you see, leave a comment.

HRL Page for Blog

We encourage you to get involved in the January challenge. Use the site links under blog roll in the left toolbar to visit our site.

For every Trio and Shake order we receive from now until end of January we will also add you to the Holiday Living Rules Facebook page. There you’ll find more recipes, tips and most importantly a supportive community.

Lastly, for every Trio and Shake order we receive from now until the end of January 2016 we will donate $20.00 to Big Brothers and Sisters Canada.

 

Update to Wifi Ranger review

We’ve put the R.V. away for the winter. I’ve been spending time updating and preparing for next March.

I’ve hooked up the WiFi Ranger Go and Elite routers to our home wireless network. They work beautifully delivering speeds nearing 18 meg. Even my old laptop performs well when connected. It appears a good Internet connection in the campground is the answer. Speeds are reported by the routers themselves and I have combined the signal from both routers. I’ll update this review when I can determine up and download speeds.

Last summer, we stayed in certain campgrounds where I found administering the routers a chore. At nights so much of one I turned them off. We did stay in one campground that had multiple WiFi antennas and that experience was a joy.

By the way, the Go router is built into the device you can plug LAN cables in. The Elite router is in the external antennae. The Elite Antennae makes a lot more networks visible.

With this experience, I’m looking forward to next summer. We’ll be able to stay in touch and run our Juice Plus business from the RV. We are going back to that certain campground. I’ll speak to their management about improving their WiFi connection.

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Our latest event and Winter in Alberta

We recently assisted Jayena Collins present Cochrane Healthy Living with Michelle Ball. Our goal is to promote healthy living around the world. We’ve found that good nutrition has enriched our lives and drastically improved our retirement. Both Della and I are now healthy enough to enjoy our retirement. Consequently, we feel the need to share this information with our family, friends and the people we meet.

One of the ways this is accomplished is by having events to inform people about the benefits of good nutrition. We purposely ask people to leave their wallets at home as there is no obligation.

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Part of the crowd for the event

Last night,  we (Jayena, Della, and myself) secured a local theater and advertised the event. Then winter hit Alberta. Many of our guests couldn’t make it due to the first serious blizzard in our area. Also neither could our speakers. Fortunately, technology came to the rescue. Funny how often it doesn’t but this time the results were wonderful. (I spent 20 years in I.T. and had issues with technology at pretty much every demo. But perhaps I’ll save that for another time.)

We use a product called Zoom to have virtual meetings. It came to our rescue big time. So did Jerry at the Cochrane RancheHouse who got everything setup at the last minute. Thankfully, Jayena or perhaps someone else maintained a clear head and suggested the use of Zoom.

Our speaker, Michelle Ball took refuge in a hotel in Sylvan Lake during the areas’ first blizzard. Sylvan is 120 kms. (85 miles or so) from Cochrane. She set up her laptop and gave her presentation remotely and saved the day. In some ways, it was more impressive as the Cochrane RancheHouse theater projected her image on their screen. It was the largest projector I’ve ever been involved with. Michelle’s image towered over the room and her content held everyone’s attention.

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Jerry saving the day
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Intro by Jayena Collins
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Michelle giving her presentation

I dabble with recording our activities on an iPad, using iOGrapher hardware that allows lenses, lights and microphones to be added to the iPad. I use Pinnacle Pro software on the iPad that allows me to create, edit and upload all from the iPad within minutes.

IOgrapher camera hardware
IOGrapher for the iPad

Note: There were many people involved in the planning and execution of this event. Michelle Ball, Barb Kunst, Drew Pasay, Tamara Garstin are just a few I’m aware of. I’m certain that Jayena also relied on many people in her team.

Here is the summary reel of the event on YouTube.

Event Summary Reel

Our new hometown; Cochrane, Alberta

We recently moved back to my home town, Cochrane, AB. Both Della and I feel like its home. It’s a beautiful part of Western Canada. We could post pictures all day but here is a few of our favorites.

Cochrane is barely outside Calgary, home of the famous Calgary Stampede. While Cochrane and Calgary share a western history, they’ve both grown. History is easily visible yet so is the influence of many other cultures. After all Calgary is 1.1 million people and Cochrane over 20 thousand.

We’re in the Bow River Valley so we’re heavily influenced by the Chinook Winds. Chinooks can change the temperature from -40 C (-40 F) to 0 C (32 F) in hours. That’s in winter for anyone not from around here. Temperatures during summer days are moderate. Nights can be cool as we are in the foothills.

Cochrane is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Canmore, Bragg CreekBanff and Banff National Park are nearby.  Banff is  just 100 kms (60 miles) west. Nature is right on the doorstep as Cochrane Ranche Park and Glenbow Provincial Park are just minutes from us.

Our doors are open for coffee or the weekend. Were happy to have coffee or show you around the area. We have a couple of spare bedrooms so bring a weekend bag.

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Bow River, Glenbow Provincial Park2015-11-03 15.01.09Cochrane Ranche

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Rockyview Hotel, Cochrane

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Main Street Cochrane

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Bow River Valley and Rockies west of town

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Magnificent Blue fall skies

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View west from top of Cochrane Hill

Our First Tower Garden Crop

We’ve been talking about how to improve our diet for the past year. We’ve relied on produce from supermarkets as we’ve never had a garden. We’ve found that produce from supermarkets is quick to spoil, simply doesn’t taste as good, isn’t ripe when harvested and consequently doesn’t contain all the nutrients. There’s no criticism there, Alberta is too cold in winter and a long ways from Florida, California, Texas and Central America where much produce originates.

Our solution is to use an in-door aeroponic growing system from Juice Plus+ called Tower Garden. Since no root vegetables can be grown and the Tower Garden will be inside this winter we’ve started with lettuce, tomatoes and peppers.

We’ve purchased the tomato frame and lights to support our first indoor crop. Water is pumped to the top of the tower and spills down to water the plant. The water is on 15 minutes each hour. The lights are on 14 hours a day. Everything is timed so our daily involvement is really light. We add water to the reservoir, check the pH and add nutrients every weekend.

Crop week 0 a

First crop in the planting stage

Crop week 1 a

Just planted in the Tower Garden

Crop week 2 a

Week two after full strength Tower Tonic Added

Crop week 2 b

Week two, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers taking off

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