Forty Days Begins -Four Rule Challenge

web-women-with-material-over-her-faceI wrote on liveCleanMb that I would be blogging the forty days of Lent and focusing on the four rules that are not my strongest. What rules?   When you follow metabolic balance, there are some rules (habits) that metabolic balance would like you to add to your day. Four of the rules are second nature to me and four are rules I struggle with because of the way I live my life.

So, today I will talk about how I did following those four rules.

Five Hours between meals – This was a fail for me.  I ate breakfast and drank a coffee at lunch but I was filming at 1200 and I had an interview at 1500 and I did not schedule lunch. I thought about bringing food to my noon filming but then I would be smelling up the space and decided a coffee would have to tie me over.   So, there are 12 hours between meals and I only had two.  I wasn’t hungrier at dinner, I was just really hungry so I purchased dinner at a vegetarian place so I wouldn’t overeat.

Eat a Protein First – Nope.  I did not do this for breakfast or dinner. Dinner was a salad with beans. I didn’t pick out some beans. I really need to think about keeping a jar of nuts on my table so I can pick a nut and eat it.  This is technically mixing proteins but Sylvia has suggested taking nuts to a restaurant so you are eating your protein first.  If I’m cooking, I guess I can nibble on a protein to make sure it is the first while I’m cooking because as I described on livecleanmb, we eat like we are preparing for battle.

Water – Intention was there but I left the water bottle at home.  Today, I will be filling it up at breakfast and putting it by the front door. (As soon as we finish blogging this.)

Fruit at end of meal.  Yeah.  I just finished my fruit and there is no protein in site.

Overall today was a huge failure with these four rules.  The other four are a breeze, they are habits ingrained in my life and I don’t have to think about them. These four rules are not habits and I struggle with them everyday.   Hopefully focusing on them for forty days will add one or two of them into my daily habits.

Good luck today with your lent goals.


Day 3 – Cleaning Routine

Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Three Doors
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Three Doors

I’m an artist but my house does not look like this nor does it look like this:


After three days,  I can tell you that adding 30 minutes of cleaning to my day has not been difficult.  I did not figure out a solution for the towels yesterday so they are still stacked in a pile on a cabinet.  I guess this will be addressed again on Saturday when I tackle the bathroom again.

Today, I’m supposed to surface clean my bedroom but I started by cleaning the bathroom a bit and cleaning the living room. I will let you know tomorrow if I ever make it to the bedroom.

For metabolic balance, we are working on the idea of aging gracefully.  I’m in my forties and blessed with great genes so aging isn’t such an issue but I still enjoyed researching what you can do to make aging not such a big deal.  My favorite tip was adding creativity to your life.  As an artist, this is a very exciting element to add to life coaching.  Maybe we can take our vegetables and arrange them into still life compositions snap photos, Instagram them and then eat them. There is a famous artist who painted vegetables portraits…

Vertumnus, a portrait depicting Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor painted as Vertumnus, the Roman God of the seasons, c. 1590-1. Skokloster Castle, Sweden.

If you are in California, some of the metabolic balance gang will be hanging out for the update seminar around October 16, 2015. If you would like information about the event, please check out metabolic balance and keep up with news on the blog.  We get to invite 30 guests for a cocktail evening. Would you like to be there?  If that interests you, please email me  We will be handing out EventBrite Tickets for the evening. The event will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Hotel 600 Airport Blvd. Burlingame, CA 94010

If you are already a coach and want to sign up for the update seminar, please contact Len Tuccelli at  (727) 851-0071, or e-mail to

Off to Write about ageing research so you can avoid looking like a vegetable head.