Hello Again…I Have Missed You!

Idaho Barn Watercolor

I can’t believe so much time has passed.  Have I really not posted since December 2013???  Wow.  Crazy.

Life has been good to me and my family.  In November of 2013 we closed on our house in Idaho and made the move from California to our new home.  We hosted Thanksgiving with our families from both sides in our new empty home and it was such a wonderful way to christen it.  The watercolor above is of one of my favorite farms in my neighborhood.

Since then we have been adjusting to life in our new state and I have to say it has been the best thing we have ever done as a family.  We have a much more active and outdoors kind of life now and I even have that big beautiful organic garden I have always dreamed of! My dad and I built the trellis below for my garden last summer.

Veggie Grettie Organic Garden

While I have remained physically active, in the past year I have also reignited my passion for lifting weights.  Through lifting weights I stumbled upon Corina Nielsen’s blog, and she opened my eyes to the world of IIFYM aka “if it fits your macros.”  I promise to blog about what exactly IIFYM is in a detailed post soon, but suffice it to say, it has been life changing for me.

I began working with a nutrition coach (who I will be sure to interview for you all soon) and the results blew me away.  By simply prescribing me a diet of macros (macro-nutrients; carbs, fats, proteins) in gram amounts specific to my needs, I was able to lean down considerably and increase my strength in the gym.  Perhaps the best thing about IIFYM is that it is up to you how you chose to eat those macro-nutrients.  i.e. would you rather eat a pop tart or a sweet potato for your carbs, tofu or chicken for your protein, avocado or butter for your fats…obviously the healthier foods you choose, the more micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) your body will get.

Below is a before and after of the beginning of my IIFYM journey from mid October 2014 (LEFT) to 12 weeks later (RIGHT).  Apparently that is also the amount of time it takes to achieve an awesome pasty winter complexion!

Gretchen Tseng FitQuest Before After IIFYM

You all know how I am an absolute nutrition geek, so this new lifestyle led me down the path of studying for yet another nutrition certification.

I am now a certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition through the ISSA  (International Sports Sciences Association) and have been working with clients and loving it.  Not only am I able to work with clients in person, I can also work very successfully with clients online…in fact that is how I worked with my nutrition coach (and continue to do so).

For more information about my services click the FitQuest Nutrition Coaching tab above.  I would love to work with any and all MOTIVATED clients… As stated brilliantly by a coach I respect deeply, Sohee Walsh, “I am a coach, not a cheerleader” so please make sure you are truly motivated.

So what does all this mean for Veggie Grettie???  The blog will continue, but with a different spin.  There will be recipes (still gluten and dairy free…and yes…I do still eat meat…and no…there does not need to be any more discussion about that), there will be nutrition and fitness information, there will be reviews of products I LOVE, and as always my love of veggies lives on, though it is no longer the sole focus of this blog.  I am living a much more BALANCED life now and as thus, am transitioning to “Balanced Grettie.”

For those of you interested in following my day to day escapades, I am now on Instagram as fitquestmom.

I’m back.

Veggie Grettie China


Filed under Education, Exercise, Nutrition

12 responses to “Hello Again…I Have Missed You!

  1. Nana

    Glad to see you back on the web!

  2. Janet_Q

    Glad to see you are doing well and happy. I too incorporated animal products back into my diet and removed sugar and feel so much better.

  3. Anita Alamshaw

    So happy you’re back! Missed your daily posts.

  4. Debbie

    Wow sounds like you’ve got it going on. Can’t wait to see how you’ve modified your DF GF recipes.

  5. Your garden looks amazing, and the children beautiful. I’m very happy for you all.

    • Thanks Tania! We were just looking at Stefan’s baby book because he turned 14 on Monday. The kids were asking who you were and I explained that you were our Bradley Coach and THE reason we were able to stay so calm and have him w/o meds. It’s great to hear from you. I hope life is treating you well.

  6. Great to have you back.

  7. So very glad your back!!! Missed your blogs, can’t believe how the kids have grown, Stefan is now carrying YOU! Wow…..

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