Pictures from Jamaica + Managing Overwhelm

 

I just got back from a fabulous trip to Jamaica.

Highlights include: staying in the #1 villa in Jamaica for 9 years in a row (it was SO worth the title – see the property here), having a pool attached to our bedroom, beautiful views, crazy-delicious food, a trip to Rick’s Cafe, and most notably – hanging out with the 20 fantastic friends who came to mastermind with Don and I.

Here are a few pictures from the trip:

Silent Waters Villa Jamaica

If you go on my Facebook wall you can find a zillion more, including this 16 second aerial view video. And if you want to see the sunset at Rick’s Cafe, my friend took this 12 second time-lapse video.

Since I’ve been back I’ve been working at our fulfillment center – we just upgraded to a 12k square foot warehouse, my e-commerce store, and a few other projects.

I’ve also been doing my best to enjoy life via walks with Don, outings with friends, and hanging out with my family (especially nephew!).

I’d gotten into work-a-ton-mode when the fulfillment center blew up so quickly. It was needed then but now I’m back to living a life I’ll be happy to reflect on when I’m on my death bed. (I know that sounds morbid, but it’s a very useful guidepost for me.)

Here’s one thing that helped me gain a lot of life back:

Two weeks ago I went onto Google Drive and did a brain dump of all of the random to-do’s swimming in my head. There were 160 of them. Crazy.

Then I added a header with 3 columns – “Task Name”, “Importance Level From 1-10”, and “Rachel or Michaela”.

From there I went through the tasks and deleted some things I was ready to just let go of, labeled what I could delegate to Michaela (my assistant), and rated whatever was left over a 1-10 importance score so I could sort my work by highest priority.

For Michaela’s tasks, I simply made a video explaining to her everything I wanted her to do. This took less than 30 minutes and accounted for a good 50+ tasks being offloaded.

Some things she’s doing: following up with people, launching products on my Shopify store, managing other people on my team, testing out marketing ideas I had, going through courses for me.

I’ve since added 20+ more tasks to the list, but my current to-do list has 85 items. That’s half of the psychic energy in my head unloaded (!) and I’m going to delegate more to Michaela. I can’t wait to see where the number is two weeks from now. :)

This isn’t just good for business tasks, by the way. You can do the same with personal tasks. Here’s an article I wrote a while ago – 99 things you can outsource to a virtual assistant.

f you’re feeling overwhelmed, I hope this helps you. You really don’t have to do it yourself, and you definitely deserve a life you can feel happy about. :)

Have a fantastic day!

With love,
Rachel

I was interviewed by Hal Elrod!

Hal is one of my business heroes, so this was a huge honor.

If you don’t know Hal, he has an incredible book called The Miracle Morning. It is a FABULOUS book that has over 700 reviews on Amazon. He also has an incredibly popular podcast, is a keynote speaker, and all around legend.

I interviewed him a few months back for my podcast. That interview is right here.

I was so honored when he invited me onto HIS show, which gets about 40k listens per episode! You can find the interview right here:

http://halelrod.com/59-how-to-feel-your-way-to-success-an-interview-with-rachel-rofe-2/

How to feel your way to success | Hal Elrod and Rachel RofeSo exciting!

 

The last 5 days of my juice feast

I’m a little overdue in making this post, but I figured I’d also blog about how the juicing played out.

I ended up staying on the juice feast for 9 3/4 days.

The last 4 3/4 days were up and down.

Some of the positives were that I had tons of energy in the morning. At one point I posted on Facebook that I had so much energy pulsing through me that I had to get up and dance it out. I couldn’t sit still if I wanted to.

I also knew that I’d been releasing a lot of stored emotions, which I was happy about.

(Side note – you release a lot of emotions on a juice fast. That’s because most people have emotions still locked in their body. Emotion = “energy in motion”, and when you do something like emotionally eat, you’re not allowing the emotions you’re feeling to move through you. They get stuffed right back in with food.

During a detox (and sometimes an intense massage or workout) when your body is purging, random emotions like sadness, anger, frustration, etc… start coming out.)

Given that I grew up emotionally eating with a highly turbulent childhood, I had a lot of emotions to let go of. I’d start randomly recalling things that happened to me when I was younger as they passed through me.

On this feast, I was hungry the entire time. Even 9 days in, my stomach was growling. I would be absolutely ravenous every night. For most people, and in my past experiences, hunger stops after 2-3 days as the body adjusts to stopping digestion for a while. This was so not the case for me.

I didn’t really crave a ton of food while juicing, though I had been cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner the whole time for Don. I made some delicious things (cornish hens with roasted potatoes, yummy slow cooker recipes that smelled up the apartment, etc). Mostly I was OK, though there was a couple times I got BBQ sauce on my finger and so wanted to lick it off. ;)

I was also excited that after a few days into the feast, my measurements were the same as they were 10 months ago. I felt like I time traveled back to then in just a few days of juicing. :)

It’s now 10 days after the feast. I’m not sure how much weight I lost, as I didn’t weigh myself from the beginning, but I know I’m 2.4 pounds heavier than my day 6 weight. My measurements got smaller in my thigh and hips, and I gained half an inch on my waist.

Considering I’ve been traveling and haven’t 100% clean (I’d say 80-90% though as I’ve been naturally favoring salads and healthy options), I’ll take it.

I went off of the juicing for a few reasons.

First, I went to get a colonic and talked to the practitioner. She told me she’d worked with a lot of people who were cleansing and that if my stomach was still growling, it was probably time to end the feast.

I’m not sure, in retrospect, if she was right, but we’ll see.

Second, I was getting very very low energy at some points. Don said I didn’t look good.

Third, I was reading on some forums about people who gained a ton of weight back, despite eating clean after. I didn’t do the feast for weight loss, but I certainly enjoyed the benefits and didn’t want to lose them. I was beginning to think short fasts would be the best for weight loss, especially considering my next point:

I read about someone else who got PCOS out of her system by fasting for 7 days and then eating extremely well for a while, which I’d already committed to doing again, so I figured I didn’t need to keep juicing to get my desired result.

Going off the juice, I did my best to transition well. My first food was half an avocado with sea salt, which to be honest, was a little anticlimactic. I’d been craving it so much during the 9 3/4 days, but it just ended up tasting “meh”.

Don told me that after I ate it, color had been restored to my face.

In the 10 days that have followed, I’ve had juice most days. It was a little tough while traveling, but I think I only missed it one day. I rented a car in both San Diego and Maui (where I went after the fast) and drove to Whole Foods and/or places I found on Yelp.

Getting off the feast help reset my eating too. Any time I smell food that’s highly processed or fried, I get nauseous. Don had a Reese’s bar shortly after I broke the fast and I felt like I’d throw up smelling it. It just smelled so much of chemicals. We had a BBQ in San Diego and as I opened up 4 bags of chips for our guests, each bag made me feel more and more nauseous.

My friend Ruchi who I ended up feasting with broke it the same time that I did. She lost 9 pounds, kept 8 off for 5 days, and decided to go back on juicing. She’s lost a few more pounds since then.

I am craving doing more of the juicing, actually :), so we’ll see what happens. I leave for Italy in 8 days, but I might do a 1-day or 3-day, or even “juicing till dinner”. I’ll see how I feel. Today I’m actually a little under the weather, so I’m mostly just drinking juice and soup anyway. :)