Running on fumes

So I have pretty much come to the conclusion that the reason I couldn’t sleep last night was because of these little gems.

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Dashing Dish: Healthy Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Exactly how many healthy cookies are you allowed to eat before they are no longer considered healthy?  I’m not sure, but I don’t think it’s very healthy to eat so many you go to bed with a stomach ache.  Sick smile

So I did end up going on that run and it was glorious! I think it was the new tunes and possibly the carb-loading I did last night.

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I was super hungry by the time I finished my run and showering.  This is what I have been eating for breakfast all week.

Egg beaters & turkey bacon with a laughing cow wedge spread on a sandwich thin.


We had some errands to run this morning.  One place was Lowes for the chair railing Jeremy is putting up.

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These boys are so bored anyplace other than outside, our house, or the pool. But they do a good job of entertaining themselves!

I also did some work on my new office

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…..and had some lunch.

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Nothing exciting, just a turkey sandwich.  I also had an apple that I ate before I decided to make a sandwich….

That brings me to something I wanted to write about.

One of the reasons I stopped blogging for a while was because I needed some time to figure out where I wanted to go with the blog.  I was conflicted about a lot of things and there were some things I wanted to change.  One thing was sharing everything I ate on here.  I want to model healthy eating habits and behaviors.  I also want to be honest about everything and show that I don’t eat perfect all the time and that I still struggle pretty much every week to stay on track.  But the way I eat isn’t how every one should eat.  Everyone is different.  What works for me may not necessarily work for another.  I also didn’t want to feed the comparison trap that plagues social media. I spent some time researching different styles and eating philosophies. There are some new and different things I have incorporated but mostly I found the old saying “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” to be true with me.  So…..I am back to the old routine that works for me.

All that being said I am not going to post every single bite I take or snack I eat unless it’s new and/or mind blowing.  Besides, pictures of apples and almonds gets old.  I pretty much eat the same stuff everyday in rotation so….yeah….snore fest!

So YEAH!  I am excited again about writing, I do love it.

and also….

chips and salsavia

And look, if I want to talk about I will.  If not well, I will just say I don’t want to talk about it! Annoyed


Smoothies, Playlists, Gadgets, Oh My!

I think its safe to say I have caught the running bug again.  I go through phases.  Phases when I am completely obsessed with running, then I start hurting and I have to back off, then I start doing videos and sometimes I get sick of working out all together…..Annoyed  But I have come full circle and found my deep love of running again.  It’s so simple and highly effective.

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We have a lovely little running trail in our neighborhood!  I jogged/walked (so out of shape) 3 days last week, as well as today, and I plan on it tomorrow as well!

My old heart rate monitor started acting up so I got a new one!  Nothing like a new gadget to motivate me to workout!

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Polar FT4

I also made a new playlist.  Music fuels me more than food.

  • Anything Can Happen – Ellie Goulding
  • Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
  • Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson (OOOOHHHH Kelly Clarkson!)
  • Hang With Me – Robyn
  • Hello, My Name Is – Matthew West
  • Mirrors – Justin Timberlake ( I can’t stop listening to this!  I am listening to it now as a matter of fact!)
  • Next To Me – Emeli Sande (can’t stop this one either)
  • Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) – Calvin Harris
  • Times – Tenth Avenue North
  • Wake Up- All Sons and Daughters

I feel so amazing, beautiful, confident, & on top of the world after a good run….Runner’s high maybe?  I wish I could bottle it.

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The Smoothie Gods have been kind to me lately as well.  Listen, I have dumped many a concoctions down the sink.  But lately, I am obsessed with this smoothie.  I actually wrote down a recipe as well so I could recreate it!  Mostly I just dump stuff in and pray for the best!  <<<<—— clearly not a good technique.

It’s based on Dashing Dish protein shakes.  It’s her Peanut Butter Maple version that I used as a guide.

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This one has……

  • 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
  • ice (that I didn’t measure, possibly 1 cup of crushed ice?  Follow her number if using cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder
  • handful of spinach
  • 2 tablespoons PB2
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. maple extract
  • 1 packet Truvia
  • 3/4 cup light vanilla soy milk ( I usually use unsweetened vanilla almond milk but ran out today Thumbs down)


As a side note:

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A while back we found out Trixie has bladder stones and rather than pay $2,000 for surgery, we decided to try and manage them with diet.  She started acting really strange last week but wasn’t presenting any of the symptoms we were told to look out for.  Then one morning (about day 3 of the strange behavior) she came in from using the yard whimpering.  That afternoon Jeremy took her in.  I couldn’t bare the bad news I knew was coming.  I asked that somehow God would intervene. I didn’t know how in the world he would, but I asked anyway.  Jeremy came home and made the boys go to their rooms and brought me into our bedroom.  I felt tears welling up and my throat closing.  He said “They have to come out.”  I said “We cant….” He said, “Dr. Franklin said he would do it for this….” Then he handed me a sheet of paper.  The total was circled.  $342   I was so overwhelmed with joy!!!  TRIXIE LIVES!!!!!!

So Wednesday morning she is scheduled for surgery!

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This morning I got the “daily disaster” cleaned up (I know I have said this over and over but…..those boys, I don’t know WHAT they do in the morning but they destroy this house!) and then went for a little jog.  I didn’t expect to really be able to jog a great distance before having to walk but I was surprised by how much I was actually able to.  I am definitely not in the shape I used to be but, I will get there!  I ended up jogging/walking 2.5 miles in 30 min.  I used the RunKeeper application on my phone but accidentally stopped it at some point so I wasn’t able to get an accurate reading.  Thumbs down  I loved it while it was working though!  The voice comes on every 5 min and lets you know it’s been a certain number of minutes, how far you’ve gone and what your pace is.  VERY COOL!

I also had downloaded a few new tunes which is ALWAYS essential for a great workout.  I love music so much.  It evokes serious emotion in me.  I think if I had ever been given the opportunity, I would have been some sort of musician or dancer.. Growing up I always begged for dance & piano lessons.  Clearly I never got those because I can do neither….  Annoyed

Try – Pink  <— Man I am in LOVE with this one. I played it over and over and over today.  I liked it before but they played it during a part of The Biggest Loser and I heard it in a whole new way.  I know the song is mostly about a terrible relationship but I hear something different when I listen to it.  I hear the struggle with one’s hopes and dreams….especially the chorus and the part where she sings “When you’re out there doin what you’re doin, are you just getting by?”  Loves loves loves.

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Imagine Dragons – It’s Time <—–I am not sure what this song is about but whatever it’s catchy….

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thriftshop. ( I won’t link that one because it’s got a lot of naughty words in it…..of course I chose the clean version on Itunes….which they didn’t do a very good job of cleaning it up…but whatever its super stupid and catchy ) Winking smile

When I got back from my jog I cleaned up and ran some errands.  I left Aidan’s jacket at the church when I made a mad dash to get out of there last Sunday so I picked that up.  Then I went to the outlet mall to get some plugin refills from Yankee Candle and I also found a new jacket!  My old coat swallows me now and I have been looking for a new one that wasn’t super expensive.  I wasn’t even really looking today & I found one!!!  Isn’t that how it always happens?  Happy DAY!

Since I was pressed for time and not super hungry yet I grabbed a couple of protein bars before I left to keep in my purse for when I did get hungry. So glad I did because I ate them both pretty much right away!  One before the church and one after!   I can go from zero to hungry in 2.5 seconds.

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After the cleanse, these tasted like candy bars to me.  I was in heaven!

We had a showing from 3-4 today so after I picked up the boys from school I had to wait down the street for them to come.  The buyer showed up at 3:40 but the agent didn’t get there until 3:53! They didn’t leave until after 4.  It was a little unnerving to watch the buyer walk around my house looking in the windows and inspecting the lawn……

As we were walking in the door my friend called and my battery was dying so I plugged the phone in while I talked to her and ate an apple, some cubes of cheese and a handful of nuts.  THEN later for dinner, I made a green smoothie!

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This smoothie had:

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop Jillian’s vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup mixed fruit (banana, pineapple and strawberries)
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups ice

It made SOOOOOO much! I had to keep adding milk and ice in order to get the consistency I wanted and it just made it so voluminous!  I filled my “A cup” which is 24oz. and an additional 12 oz. glass.  I am barely able to finish the “A cup”,  I am super “filt”.  That’s how Aidan says “full”.  I don’t have the heart to correct him.

It indeed was a fantastic day!


Articles I loved today!

Diet Rules Debunked – Fitness Magazine

10 Most filling foods – Everyday Health

7 tips to make resolutions stick – Calorie Count



Even though I was craving a smoothie this morning (go figure, that is what happened the last time I finished the cleanse) I made some oatmeal.  I didn’t make the smoothie because I was so cold already.  That was the only issue I had with the cleanse this time.  I dreaded drinking the smoothies because I was already freeeeeeeezing.  I would sit in front of my space heater, in 3 shirts, & sweatpants shivering while I drank my frozen beverage!

In this bowl was the following:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. Ideal brown sugar blend
  • several shakes of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. Mara Natha (I always call it Martha Nartha….) almond butter.

I microwaved the oats and the milk for two minutes and then added the other things.  It was the most delicious thing I have ever eaten!  Ok…..maybe that’s the cleanse talking.  So glad my taste buds have reset.

I have about a bazillion things to do today so I better get started! I’ve got 80’s cardio radio blasting…the sun is shining & the high is supposed to be 59!!!!

Good Day



Dr. Oz cleanse with my Ninja BL600

I must say this time has been MUCH easier than the first time so far. I think it’s because I knew what to expect.  I had planned on doing the cleanse without being quite as strict as I was last time.  I followed it to the T last time.  I decided I would still have a cup of coffee in the morning and I would tweak the drinks a little to suit my taste buds better.  I decided to use only spinach instead of the kale, and Kroger didn’t have frozen pineapple by itself so I got a mixture that had strawberries, mango and pineapple.

When I woke up this morning I found that I didn’t really need coffee so I had a cup of the detox tea right away.

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After that I made the Breakfast Drink

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I was really looking forward to using my new blender!!!!  Jeremy surprised me with it on Christmas Eve.  He knew I wanted to do the cleanse again after Christmas but my old blender went kaput after the last round.  Sweet thing….

It is the Ninja® Professional Blender & Single Serve BL660 and IT.IS.AWESOME.

It took a while to figure out how to use it.  I actually had to bust out the instructions. It took a while to get the hang of taking the top off but I found if you pull the handle backward while lifting it, it comes off.  Not easily but it will come off.

Man it is powerful!  Did I mention it is awesome?  It made making those shakes so easy!

Lunch Drink

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Once again I used just 2 celery stalks and about 1 cup of cucumber.  When I finished this I drank a cup of tea to warm up.

Dinner Drink

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I skipped my Snack drink because I was talking on the phone but I DID have that cup of coffee because my head was POUNDING!

It really took the edge off and I was able to finish out the day.  Jeremy wasn’t home to help me this time so I had make some compromises.  I am glad I did have that cup because we got a last minute showing request and I had to quickly get the house cleaned up and get the heck outta dodge!

Speaking of selling our house… won’t believe this one.

The reason we never got that offer this weekend was because Mr. Very Interested decided that after the second showing on Saturday, he thinks he may want a two story.  Ours is one.  Their agent told our agent that an offer was WRITTEN on Friday ready to present.  Really?  I mean MY GOSH!!!!!  For the LOVE OF PETE WHHHHYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!  The good news is this, the wife wants our house.  She doesn’t want a two story……she wants our house.  We ALL know that if Momma ain’t happy…..ain’t NOBODY happy.  I’d loved to have been a fly on their wall that afternoon.  So there is still a ray of hope there.  Please God make that man come to his senses!!!!


I think that New Year’s Day is one of my top favorite holidays.  To me it is symbolic of a fresh start.  It renews my spirit with a sense of anything is possible.

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On January 1st 2010 I started a “diet” and through that year and into 2011 I lost 50 pounds and haven’t looked back.  It was such an amazing year for me.  I have grown so much since then.  I know so many people will be embarking on yet another “diet” and I would just like to encourage everyone that will be.  It is possible.  You are completely capable of it.  You are in control of your own life.

I would like to share some of the things that kept me personally motivated through that year.

1. “Treat” yourself without food.  For every 10 pounds I lost,  I rewarded myself.

  • Take a long hot bath with some special bath salts or bubble bath.  Listen to music, light candles, read a magazine.
  • Pedicure/Manicure
  • New clothes (about every ten pounds I needed new clothes anyway!)
  • Facial
  • Massage

2. Find other ways of coping with stress beside turning to food

  • read a magazine or book
  • take a long walk
  • listen to music
  • meditate
  • write

3. Change your mindset.

  • Envision yourself at a healthy weight.  What does your life look like? Focus on that like a hawk.  Create a vision board. Either in real life or on Pinterest!
  • Write down healthy mantras ex. “My stomach is not a wastebasket” “Shut up and Sweat” “I am one workout away from a good mood” One thing that I played over and over in my head was this “Would Jillian eat this?”
  • Realize that you were created for and worth more than a vicious cycle of defeat. You deserve the best that life has to offer.
  • I thought of the whole process as a project.  A challenge. It was one that only I was in control of.  It was one that I refused to fail at.

4. Renew your habits

  • If you always have something sweet after dinner, replace that habit with a peace of gum or a cup of herbal tea.
  • go to bed early
  • decide to only drink water
  • learn to say no and mean it.  “Would you like some cake?” “No…but thank you!”

Happy Habits


5. Find what motivates you and stick with it. These are the things that motivated me.

  • Fitness magazines and websites.  I recommend Women’s Health & Fitness Magazine
  • Watching The Biggest Loser. A new season starts on January 6th!!!!  With Jillian returning!!!! I am SO excited about that!!!
  • Thinking about my overall health.  How eating right and exercising is making my heart stronger.  Envisioning my legs getting stronger, my lungs healthier and more elastic. Lowering my cholesterol.  How good it would feel to go to the dr for my yearly exam and not have that horrid anxiety about stepping on the scale.
  • Being an example to my family.
  • Finding great workout music and making awesome playlists.

6.  Finally and possibly one of the most important things is DO NOT give up.

You will have days that you slip up on your diet.  This usually occurred about once a month for me.  I allowed myself to have a “treat day” once a month.  On this day I let myself eat anything I wanted without counting Points. (I used the Weight Watcher’s program)   It really renewed my determination and honestly helped keep me sane!  I think it’s very important that you have days like this every once in a while.  Be careful they don’t turn into “treat weeks”. Smile  Here is a GREAT little article about why having a cheat day is important!  I found it to be very accurate in my experience.

You will have times when working out is just not an option.  Whether its because of your schedule, an illness or injury, or you just are plain too tired.  But honestly, in my experience exercise was only about 10% of the equation.


It’s all about what food you are putting in your body. Think about the behavior and habits that got you to where you are and don’t do them anymore.  If you want to change, then you have to change.

Goals, not resolutions…

I don’t really set resolutions but I do like to set goals or things that I would like to accomplish in the coming year.

My first goal is to sell this house!  We definitely did not think it would take this long but over the past few months I have learned SO much.  There have been so many many things that I needed to see about myself that I never would have if our wish was granted in an instant.  I am so thankful for these last few months and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  I am so looking forward to the blessing that will follow these trials.

After we sell the house, move into our new one & get settled, I am going to get my personal training certification! My original plan was to begin in January.  Well, I can’t very well do that when we could have an offer on our house any day now.  Then our lives would be turned upside down and I would be a mess.  One thing at a time is my motto. 

In the fall I am planning on going back to school!  I want to get certified as a registered dietician.  My long term goal is to have my own personal training and nutrition counseling business.  I’d like to help others focus on improving their over all health in a holistic natural way. 

There are some other personal goals I would like to work on spiritually and emotionally.

Some fun things:

  • Do one Pinterest craft project per week.  Silly I know….but for real there is some brilliant stuff on there!
  • Do Yoga with Aidan. 
  • Go on a date with Luke at least twice a month.  We never get “just us” time and he really enjoys it.  So do I!

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I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.  Good luck with your goals!  You can and WILL do it!

Sites you may enjoy!

4 tips to keeping your New Year’s resolutions – Real Simple

Success Stories – Fitness Magazine

3 in a Row!

So yesterday I wrote about how our 2pm showing never showed up.  Apparently they drove up to the house, didn’t like the color of the brick, and drove off.  Yeah….that didn’t happen.  I never even saw anyone slow down or stop in  front of the house. Whatever. When Jeremy told me that today I just started laughing so hard.  I mean, really?  Anyway, it is what it is.  We had another showing today at 3 and I am pretty sure that was a no-show too.  I had to drive down the street from my post and get Aidan at 3:15.  That took all of two minutes.  Unless they “pulled up and drove off” in that time, no one ever came.  Oh well, what-a-ya-gonna-do?


After not sleeping Sunday night and dragging through the day yesterday, I woke up refreshed and ready to go.  I knew it was going to be a great day!


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Two hard boiled eggs, oats made with 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 2 tsp. natural peanut butter & cinnamon.

The vitamins are: a Multivitamin, magnesium, probiotic, fish oil & calcium.

After some housework, I did Level 2 of 30 Day Shred.  It was brutal! I am so out of shape!

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But I felt good afterwards!

I showered up & talked to my BFF over lunch. Even though we live miles and miles apart, we can still “do-lunch”.

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Tuna Salad and a baked sweet potato.

I made the tuna salad a little different than I normally do.  I used light mayonnaise instead of Miracle Whip and instead of relish I crushed up some kosher dill pickles in my food processor.  I normally use Miracle Whip, but I discovered it has high fructose corn syrup in it and honestly a whole list of questionable ingredients.  So I switched to light mayo.  I have never been a fan of mayo but it is really good in my tuna salad.  I also used relish before and realized that ALSO has HFC so I decided to make my own relish!  It was very tasty!

Tonight is Spirit Night for the boy’s school at Chick-Fil-A!  Our favorite.  So that’s what will be for dinner!

Even though we had a no show for the third time, today was indeed a great day!

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse: Part 2

I drifted off to sleep Sunday night fantasizing about the bowl of oatmeal I was going to eat the next morning.  I couldn’t wait to wake up to the deliciousness off the coffee that would be waiting for me.  When I woke the next morning, I was pleased to see I had lost 5.4 lbs. over the past 3 days.  All the pain and suffering had paid off.  Not only had I lost the 2 pounds I had slowly put on over the previous sugar filled weeks but I had lost the other three that had been hanging on for dear life since the summer.  Now, I am not that easily convinced, I knew most of it was water.  So the real test would be the next few days when I started eating regular food again.

Even though I went to sleep fantasizing about a nice steaming creamy bowl of oats, I made another “Breakfast Drink”.  Say What????  I don’t know…. I just wanted it!  Oh but I definitely had that coffee. That is a non-negotiable.  Who was I kidding thinking I could get off the juice all together? I knew it was pretty ambitious but hey, you’ll never know if you never try!  I have improved however.  I only drink one cup in the morning now instead of 2 sometimes 3.  The cup I had that morning had me WIRED!  I felt like I could run a marathon.  I can drink a cup in the afternoon now and it actually perks me up!  Before I could drink a Misto and could still have a nap.  I am so grateful for that improvement.

As the day continued I was amazed at my energy level and mood.  I was thinking so clearly.  Even though the boys had a physical fight that morning that ended up with Aidan being pushed into a bookshelf (don’t ask), I kept my cool.  I got the house cleaned up, it was a MESS.  3 boys home for 5 days…yeah.  I cleaned for 3 hours and then had lunch.  Tuna Salad, cucumbers and a small sweet potato.  I talked to a friend and waited for the crash….I waited and waited….I never crashed.  In fact I worked out!   Normally I would be passed out for the next 30-45 min and then still tired after that.  I was like an Energizer Bunny that day.  Finally about 8pm I started to wind down.  That kind of energy level hasn’t changed.  It’s been that way everyday.

I haven’t had any sweets since Thanksgiving and have really cut back on my carb intake.  By carbs I mean breads, Z Bars, pretzels,cereal, granola….. processed flour type foods.  I finally had my oatmeal on Tuesday morning, which was so delicious.  I have also had some whole wheat bread for a sandwich……but that’s about it.  I still eat breads on occasion but mostly I am trying to stay away from them.   I have craved sweets a few times this week, two of those times were after the Women’s Health Shoot.  It had been a long nerve wracking day.  I wanted to “reward” myself with an ice cream cone.  Instead I had my non-fat 2 Splenda Misto……Smile  That same night after dinner I was craving something sweet and I realized I was just still hungry.  So I ate a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana sprinkled with cinnamon.  That took care of that.  Other than that time I really haven’t craved sweets.  And even then I don’t think I was craving sweets, I was craving comfort….

As the week continued I lost even more weight.  About 2 pounds and I am now back down to what I call my “fighting weight” of 115.  I haven’t been there since April of 2011 and that lasted about a month!  It was very hard to stay at that weight and I leveled out for a long time at 118.  I felt really comfortable there.  That was my “happy weight”. As I slowly gained a few pounds here and there my clothes weren’t fitting as well and I just didn’t feel my best.  When you are 5’2 & 3/4″…..5 pounds is like 10.

I can’t begin to say how happy I am that I did this cleanse.  When I say it was life changing for me I am not being overly dramatic or exaggerating. I didn’t know how bad I felt until I started to feel good.  A switch has flipped for me.  The same switch that flipped in December of 2009 when I decided I was losing the weight for good.

I stumbled upon a book at the library called “Sugar Shock!”  It has given me a revelation about my own personal “sugar addiction”.  It talks about how sugar and “much like sugar” carbs affect your body and mind.

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These are just a few quotes out of the book resonated with me.

“I totally feel like an addict. My drug of choice is sugar. After I have sugar, especially chocolate, I get an intense rush and a delicious high.  I get happy, relaxed and euphoric for about an hour. But then suddenly everything comes crashing down.”

“I don’t eat sugar but I am an addicted to it.  Just like an alcoholic is one drink away from drinking again, I am just one dessert away from my sugar days again.”

This book has so much to say about the food industry and the scientific research that has gone into making foods highly palatable.  It also has so much to say about the chemical effects on the body.  It reminds me a lot of “The End of Overeating” by Dr. David Kessler. I am going to follow this book with “Beyond Sugar Shock!”.


I have always wondered why some people can have some sweets and be fine, how in the world some people can say “I’m not a sweets person”.  What?  Not a sweets person?  Do you have a soul??? Well, it’s the same as some people can have one or two drinks and be good and some become alcoholics and can’t even go into a bar.  Some can smoke one or two cigarettes in social settings and some become 2 pack-a-dayers…. we are all biochemically different.

Seeing how much better I feel, mentally, emotionally, physically after getting off the “sweet poison” (as I have begun to call it) has made me not want it  in the slightest way.  The fact that I have gone an entire week without sweets is a miracle.  I can’t say I will never eat another dessert again in my life…..but at this point I do in fact feel like I never want to eat another dessert in my entire life.  Now I will be the one questioned about my soul!


So back to the cleanse…..I would like to offer my own personal advice to those who are thinking of doing the cleanse or are actually going to do it.

  • Take some days off.  Take a Friday off from work, don’t plan on doing anything on Saturday or Sunday.  Then if you feel up to it, (I did on the second day) venture out.
  • Be prepared and prepare your friends and loved ones that you WILL act like a raving lunatic.  Apologize in advance for anything you will say or do.
  • Drink lots of herbal tea.  This was vital.  I drank Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and I swear it was the best thing ever.  I didn’t even have to add any sweetener.
  • Add ice to all the drinks.  It adds volume and helps with the texture.  ESPECIALLY the Lunch Drink.
  • I used half of the cucumber and two stalks of celery for the lunch drink……it helped with the texture.
  • Sleep sleep sleep.
  • Some positive thinking goes a long way.  “It’s only 3 days of my entire life”  “Dr. Oz did it, so can I.”  “You are getting enough food.”
  • Even though I wasn’t hungry at all, I did miss the comfort of a nice meal…..distract yourself from thinking about food… a book, get outside, read a magazine, catch up on some T.V.…..anything.

I would recommend this cleanse to everyone,  especially as a jump start to a diet or trying to get kick sugar.  I am so thankful for Dr. Oz and his team for putting this together.  I am so thankful to God for opening my eyes to my addiction and I am so thankful to be feeling like Amanda 2.0.

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse: Part 1

Earlier this week I wrote about how I fell into a bit of a funk over the last couple of months because of various challenging situations.  One thing I wasn’t doing was eating right.  Beginning with Luke’s birthday through Halloween and the weeks after,  my sugar addiction was full blown.  I have always had a “Sweet Tooth” but manage to keep it in control by keeping “contraband” out of the house.  Well this house was abounding in contraband and I was eating it left and right.  I wasn’t worried about it because the scale wasn’t showing any sign of my sugar binges.  Bottom line…..that is not how you should measure your health.  I was feeling like utter and complete crap.  Tired, anxious, irritable, moody, depressed, fatigued, headaches everyday, not sleeping well, foggy brain.  Not at all like me… day after many many many many……many M&M’s I had a stomach ache so bad and my heart was racing.  I thought ok……this is it.  I CAN NOT keep doing this to myself.   The thing I needed to change would require something drastic on my part. I am what they call an abstainer when it comes to dieting.  I have to just completely stay away from the thing in order to overcome it.  So I decided I was going into sugar rehab!!!

I started researching how to break a sugar addiction and the negative effects of sugar on the body.  I found a plethora of articles on it.  Apparently this is not an uncommon problem.  Around this same time I watched a DVR’d Dr. Oz that talked about how sugar affects your body and a 3 day cleanse to help reset your body.

Below is the link to the show I watched.

Dr. Oz Show

Everyone knows my infatuation with Dr. Oz. I just adore him. He is always bringing new information to the table for me. I think he is brilliant in many ways. As I have said before, I love his philosophy on using holistic means to heal the body, as I am a firm believer that food can kill you or heal you.

It was a sign.  I was going to do it!  I decided that after Thanksgiving would be a perfect time.  Jeremy would be off the three days after to help me through the nasty withdrawals and lend support.  Boy did he ever!  God Bless that man!

So without further adieu here is my experience with Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse.


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The purpose of the cleanse is to “eliminate harmful toxins, restore your system, and reset your body” by pumping it full of nutrients.  Smoothies are a great way to get concentration of nutrients in at one meal. Can you imagine sitting down to a meal of 4 celery stalks, a cucumber, 1 cup of kale, half an apple, half a lime, a cup of pineapple, half a cup of almond milk with a tablespoon of coconut oil on top?  Me either.  Also because they are already broken down somewhat,  it makes them more easily digested and absorbed by your gut.

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First of all I was so excited about this printable.  So cute and simple!  You can find the original printable by clicking here.


Breakfast Drink

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The breakfast drink was really good.  Not much different than what I have made in the past.  This was the Snack Drink I chose also.  I added a lot of ice to it in order to make more volume and make the texture a little more satisfying like a smoothie.

Lunch Drink

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The recipe looked like it would taste good to me and it did.  It was the mealy texture that made it so hard to choke down.  I decided to use only 2 stalks of celery and half the cucumber the next two times.  The hard thing about recipes like this is that they don’t say how big or small the produce should be.  I also added tons of ice.  Doing it this way made it actually very good in my opinion.

Dinner Drink

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I am sorry I don’t have a picture of the dinner drink ingredients. By this point in the day I was super out of it.  This one had a very interesting mix of flavors.  It calls for cayenne pepper but just a little, only 1/4 tsp., but wow did it give it kick!  I also added ice to this one to help dilute the spiciness and to give it more volume.  The first time I made it I didn’t peel the mango.  I am not a fan of mango and have never eaten one whole like an apple.  I wasn’t aware that you shouldn’t eat the peel.  I Googled how to eat a mango and read that you aren’t supposed to eat the peel because it has toxins in it!!!  I immediately started to have a panic attack and then read further that that’s not necessarily the case. I also read that people generally don’t eat the peel because it’s bitter.  The drink did have a bitter taste to it. So the next night I peeled the mango and I used spinach instead of kale because it’s less bitter.  The drink was so much better this way in my opinion.

For the Epsom salt bath I was able to find a lavender Epsom salt for 4.99 at Target.

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Click here for the benefits of soaking in an Epsom salt bath.

This was SO necessary and wonderful by the end of the day.

Day 1

This day started out with green tea and lemon. It was so hard not having any coffee. But one of the things I hoped to accomplish was to completely eliminate coffee and drink tea instead or at least go to one cup instead of two. The rest of the day was relatively easy. I was just super tired and laid around most of the day.  I drank several cups of herbal tea which made such a huge difference.  It was soothing and comforting.  I also had a  slight headache most of the day.

Day 2

Oh my sweet mother of Mary. Let the caffeine headache and sugar withdrawals begin.  I woke up with a massive headache that lasted all day.  I slept in pretty late until about 8:30.  After I drank my tea, I tried to start on the housework and I just couldn’t get going. I felt like crying because I couldn’t get the things I needed to get done because of the fatigue and brain fog.  Poor Jeremy came over to take the broom from me and I snapped at him.  “I don’t NEED your help…..”  What? Of course I needed his help.  He looked at me like I had slapped him in the face!  As I was getting ready to leave for the afternoon we were talking in the bathroom.  He wasn’t understanding what I was saying and I flew off the handle.  He was like, “What the hell?”  I spewed something about how I’d rather starve than drink the lunch drink, and needing coffee, wanting oatmeal, drinking vegetables, he just doesn’t understand, that he can’t get mad at me for being irritable, I’m sorry for being such a (insert expletive) and to just leave!!!!!  It was very drama…. trust me.  The tantrum ended with me in tears and him apologizing and telling me to go get a pedicure.  God BLESS that man!  At that point I honestly thought I was going to give up.  I thought he would tell me to go eat a sandwich and make some coffee.  But he didn’t.  He just talked me through it, told me how proud he was of me and I could finish it like a boss!  That was exactly what I needed at that point.  The rest of the day I kept my cool but felt as though I was on the verge of boiling over at any point.  We were out the rest of the afternoon & I had to skip my snack drink.  NOT COOL!  When we got home I made the snack drink and then the dinner drink.   I wasn’t able to finish the dinner drink so I put it in the freezer for the next day.  I drank my herbal tea and had my bath. The bath felt so wonderful and was absolutely essential.   I was so ready for bed.  I just wanted the day to end.   I was happy I had made it through the second day and had just one more day to go.

Day 3

This day was so much better.  I woke up feeling awake and full of energy!  I was also super hungry and a little nauseated.  This was the only time I felt hunger the entire cleanse.  I was I was a little anxious because I was worried about making it all the way until 2 pm with out being able to have my drink.  I was volunteering in Aidan’s Sunday schools class and wouldn’t get out of there until around 1:30.  Jeremy had gone home after the service and set my leftover frozen dinner drink from the night before out to thaw so it would be ready for me when I got home.  I was so glad he did.  As soon as I pulled into the garage he walked out and handed it to me.  It was the best thing I had ever had in my life!  After I finished it I made my lunch drink and that was also the best thing I had ever had in my life!  I was amazed at how quickly my taste buds had changed!  After “lunch” I slept for 2 glorious hours and then got up to make my dinner drink.  I was so glad it was my last one and I was day dreaming of all the food I was going to eat the next day.  I prepped two batches of tuna salad and baked about 6 sweet potatoes.  I didn’t have my last bath because I just wanted to go straight to bed!


I will do a second post or a “Part 2”  about cleanse with the results.  How I am feeling, how much weight I lost, cravings, changed eating habits, and the endless energy I have now.

Stay tuned!!!

This and That….

I made a newish shake Monday night! It was delicious. These shakes are so perfect for nights when I am not really hungry but know I need something.

I call this one Chocolate Banana Protein Shake.  I’m so original.

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1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese

1 scoop MRM vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp. ground flax seed

1/2 frozen banana

1 1/2  tbsp. cocoa

cinnamon & Splenda (to taste)

1/2 – 1 cup water


My breakfast Tuesday morning before (what seemed like) a marathon run.

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Nothing new or exciting….sandwich thin, PB, 1/2 a banana, cinnamon and my vitamins.

Have a lookie-loo at what happened Tuesday night!!!!

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Aidan ate, without any fussing or complaining, what I made for him! I had made another Skinny Chicken Spaghetti Casserole that afternoon and set aside some chicken for him. Then I made him frozen peas with salt, pepper and butter (which I guess he liked THAT day….no, that minute) and some quinoa cooked in chicken broth. He is asking for it again tonight so I am thankful for that!

Today was a much needed rest day.  I think with all the running I have been doing I have angered an old strain that haunts me every now and then.  I slept like poo-poo-ca-ca last night.  Every time I moved or tried to turn over, that strain said “Hey YOU! Still here!” I finally hobbled my way into the kitchen at 4 am for some Aleve.  After I had been up a while the pain finally started to subside and I was able to carry on with my plans for the rest of the day.

I had the Beth Moore Bible Study this morning and I decided it best to find the time for breakfast so I didn’t come home hangry again.  My new favorite recipe blog, Dashing Dish, posted a new protein shake called French Toast.  It sounded perfect this morning!

French Toast Protein Shake

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It was pretty good.  I think I put too much ice so it wasn’t blending well.  That made me have to add more water.  The result was a bit watered down.  I will go easy on the ice next time.  I can tell it would have tasted amazing without so much ice!

The study this morning was….life changing.  I can’t explain the feeling I have when I leave these studies.  I was once again… moved.  Even to tears a few times.  I felt as though she was speaking directly to me at points.

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When I got home I wasn’t super hungry, I had some fruit and a petite scone from the study.  What I was though, was sleeeeeeeepy.  I took a little cat-nap before it was time to leave for a doctor appointment.  One of the things I needed was to get a referral for a dermatologist.  As soon as I got home I called to make an appointment with the dermatologist and she was able to get me in tomorrow morning! I was so surprised but took it because I knew it might be a month before I could get in.

My eating has been so random today.  A Luna bar, almonds, protein bread, peanut butter, goldfish, a latte.  I am not sure what I will have for dinner.  I am not really in the mood or hungry for anything.  I am just tired.  I should just go to bed right now!



This thought is random and semi out of place.  I was surprised to find myself a bit anxious about the weigh-in they do at the doctor’s office.  It doesn’t matter what you go in for, they want you to step on that ever lovin’ scale! Every.Single.Time.  Why was I anxious? I don’t know. Last year when I went, it was 5 lbs. off….and not in my favor.  I guess I was taken by surprise last time and this time I was worried that it would read something way different than what I am used to seeing. I mean, am I the only woman who takes of her jewelry, sweater, shoes, anything I can and still be appropriate, before getting on that horrible thing?  Is this psycho or what?  It just goes to show that when you reach your goal weight….some things don’t change.   Good news though….it read less than what I am used to seeing!

Wish me luck tomorrow at the dermatologist!  I wonder if they will want to weigh me…..Annoyed