Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Advocare 10 Day Cleanse: Day 3

So, this morning, I woke up, did my normal routine, but then decided it might be a good idea to weigh myself.  Why did I want to do this?  It's not a normal thing that I do, but for some reason, I thought, time to check to see if this cleanse is already producing results!  The answer.... no.  At least not from a weight perspective.  I've gained 2 lbs since Monday morning.  What???  Now, I'm down 3 from Sunday night - but Monday morning I was down FIVE from Sunday night, so what's going on?

For now, I'm going to continue to eat clean - and see what happens after the 10 days are up.

Breakfast this morning was 2 boiled eggs, a banana and the fiber drink.  I still don't mind that drink at all.  I think the taste is good and I don't mind the clumpy-ness of it a bit.

Lunch is another chicken salad and strawberries.  I brought a couple of boiled eggs for a snack if I need it.

Dinner - well, I'm about out of veggies and chicken and rice, but I think I'm going to go and grab a rotisserie chicken from Sam's club tonight and figure out something to make with that, OR just eat it as is.  I love those things.

Benefits I can see so far.....  I feel good.  I think I'm sleeping better, and I seem to have a bit more energy, even if that is all in my head.  Which it really might be.  Usually, I'm pooped after getting the kids to bed in the evenings, but the last few days, I've been staying up and waking up earlier than the alarm.

So far, I don't think it's been all that difficult to eat this way.  Would I never want any bread long term, NO, absolutely not, but at the same time, I am not craving it at all.  The Easter candy lying around my house is a little bit bothersome, but I'm doing alright avoiding it for now.  I haven't even had a huge desire for my nightly scoop of ice cream.  WHO AM I???

No pictures today, but I did want to update the world and keep notes for me of how things are going at this point in the cleanse.

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Advocare 10 Day Cleanse: Day 2

I want to document this cleanse process because I hope it keeps me on track, so here is a super short wrap up of today....
Breakfast: fiber drink, 2 boiled eggs, 3 strawberries and a small Roma tomato.
Lunch was hard folks... I was in an all day meeting with a short break around 2pm. The group ate PIZZA and BREADSTIX and CUPCAKES at 12:30. I resisted. Big win I tell ya! But I had my chicken salad and it was delicious and filling.
My snack was 3 strawberries and a few pecans.
Dinner was good also. I had grilled chicken with garlic, pepper flakes, salt and pepper, garlic brown rice and steamed veggies with more garlic. No vampires around here tonight, ha.
My after dinner sweet was an apple with a couple of tablespoons of natural peanut butter.
Pretty much the same day of foods as yesterday. Tomorrow's probably going to be similar, but I am hoping to do something different Thursday and Friday, we'll see. This is so easy, it's hard to change it up.
I am not finding the challenge all that difficult yet, but I dread the weekend!
I just took my herbal cleanse tablets, so it's bedtime! Day 3 here I come!
Any food ideas for me?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Advocare 10 Day Cleanse: Day 1

Now that I am finished being pregnant, breast pumping, I can FINALLY do a 10 day cleanse.  And, it's time.  My eating habits were getting awful.  I wasn't exercising, at all, except chasing after the kids.  So, I'm thankful that Lindsay decided to have a 10 day cleanse challenge!

Last night I had my last slice of pizza and my last bit of dairy in that cheese for the next 10 days.


I went grocery shopping and bought this for the first time ever:


and a lot of other fruits and veggies so that I could make it for TEN days without ice cream and milk and cheese!  UGH, no cheese for 10 entire days!!  BUT I can do this!  I just keep telling myself that I can do this!

I meal prepped.  I made a lot of veggies last night.  I used a small amount of olive oil, garlic and some other "approved" spices to cook them gently.  I made about 10 servings of brown rice and prepared what will be dinners / lunches for the week.  I've got lots of chicken to cook up tonight also.  That will be the protein that I have with my salads and dinners.


I did measurements last night and weight this morning too.  I'm not sharing though.  I'll probably share my progress at the end (if there is any).  Even if there isn't, I'm just hoping to clean up my eating.  I desperately need to clean up the eating habits and that's what I'm working on during this cleanse!!

And even though my husband isn't taking the Advocare products during this cleanse, he has said that he will eat clean with me!  I'm really thinking this is doable at this point.  I'm not "hangry" at all right now.  The evenings will be the true test.  I need to find a way to enjoy veggies the way I normally do with ice cream.  

This morning I had the fiber drink and I didn't hate it.  I had the citrus, and I've been just fine all day.  The texture reminded me of very pulpy orange juice.  Good thing I like pulp!  

Breakfast was two boiled eggs. 
Snack was a couple of huge strawberries.
Lunch was a salad with pecans, strawberries, blueberries grilled chicken and raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
Snack was a couple of huge strawberries.
Dinner will be chicken, veggies brown rice, and almond milk.  
Snack will most likely be an apple with a couple of tablespoons of natural peanut butter. YUM.

I.CAN.DO.THIS!!! :)  

Any suggestions for me while on this cleanse?  Have you done a cleanse before?  How did it affect you?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Struggling

I'm struggling lately.  How to keep up with daily tasks at work, home, with kids, and in life in general.

Honestly, work is awesome.  I don't really talk much about my work life, but since changing jobs in January, I'm in a MUCH better place than I was.  I was bored at my old job.  Majorly bored.  Which is why I had time for blogging!  Now, not so much.  I'm swamped.  It's a good thing, but it's busy, and I don't have a lot of time at work to blog.

So that means I need to try to fit it into the evenings or mornings, and well, I'm not one for sacrificing sleep.  I am finding that I'm losing track of all of the events that I want to blog about though, so it's time to figure out a way to fit blogging into the home life.

Home life is crazy busy right now too.  Cooper is playing tball - I WILL post about that soon.  That is two days a week.  Tim is umpiring 5-6 days per week so that makes things a bit hectic around our house.  I'm playing single mommy, and it's just difficult.

Keeping up with the house and trying to do "most" of the normal life stuff is hard.  Making time for friends is difficult if not impossible.  Life is busy busy busy.  I know that most people are in the same boat as I am, and I'm not complaining about it.  Life is GOOD, I am blessed.  I just want to make time for things for ME too.  I need to get my booty on the treadmill, I need to get back into blogging, and I need to do some other things that I want to do.  To start to care about me a bit.

My friend Gina has encouraged me to write out my "goals" for the month/year etc, so that I can keep myself accountable.  I NEED to do this.  This is going to be something that I start to do, and I hope to share on here (if I can find time) so that you too can hold me accountable.

So, I am writing this to share that I'm struggling now, but I plan to work on life, myself and my tasks to get things put back together in this new work world that I'm becoming acclimated to during this crazy time.

I hope my sporadic posts come to an end and I figure out how to make this hobby of mine a priority again!  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Birthday To My Better Half

Happy Birthday to you Tim, the love of my life, my partner in crime, the best daddy in the universe, and my favorite person in the world.  

I hope you have a fabulous day, I cannot wait to celebrate with you this weekend.