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Oh Hey Friday!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

This week took forever, or was it just me? I don't know but it's a 5 day weekend for my kids and also it's not my weekend so let's get ready to partaaaaayyyyy! And by party I mean strip wallpaper, read books, play tennis and watch Netflix. Lame? Maybe but I don't care. I am on a role and I can't stop now. About that here's a few things I've been thinking about this week:

Remember that 18 for 2018 post I did here? The one where I said I wanted to host a brunch at my house? So yeah, I follow this awesome model/foodie/fitness blogger Danika Brysha and she owns a meal delivery service in CA called Model Meals. She's a Whole30 guru and her BF is a chef and together they do this thing called The Brunch Series where they come into your house and not only cook for you and anyone else that wants to buy a ticket but talk about the importance of self-care, healthy eating, mindfulness and permanent habit change. A little hippy dippy but cool. Well they are going on tour and need hosts so, I applied to host an event in my home. I seriously doubt they will pick me but at the very least I have renewed inspiration to get my kitchen redo finished up and also check something off my list. And you get to keep all the leftovers. Score.

I still have not fully reintroduced gluten things into my diet... mostly. I did have a sliver, and I mean sliver of the raspberry coffee cake my parents sent for Valentine's Day but that's not reintroducing anything but a bad habit. I also drank more than 1 glass of wine that night so there might be a correlation there... ya think? That and it was V-Day which always makes me a little cranky. And cranky equals poor choices. At least I know these things right? Anyway I am 50% scared to eat a days worth of gluten and 50% like "I don't want to eat it so why should I?" Well I should because I need to finish the reintroduction and that is part of it. So by this time next week I will have it done. Why is this such a mental obstacle for me?? I kinda sorta just want to eat a pizza, which would be very, very bad lol. All the gluten and dairy together is no bueno, that much I am sure of.

I have been trying to come up with some ways to possibly generate some additional income. I am toying with the idea of making this a long or maybe short term goal.

I meet all of the basic qualifications already. There is a 4 part testing track, interviews, mentoring program and of course an initial financial commitment. At the end you can coach with the power of the brand behind you, conduct FB groups, private coaching, meal planning, even grocery shopping with people and charge for your expertise. People are paying for it too. Talk about motivation to live the program. What do you guys think? Would I even be any good at that? Hmmmm....

I feel like this year is off to a really good start for me and I have this overwhelming premonition-y type feeling that it's going to just keep getting better. Do you ever get that? I consider myself highly intuitive so let's hope I am right on this one. I have been hibernating which I normally only do for the month of January but it has felt so good to disconnect from old habits and patterns I am just going with it. I really miss going out but so much of that revolves around eating and drinking poorly and spending money that I don't have. Until I get to a place where I feel a little more balanced I think I will just stay checked out for a bit longer. So this weekend I will mostly be hanging with my dog and probably this really tall guy who for some insane reason has offered to help me strip my wallpaper. I might have to cook him dinner but if it means less time spent on a ladder scraping shit off the wall I am in!!

Have a Fabulous Weekend!!

Currently: February 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


My first Whole30 Reintroduction phase... EVER!!! This is the first time that I am really taking the time to spend an extra 2 weeks carefully reintroducing foods back into my diet as stand alone items. This week is going to be the big light bulb moment I think when I experiment with gluten free grains, dairy and gluten. I have been thinking that gluten and dairy are the root of my stomach issues, this should either confirm or contradict that. This is so cool. I feel like I am conducting my own little science experiment.


To a whole bunch of podcasts. I don't know how I all of a sudden I got into this but I did and... obsessed. If you know me you know I am a HUGE fan of Dateline and 48 Hours type shows, DiscoveryID, etc. My worst fear of online dating is in fact getting murdered and ending up on Dateline, which bring me to my current podcast obsession My Favorite Murder. It feeds the true crime junkie in me and it is freaking hilarious. I know it sounds weird and it is, but also awesome. Stay sexy, don't get murdered.

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An Instant Pot. Why is it so hard for me to pull the trigger on this? Maybe because I have every piece of kitchen equipment known to man and it seems gratuitous to purchase yet another one? I don't know, it's a little pricey as well. However, everyone I know that has one swears by it. Anyone have an opinion??

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt  9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer


I need a new Netflix binge. Need... haha. So far these are my choices: Wormwood, Ozark, The Crown and Mindhunter... possibly starting Sons of Anarchy because I never really watched the whole thing but seems like a bigger commitment than I may want right now. Please weigh in... or give me more choices.


Because I also need another cute tote bag... this from The Shop Forward. One of my instagram homies posted about this and I luuuurve it. You pick your "4 Things" to be printed on the bag. Super fun fact, everything they sell benefits a cause. You can read all about their mission here. Now if I could just figure out the perfect 4 Things to have printed on my bag. Definitely give them a follow on IG and see all their stuff plus the awesome things people come up with for their bags. If you need to buy a gift for someone you know really well thus would be perfect!

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Linking up with Anne cause it's what the cool kids do. 

Whole30 Round 4 Results & Re-Introduction

Monday, February 5, 2018
I am just going to put the numbers right here because I know that is what everyone really wants to see... tangible results... numbers, inches, pounds lost right? Trust me I get it.

So when I stepped on the scale early on Day 31 I braced for impact. The number was the lowest in my history of Whole30 rounds. The funny thing is I kind of expected that it might be. I am not sure exactly why but a combination of things I guess. DON'T GET ME WRONG... 11.5 pounds is great and I am so proud of myself for that. When I was in my pantry Wednesday morning I picked up the 5 lb. bag of potatoes I had sitting on the floor and closed my eyes. I know, sounds a little wonky, me in the pantry eyes shut holding potatoes. I tried to imagine holding another 5 lb bag in my other hand, cramming 6 sticks of butter in my pockets then taking off running. I'll wait while you get a visual.... mmmkay..... and guess what? 11.5 pounds of potatoes and butter is damn heavy. That's what I am NOT carrying around anymore. That's a big deal.

Is it weird that I think of weight loss in terms of tangible items? Like I lost 11.5 pounds or I lost a small Thanksgiving turkey, half a car tire, an adult Maltese dog, a six foot aluminum step ladder, a gallon of paint or a bowling ball. I don't know about you but I don't want to carry around any of those things all day every day if I don't have to.

So here's the deal. As nice as that is Whole30 is not about losing weight. It's a lovely side effect yes but it pales in comparison to all of the other stuff that happens to me when I do this 30 day reset by the book. Not the least of which is that I get back the control that I allowed to slip through my fingers somehow over the course of the last year.... again.

It's kind of hard to explain how Whole30 changes you but it does. On Day 23 I actually thought to myself  "I feel like a totally different person" and I am not lying. By the end of last year I was run down, eating crap, skipping meals then pigging out, drinking excessive amounts of wine, beer and liquor. And quite frankly doing a Whole30 in January has become my thing. This year marked the 4th for me and I can't help but look back in awe. But... 

I try not to compare but every year I lose a little less it seems. Various reasons and it doesn't really matter. Let's focus on the fact that I have lost a total of 58.5 pounds doing 4 rounds of Whole30 and gained some of that back but not all of it... thank God.  Here is how it shakes out in pounds lost:

2015 - 20
2016 - 14
2017 - 13
2018 - 11.5

The NSV's (non-scale victories for all of you non weight challenged folks) are countless though. Lower blood pressure, absence of stomach issues, increased energy, mental clarity, less bloat and gassiness, zero heartburn, better skin, brighter eyes, better breath, increased productivity, less inflammation and joint pain just to name a few. Ummm thats HUGE!!!

And to think I have accomplished all of this without every really finishing the Whole30 completely. You read that right, I have never actually done the last part... the re-introduction. Well, I said I did it I just made up my own rules which is not really doing it and clearly it hasn't worked out for me because I have yet to achieve my food freedom. Not this year. This year I am doing it, in fact I am right in the middle of it and so far I am thinking... you jackass... this is the whole point. I am systematically reintroducing the things I have given up for the last 30 days one by one with 3 days of pretty strict Whole30 in between. It's forcing me to make choices about what I allow back in and to really fully evaluate how those foods makes me feel. How cool is that? I think we all think about our big splurges in terms of "is it worth it" but really, everything you put in your body is worthy of that same scrutiny isn't it?

So I am really excited to see how this next part of the program ends up for me. I really feel like committing to the reintroduction might be the key to sustaining a healthier more balanced Whole30 life for the long haul. I will finally know for sure if the foods I suspect send me to the bathroom in a panic, have me reaching for the Tums or falling asleep at my desk after lunch are guilty as charged. I'm looking at you dairy and gluten. Stay tuned for more updates but for now that's where I am at. Feeling amazing and very proud of myself.