Friday, May 29, 2009

Road Trip!

We finally got our lazy butts out of Waco and on the road to see my folks in Tucson, Az. I hadn't been there since my High School reunion which was 3 years ago (say what?!?). It was so great to get out of our every day routines and relax but most of all it was great to be back in Arizona. I love that desert I grew up in, maybe not so much during the whole growing up part, but now that I've been away from it, I truly miss it. Especially my beloved mountains. It actually rained a couple of days while we were there which is rare for this time of year. They hit a record for the amount of rain they got one day and all the desert dwellers were so happy while I threw a temper tantrum. I wanted to go to the zoo! Of course we made the best of it and had some warm, sunny days too. We had a wonderful time that went by way too fast. I can't wait for our next trip!

Instead of uploading a gazillion pics and explaining who so and so is or what we're doing, I created a slideshow (it was REALLY cool until I realized I had to pay for all the extra cool stuff, so now it's just meduim cool).
Sit back and enjoy our trip out to the Old Pueblo!

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Verdict

Numero Uno question:

How do I feel?

Honestly, I feel Fantastic!!
AND I lost 5lbs... BAM! (I've hit the stubborn last-pounds-that-don't want-to-leave plateau so that's a huge number for me!) I am expecting to gain some back once I start eating more wheat and dairy but it's cool because I'm running more, and faster... zoom, zoom, zoom!

I am so glad we did the cleanse for a couple of reasons and I'm going to tell you those reasons. First of all I'm glad that we were able to stick to something so strict, especially when it had to do with something that The Hubster and I dearly love... FOOD! It was not easy but there was never even a glimpse of giving up. I know it was especially hard on The Hubster because I truly liked most of my veggie concoctions- him, not so much. He grinned and bared it most of the time but was quick to make sure I knew it was only because it wasn't Steak or Bacon Cheeseburgers. He really will stick with me through just about anything. I'm also VERY glad we did it because it opened up a whole new world to me as far as cooking with veggies go. I was always a little shy in that area but now I'm anxious to experiment with even more! It also brought my attention to some great new products that we will incorporate into our daily living (I'll list them below).

Before we started I was hoping that I would go past a week but I'm D-O-N-E. One of the main reasons is because when I work out pretty hard my body craves eggs (especially sunny side up with runny yoke so I can dip my wheat toast in it *drool*). I know it's for the protein and this cleanse didn't allow them. If you listen, you're body will let you know what it needs, even if sometimes it's chocolate. :) I'm also done because I could see where I was starting to become bored of the veggie & fruit scene and I really didn't want to ruin a good thing. It's kind of like the Seinfeld and Friend's finales, they wanted to end them while people still loved them. Another reason, and a fairly good one, is it was getting quite expensive! Gluten free and animal byproduct free food is not only hard to come by but also pricey and we were going through a lot of fruit and veggies quickly! We are lucky that there's a huge variety of Gluten free stuff out there and I've learned more about Celiac disease than I ever could have imagined. A big reason I'm done is because I was wanting everything in sight only because I couldn't have it. Before the cleanse we were doing really well with making healthy decisions. We didn't go through the drive-thru at Burger King because we knew we shouldn't and we were fine with that. During the cleanse just the word "drive-thru" made me drool and I could see that if I restricted myself much longer I would totally become a huge fatty because I would gorge on the whole town!

So now what? Well, because of the cleanse I am changing some of my ways. I will be incorporating ALOT more veggies and fruits into our diet and will continue the afternoon smoothies, with tofu included. We used to have smoothies fairly often but I'd really like to try to make it a daily habit. It helps us get the daily amount of fruit we need and having it in the afternoon helps us to not be so hungry for dinner therefore, we don't eat as much. Ahh... two birds with one stone! I will no longer have coffee before the gym, I prefer my natural adrenaline (which is pretty kickass!). In fact I will be cutting back on coffee. If I didn't love it so much I would cut it out completely, but I am a definite coffee lover. I will be using more teas and Teeccino (herbal coffee stuff) in place of it. I had a feeling coffee was making me feel blah and after having some this morning I now know I was right. There's just something about it that I can't explain, just a blah feeling, like something icky or tar-like is in my body. It could very possibly be the sugar! That just dawned on me... hmmmm. I'll have to experiment a little bit. During the cleanse I felt more calm, not as anxious. Now that I've had caffeine (could only do half a cup) I'm pretty anxious. Since I've been away from that anxious feeling I can totally feel and see the difference and I've got to say it's not as comfortable. I used to drink coffee/caffeine from the minute I got up and throughout the day so I didn't remember what the "normal" feeling was like. I had nothing to compare it to, until now. Interesting! I also want to add that I tried some of The Hubster's Dr. Pepper and it was very sugary and syrupy to me... not so good.

Ok, this is turning into a novel, but then again most of my writings do. This morning's breakfast was very delicious, and there was so much flavor! I had eggs, sausage, sourdough toast with lots of butter and pancakes with blackberries and whipped cream topping. The Hubster had something that consisted of a lot of meat. It wasn't exactly as wonderful as I dreamed it would be but my father taught me long ago that a lot of times the anticipation is better than the prize. Actually my favorite part was the eggs with two huge slices of tomatoes on top. During the feast I could tell The Hubster was very happy. Today is his day, he gets to pick our meals. He's still full from breakfast so I had one of my awesome salads for lunch. That tells ya something, I could have had anything I wanted but was craving my salad, and it was so good- still doesn't need dressing. I'm pretty sure we're going to have pizza for dinner; a big, greasy, cheesy pizza!

The main reason I wanted to do this diet was to get The Hubster off wheat/gluten. I have a feeling that he has a sensitivity to it. He says that he doesn't feel any different and when i asked him how he feels after the cleanse his response was, "clean" (hardy, har, har). He seems to have lost weight too, he doesn't weigh himself so I can't report an actual number. He did admit that his tummy is a little upset from the breakfast, red flag for me that I was right with my diagnosis-especially because he didn't seem to have any tummy troubles during the cleanse (not counting the day he ate a butt load of salsa), but it could just be from all the variety of food. Kathy Freston, the author of the book that I got the cleanse from, Quantum Wellness, stated that by eliminating the certain items from your diet gives your body a chance to have a break from processing those items and will then dig deeper to clean out the stored stuff, like toxins. From what I'm told, and have been told long ago, there is no scientific evidence that any type of cleansing actually does anything but that's why I don't believe in scientific evidence and all the pills it produces. I believe in how I feel and what I see.

Right now I see and feel a great difference!

Thanks to the cleanse, here are some of my new beloved items:

  • Agave Nectar (natural sweetener)
  • Teeccino (herbal, decaffeinated coffee-like blend)
  • Schär Gluten-free & Wheat-free pastas
  • Burts Bee's natural eye cream & face moisturizer (found them while looking for gluten free food)
  • In-expensive, unsweetened, organic green tea in a box! (couldn't use it during the cleanse because of the caffeine but again, found it while looking for allowable food)
  • Radishes (never bought them before.. can you believe it?)
  • Onions (didn't use them very much but now I can't imagine cooking without them)
  • A variety of Spices (veggies can be pretty bland)
  • Celery & Peanut Butter (have always loved this but am totally addicted right now)
  • Veggies & Fruits in general

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The End!

We've made it to the cleansing finish line! "Hip, hip, hooray.. the super readers save the day!" Ok, so that had nothing to do with this but it's from one of my beloved daughter's favorite cartoons.

For today's lunch we had all sorts of sauteed veggies (onions, mushrooms, carrots, peppers, olives, zucchini, squash & although it's technically a fruit- tomatoes) mixed with pasta and sun dried vinaigrette dressing. I was proud of that dish 'cus it was goood. Our afternoon smoothie was Strawberry, kiwi & banana. For dinner we had the Spice soup that simmered all day. It was pretty darn good. The Hubster was very impressed. To make it spicy the recipe calls for you to brown these little dried red peppers in oil then drain the oil and use it to sautee onions and mushrooms. I let the peppers brown a little too long, even though I was warned not too, so our soup was a little bit VERY spicy. Oh, and it made a ton! Definitely freezing a couple of batches. If you'll notice, we didn't have breakfast. Well, I had a couple of handfuls of nuts and raisins and my fake coffee. We went to the grocery store this morning to get some items for the soup and by the time we got back it was time to get lunch going. Missed out on some bran cereal.. oh darn!

I'm anxious to write about the cleansing experience and how I feel about it and throw some pros and cons together but it's just not going to happen tonight, sorry Charlie.

I need to go get ready for bed so I can drag my butt to the gym for some early morning running and yoga. Best of all I need to get my rest for what will probably be one of the best breakfasts I have ever had!!

I'm Official!

I've decided that I am now officially a runner. Here's why:
  • I have completed four 5k races (one with an end result of finishing in 3rd place of my age group -such a bragger!) and have 3 planned for the near future.
  • I've been running 5 times a week.
  • Here's what really makes it official: I'm a subscriber to TWO running magazines!
Yep, I'm finally a runner!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Day 6!! 3rd place is better than no place!

Can you believe we only have one more day left of this crazy cleanse?! I convinced The Hubster to give the cleanse a full day tomorrow and then we can break the fast with an awesome breakfast from any place he chooses (soo hoping for Cracker Barrel!) on Monday morning. His plan was to eat whatever he wanted Sunday night because his last "bad" meal was on Sunday night. He's a clever man but listened to reason. I think we've eaten more veggies and fruit this past week than we ever have in a 6mth span!

This morning started out with a bang! I ran the Fuzzy Friends 5k with my buddies Julie and Rachel. It totally kicked my butt and I disliked the hills but I pushed myself to the limit. I pushed myself hard enough that I got 3rd place in my age group!! Say what?! Yeah, I know, crazy talk... but it's true. Or at least I believe it to be true since Rachel's the one who called me yelling in the phone "you got 3rd place!!" I had left because I never dreamed I'd get in the top of my age group. It wasn't a huge race but there was still a good amount of people. I'm pretty proud of myself, ok I'm REALLY proud of myself :) Rachel did super awesome and beat her goal time by almost 4 minutes!! Kick-ass Julie got first place in our age group, she's such a super star! I'm super proud of both of them, especially because they were each pushing a double stroller. The only thing in my hands was the dangling cord of my ipod.

Today's menu consisted of a lot of veggies, nuts & raisins, celery w/ peanut butter, fruit, tofu, rice cakes, soy milk, and some chips. Tomorrow we're going to make Spice Soup, it's actually a soup recipe from one of The Hubster's beloved books. Sounds really yummy and I'm looking forward to it. I'm REALLY, REALLY looking forward to our breakfast on Monday. Real coffee here I come!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Day 5 & Staying Alive!!

I accidentally cheated today... boo! I was happily eating some almond crackers with some hummus when all of a sudden, for some strange reason, I decided to double check the ingredients on the cracker box. The last thing listed, which means it's not very much, was milk! Uh oh! I quickly put the crackers away and broke out some celery and peanut butter. I guess I skipped the big bold print of MILK when I was shopping for my cleansing items. I had about 2, possibly 3 crackers so it's not the end of the cleansing world.

Yesterday I declared today to be Clean The Hell Outta My House! So that's what I've been doing all day. The fresh smell of bleach makes me feel so cozy! Actually, I can't stand it and normally use the latest "green" cleaning stuff or good ol' vinegar, but sometimes you just need to really get stuff REALLY clean. Especially when there are flying pigs (flu) out there!

Today's yoga class was so-so. My legs hurt from the Body Torture class so I wasn't able to do the Needle, the Half Moon and all the other pretend you're body is like Gumby poses.

It's Smoothie time folks!

I'm gonna smooth on over to the blender! (hardy har har!)

*If you were to look up hardy har har in the Urban dictionary, this is what you'd find:

hardy har har

When something is funny, but is directed at you as a insult.
Shrug it off by saying hardy har har
1- this test was easy
2- just like your mom
1- hardy har har