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Day 18 -- Back to Juicing

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I had to take a break from my juicing due to my acid reflux -- it was pretty much just white rice for a few days there. I'm feeling a lot better today and decided to segue back into juicing with a little bit of carrot and persimmon this morning. Apparently, carrot juice can actually help to neutralize stomach acid so this should be good!

I accepted one of the two jobs I was offered. I was offered a job working for a law firm and one working for a government agency. I selected the government agency. The pay is a little lower, sure, but I think I'll feel that I'm really doing something worthwhile with my days. Plus the hours and benefits are amazing. They even have on-site child care! I don't have a kid yet but that is one of the things I'm looking towards in the next year or two!

  
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SUSANNA37 12/18/2014 11:54AM

    Congratulations on making your job choice and making the right choices for your body too!

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B-LYNN1ST 12/18/2014 11:47AM

    WOW! Great job choice the benefits are wonderful. As for the juicing good for you for getting back into after your acid flux issue. I have them for time to time but I really don't like rice so I eat nothing but crackers until mines settle and I can do that for 3 days and slip a can of tuna in for a protein during the healing process.

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Day 17 -- Good news (Keep on burnin'!)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tons of good news -- I got offers for both of the jobs I interviewed for last week! That means I'll have a tough but excellent decision ahead of me this week. It ALSO means that soon -- in January, most likely -- I'll be kissing my horrendous 90 minute - 2 hour commute goodbye!

BOTH of the new jobs are about 1-1.25 miles from my house. I plan on walking or biking every day! I'll get all the benefits of being outside and the calorie burn to boot! If I take my bike, I can bike straight to my classes after work and then home! I can do all of my errands on foot or bike and get back to cultivating the easy, active lifestyle I had when I was living in Berkeley. In short, my weight loss will be supported and increased by my life circumstances!

Contrast with the last few months where most of my extra energy goes to commuting and dance classes are missed due to traffic jams! I CANNOT WAIT!!

I'll also be able to take the 6:30 belly dancing class that one of my instructors hosts in her home on Thursdays. I'll be there for the first class back from winter break on January 8th!

Also good news -- I'm continuing to lose weight even through TOM (a rare feat). Almost up to 10 pounds now! And I have no doubt that my losing will increase/intensify once I switch jobs, stop commuting and get back to my active lifestyle!!!

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FUNLOVEN 12/17/2014 9:03PM

    And all good things come to those who can wait. Your time has come! Congrats on all of your success.

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LYNSEY723 12/17/2014 6:25PM

    Congrats on the job offers!! So happy for you!

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KING_SLAYER 12/17/2014 4:53PM

    That is great news! Definitely ditching that commute will lead to more energy and more joy throughout each day. Congratulations!

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Day 15 -- Boo! Birthday reminder.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Boooooo . . . After some gustatory celebration in honor my birthday, I awoke at 2:50 a.m. with searing pain from acid reflux. I should have seen this coming. My birthday pleasures included Indian food, movie theater popcorn, sea salt caramels and chocolate macarons.

Why do I do this to myself? Why is my memory so short?

Acid reflux was one of the reasons I started down the path to health and I have it largely under control. It really only strikes when I eat a large volume of highly acidic, rich or spicy foods as I did yesterday.

So, it is back on the straight and narrow for me. My motivation this week will be health first, weight loss second. I want to look my best but more importantly, I want to feel my best as often as possible.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, y'all!

Nothing says "hella old" quite like waking up sick from "excessive birthday celebration" when all you did to celebrate was lunch and a movie!

  
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KING_SLAYER 12/15/2014 6:53PM

    Happy birthday :) I have experienced a few bouts of "post celebratory malaise" myself. Although mine were usually alcohol fueled :) But I empathize with the acid reflux, my alcohol consumption always seemed to re-open my esophageal ulcer, never fun when that happens!!

Hope the rest of the week is much better for you!

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AZULVIOLETA6 12/15/2014 4:58PM

    Sounds like you need to find a new way to party hard. :)

Happy birthday!

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JTREMBATH 12/15/2014 1:12PM

    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM SO I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE.

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FUNLOVEN 12/15/2014 12:55PM

    Well, look at it this way - THANK GOODNESS birthdays only come once a year!

You are back on track and that is all that matters. I am glad you seemed to totally enjoy your birthday!

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Day 14 --- Birthday celebration

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My birthday is tomorrow -- thanks for the birthday wishes I've received so far already. I decided I wanted to have a low key celebration this year, nothing fancy. Today, my husband, my sister and my brother-in-law and I are going to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch followed by a movie ("Top 5"). Like I said, nothing fancy! I'm not sure I really want to splurge at lunch today but I may have a mimosa or something. I don't have a workout scheduled today but a walk around the lake might do the trick! Happy birthday to me!

  
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IREADYERMIND 12/14/2014 3:41PM

    Happy birthday! Mine's on Tuesday the 16th. December birthdays for the win! :) Splurge a little, you deserve it.

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Day 13 -- Wonderful weekend

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Having a lovely, low-key weekend at home with my honey. Delicious kale smoothie for breakfast today at the farmer's market. I need to buy coconut milk and coconut water so I can recreate it at home. Homemade butternut squash for lunch. And I made my own cashew cream for the first time! So easy since I started with cashew butter instead of whole cashews. Just added water, lemon and salt. Best vegan dairy substitute ever! I also had a killer workout this morning. Hoping to get in a lot more veggies and water today and just keep relaxing and loving life!

  
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FUNLOVEN 12/14/2014 8:08AM

    Sounds like uour ending the week on good footing! It's nice to relax sometimes and be able to do just what you want to do without feeling pressured or rushed. That's how we build energy for the upcoming week!

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NELLJONES 12/14/2014 7:45AM

    Have you ever made your own coconut milk? It really is better than anything you can buy.

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PRIN1978 12/13/2014 11:11PM

    Good job! Have a great weekend!

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BARCELONAME 12/13/2014 5:17PM

  what an amazing collection of recipes on your post!!! enjoy your weekend emoticon

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