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#30daysofawesome - Day 25

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

emoticon We're coming down the final stretch of emoticon !

In non-health related news, I met with my boss' boss about a leadership opportunity I'm interested in. It requires both their recommendations. I get to draft my own recommendation! It's gonna be stellar!

I've been down 2 pounds for the last few days. Looking forward to taking official credit for the loss tomorrow!!

I'm on Day 3 of my smoothie experiment. So far so good. I like that I don't have to be exact with the ingredients. And when I do eat whole food, instead of eliminating dairy, meat, and grains, I've just cut them all way back. The real benefit for me is cutting processed foods and sugar. I haven't had sugar or chocolate cravings, which is significant for me. But I have had meat and cheese cravings, which I see as a good thing. If I get a hankering for them, I work a modest amount of them into the plan as a snack.

Benefits I'm seeing so far:
1. Portion control. It's getting easier to allot myself sensible portion sizes.
2. I feel like I want food less. This is a weird sensation for me! Could it be possible to think about and eat food only when I'm hungry? emoticon
3. Processed foods are no longer a crutch. My mind is tuned in to whole, fresh food. I make sure those options are available...and I reach for them!!
4. My water intake has increased, which inadvertently means I'm getting more steps to refill!
5. My teeth seemed whiter this morning, but I don't think that has anything to do with a 3 day change in my eating habits! emoticon
6. I'm feeling more focused at work. You know what it's like to be 'in the zone' and everything is aligned correctly? I'm experiencing that feeling more often.
7. Weight loss. Amen, yes, that's what I really want! People are losing 10-15 pounds doing the full 10 day cleanse. I'm willing to ease into it and experience a slower loss.

I'm wondering if I can adopt the smoothie lifestyle. Time will tell. I figure I'll keep doing it until I don't feel like it anymore!

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SUSIEGKORN 7/29/2014 6:19PM

    Sounds like you're liking your new plan, and having success with it. Good for you!

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JCARDINAL 7/29/2014 5:56PM

    The smoothies sound interesting. Do you find you get hungrier? Is it a pre-packaged cleanse or are you making your own? Way to go on the work front!!

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#30daysofawesome - Day 24

Monday, July 28, 2014

This is Day 2 of my green smoothie challenge. I haven't decided if I'm doing the 1-a-day for 30 or 3-a-day for 10, probably somewhere in between. I decided to try it because 1. I like playing with my food and 2. I realized I always have the ingredients. How emoticon is that?!

Yesterday's breakfast smoothie was spinach, baby kale, peach, and apple. Sounds pretty bland, right? It wasn't big on flavor, but it wasn't gross either. I made enough for 2 and put the second in the fridge. The water separated fairly quickly, leaving the fluffy pulp on top. The juice on the bottom was far sweeter. The recipe called for strawberries and mango, rather than a peach, which probably would've provided more flavor. I also didn't include flaxseed and stevia. I'm doing my smoothies without added sweetener.

This morning, I added strawberries, a banana, a medjool date, and 1/4 avocado to the base. It has the smoothie texture I'm used to because of the banana and avocado. It's also really cold since the strawberries were frozen! The sweet chunks of date were a pleasant surprise as I finished the drink (my blender isn't the most powerful). The Day 2 smoothie turned out to be pretty high in calories (~408), so I'm saving 1/3 of it for later.

Since I'm not doing the 3 meal replacement challenge, I doubt I'm going to have as profound results, but it is motivating to try it out. If I really like it, I will probably buy the Nutribullet.

I just made an executive decision: I'm not working out this morning!
I'm not declaring a rest day yet, but I'm too tired right now.

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VEG954 7/28/2014 2:35PM

  Glad it is working for you!

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A_RARE_BEAN 7/28/2014 9:30AM

    Interesting, sounds like a great challenge, gotta love a green smoothie!

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#30daysofawesome - Day 23

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I didn't row yesterday. Instead, I did Day 5 of my PS3 workout. My little bit of awesome was not cheating on the reverse crunches! My abs are by far the weakest. Normal crunches are fine, but reverse crunches that dig into the lower abs, oh my word! But I did all ten of them with good form. I couldn't find any images for the exercise I did. You start on your elbows, as in 'b' in the pic below and pull your legs into your chest. It may go by a name other than a reverse crunch, but it targets the same muscle group. emoticon

I've been reading a lot about JJ Smith's 10 day green smoothie cleanse. I think I might try it. If you do smoothies as meal replacements, I'd love to hear about your experience.

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JCARDINAL 7/27/2014 12:41PM

    That reverse crunch looks hard!

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    Very cool, way to go! You may have just inspired me to do an abs workout today, definitely an area I need to work on too :) have a great day!

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#30daysofawesome - Day 22

Saturday, July 26, 2014

emoticon I dusted off my first Walk at Home DVD last night. It's still relevant!

AND I just completed 3 of 6 of my Advanced Project Mangaement classes at Stanford! I was behind, so I planned to work on it this weekend. I wrapped it up with a bow before noon on Saturday!

Now, for a bit of rowing!

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JCARDINAL 7/26/2014 3:36PM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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VEG954 7/26/2014 1:37PM

  emoticon Enjoy!

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#30daysofawesome - Day 21

Friday, July 25, 2014

Day 5 complete! Next time, I'm going to use dumbbells instead of the resistance bands provided.

Own your health!

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VEG954 7/25/2014 9:54PM

  Got it!

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CHELLEBELLE104 7/25/2014 9:43PM

    Love it! Woohoo.

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144AUTUMN 7/25/2014 5:52PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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JCARDINAL 7/25/2014 5:46PM

    Cool!! emoticon

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