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Okay, ONE more ‘Yay, Me’ thing and I swear I’ll stop

posted on Monday, November 26th, 2013 under General Ramblings |

If you know me at all, through the blog or real life, you know that it’s very unlike me to be all ‘I’m so awesome’ and shit. And most of that is due to a lack of self esteem, because if I don’t believe it, I sure as hell don’t expect anyone else to believe it. That whole ‘fake it till you make it’ plan never really seemed to work for me.

But as of lately, I’ve committed to trying to be a bit more positive. Still ranty, cranky and hangry, sure, but I’m trying to find the bright side of things when I can. I won’t be barfing rainbows or gushing about how cute your baby is, but I am trying to give myself (and a portion of humankind) a little more credit than I have in the past, and with that comes what I think is a tolerable level of optimism and positivity. Like this.

So now that I’ve cleared that up, on to the cheering squad part of this post.

As I’m sure I’ve made annoyingly clear, I just wrapped up my second round of the 21-Day Sugar Detox. Duh. Technically I’m on day 23 at this point as I haven’t brought any sugar/carbs back into my diet…yet. I did buy some dried mango and some holiday grapes, but I am trying to avoid a total bender, so I’ve held off on indulging in them. But I will.

The thing is, this round really opened my eyes a lot more than the first try. I nailed it…I did everything right, didn’t slip up and even survived the flu without giving in. And the result? I FINALLY broke through a weight/body fat plateau I’ve been dealing with for months. For the first time, I actually feel SKINNY. Not like fashion skinny, or reality TV skinny, or model skinny, but Sarah skinny. That’s HUGE. I may have felt smaller in the past, but I haven’t ever really felt normal sized. You know, go-in-public-with-your-head-held-high-because-you-like-yourself sized. That’s been foreign to me my whole life. Until now.

So my body fat has dropped in the course of tightening up my nutrition this time. That’s rad, but the best part is that it’s shown me better ways to feed my body’s needs. My relationship with food is getting healthier. It’s not a crutch anymore. I enjoy clean eating – I can make some seriously delicious noms, and I’ve come to love lots of amazing new foods I never used to eat. But I will never live the rest of my life without alcohol, or my mom’s homemade apple pie, or cheese, or pizza…OMG PIZZA…so when I REALLY want those things, I have them. I deal with how terrible they make me feel, because sometimes the ease of just going with the flow with my friends or family is so much better than being nit picky about what kind of oil is in a salad dressing. Bottom line, I’m not just ‘on a diet’…I’m living. And it’s awesome. And I look pretty dang good, and feel amazingly great.

For the first time, I feel like I’m capable of things ‘normal’ people do. Going shopping and having choices in what to buy because things fit. Being in front of a group without feeling like everyone is secretly calling me fat. Walking down the street without staring at the ground because I’m embarrassed for my friends to have to be seen with me in public. These are things that have plagued me my whole life, and for the first time, I don’t feel constrained by my mind’s negative hold on me. I can be proud of my accomplishments. I can be proud of who I am, inside and out. No, I’m not ‘done’ yet. I may never be ‘done’ – I want to continue to grow and learn and improve – but I’m in a really good place, physically, mentally, emotionally, for the first time maybe in my entire life. And that’s amazing.

I mean, just look at this, would ya??

So there you have it. I’m publicly proclaiming that I’m finally okay with who I am. I’m flawed, but I’m also pretty dang awesome. YAY, ME!

How is it almost Thanksgiving?

posted on Monday, November 22nd, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox, General Ramblings |

I mean, seriously. I feel like it was yesterday that I was admitting I let Halloween get away without properly enjoying it! But I fully intend to enjoy the hell out of the rest of the holidays this year. Including trying not to be such a Grinch. I normally hate Christmas because it comes with so much stress, but this year, instead of stressing, I’m going to aim to enjoy the craziness, be thankful for so many loving people in my life and stop yelling at so many bad drivers in crowded parking lots.

Well, maybe don’t hold me to that last one. I mean, have you seen the a-holes at Brentwood Promenade or Whole Foods lately? It gets worse every year, I swear.

So it’s also DAY 19 of the detox. These 3 weeks have flown by. I even got through a horrible bout of the flu on the detox and didn’t die, or take Nyquil, so I’m pretty proud of that. I love the food I’ve been eating, and really only miss grapes (fresh and fermented, if you know what I mean!), so that’s pretty rad. My first of several Thanksgiving celebrations is tomorrow, so I won’t be able to enjoy my mom’s mashed potatoes, but that’s okay. She makes a killer turkey, and I’ll bring my own sides, so all is well. Again, no wine will be the worst part, but I can totally deal.

You know what I really love? Sleeping. Man, that shiz is awesome. It has been PERFECT sleeping temperature in our house this week and going to work has been really hard as a result. Being wrapped in my sheet and quilt, buried in my pillow…sigh. I just really love sleeping. I’m getting warm fuzzies just thinking about it.

But even though I LOVE sleeping, I hate going to bed. Isn’t that dumb? But I get kinda bummed that another day is over and I have to start all over again in a few hours. Tonight I won’t feel that way, because tomorrow is Saturday, but then I won’t want to go to bed tomorrow because I’ll be loving Saturday so much. Rough life, huh? Hehehe.

I also really REALLY REALLY love my husband. He has been working so hard all year, helping build a successful business, and then coming home and helping me stay on track by cooking super delicious meals. I’m cooking more now, too, so that helps, but I would definitely not be where I am if I didn’t have him to help. He’s kind of the best. Yay, Mr. T!

We’re also approaching a sad time, with the one year anniversary of Brandon and Grandpa’s death just around the corner…it’s so weird that it’s been a year. It still doesn’t feel real. But it is, and it sucks, but for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m strong enough to embrace my sadness without letting it consume me. And so, while I’m sad, I’m also really proud of myself.

I miss my friends. I haven’t seen hardly any of my friends in a really long time. Growing up kind of sucks that way…everyone gets so busy, then we never see each other, and that’s a huge bummer. So friends, please know I love you, think of you all the time and miss you. Here’s hoping we can make plans to visit before the end of the year!

Well, that’s mostly all the random things I have to chat about, so here are some funny things.

DDDDDDDDROP THE NUTS

As you were.

21DSD Day 8 – Where did last week go??

posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox |

As I’ve mentioned, I started my second round of the 21-Day Sugar Detox last Monday, this time using the handy dandy book I reviewed as the guide. I’ve been crazy busy with work, Spinning, cooking and family stuff and haven’t had a chance to write about it yet, but I want to document a few things, so here goes.

Warning: If you don’t like poop talk, skip this next paragraph. Then you’re safe, I promise. Maybe.

One of the biggest issues I had the first time I did the detox was some crazy poo action. Like, loud/funny/still gross poo action. But this time around, the only shift I’ve noticed is that my digestive system has gone into stealth mode. As in, I no longer use the ‘no poop zone’ bathrooms at work because I never know when a little poo is gonna pop out. Half the time I go pee, I have no idea my body has more planned. It’s just like, oh hey, here’s some poop again. This is totally what it’s like.

Here’s what I’m doing differently this time. First, I’m not relying as much on the athlete modification, so sweet potatoes aren’t a regular inclusion in my day. I suspect these suckers are potentially an issue with my digestive system, and specifically, I suspect it’s because I don’t peel my sweet taters. The few times I have had them were in organic baby food form, sans skins, and I had no issues, so I’m excited that my experiences have helped me find a trigger for a stomach issue I have from time to time.

Another thing I’m doing differently is not relying so heavily on nuts as a snack. I have almonds in my morning smoothie a lot of mornings, and I snacked on pistachios once, but I try to use cucumbers and leftovers as my snacks. That said, I leave tomorrow afternoon for a work trip, so pistachios will be in my bag in case I get hungry. I’m not avoiding nuts – I just think I depended on them too much last round, and didn’t eat as many vegetables as I should have, which I’m trying to improve.

The biggest change this time around is my prep work. Sundays have been devoted to shopping and cooking things to have on hand to make mornings easier, and I ensure every dinner will have leftovers to get me through at least one more meal. This has been key to how easy the first week went. Even on my work trip last week, I had snacks in my bag and only felt deprived when everyone else was enjoying a glass of wine while I sipped water. But it’s only 3 weeks and the lack of booze is a HUGE help in my sleep patterns.

I make huge batches of breakfast foods (crustless quiche with spinach and bacon last week, egg muffins with brussels sprouts, spinach, roasted garlic and bacon this week, and turkey sausage and coconut flour biscuits for breakfast sammies both weeks) – this keeps me on track on busy mornings and even fills in gaps for lunch when I’m at a loss.  I also make this moo-less chocolate mousse from the 21DSD book (made with a green-tipped banana, avocado, unsweetened cocoa powder, almond milk and vanilla extract) that is perfect for when I have an evening treat craving. It’s rare, but I love having this on hand to keep me on track.

In terms of energy, I definitely felt a lot of fatigue days 3-6. I taught Spin on day 2 with no issue, but day 3 was an evening class and I was just wiped from the day and struggled through the class. I traveled on day 4 but successfully avoided screw ups, then day 5 was tough. I had zero energy, and I know it was a combo of post-travel weariness and detox fatigue. My workout that night was good but I definitely needed more recoup time between rounds than usual.

I got through a 4-mile run on day 6 without much trouble, but I really wanted 5 or 6 miles. I just knew at mile 4 that my energy was waning and I didn’t want to push too hard when I had a whole day of family time ahead of me. I took a rest day yesterday, but only because the noon Spin class I was going to sub for was cancelled. Probably for the best, as it freed me up for a family lunch I didn’t want to miss and I got to spend some time with my biodad, which was really nice.

Sunday nights are something I look forward to each week, when Mr. T, Lady T and I gather to nom, drink and watch the Walking Dead. I was excited to get to make dinner and tried a recipe I’d never had before – mashed parsnips with bacon, shallots and green onions. I got the basis of the recipe from the 21DSD book, but added grass fred butter to help it mash up to a better side dish consistency (in the book, it’s used as a filling for chicken rolls). I was sad to miss out on our usual drinks, but poured some plain kombucha in a wine glass and all was well. Dinner was a hit – the parsnips were unexpectedly delicious (I’ve never purposely eaten a parsnip before), and we had grass fed beef burger patties with uncured, smoked bacon and roasted brussels sprouts. Super yummy. I’m not kidding when I say I eat more delicious food now than I ever have – and I’m on a detox! The meal was good for all involved, and I’m the only one detoxing, so I think that’s a sign of how great the food is that you can enjoy without added sweeteners and fruits.

As for today, I feel pretty good so far. Sleep has been wonderful – falling asleep and staying asleep! Magic! It’s day 8, the start of the second week, and my only apprehension is the travel I have tomorrow afternoon through Wednesday evening. I’ve boiled some eggs and have some snacks I can take in a small cooler, but we have client dinner, client breakfast and client lunch in that time, plus another lunch out on our way down (road trip, so no airplane stress!!!), so I’m just hoping I can stay properly fed. I feel pretty confident, but I’ll still be glad when the trip is over and I’m done traveling for a bit.

I also have a wedding reception this weekend, which will suck just a little in terms of not being able to enjoy cocktail hour, but we’ll be with friends, so I’m not too concerned. I also have a 5K Saturday morning, so I don’t have to worry too terribly much about missing a workout on this trip, too.

All in all, I’m seeing much more success this time around. I’m down a few pounds, but I don’t do this for weight loss, so that’s just an added bonus. I’m really hoping to discover a few new recipes to add to our regular rotation (ohmyglob, I made this amazing pan-fried chicken with almond and coconut flour breading that was TO DIE FOR last week), including ingredients we don’t usually use, and to find new snacking alternatives, so I think I’m hitting those goals pretty well.

Second breakfast is finally wearing off and I’m hungry for more food, so I’m off to the kitchen to reheat a burger patty and snag some leftover salad. Yum!