Maleficent Surprises….

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As a little girl the witch in Disney’s Sleeping beauty was probably hands down the scariest for me. I don’t know if it was the horns or the dark high collared cape or the fact that she turns into a dragon, but whatever it was she terrified me! From what I recall about Disney’s animated version of Sleeping Beauty we never knew why Maleficent was so evil, other than  she wasn’t invited to the princess’ christening.

I really was happy when I heard that they were going to tell this villain’s story in a non animated feature with Angelina Jolie as the lead. I mean really who else could we see in this role. Angelina has a presence to her and I feel that she was perfectly casted. Without revealing too much, I was really surprised with the twists and turns Maleficent took. It was nice to find out her origin and why she turns so dark. In the end though it seems that the tale we have known all along leaves some important parts out. As a production the movie is FANTASTIC, the sets are beautiful, the costumes are amazing and the effects are great.   I didn’t take the boys I think some parts would have scared my 6-year-old, but I will probably take my almost 11-year-old if I get the chance. If you haven’t seen it I urge you to go see it. You will not be disappointed.

Arbonne Detox Final Days

We were gone Memorial weekend came back Monday afternoon and I have been playing catch up all week. I apologize for not posting earlier. We went to the beach this weekend, to a resort that provided our meals. I was a bit hesitant about that, because I still had to introduce dairy and gluten back in. I knew I had to be flexible so I brought my protein powder and coconut almond milk. I also brought along digestion plus probiotic,  fit chews, fit fiber, energy fizz sticks and detox tea.  Breakfast was the easiest meal to eat because they had oatmeal, fruit and eggs. Lunch was a bit harder because it was usually a gluten based food. One day during lunch I had a shake. It worked out, because we didn’t want to leave the beach, clean up and go out to eat. On two different occasion for dinner we ate out. One time at a mexican place and another time at a hibachi grill. Which was ok for me, I stayed to what I thought was detox friendly, but both times I felt a little ick afterwards. I did have alcohol for the first time since finishing the detox and that went well. I was definitely not trying to over do it.

I finally introduced gluten back in the other day and I have to tell you it went ok, but I really don’t miss it.  This detox was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I am a much happier and healthier person for changing my eating habits. It is still not over. I actually lost another pound this week and this is with not exercising and having the weekend. It’s amazing what your body can do when it is clean of toxins.

Thank you for following me on my journey and I have hoped I have inspired some of you to take a look at some of your eating habits. This will always be a journey, I am not perfect, but I am glad I found something to get me out of an unhealthy eating rut I was in.

I will be back with my normal postings of the fantastic things that make an ordinary life extraordinary! Enjoy the last days of May!

 

Arbonne Detox: Integration Day 3 and 4

Sorry I didn’t post the last few days, they have been busy. Wednesday, I had lunch at a local restaurant that focuses on fresh organic local products. I decided to go for it and have their chicken stir fry with white basmati rice. They did have a gluten-free soy sauce so I had them use that instead of the regular soy sauce. I am happy to report that I did not have any side effects. I didn’t eat all the rice, which was a good step in the right direction for me.  For dinner I had a replacement protein shake, since I ate a little bit more in the afternoon.

Thursday I started to reintegrate corn. I think I did ok with soy, the only thing I realized was that if the soy was in a more processed food (ie) grocery store humus, frozen Asian food, I did have some discomfort in my belly. So I need to watch out for that. For lunch on Thursday I had a meeting at a Mexican restaurant and I ate the corn chips and salsa and had a guacamole salad. Happy to report no side effects. For dinner,  I was in a rush since I had to run to an evening meeting so I had a replacement protein shake.

On both mornings I had the same breakfast shake with half a banana and a probiotic. I am including the fiber every time I have a shake. I drinking the detox tea either iced or hot at night. I am also trying to snack at regular intervals, so I don’t put my body into starvation mode. This weekend we are headed to the beach. I am taking my protein to make shakes when needed, but other than that I am going to do my best to stick to the reintegration plan and not introduce anything new until Sunday. I will let you know how it all goes by Tuesday for sure.

I wish you all a happy and safe Memorial Day. I urge you all to take a moment and really think of what this weekend is all about and that is to remember those men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the freedoms we use on a daily basis.

Arbonne Detox: Reintegration Week Day 2

Here are my before and after pictures I promised. I guess the most prominent difference is my mid section shrank. No more wheat belly! Well, less for sure. I am a work in progress. If I keep losing I will post more pictures in another month.

Today I had my shake with half a banana in the morning. I also had my probiotic. For a mid morning snack I had some gluten-free crackers and a couple of fit chews. I was out and about most of  the morning, that was a good snack to throw in my purse. For lunch I had my first sandwich since before the detox. I used gluten-free bread and had it with cilantro banana peppers and some home-made humus ( I don’t think I can do the grocery bought one anyone. I think that is what made me feel icky yesterday). In the mid afternoon I had an energy fizz stick and some almonds and another fit chews. I was on the go again. For dinner I hazard some of the Trader Joe’s Asian Frozen food with brown rice. I had some Buddha’s delight veggies and teriyaki chicken. I had a detox size portion. So far so good no side effects. When I am done typing I am going to enjoy a detox tea.

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After Front

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Before Side

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After Side

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Before Front

 

Arbonne Detox: Reintegration Day 1

I am back to non detox life. I woke up with the same fear I woke up with 29 days ago. We were advised to reintroduce the foods we took out of out diet slowly. We do one at a time and wait for 3 days before introducing another food. I decided to start off with soy, because it seems to be in everything.  This morning I made a smoothie with half a banana for breakfast and kept the fiber in it. I also took my probiotic. Those are the elements of the detox that I am going to keep for sure. I went to the gym and did a quick 20 min Crossfit WOD, because I was short on time this morning. Mid morning I had an energy fizz and some fruit. For lunch I decided to have some turkey cold cuts and gluten-free crackers with humus both of those had soy in them. About an hour later my tummy was a little unsettled and I was feeling tired. Going to have it again tomorrow and see if the same thing happens. Mid afternoon I had some almonds and a fit chew. For dinner I decided to go detox friendly. I made a veggie omelet with diaya style cheese and some Apple Gate turkey sausage. It was good. I am ending my day with a detox tea.

We had a busy afternoon and early evening so I wasn’t able to take an after picture. I found my before and just want to let you know it is going to be hard for me to share it, but I will.  So here are my numbers I lost a total of 7 lbs and 3 inches around my waist.  I am really happy with my results. As I posted earlier, it is really nice to be able to fit comfortably in your summer wardrobe and not be afraid to hit the beach in a bathing suit on Memorial Day!

Arbonne Detox Day 27 and 28

YYYYYYIIIIIPPPPPPEEEEE I survived! If I can do it, anyone can do it.  The biggest challenge  lies ahead for me and that is to take what I have learned and apply it to a non-detox life. Our detox leader posted this picture in our Facebook group and it says exactly how I feel.

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I can’t go back to the old me. The old me was unhappy when she put on her clothes, she was unhappy when she stepped on the scale, she was happy at the gym but then rewarded her hard work with food. Food is not a reward I am not a dog. Food is my machine’s fuel. It has been liberating to have four weekends where I didn’t over eat or drink. I didn’t have a guilty conscience for four Monday’s. I don’t have to vow to go to the gym 6 times that week to undo the damage. I am not a slave to my over eating guilt. It’s so nice to come home from a social function and not feel gross. It’s nice to have more energy and alertness. I feel so good and I hope this feeling and accomplishments are enough to help me not fall back to the old me.

Saturday, May 17th: Day 27

I was able to sleep in for a little bit. I got up and did my morning detox routine. I made a berry shake, I didn’t have my detox tea until later in the afternoon. Mid morning I had some almonds.  For lunch I had left over chicken with pea puree and salsa. Something I have learned from this is that homemade salsa or pico and guac can go with anything!  Mid afternoon I made my detox tea iced and with an energy fizz stick. I drank that while we were at my oldest son triathlon. We went to Mellow Mushroom (a pizza joint) for a celebratory  dinner for my sons accomplishment. I created my own salad. There was also a friend and fellow detoxer at Mellow Mushroom and she gave me a slice of her gluten-free, dairy free veggie pizza. It wasn’t bad. Thank you Brit for sharing!

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When we got home I had some fit chews and my detox tea.

Sunday, May 18th: Day 28th

Last official day of detox! I woke up and did my detox morning routine. It was more rushed this morning as we were going to Mass. When we got home I snacked on some almonds. For lunch I had turkey wraps. I went to the movies and just drank water. It was hard to not grab a handful of popcorn. I had a fizz stick and fit chews when I got home. For dinner I made sword fish with seasoned salt and coconut oil. I had Trader Joe’s Superfood Pilaf it has sweet potatoes, kale and quinoa. It was good. Trader Joe’s has a lot of detox friendly sides.

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So this is the end of my 28 day journey. I will still write about my transition week. I will reveal the amount of inches and weight I lost in tomorrow’s post. There are many things I am going to keep from the detox. I will continue to take the probiotics and have a detox tea. I will keep the protein shakes in the morning and always have fizz sticks and fit chews on hand. I will eat cleaning 80% of the time and 20% of the time I will eat or drink non detox food in moderation.

Thanks for following me on my 28 day detox journey. This isn’t the end it is only the beginning to a healthier me!

Arbonne Detox: Day 26

I can see the finish line, just have to keep my eyes on the prize. The prize being the fact that I didn’t cheat for 28 days and I became mentally stronger when it came to food. I am already feeling the reward and that is way I am feeling and all the positive effects eating cleanly has had on many aspects of my life. Here are a few a few I am experiencing: I have so much more energy and alertness, I am sleeping better, my eczema is clearing up, my mood is so much better and I am less wound up in certain situations.  I have had many people compliment me on the glow my skin is radiating. If you have ever thought of detoxing I am telling you right now you should take the plunge and do it. You have nothing to lose but there is so much to gain. The knowledge I have gained on this journey is priceless! I encourage all of you to educate yourself on what you are fueling your machine with. Your machine being your body.  Ok, let me step off my soap box and tell you about day 26.

Happy Friday, I woke up and did my morning detox routine of probiotic, shake with fiber and detox tea. My hubby took the boys to school so I was able to actually enjoy my detox tea, because I wasn’t in the normal morning rush. I had a regular chocolate vanilla protein shake with almond coconut milk. Mid morning I enjoyed strawberries and a fit chew. For lunch I had a shake replacement. In the mid afternoon I had some almonds and a fit chew. I also enjoyed an energy fizz over ice.

For dinner we had friends over. It was a very basic cookout of burgers, hotdogs. We had sides of chips, mac and cheese, pasta salad, broccoli slaw, sweet potatoes wedges, chips with homemade  salsa and guac. The desserts included peanut butter fudge, caramel brownies and pecan pie. Oh, I almost forgot the Abita beer variety pack and Pinot Grigio This is what I had….

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I had a hamburger with no bun and topped it with guac and salsa and had a side of sweet potato wedges. I was really good even though I wanted to eat all the other delicious food I refrained, because I wanted to finish the 28 days without cheating. Now I almost caved and took a sip of beer but my hubby was my Jiminy Cricket. Thank you! This is about my 4th social gathering this month where there was non detox food and it was tolerable. You can be social and still stay on the detox. You just have to remind yourself on all the hard work you put in the day before and the day before that etc. That is what helps me to stay on course.

I hope you all had a good week. Thanks for following me this week! Have a great weekend!