Saturday, June 25, 2016

3 Day Refresh - Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of being on the 3-Day Refresh program.  It was not nearly as terrible as I thought it would be, but it certainly wasn't fantastic.

The main idea of the program is you follow a specific meal plan for three days, which includes a fiber sweep drink and a vanilla fresh drink (it's a high protein drink).  At the end of the three days, you are supposed to feel less bloated and "lighter" or something along those lines.  They recommend light to moderate exercise with the program, but nothing too hardcore.

I actually prepared the majority of my meals the evening before, so it would be ready when I left for work the next morning.  Immediately, upon waking up, I drank 16 oz. water. 

Shakeology with 1/2 banana

Fiber Sweep

12 medium strawberries
2 Tbsp. hummus
5 baby carrots
Vanilla Fresh

Small Red Bell Pepper
2 Tbsp. hummus

Spinach Salad
Vanilla Fresh

In the morning, afternoon and after dinner a cup of green or herbal tea is "allowed" as long as it is an hour before or after any of the other meals or snacks.  For some reason the program recommends not having it too close to actually eating. 

The program also recommends that you drink at least 8 cups of water on top of the water that is included in the Fiber Sweep, Shakeology, tea, and the Vanilla Fresh.  This is a ton of fluids!

On the average day, in the recent past, I probably drink approximately 20 - 50 oz. of fluid a day - mostly consisting of Diet Coke and coffee.  Yesterday, I drank a grand total of 116 fluid oz. of liquid - give or take a little probably.  Needless to say, by the end of the day I felt like I was floating.  While theoretically I expected to be a little hungry due to the fact that there is a limited amount of food being eaten, I was pretty much full all day because my stomach was so full of liquid. 

 I literally felt like I was in the bathroom to pee all day due to the liquid overkill.  I actually kept track, because I'm odd like that.  I went pee at least 12 times yesterday over the course of being awake maybe 15 or 16 hours.  But, as this is a cleanse, I did not have an overwhelming need to poop myself.  So that was a definite plus.

Any who, the Fiber Sweep drink wasn't too bad.  It tasted citrusy and as long as it was chugged, very doable.  The Vanilla Fresh wasn't too bad either - if it was cold.  At dinner, I didn't add ice to it prior to drinking it and it was so bad.  Note to self, do not forget to add ice.

The worst part about today was probably not eating any meat.  I am used to eating meat at least in the evenings for dinner and so that was a little hard for me to adjust to.  I also didn't care for feeling like I was floating all day with the total amount to fluids the program recommends drinking.  But, I am sure that my body will adjust to that if I continue drinking a substantial amount of water.  Oh, and I miss my Diet Coke.

On to Day 2.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

3 Day Refresh

I have to confess.  I have eaten a lot of junk food lately.  When I say a lot, I don't really mean a few pieces of candy here or there.  I mean regularly, I have not been eating my veggies (bad example for my kiddos there), I have not been drinking nearly enough water, and I definitely have been eating too many sweets lately (in the past week, I'm ashamed to admit, I have eaten 3 Cinnabon cinnamon rolls).

To remedy this, I have decided I am going to start working out regularly again and eating in a healthier fashion.  I am having engagement photos taken in approximately 3 months, and I certainly don't want to be bloated due to poor diet or carrying extra weight from the summer in the photos.  Last year, I was following the 21 Day Fix exercise and meal plan (I'll blog about this later, as I plan on following it again).  I've decided to start that up again, but I think I need to kick it off with a cleanse or something to get out of the habit of eating so much junk and to hopefully start things off on the right foot.  In comes the 3 Day Refresh.

The 3 Day Refresh is a Beachbody product.  Am I a coach and trying to promote the product because I will make commission off of it?  No.  (Just a note, I have friends who are Beachbody coaches, and they promote the products because they work for them, not because of the commission).  Do I know if this product will work for me?  No.  But, according to the testimonials it works.  And according to some of my Facebook buddies, it works.  So we will see.  Worse comes to worse, there is a 30-day money back guarantee (minus s&h of course).  

I plan on starting the 3 Day Refresh on Friday, then following it up with starting the 21 Day Fix on Monday.  The 3 Day Refresh is basically three days of veggies, fruits and healthy fats with a fiber drink, a high protein shake and shakeology.  The product guide recommends light to moderate exercise, so I probably will just continue with my normal weekend activities and not add any exercise into my regime until Monday when I've complete the cleanse.

I plan on sharing my experience with this product, so you can share in my possible hunger pains - as well as to hold myself accountable to the plan and to share whether or not the 3 Day Refresh even worked for me.

So let's do this.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The First Weekend of Summer

This weekend marks the first official weekend of summer vacation for my two munchkins.  It is hard to believe that the next school year will be my son's last year of elementary school, with his sister just barely trailing behind him.

This summer we have lots of plans.  Between swimming lessons, soccer and the occasional baseball game, we are hoping to keep busy making lots of great family memories.  

Yesterday, we started the weekend right by just lounging around the house and as my son stated, "relaxing with some books."  Both kids watched television and sort of unwound from the school year.  Today, we went to our families house and had a picnic lunch and swam in the pool.

This summer is starting out on a good note!  What about you?  Any fun summer plans?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bathroom Breaks and Creatures of the Night

Before signing up to be a parent, I knew that there were going to be some interesting stories and situations that should arise due to having children.  Growing up I tortured my siblings at times and them me.  My parents have an endless array of stories of when I was young and mercilessly taunted and teased them and just in general did things that made no sense to the adult mind.

Listening to my parents tell stories of my siblings and I from when we were younger, it makes me think of the great stories I will have to tell when my kids are adults.  To share with possible future spouses, or just to bring up good memories around the dinner table with them.

This is one of those stories...

My son, since day one, has always been a character.  He is so sweet and sensitive, but sometimes just does the most random things, particularly during the middle of the night.  Since he was little, he has had night terrors and frequent bad dreams.  He actually still frequently sleeps in my bed when he is scared.

The other day was no exception to this.  It was probably about midnight when Ashton woke me up because he said he had to go to the bathroom.  While normally he doesn't wake me up for something as minor as a midnight bathroom break, he indicated he was scared and requested that I accompany him to the door of the bathroom (for those who don't know me personally, the bathroom is literally across the hallway from the bedroom).  So I got up, walked him the 4 or 5 footsteps to the bathroom, and opened the door for him.  I then asked if he needed me to wait for him and he said no, he was good do go.  So I returned to bed and went back to sleep.

The next sound I hear is one of tortured desperation pleading for me to return to the bathroom.  The fear was thick in his voice as he tearfully begged for me to return to my post in the hallway.  Since I had already made myself comfortable in bed, I hollered across the hallway asking what he needed.  He said that there was a spider the size of his big toe and he couldn't make it back to bed.  I told him to jump over it to the bedroom.  Much to my dismay, his insistence that I help him only increased.  So I got up and walked over to the bathroom and looked up to see one of the funniest sights I have seen in awhile.

My eight year old son, who had chosen to wear footie pajamas to bed that night, was standing on top of the toilet, hunching his body in on itself as though he was terrified for his life.  It reminded me of those ladies you see on television standing on a chair, just scared as can be, because of a mouse running around on the ground.  His legs were squeezed together with his arms holding himself. 

I immediately looked on the floor of the bathroom to see this mega spider that threatened my sons well-being.  Surprisingly, I couldn't find it.  My son points down at my foot and there it is.... The spider of all spiders.  Glaring up at me with it's eight ugly eyes. 

The spider was located in the hallway.  At least three full footsteps from the toilet where my son quivered in fear of a nickel (possibly even dime sized) creature.  I quickly grabbed a shoe from the hallways closet and swiftly dealt justice to the beast that would threaten my son's toes (toes that were covered with pj footies).

Ashton insisted I carried him back to bed in case there were more soldiers awaiting him in the hallway.  So I picked up my 65 lb. son, red faced and teary eyed, and put him back into my bed.

He slept with one eye open the rest of the night.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Time to Begin Again

Normally, I wouldn't condone airing personal business on a blog where people you might actually know may actually read it and then have knowledge of all of your personal "dirty laundry."  And I'm not exactly going to air all of mine out as you may have assumed by reading the first line of this post.  So what exactly am I even talking about?  I am talking about new beginnings and change.

The fall is about to start (I know it is still technically three weeks-ish away but that is relatively close) and autumn always feels like the beginning of a new period to me.  The beginning of school, the beginning of the fiscal year (for those who start it in October), the beginning of a series of holidays that revolve around food (hello Halloween Candy, Thanksgiving Turkey, and Christmas Cookies) and this year, for me, the beginning of a new life.  What exactly does that mean?

I am no longer married.

This statement in and of itself sounds foreign coming from my lips.  Over this past summer, my ex-spouse and I went through a divorce.  I'm not going to air the details, as that's what I mean about not airing my dirty laundry; simply rest assured that my ex and I are working diligently to be successful co-parents to our children and that included in that is getting along amicably and handling the situation as adults.  Now is the time for me to remember who I am and remind myself of how amazing a person I am, with or without someone else standing by my side.

As part of my new beginning, I may start blogging again.  I say may, because I am going to do what feels right to me in the moment and what I have time for.  So if I have to choose between reading one more book to one of my kids before bedtime, or typing out a blog post, there really no competition on which one will happen... (for those who weren't sure though, of course the book with my child).  But if I have a few spare minutes or if the mood strikes me, then I would like to think that even if no one reads the post, what I have to say and think are important enough to record in a written form.  Even if it is sporadic and may have no entertainment value at all.

Blogging of course is not the only new beginning I plan on undertaking this autumn, I do have a few other things that I am attempting to undertake:

-This autumn I am working on remodeling the master bedroom of my home.  A popcorn ceiling is being removed, walls are being painted, and carpet is being ripped out replaced with laminate flooring.  This project has already been going on for a couple of months, but I am not mechanically inclined and am doing the project by myself (with the exception of minor help and advice from my dad).  I am looking forward to how amazing this room will look when it is completed, even if it may take forever to actually get done.

-I've joined the gym again.  The last time I actually was a member of the gym was about three years ago.  While I am not a huge fan of getting sweaty and lifting weights, I know that for me to be the best me I can be for my kids, I need to take care of my own health.  While I'm not looking to lose weight and become a professional body builder... I do want to be able to keep up with my kids as well as be able to actually manage the minor tasks around my house that require a little bit of heavy lifting.  I figure what better way to stay health than to make it a goal to physically stay active a few times a week at least.  Especially since I lead a fairly sedentary lifestyle due to my job.

-I plan on reading more books and trying more recipes.  This seems a little like a silly goal, but reading and cooking are two things that I really enjoy that I haven't made time for lately.  Keeping them in the front of my to do in my spare time hasn't happened and it something that should. 

I'm sure there are other things that are beginning again this fall for me and my family, but this is just a starting list.

I love autumn.  The changing of leaves, the crisp autumn air, the beginning of so many new and wonderful things.  The autumn is really just a transitioning period for the weather and so many other things; and for me this year:

It's a time to begin again.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 09/23/13 to 09/29/13

Another week has gone by and I haven't disappeared off the face of the blogosphere.... as of yet.  I actually feel pretty accomplished this week that I've actually managed to post something that I had meant to post (Orange Glad Review), as well as I'm posting my menu plan at the beginning of the week (Tuesday is still the beginning of the week, sort of ☺).  This week we have a lot going on.  There's the school's open house, parents coming over for dinner, appointments to be kept, as well as most important of all... Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is out on Friday.  Dinner's this week are going to be fairly quick and to the point.  Here's what we've got cooking.

Chicken Pitas
Fresh Fruit
Tortilla Soup
Meatball Buns
Noodles with Marinara Sauce

Refried Beans

Garlic Bread


Need help with ideas still?  Check out tons of other gals menu plans at Laura's Menu Plan Monday.  You're sure to find something that will spark some creative dinner ideas!

So what's cooking at your place?  Do you have certain dishes that are go to meals when you are busy?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Orange Glad - September 2013 Unboxing

Recently, I've become slightly addicted to monthly subscription services.  I actually receive three of them at this point, although the Orange Glad Dessert Subscription is really on a trial basis at this point, this is the first month I've received it. 
Orange Glad is an organization that just recently began.  September is only their third month that they've been in business.  Orange Glad is a company that had a brilliant idea to deliver delicious confections to people's doorsteps.  The idea of home delivery, while not revolutionary (tons of companies deliver stuff to people's houses all the time), has been taken to the next level when they brought about the idea of delectable treats being delivered without having to get up off the couch to pick them up.  Absolutely brilliant in my opinion.

Anyways, as I stated before, September is sort of a trial month for me with this new confectionery treat box thing.  I thought I would give it a whirl, since I love sweets.  This month's theme was "cookies." 

The box arrived within a day or two of receiving the email from Orange Glad indicating it had shipped.  It came in a Priority Mail package that was stamped "Fragile:  I'm Perishable Keep Me in Shade."

Once opened, the goods were wrapped in tissue paper and confetti, as well as it had an ice pack in there to keep the items that could melt (chocolate) from doing just that.
Here's what arrived in the box:

Kelly's Kookies:  Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Shortbread
This was honestly probably the tastiest shortbread cookie I have ever eaten.  It was melt in your mouth good.  It had butter overtones with just the right amount of chopped macadamia nuts.  The chocolate just completed the cookie.  This was definitely my favorite item out of the box.  This is an item I would purchase again.

Cinderella Cakes:  Oreo Cookie Cake Push Pop
While I love the idea of a push pop with cake and frosting type fillings in it (completely could eat and do other stuff without sticky cake fingers...), I was not so impressed by the execution of this particular item.  The chocolate cake portion of it was okay, the cake was moist and tasted like your basic run of the mill chocolate cake.  The Oreo buttercream was not my cup of tea though.  It had a strong smell, sort of like fake vanilla extract?  It also had a slightly off flavor, compared to what I would expect an Oreo buttercream to taste like.  I was not impressed with this particular item.

Cinderella Cakes:  Lemon Sugar Cookie
This is another item I was not incredibly impressed with.  While the item itself had okay flavor, it wouldn't be what I would expect if I was purchasing an item from a bakery.  Neither the cookie or the frosting had a tart lemony taste.  It was a very neutral lemon flavor.  The outside of the cookie was touted as being slightly crispy with a chewy middle.  I found that the cookie wasn't particularly chewy, regardless of whether it was the middle or outside of the treat.  This item wasn't bad, it just wasn't something I would go out of my way to purchase on it's own either.

Modern Bite:  Designer Chai and Almond Spice Cookies
The Designer Chai and Almond Spice Cookies were a pleasant addition to the box.  Per the information card that came with the box, they can be custom designed or have a logo added to the top of the cookie to match whatever occasion you are celebrating.  The flavor on these were perfect.  The chai and almond spice flavors had just the right amount of presence in the cookies to make them a delicious addition to any cookie platter.  This is an item I would purchase again.
JJ Bakery:  Almond Nougat
While the fifth item that was supposed to be in the box was an almond nougat, this particular item was missing from the box.  I did contact the customer support from Orange Glad and I was pleased to see that they were very quick about responding to the issue.  They have emailed me already and indicated that they would be mailing the missing nougat to me promptly.  As I am writing this, I haven't received the lost nougat yet, but I have confidence that it is going to be arriving any day now.
Overall at this point, I am not overly impressed with the Orange Glad box.  While I very much enjoyed receiving sweets in the mail, I really was only impressed by one of the four I actually received.  The box is normally $15/month plus shipping, so I'm not sure each item in the box was worth, flavor wise, about $4 (taking into account the shipping, and the item I did not receive).   
I'm thinking maybe I'll give them one more chance to impress me.  They did have great customer service (Thanks Angela from Orange Glad Support...heehee she had the same name as me), and sometimes these subscription type services have a down month.  The first two months they've been around, the snacks looked possibly month four will be better than month three.
Here's hoping October is more impressive than September.