Winners & a new giveaway for a new week!

I hope everyone had a nice long weekend.  Ours was filled with festivities & lots of family time which is so cherished!

Truman picked the winners for the Loksak giveaway!  They are:

Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt & annmarie@thefitfoodiemama.com.  Please email me with your mailing information & I’ll get your Loksak bags in the mail to you this week.  You’re going to LOVE them.

As for a new week, a new giveaway….

I was sent a pair of adorable compression socks from Crazy Compression .  They’re not only adorable, but they work!

They’re motto is:  “We’re crazy and crazy about keeping your feet and legs in great condition to go the distance while looking stylish in our true graduated compression socks and sleeves!”  Great for recovery & endurance.

I’m a lover of compression.  For about 2 years now, I’ve been wearing compression socks for my long runs, however this summer has been quite trying for me, so I’ve been wearing them even for many of my short runs.  I seriously don’t think that I’d be able to do any long runs without them.  So, I was thrilled to try a different brand of compression socks.  They aren’t nearly as tight as the other brands I’ve tried, so I was skeptical about the Crazy Compression socks.

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Aren’t they just cute?  A little smiley on the front & the adorable diamonds on the back!   I love them!

Hey, as a friend of the crazy clan, they offer everyone 25% off.  If you order, simply use the code: CRAZY25 for 25% off your order.  Don’t you love a discount?

They have a slew of varieties & one is cuter than the next.  Honestly, it’s a bonus that they’re cute because the priority is really that they work & they DO!

Besides the discount, they are giving 1 of my readers a free pair!

Simply enter the rafflecopter below for yoru chance.

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Winners announced

As promised, the winners are listed below!

 Winners announced

The Salba Smart Chia Seed winner is:  Dandi Daffyhill.  Dandi, please email me with your mailing information.

 

Laura Fine is the winner for the Endorphin Warrior bracelet.  Laura, I think you should choose believe!

 

The Dukan Diet Made Easy Book, Dukan Chia Seeds, Dukan oat bran cookies winner is:   Renee Cline.  Please contact me with your mailing information.

Enjoy your goodies!  I”ll be sure to update you with more “goodies” in the coming weeks.

Have a great day.  I’ve been preparing for a meeting which has taken much of my time lately & getting the boys back on a routine as well, so I’m still getting into the swing of managing everything.

I do want to tell you that I had lost my UP for about a week & found it in my dry cleaning pile.  Must have slipped off.  So happy to have found my beloved UP!

See you soon!

 

 

Wednesday’s Happenings & a new Loksak giveaway!

Tomorrow I will post the winners for the giveaways if you’re wondering if you won!

 Wednesdays Happenings & a new Loksak giveaway!

In the meantime, I’m very grateful for your support & suggestions about my “marathon issue”.  I’m still pondering what I will do, but value all of your input.

In the meantime, it’s been so darn humid.  So odd that all summer it has not been hot & now that summer is winding down, the heat & humidity rise.  What’s up with that?

Yesterday, I sat looking out the window, waiting for it to get a little light outside so I could go for a run.  I don’t mind if it’s a little dark, but I’m too nervous to go if it’s pitch dark outside.  On my way down my block, until I got the path I run along for short runs, I passed 2 skunks & 2 cats. OH BOY!  It’s a little crazy!  There was also a skunk, road kill, I ran by & holy ned was that stench strong!  EEK!

My shorter weekday runs are strong & feel great, despite the humidity.  Hoping for a nice longer run today.  Rain rain stay away!!!!!!

Speaking of rain…..

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’m not a big fan of running in the rain.  However, sometimes, I just need to do it because  I just do!  So, I reached out to the fine folks at aLoksak who sent me some waterproof bags to sample.

LOKSAK

“A breakthrough product for anyone who must keep things dry.” -Michael Hodgson, Editor SNEWS Magazine

LOKSAK® bags are resealable element-proof storage bags featuring a hermetic seal. That means absolutely no water, air, dust or humidity permeates the closure. They are designed for a wide range of applications and environments. The transparent bags are flexible and puncture resistant. They come in multiple sizes and can be sealed over and over again. The unique and patented materials, closure systems and manufacturing techniques used to fabricate the aLOKSAK surpass even the most rigorous testing standards.

They’re brilliant!!!!!!!  I put my phone in a bag & into my HBTune & off I went without any worries!  Totally waterproof.  They say you can submerge it into water & well, I’m just going to believe them (haven’t tried that yet)!.

 

 

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Electronics, personal items and firearms are damaged from exposure to the environment. aLOKSAK is the only re-sealable, flexible storage bag offering protection from all the elements. The patented, light-weight storage system prevents air, humidity, water, dust and sand from harming your valuables. aLOKSAK can also ensure your treasures are safe from the passage of time.

MILITARY GRADE: These bags are used for safe element proof transport and storage by outdoor enthusiasts, all branches of the U.S. and Foreign Military, and by many governmental and law enforcement agencies worldwide!

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Want one?  I have a package with 3 bags for large phones, passports or valuables (4×7) & 3 bags for large smartphones (3.7×7).

I’ll give 2 different people one of the above packages.  This time instead of a Rafflecopter.  Simply leave me a note telling me why you “need” your own Loksak.  If you don’t subscribe to my blog & decide to, please let me know (extra bonus points).  I’ll have my kids help me choose the best reason on Sunday Aug. 31 & will announce the winner on Monday Sept. 1 (can you believe it’s almost September?)!

Have a great day.

Gearing up for a new start…

As I sit here on a quiet Sunday enjoying the peace before the “storm”, I’m a little sad because it’s 6:15  & it’s DARK outside.  Eww, I really don’t like that it’s dark later in the a.m. I really don’t like it at all!  I’m soon going to make a decision about what to do about my morning running (very soon).  Speaking of my running, I haven’t posted much about that lately & I’ll tell you why…

 Gearing up for a new start...

This summer, my running has NOT been stellar.  You know I had serious shin splint running issues in spring & it took me a while to recover.  Then, I did get better, but felt like I got a late start on the season.  For some reason, I’ve been “struggling” a bit this summer.  I typically am not affected by the weather & prefer the warmer temps., but something has been “off” for me & I’m unsure what it is…  I did think that The 30 Clean was playing havoc on my running.  I couldn’t get my energy levels right, was lacking appropriate carbs. for my long runs & was also lacking electrolytes.  I did figure it out by the end of The Clean (and I’m ready for the 2nd 30 Clean).  When I was away last week, I had the greatest runs ever!  Although, the temps were cooler & I only ran short runs (between 4-6).  So, yesterday, when I set out to run between 14-16miles, I wasn’t feeling it to begin.  I fueled up with banana & almond butter & Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz (which I learned about during The 30 Clean).  I got 14 miles in yesterday, but walked some, as I couldn’t push myself to run the entire duration ( I walked 3.5 miles of the 14).  While this may not seem earth shaking to you, and it isn’t, it’s simply odd for me!  The question at this point is…..  DO I RUN THE BOA CHICAGO MARATHON this fall?  I have until September 8th to decide if I’m running this year or deferring my entry to 2015.  Regardless, I’m thrilled about my decision to be part of TeamDetermination this year!  It’s been fun for me to mentor others, as well as quite gratifying to raise money for such a great cause.  Actually, I’m almost at my fundraising goal.  If you’re interested in helping me get to the finish line of my fundraising goal, Here’s the link.  BTW, I have a cople more “goodies” to send out to you if you do donate & help me reach my goal….

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Part of the reason for this question is the fact that I can’t attend the expo this year.  You may think it’s not a big deal, but for me, I’s a huge deal.  I get all geared up at the expo with all the people, stuff & buzz in the year.  The kind folks who are in charge of the expo, assured me they’d mail my packet via U.S. Mail, but I LOVE the expo & can’t attend because of Sukkot this year.  I certainly wasn’t aware of this last year when I registered!  So, besides having a mediocre running season, I can’t attend the expo.  What to do, what to do….

What do you suggest I do about this year’s entry???????  Benji told me that if I didn’t run the entire 26.2 & didn’t get a good time, It would be a waste for me, as I’d be so disappointed in myself.  It sounds so trivial when I say it aloud, but he’s right.  I would be disappointed.  I have about 2 weeks until I make that decision.  HELP if you have any ideas about which way to steer me…

Thank you for your advice.

I’m off for a little run while my boys are quiet.  The quiet will all end tomorrow morning when our house is a buzz for the beginning fo school!  YIKES- They have no idea what it’s like to wake up at 6:30 to get ready for the school day!

Have a great day!

The Dukan Diet review & giveaway

I was approached a while ago to see if I was interested in checking out the Dukan Diet & a few of the products that go along with the diet.  Well, of course I said, YES.  I lvoe trying new things & this sounded very interesting to me.  I was not interested in the diet, per say, but found the recipes & the philosophy of the Dukan Diet interesting. I am a foodie & like eating.  I don’t do well when I’m limited, need to count morsels or calories, etc.  So, the premise in the diet does seem doable!

The Dukan Diet does not count calories, but rather encourages you to eat real foods, including lean proteins, vitamin and mineral rich vegetables, and oat bran. All this combined with drinking plenty of water and daily walking is your key to success. In the book you can find a break down of the four phases along with food lists, meal plans, and some delicious new recipes to help you stay on track to reach your goal weight. By following these four phases you are sure to lose weight fast and keep it off for life. This diet is made to redesign your former eating habits into something new and exciting and help you permanently stabilize your weight. For my information you could go online to www.dukandiet.com.

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While this all sounds amazing, for me, it always about making lifestyle changes, not simply quick changes that will never stick!   This is healthy eating where you eat “as much as you like” of 100 foods – no starvation and no frustration.*

100 Foods Allowed on the Dukan Diet

“You don’t lose weight when you’re hungry”
During his research, Pierre Dukan identified 100 allowed foods that contain the essential nutrients for our bodies that have tremendous benefits and are rich in protein, low in carbohydrates and fat. You can eat as much as you want from the Dukan Diet food list during the four phases of the Dukan Diet.

68 Pure Proteins: Starting on the Attack phase

Lean meat
Beef tenderloin, Filet mignon – Buffalo – Extra-lean ham – Extra-lean Kosher beef hot dogs – Lean center-cut pork chops – Lean slices of roast beef – Pork tenderloin, pork loin roast – Reduced-fat bacon, soy bacon- Steak: flank, sirloin, London broil– Veal chops – Veal scaloppini – Venison
Poultry
Chicken – Chicken liver – Cornish hen – Fat-free turkey and chicken sausages – Low fat deli slices of chicken or turkey – Ostrich steak – Quail – Turkey – Wild duck
Fish
Arctic char – Catfish – Cod – Flounder – Grouper – Haddock – Halibut and smoked halibut – Herring – Mackerel – Mahi Mahi – Monkfish – Orange roughy – Perch – Red snapper – Salmon or mmoked salmon – Sardines, fresh or canned in water – Sea bass – Shark – Sole – Surimi – Swordfish – Tilapia – Trout – Tuna, fresh or canned in water
Shellfish
Clams – Crab – Crawfish, crayfish – Lobster – Mussels – Octopus – Oysters – Scallops – Shrimp – Squid
Vegetarian Proteins
Seitan – Soy foods and veggie burgers – Tempeh – Tofu
Fat-free dairy products
Fat-free cottage cheese, Fat-free cream cheese, Fat-free milk, Fat-free plain Greek style yogurt, Fat-free ricotta, Fat-free sour cream
Eggs
Chicken – Quail – Duck

And Sugar-free gelatin

32 vegetables: starting from the Cruise phase

Artichoke – Asparagus – Bean sprouts – Beet – Broccoli – Brussels sprouts – Cabbage – Carrot – Cauliflower – Celery – Cucumber – Eggplant – Endive – Fennel – Green beans – Kale – Lettuce, arugula, radicchio – Mushrooms – Okra – Onions, leeks, shallots – Palm Hearts – Peppers – Pumpkin – Radishes – Rhubarb – Spaghetti squash – Squash – Spinach – Tomato – Turnip – Watercress – Zucchini

More foods allowed on the Dukan Diet:

SHIRATAKI : Unlimited starting from the Attack phase. The Konjac root from Asia (China and Japan) is satisfying, rich in fiber, stimulates intestinal transit and has virtually no calories. You can also find konjac in other forms, such as a powder or ‘flour’ and sometimes a gel. You can use any form for Dukan Cooking.

OLIVE OIL : starting from the Cruise phase. Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, polyphenols and vitamin E (an antioxidant) – all essential for health. Limited quantity: 1 tsp

GOJI BERRIES : starting from the Attack phase. Limited quantity: Pure Protein days: 1 Tbsp , Proteins and Vegetables days: 2 Tbsps.
Members of Dukan personalized weight loss coaching have exclusive access in the slimming apartment to:

The 100 allowed foods: all their properties, nutritional qualities and associated Dukan recipes.
Information on tolerated foods and foods that keep you feeling full.
Hundreds of Dukan recipes and food tips

There are loads of foods listed, so seriously you shoud never feel deprived or hungry.  I was sent The Dukan Diet Made Easy Book, along with Oat Bran Cookies & Chia Seeds.

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You know I’m a chia seed lover!  So, it was a no brainer that I wanted to try them.  As for the Oat Bran Cookies, well…  Benji likes them.  I’m not a huge fan.  They’re really sweet tasting to me.  I love the crunch, but they’re a little too sweet.  The book is straight forward, tells you how to follow the diet easily & has loads of tips to help you be successful on this journey.  I am/was not interested in following the diet, however do like some of the recipes in the book.  I like the high protein/low carb ratio it suggests.  I am simply not interested in following something so rigidly.  I’m always happy to learn about healthy, interesting, doable things & this is definitly one of them.

The fine folks at The Dukan Diet want to share the love with you as well.  If you’re interested in receiving your own products (the same that were sent to me), simply enter the rafflecopter below & I will choose 1 winner next week!

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It’s July & Salba Chia Seed giveaway time!

We’re midway through August & I forgot to post for the July Salba Chia giveaway!  So, I’m doing it now b/c there isn’t an August Salba Chia giveaway!  So, it worked out perfectly!  As you know, I’m a huge chia seed lover.  Benji now admits to liking his chia.  Well this month’s theme is “beauty” from the inside out.

Many of the foods we consume affect the quality of our hair and skin – from water to omega-3s to antioxidants. But if beauty is more than skin deep, why do we turn to face creams rather than whole foods for solutions? Shouldn’t we be working on beauty from the inside out?

Chia seeds are popping up in face creams and oils everywhere, but did you know that just eating 1 tablespoon of Salba Chia whole seeds every day can give your body more essential nutrients, like omega-3s (ALA) to keep your skin glowing and hair silky, as well as protecting your brain, heart and digestive health? Chia has come a long way from its sprouted head days and there are very good reasons to add this mighty whole food to everyday beauty regimens.

 

 Its July & Salba Chia Seed giveaway time!

So why Salba chia? There are many strains of chia, but Salba chia is the only registered variety and has the highest nutritional consistency, which means you pay less for better overall health than expensive oils and creams.

Reasons to eat Salba chia:
· Every 15g serving of Salba provides 800% more Omega-3s (ALA) than salmon (EPA/DHA) – perfect for combating dry skin!
· Each serving contains 5.1g of dietary fiber to support healthy digestion and curb appetite.
· Contains 30% more antioxidants than blueberries (based on ORAC scores), a natural way to maintain youthful, radiant skin.
· It’s easy! Sprinkle or mix into smoothies, salads, pudding or juice.

Time to step up your beauty routine! And it can be as easy as eating or drinking:

Salba Chia Better Beauty Smoothie
All the best ingredients to keep your hair strong and shiny, skin glowing, and brain powered!
Ingredients
· 2 cups raw almond milk
· 2 T. Salba chia seeds
· 1 ripe banana
· 5 strawberries, cut
· ½ cup blueberries
· ½ avocado, peeled & pitted
Directions
Blend together until smooth consistency; add ice cubes if desired.

I’m not the biggest fan of avacado in my smoothies, but this one is really tasty!

Salba Chia Exfoliator
Tiny chia seeds can act as a gentle and natural exfoliator when combined with coconut oil and lemon juice:
· Mix ½ cup coconut oil and 1 T. lemon juice with 2 T. Salba chia seeds.
· Gently wet your face with warm water and apply the chia exfoliating scrub to your skin. Let it set for 2 minutes, during which it should begin to form a gel.
· Remove the chia scrub with a wet washcloth and rinse your face with cool water when finished.

I will spare you the pictures from my exfoliator tryst.  But, I will tell you that my face felt GREAT when I was finished.  You should definitely try it!  It’s easy, quick & cheap!

 

Well, here’s your chance to win some more Salba Chia for yourself to try these recipes.

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REEF Review

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About 5 years ago a couple of my friends were talking about their Reef thong flip flops. At the time, I had no idea what in the world they were taling about & they were surprised that I never heard of Reefuntil then. So, I had to try out those magical Reef thong flip flops they were discussing.

 

Let me tell you, they are magical my friends. They are so cushiony & cozy.

I have always been a huge Birkenstock fan & in the summertime, wear them

most days. However, my Reef’s make it to the pool, are on my feet for walking

the dog & post “long runs”. They have the right amount of cushion in them to

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I have to admit that I was skeptical when I bought mine because typically flip

flops cost anywhere from $2-$5 at Old Navy or somewhere & I was used to

buying the cheapies & then getting new ones when they were worn. So, why

would I spend $20+ on Reef’s? Well, because often times, you get what you pay

for my friends. The Reef’s are so much better quality & so much better for your

feet (besides feeling wonderful), its’ so worth the extra few bucks to get a quality

pair of flip flops!Because I’ve had mine for a while & I am writing this sponsored

post, I decided to check out the Reef website, as I hadn’t been there in a while.

OMG, you have to check it out! They now have shoes, boots, leather sandles. It’s

no longer the simple Reef thong flip flops that we discussed all those years ago.

There’s a whole line of girl’s shoes to view.     2413 black hot pink blue l 248x300 REEF Review

 

Do you have any Reef’s?  I’m dfinitely going to check out the shoes.

I particularly like these:

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Do you have a favorite pair of thong flip flops to wear in the summer? OR anytime?

All opinions here are my own & real opinions.  I was compensated for my opinions for this post.

What kind of Warrior are you?

I was introduced to Warrior Training Bracelets back in April 2013.  I had entered a contest & won a bracelet of my choice.  At the time, I chose breathe, as that was my mantra at the time ( and I still use it often).  Here’s the link to that post: http://wp.me/p3tqaz-l1.  In the meantime, I gave it to Samantha that summer when she had her jaw surgery & was in pain & nervous.  She treasured it & wore it daily!  I absolutely adore the Warrior Training Bracelets. So, I contacted them and discovered they have a variety of new products!

Endorphin Warrior
“We make products with positive and powerful messaging to wear while running, cycling, working out, sweating, racing – or all day long – to help you train harder and live stronger”.

Here’s some more information about Endorphin Warrior:

At Endorphin Warrior, our aim is to help you train, perform and live with greater strength of body and mind. We make products with positive and powerful messaging to wear while running, cycling, working out, sweating, racing – or all day long – to help you stay strong-minded and focused…and help you train harder, improve performance, overcome challenges, achieve your goals and live stronger.

Our Products

All of our products are one-and-only, genuine-original Endorphin Warrior creations…each made exclusively for Endorphin Warrior and with quality in mind.

They asked me which product I wanted this time, as I gave mine to Sam.  I chose the “BELIEVE” bracelet this time.  It’s no secret that I’ve had a hard training season, so it was a no brainer for me to choose the BELIEVE bracelet.

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I absolutely adore it & wear it all the time.  It sits just under my UP band.   When I’m having a rough run, stressful day, it’s a reminder for me to just believe & it honestly does calm me.  I call it my “zen”.  I love it.

The kind folks at Endorphin Warrior want one of you to love a bracelet of your own too!  You can enter the rafflecopter below to try to get one of your own free.  However, they do have many other wonderful products as well.  You can check them out here.

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Vacation Vacation Vacation

HI All-

I’ve been away with my family & have a new sense of what a vacation is all about!  While, I still have a few days away from work, we’re now back home after being in Michigan & having a blast!  It was absolutely relaxing & everything vacation should be about!  It was definitely long overdo for this family!  I hope the feeling of “zen” stays with all of us for a while as we re-introduce ourselves to work/school shortly.  In the meantime, I’m simply going to leave you with a photo bomb of photos, while I get back into my regular posts.  I’ve been checking out lots of products & now need to share those with you.  So, I’m going to be posting those reviews/giveaways for you in the dsys to come.  However before I do that, I have to  tell you that I’ve been running daily!  I’ve been feeling GREAT!  I haven’t yet done a long run b/c I didn’t want to be away from the boys for too long while we were away, so I’ll go for a long run tomorrow!  But, wanted to let you know that my days of having not so good runs are hopefully gone & I’m thrilled!

Here are some pics from our trip last week!

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The day before we left, I prepped many “clean” foods to bring along!   The bags are filled snacks for the kids!

 

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The pool was just ours & was so so perfect for the kids!

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There might have been some ATV fun!

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This was my “zen”.  I enjoyed daily peaceful morning runs.  It was me, the birds (saw a lot of finches) & the fresh air!

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Little bit of golf…

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Some awesome tomatoes, cucumbers & basil for our salads.

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The last day we went to a water park.  While it was fun, everyone was spent by then!  It was a GREAT summer vacation.

Summertime happenings

I’ve taken off the past couple days to spend some time extra time with my boys. We’ve been doing lots of bike riding & simply enjoying summer. It’s so much fun now that the boys are a little older. They have so much more stamina & we can ride for longer stretches at a time! We all stopped for a treat! The boys wanted to go to Whole Foods to get a sandwich (T got grilled cheese & Stone got avacado, jalepeno, spinach, onion, cheddar sandwich) & I got an almond milk latte from Peet’s! We were all very happy when we took a little break from our riding excursion!

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I’m not much of a cross trainer in the summer, but as I’ve been struggling with running, riding a little has felt good on my legs. I ran 4 miles prior to our 9 mile + ride. We’ll see how I feel today, as I set out to run 6 or 7 miles before going to a water park (if it doesn’t rain).

 

I need to go back to work on Thursday, but we’ll be going away for a few days next week, so we’ll have more fun then!

  Summertime happenings

I think I figured why I simply don’t have enough fuel in my tank when running. It can’t be the way I’m eating because I’m getting lots of carbs to keep my body going. I’ve been enjoying lots of sweet potatoes & parsnip fries, along with almond butter (made my own) & bananas. So that’s enough carbs to fuel with the night before & morning before a long run. However, I believe I’ve been a little depleted of electrolytes! I haven’t been consuming any Cocogo or Nuun, which used to give me the electrolytes needed to keep me going. So, I took the advice of The 30 Clean team to put a little sea salt & lemon in my water. I’m still not sure that I’m getting enough, as I just haven’t been taking the time to juice the lemons throughout the day, but will continue to try to get some more in & hope that it will make a difference & give me a little reserve to keep my runs feeling strong. I’ll keep you posted.

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As far as The 30 Clean…

I can’t even tell you how great I’m feeling. I’ve definitely been struggling with my energy levels on & off. Mostly it was an issue in the beginning. However, I feel so much less bloated & am really loving all of the foods I’ve been consuming the past 3 weeks. I only have less than a week to go until the 30 days are up.

 Summertime happenings

What does that mean for my future? Well, I have to tell you that 3 complete meals / day with minimal snacking (1x/day) on long running days has been easier than I ever thought. I am truly not hungry! I’m eating the right foods & am satisfied. I do miss popcorn, and am sure I’ll have some shortly after it’s over.   However, I don’t miss embibing on sweets, which is MAJOR for me. I’ve taken my kids for ice cream & haven’t even been interested (not even a taste for me). Not sure how long that’ll last, but I truly don’t have an interest right now. I’m still struggling with the coffee thing. I don’t crave it, I don’t need it, but sometimes I just like it. I haven’t found a way to really enjoy it other than an almond latte from Peet’s (thanks to a fellow 30 Clean”er”). I had no idea Peets had almond milk = score! I did order some coconut butter, so I’ll give that a try to see if that’ll do the trick for me. The only thing that I’ve been struggling with is my protein intake! I try hard getting my protein without eating too many nuts or beans. Some days are good for me & others are difficult. I have had some fish, but not daily, and have been trying to be creative in finding ways to get enough protein. Eggs have been doing the trick on days I’m not eating beans or nuts). I am LOVING the 3 ingredient panacakes I’ve been making often: banana, almond meal & egg with a splash of cinnamon. They’re amazing!

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My family enjoys some of the meals I’ve been making & pass on some. I haven’t convinced Benji to jump on board. I do think he’d enjoy it if he did it, but haven’t convinced him (yet)!

 

Do you have any interest? There are so many great things I can tell you about it if you want to hear. Just let me know. I know it seems so overwhelming & hard, but it seriously is NOT! I think doing the vegetarian is much harder than the meat version, as I have loads more prep & creativity when meal planning. However, it’s worth it & seriously doable.

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Ok, I’m done with my soapbox! Better check on my boys, they’re somewhere in the arcade.   Gotta go see how many tickets they’ve gotten thus far.

 

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