Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Advocare Cleanse Days 1-3






First I just want to say that I am not an Advocare distributor (nor did I even purchase from one .. Amazon baby! :p). I don’t know everything about the products or the cleanse, but I’ve been asked what I’ve been eating thus far. I’m the type of person that doesn’t mind having repeat meals (the same thing for dinner two days in a row, etc).






Here is my grocery list. This of course will not last me the whole time and I will be making another trip in a couple days.
*chicken breast tenderloins

*lean ground turkey
*red peppers
*green peppers
*onion
*eggs
*egg whites
*spinach
*mixed greens lettuce
*sugar snap peas
*kiwi
*apple slices
*bananas
*frozen peaches
*frozen blueberries
*cucumbers
*old fashioned oats
*unsweetened almond milk
*Mrs. Dash lemon pepper seasoning
*salsa
*Walden Farms no calorie Chipotle Ranch
*asparagus
*Jif-To-Go Natural Peanut Butter Cups
*brown rice
*low fat low sodium chicken broth
*Blue Diamond natural almonds
*various other frozen veggies … I like the Pictsweet steamables (makes it easier!)
*lots of various sized storage containers






Now Day 1 recommends that you only eat fruits & veggies .. I guess to jumpstart your system. I started on Sunday which was the day after the wine festival. I normally don’t eat a lot after drinking so I know I was under my calorie goal for the day (I am for 1200 a day). So you probably want to add some stuff to what I had :)

*Breakfast-fresh fruit mix
*AM snack-handful of almonds
*Lunch-Pictsweet mixed frozen vegetable blend and a kiwi
*PM snack- sugar snap peas
*Dinner- a 2 egg omlette with peppers & onions. Apple slices w/ a natural PB cup

After dinner on Sunday I decided to do some meal prepping for the week. I chopped up the peppers and onion and put them into some storage containers. I peeled and sliced a few cucumbers and divided them into containers (put vinegar in the one I would be eating the following day to soak for flavor), and baked chicken.

~CHICKEN: I poured chicken broth into the bottom of a pan .. just enough to cover the bottom so the chicken won’t get dry. Then I placed all the tenderloins from my pack into the dish and sprinkled generously with Mrs. Dash lemon pepper seasoning. Cooked at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes. I did take it out halfway through and turned them over so and sprinkled the backs with some more seasoning so that both sides would also get cooked in the broth.

~Blueberry Overnight Oats:
*1/2 cup old fashioned oats (uncooked)
*1 cup unsweetened almond milk
*dash of cinnamon
*drop of vanilla flavoring
*sprinkling of no calorie sweetener of choice (I used Splenda but I think it’s recommended to use something natural like Truvia)
*1/4 cup blueberries (mine were frozen so I defrosted in the microwave first)
Mix all together and place in fridge. Should soak for at least 10 hours. In the morning I also sliced up half a banana and mixed in. Leave it sitting at room temp for a little while to knock the chill out before eating. Just like cereal! (I just take mine with me to work and it’s good by the time I get there!)

I put some spinach & mixed greens into two containers and topped with 2 strips of chicken each for my lunch for the next 2 days. Put the rest of the chicken in a container to use for dinners.

Day 2
*Breakfast-Overnight Oats w/ blueberries & banana
*AM Snack- sliced cucumber with vinegar
*Lunch- Chicken salad with Chipotle Ranch dressing
*PM Snack- 8 apple slices with a JIF to go Natural PB cup
*Dinner- Lemon Pepper chicken with sauteed peppers & onions. (Just sprayed the pan with PAM and sauteed the peppers & onions [plus a couple jalapeno slices] and then added the chicken to warm it back up). Also had some Pictsweet Steamable Asparagus (approx half the bag & saved rest for tomorrow). After it steamed in the microwave I put some spray butter on it and sprinkled with spices. I also added a little Sriracha sauce. (I’m addicted).
*Bedtime snack- ¾ cup frozen peaches with splenda & cinnamon nuked in the microwave  [tastes like Peach Cobbler! yum]

I entered all of Day 2’s foods into MFP (along with my morning Advocare Fiber drink and Spark) and it came to around 1200 which is what I aim for - yay! *Note* 1200 is just my goal, you may need more. I hear 1400 is a common average.

Day 3
I ate the exact same thing as I did on Day 2 with the exception of adding peaches to my overnight oats.

I’m off work on Wednesdays so tomorrow I will cook something with the ground turkey to eat on for a couple days. I’m thinking maybe some turkey meatloaf muffins. Yum!

I’m not going to tell you the progress that I’ve made so far - gotta wait til after the 10 days! But I will say that I have stepped on the scale am very pleased thus far. I know it’s only been 3 days but I feel really good. My tummy is flatt Not craving bad junk foods. My mom even brought over a chocolate pie on Sunday and I didn’t eat a single crumb! I feel very satisfied between the meals and snacks. In the mornings I’ve been mixing the Fiber Drink (which is very gross and thick) with my Mango Strawberry Spark packet. It makes it much more bearable. I recommend chugging it as fast as you can while holding your nose and over the sink. All you have to do is get down 8 ounces. It’s gross but doable and totally worth it. I also have another Spark with my afternoon snack. I drink over 100 oz of water a day.

Day 1 they recommend not working out. Day 2 & 3 I did Jillian Michaels RI30 after dinner. Eek. She’s tough!



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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Wine Festival & Vomit (not mine) & starting the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse

Lots of cute things like this..


Yesterday was the Danville Wine Festival and I had a blast! I went their the first time in 2009 with a friend and there we made a vow to "always go together until we die!!" [yeah that was after tasting every vendor]. So Kathy and I went again this year and Lee (aka nerdy hubs) was nice enough to be our DD. He dropped me off and went to browse some sporting stores and then to the theater to watch a movie all by his lonesome before picking us back up four hours later.
Licking the Cheez Wiz off .. so classy!
One of my favorite wineries, Peaks of Otter, was there. They have lots of sweet fruit wines which are my fave. Then if you're "brave enough" you can Kiss the Devil and get a sticker. It's a very spicy wine that is supposed to be used for cooking only but they give it to you to take like a shot. And it BURNS. You get some Cheez Wiz on your hand to lick and keep it classy. My favorite wines from there were the Strawberry Shortcake and Sweetheart. Sadly, they were all sold out of the bottles to buy before I went back to get some :( Lesson learned - next time as you go and have them write your name on it and put it to the side for later pickup!











Another great vendor there was Horton's Vineyards. They also have a ton of fruity wines. The Niagara is their most popular and it was a good, light summer wine.  My favorite was a new wine they had for this year called Freedom (I don't see it on their website hmm). It was very tropical - apples, pears and mangos. Thankfully I was smart and bought a bottle right after trying it because I went back before leaving and was going to buy some more and they were sold out! Horton's also had a really good dessert wine called Blanco Xoxo (white wine with chocolate essence) and it seriously tasted like a Tootsie Roll. I wouldn't be able to drink much of it but it was very good. They said you can use it as a topping as well on fruits or ice cream. Yum!

Kathy & I 

We made some new friends!
 After the festival we went and picked up our kiddos and headed home. Luckily they were worn out from playing at Mimi's so wild man Collin fell asleep around 8 and wine makes me sleepy so I went to bed shortly after. Collin is going through a phase where he wakes up in the middle of the night to get in bed with mama. So around 12 he came and got in the bed with me. We snuggled for a bit and then I moved him over to his daddy's pillow. Thank goodness I did because not 10 minutes later he threw up everywhere! Ugh so gross. So after putting him in the bath and all my sheets in the washing machine, we stayed up most of the night watching cartoons until he would start gagging and then I held out a towel so he could puke in my hands. Yep. You read that right. So disgusting, right? He's not even two yet so I can't expect him to make it to the toliet so in order to save my carpet or try to direct it into a trash can, it was much easier to just lay beside him holding a towel and just wait. Never in my life would I think I would do that. Oh, the joys of being a mommy. What broke my heart was after throwing up one time and me wiping his mouth off he said "Thank You Mama". OMG how sweet is that?! Thankfully poor baby is feeling better today.

So after that eventful day, today is my first day doing the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse. Yes, I planned it strategically around the wine festival, can you blame me? I'm super excited about it after reading all the good reviews from my favorite bloggers. Mama Laughlin and SkinnyMeg did this back in March with great results, as well as several others. Supposedly you can lose up to 10lbs in the 10 days as well as inches. My goal is 6 lbs. I've also bought the Spark energy drink in Mango Strawberry. It's the end of the first day and so far I feel motivated! During the cleanse you have to eat clean. That means no processed foods & sugars, no dairy and no bread. I went to the store today and stocked up! I've spent most of the night prepping my meals for work lunches this week. Stay tuned for what I'm eating and my results!!
Never have I ever bought that much healthy food in one trip! No chocolate or chips! Eek!

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xox
Casi

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Frustration and St. Joseph



frus·tra·tion  
/frəˈstrāSHən/


Noun
  1. The feeling of being upset or annoyed, esp. because of inability to change or achieve something.
  2. An event or circumstance that causes one to have such a feeling.
Synonyms
disappointment - defeat


I think it's a pretty normal feeling. I'm feeling very frustrated lately because our house is not selling. In the 36 days that it has been on the market it has only been viewed once. Once. I realize that a little over a month isn't a long time and most houses don't sell in that amount of time but give me a break! Someone come look at it! Nerdy Husband and I are both currently commuting one hour each way to & from work. I'm really just ready to be outta here! Understandable, right? My ultimate goal is to be moved by the end of August so that Cailey can start 3rd grade at her new school.


The day the real estate agent put the For Sale sign in our yard we also buried our St. Joseph statue. You can buy one here if interested. Supposedly he will help you sell your home. You bury him upside down but facing the house next to the For Sale sign and then pray the little prayer and BOOM your house should sell. After the house sells you dig him back up and place him in a "place of honor" in the new house. I must be really gullible because I just knew that we were going to have an offer within two weeks. I mean, it has good reviews on Amazon. You know how much I freaking love Amazon? And base all of my purchases on those customer reviews? Sigh. Maybe I should go dig him up and repeat the prayer. Start all over. Or maybe 36 days just isn't enough time...

There are many ways to deal with frustration. Yell, cry, give up, change direction, whine or my personal favorite, wine. This Saturday is the annual wine festival in a nearby town. I plan on going and having a marvelous time with some great people and some very delicious sweet wine. Of course I will try them all, just for you guys, and report back with my top choices to temporarily end frustration!



And what's a post without some personal pics so here is Wild Man yesterday, dressed like a playa and having fun running around outside. Until Mommy said he had to come inside (last pic). :( And my little diva.




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Casi

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Testing.. Testing .. Is this thing on?

So, I've decided to jump on the blogging bandwagon! For months & months I've been a blog stalker so to speak. Following all of my favorite blogs, reading them religiously and sometimes commenting. Now I'd like to enter that world.

Hi! I'm Casi and I lead a pretty boring life. Mom to 2 gorgeous kids, wife of a nerd. hehe. It's okay, he knows he is a nerd .. I'm a nerd too. I work full time and after starting a job at a new location last September I now have the privilege to be off every Wednesday - and let me tell you, that is awesome! Work two days, off a day, work two days, off two days .. it's the perfect balance. I'm a sonographer (or as you might call it, ultrasound tech) so I'm the girl that gets to check your baby out and make sure everything is growing as it should and tell you the gender. It's pretty awesome most of the time. But then you have the sad cases that are horrible and stick with you forever. It is my dream job and I love it. I'm not very crafty (who's got time for that shit?) and I'll never claim to be a cook, but sometimes I like to try. ;) I am an avid reader. A lover of chocolate. Sweet, fruity red wines are my favorite. And I will admit that I am online shopping addict. It's just so convenient! I know the UPS man gets tired of coming to my house 2-3 times a week... maybe I should bake him some cookies? Nah. 

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That'd be me.


My husband Lee & I got married in Vegas!

My beautiful 8 year old daughter Cailey.


Wild Man Collin will be 2 in June. Blonde hair, blue eyes .. nothing like his mama! ...or his daddy.. ummm... :-p


xox
Casi










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