Wrapping up the Whole30

28 Jan

Hey Squad,

Monday marks the end of the Whole30 challenge for me and challenging it was!

Here is what I experienced.

I cook more ( yes myself) and I plan ahead more.  I learned that you never want to be too far away for an approved food choice because temptation is everywhere.

My workout endurance shot thru the roof.  In the past it was very tough to stick to a strength training plan due to fatigue mid week.  I no longer have that.

My sleep is amazing.  I used to wake up in the middle of the night several times. That no longer happens.

Finally my mood has leveled off and I am not experiencing “the blues” as often. This makes sense since serotonin is produced in the gut. You can read all about it in the link I have provided.

What all this means for me is that I do not want to go back to the sleep deprived, fatigued person again.  I am going to stick with this meal plan although I will use a lot more plant protein. I will also add back in paleo (non whey) protein powders and the occasional gluten free breads.

I am ok with saying goodbye to chips. It will be tough to keep that up, but the benefits outweigh the crispy goodness.

Whole30 is something I would recommend if you have an inkling that something is holding you back from your optimal performance.  Its easy enough to stick to it for 30 days and you will know after 20 days what effects it has.  The only way to determine what was causing your symptoms would be to add back things one at a time.  I am not up for that because the detox process was way tough. ( que- Cranky phyllis)

I call this an overall NSV ( non scale victory) since I have not weighed myself.  Its really not about that since I have experienced so many overall benefits.  I feel lighter even if the scale doesn’t reflect that on Monday.

Happy to answer any questions of you have them.

Cheerfully yours,





Vacation reboot

29 Jul

I am happy to be back from vacation! I know that sounds strange but it was such a wonderful time and so relaxing and full of love,sun and hugs that I am happy to be back!
It’s time to debut the re booted self! I made the mistake of taking too long between breaks and won’t be making that one again.
So if you guys see or hear my ends start to unravel please leave a comment on the blog and I will start making plans.
I decided to give my blog a sharper focus and I will be blogging more on the benefits of an active lifestyle. I am so passionate about getting people, especially women moving and I want to bring my readers more information.



Changing it up

12 Feb

I am sticking to my workout plan for the Nike Wonen’s Half marathon as much as possible, but the weather is not allowing me any outside running.

My cold weather gear is becoming my comfy clothes and I am really concerned about that.  I have to really push myself to get out there this weekend.  I will give myself a pass  for last weekend due to the blizzard on Saturday and the roads being awful on Sunday. But this weekend, I have to make it happen.

My new favorite fuel is komubucha.  I know alot of vegan swear by it and I tried it over a year ago and could not drink it.  Now I love it.  I discovered this new flavor.

Cranberry chia kombucha.  It has all the goodness of chia seeds and the taste of cranberry. I love it.

If you are new to kombucha, I suggest you start with Gingerade.  Its a nice introductory flavor .  Kombucha has all kinds of live probiotics and it so good for you.  They sell it at Whole Foods and most convenience stores too.  You will love it!


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Green Smoothie- Winterized and training schedule for the week

10 Feb

The one good thing about staying in the house, because of a blizzard, you have the chance to make that soup recipe you have been dying to try.

I am happy to announce that my Green Smoothie now has a warm yummy version.  Green Soup and it is delicious.

It is not as easy to make as the green smoothie thats for sure, but you can make a whole batch and have it for many lunches and dinners.

Here is the link to the site, Morgans Green Soup. There is Kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and coconut milk in there!

I also thought it would be fun to make some protein pancakes this morning.  I haven’t had a lot of success with these in the past, but today I had a much better result using , Vanilla Almondilla.  It was awesome how well they turned out.  I had them with almond butter and raspberry jam.

What is great about this post is that I have struggled with lack of appetite for almost two years.  To be excited about making food again and the way food tastes is pretty much a breakthrough for me.

Training schedule for the week:

Monday- Run

Tues- Yoga @ Equinox

Wed- Cross train with team in training

Thurs- Run@ Equinox

Fri- rest

Sat- Run with team in training

Sun- cross train class

By the way, there will be planking going on at my desk daily.  Drop by if you have a 1:50 to spend with me.