Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Ultimate Reset-21 days to NEW YOU

On May first I started a life changing, reorganization of my priorities, and nutrition.
Basically the program works like this:

Week one you stick to one meal with meat/dairy a day-the other meals are vegetarian/vegan.  Week two is no meat or dairy but grains, fruits, and veggies.  Week three it all fruits and veggies with optional grains.

The science behind a 21 day reset is this.  If you can remove food allergens from your diet (diary, eggs, meat) the histamines in your body will be minimal.  When the histamines in your body are not on RED ALERT, inflammation in your joints, muscles and gut is down. This means no bloat, no gas, no pain in your joints.  An added bonus to reduced histamines for me was NO SEASONAL ALLERGIES-during one of the worst allergy seasons.  I have quit taking allergy pills, I can eat apples, pears, and peaches without getting itchy throat, eyes, and ears.  This reset has completely changed the way I look at food.  I *thought* I ate well before.

Here is a picture in March just after the Shamrock shuffle:

Here is after week one, these jeans are a size 10:

Here is week two, I am wearing a medium shirt and medium shorts (I wore large on day 1):

This is the beginning of week 3:

This is last Friday, day 18:

Here are my results.  The before was taken on May 1 the after was taken yesterday morning. I lost 15lbs and 10.5 inches.  I didn't workout.  I did run on Saturdays, as I didn't want to give up my long run endurance.

May 1, 2012
  • Height 5'0
  • Weight-135 lbs
  • Neck-13"
  • Left Arm (bicep) 11.5"
  • Right Arm (bicep) 11.75"
  • Bust (over boobs) 34.75"
  • Bust (under boobs) 32.5"
  • Waist 30"
  • Hips 37.5"
  • Left High thigh (abductor) 19"
  • Right High thigh (abductor) 19.25"

May 22, 2012
  • Height 5'0
  • Weight-120 lbs
  • Neck-12.5"
  • Left Arm (bicep) 10.5"
  • Right Arm (bicep) 11.0"
  • Bust (over boobs) 33"
  • Bust (under boobs) 31"
  • Waist 28"
  • Hips 35.75"
  • Left High thigh (abductor) 19"
  • Right High thigh (abductor) 18"

Overall weight loss 15lbs
Inches lost 10.5"

If you are thinking of doing this, I highly recommend it.  It's 21 days, you can DO ANYTHING for 21 days.
You can order from me HERE.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

I am the mother of a babysitter!

Today was a special day here.  My oldest daughter, Meg, graduated today from babysitting academy.  She spent 3 out of 5 days of her spring break at the New Lenox Fire Dept. training in first aid, CPR, AED, and fire extinguishers.  Today she graduated with her Certified CPR/First Aid card.  I am so proud of her!

Here she is accepting her CPR/First Aid and diploma for Babysitting Academy.  She learned so much in those 3 days.  The NLFD brought in a librarian the first day to show the girls how to make crafts with simple items you find around the house.  The second day a safety officer from the NLPD came in to give the girls some tips on keeping their kids safe, and how to react in  stranger danger situation.  The graduates also learned how to properly use and AED and Fire extinguisher.

After the ceremony, the NLFD generously  provided cake, juice and coffee.  It was such a great event for the girls and their parents.  I am beaming with pride!  Great job Meg!!

Her graduation class 

Me and my baby girl ♥

I still can't believe my "little" girl is almost 4" taller than I am!  They grow so fast, days like these remind me to cherish them while they're young.  

Congratulations Meg!  I love you so much!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jake's first REAL race

My middle child, Jake, ran his first race two Thanksgiving's ago.  It was the kid's one miler at Pilcher Park for the Poultry Predictor 5k.  He did really well for being 7, coming in at about 11minutes.  Jake is a burst of energy and all boy.  He is dirt, bugs, cars, guns and mud 24/7.  It was no surprise that he wanted to come out and run with me and F'NRC.  His sister has been running with us for about 6 months, so I knew it was just a matter of time before Jake would get the competitive bug to race his very tall, very fast sister.

Here we all are, on our Wednesday night run.  I have another picture, but I can't find it. Jake is VERY confident, and thinks he can run faster than anyone, but when it came down to actually running, he was a bit big for his britches.

On May 19th Megan, Jake, and I are signed up for the PTO 5k. The kid can almost make it a mile without stopping, so we have about 10 more days to get him conditioned.  I know he will do fine, but his feelings might be a little hurt when his sister kicks his ass.  I'm just gonna let him think he's 10' tall and bullet proof for now.

Happy Thursday!



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The power of music

This morning is absolutely gorgeous.  Sunny, 60°, fresh and crisp.  One of those mornings you walk out side and take the deepest breath and are grateful to be alive.

I am sitting here finishing up a few small jobs, facebooking, and listening to my new favorite app, SPOTIFY. As I am sitting here listening to The Cranberries, Veruca Salt, The Breeders, Belly, and Juliana Hatfield.  Reminiscing my high school years.  I was such a emo/hippy chick.

My flowers are blooming and today is so gorgeous.  I thought I would share in my bliss.

Today is "Teacher Appreciation Day" at school, so I made my famous delicious guacamole for the teachers to fight over.  It's fabulous, just ask me.  I got to take Jake to school, which is rare.  He was excited to get to school today, because he checked out the new BONE book at the library...Bone 5, rock jaw or lock jaw...something like that.  Anyway, he found books he loves, so we go to the library anytime he asks.  The kid just is not much of a reader-so if he is asking for a book, I am on it!  Rory got her library card yesterday too, so it was a big day!  While we were at the library yesterday we took a walk across street to our beautiful town common area.  I snapped a few pics, because out village has down a phenomenal job making our town so pretty!

 Megan is reading a book to Rory.
 Jake Enjoying the pond.
 You think he is posing?
 Meg and Roar
Aren't my girls beautiful? 

Have a wonderful day!



Monday, May 7, 2012

Spider bite...EEP!

Friday night was a typical one, here at the homestead.  We had family movie night and watched a marathon of America's Funniest Home Videos, all night.  I went to bed early, as I had a long 9 mile run Saturday morning.  Set my alarm to wake up at 5:30, and hit the hay

I woke up Saturday morning, and my left eye was swollen shut!

I put an ice pack on it and went on my run, thinking I must have gotten bitten in the middle of the night.
Throughout the day my eye was itchy, but the swelling stayed down.  My husband moved my pillow and a Daring Jumping Spider started hopping toward him, so he did what any strong, courageous husband would do-he killed it.

And there's the ferocious, rat-bastard!  So I put it in a baggie and went about my day.

Sunday was gonna be a BIG day for me.  The Southwest Half Marathon was this Sunday and a shit-ton of my pals from the Rucking Funners-Frankfort/New Lenox run club were running.  I was planning on going out to Palos with my girl friends and cheering on our friends.  My alarm went off on Sunday at 5:30 and I looked like this: 
 HOLY SHIT, is right!!  I called my friends and said "leave without me, I look like I'm auditioning for Rocky VIII". I posted these pictures to FB and everyone was saying to get my swollen head to the doctor, NOW!! But my face didn't hurt (maybe to look at) but I felt fine!  I started to wonder if that little critter laid eggs in my eye and they were growing, so my fear got the best of me and I went to urgent care.  The Dr. confirmed my original thoughts (SUCK IT UP, PORKCHOP) and said keep putting ice on there, and take benedryl.  He also Rx'd a steroid dose pack to tell my body's histamines to "back off". But by 2pm I wasn't looking that much better. 

This morning I woke up at 5:25 without an alarm, feeling FAN-FREAKIN"-TASTIC!  I am currently on an ultimate body reset, eating foods that are whole and fresh, and I am on day 7 of 21.  I can't believe how wonderful I feel, and how fast my body is recovering from my 9 mile run.  This morning I felt like I could run a quick 10 miles, no problem.  Amazing what eating good food does for you body.  ANYWHO...that's another blog :)  This is the way I looked this morning.

Not 100%, but I will take it!  

Have you ever had to deal with something like this?  What did you do?

Have a fantastic week!!