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Day 17

Holy crap. Only four, quatro, uno less than five, the fantastic four days left!!! This is how I feel, not too many quick movements, but close enough to get excited!

Tonight for dinner I had steak fajitas with peppers and onions, totally hit the spot.  But that sour cream was bullying me to take some, I have to shamefully say, I declined! You were worried, ya me too. Being this far into what seems like a giant commitment feels like quite the feat.  Every time someone says they can’t do it I want to shaken-baby-syndrome them and say YES YOU CAN.  If my french fry eating, cheese dip loving, diet coke drinking butt can do it, so can anyone.  21 Days out of a lifetime, pssh that’s nothing.

On a unrelated topic, I’m liking this whole blogging thing. Wouldn’t it be awesome to get paid to do this?  I love writing with a personal flair.  It’s nice to have something to look forward to, knowing there’s a place for my utterly charming and awe inspiring chains of thoughts that make the masses flock to me and praise my skills.  Oh a girl can dream!

I will admit to writer’s block, well not really writers block, but monotony in my food choices and just going to work everyday leaves me with fewer and fewer anecdotes. I try to talk about my past experiences and current thoughts, which at this point are in rotation.  I think about the food I’m going to eat after the detox (cookies), the food I have to continue to eat on the detox, the success of staying on the detox, and my boyfrannn.  This weekend will be my first weekend going out to eat as I’m going out of town to see my man. You’ll hear all about it, don’t worry.

It’s almost Friday!

On to day 18.

– Megan

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Day 16

I’ve been thinking a lot about post-detox eating.  As you can guess, cookies are on the menu, but besides the cravings I wonder how it will be.  I’ve been warned that eating carbs again will make me bloat like none other!  I’m not totally worried that it will be that bad, I assume it would be water weight.  After a few days of eating right but including carbs I could get back to where I’m losing again.  I’m actually interested to know how the first indulgence will go.  Will I think even my favorite cookies are too sweet?  Will I only want to eat one? (Doubtful) Will I not be able to eat as much carby food at first?  I am very excited for carbs but I need to tread lightly at first.  Then I can dive-in.

Don’t get me wrong though, I DO NOT plan on falling off the wagon completely.  I will have my treats and social non-dieting weekends, enjoy everything.  Then every other day of the week I will check my carbs, check my calories, and make sure that I’m still losing at a slow and steady pace.  I have a long way to go and I will get there.  The sugar detox is a nice booster and I will take a lot that I learned with me. But it’s not sustainable for a long period of time, at least for me.  I will try my best to eat low carb any day I’m not in a social situation or celebrating little wins. I really believe in the calories in versus calories out and that’s what I’m going to stick to!

On to day 17.

– Megan

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Day 15

Today’s recipe has been mentioned before!  Jaime gave me the recipe for cabbage and bacon with chicken.  You cook the bacon, add the chicken, throw in some onion and garlic, then a head of cabbage gets cooked down with that mixture!  It gets all gooey and carmelly and totally scrumptious.  Super easy to make. I actually thought it was really sweet!  Make it.

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One benefit of this detox is that I am sleeping a lot deeper.  I rarely have super vivid dreams, but in the past two weeks I’ve been having them regularly.  Oddly enough they have been about the detox!  Last week I dreamt that I ate an Oreo but half way through chewing I just spit it out.  I was freaking out it had sugar in it! Literally this gif.

Last nights dream was that I drank a giant diet coke, huge no no! Then because of that I had a bite of popcorn, then another handful, then I ate ALL the popcorn.  I’ve told you I love my movie popcorn, I told you I have cravings!! But after I ate all that everyone was coming down on me about how I have to start over and I ruined it! It was so upsetting.  For half a second I thought I ruined all my progress!

If I haven’t already admitted enough, even my dreams are having cravings.  Also I hope you love .gifs as much as I do because I have found the mother load.

I am going to battle these cravings and hope I don’t wake up thinking: 

On to day 16.

– Megan

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Day 13

You know when you taste something that a friend made and it’s amazing, “Oh my gosh, gimme that recipe, how’d you make this? I want to make this asap.” Well that doesn’t always work!!!! I got to try some of the Grain-Free Banola a friend made that is doing the 21DSD, she made it from the book.  Banola is a granola tasting mix that is made out of assorted nuts instead.  Jaime and I loved it and wanted to make a big batch.  Well this morning that task went south quickly.  I had enough nuts to make probably at least a triple batch, well I guess I underestimated because it did not turn out like Beth’s did.  It’s only semi-crunchy and not nearly as sweet as hers was.  The main reason is all my fault, which really really grinds my gears.  I should have just stuck with the recipe for the first time to see how it went, but NOOO I had to try and make it all at once.  It’s not terrible if you like nuts, but they didn’t get that really good roasted smell and crunch as they should.  Long story short, I don’t wanna talk about it and my work better enjoy this giant bowl of less than mediocre roasted nuts I’m bringing tomorrow.

ps. I’m bitter.

On a happier note I got to go to the Big Ten Basketball Championship game today!  It was Michigan State versus Michigan. It’s a huge rivalry game and the first time in the history of the Big Ten tourney that they’ve played each other in the final.  My team was victorious, MSU.  Go Green! I was happy, but my dad was wearing maize and blue.  My family is a house divided as some of my family went to both schools. It was super fun, BUT I wasn’t able to have a beer.  My dad was proud of my determination so it was nice to at least have support.  I can say that I’m very glad it’s only 21 days.  I have to think of the big picture and how short that really is, before I know it I’ll be able to partake in cocktails and beer.  That seems to be the theme of the weekend, avoid the alcohol.  It’s definitely easier to dismiss booze than food, so it wasn’t hard to say no, but I wanted to say yes for the fun it brings! Soon but just not yet!

This next week is the last full week of the detox! That’s pretty exciting.

On to day 14.

– Megan

 

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Day 12

The further into the detox the easier it gets but at the same time harder.  I’m used to making the recipes, and I’m starting to find what I like to make and how to improvise. But the cravings haven’t really gone away, they’ve just gotten easier to ignore.  I have done my best to avoid any situation where I feel tempted but that is a lot harder that it seems.  There is food, sights, smells and sounds everywhere.  I went to the movies last night which is one of my favorite places, I love going to the movies.  As you can guess my next thought, POPCORN. I love movie theater popcorn with that amazingly bad-for-you butter. I worked at a movie theater for years, that’s how much I love going to the movies!  Anyway, smelling the fresh popped popcorn, seeing the golden shimmer of the butter on a passerby’s bucket, and then sitting in the theater and hearing the shake of a candy box.  Good gosh that was hard.  I could taste the Reese Pieces. But I had to remember that I brought a water.

I wasn’t hungry just jealous.

Tonight Jaime and I made the asian meatballs again which were just at delicious.  I forgot to mention last time that I made coleslaw with the Avo-Godess dressing from the 21DSD book!  It’s avocado, coconut milk, lime juice, and garlic, so simple yet so perfectly complimentary.  I served the meatballs on top of this,  a bite with both is a flavor combo you can’t help but want another bite of! Overall good detox day besides a headache early in the day that may or may not have been detox induced.  I hope everyone is having a fab weekend.

On to day 13.

– Megan

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Day 10

Guess what?? Half way there, half way there!!

Today was a great day in the detox world for all! Jaime brought the wing-sauce beef  for me (such a nice laadyy) and I put some avocado on top, mm mmm good.  Then my in-home part-time chef named Mom, got ambitious and made a recipe from the 21DSD book!  She made the Asian- Style Meatballs.  They are ground pork, coconut aminos, green onions, and other staples like ginger and garlic.   I would eat these all the time, they were so moist and gloriously glazed with the on-the-verge-of-burnt crust on the outside. In the words of Kanye Zest, “Yo, curry, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but these meatballs had one of the best detox recipes of all time.” (I had to and you’re welcome)

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And now, I know what you’re really here for, to find out how the weigh-in went this morning. Drum roll please…I’m down EIGHT pounds in 10 days!! The success is what is keeping me focused.  I am so ecstatic to see the numbers on the scale move consistently.  I know that once I’m off the detox I will have to be a lot more conscious about the sugars in my foods.  I know this is only anecdotal, and who knows exactly how this will work for others, but I think deleting sugar for 21 days would help anyone.  I can’t wait to see what the next week holds or better yet, get’s rid of.  I can finally tell I’m losing weight in this really long process!  Today I am doing a very happy dance!!

On to day 11.

– Megan

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Day 9

Happy hump day! I am very anxious for tomorrow’s weigh-in and to find out what the scale says after 10 days on the detox! As for today’s excitement, it was all about gadgets.  Shelley Myers from Simplee Wellness is running a program at my work for the detox and teaching us about all things sugarless and healthy!  She has definitely inspired this blog, if it weren’t for her enthusiasm about the pitching the detox I’m not sure I wold be as gung-ho about it!  Thanks Shelley!  Go look at her site and see what she’s all about.

Anywhoo, today she brought in both her juicer and her ninja blender. She told us all about the benefits of juicing versus blending.  In the juicing process you lose the fiber but keep the good stuff, blending is going to be naturally more chunky.  I think it’s all a preference!  We made two different interesting beverages as you’ll see in my neat photo collage below! The orange one is carrot, celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, and cayenne pepper, eeek.  This one was made solely in the juicer.  It was very reminiscent of a bloody mary without the tomato.  It wasn’t as bad as I expected to be honest.  I liked the cayenne but a few people thought it was overwhelming.  I’d sip on that with some vodka on a Sunday morning!

Now the green one was quite the hodgepodge of detox friendly-ish ingredients. Chia and flax seeds, spinach, mint, banana, almond milk, nut butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, apple ginger juice from the juicer, and a splash of apple cider for *gasp* sweetness. A group of us all shared this so it was perfectly refreshing in a small dose, but I think it would be a questionable blend if you were to make and drink an entire glass by yourself.  Nonetheless, I liked this one a lot more than I like the first one! I actually like the chunks as long as you know what they are. I don’t know that I would spend the money on a juicer right now but when I’m old and rich and have lots of storage I think I would definitely invest in one! As for that blender she has, cool beans yo.  We have a ninja food processor thingamajig, but that blender was pretty sweet! I digress about gadgets.

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Side note, I had a left over bacon burger for dinner and put a dippy egg right on top with avocado. It was delicious but I sure had wandering eyes for my parents alfredo chicken flatbread pizzas! And then subsequent dessert pizzas!! But if you ask me, cravings, no cravings, just intense wants, wishes, desires, and hankerings. I’m really working on killing those cravings, which would be a lot easier if they’d stop showing those floating Three Musketeers ads or take down the Taco Bell breakfast-coming-soon billboards.  I have come to the conclusion that I know I’m never going to stop wanting these types of foods, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have the will power to make it 3 weeks without them.  It’s only when you can’t have things that you actually want them.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I had a Three Musketeer yet I’m having dreams about them. What is that about?? I will get past this, I like thinking about the celebratory sugary carby cheesy foods I will have after this is over, but know that I will go back to eating healthy the best I can.  It’s a long trek that I can’t do without the occasional gordita or chicken nugs. My favorite advice that Diane gave during her Skype session was not to bring the cravings into the house.  It’s easier to buy healthy at the grocery store than to order broccoli over french fries, at least for me.

I’m rambling.

On to day 10.

-Megan

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Detox Eve

So it’s the night before I start The 21 Day Sugar Detox by Diane Sanfilippo. I’m a bit overzealous so I am doing the hardest level of the 3 choices, I will take out all gluten, grains, and dairy.  The easiest way to describe it, a paleo low carb, no sweeteners at all, detox. I want to document how it’s going and how I’m feeling and what I like and dislike!  My main goal is to lose weight, I’ve been on a journey to drop some poundage since October of 2013 and want to keep on keeping on.  I don’t want to put a number goal on how much weight I want to lose, but I can’t lie I want to lose 15lbs or more (I have a lot to lose).  I have a lot of expectations for the next 3 weeks. It’s going to be difficult, but I believe in myself and I have a great support system to rely on.  I will go more into my story in a later post.  This is my first blog, and I plan to do it daily.

 

Now let me just finish this cannoli and handful of chocolate chips to top off the carb-o-load of a long weekend I had. Wish me luck on day one.

-Megan

 

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