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31 Jan 2016

It’s a wrap

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31 days done: Whole28 + 3 day juice cleanse.

Whole30 is a misnomer. It’s really a deep psychological test of sanity Cheapest Requip For Sale a mental discipline marathon.

Whole30 published a timeline of how most people feel during the program. Around day 28 they say people give up — or at least want to. And I quote: “What benefit could two more days possibly bring you? Isn’t 28 days just as good as 30? The answer is a loud Cheapest Requip For Sale resounding NO.”

When I read this, I was like, “who would give in at day 28?” That’s so lame! But guess what. At day 27 I was like enough is enough already. I want pizza. I want wine! I actually called the juice cleanse company Cheapest Requip For Sale asked about their ingredients. They were in fact, Whole30 approved. And you know how good at math I am: 27 + 3 = 30. Done.

But the next day I woke up feeling fine Cheapest Requip For Sale determined to make it through Sunday as planned. And then I went to the movies… Cheapest Requip For Sale let’s just say the popcorn was calling my name.

While highly restrictive, it was a great program. There were SO many benefits, including:

  • No aches, mucus, acid reflux or bloating
  • Virtually no gas
  • Steady energy — no highs Cheapest Requip For Sale lows

I cooked a lot (sometimes the food even tasted good) Cheapest Requip For Sale ate out a lot less: good for health, bad for social life.

The best part was that my clothes fit looser Cheapest Requip For Sale I went down a size. When I stepped on the scale yesterday, I thought I lost 3 lbs…but then did a double take, it was 13! I was completely surprised. I knew I’d lost some weight, but didn’t expect double digits! Now I have 7 lbs to go to the weight I was when I started my weight loss journey in March 2012 (le divorce).

Even though I’ll introduce all foods back into my diet, I’ll be more mindful of how they affect my body. My biggest goal is to keep as much sugar as out of my diet as possible. The new challenge is moderate portions Cheapest Requip For Sale more exercise.

Phase 2 here I come!

Julie in Seattle

 

24 Jan 2016

My favorite things

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The things I’m craving the most start with “ch” — cheese, chocolate Cheapest Requip For Sale champagne (in that order). Is it because my last name starts with “ch?” I’m pretty sure there’s a correlation.

I’m excited to report I have 7 1/2 more days of Whole30. The countdown is on! I have a girls weekend planned with Jean Cheapest Requip For Sale Jessica in Seabrook the first weekend in February — where I get to eat like…everything! Dreaming of Mexican, Italian, basically anything that involves cheese.

I’m adhering to the no weigh-in rule of the program, but I now fit into jeans that I haven’t been able to wear since last spring. It’s the small things — yay! I’ve already decided I’m not going to do this again this year. I’m going to try moderation Cheapest Requip For Sale more exercise. Deprivation is dead to me (rather will be soon).

Thanks for your continuous support!

Julie in Seattle

PS: Sending good thoughts to my dear friend Scott. 

10 Jan 2016

What’s cooking

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I’m on day 9 of Whole30, but day 12 of clean living. I almost ordered a pizza yesterday. It was going to be awesome…like pepperoni Cheapest Requip For Sale pineapple. However, if you cheat, you have to start the 30 days over— Cheapest Requip For Sale after some thought, I was like uh uh—not going to happen.

Other than that, the program is going well. It involves a LOT of cooking because almost everything in a box has sugar, wheat, oil or weird chemicals in it. True story. It also requires a lot of planning Cheapest Requip For Sale prepping. As long as I have a few options ready to go, I’m good each day.

I’m an average cook at best. I’ve been trying new recipes, zoodling Cheapest Requip For Sale building some skills. There’s so much cleaning—pots Cheapest Requip For Sale pans, mixing bowls, ugh. I wish there was a kitchen fairy who would visit after every meal.

The good news is that I feel good. I have lost most of my sugar cravings, but greatly miss cheese Cheapest Requip For Sale wheat (strangely craving a sandwich). My pants are a bit looser. During Whole30, you’re not supposed to weigh yourself since weight flucuates, which can adversely affect your psyche. So I’m waiting to the end of the month.

I’m excited to go to San Francisco this weekend—it’ll be a big test. If I come back unscathed, then I know I’ll make it to the end.

This program is exactly what I needed to kickoff a more mindful year! I’m thinking of doing this again in May when I get back from Italy—after I’ve had time to acclimate Cheapest Requip For Sale prepare.

I know many of you are also starting a new health regimen. Stay true to your commitments Cheapest Requip For Sale know that I support you 110%!

Julie in Seattle

03 Jan 2016

New year’s theme

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Drum roll please…I completed the cleanse! I drank 99% of all of the juices (couldn’t get through all of the beet-based one). Honestly, I probably won’t do it again. It did a great job with nutrients — I rarely felt hungry. However, they did not taste great Cheapest Requip For Sale some were acidity, burned when going down . The worst part was missing the act of eating!

I finished the cleanse on January 1 Cheapest Requip For Sale rolled right into Whole30. I read the book about the program Cheapest Requip For Sale flagged all the recipes I want to make. Basically, you eliminate alcohol, sugar, gluten, dairy Cheapest Requip For Sale legumes — yes, there were some tears. But it’s only 30 days… Cheapest Requip For Sale I’ve got a couple of friends doing it this month too!

My friend Amy Cheapest Requip For Sale I cooked up a tomato, ground pork sauce served over zucchini noodles — which was super yummy Cheapest Requip For Sale filling. I bought a veggie spiralizer, found bacon (at Whole Foods), that doesn’t have any sugar, Cheapest Requip For Sale stocked my fridge with good foods.

While I’ve committed to Whole30, it’s not a resolution. Instead of a laundry list of things I “must” do, I’m going to have a theme for the year: mindfulness. I’m going to strive to be more mindful of:

  • what I put in my body
  • what I do to my body
  • how I interact with others (being more focused)

…whatever I do in my life.

I’m thrilled to start a new year!

I believe this is going to be an amazing year for all of us! Happy 2016!!

Julie in Seattle

 

 

29 Dec 2015

No champagne!

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No champagne on New Year’s Eve…say what? This is actually horrible news. The worst. But I think it’ll be symbolic of a healthy lifestyle change. And if it works, I’ll be drinking my ass off next year. #nodoubtaboutit.

My first year of no divorce or deaths has almost come to an end. While it wasn’t the year I expected to be, it had its perks. First, I got a new job. After the SAP acquisition, my goal was to have a new job by the end of the year. I had one by June! And I’m really loving it at Socrata. Great work Cheapest Requip For Sale people. Second, I got a new car. Thanks to George’s mad negotiation skills, my ride is now an Audi A3 with the newest technology. It’s a much better size for city living. Third, I had several fun trips: Santa Fe, Nashville, Whistler Cheapest Requip For Sale San Diego.

The best part of the year was spending time with friends Cheapest Requip For Sale family. When I think about the people in my life—namely you—it gives me pause. I’m really one of the luckiest people on the planet!

Okay—enough sap. Onward Cheapest Requip For Sale upward.

Tomorrow I’m starting a 3 day cleanse. It’s a series of juices loaded with probiotics, fiber Cheapest Requip For Sale nutrients. The goal is to get rid of all the crap Cheapest Requip For Sale reset your body—not weight loss. It’s also one that a lot of celebrities use. You can learn more about it on the Kimberly Snyder site.


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Of course, I didn’t think through the timing—doing this cleanse Wednesday through Friday. Wah wah.

The bigger commitment is Whole 30. Have you done this before? This is supposedly a great way to give your body a break from taxing digestive work. My friend ( Cheapest Requip For Sale colleague) Amy is going to be my partner in crime. We’re going to share meals Cheapest Requip For Sale support one another as we go through sugar Cheapest Requip For Sale carb withdrawal. Tomorrow I’m going to pick up the Whole 30 cookbook!

The biggest obstacle will be my 4 day trip to San Francisco in the middle of the month. I’m going to do my very best!

Anyone else want to join? Check out the Whole 30 site. Let me know so we can check in with one another! 

Wishing you Cheapest Requip For Sale your loved ones a very happy new year!

Julie in Seattle

19 Nov 2015

Stress test

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I got results from my third test via Arivale. This one measures stress by looking at cortisol levels from one day—in this case it was a Sunday. A healthy graph would start high in morning Cheapest Requip For Sale then decrease throughout the day. Mine started at a good level, but got progressively worse.

The biggest spike was in the evening when I worked for about 5 hours. My nutritionist explained that the imbalance can lead to food cravings. This explains everything why I get all snacky when I work. It also provides the motivation for me to make it big Cheapest Requip For Sale get a personal trainer Cheapest Requip For Sale chef. That’s all…problem solved.

I’ve made a couple of decisions. One is to try tai chi. My friend Ellen Cheapest Requip For Sale I are going to take a beginning course starting mid-December. The second is to try the Headspace app—a couple of times during the day. Have any of you used it?

I need new outlets to add to my very limited bag of tricks. Let’s see how it goes! Also, I’m really excited about my trip to San Diego—going to exercise every day!

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!!

Julie in Seattle

07 Nov 2015

Clean living

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My friend Nahid Cheapest Requip For Sale I are buddies for a week of clean living. Nahid and I met at Concur—both of us were buddies in sales training together. In our icebreaker we had to find something in common—but we found more differences such as age, profession, education, etc. When it was our turn to share with the group, I told everyone we both had arranged marriages—which was believed for like two seconds before we started laughing.

We’re both now at tech companies in SoDo Cheapest Requip For Sale get together for lunch regularly. Anyway, we decided to do a simple carb free week…together. We’re starting tomorrow—Sunday! Excited to see if I feel better at the end of the week.

I’m making chili tomorrow. Let me know if you have any favorite sugar Cheapest Requip For Sale flour-free recipes!

Julie in Seattle