14 September 2014

3 Day Refresh Results

I did the 3 Day Refresh September 12-14, 2014.  I had heard so many people getting great results, losing on average 3-5 lbs and having less cravings.  I figured I had never done a cleanse before so it would probably be good for me and I could use less cravings!  

All of the food was pretty tasty.  Maybe because I didn't get a lot of it, only 900 calories per day.  I wasn't hungry, but I did feel weak and didn't have a lot of energy, especially by day three.  I just craved eggs and it was good to not be able to eat little things like bites of my kids' mac & cheese.  It was a bad habit I had gotten into. 

I had fun getting creative with my meals:

Here's my meals for Day 1:
  • Breakfast - chocolate vegan Shakeology with berries and water
  • Lunch - Vanilla Fresh protein shake w/ cinnamon & lots of ice (actually pretty good), 1/2 apple with almond butter, green beans w/ Himalayan salt & herbs
  • Dinner - Vanilla Fresh protein shake with Coconut Steamed veggies - recipe comes in booklet

Meals for Day 2: 
  • Breakfast: Tropical Strawberry Shakeology w/ basil, water, and ice, 1/2 grapefruit with stevia and cinnamon
  • Lunch: Vanilla Fresh protein shake with pumpkin spice and vanilla extract, strawberries, and grape tomato, cucumber, and avocado salad with apple cider vinegar, basil, and Himalayan salt.
  • Dinner: Vanilla Fresh protein shake with pumpkin pie spice and lemon green beans (in the recipe booklet)

Meals for Day 3: 

  • Breakfast: Tropical Strawberry Shakeology w/ basil, water, and ice, 1/2 grapefruit with stevia and cinnamon
  • Lunch: strawberries and sauteed mushrooms and grape tomatoes with Himalayan salt, basil, and avocado
  • Snack: 1 stalk of celery with almond butter and grape tomatoes with basil and Himalayan salt
  • Dinner: Cucumber and tomato salad (recipe found in booklet)

I'm not going to lie, I was a little disappointed when I checked the scale three days later and I only lost one pound.  I suppose it's because I had just lost about as much as I'm going to and my calorie intake is relatively low already.  I did lose 2 inches off my waist and I was able to fit into a skirt I couldn't wear just the week before.  You can definitely see a difference in my side profile in my before and afters below.  My cravings diminished and I felt a sense of accomplishment really controlling my nutrition like that.

29 August 2014

Morning at the Park

We met up with some friends from church at the park and had lots of fun.  I can't get enough of these two.  Wyatt is so much more daring than his big brother was. He wants to climb all over and go down the slide and I have to coax Quentin to go down the same slide.  Quentin's cautious nature has been nice in that he never runs off.

26 August 2014

PiYo Challenge

After eight weeks I have finally finished my PiYo challenge on August 23.  I have totally revamped my eating and started working out at 6:00 AM every morning.  I didn't do more than one PiYo workout a day although I did buy a couple of groupons before I started this challenge so I had to do live PiYo workouts once a week and I did start doing occasional yoga and barre classes.  

I have loved working out from home, which I really didn't think I would.  I had been going to a zumba class at church which was fun, but really time consuming because I had to go at 9:30 AM and so I couldn't really do anything before hand and by the time I was done it was lunch time.  Now I'm done working out by about 7:00 AM and I can move on with my day.

I'm also much stronger than I was before.  It really works you, especially your arms and core and pretty much everywhere.  I'm not going to lie though I don't think I'll be doing PiYo for awhile.  I need a break after doing it for so long :) I have to have variety!

I was able to lose 7 lbs and 8 total inches! I didn't think I would lose any since I was already at my pre-pregnancy weight :)  I have been thinking about becoming a coach for a little while and I finally decided to do it on August 14.  I have an awesome coach and I'm learning a TON!  I really liked the idea of all the personal development. I've watched a lot of videos of these top coaches talking about being a coach and they are amazing and inspiring and I really want to be like that.  

I feel like I have so much more potential in life and this is a way I can grow personally and help others along the way. Just learning and growing, doing something besides wiping butts, and helping people have the same great experience I have. I have already had way more training than I ever had at any of my other jobs and my coach doesn't mind if I ask her a ton of menial questions.  My old boss minded, in fact that was one of the main things he brought up at my review :)

It has definitely been a life-changer for me.  I feel so much more confident and I know being able to coach people through the same process is going to be very rewarding.  I never would have done this if I hadn't been converted to the product myself.  I'm not a super outgoing person who enjoys talking to everyone about products I use, but this has been really different for me and I feel being healthy and feeling confident in your own skin is SOOO important.  

It goes right a long with my religious beliefs.  We have the Word of Wisdom which teaches us to avoid drugs, tobacco, tea, and coffee and to wake-up early and go to bed at a decent time.  It also teaches us to eat healthy and in moderation.  I believe taking care of your body is key for your spirit. How are you going to help others if you don't have any energy?  How are you going to feel the Spirit in your life if you're sick all the time?

I'm going to have a free challenge at first to get my feet wet.  I'll be using Chalene Johnson's 7 Day Diet ebook.  So we'll see how that goes!!

23 August 2014

Lowe's Build n' Grow

On August 23 we went to Lowe's for their free toy building activity.  Usually Albert and Quentin go by themselves but Wyatt and I tagged along.  Wyatt loved it :)  They are both getting so big.  Wyatt isn't walking, but he likes to walk along the furniture.  

16 August 2014

Birthday Dinner!

My birthday came around again this year and besides my PiYo workout program, I got the Kindle Fire, which is nice :)  We went to IHOP this morning for breakfast.  I had the healthy omelette but it wasn't that good.  For dinner we went to our new favorite fancy restaurant Indigo Crow in Corrales.  We had the same thing we had last time, a filet with a Gorgonzola and green chile sauce, but this time we had dessert, since it was my birthday!  We split a chocolate mousse pie with a chocolate pretzel crust.  It was divine!  I was so full and I had leftovers. Last time we came I gorged myself, but this time I tried to keep my wits about me :)

I think this year is going to be the best one yet!  I'm finally learning about myself thanks to Dressing Your Truth and feeling more confident thanks to DYT and Beachbody.  I have a great life and it just keeps getting better!

08 August 2014


We met up with our friends at Explora! on the free day that happens once a year.  We didn't go last year mostly because I didn't know what it was, but later I heard that it was a cool science museum and figured we'd go.  Science was probably my least favorite subject in school so I'm not a very mom at this particular museum.  Unfortunately kids are generally not super interested in history museums as they aren't as interactive.

Here are some cute kids playing with the piano that makes the bench vibrate.  It's a pretty great toy for parents since it doesn't make loud noises :)


04 August 2014

Double Rainbow!

We saw a full double rainbow today from our backyard and it was amazing!   I've never seen two full rainbows :)  We are blessed with lots of rainbows here in New Mexico.  I told Quentin about Noah's ark and now whenever he sees a rainbow he says "look! Heavenly Father's promise!"

26 July 2014

Jemez Historic Site and Route 4

We checked out the Jemez Historic Site, which is a really old church and priest quarters built by Spanish priests when they came to convert Native Americans in 1621.  They have tried to preserve what's left of the church and it's pretty cool.

On our way home we checked out Valles Caldera which is a supervolcano!  Very pretty!  I hear there are lots of elk in the fall during the rut.

We had a groupon for a Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe so we decided to use it.  I got their fish burrito which was actually pretty healthy.

22 July 2014

Tent Rocks

On July 12 we went to Tent Rocks.  We wanted to finally get out and explore New Mexico after living here for two years! It's a really pretty place with a fun hike.  We're not hikers and it was challenging carrying two kids up the mountain, but we were able to do it.  There were a lot of senior citizens out hiking so I'd say it's doable even for those who don't normally hike.

Quentin did really great hiking on his own about 3/4 of the way up the mountain.  He had a good time.  Wyatt liked it too. He fell asleep about 1/2 way up.

I felt great! It was the first time I really noticed my new found energy from working out and eating right.  I was able to climb with Wyatt strapped to me with no problem.  I felt a strange high towards the top of the mountain where I just wanted to keep going!  It was a very new feeling to me :)

Albert got in a good workout carrying Quentin up the last quarter of the climb and then all the way down. We had to bribe Quentin with the promise of ice cream to come back down.  The view from the top is very nice, but there isn't really anywhere to sit that isn't covered in bugs.  We made do. 

A well deserved ice cream cone for the boys after the hike.  Unfortunately I hurt my back carrying Quentin and could barely move the next day after I gave a talk at church the next day.  I had to start going to the chiropractor to get that all fixed up.

18 July 2014

Cheat Meal

On Saturday we went to Tent Rocks and hiked all the way to the top.  I had Wyatt strapped to me in the Ergo carrier and I was surprised how much energy I had.  I felt like I could bound up the mountain.  It was fantastic!  

Quentin did really well for about 3/4 of the way to the top when Albert had to carry him the rest of the way.  The only way he would come down from the top was when we bribed him with ice cream from Burger King and of course Albert had to carry him.  I looked up the healthiest thing to get at Burger King and decided on a Whopper Jr. without mayo.

On Sunday I had to give a talk on keeping covenants which I likened to healthy eating.  Afterward I doubt anyone remembered the spiritual content of my talk, but many were inspired to eat healthier or wanted to relate their journeys in fitness.

My upper back started bothering me last week, but not very bad.  After church it really started hurting. Probably from carrying Wyatt on our hike.  I couldn't move and had to lay with ice on my back.  Albert was able to pop my back and that helped until I could go to my chiropractic appointment.  I have to go twice a week, but my insurance covers massages so that's nice.

I've been waking up at 6:00 AM every morning to do my daily PiYo workout, which has been hard, but has made me so much more productive.  I actually have energy to do housework while the boys are napping, well Wyatt naps and Quentin sometimes naps.  Some days they wake up early and it's hard to get the workout done with having to stop every five minutes to get this or that for them.

The family who has been living in our condo in Virginia moved out, but luckily we were able to get new tenants lined up for August.  There is a lot of work to be done to fix up the place because there were leaks in the roof which caused some water damage and we need to get the carpets cleaned, etc.  I really wish we lived closer at times like this.  It would be so much easier!

We had a BBQ for Relief Society, (the women's group at church), and I had decided to use this occasion for my first "cheat" meal.  I of course ate way too much dessert.  I still have to try and figure out how to have a cheat without over doing it.

On the 17th I told Quentin that all the breakfast cookies were gone and that Albert had been eating some too for his breakfast. Quentin said he could push the red button on the machine and make himself tiny. He would then go into Dad's mouth and retrieve the breakfast cookies for his little brother to eat. Now that's an interesting idea! Way to be a problem solver Quentin.


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