Sunday, March 23, 2014

Weekly Recap: Out of Detox and Into Life

When I was coming out of my Arbonne 28 day detox, I was really afraid to include any "forbidden" foods.  My momentum was good, but tentative, and I knew I could lose my progress so easily.  I wanted to push it to 100 days of detox diet, keeping out gluten, alcohol, sugar and caffeine.  Slowly, though, these items have been making it back into my diet.  I was so afraid that when they did, I would fall back into unhealthy patterns.

I'm happy to report that isn't the case.  On Friday, I weighed in 3 pounds down for the week, bringing my total weight loss to 18.5 pounds.  I have set a 5 pound a month goal for myself, ensuring slow and steady weight loss through the rest of the year, and I have met and exceeded that goal for March.  All this, and I had a cocktail on date night Thursday!

I think I'm to the point now where allowing some of these "non detox" foods is ok.  When I finished my 28 day detox, I was terrified that I would slip back away from my healthy diet.  I'm not afraid anymore.  This is my way of life, and a cup of green tea in the morning or some Sunday pancakes will not completely destroy all my progress.  Since I have a history of being obsessive about my diet, I don't feel bad releasing my grip ever so slightly.

All that being said, I will continue to work hard, eat well, and check in weekly.  If I am getting too far off track, I know I can tighten things up.  I'm not looking for a crash diet, ultimately.  I want to live now the way I will live when I hit my goal weight.  That means having treats every now and then.


I'm still completely in love with smoothies.  During the week, my breakfast smoothies were as follows with limited variation:

2 scoops protein powder
1/3 cup frozen strawberries
1 tbs maca
1 tbs chia seeds
1 cup spinach
1 cup coconut milk
ice and water to mix

I made Josh and I these amazingly bright blue/purple smoothies for breakfast on Saturday.  They were vanilla protein and protein, and man were they tasty.

I have also been brewing a pot of green tea in the morning.  I love the ritual, and while it has caffeine, it's still a healthy breakfast choice.  I was getting tired of the fizzy sticks, which are pretty sweet.  I'm dying to try matcha, especially after this awesome write up on Happy Healthy Life.  Have you tried it?

Also, I made pancakes from Minimalist Baker on Sunday.  These were amazing.


Lunch all week were smoothies.  On Friday, I got fancy and added some Whole Foods salad bar to the mix.  I'm loving the mix I have for lunch, so I have not been varying much.

2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tbs spirulina
2 carrots
2 cups spinach
1 cup coconut water
1/3 cup frozen mango
ice and water to mix

It's such a healthy lunch, and I can't get enough.


This week, Josh and I cooked out of Appetite for Reduction.  I've already given a review of our amazing dinner, which we had most nights.  Thursday, we had date night, but I'll recap that later this week.  I also have been playing with my new favorite food, quinoa.  More on that later, too.


Monday: 3 mile run with Josh
Tuesday:  Intermediate/Advanced Yoga
Wednesday: 3 mile run with Josh
Thursday: Date night (no workout)
Friday:  Hot Yoga

I didn't get any workouts in this weekend, because I was swamped with studying.  I did manage to leave the house for a crafternoon at my friend Erin's house.  Although, I tried to study.  I got fairly distracted by all the glitter and one super cute baby.  Studying is going well, but I will probably be a bit of a basket case until my test (a week from tomorrow.)

Next week:

I plan to continue to eat well, try to manage the stress of my impending test and start strength training.  My goal is to get in 2 body revolution workouts in addition to yoga and running.

Here's my treat cocktail for the week.  I found a cucumber soda (45 calories) at Whole Foods and added a smidge of vodka to it.  After 3 months of sobriety, a little is all I need.

Have a kick ass week!


  1. Hi there! I'm finishing up a detox under a different program, but a friend of mine did the Arbonne 28 day and has had much success. Where do you buy your chia seeds, maca, and spirulina and do you recommend any particular brands? Thanks!

    1. i buy chia seeds at Kroger, but whole foods in LR has them too. They probably have all 3, actually. I have been getting maca and spirulina off amazon because it's cheaper. I will check on the brands!

  2. Yay, I'm glad you're able to have some treats now!! Cocktails and pancakes are both pretty awesome. I've been blowing my kinda-healthy diet big-time over the past week. There have been so many social outings and desserts in my face, but trying to get back on track this week before I go to Seattle this weekend (and while there, I'm gonna eat and drink whatever I want!).

    1. it's also hard to watch what you eat when starting back into a fitness routine, like running, which I know you have. I just try to remember that when I eat like crap, I feel like crap. When I eat a pancake every now and then, I still feel good. Man, i love pancakes, haha.

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