Friday, April 4, 2014


Last week I turned 29. I have no fears of getting older and so far have enjoyed my new age with friends and loved ones. Today is unique. One year ago Bridget passed away. Writing this I started to put that the world lost Bridget, but we didn't. I see her, and I know so many people do also, in so many places. Driving to work this morning I was thinking about her and her family and I looked up and saw a pink Komen Ribbon sticker on the back of a car. Pink sunsets will always be special. The term "big girl panties" will always bring a smile to my face. How do we honor someone who did so much with not enough time? I will wear my pearls and continue to support the fight against breast cancer.

Bridget always wore pearls, and I love that about her because I love wearing pearls too. Pearls have always been special to me. My mom bought me my first string of pearls for my high school graduation and my godmother bought me a matching bracelet. I hold these two items very close to my heart. I always felt so grown up and classy wearing them. Pearls have become a regular part of my life. I wore them at my wedding, I wear them to work, I wear them with jeans, and heck I even ran a 15k wearing a set of pearls. That last one was to honor Bridget. I wear them when I need a boost of confidence or to feel like I have a fighter in my corner.

Today I wear pearls to honor a friend, former colleague, and an amazing woman: Bridget. Bridget worked for years to kick cancer's rear, she loved hard, played hard, worked hard, and touched many. One year ago Bridget was 29. I am 29.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Quilt #2

I think I can now call myself a quilter, or at least past true beginner stage. I completed my second baby quilt and I am already planning my next quilt project. Lots of friends are at the baby stage of life and I enjoy being able to make them something special rather than just buying something online. So baby quilt #2 was made for cutie pie who lives up north and needs to stay warm. Below are a few pictures of the process and then final photo. The back is minky and the front is flannel so it's super soft and warm. With every craft project I learned a bit more about quilting and can't wait to start my next quilt.
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Meal planning- I'm really trying here

I keep trying to meal plan my way to a healthier diet but life always gets in the way. Here is attempt number who knows to plan out the meals for the week. I found online (oh the joys of Pinterest) a meal planning sheet and printed it out. On Sunday night I looked over the schedule for the week and planned out dinners first, lunches are either leftovers or something else that we already have in the house and breakfast is usually yogurt, cereal or a green smoothie. Here is what I planned for dinners for the week.

We tried a boxed quinoa thingy and zucchini- Not bad actually

We had meetings so we ate dinner out

Veggies and soup

Zucchini boat

Going out or eating leftovers

Things will probably change since our schedules are so busy but I can at least try to stick with a schedule each week.

Monday, January 27, 2014

5 day juice cleanse- a 1 time thing for me

A little over a week ago I finished a 5 day juice cleanse, that will be a 1 time thing only for me. I would consider a few days if I needed to reset my stomach but 5 days while trying to maintain a level of pleasant interaction is not going to happen. That being said I don't think I was mean or unpleasant save for day 2 morning when I first woke up. Day 2 was by far the hardest for me. The caffeine withdrawl, sugar low, lack of sleep and need to function like a human hit me hard all at once. I do drink coffee daily and I think that is why I turned into a zombie.

So it wasn't actually as bad as I'm making it sound. I didn't have to d any of the juicing, bottling or cleaning thanks to Squeeze here in St. Pete. I am no paid by them or given juices to say any of this but they do have some seriously good juice. That made all of this so much easier. There were a few "flavors" that were not my favorite but I can be picky sometimes so that is just me.

Overall here are the benefits I notices from juicing:
  • Not as hungry as I thought
  • Surprisingly energetic (other than day 2)
  • Much less bloated and puffy feeling
  • No stomach pain (this is a big deal for my stomach history)
  • Slept amazing and fell asleep easily
  • Lost a few pounds (this wasn't the point of the cleanse but a bonus for sure)
I did have to supplement my juice with some lean protein each day in order to keep up with my running schedule but I was careful to add clean foods only. 

I'd been wanting to do this for a while and I'm glad I finally did it. I will continue to drink juices but not to quite this level again.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Juice Day #2 complete

No caffeine and no body must really need this if it feels like this.

I am not hungry, not craving food, but I'm so groggy and realizing that I was used to drinking a good 3-4 cups of coffee a day, eating more sugar than I needed, and not getting nearly enough good stuff. The juice has tasted really fresh and healthy and all but one flavor tasted delicious.

That was all I could write yesterday between my caffeine headache and busy workday. Day #3 is here and I am so excited to say that I don't have a caffeine headache, I am not hungry, I have more energy and I'm not dreading juice. Last night I did have half a a sausage that Jeff had grilled but I had also run a 5k so I needed a little something extra. I also have been so tired that I've been falling asleep by 10pm. For those of you who know me this is very odd behavior. I'm not sure if it's the cold (yes I know it's all relative) weather, the juice or just coincidence but I did sleep really hard for a long time last night.  I haven't stepped on the scale yet but that wasn't really the point of this so we'll see at the end how I feel.

Have any of you done a cleanse or a juice diet and what days were your bad days?