Exercise notes

I am starting back at the gym on Monday morning. I will do as much cardio as I can stand on the treadmill and possibly the bikes. I also want to do some low key strength training on Mon. Wed. and Thurs.

Beyond these, I plan to do some exercising/training at home with http://c25kfree.com/ and www.fitnessblender.com.



I am still juicing, consuming green and other healthy smoothies, eating lots of salads with homemade dressings and soups. My lovely MIL shared a new bean soup recipe with me yesterday that I cannot wait to try!

I have made marinated mushrooms twice now and they are so wonderful over salads, lean meats, on lettuce wraps and more. They are also SO easy and they keep me prepared for easy flavor when I need it.

Marinated Mushrooms

1/2 cup namu shoyu, or tamari sauce

1/2 cup water

2 cups sliced or diced mushrooms (portobello, white mushrooms, or others)

garlic powder (optional)

1/3 cup olive oil

In a bowl, mix the nama shoyu (or tamari sauce), water, and olive oil together. Add the mushrooms and let marinate for 1 to 8 hours. Drain the marinade, and save it for future use. Sprinkle with garlic powder if desired.

I used low sodium soy sauce the first time in place of nama shoyu and the second time, substituted with Bragg’s Liquid Aminoes. I doubled the recipe the second time because we ate these up!

My energy level is higher than it has been in YEARS. I honestly have been shocked by how much better I feel … even in these beginning days. My skin was really concerning me — eczema, hives, and places all the way to my hands that looked like I used sandpaper on them. Now? My hands are SOFT and clear and the skin places all over my body are getting better and better.

I am going back in a few days to doing my laundry with SA8 bec I think the cheap detergents with so many fillers are causing some of my skin problems.

Company is here so I will try to finish my thoughts on here later!

*Cookbook credit* I forgot to list the cookbook I got the recipe from! It is from : the Sunfood Cuisine by Frederic Patenaude.


I will check my hand written notes in my planner have anything I haven’t shared and post any I find.
As far as today goes: I have eaten no refined sweeteners, have had salmon for my meat and nothing processed!

Early morning: Hot water with lemon juice
Morning: coffee with honey and cinnamon and 4 T. Of cream.

Lunch: 1 quart (almost) of green juice consisting of- Romaine lettuce, mixed greens, cucumber, pear, grapes, cilantro and parsley.

Lunch2: romaine lettuce salad with cucumbers and tomatoes with homemade dressing.
Cilantro dressing:
Apple cider vinegar (or another vinegar, lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit juice)
Fresh garlic cloves (no skin)
Mustard or plain, Greek yogurt
A hand full of cilantro and a hand full of parsley
Blend or use a food processor to mix well.
Need more water! I had a cup this morning while taking my medicine and another with lemon juice but need to up the intake!
No exercise yet!

First Full Week/1st Weigh In Post!

I am tired and was ready for bed over an hour ago but I don’t want to get behind on this. 

This is my first, official BLOG WEIGH IN!

I am now at 218!

Starting weight was 220, so I am down two pounds. 

I am working on getting enough water in, started back at the gym this morning (treadmil: didn’t hold on for dear life and I averaged around 3.5 with a 1.5 average incline. 40 minutes) – and I am adding juices, keeping on with smoothies and taking in no added, refined sugars. Well, I am trying to make sure nothing I eat has refined sugar but it is in so much, it is hard to know. 

There was much more I planned to say/share/write but I’m not quite sure what they are/were!

Great idea my DIL and I saw on one of the previous Biggest Loser shows tonight: Wrap vegetables in a slice of deli turkey breast and place them in baggies with ice for lunch. Love it! We’ve been eating a lot on Napa cabbage or Romaine lettuce leaves. SO GOOD!


Catch up post!

Okay … I’ve literally lost track of days on my new health style plan but I’ve been keeping to it with the exception of exercise. Well, and water — I’m only getting in about half of the water I need so I will work on that. 

I also want to add back my organic, apple cider vinegar tonics, eat small amounts every 3-4 hours and not eat after 7:00 pm. Reading this, I realize the only thing I’ve done is eat healthy foods! Oh, well… one day at a time! 

I’ve had cookies I’ve made so many times from the Go Raw cookbook (I will share a link to this book and share the original recipe when I can type more) that I’ve made it my own. Yesterday, I used walnut flour, dates, peanut butter powder, almond butter, coconut oil and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. 

No sugar or sucanat has been in my coffee but I have been using cinnamon and honey… so, so, so good! 

I’ve had salads with homemade dressings, veggie and turkey packed with veggies sub with no dressing. I’ve used chopped garlic in olive oil and mustard. 

I’ve had simple juices… mainly vegetables with a few fruits here and there. WONDERFUL! I’ve had green smoothies and banana and peanut butter powder smoothies with chia seeds. 

There is the update. More later! 

Days 4-6, I think?!

I will have to ditch keeping my titles up with the day/days I’m on.

Some nutrition notes:

Being healthy and whole and strong … just on and on it goes, is my big goal. Along the way, that will mean weight loss and that is important alone but there are so many angles to consider. One is just making sure that all the vitamins, minerals and so on’s are getting consumed. 

Calcium is something I’ve gone back and forth on because it seems every day a new tid bit of information screams out advice different from the previous day. I was going through emails to get them sorted and such and came across this blog post and wanted to share that here. I do this for my own recording hopes and for anyone it might bless or help along the way. 

Yesterday, I had a great smoothie early on and the rest of the day was left over post roast and turkey chili. I also ended up eating two light English muffins. 

For a snack to keep myself from having a chocolate eating contest with myself and to even keep me from more turkey or roast — I made a decadent smoothie! If I already shared this, just delete and carry on. I’m tracking my points on WW online and tracking my calories on Loseit to see what I will keep when my membership ends. It can make posting here interesting bec I keep having to check to see what I’ve already written. 

Onto the calcium rich smoothie and I will end encouraging you to have a GREAT day!

9 ounces of almond milk (it poured over 8)

a banana

PB2 (peanut butter powder)

Cocoa powder. 

SO good. 

I haven’t slept adequate hours per night since before I got back from our trip to TN so that   isn’t good. I will  attempt a nap at some point today! 


I really need to detox! It is imperative that I finish reading Sugar Blues

I am frustrated over how many withdrawal symptoms I am having from sugar. I guess I will just have to keep starting over until I go a full three days or week or whatever from ANY sugar. Today, I had two tablespoons of honey mixed with cinnamon in a big mug of coffee and it was … so good! 

For breakfast, I had a green smoothie with:

8 oz. almond milk

1 1/2 cups kale



1 T. chia seeds

1 scoop of Greens800 (berry flavor) 


Organic mixed salad greens

2/3 cup of turkey chili

2 T. Sabra Greek yogurt veggie dip

Craving something sweet or richly chocolate … intensely. 


Typing my way to healthier life spiritually, emotionally, relationship-wise, physically and more!