A Spoonful of Health

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4 Month Progress

So I did my week of no sugar! I think it is more a mind over matter issue for me. I kept wanting sugar and fast food but I didn’t let myself get it. I don’t know if I was having cravings because there wasn’t a point where I would have killed for an ice cream, but it was still hard. I figured the day after I’d reward myself with some sugar but I haven’t yet! So maybe I’ll make it a once a week treat, just need to pick a good day!
My meal plans for the week did not include sugars, grains, most fruit, or potatoes. Most of my recipes were from
Day 1 Zesty Creamsicle Smoothie, Apple Crumble, Cauliflower Shepherds Pie, Double Pork Tenderloin
Day 2 Veggie Pancakes, Not Sweet Cinnamon Cookies, Leftovers from previous day
Day 3 Eggs & Bacon, Lettuce cheese meat wrap, Lemon Talapia with Greek Tomato Cucumber Salad
Day 4 Green Apple Breakfast Sausage, Leftover Fish, Steak and Mashed Cauliflower, Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Day 5 Pumpkin Pancakes, Leftover Steak, Meatloaf
Day 6 Tomato Basil Quiche, Leftover Meatloaf, Ginger Beef and Broccoli
Day 7 Leftover Quiche and Ginger Beef, Crunchy Curried Beef Lettuce Cups

Now I am starting Green Thickies for a week, which work out to about $2.80 a drink. Had my first one today and I was surprised how much it did not taste like “green” to me. My husband felt it DID taste “green”, but I thought it was quite tasty!

Day 120, 200lbs, 40lbs to go!
Down 5 pounds from eating no sugar, woohoo!
No change in measurements, or appearance on Camera. But when I look in the mirror I look skinnier in some areas, dang cameras!
4 Month Measurements
Bust 43.5″
Chest 35″
Arm 12″
Waist 35″
Hips 46″ (Found out I was measuring in the wrong spot)
Thigh 26″
Calves 14″
Stomach 43″



3 Month Progress

So this weight loss thing hasn’t really been working for me, which is a bummer. I suppose it is harder than I expected with having a baby and not sleeping well.
But we got ourselves a new bed, woohoo! So let us hope that improves sleep a bit.
My Lumosity scores this week, I was at 1021 last week!
Day 6 1009 I missed a couple days and my scores went down! Only got in 4 this week!
Day 7 1069
Day 8 1118
Day 9 1178

Day 90 205lbs
Everything is the same as last month. Damn you baked goods and chocolate!

For the next month I am trying TWO things, Meal Replacement shakes to replace two meals a day, and a waist cincher(trainer, etc).

Check out my reviews of a few different shakes next week! And check in for a review of my waist cincher! We will have to wait until next month’s check in to know if they are doing me any good.

I am also going to start the Beginners Blogilates workout program! It’s a 4 week pilates program, 6 days a week. I am TERRIBLE as exercise so I know month one there isn’t going to be a lot of progress because I just don’t have the muscles yet! But it’s a 30ish minute program that I don’t need any equipment for. So hopefully my baby will cooperate and just hang out on the floor with me!
4 Days in an I feel good! Plus I did my first headstand! Against a wall, but I did it!


Summer Time Chaffing

Summer Time Chaffing..
For those of us who don’t have the infamous thigh gap we’d all love to have the summer time can be a really bummer if we want to wear skirts or shorter than knee length shorts.
Now even though I have crazy stretch marks on my legs, damn it I want them to see the sun this year! Last year because I was pregnant I avoided the sun at all costs, but this year, HOOK me up!

Chaffing for those of you who don’t know if when it gets hot out and our legs get moist and start rubbing together thus creating a rash. I got one a few weeks ago going for a hike and that is what made me start looking into options!

Now there are lots of products, none of which I have used because I am broke. Many of these products help to create a gliding layer between our thighs. But I found two at home remedies that seem to have done the trick for me!

The first is good old deodorant!
Now I can only attest to Secret Brand Solid deodorant. I have not tested this with a gel deodorant.
I bought some deodorant specifically for places they may chafe, under boob and inner thigh. I have not have a problem with under boob chaffing yet, but you never know! I just liberally apply the deodorant to my inner thigh before I am going out to do any regular activity. Seems to cut down on the friction plus help with any sweating!

The second is for when you are doing more rigorous activity and need something a little more heavy duty! I’ve put together a homemade chaffing cream using only 3 ingredients!
You just need a carrier oil (grapeseed, almond, etc), cornstarch and an essential oil of your choice!
WARNING: Do not wear super dark clothes with this, the cornstarch will most likely on your clothes.
You can make this in any amount you like, just follow this simple ratio 2:1 Cornstarch:Oil, then add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice.
My cream looks green because I used grapeseed oil, but if you use almond oil it will be more beige.
Then mix well (each time you use it) and use your hands or an old makeup brush to apply to your inner thigh. Wait a couple minutes for the oil to soak in and dry and it will go on clear.
However I found out when I went to work and bent over to pick up my baby that all of a sudden I had white all over my shirt. So even though it appears invisible on the skin, there is still cornstarch powder on your legs so user beware. As I said before this is more for vigorous exercise such as hiking, so you wouldn’t normally be bending over it anyways.

Note: If you have darker skin I am not sure if the cornstarch will be as invisible, let me know!

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2 Month Progress

Not really any change from last month. Been having a hard time staying on top of everything. Having a cranky child makes it hard to focus on oneself. Also I was incredibly sick for a couple weeks, and unlike most people I EAT when I am sick, not starve. Time to increase exercise and FULLY cut out any processed sugars. This is going to be a hard one for me, I LOVE sweet snacks. Going to try eating more fruit for my sweetness. Ever as I am writing this I am dreading this change, I am thinking of chocolate chip cookies, and cakes, and madelines! Should I be keeping all my amazing bakeware? I think yes 🙂 My goal is to get to get healthy, but there is nothing wrong with the occasional treat ONCE I can get to where I want.

Day 60 210 lbs, 50 lbs to go
No picture this month, just been too busy!
2 Month Measurements
Bust 43.5″
Chest 35″
Arm 12″
Waist 35″
Hips 43″
Thigh 26″
Calves 14″
Stomach 43″

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1 Month Progress

So we are a month into my simple life changes and here are the results so far.

Day 30 205 lbs, 45 lbs to go
1 Month Measurements
Bust 43.5″
Chest 35″
Arm 12.5″
Waist 35″
Hips 44.5″
Thigh 26.5″
Calves 16″
Stomach 43.5″
Size 18

I am still considered a size 18 overall, but I am wearing size 16 Old Navy shorts and they are a bit big, but the 14 is too small.
So I am up in some things (I think due to bad measuring the first time, I couldn’t find my measuring tape so I used a string and a ruler haha). I am the same in some things, and I am down in others, so yay! I think my boobs are up because of breast feeding, but my hips and waist are down! So maybe I will actually fit into last years summer shorts!