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Journey Journal: Days 30-32

Day 30: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Doing better with the no dairy routine. I’m either drinking my coffee black or having it with unsweetened almond or coconut milk. I think I prefer the coconut the best. Had a delicious, mixed greens salad with strawberries and slivered almonds for lunch, along with a whole grain wrap with turkey, lettuce, tomato, green peppers, avocado, and Polynesian dressing. I will definitely do that again! Had a good workout after work, followed by  a quick dinner of scrambled eggs, mushrooms and onions in a whole grain tortilla. Then went to shepherding group for a time of prayer and refreshment.

Day 31: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Well, after realizing the elliptical we bought was missing parts, waiting for the parts to come in, being told the parts are no longer available, and getting offered a different model with no extra charge, we finally got our elliptical delivered today. Unfortunately, it is much larger than I expected and looks hideous in literally every room of the house. So, we have to decide if we’re keeping it because we’ll use it, or if it needs to go and we need to keep looking. Meal choices were good today, but I’m feeling a little frustrated and foggy–will talk to my nutritionist tomorrow. In the meantime, Bryan made me curry for dinner with rice and green beans and field peas, and we watched Whisper of the Heart (animé), followed by hot tea and homemade oatmeal raisin cookies (watch the movie and you’ll understand the food choices). It was a good evening.

Day 32: Friday, February 1, 2013

Good day at work, and good workout at lunch with my friend Leigh. Battered some fish cubes in a combination of GF-flour and pecan meal, and served with steamed rice with coconut oil, and veggies. Actually really enjoying using coconut oil. And I like all the health benefits it offers!

My nutritionist responded and said that feeling fatigued and foggy is normal during a detox/cleanse (aka, taking herbs, drinking lots of water, and getting off of dairy). She said the side effects should go away within a week and to let her know if they don’t subside. She also recommended extra sleep and water, and Epsom salt baths. That makes me feel better! So, I’m not setting my alarm for Saturday morning–since we have no plans till after lunch…other than making homemade pancakes and fruit salad for an at-home brunch date.

Journey Journal: Days 14-23

Days 14-16: Monday through Wednesday, January 14-16, 2013

Still eating lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, and lean meats. Down 3 pounds so far. Finally broke down and bought an elliptical with some Christmas money. We did a lot of research and finally bit the bullet on the Nordic Track ACT Elliptical from Sears Outlet. It took three of us to get the box into the house, then we broke open the box and carried the individual parts upstairs (there was no way we would have made it up the stairs with the box intact). Only downside…they forgot to put the hardware in the box, so we’re waiting on the company to ship us the nuts and bolts to hold the thing together. In the meantime, it was a really rainy week, so I’ve missed my walks.

Creamy, Warm Curry Sauce + Citrusy, Fresh Slaw = Healthy Deliciousness!

Day 17: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bryan made steamed rice and sautéed chicken thighs with a coconut curry sauce. It was delicious! I tried a new recipe from Food & Wine Magazine: Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Peanuts and Pomegranate.  I used regular oil instead of olive and hazelnut oils (b/c I ran out), and I used chopped roasted raw peanuts instead of hazelnuts. I forgot to add the Parmigiano-Reggiano, but I’m sure that would be a great addition too. Very citrusy and fresh!

Days 18-19: Friday and Saturday, January 18-19, 2013

I enjoyed eating leftover Brussels Sprouts Slaw this weekend. Friday, I got to have coffee while walking with my good friend Ashley downtown. That evening, we had our new neighbors over for dinner. We had a really good time and I’m thankful for this new relationship. Saturday morning, my sister brought her boys over for some Wii Mario Kart and Bowling competitions. Always a blast!

Day 20: Sunday, January 20, 2013

Good service this morning at church. And really good conversation with Bryan about goals and ministry philosophy, etc. A quick lunch, then another Sunday afternoon hike with the young adult group and a healthful stir fry dinner afterwards!

Days 21-23: Monday through Wednesday, January 21-23, 2013

It’s been pretty busy at work this week so far, but it’s enjoyable work, so I don’t mind. I’ve been starting my mornings with oatmeal topped with baked apples, trail mix, and flax seed for breakfast with my coffee. Lunch has been simple and healthful leftovers. Still low on the exercise until the elliptical parts show up, since it’s finally gotten cold here, but I am tracking my food most days and down a total of 5 pounds now! Encouraged. Also encouraged by various relationships at church. We had church supper tonight before prayer meeting, and it was amazing to see the Body working together: preparing food, serving, cleaning up, praying, hugs, conversations, etc. So thankful for each of the friends God has given me–and that the Gospel is bigger than what stage of life we’re in–single, married with no kids, college students, widowed, divorced, teenagers, working moms, stay-at-home moms, retired, kids, etc. God is SO big!!