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Mom’s Day

Morning!

Today my mom is coming over to hang out. We had such a great time last week while she was on vacation from work. She came over 3 days in a row and helped me outside in the yard and even did all my laundry! Amazing right? She totally rocks. I told her that she needs to come over more often and she agreed. Today we are going to do some weeding in the yard and plant a few vegetable plants. My green thumb is growing and I’m exploring all the possibilities. =)

So far for breakfast I’ve just had some Honey Nut Cheerios. Straight out of the box at that! I don’t know what’s gotten in to me but my appetite is insane. I definitely think it’s time to whip out the measuring cups/spoons again. Maybe I’m just getting too comfortable with where I am at. I can’t lose sight of the goal at hand. I still have about 13lbs to lose and I don’t want to start going in the other direction when I am so close.

Ryan has a follow up appointment with the Pediactric Neurologist at 2:30 today. I am not looking forward to the 30 min drive but it must be done. My mom is going to stay with Chase and Bailey while we go. I haven’t noticed him “tick” in a while now which is great. They still have to go over the EEG report with me, even though I know it came back normal.

Cori is working all day again today. She is leaving next Tuesday night with her mom to drive to Michigan. Her mom will be spending a few months there from now on every year and needs Cori to go along for the ride. She’ll fly back on the 9th. I was just going to stay home but changed my mind and now I am taking the kids to my dad’s. With the kids both starting school soon I thought it would be a nice little vacation. They love their grandpa and grandma Jeanne.

I hope everyone has a great day today. I have some chicken left over for last night that I’m thinking about using in a chicken salad for lunch. Sounds yummy. Can’t wait until my mom gets here. (hurry up mama!)

ashley

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Master Cleanse

Good morning!

We had a great family day yesterday. It’s hard for me to blog when Cori is off. I woke up at 6:30am and after Bailey’s bottle I went for a 4.5 mile jog. It was nice in the sense that it was the first run here in a while but it was so hot and humid. Almost too hot in fact. About 2 miles in I had to take a break to walk and catch my breath. The humid air can make it hard to catch my breath sometimes. I made it back to the house around 8am and Cori took off for her own run. While she was gone I showered and got the kids ready to go to Laurie’s pool. I let Bailey take her nap until it was time to leave. I snacked on some fruit and a South Beach Diet Protein Bar while I ran around the house.

The pool was great as always. Our friend Tammy came over with her boyfriend and their 2 kids. There was 6 kids there all together! Lucky for us 3 are still babies and don’t do that much. Bailey spent a while in the pool and took a nap in her car seat. The boys didn’t stop swimming until it was time for lunch and then jumped right back in until we left at 3:30pm. I packed us all turkey sandwiches for lunch. I also packed fruit, granola bars, chips and beer for Cori and I. =) I ended up having 4 MGD 64s. I don’t know if it was the space between them or that they are just pretty light but I didn’t feel like I had 4 at all. We stopped by the grocery store on the way home to pick up some milk and the ingredients for The Master Cleanse. Cori got some chicken wing, chicken fingers and some mac and cheese for her and the boys. Sort of a last meal I guess. She is really worried about the fasting part of the cleanse. ( I am too a little) I wasn’t really that hungry for dinner. I felt a little bloated from the beer and just picked on some stuff in the kitchen.

Now for The Master Cleanse.

I found an article in a magazine about The Master Cleanse. It is a way to “clean” out and detoxify your body. Weight loss is a side effect of eliminating waste and toxin’s from your body. Losing weight is a plus but not the purpose for us doing this cleanse. I know there are tons of detox fads out there but this has been around for decades. There are hundreds of websites on the Master Cleanse.

What is the master cleanse?
Wikipedia has the following description: “The Master Cleanse, also known as the Lemon Cleanse and the Maple Syrup Diet, is a dieting program created by Stanley Burroughs in 1941 and made popular by Peter Glickmanthrough his book Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days, which promotes Burroughs’ regimen to a modern audience. Burroughs states that it is a detoxification program that aids in the removal of harmful toxins from within the body, as well as a reducing diet for loss of weight, a cure for ulcers and “every kind of disease,” resulting in “the correction of all disorders.

With that said, last night Cori and I made our first batch of the lemonade. We each gave it a little sample and honestly it’s not that bad. I thought the Cayenne pepper would be too much to handle but it’s alright. Now, the gross part. You are eliminating solid foods from your diet that would normally push out waste but since this liquid diet doesn’t do this on it’s own it is necessary to help it along. *uh hum* There is 2 ways to achieve this. One way is to drink a laxative tea at night before you go to bed, to sort of help loosen things up. The other way is to do a salt water flush. This is where you drink 32oz of water with 2 tsp of non-iodized Kosher salt either in the morning or evening. Both will produce an elimination, the tea just takes longer and can be a bit unpredictable. Gross I know but it’s a small price to pay to clean out our systems that we have polluted.

Things I hope to achieve with The Master Cleanse.

One of the outcomes most seem to achieve while doing this cleanse is that they feel healthier. I have been aiming to get healthier for quite a few months now and although I feel healthy overall I know that I can feel better. Also, many people boast about the improvements in skin tone and complexion. I’ve never really had bad skin but pollution in the air and chemicals in our food can leave my skin feeling uneven and unpredictable. I want to undo the damage I have done to my body over the years and feel clean from the inside out. The weight loss is a plus but like I said, it is not my main goal. I also read that unless you majorly transform your diet, once you start eating regular food again you gain about 50% of it back. I’m ok with that, I’ve been losing weight on my own with diet and exercise anyhow.

Cori was excited to try it with me after I told her about it on Friday. She hasn’t had to change her diet at all so she is worried about missing her Taco Bell and other un-healthy foods. haha The goal is to complete 10 days. Some people have gone 40! I don’t know if I’m that hardcore. ( I might be happy to make it just a few days) I woke up this morning at 1am, after drinking my laxative tea before bed, in extreme abdominal pain. I mean whoa! I broke out in a cold sweat and felt rather nauseous. By 2:30am I was back in bed and exhausted. I don’t think I’ll be doing the tea again. It is much to hard on my system. Hopefully the salt water flush isn’t quite as intense. By 7:30am I was sipping on my first glass of the lemonade. Listen people, it isn’t that bad. It tastes like lemonade with a kick. 

I already miss my green monster smoothie and the kids waffles smell like heaven. I have to keep the goal in mind and not let my will power fail me. Hopefully I make it to the other side of this journey feeling stronger, healthier and perhaps a few pounds lighter. =)

Here’s what it looks like:

The ingredients, Grade B organic pure maple syrup, Cayenne pepper and fresh lemon juice.

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All mixed up and ready to go.

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Official lemonade glass for the day

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And for the not so pleasant part  that I will start tomorrow morning, the salt water flush. 32 oz container and sea salt.

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I am nervous and excited all at the same time. I’m really looking forward to day 3. That’s when I am supposed to see the biggest difference.

I would normally say “see you for lunch,” but you already know what breakfast, lunch and dinner looks like for the next 10 days! haha I will be back though to update my progress and let you know what’s going on in the life of mom of 3. =)

ashley

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Yay! A morning post

Morning!

Hope everyone had a good night sleep. I sure did. Cori woke up early so she could fill up the van with gas. =) Gotta love her. I’m taking the boys to the zoo today. My mom is coming over at 9:30am to hang out with Bailey. I was going to workout this morning but I might wait to see how much walking I do at the zoo. The last 2 days I have considered all my yard and house work to be my workout. Why not? I barely sat down either day and was sweating quite a bit while outside. It didn’t help that Bailey wouldn’t sit and hang out for longer than 10 minutes. She is still in vacation mode and wants to be held a lot.

Breakfast today was old faithful, Green Monster. I’m so predictable aren’t I? Gosh, sorry guys. You know what they say, when it’s good, it’s good.

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I figure by the time I am done posting I will have 1 hour to get showered, dressed and lunch packed for today. That should be plenty of time. Hopefully. It looks like it’s going to be crazy hot and humid here today. Good thing they have fountains for the kids to play in at the zoo.

See you after lunch,

ashley

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We’re Back!!

Hello and good evening!

I am so sorry it’s been over a week since my last post. We had a GREAT vacation. I was going to  blog while we were gone but decided to cherish the 7 days with Cori and the kids. We got back Tuesday at 6pm. Since I didn’t go grocery shopping before we left, I had to run to the store before I could relax from the drive. $350.00 later and 1.5 hours later, I was back home. (yes, $350.00!!) The sad part is I still feel like we need more.       =(   After unloading and putting everything away, Cori and I grabbed a Corona Light and watched True Blood in bed. It was a good one. 3 beers later and I was a little silly. opps. I think it was lack of food and too much beer. It’s alright though, we had a fun just the 2 of us.

I was going to blog about the trip Wednesday morning but my internet was down. Go figure!! Ugh, I was so upset. I finally got online (or so I thought) and wrote almost a whole blog when I lost the connection. I was so frustrated. I called Comcast and they came out to fix it today. Yay! I am connected again.

Now…..about our trip. Man did we enjoy ourselves. We left a day early (Tuesday night) and drove for 3 hours before getting a room at the Holiday Inn  in Gainsville. We were up and on the road before 9am. We stopped at Starbucks for a quick pick me up and I got some oatmeal. If you like oatmeal and haven’t tried theirs yet, it was good. They give you dried fruit, mixed nuts and brown sugar to top it off. It was just about lunch time when we got to my grandma’s and we were hungry! We all had turkey sandwiches and some kettle cooked chips. That night for dinner we had some slow cooked pork roast. It was yummy. I had a big salad and a small piece of the pork. (oh, and 1 small red potato) The next morning we headed to the Georgia Aquarium. It was Bailey’s first time and our 2nd time going. The boys were so excited to see the whale sharks.

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Yea, it’s not easy to get all 3 of them looking at the camera (and smiling) all at the same time. You’ll also notice I don’t have pictures of my food because I told Cori “No Blogging.” Lunch at the Aquarium was pretty lame. Nothing too healthy so I had some granola and a apple that I brought with us. After a few hours we walked over to the Coke-Cola factory. I could have skipped it for the $50 it cost us all to get in but the kids and Cori loved it. They had 64 Coke products out for sampling. I made sure to only try a few and just a sip at that. Chase didn’t use the same caution and ended up not feeling so hot. Cori and I decided to walk through Centennial park before we drove the hour back to Grandma’s. When we got back to the house she had Shepard’s Pie waiting for us. Oh it was soooooo good. Shepard’s Pie is one of my favorites. Friday morning we woke up and I had this yummy bowl of Oatmeal, a banana and 1/2 cup of coffee. Oats were Kashi Truely Vanilla brought from home. (okay so I snuck in a picture! haha)

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It was just what I needed to get me through the day at the Atlanta Zoo. That is one of the best Zoo’s ever. Lunch options there were about the same as the Aquarium, pretty lame and unhealthy. Cori even agreed this time and we both snacked on some Natures Valley Granola. We left the Zoo around 2ish and went to the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta. I was bad and ordered a burger and a ice cold Stella on tap. The burger was heaven and worth every calorie. Bailey got to sit in her first high chair and was quite proud of herself. I was pretty impressed myself.

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Ah, I love these people.

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I skipped dinner back at the house due to the late lunch/early dinner burger. =) Saturday morning we packed it up and drove to Clarkesville to their other house. 2 hours later Cori was taking the boys on an adventure walk in the woods and I was taking a nap with Bailey. I decided not to work out this day and opted instead to have a few drinks. hehe. Cori and I got a 6 pack of mix and match beers from ingles. I LOVE INGLES! Oh my goodness, they have everything. As Greg says, “Ingles Rocks!” Get this, you can make your own peanut, cashew, and almond butter. Doesn’t get any fresher than that. Oh, and bulk bins with oats and granola. We need to get an ingles down here. Whew, anyways. I made 2 big pizza’s and 3 small pizza’s for dinner. 1 small one for each of the boys, 1 small one for Greg, 1 big fresca pizza (fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach and mushrooms) and 1 big cheese and pepperoni pizza for grandma. We had a lot of pizza left over.

Sunday we all went to the Tallulah Gorge. What a beautiful place. We got to see some amazing waterfalls andwalk over 1000 stepsto the bottom of the Gorge. We found out once we were there that you can get a permit and actually go in the water! How cool is that? Next time we are so going to get a permit. I carried Bailey in the sling the whole time and boy was I feeling it on the way back up the stairs. Cori was in charge of the boys. (who both did awesome) Dinner that night was burgers and since I had just had one, I made myself a big salad  and had just a bit of the meat with some mustard. Monday we all went to Helen andwalked around. All the shoppes and restaurants are old German style and really neat to look at. We didn’t buy anything because it was all really expensive and touristy. (is that even a word? sorry)  We left Clarkesville that night and headed back to their house in Mc Donough. We were all packed and ready to leave in the morning. I said my goodbyes that night because I knew we would be leaving early. Cori and I were not ready to come home yet. We were out the door by 7am and after a quick stop in Orlando to have lunch with Katy and Janet (and 11 hours later) we were home. Ahhh, so there you have it. It was a much needed and appreaciated vacation for my family.

Yesterday morning I spent the day unpacking, cutting the grass, weeding the back yard and cleaning the house. I  think I used up every bit of energy I had. Well, I couldn’t stop to blog so what else was I suppose to do? haha. One thing I did miss that I hit up first thing was my Green Monster smoothie! I had one yesterday and this morning.

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This was where I was sitting yesterday morning when I realized my Internet wasn’t working. How sad right? Today has been just as busy. I fixed the sprinklers in the back and front yard, my mom came to visit for a few hours and  my friend Tammy who just moved back from South Carolina came by too. She brought her fiance, daughter Coral and her new baby Hendrix. It is now 9:40pm and I am just as tired as I was last night. Tomorrow will start back to normal. The boys and I are meeting up with a couple boys and their mom from their baseball team. GO RED SOCKS! My mom is coming over to sit with Bailey. I’m looking forward to spending some q.t. time with my boys.

See you for breakfast,

ashley

ps- I didn’t realize how much I would miss blogging. Yikes!

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Not lost

HELLO!!

So, my Internet has been down for 2 days. I tried everything to fix it except call Comcast to come out and repair it. They charge $40 to come and we wanted to give it another day. YAY! I woke up this morning and it’s working. I don’t get it but I’m happy it’s working. I feel like I’ve missed so many days I don’t know where to begin. Lets see…..

4th of July:

We had a great time. I made dinner for all of us before we headed downtown to watch the fireworks. Dinner was chicken, black beans and rice and garlic bread. I didn’t have any fresh veggies and only can corn so we skipped them tonight.

 My plate.

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The fireworks were great. Lake Worth always does a great job. We met up with my mom, Laurie, her kids and her mom. We set up our chairs and blanket right on the water and waited for the show. The boys got some soft serve vanilla ice cream. ($3 a pop!) Cori and I brought a bottle of Merlot and some solo cups. haha. We finished the bottle between the 2 of us in 2.5 hours. I didn’t finish my last cup so I had about 1 1/2 cups maybe? I’m not sure because I just keep pouring small amounts so I wouldn’t spill any.

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This was Bailey’s first 4th of July. I was nervous about how she would act being up so late. She is so use to her routine and is ready for bed by 7:30pm. She did great! When the fireworks stared she could care less. Cori was holding her and trying to get her to look but she turned her head and went to sleep! Guess she wasn’t so impressed.

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The boys sat on the blanket with my mom for the whole show.

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We made it home and were all in bed before 10:30pm.

 

Now the last 2 days…… let’s see

I started Sunday morning with the biggest Green Monster ever! I needed it too.

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I’m having a serious block as to what I did the rest of Sunday.Oh wait I remember, I cleaned everything! I went through Bailey’s closet, the boys closet and all of their clothes. I have 2 big bags of clothes for my nephew Ethan and 2 big bags for Lauries little girl Steffi. When Cori got home she cut the grass and I vacuumed and moped the house. For dinner I made a ground turkey Sheperds Pie. It was so yummy. Browned ground turkey with sauteed onions, creamed corn, green beans, mashed potatoes and 2 % cheddar melted on top. I have pictures but am having difficulty uploading them. Sorry.

 Yesterday I woke up and did Jillian Michaels Shred Level 1. When I finished the kids and I went to the park for 3 hours. I got in about an hour of brisk walking while the kids rode their scooters. We left just before lunch time to come home. We all had turkey sandwiches. The kids had yogurt and cheese puffs too. After lunch we went to Lauries house. I wanted to drop off the baby clothes before we leave tomorrow for our vacation. The kids played for a couple hours before we came home for nap time. Bailey and Chase slept for a  while, Ryan and I sat on the couch watching a movie. I made a big salad, a sweet potato and chicken nuggets for the boys. I ate about 1/3 of my salad and when my sweet potato was done I sent my salad packin! I just wasn’t feeling it. I put a few sprays of my “fake” butter and 2 tsp of brown sugar. It was delicious. Cori ate 1/4 that I couldn’t finish. I haven’t had a sweet potato like that in so long. It was warm, sweet and hit the spot.

Today I was up at 6:30am. Bailey was up just after. I fed her and got straight to working out. I knew I had to get it in early if I wanted to fit it in today. I went with Jillian Michaels Shred level 2. Man that chick kicks my butt. In a good way of course. I took a few extra minutes at the end to really stretch. I’m feeling really good about where I’m at but I don’t want to get to comfortable because I still have 20 lbs to go. I made myself a GM and drank it while Bailey and the kids had their breakfast. Today is going to be a busy one.

To do list.

  1. Clean house ( I know I just did it but it’s never ending)
  2. Pack my bag
  3. Pack all 3 kids bag
  4. Finish all the laundry
  5. Bake oatmeal raisin cookies for trip
  6. Make sure house is ready to be shut down for the next week.

I think my mom is coming over today so that will be nice. I could use the company. (and help!)

See you for lunch,

ashley

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Rain or shine

First let me say that I found a stashed 100 cal ice cream sandwich last night. =) It hit the spot and was delicious.

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Now that I got that off my chest, Good Morning!

Bailey Anne was up bright and early at 6am. She didn’t go to bed until after 8pm last night and I thought she would sleep until 7 at least. No such luck. It’s alright though because Cori had to get up and ready for work anyway. Bailey could hardly wait for her diaper change she was so hungry. I could hear the milk hitting her belly as she drank. Poor thing. I can’t imagine having a stomach that small and going 10 hours without eating. The boys were up abnormally early too. Cori was still here when they woke up so I know it was early. haha.

I’m still feeling run down and rather bloated. Cori found me some Midol in the cabinet and she says it will help. Anyone know any natural remeidies for pms? (Other than suck it up and get over it.) Needless to say I’m not quite in the workout mood and skipped it this morning. Instead I made myself some waffles. Kashi plain whole wheat waffles with 1 tbs almond butter and 1 tbs light maple syrup.

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I did make some coffee but couldn’t even drink 1 cup. The waffles were so sticky and sweet I opted for a big glass of water. The boys both wanted a bite and the break in eating made me feel full, I probably left 1/4 of 1 of these.

I’m not sure what the weather is going to be like today. If it is nice outside I would like to take the boys to the zoo or the park. If it rains I don’t know what we’ll do. I guess I could clean the house and do some laundry. (yay!) I need to find some energy somewhere and workout this afternoon. Rain or shine I have to get something accomplished today. Cori gets to come home right after work today and tomorrow she is off all day! I have to bring Ryan to get some blood work done tomorrow and I’m going to get mine done as well while I’m there. Saturday is July 4th and Cori works at the beach. The kids and I have no plans so far. What are all of you doing?

See you for lunch,

ashley

Ps- I did weigh myself right when I woke up and I’m still at 155lbs. I won’t weigh myslef again for a couple weeks. Hopefully the lack of weight loss this week is due to the bloating. (fingers crossed) My healthy weight of 135lbs seems so close yet so far.

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Sweating to the oldies

With my (actually it was Cori’s) Ipod in hand I set out for what was suppose to be my run this morning at 6:30am. It looked like it was about to rain so I stayed around my neighborhood. I figured that way if it started to pour I  could make it home faster. I ran for about a mile but the air is so humid I kept feeling like I couldn’t catch my breath, I kept it a fast walk instead. It’s about 2 miles around my whole neighborhood and I went 2x so that’s about 4miles. I did get rained on a little bit but not too bad. My last mile got really windy which felt great. I jamed to a bunch of old dance, pop, rock and punk songs. Gotta love shuffle mode! Not too many walkers this morning. (could be the weather haha) Most mornings there is at least 5-10 people out exercising. Even though I didn’t run I still feel like I burned some good calories. I had a good sweat going. I tried to sprint a few times towards the end but eh, it wasn’t gonna happen.

Bailey was up at 5:30am! I waited about 15 minutes and she didn’t go back to sleep so I went and made a bottle. The house was still very dark and as I was going down the hallway to her door I bumped into Cori. She scared the crap out of me. I thought she was still in bed, opps. She changed her diaper and brought her back to our bed and fed her. It’s nice when she takes over like that sometimes. I didn’t go back to sleep (none of us did) and by 6:15 I was itching to workout. When I got back Cori headed out the door for a run herself. She’s worried she’s gonna get out of shape now that the Fire Academy is over. When she gets hired she will have to take another physical test, and if she doesn’t get hired right away she has to take the CPAT every 6 months to keep up her certification. Yikes.

Chase wanted Cherrios and Ryan and I had waffles. I had Kashi Strawberry Flax waffles with 1/2 a banana and 2 tbls light maple syrup.

They were so yummy.

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I think next time I’ll add some PB too. =)

I have to jump in the shower now. I have to bring the van to get an oil change. Hopefully they will wash it too, she’s dirty.

Cori is bringing the boys to the movies today and I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m just about over staying in the house so I better think of something.

See you for lunch,

ashley

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