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Breaking Through the Strip

Monday, March 28, 2011

Yesterday at noon was a breakthrough moment for me. I had been feeling a bit agitated, tired and hungry for a couple days. I couldn't figure out what was tripping me up and keeping me so agitated. I went on my morning run, it was cold (27 degrees) with a 20mph head wind both ways! My face was so cold I wanted to stop at mile 2 and I felt like crying. Why? Why am I feeling like this. What is going on that I am working through a level of something that is just keeping me irritated. Where is the smooth? Where is the ease? Transitions are never seamless with me, I always have an adjustment period where everything has to learn to adjust and work in sync.

I pushed myself into mile 3. Picked up the pace in mile 4 and headed towards home so that my hubby could finish packing his bag to leave on a business trip. We had hoped for 5 miles, but didn't have the time for it. I entered the house feeling like I could cry. Why? What is going on? Pull yourself together. I ran a hot epsom salt bath, made myself a cup of hot tea. Grabbed a protein shake and a pear. Tub time. Just sink down, relax, give yourself over to whatever feelings come along. Cry if you need to. I don't know why you need to, but cry. Drink your tea and cry.

Then magically like a switch had been flipped, I felt amazing. As bad as I had felt earlier I was certain that nap and useless day were ahead of me. But just the opposite was true. I felt so optimistic, so energetic and suddenly ready to take on the world. I am just guessing at this point that this past week has been a different level of detox for me and that in that flush some hormones.

So, let's see some sexy food!

12 Grain Hot Breakfast Cereal, almond milk, pecans, cinnamon, banana, strawberry

Chocolate Protein Shake and a Pear

Tilapia, Sauteed Spinach and Tomatoes for Lunch

Snack was one of my favorites which I have pictured before:
Apple, pear, blueberries and chopped walnuts

Dinner was supposed to be Elk Roast in a root vegetable sauce.
I purchased the leaned sirloin roast I could, it was grass fed organic.
and I followed the recipe to a T. T = Terrific! Oh, my this was delicious!!!

Oh, and after my little breakdown, breakthrough, I suddenly have not been as hungry between meals and feel more satisfied at meals. The food is sexy delicious. I'm feeling amazing. Sleeping well and feeling more and more positive with each moment.

Have a fabulous day! Live with passion and eat something delicious! Tell me something new that you have tried lately or what your process has taught you about yourself.

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  • RAD062010
    Yum..... and ...... thanks for sharing about the ups (and downs).
    3470 days ago
    Well Carolyn....I am so glad to see you're human after all! :) I'm so glad that you finally made your breakthrough...I think that is why it's so hard for people to change their habits...it's hard to last long enough to see a positive change...but once you do the benefits are endless! Great job!
    3470 days ago
    I haven't been able to find farro here, but someone said that there is a health food store that might have it (not being able to read kanji limits the use of the phone book). The microbiotic restaurant close by did not even carry flax seed.
    I tried a new freestyle drill from Carol on my swim team. It is awesome. I am trying to swim at least 4 nights a week, usually 5.
    I tried a new Japanese vegetable-I thought it was bok choy, but was corrected. It tasted like a cabbage something. The sweet potatoes here are awesome and come in several colors-white, orange, and purple. I have tried them all.
    Thanks for sharing your journey with us!
    3470 days ago
    well, I made myself a jicama salad... and I liked it! Another veggie to add to the arsenal.
    3470 days ago
    Food looks fabulous! Can I hire you to be my personal chef? I know I could be so happy and healthy if you would! :)

    BUT, the big story here.....................you working through the moments when it just wasn't happening. AMAZING.

    Seriously, when I don't feel like walking another step, I am going to think of this blog. Cause sometimes life is just about pushing on through.
    3470 days ago
    I love the sexy food!

    Sweetie, I felt that very way yesterday at mile 11 where I thought my hamstring was about to rip. Ouch!

    Glad you are recharged and ready to continue taking on the world! I gotta get some of that recharge stuff after I finish nursing this injured hammy.
    3470 days ago
  • LESLEE33
    Thanks for sharing!
    3470 days ago
    Your insight into yourself it awesome! emoticon
    3470 days ago
    I can relate to this in so many ways ...
    3470 days ago
    I packed a cooler for my trip to see my folks and I was thrilled with my results. I lost weight... again... finally. I was believing that mean voice that tells me I can't do it when he said packing the cooler was too hard. It wasn't so hard and it was challenging working in a way to heat it up but it wasn't impossible. I felt so good about myself and my success. (Thanks for the tip Carolyn!)
    3470 days ago
    Hi Carolyn! I hate those moments where you just want to cry and have no idea why...

    My "new" will be tonight when we (as a family) try sweet potatoes a la Carolyn. I hope we like them...

    I also picked up Tosca's book "The Eat-Clean Diet RECHARGED" over lunch. Target said they had limited quantities in our local store, and they weren't kidding! I looked around forever for the book and was about to ask someone where it was when I came across the VERY. LAST. COPY! I looked for the cookbook, but there were none. So glad I got it! And I can't wait to begin reading it!

    Question: what's the difference between Recharged and Get Your Best Body Now?

    Edited to add: your breakfast looks absolutely divine! Is that recipe in Recharged? If it's not, will you share it with me?
    3470 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2011 2:02:54 PM
    Loving to see all the delicious, healthy food!
    3471 days ago
    I am starting to use positive language and visualization. I was excited to get down int o the 180s today, but I realized as I walked around today that it was at the expense of some lost muscle mass because I have let my exercise routine fall off track.
    3471 days ago
    I've learned that the more I do, the more I want to [and can] do, and the cleaner I eat, the cleaner I want to eat [and the easier it gets].

    I thank God that the process of eating 5 - 6 Clean meals each day has given me success and tools I need to say "no" to food that, at one point in life, would have put me over the edge.

    My bf, who makes a small effort to be a little smarter when he's cooking [for me], always has huge packages of Little Debbie Oatmeal Cookies and NuttyBuddy Bars in the house for his lunches. Eating my snacks between breakfast, lunch and dinner, coupled with my casein shake at bedtime makes all the difference in the world. Last night he kept offering me Mint Oreos cookies, and it was easy to say no, knowing that shortly I would be blending my Chocolate Supreme Casein with unsweetened almond milk and 4 frozen strawberries into the most amazing thick shake!

    3471 days ago
    I wrote a blog entitled Life is Like an Onion. Everytime I get to a new lower weight I feel like layers are being peeled away much like the layers of an onion. the weight comes off and the memories that were attached to that weight come out. Life is interesting in that regard. It is also interesting how emotions can play such a key with our weight issues. Love your blogs. Thanks for sharing, again!
    3471 days ago
    you are doing wonderful and I know alot of us are enjoying your's and your friends blogs about STRIPPED :)
    3471 days ago
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