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Little Late But Totally AWESOME Weekend and Week So Far!

A little late with this one but it took some time to get back with the reality program after we got back from our AWESOME weekend of hanging out with my BFF since high school at her house on the water!  What a great time!

First off, here is me and my BFF.  We have been friends for almost 30 years.  Saying that makes me feel so old but it is truly awesome to be able to say that you have had a friend for that length of time.  We don’t always see each other often, but we can always just pick up where we left off!

Bill caught a bunch of catfish from the dock at the house, Maggie made friends with my BFF’s dog and she got to go on her first jet ski ride (which she loved!) and we all got to hang out on the boat in the perfect weather!  Perfect weekend!

We also gave our dog Foxy her first bath since we got her 5 years ago.  She is normally very clean since she sheds constantly but she has a problem where she leaks pee when she lays down to sleep.  They did something wrong when she was spayed before we got her.  Poor dog!  For some reason lately it has been bad and she had pee all over her back area so she finally got her first bath with us.  She looked like a little drowned rat!


I also found a friend at work that will actually walk with me!  She also lives like right around the corner from me so we went walking together for the second time this afternoon and it was a lot of fun!  So much better than running!  I think we went about 2 miles and walking is so much less stressful on my feet and knees than running.  Going with a friend makes it just as therapeutic as running so win win for everything!  Hopefully this keeps up!


My co-worker that had surgery Monday is also doing well.  Surgery went great and they were able to get all the tumor out (it was small) and the cancer hadn’t spread so she doesn’t have to have any radiation or chemotherapy so that is great and I am very thankful!  So far it has been a good week!




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12 Years!

My husband and I just celebrated 12 years of marriage yesterday.  I feel so old now!  We went to an awesome restaurant called Parts and Labor and had some great food and great drinks.  I should have taken some pictures to capture some of the wonderful ambiance but I am still trying to get used to this blogging thing as you can see from my 6 day hiatus between posts.  One picture of me that my husband took while we were there is all I got!


I started seeing my therapist again and she is helping me work through my body issues and my food issues.  It was much more fun going out to eat and not worrying so much about the why I should or should not eat or drink something.  Just choosing to do it and not feel guilty about it makes everything so much easier.  It still feels kind of wrong to me but I am working on it!

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Now I am trying to get into lifting weights and I am having a hard time with it.  The weird thing is that I don’t really want to run anymore either.  I am just done with it all.  But I know I should lift.  It is good for me!


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Checklists: a nice alternative to tracking — Fit Is a Feminist Issue


I laughed when I read Sam’s post about her FitBit yesterday because of how funny she thought it was that I felt relieved for her when she lost it. Yes, I hate tracking. Yes, it reminds me of the panopticon. And the panopticon is a prison design. And I had a not so great experience […]

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On the 12th Day of The Wild Diet…

Today was a alright day.  It is Friday finally and Fridays are always good.  I am supposed to have my first long run with my half marathon training group tomorrow morning (4-5 miles) but it might ice and snow so they might postpone it until Sunday.  I hope we get to do it.  I am ready!  I feel like the below but I also don’t want to fall on my butt and hurt myself if it is really icy!  They will make the final decision at 6am.  I just have to get up early and see what is going on.

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Today I actually ate breakfast.  I had 4% milk fat cottage cheese with blueberries and black coffee.  Lunch was sauteed red peppers, collard greens, kale, zucchini and mushroom with olive oil along with olives, cooked grass fed ground beef and a small avocado.  Snack was a green smoothie with coconut water, collard greens, kales, blueberries and a banana.

I skipped the gym tonight because my husbands holiday work party was tonight.   Santa comes and my daughter loved it!  I had some cheats at the party.  I did pretty good though.  I had a salad, green beans, turkey, brisket, sausage and peppers and a piece of swiss cheese.  Then they had some pretty awesome desserts so I sampled.  One small macaroon cookie, 3 small chocolate truffles and 2 marshmellow things.  Here is my daughter with Santa.

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The Wild Diet Day 11

Today I went to work and got a great surprise from my co-worker – butter rum muffins!  OMG!  I have never had one before today and it was to die for!  Totally worth the splurge!  Here is a picture of it along with my fatty coffee after it was already half gone (in about 5 minutes)!  I did also eat the apple that is in the background as my afternoon snack which helped me not get cookies and hot chocolate at the CEO’s get together later in the afternoon!


Lunch was my normal this week – vegetables (zucchini, red peppers, asparagus and olives all sauteed in olive oil) and cooked grass fed ground beef.

I went to the gym today and did a 30 minute run on the treadmill (5 minute warm up, 20 minute tempo, 5 minute cool down).  I also did The Wild Diet lifting session and my ball exercises for my back.

Dinner was baked salmon with a dill cucumber yogurt sauce and sauteed arugula.  I had one piece of dark chocolate and am now enjoying two glasses of one of our Dry Farm Wines red wines.  It is delicious and the perfect end to a busy but good day!

My husband and I have been talking and we are thinking of putting our daughter in a Catholic school that is in our neighborhood.  Her daycare is so unorganized and it is starting the drive us nuts.  They have gone through like 3 directors over the last year and their communication is non existent until they think there is a problem with your child.  I always ask how she was when I pick her up and half the time her teachers act like they are annoyed that I asked.  Now that she is hitting and not listening like she used to it is a big deal and we have to sign a paper everyday that shows her performance for the day (which of course they forget the paper until we ask about it).  The Catholic school does pre K through 8 grade and before and after school care and is literally a block from our house.  We are going on a tour in the beginning of the new year to see what we think.  Wish us luck!  This could be a really good thing!  Does anyone have any experience with Catholic schools they can share?


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The Wild Diet Day 10 – A Third of the Way There!

I am officially a third of the way through my first 30 days on The Wild Diet!  Woo hoo!  I love it!  I am eating so many more vegetables now.  I feel healthier and I am never hungry.  Win and Win!

This morning I took a break from fatty coffee and decided to eat celery with almond butter.  Ants on a Log minus the ants!  I think that I like just having fatty coffee instead.  I may not be a breakfast person.


Lunch was grass fed ground beef, with sauteed red pepper, zucchini, mushroom and spinach with feta cheese and it was awesome.


Snack was a green smoothie.  This time with coconut water, kale, collard greens and a banana.  It was also awesome!

At the gym today I did a short interval workout run for 25 minutes (about 2 miles) and then did my Barre class (45 minutes).

Dinner was baked pork chops with butter sauce with asparagus and baked sweet potato.  I also had a couple mixed olives after dinner while packing lunch for tomorrow!  And kombucha tea.  Can’t forget that!

I also signed up for a half marathon training program today through my local running store.  I know that I am not really supposed to be doing a ton of working out on The Wild Diet but running has become so much a part of me over the last few years that I just can’t not do the distance.  I feel weird!  My first run is this Saturday with the group and we do two sessions a week – Saturday morning long runs and Tuesday night speed/hill workouts.  Should be fun!  I really am excited!

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Now for a question.  My daughter is 4 and is normally really good at home and at her “school” (really daycare but they do pre-school).  For the last week or two though, she has been hitting her friends and teachers and not listening.  At home she has been not listening and then hitting us when she doesn’t get her way.  We try to do time outs but she is very stubborn and won’t sit for them until we put her back in the chair 20 times or so.  Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with a unruly 4 year old besides time out or is that the best thing to do?  Thanks in advance for your help!

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Day 9 and The Wild is Fine!

I make up the stupidest rhymes for these titles! Ha! I amuse myself!

Day 9 was an ok day.  I had fatty coffee for breakfast then since we were waiting for our food to be delivered from Amazon Fresh (which is great by the way!) I went and got a salad at the salad bar for lunch.  It was lacking good protein sources but I did the best I could.  Romaine, peppers, mushrooms, kalmata olives, grape tomatoes, beets, cheddar cheese, feta cheese, bacon crumbles and almonds all with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  I think I over did it with the cheese and bacon though!  😦

I went to the gym and did The Wild 7 minute interval thing, then I did my lifting and then I walked hills for 20 minutes.  My snack was a green smoothie with coconut water, spinach, carrots and peaches.

Dinner was awesome again!  My husband made baked cod with dill, quinoa with cheese and the awesome bacon wrapped brussels sprouts below (not a real picture of ours but close enough).  I also drank a kombucha tea.