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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.

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Weekend Wrap Up – Days 6 and 7

This weekend was fun!  We went to Washington DC for a march for Standing Rock and the Dakota Pipeline.  It was cold.  I truly couldn’t feel my feet by the end of it.  Then we stayed overnight for a date weekend and went out to dinner and to listen to music.  I decided to drink Vodka and that was a bad idea!  Recovering now…  but it was a great weekend!

I actually did well eating this weekend.  I started Saturday with two left over crab deviled eggs, Kombucha and a green smoothie with spinach, celery, carrots, peaches and coconut water.  I drank a fatty coffee through out the day.  I had a latte with whole milk from Starbucks and a nuts and coconut Kind Bar for a snack.  Dinner was fantastic!  I had grilled salmon with a avocado salad, spicy collard greens and green beans.  I also had too much vodka…

Today has been good too.  Breakfast was a omelet with all kinds of vegetables and cheese, bacon, sausage and some fruit.  We skipped lunch since we had a big breakfast and since we were traveling.  Dinner was meat balls, crab dip, shrimp salad and a cheat with a cake pop.  I couldn’t help it!  It was so good and so worth it though!

To bed early tonight to recover from the weekend fun.  Hopefully next week is a good one!

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Day One of the Wild Diet

So it is officially day one of The Wild Diet for me.  I am supposed to answer some questions about where I am currently and where I would like to be as well as take a before picture so I can see the changes that (hopefully) occur after 30 days of following this plan.  No, I didn’t eat like the below picture although add a bunch of vegetables and it would be acceptable under this plan!

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My before picture would be best taken with me in my bathing suit which I am not doing right this second.  I will take it tonight and post it tomorrow.  So on to the questions!

Current State: My Opportunities

Rating (circle one): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  I rate myself a 5 out of 10

These are things I need to work on (my negative habits):  I need to stop relying on convienence food that offers no nutrition.  I also need to eat more vegetables and not eat so many grains – even if they are whole grains.


Rating (circle one): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I rate myself a 8 out of 10.

These are things I need to work on (my negative habits):  I do well with exercise. I workout at least 5 days a week but I need to take easy days sometimes and focus more effort on building muscle instead of just on cardio and burning calories.


Rating (circle one): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I rate myself a 8 out of 10.

These are things I need to work on (my negative habits):  I normally sleep well and get enough sleep but I need to be more consistant on the weekends and not stay up all night and sleep too long the next day!


Rating (circle one): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  I rate myself a 8 out of 10.

These are things I need to work on (my negative habits):  I think I have a good mindset most of the time but I need to work on just going with the flow some more.

Visualization: My Ideal Life

This is how I see my ideal life:

DIET – Eating The Wild Diet way and not having to count calories and obsess over food while still staying at a healthy weight and gaining a healthy body fat percentage.

EXERCISE – Learn to enjoy exercise again and not just see it as a chore I have to do to stay healthy or in order to eat what I want.

SLEEP – Going to bed and getting up at about the same time all the time!

MINDSET – Stay positive and go with the flow and know that things will work out no matter what!

My 30-Day Goals

By this date, __________________1/5/2017____________________________, I will achieve the following:

DIET – Be eating The Wild Diet way without even thinking about it.

EXERCISE – Be exercising for fun and gaining muscle.

SLEEP – To be going to bed around the same time and getting up at around the same time every night.

MINDSET – To keep moving forward and be positive!

Steps to Achieving My 30-Day Goals

These are the steps I will take to make it happen:

DIET – Really focus on eating tons of vegetables, good protein and healthy fats.  I won’t take many cheat days because I really want this way of eating to become second nature to me.

EXERCISE – Keep doing what I am doing while remembering to have fun with it.  Exercise is not something to be done like a job or so that I can eat something.  I have to keep in mind that it is to keep me healthy.

SLEEP – Go to bed and get up around the same time all the time no matter what – no excuses!

MINDSET – Remember that living and eating The Wild way will help me to be a happier, healthier person and that it will become habit if I keep at it!

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I am officially on the road to a healthier life!  Again…

On this journey I plan to document my journey on this page.  It will make me more accountable and perhaps I will even meet some friends to help me along the way.

Today I got up and decided I wasn’t very hungry for breakfast so I had a fatty coffee.  It sounds gross but it is actually good.  It is coffee blended with heavy cream and coconut oil.  I drank that all morning and didn’t get hungry until noon!  Sweet!  Pardon the mess on and under my desk in this picture!


Then for lunch I had steamed broccoli and cauliflower with mushrooms, red pepper and onions with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and grilled chicken.  This kept me full until after 4pm.  Pardon the messy desk again!


Then at 4pm I had half of my green smoothie that I didn’t take a picture of because it was about as impressive as my coffee picture above (I knew you were impressed).  I put carrots, cucumber, spinach, frozen peaches, caramel almond butter and coconut water in it.  It was awesome!

I went to the gym and ran for about 45 minutes then did a core class for about 45 minutes.  On the way home I drank the rest of my green smoothie.

My husband made dinner.  Did I mention he is a trained chef and is the best cook ever?  He isn’t a chef anymore but he still has the skills!  He made a awesome swordfish cacciatore.  It was delicious.  No picture just because I was hungry and didn’t feel like it.

Today was a great eating and exercise day.  I felt strong and energized all day.  No hunger or cravings.  I was actually surprised!  Here’s hoping for more of the same tomorrow!

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Another Long Hiatus for Me…

Well… here I am again!  Been awhile.  Here is quick catch up…

I think that in the time I was gone I really did become a little addicted to online subscriptions.  I was doing Stitchfix, Rocksbox, Ipsy, Birtchbox, Just Fab and Fabletics at one time!  I also dabbled in Wantable Accessories.  I am still dabbling in Wantable Style Edits.  I am actually waiting for my first box to get here.  Everything else has been cut off!  I do not need any extra incentive from a million emails to get me to buy clothes and shoes and makeup that I don’t need!  I will still do Stitchfix or Wantable Style Edits once in a while but not on the regular.  I will probably also do the Wantable Accessories again when I need some new stuff.  I liked what they sent.  So that is where I stand with the online subscriptions.

Work is fine, the kid and husband are fine and all the animals in my zoo of a house are fine.  That is all just as it was.  My daughter just turned 4.  I can’t believe she is so big already!  She is her own little person already and she is the best!  🙂

The biggest news (and what I will probably write about the most in this blog) is that I am starting The Wild diet tomorrow.  I kind of all ready started but tomorrow is my first official day.  This diet restricts all processed carbs and really focuses on vegetables, good proteins from meat, fruits, nuts and healthy fats.  I have a lot of stomach issues at times and I swear it gets so much worse when I eat a lot of sugar (like a cupcake with good icing) or a lot of processed carbs like oatmeal and barley.  I do much better when eating the things included in this diet.  I think this will be really good for me.  It also gives you the option of two cheat meals a week so I don’t have to feel like I can’t have something.  I just can’t do it all the time.  It also allows for dark chocolate and wine so I think I am good!  🙂

Prioritize fresh produce, nutrient-dense fats like grass-fed butter, and meat from healthy animals. You should be eating ⅔ plant foods and ⅓ protein and fat. Fill yourself up in this priority

The other big thing I am doing is not running as much.  I just did my first (and probably only) marathon in October and I am just tired of running.  I am running a half marathon in March so I am training for that by using the half marathon training program in the app Apptiv but I am doing different types of exercise other than running a lot more than I have in a long time.  I still run 3 days a week but I am also doing a core class, a barre class and a yoga class once a week and I am not going all out on my runs.  The half I am doing gives you 4 hours to complete it.  I can walk the whole thing in that amount of time so there is no pressure here!  I just want to finish.  It is nice to not feel pressure when working out! Now it is just fun and to be healthy!

So I guess in looking at my new goals in eating and working out, I am trying to find balance yet again in my life!  At least the work/life balance is there – I just need to chill with the rest of it and be healthy and not always go full force!  Balance and have fun!

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Not yet but committed to getting there once again!