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7 Days Sugarless

I could really go for a nice big batch of warm, salted caramel brownies right about now.  Or even just a bite.  But I’m a third of the way through the 21-Day-Sugar-Detox!  What what!  Look at me!  I’m honestly feeling better than I’ve felt in months.

Immediately following our wedding, I had plunged into a dangerous game of selective gluten-consumption leaving my insides and outsides as ugly as can be.  I would binge on something really terrible for me…for example, pizza, and then feel sick for weeks.  I knew what I was doing to myself, yet I kept it up on and off for a few months.  As soon as I’d recover from a midnight affair with a gluten laced treat I’d go back for more.  The cycle really was noticeably messing me up.  I was breaking out, my lips were flaking apart, and we won’t mention what was going on inside of me.  Disturbing.  The 21DSD is helping keep me on the path of the straight and narrow in the gluten department.

Anyway – I didn’t make those pizza kale chips that I had promised last week.  The idea of making cashew cream seemed daunting and I was focused on house hunting.  However, I did whip up my most favorite soup, Tom Kha Kai!  It’s a cinch to make, and will last a couple of days and is the perfect solution to 21DSD lunches.

Well, just another hour and I’ll be out running 2 miles as the start to half marathon training for week two!  I’m actually looking forward to my run, it is sunny and in the high 40’s here, but very windy.

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take that, oreo pie!

Let’s talk sugar detox!  I attempted the 21 Day Sugar Detox before, but it was really horrific timing, as I had started it just a week prior to the passing of my grandmother.  Commence emotional binge eating.  So, this is a fresh start!  My first detox day was Monday, a day that was coincidentally also my first official day of half marathon training.  See:

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Check out my cool Jr. Olympics Hat! Look…there is an icicle dangling from it. It might have been 27 degrees for this quick jaunt. I loved it! Also, I never participated in the Jr. Olympics – I was just cool enough to loan a friend my fleece lined tights so she could ski uber fast in Alaska while competing in the Nordic Ski JOs.

My game plan is to stop by Trader Joe’s once a week to stock up on convenience items, I love that they always have my favorite items pre-washed and sliced so I can just throw them in a frying pan and go.  These include Brussels sprouts and my all-time favorite, kale!  I usually cook the Brussels sprouts with a little bacon, some salt (since I buy uncured bacon, usually it isn’t salty) and maybe some red pepper flakes.  Kale usually gets wilted with some coconut oil, garlic, red pepper and lemon juice.  MMM MMMM MMM!  (I’m addicted!)  However, this weekend I will probably make Pizza Flavored Kale Chips to mix things up a bit.

As far as lunch goes, for the most part I’ve been eating avocado tuna salad, which sounds and looks kind of disgusting, but it tastes amazing and is very satisfying.  I throw two avocados, half a red onion, two jalapenos  juice of two large limes, and two cans of tuna fish together.  It is a great option but today is Thursday and I’ve grown a little bored of it, so I’m going to have a chorizo omlette for lunch today at Obama’s favorite pancake house.  Yep.  Life is good.

Yesterday was a super duper long day for me.  I went for a run, headed into work, headed to a networking event, and then on to my first graphic design night class.  Returning home a tad after 10:00 p.m., I walked Rory Penelope and then headed inside to discover that Mr. Dubs had left a piece of oreo pie sitting on our counter.  Just sitting there begging to be consumed.  Attempting to sabotage my grand plans.  After such a long day,  my defenses were weakened, I was vulnerable.  So, instead, I ate a breakfast ‘muffin’ and felt triumphant in my victory over the pie.

the pre-offspring bucket list

As you will soon learn, I like lists.  No, I love lists.  I am a Virgo, which apparently renders me greatly enamored by the organizational attributes of a list.

So, here’s the thing, I’m also newly married which in our very forward thinking society causes nearly everyone I happen upon to ask “WHEN ARE YOU HAVING BABIES?!”.  I have several points of contention with such a question:

  1. It is none of your business.
  2. It is none of your business.
  3. I don’t have a flipping clue.

Also, I am extremely put-off by acquaintances and strangers asking me such a personal, life changing question.  This is something that is chiefly between my husband and I.   Also, I have friends on both ends of the parenting spectrum, those that were surprised by a very unplanned blessing and those that have been trying endlessly only to suffer through horrific miscarriages and disappointing answers. I don’t want Mr. Dubs and I to have to answer to any of that with anyone other than the tight knit support network that we choose.

With all that said, I do have a uterus, which apparently endears the good Lord to start my clock a ticking.  So, I do get all gooey over newborns.  (A fairly recent phenomena that I do not really appreciate.)  I used to be able to look upon a newborn and think “Ew, that thing is puking all over itself and just pooped up its back!”  now the thought process goes a little more like “I need to hold that bundle of warm, soft, love!  I don’t mind if that means I have to change its diaper or even wear a hazmat suit to protect myself from it’s bodily functions.  I need one.  I wonder if I can steal this one?”

Well, and there lies the problem.  For a multitude of reasons, now is not the time to start this proliferation of small, dependent humans.  So, in order to distract myself, I have signed up for a half marathon.  You’ll be hearing a lot of about it later-I promise.  And with that first distraction becoming a major factor in my life – a few new ideas have hit the Pre-Offspring Bucket List.  

  1. Train for, and complete my first-ever half marathon, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC this April.
  2. Get a bangin’ new job that I love and that actually covers maternity leave or even just short-term disability.  (OH AMERICA  I AM SO DISAPPOINTED IN YOU ON THIS TOPIC!)
  3. Go on a girls’ trip to someplace beachy with a handful of my closest, most positive and adorable friends.  (I’m a pretty lucky gal because all of my friends are positive and adorable, its Snipperette Friend Requirement.)
  4. Take a damn honeymoon!
  5. Start a blog, (CHECK!) keep it updated at least once a week and be brave enough to share the URL with other humans.
  6. Read more books.
  7. Successfully complete a 21 Day Sugar Detox.
  8. Get more engaged with my community!
  9. Do more yoga and less TV watching.
  10. Buy more shoes.

As you can see, I’ve limited the list to just 10 items.  I’d say it’s manageable and that it makes sense to attempt these before there is a small, lovable, life changing, parasite pooping all over my independence.

Also, I’m giving you homework.  Please send me reading suggestions!  I need to create a list of books to read so I am never without a nice long queue of reading material.