Days 10-11-and-12 of 30 – Healthy Living Challenge and some catching up to do!

I’m gonna start by saying I had a monster of a migraine this morning that I had to suffer through before getting online to catch up, but more on that later….

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We’ve had a HUGE bowl of trick or treat candy sitting in our apartment since last weekend’s Trunk-Or-Treat event we volunteered at. And I swear candy that I don’t even like is calling to me from the bottom of that bowl. Childhood memories can often trigger the want of certain foods. Especially comfort foods. We will all indulge once in a while. But succumbing to bad eating habits FOR comfort is never the solution, instead it adds to the problem! Ps…. neither of us have eaten any of that candy and don’t plan on it. Hopefully we get some trick-or-treaters here at the apartment. But we’ve noticed that it’s not very common for apartments here in Virginia Beach.

BREAKFAST: Arbonne Chocolate Protein Shake w/1/2 scoop Arbonne Daily Fiber + 1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance + 1 Pear

LUNCH: Coconut Yogurt blended w/cherries and w/blueberries, blackberries & pecans. About 30 minutes later, Arbonne Digestion Plus w/water

EXERCISE/SNACK: 30 Minutes Elliptical + Arbonne Fizz Stick w/water and baby carrots with hummus.

DINNER:  Red lentil pasta with brown lentils, zucchini, and red peppers in a veggie tomato sauce, served with sautéed garlic and spinach. Mixed all together 

BEFORE BED:  Arbonne Herbal Detox Tea

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Last minute Random Act Of Kindness. That morning we had just heard about this food drive to help kids at schools here who can’t afford lunches. NO CHILD should EVER go hungry. Hubby and I are pretty passionate about making sure those who can’t speak for themselves (like animals) and the welfare of children. Children are the future hope of the world. We need to make sure they are given the very best opportunities possible to flourish and grow. And empty belly’s are something no child should have to live with.

BREAKFAST: Arbonne Java Chip Protein Shake w/1/2 scoop Arbonne Daily Fiber (I omitted the cacao nibs) + 1 banana

LUNCH: Steel cut oats (plain) w/coconut milk + blueberries + blackberries.  About 30 minutes later, Arbonne Digestion Plus w/water.

EXERCISE/SNACK: 60 minutes Les Mills Bodypump. Celery + carrots and a Citrus Arbonne Fizz Stick w/water.

DINNER:  Vegan Stuffed Peppers w/side salad of greens + cucumber + shredded carrot w/hummus.

BEFORE BED:  Arbonne Herbal Detox Tea w/half scoop Arbonne Vanilla Protein + coconut milk + cinnamon (this was delicious!)




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I try to be a full disclosure girl. I admit when I make mistakes and admit when I try something and it turns out not as I hoped it would or not as good as it should have. And NO ONE is 100% perfect at all times. So it’s confession time and I’ll tell you what I learned from it.

Yesterday it was a day out with my Virginia Beach besties. And I had decided when I woke up I would experiment a bit. I had been feeling soooooo fabulous since getting over my sinus infection and being on this 30 Day Challenge; plus I knew I would be surrounded by temptation anyway. I’ve already proven to myself that I can have self control when I CHOOSE self control. But I really wanted to test how a change in diet would affect me since I’ve been eating soooooo clean. 

I didn’t photo journal much of the day. The day started at Starbucks where I decided to forgo my cappuccino I had been planning on and opted for their holiday drink. Which I was so distracted talking and glancing around at all the new Starbucks cups, forgot to ask for coconut milk instead of milk 😢. I hate wasting money and the person’s time so I just sucked it up and dealt with it knowing I would suffer with a belly ache/bloating afterwards 😒  I also bought a chocolate croissant which I ate a bite of and tossed it. 

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At first I thought mmmm this is yummy. It does indeed taste like a caramel green apple with chocolate. But as I continued to drink it I realized it was just the fact that I was drinking sugar and coldness that was comforting. About half way through I knew it was a stupid impulse. The milk was like chalk in my mouth. I wish I had ordered my coconut milk cappuccino and been happy with that small dose of sweet. Live and learn… don’t always have to follow a trend! It’s not always good for you, and often it doesn’t live up to the hype! This not only didn’t live up the hype but I chose to deprive my body of my healthy shake and opted for a cup of twice the calories and zero nutrition.

We shopped all day long starting at Michael’s for craft supplies and bargain hunting. I bought two covered ramekins for a grand total of $3 and some cents! Then we headed to lunch at Panera and  I had a bowl of their Autumn Squash Soup and afterwards realized I have no clue what their recipe is. I blindly presumed there was no dairy or anything else unhealthy hiding behind the delicious squashiness. So I searched the web for copycat recipes and found some that didn’t have dairy or added sugars but a lot of them did have cream, heavy cream and milk. Yeah I was gonna have a belly ache tonight 🤢 I also indulged in 🥖 Yikes what was I doing????????

By the time we got to our next stop, Marshalls. I was feeling like I had a HUGE balloon 🎈 inflating inside my stomach. And I was getting soooooo tired. I felt like I could head to bed right then and sleep all night 💤 And it was 2pm in the afternoon! 


I met up with Keith a while later and we decided to do even more shopping. Partly because I was ready for bed and if we sat and watched tv or I got on the computer to do this I was going to fall asleep where I sat. He needed a new winter coat and I needed a new dress for two semi-formal events we have coming up. So we walked and walked and walked and walked. Finally headed home for a healthier dinner and 💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤

Bread seems to be eaten in our society as a huge filler. Both for our tummy and our plate. Why? It’s cheap! We need to make better choices, I needed to make better choices. And we need better choices at restaurants and in many situations we need to make healthy options as inexpensive as tossing a slice of bread to a meal to fill us up!

Lesson learned. I felt like crap all day long, bloated and zero energy. I need to stick with what I’ve learned and even on those days when I indulge in something that’s less than healthy, I need to make the rest of the day healthy. Not just say oh well I screwed up breakfast may as well just keep screwing up. Indulgences should be just that, and indulgence, a decadent moment, not our daily nutrition plan.

BREAKFAST: Starbucks Zombie Frappucino + a bite of a chocolate croissant 

LUNCH: Panera Autumn Squash Soup + evil side of bread  + half a sandwich w/half the bread taken off + tea

EXERCISE/SNACK: Walking…… + coffee

DINNER:  Italian Chicken Sausage + brown rice pasta + huge salad

BEFORE BED:  Arbonne Herbal Detox Tea 




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