Lent Day 1: Ash Wednesday…

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I didn’t actually get out today to take photographs.  It’s Ash Wednesday and per the tradition I am fasting.  According to our Pastor, you can have a light meal in the morning, a small meal at lunch, and then a normal meatless dinner.  I have done a 24-hour cleanse starting last night, and tonight I had intended on going to a dinner with my husband, but life had different plans.  I feel rather mopey regarding the whole ordeal.  Basically, my husband has work functions that go well into the night all night, and because I can’t find a babysitter, I’m stuck at home with the kids.  I’m little angry about the situation.  Not that my husband has work functions, or the work functions are kid-free.  I’m more angry that I can’t be like other parents.  If I had a typical child I would not hesitate in going to the function tonight, and let the kids stay home by themselves for a few hours.  I would feel comfortable calling back to the house to make sure everything was going alright, and maybe my kids would be over at other kids’ houses playing with friends. But my situation is hardly normal.

I know that many autism self-advocates will yell and scream about me “hating” my children, but this is a little known fact of my life.  I don’t get date nights.  I don’t get to go out and get my nails done when my kids are at home.  The reality is that I have a child who is 11-years-old, and functions at around a 3-year-old. It is difficult finding people to watch the kids for the sheer number of things that are planned.  Life would be so much easier without autism, but it would be so much less enjoyable.

Anyway, I am amazed at the amount of time I have when I am not checking my Facebook status.  I got home from church and dropping the kids off at school, and then thought to myself, “now what?!”  I watched part of “Silver Lining Play Book,” while finishing up my 15,000 steps, I wrote in my blog, and I started a new home improvement project.  Namely, I am finishing our kitchen remodel.

Isagenix Day 26: Date Night!

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Oh vey, tonight is date night.  It is a rare occurrence in our family.  I have a 9 and 11-year-old, under normal circumstances I should be able to leave my kids for a few hours to go out and enjoy an evening to myself.  Unfortunately, there is nothing normal about my circumstance.  My 11-year-old is developmentally about 4 or 5 years old.  My 9-year-old is incredibly mature, and she wants to be able to stay at home alone, but I’m just not confident she is ready, perhaps in a few years.  My son’s school is wonderful and does bi-monthly babysitting for kids in attendance.  Tonight we have reservations at the Melting Pot in Destin.  While psychologically it’s great, dietary, I’m a nervous wreck.  I have no idea what I should order.  I ran today, and I’m going to do an extra workout today and tomorrow to make up for what I’m eating tonight.  Furthermore, Sunday is my husband’s 40th birthday party, so I will be “pigging” out again Sunday night.  Next week, I’m starting another cleanse.

Weight: 139 lbs!!! (finally broke that plateau!)

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, Accelerator
Breakfast: Shake
Lunch: Shake
Snack: Apple
Dinner: The Melting Pot

Activity: 5.0 mile walk, 1.5 mile run (700 calorie burn!!!)

Isagenix Day 26: The Light At The End!

There are only four days left until the end of the first 30 day challenge.  I’m starting to plan for the next 30 days.  So far I have lost nine pounds, and even though I wish it were more, I’m incredibly happy with the success I have had the last 26 days.  I had my first piece of candy in 26 days, and now I realize what the value of food is.  I had four gummy worms.  Those 4 gummy worms were 140 calories!  Just four small pieces of candy were that many calories!  I ate a LOT today.  I burned over 600 calories, and today was the first day I felt truly hungry.  I also measured EVERYTHING…

So here goes:

Weight: 141

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and Accelerator
Breakfast: Shake
Lunch: Shake and Salad
Snack: Four Gummy Worms
Dinner: 1/3 Cup Chili Con Carne with 1 Cup of Rice, 1 oz shredded cheese, 2 TBSP Sour Cream
Snack: Sugar-Free Pudding with 2 TBSP of whipped cream

Activity: 3.50 mile walk, 1.5 mile run, another .50 mile walk (total burn) 600 calories

Isagenix Day 25: Another day in frustration…

So far I have two strikes on appointments.  Yesterday, it was my daughter’s dental appointment.  Today it was my back appointment.  I had gone to the wrong address, and additionally, the doctor’s wife was sick with the flu and he needed to pick up the kids at school.  So they had to reschedule my appointment for another 10 days.  The PT worked my back pretty well today, and it is quite sore.  I also ran-walked.  I’m doing a 5 mile walk every day.  Today, I added a 1 mile run.  Tomorrow, I’m upping the running distance to 1.25 miles.

Weight: 141

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, Accelerator, water
Breakfast: IsaLean Shake
Lunch: Polenta
Snack: IsaLean Shake
Dinner: Light Creamy Chicken Pesto with Gluten Free Pasta
Snack: Chocolate wafers
PM: Water and Flush

Activity: 60 minute abdominal workout, 2 mile warm-up/1 mile run/2 mile cool-down

Isagenix Day 24: I wanna eat!

Today, was a day I really wanted to eat.  I did fall off the diet a little bit, but I didn’t fall off to the point where I am regretting the decisions I made.  My daughter was supposed to have surgery today, but due to a scheduling mix up on the part of the clinic, the surgery didn’t happen.  This was the first time I wanted to eat my frustration at the situation.  My daughter was so nervous about the appointment, and I felt guilty that she couldn’t just have it done and over with.  Now, she has another appointment that she will get worked up over.  Tomorrow, I have my back appointment.  I get to find out what is going on with my back.  My bursitis is doing well.  The swelling is going down considerably.  I have decided that I am just getting old.  As the pain from my knee is subsiding and the swelling going down, my back is getting considerably worse.   I am sore from Monday’s therapy session, the physical therapist really worked on my back.  I’m hoping tomorrow I will get a soft tissue massage.

Weight: No weigh in

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and water
Breakfast: Vanilla shake with cocoa
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, 1/2 order of Chick Fil A fries, and Medium Fruit Bowl
Dinner: Shephard’s Pie (400ish calories), wine

Activity: 5 mile walk on the treadmill (no running)

Isagenix Day 23: Great Day!!!

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I took this picture in Cypress Gardens.  I’m not an overly religious person, but there were some beautiful statues in the gardens.

I worked hard today.  I went to physical therapy for an hour, I came home and did an hour of cardio, then went to get a dress altered for an event next week.  Tomorrow my daughter has oral surgery, and I think she will be home with me the next couple of days.  She has an extra tooth growing sideways and it is affecting the roots of her adult teeth.  The doctor said it can become infected, alter her adult teeth, or form a cyst.  So we are going to have it removed.

Weight: 140
Inches: 292 inches (38 inches lost so far!)

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, water, and accelerator
Breakfast: Shake
Lunch: Shake
PM Snack: Apple and accelerator
Dinner: Sicilian Polenta Bake
Late PM: Flush and water

Activity: Back exercises, 5 mile walk

Isagenix Day 22: Not much change from the previous week…

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Before, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4

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Before, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3

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Before, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3

There has not been much change between weeks 2 and 3, because I haven’t lost much weight.  I have started doing My Fitness Pal this week.  I’m hoping to lose another 3-4 pounds.  I am down a total of 10 pounds, and am really happy with my progress on this so far.  My goal is another 15 pounds.

Weight: 140

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, 16 ounces of water, Accelerator
Breakfast: Isalean Shake
Lunch: Prime rib, salad
Snack: Apple
Dinner: Chicken Thigh, Ratatouille, and wine
Late PM: Water and Flush

Activity: 4 mile walk/1 mile run/Jillian Michaels Video, total burn: 719 calories