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I decided to try Advocare, and the cleanse was really challenging but very rewarding.  Now that it’s over I’ve really learned to appreciate the foods I eat more than ever.  It sort of got me to start thinking of food as fuel again, rather than purely entertainment, comfort, etc.  I’ve cut most of the sugar out of my diet and I rarely miss it.  However, there are many temptations and it can be hard at times to stick 100% to the plan.  The worst thing is the beautiful free goodies people bring in at work (see below) because work is stressful and I love to eat sweets and carb-heavy foods when I’m stressed.

At the 14 day mark, I had lost 6 pounds and some inches!  More importantly, I’m feeling a lot better, which makes it hard to find good excuses to avoid the gym anymore.  I notice, too, that I’m working harder at the gym probably because I’m feeling less icky and tired all the time.  I realized that it’s probably not normal for a 25-year-old to be so tired just from working and so forth.  More updates to follow!

Friends, I would love to report that I have so far achieved great and promising success at my challenge to lose 25 pounds by Heedfest (an annual festival held in July) but, alas, I have not really lost any weight at all.  It’s not all doom and gloom, however.  In the process of trying to lose weight, I’ve managed to get about 100% more in shape than I was when I started this whole endeavor.  I’m calling that a midterm win for the time being because it’s such a promising lifestyle change.

There are a lot of benefits to being more in shape.  For instance, you can take a flight or two of stairs at a jaunty pace and have enough breath left over to giggle at the people huffing and puffing around you.  Another boon is that I shaved some time off my 5K walk/run.  My muscles are more toned, I’m getting back into yoga, and I’m looking forward to going to the gym – even on a bad day – which is a HUGE difference from wanting to bury all of my emotions under a pile of ice cream. (Although, if you’re buying, Homemade Peanut Butter n’ Chip, please!)

My current favorite piece of equipment (because it kicks my butt) is the elliptical stepper thing.  I’ve included a picture because I’m finding out not a lot of people know what I’m talking about.  It must not be a common machine.

We balance our exercise time really well by utilizing the “anytime” in Anytime Fitness and spending nice, sunshiney days off outside walking on the trails with Julia!  You can read about our adventures in nature here.

1.  I always make sure to have ample furniture to set drinks on but for some reason, I can’t use a table for this.  I always balance my coffee mugs, cups, plates, bowls, etc. on my body while I’m using them.  I have no idea why.  This particular image is of my balancing act, this time with a delicious latte from Ghostlight Coffee.

2.  When I see anything in print, I check it over for grammatical and spelling errors.  If there aren’t any, I focus on style, diction, and syntax.  This is a picture I took at the gym of a typewritten letter a man wrote to anyone who would read it about why Obama is the worst president in history.  It was very funny, although I doubt the humor was intentional.

3.  When I see abandoned golf balls, I think about my dad.  He would snatch these up in a heartbeat.  Also, he would stand in the yard and hit golf balls – he even created his own little putting green (yes, he actually got down on the ground and measured the grass height).  So I guess when I saw these in my yard, I couldn’t help but to think he was out there somewhere trying to give me a sign that he has seen and approves of our new house.