Before and After Pics AND A Day of Gluttony

I’ve had requests to post a picture of my results so far. Unfortunately I didn’t take a before picture. So, I’m including a before picture from last June with my dad. I took a picture a few days ago in my bathroom. I don’t know why I’m wearing sunglasses. Sometimes I just have to laugh at myself.









The pants on the left are a tight size 12. See the fat blobs through the shirt? Gross.

The photo on the right, I’m wearing a size 8 jacket. Also the belt is one that I haven’t worn in a very long time. It’s a small, but on the largest setting, so really a medium. Still, no fat blobs hanging over the belt! Not fat blobs sticking out of the shirt. Legs seems slimmer and my arms are getting firm and definition. And even my face looks better – even with sunglasses. 🙂


I had a day of gluttony, okay gluttony is probably a pretty strong word, perhaps a word that means not eating healthy, all day long would be a better description. I didn’t plan the day to go like it did, it just did and I didn’t resist.

I also didn’t feel guilty. I made my choices and knew that with the choices would come either weight gain or a lot of extra workouts. It wasn’t a reward for a job well done. It simply was. I don’t think we need to spend too much effort thinking about why we make the bad choices we make. Sometimes we just make them. Get over it and make good choices the next time. The problem comes when we make bad choices ALL THE TIME and have an occasional good choice.

I feel like I’m doing great if I am making really good choices almost all the time.

I do kind of wonder if there was something in my brain though telling me it was okay to indulge one day a week. That’s what Tim Ferriss in his book The Four Hour Body promotes. I simply can’t agree with eating donuts and a bunch of crap one day a week. I used to drink and eat crud every single day. It wouldn’t be wise for me to go back to that place.

So, what happened on the day of gluttony was that I had a protein shake in the morning. Then I went out with a friend to get all our healthy stuff at Costco and Central Market. But first, we stopped at Steak and Shake for a burger. I ordered a Frisco Burger. Just out of curiosity I thought I would look up the calories to post them here for you. I almost felt like saying a bad word! This is what I found out…

Frisco Melt (Steak ‘n Shake)


Serving Size: 1 sandwich Calories: 1173 Total Fat: 93g Carbs: 43g Protein: 40g

Good thing I only ate a few fries and drank water with lemon. Can you imagine if I had eaten all my fries AND a coke?

Knowledge is power. I don’t think I will be ordering a Frisco Melt any time soon.

After buying all my lovely greens and fruits and taking them home, the kids wanted me to go see a movie with them. We went to Snow White and the Huntman. It’s not my type of movie, but we do sacrifice for our children don’t we? I actually liked it a lot! I also enjoyed some popcorn and yes, even half of a small coke.

After getting home from the movie my boyfriend called, reminding me that we had a date to go out for dinner. At least I knew I was going to make good choices with him. When we arrived at our favorite restaurant, one of our favorite servers had already set the table special for us, complete with extra linens and the napkins folded in a special way. The problem was she didn’t know we had both quit drinking cokes and she had already set the table with them. I had about a half of my glass. We did also order water with lemon. I had some steak and orzo pasta with asparagus. It was yummy.

So, where do I go from here? This was a day of really poor choices. I’ll tell you where I go. I get up the next morning and make my shake. I work out a little bit extra and vow that it’s going to be quite awhile before I have another day of gluttony. And now that I know how many calories are in that Frisco Burger, I am now armed with information and when faced with the decision again, I will not be able to ignore the facts. If I choose the burger, it won’t be out of ignorance.

I’ve been reading a bunch of stuff about nutrition and it’s kind of interesting how the information can contradict itself. So, I’m being my own guinea pig. This past week I decided to make my protein drink in the morning and the green smoothie later in the day. It was fast and easy to get that protein drink in, but I think I missed the morning fiber (if you know what I mean) I had become so regular, same time every day, that it got a little skewed with the switch up.

This is my favorite protein drink. Poor it in a martini glass for a little extra fun in the morning. I’m thinking of writing a book, Martini Mornings. How to Drink and Lose Weight. Okay, that was just for fun. People would maybe feel a little duped that I wasn’t really making martinis, just putting the protein drink in a martini glass.

One banana (fresh or frozen). Sometimes I omit. If you don’t want the sugar, leave it out.

1 Cup Choc Almond Milk

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

3/4 scoop of Jay Robb Whey Protein (I was out of my Life Extension Protein) – this one is YUMMY

1 Tbls fresh cashew butter that I made myself. (only used cashews – no additions)

1 tsp melted coconut oil

1 Tbls cacao powder

That’s it. blend it up and say YUM!

And here is my new favorite “green” smoothie. Okay, this one is purpley.

1 1/2 cups coconut milk, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 2 small apples sliced, 1 Tbls cinnamon, a splash of real vanilla, juice of one orange (i just cut it in half and squeeze into the blender), two medjool dates (pitted) then three handfuls of spinach. Blend until smooth.

I’ve made a variation of this one every day for the last three days. I bought a giant bag of frozen organic blueberries from Costco. I’ve switched up the greens, using Kale instead of spinach. I’ve left out the dates. One day I forgot to add the cinnamon and vanilla. It definitely adds flavor when you put in cinnamon and vanilla. The dates add a little sweetness to it. The kids are all loving this one. Even Jordyn tried it and said, “I yite it!” That’s toddler talk for “I like it.”

My son sent me this interesting video on weight fluctuations. Thought you might enjoy it. He did experiments throughout the day to see how his weight fluctuated. I think that’s why I “gained” four pounds after my massage. I had been drinking massive amounts of water. For some reason I decided to weigh myself and had gained four pounds. Fortunately it was all gone in the morning. Even though I weigh myself now (better than never stepping on the scale out of fear) I do have weight in it’s proper perspective. It’s just one type of measurement.

I’m going to end with one final recommendation. I’ve been watching a movie on Netflix called The Beautiful Truth. It is a documentary following a 15 year old homeschooled boy searching for health and truth. It’s fascinating! I’m going to require all of my kids to watch it. Not only will it give them some great information, but also a wonderful role model of a kid in search of the truth about nutrition. I highly recommend it.


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  1. Yes, we watched Beautiful Truth and have been trying to juice since. Haven’t lost weight, because I haven’t been exercising (starting today 😉 ), but definitely can tell a difference in how I feel with what I eat. I’m surprised that the official food pyramid doesn’t have fruits and veggies as the largest food group required instead of grains. In fact, it seems that the more “grainy” food I eat the worse I feel. Although I love breads, I think it zaps my energy. You look terrific, btw, so something’s working for you. Your recipes sound great too! If you really want a “purply” drink, add some fresh beet to it. I’ve also found that a lemon/lime gives it just enough added tartness that my kids like the juice better, no matter what I put in it 😉