summers lovin’: health & beauty favorites! (discount codes!)

Health & Fitness Favorites…

 

Products Mentioned:

~ Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis (MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE TRACY ANDERSON 30 DAY CHALLENGE)
~ Zevia 
~ Mama Chia Squeeze Packets
~ Dynamic Greens
CENOIRE TOOTHBRUSH

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Beauty Favorites…

Products Mentioned…

~ Michael Todd Knu (MICHAEL TODD PRODUCTS 20% OFF WITH THIS LINK)
~ FRINGE HAIR PRODUCTS  (Use the code “SUMMER” for 10% off!)
~ Sibu Seabuckthorn Facial Cleanser
~ Tarte Lights Flashes Camera Mascara
~ Revlon Nail Polish in Rich 935
~ Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in All Night Long
~ Maybelline Color Tattoo Pigments in Breaking Bronze
~ Sun Goddess Sunless Tanner

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*some links may be affliliate links!*
**the cenoire toothbrush & Michael Todd products were sent to me, but the decision to include it in my monthly favorites was completely my own decision.  I only share the products I truly love & used!***

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my latest health, beauty & fitness favorites!

You subscribed, right?!? (It’s like a hug. And hugs are nice. I like hugs. So let’s hug.)

Sharing what I reached for and loved the most during September! Plus, I’m sharing a few of my tips on health & fitness!

~ JUST A FEW LINKS TO SOME PRODUCTS MENTIONED ~
(not affiliate links)

~ Deep Steep Bubble Bath Goodness

~ Sibu Face Wash

~ Sibu Exfoliating Scrub

~ Larabars

~ Zevia

~ Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara

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My Journey Through the Tracy Anderson 30 Day Challenge

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I just want to prove to myself that I can finish something I start.
That I am stronger than I give myself credit for.
That I am worth 30 days of getting clean and healthy, without ever once allowing numbers to trip me up!

Day 1

Day 2 and a free jumping tips for moms

Day 3, done!

the story behind me (pun intended) and Day 4!

5 workout tips and DAY 5!!!

day 6 & hanger

trading boobs for biceps, day 7

and i was run-nang, days 8 & 9

chub hiding fashion, day 10

weighing in on weighing, day 11!

lets talk about hunger, day 12

always blame pms, days 13 & 14

picture time, day 15!!!!

monday muse fashion, days 16 & 17

wont you take me to….funkytown?  day 18

2 sizes & sweet potato pancakes, day 19

tracy andersons 30 day method, day 20

i’ve lost that lovin’ feeling, days 21 & 22

time to get “things” movin’! day 23

get yourself a sponsor, days 24 & 25

tips on surviving the cleanse, day 2

i got the bug, days 27 & 28

it. is. finished!!!!  days 29 & 30

30 Day Method Survival Guide

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my method after the madness

Madness.
That’s what I call Tracy Anderson’s 30 Day Method.
Result producing madness, but nevertheless, madness.
A lot of you have asked, would I go back and do it again knowing what I know now?
And the answer is, Absolutely!
But would I ever do it again, the full 30 days diet and all?
Um, absolutely NOT!
Who am I, if not truthful?
The only reason I say that is because I’ve realized and then forgot,
and then just recently realized again….
that total deprivation = failure.
For me.
When I was pregnant with Taylor, I developed gestational diabetes and had to endure 5 months of pregnancy eating barely any carbs and absolutely NO sugar.  Can you even imagine???  Your first pregnancy and you aren’t allowed to indulge in the slightest???
Torture is what it was.
And while all’s well that ends well, the diabetes went away with delivery and Taylor was born healthy and happy colic…still there was the whole cranky baby’s mama who had gone without carbs and sugar for far too long and it was time to self soothe.
Woah, the self soothing!
Hello fast food restaurants!!
Hello chocolate cake and pizza!!!
Hello Mikes Hard Lemonades!!!!
{okay, so that last one was more to numb the breast feeding pain* I was enduring at the time…but still, 4pm every day I indulged!}
*click that link if you ever endured breast feeding trauma, you won’t be sorry!
And to be honest…the same sort of thing happened after I ended the 30 Day Method….except instead of Mikes Hard Lemonade, I discovered an old love of Pinot Noir.
Because even with the choco chestnut pudding, the entire month of the diet, I couldn’t help but still feel slightly deprived.
And when all was said and done, while I had a few new recipes and a bunch of new taste buds for healthier things, I still had not in the slightest lost my desire for carbs and sugar.
Maybe it will be different for you.
Maybe IT WAS different for you….but for me, I don’t think any diet can cure those kind of genetics.
{my mom used to hide red licorice in drawers and you should have SEEN the amount of sweets my grandma hid in her basement freezer!}
I’m telling you, we get these “lindley arms” for a reason.
Genetics.
Anyway….all that to say….
I’ve been searching high (in the cupboards) and low (at little ceasars) trying to figure out where MY balance is.
How can I incorporate the things I love, yet find a way NOT to go overboard and still manage stay healthy and fit?
You always hear about the 80/20 rule, and I think that’s fair, and most likely doable.
And I know there are a ton of ways to make that work.
Two days on, one day off…five days on, two days off….all days on, with one cheat per day…
The trick is finding what works for you, and what will guarantee your success.
Before I went all “holiday eating” on my a$$ back in October, I had found some success in eating healthy Monday through Friday, and allowing my weekends to be free.
The problem became that I never defined “free.”
And free soon became, eat as much as you can of what you love and then spend the next week working all that off….
Eventually that caught up with me.
And my a$$.
So.
Here I sit, three weeks post 30 Day Method, trying to figure out what will work and trying to set healthy limits for myself.
While I’m content-ish with where I am physically, I would also be okay with a little more improvement…something a little closer to the boot camp success perhaps.
Although, I don’t think I can ever live up to and keep up with a size 2….
I’m pretty sure size 2 girls don’t eat pizza once a week…and if you do and you are, please don’t tell me.
My heart can’t take it.
So.
I’m still pondering…
but I think until things “smooth” out body wise, my best bet is to stick to healthy Sunday night through Friday Night (because that’s generally easy for me), and allow one free meal (ahem, pizza) and one cheat dessert (winchell’s you won’t ever lose my business!) on the weekends.
Once all feels right again in my clothes and I’m comfortable with my progress, I may go back to allowing two full free days…within moderation.

And I’ll need to find a good definition for moderation when that time comes.
{ideas?}


In addition to that, I’m super excited because I’m getting ready to begin a new supplement regimen (per the mood cure, which i just finished reading and HIGHLY recommend!), and from all that I’ve heard, it should provide some amazing results!
{Not so much in achieving the perfect body, cause that’s definitely not my goal…but more in finding a balance within my life as well as my cravings.}

And finally, to answer a few of the questions you guys had:

For my workouts, I just started Tracy Andersons Metamorphosis program today (omni) and am planning to do that in addition to a dance cardio dvd (in place of the omni cardio) 5-6 days a week.
And no, I still have yet to step on the scale.
I have no plans as to when that will change, but should it change, you will most definitely be the FIRST to know!

Anyway, enough about me…

What about you guys?
What have you found works for you in finding balance in health and nutrition?
Share with me all your secrets, trials, and tribulations…
© 2011 “Le Musings of Moi”
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tracy anderson’s 30 day method q&a

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Being that I kinda sorta consider myself one of the 30 Day Method experts, and since I want everyone who begins The 30 Day Method to be successful, I’ve done my best to put together all I know and all I’ve learned in one place.
Of course if there’s anything I’ve missed or anything else you want to know, feel free to email me and I’ll do my best to hook you up with the wisdom you need.
Okay, so we’ll start with my tips and advice and then I’ll answer the questions that some of you had.
Tips & Advice:
~ Get a friend on board.  If they aren’t brave enough to step up and do it with you, at least have them  promise to give you all the support you will need.  Believe me, even with the insane changes you’ll start to see, every two days you will want to QUIT.  And weekends WILL be the worst.
~Take it DAY by DAY!  If I looked too far ahead on the menu or the calendar, I would freak.  
If I stayed on the day I was in, I was fine.
Stay in the day you’re in.
~Take your vitamins and supplements.  I’m BIG on this, and if you need advice on what to take, click here.
In addition to those on that list, I also started taking Mercola’s Krill Oil with Primrose which I love.
{and it doesn’t stink!}
~ Stretch before and after.  
{I used the warmup from her 2008 Dance Cardio}  
And if your shins and knees are rockin’ it in the not so hot way, ice them after your cardio for 20 minutes, and then maybe another 20 minutes before bed!!!
~ Get on Pandora!  
My favorite “station” for Mat Work was Womanizer Kaskade Mix.
And for Dance Cardio I created a station called Novaspace.
~I would suggest starting with 30 reps and when you stop feeling sore from that or it begins to get easy add another 5 reps working up to 40, 50…or more if you have time.
~Alternate the leg and arm you start with each day.  For example, Monday I started with my right leg and right arm, Tuesday I started with the left leg and left arm.  
~ Mix up your cardio.  I have all of Tracy’s dance dvd’s so I go between them during the week.  
If my ankles or knees were feeling a bit ticked, I spent a day or two on the rebounder….but mixing it up HELPS!
{tip for the rebounder if you’ve had kids….get ALL your pee out before jumping.  and even then, pad up.  don’t say i didn’t warn ya.}
~Try to space your meals about 2-3 hours apart to keep your metabolism going.  And it totally helps to do that by splitting your snack in half, having half mid morning and the other half mid afternoon.
~You WILL be super hungry in the beginning, but as your stomach adjusts the hunger will become less and less.  Try to not to up portions until at least the second week when you can trust your hunger more.
In the meantime, drink lots and lots of water.  It will become another food group for sure.
~If you’re apt to gagging at pureed foods such as I, it’s super simple, don’t puree them.  
{i.e. cream of broccoli, the “bloody mary,” and lots of the cleanse recipes}
I didn’t, and I still got GREAT results!
~You may poo a lot in the beginning, not much in the end, and then when you eat processed foods again, get the toilet paper ready.
That’s all that needs to be said about that.
~You WILL be moody.  A lot.  Or every other day at least.  Prepare your husband and kids and buy them lots of presents to make up for it.
~Say goodbye to your boobies.
{unless they’re fake, and in that case, i’m jealous.}
~Have REALISTIC expectations.
I say this now because I didn’t. 
I wanted to have ALL my issues resolved in 30 days….and while there WERE may-jah changes, I still have a ways to go before the “skin pulls back to the muscle” as Tracy likes to say.
Just be patient with yourself, with the process, and know that it TAKES TIME.
EMBRACE THE PROCESS.
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Your Q’s and My A’s:
How much does it cost?
For us, I made almost all the lunches and dinners for both Jimmy and myself, so I doubled the recipes.  We also eat organic/free range, which raises the cost as well…so all in all, I think I spent between 
$100-150 each week.  
Keep in mind though that we did not eat out AT ALL in 30 days, so in the end we actually SAVED money!
When did you do your grocery shopping?
I went every Friday morning, and did my shopping for the following week.  Because all the ingredients are fresh they go bad quickly, so sometimes I would have Jimmy stop and get something on his way home from work.
{I have all the grocery lists for each week here}
How much food preparation did you do in advance?
I pretty much made my breakfast, lunch, and snacks the day before whenever I had some free time.  Sometimes I got it done the morning before, sometimes it was after the kids went to bed at night.  
As for dinner, Jimmy and I would make that fresh the moment he walked in the door from work.  
After the first week, we fell into a pretty good routine and I was ALWAYS glad that I had food prepared when hunger would strike! 

How much time did you spend each day between food prep and workouts?
Tracy was not kidding when she said this 30 Day Method would be like a part time job, because it truly does take up A LOT of time.  
Now, I’m a stay at home mom with a thousand other things going on in my day, so I had to quickly learn some time management skills…but it all worked out and I got it down pretty well.  
In the mornings, I’d do some “home schooling” with Chloe, which really means that I put on Letter Factory (reading) or Umizoomi (math), and then I got busy in the kitchen preparing snacks and lunch for my next day.  
That would take at most an hour.
{keep in mind i don’t cook, so i’m extra slow}  
Then at nap time (or quiet time), I did my workout.  
Depending on the sequence, that took anywhere from 1.5- 2 hours each day.  Because Chloes nap never goes beyond 2 hours, I didn’t have the luxury of adding reps beyond 40, so instead I’d put ankle weights on which most definitely did the trick!
{only needed to do this in the first sequence!}
Dinner took another 30 minutes at night, so I would say…
total hours a day maybe 3-4 hours.
Which days were harder?  Was there a pattern through the sequences?
I had heard it said that every third day was hard for others who attempted this, and I would have to say…ummmmm, yes!!!
There is most definitely a three day pattern of:  TODAY TOTALLY SUCKS that transitions the next day into TODAY ONLY KIND OF SUCKS that then transitions the third day into THE ONLY THING THAT SUCKS IS THIS FAT AND I CAN TOTALLY KICK IT’S A$*!
Sounds fun right?
Don’t you totally want to do this?
{YES!  Yes you do, because you will LOVE your results.  So, suck it up girl, suck. it. up!}

When the moves were different in the book and dvd, which did you follow?
Always, always, always I followed the DVD.  I only referred to the book for the explanations, which seemed spot on even when the pictures didn’t add up.
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All in all, remember:
If you miss a day, substitute a meal, cheat once or cheat twice…
it doesn’t have to end and YOU DID NOT FAIL!
This is a learning experience.
Learn the lesson, pick yourself up, and move on to A NEW DAY.
Every little change you make is a change for the better.

Make your mantra:
Winners never quit, 
and quitters never win.
You will win this, and I’ll be right there with you every step of the way!
© 2011 “Le Musings of Moi”
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it. is. finished! days 29 & 30

It’s Day 30.
And I’m faced with perplexity.
You see, I’m sick.
Achy body, sore throat, sneezing, stuffy head, fever, I was in bed asleep at 8 pm last night, sick.


I blame the kids. 
{i usually do.} 
You know, the ones who have been calling me “bobby” rather than “mommy” for the last two weeks because they themselves have been sick.


I did everything I could.
I took all my vitamins and supplements, got extra sleep and rest…
ate the way Adama & Eve must’ve eaten….
and yet, here I am.
On the last day, sick.


I found myself tortured at 4 am this morning trying to decide what I was going to do.
Finish the day?  
Push myself to do a workout that my body is telling me isn’t in the works…just so I can say I did it?
Do I not finish the day, but say I did, so as not to let anyone down?
Or do I take all the lessons I’ve spent the last 30 days learning about myself and my body and apply them once and for all?


I started these 30 days to complete them.
Yes.
I started these 30 days for results.
Absolutely.
But in 30 days I have begun to understand my body in ways I never did before, 
and today my body is telling me to rest.


And it’s just not in me to be anything but honest here, 
because I’m NOT perfect, 
{lest anyone thought i was, lol!}
and sometimes life throws a curve ball.
This is my real life.
And on the 30th day, real life happened.


Now, I’m the FURTHEST thing from God and all, 
but even HE rested on the 7th day.
Today is my 7th day, and I am resting.


I will not sacrifice the results I’ve accomplished, both physically & mentally, just to say I completed 30 days.
THAT’S how much I’ve grown.

Besides, in my heart, I HAVE completed The 30 Day Method, and not only did I follow every single mother freaking rule she laid out for me, I also followed every single rule I laid out for myself!


I tried EVERY SINGLE recipe, even if I thought I’d hate it.
{except for lamb…poor little lamb}
I took my supplements and vitamins EVERY SINGLE MORNING.
I worked out every single day, 
and I did not eat ONE SINGLE THING that wasn’t on the approved 30 Day Method Menu.
I didn’t even take A SIP of soda, diet or otherwise….
and I even managed to blog about IT ALL.

I started these 30 days not fully confident I would be able to accomplish all that Tracy had set up for me.

I had all the excuses…
two kids, the inability to cook, finances, picky tastes….
and yet I was STILL able to MAKE IT WORK.
{snap, snap, snap.}

And as each day passed, my confidence (as well as my cooking AND time management skills) grew and I began to see myself differently than I ever had.  
It was SO much more than physical…way beyond numbers and measurements.

I began to know myself….and understand myself, and I learned….

I learned self control.  
I learned that I was stronger, mentally AND physically, than I ever believed.
I overcame cravings and weaknesses that I was convinced were a part of me, things that would just never change.
I realized that I liked fish.
I also realized that I most definitely DO NOT like beets.
But, I learned always to try.
To give things a shot that seem impossible, because if I don’t try, how will I ever know what I am capable of?

I know now that if you want good things for yourself, it takes hard work.
I know now that it’s about the process, and that I have to EMBRACE and TRUST the process, taking it day by day….
sometimes moment by moment.
And I know that I could never have done it alone…
because we are meant for support, 
and if it weren’t for the support on my blog, along with my husband and best friends…
I would have totally been that girl with a pizza on her lap come Day 5.

Most of all, I have a sense of balance I’ve never before possessed.
And a sense of trust….
In myself.

And the icing on the cake…
{not to bring up cake or anything}
is that I went from a tight size 8 to a comfortable size 2/4 (depending on the pants) in just 30 days!
{i’m 5’6, and no idea on weight since it’s been over 3 months since i’ve stepped on a scale!}


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{to see all the result pictures, join my 30 Day Method Facebook page}

If I can say just ONE thing to you guys….

It’s that the impossible IS possible.
You just have to DIG DEEP and find some determination within yourself.
Surround yourself with support and accountability
and pray.
A lot.
I tend to be the prayin’ kind, and I totally must give credit where credit is due…
and all the strength I have, completely came from Him.

Okay, that was more than one thing, but nevertheless…all important things.


30 days doesn’t end today.
Today, I’m resting, yes…
But I’ve learned a new way of health, and I’m excited to pick up and perfect all that I’ve been taught.


Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for taking this journey with me.
Your love, support, comments, and emails have brought me to tears, filling me with incredible determination and strength…
and love.
For a BUNCH of women I have yet, but hope to meet.


You have been Mah-jah.
And I mean that in a total Rachel Zoe kind of way.


Cheers, (with water cause I’m sick), to Tracy and to her AMAZEBALLS 30 Day Method!


When I feel better, I’ll finish and post the Tips n Tricks for completing the 30 Day Method…
Have questions you want included?
Email away!!!

{p.s. day 29 update:  40 reps of everything, 40 minutes of cardio…and come Monday, if the sickness has faded, I’ll absolutely finish the 10th workout of Sequence 3 before moving on to the Perfect Design Series….which I’ll do until Metamorphosis arrives.}


{pssssss….to follow the ENTIRE 30 Day Journey, click here}

© 2011 “Le Musings of Moi”
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i got the bug… days 27 & 28

This just can’t be happening.
I am not well.
And I’m not talking about in the head…
although…
no, we’ll save that for another post.
So it started with Chloe snotting all over the world about a week ago, and I was praying that it would stay the heck away from my immune system.
But then Taylor started snotting as well, which was definitely NOT good, partly because that meant I was doomed but mostly because when he’s sick, he’s a MONSTER.
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{my monster}
And then yesterday during my workout I started feeling weak and blah, and it had nothing to do with the fact that the plank move was absolute insanity.
This morning sealed the deal when I woke up stuffy and even after going to bed at 9:30 I was still tired.
What the?!?
Seriously, I have two days after today.
TWO DAYS!!!
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{and this is how i feel about that!}
How will I ever finish with a bang when my immune system wants to quit on me?
So not cool.
Ya know, I never had “flu type symptoms” so maybe that’s what this is?
I’m going to press on…after all, I’m still in the beginning stages…and I can beat this.
I will beat this.
{you’d think i was talking about cancer, geez}
I doubled up on my probiotics and vitamin c so the healing effects are just minutes away from kicking in, I can feel it.
Or am about to feel it.
So today, I’m carrying on with the plan…and the workout….and we’ll see where tomorrow takes me.
Update:
Yesterday, for the most part, went well.
I stayed on track with the cleanse and felt mostly satisfied all day.
I did 35 reps of the legs (these moves are KILLING my lower back!), 40 of abs and 10 minutes of arms.
Then I followed up with 35 minutes of trampoline dancing….but with the bug I’ve caught, that about took all I had.
Not to mention, my ankles and shins were never meant to dance for 30 days straight…so thank goodness rebounders exist!
My plan for today is to stick to the same reps as yesterday, and attempt to do 40 minutes of cardio dance on the ground.
We’ll see though…might need to drink a Guru Lite first.
or two.
The diet hasn’t been too hard, although, I’m a little bummed because with Taylor being the mood monster that he is, (we had a showdown at 7:30 this morning), I ate my emotions chocolate for the day before 11.
That’s never a good sign when you need chocolate before 12.
But, I will complete this.
I have to.
I haven’t come this far to let a cold knock me out.
There is always Monday for rest….even if that means someone has to BRING me my doughnut in bed.
See how I said DOUGHNUT and not DOUGHNUTS???
That’s a new me people, that’s a new me!
{ahem, honey are you reading this?!?  just checkin’ to see if you got the doughnut in bed part…}
Speaking of doughnuts…
You know what’s crazy?
After working SO hard and seeing SUCH results, I am actually more determined than ever to stick to a healthy diet beyond the 30 days.
While I will definitely continue the everything in moderation rule, I don’t see myself going back to the “eat everything as though it was my last chance to eat” rule that I had over the holidays.
I know myself so much better now.
I know that I CAN say NO to my cravings and I won’t actually DIE!
I may feel like it, but so far, I’m still here.
On the other hand, certain foods DO make me happy, and I don’t believe in a life that doesn’t include happy foods.
So there will still be our family pizza night, and I will still enjoy a sweet treat every now and then.
I’ve learned balance….
and I’m pretty sure I can take that and be a big girl all on my own come Monday morning.
After the doughnut.
Wish me luck today…
© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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tips on surviving the cleanse, day 26

First of all…I have AMAZING news.
This morning I tried on a pair of pants for “fun” that I have NEVER been able to wear and they so totally buttoned.
Now they were still a tad tight, but whatever, what’s important is they buttoned!!!
My hope is now that on Sunday they’ll fit the way they should and I’ll be able to bust out a Monday Muse photo shoot in them feeling all sorts proud.
{and no, I’m still not nor will I ever be a size 0, no matter what my iphone pictures show you}
{on another note, get an iphone and take pictures of yourself….it can totally make things appear smaller than they are!}
I can’t believe I have gone down 3-4 sizes in a month.
Tracy is SO my new best friend.
And if I was the kind that married girls, I might just propose to her.
But, I’m not…
So instead I’ll just stalk her and tell her how much I love her and how I think her hair is oh so pretty, and oh ya, does she want to see pictures of my hipbone again?
That’s not weird, right?
I mean, cause if it is, I’m totally kidding.
Now let’s get to the update, because things just got kind of weird.
Menu:
So I made it through the first day of the cleanse, no problem!, which means I will TOTALLY make it another 4 days.
Which also means that in 4 days, I will have completed The 30 Day Method to the letter!
Now because the “cleanse” can be WAY intimidating and kind of off putting (i mean who really is a fan of pureed food anyway?), I came up with a way to make it work and still play by the rules.
Seriously, I was SCARED TO DEATH (in a non dramatic way) that I wasn’t going to be able to accomplish this part…it’s almost what kept me from doing the whole 30 days in the first place.
And now, the expert cleanser that I am after one day, I realize I was making a MUCH bigger deal out of nothing.
Kind of like I did with kale.
And kind of like I did with fish.
And kind of like I did with beans….
And kind of like I did with beets. 
(although i was actually right about the last one} 

Come to think of it, almost HALF of what was on the menu for the 30 days freaked me out a little, to be completely honest.
And yet, when it came time to eat it, most of the time it wasn’t all that bad after all.
Word to yo mutha!
YOU TOO CAN DO THIS!
If I can go from being a child like eater, all picky and wanting everything plain…
to now enjoying fish and kale and dijon…
than ANYONE can do it.
Now let’s get to business on the “How to Survive the Cleanse” tips:
First, lets take a look at the foods and which are tolerable (for me) and which are SO NOT.
{trust me, i tasted each and every one made the way it was intended to before I made a final decision about it!  gotta stay true to my own rules!}
Yummy:
Blueberry Applesauce
Kiwi Dessert
Choco Chestnut Pudding
Chicken Protein Soup
Kale Juice
Not so yummy:
Edamame and Carrot w/ Cayenne {will never like cayenne}
Sweet Potato Corn Pudding
Tomato Gazpacho
Kale Spinach Beet Juice {will never like beets, blech!}
Now, just to be clear, while that seems like a lot of food for a cleanse, remember it’s only 4 oz. a day of each recipe.
And to make things even more simple for you, each recipe makes about two 4 oz. servings, so when you make each recipe it will last you two days.
Okay, so those are the facts.
Now here’s what I’m doing to make the not so yummy foods work.
DON’T PUREE THEM.
For the Edamame/Carrot puree, simply make the recipe but keep things raw and divide up the final recipe into two containers.  There.  You now have two 4 oz. servings, and it won’t make you gag.
If for some reason you can’t handle the taste of edamame, I would think that the cauliflower/tuna recipe is pretty similar (vegetable & protein) so you could always make that, and once again, divide up the recipe for two 4 oz. servings.
Now with the Sweet Potato Corn Pudding (unless it’s chocolate, not sure anything else should be called pudding…it’s very misleading), I steamed the potato and boiled the corn, put them all together and then divided the serving in half….and I DIDN’T puree them.  
And, in my opinion, it tasted MUCH better that way.  
{again, this may be just me, but puree = gag}
You can also do the same thing with the Tomato Gazpacho.  And if eating it whole and raw still makes you retch, I would think the Tomato Minestrone recipe is somewhat similar, although I think that recipe makes a total three 4 oz. servings.  
Lastly, you all know how I feel about beets.
Gag me with a spoon.
Instead, I went to Jimbos (a health food store) and had them make me two servings of the Kale Juice for the day.  My plan is to go in every morning getting my two for the day until the cleanse is over. 
And the great thing is it’s only $2 each day. 
I chose to do it this way because I don’t have a juicer, and I don’t think I’m quite ready to shell out a few hundred for one….so spending $10 for the week is a much better alternative.  
Now get this!
I actually LOVE the cleanse.
I love having so many options and being able to eat little portions all throughout my day.
I DIE over getting choco chestnut pudding every day.
And it’s kind of major that I don’t have to cook today, because yesterdays cooking covered both today and tomorrow.
Also, I’m the kind of girl who doesn’t mind eating the same thing every day, especially when the food is yummers, so it’s comforting already knowing what each days menu will bring.
And surprisingly, I didn’t feel hungry at all!  
In fact, I almost feel like I got MORE to eat than normal because there were so many different options throughout the day.
I’m thinkin’ I’ll check the calorie content on dailyburn.com to see what’s going on….
{i’ll report back when i do…}
Workout:
Today went awesome.
I had energy, and I totally stayed focused.
I busted out 35 reps of legs, 40 of abs, and ten full minutes of arms.
And then I rocked out 40 minutes of rebounder dancing, and my word, was I was a sweaty betty.
4 days till I look like this:
Tracy-Anderson-Any-Woman-Can-Have-Madonna-s-Body-2
What?
A girl can dream.
© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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get yourself a sponsor, days 24 & 25

Can I just say that I am freaking tired?
Not like fall into bed tired, but like….
Get these kids to bed, get me out of the kitchen, and let me sit on the couch BY MYSELF, and please don’t touch me, because I just want to watch reality tv, kind of tired.
Did I just say, “get me out of the kitchen?!?”
Woah, that was weird.
Who am I anymore?
Being that I’m not feeling all witty and pretty and bright….let’s just get to business.
My couch and tv need me.
And I need them.
Workouts:
This routine is by FAR my favorite but by far THE HARDEST!
{which means it must work the best!}  
Just today was I able to up my reps to 35 and I’m thinking tomorrow may be the same.  
{I’ve been doing 40 of abs, and twice through the arms.}
As for cardio, both yesterday and today I did 45 minutes of dance cardio…but since my 30 something year old ankles are starting to hurt, I’ll be back to the rebounder tomorrow.
Yawn.
This update is boring even me.
Sorry guys.
They can’t all be winners.
Menu:
Is it bad that I can’t even remember what I ate yesterday?
Or even really today?
It’s all just starting to blend together at this point.
I DO know that it was exactly what was on the menu, exact portions, exact food.  
It’s starting to get boring by the rules, huh?
No surprises, no shock value….just plain ol’ whatever Mama Tracy says Lil’ Summer does.
Yeeeeeee-awn.
So, tomorrow begins the cleanse…and I’m fully prepared.
In fact, I just spent two effing amazing hours in the kitchen making everything and separating it out into little containers of 4 oz each.
You should have seen my mad skills.  
I was all making this, and making that, and doing a bunch of recipes ALL AT ONCE.
I could almost have my own cooking show.
SummaTime in the Kitch.
{still a working title}
Or!
I think I have it all figured out and I now have NO DOUBTS that I’ll make it through all five days.
{I mean, hello?!?  I’ll have 5 DAYS OF CHOCOLATE!!!!  I. DIE!}
And if certain recipes (edamame/carrot, blech!) become gagalicious, I have a backup plan, which I’ll share with you guys tomorrow.  I figure everyone should know how to make the cleanse work, in case you ever attempt it and get the case of the gaggles as well.
One last thing, and then I promise not to make you endure this lame post any longer….
If any of you guys think that The 30 Day Method is something you want to do, 
please know that I am TOTALLY 100% there for you.
You can email me (click contact me under  my header) anytime for anything.
The key to success is support, and after all you guys have given me, it’s the least I can do to pay it forward!
In fact, consider me your “sponsor.”
I will talk you through it, answer your questions, talk you OUT OF CHEATING, and into working out when you’re just not in the mood.
just call on me….and I’ll be there….
{Sing with me….}
Okay, that’s about it for today.
Thanks for hangin’ in there…and I promise I’ll be back to myself tomorrow.
{unless my kids wake up before the sun again, and then, i can’t make any promises.}
OH!
I updated my result pictures on my TAM facebook page.
{which are set to private unless you friend request me…there are just some things my high school teachers don’t need to see.}
I wanted to document the day before the cleanse so I could see the changes in the last five days.
No more pictures until Sunday, the LAST DAY!!!

k, heading to my couch…
come back tomorrow for the exciting “surviving the cleanse” tips.
Because, you know, I’ll be on day 1, which totally makes me the expert.

© 2011 “Le Musings of Moi”
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gotta get "things" movin’! day 23

If you know me well, you know that I’m not at all embarrassed to talk about bodily functions…
so let’s just dive right into it, shall we?
Okay, so the first two weeks of these 30 days, let me tell you, there wasn’t enough toilet paper in the world…
Now?  
I would give anything to use toilet paper like that again.
Oh. My. Word.
In fact, today, during cardio (if you can even call it that), I had to stop every ten minutes from the “tease.”  
The teasing rumbles.  
Excitedly I’d think, THIS IS IT!
And then, it wasn’t. 
And so I’d come back to cardio for another 10 minutes, then back to being hopeful, then not so, and on and on it went until I gave up and fell a heaping rumbling mess on the couch.
It’s now 6pm, and still nada.  
Nothin.
I may, in fact, be gaining weight by the moment because of this issue.
I know you’re probably thinking, “oh you’re full of sh*#!”
And to that I’d say, “YOU’RE TOTALLY RIGHT!”
Are you uncomfortable yet?
I know, so am I.
Lit-rally.
Anyway….
moving on?
{wish things were “moving on”…}
So, I survived the weekend.
I did all the supposed to eating (even the beans, though they didn’t their job AT ALL!), all the mat work, and all the cardio.
This sequence is KILLING me.
In fact, I may die.
And if that happens, who wants my tracy stuff?
Seriously, look at this picture I took when I thought it might be my last:
photo
If I make it….
then only 7 days left.
Here’s my plan for the cleanse…
I’m going to make all the stuff, and Wednesday I’m going to attempt it all.
If I’m gagging and losing my lunch, then I’ll reassess and possibly find alternates to those which make me retch.
But, I started this month off by promising that I would TRY everything, and TRY everything I will.
Finish everything, I may not.
We shall see.
And with the end of the month coming up….my thoughts have turned towards the “after care” plan.
{think i watch too much celebrity rehab?  perhaps?}
While there have been some MAH-JAH changes, I still have a ways to go to recover from the damage I did over the holidays.
I think the fat has successfully been pushed to the surface, and while that’s all lovely and stuff, I’m more the type that would LOVE if that fat would all together disappear.
I have a feeling it won’t happen in 7 days, cleanse or no cleanse.
So.
I plan on taking Monday the 31st off and driving first thing to Winchell’s for my fave doughnut ever and a bagel for Bethany, and then head back home to NOT WORKOUT all day long.
I’m thinking maybe a massage somewhere in that not working out time would be quite swell actually…
And I may or may not order a pizza for the family and indulge in my very own TWO pieces.  
Or three.
I won’t count.
{don’t judge…}
And then.
{annnnnnd dennnnnnn…..}
Tuesday it’s back to business.
I’m hoping to have the Metamorphosis dvd’s by then, so I’ll dive right into that 5-6 days a week.
I’ll watch my calories during the week and continue to eat clean, but allow a moderate free day on Saturdays.
I think the last bit o’change may take some time, and I’m totally okay with that.
{or so i’m telling myself}
Who needs flat abs right away anyway, right?
{me?!?}

On another note, I’m getting together a “tips and tricks” post for those of you that may want to start The 30 Day Method in the future.
So, if any of you guys have questions about the method, about tracy, about how I did this, or you just want to know more about bodily functions, I’ll be happy to include those with my answers in that same post.
This is kind of a big deal, so the more support and knowledge out there, the better we are at being successful.
Speaking of successful, 
wish me luck tonight.
{wink, wink}
Ew.
Not THAT “she said” kind of successful!!!
The other kind.
The other ew kind of successful.
Ya, I’ve just made things REALLY uncomfortable now.
{please come back tomorrow!}
© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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