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The Good, Bad & Ugly of Doing a Detox Diet Cleanse
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The Good, Bad & Ugly of Doing a Detox Diet Cleanse
January 19, 2015 at 10:23 am 0

Doing a detox cleanse can be a great way to kickstart your health, lose weight, and feel great. It's also a good idea to know what you're getting into, and see if what you're feeling is normal.

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Update: 7 Day Cleanse Results
January 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm 0

At the risk of sounding like a wacko, I have to confess this 7 Day Cleanse has changed my life.

When I started the Easy to follow New Years Cleanse I thought it would be a cool way to start the New Year...maybe I would lose a little weight, maybe I would feel a bit better, something like that.

Instead, it's changed my life. Here's how. 

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An Easy to Follow New Years Cleanse
January 3, 2013 at 9:35 am 0

At the end of the holiday season I was feeling extremely bloated. I was eating without being hungry, and I was drinking enough for a group of 20 year olds during Spring Break. While that was fun...it didn't feel so awesome, and it didn't look so good on me. On December 27th after having friends over for drinks, and really struggling to button up my jeans I decided to start a cleanse on January 1st.

I found a cleanse that seemed pretty interesting through Gweneth Paltrow's blog Goop, but I wasn't going to pay $425 for a box of vitamins and shakes, so I decided to tweak the plan slightly.

It's based on Dr. Junger's book, Clean, (which I ordered online in time for a January 1st delivery) but without all the dietary supplements, and yucky tasting shakes. Let's call it the Cashmere Clutch Cleanse.

Here's the lowdown of the Cashmere Clutch Cleanse: 

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Fast & Easy Diet and Exercise Plan – Perfect For The Busy Girl!
October 28, 2010 at 11:28 am 0
treadmill If you are looking for a quick and dirty – and incredibly easy to follow – diet and exercise plan we have just the thing for you! It’s easy to follow, relatively painless, and works for every woman, no matter how busy her schedule is! The plan is simple – start every week day with 20 minutes on the treadmill. Walk for 2 minutes, and then speed it up for 18 minutes of jogging. If you have more energy push yourself for a harder run, or if you are feeling slugglish set your treadmill to a slower pace – as long as you’re running! If you don’t have a treadmill it’s no problem - jump rope, take a bike ride, or go for a swim. The important thing is that you’re jumpstarting your day – and your metabolism – with 20 minutes of exercise every week day. After your morning exercise eat a light and fibre filled breakfast. Our fave is 1% milk with a small handful of old style muslix. The milk fills us up, and the muslix gives us protein and all sorts of great vitamins. You can also try no fat cottage cheese and an apple, or plain oatmeal with a spoonful of honey and a few berries. Come lunch time you’ll notice a big difference. Since you already exercised and started your day with a healthy breakfast you’ll be much more motivated to keep yourself healthy – and you don’t want to waste your efforts from the morning by eating crap now – so staying to a healthy plan all day just comes naturally! Try it out – run for 20 minutes every morning, followed by a light and healthy breakfast – you’ll be amazed what it does for your body, mind and waistline and you should start to see a difference after just one week
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How To Reward Yourself Without Pigging Out
October 4, 2010 at 9:21 am 0
reward You work hard at work so you can be rewarded with a big salary, but what about in your personal life? If you are like most women you often make food you reward, or in some cases your relief! You packed up all your summer clothes and tidied up your house so you reward yourself with a big glass of Cabernet, or your favourite chocolates. You worked, hard, so you deserve it....right? Before you know it you are rewarding everything you do, and you've gained 5 pounds! Learning how to reward yourself so that you feel satisfied, but don't overdo it, is hard. Here are some tips to help you curb your bad habits, so rewards end up making you feel good and pampered. Know what you’re rewarding Before you establish your perk system, you have to decide what behaviour you’re reinforcing. Just as you want to be specific when setting goals, you want to be detailed in how you’ll congratulate yourself for meeting them. Are you going to treat yourself when you’ve eaten healthy for a few days or when you’ve dropped 5 pounds? Choose bigger payoffs for more challenging accomplishments such as losing 40 pounds, dropping 10 percent of your body fat, or lowering your cholesterol by 20 points. Have smaller, stick-with-it bonuses in mind for days when you need just a little pick-me-up to keep going. Write down rewards on the calendar We’ve encouraged you all along to log your goals as well as what you’re eating and doing for exercise. Now look at your calendar and set “treat” days ahead of time. Then keep a list of perks you’ll dole out as you meet your goals or make it through tough tests of your newfound resolve. Know your motivators Choose things you’re excited to work for, like a massage or pedicure, a night out with friends, or new clothes. One caveat: Never use food as a reward. It can give a bad habit -emotional eating- traction and thwart your progress.
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Video – Day One: 30 Day Fitness Challenge
September 7, 2010 at 11:46 am 0
Today is Day One of the 30 Day Fitness Challenge and we're thrilled to have hundreds of you on board! We put together a short video for you with Challenge details and great tips on how you can have a healthy, active and fun lifestyle without missing out on socializing with your friends. We'll also share a big secret on how you can win amazing prizes.
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Like Fitness, Fun, & Free Stuff?
August 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm 1
BodyTruffles_Strawberry If you answered yes to any of those questions than the 30 Day Fitness Challenge is for you! From September 7th - October 7th join us for 30 fun filled days of fitness, healthy eating, and fun...plus you can win some GREAT PRIZES! Want to know what's up for grabs? Here are just some of the prizes: - 2 four week gift certificates to Booty Camp Fitness - a fabulous gift basket worth $150 from Burts Bees - 20 free book giveaways from Simon and Schuster Canada - a gorgeous collection worth $200 from Upper Canada Soap Company Join Us – all you have to do is sign up for our newsletter!
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Want To Slim Down? The 30 Day Fitness Challenge Starts Sept 7th
August 24, 2010 at 10:24 am 0

Jumping on the beach

In just 14 short days the 30 Day Fitness Challenge is set to begin! That's right, the kids go back to school and you go back to the gym! And don't say you didn't get enough time to enjoy the summer - you have 2 full weeks to drink cocktails, eat sweets, and laze in the hazy last days of summer. When you've had just about enough of the dog days you can pull up your socks, tie up your laces and join us for 30 FUN FILLED days in the 30 Day Fitness Challenge. To Enter Simply sign up for our newsletter
Each week we’ll send you delicious (and healthy) recipes, an excercise plan and some motivational tips. PLUS, each week we’ll have some fabulous giveaways from any of our fantastic promotional partners including: Booty Camp Fitness Burts Bees Upper Canada Soap Company Revolution Organics Simon and Schuster Canada Join Us – sign up for our newsletter to Have Fun, Get Fit & Win Prizes!
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Happy Hump Day – Have A Diet Friendly Mojito!
August 11, 2010 at 1:00 am 0

mojito
It's Wednesday, it's summer, and it's hot! That means it's time for a mojito! Now you don't have to slurp back hundreds of calories when you enjoy this insanely refreshing drink - the Weight Watchers version is very diet friendly! Diet Friendly Mojito Recipe Ingredients: - 1.5 oz Bacardi Rum - 12 fresh spearmint leaves - 1/2 lime - 7 oz sprite zero or club soda - 2 tbsp. Splenda Directions: In a cool tall glass, mix the mint, Splenda and lime juice. Add crushed ice. Add rum, soda and stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few sprigs of mint. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy!
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Fitness Success Secret
May 6, 2010 at 11:47 am 0


It's May, bikini season is nearby, and we're searching for ways to exercise that are the most fun. So fun in fact that it doesn't even feel like you're exercising! And we've found a secret! As part of our May Fit Month we're taking a walk every morning that's a sunny gorgeous day. We get the most of this gorgeous summer weather and take in every morsel of sun and nice weather possible. During the week set your alarm a little bit before your usual time. Pull yourself out of bed, grab a coffee and take a nice long walk along the lakeshore, or any other inspiring landscape. It’s so nice to see the city before everyone has woken up. The air is still, the sun is white, and the grass is dewey. Joggers pass by, dogs are getting their morning stroll , and the boats gently cut through the waves. And better yet, you get some time alone in the morning to find inspiration for the day, you get fit, and you get to enjoy the summer for a few minutes extra each day! It’s the perfect way to start the day.
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Light, Healthy, And Delicious Mexican Chicken Lime Soup
April 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm 0


Mexican Chicken and Lime Soup
We discovered this recipe last year in Mexico...and have been making it at home ever since! The fresh, light and healthy ingredients make a gorgeous combination of flavours, it's very filling, and it's super light and healthy to boot! Better yet, it only takes 20 minutes to cook, and since you lay out the ingredients for everyone to add to their individual bowls it can please the most fussy of eaters! It's a total recipe success! Here's what you need to know to make it. Recipe: Serves 4 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 16 cups of water 3 cups rice (brown if you want to be super healthy!) 1/2 cup thinly cut cilantro 1/2 cup thinly cut red pepper 1/2 cup thinly cut zucchini 1/2 cup thinly cut green onions 1/2 tbsp thinly cut jalapeño pepper 1 lime cut into 6 wedges Directions: Place 3 cups rinsed rice and 6 cups of water in rice cooker - close lid and don't re-open until the buzzer goes off letting you know it's done. Approx 10 minutes after closing rice cooker lid start cooking soup base. In a large pot place the chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces and 10 cups of water. Boil for approx 10 minutes, and add salt and pepper to taste. On a plate arrange the cut vegetables in separate piles. Put in the middle of the dining table.

delicious vegetables to add to the soup
When the rice cooker let's you know the rice is done place four heaping spoon fulls of rice in each bowl, then cover with chicken stock and pieces of chicken. Place each of these bowls on the table with spoons and then invite everyone to add their own veggies and enjoy!
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Spring Clean Your Life: 7 Secrets To A Happy and Healthy You
March 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm 0
find balance in life Like most career girls, there comes a time in life when you step back and take inventory or your life, health and everything else. For too many women when their career takes off their health and wellbeing suffers. Suffer no more - it’s time to put some balance in your life and get healthy! 1. Find Balance Between Work and Life. Set aside work free times when you are enjoying your friends, family and relaxing. 2. Get Some Exercise Everyday. Instead of meeting up with your friends for dinner have exercise dates. Make sure you spend a minimum of 30 minutes being active everyday. 3. Avoid Regular Restaurant Meals. The amount of salt and fat in your food will creep up on you slowly. Restaurant meals should be treats, not daily occurences. 4. Think Before You Drink. Many beverages are hidden calorie bombs – read labels and make sure you know what you are drinking. If you are thirsty water is your best choice. If you want a treat proceed with caution before sabotaging your diet. 5. Enjoy Your Down Time. Reduce stress and remind yourself of the simple pleasures in life – relax and unwind in your favourite healthy way. 6. Prioritize Your Life. Too often we spend most of our time responding to the latest crisis instead of living consciously. Step back, remind yourself what’s most important, and plan accordingly. Make sure you are spending the majority of your time with things that matter to you most. 7. Enjoy The Fruits of Your Labour! You have worked hard to get to this point in your life, and there’s no point in continuing if you can’t enjoy it. Stop thinking about what you don’t have, and embrace all the great things you do have. Don’t sweat the small stuff…it really doesn’t matter. You’ve worked too hard to have a lost button or cancelled plan ruin your day. Start Enjoying!
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Want To Look 10 Years Younger?
January 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm 0


10 Years Younger Host Myleene Klass

10 Years Younger Host Myleene Klass

Most women notice the signs of aging on their face and bodies and don't know how to shake it. Their skin isn't as tight as before, their eyes are a bit droopy, fine lines are creeping up, and things just aren't as perky as they used to be. Feel bad about it? You're not alone! Recently British tv show 10 Years Younger has had a refresh and is capitalizing on women's fears of getting older and frumpier. The show takes two women, both of whom look like they need a serious refresh, through a journey of self revitalization. While one of the women goes under the knife, the other turns to more natural fixes like facials, better nutrition and accupuncture. While they are getting their appearance in order they also get to figure out their personal style and get a wardrobe makeover, in addition to haircuts and health and wellness advice. Oh, and it's England, so sometimes they need new teeth too! It's amazing to see how the two women look after their transformations! Whatever your position on plastic surgery, you have to admit, it's pretty nice to see ladies have a whole new lease on life from looking good and feeling great.

Two womens' transformations on tv show 10 Years Younger
But the interesting thing is that the women who have had plastic surgery almost always look just as good as the women who took the natural route. Go figure!
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From Fat to Fabulous – Women and Weight Loss
December 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm 2


For many women losing weight is a lifelong battle. Dieting and exercising like crazy, followed by binge eating and complete inactivity. The weight comes off then the weight goes back on…plus a little more. And the cycle gets repeated several times. How can you get off this cycle? For some women it’s easier than others…but for all of us it’s quite a journey. In this post I’m going to go back and forth with Mary, who is on the path to losing weight and getting to a place where she’s more comfortable and content with herself. I have been on the diet roller coaster before with a 55 lb diet swing, but I’ve finally kicked the habit. I wanted to go back and forth with Mary because her story is so inspiring and she’s working so hard to get to a great place in her life. I love women’s success stories and I thought this may be interesting to see two different perspectives, one from a woman who’s in the process, and one from a woman who’s won the weight war. What’s your weight story? Mary: In high school I was depressed and gained weight until I hit a high of around 255 or 260 pounds. On a 5'2" frame, that is a lot of weight. When I first went to college I decided to finally do something about the weight and try and change my life. My freshman year of college I started working out and eating healthier foods and I dropped 60 pounds. It was a very good first year of college. After that I went on a continuous cycle of gaining weight, and losing, and then gaining it all back. With every major change in my life, such as going to university, or moving to Europe, or moving home again, came another cycle of weight gain and loss. I’m making a huge effort to lose weight again and I've lost over 20 pounds since the decision to lose weight and am continuing my journey of weight loss. Hopefully now that I have freed myself from the destructive habits and environment I was in I will lose the extra weight and find a comfortable place for my body. Ingrid: For me losing 45 pounds was almost accidental. After my first year in university I tipped the scales at 165 pounds and size 10 pants. At 5’3 that’s quite a lot. I carried it all in my upper half; chubby cheeks, big boobs, thick arms and a full belly. I wouldn’t think twice about eating heaps of tater tots and a pile of cream cheese on a toasted bagel, followed by my two Mr. Big chocolate bars and a few cans of Coke. I never exercised. Then I got a job as a gardener. I was outdoors all summer long digging holes, planting flowers, pushing heavy wheelbarrows and walking all over the university campus. I also moved out of the college dorm and ate healthier and lighter foods, not on purpose but just because when I cooked for myself I didn’t eat much instant or packaged foods. I would have toast for breakfast, soup or a sandwich for lunch and pasta with tomato sauce for dinner. I wore dirty gardening clothes every day, and since it was summer, and I had a bit of pocket money from my gardening job, I bought new summer clothes for after work. When the fall came around I put my old clothes back on…and they fell off my hips. When I weighed myself at my friends house I couldn’t believe I weighed 120 lbs. Without realizing it I’d lost 45 pounds! What’s your goal weight? Mary: To be honest I'm not sure what my goal weight is and to me it's not very important. I've never weighed under 190 as an adult so I'm guessing it is somewhere around 175 is my goal, but I'm just shooting blindly and going to let my body figure it out once I get closer. Ingrid: 120 lbs. I’m where I want to be weight wise, I just want to get more toned. I’m always checking to mix up my exercises so I can maintain my weight where it is.

healthy food choices equals healthy weight

healthy food choices equals healthy weight

What’s the secret to your weight loss? Mary: Secret? Heheh. That is such a funny question. Their isn't a secret, so hopefully you will never believe someone who tells you there is. For me it was all about making that decision that I wanted to lose weight and be healthier. Once I made the decision and it became part of my mindset I knew I could do all the work necessary to lose weight. Ingrid: It’s not a secret, but a mind shift. It was a total change of lifestyle that had me exercising daily and eating better. What’s the one thing that makes weight loss difficult for you? Mary: I struggle with emotional and stress eating, so for me, weight loss has been difficult because I've so often fallen back into those traps and erased all the work I did previously. Not having a good handle on why I used food in the ways that I did made weight loss very, very hard. Ingrid: I think so many corporate work environments are dreadful for our health. I’ve worked in several offices and the best office environment is one that’s close to home (i.e. I can walk there), and has lots of amenities and walkable areas nearby. That way you can run errands, step out for a walk or go to the park. A commuting lifestyle is soooo horrible for our health, and usually suburban offices are surrounded by fast food joints, they don’t have walkable areas, and you need to drive to get there so you can’t walk to work.

happiness and a healthy weight go hand in hand

happiness and a healthy weight go hand in hand

How does weight loss affect your confidence? Mary: Well, I'm not going to lie - I feel a lot more confident when I've lost weight. I've been slowly becoming more confident during the last few years regardless of my weight, but I still have always remained below my highest weight ever. And that has definitely helped me build confidence in other areas of my life. Ingrid: It’s a chicken and egg story. I feel confident when I’m a good weight, but I watch my weight because I’m confident and don’t want to let myself fall into depressing patterns again. They work together very carefully, and one doesn’t come before the other. Are you on a weight roller coaster? Mary: I would have to say yes. I think I am at the end of the ride now and the weight is coming off for good, but I'm still on a ride that has taken me up and down weight wise for several years. I would lose weight during college then move back home and regain 30 pounds in a summer or in the year I spent there after graduation. That move out, move home weight fluctuation was a crazy roller coaster but I think now that I'm on my own and moving on I will finally be hopping off and settling at a healthy weight for me. Ingrid: I was before. After the gardening job I kept on slowly losing weight, and at one point I was 110 pounds. I had big dark bags under my eyes, no energy and was pretty unhealthy. But I was skinny! Two years later I’d graduated from university and was working in the corporate world. Sitting down all day, surrounded by unhealthy drinks and snacks all day a bit of weight crept back on. I was about 125 lbs for a few years, but now I’m at 120lbs and that’s where I want to stay. I look fit, but not skinny and I feel great. I eat well, exercises regularly and course correct whenever I feel myself putting weight on again. How does it feel to get more attention because you lost weight? Mary: It is a strange feeling. I've always dealt with feeling self-conscious and insecure, so having people compliment me often is something I still don't know how to deal with. I accept compliments and enjoy them because I've worked hard to feel and look better, but it feels strange to receive them and makes me wonder why we don't compliment people all the time. I would have liked to have been noticed and appreciated before I lost the weight, but I feel like I was almost invisible then. Ingrid: When everyone saw me they would always say “You look so good” or “Oh my god, you’re half the person you were before!”. After a while it started to bother me. Wasn’t I compliment worthy before? Did I have to be skinny to look good and have people notice me? After a few weeks I would cringe every time I’d hear someone say something about how much weight I’d lost. I was never weight conscious before, but after I lost so much weight, and had internalized the idea that skinny equals pretty I started to watch what I ate more and more. But now I’m totally comfortable with myself. I love the way I look and I’ll gladly accept compliments. How’s your relationship with food now? Mary: Much, much better. I won't say it is perfect, because I still have times where I want to eat for comfort instead of nourishment, but those times are less often. I've learned how to eat mindfully and listen to what my body is telling me. If I'm full I can stop eating instead. I'm much more in tune with what my body wants and needs regarding food now. Ingrid: I think about food totally differently. I eat to nourish my body, not to fill up. When I’m hungry I always ask myself “Is this a good food choice?” I eat pretty healthy, but it takes a big effort on my part. -- For all the ladies that are looking to make some positive changes in their lives – don’t delay! There is no better day than today to start living your dream life Mary is a healthy living blogger at amerrylife.com. She has been up on the scale and down, but is confident that no matter what weight she is at she will be living a happy and healthy life. For more on her weight loss journey, visit her personal weight loss blog: amerrylife.com.
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Fall Cleaning:Rid Yourself of Stress and Find Balance in Your Life
October 5, 2009 at 10:29 am 0

Like most career girls, there comes a time in life when you step back and take inventory or your life, health and everything else. For too many women when their career takes off their health and wellbeing suffers. Does this routine sound familiar? 1. Go to work at around 9 am every day 2. Sit down all day 3. Buy something convenient, and unhealthy for lunch 4. Get home 5. Continue working 6. Eat a convenient dinner as fast as possible 7. Continue working while watching tv 8. Spend a few minutes around the house before going to bed If that's you it's time to put some balance in your life and get healthy! 1. Find Balance Between Work and Life. Set aside work free times when you are enjoying your friends, family and relaxing. 2. Get Some Exercise Everyday. Instead of meeting up with your friends for dinner have exercise dates. Make sure you spend a minimum of 30 minutes being active everyday. 3. Avoid Regular Restaurant Meals. The amount of salt and fat in your food will creep up on you slowly. Restaurant meals should be treats, not daily occurences. 4. Think Before You Drink. Many beverages are hidden calorie bombs - read labels and make sure you know what you are drinking. If you are thirsty water is your best choice. If you want a treat proceed with caution before sabotaging your diet. 5. Enjoy Your Down Time. Reduce stress and remind yourself of the simple pleasures in life - relax and unwind in your favourite healthy way. 6. Prioritize Your Life. Too often we spend most of our time responding to the latest crisis instead of living consciously. Step back, remind yourself what's most important, and plan accordingly. Make sure you are spending the majority of your time with things that matter to you most. 7. Enjoy The Fruits of Your Labour! You have worked hard to get to this point in your life, and there's no point in continuing if you can't enjoy it. Stop thinking about what you don't have, and embrace all the great things you do have. Don't sweat the small stuff...it really doesn't matter. You've worked too hard to have a lost button or cancelled plan ruin your day. Start Enjoying!
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The Secret to Extending the Summer
September 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm 0

This year our summer in Ontario was not so perfect. Until mid August the temperatures were well below our seasonal average, and we had so much rain it felt like we were in Vancouver! When the good weather finally hit the whole province seemed ready to celebrate. Here in Toronto people seem much happier, friendlier and positive. To get the most of this good weather I try to take in every morsel of sun and nice weather possible. And then I found the secret. Morning walks by the lake. During the week I set my alarm a little bit before my usual time. I pull myself out of bed, grab a coffee and take a nice long walk along the lakeshore. It's so nice to see the city before everyone has woken up. The air is still, the sun is white, and the grass is dewey. Joggers pass by, people walk their dogs, and the boats gently cut through the waves. I get half an hour extra of summer weather everyday. It's the perfect way to start the day.
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Ice Cream Hater
August 7, 2009 at 4:00 pm 2
My name is Ingrid and I DO NOT LIKE ICE CREAM. Yes, that's correct, Chunky Monkey is not for me. It’s too rich and it makes me very thirsty. People are always shocked when I tell them this – a girl that doesn’t like ice cream?? Can anyone relate?
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Monthly Goals – August
August 4, 2009 at 10:00 am 0
It happened at 230 am in Rome. After overindulging in Italy on wine, meats, cheeses, pasta and gelato for a full week I woke up in a cold sweat. My mind was racing with plans. My clothes were no longer fitting, there was an extra layer on my tummy, and changes that had to be made. So, I came up with a plan by 3am. August was going to be my month of two’s: 2 x per week I could eat treats 2 x per week I could have drinks/wine 2 x per week I’d take a long walk / run 2 x per week I’d join an intense exercise program (bootcamp or martial arts) 20 minutes every weekday morning I’d go jogging I’m hoping to get back on track quickly! When I uploaded my vacation pictures on my computer I found some photos from last year, and I’ve definitely been waaaaaay too kind to myself. But I’m working on it, and I will win this battle!
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