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Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse

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This will be an odd post for House of 34, but I wanted to share something I did this week.

Dr. Oz's 3-Day Detox Cleanse One-SheetI did the Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse.  His website says “Eliminate harmful toxins, restore your system, and reset your body with this detox cleanse from Dr. Oz.  All you need is 3 days, a blender and $16 a day!”

It cost a little over $16.00 a day, but I think it was because some of the ingredients I needed came in large jars.  Some grocery stores may stock smaller sizes.  And if you do it with a friend and shop together, some of the ingredient you could split.

After being sick for a week, eating poorly, and just feeling tired and blah, I wanted to give this a try.  It’s all natural foods.  No dairy, no meat, no bread.  Just fruits, green veggies and different fats, like avocado, almond butter and coconut oil.  Oh, and you are supposed to take a detox bath at the end of the day.  I can do that. 😀

So, here’s we go…

DAY ONE
Weighed myself in the morning and took a measurement of my waist.  Drank my morning green tea.  The morning smoothie was actually pretty good.  I was a little worried about the spinach in it, but it was barely noticeable.  So far so good.

Lunch smoothie.  Yuck.  All green veggies.  The apple and pineapple didn’t even make it better.  And this smoothie makes a lot!  Like two huge glasses.  I assumed you’re suppose to drink it all. I did the best I could.  It wasn’t gagging awful, just something you probably won’t miss after the detox is over.

The snack smoothie can be a repeat of any of the 3 smoothies.  Since I didn’t know what dinner tasted like yet, and lunch was out of the question, I had the breakfast smoothie again.

The dinner smoothie was really good.  My favorite of the three.

DAY 2
Woke up with a wicked headache.  Dr. Oz said the tea was supposed to help with coffee/caffeine withdraw, but it wasn’t working for me.  Ouch!  I lost 1 1/2 lbs when I weighed myself this morning.  Yea!  Repeated all the smoothies as yesterday.  This time, though, the lunch smoothie was better.  I don’t know if the cucumber had a better favor, or the fact that I used a different bunch of celery, I don’t know.  But I was able to drink it all today.

I just couldn’t bring myself to do the snack smoothie.  After 2 giant glasses of lunch, I wasn’t hungry.  I don’t know if that’s allowed, but it wasn’t happening.  Dinner was fine and I got to escape and take a bath.

DAY 3
Woke up and weighed myself.  Lost another 1 1/2 lb.  (Note: the purpose of the cleanse is to detox.  The side effect is weight loss.)  Still had a headache. Had tea.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner was the same.  Couldn’t do the snack again.  By the end of the day, my headache was gone and I was feeling pretty good.

DAY AFTER
I lost a total of 5 lbs and lost over an inch from my waist.  WooHoo!  Overall, I do feel better.  With the combination of hormones, medicines I take, and the crappy food I eat, I always have stomach issues.  My stomach feels great now.  So great in fact, I was afraid to eat today.  You’re suppose to ease back into food slowly though. Not really sure what that means.  I made a smoothie for breakfast and drank COFFEE, ate an apple with peanut butter for lunch, and had 1 slice of pizza at dinner.  But I don’t crave salt or even (GULP!) Nutella.  Didn’t even want a Coke with my pizza.

I wasn’t hungry on this cleanse.  If you sat down and had to chew all this food, it would be a lot.  You certainly won’t starve.  The worse part was lunch – for me anyways.  Maybe Dr. Oz could figure out a better lunch smoothie combination.  I’m not a huge fan of veggies.  How happy I would be to drink all my daily veggies in a couple of big gulps!  Dr. Oz, there’s a challenge for you.  Make drinking veggies yummy ‘cuz I don’t want to eat them. 😀

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How to Sleep like a Queen

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I read somewhere recently that the percentage of couples who sleep on a king size bed is a lot lower than a queen size  bed.  I was surprised by that.  Maybe that’s why we have so many sleep issues.  We need bigger beds.  We need our space!

For about the first 10 years, Hubby and I had a queen size bed.  It was fine.  For a bit.  But as time went on, life got crazier, the demands of mommyhood increased, more space (and sleep!) was needed.  When it was time to get a new mattress, I has happy Hubby wanted to get a king size too…

Because the queen size bed just wasn’t working for me anymore.  Let me tell ya why… While everyone tosses and turns throughout the night, nothing beats my Hubby’s special talent.  When he’s sleeping and it’s time to roll over, he manages a one and a half, look Mom no-hands aerial twist before landing on his other side.  Completely asleep.  With the covers still on!  Neat, huh?  😉  Unfortunately for me, when he hits the mattress, I am catapulted into the air.

And then there is the breathing.  I know we all have to breathe, including our spouses, but when all you want is a good night’s sleep, the only breathing you want to feel (of hear!) is your own.  All those times when Hubby’s mid-air roll over twist would land him face to face with me, I immediately woke up.  He’s breathing on me.  Something about having the wind blowing across your face and through your hair when your windows aren’t even open is quite disturbing when you’re sleeping.  Is it just me?  So I had to sleep on my other side, facing away from him.  I’m convinced that I have more wrinkles on one side of my face from spending 10 years sleeping mostly on that side.  See?  Cramped quarters isn’t even good for your complexion.

But all is well now.  I say good night from across our king size bed and I don’t see, feel or hear anything until my eyes open in the morning.  It’s a beautiful thing!

So if you are thinking about buying a new bed, this is my recommendation…  If you have room for a king, can afford a king, prefer not to take flight or have gusty winds sweeping across your face while you sleep, get the big bed!  You’ll sleep better.   Just sayin. 😉

Insomnia Causes Sleepless Nights

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bedtimes,beverages,bunny slippers,cups,drinks,food,household,mornings,mugs,nightgowns,people,sleepy,tired,unhappy,womenYes I know how silly that title is.  Ha!

Have you had one of those nights when you just can’t sleep?  Your brain won’t stop thinking?

I’m having one of those nights.  It’s three something in the morning and I’m still up.  Never got to sleep.  My daughter walked into my room at 1:00 a.m. to tell me she can’t go to sleep because her brain won’t shut off.  Hmmmm.  Was is something we ate???  She’s nine.  What could she be thinking about?

I, on the other hand, have important things to think about.  Like why don’t I just go clean out the refrigerator.  I could do it quietly.  But I don’t.  I lay there thinking about how nice it would be to have the frig all cleaned.  Then I get mad at myself for not getting up and doing something useful.  (Yes, like cleaning the frig)  When I did decide to get out of bed, I forget to bring down my glasses.  I could go back upstairs and get them, but I don’t.  I just get frustrated.  Without glasses, there is no reading.  And no computer.  There’s always the refrigerator I tell myself, but I lay on the couch instead.  Finally, after another hour of not sleeping I decide I will try to write a blog without my glasses and when I turned on the light…  Da Ta… Glasses!! 

Anyway, on with whining.  I never hear men complain about insomnia (Soon to be re-name ” insania”!).  At the moment what I hear is my husband AND my brother snoring.  Yes, I can hear them from downstairs.  How nice.  I hope they are having sweet dreams.  (insert sarcasm)  Moms are inflicted with insomnia because we aren’t tired enough during the day apparently.  Or grouchy.  Or irritable.  No.  We need insomnia to help us with those things. 

If I wasn’t so vain about how I’m going to look later today after not sleeping, I would cry.  But given the fact that I can feel the bags getting baggier and the dark circles getting darker, I don’t need to add swollen and puffy to the mix.  And now it’s too late to drink Benadryl.  Gotta get up early to take my brother to the airport.  I’m sure he will want his sister to be conscious while driving.

I’m hoping this not sleeping thing stops.  If anyone has tips, tricks, potions, suggestions, or even a back hand with a frying pan to put me out of my misery, I’m all ears!

Once in a Blue Moon

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I did something this week I haven’t done in a long, long time, if ever.  Something so utterly shocking, both my BFF and Sister said they wished they could be a fly on the wall.  Something so out of character that I was the talk of the neighborhood!

I EXERCISED!  Yep, you read that right.  I took a Pilates class.  (And fortunately for me, typing this blog requires only the movement of my fingers.)  My friend and neighbor, Crys, is a Pilates instructor.  She has been talking about getting me into a class for a while now.  She won, I went, and actually survived to tell you about it.

The class started out slow for us “newbies”.  I had a friend there who’s new to Pilates too, so I wasn’t alone in this experience.  But Janet (said friend!) took the last spot in the back of the room, so I was front and center.  (Not where I ever want to be!)  Not long after we began class, I did look back at Janet, not to see how she was doing (cuz she made me sit in the front of the class!), but to inform her I was sweating.  (She knows I don’t like to sweat!)  And while Crys was awesome at conducting the class, she did have this look of fear in her eyes.  To me they were saying, “Please dear Lord, don’t let me kill my friend”!

But I think I did pretty well for the first time.  Only a couple of times did I have to collapse on the floor because of my muscles spasming out of control.  The hardest thing of all, besides exercising, was concentrating on breathing.  Who knew breathing was so hard?  Crys would tell us to exhale and come up and inhale and go back down (or was  it the other way around?) but the words “inhale and exhale” are so confusing when you’re not breathing at all!  Short orders would have worked better for my oxygen deprived brain… Out and down,  In and up.  I think eventually breathing will come second nature to me.

So one week down, 7 more weeks to go.  I asked Crys if I will have rock solid abs by the time the class ended.  She said “no, but it will be a good start”.  Apparently you have to exercise regularly, not just 8 weeks every 40 something years. ; )

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