Day Seven {& Wonderful Cabbage Salad}

We’ve come this far! And so far, so good. I haven’t seen too much weight dropping yet, but I’m hoping that’s because I’m building muscle, muscle, muscle, and not because I’m eating too many chewy chocolate bars, other almond products, eggs, and avocados. I might have to watch out for that!  I feel pretty good most of the time~no carb or sugar hangovers. But because I’m getting up so much earlier to exercise than I have in a very long time, I do feel pretty tired when afternoons and evening roll around. I’ve been sneaking in little snoozes when I put my children down for their naps, and last night I just couldn’t go anymore, so I rolled in around 9:00 {unheard of for me!}.

{Have you read Shoshanna’s post on how the challenge is going for her? It includes another smoothie recipe}

Yesterday I started taking the Detox +, and since I just got my liver cleanse herbs in the mail the other day, I need to wait for a couple of weeks to start taking those since they need some time to “brew”. Can’t wait to see what all of this will do for my body. It’s also important to remember to drink plenty of water~always, of course~but especially if taking any detox herbs and exercising. Gotta flush those toxins right out instead of letting them stay around, and this is something I can tend to forget about.

Oh, and did anyone mention sore muscles? The first 4 days were terrible! I had been doing a couple of miles several times a week previously, but nothing quite prepared me for the 3-4 mile walk/runs every morning that my SIL jumped into on March 1st. But oh it feels so good to know something serious is going on in those places that need toning!

I’ve really been enjoying cooking well again. And as I mentioned before, I think a lot of it is due to the fact that I have a new cookbook with wonderful recipes that I don’t need to alter to make healthy and great-tasting. That work has already been done and presented in beautiful form in the Making Babies book.

{Which reminds me, check out this link and promotion good for only one more day. By following instructions, you would be able to buy the complete Making Babies Book & DVD set for 40% off . . . which I believe would come to $66.00. That’s the cheapest I have seen anywhere so far!}

So here are a few of the things we’ve been eating . . .

This amazing cabbage salad that we’ve had several times.
{from Making Babies}

Salad:
1 cup cappage, thinly sliced
1/8 cup tomato, chopped
1 T. chives, chopped
3 slices red pepper
1/3 cup avocado, chopped
1 lime, juiced

Dressing:
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup virgin olive oil
1 tsp. peppercorns, freshly ground
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. raw honey

Combine salad ingredients, drizzle with dressing, and garnish with lime wedges.

Also a Soooo Good Fish Soup  that I’m going to make again this week{husband loved it!}.
You’re gonna have to buy the book. 😉

And Lettuce Salad with a yummy “ranch” dressing~made from cashews!
also from the book. 

We’ve had other food that is normally on our menu . . . with me just skipping the things that I’ve chosen to take a break from this month, such as the burger without the cheese and bun, but topped with sauted onions and mushrooms instead or the meat & vegetable without the  pasta.  We also went out for dinner with husband’s family and I found roast beef and green beans to eat among the spread of starches and sugars spread before me {it was a home-style restaurant, so there wasn’t even a plain green salad available!}. But the food I did have was delicious and filling. Sometimes it’s so tempting right in the moment to partake in those other things, but afterward . . . the “light”, not-laden-down-with-all-that-stuff{ing}-feeling is priceless!

I hope you all are doing well in your choices this week and finding time to exercise! I have loved hearing from several of you. Take care.

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2 Responses to Day Seven {& Wonderful Cabbage Salad}

  1. clarita March 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Okay, wow, can you come cook for me?? All this sounds so good, and so healthful, and I would love to have that too! Our past few weeks/months have been so crazy though, that it feels like all I can do to just put together basic meals! Even in that I try to cook decently healthy (don’t ask Shoshanna though! :)), with more natural ingredients. You are so inspiring though! And your exercising sounds amazing too… That I think I could use more than anything else at this point! I hate to use my round ligament pain as an excuse this pregnant, but seriously, when I just try to take a little walk and it hurts me so badly, I can hardly keep going!

    Anyway, CHEERS to you for doing this amazing challenge…
    And goodness, 80 (EIGHTY) comments down below?! Gracious, girl. You’re famous. :)

    I can’t wait to see you in the next few weeks!! I leave for Pennsylvania next Monday or Tuesday for Jana’s wedding, and because I’m going sooo early (two weeks before) I’m hoping it’ll allow me some good girl time too. How about Rachel’s again, you and Ruth and me?? :)

    xoxo

    • Shelly March 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

      I would *love* to cook for you, Clarita. :) Oh, and I feel your pain with walking {and not being able to walk} in pregnancy! I have had quite a bit of that with my babies too, and I’m hooooping to find some remedies for that problem in the future! As for the many comments in the previous post . . . i really “aren’t” that famous at all. I was part of a blogger thingy where we all visited and commented on each other’s blogs. Sooo looking forward to seeing you! Rachel’s with you and Ruth sounds perfect, and you’ll have to set foot back at our place too, just to check in on the progress you know!

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