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BOOM! I finished the Whole30!



Yep. It’s done.

I did it.

I didn’t cheat once. Not a lick, not a taste, not a sip of off-limits food.

I’ve never felt so accomplished.  Honestly, college, jobs, motherhood, races, triathlons, yoga certification, career, speaking to groups, starting a business, writing, teaching, studying, learning, blogging, growing, parenting…who cares about any of it…the fact that I could go 30 days with no sugar and no gluten and all the other stuff I said no to…Y’all…it’s darn near a miracle.

Here’s what I know now.

When you eat sugar, you want more sugar. Just say no.  #tamethesugardragon

You have a clearer mind when you eat healthy and drink never.

Habits are hard to break but not impossible.

You are in control of what you eat.

You may hear the Lord talk to you in this battle with food. You pray, “Lord, please make a huge gusty wind blow these chips out of my hand” and you hear Him say back to you…”Just put them down beloved.” It’s a convicting experience.

Sleep more and lose the snark.

Cream in coffee is overrated.

Sweet potatoes are my best friend.

It is not that hard to buy real food and cook it.

If you get the #tigerblood, you will need to buy new running bras.  The ones from 1999 aren’t cutting it. Also, it doesn’t look good if you are running with your hands over your boobs.

I survived movies with no popcorn, a meal out at a restaurant without an appetizer, a boat ride without a beer,  TV watching without Twizzlers/M&Ms, Starbucks without cream, and a McDonald’s drive thru without ordering a Diet Coke (Iced tea is okay! Unsweetened).

It can be done.

So, day 31 came and I planned to go out to eat Mexican food with the family.  I really wanted tortilla chips.  They were just fine. Not great. So I had a few, ordered a salad and decided maybe all the things I want aren’t all they are cracked up to be.

Maybe the thing we think we can’t live without will just be “eh” when we get it.

Maybe all of this is just an exercise in figuring out what is “worth it”.

Turns out, I am. Worth it.

So are you.

medicine food

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Choosing “Reality”

Okay, so the other day, I’m watching “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”.  My mom is in the room and so is my daughter.  (I’m sure you know where this is going.) My mom watched about two minutes and then loudly asks, “Susan, what do you like about this?”  It took me a few minutes to snap out of my reality show haze and think about it.  I had no answer for her.  I didn’t actually “like” it, I just couldn’t stop watching.  When pressed, I could come up with the reasons why I don’t like it but that would take too long and I may miss Teresa and her brother making up.

But now everything in the “reality” world has changed.  Russell from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” has committed suicide.  This is complicated and we don’t know the details but I would venture to guess being in the Reality show environment didn’t help his situation.  This makes me so sad.  It’s tragic. I am so sorry for Russell and his family.     

I worry about the rest of them. Here’s what I’ve noticed.  They never speak of God or faith.  At least I’ve never heard it.  They give each other bad advice, they are hurtful toward one another and they lie to each other.  The screaming and yelling is constant.  They bicker and back stab.  Nobody seems happy.  In their quest for fame and notoriety, they’ve lost their way. 

Where is the voice of reason?  Where is the voice of faith?  Where is love?

Here’s another important question: Why am I watching?  Is it the proverbial “train wreck” and I can’t look away?  What about us wants to have a window into other people’s lives?  Why are these shows so popular?

Would anyone watch a show about a family that was happy?  About friends who lifted each other up in prayer?  About couples who supported each other and were faithful and kind to one another?  Would anyone watch to see kids that behaved and studied and worked hard?  Would anyone want to watch people saving for the future or reading books or discussing faith?  Would anyone care? 

TV in general can be a time waster if you are not careful.  “Reality” TV can be something more serious I think.  We work to create homes of peace and love and understanding and then we watch and we let the kids watch people behaving in ways that are contrary to what we believe.  Maybe you don’t do this, but I have, and now that I’m conscious of it, I need to seriously reconsider what we watch.  There are so many choices!  We are like kids in a candy store and it’s difficult to monitor ourselves.  I figured it was harmless and now I know it’s not.  I am recommitting to being mindful about my media choices. 

What we take in through our eyes and ears matters.  What goes in comes out.  When bad language, abusive behavior and poor choices are what we are constantly seeing, we become desensitized.  We begin to think that’s normal.  And then how do we behave? 

While trying to avoid reality TV, here’s something fun to watch.  Many people have sent it to me and it’s pretty cool.  It’s a creative reminder to make good choices when deciding how to spend our time.  After all, we only have so much of it. 


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