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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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Whole30 graphic from Whole30










Pressing Up Against Perceived Wisdom

If you’ve ever felt like you were the underdog, watch this.

If you’ve ever worried about your child who suffers from a learning disability, watch this.

If you’ve ever looked at people that are pressuring their kids in school (so much that their kids are completely exhausted and stressed) in hopes of getting them into Ivy league schools and thought, “WHY?”, watch this.

Maybe, like me, you want to scream from the rooftops…”There is not one pathway to success!!! Everyone has gifts!! Sometimes our perceived weakness becomes our strength!”, if so, watch this.

Malcolm Gladwell presses up against perceived wisdom and offers me a hopeful, “AHA” moment.  It was more like a “mmmmhmmmm” moment with me shaking my head in agreement murmuring, “See, that’s what I’m talking about!” A GREAT BIG YES moment for sure!

Take a break from the rat race and watch this.  And then show it to your kids. It’s a great reminder that we shouldn’t buy everything they are selling us.

(The whole thing is amazing but if you don’t have time to watch 12 minutes, the clip on learning disabilities is at 4:50 and the clip on colleges is at 8:50)

What do you think?  Does this resonate with you? I’d love to hear from you!

Da Bears



Today I’m grateful the Bears beat the Packers.

Mostly because it makes my husband and son happy.

Also, because I love the story of the back up quarterback for the Bears, Josh McCown. Who is never really sure if and when he will play but works hard to prepare.  “I have to write a lot of things down,” he said. “I have to practice the calls over and over again, draw the plays up. There’s a lot for me. But I feel like if I put that time in, I feel like that kind of preparation creates an edge for me and helps me.”

How great is that? “I have to write things down and practice and put time in and prepare”.  In a world full of people who think they are owed something for doing nothing, this is refreshing.  He was prepared and he had the opportunity and BAM! Bears Win!

In an article by Rich Campbell in the Chicago Tribune, McCown was quoted as saying, “I hate the circumstances (that Cutler is hurt), but it’s my opportunity to serve my team,” McCown said “I’m very thankful to have this chance.”

He’s very thankful to have this chance.

We are thankful too.

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