Whole 30 Results

April 24th, 2016

Life has kept me on the go as of late, which meant I didn’t finish updating on my Whole 30 progress, plus the results.

I didn’t weigh myself before or after- but I can tell I lost weight. On the whole, it has changed the way I feel about food on so many levels. I’ve been done more than a week, and truth is my energy is higher than it has been in YEARS! Truth is, I don’t know when the last time was that I had so much continuous energy, and sometimes so much so that I would have to really watch myself in the evenings or I’d be buzzing along and unable to sleep at all.

Yesterday, after a busy day we decided to order out- simple meal- hamburgers and french fries. The flavor wasn’t bad, but within 45 minutes, I felt horrible! Sleepy, sluggish etc. It lasted throughout the evening and that reminded me of how I felt ALL the time pre Whole 30. Most of the time I felt worse, but it was yet another reminder of how I do NOT want to live.

My husband also wants to do the Whole 30, as he has RA, so we’ll do that after our vacation. I’ll do it with him, as I’m somewhat living Whole 30ish right now anyway. When I go for the less ‘real’ foods, my body reminds me of why I don’t want to poison myself with sub-standard foods.

I was at the point before Whole 30 that I felt something was terribly wrong with me, and while I did believe the food would make a little difference, I never realized just how much. Life changing- seriously! … this coming from someone who eats whole foods 85% of the time anyway, but not to the degree of Whole 30.

Was it restrictive? Yes- Was it hard? NO! Not for me at all. I did not struggle unless I didn’t plan properly and then I wanted to eat more, but on the whole- I didn’t have the cravings and I still don’t.

I’ve added all things back without any big reactions to them, but I will continue to keep grains, dairy and sugars to a minimum, but will eat beans and legumes when the urge strikes me.

This is very much doable and it will make a huge difference in how you feel, plus how you look at food.

Home Painting Projects

April 24th, 2016

With our vacation pending, our home improvements have come to a screeching halt for the time being, but the inspiration continues to flow as I look at Hingham painters and see what great work they do. As much as I would love to be a do-it-yourself person for everything, truth is- we just don’t have the time, inclination or skills, so we’ve decided to leave a lot of things to the professionals.

As most of you know who visit this space regularly, we had a professional come in to do our living room a while back. We did all the prep work (which wasn’t necessary, but something we wanted to do to help the professionals), so it made for a very smooth day of painting. Later, Marcel decided to do the painting in the hallways himself, but some he ended up having to redo, as he just couldn’t get the coverage in one go the way the pros did, despite using the same type of paint. It was then when we realized that it makes sense to let someone else take care of things for us, so upon our return from vacation we will get an estimate for the rest of the rooms that need painting and go from there.

That will mean more time for other things we are good in, such as decorating and such. What’s your preferred method? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you prefer to pay a professional to come in and take care of things and get it done properly the first time? Also, what are your favorite color schemes to use? I’ve been browsing some of the newest color trends from Southern Living magazine, and there are quite a few that catch my eye. I love how inspiration can be found in so many little things.

Whole 30- Days 23-27

April 10th, 2016

I can’t believe it has been five days since I last posted.  I realized it had been a few, but admittedly I’ve been running in so many different directions that I have lost track along the way.

This week also has a big buzz of busy- but I was able to get SO much accomplished last week, that once this week is done, the last couple of weeks before our trip should be a breeze.

I am still rocking the Whole 30 and feeling better than ever.   My sleep continues to not be as good as usual, but I believe that’s part time-change and also partly me having so much energy- or as they call it in Whole 30 world-  “Tiger Blood”.  I definitely have it.

IMG_1720Today, despite having a day off from everything- I didn’t really do a lot in preparation for food, and it showed in how I’ve eaten today-   I ate a lot of bacon, and grabbed a lot of nuts here and there throughout the day.  I had been so busy during the week that I decided to forego playing in the sunshine, and instead spent quite a few hours cleaning and getting things ready for the new week.  Since Marcel was having dinner at his moms-  I wasn’t focused on myself- (and that wasn’t smart) so I skipped breakfast and lunch (insert bacon and nuts here).    Dinner, I made a soup of roasted butternut squash, fresh ginger, coconut milk, carrots, a little mango, peppers and of course, bacon!   It sounds a little odd- but trust me when I say it was amazing.

The plus is- I have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow, and that will mean a quick and easy lunch for me-    I’ll probably add some spinach to it to bump the nutrient factor.

Tuesday we’re going to be gone all day-  I have a cheesecake delivery several hours from here-  but I am prepared.     The rest of the week is looking good, and as it looks- I’ll be done on Thursday- as I decided to do 31 days.   I already know that I’ll continue to follow the Whole 30 plan pretty closely until we head to our vacation, with the exception of having an event on Saturday, and maybe a few other little things here and there.  I like the way I feel, so why mess with that?   I don’t believe I will.




The Joy of Pets

April 5th, 2016

If you know me in person, then you also have had the great pleasure of knowing two of my favorite ‘critters’ on the planet-   IMG_1539JJ and Mister Mistoffeeles.    JJ, the Cairn Terrier, who never meets a stranger, and pretty much loves everyone.   He’s smart, social and a joy.  Even when he’s misbehaving and getting into trouble, the looks he gives me often have me cracking up with laughter.

Mister M. is more of the majestic, total zen and cool cat.    He doesn’t let much get under his skin, but at the same time he’s extremely spoiled.   He likes to drink water from the bathroom sink- and will sit there sometimes for an hour waiting for someone to enter and give him some.   I guess we can’t say he isn’t patient when it comes to that.    On the other hand,  like many cats, he can be quite demanding- wanting to be petted and meowing until he gets his way.   Stop before he’s ready and you’ll be met with more meows.

IMG_1480I miss them when we travel and know that it doesn’t matter if we leave the house for five minutes or five weeks, they are always thrilled to see us return.    I know not everyone finds pets to bring such joy to their household, but I can’t imagine my life without them.   I know Marcel feels the same.

As you can see from the photo (both of these are from my Instagram feed-   you can find me by searching for Wizardress), Mister M. was having one of his moments and thinking that the Apple TV remote was a chew toy-   He is obsessed with it for some reason.   I’m not sure why, but if he had his way and I wasn’t paying attention, he would be using it to bat all over the house.

Needless to say, that’s not happening.

Even in those little ‘naughty’ moments, I still smile, and wouldn’t take anything for them.    After all, they are our four-legged members of the family.


Whole 30- Day 22

April 5th, 2016

What a difference a day makes.  As I mentioned yesterday, I was really in a ‘mood’ yesterday.   I had a great nights sleep, despite waking up several times.   I did wake up with a slight headache this morning, but one cup of coffee later and it was gone.    I made an intentional slow start to the day today even though my to do list was long.  I knew it would also mean me finishing work much later than I would prefer, but I thought it was the wiser choice since I was feeling so blah yesterday, plus had the headache.

It paid off-   I’ve had an abundance of energy today and I feel great!    I was able to get everything checked off my to do list and then some, plus here I sit with a little time to spare before Marcel gets home from work.

IMG_1551I will admit that I probably didn’t eat enough today, but I feel great-  For brunch, I made this odd concoction that was a take on the blueberry fritatta that I made last week.    So it was eggs, lemon zest, blueberries, a little pumpkin seeds, a drizzle of almond butter, coconut- oh and let’s not forget the compliant bacon.     It is a weird sounding combination- but it really worked well.  It was delicious!


Dinner tonight ended up being chicken breast, sauteed zucchini with lemon zest and Greek seasonings, a half avocado, and half a sweet potato.   It was filling and I am not feeling the desire to eat anything at all.

Tomorrow is another busy work day- and hard to believe that I have 9 days left until I’m done.

I’m looking forward to seeing how I feel at the end and moving forward.  One thing I know for sure already- is that I’ll be taking with me what I’ve learned and applying it to life post Whole 30.


Whole 30- Day 20 & 21

April 4th, 2016

As I was downloading the photos from my iPhone to upload to here- I realized that there are only so many ways that you can share photos of omelettes, so I decided to forego posting photos until I make something a little different.

I’ve continued to have either an omelette or the sweet potato/ scrambled egg/ almond butter combo the last two days.     Dinner has been chicken, and also salad of mixed greens.

Please know that by no means am I saying that Whole 30 is boring.  It isn’t.  I have personally just been super busy and not having a lot of time to cook, so prepping for me means automating my meals somewhat.

The last couple of days I haven’t been sleeping well at night,   I’ve been waking often, which I attribute to the time change.    I still have found myself with a lot of energy, although today I seem to be feeling irritated at small things.    Granted, this probably has nothing to do with Whole 30, but more a hormonal thing happening, or even the inability to quiet the brain space with so many things going on at once.   I’m sure it’s nothing a good night’s sleep and some time alone won’t cure.

Tomorrow is a new day, and I’m feeling the crunch of getting some things done, but at the same time- I know that if I can get most of my work stuff done this week, that will make the rest of the month MUCH easier for me.

All in all- life is amazing, and I am blessed and grateful for this journey.  It’s hard for me to believe it has been a full three weeks.

Let the Countdown Begin!

April 2nd, 2016

One month from today- we will be headed home for a very special wedding, plus to spend time with family and friends.     It’s odd, since we generally don’t go home this time of the year, but will be fun for Marcel to experience the Deep South in the middle of the heat and humidity.    Something tells me he’ll be grateful for air conditioning more than ever.

I’ve been picking up odds and ends here and there to take with us, but I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t had a lot of time to let the reality sink in of just how soon it really is.   I believe once I get some of the work projects out of the way, including 150 sugar flowers that I need to do ahead of time, because I have a wedding to do when we return, that it will all feel a little more real to me.

I do have the carry-on ready to go.   Well, I have stuff stacked on top of it.   My favorite espresso, plus some of the Torres Black Truffle chips that was on Oprah’s favorite things list this past year.   I bought some and really wanted to share them with my favorite people.   If you are a chip lover then you definitely need to try these.  Best Chips EVER!!  Hands down!    Don’t take my word for it… Try them yourself.    After all, it has to be good if it made it to Oprah’s Favorite Things.

I am so grateful that we have this time to share with the people we love.   To spend time with them, and celebrate the marriage of two of my favorite people.  So many wonderful things happening all around.

Are you planning any travel this year?    If so, where will you go?

Whole 30- Day’s 18 and 19

April 2nd, 2016

Yesterday I had good intentions of spending time on the computer catching up across the blogosphere, plus adding a few posts of my own, but work called.  That meant that I needed to take care of that first, and once I finished getting everything checked off the ‘immediate’ to-do list, I was ready for some time to unwind.     I managed to take a photo of breakfast, but I didn’t get one at dinner.

IMG_1460Most of you may be noticing that my breakfasts don’t veer too far off the path.  It isn’t because I can’t or don’t like to be creative with foods, but more because it’s easier for me to not have to think about what I want to eat- but rather have it all planned out the day before.

Yesterday I had baked sweet potatoes, scrambled eggs, a little compliant bacon (read the labels), homemade almond butter and coconut.    I know- it sounds like a really odd flavor combination, but the reality is, it works really really well.

I love it!

Since I ate this closer to lunch time- it was more a brunch than anything, so I had a mandarin in the afternoon.

Dinner was a chicken breast wrapped in bacon, green beans and sauteed zucchini with a 1/4 avocado.     I had a small banana and also a mandarin.  IMG_1459

This morning was not much different breakfast wise than yesterday.    In fact, the only difference is I didn’t add bacon, but I did add pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and a few pine nuts.     With a huge cup of coffee with Almond milk (check labels) it hit the spot, plus gave me the energy to buzz through the afternoon.

Since sugar is my business- and I had work to do- I spent all afternoon making my Fleur de Sel caramels, and then I decided to test a recipe I’ve been thinking about for while.    I wasn’t sure how I’d feel- since I usually taste everything before I let it pass across someone elses lips- but that wasn’t the case this time.    The cookies were a hit and received great reviews, which makes me very happy to know.       The great thing for me was, that I wasn’t tempted.   I didn’t want to eat the remaining caramel in the pot, nor did I feel tempted to try a cookie.   At the same time I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.

Am I saying that I plan to never eat a cookie again?  No!  I would be lying to both of us if I said that.   It does mean that I was able to do my chosen profession without a feeling that I was going to end up in the Whole 30 ditch because I’d indulged in sugar- grains – peanut butter- milk.

I celebrate victories like these!

In other news, I continue to have a lot of energy.  It doesn’t mean I don’t ever get tired, but for the most part my tiredness doesn’t hit until the evening, when it actually should.   Yay for that!    I’m going to start kicking up some exercising and see how I feel doing that.  It has been a while, and it’s time to make that switch too.

IMG_1461I’m a firm believer in not trying to focus on too many new goals at once, because it tends to keep us from being fully committed to any of them.  That isn’t what I want, but now that I think I can safely say I’m in a good Whole 30 groove, I would like to add more exercise- start building some well-needed muscle, plus get the heart pumping a little harder.

Dinner tonight is to your left-    A green salad with a little bacon, greens, tomatoes, olives, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Chicken breast- green beans, mushrooms and zucchini.   I had a mandarin when I finished.   I felt really hungry at dinner, which is why I ate as much as I did-  I didn’t feel overly stuffed though, but comfortably full.

It’s hard for me to believe that I am almost at day 20.    I’ll go through 31 days- so I supposed this is going to be a Whole 31.

I’ve learned so much- and feel really good.  My face break outs are less and less, plus the horrible break out I had is now almost fully cleared.   I believe as long as I drink enough water, it will remain so, at least I hope so.

The journey continues..


Whole 30 – Day 17

March 31st, 2016

I can’t believe that it’s almost FRIDAY!!   YAY!    Forget the fact that I’ll need to actually get some work done this weekend, but rest assured there is going to be some fun (and I believe sunshine) tossed in there somewhere.   After all,    All work and no play.. well that’s not me!

I can’t believe that day 17 came and went with the blink of an eye.   I had a busy day-   but a good day.

Last night I was hungry-   really hungry- so I realized that it was probably due to not eating enough protein yesterday, so I set out to make sure that today was much different.

IMG_1336This morning, I had a late breakfast, so I made myself an 3 egg omelette with compliant bacon (check labels), a little arugula, tomato, mushrooms and chives.  I added some spices and had some avocado on the side.

It kept me full most of the day- so much so that when dinner rolled around, I wasn’t hungry, but knew I needed to eat-   so I had a chicken breast wrapped in bacon, half an avocado a few olives, and then a small (3-4 inch) banana and two fresh clementines.

It amazes me at how much not having enough of what I need makes a difference in how I feel.   Tonight- I feel comfortably full and not wanting to go invade the walnut jar.

While out today- I picked up some chicken breasts that were on sale.  Rather than putting them in the freezer like usual, I immediately added spices to them and put them in a baking dish.   I’ll toss some in the freezer, plus keep some in the fridge- making for a quick and easy addition to a salad or a lettuce wrap.

The journey continues and I continue to have an abundance of energy and feel great.   This afternoon I did have a little moment of feeling tired, but I think that was more because I was running around attempting to do five things at once more than anything else.

It’s almost weekend.  How do you plan to spend yours?

Wordless Wednesdays

March 30th, 2016

No words-   Simply a photograph taken today.   You create the story to your liking, as far as your imagination will carry you.



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