Transform 30 – An Update on My Progress

So it’s been a little over a week since I started the program. I have definitely changed my eating habits. I am being more consistent in tracking what I eat and when I eat it. I have added more fruits and vegetables to my diet. I am still eating fish, chicken and turkey along with the other changes.

Overall I am feeling better. I have only lost 1 pound of weight. However, I have lost 2 inches in my waist, it was 43.5 inches, it is now 41.5 inches. My hips are also smaller. Originally 46 inches, they are now 44 inches. My neck is smaller too, it is 15.25 inches today. I know it was around 16+ inches to begin with, I just didn’t write down the exact number.

23 days to go and counting. My face has lost enough fluid, I suppose, that a couple of people have noticed my ‘weight loss.’ Lol. That was the funniest thing to me this week. I am glad it seems to show something has changed, even if the weight hasn’t really started moving yet.

Boyfriend has lost 5 pounds so far. His measurements are also showing improvement. Waist was 49 inches and is now 46.5 inches. Hips were 46.5 inches and are now 45.5. His neck measurement stayed the same at 17.25 inches.

A lot of people who are doing this program have not had any detox effects at all from it. I have had a few detox symptoms, as well as Boyfriend. We both had problems with flatulence. Fun, right? I was also having headaches at the end of the week, but those have subsided now. We have both gone to the bathroom more this week. I swear every time I turn around I have to pee! Lol. Guess that’s why my face looks smaller. His was for another issue, and we’ll just leave it at that.

The reason for this is that flushing your body with fruits and vegetables does clean your system out. It hasn’t been horrible the way some other detoxes I’ve used in the past are, but I do want to be real about what we are going through. I still believe my overall body inflammation will significantly improve by doing this. I do feel better that when I started a week ago, even with the headaches I’ve had. Honestly, I have had a lot of headaches on a regular basis the last few months. So a day or two with a detox headache is not that big of a deal for me right now.

Basically I’m saying ‘YES!’ to developing positive habits with my eating and exercise so it becomes easier to avoid my old bad habits of eating too much and not moving much at all. I’m doing it to help me be a better me again.

There are lots, and lots, and lots, AND LOTS of yummy smoothie recipes and food recipes to use with this program. If you are interested in signing up for it, I will be happy to share all of the info I have with you, as well as share an overview of what your 30 days can look like, with a meal plan and shopping guide so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to get rolling with this.

That’s all for now. I’ve got a regular routine of a shake for breakfast, snack at 10 AM, usually fruit and nuts. Lunch has been a nice salad with chicken or fish of some sort for me, followed by another shake around 3 PM or so. If I feel hungry anytime I grab some grapes or an apple to help with that. I eat dinner between 5 and 6 PM most nights, no later than 7. That is part of the suggested program. I try to drink at least 90 oz of water, and I take 6 Juice Plus capsules daily. It’s not the hardest thing I’ve ever done by a long shot. It just takes a little thought and planning. The list of foods you can have as snacks and meals is large enough that you don’t have to be as plain Jane as I am either. You can mix it up any way you like with all the suggested meals and food.

I hope your journey finds you healthier and happier too! I’ll catch ya later! Angela

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Turkey Thighs, My oh My

Looking for an easy alternative to get your turkey on this Thanksgiving season? Well, have I got a recipe for you. It will feed 2-4 people, and takes about 10 minutes to prep and 4 hours to cook. Sound too good to be true? Well read on sister!

This  easy way of cooking turkey thighs is in the crock pot. No mess, no fuss. Just throw a few ingredients in, let it cook and you’re done! You don’t even have to add water!

Ingredients needed:

1 medium to large onion
1 1/4 cups baby carrots
2 turkey thighs, 2-3 pounds total weight
Poultry seasoning, or your favorite seasoning for turkey to rub on it
Additional ingredient: If you like celery, chop up and use about 1 cup of it coarsely chopped as well. (I don’t eat celery, but some of you do I’m sure)
Cook in crock pot 4 hours on high

I chopped up one medium to large vidalia onion. I layered that on the bottom of the crock pot. Then I measured out 1 1/4 cups of baby carrots and added those on top of the onion. (You would add the celery here if you use it.) Last, I pulled the skin off 2 turkey thighs that weighed 2 pounds together, and rubbed my poultry seasoning on them. I laid both thighs on top of my carrots and onions. No need to add water or broth.

I have a programmable crock pot that I just love! I programmed 4 hours at high temp, put the lid on and walked away.

4 hours later, let’s see what we have!

Yum! This was honestly the most delicious turkey I have ever eaten. I loved every bite! This made 4 servings of turkey and vegetables that I used over a 2 day period.  Boyfriend helped me with the last of it, and said it was yummy too!

As you can see from this picture there was a nice broth left in the pot even though I didn’t add any water to the recipe. You could use this to make a gravy if you wanted to, or probably as a starter for soup too. I didn’t do either because the thought of making soup came after I discarded the broth. Next time!

Let me know if you try this. It really is just as simple as it sounds. Happy Thanksgiving!

I have started the T30 program with Juice Plus and am working on finding and using recipes to help me loose weight and not eat any wheat flour, sugar or gluten over the next 30 days. This is the beginning of week 2.


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Starting My Transform 30 Journey….

…and I’m so excited! I have had a weight problem for about 3 years and it has been so frustrating.  I have been using the Juice Plus blends as an aid with my digestion issues and to also get more fruit and vegetables in my diet. I definitely feel better using them than when I don’t use them, but it wasn’t helping me as much physically as I had hoped it would.

Then the powers that be at Juice Plus added a new item a while back, Juice Plus Complete. It is a meal replacement protein powder loaded with fruits and veggies. I have only just started using it, and I already have more energy than I normally do. That’s a plus for sure. My energy and stamina took a big hit back in the summer. Let me explain.

Early in the summer I had some weird mystery rash hit me that really did a number on me. I haven’t even been able to walk through a zoo without giving out, suddenly and with out warning. At the onset of the rash I went to a doctor because I was concerned it might be shingles as sick as I felt. She and her nurse at first decided it must be scabies! What! Then in less than 3 minutes they decided it couldn’t possibly be since my rash was still crawling down my body to below my knees and up my neck and into my face. They also prescribed me a medicine I told them I was highly allergic to: Benydryl. Yep, that one ‘renders me unconscious,’ which is what I told the nurse. She heard and wrote down it made me nauseous. Unconscious, nauseous. Yeah, same thing….not!! No tests to see what was really wrong, just laughter at their mistake and then I was told if I wasn’t better in a couple of weeks they were sure I would be back to see them. Uh, no. Nope. Nada. So needless to say this visit to the doctor did not give me any reason to trust them more.  Dr. Taylor, why did you have to retire?

I contacted a nutritionist and told her the problems I was experiencing and she gave me a few suggestions that really helped. I also spoke to some friends on Facebook, and they suggested lathering the rash up with coconut oil. Well I was ready to try anything natural that might help, I was absolutely miserable. I purchased some good old coconut oil right off the shelf of the grocery store and went home and started using it immediately. 3 days later….yep….just 3 days later I had NO RASH! None! It was gone. I did keep using the oil for several weeks just to be safe I guess. Thankfully the rash has not returned, but neither has my stamina or energy.

Recently I watched this presentation on the Transform 30 program from Dr. Mitra Ray. Her information and discussion about the problems our bodies suffer due to stress and poor eating habits really rang true for me. If you are struggling with lack of energy or other health problems, I highly recommend listening to this presentation to see if this approach might be something you want to look into too. Please take the 25 minutes or so to listen to what she has to say. Even if you don’t do the Transform 30 program, she shares some great nutritional education that will benefit you all by itself.

After watching this and reading some other information I decided to give Transform 30 a try. It’s just 30 days, it’s not the end of the world to try and control your menu for 4 weeks. If it doesn’t help, it certainly won’t hurt. So, I’ve launched my ship into this river and I will see how well I can navigate through it. It’s gonna cost me $6 a day to do this, plus the cost of my food that I was already spending.  It won’t break my budget to see if this can help me.

Let me know if you want any other information or have any questions. You guys know me. I don’t recommend anything just because. With this, I really feel like it will help me and it might help you too. I can help you get into the program if you interested. Just let me know. You can find me on Facebook at Accidentally Angela or contact me via email at: endure1231 (at) gmail (dot) com.

I’m really hopeful that my health will soon be on the upswing. Any words of encouragement will be great too! Thanks for stopping by, Angela


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From The Mouth of Babes….

My email had something sweet in it this afternoon. (Thanks Sharlene!) I just loved it, so I decided to share it with you. It’s a darling piece on what kids think about love. I think some of their responses may surprise you.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds , ‘What does love mean?’ The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.

‘When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time , even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’
Rebecca- age 8

‘When someone loves you , the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’
Billy – age 4 (This is my personal favorite :))

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’
Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’
Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’
Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.’
Danny – age 7

‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing , you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss’
Emily – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’
Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

‘If you want to learn to love better , you should start with a friend who you hate , ‘
Nikka – age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt , then he wears it everyday.’
Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’
Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’
Cindy – age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody
You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’
Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’
Elaine-age 5

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford .’
Chris – age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’
Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’
Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody , your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’
Karen – age 7 (what an image)

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross..’
Mark – age 6 (Lol! I think maybe Daddy needs a little alone time)

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it , you should say it a lot. People forget.’
Jessica – age 8 (I think this is very wise.)
And the final one

The last is a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry , the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard , climbed onto his lap , and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor , the little boy said, ‘Nothing , I just helped him cry’

These are great. They remind me a lot of the Art Linkletter show, and might have originally come from it. But wherever they are from they sure made my day. Let me know what your favorite one is. Have a smile on us, :D . Angela

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