BONNIEBELLE2's SparkPeople Blog BONNIEBELLE2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 10 of Whole30 I'm still in Mobile and today we are celebrating my grandmother's 107th birthday! Exercised in hotel suite and found hard boiled eggs, bananas, and apples in breakfast bar at hotel (that was the only Whole30 compliant food they had) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs,1 banana <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> Exercise: 30 minutes dancing in hotel suite <BR> <BR> <BR> Work in progress today, will update when I get home Sun, 4 Oct 2015 11:03:45 EST Day 9 of Whole30 Traveled to Mobile today. I worked out and ate breakfast before I left, packed a salad for lunch that I ate when I arrived at the hotel, and dinner was at Chipotle's with more exercise doing a lot of walking while shopping with Courtney. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee, 1 egg over leftover shredded pork roast <BR> <BR> Lunch: Applegate Organics smoked turkey breast, romaine, super greens, avocado, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, Tessemae's Zesty Ranch Dressing <BR> <BR> Dinner: ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 10:58:52 EST Day 8 of Whole30 Breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon (SF/uncured);Bulletproof Coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: Romaine, Super Greens, organic smoked turkey breast, avocado,grape tomatoes,shredded carrots, olives, Tessemae's Zesty Ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Dinner: Pot Roast with carrots, celery, potatoes, 1/2 baked sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon <BR> <BR> Snack: Marcona almonds and pecans <BR> <BR> Exercise: running.walking, gave 3 massages, cleaning Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:30:56 EST Day 7 of Whole30 I'm a bit behind on blogging, this was yesterday's menu. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Earthbound Organics Mango, Carrot, Peach Smoothie Kickstart (frozen fruit) blended with water and collagen peptides; Bulletproof Coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: Leftover grassfed ground beef, onions, and diced tomatoes spaghetti sauce over zucchini noodles; 1/2 apple with macadamia nut butter; oven roasted beets <BR> <BR> Dinner: Turkey, 1/2 baked sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon <BR> <BR> Exercise : running/walking:... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:28:06 EST Day 6 of Whole30 Day 6 Done! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: sugar-free, uncured bacon and eggs <BR> Lunch: Shredded pork over romaine and super greens, with avocado, grape tomatoes, and Tessemae's Cracked Pepper dressing <BR> Snack: 1/2 apple <BR> Dinner: Grassfed ground beef, onions, diced tomatoes over zucchini noodles, cup of Golden Cauliflower soup, 1/2 apple and unsweetened applesause with cinnamon <BR> <BR> Exercise: walking/running, gave 1 massage Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:20:47 EST Day 5 of Whole30 I had to leave early this morning to drive to Tuscaloosa for my friend's father's funeral. After a short workout (running) I put a Boston Butt Pork Roast in the crockpot before leaving so dinner would be ready when I got home from work. I coated the pork roast with spices (cumin, turmeric, oregano, chili powder, salt, pepper, and garlic). I was running a bit late after getting the pork roast started so didn't have time to make breakfast. I just put some collagen peptides (for protein) in my... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:08:20 EST Day 4 of Whole30 Breakfast: BP Coffee, sugar-free uncured bacon, 2 eggs <BR> Lunch; Cauliflower soup (meant to have a salad too but ran out of time before I had to be back at work) <BR> Dinner: Baked cod with baby broccoli and lemon ghee sauce <BR> Snack: 1/2 apple with cashew nut butter <BR> <BR> Exercise: running 25 minutes, walking 25 minutes and <BR> gave 3 massages at work <BR> <BR> So far this is not that hard. I do miss stevia in my coffee but I am getting used to having it unsweetened. I feel good... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 23:35:04 EST Day 3 of Whole30 Breakfast: Beef and Sweet Potato Hash (leftover grassfed ground beef, tomatoes, and onions from last night) and 1/2 sweet potato diced; Bulletproof Coffee (coffee, 1 tsp ghee, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp MCT oil) and 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides <BR> <BR> Lunch: 2 eggs over sauteed organic girl Super Greens <BR> <BR> Snack: Marcona almonds and olives <BR> <BR> Dinner: Golden Cauliflower Soup topped with sugar-free uncured bacon and scallions, roasted beets drizzled with olive oi... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 18:07:02 EST Day 2 Whole30 Day 2 done! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: bulletproof coffee, sugar free uncured bacon <BR> <BR> Lunch- romaine lettuce, avocado, grape tomatoes, turkey sliced (all organic), Tessemae's Zesty Ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Dinner- grassfed ground beef, diced tomatoes, onions, sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon <BR> <BR> Snack - mixed nuts <BR> <BR> Exercise - walking/running, gave 5 massages at work today Sat, 26 Sep 2015 20:51:53 EST Day 1 of Whole30 Before breakfast: Water, High Intensity Interval Training (walking/running) 30 minutes, journaling, blogging <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee and 2 pasture eggs over sauteed super greens (kale,arugula, chard,spinach), supplements, water <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Morning snack: 1 oz serving of mixed nuts (cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts) and 4 organic strawberries <BR> <BR> Lunch: Organi... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:35:33 EST Fabulous Friday! Starting Whole30 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I start the Whole 30 plan! <BR> <BR> For the next 30 days, I'm putting away my scale and the tape measure! Sort of looking forward to this part but also I little nervous too! Hopefully I will not miss that scale one bit! <BR> <BR> I will be giving up: <BR> <BR> *gluten and all grains (not a big deal, already doing this) <BR> *dairy- kind of a big deal, as I love cheese and struggl... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:27:33 EST Monday Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What are some things that have worked for you to get up and get started? What keeps you going? <BR> <BR> For me tracking my nutrition and fitness helps keep me motivated and accountable. Sometimes I also have to take a break from the scale and focus on non-scale victories and I love reading motivational success stories! <BR> <BR> I read this article today on habits of effective exercisers... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:57:05 EST Thankful Thursday <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for books and that I developed a love for reading! You are never alone if you have a book! <BR> <BR> <BR> A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. –Neil Gaiman Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:15:57 EST Wednesday Wisdom <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Don't die with your music still in you." ~Dr. Wayne W. Dyer <BR> <BR> Today I'm sharing a quote from one of my favorite authors and speakers, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Dr. Dyer recently passed away and I will miss his Facebook posts, his blog, his writing and most of all his wisdom. I am so glad that I got to see him at a Hay House conference in Atlanta in 2012! <BR> <BR> This quote ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:02:48 EST Inspired Healing from Cell to Soul Bible Study I started a weekly women's Bible study based on "The Hormone Cure" and "The Hormone Reset Diet" by Sara Gottfried and "Devotions for a Healthier You"by Katie Farrell. Here's our looks like it will be a great women's group! <BR> <BR> Today - Hormone Balance ( we got quizzes and worksheets and other handouts) <BR> Next week - Adrenal & Thyroid Health <BR> 9/29 Environmental Toxins and Detoxification (we are bringing in our 3 favorite beauty products) <BR> 10/6 Exercise and Sleep... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:41:06 EST 10 Day Detox Diet Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While I'm not a diabetic, my grandfather developed type II diabetes later in his life and my dad is considered pre-diabetic. Since there is an incidence of this in my family and since I was noticing that my fasting glucose was creeping up the last couple of times I had lab work done, I decided to be proactive and take steps to lower my blood sugar. I started with Dr. Mark Hyman's 10 Day Deto... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:11:45 EST Monday Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> mo·ti·va·tion <BR> ˌmōdəˈvāSH(ə)n/ <BR> noun <BR> the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. <BR> "escape can be a strong motivation for travel" <BR> synonyms: <BR> motive, motivating force, incentive, stimulus,stimulation, inspiration, inducement, <BR> incitement,spur, reason; <BR> <BR> "his motivation was financial" <BR> <BR> the general des... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:04:33 EST Back in the Saddle Again <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a long time but....I'm Baaack! Back in the saddle again! I'm glad to be back! <BR> <BR> Things I realized while I was away from SP: <BR> <BR> 1) I need the support of others for motivation and accountability <BR> 2) I need to track my activity and nutrition <BR> 3) SparkPeople has some of the best resources to help with fitness and nutrition goals, motivation, and... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 19:09:24 EST Missing Mom <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I was having a really tough time, missing my mother so much. I woke up thinking about her today. Some days it's just so hard to believe that she is no longer here. I can't just pick up the phone and call her anymore. There are just some days where it really hits me so hard! I decided to go for a walk because sometimes that helps. As I was walking early this morning I could really feel Mom's spirit wit... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:10:06 EST B.G's Garden And A Healing Walk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The closest picture I can find of my vision for B.G.'s garden <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a beautiful walk today. I decided to just walk around my backyard and on the large terrace under my deck because I just did not feel like really being out in public today because I was feeling so emotional, yet I did want to get in my exercise. At first as I was walking I was really sad and missing Mom. I happened to be listeni... Wed, 15 May 2013 20:07:32 EST Happy Mother's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Song For Mothers - Guardian Angel by Leah West <BR> <link><BR>Vvsg&feature=endscreen </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?" <BR> <BR> "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you." <BR> <BR> The child further inquired, "But tell me,... Sat, 11 May 2013 18:47:52 EST A Time For Everything <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is a time for everything, <BR> and a season for every activity under the heavens: <BR> a time to be born and a time to die, <BR> a time to plant and a time to uproot, <BR> a time to kill and a time to heal, <BR> a time to tear down and a time to build, <BR> a time to weep and a time to laugh, <BR> a time to mourn and a time to dance, <BR> a time to scatter stones and a time ... Tue, 7 May 2013 12:27:25 EST I miss you Mom.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The last few days have been really rough. I think this song says it all.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Is it Me <BR> Or have I decieved myself <BR> I thought I heard you call my name <BR> Out in the pouring rain <BR> <BR> I really thought <BR> I thought I saw your face <BR> But after a second look <BR> I saw I made a clear mistake <BR... Fri, 3 May 2013 20:11:10 EST Today is a better day....Joy comes in the morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 <BR> <BR> I woke to find the sun is a beautiful day today. I got my workout today doing some dancing to upbeat tunes and walking. Today I'm concentrating on the things I have to be grateful for... my family, friends, this beautiful day, the prayers and comforting support from others. I'm so grateful that I was blessed t... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:39:22 EST Raining On The Inside <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This song really expresses how I felt today: <em>257</em> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Today was one of my down days.... It was raining outside the whole day and I felt like it was raining inside too. I had insomnia and nightmares last night and it was one of those days where I just wanted to crawl back in bed and not get up again, but I had to get up at 5:30 to ta... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:49:29 EST What Matters In Life <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Earlier today I was watching a short video called "The Dash" and I was struck by the realization that even though my mom is no longer here with me, she is still continuing to teach me, even in her death. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I always knew that my Mom was my greatest teacher...but now even though she has passed on, yes even in her death, she is... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:44:57 EST Coping With Grief and Loss <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The subject of grief and loss will probably be an ongoing series in my blog as I struggle to make sense of a world without my beloved mom. Writing about my feelings has always helped me process what was going on in my life and has been a cathartic process for me. <BR> <BR> I've been in the grieving process for a long time... Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in August 2006 and I think I officially s... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:34:47 EST Fabulous Fall Favorites <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fall is one of my favorite times of year! What are some of your favorite things about this time of year? Here's my top 10 list of fall favorites! <BR> <BR> 1.I love the cooler temperatures and being able to exercise outdoors without the summer heat and humidity! <BR> 2. I love the awesome fall colors...I'm always amazed at all the beauty in God's paintbox! <BR> 3. I love all the fun fall activities....foot... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 14:02:48 EST Progress Not Perfection <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I loved the video message from Spark Coach today and it came at the perfect time! Sparkguy said to "pretend for a moment that gravity doesn't exist....everything is weightless. You don't know how much you weigh because scales haven't been invented. How would you define your state of health if weight didn't exist." <BR> <BR> Wow... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:57:08 EST DIY Non-toxic Cleaning Products I'm going to do major house cleaning tomorrow and I was almost out of my homemade cleaning supplies and needed to make more. I thought it would be neat to write a blog about how EASY it is to make your own cleaning is more economical and since you control the ingredients you know exactly what is in the hidden toxins and chemicals! I think they work even better than the store-brought products and I love the way they smell !!! Since my mom's pancreatic cancer ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 14:36:39 EST Virtual 5 K <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay I think the best way to get back into the swing of things is to bite the bullet and sign up for a challenge! <BR> <BR> I was reading the SP Blog about training for SparkPeople's Fall 5K and decided to enroll in the Trick or Treat Trot Virtual 5K. You can read about it here: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:04:42 EST A New Beginning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wow....It's been almost 6 years since I joined SP! I had great success in the beginning, then I just quit logging in every day. I came back off-and-on and then completely went AWOL for quite some time.... and slowly but surely the weight crept back on. I thought I was eating healthy but without actually tracking my food, small things have a way of adding up. Without the daily motivation and accoun... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 10:08:12 EST Adventures in Fermenting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just recently I was inspired to look into fermenting food and beverages after reading The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates and Conscious Eating by Dr. Gabriel Cousens. <BR> <BR> You may be asking, why ferment? <BR> <BR> "Fermentation makes foods more nutritious, as well as delicious. Microscopic organisms transform food and extend its usefulness. Fermentation is found throughout human cultures. Hundreds o... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:40:07 EST The Number On Your Scale Does NOT Define YOU <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The number on your scale does NOT define you as a is just a number, just like your age is only a number. While it can help you determine if you are on track with your goals, it doesn't tell you anything about your worth as a person. If you have been on track with your goals and it does register a weight gain there can be many reasons...salt intake and water balance, the time of the month or menopause... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:46:02 EST Going Gluten Free <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just finished reading two books on the gluten free lifestyle: <BR> <BR> Living Gluten- Free for Dummies by Danna Korn <BR> The G-Free Diet: A Gluten Free Survival Guide by Elisabeth Hasselbeck <BR> <BR> Both were really informative books and I am just amazed at how many symptoms I and others in my family have of being intolerant or sensitive to gluten. I have decided to try to give up gluten to see if it... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 15:04:06 EST A New Year...A New Outlook As I reflect back over the last year, I realize that I have not been consistent in my goals to be healthier and more active. I didn't end up keeping most of the resolutions that were made in 2010. I could think of so many New Years resolutions to make for this new year but since most of us usually don't end up keeping those resolutions, I'm going to try something different this year. <BR> <BR> Making resolutions focuses on what is wrong with us. I want to turn that around and instead of a ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 13:14:06 EST Spark Break I am on a temporary spark break. I hope to recharge my drained batteries and be back on SP soon! Wed, 29 Jul 2009 18:00:52 EST Summer Fitness Challenge Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I won the Summer Fitness Challenge! Awhile back I competed in a challenge at our health club (see previous blog entry). People tracked their miles on various cardio equipment or fitness classes, walking or running. It was a 300 mile challenge to gear up for summer. Someone from the health club called yesterday to tell me that I had won and ... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:18:12 EST Heading to Williamsburg <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are on our way on our trip to Williamsburg! We are sitting here in the Birmingham airport with a delay right now on our flight to ATL and then on to Richmond, but there is free wi fi service here so I am content to sit here and catch up on sparking while we wait. We should get to Williamsburg this evening. <BR> <BR> \I'll check in when I can but we will be busy at Busch Gardens, Water Country, going outle... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:56:42 EST Goal Setting I read a great book recently by Tom Venuto called The Body Fat Solution. He had an excellent section on goal setting and I am going to get serious about coming up with some SMART goals. I already knew the SMART acronym stood for specific, measurable, attainable, realisitc, and time-bound but I learned some other things about goal setting that I didn't know before. <BR> <BR> One thing I learned is to set goals that are in my control. Losing a specific number of lbs. is not a bad goal and i... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 16:47:11 EST 300 miles in 100 days challenge I did it! I just have one mile to go in the challenge. The challenge officially runs until June 21 but obviously I am going to pass 300 miles tomorrow, which means that I will have completed the challenge in 39 days instead of 100 days. <BR> <BR> This was a fun challenge and it really did motivate me to get the health club and workout almost every day. The core of my workouts were my spinning classes, but I also did water aerobics, and other group classes, walked the indoor track and th... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 16:07:55 EST Enjoy the Ride Just wanted to share this. This is beautiful! It is a simple message with so much wisdom. <BR> Enjoy the ride and I hope you have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 26 Mar 2009 13:11:15 EST Summer Fitness Challenge Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a fun challenge. I need to finish 300 miles in 100 days. I wasn't able to do much over the weekend as I was out of town and only exercise done at my fitness center counts for this challenge. <BR> <BR> Week one: March 15-March 21 <BR> <BR> Sunday - spinning class (10 miles) <BR> Monday - group exercise class (5 miles) <BR> Tuesday - spinning class (10 miles) <BR> Wednesday - group exercise class (5 mil... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:44:27 EST Plateau Buster - 100 Days Until Summer Fitness Challenge <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am trying to bust through a pretty persistant and discouraging plateau so I am going to take part in my fitness club's challenge "100 Days Until Summer Fitness Challenge". It starts March 15 and lasts 100 days and the g... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 13:33:11 EST Mom's Birthday Celebration <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mom's birthday was yesterday March 1, but we celebrated Mom's 76th birthday a day early so that we could go to her favorite place, Miss Rosemarie's Special Teas. This was such a blessing because two years ago we didn't know if Mom would live to see another birthday! We have been fortunate in the fact that Mom is still with us over two years since her pancreatic cancer diagnosis and it is just a miracle how wel... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 12:34:34 EST Snow Day Snow is such a rare thing in Alabama. We might get some flurries but it rarely is more than just a dusting. We got a rare gift (well I call it a gift because it was beautiful to sit in my warm house and watch the beautiful snow falling yesterday). I know some people would not consider snow to be a gift though. <BR> <BR> Here in Alabama when snow is predicted there is usually a run on the grocery stores for staples. I would say that over half the time they predict snow we don't end up g... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 12:02:02 EST Finding our Hidden Gems <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Healthy Reflection about learning patience from a diamond really stayed with me and got me thinking about some of my struggles and challenges. Patience is a recurring theme in my life. Some of my greatest challenges in life have revolved around developing patience as well as my response to adversity and challenges. <B... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 09:46:02 EST My First 8K! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I participated in my first 8K! It was the Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run in my hometown and it was a very rewarding experience to run/walk for such a worthy cause. I was walking in honor of the many people in my life that have been stricken or touched by cancer in some way. <BR> <BR> I did a little running and a lot of walking, LOL. I wasn't trying for any record or anything... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 14:41:56 EST Tried a New Workout Class Today...Anyone Kangoo? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did my first Kangoo class today. I have been wanting to try this class for a while but my fitness center only offers it periodically during the year and when they do it is usally only once a week and it just ha... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:49:35 EST My New Love....Spinning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have finally found something that I actually love to do and the great news is that it isn't hard on my knees or hip and I actually look forward to going to spin class! I am finding that I am disappointed if all the bikes have been reserved and I can't get into a spinning class at my health club. <BR> <BR> If you haven't ever taken a spinning class, here is a brief description of a typical class: <BR> <BR> A ... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 18:26:30 EST