I’m a REBEL!

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I’m not going to lie, I’ve sucked down many a quart of ice creams in my life. The taste, the consistency, the sugar, the act of eating ice cream because I’m bored…you get the idea.

That’s how I felt when I destroyed this container of Rebel Ice Cream. I let the container sit out for about 20 minutes and once it became a little soft, I hogged down! (Yes, that is my dog in the background silently judging me.)

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The consistency was a bit “chalky” at first, but that didn’t matter one bit! The taste was well worth it and the longer it melted, the creamier it became.

The coffee chip flavor was a great combination and wasn’t watery or mushy. There was a slight aftertaste that didn’t last long and certainly didn’t hurt the overall flavor.

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If I was a spokesperson for this ice cream, which I’m not, but if I was…I would say this flavor is down right SCRUMMY! (That’s a good thing!)

Here’s all the important stuff…

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Hello 2019!

aaaa2c6f-86d1-4d91-80a4-c4dd91ceffd1Whatever you do, do NOT look back at 2018!

Just let that year go and let’s focus on the NEW, FRESH, BEAUTIFUL, GLORIOUS, 2019 that is upon us.

So far it’s been AWESOM! We were upgraded from a 1bed/1bath hotel room, to a 2bed/2bath! If that’s not enough to make you squeal with delight, you better sit down for this. We have AN OVEN!!!!!!!!!!!oven

Holy Bat Shit Robin! I mean we love our Door Dash, and GrubHub, but at the end of the day there’s something fantastic about a home cooked meal.

If you think having my own bathroom, and an oven is great news…you better apply the oxygen mask and buckle up.

Our new room is 20 steps away from the gym, pool and the ice machine. (I mean seriously, who doesn’t love a commercial ICE MAKER!)

I have ZERO excuse now to not get in there and utilize the beautiful machines and weights.

So 2019, this is the year! I closed some very important chapters last year. I’m opening up some truly scary, fun new chapters this year. The time has finally come where I want this now.

I need this now.

 

 

Thigh Biscuits

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Yesterday I was in the hospital bathroom (in Gary’s room) and my fat thigh busted out the toilet paper holder like a can of Pillsbury biscuits. I started to laugh so hard I tooted and then I started laughing more. I yelled out to Gary, “My farts are so powerful I blew the toilet paper holder to pieces!” Followed by a long, loud laugh.

I stopped laughing just in time to hear a voice that wasn’t Gary’s…when I walked out of the bathroom there standing in a u-shape were all of the doctors and nurses going over everything needed for Gary’s chemo. 😂

Eh, it’s life. If you can’t cry, laugh! Hmmmm biscuits sound good.

Feeling Selfish is OKAY!

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For the longest time I would put other people before myself. I would feel enormous guilt if I wanted to do something for me. After years of counseling I realized that being SELFISH is absolutely OKAY! I’ve heard it before time and time again that I needed to “take care of myself first” but every time I would start, I would feel like I was being selfish. Finally my heart caught up with my brain and now it’s easier to say “no” or opt out of things if they don’t bring me joy or fulfill whatever need it is that I’m longing for.

If you’re in a place where you want to do something that makes you happy, but you are hesitant for whatever reason…go for it! You may feel like you’re being “selfish” but that means you’re doing something right!

Eggcellent Weight Loss Secret!

A few weeks ago I was home scrolling through my Instagram when I saw my friend Tamara Mack holding a container and flexing her muscles.

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Intrigued, I clicked on her post and read about the product that sponsors her called, Egg Whites International (No, they do not sponsor me or have paid me for my opinion.)

I went to their website https://www.eggwhitesint.com and checked out the FAQ section. I couldn’t stop reading about “egg whites” and weight loss. I decided what the hell, I would order some and see how it goes.

For my first drink, I added a little of the egg whites to my juice and shook it up. I couldn’t taste the egg whites at all, but it still grossed me out a bit. It was just the thought of egg whites that I couldn’t wrap my head around. These are flavorless liquid egg whites that are 100% pure. There are no additives, preservatives, artificial ingredients, flavorings, or food colorings. They are gluten-free, lactose-free, odorless, tasteless, USDA inspected, and Kosher approved. It was just my mind playing tricks.

So I decided to blend the egg whites with a morning coffee drink and holy egg whites Batman!! This stuff is really good.

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Im only on day 2 but so far, I think I have met my weight loss prince!

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NEW ALTERNATIVE TO THE BMI

Mayo Clinic launches a revolutionary new alternative to the BMI
The body mass index has been used by the medical community to identify whether someone is the right weight. It’s calculated by dividing your weight by the square of your height. But it’s actually a very archaic system, devised by a Belgian astronomer in the mid-1800s. It showed up in a medical journal in 1972 and has been used ever since. But it is generally considered too broad a measure to accurately identify optimal weight or body fat content.

Mayo Clinic has just launched a new way to measure weight called the Body Volume Indicator, designed to more precisely estimate weight distribution and fat around organs by dividing total volume with abdominal volume. A 3D measurement company called Select Research has developed an iPad app, BVI Pro, that will calculate a person’s BVI with a quick scan. Mayo Clinic is first introducing this new measurement to members of the medical, clinical, and fitness communities, but it hopes that this will eventually become a standard for measuring body mass by 2020, supplementing the BMI.

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My Weight Loss Friend The NutriBullet!

NutribulletOkay, I admit it…I’ve been bitten by the NutriBullet bug. It all started a few months ago when my friend Kim B. posted a picture of herself on Facebook. She was always posting how great she felt and how wonderful her smoothies tasted.  You see, Kim is one of those women who is very smart and always seems to have her finger on the pulse of all things cool. So naturally I took notice and started to pay close attention to what she was doing.

For weeks I would surf Pinterest for recipes and would watch YouTube videos about the NutriBullet. Then it happened…the inevitable Black Friday. With iPad in lap, I sat patiently with my discount codes in hand waiting for the clock to strike midnight. I owned that Kohl’s website and the NutriBullet was mine! I ate a Pop Tart to celebrate my victory of getting a few steps closer to blasting my overweight self into infinity and beyond! (Or maybe just make an okay smoothie to choke down.)

The beast, as I have officially named it, arrived yesterday. I couldn’t wait for this morning to finally get here so I could make my first not blended, not juiced but EXTRACTED smoothie. (That’s what it says on the box.) I took all of those recipes that I found and made my own concoction. The first thing I did was Google how to cut a Pomegranate. Yeah, I know…I’m 35 years old and I have never cut a Pomegranate. So I learned with the help of Sharon at VeganPimp.com and her YouTube video.

Then I added the following: Frozen Spinach, Frozen Strawberries, Butter Lettuce, Pomegranate seeds, Cauliflower, Pineapple, Pineapple Juice, Water, and Almonds. I blended it all for about 30 seconds and it came out delicious! It does look like something the lawn mower would cough up, but its healthy and tasty.

Today is the start of something special. The Ol’ Beast and I are going places. Please comment with your favorite recipes, or hit me up via e-mail, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook.

Cheers! 😀

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