Shhh…. I’m having REAL coffee creamer today because

Shhh…. I’m having REAL coffee creamer today because I left my almond milk at home.  


I feel like I can TASTE the cream and it’s making me a little sick.  


I am amazed at how I can finally taste little nuances like that in foods and ingredients.   Guess all those chemicals really ARE designed to make you just crave more of them without realizing the taste?  


Case in Point: when I started this journey, coconut oil didn’t really taste all that special…it was the same as olive oil as far as I could tell.  Now, I can definitely taste a fruity taste in my olive oil (that I SWEAR wasn’t there before) and the coconut oil makes everything I cook with it taste like a party in my mouth.  (spinach last night w/ coconut oil and garlic was probably the best veggie I’ve ever had…bar NONE!)  I know it’s not a huge step, but it lets me know that even if the numbers aren’t budging as fast as I’d like, that I’m doing something GOOD for myself and my body.  And ya know what?  It makes me HAPPY! 




Actually, I am very happy with my progress.  I haven’t been 100% dedicated to the workout side of things.  I’ve also had my fair share of slip ups but you know what?  I’m STILL attempting it.  Even after stumbling.  That’s huge.  Normally I mess up and I throw up my hands and say “Screw it”.  Not this time.   


Sunday I took my niece, Punk, to a local Amusement Park.  I didn’t really pack much as far as food goes because my plan was to get there around 11 and eat an early lunch at Subway before going in.  I figured Punk would want a snack around 3 or 4pm.  No big deal.  Then we’d leave about 7 and get dinner somewhere where I could get a massive salad and then head home.  Well….. we left the park at 10pm.  Which means we ate dinner at the park.  As a pescatarian, my options were severely limited.  I opted for fish and chips (despite the fact that where we ate DID have a salad).  I KNOW!!!! I KNOW!!!  But guess what happened?  I FELT MISERABLE.  My stomach hurt, my head hurt, my bones hurt.  (ok… my bones didn’t actually hurt…I exaggerate)  but even the next day I felt foggy and sick.  Now…3 days later….I finally feel like myself again.  NOTE TO SELF:  Remember how greasy, heavy food makes you feel!  On the plus side… we walked…a lot…. I mean A LOT A LOT!  And know what else?  I still was down for the week.  All in all, I call that a success. 

It’s all a learning curve, right?


Til next time!



Tone It Up!

Wow! It’s been a minute!


Well, allow me to bring you up to speed.  🙂


For the past three weeks I have been loosely following the Tone it Up girls and the Tone It Up community and trying to emulate their plan – without dropping the $150 for the whole shebang.  After these last three weeks, I want that plan even more than I did in the beginning.  🙂

Karena and Katrina are the masterminds behind the Tone It Up plan.  They are trainers.  Their basic premise is to eat Lean, Clean, and Green.  I love that philosophy.  They are hosting a bikini series right now which IS free and the check ins on instagram are inspiring.  (I’ll post some pics of my check ins below)

They also post a weekly challenge.  Last week’s theme was Green.  We ate lots of greens last week 🙂  This week is all about self esteem and boosting your image of yourself.  We’re setting goals and visualizing our goals.  It’s kinda cheesy on one hand but on the other I kinda love their faces so I’d do whatever they say.  Honestly.

Like I said, I didn’t purchase the plan but thanks to people’s Instagram check ins and my fantastic google skills, I’ve managed to unearth a little about the plan.  For example:  The girls want everyone to get up and do what they call a BOOTYCALL.  It’s a super early morning cardio session that gets your body moving and metabolism a kick start.  After that it’s Meal 1 (M1) and a metabolism boosting drink — they REALLY like Apple Cider Vinegar.  (blech)  But again… I love their faces, so I do it.  M2 – something light but L,C&G.  M3 – Lunch M4 – Light snack M5 – dinner.  Also — an evening workout which the lovely ladies are kind enough to post videos and printables of their workouts.  Genius!  They also have their own protein powder – Perfect Fit.  I’ll report back on that as I’m still using up my Pro Fit from It Works!  🙂

The girls also recommend not eating carbs after 3 pm.  I have sleuthed that gem off a blogger’s post as well. 🙂


Ok.  Well that’s the background on my new plan…. now…. enjoy some pics of my progress!


The Girls REALLY like their acidic drinks because they alkalize the body and help stop the damage of free radicals.  It also helps neutralize the effects of too much coffee/alcohol within the body.  I know from previous research that an alkaline body is a good thing.  Cancer doesn’t like alkaline.

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Above are some of my meal/daily check ins from my Instagram account.  (PinkShanyn)



And… again… an Instagram pic.  This is my meal prep before Week 1.

(I’m on week 3 now!)

Yay!  I’m excited that I’ve been able to follow this plan relatively easily.  I’m still using myfitnesspal to track calories.  Even with Memorial day last weekend I didn’t fall *TOO* far off track. 🙂