Colon Cleanse

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I told you on my last blog that I would talk about one of the components of Vemma Bode’s products.   The Colon Cleanse. You can read all about the cleanse and what it claims to do HERE.  Even after reading the 2 page informational sheet, I still am not sure how a colon cleanse can really help you lose weight. Vemma claims it is a pure and gentle way to prepare your body for a transformation by: 1. Supporting healthy liver and digestive functions 2.  Cleansing impurities at the cellular level and  3.  Nourishing your body for overall health.

There are so many great ingredients in this little 2 ounce bottle (to be added to 12 ounces of purified water).   All the ingredients are natural.  I love that this product contains 10 grams of fiber.  Did you know that we are suppose to have at least 25 grams of fiber a day?  As I read the info sheet I am convinced that all of these natural vitamins and minerals are good for you.

That being said, I was so prepared for this little bottle to totally cleanse me out and help in my new weight loss transformation.  But the cleansing never happened.  It was so gentle it did nothing to “prepare my body by gently cleansing”.  By drinking this tasty concoction,  I did ingest all the healthy nutrients that probably did prepare my body for my healthy transformation.  But again the cleansing never happened.

But what it did do –  And this part of the blog is not for the faint of heart – It made me stink so bad I could not be in the same room with other people.  And on one day that I knew that I had a full day seeing clients, I opted out of taking that tasty little drink.  I just could not risk that odor permeating our studio.

So I am really not sure what this little product really did for me.  I will not purchase it again.  And I still have a seven day supply left.  I have decided that colon cleansing is not for me.  I will let nature do its thing – naturally.

Vemma Bode

Back in October I purchased Chris Powell’s two books adding to my weight loss book library.  I love Chris Powell.  I love his show Extreme Makeover.  I am so amazed as to how he transforms the morbidly obese into healthy people.  He seems like such a nice person.  He seems genuine.  I went onto his web site.  It has a wealth of information about carb cycling.  Low carb for 2 days – 1 high carb day – 2 low carb days – 1 high carb day – and guilt free Sunday.  (Notice it is guilt free not a cheat day).

On January 1st, I weighed 157.7.  On Monday April 7th I weighed 156.9.  That is not a great weight loss for three full months.  Through the months I did get down to 153.1 for a nano second. But my weight has been fluctuating for three full months.  Down a pound, up a pound.  Down two pounds up one pound.  Etc. Etc. And I was getting very discouraged.  My husband even said “you might want to look into doing something else”.  I thought long and hard about how I wanted to continue my weight loss.  I could take a break and maintain my weight.  But I did not want to do that because I really want to lose more.  I could continue on the very slow but steady pace I am on but that was getting very frustrating for me.  I could rev up my exercise.  Which I did do.  I am back to running 3 miles a day.  And doing a boot camp on two days.

So last Monday I made a decision.  I am friends with Chris Powell on Facebook and love his web site.  I am also friends with Heidi Powell and have fallen in love with her posts on Instagram and Facebook.  So I searched the web which brought me to the Vemma Bode web site.  I did the research and felt this program made sense to me and it was sustainable.  I purchased the Turbo pack which includes Protein Powder, Bode Burn (a protein drink) and colon cleanse.


I have to say I have been loving this program.  I wake up each morning and absolutely love the protein shake.  It is by far the best on the market.  And I have tried many protein shakes.  I enjoy the Bode Burn every afternoon for a quick pick me up.  The jury is definitely out on the colon cleanse.  I will save that for my next blog.  I also am eating my regular foods that I love.  Lean meats, vegetables, greek yogurt, fruit and healthy fats.

I have decided to commit to this program for four weeks.  I can do anything for four weeks.  So far for my first week on Chris Powell’s Vemma Bode program I have lost two pounds.  I am at my lowest weight at 152.9 (besides the 153.1 nano second a month ago).  I feel great and have a ton of energy.  I am enjoying eating real healthy foods.  So for the next four weeks Vemma Bode, Chris and Heidi Powell will be my weight loss partners.



Christmas Success

What a successful Christmas! I survived it. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year with all the traditions, Christmas carols, food, drink, friends and family. I decided this Christmas not to worry about my eating, drinking and working out. I decided that this week was going to be stressful enough without putting any added pressure on myself. I am going to enjoy some favorite foods and some wine.  And if I can work out and run, that will be an added bonus.

Christmas Eve is always a special time for me.  I look forward to this day all year long.  I can always count on my family being together for this festive evening.  This year I decided to  make a Camastro traditional Italian dinner.  We started out with appetizers from Viviano’s Market with salami, prosciutto, three different kinds of olives and an assortment of cheeses. We also had toasted ravioli with homemade meat sauce. The dinner was rovallini which is a breaded swiss steak simmered for several hours in a marinara sauce. We had mashed potatoes and Italian bread. Our vegetables were roasted brussell sprouts and peas. Both vegetables were sauteed in olive oil, garlic and onions. And my dinners are never complete without a tossed salad with olive oil and vinegar. Our dinner was accompanied by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. For dessert we had Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur, Christmas cookies and my favorite, peppermint ice cream. It was so delicious. And I enjoyed every morsel that went into my mouth.

I did go into the holidays with a plan.  I decided that I would bake the cookies, eat a few and throw out the rest. Which I did. I also will be freezing all the leftover Rovallini for later dinners. Rovallini is definitely not a low calorie meal. And I know John will enjoy the future meals. The bread will be eaten not by me. I enjoyed the bread on Christmas Eve but for now I can do without it. The meat sauce will also make it’s way to the freezer for future meals. I am actually looking forward to Spaghetti Squash with my tasty meat sauce.

The gift giving is always the highlight of the evening. I got some presents that will definitely help me in my future workouts. I received a kettle bell and I just can’t wait to try it out. You tube is filled with kettle bell workouts. I also got some ear buds for when I run. These buds will not fall out of my ears because they lock into your ears.  I also got a head band made for runners that is thin but will keep my ears warm. I got a darling ornament of a girl runner. Who would have thought that I would receive a workout anything. And my favorite gift was a collage with my Turkey Trot running number and favorite photos. It made me cry.  The gift was so thoughtful.

And I gave myself the best gift of all. I have lost so far 43 pounds.  And my doctor took me off of   my blood pressure medicine.   So I definitely think the Christmas of 2013 was a total success.



Sam’s Club

I am not a great shopper.  I really do not like to shop at all.  But there is something about Sam’s Club I like.  I actually enjoy shopping at Sam’s Club.  There is so much to see and buy.  You can buy absolutely everything you want or need at this massive warehouse.  As long as you need a huge quantity of food or items you are good to go.

Sunday is usually our food shopping day.  Usually, John and I go together.  But today he was busy with bills, laundry and football.  I also new that I wanted to wander around Sam’s.  I needed a winter wool coat.  I had a client come in the other day and I loved the coat she was wearing.  She told me she got hers at  Sam’s Club.  And John has a very low tolerance for shopping.  He is a get what you came for kind of guy and not let’s look around type of person.  So today I went food shopping by myself and really enjoyed it.

When I arrived at Sam’s Club, I went straight to the clothing section and found the coat I was looking for.  Since I have around 20 more pounds to lose I did not want to make a huge investment in a wool coat.  So I found the exact same coat as my client and it only cost me $50.  If it lasts one season (because I am hoping next season it will be too big on me) it will definitely be a good buy.

And then I started my food shopping.  Did you know that you can wander through Sam’s and get a full meal for free?  There were so many vendors handing out their goodies to any hand that reached towards them.  I had to laugh because in my larger days, I loved eating at Sam’s.  I would go to every vendor and try every delicacy.  I always went to Sam’s hungry and always left very full.  Sam’s was always my favorite shopping adventure.

Several years ago when all the kids were still at home, I used to buy everything in bulk at Sams.  I always bought the huge chocolate chip cookies combined with macadamia nut and white chocolate chips cookies.  The kids and John would eat the chocolate chip cookies and I would eat ALL the macadamia nut ones.  I used to buy the huge box of tortilla chips and the huge jar of salsa.  Salsa always kept things healthy.  I wanted to make sure that there was always something to snack  on at our house.  We loaded up the cart with frozen pizzas, huge boxes of Cheezits and various huge bags of snacks.  I remember the huge bag of pretzels.  It had to be at least 10 pounds of pretzels.  And you do know that pretzels are a health food!  The kids and I loved the buffalo wings – never for dinner – just a snack.  For years I always bought the large Turtle Cheesecake for our Christmas Eve dessert.  We always stocked that large bag of Gardetto snacks.  They were fat free.  So of course they were healthy.  The bagels at Sam’s were huge and one bagel probably could feed 3 people.  I devoured each one with a ton of the 10 pound brick of cream cheese I purchased.  The 1 pound blueberry muffins were to die for.  And who could eat just one.  And then we would get into the car and open up a box or a bag of snacks and enjoy our ride home.

But what I bought today was so totally different than what I used to purchase. I wish I had taken a picture of my cart today.  I had lean turkey breasts, tossed salad, grapes, apples, limes, clementines, Greek yogurt, bananas, olive oil and grape tomatoes.  I love stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables.

I actually was hungry during my whole time shopping at Sams but successfully walked past every vendor.  I honestly did not even look at what they were serving.  I just knew that I would not be tasting anything.  I felt great that I was one of the thinner shoppers at Sams.  And when I was looking for clothes I was looking for a medium and a size 12.  Not a 2XL that I used to wear.  That was a great feeling.

So Sam’s Club I have figured you out.  I will always shop at your warehouse. But I will not succumb to my past habits.  Old habits die hard.  But thankfully, eating my way through Sam’s club habit is gone forever.

Not Derailed

I love my Weight Watcher meetings. I love my leader Bonnie. She inspires me. She helps me be accountable for my actions. Her meetings are always informative. Especially the meeting before Thanksgiving. She shared with us all the ways we could stay on our Weight Watcher program and not derail all of our hard work.

But during the meeting, my mind started to wander. I was thinking about how I was going to prepare my turkey and stuffing. I love stuffing. But this year I would make it without butter. That would be more Weight Watcher friendly. I was going to fix that delicious green bean casserole with those crunchy french fried onions. I did not have to eat them – did I? Gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussell sprouts. I figured I could save some points and make the cranberry sauce with Stevia and not sugar. I would bake 2 kinds of pies – pumpkin pie with real whipped cream and fresh home made apple pie, complete with ice cream.

The pre dinner snacks would be provided by my kids. And I figured we would forgo the rolls. Rolls would be too many carbs with the stuffing and potatoes. I was really going to enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner.

Back to the meeting. I left so pumped and believing that Thanksgiving would be a Weight Watcher day. But it did not totally turn out that way.

After all Thanksgiving is only one day. How can one meal derail your whole Weight Watcher program? I did gain 1.4 pounds this week but I did do some things right. And my weight gain was not totally because of one day or one meal. I had out of town guests and ate some things I normally don’t eat and I did consumed a lot of wine.

Even though I gained this week, I made a lot of healthy choices at my Thanksgiving meal. I made 4 pies (2 pumpkin and 2 apple). I had one slice of the apple pie and sent the uneaten pies home with the kids. I will admit I was very sad to see the pies leave my house. But I new it was the best thing to do. I had a lot of stuffing left over that went right down the garbage disposal. I threw out the leftover gravy. And I made a turkey vegetable soup with the leftover turkey. I will admit, I enjoyed the green bean casserole. I did have a small serving. I will not see that dish again until next Thanksgiving. I figured Thanksgiving is only one meal. It should be enjoyed – for that one meal.

I had a huge week of exercise. I ran 6 miles on two days, 4 miles on one day and 3 miles on one day. I walked 3 miles the other day and took one day of rest.

So my Weight Watcher plan was not derailed. I made choices this week. Most of them were good choices. And yes, tomorrow is another day.

Bites, Licks and Tastes

Bites, Licks and Tastes – better known as BLT’s can bring you down.  The calories and points can be deadly.  One is so unaware when you just take a taste.  Lick’s can add up.  And I have a very big bite.  I made chili on Saturday for our dinner on Sunday.  I know I tasted that huge pot several times.  I am sure I had a full bowl while preparing it.  I also made cupcakes for Sunday and I did lick the batter.   We had all the kids and grandkids over on Sunday for dinner.  And that was after a full day at Eckerts picking delicious – healthy – good for you – apples.

It was a beautiful day on Sunday.  The air was crisp and it was so sunny.  It was a perfect day for apple picking.  And my favorite kind.  Fuji apples.  It was so much fun.  Most of the family went.  After we were done with apple picking, I suggested we get some home made custard ice cream.  Eckerts has wonderful custard – almost as good as Ted Drewes.   I savored every spoonful. I knew the custard would add up several points and calories but I was ok with it. I would just add them into my daily tally.

When we got home my son started making apple pie.  My other son brought some cannolli’s from the best bakery in town.  My husband made the corn bread and I cut up the vegetables.  The chili was simmering on the stove.  And the wine was being poured.  The dinner was served.  I was still fine with my eating.  I was still calculating my calories and points.

And then came the dessert.  There were cupcakes, apple pie and cannollis.  And for some reason my hand kept reaching for the delectable morsels.  Bites, Tastes and Licks.  I never ate a full piece of anything.  I just kept tasting.

The Canolli was delicious.   It had the creamiest filling and the crunchiest, flakiest crust. It was definitely worth the extra calories and extra points.  The apple pie was delicious.  You would think that I was on an eating marathon.  It had been so long since I had any of these delectables to eat that when they were put before me on Sunday I went a little hog wild.   Yes I was a piglet.  I normally have better will power than what I showed on Sunday.  I can usually pass up sweets.  But on Sunday I just could not say no.  It just had been too long since I had any sugary treats.

And it showed up at my weigh in at my weekly Weight Watcher meeting yesterday morning.  I gained one full pound.  But that is ok.  I am on this journey for the rest of my life.  And the BLT’s were very satisfying.  I just will not do that nonsense this week

I did have a very good eating week.  I just fell off the food wagon on Sunday.  What I did do very well this week was my activities.  I got in 6 days of great aerobic exercise.

Tuesday – Calories 1,029 • WW points 27 • Exercise –  Walked 25 minutes

Wednesday – Calories 1,256 • WW points 28 • Exercise –  Ran 3.2 miles (without stopping) and walked 10 minutes

Thursday – Calories 1,223 • WW points 21 • Exercise –  Walked 50 minutes

Friday – Calories 1,522 • WW points 36 •Exercise –  Ran (without stopping) 3.2 miles and Walk/Ran 2.8 miles

Saturday – Calories 1,399 – WW points 28 • Exercise – Ran/walked 4 miles

Sunday – I attempted to count my calories and points but lost track with all the Bites, Licks and Tastes.  Exercise – Day of rest – but picked  a lot of apples at Eckerts

Monday – Calories 1,207- WW points 26 • Exercise – Walked 40 minutes

One thing that I have to remember with my journey is that this is forever.  Do I want to go through my life never being able to eat a delicious high calorie morsel?  No I do not.  But one thing I know I can do better.  I can plan for it.  I did look up the points and calories of the peach custard before eating it.  And I did figure it into my daily tally.  But when my son brought over the cannolli’s and my other son made fresh apple pie.  I knew I was doomed.

So before I go on a Bites, Tastes and Lick’s marathon, I will be more aware.  I will choose one item to enjoy.   And I will take my time eating it and savoring every morsel.  I will not Bite, Taste or Lick it.  I will eat it.  I will enjoy it.

Family Pics from Eckerts

photo-3 Kevin and Hadley and Paul and Timothy

photo-5 The family minus me

photo-6Timothy photographing Paul and Sarah

I Had a Great Birthday

I had a great birthday!  We went for a  walk/run at Fenton Park.  I did not go my usual 3.2 miles because we were running out of time and had to meet up with our son Timothy and his wife Becky to go to the wineries.  So I ran/walked only 2 miles.  And then we went to the Katy Trail in Weldon Springs to go for a bike ride.  It was an absolutely beautiful fall day.


Let’s talk about bikes for a minute.  I have a Trek bicycle.  It has a cute wicker basket to hold my necessary things.  And a ringer to let slower riders be aware that I will be passing them.  It is not a racing bike.  But more of a sit up and ride leisurely bike.  And the seat is harder than hard.  My bike is a leisure bike.  They should have put a leisure seat that is well cushioned to make my riding experience more enjoyable.   I could ride forever if it wasn’t for that darn seat.  My legs don’t hurt, my arms and hands don’t hurt.  The only thing that hurts, gets numb and hurts the next day is my booty.  I thought losing weight would help my derriere from not hurting.  After all there is less to hurt.  But it hurts just as bad as it did when I first got the bike 6 years ago.

We rode only for 40 minutes because the wineries were calling our name.  We met up with Timothy and Becky and headed to Chandler Hill Winery in Defiance, MO.  I wish I had taken a photo of the winery.  It is just beautiful.  It sits up on a hill and overlooks the vineyard and a small pond.  The food is delicious and the service is pretty good.

We started off with a wine tasting.  I love tasting wines.  It seems so cool to swirl an ounce of wine, sniff it, see if it has legs and then taste it.  Not gulp – but taste.  It is kind of elegant.   I started out tasting the white wines because Chardonnay is my favorite and the wine taster girl said we needed to start out with tasting the whites and end with the reds.  I was not blown away with the whites.   And then we started tasting the reds.  And I absolutely fell in love with a red chambourcin wine.  It was soooo delicious.  We finished our wine tasting and had a fantastic lunch.  And yes I ate bread.  We ordered bruchetta that I assumed would have tomatoes but it was toasted bread with hummus and a cheese spread.  I guess I should of asked what came with the bread or read the menu more closely.  But it was all so delicious.  And I enjoyed every morsel.  I was good in ordering my lunch.  I had a delicious salad with smoked salmon and kept my balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the side.  And we shared 2 bottles of wine.

I will say that I had the best birthday.  The weather was perfect.  I was with people that I adore. I did not go crazy with my calories (totaling out at 1500 calories – drinking most of my calories).   And I got some good cardio in.

It does not bet any better than this.