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Day 3 (and what a great day it was!)

Today was a FABULOUS day for more than one reason!!

Day 3 of the 24-day challenge was great!  Last day of the fiber drink…for the next 4 days!  Plus, I really enjoy the citrus mandarin spark drink (it tastes like tang!).  I felt more energized, less light-headed, and overall HAPPY!

By far, my biggest accomplishment came during lunchtime today, as I was faced with my first “eating outside of the home” challenge.  I attended a family law luncheon with the Contra Costa County Bar Association (more on that later), and prior to the start of the challenge I had pre-ordered the chicken ciacciatore for my meal.  Not only was the chicken breaded (a no-no on the cleanse), but there were mushrooms (my favorite, but unfortunately taboo on the cleanse) and white rice as well.  Part of me thought, “well, what’s the worst that could happen if I ate the chicken as-is?”.  However, I’m proud to say that the other part of me took control and said, “look at all the hard work you’ve done so far.  You need to be strong”. And STRONG I WAS!  Not only did I scrape as much of the breading off the chicken as possible, but I avoided the rice and (sadly) disregarded the mushrooms.  One of the other lawyers sitting next to me said I was missing the best part, but that she admired my self-control and that I should be forewarned for dessert….

Yes.  Cheesecake.  It looked unbelievably delicious, with berry sauce coated all around that scrumptious piece of heaven.  But I knew I couldn’t do that to myself.  So when the waiter came to my seat to bring me a piece, I politely declined.  The lawyer whispered to me “good for you!”, and those few words of encouragement was worth the decision to resist the temptation.  I couldn’t help but smile to myself and be proud of the self-control I had!

After the luncheon, I ventured over to Harvest House Natural Foods in Concord to pick up some sugar-free bbq sauces and sugar-free marinades.  If anyone is looking for some GREAT marinades and sauces to spice up your chicken while completing the 24-day challenge, I have two words for you:  Walden Farms.  Creamy bacon dressing; zesty Italian; balsamic vinaigrette:  ALL CALORIE, CARB, AND SUGAR-FREE!  I can’t wait to make more chicken with all these new ideas!  Once I got home, I had my usual snack of pumpkin seeds (without the shell), and two slices of cantaloupe — YUM!

Today was also the first day I got myself back to the gym.  With the stomach virus, sore throat, nasty cold, and migraine keeping me sidelined for a full week, it felt refreshing to walk in the doors of Delta Valley Athletic Club!  While I only worked out for 45 minutes, it was a great workout!  I thought that I may feel weak or tired because of the cleanse, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I can’t wait to do Zumba tomorrow morning!

Now, this is my favorite news of the day, and it is completely unrelated to the 24-day challenge!  This has to do with my first feeling of accomplishment and success since I’ve been unhappily unemployed since October.  When I attended the luncheon today, my ultimate goal was to meet family law practitioners and get myself out there (aka:  networking).  Not only did I meet my goal, but I exceeded my own expectations!  At the lunch, I began talking with a lawyer who seemed to really enjoy talking with me!  We talked about the family law profession, he gave me his card, and asked me to send him my contact information.  Little did I know that I would receive an email when I got back from the gym tonight, asking if I would be interested in helping him out every now and then with financial documents and other forms!  And the best part???

Yup, that’s right!!! I’ll get PAID!!!  It may not be a lot, but it’s more than what I’m making right now, which is a big fat ZERO!  So now I think you can all understand why my day was so great!  Can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings!

Good night all!!!

Entering the blogosphere

Greetings and Salutations!

Welcome to my humble blog.  Being a very new blogger, I’m not sure I’ll have much to say, but I can tell you where I’m headed!

I am a 26 year old attorney, who is (impatiently) waiting for a job!  I have been unemployed for the last few months now, and the job opportunities seem scarce and discouraging.  However, I know that time will take its course, and sooner rather than later I’ll be in the position I’ve been waiting to be in for a while now!

In the meantime, I have made my health and fitness a priority in my life.  I have always been fit, even though there were times in which my techniques were unhealthy and dangerous.  When I was 16, I suffered from both Anorexia and Bulimia, eventually landing myself in the emergency room.  For two years, I struggled with my eating disorder, falling in and out of recovery and having a continuous battle with food.  By the time I left for college when I was 18, I was finally feeling comfortable with my body and wanted to enjoy food rather than have a hate-relationship with it.

When my boyfriend and I moved to East Contra Costa County in December from Sacramento (California, for all of you non-Californians out there), I immediately joined the local gym – the Delta Valley Athletic Club (DVAC).  My friend Tracy joined as well, and together we started working out on a consistent basis.  Before I left Sacramento, I had started taking Bikram (Hot) Yoga and was disappointed that the closest Bikram yoga studio to me now was over 45 minutes away.   Instead, I started taking group classes at DVAC, including Zumba (which I LOVE), circuit weight training classes, and pilates.  On other days, I’ll do my own 45-60 minute cardio workout, with usually 30 minutes of weight training incorporated into my gym visit.  The gym not only makes me feel better about how I perceive by body, but also how I perceive myself!  I’m happier the days that I work out (which are usually 5-6 days a week), and it’s a great way to meet new people in the community!

Now, the real reason I began this blog was to keep track of my newest endeavor which will begin on February 6.  About a month and a half ago, my friend began a 24-day challenge through AdvoCare, a company that I am learning more and more about each day.  The 24-day challenge begins with a 10-day cleanse phase, and concludes with a 13-day max phase, where people not only lose weight but feel energetic and healthy!  My boyfriend and I will be doing this challenge together, as I think it will help us both stay motivated if we work with one another and motivate one another.  So everyday, I hope to keep a track of what I’m eating, how I’m feeling, and what I’m doing to keep active!

But first, it’s time to get rid of this stomach virus!  Hopefully I’ll feel better in a day or two so I can enjoy a night out with my boyfriend before we start the challenge!  Have a great day, all!