Sunday, March 24, 2013

Drinking Green?

Two years ago I was expecting our second child and at a weight that I'd never imagined seeing on our bathroom scale. Despite my doctor's assurance that my weight gain was normal, I felt panicked. I just knew my figure was beyond repair.

After having SJ I used Advocare's Herbal Cleanse & took up walking the neighborhood with friends in an attempt to undo months worth of Porky's fried biscuits and sweet tea. It was a good start but soon I found that Advocare, though a wonderful product, was not in our long-term budget. And, as often happens, my friends schedules changed with the seasons and we were no longer able to walk together. Well, now what?

A few weeks ago I opened our pantry to find 3 different containers of doughnuts staring me in the face- surrounded by boxed pastas and 2 bags of confectioners sugar. Yep, TWO bags. I knew then it was time to make a change.
I don't know about you but, for me, change that is dramatic always has a shelf life. It never sticks. So I've decided to make small- but signifigant changes-
1)Wake up earlier. Get a few crunches and leg lifts in, have a cup of hot herbal tea or a smoothie, and get my daily quiet time in. Currently, I'm enjoying the devotional Jesus Calling.
2) Drink water. Whenever the desire for an ice cold Dr. Pepper rises, squash it. I'll be glad I did.
3) Journal about the process. Allow myself the opportunity to randomly look back and see how far I've come. This morning I made my first "green" smoothie- and it was lovely. I mean it.

(Iknow it looks just awful- but trust me, it was delicious!) To make this green smoothie, I used: 1/2 frozen banana, one handful of frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup of almonds, orange juice, and a handful of spinach leaves.

What is your favorite green smoothie recipe? I'd love to hear!

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