I don’t know about you, but typically during my work week, I have everything planned, I am set in my routine and it runs pretty smoothly.  Weekends?  I start dreaming about cheezy pizza and Pinot Grigio!

But, this weekend I was still in My Ten Day Cleanse.  That mean no cheese, no alcohol, no sugar – basically no processed foods.  You know what we have in our house right now? 

  • Fritos
  • Ice cream sandwiches
  • Halloween candy – snickers, almond joy, pay day!
  • three different kinds of cheese

But I stuck to my guns.  As much as I love Tony’s cheezy eggs on the weekend, Saturday I started my weekend on the right foot and made a Green Monster.

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 a cup of Good Belly
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach

This big glass: 336 calories, 12.6 fat, 53 carbs, 7.7 fiber and 9 protein.  It provides 134% of my Vitamin A, 102% of my Vitamin C and 85% of my daily Calcium!  And it tastes amazeballs!  Tony won’t try it though – too much Vitamin K for him and his blood thinner.  Plus, I think the thought of drinking baby spinach makes him throw up in his mouth just a tiny bit.

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Not long after, I got my Insanity pants on, after I took my Cleaning pants off – I deep cleaned our kitchen Saturday morning – took me nearly an hour!  I ended up doing a 40 minute Cardio workout:

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I knew I would be having movie theater popcorn for lunch later.  My guess is my small bag of popcorn came in at around 450 calories – so worth it though!  We saw Old Grandpa, and there were parts that were really funny!  Not sure it’s a movie you “need” to see in a theater, but it was fun.

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It was a gorgeous drive home too:

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I didn’t do any grocery shopping yet, but as we were driving home from the movies, I was going through my head what we had on hand – 1 small chicken breast, 1 Italian sausage, baby spinach, pasta – done.  I ended up using the leftover pizza sauce Tony made for our pizzas the other night – just added a bit more tomato paste and cooked it down some more.  So good!  Um, for the record, only my plate had spinach and I used Ronzoni whole wheat pasta – it’s my favorite whole wheat pasta.

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I went to bed at 10:45 Saturday night, only to wake up at 10:15 yesterday morning – gah!  I actually woke up to go to the bathroom around 7:30, and came back to bed thinking I’d probably sleep another half hour – I wish I could give my gift of sleep to other people who need it!

Tony asked if he could make me breakfast.  I said yes, but that he couldn’t use cheese, processed meat, he could use the Ezekiel sprouted tortilla, and any vegetable he wanted.

He told me “you are really stunting my creativity!”  He brought me a lovely two egg scrambled tortilla with jalapenos and a side of strawberries.  He brought it to me and said “Here’s Hells Burrito!”  It was so spicy good – you never know how spicy jalapenos are going to be – this one made me cough when I brought it to my mouth!  Luckily the strawberries cooled my mouth afterwards.

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I went grocery shopping, got some gas while Tony watched football.  The Bears have off this week, but he still loves watching that game!   I scored and got 7 bananas off the $1 rack.  I individually froze them for Green Monsters this week.

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I ended up cooking a bit more than I thought yesterday.  I had scheduled a day off today, but one of my other co-workers had an emergency, so I am headed to work this morning. 

For dinner last night I made one of Tony’s favorites – meatloaf.  I left the bacon off of this version though!  On the side he saw Pioneer Woman’s Crash Hot Potatoes – I did those in the toaster convection oven while I baked the meatloaf.    Since I am not supposed to have white stuff on the cleans (truth – I ate one potato!), I made a side dish for myself.

Last week when I was at Whole Foods I bought a container of jicama – I forgot I had it, and it was still good, so I made a jicama apple salad.

Jicama Apple Salad

  • 4 servings – 103 calories, 0 fat, 25 carbs, 10.5 fiber and 1.7 protein


  • 6 ounces of jicama, diced
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Just mix together and let it sit for 30 minutes before serving.  I loved the crunch of this, the slight sweetness from the apple and honey and the bite of the vinegar and pepper.

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My dinner plate:

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I’ve decided that Sunday is going to be my true rest day for the week, and it was nice to rest yesterday and my body is thanking me for it.  I also got in all my water over the weekend, which I normally don’t do – and I counted calories both days!


  • 1373 calories, 179 carbs, 65 protein, 53 fat and 34 fiber
  • 32% of calories from fat, 17% from protein and 59% from carbs
  • A- grade from CalorieCount


  • 1402 calories, 164 carbs, 58 protein, 64 fat and 27 fiber
  • 39% of calories from fat, 15% from protein and 44% from carbs
  • B+ grade from CalorieCount

I wrote down everything I ate, and was quite surprised how low the calories were, but then again, I wasn’t getting my pre-workout meal in like I do on a weekday, and I wasn’t drinking wine!

Alright, time to get this show on the road – can’t wait to eat Tami’s African Peanut Stew for lunch today – such complex flavors!

Make it a great day – did you plan for your week?