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the gross detox |

the gross detox

Gross <————- not my word for 2013, but possibly the word to sum up the second half of 2012.

Gross is the word that perfectly sums up my insides and outsides. I’m not deep in the pit of depression, or getting eaten alive by anxiety, I just feel gross.

I look around my house. Blerg, gross. I look in the mirror, gross. Sleeping? I sleep gross. I wake up every night around 4am with a song stuck in my head.

My heart, soul, body, all kinda gross. And while gross isn’t the worst word in the world, it’s certainly not a word I want to describe my life.

So what’s a girl to do?


I’m almost a week into my big makeover of sorts, and since I started it in the last few days of January, I’m demanding we don’t call my efforts a STUPID new years resolutions.

And because I want to be held accountable for my actions, I need to share what I’m doing. You know, so I don’t quit tomorrow when OMGEEE all I want is a pizza washed down with a beer. Because that happens to me too often.

Here’s where I’m at:

I’m hitting the gym again. For the past four or five months, I’ve literally paid my gym fees and not gone one single time. But as of last week, I’m back. I’m starting slow, just a few miles on the treadmill, and maybe a mile or two on a bike. The whole #plankaday movement? I might join. I just need to move my body, get my energy out in a productive way.

Because its not a resolution if you start it on the last day of the first month of the year.
















I’m wearing a Fitbit, as a way to add accountability to my life.
















Long story short, I’m really good at winning things. Maybe it’s the lucky horseshoe lodged up in my youknowwhat, but my name gets pulled out of the hat more than the average person. So, while at a conference this summer, of course I won a fitbit. And other than our trip to Disney this fall, I’ve never used it. Primarily because I didn’t want to know how truly sloth-like I had become. It measures steps, miles, stairs, calories and even sleep patterns.

And I’m changing the way I eat. I even started a diet with a name to jump-start healthy eating habits. December 31st marks the last time a nursed Paul, and I’m eager to get ride of the last bit of baby weight. And even though weight loss isn’t the total point, I would be lying if I didn’t admit to wanting to lose a few pounds. Honestly, my closet and I could do without 10-15 pounds of me. I’m doing this diet with two of my sisters and even potentially my mother, which is awesome accountability.

Also, I get extremely hangry (hungry-angry) every evening around 8-10pm and I turn to pinterest as my vice. Pin all the pies, pin all the nachos…

The first phase of the “diet with a name” is a cleansing period, which basically boils down to copious amounts of green veggies, probiotics and lean protein. To cut to the chase, you go to the bathroom a ton, and it’s a good thing.

Every day I start with a smoothie:
















The way I make my ‘moooothie (says Gage):

Handful of greens (either spinach, kale, chard)
Raw egg
1 cut up pear/apple/kiwi
1/2 cup frozen berries
add about 1/2 cup both kiefer and odwalla superfood
And because I’m freaky:
1 tbl. Chia Seeds
1tbl. Hemp Protein Powder

In addition to getting my health right, I’m actually starting the day (well, around 9am, after I’ve put Paul down for his morning nap) with an online #shereadstruth devotion, and sitting in front of my beloved SAD light.Pun intended, it feels pretty darn amazing to start the day with a little light.

You guys, it’s all working. I mean, I know I’m in the early stages of everything, but I’m feeling much more even-steven. And I’m desperate to continue down a much smoother road.

So yeah, I just had to let you know what was up. Keep me accountable, will ya?




  1. Good for you, hon. I need to pull out my light.


  2. Oh, this is good! I totally get the “gross” thing, I am slogging through that right now. Okay, you are inspiring me.


  3. Way to go Emily! You’re inspiring me to make some of those healthy changes I know I need to make to be less ‘gross’ (because right now my house is gross and my gym membership has only been used a handful of times in the past few months as well…)
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  4. I feel overwhelmingly gross, too.

    I was thinking about doing the first phase of that diet with that name again. And, by golly, I think you’ve insprired me to go ahead and do just that. I know it worked wonders for me last year.

    Now, the running? Um, no. I’ll let you do all that for me. 🙂
    Ordinary Sarah recently posted..The Parent Meeting


  5. I got fed up with the gross in November and I’m plugging along. I even pulled out the light. Now I just need to turn it on and sit in front of it. Duh, right?
    Not gross feels pretty good. You can doo eet.
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  6. Sarah Partain says:

    Yay! So inspiring! The Partains *might* also be in a really gross phase too, with plans to change when we get back. Things got really outta hand in Dec and Jan…wonder why?! We’ll be doing THE diet too. Hopefully we can keep accountability but also encourage.


  7. Awesome. I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing something similar…you may have just given me the push I need!

    After our Super Bowl party…

    So glad you’re feeling better! xo
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  8. So happy for you, Emily! Keep up the good work! It will be worth it!


  9. just what i need to do…but am not ready to yet. i’m stuck…
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  10. High fives for ‘moothies, SAD lamps, and #SheReadsTruth! Those things together have made me feel 85% better. If I would get some regular exercise, that could be 100% better.

    But I work in baby steps. I am NOT good at winning things. I’m a giver-uper and I don’t want that to happen by piling on ALL THE THINGS at once.

    So I will be watching you for inspiration.

    There. More motivation.
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  11. Good for you pretty lady! I don’t know if you’re a solo worker-outer, but if you ever need a gym buddy, I’m there. Or someone to go “diet” shopping with. Or someone to….whatevs. 🙂
    I’m making big changes, too, and I struggle daily with one or another, especially since my competitive spirit is as good as dead. lol


  12. Awesome. You go, girl!
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  13. You have just inspired me.

    It has been over 4 years since the hubby and I took any kind of vacation (we had one night away for a wedding last year) and he recently began insisting we start planning a trip. I told him I don’t want to go anywhere tropical because I would just feel too gross in a swimsuit at this point. Perhaps I should do something about that. 😉

    Good luck to us both!
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  14. SO I started that diet with a name Jan 1 and had the MOST HORRIBLE detox symptoms.. I am still bfeeding and will probably go back after I am done in March. HOWEVA, be warned that you could have major cramps (flu-like symptoms) if you hard-core it too much, On the up-side I lost 5lbs in a week! Awesome right? Rooting for you & please pass along any great meals you make in the process.. I’ve had a hard time finding good ones via the internet.


  15. Good job girlfriend…I’m so proud of you! I’m only a week into working out, but several months into major life changes (as you know.) The working out has tipped me over the “I feel pretty good” edge to “I feel GREAT.” Yay for working out.


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