Someone loves cookies!!


image

So since giant soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies aren’t on my diet…look who got to stuff his face!

image

As with all foods, it has to pass the smell test first!

image

Looks like we have a winner!  He was even nice enough to hold the bag up for a photo opp.

image

As you can see from his chipmunk cheeks, the cookie was huge, so he had half before nap and the other after. Made for one Happy Jp! At about $3.00 for a box of 6 cookies they are a great deal. Looks like I will be adding them to my grocery list.

*Disclaimer. I am a member of Influenster, and was sent 1 cookie to try and review. No monetary compensation has or will be made. All opinions are my own, and not influenced by any partnership.*

Advertisements

Wholly Guacamole…and Salsa!!!


image

All this awesomeness came via FedEx yesterday. This is my Summer Guac Squad kit from the awesome folks at Wholly Guacamole & Salsa. There is enough Salsa there to keep my hubby Happy for….a couple of days!
Wholly Guacamole is all natural Guacamole, Salsa, and just good ole’ plain Avocado! There are no preservatives, or additives. Just great natural ingredients mixed together to form some delicious combinations. John especially loved the Pineapple Salsa. (Sorry to my little sister. But it was pretty good!) He Also sampled the Red Pepper Mango. Holy yum! It’s safe to say my husband will be eating Salsa and Guacamole all weekend.

My First Voxbox From Influenster!! The Mom Voxbox!


Yesterday I received my first Voxbox from the awesome peeps at Influenster. I was chosen for the Mom Voxbox Campaign. This box is filled with goodies that I can’t wait to try out.

image

The 2012 Mom VoxBox from Influenster

I will be reviewing each of them in their own posts, but included in this box was:
Stash Tea -Superfruits Sampler
Nektar Honey Crystals
Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Rain Cookie
The Original Dish Drying Mat
ImPress Press on Manicure
Ivory Soap
DenTek Comfort Clean and Fun Flashers

Have you tried any of these products? Love it…hate it?? Let me know. First up will be the Quaker Oatmeal Rasin Cookie…little man is going to have a blast being my guinea pig for this one!!

Wordless Wednesday


Kicking off my 90 Day hCG 1234 Diet!!


Ok peeps. This post is going to be a hard one for me to write. I am going to be posting my before pics (which were taken on my cell phone…and suck). I still need to get a new digital camera. Aaaaannnndddd…revealing my starting weight. I debated not posting it, but then whats the point of this whole thing??  I have to agree to be completely open and honest, and exposing my weight is part of that. As much as I don’t want it to be…it is!!

Here We Go!!

As you all know I will be taking hCG 1234 from Creative Bioscience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here are the DREADED Before Pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please excuse my overly cluttered bathroom counter!! I apparently need a million things right by the sink!!

 

So Today (Saturday June 23, 2012) I started my Phase 1 at 180 pounds. Here’s a description of this phase from Creative Bioscience:

Phase 1 – Load :

Start taking the drops. You will need to take 10 drops 3 times per day. Once in the morning; again 30 minutes before lunch; and then again 30 minutes before dinner. Place the drops under your tongue and hold them there for 60 seconds,swallow the remaining liquid.

The first 2 days of taking the drops, you must eat as much high fat food as you possibly can. This is called ‘forced feeding’, and it is very important because during these 2 days you are storing fat to be used as energy during the low-calorie part of the diet. You do not want to skimp on this part. Your energy level will suffer if you don’t do this step correctly.

The best foods to eat are milk chocolate, pastries, ice cream, peanut butter,bread with lots of butter, and pork products. Look for foods with high fat content.Don’t worry about the weight you gain during these first 2 days (Please refer to allowed foods sections).

I have eaten until I can’t eat any more today. This helps to store up fat for the second phase (6 weeks for me) in which I will drop my calorie intake to 500 a day.

Phase 2 – Lose:

On the 3rd day, you will begin the low-calorie diet. You may only eat the foods listed below. You will continue the low-calorie diet for 3 weeks if you are trying to lose 15-20 pounds; or 6 weeks if you are trying to lose 34-40 pounds.(If you do the 6 week course, you will follow the diet for the full 6 weeks; however you must only take the drops 6 days out of each week so that you don’t develop immunity to the hCG. For example, don’t take the drops on Sundays, but continue to follow the diet). Weigh yourself every morning when you wake up.

At the end of the 3 (or 6) weeks, you must stop taking the drops, but continue on the low-calorie diet for 3 days. This will allow your body to flush the hCG out of your system. It is very important to adhere to this part of the diet; if you immediately go back to a regular diet, you may gain weight.

List of allowed foods: (No variations are allowed; if an item is not on this list, it is forbidden. Some doctors and clinics make substitutions, but we recommend sticking to the original protocol exactly to maximize your results).

Protein – Two 100 gram (3.5oz) servings per day

Chicken
Shrimp
White fish (tilapia, halibut)
Extra lean ground beef
Steak Lobster
Crab
Veal

You must remove all the fat from the meat and weigh it before cooking. No oils may be used to cook the meat, and watch out for the spices containing sugar.

Vegetables – Two servings per day

Green salad
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Celery
Onions
Spinach
Chard
Fennel
Red radishes
Asparagus
Cabbage
Chicory
Beet-greens

The Original protocol is not very specific about exactly how much a vegetable serving is, so use your best judgment. (One serving is approximately 2 cups of salad, 1 tomato, 1 cucumber, 1 onion, or half a cabbage. Be sure not to mix vegetables, only 1 vegetable is allowed per meal.)

Bread – Two servings per day

1 Melba toast 
1 grissini

Fruit – Two servings per day

1 apple
1 orange
Half of a grapefruit
Handful of strawberries

You can disperse the allotted food as you choose; however the option according to the original protocol is to skip breakfast and break up your allowed food into lunch, dinner, and two snacks.

Beverages – You can consume unlimited amounts of the following liquids; try to consume at least 3 liters of fluids per day

Black coffee
Tea
Water (distilled is best)
Sparking water (Pellegrino, Perrier, etc.)

Sweeteners – Only stevia and saccharin (Sweet’N Low) are allowed during Phase 2. Not aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), or sugar is allowed.

Spices/Seasonings – You can use any spice you want, again just be sure it doesn’t contain sugar. Salt and pepper are allowed. Read the ingredients of everything you can consume. Even a minor intake of something that is not allowed can stall you.

Gum – You can have gum, but be sure it is flavored with xylitol (natural sweetener). Most brands of gum use aspartame, which is not allowed.

I know the diet will be tough at first, but I feel that as long as I have my head straight, and keep focused, I will be able to shed some serious pounds. My goal weight is an even 140. 40 pounds to lose. I totally know I can do it!!

I thank everyone for the positive feed back that’s been sent my way. I will definitely be needing it during the next few weeks.

If you haven’t yet, please take the time to enter my Creative Bioscience -90 Day Supply #Giveaway where you have a chance to win a 90 Day Supply of ANY Creative Bioscience Product!! How awesome is that!! 5 Lucky readers will win, so share with all your friends and lets spread the word about all the great products CB has to offer.

Thank You all for following me on this journey!!

-Courtney