Week 1 recap- Arbonne 30 day detox

This was a tough week.  The easiest part was switching breakfast and lunch to the protein shakes.  No more trying to decide what to have for breakfast or what to make for lunch.  Dinner was hard.  We are still recovering from Hurricane Irma where we lost almost all of our food.  I’d just done our grocery shopping for the month the week before. I also didn’t print out the “avoid list” so I forgot what I wasn’t supposed to eat- which was a lot of what I did eat. I was a little defiant one night with eating popcorn and we had pasta for dinner a couple of nights but it wasn’t too bad.


The worse part of Week 1 was my body dealing with all of the new changes.  Gone was the sugar. Gone was the bad fat. Gone was the gluten (for the most part). It only lasted a few days but for those few days I was exhausted, grumpy and lightly nauseous. None of it was extreme and none of it kept me from doing my daily activities. I only worked out once but if you know me you know I hate working out so that wasn’t much of a change.

The best part?  I started this detox at 131 lbs and at the end of Week 1, I was down to 126.  Not bad for one week of changing my eating habits!  What you may not realize is that I’d been stuck at 129-132 lbs for the last 2 years. I just couldn’t find the motivation or the drive to get past that hump. When my friend Nicole approached me about being a sponsor for my Real Fit Mom challenge, I never knew it would be a life changing moment. I never want to see the numbers 13_ on my scale again. I’m quickly approaching my goal of 125 which I wasn’t sure I’d ever reach 4 years ago after hitting 153 after a car accident. Each pound I lose results in setting a new goal. The more I lose, the more I see that I have to lose. I’m so, so tired of carrying this extra weight around. I know, many women would love to be in the 120’s. But what you have to understand is that all of our bodies are different.  Even other women who are also 5’4″ have different body structures. These are MY goals for MY body.  I spent years sneering at fitness models and I know there are women that see my pictures and sneer at me. I get it. I do.

It’s up to YOU to set your realistic goals and it’s up to YOU to get off your ass and reach them. My motto- slow and steady wins the race. It took me a year to get out of the 150’s to the low 140’s. It took another year to get from the 140’s to the low 130’s. This Arbonne detox is what finally helped me get my life back and start to find the real me.


Day 4 Arbonne Challenge- Feeling better

My energy is returning, the nausea is completely gone and I don’t have anymore headaches.  Week 1 is the worst!  I know it would be even worse if I’d printed out the Avoid List AND if I’d been prepared.  Both are vital to great success.  I almost said success but you’ll see in a few days how well I was able to do even though my dinners were full of no no foods and I had some cheats.


I’m SUPER excited that I finally found my Fitbit charger.  I had to dump my bedside table drawer to find it and I found several other things I’d been missing. 🙂




Breakfast: Smoothie with 2 scoops Arbonne protein powder, 1 scoop Daily Protein Boost, 1 packet Digestion Plus, 1 scoop Greens Balance and 5 chunks of frozen Dole mangos*

Lunch: 2 scoops protein powder (I miss the peanut butter but the shakes are really good just mixed with water)

Snack: 2 meatballs, baked chips

Dinner: small bowl of leftover pasta

Cheats: small bowl of leftover pasta, small handful of baked potato chips


Day 3 Arbonne Detox

Today was not good.  I’ll be honest!  I know it’s all about getting the toxins out of your body.  There is a long list of foods to avoid and most of them are in my cabinet.  They say to throw out all of the bad.  But when you’re on a budget, lost a lot of food after being without power for almost 5 days after Hurricane Irma and had limited funds to replace food- you do what you can.

I am still tired, still getting headaches but the nausea is fading, thankfully.  I still hate the Detox tea although it was better without the Fizz stick.  I am fully aware that sugar, including honey, are on the avoid list but I’ve found it’s the ONLY way I can tolerate the tea- which I chug.

Breakfast: Smoothie with 2 scoops Arbonne protein powder, 1 scoop Daily Protein Boost, 1 packet Digestion Plus, 1 scoop Greens Balance and 5 chunks of frozen Dole mangos*

Lunch: 2 scoops protein powder, 1 Tbsp peanut butter*

Dinner: Spaghetti and meatballs (on a lunch plate which is about half the size of a dinner plate)


Snack: Air popped popcorn with butter and honey caramel glaze (I can’t wait until I can have honey and popcorn again as it was absolutely amazing)

Cheats- spaghetti

Whoopsie- mangos and peanut butter

Weight- 128.1

*If you’re just joining in, I’m a week ahead of these posts. Day 3 was when I finally looked over the Avoid List again and realized peanut butter and most fruit were on the list.

My last food and testimony

Tomorrow I begin the Arbonne 30 day detox.  But today, I shall have a FOOD PARTY- which reminds me of the song Me Party so it’s been in my head all day.

I grew up eating sugar cereal with whole milk.  So, I figured what a great way to start the day with Apple Jacks!  I’d pretty much gotten out of the habit of having cereal for breakfast a few years ago. It was one of the hardest habits to give up when I started my weight loss journey in 2009. It had been my staple for about 40 years! I do allow myself the pleasure about every month or so which works out well and helps avoid cravings.


Lunch time in our house on the weekends isn’t typical mostly because the middle two kids sleep in late (the youngest has to be at the dance studio at 10).  My father-in-law recently made a trip out west and stopped at Honeyville in Durango, CO.  You wouldn’t believe all of the goodies he brought back!  The pancake mix is thick and fluffy, the Butter Pecan Syrup and Apple Cinnamon Honey glaze are amazing and if you melt them with butter and regular syrup?  Heaven.  So, that was my lunch.  I also made sausage but forgot it on the counter. Our puppy, who loves to eat paper towels, grabbed it and was delighted to find a treasure wrapped inside. My delicious lunch was topped off by a tall glass of chocolate milk.

Dinner.  I love Chinese!  I made chicken teriyaki with Honeyaki glaze from Honeyville.  It had onions and broccoli in it served over fried rice.  After dinner, my youngest daughter made chocolate chip cookies while I made sopapillas (also from Honeyville).  I sprinkled them with cinnamon and oh my gosh were they yummy!  Sorry, dinner was eaten up quickly and I forgot to take a picture.

Yes, my belly was full but I wasn’t finished yet!  If you know me, you know I LOVE pizza.  I could eat it every day (which I used to when I waitressed at Pizza Hut).  I had my daughter go get me a slice of pepperoni pizza from New York New York Pizza– my new favorite since they opened in Carrollwood about a year ago.  I paired that with a giant Screwdriver and enjoyed both while soaking in the tub and reading.  

As I curl up in my bed tonight, I have a smile on my face.  I don’t regret a single thing I ate today.  Not one.  I know that I will not be able to follow the detox 100% but I am going to do my best. That may tick off some Arbonne people and it’s nothing against the challenge.  I know that there is a science behind why the foods listed above need to be avoided but I also know me and my personal situation.  I also know that if I absolutely forbid myself certain pleasures, I will say f#ck it and quit.  So if I want a bite of a cupcake, I’ll take a bite.  I’ve also been known to spit a bite back out. 😉  I will be posting about my progress daily.  I’ll list my cheats and my whoopsies as well as any losses I occur.  That’s one of the “real” parts of Real Fit Mom- I’m brutally honest.  It’s time to relax and get some rest. Tomorrow I start a new adventure!!