What I Learned This Week

Dancing With The Stars is back on.

And that means that on Monday nights I’ll be sitting right here on my big, blue, bloggy couch cheering for Val Chmerkovskiy and Sadie Robertson.

And probably Derek Hough.

Oh, and I’ll also be belly aching because my beloved Maks Chmerkovskiy has decided to hang up his dancing shoes, and I will miss him terribly because THOSE ABS!

I miss them already.

But anyway, here’s what I learned this week.

1. Apparently, there is a shortage of stars, as is evident from the 72-year old fashion “icon” currently paired with Tony Dovoliani.

I mean, REALLY in this whole big world of famous people, that’s the best the producers could do?

2. The only thing worse than wading through tall grass, is wading through tall grass full of bugs.

3. Spray painting has become my newest hobby.

4. I feel so much better when my house is tidy.

5. I feel so much better when I eat healthy.

6. Oh Lawdy. And now a 76 year old on DWTS. Poor Peta. Pimps in my crib.

*insert eye roll here*

7. It is impossible to eat just one Mike & Ike

8. OH SHUCKS. Alfonso Ribeiro can DANCE.

9. It costs the U.S. Mint 11.18 cents to make a nickel and only 5.65 cents to make a dime.

10. The average life of a $1 bill is less than six years.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

Ya’ll.

The first thing I learned this week is that people are hungry to learn about clean eating.

See what I did there?

I featured a clean eating post on the blog last week and I about swallowed my tongue when I visited my Stat Counter.

I easily topped my “most visited in one day” Not Me, Monday post that had just over 500 visitors.

In fact, if you count in the page views I had between the time I hit “publish” and midnight, that total would have been over 4,000.

So, raise your glass, and lets celebrate my most viewed post in FITP, Inc. history.

Here’s the rest of what I learned this week.

1. A greasy hamburger after three weeks without fast food, might wreak havoc on your gastrointestinal system.

2. If the crock pot liner decides to do its own thing while you’re trying to empty its contents into a bowl, you might get burned.

3. When a celebrity dies, it aggravates me when so many of my Facebook friends claim to be their “biggest fan”.

4. In Snowboarding lingo, ‘Send it’ means ‘bring it’.

5. Not too many things are amazing. Some of the athletes on American Ninja Warrior are amazing.

6. My boy Shemar Moore will be on The Young and The Restless on Wednesday and Thursday! YAY!

7. Jimmy Fallon is the best thing to happen to Late Night television in a very long time.

8. Even though I’ve seen all episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond, it still makes me laugh hysterically.

9. My boys love tilapia. And I liked it, too.

10. Bath & Body Works’ Caramel Pumpkin Swirl candle smells divine.

11. A new pillow takes some getting used to.

12. Cross Country races are pretty exciting.

13. I have come to decide that my absolute least favorite thing in the world is to be miserably hot.

14. SAMs has a really great, kettle cooked clean chip called Olive Oil.

15. I think the thing I like most about spray painting is the instant gratification.

16. When spray painting, it is a good idea to wear gloves.

17. Spray paint can revive a piece of furniture. [Stay tuned this week for the big reveal.]

18. Switching out a large beside lamp with a small bedside lamp will make your nightstand seem larger.

19. In case you’ve been living under a rock, I’ll go ahead and share the news with you because I just learned it yesterday, The Royal Couple is expecting again. Prince George will be a BIG brother.

20. For some reason, Royal Family news excites me.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

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Clean Eating

If you’re a regular around here, you may remember that I joined a Biggest Loser contest and had a successful several weeks that helped me lose eight pounds. And then, life happened, and the next thing I knew those eight pounds were back, which is so unfortunate because the only thing worse than losing pounds, is having to lose the same pounds over again.

So when my Biggest Loser organizer friend Tracy posted on Facebook that she was starting up a Clean Eating group challenge and asking if anyone would be interested in joining the group, I was all like, what the heck is clean eating.

As I researched it a little further, I was happy to find out that this clean eating program required no supplements, no products, or exercise out of the home. All it required was commitment.

The 16 of us are in the third and final week of the clean eating challenge. We each paid $35. to join the group – which is headed up by a certified personal trainer – and at the end of the challenge any of us losing eight inches or three percent of their body weight will split a percentage of the fees.

Since sharing that I started a clean eating challenge, I’ve had several [read: LOTS] of messages asking if I’d share how to eat clean. So, instead of typing the info over and over, I thought it might be easiest to share the details here. Although it is so much better for you to eat “clean” it does require more time planning, prepping and cooking meals. Participants in our group were encouraged to pick a day and prep all of the food for the week, or at the very least, have a meal plan in mind for the week.

To kick things off, this is what I bought my first week.

If it is impossible, to purchase a large amount of food at once, try choosing three or four each week. My motto is if you can’t eat CLEAN, at least eat CLEANER.

“Clean eating” is not a new concept; it has actually been around for a long time. If you are not accustomed to “eating clean” it may take some time and practice to get 100% “clean”.  Unprocessed, natural state foods have a different taste than frozen and processed foods, meaning that it will take some willpower to stick with the program.

The premise of this lifestyle change is pretty simple. (Notice, I said lifestyle change, and not DIET.)

CLEAN EATING – Don’t Wait DO THESE EIGHT!

1. Choose whole, natural foods and seek to eliminate or minimize processed foods.
Processed foods are anything in a box, bag, can, or package, and although there are always a few exceptions to the rule (like a bag of fresh green beans), the majority of your foods should be fresh. (I love that the Steamer bags of veggies (the ones without the cheese sauces) that I’ve been buying for years are also okay.)

2. Choose unrefined over refined foods.
While it may not be possible all the times, you can up your intake of whole grains like brown rice and quinoa (pronounced kin-wa). Beans and legumes are also important. Clean sugars include honey, maple syrup, and dehydrated sugar cane juice.

3. Include *some* protein, carbohydrate and fat at every meal.
Most of us typically easily include carbohydrates and fat, but we often lack protein, especially during breakfast and lunch. Protein is an important muscle-builder, and it can also help in curbing your appetite. When eaten throughout the day, it helps us to feel full longer. Pay close attention to the kinds of meals you put together and space out your protein.

4. Eat fewer ingredients.
Try not to purchase foods that have more than 4-6 ingredients in the ingredients list. If you can’t pronounce it, it probably shouldn’t go into your body. (Just because a food is labeled as whole grain, you will need to look at the ingredients list. Packaging can be misleading, ingredients lists are not.)

5. Watch out for fat, salt, and sugar.
THIS RIGHT HERE IS MY BIGGEST WEAKNESS because oh my word, I love the bread. And the sweets. And the Mexican food. Once you’ve cut out processed foods, this will be a little easier than you might think. Processed foods are responsible for most of our excess calories and high levels of fat, sugar, and salt. Clean foods are usually naturally low in ALL of these ingredients.

6. Eat five to six small meals throughout the day.
Typically, this might mean eating three main meals and two or three clean snacks. Eating this way prevents you from skipping meals and overeating. It also keeps your blood sugar levels steady so there’s also that! (In addition to my three meals, I try to eat a handful or almonds, a cheese stick or a handful of grapes at various times throughout the day.)

7. Steer clean of  high-calorie drinks.
High calorie drinks like fancy coffees and soft drinks – on average – tack on an extra 400 to 500 calories a day. Choose water when at all possible. Other clean drinks: low-fat or skim milk, almond milk and 100 percent fruit juice diluted with sparkling water. (I am happy to report that after a long, loving relationship, I have given up my beloved Coca-Cola classic, and now drink mostly water or unsweet tea during meals.)

8. Get up and move.
Regular physical activity is a must for many reasons. Not only does it decrease fat, strengthen and build muscle, and help you burn more energy at rest, it keeps your heart, lungs, and bones healthy and strong. (My favorite ‘get up and move’ is riding my exercise bike or dancing around the house while I do daily chores like laundry, tidying up or vacuuming.)

Here are a few pictures from my first week of eating clean to give you an idea of what to eat.

Tomorrow, I’ll provide a list that you can use to do your CLEAN grocery shopping, so stay tuned for that.

That’s what I learned this week.

How about you?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

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What I Learned This Week

So, it’s Monday night. That means it’s time for another version of What I Learned This Week.

Here’s the hodge-podge list of what I learned this week.

1. Before slicing a fresh pineapple, place it upside down in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the sugar to run from the bottom back to the “top”.

2. To test a pineapples freshness, the middle leaf should pull out with a gentle tug.

3. I would really miss baseball if my boys decided not to play.

4. Clean eating takes some work, but it is so worth it.

5. My favorite Big Brother characters are Donnie and Caleb.

6. My boys enjoy shooting BB Guns.

7. But they enjoy riding 4-wheelers even more.

8. One of the biggest aggravations in my life is a dead phone battery.

9. When my phone is dead, I feel lost.

10. Be careful what you pray for.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

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What I Learned This Week

Each week, I come here and tell you all about my plans to get back to a regular bloggy regimen and each week, I discover that I have failed, yet again.

So, the first thing I learned this week is that I need to stick to my word and get back to dishing out my daily dose of crazy here on the blog. So much crazy has happened, I’ve got enough crazy to fill the pages of this blog for months.

All I need, really, is time.

Here’s the short list of other things I’ve learned this week.

1. If you have a broken bone, they now make a camo cast.

2. When it was released in the 80’s, Dirty Dancing was a low budget film with major stars, but it became a huge success and the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video.

3. Steel cut oats are straight up nasty.

4. Hydrocodone is the single most prescribed drug in the world.

5. Having your carpets professionally cleaned will make your house smell so good.

6. Professional carpet cleaners can make your upholstered dining room chairs look brand new.

7. There are very specific lift points under the Saturn Sky. If the mechanic isn’t paying attention, he can crack the underside of the SKY body.

8. Bath & Body Malibu sunset smells wonderful.

9. The SMART car comes in a convertible.

10. In my opinion, the ice bucket challenge, the cold water challenge and all the other challenges on Facebook are goofy. Instead of participating in all that nonsense, how about just donating to the cause.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

Easy enough?

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