A Mørck’s Story: A Day of Dancing-Day 3
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Joshua J. Marine
So yesterday was Day Three of the Arbonne Essentials 30-Day Feeling Fit Kit! For some reason the day was a lot harder than the previous two. Actually, I know the reason. No sleep plus no caffeine makes it hard to stay focused and motivated. I had to pick up a friend from the airport pretty late the night before, so I got a mere four hours of sleep before my obnoxious alarm went off. I swear, the first person to invent an alarm clock that wakes you up peacefully & with a smile on your face, no matter how little sleep you just had, will make billions.
Needless to say I was basically crying for a drop of coffee in the morning. I also woke up too late to make a breakfast shake, so the sleepiness and hunger were haunting me the entire car ride to work. It was a rough start to a long day, but hey, it could always be worse. Thankfully my dad leaves for work later than I do so he was kind enough to make me a smoothie and bring it to my desk once he got in. Thanks a million, Daddio! I guess still living at home has it’s advantages after all. My dad usually sticks to the same recipe every morning, the “Berry Tasty” Protein Shake. You can look back at the previous post for the recipe. C’est magnifique. I promise to start making different shakes from now on.
Once I got to work, I had a cup of green tea with a lemon wedge (my favorite), & about an hour later my dad brought in the shake. Hunger crisis adverted. The lack of caffeine was still an issue though. Green tea does have a small amount of caffeine, I know, but compared to the daily double/triple espresso shots I was drinking, it doesn’t do much. The energy fizz sticks also have caffeine and those do really boost your energy when having latte withdraws. My only other advice to those who are coffee-addicts like myself when using the 30-Day Feeling Fit Kit is to stay busy. The second I allowed myself to wander off whatever task was in front of me was when my eyes got heavy. Stick to the to-do list & remember there is a comfy bed waiting for you at home that will feel SO much better if you’ve had a productive day.
A couple hours after the shake and once I had finished the three cups of tea my single teabag would allow, I had a (what else?) Arbonne Essentials Fruit Nutrition Bar. That, paired with a big cup of water and an Energy Fizz Stick, really got me out of my morning slump. Finally ready to tackle the day.
For lunch yesterday I had just a plain Arbonne Essentials Vanilla Protein Shake (two scoops of Vanilla Protein Shake Mix and ½ scoop of the Daily Fiber Boost) plus a few Arbonne Essentials Fit Chews. As I’m sure some of you readers are aware, we had the NVPs who are in town for the NVP meeting come to the home office for an Arbonne Family Picnic. It was such a fun (& mildly hectic) day. The Arbonne Events team did a fantastic job setting up a huge tent in the parking lot with tables, a buffet and a band stage.
During their home office visit, the NVPs enjoyed a tour of the newly decorated building, listened as several of the company’s top income earners shared their advice and then joined our home office team for an actual Southern BBQ, complete with line dancing and all. I’m not kidding. The food wasn’t too difficult to shy away from. I made sure to have my lunch shake right before heading to the tent so I wasn’t really hungry. Plus, I was vegetarian way before starting the Feeling Fit Kit so the big pieces of meat and chicken didn’t exactly tempt my taste buds. (There was some delicious salmon though! Love! ) The dance lessons, however, tempted me to the point of no return. I don’t know what came over me but I joined in and attempted to move-in sync with the hired professional performers. I’m a terrible dancer…terrible. I’d like to think I’m better with using my words then any physical form of expression but you can be the judge. I also realized yesterday I’m an even worse dancer than my Dad, which is extremely depressing.
All jokes aside, it was a wonderful day and I loved meeting so many inspiring and successful people! If you gave us an interview yesterday, thank you so much! You were all fabulous. XO
Anyway, after work, I went to the gym and ran for 30 minutes then went to an Iyengar Yoga class at my local studio. I was pleasantly surprised at the energy I had once I hit the gym considering my slow-start morning, and was able to add an extra 10-15 minutes of cardio to my workout. Yay me! Maybe a slow-start makes for an energetic afternoon? Who knows, I’m not about to experiment and find out.
Now that my dear friend Andy is staying with me for two weeks, I’m facing one of the hardest parts about being on the Feeling Fit Kit: the slow and painful demise of my social life. It’s easy when you’re alone and can cook just for yourself, but Andy has never been to California before, let alone Laguna Beach, so all the magnificent restaurants my hometown has to offer are calling his name. Thankfully, he is very understanding and supportive of my Arbonne adventure with the kit, so we have a deal that I cook at home and eat before taking him into town for dinner. Obviously sitting there while he eats a delicious meal is not only difficult, but also SUPER annoying as the constant “mmmms” & “ahhhs” escape his mouth, but I love him enough (and have enough self-control, I hope) to submit myself to the torture. So, to prepare myself before taking Andy out to one of the best Italian restaurants in town, I made my own “Fit Kit-friendly” pasta! HA! It was my first time using gluten-free pasta, and although I could obviously taste the difference, I think I almost prefer it to regular! Once again, Deliciously Ella pleasantly surprised me with her Mediterranean Vegetable Spaghetti. I do not own the rights to the photo below. All rights reserved to Deliciously Ella.
- 1 red pepper
- ½ yellow pepper
- 2 plum tomatoes
- 2 dozen cherry tomatoes
- 1 large zucchini
- Handful of (pitted) black olives
- Olive oil
- Dried herbs de provence
- Gluten free spaghetti (brown rice spaghetti)
- Chicken breast (optional)
Start by boiling the pasta water on the stove.
Slice the plum tomatoes into eighths, placing them in a large frying pan with the olive oil, salt and herbs de provence to start simmering. They will slowly disintegrate to form the basis of the sauce. Meanwhile, slice the zucchini in half before chopping it into thin, half-moon shapes and place it to the side. Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters and the peppers into small cubes, also placing them to the side.
Begin to cook the pasta! After about five minutes (the perfect time to make some Arbonne Herbal Detox Tea or just take a deep breath and get excited about the upcoming delicious meal), add half of the pepper cubes and half of the cherry tomatoes to the tomato saucepan, as well as all of the zucchini slices. Let it cook for 5-7 minutes.
Once the pasta is cooked, combine all the warm ingredients, add the remaining raw peppers and tomatoes for a fresh crunch, then add the olives. Sprinkle a little more of the herbs de Provence, salt to taste, serve and ENJOY!
I was really happy last night with how the meal turned out. The picture above was taken from Ella’s blog because unfortunately, although my pasta turned out super tasty, it wasn’t really picture worthy & I don’t want to scare you away from trying it!
Andy enjoyed his dinner at my favorite Italian place while I sat there, fake smile and all, trying to focus on what he was saying instead of smelling the AMAZING garlic bread in the kitchen. I think it would have been easier to handle dining out (or lack there of) had I gone later in the program, but oh well. I’m happy he was happy. And I know eventually that tasty garlic bread smell won’t be as enchanting.
We headed home right after dinner and I fell asleep instantly. After the late-start, task-filled, food-tempting, dance-crazy day I had, my pillow never felt sweeter.
3 down, 27 more to go.
Until next time!
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