Wednesday, May 16, 2012

7 Day Cabbage Soup Detox Diet Review

As you may remember from this post, two girls from work, and I decided to try out a 7 day cabbage soup detox diet that I found online.  My husband, Jon, also joined in on the fun.  Jon and I are the only two that stuck it out until the end, and I have to brag and say that I am the only one that did not cheat all seven days!  The two websites where I obtained all the information for the diet plan are My 7 Day Diet and Cabbage Soup Diet.  The week plan goes a little something like this...
this was my reminder card and motivation throughout the week

(the links will take you to the individual day recap)
Day One- Fruit (no bananas) and Wonder Soup
Day Two- Vegetables (no beans, peas or corn) and Wonder Soup...on this day you can also have 1 baked potato with a small amount of butter
Day Three- Fruits (no bananas),Vegetables (no potato, beans, peas, or corn) and Wonder Soup
Day Four- Bananas (up to 8), Skim Milk, and Wonder Soup
Day Five- Protein (lean meat), Tomatoes (6-8 fresh) and Wonder Soup
Day Six- Protein (lean meat), Vegetables (no potato, beans, peas, or corn) and Wonder Soup
Day Seven- Fruits (no bananas), Vegetables (no potato, beans, or corn), Juice, and Wonder Soup

The beginning of this diet was very difficult, I'm not going to lie.  I had to constantly remind myself that it's only seven days and to take it one day at a time.  I drank only water all week, except day seven I had juice.  That was a big deal for me!  I love sweet tea!  I also usually drink coffee or coke at work, mainly for the caffeine, to keep me going.  I am proud to say I have been caffeine free now for a whole week!  I am going to do my best to continue to not drink so much caffeine.  I now realize I can make it through these working nights without it, so I have to stay strong and not give in to the desire.  One good thing about this diet, was that it made me cook and think about what I was cooking and how to cook it.  You can only use very little olive oil.  I feel like I became pretty creative and experimented some with spices to try to help ease the pain of limited choices.  (Although I feel that Jon will say I only used black pepper to season everything.)  I do plan to continue to branch out and make healthier and fresh vegetables more often now.  Most of the things I read online said you would lose anywhere from 5-10 pounds within the week.  One website even said 17 pounds (not sure that's too healthy)!  Of course I weighed myself at the beginning, throughout, and at the end.  I ended up losing 6.8 lbs total. I am glad I did the diet and stuck with it to the end without cheating.  I proved to myself that I can in fact stick with eating healthy if I will just make the effort to do so.  I still have a little more weight that I want to lose, but I feel this diet definitely gave me the kick start I wanted to get the ball rolling!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Day Seven...Fruits, Veggies, and Their Juices

The very last day (it feels so good to say that) was not bad at all.  It was basically a repeat of day three but add in some juice.  Technically day seven is comprised of fruits, vegetables, and juice.  One of the websites says vegetable juice and another says fruit juice.  I guess it's up to you to decide.  It also states you are allowed one cup of brown rice, but I didn't have any so I just forgot about it.  The first meal of the day consisted of stir fried vegetables (with minimal amount of oil and some added water), steamed asparagus, strawberries, and cantaloupe.  The next meal was the salad from day three with a minimal amount of balsamic vinaigrette dressing, squash and zucchini left overs, and a bowl of wonder soup (are you surprised?) with a peach for dessert.  I have also been snacking on strawberries and pineapple.  I am not a vegetable juice fan, so fruit juice is what I had to stick with.  I really enjoyed Naked's reduced calorie tropical juice.  It has cherries, coconut water, mango, passion fruit, orange, apple, and pineapple in it!  Very good, you must try it!  I almost can't believe this long and dreaded week is over!  Look for a review post about it in the near future!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Day Six...Protein and Veggies

This day was pretty easy.  I'm tempted to say that it was the easiest so far.  I also must admit that I may have cheated, in some sort of way today.  I didn't cheat by eating something I wasn't supposed to, but instead I did not eat something I was supposed to...soup!  I just could not bring myself to do it.  Day six is for protein and vegetables, and supposed to be soup as well.  With all the other yummy food I was allowed, the soup was just not sounding appetizing.  Maybe tomorrow I will finish the diet with a bang and eat a few bowls of soup?!
I was very proud of my first meal of the day.  I seared salmon filets, sauteed spinach, and baked zucchini and squash.  I am always leary of cooking fish because I definitely want it to be done but I don't want it to be over done,  catch my drift?  Sauteing the spinach was a first for me and I have now found a new veggie we will be consuming more of!  It was delicious!  I added a little garlic to it and some black pepper and red pepper flakes with a hint of lemon juice...divine! :) Now you can see why I didn't want any of that dadgum soup!

For my next meal I baked chicken and put it on top of the colorful salad I made on day three.  It was good, but not near enough food!  I guess I should have eaten a bowl of that dreaded soup to fill me up.  Oh well...Only one more day to go...

Day Five...Protein and Tomatoes

all my maters

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Day five was all about protein and tomatoes (oh and wonder soup).  I love tomatoes so this day was not too shabby.  For breakfast I had sliced tomato with a tad of seasoning (yumm, right?)  For lunch I made a recipe from skinnytaste called Skillet Cajun Flounder with Tomatoes, but I substituted tilapia for the flounder.  It was a great combination of the protein and tomatoes.  I also had a bowl of soup.  Up until this day, the soup had not been so bad.  After eating a delicious meal, the soup tasted bland and just down right gross.  I choked it down anyway.
Skillet Cajun Tilapia with Tomatoes

For dinner I baked chicken and sliced some tomatoes.  I had plans of making a tomato salsa something to  top the chicken but I just ran out of time before I had to leave for work.  And I can't forget I had a bowl of soup.

Day six will also be an easier one.  It is protein and vegetables day.  There are so many varieties of vegetables, and I like them all! The end is near...

Friday, May 11, 2012

Day Four = Monkey Business

I am so glad that the fourth day of the diet is over!  It was by far the hardest!! Day #4 consisted of bananas (up to 8) and skim milk, along with the wonder soup!  I like bananas, but not eight in one day!  I do not drink milk often, and definitely do not like skim milk, so that was really tough for me! As you can assume my meals went something like this...soup for my main course and a banana and milk for dessert.  I only ate 5 bananas throughout the day.  There was no way I could have eaten 3 more!  Jon and I went to Hot Jazz on the Red, and it was so hard not to bring a yummy snack and drink a beer or have a glass of wine!  Instead I brought a big jug of water and proceeded to drink the whole thing!

I am very excited about day five because it's finally time for protein...which means meat to me!  Day #5 of the diet is protein and tomatoes day.  You are allowed lean meat for lunch and dinner and also 6-8 tomatoes.  I am a huge fan of tomatoes, so I am looking forward to this day!  One day at a time...

Thursday, May 10, 2012


I made a gender reveal cake for my best friend, Holly, back in November (you can read about it here).  Well the sweet little boy we had all been so anxiously awaiting arrived one week early in April.  Holly was at work (she works at the same hospital as me but on a different unit) when she went in to labor.  She was quickly admitted to the L&D floor.  I was also working, so I made frequent trips throughout the night to check on her and the baby.  A while back Holly had asked me to be there with Baleigh so that Jeremiah (her husband) could be with her.  That morning Jeremiah and Baleigh got there, and Jeremiah and Holly were quickly prepped and taken to the OR.  Baleigh and I passed the time until her baby brother was born by acting silly, watching cartoons, and talking about what baby brother (BryceLeo as she calls him) would be like.

At 8:44 A.M. on April 10, 2012 Bryce Leo Rivers made his appearance in this world!  He is such a precious baby boy!

Jeremiah and Baleigh with Bryce

Baleigh is a proud big sister!

how sweet is he!!

I couldn't be happier for Holly, Jeremiah, and Baleigh.  They have one cute little boy to be proud of!  And since Mother's Day is approaching, I would like to give a shout out to Holly and let her know how proud I am of her!  She is an amazing mother, a wonderful wife, a dedicated student (in school for her masters), a full-time employee, and a great friend! I am thankful to have Holly, and her family, in my life, and I look forward to many more years of friendship.

Day Three...Combo

The third day was much easier than the first two!  Day three is a combination of day one and day two, so you are supposed to eat fruits and veggies, except you are not allowed to have a potato on this day.  I had to make another trip to the store because we were about out of soup, plus I wanted more vegetables. For my first meal of the day I microwaved/steamed carrots and broccoli and had a handful of grapes.  For the next meal I had a wonderful salad, and of course a bowl of wonder soup!  The salad was composed of lettuce, spinach, red and yellow bell pepper, cucumbers, mushrooms, broccoli, purple onion, and tomatoes.  It was a very colorful and delicious salad.
colorful salad
For dinner I was ready for a hot meal and not the same ol' stuff I had been eating.  I decided on asparagus, okra & tomatoes, and squash, and don't forget, a bowl of soup.  

I had planned on having some fruit for dessert, but I went to sleep before I was ever hungry for dessert.  The weight continues to slowly come off, and I am sure that day four will be a big weight loss day because it is bananas and skim milk day (not looking forward to it).  Keeping my eye on the finish line...

Cinco de Mayo = 6 years

May 5, 2012 marked 6 years that Jon and I have been a couple!  It's crazy to think that we have been together that long and only married for one year!  So much has changed in the past 6 years, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.  

Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Day Two...Veggies

Let me recap Day One before I tell you about Day #2...After eating fruit (and of course wonder soup) all of day #1, my mouth was raw (I suppose from the acid and sugar in the fruit) and I had ZERO energy when I woke up!  I did lose 5 pounds...which is the only thing that kept me going on this diet.
For day two the diet required eating vegetables (no beans, peas or corn) and of course, wonder soup.  You are also allowed to have one potato with a small amount of butter.  When I woke up without any energy, I was so ready for some food.  I immediately chopped up zucchini, squash, and purple onion, spiced it up and put it in the oven.  For my first meal of the day I ate a baked potato, purple onion, squash, zucchini, and a bowl of not so wonder ful soup.  I was in heaven eating that potato, even with the small amount of butter!  I stuffed my face and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Day #2 consisted of a lot of wonder soup, squash, zucchini, purple onion, broccoli, and carrots.  I did have one small salad as well.  This day has not been as hard as the previous, but I have also been eating every 3-4 hours.  Day three is a combination of Day #1 and Day #2.  I am going to have to make another trip to the grocery store, because I am about out of wonder soup, and I am ready for a different variety of vegetables.  Keeping my eye on the goal...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hot Jazz on the Red

Jon and I always try to find fun things to do around town.  We get tired of the same ol' restaurants or hang outs.  One thing we always look forward to about the Spring/ Early Summer is Hot Jazz on the Red.   The Barnwell Memorial Garden and Art Center is a place located on the Red River here in town that hosts Hot Jazz on the Red.  They have an outdoor jazz concert every Thursday evening from 6 pm- 8 pm.  We love to go early in the Spring because the weather is so nice.   It is free and BYOB.  People bring blankets and spread out with their kids and dogs, wine and food, and enjoy the outside while listening to live music.  It really doesn't get much better!  Here are a few pictures from the latest concert we went to...

I made a southwestern style pasta salad for us to eat.

We also brought white wine and cheese and crackers to enjoy.

love him!
We hope to make it to more concerts this year... and support a good thing in this city!


I'm constantly complaining about my weight, feeling depressed because my clothes don't fit, but yet I CAN NOT stop eating all the yummy food out there!  Two girls I work with are getting married this next month and are trying to lose weight.  We all decided we needed a "kick start" so we chose to do the "7 Day Detox Diet" aka "Cabbage Soup Diet."   There are specific things to eat each day, along with "wonder soup," which is the cabbage based soup.   Today was day one and consisted of eating fruits, except bananas, and wonder soup.  I went to the store this morning and stocked up on fruits and veggies (and I spent an arm and a leg I must say!).  I got home and started making the wonder soup.
the HUGE pot I had to use...

all the ingredients for the "wonder soup"

"Wonder Soup"

My first meal of the day was the soup, cantaloupe, grapes, and strawberries.
picture of my first meal...beano included :)
As this first day is coming to an end,  I must say it has been tough.  I am tired of fruit already!  I am definitely looking forward to my one opportunity of eating a potato on day two!  Also, I have been drinking SO much water, that I might as well stay on the potty!  Wish us luck...we still have 6 more days!