This and that

My mom just had her annual blood test and she remains cancer free!  Yes!!!

Courtney informed me that she’d like to get married in a Spiderman wedding dress.

Sarah left a long message for my parents on their answering machine, yes, an answering machine, by ending with, ‘please press 1 to end this call or press 2 for more options!’  Hilarious!

The Bradbury clan has never shown nor mentioned anything about Transformers, yet Sarah and Courtney are obsessed with them.  Thanks Luke and Alex.  😉

I LOVE Siri!  (If you don’t know what this is, Google it.  It’s an awesome iPhone feature).

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I’m going through somewhat of a mid-life crisis as I am just over a month away from a BIG birthday. With that, I’ll be celebrating in various ways for about a month!

Oh, the girls have requested 3 brothers!  Um, not!!!  I would love to have 1-2 though…more dogs!  😉

In the 2.5 weeks since my cortisone shot, my back is much better! Yay!  Hopefully I can cease training as a couch potato soon!

If anyone needs to hire an incredible announcer, contact Scott. He truly does have a gift for it!

I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving!

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The Cleanse

I endured and it wasn’t so bad, not nearly as difficult as I’d anticipated.  I was quite apprehensive with the thought of no caffeine, no dairy, no beef, no gluten, no chocolate (gasp)!, no vino, and only 1 meal of solid foods per day…for 21 days!

Week one was a breeze as I was excited to execute this ‘goal.’  9 pounds were shed and my typical bloating was gone within the first 5 days too!  Week 2, well that was a bit of a downer.  Although I felt energetic and über healthy, I missed having solid meals.  Plus the few times I tried to work out, I had absolutely no energy, my legs felt empty. And, I only jogged for 20 minutes each time. But note, although the book encourages working out in order to aid in the detox process, it says not to do so intensely.  I totally agree!  So if you’re an athlete, only consider doing this in your time off or in your off-season.

By week three, I could see the light so it was easier to stick with it. One word really summed up this last week though, fear.  Fear that when I completed this I’d either gorge or I’d be afraid to eat anything.  What do you think I did???

My main reason for doing this was to eliminate most foods which typically cause GI issues, which I’ve struggled with for years.  (For those of you who don’t know: last year I was diagnosed with ischemic colitis, but as of a couple months ago, it was deemed gone.  Yet I still had issues, so it must be food).  I slowly added gluten back first and felt just fine.  Unfortunately,  due to back issues, I was not allowed to workout so I really have no idea if running will continue to be a problem.  That being said, I really need to do this cleanse again after I have clearance to resume training.  Regardless, this was certainly not a waste!  My mind and body really do feel different, I’m not certain how to explain it though, but it’s all good!

It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been off and I still feel this difference although my body is ‘polluted’ once again.  I’ve been eating gluten, consuming caffeine, eating some chocolate, but dairy, that’s what I’ve had the least of.  Prior to the cleanse, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, and milk were a large part of my diet.  In the aftermath, I’ve been using  primarily almond milk in my cereal and have only had a little cheese .  Weird considering I used to crave and eat it all so much.  My weight has only increased by 4 pounds, but I expected that, you have to…unless you stay on the cleanse your entire life.  And the purpose of this for me wasn’t weight loss as it’s not a diet.  It’s a detox.  Note however, they do recommend a way in which to eat for a lifetime by cutting out certain foods.  Again, not for weight loss, but to deter diseases, allergies, cancer, and a plethora of other ailments.

To be clear, I didn’t follow it a 100% either as I didn’t take any supplements, nor did I partake in, shall I say, waste management.   I could have done it, I simply chose not to. The key to all this is to be VERY organized!  There are a ton of fresh ingredients you need to prepare all the smoothies for b-fast and dinner, let alone all the solid meals for lunch.  I swear I was at the grocery store every other day for the first 10 days as things were either difficult to find or they went bad within a couple of days. That was the hardest part!

So, do I recommend reading Clean and doing the cleanse?  Heck yeah!  And this is coming from someone who has always been incredibly skeptical of ALL cleanses!  You can bet your bottom dollar I will be doing this at least once a year now and maybe even one day weekly!!!

The Big News!!!

It’s official, our new baby has arrived!:

In a nutshell, there are oodles of changes going on around here!  Our current website, MaryBradbury. com, will become obsolete shortly (not of our choosing) so we will need to build a new one.  In the meantime, know that our coaching business is officially off the ground and is taking on new clients.  For those of you who don’t know Scott and me, we are far from newbies to all this.  We’ve been athletes and coaches for many years.  The bulk of our clients in years past have been triathletes, but many were runners and swimmers too.  We’ve trained people of all backgrounds and experience levels, from those brand new to the sports arena to those who have qualified for the ITU World Championships.  And you know what?  We wouldn’t have it any other way as they all inspire us every day.  So, if you want to get off the couch for the first time and/or see how much you can accomplish, let us do all the thinking and planning.  Just contact me at mbtri@mac.com or Scott at stbradbury@me.com and we’ll get you all set up!

Happy training!

Mary & Scott Bradbury

Co-owners of Bradbury Fitness LLC