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afternoon, y'all.

by caroline

Whew! It has been a very productive day so far! I kicked off the morning with a 3.2-mile trail run and then I squeezed in some quick strength moves at home with this workout from Oxygen magazine:

I couldn’t seem to find the workout on the mag’s Website, so I took a photo instead. I used 8-10 lb dumbbells and did the circuit twice. In case you can’t see it, the circuit was 8-12 reps of squats, back rows, hammer curls, dumbbell lunges, good mornings, push-ups, lateral shoulder raises, step-ups on a bench, triceps dips and Pilates 100s. I swapped the bench in the step-ups and used an actual step, and I also traded the good mornings for deadlifts with a weight in each hand because I don’t have a weighted bar.

I liked this workout! I think it is especially helpful for those days when you are pressed for time, but need to squeeze a bit of sweat time in. I was done with this in about 15-17 minutes!

After that, I decided to make you another video and tell you all about the Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse and the final verdict on how I feel after two weeks with limited sugar. Check it out:

Want to give your sugar habit the boot? Check out Jennifer Fugo‘s Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse. You might also want to consider getting your hands on one or two of these books for a wealth of knowledge about how to live a healthy life in the presence of a sugar-ridden society:

For your viewing pleasure: Dr. Robert Lustig gave a very interesting lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” that was posted on YouTube in July 2009. In the video, Lustig makes a case for why sugar is “toxic” and runs through a host of interesting facts about the American culture’s addiction to sugar.

As for me, I am definitely on at better track. During the cleanse, I learned so much about how my consumption of sugar can be curbed by the mere acknowledgement that I am leaning on it as a habit rather than something I really need in my life.

Next up? Figuring out how to make gluten- and sugar-free Snickers bars. It’s bound to happen, right? ;)