Milk Free and Monday.

Lately I feel like my to-do list is threatening to take over my life. But I’m also feeling like I’m kicking serious butt at it, so I’m pretty pleased.

Friday afternoon I started working on a presentation I’m giving next weekend and decided I needed to have my own powerpoint theme to match my blog. That’s what we call branding, y’all!


The finished product is a little less distracting and a little more awesome.

Don’t worry, things got more interesting after that.

I went for my usual Friday afternoon workout and my trainer decided to give me a challenge. His idea? Spend the whole weekend completely and totally 100% dairy free.  Not just skipping milk or butter, but actually reading ingredient labels to check for lurking dairy products.

For a girl who eats cheese with cheese sauce and chases that with milk, this is a challenge indeed.

Naturally, I accepted.

I went straight from the gym to pick up this little guy:

That seemingly innocent little pill had the task of shutting down my adrenal glands on Friday night for a special blood test.  If you think it’s weird to take a pill that you know will cause your organs to stop working, you’re absolutely right. If I could have come up with a way to tweet about it without sounding like I was somehow suicidal or on the edge of death I would have about a thousand times. I’m definitely a drama queen, but there are still some lines I won’t cross.

The reason for the drama of this test was to follow up after the results of my 24-hour cortisol test (you know, that whole post I wrote about pee). My cortisol level was right on the borderline of normal and high so we just wanted to be sure everything is okay.

So on Saturday morning my first stop was the lab to get my blood drawn. I have a bad history of passing out during blood draws but I did really well and managed to chat with the tech the entire time. I did have to down an entire coke afterward to get my head to stop spinning BUT I didn’t black out. I consider that the luck of the Irish.

It was, after all, a very St. Patrick’s Day appropriate morning out:



After I had some breakfast I sat down with my Mom and watched a little bit of HGTV – but I was suddenly hit by the need to actually get up and DO some projects instead of just watching other people do them on TV.  And so I spent the entire day working on my “apartment” in the basement, only taking a short break to run to Ikea with Kathy and Russ.

Here’s a little sneak peek of what I accomplished on Saturday:



After Ikea, we went to Red Lobster where, I have to warn you, they only have about 2 options for people with dairy allergies. I know because the manager brought me their allergen guidelines and just about everything either has dairy in it or may have cross-contamination issues.

On Sunday I tried to finish up some projects and, you know, rest since that’s the point of the weekend. I’m excited to get actually finished and be able to show off all my work!

Sunday night I settled in with Mr. L to watch the first episode of Frozen Planet. I love me some documentaries, and I loved Planet Earth – but I absolutely LOVE watching L watch animals on TV. He was fighting to stay awake until the end but the show moved fast enough to hold his interest.

I’d love to know what he’s thinking!

And now if you’re waiting to hear the dramatic conclusion about my dairy-free weekend, I will tell you that I successfully avoided dairy the entire time. I did not cheat even once. So there’s a bigger lesson in there about if I could do something as extreme as avoiding dairy all weekend I surely could stick to a simpler kind of restriction all the time or some such thing – but who likes a story that comes with strings, right?

I hope your weekend was awesome and that your Monday is off to a good start. Personally, I’m looking at my to-do list again and thinking maybe I want a nap.

What did you do this weekend?


  • Reply
    Sarah S.
    March 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I still can’t figure out how I managed to be a vegan for almost a year because I love cheese. Going a whole weekend sounds impossible now! Also, I’m with you on watching dogs watch animals. Rufus loves to go stare at aquariums when we got to the pet store. I want to get a 100 gallon tank for him because he’s so into it.

    • Reply
      March 21, 2012 at 8:04 am

      I love cheese too. It ends up in at least one of my meals every day. On Monday it was in every single meal I ate. But going without it wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be but it wasn’t much fun either. I don’t like thinking so hard about my food. Maybe that’s why I’m at this point (womp womp).

      I haven’t taken Latte to the pet store in ages! I need to do that sometime soon cause we definitely have some shopping to do.

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