Nov 12, 2013
Today was such a nice and magickal day! I burned butterfly incense for change and transformation and good luck. From my butterfly honey pot I got bought from White Magick Alchemy. *Whispers -- my favorite shop*
To start off todays adventure I forgot that in the morning there will be frost on my windows! DUH! I'm use to going to work in the middle of the afternoon...
I was in a great mood all day long. Thinking of the wonderful butterfly resin I had burned in the morning to bring me good luck all day long. I learned new things today at work. In less than a year in and I've made it from night shift, two months later to evenings. And now just 9 months in, day shift! Excited to start my life back up. My magickal life! My family life! My married life!
Over the past several months of going back into a nursing home setting to work, I have missed out on a lot. My grand kid's sports over the summer. My grandson Dante played football for the first time this year! And Evey continued with track. It felt like life and my family was just passing me by. I've missed holiday and other family get togethers. I've missed out on going to movies w/ my husband because I don't get many weekends off. Maybe a weekend, or part of a weekend every 2 months. :'(
I've missed Sabbats, I've missed candle and other magickal crafting. And being involved in my craft. I was so in tune, so at peace, so happy. My house was clean. I could hold a ritual at any time of the day or night. But then the bills come due and one has to get a job again that pay the bills...
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Jul 19, 2013
Do you ever feel sad, and pushed down by your job? Because regular jobs pretty much focus on pointing out that you are doing wrong - no matter what your doing. Do you ever feel like your not doing what your meant to be doing...
Tags: True potential
Jul 13, 2013
I have been debating whether to write about my situation yesterday or not. I arrived at the decision that I always feel better after writing.
There is a sick person on facebook seeking out Passion Parties consultants on the Passion Parties fb page. On the premise that he is looking for help and then sends pictures of his penis, and talks perverted. But is very apologetic about the pictures. And its not clear immediately that he is being perverted. We are in the business of helping people. And are good hearted people. And it is very offensive to be treated like we are sexual deviants or prostitutes! Just because we sell sexual products does not make us one particular kind of person. We are Diverse! We are Inspiring! We are Vibrant! We are Accomplished! We are DIVA's!
I've gone through a huge range of emotions. It is so sad and pathetic that in this day and age with all the things that there are to do online and offline in our lives that people still choose to harass people as an activity!
I don't know that much can be done from facebook. I did report him. But he doesn't contact us through facebook messenger. He texts our phones.
Never again will I be so anxious for a sale and to be successful that I will not listen to my warning bells going off. And I'm going to read a book that my sponsor suggested a long time ago for me. It's about listening to those alarms your body is sending you. This has really effected me and bothered me in a big big way. So I will probably do a banishing ritual, clearing negativity ritual of some sort.
Because if Passion Parties ended today for whatever reason I am proud of the success that I have already had in the business! I am proud that I have not given up. I am proud that I got to go to convention my very 1st year in thanks to my parents & my sister. I'm proud of the connections I've made, the people I've met, the personal growth I've had. I'm proud of all of it. I will one day have a successful team and be a successful executive director in passion parties one day! So this situation will not destroy me. It makes me wiser. Reminds me that even though I live in a small quiet western town, there are still perverts out there that are apparently very bored and not very smart. *lol*
Jun 30, 2013
Today it occurred to me that I AM becoming the person I used to dream of being. The person I wanted to be a long time ago. The person I used to wish I was. Then I stopped wishing, and started working on becoming the person I want to be. In magick you don't just wish and poof something happens. Thats hollywood magic, stage magic. Which is not real. But a trick. In spiritual magick. You work towards your goal to manifest it. I used to think, I could never be one of those straight girls. In my mind you were someone that I was. Party girl, or one of the very very religious women that wear dresses and those bonnets. But there is another alternative. ME! Clean me! Earthy me! Me Me Me! alcohol free, drug free (recreational/illegal and prescription). Clean eating me. No pop, or soda. *giggles* depending on where you live you may call it soda, you may call it pop... No fried foods. Well I've definately decreased my fried foods. Still working on the french fry connection. I do not eat any breaded food, pasta, cookies, breads, cakes, brownies, donuts or the like.
Funny that I have also manifested myself into a gluten-free diet. I am gluten intolerant. I had really really wanted to be on a paleo lifestyle. So its actually kind of funny that through my health i'm making my way there. I'd say gluten-free is a huge step in the right direction. Even if forced into it...I've often thought, maybe thats the only way I could become gluten-free.
I never thought a day would arrive that I am comfortable in my own skin. Comfortable being myself, and letting others see that self. But I do see light at the end of the tunnel. I am a happy pagan!
Jun 21, 2013
Tags: Litha; summer solstice
Jun 6, 2013
Who cares if some people who work in offices think incorrect things about me. They don't really know me. My family knows me. My friends know me. I know me. The Universe knows me.
Everything happens for a reason. Maybe I'm suppose to move on and its okay, and it is the right time to move on. I've been a C.N.A. for 7 years. I've learned, I've experienced, I've endured. There is now an opening for C.N.A.'s at an emergency room / clinic. And they will assist us in becoming M.A.'s if you like. Which I think that I would like to learn something new, advance in my career. But not in the direction of becoming a nurse.
I'm so tired of breaking my back lifting residents that won't help. The administration's answer to all the residents doing what she needs them to do is to 'just flirt with them'. And that is from the mouth of our D.O.N. wow! That is outside the scope of my practice for my job. If a resident can not stand they should be using a lift. But I get punched in the cheek bone for doing that & then almost fired because I had a natural reaction to scream out god dammit. hmmm... odd behavior on my part. I know... Especially since I've already been suffering with neuralgia on that whole side of my face and head for the last 5 years from shingles. My trigemenal nerve is effected. And people just do not understand that nerve damage does not mean its broken & has less pain. It means that it is ultra sensitive and has waaaaay more pain.
What I really really want for myself -is to be a successful Passion Parties Independent Consultant. I haven't yet been able to be successful with it in the small community that I live in. Not to say that I won't ever be. I'm not giving up yet.
So back to the title of my post - Keep Up The Positive. Just because I feel sad for a moment. Does not mean I have to STAY in that moment. :)
I am a witch
I am at one with the Earth, the Universe, and the Divine
I walk my path in peace
free from strife and fear
I always allow love and joy to come near
So mote it be
Blessed Be )O(
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May 8, 2013
Juniper Berries are a very fragrant herb. I love their dark purple/blue/black color. Their magickal properties are many. Did you know that the ancient greeks burned juniper to prevent illnesses, even the black plague.
When chewed the berries combat bad breath and aid to heal damaged gums. Juniper oil is used for a variety of ailments including digestive problems, kidney and bladder. Those with kidney disease should avoid it though. In aromatherapy juniper is often found in rub blends as juniper detoxifies & relaxes the body.
Juniper - Juniperus Communis
Element - Fire
Planet - Jupiter
Properties - protection, warding off evil, combating hexes, psychic powers, attract good health.
Hang juniper at your door to ward off evil people, spirits, and ill health in your home.
Wear juniper for protection agaisnt animal attacks, & accidents.
Juniper has long been burned to ward off evil. Added to any love charm, spell, incense, amulet increases the male power significantly.
Sources: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Prompt: Pagan "Coming out of the broom closet day"
National Coming out of the Broom Closet day was May 3rd. I am already out to my parents & sister. I didn't make any grand announcement to the rest of my family because my family is very loving and accepting of each other no matter what. A few of my friends know. My biggest shock came though when my neighbor who also used to be a co-worker of mine for 6 years all of a sudden asked me - "So how long have your been into witchcraft" She even told me I should have seen the look on my face! I can not even imagine. Because I remember choking and stumbling on my words. Turns out she is too! I had one friend at work I had been talking to about this before I left. And he kept telling me that I'd be surprised how many people are like me. I just kept saying who, and not believing him.
We live in a small town in Wyoming. A lot of mormons. But witches?? Where?- I would think. And little by little I have see people accepting and thinking along the same lines I do. And that people were not as judgmental as I thought they would be.
Our fear is always much bigger than peoples actual reactions...
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Apr 29, 2013
Beltane has a lot of personal and spiritual meaning for me. I remember celebrating May Day as a child. So there is that connection to childhood. My grandma that I was very very close to passed away on may day. As I have probably mentioned more than once or twice in blog posts before *giggles* - Beltane is also very special to me because it is the very first sabbat I learned about & celebrated. I realized who and what I was March 27th 2011 & immediately started researching holidays. Beltane was SO close that I almost didn't get a maypole candle. But thanx to the wonderful quick work of White Magick Alchemy, I was able to have my very 1st sabbat candle & celebrate Beltane in style.
Beltane is a time of rebirth, & change. Which I feel a strong connection to. I personally have been going through a lot of changes in my life. Personal growth big time through this past year. Have overcome lots of personal obstacles & fears.
I have become more open with my religion. Even at work! *lol* I'm careful who I talk to about it though.
Apr 23, 2013
For week 18 of 2013 is the letter I.
Incense really stood out for me. I found out about natural loose incense two years ago when first learning about the craft. It didn't take long before I wanted to try creating my own. I've made an 'autumn forest' blend that I just love burning. They are not as difficult as you would think. A little of this. A bit of that... (we will lead into my recipe later)
First lets start with what you will be burning your incense in? A small cauldron is what I use for mine. A small die cast iron cauldron. Then I have red rock, and I set a self igniting charcoal disc (after lighting it from the bottom) on the red rock. You can also use sand instead of redrock. I bet colored sand would look very pretty!
All of these items can be purchased at witch shops, eclectic stores, e-bay, etsy...
You can get a lot more charcoal discs for your money at e-bay. I like to support witch shops. But when I'm low on money I go to e-bay and try to find the ones with no shipping. *lol*
Witch Shops/Eclectic Stores:
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Now that we have something to burn our fabulous incense in. Let create it!
What kind of incense do we want to create? Shall we craft it under a full moon? The waxing moon? Do you want to create it as a part of your ritual or sabbat celebration? Or just in the middle of the afternoon on a whim? All up to you.
Star with what you know you love and experiment. I write down everything I craft in crafts and spells book. The pages will later be decorated and added to my big B.O.S. (Book of Shadows)
I love frankincense and myrrh. So I knew that I wanted frankincense & myrrh resin in my blend. I wanted a woodsy scent too. So I added a couple drops of pine and woodrose pure essential oils. With my mortar and pestle I grinded herbs such as rosemary, sage, cinnamon stick, dragonsblood. I put my frankincense and myrrh resin in there too. A wonderful woodsy aroma is what I ended up with.
Since I do not know ahead of time what I will end up with, if I will like it or not. I use just very small amounts of each item. Pure essential oils are very strong. So it usually does not take much. Start with 1 drop, and see if you like it. Add more if its not enough for you. Crafting items is all about experimentation for me. Your not going to come up with 'Witches Brew' the very first time you mix together some herbs and resins. *lol* But you just might come up with something that you do like a lot. And with practice you will learn more about the herbs and ingredients your using.
Always use clean tools. Clean your tools immediately after using them. Never use the same dropper for more than 1 essential oil. Keep the caps on your essential oils, as they are concentrated and will evaporate very very quickly. I always seal my herbs back up right away too.
What To Store Your New Incense In: I use medicine bottles that I have washed out very well, jars with lids, I have purchased small apothecary bottles for the oils I craft. I mostly use old medicine bottles and draw a pentacle on them so I know they are for magick only. And try to get the medical label off as much as possible.
Apr 15, 2013
Pagan Blog Project 2013 Letter H. Week 16 / April 12
Herbs - This weeks project blog was really hard for me. Finding something that I know about, that starts with the letter "h". Long before I even started on my pagan path I always 'knew' that for all the western medicine we have for everything, there exists natural herb remedies. Nature provides everything for us to be able to live off the land naturally. I love learning about the healing properties of herbs. My favorite herbs to work with are lavender and rosemary. Both healing herbs. Rosemary was used in ancient times in both weddings and funerals. Rosemary is my favorite oil to wear as a perfume or cologne. Rosemary was used for good luck in wedding ceremonies, as well as to aid loved ones to a good journey in the other world. Wear a rosemary oil blend to ease joint pain, back aches. Burn a couple of drops in water in an essential oil diffuser to increase mental clarity, while studying. I also like to rub on my temples to improve memory daily. Of course meat & potatoes flavored with your home grown rosemary is just awesome!
Rosemary is also a gentle benevolent and binding herb. And therefore is used in many love spells and rituals. Plant rosemary by your front door to ward off evil & keep harmony in the family home. Add essential rosemary oil to your shampoo to increase hair growth!
Magickal Properties of Rosemary: good luck, cleanses, rid negativity, protection, purification, improve memory, love, sleep. Is often substituted for frankincense. Rosemary can be used as a substitute for any other herb because of its range of magical powers.
Lavender: Lavender is a love herb. A common ingredient in love spells. Lavender brings peace, joy, and healing to the home. Added to your bath water at the end of the day to ease the stresses of the day, relaxation, ease anxiety and headaches. Place a sachet of lavender under your pillow at night to help aid sleep. Throw lavender into your Midsummer's bonfire as an offering to the Gods and Goddesses. The folk name for lavender is 'Elf Leaf'. Perhaps this is why it is associated with Beltane and Midsummer / Midsummer's Eve...
Lavender also protects against cruel treatment at the hands of a spouse if worn.The flowers are also burned or smouldered to induce sleep and rest, and are scattered about the home to maintain its peacefulness. The plant is so powerful that, if when depressed, one gazes upon the plant all sorrowwill depart and a joyous will settle upon the observer.The odour of Lavender is conducive to long life, and should be smelled as often as possible.Lavender is also used in healing mixtures, carried to see ghosts and worn to protect against the evil eye. It is added to purification baths.Despite Lavender's love associations, in the Renaissance it was believed that lavender together with rosemary, if worn, would preserve a woman's chastity.A wish divination: Place Lavender under your pillow while thinking of your wish. Do this just prior to retiring for the night. In the morning, if you have dreamt of anything relating to your wish, it will come true. However, if you did not dream, or if they were unconnected with your wish, it will not manifest.
Resource: Herbs Trees & Fungi
In the beginning of writing this post I thought it would be very difficult. It was very difficult finding a subject that would interest me & that I had some knowledge of, beginning with the letter H. But it came easy to me to write about lavender and rosemary. They are my favorite herbs to work with. I have been in the craft for 2 years now. Actually, Beltane will mark 2 years. Lavender and Rosemary are the only oils I have made. I learned by experimentation that lavender oil is great for itchy bug bites and athletes foot!
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Apr 11, 2013
Pagan Blog Prompt: Coven v.s. Solitary Practice.
I am a solitary practitioner by circumstance. But I do not mind it being that way. Sometimes I wish I had a mentor. Someone to teach me the old ways of the craft. So I try to choose wise books and websites to learn from. But sometimes the best way to learn is by experience. At this point I do not have any interest to be in a coven. I have no idea what would be expected of me. Structured studying? no thanks! As a solitary I can learn what I want, when I want, at the pace I want. I'm learning several things at one time. I'm fulfilling my dream of crafting my own candles, learning about herbs & oils, as well as Celtic & Egyptian Pantheons.
I started on my path 2 years ago. I started by searching about the Sabbats. Beltane was my very 1st Sabbat to celebrate, before I even knew anything at all about paganism, the craft, etc... I'd have to say the first and most important things I learned by an online school Witch-School. I had to drop it later on because of finances. But plan to resume. And over the last two years I feel that I have moved from a Wicca interest much more to a green witch. It is the green witch that I feel is more 'me'. A more ancient & natural path is the one that I am more drawn to. But I find it difficult to say to other people outside of the craft "I am a witch". So, if presented with that I would say I am pagan. Because after all, I am that too ;)
I have enjoyed my solitary practice. Creating my own altars, my own sacred space. Creating my own garden inside and outside of my home. I can have a ritual, dedication, anytime and anywhere I want. I do not have to wait to get together with a formal get together time. I live in a small town in Wyoming. Mormons to my left, Mormons across the street from me. *lol* I have no let it widely known of my spirituality. But I'm beginning to. I don't like having to keep it a secret. I'm so proud of who and what I am. It has been a long journey here. I've never been happier.
To wonder and be curious about something most of your life, then to FINALLY be a part of it. Well thats just a wonderful peaceful feeling. Like a huge weight lifted. To find out the things I dreamed of in my dreams is real! Its not a fantasy in my head.
Tags: Pagan Blog Prompts
Apr 8, 2013
Yay!! First of my new books in more than a year.
Can hardly wait to receive my essential oils, herbs, witches brew incense!
Apr 5, 2013
Beltane is very special to me. I've been on my pagan path for 2 years now. And Beltane pretty much marks that spot, as Beltane was the very 1st sabbat I celebrated. My awakening to who I truly am occurred on April 27th 2011. I immediately started searching for what the holidays are & how they are celebrated. So I scurried to put together a Beltane celebrating. *giggles* Very very memorable day. Spring & Autumn are my favorite seasons. Always have been. I remember celebrating May Day as a child. And my maternal grandma passed away on May Day. I was extremely close to her. So perhaps I feel like I'm also celebrating our love on that day. Wow, barely got through that sentence w/out a tear! After 12 years, still so heart breaking...
I include my family with celebrating the sabbats. And I just hate it that I'm working that night. Which also takes away any celebrations I would have done that day as well.
I want to go to Red Gulch dinasour digs outside of Greybull. I love taking the kids there. I have a geocache hidden there also. So I enjoy checking on that too. It's so peaceful out there! And when we are leaving at sunset. O.M.G. Gorgeous!! I was thinking of making some soft mead again too. And trying to track down a recipe alternate for bread. As I can not have any of the traditional pagan cakes, breads, etc.. because of my glute-free diet needs.
I always enjoy lighting my beltane candles in ritual, with its pretty maypole ribbons! And using my faerie incense.
It's no wonder I luv Beltane so much. I'm all about the faeries. And Beltane is one perfect time to commune with the faeries. Spring & faeries just go together ;)
Apr 2, 2013
Best air-filtering houseplants, according to NASA | MNN - Mother Nature Network
I would love to have my home filled with various plants! A plan of action for the spring ;)
Apr 1, 2013
Be grateful for everything. Be grateful for the dirty dishes. Because not everyone has food to put onto their plates. Be grateful for those arguments with our children. Because one day they will have knowledge to pass on and your arguments were not wasted after all. Because they DID hear your words. They were just too young to appreciate your wisdom.
Be grateful for the grass we have to mow this summer. Because some people have only dirt!
Having gratitude is to appreciate every simple thing in this life and to acknowledge it for all of its beauty. Whether we understand it or not is not for us to say. To not appreciate it is to throw away the gift.
Gratitude is a part of the Law of Attraction. If we express gratitude for the little things in our lives, larger things are to follow! After all, we can't simply be thankful for only the huge gifts. We have to be able to appreciate the smaller ones first. Then the Universe will bring to us the larger gifts, the ones that we really really want. The law of attraction is 'like attracts like'.
When we are negative, sad, wishful for what we do not have. Then the universe brings more of the same. When we are positive, grateful, thankful, kind to others, the universe brings more of the same! It's not always an easy practice. But you know what they say.
Practice makes perfect...
'What you focus on is what you create'
The Magic Secret - a little facebook group I created for those reading the books
& applying the practice to their lives...
Tags: Pagan Blog Project 2013
My life is not where I want it to be. I am not living a life I love, or even want. It's just so hard to correct it. It doesn't happen overnight, and I'm impatient. I'm a passion parties independent consultant. But thats my 2nd job. I want it to be my full time job, and leave nursing. I'm a CNA also. Thats the job that I pay my bills with. I'm not even happy with where I live anymore. No metaphysical shops of any kind to speak of. Not even in the big city. Billings, Montana is where everyone here in small town Wyoming goes to shop. And I couldn't find any there that were still open. I've been with Passion Parties a year. And not where I want to be in the company. I buy supplies for my business from craft stores for prizes and samples. It is so irritating to not be able to just go to a store locally - because one does not exist.
So now I can not get what I need magickly, or mundane. I love passion parties. I love everything about passion parties. I love my spirituality. Finding my spirituality, was finding my true path. My way in life. So why does it feel like I'm being denied both! Passion Parties & Paganism are so similar too! Both are all about positive energy, personal growth,
I live in a small town. I haven't really had a great response with passion parties where I live. They act like they don't have sex. When I mention what I do, I get ' oh I don't need any help in that area" - Small Town + Mormon religion= no sex? I don't believe it. But if I move then I am looking at the same situation. No close circle of friends to support me. If you don't have a circle of friends to support you in what you are compassionate about, you don't have a jumping board...
Keep wondering if I should move to a larger area though. Where communities are more open about sex.
Perhaps with moving to the evening shift and getting off of night shift will help my passion parties business. I love helping people. And the parties are SO much fun. SO many laughs! I'm always on cloud 9 after a party. I don't know why everyone wouldnt want to do this for a living. We get to earn trips to exotic resorts, gifts from our corporate office. We get so much help and tips from seasoned consultants, our corporate team, tutorials, documents... I just went to annual convention in Las Vegas and O! M! G!!! SO exciting. We won HUGE prizes, got the scoop on new products, got to see the new catalogs FIRST, we got to learn more about how to enhance our business's. And first timers get to go to special learning pods to learn how to break through our mental barriers we might have. I am a team leader. Next year hope to be executive director!!! Its a very long jump. But I want it very much.
Mar 6, 2013
Pagan Blog Project: Prompt Week 10 – E
Egyptian Goddess Isis
Isis is known as an all goddess. Goddess of rebirth. She is the first daughter of God Geb and Goddess Nut. Geb God of the Earth. Nut Goddess to the overarching sky. Isis was born between the first days of creation and was revered by her human followers from the beginning. In ancient times she was known to listen to the prayers of all peoples. No matter their status. She spent much time among her people, unlike the other Egyptian deities. She taught women to weave baskets & cloth, make bread, grind corn. Isis taught her people skills of reading, agriculture, and was worshipped as the goddess of medicine and wisdom.
Isis is always pictured carrying an ankh. This is how we can identify Isis from other Egyptian imagery. She is often pictured with a throne on her head as well.
Isis became known as the complete female. Goddess of all. With all of the great power that Isis possess it is no wonder that she is the one who stood out strong to me when I was lost.
I believe that Isis came to me. I did not seek her out. I was at a low time in my life, and new to the craft. I was searching for a ritual to help me decide whether to leave my husband or to stay, or what to do. I began searching the Internet. EVERYTHING came up Isis. Isis candles, prayers to Isis, Isis cleansing bath ritual, Isis... Isis... Isis... It was very overwhelming and obvious. I chose a simple bath ritual. I had all the supplies I needed (being new to the craft I didn't have many tools, herbs..)
I used a purple chime candle. The way this candle melted and formed is still very powerful. It looks like an overflowing vessel, with liquid dripping down and flowing over the top of it.
Now came the interpretation. Was Isis telling me I have had my fill. I have endured long enough, taken enough crap. That my vessel is full. That I am overflowing with sadness and despair.
For me spiritually, personally Isis is always there for me. When I do my daily devotions with Isis I feel so much energy, so revitalized afterwards. Like the whole sun is shining inside of me. I turn to her in healing, when I am under the weather. She is always there to lift me up and listen to my problems. And I am here to honor her and make her proud to be my mother, goddess of all.
Is feeling pretty and good about myself a bad thing? Is spoiling myself once in a blue moon uncalled for?
My nails I got done locally at Shear Design! wooohoo!!
Feb 20, 2013
So, I had to call all my clients & tell them I can't come clean their homes/give them baths. I felt irresponsible, and stupid. Like duh! I obviously can not eat certain things anymore. Why am I so damn stubborn! I am feeling better because of how I have changed my diet. That does not mean that I can go back to my old eating habits.
Just like when someone is depressed and feels better. Or takes an antibiotic. You can't just stop taking your medicine because you feel better. You feel better BECAUSE the medicine is working!!
I do not have celiac disease. Which is very good. But for some reason, halfway through my life. (I'm 46 years old) I can not have certain anythings anymore. I have an ulcer that doesn't feel too great. So I can not have lemonade, juices, most fruits or anything acidic. I can't even have apples. Which people don't really think of being acidic. But they make me nauseous too. And too much acid, or dairy aggravates my ulcer. Glutenous foods effect my stomach and my whole entire body. So my food choices have changed in a big big way. I do not eat bread, I do not eat anything like cake, brownies, cupcakes, pancakes, foods that are breaded or battered. Nothing with flour or whey. Such as buns, tortillas, no crackers, no chips (unless they are all natural blue corn), no saltines. No gravies, no pasta. And I quit drinking my 3 bottles of orange sunkist pop a day too :)
BUT I have lost 25 lbs woohoo!!! It's SO much fun buying new clothes, and fitting back into old ones that still look & feel like new! wooohoo!!!