always in the back of my mind

by purelytwins

Happy Sunday luvs!!!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend 🙂 Ours is flying by!



Saturday we both felt like going for a run.

Lori: I laced up  my Mizuno Wave shoes put on a few layers, grabbed my Gymboss Interval Timer and hit the pavement.  When I got back from my interval run I did some equalizer ab work. Michelle and I are trying to do the L-shape ab hold for as long as we can. Plus did some basic stretching.  I felt pretty good.  Got a few side cramps during my run plus it was super cold out that my face felt frozen by the time I got back.  But I really enjoyed waking up and going for a morning run yesterday.  I had all those endorphins running through me as I was so happy.

run workout

Michelle : I slept in a little and got up around 7 and decided to go ahead and get my workout in first thing! Texted Lori to get up too, to go for her run. I was feeling good physically and mentally, so decided to go for a run. Used my gymboss timer to do an interval run of 5 rounds of 2 min run with a 1 min walk. I felt great the whole time!! Yay!



Lori’s Saturday highlights:


After texting with Michelle after our morning run we both felt like something a little ‘fun’ for breakfast. Pancakes to the rescue hehe

I throughly enjoyed my carob coconut pancakes with coffee! It was sad when they were all gone. I felt so content and still felt like all my endorphines were with me as I still felt so happy. Plus eating yummy pancakes helps 😉

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Jax helped me with some work and studying.  And, yes, it looks like a hurricane came through my dining room.  I apologize for the mess, I really need to clean up Jax’s mess today.


I enjoyed a late lunch of romaine filled beef liver meatballs, little ground turkey and some sautéed kale and zucchini slices topped with coconut oil.  Delicious!  I always forget how much I enjoy romaine filled lettuce wraps. Note to self I need to eat them more!


Last night was a girls night with some of my girlfriends before we all met up with the boys at a local bar afterwards.  I enjoyed a few glasses of white wine. It was a great night!! Like I mentioned on my instagram picture last night I finally was able to look in the mirror and say wow I feel PRETTY. After these past 3 years of dealing with horrible cystic acne I finally feel I am  getting my clear skin again.

Though dealing with acne for so many years and now having a clear complexion I always seem to have the thought of my face breaking out again in the back of my mind!

Like,  oh if I eat this, my face will break out? Oh, if I stress over that, my face will break out? How long is my clear skin going to last? Those are just some of the thoughts that run through my head when I see myself in the mirror.

Then I stop and tell myself I AM BEAUTIFUL!  I am worth it! And  smile and say positive things about myself. Remember our mind is powerful, we need to stay positive!! Now I am more aware of my body and learning what foods affect my skin.  I will continue to love and respect my body!

I have come so far in my journey to get clear skin again and I know my journey is not over yet. I know I might still breakout from time to time but overall I am SOOO happy with how my face is doing.  I will continue to stop those negative thoughts in my mind and overcome them with positivity!


Before heading out I enjoyed a salmon, sardine, avocado, lettuce nori wrap with olive oil and a side of steamed rutabaga. Love my nori wraps, which I am all out of, so need to get more from Whole Foods. Love the addition of seaweed in my diet through nori wraps and dulse flakes! My two favorites. Still feel like I am doing really well with eating avocados again.

Lori’s recap:

I did take my morning and dinner supplements along with enjoying some sugar-free marshmallows,

I was happy all day long yesterday. I just felt great even though I went very, very little poo in the morning, I experienced no pain or gas. Which in the past, I would blow up like a balloon. So that is an improvement! Drank about 8 cups of water plus had some wine with friends.  Like I mentioned above my skin is doing well. I have no major complaints or new issues with that. I know I might still get a pimple from time to time, but I feel more confident in handling the pimple or breakout!! Never thought I would say that. My back acne is still somewhat there, but really the bumps are less inflamed and now dealing with red scars on my back.

Michelle’s Saturday Recap:

sat eats

Enjoyed a wonderful day of food 🙂 And digestion was good all day.  Breakfast was carob coconut pancakes with bacon and an egg and coconut oil on top.

Lunch was a nori wrap with salmon, avocado and raw broccoli slaw with coconut oil.

Dinner was brussel sprouts, bok choy and grass-fed rib eye steak! And I did keep the meat on the raw side.

I did take my morning and dinner supplements, did enjoy sugar-free marshmallows and took 2 HCL before my dinner. I got my water in and had success in the bathroom (just once).

Overall a great day. I had energy, no major digestion problems, although was very full from my dinner 😉  I did enjoy 2 glasses of red wine last night. It was a great night for me too!

banana bars

I also made some gluten-free vegan banana chocolate chip bars for the mom and older sis to enjoy 😉 They said they missed my baking…I do too!  I was happy to whip these bars up for them to enjoy!

Side note: Lori and I received an email yesterday from a reader, and she asked if we will do anymore vegan recipes? And YES! We plan to!

Because we still love vegan foods! Just like we love raw foods and enjoy our animal based meals. We love creating vegan recipes, so we will continue to make them! But right now as we are healing we are trying to keep things simple, so we have not had much time to play and create new recipes. But soon…we will!! For now you all can enjoy our past vegan and raw recipes 😉 Promise we will continue to share yummy vegan and non-vegan recipes.

Thanks as always for the love and support!  We hope our Sunday inspiration is helping you today in some way!

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Candice February 10, 2013 - 4:31 pm

I’m back to intuitive eating for two weeks now and really want to see it through indefinitely. To ensure i am only listening to my body and not letting a number dictate my eats or how i feel, i have not weighted since starting. I am planning a weight check in after a month though. I fight negative thoughts during this process. I worry, “Am I gaining weight? Eating too much?…etc”. But I’m staying determined and trying to focus on the positives. Less cravings because of less limiting, no calorie counting, and no emotional roller coaster with every weight fluctuation. I feel strong and try to see what I LIKE about my body rather than dislike! Thanks for the motivation!

purelytwins February 10, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Sounds like a a great plan Candice!!! Keep up with the hard work!!! Yay for no calorie counting and eating more intuitively that is awesome 🙂 HUGS

Audrey Adams February 10, 2013 - 4:39 pm

I ran with the Birmingham Track Club yesterday morning for an 8 mile long run and had bagels for National Bagel day! The Mercedes Half Marathon is next Sunday…pumped! Bagels were totally the highlight of my day…Haven’t had one in over a year! I love how Jax is sitting in the back of your chair haha:)

purelytwins February 10, 2013 - 4:41 pm

haha thanks Audrey I know he sits like that all the time 😉
great job with your run and glad you got to enjoy a bagel too!!

kari February 10, 2013 - 11:11 pm

I truly enjoy reading your blog, I eat very healthy already and you both have made me more mindful to eat more vegetables instead of just eating spinach and cabbage. I did make some protein pancakes this weekend too and so happy I went to train at the gym.

purelytwins February 11, 2013 - 7:56 am

awesome Kari!!!yay 🙂 HUGS

Miz February 11, 2013 - 7:44 am

I truly am that MISFIT who makes myself STOP and rephrase in that moment when I think negative thoughts.

over years and years Ive sloooowly retrained my mind.

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables February 11, 2013 - 11:25 am

I didn’t have pancakes but I did have an amazing brunch!!! 🙂

I love what you said about your skin and negative thoguhts. I used to have really awful skin. I finally found a solution and I’m happy to have clear skin, but I know exactly what you mean about worrying that it will return!

zosia February 12, 2013 - 6:33 pm

The salmon sardine avocado lettuce nori wrap looks really good. Did you just mash some canned/fresh salmon and canned sardines with an avocado?

purelytwins February 12, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Zosia yep!

fartygirl February 21, 2013 - 11:27 am

Hey ladies! Thank you for this post! I’m excited to see you are eating the animal foods; it makes me feel less guilty for all the cheese I’ve been nommin’. Ha! Also excited to see the acne has been taken care of, as it has been a source of stress for you both for years. I gotta read back and find out what you did to fix it! Very curious and awesome.

I stopped to check this post out because of the title – how you deal with negativity. Seriously, I’m with you and need all the help I can get. For me, the problem is just generally feeling like a shitty person all of the time. I think I probably call myself an idiot ten times a day. I can’t hold onto a boyfriend. I can’t get a job that pays me well.

But – like you with the acne – I’ve been realizing that these failures are not failures. These problems can be fixed. It starts with me. I can stop calling myself an idiot. I can stop dating jerks who I don’t like. I can continue to try to get a job.

It’s all about the affirmations. It’s all about putting work into it.

purelytwins February 21, 2013 - 9:59 pm

love ya girl!!! thanks for the love and support 🙂 It is all about affirmations!! HUGS


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