Wednesday

30

April 2014

Ripping the band-aid off

This blog post is totally like ripping off a band-aid for me.  A soggy, stinky, stained band-aid that should have been pulled off three weeks ago.  Did you like that pretty picture I painted for you?  Maybe this picture will help.  I’ve really come to cherish this quote lately.  And by “cherish” I mean, I’ve been repeating this one a lot lately.  So I didn’t really mean cherish in the first place.

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When you have something that you need and want to do, but it’s hard, it might hurt, and it might make you mad, well, you know the drill…99% of the time it’s so much easier and less painful if you just do it and get it over with, and everyone is better served in the end. Yes, I’m still talking about writing a blog post.

So here’s my long, overdue band-aid rip off.  I’m not sure why I waited so long but I was pretty disgusted with myself. I know, harsh words, but keep reading. The words get prettier. I also was pretty consumed with feelings of guilt, anger, yup, and a whole slew of other emotions.

Basically, the last Whole30 challenge I did, as SOON as it was over, I ate all of the foods.  There was no easing back into anything, no slowly adding a bit of sugar here and there, I went into full on binge monster mode. 

I obviously had/have some issues that need to be addressed.  That is where I am now.  I’m not saying that the Whole30 challenge is a bad idea because I was really successful with it back in July/August 2013.  I also still think that a paleo diet, for me, is best and makes me feel at my best.  What fouled me up this time was that I let the “No, no, no’s” make me feel like I was deprived.  It was too restrictive for me in a way that didn’t make me feel empowered, but more along the lines of, well the opposite of feeling empowered. Erm. It made me angry and feeling like a toddler…or a teenager…or whichever one at the moment wants to stomp their feet and live their own life.

I also have a confession.  I will be your number one cheerleader.  I will gently scold you if you EVER say that you’re fat, or a loser, or pathetic.  But uh, I don’t live what I preach when applying that to myself.  I have said, and up until two days ago, I was saying some of the most negative things to myself.  You would seriously stab me in the neck if I were to say to you, any of the things I was telling myself.  Talk about being a hypocrite right?!!! 

I have my issues with being a perfectionist and I think that somehow, I felt I was an exception to the rule.  The negative things I was saying to myself would motivate me, and spur me on to excellence.  Hahahuhhh?, Nope. The very thing I tell my teenage daughters to never ever doubt for a second that they are capable, powerful, beautiful, brilliant, confident, all of those good mommy things we love to say…and to never ever believe anything else….I was telling myself the opposite.  Head hanging opposite. I think I am finally making some progress in the right direction, doing some self help emotional homework, improving my positive self-talk, and ditching all the negative junk.  Yep, I’m pretty darn awesome!

I know it’s going to take some time and a lot of hard work.  I just thought I’d share a little of what I’ve been putting myself through in case someone else might benefit from the dump of honesty.  Perhaps you would like to come along side me and we can support each other in our quests to not be meanies to ourselves?

My goal with this blog in the future is to really buckle down on finding balance in all areas of my life and to share what I’m learning with all two of you. I promise I will be completely transparent and honest through the process in a positive and non gaggy or whiney way.  If your gags are induced by some of my food photos, then I apologize in advance.  Or maybe you just have a hyperactive gag reflex, like me.  I can NOT brush my tongue without that icky feeling.

Life has been rumored to be a roller coaster before.  I’ve started on this journey before when I first lost a big chunk of weight.  I came to a really good place with some professional therapy too.  But that wasn’t my destination…losing the weight, and then getting in shape.  It didn’t end there, but I let up on my pursuit of excellence and got lost thinking about the future versus the moment. 

And if I can do this all, while still having chocolate in my life, then count me in!  And bacon.  But the name of my blog isn’t “Did someone say bacon?”  But that would have been a good idea too.

Wednesday

02

April 2014

What I ate Wednesday–The Last Days of my Whole30 Challenge

I have been feeling very mheh about my diet as of late.  Two days left on this Whole30 challenge!  TWO DAYS!!  I hope I’m not coming across as being a downer about the challenge, but I’m looking forward to it being over and finding a little more balance versus black and what, eat this not that.

The way my mind is connected to food is such that when you tell me I can’t eat something, that’s when I want it more.  However, I feel loads better when I don’t have sugar coursing through my veins making me cray cray or dairy wandering through my gut making me look like I’m pregnant.

I’m just being honest here and I’m really tired of telling myself no because it makes the urge to binge eat a lot stronger.  Having removed the sugar from my diet has helped immensely though.  And now I’m just talking in circles.  Only two more days though that you have to put up with my whining about this.  You’re welcome.

Let’s get on with this What I ate Wednesday and get the show on the road!  See more WIAW posts by visiting the hostess with the mostest, Jenn at Peas and Crayons.

 
Breakfast – not proud of my choices here today.  I had four slices of bacon, and Pecan Pie Lara Bar, and 5 large strawberries with my black coffee.  Not impressed.  There’s no picture to prove it either but would I lie about an imperfect breakfast?

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Lunch – I ate some leftover steak and Brussels sprouts along with some more strawberries.  I’m over steak…which is a good thing since there are healthier sources of protein out there.  I’ve just been lazy and the boy does like his beef.  (He likes to tease his mother and aunts by threatening to take McDonald’s hamburgers into the Sikh temples, sneaking them in to a wedding ceremony.) *Sigh, that boy.

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Dinner – Finally!  Something other than beef!  Roasted chicken breast with a slew of veggies that needed to be used up before they went bad.

So to conclude, TWO MORE DAYS!  Would I recommend  a Whole30 challenge?  Yes, of course.  But might I suggest you try it for the first time during the summer when there is a wider variety of fruits and vegetables?  Also, a grill makes everything taste better!

Monday

31

March 2014

Foodie Pen Pal–March Reveal

I was really excited to participate in my first ever Foodie Pen Pals organized by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean.com

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I think the idea is just brilliant!  After I signed up, I received my Foodie Pen Pal’s name and we got in touch via email. After a few questions back and forth, I set off to pick out some of my favorite treats that are from my local area here in Oregon. After sending them off to the opposite side of the country, I waited like a 6 year old girl at Christmas, waiting for my box to come from Dre.

It was definitely Christmas in March when the box showed up on my doorstep.  Dre was a doll and was very reassuring as I peppered her with questions, including her favorite color. ha!  I felt very spoiled when I received my box of goodies as it was chock full of so many treats!

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First glimpse!  See, it was filled to the brim!

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Missing from this picture is an assortment of K Cups, tea and coffee, to use with my Keurig at work.  I was probably most excited about those to begin with because I knew the variety would be fun to break up the day at work. I wasn’t wrong and I am still enjoying my breaks with something new from my k cup stash.

Dre was kind enough to add in an assortment of treats that I could enjoy while doing my Whole30 challenge and then some goodies for after completion. I’m really looking forward to those veggie chips, dark chocolate & PB cups, the peanut butter filled pretzels and the yogurt covered almonds.  Oh my yum!  Oh and the Kind Bars…those are my favorite! 

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MashUps in Blueberry Blitz and Berry flavor.  I ate the blueberry one right away as a little snack before dinner.  That’s why it’s not in the picture with it’s other companions.  I thought this was a fun little snack and such a bonus that a spoon wasn’t needed.  I can see these as being a great, portable way to get a serving or two of fruit when you’re on the road or great to pack for volleyball tournaments.  I’ll definitely be purchasing some of these to have on hand for convenience and emergency sake.

Lara Bars in Coconut and Key Lime – YUM Two of my favorite flavors!

Fruit Crisps Freeze Dried All Fruit Snacks– the bag in the picture is actually empty. Fooled you! I tried sooo soo hard to not touch anything before I was able to take pictures, but patience is not a virtue of mine.  This bag was a mix of apple, berries, melon, and pear.  I’ve only ever had the varieties from Trader Joes in strawberry, raspberry and cranberry so this was really interesting.  The melon and pear were amazing and the boysenberries were out of this world.  I will totally be on the hunt to find a product like this here locally.

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These Chocolate Chip Snackimals from Barbara’s brand were going to be a treat for me after my Whole30.  I was totally going to be selfish and not share but when push comes to shove mom, I caved and let my 14teen have these as part of her breakfast-on-the-go.  She also had one of the fruit leathers from the box.  The little stinker!  We have many more early morning orthodontist appointments to come and she probably won’t eat breakfast before, so I’m going to have to step up my game and prepare ahead of time. My teens feed themselves their own breakfast so that’s why it threw me for a loop on this particular morning.

Lastly, there were two little extras in my goodie box with a fun little note attached that said I should not eat the contents. Loved it!  Two facial masks to try.  It’s been forever since I’ve pampered my face with a facial so this was an extra special treat.

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The Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask was my favorite out of the two.  It smelled so delicious.  Almost like you’d want to eat your own face off.  But don’t.

Thank you Dre for making my first foodie pen-pal experience so much fun!!

Have you done a Foodie Pen Pal exchange before?  There’s still time to sign up for April!

Friday

28

March 2014

Friday Favorites–The Paleo Edition

For this Friday’s Favorites, I wanted to showcase a few of the things that I have been loving during this Whole30 Challenge of mine.  In case this is your very first day on the World Wide Web, then the Whole30 challenge is paleo eating but even worse better.

Oh and funny tidbit, last year around this same time, I snubbed my nose at paleo.  Ok, not snubbed, but the thought of it was just too overwhelming to me at the time.  In July, I was ready though and open to thought of giving up sugar, dairy, alcohol, grains, legumes, and all processed foods.  It was just for 30 days and it certainly wouldn’t kill me.  See!  Still alive.  And happy.  For the most part.  Gosh darn it sugar I hate love you.

Ok, I digress.  My favorites today are great for anyone that might be sitting on the fence post of going paleo or just cleaning up your diet.

The lovely Heather at Housewife Glamour hosts this fun link up each week, and a big thank you to her.  It’s so fun to see what other bloggers are favoring.  I always come away with some new great ideas to try!

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Are you ready for some paleo fun?!

Favorite Coconut Oil

This coconut oil by Nutiva is by far my favorite for both the kitchen and the bathroom.  It smells like coconut and it tastes like coconut!  Some people don’t like that though, so beware.

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Favorite Lunch Meal

I love to make this to have as leftovers for a good solid six meals or more.  (Depends on how piggy pants I’m feeling.)  Julie at PaleOMG is to thank for this very simple yet so flavorful dish.  You can read my squash-crushing post about that here.

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I added zucchini and sliced olives and was too lazy to slice up mushrooms to add.  Darn it, because that would have been so tasty!

I also really love this Chicken Cashew dish when I’m craving Asian takeout.

Favorite Spice

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Oh muh gosh guysssss!  I can’t get enough of truffles!  I’m obsessed with truffle flavored oils and salts.  It gives such a nice flavor to a dish.  With the salt, I just sprinkle a tiny bit on at the end.  Putting this stuff on scrambled eggs?  Brilliant.  My absolute favorite veggie of the moment is Brussels sprouts sautéed in truffle infused olive oil with a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s Himalayan Salt with Truffles.

On another note, there are quite a few mushroom camps within a decent driving distance.  I’ve heard that mushroom hunters can get, well, a little rowdy.  Have you ever gone mushroom or truffle hunting?

Favorite Treats

So it’s a well known fact that I often don’t do what I’m told.  Meaning, Lara Bars during your Whole30 challenge should be reserved for emergencies.  Well, I guess I’ve had quite a few emergencies over the last 22 days. haha!  The problem with them is that you can abuse them like a candy bar substitute and the big picture is to change your relationship to food.  There is also a lot of natural sugar in the dates that are used, so they could still feed the sugar dragon.  I don’t have one daily, but maybe every other day…sometimes less.  I pull back when I feel that I’m relying on the too much.  But one day, I ate three in one day.  Not proud.

Out of the Lara Bars that are approved for the Whole30, Cherry Pie and Lemon Pie have been my favorite with Cherry always on top. As it should be.  As it should.  However, Pecan Pie is sneaking in there as a new fave.  It’s perfect and delicious when paired with a cup of black coffee.  And oh my gosh, this is the closest one to tasting like an actual piece of pie!

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And now, to conclude, one last favorite treat.  I seriously check the package each time to make sure there isn’t any added sugar in these.

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Freeze Dried Strawberries!!  These taste like candy and they are also amazing to stir into overnight oats, pancakes, and muffins.  All the things you can’t eat during a Whole30, so I eat them plain.  Trader Joe’s makes a raspberry, blueberry, and cranberry (didn’t like) that are also available.  I used the raspberry kind in my No Bake, Raspberry & Cocoa Granola Bars. I can’t wait to make those bars again, but with the strawberries…my fave!

So tell me, have you tried truffle oil and/or salt?  What are your thoughts?

Do you have a favorite LaraBar flavor?  I will be sneaking one in to the movie theater to see Divergent this weekend.  Shhhh….

Thursday

27

March 2014

Whole30 Food Journal–Week 3

Week 3 People!  This post is a rather detailed food journal of what I ate during the third week of my Whole30 Challenge.  This is the part where you can’t quietly slip out the side entrance and not finish this blow by blow play of my paleo eats for an entire week.  Right there…the side door.  Move quickly.

This is a great resource to a ton of downloads that will visually show you what Whole30 is and isn’t.

Oh and be sure to come back on Friday for another Whole30 Friday Favorites post!

If you are still here, then you’re a sucker for punishment.  I’ll give you an overall preview and then you can still duck out without feeling bad. This third week was the roughest compared to the first two weeks.  There are wholes in this week’s journal.  I wasn’t able to stay on top of it.  The gist of it is there with the meals but all in all…the week was a little sucky.  I’m talking emotions and hormones and stuff.  Nothing serious.  Just my entire life people! haha.

Anyway, I’m finding that I’m starting to feel deprived.  I’m feeling great that I’m not being controlled by sugar during every waking moment but I’m also feeling reading to stretch my wings and try this whole balance thing again.  Soon enough, I’ll get there, because I will see this challenge out to the end. Thursday, April 3rd is my very last day!  That’s just a week away!

This PDF about life after the Whole30 should probably go on my fridge.

It’s probably wrong of me to be so excited that this challenge is almost over.  The first time I completed it, I was a little timid about it ending and I wondered if I would go right back to my old ways.  But I didn’t, I was fine.  Finding balance with my diet is something that will continue for the rest of my life.  And that is completely normal…for everyone. It’s easy for me to expect so much out of myself that I forget I’m not superwoman.  (I dressed up as her one Halloween though.)

If you continue on reading about this on the cruddy side Week 3, I did try and highlight for you some of the snippets that stood out to me on each day.  Thanks again!  Keeping this journal is one of the reasons I’m sticking with it this time.

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Day 16 – Thursday

Meal 1, 9:15– Egg muffins…getting old but I like the convenience.

Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover Tri Tip and Brussels sprouts

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Umm…I forgot to track what I ate and so…my memory fails me

Feelings: The irritated fog seems to be lifting and I don’t seem to be so tormented by all of my feels.  I’ve been feeling out of sorts and on a mild pity party.

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Day 17 – Friday

Meal 1, 9:15– Egg Muffins…snore

Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover Tri Tip and leftover veggies of some sort.

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Take out from our favorite “taco truck”. I had chicken and fajita style veggies, no tortillas.

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Day 18- Saturday

Meal 1, 9:15– Sweet potato and sausage….and we were out of eggs?! How does this happen?!?!  My favorite breakfast…squashed with a lack of planning.

Meal 2, 12pm – Bacon, hardboiled egg and spinach salad

Meal 3, 6:30pm – A hamburger patty with lettuce buns, onions, and mushrooms.

Feelings: Very crankbutt the whole day until I spent some time on the yoga mat.

Energy Level: Lack of motivation until I did a session of yoga, and then I felt amazing. I kid you not!

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Day 19- Sunday

Meal 1, 9:30 Egg scramble with mushrooms, onions, and a few pieces of sausage.

Meal 2, 3pm – I hit the road and had a three hour drive to take my kiddos to see their dad so I hit up Trader Joes and ended up with a Lara Bar for backup, some turkey lunchmeat and an apple. I couldn’t be slowed down with a salad.

Meal 3, – I was too exhausted by time I got home at 7pm to prepare anything. I ate a single serving cup of applesauce with berries, some more turkey lunchmeat, and I called it a night.

Feelings: Struggling with a lot of cravings because I’m traveling. Wanting frozen yogurt too!

Hunger level between meals: No real hunger and even did a long stretch between breakfast and lunch.

Energy Level: Moderate to steady except 6 hours total in the car and I was worn out by 7pm from all the driving.

Sleep: According to my fitbit, I got 8 hours and 4 minutes of sleep. I don’t feel like I got that much though?

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Day 20- Monday

Meal 1, 9:15– Egg muffins at work with some bacon sprinkles.

Meal 2, 12pm – Three hardboiled eggs, half an avocado, an apple, and some turkey slices. The avocado counts as a veggie, right? Lol!

Meal 3, 6:30pm – The hubs got home from a quick trip out of town and surprised me with a Monday night at Applebees. Ha! We have limited choices for eating establishments in this neck of the woods high desert and he had a coupon burning in his pocket. I grabbed my bottle of Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch and we headed out. We got the 2 for $20 meal and I ordered the house salad and the Chicken and Shrimp minus the avocado/tequila sauce (they use ranch dressing as the base of the sauce). Instead of rice, I ordered some extra veggies which they were very generous with so I actually had another meal’s worth of veggies. Score! I wasn’t going to squabble about the oil they cooked in so I still count this eating out trip as a success. Plus, I had my Tessie’s with me to drizzle on top of everything. I was a happy camper. Except for one thing. I’ve been craving a lime margarita and when you are old hip like we are and get to Applebees during happy hour, everyone there is ordering margaritas left and right. I will remember this. Yeah, just getting my buzz on on a random Monday night at 5pm

Feelings: Dull headache that I think can be attributed to a lack luster diet over the weekend. Where are the veggies? Bring them back Ames!  The headache finally went away around 3:30pm.

Energy Level: Not too peppy due to the headache, but I’m faking it.

Sleep: Not enough.  Never is enough when the hubs is out of town.

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Day 21 – Tuesday

Meal 1, 9:15– Eggs with some leftover bacon.  Me thinks it’s not a great idea to eat so much bacon.

Meal 2, 12pm – Pork Carnitas, precooked and marinated from Trader Joe’s., half of a sweet potato, and an apple.

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Chicken, sautéed in coconut oil, salt and pepper, and topped with a drizzle of Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch. Side of sautéed Brussels sprouts, half of a sweet potato, and some strawberries.

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Day 22 – Wednesday

Meal 1, 9:15– I did a dumb thing today. I remembered I had a Pecan Pie Lara Bar and decided that I wanted that for breakfast with my coffee. Guess who was starving by 12pm for lunch?! In addition to the Lara Bar, I also had four large strawberries and two small handfuls of cashews.

Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover veggies from Monday’s trip to Applebees, and leftover Trader Joe’s Pork Carnitas. Oh and four strawberries.

Meal 3, 6:30pm – I was still pretty full from my lunch being so huge that I just didn’t feel like eating much of anything.

Feelings: Anxious for the challenge to be over.  Even though my blood sugar is steady and I feel better, my brain is trying to smack me down and make me feel deprived.

Hunger level between meals: Got hungry between breakfast and lunch because I was seriously lacking in the protein department at breakfast.

Wednesday

26

March 2014

WIAW–Whole30 Challenge Day 22

Today marks my 22nd day of doing my 4th Whole30 Challenge.  (One successful challenge under my belt, and two flops at the two week mark.)

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel since I have now made it further than the two times I flopped, so I’m very excited.  My weight loss has slowed down but I’m still very ok with where things are headed as I’m ultimately doing this not for weight loss, but to break my addiction to sugar.

Physically, I’m there and I’ve broken the addiction as my blood sugar levels have evened out nicely.  I don’t get shakey after 2-3 hours and I don’t get “hangry” like I used to. 

Emotionally, I have NOT conquered sugar.  I notice that stress, lack of sleep, loneliness, or the wind blowing too hard (no, I just made that up) makes me crave snack foods.  Snack foods = sugar stuffs.

I am still keeping up with my detailed food journal during this challenge, but the pictures….Half of the time, I’m not in the mood, and the other half, my food is just too ugly.  haha!    If I could do math, there would be a fancy pie chart (mmmm pie!) of the food that I eat on repeat.

For instance, breakfast…how many ways can I photograph my egg muffins that I eat on an almost daily basis?  Actually, I could get creative with the photos, but I’ve been playing a dare devil game in the morning called, “Will I make it to work on time?”  Not available in the app store.  Yet.

I love eggs and I love how full they keep me until lunch, but I miss oatmeal from time to time.  I WILL be adding gluten free oats, if that really is such a thing, when this Whole30 is over.  My Bob’s Red Mill Oats say they are gluten free and that is ok with me.  No argument.

Breakfast

Three eggs and three strips of all natural, no sugar/sulfites/nitrites/nitrates BACON!  I really try to keep bacon to a bare minimum but life without bacon AND sugar?  In lieu of a picture of my breakfast, I give you a catagram.

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Bianca questions my lack of photos for this post.

Lunch

My lunch was devoid of green vegetables.  And I don’t seem to count sweet potatoes as a veggie since they are so sweet?  Plus, see two paragraphs up where I talk about pushing the edge of lateness.  I grabbed a precooked pork from Trader Joe’s…amazing!!  I heated up a chunk of that and had half of a sweet potato and an apple. So not the world’s worst lunch on the fly.

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Traditional Carnitas – Mexican Style,Oven Roasted Pork.  My hubs said I did good in picking this up for $4.99.  For being marinated and pre-cooked, it was a great convenience food to pick up.  Did you know that my hubs does 95% of the grocery shopping for the household?  Before you all oooh and ahhh over that, he forgets up to 25% of what is on the list. haha!  Here’s a sample of one of my lists in action:

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He brought home strawberries!!

Dinner

Dinner was chicken, sautéed in Zesty Ranch by Tessemaes, some Brussels sprouts sautéed in coconut oil, the other half of the sweet potato from lunch, and three strawberries.  Basically, a crap ton of food.

This picture cracks me up because I was in a hurry to sit down and eat with the hubs, but wanted to get a picture, and I was too lazy to even check if I got a decent shot.  Nope! lol!

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While the picture is definitely a horrible one, I’m loving the four different colors from the variety of food.

A big thank you to the lovely Jenn at Peas & Crayons for this installment of What I ate Wednesday, or in my case, Tuesday.  Jenn posted this perfect shrimp cooking technique earlier in the week and I immediately pinned it.  Can’t wait to learn how to stop making little rubber shrimpies!

 

Who does the bulk of the grocery shopping in your household?

Does your cat judge you too?

Do you like to cook and eat shrimp?  I love to eat it, but the cooking part still makes me iffy.

Friday

21

March 2014

Friday Favorites–Sleeping, Instagram, and Closets?

I miss doing my Friday Favorites post each week so I’m determined to share with you a few things, at least, that I’ve really been enjoying lately.  My blogging time this week has been very limited as I normally write during my lunch breaks…ayynnndd, due to covering lunches for a sickypoo coworker, and some work meetings that took place DURING lunch, I never got to sneak away with my laptop and clickety clack out some posts.

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So please enjoy these favorites that I’ve been finding around the world wide web of wonder and have a super happy Friday!  We are headed in to our Spring Break in this neck of the woods.  We have some honest to goodness Spring weather as well!

Thank you to the lovely Heather from Housewife Glamour.  Her Friday Favorites are always fun to read!

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SLEEPING LIKE A BABY

I have been struggling with sleeping through the whole night.  I think my problems are a combination of stress trying to seep in and my diet.  I’ve been trying to add more sweet potatoes in to my Whole30 diet so my body is happy with healthy carbs. This article from Greatist.com on supplements to fight fatigue sparked my interest.  Magnesium?…I need to find some more spinach to munch on!

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SPRING CLEANING YOUR CLOSET

All the mom blogs on the web seem to be in “Spring Cleaning” mode and I’m all, “I just need to dust.”  Not because my house is all deep cleaned, HAHA!, but it’s picked up, vacuumed, and has a nice cozy layer of dust. Mayyyybe.

But Spring Clean my closet?  Ya, you betcha!  I liked these two articles from Merrick’s Art on Wardrobe Staples and Know how to dress for your body shape.  I’m definitely a pear unless I have a really great bra on, then I would qualify as an hourglass.

RUNNING SELFIES

If you haven’t seen the chick that took selfies  while running the NY Half marathon, then check it out!  I think it cracks me up so much because my own 14teen takes selfies with me in the background and some of them are SO stinkin’ hilarious!

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA…INSTAGRAM!

I am really loving instagram.  Pictures are my favorite, and yet….I forget to take them.  Oye!  Well unless a photo session that yields 16,735 pictures of my cats count?  So enjoy a few of my favorite instagram accounts I follow:

I am enthralled by @beachyogagirl  She is not a former ballerina or dancer and has a killer bod, all from doing yoga!!!  Does this mean there is hope for me?

Two more yogis that I would like to grow up to be are @fitqueenirene and @kinoyoga

If you need a few awww moments, and are looking for the cutest bunnies on instagram, then you have to follow @bunnymama

And lastly, @camp_patton is my newest favorite.  Her sense of humor, I totally dig. Her blog is one of my favorites and makes me rather glad that I am far far away from the diaper years.

What are some of your favorite instagram accounts you follow?

If you were granted a superhero power, what would you choose?  I would want the power to not have to sleep.  Forget flying!  I want endless energy that doesn’t depend on 8 hours of tossing and turning.

Wednesday

19

March 2014

WIAW–Whole30 Diary, Week 2

This Wednesday wraps up my second week of my Whole30 Challenge.  If you’re new here, the first time I did the challenge I had a really successful time, then I did it twice more and bombed quickly within the first two weeks, both times.  I saw success the first time, I think, because I kept a very detailed log of what I was eating.  This time, I’m posting my food journal here on my blog.  The accountability that I’m holding myself to is really helping! 

My weight went down a half a pound this week.  I’m smack dab in the middle of hormonal funness (deal with the made up word) so even a half of a pound down is super ok with me!

Things I need to work on for next week:

  • Make sure my breakfast is complete with veggies, protein, and healthy fats.
  • Ease up on the Lara Bars
  • Eat at least a half of a sweet potato a day for the extra carbs to help me sleep at night.

Linking up with Jenn at Peas & Crayons.  Now this is the part where you might want to skip out if you have absolutely no desire to see an entire week of eats.  No pictures either.  I suck. Oh well.

What I ate Wednesday the second week of my Whole30 Challenge

Day 8 – WEDNESDAY

Meal 1, 8:30am – The usual. Boring huh? Nope. Well, getting there…egg muffins for the snooze! lol!

Meal 2, 12pm –Leftover Chicken Cashew stir-fry from Tuesday night.

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Surprise!  More leftover stir-fry!!  So addicting.

Feelings: Feeling pretty good but a little stressed and tired in the evenings.

Hunger level between meals: I’m amazed.  My blood sugar has stabilized very quickly.

Energy Level: Fine, just fine.

Sleep: I slept well and noticed I woke up hungry. Also, I realized that I’ve been having some pretty odd dreams.

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Day 9 – THURSDAY

Meal 1, 9:15– Three ham, spinach, egg muffins and two cups of black coffee – Eaten at work as I was rushing around at home cleaning up pet messes. Was very hungry by the time I ate.

Small handful cashews 10 am Starving because I didn’t sleep well!

Meal 2, 12pm – Spinach with three hardboiled eggs, cashews, and Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch Dressing. I ate this on day 1. I was looking forward to this meal!

Cherry Pie Lara Bar – about an hour before I ate dinner.

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Pork tenderloin and Brussels sprouts with a little Zesty Ranch Tessemaes drizzled on top.

Feelings: Tired and grumpy and PMSing. This is time to be very watchful and vigilant about what I eat. MUST get some good sleep tonight.

Hunger level between meals: I did pretty well today even with my cortisol and ghrelin levels being on high “FEED ME CAKE AND NACHOS” alert. I took a late afternoon nap so my family had a better chance of surviving me, and upon waking, I was starving.

Energy Level: Pretty much at a death’s door level today. I went straight home and took a short nap before the teens got home from track. Felt a lot better after I did that.

Sleep: I slept soundly until I woke up at 4:15am and couldn’t go back to sleep.

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Day 10 – FRIDAY

Meal 1, 9:15– Three hard boiled eggs and a Cherry Pie Lara Bar….whaaaaat? I didn’t make time to make myself breakfast and was again, running late.

Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover pork tenderloin and Brussels sprouts.

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Spinach Salad with bacon, onions, mushrooms and homemade paleo ranch dressing with homemade mayonnaise. Sweet potato with some coconut butter…to see if it would help me sleep better.

Feelings: I wanted to celebrate for Friday and was feeling like I deserved a treat, but I kept the cravings at bay.

Hunger level between meals: None to report

Energy Level: Pretty decent considering that I had another bout of waking up in the middle of the night, and not going back to sleep.

Sleep: I slept soundly until my alarm went off on Saturday morning for a run with the hubs. Too cold outside!

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Day 11 – Saturday

Meal 1, 10:00 – Sausage, two eggs, and sweet potato fried in coconut oil

Meal 2, 2pm – Leftover salad fixins from Friday night plus a Lara Bar

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Dinner out. Salad greens with balsamic vinaigrette, steak skewers and chicken skewers. I’m sure that there were a few sparse ingredients involved that weren’t Whole30 approved but going out to dinner is something my hubs loves to do for date night.

Feelings: Good and I got a lot accomplished.

Hunger level between meals: None

Energy Level: Steady

Sleep: Fairly decent and I don’t recall waking up in the middle of the night.

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Day 12– Sunday – The Day of the Lara Bars

Pre Breakfast – not proud of this decision, but I wanted something with my coffee so I ate a Lara bar. I wasn’t ready to get cooking in the kitchen until later

Meal 1, 10– Repeat of Saturday’s breakfast. I just love having something more “elaborate” on the weekends.

Meal 2, 2 pm – Ran out to do some errands without eating. Bad mistake. Grabbed ANOTHER Lara Bar, while out, along with some roast beef from the deli.

Snack – Desperately need to go to the grocery store, and I grabbed the closest thing handy. Wanna guess? Yeah, a Lara Bar. AMEE!! Get with the program!

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Dinner got all messed up because the hubs forgot a few ingredients. He actually is the one that likes to grocery shop, so I let him. Lol! I ended up cooking some chicken in Zesty Ranch Tessemaes, and made a giant salad the size of my face.

Feelings: Starting to feel pretty irritated. Could be normal or it could be menopause setting in. ha!

Hunger level between meals: Nothing big to report here

Energy Level: Feels like it’s starting to dip to a low.

Sleep: Not as well and as much as I would like.

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Day 13 – Monday

Meal 1 – 8am – Scrambled eggs on the way to a dentist appointment for my girls.

Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover salad fixin’s from the night before.

Meal 3, 6:30pm – I had another big salad. Using up all the mayo I made. Haha!

Feelings: Super Hormonal woman has made her appearance.

Hunger level between meals: Nothing out of the ordinary

Energy Level: Extremely low

Sleep: Not working out well here in the sleep department.

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Day 14 – Tuesday

Meal 1, 9:15 – Egg Muffins

Meal 2, 12pm – A Turkey, Bacon, Avocado salad because, surprise! I didn’t get to go to lunch today due to meetings held and lunch was ordered in. I ate it dry and picked off all the cheese. Mheh.

Meal 3, ?? – I did a bad thing for dinner. I ate a Lara Bar because I knew I needed to eat, but I just wasn’t in the mood to make anything and I never got hungry afterwards. Not an action I want to repeat in the future.

Feelings: Kind of in a funk of sorts and feeling just a little blue.

Hunger level between meals: Normal to very little appetite

Energy Level: Very low

Sleep: I’m struggling here to sleep the whole night through. I’m waking up in the middle of the night and it takes me anywhere from a half hour or more to fall back asleep.

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Day 15 – Wednesday

Meal 1, 9:15– Lara bar and cashews. Not a good meal to keep energy levels up. You can see that I really paid the price for that.

Meal 2, 12pm – Some leftover chicken with mushrooms, onions, and BBQ sauce made from Well Fed2.

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Tri-tip and assorted veggies.

Feelings: A little blue and down still but I’m plugging through.

Hunger level between meals: I was hungry today for EVERYTHING. Many cravings and someone had the nerve to bring pastries in to work. I didn’t have any but I was feeling pretty grumpypants about the whole situation.

Energy Level: Nope. None.

Sleep: I’m sleeping a little better but I’m still not sleeping as solidly as I would like to be.

Tuesday

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March 2014

Chicken Cashew with Zucchini Noodles

This recipe was inspired by a one I found eons ago in a Taste of Home magazine.  The original recipe, while healthy, wasn’t paleo or Whole30 compliant.  So I fixed and tweaked it, much to the happiness of my tummy. This recipe is clean eating, paleo, and Whole30 compliant.

The one tool you will need to create this recipe is a spiral slicer.  There’s quite the variety of these babies and they go by all sorts of different names.  I have the one made by Paderno but the price seems to have gone up.  I paid around $25 for mine and I think it’s worth every penny.  I think it’s a really useful tool to get your kiddos interested in eating more veggies as well.

One other little note.  I couldn’t find any Worcestershire sauce that was Whole30 compliant at the grocery store, but I tried this paleo version of Worcestershire sauce and while it wasn’t just like Worcestershire, it seemed to do the trick.  I wouldn’t make the sauce unless you have plans to marinate some more meat.  For the just one tablespoon that is called for in this recipe, I would just use another tablespoon of coconut aminos.

While there is quite the list of ingredients, don’t let that scare you.  Just prep your veggies ahead of time and use whatever suits your taste buds the best.  Enjoy!  Oh and psstt…a little secret?  The cashews are missing from the pictures.  I totally forgot them until I took a bite and was like, “Where’s the crunch?”  Don’t forget the cashews!

Cashew Chicken Zucchini Noodles title

 

Wednesday

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March 2014

Whole 30 Diary – The First Week

Warning! You could find this post to be very boring. I’m giving you permission now to just skip this post UNLESS, you would really like to see crazy. I AM talking about the good kind of crazy. A crazy that I never thought was possible. You see, I gave up sugar, and dairy, and all grains, and legumes, and even alcohol for 30 days. I did this Whole30 challenge for the first time, back in mid July of 2013. I had great success and gained control over my sugar addiction. I saw the scale start moving downward and it stayed there…until the holidays came along.

Whole30 basics

If you would rather see the highlights, check out my What I Ate Wednesday posted this morning.

Prior to doing the challenge the first time, my weight loss had plateaued and no amount of shakes as meal replacements, or training for marathons had made that scale budge. Yeah, it’s not about the number on the scale, but I wasn’t happy with how my clothes were feeling and I was sick and tired of how I felt I was a slave to sugar.

New Years Day, I started my second Whole30 challenge to get the holiday sugar fest out of my system, but it just didn’t click. It didn’t click either when I restarted in Mid January. This time, it’s clicking and firing on all cylinders. You know when it’s the one, you just know. Cue sparkles, hearts and unicorns! I realized as well, that the two times that I failed the challenge, I wasn’t weighing myself. Nope, I’m not addicted to my scale but it does motivate me to see where I’m at…to see progress…and to see if perhaps that number is telling me that I’m trying to fool myself. So for now, I’m accepting of the fact that I like my bathroom scale and I use it as a weight loss tool.

To assist me in my challenge, I’m keeping a fairly detailed journal of what I’m eating, feeling, and thinking so I can spot problems and successes more quickly than relying on my memory. What follows is my day to day eats with notes that I’ve included for myself. I’ve also been jotting down my energy levels, feelings and or cravings, and my hunger levels. 100% honesty with everything as well. Oh and I think I should start tracking my sleep behavior as well.  Enjoy…if you dare.  So serious.  I’ll stop. 

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Day 1 – WEDNESDAY

Meal 1, 8:30am– Three ham, spinach, egg muffins and two cups of black coffee

Small handful cashews11:30am

Meal 2, 12pm – Spinach with three hardboiled eggs, cashews, and Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch Dressing

Afternoon snack – some cinnamon and vanilla black tea

Meal 3, 6:30pm – White fish with Dijon, coconut aminos, ghee, garlic, and Brussels sprouts

Feelings: No cravings and felt at peace, knowing things were under control versus my crazy out of control sugar feeling.

Hunger level between meals: I was a little hungry between breakfast and lunch, but not starving.  I could have gone without cashews but I was also a little stressed with a deadline.  At bedtime, I had a cup of tea and my stomach started growling.  I had some freeze dried strawberries to quiet the growl but I don’t want to make a bedtime snack a routine.  I’ll need to eat a bit more veggies at dinner.

Energy Level: Fair to a little on the tired side all day

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Day 2 – THURSDAY

Pre-workout, 6:30am – small handful of cashews before a 30 minute treadmill run

Meal 1, 8:30am – Three ham, spinach, egg muffins and two cups of black coffee

Meal 2, 12pm – New York Steak marinated in garlic, spices, and coconut aminos, leftover Brussels sprouts, and an apple

Afternoon snack – I had a small handful of cashews with some chai rooibos tea at about 2:30 pm.  Hunger wasn’t the issue but I just felt like I needed something extra.  Something to work on here!

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Leftover white fish with Dijon, coconut aminos, ghee, garlic, and asparagus.

Bedtime – Tea and a cherry pie Lara Bar.  Dinner didn’t hold me over like I wanted.  I also forgot to roast the sweet potatoes to have those on hand.

Feelings: No cravings and feeling very positive about everything in general.  I also ran in the morning and I don’t know why I forget that running puts me in a great mood.

Hunger level between meals: I went to reach for some cashews at around 11am but told myself to ride it out until lunch so I drank some water to quiet the hunger thoughts.  My stomach was not growling so it could have been from just being bored/working/stress/mindless/routine. I realized that I should probably add a half an avocado to my breakfast and that will probably take care of this problem. 

Energy Level: Very good and very steady all day.  I kept plugging along without hitting a wall until about 9pm.

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Day 3 – FRIDAY

Pre-workout, 6:00am – small handful of cashews before a 30 minute treadmill run

Meal 1, 8:30am– Three ham, spinach, egg muffins and two cups of black coffee.  Totally meant to add half an avocado but that didn’t happen.

Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover tri-tip marinated in garlic, spices, and coconut aminos, leftover asparagus, and an apple

Afternoon snack – I had a small handful of cashews with some chai rooibos tea at about 2:30 pm.  Hunger wasn’t the issue but I just felt like I needed something extra.  Something to work on here.

Meal 3, 6:30pm – Chicken Carnitas in the crock pot with spinach, tomato, and onion.  No corn tortillas…boo, and a sad face.  Very filling and it was only mental that in my head, I wanted to celebrate in the “It’s FRIDAY!” sort of way.

Feelings: A little stressed this morning due to a financial issue but came out of it quickly as soon as it was resolved.

Hunger level between meals: No hunger between meals.  I think my brain just wants to eat/snack out of habit.  Really trying to break this one.  Still having tea at bedtime. 

Energy Level: A little on the tired side but that’s because I stayed up too late.  Just 15 minutes under a full 8 hours of sleep.  I’m totally an 8 hours type of girl.

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Day 4 – Saturday

Meal 1, 9am– A delicious meal of two fried eggs, half of a sweet potato, and some sausage, all fried up in the same pan.

Meal 2, 2pm – Whoops, I ate lunch a little later than I normally do and by 2pm I was on the hangry side.  I ate my leftover chicken carnitas.

Meal 3, 5:00pm–  The hubs and I had an early dinner out because we were going to catch a movie at 6pm.  We picked a Thai restaurant and I tried to order as best as I could.  Some steamed veggies and some BBQ pork.  The pork was sliced really thin and BBQ in lemon juice, seasonings, and I suspect soy sauce.  An hour after eating, I started hurting…BIG TIME.  I suspected it was the veggies as they were lightly steamed and because they were broccoli and cabbage mostly?  Well, this girl was in pain.  I was MISERABLE for the next 5 hours until I finally zonked out.

Feelings: I felt really good and in control, especially for a Saturday when I tend to do too much with too little food.  Then I typically end up overindulging in the evening.

Hunger level between meals: Very even keel until I went too long between breakfast and lunch.

Energy Level: Very good and steady the whole day.

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Day 4 – Sunday

Meal 1, 10:30am–  I felt ok upon waking but my stomach still felt really off and very out of sorts.  I forced myself to eat because I knew I needed to.  I had the same as Saturday, eggs, sausage, and a sweet potato.

Meal 2,  – Lunch didn’t really happen today. My hunger levels were suppressed but I wasn’t nauseous either.  I had a dinner meeting at 5pm and it was at a restaurant, so I was going to try a salad there.  As the meeting got closer, I started to feel hungry, so I ate a Lemon Pie Lara Bar to tide me over.

Meal 3, 8:00pm– The meeting was pretty involved and I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of whispering my order, so I decided I would wait and eat dinner when I got home but I still wasn’t hungry.  I knew I needed to eat something though so I snacked on another Lara Bar, some cashews, and then finally fried up a couple of eggs.

Feelings: I felt mostly tired throughout the day and worn out from the stomach cramps the night before.  Five hours of intense pain with no relief whatsoever…I couldn’t handle it. haha!

Hunger level between meals: Next to nothing. 

Energy Level: Low, but not the worst I’ve ever felt.

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Day 5 – MONDAY

Meal 1, 8:30am– Back to my egg muffins for breakfast. I’m still cutting it too close on time to add the avocado. Uh whoops!

Meal 2, 12pm – My hubs cooked up some more tri tip and the rest of the asparagus for me so I gobbled that down for lunch. I had an apple with me but I was too stuffed at lunch to eat it and decided I would save it in case I wanted a snack…which didn’t happen.

Meal 3, 5:30pm – We had an earlier dinner than normal because a certain 14teen forgot to tell me about a choir concert. The hubs whipped up some hamburger patties, and I ate a patty with a fried egg and half of an avocado on top.

Bedtime at 9pm – and my stomach started to growl a little. I caved and had a Cherry Pie Lara Bar. Ugh…I really want to break this habit!

Feelings: I had a few cravings in the late afternoon. They could definitely be attributed to feeling exhausted.

Hunger level between meals: Nonexistent.

Energy Level: Completely exhausted. Maybe due to the time change? I even tried a quick power nap as soon as I got home from work, but that didn’t happen. Between the cat wanting in and out and the teens getting home early from track practice, I was feeling just a tad murder-ish.

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Day 6 – TUESDAY

Meal 1, 9:30am– Same egg muffins eaten a little later than the norm due to an orthodontist appointment for the 14teen. I only mention it because my two cups of coffee were making me super shaky and feeling a little desperate for food by time I got the chance to eat. – I’ll finish this batch of egg muffins this week so I better start planning now what I’m going to be doing for breakfasts. This is the one meal, for SURE that I have to plan ahead or it’s cereal city up in herr.

Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover tri-tip and asparagus. I’m getting a little tired of this combo but it sure is nice not to have to prep/cook/plan it.

Meal 3, 7pm – Chicken and veggie stir fry with zucchini noodles. This stuff was the bomb diggity! And to make the evening complete…NO BEDTIME SNACK! Yeah, you heard me. I was just a teensy bit hungry, but nothing crazy, and I fell asleep just fine.

Feelings: Excited to be wrapping up the first week without any problems, cravings, or crankiness.

Hunger level between meals: None

Energy Level: Steady but no crazy amounts of energy. Got into bed at 9:30pm and wasn’t exhausted either. (That’s late for me!)

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