Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WHOLE30 Update on Day 28

So I am now on day 28 of my first go round with the Whole30 journey.  Let's just say it has been interesting.  I have survived.  And I am very confident I will make it the whole 30 days.  The 2 girls I work with have stayed strong also!  We survived a big pitch-in and birthday cake day (2 layer chocolate cake with fudge filling and chocolate icing!!) at work.  Also there was an Italian meal catered in this week, but I was not working that day, so I was not tempted.  My plan is to take one day off and have a few things that I have really been missing (more on this later), then do another 30 days.

It is amazing how much I am NOT craving junk food.  I remember reading in the Whole30 book (which I highly recommend) about eating one oreo (which has zero nutritional value whatsoever), then how your body tells you to eat another and another thinking somewhere there will be nutrition and you will feel full.  But junk food does not do this.  You just want more and more and more.  Reading this and then actually feeling this are two totally different things.  This coming from a girl who loved junk!!

What foods have I missed the most?  In no particular order: hummus, cheese, yogurt, cereal (dry or with go to if I'm bored, tired, starving, angry,etc..), & diet dr. pepper.  I made this list at work one day and was amazed that the list did not contain junk (oreos, chips, fiber bars which I ate like candy, chocolate, etc...)  There was one day after eating out at Buffalo Wild Wings that ice cream sounded really really good.  I said it out loud and everyone was gung ho about getting ice cream, but reality hit and the thought left my mind fairly quickly.

What foods helped me the most?  Larabars and cashews.  I feel like I'm packing a diaper bag all over again every time I leave the house.  I make sure I have a small container of nuts, a Larabar, at least one bottle of water, and a small baggie of grapes, apples, and/or carrots.  

What is the first food I'm going to eat on day 31?  I really think I'm going to have yogurt.  I love yogurt and probably have missed it the most.  I bought a blueberry greek yogurt cup's waiting in the fridg for me.  People have said things taste different after doing Whole30 (especially any soda products), but I hope yogurt will still taste as yummy to me.

I definitely fell better all around than I have in a long time.  My clothes are getting loser.  My jeans are fitting better.  When I started this, only 1 out of 4 pair of jeans fit me.  I'm now 2 (almost 3) out of 4.  My teenage son told me to turn sideways the other night.  Then told me, "I'm not trying to be mean, but you've lost a roll." (meaning a fat roll)  I gave him a big hug and told him he's now my favorite child.  Just kidding, but seriously when a teenage boy notices something like that, I cannot help but feel good about myself.

January and Whole30 have been good to me so far.  Here's to the next month and fitting into all four pairs of jeans.  Cheers!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Can't believe it's 2015!!

I cannot believe 2014 is over.  It feels like it just started in some ways.  And in other ways it feels like it was a long year!  In 2014 I blogged the fewest times {only 18!} of any other year.  I started this little blog in 2007, and I had no idea that eight years later I'd still be here.  It seems that lots of other bloggers are writing about the fact that blogging is dying.  I don't really know if blogging is dying, nor do I really care!  I just know I post more pictures on Instagram than anywhere else, and that I rarely post {I mostly stalk} on Facebook.  My teenage son says Facebook is for the old people.  So who knows where I will be in the next 8 years?!?  Or the next 8 months or weeks or days!

I am starting 2015 by doing the Whole30 program for the month of January.  I started on January 1st, after eating like a crazy woman for the whole month of December.  I felt awful pretty much the whole month.  But it is so dang hard to say no to buckeyes, pitch-ins at work, food at parties, and all the deliciousness that surrounds the time from Thanksgiving to New Years!  Today is day 6 and I'm still hanging in there.  I've had lots of vegetables, meats, and fruits.  Cashews and Larabars are my 2 new best friends!  And I've been drinking more water than usual because that's pretty much all I can drink.  I miss my Diet Dr. Pepper.  And cereal.  And all things chocolate.  But I can do this!!  I'm definitely not going to turn this into a diet blog.  But I may be talking about food more because I'm starving {not really!}.  Saturday night I did dream I ate a breadstick and two pieces of pizza, then remembered I was doing Whole 30.  Thankfully it was only a dream!

The kids are back in school.  We had a normal day Monday.  Then a 2-hour delay today.  And tomorrow the wind chills are supposed to be -20 to -30.  So who knows what the school  day will look like tomorrow.  I'm thankful for my wood burning stove for sure in January!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Things I Know

This is a random post of things that I know....

I know November went way too fast.  2014 is almost over.  How is that possible?

I know that my daughter and her husband were here for the week of Thanksgiving in our home.  I took a total of zero pictures while they were here.  All of my kids in the house and no pictures to show for it.

I know that my father-in-law was here for a week also.  We went to Starbucks every day.  Sometimes twice a day.  I actually got tired of Starbucks.  I shutter to write those words, but it is true.

I know I went to Bath & Body Works on Black Friday.  I went to get 6 jars of their foamy soap.  They were having a buy 3 get 3 free sale.  $101.00 later, I left the store with two very large bags!!  So if you're expecting a gift from us this season, it will most likely be Bath & Body Works!!

I know my sister gave me a bowl of pumpkin buttercream frosting on Thanksgiving.  All for me.  Guess what?!?  It's gone!  Yes, I ate an entire bowl of pumpkin buttercream frosting all by myself.  Most of it with just a spoon.

I know my jeans are getting tighter.  It might be because of the above.

I know that some girls I work with and I are going to do the Whole 30 Foods Challenge in January.  Hopefully my jeans will fit a little better in 2015!

I know I can't decide if I'm going to send Christmas picture cards this year.  If I'm going to do this, I need to get busy!

I know December will be over in the blink of an eye.  I hope I am able to slow down and enjoy it!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November Happenings

School Lunch Accounts....Got a text yesterday from oldest son saying he had 20 cents in his account.  Checked online to verify and also saw middle son's account was in the negative.  Options:
1.  Do nothing.  Let them eat cheese sandwiches.
2.  Drive to both schools to put money in their accounts.
3.  Deposit money online into their accounts and pay a processing fee {which I think is crazy!!}...something I said I would NEVER do.
Guess what I did?!?  Option #3....yes I paid even more for their crazy expensive school lunches.  Guess I'll have to keep closer tabs on their account balances.

Basketball....All three boys are playing basketball right now.  The twins are on the same team {this makes it so much easier for me}, and they are hilarious to watch.  Strangers come up to us after the game and ask if they are twins.....they definitely have their own thing going out there on the court. They are getting a little better at passing the ball and not just to each other.  But if it were up to them, they would play 2-on-5 all season long!  My oldest made the 8th grade school basketball team and has been practicing for a few weeks now.  He cannot wait for their first game!

Random....It seems like everyone I know is selling something these days.  And I keep thinking I need to start making something/selling a product/doing more/earning more money.... But I am really trying to just be content right where I am with what I have.  I am a busy mom of three active boys, and I work 24 hours a week {sometimes more, sometimes less}.  Right now I don't know where I would find more time to do more!  Contentment.  Why you gotta be so hard?!?

Walmart.....I went to the Walmart today and left with a buggy full of drinks.  What's for dinner? Gatorade, vitamin water, and rock stars!

World Adoption Day.....Just found out about this on the actual day (November 9, 2014) from some people I follow on Instagram.  Of course I had to post a picture of my two favorite twin boys!  I am so lucky to be their mom.

Cold's here!  Do you see the little snow flurries falling?  We are now using our wood burning stove.  Which means there is wood mess everywhere, and I have to remember to keep the fire going all day.

P.S.  This crazy dog really fell asleep in this position.  For privacy sake, I added the blanket!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stuff and Things...

This is my first time to join a linky party with Stuff and Things.  It's been a long time since my last post.  So here goes as many random things that I can think of.

Sweet boy {aka Zac the dog} spent 10 days in the kennel while we were in Florida for Fall Break.  The day after we picked up Sweet Boy he started hacking like a chronic smoker.  He hacked for a week, then we finally took him to the vet.  Symptoms:  dry, barking cough {sounded like a seal}, hacking up white foamy junk, wouldn't eat, not acting like a normal puppy.  Diagnosis: kennel cough.  Treatment: steroids and antibiotics.  Cost: $106!!!  He's pretty much back to normal and proceeded to chew up an Under Armour sweatshirt tonight.  Sweet boy is not so sweet anymore!

I love, love, love to read outside on a warm, sunny day.  I'm pretty sure this week was my last day to do this for a very long time.  We have a freeze warning issued for tomorrow night.  My husband wants to bring in our wood burning stove this weekend.  Beautiful warm days are pretty much over.

A friend of mine whom we carpool for basketball with sent home a container of homemade chocolate chip cookies with my son after practice.  They were so good and reminded me why I don't bake very often.  I love to eat them too much.  This time I only ate 1 cookie because we had lots of boys over at the house that day and they gobbled them down.

I have been reading a very interesting book called It Starts with Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig.  Let's just say there is a ton of information in this book!  I've taken nutrition, biology, and chemistry classes, but don't remember any of the things they talk about in this book.  A few of the girls I work with are considering the Whole30 program.  I know I've got to do something because I have a ton of clothes that no longer fit.  I loved this quote in the book.....  
At some point, you will have to weigh the fleeting pleasure of a slice of pizza, pint of beer, or frozen yogurt {or homemade chocolate chip cookies} against one or more of these scenarios.

*I'm not there yet!!!*

Last thing....I am so excited about the time change this weekend.  When my kids were little, I dreaded the time change twice a year.  Now that my kids can fend for themselves, I love it when we fall back and momma gets an extra hour of sleep!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Television Shows

I decided to talk a little bit about the TV shows I'm currently watching.  Keep in mind I only watch TV while I'm exercising on the elliptical machine at my house.  Right now I'm doing 38 minutes every day, so I can get through about an hour's worth of TV (fast forwarding through commercials) during a workout.  Here's what I've been watching lately.

1. The Biggest Loser.  This new season is all about former athletes (who have "let themselves go" in the words of my 13 year old son) getting a second chance.  I cried about 7 times watching the first show!  Seriously I don't know what makes me so emotional watching this show, but thankfully I have not fallen or injured myself while crying & working out.  I really really like the new trainers, especially the girl....can't remember her name.  One of the things she said was that you either operate out of fear or love.  Everything you do, every choice you make is either out of fear or love.  Wow!  Deep deep words that I really liked!

2.  Extreme Weight Loss.  I recorded several of these episodes during the summer and finally got around to watching them.  To be honest, some of them I couldn't really get into, so I couldn't make myself watch the entire episode.  But there was one gal named Georgeanna Johnson who became my favorite EWL contestant ever.  She started a really awesome website called FIT is WELL, and I have really enjoyed reading about her journey.

3. Fixer Upper.  This is an HGTV series based in Waco, Texas.  A really awesome couple (Chip and Joanna Gaines) takes really old houses and renovates them for really fun couples.  Some of their projects are monster undertakings.  And their style is just incredible.  I am ready to move to Waco, Texas and start stalking them.  Just kidding.  I do love this quote that Joanna put in one of the new homes.  TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR A GOOD DAY.  Yes it is!

4.  Parenthood.  This one makes me a little sad, because Parenthood is going to end.  I have been a faithful Parenthood watcher since day one.  I have laughed, cried, gotten mad, and wished I was a Braverman all in one episode.  I am sad to see this show end.  So I will have to cherish each episode this final season.  I'll probably be crying while I watch this show too.

kidecals Review!!

On occasion a company will contact me to review a product or book and usually I decline because I am way busy with three very active boys.  But when the folks at kidecals reached out to me, I couldn't say no.  The kids are back in school {hallelujah!}, so I have a little more time to get stuff done.  It also means we are on the go once school gets out....sports practice, games, meetings, dentist appointments, etc...

When my boys go to practice {right now we have football, soccer, & basketball happening}, they always take a reusable water bottle with them. And there are always about 7 water bottles that look the same. There's nothing worse than drinking from the wrong water bottle at practice!  Okay, there are some worse things, but I would rather my kids NOT share germs with the entire team.  I ordered these durable, water-resistant labels with our last name on them so everyone in the family could use them. And let me tell you, they are awesome.  They have stayed on the water bottles through the dishwasher and hand washing also!  No one has accidentally taken a swig out of our water bottles. {yay!}  

I also ordered some very trendy chalkboard labels.  I did have to buy a fancy chalk paint pen at Walmart, but it was only a couple bucks and looks way nicer than trying to use a thick piece of chalk.  I used one label on my homemade laundry detergent {which I need to make more of}.  And I am hopefully going to use the rest to organize my pantry which needs to be done so badly.

The last thing I ordered was a Christmas gift, so I can't show it.  But it is really cute and will be put to good use I'm sure.  So here's what I love about kidecals:

They are a Boulder, CO company {after living in CO for 5 years, I'm a forever fan!}

They offer free shipping on any size order!  {my order arrived in 2 days!}

You can save 15% off your first order if you sign up for their email list! {which lets you know about even more ways to save}

Maybe you're ready to start organizing, or Christmas shopping, or just need to label your kid's stuff. Either way, I highly recommend this will not be disappointed in the quality of their products!!

*I received these products from kidecals in exchange for my blog post/review.  The opinions are mine.*