Happy Fruit Day to ME!

October 22, 2012 in Nutrition

I’m so excited to EAT FRUIT today!  Wahoo!

I’ve been on a “healthy cleanse” diet the past couple of weeks and today we get to add in fruit.  I’m so happy about it. :-)

I’m sorry to say the first fruit I ate was half of an overripe banana.  Ewww.

I ate my typical (weird healthy cleanse) breakfast this morning; eggs + chicken and guac.  I didn’t take a pic today, but here’s a pic from a couple days ago,

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This breakfast is actually very tasty, albeit very unorthodox!

After breakfast, I went to my 9:00 class at the gym.  It’s the same class I go to on Saturday morning and it is SO HARD.  Freak!  Even though I go to this class twice a week, I’m always amazed by HOW HARD IT IS.  Man!

In fact, I told Kev the other day that I’ve decided I hate this class.  Hate is a strong word, but I kind of really do.  I love the instructor and I’m so grateful she works every single muscle in my whole entire body to a pulp, but I really dread the class.

In fact, on Saturday she literally killed me.  We did a million one-legged dead lifts and then about 900,000 forward lunges while holding dumbbells and then bending forward and tapping the dumbbells on the floor near the foot with each lunge (I don’t know what in the heck this move is called, sorry!)  We seriously spent about 15-20 minutes just doing different variations of these two moves.  I was dying.

Needless to say, I’ve barely been able to walk the past two days.  Holy crap.  I wince every time I sit down or walk down the stairs.  It’s pretty awesome.

Soooo, even though the class is HARD, I’m grateful I’m able to go.  The instructor often says things like, “You guys want this class to be hard!” and “If it was easy, you wouldn’t come!”

Very true.  I still kind of hate it though. ;-)

Anyway, after my workout I ate my overripe half banana.  I also had a couple protein balls.  Yum.

Here’s what I ate for lunch,

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A random protein shake (1 C. unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein, 1 spoonful natural peanut butter, 1 tsp. or so honey, a little almond extract, 2 big handfuls spinach and ice!) with a few peach and pear slices.  The pear was heavenly, but the peach….not so much. :-(  Fresh peaches are one of my favorite fruits, but it seems hard to find ones that are juicy, sweet and flavorful!  I think I just need to buy a peach tree!

Well, other than that I’ve just been snacking on more protein balls (I seriously have a problem!) and the other half of my banana!

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I gotta quickly share a few pics from last night.  My kids begged me to make chocolate chip cookies!  Dang.  I decided to make them AND make a batch of “legal” peanut butter cookies for Kev and I.

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I really wanted to eat the cookies on the left (I did steal a tiny bit of the dough!), but the cookies on the right were quite tasty.  I especially love and crave treats on Sunday nights.  It’s tough.

I also enjoyed a yummy salad last night.  It’s so funny, but whenever I sit down to eat a salad lately, I immediately have a “best friend” right next to me!  Yes, my sweet little two year old is a salad lover!  He used to just pick the olives out of my salad, but now he asks for the “leaves.”  It’s so cute.

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He scooted his chair right next to mine.  I love this kid!

Well, I need to go figure out what in the heck we’re having for dinner tonight!  I’m also looking forward to watching the last Presidential Debate!  I’ve been a little bit of an election addict.  It will be nice when it’s all over….as long as “my guy” wins! ;-)

Have a wonderful night! xoxo

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I Made it Through Week #1!

October 16, 2012 in Nutrition

Well, I officially made it through week #1 of my “healthy cleanse” diet.  Wahoo!  It’s been tough, but for the most part I just try to “get ‘er done” and not over think it.  I’ve pretty much been eating different variations of the same thing.

It is getting very old.

Here are some pics of my “creations”….

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Scrambled eggs (1 whole egg + 4 egg whites) and chicken topped with low sugar ketchup and Walden Farms Ranch Dressing.

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How ’bout that???? More eggs!  Yes, 1 whole egg +4 egg whites scrambled with peppers, onions and spinach topped with low sugar ketchup and served with salad on the side (topped with Greek dressing.)

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This was so yummy!!  I cut up a Yukon Gold potato and fried it up in a little olive oil with some peppers and onions.  I cooked it for a bit and then added 4 egg whites and scrambled them in.  I topped it all with low sugar ketchup.  It was so good and I was SO full!

On Sunday, we had dinner at my parent’s house with some of my siblings and their families.  I brought a big ‘ol Greek salad.

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It included Spring Mix, Chopped romaine, tomatoes, yellow pepper, cucumber, olives and artichoke hearts.  I love Greek salad!

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Here’s my plate from dinner at my parent’s house.  Yes, I totally had a hotdog….and yes, I’m totally okay with it. ;-)  I also dipped my veggies in just a bit of ranch (I barely used any of it.)

Well, there ya go.  I know I just need to get through these next 5 1/2 days and then it will get a little easier.  Then I can add fruit!  Yay!

I gotta say, I’ve really loved this diet.  Here are my reasons why:

1. I am eating all REAL food.  I’m pretty happy about that.  When you’re just eating meat, eggs, veggies and nuts it’s really…..ummm, real.

2. My appetite has gone WAY down.  When I wake up in the morning, I’m not even hungry.  It’s weird.  I still get hungry throughout the day, but I’m just not as obsessed with food as I usually am.  ;-)

3.  I’m anticipating awesome results!  So far, I’ve lost about 4 pounds.  Yippee, skippy.  I’m pretty much at my “normal” weight right now.  But, usually when I get to my “comfy, normal” weight, I start to slack.  But, I’M NOT SLACKIN’!  Soooo, I hope to really lean up and lose a little bit more of my not-so-cute love handle.

4. I feel really disciplined.  I’m happy I can take charge of this aspect of my life and get the results I want.  I don’t like feeling like I’m a victim of my poor choices.  I hope that makes sense.

Well, that pretty much sums it up!

I must mention, my friend Diane is doing this with me.  She and I discussed a few things about this diet and we are making a few minor changes.  First off, this diet helps with three things; 1. weight loss, 2. sugar and processed food addictions and 3. identifying allergies.  I’m not as concerned about identifying allergies, except the dairy one.  I’ve always been curious to see if I felt any different by going off of dairy, so I’m going to stick with that one.

The changes we have made do not effect the weight loss or sugar/processed food addictions part of it at all.  Here they are:

1.  We are going to allow lean meat and pork.  I rarely eat it anyway, but we’re allowing sirloin steak, extra lean ground beef, pork sirloin and lean ham.  Everything I’ve read about these cuts of meat say they are healthier choices.  Like I said, I don’t eat them often anyway; I just want to expand my eating options a little.

2.  We’re going to allow peanut butter.  Of course, I will only use natural.  My doc said it’s technically a legume, so I’m supposed to wait until week 4 to introduce it, but I DO NOT HAVE A PEANUT ALLERGY!  So, I’m not gonna wait.

3.  My doc said to only make your own salad dressings and don’t use store bought dressings.  I’ve made my own dressings before, and they are good, but I’m not in the mood to bother with it right now.  SO, I’m only using high quality, “legal” ingredient store bought dressings.

4.  We are going to introduce dairy back in at week #4.  My doctor’s office recommends never eating dairy ever again.  We are not going to do that.  I have heard it takes 30 days of going off of dairy to find out if you have an allergy.  So, that is what we’re going to do.

I think that’s it.  Sounds like a plan!  Well I gotta go to bed, so G’night to you all!

xoxo

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A Fun Race + Healthy Food!

October 13, 2012 in Exercise, Family Life, Nutrition

I had the funkiest breakfast EVER this morning…

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Two hard boiled eggs (mostly just the whites), chicken and cocoa roast almonds!

Ya.  Weird.

I went to the gym this morning and wanted to grab something quick I could eat in the car.  Soooo, I came up with this!  It was actually pretty good!

When I got home, I made myself a yummy protein shake (sorry, no pic.)

Later on, I baked a bunch of Yukon Gold potatoes and sweet potatoes.  Here’s what Kev and I did with them….

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Kev’s plate.  He took a Yukon Gold potato (yes, it’s under there) and topped it with a big ‘ol salad and chicken!  He said it was awesome!

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My plate.  Look how much food that is!!??!  I had a sweet potato topped with a little honey and cinnamon (the bomb!) with salad and chicken on the side.  I was stuffed after this!

This was so yummy!  I am definitely very sick of this diet, but I WILL NOT QUIT!

I AM looking forward to adding fruit in 8 days, 2 hours and 16 minutes, however.

Moving on,

Yesterday, my 11 year old daughter and 9 year old son ran a fun little race!  It was called “Dash after Dark” and it was put on by our wonderful city.  They had a 5 mile run and a 1 mile “fun run.”  I love love love our city!  They put on fun races all year long.  They also have fun activities for Halloween, Christmas, Easter and the 4th of July!  Awesome!

My kids just signed up for the “fun run”, but it was “SO FUN!”  There were only about 20 people who ran it, but my son came in 1st and my daughter came in 5th!  My son ran it in 9:06 and my daughter ran it in 10:13.  My (very competitive) son was SO proud of himself!  It was funny.  He could hardly wait until they handed out the awards.  It was great for his confidence…..I think??

Anyway, here are some pics from last night.  It was VERY cold and windy.  I was glad I wasn’t running!

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Before the race.

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Getting ready to run!

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The cheering section!

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The best seats in the house!

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My daughter, just about the finish!

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My son, just about to finish!

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Kev and the kids, after the race.

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Me and the kids, after the race!

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My cute kids, after the race with their medals!  Look at my son’s beaming face!  He was just so proud of himself.  My daughter loved it too!

Even though it was just a 1 mile race with about 20 participants, my kids had a ball!  It pretty much made my son’s year.  I was so proud of them both!  It was a fun night!

I hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend!  I’m so glad weekends happen once a week!  Yay!

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