Monday, September 01, 2014
Welcome to the first day of September...and for those in the states...Happy Labor Day. If you follow my blog, you know this past month has been one heck of a month....but I made it through and looking forward to the new beginning that the first day of the month provides :) Last week I started on the Whole30. This is something I will continue to finish the actual 30 days and something i will follow pretty close to even after that. I started this because I needed to do something to reset my body, and this looked liked just the thing to do it. A friend said it was a crash diet...um, not sure how you can consider this a crash diet when i am eating real food!! It doesn't restrict calories, carbs or even fat. In fact, it encourages all that... just that you are getting your calories from real food. The carbs are not processed in any way and the fats are good fats from real foods. This past week has been a bit of a challenge because many "foods" have so many additives that really...it isn't food... it does take a little more thought and time...but the rewards are soooo worth it.
So here is the menu for the week. I did take time yesterday to prep a lot of the protein and today i will work on prep of the fruits and veggies.
Breakfast-Steak w/spinach, mushrooms & onions, Cantaloupe
Lunch-Hot wing turkey burger, green beans and onions
Dinner-Stuffed Banana peppers (no rice), red and purple potatoes, carrots
Breakfast-"fried" eggs over purple potatoes and squash, strawberries
Lunch-Chicken, carrots, cucumbers
Dinner-Hamburger, onions, cauliflower rice, green beans
Breakfast-Scrambled eggs w/spinach, mushrooms & onions, grapes
Lunch-Leftovers from last night
Dinner-Roasted Chicken legs, sweet potatoes and corn
Breakfast-Hard boiled eggs, potatoes, cantaloupe
Lunch-Leftovers from last night
Dinner-Steak, baked potato, broccoli
Breakfast-Omelet w/onions, squash and mushrooms, grapes
Lunch-Left overs from last night
Dinner-Dinner over at dd2's
Breakfast-Shredded potatoes, onions, mushrooms w/eggs
Lunch-Tuna, green beans and whatever leftover veggies are in fridge
Dinner-Pork chops, cauliflower rice and sweet potatoes
Breakfast-Homemade sausage, home fries (homemade) w/onions
Lunch & Dinner-Pork chops, Sweet potato and peas
Peas I don't like..but there was a time i didn't like sweet potatoes also...so i'm going to try them again and find different ways to make them. Soooo..if you have any ideas, i'm listening :)
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Well the last couple weeks I've learned a lot about keeping my sanity....which isn't always easy when life is coming at you from all directions. When you just have to be the perfect daughter, parent, grandma, aunt, cousin and friend and let's not forget employee....and still have to be the perfect you for YOU!!! Ok, perfect may not be the word...maybe just being all those at some kind of level...lol. On a normal day all that can be overwhelming...add in family in from out of state and 1 from out of the country...then add in one troubled son...now add in grandbabies being sick and a daughter who is having a rough pregnacy...then add in a troubled niece who is making my son's issues look like a walk in the park...now cue the music because i still had family vacation and family outings to attend...along with work and finding the me time...and all my SP family, with a smile intact...yea...that didn't always happen!!! and you know what...that's ok... yes, i shed tears...yes i threw a temper tantrum...yes i curled up into a ball and wished life away... then i got back on my feet and hit the ground running. I learned that sometimes you have to do all that just to move on..i've also learned that asking for help is ok! And sometimes declutting your life can be just the workout you need. I didn't go to the gym yesterday, nor will i today...but trust me when i say i am still getting in a work out...i'm making the now spare room into the grand kids room...so we have moved everything out...i've scrubbed walls, windows and doors...today ceilings and floors...then moving beds and toys into the room...i was trying to do this all by myself...you know what...i couldn't...so the biggest thing i learned through all this was to ask for help...don't hint around at it...but ask right up front and out there!!! and for me...that's just the sanity saver i need for this week :)
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Well I've started on the coupon/sales thing again. With son out of the house that means less immediate money...in the long run i will save actually but it will take my insurance, electric and gas bill to catch up with the one less person...so for now...save save save... most recent purchase was tea tree oil. Love tea tree oil for so many things...but a normal bottle is $14.00!!! yea...but i had a coupon and a sale of buy one get one free...$9.95... wohoo, go me :) Then with ds moving out, i got the bigger bed back...but his mattress' were more than ready to be trashed...waited until this weekend to get them...half price...yeah!
As of today, I am on day 6 of the whole30. And one thing they tell you not to do is weigh yourself...it's because during this 30 days the body, especially in the beginning, try to hold on to everything...the things that are making it sick...but that is what the body is use to... well, i am lucky in that i had started weeding out the processed food before this challenge... so my body isn't reacting quite as bad as others... and i couldn't help it... the scale was calling my name...lol...i know i've been saving tons of calories by really keeping track and eating better in general...plus i am being very faithful to my workouts and even stepping it up...and yea, i should save this for Wednesday's weigh in...but i can't...lol.... the 5 lbs i had gained over the course of everything the last month is gone gone gone!!! granted it's probably more water weight than fat weight...but as always...i'm taking it :)
Have you saved on anything this week?
Friday, August 29, 2014
Well I am on day 5 of the Whole30 and so far I feel great. Thus far I'm not craving anything I shouldn't be...the only thing i am really missing is the snacking...i'm a snacker...especially when stressed, so this has been the biggest change for me. Today will be a challenge as dd1, her g/f and i are going to go to a concert. We will be heading out for lunch then hitting the casino. Will be fun, but since for 30 days one of the no no's is grains...i can't drink...which i'm not normally a drinker anyways...but in a social situation such as this, yea i would like to have 1 or 2...so hoping i stay strong :)
As for my fitness...well i had got back to the work out 1 on the treadmill for 30 minutes... then decided to pump it up to 2...the difference is on 1 it inclined to 2.0....on the 2 it inclines to 5 but i'm doing it!!! I haven't had a "playlist" for a couple weeks now...just listen to the music playing at the gym and talking to the people there. I realized that though music does keep me going, and i love the fact i can plug in and shut the world out...that it was exactly what i was doing...shutting the world out...not opening my world to any outsiders...but i'm too friendly of person to do that...so i would talk to people when i really should of been working out...lol. So decided for now to ditch the headphones and be friendly...i'm actually getting to know new people and my workout is going by much more quickly because i'm focused on the conversation and not anything else...and yes...i am still working hard...harder actually...lol. Like i said, i have up'ed my treadmill from workout 1 to workout 2 for 30 minutes a day...and still doing 15-20 minutes on the gazelle...and 10-15 on the bike. Plus flexibility 5 minutes a day. I have also started walking more at lunch time, though i don't record those just because i never think about it...lol.
So that's it in a nut shell :) What has your exercise been like this week? Are you exercising other things in your life, like your social skills?
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Well it's been a couple weeks since I've been able to post my thankfulness...not that I haven't been thankful though. Even on my worse days, when all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and lock the world out, i still had so much to be thankful for. I am so very truly blessed and I do not forget that. This week i'm not going to break it down but give an overview. My son and I have been working on our mother/son relationship. It's was rough right after I kicked him out, but it's getting better. And he seems to be doing better in general. I am thankful also that my daughters stuck beside me and helped me stay standing when i didn't want to. They have also been helping with decluttering and cleaning out ds's old room. I am thankful that I had gotten a chance to see my cousin who lives in Ireland. Normally she comes to the states and we both get so busy, but this time we got to spend some time together.
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