Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ten Things Wednesday

I've come to realize that even though I love the idea of Ten Things Thursday, I don't often get to write one because of my schedule. I have the time right now to type some random stuff, so I'm calling it Ten Things Wednesday.
Here you go...

1. Hubby comes home tomorrow. It's been 12 days. We all miss him and I'm sure he's exhausted and ready to be home. We've already planned a lunch and movie date for Friday while the kids are in school.

2. Every Thursday I do the grocery shopping. Every Wednesday I think about how I should find the time and ambition to give the fridge a good cleaning before filling it up with groceries again. I realized I never do it because I work on Wednesdays. Well, today I had the day off and finally got it done. That sucker was disgusting. I guess when you eat as much fresh food as we do in our family, it makes a mess of the fridge.

3. On Tuesday I did two back to back classes at the gym. Weight lifting and kick boxing. For the whole rest of the day I felt completely wiped out. That got me thinking about what's going to happen to me when I can't work out like this anymore. There's going to come a day when I won't be able to do the high impact exercise that I do now. Will I gain all the weight back? That's a terrifying thought.

4. I've been wanting to watch "12 Years a Slave" for a while now. I put it on hold at the library and there were about a million people ahead of me in line. My number came up while we were away on vacation so I had to let it go. I put it on hold again once we got home and I got the notice today that it was ready. I was so excited because I knew hubby would not want to watch it, and I could see it while he's still away.
Well, I get to the library and find out it's the damn BOOK version they had for me! Don't get me wrong, I'm an avid reader, but seriously, who wants to read the book when there's an Oscar nominated movie out that tells the whole story in color. Gaaah!

5. I made these muffins today. I made a batch with the gluten free flour and one with regular whole wheat flour. Both turned out fantastic. Oh, I also skipped the sugar completely. The bananas are sweet enough, the sugar wasn't necessary. I loved them. The kids loved them. In fact the little one asked me to put them in her lunch tomorrow instead of a sandwich. I love when I find a healthy recipe that they'll actually eat.

6. I had some sort of nightmare last night that I can't really remember except that I woke up screaming and thinking someone was standing over my bed looking at me. I actually yelled out loud! After that I couldn't get back to sleep for several hours. This morning my little one told me she heard me yell last night.
Tonight may be a Benadryl kind of night.

7. Tomorrow's the first day of spring and these legs are so ready to get out there and walk some hills. I Can't Wait!

8. Still doing no dairy for Lent. Do you know how hard it is to have taco salad with no cheese and no Greek yogurt? Torture.

9. I don't have a drop of Irish blood in my body, neither does the husband. We've never celebrated St. Patrick's Day. The thought has never crossed my mind to decorate for that particular holiday. My kids are having a fit that I don't have any St. Pat's decorations. I'm hoping I can pick some up at a deep discount tomorrow while I'm doing my grocery shopping, so I'll be ready for next year!

10. It's officially past my bedtime, especially after my rough night last night. So, with that I bid you farewell.

Have a great night, have a wonderful Thursday.
Be well!

Monday, March 17, 2014

It's Been Too Long!

I logged onto Blogger today to see what's been happening with my blogging friends, and couldn't believe there were 2 pages of posts I haven't read yet!
I've been gone too long.

Hubby's been in China for 8 days so it's just me taking care of the kiddos. I'm tired. In fact I'm sitting in my bed blogging right now while I should be cleaning up the kitchen and figuring out dinner. I'm beat.

I also have a killer cold that has decided to settle in my sinuses and wreak havoc.
You might remember I did oil pulling twice last week. I don't know if it's a coincidence but I got sick the very next day. My nose is on fire. I've been sleeping with the humidifier on all night, and with the aide of Benadryl. I'm wondering if the oil pulling brought up a bunch of junk that was sitting dormant. Who knows. I haven't done it again since I've been sick. I may try again next week.

I'm doing much better with my food choices these past few days. I'm still off the dairy for Lent. I haven't noticed much of a difference in the belly area since giving up dairy, but I do know I feel better and am not gassy anymore. I really miss cheese!

I'll try to read and comment on some more blogs this evening.
Have a great night!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Have You Tried the New Craze?

OK, apparently it's not all that new, I'm just late to the party.

It seems everyone and their brother is on to this 'oil pulling' thing. Have you heard of it?

Here's a link for more information...Healing Cavities

Apparently, you take a hunk of good organic coconut oil, plop it in your mouth, swish it around for 20 minutes, and spit it out.
It's supposed to pull the toxins and bacteria from your mouth which can cure a whole laundry list of things. Primarily it helps with oral health, but some folks claim it helps with sinus problems, allergies, excema, migraines, etc.

I'm pretty OCD about brushing and taking care of my teeth. I've never had a cavity. However, I have had numerous oral surgeries and lost 2 teeth because of an infection that no dentist can figure out how I got in the first place. It was a long and horrible ordeal that I hope is now fixed forever.

Because I want to keep my teeth for a hundred years, and I do suffer from sinus/allergy issues, I decided to give it a try.

I was able to do the swishing for about 15 minutes which from what I've read, is pretty good for a first timer. Most people can't do it for more than 5 minutes the first time.
Coconut oil really has no taste, and it turns to liquid within a few seconds because of the warmth of your mouth.

After spitting you're supposed to rinse with water. I did and right away I noticed my teeth were SUPER sensitive to the cold water. Not sure if that's normal. Most people who do this on a regular basis say they have no sensitivity, so I'm hoping this was just because it was the first time.

When I looked for information on line about uses of coconut oil, I discovered there are about a zillion uses.
Here's a list if you're interested...

My older daughter has super thick, super dry hair, especially in the winter. Every morning it's a battle to get the brush through, even with detangler. Today I put a little coconut oil on my hands and then rubbed it on her ends, and guess what? It worked! Her hair looks so soft and shiny, and no screams this morning while brushing. I think I'll try that every couple of days during the winter with her from now on.

I guess I'll write a review of the oil pulling in a week or so to let you know if I've noticed any difference with my teeth.

Until then, be well and have a great day!

Monday, March 10, 2014

I don't Like Deprivation, and Other Stuff

I've tried going carb free, and I cheat.
I've tried doing only protein shakes, fruits and veggies, and I cheat.

I think I hate knowing there are certain foods that I can't have. I feel deprived.
I've decided that the only thing that truly works for me is tracking my caloric intake every day, which means no foods are off limits, as long as I write it down and stay under a certain amount of calories.

Sounds easy, right?

Well, I suck at that too. But, I know that it works, and I tend to stick with it longer than any of the other things. So I'm back at it.

I'm still successfully staying away from sweets. The GS cookies are untouched. I made chocolate chip pancakes for the kids the other night and didn't even eat ONE CHIP. Nada.

I've also been dairy free since the beginning of Lent.
I'm not Catholic but have always given something up for Lent since college, probably because my roommate was Catholic. For some reason when I say I'm going to do something for Lent, I don't cheat. I guess I figure God is watching!

I know I'm lactose intolerant but that doesn't usually stop me from adding cheese to foods, and then suffering from the bloating and gas I get later. Giving up dairy was the best decision for me, and it means no chocolate because chocolate is dairy too!
I can say I do feel better and less bloated.

I took the girls out for pizza the other night and I actually ordered a cheese-less veggie pizza. Yes, such a thing is possible! It was actually tasty and I didn't even miss the cheese all that much.

I am off from work the rest of the week and I have big dreams of cleaning the whole house and organizing my closet. Hubby did his closet 2 weeks ago and even though mine isn't as much a mess as his was, I still said I'd clean out mine and bring a big donation to the Goodwill. Tomorrow is the day! I think I have Spring fever.

Well, that's all for tonight. Have a great night and be well!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Vacation Recap

Well folks, we're back from Florida and in true Wisconsin fashion, we were greeted with single digit temperatures and more snow.
I can't tell you how depressing that is!

We stayed in a condo instead of a hotel which had some perks. Our first stop when we got off the plane was to the grocery store. I spent about $200 on food for 6 people for a week. I could have done better at home with my store ads and coupons, but in comparison to eating out every day, we saved a ton.
Due to me doing the shopping and cooking, I was able to stay on plan for most of the week.
The downside to this story is that I had to do all the cooking. Not such a vacation for me.
At least my father in law did dishes every night which was a big help.

I did have 2 glasses of wine and 1/2 of a beer over the course of the week. After not having alcohol for so long, it doesn't take much to knock me for a loop. I'm done now.

I had to break my no bread rule at the end of the week when we were running low on supplies and the only thing left to make for lunch was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Still by far better than what most people eat on vacation, I think.

Each kid had a night where they were horribly sick overnight and I was up with them washing bedding all night. That wasn't fun! Not sure what sort of bug they picked up but it was nasty. I may never forget the smell.

We spent 3 days at Universal Studios, which everyone thought was way better than Disney. We really enjoyed everything there.

I should mention we didn't eat park food.
We (I) packed our lunches every day so we ate our own food. Only once did we eat in the park and that was for a character breakfast at a sit down restaurant. It was so neat because all the characters come to the table for pictures and autographs. The food was good too.
My meal came with bacon and sausage, which I gave to my younger daughter. It also came with a croissant which I gave to my older daughter. I ate the eggs, potatoes and fruit. Not too bad.

The kids just loved this whole experience. We generally don't fall prey to the hype of buying extras and souveniers and such so this was the one and only thing we splurged on, but it was worth it!

As far as exercise goes, my husband calculated that we walked an average of 10 miles each day we were in the parks. I'm pretty sure that's an accurate estimate because we all wore good sneakers and my feet and legs were killing me each night.
I did my butt lift video twice while there, then we somehow couldn't figure out how to sync the DVD player to the TV anymore, so that was the end of that.
I also used the fitness center of the condo once while there. Other than that, it was just the constant walking aorund the parks that kept me moving.
I probably could have done more but this was supposed to be a vacation, right?

I have to tell you that I felt horribly fat the entire time we were there. I don't think I was quite ready to wear shorts and capris. Things are tight around the middle and I don't like how it feels. I know that having 2 abdominal surgeries in 5 months time has taken a toll on my abs, and I should cut myself some slack, but I hate it. I'm not ready for summer, that's for sure.

This week I'm detoxing from my wine and bread by doing a steady diet of fruits, veggies, and protein shakes. I figure I an have as much fruit and veg as I want to keep me full, and that should keep me away from the junk carbs that I don't need.

I haven't stepped on the scale yet. I got my TOM on the last day in Florida which always produces a depressing number on the scale, so I'm waiting.
I'm hoping it's not a shocker once I step on. I'll keep you posted.

So, there you have it. We're back, it's cold, and I'm fat around the middle.
That about wraps it up.
Have a great week!