Day 12!

Wow, I am proud of myself. I have made it to day twelve of my whole30, and it keeps getting easier. I am amazed that I am doing this with my husband home. He is really being supportive and understanding, which helps immensely. Today I added running back to my routine and I felt pretty good. I did two and a half miles, and tomorrow I think I want to do five. I don’t have a lot going on right now, so nothing else to report. Hope all is going great well, until next time!


What my meals are like on a daily basis

Getting my Organizational Groove ON!

All this organizational talk in my Management course has me all hyped up to get organized. I miss being organized and following a plan. We don’t plan very well, but it works for us. I guess the closest thing I can do to planning is plan out my weekly menu and workout schedule instead of winging it. My goal is to be able to plan better when the hubs is home, especially when it comes to food. We tend to over do it, and I think we can ixnay that habbit. These past few weeks, because of our very busy active schedule, I have been very sore and exhausted. Now that I have a week of rest under my belt, I am ready to run again! Here is my first attempt at putting a menu and exercise schedule on paper! I am going to print it and keep in on my counter.

The schedule isn’t complete, I left Sunday out so far. I figure whatever is in the house will work for me. In case you didn’t  notice, my menu looks really paleo-ish. That’s because it is. Remember when I wrote about the food issues? Well, allergy testing has brought up a butt-ton of stuff! I don’t know all the details yet, I have a follow up appointment on October, 9th. But, I do know that I have a bunch of foods that are on the list that I truly need to avoid. This week, I am working on avoiding all dairy, coffee, and anything with sugar cane. I have already eliminated gluten and corn. I did have a glutenous weekend last weekend, and that KILLED my stomach, but I kind of think it was worth it, in a Dear John Letter sort of way. I am also working on avoiding grains. Apparently some grains showed up in my test as well. Geez that empty Sunday is driving me nuts, I will have to fix that after food shopping on Tuesday. Sorry, OCD moment. Anyway, so yes, my menu is very clean. I know that I will allow wine or bubbly 2-3 of those days, which doesn’t seem to bother my moody stomach. Whew, if I can’t have beer, a damn cupcake with frosting, and a mocha shake, at least I can have wine!

An Ode to Roast Chicken

I can’t express how much I love roast chicken, I just LOVE IT! Roast chicken has been my staple for the last month, and If I don’t keep it stocked, our flock is at potential risk. I love the way my house smells while it is roasting, and I could make it for breakfast. Anyway, now that you have an understanding of my slightly odd obsession, here is a picture of roast chicken with fresh lettuce, baby swiss chard, and baby kale from our garden.

ImageI used a tad of TJ’s Greek Style Feta Dressing, which I also love. This is our first “real” year of gardening, and so far so good. We have enjoyed rainbow chard, some kale (chickens apparently love kale), a cabbage, and lettuce. I am so excited about the fact that I can go pick my dinner! I still buy my chicken, but I supply the veg. Back to the chicken. So my brother bought me this salt sampler for my birthday, which is perfect for me because I love salt. I have been using some of the salts on my roast chicken and I am amazed at how potent they are. Just a little goes a long way.

ImageTonight, I used the Cyprus Black Flake, pasture butter, onion powder, and garlic powder. Oh. My. Yum. Sigh.

Let’s change the subject before I go and eat another thigh. So I have been doing okay in the training department. I have been running outside during my daughter’s soccer practice. There is a track at the school that is all gravel and has a little hill that another soccer mom and I like to “power up”. I have been pretty sore from running around that dang track, but I think that is a good thing.

So this is what this month looks like:

ImageNot a lot of miles, but that’s okay. In two weeks, I am doing the River Run at The Taste of The Harvest Festival with a good friend of mine, and we have both agreed that we just need to finish the 1/2. Our goal is under three hours, which I am pretty sure with the excitement of it all I should be able to pull off. I don’t mind running as far as I can, then run/walking in order to finish. So far, when I finish six miles, I don’t feel like it has put a dent in my day. I guess that means I need to push myself more? I dunno. Anyway, it’s for the wine garden and tech shirt at the finish line right? I have also been trying out some GU’s, which I cannot stand so far. I know they help, but the cherry-lime thing I tried didn’t taste all that great.

ImageI guess I just need to suck it up and suck em’ down. Boy I am getting excited for this event! Now I just need to get a fanny pack so I can stash all my GU’s and my tablet sized phone!

So there is my life summed up in a few weeks, besides school, homeschooling, housewife duties, and soccer practice this is what I have been doing. Now that I am done with homework, I can drink bubbly and knit.ImageI am knitting a hat for my brother, a hat I promised six months ago. I sure hope I don’t have a tantrum and rip it out like I have done several times in the past.


Saturday Eats!

Happy Saturday to you all, I hope you are enjoying your weekend. My daughter and I have been enjoying this lovely sun in our own backyard, but tomorrow we are off to the park. After yesterdays bear sighting, we were pretty loud in our yard. We watered the garden, chased chickens and ducks, and lounged around. Luckily, no bear!

Our flock

My food intake today is nothing to brag about, but it isn’t horrid either. Here is what I ate today:



Breakfast: toast, 1 slice goat dutch cheese, 1 egg, greek yogurt, and Starbucks iced vanilla latte (freebie from yesterday when they messed up my order)

Snack: banana

About an hour after my snack, I did 3.1 miles on the treadmill in 37:55. I think I am ready to take my daughter with her bike to Birch Bay this week. It is sunny, and I think I need to get off the treadmill for a run.

Lunch: TJ’s Palak Paneer over jasmine rice. So yummy! I could eat this all the time

Snack: Kind Bar Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate

Dinner: 1/2 lb beef patty, 2 slices toast, cheese, 6 cherry tomatoes

Dessert: beer on the porch

For this next week, I don’t really want to use myfitness pal. I know I should, but I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what portions I need to eat, what I need to change, etc…I have planned 2 side dishes that I will cook to accompany some meats. My breakfasts will stay the same, because I am not a big breakfast person and don’t need the variety. My lunches will also stay the same, revolving around leftovers, or a simple veggie with meat. What I will change this upcoming week is my alcohol intake. That is my calorie problem right there! I drink water all day. At night, I just want something else! Maybe I need to try sparkling water or one natural cola to satisfy that craving. I know I also need to add more vegetables, but right now, I don’t want them. I love avocados, brussel sprouts, and much more! I just need simplicity right now.

Well folks, tomorrow is my last fun-filled-food-picture journal! I know, I am sad too. But, I will still post my weekly stats, so don’t fret. I have my shopping list ready for tomorrow, and my motivation in tow. I know this upcoming week will be a success as well…if not better!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


4th of July Eats!

“Liberty is the breath of life to nations”
George Bernard Shaw

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone who is celebrating is doing so responsibly and respectfully. Today has been pretty quiet around here. It is just 2 of us, my daughter and myself, so we had our own little party today. My daughter decorated with drawings of flags and fireworks, and fireworks that we made with paper. She also made a great poster with colorful letters and glitter. Boy, she loves to decorate, and she loves to get up around 5:30am before the rest of us to do it. I love that creative streak in her.

Here is another picture story of what I ate today. I did okay today, noting to beat myself up over.


Breakfast: toast with goat dutch cheese and 1 egg, greek yogurt, and coffee

Snack: Cooking Light Tomato Basil Soup

Lunch: left over 1/4lb beef patty with 1 slice bread and 1 slice fontina, roast green beans and tomatoes

Snack: TJ’s peanut butter cups

Snack: banana

Dinner: Cooking Light Cilantro Rice with Chicken. Wasn’t good. At all

Mowed the lawn with this bad boy. That is hard work! Took me 50 minutes and 283 calories.

Dessert: wine

I didn’t run today, I decided to take the day off because we played in the sun instead. Glad the sun made an appearance, to me, that is the ultimate firework! Now, my daughter has planned movie night, we are watching “Aliens in the Attic” because it is 4th of July related. When it gets dark out, we are going to use up our sparklers and a fountain. I have no idea what a fountain is, I guess I will find out. Firework safety first right?

Toodle-Ly-Doo till’ tomorrow!

Tuesday Eats!

Hello there! I didn’t think I was going to do so well today, but I did. My daughter and I went to the movies to see Madagascar 3, and I didn’t buy any junk. I did sneak 3 TJ’s peanut butter cups in, but that is what saved me! So here is the report for today:


Breakfast: toast with 1 slice goat dutch cheese and 2 eggs, 1 banana, and coffee

Lunch: Leftover roast chicken, Cooking Light Tomato Basil Soup

Snack: pepperoni stick, 3 TJ’s peanut butter cups, and vanilla whey (post workout)

Thank you legs for getting me through a 3.1 mile run after yesterday’s 5 miles

Dinner: 1/4lb beef patty with 1 slice fontina, and green beans

On the way home from the movies I was feeling very tired. I needed a pick-me-up so I stopped at Starbucks for an iced coffee (forgot to take a picture). When I got home, I was still in the dumps and tried to take a nap. Wasn’t happening. I decided to hop on the treadmill for 3.1 miles. Holy Crap! I am glad I did. Today, I finished 3.1 in 37:07. That is about 11 minutes per mile. Huge improvement, which I am surprised because yesterday I did 5 miles at about 14 minutes per mile. I am very excited to see some improvement!

See you tomorrow for another episode of Eats!

Monday’s Eats!

Monday weigh in: 162.4

For the first week of cleaning up my eating habits, I am going to post pictures of everything that goes in my mouth. Yup, all of it. I don’t care how boring it is, but it will help hold me accountable. I am also using myfitnesspal to help me keep track of what I am eating throughout the day. 

So far, today is going great! I hope I can keep it up for the rest of the week. Anyway, here is a picture story of what I had to eat today (excuse the craptastic cell phone pictures):

Breakfast: greek yogurt, egg and goat cheese slice on top of toast, and coffee!

Snack: banana

After my morning snack, I did 5 miles on the treadmill while watching Honey 2 on Netflix. I did 5 miles in 72:14. That is an average of about 14 minutes/mile. UGH! I am getting there. At least I still have energy throughout the day after doing 5 miles. I need to be thankful for that.

Lunch: toasted fontina cheese sandwich with cherry tomatoes

Snack: Kind Bar

Dinner: Cooking Light Tomato and Basil Soup with roast chicken thigh

Dessert: TJ’s Peanut Butter Cups

Dessert: 8oz red wine

Okay then! That’s it! See you tomorrow! Or, shall I say you will see my fun-food-journal-pics tomorrow?