Thursday, July 26, 2012
It's football season. Two boys in two different age divisions. The time sucking machine has again been activated until Thanksgiving
The struggle and balance act has commenced
Planning, planning, planning to be key
I will TRY to be optimistic
Wish me luck
Friday, June 15, 2012
I haven't had coffee in just shy of 2 months. I went to the water cooler this morning and one of my co-workers blocked the coffee as if I was going to steal his precious gold. I smiled, shook my head and said, Don't you know I haven't had coffee in like 2 months? Or diet soda or tea for that matter? He was incredulous. What? How do you do it? I just shrugged and said I just "do". And I'm fine with it.
Every once in awhile I think about the creamy sweet stuff in the morning but it's just a memory of the habit. Mostly, I don't even think about it when I go get water, or just order water at a restaurant. It's automatic.
I've really been trying to eat foods as whole and non processed as I can. Which is extremely hard. Everything is processed. My day usually consists of green juice, fruits, legumes (especially lentils-love 'em), ezekiel sesame bread, organic peanut butter, maybe some honey. I've gotten into a routine.
My juice recipe has finally been perfected. I use 1 cucumber, 1/2 bunch of celery, 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, a handful of spinach, 2 apples, 1 lemon peeled and another lemon only half peeled. I get 3-16 ounce servings. Then I add 1 tsp of chia seed to each jar. As Joe Cross says, "Juice On!"
I'm working on cutting out meat, dairy and processed sugar as much as I can. I eat as vegetarian as possible. At one point I thought I had gone vegan for a few days and then realized 'honey' is not vegan. Who knew?
Vegan is not really a goal but I've been reading a lot about it lately. It's interesting to me.
I did have a veggie delite sandwich from Subway yesterday. The 9 grain bread was not ideal but it sounded good so I ordered it. When I go out to eat it's usually mexican and I order some kind of shrimp dish with whole pinto or black beans and veggies. Most of the time I can actually avoid the chips. For me, this is an accomplishment with a capital A. I was at Red Robin last week and ordered the vegan veggie burger with fruit on the side. Again, not exactly what I'm trying to eat but at least it wasn't meat. But sometimes I just want that shrimp. Or frozen yogurt. I usually eat those once a week. Please don't get me started about the sodium content restaurants have. That's a whole other subject!
This past week the hubby and I started hitting the gym every night. Our boys are at grandmas for 2 weeks which makes it easier to get over there. I'm really enjoying it. I hope we can keep it up once they come back home but it's hard so we shall see. I still walk at lunch too but the valley is starting to heat up so we'll see about that too.
For now, I've realized it's not a all or nothing thing. For me, it's just about eating better the majority of the time and to get moving. It will "do".
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Not a good week for me foodwise. I fell off the wagon. Again. This process truly is the hardest thing I've ever done. I'm still excited about juicing. I love it. Getting it done is another story. It takes TIME. Precious time. I'm still working on the planning and scheduling of it all. After getting the kids to school, work, baseball practices and/or games, after school homework, getting the kids ready for the next day...blah, blah, blah. Parents know what I'm talking about. Then to have to plan, shop, prepare the food. I'm failing. Not so much during the day. I rock the days. It's the evenings I suck at. It's so easy to slip into the bad habits we have. And I don't want to fail at dinner. My boys need me to step up and help with their eating. They, of course don't want that 'help' but I'm not being the best parent for them right now.
We ate out 4 times last week. FOUR! Then we topped it off with a major BBQ for Mother's Day (I did great on all the veggies and fruits then blew it on my mom's awesome potato salad and my dad's fabulous chili beans). Yeah, do the math. We only ate at home twice last week. Truly pitiful.
I have been doing well getting my walking in during the week. Every day at lunch, I walk. I feel good about that. I do want to amp up the exercise for weekends though. I don't do anything on Sats and Suns. My boys got me a new bike for Mother's Day to replace the one I crashed a few months ago. I'm looking forward to getting out and about on that. After I replace the seat. Good lord! We all went for a test ride last night and seriously, I bruised my butt cheek. I know I did. I can't see it but I can feel it. My bum is way too big for that tiny seat. I think they put a kids seat on that mountain bike... OK, I know this isn't true but tell that to my butt!
The only thing I can do is brush it off and try harder. Today is another day. Tonight's dinner for the fam-BBQ chicken, corn on the cob and salad. I'll be hitting a juice!
Thursday, May 03, 2012
I'm getting the hang of this juicing business. The key for me was mason jars. I have a 16 ounce and a 32 ounce one. I get them full and I'm set for a day of juice. Ideally, I'd like to have three 16 ounce ones. I drink 2 cups of juice at/for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Someday, I'll go and buy what I want but for now I'm making due with what I've got.
I've tried all sorts of combinations. Just saw broccoli stems and romaine in some recipes and they actually worked out. Thank you Kris Carr!! (Her Crazy, Sexy Juices & Succulent Smoothies is an awesome e-book.) I'm getting used to adding more 'green' and less fruit. Today's juice has celery, cucumber, romaine, apples and a lemon in it. Pretty darn good. I'm a bit lucky in this regard. I've always liked vegetables so getting used to the stronger flavors of some of the greens as been quite easy. I have to admit I'm not all that adventurous with some of the greens I've seen mentioned in recipes. Dandelion greens? All I can envision are those yellow flowered weeds that grow in my front yard. Ah, I don't think so! Or Escarole? I'm assuming this is some kind of lettuce-off to the internet on that one! It's been kind of fun making all sorts of creations.
I'm keeping to nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, ezekiel bread and fish the rest of the day. I usually have a handful of walnuts and a banana mid-morning. Lately vegetable soup and grilled tilapia or cod for lunch. Some raw sunflower seeds and an apple or pear for snack. Dinner, a salad or an organic peanut butter sandwich. Last night I just had juice. It just depends how hungry I am.
I've started my lunchtime walks back up. It's amazing to me that exercise stamina gets lost if you don't keep up on it. I don't walk as fast as I used to. Gotta get back to my old fitness level! I also did a set (yeah only ONE) of 20 squats and have been unbelieving sore for the past 2 days. That's just down right embarrassing to me. Time to get some strength back too.
But it's all good. It will all come. I feel on track for wellness and am happy with how I'm doing. As Joe Cross says, "Juice On!!!"
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Well, I'm almost a week into juicing. Still loving it. I drink 3 to 4 glasses of juice a day. It is a pain to clean up afterwards but I'm getting used to it. I just tell myself it's worth the health. The headache is gone now and I have a lot of energy. Which is good because I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I have to get dinner ready as well as prep foods for the following day. From a family that dined out ALL THE TIME to cooking at home has been quite the switch.
Another issue I'm dealing with is making food that the family will actually EAT while I'm trying to eat as natural/organic as possible. I haven't really been able to do it yet. I've had a heck of a time finding recipes. Right now, I'm pretty much making two dinners. One I can eat and one the family WILL eat. I'm not eating dairy, rice, pasta or bread but still make those for the family.
I still feel as if I don't have a good plan to get the kids on board with eating better. Example: Takis are in the house. Takis!! Those are pure poison yet I'm still letting them eat the damn things. I feel like a horrible mother. The ingredient list is insanely full of chemicals I can't pronounce plus all the bad stuff I can. They love 'em of course. I swear to myself I'm not going to buy them anymore. Really, this is IT! As a parent I KNOW it's my responsibility to feed them healthy food but I also like to see them get pleasure from eating. It's hard to get carrots to compete with Takis....
Things are starting to get hard around my house. Each day as I eat better and better I look at what I'm eating and what they're eating. I don't like it. Not that it's all bad. I pack organic peanut butter on whole grain bread (not just whole wheat) for their sandwiches. I stopped packing Capri Suns and pack Organic lower sugar juices for their drink. I pack 3 kinds of fresh fruit for their snacks/lunch.
Dinner is full of salad, veggies, more fruit. Chicken or shrimp. If there's a carb on the table it's brown rice, whole grain bread or whole grain pasta. The tortilla chips got wiped out two nights ago. The tortillas have been gone for weeks. Last night's dinner was broccoli, snap peas with garlic honey shrimp, black beans and a salad and fruit on the side. I've developed an attitude. Dinner is dinner. This is it. No asking for cereal. No asking to go out. My oldest ate a few pieces of shrimp and a bunch of strawberries. My youngest ate 2 shrimp, 2 peas (not the whole bean, 2 PEAS), the black beans, and a few bites of salad.
I guess my hope is they will eat the healthy stuff because eventually that's all that will be THERE. It's gonna be a rough road to travel. A rough road.
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