March 09, 2014
:: Friday evening, Chris and his guys took care of some things for their side job. So, I worked out and then went and browsed around Target for a bit. I bought a bunch of randomness :) Which is what Target is good for! Then the boys were back in town, and we had dinner at Red Robin with Neeley. Then rented Runner Runner with Justin Timberlake and Ben Afleck and had a movie night at home. It was average, maybe even ho hum.
:: Saturday, made a delicious breakfast, and then puttered around the house. Before lunch, we went up to the office to workout. It was way too cold and windy outside for us. After a great workout for both of us, we stopped at Sams and then came home and had lunch with Aspen. That evening, we had dinner at our friends The Gilgenbachs, and that was very nice. They made beef kabobs and roasted sweet potatoes, and I took mixed berries for dessert.
:: Sunday, Aspen and I went to church while the boys worked some more. Then I did the grocery shopping for the week, unloaded, ate lunch, did laundry and made my egg muffins for the week. They look yummy! Also planned a few other yummies. Now I am waiting for Chris to get home so we can go to our life group get together at 4:00. Not sure if they will be home in time, we shall see. Later tonight is The Walking Dead! Looking forward to a good evening.
:: How is Whole 30 going?? If you are curious, read on :) Today marks the end of week one, and things are going good. There have been a number of people in the challenge who have already dropped off. Their bodies just suffered too much shock in the first few days and did them in. There are a few of us still hanging on. I feel great, and very full. My clothes are feeling looser and I feel lighter. I look slimmer. I am interested to see how much weight is lost, at the end of the 30. I'm eating a lot of food and giving my body what it needs to work properly. And my allergies are still seeming better than normal. Still there, yes, but lesser degree. After this first week, I have not missed many things. Popcorn, almond milk. That's really about it. Though, it does take some willpower to ignore the foods I am used to -- like when Chris and Aspen are devouring some triple chocolate cake, all the junk food in the aisles of the grocery store, or not ordering my normal things in restaurants. It is doable though, and I'll be even stronger after week 2. At the end, my list (so far) of things I plan to reintroduce is pretty short -- popcorn, plain yogurt, almond milk, cheese, and dark chocolate. We'll see what else gets added along the way.
March 06, 2014
:: Had so much fun at zumba tonight! Great workout.
:: I went to the allergy doctor. Like I said, overall I have been very good off the allergy meds (unexpected). I had a rough night last night though. Up at 2:30 with a lot of snot, and every hour after. Long night. I wonder if I can blame it on the Taco Bueno I had for dinner??? Even though the food I ate was acceptable, I think they probably put extra stuff in their ground meat. My stomach could tell and hurt for a bit. The test was good, and yes, still have allergies. But nothing too crazy, and not at the point of needing allergy shots again. Yay! My main triggers are ragweed and cedar.
:: Our friend John came for dinner tonight, and that was fun! They are enjoying some wine, and he will probably stay here and ride in to work from here tomorrow. Better safe than sorry!
:: I found a lot of great Whole 30 recipes today! Can't wait to try them out.
:: Time to relax!
March 05, 2014
:: My presentation was from 4:40 - 6:00 and then we rushed to life group (which starts at 6:00). It was another great lesson and we are really loving our time there. This is definitely where we are being called. Tonight we discussed how the devil and distractions interfere in our marriage. Very good food for thought.
:: Day 4 of Whole 30 went very well! I am loving it and it excites me! We have decided that this is not for Chris...we are going to come up with our own plan for him, that is more suited for him and his needs. He is asking me to help create the plan and I am excited! I want it to be something that makes him happy and makes him lose weight and makes him feel nourished and makes him treat his body well. It's a fine balance. I feel like this Whole 30 plan, for me, is giving me so much nourishment. It is so hard to explain but I feel amazing!! 26 to go and then I plan to just keep right on -- by bringing just a few things back in.
:: So I have been off of allergy medicine now for two straight days, so I can have my allergy test redone tomorrow. And I expected to be a huge snotty mess these two days. But surprisingly, I have been fine. Which is very, very strange. ?? I am beginning to wonder -- is it possible that I have some kind of allergy to one of the foods that I have recently cut out? Some kind of dairy or grain? Obviously I have a lot of allergies, the test proves that. But perhaps one of those foods is making it worse???? That is exactly one reason why I am wanting to do this Whole 30! I want to understand my body better.
:: Ok, I need to read for my book study! More tomorrow!
March 04, 2014
:: Had bunko tonight and it was so fun! I truly enjoyed it. And came home with an amazon card, so I can get a Kindle book!!
:: Work was steady, and good...we had our new marketing assistant begin on Monday and she is doing well so far. I think she'll fit in just fine.
:: Need to do some reading for my work book study...a little John Maxwell...
:: I had the most delicious lunch today, and I am definitely going to be having it again!!! A bed of spinach topped with diced gala apple, 2 sliced boiled eggs, and smoked salmon. So yummy!! Drizzled a little oil/vinegar/dill dressing I made on top, and some salt/pepper...I haven't tasted anything that good in a long time!! :)
:: Hope you all had a great Tuesday!!!
March 03, 2014
:: As I sit here, I am quite snotty. I became sneezy/snotty after my workout this evening, and have been snotty ever since. The bad news is that starting tomorrow morning, I can't have any allergy meds. So I will take some Benedryl to sleep tonight and then I'm off for a few days. Everyone stand back!
:: This evening, we had the pleasure of attending the 30th anniversary celebration of our Abilene Hospice. We had a lovely meal, and the author Mitch Albom spoke. He is the author of books like Tuesdays with Morrie, and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. His speech was inspiring and I so enjoyed it!! So glad that we went!
:: Tomorrow is bunko! Wahoo!!
March 02, 2014
:: Friday evening, Chris and I worked out after work...then we grabbed a quick dinner at Mr. Burger and headed home. Chris went to work on his side project with the guys, and I got my stuff packed for the crop and worked on our 4 week Whole 30 menu. I also made the grocery list.
:: Saturday morning, Chris and I went to the church and spent almost 4 hours in the process of becoming members of the church. We were able to sign the covenant at the end, and they took our photos for the membership directory! We are very excited to become members - this is definitely where we feel led to call our home. Afterwards, we had a quick lunch and then Chris went to run 10 miles and I drove to Pam's for our crop. She lives in Clyde, so it was about a 30 minute drive each way. It was nice to be with my music in the car, driving. The crop was fun, I am glad I was able to hang out with the girls for a bit. I didn't really get much done, but I am glad I was able to go for a bit. At 6:00, I left and went to do the grocery shopping. That took quite awhile, as I am now on the hunt for healthy foods and reading labels. Chris had to work with the guys again, so after getting food I went home and relaxed with my HGTV magazine on the couch! When Chris got home around 11:00, we went to iHop so that he could have his "last hurrah" before our challenge started the next day. Aspen got off work and met us there, and though we were all sleepy, we had a good time.
:: Sunday, our church service was great! Pastor David started his new series "Famous Last Words" -- he will be going deep on the last things Jesus said while he was dying on the cross -- his last words to us hold a lot of power. I am looking forward to the whole series. Afterwards, laundry, lunch, and cleaned the living room. Helped Aspen get started on some things for her Ireland trip. She had a 3:30 team building meeting at the church for the trip. Made dinner, did my book study with Aspen, and watched The Walking Dead. And now we are nearing bedtime.
:: We started our challenge today...I made some very yummy egg muffins for breakfast and we have leftovers for tomorrow morning. Lunch was a taco salad (no shell) and dinner was meatballs and roasted veggies. I am honestly stuffed and thought everything was delicious. I'm happy with the two new recipes I tried. I think Chris is starving. :( This is a big change for him, and I know that it won't be easy. And worse yet, he is a big coffee drinker, but not black -- and that is the only way he can have it right now. He might have some caffeine withdrawl unfortunately. I have been eating this way, in a lot of ways, for many weeks now. So I really don't think it will be a huge deal for me. I keep reminding Chris that this was fully his decision!!! I had nothing to do with it! :) I am praying that it gets easier for him every day. You could pray too??
February 27, 2014
:: So happy for Friday tomorrow! We have our employee luncheon, so that will be fun. We will also begin our next departmental book study, and I have delegated the facilitating. I am excited to see what he does with the opportunity!
:: This evening on the drive home, Chris really grilled me on the Whole 30 challenge. I chattered away, giving him all kinds of answers. Then he tells me, "Ok, I'm going to do it too!" That really threw me for a loop!!! I thought he was asking me those questions to make sure what I was doing was healthy, and all along he was weighing it out to see if it was something he could handle!!! I was so excited, it will be so much easier to do with him doing it too!!!!
:: Chris is sending in three of his wines to a wine contest!!! Very exciting. He will receive back the tasting notes and get some good feedback. I'm so proud of him!
:: My friend Amy sent me a lot of very yummy Whole 30 recipes!! I am looking forward to trying some of them out, especially the meatballs!
:: Time to go read more from my book and learn what we're doing on this challenge!!
February 26, 2014
:: I received a packet in the mail today from my allergy doctor. Next week, I will be having the allergy test done again because it has been a few years now that I've been off the shots and she needs to check where I'm at. I personally think I am probably going to have to get back on the shots for awhile, so we shall see. In the meantime, before my appointment, I can not take any allergy medication 48 hours prior to my test. That is TWO DAYS. If you know me at all, you know that that spells disaster. I don't really know how I'll even be able to go to work, I'll be such a mess!
:: Chris and I made the difficult decision to start going to this new life group instead of the one we were attending. It was tough but I feel like it was the right decision for us. Once the new class gets bigger, they make break it off into smaller groups, and that smaller group may meet on a different day. So it is possible that we'll be able to do both at some point. We'll have to see how it pans out. We attended the new life group again this evening, and we just feel like it is right. I need to start taking notes, because the leader gave us so much great information and I don't retain well. Very good stuff.
:: Tomorrow, my weight loss challenge group will be meeting during lunch to discuss our progress. Should be good! I am doing very well and am ramping up for the start of my challenge Sunday! I need to make a trip this weekend to the natural food store in town to see what I can find!
February 25, 2014
:: Chris is home from his Ohio work trip, and I am so happy! I missed him!!!
:: This evening, we were invited to dinner by the Templetons! We were able to tour their beautiful home that they have been redoing, and to meet their dog Millie! Charlee cooked a wonderful dinner of chicken tortilla soup which was so yummy! It was a great evening with friends.
:: Aspen is selling granola bars for a class at school - 2 for $1.00 or 1 for $0.75. I told her I can get a box of 6 for $1.50, so that just isn't a good deal! What are they teaching them in economics? What does Chris do? He buys 20 of them. Yikes.
:: We are enjoying casual week at work and it has been so nice so far! I feel more productive in blue jeans!! :)
:: My night has gotten away from me, so goodbye for tonight!
February 24, 2014
:: I was able to accomplish a lot today and I just love that feeling!
:: At lunch, I read more of my It Starts with Food book - I cannot believe how much I am learning already! I'm only just beginning Chapter 5. This kind of stuff really excites me -- maybe I missed my calling! :) Nutritionist?? I am learning about how the body works, what it does with different things that we eat, etc. I feel like I am on a strong path to health. Yes, let me lose a little weight in the process. But ideally, I want these changes make me as healthy as I can possibly be. Because, to be honest, I 100% believe that the food Americans eat is making the country overweight and sick.
:: My granny seems a little concerned with my desire to make these healthy changes :) I want to reassure her that I am definitely eating, and eating well. I eat all day long and am never hungry. Just for her, here is a sample of my food today:
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs; bowl of mixed berries; 8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Snack 1: 1 cup raw broccoli; 1 light string cheese; English breakfast tea
Lunch: 1 can tuna mixed with grape tomatoes and diced avocado; 16 oz water
Snack 2: Trail mix of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, raisins; 8 oz water
Post Workout: 16 oz water
Dinner: Chicken salad made with 1 can chicken, grape tomatoes, broccoli, black olives, diced avocados, brown rice; 1/3 cup mandarin oranges; 1 hard boiled egg; 16 oz water
So there you go - my day! It is 9:21 and I am absolutely stuffed. When you feed your body the nutrients it needs, it doesn't want any more food. Most diets are filled with food that lacks nutrients, so bodies never reach that full moment. Science is pretty amazing.
:: My group from work is going to begin our Whole 30 challenge this coming Sunday and I am excited! Honestly, my eating won't change drastically from what you see above. There is no dairy on Whole 30, so I won't have any cheese; I also won't have rice. Everything else above would have been a good day on the challenge. I don't anticipate having drastic withdrawl symptoms the first few weeks like most people do, simply because I have been doing a lot of this already. Let's do it! Cutting things out like dairy, where most people feel they get all of their calcium, is not a big deal -- you can get all the calcium you need from the veggies you eat.
:: Ok, didn't mean to talk so much about food -- just wanted to set my granny's mind at ease :)
:: Watching a Beyond Candid interview with Elizabeth Hasselbeck - she is a neat woman. I'd like to learn more about her.
:: Time for a little more reading, and then bed!
February 23, 2014
I have a few things to share from our weekend!
:: Friday evening, we went to eat at Casa with Greg and Lauren...then us girls went to Target while the boys went to Lowes...and then Chris and I went to a late movie and saw Lone Survivor. Wow. That movie is so intense. It is an incredible story, everyone should definitely see it. Aspen met us there after she got off work, and she brought a nice boy along named Grayson.
:: Saturday, we were honored to be invited to share in Kynlee's first birthday party! She was the cutest. She had a lady bug themed party, and she wore an adorable black and red tutu :) She had no interest in her gifts, but she sure had a lot of fun pulling out all of the tissue paper!! She received a lot of clothes; we may have been the only ones to give her a toy! She did really enjoy that, so that was good! It was also lots of fun watching her with her first cake. She was tentative at first, and wasn't sure what to do. But after getting a few tastes, she was all about it!
:: After leaving the party, Chris and I did a ten mile ride/run. We took a great route and I was able to see a lot of donkeys! I saw two that I have never seen before, so that was fun. This first one seemed to be a young miniature, and it had a very sweet spirit. It came right over to me when I called it, and I am excited to go see it again!! The second one was extremely docile. It's ears were so far back that it looked like it didn't even have any! It was pretty funny!
:: Saturday was very busy for Aspen -- she volunteered at the church garage sale prep from 9:30 - 11:30, then worked from 12:00 - 2:30, then she went to the gym and did her run, then she worked from 5:00 - 9:00. Her days are very full. She brought Chik-fil-A home and we all chatted a bit before going to bed.
:: Saturday evening, Chris and I went to Tokoyo for sushi. Since I am soon to start my Whole30 challenge, I won't be eating any rice. So I wanted to get some sushi in before that. :) I think I will be ok cutting everything out, but I am sure going to miss sushi!!! I will be able to eat sashimi still, which is my face. So that is good! We had a lovely dinner -- miso soup, gyoza dumplings, white tuna sashimi (not nearly as delicious as my salmon sashimi!), and three rolls: Philadelphia, White Tail with Scallions, and Spicy Tuna. MMmmmm!!! After dinner, we did the grocery shopping and did some relaxing.
:: After our ten miler, I rested on our bed a bit and Poppy came to snuggle with me. She is a very, very affectionate loving dog, but she will rarely snuggle up quite this much. We were like this for quite a bit and I so enjoyed it! Super sweet!
:: Sunday, our church service was great! This coming Saturday we are attending the membership class at Beltway and we are looking forward to that. We will learn all about becoming members there, and what it entails. Our friend John will be joining us!! After church, I did laundry and got things organized for the week. This evening I have been invited to sub in a bunko group at Lauren's house, and that should be fun. Then The Walking Dead!!!!
Happy week ahead!
February 20, 2014
:: Did zumba this evening for the first time in a few weeks, and it was great!
:: Watching more Olympics this evening...one thing that I wish is that the US would not post the results of everything before we have a chance for it to be broadcast here. That really just takes all the fun out of it when you already know what's going to happen.
:: I'm gearing up for a Whole30 Challenge -- it is based on a book called It Starts with Food. It is basically a 30 day challenge of eating certain things and not eating certain other things. It gets way back to basics, and it supposed to help show you what food today is doing to your body. One thing it is supposed to help with is allergies, so we shall see. I can use all the help I can get in that area! It won't be easy. It is very similar to the Stripped Eat Clean 28 day challenge I did a few years ago and that was not easy. But it was doable. I did it. I can do this! I'm reading the book right now and learning some good stuff. Then a few of us at work are going to do it together.
:: Hope you all have a great Friday!
February 19, 2014
Or Internet is wonky tonight so I am posting from my phone.
Work was very good today. We did an interview for a position we are hiring for and it went well.
We are watching the ice skating tonight. Yay!
Chris and I attended a different life group tonight to try it out. It has a focus on marriage and is the couples married a long time pouring into couples not married as long. We really enjoyed it a lot so we have some decisions to make.
I have limited time tonight and want to read my new It Starts with Food book...until tomorrow!
February 18, 2014
:: I had a great workout this evening! And got my food logged and off we go!
:: I made delicious tortellini shrimp pasta tonight - it is my new favorite. Very yummy.
:: I have a few books I am planning to get for my kindle, with a gift card I have. One book is It Starts with Food, and the other is The Politically Incorrect Wife.
:: There isn't too much else to report - we might get a casual dress day tomorrow is the local basketball team wins their game tonight. Go girls! Beyond that, just a standard day...
February 17, 2014
:: This evening we attended our first wellness workshop. It was really good I thought. The woman shared a lot of great information and I am looking forward to learning from her over the next few months. We begin tracking our food and exercise today. Logging calories. She mentioned a Whole 30 challenge, I am going to have to google that and see what it is all about. We figured out our measurements and our BMI and how many calories we should be eating each day. Let's do this!
:: Work was good, busy.
:: Mimi went to her main doctor today for her normal checkup -- she has lost more weight. Not sure what we need to do to get some weight on her. It's just falling off.
:: I've got some things to do with the rest of my evening, so bye for today!
P.S. Thanks to my hubby for cooking dinner tonight!!!! :)