Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day hike

Hi everyone- and Happy Memorial Day!
A big thank you to all of you who have served or are serving in our armed forces. That isn't an easy life, and we appreciate your sacrifice.

Today, I had a day off. No show requirements, no costuming requirements, and no work. My first one in nearly six weeks. I could not have been more excited! My plan was to go for a long hike this morning, get some laundry done, prep for the week and relax at home.

But when I woke up this morning, it was raining! First Penelope let me sleep until after 9:00, which is pretty much unheard of. Eventually, we got around and hauled the laundry to Momma's, scoring some lunch in the process (thanks!).

After lunch, the skies cleared up, and about 2:30, we headed out. I had decided to go over to John Bryan State Park, which has some good hiking trails, and also an entrance to Clifton Gorge. Turns out pets aren't allowed in the gorge, so we didn't get in there, but we had plenty of lovely sights in John Bryan! We hiked almost 4 miles along the Little Miami River. It turned out to be a lovely day, and Penelope was an ANGEL the entire time... here's a few pictures.

 This is a tiny, disgusting, murky swamp-pond. Why is it in my pictures, you ask? Because this is the site of the burglary almost three years ago. When my car was broken into in July 2012, the thieves threw most of my things in this pond, and Mom and I climbed in after it- I haven't been back out here since, so it seemed fitting to take a picture!

I tried to get us to take a selfie, but Penelope wasn't really having it. Clifftop climbing!

 See? She really wasn't having it. However, she did so well while we were out today that a failed selfie is a small price to pay! She didn't bark or fuss, and she didn't get overly excited about any of the dogs we passed while we were hiking the trails.

 We even found a cave! I really wanted something magical to be inside, but I only found graffiti. Still, it was pretty cool, and an awesome site for future pictures of something, I'm sure!

Penelope made a pretty rad trail leader, and, as you can probably tell, she was having the time of her life, bless her.

It was so nice to get out for a few hours, reconnect with nature. As I walked, I could feel the tension and anxiety draining out of me from the past weeks. The trails were fairly busy, but there were long stretches of time where I couldn't even hear another person, just the trees whispering to each other and the occasional bird call. What a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. We stopped once for a water break, and we didn't hurry, just walked at a fairly comfortable pace. I would love to be able to make this more of a habit! There are lots of good hikes in this area.

As for John Bryan itself, I really enjoyed the trails. The paths were neat and well maintained, the park is easy to find, and the trails mostly connect so it's pretty difficult to get too lost. Also, it's really lovely. Lots of huge exposed rock features, the river rushing by... just incredibly scenic. And it's all in the trees, so it's very shady!

After we were done, we drove back through Yellow Springs and stopped at The Corner Cone, a little outdoor ice cream stand. We both got some vanilla soft serve in a cone- they do a "doggy cone"! They keep the broken cones and add a little vanilla ice cream, then give them to dogs for free! This last picture is of Penelope munching on her ice cream- I held the cone for her and she ate it all up, before wolfing down the cone itself. Loves ice cream, just like her mama!

Bonus- she's EXHAUSTED. She's been basically asleep at the foot of the bed for the last 4 hours- the house will sleep well tonight!

Hopefully you got a chance to enjoy the great outdoors today! What's your favorite summer time activity?

Until next time~

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mango relish

Hi friends!
Sorry I went dark on you there for a few days! The show opened- it's going very well, and I'm enjoying it immensely, but it has completely absorbed me for the last week.

Unfortunately that has included some relapsed eating habits. However, I was still down about a half pound to a pound this week, and it's That Time of The Month (yurgh), so I'm giving myself a pass on some of it. This week I'm looking forward to hopping back on the wagon, so to speak.

Tonight, however, I wanted to share with you all another recipe that I developed earlier in the week. I used it to top some baked porkchops and fresh asparagus- incredibly tasty and turns an average meal into a super quick and easy "people are here for dinner" meal. Best of all- the whole meal was ready in less than 45 minutes- and that includes all prep! Now that's my kind of recipe!

Pictured above: Baked pork chop, fresh sauteed asparagus topped with mango relish.


-boneless thick cut pork chops
-one large mango
-onion (yellow or red) ( I used two small)
- 1Tb minced garlic
- asparagus
-olive oil
-garlic salt
-one lemon (for juice)
-2 Tb tangerine juice

I started with the pork chop. I put them in a 9x9 baking pyrex that I'd drizzled some olive oil in. I add some salt, garlic powder and pepper to both sides and popped them in the oven for 20 minutes at 425. (I ended up cooking them for about 25-30). While they were cooking, I chopped up the mango and onion. I added some olive oil and the onion to my favorite flat bottomed skillet with a little salt and a heaping spoonful of minced garlic. After a minute or two, I added the mango to the pan and let that cook, stirring occasionally. Then I added the lemon juice and a splash of tangerine juice (mostly cause that's what I had in the fridge). I let the whole thing cook down until the onions were getting translucent before removing it from heat and setting aside.

Lastly, I added some olive oil and a touch of bacon grease to my griddle. I chopped the stem ends down on my asparagus, set them on the hot griddle and cooked them for a few minutes, rolling them over about half way through. When one of the thicker ones was easily speared by a fork, I removed them from heat. Then it was just a matter of plating and enjoying!

If I make the relish again, I think I would try to use lime juice and add some chopped cilantro to it, which would be very tasty. But I didn't have it and I didn't really miss it, either!


Talk to you soon!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Paleo Pancakes

Hello everyone!

What a week, eh?

Just a brief check in, then. Adding gluten back in is hard. A lot of sugar comes with it, both are very addicting. And boy, have I felt sick a couple of times. Just lessons.

In some ways, I'm kind of glad to have felt sick- it's good to know that my insides have changed a lot by doing this.

I lost another two pounds this week! I won't measure myself again until the first week of June, but jeans that were tight a month ago are sliding on my hips, so things are a-changin'!

But tonight? Tonight I had breakfast for dinner. Is there anything better? I mean, on a rainy evening, there's something about pancakes and bacon that is just so... familiar. A little bit of orange juice, a season finale to watch...

Now, pancakes in any form are strictly outlawed on the whole30. The Hartwigs reason that "paleo treats" are still not good for your emotional relationship with food, so there's none of that stuff allowed. But these were completely paleo, very easy, took no more time than regular pancakes AND I could eat a big huge stack of them and not feel bloated or sleepy afterward. Safe to say this is a keeper- and is a great recipe if you've got guests for the weekend or whatever.

I will say, I'm not a huge syrup fan, so I don't have any. These are sweeter than normal pancakes, so I absolutely didn't miss it at all. But they would be good with a little maple syrup. I bet they would also be awesome with mix ins, like chocolate chips, chopped nuts or even blueberries.  SO, the recipe, eh?

-2 ripe bananas
-4 whole eggs
-cinnamon (I didn't measure, but I bet it was somewhere between a 1/2 Tbsp and 1 Tbsp.

Mix all ingredients together. (I used my mixer but you could probably use a blender too). The smoother the better, but they don't have to be perfect. Grease a griddle. I made my bacon first, so I used the same pan and used the bacon grease. Ghee (or regular butter!) would be a good choice too. Then, using a ladle or a small measuring cup, just pour small amounts on your hot griddle. These cook more quickly than regular pancakes, so be careful! I think the heat might've been a little high for me, as they got brown pretty quickly but were a little gooey in the middle (which tasted great to me, but tastes differ!).  Flip once, after the edges start to get round and big bubbles start popping on top.

Serve with a side of bacon, or whatever breakfast treats you like best!

These tasted really wonderful. They do have a banana flavor to them- but it was almost like fresh banana bread or something. And warm, gooey, sweet like pancakes should be!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

After Whole30: Lessons learned

Hi friends!

This is the last post about my day-to-day experience with my Whole30. Probably a few more about what I've learned through this process, and definitely some continued food posting, but not as much about what I'm eating everyday, etc.

So then, to whit:

Yesterday, I had a pretty bad day. After I opened the door to gluten, I went a little hog wild in the break room on Monday. Handful after handful of animal crackers, a peanut butter cup and a Subway white chocolate macadamia nut cookie. And I. felt. AWFUL. I mean, really, really sick. Not to mention I couldn't focus, I could NOT stop eating and I had absolutely no energy. It was weird.

But you know, I'm almost glad it happened. It was a really good lesson after everything that's happened to my eating habits. No, I can't just go back to my old habits. I really and truly felt awful, and I do not want to repeat that!

As for what that means for me and gluten and sugar, I'm still working on that. Obviously I'm going to really limit them both, but I'm hoping I don't have to completely eliminate them.

Today I did much better. I need to make some more time for food prep, cause I'm out of porridge and don't have other good breakfast options right now, but other than that i felt pretty good about things. And, consequently, I felt a lot better today. Penelope and I went for a run, I got plenty done at work, finished up a couple of projects around here post run, made an excellent dinner... Very pleased.

 Meal 1: grain free porridge
Meal 2: 1 baked chicken thigh, roasted zucchini and squash, spinach
Snacks: cookies, crackers, a little candy
Meal 3: I never ate dinner, I was so full and sick feeling from my down right binge in the afternoon.

Meal 1: yogurt, an apple and a cheese stick (told you I need to make some time for food prep)
Meal 2: 1 baked chicken thigh, roasted zucchini and squash, spinach
Snack: handful green grapes, outshine fruit and veggie popsicle (after my run)
Meal 3: small steak, sauteed radishes, spinach

Until next time~

Sunday, May 10, 2015

After Whole30: Weekend update

Happy Mother's Day, all! I hope you had wonderful days celebrating the amazing women in your life, whoever they are to you.

It was a great, if all too short, weekend. Saturday I started Mary Poppins fittings, which were fun and are off to a good start, I think. I went to the grocery,took a nap, tidied up a bit and got my season's worth of show posters hung up in my front hallway. Today I went and spent the afternoon with my momma and grandmother and other family, and then had a grand rehearsal for the show- it's opening SO SOON! Come see it. Tick Tick Boom at Troy Civic Theatre, opening May 22, 2015. Then Penelope and I came home and I finished getting the apartment cleaned up and ready for another work week. Whew!

Penelope had an upset tummy this afternoon. She's also completely worn out from playing at gramma's today, so I'm hoping it will pass- she's been going back and forth between the bed and the couch for hours now. But I did get her to eat a cookie when I offered (on the second try). I'm sure it's nothing.

I, on the other hand, feel pretty good. Eating was decent this weekend, not 100% clean, but pretty good. I NEED to drink more water, I'm sure of that. Other than that, though, I'm pretty good. I am noticing a little bit of irregularity, but nothing too hard to manage.

Let's see, food logs:


Meal 1: apple cinnamon porridge
Meal 2: brown rice sushi sampler
Meal 3: Leftover chicken thigh and veggies

I did take a nap on Saturday afternoon, but it was more to treat myself than because I was feeling low energy. Other than that, it was a pretty solid day all the way around. Plenty of mental clarity, which was great considering I had four hours of fittings in the morning!

Meal 1: grapes and plain yogurt
Meal 2: salmon patty stuffed with crab mixture stuff of some kind, green beans, sweet potato fries, fresh fruit, greens and a quarter glass of wine. It definitely wasn't enough to do anything to me.
Meal 3: I stopped at Panera! And I got a Turkey avocado BLT, which did have some mayo on it and was served on sourdough bread. I also ate the chips. It was gluten day after all.

I will say, the gluten didn't really seem to bother my stomach, but I felt REALLY full before I even got half the sandwich down. By the time I finished it, I really felt stuffed, but about 15-20 minutes later, I was very comfortable again. Interesting, at least.  I amy have some more gluten tomorrow before giving myself a few days off of it to see how I do.

Alright, I'm off to dream land!
Until next time~

Friday, May 8, 2015

After whole30: enthusiasm flagging

Hello, everyone!


It was another rather hectic day at work, but nothing too terrible. And then I had a nice, lovely quiet evening at home: made dinner, did some cleaning (although not enough!), some sewing, and then went for a run about 10:00. Night time runs are the best runs. Yes, that is my idea of a nice Friday night, and yes, actually, I am middle aged.

I feel pretty good. I definitely need to up my water intake next week. I can tell I'm dehydrated, especially now that I'm running some again. But I'm not noticing anything else, really. I have plenty of energy, I'm in a good mood, my body feels pretty good...

OH! I weighed in this morning and lost another three pounds! YAY! Just keep falling, numbers! That's officially-officially 60 pounds in just over a year and about 35 pounds until goal weight, although I'm not super tied up in the goal weight thing. But still. 60 pounds. Wow.

I will say, though, that reintroduction is proving to be the most difficult part of this. I wasn't supposed to eat dairy today... definitely had some cheese on my salad. I guess that was the only off thing all day, so that's not too bad... but just knowing there's some options there is weird and oddly discomfiting. On the other hand, no signs of dairy disagreeing with me... yet. I'm still pretty suspicious of it.

Today's menu:

Meal 1: grain free apple porridge

Meal 2: spinach salad with turkey, almonds, small amount of monterey jack cheese, olives and guacamole. Pear on the side. This was NOT the most delicious choice I've ever made, but I survived.

Snack: mango

Meal 3: chicken thigh with roasted zucchini and yellow squash. This was very tasty and very yummy. Its also pretty quick and easy and it only takes one dish. If it didn't require the oven to be at 450, thereby turning my kitchen to a temperature closely resembling Hades, baked meat and roasted veggies would be an absolute STAPLE around here. (Let's face it, it probably will be anyway).

alright, I think that's all I have to report tonight! One more day and then GLUTEN!

Until next time~

Thursday, May 7, 2015

After Whole30: Dairy

Hello, all!

It's another hot night here. The fan has helped a lot, but there's not denying it, it's warm. Ah, well.

Today was a pretty great day. Things got a little hectic at work (we have quite a few orders coming in right now), but nothing too terrible. Then I came home, walked Penelope, and leaving her at home because of the heat, ran an errand, ate my dinner and went to rehearsal. Rehearsal was a touch up, but it was fine. Then I came home, walked Penelope again and crawled into bed. Whew!

I have to admit, I am looking forward to having all of my work evenings back. I am LOVING being on stage again, but man, I just can't get enough stuff done in the evenings! Cleaning, sewing projects, house projects... I have the energy, just not enough time!

Hey, by the way, if you're a local adult reader, come see Tick...Tick... BOOM at Troy Civic Theatre, May 22-24 and 29-30. It's gonna be a good time, and I'll be there. Win-win.

So today was dairy! I woke up late, grabbed breakfast and ran out the door. I ended up going out to get lunch because I knew what I had was not going to keep me full all afternoon. Then I bought dinner while I was out running an errand. I feel pretty good. I got a little nauseous while I was actually eating the dairy, but just a tiny amount that COULD be tied to over thinking about it.

I still felt very energetic. I do feel a little bloated and fat tonight. I keep having to remind myself that I've lost SIXTY POUNDS in the last year. Sometimes I don't think I've changed at all. I seem to still be fairly regular, but I'll be interested to see if that shifts over the next couple days.

FOOD today:

Meal 1: Apple cinnamon breakfast porridge & about 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt. The yogurt tasted good if kind of unfamiliar. My stomach seemed fine, although I noticed some slight gastrointestinal motion.

Meal 2: Wendy's Apple Pecan Salad and a baked potato with chives and sour cream. This was also the most sugar I've had since starting this. The salad had feta crumbles on it. It was delicious, although the sweetened pecans were like candy. The baked potato was... ok. The butter spread stuff had a funny aftertaste. It was very sweet, almost like melted ice cream or something

Meal 3: Paleo Lincoln Specials: I bought a snack thingy that had baby carrots, broccoli, a piece of cheese and some almonds in it and munched on that. I also got one that had roasted turkey, monterey jack and more almonds. I brought a pear from home.
The cheese tasted... weird. VERY salty, for one. And the texture was weird... I never noticed how greasy cheese could be before. And some of the almonds had some kind of smoky, salty flavor to them which was a little weird. Overall, the baby carrots were the best part. Sweet and crunchy!

Snack: I bought oreo ice cream sandwiches on my errand. I shared them with my cast mates. I realized as I was walking out of the store that I shouldn't eat a giant oreo yet because of the gluten, and then promptly decided I was going to anyway. It was very tasty. I mean, absolutely delightful. But not as good as I'd been thinking it would be. I ate my one cookie sandwich and I was totally satisfied. In fact I was kind of done with it before I finished it. Interesting- I've never had enough ice cream EVER. Even when I got sick from it. I'm very curious to see how I do with some of my favorite ice creams.

Hopefully all's well and dairy can continue to be included in my diet... as a treat!
Until next time~

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

After Whole30: thoughts and impressions

What a day! This heat! I hope we're not looking at four solid months of this!

Today was my first solo day at work! I kept myself pretty busy and we got an order right at the end of the day! So I'll ship that out tomorrow. I listened to a few podcasts and got my latest book from Audible. I think it's going to be just fine for a few weeks.

After work, I met my brother for dinner in a park. We went for a long walk (Penelope came too), chatted about a lot of different things, and generally had a lovely evening. On the way home, we stopped for a fan at Target. It had cooled down a lot, and I left windows down for Penelope (no, I'm NOT that guy)

I've got the fan plugged in and running in the bedroom, and let me tell you, it has already made a WORLD of difference. I mean, seriously, it is pleasant in here. Touch noisy... but I don't even care about that. Not. Hot. Thank heaven!

I felt really good today, and I'm wondering how much of it had to do with my kind of simple meat and veggies meal last night (and for lunch) plenty of protein, some greens... and I have plenty of energy and I'm in a really good mood. Interesting to say the least!

Meal one: 2 fried eggs and an apple

Meal two: leftover steak and sauteed veggies

snack: couple handfuls mixed nuts

Meal 3: Hot head special! salad, pork, pico de gallo, guacamole!

Now that I'm essentially done with this process, I've been thinking a lot about it. The whole30 taught me a lot about myself and my relationship with food. It taught me about how I reward myself with sweets. It taught me that I don't need to. It taught me so much about the additives in foods, I can't even tell you. To always, ALWAYS check ingredients labels because ANYTHING is possible. It reawakened my love of and passion for health and fitness. It brought back some goals I had buried really deep and rejuvenated them. I have loved this experience. I honestly believe everyone should try it at some point. It will teach you so many things about yourself, about food, about the people you know and love and tolerate. And about your body and what it needs to run effectively.

My plan after I'm officially done with this program next week is to continue to eat this way (although probably not quite as strictly). My plan is to eat about 90% paleo/whole30 compliant, as I hope to stay healthy and continue to lose weight. I think that is totally sustainable for me at this point. Yes, I will continue to eat some treats! After all, life is for living! However, I am confident now in my ability to limit them to occasional treats, instead of "deserving" a donut for showing up to work, or "needing" some ice cream after a long day.

In any case, I think the whole30 is something I will come back to again and again when I need a boost in my health or results, which is nice to know I have, just back here on the back burner.
Ok, I'm babbling...

Tomorrow is dairy day! Wish me luck!
Until next time~

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

After Whole30: Grain recovery part one

I'm gonna need a fan. Stat. What happened to spring?! Seriously, if anyone has an extra little window fan thingy-ma-bob... you know, the flat ones that sit in front of the window and suck in the outside, supposedly cooler air and blow it in the room so you don't melt? That'd be great. Even Penelope is hot.

ANYWHO: Today was a back on plan eating day so I could work through yesterday's non-gluten grains.

I felt pretty good for the most part. REALLY tired. The cat woke me up at 5:30, so when my alarm went off at 6:15, I must've just been back in a deeper sleep cycle. Work was fine, although I need to continue to work on focusing! After work I came home, walked Penny, made some dinner, pulled some costume things together for my show and went to rehearsal. Rehearsals are going well. When I got home, Penelope and I walked and now we're in bed. Warm.

The only other thing I'm noticing is that I feel "fat" today. It's not like I really feel that bloated, I don't think... just mentally fat, I guess. Probably the heat isn't helping that either!
And the tank top I wore to rehearsal tonight was not my best choice. On the upswing, I don't feel like I really had leftover grain hangover today, which means that I can feel ok about eating some of that now and then.

I'm also having some other, non related to food choices and rather personal health issues, and at times that messes with my perceptions (and occasionally reality)SO! Food today!

Meal 1: 2 fried eggs and an orange. AND MAN WAS THAT ORANGE SWEET.

Meal 2: Cabbage Hamburger soup and a grapefruit

Meal 3: steak on a bed of spinach with zucchini & yellow squash medallions. This was nom. And quick, incredibly filling, and a really great example of a whole30 meal. I was pretty proud of it.

I really wanted to stop for a box of fruit-sicles on my way to rehearsal, but I resisted. 2 more days until ice cream!

Until next time~

Monday, May 4, 2015

After Whole30: Non-Gluten Grains

Oh my, friends. WHAT A DAY! Today I got to experiment with any grain (or pseudo grain) that didn't contain gluten. So that opened up things like rice, corn, oats, etc.

It was a fairly normal day. Work was fine, although repetitious. I came home, caught dinner with a friend... and plopped. I HATE it when I do that. I played on my computer... talked to a friend... got nothing done.

Then, about 9:30, I rallied and went for a run. I LOVE RUNNING AT NIGHT. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it! It was lovely.
Came home and tried to do my kettlebell circuit- but I got into my deadlifts and had some pretty bad, sharp, sudden knee pain, so that pretty much ended that! Happens, occasionally, but I try not to push it.
Now I'm showered, and it's bed time.

So let's talk about food. I'm gonna tell you what I ate and then circle back to how I'm feeling.

Meal 1: 2 fried eggs & five or six strawberries, grapefruit

Meal 2: Hamburger Cabbage Grandma soup & fritos (ingredients are only corn, corn oil & salt, so I figured it was a fairly safe experimental add in)

Snack: couple handfuls mixed nuts

Meal 3: sushi! Roll with a seaweed wrap, white rice, salmon, asparagus, carrot, arugula, avocado, topped with a tiny amount of a sweet soy and a sweet chili sauce.

ok, so. Felt fine through the morning. What I think of as the new normal. Head clear, plenty of energy, relatively focused. Then I ate lunch. With in 20 minutes of the fritos, I could feel them solidifying in my belly. Seriously, it felt like there was a hard ball of chewed up frito bits all massed back together right under my diaphragm. It was pretty painful. I had some brief but painful headache spasms, and then, about an hour after lunch, BAM, a relatively noticeable sharp pain in my left side. Then, within another 20 minutes, all of the symptoms disappeared.

So I don't think fritos are a very valid choice. I'm curious to try something less processed, like you know, sweet corn or something. However, at this point, I'm not sure I'll be choosing corn as often as I used to!

Then, dinner. I was a little nervous, honestly. I ate my sushi roll (which tasted HEAVENLY, by the way. SO GOOD). I tried to eat slowly and chew well. I really did try. I think I felt an echo of the grain mass in my belly, but if it was actually there, it was barely noticeable. I think rice occasionally (like in a sushi roll) will probably be ok. I do not think we'll be going back to rice as a main or side dish.

I will say, I felt great during my run. I'm working with an app called 5k runner, which is basically a couch to 5k program, but they tell you when to do what. But I really felt pretty great. So that's a bonus?

Tomorrow we're back on plan eating, and I have to admit, I'm looking forward to it...

Until next time~

Sunday, May 3, 2015

After Whole30: legume recovery weekend


Sorry I didn't get a post out yesterday... it just didn't happen. It was a pretty busy weekend, all things considered.

Yesterday, I got up early and dragged myself off to rehearsal, where I measured a few more kids and generally checked in on the summer show. Then I came home, vegged for a while, and then Penelope and I went to a family and pet fair hosted by our vet's office. The vet just opened a new location, so they had a few booths, we both got some free stuff... and then we went and looked at the new vet's office. Mostly, we'll continue to vet where we have in the past, but the new place has a dog training area, some puppy rehab stuff and some surgery facilities. Hopefully, we won't have to spend much time there, but it is really lovely, so if we do, I'm glad to have seen it! And in any case, it was fun, something to do outside in the gorgeous weather, etc.

 Then I went last night to see a friend's production of West Side Story at a local high school. Really great work, very impressive! And then I ended up talking to said friend for like... a solid three hours. I love good conversations like that, but it was very late when I got home!

All day, I felt kind of sleepy and tired. Just not a lot of motivation or energy to do much of anything.I was in a pretty great mood for most of it... just tired. I don't really think I'm blaming the legumes from Friday, though... Mostly the weird schedule and possibly not the right balance of macros (no, I'm not going to begin tracking my macros. Yes I do feel better when I eat more protein.)


Meal 1: banana raisin porridge... with another banana

Meal 2: leftover nachos (without the beans this time!)

Meal 3: hot head bowl special

Today, I slept until about 8, at which point Penelope threw up. So I cleaned that up, and we went for our morning constitutional. (she has seemed totally fine all day and is now sound asleep with her head in my lap). I made some breakfast... but then it got dumped all over the couch, so I only got about half of it. I ran lines for my show, and then took a nap. And then I went to the grocery, tidied up around here a bit, and then got off and went to my rehearsal. They are just SO FUN! Afterward, Derek and I ended up talking half the night away- oops! So I grabbed a snack and now I'm in bed.

I love weekends, but I know I didn't do very well this weekend at eating good meals. The choices were all ok, but they just didn't make great meals. Part of that was I did a lot of things this weekend. Part of it is I just didn't plan very well last week, so I didn't know what I was really doing after Friday night's nachos. But part of it is that now that my whole30 is over, I'm struggling a little bit already. Its totally a mental thing, but it feels like now that the program is over, the portions, planning and rules can relax a little, which isn't true at all. So I need to try to do better this week.


Meal 1: egg scramble with spinach and chives

Meal 2: leftover hothead, root chips & guacamole

Meal 3: ...handful of almonds and a handful of raisins. I had planned on eating dinner... but then I talked Derek's ear off and I didn't want to cook/eat a meal when it is already past bedtime!

Overall, I think legumes are probably pretty safe for me to add back in- albeit on a rather limited and specialty basis. I am going to keep an eye on whether I continue to have low energy when I eat them, but I feel pretty comfortable allowing myself the occasional something with peanut butter, or some black beans or hummus, or some other legume product.

Tomorrow I add back in non gluten grains!

Until next time~

Friday, May 1, 2015

After Whole30 day one: Beans

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart. Is that even true? Heck if I know. Luckily for me, the second half of that charming poem is not... at least not yet!

So today I could add beans and legumes back to my diet!
I feel pretty good- I'm breaking out a bit on my left chin/cheek area, but that was there this morning. I'm also absolutely whooped at 9pm, but I'm not totally convinced that's the beans either.

After all, it was a busy day. I worked until noon (we closed early for the weekend), before going to the kroger store. I grabbed a jar of all natural peanut butter, a tub of hummus, an apple and a small salad with some grapes and berries. The hummus tasted WONDERFUL, but like hummus. Nothing overly surprising. I had a couple tablespoons with veggies from my salad.  The natural peanut butter though- WOW! Except for the soupy consistency, it almost could have passed as regular sugary pb. Amazing. Then I went and ordered new contacts, stopped at the high school to drop receipts, picked up PennyG and the laundry, returned a purchase from TJ Maxx, and went to Momma's. Threw in a load of laundry, went out to her theatre's storage and pulled like crazy for Mary Poppins! Pretty excited to really get started on that! Then Penelope and I came home, I made and ate some dinner... and pretty much nose dived. I'm just... taking a night off and going to bed early!

I'm loving being in this good of a mood though. I mean, I just don't get mean or grumpy feeling. I feel things, sure, but they don't effect my mood like they used to.

ok, last thing before I tell you what all I ate today...

Yes, I weighed and measured!! Ok, a few caveats. I weighed first thing this morning, before I ate anything.
I measure last thing tonight after I'd eaten (but I don't think I ate THAT badly to actually make the measurements increase). My 'before weight' was from March 29 (or so) but my 'before measurements' are from February.

Before weight (March 29): 198 This morning, I weighed in at 190

This is a 60 pound weight loss from about this time last year. (to date)

Before measurements:                   After measurements:
Bust: 46                                           Bust:44
Waist:38                                          Waist 35.5 (yes!)
Hip: 46                                            Hip: 44
bicep: 16                                         bicep: 13.5 (woo!)
Thigh: 25                                        Thigh: 24.5

Overall, I am happy with these results, although the weight loss was NOT my strongest motivation for this. I was hoping for something a little more dramatic, but 8 pounds is very respectable in one month- especially considering I did this without any restricting or extreme exercise.
As for the measurements, I'm pretty pleased there, as well. I knew I was shrinking! I would like to try these measurements in the morning though, just to see the comparison.

ok, now!

Meal 1: breakfast porridge & hardboiled egg
Snack: banana
Meals 2: small salad with chicken, berries and grapes, hummus, apple, peanut butter
Meal 3: PALEO NACHOS! (So freaking good!) I took root vegetable chips, and topped them with some hot seasoned chicken I'd just cooked, black beans, 2 kinds of salsa, chives and guacamole. Boy, oh boy! They were good! And a plate full was INCREDIBLY filling. Like, way more filling than nachos usually are.

ok, y'all, it might not even be 9:30 yet, but I'm super sleepy!

Until next time~

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