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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Sixteen

Happy Wednesday, food-loving friends. Today was my day off, and I think overall I'm feeling pretty good, though I had a bit of a tickle in my throat this afternoon that I hope doesn't mean I'm coming down with something. It was nice to sleep in a couple of hours and have an easy start to the day. I was able to do some sermon preparation while Abi and Lukas went to the park, too. It'd be nice to have the next day or two off to finish that up, but I'll just have to do what I can.

Things are moving along with the house, too. We received notification today that the seller has agreed to fix the issues we raised from the inspection, which is a huge relief. God's hand has been evident in this entire process. Sure, there are still things we will need/would like to do to the house, but we will deal with those as necessary.

One bit of a downer is that we got the bill today for my MRI (from back in February). Insurance covered about 1/3 of it, which is definitely something, but we're still left owing about $750. :P I had held off on getting the MRI for several weeks because I knew what the issue was, but I finally needed to do it in order to get the necessary excuses for work.

Getting my back into shape is one reason for doing the Whole30. Reducing systemic inflammation while also losing weight will go a long way to preventing future disc herniations. Beyond that, I need to be consistent with a solid exercise program, something that I'm struggling to accomplish. Do you ever feel like you've just got too much going on? It's feeling more like that every day.

Okay, so how about I let you in on the menu for today? Because of the late breakfast, I didn't have an actual lunch, just a couple of compliant snacks.

Breakfast:
Four-egg omelette
Green onion sausage
Bell pepper
Onion
Avocado
Tabasco

Lunch (Snack):
1 gala apple with almond butter
1 Larabar




Dinner:
Leftover Meatloaf
Steamed zucchini with Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute
Summer Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Well, even though I have other things I could/should be doing, I think I will go upstairs and use the exercise bike for a few minutes. Hope to see you back here tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Fifteen

Okay, so it's been a rough couple of days, what with ice cream Monday night and rice last night. Add to that a couple of cookies around lunchtime today, and you've got the makings of a reboot being necessary. Well, that is, of course, life, and we might as well get it all out on the table.

I have tomorrow off because of working this last weekend, and I'm going to be busy studying. I am scheduled to preach this Sunday morning, and I really haven't started writing the sermon yet. It works out, though, as Abi and Lukas will go to the park with a friend for a couple of hours tomorrow, so I should be able to get quite a bit done.

The house is progressing, too. We got the results of the radon test and the home inspection today. The radon levels are high enough that they will need to be mitigated, and our real estate agent knows someone who does it for about $1,200. With the leak in the roof and the rotted window sill that needs replacing, we are absolutely hoping the seller will cover these issues. We could still back out if it came down to it, but we like the house enough that such a decision would be hard to make.

Okay then, here is the compliant portion of my food from today:
Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs with bell pepper and onion, all prepared in some coconut oil

Monkey salad with blueberries










Lunch:
Almost Five Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie
Cabbage salad with homemade mayo and black grapes
1 gala apple











Dinner:
Homestyle Meatloaf (we didn't have plain ground pork, so we used a pound of breakfast sausage instead; Abi thought it was a little spicy, but I enjoyed it)
Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"
Green salad with homemade mayo

I hope you've been finding some inspiration from these posts. I'm not perfect at this, so don't beat yourself up if you aren't, either. Have fun with it. I like food and trying new recipes, so a lot of this has been fun for me; if it wasn't, I wouldn't be doing it at all.

See you again soon!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Fourteen

Okay, so we were a little bad here the last couple of days. Last night after I got my post up we decided to have a little ice cream to "clean out our freezer" in preparation for our move next month. And tonight's dinner we used honey in the recipe and served the dish over brown and black rice.

Knowing that processed sugars and portion sizes tend to be my major problems, I'm considering eating more or less paleo with some non-paleo side dishes, still focusing on loading up on vegetables while exercising portion control on the other food groups in particular.

This afternoon I was finally able to get upstairs on the exercise bike for a few minutes, not enough to make a huge difference, but hopefully enough to help things stay on the right track.

And, without further ado, here is my menu for today:
Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs with some diced onion
Monkey Salad with Strawberries












Lunch:
Leftover hamburgers
Green beans
Cabbage salad with tomatoes and homemade mayo
1 gala apple
Handful of roasted squash seeds









Dinner:
Beef and Broccoli Cashew Stir Fry (we didn't have fish sauce, and I just now realized I forgot to add in the pepper flakes, but it was delicious nonetheless) - A little tip: We used a sirloin steak from my in-laws, and I found it was quite easy to slice it thinly while it was still frozen
Brown and Black Rice
Green salad with homemade mayo

I will continue to post about our mealtime adventures, especially since there are still several recipes yet to try in this month-long schedule I found. If I find that this way of doing things causes me to put a lot of weight back on, I will reconsider, but in the past I have done well with exercise and watching my caloric intake, so I think that as long as I keep my portions more manageable and take plenty of time to eat and feel full before I've eaten a great deal, I should still be okay.

See you again soon!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Thirteen

Whew! I'm actually getting this post written before 8 PM. Considering we went to church this evening, that's a pretty big accomplishment.

Work was good, though a bit tiring because I was so bored. Not that I'm going to complain a whole lot because I was still getting paid. Thankfully I only have two more days in this stretch; Wednesday should be a good day for catching up on rest and other things.

I think I am finding that overall I have more energy, which is what I want to see. I'm still working on having a consistently higher intake of water, which is probably my biggest failing nutritionally at this point.

So, would you like to see what I had to eat today? It wasn't a lot, which isn't ideal, so I'll have to figure out how to appropriately increase my intake.

Breakfast:
4-egg omelette with sauteed bell pepper, onion, and mushroom












Lunch:
Cabbage salad with homemade mayo and grape tomatoes
Chile Lime Chicken Breast
Beets
1 gala apple (eaten mid-morning because my breakfast was small)









Dinner:
Almost Five Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie
Cabbage Salad with *gasp* non-compliant Ranch dressing (we were in a rush and basically out of homemade mayo)
Black grapes
1 apple with almond butter

I'm excited about getting into our house, hopefully still on track for October 16th, and the ability to give more artful presentations of the table settings. Something to look forward to, I'm sure.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Twelve

Once again it's a late blog post, and for that I apologize. And, as such, it will be short, too.

It was a good day at work, fairly quiet, most likely because of the Iowa-Iowa State football game. Funny how something like that will keep people from going to the hospital...

So, here's my food breakdown for today:

Breakfast:
Mini Frittatas













Lunch:
Buffalo Chicken and Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (mixed together)
Cabbage Salad with Homemade Mayo and Black Grapes
1 large apple
A handful of grape tomatoes









Dinner:
Burgers on Napa Cabbage leaves with a little Trader Joe's Dijon Mustard
Green Salad with Homemade Mayo
Green Beans with Trader Joe's 21 Spice Salute

Okay, gotta run off to bed and get ready for another day at work. Have a good day/night/whatever when you read this, and I'll see you again.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Eleven

Woo-hoo! It's Friday! Or, if you're in my position, it's really Monday (first day of a five-day stretch at work). But it's all good.

Work was very slow today, which made keeping myself occupied a little difficult. Actually, there is most likely plenty that I could have done, but it didn't cross my mind to do some of the tasks that I probably should be doing. I'm hoping for a quiet weekend so I can maybe clean out and organize my filing cabinet (I inherited quite the mess when I took the position).

One thing that doesn't change, even though my hours are different, is the food. I almost felt a little bad because several of my coworkers ordered from Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch, but then I saw that the food hadn't stayed super warm and none of the dipping sauces had been included, all the more frustrating, I'm sure, because there was no time to go back to the restaurant and rectify the situation.

I enjoyed my food all day, though. Wanna see?


Breakfast:
Mini-Frittata Muffins
Monkey Salad with Strawberries












Lunch:
Meatballs and Zoodles with Pesto
Green Salad with homemade mayo
1 large apple











Dinner:
Almost Five Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie (we added black olives and some sauteed mushrooms)
Green salad with homemade mayo.

Somehow, Abi and I have to get our grocery shopping figured out for tomorrow. I'm looking forward to another week of new recipes. Be sure to come back and check it out!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Ten

Unfortunately, it's going to be another short post today. Time got away from us after taking Abi to the dentist this morning and then being at the house from 12-2:30 for the inspection, followed by signing some papers at the bank before I had to be downtown for my appointment to donate a unit of blood. Busy busy busy.

It's been a decent day overall, though, so I'm not going to complain. The inspector, of course, found some issues, so now we just have to wait for the report and then touch base with our agent as to what we should ask the seller to fix and what we should let slide.

Days like today do not make it easy to get the appropriate food down, unfortunately.

Breakfast:
Prosciutto-Wrapped Mini Frittata Muffins - we didn't have prosciutto, as I didn't want to pay the high shelf price, so I just used half-slices of bacon from Hy-Vee (not compliant, I know); I also didn't bother finding the spinach in the freezer, and I forgot about the tomatoes; however, the muffins were good as is, and I look forward to having them again

Lunch:
Okay, something of a misnomer here. I had an Apple Pie Larabar just before noon, then a large apple with almond butter and a serving of Almost Five-Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie around 3:30 to prepare for my blood donation.

Snack:
Not at all compliant, but after donating blood, it is highly recommended to have a snack to give your blood glucose levels a jump-start as people sometimes come close to passing out after donating. Don't worry, this will not be a regular occurrence.









Dinner:
Summer Cucumber and Tomato Salad with homemade mayo
Garlic Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"
Buffalo Chicken (boneless, skinless chicken breast pieces in the Crockpot with Frank's Buffalo sauce, cooked on high for 4 hours)

I work for the next five days, so my blogging might be a little sketchy still. However, I will do my best (and hopefully not have too many late nights so I can get them written before 9 PM...ideally before 7 PM).

Have a happy Friday wherever you are, and come back soon!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Nine


Here we are at the end of another Wednesday. It's been a good day, I think. Work went well and was much slower than the previous couple of days have been (though that made the afternoon drag on considerably). I had to run to the bank after work because my dad sent us some money to help with the house purchase, and then we had church this evening. Yup, all in all, a good day. I also managed to drink close to half a gallon of water, which is still about half of my minimum goal.
I don't have anything particularly inspiring to share this evening, which I'm sure bums you out something terrible. How about I just give you the menu for today and we'll call it good? I'm off of work tomorrow and will hopefully be able to give the blog post a little more attention then.
Breakfast:
Turkey Blueberry Breakfast Muffins 
Scrambled eggs with bell pepper, onion, and Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute


Lunch:
Leftover crockpot chicken, potatoes, celery, and carrots 
Green salad with homemade mayo 
1 large apple

Dinner:
Chicken Verde on Napa cabbage leaves
Green salad with homemade mayo

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Eight


Hello there! It looks like you found me. Lucky you.
Well, seeing as you are here, why don't we look at what was on the menu for today (sorry for the short post, but it's getting late).
Breakfast:
Turkey Blueberry Breakfast Muffins
Diced potato fried in a little olive oil with garlic salt and dried rosemary
Monkey salad with strawberries

Lunch:
Zucchini and beef
Summer cucumber and tomato salad
Cantaloupe
1 large apple that I only got two bites into because it was so rotten on the inside :(



Dinner:Pizza Spaghetti PieGreen salad with homemade mayo

Monday, September 8, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Seven


Well hello there! Oh, it's been a busy and exciting day here in Iowa. Work ended up being crazy busy with two staff members out sick. I even had eight patients in my little area of the lab, which is a lot for that location (2-3 is normal, 4-5 is busy). There were some frayed nerves, but I think everyone pulled together reasonably well. It helped that I had a filling breakfast this morning, so I was fully energized throughout the morning until my delayed lunch.
Additionally, we went to the bank this afternoon and got our preapproval taken care of for the house. I just have to drop off a copy of the actual purchase agreement and our financing will be secured. It's very exciting, especially considering that we could be moving in 5 1/2 weeks and we only started looking 8 days ago!
So, would you like to know what was on the menu today? Let me fill you in.
Breakfast:
Monkey Salad with Strawberries added 
Scrambled eggs with bell pepper and onion


Lunch:
Green Beans 
Crockpot potatoes and celery 
Cabbage salad with homemade mayo and red grapes 
1 large apple 


Dinner:
Summer Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Homemade Mayo 
Cantaloupe 
Zoodles 

Come back tomorrow for some new recipes!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Six

Hello, my foodie friends! It's been an exciting Sunday here, with news reaching us that the offer we put in on a house yesterday was accepted. Closing is tentatively scheduled for October 16th, and it would be amazing to be able to move that quickly. We'll take what God gives, though, and delay if necessary.

We have a lot of happy memories in this apartment, but we finally feel truly ready for moving on to this next phase in our life. And it will be so nice to have a yard for Lukas, as well as space to have a real garden and host company.

The first Sunday of the month is always a long one with Sunday school, Morning Worship, Potluck, and Afternoon Worship. Unfortunately we forgot to take compliant food along this morning, and the only compliant item on the line was slices of tomatoes. :( Abi had a Larabar and some almonds in her purse, but I decided that since today was originally going to be the first day of really getting back into things, I could eat from the potluck table for one meal and not be too much the worse for wear.

So, on to the food for today.

Breakfast:
Turkey Blueberry Breakfast Muffins (made with pork sausage from my in-laws because we hadn't been able to pick up any ground turkey yesterday; also, quite delicious, much better than I expected from the recipe)
Diced sweet potato, green bell pepper, and onion fried in a little olive oil in the cast-iron skillet

Lunch:
Some rice with pizza sauce and black beans topped with a little shredded Colby-Jack cheese
Three meatballs
What I'm guessing was a chicken Parmesan pasta dish
Several slices of fresh tomato
A tomato, cucumber, parsley, and broccoli salad with probably some Italian dressing
1 cookie
1 cup of black coffee

Dinner:
Chili Lime Chicken Breast (original recipe called for Red Boat fish sauce, which we didn't have, and to be made with chicken wings, which we didn't have)
Cabbage salad with homemade mayo and a few cashew pieces
A handful of black grapes
Green beans

Welcome to a new week! Stay tuned for future updates.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Five

After a lazy morning of sleeping in, today ended up being rather tiring. We had a later breakfast and made a speedy trip to Trader Joe's before meeting our real estate agent to look at three houses. Then we went to downtown Des Moines to check out the Latin American Heritage Festival at the invite of some friends from church.

Meals were a little wonky because of this, and I know I didn't consume the calories I normally would have otherwise.

Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs
Bacon (non-compliant, but oh-so-tasty)
Cantaloupe

Snack:
Larabar
Smoothie made with frozen banana, frozen strawberries, and coconut cream from Trader Joe's

Dinner:
Leftover steak
Cabbage salad with raisins and homemade mayo
Sliced green bell pepper

I've also been cheating a bit and weighing myself. I know weight loss isn't the main goal of this process, but I find it easier to say no to the garbage if I have numbers to work with. So far, I've dropped 5.6 pounds since Tuesday...what a difference no junk, increased good food, and larger intakes of water will make!

Sorry this is so short, but it's getting late and I need to get to bed. Tomorrow should be easier to post in a more timely fashion.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Day Four

Ah, Friday, the day of pizza and pop. Well, not at the moment, and not for some time to come. I've definitely felt a few cravings today, and nothing sounded better than a heaping bowl of ice cream with a couple of the homemade cookies still sitting around the apartment.

It was a busy day at work, which helped keep my mind off of food while I was there. Gotta look for the positives where I can find them, right? I wish I had more than 30 minutes for lunch each day so I could take and consume more food than I have been lately. I should try to up my veggie intake at breakfast and lunch both so I would feel less hungry throughout the day.

We have a busy day scheduled for tomorrow. We're going to look at three houses and then hit downtown Des Moines to see some of the Latin Heritage Festival. Somehow we need to fit in grocery shopping and some meal prep for the week that starts Sunday morning.

Speaking of meals, here's today's lineup.
Breakfast:
Egg casserole
Monkey salad with blueberries

Lunch:
Leftover crockpot chicken and vegetables
Leftover lettuce salad with homemade mayo
1 large apple

Dinner:
Zucchini and Beef

Honeydew melon
Red grapes
Sliced green pepper
Grape tomatoes
Sliced cucumber
Baby carrots
Some homemade mayo for dipping

Happy weekend! Look for new posts soon!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Return of the Whole30 Challenge - Days One, Two, and Three

Hello friends!

It's been a busy couple of months, and, regrettably, not the healthiest. With the ending of my Whole30 at the beginning of July and no real plan for what to do afterward, coupled with some fantastic snacks brought into work, I clocked in Tuesday morning at 232.4 pounds. :(

Now that we're past Labor Day, I am beginning a new round that I intend to carry out at least through the end of October, possibly until Thanksgiving, with a chance of going to the end of the year with my only breaks being Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

Tuesday went well, despite having come off of a four-day holiday weekend with plenty of goodies. I had a bit of a headache in the late morning/early afternoon, but it didn't last much more than three or four hours. Wednesday and Thursday have been fine.

Through participating in a Facebook group I found a 30-day schedule with linked recipes. We're going to start using them on Sunday, going through this week with ones we've been using already. The variety and having a plan already laid out is going to be helpful. We also wanted to wait to start the new recipes because there are some ingredients we don't have on-hand that we won't be out to get until later this week.

So I bet you're wondering what's been on the menu.

Tuesday:
Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs with diced pepper and onion


Lunch:
Zucchini and ground beef
Cabbage salad with diced pepper, grape tomatoes, and red wine vinegar
1 large apple

Dinner:
Grilled steak
Homemade sweet potato fries
Summer cucumber and tomato salad






Wednesday:
Breakfast:
Egg casserole
Monkey salad with blueberries

Lunch:
Leftover steak
Leftover sweet potato fries
Summer cucumber and tomato salad
1 large apple

Dinner:
Honeydew melon
Fresh tomato slices
Soup (diced potato, onion, celery, carrots, and ham)





Thursday:
Breakfast:
Egg casserole
Monkey salad with blueberries

Lunch:
Leftover soup from Wednesday
Cabbage salad with grapes and homemade mayo
1 large apple

Dinner:
Lettuce salad with diced green bell pepper, chopped celery, grape tomatoes, diced red onion, and some homemade mayo
Honeydew melon
Crockpot chicken and vegetables (some cubed potato, baby carrots, and celery pieces)
1/2 of a bottle of Naked Pineapple Mango with Coconut Water

I'm feeling better already and working on increasing my water intake. I take a half-gallon jug with me to work, but I have yet to get even half of it down in a day. I'd like to get to a minimum of one gallon a day, preferably as much as two.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

The middle of the week...

It's been a busy couple of days here. Work has been kinda nuts, which has kept me on my toes during the day, and Lukas hasn't been feeling well, which has made evenings a little stressful.

In spite of it all, we've been enjoying good food here. I need to get on to other things tonight as it is getting late, so I'll just put up menus for the last two days.

Wednesday:
Breakfast:
Egg casserole
1 peach

Lunch:
Zucchini and ground beef
1 apple
Steamed broccoli

Dinner:
Chicken in the crockpot with green beans and carrots
Green salad with homemade mayo

Thursday:
Breakfast:
Egg casserole
1 peach

Lunch:
Ham steak with pineapple chunks
Cabbage salad with homemade mayo
Green beans and carrots from Wednesday's dinner
1 apple

Dinner:
Green salad with homemade mayo
A tomato from our deck garden (very tasty!)
Pork roast with green beans

Tomorrow I'm working 5 hours of overtime again, so I might not have time to post an update. If not, I'll try to have one up at least by Saturday.

See you soon!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Food, food, and more food!

Hey gang!

I took an unintended break from posting the last couple of days. It was a busy weekend with me working, and I was trying to get other things done yesterday on my day off. Hopefully I can continue to be fairly consistent with sharing what's going on, though, as I know there are several people reading and (hopefully) being inspired by what I post.

After dinner tonight we went for a walk through our neighborhood. According to MapMyRun.com, it was a total 2.67 miles. Not a bad little hike! We live in an older neighborhood, and it's kinda sad to see how few people get out to do anything around us. We saw a handful of people doing things in their yards or sitting on their decks, but that was pretty much it.

Okay, I have to catch you up on three days' worth of food. So, here we go.

Sunday:
Breakfast:
Egg casserole
Monkey salad with strawberries

Lunch:
Potluck at church, non-compliant with Whole30, but once in a while isn't a terrible thing

Dinner:
Zucchini and ground beef
Cabbage salad with homemade mayo
1 apple

Monday:
Breakfast/Lunch:
Monkey salad with strawberries
Egg casserole

Dinner:
Balsamic infused pot roast (with a pork roast from my in-laws)

Green salad with ranch dressing (dressing was not Whole30 compliant, but we were pretty much out of homemade mayo)
Fresh green beans

Tuesday:
Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs
Cantaloupe

Lunch:
2 hamburger patties with Dijon mustard
Cabbage salad with homemade mayo
1 apple
Steamed broccoli

Dinner:
Zucchini and ground beef
Raw cucumber, broccoli, green pepper, and grape tomatoes

Okay, nutrition cadets, I have to go make some mayo and get an egg casserole prepared for tomorrow. See you again soon!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Another day of great eating!

Hello friends! It's Saturday, and you all know what that means. Food!

I'm doing remarkably well today considering how off my schedule is. I managed to sleep in until 10 this morning after waking at 7 to close the windows during a storm and again at 9 because my body knew it was long past time for me to normally be up. With Abi and Lukas at her parents' house, I spent a little time cleaning and doing laundry, and it felt great to get those things out of the way. I would have liked to have gotten more done, but I wasn't really structuring my time.

Almost everything I ate today was already prepared, which made meals a lot easier.

Breakfast:
Egg casserole
Monkey salad
1 peach

Lunch:
2 hamburger patties with Dijon mustard
Green salad with homemade mayo

Dinner:
Zucchini and ground beef
Cabbage salad with chili-infused olive oil and homemade mayo
1 apple

Work started off a little busier than last night, but has quieted down a good deal, and I'm hoping it will stay that way. With the writing progress I made last night, I'm excited to see how much more I can accomplish.

I hope you've been having a great day!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Another day of food!

So, are you sick of hearing about food yet? I hope not, because I still enjoy posting about it. Though, as I've mentioned, I need to incorporate exercise into my routine, and that will also make it into my posts once I've implemented it. I'm looking forward to a new week starting Monday with the opportunities available.

Because I worked until 8:30 PM last night and then stayed up until almost 11 watching a movie with Abi, I slept in this morning. I think that is probably the main reason I am still functioning at 10:15 PM. I've definitely adapted to being on the day shift schedule, and I know that by Sunday night I'm going to be running low on energy. My biggest concern is getting so run down that I get sick, so I'm going to be sure to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and eat good food.

Work has been steady tonight, but not busy, which is a combination that I like. I've been taking advantage of the time to do a little writing for the July Camp NaNoWriMo. My goal is to have a 50,000 word book by the end of the month, and I'm falling a little behind schedule, even though I started the month with a little over 9,000 words already written. I'm hoping to make up my deficits during the week by hitting it hard on Saturdays, and we'll see what happens. Of course, 50,000 words would be about double the length of any individual book from The Truth Chronicles, so it will definitely be a challenge to reach that length.

Perhaps you are interested in my menu for today. Never one to disappoint, here you are!

Breakfast:
Egg casserole with green onion sausage from my in-laws, diced red onion, diced green pepper, and pulsed broccoli
Monkey salad with strawberries

Lunch:
A portion of smoked ham pork steak from my in-laws
A couple pieces of chunk pineapple
(I was in a rush because of a late start in preparing my food, so that's all I had O_o)

Dinner:
A few pistachios
2 hamburger patties using grass-fed beef from my in-laws and topped with a little Dijon mustard
Cabbage salad with chili-infused olive oil and homemade mayo
1 apple
1 Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar (that I didn't realize contained peanut until I was eating it :P)

Tomorrow I should be a little bit more on my game for food, especially since there are plenty of leftovers in the fridge. The biggest trick for me will be making sure I get enough veggies. We are running low on those, but I think we'll wait until Monday to pick more up.

I hope you've had a safe and happy Independence Day. See you again soon!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Beyond Whole30...

Hi there, everyone! I have the privilege of writing to you as I have some downtime at work. It's been a long day, and I still have about 45 minutes to go. Hopefully I can get my coworkers off to lunch before I leave so they don't have to scramble while I'm gone.

I heard some interesting news this week. A lawmaker here in Iowa is going to resurrect a bill that failed to pass in 2013 to remove the current ban on fireworks. I'm curious to see what happens as apparently there was enough positive feedback last year that indicates such a proposal has a shot at passing.

Work hasn't been nearly as stressful today as it could have been, though the lab was a lot busier than I anticipated. All of the doctors must have been getting everyone in that they could so they could take a long weekend.

Thankfully, for me, we have a medium-sized cooler that allowed me to easily bring two meals worth of food. Bet you're wondering just what I had to eat now, aren't you? ;)

Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs with green pepper, red onion, and seasoned ground beef
Monkey salad

Lunch:
Zucchini and ground beef
Cabbage salad with chili-infused olive oil
Steamed broccoli
1 apple

Dinner:
Leftover ribs from last night
Green salad with no dressing :(
2 boiled eggs
1 apple

I also broke down and bought a small bag of pistachios at work to get me through the mid-afternoon. They were quite tasty, but I'll have to be careful to avoid that sort of spending.

Have a fantastic weekend, and remember what the celebration is really about.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Moving beyond the initial Whole30

It's been a good day for me, somewhat stressful for Abi with an emotional toddler. Hopefully we will all sleep well tonight as we all need it. Tomorrow I will be at work for 13 1/2 hours to help cover a shortage on the evening shift. The extra money from the overtime will be nice; being extra tired just before a three-day weekend of working evening shift won't be so great. I did it to myself, though, and I trust that God will see me through it.

I had my piece of cake this afternoon, and it really didn't taste nearly as good as I thought it might, which means my system probably reset more than I had realized during the past month. That's good news. I'm also much more tired than I normally would be at this time of night, and I can only attribute that to a likely sugar crash. Still, the desire to eat something sweet is there, so I know I have more ground to cover. I don't know if the cravings will ever completely disappear, but at the very least I want to get them firmly under control.

With that in mind, I am definitely going to stick with the plan of being Whole30 compliant for the next month or two. Abi doesn't think she'll have any trouble with dairy, grains, or legumes, so if she wants to incorporate them back into her diet, that will be her choice. I kinda miss cheese, but not as much as I would have thought, and milk has tasted off to me for the last 15 years, so I don't miss it in the least. I haven't really missed bread, either.

Our goal is still to incorporate more physical activity into our lives. I've been thinking about starting the C25K program again, and would plan on doing my workouts Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I should also be doing some strength training, but I don't know what form that will take at this time.

I bet you're curious about today's food choices. Well, I aim to please.

Breakfast:
Egg casserole with avocado slices
Monkey salad with strawberries

Lunch:
Spaghetti squash and meatballs
Cabbage salad with chili-infused olive oil
2 boiled eggs
1 apple

Snack:
Cake from my sister-in-law's graduation party


Dinner:
5-Spice Slow-Cooker Pork Ribs
Steamed broccoli
Green salad with homemade mayo

I'm looking forward to continuing on this journey. Won't you join me?