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Wednesday Weigh In & Eats

Good evening!  My morning kicked off at the butt crack of dawn… 4ish, after a horrible night with these adorable but finicky guys

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Seriously how cute are they!?!  Loud but cute. 
After getting the oldest off to school, I

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out.  30 minutes on the bicycle with some intense imaginary hills!  I started a sit up challenge 2 days ago and today I did 120. Holy Moly!  I should take a before and after of my stomach to see if there is any results…

After my workout I got busy planting a bit of the garden, washed the outside of the windows, and fertilized the berries &

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.  Does 4 am agree w/ me or what!?!  No, no it doesn’t.  By my teams 5:30 game, I was pretty much a zombie! 
My weigh in was better than what I expected.

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Monday morning I was at 16

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!  No joke. I guess my two bad weeks caught up with me.  But I increased my water intake because I felt that was part of the problem

(I’m one of those people that can’t drink just 8 cups a day and last week I was lucky to drink 2), and hit the dirt running!  I can’t let it get me down! 

Todays eats:
Breakfast:

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Half Paleo English muffin with an egg & half avocado

Lunch:

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Was leftover paleo chicken stir-fry w/ salad and coconut kefir ranch

Snack:

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Paleo English muffin w/ almond and honey.  Look @ the honey on there!!  I was feeling pretty shaky and irritable and this really helped. 

Dinner:

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Sauerkraut w/ turkey sausage and salad

I just realized that I have a sunburn on my feet, arms, and lips…boo!  Time to find the sunscreen. 
I think I will put this day in the books and hit the hay!  


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Sunday Food Plan & Prep

I busted out some food prep & house cleaning today.  I feel extremely accomplished tonight and ready for this coming week of chaos.. which is the first time in at least a month!  I generally do a monthly food plan and do a crazy 3 day prep, get it all in the freezer, and buy stuff we need as we need it. Well I decided to spare myself the insanity this month and do a weekly prep. 

Food Plan:
Monday: venison roast
Tuesday: chicken & broccoli stir-fry
Wednesday: cube steak w/ cauliflower mash
Thursday: apricot glaze pork chops
Friday: chicken enchiladas
Saturday: sloppy Joes w/ fries
Sunday: BBQ chicken stuffed yams

Random pics from today:

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Paleo tortillas for enchiladas

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Paleo English muffins

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I’m pretty sure that is the coolest beer logo ever! It was creepy awesome.

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Three new members of the family- baby geese!  I’m so in love!!

Dinner:

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Turkey burger on a paleo English muffin, yam fries, and homemade tartar sauce. 

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Paleo lemon pound cake w/ blueberries & coconut whip cream. 

I was not impressed w/ my pound cake.  I need to hit the drawing board and try for a better recipe.  It smelt super lemony, but sadly it wasn’t…

I’m ready for the week are you?


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Thursday Weigh In & Eats

I completely forgot to weigh in yesterday morning!  I was excited that my husband was off to work and I actually had the house semi to myself for the first time in 3 weeks, that it skipped my brain.  These things happen. Last week was rough so I wasn’t expecting any good numbers to greet me this morning but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

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Yesterday’s Eats:

Breakfast:IMAG2263Fancy egg huh!?!  I made it in my english muffin tin. For no reason other than I am special and deserve fancy eggs… or so I think.  Banana with almond butter.

Lunch:

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Shredded apple-onion chicken wrap with cucumber salad.  I have been playing around with the brown rice tortillas and up until I made this baby, I was not impressed with them at all.  You have to warm them up and as they cool they get hard and DRY, and then you have to choke them down with plenty of water.  This wrap stayed and pliable – guess you just have to stuff them!

Snack:

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Smoothy?  It is still considered a smoothy when there is no ice and it is more  pureed coconut kefir, spinach, banana, and almond butter?  I’m not sure but once it was all in the blender and I realized there was no ice in the empty trays in the freezer… there was no going back.  It was was a super tasty and I honestly didn’t miss the brain freeze.

Dinner:  We met my sister, niece, and nephew for pizza.  I had a salad with shredded chicken and forgot to snap a pic.

Workout: Rest day

It is raining day around here today.  It has been such a dry Spring that I can’t do too much complaining about pure rainy days.  Yesterday we had one of those freak Spring rain storms – ya know, where it is all sunny and your about to take the laundry out to hang and it starts down pouring…  Like sheets of rain you can’t see through and 5 minutes later it is done past and sunny again.  I like those, but we desperately need some rain around here!   I think I will hang out inside and make some seed tapes!


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Migraine Monday

Yesterday I got my first migraine in months!  So today is what I call “migraine hangover” or simply “running on stupid.” I tried to fill the coffee basket at work with coffee AND water. Genius!  Last week I took a “pause” as Linda Spangle suggest we calls it in her book 100 Days of Weight Loss.  It wasn’t planned, but everytime I attempted and was prepared to workout I was sabotaged one way or another. Not to mention I ran all over the planet and back trying to make appointments, soccer, and work. So needless to say my eating suffered.
This week is off to a better start. Well minus the migraine…

Today’s eats:

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This morning I woke up starving so I made a paleo English muffin with almond butter and a banana before work.  I guess not eating dinner the night before will do that!

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At work I ate some cherries with kefir.

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I was bored at work so I took random pictures of some tea I found in the drawer and almonds. The lady boss filled my almond jar again.  I ate them all in two days..for shame Amber!

Dinner:

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Curry meatballs over cauliflower rice with cuccumber salad.  Man, I nailed the curry sauce tonight! 

Workout:
Ran for 30 min. 

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Beautiful day!

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Pile of Pyreneese! How cute are they!?

I’m hoping the weather is nice tomorrow so I can start planting goodies in the garden!!


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Motivational Monday & Weekly Meal Plan

Motivational Quote - Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.

 

Weekly Meal Plan:

Monday: Taco Salad

Tuesday:  Chicken Enchilada Soup

Wednesday:  Hamburgers with Yam fries

Thursday:  Venison Roast with Veggies & Salad

Friday:  Pizza Night!

Saturday:  Philly Cheese Steak

Sunday:  Chicken in Spicy Mango Sauce with Yams & Salad

I love planing a monthly meal plan and then picking and choosing what to make each week as it seems fit.  Tuesday is going to be a busy busy day, so pulling the already made soup from the freezer is going to be perfect!

Less Stress = Happy MOM!

 

 

 


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Back to Friday…..

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I don’t know why my niece insisted I change before she would go shopping with me?  What a rockin’ outfit!  Dress + workout clothes = Awesome! ( When I went to download that picture onto my computer I realized she had took this via snap-chat…. She’s dead!)

The past few days has been a WHIRL WIND!  I need to go back to Friday…

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Friday was the last day of my 100 day weight loss challenge on Sparkpeople.com.  The last week I did a count down on my “palm pad” of how many days left – just as a daily reminder/motivator.  I am fantastic at making goals, but I don’t always make it to the finish line, so I was really proud of myself for sticking with this challenge for 100 days and LOVING IT!  It was actually 101 for me because I missed a day due to a migraine.  So, what was the 100 day weight loss challenge?

spangleOur Spark Group followed Linda Spangle’s book 100 Day’s of Weight Loss.  The book has simple daily motivators that you do each day for 100 days.  It is broken down into 10 day blocks so it is not so overwhelming;  touching basis on eating habits, emotional habits, fighting triggers and negative thought patterns, all helping lead to a long term successful diet plan.  What I really liked about this book is that anyone can use it.  Weather you are going to a gym, carb counting, weight watcher, or doing NutriSystem you can follow this book!  Also, it doesn’t take much time.  It had become a welcomed part of my daily morning routine: get up, get coffee, sit down with my book and my “magic journal”.  And of course you can keep doing the 100 days over and over again, as I am!   My goal was to loose 18lbs during the challenge and I lost 20.6 so I am pretty happy about that!!!

Also Friday was the Twin’s 5th Birthday!  How stinking cute are they!?!?!FSCN0514

How fast time goes by.  Although I love the chapter of life we are in, at moments I miss the chaos, sleeplessness, and life with 2 babies and a young toddle.  Those mere moments pass quickly when I am now busy separating fights and pleading with them to do their chores….  awe life!

My weekend was crazy busy getting ready for their party on Sunday.  I was able to squeeze in a run before the party, but my eating habits were all over the place.  This week is back on track!

 

 


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Wednesday Weigh In & This Chick Loves To Run

Happy mid-week!
I woke up this morning feeling extremely apologetic to my body.  Last night after soccer we grabbed burgers for dinner.  I was so hungry I didn’t even snap a pic!  It was bunless and dairyless but the cross contamination was all there. 
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Within a half hour of eating I was in misary – stomach cramps and bathroom trip the remainder of the evening and most of the night.
Upon waking I decided I was going to run my This Chick Loves to Run (for a cure) virtual race.  My original plan was to run it on the 18th, but why put off something a week when you can do it today?  But more importantly I was too damn excited about it to put it off any longer + I needed to apologize to my body for the agony I put it through!
Of course I didn’t get out the door until late- almost 11.. Sheesh!  I also was stopped briefly twice.. that was weird. I usually see nobody on my runs.

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Me with my lucky # 131. I will keep this bib forever!
Time?

That was running! All running no walking!!! Woo-hoo!

Weigh in:

My scale is dirty! I’m sorry you have to see that…
But my toes aren’t polished and I would rather you see a dirty scale that unpainted toe nails. I’m odd.

Anyone else running races this month?


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Running, Gardening, & Food

Good afternoon! Yesterday started bright early.  I was out on my run by 8 am!  That is unheard of, but with these warmer days I realize my 11 am run is going to be way too hot in a few weeks.  My jog went fabulous!  I ran for 31 minutes straight!!!  *my goal was 30 min*

I’ve also been working feverishly in the garden..

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Shoveled out 2 truck loads of manure ALL BY MYSELF!  It makes me so excited for the growing season 🙂 because that means food!  And food makes me so happy!

Speaking of food, let’s get to my eats yesterday:

Breakfast: fried egg w/ banana and almond butter

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Lunch: more egg salad.. it just hits the spot!

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Dinner:  was brilliant on my part!  I threw chicken breast, onions, bell peppers, coconut milk, ground ginger, curry, a bit of water in my dutch oven and tossed it in the oven @ 300 degrees.  When I got back from soccer I made up some cauliflower rice and dove in!

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Yummy! 

I have so much to do to get ready for the twins birthday party on Sunday. Sometimes I don’t know why I torture myself with such tasks?!? …Love. it is all for love. 


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5 days left…

Why do I have a 5 on my hand?  Because yesterday I had a 6… And I’m not telling until day 0.  Cruel.

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Yesterday I was a slug.  I didn’t do crap!  I was so sore that a rest day was in order, but I was super unmotivated.  I did however score a Garmin forerunner 110 for a good deal (because shopping online is laziness acceptable).  Now I can’t wait for it to come!!  This was my 10lb present because yesterday I climbed on the scale and I was 162 on the dot! 

Yesterday’s Eats:
Breakfast: fried egg on speghetti squash and a banana w/ almond butter

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Lunch: egg salad on lettuce w/ sprouts and an apple

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Dinner: homemade pizza – jenni-o turkey sauasage w/ sundried tomatoes, and non- dairy cheese.

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It was nice to finally have something to hold my toppings on my crust! 

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It had a good flavor too.  Even The Man of The House liked it.

Now I need to bust some garden work out today… I love when I put stuff off and then panic when it comes down to the wire. Living on the edge.


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Running For A Cause {Virtual 5k}

I lost my grandpa a few weeks back to Lymphoma.  Being 2,467 miles away (I totally Google mapped that) it was difficult to process what was going on back east, to say our goodbyes and so on.  Yesterday morning I came upon a virtual race that instantly caught my attention:  This Chick Love To Run (for a cure) all profits go to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society via www.noheelsjustsneakers.com!!  (link to sign up for her virtual race here) I honestly couldn’t wait to see the register button and the bottom and didn’t hesitate a moment to sign up!  I feel like running for this will help my grieving process to begin… it may be a tearful 5k and I am okay with that. IMAG2189   I printed my bib the instant it came to my email!  131 was my mailing address for 20 years of my life… coincidence?  Also the location of many summer fun filled days with my grandpa… I kid you not!  It is the little things people. I have scheduled myself to run the This Chick Loves to Run for April 18th and I encourage you to head to her site and sign up as well.  It is for a great cause… and ya the metals are pretty damn adorable too!!! Yesterday’s Eats: Breakfast:  Bacon egg scramble in a paleo tortilla with apple slices. IMAG2173 Lunch:  Egg salad with sprouts on paleo tortillas with a banana IMAG2181 I effing LOVE egg salad.  My mom’s is the BEST!!  When I was pregnant with the twins, she would leave some in her fridge so I could stop by and eat a sandwich  the whole container.  I always ask her what she puts in it to make it so tasty and when I make it at home it is never the same… but I still love it! Snack:  Cherry-chip smoothy with coconut milk IMAG2182 Dinner:  Venison backstrap steak on Paleo tortillas with sprouts and a sweet potato. IMAG2183 See a theme here with the Paleo tortillas?  I won’t be having any today.  Also a lot of yellow… Yesterday’s Workout(s): My morning started out with a 40 minute run.

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accompanied me for about a mile

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Even G decided to come along. Or maybe he was looking for mice.

Worked in the garden for an hour and a half.  What a workout in its self! THEN I met my friend at the school track last night and after we discovered that the gates were locked we found a road that was all up hill and took us to the far out depths of town.. which ended at an orchard.. in this town? NO WAY!  It was a great workout and our goal is to run to be able to run up hill to the orchard at some point. IMAG2176 I’m really sore today and need to finish the garden because we are getting manure this evening so today will be a rest day for sure!