Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Last day (Feb. 4-Day 21)

Wow, I honestly never thought it would be possible to go so very long with no sweeteners (well almost, that bitter hot cocoa was too much to handle).  I feel so good.  Clean, from the inside out.  Now the next step...keep it up for 2 more months so I can kick this Candida Albicans to the curb!!

Starting Stats:
Weight: 159.5 lbs
Waist: 38"
Hips: 41"
Bust: 41"
Thigh: 24"

Ending Stats:
Weight: 158.8 lbs
Waist: 37"
Hips: 40.25"
Bust: 41"
Thigh: 23.5"
So I am down almost a pound, an inch off my waist, 3/4 inches off my hips, and 1/2 an inch off my thighs.  Not bad, but I'm glad I wasn't doing this for weight loss.  It does make you wonder though why I didn't lose more weight.  You'd think that kicking both sugar and grains to the curb would net more drastic results.
That will be my next goal...figure out how to lose weight and get even healthier.
Me and the littlest muddler

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dealing with Diapers (Day 18-February 1)

Having a baby means that 90% of my life seems to revolve around the little muddler.  It is still amazing to me that such little creatures require so much time and so much stuff!!  And I'm not even talking about the extraneous stuff (like toys and wubbies and diaper wipe warmers and change tables).  I'm talking just the basics people.  Diapers, clothes, blankets, car seat, pacifier (though some might consider this extraneous), baby gates (though these are not required for every home).  Seriously, the younger the infant, the more stuff you have to carry with you when you leave the house.  Thankfully (and sadly) my littlest muddler is now 14 months old and our 'suitcase' is rapidly decreasing in size when we go out.

Before she was born the debate was on: cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers.  Some background here, we cloth diapered with our second youngest muddler.  My husband does NOT like cloth diapering...at all.  He thinks it is gross.  This makes me laugh because people have only been using disposables for the last few decades.  However, he actually was the one who decided to go with cloth diapering.  I like cloth diapering.  Putting on those bright happy colors and patterns makes an oft performed chore...dare I say it...fun. 

My box of cloth diapers

BUT I do not like cloth diapering at night.  SOOOO I discovered a fabulous company that makes me feel better about disposables.  The Honest Company ** Non toxic better for baby diapers that come in a variety of adorable patterns.  I just opened my box to find all these fun patterns.  So fun.
My box of Honest diapers
 It is the little things in life.


Breakfast:  Choco monkey smoothie

Lunch: Sweet potato, chia, and bratwurst hash

Dinner: Chicken, cauliflower, fresh artichokes

Snacks:  Lemon ginger tea

**I recieve no compensation from this company for saying nice things about them.  I just really like them.

School Day Blues (Day 17--January 31)

January.  Blech.  For anyone out there who home schools (and probably even teachers in public or private schools) this is a totally blah month.  Coming out of the Christmas holidays full of presents, family, fun, games.  Ending on the high of New Years Eve with our house full of people talking and playing board games and eating.  Going back to the daily grind of schooling seems...well boring.  I'm guilty of giving my kids and I an extra day off almost every week since school began again.   Not for them, for me.  I don't want to do school.  I'm hoping now that January is about to be finished we can head into the homeschooling time zone of, "Oh, it's almost May we need to get this done!"  Today though, I just want to play hooky (but I won't).  However, I do believe I will take the kids swimming this afternoon.


Breakfast:  Cranana smoothie

Lunch: Sweet potato and chia seed 'pancakes' (I use the word pancakes very loosely here, as they were very, very delicate.  The downside to not being able to use eggs).

Dinner:  Bratwurst, cabbage, and brown rice noodles