The Longest Random Update Post Ever.

My apologies for being MIA so far this week, I am pretty sure I have strep throat or something like it.  I am headed to the dr. today to find out and hopefully get some magical antibiotics.  That combined with record breaking cold and a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm makes me just want to hibernate and watch Disney movies, which has been what we have done for the past few nights.  Winter is not my favorite season by far, but I do like that it provides more forced relaxation time because it's too dark to do anything outside.

Friday morning is when I woke up feeling sort of sick, so Friday night I took the night off cooking and we went out to eat.  I give myself a B on that.  We went to mexican (of course) and I ordered my meal without rice (so it was basically just chicken, veggies, and cheese) but I did have a few chips.  That is a habit that is hard for me to change.

We were home in bed watching movies by 8.  Winning.

Saturday morning I felt a little better so I got myself up and headed to Zumba,  I was a bit conflicted because my 14 year old has his first basketball scrimmage of the year at the same time as my Zumba class.  If I hadn't skipped last week I might have skipped and gone to the scrimmage, but I didn't want to miss class two weeks in a row.  My littlest son went with my husband to the game and I went to Zumba and had a peaceful grocery shopping trip all by myself.

Kroger had a cart full of marked down bread, we go through a ton of bread and buns at my house, so I stocked up and put them in the freezer until we need them.  Maybe it was the cold medicine but I found it comical that someone who avoids bread like the plague was loading up on it like it was the last bread ever to be sold.  

Half of these didn't even make it to the freezer...I had a lot of leftover pork loin that I made earlier in the week that I put in the crock pot with barbecue sauce...that got eaten a lot faster than just the plain pork loin.

I also got one of my Christmas gifts early, my in-laws got me a grapevine tree that I have wanted for years!  I was so excited...I had the perfect spot for it that I have kept empty until I got one.  I love sitting in the dark living room with the lights on.

Saturday night my kiddo had a sleepover with his cousin, they are only three months apart and are best buddies.  I had them make their own little pizzas which is always a hit.

I hate missing out on pizza night, so I tried something new - I got low-carb tortillas (these are 6 grams for one tortilla) and made my own.  It was so good!  They are made with wheat which still makes me retain water, so I wouldn't eat them every day or anything, but it's a good option for a treat on pizza night.

Sunday morning was crazy rushed, and to be honest my kids were not listening to me very well at all, and after church I was incredibly grouchy so I came home and took a 2 hour nap.  It was the best thing I could have done.  

I have decided that I want to run more, after all, the entire reason I started running in the first place was to burn calories, and I need that.  So I decided to re-start Couch to 5k, and got myself out there on Sunday afternoon to do day one.

It was cold.

By the time I was done, it was snowing pretty good...I didn't really mind.  I was glad I got out there and did something and didn't let the weather stop me.  

I wasn't feeling the food prep at all, but I knew I had to make at least a few things for the week.  I made deviled eggs using homemade mustard a friend gave me - so good - and cheeseburgers (to eat bunless, of course).

My favorite way to cook burgers in the winter is on a broiler pan in the oven at about 400 degrees.  It doesn't make the entire house smell like grease like cooking them on the stove does, and they aren't greasy because all the grease drains to the bottom of the pan.  

The snow flurries of Sunday turned into about 4 inches of snow by Monday afternoon.  I anxiously looked out the window all day dying to go home and play in the snow, so Monday evening looked like this:

And then yesterday morning I woke up feeling like death.  I was working from home and didn't eat hardly anything at all yesterday because my throat feels like it's being stabbed by a thousand tiny knives.  But, at lunchtime, for the first time since November 1st, I purposely and intentionally broke my low-carb/no sugar streak and ate orange sherbet for lunch.  And I don't even feel bad about it because although I couldn't actually taste it, it felt amazing on my sore throat. 

I'm not a tea drinker at all, but a friend suggested it, so the rest of the day I drank tea and did manage a salad for dinner but otherwise, eating is not fun right now.  Ugh.

I did manage to do a Walk Away the pounds workout DVD last night, and hope to get some walking in today, because my little workout challenge with my friend ends tomorrow.  Other than that, I'm looking forward to feeling better so I can keep going with Couch to 5k.

I hope you are having a good week!  Are you a tea or coffee drinker or both?

Feeling Better After Almost Two Weeks on Track

Well, I have almost two weeks of low-carb under my belt, and I have to say that I feel great.  I have more energy - I feel like doing stuff in the evenings instead of just sitting around.  The withdrawal headaches are gone, I don't feel like my brain is fuzzy, and my stomach feels normal instead of gassy and bloated.  All positive things.  
The scale is still not moving much (WTF) but I do feel slimmer, and was able to fit into jeggings that I haven't been able to wear for awhile without fear of a muffin top or unfortunate camel toe situation.  Also a fitted sweater - I have not really felt comfortable in anything really fitted in quite some time.  These jeggings are size 20, for awhile there I was back into wearing my size 22's which were the very first pair of skinny jeans/jeggings I ever bought last fall...that's called backsliding, friends. Anyway...glad to be feeling more comfortable in some of my cuter clothes again.

Tuesday was the day I was home with sick kids, that evening I had to run to the store (alone, blissfully alone) so I decided to walk a couple of miles.  It was sprinkling a little bit, but I had my rain jacket so I wasn't too worried about it.  It sprinkled the entire time except for the last half of a lap, when the skies opened and it downpoured.  

When I started I looked like this

And at the end I looked like this.

Anyway...I'm glad I toughed it out and got a couple of miles in.  My friend and I compared notes on our little challenge we are doing, and so far we are tied with both of us having worked out 10 times in November so far.

I have been working on de-cluttering and getting my house ready for Thanksgiving.  After the Air Force Half, I just kind of sat my goody bag down out of the way and forgot about it.  Tuesday night I was cleaning up and decided to finally put my stuff away.  There was an issue with the shirts this year, they ran WAY small.  I got a women's XL which was my usual size, but it's more like a medium.  I think they handled the shirt mess up as well as they could have, after the race I was sent a replacement short sleeve tech shirt that does fit me now, but I still hope to be able to wear my long sleeved shirt some day.  Before I put it away I had my husband snap a pic to hopefully use as a comparison somewhere down the road.

I caption this: "never afraid of looking stupid on the Internet"

And here is a quick example of how I handle eating low carb with my family of carb-eaters - a quick dinner of eggs and sausage, and I just made some canned biscuits for the boys.  This took maybe 20 minutes to make and we were all pretty happy.  I had a salad to go with my eggs and sausage.

Last night I had a hair appointment and got home late, so before I left for work I put a pork loin in the crock pot.  It was pretty big and not everyone was home, so we will have that again tonight with potatoes and probably corn for the boys, salad for me.  It is not always easy to eat low carb while cooking for others, but it CAN be done with a little preparation.

How's your week going?  What's your favorite family meal on busy nights?

Boredom Eating and Procrastination

I'm home today with sick kids.  I am glad to be able to be home when my kids are sick, but when I'm home with a whole day stretched out ahead of me in elastic waist pants, I can't help but think about my inclination toward boredom eating.

I think he's on the mend.  But going to the Dr. anyway to rule out bronchitis.

Eating when I'm bored has been a problem for me since I was little.  I lived in the country and my siblings were all way older than me, and reading books and eating were my companions a LOT.  As I got older, I made more friends and became busier but entertaining myself with food was a habit it took me years to really realize was an issue, and it's still a hard habit to break.  Being home alone or just home with nothing really to do is a trigger for me, the temptation is strong to entertain myself with eating.  

Today, I have lots of low carb food available in the house, and I have things I can be doing - I'm going to take advantage of an unexpected day off to get some holiday stuff done - Thanksgiving planning, working on some Christmas crafts, maybe some present wrapping, etc.  Keeping my hands busy.  Also playing baseball on the Playstation perhaps, and we have to leave for awhile for an appointment.  So I have plenty of things I CAN do today to keep me busy and keep my mind off of food.  It's just something that I'm aware of and something I still struggle with sometimes.

And a little transformation Tuesday, left was Christmas two years ago, right was on Halloween.  Obviously my makeup and hair is completely different but what stands out to me the most is how I feel about myself.  On the left I was miserable and pretty much filled with self loathing, on the right...I like myself and I'm proud of how far I've come, even if I have a long way to go.

In full disclosure I have procrastinated all morning on doing a workout DVD.  I was going to do it early and then fell back asleep until 6:30 when I had to start getting kids up then spent the past two hours in my bed watching Frozen when I surely could have taken 30 minutes to do it.  I will do a workout DVD today!  

Happy Tuesday!

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