Another amazing day of eating Whole30!

warm water w/slice of lemon *I cut up a lemon or two, and put in the freezer, each morning I make warm water, and add a slice of frozen lemon, then squeeze it out for the juice.*
coffee, black
tuna fish w/ hot sauce

banana x 2
3 hard boiled eggs w/hot sauce
1 big spoon of organic peanut butter (just nuts & salt)

glass of white wine w/ice

Last night for din din, I made the kids grilled cheese potato buns (in a waffle maker) which come out so lovely & delicious, and then meatballs in organic marinara (from Aldi).  They ate it up.  I also started de-thawing shrimp (which I was making for myself), but then we ended up taking a walk to visit my mom.  When we got to her place, she had so many grapes out, and cheese, and crackers and salami.  The kids and I had so many lovely, delicious, hard and juicy grapes and we loved them all.  I also had a small glass of white wine in lots of ice, to celebrate her new home (which is walking distance of our home, yay!)

The actual miles walked was about 2, and I pushed the stroller half the time.  It was awesome exercise and a great way to end a summer day.  The weather is absolute perfection lately!  By the time we got home, it was too late to eat shrimp, so I was happy and satisfied with just a glass of cold seltzer water, and the previous grapes and apple I had.

I started off the day yesterday with my 10 minute bike ride on my stationary bike, and ended it with a 2 mile walk.  Fitting in this exercise while being a busy working mama & wife is no easy FEAT, but I’m going to look for more and more opportunities to fit in exercise anywhere and anytime I see it.  When we look for opportunities to work out – we will find them.  When we look for excuses to NOT work out – we will find them.  It’s not going to be perfection each and every day, but I sense more positive days, then negative ahead.

I slept amazingly well, again!

Cheers to staying UBER motivated in all of our health & fitness goals.  1 day at a time.



100% Whole30 Compliant! Down to 159lbs (again)!

Yesterday’s Grub:

warm water w/lemon slice
coffee, black
tuna fish w/hot sauce
cherry tomatoes

tuna fish w/hot sauce
3 hard boiled eggs w/hot sauce

dinner & snacks:
peach x 2
banana x 2

I also drank a lot of tea, and a lot of water.  I’m certainly staying hydrated.  It’s so easy to forget to stay hydrated, because when we get thirsty we feel we are hungry, when in fact, we are many times just dehydrated.  When we’re full of water/tea, and still hunger, then it’s the best time to eat.  I have to remember this each & every day.

I slept sooo well again!  (Mostly because my daughter slept from 8pm-7am), but still, so well!  I can’t help but feel absolutely grateful to be back and 100% compliant with the Whole30 meal plan.  It’s easy to VEER off, but it’s more important to stay on track.  When I’m compliant, I’m 100% ready to rock and roll, and the cravings DISAPPEAR!!!

This morning I woke up and I got on my Schwinn Airdyne bike for a 10 minute ride.  I then baked chicken for my husband and kids.  I baked the chicken in BBQ sauce, and instead of having some, I will pass.  I know this BBQ sauce is made with a bit of sugar, and therefore will give me cravings.  I’ll stick to hard boiled eggs with hot sauce and cherry tomatoes for lunch instead.

The scale this morning was back down to 159, and this was also after my workout, and after I drank my morning water w/lemon!  Maybe tomorrow we’ll see 158lbs!!!  I’m psyched and determined to get to 139lbs, one pound at a time.  I’m also pretty excited to prioritize exercise, or actually take opportunities that I find for free time, and use them for exercise.  This morning is a perfect example of this.  We woke up at 515am, and instead of just hanging, I jumped right on the bike!  Boom boom.  Get it, when the getting is hot.

Stay Uber Motivated, in all you do and all you want.


2 Mile Run @ Gym!

Just got back from the GYM, where I ran for the first 10 minutes, walked 1, ran 1, & so on, for a total of 20 minutes & 2 miles.

I’m super psyched to get back to the gym.  My husband goes at lunch every day, and he walked into my office at 12:07pm, and said:  You ready?  And I had no choice but to head out!  I packed my bag before leaving for work, and had everything I needed to get this workout completed.

We got to the gym, I changed quickly into a pair of yoga pants and a running top, and hopped on the treadmill.  Then after my workout, I got back into the locker room, found my shampoo & conditioner and towel, and took a quick shower.  I forgot my brush so I just pulled my hair back into a ponytail, and ended up getting dressed, and finishing up!  There was no one int he locker room, which is nice, privacy is always nice!

It feels so good to feel fit, and I feel exercise is such a life motivator, and a life boost for each and every day.  Plus, I really need to remember that daily exercise is so good for the body, mind, heart and most importantly our health.  It’s easy to say we’re busy, and we don’t have time, and we don’t want to – and all of that is true too – but we have to fit it in.  I wish the gym was a TAD bit closer to my office (like walking distance would be nice) but I can’t be picky at this point, and I have to make it work.

I would like to run daily, every single day, for at least 20 minutes.  It’s an amount of time that is not too long, and not too short.  At 20 minutes, I could run quick and get 2.5 miles in – eventually.  And I could always run longer, if needed/wanted.  Ideally, as I mentioned before, I would like to run each and every day, do some type of YOGA, and then also some weight training.  If I stay focused on these three goals, I’ll incorporate them in my daily life more and more consistently.

I would also like to eventually do some regular racing.  I’m not interested in doing another triathlon, but a 10K or a 5 miler here and there would be nice.  At this point, I’m not fit enough to sign up with ease, but that’s the goal:  to be able to run one anytime I want to.  My kids are growing up and getting older, and I know they will be active fit children.  Nothing would make me happier than to race with my babies!! There are so many awesome local races – and why not make racing a family event?  What better way to connect with the community, and to stay fit & focused on health?


Back to 100% Clean Eating

Back to clean, 100%.

I am a rule stretcher.  Not exactly a rule breaker, but a rule stretcher.

And I love Whole30, but I also love regular salad dressing, and peanuts, and feta cheese and other non-Whole30 compliant grub.  And you know where that landed me?   In the vicious cycle of cravings, and binge eating, and back on track, and cravings and binge eating, and ice-cream and back on track, and the endless roller coaster that too many of us are too familiar with.  And well, it’s time to get back on track, 100% compliant with Whole30, as per their rules.

Yesterday, since it was August 1st, I figured it was the PERFECT day to get back into the hustle.  It sucks starting back up over and over again in healthy & clean eating, but I do refuse to QUIT.  I’m always going to keep trying and trying and starting over again, if I have to!  I’m never giving up my quest for great health, and the best life possible.

black coffee, no creamer
chicken (off a rotisserie chicken), with hot sauce
romaine, cashew, carrot, sesame seed, chicken breast – salad
/w hot sauce (threw the dressing that came w/ the salad away)
tea x 2, and lots of water

Because it was Day 1, I was not hungry.  Instead, I was PSYCHED to have had such a healthy & clean day of eating.  We walked to the park with the kids after work, and I ran two laps around the whole play area.  I certainly need to move my body more, and fitting in exercise at the same time/same place is just not possible each day.  But what is possible, is getting moving when the opportunity presents itself!  So here we go!

I slept so well (and so did my lil gal, which helps!), and it was awesome to not wake up, not even once during the night.  The scale is back down to 160lbs, and I’m psyched to go after my goal of 139lbs.

If the mind can believe it, the body can achieve it.

First Day of Running, Yoga, and WT.

I woke up this morning, and before even taking a moment to THINK about what I needed to do, I got dressed, found my iPod, told my hubby I was going for a run, and OUT THE DOOR I went!  I was super dehydrated, and in no running shape, but we have to start somewhere!

I ended up doing a 2 mile run/walk (80% running), and I was happy to have started!  It was hot, and I felt so frumpy out there on the streets, but I got it done!  I came home 24 minutes later, and my lil gal was up hanging out with her daddy.  My son was still sleeping, and the house was in order.  I’m not sure what I think will happen in the 20-25 minutes I am gone, but sometimes I think the worst, like I can’t leave for even a hot minute!  This is not the case and I need to remember this often.

I ended up stretching/doing some yoga stretches on the rug, and it felt SO GOOD to be active first thing in the morning.  Morning time is my most favorite time to work out.  I get to start off the morning with endorphins flying high, and in a positive mental & physical mood.

Then at work, I ended up using my 15lbs dumbbells and doing shoulder presses.  3 sets of 20 reps – throughout the day.  During a mini break after lunch, I also ended up getting down on my Yoga mat, and stretching, and stretching some more.  My legs are a bit sour, as is my upper body.  I’m probably most sore from inactivity, versus the most recent activity.

My goal is to run each day, at least 20-30 minutes, and to start off my morning with exercise & activity. And then to YOGA STRETCHING throughout the day, and then to do at least one weight training exercise (using dumbbells, or squats or lunges).  I know once I get into it – it’s going to be easy to maintain this habit.  The hardest part is the getting started.  But once I get running, I’m golden.  I need to stay motivated, and stay UBER MOTIVATED to keep going.  I’m going to set my alarm tomorrow morning for 5am, so I can get into an earlier wake up routine, and thus feel less rushed in the AM.  Also, what else is there to do first thing in the AM, except work out!?!

I’m proud of myself for getting this little piece of fire started within me.  Now it’s time to keep it burning.

Time to put a stop, to the non-stop.

I’m drawn to simple, neat, minimalistic, classic, under-complicated, black or white, and clean.  I like this in home, in health, in stealth, in wealth.  I like my closets clean, empty, simple, just like my home, just like my life.  I like my bank accounts easy, with just deposits.

I’m constantly drawn to a clean diet, a regular steady exercise routine, and routine in general.  Life does complicate things, and us humans complicate things further.  But if I know anything about myself, it’s this:  simplicity, minimalism, the real, and all things whole matter the most.  I like my marriage and relationships uncomplicated, and peaceful.
We’re all constantly learning about ourselves through experience, through every day living.  Some of us are listening, and some of us aren’t.  But the truth is always coming through.

I’m going to try to dedicate time each and every day to ensure that all of my habits support what I crave, what I love, who I am, and do what I need most.  I’m going to try to further uncomplicated what is complicated.  I would like to break down some of my own barriers, some of my own difficulties.  I would like to work on my patience, I would like to be more patient, more loving.  I would like to pause frustrations and respond in peace.  I tend to quickly get upset, and emotional, when in reality, I can stay cool as a cucumber.  I would like to learn more, read more, spend more time diving into topics that interest me most, topics that may not interest me at all, but topics I need to know more about.

It’s easy in today’s world to get sucked into Yahoo news, celebrity news, the non-stop jabs of the political campaigns, everything from CNN to TMZ, even HONY, the constant status updates of anyone, everyone, and all.  And all of this contributes very little to my day, my mind, yet – I’m allowing so much clutter in.

I have my priorities, my health, my wealth, my stealth.  I have my family, my home, my work, my goals.  I have so much I want to accomplish, and so much authentic, clear, calm, de-clutterd living I need to do.  It’s easy to get caught up in the non-stop.

Time to put a stop, to the non-stop.



Missing Exercise

I’m really yearning to get into a regular, consistent, every-day exercise plan.

I would like to incorporate running, weight training & yoga into my daily life.  Once I “retire” I’ll be able to commit to exercise, but when I’m still working, I need to be able to commit and execute a FITNESS and HEALTH plan as well.  I predict I may be even more busy once I am out of the 8-5pm, so if I can figure it out now, the sooner the better.

Pre-Children, I was at the gym most mornings, every morning.  I loved working out, I loved running, I even ran 365+ days in 2010.  Last summer I trained for & completed  a triathlon!  It was AMAZING, and AWESOME and I felt super cool.  I was also 20lbs lighter.  Right now I just feel cool cuz the temp in the office is set on LOW.  But physically, I don’t feel stellar.

The children aren’t always the excuse, but because my baby gal is sleeping so inconsistently lately, it’s hard for me to get enough rest, and set a schedule.  Hard to wake up at 3am, be up for an hour, and then wake up again at 5am to get out the door.  But you know what this is: another excuse.  And I never thought I would be spewing them out, but I am.

And so, I’ve been thinking about this all day.  Maybe I could go to sleep as soon as my lil gal goes to sleep, between 8-9, so even if I am up at 5am, I just stay up and work out – and I would be well rested.  Going to sleep this early means I don’t have that “doing nothing but sitting with my hubby, drinking tea, or water” time.  It’s a pretty uneventful time, but it’s our alone time where we catch up, discuss the day and enjoy our conversation.  Is that worth giving up for fitness?

Or I could use this time (once the children go to sleep) to work out.  But I can’t see that continuing once the weather changes to fall & winter, and it gets dark by 5pm.

Ideally, I should start a running streak, and commit to running for 20 min per day, and see how that goes. Can I run each and every single day of August?  What would happen if I ran each day in August?  I know my body would adjust and wake me up each morning at 5am.  It would be easier and easier to get out the door.  And if my lil gal was up, I could take her for a run with me.  She loves the stroller, and she certainty likes it more the faster we go. Weee.

Let’s see.  Maybe I should start tomorrow morning, so by August 1st, I’m ALREADY in a routine.

100% Whole30 compliant tomorrow.
100% of 20 minute per day running starting tomorrow.

Let’s see how the plan goes. If there is a WILL there is a WAY.


“Cheaper” Day @ The Beach

We spent all Saturday at the beach!  It was so hot, and so beautiful, not a cloud in the sky, and the water was FREEZING.  We ended up going to the beach with many of our neighbors & friends.  Another family suggested this particular beach, and so we tagged along.  The parking was $12, but our neighbor offered to pay for this parking spot (she hopped into our van with her son for the ride).  The entry fee onto the beach was $9 per adult, so we paid $18 to get onto the beach.

I made sandwiches, brought grapes, strawberries, juice boxes, water, and other snacks.  I did not want us to have to go out and buy lunch, buy snacks, buy water – when we had everything at home, already purchased, and purchased with thought.  It’s easy to overspend on day trips, especially when we are ill prepared, and they are not well planned (or there is just lack of time).  I like to make the food, I like to feed my family exactly what we made, and what we prepared ourselves.  I’m not a huge fan of eating out, both for the cost, and the lack of health in fast food.  My children are just 1 & 4, so they are a great age to not know any different.  They grab grub from our cooler and are happy.  I’m sure once they get older, they will understand that we can buy pizza, and other boardwalk deliciousness, but for now – they are eating “at home” and I love it.

The entry fee to this beach is a bit steep, but because I was not involved in the planning, I did not want to complain.  We did spend 8+ hours at the beach, with lifeguards on stand by, so it was well worth it – especially for a full day of fun & activity.  I have already done some research for less expensive entry fees, and we’ll try those beaches next time.  I also have to weigh it against the actual distance it takes to get to the beach.  The shorter the ride, the less it costs.

Cheers to your GOALS, and making the adventures of your life, as cost effective as possible.

Pineapple, and it’s okay to eat more.

Sometimes we need to overeat, have more than enough food available – to stay on track.

Post lunch, I always want/need more food.  Even though I just ate a healthy salad of romaine lettuce, and carrot, and tomato, and 3 whole eggs, I just need something else.  Usually this makes me start negotiating with myself.  Well, you can have one Clif Bar, but nothing else, or a handful of pretzels will be just fine.  And yesterday, I decided to do something different.  I decided to go to the farmer’s market and get myself a delicious “snack” but one that would keep me 100% on track, without compromising my Whole30 diet plan.

I purchased this delicious cold pineapple, and once those cravings hit at 3pm, I was able to SATISFY them by enjoying all of this pineapple.

The other day, I ate my salad, with some pieces of my rotisserie chicken on top.  And once I was done, I was REALLY HUNGRY or REALLY craving something else.  And in that instance, I realized, I could have more chicken (and stay on plan) or overeat on processed junk.  And so, I decided to make myself ANOTHER bowl of chicken, and I stuck with my plan.

My current weight is at 159, down from 165, where I started.

And I’m motivated to keep going, as my goal is 139lbs.

Healthy eating with weight loss as the goal, does not mean you will ALWAYS and FOREVER have to fight cravings, or under-eat or go hungry.  Sometimes staying on track means you have to OVEREAT or just eat MORE of the healthy grub.  I would rather have another heaping plate of SALAD with my favorite fixings’ than have a handful of zero nutritional pretzels or chips, or a food that would make me want to eat MORE food (like a donut or cookie).

Everyone is different, and I’m certainly figuring this out as I go.  But what I know for sure, is once I lose this weight, I want to keep it off, forever. I have successfully lost 25lbs and 19lbs in the past, and gained all back, twice.  And this time around, I don’t want to gain it back again.  Instead, I want to add into my life and diet plan and health plan, options to eat ALL of the pineapple, eat 3 bananas, eat some peanut butter, eat an extra salad, eat more chicken – if my body is craving it – in order to stay on track.

Cheers to our goals, and adjusting your plans, as you see fit.


Fresh Potato Fries, and living off the grid?

Yesterday afternoon, my husband spent some time playing music at our local farmer’s market.  For this, the organizer gave us fresh potatoes, eggplant and a ton of tomatoes.  It wasn’t a monetary reward, but who doesn’t like whole free food?

The potatoes were still dirty, because they were just picked from the ground.  Honesty, they tasted so delicious.  I cut them up, and put the in the oven for an hour at 400 degrees.  They came out so crispy and delicious and lovely and we did not even need ketchup to eat them up!  I can’t wait to make these again.

Lately, I’m so incredibly drawn to whole food, raw food, real food.  I can’t wait to eat my lunch salad, and I am thinking more and more about my own garden.  We live in an area where we have a very little backyard space, and an extensive garden would not be possible.  I could try to grow some tomatoes and zucchini.  I also live in an area where we have pretty cold winters.  It gets frigid temps from December into April, and sometimes even May.  And my ideal location would include a mild winter, and a mild summer.

I have been watching Port Protection on YouTube.  It’s the best show ever. I mean, most people would find it hardly entertaining, but I find it so interesting.  This group of residents who reside in Port Protection live off the land.  They hunt everything they eat, and they gather wood non-stop.  It’s always wet, raining, and pretty much cold.  Those weather conditions aren’t ideal for me, as I need GREEN food.  I want to eat salads, and salads and more salads!

I think North Carolina might be more my cup of tea!  I keep looking on to see what type of homes are available, and where are they available.  I’m not looking to go completely off grid, as we do have 3 children, who I want to have visit as often as possible.  But I’m thinking – once we retire, once the kids are in college and self sufficient, we head south, and we do as much gardening as possible, and become as self sufficient as possible.  I want my children to be able to live with us – if they want, and have access to lakes, creeks, forests, natural parks, and I want beautiful nature to surround us daily.  I would love to have our grand-kids come down for weeks at a time, and hang with us often!

And then the other part of me wants to rent the smallest apartment in NYC possible, and live there!!!

Am I crazy, or am I just really really trying to figure it out?