Sunday, April 14, 2013

April Update..

I've been trying to make time for an update on how we've been doing with the clean eating, but between the ever growing to-do lists and not having anything good to report..

Week one went okay. New is exciting (to me at least) so enthusiasm got us through that. I dumped everything from our kitchen that didn't fit in with my idea of how clean eating should be (I am very much an all-or-nothing girl no matter how hard I try not to be). First, I dealt with Ryan's frustration over the things being tossed and wasted. Then, restocking with clean foods.. I spent a good $100+ over our grocery budget, plus replenishing fresh produce during the week. I told myself the extra money was okay because it was just from the restocking. Some of the meals were good, some were just tolerable.

End of week one was another grocery trip, and I spent just as much as I did the week before. This can't happen. Trying to buy everything organic and fresh is not going to work for our budget. Week two meals were pretty disappointing in general.. I should have kept it more simple and more familiar (but all-or-nothing, ugh). Two meals were just trashed- salmon (we pretty much hate seafood except shrimp, but WANT to like it.. I was told later that salmon was a really bad one to start with), and a quinoa stir-fry. I've never made quinoa before, so not sure if I did something wrong, or if we just aren't ready for it.. But yuck? Ryan ended up ordering pizza that night because everything else in the house had to be thawed and cooked, and it was already less than an hour until kid's bedtime.

Pizza.. Was a horrible idea. Not because of the pizza (we have a place nearby that makes their own sauce and dough fresh daily, and wheat is an option) but because of the diet soda that came with it. I haven't had any kind of soda in almost 2 months because I only like diet and I gave up artificial sweeteners. I had one glass, and half an hour later, my head hurt SO bad! Not migraine bad, but close. I had a dull, annoying headache for the next few days but the worst part was the cravings. I haven't craved sweets in weeks, but I suddenly felt like a drug addict! That's the only way to explain how I reacted. I told husband how badly I wanted something sweet, but there wasn't anything in the house aside from a few baking items. So it was okay, because I was in a sugar free zone. My husband, thinking he was being sweet and helpful, brought home cupcakes to surprise me. I don't think I need to explain what happened next.

I will punch the next person that tells me aspartame isn't awful for you. Just saying.

Basically, I'm starting all over. Again. I'm so frustrated and angry (at myself), and honestly? I almost want to say forget it and go buy hamburger helper. I am so tired of looking through recipes and trying all these new foods only to throw them away or have my boys refuse to even try them because it's TOO different.

But, I read something this weekend that I really needed to hear: Don't let perfect be the enemy of good. So let's try this again, but with a little less crazy and a lot more simple.

In other news, we've been spring cleaning and redoing the kids bathroom this week, around a teething baby (tooth #2 came through Friday!). Having a problem with snacking too much? Make a list of projects to do around the house and DO them. I guarantee you'll be too busy! ;)

Monday, April 1, 2013

What I think may be the clean eating Bible, and Easter.

Okay, so here are a few of the things I didn't have time to get into earlier..

1. I found Norma's blog last week, and if you aren't reading it, you should be. I need to find more blogs like hers, bloggers that have lost the weight and kept it off the right way! Let me know if there are any I should be reading..

2. She recommended the book The Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno, and I picked it up as well as 2 of her cookbooks Saturday and have been reading them as I get time. There are a LOT of sites about clean eating, and a lot of them seem to do things just a little differently.  I've mostly been getting info from, which is a great source, but it's not necessarily for weight loss. I lost 6 lbs after I started following it, but it's slowed. One of the sample menus has pancakes with syrup for breakfast, followed by a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for lunch.. Reeeaaaallllyyy not targeted for weight loss! At least not for me. I know the menu is a suggestion, but I like Tosca Reno's book way better.

3. I reset my weight loss ticker today, because I'm totally starting over. I need to forget everything I thought I knew about dieting (I still can't believe I ever thought a trip to the cupcake place once a week as a "cheat" was a good idea..) and do this right. REAL food, not food-like products. I'm going to weigh again May 1, so please don't think I'm off in the corner eating cupcakes just because it's still at 0 until then! ;)

4. Exercise.. this is something that I'm still figuring out. Yes, time is short after spending 10-11 hours a day away from home, cooking, cleaning, playing with the kids, etc. But if I have time to post this, I have time to work out. Time is definitely an obstacle, but not THE obstacle at the moment. Between the toes I broke when I fell through the stairs while pregnant, that same ankle, and the knee (and OF COURSE it's the same side) I already had some difficulty with.. Working out hurts. Logically, I know that it will hurt less as the weight comes off because I KNOW that's aggravating all of it, so I need to just suck it up and start.

5. One month. That's how long I have to get the hang of all this and make it the new norm. Why? Because my in-laws are coming to stay with us for somewhere between 3-6 weeks. They are wonderful people, really. They're also some of the most picky people I've ever met (husband comes by it honestly). When they came to visit the week after Reagan was born, they ordered pizza, chinese, bbq, and had fast food a few times. I had plenty of healthy meals in the freezer specifically for the 2 weeks after she was born, but they all had veggies in them and they weren't interested. I'm an adult, and responsible for my own choices and can just say no. But my son is going to pick pizza and chicken nuggets over stir-fry every time. I still don't know how I'm going to deal with this for a month, but making this our new norm is a good start.

Moving on..

Day 1 of the new norm:
Breakfast- coffee with raw sugar, and eggs with spinach, tomato, peppers, and onions.
Lunch- leftover roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery and onion.
Snack- apple, green tea.
Dinner- Grilled bison burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mustard. Salad made with romaine, kale, red peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and light house Italian dressing. I tried using Balsamic vinegar as dressing, and yuck! I really need to replace my dressing, but have no idea what to use..

Also, Happy Easter! The only candy in the house from Easter is what Chris got in his basket at his dad's house. Thankfully, there wasn't much of it! It was cold and rainy here, so we hid eggs in the house and had a normal Sunday aside from that.

Chris coloring his eggs, Reagan smashing hers!

I don't think he minded the lack of candy at all!

Sabotage from a spouse?

So much I want to write about, so little time! For now, just a quick question..

When you're trying to change eating habits and get healthier, how do you deal with a spouse that brings junk like this home? It was meant as a sweet gesture after a particularly stressful day, but I'm a sugar addict- no doubt about that. Having this in my freezer is killing me- literally. How do you handle sabotage from a spouse?