6 days and only 3 pounds left to go

…until my trip to Seattle, I’ve almost hit my goal. This was just a mini goal along the way to a bigger goal. After Seattle I have 32 days until my trip to North Carolina and if I don’t gain any weight in Seattle then I’ll have another 10 pounds to lose. Then I think I’ll be done with losing weight and I’ll focus just on staying healthy and maintaining my weight. These smaller goals do help so the whole process is not too overwhelming.

What I ate yesterday:

Hot lemon toddy (hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon)

Breakfast (8:30): Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen strawberries/ blueberries, 8oz cran/water, 1 scoop whey protein powder vanilla, 1 Tbls ground flax, 1 Tbls chia seeds, 2 kale leaves, 1 Tbls cacao powder)

Then I went on a couple field trips with the kids which left me starving so I ate a Luna Bar (protein bar) that Beth had brought along.

Lunch (2:00): Salad topped with fresh salsa, tuna fish mixed with canola mayo, and dressing (Dijon mustard, flax oil, apple cider vinegar & dill ) CLA & GLA supplement

Walked for about an hour

Snack (6:45): apple

Dinner (8:00): Salad topped with fresh salsa & steamed broccoli plus flax oil and apple cider vinegar

Walked for about 30 min

Snack (9:30): 1 apple & a cacao/ peanut butter cookie

Before bed: CLA & GLA supplement

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

This morning’s weigh in: I lost 1 more pound, total weight loss 12 pounds, yeah!

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Field trips galore

How many field trips can you squeeze into 1 day. Well certainly more that 2 but that’s what we did today. Thus no food blog this morning, there just wasn’t time.

Our first field trip was to the Wexner Center on the OSU campus for a free production of Farfalle (meaning Butterflies)by Compagnia T.P.O. (from Italy.)
While this was geared to 5-6 year olds my much older kids thought it was really cool and wished they had been chosen to go dance on the magic carpet.

Beautiful botanical images and captivating rainforest sounds emerge from every direction when a simple stage morphs into a magical playground that responds—in real time—to the graceful movements of two dancers. Even bigger thrills come when young ones from the audience are invited to touch and explore the glowing, interactive garden themselves. The evolution from caterpillar to butterfly has never been so brilliantly staged.

If you’re a homeschooler in Columbus you really should watch for the Wexner Centers school programs, they’re usually free and always awesome!

After that performance we headed downtown to the State House to see the repose ( I had to look that word up: a
: to lie at rest b: to lie dead <reposing in state>) of President Lincoln.

About the Repose of Lincoln:
The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, a group of Civil War re-enactors, will provide an honor guard over a representation of Abraham Lincoln’s catafalque in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. A changing of the guard is scheduled to take place every half hour. Members of the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will stand guard from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Statehouse Rotunda on the exact spot where 145 years before stood military sentinels of another generation guarding the coffin of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln died in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 15, 1865 after being shot a day earlier by assassin John Wilkes Booth. During the next 20 days, Lincoln’s body traveled 1,700 miles by train from Washington, D.C. to his burial in Springfield, IL on May 4, 1865. Along the way, state funerals were conducted in 12 major cities of the time. Columbus was the ninth city to host this solemn event.

The doors to the Ohio Statehouse opened on April 29, 1865 shortly after 9 a.m. A memorial service was held on the east plaza at 3 p.m. By 6 p.m. more than 50,000 people filed through the Statehouse Rotunda to see the President’s coffin. This was the highest attended event in Statehouse history until November 2, 2008 when Presidential candidate, Barack Obama drew 60,000 people to a rally on the Statehouse grounds.

The perimeter of where the coffin was positioned in the Rotunda will be cordoned off as a physical reminder that the president lay-in-state. A mourning wreath of mixed evergreens, magnolia leaves and white roses will be placed at the site.

The Repose of Lincoln is designed to portray the indelible, personal loss experienced on this historic day by the people of Columbus and in the Statehouse. The Repose of Lincoln has been conducted every year on April 29 since 2001.

After we left the State House we stopped at a little boutique in downtown Columbus to check out the funky looking clothes then we headed home for lunch and a rousing game of Blokus.

Black Bean Soup

I miss beans; they’re not on the Fat Flush Plan so it’s been a long time since I’ve eaten any. I made *Black Bean Soup for dinner last night and I didn’t plan on eating any but it smelled too yummy for me to resist. It just seemed silly not to eat something that I know is healthy. While I’m still trying to lose weight I have been following the plan more strictly, but my long term goals are to be really healthy, as healthy as I can be. I think that this diet plan is the basis for a very healthy way to eat. By eliminating sugar, dairy, most wheat and anything artificial, I believe that’s the healthiest I can be. I know that sometimes I will eat some of those items but it won’t be a part of my regular daily choices.

Again here is a summary of the things to avoid on the 2 week Fat Flush Plan (the lifelong plan does have a few additions)

No herbs or spices except for those fat flushing herbs and spices outlined in The Fat Flush Plan
No margarine
No alcohol
No sugar
No oils or fats except flaxseed oil
No grains, bread, cereal or starchy vegetables such as beans, potatoes, corn, parsnips, carrots, peas, pumpkin, or acorn or butternut squash
No dairy products

As I was scanning through the blogs that I follow I came across an article about spices and how they can make foods even healthier and counteract some of the negative impacts that foods may cause. The interesting thing was that the spices they recommend using are the same spices that are recommended on the Fat Flush Plan. Read more at Nutrition Talk, and here’s a link to the blog I wrote about the seasoning recommended on the diet.

And here’s my random thought for the day, should kids be given more freedom to play out in their communities without adults hovering over them constantly? Read some other ideas about this at Free Range Kids and in an article titled, “How children lost the right to roam in for generations.”

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

Hot lemon toddy (hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon)

Breakfast (9:40): Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen strawberries/ blueberries, 8oz cran/water, 1 scoop whey protein powder vanilla, 1 Tbls ground flax, 1 Tbls chia seeds, frozen chunk of kale, 1 Tbls cacao) CLA & GLA supplement

Lunch (12:30): Big salad topped with my fresh salsa, cucumbers and a dressing (made with flax oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard & dill) plus a side of smoked salmon & a hardboiled egg, CLA supplement

Walked with friends for about 45 min

Snack (4:30): small cup of Black Bean Soup and a couple homemade candied walnuts (sweetened with just a tiny bit of maple syrup) CLA & GLA supplement

Walked for about an hour during Thomas’ soccer practice

Dinner (8:00): Black Bean Soup and pineapple, CLA & GLA supplement

*I’m drinking 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

This morning’s weigh in: I lost 1.5 pounds, total weight loss 11 pounds

*Recipe for Black Bean Soup (I loosely followed the recipe in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon)

2 chopped & sautéed onions (in olive oil)

About 5-6 cups of cooked black beans (I had cooked them 10 min. in the pressure cooker instead of soaking)

About 2 cups homemade leftover beef stock

4 cloves of garlic

1 teas cumin

1 teas dried oregano

1 quart of our canned tomatoes (from last year’s garden)

1 pkg of our dried tomatoes (from last year’s garden)

1 pkg of our frozen sweet peppers (from last year’s garden)

I also added some of the fat flushing herbs: cinnamon and turmeric

Plus sea salt when the beans were all done cooking

I just dumped everything in the crock pot and let it cook for several hours on low

***oops it just occurred to me last night that I left off the final step for this soup; I scooped out about 1/3 of the soup and blended it in the blender, then poured it back in to make the soup nice and thick.

Chipotle for homeschoolers, yum

The Chipotle by our house was honoring homeschoolers yesterday by offering buy 1 get 1 free day. Some of our homeschooling friends met at our house and we all walked over to Chipotle for lunch. I ended up getting one of their salads topped with chicken and fresh salsa. It was just OK, I wasn’t crazy about the chicken (I usually don’t eat meat in restaurants so I’ve only ever had their vegetarian burritos) and it wasn’t nearly as satisfying as a burrito or even the bol that has rice and beans. I miss rice and beans. But the kids were really happy with their burritos and Dan was happy that there was dinner for him. We try to go to my parent’s house once a week for dinner on those nights Dan is on his own for dinner, sometimes there’s leftovers but sometimes not, last night there was Chipotle for him.

Ann and I went for our walk yesterday in the very cold and misty weather. Luckily it didn’t start raining again until we were almost home. But it was cold enough that I needed a hat and gloves, brrr. I’m listening to another thought provoking podcast, Unparenting by Sarah Parent (what an ironic last name.) I’m sure the topic isn’t for everyone but it does make you think about the way you interact with your children. One quote that I liked is, “unparenting is not permissive parenting.”

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

Hot lemon toddy (hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon)

Walked with Ann for 30 min

Lunch (1:00): Chipotle salad topped with chicken, fresh salsa, medium salsa and a few peppers & onions. I also added a little flax oil. CLA & GLA supplement

Walked with friends for about 60 min

Dinner (5:30): Big salad topped with my fresh salsa, cucumbers and flax oil & apple cider vinegar plus a side of steamed salmon. CLA & GLA supplement

Snack (8:30): apple, CLA supplement

Before bed: ground psyillium husks with cran/water

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

This morning’s weigh in: I stayed the same, total weight loss 9.5 pounds

I seem to not lose weight when I don’t eat as much as I’m supposed to. I haven’t been eating the eggs and yesterday I didn’t have my fruit smoothie. When I skip those things my weight tends to stay the same. So today I’m going to be careful about eating everything that I’m supposed to eat and see if that makes a difference.

A weekend break from dieting

This weekend was kinda hit and miss for the diet. Friday night I went to the community launch party for Wonderland with some friends, we also went to dinner at the North Market. Dinner was a Greek salad, but since it mostly consisted of lettuce (with some feta cheese that I tried to avoid) it left me hungry then when I got home there were a couple small pieces of pizza to tempt me. On Sat we had friends over for the Grandview Art Hop, so I had a few drink and more than a few chips. But all was well when I weighed myself Sun morning; my weight had stayed the same. But for some reason on Sunday I was sitting around the house all day, watched Avatar (awesome movie!) and we finally finished the 7th season of Gilmore Girls (I got the whole series for my b-day in January and the kids and I have been watching it from the beginning, 155 episodes!) so it was a lazy kinda eating day, I did all right until the evening when I had pretzels and dip. So I made some bad choices over the weekend and I really didn’t feel my best after eating those items.

I did, however, create a very yummy smoothie combination this weekend: 1 orange (peeled) a few frozen blueberries, ½ frozen banana, 8 oz cran/water, flax meal, chia seeds, scoop whey protein powder and a squirt of flax oil. Very yummy indeed!

So today’s weigh in is: up .5 a pound. I feel like it was a wasted weekend, since I have a self imposed deadline of where I want to be when I leave for Seattle. But these days off do help remind me why I want to eat healthier. I really don’t feel great when I stray from eating this way. I was really dehydrated after drinking Sat. night and I just felt blah all day Sunday. So I’m reinvigorated to eat healthy and try to get some exercise in this very rainy weather!

Community Art Hop

Last night we got together with some friends to stroll through the Grandview Art Hop. The weather was nice (in the beginning) while we made a pass by some of the local artist’s booths. We had to made a quick trip back home to drop off Lil’ Ann, and refill our Sangria filled coffee mugs. We met up with a few more friends and headed back. We were really going to listen to our teenage friends band have their debut gig. The kids were terribly nervous about performing in front and everyone and they didn’t feel like they had practiced quite enough. They were down one of their band mates, who forgot to tell his parents about the gig and was already committed to a piano recital. But even with those setbacks they got up on their cement stage and played for all to hear. We were all really proud of them. They did  a great job, I hope they’ll be back at the art hop next month with some more confidence and no rain to make them pack it in early.

We lucked out by grabbing the near by seats right away, leaving us to just sit back, listen to the band, drink our Sangria and visit with friends. It was a lovely way to spend an hour before the rain came in. Then we moved the party back to our house where we finished the night by playing Quiddler, the small word game. Which is really quite fun, even when you’ve had a bit too much to drink. When looking through the dictionary to check on the spelling of words one must remember that the alphabet does not go L M N O J, I was having a hard time with that.

Beth took some great pictures on my very temperamental camera, that was actually working after we bought a new memory card. Hopefully it will get us through our trip to Seattle then we can send it in for service.

It was kinda a crappy day…

Yesterday was a grouchy day. It didn’t start that way the kids and I were meeting some friends at Franklin Park so the kids could play in the creek and in the small waterfalls. It’s so pretty and I was really excited to take some awesome pictures. While we were eating our picnic lunch I tried to take a picture of cute Ros next to a pretty flowering tree and my very nice 15 month old camera wouldn’t work. It had done this same thing the day before but then it had started working again so I thought it was a fluke. But nope, it simply wasn’t going to let me take any pictures. I was so sad, I could have gotten the best pics of the kids at the water. Plus I’m just past the warranty and I have to mail it in for service which STARTS at $200 and there’s no way we’ll have it back in time for our trip to Seattle. So even though it was Earth Day and we were at a beautiful park, my day was sliding downhill.

Thankfully I had planned ahead enough to have a roast in the crock pot for shredded BBQ beef sandwiches for dinner, so when we got home from the park I had 30 min to defat, debone and shred the beef and chop & wash the Romaine lettuce for the Caesar salads. Then it was off to dance class for 2 hours. When we got home at about 7 I was feeling frazzled and I needed to still make the Caesar salad dressing and steam the asparagus and salmon. But first I checked my email only to find that one of the kids had overdrawn their checking account by a couple dollars so I had to deal with that before they had any fees added to the account. Of course, when I tried to log on to the bank web site my password got blocked so I had to call customer service , then my phone died while I was on hold so I had to start over. By this time I was in a crappy mood. I did manage to finally take care of the bank account, get dinner on the table (the Caesar salad was rockin’!) but I was still feeling grouchy. So after dinner Dan and I took Ann for a walk to Jeni’s Ice Cream and we split a dish of: Riesling Poached Pear, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Buckeye State and Kona Stout. It really only sounds like a lot. J They’re each actually a half scoop so you get to experience more flavors. I only had a couple small bites of each while Dan ate the rest. That did brighten my mood a bit!

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

Hot lemon toddy (hot water with ½ lemon juiced and a dash of ginger & cinnamon)

Walked for 30 min but I couldn’t listen to my podcast because my head phones quit working (ahh… the start to my crappy day)

Breakfast (10:30): Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries, 8oz cran/water, 1 scoop whey protein powder vanilla, 1 Tbls ground flax, 1 Tbls chia seeds, frozen chunk of kale, 1 Tbls cacao) CLA & GLA supplements

Picnic Lunch (1:00) leftover Chicken stir-fry with hot sauce, CLA

Glass of Kombucha, yum, raspberry flavored my favorite!

Snack (4:00): Orange Julius- simply 1 peeled orange, ice and a little water blended until smooth. This was very refreshing and yummy!

Dinner (7:45): * Caesar Salad, couple bites steamed salmon, asparagus with a squirt of lemon and a little sea salt; CLA & GLA supplements

Walked to Jeni’s ice cream and a few bites, yum!

Before bed: 1 cup of cran/water mixed with ground psyllium husks

*I’m drinking my 64oz of cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher is empty in the evening.

This morning’s weigh in: I lost .5 pound, which puts my total weight loss at 10 pounds. So something good did come out of that crappy day!

* Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing:

put in blender

4 anchovies

juice from 1/2 lemon

1 egg

2-3 cloves of garlic

Blend

then slowly drizzle in 1/3 C flax oil, while the blender is running