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.

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Back on track with the diet

Even though my food choices were not 100% what the plan recommends I still lost 1.5 pounds yesterday, yeah! 1 more pound and I’ll have lost 10 pounds since the beginning of this journey 1 month ago. I got lots of walking in yesterday and 1 full minute on the re-bounder, I know pretty lame but it was better that the day before. Baby steps! I’m again out of all my fresh veggies so I’m to the store today to stock up on all the yummies. Salad mix, spinach, lemons, whatever veggies are looking good and are on sale, plus I’ll get pineapples and bananas for the other people in the house. I also want to pick up some salmon and chicken at whole foods, I’ve almost eaten all of Dan’s fish that he caught that’s been in the freezer. Good thing fishing season is starting up again. He’s going on 2 fishing trips while were in Seattle for about a week total. So we’ll hopefully be restocking the freezer with some Halibut. (Actually I don’t know what they’re fishing for, is it Halibut season in WA?)

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 and listened to another podcast by the same author as the last one, Sarah Parent. For anyone that watched the segment on Discovery health about radical Parenting, her family was featured as the Radical Unschoolers. While the show was not great her podcasts really are. Anyway I was listening to Living a Positive Life which you can download for free on iTunes. And 1 whole min on the re-bounder.

CLA & GLA with cran/water

Breakfast (10:00): Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen strawberries, 8oz cran/water, 1 scoop whey protein powder vanilla, 1 Tbls ground flax, 1 Tbls chia seeds, frozen chunk of kale, 1 Tbls cacao)

Lunch (1:00): Salad with Bubbies Kraut and leftover coleslaw plus a dressing made from; Dijon mustard, flax oil, apple cider vinegar & dill. I also had 2 deviled eggs made with 1 Tbls canola mayo

Snack (4:30): 1 healthy chocolate no-bake cookie, these are so yummy! My friend Janine came up with recipe (see below.) This is not on the diet but a have a container of them left over from the weekend so I’ll probably splurge and have 1 a day.

Walked for about 50 min while the kids were at ceramics

Walked again for about 45 min while Thomas was at soccer

Dinner (7:30): same salad that I had for lunch and steamed cauliflower (CLA & GLA)

Dessert (8:30): 1 cup cantaloupe

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 1.5 pound, yeah! Which puts my total weight loss at 9 pounds.

Healthy Chocolate No-Bake’s

Dump everything in the food processor

2 cups oats (you could substitute this with other nuts if you don’t want to use oats)

½ cup walnuts

½ cup flax meal

½ cup cacao (this time I used ¼ c cacao & ¼ c carob, you can also use unsweetened cocoa powder if that’s all you have)

½ cup shredded coconut

1 tea vanilla

¾ cup peanut butter

Start blending everything together

Drizzle in while food processor is running ¾ cup maple syrup

Then I roll the batter into balls, flatten like a cookie and dehydrate at 115 for 1 hours to just dry them out a little bit. You could also put them in the over at the lowest temp for about 15 min. Or you can just eat them “raw” they are so yummy! And this recipe is very flexible, if there is something you want to change go ahead and substitute something else or just leave it out.

16 days and counting until Seattle!

Which also means 16 more days on the Fat Flush Plan. I did great with the walking yesterday but I never made time for that darn rebounder. Food choices were just ok, it’s hard to plan when you’re out of the house most the day.

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, I had not been enjoying walking by myself but my friend Kristen over at Pepper Paints recommended a podcast that I really enjoyed and made the 30 min walk fly by.

Breakfast (11:00): 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 flax oil) plus a few bites of cantaloupe

Walked with Laura for about 60 min (walking with friends is so much more fun!)

Snack (4:30): few bites of tuna fish mixed with canola mayo (very high in Omega 3’s) CLA & GLA supplement

Dinner (5:30): *non-traditional homemade coleslaw, sausage, and a hard-boiled egg

Walked for 15 min. with Mom and Ann. Speaking of my mom she was nice enough to henna my hair again for me last night. Bye-bye grey, hello pretty red hair! I’ve been hennaing my hair for the last year and half and I LOVE it! But more on that in a different post!

Snack (8:30): 1 cup cantaloupe and 1 cup of cran/water mixed with ground psyllium husks

Before bed: CLA supplement and more 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 lost 1 pound, yeah!Looks like I’m back on track.

*recipe for coleslaw:

½ head cabbage, finely sliced (with food processor)
3 carrot, peeled and finely shredded (with food processor)
½ yellow pepper, chopped
½ red pepper, chopped
chopped sun-dried tomatoes

Dressing:

3 garlic cloves, minced
7 T flax and hemp oil
3 T liquid aminos
2 T raw apple cider vinegar
1 T raw agave nectar

Grated fresh ginger

In a large bowl, toss the vegetables.

Whisk the garlic, olive oil, liquid aminos, vinegar, agave nectar and ginger then pour over the veggies. Toss well and serve. (Let sit for at least an hour before serving.)