Friday, July 25, 2014

{this moment} July 25, 2014

Rogue's last year at Cub Scout Camp.  Tony's?  He still has two more boys to go!  
He is in for the long haul.


You can see someone wanted to go too.  Actually, quite a few sad faces were left behind.  There was just one particular little lady who, quite literally, would not let go and then proceeded to weep bitterly as they drove away...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Being Gluten Free is Not Enough



So Tony and I were talking and we have really let things go.  We know what works when it comes to weight loss and feeling healthy.  We just have gotten lazy.  So why not go back to Paleo?  When Tony and I did and we felt better, we lost tons of weight and Tony’s blood pressure went from extreme to low!  All while eating high fat foods.  All we did was give up most grains and sugar.  We never counted calories.  NEVER.  Now we not were strict Paleo because we did eat dairy, but high fat dairy.  Whole milk, cheese, whole fat yogurt (if we could find it, lol), etc.  We also occasionally ate beans but only black and garbanzo.

We totally let thing slide, however, in the last few months.  While still being gluten free.  Let me explain...

The funny thing is since I got pregnant I am even more gluten intolerant than I was!  I have heard it said that many people who actually can't eat gluten at all can eat it when pregnant.  I guess I am the opposite.  Typical!

So far (I am now 22 weeks), I so much as look at a tortilla and I get sick for three days.  Ok, yes, that is an exaggeration.  But I got sick for a full day this week and the only thing I can think of is I put my gluten free pizza in the same leftover box as my kids gluten filled pizza. 

Gluten free pizza?  Yes, That is my point.  Nowadays there is a ton of products out there that are gluten free.  Did you know that Reeces Peanut Butter Cups are gluten free.  You better believe there was great rejoicing in this house when I found that out.  Did you know that Dairy Queen's Peanut Butter Parfait's are gluten free?  Peanut Buster Parfait's are Tony's kryptonite.  Give a man that vanilla soft serve, hot gooey chocolate fudge and peanuts and he will do anything.


So just because something is gluten free does not mean it is good for you.  In fact, a lot of gluten free products are high in sugar and to be very very honest the one thing that is going to make you fat is sugar.  Bread turns into sugar.  Corn is sugar (corn syrup, anyone?).  

Avoiding grains and sugar is not easy.  In fact to avoid it completely is impossible.  And can lead to one very grumpy person.  Gluten free flours that you get at the store will have things like potato starch and rice flour.  Those things are not Paleo.  But if you limit their use you will be just fine.  That means going to the store and buying loaves of gluten free bread and eating it every day is really not going to help you loose weight.  In fact, you might start gaining weight.  

When I got pregnant I thought I had better introduce grains back into my diet.  That was when I found out that wheat was not on of the grains I could eat.  It was a huge moment of enlightenment actually.  I recalled past pregnancies and all sort of problems I had.  And if I had just avoided gluten....  Anyway, I digress.  But things like rice were no problem.  And I started to eat a lot of rice.  And a lot of sugar.  And suddenly I was gaining weight far too quickly.

Yes, I am pregnant and I should gain weight, I am talking really easily!  And Tony started putting on weight.  We started following the letter of the law and just pretending that whole sugar thing was no big deal.

Falling into old habits is really easy.  And one of the things you have to do is realize what your triggers are.  Watch the excuses.  I was using my pregnancy as an excuse to overload on sugar.  Tony just went along for the ride.

So that leaves you with the unhappy task of overcoming those evil addictions to sugar and cheap food again.  That is the hard part.  Cheap food is easy fast and nice on the pocket book.  But leaves you sick, fat, and miserable.  Which is NOT nice.

You see, I have been living gluten free and not being healthy.  It is very easy, in fact, to live a completely gluten free lifestly and not be healthy.  If weightloss is your goal, especially!  There is more to loosing weight and/or being healthy than simply avoiding gluten.

You have to be willing to make a change and that change has to be deep rooted.  You have to face the issues that lead you back to food time and time again.  Know your triggers and pray for God's guidance.  Weight loss and being healthy is not only about eating lots of veggies, avoiding sugar, and getting exericse.  It is about comabtting those triggers and not letting your inner critic tell you that you are no worth it.

Because, you know what?  You are SO worth it!  Things worth doing are not always easy, but in the long run you will be doing things you only dreamed of doing!

So here are a few links to inspire you and me!



How about some books?  (affiliate links, thank you!)


Which leaves me with another thing you have to do... Exercise....

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dairy Free Smoothies

We are big smoothie drinkers around here and now that we are back to trying to watch the dairy intake of some of our kids due to some intolerance, I had to get creative in this department. 

I am not a fan of bananas.  I like them, but sometimes the texture really bothers me, so adding them to a smoothie does not work.  This is a great alternative when making a smoothie without milk.  Without milk and/or yogurt, smoothies can be very bland and far more icy then creamy.


Recently however, I tried making our smoothies with canned cocnut milk and this really made such a difference!  So here is the cast of our smoothie recipe:

  • 1 can coconut milk (unsweetened and full fat)
  • Almond Milk
  • Frozen Fruit of your choice
  • Agave or other sweetener

Pretty simple huh?

Here is what you do!  Fill the blender about 3/4 full of frozen fruit.  If you are particularly sneaky and want to feed your kids a green smoothie you can packed some washed spinach down at the bottom then put in the fruit.  Shake up your coconut milk, open (of course), and then add to the blender.  Get all the good creamy stuff in there.  Then fill the rest of the way up till you have almost covered the fruit.  Like this:


Add enough sweetener to your taste. You can always add more after you have blended it thoroughly!  Oh, and yeah, blend thoroughly!  Big lumps aren't fun.

Another thing is if you follow this exact recipe and do it in a food processor your smoothie will come out like ice cream!  My kids (ok, all of us) LOVE it this way.  But our processor broke recently... sniffle.


These smoothies are great for snacks or with breakfast.  And of course you can always make it the exact same way with milk and yogurt instead of the coconut and almond milk.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pregnancy Health Goals

And one, and two...
Wow, I have been on a roller coaster since I saw those two pink lines.  For over a year I knew what I had to do to be healthy and stay strong.  But then things slipped and I gained 10 pounds.  Then I found out I was pregnant and put on even more.  I am not sure how much... I am afraid to get on the scale!  It been over a month since I had worked out and my eating is getting crazy.

Is it just me or does food taste better when you are pregnant?

Yesterday, I knew something had to change.  I had to do something!

I have always been weary of working out when pregnant.  You get so many conflicting viewpoints on it that it can easily become very overwhelming.  The general consensus is, yes, you should exercise.  It is after that point where you get people who say, "Just go for good walks" all the way to "I did cross fit for all 9 months of my pregnancy!"

In the past my excuse for not exercising much while pregnant was I didn't want to hurt the baby.  Truth was that I was also morbidly obese and to try and start exercising while pregnant was probably not the greatest plan.  In my case, back then, I should have probably went for daily walks and maybe did some minor little 3 lbs weights.

Now, however, I have no clue what to do!  I am in fairly good shape, despite my month long slump and weight gain (don't beat yourself up, don't beat yourself up...).  I knew yesterday was the day.  I had to go back to the gym!

I was such a goober.  I texted my good friend and my niece and told them I was actually nervous from the parking lot.  But I swallowed hard and got out of the car.  I went in and I got on a bike and I rode 7.96 miles in 35 minutes.  I got a little sweaty I read several chapters in THE BOOK THIEF.  And I liked it!

Afterwords, I headed to the weight room and this was where I started to feel out of my element.  I stared at those machines and I started to worry.  How much weight?  What machines?  Do I look pregnant or do I look fat?  Rose told me I look pregnant.

I knew I should not do all I used to in the weight room.  I knew that due to my back issues I needed to make sure I kept my back strong.  I can not afford another couple months in bed unable to move!  So I settled on the back machine, two arm exercises, and hips.  I will need strong hips too!  My legs get a great workout on the stationary bike.

Which leaves me with the burning question... Will I keep it up??

I decided the best way to combat any falling off the wagon, so to speak, is to try and post about it here regularly.  What that will look like at this point I am not totally sure.  But I hope to share with you what I will learn about exercising and being healthy while pregnant.  As this has to be my goal, that next October for me and my little one to be strong and healthy!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Frogged Reward

So My Reward...  I only wear it, like twice, and realized... well, I didn't really like it.  I thought the shaping wasn't very good.  I mean this was a reward for loosing 70 lbs and it made me look fat.  Not a very good reward.


So I got to thinking.... and thinking.... and thinking and then...

 I did it.  Call me crazy...  Here it goes:


During:


After:


Hmmm... all the possibilities...

Friday, September 6, 2013

Show Down!


This summer was kind of eaten up by tons and tons of smoke.  So we didn't really get to enjoy outside.  So we are trying to soak up whatever we can right now before the sun goes away!  The other day the kids planned a great event or a Show Down as they called it.

They came up with all the events, though I think they were kind of rigged.  Daisy tried to oversee, but what can you do when a nine year old boy has plans?  


There was a race and some weight lifting.


Sweet Pea rocked the tire swing portion.


All the kids did really well, but there was a clear winner in the dance competition, as you can see.


Clearly, the boy has moves.