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I Need More Nuts in My Diet

I like to think that I am a pretty healthy eater. I stopped eating red meat 11 years ago. When I was nursing Curls and Red, I stopped drinking soda (for the most part). I have tried to cut out dairy over the past couple of years but I do love me some cheese. And now I am trying to tackle my biggest hurdle yet: SUGAR.

If you are a hippie like me, you are aware of the benefits of coconut oil, that extra virgin olive oil is better than plain old olive oil, and that even though it tastes like mush, quinoa is what you should be eating rather than brown rice. I incorporate all three into my lifestyle, some more than others (I’m looking at you quinoa). I drink LOTS of water. But I am still exhausted all the time. And I am tired (<<see what I did there??) of it.

Since I am a social media whore, I know the trend right now is doing a sugar detox. One of my fav lady bloggers, Meg Duerksen, is a big supporter of the sugar detox. She did it in May of this year and she reacted like a normal person would: She grumbled. She craved. She trolled Pinterest for sugary delights. But she did what I probably wouldn’t have done: She didn’t cave. And as I scroll through the pictures she posts of herself and her family, I see the results. She looks AMAZING. Meg and I are the same age but yet she looks at least 10 years younger. Not only has she lost weight but her skin looks great. And that was all I needed to push me to finally start saying no to sugar.

I love sugar. I haven’t ever met a fair food dessert that I didn’t love. Dark chocolate, red vines, and toffee are some of my loves. I don’t just have a sweet tooth, I have a whole set of sweet teeth. So I knew that cutting out sugar right from the start was not going to work. I don’t quit anything cold turkey because I feel like I am setting myself up to fail if I try. I have also had a couple of friends try a sugar detox and they weren’t able to stick to it. If I am honestly going to try and cut this stuff out, I have to take baby steps and lead up to big girl steps.

My first order of business was to log what I ate everyday for a week. This is what it looked like:

Sunday

Breakfast: Peanut butter whole wheat toast, green apple, ice water with lemon

Lunch: 1 wheat thin, Turkey burger stuffed potato dinner leftovers, grapes, apple juice with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

Dinner: Whole wheat spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, crushed red peppers, slice of garlic whole wheat bread with Parmesan cheese, banana, pineapple and orange juice

Evening snack: 5 Trader Joes power berries, 3 dark chocolate covered fruits, 2 red vines, Sees Root Beer sucker, cheese nips (HANGS HEAD, SLINKS OFF TO CORNER OF SHAME)

Monday

Breakfast: Peanut butter with honey whole wheat toast, green apple, ice water with lemon, walnuts

Lunch: Turkey pepperoni, slice of cheddar cheese, 5 wheat thins, 5 grapes, a handful of Cheezits, ice water

Snack: Peanut butter granola bar

Dinner:Chicken avocado burger with honey mustard on whole wheat bun, corn on the cob, fries

Evening snack: Grande iced coffee with white mocha syrup from Starbucks and large chocolate chip cookie

Tuesday

Breakfast: Green apple, peanut butter whole wheat toast with honey, water

Lunch: Turkey pepperoni, slice of cheddar cheese, Cheezits, grapes, carrots, apple juice with apple cider vinegar

Dinner: Avocado, tomato, cheese, bacon, olive omelet with banana, pineapple and orange juice

Evening snack: Junior mints with ice water and lemon

Wednesday

Breakfast: Peanut butter and honey whole wheat toast, green apple, ice water with lemon

Lunch: Chicken avocado burger with tomato and honey mustard on WW bun, Cheezits, carrots, and apple juice with ACV

Dinner: Turkey taco lettuce wrap, Turkey taco with ½ flour tortilla, brown rice, asparagus, BPOJ

Evening snack: Watermelon Jolly Rancher popsicle, 2 Oreos, 4 TJ Powerberries, ice water with lemon

Thursday

Breakfast: Green apple, peanut butter whole wheat toast with honey, water with lemon, plain bagel with honey walnut cream cheese, iced caramel latte

Lunch: Chicken avocado burger on WW burger with light mayo, carrots, Cheezits, Apple juice with ACV, ice water with lemon

Dinner: 2 Greek chicken pita tacos (pita bread with sauce, feta, tomato, cucumbers, chicken), fries, passion fruit tea

NO EVENING SNACK! Key to success: Watch super enjoyable flick with my family

Friday

Breakfast: Green apple, peanut butter whole wheat toast with honey, water with lemon

Lunch: Turkey taco lettuce wraps, tortilla chips, apple juice with ACV, ½ of dark chocolate bar (had no added sugars but sugar alcohols instead-YUCK!)

Dinner: 2 chicken taquitos, black beans, BPOJ

Evening snack: Venti iced coffee with white mocha and toffee nut (too sweet), ice water with lemon, 3 Mike’s black cherry lemonades

Saturday

Breakfast: Green apple, peanut butter whole wheat toast with honey, ice water with lemon

Lunch: Chicken taquito, tortilla chips, carrots, apple juice with ACV

Dinner: Chicken tacos, spanish rice, refried beans, tortilla chips

Evening treat: Blueberry butterscotch milkshake with whip cream and mini donut that came on the straw-Go big or go home, AM I RIGHT?

Cheezits

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that my biggest problem is the minute my butt hits the couch as soon as the kiddos are in bed. Hubby and I take this time to catch up on shows and/or read. These activities are not enough to keep me from going straight to the cupboards and figure out what I can stuff my face with. I do good all day, trying to drink as much water as I can. I definitely have felt a difference since I increased my water intake.

When I printed out a list of what I could eat on a 14 day sugar detox, I noticed that a variety of nuts made the cut. I am lucky enough to have a bulk section at my grocery store so I have now started buying walnuts, macademias, almonds, etc. I have added them to my meals and will try and have a handful for a small snack. I am also going to stop buying so many treats. With two little ones, treats are always on hand for rewards/bribery. I am realistic enough to know I will always be surrounded by sugar so saying no will eventually have to be a part of my language also.

The seven day food diary did the one thing I wanted it to: it made me aware of my eating habits. So when I now go for that snack at night, I will think twice. So maybe when I buy a dark chocolate bar, I will eat one square instead of six. I will make the effort to have fruit in the house that I will eat. I know special occasion treats (Hi OC Fair!) will forever have a place in my heart and I can accept that. But by taking away a little bit of sugar each day in my normal routine, I know I will get the energy back and make myself that much healthier.

Fair Food

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Team Wesley

Oh, My Wesley. My energizer bunny, my clock that never stops ticking. You are “on” all day long and the Wesley Show is a traveling one. You make everybody laugh wherever we go because your lack of inhibition makes you an adorable goofball. I am still learning how to handle you, even as you enter your fifth year, and feeling like this summer has made me grow as a mother. You are my love bug but your determination to get into anything and everything that causes trouble is a daily struggle. We are working through it and I know we will eventually come out on the other side.

Only Legos and movies will sustain you for a period of time past five minutes. Scooby Doo, Lego Movie, Coraline, Despicable Me, and Toy Story (four years and counting) are all current favorites.

You have a perfectly placed freckle on the tip of your nose that I want to kiss over and over. I call it Bob and even though you wanted to call it Buzz Lightyear in the beginning, you agree the perfect name is Bob.

You became quick tempered when you turned 4 so we have learned together to take deep breaths and count to 10. A recent shopping trip to the grocery store involved me getting upset with your sister. You could see that and your response was: “Let’s turn that frown upside down! Just breathe Mom.”

Your love of the ladies has just gotten bigger and bigger. You always want to say hi to the female cashiers in the Starbucks drive thru. You are full of compliments. You catch me checking myself out in a bathroom mirror and inform me: “You don’t need to look Mom. You look beautiful!”

Your determination fills me with joy. When you decided you wanted to learn to ride your bike earlier this year, you got on it, and told yourself, “I got this! I can do it!” Three tries later and you were gone with the wind. My hope for you is that you never lose this. Your belief in yourself and ambition will get you the furthest.

Yes, my hair will be all the way gray sooner rather than later because of you. But I will always be Wile E. Coyote to your Roadrunner. I love you Wesley. Happy birthday my little devil.

Favorites:

Color: Blue

Ice Cream: Oreo

Movie: Toy Story

Song: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

TV Show: Adventure Time

Superhero: Spiderman (because he has webs)

Wesley birthday

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My Girl

My beautiful Scarlet. I can’t believe today is your seventh birthday. I still remember the first month after you were born and how you cried and screamed pretty much 24/7. I felt hopeless, exhausted, and terrified that I was doing a terrible job as your mother. Seven years later I still have days like that but I do know one thing: You will grow up and be fine.

You are Miss Independent, wanting to do everything yourself. I love the mornings when you wake up and tell me that you have made your bed, cleaned your room, and gotten yourself dressed. Or when I go to check on you and you’re organizing your drawers, folding everything just the way you like it. And even though I cringe when you are pouring your milk for breakfast and I am waiting for the mess that may or may not follow, I know it gives you such pleasure to do it.

As much as you fight with your brother, I am 100% positive that you will always look out for him. You are an amazing big sister, always taking the time to sit down and teach him new stuff. This could be words, books, or counting. Just last week you asked me to find The Giving Tree because you wanted to teach Wesley how to read and this book had small and easy words. A couple of days ago you were waiting at the gate as I dropped him off at school. My heart gets a little fuller with each of these moments.

You go through chapter books in just a couple of days with current favorites being Junie B. Jones, Ramona, and anything with fairies. When you requested to start reading the Ramona books I stood up a little straighter that day because those books were my loves when I was a little girl.  We have started multiplication and you are picking it up lightning quick, practicing while you brush your teeth. And I am pretty sure you can spell any word in the English language if we spell it out for you just once.

With your smarts comes the heart of an artist. You have discovered Rainbow Loom like every little girl your age, making bracelets for everybody because of your generous spirit. All you need to be occupied for an afternoon is paint, crayons, glue, and construction paper. You have made many things with this inventory, even paper dolls and outfits for them.

You are the girliest of girls, still loving the color pink. You also love Barbie, Hello Kitty, and Lego Friends. Headbands, lipgloss, and bracelets litter every nook and cranny of our house.

Happy birthday My Scarlet. I love you with every ounce of my being and love watching you become your own person. You are fabulous and I am lucky to be your mama.

Favorites:

Ice Cream: Pink bubblegum

Movie: Teen Beach Movie

Song: “Oxygen” from Teen Beach Movie

TV Show: Full House

Book: NeverGirls from the Mist

Superhero: Wonder Woman

Scarlet birthday

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Summer, Please Don’t Leave

With another summer came another Bucket List. I cut down the number of activities this year, but the fun we had was not diminished. I dare say we had more fun this year, if only because we got to spend time with extended family. Today is the first day of school for the new year for both of my babes and I am so excited for them (and me!). But I am also sad to see summer go. In order to get over this, I want to remember the things we did and maybe plan for next year (North Carolina! Getting on a plane!)

Our summer began when my hubby’s sister and her family traveled from the East Coast to hang with us for seven days. And boy did we have the grandest time. We all crashed into bed every night because of all the activities and quality time we spent together. Just a little recap of what we did:

Spent time with Grandma and Papa at their house (and pool):

Pool

Went to the beach:

Cousins Beach

Ate the deliciousness that is the Milky Bun:

Milky Bun

Visited our brand new local water park:

Waterpark

Play time with cousins:

Lego Cousins

With six weeks left after our family went home, we still had plenty to do on our bucket list. Along with the requisite arts and crafts, sleeping in late, and playing outside til it’s dark, we were also able to squeeze in:

Ice Cream for Dinner (Becoming a tradition, because why not?):

Ice Cream Dinner

Knott’s (A summer staple):

Knotts

Outdoor movies:

Outdoor Movie

Adventure Playground (Hubby’s goal: to make me less of a helicopter mom while our little ones went down mud slides, pushed wood rafts in a shallow bed of water, and built forts with actual wood and nails (!!!!)):

Adventure Playground

Museum/Palm Springs (This one was featured in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure AND it is in Palm Springs-how could we say no?!): 

Pee Wees Palm Springs

Another summer has passed and I continue to savor every moment that makes my kids shout with excitement and giggle with abandonment. Now I am ready for Fall and what it brings: October, Pumpkin Spice Lattes (Tick Tock, Starbucks), and Halloween!