Friday, May 24, 2013

ME

So with all the changes going on in our lives right now I decided to add another because hey, I'm not busy right now right (insert chuckle here)?

I've gone Paleo. What is Paleo you may ask? Paleo is that crazy fad lifestyle followed by all of the CrossFit nuts that encourages you to eat life a cave man. So, basically I'm eating things that grown on trees and bushes and eating lots o' meat. Don;t get me wrong, I still crave pasta and beer and pizza and yummy deep fried things and I have them on occasion to hit that spot, but for the most part, I'm living the lifestyle as best as I can. I'm aiming for 90/10, 90 being on the plan and 10 for my off days when I want to cheat and eat a ballpark dog and have a beer and eat an onion ring and be like the rest of America. Here's a rundown of an average workday menu:

Breakfast
  • 2 eggs scrambled with spinach and mushrooms and shallots, 2 or 3 pasture fed no filler chicken breakfast sausage links, a handful of blackberries or raspberries
Snack
  • 3 mini fresh mozzarella balls (I'm not supposed to have dairy on the diet but I'm sure I was a mouse in another life and cheese is the one form of dairy I refuse to give up), a few slices of no nitrate prosciutto, half a cup of diced cantaloupe, a few black olives, and a small dill pickle
Lunch
  • A hot plate of some kind, usually leftovers from the night before's dinner. Sauteed or grilled veggie assortment, a hunk of protein (usually chicken or lean grass fed steak or fish) and a few apple slices
Snack
  • Greek yogurt, sliced raw veggies for dipping, a few slices of smoked salmon or sliced nitrate free / no filler sandwich meat, usually roasted turkey
Dinner
  • Another hot plate consisting on veg and protein.... My favorite right now is spaghetti squash, homemade marinara, homemade mini turkey meatballs and a sprinkle of Parmesan
I'm not a big dessert person, or sweets person in general but if I'm craving something it's usually a small chunk of dark chocolate or some flaked toasted coconut....

I feel REALLY, REALLY good. I didn't think it would make a difference honestly and I thought it was all hype but I really do feel better. The shrinking waistline helps a little too :)



Will keep ya posted! Enjoy the long weekend ya'll. I'm off to chill with family, break the diet a little and have a crap ton of fun in the sun! PEACE. OUT.


Mama D

LIFE

Life is crazy, life is busy but damn it's good :) Run down of the first half of 2013:

  • Foreclosure went through on our old house, packed and got the hell out of dodge with absolutely no regrets.
  • Found an amazing rental owned by a friend of a friend that is HUGE, in the area we've always wanted to live in, down the street from the river, etc. You name it this house has it and rent is less than the old house payment, go figure!
  • Adopted a new pup to add to the brood. His name is Marley, he's now a one year old 75 pound beast of drool and love :)

  • My children are GIGANTIC! No really, they are growing so fast I can't keep up!!!! WTH? Capt. Duke is 7, just finishing up 1st grade and becoming quite the gamer. Brooklyn is 4, full of attitude and the best egg cracker and scrambled egg cook I've ever met!
  • I'M HAPPY. That sounds weird and cliche, but I'm really, really happy. the 3+ years of house drama was so stressful and so draining that when we left both of us finally felt alive again. I really thought it would make me sad and I'd reminisce, but I haven't and I have no regrets what so ever about what happened and what we had to do and the direction we took our lives and our family.
LOVE

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's Been Awhile....

  Boy how time flies when you're busier than hell. Life is good, really good right now and I just sort of chose to live in the moment for the past almost year and devote less time to blogging and cataloging things we were doing. Lukey Duke will be 7 years old in about 3 weeks and Miss Brookie is about 4 months away from her 4th birthday. We're shockingly still living in the same house (still payment free as the bank has apparently not noticed we haven't made a payment in over 3 years) but Mommy D got a HUGE upgrade in transportation and has been loving every minute driving my new 2006 Expedition. The extra space is AMAZING! How the heck did we ever survive in our tiny Camry before?

  I got the chance to switch things up at work and took a chance on a new position that I wasn't sure I wanted but it's worked out to be the best career decision I've ever made. I'm now processing loans instead of just mindlessly generating disclosures and I truly love the chance to actively participate in the mortgage process now. The pay is also much higher which always helps and I'm learning a skill set that I can take with me to any other company god forbid I ever needed to find another employer. Hubs has moved up the ladder to managing all of the sales techs at the private company he works for and other than having to deal with pissed off customers, he's happy to be in a cushy desk job :)

  Luke just started first grade and is becoming quite the reader and although he's pretty bored at school (most of the other kids are no where near reading) his teacher & I have worked out extra homework and assignments to keep him motivated and learning at his pace. He's getting SUPER tall. I'm not sure where the heck those genes came from seeing as Hubs and I are both on the shorter side but it's fun watching him sprout!

  Brookie is truly a character. It's the world's biggest understatement to say she's animated. This girl has the gift of personality and gab like crazy! Most of the time I forget I'm talking to a 3 year old. She's got these big doe eyes and is learning very quickly how to get exactly what she wants!


More later (I SWEAR!) gotta work :)

Missed you more than you know!

Mommy D

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

M.I.A

So I'm not going to go through the hoopla of explaining why or where I've been, but I've been pretty bad about updating the blog.... What can I say, living life instead of blogging about it has been more important lately.

On that note, we've officially entered my favorite time of the year and I am rushing about decorating the house and carving pumpkins and planning my fall recipes. I'm on the hunt for a new fridge for the garage and just purchased a FoodSaver that I can't wait to try out. My Hubby has also been flexing his caveman provider muscles and has managed to catch close to 30 pounds worth of salmon from our beautiful American River in the past month, hence the FoodSaver to pack away what's left of the catch. He's also been experimenting with our smoker and made an amazing whole smoked chicken last weekend. He's promised me more Salmon so I can't wait to fill the chest freezer with fresh Salmon for winter.

  The babies are growing way to fast, with Capt. Lukey Duke a few months into Kindergarten and Miss Brookie enjoying her one on one time with Miss Carrie at daycare. Pictures to follow of our adventure at the pumpkin patch last weekend :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What is wrong with the world today?

I am physically ill. How can someone blatantly murder their child and walk away from our justice system completely unscathed? I can't even put into words the amount of disgust I hold for that piece of trash that I refuse to give the honor of calling by name. I'm ashamed for the members of the jury that just let her walk out of that court room.... Why? There isn't a hell horrible enough for her and I only pray that Kharma will make her pay for her shameful disregard for innocence and the love and mother should hold for her child.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Laguna Beach

On our way back from the Vegas drive, we made a little side trip to Laguna Beach for some ocean and relaxing to the sound of the waves. We had an amazing time.... Our balcony door opened to the crashing waves and we laid a beach towel out and enjoyed quite the room service picnic for dinner :)


 








Here's a link to the amazing hotel we stayed in. Rooms directly on the beach, amazing restaurant on-site, and the entire place is decorated like a surfer's paradise....

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 6 of the Sin City Diet

I am proud and a little astonished to announce that I am 10 pounds lighter as of this morning!!! I'm past the crazy carb and sugar cravings and feel really, really good. Next week marks the beginning of workout time ( I waited until I felt good and alert... Atkins can put you in a sort of funk with flu-like symptoms, ie. sore muscles, fatigue, headaches) and I'm excited and motivated to get up and get moving and watch that scale move! Going to aim for 30-45 minutes on the treadmill followed by 10 minutes of push-ups, crunches, planks, squats and arm workouts with weights. I'm debating staying on Induction (the most restrictive and weight-loss rewarding stage of the diet) for an additional 2 weeks, so 4 weeks total just to see how much I can lose before switching over to the easier, and higher carbs allowed per day stage right before we leave for Vegas. Wish me LUCK!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 2 of the Sin City Diet

So far, granted we're still very early in the game, I feel pretty good and the scale showed a 2 pound drop this morning! It's probably just water weight but it's a start. The last time I did Atkins I was much more haphazard about it and pretty much winged it without really researching the diet and reading the book. I was still able to drop a bit of weight but the food just felt so heavy since I was basically only eating protein (no healthy green veggie carbs like the book stresses) and bogging my system down. This time I've read the material and have been pre-packing my meals the night before so I don't really have to think once I get to work, I just grab my pre-made meal or snack and munch away. I also decided that I wasn't going to fill my daily protein allowance with red meat like I did last time. I don't eat much red meat normally so no sense in forcing myself to eat something all the time that I don't like very much :) I stocked up at Costco this weekend on lean ground turkey and salmon and am on the hunt today at Trader Joe's for nitrite-free lunch meat to fill any gaps while at work. I'm also picking and choosing my full fat condiments carefully since I'd rather get my fats from avocados, olive oil and fatty fish than from butter and full fat mayo. My only full fat total indulgence is Philly cream cheese since I adore it and usually only buy the low fat or fat free version... I'm going to get my butt back on the treadmill tonight and try to incorporate a 30-45 minute walk in every day for the first 2 weeks and then kick it up to a jog for the following weeks.

My menu for today:

* Breakfast *
2 scrambled eggs with mushrooms, spinach, and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese

* Snack 1*
1 cup of English cucumber rounds & cream cheese

* Lunch *
4 oz. Baked salmon with lemon pepper, & asparagus

* Snack 2 *
Mini Tillamook "Tilla-Moo" cheddar cheese, broccoli florets & blue cheese dip

* Dinner *
Roasted chicken breast, sauteed spinach w/ garlic & lemon juice

All in all sounds super yummy, totally satisfying and crave-worthy :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I HATE diets...

I may hate them, but I definitely need to be on one right now... The winter is always time for tons of baked goodies from the oven, thick sauces and gravies and everything comfort. This equates to an additional poundage that starts to make me feel like I'm dragging and drowning in my skin by almost spring. One of my very good friends is getting married in Vegas in May and I need a solid kick in the ass to fit into my lovely dress and feel comfortable rockin' it in Sin City. So, effective tomorrow morning, I'm officially on Atkins Induction for the next 2 weeks, maybe longer. The last time I followed the diet I wasn't really committed to it but was still able to lose about 15 pounds. This time, I've planned ahead, purchased all of my lean proteins and healthy green veggies and am going to see this through to the day we leave for Vegas. Don't get me wrong, I want to be leaner and firmer but mainly I just want to feel good in my skin. I'm not a girl obsessed with the scale nor do I really care how others see me, but I feel slow and self-conscious and I don't like it. Cheers to lean protein and healthy vegetarian carbs and a little less wiggle!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday To Do List

Sundays are my day to cook.... I usually make some kind of soup and I try to prep my lunches, and a few for the Hubs, for the following week. I used to neurotically plan out 7 dinners for the following week but realized after wasting quite a few meals that our life sometime doesn't follow my color-coded plan. Now, I plan for 4 meals for the work week including 1 basic recipe that can change to accommodate the left overs on hand and 1 night for "clean out the fridge dinner." Basically anything leftover from the previous days goes into a bowl and that's dinner :) The last night is usually breakfast for dinner or delivery pizza to give us a break.

On tap for today:
   * All veggie Minestrone soup for the week (clean out the veggies heading south)
   * Green eggs and ham roll-ups for me for the week (egg and pureed garlic spinach    crepe/omelet wrapped around a turkey sausage and a sprinkle of cheddar)
   * Already made biscuits and gravy for Sunday sleep-in late breakfast :)
   * Cranberry & Almond Granola for the kiddos to snack on all week
   * Turkey, ham, spinach and Havarti roll-ups for lunch with leftover soup

** What are you doing with your lazy Sunday? **