Archive for May, 2011

what the hell did i do all winter

Thursday May 19, 2011

In just three days the rush of wedding season will be upon me, and I am about to get a whole heck of a lot busier.

Which brings me to a very important question – what the hell did I do all winter?!!

I vaguely remember…but do recall eating like shit and watching movies.

Things are different now. I am no longer in the depths of despair and I have a feeling this is going to be a really good summer. I know I am in a better place (than 2 months ago, than 2 years ago, than 12 months ago). I feel so much stronger and happier. I feel like I have regained discipline and my ability to change. I feel ready for anything!

I even feel like I don’t want to procrastinate as much (but it feels so good to NOT do it)!!

But let’s be honest, I feel sooo much better if I do things – RIGHT AWAY – and not put them off…because of fear. Fear will not control me.

I have a feeling this is going to be a really good summer.

(That is me at 4 years old. I was on the swings at a park when a photographer from our local paper asked if he could take my photo — he told me to look up to my right and I did. It ran in the Mankato Free Press in 1983!  Not relevant to this post in any way but every post is better with a photo. So there you go, a photo).

jake eating cupcake

Friday May 13, 2011

So many hilarious nano-tidbits in this little video, words just cannot describe.

You just have to watch.

Remember, go for 1080p HD if you want!

pizza on the farm

Friday May 13, 2011

Pizza on the Farm is one of my favorite places to visit with my friends!

And, yes, we did technically “cheat” and enjoyed our pizza on a Tuesday (a non-cheat day). But we are okay with this because we aren’t going to stop living. We are thinking different about what we eat and making better choices and that is what matters most. All the ingredients used to make these delicious pizzas are organic, locally grown, raised, or harvested — which makes us feel really great about supporting this farm and makes it totally worth the “cheat”!!

well, we ate too much

Thursday May 12, 2011

Just a little update about last Saturdays binge/cheat day.

Well, as planned we stuffed ourselves silly.

We learned a lot though and it surprised us. We totally and completely enjoyed our brunch at Grand Cafe, our cupcakes, and our late night favorite Eden Pizza. We did not need the Jimmy John’s lunch and we didn’t even get the egg rolls from Taste of Thailand. We were hurting by the end of the night and had experienced headaches, crankiness, and major sugar crashes. We were lethargic and exhausted.

Here are our brunch(s), we ordered three entrees:

And they are GONE and were amazing, seriously good food never tasted so good:

Jimmy John’s is not even that great and I don’t know what we were thinking. It was way too much for lunch (except the cupcakes, those were a treat!):

Later in the night I forced myself to eat some s’mores during our backyard fire, ha!  I did this because I knew if I skipped them I would be THINKING and CRAVING them all week and would probably sneak one when Jake wasn’t looking!

There is no counting calories and no guilt, but….when you get a headache, sugar crash, can’t stand up straight, and get cranky it makes you think twice about stuffing yourself silly. Don’t get me wrong — I was so excited to indulge and there were very pure moments of sweet happiness stuffing my face with french toast and lady baltimore cupcakes! I am much more aware of how it feels after the binge and I am learning how to eat differently and that includes my cheat days.

This Saturday we are still indulging our cravings but we plan to pace ourselves better and eat what feels right.

today, then cheat day

Friday May 6, 2011

Tomorrow is our binge/cheat day and I woke up with soooo much excitement!  We just have to get through today and we can indulge in all our cravings tomorrow!

Jake and I are still kickin’ it with our Slow Carb Diet/ 4-Hour Body way of eating. And it is working!

It is really important to bump up our calories one day a week so our bodies don’t go into need to save the fat for survival mode, plus I think I would go crazy if I didn’t have this to look forward to.

Our plan is to go all out, but of course, who knows what will happen. I like to write down everything I crave during the week so I am ready for my cheat day.

Tentative plan:

BreakfastGrand Cafe – brioche french toast suzette w/ orange caramel sauce, whipped cream, toasted pistachios

Lunch: Jimmy John’s w/ potato chips, apple, and a blackberry Izzy

Snack: Cupcake from Wuollet’s – lady baltimore w/ butter cream frosting

Snack: Egg rolls from Taste of Thailand

Dinner: Feta & Onion Eden Pizza

Snack: Backyard fire w/ s’mores!

Doesn’t it all sound amazing!?!?!?  Obviously, I am missing bread and will be indulging that craving to the fullest. Jake and I haven’t had a cheat day where we’ve been home — so, this is our first “real” cheat day with all our favorites.

**What is so weird and crazy about our cheat day plan is that it might sound like a lot to some of you — but in reality it sorta sounds like any other normal day we would have had before we started this slow carb diet/4-hour body way of eating.  Holy crap, we were eating like crap. CRAZY.**

Here is our menu for today (everything is organic and purchased at Mississippi Market Co-Op):

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, 1/3 cup of black lentils, 1/2 avocado, 1 small tomato

Lunch: Better-Than-Pasta Substitute: Summer Squash Noodles (pg 34), 1 hard boiled egg, 1/4 cup black lentils, 1/2 avocado

Dinner: Grilled herb chicken, broccoli, 1/2 cup lentils

Snacks: 5-10 Raw sprouted almonds, various raw veggies (carrots, peppers, snap peas), glass (or two) of red wine later tonight!

All of which is pretty darn delicious and healthy and makes us feel really good, BUT we still can’t wait for tomorrow!!!

Just a little re-cap:

My starting weight: 139.9
My weight at the end of 4th week: 133

Jake’s starting weight: 180
Jake’s weight at the end of 4th week: 175

Personally, I am feeling pretty good. I’ve lost almost 7 lbs and my jeans are feeling sooo much better. I still need to exercise more, but like I said before — I’m loving every minute of it.