I've waited a little while to share this anywhere, but now that I have a week under my belt, I feel like it's okay to officially claim that I'm doing a Whole30.
What in the world is the Whole30, you ask? Basically it is a strict Paleo eating plan for 30 days. So no sugar, dairy, grains, or legumes - and guess what? I'm not dead yet! ;)
We had already been eating Paleo dinners since the beginning of September, and enjoyed pretty much everything we made. (We love the Against All Grain cookbook!) Jason was about 90% Paleo, but I was eating pretty much whatever I wanted all the time. Leftover birthday cake? Gone. Cookies and brownies from my sweet Mamaw? Gone. Chick-Fil-A nuggets and fries? Basically every day.
I have been working out at the Y consistently for 9 weeks, and have felt better overall, but hadn't seen any improvement in my particular problem area.
As a side note, I only gained 20 pounds with Miller (since he came so early), and lost that pretty quickly, but when I stopped nursing, I gained - you guessed it - 20 pounds. I weighed as much as I had 8 months pregnant. Except I wasn't pregnant. None of my pants fit. My shirts got super tight. The number on the scale didn't bother me so much (other than the fact that it kept rising...), but the way I felt was not how I wanted to feel.
So after a lot of prayer, God nudged me in this direction. Cut out my addiction to flavored coffee creamer, Halloween candy, French fries, and wheat thins. Get drastic and see if you survive. It's been tough!!!
I started out by cleaning out anything in our pantry that wasn't "on plan." Which... was basically everything.
It's just stored for later, but now it won't mock me every time I open the pantry.
So what HAVE I been eating? Breakfast is bacon, eggs, and grapefruit if we have it. (For the FIRST TIME in my life, I'm not piling sugar on my grapefruit. I took a note from my MIL who sprinkles salt on hers - it brings out the sweetness!) Lunch is leftovers or grilled chicken, grapes, sautéed zucchini or steamed broccoli, and a sweet potato for "dessert". Sweet potatoes used to mean butter and tons of brown sugar. Now it's cinnamon and salt, for the same reasons as the grapefruit.
Dinner is typically one of our favorite recipes from the Against All Grain cookbook - BBQ bacon burgers, meatloaf muffins, slow cooker chicken tacos, and almost ALWAYS mashed garlic cauliflower, which fulfills my craving for mashed potatoes.
Alright, do you think I'm crazy yet? Don't knock the cauliflower til you try it! :) It's definitely hard when temptation is all around (like ANY trip to Walmart, or the amazing cookies and cream cake I'm still having dreams about), but I'm committed to sticking it out! I'm ready to feel better and not feel like such a slave to sugar.
Have you ever given something up (like for Lent) that you didn't think you'd actually be able to do for the set amount of time? What would be the hardest food/food group for you to give up?
If you dropped in on me during nap time, and I was tending to all the house things (& not taking a nap), you will find me listening to one of two things - a sermon or a podcast. When the boys are awake we usually listen to music (Pandora: 2012 Top Christian Radio), but when I've got to deal with mountains of dishes like this:
...I love to listen to podcasts. And here are a few of my favorites (all free & found in the iTunes store under podcasts).
The first podcast I started listening to was theSimple Mom podcast by Tsh Oxenrider of the Art of Simple (formerly SimpleMom.net). I have always enjoyed reading her blog, and loved hearing her interview some of my other favorite bloggers. It has now changed to her having the same 6 co-hosts and you basically get to listen in on their conversations. Crazy, I know, but so entertaining and informative. Some of her co-hosts are Myquillin Smith (the Nester), Hayley Morgan (Tiny Twig), Emily Freeman (Chatting at the Sky), and Kat Lee (Inspired to Action). Which leads me to...
The second podcast I can't miss is the Inspired to Action podcast by Kat Lee. On one of the Simple Mom episodes with Kat, she mentioned starting her own podcast, and I couldn't download it fast enough. (I have an endless sink of dishes - I need an endless queue of podcasts!) I was going to tell you which episodes of hers are my favorites, but I've really enjoyed most all of them. However, I was SUPER PUMPED when I was listening to episode 13 and she read MY comment from her iTunes reviews! (And apparently my iTunes name is waaaay old - itsmeSG was my username when I got my very first iPod, so that's the name she says when she reads my comment.) I felt like a celebrity - I have arrived, people! Anyway, I always get something out of her episodes, like on one of the more recent ones (episode 18), she interviews a friend of hers whose husband left her and her 3 children. After listening to it, one commenter said it "stunned her into gratitude" for her husband. Completely agree. Worth the listen.
Another podcast Kat recommended is the This is Your Life podcast by Michael Hyatt. It is a business leadership focused show, but as Kat says, running a household is a lot like running a business. I have found a lot of great information from his episodes!
A couple quick podcasts that are from the same website are the "Quick and Dirty Tips" podcasts. I subscribe to MightyMommy and Domestic CEO, but have also found some gems in the Get-It-Done Guy podcast too. These are typically short (7-10 minutes vs. the 45-1hr episodes from SM and I2A) and are, as the title says, quick tips.
And since we're already talking about podcasts, I might as well go ahead and tell you about some of the sermons I've been listening to.
Right now I'm going through the Recovering Redemption series from Matt Chandler at the Village Church. It is really good and he is really funny!
A few weeks ago, we took the boys to a local park and Miller got to swing for the first time! I can't believe it took me 8 months to put the kid in a real swing, but oh, I'm so glad I took a video of it!
Then it was time for the brothers to swing together!
(I know... I've been bad about keeping up with this! It's hard to take 2 kids
to the doctor to get "officially" weighed and measured!)
CLOTHES & DIAPERS
Miller is in mostly 9 month clothes now! And as it's getting a little cooler, he is able to wear more hand-me-downs from his big brother, since Jack was wearing 9 month clothes in Feb/March.
I FINALLY started using cloth diapers again on my boys!! Sheesh. I am such a big proponent of it, and I can't believe it took me this long to get back into it. I'm having a friend re-do the velcro on all my "hook & loop" diapers, so in the next week or so, they should all be working like new!
Miller has been on Nutramigen formula for about 4 months now, and I'm still not regretting this decision for our family. :)
He's eats about every 4 hours, and takes about 6-7 ounces each time which ends up being somewhere between 24-30 ounces a day.
As of his 6 mo checkup, we have been adding a couple teaspoons of rice cereal to every bottle, and he's gotten pretty used to the consistency.
As for "real food", I am still completely TERRIBLE in this department! I've just been inconsistent with feeding him big boy food. He is really good at being spoon fed, and has started picking up puffs too. He eats anything I feed him, but especially likes bananas and peas.
He's still getting Axid twice a day for reflux.
(same as 7 mo) Miller typically goes to bed about 7:30/8pm, sleeps for 3-4 hours, wake to eat, and then typically sleep until 7:30am. We are pretty much down to 1 feeding at night, so I can't complain!!
The best thing in the ENTIRE world is this sweet boy's nap schedule. Mornings are kinda all over the place... He'll wake up around 7:30ish and then be ready for a nap around 9:30 or so. If we are home, this one is usually about 1.5 hr. Then BOTH of my boys go down for naps around 1:30/2pm and glory hallelujah - they sleep for 2+ hours!!!
He has been crawling for several weeks now!! Sometimes I forget that I can't just leave him in one spot and expect him to be there when I get back! Ha!
He's doing a lot better sitting up by himself.
This week he has started getting up on his knees and holding on to the couch or the side of the pack-n-play! Miller is taking his 1st step towards pulling up!
He definitely found his voice this month. SQUEALING monster!!! He seriously screamed and squealed for almost a week, and then he started making more deliberate sounds. Ba, ba, ba, and blah blah blah.