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I Tried

I tried.  For five days I tried.  For five days I tried to be on the same diet I had put Prince Charming on to control  his blood pressure and lose weight.  It was working for him and in 5 days he had lost 11 lbs and in 5 days I had gained back 3 of my hard earned 60 lbs lost!!  I have a very difficult metabolism and what works for other people doesn’t work for me.  I was tired and didn’t feel well.  His eating plan just doesn’t work for me and it wasn’t worth the ease of cooking one meal to stick with it.  So I switched back to the plan that works for me.  He says that in time, he is willing to try my plan to see if it works for him but in the meantime, I have cooked two dinner meals a day for a year, I can keep it up now too. 

Since I changed back, I have lost 2 of the 3 lbs I gained and I am willing to bet tomorrow I will be back down the other pound!  I just have to stick with what works for me.

The other thing that has happened since I changed back is that I have energy to spare.  I want to be moving and doing things. I am no longer lethargic and it is so much easier to keep on top of the things I am expected to as a homeschooling mom of 4 kids (two of whom are special needs).

And it takes energy to keep up with cuties like this one!


Fun at a Fair (Grown-up Style)

I went to a  health and wellness fair today.  Prince Charming decided to come with me.  I was actually really impressed with the wonderful vendors there and all the great information I got.  I came home with some fabulous goodies that I can’t wait to try and some numbers for people who may be able to help me in the future!

We stopped by a table where they were doing health checks and we both got our blood pressure checked.  Mine was perfect.  Yay me!!!  Prince Charming’s was alarmingly high!!!  I told him that when Princess Belle gets started on her new healthy eat, learning about nutrition plan, I am putting him on a healthy eating plan too.  I love him too much to have him have blood pressure that high.  It was really scary and I bet  if they had checked me afterwards, mine would have been high too.

All in all, I am so glad we went and so happy with the things that we learned and the people that we met.  Afterwards, we hit the farmers market and got some wonderful local mushrooms!  When we got home, I organized our fridges and freezers.  This fridge is mostly filled with healthy foods and veggies which makes me so happy!

On a side-note, Little Prince has been in a really good mood today.  I LOVE when he is happy and smiley!


This week has been a crazy busy week.  I am looking forward to the weekend so that I can have extra time to really clean the house.  It feels like I am just barely keeping on top of things. I did get the girls’ room cleaned and organized today and we did get homeschool done but I would love a couple more hours know the day and maybe a little more energy too.

On another note, when I was at the doctor, he reviewed my blood work. Mostly, I am doing really well. He was impressed with my weight loss.  Mostly I am doing well, but he did say ghat he expects that eventually, I will have to go on statins for my cholesterol and triglycerides but they are only slightly raised so we are going to wait to see if they come down as I continue to get healthy. My thyroid levels are borderline towards the low side so I am going to try to eat foods that will boost my thyroid function.

Friday Five

Five Random Thoughts that are running through my head

  1. I know it is only January but I am about ready for Spring now.  I am tired of freezing winds on my face, I am tired of icy winds while I shovel my walkway.  I am tired of my kids missing the way they play outside in the summer (they HATE cold too!)  
  2. I am really enjoying that new show, “My Diet is Better Than Your Diet”.  I love the format and I have even adopted one of the diets for myself.  (I do find a couple of contestants could use a better attitude)
  3. I think I am going to have to change around the girls room  to get access to their heater and their window to figure why their room is so chilly all the time.  That is a BIG job I am NOT looking forward to!
  4. Prince Magpie has been so cute lately, doing her sisters hair.  They come down to show me the new ‘do.  It is sweet to see them both, proud stylist and proud model.  
  5. It struck me recently that I only have 4 more years to educate Prince Belle.  She is doing so well and she is on grade level but the fact that there is only 4 years left is SCARY!!!!

    Good Things

    It was a day of good things today.

    Firstly, Little Prince LOVED his new bed and every time I went in his room he was sitting on it reading a book or playing his toy guitar.  He was just so happy with it.

    Secondly, Little Prince LOVED his new high chair.  He sits in it to eat and doesn’t complain and when he was down on the floor afterwards, playing with his sisters, he kept trying to get back into HIS chair.  It was so sweet.

    Thirdly, my scale has finally started to move again!!!  I am so excited.  I have been trying for MONTHS to get past this plateau and nothing has worked.  (Prince Charming said that I hit a wall so hard, he heard it clank!)  But finally things are moving again.  These changed I have made are working so well for me.  YAY!!!

    Fourthly, I went to the meat market today and I was treated so well.  I love our family butcher (he is the owner).  He is sweet and always gives me the best quality meats.  I heard him tell the man cutting our meat fresh for us, so give us only the nicest cuts of meat (he said to me that he knows the quality of meats there is why I shop there!)  and when he was ringing it up, I heard him tell him to give us a better price.  I LOVE him!!!

    Gratitude Sunday

    Gratitude Sunday
    Sundays heart felt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.

    This has been a busy but good week.  Here are some reasons I have been grateful.
    1.  Fun crafts in homeschooling.
    2.  Discovering my girls practicing yoga for fun. 
    3.  Having fun taking my boy shopping and finally getting to eat. 
    4.  Cute little helpers to make cleaning the fridge a little more fun.

    5.  Taking time this weekend to do some sorting and organizing.  Like in my fridge

    and in the snack cupboard

    and in the freezer

    6.  Making yummy peanut butter oat bars for my family.

    7.  Watching my boy enjoy his books.
    8.  Finally getting all the hidden piles laundry washed and put away.
    9.  Feeling great after I go outside and shovel us out and sceape away the ice from our little winter storm.

    10.  Being inspired by a show on television to make some dietary changes that are making my diet much more workable and actually help me lose weight again.

    figuring it out

    So I have been trying to figure out how to feel better and I have worked somethings out.
    – I knew for years that I haven’t been able to digest fat since I had gallbladder surgery.
    – But due to an elimination diet and some VERY strong reactions, I know I can’t tolerate milk and gluten.

    So this means that there’s a reason no diet I was ever on suited my stomach!  Each one had fairly high amounts of one or more of those things.  I was working against my own body!  So as of now, I am really concentrating on getting myself healthy.  I am eating a diet that consists of healthy whole foods, fruits, beans,  veggies, nuts, rice, and seeds.  I am avoiding meat, dairy, and gluten.  Right now it feels a complicated, but I am working on a plan to make it easier.  I have fruit and nuts for breakfast, salads, soups and stir-fries for lunch and I am still creating supper ideas.  I am open to suggestions and will share any particularly good creations.

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