I just realized that it's been over a month and half since I've written something. To be fair, I have a been a little busy...but I guess I could update more often. Things are going well. Been on a "clean eating" challenge and I have to say that I'm liking it, but aside from the not replacing the cheeseburgers and Chick Fil A chicken strips with veggies and brown rice, it's not entirely too far off of my normal diet. Ok, that would be a little fib. I eat way more chocolate and drink way more tea. I did give up tea for Lent, so that's a struggle in itself. I cut out gluten for a week and I don't think I benefited from it. So, I reintroduced some Ezekiel Bread (just 1 slice with breakfast) and that seems to have stabilized things. I do allow myself some dark chocolate, but I'm afraid if I didn't, someone would be murdered. :) I do cheat occasionally, but I do feel the difference afterwards. I have been working out everyday, even if it's a walk on the treadmill. I also am working on 10000 steps a day with some friends. I thought for sure I did 10K easily...HA! I have managed to get up there the last couple of days with today looking promising. I will say this. I am not totally dairy free or gluten free, but I feel pretty good. I don't even have to take Advil or Aleve in the morning anymore. My allergy medicine has to remain because of my deviated septum...ugh. While I don't think I could do clean eating all of the time, I do know that returning to cheeseburgers and fried foods will affect the way I feel. I think I will take what I've learned and keep some of it. I haven't dropped a lot of weight, but my clothes are fitting better and I feel pretty good. That's enough motivation for me. I'd love to be able to get a new bathing suit this year. Maybe even one that fits! LOL!
The kids will be continuing their eating habits and I will be making small changes to their diets - hopefully without them noticing. This is to see if makes a change for them. D has some major constipation issues. I've tried to remove dairy, but that didn't seem to make a major difference. I've been limiting sugar (not eliminating it because it's a quick and cheap bribe) and making them eat veggies and whole grains (to get the extra fiber). If this doesn't work, I'll ask the doctor to see if their is a way to see about food allergies. D isn't gaining as much as K - but K is motivated by food. :) D is still growing...so it's not entirely bad.
Today is W's birthday party! OMG!! 7 boys in the same room - WTF was I thinking? I may break from the clean eating to have a beer tonight...or maybe red wine is clean?