Monday, February 25, 2013

Hold onto your hat!!!

Are you ready for this?!??!

My tree and decorations are put away!!

I spent parts of Friday, Saturday and Sunday taking things down and put away.
It wasn't emotionally easy and I cried several times.... especially when it came time to put away the carousel that I have of hers.... but I made it. It's all done. Life in our house is returning to normal, so it seems.
I still have classroom junk (lower left of the picture) in my living room that I've not gotten to yet,
but I'll get to it... eventually.

In other news... We spent time with grandma's side family over the weekend. We had lunch and then visited for a few hours. It's always nice to be with family. There's three kiddos all about four months apart in that side and they're growing up so fast! One of cousin's little girls really took a liking to me (that's a phrase Grandma would use!) and I loved every minute of it. I took her on walks through the restaurant to play and it just made me that much more excited for the niece coming this summer!

During the afternoon.... someone noticed this outside the window..
It stayed for a long time.
Many of us have been seeing Cardinals since Grandma passed away...
so I think she just wanted to visit that day, too. 

As for me and the new eating plans... things are going well! I've been eating salads, greek yogurt, whole wheat bagel thins, grilled chicken and mixed vegetables. Last night we had grilled chicken on the George Foreman with Mrs. Dash on it, mixed veggies with dip, and baked potato slices.It was pretty good.

I've decided that I'm eating "clean-ish." I still like ranch dressing and BBQ sauce, cheese and salt, lunch meat and some junk every once in a while... but I'm adding so much more to my diet to make it more balanced....and I'm following my rule of moderation better. I've made it almost two weeks with a treat tea (still occassionally with meals). 

I just keep remembering: You cannot out-exercise a bad diet!

I cleaned out the cabinets...

and really realized how much junk we have around here. Luckily, some of it was expired, some I gave to Cam to eat without me (lunch and what-not) and others I made plans to eat soon to get out of cabinets, but with other choices added with it. I cannot afford to clean out all the junk and start over, but I can make healthier choices with what I have---by mixing in veggies or changes the plans for how to use it.

I spent last night on Pinterest finding more "eating clean-ish" recipes and meal ideas.... 
In the near future, I want to try:
Quinoa Crusted Chicken
Chicken Veggie Wraps
Turkey and Spinach Meatballs
Chicken and brocolli alfredo
Homemade Hamburger Helper
Cheesey Quinoa
Cheesey Cauliflower
Buffalo Cauliflower
Grilled Asparagus
Veggie Pasta Salad with Mozzarela
Mashed Cauliflower
Cauliflower breadsticks and pizza crust
Zucchini Pumpkin Bread
Fruit Salad
Banana Slices with Cinnamon and Honey
Banana Oat Muffins
Veggie Muffins
Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins
Protein Shakes

Confession---- I have no idea where to find Quinoa or what it tastes like, but I'm willing to take a chance..

Here's one frustration that I've found with all of this----  you can find coupons galore for all the JUNK in the world.... but where's a coupon for bananas, oatmeal or spinach!?!? No where. exactly. I've found a few for soy milks or greek yogurts, but neither have been on what I use.... and that's only two things that I've started using. More coupons on good food would be nice!

*****Unfortunately, Pinterest changed its format and the embedded pins will no longer appear*****
Here's some pins I found while doing my searching and pinning... Isn't Pinterest just the best?!?

Source: via Krista on Pinterest
And this is one of my favorite sites so far:
Ok... Any of you clean eaters??? What tips do you have for a newbie??
Any healthy recipes anyone wants to share for this poor girl that's learning to cook??
Have a great Monday! I'm heading out for a run and then Zumba later!
Until Next Time!

1 comment:

  1. It's alittle overwheling eating healthier. I am on a gluten free diet and its hard and expensive to eat healthy, but I would rather pay the extra $ for good food then pay $ to a doctor because my diet stinks. I do wish they had more coupons for healthier foods.


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