Saturday, 20 October 2012

Eat By Design: Day 17

Wow!  17 days!  (yes I missed my day 16 blog, but be assured that i did stick to my challenge!)

Today has been a lazy sort of day.  Avery has been running a fever on and off and hasn't eaten much today.  Poor baby.  The only thing we did today was some grocery shopping, and my poor baby really didn't enjoy that.

Today I did do some very exciting experiments in the kitchen.  I made bacon wrapped egg muffins, ketchup, pumpkin muffins and butter chicken.  All pretty delicious, and all abiding by my Eat By Design rules!  I also tried making some mayonnaise, but that did not work out at all.

What Did I Eat Today?
Breakfast - coffee, bacon wrapped egg muffins filled with mushrooms and bacon and topped with salsa
Lunch - I missed lunch, we had a late breakfast, and then I got busy
Snacks - pumpkin muffins
Dinner - spaghetti squash seasoned with indian masala seasoning, and butter chicken (made with coconut milk/cream instead of yogurt)

How Do I Feel?
Physically I feel pretty good.  I am sad for my baby though.  Poor little thing!

My Biggest Challenge?
Today has been a good day.  I cannot select anything that was particularly challenging today.  I enjoyed cooking and testing out some new recipes!!

Will post again soon (hopefully some recipes) my baby is calling me!


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Eat By Design: Day 15

Day 1 of week 2.... and yes, I am STILL alive!

Today I spent the day listening to Alex Dunn discuss Smart Inclusion:  Mainstream (iPad, SMART Technology) and Assistive Technology as a Part of a Universal Design for Learning Toolkit.  Quite honestly I was a little disappointed.  The first half of the morning I felt was pushing inclusion, I work in a strictly inclusive setting.  The afternoon discussed some research, and that sent me right to sleep.  I was hoping for some more hands on, examples I could apply to my practice.  The speaker was great, she had a lot of passion and a lot of energy.  I just wanted more.

Once again I was at a place where food was catered.... unfortunatlelyt I was not in a place where I could make my own meals!! AGH!  

The best part of my day... My hubby and I went out to dinner.... ALONE!  We didnt have to rush, we could go to a "grown up" restaurant... and we could sit in the bar because we didnt want to wait for the dining room.  After some research of menus, I figured The Keg was our best option!  It was also absolutely DELICIOUS!!

What I ate Today?
Breakfast - Hotel Buffet - coffee, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit
Snacks - coffee, fruit
Lunch - lettuce with nothing on it (disgusting)
Dinner - bacon wrapped scallops, creole chicken (with scallops and shrimp) and grilled veggies 
Treats - dark chocolate, and plenty of red wine... after all, its date night ;-)

How Do I Feel?
Frustrated with the limited options of food.  I suppose I could have ordered a special diet, but I registered for the conference a long time ago and it never crossed my mind.  BUT, if I told them I needed a grain free, sugar free, un-processed, dairy free option, I am sure they would have been at a loss of what to feed me.  I am not sure if they would even accomodate such a request.

I should have gone to the restaurant in the hotel and ordered something I could eat, but that is a lesson I learned for tomorrow.  I was soooooooo hungry by the end of the day!!

My Biggest Challenge?
Despite difficulties with lunch, I find the most challenging thing is the question "what are you going to do when the 30 days are up?"  The honest truth is I dont know.  I really want to see how I feel at the end of the 30 days.  My ultimate goal is to keep it up.  I feel good, and 90% of the time it is really not that hard.  I had a delicious dinner.  I can't guarentee that my meal was 100% by design, I didnt make it myself, but it was pretty close.  Protien and veggies. No cooking, and no cleaning up!!!! LOL!!

I'm off to hang out with my favorite guy!


Eat By Design: Day 14

14 Days - 2 weeks!!  It feels pretty normal!

Today has been another one of those days that I sat on my rear end "listening" and not eating catered food.  Grade 1 callbacks - meetings and PD with our Grade 1 teachers, and as usual, our lovely office caters breakfast and lunch!  I brought my own lunch, and I enjoyed it.

Right after work we hopped on the road to Calgary.  Over the next two days I will be attending the Alberta College of Speech Pathology and Audiology Conference (ACSLPA).  I anticipate some challenges with Eating By Design, but I will do the best I can.

What Did I Eat Today?
Breakfast - coffee, salsa egg scramble
Lunch - roasted red pepper soup, apple
dinner - omelette, sweet potato fries (not ideal I know)
snacks - pistachios
Treats - dark chocolate

How Am I Feeling?
Pretty good!  I seemed to have kicked the tired bug in the butt.  I am tired, it is 9:30pm, but I don't feel totally drained.

What was my biggest challenge today?
Where does one "Eat by Design" when they are on the road?  I figured my safest bet was breakfast for dinner.  Any ol' diner will do for that.  I had an omelette, and I ordered it minus the cheese.  4-5 bites in I realized that there was cheese in my omelette, so I sent it back.  I am sure i had a bite or two of cheese, but I think I will survive ;-)

Let's hope the next few days are easy enough for me to find some "By Design" meals!!


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Eat By Design: Day 13

Unlucky for some 13! That's just a line I remember for playing prize Bingo at the seaside as a kid...

Today as been a very uneventful day.  I sat in MDT (multidisciplinary team) meetings all day long.  Not a lot of movement happening.  Although it was a quick day, it was a long day.  I am TIRED.  It is 8pm and I am feeling ready for bed. Of course I still haven't packed for the trip tomorrow (I am heading to Calgary after work for the ACSLPA conference).

What I ate today?
Breakfast - coffee, salsa egg scramble 
Lunch - roasted red pepper and butternut squash soup, apple
Dinner - honey garlic shrimp, roasted veggies
Snacks - almonds

--they honey garlic shrimp I made from scratch.  some garlic and some natural honey... it was delicious--

How Do I Feel?
The past 2 days I am tired.  Not sure why, I am just tired.  I haven't had much motivation to exercise (which probably makes me more tired).  

I wish Crossfit had some 5am classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It would make my life so much easier.  6am isn't early enough for me to get home, get ready for work, get Ave to daycare, and to actually get to work on time.  I wouldn't miss as much quality time with my little one if I could go in the morning either.

What Was My Biggest Challenge?
Still not the eating part of the challenge.  I am enjoying my meals and not really missing the foods I am not eating.  Right now my challenge is why are the numbers on the scales not going down???  I know I have not been working out as often as I need to.  BUT, with any of the other "diets" I have tried, the lbs have always just fallen off.... so why when I am eating so well, are they not falling off??

I must go pack for my trip!


Monday, 15 October 2012

Eat By Design: Day 12

If it were December.... it would be Christmas!!!  One the 12th day of eat by design..... ;-)

Tired is the word of the evening.  My mom arrived late last night, and we visited with my cousin (who had dropped her off).  Then I was up for a chiropractic appointment at 7am.  Screenings at my first school.  Off to the next site, activities in both my kindergarten classes, an activity in the 100 voices class, starting to screen the grade 1's, meeting with the teacher, and by the time I got home from Millwoods it was 5pm.  THANKFULLY, I have an amazing husband (who was probably nagged by my mother), but dinner was ready when I came home. 

Have I told you lately that I hate working full time?  I like my job, just wish I could do it part time.  10am-2pm would do me good. (One Day!) I got home and I was drained, so no working out for me tonight.  Hopefully I can make it happen tomorrow.

I realized that 7am is too early to go to the chiropractor.   It would mean I would have to go home to take Ave to daycare, and that just seems silly.  I will not go at 7:30am on my way out of town.  Much better idea.  I love adjustments.  I'm excited to have a straight back and for my neck to bend back the right way!

So What Did I Eat Today?
Breakfast - coffee, salsa egg scramble
Lunch - roasted red pepper and butternut squash soup, apple
Dinner - salmon, roasted veggies
Snacks - almonds
Treats - red wine ;-)

How Do I Feel?
Tired, but still feel pretty good.  I am tired because I didn't have a good nights sleep, and I had a busy day at work.  It was not until I got home and sat on the couch that the tired took over.  I wasn't yawning and sluggish all day.  I was yawning with a pep in my step. LOL

What Was My Biggest Challenge?
I forgot my lunch today.  My challenge, was do I go back home and risk being a few minutes late to work, or do I go without lunch?  I decided that I needed to go back for my lunch.  I can't just run out and grab a bite to eat, and I look forward to my lunch break.  I am glad I went back, because my soup was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! (I will try to post the recipe I used)

I forgot to wear it today... I was so bummed out :-(

Early night for me tonight!

See you on Day 13!!


Sunday, 14 October 2012

Eat By Design: Day 11

Another day bites the dust!

Day 11... I am doing pretty good!  Today was a good day!  We did not sleep in, Avery was up EARLY!!  

I didn't make it to Crossfit today.  I was contemplating not going because we had stuff to do (my mom is coming this evening) and I wanted to get a jump start on the day.  The I looked at the WOD (workout of the day) and decided I really didn't want to go.  Terrible, I know, but I guess we will all have those days.  I am feeling the aftermath of yesterdays workout, so a rest day isn't underserved!!

We did have a busy day.  We ate (very important), survived Sunday at Costco, a trip to Superstore, cleaned the house, cooked dinner, and made roasted red pepper & butternut squash soup for lunch this week!  Throughout all of this the only time Avery napped was on the drive from Costco to Superstore (plus about 10 minutes in the store). That is not a very long nap for a little girl, and she is STILL going!!

I wore my Nike Fuel band for most of the day.  So far I have earned 4160 fuel points, burned 1149 calories, and taken 6627 steps.  Not sure f this is good, because I have nothing to compare it to, but I suppose over the next few weeks I will get a grasp of what is good and what's not.

SOOOOO What did I eat today?
Breakfast - coffee 
Brunch - bacon and salsa/banana pepper scramble
Dinner - stir fried carrots, parsnips, cauliflower, broccoli, and mushrooms with chicken (and bacon at my husbands request)
Treats - red wine ;-)  

How Do I Feel?
Despite a rough start to the day I feel pretty good (physically). I don't feel bloated.  I don't feel unnecessarily tired.  I'm not missing eating all the foods I am eliminating from my diet... except when they are right in my face like Ave's croissant today. LOL.  Honestly though, I feel good. 

I feel a little hopeless in the pursuit of a clean house though.  I have cleaned my kitchen SEVERAL times today and it is still a mess.  I cannot wait to have more space....and a dishwasher!!  I am so tired of washing dishes.  So are my hands!!

My Biggest Challenge
Once again my challenge was not the diet.  That seems to be the easy part of my life.  Today it was holding back from punching the lady in front of us in the checkout line at Costco.  She gave use the DIRTIEST look when Avery screamed. Avery was trying to fasten/unfasten the safety belt on the spare seat.  She screams when she gets frustrated.  She is a baby, she is not quite 18months old.  She doesn't always have the words she needs, she is stubborn and high strung. Give us a break!  I hate the condescending, dirty, control your child, your a terrible parent dirty looks that you get from people who obviously don't have children! Bah!  Don't give a parent a dirty look until you spend a day in their shoes!!  That's my rant for the day!

Until Tomorrow!!