Friday, March 30, 2012

The Sandwich Diet (No Sandwiches Included)

#1 Don't take this too seriously
#2 But this is seriously working for me

Make a "Sandwich" of Your Day

Preparation: This is the most important step, because without the healthy food in the house you will not eat it.
  • Think - Think about the healthy foods you like to eat.  What's a satisfying healthy breakfast to you?  (I like oatmeal.) What makes a salad edible?  (I've gotta have a little something sweet, like apples or raisins.) What are your favorite fruits, veggies, and lean meats?  (I chose apples, broccoli, and salmon.)
  • Make a list - A shopping list that is...and stick to it! (OR...browse the produce section and buy what looks good and is on sale.  This worked for me.)
  • Shop - The only thing that makes this diet a real "diet" is that it doesn't include "junk food" (sweets, things high in salt, fat, etc.)  We're not counting calories, so get as much of the good stuff as you like.
Eat: This is where the "sandwich" part comes in
Think of your day as a sandwich.  Start it off and end it with satisfying complex carbohydrates and whole grains.  (I started with oatmeal and ended with a bowl of cereal.)  Then fill up the middle with good for you fruits, veggies, and lean meats...keeping your carbs low, but not out. 

Here's a Sample:
  • Breakfast - Oatmeal (I recently discovered "Better Oats" on sale at Ingles, and it's gooood.)
  • Snack - An apple with a little peanut butter (I use the natural peanut butters. This is also good because my kids won't ask for an apple, but if I get it out and cut it, they'll eat it.)
  • Lunch - A salad made to your pleasure...heavy on veggies and light on the others.  (I had a baby spinach mix with raisins, walnuts, broccoli, and topped with a little vinaigrette.)
  • Snack - A palm full of almonds and a few dried apricots
  • Supper - Grilled salmon (IV made it yummy for me once with honey and salt free lemon pepper and it is the best!) with a couple of veggies (I had some green beans and tomatoes caprese - a.k.a. the best way to eat a tomato!)
  • Snack - That bowl of cereal (My life is not complete without an evening bowl of cereal. :) )
Drink lots of water, don't go hungry (hence the snacks), and you can do it!

Assess:
  • After a full day of conscience eating like this I could already feel a difference.  (Usually, I just eat what's available without much thought except not to eat too much of any one thing.)
  • After three days -  I'm hooked...I feel a little cleaner, not as weighed down.  I think I want to stick with it. 
  • BUT, I am going on vacation tomorrow so I'm sure I'll be breaking my own rules real soon. :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

It was an "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" kinda day

It all started with a dirty diaper...

I'd just pulled a fresh load of laundry from the dryer when I smelled it.  So I changed it, wrapped it up in a grocery bag, and headed for the trash.  The trash can was full.  I took it out, tied it up, headed outside.  Lottie and Ace followed.

"Mommy, can we play outside.  The weather is beautiful." says Lottie.  How can I say no?  So, we play outside. 
Duke joins in, "Can I get my skateboard out of the garage?"  Of course. 
"Can I get my scooter?" asks Lottie.
So, we go to the garage. They play, I referee.

"Mommy, can I get a snack?" says one.  It is snack time. 
"SNACK TIME!" They all come running. 

"Mom, can we watch a show while we eat our snack?" says Duke.  I suppose.
"Can I pick a show next?" says Lottie.  I'm not so sure about that.

Now, back to that (not so) fresh load of laundry.  Oh well. 

"But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, 'You are my God.'
My times are in your hand..."
Psalm 31:14-15a

Friday, March 23, 2012

Make the Most (or at least survive) Being Stranded on the Interstate with Kids

#1 Don't take this too seriously
#2 But this is seriously what happened to us

I hope it doesn't happen to you.

Preparation:
  • Bring snacks, drinks, extra diapers, and wipes
  • Leave the dog at home (We failed at this point.)
When the vehicle starts to shake:
  • Remain calm, pray, and let your husband think
  • Go along with his decision to turn around no matter how sad it makes you (or the kids, or your mom)
  • Comfort the kids and use it as a life lesson - sometimes things just don't work out like you think they should...God's in control
When the vehicle makes a really loud noise and starts to shake violently (scaring you out of your pants):
  • Pull over, pray
  • Call your dad because he's always helpful in every way (at least mine is)
  • Once again, let your husband think
Once you get to a safe location and are waiting for help (In our case thanks goes to bro-in-law Ryan.):
  • Pull out the snacks and drinks - we talked fractions as my seven-year-old decided how we would divide the crackers and moon pies if we were stuck there for days.
  • Change diapers and take kids (and dog) potty (Thankfully we got to a gas station.)
  • Do a little stretching - follow the leader style
  • Pull out the video camera and guitar - shoot a music video just for kicks (I would love to put a link here but my husband won't release the rights for me to post the video quite yet. ;) )
After an hour and a half of waiting for a ride (We were smack in between our home and my mom and dad's home, of course!):
  • The DS batteries are dead
  • Every button, switch, and knob in the vehicle has been pressed, flipped, and turned
  • BUT with God's grace and a good attitude, we pulled through! (And really the dog wasn't too much trouble after all. :) )

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Get The Most From Your At-Home Workout

#1 Don't take this too seriously
#2 But this is seriously what I do

It's multi-tasking at its peak, and sometimes it's the only way I get in my workout.

Step 1 - Preparation:
  • Load your dishwasher and shine your sink FlyLady style
  • Flip the laundry or start a new load
  • Make sure the kids are set with snacks or games
  • Take a few minutes to go to a quiet place to pray (I do this first because though I never forget to workout I somehow always forget to stop and pray in the midst of my afternoon.)
  • Gather your workout equipment including your plan of attack (I used this Women's Health workout today.) and position yourself near the kids (This sometimes takes an extra step of clearing off enough floor space to actually be able to move.)
  • Grab your Bible or a verse written out to memorize (I memorized 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 today.)
Step 2 - Begin:
  • Read the verse(s) you're going to memorize out loud (This is why you're near the kids...so they can hear you.)
  • Do your first set of exercise, counting the reps out loud (Again, your preschoolers can hear you...count backward sometimes too.)
  • Repeat, alternating reading and exercising until your workout is complete
Step 3 - Assess:
  • If all was done successfully you have now gotten in your workout while doing laundry and dishes, teaching your children scripture and counting (and maybe even some P.E. if they join in, which mine often do). Plus, you've memorized (or at least meditated on) a verse of Scripture.  Not too shabby for a Wednesday afternoon.
  • Now put the kids to nap and take that shower!