Whole30, Day 22

January 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm

We couldn’t walk Mack to school this morning. As soon as I dropped Mack off, Cal, our carpool buddies, and I headed to Cal’s school for a Jaguar Family Breakfast. I packed my own Whole30 breakfast, but did snag an apple there.

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Cal enjoyed the breakfast they served, however, and two cups of coffee (they were more like half-cups).

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The kid loves coffee! I only rarely let him have it.

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After everyone was served breakfast they had a trivia contest.

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We didn’t do so great…

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but Cal did get a spirit bracelet as a prize.

After I said goodbye to Cal and took my carpool partner home, I headed out on the bike towards the pool.

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I did 1500 yards as 3X400 IM + 300 freestyle, then biked home (8 miles total on the bike). It was another gorgeous day.

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Once home I made lunch.

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After lunch I picked up both boys from school a little early for an ophthalmologist appointment.

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I love the artwork at All Children’s Hospital.

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I also love the awesome view of our postcard city from the sixth floor.

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Cal has been complaining all year about his vision and both boys had less than perfect vision screenings at school this year. This appointment was overdue but was the soonest that they could be seen by the pediatric ophthalmologist that Cal saw a couple of years ago. His vision was normal at that time despite his complaining even then that he couldn’t see the clock and things like that.

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Mack reverted to toddlerhood with this familiar toy:

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Mack’s vision tested normal, but Cal’s was far from perfect.

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I actually think he and I have the same prescription now. We were surprised that Cal needed glasses because neither his father nor I had glasses as children. I didn’t need glasses until I was 22 years old and Chad still doesn’t have prescription glasses although he does wear readers sometimes. The doctor said to blame it on a great uncle.

Off to the glasses store we went.

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Cal REALLY wanted the Napoleon Dynamite frames…

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but I refused.

Mack really wanted some glasses just for fun…

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but again I said, “No.”

Here are the other rejects:

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I liked the first two, but Cal settled on a similar but thicker pair. The third were definitely too big for his face and the fourth were just for fun (he said they were granny glasses).

He ended up getting these:

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and since VisionWorks has BOGO, he also got this lighter pair:

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I don’t think a kid has ever been happier or more grateful about getting glasses. He was thrilled and so happy that we were able to pick them up later the same day.

First I dropped the boys off at karate and went out to the storage unit to drop off the first round of Christmas boxes.

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Then I went back to karate…

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until Cal was done with his class and then he and I went to pick up his glasses. Chad was picking up Mack from karate, so Cal and I headed home to get dinner ready.

I made these Trader Joe’s (Whole30 compliant) chicken sausages.

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That’s it for Day 22. Kicking Whole30 ass and feeling awesome.

Cya.

Whole30, Day 19

January 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm

My stupidly hurt foot was pretty painful first thing this morning, but I decided to try to walk Mack to school anyway.

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It was another foggy morning.

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I had to walk a little awkwardly at first trying not to put too much pressure on the outside of the ball of my foot as I walked, but it loosened up during the walk and by the end was feeling much better. I think I just bruised it pretty badly.

When I got home I made breakfast. I read a recipe on one of the paleo sites a while ago about zucchini patties that sounded good so I decided to make some this morning. I just made up my own recipe based on several variations that I read.

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That’s about half of a large zucchini, grated, one egg, 2 tablespoons of coconut flour, and seasoning to taste. I squeezed out a bunch of liquid from the zucchini with paper towels, then mixed all the ingredients together. The mixture easily formed patties.

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I think I could have used less coconut flour in these patties just as with the salmon patties I made last week. Using that stuff is deceptive. The longer it sits the more liquid it absorbs. So it seems liquidy at first, but then seems like it’s too dry. I’ll get the hang of it eventually, probably at the end of my Whole30. Still, the patties were quite tasty, especially topped with Frank’s Red Hot.

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I had one egg scrambled with some turkey kielbasa on the side along with some blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate arils, and pecans.

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After breakfast I decided to head to the pool on my bike.

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I thought it was going to be really chilly this morning, but it felt great in the sunshine. Don’t you just love jackets with thumb holes?

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It was my usual route from my house to the downtown waterfront.

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A perfect Florida “winter” day.

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The pool is heated from November through March, so the water feels luxurious on slightly chilly days.

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My swim was awesome. I did 2500 yards: 6X400 IM + 100 IM. That took me about an hour then I headed home. It was so warm by then that I didn’t even need a jacket.

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In all I biked eight miles and swam 1.4 miles. I love that combination.

I was really glad when I got home that lunch was already prepared for me by Fitlife Foods.

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I didn’t eat the dressing that came with the salad (sadly)…

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and I added beets and Garlic Gold vinaigrette.

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It was delicious. I hope that the dried cranberries did not have added sugar, and if sweetened that they were sweetened with fruit juice, but I’m not going to worry about it. The Fitlife employee told me that they did not have added sugar, so I have to trust that.

Soon after my lunch it was time to pick up Mack from school. He ended up going over to a friends house to play, so I had the afternoon to myself until it was time to pick up Cal. When we went to pick up Mack from his friend’s house they invited him to spend the night. So dinner was just for Cal and me.

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I took the leftover crockpot pork medallions and onions and combined that with some butternut squash (I used a bag of frozen butternut squash…awesome) and some homemade red curry sauce. I made the red curry sauce with coconut milk, red curry paste, and coconut aminos all whisked together and heated up on the stove. I think it turned out really well. Cal had the curry pork over brown rice and I just had it with a ton of broccoli.

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Cal was an only child for the evening and it seemed very quiet in the house with no constant arguing amongst brothers. After he went to bed Chad and I watched the season premiere of Spartacus! Yay!

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This is the final season. It’s still kind of sad to watch it because of Andy Whitfield’s story, but Liam McIntrye has done a very good job replacing him.

That’s all I have for Friday. Happy weekend! Cya.