What, I have to think of blog post titles again?

February 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

It seems so strange not to be typing, “Whole30, Day…”. Although I am basically continuing to eat the same way, I am definitely not extending my Whole30 to a Whole 60 or whatever. You just have to be so super diligent about every tiny thing while on the Whole30. I’m ready for a break from that.

What is as amazing to me as the fact that I actually managed to complete the Whole30 is the fact that I blogged every single day during it! I’m sensing a little blog hiatus coming on. Also, I’m beyond tired of taking photos of all my food. I think I might give that a break as well, but if I bother to take a picture I’ll probably post it. Apparently I was sick of it on Wednesday morning (the first day after my Whole30) because I can’t find a photo of my breakfast on that day. Who knows what I ate? I know that it was a Whole30 compliant breakfast, because the only thing different that I did on Wednesday was add a little whole milk to my coffee and a yogurt at lunch.

I honestly think that my tummy did not like the milk. It was grumbly all day and I kind of got a slight headache mid-day. I never thought I had any sort of dairy sensitivity. Also, I realized that I actually prefer coconut milk in my coffee to whole milk (or, I’m assuming, skim milk). I still didn’t add any sweetener, and I missed that hint of coconut. I think I’ll be sticking with coconut milk in my coffee when it’s available, which is basically when I’m at home.

I know that on Wednesday I drove Mack to school because I also had to drive Cal to school early for robotics. I actually didn’t take many photos at all on Wednesday because I spent most of the day at home doing mundane things. I did take a few food photos, apparently.


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That’s lettuce/spinach/arugula, mushrooms, smoked salmon, bell pepper, and a not so great dressing I made with avocado cream, homemade paleo mayo, and balsamic vinegar. Can’t wait until my new Garlic Gold vinaigrettes arrive.

I also had a Chobani coffee/dark chocolate chip yogurt bite after lunch.

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It was delicious. Maybe I will reincorporate yogurt into my diet, but not milk or cheese. We’ll see.

Dinner was leftover pumpkin paleo chili with avocado cream.

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The only exercise I got on Wednesday was the family evening walk (1.6 miles). I can’t remember why I didn’t go to Bodypump, but it was probably just laziness.

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Wednesday night I participated in the second Mom Power Team #GetFitChat on Twitter. It was so fun and once again we had the #1 trending hashtag that hour!


Thursday (yesterday) was busier and I took more pictures. We walked to school.

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The clouds were gorgeous at sunrise yesterday.

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I love my neighborhood. I will be sad if we end up having to leave it to find a house that we like.

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Chad was going to drop Cal off at the bus stop on his way to work because as soon as I got home from walking I had to take off for the lab to have blood drawn.

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That is not all my blood. I think I had to give three vials. Maybe four.

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My blood draw had to be fasting, so I had breakfast all packed and ate it in the car on the way to the gym from the lab.

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After the gym I ran home and showered and then went to Mack’s school for his gifted parent/student conference.

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He went through some examples of all the things he’s been doing this year in gifted, like grid logic:

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After the conference I went home and put on some make up then headed to Panera to meet Chad and our realtor friend for a little lunch pow-wow.

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I felt indulgent getting the “chopped chicken cobb with avocado salad”.

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Panera cobb salad

Other than the gorgonzola, sugar in the bacon, and possible suspect ingredients in the vinaigrette and seasoning on the chicken, it would have been Whole30 compliant. It sure is hard to turn off that Whole30 brain! But I ate it without any special requests and felt liberated eating the gorgonzola. It didn’t have very much gorgonzola in it anyway, but it was delicious!

We talked about the marketing plan for our house and a bunch of other things related to the process of selling our house and finding a new one. Our realtor friend gave us a list of ten houses to drive by, so I spent the next hour driving around to all of them before I had to pick Mack up from school.

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The afternoon was spent doing laundry, taking Mack to karate, picking Cal up, then heading to Cal’s school for the monthly MANDATORY PTSA (like PTA with an S) meeting. I am not a fan of these meetings.

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Go TMFMS Jaguars!

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You must go to either the SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting or the PTSA meeting every month. You can only miss one month out of the whole year. We had to miss December because we were out of town…

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so now we can’t miss any more months for the rest of the year. Bleh.

At least I had a fun jewelry catalog to look at to make it more interesting.

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It’s a good thing that I love these kids so much.

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Chad picked Mack up from karate and they ran by PDQ to get our dinner. Thanks to PDQ for helping the IRunMommies fundraising efforts for the Suncoast Classic Run for Kids, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities! Be sure to stop by PDQ between 3-8 p.m. the next two Thursdays and mention the RMHC!


If you can’t make it to PDQ or are not local and you would like to help us support this great charity, just click on the Suncoast Classic logo over there in my sidebar. Thank you in advance!!!!

I got the grilled chicken salad for dinner.

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PDQ chicken salad

This salad is so delicious. They make all of their dressings and sauces in-house. I didn’t even care that I had restaurant salads with chicken for both lunch and dinner. I did add half of an avocado to the salad to bulk it up a little more.

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Chad had pool league last night and I wasted the evening watching The Carrie Diaries on Tivo. I was curious about the show, which is sort of a prequel about the Carrie Bradshaw character from Sex and the City. It is typical CW Network teenage vapidity. I probably won’t keep watching it. I should have watched a couple episodes of Parenthood instead, but I wanted to at least check out The Carrie Diaries. My curiosity has been satisfied.

That’s it for the past two days. Now I’m thinking that I’m not really going to follow the Whole30 reintroduction plan. I just don’t really want to reintroduce grains and beans at the moment. I think I’ll just let them be reintroduced when they come up naturally and we’ll see what, if any, affect they have on me. I will definitely be limiting dairy to just small amounts, like gorgonzola in a salad or the occasional yogurt. At least that’s the plan.


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.