It’s All In The Plan, Man!

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day yesterday. I certainly did! My day started out oh, so sweet! I was in the kitchen, and C was in the living room:

C: Is it Mother’s Day yet?
Me: Yes, it’s Mother’s Day.
C: Is it time to give you my handprint?
Me: Yes, you can give it to me now.

She had hidden it away on Thursday after school and was dying to give it to me. She is so cute and precious. I wish I could just keep her this age forever. I just love her so very much. She made it green because “you like green!” And she’s right, green is my favorite color :)

Then The Mr., Little Miss C and I went into Boston for the day to just walk around and spend time together. It was so much fun to just be together and not have any real plans but to enjoy one another’s company. We strolled through Faneuil Hall, up to the Common (where C was totally amused by feeding the birds with her hot dog bun, the Tadpole Playground and the Carousel), through the Public Garden, along the streets and shops of Chinatown and then back to our car that was parked in Boston Harbor. We trekked 9 miles, according to my pedometer!

Here we are in front of the Frog Pond and Tadpole Playground (excuse the squints and messy hair; it was very windy!

I am doing really well with the Eat-Clean lifestyle. I love it! It’s very easy for me to stick with. No crazy foods, no being hungry; however, to be successful, you need to plan ahead. The state of your body is 80% nutrition, and I believe Eating Clean is 90% planning. I knew this weekend was going to tough since we had lots going on.

On Saturday, C and I were going to the movies together. How was I going to stay away from the popcorn and candy. It actually wasn’t too difficult. I think I’ve been to four or five movies in the past couple months, and I’ve managed to control myself; however, trying to eat every 2-3 hours was going to be tough this time around. Instead of eating nothing and coming home starving, I packed a little cooler with some greek yogurt, homemade granola, and frozen blueberries. I ate this during the movie, and it totally satisfied me.

Saturday evening we had to go to The Mr.-in-Law’s birthday party. I knew my mother-in-law was planning a turkey dinner, which I knew would be no problem. Turkey, salad, and some veggies would be a piece of cake (and it was!), but was I going to deprive myself a real piece of cake or dessert? No! So, I went in with a plan.

I had my yogurt around lunchtime, and I had a filling Shakeology shake at around 3:30 so I didn’t show up for dinner at 5pm starving. After dinner, I scoped out the desserts and decided exactly what would satisfy me. I had a teeny slice of Strawberry-Rhubarb pie and about 1/4 cup of Pistachio ice cream. And that was that. I was comfortable with my decisions because I planned ahead.

Sunday was a different story. I didn’t plan well at all, and I failed miserably. I knew we were going to Boston, and there’s absolutely no reason why I didn’t pack a little cooler with snacks.

I figured we would stop somewhere in the city for some lunch or a sandwich, but by the time everyone was hungry, we were already to the Common, and there wasn’t anything around there that all of us wanted. The Mr. got a pretzel, Miss C got a hot dog, and I went to Finagle-a-Bagel and got a less-than-stellar sandwich. I didn’t like the bread at all and ended up picking off the turkey and eating that. Failure! I should have packed my yogurt and granola at the very least just in case I was faced with these types of options.

I knew, and planned to, get a treat in Chinatown. There’s this one little bakery that has this slightly sweet, almost angel-food-like cake that I love. I’m not sure of the name, but I always get a piece when we go to Boston. I got that and some other crispy cookie to share with everyone, but nobody wanted any. I ended up eating both because I was so hungry! Even if I hadn’t eaten that packed yogurt/granola for lunch, I could have definitely used it here to curb my hunger.

So, lesson learned! I will always pack a little snack, just in case. I knew I was going to be out and about on Sunday with uncertain options, and I should have prepared better. I give myself two victories and one failure on the weekend, but overall, I must say I’m still pleased with how I handled myself. I was thrown off several times in a short time period, and I could have totally blown it much worse.

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Super-quick lunch today! I just pulled out a couple handfuls of my already-prepared salad mix, opened a can of tuna, mixed it with a tablespoon of light mayo (can’t eat tuna without it) and added some grape tomatoes. For a dressing, I just used my olive oil/red wine vinegar mix, again already prepared:

Oh, how I love Clean Eating!!! Since diving full-force back* into this style of eating, my food choices and preparation have been so simple this week. Seriously, they could not be easier! Oh, and I did sneak on the scale this morning and it was down (which is practically a miracle for me!), but I’m waiting until Saturday to see if it sticks. *Back in 2002, I ate very clean foods and totally transformed my body (I might show those photos one day, but the beginning shot is pretty horrifying). This was before the Eat-Clean books were published, I believe, since Tosca Reno did not invent clean eating; however, she is definitely a powerful force that has made it a mainstream lifestyle and has a wonderful and inspiring presence.

So, now you know where I spend a good portion of my day when either I have to get a lot done or the weather isn’t nice and sunny. In the case of the latter, I’m out on the deck using my laptop :)

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The Mr. and I normally go out for a meal and a beer every Thursday night. It makes us feel young again (haha!) and allows us to talk without being interrupted by the constant Stewie-esque, “Mom, mama, ma, mommy, mom…”. Last night, however, The Mr. needed to work on putting the brakes back in his truck (kind of necessary), so Little Miss C went on our way to look for Mother’s Day gifts, a birthday gift for The Mr.-in-Law, and new sandals for C, since her current ones from last year are digging into her ankles pretty badly. As C put it, it was “just us girls” out on the town last night.

We went to Kohl’s first and got most things we needed, but I wanted to check Marshall’s for her sandals. We went in for shoes and came out with these beauties!

Some Dr. Kracker flatbreads! I’ve been dying to try these, but they only had 2 flavors there. I’ve never seen them in any of the markets where I usually shop. They were $4.99/ea. Not sure how that compares to the normal price. I can’t wait to incorporate these into some meals this weekend (notice both are open. I samples both flavors :) )

Some Nana’s Cookie Bites for Miss C. I love that these are Vegan, no refined sugars or dairy, and they’re individually wrapped! Perfect for her school lunch, and much better than the large Strawberry-shaped sugar cookie with the colorful frosting about which she asked, “Is this healthy, mom? This is healthy, right?”

And another goodie for C: Healthy Times Cookies. Just a little something for her to munch on when she’s looking for something. Not as good as fruit, but certainly better than the dreaded Fruit Roll-ups or Yogos!!

Marshall’s had lots of other great organic, healthy finds! Lots of bars, similar to Kind, pure maple syrup, fruit preserves and jams, etc. I’ve bought some foods there before, but I never noticed a separate little “healthy” section, so this was a great surprise for me.

And then we made our way home. It was way past our usual dinner time, so it was a “fend for yourself” meal. Here’s mine:

A bunch of leftovers. Lots of overcooked beans that approached the either eat ‘em or throw ‘em stage, about 4 oz of leftover chicken breast (rubbed with s&p, garlic powder and poultry seasoning, then grilled the night before), and a microwaved sweet potato.

Despite the four bathroom breaks we took in the 90 minutes we were out shopping, it was a great little night for me and C! I love spending time with her :)

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