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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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Go In For Shoes, Come Out With Health Food

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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Took the day off

Today I took the day off from work (and all computer-related addictions activities) to go to The Big E with my family. Even though we probably walked 10 miles, for every foot of those miles, we were bombarded with the most unhealthy foods on the planet. From sausages and corn dogs to fried pork skin and fried pickles. You name it, they have it! And while I only splurged on french fries and ice cream, I’m feeling kind of gross at the moment. So, sorry kids, no food pics today.

And btw, all of my weekend eats were pretty much status quo.

And because I don’t want to post without a photo, I suppose now is a good time for posting what I bought at the grocery store along with our meal plan for the week. Oh, and the little one has stopped whining from the couch, so I have a couple of minutes as well.

Here’s the loot (about $60 worth, plus got back $7.50 to use on anything in a future order) and (ps, sorry for the crappy pics. I just wanted to get the groceries away:))

There was a special on Old El Paso products, which I like to use on taco salads and such. I just buy the shells and tortillas. Not the healthiest (the packaged spices will be dropped off at the food bank; I just got them because they were free), but this batch will probably last us the next year, and they’re good to have on-hand for a quick meal. The Spongebob pkg is individually-wrapped snack pkgs of frozen edamame. Yes, pkging waste, but if my kid eats them, I’m happy.

I also spent about $12 at the farmstand and purchased carrots, yellow peppers, brussel sprouts, eggplant, green beans, apples, organic kale (YEAH!!!), and celery for the week. I’m definitely going to need to purchase some more salad greens because I ate most all of them this past weekend, and we’ll need more milk, too; however, I think I’m going to have a few extra things left over to at least cover me in the dinner veggie dept. through the beginning of next week.

Here’s the dinner plan:

Friday: Maple Orange Chicken, brown rice, yellow beans

Saturday: Homemade pizza with homemade whole wheat crust

Sunday: Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Onions, sandwich for DH and one sausage with veggies and Kale Chips for moi

Monday: Ha! NOTHING since we pigged out at The Big E!!! Gross.

Tuesday: Salads with grilled chicken and homemade croutons, maybe some of Alison‘s Black Bean soup on the side so that I have leftovers for lunch this week

Wednesday: Smoky Black Bean & Cheddar Burritos <– Any ideas for a side with this? (I’ll probably have kale chips again, but what about DH and his little twin who won’t eat those?)

Thursday: Out to eat

Breakfasts for me are usually oatmeal (obviously!) and sometimes eggs with toast. C will usually eat some cheerios with milk, maybe some ww pancakes, or even an egg. My lunches will probably soups and salads all week, and C will eat pb&j with cucumbers and a yogurt on the side on school days. The other 2 days she usually eats lunches with my mom or MIL. J (DH) eats breakfasts and lunches outside the house during the week, and on the weekends I make him egg sandwiches for breakfast. He will make something quick for himself for lunch.

I’m really trying to find a decent balance between non-processed/processed and organic/non-organic foods and meals while not breaking the bank. It’s definitely tough when the markets are literally willing to give the crap away for free! I think I did ok this week. The only dinners that have processed foods are the chicken sausage (which was organic/all natural), the cheese for the chicken and burritos, and the bread I’ll use for the croutons.

And this beauty is FINALLY awaiting me tonight once C goes to bed:

We ordered it at the beginning of MAY, and tonight will be the first time we get to use it!!! It took forever to get the patio down because we were living in a rainforest Massachusetts in June. Then, the first one was delivered with a crack in it at the end of July, which meant we had to wait for a new one to be manufactured. The new one was delivered 2 weeks ago, and J just finished the electrical last night and filled it up. After all that walking today, my feet are going to be in heaven in about 20 minutes!!!

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