Friday, April 17, 2015

April Whole24: Meal Plan Days 20 - 24

Well this was my menu before I found out Dave was going away the whole week for work!  This is a first for him and rather unexpected.  Now I will have 4 Kettlebell Kitchen meals to eat to my face, our dinner with friends on Wednesday was postponed till next week, and instead my coworker Jeff invited me over for a Whole30 compliant meal with him and his wife Arley.  Otherwise I'll probably just try and clear out whatever is left in our fridge.  I figured I'd still post my original proposed meal plan since it was all typed out already and it's a bit more interesting than just saying delivery meals and random things in my refrigerator.

  • Brunch: Paleo Pancakes topped with apples cooked in coconut oil and cinnamon with apple chicken sausage
  • Lunch: Whatever is leftover!
  • Dinner: Egg Roll in a Bowl (never made it last week since we had so much food and I didn't want to waste anything I had already cooked)
  • Lunch: Leftover Chicken Zucchini Poppers with a big salad
  • Dinner: Having some friends over that just started their first Whole30!  I'm making Korean Noodle Bowls from Against All Grain (but subbing shrimp for the beef)

And that's it!  Kind of a lame ending, but having 4 of my meals prepped for me already plus dinner at Jeff and Arley's will make for an easy finish.  And next comes the fun part, trying to ride my own bicycle... 

Do you or your spouse travel for work?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April Whole24: Days 13 - 18 Highlights

18 days in and I feel like a pro.  I guess I should since this is my 5th Whole30 (21, 24, 25, etc haha), but I have been known to break down and lose myself in a cupcake mid Whole30, whoops.  Not this time.  Over the weekend I successfully avoided a large tray of mini cupcakes that was placed down directly in front of me, win!  Here are a few more highlights from the past few days:

  • I had been craving anything and everything on the grill and this past weekend my cravings were fulfilled.  We had delicious burgers and sausage Friday night and then a big fat steak on Sunday night.  I was one happy girl!
  • I went out to eat on Saturday night for my friend Arley's bday.  She's also doing a Whole30 to try and solve some tummy issues so we scoured the menu for a compliant meal.  We decided to split a cajun scallop salad and a veal chop that came with spinach cooked in olive oil and garlic.  I also had some broccoli rabe in olive oil and garlic.  Our meal was all veggies and meat and even though I swore it was compliant, it sent me to the bathroom before we even left the restaurant.  I'm guessing the scallops were marinated in a crappy oil and I'm pretty convinced that their olive oil had another cheap oil mixed into it since I had the spinach leftover a few days later and my tummy felt awful again.  I don't know, but between this and some other instances, I think my stomach is definitely sensitive to certain oils.
  • I really don't miss booze.  I mean, we went to an epic beer store with an entire wall of cider and I was excited about all the new brands and flavors, but at the same time I'm just like whatever.  I don't need alcohol to have a good time and I love not feeling any consequences the next day.  After dinner Saturday night, we went back to Arley's parents' house to party and I had absolutely no problem sticking to kombucha.  Arley had picked up a bunch of different flavors so we did a little tasting.  It was also fun to play beer pong later in the night when I was sober and everyone else was not ;)
  • I was definitely seeing a difference in my tummy at the beginning of the week, but then Thursday I woke up feeling kind of bloated.  I'm wondering if the yucca that made up the shells of the grass-fed beef dumplings from Kettlebell Kitchen were to blame since they were very starchy.  They were delicious though!
  • After reporting that I went to CF 3 times last week, I went to barbell club before church on Sunday to make it 4 times!  Then I got up and went to the gym Monday morning, which is not usually a thing for me.  I meant to go Tuesday morning, but my alarm never went off (new phone software + silent mode = no alarm), so I went Tuesday night for another barbell club session.  Less than 10 hours later, I was back for the Wednesday 6 am class! Things are really clicking for me at the gym lately.  My back hasn't been bothering me for a few weeks and I'm getting noticeably stronger.  However, I still need to work on catching my cleans with my shoulders instead of my collar bone though.  I've been wearing scarves to work all week to hide my barbell hickeys!  Side note: I just googled hickeys to make sure I was spelling it right and yikes...

All right, that's all for now.  Only 6 days left!

Have you been grilling anything delicious? 
Have you ever gotten any embarrassing bruises?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's Official, We Have a Fence!

We knew we wanted a fence as soon as we moved into our new place and getting Butler in January sealed the deal.  We were definitely dragging our feet on this big purchase, but a few weeks ago we finally pulled the trigger!  Our installation was quickly scheduled and the fence was installed in its entirety today!

Puddin wasn't very impressed at first, but after a little while she got all riled up and did some laps around the yard with Butler.  He was happy to trot around the yard with or without her.

Please ignore the dried drool on my face, I was getting pretty into chewing a ball.

We used All Type Fence based on some glowing reviews from friends and so far, we're very happy with the results.  Now I'm even more excited about the warm spring weather we've been having!

 Do you have any big spring projects going on at your house?

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