Bodily Reactions

How long does it take for your body and taste buds to change? I would love some information about that if anyone knows. I’m finding it harder and harder to eat anything that I used to eat simply because it doesn’t taste the same to me, and because it affects my body in ways I didn’t even realize! For instance, today I was swamped at work so instead of going home for lunch, I walked next door to the gas station and grabbed a slice of pizza, a bottle of so-called “all natural” lemonade, and a banana.

I’d have been better off to grab 2 bananas and a bottle of water for how I felt later. My whole body just went on high alert. I felt wired, shaky, tense, and almost “out-of-body”. I had an immediate headache and my senses were tingly. It was so foreign to me. I wonder if my kids have this same reaction to foods they haven’t had in awhile. I wonder if this is why they sometimes are climbing the walls? I should talk to them about that, and we can discuss why in the world we’re even bothering to eat this junk at all!

It sure doesn’t pay to be this busy; luckily, that should end next week. No more crappy pizza and lemonade!


When life gets busy, you just make do…

Wow, what a week already.  I’ve really been tested, and I haven’t passed every test with flying colors I’ll admit.  Still we’re doing well and better than usual so that’s something.

We were all dragging after that long hike last weekend, so we’ve toned down the exercise this week.  We’ve only gone to the track to walk or run twice so far, which is about half as much as normal.  The kids have increased their TV and computer time as a result and I can feel that strain in the house.  Seems like we’re all a bit on edge.  Very weird.

However, another hike is planned for this weekend, and I hope to get back to the track or at least back to evening activities this weekend.  Then in a couple of weeks we’re going on vacation to the mountains, and planning fun hikes every morning!  Ah, summer…

On the food end, though, several good things have happened.  Last Saturday, the local Farmer’s Market had their opening day so every weekend I have full access to local produce, meats, eggs and even seafood!  Also, I rejoined the CSA that I belonged to last year, and the deliveries started yesterday.  Between the market, the CSA and my own garden, we will have plenty of produce.  I am thrilled about that.  How better to “make half your plate fruits and vegetables” than with your own or at least local!  If I had a peach tree in the yard (or two!), life would be complete.  Here’s a picture of my CSA haul:

Exercise and Water

I really have been impressed with all of us so far in terms of exercise.  We don’t get to the track every single evening to run or walk or do hills, but we’re there  a minimum of 4 nights a week.  That’s 4 nights we’re not just idle, playing couch potato, or vacantly staring at the TV.  And on the weekends, we try for even more outside time.  This past weekend, we hiked for 7 miles!  It took us well over 4 hours, but the weather was perfect and we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  We went to a nearby national forest and walked a trail we hadn’t visited in at least 7 years.  It was fabulous.  I was even more impressed that I only heard “are we done yet?” maybe 2 or 3 times.  For 13, 12 and 9 year olds, that’s amazing!

Water is not near yet to the point where I had hoped it would be, and somehow all the juice disappeared this weekend, but the kids are still making strides with water.  At dinner yesterday, we drank and drank and drank (maybe we needed the hydration after that hike!).  The kids like having their “own” water bottles, and while they do need reminders to get them out of the refrigerator, they are willing to grab their bottles and chug.  I do think I might “forget” to buy juice this week, though.

Progress is being made!  The journey is definitely the best part of this so far!

Rainy Evening

We are on plan today, but rain halted our evening activity. However, we had a family game night instead so at least we weren’t sitting idle all day!

How to get the kids to increase their water, though? They’re still not drinking juices or soda or lemonade or iced tea, but they’re not drinking water either. I remember being a kid and I drank when I was thirsty. Never thought about it, what I was drinking or when or how much. My parents rarely had soda in the house, but we had a lot of iced tea (with lemon and sugar). I drank water when I felt like having water. Should I worry that my kids rarely get in more than 20 ounces a day? Well, that’s on average — yesterday, my middle child drank 96 ounces!

I am getting better about having plenty of fruits and veggies out at meals, though. We ate a whole watermelon in 3 days time, we’ve eaten 1 1/2 bags of red grapes, we’ve gone through 2 bags of baby carrots, and more than a bag of apples. We still have cucumbers, celery, tangerines, pineapple and other stuff. And the great part is that we are eating all this stuff — not wasting it!

Back on track

We had a great day today.  The kids were almost perfect in their 2 hour time limit on electronics (it helped that my husband stayed home and was able to keep an eye on them), plus we all ate according to plan.  Juices for lunch and breakfast for hubby and myself, cereal for the kids.  Sandwiches, veggies and fruit for lunch, tacos for dinner.  We did make root beer floats for dessert, but only fruit for snacks.  Water is still an issue, but they’re not drinking juices or lemonade either so I’m trying to not be too pushy.  Kids are amazing in that they really do just drink when they’re thirsty!  I’m not sure they still are like that with food, though — I think they get a lot of outside encouragement to eat and they obey those hints.

I did tell the kids early on that all fruits and veggies are “free”.  Anytime, any amount.  I’m trying to keep a huge amount and variety in the fridge, from apples to grapes to watermelon, carrots to cucumbers to several varieties of lettuce.  It really is fascinating to see those things disappear.  By the end of the week, we’re down to a few apples, a small chunk of pineapple, some carrots!  As long as they’re not tossing it all in the trash or compost, I’m fine with them taking their fill.

The exercise was great for 3 of us.  Hubby, oldest child, and I ran (5 laps, 6 laps and 4 laps in order listed); the younger two just walked.  I want them expending energy which is the whole reason for the evening activity so I’ve got to come up with a way to convince them to move.  The boys like to “play” so maybe I’ll insist on 2 laps running first, and then they can play?  It could work.

Memorial Day

Well, back on track for the food, but water and exercise were lacking today.  We all felt lazy, too hot to do anything outside, and exhausted from the traveling and visiting over the weekend.  When it’s reading 100° on the thermometer, you don’t go running!

It’ll be cooler tomorrow, so back to the gym for morning workouts, and back to the track for evening runs!

By the way, Happy Memorial Day.  My thanks to everyone that has served in the armed forces, or are currently serving.  And the greatest thanks go to the families of those that have relatives that lost their lives in that service for our country.  We are what we are due to those who have protected us.  God bless!

Holidays and Weekends

I knew going into this project that there would be plenty of times when the rules could not be followed. This past weekend we had several of those times. We had Friday at home, and the plan was followed and we got lots of outside movement in. Saturday, however, we left the house at 11:30 am, and didn’t return until after 9pm. 2 graduation parties to attend, which meant 2 food buffets and 2 cakes to taste. And since the first one was outside and well before the second party, we were hot, tired, and starving by the time we headed to the second party. That meant a quick run through a drive-thru. Ugh! I had really forgotten how terrible fast food is.

However, that was just one day. Yesterday we hosted a cookout here, and along with the rest of the food, I set out raw veggies that completely disappeared! That’s very unusual for a cookout 🙂 We didn’t get in as much outside activity as we’d hoped due to it being in the mid-90s, but oh well. Water went down easily on such a hot day!

Back to the plan today. Real food, lots of water, and exercise!