Day 108

Breakfast was the Eat to Live green smoothie: coconut water, spinach, pineapple, and banana. I didn’t have any flax or hemp seeds, so made do with one less ingredient. It was very filling and delicious. I even convinced Aaron to take a sip (for 25 cents). I will try to add more greens tomorrow.

Lunch: hard boiled egg with EBTB seasoning, and raw carrots dipped in peanut sauce.

Dinner: strawberry and mango salad topped with beet hummus dressing. I first made the beet hummus in my high-speed blender, then turned it into dressing. I’m missing the dill and beet juice but it was still good. No one else in my house even wants to try it, so more for me! I also made a modified version of this split pea and sweet potato soup. I only had red lentils but it turned out to be delicious and even after Greg and I devoured it, there’s plenty for at least two lunches this week.

I forgot how time consuming meal prep is for this meal plan. Thankfully I’m not commuting any more so I have slightly more time to cook. I did make a trip to Trader Joe’s today to stock up on groceries for the week, and surprisingly didn’t break the bank even though I bought lots of unsalted nuts and seeds, which are pricey. I also had to buy pantry staples like tahini sauce, Dijon mustard, vinegar, coconut aminos, and nutritional yeast, so next time I shop it will mostly be for fresh veggies and fruit.

Tomorrow is my first weigh in so I can track my progress. I’m not looking forward to it but I know these are the steps that work for me.

Day 107

I’m back on here again after a brief lapse to say everything is fine, monotonous, and I’m ready for everything to go back to normal. Every day is the same and I am bored. But there have been some bright spots. I’ll talk about those later.

Today’s post is to start holding myself accountable again when it comes to food. I’m recommitting to a nutritarian lifestyle and taking back control of my weight. I’ve been sick since September but I’m tired of all the weight I’ve gained because of that, because of life, because I’m not meal planning, and since quarantine started I’ve basically been eating carbs every meal.

This is not to shame anyone else for eating carbs or gaining weight during quarantine. I’ve lost 50lbs before so I know I can do it, and even enjoy it. So these are my reasons alone but I can’t do this alone, without anyone helping me be accountable. So here we are.

Meals today: breakfast was a hard boiled egg with EBTB seasoning and fruit; lunch was quinoa and baked tofu with raw veggies, roasted sweet potatoes, and peanut sauce; dinner was a banana and açaí smoothie made with coconut water.

I made a grocery list and am planning on a trip to Trader Joe’s tomorrow since Instacart doesn’t deliver to my house. I’m hoping to meal prep as much as possible tomorrow so I have lots of veggies and fruit prepared, as well as soup and homemade dressings. This will give me a lot more control of my eating habits during the week, especially since having a pantry at my disposal all day long is not easy when it comes to temptation.

Wish me luck.

Day 89

Today was another complicated work, school, and parenting day. We managed to get spelling and math done before my 10:30 meeting, then my mom came over to help entertain the boys so I could work some more. She also cut Peter’s hair to try to match the side I thoroughly messed up earlier in the day. It was extra long on one side before; let’s just say it’s extra short on that side now and I hope it grows in fast! Keep me away from the clippers.

The morning started out nicely with a swing in the hammock for Peter while he did his reading for the day. I blew up the plastic pool with my hair dryer but there’s a hole somewhere (already) and by evening it was lopsided.

I was invited to speak on a panel for a regional library group and that went well today. Work wise I am very busy, which is good, but it’s hard to fit everything into a week that includes furlough hours.

Early this evening, Peter’s friends rode their bikes over to say hi and we invited them to play in the pool. It was great for the kids to have social time! I love that they can use their imaginations and make the most of a half-filled pool and hammock.

Day 88

Monday was a “holiday” but didn’t feel like a day off since the day ran into all the others. The weather was gross, and Greg had to work, but we made the best of it. I had Peter work on spelling and reading, and the boys played for a while before we headed to my parents for lunch. We played games and the boys took Vespa rides with my dad. We inherited a hammock from my parents and the boys were anxious to put it up but by the time we got home it was pouring.

We ended the day with family movie night and the movie of choice was Lion King 1 1/2. It’s actually pretty funny!

Today I had to cram work, school, parenting, and a school board meeting into all the waking hours. I woke up early to work, then transitioned to school and we managed to get everything done in time for my mom to pick them up. They had way more screen time than usual, especially Aaron because I can’t keep him entertained while working with Peter AND keeping an eye on work email.

It was crazy hair day at school. Our kool aid experiment was a failure – we tried both blue and red – so this is what Peter came up with:

Crazy hair day at Zoom school

I had a very busy day at work, finished at 5, the had time to throw together a quick dinner before a meeting at 6. My meeting lasted until 7:30, leaving barely enough time for a short family walk, then it was bedtime. In my brief few minutes before getting in bed myself, I picked some weeds, the cat bit me, and I decided to start watching Unorthodox. Any TV recommendations? Without Big Brother this summer, I have lots and lots of time in the evenings. (No, it hasn’t been officially cancelled but I don’t see a realistic way for them to safely make it.)

Day 86

Friday we made it through the day despite the fact that I wake up with a migraine. Peter had a Zoom call, memory verse, and spelling test, and then we were done with school for the day. He normally does school with my MIL but she is in CA visiting Greg’s brother and family.

The boys played Playmobil and I cleaned the house and did laundry, then took a nap while the boys watched their iPads and played Minecraft. We took a walk to the duck pond and made it home right before it started pouring, then I dropped the boys off with Greg at work so I could get acupuncture and cupping done at my naturopath’s office. It helped my migraine so much!

Zoom call: pjs on the bottom, fancy on the top.

For dinner we got takeout from Barrel Mountain, then Peter and I fell asleep on my bed. I woke up from my very late nap after a half hour, then Greg and I watched Top Chef.

On Saturday both boys slept in until after 9. It was magical! The boys watched Sabbath School, then we went on a bike ride at Moulton Falls. It seemed like all of North County was there. I only saw a few people wearing masks. We didn’t wear masks ourselves and for the most part the trail was wide enough to maintain social distancing. It was overcast and just the right temperature for the kids to enjoy a ride without overheating. I packed them a lunch since I knew they’d be hungry, even though Greg made Kodiak pancakes for breakfast.

Moulton Falls bike ride

After the hike we made a sojourn to the tiniest little coffee hut called Pull Caffe. The owner has a small shed set up with his cans of roasted coffee beans with payment on the honor system. It’s absolutely adorable but very hard to find. In fact, we got lost trying to find it. If you’re ever near Yacolt, check it out!

Pull Caffe

We got home around 4:30 and I was too exhausted to make dinner so we ordered out from the Pita House. The kids played outside and Peter befriended a frog he named Hippity Hoppity Ribbit McFroguson. I fell asleep on the couch at 9 and Greg woke me up at midnight to tell me to come to bed.

Unfortunately the kids did not sleep in a second morning in a row but were in good spirits this morning and played together nicely for a few hours. They’re obsessed with Playmobil right now and have all sorts of scenarios going on. Unfortunately one is called the Twelve Tribes and involves all sorts of sets, including castle, pirate, police station, etc. Peter got in trouble for climbing his cupboard shelves to reach MORE Playmobil and I’m not convinced they’ll play with it tomorrow because right now it’s all in a giant pile.

Greg worked in the garage this morning installing shelves and I did laundry and made banana bread and banana muffins. We headed over to our friend’s house to put up our jointly purchased pool (and by we I mean Greg and W). We had hot dogs and s’mores for lunch and the kids played and played and played, and we dyed the boys’ hair blue with kool aid, and they played some more, then we had dinner and by the time we got home it was bedtime. It was an absolutely amazing day.

One thing about the pandemic is that there is so much less urgency to get things done, to squeeze everything into Sunday. After this is over I’ll continue to order groceries and have them delivered. I’ll continue to do most of my shopping online. I’ll resist the need to be productive all the time and enjoy my coffee on the porch while my three-legged cat tries to catch flies.