A Short & Sweet Five Things Friday

Hello friends!  I am actually quite thankful for this lovely rainy Friday we are having here.  You heard me, I am happy it is raining… you see, now I don’t have to water all the plants.  Yep, gardener problems!

P.S. I can’t help it… I made my husband take a picture of me holding up the enormous tree that I chopped down by hand!  I also sawed of every. single. branch.  I am pretty much going to brag about this incredible feat of strength for the rest of my life.Image

So let’s just get on with the 5 Little Gems of Randomness In My Head:

  1. I feel like I have been neglecting the blog world a little bit this week.  This was just an especially crazy week at our house!  I have been reading everyone’s posts but haven’t really been commenting as much as usual.  I’ve actually read some really lovely posts lately and wish I wasn’t so busy!  Ah well, it happens.
  2. Much of the aforementioned craziness was associated with my swim team’s end of year banquet last night.  I had such a great time seeing all my kids again, and I can’t tell you how proud I am of them!  Ugh I am going to miss my seniors so so much!  My speech also didn’t go as terribly as planned – I am a rambler, so coherent speeches are not my cup of tea!  Everyone said I did great, but maybe they were just being nice ;). 
  3. Yesterday was my first wedding anniversary.  Since the banquet was on the same night, we are going to celebrate tonight by going to a restaurant downtown, Cole’s 735 Main.  Seriously, this menu is to die for!  I’ve got my eyes on: the baked brie, warm brussels sprout and bacon salad, shrimp & grits, and Moroccan butternut squash stew.  How on Earth will I decide???
  4. You know you spend a lot of money on food when… people at a very large grocery store know you and your daughter by name.  Also, when they give your kid free food so that she won’t be frustrated riding in the shopping cart.  Today, the produce manager gave her a banana and the cheese guy cut her a  wedge of Amish cheddar to nibble on.  I must be the Kroger VIP or something.
  5. I am in the process of working on a very important post.  It is a deep one that is difficult for me to write about.  I’m a little nervous about the feedback I’ll receive from it, but it feels like the right thing to do.  Plus, deep down, I personally feel like I WANT to share it.  I hope to get it up early next week, but I can’t make any promises!

Thanks to miss Clare for hosting our 5 Things Friday Linkup!

Are you good at giving speeches?

If you are married/in a relationship, where did you go for your last anniversary dinner?  What did you have to eat?  If you’re single, then what would you most want to have?

Umm… help me pick something from the Cole’s menu!

 

WIAW – Chicken Salad & Broccoli Cheese Soup!

Eeeek! I am getting behind here y’all! Things have been busy this week… our swim team banquet is tomorrow and I’ve been running around like a madwoman trying to get everything organized and ready in time. Decorations, RSVPS, awards, writing a speech, making a program… this list goes on! Let’s just add on the fact that my toddler’s incisors are growing in and she is not a happy camper. She consoles herself by chewing on metal objects. Poor girl must be in pain 😦 I am ready to be done with teething.

Breakfast took a turn for the savory this morning. 2 scrambled eggs (which I formed into a patty… this is a good trick!) on potato bread toast with butter. A ripe and juicy pear on the side. I also had some of the baby’s toast since she decided it looked better on the floor.20140408-141505.jpg

Then it was off to yoga! Clearly breakfast was not enough because I was straight up starving when I got back. Good thing I already had my delicious chicken salad prepared in advance! My chicken salad sandwich (featuring potato bread again) was gone in about 5 seconds. I also snacked on some carrots and fresh mozzarella slices (so good. SO good.)

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Not gonna lie, my chicken salad gets some pretty rave reviews. I don’t have a recipe per se, but here’s what goes into it:

  • Cooked, shredded chicken. (Use bone-in skin-on chicken breasts. Simmer in chicken or vegetable broth along with some dried celery flakes and bay leaves. Cook at LEAST one hour… you want it to be very tender. Make sure it is just simmering and not boiling, or the chicken will be tough and dry.) Once cooked, allow to cool with bone and skin still intact, THEN shred it.)
  • Finely chopped celery
  • Chopped pecans
  • Craisins
  • Celery Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Hellman’s REAL mayonnaise
  • Full-fat or lowfat plain yogurt (use more mayo than yogurt… but the yogurt is still important for the “tang”)

After lunch I had a killer smoothie/milkshake. Cocoa, peanut butter, frozen banana, yogurt, almond milk, and ice. <—This flavor combo works for so many different things! I had some spinach I needed to use up and thought about adding it to the smoothie. But I was like “mehhh then it might not taste like dessert!” so I left it out. Today has not been very veggie-licious. It happens.

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Today WAS very snackalicious. Lazy = cereal and chocolate chips.

 

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Yet another snack for the day was some leftover chicken dipped in the best. condiment. of. all. time.  Mrs. Balls chutney!  (Ms. J knows what I’m talkin bout, right??)  It’s a sauce that they use on all kinds of stuff in South Africa.  We bring home a few bottles every time we visit.  Sadly this is our last one 😦

 

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For dinner, I really wanted Panera for some reason, so I decided to recreate it at home.  It was a MAJOR success guys.  I used this recipe for broccoli cheese soup made from scratch.  It was divine, and I’m so proud of myself for not burning the roux.  It was warm cheesy goodness!  We also baked an (unpictured) loaf of french bread which soaked up all the delicious soup.  I also paired it with a side salad (homemade dijon balsamic dressing, baby romaine, cucumbers, red onions, gala apples, and pecans).

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It was nice to finally have a low key sort of night.  After the baby went to bed, we watched 2 episodes of Revolutions on Netflix while snacking on yogurt + granola + chocolate chips.  I must be getting old if this is my kind of night. Ha!  We’ve been doing lots of social things lately – here is the evidence – me wearing MAKEUP… for like probs the 3rd time this whole year.  Big accomplishment!

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So sometimes it’s nice to be introverted for a little while!

What do you like to order at Panera?

What’s your favorite kind of soup?

Do you like to wear makeup?

What are you watching on Netflix right now?

Recovery or Not, Greasy Hashbrowns are Gross.

Six solid weeks have passed since I embarked on my total recovery journey, but it feels like just yesterday.  Though I have seen significant progress, especially when it comes to weight gain and calories eaten, some things happened this week that made me realize that my mental journey is far from over.  Let me explain.

I woke up and had a smallish breakfast around 7:30 – a yogurt bowl.  I knew that we would likely be meeting friends out for brunch, but there was no way I was gonna make it that long without eating.  I ended up eating my brunch around 10:30-10:45ish.  The problem was that we went to a really greasy restaurant that has very little options to choose from. It is seriously the last place I would have chosen, but that was what the group of about 10 or so wanted to do.  I wasn’t going to just sit there and starve, so I did the best I could by ordering an omelette with ham, tomato, onion, and cheddar with a side of hashbrowns and toast (no substitutions available on the sides unfortunately).

But after brunch, I felt miserably sick.  I kept burping up the greasy hashbrowns, and I was in a FOUL mood.  And that mood continued for the next 3 hours or so until my stomach started feeling better.  I was just so mad at myself because it’s like I KNEW that was going to happen.  And then I started thinking, “If I wasn’t expecting to feel sick and miserable, would I still feel sick and miserable?  How much of this is all in my head?”  As I laid there, I had to pick through my thoughts and identify what is “normal” and what is “disordered.”

Disordered Thoughts:

  • I should only have a small breakfast since I already ate something this morning.
  • I shouldn’t be hungry right now.  Am I really hungry?
  • I can’t eat that.  It will make me feel sick.
  • I am not going to enjoy this breakfast because the food doesn’t meet my standards.

Normal Thoughts

  • I don’t like greasy hashbrowns.  They don’t taste great, and I’d rather not eat them.
  • I will order what sounds good at this particular moment.
  • I will make the best of this moment to enjoy spending time with friends.

I was having an internal battle between these opposing thought, and unfortunately, I feel like the disordered ones won out this time.  The important thing is that I have learned something from this.  If I had been presented with the situation again, I would know what to do.  And I would definitely not let it affect the rest of my day.

The only thing I still don’t understand is why did I feel sick in the first place?  Is it mental?  Or did it actually make me feel sick?  Is it that my GI system is just not able to handle the fat load after years of restriction?  When I am fully recovered, will I be able to eat greasy hashbrowns without feeling sick?

But that isn’t the point, really.  The point is that sometimes I feel like I am trying too hard to “prove” to myself that I am recovering.  That I can face those greasy hashbrowns without looking back.  But what it all boils down to is that I really just didn’t want the dang hasbrowns.  I’ve never really cared for them, ED or not.  Recovery looks different for everyone, and just because I’d rather turn down one junk food doesn’t mean I’m inviting ED back into my life.  I wholeheartedly believe that unrestricted eating is crucial to full recovery.  But I also believe that eating healthy foods is the best way to nourish your body.

So next time I feel the pressure to stick it to my ED by eating a junk food, I need to stop and remind myself that I don’t need to prove anything to anybody… not even myself!  I am trying to HEAL by eating what my body wants at any given time.  I know that some people like to see recovery as a battle.  But for me, it is not a battle.  It is a spiritual journey of healing and self love.  Yes, there are some days I feel powerful and strong, but there are also days where I need Christ to hold my hand every step of the way.  Remember, we are all trying to get to the same place [recovery], but not everyone takes the same path or goes at the same pace.

No questions today, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Five Things Friday – Cookies + Garden Extravaganza!

Okayyyy first let me apologize about the bullets + numbers thing going on in this post. I was clearly having some formatting issues between word and wordpress. Blogging expert I am not. I’ll get the hang of it one day!

Alrightey – 5 Things Friday, ready GO! (Thanks again for hosting Clare!)

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Five Things I’ve Eaten

  • 1. Mangoes for days! They were perfectly ripe and a dollar each. (They were also great in my tilapia with mango salsa!)
  • 2. Pesto-balsamic chicken. I didn’t get a pic dangit! Basically just brush on some pesto then drizzle with balsamic glaze and bake.
  • 3. Yogurt. Lots and lots of it! I’ve been loving Stonyfield’s plain whole milk variety. So rich and creamy! I eat it for breakfast and dessert (well, with the addition of some chocolate and peanut butter !)
  • 4. Homemade cookies. It’s been far too long since I’ve made homemade cookies. These peanut butter cookies really hit the spot! Real butter, real sugar, you know… the whole shebang. I halved this recipe and tweaked it with the addition of vanilla extract. Vanilla can only make things better.20140403-200509.jpg
  • 5. Asparagus! Twice in one week. It’s been on sale for less than $2 a bunch so I can’t resist. Plus, it goes great with fish, which I’ve also had twice this week. Now if I could just get my toddler to eat it…

Five Things To Do In April

  • 1. Watch the Kentucky Wildcats win their 9th National Championship! *Fingers crossed!*
  • 2. Celebrate Easter! I mean really celebrate the meaning behind it. This is my first Easter since I have been baptized.
  • 3. Baby girl’s first Easter egg hunt! Haha she’s not doing so good with her “training” plan that we devised. Oh well, she’ll still have fun!
  • 4. Make our backyard pretty! We have been removing dead trees and weeds the past couple days and it is hard work. Hopefully it all pays off!
  • 5. Celebrate both my husband’s birthday… he’ll be 28 on the 23rd! And our first wedding anniversary on the 10th (unfortunately the swim team banquet is on our anniversary… so we will be celebrating on the 11th!)

Five+ Things in my Garden – we shall see what actually produces!

  • 1. Broccoli
  • 2. Kale
  • 3. Strawberries
  • 4. Raspberries
  • 5. Blueberries
  • 6. Blackberries
  • 7. Bok Choi
  • 8. Spinach
  • 9. Bibb Lettuce
  • 10. Mesclun
  • 11. Arctic Kiwi
  • 12. Mint (in a pot)
  • 13. Basil (in a pot)
  • 14.  These beauties.
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  • I’d really like to do another garden post here soon. We’ve made a lot of progress, including adding a second raised bed and cleaning out some additional old beds. If all of this works out we’re going to be eating super healthy this summer! And it will drastically reduce our grocery spending.

Five Random Thoughts In My Head

  • 1. Warning – girly/period/HA-related talk here! Okay, call me crazy, but I seriously think I actually FELT myself ovulate. There was a somewhat sharp, but not strong, lingering pain in my lower left abdomen, right where my ovary is. Then pain lasted about 16 hours and then disappeared completely. I know self-diagnosis is stupid, but it all checks out… ovulation pain! If this is true, then I am so so so happy y’all. If not, well, then I’m not upset either.  I will keep you posted on whether or not the monthly visitor decides to show up!
  • 2. I keep thinking about this article that discusses the relationship between eating disorders and cancer. Very interesting! Check it out at http://everythingchangesbook.com/kairol/cancer-and-eating-disorders
  • 3. I can’t decide where I want to go out to eat for our anniversary dinner. I can’t even decide on a type of cuisine. Why is it that husbands can be so opinionated at times, yet when you really need their opinion, they just want to be “nice” and let you decide? Harumph.
  • 4. Yard work is so freakin hard you guys. On Wednesday, I cut down a whole TREE with a saw. I then sawed off every single branch until it was nothing but a log. I conquered that tree. Sidenote, I really hate to cut down a tree that isn’t dead. But this one was blocking light in our garden and might have kept our plants from growing. Plus in was planted like right up next to the house and blocked the light coming in the living room window. [Me after tree… so hawt.]20140403-200806.jpg
  • 5. I have had bizarre nightmares/dreams for the past couple nights. One night I had 3 separate dreams. I had to wake up and pee in between each one. What’s crazy is that I remembered all 3 of them, which is most likely due to the fact that I got up and consciously thought about each one before going back to bed.

What big things are you doing in April?

What is your favorite kind of cookie?

Can anyone identify that flower??  If I was in Hogwarts, I would fail herbology fo sho…

 

 

 

 

 

WIAW – Adios, Winter! For Real This Time.

Many thanks to Jenn for hosting yet another What I Ate Wednesday! Before we get into today’s eats, I thought I’d expand on some stuff I discussed not too long ago regarding going back to full time employment. After some reflection I know that, in my heart, where I want to be is at home raising my baby/babies. BUT I also know that I am not in control of when the Lord will decide to expand our family, and I don’t think sitting around just waiting for it is the best option either. I h ave decided to to put myself out there and look for jobs that look like they could turn into promising careers. In other words, I am being picky! I have to make sure that I’m getting paid what I deserve and that it will offset the costs of paying for childcare. And I also have to make sure that it is something I can truly enjoy for the long haul. Right now there is only one job I’ve found that fits the bill… so we shall see where this leads!

On to the foods!  Today is all about warm weather foods.  My cravings seem to go along with the season.  So bye bye comfort food, hello fresh produce and ice cream!

Breakfast was a yogurt bowl again! I know, I know… I had a yogurt bowl last time I posted. But it is a yoga day and this seems to sit the best in my stomach, yet gives me the energy I need to get me though class without getting hungry.

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My bowl was full of strawberries, kiwi, Cascadian Farm ancient grains granola (my fav!), raw oats, whole milk plain yogurt, shredded coconut, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and cinnamon! My husband is the one who contributed this cute little kitchen gadget to the marriage… a strawberry slicer! I actually laughed at him when he unpacked it to put in the kitchen when we first moved in together.

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Lunch was a mega salad! Romaine, cucumber, avocado, tomato, gorgonzola cheese, pesto, dijon mustard, and balsamic glaze all topped with a runny yolk fried egg! I looooove runny eggs on top of my salad! I’ve you’ve never tried it then you MUST.

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Lunch was followed by a little peanut butter – chocolate yogurt in a mug. Almost forgot to snap a pic but remembered toward the end. This stuff tastes like pudding!

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I found myself still hungry about 20 minutes later and looked back and realized that I was seriously lacking in the carbs department! No wonder I was still hungry! I then had a slice of bread with nutella. No picture here because… well, as delicious as nutella+bread is, it is not the most visually pleasing.

I had 2 afternoon snacks today – both a savory and a sweet!  The savory was carrot sticks with Trader Joe’s spinach and kale dip.  The sweet was my modified version of ants on a log – celery topped with peanut butter, craisins, and mini chocolate chips!

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Dinner was my delicious tilapia with mango salsa! This is such a great warm weather dish. We served it with a side of (white!) rice and asparagus (with butter, salt, and pepper). White rice is so much tastier than brown in my opinion. And hooray for asparagus season! One of my husband’s friends does a lot of gardening and he offered to give us an asparagus plant… pretty excited about that! Pretty soon our entire backyard will be garden, and I am okay with that.

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Yeah, sorry about the sideways pic… there wasn’t a simple way to turn it around so I was like meh whatevs.  In case you’re wondering, the salsa has mango, red onion, jalapeno, red pepper, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.  Good stuff, y’all!

We had some errands to run after dinner so dessert had to be put on hold for a while.  But you better believe it took me all of 5 seconds after we got back home for me to be in the kitchen whipping up some mug cakes.  I really wanted a milkshake but we didn’t have the ingredients.  These are vanilla cakes topped with peanut butter and more chocolate chips.

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There may or may not have been a couple strawberries consumed before bed…

Incidences of chocolate in my day = 3.  Average.  Hope your day is ABOVE average – both in terms of chocolate as well as life in general 🙂

Tell me what awesome eats you’ve had lately!

What’s your favorite fish recipe?

How many times did you eat chocolate today?

Weekend Musings + A Mini Progress Check

HOW BOUT THEM CATS?!?!?!

This weekend was full of basketball, good friends, and good times!  Kentucky is headed to the Final Four and Lexington is getting crazier by the minute.

On Friday we went to a friends house and grilled out burgers (with the free ground beef I scored!).  We topped them with cream cheese and sweet chili sauce… ok I know, sounds like the weirdest burger topping EVER but it was SOOOO GOOOOD!  We then put the baby to bed upstairs and sat around the fire pit talking about randomness until the game started at 9:45.  Somehow in the conversation, I opened up to my friends about my hormonal problems/infertility and my need to gain weight.  I’ve always been a very private person about things like this, but I can’t tell you how good it feels to actually talk about that stuff to real people!  Their reactions were much more positive than I was expecting and I feel kinda stupid for trying to hide stuff all the time.  I once heard at church that we intimidate others with our strength and connect to others with our weaknesses.  What a great example of how true this is!

Saturday was supposed to be the day of my big half marathon race.  I was registered and everything.  This was definitely one of my biggest obstacles to committing to full recovery… I just really didn’t want to let this race go.  But I did.  And the world is still turning.  On the bright side, I still got to go to the race as a volunteer.  The swim team I coach used it as a fundraising opportunity, so we were there cleaning up around the finish area.  But goodness, the weather was AWFUL.  It started out fine but the temperature plummeted and the rain and wind just kept picking up.  By the end, I was honestly glad I didn’t run it!

We spent that afternoon doing some major house cleaning and we started working on the master bathroom (which is currently not in use… our house was a disaster when we bought it last year!)  We went to another friend’s house for dinner that night.  The host is from California and her parents send her fresh produce all the time.  That girl can cook!  I am always so impressed with her dishes!

We went to the early church service on Sunday and then I worked in the nursery for the later service.  In the afternoon we went to yet another friends house to pick up some plants they are trying to get rid of since they are moving. We came home with several strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, arctic kiwi, and blueberry plants.  I think we are all set for berries this summer, y’all.  So excited about this!!!

After that, the cats played in the Elite 8 against Michigan and WE DID IT AGAIN!  So it’s on to the Final Four!

As of today, I have been through 5 weeks of ED recovery.  I thought I’d do a little “mini progress check” rather than a whole post.  There will be some numbers posted here, just FYI.

  • I am still gaining weight – it does not seem to be slowing down.
  • I have gained an additional 3 lbs since my last progress check.  My BMI is now 21.5.
  • Extreme hunger is gone.  What I’ve noticed is that my amount of weight gain does not seem to correlate with my actual intake.  For example, I’ve had weeks where extreme hunger has caused me to eat waaaayyy above my minimums, and weeks where I seem to be right on my minimums.  Yet I still seem to gain about 2.5 or 3 lbs a week.  I am really starting to see evidence that what I’ve been reading on Your Eatopia is true!  There is no need to fear extreme hunger!

How do you feel about running or any other aerobic exercise for those who are recovering from an ED?  Can it be done in a healthful manner?

Any ideas or recipes with berries?  I am probably going to end up with tons all at once!

Also, follow me @sydwitz on Instagram!  My account is set to private but I will approve all my lovely blog readers!  My pics are mostly babies and food!

Five Things Friday 3.28.14

It’s Friday everyone! And you know what that means… time to make lists! And try to keep them limited to 5 things! Thanks to Clare for hosting once again. Let’s start with the heavier stuff so we can get that over with first!

Five Things I’m Fretting About:

  1. My weight is continuing to go up and up! I was hoping I’d reach some sort of plateau but it doesn’t seem like I’m at that point yet. I think I may need to go above my weight set point before I can reach true recovery. I am okay with this, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy to swallow. No changes to the plan.
  2. I am at a loss as to what to do about buying a swimsuit for this year. My old ones don’t fit and I’m going to Florida in May. I’ve got too much badonk these days for size XS string bikinis. Also, my tops from last year are too big because I was breastfeeding. I am considering getting a more conservative style… maybe a high waisted bikini or even a one-piece? But if I must be honest, that is truly not my personal style. I am a beachy bikini type of girl. I’ve always though I looked good enough to wear whatever I wanted. But now I am torn between “screw it, I gonna show off my bigger body just the same” and “maybe I’d feel more comfortable with a little extra coverage.” Thoughts please????
  3. I’m still trying to decide what to do about the whole amenorrhea thing. A little less than two months ago, I visited my midwife and we spoke about me wanting to conceive yet still having no period. She is well aware of my exercise tendencies and that is the first thing she questioned me about. But I had also quit breastfeeding 4 months before that and she said that it can take some time, but that it should definitely be back by 6 months (my daughter is 18 months now). She said if I hadn’t had a cycle and wasn’t pregnant in 2 months, that I should come back to get my hormones tested. So we are approaching that deadline and I’m wondering if I should just give it more time or if I should go through the tests and get my hormones checked. I was realllly hoping that I could just blame my amenorrhea on breastfeeding, but I think we all know that my food restriction/over exercising has created my hormonal imbalance.
  4. I’m worried that it will take a long time before I can have another baby. When we had our first, we made the decision as a family for me to put my career on hold to focus on raising a family. We wanted to have 3 kids or so with about 2 years in between them. I had planned on resuming my career once the youngest was pre-school aged. But things don’t always work out as planned. I am feeling a bit guilty that I am not contributing as much to the family financially as I could be and I am starting to feel that pull toward going back to full-time employment. But I am also afraid that I will get pregnant as soon as I land a decent job. My husband and I both wholeheartedly agree that I should stay home with a newborn for the first year. I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding and pumping all day at work is just not the same. I know every mother is different in this respect, but my maternal instincts tell me that I need to nurture that bond with my infant by being the primary caregiver for at least the first year.
  5. On the same token, I know that medical options exist that could increase my chances of conception. I’m just really iffy about that kind of stuff. I had such a beautiful, healthy, natural pregnancy and delivery the first time around. I want to do everything in my power to make sure that all my children get that same benefit. I need to do more research on potential risks of fertility drugs, etc.

Phew! Okay, I know that was not the most positive and uplifting thing to read on a Friday. But it feels good to get it off my chest. I am thankful that I have you all who are willing to listen! On to better things!

Five Good Reads this week:

  1. The Cure for Not Being Good Enough – The Great Fitness Experiment
  2. Digestive Issues? It’s Time to Blame the Vegetables – The Big Man’s World
  3. Tummy Troubles – Your Eatopia
  4. Strangers Intervene to Save Life of Anorexic Woman – The Tennessean (this happened in my hometown!)
  5. Allegiant! I mean duh. It’s kindof angsty right now… I really hope there’s a happy ending!

Five Things I’ve Eaten:

  1. Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie from Wednesday (will DEF be making again!)
  2. Blue-greens with Butternut (I used to have a healthy recipe blog and this was on there!)
  3. Caprese Salad with cilantro and balsamic reduction (also on my old website)
  4. Mug cakes for days… I just mix random things into a mug, throw it in the microwave, and it usually turns out delicious!
  5. Free samples at Kroger… everything from fresh juice to cake to doughnuts to cheese and sausage! Our store had the grand reopening yesterday. We even scored 3 lbs of free ground beef for being one of the first 500 customers!

Five Things I’m Looking Forward to:

  1. Warm weather finally coming back after spring decided to greet us with another mini-blizzard. My baby has cabin fever y’all. We need to play OUTSIDE!
  2. I’m going to Florida in May with my dad’s side of the family. Sooooo ready for the beach. Sooooo sick of being pale!
  3. Planting my little sprouts! The ground should be warm enough by Sunday.
  4. Outdoor pool season. I will feel like a spectacular parent if my children do nothing more than become the biggest pool rats of all time. Man those were they days. Sometimes I’d go to my neighborhood pool around 10:00 for swim practice and then stay there literally ALL DAY until it closed at 8. People often thought my sister and I were Hispanic, and that does not surprise me one little bit. Good times.
  5. MARCH MADNESS Y’ALL!!! IT’S BASKETBALL TIME IN KENTUCKYYYYYY!!!! The Cats made it to the Sweet 16! And of course we’re playing Louisville of all teams. The rivalry is REAL y’all. There is so much smack talking going around down here. You just don’t understand what basketball means to us here. I am so hyped for this game! (Sidenote – I will be using the aforementioned free ground beef to make burgers during the game; this will be my first REAL burger in years! Yay for recovery!)

Kentucky Basketball. Jarrod Polson in Big Blue Madness 2013.

GO CATS!!!

[LOUISVILLE DOESN’T EXIST]

 

So for swimsuits… should I go skimpy? Or conservative?

Should I go get my hormones tested? Or should I give it some extra time in hopes that recovery solves my fertility issues?

Should I start looking for jobs again? Or again, should I give it more time?

Sorry guys, I need some advice today. But I do want to know… which basketball team are you supporting this year??