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My Weekly Meals February 2-8th

I’ve been posting on Facebook some of the pictures of my dinners. First, because I’m proud of how delicious my food is, and second, it’s fun. A lot of my friends have been asking for my menus and grocery list. So last night, I thought I’d give it a shot. Now, heading into this, know that I eat a lot of leftovers for lunches, I’m not a big breakfast eater and that’s okay. I also want you to be aware that my grocery list probably don’t have all of the items from the recipes on them, because I’m not going to buy something I already have in my pantry or freezer. Most of my recipes will be Paleo or Paleoish. It’s how I like to eat. Now, I don’t send my kids lunches that are Paleo, but they eat my Paleo dinners and do so without (too much) complaint!Β This should get you started though. Oh, and since we aren’t home seven nights a week, I don’t plan seven meals. I used to buy seven dinners worth of food, but too much was going to waste. Now it’s usually four dinners planned, and if I’m hungry when I get home from one of our activities, I’ll wing something, I’m a fan of steaming broccoli and heating up a sausage link.

I also want to add that when I’m at the store, if one of my staples is on sale, I stock up on it. I have a spice cabinet full of wonderful spices. Your grocery list, especially if you aren’t an established home cook, might have a lot more ingredients. I can generally go to the store, get enough food to feed my family of five for a week for around $150. Usually a little less, every now and then a little more. That is breakfast and lunch for a week and 4 dinners for five people. It comes to about $1.80 per person/per meal! And that includes the extras I buy at the grocery store to round out my pantry, not too shabby!

MyΒ What’s For Dinner This WeekΒ Pinterest board changes weekly and is where I pin my recipes I plan on cooking. That way when it’s time to cook, I know exactly where to find my recipes.

Alrighty, here goes nothing!

Lunches for the kids for the week:

Monday – Chicken Rollups with Fruit Skewers
Tuesday – Nuggets with carrots, dipping sauce and gummies
Wednesday – Burritos with fruit skewers
Thursday – Mac and Cheese with Broccoli and Fruit.
(Please note that none of these have actual recipes that I’ll be linking to. These are basic easy things that I make up and throw in their lunches. If you have a specific question, let me know and I’ll do my best to give you some sort of recipe!)
(Also, my big kids don’t eat lunch at school on Friday, and so I’ll just usually make Ian a PBJ with whatever we have around for his Friday lunch.)

Dinners for the week:
Sunday – Pita Pizzas with Fruit (My husband and I will be at a Super Bowl Party and so this is something easy the kids can have while my mom sits them)
Tuesday – Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Salad
Thursday – Spicy and Sticky Coconut Chicken with Steamed Broccoli
Saturday – Buttermilk Pancakes and Bacon.

I’m going to be out with friends Saturday night, so Matt is on dinner duty, and he wants to make the kids pancakes. No recipe, since everyone has their favorite. If you want the from scratch recipe we use, let me know and I’ll type it up! πŸ™‚

So what I’ve done for the list is break it up into two parts. One will be what I need to buy for dinners (again, read the recipes to see if you need any spices or staples that I already have) and the other will be what I need to grab for the kids’ lunches this week. And, of course, when I go to the store, I grab stuff to round out breakfasts.

Dinner Grocery List:
Strawberries
Blueberries
Limes – 3
Cilantro
Lettuce
Avocado
Red Bell Pepper
Tomatoes
Green Onion
Cauliflower
Onion
Broccoli
Pita Bread
Tomato Sauce
Coconut Milk
Buttermilk
Cheese
Shrmp – 2 pounds
Boneless Skinless Chicken
Bacon

Lunch List:

Boneless skinless chicken
Baby Carrots
Tortillas
Broccoli
Bread
Salsa
sour cream

I still have a ton of fruit in my house this week, so my list is light on fruit, even though we are planning on eating a lot of it. Please let me know if you have any questions! I’d be happy to expand on any of the above! I’m just a mom who work 40 hours a week, runs her kids to multiple activities, goes to meetings for the school and service organizations, and wants my home life to be easier. By doing my meal planning, I’ve noticed I’m not frazzled when I get home trying to decide what I can feed my kids that is healthy, but I also save a bunch of money!

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Weekly Weigh in and Recap

Starting Stats:
Weight – 202.4
Neck 15β€³
Bust – 44.75β€³
Waist – 42β€³
Hips – 43.5β€³
Thigh – 24.5β€³

Week 1 Stats
Weight – 195.6
Neck – 15β€³
Bust – 42.5β€³
Waist – 40.5β€³
Hips – 42β€³
Thigh – 24β€³

Weight – 194
Neck – 14.5β€³
Bust – 42β€³
Waist – 40.β€³
Hips – 42β€³
Thigh – 24β€³

So I had a couple cheats this week. I got some GREAT news on Monday. I officially don’t have Hodgkin’s Lymphoma anymore. I still have to deal my thyroid issues, but that will be behind me soon and I’ll be on my way!

I’m down 1.6 pounds for the week, which even though it doesn’t feel like a lot, at least it’s a loss! And, I’m down another 1.5 inches. So, not a great week weigh in wise. I don’t really mind though, the milk shake I had was totally worth it!


At the End of the Week…

I officially made it one week back on Paleo. I had a couple of small cheats this week, but nothing critical. No gluten. I had a vodka tonic at the company party, and one iced coffee with cream instead of almond milk. Close enough for me.

It was a pretty good week overall. I ate some good food, and felt great and am glad that I have the knowledge to be able to start this on a whim rather than waiting until my self imposed start date. The next step, which will be much more difficult for me, is to add back in exercise. I’m tossing around going to a Crossfit class at the gym or just throwing in one of my DVD’s here at home. It will probably be a DVD at home, at least until I get back from my trip to Washington. No since in paying for a membership, then having surgery on my neck and not use it for a few weeks.

Alright, to the results.

Starting Stats:
Weight – 202.4
Neck 15β€³
Bust – 44.75β€³
Waist – 42β€³
Hips – 43.5β€³
Thigh – 24.5β€³

Week 1 Stats
Weight – 195.6
Neck – 15″
Bust – 42.5″
Waist – 40.5″
Hips – 42″
Thigh – 24″

Total Loss – 6.8 pounds and 5.75″

Not a terrible first week. I’ll take it for sure! πŸ™‚


And So it Begins

So I’m giving it a go again. I know it’s happened before on this blog, but it’s time. I’m back to paleo this morning. I was going to wait until January 24th to start the process, but honestly, I’m feeling ready now. I’m feeling pudgy and fat and not happy. I know that spending some time on the paleo diet will get not only my weight back where it needs to be, but fix my insides.

If I want to be honest, I probably should have been paleo the entire time I was fighting cancer, but really, I think I deserved the cookies and bread and candy.

The stats aren’t pretty. I’m starting this at 202.4 pounds. Ouch. 52 pounds to my goal. Or a size 8. I’d be happy with an 8. I know that life isn’t about what you weigh, but I need to stick around for a long time.

Day 1.

Weight – 202.4
Neck 15″
Bust – 44.75″
Waist – 42″
Hips – 43.5″
Thigh – 24.5″


Four Weeks Down!

I have been back on the Paleo diet for four straight weeks. I have only had one cheat, and it was totally worth it! One glass of red wine, last night while working on the kids’ Christmas present.Β 

I’ve passed up every treat at work, have made healthy, delicious meals for my family, and even went to a Paleo dinner party! Do you know what I get for all of that hard work?Β 

13.4 pounds, GONE! YES!Β 

We got new cell phones last weekend. That’s right, Matt and I have joined the land of the smart phone, and i downloaded the Nike Training Center App. Today I did my first workout on there! I liked it, it was fun, easy to follow because they tell you what to do.Β 

YAY!


Project 366 Days 10-12

No, I haven’t forgotten about this fun project. I just have been to damned tired at the end of the night to edit my photos and upload and blog. So, tonight I seem to have more energy and busted out three photos to catch me up. Here they are!

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Day 10.

I know I’ve already done Castle Rock, but really, it’s so beautiful. I was driving the kids to school and the full moon was setting. I had to pull into one of the turnouts and snap some pictures. Β This one was my favorite. I like how it’s sort of dark and moody. πŸ™‚

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Day 11

Here’s the kids scarfing down dinner. I made a freaking-A Delicious dinner of Pecan Crusted Chicken Breasts, Pear and Mixed Green Salad and Steamed Carrots. Yeah. I loved it, Tyler ate seconds, then thirds then fourths. ( I didn’t really want to give him more because I wanted to eat them for lunch!) Matt even requested it to be in the normal rotation even once I take him off this strict 30 day plan.

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Day 12

Here’s the cutie pies on the steps. I thought it would be fun if on the same day each month I took a picture of them in the same spot. I can see how the change over this year, and hopefully get myself into the habit to do it until they graduate high school. Yeah, they’ll probably hate me for it. No, I don’t care.

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Normal stuff going on here. The Paleo Lifestyle is totally awesome. I feel great, I’m not hungry, I haven’t had cravings. I couldn’t be happier that I finally made this switch. Matt is already looking for ways to make gluten free burritos so that he can have a tortilla. We love our Mexican Food around here. And, for anyone reading who might be intrigued about this Paleo thing, you might want to check out Juli Bauer for some humor, great recipes and smart assedness. I love me a smart ass and I know if I wasn’t being a crazy internet stalker and reading her entire blog we’d be friends! Here’s her site: PaleOMG

Tyler started basketball this weekend and even though I took a bunch of pictures, the crap lighting in the gym mixed with dying camera batteries = way crappier than normal pictures. I might get more this weekend. πŸ™‚

Have a great night!


I’m Following Through

Yup, you heard me. Apparently what I needed was to put the fact that my butt is lazy out on the web. I made it to CrossFit last night. I got a great workout, it only took 50 minutes(AWESOME) and I know that I’ll be able to get stronger.

Plus, it helps me towards my goal. Since I’m having scheduling issues, I’m only signing up for once a week, then I’ll go to two, but after that, I’ll hold steady.

The only thing I’m not too sure about is the diet they push. CrossFitters are big on the Paleo diet and I’m not sure I can go that hardcore with it. I mean, I can for sure see the benefits of such diet, but man, I’ve got to feed my husband, myself and three kids.

It’s not like I’m feeding my family fast food 5 times a week, but I don’t think we’re ready to move that far.

Until the weigh in,

Angela