Clean Eating, Health, Health and fitness

2 Month Mark


I was so excited to see this on the scale this morning! Especially after the Blizzards we splurged on last night! If you remember, I started this clean eating experiment at 135.6 and am now down 10lbs in just 2 months while remaining quite sedentary.

I also have a TON of energy today. Here’s how the day went:

7:30am           Get up early and eat my strawberry overnight oats for breakfast.

8:00am          Half-ass watch Rachel Ray while contemplating my new blog post.

9:00am          Enter a few invoices, print off a couple cheques for suppliers and gather the necessary paperwork for a trip to the office.

10:00am        Pack baby in carseat, grab diaper bag and laptop bag and head out the door.

10:01am         Lock the door

10:01:30am   Baby loudly expels his breakfast into his diaper.

10:02:45am   Unlock door and go inside to change baby.

10:45am          Arrive at the office and let co-workers coo over the baby while casually talking about dropping our children on their heads (by accident) and the different types of poopy diapers.

11:15am           Said baby starts fussing and boss is no where to be found to touch base with before the long weekend, so I pack him up to leave (the baby, not my boss).

11:16am           Boss arrives. Unpack baby.

11:45am           Finish touching base with my boss before the long weekend then head home where I completed some more work, getting statements out to all of our customers.

1:15pm              Realize I haven’t had lunch yet so I make fried eggs on whole grain toast with grilled tomatoes, spinach and hummus.

1:20pm             Sit down to eat said lunch.

1:21pm              Baby decides he’s hungry. Feed said baby.

1:35pm              Eat cold lunch. It’s still good.

1:50pm             Get some house work done. Cleaned the kitchen, cleaned both bathrooms, tidied the living room and bedroom, and did a load of laundry.

2:30pm             Enjoy nice play shesh with the little guy.

2:45pm              Monster wants to eat again.

3:00pm              Said monster finally falls asleep.

4:45pm              Fold laundry. Child still sleeping.

4:57pm              Realise I forgot to send out some important work emails before the long weekend. Quickly start up the computer and fire them off. Baby still sleeping

5:00pm              Tired, starving husband arrives home from work. My little angel is STILL sleeping.

5:15pm               Make vegetarian black bean chilli from the clean eating challenge.

6:00pm               Serve up said chilli.

6:01pm               Child wants to feed again.

6:30pm               Finally wolf down dinner. Husband goes in for seconds.

7:30pm               Husband baths the baby while I clean up the kitchen and watch Jeopardy (it’s my guilty pleasure).

8:00pm              Husband wants to retire early but I still have so much energy so I decide to write this post.

8:05pm               The monster wants the boob again.


It is now almost 9:00pm and I am just completing this post. The terror is driving my husband nuts, as he is trying to relax and fall asleep, so I better sign off for today.

By the way, I accomplished all of this without any coffee!



Day 6: You Can’t Call It Chili If There Are No Chillies

I realized I forgot to give the link to Day 5 yesterday so here it is. And before I forget here is today’s recipes. I woke up this morning with the worst craving for chocolate cake so I spent most of the morning combing beloved Pintrest looking for a gluten free, sugarless chocolate cake recipe. I ended up finding a recipe for quinoa brownies. I can’t wait to try them once next week is over.

I had to make some substitutions today because, again, I forgot to take into account my husband’s days off. For lunch we had a ton of salmon left over from last night, which was good in our salad. I didn’t have anymore fresh lemons and I wasn’t making the same mistake with this dressing by using bottled lemon juice so I improvised. I used the leftover lime dressing from day 3 plus a little more juice from half a lime I had in the fridge in addition to the Dijon, parsley, salt and pepper. I also added walnuts to the salad because my husband likes nuts on his salads and I had some in my cupboard that were probably not going to get used anyways. I left out the green beans because I discovered the bag I bought had mold growing on some of the beans. Yup, I ate moldy beans last night.

Instead of a snack we went out for a second lunch, later in the afternoon, to a restaurant that just opened recently. There were 5 salads on the menu but only one that would fit the guidelines of the challenge: a garden salad, dressing on the side. The next best thing, keeping in mind the recommendations, were the halibut tacos. Which they were out of. So I ordered the shrimp tacos with a kale and apple coleslaw on the side. I figured a little gluten (flour tortillas) would be ok this one time. Boy was I wrong. I think I may be gluten or lactose intolerant. That, or the clean eating challenge decided that my walk with my MIL was the perfect time to “clean me out” if you catch my drift. Luckily we were not very far along the trail and very close to her work. I will stick to the menu plan from now on.

For dinner I made a double recipe of the vegetarian chili since my husband was home and I needed to freeze some for next week. My husband brought to my attention the fact that the recipe doesn’t call for any chili powder nor any actual chilies whatsoever. I’m sorry but chili implies there will be some form of chili in it. Otherwise it’s just bean and tomato stew. (I realize there is paprika in the yogurt topping, but I consider that an add on and therefore, not really the chili itself.) It was quite tasty but next time I am adding some fresh chilies.

My after dinner snacks have been leaving a lot to desire, coming from someone who loves her deserts. So tonight I decided to liven up my blackberries and pistachios with some Greek yogurt. The tang of the yogurt was just what I needed to curb my sweet tooth.

I think my tummy troubles after my second lunch was caused by straying from the challenge, as hard as I tried. It just proves that the clean eating experiment is really working. I can’t wait to see what next week brings. So far the pictures look delicious but my cooking rarely turns out like the pictures.

20140619-221429-80069252.jpgThis is one thing I cooked that came out good looking!