I swore up and down that I had blogged only a few days ago. Then I checked in to read some blogs and realized that I hadn't blogged in over a week... YIKES. Guess that's what happens when you have nice weather and are too busy preparing meals all the live long day. And yes, that's exactly what I've been doing, BECAUSE...
I'm over half way thru my first ever whole30!!! I feel good, and I feel like I am finally not addicted to sodas nor do I have a dire need for caffeine anymore. It's a funny cycle-- the caffeine thing. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I was up to close to 40 ounces of iced coffee in the morning and at least a 32 ounce soda in the afternoons. And the funny thing is that I was still SO lethargic. And moody. And cranky and could whip up snark at the drop of a hat. I'm so thankful for everything I have learned over the past 17 days, the most important that I will survive without the need of lots o' caffeine. I've also found that I do indeed have the time to cook. I just have to make the time. And the biggest irony is that Connor, my child who has been giving us a run for our money during meal time, has happily eaten everything I have cooked. Go figure. I'm finally getting used to lots o' lemon and limes in my water (thus the title of this post), but will be honest and say that I do miss a good Mexican food meal with a side of margarita. I'm not sure I could eliminate either of those two things from my diet without being VERY VERY sad.
A lot of people have asked what I will do when I finish w30. Honestly, I'm not really sure. I know that I now know that I can cook for our family and do things from scratch that I had never previously tried to do (like make my own spaghetti sauce, taco seasoning and salad dressing). I never thought I'd be able to give up my beloved drinks, but I've survived without much fuss. And the way I feel is evidence to the fact that you truly are what you eat. So, I'm sure there are changes that will be kept even when I do go back to a more "normal" diet.
Changing subjects quickly, I'd just like to share a key observation my kindergartner made today:
"If it's winter, why is it so warm?"
I didn't have a great answer, because science has never truly been my "thing" so I just said something like "not sure, but let's go play outside instead of playing Nintendo." That made the resident 5 year old really thrilled, since Mario has basically become the latest obsession and he wants nothing more than to beat Bowsers bad buddies and rescue Princess Peach :/ He did oblige me though, and we have all enjoyed the amazing weather, abnormal or not. I've also realized that I wish I was a meteorologist... they were swearing up and down that we'd be in for it with the snow this year. And while I know that we are not out of the winter woods yet, it's safe to say that being a meteorologist is one of the only jobs that you can be far off the money and still keep your job.
Finally, I think anyone who has ever had a child can console with me when I say that we have very quickly ushered into the terrible twos. Which really, any parent will tell you, is not near as bad as the awful threes. I'm thankful that I have a bit of experience under my belt and can remind myself that this too shall pass and they will return to me a sweet caring boy. Because when I happen to peel an orange wrong before church and all hell breaks loose, momma wanna scream just like baby. And momma don't wanna cheese like baby 2 minutes later.
Life's rough when you're two...
But not so rough that you can't lay on the charm for the camera...
I do think that even though this stage is extremely hard, it's also precious and sweet in its own sorta way. I actually pulled out my big girl camera and snapped some candid every day moments of Tyler the other day that I hope to share soon.
Until then... have a great week!