Monday, June 20, 2011

This Week... The List

The kids have been sick (one at a time) since we've returned home. Fevers. Kid came down with it last night.

Mr F started putting the play structure together, yesterday. I'm not sure how long this is going to take. I think by the end of next weekend it will be up and running. Of course, I told Mr F last night, after watching the kids play for over an hour on the raised platform... that maybe that's all we need to put up anyway.

I made a meal plan, and actually went shopping off of it, this week. It's been a long time. I think it's a good omen. I think it will be good for the wallet (we've been throwing away so much food), and my waist line. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I see that my weight gain started when I stopped meal planning. D'oh. I'm also making a list on a white board (on the fridge) of all the fresh meat, produce, dairy... that way... things get used and don't get lost in the back of that fridge anymore.

I also got Mr F to remove all of the flood storage off of my treadmill (remember our basement flooded a couple weeks ago?). Maybe things are turning around on that front? I hope so, because I don't fit in any of my shorts. Any of them. At all. Nowhere near. I've got two workouts in... I'm trying to get back in the routine so I'm shooting for every day this week. Jumpstart.

I've come up with a new food/parenting idea. We are now having the kids eat 5 different fruits & vegetables everyday before dessert is an option. This has been surprisingly fun... and encouraging of all of us, yesterday I had 8. The only downside is needing to make at least 5 different fruits & vegetables available every day. It's more work in the kitchen for me... but summer is the best time to do it. My focus is on fruits w/ breakfast & lunch, and then dinner is served with a raw veggie platter along with whatever vegetables I'm serving with dinner. Last night there were 4 vegetables to chose from at dinner. After than I brought out cut up melon, because Baby was still one short. I'm excited about this. We're putting up a chart on the fridge where they can check off their fruits & veggies for the day.

On that front I was really exploring the new USDA my plate (former pyramid) and was ASTONISHED by the serving amounts (you really have to click around to get this) for myself & the kids. I'm really motivated to do better. While we eat high quality foods, I'd be straight out lying if I told you my kids were eating 3.5 cups of fruits & veggies a day. I would venture we're at closer to 2 cups on average... hence the new plan. And since it's summer, I'm focusing on those being raw as much as possible.

P.S. I'm kind of hoping by doing this, and working out, I'll just naturally (albeit slowly) lose the 10 pounds I'd like to lose. That's the goal, anyway. I'll keep you posted.


Gina said...

love the fruit/veggie idea. Do they have to eat all of them before they have any treats? If so, you rock...if not, I'll feel better.

Jaime said...

Funny, I just (partially) wrote out a meal plan last night for the first time in 6-8 weeks.

I also bought enough fruit for three people even though I live alone.

I'm aiming for 10 pounds and my Summer clothes to fit. Sounds like we're in the same boat!

Mrs Furious said...

Yep, that is the deal. Right now I'm not focused on quantity just variety. It also helps to have a built in reason not to give in to sweet request through out the day (for me). Now they'll be pretty much limited to dessert time. We might have the occasional ice cream out treat this summer, but the girls are still so motivated to have dessert after dinner that I think it won't usurp the ultimate daily goal.

I don't know why I balk at meal planning so much when it clearly works. The idea of it seems so much more time consuming than it really is, I guess.

Gigs said...

Love the plan. I'm fairly certain we fall short on fruits and vegetables too...probably way short, even though we're big fruit eaters.

None of my summer stuff is fitting the way it should. I started walking again (which I used to do regularly) and am looking forward to it becoming the habit it used to be. Also need to get back to pilates. That worked great for me.

On a side note, I'm turning 44 this summer, and my mother actually said to me last time I saw her, "It will be interesting to see if you gain a lot of weight when you go through menopause." Wha?? Was this some crazy segue to having some sort of menopause talk? Or maybe she was just giving me the heads up that I need to get things under control before my hormones run amuck? So, that's some sort of motivation, I guess...

Of course eating fewer cookies might help too.

Miss Theresa said...

Woot...woot!! Does this mean that you'll be posting your meal plans again? I so loved it when you did that!

Summer is the BEST time for eating more fruits and veggies....lots to choose from! I mean really, one can only eat so many apples, oranges and bananas!!

Sunshine said...

Watching a show on Nat Geo about the amish. Thought of you. :-)

Mrs Furious said...

OMG THANK YOU... just ran to the TV and it's still on!!!

Mrs Furious said...

" It will be interesting to see if you gain a lot of weight "
still laughing...

Did she?

Miss Theresa,
Yes, I'll start posting again! I needed to get this ball rolling first. I think I can I think I can.

Gigs said...

She was always pear shaped, and there has been a weight gain with age for sure...not sure when it started though. And she's bigger/taller than me in general. I guess we'll see how genetics play out...

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