Friday, May 24, 2019

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My Dove chocolate quote spoke to me today "The magic is in the mess." However my closet is getting a little out of hand as we transition into hot hot hot weather. Need to summarize and weed it out some. As far as crochet goes, I finished a really cool dress but want to wait until I wear it out before I post it. Working on a tank top now but it is just during car rides, etc. so taking my time. Finally found some bright green yarn to make Stew a troll hat, so that is next on my list... via Instagram

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OK well I gave the hardcore BLEers a heads up with my last post, so no more cute stickers hiding my "NMFs" anymore. My maintenance calorie addition binge avoidance research (need to come up with a better name) has been going for about 2 weeks now and is going well. I am still trying for 20 hr daily fasts and #OMAD (one meal a day, spread out to about 4 hours). Still doing BLE as my main meal and even a lot of my closing snack/dessert (such as hummus & carrots, or rice thins with PB, etc.) but allowing up to 200 - 300 of total calories as being sugar/flour. I call them binge busters. Primarily I have tried dark chocolates, cookies, and today I bought a pint of Halo Top coconut milk ice cream to try. And may I say it was awesome, will do again! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 So today's eating window was from about 12 to 3, with calorie total of about 1600. I moved my window up today because a) I was hungry after pilates and b) we have some midday family get togethers this weekend and while I plan on packing a bag of veggies to go, I will also loosen my lines a bit more BUT keep a 3-4 hour eating window... that way I won't fall into the "oh f*it" trap and end up binge monstering all weekend, and will hopefully keep my average calories to maintenance level. 🤞PS did you know there is actually a 80/20 rule way of eating? I googled it when I happened to notice today's calories broke down that way. So you eat clean 80% and then allow 20% indulgence. Seems I have stumbled upon that blindly so far, though that is basically what the weight maintenance coach suggested when she said to test allowing around 200 maintenance calories as treats to "de-program" (she actually used that word!) from overly restrictive, when-I-go-off-I-may-as-well-binge mentality. 👍 via Instagram

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

From facebook...


"Graffiti" on side of the high school as seen from the car line. The writing was hard to see so I added with pen tool. via Facebook

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

From facebook...


Milo (6th grade) went to a middle school dance today, a first for our boys. He requested I get him a shirt like this and I used Cathy's Prime account to get it here in time. This is his idea of dressing fancy. He apparently is our casanova and has a "girlfriend" and they had agreed to meet there and talk the whole time. Look out world Stew Jr is emerging. via Facebook

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Mother's Day update part 2! Last post I rehashed a bit my current fasting+BLE regimen & that has been going pretty well. It saw me through end of my 100 day self-challenge & back down to maintenance range. But I still had that urge to lose maybe another 5 - 10 lb. That discontent, coupled with stress & willpower depletion led me to going off plan with several binges over the week of Spring Break. I got back on track following Monday & then by chance was offered a free 30 min coaching call from a weight maintenance coach (not linking to her here since I haven't followed her advice 100% yet). She basically says BLE & other "diets" that limit/restrict certain food types aren't sustainable longterm & can actually lead to binge eating (which is not the first time I've seen/heard that). I did like how she advised forgetting about "the last 10 lb" & just getting maintenance figured out. She suggested adding 100-200 maintenance calories a day, eventually working up to testing out sugar/flour treats, small ones once a day, or weekend treats... as a way to desensitize, which ideally will make it less likely to binge on them since they aren't "forbidden" anymore. As my first test, probably jumping the gun a bit, I decided to have a piece of Milo's birthday cake on Wednesday. I ended up having a 3nd piece & a small binge until bed time. However this time I didn't feel quite as bad about it & I was able to calculate that as long as I got right back on track, my calories would average out across the week to the maintenance level she suggested (about 1700 a day). With that motivation, I stayed on track remaining days! So when Stew suggested treating me to Dairy Queen today (new week) I decided it was another good time to test it out, especially since it would be in a controlled environment. I had eaten the first part of my meal at 1, & we got to DQ by 3:30 pm. I slowly enjoyed my treat, & entered the calories in, along with my earlier BLE food, & came in right under 1700! Now back home I am finishing my spiced coffee, still feeling full, & ready to "close my window" at 5! The boys gave me handmade cards & earlier this week Stew gave me a lounge chair for my sun time! via Instagram

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Posting today since these are reposted to my blog, which I know my mom will be happy to see an update on. Some of this may be a repeat/rehash As far as food goes, I am essentially in "maintenance" again, which is similar to where I was same time last year. This time though I am more flexible and looking more at habits to keep/start that will be sustainable longterm. Still practicing fasting because I believe in all the health benefits AND it is an easy way to have some control, yet possibly loosen up a bit also. I aim for 20 hours a day and eat with a 4 hour window. I decided to keep tracking calories because it helps me to know I am eating enough, and now in maintenance, adding enough! Usually I prepare the night before a BLE breakfast and BLE dinner, plus a BLE fat/protein "treat." Lately I have been adding maintenance calories by also planning in a small BLE fats/grain/fruit combo and/or an additional protein. I start eating at around 1 pm, and can usually finish the breakfast and half of the dinner before getting full. Then I take an hour+ break, which usually coincides with picking kids up from school, and finish eating once I get home. I leave just under an hour for finishing off whatever spiced coffee I have leftover from after first meal (since it is a little sweet tasting and I try to "clean fast" which is basically fluids only, but no flavors at all, other than bitterness like from black coffee or leaf teas). At about 5pm I consider my eating window "closed" and get started fixing dinner for everyone else. I timed it this way for two reasons: it allows for my morning workouts at the Y to be done in a "fasted state" which is good for muscle building AND it means I am "full" during my evening food handling & clean up chores, which reduces urges to sneak bites here & there. Oop, running into a character limit... will maybe continue in another post later on... Happy Mother's Day! via Instagram

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

From facebook...


Our wittle baby Milo is 12 today! He requested a cake with nukes, a mushroom cloud and his radioactive grub doodle on it, so I provided. via Facebook

Saturday, April 27, 2019

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Signed up to pattern test this child sleeveless #crochet dress for @hooked.on.homemade and finished it yesterday. It was a nice calming project to finish up amidst Spring Break schedule chaos. I tested the Girl's XL size so I am able to pull it on and it fits a bit like a maternity smock, score! via Instagram

Monday, April 15, 2019

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Starting my string of "one meal a day" ( #OMAD ) days with anywhere from 20 to 22 hour daily fasts. This is primarily to continue testing the health benefits of fasting, and to see if I can get the last 5 - 7 lb off that I kept dithering about last year once I was in this goal /#blemaintenance range. And it's just another tweak to add some fun(!) / shake things up body/mind/food-wise. I will continue to eat my #BLE foods and use the #BLE measurements but I will morph it into #OMAD and clean fasting guidelines, typically eaten within 1 - 2 hour window and allowing some time after to enjoy an afternoon spiced coffee. So a "feasting" window of up to 4 hours. I am still tracking calories and this one was 1237, which is roughly a 15% calorie deficit. Not super crazy low, and a good way to help curb my PB habit (OR to feature it as my primary protein if I want!). Today I started eating at about 12:40, took a break halfway through the salad at 1, and then finished up between 2 - 2:30. If after a few weeks of this and no loss, I will likely go the opposite direction and back up to 18:6 fasting with two meals and start with a maintenance add, as that sometimes jumpstarts weight loss also. All this being said, I actually am quite happy with my body and fitness level right now. So that's a yay! via Instagram

Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Took Cyrus, 14, to get a new pair of #Crocs yesterday (not his idea, just necessity for Scout camps, etc. so he was pulling the moody teen vibe hard) and like a shameless #fangirl I wore my mary jane Karin style into the store. As we were in checkout line I decided to buy myself 3 more #jibbitz to add to them... an owl, bigger butterfly, and another blue flower. Cyrus was all eye roll as I was picking them out and asked "MooOOomm, aren't those for little kids?" Pshh, whatever. I am thinking next time I will get the lady bug, peace sign and a smiley face. via Instagram

Thursday, April 11, 2019

From facebook...


My YouTube history...one part Home Ec & one part Shop Class. 💅💪 via Facebook