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Whole30 - Day 4

It's May 18th and I think I've seen a whole foot of snow today. Ugh. Snow is not my favorite.

I'm only halfway through our Whole30 day today, but I'm seriously ready to eat some carbs right now.

I'm getting to that, "If I have to eat more meat and veggies, then maybe I'm not hungry at all." point. Le sigh...

I will say that our food has been outrageously delicious. And I realized I need to start taking some sick pictures of my food, because food blogs without pictures are just... meh.

Last night we had salt and peppered grilled steaks with such an assortment of veggies I was in heaven. Green beans, brussels, carrots, all garlic-ed up and fantastic. Brussels Sprouts out of the oven with a tad bit of salt and garlic and burned just a tad... they're one thing I think I could eat all day and not get tired of. 

Unfortunately, I eat them fast and they all disappear. I took the last serving last night and everyone shrieked, "But Victoria's not home yet! She still has to eat!" And I shrugged, "She'll never know what she missed if I finish them before she gets here!"

I did have an interview a couple of days ago and cheated. Yep, day 2 and I'd already cheated. I was feeling pretty weak--most likely a carb withdrawal--and wanted to be at my best for the interview. But then I had a migraine the rest of the day. Poop. It was miserable.

One thing I will say is that, right now at least, eggs are my best friends. There are so many ways to eat them: fried (my tried and true), scrambled, and now I'm eating them hard boiled on my salads. 

I love eggs.

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Whole30 - Day 1

My sister came home from the Philippines a couple of weeks ago and convinced all of us to join her in her endeavor to complete a "Whole30". We decided to start today. Here goes 30 days of:

  • No Grains
  • No Dairy
  • No Legumes
  • No Sugar
  • No Alcohol

Just lots of meat, veggies and a little fruit. I'm 17 weeks pregnant, so I'm always tired, but that was about the only thing I really noticed after today. I took a ridiculously glorious nap.

For breakfast James made sausage and scrambled eggs with salsa and avocado, which was fabulous. About an hour later I wanted Cheerios, but I refrained. Meals without carbs just seem a little... empty.

For lunch I had a leafy green salad with roast, strawberries, mangos, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I almost NEVER eat salads, but I really did enjoy it. I probably could have had a second.

Then my sisters and I talked about all the foods we wished we could eat most of the rest of the day. 

Peanut Butter came up the most frequently.
Ice Cream
Hummus
Chocolate (Which we can have, just not with any milk or sugar in it so... yuck.)

Luckily, then Rebecca made us dinner. Spaghetti squash, with homemade spaghetti sauce, zucchini, green beans, Brussels sprouts and chicken.

For dessert we all ate an orange. :)

I'm already beginning to feel the carb withdrawal. I don't normally think about food this much, especially junk food, but I haven't had any sugar besides plain old fruit today and no grains at all. I feel hungry, but I think it's mostly just missing carbs, 'cause nothing else sounds appetizing.

I'm excited about going through this process. I hope it teaches me a lot more about what real foods I really like and how to cook them for myself. I'm not in a "I need to lose weight" place...because I'm pregnant and I need to be gaining weight, but I do really want to start filling my body with what it needs. And I hope that my body getting what it needs means more energy, happiness and healthiness for my whole family. 

I've heard that limiting sugar helps with depression, so I'll keep you posted on how it affects me.

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Asking "Why?" is Keeping You Stuck

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Asking "Why?" is Keeping You Stuck

I slept in today.

But I had a really good reason.

So I'm okay with it.

I'm okay that I didn't get a shower. I didn't get to make myself breakfast (or help clean up the one that was made for me, thanks, Love.) I didn't get to write the blog that was spinning in my head. I didn't get to journal or plan my day. I didn't get to take care of myself. I just got up, fed Noah, scarfed down my breakfast and jumped in the car. (And I forgot to take something important to work.)

But, remember, I had a good reason.

So it's okay, right?

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When A Christian Stops Reading Her Bible

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When A Christian Stops Reading Her Bible

All we had to do was put an X on every day we'd read our Bibles in the little calendar and we'd get a dollar for each day. I think my bigger brothers had to read at least a whole chapter for it to count and my goal was smaller... but I don't remember the details. All I remember is...

I cheated...

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Beach Sunsets and Snow Forts

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Beach Sunsets and Snow Forts

I remember building snow forts deep in the snow in winter and swinging from the laundry t-post lines in the summer. And I remember all of us being friends. My brothers and all the neighbors. But Kate was my best friend. 

I didn't want to leave North Dakota and I didn't understand why my parents were so eager to. My dad had been assigned there for six years, longer than most military assignments and it wasn't exactly an ideal location. Colorado was wonderful compared to North Dakota, they said. 

But I don't have friends in Colorado. 

I remember praying every night with my dad that I would make friends. I was desperate for friends. 

Now, we're just beginning to feel connected here in San Diego, three years later, and we're getting ready to start over.

Let me rewind...

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The Problem with Happy Endings

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The Problem with Happy Endings

I was just reading a kids devotional to see if it was one I might want to read to N.

The first day of the devotional was sad.

I keep trying to skip to my happy ending, but I keep finding myself stuck in--what J, I and Brene Brown lovingly refer to as--Act Two

Every time I skip to Happy Ending... Act Two slaps me in the face and says, "Haha! Not yet you don't!"

It sucks...

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I Can't Mess This Up

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I Can't Mess This Up

I'm so afraid of failure.

Everyday I wish it weren't true, but everyday I avoid failure.

I'm challenging myself to something I don't want to do right now. Something I think most people don't ever want to do, but most have to at some points in their lives.

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Yesterday

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Yesterday

I ran a half marathon a few weeks ago. Then I got a couple 13.1 stickers and when I drive my car I can see the bumper sticker in my rearview mirror. That became meaningful to me.

My half marathon is currently in my REARview mirror. Behind me.

My last blog about the half marathon talked about how I'm a different person because of what I did yesterday, but there's this whole life in front of me saying: 

What I did yesterday means nothing unless I'm still using it to propel me forward.

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I Want My Mommy

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I Want My Mommy

Being a parent is the best hard thing I've ever done. I love it excruciatingly

One thing that I've discovered that is making it a bit harder than I even thought it would be is not having Grandma here.

Grandma loves my little boy about as much as...

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Still Moving Forward

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Still Moving Forward

 Last night Noah fell asleep in my arms after eating.

He snuggled up against me in my bed and I prayed I could just fall asleep and not have to move him.

Because oh man.

Those moments.

Heaven.

I prayed. I thanked God for my boy. And dear Jesus please just make time stand still for a little bit. Don't let my boy grow up just yet.

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