Now that spring has finally made her appearance, we’ve been busy enjoying all that it entails. Yesterday we took our annual trip to the next small town over to buy our garden plants. We’ve found a little place owned by an octogenarian lady where we can get great plants at a wonderful price. Her “nursery” is full of old, dilapidated buildings, but there is something really charming and small-townish about it. We’re glad to give our business to her.
We moved our two square foot gardens out of the yard and up onto the huge lower deck. (We have two decks and are not deck people at all.) We made them several years ago with stands so we can stand next to them and use them. I can now look out my kitchen window and see little lettuce and spinach plants growing along with cucumbers, green beans, red peppers, yellow peppers, zucchini, rosemary, thyme, sage, chives, and other things that escape me at the moment.
And speaking of life around our home… We just celebrated our second anniversary of living in Cute Little Town! Amazing to think we have been here two years already. We still love our home and Cute Little Town.
We also celebrated our sixth annual It’s A Girl Day. Can you believe Caroline will be seven in a few months?
And David had his own milestone birthday. We had an open house for close family a few weeks ago to celebrate the Big 50.
Do you remember my goals for 2013? I’m still working on them although in ways I hadn’t anticipated. (Isn’t that like God?) One of my goals was to lose a size and a half this year. I’m happy to report that I’ve lost about fifteen pounds in the past six weeks or so. I really can’t take credit for it though. I’ve done no exercise at all. It is all the result of drastically changing my eating habits due to the suspicion I have silent reflux (see comments).
So that has meant the elimination of carbonated beverages, coffee, peppermint, chocolate, and tomato-based products since those were the things I suspected were the biggest triggers for me. I haven’t completely eliminated coffee, but I’ve gone from 3-4 cups a day to a third of a cup in the morning (mainly to keep the caffeine withdrawal at bay). I’ve also drastically reduced my dairy and gluten but still eat them every day. The only elimination that has been truly hard has been the tomato-based products. It is kind of ironic because I don’t even like fresh tomatoes. Cannot stand them, in fact. But I eat so many products with tomatoes in them – pizza, sloppy joes, chili, Italian, etc. This has been by far the most disruptive part. The rest of the items I’ve had to give up aren’t that good for me anyway so I know it is a good thing. Thankfully I did find a recipe for low-acid tomato sauce which I made up last weekend. I was then able to make homemade pizza which tasted so good after not having pizza for a few weeks. (I love pizza!) I froze a bunch of the tomato sauce and will start cooking with it soon.
So we have been eating drastically different the past month and a half. Almost no eating out, carrying in, or driving through. With the exception of pizza and Starbucks, we didn’t do it much anyway, but there is something about knowing you really can’t easily do those things that makes it harder. I’ve been spending more time cooking and looking for recipes these recent weeks. I did discover Vanilla Bean Frappacinos at Starbucks and I’ve had a few of those. But since they don’t have coffee they just aren’t the same. It did satisfy the craving for something frozen and slushy, but they aren’t wonderful enough to be a great temptation. I took a sip of David’s Cinnamon Dolce Frappachino this weekend and it tasted awful to me. I think I’ve finally broken my Starbucks habit and I’m glad of it, truth be told.
So if anyone reading this really wants to lose weight… There you go. I would just about guarantee if you give up those items and cut way back on the others you will lose weight. In reading about silent reflux online I’ve learned that most people with it lose 20-30 pounds simply through the necessary diet changes. I have a diagnostic procedure with a specialist coming up soon and then I should have a definitive answer. Even if he says I don’t have it, I plan to continue with the diet changes.
I’ve been spending a lot of my free time working on product development for my TPT store and learning blog. It’s a lot of fun and I only wish I had more time to work on it every day.
We’ll be finishing up our school year soon. I can’t even wrap my brain around planning for next year yet, but that is just around the corner. I’m not sure if we’ll continue being semi-structured unschoolers or if we will adopt a specific curriculum. I have a post about that in the works.
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Enjoy your Sunday!
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