Friday, May 31, 2013

Trying new things....

Limefreckle Jr. has a big problem with trying new things... not really fun and exciting things, I mean more things in the food department.  He has a VERY limited diet......I can list the things he will eat on both hands.....and fruits and veggies don't appear (unless you count apple juice as a fruit...which I do....loosely.)

We've struggled with these issues for many, MANY years, pretty much from the day we tried to introduce solids....that's when it all began.  This is a very common problem with children on the Autism spectrum, and it's probably one of the biggest challenges we have.  It's hard......not gonna lie.

Recently we were told about a place near us that has a feeding specialist.  Mr. Limefreckle discovered this place, I was very hesitant, I've not had good luck in finding help for this issue in the past (I remember one doctor we used to see....it took us 2 hours round trip to get to the hospital that he worked at, the last visit we went to he suggested I try substituting sweet potato fries in the McDonald's package.....ya, like THAT is not going to be noticed......thanks for the wonderful advice....do you reimburse for gas????)

So, when Mr. Limefreckle decided we were going to give this new place a try, I was apprehensive.  I've grown tired over the years of meeting "professionals" that charge a small fortune and basically have NO CLUE what they are doing.  Been down that road several times, for various issues over the years, and I'm jaded.  We once got kicked out of Behaviour therapy because of his bad behaviour....I still find that kind of ironic and hilarious!!

But this place was different.  We spent 1 1/2 hours with an occupational therapist, that put things in terms that Limefreckle Jr. could understand, about how his mouth works, why food tastes "weird" to him.  She explained he would be doing physiotherapy for his mouth.  She talked about trying new foods, and how it would be a process, stepping stones, etc.  He's not interested so much on the trying new foods part, but she didn't dwell on that, and I think that will come with time.

He was hesitant at first, yesterday morning, in anticipation of our next visit he was in tears, not wanting to go, not liking the idea that it was going to be a weekly thing, etc., etc.  But his teacher had a talk with him today, she showed him some exercises a fellow student had learned when HE was at the OT, and when I picked him up from school, he was OK with everything, and ready to give it a try.  When we reached the centre, he ran into a former classmate, who goes to the same place for speech therapy, and I think that was an added little bonus, because he realized his peers go to this place too.  He got to spend his first session in the gym, so there were lots of opportunities for play and breaks between the "therapy".  His OT was calm, relaxed, and took cues from him.  It was AMAZING!

I have real hope that this is going to be something that will work for Jr.  I'm so thankful to find a place that has the kind of philosophy that I do......that therapy needs to be child led in order for it to be effective.  We won't get anywhere with a "you must do this" kind of attitude.....withholding food, etc. will not work for Limefreckle Jr. it will only cause stress and meltdowns, and that doesn't help ANY OF US!  It's wonderful when you find a place that you just know is going to work for your family.

I'm so optimistic about this eating thing, I have never felt this way in all these years...there is hope that this huge, seemingly hopeless issue, may be resolved.  I know it will take time, and I'm up for the task. I'm not expecting miracles, just hoping that this will help him to be more accepting of a few new things, and maybe, just maybe, some broccoli or carrots may pass his lips one day!  Here's hoping!


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I can always talk about decorating!

as I said yesterday, I haven't had much to blog about lately.  Then I remembered that I didn't show you my great Target find for my family room -- 2 gorgeous pillows - for my new couch.


This was taken at 6:30 this morning, it's rainy and dark outside and I'm getting NO light in this room!  Sorry for the poor picture quality...the iphone can only do so much!


Aren't they pretty?  Very soft, down filled like - (I have no idea what they are filled with, but at $24.99 I doubt real down....)


I added these green velvet pillows that were previously in our front room....'cause 2 pillows on a couch just aren't enough!


The best part is the go with the poppy picture I have on the adjacent wall....



I think Rufus likes it too!

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Is this thing on?

I've been in a bit of a bloggy funk lately, haven't had a whole lot to say, so I figure, why post, just to post. I was tyring to post everyday, but that can be hard. I'll have to get into a habit of posting in the evening...maybe that will work better. Some mornings I just sit in front of the computer, and.....crickets....I can think of nothing stimulating or interesting to tell you all --- and I'm not the best picture taker....posts without pictures can be boring.... So we had a lovely weekend here in Canada, not super warm, but nice enough to go out in a t-shirt. On Saturday Limefreckle Jr. and I went over to our friend's house....his best friend's mom is one of my closest friends (we met at their school) and she was celebrating her birthday, so we went over for dinner. It was more of a girl's night, so Mr. Limefreckle stayed home (girls night of course, minus Limefreckle Jr. and his buddy, who pretty much spent the whole night filming their dinosaurs....that is their latest gig, they like to set up all their toys and make movies....isn't that how George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg started out?) Sunday was a busy day around the house, we got all of our pots planted in the back patio and the front, now let's hope we don't get any more frost warnings, and they will start to grow. I'll post a picture of my patio later it was in no shape for it's Internet reveal just yet, but it's a lovely covered porch, we spend a lot of time out there every summer. Here's hoping this summer is no exception. Had some stumbling blocks this weekend with the diet, not gonna lie. Birthday parties and clean eating just don't seem to go hand in hand....and I don't know why, but last night we decided to go for a Sunday drive, and we found ourselves in the Dairy Queen drive through...couldn't resist a cone.....

Oh, and this arrived...

 

 
It's a $100 gift certificate to Lululemon!  Can't wait to use it!  I won it on a blog giveaway recently --- I rarely enter any, so often they don't include Canada.....yippee!  Isn't the little pocket it came in cute?
 
I'll leave you with my favourite sign of spring - Lilacs.  These beauties are courtesy of the guy next door that never trims his tree.  A whole secondary tree is growing through our fence.....tons of buds this year!  Actually, the smell of these were SO overpowering my eyes started to water....had to move them into another room.  But these are definitely my favourite springtime flower. (and yes, I'm aware that there is a platter filled with wintry pinecones and such right beside the lilacs....should pack those away till next winter and find something a little more summery for the table....perhaps a trip to Homesense will be in order today!)
 
 
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WIW - Finally!!

It's Weigh in Wednesay again, as I write this it's too early too hook up with Erin, so I'm not going to be able to participate in the link up this week.(got so much to do today, won't be able to check back) .but I'll post my stats anyway, in case anyone reads!

Today I lost 1.8 lbs!  I'm FINALLY showing a loss!  Last week I was very discouraged, because since I started this healthier way of eating, it hasn't been showing up on the scales....but finally I'm seeing some results.  Last week I had considered going back to Weight Watchers, and combining points counting with my new way of eating, but I decided to give that a break.  I feel like at Weight Watchers, I'm focusing too much on calories....this plan focuses on making sure I'm eating the RIGHT types of foods, and I think in the long run, that will help me be more successful.  So I'm giving this a good effort, no bouncing around to different plans when the scale doesn't go my way.  I certainly can see that eating the right kinds of fats has certainly made a huge difference in my skin....it feels and looks great.  I'm pretty confident that with time, the weight is going to redistribute itself.

I've also had a renewed interest in fitness since joining my new gym. Gotta run and get to a spin class!


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Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Victoria Day!

Today is Victoria Day in Canada, a day where we get the day off, and celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria. I have no idea when her actual birthday is, Victoria Day always falls on a Monday, cause that just makes sense....sorry Queen Victoria, but at least the thought is still there.

We started the weekend off extra early on Friday with a PA day for Limefreckle Jr.  I decided to go and check out a new gym that I've been coveting.  I had lunch with an old friend on Thursday, she mentioned her family had joined this gym.  I currently do mostly hot yoga, I buy passes from different studios, depending what are of town I'm in.  I don't have a gym membership, I do some personal training 2x a week at a small studio, but won't be able to do that once Limefreckle Jr. is off for the summer.  So I've been toying with the idea of joining a gym again.

Limefreckle Jr. and I decided to go and check it out on Friday.  We got in the car, and headed over, it's about 15 minutes away.  But suddenly, as I'm driving on a busy section of the highway, the car just started to lose power....I couldn't figure out what was happening....I looked at the instrument panel...and there was the glaring red light showing LOW FUEL.....WTF????  No warning signal?  I must have been driving like that for a while, and hadn't even NOTICED the gas gauge!  We recently got a new car, I used to drive a Mazda CX7, and now we have a CX9...bigger car, takes more gas, and needs to be filled up more.  I haven't yet figured out HOW much! Clearly!!!  Thankfully CAA (Canadian version of AAA) didn't take long to fill us up, and we were on our merry way.  I felt like an idiot...but according to the tow truck driver, it happens ALL.THE.TIME!  We were just kilometres away from our exit!

So, finally we got the new gym.  We pulled in and Limefreckle Jr. saw this at the outdoor pool...


He said "oh, what is this resort?"  And that was it, I couldn't imagine leaving this place without a membership!  It has a rock climbing wall (for him, you won't get me up that thing!) a huge gym 1/2 basketball/1/2 soccer field, a kids area where I can send him with it's own gym, 2 indoor pools and one HUGE outdoor pool where I envision us spending a lot of time this summer, 3 fitness studios, yoga and hot yoga, and the thing that really sealed the deal for me, a spinning studio with 75 bikes!  One reason I don't belong to a gym anymore is because Spinning was the class I enjoyed the most, but it would become a HUGE ordeal to get a bike....you needed to be at the studio at least 1/2 hour before the class so you could line up to get a pass to the class.  I remember one incident years ago at a gym I belonged to where women got into a little cat fight over the bikes!  Just too much of a pain.  I'll never be without a bike at this club!

And yes, it's expensive, over twice the price of a normal gym membership, but I feel like for us, this is a good way to spend our money.  I find myself excited to get to the gym, we went on Saturday so Limefreckle  Jr. could check things out (he did a little rock climbing, we explored the machines (so many I couldn't even count...) and then went for a dip in the indoor pool.  The waterslide isn't open yet, as the weather hasn't been cooperating, although it was nice here on Sunday, and today looks pretty good too.

Yesterday I went to my first spin class, and found that I was pretty able to keep up!  They talk alot about your "zone" and your heart rate, need to bust out my heart rate monitor and study up on that again.  I felt good to do some cardio, I've really just been a yoga rat, and need to step it up a bit.

Yesterday my cousin and his family came over, we jacked up the heater so that the pool was warm (air was a bit nippy, but it didn't seem to bother the kids).  They enjoyed each other's company, and as usual I was so happy to see my son have so much fun with other, typical kids.



Our mama bird is back, making her nest again on on of the speakers on our patio -  you can just see the head of one of her babies here.....a sure sign that Spring is REALLY here...


After dinner we went down the street where some neighbours put on a SPECTACULAR fireworks display it usually lasts about 1/2 an hour!  Most people on the street come out for it.  We've been here 2 years, I really don't know my neighbours very well, just to say casual hellos (except for one neighbour, whose son babysits for us - we've gotten to know her).  Our end of the street is pretty quiet.  The OTHER end of the street, where the fireworks took place, is party central. Everyone seems to gather for May 2-4 parties (we call the weekend that in Canada to celebrate the arrival of beer drinking season - a 2-4 is a case of 24 - and I just realized, the 24th is probably Queen Victorias ACTUAL birthday).  It's becoming one of my favourite long weekends of the summer, we usually have friends over so we can all enjoy the fireworks.

Today we might go check out the pool at the new gym, or maybe take it easy here, Limefreckle Jr. is still sleeping will play it by ear and see what he wants to do!

Hope you are having a FABULOUS long weekend, whether you are celebrating Victoria Day or Memorial Day!!  Happy start to the summer everyone!
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Reactions I hate when I say I have a son with Autism

I ran into a girl I hadn't seen in about 20 years the other day. She was the girlfriend of one of Mr. Limefreckle's friends, I saw her fairly often when we first started dating, my husband and this particular friend were roommates at the time. We weren't really very close (she and her boyfriend fought CONSTANTLY  back in those days..I kept my distance.) but I heard her voice in the grocery store the other day, and remembered her, so I went over and we became reacquainted.

Conversation turned to Limefreckle Jr., and I explained that he had autism.  The look on her face was a look that I have come to hate....it was pity, sadness, she said "oh no" or something like that....she pretty much let me know exactly where she stood on the subject.  It's a reaction that I often get, and it's ANNOYING.  Too me it basically says "oh, poor you".  Once I remember a girl actually saying out loud "oh, that's so sad".  It makes me feel that my child is considered "less than"....of course, that's just what I read into it, I don't know that the person making that comment thinks that way.  I just know that it's probably the #1 reaction I hate the most when someone hears my son has autism.

She immediately followed that with the #2 reaction I hate the most....

"Have you read anything by Jenny McCarthy?"


This was pretty much the look on my face.  Don't get me wrong, I really like Jenny McCarthy.  I think that she is funny, and would be a lot of fun to hang out with.....and I'm sure, as a fellow Autism Mom, she probably has some great resources....but please.....I tend to get my medical advice from actual doctors, not Hollywood...it's just something I'm a stickler for. I do admire her for getting the word out there about Autism etc., although it's been a bit of a double edge sword....everyone now thinks that vaccines caused my son's autism, and he should be eating a gluten free diet.  I've met my fair share of families with children with autism....I've yet to meet one where that diet really makes a significant difference in the child....but again, that's just my experience.

And then of course, she followed up with the #3 reaction I hate the most....a discussion of why there is so much autism in the world.  As if it is some plague taking over the nation.   "What do you think is causing it?" is the question I hear over and over.   I just said the same thing I always do "no one knows..." because that is the truth.  I don't believe there is just one cause of autism, I think there are probably several reasons there is a higher incidence of diagnosis (not the least of which is we are getting better at identifying it....not so much that more and more people are "coming down with it".)

Once the conversation turned to autism, I'd pretty much had my fill of catching up, so I said my goodbyes and continued on with my grocery shopping.  I couldn't help but feel sad, the moment I mentioned he has "autism" I felt my son was reduced to a "disease" in some one's mind, not the bright, funny, wonderful boy that he is.   Autism is not his definition.....it's just something that he lives with.  I hope one day more people will understand that.



 

 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday -- I'm struggling

Today is Weigh in Wednesday with Erin and Alex

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This morning I weighed in at 200 lbs!!! I GAINED ANOTHER FREAKIN' POUND!
 
I'm really struggling with this wheat free diet.  I think I've been eating way too much avocado's, nuts, oils, things that are good for you, but have calories that I'm not keeping track of.  Otherwise why would I be gaining weight?  I've decided that as well as trying to follow the wheat free eating, I'm going to go back to tracking my weight watcher points as well.  This should help ensure that I'm not going too crazy on the fats....even the good ones.  The instructor at the course I'm taking said that she considers fats to be "free".  They are thermogenic she said.  You won't gain weight she said.  Well tell that to my scale....

I'm in a grumpy mood this morning.  I've tried so hard to get under 200 lbs, and there is that number again, staring up from the scales...taunting me!!!  I think it's time to get myself to a weight watchers meeting, I think I might even go today.....I need to regroup.....

 
 
 

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Monday, May 13, 2013

I think I over did it!

I've been eating really well for the past week, trying to stay Wheat Free and have been doing a pretty good job of it, but this weekend was a challenge.  I held out pretty well - out for dinner with a friend on Friday night, had 1 glass of wine, and steak and mashed potatoes/veggies for dinner....not too bad.  Saturday was a birthday party for a friend of Limefreckle Jr.  The only option for food was pizza or french fries....I had ONE piece of pizza and some carrot sticks.  I said no to the cake.  I consider that a HUGE victory!

Saturday night, again out for dinner with friends (what the hell?  When did I become such a social butterfly).  This is where things started to go awry.  I had a glass of wine with dinner, and 2 beer (our friends own a FANTASTIC brewery, Nickelbrook, in Burlington Ontario. If you live in the area, check your local LCBO, they have a green apple beer that is FANTASTIC, my favourite in the summer. They are in other parts of Canada too....I'm looking forward to checking out their gluten free beer.  Anyway, I'm sorry, you don't go out for dinner with the owner of a brewery and not drink their beer...that's just plain RUDE!!   Dinner was Cajun blackened catfish (yum!) and more mashed potatoes, but again, no dessert, so aside from the alcohol, I did pretty well.

It all started to fall off the rails yesterday, on Mother's day.  I had a nutritious breakfast, lately my favourite, turkey bacon, scrambled eggs (using almond milk) and cooked in coconut oil,  Sliced up an avocado, healthy.

and yes, I had some orange juice.  I try not to drink my fruit, but it was mother's day.  That was my excuse later in the day too, when I pretty much gorged on cheese.  I made my favourite appetizer, Crab Dip, and I spent the evening parked in front of it, eating away.  GLUTTON!!!  Between that and the baked brie, and the prime rib (done on the BBQ, my brother in law is a FANTASTIC cook!) and potatoes that followed, I was powerless to refuse the apple pie at the end of the night!  It really didn't take long to slink back into old habits.....

I'm paying the price today.  I feel horrible, just had a spinach and fruit smoothie, hoping that helps to perk me up.  I'm going to park my self in front of the couch and watch "Breaking Bad" until it's time to pick up the boy from school.  Lazy, I know......

I'm looking on the bright side of it all, clearly my eating has cleaned up a lot, these kind of weekends were the norm in the past, and wouldn't have made me feel anything in particular.  I feel like now, although this new eating style has caused any weight loss just yet, I'm clearly being good to my body, and even starting to crave the good, and not the bad so much anymore.  I'll call that a small victory for now.

I'll finish off with a selfie that I took of my son and me.  I love this kid so much........so proud to be his Mama!




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Friday, May 10, 2013

Stick figure families drive me crazy!

OK, I'll admit, the very first time I saw the stick figure families available for purchase, many years ago, when nobody had them on their cars, I thought they were cute. Now I just find them annoying.

 
I've considered buying this one, now and again, I've yet to see it on a car, only online...
 
 
This one made me laugh....
 
 
and this one....
 
 
and you probably saw this one going around pinterest...
 

But today while driving, I saw this, one, and couldn't help but laugh outloud. This is hands down the best so far....
 
Have a happy weekend no matter how many stick people are in your family!
 
 
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thursday Non Scale Victory - looking at yourself in the mirror

I wasn't going to post today, didn't have anything valuable to share, but then I was reading Katie's post from yesterday and she inspired me, so I'm hooking up with Non Scale victories today!

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I have a big problem looking in the mirror when I'm at the gym.  Heck, I don't really like to look in a full length mirror at any time, I don't like pictures to be taken of all of me, basically I like to hide.  Sometimes, if I happen to catch a glimpse of my full on body, it can totally ruin my day (happened to me the other day while out shopping with friends.....I felt like I looked pretty good that day, but then I caught a glimpse of myself, and all I saw was my belly....it just made me sad...)
 
Anyway, I've shared this with my trainer, often when I'm working out my head is down, looking at the floor, and he's always telling me "head up"...so I'm forced to look in the mirror.  He told me once, don't focus on "me" if that bothers me, focus on the body part that I'm working on.   So that is what I have been trying to do.  The other day, I was working on my calves, and I said to him "Damn, look at those calves....they look good!"  I couldn't believe I found a body part that not only DIDN'T make me unhappy, but that I ADMIRED!!"  It felt good.  For a brief moment I had to think..."hey, whose calves are those in that mirror?"  That is how completely disconnected I can be from my own body!
 
So the moral of the story is, if you are having trouble at the gym with all those mirrors surrounding you, try to focus on the muscle groups you are working, and you might just see them in a whole new light!
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WIW -- UGHHHHH!!!

It's weigh in Wednesday again with Erin and Alex.....

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So I've been following this wheat free thing since last Friday, and today I weighed in at 199lbs, which means I GAINED 0.4 LBS!!!  UGH!
 
I feel bloated and edgy, like my time of month (except I haven't actually had a time of month since October....that is one of the reasons I'm seeing the Naturopath.  Between that and the hot flashes, I was convinced I must be going through "the change" but that's not necessarily what is happening, my hormone's don't indicate that) 
 
So now I'm just pissed.....thought that maybe THIS was the answer, and instead it's just the same old same old......
 
That's all I got today.........

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pass the fibre please

So did I happen to mention that I've been consulting a naturopath lately, trying to figure out why I'm having the most annoying hot flashes.  Long story short, I'm probably periomenopause (isn't everyone in their 40's?)  My cortisol levels are high (uh, hello, I have a child with autism...I assume that goes without saying) and progesterone is high (not quite sure what that means).  Well did you know that one of the ways to help control this is....LOSE WEIGHT!  Apparently these little hormones like to feed on your fat cells to keep themselves going...who knew?

So she gave me a couple of things to take, that I think are helping, and she also suggested PGX.  Have you heard of it?  I bought it years ago when it first came out, in pill form, took it a couple of times, forgot about it, then eventually threw out the rest.  Because apparently for this kind of stuff to work you have to take it regularly.



My naturopath suggested the granules instead of the pills.  I bought them, thinking they were going to be like Crystal lite, and flavour my water....WRONG!!  They are little granules that are tasteless, they can be added to water, juice or food.  I tried them in water first, but I didn't like the look of all that stuff floating around in the bottle of water....so I moved on to juice.  But beware, drink it fast, this weekend I was a bit slow and it turned to a gelatinous mess!  I've finally started to add it to yogurt, and although it does give it a bit of a grainy texture, I find that fine, hardly noticeable, and it seems to be the best way for me to ingest it.

She suggested I use it three times a day.  I started with once a day, and couldn't BELIEVE how it filled me up! Beware, it does play with your bowels in the beginning, it is fibre after all, but it's nothing too uncomfortable.  My absolute worst time of day for eating is around 3PM, I find taking it at lunch has helped so far with cravings at that point of the day.

So there is my weight loss tip for the week.....an easy way to get some more fibre, and fill yourself up!
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Monday, May 6, 2013

Is it summer already?

What happened, did we miss spring? We had it for a couple of days, now it feels like we've moved straight on in to summer! Not that I'm complaining mind you... This weekend was pretty busy around the Limfreckle household.   On Friday night, our new dog trainer came over.  Rufus is our labradoodle, he is 8 years old, and a pretty good dog, but he HATES other dogs.  When he was just a pup, he had a run in with a Lhasa with an attitude, which ended with Rufus picking that little doggie up in his mouth!  It was horrible, compounded by the fact that the little Lhasa was my much beloved brother - he belonged to my parents.  He's no longer with us (not due to Rufus, Spike survived that ordeal, thankfully!)  Ever since Rufus realized he was in charge, he's been walking around with an inflated ego, and barking at every dog that comes near him.




This is the only picture we have of the two of them together....they met once, at Christmas in 2005, when we went up North to visit my parents ---  Rufus never went back there again! (and yes, I know, I was a blonde...why didn't anyone tell me how bad I looked?)


He doesn't look like he just tried to murder my brother, does he?


Oh, I lied, there was one other picture from that trip...look at Rufus running around poor Spike, letting him know whose boss!



and here's the cute little Spike....we miss you buddy!

So, we've lived with this dominant dog for many years now.  When we moved to our new house, his barking at other dogs continued to get worse and worse (we back onto a park, with a chain link fence.  Rufus barks at every dog that dares pass by.  It.is.ex.haust.ing!!!!!)

Enter our new dog trainer.  We went through puppy training lessons, but this is something different.  She's really good,  one of the best trainers I've ever worked with (we had a previous dog that required a lot of training too).  I think that we are going to be able to get past this crazy attitude of his, but it will require a lot of work, and we can't just let him out into the yard anymore on his own, he's lost those privileges.  That means Mommy has to get dressed as soon as she gets out of bed every morning to schlep him outside!!  FUN TIMES!  We also had to block all the windows that he has access to so that he can't see dogs as they pass by -- that alone, while not terribly visually appealing, has been a GODSEND because he was getting worse and worse, jumping up on our front couch to look out the window, and "chasing" the passerby all around our house to the back, barking like a maniac the entire time.  We are all a lot more relaxed around here, just with that "band aid" solution.  Let's hope this leash training doesn't take too long, he does seem to be catching on quickly on his walks, so I'm hopefully this isn't going to last all summer.

On Saturday the pool guys came by and opened up our pool.  I thought we were early till I signed into facebook and saw a friend's kids frolicking in THEIR pool.  Limefreckle Jr. keeps asking me when he's going to be able to swim.  I finally fired up the heater, lets hope we have good weather this week!

True story....when we first moved into this house, Limefreckle Jr. appeared poolside, in his bathing suit, as the pool guys peeled off the cover to open the pool.  I had told him that we were opening the pool, it hadn't occurred to me to tell him that it would take a day or two before the pool was ready to swim in.  He thought he was going to be able to go in then and there!  Ah, the workings of the autistic mind! 

Limefreckle Jr. 2 years ago, when we first moved into this house
 He did end up swimming on Sunday after all, the pool wasn't warmer than 70, but he didn't care.  He could have stayed in there all day, we lured him out with a little propane fire on the patio.  I'm so happy to be able to sit outside again!

 Let's hope this wonderful weather stays with us for a few weeks, MONTHS!


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Friday, May 3, 2013

Going Wheat Free....can I do it?

A couple of weeks ago a close friend and I started a 10 week course at a local health food store. The course is called LifeWatchers, and it's all about healthy eating. We both thought it would be a good thing for us to do, it fit right into our schedule, just before we pick up the kids on Wednesdays. The first week the instructor, a holistic nutritionist,  urged us all to go wheat free for the duration of the course.  She referred us to the book "The Wheat Belly diet" which, I just happen to have, cause I love to buy diet books....My friend and I looked at each other as if to say "ya, THAT'S gonna happen". We then preceded to go to Niagara Falls overnight and eat Nachos, and drink too much wine and margaritas.  We can't be trusted to follow any sort of healthy eating plan when wine is present!  I felt horrible after the weekend of course and Wednesday I think I hit a complete low, I came home after the day and was in bed by 7, I was so lethargic, achy and exhausted.   Something has to change.

Yesterday I went to my naturopath, who I have started seeing recently, due to a lot of weird, hormonal symptoms (let's just say I feel like menopause must be approaching.  Hot flashes are NOT for the faint of heart!)  I'm only 48, a bit young, but not unheard of.  We did a saliva hormone test, and she had just received the results.

Turns out that I'm probably periomenopausal.  My progesterone and cortisol levels were way too high, and that's probably what is causing these symptoms.  Guess what the solution is?  LOSE WEIGHT!  Well, haven't I been trying that all these months????  One thing that made me feel almost a sense of RELIEF, was hearing that these elevated hormones are causing my carb cravings --- and the excess belly fat that I have (I have fairly normal size arms and legs, all my excess weight is in the middle).  She gave me some hormonal supports, and urged me to give the Paleo diet a try. This is what I previously thought of the Paleo diet...


But then I started to think about how I've been feeling lately.  Beat down, exhausted, by 3 or 4 pm I'm craving carbs so badly that any good sense I woke up with is out the window....I'm like an addict looking for a sugar fix and most days the sugar wins.  I think I need to get this sugar addiction out of me COLD TURKEY.  I've tried counting points, eating low cal foods, blah, blah, blah. and it's not working.  I think it's time I give this wheat free thing a try. What better time to do that when I've just started this course? 

One thing I am NOT liking about the Paleo diet is the lack of legumes.  I really LOVE black beans, I eat them often, and I'm not sure that I'm going to go STRICT Paleo or maybe incorporate some beans into my diet.  I'll have to email my naturopath and see what she thinks about that.  Do you have any good resources or recipe ideas for going Paleo?  Have you tried the Paleo diet?  Is it sustainable long term?  Any and all suggestions appreciated!

Pinterest is my next stop!  When in doubt, I'm sure I can find some good recipe ideas there!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WIW - same old song and dance!

Well, here it is, Wednesday, my old friend. Not much has changed around these parts...

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Weighed in this morning at 198.6.  That's an increase in 0.6 lbs.  Same old song and dance, I've been twirling around this dance floor for weeks, haven't been counting points, haven't been putting in any real effort to lose.  I'm amazed that I haven't gained!
 
Then this morning when linking up with Erin, I read this blog post by a fellow WIW'er (is that a word?) who is starting up a 10 week challenge.  Now, sometimes like in the case of a dietbet, challenges tend to send me in the opposite direction.  I am so NON competitive, it isn't even funny.  But this challenge looks like it's more just a great way to stay motivated for awhile, so I'M IN!  Let's hope it's the kick in the pants I need to get moving!!  Check out Jess and join us if you want some accountability and some companionship on this journey!
 
Because it's May 1st after all, its FINALLY sunny and warm(ish) in these parts, and this morning I was reminded of THIS
 
 
How many more springs have to go by before I do something about it!
 

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