Weight Creep

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen my #cheatday posts. I'm living for Saturdays. (Just kidding… maybe.) Mr. Making It Bright and I have recently started the 4-Hour Body slow carb diet, as outlined in Tim Ferriss' book The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman. He's been on it for a little over a month, due to a recently diagnosed health condition, and he invited me to join him. He's already dropped 15 lbs. I don't expect the same rapid results because men and women lose differently, but I've already lost 3 lbs in two weeks. Woot!

I was the kid who said, "What's a diet?" and upon hearing the answer, replied that I never wanted to be on a diet, ever. My, how things change. Three pregnancies and two 9 lb plus babies later, I'm carrying some extra weight. The slowed down metabolism of my early/mid thirties is certainly not helping. (Or chocolate or beer or Doritos or all things tasty…)

I started feeling bad, lethargic, and I didn't like how I looked in pictures or how my clothes fit. Now's the time!

So, what can I eat on the slow carb diet? Meat and vegetables.

Lots of meat, lots of veggies, some eggs.

What can't I eat? Dairy, fruit, sugar, alcohol (except the driest of red wine), grains (rice, bread, crackers, tortilla chips).

So what about #cheatday? Oh, I love me some cheat day. Yes, yes, yes! We have cheat day on Saturdays. I've had two so far and they have been EPIC. Cheat days are built in to the plan to keep your body from going into starvation mode and eating muscle, and also to help you stay with the plan. It is much easier to stick with veggies and meat all week (and a single square of dark chocolate at the end of the day) knowing that I can have whatever I want on Saturday.

Cheat day #1: Donuts, eggs (to balance the insane amount of sugar in the donuts), a tiny 8 oz Mountain Dew, caprese-stuffed gnocchi with pesto alfredo and a breadstick, beer, Chuys for dinner -- all the cheese! Sour cream has never tasted so good.

Cheat day #2: Blueberry donut holes, beer (sense a theme?), potato skins, sliders, breadsticks with cheese dip, Reese's peanut butter cups, pizza, watermelon.

It's not just about losing weight, it's also about feeling better and more in control of my life. A little discipline in one area lends itself to discipline in other life areas.

Follow my journey (mostly my cheat day meals) on Instagram. I've already started a list for this upcoming Saturday: beer cheese and McDonald's fries. Not necessarily together, but maybe.


Spring, or Hurdling Toward Summer

March is always a busy month in our house. A birthday, an anniversary. Some work travel for Mr. Making It Bright. Without fail. He just got back from two trips over the last two weeks, and I'm ready for things to settle. If they will before summer comes along.

We finally have warm temperatures. Windows open, playing in the yard, short-sleeve weather. Ahh. We've gotten over the final hump of winter. As the white-haired grandfather sitting next to me on the playground bench said yesterday, "We did it." Yes, we did.

(A recent photo from our trip to Shaker Village. I can't wait to go back.)

Blooms are on the trees. A garden is being planned (I got my seeds in the mail today!).

There's a feeling of calm and of chaos. A feeling of fresh and new, and of already feeling behind. A feeling of being excited about summer coming along, and of hurdling toward it at breakneck speed. Signing up for summer camps, making summer family plans.

Trying to take it one day at a time, while also planning ahead. And looking forward to the later mornings that summer will bring.


Man Crush Monday

My MCM for today is Wendell Berry.

So yes, he's 81 and married. But man, his writing is divine. His thoughts on community, the environment, the land are in line with my own. You can read more here.

I just recently finished Hannah Coulter, one of the Port William novels, and I enjoyed every bit of it. I can't wait to read more about Port Williams and its in habitants as told through the voice of another member of the community.

I'm a newcomer to Mr. Berry and his writing, but I feel an obsession coming on. This burgeoning love was fueled by news of this Kickstarter campaign I saw on Facebook. Oh yeah, I'm a backer. I cannot wait to watch this film. 

Who's your (perhaps unconventional) MCM? Happy Monday, y'all!

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Love is in the air

And on the door.

I made this wreath for our front door, it was just so sad after the Christmas wreath was put away. I had the styrofoam wreath waiting for a project idea, and the white yarn. The thing that took the most time was the wrapping of the yarn. Fire up Netflix and watch a show or two.

I cut out the triangles, added some gold stickers I had gotten on clearance a few months ago, and used some black and white bakers twine to tie it all together. The LOVE banner is just stuck on the wreath with pins so I can remove it and use the yarn-wrapped wreath for another occasion (with some sparkly silver snowflakes next January?). 

Happy Valentine's Day!