Yesterday we went searching for grass.
We go on short walks around our neighborhood all the time, but there’s not a single patch of green along our route. Poor Ted has seemingly adjusted to doing his thang while squatting on rocks or lifting his leg on a prickling sorry excuse of a bush, but Jamie got home from work early (this career course schedule is kind of awesome), so he suggested we spend some afternoon time outside.
There’s a baseball field a little over a half mile away, so we headed over there so see if we could sneak on and run around. Of course it was locked, so we walked a little more and found a shaded, secluded patch of grass on the side of the public library.
We parked it there for half an hour, and it was glorious.
The 35 MPH winds are a big ol’ pain in the butt when you’re running, but for walking and playing they feel heavenly.
Another win for yesterday – my BOB jogging stroller is back! About three weeks ago, I leashed up Teddy after Hadley and I went for a run, and we ventured over to a dirt area behind our house so he could “run around” on something besides rocks. That night while on a walk Jamie noticed that both back tires were totally deflated. That’s weird. I just took it for a run this morning! I gasped in panic. He quickly found the source of the problem – stupid miniature sticky balls that I’d run over while venturing with Ted. That “venture” to the back of the house cost us $40. Winning. That’s money we chalk up to the “screw up” fund. If we had a screw up fund. Which we don’t. So money down the drain.
But back to the grass. We loved it so much that Jamie declared this morning that we’re going back again when he gets home from work today. Can’t wait.
Day three of the cleanse was mindless again, and I woke up this morning down four pounds this week! I am officially 48.5 pounds lighter than I was on the morning I went into labor. Subtract Hadley’s weight and things associated with birth, and I’m still down about 30 pounds. Feeling fab.
Like usual, I woke up, drank a spark, took a dose of catalyst, and drank the fiber drink.
For breakfast I went with an egg sandwich. Two scrambled (yolk and all! I don’t dig egg whites), a couple pieces of turkey, and a DeSpain household staple – Tony Chacheres. Delish.
For lunch I went with a leftover turkey burger.
My afternoon snack consisted of some green grapes and a handful of my favorite almonds.
Most people know that almonds are really good for you in moderation, but plain almonds just don’t do it for me. I don’t enjoy them, period. To me, a snack just isn’t a snack if it’s not enjoyable, and I actually like to enjoy my food! 😉 These flavored ones are amazing though. The strawberry are tied for first with the butter toffee. Go do yourself a favor and try some! I think you’ll love them. 🙂
I really needed to use up the shredded chicken from last week, so I used allrecipes.com’s “search by ingredient” option. My mom and aunt shared this recipe finder with me years ago. Simply plug in what ingredients you do want to use (for me – chicken and spaghetti noodles) and what ingredients you want to leave out (this time – cheese), and viola! It popped up with this recipe.
I made it last night but won’t make it again. For me it was a little bland which I was surprised by since it included six different spices. I ended up throwing some black bean and corn salsa on top of it to jazz it up a bit. It filled me up though for sure.
I ended the night with a bowl of fresh pineapple and a new episode of 19 Kids and Counting.
Actually I lied. I ended the night (11:45 p.m.) and started the day (12:00 a.m.) with a teething baby (one tooth is through the gum and the other one is riiiiight there) who just wanted to be held. She’s been doing great the last week at staying in her crib for 12 hours (hooray for eliminating middle of the night bottles finally!), but last night she was not going back to sleep until she was held. Getting out of bed tends to be the toughest part, but once I’m in her room and rocking her to sleep, I find that I just want to stay there. I love this little human we’ve created. So much that it’s time to play with her; She’s awake from her nap.
Have a great Wednesday!
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