Day 24/25/26 and musings

I’ve realized something. I think.

I have noticed for a while now that breakfast will often dictate how my day goes. If I start my day with a nutritious breakfast, the rest of the day falls into place. But if I don’t plan for breakfast and eat ‘whatever’, no matter how hard I try I end up picking up other not so healthy choices for food and snacks for the rest of the day. I’m not sure if this is psychological or something that is actually physical. But it’s a trend I’ve noticed.

Saying that, I feel like bad habits are starting to fall to the wayside. 9 times out of 10 I am reaching for a healthy breakfast. Not out of any particular feeling of loyalty to this ‘healthy eating goal’ I’ve set for myself, but a general want to start my day right. A healthy, nutritious breakfast makes me feel good. I am craving healthy foods because I like the way they make me feel. That’s a huge step for me.

I start my days with a tall glass of cold water. Then I like to take a walk. It is during my walk that I usually plan my eats for the rest of the day. I feel good when I am walking and I want that good feeling to continue. Healthy food keeps me feeling good. It’s a good routine.

It’s been disgusting and hot lately. It’s been hard to get my exercise in, but I’m still doing well enough. I am motivated to get my morning walk in because I know it will be too gross out to do anything later on in the day.

Breakfasts for the past few days

And lunches

And dinners

It has been a good few days.

I’ve been working hard to get my morning walk in. And just generally making good choices when it comes to exercise – tonight I walked to a friend’s house to drop off a bag of clothes for her daughter (could have driven). The kids and I went swimming this afternoon and instead of watching from the side or just splashing around, I swam laps. If I don’t get a morning walk in, then I aim to take a walk in the evening. I’m trying. I really am.

A friend commented that she could tell I have lost weight. It felt so great to hear that! I have noticed changes in my body (small changes but changes none the less) and it is wonderful to hear that it is noticeable to others too!

It is supposed to rain tomorrow (please make it so! we need it so badly), so I plan to continue purging my house! I’ve been plugging away ever since I finished reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. It really is life changing. At least for me.

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Day 22 and 23

I’ve had a difficult few days. Lots of cravings and lack of energy. It’s also been hotter than hell outside and the kids are driving me bananas! We have a bit of cabin fever – I guess that’s what happens when you are a one car family and your husband needs the car for work!

In any case, I have been doing my best. This is what day 22 looked like.

Woke up and took my morning walk.

Breakfast was fresh fruit and peanut butter. I enjoyed it outside watching the kids play.

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I heat the peanut butter so it drizzles easily over the fruit.

After breakfast I took the kids for a walk. I had agreed to water a friend’s flowers while they were out of town, so we walked over to do that.

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Lunch was quick. I had tomatoes on ryvita, with boiled eggs and some zucchini pickles.

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We spent the afternoon chilling out in the house. The kids found their way into the backyard and they played with the hose and little pools for about an hour.

I made blueberry banana muffins. I whipped them up quickly and they were tasty!

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1 mashed banana
1 egg
1/2 cup of milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Mix the wet, add the dry, stir with a whisk. Fold in blueberries. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until done.

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I ate 3 of these.

I made curry for supper. Shrimp, sliced red peppers and zucchini, over jasmine rice.

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After supper I was craving something sweet sooo bad. I debated going to McDonalds for a McFlurry, or hitting up the grocery store for some icecream or other sweets. I fought myself internally about this craving for a little while, before I finally realized I have done really great so far on this diet. And if I want something sweet, well why not??? Why the hell not.

Instead of going to the store, I made a small batch of chocolate chip cookies. It made 5 cookies. My husband ate 2.

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Delicious and worth it.

Day 23

This morning I woke up and did my usual walk.

Breakfast was greek yogurt, banana and granola.

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I walked the kids to my parent’s house because we were going to the zoo with my mom.

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We took the kids on the little train, saw the animals, played on the playgrounds and hit up the splash pad. By the time we headed home it was 1:30 and we were all hungry and tired.

Instead of eating just ‘whatever’ I took the time to make a salad and my ryvita (with deli meat added). It was great but the deli meat took away from the deliciousness. Will leave off next time.

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I cooked a chicken tonight. I roasted cauliflower and potatoes on the side.

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I cook my chicken at 425 degrees for about 1  hour, 20 minutes. It turns out moist every time.

My kids have a sleepover at my parents house tonight. Thank goodness. I need a break from them and they from me. We did not have a very good afternoon.

But tomorrow is a new day! We will have a great day tomorrow!

Because the kids were out of the house I decided to treat myself to some POPCORN. Yum yum yum.

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And I might go for another walk tonight. With my hubby. I love late night walks but rarely get to do them.

Happy Tuesday!!

Day 19, 20, 21

On Friday I woke up and got out for my morning walk. Felt great!

I had a ‘new’ breakfast and it was delicious! I cooked 1/3 cup of quick oats (which made a big bowl full when cooked), and added a sliced banana and some natural peanut butter. And a drizzle of honey.

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After breakfast I took the kids to Tim Hortons for a little treat.

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My son chose a sprinkle donut and my daughter chose a chocolate chip muffin.

Lunch that day was a BLT wrap and strawberries

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Turkey bacon, spinach, garden fresh tomatoes, mayo, spicy mustard and cream cheese on a wrap!

Friday evening I went out for a girls night! We went to our favourite restaurant for girls nights. I ordered Noodles with Lime Leaves (Hokkien noodles, fresh veggies, coconut milk, lime leaves, red curry). I had the choices between shrimp, tofu and chicken. I chose shrimp.

It was so good.

Then we went to the theatre to see Bad Moms. It was so funny.

Saturday morning my husband went to his mom’s house to finish help moving her. I drove him there so I would have the car. I had enrolled my son in a ‘yoga’ day at my good friend’s yoga studio. So I dropped him off there at 10, and then my daughter and I did some grocery shopping.

For lunch I made an omelette. Originally I was going to have a baked potato with the works, but the potato just didn’t bake properly and I was too hungry to cook another, so I whipped up the omelette instead.

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Zucchini, turkey bacon, feta and salsa.

I got my son from his yoga class at 3 PM, and drove into town to help finish the move.

We ordered pizza for supper. I ate 3 slices of a Hawaiian, minus the crusts. When we got home I went for an evening walk.

This morning I woke up and went for a walk.

Breakfast was oatmeal again, with peanut butter and banana.

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After breakfast we took the kids to the beach. It was a last minute decision, and I packed a quick snack. While we were at the beach I read my book (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo) and snacked on some pineapple.

We got the kids soft serve cones at McD’s on the drive home.

Lunch was a salad, turkey bacon and tomato on crackers, and strawberries.

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And a peach

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So juicy!!!!

I spent the afternoon purging closets. I’m not finished reading the KonMari book yet, but I’m finding it is incredibly motivating already. So I jumped ahead of the ‘framework’ and just purged all the upstairs closets and dressers. The only dresser that stayed safe was my husband’s.

I have 3 large shopping bags to give to friend’s for their kids, and 2 large shopping bags and 1 large garbage bag of clothes to donate. I really love purging!

So supper tonight was a last minute thought. I whipped up a quick pasta dish. I cooked some penne pasta in tomato sauce until tender, then added an egg/cottage cheese/mozzarella cheese mix. I poured it into bakeware and baked it for a few minutes with cheese sprinkled on top.

It was so unhealthy, but really delicious. lol

Day 18

I fell asleep on the couch last night (then made my way to bed), and slept and slept and slept.

 

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I slept even longer but I didn’t put my fit bit on until I moved from the couch to bed.

I felt great when I woke up but it was too late to go for a morning walk, so I chilled out with the kids and made breakfast:

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I ate it outside while the kids ran around and played.

I finished breakfast off with a banana. And then the kids and I walked down to my daughter’s friends house for a play. My friend also has an older daughter, so my son had a play mate too. We stayed for about 2 hours.

After that we walked to the farmers market. The kids both picked out a cookie, and then we walked home. Neither kid finished their cookie and gave them to me. I had about 1/4 of my daughter’s oatmeal cookie, and about two bites of my son’s ginger cookie.

When we got home I whipped up lunch. Crackers, hummus, carrot sticks and apple slices for the kids. I made myself a salad.

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After lunch we were invited to our friends’ house to go swimming. I usually just watch the kids, but it was so hot today that I jumped in too.

We got home around 4:30 and I cooked dinner. I roasted some potatoes and grilled some ribs. I also opened a jar of homemade zucchini pickles. My son and I enjoy the pickles.

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I had a few more ribs after this.

After supper I went for a walk.

I’ve been so tired in the mornings lately. Too tired to get up to walk. I think it’s because we are having another heatwave and I am just wiped! I hope to get up and walk tomorrow morning. It’s supposed to be killer again, and it will be my only chance to get outside to exercise.

Day 17

Day 17 has come and gone. I was so tired last night I fell asleep on the couch at 9 watching CNN with my husband.

The day started with my usual walk. I cut my time down by 5 minutes, which was great. Walking quicker makes me take fewer steps (longer stride with faster walking I guess) but it also increases my heart rate. I’d like to be finished this walk in around 40 or 45 minutes instead of 50 minutes. I find it hard to walk faster just because I forget. I’ll remember and get a good pace up and then I get lost in thought and slow down again. I need to make the faster pace my new pace.

I’ve been having a few ho-hum days. Days where I’m not feeling so great about my food choices and exercise. I’m sure this stems from the weekend when I wasn’t being as active as usual and also eating some junk while we helped move my mother in law (which is understandable in my opinion). I need to get out of this funk, because even a ‘bad’ day for me now isn’t as bad as my ‘bad’ days before I started this. And to be honest, a lot of my ‘good’ days weren’t even as good as a ‘bad’ day is now. I need to remember to keep going day by day.

I’m just so relieved I’m not weighing myself. Seeing the scale go down is indeed a great motivator, but I become dependent on it to stay motivated. And I don’t believe that’s healthy.

Anyway, breakfast yesterday was a banana, plain greek yogurt and granola.

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That was the last of my granola so I whipped up another batch. This time I used coconut oil, coconut,  sliced almonds and flax. The sunflower seeds in my last batch gave the granola a strong taste my daughter didn’t love (and to be honest, neither did I).

I had a lazy morning with the kids.

We played in the backyard for a bit. I harvested some zucchini and tomatoes from my garden.

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I’m so excited to finally be getting some ripe tomatoes!

For lunch the kids had bagels and cream cheese, cucumbers and apples.

I made salad and Ryvita crackers with tomato for myself. With strawberries on the side.

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The tomatoes came from my garden and were so delicious. nom nom nom

We had friends come over in the afternoon to play.

After they left I barbecued some chicken and corn on the cob. I steamed some broccoli too.

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Supper!

I had aqua fit again tonight. It is so fun. I think we only have one week left.

My goal for today is to just feel happier with my progress. I put on a top this morning that I haven’t worn in a few weeks and it fits better. I swear it is not just my imagination.

Day 15 & Day 16

Day 15 came and went. It was holiday Monday and it started off ok for me. I slept through until 7 AM. When I went to go for my walk it started to rain, so I came home and took the kids to our friends’ pool one last time before they came home. It was raining but they would be getting wet anyway 🙂

For breakfast I again ate sliced strawberries, bananas and peaches with peanut butter and honey. So good and so satisfying.

We had a very busy day planned beginning with moving my Mother in law and Step father in law to their new home. They were moving from the 7th floor of an apartment building to a new house. They have access to the apartment until September 1st, so today we focused on moving the important things so they could live at the new house (mattress, kitchen and bathroom essentials etc). The Big Move is happening this weekend with a moving truck etc.

Anyway, we spent the morning hauling boxes into the new house. MIL bought chips and sandwich fixings for lunch, and I was so hungry I happily ate quite a few chips as we unpacked. For lunch I made myself a sandwich on a big kaiser bun with deli turkey and sliced processed cheese (GAG ME). I was so hungry! I did choose to have a pile of grapes instead of chips alongside my sandwich, so that was a good choice I guess!

After lunch my husband and I did a few loads of furniture and boxes by ourselves to give his parents a break (they are nearing 70 years old). By the time supper came around we were all exhausted and we had pizza. I ate two slices of pepperoni pizza, minus the crusts.

We got home just in time to go to our friend’s house for a marshmallow roast for the kids. There were 5 kids there all around the same age. And they had fun eating s’mores, and running around. I had one square of milk chocolate and one glass of white wine. We stayed for about 90 minutes and then had to go home to put the kids to bed.

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We are experiencing a severe drought right now, and are only allowed very small backyard campfires.

I found yesterday to be a challenge. We were doing so much heavy lifting and walking stairs (I took the stairs up to the 7th floor apartment twice for exercise! yay for good choices!), and I was beat and hungry so I just ate whatever was around. I didn’t consciously make good choices like I should have.

Today was a new day though. Up at 6 AM and out for my hour long walk. I really want to increase my speed so I am home a bit earlier. That way I can be out of the shower and making breakfast by the time the kids roll out of bed at 7.

For breakfast today I made my fruit and peanut butter bowl.

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So satisfying

Afterwards my daughter was invited to a friend’s house to play so my son and I walked her over, and then we walked downtown to run some errands. This was a great choice on my part because I did have the car today and could have driven. But walking is such great exercise and my kids really are awesome little walkers. I bought my son a treat at the bulk food store, we went to the bank and hardware store, and we went to my classroom so I could grab a few things.

When we got home we were both hot and tired. I made us a snack. My son got yogurt and a peach, and I got a peach and a few chapters of the book I am reading:

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We picked up my daughter at 11:30, then came home for lunch. I made peppers, cucumber, cantaloupe, boiled eggs and bread and butter for the kids. For myself I made my BLT wrap (turkey bacon, spinach, grape tomatoes, with cream cheese and mayo and mustard on a wrap). I put some cantaloupe on the side.

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I love this wrap!!!

After lunch we had a birthday party to go to for the son of a family friend. It was a bit wild and crazy with lots of kids and lots of snacks. I was pretty good. There was lots of leftover desserts but I just had a small cup of strawberry sorbet and two tortilla chips with salsa.

Supper tonight was at my parent’s house. I had a serving of homemade french fries, 2 large battered shrimp, 1/2 a chicken strip and some bean salad. I passed on dessert.

After we put the kids to bed, I went to my friend’s pool to do an aqua fit video with her in her pool. We set up her laptop on the pool edge/ It was a very intense workout! I really liked it!

My step count for today was

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And I am pretty tired now, and heading off to bed!

Day 14

I had a difficult day today. I wanted to eat junk food all.day.long. I even suggested just going out for ice cream for supper tonight. I had to run to the dollar store and stood in line staring at all the delicious chocolate bars lining the aisles… it was so, so hard. But I resisted those urges. A little slip up here and there is totally fine with me, but I don’t want to be impulsive about it. I know one poor choice will make it easier to make another, and another, and another, and then all this effort has gone to waste.

Anyway, down to the foods.

Breakfast was a fruit bowl with warmed peanut butter (about 2 tbsp) and 1 tsp of honey drizzled over top. I’m getting tired of my usuals, and I am happy to report that this breakfast totally hit the spot and kept me satisfied until lunch time!

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peaches, strawberries and bananas.

Lunch was a BLT wrap. I spread cream cheese on a wrap, then some chopped spinach, sliced cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of mayo and spicy mustard. Then I added two slices of turkey bacon. It was so good and so satisfying!

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My afternoon snack was an orange.

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I was feeling meh by supper time. My junk food craving was at an all time high, and I really wanted to drive to the store for some ice cream or chocolate or McDs *drool* Instead, I took a deep breath, had a glass of water, and made myself something indulgent to manage the cravings (but still not take out!)

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Potato salad! I make mine with celery, cheese, boiled eggs and dill pickles.

Everyone else ate grilled cheese sandwiches. I didn’t feel like eating that, so potato salad it was. Not a nutritious choice but sometimes you gotta eat whatever is calling your name. For me, tonight, that was potato salad.

I didn’t do much exercise today. We did a bit of biking, I changed the bed sheets and did laundry, and we ran some errands. I didn’t really keep track of how much exercise there was! I enjoy my weekend ‘off’. Even though tomorrow is a holiday, I plan on getting back on track with my morning walks.

Day 12 and 13

I forgot to update yesterday.

It was a really great day! The kids and I went to their friend’s house in the morning, and then we went to another’s in the afternoon. We biked and swam and went on a hike. It was just a really fun day. I’m so fortunate we have such a great network of friends, all with children the same age as my two, or close to it.

Breakfast yesterday was two fried eggs and some banana bread.

When lunch time fell we were rushing to go to our other friend’s house. I whipped up pb & j sandwiches for the kids, and I snacked on two nectarines. Then I scarfed 1/4 of my daughter’s unfinished sandwich before we headed out.

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I threw together a snack for the kids to bring to their friend’s house.

Supper that night was rice, salmon and zucchini (no photo).

I did lots of walking yesterday. My step count was

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Day 13

Today was a great day! I got up and did my usual weekly grocery shopping.

I stocked up on lots of fresh fruit and veggies.

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There were some great sales this week.

I packed a snack (strawberries, zucchini carrot muffins and pretzels) and we took the kids to the beach. We stayed for about 2 hours. I took the kids swimming for a bit and then we spent time building sandcastles. I snacked on the strawberries for breakfast.

I bought this new marinade/dressing/barbecue sauce at the store today

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Which I used in place of my usual Garlic Expressions dressing on my salad for lunch

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My salad had spinach, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and cucumber in it.

After lunch we biked and played. I cut up cantaloupe for a snack. My husband’s father and step mother came over for a visit. Once they left I was starving, so we had an early dinner. I bought chips from a chip trick, and we had that with salad and hot dogs.

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This was plate #1. Plate #2 had a second hot dog and caesar salad. 

My good friend and her family have gone for the weekend, but gave us the pass code to their pool so we could use it. We took the kids over after dinner (they live around the block) and swam for about an hour and a half.

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It was a lot of fun!

Day 11

A day late but that’s ok.

I had daycare kids today which kind of cramps my style, but I woke up early and grabbed my morning walk. It was so hot and humid at 6 AM already. But I got the walk in and felt great about it.

Breakfast was my usual yogurt bowl

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I took all the kids to the playground after I ate breakfast. I brought along some snacks for them and ended up snacking on a few goldfish crackers myself.

When we had lunch I ate

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Salad and Ryvita crackers

I felt super snacky all afternoon. I ate a nectarine, strawberries and yogurt

Supper was corn on the cob, steamed broccoli and barbecued pork chops. I seasoned the pork chops with Montreal spice and a bit of barbecue sauce. I cooked the corn on the barbecue too. I pull off any loose husks, and cut the silk off the top of the cob. Then I just throw on the barbecue (top grill) for about 30 minutes, alternating the sides it cooks on. It comes out so sweet and honestly just about perfect.

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After supper I managed to sneak out for another walk. And once the kids were in bed, husband and I watched a movie together and then the end of the Democratic National Convention (so exciting!). All in all it was a really nice day!

Day 10

Double digits already? Day 10!

Day 10 had a great start. Up at 6 AM for my walk. I love getting in 6000 steps before the day has even really begun. And it’s so quiet and still out. I’ll be sad when the days start getting shorter.

When I got home I whipped up a batch of pancakes for the kids for breakfast. I make a high protein pancake for them. Both of my kids were/are anti-meat, and I worried a lot about their protein intake as toddlers when they were particularly fussy about it. These pancakes are perfect for that. I forget where I originally found the recipe but it’s easy to remember:

Mix together:
1 cup of cottage cheese
3 eggs
2 tablespoons honey
Splash of vanilla

Then add
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder

Whisk until mix then cook! Super simple and super tasty. I use coconut oil to grease the pan I cook them on… it gives the edges a bit of crispiness which I love.

Serve with pure maple syrup. Yum!

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For myself, I did up my sweet potato/egg breakfast.

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Afterwards we rode bikes in the driveway (I’m so loving the new bike!), and I took them around the block a few times.

We baked zucchini carrot muffins when we got home. I try to make my muffins healthier by using all whole wheat flour instead of white flour, applesauce or banana instead of oil, and maple syrup instead of sugar. My neighbour taps our maple trees for us in the spring, so we have a few jars of ‘amateur’ maple syrup that I like to use specifically for baking (it’s a bit runnier than professionally made maple syrup and not quite as clear).

While the muffins baked the kids played in their rooms and I got some work done. I ordered a bunch of stuff for my classroom off Amazon, and got a few more weeks of ‘lesson’ plans made. I can’t believe it’s almost August (don’t think about it, don’t think about it)

For lunch I made salad and my Ryvita crackers. With a mini muffin on the side.

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Oops lunch came out sideways!

I really love the cream cheese and spicy mustard on the Ryvita cracker with tomato and feta. It’s so delicious.

I also ate a banana

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In the afternoon we went to our friend’s house to go swimming. The kids had a blast. When we got home it was almost dinner time and I hadn’t planned for anything… So we went the unhealthy route: fish sticks and pasta. Not really a healthy meal, and I swear we don’t typically eat this way. Summer is just so laid back. It’s hard to plan meals around friends and swimming and camps and vacation.

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My daughter loved the fish sticks, which really surprised me! She is usually anti meat.

After supper I had aquafit. It’s so fun.

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My recycled photo from last week

Again we did a boot camp style workout at the waters edge before getting in. Then we did the hour of in water exercises.

The day is winding down now. I have daycare kids again tomorrow (last day!) so I’m not sure what my day will look like tomorrow…

My final step count for today is

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I’m ready for bed now!