Day Four was my last day of the week with my Nancy Marmorat video. Today’s focused on the "butt-ox" (I can’t help but giggle when she says it like that; it sounds like some ugly beast, silly, but true). I like to refer to it as the "booty" instead. 😉
Foodwise: breakfast was at my friend’s house and she’d made yummy sausage rolls. I had two of those, some grapes, and half a banana, encompassing both breakfast and snack times (we were there all morning). Lunch was leftover sausage & polenta & green beans. After-school snack was pistachio pudding (oh, and I was wrong earlier this week: we use 1% milk, so it’s even fewer calories). Dinner was beans & cornbread & pickles (Wednesday night is vegetarian night at our house).
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I usually drink black tea at breakfast, green tea at lunch, then water at all other times. Sometimes I drink extra tea, but my rule is that I have to drink another half glass of water with my tea to rule out any dehydration that might come from it. (And that’s what keeps me from drinking too much tea)
If you come to my house this week, you’ll see a whole lot of little blue post-it notes around on the walls like this:
If you are a guest here, please ignore these signs, as they are for family only.
Nick and the kids have been asking for things they could do that would help me out, but by the time they ask, I’m usually in that lost-from-words state of exhaustion and frustration where I literally cannot think of a single thing that they could do for me. So one day when I was alone, I got to thinking “Wouldn’t it be great if they could ask me right now? I could come up with an awesome list!” So I started putting up notes right where activities could be done, so when we’re in the kitchen and Nick wants to know how to help, I can point at the wall and he’ll take out the compost or when the kids are in their room looking for a “help mama” chore to complete their lists they can look to their closets (which normally need things tidied up before they can close).
(I noticed last night that there were bizarre things in the sink from the dinner Nick had made, but I was too tired to mention them. By the time I got up this morning they were out of there. From my list to an empty sink. WHOOP!)
Day Three I had the same kid-in-my-bed situation, so I put off exercising until that small window of time between taking big kids to school & Greg to MDO. Greg burst in on me at some point with a "What are you doing that for?!" The look on his face was priceless.
I got in some extra exercise today as well, in the form of walking up and down all the bleachers three times fast and walking to the car and back (at the very end of the parking lot from the stadium) a few times. I also had to dig some holes for the azaleas we got from church (I dug the 3 easy ones; Nick did the harder ones later).
Food-wise: Breakfast was a different oatmeal, a different fruit, and a different kind of turkey bacon (did you know they make one that tastes just like regular Canadian bacon?! I was so happy to find that out.) Lunch was very difficult, as I was stuck at Track & Field Day over at the Rose Stadium…without cash. I don’t know where it went, I just know I didn’t have it. A very nice family brought me a meal, unexpectedly, so I ate it: hamburger, fries, and a coke. So yummy. Fortunately I’d skipped morning snack (no time for that lately) and then skipped afternoon snack as well to make up for all those calories. Dinner was sausage, polenta, & green beans, all of which I ate reasonable sized portions of (double the green beans in proportion to the polenta).