Whole 30 R2/D9

Dinner to tonight, paleo turkey meatloaf and sweet potatoes.  Always a big hit although tonight the twins were super complainy about having to eat their sweet potatoes.  I feel a bit hypocritical because I know I was such a picky eater as a kid, but it’s important they eat this kind of stuff otherwise they’ll end up like me and not eat a salad until they’re, like, 23.  The toddler scarfed it down no problems at all.  He’s getting huge and I just look at him and wonder where the time goes.  With a love of puppies, cars and football he is already decidedly different from his older brother.  He’s also a serious mama’s boy and my clear rival for the affections of my wife.  This little turd will break up any cuddling or embrace, want mommy, and get a hug from her, turning to me with a smug little smile.  What an a$$….I’m so proud.

I feel like I’ve lost another pants size already, but I haven’t had the opportunity to test that theory yet.  So much of the clothing I have doesn’t fit me right at all.  There’s a big fancy dinner coming up for my kids’ school and I’m going to have to wear a suit that’s two sizes too small.  It’s been the only down side to the weight loss journey and it’s pretty superficial, but it’s still annoying.

Ok, so I’m currently watching a documentary on apes and this dude is about to go into a hole in the ground where baboons live.  Why?!?!  All I can imagine is one of them coming out of no where and clawing the crap out if this guy. More power to you dude, I think I would have just sent in a drone.  Reminds me of a South Park episode with Cartman as the Crocodile Hunter.

I’ll end by putting another topic request.  If there’s anything you guys would be interested to hear about let me know in the comments.

Until then!

Whole 30 R2/D8

Dinner tonight.  Marinara chicken with zucchini noodles.  The noodles didn’t go over well with the kids but the parents highly approve.  I think this will become a mainstay of the menu board at home.  Currently working on breakfast and lunch for tomorrow.  All I really want to do at this point is to just plotz and pass out but I have to get the meal prep down for tomorrow.  Usually I’ll take leftovers but alas none from tonight.  

Had to go out and buy a new Roku last night.  The remote stopped working on the old one and it was time to turn it in.  Also found out I’m paying $50 more on a cable package that I’ve never used!  It included a bunch of sports channels…I DON’T WATCH SPORTS!  So that’s gone now.  I really just need internet for streaming which is all we really do.  Speaking of which started in on season 2 of the anime Attack on Titan.  The animation in this show is absolutely beautiful and detailed and terrifying.  I want to find a copy of the live action Japanese film adaptation.  If you’re an anime fan and haven’t checked it out you’re missing out.

Alright, eggs and potatoes for breakfast, tuna patties, broccoli, a larabar and an apple wil be lunch.

Hope everyone has a fantastic day!

Whole 30 R2D6/D7

It’s been funny to me to run into people who tell me that my journey inspired them to make a change in their lives, to live healthier and eat cleaner because of what has happened in my own life.  And as I’ve said early on in this blog, it wasn’t originally my idea to begin with, my wife made a life choice for me (love you! Hehe).  But I am always happy to see people take life by the short and curlies and own it.  This is no easy venture and I still, and probably always will, struggle every single day with urges, cravings and self/body image issues.  Which that last part still seems kind of silly because I simultaneously look at myself and am impressed with the reflection in the mirror.  Your greatest enemy will always be the person in the mirror and the doubts in your own head.

Also I’ve now been asked to participate in 2 fitness challenges of sorts.  One is a push up challenge, to start day one with as many push ups as you can do and then to add one more to it every day for a month.  Still debating on that one, I like my low impact DDPYoga but I do love a good challenge and goal.  Another friend texted me to see if I wanted to do the Star Wars half marathon down at Disney next year.  If I can swing the money I am totally down with that, but next year is also the 10 year wedding anniversary and we are planning a long weekend down in Key West so that takes priority….but he sent me a picture of the medal you get…dude.  Gonna have to do some marathon training I think.

Did my stuffed peppers tonight for dinner.  Delicious with guacamole!  Next time I’ll have to remember to grab salsa at Trader Joe’s and toss a big scoop into the pan when I cook the ground turkey.

Speaking of challenges we are attempting potty training with the youngest.  He’s not quite two but already knows that pooping and peeing is connected to the bathroom so we got a seat for him and dusted off our Elmo Potty Time DVD.  I have to say there’s no one happier in the world than the kids on that show who get to say all the different words for going potty.  POO-POO!!!  Omg it’s hilarious.  Also I know Elmo is technically a monster but…has he ever gone…like…feral?  Like Spock’s Ponfar?  Every few years his true monster self comes out and he brutally kills, like, a dozen children.  He wakes up in a pool of blood like, “Oh G-d, not again!”  Then Big Bird has to help dispose of the bodies.  Thats why Snuffleupagus is the way he is…all that soylent green!  (Google it children)  (also imagine Bird with tears as he feeds it to Snuffy, knowing the dark dark truth)

Enjoy that thought for a minute.  You’re welcome.

Yom HaShoah, remembering the Holocaust…a few thoughts

“Remember what Amalek did to you” – Deut 25:17

“In each and every generation they rise up against us to destroy us. And the Holy One, blessed be He, rescues us from their hands.” – The Passover Haggadah

Tonight we mark the rememberance of the Holocaust, the greatest tragedy to befall the Jewish people, arguably, since the destruction of the Second Temple and beginning of the Second Exile which we are still in today.  In Israel tomorrow a siren will sound throughout the country and millions of men, women and children will stop and stand in silence to remember the greatest pogrom in our history.  I have always found it interesting that a week later we will have Yom HaZikaron, Israeli Memorial Day.  Unlike in America where, for many of us, it’s a day off with grilling and super sales, in Israel there is still reverence for this day as it remembers not only soldiers but those lost to terrorism.  Everyone is touched by this day, it is solemn and sad.  Yet it is followed immediately by Yom HaAtzmeut, Israeli Independence Day, a day of joy to celebrate long awaited self-determination and the prosperity Israel has seen over the decades.
As someone with dual citizenship I still hold this time near to my heart.  But I would argue that any Jew with a strong connection and love of Israel should as well.  I am also of the opinion that these days between Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron/HaAtzmeut should be like the days of awe during our High Holidays.  We should, each of us, take this time to reflect on our national journey as a people.  Our modern exodus, the heartbreak that finally woke so many up to what Herzl was trying to tell European jews, the fight and sacrifice to establish a homeland, a safe haven for when the world turns its back and our continued struggle to secure our home and find peace and see fulfilled the promise of the age of Moshiach, the annointed son of David, when swords will be beaten into plowshears.

Whether you are Israeli or not (as one rabbi I know once said,”An Israeli is a jew who lives in Israel and a Jew is an Israeli who lives everywhere else”) we should all take this next week to reflect, pray, learn Torah, whatever helps connect you to our history and traditions, to each other, and think about how far we have come, how much further we have to go, and what each of us can do to help reach that promised goal.

May we merit to see those day speedily and may our days of mourning be made into days of joy and celebration.

Whole 30 R2D4/D5

Can I just say, when it comes to produce, Aldi is where it’s at!  Picked up most of the produce on our list pretty inexpensively.  Still had to hit up Wegman’s for most everything else but we did make a Trader Joe’s run for pickles and their Everything but the Bagel seasoning…which is f’n AMAZEBALLS…which they were also OUT of!

Y’all don’t even know, that stuff on some whole wheat challah and olive oil is friggen AMAZING!  If you haven’t had it yet try it…but not until after tomorrow…I still need to get mine!  STEP OFF!!!

Had several people comment about how I looked at shul (Yiddish for synagogue) this Shabbat.  I told them I was doing a second round and some even commented they should do a Whole 30 too.  To that I would say, good on you but don’t do it for the numbers on the scale, do it to reexamine your relationship with food and learning to truely listen to your body.  Do it to FEEL better not just feel better about what you see in the mirror (although I would highly recommend indulging in that a bit, I know I have).

One of the things that I realized over the past few weeks, during the height of pollen season, is that my allergies aren’t bothering me like they used to.  Oh, I take my medicine like I always have each year and try to be extra diligent with washing my hands when I’ve been outdoors, but the pollen has been bad this year and I have barely noticed.  My medicine hasn’t changed but what HAS changed is how I am caring for my body.  I wonder if not having to filter all the garbage I normally bombard my body with has allowed my system to spend more time handling my allergies?  Maybe…I wonder if there is a study to back that up?

Also I made these paleo stuffed peppers the other day that were pretty good.  I got 12 of them from a pound of ground turkey which is sweet!  Plenty for everyone and leftovers to boot.  You just cut the peppers in half, de-seed them, cook the ground meat until brown and I added diced onion to the mix with some cumin and paprika. Then just fill the peppers and cook at 350 for about 30 minutes.  They were definitely missing something so I got some compliant guacamole for my second round later in the week.  Maybe this time I’ll remember to snap a pic instead of just shoveling it in my face.  

Look for another post soon on a bit of a serious topic.

Until then!  Toodles!

Whole 30 R2D2/D3

Hehe

Quick update before shabbat, 3 days into my DDPY-Omer, working out every morning with the wifey has been a good start to my day and I’ve managed to have meals prepped and ready to go so I don’t feel rushed to get those done.  If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail as they say….ever wonder who “they” are?  I mean I guess it’s a stand in for “people” that seems more familiar…I guess…but it just has a bizarre connotation, like the royal “we”.  Sounds a bit sinister and foreboding if you ask me.

Doing some shnitzel and mayo-less potato salad for shabbat.  I’m making a bunch because…well…I’m lazy and don’t want to make two different meals.  Rachel says her abs hurt after her first go at Red Hot Core but I’m super happy she’s joining me in the exercise routines.  Hopefully she sticks with it.  Also a belt I had bought when I was losing weight that was still too small for me about a month ago now fits!  Yesss!  Which is good because my old belt was on it’s last loop and still too loose.  

More to come motzei shabbat, stay tuned!

Shabbat shalom!

Whole 30 R2D1

Shall we begin?

Day one was…pretty crap actually.  Work was rough and I just wanted to have some sugary drink or snack just to take the edge off the pissy mood I was in.  Also the headaches were back though I think that was from the stress as much as it was no sugar.  I did manage to weigh myself this morning, 186.4 lbs, but I don’t know how much weight I am actually going to lose this time since I feel as though most of the sugar weight is gone.  

Dinner tonight: chicken breasts, roasted sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli.  Quite tasty if I must say so myself.  I’ve got eggs boiling for tomorrow’s breakfast, i just need to pick out a side and prepare it.

Lunch tomorrow: salmon with roasted sweet potatoes and yellow pepper.  This was where I struggled the first time, meal prepping.  This time around I am going to make a concerted effort to be better prepared so I have even more success.  

I hope everyone had a great Passover…or Easter…or whatever spring holiday you celebrate.  Life, rebirth, renewel…all of them big themes throughout many cultures this time of year.  For may family it’s also the birthday of our twins, who were born on the first night of Passover 2009.  So we have the double whammy every April of holiday and birthdays.  But I especially enjoy our Seder because we do everything we can to keep it kid oriented, even letting the kids sorta run the show and do the explaining, however, based on wifely feedback, I may have to slow things down and do more explaining since we will probably have guests again who aren’t so versed in yiddishkeit.  I’ve seen some great ideas for decorations for next year, to make it even more fun.  That’s been our mantra when it comes to judaism and our kids, it has to be fun.  Our feeling on it is if you create positive memories of judaism and being jewish they will be more inclined to continue on our mesorah, our traditions, as adults.  I’ve seen how NOT doing that has had an adverse effect, hopefully keeping it positive will have the opposite effect.

But, at the end of the day it’ll be their journey and at some point, as parents, we’ll have to step away and let them make their own choices.  All we can do is help to navigate them in the right direction and hope for the best.

Here’s hoping…

Post-Passover round up

Hi folks, it’s been a minute since my last blog posting.  Got through the Passover season in one piece but I didn’t hold back on what I ate, seeing how it was a holiday, and my body is feeling it.  Bloated, gassy, sluggish and just generally gross.  So tomorrow morning begins round two of Whole 30 and DDPY-Omer!  And now my wife says she will join me in doing this round.

I’ve got breakfast and lunch ready for tomorrow and I’ll be getting the wifey up to join me for a workout.  I’m interested to see how my body will respond and react this second go ’round.

I’ll be doing a couple of posts over the next few days about both my round two and a few other thoughts I had over the holiday… because I know you are all on the edge of your seat to hear my thoughts on Marvel’s Iron Fist.

Toodles!!

Traveling back down old roads…

It was inevitable wasn’t it? Now that I am off of a strict program I am allowing myself to indulge in the types of food and eating habits I had before.  The wife and I went out for a much overdue date night Saturday.  I had a drink at the bar and then went to the movies and had popcorn and a coke.  We got the large popcorn, or as I call it a trough size, which I knew was a mistake.  Wifey kept the bucket from me for a while but then it ended up in my lap.  Usually I could pound an entire bucket alone but couldn’t bring myself to do it.  I left the theatre feeling gross, gassy, and bloated.  The whole next day I felt horrible as well and I was at work so I had to soldier through it.  I’ve had some other foods that I should stay away from, like an ice cream bar yesterday, and then not long after that I felt sick.  I’ve been thinking about doing a second round of Whole 30 after Passover just to keep myself from falling hard.

I have managed to get up early this week and get a work out in every single day and I feel like that is the best start to my day.  I’m planning to keep hitting my DDPYoga everyday the rest of the week getting ready for my own challenge to work out each day of the Omer.  

The house is almost ready for Passover, just the dining room and kitchen left and then final Passover shopping.  On top of that the twins have their eighth birthday just before the holiday.  It’s hard to believe how fast they have grown.  

My wife took down a picture we had on the wall of them from kindergarten today and put up one from this year.  It strikes me how much they’ve changed.  The old pic was of little children still with the features of babies left.  Now I see full on kids.  But that’s nothing like the picture of all three of our children together.  Max, my oldest boy…the way he looks in that picture, the way he holds himself, what I see is not a boy but a glimpse of the young man he will be in 10 or 11 years.  And my daughter Zemorah looks more like what I expect she will be as a teenager.  Speaking of which a boy from school asked her out for a donut after school.  It’s cute, I mean the kid’s 7…but still…I thought I had more time!

I’m not ready for boys.  I’m going to need these little shits to stay back for a few more years.  And I don’t care if the boy is a yeshivah bachur, the star quarterback or anything in between, the conversation will be the same.

I have a twelve gauge and a shovel, I doubt anyone will miss you.