I didn’t do it. I know I can do this Whole30 and I will not give into my flesh. I need to do this. I need the discipline. Hopefully I can encourage others who are taking the same path of trying to live a healthier lifestyle.
If someone like me can cut out all processed food and then take it a step further with ditching dairy and any kind of sweetener or sugar you can too!
I am a former Oreo and Almond Joy lover. I loved my carbs too but decided to change the way I eat. With God’s help, the support of my family, friends, and online Atkins froum I’ve been able to continue living a low carb life. Eating good carbs mostly from veggies.
As I mentioned, yesterday was a hard Whole30 day. I just wanted a good cup of java. I have added coconut milk and although it taste good it’s not the same. Here is a picture of me pretending I’m sipping my favorite coffee in Italy.
I think part of the reason why it was a very hard day was I didn’t have any good food. I ran out of the good stuff and only have the basics right now. By basics I mean: eggs, hamburger meat, avocados and such. I wanted something tasty like my Atkins’ friends were eating. My do they know how to cook. They are having stir-fry, lamb, stuffed this or that. Oh it all sounds so good. I would really love to stay at their house for the remainder of my 30 days, hehe.
Today is much better. I still don’t have all those magnificent foods but I am having a good cup of coffee. Not hot but blended.
My dad recently bought a Magic Bullet. This little contraption is great. I love it! I borrowed it today to try and see if I could make an ice blended that tasted better and didn’t have coconut floating around.
I put some ice, cold coffee, cinnamon, MCT Oil, and canned full fat coconut milk, blended it and had a frap type coffee. It still doesn’t taste like my old iced coffee (but I’m starting to forget what it tasted like anyway) but it was good. I enjoyed it. Thank you Jesus and dad!
I would love to buy one a Magic Bulle but it’s a bit pricey. Hopefully my dad doesn’t mind me borrowing it for the next 20+ days. Hee, hee.
Another Whole30 day down, well almost down. Still have a some hours to go. Tomorrow will be day 10! Wahoo!
I started my school day with a homemade Starbucks coffee. My SIL gave me a plain iced coffee yesterday and I saved it for today. I added the meat part of the canned coconut milk (I think it was the meat part. It was round and and soft-solid) added some pumpkin spice, put it in the blender and yum. It’s not exactly like having cream and Truvia but it will have to do.
I haven’t been very faithful with this spelling program. I pulled it out last week so Ethan can continue with it.
Annette reading, her favorite part of homeschooling.
Joshua completing Spelling Workout. It’s not his favorite subject but he does it willingly, thank you Jesus. He’s such and easy child to school.
Today we started a new art lesson from *See the Light~God’s Runaway.
First the children watched the 13 minutes story. Then our first lesson.
The children are learning how to incorporate words into their drawing. It’s called letter art. Tomorrow they will complete their pictures.
My husband and I both agree that writing well is one of our top priority with preparing our children for their future career. I have spent many hours researching writing programs in the past ten years. I can honestly say that Writing with Sharon Watson is a keeper. Not many writing programs get a five star rating here at Homeschooling6.
My 9th grade son Josh was very blessed to use The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School.
For this review I received The Power in Your Hands student workbook ($39.98) and the Teacher’s Guide ($14.98).
I had my Teacher Guide spiral bound.
Writing with Sharon Watson~The Power in Your Hands is perfect for a beginner or experienced writer. Through the course of the year your child will complete 22 essays and reports.
Josh just took off with this program he was able to complete assignments on his own. Of course as a parent I do go over his work. We have a meeting time and this is when I will look at his writing and go over anything he doesn’t understand.
What I absolutely love about this program (yes we both loved it!) is the Teacher’s Guide gives examples of an A+ all the way down to what a F paper looks like.
The first 65 pages of the Teacher Guide includes an overview of the program, samples of real students writing, grading, what to expect from the student and so much more. It may sound like a lot but it is not overwhelming at all. As a busy mom of 6 I really appreciated this part of the Guide. Having Mrs. Watson show me what an A, B, C, D, or F paper looks like is very helpful.
Page 66 is where the lessons start and the Teacher Guide will keep mom informed as to what the student’s assignment for that day is.
The self guided student text includes 23 chapters with over 100 daily lessons. The lessons give step-by-step instructions. My son can become overwhelmed easily, so I was thankful with how Mrs. Watson breaks down the assignments. The instructions are very clear. Josh knew where each daily lesson began and ended. This may sound petty but for my son, these small things are very important.
In the back of the student workbook is a Tool Box section. Here is a sample list of what is in the “Tool Box” section:
- Be Your Own Editor~this has the student reread his paper, check punctuation, grammar, and so forth.
- Evaluation forms
- Don’t list for persuasion~Do list for persuasion~Logical persuasion list.
- How to write a How-to, Biography Slants, Compare and Contrast-three methods and much more.
How we used it: I thought I’d be more involved but like I mentioned Joshua was able to do a lot on his own. He worked through the program about four days a week. I would meet with him sometime during the day or every other day.
At the time of this review he is writing a persuasive essay and is doing very well. It’s challenging. His persuasive essay has to have 300 words but it’s good for him. He has spent hours researching and writing. Thank the Lord he likes a good challenge.
He is currently still writing his persuasive essay. He is having trouble with the 300 word count. But again, this is so good for him. He is researching and really taking this writing assignment seriously.
My final thoughts: Joshua would like to continue using this program. To me that says a lot. He mentioned that it’s hard but he likes it.
What I liked:
- Pages are clean and uncluttered.
- Writing samples with thought provoking questions for example: Do you agree with this writer? Explain., What is the tone of the essay?, Stand on the other side of the issue for a moment. List two reasons why someone might believe that the city street should be build in the middle of Porcupine Park.
- Preliminary checklist are included to keep Joshua on track.
- The student is encouraged to own their own writing by using the “Be Your Own Editor” section in the back of the book.
- The program is from a Christian worldview.
Quote from Joshua: “Writing with Sharon Watson is great because it has taught me how to write a knowledgeable essay within the first couple of weeks.”
I know it’s because I went to bed at 2:00 a.m. and woke at 7:00 a.m. I was just enjoying some quiet time.
I decided to have a salad that consisted of cucumbers, olives, jicama, tomatoes, red bell peppers, avocado and some vinegar & oil. It was good but took me 30 minutes to eat. I still have oral surgery issues.
While I was eating it my stomach hurt like I was nervous. Not sure why.
I forgot to add a protein. My Atkins forum friends mentioned that there was no protein. Oops!
I ate my breakfast salad while listening to Adventures in Odyssey with Caleb. Once done eating I decided to take a little nap. You know with mama ears perked just in case of an emergency.
My dad came to take Annette, Caleb, and Josh to the store. Josh ordered some airsoft guns and needed to pick them up. I had my nephew, Brent, Ethan and Lance. They played in the yard while I rested. I made sure I could hear them.
After my nap I felt better but still in some kind of slump. I was hungry again too. I decided to try an avocado pudding that one of the ladies on the forum mentioned.
I put 1 avocado, 1TBL Hershey’s Dark Chocolate, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries. I put everything in my Ninja blender. After a bit I added a little water because the food was sticking to the side. The blades was not reaching the food. This helped.
Then came the moment to try it. It was delicious!!! I really enjoyed it. I was shocked that I did not taste the avocado. The chocolate taste was to die for!
I ate it right out of the blender.
To think I didn’t add any sweetener. Just the blueberries for some sweetness.
Guess what? After eating my avocado/chocolate/blueberry pudding I felt so much better. I had energy and felt like my old self again. I also ate two hardboiled eggs for protein.
The original recipe from my friend was:
- 1 avocado
- 2 TBL Cocoa
- Truvia or your choice of sweetener to taste
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
I also made some for the children and guess what?!?! 5 out of 6 liked it and half of my kiddos don’t like avocados! They had it for lunch.
I did make theirs with more fruit:
- 2 avocados
- 1 banana
- 1 cup or so of frozen strawberries
- 3/4 cup blueberries
- 1 heaping TBL Hershey’s Dark Cocoa powder. Next time I’ll use reg cocoa powder.
- 1/4 cup of less of water
The original-original recipe came from HERE.
Hope you all will try it! My kiddos will be having this for lunch again in the near future.
Joshua was making tortillas for supper and my Sweets was cooking his steak. I was sitting at the table eating my dinner. The kitchen was hot and I was hungry, so my Sweets said to stay put that he’ll cook his steak. I had everything else done. We were just waiting on the tortillas (they were waiting, I don’t eat flour).
Here is a picture of me. Not that I’ve lost any weight since the last picture but I think my face looks thinner. I don’t feel as if I have those chipmunk cheeks anymore.
Today I really felt good about myself. This is why I took some pictures of my progress. Some days I still feel fat and other days I feel like I’m making a dent with the weight part of eating well.
I had a little photo shoot with Annette. I’m not sure why the color is so off. My little camera has not been working right for about a year. It has a mind of its own.
Here is what I ate today:
- Coffee with MCT oil and Ghee blended in the blender
- 2 scrambled eggs with mixed frozen veggies (peppers and onions) and mushrooms.
- 4oz Rib-eye steak with sautéed onions and mushrooms. Used ghee to sauté my veggies.
- 5oz steak sautéed with mushrooms and onions and a delicious salad of veggies (cucumbers, jicama, olives, red peppers, and tomatoes) with vinegar and oil.
- 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
Those veggies were so good. I am only drinking water other than a cup of coffee in the morning. The composition book is my food journal.
I thought since I’m eating healthier I should start storing my food better too. I’m slowly buying jars to store my pantry goods and glass dishes to put leftovers in.
It’s been slow, so many of my foods are still in plastic but one day the switch to glass will be done.
So that’s where I’m at right now. I continue to thank the Lord for providing so many good things to eat. My hubby has a job so I can buy healthy foods for my family.
Just an FYI: Whole30 is more than giving up dairy and all forms of sugar (sweeteners included), no legumes, grains, white potatoes, alcohol, no sulfites-MSG-Carrageenan, and you can’t weigh or measure yourself.
I’m cheating this Saturday and will weigh myself. I have one last weigh in of the Biggest Loser that I committed too before I started Whole30. After that no more weighing.
Here is a comparison picture. On the left is a picture of me about 12 years ago. I was pregnant with Brent (I think).
I had oral surgery 6 months ago and had my chin worked on so everything would line up after they broke my jaw and fixed my overbite. Does my chin look different? Other than it’s more chunky now =)