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Fast Food: Vegan Day 22

Generally, as a personal rule, I stay home and do absolutely nothing the day after a return home from vacation. I even work hard the day we get home to get everything put away and laundry done, so I can take one good day of recovery from vacation. What can I say? We vacation hard. 😉 Yesterday was vacation recovery day, or so I thought. At about 2:30 I received a call from a friend. Her husband was doing photo shoot for an online catalog and they didn’t have enough of the right age girl’s show up. He need her…

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Insanity- Day 16

This is quickly becoming my least favorite calendar. Life is exhausting. I went to be late, the baby woke up twice to be nursed and I had bad dreams waking me up in between.  I don’t even remember my alarm going off this morning. The off button must have been more appealing than the snooze because I woke up on my own at 7am. Even though 7am is late to wake up in this house most days, my mind and body were screaming at me to stay in bed. Only my oldest was awake and he would have crawled into…

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Vegan Vacation- Day 21

There are factors which often discourage people trying to maintain any sort of healthy eating or change in diet. The 2 biggest for me personally are parties and vacations. I grew up in a family where if there was any sort of diet, the start date worked around any sort of vacation or party as to not ruin the event with having to make different food choices. We love food in my family. My family returned home yesterday from a 3 night vacation with 4 other families. This was a 4 day party disguised as a vacation. There was “party…

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Insanity- Day 15

Today is our first day home from vacation and yesterday was a day off.  Getting out of bed this morning to workout took every bit of discipline in my entire body.  Even then, I rolled out of bed at 7:30, one little boy on my heels and one left in my bed.  The girls were thankfully still sleeping. Today was a Fit Test day!!! I was actually really excited to see if I had any improvement. Also, even though the fit test is tough, it’s short, so I was happy to not have a late morning even though I decided…

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My Husband’s Salsa- Day 19

Salsa has always been big in my family. When making salsa myself, I’ve never ventured far into the possibilities until recently. Generally I like Salsa Fresca or Pico de Gallo in some circles, basically the fresh, chunky kind. I generally chop up tomatoes, onion, cilantro and a chili of my choice and add a little lime and salt, to which I have received many compliments over the years. My husband has brought me out of my shell a little in this department. Who knew there was any of me even left in the shell?  I’m generally pretty outgoing!  He started…

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Abuela Comes to Visit- Day 18

A few days ago I shared about the food we ate on a visit to my dad and step-mom’s. This week my step-mom, sister and brother came to visit and Abuela agreed to teach me how to make her salsa, guacamole and tacos de papas. A favorite memory from childhood is the Mexican food at my grandma’s house when I went to visit my dad’s mom. She was a wonderful cook.  There is a part of me still sad she passed away without passing on her cooking legacy to me personally.Having my step mom show me some tricks of the…

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A Day at Abuela’s- Day 17

Last week we spent the day at Abuela’s. Abuela means grandma in Spanish hence the affectionate name the kids call my step-mom. So what used to be referred to as a day at my dad’s has quickly turned into a day at Abuela’s. I was nervous about what we were going to eat there, not so much for the children and myself, but for my husband who often finds himself hungry.  I’m more liberal with what I let the kids eat when we are at other people’s houses and I knew I could happily live off beans and tortillas for…

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Insanity- Day 11

Today was a Cardio Recovery day. I managed to finish my workout before 7am today!!! Managing to get up a few minutes after six was of no consequence when the boys were up and at em’ just as early today.  We have a little family vacation starting today so I guess we are all a little more excited than usual to get going. The short 33 minute DVD had me sweating even though we never moved very quickly.  Deep stretching and balance work made my body really have to work to stay with the group. I’m always amazed at how…

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Vegan Kids- Day 16

I’m not convinced even a healthy vegan diet is as good for a person as some say. I’m especially not convinced to a point where I’m strict with my kids about what they eat.  I’ve watched them eat pizza, bean and cheese burritos, yogurt, ice cream and a fair amount of white sugar and flour.  They have devoured any meat or dairy product in their sight over the last couple weeks.  Yesterday, after my oldest begged for more grilled chicken at a fast food place, I wondered if their body really does need more protein, iron and calcium then they…

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Insanity- Day 10

Wahoo, I’m into the double digits!! Fell asleep early last night!!! My body feels tired come evening. My husband and I fell asleep on the couch at around 9:30!!! This is SO early for us. When we finally woke up and went upstairs to bed it felt like 1am, but it was only 11. This felt like a small victory in my efforts to get up in the morning. This morning I was out of bed by 6:20, but due to life our workout didn’t start until a few minutes before 7am. Hopefully I’m slowly going backward and will in…

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