This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 8 and 2 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For---Protein?

Yes, you read that accurately! Protein is something new I have been trying recently! I didn't wait until the 1st to start, I actually started a few days before that. I bought some whey protein powder (100 calories and 15g protein/serving) and haven been replacing my lunches with a protein shake! It is an easy--and healthy--way to cut calories while still tasting yummy and feeling full afterwards.

Nick decided to join me on this so we got chocolate powder for him and vanilla for me. Both of us doing this makes it much easier because now I just make a quick lunch for Brad while we drink our shakes, then we can all eat a nice dinner together in the evening.

 I stocked up on fresh and frozen fruits--strawberries, blueberries, peaches, bananas, oranges, etc--and the liquid I use is almond coconut milk. I have never used this before but it was pretty cheap, it is lower calorie than milk, and yummier than plain water! For my shakes I just pick a couple of fruits and add the ice, powder, and milk then blend it until smooth. Sometimes I throw in a pack of sweetener just to make it even better. Brad loves them too and has to have sips of mine.

 Since I can't bring my blender to work I have been just drinking the protein powder with water as my lunch...not so yummy that way. I feel like I am drinking baby formula. I decided to buy some Atkins protein drinks at the store just for my work lunches because they are more portable, and come in several flavors. That way I'm not tempted to go to the cafeteria and get something fried!

I have been doing this for a week now and have lost about a pound or two. I have also been going to the gym too on my days off. I wasn't able to go for the two weeks around Christmas/New Years because of them being closed and all the extra days I worked. I am getting back into it now, and have some new workout clothes/shoes to enjoy while I'm there! Is it strange that I like to watch the Food Network while I work out?

In other news....I have been watching flight prices and managed to catch an amazing deal on some tickets to..........

 ....Seattle! We are returning to the state that we loved last year. We go back in March for a few days and look forward to more sightseeing and visiting family. I joked about dragging Nick to see Forks (of "Twilight" fame) this time but it is too far of a drive just to see a tiny town from a movie. We are however planning on driving north to British Columbia, Canada this time! That will make 2 places in Canada we have been to--the other is Ontario.

Nick and I sat down the other day and came up with a game plan for finishing the remaining repairs on our house before listing it for sale {hopefully} next month. I got most of the supplies already, and just need to get a few more. We are painting the wood paneling in our living room, finishing the trim on our wood floors, deep cleaning the house, new timer for outdoor lighting, cleaning the carpets, and touching up some dinged up spots on cabinets/walls. We really and truly feel that this is our calling to move this year, and we just hope and pray the housing market has come back enough for us to sell our house!


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