Thursday, February 11, 2016

Shiny Sink

If you caught my New Years's Resolutions/Goals post, you might remember that I'm working on generally decluttering and cleaning the house. We're about a month and a half into this year and I've felt overwhelmed and successful in equal measure. After I put the post up, a friend suggested that I check out FlyLady, and once I'd spent enough time poking around, I decided to work on each month's habit for the whole year. January was Shine Your Sink month and I'm happy to report that my sink is still shiny after it's initial soak and scrub.

Shiny sink!
More than that, putting in the effort to make the sink shiny and clean has made me more apt to keep it that way. Something about taking pride in your work, I think. When I put Cecilia down for her naps now, instead of heading straight for my laptop or my book, the first thing I do is go to the sink and do the dishes. That way nothing can get dried on and crusty and I never feel overwhelmed by a huge pile of dishes at 7 or 8 pm when I don't have any energy left for the day.

February's habit is less discrete and started out as an overwhelming concept. This month the goal is to spend at least 15 minutes a day organizing something. At first, I didn't know where to start but then I realized that I should start with something small and attach the 15 minutes to the end of a dish-doing session, thus I ended up in the kitchen as it sees the most use on a daily basis. So far, I feel like all I ever get to organize is the kitchen because like I just said, it sees the most use. But I think I'm making (tiny) in-roads on other areas of the house because I was finally able to get the foyer cleared of clutter today.

My goal has evolved a little bit; as the year progresses, I'm aiming to continue to chain together each month's habit. With luck and hard work, I'll hopefully have to invest less daily time to keep the house clean.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Breakfast Tacos

I've been trying to figure out ways to get out of the house faster in the morning because the sooner I get to work, the sooner I get to come home. One of my favorite breakfasts...alright hold up, let's be real here, this is the only breakfast I've had at work since November when I ordered the containers I use to bring them in. I've essentially become the breakfast taco master at work and I've gotten some side-eye from several people when they see me make my eggs in the break room microwave. They just don't know what they're missing.

It works and it works well. I get my warm, healthy breakfast and I get home a little bit earlier because I don't putz about the kitchen making it. Now that I feel like the eggy-taco master of my own universe, I figured I'd share.

Prep Work

I didn't want to bring a million little plastic containers because it's obnoxious. Thus, I spent a good amount of time scouring the internet trying to figure out how best to get my tacos to work without destroying my eggs or taco shells. This led me down an entire area of Instagram dedicated to the (occasionally terrifying) beauty of food prep, which in turn led me to these containers (affiliate link). Having used them for three solid months, I can comfortably say that they're definitely worth the investment for more than just breakfast tacos, especially if you want to pack your meals for the work week on the weekend.
I'm not going to give you a recipe because I think it would be silly since tacos are stupidly simple to put together, but I will explain my packing process.
  1. Toast and cool shells.
  2. Pack the cooled shells, eggs, butter and cheese.
  3. Decide on a salsa and make it. Generally I have one of two:
    • Basic Pico de Gallo but only when tomatoes are fresh because I hate mealy tomatoes
    • Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salsa
  4. Pack salsa and store prepared meals in fridge.
  5. Pack one meal into lunchbox with tiny Sriracha2Go container (affiliate link) and a mug to make the eggs in.

At Work

Once I get to work, I immediately plop my pat of butter into the mug, grab my eggs and head for the microwave. I loosely follow this method on the Incredible Egg website, adjusting my microwaving times for the over powered microwave we have at work. That said, I definitely would not put it in for the 45 seconds the video recommends, because that is the fastest way to end up with a super eggy mess in your microwave. Assemble tacos and consume. Bon appetit!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DietBet Transformer: Month 4

Initial Weigh-In: 175.8
Beginning of Round 1 Weigh-In: 167.5
End of Round 1 Weigh-In: 162.0 (-5.5)
End of Round 2 Weigh-In: 155.8 (-6.8)
End of Round 3 Weigh-In: 153.0 (-2.8)
End of Round 4 Weigh-In: 148.4 (-4.6)
Total Loss: 27.4

It was much, much easier to make better choices this past month, due mostly to the fact that the holiday season gauntlet has passed. My birthday is coming up next month but I'm making the cake and ice cream so I'll be able to log it fairly accurately. I'm excited for my cake and ice cream since I've got plans. I'm honestly surprised on most days that I still lose weight with as many calories as I've been eating, but I suspect that has far more to do with my macronutrient ratios than anything else. Years and years ago when I saw a nutritionist, she told me that with my conditions I'd lose best if I kept my carbs under 200 and it seems to be working.

The only problem I have right now is that I'm getting a teensy bit tired of breakfast tacos and need to figure out another way to have eggs at work in the morning.

I've sorta-kinda-maybe given up on finishing the C25K app but since I ran ~5K today, I'm not concerned. I've been getting at least three days of running, a day of reformer and a day of Zumba in each week. I also get at least 25 minutes of walking in at lunch every work day. I'm trying not to make any training plans for races this year until I'm back to my goal weight because dividing my focus never works and something always ends up suffering.

Cecilia Picture
Yeah, yeah, I know you all really come here for this.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cecilia and Mommy: 10 Months

My favorite moment from this month happened on a Thursday afternoon. We were hanging out in her play area and she was playing independently while I sat on the other side of the room, just watching her baby antics. She deliberately crawled over to one of her musical toys and pressed the button then proceeded back to what she had been playing with before. As the song was about to end, she stopped what she was doing, crawled over to the toy and started another song before crawling back to what she had been doing. I watched her repeat this for a good five minutes straight, until she was bored with what she was doing and came to crawl on her favorite play gym (me).

I loved seeing this little part of her personality emerging because she is my Zumba baby, so I'm not surprised that she likes to listen to music while she plays.

Mama, I'm a baby hoodlum with a posse!

Hey Mama, why are you laying on the floor like that? You look silly.

  • Books, but we still have to be careful because we're not out of the paper ripping phase yet.
  • Water in her straw sippy cup, even if 50% of it ends up on her and not in her.
  • Pear and Mango
  • Sitting with Mommy at breakfast time to get bites of oatmeal; probably going to start making her her own oatmeal soon since she likes mine so much!
  • Playing Hide and Seek even if she doesn't know that's the name of the game yet
  • Obsessively staring at the toilet paper on the bathroom counters because she wants to unroll it.
  • Terrorizing Charlie - if Charlie didn't flee from her for the smallest of things, I think she'd be less amused by this
  • Babbling (deg deg deg - maybe dog dog dog?)
  • Standing on her own as evidenced above

  • Having her nails trimmed
  • Having her nose wiped
  • Teething - it's the worst.

I added half a day back to my work schedule on Thursdays. I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it yet; I guess I'll have to wait another month and see before I report back.

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