Family, Homeschooling, Parenting

Oak Meadow Curriculum

Our Oak Meadow curriculum FINALLY came in the mail. I’ve been super excited to get this. Then I opened the syllabus and just couldn’t believe how incredibly LONG the introduction is. Almost done though. I’m on page 30 of 45. The steps to begin are:

1. Read the introduction.
2. Read “The Heart of Learning.”
3. Read the introduction to the subjects.4. Read “The Home Teacher’s Process Manual.”
5. Read Lesson 1.

Then I have to go to the gateway and finish some stuff up on there. The school year begins a week from now so I have to try to get everything done by then. Today is the beginning of raising a homeschooler. Hopefully permanently for both.

Family, Homeschooling, Parenting, Personal Development, Weight Loss

A New Advenure

To be honest, it’s been far too long since I posted on here. I’ve been so wrapped up in Baby Mode that I haven’t had time for much else. My weight loss has slowed down tremendously because I took my daughter out of public school in early January, so I wasn’t walking anymore. Fortunately, spring is coming, and the snow will melt and we can resume our daily walks and then some. I plan on getting a family membership for myself and my kids, and my daughter is being homeschooled now. Once we get our Oak Meadow curriculum, I’ll be updating this about our progress at least once a month, possibly once a week. I’m also starting a small business which I’ll be updating on a different blog. I’ll continue to update this on my weight loss progress once it resumes.


Evening Update

Selene insisted I eat a cupcake that one of the parents were giving out for their child’s birthday. But that was my only slip up. I had 4 snacks since I posted this morning. 1 ounce of cheese for my first 3 snacks, and 4 hardboiled eggs with butter for my evening snack. I had the extra slice of cheese because after that cupcake, my cravings were going insane. I made a basic egg salad for lunch and dinner based off of this recipe:

But I used Frank’s hot sauce in place of mayo, and 3 eggs instead of 6.

My totals today:
13 eggs4oz medium cheddar cheese
4tsp butter


Egg Fast

I’m doing an Egg Fast. Started yesterday. I don’t feel like explaining the ins and outs of what an Egg Fast is. If you want to know, you can look here:

Ideally it’s used to break stalls in weight loss, but I’m losing steadily every week so I don’t NEED to try it. I’m just doing an experiment to see how much I actually lose. People generally lose about 5lbs after their egg fast, depending on how long they do it. Since I already lose between 3 and 5lbs a week, I’m curious to see if this egg fast will help me lose more. I’m 35lbs to goal weight, so it’s not a big deal for me to play around with stuff like this. In fact, if I continuously lose about 5lbs a week, in 6 weeks, I’ll be at my goal weight. If the egg fast helps me lose more than 5lbs this week, that number will be smaller. Honestly, I’ve got nothing to lose except the extra weight. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, I started my egg fast at lunch yesterday. Didn’t do it in the morning because I had to wait for my husband to wake up and let me know if he wanted me to pick anything up at the grocery store. I didn’t eat lunch and had 4 hardboiled eggs and 2 ounces of cheese for a snack. For dinner I made a plate of Snickerdoodle Crepes. I probably -shouldn’t- have eaten the entire plate because I felt sick afterward, but it wasn’t that big of a deal, honestly. The Snickerdoodle Crepes recipe can be found here:

This is my version:
snickerdoodle crepes

That was basically all I did yesterday. Now, ideally, you weigh yourself every morning of the fast, but since weight fluctuates so much throughout the day, I think the results would be more accurate if I weigh after the fast is over. Were this a perfect world, that day would be Sunday for me, since that’s my usual weigh-in day, but I’m already halfway through with my first container of eggs and it’s only day 2. So I’ll weigh when my eggs run out, and then I’ll weigh again on Sunday to see if I gained or lost since I came off the egg fast. Depending on how well this egg fast works, I may do a monthly intermittent egg fast.

So, Day 2, I ate a 3 egg extra cheese omelette with about 32oz of water. I’ll be making myself some coffee later.

extra cheese omelette

And…that’s it for my update today. I’ll probably post one tonight after dinner to talk about what else I ate. ๐Ÿ™‚


Updated Goals and Plan

1. Induction until I get down to 153lbs.
2. OWL until I get down to 129lbs.
3. Pre-Maintenance until I get down to 110lbs.

That was my previous goal list. After my son was born I realized that 20g of carbs wasn’t feasible enough for me to lose. It would affect my milk production, among other things. So instead I did an entire overhaul of my plan.

I put my stats into a calorie calculator, and came up with the number of 1,260kcal in order to lose weight. Then, since I’m breastfeeding, I added an extra 500 calories since breastfeeding burns about 600kcal/day. That put my total to 1,760kcal/day. Then I went to the Keto Calculator, and input all of my measurements. Since I’m doing a low carb, high fat lifestyle, the Keto Calculator was perfect for me.

You can find the Keto Calculator here:

The Keto Calculator put my macros at 10% (44g) of carbohydrates, 20% (88g) of protein, and 70% (137g) of fat. I also use the Calories Burned calculator to estimate how many calories I burn a day. This is by far the most accurate calculator I’ve seen because it not only estimates your exercise, but it also estimates the calories you burn on a day to day basis.

Found here:

I walk almost 2 miles (total) every week day to get Selene to and from school. Depending on if I’m carrying Ricky, pushing him in the stroller, or leaving him home with his dad, I can burn more or less calories. I also try to keep my carbs to 45-50g/day. But I tend to go over because I log my exercise and the more you exercise/burn calories, the more carbs your body can process. Regardless, I never eat more than 100g of carbs/day, even on days when I “cheat.” I plan on changing this, however. No more going over 50g, regardless of how many calories I burn, and no more “cheating.” Carb addiction is a very real thing, and I’m in the thick of it.

Parenting, Personal Development, Weigh In, Weight Loss

A Little Update

I have been so incredibly busy and exhausted. Moving in on Saturday sent me over the edge and that night/the next morning, I went into active labor with Ulric. It was 6 hours of active labor and I think 4 hours of pushing to get him out of there. It was in the birthing position but he was slightly off to the left so he got stuck. I was trying everything I could to avoid an emergency c-section, so my midwife had me lay on my right side with my leg up and see if he would turn to the right. When she came to check on me about an hour later, he was centered and pushing him out took maybe 20 minutes tops. Ricky was born on October 12 at 9:07 am. It’s been an adjustment period, for sure. Jon took time off of work while I was in recovery to take care of Selene and the house, since Selene couldn’t stay in the room with me. Then he took one day off after Ricky and I came home, and it was right back to work with him. He only worked 3 days last week, so we’re not going to have a nice check. Yesterday Ricky turned a week old and we’re still transitioning. Since Jon works all the time, I have to take care of Selene, Ricky, and the house on my own. Jon has a lot of making up to do with his paychecks since he had to take the time off, so I have a feeling I won’t be seeing him for awhile. We still have a lot of work to do to get this house into living shape. The only furniture we own are beds, we have no shelving, no dishes, etc. So any extra money we have after food, bills, and rent, will be going to getting the stuff we need for the house. We won’t even be able to save for getting our storage unit here from California or for our wedding next year. We also somehow need to save the money to get married at City Hall next month. Money has been really tight this week so all I’ve really been eating is junk food and crap. I’m 100% sure I gained at least 20lbs from all the crap I’ve been eating. I’m hoping it’s less because of the breastfeeding though, but I’m not so sure about that. Jon still doesn’t have his debit card so we’re going to the bank today to transfer money into my bank account so I can pay our bills and buy us some actual decent food. I’m not going straight back to low carb like I thought I would be. My breastmilk is still in the developing phase and low carb has been shown to affect milk production. After it settles into a routine, I’ll be going back to low carb, but I’ll definitely be doing healthy eating. No more processed junk. Fresh fruit and veggies, eggs, lots of fresh meat, etc. It’s still -technically- low carb, just not as low carb as I planned. Plus,it’s not so much low carb, it’s clean eating; and clean eating will help me lose -some- weight regardless. Besides, I don’t want to be eating all this shit when my diabetes test is scheduled; otherwise I’m most likely going to fail it. My post-baby weight was 181lbs, so I didn’t lose as much as I hoped I would during childbirth. I have to schedule a 2 week postpartum appointment, though, so we’ll see where my weight is at when that comes around. Hopefully going grocery shopping this week and preparing decent meals will help bring that weight down, but it might just help me lose the weight that I gained this week and nothing more.

Jon is finally getting hired in at work. He’ll be making $13/hour, but he’s 100% sure that he’s only going o be bringing home what he’s bringing home now as a temp because they’re going to take money out for his insurance on top of other taxes. I think he’ll be bringing home more despite that, especially since he always works Sundays, and Sundays he makes over $26/hour. But we’ll have to see his first check before we can decide on that. This Friday will be his check from last week, so we won’t see his new check until next Friday. I can’t wait to see his take home pay after taxes are taken out, our rent is paid, our bills (including utilities) are paid, and after he’s worked on Sunday. We might be able to budget extra money for food and stuff for the house if possible, which would be ideal. Well, I think that’s the gist of my week up until now. Once I get my weigh-in from my doctor I’ll be able to make a final decision on what I’m doing about weight loss. In the meantime, I might try to some ab work, because my stomach is ugly Yes, I’m still healing, but I can’t stand my stomach anymore. Plus, I have ibuprofen and it’s been helping me survive the pain and cramps so far. I also have Extra Strength Tylenol…somewhere. That might actually be in storage still, though. I’m not sure on that.

Personal Development, Weigh In, Weight Loss

Weigh-in for 9/29/14

Whenย  went in to see my doctor, I was told that I weighed 185, and I still have 11 days to go. I have another appointment on October 7, and we’ll see where I’m at, at that point. It’s looking like I won’t be losing anymore weight, so I’m just going to stick with my original plan:

1. Induction until I get down to 153lbs.
2. OWL until I get down to 129lbs.
3. Pre-Maintenance until I get down to 110lbs.

All while slowly increasing my carb intake during each phase. Jon and I finally found a place to live, so we’ll be settling in to our new place while adjusting to our new baby. Once we’re settled in and the baby is old enough, I still plan on going to the gym. I’ll update the weight loss totals once I know how much I’ll weigh when I go into labor and after the baby is born. Hopefully I won’t gain too much more though. I’d rather not be at 190lbs with this one like I was with my daughter when she was born.