Day 48–Fever

The best laid plans of mice and men…and then you have kids. Yesterday was supposed to be my first Monday working all summer, and then shortly after I arrived Declan’s school called and said he had a fever. I assumed it was teething, although he was really knocked down yesterday. The bad news is obviously that my boy felt bad…its always tough watching someone you care about when they’re sick, but its worse when its a kid who can’t tell you what’s wrong. The silver lining was definitely that he wanted all the cuddles. And I mean ALL the cuddles. So while I missed a day of work and am probably behind, I spent my afternoon holding Declan watching cartoons. 

It could be worse.

Breakfast–Multi-V Cherry Goodness. Trying to get back in the swing of eating more fiber and spending my calories wisely.

Lunch–Griffin and Joel got wings. I, on the other hand, got a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at home with the walking wounded. I mean, the company was hard to beat, but as discussed previously: WINGS.

Dinner–Chick Fil A. Grilled chicken sandwich and a large superfood side.

Dessert–Cherry Garcia FroYo. Surprisingly good stuff, and saves 70 calories a serving over the ice cream version with little to no drop off in taste. So I had a full cup, because why not?

Back at work today, fever’s broken and Dex is home playing with Kappy. All is right…but I will miss the cuddles.

Have a good one.


Day 44–Abilene

We spent some time going over it, and I think this last weekend was one of maybe three times in the last six years I’ve been to Abilene for something that wasn’t a funeral or class. That’s an incredibly long time for such an incredibly important place in my life, and it honestly tarnishes my memories a bit. Just as I will always equate Fayetteville, Arkansas with death, Abilene was quickly falling down a path with no redemption in sight…and then Memorial Day happened.

It was such a great trip!

Getting to see family, watching Declan interact with Evie, eating Abilene food (too much of it, but whatcha gonna do?), even running into friends by crazy random happenstance…it had it all. I definitely wasn’t eating healthy–it rained a bunch, and the “hotspots” in Abilene (no pun intended and shoutout to Los Arcos…I miss you) are all BBQ and Mexican food–but it was good for the soul, and being completely healthy means mind and body. I got to spend some time with my remaining grandparents, hung out with Tyler Barnett one night (dude’s going to India…how awesome is that?), and the pace of life in Abilene is magical. No traffic, no hectic schedules, no craziness. I’m happy to include it in the list of places I call home.

As for food, here’s what yesterday looked like, which I think is technically day 43 (BT):

Breakfast–Three egg omelet with sautéed peppers and onions.

Lunch–FAT BAO. I missed it. Went to lunch with Jason Notoras and Joel and was able to just have some guy time, which has been sorely lacking in the office since some people decided to bail on me. And of course, Fat Fries are delicious.

Dinner–Sausage, roasted onions, and roasted kabocha squash. It’s trumpeted as sweeter than butternut, and maybe I got a starchy one, but it didn’t live up to the billing. Really good and super filling though.

Hopefully I can get back in the groove, and hopefully Houston won’t float away. Pray for those affected by flooding.

Have a good one.

Day 36–Trivia Night

Guys’ Night has become a monthly tradition for my friend group, and each month we try to do something a little different. This month we had the brilliant idea to do a trivia night, which feeds right into my status as a gigantic nerd. Apparently, its really hard to play trivia at a location thats closed for remodeling. But God clearly had a plan, because by the time we all went home from our backup plan, my face hurt from laughing so hard. And there was definitely some trivia involved, ranging from pigeons and doves to Curtis Martin to tube socks. Good times had by all, except for my waistline.

If I have a weakness, its that there are certain foods that I can’t pass up. Good pizza, certain chocolate desserts, Fat Bao, and wings. So when the plan changed last night and we ended up at Buffalo Wild Wings, even after I had already eaten something for dinner, I knew I was in trouble. But man was it delicious.

Breakfast–I had one of those Go Picnic boxes. Seriously people, these are great for desk food items. Low calorie, well thought out with grains and proteins and healthy fats, and they stick with you.

Lunch–Freebirds with Abby and Dex. I had a chicken burrito bowl: cilantro-lime rice, black beans, guacamole, chicken, corn salsa, habanero salsa, lettuce, and cilantro. Good food, better company.

Dinner #1–PB&J. I tried to be good.

Dinner #2–Wings! All the wings!

So, good night…bad food choices. So much for moving forward eh? The good news: today is another chance to try again. Its a marathon, not a sprint, regardless of how quickly I dropped those first few pounds. And bad days happen…I just can’t let it get me down.

Have a good one.

Day 35–Moving Day

Today we had the bittersweet task of moving our belongings out of the Katy campus. It’s tough to know how many families we let down and to think of all the “what ifs” that naturally pop up, but at the same time, we know that the future of Logos Prep is bright because we’re making the difficult decisions and protecting the vision of the school. There was a palpable sense of excitement, camaraderie, and momentum. As it was put today (although all of us have different break points): today is the end of 2015-16. Now we move forward.

On the food front, I ate too much. We worked pretty hard moving stuff around (mostly, the kids worked hard. But I picked stuff up too!) and then in the chaos of reorganizing, we all kind of forgot about lunch until we were starving. That led to some snacking on my part–always a bad thing–and then pizza. Which is always a good thing, but not when trying to lose weight. The good news is that, as of this morning, I was at 252.2 lbs, which means the goal I set to lose 15 pounds by the time Riley arrives is obviously going well. That’s 12.8 down, with a few months to go. I’ll change the goal once I actually reach it, but the progress is addictive…I want to keep doing well!

Breakfast–Three cinnamon toast Eggos before moving. Needed fuel and whatnot. I also needed to get Declan to school, which never ever goes well…he’s used to momma dropping him off, not me. Throws him every time, and every time he cries. Hopefully he gets used to it soon!

Snack–I had some granola bites and a handful of M&Ms.

Lunch–Double Daves Pepperoni rolls. So so good. So so not needed.

Dinner–Omelette with three eggs, some chorizo, and some onion. 

Post dinner–An apple and Nutella while watching the first quarter of the basketball game.

So I went over on calories today, even with the workout-ish this morning. I’ll make it up tomorrow by being smarter. Some days you just gotta move forward, ya know?

Have a good one.

Day 32–Graduation

The senior class of 2016 has officially left the building. Today was one of the better graduation ceremonies I’ve ever attended (and I’ve been to a LOT of graduations…shudder), from the commencement speech–shout out to Gary Chevalier for bringing the thunder–to the videos to the sense of excitement from the kids. This is my first graduation up close and personal, and getting a brief moment with each student before they crossed the stage was special. Thanks to the seniors for helping us through a trying year, and best of luck in the future!

I’m still fighting off whatever this cold/sinus infection/blah is, so I slept a lot today. I also didn’t eat much, because my stomach doesn’t feel right from too much drainage. But had good times with Kappy and Declan had a great day, so it’s still a win in my book.

Breakfast–Blueberry Nutella toast. Exactly what it sounds like…two pieces of toast with Nutella and blueberries. Wonderful.

Lunch–Hahahahaha didn’t happen.

Dinner–Pei Wei. I had the pad Thai chicken, which was good, but WAY TOO MUCH FOOD. So I didn’t eat it all. The seeker of social justice in me always feels terrible when that happens, but the suit I wore today actually fit me, so there’s a bit of an internal struggle there.

Volunteer Blast tomorrow, assuming I can breathe/function. 

Have a good one.

Day 31–Inconsistencies

I could say there are reasons I haven’t posted, but honestly I just forgot most of the time. I’ve been sick, I hung out with Kyle, I finished up the semester…lots going on. Still should have found ten minutes to write out my day. Oh well.

Since its 9 am and there isn’t really a day to report on yet, here’s a brief rundown of what I’ve eaten recently:

–Lots of Cane’s. They gave us all free Box Combo cards at school, so it’s been the group lunch of choice.

–A Dr Pepper and some Reese’s, courtesy of Keller Cox. It’s amazing how when you cut things out, the foods that are really “worth it” (the ones you actually want to eat) taste so much better. The weekly Dr Pepper has become even better, and because of that it’s easier to make it through the whole week without a bunch of them. And as for my first Reese’s in a month…wow.

–Sandwiches and other assorted snackery. Part of getting my semi-annual sinus infection is that food tastes more blah. So it’s been pretty plain…PB&J, apples and Nutella, etc.

That’s about it. Graduation tomorrow, Kappy’s coming (yay!) to be with Dex, and then summer starts in full swing.

Have a good one. 

Day 28–Anniversary

My how things have changed. Seven years ago today, Abby and I were married. We had a lovely ceremony, surrounded by great friends and family, then headed to Colorado.

This go around, Declan has an ear infection so Abby ended up having to hold him as he slept all night. I took off work to take him to the doctor, he’s now on antibiotics, Abby worked all day and then did prenatal yoga, and we watched old episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun before going to bed at a reasonable hour.

And I wouldn’t trade any of it. If the first seven have been this amazing, I can’t wait to see what the next 70 holds! 

Breakfast–Chocolate Chunk scone from Whole Foods, because anniversary. It was…meh.

Lunch–An open-faced BLS sandwich. That would be bacon, lettuce, and some pineapple mango salsa, because tomatoes are ew. On a thick slab of country bread, it was really good…the acid from the salsa cut the bacon, the sweetness of the pineapple cut salty, the bread was nice and toasty. I’m a fan.

Dinner–Roasted pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes and broccoli. Last night we had full out anniversary dinner–filet, roasted potatoes, etc. Tonight was just supposed to be good, and it was. Penzey’s jerk seasoning pretty much goes on everything.

Dessert–Part of a Chocolove Cherry Dark Chocolate bar. One of the best chocolate bars I’ve ever had.

Last day of school tomorrow, complete with grading 28, 120-question finals and graduation rehearsal. Oh boy.

Have a good one!