birthday

Light Carbs Update #1

Recently I wrote a post about going “light carb“. I wanted to do another update post updating you guys.

A little while ago, we had some friends over for lunch who were in the middle of doing Whole 30. We made steak salad and grilled veggies for lunch. I’ve read a little bit about the diet as it was going around the blog world. Lots of people seemed to like it. Some people lost weight on it. A lot of people said it was a struggle, too much prep-work, and not something they could do long term. Our friends said that they felt less bloated while on the diet.

But Whole 30 just does not appeal to me. I cannot cut out dairy. If you are a long-time reader, you may remember that I did an experiment a few years ago–going gluten and dairy-free. After a month of doing it, my conclusion was that I could go gluten-free/low carb fairly easily but I couldn’t go dairy-free. Especially since I didn’t get a big pay-off for it!

Here are a few posts about it:

When The Diet Stops Working

Mourning Pasta

Dairy-Free Conclusion

Yes, I understand that Whole 30 is only for 30 days but…I tried that with the other experiment. It just didn’t appeal to me. Maybe had I seen some big results I could get behind doing it for a month.

So I’m eating carbs still in fruit and veggies. I’ve ditched bananas because they are too high in carbs and sugar.

The second week on the light carb diet I weighed in and was down 2 more pounds, for a total of 4 lost. I had to admit, it was a good jolt of happiness and encouragement! I know that that’s probably bloat/water weight and I should get too excited yet, but it definitely helped me stay motivated to keep trying.

Over the weekend Michael’s dad came to visit for Michael’s birthday so Friday night I had my “cheat meal.” Michael picked up pizza and I had two slices.

The three of us split a Bourbon Ball from Papa Haydn’s for Michael’s birthday:

So not great on the carb/calorie front for Friday night but Saturday morning I turned it around. We went out for breakfast and I got scrambled eggs, two sausage patties and instead of potatoes or hashbrowns I got fruit and instead of bread or biscuits, they gave me some extra fruit. I really wanted that biscuit! But I stayed strong.

After the gym I had lunch (some low-carb Indian food) and cottage cheese. Dinner was a salad with a cheeseburger (and no bun). It was a pretty good day for limiting my carbs.

On Sunday I had eggs and side of strawberries for breakfast, went swimming, and then had a salad topped with flank steak for lunch.

Today I weighed in and saw that I was down another .6 pounds! So slowly but surely I’m starting to see some movement in the right direction.

I really hope I don’t yo-yo like I have done for the last year. If I can lose 2 more pounds I will know for sure that this diet is working. I just need to get past that yo-yo threshold I’ve been struggling against since having Logan!

I also had a non-scale victory–a shirt that I wear fairly often (a large size) was super loose on me this weekend! Yay!

Little Party Animal

My little baby is now a toddler! Overnight he became a big boy. It’s crazy!

Recently we had a little birthday party with family.

I was a little worried that Logan would be freaked out and shy with a lot of people at his birthday party. He’s always been a people person but sometimes he’s more of a watch and see what’s happening kind of kid. But he got up from his nap and strolled into his party super happy and excited!


He was a little social butterfly!

His birthday party was puppy themed. Puppy plates and cups, paw print napkins, puppy birthday banner…the works. And my favorite:

Puppy cupcakes! I was really happy with how the cupcakes turned out. My mom came down from Seattle for the weekend and she made the cream cheese frosting. It was amazing! I’ve never made frosting from scratch before. So good.

(Martha Stewart’s Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe).

I didn’t think Logan was going to eat the cupcake. But I had hoped he would like the frosting at least. Yeah….not so much. 😉

He also doesn’t like having stuff on his hands. So he was not a fan.

Then it was present time. Logan liked the wrapping paper more, I think! 🙂 But once the excitement of the presents died down he played with his new toys and loved them!

Family and friends were very generous and he loves his birthday presents! It’s so fun watching him play and explore.

A few days later, on his actual birthday, we had a lunch date with Daddy downtown! We went to lunch at a Lebanese restaurant and Logan had hummus for the first time.

He loved it! 🙂 We also did a little family photo shoot with a photographer friend. I can’t wait to get the photos back! Logan wasn’t quite as cooperative as he was last year for his first photo shoot, but I think we got a few good pictures.

It’s so amazing looking back at this past year and seeing all the growth and changes. I can’t believe I have a big boy now!