Great idea Kymma!! Love it!
This is the message I sent to Brad after paying the bills:
[QUOTE]Paid bills. We have $X left after all bills, groceries and gas.
Paid off 3 doctor bills:
Genesis (my CT scan)
EIPT (your physical therapy)
Dentist (not that it matters... have another appt on the 4th... but I think preventive care is 100% covered, so as long as there are not cavities to fill or fillings to fix, we should be good.
We have a house, a trailer and insurance for another month... Cabela's won't come and snag one of our kids as payment on the credit card this month, and our kids have a place to stay during the day for another week.
Love you. [/QUOTE]
[B]Day 4 Recap:[/B]
B: 3 boiled eggs, 3 slices bacon
L: leftover steak, cajun sweet potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower mix
D: Primal meatloaf (in meatball form b/c they cook faster), brussel sprouts with bacon and onion
S: almonds, sweet delicious almonds!
[B]Day 5 Plan:[/B]
B: 3 boiled eggs, 3 slices bacon
L: leftover meatballs, sprouts
D: BBQ pork ribs in the crockpot, home fries (mine will be made with sweet potatoes)
I'm doing pretty well, I think. Still having a few minor cravings and subconscious impulses to pop things into my mouth, but luckily I've noticed them before doing it. Also felt like I had more energy yesterday. Felt more awake this morning when the alarm went off. Mood is improving - not getting as annoyed in the mornings as I usually do.
I need to start my presentation and paper for my project class. Remember the Sponsorship project? Yeah, it's still going... not as quickly as I had hoped it would, but it's going. Last day of class is next Thursday, so I need to get crackin'. Also need to start thinking about my thesis topic. I start my thesis paper in January and have NO idea what I want to write about... it's supposed to be a minimum of 30 pages long with cited references. I have another class that I'm taking in January as well that I believe ALSO has a 30 page paper... *le sigh* Almost done... almost done.
Brad had some excitement at work this week - bad excitement. One of the guys in another department, but someone he knew, was burned with 180 degree water over 45% of his body. He went to open a valve that would drain a tank and one of the pipes came loose and just showered him from the front. The tank holds 200 gallons of water... So it SHOT out of the tank. There was NO getting out of the way. And the pressure caused it to fan, so instead of just getting his shins, it got his neck, chest, torso and legs. He was hospitalized for a day, but later released for out-patient burn care. I guess he's got mostly 2nd degree burns, but some 3rd degree. Feel badly for him. So glad Brad doesn't work with anything that could scald him. He just has to worry about pinch points - which can be just as bad b/c it could cause a lost finger or something. It's so scary to think about.
Another guy, one of the engineers in the plant, had a massive stroke. He's still recovering and they don't know how much he has lost in regard to mental capacity - at least, Brad didn't know.
And finally (bad things happen in 3's right?) a 34 year old in the "making" department (they make the bodywash/shampoos/etc) was walking around on the back dock on his way into the plant and dropped dead. He was 34. Had a massive heart attack. Brad said he was just leaving work the other night when the emergency response alarm went off, but he didn't know who or what it was about, and left. Found out the next morning that this guy had died. Said that the plant EMTs tried to shock him back 3 times before the ambulance got there, but it was no use. The plant, which amazes me to no end, stopped production for an entire 24 hour period, offered grief counselling to those with wished for it, and are helping with the funeral arrangements. His death was 100% NOT work related, just happened by luck while he was at work.
Hopefully that's the end of the bad stuff... I think the last thing really put health into perspective for Brad... He said you never would have guessed this guy was minutes away from a massive heart attack by looking at him.
On to some better news... Brady has gotten smiley faces at school 2 days in a row. I hope I'm not jinxing it by saying that. I hope it continues for sure! He was dairy free on Tuesday and Wednesday both... as well as gluten free. As well as taking his multivitamin and Omega-3s. He seems more mellow - but still gets excited and still needs reminders b/c he gets distracted (mostly by fun stuff - the dogs, tv, etc, when he needs to be getting ready in the morning) but it's not bad and he's not fighting us about anything... just needing reminders. I can handle reminders. He also said, yesterday, that it's easy to follow the rules. Previously, he would always say "It's so hard to get yellow" (yellow is the best behavior color at his school). Hopefully the trend continues.
I discovered that the chicken nuggets I was getting him, that I thought were gluten free, in fact are not... so he's been eating gluten the whole freaking time... I had gotten these Applegate farm chicken nuggets in a box that were gluten free. Then a few weeks later, I discovered a BAG of nuggets (2x as many nuggets for only a couple dollars more). Being thrifty, I snatched them up. I found out 2 days ago that they're REGULAR nuggets, not gluten free. The packaging was so similar that I hadn't noticed. I sent a message to the company asking that they redesign the packaging so that it's easier to tell the difference when you're digging through an over packed, unorganized grocery freezer. Having them both with green labels and only a little single line of text that says "gluten free" isn't enough. No wonder gluten free wasn't giving us any consistent results!
ANYHOW... oh, and scale read 189 today (and yesterday). Lost 2 lbs since Monday morning.
Better get to work on this paper. Have a great day, y'all.
Good news on the energy front. Sounds like how maca affected me. I'm still waiting before I try again. I think I'd rather knock another supplement out before I add a new one.
Also good news with Brady! I think his consciousness of the behavior (finding it easier to be "good") says a lot.
Wow, Jenn - lots happening in your world! Sorry to hear about all the bad stuff - why does it seem that things always come in 3's ??? I have a friend who just lost 3 dear friends over the period of a month. Can we also say that the GOOD things come in 3's? that would be so much more fun to think about! Lets see - Brady's behavior is 1. Brad's job change is 2. What will #3 be?
You're doing great on the whole30! Keep going! :) I'm also on Day 4 of my Strict14. :) Doing great......... now, if I had a scale to measure my progress I would be happier - but at least the numbers on my calorie tracking and walking are good.
Tomi, if only I'd gotten a Powerball ticket this week... that might have been my number 3!
I'm kind of excited about going to the dentist. Last time I was there she commented on the tea staining my teeth. Since she's mentioned it, I can definitely see what she's talking about. Their a beige yellow and I'm very self-conscious of it. She told me last time that the polish would take it off, so I'm hopeful the polish will be able to do it again this time. Then it's NO MORE TEA!! No more! I don't want stained teeth, so I will quit the tea (I drink 3 18 oz bottles of Lipton each day). I will switch back to water and call it good.
I'd use some whitestrips (since Brad works for P&G and they make crest products, I have boxes upon boxes upon boxes of "professional" white strips), but I have a filling in one of my front teeth and a visible crown that were both colored to match the rest of my teeth. If I use a white strip, it'll expose those color variations and I don't want to have them refilled for cosmetic purposes b/c I cannot stand having my teeth drilled/filled. Plus, my insurance doesn't cover fillings anyway, so the expense would be entirely mine. I wonder if there's a filling "paint" you can buy to whiten them... *pondering*
Maybe I'll ask the hygienist her thoughts... My appointment is scheduled for the 4th.
The occasional (a couple times a week) rinse with hydrogen peroxide works really well. It's quite safe, but you can dilute it too.
I had to dig, but I finally found a [URL="http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/listerine-whitening-plus-restoring-clean-mint-post-brush-fluoride-rinse/ID=prod5934344-product"]mouthwash [/URL]without glycerin (trying to remineralize my teeth.) To my advantage, it's a whitening mouthwash. It's still not great, but better than a lot of others.
I have never found success with whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes...
Congrats on getting the weight down!
34 years old? Oh my goodness. That is so young. I can well imagine it would shake your DH.
Such a bummer about the chicken nuggets. I often buy the wrong product because the packaging isn't different enough. Are you going to start your gluten-free project over again?
Love your Bill message. Did He?
So sorry about the work tragedies.
I spent $16 on powerball yesterday. Sigh.
I hate my stained teeth too, but not enough to quit coffee.