Lent Whole40 - Week 2

 

I'm feeling that Tiger Blood this week! It pounced on me suddenly on Day 15 - the first time I've felt that sudden surge in energy! In all of my other Whole30s, it's been very gradual, where I look back on the past week and go "oh yeah! I did have some more energy!" But this time, it was the textbook "someone flipped the switch" with my energy. Only took me 4 Whole30s to get here! There are always NSVs to be had, it's a beautiful thing. 

And it couldn't have come at a better time because it's school vacation so...yeah.

What am I doing with all of this energy? Well, I'm sleeping more! Yup, when I have more energy I tire myself out and then fall down like a very tired toddler at bedtime. I'm out like a light. And I wake up with energy. Basically, I turn into a toddler. 

I'm also... 

- going to the gym more often 

- playing with my kiddos

- cleaning all the things like a delirious pregnant woman (without the discomfort of pregnancy! win. win.)

- I'm going on adventures with my boys (pics below!)

On Monday, a friend and I drove to Boston and took our kids to the Boston Children's Museum. Let me tell you why this is amazing- 

The old me would NEVER do this. I would think about all the germs on the train. All the possible ways we could crash and die on the highways. TRAFFIC. Crying kids. Not having enough food. Running out of water. Getting stuck on the T. Public violence somewhere (isn't this sad, that this has to be a worry now?). I haven't even counted all of the ways the museum would have horrified me. 

The new me? The me who is working on her anxiety, praying more, and doing Whole30 round 4 and feeling the Tiger Blood? She said - and I quote - "BRING IT. ROAR."

I felt energy in my body and peace in my heart. I would be with a good and trustworthy friend and I knew whatever mishaps happened along the way, we would laugh and talk about it for a long time. Above all, I thought of my boys, and how much fun they would have at the museum. It's such a joy to see true excitement in the eyes of your loved ones. 

With lots of packed food (details below), prayers, and a Starbucks coffee, we got through the day with no scrapes, only 1 sudden potty stop, 2 scratched rims, and 1 almost accident. But ZERO traffic!

Top row: spilled spinach to start off my week; actual items for sale - FOR REAL.; my grocery store now carries Primal Kitchen!!!   Middle Row: I tried making poached haddock and it turned into tomato sauce with chunks of haddock instead (it was delicious though); "mommy, I drew you the ocean" <3 ; spilled coffee to continue my week.   Last row: Did you know it was national chili day last week?! I made a pork chili topped with green onions, delish; I had a rare, magical, unicorn moment to myself at  Book and Bar . I went straight to the poetry aisle with my decaf Americano. Later, I bought this local magazine, Good Fat, because my talented friend Theresa is published in it - you should buy it too! ; superheros at Target. They find deals just like their Super Mom. 

Top row: spilled spinach to start off my week; actual items for sale - FOR REAL.; my grocery store now carries Primal Kitchen!!! 

Middle Row: I tried making poached haddock and it turned into tomato sauce with chunks of haddock instead (it was delicious though); "mommy, I drew you the ocean" <3 ; spilled coffee to continue my week. 

Last row: Did you know it was national chili day last week?! I made a pork chili topped with green onions, delish; I had a rare, magical, unicorn moment to myself at Book and Bar. I went straight to the poetry aisle with my decaf Americano. Later, I bought this local magazine, Good Fat, because my talented friend Theresa is published in it - you should buy it too! ; superheros at Target. They find deals just like their Super Mom. 

So, let me you about what I packed for my Whole30 lunch to the museum. It was a last minute decision to go to the museum, so my meal prep came in handy. The meal wasn't picture worthy (also, children's museum), but here's what I packed for the entire trip: 

Lunch: 

shredded chicken with Tessemae's lemon garlic marinade on a bed of spinach; sweet potato salad with dijon mustard and mayo; avocado chunks. Can of seltzer, as usual. 

Snack: RX Bar, can of pineapple slices (check your labels!), and cashews. 

This kept me going all day, until 6pm when I got home and had a big bowl of white chicken chili that I cooked the day before (meal prep - and Instant Pot -  for the win!) 

boston children's museum.png

 

___

On the Lenten Front, my fast from social media got tough this week. One thing that surprises me every time I do this is that I still get mad at my kids. Imagine that?! Moms get lots of guilt for too much screen time taking up our patience that would otherwise be for our kids. 

Newsflash: KIDS DRIVE YOU CRAZY NO MATTER WHAT!

I'm not condoning using screen time as an excuse for negativity towards children. But I am saying that it released me from some pressure I was feeling to "not be on my phone so much" - I'm learning that behind the social media anxiety, I'm just a mom who needs to find ways to stay present and stay positive with her handsome, silly boys.

God constantly surprises me with all of these pearls of wisdom that I can use to make me a better version of myself. <3 

___

Have a great week! 

amanda 

OH! 

I got a hair cut :) 

Hair cut.png