Well, we’ve had a pretty busy March!
- I taught a class on meal prep earlier in the month
- I went back to work very part time (2 hours a week) as a receptionist at the wellness center where I used to do massage
- I completed a Whole30 and re-introduction phase (More on that below)
- We spent lots of time at the children’s museum and in the house due to cold weather
Thankfully, Spring is here and we get to spend more time outside! I know Allison’s gone stir-crazy quite a bit and all I want her to do is go outside and run around.
Welcome to March’s edition of Breakfast With Bacon! Here’s what’s been going on the past month:
1.) I love having a nerd for a daughter. I scoured the Internet for video game coloring pages, and we just spent forever coloring. Allison even cut out some of the pictures she colored to play with, so there’s some fine motor skills going on there too!
2.) Panera date! We don’t get out like this often, so it’s nice to just sit and have a snack. I had plain iced coffee while Allison enjoyed half of a blueberry bagel and chocolate milk. We have a Panera 5 minutes from our house, which is simultaneously awesome and dangerous, haha. Their pastries are addicting.
3.) Unfortunately, Allison’s school had to shut down for a couple days due to illness. So we made the best of it by building forts! One of these days it’s going to be warm enough that we can just go outside.
4.) We actually did have a warmer day this month, the perfect time to break out the 3-Ingredient Sidewalk Paint! I didn’t add as much water this time so the paint was a lot thicker. It was actually pretty cool, because we just drizzled the paint on the driveway and it was a little puffy and dried quickly. The best part is that it washed away with the impending rainstorm!
5.) I think this was the same day that we painted outside! We could see both ends of the rainbow and it was so clear. I’m not sure if Allison had ever seen a rainbow that close-up before, so it was a cool opportunity to get outside and learn about them.
6.) I am so proud of this girl for helping our church pack almost 600,000 meals to go to Africa! She patted down and flattened the bags so they’d fit in the boxes, and she had an absolute blast. Teaching her to serve has been high on my priority list, and I’m glad she’s old enough now that she can help and actually understand what she’s doing.
7.) I had to laugh when I saw this at the new grocery outlet store near me. I’m all about binging on Velveeta at times, but I’m not sure I could handle a huge bag of it.
8.) Going to special events during a Whole30 can be challenging, especially if there’s yummy food around. But making a fun lunch can lift your spirits! I’m a big fan of bento lunches, and any opportunity to get creative is quickly taken.
9.) I bought a set of dumbbells last week because on Monday I’m starting 80 Day Obsession from Beachbody! I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile and now I have all the equipment. The weights are only 5, 8, and 10 pounds because I have like zero upper body strength (#runnerproblems). But hopefully I can still use those to see some good results!
Whole30 Status: I’ve finally finished the Whole30 and the basic re-introduction. And unfortunately, I’ve discovered that I’m sensitive to gluten. It took 2 whole days for the gluten to get through my system and make my face break out, which is actually super frustrating. But now that I know what it is, I can take steps to live normally.
I’m still worried about adding everything back in at once, though. What I’m trying to do is stick with my Whole30 foods and the exact foods I’ve re-introduced (Besides gluten) and know are safe, and then add a few new foods every few days to see what kind of reaction I get. I just want to take things slow and make sure there isn’t anything else giving me a reaction.
I have a food log now, too, where I’m writing down any and all new food I try, and what date. There’s no way I’m letting this problem get out of hand with the unknown; and while it’s super tedious, I know this will help in the future.
Plans for April: KINGS ISLAND! But that probably surprises nobody. Opening day is April 20th, but 1.) I’m serving at church that weekend, and 2.) It’s going to be packed. We’ll be going the Saturday after instead, and I’m so pumped! I’m pretty sure Allison’s grown an inch or two over the Winter, which means she’ll be tall enough to ride a couple more rides.
Currently listening to: A video game playlist I created on Spotify. So, I signed up for a 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium so I could get 250 bonus Starbucks stars… but I didn’t realize how much I’d love playing music with no ads. The trial ends mid-April though, and I don’t want to pay $10 a month, so I’m enjoying it while I can.
Currently playing: Final Fantasy VII. I think it’s all the music I’m listening to that’s gotten me addicted again. I have the game on my PSP, so I can play virtually anywhere- in the car line, walking around the house (#fitbitgoals)… it’s nice to find a small bit of spare time every so often to just decompress!
What sort of fun things have you done in March? Any big plans for April? Leave a comment and let me know!