→VEGAN + LIFE

Breakfast was a cup of coffee.  Lunch another cup of coffee and 5 mandarin oranges.  I need to be better prepared with food, our bananas aren’t ripe enough to eat. I had some leftover 5 Guys French Fries for dinner (they were free, that is my only excuse).  I felt terrible at work last night after the fries.  My stomach hurt, I felt nausea and I had to push myself to not be sluggish.  I won’t be eating those fries again. Lesson learned.  🙁 Sleep: 7 hours and 28 minutes Weight: Down 1 pound Steps: 15,081

Breakfast is another boring cup of coffee with plain, soy creamer. I forgot to eat my banana. I forgot to mention that I’m not following any specific sugar free book or website. I’m simply reading labels and not eating anything with added sugar. Foods with natural fructose (fruit) are allowed and I can eat as many fruits and vegetables as I want. I’m also attempting gluten free. I don’t eat a lot of tortilla chips but when I do I make sure they’re corn chips. Julie has a friend who is gluten free so I did some extra label reading when she first started coming over. No bread or pasta. Potatoes are fine. Today my second child turns 14 but I’m abstaining from cake. I’m going to Make Believe Bakery here in Denver and will buy her some cupcakes. It’s an amazing, all vegan bakery that has the best cakes in the city. Another important point to mention is the supplements I am taking. No, not a plug for a MLM business (but those work for some people)… I am taking: 1100 of Omega 3 (including 660mg of DHA and 330mg of EPA, 2,000iu of Vitamin D, 500mg Magnesium, 2500mcg(read the rest)

Day 3 was a bit easier. Boston had an orthodontist appointment on the other side of the city so I was distracted from my morning hunger. I had a banana and coffee for breakfast. After he was done with his appointment we went to Safeway where they had pints of strawberries 3 for $5. We went to target afterwards to pickup a few more things for Julie’s birthday (3/29). I had quinoa (and strawberries) for lunch which tasted unbelievably salty. I have had this particular quinoa many times since going vegan nearly 2 years ago but it never tasted that salty. I think I might have been dehydrated despite chugging water. Part of the detoxification process, maybe? I was really tired before going to amazon so I took a nap. I feel guilty napping when my kids are home but this challenge is being done for me AND for them. I had chips and hummus for dinner with sriracha mixed in. It tasted a lot like the curry hummus which I really like but can’t often find in the area I live in. I should have had cucumber instead of chips, saving my last cucumber for Thursday’s lunch. I drank(read the rest)

I’ll be honest. Day 2 was a bit rough. I had a banana and sugar free coffee creamer for breakfast, chili beans and corn chips (gluten free) for lunch, and a salad which I mostly threw out (spinach, black beans, red onions, no dressing, tomatoes and cucumber. I just ate some grape tomatoes. I slept in today and took a 2 hour nap before I went to Amazon. I have lost a couple of pounds already and my ring size has gone done at least one full size. There was definitely a feeling of being dizzy and out of it today. No headaches. I think I felt light headed because my blood sugar was low (I’m guessing). I definitely would not have been able to complete a long car trip today. Lots of water which seemed to help because I definitely had an increased thirst. Its easy to drink a ton of water living a mile above sea level but my regular water intake was not enough. I felt sluggish at amazon but managed to do a good job. I wasn’t extra irritable, there was one guy who was scanning boxes to the pallets on my side and I did(read the rest)

Today is the day. I have decided to give up sugar for 30 days. Not fruit or natural sugar but sugar added into products unnecessarily like high fructose Corn syrup, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose and any other sugar. Fructose from fruit is okay on this adventure. Potatoes are cool. Bread is out since most bread has added sugar. Corn chips are okay. During the first day I felt a bit grumpy but I didn’t; really feel any side affects. May have been a bit less hungry but nothing was a big deal. I had a banana for breakfast with coffee and no sugar added creamer. Lunch was a bomb salad and dinner was some left over tofu that I had cooked with garlic, ginger and added some pickled cucumbers I made. I am doing this challenge because I want a clean mind and a healthier body. Everyone who goes sugar free seems to lose weight and can focus better than before they started this. I hope it works. I am “on the wagon” for the next thirty days. I started label reading and can’t believe how much sugar they add to nearly everything (including things like stuffing, ketchup, BBQ sauce(read the rest)

It’s been 11 months to the day that Rachel went away. Well, closer to a year now that I let this blog post slip away and stay in draft mode. I’ve been talking a lot with the kids and having conversations in my mind about what I am doing with my life. What kind of Mom I am. When Rachel was alive but getting worse because of Batten Disease, it became more difficult to leave the house. I was able to get her out of the house but it was really hard to accomplish and we could only go out for very short periods of time towards the end because of the bathroom and she couldn’t bear her own weight long enough to safely transfer from her wheelchair to the toilet. She didn’t really want to go many places because it was hard on her and loud. In private moments away from Rachel (when she was in school) I would talk to the kids about what we would do when she was gone. It was a shit conversation to have with them. Knowing that their sick sister was holding them back from living life, knowing that I would one day(read the rest)

With your help I raised $1080 for pediatric cancer research and I got a free hair cut. Thank you!

This year I am shaving my head at a St. Baldrick’s event here in Denver on March 16th at 1pm. St. Baldrick’s organizes fundraisers where people raise money in the weeks leading up to an event where people who have been raising money, shave their head. My goal was $1,000 and thanks to family and friends, I have reached my goal! If you’re bored and want to come buy me a Guinness after I shave, let me know. ❤️

They aren’t really triplets but so close in age that I started calling them that, especially after Rachel was diagnosed. It was easier than saying 1, 2, 3 and 4 because I knew at some point “Thing 1,” Rachel wouldn’t be here. And here we are. This is a picture of the kids taken by a photographer at their Homeschool Enrichment Program. I purchased the rights to share this picture on social media and make prints but I think she deserves credit. 🙂 Elizabeth Osberg Photography

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