Falling In Love With Fall

The view outside my living room window today
Today is perfect. The grass is still mostly green but is now sprinkled with crispy orange leaves. A squirrel gathers foods and jumps joyfully in my front yard. The windows are open and a warm breeze gently moves the curtains. A cricket chirps in the background and my favorite 90’s country radio plays softly on Pandora. An apple scented candle fills the house with the smell of fall. Two boys are laughing and playing baseball in the yard across the street. I honestly couldn’t have created a more perfect fall day myself. Unfortunately perfect days are so fleeting, especially in Northern Minnesota and North Dakota. I believe tomorrows forecast calls for a high of 47 degrees with clouds and cold rain. But I’m sure that is one of the reasons we appreciate perfect days so much in the first place.

I’ve been busy cleaning and organizing today. I took one day off last week and started and needed one day off this week to finish up. I would do it on the weekends but we are of course busy doing other things. Since returning from Nebraska I’ve been to the cities to visit my sister and nieces and my mom. Mitch has been away for work all last week. And just this past weekend we went to Paracon at the casino with my best friend’s parents (who are basically my other parents). I’ve also been busy subbing and prepping/cooking Wild Diet recipes. But I’ve been tired of neglecting the blog so I am taking a couple hours of my day today to update!

A fall day in North Dakota

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I recently made a double batch of Wild Diet peanut butter cookies. They are always nice to have in the freezer when you need a quick sweet treat.

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I finally got all the ingredients required to make the coffee cake in The Wild Diet cookbook. OMG it was freakin’ delicious. Can’t wait to make this for M.

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Paige is getting so big I can’t believe it. Kids grow up too fast and they don’t even realize it. 

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What a great weekend for me and my other dad. I’m so glad we could do this together.

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I’m incredibly blessed to have so many awesome people in my life. My cup runneth over. 

Now for an update on the food side of life: Things have been up and down as our schedules have us away from our controlled environment. It’s pretty crazy how after switching to clean eating and cutting out all processed food we suddenly can listen to our bodies so much better than before. We can easily tell the difference between energy levels, sleep, and over all feeling when we eat good things versus the icky processed stuff. And if you aren’t cooking it yourself it can be quite hard to find a reasonable alternative out to eat. Sadly, the organic restaurant in town closed suddenly two weeks ago which was always our go to if I didn’t feel like cooking but we wanted to stick to grass-fed/organic/sprouted-grains type of food.

Although progress has been a bit slower lately for both of us we are still making progress and that’s nothing to complain about. Currently M is down almost 30 pounds and I’m at about 20. In terms of fertility I have had two natural periods since starting the wild diet seven weeks ago. The first time it happened I expected that as any time I’ve ever started a diet that usually happens but for the second one to come in what is considered a “normal” cycle length was shocking to me. That’s the first time that has ever happened for me. We have decided to wait on medical intervention until 2017 both for insurance/money reasons and because maybe we can do this on our own?

I think I’ll go finish up the rest of my cleaning and then boil some eggs for lunches this week. I’m sure it’ll be a week or so until I can jump on again. My mom is coming to our house this weekend to help with some outside chores before the ground freezes. Until next time.

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