We are running low on breakfast ideas. I had tried overnight chocolate oats with the kids, shredded wheat with granola, and Quaker slow cook oats and nothing really pleases them. My husband ended up waking up early and scrambling them eggs. Our waffle maker was planned to be delivered today, so we had more ideas soon. I took the last overnight oats.
I understand now, why you should eat these within a day or two. These were so soggy and mushy!! Blah! I must have made this 4 days ago.
After my leftover macaroni casserole, I headed to the kids' Halloween parties. I dropped off my youngest two's goodie bags and reminded them to only eat fruits and vegetables from the party table. My oldest son's party was a success. He dug into his goodie bag and got himself some fruit and popcorn from the snack table. He asked if he could have some apple cider. I looked at the ingredients and saw sodium benzoate. Not something I have in my kitchen, so I told him no. I don't know what it is, but I know it isn't real food. He had a bag that he filled with the Halloween treats, candies and chocolates that his classmates had given him. Side note: Why do kids hand out candy to kids during a classroom party? We all know the kids are going trick or treating later and they'll get plenty of it then! When we were leaving, he asked if he could take some of the 'fresher' snacks (aka donuts, cookies) home to put in the freezer. I purposefully froze them all together so they'll taste nasty in 5 days (yes! We are halfway!). We stopped by Hud's room first to get him, and he didn't know he had more food in his goodie bag (long story), so he got 2 of the chocolates that we had brought in and watched the other kids eat there plates full of donuts, candy corn, and cookies! What an amazing kid!! He did have some apple cider, but I couldn't fault him for that. He did eat from his goodie bag on the ride home.
B is who I was worried about. He's a loose cannon and I can see him just devouring everything in site. He surprised me. He had his goodies and that was it. I have some AMAZING kids!
When we got home, the postal worker had delivered our waffle maker, so we decided on waffles and apples for dinner.
I could tell the willpower had taken a toll on Hud. He had a break down before we left for trick or treating and I almost decided not to go. I knew it wasn't fair for B (C was at a friend's house), but we can't eat the candy anyway! I decided I would have regretted the decision later, so we went. After a few minutes of walking and treating, Hud started saying something, and then stopped and laughed. He said "Mom, I almost asked if we could have a piece of this, but I know we can't." On the other hand, B asked about every 10 houses "Can we have a piece now?"
When we got home, my self control was wavering. I *needed* to get that chocolate out of my site. I had the kids sort theres, pick 12 pieces and the rest we divide up for Operation Christmas Child and the soldiers. Again, no issues with that (did I mention my kids are amazing?). I put the candy in the basement and we made some hot chocolate (yes, you can have that with YOUR real food challenge! See here for the chocolate sauce recipe. Warm up some milk and mix together. Not as chocolatey as I would have liked, but it was a good first try).
At the beginning of this journey (a long 5 days ago), I wanted to achieve:
1) have more energy at 7pm
2) see if my oldest son's allergies lesson
3) see if my middle son's digestive issues get better
4) lose a few pounds for the Jillian Michael's DietBet I am in
So let's see how far we've come so far.
1) Yes! I have more energy in the evenings. Except today, but that's from getting 4 hours of sleep.
2) Hard to tell. He has had some terrible bloody noses the last few days.
3) After seeing a pair of underwear from today, this seems to still be a problem.
4) Holy cow peeps! I've lost 6 lbs so far! This morning I woke up my husband and told him to go weigh himself because I couldn't believe my eyes. I haven't seen these numbers in 5 years! My husband guessed he was down a couple.
Things I learned:
1. Do NOT eat overnight oats that have been made more than 2 days ago. Ever.
2. Kids have self control
3. Moms have very little self control around their favorite candy bar
4. My kids are amazing