Get Off the Wagon for Good!

Hey friends! I just realized today that it has been 2 months since my last post! I knew it had been a while, but I didn’t think it was that long. Anyway, the reason for my absence hasn’t been entirely due to laziness. I’m working on a few things to make my blog better than ever! I’ve been brainstorming some ideas and working on figuring out exactly where I want to take it. I’ve also been working on some personal development which, unfortunately, has taken up quite a bit of my time as well. Hopefully I’ll have some good news to share on that soon!

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in with a quick post on something that has really been bothering me lately. I’m noticing it more and more, especially in a few health and fitness groups I’m a part of, and I just wanted to share a little encouragement with you if you’re dealing with it as well…


Has this ever happened to you…? You’re at a friend’s birthday party having a good time, and you’ve managed to stay away from the chips, soda, and sugary treats. You’re feeling pretty good about yourself, but then they bring out the cake… and, oh great, it’s your favorite! And there’s ice cream to go with it… even better!

You engage yourself in an internal debate about whether or not you should have a piece, thinking, well maybe just a tiny slice, and I’ll only take a bite and throw away the rest. Then you get your slice and take a bite, and it’s even better than you thought, so you decide to take just one more bite, and then another, and then another, and then the whole piece is gone, and it was a little bigger than you would have cut for yourself, but that’s what they gave you, and you didn’t want to be rude.

Once you realize you’ve eaten the whole thing, you start to get down on yourself. Why couldn’t you have more self-control? You should have just stopped at one bite like you planned! As you sit there mulling over how bad you were, you start feeling a little hungry, so you make your way over to the food table. Since you’ve already blown it by eating the cake, what’s a handful (or three) of chips to go with it? You’ll just start over tomorrow.

I don’t know about you, but that scenario has happened to me more times than I’m proud to admit. You make a resolution to finally get back on track, eating only good foods, not allowing any bad foods into your diet. You vow to make it to the gym every day, not missing a single one. You’ve got a plan, and this time, you’re really going to do it… until you mess up… You cave in and eat that cookie your co-worker brought in to share and throw in the towel. You miss a work out, and that’s it… what’s the point of even trying?! *Cue bingeing on Netflix while stuffing your face with all the junk food you can find.* You’ve fallen off the wagon again. It sucks and you feel guilty, but you have hope because you’ll just start over and get back on the wagon tomorrow.

Well, it’s time to stop. It’s time to dump that wagon once and for all! Burn it to the ground and say buh-bye! Because guess what… you can’t fall off the wagon if there’s no wagon to fall off of! Whatever your specific wagon looks like, it usually consists of two parts-diet and exercise. By being too rigid or trying to conform to a plan that doesn’t really work for you, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. So how do you get rid of your wagon?

Part 1-The Diet

First, it’s time to get out of the diet mentality and find what is going to work for you. If you love carbs and don’t think you could give them up forever, don’t try to go on a low-carb diet. Sure, you’ll lose weight, but you won’t be able to stick with it long term. You’ll eventually go back to carbs, and all the weight you lost will creep back on usually bringing some friends along for the ride. Ditch the diets and start making small changes that you can stick with, and you’ll be setting yourself up for a lifetime of good choices.

Second, aside from allergies, nothing should be off limits. We need to stop assigning morality to food! Food is neither good nor bad; it’s just food. Yes, there are some foods that are healthier and some that are less healthy, but that doesn’t make them good or bad, and it doesn’t make you good or bad for eating them. Depriving yourself of foods that you truly enjoy just because they are less healthy doesn’t make you good; it just makes you feel deprived! I firmly believe there is room in any diet for any food as long as you work it into your plan.

On a personal note, I’ve always fallen into assigning morality to foods. I’ve always known which foods were “good” and which ones were”bad.” I’ve tried for years to get myself to stop liking and wanting the “bad” foods to no avail. I’d force myself to stop eating them, and then I’d become obsessed with them. Obviously this is not a normal and healthy relationship with food. Over the last few months, I’ve learned to stop assigning morality to food, and it has been so freeing!

I’ve opened my mind to the fact that I can eat anything I want as long as I make room for it in my diet, and now I find that I just don’t want all the junk I used to eat as much. I don’t get anxiety when someone brings in a treat at work because I know that I can either have some or not have some, and either option is okay. I have made room in my diet to include foods that are less healthy (hello daily ice cream cone!😉 ), and I’m actually losing weight a lot more easily!

Part 2-Exercise

Just as with food, it’s time to get out of our disordered thinking patterns when it comes to exercise. It’s time we stop thinking of exercise as a chore that we have to do in order to lose weight or as a punishment for when we missed the mark in our diet. Exercising is so good for your body in so many ways, and it’s something that we should all be doing every day in some form or another as a way to love ourselves. You just need to find what works for you.

I don’t know about you, but, personally, I hate going to the gym. I hate driving across town to work out in a room with a bunch of other people. To me, this is the worst, but I used to force myself to do it because this is what I thought serious exercising was all about. I would go for a while and then start making excuses for why I couldn’t go. Once I stopped going, I’d feel guilty about not going and get down on myself for being a failure. Then a few months ago, I rediscovered Pilates.

I used to love Pilates back when I was in high school. I’d get up early before school and get a quick 20 minute workout in because it made me feel good, and I enjoyed it. Then over the years, I stopped doing it and fell into the thinking that in order for it to really count as exercise, it had to be done in the gym. Since I hated going to the gym, I just stopped working out.

Now I’m back to Pilates, and I love it! Admittedly, when I first started out, it was hard to get back into the routine. Because it was something I used to be so good at, I felt frustrated because I couldn’t do a lot of the moves I had been able to do years ago, but I stuck with it and got over the initial hump. It turned into a habit, and now I do it because it’s something that I enjoy that makes me feel good. I’ve even gotten to the point that I look forward to getting my workout in… something I never thought would happen.

So what’s your Pilates? Maybe it’s running or Zumba or hula-hooping (or Pilates)! Sometimes it takes some trial and error to figure out what it is that you enjoy, but once you figure it out, it will be so worth it! Don’t force yourself to do something you hate because there are hundreds of different ways to get your exercise in and you just have to find the one(s) that works for you. And remember that missing one workout does not make you a failure!


Life is all about choices. When it comes to diet and exercise, you can make healthier choices and less healthy choices. When you make a less healthy choice, own your decision. Don’t get down on yourself about it. It doesn’t make you a bad person or a failure. It just means that in that moment, the less healthy option is the one that felt right for you. We can’t be perfect 100% of the time, so as long as most of your choices are on the healthier side, you’ll be doing just fine!:)

If you’ve struggled with getting on and falling off the wagon numerous times or finally found a way to get off of it for good, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share your story in the comments below to get or provide some encouragement!

5 Tips for a Successful Whole30

As promised (almost a month ago! Yikes! Where has the time gone!?) here is my post about how to have a successful Whole30. I’ve been pretty open about how many times I’ve attempted and failed a Whole30 since my first successful one in 2014. I’ll be completely honest… It is tough! I have now done it successfully twice, and here’s what I’ve learned from both my successful and unsuccessful attempts! If you want to read about my most recent Whole30, you can read about here with Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5 with my overall recap.

#1) Mentally Prepare

If I could only tell one thing to do to set yourself up for success, this would be it! Do your research. Get to know the program, and figure out exactly what it is you’re hoping to gain from it. I definitely recommend reading their book “It Starts With Food” by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. They give you all the information you need to get started on the website, but for me it was really helpful to read the book and understand how different foods interact with your body and subsequently why you’re cutting them out.

I personally found it really helpful to write out all the reasons why I was doing the Whole30 in a notepad file on my phone. Then when I was really questioning why I was making myself crazy with all the restrictions, I realized that I had some pretty good reasons for doing it, and yes, figuring out what was causing my horrible headaches was indeed better than eating that cookie. It could also be really helpful to post your list of reasons in areas where you’re normally tempted-fridge, cupboards, in your car (obviously don’t read it when you’re driving)… wherever you normally feel your major cravings.

#2) Plan Ahead

Before you even get started, come up with a list or create a Pinterest board of at least 20 recipes that you’re really excited to try. (Here’s mine!) I recommend having at least 10 go-to recipes that are really easy to make for those nights when you’re just really not feeling it. I suggest 10 because if you’re like me, you will want options!

The first time I successfully completed a Whole30, my planning ahead was just creating a detailed meal plan for the week making sure to have a couple of no fuss recipes just in case something came up or I was in a mood where I just really didn’t want to cook. I had a lot more time back then, so this worked for me.

This last time I was successful, my boyfriend and I actually made all of our main dishes for the week on Sunday, and then just added whatever sides we wanted with vegetables during the week. It worked out really well because I never had to think about cooking at night or worry about what I was bringing for lunch. All I did was grab one of my containers out of the fridge and heat it up. Obviously this limited us a little bit in that anything that needed to be crispy or just didn’t reheat well was out of rotation.

#3) Find an Accountability Buddy, or Better Yet, Someone to Do It With You

The first time I was successful, I knew of several people who were doing it and convinced a few more to join. It was so helpful to know that others were in the same boat, and it was great to get encouragement when needed. I will admit that I’m also a little competitive, so there was that challenge in it for me too that I wasn’t going to be the one to fail.

As I mentioned several times, my boyfriend joined me on this last one, and that was so, so helpful. We made all of our meals together, so we were always eating the same things. The several times that I was unsuccessful, I was going it alone.

#4) Keep It Interesting

As I said earlier, it’s a good idea to have some easy go-to recipes; however, if you keep eating the same foods over and over, you’re going to get bored. Pinterest is a great resource for finding new recipes, but there are also plenty of awesome sites out there that have some unique and tasty foods if you want to go right to the source. Some of my favorites are nomnompaleo.com, againstallgrain.com, meljoulwan.com, and obviously whole30.com. I have found plenty of delicious recipes that I never would have thought to make just by browsing around on their sites.

#5) Keep Track of Your Progress

As a rule of the Whole30, you’re not supposed to weigh yourself until the 30 days are up. This is because so many people are obsessed with the scale, and also because your weight will fluctuate quite a bit during the 30 days as you are adjusting to the changes. I think it’s great to take a break from the scale because it is just one measure of your success and so many people rely way too heavily on it. Personally, I used to weigh myself multiple times a day while I was actively trying to lose weight. Some days would feel amazing, but other days, my weight would be up, and I’d get really down on myself. I often used it as an excuse to just let loose, get really emotional, and binge on junk food. I’d get way too focused on the number on the scale and forget about all the other good I was doing for myself.

There are so many other (and, in my opinion, better) ways to measure progress. It may be hard to notice the changes as you’re going through them, so for me, it was really helpful to keep a journal of how I was feeling day to day. I would write down how my clothes were fitting, what my energy levels were like, and how I was feeling physically.  That way on days where I was second guessing whether or not going through all the trouble of a Whole30 was really worth it, I could look back on my progress and see that my headaches were becoming fewer and far between, my clothes really were fitting more loosely overall, and my energy levels were through the roof and much more sustained. I definitely had my bad days where I felt like I regressed, but it was so helpful to be able to look back on where I came from and know that throwing in the towel would really be a big mistake.


 

Anyway, these are the things that I learned over the last couple years on my many, many attempts at the Whole30. I am by no means an expert, but I figured I’d share my experiences with you so that if you’re planning a Whole30 or are in the midst of one, you might be able to use some of what I’ve learned to help set yourself up for success as well.

Additionally, if you’ve done a Whole30 or attempted and didn’t quite make it all the way through, I’d love to hear your thoughts and tips in the comments below. Maybe we can learn from each other!

Whole30 Week 5 and Recap

Daylight Saving Time is killing me this week! I was pretty set in some great healthy habits, and then the time change happened, and I can’t get out of bed in the morning at all. I go to bed at 9:30, but when 5 a.m. rolls around, my body’s like, “nope!” I really don’t think it has anything to do with reintroducing foods because when I snooze my alarm until 6 which was 5 before the change, I’m fully charged and ready to go. I think my body is just very stuck on its internal clock, and it’s going to take a while for it to switch over.

Anyway, all that said, here’s my last two days of Whole30, and my overall recap! If you want to see my previous weeks’ posts, click here for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4.

Day 29:

Day 29

Breakfast: Ranch chicken salad from The Pinning Mama on Romaine, strawberries (This chicken salad is phenomenal! It’s definitely in my top 5 favorite Whole30 recipes. Something in it doesn’t work well for my stomach, so I’m going to have to play around with the recipe to get it to work for me. It’s that good!)

Lunch: Paleo Cuban pork chop from Follow the Ruels, green beans, clementine

Dinner: handful of olives, Larabar, applesauce pouch

Snack: no snack

Notes: My stomach was feeling really bloated all day today, so I wasn’t very hungry when I got home. I ate a couple things just to get something in my system, but none of the things I had prepared sounded very good to me.

 

Day 30:

Day 30

Breakfast: Stuffed chicken breast from Popular Paleo, green beans, strawberries, V8 Spicy

Lunch: Carnitas from My Heart Beets on romaine, 2 clementines

Dinner: Smoothie

Snack: no snack

Notes: I felt great today. I was a little hungrier today than I had been previously. I had a really busy night not getting home until about 7:30, and by the time I got home, I really didn’t feel like eating anything in my fridge, so I made a smoothie. It was gross. I added some chard I had in my freezer, and that was all you could taste, so it was really bitter. It was also really thick and kind of warm, so I threw about half of it out.

 

Week 5 recap:

The last couple days were great! I was feeling so good that I didn’t know if I wanted to even reintroduce anything; however, during my first Whole30, I caved and got a pizza on day 31, so I didn’t figure out how different foods affected my body. I was worried that this time around I’d try and stick to Whole30 for as long as I could until one day I’d cave and have something that was off plan, so I decided to do the reintroduction and go from there. If I want to go back to relaxed Whole30 after the reintro, then I will.

I’m still playing around with ideas of what I want to do come Monday when the reintro is over, and so is my Whole30, so we’ll see what I decide to do. I did order some meal replacement shake powder to see how I like that. If you’ve noticed, I have a hard time getting myself to eat on weeknights and weekend days. I had done some research into intermittent fasting because I’ve heard great things about it, and I thought it could work well for me to just make dinner time my fasting time; however, after digging in a little more, it seems that IF isn’t good for women because it can cause hormone interruption which has a whole slew of nasty side effects including gaining weight! I ordered the shake powders to make sure I at least get a little something in my system on nights and days when I find it hard to make myself eat.

 

Whole30 Recap:

I will write up my tips and tricks for a successful Whole30 in my next post, but I just wanted to share some of my stats and my overall thoughts on how this round went.

First of all, I think this round was amazing! I definitely feel like I did things right this go around because I wasn’t tempted to cheat at all. I had a few cravings here and there, some of which were pretty intense at times, but I never once thought about caving in to them. My sugar cravings went away after the first couple weeks, and sticking to plan actually felt, dare I say it… easy… We planned everything out ahead of time and picked a variety of delicious meals, so I think that was a huge help.

The first and most noticeable benefit I gained from my 30 days were huge amounts of energy! I got pretty tired in the first week, but after that, I felt like my system normalized, my blood sugar evened out, and I could get out of bed fairly easily in the morning, and I had sustained energy throughout the day. It was fabulous!

Second, my motivation in other areas of my life skyrocketed. I am currently on a 5 week streak of working out every day, and I have kept my house clean for several weeks now. I think this benefit came about because of a mixture of the sustained energy and the discipline I’ve had to exercise with my food choices. Whatever it is, I’m loving it! I’m getting so much done, and I feel so good!

Third, my mood has pretty much stabilized. I don’t feel like a crazy person who just cries at the drop of a hat anymore. I am almost always in a good mood, and the stressors in my life don’t bother me as much as they used to. This mood stabilization even lasted during my time of the month when I normally get really irritable and weepy over everything.

And last, but not least… the physical changes have been awesome! I lost 15 lbs! I can definitely tell that I’ve lost weight because my clothes are fitting a lot more loosely than they were previously. I just took a pair of jeans out of the dryer this morning, and they were loose on me… straight from the dryer! I kept having to yank them up all day. It was great.:) I lost a total of 7″ off my body. That doesn’t seem like much to me, but I can definitely feel it, so maybe I’m losing it from areas where I didn’t measure. Who knows? I feel good, and, honestly, that’s all that really matters!

I wish I had some before and afters to include in here, but I haven’t had a chance to get any afters yet with my schedule being so messed up the last week. I hope to get some tomorrow, and I’ll throw them in my next post.:)

Whole30 Week 4

Today is day 33 of my Whole30, so I’m 3 days into my reintroduction. I’ll write more about the last 2 days and my overall thoughts in my next post, but I am excited to say that I lost 15 lbs! I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made so far, and I can’t wait to keep it going.:) If you want to read my previous weeks’ recaps, check out week 1, week 2 and week 3.

Day 22:

Day 22

Breakfast: shepherd’s pie, salad with Tessemae’s caesar dressing, V8 spicy hot

Lunch: Shrimp cocktail from Whole Sisters, broccoli and cauliflower, clementine

Dinner: Italian meatballs from Noshtastic, banana, orange vanilla seltzer

Snack: no snack

Notes: I had pretty good energy all day. I woke up right away with my alarm which is awesome for a Monday.

 

Day 23:

Day 23

Breakfast: Italian meatballs, BuddyFruit tropical pouch, V8 Spicy Hot

Lunch: Lemon  rosemary chicken from Laughing Spatula, roast potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli

Dinner: Shepherd’s pie, orange vanilla seltzer

Snack: no snack

Notes: I woke up right away today even though I didn’t get great sleep last night. I fell asleep on the couch watching TV, so I had to get up and go to bed. It was around midnight when I finally made it to my bed.

 

Day 24:

Day 24

Breakfast: Shepherd’s pie (my boyfriend made this without a recipe, and it was delicious!), apple

Lunch: Italian meatballs, broccoli, clementine

Dinner: Apple banana fruit pouch, handful of kalamata olives

Snack: no snack

Notes: I have been loving starting my day with a workout (who’d have thought those words would ever come from me!?) because it’s better than coffee at waking me up in the morning. My appetite has been coming back pretty strong the last few days. It could be because of a couple reasons. 1) I ran out of olive oil. I had been putting that on my veggies for breakfast and lunch to make sure I got enough healthy fat in. The decrease in fat could have decreased my long term satiety. 2) I’ve been working out a lot more and a lot harder. My appetite always increases when I work out more. Yesterday I had a bit of stomach issues in the afternoon. I’m not sure what caused it. I was getting heartburn shortly after finishing my meatballs, and then it moved down into my stomach.

 

Day 25:

Day 25

Breakfast: V8 spicy hot, shrimp cocktail, veggie blend, clementine

Lunch: shepherd’s pie, romaine salad

Dinner: Smoothie

Snack: handful of black olives

Notes: I rocked my workouts this morning. I got up right away at 5:15 and did my 30 day Pilates challenge and then got ready and went to work. At work I did my 10 minute tabata workout followed by 20 minutes of Winsor Pilates.:) I’m feeling good this morning!

 

Day 26:

Day 26

Breakfast: Lemon Chicken, veggies

Lunch: V8, clementine

Dinner: Tilapia, smashed red potatoes

Snack: no snack

Notes: I ate my breakfast really late today, so I wasn’t hungry around my usual lunch time. I had a V8 and a clementine.

 

Day 27:

Day 27

Breakfast: No breakfast

Lunch: No lunch

Dinner: Chipotle Salad with Carnitas, pico, guac, and salsa verde

Snack: no snack

Notes: I was busy again today, so I didn’t stop to eat until dinner time

 

Day 28:

Breakfast: No breakfast

Lunch: No lunch

Dinner: Damn Fine Chicken

Snack: No snack

Notes: I was busy again today, so I didn’t stop to eat until dinner time

 

Week 4 Recap:

This week went really well! Aside from a couple stomach issues, the cause of which I am unsure, I had great energy all week, my mood was amazing, my motivation was sky high… I was definitely feeling the tiger blood once again! This week my thoughts were centered around day 31 and how I was going to handle it. I have only been in the reintro portion for a few days, and I am unsure of how things are going to go long term. I really want to keep up the amazing feelings and progress I’ve made over the last several weeks, but I know that full out Whole30 is just not sustainable for me long term. I’m just really going to have to teach myself some balance between strict clean Paleo and being able to indulge once in a while.

If you’ve done a Whole30 in the past, I’d love to hear how you did/are doing in life after Whole30. Please let me know in the comments!

Whole30 Week 3

Today marks day 27 of my Whole30. I’m almost there! If you missed my recaps of the first 2 weeks, you can check them out here and here. I can’t believe it’s almost done! I’m contemplating what I’m going to do once the official 30 days are up. I’m feeling so good on the Whole30 that I don’t want to go back to the way I had been eating previously, but I just don’t think I can be so strict 100% of the time. I’m thinking I’ll do the reintro that they suggest on the Whole30 website, and then once I figure out what foods work well with my system and those that don’t, I’m going to go back to a relaxed Whole30 and add in the foods that are ok for me on occasion. I’ve got a few other ideas I’ve been toying with though, so we’ll see how it goes. Only 3 more days!

Anyway, here’s my recap of week 3…

Day 15:

Day 15

Breakfast: Italian Beef from Slender Kitchen, frozen veggies with olive oil and Mrs. Dash, clementine, V8 Spicy Hot

Lunch: Chocolate chili from Mel Joulwan, salad, clementine, Cranberry Lime Seltzer

Dinner: 5 spice slow cooker pork ribs from Mel Joulwan, green beans with olive oil and Mrs. Dash

Snack: Banana applesauce pouch

Notes: My energy was pretty good today, but I did have a bit of some stomach upset in the afternoon. I didn’t want to eat dinner, but I made myself, and I felt a lot better after eating.

 

Day 16:

Day 16

Breakfast: Chocolate Chili, salad, apple

Lunch: 5 spice ribs, green beans with olive oil and Mrs. Dash, clementine

Dinner: Paleo chicken and dumpling soup (minus the dumplings) from A Healthy Life for Me, coconut water with pineapple

Snack: no snack

Notes: My sleep has been great lately. I fell asleep right away last night and didn’t wake up at all during the night. I have been having a lot of cravings lately, but they only last for a little bit. It’s usually when I see something that my mouth starts to water, and I really want it or something similar, but I haven’t had too many cravings where they just came up from nowhere.

 

Day 17:

Day 17

Breakfast: Coconut water with pineapple, chicken soup

Lunch: Italian Beef, Romaine salad, apple

Dinner: Banana Bread Larabar

Snack: no snack

Notes: I had a pretty busy night tonight, so I didn’t feel like cooking anything. I also wasn’t very hungry, so I just grabbed one of my Larabars out of my emergency stash for dinner.

 

Day 18:

Day 18

Breakfast: Italian beef, clementine, romaine salad, coconut water

Lunch: 5 spice ribs, green beans

Dinner: Eggs, roasted potatoes

Snack: no snack

Notes: This morning I woke up right away with my alarm. I did some foam rolling before my coworker got to work to join me for our morning workout, and it felt amazing! I mean it hurt like hell while I was doing it, but my muscles felt pretty loose for the first time in a couple weeks. As soon as I was done with our workout, they felt like they had seized back up, but for about a half hour, I felt good.:)

 

Day 19:

Day 19

Breakfast: Italian Beef, chopped broccoli, clementine, V8 spicy hot

Lunch: Chocolate chili

Dinner: Eggs, chicken apple sausage

Snack: no snack

Notes: I woke up pretty easily this morning. I felt good all day. I got in a good foam roller workout that felt amazing. It was painful at the time, but my muscles felt so much better after.

 

Day 20:

Breakfast: coconut water

Lunch: no lunch

Dinner: Steak, baked sweet potato with ghee, grapefruit Izze

Snack: no snack

Notes: Busy day again, so I really didn’t eat breakfast or lunch. We had a date night, so we grabbed some takeout (we were supposed to actually eat at the restaurant, but the wait would have been way too long, and we had to catch a movie.)

 

Day 21:

Breakfast: coconut water

Lunch: blood orange

Dinner: a slice of carne asada, plantain chips, nibbles of the food we were cooking

Snack: no snack

Notes: Another busy day, so I didn’t eat much. The meat we made for dinner didn’t smell right, so we tossed it, and I didn’t feel like making anything else.

 

Week 3 Recap:

Week 3 has been great. I’m not really feeling any of the negative effects of the first couple weeks. I can tell I’ve lost some weight, and I’m definitely feeling the tiger blood! I have so much energy during the day, I can get through my workouts without a problem and am even starting to look forward to getting them done in the morning to get my day going. I’ve had a few stomach issues here and there, but I think that I’ve really confirmed that eggs do not work for me. I know I’ve written about them being something I shouldn’t eat in the past, but I had been eating them on occasion without any ill effects. This week I had some, and I had the worst stomach cramps a couple hours after eating them. It makes me pretty sad, but I know that I can still eat them occasionally if I want to if I’m willing to deal with the consequences.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today! Again, if you’re on a Whole30 journey, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below! And if you’re interested in starting the program, you can read all about it on their website or get the book here!

 

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Whole30 Week 2

I mentioned in my last couple posts that I’ve been doing a Whole30. (Today is day 24! Woot woot!) You can read all about my first week’s experience here, but today is all about week 2! I didn’t have as many pictures this time because I did skip a few meals, and I just didn’t take pictures of some. I don’t have any pictures from the weekend, so I’m not really sure what happened there. I’m sure I was just so busy that I didn’t even think about it at the time. So let’s get into it…

Day 8:

Day 8

Breakfast: Leftover Stew, salad with olive oil and vinegar, 2 clementines, handful of raspberries, cranberry lime seltzer, V8 Spicy Hot

Lunch: Crispy chicken thighs, roasted broccoli and cauliflower (the broccoli and cauliflower were really stinky, so I ate them in the lunch room instead of at my desk, and I didn’t bring my phone with me.)

Dinner: Smoked Salmon Frittata from The Whole Smiths (I was skeptical, but this is surprisingly delicious. The recipe calls for cooking fresh salmon, but we used hot smoked salmon, and it was ah-mazing!), applesauce, white grape cherry juice

Snacks: Banana with almond butter

Notes: I had a hard time getting up this morning because the weekends always mess up my sleep schedule, but I did have pretty good energy once I was up and out of bed. I’m definitely starting to see some of the benefits of the Whole30-for instance, my appetite is shrinking. I could not finish my breakfast! I ate everything but the clementines. I was pretty tired by the time I got home, and I think it was because I wasn’t eating enough. My appetite has gone down so much that it’s hard to get enough food in. When it’s time to eat, I’m just not hungry.

 

Day 9:

Day 9

Breakfast: Roast chicken, roast vegetables, clementine, cranberry lime seltzer, V8 Spicy Hot, black coffee

Lunch: No lunch

Dinner: Smoked Salmon Frittata, white grape cherry juice

Snacks: No Snacks

Notes: I went to bed too late last night, and then I had a bit of a stomach ache shortly after I went to bed which kept me up even later, so I had a hard time getting up again today. My appetite is still pretty low. I got a terrible migraine right around lunch time. I have been getting them pretty frequently, and I was concerned, so I went to the doctor. They sent me for a CT scan which came back negative, so thankfully they’re just migraines. Now to just figure out why I keep getting them. My anxiety seems to have gone down. I normally would have been really freaked out about this, but I was mostly calm.

 

Day 10:

Day 10

Breakfast: Fajita chicken on romaine, banana, V8 Spicy Hot, Cranberry Lime Seltzer

Lunch: Chicken Tortilla-Less soup from The Whole Smiths (this was pretty good. It could have used a little more spice though.), handful of raspberries, romaine salad

Dinner: No dinner-busy night

Snacks: No snacks

Notes: I actually got to bed at a decent time last night. I was in bed by 8:30 and read until 9:30 when I fell asleep. I still had a bit of a hard time waking up this morning though. No workout this morning because I’m making up time from leaving early yesterday. I had a therapeutic massage tonight, and it was painful! I was near tears a few times, but I can tell she really worked out some of my knots. I was in bed by 8:15 and sleeping by 9:15.:)

 

Day 11:

Day 11

Breakfast: Chicken Tortilla-Less soup, clementine, romaine salad, V8 Spicy Hot

Lunch: Roast Chicken, Roast vegetables, green beans, handful of raspberries

Dinner: Meatloaf, white grape cherry juice

Snacks: No snacks

Notes: Woke up right away with my alarm this morning feeling rested. I’m very sore today from my massage last night. My right shoulder feels really good though. Not as tight and sore as it usually is. I was a little worked up last night before bed, so I didn’t get to sleep right away. When I did fall asleep, I had pretty restless sleep-a lot of weird dreams…

 

Day 12:

Day 12

Breakfast: Meatloaf from The Whole Smiths (this was really good! You can’t even tell it’s Whole30. I scraped some of the tomato sauce off though because it was a bit much.), green beans, clementine, handful of raspberries

Lunch: Roast Chicken, Roast vegetables, romaine salad, V8 Spicy Hot

Dinner: Steak with roasted garlic aioli from Eating Well (this was soooooo good! I will definitely be making it again. We made our own mayo to make it Whole30.), garlic roasted asparagus, smashed red potatoes with ghee, Izze grapefruit

Snacks: handful of grapes and blueberries, Larabar and Buddyfruit Tropical Coconut Milk Pouch

Notes: Didn’t sleep very well last night, so I had a hard time waking up. I do have quite a bit of energy today though. I can tell that I am losing weight because my clothes feel like they are getting loose. I am really having a hard time with my appetite lately though. I don’t want to eat much, so I find myself making myself eat. This could be because my meals have been so meat heavy. I’ve never been a huge meat eater, so making myself eat it has been challenging. I had 2 snacks today. The first one I had because it was there, and the fruit looked really good. The second one I had because we didn’t eat until really late, and we had gone to the grocery store to get the stuff for our dinner. I was hungry and the Larabar and Buddyfruit pouch looked really good.:)

 

Day 13:

Breakfast: Smoked Salmon Frittata

Lunch: Eggs

Dinner: No dinner

Snacks: Plantain chips and half a Nantucket Pineapple, Banana, Orange

Notes: Today was pretty non-eventful but busy, so I was distracted for most of the day. We had to go to the grocery store, and it ended up being later than we would have liked which is why there was no dinner. The plantain chips and Nantucket juice were pretty much dinner. I know it’s not the best Whole30 foods, but it was there, and I just needed something quick and easy.

 

Day 14:

Breakfast: Half of a Nantucket Pineapple, Orange, Banana

Lunch: no lunch

Dinner: meatloaf, broccoli, grapefruit Izze

Snacks: No snack

Notes: I was really bad about making sure to eat again today. It was a pretty busy day. I woke up late, had a little juice, woke up the bf, and then we got right into meal prep for the week. I picked a little here and there while we were cooking, but I didn’t eat anything substantial until dinner time. I am a little worried that if I keep eating so little, I’m going to make my metabolism slow to a crawl, and I won’t lose any weight. I think I need to make myself eat by a certain time for every meal regardless of whether or not I’m hungry.

 

Week 2 Recap:

This week was definitely easier than the previous week. It was nice to have my meals already prepped and ready to go. That way I could just go to the fridge and heat something up instead of having to worry about coming home and spending an hour cooking something before I can eat. I have been noticing some positive changes as well. As I mentioned above, my appetite has gone down significantly. Before Whole30, I would eat and eat and eat, and I never really felt full, but now, I get halfway done with a meal, and I’m satisfied. I’ve also noticed some increased performance in my workouts, increased energy, and I can tell that I’ve lost some weight already because my clothes are starting to fit differently.

I have had a few cravings, but they haven’t been terrible at all. It’s mostly when I see something my mouth waters, but as soon as it’s no longer in eyesight, I can forget about it pretty quickly.

 

If you’re doing a Whole30 yourself, I’d love to hear about your progress in the comments below!

Whole30 Week 1

As I mentioned in my last post, I am currently doing a Whole30. Today actually marks day 20, and I’m still going strong! I think one thing that has really helped has been the log I started on day 1. I have written down everything I’ve eaten and drank, and I wrote about how I was feeling for the day. I started it as just a log for myself to keep track of my progress (to see that I am actually making progress!), but I’m going to share it with you as well, so if you’re doing a Whole30 or thinking about it (Get the book here!), maybe you can get some meal ideas or just hear what my journey was like.

Day 1:

Whole30 Day 1 Sausage, Eggs, Salad, Tuna, apples

Breakfast: Italian sausage link, 2 hardboiled eggs, green beans, seltzer

Lunch: Tuna salad made with pickles, olive oil, and Mrs. Dash on Romaine lettuce leaves, green beans, apples

Dinner: Chocolate Chili from Mel Joulwan (I usually love this recipe, but I cut corners this time and just dumped everything in my crock pot. It turned into the gross gray-pink mush by the time I got home. It hadn’t developed it’s usual smokey caramelized flavor, and the texture was awful. I will not be cutting corners on this one again!)

Snacks: Handful of Kalamata olives, handful of pistachios

Notes: Day 1 went great. I stuck to my plan and didn’t slip up at all. I almost absentmindedly grabbed a cupcake that someone brought in, but as I was walking over to them, I remembered I was on Whole30 and stopped myself. I had a bit of a headache, but it went away after I ate dinner.

 

Day 2:

Chocolate Chili, turkey sausage, hardboiled eggs, Poor man's stew

Breakfast: Turkey Sausage, 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 clementines, green beans, black coffee, seltzer

Lunch: Chocolate Chili, Romaine salad with olive oil, balsamic, and Mrs. Dash, carrots, celery, pineapple, strawberries

Dinner: Poor Man’s Stew from The Magical Slow Cooker (This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s so easy to make, and it tastes amazing! You’d never guess it was Whole30!)

Snacks: Handful of Kalamata olives, handful of pistachios

Notes: I woke up pretty easily this morning. I only snoozed a couple of times as opposed to the normal 30-45 min of snoozing I usually do. The day went pretty well- no real cravings or health side effects.

 

Day 3:

Chocolate Chili, Poor man's stew, pineapple hawaiian pork burrito bowl

Breakfast: Chocolate chili, lettuce with oil and vinegar, 2 clementines

Lunch: Poor man’s stew, lettuce with oil and vinegar, apple, 2 clementines

Dinner: Hawaiian pork burrito bowl from With Salt and Wit (This turned out amazing, and it made a ton of pork!)

Snacks: No snacks

Notes: I set my alarm for 15 minutes earlier today and actually got up no problem. I hit snooze a couple times, but I still managed to get up before the time my alarm usually goes off. I got to work nice and early and got my workout in. I felt great throughout the whole thing. My stomach did feel a little off in the afternoon, but I’m sure that’s just because I’m adjusting to this different way of eating than my body is used to. I went to bed nice and early and fell asleep right away after reading for a little bit.

 

Day 4:

Poor man's stew, hawaiian pork burrito bowl, chicken fajita bowl

Breakfast: Bowl of stew, lettuce with oil and vinegar, 2 clementines, V8 Spicy Hot, Cranberry Lime Seltzer

Lunch: Hawaiian pork burrito bowl, 2 clementines, handful of Kalamata olives

Dinner: Chicken Fajitas from She Talks (These were not my favorite. I subbed chicken for the steak, and I wish I would have marinated the chicken before cooking it. I also overcooked my veggies, so they were kind of slimy and wormy.)

Snacks: No snack

Notes: I woke up right away with my alarm and didn’t go back to sleep. I hit the snooze a couple times because I wanted to lay in bed for a bit to wake up a little before starting the day. Today is day 4 that I have been working out, and I feel great! I actually have the energy and motivation to get the whole thing in and challenge myself a little. I lost all the great energy I’ve been feeling around 4 in the afternoon, but I made myself keep going and doing what I needed to do.

 

Day 5:

Hawaiian pork burrito bowl, chicken fajitas, pan roasted chicken thighs

Breakfast: Hawaiian pork burrito bowl, 2 clementines, V8 Spicy Hot, Cranberry Lime Seltzer, Black Coffee

Lunch: Chicken Fajita Salad, 2 clementines, apple, handful of pistachios

Dinner: Pan roasted chicken thighs, oven roasted broccoli and cauliflower, cranberry lime seltzer

Snacks: Apple with almond butter

Notes: I had a really hard time waking up this morning. The energy crash from last night has not gone away. I felt really slow and sluggish all day.

 

Day 6:

Turkey Italian sausage, roasted potatoes, eggs

Breakfast: No breakfast

Lunch: No lunch

Dinner: 2 eggs, turkey sausage link, roasted potatoes, V8 Spicy Hot

Snacks: 2 clementines, a pickle, handful of Kalamata olives

Notes: The energy crash has gone. I woke up pretty early this morning for a weekend-around 8. I was busy cleaning and KonMari-ing my house all day and didn’t really take the time to eat. I was so busy that I really didn’t even think about being hungry. I did have a couple snacks throughout the day, but never sat down to eat an actual meal until dinner.

 

Day 7:

Spatchcocked chicken and roast root vegetables

I didn’t take any pictures of my meals today because I was really busy again and just didn’t think of it, but here’s a picture of the beautiful spatchcocked chicken I made.:)

Breakfast: Woke up late-no breakfast

Lunch: Poor man’s stew

Dinner: No dinner

Snacks: Grazed on the food we were making for the week

Notes: I was really busy again today, so I only ate lunch. We woke up pretty late, so it was almost lunch time. Then I made our meal plan for the week, made the grocery list, we went grocery shopping, and then we cooked all evening. The chicken was supposed to be our Valentine’s dinner, but it was getting so late that we didn’t want to stop and eat and just kept cooking.

 

Week 1 Recap:

Overall the first week went pretty well. I didn’t really have any strong cravings, I was feeling more sustained energy throughout the  day, and my motivation was through the roof. I did have a bit of an energy crash around day 4 and into day 5, but it only lasted for a day, and then my energy was back. I also noted that even though for the most part, my cravings were minimal, on day 5 I would have killed for some pizza. Other than that though, I think week one went pretty well!

 

Anyone else on the Whole30 journey? How has it been going for you?


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