Going Strong

Life has been pretty calm and uneventful the last few days, so I just haven’t had much to write about. I mentioned in previous posts that I just finished my first Diet Bet, and guess what… I was a winner! 🙂 That was pretty exciting. I was super nervous for the weigh in because I knew it was going to be pretty close, but I was actually 1 lb under my goal! The buy in was $30, and I won $51 and some change, so I made a profit of $21. I think I’m going to spend that on some new clothes for myself. 😉

I had an excellent Thanksgiving, and I hope you did as well! My family and my bf met for the first time, and things went really well, so that was really exciting. We found out that my mom’s cancer is in remission, so that was definitely something to be thankful for! I also stuck to my plan as far as the feasting. I stayed Whole30 compliant and only ate until I was satisfied. It was great not walking around feeling uncomfortably full all day. I loaded up with my healthy veggie sides and had a little bit of ham and turkey. I completely forgot to take a picture of it, but it was delicious and filling. I really didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. The stuffing and rolls were calling my name, but I knew it wasn’t going to be worth breaking my streak to have them. There will always be Stovetop and heat and serve rolls.

My second Whole30 has been going along swimmingly. I did cave a little bit this past weekend and had a small handful of glazed nuts. I was super hungry and didn’t really have much else to eat, so I made the conscious decision to have some, and I don’t feel guilty about it. It was just food, and I did really think about it before I had some. The only unhealthy ingredient was sugar, and as I’ve said in previous posts that I haven’t been super strict with myself on the sugar this go around because I don’t feel like I’m going to go on a sugar binge anymore by just having a little taste. I feel much more in control.

An article was just posted by Whole30 on Facebook about how one of the biggest things people gain from Whole30 is food freedom. This is definitely true for me. For years I struggled with the pattern of cutting out “bad foods” completely from my diet and trying to “be good” by not eating them. Inevitably a craving I just couldn’t resist would pop up, and I’d cave. I’d then feel really guilty about it and say, “Well, I’ve already blown it. I might as well just keep eating junk!”

I’m now working with the mindset that food in itself is neither bad nor good. All foods are just food. It’s certainly true that some foods are less healthy than others and can have negative consequences on the body, but with the right mindset, even these foods can be ok every now and then. I feel the freedom to think about a certain food that may not be the healthiest and consider whether eating that food is worth it or not. Sometimes it is (gooey chocolate caramel cake!), and sometimes it isn’t (cheap chocolate), but it is my decision to make. If I really think about my decision and come to the conclusion that something is worth it, then I don’t beat myself up about it anymore. I don’t feel like a failure. In fact, I feel that much more empowered because I really thought it through before just mindlessly popping something in my mouth.

I haven’t really had anything super exciting to eat lately because it’s been turkey leftovers for almost 3 meals a day. It’s great because I don’t have to buy food, but it’s really not anything worth noting. I did find these delicious Whole30 compliant sausages at Target this weekend, though! They are Aidells brand, and they were super yummy! Nothing but chicken, apples, spices, and fruit juices for flavor. I will definitely be buying them again!


If you’ve read my about me section, then you know I have the BRCA2 genetic mutation that puts me at high risk for breast cancer. Well I got the ball rolling last month as far as my preventive screenings, and the whole thing has really just been kind of a nightmare. After speaking with the genetic counselor, I felt very good about the direction I needed to go, and I was pretty at ease with everything. Then once I started actually making the appointments, it became clear that even those in the medical field aren’t that well versed on what it actually is and how to handle it. I have been having to explain to every doctor I see exactly what it is and tell them what the course of action is.

It’s really frustrating to have to re-explain everything all the time, and it’s even more frustrating when different people are telling me different things. Long story short, I had my MRI today, but not before there was a lot of confusion about whether I had to have a mammogram first or not. I actually had to come in an hour earlier for my appointment to get squeezed in for the mammogram and ended up not needing it. I was very thankful for the nurse in the breast center who really seemed to know what she was doing because it saved me quite a bit of headache.

As for the MRI itself, it was really no big deal. It took about half an hour, and I was out of there. The MRI techs were really nice and helpful and made something that was not really all that pleasant an OK experience. They explained everything they were doing and just made me feel very comfortable. I started my day off feeling annoyed and frustrated with the whole thing, and now I’m back to a place of feeling OK with everything again. I won’t get the results from my MRI for a couple days, but I’m really not worried about it. I’ve been diligent with my self exams, and I haven’t felt anything abnormal, so I’m guessing I’ll be free and clear. 🙂

Have a happy Tuesday!

 

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Whole30-Day 4

I’m starting to worry I might be doing something wrong here… That or maybe I just bypassed the whole feeling like crap phase. Wouldn’t that be nice?! Haha. This morning I actually had a ton of energy when I woke up. Normally I have to snooze a few times before I’m finally ready to give in and get up, but this morning I hit the snooze once out of habit and just laid in bed until it rang again. Then I was up and ready to go.

I continued to feel pretty good all day, too! Normally in the afternoon by around 2-3 I’m just dead tired and need a snack or something to wake me up. Today, I was completely fine. It’s amazing just how quickly an impact cutting out junk has. I just hope this trend continues! 🙂

What I ate:

Breakfast: 3 On the Go Baked Egg Nests from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, a banana, and 8 oz Gingerade kombucha. I made the egg nests ahead of time last night. The recipe made a whole dozen, so I should be set on breakfast for the next few days! They are very tasty, but I don’t think I squeezed enough water out of the potatoes because they were a bit soggy.

Baked egg cups Whole30 Day 4

Mmmm…wholesome…

Lunch: Leftover Chocolate Chili from last night’s dinner and a salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Dinner: Mustard Chicken Breasts (same recipe as the mustard chicken thighs, obviously substituting chicken breasts because that’s all I had), Oven Roasted Broccoli (hands down my new favorite way to make broccoli!), and some naturally fermented sauerkraut

Mustard Chicken with Oven Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli that’s actually edible!


 

Since I’ve been in health mode the last few days, I finally made a few doctor appointments I’ve been putting off. As I mention in my about me section, I have the BRCA2 genetic mutation which puts me at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer and melanoma. Shortly after I found out, I received a letter from my primary care physician that she was moving out of state, so I was out a doctor. Obviously when you’re high risk for cancer, you kind of need a good doctor to help you with all the screenings and everything you have to do.

It was sad because my doctor was awesome, and I’m really going to miss her. Now to top it all off, I have to go through the ordeal of finding a new one. I hate finding new doctors because you have to go through the whole health history with someone new, and they really don’t know what issues you’ve had in the past other than what they can see on your chart. Then, if you really don’t like the person you see, you have to do the whole thing over again until you find a good fit. Anyway, that’s why I’ve been putting it off, but today I finally bit the bullet, did some research and called, and I have an appointment at the end of the month.

I also made an appointment with a dermatologist to get screened for melanoma. I wasn’t dreading that one as much because there really aren’t a whole lot of options around here for who to see, and the doctor I chose came highly recommended. I’m really not looking forward to the screening though. Oh well, I have a month and a half to worry about it. 😉

Another, less dreadful, appointment I had today was with a health coach at work. She comes in to our office twice a month to work with any employees who want to make use of her services, and she can basically help you out with whatever health goal you want to achieve. I went in to see her today to do a body fat test and kind of talk about Whole30 and get her opinion on it. I know you’re technically not supposed to weigh yourself or do any other measures while you’re on Whole30, but I’ll just consider it my starting point. Maybe I’ll extend my Whole30 to a Whole39 since that’s the next time she’ll be in the office. 😉

When I explained the Whole30 program to her, she said it sounded like a really great plan. She said that it’s pretty much how you’re supposed to be eating anyway for optimum health, and I would probably want to continue on the plan when the 30 days are up because I’ll likely see such a huge change in how I’m feeling. That was some pretty good news to hear from someone who actually works in the health field! I was a little worried at first that she’d say it was a fad and I shouldn’t be cutting out whole food groups and things of that nature, but her response was very positive. She told me to stick with it, and I’d probably see great results!