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. ūüôā 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. ūüôā 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 Day 1… Take 3

Hey there, I know it’s been a reaaaaally long time since my last post-about 4 1/2 months, but who’s counting? ūüėČ Well, all I can really say is life got crazy, I got lazy, and I felt like I was spiraling out of control. I know in my last post I mentioned I was going to turn things around, and I did… for about a week. Then I was right back into my old habits. It’s really hard for me to admit, but right now I’m 10 lbs heavier than my previous heaviest weight-a weight I swore I would never get back to. Well, obviously, I did. And then some.

Now here’s where I could beat myself up, tell myself how much of a loser I am for getting back here, but what’s the point in that? I screwed up. I made a long series of mistakes. Am I happy about where I am right now? Absolutely not! But what is it going to accomplish if I dwell on my failure? Absolutely nothing! It took me a while, but I’m finally to that point where I’ve had enough. None of my clothes fit me anymore, I’m tired all the time, I feel like crap, and frankly I’m just really unhappy.

A couple months ago, I signed up for Weight Watchers again, and I lost about 5 lbs on it in the first 2 weeks. I was really excited about my progress, but then I fell off the wagon, and gained it right back. I tried really hard to reign myself in, but I have a sugar demon raging inside me, and I found it really hard to keep within my daily points allotment when I was allowing myself to continue to have treats. Even if I planned ahead and counted the points, I would always go overboard. So I finally made the decision that I needed to do another Whole30+ to get rid of my cravings.

That brings me to this weekend. I decided I was going to do a November Whole30 and start it right away on November 1. Well… we ended up not going to the grocery store, so I didn’t have any Whole30 foods for day 1. I wasn’t really too worried about it though because I figured I’d just start the next day. I didn’t really have my plan in place anyway, so day 1 would really have just been winging it. Anyway, on Sunday, I sat down and got my meal plan together and went grocery shopping, so I was all set for the week ahead.

Then yesterday, I had a really off morning. I didn’t sleep very well the previous night, so I slept in a little, and my whole morning routine got thrown off. I had a meal in my crockpot in the fridge just waiting to go into the base and cook away for my delicious dinner that evening, and of course… I forgot it in the fridge! Luckily, my sister was still home, so I called her, and she was able to get it going for me. After hanging up with her, I remembered another thing I had forgotten that morning… my breakfast and lunch for the day! I tried rolling with it at first and got some eggs from the caterer for breakfast, and I was planning on getting a salad with some grilled chicken from somewhere for lunch, but 2 eggs was not enough of a meal, and I was starving by 10:30. I didn’t think I’d make it until lunch, and by that point, I was not making good choices, so I went to the vending machine and got a Pop-Tart.

I was a little upset with myself that I couldn’t even make it the first day, but, honestly, I got over it pretty quickly. I was already having a bad morning, so I tried not to beat myself up too much. Luckily it was only day 1, and I had already delayed my start date, so one more day was not the end of the world.

That brings me to today, and I am happy to say that I have successfully made it through Whole30 day 1! However, if today is any indication of how the rest of it is going to go, it is going to be very challenging… I had been in such a junk food rut for so long that I am having some serious cravings. Visions of cookies and cupcakes were dancing through my head all day, and I could have killed for a diet Pepsi! I just need to remind myself though that these are only temporary. They are going to get much worse before they get better, and I just need to get through them.

So here’s what I ate for day 1…

  • Breakfast-Slow Cooker Cherry Apple Pork Loin¬†from Once a Month Meals and a big bowl of frozen veggies with a little olive oil and some Mrs. Dash
  • Lunch-A can of tuna in olive oil, drained, on a bed of romaine, drizzled with olive oil and vinegar and a bit of Mrs. Dash and a honeycrisp apple (the apple was on the side-not part of the salad… That would be gross. ūüėČ )
  • Dinner-Stuffed Acorn Squash from Once a Month Meals. The squash took longer than anticipated to cook, so I’m satisfying my hunger with a handful of kalamata olives while I wait. ūüôā

Finally, as any good fitness/health buff will tell you, nutrition is only one piece of the puzzle, so I’ve also been getting my butt in gear with morning workouts. A friend and I have been doing workout videos together in the mornings at work. This week we started the Blogilates beginner’s calendar. Our plan is to do a modified version of the calendar since I don’t have a good place to do the workouts on the weekends. We were supposed to start on Monday with day 1, but my workout buddy has been sick, and I had such an off morning, we decided to start today instead. She ended up being sick again, but I made myself go in and work out anyway, and man did I forget how challenging even her beginner workouts are! I have to stop halfway through all of the exercises to take a rest! It makes me feel even more out of shape than I am, but I guess the bright side of it is that I will get stronger, and the workouts will feel a lot easier. That’s what I’m hoping anyway!

I feel like a broken record sometimes. I know that I have tried numerous times to get myself back into gear. I’ve had one successful Whole30 and numerous failed ones. I’ve failed at diet after diet and exercise regimen after exercise regimen, but this time it’s different. I can feel that it’s different. I felt the snap inside me that said “enough!” Instead of going into this half-heartedly and hoping for the best, I made a concrete plan. I have goals in place, and all my stats are prominently displayed, along with my current “before” photos, on my wall where I will see them multiple times a day and be reminded of what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. This time, I know I will make some big changes that are going to last.

Whole30-Days 17-18

I feel like I’m back into the boring, I have nothing new to report phase. Yesterday I got home late, and my day was kind of boring, so I didn’t feel the need to bore you with a post. The highlight of my day was happy hour with some girls from work. I wasn’t planning on getting anything, but I went to the gym between work and happy hour, so I was way hungrier than I anticipated I’d be. So far I haven’t had much issue finding things to eat on the menu at restaurants, but at our usual spot, there really weren’t a lot of things I could have without taking everything off. I ended up just getting a steak salad with oil and vinegar. It was pretty good.

The one new development I had that was kind of interesting… I had a craving dream! It was pretty stupid. I dreamed I was at a holiday open house somewhere, and I was getting a tour of this place. They had iced gingerbread cookies and egg nog out for the guests, and when I walked past it the first time, I was completely ok, and I didn’t take any. Then we walked past it again, and I grabbed a cookie off the plate. The person showing me around gasped and was like “but what about your Whole30?!” And I was like “it’s ok. I’ve been so good, one cookie will be fine.” Then I ate it and immediately felt super guilty. I woke up and still felt guilty! It took me a minute to realize it was just a dream. How silly is that? They talk about it on the Whole30 timeline, but I just assumed people were exaggerating. I guess now I know!

So that’s it… the last couple days have been really ho hum and unexciting. I’m still going strong and feeling great though!

So what did I eat?

Wednesday, October 15-Day 17

Breakfast-An apple, 8 oz Cosmic Cranberry kombucha, and taco scramble

Lunch-Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Dinner-Steak Salad with oil and vinegar

Thursday, October 16-Day 18

Breakfast-An apple, 8 oz Cosmic Cranberry kombucha, and taco scramble

Lunch-Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Dinner-Mustard Chicken and roasted beets, I’m curious how the beets will turn out. I haven’t had beets since I was very young and my grandpa made me eat them. I remember sitting at their kitchen table bawling my eyes out because he wouldn’t let me leave the table until I ate them. I’ve been saying for the last probably 20 years or so that I don’t like them, and I realized the other day that that may not be true anymore, so I figured I should probably give them another shot… just to be fair… I generally like vegetables better when they’re roasted, so that should help. I’m pretty sure the kind he made me choke down were just the slices out of a can. Yuck…


Door County Trip

I don’t really have a ton to write about my trip, but I have a lot of pictures! It turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day. The weather was pretty much perfect. We ended up going to Whitefish Dunes State Park and just hiked around on the trails a bit. There are several different kinds of terrain all in one small area, so that made it really scenic and interesting. To one side you have a gorgeous sandy beach looking out on Lake Michigan, and to the other side, you have forest trails.

We started at Whitefish Dunes State Park…

Whitefish Dunes Beach Door County WI

Beautiful beach

Whitefish Dunes Lookout Door County WI

View from the lookout platform.

Whitefish Dunes Door County WI

View from the other side of the lookout.

Then we hiked over to the neighboring Cave Point County Park…

Cave Point County Park Door County WI

Cave Point County Park

Cairn Beach Cave Point Door County WI

Cairn Beach. This picture doesn’t do it justice, but the entire beach is covered in cairns. It’s beautiful and a little eerie.

Cairn Beach Cave Point Door County WI

Of course I had to make my own!

Cave Point County Park Beach Door County WI

Hidden little beach down the trail.

Cave Point County Park Door County WI

Beautiful day! Such gorgeous scenery… Can you see why this is one of my favorite places?

Overall it was an amazing day, but by far the best part was when my, now boyfriend, asked me to be his girlfriend. ūüôā It was very sweet and kind of old school. We were on one of the trails looking at the trail map, and he came up, put his arms around me, kissed me on the cheek and asked me “Will you be my girlfriend?” Of course, I said yes!

Whitefish Dunes State Park Door County WI

My favorite part of the day! Me and my new boyfriend!

Whole30-Half Way There!

Today is day 16 of my Whole30 which means I am over halfway done!!! I have already seen amazing results, but I’ve definitely got quite a way to go yet. So… I’m thinking of extending my Whole30 into a Whole58. Am I crazy?! …Maybe a little. ūüėČ Really,¬†I don’t see any reason to stop eating the way I’m eating. I don’t find it that difficult to be completely honest. The first week was challenging, but I’ve almost completely gotten over my cravings.

My plan is that I’m going to continue to eat Whole30 super clean until Thanksgiving which would be day 59. I’m not going to go crazy or anything because I think my insides would rebel, but I’m going to relax a little. I have a couple of Paleo veggie recipes that I plan to bring to wherever it is I end up going, and I found a Paleo pumpkin pie recipe for dessert. I always tend to overdo it on holidays, so I’m really just giving myself a solid reason to keep myself in check. After Thanksgiving, I plan to do the Whole30 reintroduction. I might have to do Whole30 for a few days first so I can really tell how the foods I’ve cut out affect me.

As I mentioned, I’ve been seeing some amazing results in just 16 days of Whole30. I’ve had a lot of GI issues which are finally starting to regulate themselves after over 2 years of being really messed up. It’s still a work in progress which is another reason why I’m extending my Whole30, but it is significantly improved over what it was before. My cravings are almost completely gone! I have my moments when I would kill for a cheeseburger or a cheesy slice of pizza, but they are few and far between and fleeting when they come up. I am now able to walk past our treat table or go into my favorite little cafe that makes the best cookies and not even really be tempted by them. I’m able to eat until I’m full and recognize when that is! But my most exciting result…

Drumroll please… in just 2 weeks on Whole30, I’ve gone down a pant size!!! I needed a new pair of jeans because my good pair got a hole in them. Just for shiggles, I picked out a pair that were the next size down, and they fit! I didn’t even need to suck everything in and shimmy for 15 minutes until everything was displaced enough to get them zipped up. It was AMAZING! In just 2 weeks, I accomplished what I’ve been trying so hard for the last… who knows how long to do!

So what have I been eating?

Saturday-Day 13

Breakfast-3 eggs, 8 oz Gingerade kombucha, sauteed asparagus

Eggs, asparagus, apple

Nothing fancy, but it looked so pretty plated that I had to share. Doesn’t get more wholesome than this!

Lunch-An apple-I know shame on me, but we were out hiking, and I wasn’t hungry.

Dinner- 7 oz tenderloin, salad with oil and vinegar, baked sweet potato, and a fruit salad. This was my second time going out to eat while on Whole30. We went to Texas Road house, and it was definitely a prime example of why you need to ask about the ingredients in everything.¬† I asked how the steak was prepared, and they use a special seasoning that has both flour and sugar in it. Definitely glad I asked! I was also still kind of hungry after we were done eating, so we went to the grocery store for some dessert. ūüôā I grabbed a container of fresh fruit and savored every bite.

Sunday-Day 14

Breakfast-Banana and 8 oz Gingerade kombucha

Lunch-Breakfast Taco Scramble Mess from Ultimate Paleo Guide

Breakfast Taco Scramble

Doesn’t look too pretty, but it’s pretty tasty! Great taco flavor with just a hint of spiciness.

Dinner-7 oz sirloin with a baked potato and steamed broccoli. Again another example for why you have to ask. I ordered the mixed veggies and asked what was in them. Either she didn’t say corn, or I just wasn’t paying attention. The latter is most likely. When it came out I had to ask if they had anything else, and I just felt really bad. I did ask, but clearly there was some miscommunication.

Monday-Day 15

Breakfast-Taco Scramble, an apple, and 8 oz Citrus kombucha

Lunch-Lazy Pot Roast Soup

Dinner-I had a late evening, so it was just 2 eggs and a microwaved sweet potato

Tuesday-Day 16

Breakfast-Taco Scramble, and apple, and 8 oz Citrus kombucha

Lunch-Lazy Pot Roast Soup

Dinner-Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce from Paleo Grubs

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

This picture doesn’t do it justice… This is really good! I’d eat it even if I wasn’t on Whole30!

I had so much going on in the last couple days that I just couldn’t fit it all in one post! I had an amazing time in Door County with the boy, so stop back tomorrow to read about that and see all kinds of gorgeous pictures!

Whole30-Day 3

I’m going to start sounding like a broken record here pretty soon, but today was really rather uneventful. I’m on day 3 of my Whole30, and I still feel pretty good. I had a bit of a headache earlier this morning, but I think that was probably caused by other things. I did cut back on my fruit intake today, so maybe I’ll start feeling the withdrawals tomorrow. I hope not, but who knows? If I could continue going along with minimal negative side effects, that would be fantastic!

One thing I did start to notice today was the cravings are starting to kick in. I was craving everything from a chocolate bar to potato chips to cheese curds, you name it! If it was junk, I was probably craving it today. I made the mistake of walking down the candy aisle at the drugstore after work, but I put my blinders on and didn’t even pay attention. I could smell the chocolate though… It was rough!

I definitely planned ahead a lot better today than the first 2 days. I had leftovers for breakfast and lunch and crock pot chili for dinner. I didn’t take any pictures of breakfast or lunch since they are just repeats.

Breakfast: Leftover Ham, Apple & Sweet Potato Scramble and 8 oz Gingerade kombucha

Lunch: Leftover Mustard Chicken Thighs and Spaghetti Squash with Sauteed Asparagus and Garlic

Dinner: Chocolate Chili from The Clothes Make the Girl. I was definitely in the mood for some nice, hearty chili after the last couple cold, dreary days, and this recipe definitely hit the spot. I made the crock pot version so it would be ready to go when I got home.

Chocolate Chili

For someone who wanted to be a food photographer, I take some crappy pics. Lol

I was also going to do a quick tutorial for how to easily dice an onion with minimal tears, but I didn’t think of it until after the onions were already in the pot. I learned the trick a couple years ago, and it has changed my life. ūüėČ So next time I make a recipe with onions, I’ll be sure to include it. If you don’t already know it, it will be revolutionary.

On Saturday I’ll be doing a 5k mud run to benefit a local domestic abuse shelter. It’s called the Warrior Princess Mud Run, and I want to dress up in some sort of costume. I’m thinking of dressing as a princess, but I’d like to be one that’s not some wussy woman who needs to be saved by her prince (I’m looking at you, Snow White…). I’m kind of stumped on ideas though. Maybe I’ll just go generic and wear a skirt and a tiara and call it a day. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!