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. 🙂 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-Day 12

I made it through another work week, and what a challenging one, at that! Lots of treats all week, but I stayed strong. I didn’t have any of the sugar laden treats, and I’m still standing. Imagine that! I’m sure I’m actually in a better position than if I had had them. 🙂 Now the real test begins… the weekend…

I don’t know about you, but I find it fairly easy to stick to a healthy eating regimen on weekdays when the rest of my schedule is fairly regimented, and then on the weekends, all bets are off. I’m either not doing anything and want to eat out of boredom, or I’m doing so much that I have to just grab what I can. Weekends are also the time when I see friends and family, and what goes better with socializing than food? This weekend will be no different.

Tomorrow I am going up to one of my favorite places in the world-Door County. It’s peak week for the fall color, and we’re going to go enjoy it by hiking at some of the parks up there. It’s going to be an awesome day! The one thing that is going to suck though is that I won’t be going to any wineries which is one of my favorite things to do up there. There are also several treat shops up there I like to visit any time I make it to the area, but I won’t be visiting them this time around. I’m sure I’ll be fine though. It’s not like I’ll never go up there again, and it’s not like I really need those treats. I’m sure I’ll be able to find something I can have that will be good and good for me! Regardless of all the things I won’t be doing, I’m still really excited for the hiking!

I think I was right about all of my symptoms coming at me all rolled up into a two day stretch. I got way too lucky not having any of the negative side effects, that it was just a matter of time before something caught up to me. I had a hard time waking up this morning, and I had some slight GI discomfort after eating breakfast this morning, but I feel so much better. The one thing I’m really struggling with right now is wanting to weigh myself!

I feel like I’ve lost some weight; I can see it in my face, and I can feel it in the way my clothes fit. Even though I’m feeling amazing, which is what should really matter, I’ve been so conditioned to rely on the number on the scale that I feel this intense urge to weigh myself for reassurance. However, I’m not going to give in. I’ve committed to going all 30 days without weighing myself or taking any measurements, and I intend to stick to that. This process is not just about eating better, it’s also about breaking the unhealthy psychological ties we have related to food and health, and this need I have to weigh myself definitely feels like an unhealthy psychological response that needs to be taken care of. Because it’s something I’ve been conditioned to do for as long as I can remember, I feel like it’s going to be a really hard habit to break. My goal is to only weigh myself once a month at work with the health coach. Maybe I should just get rid of my scale… Haha that probably won’t happen!

So what did I eat?

Breakfast: a banana, 3 eggs cooked with spinach, and 8 oz. Cosmic Cranberry kombucha

Lunch: Leftover Lazy Pot Roast with potatoes, carrots, and sauteed green beans

Dinner: Leftover Lazy Pot Roast turned into soup