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



Whole 30-Days 8-9

This week is off to a great start. I think I chose a terrible time to start my Whole30 because all of my favorite foods are out right now. Fall is my favorite time of the year, so I love anything apple spice, pumpkin spice, caramel apple… Think of any quintessential fall flavor, and I love it. So anytime I go to the store, right there at the point of purchase and on just about every endcap is something that I usually enjoy during this time of year. They’re just calling to me, and I have to ignore them and walk right on past.

To make matters even more challenging, it’s National Customer Service Week, and my company goes all out for it. They decorate our main employee entryway with a unique theme and give out freebies galore-at least half of which are food. Yesterday it was free breakfast of doughnuts, fruit, fruit pizza, granola bars, yogurt, and juice. Today they handed out hot Auntie Anne’s pretzels in the afternoon. It’s awesome to work for a company that values it’s employees so much, but the junk food is killing me!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme Customer Service Week

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

I guess if I look at it in another way, maybe this was the best time of year for me to start my Whole30. I know that all the seasonal fall flavors are major triggers for me, and I definitely overdo it on the treats this time of year, so it’s probably a good thing I’ve got an added incentive to say no. This time of year is usually when all the vendor gifts start coming through, too, so I’ll be better able to avoid them as well!

While it has been tough to avoid the temptations, I have been keeping my commitment to myself to do all 30 days of my Whole30 with just two small exceptions. The first was that I used beef broth with sugar in it last week. I never even thought to look at the label of beef broth before using it. I didn’t want to toss the whole thing, so I’m just going to be ok with it. The amount of sugar that is in my meal is likely so minimal that it doesn’t make much of a difference one way or another. Is it truly Whole30? No, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it either.

The second was on Saturday I had a huge coughing fit while I was driving, so I grabbed a cough drop out of my purse. It has sugar in it. Again, I needed the cough drop to help stop my coughing when I had no other options, so while it is not Whole30 approved, I’m letting myself be ok with it. Honestly the point of Whole30 is to break your bad habits and get you on the path to a healthy life. If having an amount of sugar in my chili so minimal it registers as zero grams for a whole serving when I had about 1/4 of a serving or having a cough drop to ease a coughing fit throws me off course, then I think there are bigger issues at stake here.

So how am I feeling after days 8 and 9? Well, yesterday was a bit rough. I had some digestion issues all afternoon which I’m hoping is just my body getting used to my new way of eating as described in the Whole30 timeline. I did have an overabundance of natural sugars yesterday though which may have also been the culprit. As you’ll see in my foods list below, all of my meals had sweet potatoes in them as well as butternut squash and apples, and not to mention the giant plate of fruit I had for breakfast. I could definitely be doing a better job taming my sugar dragon.

So what did I eat?

Monday-Day 8

Breakfast: Large plate of fruit, Ham, Apple, & Sweet Potato Scramble, 8 oz Original kombucha

Fruit Plate Breakfast

Tastes even better when it’s free…

Lunch: Roast chicken thigh with roast sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash, sauteed summer squash and zucchini, 5 oz V8 vegetable juice

Roast Chicken Thigh and Veggies

I definitely need a new camera…

Dinner: Leftover Roast Chicken Soup from Against All Grain

Tuesday-Day 9

Breakfast: Ham, Apple & Sweet Potato Scramble, a banana, 8 oz Strawberry Serenity kombucha (definitely not my favorite flavor!)

Lunch: Leftover Roast Chicken Soup

Dinner: Chocolate Chili