Today was day 2 of my Whole30, and I really don’t have much to report. I planned ahead a lot better, so I actually had some pretty good food. Days 2-3, according to the “What to Expect” article on whole30.com, are called the “hangover days” because your body is adjusting to not receiving as much crap as it normally gets, and just like an alcohol hangover, you pretty much feel like crap. I’m not delusional enough to think that it won’t be coming, but so far, so good! I have been eating a bit too much fruit than is recommended though, so that might have something to do with it. I might not be having full withdrawals yet.
So what did I eat?
Breakfast: Leftover Ham, Apple & Sweet Potato Scramble from dinner last night and 8 oz. Mystic Mango kombucha
Lunch: 3 scrambled eggs and an apple-I had a banana too, but I ate it before taking a picture
Dinner: spaghetti squash with asparagus and garlic sauteed in ghee, and Mustard Chicken Thighs from Fit and Awesome.
I had to do dinner in two parts because for some reason I was thinking my chicken would only take a few minutes to bake… yep… I mean, I did it on purpose… yeah that’s it! I decided to class it up a bit and served my dinner in two courses. 😉
The spaghetti squash/asparagus turned out really good! I’ve only had spaghetti squash a couple times prior to tonight, and it was always pretty blah, but tonight’s was really flavorful and tender. I know they’re in season right now, so I’m sure that has something to do with it. Just one more reason to try and eat seasonally! It paired really well with the asparagus and garlic sautee too. I barely had to season it at all-just a touch of pepper and salt, and it was good to go. The chicken was pretty good too. Though I think it would have been better with skin on chicken thighs instead of skinless. The recipe calls for skin on, but all I had was skinless. It wasn’t terrible, but I think the added flavor from the fat and the crunch of the skin would have just kicked it up a notch.
If you followed my old blog or know me in real life, you know I started the Financial Peace University (FPU) class last year and only made it through about half the classes before life got in the way, and I had to stop going. Well, I have been slipping again with my spending, so I decided I needed a refresher, and last night was the first class. It was all information I’ve heard before, but it was just the little nudge I needed to get me going and back on track again. I feel like I’ve got a renewed vigor, and I’m going to hit my debt hard to make it go away!
In the class, Dave Ramsey talks about how there are 2 different types of people when it comes to money-nerds and free spirits. Nerds are the number crunchers that actually like to make the budget and know where their money is going, and free spirits are the ones that are a lot more go with the flow and don’t really care about budgets or numbers. I’m definitely a nerd! I like to play around in Excel and create fancy budgets. I also spent a couple hours creating a huge spreadsheet with formulas subtracting my payments and adding the interest every month to figure out how long exactly my debt snowball will take assuming no changes in income or emergencies.
It was a bit disheartening at first to see how long it will take to become completely debt free, but I was pretty conservative with my estimates. I also wasn’t taking into account any extra money that I will likely be getting throughout the year in the way of bonuses or tax refunds because those aren’t guaranteed. Chances are pretty good that it won’t take me quite as long as I’ve calculated, but we’ll see. All I can do is to just keep plugging away! The only thing I’m a little worried about is being able to stick to my clean diet on a limited budget.