Whole30 Week 3

Today marks day 27 of my Whole30. I’m almost there! If you missed my recaps of the first 2 weeks, you can check them out here and here. I can’t believe it’s almost done! I’m contemplating what I’m going to do once the official 30 days are up. I’m feeling so good on the Whole30 that I don’t want to go back to the way I had been eating previously, but I just don’t think I can be so strict 100% of the time. I’m thinking I’ll do the reintro that they suggest on the Whole30 website, and then once I figure out what foods work well with my system and those that don’t, I’m going to go back to a relaxed Whole30 and add in the foods that are ok for me on occasion. I’ve got a few other ideas I’ve been toying with though, so we’ll see how it goes. Only 3 more days!

Anyway, here’s my recap of week 3…

Day 15:

Day 15

Breakfast: Italian Beef from Slender Kitchen, frozen veggies with olive oil and Mrs. Dash, clementine, V8 Spicy Hot

Lunch: Chocolate chili from Mel Joulwan, salad, clementine, Cranberry Lime Seltzer

Dinner: 5 spice slow cooker pork ribs from Mel Joulwan, green beans with olive oil and Mrs. Dash

Snack: Banana applesauce pouch

Notes: My energy was pretty good today, but I did have a bit of some stomach upset in the afternoon. I didn’t want to eat dinner, but I made myself, and I felt a lot better after eating.


Day 16:

Day 16

Breakfast: Chocolate Chili, salad, apple

Lunch: 5 spice ribs, green beans with olive oil and Mrs. Dash, clementine

Dinner: Paleo chicken and dumpling soup (minus the dumplings) from A Healthy Life for Me, coconut water with pineapple

Snack: no snack

Notes: My sleep has been great lately. I fell asleep right away last night and didn’t wake up at all during the night. I have been having a lot of cravings lately, but they only last for a little bit. It’s usually when I see something that my mouth starts to water, and I really want it or something similar, but I haven’t had too many cravings where they just came up from nowhere.


Day 17:

Day 17

Breakfast: Coconut water with pineapple, chicken soup

Lunch: Italian Beef, Romaine salad, apple

Dinner: Banana Bread Larabar

Snack: no snack

Notes: I had a pretty busy night tonight, so I didn’t feel like cooking anything. I also wasn’t very hungry, so I just grabbed one of my Larabars out of my emergency stash for dinner.


Day 18:

Day 18

Breakfast: Italian beef, clementine, romaine salad, coconut water

Lunch: 5 spice ribs, green beans

Dinner: Eggs, roasted potatoes

Snack: no snack

Notes: This morning I woke up right away with my alarm. I did some foam rolling before my coworker got to work to join me for our morning workout, and it felt amazing! I mean it hurt like hell while I was doing it, but my muscles felt pretty loose for the first time in a couple weeks. As soon as I was done with our workout, they felt like they had seized back up, but for about a half hour, I felt good. 🙂


Day 19:

Day 19

Breakfast: Italian Beef, chopped broccoli, clementine, V8 spicy hot

Lunch: Chocolate chili

Dinner: Eggs, chicken apple sausage

Snack: no snack

Notes: I woke up pretty easily this morning. I felt good all day. I got in a good foam roller workout that felt amazing. It was painful at the time, but my muscles felt so much better after.


Day 20:

Breakfast: coconut water

Lunch: no lunch

Dinner: Steak, baked sweet potato with ghee, grapefruit Izze

Snack: no snack

Notes: Busy day again, so I really didn’t eat breakfast or lunch. We had a date night, so we grabbed some takeout (we were supposed to actually eat at the restaurant, but the wait would have been way too long, and we had to catch a movie.)


Day 21:

Breakfast: coconut water

Lunch: blood orange

Dinner: a slice of carne asada, plantain chips, nibbles of the food we were cooking

Snack: no snack

Notes: Another busy day, so I didn’t eat much. The meat we made for dinner didn’t smell right, so we tossed it, and I didn’t feel like making anything else.


Week 3 Recap:

Week 3 has been great. I’m not really feeling any of the negative effects of the first couple weeks. I can tell I’ve lost some weight, and I’m definitely feeling the tiger blood! I have so much energy during the day, I can get through my workouts without a problem and am even starting to look forward to getting them done in the morning to get my day going. I’ve had a few stomach issues here and there, but I think that I’ve really confirmed that eggs do not work for me. I know I’ve written about them being something I shouldn’t eat in the past, but I had been eating them on occasion without any ill effects. This week I had some, and I had the worst stomach cramps a couple hours after eating them. It makes me pretty sad, but I know that I can still eat them occasionally if I want to if I’m willing to deal with the consequences.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today! Again, if you’re on a Whole30 journey, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below! And if you’re interested in starting the program, you can read all about it on their website or get the book here!


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Whole30 Week 2

I mentioned in my last couple posts that I’ve been doing a Whole30. (Today is day 24! Woot woot!) You can read all about my first week’s experience here, but today is all about week 2! I didn’t have as many pictures this time because I did skip a few meals, and I just didn’t take pictures of some. I don’t have any pictures from the weekend, so I’m not really sure what happened there. I’m sure I was just so busy that I didn’t even think about it at the time. So let’s get into it…

Day 8:

Day 8

Breakfast: Leftover Stew, salad with olive oil and vinegar, 2 clementines, handful of raspberries, cranberry lime seltzer, V8 Spicy Hot

Lunch: Crispy chicken thighs, roasted broccoli and cauliflower (the broccoli and cauliflower were really stinky, so I ate them in the lunch room instead of at my desk, and I didn’t bring my phone with me.)

Dinner: Smoked Salmon Frittata from The Whole Smiths (I was skeptical, but this is surprisingly delicious. The recipe calls for cooking fresh salmon, but we used hot smoked salmon, and it was ah-mazing!), applesauce, white grape cherry juice

Snacks: Banana with almond butter

Notes: I had a hard time getting up this morning because the weekends always mess up my sleep schedule, but I did have pretty good energy once I was up and out of bed. I’m definitely starting to see some of the benefits of the Whole30-for instance, my appetite is shrinking. I could not finish my breakfast! I ate everything but the clementines. I was pretty tired by the time I got home, and I think it was because I wasn’t eating enough. My appetite has gone down so much that it’s hard to get enough food in. When it’s time to eat, I’m just not hungry.


Day 9:

Day 9

Breakfast: Roast chicken, roast vegetables, clementine, cranberry lime seltzer, V8 Spicy Hot, black coffee

Lunch: No lunch

Dinner: Smoked Salmon Frittata, white grape cherry juice

Snacks: No Snacks

Notes: I went to bed too late last night, and then I had a bit of a stomach ache shortly after I went to bed which kept me up even later, so I had a hard time getting up again today. My appetite is still pretty low. I got a terrible migraine right around lunch time. I have been getting them pretty frequently, and I was concerned, so I went to the doctor. They sent me for a CT scan which came back negative, so thankfully they’re just migraines. Now to just figure out why I keep getting them. My anxiety seems to have gone down. I normally would have been really freaked out about this, but I was mostly calm.


Day 10:

Day 10

Breakfast: Fajita chicken on romaine, banana, V8 Spicy Hot, Cranberry Lime Seltzer

Lunch: Chicken Tortilla-Less soup from The Whole Smiths (this was pretty good. It could have used a little more spice though.), handful of raspberries, romaine salad

Dinner: No dinner-busy night

Snacks: No snacks

Notes: I actually got to bed at a decent time last night. I was in bed by 8:30 and read until 9:30 when I fell asleep. I still had a bit of a hard time waking up this morning though. No workout this morning because I’m making up time from leaving early yesterday. I had a therapeutic massage tonight, and it was painful! I was near tears a few times, but I can tell she really worked out some of my knots. I was in bed by 8:15 and sleeping by 9:15. 🙂


Day 11:

Day 11

Breakfast: Chicken Tortilla-Less soup, clementine, romaine salad, V8 Spicy Hot

Lunch: Roast Chicken, Roast vegetables, green beans, handful of raspberries

Dinner: Meatloaf, white grape cherry juice

Snacks: No snacks

Notes: Woke up right away with my alarm this morning feeling rested. I’m very sore today from my massage last night. My right shoulder feels really good though. Not as tight and sore as it usually is. I was a little worked up last night before bed, so I didn’t get to sleep right away. When I did fall asleep, I had pretty restless sleep-a lot of weird dreams…


Day 12:

Day 12

Breakfast: Meatloaf from The Whole Smiths (this was really good! You can’t even tell it’s Whole30. I scraped some of the tomato sauce off though because it was a bit much.), green beans, clementine, handful of raspberries

Lunch: Roast Chicken, Roast vegetables, romaine salad, V8 Spicy Hot

Dinner: Steak with roasted garlic aioli from Eating Well (this was soooooo good! I will definitely be making it again. We made our own mayo to make it Whole30.), garlic roasted asparagus, smashed red potatoes with ghee, Izze grapefruit

Snacks: handful of grapes and blueberries, Larabar and Buddyfruit Tropical Coconut Milk Pouch

Notes: Didn’t sleep very well last night, so I had a hard time waking up. I do have quite a bit of energy today though. I can tell that I am losing weight because my clothes feel like they are getting loose. I am really having a hard time with my appetite lately though. I don’t want to eat much, so I find myself making myself eat. This could be because my meals have been so meat heavy. I’ve never been a huge meat eater, so making myself eat it has been challenging. I had 2 snacks today. The first one I had because it was there, and the fruit looked really good. The second one I had because we didn’t eat until really late, and we had gone to the grocery store to get the stuff for our dinner. I was hungry and the Larabar and Buddyfruit pouch looked really good. 🙂


Day 13:

Breakfast: Smoked Salmon Frittata

Lunch: Eggs

Dinner: No dinner

Snacks: Plantain chips and half a Nantucket Pineapple, Banana, Orange

Notes: Today was pretty non-eventful but busy, so I was distracted for most of the day. We had to go to the grocery store, and it ended up being later than we would have liked which is why there was no dinner. The plantain chips and Nantucket juice were pretty much dinner. I know it’s not the best Whole30 foods, but it was there, and I just needed something quick and easy.


Day 14:

Breakfast: Half of a Nantucket Pineapple, Orange, Banana

Lunch: no lunch

Dinner: meatloaf, broccoli, grapefruit Izze

Snacks: No snack

Notes: I was really bad about making sure to eat again today. It was a pretty busy day. I woke up late, had a little juice, woke up the bf, and then we got right into meal prep for the week. I picked a little here and there while we were cooking, but I didn’t eat anything substantial until dinner time. I am a little worried that if I keep eating so little, I’m going to make my metabolism slow to a crawl, and I won’t lose any weight. I think I need to make myself eat by a certain time for every meal regardless of whether or not I’m hungry.


Week 2 Recap:

This week was definitely easier than the previous week. It was nice to have my meals already prepped and ready to go. That way I could just go to the fridge and heat something up instead of having to worry about coming home and spending an hour cooking something before I can eat. I have been noticing some positive changes as well. As I mentioned above, my appetite has gone down significantly. Before Whole30, I would eat and eat and eat, and I never really felt full, but now, I get halfway done with a meal, and I’m satisfied. I’ve also noticed some increased performance in my workouts, increased energy, and I can tell that I’ve lost some weight already because my clothes are starting to fit differently.

I have had a few cravings, but they haven’t been terrible at all. It’s mostly when I see something my mouth waters, but as soon as it’s no longer in eyesight, I can forget about it pretty quickly.


If you’re doing a Whole30 yourself, I’d love to hear about your progress in the comments below!

Taking Control Part II

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a bit of a hard time over the last several weeks. I had pretty bad general anxiety and depressed feelings to the point where I didn’t want to do anything or even leave my house. I felt like everything was out of control, and the way I was dealing with it was by not dealing with it. Finally I just told myself enough was enough and did just one thing. That one thing led to another thing which led to another thing, and so on, to the point where today I feel almost 100% better.

Last time I talked about how I put my house in order to help myself feel like I was more in control, and this time, I’ll talk about my diet and exercise regimen.

Even though I started off the year with the best of intentions and some pretty strong motivation, life happened, and I slipped up. Being gone for about half of the month of January certainly didn’t help. I mentioned in my Vegas recap that I did pretty good sticking to my goals, but I ended up not losing any weight which was really frustrating to me. By the time my second trip rolled around, I decided that I didn’t care, and I was going to enjoy my dinners out and not deprive myself. Well, I’m sure you’ll be shocked to find out that I gained even more weight after that trip… That led to even more out of control eating which led to feeling like crap which led to me skipping my workouts.

As with tidying up, I finally said enough was enough. I was eating way too much junk and being very lazy, so I convinced my boyfriend to start a Whole30 with me! We are currently on day 16 and going really strong! I’m actually completely following the rules this time-no excuses! I’m also trying to do it relatively low carb by not indulging in too much fruit or potatoes, and I feel awesome! I have quite a bit of energy, my cravings are nearly non-existent (aside from when I actually see something and have that momentary desire to eat/drink it), and my stomach issues have pretty well subsided! It always amazes me when I build something up in my head so much, and as soon as I’m through the hard part at the beginning, it almost becomes easy.

Steak with roasted garlic aioli, smashed red potatoes with ghee, and garlic roasted asparagus.

This has been one of my favorite meals so far. It was so decadent, but completely Whole30 compliant! Steak with roasted garlic aioli, smashed red potatoes with ghee, and garlic roasted asparagus.

Honestly I was really hesitant to share my Whole30 this time until I was finished because of how many times I tried and failed. I know on my last attempt at a Whole30, I said I really felt like I was going to make it the whole 30 days but ended up only making it about 20, but this time, now that I have my boyfriend for support, and I’m actually following the rules completely, I know I’m going to make it the full 30 days. I’ve even been toying with the idea of doing a slow roll reintroduction instead of trying to reintroduce everything right away. We’ll see though.

It is so nice having my boyfriend for support on this one. It’s great to know that I’m not the only one who’s going through the challenge, and it’s nice to have someone I know I can text or call when I am getting frustrated. Another thing that has really helped is that we’ve been preparing all of our meals for the week together on Sunday. The bf has even suggested some recipes that I never would have thought to try but ended up being delicious!

On the same day I started my Whole30, I got back into my daily morning workouts. My coworker and I have been getting to work an hour early every morning to utilize one of our large conference rooms to play a workout video from YouTube. Our favorite for the past couple weeks has been Winsor Pilates 20 minute workout. It has been perfect to get ourselves back into the swing of things. It’s easy enough that we want to keep doing it, but challenging enough that it’s actually doing something. I have a goal of working out every day during the week, and so far, I’ve only missed one of my last 12 workouts because of health reasons.

I’m finally getting to the point where it’s easy to get up in the morning to get my workout in. I don’t allow myself to make excuses, and I’m even starting to enjoy making that the start of my day. It’s energizing, and it gets me through the morning, so I don’t even need caffeine anymore!

To really give myself a kick in the pants, on March 1, I’m starting the 30 Day Pilates Body Challenge. It’s a free challenge from Robin Long at The Balanced Life Online where every day you’ll get an email first thing in the morning with a 10 minute Pilates video. You do the workout and check in via social media to say you did it, and that’s it! I’m planning on doing this on top of my work day workouts just as an added challenge. This means getting up even earlier to get it in, but I’m up for the challenge! If you’ve been looking for a way to kick start your workouts, I think this would be a great way to get started. You can follow me on Instagram @simply_whole_life where I’ll be checking in if you want to be part of my accountability circle or just to keep up with my progress (and maybe pass along some words of encouragement? 🙂 ).

30 Day Pilates Body Challenge, 10 Minute Pilates

I’m in, are you!?

Finally, I just had to share this picture. I’m at my parents’ house doing laundry and working on my blog while the machines are running, and when I came back from switching loads, I had a new little writing buddy! 🙂

Mordecai cat writing blog stealing chair

Meet my new writing assistant, Sauron Weasley. (Or as he’s formally known, Mordecai. 🙂 )

Weeks 5 and 6 Progress

Last week I was in fabulous Las Vegas for my industry’s big expo which is why there was no progress update. I was gone Sunday-Thursday, and then I had a bad weekend, so I didn’t feel like posting a delayed update like I normally would have. My normal weigh in day is Wednesday, but I was at the expo, so I couldn’t weigh myself. I did weigh myself on Friday when I got back though, and I am a bit ashamed to admit that when I saw the number on the scale I got pretty upset, and I ended up having a bit of a “diet temper tantrum” as I’ve been calling it.

Mandalay Bay, Foundation Room, Las Vegas, NV

View from the Foundation Room at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

I’ve been feeling pretty frustrated lately with my progress. I’ve thought that I’ve been working pretty hard, but I keep seeing the same 2-3 lbs going away and coming right back. I was especially upset last week because I worked pretty hard to stay on plan while I was in Vegas-limiting my alcohol consumption and passing on the truly decadent dishes for the more healthy options. I was also walking a ton (like 3-4x what I get on a normal daily basis), and I even managed to get in a morning yoga workout every day. I could have totally gone off the deep end and indulged in all the cocktails and treats and terrible-for-you meals, but I didn’t. I was the good little dieter. I had a couple cocktails, and a treat here and there, but I managed to not totally overdo it. I tracked my calories and exercise every day, and according to my tracker, I should have had a couple pound loss because I was at about a 7,000 calorie deficit for the week. So what happened!?!

Honestly, weight loss is such a fickle, complicated, finicky jerk! You can do everything right and not see the numbers on the scale sometimes because of other factors that you may not even consider or may be completely out of your control. For instance, I have a feeling that I was retaining water when I weighed myself. I don’t think I was drinking enough water in the arid Las Vegas climate, so I’d be willing to bet that I was a bit dehydrated. Then when I got back and was downing the water, my body was probably holding onto it. That’s my hypothesis anyway, but I really have no way of testing it, so who knows?

Anyway, this “diet temper tantrum” is what I know that many others have experienced. I was frustrated with the results I’ve been seeing, so I threw up my hands and said “screw it! My weight has been staying the same no matter what I’m doing, so why not just indulge? I’m going to eat whatever I want and not bust my butt working out because what’s the point?!” So I indulged for a few days and let myself be a couch potato, but after getting some of the frustration out of my system, I woke up.

“What’s the point?” I was asking myself… The point is making healthier life choices, so I can live a longer, healthier life. Ultimately that’s why I’m doing this. Yes, I want to lose the weight because being 115 lbs overweight really isn’t healthy, but if I’m doing everything else right, and the weight wants to be a clingy little jerk, well, then it is what it is. I need to be moving everyday, and I need to be eating the right foods because ultimately that’s what’s best for my body. Yeah, it sucks when doing these things should be reducing my gravitational pull, and it isn’t, but I just need to make sure that I’m truly giving it my all and doing everything I should be doing and be confident in that.

Another reason I think I’ve been pretty frustrated is actually that I’m frustrated with myself. I’ve been lying to myself by saying that I’ve been doing everything that I should be doing. I haven’t. I haven’t been giving 100%. I’ve been giving maybe 60% and pretending it was 100%. Every time I’ve been stepping on the scale and not seeing the results that I wanted, I know that mostly I’m to blame. Don’t get me wrong-giving 60% is still challenging, and I should still be seeing a loss that I haven’t really been seeing, but I know that I could be doing more, and I probably would be seeing better results.

All that said… I do have to face reality now and realize that I am not going to get to my birthday goal. I would have to lose 2.5 lbs a week until my birthday to get there, and that’s not a realistic or healthy goal, so I will have to amend it. I’m still determined to get as close as I can, so now it’s time to really buckle down and get serious about it. No more “one-cheeking” my attempts and calling it working hard. I want to see the results, so I need to do the work. I’m really giving it my all now, but like I said earlier, I’m going to ease up on my scale frustrations. I know I’ll be doing as much as I can do, and the rest is in God’s hands.

Have you ever had a “diet temper tantrum?” How did you deal with it? How do you normally deal with it when you’re not seeing the results you feel like you should be? I’d love to know, so let me know in the comments below!

Week 6 Progress Update

Week 6 loss: 0 lbs

Total loss: 0.5 lb gain

NSV: Being honest with myself-admitting that I could be doing better.

Adjustments for next week: Focusing on making healthier choices because it’s the right thing to do and not just because it will help me see the right numbers on the scale. I will be at another conference from Tuesday-Friday of next week which will be challenging, but I will do my best to make the healthy choices. 🙂