Whole30 Week 1

As I mentioned in my last post, I am currently doing a Whole30. Today actually marks day 20, and I’m still going strong! I think one thing that has really helped has been the log I started on day 1. I have written down everything I’ve eaten and drank, and I wrote about how I was feeling for the day. I started it as just a log for myself to keep track of my progress (to see that I am actually making progress!), but I’m going to share it with you as well, so if you’re doing a Whole30 or thinking about it (Get the book here!), maybe you can get some meal ideas or just hear what my journey was like.

Day 1:

Whole30 Day 1 Sausage, Eggs, Salad, Tuna, apples

Breakfast: Italian sausage link, 2 hardboiled eggs, green beans, seltzer

Lunch: Tuna salad made with pickles, olive oil, and Mrs. Dash on Romaine lettuce leaves, green beans, apples

Dinner: Chocolate Chili from Mel Joulwan (I usually love this recipe, but I cut corners this time and just dumped everything in my crock pot. It turned into the gross gray-pink mush by the time I got home. It hadn’t developed it’s usual smokey caramelized flavor, and the texture was awful. I will not be cutting corners on this one again!)

Snacks: Handful of Kalamata olives, handful of pistachios

Notes: Day 1 went great. I stuck to my plan and didn’t slip up at all. I almost absentmindedly grabbed a cupcake that someone brought in, but as I was walking over to them, I remembered I was on Whole30 and stopped myself. I had a bit of a headache, but it went away after I ate dinner.


Day 2:

Chocolate Chili, turkey sausage, hardboiled eggs, Poor man's stew

Breakfast: Turkey Sausage, 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 clementines, green beans, black coffee, seltzer

Lunch: Chocolate Chili, Romaine salad with olive oil, balsamic, and Mrs. Dash, carrots, celery, pineapple, strawberries

Dinner: Poor Man’s Stew from The Magical Slow Cooker (This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s so easy to make, and it tastes amazing! You’d never guess it was Whole30!)

Snacks: Handful of Kalamata olives, handful of pistachios

Notes: I woke up pretty easily this morning. I only snoozed a couple of times as opposed to the normal 30-45 min of snoozing I usually do. The day went pretty well- no real cravings or health side effects.


Day 3:

Chocolate Chili, Poor man's stew, pineapple hawaiian pork burrito bowl

Breakfast: Chocolate chili, lettuce with oil and vinegar, 2 clementines

Lunch: Poor man’s stew, lettuce with oil and vinegar, apple, 2 clementines

Dinner: Hawaiian pork burrito bowl from With Salt and Wit (This turned out amazing, and it made a ton of pork!)

Snacks: No snacks

Notes: I set my alarm for 15 minutes earlier today and actually got up no problem. I hit snooze a couple times, but I still managed to get up before the time my alarm usually goes off. I got to work nice and early and got my workout in. I felt great throughout the whole thing. My stomach did feel a little off in the afternoon, but I’m sure that’s just because I’m adjusting to this different way of eating than my body is used to. I went to bed nice and early and fell asleep right away after reading for a little bit.


Day 4:

Poor man's stew, hawaiian pork burrito bowl, chicken fajita bowl

Breakfast: Bowl of stew, lettuce with oil and vinegar, 2 clementines, V8 Spicy Hot, Cranberry Lime Seltzer

Lunch: Hawaiian pork burrito bowl, 2 clementines, handful of Kalamata olives

Dinner: Chicken Fajitas from She Talks (These were not my favorite. I subbed chicken for the steak, and I wish I would have marinated the chicken before cooking it. I also overcooked my veggies, so they were kind of slimy and wormy.)

Snacks: No snack

Notes: I woke up right away with my alarm and didn’t go back to sleep. I hit the snooze a couple times because I wanted to lay in bed for a bit to wake up a little before starting the day. Today is day 4 that I have been working out, and I feel great! I actually have the energy and motivation to get the whole thing in and challenge myself a little. I lost all the great energy I’ve been feeling around 4 in the afternoon, but I made myself keep going and doing what I needed to do.


Day 5:

Hawaiian pork burrito bowl, chicken fajitas, pan roasted chicken thighs

Breakfast: Hawaiian pork burrito bowl, 2 clementines, V8 Spicy Hot, Cranberry Lime Seltzer, Black Coffee

Lunch: Chicken Fajita Salad, 2 clementines, apple, handful of pistachios

Dinner: Pan roasted chicken thighs, oven roasted broccoli and cauliflower, cranberry lime seltzer

Snacks: Apple with almond butter

Notes: I had a really hard time waking up this morning. The energy crash from last night has not gone away. I felt really slow and sluggish all day.


Day 6:

Turkey Italian sausage, roasted potatoes, eggs

Breakfast: No breakfast

Lunch: No lunch

Dinner: 2 eggs, turkey sausage link, roasted potatoes, V8 Spicy Hot

Snacks: 2 clementines, a pickle, handful of Kalamata olives

Notes: The energy crash has gone. I woke up pretty early this morning for a weekend-around 8. I was busy cleaning and KonMari-ing my house all day and didn’t really take the time to eat. I was so busy that I really didn’t even think about being hungry. I did have a couple snacks throughout the day, but never sat down to eat an actual meal until dinner.


Day 7:

Spatchcocked chicken and roast root vegetables

I didn’t take any pictures of my meals today because I was really busy again and just didn’t think of it, but here’s a picture of the beautiful spatchcocked chicken I made. 🙂

Breakfast: Woke up late-no breakfast

Lunch: Poor man’s stew

Dinner: No dinner

Snacks: Grazed on the food we were making for the week

Notes: I was really busy again today, so I only ate lunch. We woke up pretty late, so it was almost lunch time. Then I made our meal plan for the week, made the grocery list, we went grocery shopping, and then we cooked all evening. The chicken was supposed to be our Valentine’s dinner, but it was getting so late that we didn’t want to stop and eat and just kept cooking.


Week 1 Recap:

Overall the first week went pretty well. I didn’t really have any strong cravings, I was feeling more sustained energy throughout the  day, and my motivation was through the roof. I did have a bit of an energy crash around day 4 and into day 5, but it only lasted for a day, and then my energy was back. I also noted that even though for the most part, my cravings were minimal, on day 5 I would have killed for some pizza. Other than that though, I think week one went pretty well!


Anyone else on the Whole30 journey? How has it been going for you?

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Whole30 Day 3

I have now successfully completed 3 days of my Whole30! I know it doesn’t seem like much to be excited about, but considering how many times I’ve failed in the past, I feel pretty good about it. I think the biggest difference this time around is my mindset. I’m excited to be doing this. I’m up for the challenge instead of dreading it and feeling like it’s something I have to do. I really feel like having a solid plan in place with visible reminders of why I’m doing it have really helped.

I’m also really proud of myself that I worked out this morning even though I wasn’t feeling very well. I feel all congested, I had a terrible headache, and I had zero energy. I’m not even exaggerating… I had to sit down a couple times while I was taking my shower this morning. I think what got me through was that I just reminded myself that it was probably just Whole30 flu, and the only way I’m going to get through it is to get through it. Exercising would probably even help.

We tried to pick an easier workout today because neither of us was feeling very well, but it still ended up being pretty challenging! I can definitely tell that I’m getting stronger though. We’ve been doing our morning workouts for about a month now. Honestly, it’s been pretty sporadic, but it’s been enough that I can tell there’s a difference. I really noticed it today when we were doing our double leg lifts. They were by no means easy, but I was able to do more than I could a couple weeks ago.

I have started utilizing my standing desk more regularly at work too. Today I downloaded a widget for my computer that you can set to tell you when to sit and stand. I currently have it set for 45 minutes sitting and 15 minutes standing. Eventually, my goal is to reverse those. I feel like it might be annoying to my coworkers that I keep shifting, but whatever. I have to do what’s right for me and my health, so they’ll get over it. 🙂

I did have a bit of a funny moment today… My bf and I always call each other weird pet names to be funny, and today when I was trying to swype the word “sugar” my phone changed it to “diabetes.” Well played phone… well played…

Today’s meals:

  • Breakfast-veggie omelet from the caterer.
  • Lunch-just a honeycrisp apple… I know, shame on me, but I just really wasn’t hungry.
  • Dinner-Chocolate Chili from meljoulwan.com. (This is seriously one of my all time favorite Whole30 recipes. You’d never guess it’s Whole30!) I’ll probably have some veggies or something too though I’m still not feeling that hungry.

At some point I’ll post my whole Whole30 meal plan. It’s pretty simple because I’m only cooking for myself. I always end up with a ton of food leftovers, but that works out really well for saving money and cooking time. I make sure to get at least 3 servings out of my meals, and I eat the first serving for dinner the night I make it, I eat the second serving for lunch the second day, and I eat the third serving for breakfast the next day. I like to space them out like that so I’m not eating the same meal twice in a row or twice in one day.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks for reading! 🙂