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Day 9, Whole30

October 21, 2015

So, Mike and I are just trucking along here eating whole foods and acting like we’ve been doing it for years.

I keep picking up the book, and reading and re-reading and learning more. I’m so intrigued by it all, that I bought the original book, It Starts with Food, and now I’m reading that too! This book explains more “why” about the program, and how the different foods that are eliminated for 30 days can affect your body. It’s an easy read, and I’m learning a lot.

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The book, The Whole30, details different things that you might be feeling each day of your 30 day journey, and luckily, we both only experienced a slight headache a couple of days, and I’m not completely convinced that wasn’t weather or allergy related.

I’m feeling energetic and I’m sleeping really well. Mike is sleeping hard and having a hard time waking up in the morning, but I think the man has been sleep deprived for years (he’s one of those 5 or 6 hour a night guys and works a lot of hours) and maybe with all of the healthy food that I’m pouring into his body, his body is just trying to catch up on all of those lost hours of rest so he can be head to toe healthy! 

One area that I am struggling in is exercise. Whenever I drastically change my schedule, and focus on something big, like I’m doing right now doing the Whole30, I do a terrible job of keeping exercise a priority.

No matter what I need to prep or buy or cook today, and even though there is a big baseball game to watch, I will get in some exercise today!

So proud of my Kansas City Royals!!!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast

Actually loving an egg over leftover veggies. This was zucchini, spinach and onions, a few bites of sweet potato with 2 egg whites and 1 egg. Raspberries and a little Almond Butter.

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Lunch

Leftover Chicken Cacciatore over Zoodles……

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……a Banana and Pumpkin Spice Loose Leaf Tea

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Snack

Raw Pecans and Grapes

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Dinner

I tossed in the skillet a bunch of veggies that needed to be used up. The last of the broccoli slaw, 1/2 an onion, bell peppers, I had grilled some asparagus, and tossed those in, I had boiled a few potatoes and tossed those in, and I chopped up some of the chicken breast that I grilled earlier in the week. I drizzled a little olive oil on it with a few shakes of Montreal Steak Seasoning.

Dinner was awesome and quick!

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Exercise = nothin….urg.

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Day 8, Whole30

October 20, 2015

Yesterday morning, I was walking down the stairs from my bedroom with my phone in one hand, and what was left of my first cup of coffee in the other. I came down the carpeted stairs (in my super cozy socks), to the landing, where I turned to go down the last four steps. That’s when the back of my heel hit the edge of the step and down I went. Hard! My butt, back and head all hit each step as I slid down the stairs and landed hard on my butt on the hardwood. As I sat there wondering what in the heck had just happened, I realize that my phone flew across the floor, and my coffee cup was still in my hand?

I immediately had a baseball size knot on my left butt cheek!

Shortly after my mishap, I headed out the door to the dentist. As I was getting into my car, I bumped the bottom of my coffee cup (the same coffee cup!) on the top of my steering wheel and coffee went everywhere. Really? One of those days? I have several cups for the car, with lids. I have no idea why I hadn’t grabbed one. 

I’m not drinking out of that particular cup for a few days. It needs a break!

My dentist visit was very pleasant, (I’ve been going there for over 15 years, and they are seriously a group of the nicest people!) as was the rest of my day.

Whew!

Ate great. Did NOT exercise!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast

Scrambled Egg Whites and Sweet Potatoes, Dried Cranberries (with NO added sugar) and Raw Pecans, Raspberries, Black Coffee

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Lunch

Egg Salad (recipe is in the Whole30 book!), carrots, celery and a pear.

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Dinner

Chicken Cacciatore (recipe is in the Whole30 book!) over Zoodles…..

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…..along with a 1/2 Banana and a few Strawberries with Almond Butter

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Exercise = none. Dang it!

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Day 7, Whole30

October 19, 2015

We ate some great food yesterday and I spent most of the afternoon preparing for the next 7 days. I planned out the meals for the week, I had already done most of my shopping, so I spent the afternoon cooking. If you are going to do the whole30, I highly recommend planning at least one day a week where you can spend a few hours cooking a few things for the week. Really, no matter what kind of food you are eating, this is just a smart thing to do if you can fit it in to your week.

Yesterday……

I roasted a large baking sheet full of veggies.

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I made egg salad for a few of our lunches.

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I made pork sausage using the recipe in the whole30 book for a few of our breakfast this week. I made extra and put those in the freezer.

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I made zoodles so they are ready to go for dinner tonight.

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I made tonights dinner yesterday, so less time in the kitchen this evening.

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I made a raspberry vinaigrette dressing to have on salads this week and I did lots and lots of dishes. Here’s what wouldn’t fit in the dishwasher.

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I also marinated several chicken breast so I can cook them up on the grill today. Some will be for this week, and some will go in the freezer.

After all of the cooking, Mike and I headed out with the dogs for a nice long walk. What happened instead is that we were gone for about an hour, and covered about a mile. Neighbors were out and we spent a lot of time chatting.

Gotta get some workouts in this week!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast

I sautéed zucchini, red onion and a few chunks of cooked sweet potato, (One of my favorite breakfast!) then I added a little kale and spinach and cooked it all in the skillet just a little longer. Then I topped it all with a soft egg. I had a small banana with almond butter and chia seeds and a few raspberries too!

Breakfast tasted like some kind of gourmet meal! Who eats eggs on top of kale and spinach???

This girl.

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Lunch

Shrimp, Smashed Avocado and Salsa on a bed of spinach along with a few grapes.

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Dinner

Halibut (made using a recipe from the whole30 book), a spinach salad with a raspberry vinaigrette (the recipe is in the book!) and roasted brussels sprouts, carrots and onions.

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Exercise = 1 mile walk

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!

 

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Day 6, Whole 30

October 18, 2015

Another great day doing Whole30. My only real mistake was that I ate breakfast much later than usual, and ate dinner much earlier than usual, not really enough time to fit in 3 meals, so I had a small snack in between.

I spent yesterday morning relaxing and reading on the couch. It was a cool morning out and it felt so good to open up some windows and let some fresh air in the house while curled up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of coffee. Speaking of coffee! On Whole30, you can drink coffee, but it can have no artificial flavorings, and come to find out, all of my favorite Dunkin Donuts flavored coffees, have artificial flavoring added. So, while shopping for coffee, I decided to buy some coffee beans. I haven’t bought coffee beans and used my grinder in a really long time, but I am so glad that I have been drinking my coffee like that these last few days. Freshly ground coffee on a cool morning is THE BOMB!!!

After a long and relaxing morning, I got outside for a 3 mile walk and had intended to walk further, but completely forgot the Royals played at 3:00, so I had to get home!

After a nice bowl of comfort food……..

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……while watching the KC Royals play yet, another awesome game, we left the house and headed out for a date night. We met some friends at a new brewery, where we listened to live music outside, ran into all sorts of people we knew, and sipped on water and coffee while our friends enjoyed their craft beers and Food Truck deliciousness. We had an awesome night, and eating before we went and not drinking beer, really was no…big….deal.

My only real struggle yesterday was wanting to snack on something when we got home from being out, and that was strictly out of habit. Last week I would have had a bunch of grapes since they are zero WW points, but in the spirit of trying not to snack only out of habit, I made hot tea to sip on just before going to sleep.

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SUCCESS!  And BONUS…..we saved all sorts of cash by not buying beers and eating dinner at home……AND…..we didn’t need a designated driver!! Finding all the positives people!! 🙂

Preparing for the week today! Enjoy your Sunday!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

Breakfast

Leftover Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato and a crumbled piece of cooked Turkey Bacon, topped with Two Eggs and Smashed Avocado. I never would have topped leftover brussels sprouts with eggs before, but this tasted like some sort of a gourmet meal and I loved it!!

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Snack

Dried Cherries (no added sugar) and raw pecans.

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Dinner

I roasted Potatoes, Onions and Carrots. I added those to a skillet with a little Olive Oil along with sliced Chicken Apple Sausages, Leftover Grilled Chicken Breast and some Green Beans (I swear there are a bunch of beans under the rest of this yumminess!) I seasoned this with Montreal Steak Seasonibg and added a little clarified butter at the end. Dinner was a big bowl of comfort food and it was delicious.

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I also ate a banana with dinner.

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Exercise = Walked 3 miles

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Day 5, Whole30

October 17, 2015

I had time to cozy up on the couch this morning with my coffee and my pups and my laptop and blog, so I can tell you a little bit about how well the first 5 days of the Whole30 is going for Mike and I.

I had been thinking about doing this for a while before deciding to take the plunge, but I am SO glad that we made the decision to do it together. I’ll be honest, this week has been a little overwhelming spending so much time shopping, planning, reading the book as a reference a lot (I don’t retain very well), chopping and dicing food, cooking food, doing dishes (running the dishwasher twice a day for two people) and packing lunches, but I’m sure this will all seem to be less and less work, and less overwhelming as the days go by and I become more organized. I’m still trying to stock the house with things that are used regularly that I didn’t previously have.

Check out this stocked fridge! Meats, Hard Boiled Eggs, Veggies, Fruit, Avocado’s and Almond Butter!

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I did not wake up with a food withdrawal headache this morning, and I survived a Friday night watching the KC Royals play a kick ass game without drinking beer or wine, so no headache there either! Yay! I don’t think that Mike woke up today with a headache either. Double Yay!

Let Go Royals! Clap…Clap…Clap Clap Clap! I love Salvy and he hit a homerun last night!

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We’ve eaten some really good food all week long. We had taco salad last night for our Friday Night Ballgame dinner, and it tasted great with no tortilla chips, no cheese and no sour cream. Smashed avocados make everything taste great, in my opinion. 

I went to my WW meeting yesterday morning, and I had planned to not look at the scale to see what my weight was. I’ve done that before because I didn’t want the number on the scale to determine my mood for the day. Well, I usually do that when I suspect that my weight might be up. Yesterday when I got out of bed, I had that skinny feeling. You know that feeling you have when you first get out of bed in the morning and you’ve worked hard that week to eat really healthy and follow all of the WW rules? That feeling of…..I actually feel lighter? Well, I had that. It was hard to not look at the scale when I stepped on it, so I did. It’s not a big deal, it’s just that the Whole30 encourages you to only weigh yourself on day 1, and on day 30, as to not be discouraged on day 20 if you don’t like what you see on the scale. Anyhow, I weighed, I looked, and I am VERY HAPPY!

Ironically (I thought), at my Weight Watcher meeting yesterday, we discussed Protein, and the importance of eating protein when trying to lose weight. (The Whole30 encourages a lot of protein) We also discussed the different veggies that include protein, and this was news to me! Some of the veggies that have the most protein? Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Asparagus and Spinach! They are all Whole30 approved. Of course if you are doing WW, soybeans (not Whole30 approved) are also an awesome source of protein and so versatile!

Now, let me talk snacking……

The Whole30 plan encourages meals, and discourages snacking, which can lead to grazing, which can lead to some real bad food habits. One of the main ideas behind the Whole30 is to re-establish your relationship with food. I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with food these last 5 days, and snacking and over snacking and even bingeing in the afternoon has been an issue for me since grade school. I know there has to be some balance and control there for me, and that is the biggest thing that I am determined to overcome while doing the Whole30.

Yesterday, I had to grab a couple of things at Whole Foods. Whole Foods is where I discovered the Whole30 approved Pumpkin Spice Larabar a couple of days ago. and basically ate it before I had my car door closed in the parking lot, wanting to do nothing more than eat for the next hour. I had decided then that it was for sure a trigger food for me that I could not keep in my house.

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Yesterday, I wanted to learn how to eat that bar, enjoy it, and feel in control while I ate it. Telling myself that I couldn’t eat it at all was really bothering me. I’m okay with knowing that I can not keep it in my house, but I’m not okay with the idea, or even the choice, that I can’t eat it at all. 

I bought the bar yesterday, put it in my purse, and came home. I made a cup of tea. It was gorgeous outside yesterday afternoon, and I wanted to take just a few minutes to stop running and stop doing, and just enjoy the day. I took my cup of tea, and my pumpkin spice bar out on the deck. I relaxed and put my feel up. I drank my tea, and mindfully ate my bar, slowly. I even sat it down for a while and sipped on my tea and forgot about it, and just felt the sun on my face. So, while I did have a snack, it was one snack. I felt in control. It didn’t make me want to eat anything else. While I admit that I did not eat the bar because I was hungry (baby steps guys), I did eat the bar mindfully. I hope that makes sense. Snacking in the afternoon for me has been standing at the pantry door popping nuts in my mouth, or standing with the fridge door open mindlessly shoving grapes in my mouth. 

Yesterday, mindfully eating one small snack felt like progress, and success.

Will I buy those bars and keep them in my house? Probably not. But I feel like now if I want to have a snack simply for the purpose of enjoying a snack, I will sit down and enjoy it and mindfully eat it.

After my mindful snack (I like the way that sounds), I went back to my stinking project in the front yard! I want to buy some new furniture, but for now, I finally have a little place to sit in the front. 

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Check out this stem! I paid like a million bucks for this guy, but I love it!

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I bought this guy too…..

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I still need some greenery in those pots….but progress has finally been made.

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Between cooking dinner and watching the Royals game, we also unexpectedly babysat Char, because her mom got FREE tickets to the Game!! Whoo! Whoo!  Mike asked me to delete this picture, and I assured him that it was only to send to Char’s mom……(and maybe sneak into the blog).He he. Yes, that is a Red Solo Cup Shot glass on his head! Charlotte is holding another walkie talkie. They chatted like this forever!

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It’s been a great 5 days!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast

Tuna Salad made with homemade Mayo, Hard Boiled Egg and leftover green beans. Yep, ate it for breakfast, cold, sitting in my car in the parking lot after my WW meeting.

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Lunch

I took a picture, but it seems to be lost! Anyhow, I had leftovers of this Chicken Apple Spinach Sweet Potato Hash that I made earlier in the week. This recipe used Chicken Thighs, which I love!

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Snack 

Pumplin Spice Larabar with Hot Tea

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Dinner

Beef Taco Meat with homemade Taco Seasoning, on a bed of tons of veggies (Spinach, Kale, Romaine, Broccoli Slaw), topped with Salsa and Smashed Avocado, and leftover roasted veggies on the side. Lot’s and Lot’s of Veggies!!

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Exercise = none

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

 

 

Day 4, Whole30

October 16, 2015

Day 4 of the Whole30 was a learning experience.

First, I’ve learned that if I can work in the food truck for three days in a row, and not even think about eating anything that isn’t a part of the Whole30 plan, then I can do this.

Here’s the Crawfish Mac and Cheese that we served to a lot of people yesterday at a private event….. I know….RIGHT??

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I also stopped to sneak a picture of our awesome Bahn Mi Pork sandwich!

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We even had a vegetarian request yesterday, so I made her a cheese quesadilla topped with our broccoli slaw, salsa and aioli.

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I was successful and only ate my tuna salad that I brought and a few cucumber slices.

The second thing I learned about myself yesterday was that Raw Cashews are apparently yet another trigger food for me. I like raw almonds, raw walnuts and raw sunflower seeds too, but I seem to be able to stop at one handful with those nuts. Yesterday, I had a few cashews as a part of my afternoon snack, then I had three small handfuls, then two nuts, then one nut, then three nuts, then one nut, then two nuts….and so on. I ate too many of these nuts on the first day that I bought them too. I finally pushed them to the back of the pantry and said NO MORE! I was a little frustrated with myself, but now I know.

I, Julie, give up raw cashews for life….along with a few other of my already confessed trigger foods….Peanut M&M’s, crackers, chips, dry cereal and granola, just to name a few, at least while I’m in a room alone.

I packed what was left of the cashews (I actually can’t believe I didn’t just eat them all or toss them down the garbage disposal) in Mike’s lunch for today. He said they didn’t have that affect on him, but if they were salted, he probably feel differently about them.

I did go to bed the last two nights with just a slight headache, and woke up with headaches the last two mornings. They went away after getting up. I feel like myself, so no big changes for me yet. Mike is super tired and feeling pretty drained. He also had headaches the last two days. We both slept really hard the last two nights and slept a lot longer than usual?

I’m off to my WW meeting. You’re not supposed to weigh yourself during the Whole30, so I’ll either take a no-weigh in pass (you can do that once a month) or I’ll just not look at my weight. I’ve done that before. Even though I’m not actually counting points and doing WW right now, I like the support I get at the meetings and the encouragement to keep living a healthy lifestyle, and that’s what it’s all about anyhow.

I’ve been really bad about getting to an exercise class since I tweaked my back a couple of weeks ago. My back feels fine now, I’ve just not made time in my schedule to make an exercise class happen. I’ve been super physical these last two weeks, (I did run a 5K on Saturday!) and with working at the truck and keeping the yard up, I feel very active, but I do need to get back to Yoga and Jazzercise. I’m paying a lot of money for that stuff!!!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Let’s Go Royals!! Clap…Clap…Clap Clap Clap!!!

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast

Leftover Turkey Spaghetti and Spaghetti Squash (I gave the eggs a break for a morning, but it was kinda weird to eat spaghetti for breakfast.)

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I also had a Banana and Almond Butter, with Coffee and a splash of Coconut Milk. I didn’t think the Coconut Milk had much flavor. It didn’t taste bad to me, it just didn’t taste.

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Lunch

Tuna Salad made with Homemade Mayo, Celery, Chopped Apple, Salt and Pepper. I also had a few cucumber slices.

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We have these on the food truck, so I munched on a few along side my Tuna Salad

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Snack

Small slice of grilled Chicken, Raw Cashews, Apple….then a bunch more cashews……

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Dinner

Grilled Chicken Breast, Green Beans and Sweet Potato, all drizzled with just a little clarified butter, which is delicious!

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This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Day 3, Whole30

October 16, 2015

Day 3 went really well. I just keep reading and rereading this book. I was super confused about snacks. I’m a little more clear on it now. My goal will be to have Breakfast, Lunch, a Snack and Dinner. 

I’ve got a lot going on right now it seems, but I plan to write each day what I am eating, then write a longer blog this weekend about how I feel physically and mentally.

Here are yesterday’s eats…

Breakfast

I sautéed mushrooms and spinach in my clarified butter, then added one piece of pork sausage broken into small pieces, then added that to Scrambled Egg Whites, along with a Banana, Almond Butter and Black Coffee. You guys….Clarified Butter…..Yum.

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Lunch

A Burger at the food truck on a bed of mixed greens with red onions, cucumbers and mustard. Actually pretty darned tasty! Heck! Who needs to pack a lunch??

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Snack

Raw Mixed Nuts and Raspberries

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Dinner

Burgers on the grill with homemade mayo, a dill pickle and lots of roasted veggies. Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower.

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Exercise = I cleaned house for four hours, it must count for something.

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Day 2, Whole30

October 14, 2015

Food With No Brakes…..

That’s what they call it in the Whole30 book. Weight Watchers calls them Trigger Foods. I call them all sorts of things that I won’t repeat here on the blog. I’ve learned that I have several trigger foods and it’s best if I just don’t keep any of them in my house.

I left my house just before 10:00 yesterday morning, and I forgot to take my packed meal to eat while working at the food truck. I ate pork at the food truck, which was “whole30 compliant”, along with a few cucumber slices. No problem. After working, I stopped in Whole Foods to search for a few items. As I passed by the “protein bar” isle, I remembered reading that the Larabar’s are Whole30 compliant. Well, some of them anyhow. I stopped and read labels, and found one that had all of the ingredients in it that I could eat, and none of the ingredients in it that I couldn’t eat. I bought it. It was Pumpkin. I love Pumpkin everything and I was overly excited.

Oh…really quick, while working at the Food Truck, there were other food trucks at the event, and we all like to share food with one another. One of the trucks brought us over this pizza and meatball sandwich, and while my co-workers munched on and sampled this, I didn’t even think about taking a bite, but I am wondering if it stirred up an appetite and had anything to do with what I am about to tell you…..

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Practically before I had my car door closed in the parking lot of the Whole Foods, I was ripping into the Pumpkin Larabar to see if I liked it. I did! I liked it a lot! The problem is, it made me want a second one! I could have eaten three of four. This tasted like a candy bar to me.

You’re not supposed to snack on the Whole30, even if it is an approved food. The idea is to eat meals, not snacks. Although this particular bar is Whole30 compliant, but really only recommended for an emergency, (travel, long work day, etc.) and NOT recommended as a snack, I won’t be eating it again anytime soon. It was a total trigger food for me, and I just wanted more. I came home and ate more “approved food”.

So, on day 2, I learned that just because the program will allow a certain food, it may actually be a trigger food for me, or a Food With No Brakes, and I just can’t allow myself to have it. Knowing that about myself is a good thing.

The plan is really designed to eat three meals a day. If you are the kind of person that prefers four smaller meals a day, then that is fine too. The idea is to not snack.

While cooking dinner, I found myself snacking on the walnuts that were going into the recipe that I was making for dinner. I may discover that nuts are enough of a trigger food, that having them around isn’t such a great idea either. We’ll see how the next few days go.

Dinner was right out of the Whole30 book and was great, but not the best picture.

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I ate only food that was allowed on the plan yesterday, but I feel like I ate too much food.

Okay, that’s a wrap up of day 2. I ate everything on plan, just maybe too much food.

The rest of the day was great!

I mowed after working, I cooked, I did laundry, the weather was gorgeous. and again, I ate some really yummy food!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..

 

Breakfast

Homemade Pork Sausage (the recipe is in the Whole30 book and super easy.) Veggie Egg White Omelet topped with Smashed Avocado and raspberries. (one piece of sausage would have been plenty!)

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Lunch

Pork and Cucumber Slices

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Small Meal? (I’m not calling it a snack!)

This Larabar….

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It was tiny, and too damned good.

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Apple slices, Strawberries, Celery and Almond Butter

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Dinner

This was a recipe right out of the Whole30 book, and while this is a terrible picture, I thought it tasted really good. It’s a hash with Chicken Thighs (which I love), Shredded Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Spinach, Walnuts and Apple Juice. I also roasted cauliflower.

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Exercise = mowed and yard work

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Day 1 of Whole30

October 13, 2015

Before I talk about day 1 of Whole30, let me just say that I love Weight Watchers. I love a challenge and I love an experiment and I am doing the Whole30 for several reasons, as listed in yesterday’s post. I will not be counting points during these 30 days, but I will still go to my Friday meetings, and I will always be a WW member.

Now…

Day 1 of Whole30 went really well. It was actually very easy. My husband said to me while eating dinner….”This is what we usually eat.” or something along those lines.  I said….”I know, I just don’t get to have my fancy coffees or my wine buzz!”

That being said, I was busy from the time my feet hit the floor yesterday morning until I climbed into bed last night, and we had nothing on the social calendar last night. I would imagine 30 days of being busy 24/7 and no social outings would make doing the Whole30 a lot easier. However, that’s not going to happen and I’m sure there are several challenging days ahead. I’m just going to enjoy the fact that day one went really well and we ate some really good food.

Since we are doing this together, I’m doing lots of planning for the both of us. When I go to bed each night, my plan is to know what we are eating for all three meals the following day. The hub’s has got it made! He has opened the fridge the last two mornings to find his breakfast halfway prepared and his lunch packed and ready to go!

While I had planned to spend much of Sunday doing some prep work to make cooking easier this week, I spent much more time reading the Whole30 book than I had planned. It’s a really good book!

I did spend most of last night in the kitchen. I cooked two spaghetti squash so I would have some for us to eat later in the week.

I made the mayo recipe in the Whole30 book and it turned out great!

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I made clarified butter, following the recipe in the Whole30 book, to eat on roasted veggies and whatever else I get to eat it on…or in.

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I made pork sausage patties using a recipe in the book too! I’ll show you those in my post for tomorrow when I show you my breakfast that I’m about to eat!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast

Potatoes, Red Onions, 2 Eggs and chopped Avocado….One of my favorite breakfast!

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Snack 

Banana and Raw Cashew’s while driving home from Trader Joe’s.

I need to do a little more reading. You’re not really supposed to snack, but small meals are fine, so I combined nuts and fruit and will assume for today that this fits into the plan. I did actually eat because I was hungry, so that’s a good thing.

I’ll need to be careful with the nuts. They can be a trigger food for me and that’s one thing I’m hoping to learn how to handle better during this 30 days.

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Lunch

Tuna Salad made with Hard Boiled Eggs, Mustard, S & P in lettuce leaves, carrot sticks and raspberries.

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Dinner

Turkey Spaghetti served with Zoodles and Spaghetti Squash. (My zucchini was actually too wide to fit into my veggietti, so I used my vegetable peeler and just made slices.) I sautéed those with garlic in light Olive Oil for just a couple of minutes. Dinner was delicious.

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This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not track during the Whole30 challenge.

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

The Whole30

October 12, 2015

Before I talk Whole30, here’s a little update of the last few days. I’ve been kinda busy.

I had an awesome day spent with a friend on Thursday….doing a lot of relaxing and enjoying this view.

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I had a full day on Friday that included working at the food truck, then watching the Royals game with a few friends at a sports bar.

Saturday morning I participated in the Mustache Dash 5K with my friend, Rebecca!

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We had a great time. She finished in 29:03, while I came in a little later at 40:01. Not bad for a girl that really does not like to run. 

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After running the 5K, I spent five hours on Saturday afternoon working on this seating area project in the front yard that I’m regretting starting, but determined to finish. I’m still not finished, but it’s making progress. Move mulch, place stones in dirt, moving mulch back….repeat…..repeat…..repeat.

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Saturday night was date night at a comedy club with some friends and this handsome fella.

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Then……I spent all day yesterday reading up on, and planning to start the WHOLE30 today!

Have you heard of The WHOLE30?

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“Think of the Whole30 like pushing the “reset” button with your health, your habits, and your relationship with food.”

The Whole30

“For 30 days, the program eliminates foods demonstrated by science and our experience to promote unhealthy cravings and habits., disrupt your metabolism, damage your digestive tract, and burden your immune system. After 30 days, you carefully and systematically reintroduce those foods, and pay attention to how they impact your cravings, mood, energy, sleep, digestion, body imposition, athletic performance, pain and the symptoms of your medical condition. With that knowledge, you can then create the perfect diet for you, a nutrition plan that feels balanced and sustainable, grounded in new healthy habits, keeping you looking, feeling, and living your best.”

The Whole30

In a nutshell, (It’s a big book, this is seriously just a tiny nutshell) The WHOLE30 allows you to eat meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits, eggs, raw unsalted nuts (no peanuts), and healthy oils.

Some of the foods that are NOT WHOLE30 are dairy, alcohol, grains (even no quinoa), sugar, any sugar substitutes, legumes and honey.

I’ve given you a very small list of what the “Yes” and “No” foods are, but hopefully you get the idea. 

There is no measuring or weighing your food. There is no calorie or fat counting. You just eat whole foods.

I’ve been thinking about doing The WHOLE30 for several reasons.

I’ve wanted to get back into the 160’s, and eventually back to my goal weight of 160, and I knew that doing that would mean eliminating alcohol from my diet for a while. That’s just easier for me to do when I have a plan to follow.

My husband said that he is ready to make some drastic changes with his breakfast and lunch choices, so the timing for doing this is perfect. He is 100% on board to do this with me!

The social calendar is pretty empty for the next 30 days, so the timing is perfect.

I’ve had a hard time coming up with meal ideas lately, and now I have an entire new book full of recipes to pick from!

The most difficult part of this plan for me will be coming up with a variety of breakfast ideas. No yogurt, no oatmeal, no pancakes. My first thought is…..that’s a lot of egg eating. After reading the book, I realize that I need to think outside of the box when it comes to breakfast. Leftovers from dinner the night before may now become my new breakfast, topped with an egg….or maybe not.

Since fruits and raw nuts are allowed, I will still be able to enjoy my banana and my Trader Joe’s Almond Butter, but I need to limit how often I chose to eat that.

While doing The WHOLE30, the plan advises weighing yourself and taking measurements on day 1, then again on day 30, and not at all during the 30 days.

I’m not going to count Weight Watcher points while doing this. I am going to focus on portions and variety, and very little snacking.

It is my hope that over the next 30 days that I will learn to snack less, and that eating an even more balanced diet than I do now (eliminating alcohol for now), I will have less cravings and shed a few pounds.

I’m not planning to lose 12 pounds in 30 days, but it would be nice to get back closer to this.

This is me towards the end of 2013 at 157 pounds. Size 8 Levi’s.

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My face at 157 pounds.

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This is me now, at 172 pounds. Size 12 jeans. I feel great, but I can see those 12 pounds in my face.

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As always, I’ll post everything that I am eating and what exercise I am doing for the day. It’s going to be an interesting 30 days!

If any of you have done, or tried The WHOLE30, I would love to hear from you!

 

This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not count points or track while doing The WHOLE30

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!

 

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”