My Final Day on whole30, err Whole16

So today, I am not regretfully telling you, but happily telling you that I decided to stop my whole30 on day sixteen. I have been thinking about this since yesterday, and I mean seriously thinking about it. Yesterday was difficult, brutal actually. We went to Vancouver, B.C. and went to this fabulous market on Granville Island. It was an unexpected stop, so I was not prepared. I drooled over the smoked salmon, red wine prosciutto, and the cheese section. Soon, I realized we needed to get out of there and hit the road before I went insane. On the way home I felt awful, my own fault of course. But it was my tipping point. I have decided to transition into mostly paleo, and I more than feel ready to give up the grains, gluten, ice cream, and high sugar syrups that are in coffee drinks. I surprise myself by saying that too, but yesterday I proved to myself that I can walk past the french pastries, breads, and donuts without thinking twice, only because I know what will happen to my gut. The feeling I have when eating clean, this feeling of energy and a pain-free gut has shown me that I do not want to go back to feeling like crap and feeling like a slug. I am ready to continue eating like this permanently, but with some added sweetness, and by some, I mean minimal amounts. I am ready to face the world, and I am ready to say “I just don’t eat that stuff.” when I am at a restaurant or social gathering. I can do this. With that in mind, I am now posting my after pics. I mean there were some small physical changes to report!

Before whole30/16

Before whole30/16

 

After whole30/16

After whole30/16

So not much of a difference in the frontal action.

Before whole30/16

Before whole30/16

After whole30/16

After whole30/16

A little less upper stomach swelling.

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Before whole/3016

 

Before whole30/16

Before whole30/16

Oh, look at that, a little less muffin top and back fat in the back!

Over the last sixteen days, I have lost four pounds and gained a new appreciation for food. For those of you who are still doing a whole30, keep it up! You are doing great!

 

 

Day 12!

Wow, I am proud of myself. I have made it to day twelve of my whole30, and it keeps getting easier. I am amazed that I am doing this with my husband home. He is really being supportive and understanding, which helps immensely. Today I added running back to my routine and I felt pretty good. I did two and a half miles, and tomorrow I think I want to do five. I don’t have a lot going on right now, so nothing else to report. Hope all is going great well, until next time!

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What my meals are like on a daily basis

Day 8!

This week sure flew by, I can’t believe I am on day eight! So far, I have been managing pretty well. The first three days were rough, but now I am feeling good. I have to stay on top of my food planning and dishes so I don’t get overwhelmed and throw in the towel. I have noticed I am sleeping through the night, which I don’t normally do. I also have a greater appreciation for apples and bananas, I never realized how sweet an apple can really be! Next week, I plan on kicking my cooking up a notch, as it has been pretty simple over the first week.

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I am looking forward to some curry! Hope everyone is doing well!

Dishes Are My Kryptonite

Day six of my whole30, yay! Butt-ton of dishes, boo! I thought I did a lot of dishes before, but now? Oy. I stay at home and home school the kiddo, so we cook three times per day. Even with prepping food the day before I still have this mess:

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Does it ever end? I dunno, maybe I am going about it the wrong way. Does anyone else have a massive increase of dishes when you cook whole30 or paleo friendly? If I don’t keep up with the dishes, I lose motivation. So off to work I go!

P. S. Excuse my hideous, 90’s green counter tops, they will be replaced within a few months… I hope.

whole30 Day 5, Check!

I am on day five of my whole30, and today was a breeze! My daughter and I went snowboarding at the crack of dawn, and I went prepared. I packed us crock pot beef that pulled apart with ease in our trusty Stanley lunch jars, carrots, and bananas. We ate breakfast at 6:45 then when we got up there I had to eat my banana because I was starving and I knew I couldn’t brave the cold and fresh snow without any energy. At 11:30 we were ready to go, and I surprised myself because I did’t need to eat. What? Who am I? I waited until 12:30 when we got home to dive into my delicious jar of beef. I impressed myself. After lunch, I had coffee and a hot bath. It was heaven.

Now, I am food and mentally prepping for tomorrow, because my husband gets home. When he is home for three weeks after working for three weeks, we go into vacation mode. NOT THIS TIME! He knows this too, and I mentally prepped him to tell me no if I have any temptation to cheat. Which I know that I won’t. I have steamed broccoli, baked chicken for my curried chicken salad with shredded spinach, and I have chopped sweet potatoes for sweet potato hash. Tomorrow, the hubs is coming home with a boat load of salmon from Alaska (I hope he is), and we are making a trip to Seattle to dink around and check out some meat shops. It sounds like we are going to be well stocked for the next month!

Whew, I cannot wait until my head hits this pillow tonight! Hope everyone is doing well, enjoy your week!

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2013! 

My daughter and I went to bed nice and early so we could wake at the crack of dawn to go snowboarding at Mt. Baker. It was worth it! It was beautiful, sunny, and just the right temperature. We beat the crowds, got in a few runs, then headed home. Perfect way to ring in the new year!

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Happy New Year from Mt. Baker

ImageI am looking forward to tomorrow, the start of my whole30! I am prepped and ready to go. I have roasted a chicken, made some spinach and walnut meatballs, and cleared the fridge of any possible temptations. Here’s to discipline!

2013 Goals

I cannot believe that 2013 is right around the corner! I think it’s funny that sometimes I feel like the year is moving at a snails pace, then all of a sudden the end of the year is near. With that in mind, this year I don’t really feel like I accomplished anything. Maybe because I never set goals last year…hmmmm, whowouldathunk not accomplishing anything may have something to do with not setting goals, large or small. We have made plenty of small, last minute goals that we accomplish, but that’s why we set them. They are easy. For this upcoming year, I have started writing out what I want to accomplish or change in my life. Everything from food to social media is on that list. Here is what I have so far:

Eat healthier

  1. Complete a whole30
  2. Reach my goal weight of 145-150lbs
  3. Eat allergy free!

Exercise more

  1. Get at least 10,000 steps in per day
  2. Run 3 times per week
  3. Weight train 2-3 times per week
  4. Have more fun!

Be more supporting…of myself

  1. Stop beating myself up for stupid stuff
  2. Try to be less perfect
  3. Accept my flaws

Read more

  1. Rent a Kindle book that I normally wouldn’t read
  2. Encourage my daughter to read more

Get less sleep

  1. Go to bed AFTER 8pm

Social media

  1. Ignore thoughtless, negative status posts on Facebook
  2. Take nothing personal on Facebook
  3. Blog more
  4. Start blob blog Facebook page (maybe)

I am starting a whole30 program on January, 2. I am doing this mainly because I have strayed from eating allergy free and it is causing stomach upset, crap-tastic skin, and an overall massive, negative body image. After reading about it, I decided it is the right direction for me to go. Holly Would If She Could did a great post on reasons to do a whole30, and after I read that I knew it was time to commit. Of course doing a whole30 will help me reach my eating healthier goals.

My husband got us fitbit’s for our twelve year wedding anniversary, and it has seriously made me re-evaluate how active I really am. I am embarrassed to say that I am not that active. Even if I run three miles, I do not make the daily goal of 10,000 steps. I need to work on that.

My next goal of being more supportive of myself is something that I have been working on for quite some time, and I will be working on it for quite a long time.

I have just purchased a Kindle Fire HD, and I am in LOVE! So much better than reading like 10 words per page on my Galaxy SIII Kindle App. My goal is to read a new book a month that I normally wouldn’t choose. As an Amazon Prime member, you can rent free books and I am going to use the heck out of that resource.

I have been so tired lately, and I am hoping that a whole30 program will help alleviate some of the fatigue that I experience when I eat foods that I am allergic to. I am in bed by 8pm, sometimes earlier, and I sleep until seven. Sometimes I am not tired enough when I fall asleep and I lay awake for hours after 1am. So frustrating, and it can ruin my day and leave unruly, dark circles under my eyes.

Finally, well for now anyway, social media. I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I love keeping up with old friends, new friends, and family. But I hate how negative and thoughtless their status updates can be. Shiz really hit the fan after the election and I realized how lame people really are. I mean, some of them continue to call themselves a Christian after their rude, thoughtless, and bullying comments about the Democratic party. Anyway, I pretty much said EF this, and I have been slowly weening myself off of Facebook and hiding some peoples status’s and post’s. I also want to blog more, and I will be blogging more while doing to whole30. Jeez, this whole30 is related to many of my goals! I may not have many readers, but I still feel accountable for what I blog, so I like the support of blogging. I also want to meet new people through blogging, people with similar interests or different ones.

Well, there are my goals, or at least some of them. It will be neat to look back at this list in six months to see where I stand and what I need to re-evaluate or add on. I really think creating a list and writing about them really helped me look deeper into my goals and what I need to do in order to accomplish them.

Happy New Year Everyone! See you in 2013!