Whole 30 | Weeks 3 + 4 Recap

Well, yesterday was officially my last day on Whole30.  Was I successful in the traditional sense of completing a Whole30? The "official" answer would be NO! But, I'm ok with that.  Here's how weeks 3 and 4 went down...

Week 3 was going as planned.  I knew I was hosting our monthly book club meeting that Friday and I actually created a menu that was Whole30 and was relevant to the book's story. BOOM!  However, I made one dang good charcuterie + cheese board and there went all my will power! Well, that and wine.  And by the time I got to dinner, I was like, oh well, I'll have the regular rice too and not the cauliflower rice I was supposed to have.  And, yes, you guessed it? I might as well have the dessert too! Add to that a few additional glasses of wine and nachos on week 4 and no it was not a successful Whole30. 


But, it was not all for nothing! I still feel I benefited greatly from Whole30 and that I succeeded in a lot of areas.  Starting the Whole 30 program really got me out of my rut.  I was cooking the same boring foods, which just made me crave tasty and not-so-good-for-me foods on the weekends.  It was a bad cycle. I've made some really good dishes that I will continue to make and to add some variety, I'm planning to make a few new dishes a month.  So, if you have any yummy Whole 30/Paleo recipes you love, send them my way, please!  I've also been way more consistent on my running and workouts, which is so important for me and helps me not just physically but emotionally! At the end of the 30 days, I weighed myself and I'm down 5 lbs.  Could I have done better? Do I need to lose more? Yes and Yes. But, it's way better than keeping them or gaining even more.  


The plan is to continue with my Whole30/Paleo meal planning and prepping each week.  I know that helps keep me accountable to myself and I'm way less likely to "graze" and snack on tortilla chips jus because they're available.  And on that note, I'm also not buying my "trigger foods" (ie. foods that I have a super hard time resisting!) I was buying these for the kids (wink, wink!) I am really feeling better about myself and my food choices and starting to feel like myself again.  

I'd definitely recommend the Whole 30 program to anyone who wants to feel better about  the foods they're eating and in turn feel better about themselves.  It's a lot of work and commitment and yeah, I'm not the best example but I learned a lot and it's helped me a ton too! I recommend checking it out and giving it a try for sure! 

Have you ever started something and even though you didn't complete it perfectly, still feel good about the results you got or where it left you? I'd love to hear about it and what you learned from it.  Doing Whole 30 taught me that sometimes, it's not about perfection.  It's not always about saying no 100% of the time.  It's not about beating yourself up because you ate a cookie.  Sometimes, we have to be ok with doing what we can and forgiving ourselves when we fall short of our goals.  There's grace and beauty in living our lives fully and with balance.  Balance is about knowing when to say no to the junk food and going to workout even when you don't feel like it and knowing when that glass of wine or slice of pizza is going to be good for your soul and totally worth it! XO

March 2018 Goals | Fitness Friday

Hello March!!! How did February go for you? I gotta say, February went pretty well for me.  I’ve felt the most focused than I had in a long time! I know starting Whole30 has been a big help, but more on that later because I still have a few days left and I need to recap week 3 + 4! My training runs have been consistent, albeit slower than I want but I'm happy to be running again, so I won't complain.  I totaled 40 miles in Feb. which is also lower than I like, but I'm happy to be running at all!  I've been enjoying my gym classes once a week. I've been alternating between a Sandbag Class and Body Pump.   I'd forgotten what it was like to feel sore! 


Now, on to my goals for March! 


Running consistently makes such a huge difference in being ready for a half marathon.  I learned that the hard way when I didn't train properly and injured myself during the Arizona Rock n Roll Half.  So, I plan to stick to my running schedule in March. I would like to work on speed once a week, but didn't make it a goal, just yet. Since I'm feeling pretty good about my running consistently and ready to add 1 more day of cross training to my weekly schedule! It may just be 30 minutes at home doing HITT, a kettle bell workout, or Pilates, but it will help me become a stronger runner! Sticking to my paleo diet is a must too.  I'm not gonna lie, I still want/need to lose some weight to be back to where I was when I felt my best and my clothes fit! UGhh the struggle is real, friends! I've tried other "diets" but I know Paleo works best for me and it's something I've been able to maintain.  I know I'll have a few non-Paleo meals this month and I'm ok with that.  It's important for me to have balance and focus on the whole picture and not just a few meals throughout the month.  What I need to work on is self control and not turn a cheat meal into a cheat weekend! Who else can relate? 

Here's to a successful new month full of happiness, making memories, and staying active!   XO

Whole 30 | Week 2 Recap


Week 2 on Whole30 went really well.  I've been cooking a ton, which means I'm also cleaning the kitchen a ton! I'm also eating a lot of eggs, but I don't mind. So far, I'm really enjoying putting my meal plans together for the week.  The family has really enjoyed eating new meals for dinner.  Whole30 has challenged me to try new recipes and get out of making the same kind of meals each week.  I'll admit I've had a few days where I went off plan, nothing major, just like not making a juice for breakfast and having eggs instead.  Like I said, cleaning is such a pain and that juicer takes like 10 minutes to clean out! 

On week 1 I made a large pork shoulder in the slow cooker, carnitas style and had enough to freeze.  So, when the hubs got sick with a cold, I took it out and made a yummy carnitas soup for him that totally hit the spot, was easy to make, and was Whole30 compliant! BOOM! 


My favorite meal this week was a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin by Paleo Running Momma. I made it with a side of roasted cauliflower + broccoli.  So delicious! 


I finally made it to one of my favorite classes at the gym this week, Sandbag Xpress.  Such a great full-body workout! I also ran 3 days! Super happy I got 4 days of workouts in for the week.  Halfway through and I seem to have a bit more energy and I'm still feeling pretty good! I'm ready to finish the last 2 weeks strong and reset!