Whole 30 | Week 1 Recap

Last week the hubs and I decided it was time to get back on track and cut out bad food choices and do a strict Whole 30 diet. Ok, you got me, yes, I decided it was time to get back on track and start Whole30.  Jason was forced to do it with me.  But, like the wonderful and supportive husband he is, he jumped on board without too much hesitation ;)

Having been on a Paleo diet now for while, I know the drill.  No dairy, no legumes, no grains, no processed foods, no sugar.  Lots of healthy fats, lean proteins, and plenty of veggies!  We went grocery shopping and got all the staples, plus whatever else from my meal planning list.  I had most of the week planned out and ready to go.  

We started off really well.  On Monday I made a big frittata that lasted us all week for breakfasts.  I followed Nom Nom Paleo's super easy recipe.   I also made a batch of organic grass-fed ground beef and kept that in the fridge for a quick lunch alternative for when there were no leftovers.  I just added some sauteed veggies to the meat and a fried egg on top for a great mid-day meal.  Dinners were quick and easy, because it was a super busy week last week.  

The first 2 days Jason complained he was feeling quite hungry in between lunch and dinner, so I made sure we packed him a little bigger portions for lunch and slightly larger portion for breakfast too.  This helped him feel way better the rest of the week.  That's definitely something they mention in the book, It Starts with Food and how it will take some time to get the portions just right.  I did add a snack, such as a larabar or some deli meat with peppers to munch on after some workouts last week too.

It got really difficult over the weekend, like I knew it would.  We went to 51's minor league baseball game Friday and it just felt wrong to be there and not have a beer.  So we had the beer. We are weak.  Saturday again was an incredibly busy day and we were non-stop all day.  I did manage to stick to a Whole30 breakfast and lunch, but by the time we made it home, we were exhausted and starving.  There was no way either one of us was making dinner, so we ordered pizza.  Yup, we messed up big time!  Sunday we were back on track, even with shooting a wedding, so I felt pretty good about that.  No, you aren't supposed to cheat on Whole 30, so technically we should be starting all over again from Day 1.  But you know what, we're gonna keep right on truckin'.  We aren't going to let one slip up, get us off track.  

So that this doesn't happen again on Week 2, I've already got my meals planned out for the week.  I've also noted our busiest days and resorted to my handy crock pot recipes for these days.  The key to Whole 30 is preparation and clearly we weren't as prepared as I thought we were last week.  This week, we're going to be ready for the weekend and all it's temptations.

Here's to a great week ahead!  Anyone else doing Whole30 this month? Starting a new eating plan? How's it going for you? 

December 2015 Fitness Goals

December.  It's the last month of the year, so let's make it a good one!  I always take some time in December to evaluate where I am and review the year and start making plans for the new year.  However, I don't want December to be a month where I just cruise along without progress.  So, I decided to make this the month I get back on track.  After a not-so-healthy November (more on that in a bit), I am choosing to refocus now and get back to healthier, clean eating and regular workouts.  My goals aren't too specific, but it's exactly what I need to start 2016 off with a clear mindset and a good routine!

Fist though, here's how I did with my November goals: 

  1. Like I mention in my Wine & Dine Half Marathon Recap, the race was cut short by 6 miles due to weather, so I didn't actually run a half marathon.  It was more like a 10K.  It's being call the Disney Wine & Dine Quarter Half.  Funny, huh?  So, technically I did complete the race, just no the one I had planned for ;) 
  2. Vacation was full of indulgences but I wasn't out of control and made some good choices too, especially on saying no to too many treats and drinks!  
  3. The 3-day juice cleanse happened right before our trip to Florida and it went well.  I hadn't done one before and it was a bit rough but I made it. I'm thinking it's something I'd like to keep doing regularly.  Maybe every few months or so.  Who here does regular juice cleanses?  Any tips?
  4. I've been training for the Laughlin Half Marathon and felt good on my 8 mile run 2 weeks ago.  Sadly, I've been dealing with a cold and didn't make it out on my last scheduled long run of 10 miles.  I'm a bit nervous about running sick, but I'm hoping I'll be better in the next 2 days!  EEK

And, here are the goals for December! Basic and to the point!  

What goals do you have for December?  Are you ending 2015 with a bang or waiting to start up again in January?  Let's get it!! 

Change is Good | Finding Balance in Food + Life

Early this month in my May Goals post, I mentioned how I was not meeting my goals when it came to nutrition. For the past year or so I've really been coasting along working out, running, and just eating so-so.  I started to notice I was actually gaining some weight these past few months.  Yea, I can give you all my excuses as to why I was eating badly.  I'm an emotional eater and with Jason's injury and surgeries, food was comforting me when I stressed about work, keeping up with household chores, the kids.....everything really!  Wine had also been quite comforting ;) But, like I said, I could give you all the excuses but the truth is that I allowed my emotions to get the best of me.  I was reacting to the situations around me rather than being proactive and making the right choices for me and ultimately my family too. It's not like I was the only one eating pizza, right?  So, I finally realized enough is enough.  I've been at this for too long to still not have reached my goal.  I told myself 2015 was going to be my year to find balance and I haven't been going in that direction.  

In March I tried to get back to eating Paleo again.  Afterall, the Paleo diet is what helped me lose those first 30 lbs, granted it took about a year, but I have managed to keep most of it off.  But, I just couldn't find myself sticking to it this time around.  I'd eat Paleo-friendly meals most of the week, unless I was tired and we ordered pizza or we were running errands and ended up eating out....See where this is headed?  Like I said, eating Paleo helped me so much at the beginning of my journey, but I just couldn't make it work for me anymore.  It taught me to eat real foods and not be afraid of healthy fats.  I learned to cook and eat whole foods, not processed foods out of boxes.  I will always be grateful for that.  I'm so glad I found Paleo when I did and I never intend on buying Pastaroni ever again!  But, I found myself at a nutritional crossroads.  I wanted to eat balanced meals regularly and not use the entire weekend as a "cheat meal" but Paleo wasn't the answer anymore.  Here's where Reconstruction by Leti comes in.  

You can read about how I started following her on Instagram and a bit about her program HERE.   I signed up for her program just this month and so far so good.  I'm excited to see my results at the end of the month.  I've been learning how to push myself harder than ever on my own workouts and runs.  I never dreamed an 8 minute mile would be within my reach, but guess what? I just might get there.  Last week I ran a 8:26 mile!  But most importantly, I'm learning to eat differently.  I'm learning to take charge of what I eat without omitting entire food groups out of my diet and allowing for flexibility too.  Counting Macros is tricky and you can find tons of info online if you google it, but basically it's finding the right balance of carbs, fats, and protein for your body and your goals.   Leti figured it all out for me as part of her program :) I'm happy to be eating dairy and grains again regularly.  I'm not starving, I'm eating healthy, and losing weight without sacrificing muscle - because I've worked too hard for these baby biceps!!! I'm no expert on tracking macros (yet!) but I'm working to get there.  I know for some tracking your food intake daily and measuring and weighing is tedious, but it's worth it.  Nothing worth having ever comes easily, right?  It's not about obsessing over food, but rather finding the balance that works for you.  And, in order to find that balance to get to where you want to go, you need to put in the work.  

Yes, change makes me a bit nervous, but I'm determined to embrace this journey and look forward to the physical and mental changes that come with it.  How are you working to find balance in your life?  I'd love to hear about! 

PS. Go check out Leti_Reconstructed on instagram because she's celebrating her 1 year anniversary with a nice little offer for June ;)