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? 

My Futile Attemept to Eating Healthy on Vacation....

We headed out on our 11 day vacation up the east coast earlier this month.  We had a great time visiting with friends and family and taking in the sights!  Before we left, I was very nervous about not keeping up with my exercise routine and of course, eating healthy.  There was a ton of food on our list that we just had to have- food that we don't have here in Las Vegas or that is just way better on the east coast.  I told myself I would make healthy food choices and only have small tastes of the junk food I wanted, ie. Mr. Softee, pizza, boardwalk fries, etc.. I admit, it was  a long list!  

So, how did I do?  Not so great.  I had really good intentions, but temptation got the best of me and I didn't really make as many healthy food choices as I should have, I over-indulged in junk food, and didn't practice much self-control.  Can you believe one of the days we were on our trip was National Donut Day, plus I hadn't had Thrasher's Boardwalk Fries in over 10 years!  Is this a good excuse?  Probably not, but it's what I told myself to justify it.  (See, I told you this blog would be about the ups & downs and keeping it real!)  I will say that although I wasn't limiting myself like I should have, my portions of junk food weren't as big as they would've been a year ago and I did manage to work out 4 days of the 11 days we were away.  That helped, right?!? And, even though my food choices weren't the best while on vacation, they were still my choices and I'm ok with that. 


Life lesson?  Don't be too hard on yourself while on vacation, but don't be too lenient either.  Set some guidelines for yourself before you go, even if you don't stick to them 100% you'll still do way better than if you just let yourself run wild.  Believe me, I know. Don't beat yourself up if you don't stick to your healthy ways, just move on.    Most importantly, make sure you get back on track as soon as you get back home. Don't stay in vacation mode too long or it'll be much more difficult to go back to healthy eating and exercising.  This I also know from experience.  Vacations have always been the death of my weight loss programs in the past, but not this time.  Knowing where I'd failed in the past, made me even more determined to get back to my Paleo eating habits and working out regularly.  Before we went away, I told myself I'd start the Whole 30 program when I got back. Here's a quick description of the program straight from their website, it's a " short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food." It's based on the Paleo program, just a little more intense and no cheating allowed!  I'm excited to be starting this today for many reasons but mostly, because my husband, Jason, will be joining me!  He hasn't been doing Paleo like I have for the past 8 months, so this is a big deal!  I'll be blogging about our Whole 30 experience once a week, so stay tuned! If you want a daily dose of my Whole 30 progress,follow me on instagram !