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. 

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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.  

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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

Inspiring Women Series | Meet Lori Beneteau

Today, I'd love to introduce you all to Lori!  She is a fellow Girls Gone Sporty ambassador and just a really fun and inspiring person.  I can completely relate to her on so many levels and I think you will to! Here's her Q&A:

Q. What motivated you to make changes to your lifestyle? 
A. I have always tried to lose weight and get fit, but would quickly get discouraged and give up. In the fall of 2012 I was picked to be part of a challenge hosted by Fighter Diet and I fell in love with the workouts and diet. I loved how working out made me feel, and then I realized that I wanted to set a good example for my children.

Q. During your transformation journey, what has been the hardest thing(s) to overcome?
A. The hardest thing to overcome during my transformation journey has been overeating. I just can't stop at a bite, I have to eat the whole thing. It's hard work, but it's getting there. 

Q. What do you do now to help motivate and inspire others?
A. I hope that I inspire others with my Facebook page and my blog where I write about my journey - both the good and the bad. I want others to know that there isn't just a "before" and an "after" picture, there is a lot of work in between, and it's ok to talk about it. 

Q. Finding or making the time to workout is hard. Do you have any tips that have helped you make exercise part of your routine?
A. To make exercise a part of my routine, I schedule it into my day just like if it were a doctor's appointment. 

Q. When you're not busy working out what kind of things do you like to do for fun? 
A. For fun I love to take pictures, go running the local trails with my dogs Lola and Lily, horseback riding, and I love to read. 

Q. If you could only give people one piece of advice, what would it be? 
A. Don't give up, don't let one bad day ruin all of your hard work. Just put it behind you and move forward. :)

Q. What are some of your favorite/must-have workout products you can't live without?
A. My must-have workout products would be my iPhone, which isn't a workout product, but I can't workout without my music to motivate me. 

I hope you enjoyed meeting Lori and if you want more, she's all over social media! Check her out here:

Blog: www.fitandhealthyjourney.blogspot.ca
Twitter: www.twitter.com/envigeurfitness
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/journeytofit
Instagram: www.instagram.com/journeytofit40

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Food Friday | Paleo Shopping List

Happy Food Friday!  I love to eat, it's no secret.  I love good healthy foods just as much as I love the not-so-healthy but oh-so-tasty foods!  I have very low will power, so having my favorite junk foods in our pantry, heck any junk food in our pantry, is dangerous.  So, one thing that helps me in my battle of good food vs. bad food is to just keep the bad food out of the house.  This is not news to most of us trying to make better eating choices, right?  Makes sense.  However, like I said, I love to eat and feeling hungry or deprived is not gonna work for me.  So, the junk food needs to be replaced with healthy foods.  More specifically in my case, paleo-friendly foods.  I'll admit this was tough for me at first, but now I have a 'go-to' list of foods that should always be in my house.  So, if you are on a paleo lifestyle or want to start, here some must-have food items that have helped make the transition easier for me.  

Here are some quick & easy grab n go snacks:

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  • LaraBars - most of these are paleo friendly, just stay away from the ones that have peanuts.  They're all gluten -free and made from only natural ingredients. My favorites are the apple pie & coconut cream pie!  
  • Almonds - I grab a small portion and put in a cute little bowl and munch away.  Sometimes I'll add raisins or cranberries, but only in moderation, since dried fruit is high in sugar. 
  • Fresh Fruit - quick and easy for sure.  Just again, in moderation since it is high in sugar.
  • Boiled Eggs- boil a few in one day, keep in the fridge for a quick breakfast or snack.  They'll last about a week in the fridge with the shell, but mine usually only last about 2 days :) 
  • Almond Butter - great to dip celery sticks! 
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce

Here are some staples for cooking Paleo meals:

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  • Coconut Oil - I cook everything with this!
  • Lots Fresh Veggies - Sauteed, grilled, or baked, vegetables make the best side dishes.
  • Coconut Milk - the full fat kind in a can. Not the coconut milk beverage in the refrigerated section.
  • Spices - garlic, kosher salt, paprika, oregano, etc. 
  • Eggs - quick, easy, and versatile protein
  • Variety of meats- this goes without saying! 

I could go on & on, but I won't!  This should help give you an idea of what my fridge & pantry look like and how to get started on your own clean eating! Enjoy your weekend :)