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

Moving Forward: Meal Plan + Workout Schedule

Like I mentioned in the previous posts, our summer was stressful and busy with buying a house and packing, unpacking, cleaning, painting, decorating.... agghhh! Now that we are finally settling into the new place, it's time to focus on me again.  I seriously slacked and used moving as an excuse to skip way too many workouts and training runs and have way too much take out food.  I can definitely feel and see the effects of my slacking too.  Anyhow, I am ready to get back on track and that means healthy, clean eating and exercising 4-5 days a week again.  I'm posting it on here because I need to be held accountable to my goals and commitments.  

I feel my best when I am following a Paleo Diet plan.  My skin looks better, I have more energy, bloating goes down, and the pounds start to come off.  I've been eating Paleo since 2013, so it's easy for me to follow and I know what works for me.  That being said, I still want to stick to a meal plan and use it as a sort of reset for my mind and body.  I found this free 4-week meal plan from Paleomagazine.com that I plan to use for this purpose.

The other big factor is getting back to working out regularly.  Again, I know this is best for me.  I feel so much better when I workout.  I have more energy and I feel better throughout the day.  I am more productive and can focus more.  Plus, I feel more confident and stronger.  I am currently not training for any upcoming races, which if you know me, is pretty rare.  I'll be looking to sign up for a race soon :) In the meantime, I'll get back to a regular routine and then I can adjust it depending on the race I choose.  

Below is my plan for weekly workouts.  I'm pretty flexible, so some days may be switched around if there's a group run I want to join or due to my work schedule, but staying consistent and not missing a workout or run is key.


  • Sunday - Rest

  • Monday - 3 mile run

  • Tuesday - H.E.A.T class at gym

  • Wednesday - Bootcamp at park

  • Thursday - Stretching + Ab (yoga, pilates)

  • Friday - Run

  • Saturday - Bootcamp or Rest


It's so crazy how we can become so easily distracted and lose focus.  The important thing for me and anyone else wanting to start getting healthy or get back on track is to just keep going. Sure we got distracted, life happens, but we can't let that stop us from living the life we want and deserve.  Let's do this!

 

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 ;)