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

First Day of School | Third Grade

And....summer is officially over.  I must say we had a great summer this year and we got to mark almost everything off our Summer Bucket List.  I told the kids we could still mark a few more things off since the weather is still so warm here in Vegas.   

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Yesterday was the first day of school for our little man.  I can't believe he is in 3rd grade already.  Time sure does fly.  Elysse won't turn 5 until the end of October, so she still has one more year with me at home.  Well, she'll be starting preschool twice a week soon!  She is thrilled and I'm excited for her because I just know she is so ready!  

This year, due to overcrowding on our side of town, Diego's elementary school is one of 3 that will be going year round here in Vegas.  Diego is excited to be off for random months throughout the year, I'm still not so sure how I feel about it.  I'll have an update mid-year.  For now, I do like that I'll be back to my regular work/stay-at-home mom routine with Elysse and not have to be playing referee most of my day.  Although, I will miss the carefree summer mornings with no rushing or packing lunches.  

How are some of you other mom's feeling about kids going back to school? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments ;)  

I love how their personalities just shine through in this photo!

I love how their personalities just shine through in this photo!

Food Friday | Paleo Brownies

I am not the biggest chocolate lover, but I do love brownies!   It's really the only chocolate thing I crave.  Don't worry, I crave all kinds of other junk food!  

Anyhow, I found a great Paleo-friendly recipe on one of my favorite go-to Paleo recipe blogs, PaleOMG.  Not only is her food amazingly delicious, her stories are pretty funny!  I think I'd read her blog even if it didn't have the recipes!  But, obviously the recipes are the bomb.  So, if you haven't checked her blog yet, you need to!  And, just to show you how amazingly awesome her food is, I'm going to tempt you with the most amazing paleo brownies ever.   Ok, they are the only paleo brownies I've had, but they set the bar super high!  They're gluten-free and also nut-free, which is perfect since my little girl has a nut allergy.  My kids loved them and I felt good about feeding them this much more wholesome version of brownies.  The batch only lasted 2 days and I must say, I could have eaten the whole thing myself.  No Shame. 

You can get the full recipe for these amazing Magic Brownie Bars HERE!  

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