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

Whole 30 | Week 1 Recap

Well, here we are week 1 of Whole 30 is in the books! Jason and I are doing the plan and we're modifying it some for the kids.  This isn't my first time trying to do Whole 30, both other times I ended up cheating or quitting for some reason or another. This time around, though I feel really good about it and I'm optimistic that I'll finish strong!  If you aren't familiar with the program, you can read more HERE but it's basically a plan to get you back to eating real whole foods, nothing processed and you eliminate certain foods, such as sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy. 

The week prior to starting the program I knew it was going to be a busy weekend and I figured, I'd eat ALL the foods not allowed on Whole 30, so come time to weigh in on Monday I had a few extra pounds to lose on top of the ones I already needed to lose!!! OOPSY, maybe not the best plan! But, all that overindulging really had me feeling bloated and yucky, so I felt great all week eating according to the program.  I made my meal plan for the week based on recipes I found on Pinterest and Instagram (love the feature on IG where you can save a post! It's great for recipes!) 

I won't share my entire meal plan(shoot me an email if you want it and I'll send it to you!)  for the week but 2 of our favorite recipes are:

1. Fish Taco Bowls from 40aprons.com  - it's been a family favorite for a while now, so I knew I had to include it in our first week.  The kids have them with corn tortillas instead of the cauliflower rice. This is not a difficult recipe at all, but there are a lot of components and it's time consuming.  I've skipped the mango salsa and cauliflower rice before and just ate the fish over the red cabbage and I have no complaints! Still bomb. 

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2.  Egg Muffins - I make these on a weekly basis and we all love them! They go in the fridge and are perfect for grab and go!  The kids will even take them to school for lunches sometimes! They're super versatile too so you can get creative with what goes in them! The recipe doesn't call for spinach but I felt like adding a little bit of green to them this week! 

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By the weekend I will admit, I was craving something crunchy! Anything would do: crackers, tortilla chips, potato chips! I also missed eating popcorn during movie night with the kiddos, but I survived and when I got on the scale this morning for my weekly weigh-in, I was happy with the results.  I know the plan says not to weigh yourself for the full 30 days but I just had to know if it was working! Sorry to any Whole 30 purists out there! I also ran 3 times last week, but didn't get my gym class in so I need to make sure I hit those goals this week too! I have to remind myself that in order to achieve my goals, I need to remain consistent and I have to make sacrifices. Here's to a successful week 2!! 

What are you working hard for this month? Any Whole 30 peeps out there with some advice or recipes to try out? Please share in the comments!! XO 

 

Whole 30 | Week 2 Recap

Although I was super pumped to get back on track for week 2, my body had other plans.  I ended up getting really sick last Monday.  I was coughing, had body aches, fever, sore throat, the works! I felt terrible.  I didn't work out all week and I hardly had an appetite.  I did stick to Whole 30 approved foods when I manage to eat something.  I ate chicken broth and Jason found a pre-made chicken soup from Trader Joe's that didn't have noodles so it fit the Whole 30 bill.  Unfortunately, the way I was feeling, I had to take some cough drops and I added honey to my tea every time, which technically are not Whole30 approved.  By the time Friday came around, I still wasn't feeling too good, I hadn't worked out all week, my house was a mess, and I hardly got any work done.  

Once the weekend rolled on out, I was starting to feel a little better and my appetite was most definitely coming back ;) We were hoping to get the grill on and Jason would bbq some steaks but it ended up raining and thundering all day and into the evening.  Still feeling sick, there was no way I wanted to turn on the stove and cook. The hubs didn't feel like cooking either, so we resorted to our tried and true pizza order.  Ugh, can you believe I had pizza again?!? My will power is zilch.  

At this point I can't honestly say I'm on week 3 of Whole 30.  I should feel like a failure and I kinda do.  But, at the same time I have been doing so much better than I was.  Clearly I haven't been as strict as I should be with Whole 30 and paleo foods, but I am doing WAY better than I had been and I think that should count for something, right?  Now that I am pretty much over being sick, I started back up on my workouts & runs.  My meals this week have been Paleo/Whole30 approved.  I plan to keep that up by making sure I have good wholesome food readily available at home and have a good plan set for the weekend.  I can't possibly allow myself to have pizza again this Saturday.  It just can't happen.  It won't happen.  

Here's to a healthy and fun weekend. Without pizza.