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. 


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! 


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 


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!


The Struggle is Real

For most of my life working out and running were never things I actually enjoyed doing.  I honestly didn't give myself enough time to enjoy it.  I quit time and time again.  Exercise and running were always chores I had to do, a means to an end that never came.  I'd lose a few pounds then it'd get hard and I'd give up before reaching whatever goal I set myself that time around.  Does this sound familiar to you? 

Don't lose hope, one day it finally just clicked for me.  Sick of being overweight and sluggish all the time, I set out to lose weight and of course start exercising again.  I began eating healthy meals and then switched to a paleo diet, basically cutting out dairy, grains, legumes, and added sugars that can be toxic to your body.  (Paleo Leap blog has a great simple explanation of what paleo diet is and some guidelines.  If you're curious, check it out HERE.) I was exercising regularly and running became my thing!  I've been at it ever since.  I'm always training for some race or ocr event. Just scroll through my blog and you'll see :)  Yes, fitness has become a way of life.  Not just for me, but my family has joined me in become more active and healthy.  Sounds great, right?  

It is great.  Lifting weights at the gym, boot camp drills, and running really help me feel great mentally.  Sure, I don't always feel like working out, but most weeks I get 3-5 workouts in.  So, what's the problem? Where's the struggle? For me, the struggle is all about the food right now. On weekdays, I eat "mostly" healthy meals and I got away with that "mostly" for a while, but it's caught up to me.  Add to that the all too frequent "cheat" meals and wine on the weekends and it's a sure recipe for weight gain.  One of my biggest struggles is making healthy choices when I'm eating out or at a social event.  It's so hard to stay on track when I'm at a party, book club, or having dinner with friends.  I just lose all self-control and go straight for the doritos! lol

I've been complaining to the hubs about my weight gain and my eating habits going down the drain now for a few months already but hadn't really done too much about it.  You know, I'll start off strong on Monday and by Thursday I'll start to get lazy and come Saturday I'm ready for a cheeseburger!  

Last week I started to really think about how I'd been able to stay on track and lose 30+ lbs a few years ago.  It all came down to determination, a little sacrifice, and a lot of self-control.  I had started a paleo lifestyle and was feeling strongly about the nutritional benefits, plus I was seeing results.  Results kept me going and gave me the will power to say no to junk food.  I also had a lot more to lose then and had just started working out too.  Things are a bit different now.  Running and exercise are part of my daily routine and eating paleo meals is "mostly" the norm. What worked for me then, is not what is going to work for me now.  Now I need to step it up a notch (or two!) So, I have decided I'm going to do the Whole30 program.  I tried it last year and didn't last but a few days.  I hadn't prepared for it to be much different than the normal Paleo diet I was already doing and although it is similar, Whole30 is more strict.  Or at least, I need to be more strict with it.  My 80/20 rule to sustain a paleo lifestyle won't cut it on Whole30.  If you don't know about it, you can read all about the program here: http://whole30.com/step-one/ Basically Whole30 cuts out foods like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes to give your body a nutritional reset.  

This is what I need right now.  I need a full-on reset.  I'm not about to go back to my old eating habits and I know that being super strict all the time is unrealistic.  I'm thinking that this strict 30 days of clean eating will help me get my balance back. I'll be starting the program this Monday and the hubs has agreed to do it with me.  I think having a partner in this will be a huge help to both of us.  I plan on checking in each Monday to share how things are going.  I'm sure it won't be easy, but it will be worth it. 

How about you? What are you struggling with right now?  Maybe you are eating healthy meals and struggle with getting to the gym.  Maybe you struggle with eating dessert after dinner or snacking at night.  Ugh...I am so guilty of this. Whatever your struggle is, you are not alone.  We all have our struggles.  We all have our ups and downs, but we just need to remember we can't be too hard on ourselves.  The fact that you care about your health is a great start already!  Take that and work on a plan to get you back on track.  Start with small goals and before you know it, you'll be feeling better about yourself and seeing the results you want.  Let's do this together! XO