Monday, August 31, 2015

Whole30 Wrap Up


Yep that's right I finished the Whole30!!! YIPPEE SKIPPY! Here are my before and after pictures.  A part of me is cringing by posting these but jeez, I'm working sooooo hard, I need to do this! 


Same outfit, same awkward bathroom shots.  Noticeable difference, right? 

Here are my stats: 

Weight: -14.5 lbs
Chest: -3"
belly button: -2.5"
hips: -1
thighs: -1.5"

Amazing.  Near the end I had a lot of ups and downs.  Aches and pains.  I JUST WANTED A CARB!  But I pushed through.  I didn't give in to my temptations.  I kept thinking, this is "only 30 days" and and I can DO ANYTHING for 30 days.  I'm so happy I did this.  It was exactly the push I needed.  I've been trying to lose weight the "right way" and the "healthy way" for several months and I stalled, this pushed the scale in the right direction again and slayed my sugar dragon.  I'm overjoyed that I'm doing this with REAL food, no pills, and no supplements.  The only money invested is my grocery bill (FYI, it was higher than normal).  

I have no doubt that I will struggle and have some stumbles along the way but I now know what will work for me.  When I trip up (which I will), I will re-examine this eating plan and "get real" with my self if/when needed.  I've already committed myself to the 5 lb rule.  I gain 5 lbs, I start another whole30 STAT.  When I'm not on the stricked 30 day food plan, I'll attempt to follow the whole30 rules as much as possible but I'll enjoy my carbs (beer, bread, sugar) a bit.  Perhaps one day I'll give those up all together but TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY! 

I hope I've inspired you to try your own whole30.  You really have nothing to lose, if it doesn't work for you, you'll rest assured knowing you're eating REAL FOOD and nobody is a "loser" when that's the case.  Nobody died from eating too many veggies, right?  Be well everyone! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Whole30 Week 4

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Welcome back everyone!  This is my forth and final week a recording all my meals while attempting my first ever whole30!  You can see Week 1, 2, and 3, here, here, and here.  

Sorry, I didn't take a ton of pictures, life got busy and that phone of mine just didn't come out as much this week!  Here we go:

Day 24

Breakfast:  3 scrambled eggs with sweet potatoes
Lunch:  LO pork chop and potatoes
Dinner:  steak, zucchini, sweet potato "fries"

Day 25

Breakfast:  banana "pancakes"
Lunch:  LO steak, zucchini, sweet potato fries
Dinner:shrimp salad.  So so good.  1 lbs of shrimp only made it through for my husband and I, if you make this, make a lot!  :)

Day 26

Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs
Lunch:  chicken burger, avocado, grapes
Dinner: spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce/ground beef

Day 27

Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs with sweet potatoes
Lunch:  LO spaghetti squash
Dinner: beef burger with mushroom bun and grilled tinfoil potatoes and carrots

Day 28

Breakfast:  strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie (which my 2 yo LOVED)
Lunch: LO burger and tinfoil potatoes
Dinner: hot sauce chicken legs with homemade ranch dressing and asparagus

Day 29

Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs with roasted potato and carrots
Lunch:  LO of chicken legs with potatoes
Dinner: LO pot roast

Day 30

Breakfast:  3 scrambled eggs with roasted potatoes and carrots
Lunch:  Leftover pot roast
Dinner: TACOS.....I'm done and didn't do dinner!!!  They tasted fantastic :)

Stay tuned for my results, thoughts, and feelings on the whole30 program!  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Whole30 Week 3


I'm back again with a week 3 of my whole30 experiment.  30 days of eating healthy fats, fruits, and veggies.  You can see my week 1 and week 2 here and here.  I'm really excited to wrap this up and tell you my results already!  :) 

LO=Left Overs

Day 18

Breakfast:  2 scrambled eggs w/ LO stuffed pepper
Lunch:  stuffed pepper and 2 oranges
Dinner:  stewed beef, with carrots, celery, and potatoes

Day 19

Breakfast:  3 scrambled eggs (wasn't hungry)
Lunch:  left over stew
Dinner:  spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce with ground beef

Day 20

Breakfast:  3 egg omelet
Lunch:  leftover spaghetti squash with sauce
Dinner: Mediterranean Salad with chicken, onion, olives, tomatoes   SUPER YUM

Day 21

Breakfast:  3 egg omelet with tiny chicken cutlet and LO Mediterranean salad
Lunch:  LO spaghetti squash
 Dinner: Chicken with broccoli & potatoes

Day 22

Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs with sweet potatoes
Lunch:  Mediterranean Salad
Dinner:  almonds/coconut/raisins (too busy with the kids to eat!)

 Day 23

Breakfast:  3 scrambled eggs with sweet potatoes
Lunch: Mediterranean Salad
Dinner:  pork chop with potatoes and broccoli

This week was kind of tough.  Just like last week, the boredom is really setting in with my menu.  It would help if my crazy life would stop being crazy for 10 minutes so I could menu plan.  Well, that didn't happen!  Even though I'm bored and I've had this side ache that won't go away, I'm forging ahead.  No quitter here! 

See you soon with my 4th week and a wrap up really really soon!  :) 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Whole30 Week #2


I'm back with week 2 of my whole 30 challenge.  


Day 9:

Breakfast:  3 scrambled eggs with leftover brussel sprouts/potatoes/ and turkey that I turned into a "hash".

Lunch:  salad topped with fruit salsa and turkey meatballs.

Dinner:  Chicken burger topped with an avocado and salsa,  sweet potato "fries" and green beans.

Day 10:

Breakfast:  3 scrambled egss with bacon & LO sweet potato "fries" and green beans.

Lunch:  Chili lime chicken burger topped with an avocado and salsa.  More LO sweet potato "fries" and green beans.

Snack: Bannana ice cream

Dinner:  Turkey breast, white potatoes and carrots roasted with LO cauliflower "rice".

Day 11:

Breakfast:  Breakfast Fratata with LO brocoli and sweet potatoes, and turkey.

Lunch:  LO  turkey, cauliflower "rice" potato/carrot mix

Dinner:  bannana topped with cashew butter and coconut.  LO spaghetti sauce and lamb (plain)...trying to clean out the fridge :)

***I was exhausted here!  I went to bed at 8:30, painted my boys room the day before so everything is sore.  I really just wanted to "throw in the towel" but I fought through the urge and didn't cheat.  Tomorrow is a new day!!!!

Day 12:

Breakfast:  Breakfast fratata with broccoli, sweet potatoes and turkey

Lunch:  Chili lime turkey burger topped with avocado, and green beans (on the side, not on the burger).  :)

Dinner:  Pork burger with sauteed mushrooms and asparagus.   ---this was soooo delicious, I forgot to take a picture! 

This day was much better and I'm so happy I didn't cheat!!!!

Day 13:

Breakfast:  LO breakfast fratata (see above).

Lunch:  LO pork burgers, mushrooms, and asperagus

Dinner: steak & squash

Day 14:

Breakfast:  1/2 LO steak with 2 fried eggs

Lunch:   chicken salad with lettuce wraps, snacked on few sweet potato chips (from my kids plates, this is probably a cheat as the bag said it "could be" made with canola oil, but I only had a few).  Orange slices and LOTS of grapes.

Dinner:  Roasted chicken with white potatoes and carrots.  Watermelon.

Day 15:

Breakfast:  1/2 steak with 2 fried eggs, grapes.

Lunch:  chicken salad with lettuce, cashews, and strawberries.

Dinner:  LO roasted chicken with white potatoes and carrots.  watermelon.

Day 16:

Breakfast:  3 eggs scrambledc with 1/2 sausage burger and sweet potatoes.

Lunch:  sausage burger with grilled onions and pineapple with a portabella mushroom "bun".

Dinner:  Tilapia (white fish) with blueberry salsa, sauteed kale, and sweet potatoes.

Day 17:

Breakfast:  banana topped with almond butter and coconut.   

Lunch:  turkey burger with sweet potatoes and kale

Dinner:  stuffed red pepper which had beef, kale, sweet potatoes and the southwest spice.

***another bad day.  I felt terrible, I was board with my food, I was tired, I took a nap and also went to bed early.  I'm trying to sleep it off!

Well that rounds up week two.  You can see this week was bit harder to come up with "new" foods.  I got a little less creative and because of that,  I started to get board with my meals.  I was also really tired this week.  I don't know if it was the food or just my life with three kiddos (still nursing one).  I definetely hit the "break it or make it" stage but so far I'm MAKING IT!!!  Woot Woot!  I don't feel as "thin" as a did last week.  Last week it felt like the weight was just melting off, this week, I feel like I gained.  I'm working my way through the book as I do this and that seems pretty common so no need to panic.  Since I usually weigh myself everyday, I've found the freedom from the scale has been a bit liberating (you weight on day 1 and not again till day 31).    

My sugar dragon is under control, I can't believe it!  I passed on donuts, cookies, and cake all of which were offered to be throughout the week.  I didn't even have an urge to eat those items.  Amazing!  I would have taken bets before this started that that NEVER would have been the case for me!

As you can see, I've falling a bit behind in posting my food.  LIFE just doesn't stop!  I got high hopes to get my next post up in a couple days!  If you want to see my week 1 meals with pictures and links to recipes go here:  Week 1.