R1D30 – Whaaaaaaaaaaaat???

So the MAIN reason I started this blog was to keep myself accountable through my Whole 30 journey.  Sure life got busy and I didn’t find myself posting much…BUT, the truth is…I also didn’t need to force myself to stay compliant on the program.  It *just* happened!  How exciting is that?!

Whole 30 is more than a weight loss program, its a way of life…a way to jump start great eating habits, curb bad habits and cravings, and for me…a great way to find new recipes that I never would’ve imagined!  With just my dinner remaining until these 30 days are complete, I find it hard to believe that I prepared 90 straight meals at home in 30 days.  Much of it meant bulk cooking and reheating…but I’m not sure I’ve ever been able to mutter those words.

A lot of people say “oh that program is EXPENSIVE” to follow…but some things I learned along the way:

  1. Restaurant eating and take-out gets VERY expensive.  We don’t do it often, but it adds up. It was easier to not do either while on the plan, although you certainly can pull it off…
  2. Not spending money on random snacks and beverages (like soda) throughout the day that aren’t good for your body!  My husband joked earlier this week that he has had the same $2 in his wallet for the past few weeks now.
  3. When you spend time and money on making good food, NOTHING goes to waste!  Nowadays its rare that I throw leftovers out…when before Whole 30, I would find reason to pass over a certain dish and make something else.  Not smart!
  4. Alcohol ain’t cheap either.  We don’t drink a lot, but to not spend a dime on alcohol for 30 days really adds up!
  5. Vegetables are worth the cost – you really can fill up on them if you create a balanced plate.  I’m looking forward to our farmers market starting up again and supporting more locals on the stuff I eat all the time.

Although weight loss isn’t the foundation of this program, its certainly a perk.  I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning…not really sure the last time I was excited to step on a scale.  I will also take measurements and my “after” pictures…  These won’t be my final “after” pictures at all…I plan to stay fully compliant until at least Day 45 when my hubby’s program will be up.  I may have a celebratory glass of wine at that point.  I still have a ways to go, but I am excited about what I have accomplished in 30 days and can’t wait to see what else is to come!

Day 2 (R1D2)

I’m still here, right?  I survived one day of no dairy, no sugar, no legumes, no grains, no alcohol…and I’m still here LOL!  I don’t know if I can remember a time that ANY meal of mine met all of those criteria…let alone all my meals.  There have been times in the past when I would consider quitting sugar, or cutting back on grains…but it really didn’t seem worth the effort to me, unless I was REALLY going to go for it…and that’s what Whole30 is doing for me right now.  With so many restrictions, I’m finding it easier to keep away from any singular one…then again though, I’m only on day 2.  But it’s a start – better than where I was a few days ago.  🙂

I woke a bit groggy on Day 2 – I think a bit of caffeine and food helped me through that early rut…. Breakfast looked pretty similar to day 1 since there are plenty of leftovers in the fridge.  Sure Whole30 requires a lot of cooking, but you can also get to the point where you have leftovers that will last many meals…as long as you don’t mind eating some of the same things over the course of a few meals/days, then there can certainly be lulls to cooking/prepping.

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Breakfast:  steamed broccoli, roasted peppers, onions, zucchini, sweet potatoes, Red Hot hot sauce, 2 eggs fried in coconut oil, chicken and apple sausages (about 1/3 of a link), some raspberries (my daughter stole most of them from my plate), and coffee whipped up with coconut oil and coconut milk.  I’m already learning that I prefer my coffee with just coconut oil – but I had leftover coconut milk from making dump ranch earlier this week.

 

I was ready for lunch again around 11:30 – but held off closer to noon, knowing the afternoon would be a long one…  When I roasted the butternut squash on R1D1, I completely overcooked it – I can’t forget that they don’t take as long as potatoes!  So not wanting to toss them, I sauteed some red onion, and whipped it all up with some coconut milk using my immersion blender – the result was delicious!

imageLunch round-up:  leftover walnut crusted pork tenderloin, steamed broccoli, sweet potatoes (because yum), butternut squash, and half an apple with almond butter.

I’ve been warned about including fruits and their potential for spiking the sugar craving…so my first test is underway!

PS, I did not use a filter on this lunch photo and the colors look amazing – eating your colors is VERY important!

Unlike D1, I didn’t need a snack between lunch and dinner…awesome! I’m working though leftovers, so I made romaine boats with my chicken salad from lunch yesterday, sauteed some zucchini noodles and made some baked fries with dump ranch – delicious dinner!! The Paderno Tri-Blad Spiral Vegetable Slicer creates noodles soooo easily and for less than $30 on Amazon, completely worth it.

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Somehow I’m done with day 2 and so far, it’s feeling pretty normal. The weekend is coming soon though and hoping I can keep the momentum up!

Our WHOLE Life?

Our WHOLE Life?  OK, maybe not all in one shot…but I wanted this to be a place where I could be creative and share what’s going on in our life.

The biggest change we are currently undertaking is starting the Whole30!!  Today is round 1 day 1 (aka R1D1) for me and my husband will start up in a couple of weeks.  After seeing much success from family members of mine and reading It Starts with Food, I realized that I was up for the challenge to see what its all about and most importantly, what I’m all about!

I am a wife, Mom, daughter, sister, friend and employee – all things I hope I’ve done pretty well at, but its been a long time since I solely focused on myself.  This will be an interesting test, but I’m here and giving it the most I can!  Throughout my Whole30 journey, this blog will be the place where I share my experience, recipes, and most importantly…make me accountable for what I’m doing.

I said good-bye to my old self when I got in bed last night…and hello to the new me when I woke up – here we go!