Whole 30: Week 1

 Week 1 was mostly successful! I followed the plan to the letter until Saturday night when we had pizza, I was tired, didn’t feel like cooking and the girls wanted pizza, and did I ever pay for it. My stomach yelled at me for hours, that in itself was a sign that I was doing things correctly. Sunday I was full of motivation after my best 8 mile run ever to make not one but two new recipies! Buffalo Chicken Soup and Orange Chicken with Coconut Cauliflower Rice; I cut, chopped, measured and waited. When the time came to taste, the warm spoon touched my lips and my word they were both awful and when I say that I mean Scott who eats anything couldn’t figure out a way to make them edible. Lesson learned – dont count your chicken recipies before they hatch, my whole week of chicken went in the trash. With no backup plan, because who would have thought both would be inedible, we had pancakes. It was fun and the girls loved the process and adding fruit made them feel like chefs.

How this could have turbed out…I have spent my whole life “dieting” I have learned that a lifestyle change includes accepting the fact that real life happens, recipies fail, impromptu dinners with family or the occasional date night, happen. The perspective to take in those instances is to make the best choice possible and not make yourself miserable. Summer 2003 Weight Watchers was MY LIFE my then husband and I went to a cookout at a friends house. I was so focused on staying “on plan” that I ended up alienating myself from everyone to inhale the cheeseburger I swore I wouldn’t eat because I didn’tknow anything   about it; when no one was watching, the feeling of ostrasizing myself led me to feel depressed and I fed it. Today I would have made the choice to enjoy the hamburger and whatever side I brought that I knew was me friendly and enjoyed the party instead of the self-sabotage I applied in the past. 

Was I 100% successful? No.

Did I make significant progress? YES!

Measurements will be taken again day 30, weight I will check in sporadically. 7 days into the program I am down   6#’s. 

I have officially eliminated soft drinks. I planned most of the and shopped better after the experience of the first week. Recipies, hummm there are so many out there but I will be sticking to only one new adventure per week entree wise. Breakfast and lunch remain eggs, protein and salad greens, fruit and nuts/seeds. I am not missing dairy or added fat (butter). 

My heavy leg theory: I feel like my legs are better when I run. I am not dreading it, when I start this last week I have run every mile I planned. Sunday morning when I finshed my 8 I was stunned to see 1:35.03 that is my best by 3 minutes and my previous 8 this year was 1:47 that is HUGE!!!! I have a lot more confidence in my ability to complete Columbus in the goal I set for myself

Mood & Food update coming tomorrow!!

Adventures into the Whole30 Lifestyle

I love healthy foods and I am great at getting on a kick for a while, I see and feel progress and let myself “cheat” but my “cheats” are more than a slice of cake on my birthday or a special dinner out (which never happens); it’s days long of crap in, no wonder why I feel like crap when all I feed myself is garbage.

Food is my best friend and worst enemy. I am certain there are millions of people old and young who have that same relationship with food. It temporarily fixes what I feel or don’t feel . The last few months I have really struggled, I looked at my running record and I should be in the neighborhood of 200-300 miles by this time in the year and I am at less than 150. My weight has been steady but I attribute that to running just enough and balancing the crap just right. But I see it and feel it. I am flabbier than usual and feel physically terrible. Mentally, thank goodness I am thrilled to report I feel better than I have in a very long time and am (CHEER) anti-depressant free!!! My legs have felt heavy and I am so thirsty when I run, despite dropping water on my routes I can’t get enough, then feel sluggish. So I looked into heavy legs and running – ah-ha!!! Dehydration and a mineral deficiency are probable culprits.

How to remedy this?

I have seen countless friends post their self challenge of the Whole30.  There is no gimmick, no group to join (unless you want to), no pills, powders, supplements, shakes . It’s food. Real food, as minimally processed as possible, and NO SUGAR. That is the killer, label nazi is the title to bear. Scouring everything to make sure there is none, no pop, candy, juice-drinks, beer (sadface). Meat, veggies, fruits, healthy oils and portion control. So why not try it. The two people I know closely who have done this have experienced weight loss (already active people who changed their relationship with food), and I noticed their skin – glowing and not in that pregnant glow way. How can I not try this? It’s 30 days.

Day 1 measurements: (7/20/2015)

Hips 42.5″

Arms 15″

Chest 42″

Waist 36.75″

Calf 18.75″

Thigh 25″

Weight 212.6 (this made me way unhappy)

The goal is to detox from sugar, and reestablish healthy eating habits as far as content and portions, the site provides an excellent shopping list which I just printed and added my other items to. Pinterest is full of Whole30 food porn, I have pinned dozens of meals I am eager to try. This first week I am keeping it simple, things I know that I enjoy and are easily prepared. I can only look forward with optimism that this will boost me into a new stage in my relationship with food and one that I can stick to for a long time.

Day One Mood and Food:

MOOD: After the sad scale news I was ok, my attitude positive as I had planned to not let myself fail on this first day. I did have a headache that raged most of the day which I attribute to no caffeine or sugar at all. Exercise wise it was a rest day, but I did do about an hour of yard work. I did sleep rather well, better than I have in a while. So as this experiment goes on we shall see how I feel.


Breakfast 1.5 scrambled eggs, a few slices of steak, asparagus

10 am snack: nectarine

Lunch: was a fail – I had a salad and had purchased a dressing that was within the guidelines and it tasted of bitter water, so I added some cashews and ate what I could.

2 pm snack: 2 oz tuna

Dinner: 5 oz pot roast (very lean) roasted root veggies, roasted in chicken broth, topped with a little black pepper and a pinch of salt, steamed broccoli

Dessert: banana (I was hungry and banana’s give me heartburn but that with water gave me the full feeling I wanted)

Water intake:88 oz + 24 oz seltzer water (I crave bubbles)

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