Whole30 Recap

Phew….! 30 days you guys, 30 days of no sugar (HUGE for me), 30 days with no dairy, 30 days with no wheat/grains, 30 days no alcohol (WINE!) and it was amazing…no really!

When I first began the Whole30 journey I was really skeptical and nervous for cutting out so many different types of food out of my diet. I wasn’t sure how my body would react, well let’s be honest, I was more nervous about how my mind would react to not having my favorite comfort foods.

I truly love LOVE my coffee each morning (and sometimes afternoon), I would have a packet of stevia and 2 tablespoons of Simple Natural Salted Caramel creamer, so I obviously like my coffee pretty sweet. Whole30 coffee is either black or you can add some coconut cream, coconut oil or some almond milk (unsweetened) in it. So each morning I would do a tablespoon of coconut cream, a teaspoon of coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon, I would say my coffee was something I struggled with the first two weeks.

Breakfast was usually eggs, bacon or sausage, and avocado; chia pudding; or an apple with cashew butter.

Lunch was either dinner leftovers from the night before or salad.

The snack I had daily was either a Larabar or some fruit topped with cashew butter and coconut chips.

Dinner varied, think of any combination of protein and veggie and I’m sure we had it.

It definitely took a lot of planning, meal prep, and self control to make it through the 30 days. Full disclosure-I had 1 drink with friends at dinner one night and that was truly the only cheat I had.

Results

  • I lost a lot of inches, I really wish I would have taken measurements to know the exact number but my pants are falling off.
  • My energy levels during workouts are ridiculous, although I didn’t notice a big energy surge outside my workouts (like during normal day to day activity)
  • I lost 11 pounds, 11!
  • One of the biggest things is I no longer have headaches. I used to get headaches DAILY, popped Advil DAILY. Not anymore, it’s amazing.
  • I sleep like a rock, I fall asleep when my head hits the pillow and I wake up in the morning. No tossing and turning, no troubles sleeping.
  • My face is clearer.

I think I had my post Whole30 day planned out by the end of week 1. I indulged in Mexican food, and ice cream and I felt like total crap after that meal. The next morning I got a Starbucks coffee and scone and I couldn’t even drink my coffee-it was too sweet! After the little bit of coffee and scone I had a horrible headache and was super nauseous.

Going forward, my plan is to eat Whole30ish, I’m still kinda figuring out what that looks like but I know it will include coffee creamer and wine plus an occasional treat.

Tell me….

Have you done Whole30? Would you?

 

 

Photo Dump (Life Lately)…

It’s Friday! This morning we are waking up to a blanket of snow and it will continue snowing through the day. I’m trying to soak it up instead of crave the warm weather from last week, it is still technically winter after all. Today I just wanted to do an update on life lately…

IMG_2481 IMG_2490I recently joined MOP’s (Mothers Of Preschoolers) and am really loving it. We meet twice a month and from 9:30-11:30-we have breakfast together, share a message, and usually have a craft time. It’s a really great time of refreshment and community, having a group of women in the same phase of motherhood is really refreshing. Charlotte really loves the kids church she goes to while I’m with the mom’s and she also really loves (obviously) the playground outside when we are all finished. I have a serious daredevil on my hands, maybe she will be the next American Ninja Warrior  😉

IMG_2507When Brent was traveling last week Charlotte and I decided to have a date night. We went to Panera for dinner and then walked over to this most adorable cupcake shop for dessert. As you can see from the picture they have these really cute swings for the kids to sit in, and it’s decorated so cute.

Cherry Limeaid cupcake cupcakes

Yeah, their cupcakes are so so good. And really cute! *Side-note* I’m 5 days into Whole30 and these cupcake pictures are killing me….ugh!

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So my “baby” is learning to ride a bike. These pictures make her look SO big, it kills me. She really loves riding downhill and won’t put the brakes on no matter how many times we tell her to because “it’s fun to go fast! yikes. At least we both get a good workout chasing her down the road making sure she stops at the end of the street, ha!

IMG_2571Charlotte also started swim lessons this week. She LOVES them! Loves the water and had a really hard time getting out when the lesson was over…..hence the below picture.

IMG_2573Having to get out of the pool is the worst…..

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We got Charlotte some new dress-up clothes and she is loving them. She has named herself “Princess Allie Oat” haha! No idea where that name came from.

IMG_2626After a week of not having my ring (it was getting resized and some other work done) I was so happy to get it back on Wednesday! I texted this picture to my husband telling him I was married woman again 😉 PS. I’m fixing my chipped nail polish today.

IMG_2580I haven’t taken many pictures of my Whole30 food because honestly it isn’t very photogenic, especially my chia pudding….However, today is day 5 and I’m feeling great! I feel like I have more energy, I’m sleeping better, and my skin looks better. I’m not going to sugar coat it though and say it has been cake (yum cake…..) but I have my moments that it isn’t hard and moments I want to eat all the carbs. I think the thing I’m having the hardest time adjusting to is my coffee, I usually put stevia and some natural coffee creamer in my coffee, I can’t have either. I’ve been using coconut cream but it just isn’t the same…sigh…Also, it’s Friday and I always have a glass of wine on Friday but not today, plus it’s snowy out and it makes me want to eat all the carbs. So today, I’m dreaming of grilled cheese, mac and cheese and wine, but won’t be having any.

Eat anything super yummy lately that you would like to share so I can live vicariously through you? 😉 I’m a tad dramatic….

 

What Does Health Look Like To You?

I think the word “health” brings up numerous thoughts and ideas both positive and negative for most people. When you think about being healthy, what does that look like to you? Do you picture a certain weight or size? Do you have an athletic achievement or ability in mind? Is it all about your body or do you encompass mental, emotional and spiritual health into the whole picture?

I don’t necessarily have the answer but I can say that I have been on a “whole person” journey of health the past few months. I have always been a physically fit person, I’ve enjoyed working out and eating healthy (though I do have a sweet tooth). However, recently I wanted to really focus on my whole self in reference to being “healthy”. I think a good question we should ask ourselves is “how am I doing?” and be bold enough to be brutally honest. One thing that I know to be true, it’s easier to make excuses than it is to make changes. However, in order to be the healthiest-mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually-we are at times required to make some changes and some sacrifices.

The first piece is that of being healthy in your physical body. I know everyone has heard the eat better and move more campaign but it’s really true. The food that goes into your body should be fuel to sustain you more often and treats for fun less often. Sugar is my downfall, can anyone else relate? Mostly I feel this is a vicious cycle for me, I eat sugar because I’m feeling tired and run down but the sugar then makes me feel more tired and run down, then repeat…ugh! Not reaching for the easiest fix for the energy crisis will eventually be the solution to my problem but doing it is a whole other matter. Sleep is another huge component of physical health. When we sleep our body restores and heals itself. Not getting enough sleep negatively affects your immune system, memory, and metabolism.

RESOLUTION

If I’m brutally honest, I reached a place in my life that I didn’t like what I saw. I was snappy, crabby, tired, and quick to anger. I did NOT like heading in that direction so I decided to make some changes. Health to me is a whole picture including my mental and spiritual beings that were indeed lacking and it was showing from my actions.

All that to say, my husband and I started the Whole30 challenge yesterday. Those of you unfamiliar with Whole30 it essential says “no” to sugar, grains, dairy and legumes but yes to meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Essentially foods that are “whole” and in their natural form. I am a sucker for sugar and need to kick my addiction, I’m looking forward to this challenge but I’m also nervous. This will by far be the most clean I will have eaten for this long, maybe some of you think 30 days isn’t very long, maybe some of you think 30 days is nothing. To me, it’s long enough to be a challenge but still totally doable. I’ll be checking in periodically about our progress through the program and things that I’ve learned about my body and nutrition.

To add to this food challenge, I also started half marathon training yesterday as well, ha! I’m obviously a glutton for punishment, but I’m super excited to be training for a race again. The race is June 25th and I’m really hoping to beat my previous PR which is 2:06, which is about a 9:30 steady pace. If I could get my pace down to an average 9:10 pace I could bust the 2 hour mark (which is my ultimate goal), we shall see!!

Getting back to what it looks like for me to be healthy is the journey I am on, mentally/physically/emotionally/spiritually.

What does health look like to you?