Sunday, November 30, 2014

Day 7-one and done

Yippy skippy! We finished our first week! I am so very proud because we didn't cheat at all. I know that doesn't seem like a big thing, but being around/offered food that we can't have every day of the challenge is very hard. I think the hardest part happened tonight at the grocery store. I didn't realize I was hungry until we were walking around, looking at all the "good" food. I usually don't grocery shop on an empty stomach for that reason. But we resisted about bought only Whole 30 approved foods. I'm looking forward to cooking some yummy meals this week.

Leftovers from Saturday night. My sweet Granny made a yummy meal that followed the guidelines of Whole 30. Delicious steak and squash that melts in your mouth!

Watching him eat sweet potato chips. (I realize that might not be a great thing to eat, since one of the main points of doing this challenge is so that you break out of the craving junk food mind set and this is kind of like replacing potato chips)

Ok, if we can do a week, I think that we can do 3 more! (actually less than 3, because we will end our challenge early when we head to Germany)


Day 6

Ok, I definitely thought I posted about our day yesterday, but apparently I did not! There is actually nothing new to report for day 6. I am not as hungry as usual and I think it is taking less for me to get full, so that's something.

I hope y'all had a happy Saturday!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Day 5

Happy Black Friday! We got our cardio in today by doing a little shopping. I felt like a million bucks all day--so not the way I would usually feel after a thanksgiving meal. I had energy from the time I woke up to the time I passed out in the car on the way home, which was pretty late. Also, I am noticing that things that do not have any added sugar, only natural sugar (bananas, pomegranate, pumpkin) are tasting much sweet than they did a few days ago. I was told that this would happen, but I am still in amazement. 

Lunch was colorful and delicious. Leftover turkey (duh), salad, Roma tomatoes and some delicious lemon water. My Grandmommy said "well that looks pretty good, I might could do this too!"! 

We had a bit of a struggle trying to decide what to eat for dinner since we were on the road. It was our first time eating out since starting the Whole 30, and neither of us wanted to mess up. We decided on Applebee's, and we both got a hamburger with no bun and no cheese, and substituted sweet potato fries for regular fries. Probably not the best choice, but we were just trying to follow the basic rules. 

Oh, and sorry this post is approximately 35 minutes late. We just got home from Texas!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Day 4

Happy Thanksgiving! Today was a very difficult day (obviously). So many delicious foods to avoid. But our sweet potato casserole, the turkey, green beans and a veggie tray kept us happy and full! I am figuring out for the first time in my life that you can get full on foods that are good for your body. In the past when I ate healthy, I would never get full because I just didn't feel like that was possible when eating "rabbit food". I'm thankful to have learned that from this challenge so far! Something I noticed today is that Jesse and I were not sluggish and exhausted this afternoon after we ate. Usually after a thanksgiving meal, we would just eat and eat, and then wallow around and feel awful and extremely tired. It's amazing that we actually have much more energy without all of the sugar and carbs!

Good night!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Day 3-A day of temptations

Day 3 has been the hardest so far due to temptations that weren't there the first two days. I work for an incredible organization and they like to spoil us rotten (and fat). Today they provided several trays of chicken minis from Chick fil a and they had a new apple cider Keurig cup and it smelled deliciously wonderful. I resisted all and stayed strong! Jesse was working on a house today and the owner was baking homemade apple cake. The guy was eating it and talking about how wonderful it is with butter melted over it, then offered Jesse some. Poor Jesse! He resisted. And pouted maybe just a little...

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I've prepared two dishes that are Whole 30 approved. Sweet potato casserole (coconut milk, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract, eggs; no sugars and no butter) and crustless  pumpkin pie (organic pumpkin puree, eggs, coconut milk, spices). Hopefully eating these things will help us enjoy the tradition of Thanksgiving dinner without feeling like we are being deprived. After all, this challenge isn't about depriving ourselves or punishing ourselves--it's about eating good, nutrient foods that do good things for our bodies.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hug your loved ones. Put down your phones. Spend time being together. That is all. I will leave you with this...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Day 2

Has it been 30 days yet? Juuust kidding. Today actually went a lot better than expected. I was expecting the first couple of days to be the hardest. I'm sure after about a week or so I will feel more tempted to cheat, but so far I haven't felt that way. I do A LOT better with structure. I can say, "I am going to make an effort to eat well" every couple of weeks, but there is no structure in that. No commitment. Since I committed to doing this, I want to see it through and follow the rules.

We will be heading to Texas on Thursday to spend Thanksgiving with my family, and hopefully we can stay strong and not cheat. We shall see! :)

I started my day off with Body Combat. Working out definitely encourages me to stay on track because I don't want to "lose" all of that hard work. 

For dinner we had leftover soup and a salad with avocado and heirloom tomatoes with a side of asparagus. Yum! And I got full so quickly. 

Have a great night!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge-Day 1

Hello all! Jesse and I decided (I suggested and he begrudgingly agreed to support me because he is awesome) to participate in the Whole30 Challenge, starting today. We talked about it for several days and decided that we could do it. We may have to end the challenge before the 30 days are over (yeah, excuses whatsoever) because we will be going to Germany to spend Christmas with some of our good friends. Hopefully we will be able to stay on track until Christmas Eve (YAY CHRISTMAS!). I'm not even going to lie... it is going to be incredibly difficult to do that. Especially since Thanksgiving is a few days away, followed by many Christmas festivities at work. But if not now then when? And I don't want to start on January 1st. That is just too cliche. I have been encouraged by several other people who have completed this challenge, and after hearing about their results I decided to give it a go. The main reason we decided to do this is so that we will simply feel better. I also want to be healthier physically and I want my acne that I've had since I was, like..12, to go away! Do you know the effect that all the bread and sugar has on your body and your brain?? I don't. Because that's what I've been eating..forever. So this is a chance for us to see how all of this processed garbage has been affecting us. If you want to learn more about this challenge you can go here.

                                                 Here is a simplified version of the rules:

So the big thing here is no bread. No sugar (meaning no sugar added to anything in any way). And obviously no processed food, which we honestly try to do without anyway. Another big rule is that you can only weigh on the first and last day of the challenge. That is going to be hard for me because I focus so much on the number on the scale. But since that is not the main reason we are doing this challenge, hopefully I won't feel the need to weigh in. 

So the reason for this post is accountability. I am using this blog as a tool to help me stay on track. I am going to (try to) post everyday about what I ate, how I felt, how much I wanted to cry, etc..I am only putting this on my blog, not Facebook..because I am sure that people on FB have no desire to read about this. For all you poor, sweet souls (all 2 of you) who get my blog updates..I'm sorry. I'm going to be annoying for the next few weeks. I will also share pictures of my food sometimes and recipes if I used one. 

Stocked up on all of the necessary supplies. I was surprised and pleased to see that Super One and Fiesta Nutrition had almost everything that I needed. The main thing I am limited to at the grocery store is the meat selection. I am trying to get free range, cage free, grass fed..all that, meat. Fiesta had a decent selection, but it was a little pricey. I've heard that WalMart has an ok selection, but we don't shop at WalMart because we choose to support local businesses. If anyone has ideas on the meat situation, I am open to suggestions. 

Just a pretty little salad. I made some yummy dressing to go with it:

2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs EVOO (coconut oil would have been better)
1 tsp balsamic vinaigrette 
salt & pepper

yummy tomatoes freshly picked from our front porch garden!

Healthy Zuppa Toscana Soup

Here is the recipe for that. I did not add the potatoes or coconut milk (only because I forgot that we had coconut milk). It was surprisingly yummy. 

So Day 1 is off to a great start! I can almost guarantee that I will be whining in just a few days. Or in the morning. But we will see. Any encouragement is welcome!

Oh, and happy Monday! My Mondays truly are happy now that I work at Wraparound. I used to dread Mondays in a big kind of way. I am thankful.

Have a happy week!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Half-Marathon Wisdom (or something like that)

What I learned from my first Half-Marathon:

I did it! I set a goal that seemed far-fetched (to me), I worked towards that goal and then I accomplished it! Saturday November 1st,  I ran my first half-marathon. I know several people who have done half-marathons, and it seemed like an attainable goal. So in May (I think), I enlisted the support of one of my best friends, Nikki. She graciously (and hesitantly) agreed to join the madness and train for this half-marathon with me. We live several hours apart, so we never got to literally train together, but we were training together in spirit :)

We headed to New Orleans the day before the race so that we would have plenty of time to settle in and prep for the race. My Aunt Margaret was gracious enough to let us stay at her house, even though she was out of town visiting her newest grand-baby. I sure missed getting to visit with her while we were there! Lucky for us (*please note the sarcasm), the morning of the race was one of the coldest (and windiest) mornings New Orleans had seen in a while. I tried to keep a positive attitude about it and remind myself that the cold is so much better than extreme heat + humidity. So the race came and went and I learned several valuable things that I would like to share:

Do you see us? We were cheesin' and totally not taking things seriously. I love it!

1. Shake it off! The first lesson I learned in the whole process is something that Taylor Swift taught me: the haters are going to hate, hate, hate, but you have to shake it off. This may not be a struggle for anyone else, but I had to realize that what other people thought of me choosing to do this half-marathon did not matter! I had over a handful of people gawk at me in disbelief upon learning that I would be participating in the Jazz Half-Marathon. A little constructive criticism--don't do that! Aside from the fact that it is rude, it's also very discouraging. While I may not be a size 2, that doesn't mean that I am somehow incapable of reaching my goals. If you have a goal in mind, go for it! Don't let the odds get you down.

2. Set a goal and work towards it! What is something that you see your best self doing that you would like to do? What's stopping you? If you are able, then do it! (I feel like in a lot of ways this is the pot calling the kettle black, but I'm working on it.) Set your goal, have an end date in mind and then work towards that goal. I definitely could have trained better than I did, but I am still glad that I accomplished my goal.

3. Plan for the unexpected. I think that this applies to life in general, but it definitely applies to my half-marathon experience. Something that I wasn't expecting--the way the roads slant to the right to (duh) allow for water drainage. I didn't realize how that would affect my run. It wasn't a huge issue, but something that gradually slowed me down, causing my toes on my right foot to blister/causing cramps in my right foot. I don't know that I could have prevented this, but I tried to keep a good attitude and not let it get me down.

4. 13.1 miles hurts! Obviously I was going to be sore after the race, I didn't question that. What I was not expecting was the pain around mile 9 or 10. I let the pain slow me down considerably, but I didn't let it stop me. The struggle made the victory even sweeter!

5. Enjoy the aforementioned sweetness of your victory! Celebrate the fact that you accomplished your goal. No matter why you decided to embark on this journey, you accomplished something that once seemed impossible!

My favorite part of the race was when I was crossing the finish line. Not just because the race was over, but because I saw my sweet husband (who has been a constant support throughout this journey) with a big grin on his face, cheering me on from the side lines. I headed straight towards him and then heard several people behind me saying, "ma'am, don't you want your medal?". How silly, I forgot all about the shiny medal I'd worked so hard for ;)

See the men pointing? Apparently you're supposed to go for the medal when you finish..

I couldn't have done it without this girl! So thankful that she stayed with me the whole time, even though I wasn't quite up to her speed. What a great friend! 

I'm proud of my accomplishment and I encourage you to set a goal, too. What are some things that you have learned from a race (or other accomplishments)? I'd love to hear your thoughts!