Getting Ready For 2015

Tonight we will all say farewell to 2014 and welcome 2015.
I feel that I’ve ended 2014 on the best note I can when it comes to taking action about my health. I’ve completed my first Whole 30 and the results have been amazing. I got on the scale today for the first time in 30 days and was ecstatic to see that I had lost 25.6 pounds. And, once I took out the measuring tape my smile grew even wider as I have lost 15.25 inches.
Add those results in with what I’ve learned and how I feel I can honestly say that I’ve ended 2014 on the best note possible.
I can’t wait to bring in 2015. I know that this year is my year, and it’s the year that I’m going to stick with this, I’m going to keep going, and I’m going to reach my goals. I’ve got the tools and I know how to use them, and I will be.
2015 I can’t wait to see all of the changes I make for a fitter and healthier me.

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Wishing all of you a safe and happy New Year! See you next year.

Whole 30 – Day 30

Today’s the day, the last day of my first ever Whole 30. I’m extremely excited about this and super proud of myself. It’s been a real eye opener and I am so glad that I did this.
I’ve learned so much about myself over the last 30 days, and have learned so many new things about the way I think about food. I can honestly say that my life has changed. I’ve come to realize that I have control over food and that all of the things I thought I was craving and really loved, which was pretty much all junk, I don’t really miss. Yes, it’ll be nice to indulge in a sweet treat every once in a while, but I don’t want it every day. I really haven’t craved any of it in quite some time.
I can’t even begin to tell you the way I feel. I mean I feel like a completely new person physically, mentally, and emotionally. This journey has been amazing. It was difficult at times when going out with friends and not being able to order the big plate of enchiladas or French fries or whatever it may have been, but I had made a choice and a commitment to myself to do this and nothing was going to stop me.
As every day went on I found it easier and easier to make healthier food choices, there were times I didn’t even need to consciously think about it, I just knew what the best options for me were. Every day that passed I thought about sweet treats less and less. Junk food not even something I think about anymore. Those aisles in the grocery store I don’t even look at anymore. It’s as if they don’t exist.
When I grocery shop now I stay along the outside of the store and go down 2 maybe 3 aisles. I go down the canned vegetable aisle to pick up tomatoes, tomato paste, and sauce. The baking aisle to pick up nut flours/meals and spices. Finally the aisle with water because I will get sparkling mineral water just so I can have a little something different besides plain water all of the time.
Grocery shopping is also a lot easier because I go in with a list of exactly what I need, I grab these items and I’m on my way. I have a plan and so there is no absently wandering the aisles looking for something that might taste good for dinner. I have my list and my menu for the upcoming week all planned out.
I make a menu for the upcoming week so that I can hit the grocery store once and be done with it. Plus I know what I’m eating all week and don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat at the last second. I already know it’s planned the ingredients are in the house. So there is no reason to pick a less healthy meal because I don’t know what to eat. No more just ordering takeout because I don’t have an ingredient to make something. Yes, this does require some prior planning, but really it’s maybe 30-45 minutes of my time. In the grand scheme of things that’s not that much time. And, in this time I’ve looked through the sale fliers for the grocery stores, decided what the menu for the week will be, and made my shopping list. So 45 minutes at most for that not really much time at all.
I’ve made the decision to do a Whole 30, and now I have. And, I can say this that I will continue to be staying pretty close to Whole 30. I won’t be as strict as Whole 30 is all of the time, because yes every once in a while I’d like a piece of cheese or some FroYo or maybe some other sweet treat, but I’m going to stay as close to Whole 30 as I can. There is a philosophy of 80/20 which is eat whole healthy food/Paleo 80% of the time and 20% of the time it’s okay to stray a bit. I definitely think that this is something I can live with. I also know that if I feel myself getting way off track, I’ll be starting another Whole 30 to get myself back in shape, and mindful of what I’m eating.
Like I said this experience has been a real eye opener and one that I am so glad I did. My life is definitely changing because of it.
Things that helped me with my Whole 30 was keeping a journal. Now, I blog here every day, which definitely kept me accountable, but I also created a whole binder that I will be continuing for quite a while. In this binder I have several sections. First section is a monthly calendar where all of my exercise was written down, or I should say all of my fitness classes that were scheduled.

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This is what my fitness schedule for December looked liked. As you can see I made some notes about the month as well. I’ve already filled in my calendar for January.
The next part of the binder is my weekly progress/reward chart. I bought some metallic star stickers and created a key, where each colored star means something, and every day that those things were done earned stars. I also gave myself a sticker for the entire week based on how well I did on my daily goals. Daily goals included doing all scheduled exercise/fitness classes, following the meal plan, drinking enough water, writing in my journal, and getting 10,000 steps in a day or adding an extra workout.

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This is one of my week’s daily goals met.
The next section in the binder contains my meal plan. I write out a menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the entire week. Also found in this section is a folder pocket with recipes that I’ve used from Pinterest, so this way I don’t have to try to find them on my board or keep turning my iPad or iPhone back on after it goes to sleep from not being touched. Plus, I won’t cry if something gets spilt on an index card my phone or iPad is a bit of a different story.

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The next section is my shopping list. I write down all of the meals I plan on making and then go through their ingredients and compile my shopping list. After I’ve written it all down I then put it into my phone. I have the ShopList app, which is awesome. You put in the item you need how much of the item and it’s all broken up by produce, dairy, meat, canned items, baking, and etc. It makes it real easy to cruise through your shopping list when it’s all organized. When I write it down in my binder it’s all arranged by the meal that I’m making so stuff is scattered everywhere but once it’s in my phone it’s all organized plus I always have my phone with me and I have a huge tendency to forget the list at home when it’s on paper.
The last section of the binder is my journal. And, well it’s a lot of what you’ve been reading here if you’ve been following me over the last 30 days and some other random thoughts that may or may not make into the blog. But, I’ve found that writing that journal post throughout the day helps keep me focused and in the present.
I will be continuing with my binder and journaling because it really has helped keep me organized, accountable, and on track. Plus everything is in one place.
Now, let’s talk about kitchen things that helped with the Whole 30. First a food processor. I used mine constantly. A spiralizer, it cuts the veggies into noodles. Love this gadget. Veggie noodles are a new favorite of mine. A cast iron skillet. Great for making well pretty much anything. An immersion blender, for purée needs. A regular blender works well to I just am lazy and would rather not have to transfer things to the blender and than back if I don’t have too. I also am a fan of my air fryer but that’s not a must. A good set of knives and cutting board. I knew it was time for my husband to come home since all of my knives are getting pretty dull. He needs to sharpen them for me now that he’s home. These items were my go to tools these past 30 days and will continue to be with my new outlook on food.
So, if you have ever thought about doing a Whole 30, I will tell you do it you will be amazed at the changes you feel and see in yourself. If you have any questions, need advice, or encouragement please feel free to ask. I will gladly help you in anyway that I can. This has been an amazing experience for me.
And, here’s one last picture of food. Turkey meatloaf with mashed sweet potato.

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Day 29

29 days down. It’s crazy.
Now that the husband home breakfast consisted of making 2 different breakfasts. Bacon and eggs for the husband, and 3-ingredient pancakes for me.
We spent the morning out doing some errands and running around. We came home for some lunch, which again 2 different meals. A turkey and cheese sandwich on gluten-free bread for the hubby. He tries to be for the most part Paleo when he eats but can have gluten containing food. However, there is no gluten bread in this house since one he’s been gone for 2 months, two he doesn’t eat enough bread to warrant buying a loaf, and three I have tons of gluten-free bread in the freezer since I can not eat gluten at all. My lunch was a salad with pineapple, grilled chicken, and BBQ sauce. Yeah, may seem like a weird combination but it was so good. I kind of got the idea from California Pizza Kitchen and one of their pizzas. They have a pizza with chicken, pineapple, red onions, and BBQ sauce on it and I loved it. Or at least they did at one time not sure if they still do or not. But anyway, the combination was great. And it was super tasty.
Dinner again was supposed to be 2 different meals. I’m making meatloaf, mashed sweet potatoes, and baked apples. However, I’m making turkey meatloaf for myself and a beef meatloaf for the husband. Ughhhhh I may get tired of having him home sooner than I thought with all of these double meals I am having to make. He won’t eat turkey meatloaf although, he probably wouldn’t know the difference if nothing was said about it. Okay, he would but he’d have no choice but to eat it or starve. It’s a good thing I love him. It really doesn’t take that long to whip up 2 separate meatloafs so whatever. But, my dear man you will be eating turkey and chicken a lot because not every meal I make will be 2 different things. Because, well that will just get exhausting and way too time consuming.
However, with life especially when your husband has been overseas for 2 months friends want to see the man. So, the meatloafs are all ready to be cooked they are just chilling in the fridge. As we are heading out to meet friends for dinner. I’ll make the meatloafs once we get home and the husband can have it for lunch tomorrow and it will be my dinner tomorrow since the husband will be going to see some WWE tomorrow night with friends. Definitely going to need to be a bit flexible the next week with the menu. Luckily only tomorrow left of Whole 30 and then I won’t need to be as strict, or should I say as cautious and attentive to how every thing is cooked and prepared.
I definitely want to continue to eat as little processed food and crap as possible. Will I be completely Paleo, no because there will be times when I want Mexican food or pizza or FroYo. However, after this experience I definitely know I will stick to the 80/20 way of eating. And, it won’t be that difficult after this.
Anyway, hope your enjoying your enjoying your Monday.

Only 2 Days Left

It’s day 28. Which means I only have 2 days left of this Whole 30. What!!!! Where the heck has the time gone? I can’t believe that in 2 short days I will have done 30 days of Whole 30.
Today, I had a huge success. Actually 2 successes. First, was at breakfast. My husband flew in this morning from overseas. So, he of course was starving. We headed over to a restaurant for some breakfast. After looking over the menu I decided on a fresh fruit plate, which consisted of strawberries, pineapple, banana, and grapes, and a side of turkey sausage. There were eggs and on letters of course on the menu but not knowing how they were cooked or with what I decided to go with the fruit and sausage. And, first have to tell you I loved this turkey breakfast sausage. So yeah, I’ll be trying other brands because the stuff I have here at the house still not crazy about. And, second I didn’t finish all of the fruit because well there was a ton of it, and I didn’t need to eat all of it and also I was able to stop when I felt like I was getting full. I usually never do that, so this was a great thing. Whole 30 has definitely taught me a lot about what I eat, why I eat, and how food makes me feel. So breakfast this morning was a major success.
The second success came this afternoon. The husband and I went grocery shopping to pick up food for our New Years Day Party and after getting home he decided he was going to eat a Swiss chocolate bar he had brought home for overseas. Let’s just say that there is a lot of Swiss chocolate in my house right now. So as he was eating it I told him he could eat all he wanted but just not in front of me. He promptly left the room and ate his chocolate. I was impressed with myself in that I didn’t even really want it, I wasn’t craving it at all, of course as I’m writing about this I’m thinking about chocolate but it’ll pass. So, this girl who was a total sugar/junk food junkie was able to not care that there was an open chocolate bar in the vicinity or that there is tons of chocolate sitting in the house. I’m not sure if it’s my willpower that has gotten better or after 28 days of Whole 30 sugar doesn’t have the hold it used to have on me. Either way it was a SUCCESS!!!
We finished the night off with dinner at Ruby Tuesdays where I had salad bar. Just lots of veggies, lettuce, broccoli, cucumber, squash, and tomato. I followed that up with a plain turkey burger and roasted spaghetti squash. I didn’t even term, ok well not too much anyway for one of my husband’s French fries. It actually wasn’t even something that I really wanted.
Whole 30 has definitely changed my outlook on food. And, after this challenge is over I’ll be reflecting on it all and organizing all of my thoughts and feelings on it in a more coherent manner than the ramblings you’ve been getting over the past 28 days. But, hey thanks for sticking with me through this journey and 2 days left.

27 Days And Eating Leftovers

Today marks 27 days of being Whole 30, and in less than 24 hours the husband will be home. Yayyyyy!!!!
With the impending arrival of the husband I’m trying to finish up all of the leftovers in my fridge. Since this week’s menu was a bit over-filled. I sort of forgot last week when I made the meal plan for the week that there were several days where I wouldn’t be home to eat as I was partaking in holiday festivities.
Of course with whole, clean eating your food goes bad, it doesn’t have the shelf life of all the prepackaged crap that I’ve eaten in the past. So, I’ve made everything I had planned on making this week but the leftovers are a bit more than I had planned. And, the items I made this week I’m just not sure how well they’d freeze. So, eat them I am.
Breakfast, was sweet potato puffs, since I had half of one still sitting in the fridge that needed to be eaten.
Lunch was the last of the Italian sausage and eggplant strata. I’m glad I only made a half batch of that because wow there would of been way too much if I had made the full recipe. Although, this I think would freeze fine. It is delicious and a way healthier alternative to eggplant parm. And, well I’ve frozen eggplant parm before with no problems, this would actually freeze better since the sauce on it is not thin or very liquid at all. The sauce consisted mostly of chopped tomatoes, spices, and then an egg to help thicken it up. I may have to make it again while the husband is home but with zucchini instead since he is not a fan of eggplant. I also had some more of the pizza veggies I had made last night.
Now, let me tell you about turkey pepperoni. The pizza veggie recipe called for pepperoni, so I opted to try some turkey pepperoni. Holy Crow! I love it! It’s dangerous having that stuff in my house, because I definitely could go sit down and the entire thing in one sitting. I’m not, because well one thing that has definitely happened with this Whole 30 is I realized I really do have willpower over food, and I’m more conscious of what and how much I am eating. I will be adding pepperoni to my salads and maybe even my turkey roll ups to finish off the leftovers. Lunch was finished off with pineapple since I still have a bit of that leftover to finish off as well.
Dinner was the piña colada chicken which I poured over the last of the head of cauliflower I had. I could of riced the cauliflower but well let’s just be honest I was too lazy for that. I added some more pineapple to it.
Only a little bit of leftovers are left which will be tomorrow’s lunch and then it’s onto new meals for the husband and I.
And, here’s the photo of my food. Don’t mind the fact that my lunch is served in a baking dish, it was just that the last of the strata was in it and I figured what’s the point of dirtying up a plate when this is already dirty and needs to be cleaned. Plus it all fit so nicely.

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26 Down, 4 To Go

The 26th day of the Whole 30. It’s been a good day. However, I’m finding this week to be going slow. And, I know it’s because I’m almost done. I have 4 days left and I’m getting a bit antsy. It doesn’t help that there was the holiday mixed in here and I’ve been planning the New Years Day Party we are having here. And, the food I’ll be making is Paleo, however not all of it is Whole 30 compliant. Since I will be done with my Whole 30 that’s ok. Although, I’m definitely going to be sticking close to the principles of it. And, I’m sure I’ll be doing another Whole 30 in a few months.
This morning for breakfast I made my 3 ingredient pancakes, egg, banana, and cinnamon.
Lunch I used some more of my homemade BBQ sauce with sliced deli turkey and dumped it over my salad. I finished off the meal with clementines.
For dinner tonight I had some leftover Italian sausage and eggplant strata with pizza veggies. The pizza veggies are delicious, however I used a lot of veggies and should of doubled up the sauce. It was still really good, but a little more sauce on them would of been phenomenal. This is another recipe from the Well Fed cookbook series. The meal was finished off with some applesauce, unsweetened of course. As in the only ingredients in my applesauce is organic apples.
I went and did the majority of the grocery shopping I had to do. There are a few items I need to pick up for the week but mostly the party. I’ll do that in a few days.
I finished the office today, which that project was huge. Holy crow did my husband make a mess in there. Hopefully, I’ve got it organized enough for him and have created a organized ease of use office that it will stay that way. Although, somehow I feel after 2 days of him being home it’ll be trashed again.
Oh well what are you going to do.
Here’s a picture of the yummy food for the day.

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Merry Christmas

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Hope you’re spending time with family, friends, and loved ones.
I’m enjoying a cup of tea with some sweet potato puffs, curled up on the couch watching 24 hours of A Christmas Story, while the dogs decide what to do with their bones Santa brought.

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It’ll be a nice quite day here, with eating leftovers and calling friends and family to wish them all a Merry Christmas.
Enjoy your holiday.

Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve and Day 24 of Whole 30.
I’m spending the evening with friends having a nice dinner.
I made 2 side dishes for the dinner so that I would have food that I knew was whole 30. I made a butternut squash, apple, cranberry bake that smells wonderful. The recipe did call for maple syrup but I just left that out so the recipe would be whole 30. You can check out the recipe here. It’s a super simple and easy recipe to make. Although, can I tell you how much I hate peeling butternut squash. That’s a bit of a chore, but I made quick work of it. But seriously that was the longest part of making this dish, well the part that took the most work from me.
I also made an Italian Sausage and Eggplant Strata. This recipe has lots of steps is a little time consuming but the finished product is well worth it. This recipe was taken from the Well Fed cookbook series. So far this series is 2 for 2 on recipes that I’ve tried and loved. If you’re looking for a good cookbook you might want to check these 2 out.
Breakfast, well more like brunch was my 3 ingredient pancakes. Although, they came out more as a scramble since I’m still getting used to cooking with ghee and didn’t quite use enough to coat the bottom of the pan. But, they were still tasty and satisfying.
I had a snack late this afternoon to tide me over until dinner. My snack consisted of some turkey slices and pineapple.
It’s been a great Christmas Eve so far, and I’m looking forward to watching 24 hours of A Christmas Story.
Hope your enjoying the day with your loved ones.

Day 22

22 days and I’m now planning a New Years Day party. I got another amazing cookbook called Paleo Happy Hour

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And, well I’m loving the recipes in it I had a hard time narrowing down which recipes to make. However I’ve picked 7 recipes to make. The recipes I picked are great since there is a little something for everyone. I am even going to try my hand at making a few Paleo treats.
Needless to say I’m creating the shopping list for the party, and on Wednesday I’ll be making my shopping list for the rest of the week. Plus the husband will be home on Sunday from being out of the country for the past couple of months, so I’ve got make a menu of stuff that he’ll eat. Which is all meat but some veggies he’s not to fond of like broccoli and cauliflower, which are 2 veggies I love.
Today’s breakfast was 3 ingredient pancakes. Super simple to make, 1 banana, 2 eggs, and some cinnamon. Mash/mix it all together and pour batter into a skillet. Cook just like any other pancake. After Whole 30 is over I may add a touch of maple syrup over them. Although, the banana makes it pretty sweet and it doesn’t really need syrup. But, seriously quick, easy, tasty breakfast you should try especially if your missing those breakfast foods.
Lunch was salad with bbq chicken and clementines.
For dinner I was going to try out a new recipe. Piña colada chicken. It consists of some coconut milk, pineapple, and jerk seasoning. However, I was meeting friends and running late so I ate leftover fritters and will make this tomorrow night. I found the recipe in another one of the cookbooks I’ve recently purchased.

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I have both Well Fed cookbooks. And, I believe this recipe is from Well Fed 2. I plan on trying a couple more recipes from these 2 cookbooks this week. I’ll let you know how they come out.
I skipped yoga and Zumba class today because I was going to the holiday lights on the boardwalk down on the oceanfront. I however, did an hour Zumba YouTube video, which you can check out here, followed by an hour yoga YouTube video, which you can check out by clicking here. So, I didn’t attend class, but still did the workouts.
I also did some more organizing, rearranging, cleaning of the house.
It’s been a productive day.
Tomorrow will mark 1 week left of Whole 30, craziness.

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