OMGoodness!!!

First I need to tell you about my dinner last night. It was AHHHHHHMAZING!!!! Yeah it was that good. 


So, all of my dinner was wonderful, but the shrimp I’m loving it and thinking about making it again this week. It’s Paleo coconut shrimp and let me tell you it was simply amazing. 

Things I like about this recipe 

  • Easy to make
  • Fast
  • And oh yeah tastes AWESOME

If you want to give the recipe a try click right here.  Seriously, click the link, you won’t be sorry. 

Along with the shrimp I had fresh green beans and a nice salad. It was a delicious dinner and there are leftovers. Can you guess what I’m having for lunch today. 

And, well dinner was followed up with this 

It is delicious although I’m wondering about the size of this thing. I mean it is HUGE I’m wondering if it’s radioactive or something I mean how else does one grow a strawberry that big. 

Okay, so now let’s talk about my goals for this week. 

Eat clean, healthy meals, and make the best food choices I can. 

Hit the treadmill 5 days this week and increase my speed by a tenth of a mile every day. 

Complete week 2 of Phase 1 of Metabolic Aftershock

Accept that there will be difficult times, but not let them define me. 

Monday: Workout 1 MA & 10 minutes on treadmill with increase speed & Kickball✔️

Tuesday: 20 minute bike ride or Wave & 10 minute treadmill with increase speed✔️

Wednesday: Workout 2 MA & 10 minute treadmill with increase speed✔️

Thursday: 20 minute bike or Pound workout & 10 minute treadmill with increased speed

Friday: Workout 3 of MA & 10 minute treadmill with increase speed ✔️

Saturday & Sunday: Have fun. ✔️

So here it is folks my goals and accountability for the week. It’s writer down and out here for the world to see so now I’ve got to do it. Thank you for taking part in this journey with me and for keeping me accountable. 

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Epic Bars

I have been using TwoGrand for a little while now and absolutely love it. It’s basically Instagram for your food with a weight loss twist. Check out the app if you haven’t it’s been amazing for me. First, in seeing what others are eating, getting new recipe ideas, staying motivated, and learning about new products.
Epic Bars, is one of those new products I learned about through TwoGrand. I won’t eat them, well maybe one day I’ll try the turkey one, but I thought they’d be perfect for my husband. They are gluten free paleo and grass fed. They come in 4 flavors Bison, Beef, Lamb, and Turkey. I bought the 4-pack sampler off Amazon for the husband to try out. I figured if he liked them they were another alternative to beef jerky and also a good post-workout snack for him if he couldn’t make a protein shake. Since he’s getting ready to head back overseas we are starting to get all of his supplies together again. Anyway, the bars are a bit expensive but of course the more you buy the cheaper they become. But, before I bought a case I wanted to make sure they were something he’d eat. He gave them his seal of approval.
Well, thanks to TwoGrand today and somebody’s post I was able to get them from Amazon for $.24 a piece. Yeah they are usually about $2.50 a piece. I was like what!!!!! The price was only on one flavor of the bars but that’s okay we’ll buy the cases of that flavor for that price. I quickly ordered 6 cases and am now waiting for the delivery of the Epic Bars which will be here sometime next week. They were not Prime eligible but who cares for that price. Now, I’m still questioning if I’m actually getting cases or just an individual bar, but the description clearly states case. We shall see when they arrive. Either way the husband will have a few more Epic Bars.

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New Recipes & A New App

In the last 2 days I’ve tried 3 new recipes. Thank you Pinterest. All of the recipes are super easy to make and super tasty.
The first one I’ll just describe for you since it is that easy to make. You need a package of kielbasa, a green pepper, a red or yellow pepper, or another green pepper it really doesn’t matter, an onion, and 2 large potatoes. I used sweet potatoes to keep it Paleo but you can use regular potatoes of you so choose. You cut everything up into chunks and throw it in a heavy skillet with a little olive oil. Cook away. I will say that I cooked the potatoes a bit by themselves before adding everything else since they take more time than the other ingredients. It was what we had for dinner last night. There was plenty of leftovers, which I will be sticking in the freezer for a later date.
Here’s what it looked like:

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The next recipe is amazing. Even being Paleo I can still have Belgian waffles. I made a pumpkin spice Paleo waffle. These are so good. I am actually going to make up a double batch of the batter again tomorrow and freeze them. So another quick breakfast option for when I’m pressed for time.
I mean check this out doesn’t it look just really tasty. I even had some turkey bacon with it.

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If you want to try them, just click right here.
The last recipe is a Paleo clone of Starbucks pumpkin spice scones. I just made these today. Actually I just pulled them out of the oven. I made mine more into cookies since I was to lazy to shape them into scone like shapes. The recipe calls for a glaze, actually 2 glazes a vanilla glaze and than topped with a pumpkin glaze. I opted not to do the glazes but, they are still delicious. I haven’t had a pumpkin scone from Starbucks in years, because of that whole gluten thing, but I can tell you that these are great. I made 2 dozen of them so you guessed it some of them are going in the freezer. And, here you go peeps click right here and get yourself the recipe. Give them a try they are super tasty.
Okay, now in the title I told you about a new app. I just discovered TwoGrand. Have you heard of this app? It’s an app where you take a photo of what you’re eating. It’s uploaded and then everyone can see what you’re eating. I don’t know about you but if everyone in the webisphere, is that a word if not it is now, is going to see what I’m eating I’ll be making better choices. You do a whole profile about your food choices and how you associate with food and they recommend people to follow and of course you can follow whoever you want as well. So, if you’re on TwoGrand my username is AbbyR add me I need some friends on the app since I just started it this morning.
So there you have some recipes and an app.

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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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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I’m In Single Digits Now – Day 21

Today marks 3 weeks of doing the Whole 30, and it also means that I’m in the single digits of days remaining.

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Yeah, check that out! SINGLE DIGITS!!!
Did you think that I’d make it this far, because when I started I wasn’t so sure. However, now I’m loving it and finding every day it easier and easier.
The past 3 weeks have been a learning and growing experience for me. I’ve learned that the sugar, sweet, salty, and just plain junk food I loved I’m not missing nearly as much as I thought I would. Will I give it up forever, probably not, because let’s face it a girl needs chocolate every once in a while. However, I’m no longer going to be eating it like I used to nor will I be eating the processed forms of it. While on Whole 30 there haven’t been desserts or any added sugar of any kind, but once it’s over I’ll be using healthier and less refined sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. I’ve definitely developed a love for this clean and natural way of eating. I really can’t believe how much better I feel, and I’ve only had a few days, less than a handful, where I’ve had moments where I’ve felt hungry. I can honestly say that after eating my meals I’m full until the next meal. I haven’t been snacking like I used to, I have one snack a day on days when I hit the gym. I have either a handful of nuts or a protein ball after my workout or between workouts depending on what workouts I have that day.
I’m definitely moving towards the Paleo diet. I know that there will be times that I won’t be completely Paleo since I’m still missing cheese, and I also really love Mexican food so cheese, sour cream, and corn will happen from time to time. But, a little indulgence from time to time is okay, because if rather allow myself to have it than deny myself and then go on an all out binge. Everything is something that you can eat within moderation and that’s where I’ve been having issues. However, this Whole 30 has taught me a lot and if I can quit all of these things cold turkey for 3 days there is no reason why I can’t continue not to eat them, but only once in a while.
I’ve been looking through my cupboards and seeing that there will be a ton of food that will be going to the food bank because quite frankly I’m not going to be eating the processed crap that it is. I am so glad that I decided to do this Whole 30 because it has definitely changed my perspective on food and what I put in my body.
This morning for breakfast I tried a new recipe. And, it’s a WINNER!!! Sweet Potato Puffs. I love pancakes it may be one of my favorite foods and I’ve even been able to develop a love for gluten free pancakes. Well today I found an even better alternative. Paleo, whole 30 compliant, and more nutritious than gluten free bisquick. I made them like they were silver dollar pancakes, but I’m sure they could be made into full size pancakes although they are a little tricky to flip so the smaller size helps with this issue. I added some cinnamon to them to give them a bit more flavor. I’m sure they would taste amazing with a little drizzle of maple syrup, which I’m sure at some point after my Whole 30 is up I’ll try them that way. Today I just ate them plain with the cinnamon. And, just plain they were fantastic. Super easy to make, and it’s made by using leftovers so even better. You can check out the recipe yourself right here. It’s definitely a keeper in my recipe file.
I’ve started a couple of new Pinterest boards that have to do with this new lifestyle I’m embarking on. And, as I try a recipe I’ve been adding it to my Paleo recipes board. You can check out the board here. There aren’t that many recipes there yet, but I assure you more will find their way there. I have tons of recipes on another board that I haven’t tried yet, and well these ones on this board are only the recipes that I’ve tried and liked. This way they are easy for me to find when I want to make them again. And, well now you can find the recipes I’ve been using easily enough. I’ll be posting links to some of the cookbooks I’ve been using as well with the recipes that I’ve tried. I have several recipes this week that I’ll be making from a couple of new cookbooks I’ve gotten. I can’t wait for Tuesday I will have 3 more books delivered. Yeah, in case you can’t tell this is my new way of life and I’m serious about it.
Lunch was the other half of the sweet potato that was leftover from breakfast, leftover almond crusted tenders and BBQ sauce. Let me tell you homemade BBQ sauce is really easy to make and a 100 times better than anything you buy in the store. I’ll be making my own from now on.
Dinner was ska said from Panera with no cheese or dressing with an apple since I was out finishing up the last of the Christmas shopping.
Happy Sunday everyone and to single digits left on the Whole 30.

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Day 19

Today marks the 19th day of Whole 30. And, well it’s been a jammed packed day already.
I got up early since I was going to try out a new fitness class and needed to eat beforehand.
I got up ate my “muffins” and got myself packed to go to class. Along with packing for class I packed a snack since I was taking 2 fitness classes and also my lunch since I would be running errands after class.
The new class I attended was Piloxing, and holy crow what a workout. It was awesome! It was a workout and than some. I was sweating and pushing hard through the whole workout. I definitely feel my abs already after all of the work we did and I had a serious cardio burn going. I loved it and can’t wait to do it again after the holidays when classes resume.
After the class I had 45 minutes for cooling off, having a snack, and rehydrating before I started my Zumba class.
Zumba class was a lot of fun, although I was definitely tired after the Piloxing class. I’ll get used to doing the double workout after a few weeks of doing this. It’ll just take some time to get used too.
After Zumba it was off to do errands and eat lunch on the go. I had turkey roll ups with lettuce since I’m able to eat them easily while driving and running around. I also had mixed berries, which actually didn’t get eaten until I made it home from running my errands.
I went to Barnes and Noble to check out a couple of books that I was interested in purchasing. I looked them over fell in love with them, but only bought one of them since I was able to get them on Amazon for a lot cheaper. I of course ordered the books on Amazon while I was at Barnes and Noble. Yeah sorry but when I can get them for half of what you’re charging I’ll wait the 2 days for delivery. Of course they are all Paleo cookbooks. I’m totally in love with this way of eating and will be continuing it. I won’t be as strict, because well I miss cheese and will be adding little bits of that in from time to time.
Dinner will consist of the last of my meatballs with zucchini noodles and a baked apple.
I did the grocery shopping for next week and got some yummy ingredients to make some wonderful meals. I love grocery shopping right now as I only go around the outside of the store and stay away from the middle aisles where all of the processed food is. I do go down 2 aisles, the canned aisle to get tomatoes, tomato sauce, and paste, and also the baking/spices aisle to pick up different meals/flours and of course all of the new spices I’m experimenting with. So needless to say grocery shopping is pretty quick and easy and also having an organized list broken up into categories also helps.
My husband will be happy that I’ve decided to go Paleo as he tries to be as Paleo as possible. Well when he’s home he won’t have much of a choice as that will be what I’m making.
Paleo living for me. Thank you Whole 30 for making me realize what I was putting in my body, and most of it wasn’t anything good.
Happy Friday!