Getting Ready

Today I ran out to the grocery store to pick up a few items so that I can start my While 30 tomorrow. I have to do a big shopping trip, but haven’t really had time to sit down and meal plan so I’m going at it with 2 days worth of meals planned out and then will go from there. 

I thought about doing a 30 minute walk on the beach as my exercise for tomorrow but after the last 2 days of trekking out to the beach for fireworks my knee is telling me to bug off. So, I’m thinking my treadmill and I will have a 30 minute date or perhaps Leslie Sansone and I will have a date tomorrow. I’m also babysitting for a friend tomorrow so maybe we will go for a little walk around her neighborhood. We shall see. 

Also will be doing some more unpacking. 

Hope you’ve had an amazing 4th of July weekend. 

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Gearing Up

I’ve been awful about my food choices and working out since getting injured in February. I’ve gained all the weight I lost and then some. 

So it’s time to get my butt back on the right track. I’m starting another Whole 30 or perhaps longer on Monday. 

I’m going to get through this weekend and enjoy BBQ’s with friends and maybe have a few adult beverages, but come Monday I’m giving my body the reset I need. 

I’ll be jumping head first into the deep end so to speak on Monday with my diet, following the Whole 30 strictly.  As for the exercise portion of my reset that will be a bit more gradual as I’m not sure what I’ll be able to handle with the knee. I’m planning on doing 30 minutes of low intensity walking. Hello my friend Leslie Sansone, or better yet the beach across the street. Ahhhh yeah I think I’ll take a little stroll along the beach. Although, I’ll have to take that slow as the sand can be a bit much on the legs. 

It’s time though I need to get myself back on track and back to being the healthiest I can be. 

Happy 4th of July weekend enjoy and be safe. 

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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It Starts Now

Today, is the first day of my Whole 30 journey. It wasn’t too difficult today, of course it’s only day 1, I may be crying by day 3.
Some of the challenges, if you want to call them that, I faced today started with breakfast.
According to the plan I am supposed to eat within 30 minutes of getting up. I’ve never been one to get up and eat, I usually eat several hours later. I sucked it up and ate 30 minutes after I got up. I made an omelette of sorts. Since I’m not allowed to have dairy that meant no cheese, and well I’m an omelette lover with cheese lots of cheese. Hmmmm, probably part of the reason why I weigh what I do, but moving on. I used 2 eggs added some spices and fresh spinach. It was pretty good, but again I’d love it even more with cheese.
So really nothing to awful to deal with just something a bit different. I’m thinking that next time I eat that I’ll add some tomato to it.
A big challenge for me today was drinking stuff with no added sweeteners. Yikes I like water but I can only drink so much of it before I want something with a bit more flavor. And, yes I’ve added fruit to it but sometimes it’s just not enough. I brewed green tea last night and let it cool. This morning I took fresh raspberries and mottled them and added it to the pitcher. It’s been pretty good, but of course I’m wishing it was a bit sweeter. I’ll get used to it in time.
Lunch was amazing. I had to change up my dressing choice as I didn’t have all of the ingredients to make the dressing I had planned on eating. Which worked out just fine because I added raspberries to my salad and the new dressing worked out perfectly. I’ve since bought the items needed to make the original dressing.
I attended my Zumba class today, and followed that up with my yoga class. In between the 2 classes I ate a pouch of mixed nuts. Usually I eat a protein bar or have a protein shake after my zumba class, but neither of those things are part of the Whole 30. The mixed nuts were tasty and helped keep the hunger at bay. I would have been eating my arm off by the time my dinner was done without the little snack.
Dinner was also delicious. Although, I’m going to have to make sure that Mondays and Wednesdays I have either leftovers for dinner or something that is super fast to make. Tonight’s took about 25 minutes and when I get home at nearly 8pm that’s just to long to wait. Let’s just say I was starving by the time dinner was ready.
So I’ve decided that along with completely documenting my journey this month I’m taking photos of my food so that you can see what I’m eating.

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I don’t have a picture of the mixed nuts I consumed but it was your typical mixed nuts.
As well as keeping track of things here I’ve created a journal. I went to Office Max and bought a small 3 ring binder, some dividers, and pages to fill it.
In this journal I have a monthly workout calendar, weekly meal plan, shopping lists, and an actual journal where I’ve written down my thoughts and feelings throughout the day. Basically checking in with myself to see where my head is at. I also bought a little journal to travel with me since this binder is a bit big. I take the small journal with me on the go and keep tabs on my feelings and what I’m doing.

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There is my binder so if you want to create something like it you’ve got an idea of what I’m using.
So day 1 is now pretty much behind me and I have to say I survived without too much difficulty. I’m looking forward to day 2.

Whole 30

I’m going to give the Whole 30 program a go. I thought it was a perfect time. The first of the month starts on a Monday, it’s the last month of the year, and well I need something to jumpstart myself back on track. Hopefully, this will kick myself into gear so that I can start next year off right.
The Whole 30 if you haven’t heard about it is a program in which you eat only whole foods for 30 days. Hence the name Whole 30.
The rules of the program are really simple.
1) No dairy
2) No added sugar or artificial sweeteners
3) No alcohol
4) Do not eat grains
5) Do not eat legumes
6) Do not consume carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites
7) Do not try to recreate baked goods, junk foods, or treats with approved ingredients
8) No stepping on the scale or taking measurements the entire 30 days
You get to meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats. There is no counting of calories or measuring out portion sizes. You eat foods with pronounceable ingredients or no ingredients, because you are eating natural and unprocessed foods.
I’m a sugar nut so this is going to be difficult for me but I’m hoping this will help to curb that craving that I have it seems all of the time.
So be prepared the next 30 days will be full of Whole 30 and my journey. But, I want to keep a journal of how I’m feeling and how I’m doing with the program. So the month of December is all about Whole 30.
I’ve made my meal plan for the week and yes when you see it you’ll think you’re eating the same thing over and over again. And, yes it’s true but I’ve found its easier to grocery shop that way and nothing goes to waste, since I’m the only one at home right now. Plus when I take choices out of the equation I deal with what I’ve got.

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Monday thru Thursday

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Friday thru Sunday plus some notes about the plan for the week.
I may make some adjustments once I get to the store tonight and see what produce is available. If things are on sale I may switch things up a bit. I didn’t get the grocery store ads this week and so when I made this menu it was based on what I wanted at the time. However, if things are on sale I’ll be buying them over what’s on my list.
Wednesdays are the day when the new ads come out so I’ll be making weekly menus on Wednesdays based on what produce and meat is on sale.
Wish me luck. Whole 30 here I come.