Category: Whole 30

Whole 30 Update- day 30(ish)

Tuesday was the last day of Whole 30!

If nothing else, I knew I would be so proud that I stuck with this for 30 days.IMG_4450

So, here are my results:

  • Clearer, glowy-er skin.
  • Less bloat.
  • Better sleep
  • No longer craving sugar or coke
  • No pain. Sometimes I get restless leg type symptoms and I had ZERO of this.
  • More confidence in my cooking. I’m a decent cook and like to cook at times, but I wasn’t super confident in it. Now that I’ve spent 30 days cooking nonstop and doing brand new dishes I feel so proud of my cooking skills.
  • This is a weird one- but I didn’t have as much hair fall out. Usually when I shower I get several handfuls of hair to fall out and on whole 30 this went way down.
  • LOST 22 POUNDS. Y’all. I just can’t even. I am still in such shock.

Before and After pictures of just my face- the “after” is with no makeup other than mascara (because I am naked without it):IMG_4628

I am still having a hard time believing the difference in my face.

Now. Let me put this in a disclaimer- I lost 22 lbs because I have weight to lose and sugar was such a staple in my every day eating. So was dairy. So this was a significant change for me.

I am now in the re-entry stage and the only thing I’ve eaten off w30 is gluten (had a hamburger on day 31) and well, I have felt terrible. My leg/back pain is back and I spent the last few nights awake with it. NOT FUN. So looks like gluten free is what I need to do.

So, to give you an overall review of Whole 30- DO IT. Seriously, just do it. I’ve had so many people tell me they could never do it and HELLO if I can do it YOU CAN CERTAINLY DO IT. Not even kidding about that. The first week was tough and there were days here and there that I thought JUST LET ME MURDER A PIZZA REAL QUICK but I am so glad I did this and stuck with it. I think its a good start to losing the weight I’ve wanted to lose for a long time. Now I just have to find a good balance.

The only negative to this is the cleaning. I AM SO TIRED OF CONSTANTLY CLEANING THE KITCHEN. But I think it was worth it for feelings so good and losing more weight than I thought I would.

Please do not go in thinking you will lose a ton of weight because most don’t. But everyone loses inches and feels better.

I wish Andy would have stuck with it because 1)I wanted him to feel as good as I did and 2) it made it harder for me but I did not do this for Andy. I did this for me.

Ladies, that is the key. It is great to want to look better for your husband, but YOU GOTTA DO IT FOR YOU. If you are feeling like crap and need a recheck on what you are putting in your body, this is the best thing you could do. I know it has changed my relationship with food so much which was my main goal.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the updates! I will be doing another Whole 30 after the holidays for sure!

If you have enjoyed the updates then maybe I will continue with this to help keep myself accountable and to encourage any of you in the same boat as me. Just let me know!

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Whole 30: Week 3

It has been another week already! I cannot believe it.

This past week has been so great. I didn’t really struggle to stay on diet. Even when others were eating ALL OF THE FOOD around me.

I told you I would do better about taking pictures and well. no. ha! I didn’t do a great job, again. Oh well.

Highlights:

  • Still sleeping amazing
  • more energy
  • skin looking better/glowy-er (When you are detoxing it will look worse before it gets better so I struggled with some spots early on)
  • Clothes fitting different/better
  • less bloat
  • mood is better – at the beginning I really struggled with mood swings

I know some people say some cons to this but really the only con I have is how much I absolutely hate cleaning up all the mess from all the cooking. My kitchen is always a mess and it is driving me crazy!

The best meals I have made this week have been:

Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Egg Roll in a Bowl

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Compliant Salsa and Plantain Chips

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8 MORE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And y’all. I took this picture with Rory today and when I saw my own face I was shocked at the person looking back at me. My face for sure is skinnier, even if my butt isn’t! haha!IMG_4174

Also, I tried on clothes in a size I haven’t been able to fit into in a LONG time and they fit great! I was in tears over it from excitement!

IMG_4206 IMG_4209 Also. I resisted this- my very favorite food on earth with my favorite jam today. WIN.

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Whole 30 week 2 Update – HALFWAY THERE!

I MADE IT HALF WAY!!!!!!!!

Honestly there were times where I seriously did not think it was going to happen because MAMA WANTED COKE.

But I can honestly say now that I’m halfway through I’m seriously not craving Coke like I used to (I mean unless someone is drinking it in front of me or I’m checking out at Walmart then I’m like GIVE ME ALL THE COKE but it goes away fast).

The positive changes I have seen in myself are:

  • better sleep- we are ALL sleeping better. I don’t think I’ve slept more than 4 hours straight without waking up since I had kids. I’ve been going to bed earlier and sleeping all night without waking up unless a kid wakes me up.
  • less bloated, tummy issues
  • It took until the last two days but I’m finally feeling more energized. I woke up this morning and went and worked out and felt really good. And! I did not want to quench my thirst with anything other than water! (Side note: I gave up caffeine all together
  • Truly am not missing sugar. I never ever ever thought I’d be able to say that.

Now, you should know that I haven’t cheated. However… Andrew has. (He got a coke last week and I found it in his car and I told him it was the worst betrayal of trust we had ever had, hahahahaha!) He’s done pretty good while at home because, as I have said before, I’m not cooking more than one meal. Whatever I cook, everyone eats. Well let me tell you something- mister has had some serious changes.

You all know how much/how loud he snores- it has gone down SIGNIFICANTLY. The other night I didn’t hear him a single time. It is CRAZY.

I am so proud of him for trying to stick with it even though he doesn’t want to and hates it. I’m thankful he agreed to do it with me!

So this past week I slacked MAJORLY on taking pictures which I am super aggravated about. I swore I would do better and then this morning I was so hungry after working out I couldn’t even think straight enough to remember to get a picture. Oh well! I’ll do better from now on.

Breakfast is pretty much always the same- eggs, sweet potatoes, fruit, or some other leftover veggies.IMG_3873 IMG_3855

Lunch is leftovers because I cannot cook three times a day and not a salad fan.

Dinners are where I shine. This week I made both asparagus and green beans the same way and they were AMAZING. (Sautéed with light olive oil, salt, pepper, and a little onion powder until they are caramelized… my mouth is watering just thinking about it!)IMG_3967 IMG_3923

This week I’m trying some more creative meals and I cannot wait. My staples for sides are brussel sprouts, fresh green beans, and asparagus.

It was a better week, although there were times I wanted to cut someone. ha! Hanger is a real thing, y’all.

Overall I am feeling so much better and feel like the next two weeks will be easier now that I’m not craving sugar anymore. I’m hoping to stay with exercising to maximize my overall results too.

Being halfway through this gives me a mental pick-me-up and I’m so ready to tackle the rest of this.

Even if I do sometimes/most of the time feel like this… 😉IMG_3872My biggest encouragers and inspirations are these two precious faces. They have been champs through all of this!

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Whole 30: Days 1-10

 

I wanted to update every week on Monday and will do that the rest of the Whole 30 but the girls started school and this went to they wayside.

If you don’t know what Whole 30 is- basically it is a “diet” that helps you reset your body by eating whole foods. Here is the website to find out more of what you can or cannot have: Whole 30.

I’ve been wanting to start this for a while mainly because over the past almost two years I have been on a lot of hormones/fertility medicines that have caused weight gain and the over all feeling of CRAPTASTIC. I wanted something to truly strip the crap out of my body- both what I put into it by emotional eating during this hard time (yes, I am admitted that) and the medicines I have been on. I did a lot of research and this seemed like the best for what I wanted right now.

I will tell you upfront that it has been hard. Especially because, as I admitted, I am an emotional eater. It is embarrassing and humbling to admit that to the world, but it is true. This is probably the thing I am most ashamed of in my life, but transparency is what I always talk about so there it is. If you aren’t an emotional eater it is hard to understand and easy to judge. I will say this- the people I know who are this way don’t even realize they are doing it most of the time, it is as if they are on auto pilot and just snack on whatever crap is around.

ANYWAY. All that to say- I needed something strict and that would reset me. I needed something that would make me SO extremely conscious of what I’m putting into my mouth at all times.

Let us move on from that mess.

They key to Whole 30 truly is prepping for it. I researched and made a meal plan and tweaked it for about two weeks before we started. I’m going to show you some meals we have had and I’ll link recipes.

Note: I know a lot of people will notice that we eat on paper plates a lot. This is true. They are my fine china in this state of life that I am in called Young Children. This is my truth.

Breakfasts are all pretty much the same- eggs, fruit, avocado in rotation. Sometimes I eat just fruit if I’m not feeling the egg vibe but all but two mornings I’ve had eggs.IMG_3194 IMG_2939 IMG_2896 IMG_2925

Lunch is my hardest meal. My friend Erin is doing this with me and she agreed. I’m not a big salad person so I have to make sure I have leftovers or else I will just have grapes or something. WHICH IS NOT GOOD. I am telling you that I do this wrong so do not do this. The days that I don’t eat a good lunch are my hardest days. From now on I’m going to do much better about this because I know how hard it is to make it to dinner without it.

Dinners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This, in my opinion, is where this whole 30 thing shines. I have cooked like crazy and have been really enjoying that. I am looking forward to finding even more recipes. I wanted to keep everything simple at first because I knew it would be so hard. I needed to be guaranteed good food in order to get through my withdrawals from sugar and coke and dairy and CRAP.

Night One: Taco Salad – homemade taco seasoning with ground beef, guacamole and cilantro. I forgot to pick up a compliant salsa/make one and that would have definitely made this meal better.IMG_2916Night Two : Chicken, broccoli, sautéed fresh green beans (olive oil, onion powder, kosher salt, pepper)
IMG_3621 Night Three: Chicken, Cauliflower rice (click for recipe– this is so good I promise), roasted sweet potatoes.

(I have never liked sweet potatoes until I roasted them and GAME CHANGER. Cube them, toss in olive oil, kosher salt, pepper and roast for 40 minutes-ish at 425.)IMG_2943Day 4  we went out to eat and I got plain BBQ and it was dry and gross and that is all I have to say about that. HA! We last minute decided to go and it was just not good. Especially when the table next to us had a huge plate of BBQ nachos and Rory said, “Don’t even look over there.”

Day 5 : Steak, leftover green beans, cauliflower and broccoli.

IMG_3141Day 6: We had an event at church and they provided Honey Baked Ham. So I brought grapes and had that for dinner and then came home and scrambled an egg. This is why you always have grapes or something in your purse! I also went to a movie last weekend and brought grapes with me to curb my craving for chocolate and a coke.
IMG_3662Day 7: Leftover steak sautéed with shrimp with a roasted potato with ghee and S&P. This was just ok. Basically I ran out of veggies and hadn’t had a chance to go to store.IMG_3786

Day 8: Leftovers.

Day 9: Pulled pork and sweet potatoes. IMG_3805

Today is day 10 and I’m heading to the grocery to pick up more veggies!

This is what I will say.

Day 2-4 were extremely hard for me. The coke addiction is REAL and coming off of that and sugar in general is hard.

Monday I had a moment where I was so thankful I was doing this because when I dropped the girls off to school all I wanted was a GIANT coke and a chicken biscuit from CFA or a donut. Again- that was my first thought because I’m an emotional eater and all I wanted to do was get that coke and cry into it.

I have made it 10 days and I can honestly say I can tell a difference. I am sleeping SO MUCH BETTER. I don’t quite have the most energy built back up during the day but I’m certainly not as sluggish in the afternoon like before. I am much less bloated and not having tummy troubles like before. The sugar cravings are going away- I do crave something more than water to drink but it isn’t as bad as the first few days. I am really feeling very good- and mostly because I am just proud I am sticking with it and haven’t cheated.

One more thing because I’ve been asked this a lot- yes, my entire family is doing it…. mostly.

Let me be clear on this- MAMA ONLY COOKS ONE MEAL, OKAY?!

I am not cooking something for me and then doing something else for everyone else. OH HECK NO HONEY. So the girls are eating what we eat and are 100% okay with that because 1) they don’t know any different 2) the food is freaking delicious. So far I haven’t had any dud meals that I have cooked. My girls have gobbled it up and asked for seconds.

Rory is a huge dairy eater. But I’m only allowing her to have it with breakfast with her gluten free cereal. Sometimes kids need a reset too! They haven’t complained at all. Winning!

Andy is doing it too and he is having a harder time than me and the girls because he really hates veggies. Bless. At one point he was actually YELLING at me (yes, Andy the one who never speaks) because he was so hangry and wanted a coke so bad. HA. I just stood there trying to stifle my giggle. Bless his heart. He is feeling better too and I can for sure see a difference in him.

Our motto right now is this:im_sorry_for_what_i_said_when_i_was_hungry_t_shirt_textual_tees_grande

On Saturday we went for a hike and I couldn’t believe how good I felt doing it this time. It was hard because I’m out of shape but I enjoyed every second pushing my body unlike the last time we went when I brought a coke for lunch.  I AM TELLING YOU IT WAS PITIFUL UP IN HERE.

Hope you enjoyed this update. The rest won’t be so long- I just had a lot to say about the first 10 days.

The main thing I am focussing on is that if I can do this extremely strict diet for 30 days then I can surely count calories and eat mostly whole foods with the occasional dessert or grain or whatever after. We need a lifestyle change and this has really motivated me.

I am dang proud of myself for sticking with this the past 10 days. It is hard but not impossible.