Saturday, February 25, 2017

Whole 30 Diary || Week One

Ok, y'all.  I did it.  
This girl put aside all hesitations, all doubts in my self & my ability to do this, all dread.
And I dove head FIRST into the thirty days required of the Whole 30 guidelines.  I'm seven days into this & I'm not turning back.  No, I didn't read the book (hello, I'm a mom of two little bitties-the only reading I attempt is my Bible at 5 am if I can get my booty out of bed) but I did do my research for about a month before ultimately deciding to take the plunge.  You can find the majority of guidelines on google or pinterest, similar here
What made me do it?
As you may know, I experimented during that month of research with the different types of food they recommend you eat for thirty days, including black coffee.  My biggest fear was sabotaging my beloved cup of coffee, as I see it as probably my most important/motivating piece of my day.  No cream????  That turned me completely off to begin with.  And I wasnt even about to talk about the no cheese & chocolate thing, OR the luxury of spicing up lettuce with salad dressings.  I envisioned these people were Nazis!  

But after beginning my barre workouts earlier this month, I knew I didn't want to continue making the time to work out so hard without ultimately making a commitment to be able to (not only feel the results) but SEE the results of all the time & hard work I have putting in to feeling better.  E v e n if that meant saying goodbye to a couple of my favorite things for a month.  It's only a month right?  And who knows.  I might not even miss them all that much if I see what it's like to do with out them!  
For me.  My Mr.  My boys.  My job.  Everything!  I'm doing this:)
Breakfast: (pre workout) banana+black coffee (post workout) 2 boiled eggs
Lunch:  Grilled Chicken Salad (lettuce, grilled chicken marinated in italian dressing +soy sauce, walnuts, carrots, tomatos, guacamole as dressing)
Dinner: fajita mixture (beef tips, green & yellow peppers, onion, taco seasoning)
Snacks: smoothie (one banana, peaches, walnuts, almond milk) & kiwi +strawberries!
The first day was actually easy.  I didn't feel hungry & I enjoyed the foods I ate!  The hardest part was my black coffee:/  But I am so motivated today!  For supper, I made the boys quesidillas in addition to the fajita mix so everybody was happy!  They loved the kiwi/strawberries + smoothie!

Breakfast: strawberries, boiled eggs + black coffee
Lunch:  grilled chicken (similar to day before)
Dinner: ranch pork chop + potatoes
Snacks: smoothie/ Turkey + mustard +lettuce wrap
I woke up feeling like a truck had ran over me.  I had a headache, but it wasn't hard to continue with the eating plan.  In fact, it excites me to experiment & plan my meals for the day.  The boys ate the same supper except we added macaroni & rolls.  I WOULD love to have some cream in my coffee.  That is all.

Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs + strawberries + black coffee
Lunch:  Grilled Chicken Salad from Bojangles (no cheese or dressing)
Snacks: walnuts, lots of water + some black coffee
I feel really good.  Not really craving anything other than coffee cream.  I look forward to my meals for nourishment rather than enjoyment.  I guess that's a good thing?  They give me energy & I move on.  It's not like I am never satisfied & want "something sweet" or "a little something else" as I have felt before.  I jumped on the trampoline & played outside with the boys without any desire to quit.  I am still feeling so motivated & am loving experimenting in the kitchen!  I just added macaroni & bread (LOL) to the sloppy joe potatoes for the boys & walah.  Does the trick.;)
* sorry for lack of pictures today, I forgot!
Breakfast:  2 boiled eggs + strawberries (I'm getting boring with this but it's so quick, easy, & yummy)
Lunch:  Roasted Chicken Bites Salad from Bojangles with no cheese or dressing (ah-mazing)
Snacks: all the raisins+ handful of walnuts
Today was a little harder til' I found this Bojangles Salad.  Who needs dressing or cheese when the chicken is this good??  I hate eating out but it is the easiest thing to do while at work + I know I can't skip it like I used to b/c that is diet sabotage for me.  I discovered raisins as a snack today & love them!  Plus this supper is so easy b/c I just made the boys a pizza to go with my baked potato!  P.S.  My belly feels flatter today!
Breakfast: (pre workout) banana+black coffee (post workout) 2 boiled eggs+strawberries
Lunch:  Grilled Chicken Salad from Zaxby's (no cheese/dressing/onion petals)
Dinner: carnita salad from Chipolte (lettuce, carnita, guac)
Snacks: smoothie (one banana, peaches, walnuts, almond milk) + ice water I pretended was ice coffee (bonus-it's free!).
We really ate out a lot today b/c we didn't have groceries yet & we wanted to go on a picnic at the playground with such a pretty day.  Who wants to go to the stinky old grocery store when the playground is calling?  To the grocery store tomorrow!  After supper, I felt a little bloated today.  Never hungry though!
 I was back to barre today & I feel like my arms & stomach feel smaller than last week. 
Very tired tonight though.  We soaked every ounce of sunshine out of today & I'm thankful for such a fun day with the boys.
Breakfast: (pre workout) banana+black coffee (post workout) 2 "fried" eggs in olive oil+left over potatoes fried with olive oil, green peppers, onions, & tomatoes
Lunch:  Grilled Chicken Salad  (lettuce, egg, walnuts, tomatoes, bacon, grilled chicken)
Snacks: My old faithful raisins (the boys steal them every time...) & smoothie (one banana, peaches, walnuts, almond milk) 
Today was easy.  All of the meals I've made have been very satisfying & today, I can d e f i n i t e l y see a difference in my mommy pooch.  If you notice by what I've ate so far, I'm a pretty "plain meat person."  I wish I loved fish...but I don't.  One thing about the meal plans out there is they always throw in some crazy meats that I would never eat.  My meals are pretty plain jane if you're anything like me-maybe this will help you realize that us plain janes CAN try this:)  P.S. the boys enjoyed the meatloaf muffins with sweet potatoes and, you guessed it, a side of macaroni!
Breakfast: (pre workout) banana+raisins (post workout) tall coffee with steamed almond milk** (I was almost late to workout class & didn't get to make my own coffee so I was desperate.)
 **After drinking this-I researched & found that "they claim this is not compliant with Whole 30 d/t ingredients in this particular almond milk.  Y'all, I spent $8 on compliant almond milk.  I'm trying my best...but come on.  This coffee option is dairy free-MUCH better than my past choices before Whole 30- & that's that.
Lunch:  Left over Meat Loaf Muffins + sweet potatoes
Dinner: turkey, lettuce, tomato, bacon +mustard & a side of left over potatoes/boiled eggs
(the boys ate this too, except I put theirs on toast!  Cam loved the "sausage" aka bacon😁)
Snacks: Peach+walnut+banana smoothie with ice/water
Okay, so today got harder.  I felt more desire for my older eating habits & a little bloated.  We had minimal sleep (a severe thunderstorm warning scared the daylights out of Cam & I=we spent an hour of our night sleeping in the floor of a closet)😜 and then I missed my alarm & our day started out a little rushed.  Therefore, I didn't have my "ideal" breakfast, so I'm pretty sure that impacted the entire day.  All of that kinda put a damper on my motivation, BUT I pushed through & as of bedtime...I'm feeling better & happy that I have stuck to it.  Bring it on Sunday:)

1.  I want(ed) a skinny vanilla latte/coffee cream every minute of every day.  That will be my first indulgence on my 31 day mark!:)
2.  Conley & Cam naturally thought they should eat e x a c t l y what I had.  Especially when there was limited supply.  Which...BONUS!  They were eating healthier foods too!
3. I showcased my favorite Makers donut in my little glass cake stand last weekend until someone so graciously removed it from my line of vision. :P  
The flavor of the week is one I have wanted to try for a year😫  This will be our first weekend without the traditional Makers run.  That's okay, though:)
4.  I love Barre<3  It's the best workout I've ever hour goes by like the snap of a finger.  If ever there was a prescription for zapping stress for women, I'd say it'd be this mini 55 minute getaway!
5.  I think my biggest key to success this week was mixing it up & not being afraid to try new things.  <<I've always "hated" sweet potatoes until I made myself try them this week-l o v e-AND they were prepared the healthy way to beat it all>>  
Contrary to "best practice" my case, it was actually better for me to go to the grocery store every evening before I began supper.  I didn't know what I wanted til THAT time of day anyway, so it always helped that I was fixing something I wanted & then no food went to waste!  It was much less stressful then transporting foods between two states & making the grocery list for a week of Whole 30 meals + making what I cooked also work for the boy's meals.
6.  Nutribullets Rock >>>  Smoothies are sweet tooth life savers.
7.  A new cute water bottle is just the right motivation to drink your water-at least in my case!

*Disclaimer: I don't claim to know everything about Whole 30 <<be a nutritionist>> or that this is a perfectly balanced diet plan for the Whole 30 Program.  I'm just following the guidelines the best I can while sharing my meals & snacks as well as a little diary with you (& myself for future reference) as I give it my best go!