Oooooh We’re Halfway There!

I know, I know. Cheesy headline, but I had to!

DAY 15 YA’LL!

I’m going to be honest. Today, I am kind of over it. That doesn’t mean that I am going to quit, but, I am just over it.

I woke up this morning and didn’t have any eggs in the fridge, so I had some turkey bacon and fruit for breakfast. STRIKE ONE.ca9139938200aeaae5d85a36efaed747

I went to work and got asked to attend an event tomorrow night at the Davidson Center with TWO free drink tickets… Man oh man what I’d give for a glass of wine. STRIKE TWO.

And honestly, I really didn’t feel like cooking dinner tonight. I wasn’t in the mood for anything so I made a pork tenderloin and didn’t even make any veggies to go with it. I took a few bites and chugged some water. Not feeling it today. STRIKE THREE.

I’ve been in a slump the last couple of days, but I am know tomorrow will be better. By the way, if you do this program, be sure to follow the Whole 30 timeline found here. Read this little snippet from the timeline below because this is totally where I am right now:

“All joking aside, though, this phase gets really intense and for some people, this is the part of the program where our minds try to drive us back to the comfort of the foods we used to know. Our food relationships are deeply rooted and strongly reinforced throughout the course of our lives and breaking through them is really big deal. Journaling can be especially enlightening and helpful during this phase, and helpful for reflection later. Take some time to jot down what you’re craving, how you’re feeling and what tools you’re using to work through the cravings. – See more at: http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/#sthash.v7IhF0Ls.dpuf”

SPOT ON.

Honestly, I think this whole time change has just really screwed me up this week. I’m tired. I’ve had a hard time waking up in the morning. I’ve been crazy busy at work juggling task after task. I’m hoping for good rest tonight, and a better mindset tomorrow. I know I have been so positive in my last few blogs, but I think it’s only fair that when I’m in a slump, I am honest about it. It would be so easy to quit right now, but being half way through, there’s just no way I would do it. I’m not where I want to be, and I’m not quitting until I reach my goal. I know I am going to be better in the long run. Summer is almost here, and if that isn’t motivation enough I don’t know what is. Onward!

I’m keeping this post short tonight because I’ve been such a negative Nancy. Hopefully, I will be on the downhill slope tomorrow, and will knock out these next 2 weeks with no problem. And, I promise, more recipes to come in the next blog!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

-Whitney

 

 

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Day Twelve

Well, here I am ALMOST half way through the Whole 30. I must say it has not been terrible. I forget how amazing this program is. Here I am, 12 days in, and my pants fit like a dream. Some of my pants are even too big. How can that be possible after 12 days??

This week…

  • My pants fit better
  • I’ve lost at least 6 – 7 lbs since I started (3-4 just in the last week)
  • I’m sleeping much better
  • My energy level is up
  • I’ve been very productive at work
  • I’ve just about kicked my dairy craving (cheese, cheese, cheese)!
  • I feel way more comfortable in my clothes
  • I feel like I have de-bloated a lot

But I also…

  • Had killer headaches every day
  • Lost my appetite a little
  • Really wished I could have birthday cake (from the 2 birthdays we celebrated at work)

The pros are definitely outweighing the cons which is my motivation to press on. I know you aren’t technically supposed to weigh on this program, but whatever. It helps keep me motivated. I also don’t weigh every day. I weigh about once a week just to see the progress (even though I don’t need to see it on the scale because I feel it in my clothes).

FOOD

This week, a lot of our meals were pretty simple. We had chicken salad and tuna salad, which I totally forgot to take a picture of.

We also had shrimp and zoodles (see below)

One night, I had chicken and green beans. That was all I was craving. And the night after that, I had breakfast for dinner! This weeks meals were pretty basic. I didn’t get too creative because I really wasn’t hungry for just one thing. I could definitely tell I wasn’t getting as hungry as often. I am normally a 11:30am lunch eater, and one day this week I didn’t eat until around 1:30 which is not normal for me.

I’m still snacking on fruits and nuts (pistachios, or as Preston calls them, “The crab meat of nuts”). They are a little pricey. 🙂

I’m enjoying my one a day La Croix Berry sparkling water that I usually have around lunch. It’s refreshing after drinking water all the time. I also have one cup of black coffee in the morning.

We have still managed to stay away from white potatoes, and are eating A LOT of chicken. PS- Publix had BOGO Greenwise chicken breasts this morning. You’re welcome!

I’ve got a tomato-y chicken soup in the crock pot for tonight’s dinner and tomorrow’s lunch. We are heading out to Lucky 7 (the farm) tomorrow to practice shooting our guns we got for Christmas so I will be sure to pack lots of snacks to hold us over.

I am SO excited to shop for spring/work clothes but am trying to make myself be patient until this W30 is over. I’m hopeful another 5lbs or so will fall off. I feel confident they will. 🙂 But all these pretty floral patterns and cute dresses have me drooling. I need all of them!!!

I’m really not even far off from my overall goal… another 10lbs and I’ll be good to go. Whole 30 is JUST what I needed to jump start getting to my goal weight. There’s no magic pill, or drink, or shake. Just clean up your diet, and watch the magic happen.

Until next time…

-Whitney

Days 3 – 6

What a BEAUTIFUL weekend! I am just now winding down to catch you all up on the last few days! Our dryer went out, so went spent most of our Sunday picking out a new one and bringing that baby home! I never knew I could be so excited about washing and DRYING laundry! Anyway, onto the food…

Day 3 – 5

I was a little worried about my chicken salsa but it turned out SO good. I really didn’t care to eat it with anything else either…just a little avocado and I was set. Of course, you could throw this over a bed of lettuce and add your favorite W30 approved toppings, too. 🙂

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I put 2lbs of chicken in the crockpot and a jar of salsa and cooked it on low for 6-8 hours.

On Friday night, I kept it easy and threw together some almond crusted chicken tenders. This is hands down one of the easiest meals to make.

I dipped my chicken tenders in one egg (whipped) and then dipped the chicken tenders in some crushed almonds. I crushed these with my Cuisine Art hand mixer. I baked them on 425 for about 20 minutes and they were done!

Saturday night, Preston was able to take off a half shift so I put him to work on the grill, while I sautéed some asparagus! Simple and easy.

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On to the fun! Below you will find my grocery haul for the week! I was in a little bit of a hurry today while shopping, so I will most likely be making another trip back to the store. The first time I did this program, I was concerned about how much it would cost…healthy food IS expensive. I will share with you about what we spend a week on groceries. Keep in mind, I am feeding (2) of us and in the long run, we are really saving money because we have eliminated eating out. Preston and I do NOT eat out on the Whole 30 except for Chipotle… and even then, it’s maybe once or twice throughout the 30 days.

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Above you’ll find… chicken breasts, ground beef, turkey bacon, rotisserie chicken, Larabars, bananas, apples, avocado, lemons, mixed fruit, grapes, lettuce, tomato, eggs, pistachios, minced garlic, shrimp, zucchini, and sweet potato!

Tonight, we are having lettuce wrapped burgers with sweet potato fries. I also whipped up some chicken salad today that I will share in my next post. On the menu for tomorrow night, Shrimp with Zoodles! (Zucchini noodles)

Things I am LOVING on this W30

So when we first did this thing 3 years ago, there were a lot of things you couldn’t have then, that you can have now, and it’s life changing.

I am loving La Croix sparkling waters. I limit myself to one a day and drink water the rest of the day but man are they refreshing!

Did you know you can have white potatoes?? Since we are old school and white potatoes weren’t allowed the first time we did it, we decided to leave them out and stick to sweet potatoes only! But, more power to everyone else!!!

Mayo that you can buy in the store…WHOA! SO this was also not allowed. For 2 years, I whipped up my own batches of mayo, but now there are options like this one from Primal Kitchen. Total time saver when making chicken salad or for your burgers!

Until next time…

-Whitney

DAY TWO

I was getting ready for work yesterday morning and I started thinking about what people’s perception is of the Whole 30. I think we have this idea in our heads that all of our meals should look like this: Ginger-Sesame-Turkey-Salad-Good-Cheap-EatsFajita-Omelet

And, those are beautiful and the light is perfect and it’s even on a nice, clean, white plate. But, if you have any kind of life, you’ll see that it isn’t about taking the perfect picture of your perfectly prepared meal. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Your meals are NOT going to look like this- and that’s okay (but if they are, GO YOU). It’s about doing the best you can, with what you have, and the time you have to do it.

So Let’s Be Real…

This was my breakfast Wednesday morning (in all its glory). Yes, it is on a paper plate to prevent me from having to do even more dishes later. And no, it isn’t pretty, but it was good and it served it’s purpose. It gave me the fuel I needed to get through the morning.

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Annnddddd this was my lunch.

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It’s not pretty, but it doesn’t matter. It’s much better than the Atlanta Bread soup and sandwich I would have grabbed (I love Atlanta Bread).

Today is Day 3, and I SWEAR I can already feel a little bit of a difference. Not huge, but my pants definitely felt better this morning. How is that possible? I have no idea, but it is.

I’m going to keep this blog post short, and start sharing every 2-3 days vs. every day. My hope is to pack more information into those blogs, share more recipes, grocery lists, meal prep and so on.

Until then, I want to share something that motivates me when I start thinking about how easy it would be to quit. I LOVE seeing and reading other people’s success stories. It’s incredibly inspiring. I love seeing other men/women who lead such busy lives (much busier than mine) who have 1, 2, 3 kids, and still take on a challenge like the Whole 30. I realize that I have NO excuses and I’m inspired even more to press forward. Try it!

Until next time!

-Whitney

 

DAY ONE

Day one is in the books, and it wasn’t horrible! I want to share some of my meal prep from last night. Keep in mind, that I don’t buy all of my veggies organic. On the Whole 30, you are supposed to, but I only buy all of my meat organic (I did that before anyway). Organic veggies and fruits are just TOO expensive. That may be the only Whole 30 rule I break!

Tip: Anytime I can buy something already sliced/diced/cut, I do. This is a HUGE time saver! Same with rotisserie chickens. They are already cooked and all you have to do is pull the meat! <– Huge time saver for making chicken salad and so on.

What’s in my Fridge?

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Just ignore that Straight to Ale Brother Joseph on the top right. Preston is saving that for when the W30 is over!

It looks empty, but it’s not! I always keep the following items in my fridge:

  • Eggs (cage free, range free)
  • Grapes
  • Fruit from Publix (already cut)
  • Lettuce
  • Ground beef (Greenwise brand)
  • Chicken breasts (Greenwise brand)
  • Peppers (already cut)
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • La Croix waters
  • Aidell’s chicken apple sausage
  • Turkey bacon
  • Carrots
  • Bottled water

 

 

Pantry Staple Items

  • Unsalted cashews
  • Bananas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • EVOO
  • Chili powder, minced garlic, other spices for seasoning (read your labels)
  • Apples
  • Almond butter

Late Night Meal Prep

Last night (AFTER I watched that crazy episode of The Bachelor) I prepped a couple of things for lunch and dinner for today, and hopefully leftovers tomorrow! See below!

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This chicken & apple sausage is so good! I just cut up the sausage, threw it in a pan with peppers (already sliced) added and little EVOO and sautéed for about 10 minutes. EASY! This was lunch today!
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This is a new recipe (thanks Katie Guinn)! Sweet Potato Chili! I actually threw this in the crock pot and let it cook overnight (weird, I know) but with Preston and I having totally different schedules, I wanted to make sure he had dinner ready! I portioned it out this morning, and now he can grab his lunch and dinner when he heads out around 2:00! 🙂 You can find this recipe, here.

Breakfast

I keep it simple- two scrambled eggs and some fruit. I somehow NEVER get tired of eggs. I love eggs. Sometimes I mix it up and do an omelette or add some peppers in for flavor, but I am totally fine just eating scrambled eggs. They are quick and easy. I did miss having cheese in my eggs this morning, but I know that will change after a week or so.

Snacks

Today, I brought an apple and some unsalted cashews to work with me. I also brought a La Croix water to eat with my lunch. BTW- La Croix was NOT allowed the first time I did a Whole 30 so this was a real treat.

When I got home from work, I was hungry! I grabbed some raw carrots from the refrigerator and munched on those, and then had my sweet potato chili for dinner (which was amazing).

So…

Tomorrow for lunch, we will have leftover sweet potato chili. Before I leave for work in the morning, I am going to throw some chicken and salsa in the crockpot to cook on low all day tomorrow. This is called “shredded chicken salsa.” I plan to throw this on some lettuce with some guac, salsa, tomato’s, etc. for dinner tomorrow night and then leftovers for Thursday! As you can see, I use my crock pot as MUCH as possible. It is a huge time saver and I always have enough leftover. 🙂

Confession: I woke up this morning, threw on my dress pants, and sighed. They were snug, and I felt miserable, BUT, I know that feeling is only temporary. Thirty days from now, those same pants will be too big! I will feel better, sleep better, and will gain back the confidence I’ve been lacking over the last few months! Today was day 1, and it only goes up from here!

I hope this gives you some insight into how I plan my meals. Throughout the process, you will learn the things you like, what makes you full, and how to work this program around your life/schedule. It’s challenging, but it’s worth it!

-Whitney

 

The Whole 30

NNtwIvOxI’m excited about this blog and about sharing my Whole 30 journey with you all! I get a lot of questions about this program, so I am happy to share some tips and tricks I have learned along the way. Please note, that I am not claiming to be a fitness guru. I stumbled upon this program a few years ago and it really taught me a lot about how big of an impact food has on the way we think and feel. Sounds crazy, right? Again, I don’t make the best decisions about what I fuel my body with on a day to day basis. When I tell you that I LOVE pizza, and all things carbs, I am not lying. Mexican food and baskets upon baskets of chips? Sign me up! I LOVE food, but I also reach a point where my body (and my jeans) are telling me, “Whitney, you know you are miserable and you need to make a change.” That’s when I know it’s time to tackle another Whole 30.

What is the Whole 30?

The Whole 30 is a program meant to change the way you feel about food and for 30 days,  you give up certain foods in order to change your tastes/cravings, etc. Simply put, it’s a detox for your body. I don’t want to get too much into detail. Instead, I encourage you all to read everything you can about the Whole 30, because there is seriously too much information for me to cover. Take some time to read about the Whole 30 and learn about ALL of the great benefits this program offers. It will provide you with a grocery list, all the do’s and don’ts and a ton of other resources. My goal here is hopefully to offer a Survival Guide for all of you who have asked about it. It’s NOT easy, but it’s mind over matter. You can do ANYTHING you put your mind too- especially for 30 days.

So, for 30 days…

  • No grains
  • No dairy
  • No legumes (beans)
  • No alcohol
  • No sugar

Are ya’ll still with me? Good! Let’s move on. So what can you eat? Meat, veggies, fruit, some nuts, and water (sounds pretty bland, huh)? Sound like PALEO? Well, it is, except you aren’t supposed to go “re-creating” foods like “paleo pancakes” or “paleo pizza.” The idea is to get you away from craving those foods. Again, that’s where you need to read more into the program- it will explain all of this to you! 🙂

I Just Know I am Going to Cheat…

Well, yeah, if you go into it with that mindset then you are definitely going to fail! The rule of the Whole 30 is, if you cheat, you have to start completely over. Not joking- you have to start over. Completely, over. Sooo, don’t do it! Prepare yourself mentally for this program. Again, it’s not easy. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things I have ever done, but let me tell you- I have never learned so much DISCIPLINE in my LIFE! If you can do this, I swear you can do anything. It will make any other “diet” you do a cake walk.

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

I’m going to be 100% honest with you- you are going to be living in your kitchen for the next 30 days. You literally have to cook EVERY single meal. There are days when you come home and all you want to do is Netflix and chill. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can do that, but first, you gotta prep your meals. You have to be prepared with meals, snacks, and more snacks for when you get HANGRY. You never want to be in a situation where you weren’t prepared and have to resort to cheating.

So, What is the Benefit?

So far, everything I have said sounds pretty negative. Oops! I think it’s me trying to be brutally honest about the program because it is tough, but, it is also very rewarding. Not only will you experience weight loss, but you will feel better overall. Like, tiger blood good! Each time I have completed the program, I have lost anywhere from 10-12 lbs. By day 10, my pants were seriously too big! I was sleeping better, had better/more energy, and just felt GOOD!

It is also known to improve or cure other health issues such as high blood pressure, heartburn, sinus infections…the list goes on.

Accountability

If you can talk a friend, husband, sibling, whoever into doing this with you, do it! It is so much easier when you have an accountability partner. There is no way I would be able to do this without my husband. P.S.- he is also joining me on the 3rd round (he did the 1st and 2nd with me too)! 🙂

Resources: Grocery List, Program Rules, Dining Guide, Etc.

Whole 30 Downloads are HERE.

Social Media

Follow @whole30 and @whole30recipes on Instagram for meal ideas!

Pinterest is also another great resource for meal ideas!

And GO!

Tomorrow is Day 1! I will blog my way through the process and will share recipes, typical days and what I eat, ups and downs, and how I feel along the way! Stay tuned!