Monthly Archives: July 2013

After Whole 30

Today was interesting.  It started off good.  I weighed myself.  I only lost 4 pounds 😦 But I also got my body composition back from the gym.  I lost a few inches here and there, so that was good news.

I had coffee!!!!  It was SO GOOD!!!!!!

I had whole 30 breakfast and lunch.  My sweet friend at work brought me a lemon bar that she saved for this special day.  It was yummy!  But afterwards I felt a little bloated.  I’m thinking it was the gluten.  Then, after I picked up the kids we got frozen yogurt and then chick-fil-a.  I’m so glad I did this, even though I did not do a gradual reintroduction of foods.  I FEEL SO BAD!!!!!!!!!!  AGHHHHHHHH.  Its amazing what clean eating can do for you.  Back on it tomorrow.

I’m also VERY stressed about the email I got from my trainer.  He said he wants me to do a 28 day cleanse followed by a 90 day strict diet.  There are SO many reasons why I don’t want to do this.  I’m already so stressed about it, just thinking about it.  The first 28 days of breakfasts are grapefruit.  That’s it.  I hate grapefruit.  No cheat days, no sugar, no meat, no soy, no flour.  This sounds even worse than whole 30 as far as rules.  I am just not on board with this.  Its summer, we have some mini vacations coming up.  Ugh….  What do I do?  I still have to cook meals for my family and cook something separate for me.  It’s just too much.   Yes, I would like a rock hard body, but at what expense?

Ok, I’ve ranted enough.  It put a damper on my celebration.


Last day of Whole 30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am SO proud of myself!  Over the past 30 days I have only eaten meat, fruits, and vegetables.  Absolutely no sugar, sugar substitutes, grains, legumes, dairy, or processed foods of ANY kind.  I have faced many challenges and come out on top.  I have learned I can be full between meals without snacking and eat delicious foods that are good for me.  I’ve learned many lessons about my food triggers and how to better handle them and how to make better food choices.

I finished my last day with the usual for breakfast of tomatoes/avocado/boiled egg and banana.  Lunch was leftover grilled chicken and sautéed zucchini, squash, and onions from our garden, and a peach.  Dinner was No Fuss Salmon Cakes (from It Starts With Food.  Which btw, were definitely NOT fuss free.  Did you know canned salmon has tiny tiny bones all in it that you have to pluck out???), and butternut squash.  Even though the Salmon was a pain in the butt, it was really good.  The butternut squash??  YUM!!!!!!  I will definitely be making that again and again.  It was just diced squash with melted ghee, cinnamon, and salt drizzled over it.  Roast for 45 minutes at 400.  SO good.

Tomorrow my meals are still whole 30 compliant.  I do plan on having a couple of cheat meals, but I’m worried about how it will make me feel.  But I’m having coffee in the morning!!!!  And probably some wine tomorrow night!

Thank you to everyone who read my silly blog and who supported me during this last month.  It meant a lot to me.

Tomorrow I’ll report any weight loss.

Peach Salsa

Here is the banging peach salsa recipe I talked about in another post.  It would go really well with fish, but I ate it with chicken.  I got the recipe from the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook.  A wise investment indeed.


2 cups diced peaches (or mango)

1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup minced red onion

1 cup chopped cilantro

1 jalapeno, seeds removed and minced

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp cumin

pinch cayenne pepper

juice from 1 lime

1 Tbsp olive oil

S&P to taste



In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together and keep in fridge until ready to use.  Enjoy!

Olive Oil Mayo

One of my favorite recipes I’ve discovered while eating Whole 30 is homemade mayo.  It is seriously better than Duke’s!  And guess what?  No sugar.  The only thing you have to get over is the fact that there is a raw egg in it.  Just throw caution to the wind, baby!

I got this recipe from Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan.  I highly recommend this book 🙂


1 large egg

2 Tbsp lemon juice (she suggests using bottled lemon juice instead of fresh for its reliable acid content)

1/4 cup plus 1 cup light-tasting olive oil (not extra virgin!)

1/2 tsp dry mustard

1/2 tsp salt



1. To a blender or food processor, add the egg and lemon juice and allow to come to room temperature.  At least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.  I usually do this while I’m cooking dinner and finish it up after I eat.

2. Next add mustard, salt, and 1/4 cup oil to the blender.

3. Blend on medium until ingredients are combined.

4. Here is the hard part.  Slowly add the remaining 1 cup oil while the blender is blending.  Go as slow as you can.

5. When all the oil is incorporated, it will be like magic and all of sudden, you’ll have mayo!!!!!!!!

6. Transfer to a container.  It expires when the egg expires. Mine usually doesn’t hang around that long before I need another batch.  It makes almost a mason jar full.

Whole 30 day 29!

Soooooooooooooo, tomorrow is my LAST day!!!  I think I can I think I can I know I can!  Something wonderful happened today when I walked into the gym.  A girl in my class said I looked like I lost weight!  Even if I didn’t, at least I’ve toned up enough to appear that way.  I must admit that 2 days ago I had a body composition done at the gym (still awaiting the results) and did sneak a peek at the scale.  It was a loss, but not as much as I’d hoped for.  I’m still gonna wait and see what my scale says since that’s the one I used on Day Zero.  I also mentioned to my trainer about me being on day 27 of whole 30 and he is going to help me transition from eating whole 3o to eating healthy without feeling like a leper.  He said to have a couple of cheat meals and next Saturday do a food log for 7 days and come back to see him.  I feel like that happened for a reason.  The whole timing of the whole thing.  I really don’t know where to go from here and I’m so glad I will have some guidance.  I know I’ve lost weight on my own before, but that was with WW counting points.  I really don’t want to go back to that.  I have LOVED the simplicity of this challenge and the black and white rules.  Just haven’t loved it for every second of the entire 30 days!  It will be nice to learn how to enjoy myself without going crazy.

I managed to survive the 4th of July holiday without slipping at all!  Moments were hard, but they passed.  What have I been eating?  Still lots of eggs, tomatoes, zucchini, avocado for breakfast.  And usually some fruit, too.  Lunch and dinner have been a lot of grilled meats (steak and chicken) with homemade sauces like pesto, garlic/ginger paste, garlic marinade and roasted vegetables.  I made a meatloaf in the crock pot that was nasty!  Everyone else liked it if it was slathered in ketchup.  Unfortunately that wasn’t an option for me.  I had tuna tonight with onions from our garden on a bed of lettuce from the garden.  Yum!  I’ve just been KISS’n it and its been working.  I haven’t had much time to cook a big, elaborate meal.  But I found it funny I made a menu for this whole week before realizing my challenge is up tomorrow.  I like that I’m thinking long-term!

What do I miss most??  Easy.  Wine and frozen yogurt.  And maybe some chocolate.

One more day!

Whole 30 day 23

Today went well.  So well in fact, I totally forgot what day I was on when someone asked me!  I think that’s a really great sign that I’m IN IT, if ya know what I mean.  I’m not counting down the days, wishing it were over.  I’m living it.  I’m sitting here writing this post as I eat a very delicious meal of grilled chicken, roasted asparagus, and this seriously good peach salsa.  For lunch I had rotisserie chicken, roasted sweet potato brussel sprouts.  Breakfast was boiled eggs and avocado.

I feel like I’m losing weight.  I’m starting to feel like my old, healthy, stronger self.  It feels good.  My clothes are looser and fit better and the weight I lift at the gym is slowly increasing.  And I came to a realization the other day.  I did this all without counting a single calorie, Weight Watcher point, or portion size.  Yes, it’s been stressful trying to figure out what a meal should look like.  But I feel like I’m getting the hang of it, and it’s slowly getting easier.  While I’m cooking dinner, I’m also thinking about breakfast and cooking, roasting, grilling, it all at once.  But how nice is it, to be able to eat what you cook until you’re full???  And not have to worry about how much?  And still lose weight (hopefully!!! Since I haven’t technically weighed myself yet).  I think I really like this way of eating and am starting to embrace it.  I know I won’t be 100% Whole 30/paleo everyday, but certainly would like to aim for 80/20.  I am starting to get a little nervous about what I’ll do on day 31 and beyond, but if I get too out of control, I can always do another 30 days.

I did discover one AWFUL thing today at the grocery store.  I sometimes eat a handful of almonds or cashews when I get home if I’m starving before dinner.  I ran out, so I was going to buy some more and happened to look at the ingredients just to be sure.  Guess what is in those mother freaking nuts??  SUGAR!!!! Really???!!!!  Is nothing sacred???  I don’t consider that cheating since I had no freaking clue, but I do take responsibility for not looking at the label.  Luckily I found another brand that just had almonds and salt.  Imagine that??  So, use this as a lesson to read your labels.  If you’re about to give in to a craving, maybe reading all those nasty extra ingredients will change your mind.

Whole 30 days 20 and 21

Can I just start this post out by saying how proud of myself I am???  This weekend we went camping with a bunch of my family.  I didn’t want to show up with no plan, so before we left, I wrote out how many meals I would be eating while we were gone, and I mad a menu and prepped/cooked all my meals before I left.  AND I STUCK TO IT.  Even with all the yummy s’mores, beer, wine, chips, pancakes, etc being handed out.  I brought with me, leftover egg foo yung, grilled chicken, avocado dressing and sweet potatoes, homemade sausage, tomatoes, cherries, grapes, more grilled chicken, pesto and cauliflower rice.  A few people were interested in what I was doing and seemed like they might check into Whole 30.  And everyone loved my sweet potatoes and couldn’t believe how easy they were to prepare.  This weekend was definitely a challenge, and I feel like passed the test.  I can honestly say I didn’t cheat one bit, nor do I feel cheated.

I would also like to add that I was so stressed about the food that I forgot to pack sunscreen, bug spray, warm clothes for the cool night weather, pj’s for my kids, etc….  Ah!  What a bad mommy I was.  Luckily there were other good mommies there.

I can’t believe tomorrow is Day 22!!!  Whoo hoo!!

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