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My First Compliment

We’re on Day 10 of this Whole30 and things are still chugging right along smoothly. Maybe even better than smooth– I went to see my esthetician today and when she came out to greet me she immediately asked if I’d lost weight. Ooooooo girl. I last saw her in mid-December so since before we started this round. I’m pretty sure she wasn’t just saying it to get a good tip. She’s also does my hair removal and I’m half Greek, so she understands I need her more than she needs me. One of the rules in the Whole30 is not to weigh yourself during the 30 days. You can weigh before, and after, but the idea is you don’t want to get discouraged by normal fluctuations. I actually didn’t weigh myself at the start of this round, so I’ll be going off of how clothes fit to figure out if I’ve lost weight. And so far, I think things are starting to feel a little looser. When I went for my appointment today, I was wearing leggings as pants (normally I reserve that for the privacy of my own home, or when I’m ensconced in a giant winter coat) which could have been what my gal was reacting to. It is quite a sight to behold.

Chicken Thigh Stir Fry. Taste the Rainbow!                                                         

Cooking has been going well too. I’ve enjoyed finding some new ways to use things like chicken thighs and pork loin. This week, I made the pork in my InstantPot and treated it like pulled pork. I used this recipe but adapted it to the InstantPot by adding a half cup of water and cooking on manual for 90 minutes. It came out great and it makes at least 6 servings. Last night, I cooked up the rest of the chicken thighs. First I marinated the chicken in Coconut Aminos (which is often used as a sub for soy sauce on the Whole30 because soy is not allowed) and some minced garlic. Then I sliced it up and cooked it on the stove top. I added in a Kale/Brussels sprout stir-fry mix and some riced veggies. I added some more coconut aminos during the cooking and a dash of rice vinegar. It looked great and tasted good too. Winner winner, chicken dinner indeed.

I’m eager to start seeing some progress at CrossFit. At my gym, you pay by the number of weekly classes you attend. Right now, I’m on a 3 day/week plan so I make sure I go Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I might see if I can add a day because I often find myself wanting to go more. At my gym California, you could go as much as you wanted so I was averaging about 5 days a week. That was probably a little too much, but I saw a lot of progress on some specific skills that we did a lot. Then again, I wasn’t as busy getting facials and pretending to be intimately familiar with the KonMari technique of “Tidying Up.” I spend a lot more time these days thanking my belongings and thinking about throwing them in the trash.

Tomorrow is dinner with some gal pals and I’m really looking forward to it. Will I give in and have a glass of cider or wine? Will I go on a queso bender and resurface next week in a Western Massachusetts dumpster? Check back here this weekend! Or if you have a WordPress account, you can follow me and it will update you when I get around to making a new post. Arigatou gozaimasu! 

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Day 10: Paranoia

Exercise: PTA Board Meeting
Food: Oh you know it’s that same ol’ scramble, BLTA Salad, Bolognese “Pasta” with Zucchini Noodles, Banana and Almond Butter

Salad

BLTTACO Salad

Day 10, a third of the way there! Some pinpoint days 10 and 11 on the Whole30 as the toughest. I’m sure the reasons vary–  for me today’s challenge stems from falling into a routine. I’ve had 10 days of cooking 3 meals a day, and I have some confidence and pride that I’ve done it this far. But that is also giving me that feeling of  “ok, this is starting to feel easy, I must be missing something. Did I eat something and not remember? Was almond butter on the forbidden list this whole time and I didn’t notice? Is my kid still at school waiting for me to pick him up?” (I’m pretty sure he’s in bed sleeping.) So I’m finding this routine comforting and at the same time still a little uneasy. Maybe because it happened so fast. One minute we’re having drinks at the bar, the next I’m caressing my kombucha sweetheart nightly.

Physically, I’m feeling great! I’m not really hungry in between meals, though that 3pm slump is rough some days. Coffee helps, but that’s also a little late in the day for me to have caffeine and I find on the days I have some, it takes me a bit to fall asleep. But once I am asleep, I’m out. I’m talkin’ REM cycles all over the place.

I didn’t workout today because the CrossFit class times didn’t align with my schedule. Plus my knee felt like it could use a day off. Fair enough! This evening I had a PTA meeting and I successfully avoided the cheese and crackers on the table. And really, even if I wasn’t on the Whole30, I probably wouldn’t have had any because I was intimidated by the cheese slicer thingy.

So breakfast was once again scrambled eggs with the veggies I had handy, topped with avocado and salsa. ‘Nuff said.

I made up a cute salad for lunch using lettuce and spinach, bacon, tomatoes, cukes, sliced turkey, onions and Primal Green Goddess dressing. I call it the BLTA salad. It was just the right portion.

And for dinner I needed to use up some ground beef so I just made a quick pasta sauce using it and onions and peppers, etc. I served over zucchini noodles which my husband likes better than the carrot noodles. But I still prefer carrot noodles. I’m so glad we have differences like this to keep our marriage spicy.

So…takeaways from today: trust my brain, it hasn’t had booze for 10 days after all; you can put anything on lettuce and call it a salad; cheese now intimidates me.

 

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