Whole30 Journey

On Again, Off Again, On Again

I think the success of any diet depends on how well you can adapt it to different situations: dining out, parties, traveling, etc. This weekend was a huge test of that. And, well, I made a choice to go a little off plan, in the name of hanging out with some of the best friends a gal can have. So technically, I’m starting over on my Whole30, but I’m not bumming. I never really looked at this as something I was only going to do for 30 days, but rather a way of eating *most* of the time. Back in the day, before Biff and I got married, we had a lot of success doing a certain “life-style change” that let’s just say rhymes with Beight Batchers. We would track our points diligently, but every other Sunday, we’d go out to eat and indulge a little for just that one meal. We both have discussed approaching our new eating habits the same way.

Friday, I met up with some of my favorite friends from childhood. I chose a steak with asparagus for my dinner, which was probably pretty close to compliant (I didn’t ask about the cooking oil for the steak, that’s probably the only thing that might have been on the banned list) but as we were getting into some juicy gossip, I had a gluten-free cider. Or two. Then Saturday, one of our bestie couple friends came over to see our new house.  Let’s just say, we had some snacks. And then Sunday, my mom came over and we had brunch out. Though aside from cheese, that meal was pretty compliant. Oh and a cider. Or two. D’oh!

So here we are! You know, it’s kind of nice having the knowledge to make the decision to indulge. And it’s especially nice to understand that a few “off” meals doesn’t mean I have to totally throw in the towel completely. It’s so much more meaningful to enjoy good food with good people on a special occasion. I think that’s called maturity? I can’t be sure.

No noodles, no problem

I did make some yummy compliant dishes in that time too, though! One of my easiest go-to meals is a meat marinara sauce with zoodles. I don’t really have a recipe I follow, I just cook up some ground beef with garlic and onions, add some canned tomatoes and tomato paste, and then toss in some pre-spiralized zucchini noodles toward the end. Tonight I followed just the portion of this recipe which pertains to making brisket in the Instant Pot. It came out really good! Just beware of the ingredients in the beef stock, it can be really hard to find one that doesn’t include sugar. I roasted some asparagus and added some pre-riced veggies and then poured some of the leftover liquid from the Instant Pot over everything. Boom!

Brisket in the Instant Pot. Say what?!

I was feeling kind of crummy today, I think it may have been a mini-detox from the weekend festivities. So I skipped my workout but I’ll go tomorrow instead to make up for it. Unless the workout is 1000 burpees. Then I will not go. Later this week, I have a physical with my new doctor. I’m hoping she’s blown away by my low blood pressure and shiny, silky hair. We’ll see!

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Is That Fog or Shade?

It’s Day 5 of 30 here at the ol’ Bouse House and so far…so good. This time around seems to be a little less physically taxing, though we do have a couple of the usual first week ailments. Biff has had a dull headache the last couple of days and I’ve been a little foggy. Not necessarily tired, but just not as sharp, I’d say. I got sucked into watching a Taylor Swift concert on Netflix with my son yesterday. I found myself getting annoyed at her repeating the same three dance moves (and yes, I’m counting hair scrunching as one of them) yet I was too numb to look away. Maybe it’s the sugar detoxing, maybe it’s just the power of T. Swift. The world may never know.

I wonder which diet would give me legs like these…

I did CrossFit yesterday for the second time since starting this Whole30 round. I made sure to tell the people around me that I was feeling foggy, so they wouldn’t be alarmed if they saw me staring at a pile of weights, confused. I did ok in the workout, but it called for handstand push-ups. As the name implies, you do a handstand against the wall, lower yourself so your head is touching the ground, and push yourself back up again. I can’t do them fully, (mostly due to being scared of crushing my skull) but I can usually manage 5-6 in a row if I put a couple of mats between my head and the floor. This time, it was all I could do to just get into a handstand. Plus the shirt I wore kept coming untucked. It was a scene.

The good news is, I’m already starting to feel some of the positive physical changes, too. I feel less bloated. I wore my jeggings comfortably to Target yesterday (when I die, please someone have them put “Wore Jeggings to Target” on my gravestone.) My skin is looking milky white like one of them Downton Abbey chicks. And I seem to be sleeping more soundly.

We’ve been eating much of the same for breakfast– eggs and potatoes. Lunch has been salads mostly. I made a nice meatloaf with mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts a few nights ago, and tonight I’m contemplating what to do with a package of chicken thighs. I’m thinking of using some coconut aminos to make a stir-fry, served over cauliflower rice.

Later this week, I’m having dinner with some girlfriends. Fortunately, the restaurant serves organic steaks. I’m thinking it won’t be too hard to stay on track, though I might be tempted by a gluten-free cider. These gals always bring the TEA and I don’t know if I can handle it without a little drinky-poo. Either way, you bet your crop top I’ll be bringing my own salad dressing! #HotSauceInMyBagSwag

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Day 16: Out and About

Exercise: CrossFit
Food: Scrambled Eggs with Sweet Potatoes, Tunafish with a Green Salad, Flank Steak with Mixed Green Salad

Dressing

Is that dressing in your purse or are you just happy to see me?

I’m a little late in writing this post for a good reason: I met up with one of my nearest and dearest homegirls last night. She was in Silicon Valley for work, so I hopped in my car and met her for dinner. This was my first foray into dining out on the Whole30, and just like everything else on the plan, preparation was key.

She and I had met up last summer when she was out for work. I’m not super familiar with the area there (it’s about 35 miles away, and starter homes there are about $1million so…) and so we chose to eat at the same place we did last time. I scoured the menu ahead of time and decided that the best options for me would be a mixed green salad and a flank steak. I had a sad little club soda with lime to drink. When we got there, I double checked with the server that there was no banned ingredients used in the preparation of the steak. And I asked for the salad dry. When it arrived, I might have heard a few “oooh” and “ahhhhs” as I produced my own dressing from my purse. This is how it’s done, people! No shame.

We had a lovely time, and it was great to have a meal that I didn’t prepare. My choices were pretty limited (well, I could have probably attempted a few other items, but they would have required a lot of modifications and I felt like I was already pushing it by being a lady with dressing in her purse). It was totally worth it for a special occasion like this, not to mention my buddy paid using her business lady money, but it’s definitely easier and more cost-effective to eat at home on the Whole30.

I got in a workout earlier in the day at my usual CrossFit class. The workout called for 3 rounds of running, burpee box jumps and pull-ups. Running is not my forte but I was already feeling zapped by the second round. I figured I was either dying or didn’t have a big enough breakfast (or both!) but after my much fitter classmate mentioned that it was tough for her too (even though she pretty much lapped me).

For breakfast I roasted some sweet potatoes and we had those with scrambled eggs and spinach, onion, salsa and avocado.

I had to eat lunch quickly in between my workout and some errands I wanted to run before getting my son from school. So I made a green salad and added tunafish on top.

And you already heard all about dinner!

So…takeaways from today: it is possible to have a social life on the Whole30; don’t be afraid to bring your own condiments, but try to use a nice purse to counter balance your faux pas; there’s nothing like seeing an old friend!

 

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