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Day 17: Resisting Temptation

Exercise: Testing My Willpower
Food: Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Onion, Avocado and Salsa, Turkey Burger wrapped in Lettuce, Chicken Stir-Fry with Cauliflower Rice

Turkey Burger

Hold the buns!

After a fun and successful dinner at a restaurant last night, today was also a mix of socialization and temptation. We had a playdate afterschool with some of my favorite moms and kids. My son gets out of school a little later than the other kids, so by the time we got there, they’d had enough time to…bake cookies! The smell was divine. It had also just started to rain and the thought of how “comforting” a cookie would be crossed my mind. But the idea was gone almost as quickly as it arrived. Witness the rewiring of my brain! I stuck with my La Croix and juicy gossip.

I did have a “first” today: a nagging, little headache. I can’t be sure if it was Whole30-related, but it didn’t go away after coffee, breakfast, tea, and lunch. So I gave in and took a few ibuprofen. It’s “allowed” on the plan though not encouraged. If I didn’t have to go anywhere in the afternoon, I might have toughed it out. But when my friends started group texting about getting Mexican food for lunch, I decided I needed to be on my A game for this playdate.

I didn’t go to the gym today. The only mid-morning  CrossFit class on Thursdays is right in the middle of when I drop my son off at school, so I can never make that. I took a wait-and-see approach to going to an afternoon/evening class. But by the time we got home from our playdate I would have had to start immediately prep dinner to fit in a workout and I didn’t have the motivation. Where’s that Tiger Blood? I’m waiting!

Breakfast was the usual variation of the lil scramble I like to make. I did not have any potatoes today, I’m trying to limit those on days I don’t workout.

For lunch, I cooked up a frozen turkey burgers and made a lettuce “bun.” It was kinda a hot mess, though it tasted good. I had to eat it in 3.5 bites before it totally disintegrated in my hand.

And dinner was better in my mind than on my plate. I made a stir-fry using some chicken I marinated in coconut aminos. I used cauliflower in the place of rice, and I attempted to use a dash of rice vinegar on in. Instead I got more like a splash. It was still ok, but not to-die-for. Some apple slices and almond butter made me feel better about it.

So…takeaways from today: it IS possible to resist fresh-baked cookies; get your head right before a playdate; always look before you dash.

 

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Day 5: Shop ’til I Drop

Exercise: Family walk/skate/bike ride, wholesale club shopping
Food: Eggs with Bacon, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes and Avocado, Green salad with tuna fish, Bunless Burgers with Potatoes, Onions, Bacon and Asparagus

Sams Club

A few of my many purchases this week.

Yay! It’s the weekend! When it comes to the Whole30, that means absolutely nothing! Well actually, it means Biff (that’s my mans) doesn’t have to work and is helping me out in the kitchen. He’s a really good cook. I knew he was a keeper when, shortly after we started dating, he made stuffed chicken breasts and homemade pita bread out of the random stuff I had in my kitchen. I honestly didn’t even know I had chicken.

Today, I know exactly what I have in my kitchen. Mostly because I’ve gone to the grocery store every friggin’ day since New Year’s. This morning, I hit up the Sam’s Club to buy some of the items we’ve been using the most in bulk. (I know Costco is generally better, I am a mom afterall. But something about our local Costco brings out the worst in every human who steps foot in it. Actually, the behavior starts in the parking lot. I can’t.) I stocked up on peppers and onions and organic beef. One of the criticisms about the Whole30 is that it’s expensive to eat this way. It can be, and I’ve definitely blown my usual grocery budget this first week. But I think if you stick to a few staples and buy what you can in bulk, it’ll even out. I’ve also purchased a few things this week, like specialty salad dressing and mayo, that I could make much cheaper. The time savings make these worth their price tag for me.

I didn’t go to CrossFit today since I went 5 days in a row this week. I thought I might go to Barbell Club (like CrossFit, but focuses on weights/strength training) but it meets at 7:45am. I slept decently last night and wanted to revel in that (and my jammies) a little longer. Instead, we went for a walk as a family. Well, I walked, Biff did some skateboarding, and Atticus (that’s my 6-year-old) rode his bike halfway. I dragged it the other half.

For breakfast, Biff made some eggs over potatoes with bacon, avocado, onions and peppers. It seems like all of our breakfasts are a variation of this, but it works and we’re not sick of it yet. Plus I just bought 400lbs of peppers and onions at Sam’s.

Lunch was the same old green salad with tunafish we’ve had a few times this week as well. I realized part of the desire for a simple lunch stems from the fact that our good pans are usually in the dishwasher from breakfast (or sitting in the sink) at that time.

Biff tackled dinner as well, and took my idea of bunless burgers to the next level by adding bacon,  onions and peppers, avocado and Sk8er Boi love. We had potatoes and asparagus on the side.

So…takeaways from today: having a husband who cooks rocks; dragging a Spiderman bike counts as cardio; don’t feel the need to explore new recipes until you’re sick of the ones you have.

Family Walk

Days like today in January are why it costs a zillion dollars to live here.

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Day 1: Now We’re Cooking!

Exercise: Crossfit
Food: Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash, Green Salad with Tunafish, Balsamic Chicken with Veggies, tears

 

Day one is in the books! Well, nearly. We still have to get through our nightly binge watch of “Game of Thrones.” That would normally be the time when the snacks and beer and wine would come out. Something about dragons just makes me want to indulge!

I started the day by making a sweet potato hash breakfast. It came out really nice but it was a lot more work than I’m used to putting into breakfast. As a result, I ate a little bit later than I would have liked, and went to the gym smelling like onions.

Today’s workout was a good mix of strength (deadlifts, goblet squats) and cardio (rowing, jumping rope, doing box jumps, trying not to pee while jumping). I felt like my hearty breakfast was more than adequate to push through.  I’ve also connected with a few people at our box (which is what Crossfitters call the gym. I dunno.) who are doing or have done the Whole 30 so I look forward to the extra layer of accountability.

I had lunch around 12:30 which is later than I would have before. Knowing that the Whole 30 discourages snacking made me much more conscious of my meal timing. I made a green salad with veggies and tuna salad on top. I was feeling pretty good until about 3pm, when I was doing one of my 3,000 pantry runs to get snacks for my son. I really wanted to grab something for myself. But I was saved by mommy’s littler helper- La Croix.

Dinner was a dish I’ve made before — chicken thighs and veggies tossed in balsamic and olive oil and roasted. I used to serve over rice or cous cous. Tonight I used cauliflower rice and made a side salad with some compliant dressing. And then I washed dishes for 17 hours.

So…takeaways from today: doing more prep in the form of chopping veggies will be helpful; sweet potatoes rock (I used 200% more sweet potatoes today than ever before); I can do 40 goblet squats without puking; I need to buy more food, already.

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