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Day 6: Lazy Sunday

Exercise: Some game my son made up with a Nerf football, walking into the bookstore from the parking garage
Food: Egg, Sausage and Butternut Squash Bake, Leftover Mini Meatloaves with Potatoes and Green Salad, Spiral Carrots with Beef Bolognese Sauce

Egg Squash Bake

I thought the squash was uncooked eggs at one point.

We lived in Portland, Oregon for five years before moving to the Bay Area. And that was plenty of time to learn that Sundays are for brunching! Today, we had an inadvertent Sunday brunch. We all slept in until 8 (either we were so exhausted we slept through the cats howling for their breakfast, or they tided themselves over with fish from my son’s aquarium…hmm…) and then my son had swim lessons at 9. It was just enough time to have some coffee and find his goggles. While the fellas were there, I made an egg bake and we ate when they got home. I was impressed that I wasn’t too hungry while waiting, but I had an episode of Real Housewives to keep my mind occupied. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think this truce with Lisa Rinna is going to last. Of course, later in the day, I read that the Whole30 plan calls for having breakfast within an hour of waking up. Something about hormones. So we’ll just pretend I slept until 10.

My gym doesn’t offer CrossFit classes on Sundays (yet?) and I’ve gotten used to taking Sundays off from workouts. I’m eager to get back tomorrow though. My son goes back to school, and with the drop-off time and CrossFit class times, I can only make Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning classes. Other days I can go in the evenings, but since I’m spending 6 hours chopping veggies for dinner these days, we’ll see how often I can make those.

Breakfast was the aforementioned egg bake. It was really easy: just 10 eggs, some sausage, butternut squash and sage mixed up and baked in the oven. I had frozen squash, so I used that, but I should have roasted it after thawing because it was a little bland.

For lunch I heated up leftover mini meatloaves and made some roasted potatoes. We had a green salad on the side.

I made a meat sauce with peppers, onions and tomatoes for dinner and served that over spiral carrots from Trader Joe’s. It’s a simple and satisfying dish. I think because it is something I would make pre-Whole30.

So…takeaways from today: it’s nice to have a day off from going to the grocery store; brunch isn’t Whole30 approved (boo!); if you watch Real Housewives at 9:30am you won’t be as tempted to drink during it.

 

 

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Day 4: Getting in the Groove

Exercise: CrossFit, Lifting my son onto and off of a god damn motorcycle chair at his haircut
Food: Scrambled Eggs with Peppers, Onions, and a Side of Banana with Almond Butter, Green Salad with Tuna, Mini Veggie Meatloaves with Asparagus and Sweet Potato

Whole30 Book

Is under the candy dish really the best place to keep this book?

I’m happy to report my mood has lightened a bit from yesterday. I was able to interact with several people today and not only was I nice, but I was able to form complete sentences. I noticed a few other positive changes today too (in Whole30 forums they called those “non-scale victories” or NSV). First, I’m not feeling as hungry in between meals. I’ve found a better timing to when I’m eating and I think that’s helped: breakfast is around 8:30am, lunch at 1pm, dinner at 6pm. Even with a workout in between breakfast and lunch today, I wasn’t ravenous like I would often be way back in 2017. Second, it seems my skin tone has evened out a tiny bit. That’s really encouraging because the prospect of better skin was one of my reasons for doing Whole30. And the last one I can’t really write/talk about because I’m a lady, but let’s just say I’m spending less time in the shitter.

My workout was good today. I decided to go a little bit lighter on some of my weights, based on how I was feeling earlier in the week. I’m glad I did. We had quite a bit of rowing in today’s WOD and toward the end I really felt out of gas. Otherwise though, my body is feeling good. Despite not sleeping well last night again, thanks in part to a 6-year-old who likes to share my pillow, I wasn’t sore or stiff this morning. And it’s been awhile since I’ve made it to the gym 5 days in a row.

For breakfast, I quickly made some scrambled eggs with spinach, onions and peppers. I had a banana with almond butter (see pic below) which I think was a nice bit of extra fuel.

Lunch was another “easy” meal of a simple green salad with spinach, veggies, avocado, and tuna fish.

For dinner I tried a new recipe recommended by someone on a Whole30 group page on Facebook. It was mini meatloaves made in muffin tins and it turned out great. I have 3 servings for leftovers to boot. I served it with sweet potatoes and asparagus with some chipotle mayo on the side.

Bananas and Almond Butter

What I like about this photo is that you can see the exact moment I gave up trying to spread the almond butter on the banana slices. #skillz

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my little ol’ blog- and to those of you who have commented (in person and online) and offered up encouragement!

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