WORKOUTS – Today I set out for a run and then my plans quickly changed. I decided to let my Polar dictate my pace. I can never seem to stay in Zone 2. So I just kept a pace that kept me in this zone. It was some running, but mostly brisk walking. It seemed to do the trick. I burned over 800 calories. WOOT!!
This morning’s breakfast was spicy sausage and sweet potato hash with scrambled eggs and caramelized onions. It was awesome and I could pretty much eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can find a variation of this recipe – HERE. I woke up this morning feeling sleepy and like I just wanted to stay in bed a couple more hours. Things feel quite different this time around, compared to the last time we attempted Whole30. I really don’t have any cravings at all. I realize that we are not that far into it yet but it feels a lot easier this time around. I attribute that to how much we have cleaned up our diet since the first time we tried this.
Last night I prepped some healthy snacks for us to take hiking. We froze the applesauce and the berries so they would hold up to heat while in our packs. I don’t eat very much fruit in general (Maybe once every 2 days or so) but I figured the natural sugars in the fruit would be a good energy source for our hike.
We hiked the Skyline Loop Trail at Mt. Rainier. I’ve done this hike several times before, but none were so challenging as today. We did the hike in the reverse direction which is a lot more challenging. We took the longest and highest route. We encountered far more snow than I would have thought. I normally do this hike mid to late August so that I can see all the wildflowers while they are in full bloom. About 2 miles of the trail was completely covered in snow to the point that you could not see the trail. We managed our way through it, it just slowed us down a bit. I was incredibly thankful for the amount of water and snacks I packed. It was a challenging but beautiful and incredibly fun day.
The picture on the left is from the same hike two years ago. I don’t feel like I even recognize those people!!
You can see more pictures from our hike – HERE
This is the highest number I have ever seen on my Polar. That was A LOT of calories burned. Needless to say, I was STARVING when we got home. It took hungry and tired to a whole different level.
We had a nice dinner of Prawns that were marinated in red pepper flakes, garlic, minced onion, lime juice, avocado oil, and a little Himalayan pink salt. We ate them with a salad and roasted vegetables. We love, love, love roasted vegetables. If I am not careful, I will replace the dairy bloat with veggie bloat. That’s a thing!! Look it up! After dinner I did some studying and then we went to bed early. Day 5 was a good day.
I made this beautiful salad to go with our dinner tonight. It had romaine, spinach, kalamata olives, capers, roasted red peppers, roasted eggplant, roasted artichokes and pepperoncinis. I had a hard time verifying that pepperoncinis were a compliant food. I saw a lot of mixed answers. However, according to the ingredient list on the jar, it all looked compliant to me.
Dinner Day 6
Along with the salad we had roasted cauliflower and a pork loin chop. It’s almost time to hit the grocery store again and stock back up on some of the staples. I snacked on eggs and olives today and enjoyed my rest day. It was a busy past several days and I was feeling physically and mentally exhausted. I stayed home all day and got a lot of work done. I feel this whole process working already. I have more energy overall. I feel slimmer. My cravings are gone. I just feel well fueled. “Operation Red Dress” is in full swing!! I have no idea how much I weigh, or if I have lost any weight in this first week. I haven’t weighed myself in over 3 weeks and am taking a hiatus from the scale for a while. BUT, I certainly don’t need it to tell me that my body is changing for the better. My body is speaking for itself when I look in the mirror. Numbers do not define me.
WORKOUTS – Today was a planned rest day… and rest I did 🙂
This was the end result of our walk as measured by my Polar. I have had some pretty intense calorie burns this week. I’ve loved the hikes and the walks but it’s back to CrossFit tomorrow. Too many days of not lifting things up and putting them down makes me a crabby girl 🙂
WORKOUTS – Today was rest day… The only thing I did was work on my pull-ups a little bit.
It is perfect cherry season and these babies were DELICIOUS!! When I first adapted a low-carb lifestyle, cutting out fruit was not a problem for me because I was never much of a fruit eater. I have always preferred vegetables. Reintroducing fruit into my diet has been awesome. Now, I like a lot more fruits than I used to but I am not tempted to overindulge in them.
Today was produce day. Between our weekly produce order, Costco and our garden, we are probably eating enough produce for about 10 adults. I love it.
WORKOUTS – Today the workout was – In 15 minutes, run 1 mile and then for the remainder of the time complete as many rounds as you can of 3 Squat Snatches and 10 Box Jumps. I made it through, but it was definitely not even close to a good performance. I was way more tired after the mile than I should have been and my form on the squat snatches was pretty terrible. After the first set of box jumps, I switched to step-ups. My legs just felt like cement. NOT a good day in the gym. BUT, it was still better than not going at all. I did my mile in 10:04 and then did 3 full rounds plus 2 squat snatches.
My husband has an uncanny knack for doing the right things at the right times. I came home to these beautiful flowers and him in the kitchen cooking dinner for me. It was as if he sensed how bad I was feeling at that very moment. It was a wonderful surprise and a nice end to a long day. I think I earned some extra Whole30 brownie points for not diving face first into the cooler of beer at the end of the seminar. Although Whole30 and brownie don’t really belong in the same sentence. It’s the whole SWYPO thing.
WORKOUTS – Today is a rest day.
Dinner tonight was not very colorful. But it sure was tasty. We had blackened pork loin chops with roasted cauliflower, onions and mushrooms.
I was working on new paleo recipes today and make this bowl of deliciousness. It turned out amazing and I can’t wait to share it with you. BUT, having this violated one of the major rules of Whole30. I wasn’t craving anything sweet or trying to re-create any of my old junk food habits. I was simply spending the day in the kitchen working on new creations. I never gave it one second of thought besides that. It doesn’t have a single non-paleo, Whole30 compliant ingredient in it, but it would still not technically be allowed on the program. I remembered that after I made it and tasted it. I don’t really feel bad about it though. Ice cream was never one of my major vices. I have always craved savory over sweet. Thus my Dorito-Kryptonite reference earlier. Also, I didn’t make it to satisfy a craving or an urge, I was simply working on new recipe development. Given that, I don’t really feel like it is that big of an offense. It’s not like I set out to paleo-ify Doritos… That would be bad news!
I promise that there will be many recipes coming your way that includes these vegetable “noodles”. They are so versatile, colorful and crazy delicious.
Dinner Day 25
Any of you who have done a Whole30 already know how hard it can be to dine out. It is possible, but not without asking a lot of questions and requesting a lot of modifications. Even then, you really don’t know what you are getting since you weren’t there when it was prepared. My friend and I wanted to go out to dinner tonight and after having to get up and leave one place, another being closed, and looking at a series of menus online, we ended up spending about 30 minutes in the grocery store, reading labels and grabbing random foods. We ended up taking all the food back to the Pilates studio she works at. We spread out our bounty on the floor of the studio and had what turned out to be one of the best date nights ever. We managed to find a Whole30 compliant smoked salmon (which I was sure did not exist), a tilapia ceviche, guacamole, carrots, snap peas, pineapple, cherries, and sparkling mineral water. It was a great night.
26 days in and I don’t have a food picture for you today. But here is a picture of my newest obsession. I.am.hooked! I can’t get enough sparkling water. Thanks to my favorite 4 year old, I keep calling it tickly water.
We are in our final week and I am feeling better than ever. People keep asking what we will do after this. I don’t really feel like there is an after. We will keep doing a majority of the things the same but occasionally enjoy a nice treat meal or adult beverage when the mood strikes. Life is all about moderation. I don’t believe in saying “never”. The very moment I tell myself I am never going to eat something again, that is the very second I will start obsessing over it. I don’t believe in strict limitations just like I don’t believe in the word “diet” used outside of the noun definition “The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.” Make it a verb and I don’t care for it. It feels good to eat this way and I don’t really feel an overwhelming need to change anything.
Snack Day 28
Interested in trying a Whole30 out for yourself? The book “It Starts with Food” By Dallas and Melissa Hartwig is an excellent place to start. It will change the way you think about food. Not only is it a great read, but it will really help you get through the Whole30 program. You can get it – HERE