Motivation Monday and Whole30 Update {Week 2}

Another week down and I’m also entering my third week of Whole 30. Wow!  It’s actually going relatively fast and as of tomorrow I will be halfway through.  I also made it through what the program calls the “hardest days” (days 10 and 11) and stayed true to the plan.  Day 10 was actually a challenge because I accidentally left the house that morning without my pre-packed breakfast and lunch.  As I’ve mentioned, preparation is key, and as long as I have my meals and snacks with me, I’m OK.  It’s when I forget to plan and pre-pack that I get desperate and more likely to slip-up.  I actually thought about giving in that morning and grabbing something non-compliant, but still healthy (oatmeal) from the cafeteria, but I got myself under control and stayed on course.  I didn’t want to skip breakfast (never a good idea), so I took an extra 20 minutes and went to Whole Foods to hit up the breakfast bar.  They have lots of good, Whole30 approved items and I was very happy to fill my plate with eggs, breakfast potatoes and some fruit, rather than giving into the non-compliant oatmeal.  At lunch I was able to make a salad from the cafeteria and have some fruit and a Lara bar on the side, so all in all I made out OK that day.  Here are some other thoughts:

What I’m eating. Still keeping it pretty simple and not trying to make meals too time consuming.  I bake a huge salmon filet on the weekends and eat off that throughout the week (either over a salad or on its own with veggies on the side).  I also roast a variety of veggies (brussel sprouts, eggplant, carrots, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, radishes, bell peppers) and eat some with most of meals.  I picked up some fresk okra from the farmer’s market yesterday and roasted that last night and it was really good.  Still eating so.many.eggs.  My favorite meals is probably what I call “kitchen sink eggs” where I scramble a couple whole eggs with whatever veggies I have on hand.  I pair this with veggie based (grain free) sausage.  Avocado makes an appearance at most of meals.  Chia seed pudding with cashew butter and sliced banana is another regular breakfast rotation.  I have an RX bar most days and I snack on fruit and raw nuts.  If I’m really wanting something a little sweeter I slice up an apple, drizzle it with cashew butter and sprinkle with chopped nuts.  I’ve included some pics of my various meals below, including some coffee items I’ve been using.

Where I’m struggling. Like I mentioned above, I struggle with the necessary preparation.  It’s so time consuming and for the love of Quest bars, I just want to be able to easily grab something when I’m in a pinch.  Also, we had a work happy hour last Thursday and I really wanted a glass of red wine and some munchies type snacks.  It was a struggle to be in a social setting like that where everyone was enjoying a cocktail and some yummy appetizers and I felt like the odd woman out with my club soda and lime.

How I’m feeling. Good!  I have a lot more energy and I just generally feel better.  Sugar and carbs cravings are gone for the most part…I actually find I crave veggies and fruit instead.  According to the book, day 15 is when I’m supposed to really start feeling the benefits, and I’d say I am well on my way.

What I miss most. Being able to easily and quickly make a meal, or grab a snack.  Red wine.  Going out for ice cream on the weekends (I think it’s more the event of going out for it rather than the actual sugar rush).  Although for the most part I’m not craving sugar, I do miss some sort of sweetener in my coffee.

Other thoughts. I am having the most crazy, vivid dreams.  It totally reminds me of when I was pregnant and I would have these types of dreams on a regular basis.  They are very intricate and detailed, almost like a movie or book.  I feel like I could wake up and tell a story with a crazy plot, involving lots of characters, twists and turns.  People I haven’t seen in years (or barely know anymore) show up in these dreams, and I’ll be in all kinds of weird locations, and often on some sort of mission or trying to accomplish a huge task.  It’s hilarious.  Like most dreams, I forget them shortly after waking up, but I do remember one in particular from last week where I was with a bunch of people that I maybe came across once or twice in my life (random acquaintances) and we were somewhere in Central America (I think it was almost like the Amazon or something, lol) on this big rescue mission to save animals…total random group of animals, like monkeys and dogs and horses.  It was all very exciting and so vivid.  I would have sworn it was real life.  The funny thing is that the Whole30 book does mention that around days 8-10 it is common to dream about food, particularly the foods you have cut out and possibly miss the most.  I can’t say I have dreamt about food, but I know these crazy dreams I am having have to be related to Whole30.  This is just further proof how certain foods can have such huge effects on you psychologically.

 And here are my exercise stats from the past week. I still struggled some last week as far as energy goes, but this upcoming week is when I’m supposed to start feeling a big energy boost (day 15) and just generally start noticing all the benefits, so I’m looking forward to seeing how my upcoming workouts pan out.

 Monday 7/11: Had a work related lunch today so I went down to the gym after work and did 20 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph) and 30 minutes of Tabata style exercises for a full body workout

Tuesday 7/12: I was home with Asher Wade today (he was having some tummy issues) so I popped him in the stroller and headed out for a 75 minute along the river

Wednesday 7/13: 20 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute power yoga class

Thursday 7/14: 20 minutes on the elliptical and a 45 minute “Total Body Training” class (all strength training, full body workout)

Friday 7/15: Totally random today. I couldn’t decide what I was in the mood for, so I just got moving and did a bunch of different things! Ran on the treadmill for 12 minutes (5.8 mph), did about 2/3 of a 45 minute “Sports Drill” class (lots of legs and plyometric exercises) and then headed outside for a 20 minute walk along the river.

Saturday 7/16: Ran 5 miles for the Chattanooga Heroes Run (will post on that later this week). This was the first day where my workout felt really awesome.  Granted this run was amazing to be a part of and I know I had adrenaline on my side, but I ran 5 miles without stopping and felt good while doing it, so that was some definite progress.  Surely Whole30 had something to do with that…

Sunday 7/17: Went kayaking Sunday morning for an hour or so and then walked along the river for 30 minutes



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