Motivation Monday and Whole30 Update {Week 3}

Heading in to week 4 of Whole30, y’all!  I’m still going strong.  It kind of just feels like my norm now.  I don’t even really think about the “no-no” foods…I just go straight for what I know I’m supposed to eat and what makes my body feel good, even though I am getting sick of eating the same things.  In an effort to mix it up, I had a veggie burger the other night, but it did not sit well.  This is the first “packaged” food I’ve had since starting Whole30, and while the ingredients were compliant (although it did have quinoa, which is technically not compliant on strict Whole30, but allowed on the modified vegetarian version), I’m wondering if there were some sort of preservatives in it?  Or maybe it was the quinoa?  Even though I can have quinoa on the modified plan, I’ve been avoiding it for the most part and following the strict Whole30 guidelines.  I think I had quinoa one day during my first week, but haven’t since.  I guess that could have been what upset my stomach.  Point being, there is obviously some magic in this program.  Whether it was the quinoa or some sort of added preservative, I think that was my body’s way of telling me to stay away.  I haven’t had one single stomach issue since starting Whole30, where I used to have issues all the time, and then suddenly I veer off a tiny bit, and I have a stomach issue.  I don’t think that’s a coincidence.  So I’m definitely going to follow the strict guidelines for the remainder of the 30 days and not even allow myself the vegetarian modifications.  I feel like I am getting enough protein as it is anyways.

What I’m eating. Big, huge salads.  I literally just fill a large Tupperware container with all sort of randomness that I have on hand, and then shake it up with some EVOO and red wine vinegar (I included a pic below, which isn’t pretty, but it was delicious).  I enjoy going to places like Moe’s and Taconooga (local to Chattanooga) and getting made-to-order salads chockfull of veggies.  Still eating lots of eggs, cooked all different ways, salmon, shrimp, or whatever seafood is on special at Whole Foods for the week, nut butters, roasted veggies, fruit and my RX bars.  On another note, I have been super hungry this week.  I did workout hard this week, so maybe that has something to do with it, but I’ve been having big meals and still wanting snacks in between.

What I miss. Quest bars (especially since they just came out with a new flavor that I’m dying to try), red wine, cereal and every now and then a bagel.

Where I’m struggling. Not really struggling with anything now – it’s really all just habit.  I guess if anything I’m still somewhat struggling with the meal prep and the time it takes to plan for the next day.  I’m tired of having to put so much thought into meals and I want to just be able to grab something quick.

How I feel. Really good!  I’m sleeping well and I have plenty of energy to get me through my workouts.

Other thoughts. I feel like this is the week where I’m going to start feeling “over it” and want to throw in the towel.  Again, not because it’s overly challenging, but rather because I’m just kind of tired of thinking about it so much.  I’m also getting to the point where I’m tired of eating the same things over and over.  It’s not like I’d even go crazy with unhealthy foods or anything…I’m talking like I would just love to mix in some oatmeal, yogurt and maybe a little granola.

My workouts were must better this past week; I assume because I’ve made it past all the slumps and am now in the phase that the book calls “Tiger Blood.”

 Monday 7/18: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph) and a 45 minute “Sports Drill” class (cardio intervals and strength training using free weights and body weight)

Tuesday 7/19: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph), 30 minute Step class, 15 minutes of core exercises

Wednesday 7/20: 30 minute HIIT class (high intensity interval training, which is basically a Tabata style workout) and 20 minutes on the elliptical

Thursday 7/21: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (strength training using primarily free weights)

Friday 7/22: 30 minute run on the treadmill (5.8 mph) and then I tried something new…stand up paddle boarding! I went with some friends from work and we had a blast.  Such a good core workout and my legs were also sore the next morning from standing up and holding my balance. Pics below! The scenery was gorgeous.

Saturday 7/23: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday 7/24: Totally took the day off, other than doing a little water skiing when we were out on friends’ boat.



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