So, today is Monday and the last day of week 2 of our Whole30 Challenge.
It’s honestly become less and less of a deal. Prepping is definitely a huge help. If you’re currently doing the challenge, here’s what I prep Sunday night to help a bit with meals:
- Steam 2-3 sweet potatoes
- Par-cook purple cabbage
- Chop lettuce for salad
- Chop peppers (for use in salad or veggie stirfries)
- Dice an onion
I’m not a huge fan of cooking any type of protein before hand, unless it’s chili. But with the above prepped, I can easily add veggies to anything or make a quick salad.
Sunday was kind of a lazy hang around sort of day, save for my 2 hour trip to the Farmer’s market + Whole Foods. I found myself snacking on sweet potato chips a lot, which I don’t tend to do during the week. Considering what I usually do on a Sunday, I’ll call that a win.
I have a hunch that if I were sleeping well at night, I’d be waking up feeling pretty darn good these days. Eli has decided to kind of be crazy with his sleeping the last few nights, so I wake up feeling kind of left of center, but it fades after I have my green juice and is distant history after my morning coffee!
I’d love to tell you that weight has magically melted away, but that isn’t the case. I do feel that I’ve lost weight, but nothing drastic. I’m still in my same size pants and stuff, but I can tell my belly is flatter and less bloated, which is always nice.
Some exciting developments:
Babycakes loves going up stairs. As you can imagine, going down stairs is not working out, since he employs the same “going up” technique for going down. Basically, if he’s suddenly quiet, I need to RUN and find him, not walk. It’s been a blast. Especially when he learned how to pull down the gate and use it as a ramp. You can’t buy that kind of fun, people. Especially when you’re trying to watch Prison Break.
We went to the playground and it was the first time he actually played instead of just swinging in the baby swing. VERY fun! My little booger is getting so big. It’s freaking me out that he’ll be 11 months old soon…
I miss these days when he always passed out after his milk. Sigh. People said that they would grow super fast. But I didn’t realize how very fast it would be! Blink and your little creature is suddenly a little person trying to communicate with you.
Or giving you looks.
Speaking of, he also had his first green smoothie. We drank it through a straw, and clearly my man doesn’t yet get the concept yet. He did enjoy himself though. In this picture he’s giving the fist pump to show he’s finished. 🙂
I hope you all had a great weekend!
So, back in the day when Hubs and I were habitual dieters (aka Start one for New Years and one when the weather started to warm) we were a lot like boxers. You know how they severely dehydrate themselves prior to “Weigh In” day, so that they are as small as possible and can fit in to their weight class? Then, on fighting day, are suddenly 10-15 lbs heavier. We did the SAME thing, except in reverse. We would eat as much crapola as possible, like, go on an all-out junk food binge, prior to our weigh in. You’d think they told us that junk food was going out of business, and booze too! Come weigh in day, we’d be so bloated and gross that we were excited to “behave”! And of course, that first week weight loss was inspirational, as it was all bloat and poor digestion.
Fun times. My metabolism surely thanks me for the Yo-yo dieting. Surely.
Well, today is the first day of our Whole30 Challenge, and somehow, I let myself fall into that old pattern. I feel so gross.
I ate fried food. Fruit tarts. Burgers with white flour buns. A flippin’ chocolate croissant for breakfast!
Wow. So you now know that even Little Miss Healthy Pants can be a total ass.
There are a few reasons why I am doing the Whole30 Challenge, apart from supporting Hubs.
- Unhealthy habits snuck into my routine – Yes, sweetened condensed milk, I’m looking at you. The daily sugar made me crave more sugar. Plain and simple.
- My belly has been feeling bloated. Digestion has definitely slowed.
- I still have 8 lbs I’d like to lose, and feel that a cleanse will help me get through my current plateau.
- Curiosity over whether or not wheat is a food that negatively affects me.
So far, we’re barely halfway into Day 1. It’s not a huge deal, nor is it much different from how I have been eating. The key differences are in cooking processes – no butter. Which is sad for me. Along with the loss of cream. My french scrambled eggs were not the same – but still fine, with olive oil instead.
You’ll also be glad to know that I found a way to deal with the coffee.
It’s just coconut milk processed with a few medjool dates. It’s not super sweet, but the creaminess and slight sweetness gives me what I’m craving in my morning Cuppa – so no one had to die this morning.
All in all, I’m feeling good and excited. It’s been a while since I embarked on something like this, so I’m curious to see if I really react to it as a “challenge” as opposed to just something different.
Why hello, and welcome to this glorious Labor Day Weekend. What, you may ask, does this Momma DO on such a glorious holiday three day palooza?
Clearly, I wake up early as per usual, and dream up ways to be mean to myself.
Well, no. Not exactly mean. But mean.
None of this:
And none of this:
And even if you just scroll through the pictures on this blog without reading my incredibly entertaining explanations… You know I do a lot of those.
It’s not because I think I have a problem. It’s more than that. I’m interested in finding out, once and for all, what foods make me feel gross and what foods don’t. I’d also like to see if there’s an energy boost to be found by removing body clogging and inflammatory things. I’m thinking yes, but I want to find out for myself.
So I’m doing this:
No, I’m not joining Crossfit or going Paleo forever. Good grains, legumes, and Stevia are all coming back as far as I can see. But it’s honestly not a huge leap from how we’re currently eating. The only change is the booze and the flippin’ sweetened condensed milk in my coffee. Which has become an addiction. A lover. A friend. And probably the reason why my pants are always just a TAD too tight these days. I mean, just the fact that I didn’t want to do this challenge BECAUSE of the coffee with the sweetened condensed milk, told me I just had to. Because What the Flip, right? Seriously, Sarah?
And the wine. But I’ve had a lot of wine. But I love wine.
My friends are already threatening to leave me.
Anyway, here’s how it is going down. We’ll start Tuesday, because what sort of masochist starts an elimination diet on a holiday weekend? Not Me!
So Tuesday, Hubs and I will weigh and measure ourselves, and I’ll cry over the loss of my morning lover. Hopefully nothing crazy happens. Can’t promise.
We’ll measure and weigh again after 30 days. And you can follow along with my daily eats on Instagram – I won’t clog up Twitter and Facebook with that. I’ll be sure to whine and moan about how much I miss my sugar and wine on the blog though. Count on it.
And we’ll see!
I’m actually kind of excited. I’ve got a cute outfit that’s a little too tight, and the beginning of October will be the PERFECT time to whip it out.
Any awesome plans for this weekend? Any September cleansing ideas?
Any interest in joining me? 🙂