Almost 2 weeks down and just over 2 more…

Today is Day 12 of my whole30.  I feel pretty good right now!  I have been pretty hungry in the afternoon, really wanting a snack.  I am not sure how much of it is mental, but I don’t like to deprive myself so I have been having a larabar or some sunbutter or something like that.  I went to EnduraCamps last Saturday and Thursday, ran about 10 miles and went to hot yoga this week.  Going back to Endura tomorrow morning.

Work was crazy busy, and I ate out a lot(which is just part of the deal for me sometimes).  I did pretty good considering the fact that I am sometimes working in the country where there is just no chance someone will get it.  Maybe that is why I had a lot of steak in the past week!  I think I am going to lay off the red meat for a few days, because I feel better about it…I like this quote and find it rather true:

“It’s not learning that is hard; it’s unlearning that we struggle with.”

Well let’s see…I guess I’ll start where I left off.  Last Saturday I went to Endura and the farmers market in the AM and then to the Mother’s Day luncheon at my grandma’s retirement home where I ate fruit only because it was a pre-set menu.  Here is a photo of my mom, 94 year old grandma, aunt and I.Image

Saturday night I had my first grass-fed steak(well that I know of).  It was so good.  There is a local restaurant in KC called Anton’s that just opened a few months ago, and they have a really good meat selection.  I had a salad and strip with root veg cooked in EVOO and salt and pepper.  I had enough steak for a salad on Sunday night.  

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Mother’s Day morning I ran with my friend Sara, as we are training for the Hospital Hill 5k on June 1st.  I know a 5k is no biggie, but they call it hospital hill for a reason.  I went to lunch in Lawrence with my mom, bro and bro’s fiance Abby.  I had a local (overcooked) burger and some marginal broccolini.  Not the best meal, but I managed to put it away.  My cousin’s fiance’s family has a farm with lots of plants, flowers, and herbs, so we went there after lunch because I want to grow my own herbs!  Here are some fun photos from Henry’s Plant Farm…oh and the tasty sweet potato hash I made post run:

I chopped up some sweet potato using the food processor that came with my immersion blender.  It was pretty easy.  I added some different herbs and spices…I don’t remember but I think some s and p, basil, cinnamon, and chili powder.  Something like that.  Cooked it up in some ghee and topped with a fried egg fresh from the farmers market.  

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And the farm:

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As far as food goes I did make a breakfast and dinner that lasted me most of my busy week.  I made my first even frittata:

Chicken Sausage Frittata(from “It Starts with Food”)
9 large eggs, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 TBSP Coconut Oil(May try Ghee next time), 1 Chicken Sausage, 1 tsp oregano, about 2-3 cups of pre-cooked diced bell peppers and onion.

Preheat oven to 400 and beat eggs with s and p and seasonings.  In skillet cook fat over medium heat.  Add protein and veg and coat with fat.  Add eggs and stir for 2 minutes.  Let sit for about 30 seconds and then bake in oven for about 15 minutes or until the top is nice and puffed up and starting to brown.  Cut in wedges and serve, for me this was 4 servings.

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For dinner I made ground turkey asian lettuce wraps.  The recipe is from the book “Practical Paleo”

Chinese 5-spice turkey lettuce cups

I cooked a pound of ground turkey in a TBSP of coconut oil and added s and p and chinese 5 spice.  I chopped up bell peppers, cucumber, red cabbage, and carrots, a sliced a lime and chopped up some fresh cilantro.  The sauce calls for 2 teaspoons sunbutter(can use tahini or almond butter), 2 TBSP coconut aminos, 1 TBSP sesame oil.  I used more sunbutter and also had to make a little more for my 4th meal out of this.  Once you have all the ingredients just assemble and enjoy!

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Well I have more to share, but I am tired and I think I have enough for one day.  I will update again tomorrow or Sunday.  Until next time!

-Sara

 

5 days down…25 to go!

I made it through the first 5 days…no sweat…ok well I did sweat.  EnduraCamps kicked my ass on Wednesday night!  My hamstrings have been insanely tight and sore, and I somehow rubbed a spot raw right next to my tailbone(sorry if that is TMI) from doing sit-ups on the floor they have there.  I have to say that is a new one for me.  I’m going back tomorrow after taking yesterday off…hope I’m healed enough!

I got measured on day 2.  And weighed.  For now, I will share with you my body fat % and photos.  Once I am done with this I’ll tell you how many pounds I lost, how many inches, etc.  So my starting fat % is just under 21%.  I feel like that seems low, cuz I am a curvy lady, but my trainer has had me from just above there down to just below 20% since he started measuring me in August.  My body fat definitely responds to weight training, but I hate lifting at the gym.  I am hoping my new “bootcamp” type class, HIIT, plyo, etc. will do the trick.  My goal is to get my body fat down below 18% as this is when women start showing abs.  I’m not trying to get a 6 pack, but I have a little pooch that just doesn’t ever want to go away and now is the time for it to say good-bye!

Here are the before photos:

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Not the best photos since they are selfies, but you get the point.

Ok so let’s talk about food!  This is breakfast from day 4 and 5.  I decided to use sun butter on my squash for added fat.  I don’t really like the sun butter on it’s own, which is good, because I LOVE peanut and almond butter…and I want to eat it by the spoonful.  Just some over easy eggs today and organic chicken sausage from Whole Foods yesterday.  The squash recipe is, as I said before, AMAZING and comes from the “It Starts with Food Book”

BUTTERNUT SQUASH PUREE WITH ROASTED GARLIC

2.5 lbs butternut squash, 1 head garlic(I did not use nearly this much), 1 TBSP clarified butter(I used ghee), 2 TBSP coconut milk(I added more to make it creamier for reheating), 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp all spice(I had some pumpkin spice from Trader Joe’s  I added in place of the last 2)

Bake squash and roast garlic with the squash.  When cool scoop out, squeeze out garlic, and mix till smooth.  Add other ingredients to taste.  They recommend a food processor, but I used my immersion blender.  YUM!  YUM!  It’s all gone and I’m a little sad.

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My lunches were on the go for days 3 and 4 and I didn’t take a photo on day 3 but here are 4 and 5.  Today I took some lean organic grass fed beef and heated it up with some ghee and added roasted green chiles(from the can) and bell peppers.  I scrambled in egg whites(I am still a little fat phobic and don’t need to eat 6 whole eggs every day) and I topped it with avocado.  I am not crazy about the taste of grass fed beef, which sucks, cuz I love me some ground beef.  I’m going to have to choose recipes with a lot of spices and other ingredients, like a chili maybe?  The salad is from day 4 and is chicken fajita salad with salsa and avocado.  I just held the cheese, sour cream, and tortilla strips.  And the tomatoes but that is just because I don’t like them raw ;D

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Last nights dinner(night 4) was my spaghetti squash and turkey marinara I already posted, so I didn’t take a pic.  Night 3 I had thai basil beef from “It Starts with Food”  I added bell pepper, coconut aminos, fresh basil, and lime to my already cooked beef.  I decided to make it a soup and poured some chicken broth.  I ate olives on the side for some healthy fat.  Tonight I got a big salad at the salad bar that I ate for night 5 dinner and will be day 6 lunch.  I had mixed greens with beets, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, sunflower seeds, black olives, and radish.  I added a hard boiled egg and a slice of thick cut bacon and tossed it in some balsamic vinegar.  I went to hot yoga for the first time in a few weeks, as they moved the studio and were shut down for a bit, and I felt so good after that I wanted a fresh and tasty salad.

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Wish me luck on my first weekend on the wagon 🙂 Until next time.

-Sara

And so it begins…

Well I just finished Day 2 and so far so good!  I have yet to do my weigh in/measurements—that is coming tomorrow morning.  I will take some before photos after that happens.

I bought a lot of food yesterday and it was kind of expensive.  I’d say I spent close to $100, but a lot of it is stuff I’ll have for a while.  I did have to go to 3 grocery stores, as I refuse to do the majority of my shopping at Whole Foods…or as an employee at Trader Joe’s called it “Whole Paycheck.”  I started at Trader Joe’s, moved on to Natural Grocers and ended at Whole Foods.

Here is a photo of my shopping spree:

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My first 2 meals came from what I already had in my fridge…I was already eating Paleo for the most part so I had made myself some turkey marinara and spaghetti squash, which I had for lunch yesterday and today.  For breakfast yesterday I had Organic omega 3 eggs in ghee and bell peppers.  My dinner last night as a mexi beef recipe from “It Starts With Food.”  I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture.

I was probably hungry because I also ran 3 miles last night(and walked to and from meeting them) with my running group “Sports Bras to Sports Bars” of course I skipped the bar part despite the beautiful evening.  The run was rough due to mixture of new shoes and new humidity + the gluttony that I allowed myself over the weekend before I started my Whole30.  I am sure it will get easier 🙂  I also went to half a yoga class afterward at my gym, but I was so hungry that I left and made dinner!

Here are yesterdays meals:

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I slept really well last night with no Ambien(I occasionally take a half) and no iPad(I usually watch netflix or hulu on it in bed at night). I made an amazing dish with butternut squash after I played squash tetris yesterday afternoon.

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The squash dish is also from “It Starts with Food” and it contains pureed butternut squash with ghee, coconut milk, and a bunch of yummy spices.  Did I mention that squash dish is awesome?  I had it for breakfast and dinner today with eggs, some organic chicken sausage from Whole Foods and bell peppers.  I didn’t even miss my beloved Sriracha(I’ve been obsessed with that stuff lately!)  Lunch was the same as yesterday.

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I ran again today, but after 1.5 miles my calves were not having it and I walked the other 1.5 back home.  According to Jenny, a trainer at my gym who is an avid runner, it could just be that the new shoes changed my gate…or they may not have enough support.  Regardless I am ordering another pair of my current running shoes, the Saucony Mirage, as soon as I finish this post.

My first questionable situation will happen this weekend, as I am going to a Mother’s Day luncheon at my grandma’s retirement community on Saturday.  It is a set menu and obviously not Whole30 complient.  I discussed with my mother tonight if I just pretend to eat and move it around my plate or eat nothing…I am pretty sure my 94 year old grandma will not notice if I don’t eat it but she will not understand if they serve me nothing.  One Mother’s Day we are taking my mom to lunch and then to my cousins fiances family nursery(where I plan to come home with fresh herbs :)) and the restaurant I chose has a burger with local beef, so I will have that with onions and bacon and a side salad…no biggie!

Tomorrow I will be trying a new bootcamp at Endura Camps, and I will be eating lunch out because of work…yikes!

Thanks for reading my blog and checking in with me.  Until next time.

-Sara

Getting ready to start my journey

Starting on May 6th I will attempt something I have never attempted before…to eat clean with no booze or cheat meals for 30 days by completing the Whole30.  Why now?  The timing seems as good as any…I will be coming off of 3 alcohol and food filled weekends and my brothers wedding is June 8th.  For those of you who know me, I have been eating pretty close to what most call the Paleo diet for a while now.  See my about section if you don’t know what this means.  My problem is that I take the 20% leeway they give me a little too far.  For one, I love to drink and when I drink it is usually not just one or two.  Also, I am pretty sure I am addicted to sugar…I am not the kind of girl that keeps something sweet in the house and has a little bit every night.  I eat it all, even if it makes me feel awful  and I still want more.  I steer clear of allowing any of that kind of thing into my house, but I would rather be able to enjoy a few bites of cheesecake and move on(I mean I can most of the time, but I also have some weak moments).  Also you will learn that I like to overuse the ellipsis…see how I did that!

 

Here are a couple of pics of me.  I will be back on Monday where I will be sharing with you what I am eating, how I am feeling and maybe some before and after info.  Until next time.

-Sara

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