Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Whole30: Week One Progress Update!




WHOLE 30 CHALLENGE: WEEK 1 RECAP

Well to say I am filled mixed with emotions about completing my first 7 days of the Whole30 challenge, would not be doing justice to exactly what I am feeling. Not sure I can even put into words. Today is day 9, and reflecting over the first week I am just at peace. I’m excited, I’m scared, I’m happy, there were many times I wanted to “Kill all the Things” , there were times I wanted to cry. There were times I wanted to give up! I pushed through, and I am mentally stronger, I feel things shifting and changing. But more on that later….


First thing I want to tackle is this: If you want to start Whole30, do your research. I cannot stress enough how important it is to read the book, It Starts With Food, to understand the science behind this challenge. You will learn so much about each of the food groups you have to eliminate and the effect they have on your body. You learnt he WHY. Once you learnt eh WHY and understand it, it makes sense and your mindset is completely different. It’s not about giving up your favorites or being tortured, it’s about finding out why do I feel like “X”.


Just 7 days in, I have thoughts and tips, but I’m going to save those for a thorough recap at the end. For now, lets just want to talk about what this past week has been like. As I’m writing this, I’ve now completed 8 days with no alcohol, no sugar, no grains, no dairy, and no legumes. This is the first time I’ve ever eliminated so many things at once and I feel like my very own science project. I’ve been jotting things down, how I’m feeling each day, and looking back it encourages me to continue on.


Day 1 – Was that the N6 that just ran me over?

Right off the bat, you should know I chose NOT to stop drinking my Shakeology. It is technically not Whole30 compliant, but I am grown - and I made the decision that I can not AFFORD to stop drinking it. Over the 2 years I have been drinking it, I know it is one of the most nutritious, convenient, and delicious shakes i have ever had - and brings me so many health benefits,. This was non negotiable. I drink it as my Post Workout Meal - which is a "free meal" on the plan. Then breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack if needed - is Whole30 compliant. 
I woke up feeling great!! Energized and ready for the day!! By mid day - that N6 came barreling through and I was knocked on my butt! I convinced myself I must have caught the flu from someone....(no sweetie - that's just your body detoxing all the crap you have been putting in it!!) I pushed through, no snacks today, put myself to bed early! 

  • Post Workout: Shakeology, Tsp Almond Butter, Water, Ice
  • Breakfast: Egg Omelette with peppers, onions, spinach, chicken sausage. Topped with homemade Whole30 salsa and guac
  • Lunch: Spicy Grilled Chicken over Spaghetti Squash
  • Dinner: Grass Fed Burger with Avocado and half a Sweet Potato


Day 2 - Damn you bus, take another route!! Oh wait - Is that cheese i smell? 

"Still feeling like that bus ran me over, so stuffed up and head is pounding!! Holy cow can I even make it another 28 days? I think im dying...I think i have to give up" And then I snapped out of it. Please....this is not hard! Fighting Cancer is hard, Fighting Lupus is hard....not eating chocolate and cheese is NOT hard! I'm making it hard, I am addicted. Addicted to sugar, addicted to dairy - I mentally have to change the way i look at food. I have to make a choice to stop doing what got me hear in the first place, and do something better for me!! "Did my son just walk passed me with cheese? Maybe if I just take a lick...."

  • Post Workout: Shakeology, Tsp Almond Butter, Water, Ice
  • Breakfast: Egg Omelette with peppers, onions, spinach, chicken sausage. Topped with homemade Whole30 italian dressing
  • Lunch: Spicy Grilled Chicken over Spaghetti Squash
  • Dinner: Grilled Chicken over spinach and romaine, apples, sweet potato, Whole30 raspberry walnut dressing
  • Snack: Whole30 compliant Lara Bar
Day 3 - Oh good, now I'm coughing "stuff" out...Where is my Bed??

"Please let me sleep, I just want to sleep all day. I am not even remotely hungry" Today was one of the sad days, that i would like to cry. I broke a picture frame that cost me a $1, i cried. People at work were breathing to loud, i got teary eyed. I need my bed and my blankets, and my chorkies to cuddle with me. I made myself eat, followed the meal plan for the day - and won the day!


  • Post Workout: Shakeology, Tsp Almond Butter, Water, Ice
  • Breakfast: Egg Omelette with peppers, onions, spinach, chicken sausage. Topped with homemade Whole30 italian dressing
  • Lunch: Grilled Chicken over spinach and romaine, apples, sweet potato, Whole30 raspberry walnut dressing
  • Dinner: Grass Fed Burger with Avocado and half a Sweet Potato
  • Snack: Whole30 compliant Lara Bar
Day 4 - Are you talking to me? I know you are not talking to me!! 


The book warned us....beware of the "Kill All Things" phase...they were spot on! I tried to keep to myself all day, tried to not let the beast out of her cage - I think I did an OK job with that, and if not? Sorry - it is what it is. I'm on a mission and my sassyness isn't going to stop me from getting to my goal! 

  • Post Workout: Shakeology, Tsp Almond Butter, Water, Ice
  • Breakfast: Egg Omelette with peppers, onions, spinach, chicken sausage. Topped with homemade Whole30 italian dressing
  • Lunch: Grilled Chicken over spinach and romaine, apples, sweet potato, Whole30 raspberry walnut dressing
  • Dinner: Spaghetti Squash, chicken, walnuts, apples, spinach medley 
  • Snack: Apples with warm almond butter
Day 5 - Oh Sassypants - you are still around? Great! At least I am feeling less bloated today!

So Im still in that phase of wanting to kill all the things, but its OK. A silver lining is i feel lighter! Less bloat, a little pep in my step - My headache is going away and it is less filled with phlem. Have to look at the positives! I noticed a huge burst of energy around 5pm - which is odd for me, and sadly that kept me up till 1am! Positive spin? I cleaned my house :) 

  • Post Workout: Shakeology, Tsp Almond Butter, Water, Ice
  • Breakfast: Egg Omelette with peppers, onions, spinach, chicken sausage. Topped with homemade Whole30 italian dressing
  • Lunch: Spicy Grilled Chicken over Spaghetti Squash
  • Dinner: Grass Fed Burger with Avocado and half a Sweet Potato








Day 6 - Why in the world did I just dream my Chorkies were talking to me and eating cookies? 

Not sure what's going on in my dreams...but i woke up laughing and smiling so I guess its a good thing. Also - i warned my son to keep a close eye on me - because if I could eat everything in site i will!! This phase was supposed to be earlier - but I just like to be different i guess LOL. Less irritable today, but I see a nap in my future!  By now you can see, I like to repeat my meals over and over. Why? Because I am a busy single mom. Cooking for two. I do not have the time or budget for huge elaborate meals, different every single day - so that I have so much leftover i wind up throwing everything out. And the recipes are good - and I like them - so there! 

  • Post Workout: Shakeology, Tsp Almond Butter, Water, Ice
  • Breakfast: Egg Omelette with peppers, onions, spinach, chicken sausage. Topped with homemade Whole30 italian dressing
  • Lunch: Spaghetti Squash, chicken, walnuts, apples, spinach medley 
  • Dinner: Grass Fed Burger with Avocado and half a Sweet Potato
  • Snack: Apples with warm almond butter
Day 7 - Ahhhh....My head is clear

I can breath, no more coughing, no more runny nose. I feel like something shifted in my mind - and I conquered some challenges. Last night there was a Halloween party - and I didn't have 1 chip or sugary sweet. I wanted something sugary - but i think it was mental - because i knew i shouldn't so it made it more appealing. I munched on my veggie platter. Today i scold and rainy, and I like to mindless watch crappy TV and munch on sweets - but I didnt. I kept myself in check - and planned for the following week. Then went grocery shopping and cooked enough to last me through half the week (round two of cooking usually goes down on Wed/Thurs so everything is fresh)


  • Post Workout: Shakeology, Tsp Almond Butter, Water, Ice
  • Breakfast: Last bit of Spaghetti squash and grilled chicken
  • Lunch: Spaghetti Squash, chicken, walnuts, apples, spinach medley 
  • Dinner: Grass Fed Burger with Avocado and half a Sweet Potato
  • Snack: Lara Bar
Overall thoughts:

My food choices are a work in progress. I'm still figuring out the best portions, making sure I have enough protein at each meal. The snacks - are mostly out of habit, some was need in a pinch till i got home. I am working on eliminating snacks - unless its an emergency. 

I am listening to my body more, and eating when I am really hungry, not just bored, and stopping when I am full. Its been a challenge since for the last 2 years I have been eating every 2-3 hours and using the portion control containers from the 21 Day Fix. Dont get me wrong - the science behind the 21 Day Fix is phenomenal - and I owe almost 75lbs of weight loss to that system. Sometimes our bodies grow accustomed to something and it needs a little tune up - a switch, and sometimes even though we know what is clean eating and whats not - we let ourselves eat closer to 70/30 instead of 80/20 and some weeks 50/50. What I am learning - is there is no single 100% right way - clean eating & exercise always are the way - but the plan you follow has to fit your lifestyle and the goals you want to accomplish. Once i figure out what foods do nto agree with me and have been causing harm - i am able to continue with Whole30 and the crazy containers I love so much. One of the many beauties, Beachbody and Whole30 can go hand and hand! 

I thought I would have more cravings than i did - so it makes me a tad nervous for week 2. I am a huge sugar addict. I like my chocolate, I tend to have a little more than i should. And since starting with the Whole30 Challenge - I have been very diligent with turning food over and reading labels! I suggest you do the same - its eye opening and frankly scary how much added sugar is in our everyday foods and medicines! 

I would love to hear from you!! Have you tried Whole30? Do you want to try? Have questions? Let me know - I would love to share in your journey! 

Pls feel free to share this with anyone you think would like it! 

7 days down....23 more to go!!