Whole30 Day 3&4

Yesterday I woke up with sugar cravings so I had a few pieces of dried fruit… I had the egg cups that I made the morning before with some avocado and tried to go with no coffee and was crashing about noon, so I made a little and had it with coconut milk and drank about half…

For the rest of the day I had the rest of the roast …WHICH I LOVED!! I am so making that again, so yummy and filling! For dinner I had a taco salad type thing with lemon juice for dressing..I even threw in some grilled spinach and strawberries..why not..it was good but I could only eat half, I was too full from my afternoon stew.

Still snacking on nuts and dried fruit in between….

as for today (DAY 4)

I had egg cups again for breakfast

for lunch I made this recipe

http://performancemenu.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeID=47

Its called Peach and Pecan Scramble…I made mine with mango and walnuts..it sounds so strange but it was super good!

This afternoon I had the rest of my salad, a little steak grilled with spinach and onion and for dinner I am making turkey burgers and am going to have mine on lettuce…

I feel less bloated, I never noticed “bloat” before..but I think I know what that means now..just not as puffy, more my own body..if that makes sense. Right now it is about 4:30 and I am tired, could sleep for sure…I only had a little bit of coffee this morning, so I am going to try and push through without it…

I made my first trip to Whole Foods today, it was jumpin in there. Such a good idea to go there for a meal because they have a whole restaurant set up, I am sure that you could find something on program there! I got some almond meal to make some zuchini muffins and some coconut oil for some other recipes!

So I am 4 days down, can’t believe it honestly…we will see how the weekend goes..25 days to go!!!!

Whole30 Day 2

So, having tons of great food in the house is much more helpful!

For breakfast I made these: (I used bacon instead and all egg whites, no salsa or cheese)

 

Servings

6

Author Notes

Fresh egg whites deliver the best flavor, but egg substitute can be used for convenience.  You can also use whole eggs, if you haven’t exceeded your weekly cholesterol allotment.

Ingredients

6 ounces very thinly sliced deli turkey
3/4 cup salsa  (click here for recipe) or grilled vegetables
18 large egg whites or 2 1/4 cups liquid egg white or egg substitute (see note below)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons grated low-fat Cheddar cheese

Instructions

If Using fresh eggs: Separate 18 whites into a medium mixing bowl Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and whisk lightly.  Transfer to a liquid measuring cup.  Let stand while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.  Lightly coat each cup of a standard-sized nonstick muffin pan with olive oil cooking spray.

Line each muffin cup with 1/2 ounce of the turkey.  There will probably be a little excess extending from the top of each cup.  Spoon 1 tablespoon of the salsa or grilled vegetables into each cup.

Measure 3 tablespoons of the egg whites or egg substitute into each muffin cup.  (After the first “muffin,” you can pour the whites from the liquid measuring cup to the same level as the fist muffin cup, rather than measuring 3 tablespoons each time.)

Place the muffin pan in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the eggs are puffed and the center is set.  Carefully remove the baked eggs from the pan and place 2 egg cups on each serving plate.  Garnish with the cilantro and cheese.

Per Serving:
70 calories; 12 g protein; 2 g carbohydrates (1 g sugars); 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat); 20 mg cholesterol; 1 g fiber; 220 mg sodium.

For lunch I made
Chicken Sausage, squash, green onion, left over carrots and broccoli stir fry in olive oil.
Snack: almonds and dried fruit
For dinner I am making this…

Here is Jeff’s famous crock pot recipe
A nice roast
1 or 2 cans of coconut milk (enough to cover the meat)(I only had one can, so I added a bit of water.)
1/2 jar (~2 TBSP) of red curry paste (more if you like it spicy)
2 onions (cut to slices)
2 sweet potatoes (cut to large bite size slices/pieces)

Mix the coconut milk and curry in the crock pot, add the other ingredients, cook for 10 hours, enjoy.

 

It smells really good! I am adding these recipes so I can come back to them in days to come….

 

SO far I feel good, it hasn’t been too hard yet. I do well when I have plenty of options and after going grocery shopping last night I feel that is the case. I slept like a baby last night. I have no idea if the eating had anything to do with it already, but it was a nice sleep.

I even drank coffee this morning…with coconut milk. It wasn’t toooo bad. I think I will still try and cut back, we will see.

So…27 days left…on we go…

 

Whole30 day1

The

So, a friend had an intervention with me…haha not really but she introduced me to this challenge and it happened to be the last day of February when she wrote me and I said, OK I am jumping in. She herself had amazing results on it and didn’t want to do it in the first place, these two things alone give her massive credibility to me for some reason..ha.

You can read all about the challenge by clicking on the button above, but it’s very restricted and really like a detox. I did another detox once in Northern Ireland (remember Britt??) and we did good! I think that was for 2 weeks, this is 30 days..but I am off to Sprouts after Daniel gets home to get some foods.

I have 29 days left, yea! I have a MASSIVE caffeine headache and really want to go to sleep! I drink a cup of coffee every morning with creamer and I did not have any today…you can have coffee but no creamer, milk, sugar, honey, splenda, nada…I don’t drink black coffee…yuck!

There are two reasons health wise that I want to do this.

1) I have started getting concerned that I might have diabetes? I have not been to the doctor and probably won’t for a while but just sometimes my toes will go numb for no reason. This is the only symptom I have, no frequent urinating or the others, but I just thought maybe.

2) I have been wondering for a while if I have a small intolerance for milk, I drink a lot of it and I always seem to feel yucky after wards. On this you can’t have dairy so I am interested if I see a difference.

Well Daniel is home now, off to Sprouts….

 

 

Confession

You guys…I am in a bad place…

Last week I gained back everything I had lost in the previous two weeks, I have no idea what I was thinking! I feel like I am taking revenge, but its just on myself, so how is this helpful. I ate more than I ever would have normally not being on a diet, or CONSCIOUS, at least. What on earth?

It is on my mind ALL the time! I am always thinking about it, but yet, I don’t want to do anything about it.

Let me tell you, I finally got on the treadmill last night and my husband practically had to kick me out of the apartment. It was part of my plan but it was this inner struggle over and over and over again. It was like it was the hardest thing that I have ever done for some reason. I HATE THIS! I stayed on the treadmill for 30 min and thought of a few months back when I felt amazing, was losing consistently, and ran 13.1 miles!!! I loved it, what is this all about?

I thought a little more about it. Like the fact that I sit in this apartment every ding dang day of my life and don’t see anyone but Ashton and Daniel. As much as I love being a SAHM I think it has disengaged me from life. Why buy cute clothes, why work out, why participate in life. What? I have to get back out there, somewhere, I have to make myself. We are going to check out a gym this weekend and maybe I will go to the classes. I just have to think about this and do it. I despise myself right now, at least this part..I feel…FAT!! Ewwww!

I was also thinking, it’s an addiction. Like with alcohol, you know its not good to over do it, but you can’t stop anymore. It’s like, yea, I want to..I need to…I don’t care. I have no idea how my mind is going to get around this. I am going shopping in a little while to get “good foods”. I hope this helps a little.

I just want this to get better, I want it to go away. I don’t think its going to..EVER! I can’t have two good weeks, and two bad weeks and think I am going to go DOWN in size. Not going to happen. I am at my wits end and thoroughly annoyed!!! I just want to be one of those people who are excited about sprouts and protein shakes, but I just want to enjoy cheesecake and chocolate! I just want too much..come on brain, come on!!!

So there is my random rant..I am going to put up my weight EVERY week..I need the accountability!

I’ll post it this weekend…it’s back to the highest again…I don’t want to hide from this. I have to change the way I am thinking…ok…

Week #4 Loser Challenge, Back ON

So here is the blogging challenge for this week:
Why do you think it is so hard sometimes or all the time?
I got off my schedule this week. Daniel took Monday off which was amazing, but it wrecked my workout schedule, we went out to eat Tuesday night, I felt lethargic. Uhh. I can’t just get back on. I figure I have to wait till a new week, why do I do this???
What are you telling yourself about your success or failure?
I feel like it’s too late, oh well! I was trying on clothes this week and …EWW! That was a good thing, a wake up call. But the end seems so far away and for some reason I don’t want to work for it. How can I want something but not want to work for it? It doesn’t make sense to me?! I over think sometimes I think, rather than just taking the step. I need to just schedule it back in and just get it done. Whew.
I am worth changing for….
Thoughts from Geneen Roth:

“At some point – now – it’s a leap of faith. You decide that you’re worthy. You decide to let yourself delight in one thing, one sensation that isn’t taste. You decide to forget the judgment about your body long enough to remember the brilliance that is being alive!!

Week #3 (Behind a week)

I am behind so here are my thoughts quickly on this post…
Blogging Challenge for the week:
  • How are you feeling? About yourself, eating, weight loss?I was feeling great about working out and my eating..I need to remember that!!
  • Have you noticed any changes big or small? I was feeling tighter and more healthy, more in control
  • What are you going to try different this week? (Eating fish once this week, drinking ALL the water, taking a walk..it can be anything) I did eat fish twice and really cut back my calories and worked out 5 times this week.
More thoughts from Geneen Roth:
” Although we might not recognize this reality, being thin can carry a burden of it’s own. For instance, if I feel that when I am thin I mist be vivacious and socially active, and I am a solitary human being by nature, I am not going to want to get thin. I will unconsiously block myself from achieving my goal-even while staying frustrated and impatient that I can’t reach it. It is therefore important for us to be aware of what we believe about being thin, and most especially, what those things are that are important for us to do, that we believe we won’t be able to do when we are thin.”
Complete this list: Being thin means I can’t:
1) be insecure or quiet or afraid
2) have another chocolate bar as long as I live
3) eat out as much as I would like
4)be a health food fanatic
5)have to be OBSESSED with working out
Do you suprise yourself with your completion of these statements? Notice how your weight and size speak for you, how they express who you are and how you feel.
Yeah I don’t want to have to be obsessed, but I know just doing something little for myself is the best for everyone in my life. It’s not obsession, it’s taking care of myself!

Biggest Loser Blog Challenge Week 2

So here is the blogging challenge for this week:
  • Write about ONE failure from the week in regards to this, and how you want to change that: One failure last week was not running. It is Tuesday today, I said I would run. I don’t want to, it has been snowing today. I guess I should have my running attire on as soon as Daniel gets home to say..I AM doing this! OK OK OK …
  • Write about TWO successes and how they made you feel: Two success…

1-actually exercising 5 times last week

2-getting back to my posted weight on here..uhh that is a good thing!

I am going to write what I filled in on the book…

Complete the following sentence:
If I didn’t have conflicts about food….
(ex. I would have more energy, my friends would feel threatened by me)
I would…..be free from the constant worry & obsession about what I am eating.
My life would…..be peaceful-less clamoring after approval
My friends would…be proud of me, wonder how I did it
My family would…be happy for me
My days would…be filled with more purpose and less worry.
My dreams in life would…happen

THOUGHTS ON THE WEATHER:

Remember that our bodies naturally want to hang on to the extra weight in the winter. IF we can push through a bit during this time I think there will be a break through when spring comes around. There is seasonal depression and it’s hard to not want to hunker down in our homes (my running problem, which is just a walk to the treadmill, but still) and we want to eat carbs and comfort food. Don’t beat yourself up, it is natural. Just think of how we will be one step ahead of our feelings if we can make ourselves do a little bit now.

Keep going, it’s never too late to start or start again!

Love

Ashley

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