Whole30, how to eat well even during weekend fun.

The last two days, I did well eating mostly veggies, fruits and lean meats & eggs – even through some social situations and weekend fun.  Last night, was Friday night, and my brother in law stopped over.  I wanted to eat EVERYTHING.  Not because he was here, but because it was Friday night, and I just wanted to let loose, and eat a few cookies, chips, etc.  But I stuck with my plan and decided against it!!!  I ended up having a small piece of salmon with capers for din din, and I finished off Day 3 of my Whole30, by going on a bike ride around my beautiful neighborhood, once my little 21.5 month old cupcake went to sleep.

I woke up feeling GREAT today, and I’m proud of myself for sticking to da plan.  I also noticed that I’m not having as much trouble going back to sleep, once I wake up in the middle of the night, as I did previously (when eating a diet high in sugar & processed carbs.)

Today we celebrated my friend’s son’s 1st birthday.  The party had everything and anything, anyone could possibility wanted.  Lovely snack array, pretzels, little Chic Filet chicken nuggets, pizza, mac & cheese, chips, and then the DESSERTS came out!!  So delicious and so fun.  I first had a plate of VEGGIES  and then I had a red cup of fresh cut up FRUIT.  And I also had a few pieces of the chicken!  I could have avoided the chicken completely (as it was fried with some breadcrumbs) but I did better than I would have done any other day!!! I certainly WANTED all of the sweets, but I wasn’t CRAVING them.  I didn’t have a physical/psychological need for them.  Anyone who is addicted to sugar, and has a sweet tooth, would understand.

Sometimes you just can’t stop, can’t NOT have something.  But because I’ve been eating Whole30, and clean the last 4 days, I no longer CRAVED the sweets. I certainly WANTED them, but wanting something is much less weaker than craving something.  The cravings grow weaker and weaker as the program continues!

As soon as we got home from the b-day party, I brushed & flossed my teeth – poured myself a big cup of water and made myself a salad full of romaine lettuce & spinach, topped with raisins and a small piece of salmon.  I’m proud of myself for not losing control, but instead making conscious and good choices, and sticking to my plan!  I love feeling well (who doesn’t), but sometimes it is sooo incredibly hard to keep it going.  We have to stay uber motivated, and stay on point, on track, and do exactly what is right for us.

 

 

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Day 2 – Whole30 + glass of wine

Breakfast:
lemon with warm water
coffee, black
3 hard boiled organic eggs

Lunch:
peanuts, dry roasted, no salt
raisins
romaine lettuce, tomato, broccoli salad
w/Caesar dressing
w/ 2 chicken drumsticks

Dinner:
apple
handful of grapes, a few strawberries
1.5 glasses, white wine

Yesterday was another SCORCHER!!!  So hot, so humid. My mom ended coming by in the evening to spend time with the children.  She brought over grapes and strawberries and chocolate chip cookies which I passed on!  I had some wine with her, and it was such a lovely evening.

I notice when I’m overeating, I’m not craving alcohol or wine, but when I’m “eating healthy” or “eating less” I certainly want a glass.  Not sure why that is.  Is it perhaps the sugar that my body wants?  Is it the COLD that my bod wants,since it’s so hot out?  Is it because it was a social situation (my mom & her boyfriend that came by) and I just wanted to “relax” & socialize a bit?  Either way, I’m way past any type of over-drinking phase of my life.  Now I just really have no issues drinking slowly, sipping, throwing in a bunch of ICE, and really watering it down as much as possible.  Drinking a glass also allows me to keep my hands busy, versus leaving them open and reaching for grub, junk food.

Also want to mention that wine/alcohol, peanuts, and Caesar dressing are NOT Whole30 compliant.

Dallas Violence, Wealth Disparity

Last night, my daughter woke up at 331am, and I fed her a whole bottle of the spinach/banana/almond milk mix that she drinks (instead of just milk), and I changed her diaper, and I put her back to bed.  She fell right asleep, but then my husband saw on his newsfeed the awful needs about Dallas.  At first I just saw a few of my PO friends on FB posting we stand with Dallas PD and DART and I had no clue what was going on.  Such incredible sad news.

So much of this violence comes down to the wealth disparity in this country.  The fact that the poor are so poor, and so many people so angry and desperate, really creates a vicious cycle that we have seen play out over and over again – so often resulting in murder.  Innocent people are killed because of so much anger so many of us carry inside.  I’m a white-pretty-educated-33 year old mom/wife/employed woman living in a clean safe well educated community.  I have NO CLUE how others feel, especially those who are different than me.  I have felt discrimination first hand for being a woman, and a pregnant woman in the workplace, but honestly, I have let it go. It’s absolute NOT how people should handle discrimination, but I dealt with it the best way I could, at the time.

Have you seen this video?

It’s sad, but it’s real.  It’s getting rougher for people out there.  And for most humans in this world.  I believe the Orlando shooter was also poor, and angry.  I believe that black people living in poor communities do what they can, what they feel they have to do to  get by.  Many times it’s illegal and dangerous and the police are also forced & many times choose to deal with this violent/dangerous/illegal backlash with violence.

It all comes down to money.  And when you follow the money trail, you realize that it has nothing to do with racism, it has nothing to do with the fact that humans don’t love each other and care for each other.  It comes down to the fact that we are growing poorer, and the very few are getting richer and richer.  So much of the most recent violence is a direct result of the wealth disparity in this country.

How can we stop this?  How can we distribute the wealth, jobs, opportunities, education, and benefits to all of our citizens?  How can we share the wealth without creating communism or socialism?  How can we be fair?  How can we make sure every single child has the right to an education, has the right to gain and grow confidence?  How can we make sure every single citizen in this country prospers in their own way, in their own life, without hurting others, without minimizing others, without taking advantage of others – and instead – becomes stronger because of their generosity?

 

Day 1 – Whole30, everything I ate/drank.

AM:
warm water with lemon

(I cut up several lemons and froze all of the slices, each morning I make warm water with lemon, by using the Keurig, without the insert, for the hot water, and then add a frozen lemon slice, for this little refreshing “lemon tea”.)

Breakfast:
coffee, black
3 hard boiled organic eggs

Lunch:
romaine lettuce, tomato, broccoli – salad
w/ caesar dressing
w/ chicken drumsticks, grilled x 2

PM Snack:
apple

Dinner:
banana

Because it was Day 1, and I was still full from the whole July 4th weekend, where I ate anything and everything.  Especially TOO much sugar in the form of ice-cream, cookies, and other sweets and processed deliciousness.  Either way – dinner was light yesterday, just a banana, because it’s been SO HOT.  Definitely a humid heat wave has hit us – and as soon as we got home from work, we were off to the pool.  The water was awesome, even though the sun was still beating down hard.  For dinner, I made the three kids turkey & cheese wraps, grilled.  They loved them, and they are fun & easy to make too!

I made a big salad yesterday morning as well, and my husband and I both had a bowl for lunch.  I chopped up all of the above ingredients (romaine lettuce, tomato, broccoli) and added Caesar dressing.  Even though I would rather NOT use the dressing, as it’s not the healthiest, I just can’t choose not to eat the salad dry, so instead, I opt for this very low carb option.

I already woke up feeling SO MUCH BETTER this morning.  Even though I totally understand why (eat like shit, feel like shit, eat good, feel good) I still sometimes feel like OMG I can’t believe how awesome I feel.  It would be SUPER to feel good, and eat like crap, but it’s not possible for most of us.  And it’s certainly even LESS possible the older & wiser we grow.  Our bodies aren’t having it, none of it.

Why I love Whole30, and WHY I’m getting started again!

The Whole30 program really works.  It’s a PAIN to get it started, and keep it going, but if you can get past the first 10 or so days – you got it!  And if you can keep it uber clean, then you are so much further along.

I did so well with Whole30 in the past.  The first time, I ended up losing the last 10lbs of my baby weight from baby #2 on it.  And then I re-started it again in 2015 and ended up losing another 19lbs from there!  I felt so good!

In regards to CONVENIENCE, HEALTH, and ADHERENCE, it’s by far the EASIEST program out there, for both health & weight loss, and weight management.  You can continue to go on with your life, and eat anywhere, and participate in all activities.  You most likely ALWAYS have something available to eat, and it’s truly the best.

And I need to get back on the ball and commit to it forever.  And it’s POSSIBLE to do forever.  So I’m starting TODAY, Wednesday – July 6th, and I’m going to weigh myself again on Sunday – July 31st!!!! Can I get down to 149lbs?  I’m at 165 right now.  (I gained back the 19lbs I lost previously, eating the same food that kept me there!!!) And so I’m 5’6 and 149, and then 139 would be IDEAL for me!!!  Not too skinny, but super FIT and HEALTHY!

I woke up this morning feeling & looking – fat.  I have rolls around my stomach, and a chubby face.  My nose has been running for the past few days, perhaps a combo of a cold, allergies, and then DAIRY – from all of the ICE-CREAM and sweets I have been eating.  My body has aches and pains, and I’m just feeling “old”.  At 33 years YOUNG, this is not me, this is not how I want to feel!  Lastly, I have not had my period for 57 days!  This is an absolute result of SUGAR, overeating, gaining weight, and sugar throwing all of my hormones off balance!!!  When I was following Whole30 from APRIL – DECEMBER of 2015, I ended up losing 19lbs, AND my periods came every 33-35 days.  It was AWESOME to have them regular, and most importantly – my body was on track and HEALTHY!  I am a mother, a wife and a beautiful human citizen, I want to STAY on this earth, and I don’t want to be sick while I’m here.

So I’m staring Whole30, committing to it again.  Thanks for reading, and joining me on this journey!!!

 

 

HOUSE to TOWN-HOME Living

When I realized that the house we purchased, and renovated, and moved into, and loved – was not efficient for our family & goals – we had to move out INSTANTLY.

And so I went to our realtor, asked him to show us town-homes in the next town over.  Within a week or so, we had an offer accepted on 3 bedroom townhouse.  We ended up renovating/upgrading the townhouse into a 4 bedroom town-home, that fits our entire GROWING family. The kids are still so little – my boy is 4 and my little girl is 1, so I know that they will continue to GROW, and utilize this space perfectly.  My stepdaughter is 14, and won’t need much more space than she already uses.

We are now a family of 5 living perfectly easily and with SO MUCH SPACE in this house.  I do de-cluttered on the daily, on the weekly!!!  I have the Vets pick up all of our unwanted, outgrown, un-needed items.  I’m also so much more conscious of what we bring INTO the house in the first place.  When we moved in, we had a lot more furniture than we do now, and in the past year and a half – we have donated and shared the pieces we no longer loved and needed.  We ended up putting away our beautiful dining room table (since we eat around the island 100% of the time) and this created so much more LIVING & FAMILY room in our open kitchen/living room.  It’s just so fabulous and wonderful and I’m so happy we made the move from HOUSE to TOWNHOUSE.

My husband is also not spending HOURS outside in the summer time and wintertime – either mowing the laws or shoveling the snow.  The house (since it was beautifully kept up and extra clean) rented easily, for a decent monthly profit, and the move was fun and stress-free.  We love our neighborhood, and neighbors, and the whole AREA, and living in this townhouse is just one step we took in the right financial direction – which is heading STRAIGHT for retirement!

Staying Motivated – Hump Day Style

I work a regular M-F, 8-5pm job.   Sometimes the weeks go by extremely fast, and sometimes they are slow like honey pouring into a tea cup!!!  I don’t do honey, but in the winter time, I make tea with honey for my big honey!

This is the type of week that is going by a bit too slow for my liking.  But I’m staying motivated and I have my goals on my mind in the following ways:

1 – Writing, blogging, reaching out to you wonderful readers & people!  Staying accountable keeps me motivated.  Using this blog as a journal helps me identify good habits, and helps keep me focused on those habits, and then also helps me identify the changes I need to make.

2 – Logging all of my grub in cronometer!  I’m under 2K in calories all this week, which is pretty AWESOME!  Cronometer shows me which foods are most nutritious, so if you are psyched by high nutrition – then this is a great app.

3 – Thinking about 1M in my Vanguard.  Due to BREXIT and the news reports about the stock market, I have NOT looked at my Vanguard, but I have continued to imagine 1K in all of my accounts!  I also am getting paid on the 1st of July, and on the 7th of July – so I’m psyched to use as much of that money as possible – and INVEST IT.

4 – Making & eating good food – for myself and my whole family. This morning we were up really early (5am or so ) and I made awesome salads for my honey and I.  Each day this week we had a ridiculous awesome – full of nutrients salad for lunch.  Cooking and feeding my family feels so good.  This keeps me happy, and motivated in my goals.  My babies get a home made smoothie each morning and each night.  On the daily they get multiple servings of banana, spinach, flax seeds, chia seeds, almond milk, avocado and organic peanut butter.

5 – Sleep.  I’m putting myself to sleep shortly after my kids go to sleep.  Even though it would be awesome to hang out with my husband, lounge around watching TV, I know how vital sleep is, and that I need it!  And so I’m putting myself to bed, and getting it.  Since my daughter is only 20 months old, she sometimes sleeps through the night, and often does not – getting up to eat a whole bottle of smoothie, or just to be up.  And it can be continuously exhausting. So early bedtime it is!  I sleep from on average 9pm – 5pm, or 10pm – 6am.

What to do, when you want to eat the WORLD.

Today is Day 8 where I’m tracking my calories, and have been under 2K for each day this past week.  And today – I feel like I want to eat it all!!!  I’m not even hungry. I’m just either anxious, or bored, or stressed – or all of the above, and I want to EAT, to distract myself, to busy myself, to soothe myself.

I have to find another way to cope with these feelings, rather than turning to comfort, processed, and EASY JUNK FOOD, that will munch those feelings away.  I usually talk myself into having something that is not good for me by saying:  I’ll just have a little.  Or I’ll just eat all this, and then eat good going forward.  And that never works.  No need to continue to lie to myself.  A little turns into a lot, and one meal turns into two weeks of crappy eating – and crappy feeling.

So first, I went for a walk.   It was going well, until my high school friend stopped me on my route and chatted me up.  I haven’t seen her for a decade+ so it was nice to connect, but my walk was cut short – because I spent a lot of time talking with her.

Now, I’m getting right back into my work day and staying productive.  I’m also fueling up on WATER, and I also have bananas, apples, and strawberries available to me – if hunger is truly an issue.

I’m going to stay strong, and I want you to stay strong as well.  No binge eating.  No overeating.  No crazy eating.  No eating the whole wide world.

Take care of you – first.

It sounds so absolutely selfish, and as a mom and woman, it really urks me when I feel selfish.  But it’s so vital when it comes to meeting our goals, that we put ourselves first.  A long time ago, on the Oprah show, I heard someone say:  Pay Yourself First.

And I get that. It’s important to invest money, save money, before paying bills AHEAD.  Before paying creditors, before paying other people.  Pay ourselves FIRST, and THEN see what is left over for others.  This is an important concept, I’m still learning how to put into practice consistently.  For instance, I’m trying to figure if I should PAY DOWN or PAY UP my mortgage, instead of putting the money RIGHT into Vanguard – where it belongs.  I’m thinking of paying off my daycare costs, instead of taking the weekly payment option, and investing & saving my money.  These are just two little examples of how we struggle with paying ourselves first, but we must.

Today at work, I walked for 19 minutes in the morning, and then I spent my lunch hour shopping for the office (coffee, birthday cake for colleague, etc.).  I ended up not taking my noon walk, because I was out at the store.  And then we were celebrating the colleague’s birthday.  And by the time the afternoon walk came around, I felt so incredibly guilty of getting out of my seat and going for a walk.  This is the employee guilt that I’m also a victim or guilty of.  But, I did get up, lace up my kicks, and I went for an 11 minute walk.  The compromise I made with myself was that instead of going for a 18 minute walk, I was going to go for a shorter one instead.  Progress.

This walk helped me get back into a great, positive & motivated mindset!  It was exactly what I needed to stay focused on all of my goals.  Please put yourself first, hold your head up high, and do EXACTLY what you need to do to prosper in mind, heart, soul.

 

How to stay on track while socializing.

I had a really wonderful weekend.  My husband took my son, and they ended up having a “boys outdooors weekend” with some of his friends north of us.  So it was just me and my little lady most of Friday and all of Saturday.  I ended up using my food scale, measuring out all of my food, getting plenty of walking, fun & activities in.  And I was able to go to sleep as early as I wanted to – and had nothing to worry about – except myself and my 20 month old love bunny.

And so eating well was – EASY.

I was able to plan ahead, and make the right decisions when I needed to.

Boom.  Come Sunday.  My hubby and lil guy returned, and it was like a tornado hit us.  Laundry was to be sorted, and put away.  Grub was to be made.  It instantly became full of regular family stuff which I love, yet at times it’s A LOT OF WORK!

And so we spent most of the day at the pool, with my two little ones, swimming like fish, and enjoying SO MUCH SUN.  And then my awesome neighbors suggested a BBQ at night – for dinner.

Here comes the hard part:

How do you eat well and still socialize!?!

Usually, this is the hardest part of me.  I ate well all day already – I had peanuts & coffee for breakfast, blueberries and herbal tea as an AM snack, then a HUGE healthy salad full of red cabbage & romaine lettuce for lunch.  And now here come the hot-dogs, and burgers, and chips & salsa, and all of the fixings.

So first I decided to stay CALM.  And then I decided to ONLY eat my favorite grub (and not grub that I felt indifferent about – like potato buns), but also I made a conscious decision NOT to OVEREAT what I did choose to indulge in.  Lastly, I also decided to TRACK IT ALL on my cronometer application!

And so I had a burger patty IN the salad (with very very light dressing).  Salad was full of FIBER – Brussels sprouts cut up, whole spinach leaves, chick peas, snow peas – just absolutely delicious!  I did have an all beef very very very skinny hotdog, and some ketchup, and about two big handfuls of flax seed tortilla chips with some salsa.  I also had a glass of sparkling white wine!

All my choices weren’t perfect, BUT they will have to do for now.  I didn’t have any additional helpings, or seconds, and it didn’t turn into a binge fest.  So for this I’m uber grateful.

I was still under 2K in my calories for the day, coming in at 1980!