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My Whole 30 Challenge: A Daily Blog to Hold One Accountable

My Whole 30 Challenge: A Daily Blog to Hold One Accountable

While I am currently not doing Crossfit on a day-to-day basis, I do attend a crossfit gym (but I do classes with an old fav trainer, Taylor, because I like that programming) but I do work out with a group of wonderful gals who for some odd reason thought June 1 they should do a Whole30 challenge.

So this blog is my day-to-day of how the challenge went for me (live blogging if you will).

All I knew of Whole30 is: “it is more strict than paleo

{The jist: no booze, no sugar, no dairy, no gluten, no grains, no legumes, no corn, no fun}…just kidding on that last one…kinda.

When the girls talked about this challenge pre-Memorial Day weekend. I thought to myself, “well now that is just crazy…I can’t do that.” So I proposed to the group (we have our own little facebook group):

Hey ladies what if we do a point system?! 20pts for eating perfect, 10 if one meal had something not on whole30, maybe 5 for drinking 8 glasses of water or 5 for working out–that way the whole day isn’t lost and we are still working toward a positive goal and outcome.

Wellll…that got shot down. But the reason being is that’s not how Whole30 works. It is an all or nothing type of diet. And I hate using the word diet, so let’s just stick with challenge, but really it is more like an experiment to see how your body reacts to certain food groups. Because of how Whole30 works, you cannot just do a little cheat here or a little cheat there (and to be honest as I type this I am not finished with the book, but the best way is to think of this is like a 30 day cleanse–in my opinion).

Some of the girls have told me that this challenge is not to weight yourself, measure yourself or take before and after photos, but to change your relationship with food…(but let’s be real, you know I jumped on the scale to see)

My thoughts: Yes, I already know me and food have a roller coaster type of relationship {Monday-Thursday we are pretty cool, but special occasions and weekends we are on the rocks}

So this is how it has “gone down”, my experience with Whole30.

Monday May 30: -2 Days until Whole30

Drove back from Port Aransas after a fun binge drinking weekend filled with home made tacos, minimal veggies and lots of chips (I cannot tell you how much I love wheat thins). Talked about food half the way home with my friend. Stopped at Mc Donald’s because it had been a while since we had Mickey D’s, it was in the gas station we stopped at and well, because….FRIES.

Thoughts: Maybe I will do this challenge, it will probably only last 4 days because I can’t go a weekend without drinking-I know myself too well.

Tuesday May 31: -1 day until Whole30: Went to HEB and Whole foods and bought some items Whole30 compliant; such as veggies, fruits, grass fed beef, turkey, etc. I came home and meal prep’d. I am no stranger to this–so long as I have the time, I am pretty good at cutting fruits and veggies and roasting sweet potatoes to easily grab or have as a meal later.

Thoughts: Well here goes nothing, guess I will just see how this goes, but my heart really isn’t in this (and it isn’t like there is a ca$h prize).

I am not taking measurements or before photos, but I will have this serve as my “before” photo, taken in May on my Hawaii trip.

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Wednesday, June 1: Whole30 Day 1: Worked at home that afternoon, so got up, made my usual egg scramble (eggs, corn, bell peppers, shredded chicken) but with no cheese, little diced avocado on top with some plantain chips for crunch. Later snacked on some berries.

Thoughts: Yep, this Whole 30 thing is a walk in the park….(so long as I am home the whole month of June)

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Then my sister decided to have her baby. So that evening after I worked out, I packed my lunch sack  with some items I had prep’d and drove down to Victoria to visit with my apples, avocados and ready to go snacks in tow! Passing a Buc-ee’s without stopping for gas (and a snack) wasn’t easy.

Thursday, June 2: Whole30 Day 2: Woke up, found eggs in sister’s fridge where I stayed. scrambled those up and added avocado that I brought. Sliced up an apple too. Found a dish on the counter covered with aluminum, peeked–there it was—a beautiful, homemade yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Reached for the butter knife already in the dish to cut a slice then shook my head in disapproval remembering I was “on Whole30.” Sat down and ate my eggs. Later that day I went to the hospital for some more family time. Everyone brought lunch up there to eat and Kendal her favorite–chik-fil-a. There were donuts sitting on her bed side hospital table and her fav candy-sour patch kids. I watched my ever-so-fit brother grab a chocolate eclair and scarf it in front of me. Bastard. He also put his Schlotzky’s chocolate chip cookie in my purse to taunt me, but fortunately I found it before I left the hospital.

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Thoughts: My realization is how my mind works when it comes to food coming around: If it’s right there in front of me… I will eat it. {Mmmm sugar.}

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Thursday, June 3: Whole 30 Day 3: Not a bad day, worked from home quite a bit that day too, which is easy for me when at home. I had some snacks and items prepped, went to the gym, came home and made dinner (really wanted a glass of wine as I started season 2 of Bloodline.

Thoughts: I consider myself a social drinker, but as of the past 6mo or so (and since I got a Costco membership) I find myself having a glass of wine with dinner in the evenings as I Netflix binge or do stuff around the house.

Friday, June 4: Whole 30 Day 4: Well, this is the day I usually cave. All week I eat “fantastic” then Friday rolls around and at 5 o’clock I want happy hour!! Even when all week I said I was going to “chill” this weekend. Fortunately, my air bnb guest checked in, we caught up (she’s more like a friend now) and the bestie got back into town and we had a lot to catch up on. I worked out in the eve. Picked up a few things at Whole Foods and we stayed up until 6-yes 6am chatting it up. And turnips cut up and roasted do NOT taste like french fries…for the record.

Thoughts: Why in the F did I stay up this late?! And why didn’t I do less turnips on the cookie sheet so they’d get crispier.

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(Whole 30 Fail. Turnips did not end up “turning up” to taste like french fries)

Saturday, June 5: Whole 30 Day 5: Skipped work out, because I was exhausted. {How did I feel hungover when I didn’t even drink, I swear I am doomed!} Showed homes, wrote an offer, then had to eat at home, shower and go to a book launch party I was photographing as a favor for a friend. That actually wasn’t too hard, like I thought it would be. I didn’t drink, I caught up with friends, took photos. And some of the items were Whole30 friendly appetizers (steak, sweet potato, and cubed watermelon with pistachio on top) There was a dab of sauce on some of the items that probably had sugar or something in it, but I ate it anyway. So there, I cheated..I guess. That night I came home to get some more stuff done, in bed late…per usual (grr).

Thoughts: Wow I made it through a Friday AND Saturday of not drinking. *Pats self on back* But how am I still this tired and hungover feeling…getting old sucks. ha.

 

Sunday, June 6: Whole 30 Day 6: Today was the first day I went out to eat and was able to easily stick with Whole30! Galaxy Cafe for brunch with friends. Denver Scramble, no cheese, no bread, add avocado, sub side of fruit-Boom. Not bad! But eating potatoes without ketchup just isn’t the same. Later I played sand volley ball with some peeps (also on Whole30, so only half of them were drinking) and then showed a house, mowed my front lawn, did a little work and watched some more Bloodline. Not too shabby and my ideal perfect day.

Thoughts: Week 1 down, not terrible. You can do this, Ashley.

Monday, June 7: Whole 30 Day 7: Today started off well, made breakfast, attended my Monday AM meetings, showed a condo, ate lunch at home. Driving past places I used to stop at (or work from) is hard, but I suppose it isn’t bad to be at home working when I can control what goes into my mouth. Today’s challenge was the fact I was given a little box of Tiff’s Treats cookies from a tenant (after I photographed his unit). I passed them along to my Air Bnb Guest, told her she MUST have them and not to let me near them. I mean TIFF’S TREATS! People!! Mmmmm so good. The best chocolate chip cookies in town. She had a few but left them on the damn kitchen table for me to stare at that perfect white box. But I did it, I made it through the day, had a killer leg workout. Finished up Bloodline too (while eating cantaloupe). So good-the show, not the fruit.

Thoughts: I need to either start liking Black Coffee or find some caffeine that is Whole30 compliant because this girl is EXHAUSTED.

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Tuesday, June 7: Whole 30 Day 7: Today’s challenge was BORNS in concert at Stubb’s. I did it though. After working from home most the day, a showing, and then an errand at Home Depot (where I really wanted to grab a little treat like I usually do-KitKat or something) I refrained. But I did come home to #GoodGollyMissMollyMaltipoo–who ate a WHOLE (mini) box of Tiffs Treats!!! I was pissed. The chocolate and crumbs was evident on my couch and my rug. She jumped up on my dining room table and ate the entire box. That little B. I think I am honestly more jealous she got to have cookies than angry or worried that she was going to be sick all night. Anyway, I mowed my backyard, showered and went to the concert…sober. I did have a few sips of vodka soda as my date offered me a drink, but I said–“I just don’t think it will be worth it, to come this far, and have a few drinks–and for what? Plus I am driving…you drink, I will have water.” And so I did.

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(she seriously needs the cone of shame every day)

Thoughts: Being in a hot ass crowd sober and listening to music is bearable–have I been in better predicaments? Absolutely. Is this how pregnant women feel who still go out?! Yikes. Coming home after a concert and eating my home made guac with celery does not equal Whataburger. Sigh. I know I will fell better tomorrow though.

{side note…when Molly finds a treat/food she REALLY likes, she hides it and “savors” it. I go into my bedroom to get ready for bed, turn down pillows and there it was–a half eaten chocolate chip with M&Ms cookies Molly had tried to save for later. That devil dog.}

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(Fun fact-coconut water, splash of la croix and some strawberry and basil almost make you feel as if you are drinking!)

Wednesday, June 8, Whole 30 Day 8: First off, happy birthday Megan! Not going to her party tonight, because well it is at a bar where they serve BBQ, talk about temptation city. Weighed myself today-dropped 4lbs. Had an appt. where we met at HEB Mueller and just grabbed nuts and fresh fruit for lunch to eat. Come workout time–I was drained. This was due to somewhat of a busy day and lack of protein or carbs. I mean I think I actually yawned while working out…Came home, had salmon and sweet potatoes, gave me the energy to do a little home projects and blogging.

Thoughts: I need to start napping more. Soo  (yawn) tired.

Thursday June 9, Whole 30 Day 9: Today I learned that I am not supposed to have peanuts on Whole30! Whoops! Missed that somehow (can you tell I still haven’t finished the book…) But no biggie, they are just mixed in with some of the nuts I bought in bulk at HEB, but I haven’t been eating PB and celery non stop or anything. Today was on the go-ish as well, but I learned from yesterday’s mistakes and instead of just eating fruits and veggies I had eggs in the AM and then at our 2pm meeting pulled out my shredded chicken with avocado on top (yeah people were jealous). Worked out-endurance class. Then came home, had an hour to do some laundry and prep/eat before kickball. Did the spaghetti squash and turkey w W30 approved pasta sauce thing-eh (I get so bored of leftovers). And baked sweet potatoes for later. I f’n love sweet pots if you can’t tell. The good news is I am hosting some ladies this weekend for a Whole 30 pot luck dinner/game night. Much like my workouts–I do better when other people around me are in the same boat :) Tonight (literally before I typed this entry) I mixed egg, banana and cinnamon and made “pancakes” they looked like something Molly has thrown up, but fortunately were tasty. PS have the gas on low, I think it was burning off the coconut oil and cooking it too fast…so some were burnt (shocker, Ashley can’t do anything slow or on low heat).

Thoughts: 1. I cannot believe I posted that blog to facebook yesterday instead of just my closed accountability group…now I really have to stick this shit out and try and stay positive.  2. It’s time to get creative and look on Pinterest or something, bc I am already bored with this food, how am I going to last 21 more days?!?!? 3. Mmmm sweet potatoes. And avocados…

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Friday June 10, Whole 30 Day 10: Today was a back to back busy day for me, appts starting North to South. I did good-starting with some eggs (of course).  I faltered at lunch a little. Ate at the Steeping Room with  a friend who does Gluten Free. I got the “buddha bowl” with several modifications, no rice, no peanuts, add an egg, peanut sauce on side. And I dipped some of my meal into that peanut dressing because…well, because it tasted better that way, to be honest. My Friday night ended up being a run to HEB for a few things, some meal prep and dinner at home. Then I went to Lavaca Street Bar at the Domain and Dogwood. Yep. I drank water, caught the end of the Golden State game and socialized some. That did not last long. But I was proud of myself for resisting the urge to give in or make excuses.

Thoughts: I haven’t been to bed this early on a Friday night since…??

Saturday June 11, Whole 30 Day 11: Today I woke up, ate a peach on the way to the gym, got a work out in. Had brunch at East side Cafe–one of my most fav places in Austin. I resisted the jalapeno cornbread muffins. *Pats self on back* Then I got the asian salad, no peanuts, dressing on side, and the side of the acorn squash–because that things is so wonderful (sauce on side) I faltered again by dipping a little into the sauce which most likely has sugar, but figured in the grand scheme of Whole 30, it was going to be OK. Pool party for a bit, showed a home, {client I showed worked for Tito’s Vodka. He gave me a bottle. Of course! I get a free bottle when I am not drinking! But that’s ok, saving it for July 1} then headed to my house-I was hosting a whole 30 Potluck dinner with my support group! Aka the ladies I am doing Whole30 with from my gym. It was a success! And I honestly didn’t stop eating after they left. Shhh…Weighed myself–I know I am not supposed to do this, but it says 6lbs down. Can I tell by looking in mirror? No. Do I feel better? I suppose. But I think I feel better mentally–just knowing I have come this far, and with such clarity and preparation of each day than physically, but we will see how another week goes.

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Thoughts: Perks on being a Whole 30 potluck dinner host: leftovers!! The “sad” part is this is my second Saturday morning that I somehow, still feel like I drank the night before, despite NOT drinking at all. How strange. Does the week beat me up that much that I cannot wake up early and function as an adult?

Me: *Lifts up shirt looking at self in mirror at the side view* Thinks: Am I skinny yet? (I know, I know, not the point of Whole 30….but seriously….)

Sunday June 12, Whole 30 Day 12: Today I slept in. Ah, not setting an alarm never felt so good (except I woke up way later than expected and didn’t get what I wanted to done)… Carmen’s Whole 30 buffalo chicken casserole was my breakfast and it was amazing (should have snagged more). Packed water and a few pieces of fruit. Played some volleyball for several hours. Felt inspired from my dinner yesterday that I hosted and after a Depot run, I popped into Whole Foods for some ingredients. Bought 10 items, spent $100 (a slight exaggeration but these things happen at Whole Foods, ya know?). When I got home I did some house stuff and then started meal prepping. I intended to make dinner but ended up snacking on stuff and just made some items for the week to grab and go or have for lunch etc.: Bacon wrapped dates, turkey and zucchini fritters, bacon and egg cups, guacamole, diced up some veggies. Now it is work and blog time–and here I am.

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Thoughts: Why didn’t I do this back in March? (And I say this because 1. it wasn’t in the midst of summer and swim suit season. 2. I had less social activities to attend to) ha

PS I made Tom Kha Soup—Whole 30 style and while it may not be as good as the one at Sway, it was pretty freakin’ tasty!

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Monday June 13, Whole 30 Day 13: I like my Mondays because I have early meetings at our East Austin office so it forces me to get up and make a good breakfast before I begin my day. Came home for lunch, snacked quite a bit (plantain chips are the bomb.com ya’ll) and today was leg day. Post leg day I had some of my zucchini turkey fritters I made last night and sweet potatoes. I find myself eating more than usual. Unsure if out of boredom or if something is missing. I also had some Tom Kha soup leftovers, watched a little Amy Schumer, got some work done…bed.

Thoughts: Starting to realize how much I eat out of pure instant gratification (despite the guilt I usually feel after eating something “bad.” If I want something I just pop in (the convenient store) and get it–with my gas fill up… when on my way home from errands, if I am hungry (and lazy) I just pop in somewhere to grab a bite because I was “starving” I am curious what my groceries are this month in comparison to take out (I think I spent less…and I know I definitely have saved money on not purchasing my weekend alcohol and splurges.

Tuesday June 14, Whole 30 Day 14: Just like most days, had some breakfast, meeting, an appt, then back up at home for a late lunch. One thing I have definitely noticed is I am STILL (forever) not drinking enough water. After the Whole 30 Pot Luck last weekend, I am now up 2lbs. Whoops. I seem to eat quite a bit when home after my work out. Avocados. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Nothing exciting to report food wise today–I am still eating fritters, and some chicken and potatoes I made in a crockpot today for din din.

Wednesday June 15, Whole 30 Day 15: HALF WAY THERE!!! So, today I had to go to lunch with a client for a meeting. We did Mad Greens-I just got my salad with no cheese and no dressing–it was fine, ok I missed a few items, but it really wasn’t terrible. I will tell ya what was terrible–the line at Mad Greens at noon-as well as parking-and the efficiency of the workers. I don’t think I saw one adult working either. #scary. I had a friend come over for dinner–he was astonished that I hadn’t had anything sweet. He is my 7-11 late night ice cream/skittles after we have been drinking partner in crime. #diabetesplease And I told him–it really wasn’t that bad! I made him a Whole 30 meal, he was actually impressed by (side note, he likes bland food haha and my chicken and potatoes from the crockpot were not that impressive, so I gave it to him to devour). He then insulted my dried apple chips–and said they tasted like sticks from my front yard. haha.

HALF WAY THOUGHTS: This is not that bad at all. I REALLY thought I would be missing my Kit Kats or starbursts next to the printer at the office, or cookies at the title co. and look at me–I am still alive and I am not dying.

Thursday June 16, Whole 30 Day 16: I am starting to run a little low on food and ideas on what to prep. So when I come home to make something, I end up eating a piece of fruit or re-heating something already in the fridge. Tonight I had kickball, and I honestly haven’t drank during the weekdays in a year or so. I drink on weekdays for special occasions and playoffs ha. I snacked on fruit as we all toasted to a girl on the team getting a new gig. Sigh.

Thoughts: Hmm what am I gonna eat tomorrow. And another weekend of no boozing…

Friday June 17, Whole 30 Day 17: Remember what I said about everything being “pretty easy and not that bad” two days ago? I take it all back. Today I sort of hit a “low” As I was driving home from being out on appts (and not eating in several hours) I thought about the food that lie ahead…cold, tasteless to me at this point, in tupperware in my fridge. I don’t want any of that in the fridge. I want a glass of wine. It is Friday, it was a long day (and I am grateful for how busy I am with work, don’t get me wrong) but a girl needs a glass of wine around 6pm-especially after dealing with Austin traffic. I went to a play for a co-worker. It was cute. But it was weird to be out and about on a Friday night, dressed up–and nothing to look forward to food and drink wise–is that sad? Free Tito’s at the play too…I drank Topo (now I see why everyone loves this stuff too). Later I ate at 24 diner, got the veggie hash, no onion, sub sweet potatoes, add bacon. Mmmmm.

Thoughts: I cannot believe I went to 24 Diner and didn’t get a milk shake and/or chicken and waffles. Who am I and what have I become?!?!? So proud of myself, and yet a little sad inside. **Good to Know:** Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Whole 30 all comes down to that phrase, basically.

Saturday June 18, Whole 30 Day 18: Today I had a photoshoot with Big Brother Big Sis and my little. So, I woke up early, got ready for that and didn’t eat much-packed some fruit to go. After that I went to a going away party for friends. Lucky me! The freakin’ pizza got there right as I arrived. OMG it looked so amazing-smelled so amazing AND there was cake!! I had more Topo Chico and chatted with friends, I ate a ton of fruit (sorry everyone who was there, it was me who ate the whole fruit platter!) and a few veggies (broccolli raw is so gross, I can’t.) After, I showed houses and then I was SUPER hungry, so I did a Whole Foods run and stocked up on a few more things and ate at the salad bar there. I went out to the Domain with a few girlfriends–I don’t necessarily regret going out and drinking soda and conversing, Buuuuut definitely different sober. And by different I mean not as fun–let’s be real–loud, crazy, youngsters in the bar? It’s already bad enough while I am drinking, but sober?!?! Shoot me. But I hung in there to be social and get out of the house….but painting my guest room and doing some database clean up now seems more appropriate of a time filler for the next time I am asked, note to self.

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Thoughts: Topo Chico is really good but Dogwood, really? $3.85 for one that you didn’t even give me the full bottle?!??! Also, can someone come over and make me some cool Whole 30 dishes. I am over meal prep and chopping up stuff. I think I need that foam mat people stand on in the kitchen now.

Sunday June 19, Whole 30 Day 19: Happy Father’s Day to all the Pops out there! Today I cheated. Yep, you read that right…here is what happened: Guess who woke up hydrated ready to mow her lawn at 9am? This girl! Started laundry, made a grocery list. Then I played in a sand volleyball tournament. So at 2pm I had only eaten a banana and a peach–I know, terrible, I was just sort of busy. I then went shopping for a mountain bike. Right after that was a movie I promised to take my little to. I stopped to get her and her little brother snacks at the store. There was literally not one thing in there I could eat–and I was starting to get hungry. No time to stop at home, no time to stop at SnapKitchen. Got to movie, got them some popcorn and as I stood in line I thought long and hard…

What a hard internal struggle! Seriously there was a devil on one shoulder and angel on the other. I was SUPER HUNGRY. Don’t do it Ashley! Yes Ashley, you haven’t eaten much all day, you need this. Ashley, just wait-movie will be done in two hours. No, Ashley, you haven’t stopped all weekend, just eat something.

And so I did. I ordered a hotdog. It was terrible, but good enough to fill those hunger pangs. I don’t even regret it. Ok maybe a tad…it all came down to my lack of planning ahead. I never would have guessed I would have cheated with a movie theater hot dog, ew.

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(Happy Father’s Day lil bro–yes, my nephew is the cutest!)

Thoughts: I was just reading the chapter on how to add foods back in to your diet after Whole 30 is done. They recommend starting with dairy first, for three days-and seeing how body reacts, then grains, but they don’t recommend adding back in gluten, etc. It also mentioned-do not add anything back in, if you don’t miss it.

That really got me thinking–What am I really missing? Is it sad that the thing I miss the most is alcohol?? I really thought it would be sugar and my stubborn sweet tooth (which yes, alcohol has sugar) but I would kill a kitten for a glass of red wine with dinner…or margarita on a patio…or deep Eddy grapefruit + soda out with friends or..or…

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**Side note-Finding Dory was super cute, I think I laughed out loud more than the kiddos.

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(This is that buffalo chicken casserole, Whole 30 style from PaleOMG’s blog and while it is spicy I can surprisingly handle it-I am a sissy when it comes to spice but can’t stop eating this one)

Monday June 20, Whole 30 Day 20: Last night I was up late baking a few dishes (see above). Today I had buffalo chicken casserole for breakfast-and a banana w almond butter that I took to the office. A few appts, then late lunch of buffalo chicken casserole and after a hefty leg workout, guess what I had for dinner? Yep, Buffalo chicken casserole. Snack: plantain chips. I have a few things that are chopped up for roasting that I was in no mood for cooking, which, I realize is why I pretty much eat out of pure convenience pre-Whole 30. I wouldn’t call it lazy, because I am not a lazy person, it’s just that preparing a delicious healthy meal isn’t as much of a priority as my work sometimes and things to get done…sadly.

Thoughts: After all these sacrifices how do I not look anorexic by now? Depressing. Yes, yes I know, not about the scale, it’s about your relationship with food, but come on now! Why does it have to be so easy to pack on a few lbs., and yet so trying to shred a few? 10 more days left.

Tuesday June 21, Whole 30 Day 21: Another typical day on Whole 30. Breakfast lunch and dinner all consisted of my casserole and raw fruits and veggies in between as snacks. I had little date with dogs (dogsitting two labs this week) at Yard bar. Though I cannot drink, it was still a good evening, nice weather and lots to watch (and tire out the pups after my workout).

Thoughts: 9 more days. 9 more days. 9 more days. Scale went

Wednesday June 22, Whole 30 Day 22: Guess who worked out in the morning? This girl! I did shoulders today so I could see Baby Hulbert #2 in the evening. Today I worked from home most the day which is always nice to get more meal prepping done. I need variety and convenience all at once. Ate some tom kha soup, went to the hospital, smelled the TIff’s treats that were delivered to Court (Sigh). Then went to Whole Foods. I ran into someone from the gym whose spouse is also doing the challenge. He said she missed alcohol and ice cream the most. I AM NOT ALONE! Yes, those are my top two as well.

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(22 days on Whole 30 and you can see some definition in my arms, or could be the tan…you be the judge)

Thoughts: How did I not know I could have certain Lara bars on Whole 30?!?! These are more tastier than I remember!

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Thursday June 23, Whole 30 Day 23: Breakfast (prosciutto egg cups I made a few days ago) Work. Dentist. Inspection. More work. Kickball. while at home I had some plantain chips and guac, a peach, some more of my tom kha. I am not digging the chicken curry so I think I just wasted 1lb of chicken. I feel like I am eating less, so that’s a plus–or maybe I am just too busy and it isn’t out of boredom? Kickball was a double header, in which we won! I yawned about 20x while playing.

Thoughts: What’s all this I read about feeling energetic and alive on Whole 30? I miss my Spark fo sho.

Friday June 24, Whole 30 Day 24: It’s Friday. Oh how I miss my happy hours. After a crazy week of work (getting four homes under contract) you bet your a$s I want to celebrate/unwind. Buuut I did not. I crafted. I don’t have a guest this weekend, so I am finally going to take advantage of sprucing up my guest room how I wanted…Paint, a decal and chalk painting the furniture. So I did that. Sarah joined me and we caught up and watched some OITNB. I also ate about a whole pack of (whole 30 approved) bacon (whoops)! Apparently it taste good wrapped around the following: butternut squash, pitted dates, and artichokes.

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(painting a side table while watching OITNB, then at 11pm I decided to start painting the guest room)

Thoughts: The calories don’t count if I can’t/don’t have all the other crap I would normally eat on a Fri. night, right?

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Saturday June 25, Whole 30 Day 25: Today was a hike with the pups at the greenbelt and friends (fruit for breakfast), bought a mountain bike, showed two different clients homes, then headed South for a bachelorette shin dig that the host so kindly let me know what was going to be on the menu. I knew way in advanced about the party-so I already passed on the night out DT (I knew it was not going to be enjoyable for me, plus I had some work to do). I brought my plantain chips for the guac and hydrated well, then was a DD for the group. I came home, started to write an offer for a client, finished painting guest room and cleaned up my mess.

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Above: Pups loving their lives at The Greenbelt, bright and early-which wouldn’t be possible usually bc I am too tired to get up and Below wishing our friend safe travels and new memories as she moves away.

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So much time this month with all my pregnant friends who can’t drink haha.

Thoughts: At least I have been productive af this month…there is a light at the end of this tunnel!

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My guest room (almost) complete!

Sunday June 26, Whole 30 Day 26: I finished off my prosciutto egg cups and sat down with my iPad on Pinterest “what to make for these last few days, what to make…” Then caught up with a friend, volunteered and went swimming. Ya’ll today I felt so urban. I biked, yes biked to Whole Foods on my new bike. Picked up my items and stored them in my messenger bag and biked on home. I am so hip. Love the new bike. Love these evenings we have been having despite the heat. This week I am making a pork roast. It was pretty easy and I found the recipe on Pinterest. The guy behind the counter asked me if I was training for something. I was puzzled and said “No…” And he cut me off to say “if you were training for something I definitely wouldn’t recommend pork shoulder” and I then explained I am doing Whole 30 and I will eat whatever the F I can and didn’t need his judgement. Just kidding, I didn’t say that, I was flattered he thought I was “training for something.” And just told him I was trying a recipe I saw. Then I got my roast in the crockpot, rode around some more, got the house ready for my next Air bnb guest, that’s my Sunday Funday folks. For dinner–I am REALLY struggling. I found some ground chicken I was going to use for fritters, but seasoned it, cooked it up and ate it with tomatoes, avocado and pineapple salsa over mixed greens-pretty tasty. Also had some sweet potatoes (duh).

**Side note: My air bnb guest is a cool chick from Salt Lake, here for a work training. She was a sports science and nutrition major, has done Whole 30…errr 15. But currently is on a program where she is eating a ton of protein, eating 6x per day and already shredded 6% body fat in four weeks {#dedication}. We chatted about that and traveling etc. She said her goal is to be in the best shape of her life by the time she is 30 (in December) and she is visiting her 30th country on her 30th (Australia). I’m jealous. She cool. Maybe she will be my friend.**

Thoughts: This pork (ready at midnight) is tasty. Can’t wait to mix it with eggs tomorrow and eat it all week. Is it Friday yet?!?!? Also, I have been eating a lot of fruit on this thing–probably more than I should. Oh well, too late to start over now!

Monday June 27, Whole 30 Day 27!!!!: Final home stretch. I woke up and weighed myself and I am at my 2011 weight aka my “skinny summer” as I call it. Even though at the time I didn’t think I looked any different and “had more work to do” much like now. But there’s no way I could sustain Whole 30 for Whole 90 or anything (I miss my social life, but it will take a little more discipline to maintain). Not that the scale matters (blah blah blah, it feels good though! Must have been all that bike riding I did yesterday ha). I mixed my pork with eggs and avocado (but then got a real estate “emergency” call and ran out the door and took breakfast with me then my eggs got cold and I heated them up at the office and they weren’t that great (re-do tomorrow). It’s now midnight and I am famished. Despite having throughout the day: a lara bar, apple, banana, more mixed fruit, roasted sweet potatoes and then I tried a new snap kitchen dish that was paleo and fantastic–and whole 30 compliant!! Brisket Hash (I ate that post workout but pre-kickball game).

Thoughts: How can I keep losing weight and feel great but not be on Whole 30 all the time? Ugh life struggles.

Tuesday June 28, Whole 30 Day 28: Lots to do this AM, so Snap kitchen’s paleo apple chicken sausage egg stack it is! Closing, then looked at a house I am going to lease on the east side (after the bum moves out and we get fresh paint). I was starving by that point so I found the paleo salmon salad at Snap Kitchen and a juice as a snack. More work at home. Then a really good conditioning workout with TDL FIT (30min of assault bike and a bunch of other stuff-it was a good one!) Followed by crafting with a friend at my house. We ate off my roast some more over mixed greens with plantain chips, avocado and tomato like a salad, salsa as dressing.

Thoughts: Scale went down a few more lbs. Holy $hit. I need to finish this It Starts with Food book so I can know what to do come this weekend. Must. Stay. Strong.

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{Some of the perks of this challenge have been the opportunity to hang with people I don’t always get to hang with and work on stuff I never set aside time for (ie this 4th of July wreath above with my expecting friend, Krystle)}

Wednesday June 29, Whole 30 Day 29: Still eating off that roast from Sun night–heated that up in coconut oil. Did two eggs over medium and diced avocado on top-mmmmm mmmmm. Had Snap Kitchen for a late lunch. Shoulder day at gym. Then a ride around the hood on my new bike. Dinner was some leftover Tom Kha soup (it is bare-ish bones in my fridge right now and I am trying to use up all I can before grocery shopping. If I am sick tomorrow it could be because that soup has been in there a while. Oops). Then working on stuff for the rest of the evening.

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{Side note: That new Hulu show, Casual. Me likey.}

Thoughts: Should I start day 31 with Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby or Blue Bell Cookies n Cream? Meeting a friend for happy hour on Friday and they asked: Wine or a cocktail first. I don’t even know. I have some big decisions to make this week.

Thursday  June 30, Whole 30 Day 30: Woohoo! It is my last day of Whole 30. I finished up some stuff in the fridge, had snap kitchen and fruit at kickball. Then our game ended late and with only two official hours to go-I had a margarita with a few on the team. Yep, a little cheat–but don’t care! I have come this far, I wanted a ‘rita, and that’s what I got at Doc’s.

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(Molly is also a big fan of Snap Kitchen–got into the lasagna while I changed for kickball).

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(One of my most guilty pleasures, a marg on a patio)

Post Whole 30 Thoughts (Friday July 1): Honestly, I am a little lost. I don’t want to go crazy over this holiday weekend and “ruin” all my hard work. I am 10lbs down (my 2011 Summer weight aka my “skinny summer” ha) I tried on my 4th of July swimsuit(s) {hey! I couldn’t decide which one to wear} and I can actually see a difference… I feel good. People tell me I look great (but then again they all know I haven’t been out in a month and saw my blog post to FB so they know I have been working hard ha). I had a lot of “epiphanies” and realizations…for example how much crap I just eat because it is there. And how if I really plan and put my mind to something, I can skip out on the fast food or the convenience items and prepare a healthier meal at home. Now is the time for me to add back in dairy (and I am adding in alcohol, I mean it is a holiday weekend) and see how it goes…

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Post Whole 30 pic above (I cannot believe I just posted a swimsuit selfie pic on the Internet of me and my messy room). I don’t really have a “before photo” nor do I have measurements, but I weighed myself.

July 5, Post Whole 30 Day 5: The holiday weekend wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. However, lots of feelings of guilt and confusion. Yes, I do want a milkshake, yes I do want the fries and yes I do want the corn tortilla chips with the dip not the plantain chips, but no I don’t really need any of those items. To eat it or not to eat it?!?! You have to pick your battles. And if I was good at mindful eating, I wouldn’t have had to do Whole 30 in the first place, right? Perhaps I am just better with black and white rules vs. be mindful and eat to nourish your body. Pizza sure does nourish my body.

Holiday weekend highs and lows: Friday I ate Whole 30 with the exception of adding blue cheese crumbles to a salad and a little dash of dressing AND I had alcohol. Saturday was all day at the lakes (yes plural, went to both) and I will say I am proud that my lake snacks didn’t consist of Pizza flavored Pringles or Doritos, but fresh cut fruit, carrots, plantain chips and then finally split a BBQ plate at a party with a friend (you pick your battles). Sunday was pool party (more alcohol) and with some fellow W30 ladies, and we chatted about the aftermath of “what now?” One said–I ate Whole 30 all day, then I had some ice cream, because I missed that–and I still felt fine, so I think it is ok if you are mostly eating Whole 30. Yet I think we are all in the boat of “what now?”

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I tried that new place Irene’s. Loved the vibe and decor (the Old Lucy’s on West) but…service and menu were “eh” The disappointing part is when you decide to eat “bad” and it isn’t even worth it. Reviews on Irene’s later.

I was also sent this great article on Mindful Eating and forgiving yourself. Two things I am not great at, yet always “working on.” I am really hard on myself so it seems like whatever decision I make always has some sort of consequence or regret later (yes, it’s exhausting, and I am not just referring to food, I am even referring to the fact I wish I could be two places at once, I hate choosing one person’s invite over another’s etc.) But I have to have a lot of self talk about living with decision I made. My social personality and desire to be around others vs. my desire to want to be a healthier, happier person is like a see-saw, literally has highs and lows where one side of me always feels like she is missing out.

ANYWAY…hope you enjoyed the longest blog I have ever written and you can resonate. Perhaps you will give Whole 30 a go, perhaps you just liked reading, but I hope you got a little something from it, if not a few laughs. Cheers, friends and best wishes to you!