Day One, Two and Three…the restart.

Quick update because I have one million assignments to finish in the next couple of days! I promise there will be a big update after I get my life organized again!

I thought I could handle Easter weekend, but alas, I AM A HUMAN. I made a decision while I was in Cape Cod to eat non-compliant food. I feel good about it. I was away, on vacation, and I felt it was going to be the biggest pain in the butt to maintain my diet. I hated that I saw myself declining food on Easter Sunday that someone had worked hard to cook, and, I really wanted a beer.

I’ve been back at it for the past two days and I feel only a slight tinge of regret.

It’s been a stressful few weeks and I am having a hard time managing my stress and eating how I am supposed to, but I know that the results will all be worth it. Gotta keep my eye on the prize (dat booty)!

I will say, I typically beat myself up over things like this; going off plan, meeting a deadline late, etc., but this time, I just feel like I listened to myself. I am grateful for the hand I have been dealt recently, because it has helped me really focus on the things that are important to me. So what? I’m not perfect. Life will never be predictable, and you really have to roll with the punches. The only priorities I have right now is making myself happy and keeping the people I love close. Having a nice booty is only icing on the already beautiful cake!

For those of you that are reading that are also struggling with maintaining perfection right now, I leave you with a quote that I found on a piece of ribbon at a boutique in Cape Cod, “Live imperfectly with great delight.” JUST DO IT! Love every single day and make sure you tell the people around you how important they are. Oh! And make sure to laugh. Because it really is the best medicine.

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Day Five

So, I’ve been sort of behind, and I really wanted to try and avoid that. I am at the end of Day Five and I am thrilled that I have made it 1/6 of the way through! As I sit on my couch after dinner, I bask in the splitting headache that the sugar detox continues to give me every night. I’m a little disappointed in myself because I didn’t make it to the gym today and I wanted to get there. I will probably do a few abdominal exercises and some stretching before I shower tonight.

It was an absolutely beautiful day and I feel so blessed that I was able to be out and about. Whenever I’m running errands or hanging with friends I make sure to throw a Lara Bar in my purse just in case I am starving and can’t find somewhere Whole30 compliant to eat. I haven’t really had to utilize my emergency bar yet, but I’m sure that one day I will be so happy I was prepared.

Sorry, my humor isn’t on point today. I’m still in Whole30 hangover mode. It hits 8PM and I’m down for the count.

Food for the day:

Breakfast was no-sugar added bacon (I found it at Whole Foods), two eggs and sliced cantaloupe. The melon was so perfectly ripe, I can’t wait to have some for dessert.

Lunch was two pieces of broccolini that my roommate cooked (Thanks, Kateri!) and one of my yummy pineapple, spinach, banana smoothies.

I totally intended for dinner to be super duper easy…and then it got out of control. I had a bunch of veggies that I wanted to use before heading to Cape Cod tomorrow so I planned on making a big chopped salad with chicken. Thennnnn…I was like, what if I made a Cobb salad. So it ended up being a huge production. Here’s a picture:

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For my trip to Cape Cod, I am bringing some snacks with me in case there isn’t food that I can eat. Plantain chips, guacamole, a Lara Bar and some of my leftover squash and sauce. Just in case!! Better safe than sorry.

I’m going to nurse my poor little headache and relax. Night, night friends!

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Day Four

Hiiiii!! Day four complete. Currently: torturing myself watching my favorite show in the world, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. They just went to this AMAZING Korean BBQ place…I haven’t had Korean BBQ but it’s on my food bucket list. Gotta go. It looks so fun, you cook your own meat with your friends around a table…and who doesn’t love pickled veggies?

Day four…day four…I’m trying to remember what I ate yesterday. Oh! I went out to eat for the first time…so that was hard. I ended up getting a roasted half chicken served with broccoli rabe and fingerling potatoes. I told them I had a dairy allergy because I was afraid they would use butter. I think it worked out well, and my food was delicious.

OMG! THEY ARE MAKING THE MOST AMAZING CHEESEBURGERS ON THIS SHOW. This is totally not fair. Cannot wait for cheese. Oh, wait…this restaurant is in New York…I could go. Right now? No, Devynn. No!

Okay, so I think that is all I have for you guys for Day Four. One day at a time…

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Day Two and Three

I am so SORRY for the double post, but sleep was so much more important than informing you of my struggles! The exhaustion that the book discusses during the first week is SERIOUS. Every night, I have been falling asleep with ease and dreaming hard. The first two nights I had very vivid dreams that had nothing to do with food, but last night, I dreamed that I was eating crackers and salami and drinking sugary drinks. I woke up feeling so guilty. Don’t worry guys, I have yet to take a bite of something non-compliant.

Here is the update on the last couple of days: I feel totally fine in terms of cravings. I’ve had a few, but they are fleeting. The cravings are mostly for weird things that I never really wanted before. Yesterday, I was craving a PROTEIN SHAKE. Who even does that?

Physically, aside from being really tired, I’m feeling much less bloated and I am totally understanding the temptation to step on the scale. For those of you that aren’t a Whole30 expert, you are supposed to remain scale-free for the full 30 days. I took my starting weight, along with some before pictures so that I can compare when I am done. Also, I went to the gym for the first time since Day One and I got extremely light-headed and had to slow it down significantly. I hope that once my body gets more used to the no sugar thing, I will be able to pick up the intensity a little. Got to get that booty right!

Yesterday I didn’t even think about things I was missing out on because I made some delicious food. I woke up really wanting potatoes, so I drove to the grocery store a bought  a couple of small white potatoes to make into breakfast potatoes. I sauteed them with some diced yellow onion and diced jalapeno. The key to AWESOME potatoes is to not touch them…let them sit in the same spot and get nice and brown and crispy. I always microwave mine for a few minutes before I chop them up and put them in the skillet. Picture below:

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After going to the gym, and warding off my gym protein shake craving (filled with tons of Whole30 non-compliant ingredients, PB and SUGAR), I came home and made myself the most exciting smoothie…who needs peanut butter protein shakes? I made it with almond milk, a splash of coconut milk, a full banana, 4-5 chunks of frozen pineapple for sweetness and a handful of frozen spinach. It had the most lovely texture and flavor. I was completely satisfied.

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I really wanted pasta, but I don’t actually think it was pasta, I think it was the SAUCE that I wanted. I could drink pasta sauce straight! I had a giant spagetti squah that I bought earlier in the week, and I decided it needed a nice meat sauce. I searched for recipes online and ended up finding this one: http://paleomg.com/my-meat-sauce-i-put-on-everything

I switched it up a little bit. I added chopped white mushrooms to the recipe and instead of 2 cans of tomato sauce, I used one box of Pomi Strained Tomatoes and one small can of Cento Tomato Paste. Another note: I used spicy Italian sausage and was so blown away that almost every brand of sausage had added sugar. Be careful when buying your ingredients…even things you never thought would have sugar have some. SO SNEAKY.

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SO that’s it for my report, but I just wanted to take a second and mention how overwhelming the support has been since I’ve annouced my participation. I have such incredible friends and family. People texting me just to check in, others saying that they are inspired to take control of their health. It’s made it that much easier for me to stick with it. With encouragement like this, I can do anything!

 

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Day One

Last night, by the time I had finished cooking dinner, doing my homework and showering, I was WAY too exhausted to stay up and write this entry. My apologies.

Yesterday was one of the most emotionally difficult days I have had in a long time, and I will definitely say that not being able to cure my sadness, anxiety, etc. with cheese or chocolate cake was incredibly difficult. But I made it through the day and I am so proud of myself.

So, how am I feeling after the first day? Not so hot. THE SUGAR DETOX is real. Last night I had a terrible pounding headache, and an overall “not so great” feeling. It definitely made it much more difficult to finish my homework and wash all the dishes I dirtied when cooking dinner.

Before dinner, I was absolutely starving, so I made myself a snack. It was a few ounces of coconut milk, a scoop of coconut cream, some frozen pineapple and a couple of ice cubes. It took care of my craving for something sweet and satisfied my hunger until dinner was ready. This is a must try for anyone who is doing the Whole30! SO yum!

In other news, dinner was great. I grilled a steak, some asparagus and made some matchstick sweet potatoes in the oven.

image1.JPGI’m going to keep this post pretty short because I don’t have much to report and I’m in between classes right now. I’ll talk to all of you later today!

P.S. Update on turkey breakfast sausage: it was SO dry. Last night I added a half of a bag of frozen spinach, cooked up the rest of the sausage…AND THEN FORGOT TO PUT IT IN THE FRIDGE. Bye, bye turkey sausage patties. I do think that the spinach addition would have made it much more moist and delicious…we will see next time I make it.

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Day Zero

I woke up verrrryyyy early this morning with a long mental list of everything I needed to accomplish to have a successful start tomorrow…ANDDDD then I laid in bed for another three hours nursing a headache from my big Friday night out. I soon realized that if I’m going to be replacing margaritas with water, I will not have to nurse another hangover for the next thirty days. Silver lining to the no alcohol rule.

The Whole30 discusses what an average human should expect on Day One. I don’t really consider myself average so I’m not sure I can trust it, but it states that I will feel like a bad ass. Eating fresh, delicious food and taking names. We shall see.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking (worrying) about the next month and I decided that the thing that scares me the most is being forced to redefine social situations. It is not uncommon as a single 27-year old woman, to get asked to drinks, or dinner or to go out to a bar or club with my friends. What do I do now? “I’ll have a water, but add some extra lime wedges, make it look like a cocktail so no one asks me any questions.” There it is, that’s what I’ll tell the bartender. After looking at me like I have four heads, I am sure they will oblige.

Okay, worrying aside, I went to the grocery store today and spent much less than I thought I would have to. Such a happy moment. Then I went and grabbed dumplings from my favorite Chinese take-out restaurant (the “last meal”) and came home to make some homemade turkey breakfast sausage.

If you are not familiar with the Whole30’s rules, you cannot have ANY sugar. NONE. No honey, maple syrup, agave, fake sugar, ANYTHING. I would encourage you to walk through the grocery store and pick up items that you think have ZERO sugar. SIKEEEEE, mind blown. EVERYTHING at the store has added sugar. It’s nuts. So then you end up doing things like making your own sausage. I literally threw a pound of ground turkey in a bowl, added some salt, pepper, cayenne, sage, red pepper flakes and garlic powder, mashed it together with my hands and then pan seared some patties. I’ll get back to you tomorrow on whether it’s totally disgusting or not.

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I’m rambling, and I shouldn’t because I need to be up early tomorrow (5:30AM; yay, nursing school). I prepped enough food to get me through lunch…I THINKKKK. I packed two scrambled eggs and two of my fancy homemade turkey sausage patties for breakfast and a pretty simple chopped veggie salad for lunch, a small bag of dry roasted almonds, a Lara Bar and an entire avocado (I’ll probably split this between breakfast and lunch).

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To finish up, because I’m basically typing with my eyes closed…I wanted to share my fortune from my “last meal.” It wasn’t the motivational fortune I had hoped for the night before I began this journey, but after it sat with me for a little while, I came to realize that it was exactly what I needed. Here is my compliment for you, random stranger reading this blog: YOU ARE SO MUCH STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW. You are totally capable of creating your own happiness so love yourself (Yes, I’m a Belieber) and don’t EVER let anyone make you feel bad about who you are. You are amazing. Embrace it.

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Can’t wait to share my Day One thoughts. Night night, friends.

 

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