Birthday Goal

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Every year I make some type of fitness goal to achieve before my birthday. I was hesitant to make one this year because I’ve been reading a lot about setting achievable goals so you don’t set yourself up for failure. I thought long and hard but I decided that I am setting a goal and am going to give it all I have to achieve it and if I don’t achieve it I know that the steps I have been doing will still be helping me get better and maybe I need to re-evaluate my goal. So for this year I want to:

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That’s right do a handstand! (Preferably on an exotic beach but that is less likely to happen.) So I’ll try and keep things updated. So far I can kick up and hold it against a wall for 30 seconds. Sad but it’s a start!!

Do you set goals? Is there anything you want to improve on? If so set a goal and join me. D-Day is July 23rd!

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My Whole30 Challenge

I started my Whole30 challenge at the same time I started this blog. I figured it would be a great way to hold me accountable. Even though I have dropped the ball on the blog a bit I did not drop the ball on my Whole30 challenge.

Before the Whole30 I ate fairly paleo. I had more treats than probably necessary especially since I started in January. My eating was 50/50 for the month of November and December which is a huge improvement from previous years. There may have been a few weeks that I made almond roca (6 batches) and had a significant amount from each batch. It was delicious though but I noticed my energy sagging, my moods changing, and the slight bloated feeling come back. I had attempted a Whole30 before but left the dairy in knowing that I need it to help with my digestion but this time I wanted to go all in. What I learned from my Whole30 challenge is invaluable to me.

I learned about my relationship with food. I knew I enjoyed making treats for my family and to share with others but I didn’t find them necessary this month. I did make my jerky which felt like a treat and I dried some apples and bananas. It was nice to spend some time in the kitchen (my favorite room in my house) but it was exciting to spend more time with the kids or reading.

I learned I eat when I’m bored, happy, sad, annoyed, and hungry. Cutting down to three meals and some times an afternoon snack really helped me realize how often I was eating. I wasn’t hungry and the only thing I was missing were some of the extra calories I would get from snacking.

I learned how to listen to my body. This was huge! There were some days I would eat more because I was hungry. Sometimes I would eat less. Sometimes I need more carbs (sweet potatoes are my best friend). Sometimes I needed more protein and sometimes I just needed some water.

I was lucky because for me it wasn’t as hard as I was expecting and the benefits were great. I was hoping for more physical changes but I am learning that there are some things that can’t be undone (having kids) and that some times we just have to learn to love how we are.

I’m excited for the next step. People have been asking me what I’m going to have for my first meal after the Whole30. Honestly my cravings are gone. A couple of weeks ago it would have been frozen yogurt with candy toppings but I’m not wanting it right now so I’m not going to eat it. I finally decided to make some Pumpkin Paleo Granola as my first off meal and I am excited but I am also aware that it’s a treat and not a normal thing.

My goal is to eat pretty much how I have been on the Whole3o with the occasional fun.

If you are considering doing the Whole30 I highly recommend it. I feel great. I feel happy. I feel educated.

Day 15-17

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Day 15

Workout: Cleans, Hand Release Push Ups, MB Sit Ups

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge and eggs

Lunch: Roast beef and veggies

Dinner: Chicken and green salad

Day 16

Workout: Kettlebell Swings, Double Unders, Burpees

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge

Lunch: Chicken and green salad, cauliflower rice

Dinner: Kalua Pork, applesauce, and roasted vegetables

Workout: Cleans, Thruster, Push Press, Back Squats,  Pull Ups, Ball Slams, Push Ups, Air Squats, Sit Ups= Death!

Snack: Beef Jerky, 1/2 banana with almond butter, a little sweet potato

I’ve decided that I am only going to have nuts once a day. I think I’ve been eating them a lot and they are starting to replace mindless snacking (which is a no-no).

Day 17

Rest Day

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge (My only nuts for the day)

Lunch: Kalua Pork, Roasted Veggies

Snack: Beef Jerky, Dried apples and bananas

Dinner: Bean-Less Chili (Everyday Paleo)

Oh man was I excited this was a rest day. After my surprise two a day workout yesterday (Thanks to my coach) I was exhausted and so sore. All I wanted to do today was lay on my couch. I did get some cleaning done but it was definitely a lower energy day.

Day 14

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Day 14

Workout: “Fight Gone Bad”

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge (Against All Grain) Delicious!

Lunch: Eggs, sausage, and cauliflower rice pilaf (Well-Fed), berries with coconut cream, nuts, and coconut chips.

Dinner: Roast beef with roasted brussel sprouts and carrots.

I was talking to a friend today about how I felt my Whole30 was going and it was a great talk because I had a chance to reflect on changes at the half way mark so I figured I would share them with you too.

I am overall a fairly happy person. I don’t stress very much. Just kind of go with the flow. It’s nice.

In talking with my friend I realized that I am even more happy… maybe not that. More… patient which in turns makes me happier. As my Dad would say I have changed my tone of voice with my family. There is less yelling and fighting between us which is very nice. There is more together time because they help me out in the kitchen sometimes and also since I’m not snacking as much I try to stay out of the kitchen which leaves more time for them.

I have more energy. This is huge.I never really felt like I lacked energy. I am still tired by the end of the day which is ending a bit earlier than it used to but I get a lot more accomplished  in the awake hours. Mondays used to just be laundry day but I got most of the house cleaned plus I organized my spices.

I enjoy my food more and appreciate it which sounds really weird but I was habitually on the internet or on the phone or watching tv while eating. Since ending that I feel like I take more time to savor and enjoy my food. Even if it is just ham and a banana with almond butter.

All of these things led to a happier Me which is great and an added benefit that I didn’t know would happen. Another added bonus was my “mean” time I was so nice that even my hubby noticed which is awesome!!

 

I highly suggest you try the Whole30. It’s benefits are limitless and honestly… it’s only 30 days. 🙂

Days 10-13! Hallelujah.

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Day 10:

Today is my rest day. It’ll be nice to rest today but I am sad because that means no sweet potatoes.

Breakfast: Eggs, sausage, and broccoli

Lunch: Chocolate Chili with avocado and onions.

Dinner: Eggs, broccoli, onion, mushrooms, and red pepper.

My energy was great today. My appetite has definitely changed. I don’t know if I’m eating more at my meals but I haven’t been as hungry lately which is awesome. Also I feel like I’ve been more patient with my family. Bonus!

Day 11:

Workout: Cleans, Wall Balls, Dips,and Jump Rope

Breakfast: Eggs, Sausage, and Sweet Potatoes (I was glad to have them back.)

Lunch: Ham, Apples, and broccoli

Dinner: Whole Foods salad bar with Tessemae’s Dressing

Today was great because I went out with my hubby to do some grocery shopping and I was nervous because it’s my first meal out. Granted we were at Whole Foods but it was nice to have the guidelines and follow them!

Day 12:

Workout: Broomstick Mile

Breakfast: Cauliflower rice pilaf (Well-Fed), fried eggs and bacon.

Lunch: Cauliflower rice pilaf, ham, and a hard-boiled egg

Dinner: Ham, Apple with almond butter, and broccoli.

I had to work tonight So dinner was more on the go kind of food but still yummy.

 

Day 13:

Rest day but I still had to work.

Breakfast: Sweet Potato pancake with almond butter and bananas.

Lunch: Ham and broccoli

Dinner: (At my in-laws) Eggs and sausage.

Kind of a boring few days when I type it out but I loved every day of it so that is great!

Day 8 and 9…

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Day 8

Workout: Fran (I took 7 seconds off my time since November. Which doesn’t seem like a lot but I am stoked! Also I am not sore next day either.)

Breakfast: Leftover Kalua Pork, eggs, onion, sweet potatoes, and green onion scramble.

Lunch: Kalua Pork, carrots, apples, banana, almond butter, and kombucha

Dinner: Meat Lovers “Cream” of Mushroom soup (Urban Poser)

Snack: Apple and almond butter

Today I was so exhausted but it was probably more because I went to bed at 10:15 rather than 9:30. I really need to hold my self to my goals even though all my shows are coming on. So sad sounding!

Day 9:

Breakfast: Kalua Pork, eggs, mushrooms, cauliflower, onions, and green onions.

Workout: DU, Burpees, Hand Stand Push Up attempt, Kettlebell, and a few other Miscellaneous things.

PWO: Banana and Almond butter, sweet potato fries

Lunch: Left over Cream of Mushroom soup, Kombucha

Dinner: Chocolate Chili, Avocado, Onions

Today was definitely a better day. I had more energy and have really been enjoying my food.

Day 6 and 7. Energy finally but…

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Day 6 started out pretty good. There are certain days I fast for religious purposes and Day 6 just happened to be one. I was thinking about not fasting but since it is also a rest day I figured I would be ok. I got up and got the kids their breakfast but by 10 am I was so hungry. Luckily I was at church already and didn’t pack any kid-snacks. When we got home I waited and when I did break my fast I did it responsibly. I was so excited because normally before the Whole 30 I probably would have done candy or something salty-carby like cheetos or chips but I didn’t. I had some homemade beef jerky and a green apple and almond butter. I was full and satisfied!

Breakfast: Fasting

Nap: 30 Minutes

Late Lunch: Beef jerky, apple with almond butter

Dinner: Eggs, sausage, carrots and brussel sprouts. (We went to my in-laws for dinner so I packed my own dinner.)

Snack: Beef jerky.

*Need to lay off the beef jerky. I don’t want to start to overeat it. Even though things are good for me I can still overeat.

Day 7

I think for me this day has been the hardest. I don’t know why. It is snowing which makes me sad and keeps us inside. Normally I would snack or bake or cook a lot because we are stuck inside but dinner is already in the crock pot and baking seems counter-productive so I am going to focus on another thing I dislike. Cleaning. I am getting the kids involved and will be cleaning so I stay out of the kitchen.

I do need to get better at eating times. In the morning I always put off eating until about 8 am even though I wake up at 5:30 to do the 6 am cross fit class. I should probably be eating when I get home but I usually get about 15 minutes til the kids get up of alone time and then once they get up there are things needing to be done and breakfasts so I don’t eat til 8.

Workout: Double-unders, wall balls (It seems I’ve been doing a lot of these lately), box jumps, and push-ups.

Breakfast: eggs, sweet potatoes, and sausage. This is seriously one of my favorite meals.Lunch: sausage, eggs, mushrooms, onions, red pepper, avocado, enchilada sauce.

Lunch Mixed Up

Dinner: Slow Cooker Kalua Pork (Nom Nom Paleo) steamed carrots and broccoli. Delish! I can’t wait for left overs

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Snack: Banana with almond butter

I didn’t get to bed until 10. Silly new shows starting back up and I woke up Day 8 fifteen minutes before my alarm. The past two days have been harder. There were a couple times that I was thinking just one bite but then I thought I would lose all my progress and have to start all over. I have held strong and like having specific rules because I think I like to find loop holes but so far no problems there.