Eating this past week has rocked. I’ve done so well and am so appreciative I have my co-worker doing the Whole30 with me.
This weekend really challenged me. I missed having a glass of wine on Friday night but had a La Croix sparkling water and managed to get through the hankering just fine.
Saturday evening, I attended the birthday party for a very special 5 year old and was strong enough to pass on birthday cake and ice cream. I anticipated wanting to participate in the festivities by eating with everyone else so I brought my own little “dessert”
You aren’t really supposed to give in to the idea of desserts, even if they are within the eating guidelines of Whole30, but the reality is, I did what I had to do to set myself up for success. And, it set me up to be even stronger on Sunday – more on that in a second.
They are hilariously energetic and animated. I promise both Colton and Kayla landed on their feet
Sunday, I hit the grocery store, did some cleaning around the house, and then made my way to the Deer Lake Apple Orchard in Buffalo, MN. Sunday was my nephew, Caleb’s 6th birthday and it was such a perfect fall day to celebrate.
All my nieces and nephews were there and get along so well.
And, my favorite part of the whole birthday party was that I didn’t feel like I “had” to have something to eat while everyone else ate their cake. I am so proud that I did not give in to temptation and went with my decision not to eat cake (sugar!) I think Saturday’s birthday party made me stronger for Sunday’s birthday party, and saying no to the cake. Sure, I can have the cake, but I’m deciding NOT to, to break the dependency with sugar.
By the time I got home, it was 5pm and I still wanted to get some cooking done. Aside from breaking dependencies on certain foods, another hard part about Whole30 is all the cooking/preparing involved. To help me this week, I prep so that I’d have some of the more time-consuming steps out of the way, and a few things to just grab and run. I made:
- Spiced Sweet Potato Soup: a recipe from my co-worker who went through cancer treatment awhile back.
- Roasted Turkey: I found this recipe in the Whole30 forums and used it as my guide. I’ll use the white meat for lunches and Carlos will eat the dark meat. We are a team like that
- 2lbs ground turkey: I just browned the meat so I can make THIS Whole30 Chili recipe. I also used some of the browned ground turkey to make some spaghetti for Carlos to grab throughout the week for lunches.
By the time I was done chopping, browning, pureeing and the such, it was 2.5 hours later and the clothes I threw in the washing machine/dryer, ready to be folded. I collapsed on the couch and as I folded, watched a bit of tv with Carlos. I was exhausted and in bed reading by 9pm, asleep by 9:45. I love weekends like this past weekend, when the whole weekend revolves around simplistic things: cooking, planning/preparing, family & things I love most.
Today starts DAY EIGHT of Whole30 and am so proud of myself for sticking to the guidelines, allowing my body to really speak to me.