Whole 30: Days 1-10

I promise that I meant to get this posted on Monday night – after my first full week of Whole30 – but my body had other plans. I ended up with tonsillitis and was out of commission for most of the week. I’m finally on the mend and so happy to have some energy back!

The first 10 days of this Whole30 were overall, pretty okay. I got the sugar withdrawal headache after a couple of days, but it went away with a lot of water and a little ibuprofen. I had some major sweets cravings here and there but thank goodness those went away after eating a handful of grapes. One of the most important parts of Whole30 is to be prepared and thinking ahead has saved me! I had a meeting between breakfast and lunch so I took a Larabar and almonds with me which really saved the day.

There are times when my will has been tested and pushed me to the brink of tears. I know, that sounds soooo dramatic, but it’s the truth. We ordered Afghan kabob for dinner one night and I had chicken, lots of grilled vegetables, and a big salad. But holy cow, the amazing naan had me so close to my breaking point that my teeth hurt because I wanted some so bad. Isn’t that crazy? I don’t think I’ve ever had a craving quite so intense before and it was pretty killer. But I knew I would be mad at myself if I gave in, so I ate my food and did not take one bite of the bread. It was a close call but I came out victorious!

I was also pretty grumpy about Whole30 when I had tonsillitis. I knew I was sick when the thought of both coffee and food repulsed me, so I drank a lot of hot tea and beef broth. Once I started feeling better, I ate bananas and scrambled eggs cooked in ghee. Yesterday was the first day that coffee sounded good again, but I’m still not drinking as much of it as pre-Whole30. I have one – maybe two – cups a day. I put about a TBL of organic coconut oil in my coffee and then use my immersion blender to froth it up – and it’s not bad at all. I was this close to throwing in the towel this week when I was still sick and just so tired. I was tired of being sick, tired of being tired, and tired of not being able to have the comfort foods I really wanted. But yesterday afternoon, my energy started to return and has been increasing steadily. I am so happy that I did not quit!

One of the things I’m most excited about is not having any diet soda for over 10 days! Like I said before, I was drinking a lot of it, so going cold turkey was the best thing for me and my health. I have no plans on drinking it again after Whole30 which feels great to know already. I don’t really miss it! I’ve been drinking only coffee, water, and unsweetened iced tea.

Today is day 12 so I’ll have another update for you next week. 12 down…18 to go!

Taming the Stressugar Monster

I feel like I’ve finally been granted permission to come out of my work cave (which is really just my basement). The past few weeks at work have been quite a roller coaster. Most days, my schedule went something like this:

  • 5am – wake up and work
  • 6:30 – wake up kids
  • 7:15 – leave for daycare
  • 8-9am – boxing (M/W/F, except for last week when I didn’t go)
  • Work until 5pm
  • 5:15-8pm – dinner, bath for kids, bedtime
  • 8pm to 10pm-12am – Work

My husband also had to go on a few business trips during the craziness but it was probably a good thing. I didn’t feel guilty when I had to get on another conference call at 8pm or go to bed at midnight so him being gone actually helped my stress a little! The good news is that it was temporary, a great learning experience, and I survived. The bad news is that I gained back all the weight I had previously lost (to the ounce). I was so tired and busy and stressed out that caring about taking care of myself unfortunately fell to the back burner.

My sister got married last weekend so we were in the car for 6+ hours on Friday and Sunday with Saturday being the wedding day with lots of chaos and wedding fun. I felt horrible pretty much the whole time which I’m sure was due to eating crap food and not exercising last week. My mental state was just as bad because I was self conscious and unhappy in my own skin. I was miserable.

On the way home, we stopped at the Lindt Factory Outlet store and bought some truffles. I am not kidding that I ate at least five when we got home. They were delicious and wonderful but let’s be real. They’re rich and pretty satisfying so one or even two should have been enough. And in the back of my mind, I knew that…but I still ate a few more.

I recognized that voice in my head and I knew I had to do something but wasn’t sure what. You may remember from posts before – but I am the type of person who needs a plan. I wanted to focus again on healthy, whole foods and try to rid myself of the sugar monster and diet soda monster who seemed to live in my head. Soooo…


I did one full Whole30 way back when in 2012 and had great success. I felt awesome, I ran one of my best races, and lost some weight. Since then, I attempted to do another but failed miserably because my heart wasn’t in it and I just wasn’t ready. But now I feel like it’s time to try again. My biggest complaint from my first Whole30 and biggest excuse from my failed attempt was that it was too hard/time consuming to prep or have the right foods available. But hey guess what?!  I work from home so I really have no more excuses left. :)

So today is Whole30 Day 3 and I’m feeling great. I’ll post more about Whole30 in the coming days and weeks. I plan to stick it out no matter what. I know I can do it!

Weigh In: Weeks 1-2

I’ll keep this short and sweet! It’s Friday, I just finished my extremely stressful yet exceedingly rewarding work week and I am looking forward to spending the weekend with my husband and kids!

My first weigh-in was August 12. I planned to post updates every Wednesday, but that changed a bit after hurting myself last week and not weighing myself on the 19th. The new plan is to post my weight every Friday!

Without further delay:

Starting Weight: 254.6
Current Weight: 247.8
Weeks 1-2 Loss: -6.8

I ate well this week with lots of fresh salads, grilled meat, some full-fat dairy, and even a piece of cheesecake one night and dark chocolate every night. I planned to eat at home for every meal but had one dinner out (grilled chicken and a salad) and a kind of disappointing salad from Chipotle today. This morning, I resisted the very strong urge to go to ChikFilA after my weigh-in and boxing class as a ‘reward’; instead I drove right home and made an egg and cheese sandwich. Little wins like this have boosted my confidence a bit and it feels really good to not be lethargic and mad at myself for making bad choices. I do plan to have one or two Coney Island Hard Root beers tonight to celebrate some major work victories and that my husband is home from his business trip one day early!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

This is 40?

Instead of a post about how my great workouts have been for the past two weeks, I’m going to tell you how I managed to hurt myself at boxing class last Monday. Am I allowed to attribute these kinds of things to being 40? :)

It’s really not a long story – I was twisting my upper body to throw a left hook while moving to my right to give it more power. I moved something wrong and felt something tweak. I even stopped for about five seconds to tell Coach that I think I hurt my back, but it didn’t really hurt at that point. I was able to keep moving and finished out the workout really strong. I was a little sore for the rest of the day but it felt like ‘workout sore’ and not ‘hurt my back sore’.

But good grief!

Tuesday came along and I could not even stand up straight! I had to attend a customer meeting that day which required a lot of walking, so by the time I got home, I just wanted to curl into a little ball of pain. It. was. awful.

I managed to get to a chiropractor on Wednesday where they did an exam, small adjustments, and therapy on my back. They told me I had strained muscles and ligaments in my back but requested a spinal x-ray just in case there was a bigger issue. I was supposed to have a follow-up visit on Saturday to review the x-rays but had to cancel because of a birthday party that started two hours earlier than I thought when I made the appointment. I’m going to try to get back there Wednesday to get the exercise all-clear.

The good news is that my back is now about 90% pain free. I can move pretty well, stand up straight, and don’t wince when I pick up one of the girls. The bad news is that I let my emotions get the best of me last week and didn’t eat well at all. I didn’t weigh myself at all last week because I was just mad at the world, but will weigh-in and post later this week.

I went to the grocery store this morning and stocked up on fresh produce, frozen vegetables for soups, grass-fed beef, chicken, and eggs. I am determined to cook every meal at home this week and am actually looking forward to cooking. I have vegetable beef soup simmering as I type and I hope it tastes as good as it smells!

I really meant to blog about the injury last week but I went to bed as soon as the kids were tucked in because the pain exhausted me. I also wish I had a great story about how I was sparring someone and caught a jab to the face…but not yet. Maybe in a few months? :)

Happy Monday everyone – cheers to having a great week ahead!