Party On Whole30 Style

Saturday night we hosted a beer tasting party for our home brewery. It was Day 28 of the Whole30 for me, and I would like to happily report that I stayed compliant for the entire evening and had a wonderful time!

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We put the invite for the party out on Nextdoor (a social media app for neighborhoods) so everyone that came – except for my sister; hi, Amanda! – I met for the first time. It was a little hard conversing with strangers without the comfort of “liquid courage” in my glass, but I bought like eleventeen different flavors of sparkling water ahead of time, so my glass contents were still tasty.

It was so funny, I didn’t even want the beer. Shocker, I know! But knowing that it would be too easy to go overboard into Drunksville on hour high-alcohol craft beers, and how I want to still be functioning and having a good time when the party was winding down, I really didn’t have a problem refilling my glass with La Croix. And it was way easier to give Buttercup a sip of sparkling water from my glass than to constantly be policing where my beer is in proximity to her fast, crafty little toddler hands (she loves the taste of beer so we constantly have to police our bottles and glasses). But I found not drinking beer with everyone else to be a lot more do-able than I had imagined. I just filled my glass with La Croix, didn’t mention it or say anything to anybody what I was drinking, and had a good time.

For the part food, I made a huge pulled pork roast and served it with barbecue sauce on the side so I could have the meat, and I made a huge plate of cut veggies with guacamole so I knew there was stuff I could eat. Many people generously brought dishes to pass, so we had plenty of food for everyone!

Meanwhile, my knee has decided to start bothering me. Enter all of the ice packs.

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For real?!? Yup. I think I’ve been propping my foot on the coffee table when Hulk and I watch our nightly ritual “Cheers” reruns on Netflix, and the hyper-extension on my knee has started to become a problem. I’m finding after standing or walking for a short while it starts to ache. Which sucks because I have ALL THE HIKES planned for Olive and me, not to mention all the CrossFit. ButĀ for now it’s lots of ice, quit standing, and quit propping my foot up without knee support! Okay, body, you can stop acting old at any time now. Really, we can go back to when I could do anything at anytime with little to no warning and you bounce back in like six hours.

Speaking of getting old, guess who’s birthday is coming up?

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Aww yeah. Just throwing it out there to the universe. You know.

That’s all for now, go make it a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mole, so I knew I had some options for food. Plus, I was so busy running around entertaining, I almost forgot to eat! The neighbors all graciously brought dishes as well, but it was mostly from the bread-and-treat variety

Regroup and Reset

Okay! So, after writing about my funk yesterday, I knew that something has to change. I thought back to when I felt really in control and good about my life, and the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” came to mind. I read it back in 2008, and it really helped me focus my energy on the things that I wanted to accomplish. When I think about the years that followed, those years included some of my biggest accomplishments. I received a big promotion at work, I completed two marathons and a half Ironman, Hulk and I chased our dreams to living in San Francisco, and we started our family. But when Squish was born, I sort of tossed my “7 Habits” habits of goal-setting and planning aside to enter the crisis mode that comes from taking care of a newborn. Over the past couple of years, I’ve slipped back into my old, reactive, wait-and-see habits instead of firing it up and going for what I want to do. I’m in a funk because I’ve lost focus on what I’m working towards in life, and it’s not a good place for me to be.

After having a good talk with Hulk, he reminded me that, “when was the last time your life was perfect, and you had no problems and were completely happy all the time?” Hmm, I’ll take “Never” for $1000, Alex. I have really let myself sink into this reactive, victim-like mindset, where I am no longer in control of my life and happiness. External forces and people determine if I have a good day or a bad day. And this is really annoying, because I know I’m better than this.

So, no more! I’m putting on my big-girl pants (which are growing bigger by the day, thank you Baby v2.0!) and going back to the drawing board to identify where I am and where I want to be. Big changes coming up soon, I’m sure!

Okay, enough with the heavy stuff. Despite being all cranky-pants and mopey, it was still a good day yesterday. Sometimes, I need to pay attention to the small things that make me happy. Like having my most favorite lunch ever for Whole30 Meal #2:

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Spinach, cucumber, bell pepper, hardboiled egg, tuna, and olive oil. I do my happy dance as I eat this, it is so delicious.

Pre-lunch coffee. I am so glad I decided to walk to Starbucks instead of grab a coffee from the break room, the weather was beautiful yesterday!

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Lately my neighbor friend Phillip and I have been teaming up to make dinner about once a week. We take turns picking out the recipe, gather/buy ingredients, then we prep and cook it together. It’s been really fun, and I like having a “kitchen buddy.”

Last night we made The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat. Ever from The Clothes Make the Girl. I wanted a Whole30 complaint recipe, and Phillip had never brined chicken before, so it was a win-win. This is one of my most favorite chicken recipes! So moist and flavorful. And yes, I said “moist.” *shudder*

Anyway, I also made some mashed sweet taters and a salad. Phillip made an incredible balsamic vinaigrette for the salad as well.

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Dig in! So tasty.

Time to clock in and get the work party started! Go make it a great day, everyone. And don’t forget to refuel:

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Mmm, coffee. Can’t get enough.