On Owning Life Decisions

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (and you totally should, because sometimes I post unicorns) you know that last week I started a Whole30. I had been W30’ing and posting on it for six days, but now I have a confession to make … I had beer the other night. Not one, but two beers. It was a conscious choice I deliberated prior to and at the event, and I decided to go for it. And in my opinion it was deliciously and soul-fully worth it, despite the heartburn, crummy sleep, and rough morning after. I enjoyed the experience with a new friend, and we had a great time. I felt the situation called for it, so I allowed myself to make whatever choice I felt was appropriate.

Normally if I “quit” a Whole30, that’s it. I dive-bomb back into whatever my diet was before I started. But this time, I picked right back up where I left off the next morning, getting up early to make an egg scramble and pack a tuna salad for lunch. Because to me the process of getting my lifestyle and habits overhauled to embrace healthier food choices for myself matter more than giving into the “What the Hell” effect described in the “Food Freedom Forever” book, as in “what the hell, I’m eating this so I might as well eat all the things and go down in flames of glory,” which is so tempting. But I’m not tempted.

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I know, right?

Now, I’m not too proud of going off-plan. Let me just make that clear. But what I am proud of is that it was a conscious choice, I don’t feel bad about myself, and my only regret is that I chose to make this Whole30 so public on my Instagram, only to “lol just kidding” six days in. Kind of awkward. But I am picking up where I left off, and I’m back on plan. This is a huge leap of difference between old Emily and new Emily. Old Emily would throw in the towel, fully succumb to the “What the Hell” effect (as in, what the hell, I might as well also have pizza and top it off with some Safeway sheet cake … and go for my usual Starbucks breakfast sandwich and coffee with creamer tomorrow morning for breakfast because whoops I’m done oh well) and it would be several weeks before I finally emerged from my nutritional off-roading glory to crawl back to the program, confess to my dietary sins, and try again. Oh, and feel terrible and beat myself up for “why can’t you just be healthy!?!? What is wrong with you?”

So, new Emily has come to realize that this is a journey, and what’s a road trip without a few pit stops along the way? Sometimes the detour to see Carhenge is appropriate (I mean, it’s a Stonehenge replica made entirely out of cars can you not even) even if it sets you back a bit both time and budget-wise. Or maybe not. But you need to own the decision. If I had planned ahead of time to have seltzer with lime, got to the bar, and threw it all out for a beer, that would be different. That was not a conscious, deliberate decision. That is old Emily behavior. New Emily considered the options ahead of time, and decided to evaluate in the moment. And then in the moment, evaluated the options again and concluded that this would be okay. It is not sticking to the Whole30, I am not following the program in that moment, but for me personally it is okay.  And you know what? I’m still a good person at the end of the day. Well, okay, some folks might beg to differ, but my dietary choices have no affect on my morality and self-worth. And that is something that it’s taken me the better part of two decades to figure out.

I have a couple other social opportunities this week where I’ll have to make a decision whether to stick to the Whole30 plan or not, because I’ll be at a party or at a restaurant and temptation to stray will be there. But for these situations, I’ve predetermined that no, going off-plan will not serve me, and I’m making arrangements to stick to the program, such as suggesting to my friends to cook a meal at their apartment instead of going out (I offered to grill steak for them, so I’ll still be popular don’t worry), and looking at the restaurant menu ahead of time to figure out how much I will be able to make work and bringing some snacks to supplement. This is not hard, it just takes a little planning an experience.

The takeaway is sometimes plans and intentions change, but instead of regretting and berating yourself for “not being more disciplined” or “I just have no willpower,” own your choices, take the results with grace and compassion, and go on to enjoy the rest of your life.

Am I perfect? Nope. Will every off-road decision be made with this amount of contemplation and contentment of the results? Most definitely not. I’m sure at some point there will be some regretful break-room-donuts or home-alone-beer-and-nachos decisions that were more automatic than mindful. But it’s about progress, and the best kind of self-care is when you can celebrate the wins.

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And homemade chicken curry, because OMG so good.

I hope you are having a fabulous morning. Go make it a great day!

 

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Yes, I Meal Prepped. Who Am I?

Well hello, happy people! Long time no chat!

I have so much to update on, I’m not even sure where to start.

First of all, I finished my #JanuaryWhole30. Yay! I even went over a couple of days, because I just wasn’t super interested in reintroducing anything just yet. Then one day, a cookie happened. I called it my cookie reintroduction. It was magical, and for the first time in I think my whole life, I was good with just one cookie. I enjoyed a cookie deliberately and intentionally, and after I got done licking the crumbs off my fingers, I found myself satisfied and went on with my day. Score. Since then, I’ve been slow-rolling the reintroduction by eating mostly Whole30 in my daily life but trying out foods here and there to see how they work with me. So far I’m still not a fan of sugar or gluten, and I’m still on the fence with dairy. It’s been really nice to just eat and notice and move on, instead of eat and berate and get angry with myself and binge.

I don’t always make the right food choices, but I’m using my mistakes as learning experiences rather than excuses to go off the rails, or beat myself up. The other night, a friend brought homemade bread pudding to our gathering. I had missed dinner and the bread pudding smelled soooooo good, so I had some. It was good, but not pay-for-the-effects-of-gluten good. I felt lousy afterword, and I’m still feeling bloated today. But now I know to evaluate better, and maybe bring have a snack on hand for those evenings I know I might miss a meal. No big deal.

Okay, what else? Oh, that’s right, the CrossFit Open is coming up! Yayyy! Here is a nifty poster from the CrossFit website that has all of the info:

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I’m signed up and will be doing the scaled division again this year. I’m still not Rx’ing the workouts consistently, so I probably need another year to get stronger. But I have my double-unders pretty consistently now, so there’s that. Woot. You should go sign up too, it’s only $20. I’ll wait here. Peer pressure. Everyone is doing it.

Finally, with my crazy hectic schedule lately (gratitude moment: I am so grateful to be busy because it’s better than being bored!) I decided to finally get on the bandwagon with weekly meal prep. I know, who am I? I do not meal prep. I hate it. But I also hate blasting out of the house in the morning with the stark realization that I have had black coffee for breakfast (fail), I have no idea where/what I’m eating for lunch (more fail), and I am probably not going to be home for dinner (fail-lines flight number crapsticks, ready for departure). But since I hate weekly meal prep, I decided to start small, by planning out my meals for just three days.

This ended up to be key. It was way less overwhelming to think about, and since I always over-plan my food requirements anyway, it’s turning out that I made enough food for 4-5 days anyway. Win. I think this will be a thing from now on.

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

Cool Mom

Since I dropped 10 lbs on my Whole30, I treated myself to a new pair of pants that fit me yesterday. Look at me dipping my toe into the distressed jeans look. I’m not a regular mom, I’m like a cool mom.

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Also, yesterday was Dairy Reintro day, which I celebrated with a Pumpkin Spice Latte (full-fat milk, duh. Go big or go home).

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I also had a kale salad with feta cheese and mashed potatoes with butter in my lunch. The potatoes are poking out from under the massive pile of BBQ pulled pork my hot bar box was rocking. Plus roasted veggies and garilic mushrooms. I may have had to close my eyes and put down my fork a couple of times in this meal just to truly savor the awesomeness. Once again, hats off to you Whole Foods hot bar.

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Of course, after all of the dairy it was probably not the best day to go skinny jeans shopping. Bloat-city, man. So dairy reintro was a success in that now I’m sure I will start billowing like a balloon after consuming a latte. Knowledge is power, my friends. I might take a couple days then try a dairy day that doesn’t include 12 oz of milk in one sitting, just butter and cheese. I can survive without milk, but it would be nice to be able to cook Home Chef meals with the butter and the cream in the sauce on occasion if I can determine it doesn’t affect me that much.

On the lighter side of life, is it too early to request a Mother’s Day gift?

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Photo cred to @cely524

Darn skippy, kids. I’m a gosh darn genius.

Go make it a great day!

September Whole30+ Recap

First off, we have to celebrate with the most awesome Whole30 picture ever.

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Aww yeah.

This Whole30 for me has been the most interesting and informative by far. In total I’ve completed 4 Whole30s since my first one in January 2013, and each one has been such a unique experience. But this one has totally exceeded my expectations not in the typical things (I don’t think I lost that much weight and my skin is still being all weird), but in terms of my mental state and attitude about food, I feel like such a different person now.

This round, it got super personal for me. I don’t want to get into the details since this is not the proper place for it, but we’ve all had those moments when Life Stuff gets hurled your way and puts you in a position that you never thought you’d ever be in. I found myself in a sort of “crisis mode,” prioritizing my family’s and my own emotional well-being. For the first time, I could not turn to the comfort of food or beer to help me cope. In the past I would have used it as an excuse to dive into pizza and cookies to help numb me out to what was happening around me. Instead, I adapted my schedule so the whole family could go to the gym together, coupling some quality time with healthy movement. I took Olive (and sometimes Squish) on All The Hikes. I became a Bedtime Routine fanatic with my kids, getting into a solid rhythm of jammies-books-songs-sippy cup-snuggles-sleep (maybe), followed by my own routine of book before a reasonable bedtime. And whenever I found myself craving because I needed “something,” I would stop everything and make myself a solid, delicious Whole30 meal, even if it was a can of tuna, a can of pureed sweet potatoes, and a jar of olives, because sometimes (to quote Melissa Hartwig) “good enough is good enough.” I replaced food with taking care of myself and others who needed me.

Normally by Day 28, I am dying to dive back into all of the foods I had to put aside – pizza and Safeway sheet cake and breakfast sandwiches and all of the other good, carby, sweet, bready things that will eventually make me feel like crap. But this time, I am not very interested in them. I mean, yeah, sometimes I think about which beer I’m going to drink first when I’m ready for it, but I’m not ready to run to the taps just yet. A huge reason is from reading “Food Freedom Forever” (more on that in another post!), but also I’m really trying to work the program this time. I’m not thinking of it as a diet, I want to just feel better with my normal habits and routines, not just constantly thinking, “I shouldn’t be eating this because it makes me feel like crap later but I want to feel good now so where’s my fork.”

So what’s changed? What has this Whole30 done for me? Here’s the list of my noticeable improvements so far:

  • SLEEP! I’m tired consistently in the evening around 8-9pm, fall asleep, and stay asleep until I wake up. Yay!
  • Cravings – I’m not dancing around the Sugar Dragon nearly as hard as before. I can look at a jar of candy and not obsess about it. It’s just candy, for Pete’s sake.
  • Pants – my pants are looser, meaning I do not have to go out and buy bigger pants like I was on the edge of doing before.
  • Energy – I have consistent energy all day, and don’t come home from work and collapse on the bed unable to do anything. I bounce into the post-Mom’s-home chaos and am able to meet everyone’s enthusiasm that I’m now available to talk and cuddle and fill sippy cups and make dinner and play Family/Paw Patrol for the millionth time.
  • Athletic Performance – I had so many PR’s at the gym this month! I have been feeling fabulous and loving the workouts, and I think I’ve dialed in a good pre- and post-workout snack template for me. More about that later.
  • Mood/Temper – this has been the most noticeable by far. I was getting really frazzled, short-tempered, and snappy. I couldn’t handle trying to do two things at once in the way that you always have to do everything in a house with small humans, with things as simple as Squish trying to talk to me about his day while I made dinner. I needed EVERYONE TO LEAVE ME ALONE, ALL THE TIME. I was not a pleasant person to be around. Now, I have so much more mental and emotional space to show love and be gracious even with Buttercup having another “accident” on the rug because she’s running around without a diaper on again while Olive’s barking at the neighbors and going nuts on the screen door and Squish is trying to feed me my lines for how my Paw Patrol character is supposed to react to his character in his imaginary Family-Paw-Patrol role-playing game he thinks I’m playing with him, while I’m “ruining” dinner because I didn’t read the Home Chef directions all the way and totally messed up the balsamic reduction. I can just deal, give hugs and gentle direction as needed, and still get the sh*t done.

I’ve also discovered things that do/don’t work for me that I didn’t realize was a thing before:

  • I need more than 3 meals a day, especially when I’m training a lot. I just do. My stomach just can’t hold that much food at breakfast, and I need a midmorning snack to make it to lunch, on top of me pre- and post-workout snacks. Just a couple hard boiled eggs, and Epic bar, or in a pinch some fruit and nuts work just fine. I just make sure it has at least protein and/or fat in it, or I just get hungrier if it’s only carbs.
  • When I don’t get enough to eat, I get fatigued and cranky. It’s a hit-by-a-truck, batteries-fully-drained kind of tired. And I get really impatient. This was happening constantly until I realized I needed another meal in the day to get me through. Once I started eating a mini-meal in the morning I perked back up again.
  • I love Rx Bars, but they do not love me. We needn’t go into the details here, just trust me. I’m going to have to stick with Epic bars as packaged emergency food for now on.
  • I still hate weekly meal prep, but I like batch cooking for the next day or two. Throwing in an extra tray of veggies to roast with what I’m already making with dinner is easy. Grilling some extra chicken when the grill is still hot from our weekend lunch BBQ is NBD.
  • It’s totally okay if the last four nights of dinners consisted of chicken apple sausage and frozen veggies with olive oil. Because it’s still compliant, it’s still tasty, and when you’ve got a million other things going on that’s totally good enough.

I am overjoyed at how well I’ve been able to tackle this round of Whole30, and how I’m still motivated and pumped to see a solid reintroduction round through. So I shall toast with a glass of wine tonight (maybe, if I feel like it), and start on my reinto tomorrow! Mmm, peanut butter.

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

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. But 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

Whole30 Day 27 and My Reintro Plan

It’s Friday, or Fri-yay! as some of my social media counterparts prefer to claim.

Today is Day 27 of my Whole3036 and I’m hitting the “holy Oprah it’s almost done” phase. And I just finished my copy of “Food Freedom Forever,” so I’m super pumped to actually do this reset right.

I’ve been a Whole30 yo-yo’er, and that’s always been the part that I’ve struggled with.  I do my 30 days, feel amazing, then I don’t really do the reintro. So it’s a quick slide back in to Crappysville, population = me, and I have to restart all over, beating my head against the same issues again and again.

Not this time (hopefully!) because now, I have a PLAN!

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Written in my handy-dandy Commit30 planner (which is amazing; you should get one) is my day-by-day reintro plan of exactly what I will introduce when. And a doodle of a bike, because I will “ride my own bike” with my own diet from now on, and I apparently doodle bikes really well.

So the reintro process is I keep eating like I’m on a Whole30, but on the specified reintro days I can experiment with off-plan foods to see how they affect my digestion, sleep, energy, mood, and any other noticeable factors that have improved over the last 30 days. Why I’ve never done the proper reintro before is because by Day 30, I was DONE with the plan and could not WAIT to dive head-first into all the stuff I was missing. Now I know better, and I do not want to waste the last 30 days of hard work figuring out how foods affect me if I don’t reintro properly. Lesson learned.

So here’s the plan:

  • Day 31: Celebrate a successful Whole30 with a glass of wine! I’m thinking a fancy one from our stash, I’m sure I can twist Hulk’s arm to celebrate with me.
  • Day 32: Legumes –
    • ALL THE PEANUT BUTTER. Totally slathering my apple in PB with my snack or breakfast.
    • Beans – I’ll have a burrito bowl and include beans (but no cheese or rice just yet)
  • Days 33 – 34: Whole30 food, see how I feel
  • Day 35: Non-gluten grains –
    • POPCORN!! With ghee instead of butter, because not Dairy Day yet.
    • Maybe rice with dinner. I don’t eat much rice, but my family does, and it would be helpful if I knew how often I can indulge with them. I’m undecided if this is necessary quite yet.
  • Days 36-37: Whole30 food, see how it goes
  • Day 38: Dairy (okay, now it gets fun)-
    • Creamer in the coffee!
    • Cheese on my eggs!
    • Butter on my veggies!
  • Days 39-40: Whole30 food, maybe find out it’s not so fun?
  • Day 41: Gluten Day. At last, this is the day.
    • BEER. OMG, all the beer. Like, a pint. Not literally all of the beer. That would likely kill me. But I am so eager to have a beer again.
    • I am going to search high and low for the best pumpkin muffin in the East Bay. I know I really like the Starbucks pumpkin cream cheese muffins, but I can’t do one of those for reintro because cream cheese. And the Flying Goat coffee shop has hands-down the best pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in the universe, but I don’t want to do one of those for reintro because chocolate chips. Anyone have a good recommendation for an only-pumpkin muffin? Maybe I’ll have to make my own.
    • Maybe a sandwich. Because I do like to have a sandwich for lunch from a deli if I’m crunched for time.

Then I Whole30 it for two more days and see how my energy, digestion, mood, sleep, exercise, and all of the other good stuff change with my new diet tweaks.

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

September 2016 Goals Recap

Well, this is funny. I want to review the goals I accomplished in September, but I realized I never posted at the beginning of the month what my goals were going to be. So we can view this as a bit of a “Did It List”.

Anyway, I wanted to do the September Whole30 with the rest of the Whole30 community in anticipation for the release of the new book “Food Freedom Forever,” which I preordered on Amazon and is due at my doorstep any day now! I also wanted to chip away at my 2016 CrossFit Goals list, and I did hit a couple which was very exciting!

I guess I can’t say that I’ve successfully completed my Whole30 goal since I’m not done yet, but as far as sticking with it for the month of September it was great success. I did have a party six days in where the whole point of the party was to share our home brew, an after pondering it well before embarking on my Whole30  I decided it would be reasonable and worth it to indulge in some beer for the party. I kept the rest of the food compliant (okay, I did have a handful of nuts that I found out had peanut oil later, but that was a whoops), and only drank a couple beers while serving others. It was a very fun party, and I was still motivated to pick up my Whole30 where I left off the next day, which I figured would be the biggest risk. Today would be Day 30, but I’m going to hold out for 6 more days to get in a full 30 days sticking with the program.

Other fun goals accomplished:

  • I ran a mile in 8:56, which is HUGE for me. Back in the day when I ran marathons and stuff, 12:00 was my “happy” pace, and if I pushed it I might have squeaked out a 10:00. Anything under 9 minutes is unheard of for my stumpy little legs. Yay!
  • I pulled off a 50kg (110lb) push press max! I can now lift a slightly emaciated Hollywood starlet over my head if required to do so.
  • I also surprised myself with a 72kg 10-rep-max deadlift. Which is 158 lbs. That would be a standard-sized human. I can pick up and put down a standard-sized human 10 times in a row. Then on further analysis, I realize that I weigh roughly 158 lbs. So really,  I could clone myself, then pick my clone up and set me down 10 times in a row.
  • I’m still working on double-unders as well. So far the record’s 18 unbroken. My goal is to get to 25 unbroken. The consistency of being able to string multiples together is getting better, especially since I got my own rope (ordered this one on Amazon in yellow, and I’ve named her Betty) and I like to do a few before class to warm up. I found out there is really no good place at home to jump rope, since the garage has a really low ceiling and the rope keeps whacking the fluorescent lights, which is bad. And I don’t want to do it outside since the concrete will chew the rope cord up. Ah, suburban homeowner problems. But I’ve been getting some good practice in before and after class, so I’m not too stressed about it.

That’s it for now, I’m excited on what fun stuff October will bring!

Go make it a great day!

Stick With It

Happy October 3rd, y’all!

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And happy birthday to my mom. Hi, Mom!

Yesterday I was feeling blah and I didn’t want to put forth the effort into packing the kids up and going with Hulk to the morning CrossFit class. Squish does really well when we take him to the gym, and he’s happy to play in the kids’ area while we work out. Buttercup, also affectionately known as “Scream Puff”, prefers to stand in the corner of the fenced-in kids’ area and scream at me if she can see me during the WOD. It’s best to avoid eye contact. Unless she gets herself into trouble, so it’s always a bit of a gamble if I should interrupt my wall balls to check on her or not. Last time it’s because she tried to take her leggings off without removing her shoes first. So that could have waited until I was finished with the WOD. But I felt bad, seeing her waddle back and forth with her leggings tangled around her feet. Then one of the coaches went and untangled her, and held her until I was finished. I need to teach Squish how to untangle his sister from her own clothing.

Anyway, I didn’t want to deal with that, but I did want to stick with my super awesome workout motivation that I’ve had lately. So after some reassurance from Hulk that he would help me, I cleaned up the garage enough to go play with my new barbell. I decided to do some back squats since I hadn’t done a proper back squat in ages, and I had no idea what I could do weight-wise, so Death by Weight seemed like a good time. I started with the barbell and added 10 lbs every 5 reps until I failed a set, which happened at 125 lbs. Then I dropped the weight to 105 lbs and did three more sets of five. Then I did a whole bunch of stretching and sat in pigeon pose for eternity, or until small humans realized I wasn’t in the room and began to scrounge around for me.

Meanwhile, it’s Day 29 of my September Whole30. What?!? I know, right? I didn’t want to announce it or make a big deal, since the pattern has always been if I talk about it I crash and burn within like two days, but when I keep my mouth shut and just do it I can actually finish it out the full 30 days. But here’s where I feel a bit icky: six days in we hosted a big party to share our home-brewed beer, and I planned ahead on enjoying some beer at the party. Which I did. So technically, I should have restarted the next day. Which I did. But it was too depressing to think that I was back on Day 1, so I figured I’d just extend it out a few more days. But now that it’s Day 29 assuming I didn’t indulge at the party, the thought of going on until next Monday is just … ugh. So now I’m trying to decide if I should just say “good enough!” and start the reintro on Wednesday (*ahem* have a beer) with everyone else, or if I should acknowledge that I made a choice to drink beer at the party, that I owe myself 30 compliant days IN A ROW, and that it’s just six more days and I have done harder things and I can stick it out and do this and finish the full 30 days and enjoy the Tiger Blood that much longer before I go diving into a Safeway sheet cake. Plus, if I stick it out I’ll have plenty of time to read the new “Food Freedom Forever” book I preordered when Amazon delivers it and plan out my reintro and Life After. Ugh, I think I just answered my own question. I guess I’ll modify our Home Chef meals for one more week.

Time to go buy some more bulk meat to throw in the crock pot and chop some veggies. Home stretch!

That’s it for now. Go make it a great day!

 

Lessons Learned

First off, let me just say we need more love in the world. I’ve stepped away from a lot of social media and news the past few months because I simply can’t handle it. There is so much hurt and destruction and it’s all stupid. But even if I remove Facebook from my phone and stop reading news articles, I still hear about stuff. It can’t be ignored. People still suck. Which sucks, because people also have such a capacity to be really, really awesome. So let’s focus on the awesome. With enough light we can obliterate even the darkest of darkness. /rant

Okay, onto my self-centered, petty musings!

So, I’ve learned something new recently. If I announce that I plan to do or am doing a Whole30 on my blog, I will not finish it. The Whole30s I’ve successfully completed happened when I hardly breathed a word on the blog, or I would wait until like Day 20 to mention it. But I posted last week that Hulk and I were doing a Whole30 together. And then we went away for the weekend with friends to the cabin in the middle of the woods that’s off the grid with no wifi or internet. I consulted our friend over menu options, and bought a ton of Whole30 food to share, so I thought we would be good. But then we get there, and it’s vacation, and the kids are all in bed and the adults are playing board games and hanging out on the patio, and why not a cocktail? It feels festive. It’s just one. Ugh, terrible decision. Totally not worth it. But as guilty as I feel, at least I can chalk it up to a learning experience. Next time, stick with the program!

The other think I’ve learned lately is that I will always regret sleeping in and not going to CrossFit, but I never regret getting up early to go to the gym. Even if I barely got any sleep and I’m exhausted, I never regret going first thing in the morning. I can always try to catch a nap when I get home, or sleep in tomorrow. Just something to keep in mind when I try to hit that snooze button at 5:15am.

Part of my June Whole30 was to also give up coffee for the month. I figure since I was up to about 5 cups a day, it was about time to give myself a Caffeine Holiday. Although I didn’t stick with the Whole30, I learned that I really don’t miss my morning coffee all that much. It’s really nice having one less thing to do in the morning, and not spilling coffee all over my pants in the car, and washing out travel mugs with that gross stale coffee smell. I miss the taste and the ritual of a hot cup of coffee in the morning when I’m working at my desk planning my day, but for the most part once I’m focused on work I don’t even miss it. I thought about replacing my cup with a tea or hot lemon water. Which I can do if I want. But I really like not having to fix myself a hot beverage of any kind in the morning. My laziness has no bounds, apparently. Once the month’s up I’ll probably indulge in a cup on weekends, maybe, but I do not want it to become a morning habit again. Because withdrawal. *shudder*

That’s all I’ve learned for now. Go make it a great day!

Where is this “Tiger Blood” You Speak Of?

I’m on Day 13 of my January Whole30 and continue to have bouts of hit-by-a-truck exhaustion, usually around 7pm. I was hoping to find the sparkle energy back by now. Last Whole30 I was bouncing off the walls by Day 5! I guess I need a little more time to adapt with this round, since I’ve had a bit more on my plate than last time.

In related news, I have discovered crock pot cooking, and it is the most favorite revolutionary thing ever (thanks, mom!).


Pot roast from yesterday. And the kids even ate it! Squish said, “Mommy, I like this dinner!” which basically never happens. I made lemon thyme chicken thighs tonight, but they were a bit weird. I’m not sure what I did exactly, I think it was too much lemon (I have soooooo many lemons now that the tree is in full-on harvest mode) and too much cooking time. Next time I’ll stick some broth or something in there for more of a braised effect. But it feels so luxurious to walk home after work and already have dinner done! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get on the slow cooker wagon. The best part is lunch  tomorrow is as easy as a box of leftovers!

That’s all the updates tonight. Go make it a great day!