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Woke up today and decided this was going to be Day 1. Just got up and did it. I had done a successful Whole30 in the past, and I prepped for WEEKS leading up to it. This time around, I've been busier and haven't had the time to prep, which meant I kept postponing it, using all the excuses in the world. Meanwhile, I had been feeling worse and worse--both healthwise from not eating well and emotionally from knowing I was putting crap back in my body. The vicious cycle had crept back in.


It's not that I don't have healthy food in the house. I've just been unmotivated to put anything together! It was so much easier to heat up the cheesy enchiladas my MIL gave us or eat the fried chicken cold from a potluck the previous night. It was getting out of hand, to say the least.


About two weeks ago, I started thinking that I needed a Summer Bucket List. Something to look forward to and be motivated about in the next three months or so. I needed to reset my life.


The List:

1) Sleep well.

Unplug from electronics by at least 10:30 at night, except my Kindle, which only has e-books in it and actually helps me fall sleep.

2) Eat well.

Do a successful Whole30.

3) Take back the pretty.

Take time for (and don't be guilty about!) self care, exercise (Zumba, I've missed you!), take care of my skin and hair and all the shallow girly stuff that makes me happy.

4) Create.

Clean up and organize my craft room so I can buy a new sewing machine to go back to quilting!


I created that list two weeks ago, and I kept telling myself, I'll start tomorrow, soon, next week, when I'm prepared, any time now, as soon as I eat up all the leftovers, in a few days for sure. I woke up this morning and said to hell with it, I'm starting today. I can't put it off anymore! So even if it was a hassle, before I could plop in some enchiladas into my lunch container for work and toss in a bagel for breakfast, I talked myself into making a good meal. And really, it took all of 10 minutes. I don't know what I was being such a baby about. Seriously.


So, here we go!  June 16, 2014. Day 1.


M1: 3 scrambled eggs with 2 cups of heirloom tomatoes sauteed in olive oil, a nuked small sweet potato, 1/2 an avocado


**(just ate my M1 and trying to finish my avocado--forgot how filling a Whole30 meal can be!)


M2: will take a walk at lunch to a WF near work for some protein and steamed veggies (I don't do too well with raw greens, even though a salad sounds great in this weather)


M3: will pick up an organic rotisserie chicken from WF (only has olive oil, s&p) with steamed broccoli


Tonight, the plan is to make my version of fasolakia--Greek green beans braised in tomato sauce--which I add sauteed ground turkey or beef to. My officemate also gave me a honkin huge zucchini from her garden, which I'm going to make into zucchini fritters.


SO GLAD I made the effort for a good breakfast. Sometimes, all it takes is a firm decision and one good, solid Whole30 meal. Here's to a great summer! :)

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Day 2


Cooked up a big roast in the slow cooker last night with some grass-fed chuck, lots of parsnips and celery. Also steamed three big batches of green stuff: green beans, cauliflower and bok choy. The last thing I wanted to do after a long day at work was cook, but I forced myself to do it. Now I'm glad I did.


M1: steamed and mashed butternut squash, palm-sized chicken breast from WF rotisserie, steamed bok choy and steamed green beans, 1/2 an avocado


M2: beef roast with parsnips, carrots and celery, steamed bok choy


M3: salmon cakes, stir-fried zucchini (organic from a friend's bumper crop!)


Last night, after dinner and with the slow cooker going, I told my husband we should take one of our walks. We used to do it all the time--after-dinner walks around the neighborhood. Nothing crazy, just a nice pace, gives us a chance to talk to each other without the TV or a phone in front of our faces. That was on top of the 45-minute brisk walk I took at lunch yesterday. Easing into some exercise!


I ended up with the world's fattest headache last night around 10 pm. I had paid attention to my water the whole day, so I don't think it was that. My only guess is that I'm having sugar and bad-carb withdrawals...yesterday was the first day of clean eating in a while. Fell asleep with the headache, didn't wake up once throughout the night (I usually toss and turn) and woke up with low energy. I know this is my body adjusting—so I hope to just ride it out!

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Day 3


Stayed home from work today because I have vacation hours to use! Slept in and spent the day relaxing. Aaaahhhh.


M1: rotisserie chicken, steamed broccoli, sauerkraut


M2: beef stew with parsnips and carrots, steamed broccoli


M3: baked chicken thighs with oven-roasted zucchini


Uneventful day, just really happy I got to unplug, still a little headachey but I think I'm at the tail end. :)

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Day 4, and the fog seems to be lifting.


Today is the first day that I haven't felt tired. Still a little sluggish, but not exhausted like I was the past two days, feeling as if a truck hit me. Last night, I woke up and my calves felt tired, of all things. Like I had been running a marathon or at least walking a lot. I don't know why--I was home relaxing all day except for maybe two hours in the kitchen cooking some stuff.


Before turning in last night, I had this weird bout of anxiety and some overall grumps. My husband asked if that time of the month was coming, because I'm only like this when I'm PMS-ing (this is out of schedule). I was very irritated for no reason. I recalled the timeline and chalked it up to an early case of Kill All The Things. We laughed it off, went to bed, and today I (seem to be) doing ok.


M1: rotisserie WF chicken breast, steamed broccoli, 1/2 avocado


M2: baked chicken and zucchini, steamed broccoli


M3: what's left of the beef stew, parsnips and carrots, steamed brussels sprouts


Taking it day by day!

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Several days needed for logging! Was so busy with a company outing and visiting friends this weekend that I didn't get the chance to.


Day 5

M1: rotisserie chicken breast, steamed broccoli

M2: baked chicken with zucchini

M3: grass fed beef burger, big fat salad


Day 6, BBQ at friends'

M1: scrambled eggs (3), sauerkraut, 1/3 avocado

M2: grass fed beef burger, no bun, guacamole, kale salad, grilled asparagus, grilled shrimp. so yum and compliant!

M3: leftover grass fed beef burger, sauerkraut


Day 7

M1: smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, sauerkraut (so delicious)

M2: hard-boiled eggs, a bit of salmon (I was cleaning the house all day and didn't have the time to sit and eat)

M3: roast tarragon chicken, sauerkraut


Day 8, today!

M1: baked chicken breast, 1/2 avocado, cherries

M2: roast tarragon chicken, butternut squash

M3: TBD!


So far so good. I'm much more calm about my second Whole30. My first was wrought with worry (oh god, I have to cook so much food!), but since then my husband and I have eased into a somewhat Whole30 lifestyle and gotten used to cooking more. Doing ok so far this time around!

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