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Allison's Whole 30 Log - Start 1/7/19

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Hello!

A little about me. I have done a handful of Whole30s before (I believe 4), including a modified reintroduction the first time I did my Whole30. Some of the benefits I saw were better sleep and weight loss. It has been over two years since I did my last Whole30. During that time I was pregnant and had my daughter who is closing in on one and a half years old. I was lucky enough to be off of work 8 months after her birth and during that time I did a lot of cooking, that was generally healthful and had lost most of the baby weight. I had about 8 pounds to go.

When I started back up at work, that all changed. I gained back almost all of the baby weight (including the actual baby and such) within eight months of starting work. By the holidays I was (and am) about the same weight I was when I was 7-8 months pregnant! A lot of it had to do with the reduction in exercise I got from running errands, chores and playing with the baby I did all day. The larger part had to do with the fact that during my pregnancy I lost control with my eating habits and when I went back to work, my eating was terrible. I was eating out all the time, McDonalds breakfasts, and my husbands cooking included things like pasta and huge portions (btw, super yummy). But at the end of the day, it was my fault for not at least controlling my portions and not packing servings of veggies with me at work to cut down on the unhealthy options.

I wanted to gain control back, lose the sweet tooth I gained when I was pregnant (seriously I have no idea where that came from, before I was pregnant I really was not huge on sweets), lose weight and just feel better all around. Weight has always been something I struggled with, but until I got pregnant I had never been above 145 pounds (5'2'' and pretty curvy so somewhere around 125 pounds was where I strived to be previously). On Day one of this Whole30 journey, I am starting at a whooping 166.5 pounds, with a goal of trying to be down to 140 by the end of March.

This is also a crazy time at work for me. The next three months I will likely be working 60+ hours a week through the end of March. I did spend a decent amount of time over my Christmas break making some freezer meals. I made double batches of chili, chicken soup, and red sauce and about 10 pound bag of sweet potatoes, though my daughter will probably make a huge dent in the potatoes. She just loves sweet potatoes! Here are a quick summary of my first two days;

Day 1: Hard boiled eggs, dipped in spicy mustard, pork chorizo sausage, and strawberries mixed with coconut flakes for breakfast. I realized after I food prepped for this week that my breakfast is missing veggies. I will have to fix that next week. For lunch I had peppers and onions and sausage. It's one of my favorites. Dinner was a Kale salad with broccoli slaw mixed in and a compliant Cesar dressing. I tossed on it some roasted veggies, avocado, and salt and pepper pork. I did wind up snacking a lot today. Dried fruit and in the shell pistachios. Something I plan to work on. After dinner I also snacked on some roasted potatoes. Overall felt pretty good to get back on track. I also hit my 10k step goal today.

Day 2: Expected to wake up feeling awful. Surprisingly felt energized. I thought I would have terrible headaches and lethargy because my diet before was terrible. When I did my previous Whole30s my diet before was not so bad. Sure there were days I binged on nachos, but overall I would guess my diet was 80% compliant and the only reason why it was that low is because I usually ate unsweetened Greek yogurt or oatmeal with breakfast. I started my work day off well. My client has a walking treadmill so I spent my first hour at work catching up on emails and working while getting in some steps. I crushed my 10k steps and actually had over 13k! I don't think I will hit my 10k goal everyday, but so far a great start. My meals were the same. I added pistachios to my lunch and that really cut down on the snacking on dried fruit. Made my salad at dinner a bit bigger and felt full. Overall I felt great, definitely looked less bloated and had a great day!

Thanks for listening and I will update tomorrow on my Day 3 (but so far so good).

Allison

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Day 3

Day three was not bad overall. I did start to get a little bit of a headache around 11. It was not bad enough to consider taking medication, but enough to be annoying. It did however go away after drinking a cup of coffee. Yum!

Overall my food was the same as the previous days, but I did not wind up snacking! Except for about 20 minutes before dinner, I never felt hungry during the day, I somehow managed to get 15k steps in thanks to the hour of the walking desk. Way more than I thought I would. I don't think its sustainable, but hopefully it helps for the time being.

I also realized today that I never took starting measurements so I opted to do them today including my weight so that I would have complete data. The good news is, I have already lost 3.5 pounds! Granted I know that is probably all water weight, but it still feels good to know I am heading in the right direction. Anyway, the "starting" results are as follows:

Weight: 163 pounds

Waist: 32.25 (ouch)

Hips: 42.25

Chest: 41

Now I don't expect crazy results (though I am trying to up my activity levels, despite the crazy work hours). But I figured it would be nice to know. I have also immediately noticed that my resting heart beat this morning was 62. That's the lowest its been since I started tracking it a few months ago and has been in the low 60s since the start of my Whole30 journey. Previously I was all over the place. Generally in the mid to high 60s but I have had stressful weeks that have brought it up into the 70s.

Overall my energy has not been terrible. I switched to drinking teas twice a day. I started getting into my habit of drinking lots of diet coke (and boba teas) in the fall (I quit coffee except for on occasion a few years ago after I developed a very unhealthy relationship with it for many year, often drinking 6 cups a day!) Hopefully I don't rely on coffee too much, because I know I have a lot of late nights in my future. It also doesn't help that the baby stopped sleeping through the night on Monday. Maybe a tooth is coming in. Only time will tell.

This is a longer post than expected, but hopefully helpful to know a bit more background. Here is to a great day 4!

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Congrats on 3 successful days so far! We have similar heights/ and I had the same starting measures/weights.  I am sure all the prep you did over Christmas will pay off during those crazy work weeks :). Good luck on the rest of your journey!

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1 hour ago, nutburger said:

Congrats on 3 successful days so far! We have similar heights/ and I had the same starting measures/weights.  I am sure all the prep you did over Christmas will pay off during those crazy work weeks :). Good luck on the rest of your journey!

Thanks! I actually read yours as well. I actually have an Equinox pass as well (but I am in Orange County, California). It has been so hard to use it this last year after having my daughter. I really want to get back in at least a day or two a week. Especially since I can walk to the gym from work, if we work in the office over the weekend, and it's only two blocks away during the week when I am at my client! I really have no excuse! I really miss the classes. It's cool that I am only a few days behind you!

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Day 4

Day 4 started off great. I got my hour in on the treadmill desk, so overall I had over 14k steps, which felt great. My food was pretty much the same as the past few days. Eggs, chorizo sausage, and strawberries with coconuts in the morning. Lunch was the peppers and onions with sausage and pistachios on the side, though I did not put enough meat in my lunch.

Then around three PM i was just exhausted. I hit the dried mangoes hard. Probably had 2-3 servings. Didn't wind up getting coffee, but I really felt like I should have, even though I really don't want to drink coffee every day (even though I miss my daily coffee). I feel like part of it is the hours I am working (I have been getting into work around 8:15, leaving around 6 to put my daughter to bed and prep dinner and then getting back online around 7:30 and working until around 10pm), another is my daughter sill is not sleeping well since I went back to work after the Christmas break, and lastly, my protein for lunch should have definitely been more. I just really hope my daughter goes back to sleeping through the night soon. I don't know how long I can deal with no sleep with everything else going on.

Dinner was great. I still had my kale salad with avocado and leftover roasted veggies. Since it was the last day on the pork, I crisped it up in some ghee. Soooo yummy. Forgot my husband was having a friend over so I ate my salad and watched them have pizza from a super yummy place and a pecan roll from an awesome local bakery. I was jealous, but surprisingly not overwhelmingly jealous.

Was Day 4 successful? Yes. Was I proud of what I achieved? Yes. How am I feeling? OMG I JUST NEED SLEEP!!!!!

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Day 5

Yesterday I felt pretty good. Definitely still tried so I stopped and got coffee on my way to work. Breakfast was the same as the past few days. Eggs, chorizo sausage, and strawberries with coconuts in the morning. Lunch was the peppers and onions with sausage and pistachios on the side. I did a much better job with the portion size so at 6:30 when it came time to eat, I was not really hungry. I had some of my chili I prepped over Christmas (maybe a cup) with some avocado. It was a pretty small meal, but I just was not hungry. Well 9PM came around and I was suddenly starving! It probably did not help that I was watching Top Chef! So I whipped up an Aidell's Chicken Apple Sausage and an over easy egg. I did not know until reading others' posts that those sausages were compliant. My daughter loves them so we always buy them! I will definitely be adding those to me in the future! I did not wind up treading while I worked, but I still managed to get 9k steps in.

Overall (after the coffee) today was pretty good. I did feel energized, but I also feel like that is mostly due to the coffee. It has definitely got a lot harder to stick to it, but I have done it before, so I know I can do it. I just realized that that one of my last days on the plan is the Super Bowl. It is going to be really hard that day to stick to the last few days.

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Whew. This weekend was rough so here is my weekend update.

Day 6

Saturday I had to go into the office for much of the day. I made hash browns, eggs and the Aidell's Chicken and Apple Sausage for breakfast and had strawberries and coconuts after I got into work. We ordered chipolte so I got a carnitas bowl. Dinner was chili I made over the holidays with some avocado. I really was not that hungry in the evening. Overall Saturday was pretty good (if I didn't have to work.) The baby is sick and is not really sleeping well. By 9 PM she was in bed with me. She slept horribly so I slept horribly...

Day 7

Soooooo tired. Though I am pretty sure that is because the baby is sick and I may be following in her footsteps. I wound up taking a nap at 4:30 for two hours after she fell asleep on me. I made hash browns, eggs and the Aidell's Chicken and Apple Sausage for breakfast again. By the time 10:30 came around I was already in my car to shop for next week. I was also suddenly starving. I had double hambuger from in n out (with all of the compliant add ons) in my car while the baby slept. Food prepped for a few hours in the afternoon. Once again, was not very hungry so I just had some chili and avocado and went to bed early. The baby joined me at around 1 AM. Better than yesterday, but still not great for my sleep. 

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Ugh! Yesterday I read the spice blend I used on the potatoes I ate on Day 1 and Day 3 and it contained parmesan! I made them for dinner before I did the Whole30 and did not check the label of the spice blend before having them on the Whole30. I normally don't use spice blends, but since I spent the day before my Whole30 food prepping, I didn't want to pull out all of my spices after hours in the kitchen. So I saw the spice blend my husband uses and didn't think twice. Also, the ice tea I ordered at lunch today had sugar in it. I only had a sip, but ugh!

Ultimately I decided not to start over. I did not mean to and the spice blend is definitely not parmesan heavy and I hardly think the sip of tea I had will impact my overall journey. Plus the tea was from a super healthy place, so I suspect that they would have used something more natural like cane syrup or agave. Not a great excuse, but I did not mean to!

I need to be way more careful. All of this reminded me that I definitely need to check my labels better.

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Day 8

So yesterday I felt defeated after the tea and the spice blend from my previous post. Besides the sip of tea, I was 100% compliant. on this weeks menu is eggs and sausage over a potato and pepper hash with salsa and guac and a side of mini cucumbers. One of my favorite Whole30 breakfasts. Lunch is smoked pulled pork from Costco with compliant BBQ sauce, roasted zucchini, small serving of sweet potato, coleslaw and berries with coconut. I have found that this is a huge meal. I wasn't really hungry for dinner but I did have some chicken soup and a small portion of spaghetti squash with some of the meat sauce I made over Christmas. I may have to freeze some of this because with the large lunch, I don't think I will get through the tub by the end of the week. I'll make that decision tomorrow. 

Overall, I am glad that my first week is done, even with the missteps, but I am going to put it behind me. The amounts were negligible over the grand scheme of things. So I am going to move on. They were early on in the 30 days, so I should still reap the benefits.

My energy was great yesterday! Yay! Especially with the lack of sleep I have been getting due to a sick baby and large workload. I am very happy about that. Also, I do feel like I am seeing weight results. I managed to get my 10k steps in. Hopefully today, I will get some time on the treadmill desk today.

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Day 9

I think I am going insane. After finding out I screwed up, I have been beyond careful about what I eat. I was reading the board at lunch time and frozen hash browns were brought up as possibly non-compliant. After reading that I swore mine were one of the many that were more than potatoes. They weren't by the way. Only organic potatoes in my frozen hash browns. I also re-read the what happens if you mess up (https://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/). I think I may extend my whole30 into a whole33, since I ate the potatoes with the trace amounts of Parmesan in the seasoning on day 3. I think the accidental sugar I will just get over. Plus I don't know why I am making such a big deal about it this time, when my second whole30 I had a sip of iced coffee I ordered unsweetened, but it wasn't and I did not make a big deal of it. We will see.

Meals:

Breakfast (7:30 AM): eggs and sausage over a potato and pepper hash with salsa and guac

Snack (eaten throughout the morning): fruit (at a morning meeting), mini cucumbers, strawberries and blueberries with coconut flakes)

Lunch (12 PM): smoked pulled pork from Costco with compliant BBQ sauce, roasted zucchini, small serving of sweet potato, coleslaw

Snack (3 PM?): Carrots and plantain chips with guac and salsa

Dinner?(8 PM): Crispy prosciutto

Anyway, after about lunch I was sooooo bloated yesterday. It still has not gone this morning. Since I have done this before, I know it will only happen for a few days. The sooner the better. Also, I went kinda off the rails today with the snacking. Not because I was hungry, but because I just wanted to. Because of that I did not really have dinner. I really need to stop doing that. Another day is in the books. Hopefully today (typing this on day 10) is better!

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Day 10

Yay! One third done (unless I add a few days onto the end of my whole30). Day 10 went great. Did an hour on the tread deck and had over 15k steps today! Wow! It feels empowering to get my steps in and work long hours. Also, by the end of day 10, my bloating had gone down severely. I am surprised that I am not really having any cravings, especially since my team has eaten very unhealthy things for some meals and we have a mound of snacks in our room (though I will say I snagged a chocolate rice crispy treat to have after my whole30. I have never seen them before, so it's more out of curiosity than OMG I NEED TO HAVE YOU NOW!

Meals:

Breakfast (7:30 AM): eggs and sausage over a potato and pepper hash with salsa and guac

Lunch (12 PM): smoked pulled pork from Costco with compliant BBQ sauce, roasted zucchini, small serving of sweet potato, coleslaw, strawberries and blueberries with coconut flakes

Dinner (7:30 PM): small portion of spaghetti squash with some of the meat sauce, once slice of prosciutto

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Day 11 Done!

Energy has been great! I have been super happy. I had over 14k steps and overall have just been high on life, even though I have been having long stressful days at work plus a sick baby. I have had a handful of small zits pop through, but probably not more than usual. Overall things have been pretty smooth. No crazy cravings, no mood swings (even though I don't normally have mood swing). Meals:

Breakfast (7:30 AM): eggs and sausage over a potato and pepper hash with salsa and guac

Snack: (11 AM): handful of dried mangoes

Lunch (12 PM): smoked pulled pork from Costco with compliant BBQ sauce, roasted zucchini, small serving of sweet potato, coleslaw, strawberries and blueberries with coconut flakes

Dinner (7:30 PM): small portion of spaghetti squash with some of the meat sauce, bowl of pineapple

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Day 12

Yesterday was pretty good. Still been very happy and energetic. Over 15k steps (actually 12 away from 16k!). Today probably was not the healthiest, but all compliant. I figured it was Friday and I did not have to work until 10pm! Probably not a great reason to treat myself. Also, my husband cooked a yummy dinner for us. Hoping this good feeling continues.

Breakfast (7:30 AM): Eggs and sausage over a potato and pepper hash with salsa and guac

Lunch (12 PM): Double char burger from the Habit, lettuce wrapped with avocado. Carrots, cucubers and a few plantain chips with salsa and guac

Dinner (6:30 PM): Huge steak, garlic spinach and mushrooms

Late Night Snack (8:00): 2 crispy prosciutto and pineapple. I definitely did not need this snack, but it sure was yum!

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Wow. Today going into work I was going to stop by Starbucks for a compliant drink. But after I got gas and was nearing the Starbucks, I was like nah. I don't really need or want Starbucks, so I stopped at the Dollar store (in the same shopping center as the Starbucks) and got a water bottle instead. I don't think I have ever passed up Starbucks, especially since I have a free drink voucher! Crazy since during my first two whole30s I was addicted to coffee and was going to Starbucks almost every day (venti iced coffee, unsweetened. I usually did not even have to wait for it, because the baristas knew me and would start making it as I came in the door) Now that I have quit regular coffee two years ago and it is now more of a treat (even though plain coffee or tea is not unhealthy), I just decided I did not need it today. Crazy.

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