Friday, January 13, 2017

Days 5-13

Holy cow this Whole30 isn't for the weak! I've found self control that I never knew I had and more motivation than I've had in months! It's_amazing_what_you_can_do_when_you_put_your_mind_to_it!

Throughout the Whole30 so far there have been temptations and decisions everywhere. Crispy cheese hanging off the quesadillas that I made for lunch the other day, my husband going to Pieology for lunch and_telling_me_about_it, to Target for displaying your amazing selection of Valentine's treats in the bakery, to my awesome daycare mom who offered to bring my coffee (which_I would_have_never_said_no_to_otherwise) and to my son's basketball tournament for having Jet's Pizza aroma filling the air as I fulfilled my 5 volunteer hours.
The days are getting easier and the food is getting less stressful to buy and make. I am gaining more knowledge each day about the Whole30 and the ingredients in the foods we eat daily. I mean really...sugar_is_in_everything! I am surprising myself in the things I am making that I really enjoy that are Whole30 approved. I am not a huge sweets person, but lately even the sight of a little M&M makes me crave chocolate. The dark chocolate bar at the checkout in Trader Joe's was just calling my name.

A few of my breakfasts...


(Homemade dump ranch - Whole30 approved for dip)

and dinners... 

Workouts are getting easier and I am finally feeling like me again. There are days I just want to sit with my kiddos and watch a show or movie after dinner, but_my_workout_is_calling_my_name. We have a love/hate relationship. I love working out and feeling better about myself, I love what it does to my self esteem...I however hate the time it takes away from my family. 

Here's to the next 17 days! To that much more strength to get through it! 3 lbs. down on day 13...I'll_take_it!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The First Few Days...

I won't bore you with a daily update, but I will check in every once and awhile to let you know how this crazy decision of mine is going...

I am on day three and from what I hear, the first week is_a_real_bear! From what I've's_a_real_bear! I will say things are getting better with knowledge and the headache is lessening. The more I know, the easier it is. If I don't know if I can eat it...I don't. I will just find something else I can eat! The meals I've been making for myself are amazing...much more prep time than I like to spend, especially_on_myself. but at times it can be kinda fun!

Day 1:
In the evening I attended a friends reunion party with my family.What's a party without snacks, desserts and alcohol?! I found myself standing there with a bunch of snack on the kitchen island staring at me. Chips, dips, chocolate dipped pretzels, Top the Tater, cheeses and popcorn....all_of_which_I_love. Even if I hadn't eaten dinner yet and was hungry, I can't have any of it on the Whole30. I did refrain from eating or drinking anything except_my_trusty_water_bottle. (which I ended up filling up 3 times...totaling 56 oz) Even through helping my kiddos with snacks and a few pieces of candy. 
To test my self control even more, the hubby decided to stop by McDonald's on the way home. Guess who got to hold the bag till we got home with_fry_fumes_going_straight_for_my_nose! Once again, not even one bite! ( Right now my life feels like the Jimmy John's slogan...'Free smells.')

Day 2: 
Making the kids lunch is one of my hardest times of the day. I am naughty and snack while making them food (and_I_wonder_why_I_can't_loose_weight) and just think to myself, 'if I just eat what I'm making them, it will be much easier.' (there is is time for me)
I made tortellini for the daycare for lunch....I LOVE tortellini! I love pasta of any kind and cheese too, both of which I can't have on the Whole30! Ugh! BUT I am proud to say, I didn't eat a bite, I didn't even lick my fingers when I had cheese on them. (pretty_proud_of_myself!)

Day 3:
I really didn't feel like making breakfast today. I made Eggos for a few kids, oatmeal and a few bowls of cereal and milk...none_of_which_were_for_me. I didn't want eggs again and I didn't know what else to make! BUT I figured it out after all the kids were fed and ended up having a great breakfast! I just made a combo of things that I did feel like.
Then I go to my car appointment after work, which most would think wouldn't be a problem, seeing as how there really isn't food there to worry about. I sit down in the lounge to wait for my car to be ready and immediately smell the amazing aroma of hot chocolate...FREE_hot_chocolate! As I sit down and tell myself, 'you can't have that.' Four people decide to sit right near me that are drinking hot chocolate. Talk_about_temptation! I however stuck to getting my work done and sipped on my water bottle till my name was called.

Finding the time to make the meals can be tough, but it will all pay off. I stepped on the scale this #4 and I've lost 2 lbs. I haven't lost two pounds in over 6 months. This_seems_to_be_working! I_am_actually_sticking_to_it! There's nothing more motivating that seeing results. (I will say, that with the Whole30 I have been working out on my elliptical and doing a few core workouts too)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Day 1...

2017...time to 'shock' my body into healthy mode. I am working on gaining back the motivation that I used to have before the stress of moving, my busy work season and then the holidays. Day 1 on the path to a healthier me!
I am on the Whole30 cleanse. Trying to get a kick start on the healthy eating and exercising that I want for a healthier happier me. As a mom, you all know how hard it is to think about yourself every once and awhile, it's hard to take me time...but_for_everyone_it_is_a_must. Taking time for yourself and making time for your needs is one of my weaknesses...but I'm hoping this is a new start.

I am starting this crazy, new, healthier look on 2017, in hopes that is brings out the crazy fit mama in me. I_know_she's_in_there!

Moving took a toll on me and my body for that matter. It was a long drawn out process that I never want to encounter again! I wouldn't wish that stress and heartbreak on anyone. That's all over and we are so happy to be in our new house and neighborhood! Time to kick it into high gear in the New Year!

This process is foreign to me, let's be real...diets and I don't get along. I have no self control over food and honestly....I_love_to_eat! Pasta, cheese, Starbucks, popcorn, all of which I love and will be saying "goodbye" to for 30 days. I am crossing my fingers and relying on the little strength that I do have to get me through the next 28 days.

Here's to a new normal around here and becoming best friends with the ingredients labels on boxes and bags. Here's to having some 'me time' and thinking about myself too.

This is my new 'toy' and motivation to workout at home! Now I just need to get some weighted balls and Kettlebells.
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