Jul 31, 2012
I'm so excited to be coming to the end of this challenge. I honestly had no idea if I could actually do it for thirty days and although there were some rough days and I had to tweak some things as I went along, I'm so thrilled with the outcome.
Breakfast: whey protein powder, water, coconut milk, spinach; coffee with light coconut milk
Yep - spinach. I was thinking of ways to get more vegetables and then remembered Green Monsters.
Lunch: green bean salad (cooled, steamed, green beans, olive oil, lemon juice); orange chicken (chicken breast sauteed in olive oil/orange segments); strawberries
Dinner: homemade meatballs (pork, ground beef, garlic, egg, salt, pepper, oregano, basil) in homemade sauce (crushed tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, red sweet pepper, mushroom, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, olive oil) with green been salad and watermelon.
I feel better today. I think I was dragging from caffeine withdrawal the last few days. I was down to one cup of coffee per day but I had forgotten to buy coconut milk so I hadn't had any since Saturday. I know caffeine is a crutch and now I'm past the exhaustion stage, I think I'm ok. I drank a ton of water and ate lots of vegetables.
Jul 30, 2012
I woke up exhausted this morning and just could not turn it around all day. Mid morning, I had a splitting headache and my blood sugar was low. I haven't had any episodes of low blood sugar since starting Whole30 before today. I drank lots of water and had some plain almonds. That seemed to help with the headache and the blood sugar but not the tiredness. Maybe I just didn't sleep well last night?
Yesterday Liam and I went to Costco and I asked him to get us drinks. He knows I've only been drinking soda water or plain water so I was expecting him to get that. He handed me my drink and I took a sip. It was like eating sugar from a spoon. It was Coke Zero. I'm not counting it as going off plan because I threw the rest out and it was one sip at almost the end of my Whole30. It really did taste like pure sugar, though. It's amazing how fast our taste buds change.
I have quit artificial sweeteners before and don't remember feeling that way when I went back to them the other times. Maybe because I also cut out all other sugar this time around?
Breakfast: whey protein powder, coconut milk (I ran out of light and used regular, it tasted too rich), water
Lunch: pulled beef and chicken; coleslaw with oil and lemon juice; apple
Dinner: chicken; green beans
Jul 29, 2012
I know some of it is related to being more satiated but also some is stress. My normal response to major, life changing, stress is to withdraw emotionally and also to have no appetite. I thought I was doing better, but I guess not.
I had to make a concerted effort today to eat three meals and I also got out for a walk with my friend Tina and her dog Sadie at Bayfront Park in Hamilton. Getting out also took my mind off my problems and the fresh air and company were very welcome. My friend, Guenther, loaned me his car as well so I could do a Costco trip and stock up on staples - chicken breasts; strawberries; blueberries; almonds; haddock fillets; baby spinach, yogurt, cheese etc. Surprisingly they don't sell coconut milk - just coconut water. Then I got another walk in from my friend's house to home.
Day 27 Eats:
Breakfast: whey protein powder, water, light coconut milk
Lunch: pulled beef and chicken; coleslaw (oil and lemon juice); cashews
Dinner: more pulled beef and chicken; more coleslaw; strawberries
Three more days til I have to decide what to do next!
April 29 2012
July 29 2012
This is the shirt I got for The Chocolate Race on April 29, 2012.
The left side is the day I got it, the right side is today. The scale doesn’t always tell the whole truth my friends.
The tee shirt is much looser today and there is less of my “bubbly tummy” showing through the thin fabric! It is also looser around my arms, the sleeves were really tight before and would ride up. And I think my collarbones are little more pronounced.
Jul 28, 2012
Like I said in my last post, I'm working on a project that is preoccupying my time but it should mostly wrap up this week and I promise to tell you all about it then.
Since about April, life has been throwing me curveballs and I keep catching them and throwing them back. To be honest, I'm getting tired and need a break from the game but the balls keep coming and there's no end in sight.
I haven't talked about a lot of these issues on my blog because I really do try and keep it as health/fitness related as possible and keep my personal stuff out of it...but the personal stuff definitely affects the health/fitness stuff one way or the other, doesn't it?
About two years ago I got a job with an organization that is managing a 15 year, 9 billion dollar transportation project. Over the last year, the political situation around the project has changed significantly and my organization is no longer managing this project as of the end of September. So that means, as of the end of September, most of us who were hired for this project will be unemployed. I, along with almost everyone else, received their notice this past week and although I had been looking for a new job for a few months, I now need to kick that effort into overdrive. Two months is not a lot of time. I'm not in a situation where I can afford to be not working.
Simultaneously, I'm trying to find a less expensive apartment. Our apartment is nice but is on the higher scale of rent for this area and if I do not find a job right away, this rent is going to be difficult to afford, even if I do find another job it may not pay as well as the one I have now - either way, it would be prudent to cut my expenses as much as possible.
I am still walking every day and running 2-3 times a week by myself. It's hard to keep up and my motivation to run alone requires constant refuelling. I'd like to get back up to 4 times a week but when I get home from work these days my first priority is looking for a new job and I'm sure you know that is almost a full time job in itself!
Thankfully Liam is on summer break so he only requires feeding and watering (j/k - he's pretty self sufficient).
I am doing ok with food and trying hard to stay on an even emotional keel through this.
Eventually, everything works out for the best - it just takes some time to see that :)
I'm thinking of extending my Whole30 to Whole37 or maybe Whole45. The first two weeks I wasn't feeling well at all. My stomach was in turmoil pretty much the whole time and although I had days where I felt amazing, I also had days where I was falling asleep standing up as well as feeling nauseous much of the time. It wasn't until I started taking the digestive enzymes (at the beginning of the third week) that my stomach settled down and I was able to eat meat without gagging or feeling like throwing up right after and I lost the feeling of heaviness and bloating in my stomach.
I've stayed on the program the whole time and made some huge changes in the way I eat; adding meat/eggs to 2 meals a day (instead of 3-5 meals as week!), eating less fruit, eating fat and more vegetables with every meal; eating 3 times a day instead of 5-6 as well as cutting out all wheat, sugar (including artificial sweeteners), grains, legumes, soy, dairy and white potatoes. Although it is getting easier to make this my "normal", I don't think I'm ready to loosen the reins yet and as much as I miss dairy and my brown rice, I don't want to add them back too soon and undo the last four weeks. I haven't decided yet, but I think I'm leaning towards doing another strict Whole30 week (to bring me to Whole37) and then reassessing.I've got 40+ years of habits and preferences to undo, I don't think it's gonna happen in just 30 days.
Breakfast: whey protein powder; cold coffee, ice, light coconut milk - blended (I decided to do the shake and iced coffee together this morning)
I found whey protein isolate unflavoured, unsweetened, un-anything at a heath food store in Buffalo the other day. Its not as flavourful as the one I was using previously, but it doesn't have the additives and is more "clean" and I'm finding this is still the best breakfast for my digestive system and my lifestyle than any other food.
Lunch: iced coffee with light coconut milk; dates; almonds;veggies with salsa; cold chicken
I was in a munchy mood for lunch so I just threw a bunch of stuff on the plate and had a mini-smorgasborg.
From reading Mark's Daily Apple, I've learned that the other part of the Paleo/Primal lifestyle is exercise and although I walk every day and run (semi) regularly, I don't "lift heavy things", so I'm starting to think about how I can incorporate that into my life as well. My Whole30 ends on Wednesday and I think for my next stretch - I'm going to start focusing a little more on the exercise side as well. I still believe that losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is more about the food you eat and that exercise helps, but it cannot undo an unhealthy or excessive diet. As I feel more and more in control of eating, it seems natural to think more about exercise.
Breakfast: whey protein powder, water, light coconut milk
Lunch: chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, onion; baked sweet potato fries
I ended up falling asleep reading last night. I got up around midnight to go to the bathroom and then went back to bed. I didn't realise I hadn't eaten until the next morning.
Jul 27, 2012
Breakfast: whey protein powder; water; light coconut milk
Lunch: grilled chicken; mixed vegetables stirfried in olive oil
Dinner: steak brushed with olive oil and grilled; steamed brocolli, zucchini, carrots
Jul 25, 2012
I really wish someone had told me about digestive enzymes a long time ago!
Although I overslept by about half an hour this morning, I am feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.
Should I be worried that I am never hungry in the evenings? My endo used to tell me that when someone didn't feel hunger it meant their metabolism was shutting down because I used to be able to go all day without eating and then once I ate, I'd be hungry all the time. Now I know that is the effect of insulin and blood sugar but what is causing it now?
Eats for Day 23:
Breakfast: protein whey powder, water, light coconut milk; iced coffee with light coconut milk; banana
I woke up hungry this morning, probably because I didn't have any real protein last night so I added a banana to my breakfast. The protein shake has 35g of protein so it's more than enough to balance with the banana and the coconut milk has lots of fat!
Lunch: salad (spinach, romaine, red onions, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, red/green peppers, 1 egg with olive oil/lemon); orange; 2 dates
Dinner: 2 eggs; pork belly rashers; mushrooms; onions; green peppers
Jul 24, 2012
Liam was out for the evening so I didn't have to cook for him. Pre-Whole30, dinner would have been a bowl of cereal or a peanut butter sandwich or some cheese and crackers. I can't say tonight's choice was "better" and I wasn't really hungry but was afraid I would be later and just wanted to get to bed early.
So after the hot bath I made an iced coffee (cold coffee, lots of ice, light coconut milk - blended) and bowl of watermelon and a handful of almonds. That was dinner.
Then I settled down and watched back to back episodes of Big Bang Theory followed by Brad Meltzer's Decoded. Yep, it was a night for brainless TV and no emotional energy required.
I will be in bed by 9 and hoping tomorrow is a less charged day.
Breakfast: protein whey powder, water, light coconut milk
Lunch: burger, lettuce, tomato, onion; baked sweet potato fries
Dinner: almonds, watermelon, iced coffee
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
Day 20. 10 days to go.
Wow. That's all I can say.
Eats for Day 20
Breakfast: pulled beef hash; fried egg; cantaloupe
I used some of the left over pulled beef from yesterday and sauteed with diced sweet potato and my favourite trio of onions, green peppers and hot peppers just until the sweet potatoes were soft and topped it with a sunny side up fried egg. It was as good as any diner hash I've ever had and I didn't miss the toast. The yolk mixed with the meat and vegetables and was creamy and delicious. Liam LOVED it and wanted more but I had served what I made on two plates and there were no "leftovers", he asked if we could have it for lunch later! The cantaloupe was perfect for cleansing the palate after the smokiness of the beef.
There's a BBQ restaurant that we go to, Hillbilly Heaven, in Hamilton that serves humongous portions. We had lunch there yesterday and both had leftovers to bring home. We paid $8.65 for each of our lunches, and we both had lunch, dinner and breakfast this morning and there is still some meat leftover. Insane! I don't know how they stay in business. I like it there because they don't add anything to the meat except salt before smoking it and then they serve it smoked with sides of sauces and kaiser rolls so I can eat just the meat plain to meet the Whole30 rules and their coleslaw is creamy, but yesterday I asked for some "raw" and I just ate the coleslaw mix with a little olive oil and lemon juice drizzled over it. Perfect Whole30 meal.
Lunch: cauliflower soup
Cauliflower, onions, hot peppers and garlic simmered in homemade chicken stock (made from bones), then pureed in the blender. Salt and pepper to taste. That simple. And that good! This meals needs more protein but since I was eating just before running, I only had the soup and decided to fill up on more protein at dinner. But..then we had a torrential downpour, lightening, thunder, heavy rain that did not let up and now at 8 pm is still going strong so running never happened!
Dinner: two hotdogs, fried onions with mustard; coleslaw
Ok...so the hotdogs. True story. I was watching "You Gotta Eat Here" because it was featuring a restaurant that we used to go to as a family all the time, Flapjacks in Caledon, but the feature before Flapjacks was a hotdog restaurant in Alberta and they did hotdogs up in some crazy ways...and that got me wanting a hot dog! I am easily influenced apparently. Watching Flapjacks made me long for the time when my boys were little and we'd go there as a family on Sunday mornings and Iain would always order the same thing and Liam would always order something different and they would end up sharing. Well..at least it didn't drive me to pancakes and banana bread!!
Jul 21, 2012
I’m still here, I know I’ve not been blogging here much about anything significant. I’ve been working on a project that wraps up in a week or so and I just haven’t had much to say here in the meantime while I’ve been preoccupied with it. I’ll tell you about once it’s its over.
I’m just now starting to get my running groove back after a few weeks of first the flu, then crazy humidity and heat and bad logistics. I can’t say I “missed” running. I did miss the camaraderie of my running group and the rigid schedule it forced me to stick to and I missed the feeling of knowing that I was doing something good for me.
Here’s a link to my latest event – The Downtown Dash. I need to commit to a race for August now.
The job hunt and apartment hunt are still on and also taking up a lot of my free time. I’m heading into crisis mode, especially about the job situation, so I’m redoubling my efforts on that one. Looking for a job is a full time job in itself!
Now that I have gotten used to eating meat/eggs for two meals a day (when before the Whole 30 I would them eat 4-5 meals a week) I think I'm ready to try doing it for breakfast - not every day but I'm going to try half the week for this week and see how it goes. I'd like to get away from all processed foods and the whey protein is the last hold out now.
This morning I created what I am calling "Sweet Potato Patties".
This is a very loose recipe as I just threw it all together in a bowl and hoped for the best.
about 1/2 sweet potato grated
red onion chopped as fine as you can
green pepper chopped as fine as you can
hot pepper chopped as fine as you can
salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste
just enough almond meal to make it stick together (it was about 1/3 cup)\
Mix well with a fork.
It made three generous size patties. They were still very wet and eggy but they cooked up ok. I pan fried in EVOO on med heat. Be careful because sweet potatoes burn very quickly because of the sugar in them. I turned them a few times before they were done. They were golden crisp on the outside and soft on the inside...delicious. I think next time, I will just cook them on both sides for a minute or two to get golden them pop them in the oven to finish that way I don't have to watch them as closely.
Now this is not a high protein breakfast (with only one egg) but you could amp up the protein by adding some leftover precooked meat or having it with yogurt (after the Whole30).
We ate them with a side of bacon rashers and cantaloupe. To make the bacon rashers more palatable this time, I made a rub of cayenne, chili powder, salt, pepper and crushed garlic and olive oil and marinated for about an hour. It still didn't taste like commercial bacon, but it tasted a lot better than it did the last time I tried it!
You know what else I've noticed the last week or so? We have way less recycling and much more organic waste than before. So this way of eating is definitely better for the environment too!
Eats for Day 19:
Breakfast: sweet potato patty; bacon rashers; cantaloupe; iced coffee with light coconut milk
Lunch: pulled chicken/pulled beef; coleslaw
Dinner: more pulled chicken/pulled beef; coleslaw
I turned my foot as I was getting off the bus and my foot was swollen right away. I iced and elevated it all night and it seems fine this morning - thankfully!
Eats for Day 18
Breakast: whey protein powder, water, light coconut milk; chamomille tea
Lunch: chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, onion, yellow mustard; baked sweet potato
Snack: 2 dates; almonds
Dinner: almonds; cantaloupe
Another night where I had no appetite, but also because my foot hurt I couldn't really stand in the kitchen either, I could have asked Liam to throw something easy together but since I wasn't hungry, I didn't see the point in bothering.
This "not hungry" sensation definitely takes some getting used to!
Jul 19, 2012
Breakfast : Whey protein powder with light coconut milk; iced coffee with light coconut milk
Lunch : Naked fajitas; banana
I just took fajita fillings – grilled chicken/steak, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, jalapenos and salsa (no cheese/sour cream/guacamole /rice/beans or tortilla!) and ate it all mixed up on a plate. Really delicious!
Snack: 2 dates; raw almonds
Dinner: green salad with chicken breast, sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes, lemon juice for dressing
I felt good today. No hunger like yesterday, stomach issues are definitely improving. I don’t’ know if it’s the digestive enzymes or just enough time, and I don’t care as long as it doesn’t get worse again.
I have less than two weeks left on Whole30. I honestly cannot believe I have made it this far and not broken any of the rules or eaten off plan. The protein powder is allowed on the vegetarian version – and if you knew how little meat I ate before starting this you would know that eating meat/eggs for two meals a day was a HUGE challenge for me.
I am considering this my 17th day of success and I fully intend to complete 30 days.
The Eaton Downtown Dash 5K race was fun. This was the goal race for my 5k Running Clinic with the Running Room. I'll do a proper recap tomorrow. The weather was perfect, the course was flat and wide and there was beautiful scenery. I started out with my friend Melissa and saw my running girls crew at the end. This was my 10th running event and my 7th Finisher’s Medal.
It was a really nice evening and a great way to jump back into running regularly.
Jul 18, 2012
I was so hungry all day right up until about three o'clock.
Breakfast: whey powder protein shake, water, coconut milk
Snack: cashews, apple
Lunch: two burger patties with lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard - green salad no dressing; strawberries
Snack: cashews, two dates
Dinner: cashews, two dates
Yeah so dinner sucked a little. After being hungry all day I came home from the Running Room, had a shower, a cold drink and some cashews and the dates and was done. No appetite. Nothing appealing to me and no mood to eat. So...unless I get hungry before bed, this is it for today! A lot of fruit today. Not intentional but because I was so hungry, that was all I had at work with me.
Jul 17, 2012
- My nails and hair are growing like wildfire
- My skin is clearer, less rosacea breakouts and the breakouts I have had are less severe
- Deeper sleep, falling asleep faster most of the time
- More energy most of the time
- No acid reflux
- No body aches in the morning
- No blood sugar crashes
- No cyclical cravings
It is a scorcher again tonight so as soon as I got home I wanted something cold and frosty. If there had been Coke Zero in the fridge, it would have been mighty hard to resist! Instead, I made a Paleo Daquiri - ice, soda water, 2 strawberries and a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice - blend. Heaven in a glass!
Lunch: 2 tuna salad lettuce wraps (tuna salad - albacore tuna, red onions, green pepper, hot pepper and lemon aioli); strawberries.
Liam ended up eating my leftovers from last night before I had even put them away!
Snack: date; hazelnuts
Dinner: hot Italian sausage; peppers; onions; hot pepper; tomatoes
Sausage ingredients are all Whole30!
Jul 16, 2012
I haven't weighed myself but I am pretty sure I have not gained weight and with my stomach upset all the time, it's hard to notice if I've lost any, and to be honest, at this point I am afraid to weigh myself because if I find I have gained - I know I will want to quit and not finish the 30 days. I'm not expecting to lose weight over the 30 days but I am also not expecting to gain. In volume, I am eating far less than I did before starting the challenge but in calories....meat and fat have way more calories than what I normally eat so I am a bit worried.
Trust. Trust. Trust. Trust. Trust. Trust.
I've been thinking over the last few days about some benefits I've noticed and I'll post those tomorrow - my half way point!!
I don't think I could have done this or stuck with it without seeing Andrea's daily posts and reading her enthusiasm every day - it definitely made me believe I can do it too.
I started reading Wheat Belly last night and finished it on my train ride home tonight . It is such a different book than It Starts With Food. First off, it's very, very medical/sciencey/technical. If I hadn't already read It Starts With Food, I honestly would have no idea what the man is talking about. It's also very repetitive and now and again he attempts humour which falls flat. It is not a book I would recommend to someone who wants to understand how wheat affects our bodies and hormonal systems - It Starts With Food is much more "user-friendly" and relatable.
Davies also focuses mostly on wheat and seems to grudgingly admit that sugar and dairy may also contribute to weight gain and metabolic syndrome. One of the many things he emphasizes over and over is that if you cut out wheat, you must replace those calories with real food and not processed foods. In this area, his plan is very similar to Whole30. Go a month without wheat, eat real food and see how you feel. He does have recipes in his book for what is known as "paleo-fied" foods, carrot cake made with almond meal and even cheesecake!
Breakfast: whey protein powder with water and light coconut milk; date; coffee with light coconut milk
Lunch: green salad with dried cranberries, slivered almonds, cherry tomatoes, mesclun mix - no dressing; watermelon (I know, no protein, but I wasn't hungry and didn't feel like meat, the salad was the perfect amount of food for my non-appetite level!)
Snack: hazelnuts; apple
Dinner: roasted chicken breast marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic (I ate about half of half a breast); carrots; green beans
Dinner seemed like a lot of food to me and I was full long before my plate was empty. Leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
Jul 15, 2012
Breakfast: Whey protein powder mixed with water and light coconut milk
Snack: cashews and 1 date
Snack: grapes and 1/4 apple
Dinner: homemade beef soup (cubed sirloin steak, green beans, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes simmered in homemade vegetable broth); iced coffee with light coconut milk; sweet potato chips (sweet potato sliced thinly, tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted until crisp)
With the soup I was trying reinvent my mom's beef stew that I have made many times, but leave out the thickening agent (Bisto) and the peas and potatoes.
The sweet potato chips were a request from Liam for "Veggie Stix", a commercial snack that is basically vegetables cut into matchsticks then fried. I thought these may be close enough for him to enjoy and I was right but getting them crispy without burning them is tricky. I don't consider these paleo-fying a food because I could have cut them into chunks and roasted them and they would meet the Whole30 rules, so cutting them into thin slices shouldn't violate any rules. It's still a whole food with an approved fat.
I feel like I ate hardly anything today, but I never felt hungry.
Jul 14, 2012
Today was the first day that I was really wanting to eat something sweet, something bready, something cheesy gooey. But I didn't. I had breakfast at Cracker Barrel, lunch at The Olive Garden. The smell of the breadsticks was overwhelming. I also really wanted my long time favourite, Chicken Parmigiana, but I didn't. Walking through the bakery and smelling the fresh bread and the sugar was very tempting to just give it up for one day. But I didn't.
Today's food wasn't as balanced protein/veg/fat but I did the best with the options I had.
Breakfast: 3 poached eggs
Late Lunch: grilled steak, grilled chicken, grilled zucchini; green salad (lettuce, tomatoes, onions, olives - oil and squeezed lemon)
Snack: 1 date
Since I didn't pack lunch I went to the Loblaws in my office building and went to their cold salad bar. It's a bit pricey but way cheaper than going to restaurant. They have signs above the platters listing every ingredient and most of them are prepared with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice, so it's perfect for lunch in a pinch! They also have all the mayo salads - tuna, egg and potato - but I didn't choose those.
Tonight I am eating out - I'm thinking Swiss Chalet is safe. Quarter chicken with salad.
Tomorrow I am in Buffalo all day. I will make it work!!
Breakfast: whey protein with water and light coconut milk; iced coffee with light coconut milk
Lunch: chicken breast; roasted red pepper; cherry tomatoes; cauliflower; carrots and raisins; watermelon
Dinner: burger patty with lettuce, tomato, onion; green salad
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
The last few days I have developed a decidedly un-appetite though. This usually happens to me when I am extremely tired, so I don’t know if that’s the reason or if it’s from cutting the grains. There have been days where I don't feel hungry at all. I never used to be able to go from breakfast to lunch without a snack. I would have my protein shake for breakfast around 730 and by 1030 I would feel my blood sugar drop and be hungry, if I could push it out to 11, I’d start feeling ill, light headed and ravenous. The shake was made with protein powder and water and has 5g of carb per scoop, so I could never understand it because normally when I eat more carbs I crave more carbs, this is was a low carb start to my day. Since starting this challenge, I’ve been putting light coconut milk into my protein shake and I think that has made the difference in being able to get to 12 and sometimes later, without feeling hungry.
I hadn’t planned dinner again, which is always a mistake for me because I either eat the wrong things or eat nothing. I will spend some time tonight planning meals for the rest of the week. I had forgotten that this Saturday I’m going to Buffalo with some friends for shopping and that means 2 meals eaten out. Argh!!! I’m not sure how I’m going to handle this one yet – I need to think on it.
Friday night I am not going home and will instead, stay in Toronto with my friend so we can leave right from her place to go to Buffalo on Saturday. So now that’s 4 meals out. This is going to be a challenge and I need to have a plan to deal with all the salt/sugar/fat that is in oversized US restaurant meals!
I was reading parts of It Starts With Food again last night and it mentions that tiredness and sleeping more is normal in the first two weeks, so I’m hoping this is what I am going through and it will get better once I pass the two week mark. Although I am sleeping much better, I also want to sleep more and with my long work/commute days, going to bed early means I have little time for much else.
When I had lunch with my friend Tiffany yesterday, it was hard to order food and ask the server questions without telling Tiffany what I’m doing and I felt like I was deceiving her because we’ve shared so much during this weight loss journey, but I honestly feel like the more people I tell the more pressure I will be under…which is dumb because Tiffany is not judging me at all and has never been anything but supportive and encouraging – no matter how many times I “start over” or try something different.
I had two wins today. We had cupcakes for my co-workers birthday and I didn't even think about having one! I just passed the box to the next person. I didn't look at them, think about them, think about taking one bite, think about sharing one. DID NOT THINK ABOUT THEM!
For dinner I made the zucchini noodles with meat sauce but made pasta for Liam. To check doneness I put a piece in my mouth bit into it and then spit it out. My Nonna is probably rolling over in her grave.
Breakfast: whey protein powder, water, light coconut milk; iced coffee with light coconut milk
Lunch: ham; cantaloupe
Dinner: meat and tomato sauce (ground beef, diced tomatoes, green peppers, onions, hot peppers) over zucchini “noodles”; iced coffee with light coconut milk
Jul 10, 2012
My laptop works again. I am so happy, I missed it. I thought I didn't use it much anymore, but when I couldn't then I realized how much I do.
Breakfast: whey protein powder with light coconut milk and water; iced coffee with light coconut milk
Lunch: @Milestones - grilled chicken breast; steamed vegetables (again even though I asked for no sauce on the chicken it was brushed with something so I scraped it all off and could not taste it so I think I got it all off)
Snack: apple; 10 almonds
Dinner: 2 Natural brand hotdogs, yellow mustard, fried onions (I know I needed to have real vegetables and lots of them, but really did not feel like eating at all!)
No appetite again after lunch today, hence the very light dinner. These hotdogs are "Natural" brand, no added sugar or nitrates - just salt, garlic, beef and vinegar- all of which are Whole 30 allowed. I had such a craving for Coke Zero today and soda water wasn't hitting it, but I powered through and did not give in. My goal is to have zero processed proteins and I managed that for the first seven days but if this is going to be successful for me for 30 days, with my dislike of meat, I need to improvise; which means my protein powder shakes for breakfast and occasional processed meats that don't have nitrate or sugar added. It might not be 100% Whole30 approved but it is still way closer than I was eating before and I have not broken any of the major rules.
Last night was another night when I was falling asleep by 830 and was in bed and fast asleep by 9. And I'm not even running / exercising like normal right now and I am this tired. But it's a different kind of tired, its a real physical, I want to sleep, tiredness and then I do sleep.
Sometimes when I feel so tired like this, I actually can't sleep because my mind is so wired and my body hurts, but I'm not experiencing that this past week, I'm truly tired and I sleep well - this is a huge improvement!
I'm still waiting for the "amazing" feeling to be consistent but it's only been a week.
My two restaurant dinners for this week have been rescheduled which, I admit, is a bit of a relief, so I only had to navigate lunch today and I am home free for over a week. Restaurants are challenging, but not impossible. I have tried to order the simplest thing on the menu and then make it simpler with no sauce/seasonings etc...but the last two days it didn't quite go as planned, but it was doable.
Stomach issues are getting better each day.
I want to spend some time in the next few days looking up new meal ideas, just different combinations of meat/veg that I haven't tried yet. I'm thinking of doing a bolognese sauce over zucchini noodles on Thursday night to satisfy my Italian roots. I've had zucchini noodles before but as part of a stir fry, so this will be an interesting way to try them differently. I once tried the spaghetti squash as spaghetti noodles and I didn't like it, but zucchini, as a vegetable flavour profile, fits better into in an Italian meal, I think.
I am loving, loving my iced coffee.
As an aside, I just read about the death of Anthony Sedlak - he is one of my favourite Food Network stars. Such a sad thing when someone so young and talented dies.
Topics covered include headaches, backaches, sciatica, arthritis, digestive issues, female issues, sports and computer injuries, skin and teeth pain as well as nerves and a discussion of what causes pain.
But...Monday is a bitch...so I had to get up and get ready for work.
Thankfully I slept all night again and I am hoping that this spells the last the of the overnight stomach issues and hopefully the daytime issues will work themselves out sooner rather than later.
I spent some time yesterday re-reading parts of It Starts With Food as well as the forums on Mark's Daily Apple just to get some more info about nuts/seeds/vegetarian options. The whole PUFA thing is a bit confusing to me especially when they start to talk about cooking/heating nut and seed oils/flour/butters and rancidity. Rancid is truly an ugly sounding word isn't it? It's very sound tells you something isn't right!
Anyway, more research needed on that.
Today starts my "eating out fest" so I need to be diligent, focused and smart!
Lunch today was at Baton Rouge. Lunch tomorrow at Milestones and dinner on Friday at Grano (Italian).
Breakfast - whey protein powder, water, light coconut milk; apple
Lunch - @Baton Rouge - burger with onions, tomato, lettuce (no bun), there was some bbq sauce on the burger that I had asked to be left off so I scraped off as much as possible but I could still "taste" it; green salad. The waiter checked with the chef and the burger had no fillers, just garlic salt and other spices.
Snack - apple and almonds
Dinner - homemade burger with tomatoes, onions, peppers; watermelon salad; iced coffee
I really enjoyed my burger at lunch so I decided to make one when I got home. I sautéed the veggies in coconut oil. It will take a bit of getting used to the taste, but I don't dislike it.
The iced coffee was amazing! Cold coffee, ice cubes and coconut milk blended. As good as an iced capp from Tim's!!!
One week down. 23 days to go!