Whole 30

 

Day 29: 2 August 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 Eggs
  • Ground chicken

Lunch:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 hamburger patty
  • mushrooms and onions

PM Snack:

  • Strawberries

Dinner:

  • 1/2 pork chop w/peach salsa on top
  • spinach salad w/broccoli & other goodness

Day 29 Summary:

I still cannot believe it is day 29.  I feel like I have come up with a good transition plan for tomorrow.  I’m really feeling pretty proud of myself! 🙂 I feel great and physically and feel a lot better emotionally also.

Day 28: 1 August 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 eggs
  • Ground chicken
Lunch:
  • Hamburger patty
  • Broccoli
Dinner:
  • Chicken
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
Day 28 Summary:
The nightmares of eating off plan have started to come back a little bit.  None have been as traumatic as the first one though! I’m also getting a little anxious about the challenge being over!?!?!? Call me crazy, but the boundaries and guidelines have been SO good for me.  I was clipping coupons earlier and started thinking to myself…I could have that in a few days…every time I saw something yummy.  Not gonna lie…that scares me.  The last thing I want is to fall back into old habits.  Before this challenge…I never denied myself ANYTHING when it came to food.  I really just want to keep going with the challenge until I trust myself more.  We’ll see.
Day 27: 31 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • Ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • avocado
Lunch:
  • Chicken and beef fajita
  • Salad
  • Guacamole
Dinner:
  • A few strawberries
  • A few cherries
Day 27 Summary:
Had I not been on this challenge…had I not have committed to “Eating to Live”…today would have been a 4,000 calorie day.  No doubt.  Chase and I packed, moved, and cleaned LITERALLY all day.  It was so difficult to not only find what we needed to cook, but find the time to do it.  It would have been so much easier to have drive thru for every meal.  But…at the end of the day…I was satisfied with my eating choices.  A little hungry…but satisfied non-the-less.
Day 26: 30 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • Starbucks
  • Assorted fruit mix
Lunch:
  • Pork ribs
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet potato
Dinner:
  • Rib eye
  • Broccoli
Day 26 Summary:
Garage sale day.  I’m exhausted! Having breakfast was not a priority, so I probably ate WAY TOO much fruit.  Guess it’s better than the McDonald’s I would have normally eaten…and really wanted BAD this morning!
Day 25: 29 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 eggs
  • Ground chicken
Lunch:
  • Chicken breast
  • Spinach salad
  • Sunflower seeds
Dinner:
  • Hamburger patty
  • Guacamole
  • Grilled onions and peppers
Day 25 Summary:
Crazy day.  I have been loading and packing boxes ALL DAY! I’m not gonna lie…fast food would have been much more convenient.  Oh well…all for my health right?
Day 24: 28 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 eggs
  • Ground chicken
  • 1/2 apple
Lunch:
  • Ground sirloin
  • broccoli
  • Salad
Dinner:
  • Pecan crusted pork chop
  • broccoli
Day 24 Summary:
My friends and family keep asking me how many days of the challenge I have left and truth is…most of the time I have no idea! This truly is becoming a way of life for me, and the end it not that big of a deal anymore.
Day 23: 27 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 scrambled eggs w/pico
  • 1/2 chicken breast
Lunch:
  • Buffalo burger
  • Green beans
PM Snack:
  • Almond butter
Dinner:
  • Spinach salad
  • Chicken
Day 23 Summary:
Today I sat through an ice cream social at work.  Just chatted and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  No seriously…believe it or not…I did not die! 🙂
Day 22: 26 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • Berries (early morning)
  • 2 eggs
  • Ground chicken

Lunch:

  • Grilled chicken salad w/onions, spinach, bell peppers, hard boiled egg, cauliflower, sunflower seeds (yummy)
  • Berries

Dinner:

  • Steak and shrimp
  • Broccoli
Day 21: 25 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • Blueberries/strawberries
  • Nuts/seeds

Lunch:

  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Salsa
  • Soapy chicken.  Yeah…that’s right.  My chicken tasted like Dawn Dish soap.  NASTY! All because my hubby tried to save a few bucks and reuse our Ziplock Vacuum seal bags.  Nice thought.  Never again.

Dinner:

  • 2 Scrambled eggs
  • Steak
Day 20: 24 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • Veggies

Lunch:

  • Chicken and steak
  • Lots of sauteed veggies

PM Snack:

  • Almond butter 🙂

Dinner:

  • Hamburger patty
  • Guacamole
Day 20 Summary:
This is getting tough.  We have 1 knife, 1 pot, 1 pan and Fine Texas China (Solo Plates & plastic-ware) to use for preparing meals/eating meals.  It definitely makes it harder and requires more preparation.  I am trying to focus eating more lean protein this week instead of my go-to-love….BEEF!!! Speaking of beef…am I the only person that LOVES the smell of raw beef.  It makes Chase want to vomit…not me!
Day 19: 23 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 scrambled eggs w/veggies
Lunch:
  • Chicken and veggies (asian style) 🙂
PM Snack:
  • Cherry tomatoes w/basil
Dinner:
  • Warm shrimp salad w/spinach, broccoli, asparagus, balsamic vinegar, sunflower seeds (sounds strange…but it is OH SO GOOD!)
Day 19 Summary:
Today was an exhausting day.  I did a pretty killer Crossfit workout, packed and moved boxes all day, drove to Breckenridge to drop-off & pick-up some crap, THEN Chase and I got locked in the storage unit gates because we weren’t out by nine.  Yep…had to call the cops to bail us out.  AWESOME.  It is getting somewhat frustrating to prepare meals without the kitchen stuff that I need, but we are making it work.  It’s days like this that I cannot help but recall how I would have eaten in the past.  These busy, 90 to nothing days would always call for fast food and sodas.  Not anymore…and I don’t even miss it! 🙂
Day 18: 22 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 scrambled eggs w/veggies
Lunch:
  • Left over pork chop
  • Bell pepper
  • Almond butter
Dinner:
  • Roast
  • Zucchini & squash
Day 18 Summary:
This is becoming second nature now.  I had the day off to pack up the house.  It was nice! I’m still amazed at how I am not plagued with cravings!!! It’s these kinds of days that “old Jenni” would run to a fast food joint to get a quick meal.  Today….I had no desire.
Day 17: 21 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • Strawberries
  • Seed/nut mix
Lunch:
  • Hamburger patty (imagine that)
  • Guacamole
Dinner:
  • Pork chop (pecan, green onion, garlic crust)
  • Broccoli & cauliflower
  • Sauteed mushrooms
Day 17 Summary:
Today was a great day.  I am starting to feel much better and starting to feel like I’m getting my craziness a little more under control.
Day 16: 20 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 scrambled eggs

Lunch:

  • hamburger patty
  • 1/2 avocado
  • carrots w/almond butter

Dinner:

  • tilapia
  • tomatoes w/basil
  • broccoli
Day 16 Summary:
Wow! What a great day.  I took a much needed break from workout today to get some rest and rest my buttocks! I am FREAKING SORE from yesterday’s workout.  My appetite most definitely came back today.  I was really, really wanting a snow cone, and I took one of my kiddos to get one.  He chose Tiger’s Blood, I chose plain ice.  I was totally okay with it though and enjoyed every bite of it.  IT WAS FREAKING HOT TODAY!
Day 15: 19 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 3 egg omelet w/spinach, peppers, onion, chicken

Lunch:

  • Seed/nut mix

Dinner:

  • Tomato sauce over a 1/4 chicken breast (we found a really yummy CLEAN tomato sauce at Natural Grocers) Chase put it well, “It was like a flavor explosion in my mouth.” I have to say it was nice to mix it up a little.

Day 15 Summary:

Wow.  I can’t believe I am half way done! I am still working on eating appropriate portions and enough food.  I had to force myself to eat the omelet for breakfast….and I didn’t even finish.  I am trying to listen to my body better.   I guess if it’s telling me not to eat…I should listen??

Day 14: 18 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 3 scrambled eggs
Lunch:
  • Some seed mix (sunflower, pumpkin, walnuts)

Dinner:

  • Hamburger patty

Day 14 Summary:

Uggghhhhhh. I am struggling in the streets! No…I have not eaten anything off the plan, but as you can see…I haven’t eaten really much at all.  I put not ONE SINGLE VEGETABLE in my mouth yesterday.  Not cool.  For some reason…I have ZERO appitite! I would say…THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE, except for the fact that I work out way to hard everyday to not eat.  I am feeling sluggish and tired.  I am pretty sure this has everything to do with the amount of stress in my life right now. Hopefully I can get that under control soon.

Day 13: 17 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • scrambled eggs
  • New York Strip

Lunch:

  • Beef fajita meat
  • Grilled fajita veggies

PM Snack:

  • Fruit

Dinner:

  • Tomatos and basil
  • Chicken
Day 13 Summary:
So last night it was wedding cake and pecan pie.  Today I said no to….cake balls, chocolate covered strawberries, cheese cubes, crackers ect.  Yeah…it was a wedding and  a wedding shower weekend.  I definitely ate less than par choices this weekend as far as eating when I should and getting enough veggies in my meals.  I can still say though, that I have not “cheated” on the Whole 30.  I have gone 13 days without putting dairy, grain, or sugar in my mouth.  It is getting easier and easier to say no to these types of food.  Today was tough though.  CAKE BALLS.  REALLY?
I’m really excited that my brother, Luke, and his girlfriend, Liz, are starting the Whole 30 tomorrow!!!
Day 12: 16 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • Eggs w/veggies
  • Starbucks black coffee

Lunch:

  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Tomato

Dinner:

  • More grilled chicken
Late Night Snack:
  • Parker County Peach

Day 12 Summary:

This is the 2nd day in a row that I have not been a good meal planner and have just flown by the seat of my pants.  I need to realize that I get frustrated and hungry when I am not prepared.  I had dinner at a wedding tonight and grilled chicken is what they had available (on my plan), but no good veggies to go with it.  By the time I got home…it was so late…I didn’t feel like eating anything really.  Well…except a peach! 🙂

Day 11: 15 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • Forgot to eat breakfast! :/

Lunch:

  • 3 scrambled eggs
  • ground beef
  • salsa

Dinner:

  • Rib-eye steak
  • Broccoli
  • Grilled squash
Day 11 Summary:
I got busy packing up our house and completely forgot to eat today.  I was hungry…but so in the zone that I refused to stop.  I also guess I was on a beef kick today.  But who am I kidding? I’m always on a beef kick!
Day 10: 14 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • banana (feeling somewhat nauseous….my normal “egg” breakfast doesn’t sound very appetizing right now)
AM Snack:
  • Handful of almonds
Lunch:
  • 3 scrabbled eggs w/veggies
Dinner:
  • Bonterra Blu Rib eye
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Wedge salad w/balsamic vinegar
Day 9: 13 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • One egg
  • Ground beef w/salsa

AM Snack:

  • 2 Handfuls of almonds

Lunch:

  • Chicken breast
  • Sauteed mushrooms & onions
  • 1/2 avocado

PM Snack:

  • Berry mix

Dinner:

  • Spinach salad
  • Guacamole
  • Shrimp
Day 9 Summary:
The temptations are getting easier and easier to say no to.  I straight up denied McKay’s cookies and a box full of chocolate candy today! And….I survived!
Day 8: 12 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 Scrambled eggs
  • Ground chicken

AM Snack:

  • Handful of almonds

Lunch:

  • hamburger patty
  • avocado
  • squash
Dinner:
  • Chicken
  • Spinach salad w/peppers, onion, sunflower seeds, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette
  • Steamed broccoli and carrots
Day 8 Summary:
The days are getting easier, as far as food goes.  I’m starting to notice a difference in my energy.  I’m not feeling as drowsy as I was last week.
Day 7: 11 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 3-egg Veggie omelet w/spinach, onions, mushrooms, garlic

Lunch:

  • Hamburger patty (no time)
  • Berries (strawberries/blueberries)

PM Snack:

  • Handful of almonds

Dinner:

  • Tilapia w/mango
  • Brocoli

Day 7 Summary:

I made it a whole week.  Enough said.

Day 6: 10 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • Berry medley and nut/seed mix (as I rushed out the door for church)
Lunch:
  • Lemon Rosemary Chicken
  • Summer squash baked with onion & mushrooms (YUMMY!)
  • Spinach salad w/onion and balsamic vinegar & EVOO
PM Snack:
  • 2 Cantaloupe slices

Dinner:

  • Hamburger patty
  • Fresh guacamole
  • Baked sweet potato fries
Day 6 Summary:
Today has been a great day! I am finally starting to feel much better.  Physically and emotionally.  I went this entire day sticking to the plan and not feeling deprived.  The past couple of days I have wanted to eat everything except what I could have.  The food is starting to satisfy much better! It’s also kind of amazing how much time Chase and I have spent in the kitchen preparing food or thinking about what we will cook next.  I’m not complaining! 🙂 I love having him home!!!!! I also just realized that the only times we have eaten out this week have been for Beth’s birthday and with friends that were here from out-of-town.  Pretty crazy, because we usually eat out at least once a day.  Excited about this week!
Day 5: 9 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 3 egg omelet w/ veggies

Lunch:

  • 2 eggs with ground pork (eggs twice in one day? Yeah…I did that!)
  • red bell pepper

PM Snack:

  • Berries and seeds

Dinner:

  • Grilled shrimp salad w/guacamole
Day 5 Summary:
I still felt pretty tired today.  That may have had something to do with me staying up late last night though! 🙂 I had a slight headache throughout most of the day, but is subsided in the evening! Overall….I felt much better today, and I was in a much better mood that the last 2 days! I’m starting to feel a little bit more in control now too…which is nice.
Day 4: 8 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 3 egg omelet w/chicken, mushrooms, cilantro
  • Blueberries and raspberries
Lunch:
  • Ground pork
  • avocado with homemade pico (totally not enough veggies…I was struggling to even eat this though)
PM Snack:
  • Berries (blue & raspberry)
Dinner:
  • Filet mignon w/onions and mushrooms on top
  • Steamed broccoli and carrots
  • More berries
Day 4 Summary: I hated my life today.  Worst cravings for food I may have ever had!! All I wanted was a piece of cheese toast! I have never been so pissed about having to eat a filet for dinner either! Am I losing my mind? Kristin gave me some encouragement after I started complaining to her about how I was feeling. I survived, and stuck to the plan. BARELY! 🙂 Here’s to hoping that tomorrow is a better day!
Note: Blueberries are keeping me sane.  How have I not eaten these things on the reg already? SO GOOD!
Day 3: 7 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 3 Eggs w/pork, mushrooms, onions,

Lunch:

  • Chicken breast
  • heaping helping of homemade guacamole (not enough veggies) oops…

PM Snack:

  • Raspberry/blueberry medley

Dinner:

  • Hearty steak
  • Asparagus
  • Squash
Day 3 Summary:
I was in a bad mood today.  I felt pretty tired most of the day.  Cravings were definitely there, but not too, too bad.  I just felt like nothing satisfied me all day.  I felt full….the food just wasn’t good to me.  I know that I need to work on my Rachel Ray skills and learn to cook better, but I’m hoping that this feeling passes.
Day 2: 6 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 2 egg omelet w/chicken, basil, onion & mushrooms
AM Snack:
  • Black coffee
Lunch:
  • Chicken breast
  • Heaping helping of veggies; squash, bell peppers, onions
  • 1/4 avocado
PM Snack:
  • 5 Strawberries
  • 5 Raspberries
Dinner: i.e. Beth’s Birthday Dinner at Bangkok Thai
  • Small cup of coconut milk soup w/cilantro, lemongrass, or other delicious spices
  • Vegetable delight: chicken & veggie medley (no sauce)
Things I “passed on” at dinner: 
  • Spring rolls (my fav)
  • Pad thai (my other fav)
  • Deep fried ice cream (everyone’s fav)
Day 2 Summary:
I felt like I was rocking and rolling through this day until about 4:00 PM.  I had the most intense craving for PIZZA in the world.  I think it was triggered by the empty pizza box I spied in the kitchen at work, but regardless…it was serious.  The food at dinner looked and smelled so good, but it was not hard to say no.  I’m really dreading the cravings I am sure are coming around the corner these next couple of days though.  I really did not want to eat out this early in the challenge for sure, but wanted to help the sis celebrate her big day.  I feel like I did a good job though.  I asked the server tons of questions and made annoying requests…good thing we are on a first name basis.  Wait…probably not a good thing…but it worked out in my favor tonight!
Day 1: 5 July 2011

Breakfast:

  • 3 egg omelet w/ red bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, olive oil
AM Snack:
  • 1 slice of pineapple, 6 cherries
Lunch:
  • 2 small lean beef patties
  • 1/4 avocado
Afternoon Snack:
  • Celery
  • Almond butter
Dinner:
  • buffalo burger
  • pico de gallo
  • 1/2 avocado
  • grilled onion/bell pepper
Day 1 Summary:
I felt good today.  I did not let myself get hungry and packed snacks for the day.  I did read however that I should be steering clear of ground beef? Really? Say it ain’t so!!!
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The Challenge

My Crossfit Coach, Kristin, has been talking to me about my eating habits and is encouraging me to try the Paleo 30 Day Challenge called the WHOLE 30.  Check out the link if you want to know what all it entails.

Whole 30

I know that it will take a lot of discipline, but I can do it!  I’m going to keep up with my progress on my blog as a way to keep track for myself, but also for some accountability.  I’m excited to see how this changes my body and enhances weight loss! Kristin swears this has absolutely changed her life, and by looking at her…it’s hard not to believe her! She is probably the most physically fit and healthy woman I’ve ever known! SERIOUSLY!

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8 responses »

  1. I love this, Jenni! Posting your food journal here is a great idea. Day one looks really good! Not sure where you heard about ‘steering clear of ground beef’ but I wouldn’t pay any attention to that. The important thing is that you are rotating your protein choices throughout the day/week/month/life… same goes for veggies, fats, and fruits. You don’t want to only just eat beef or squash and bell peppers, for example. Variety is the spice of life, right?! 😉 And rotating your food will keep you from getting bored eating the same ole’ thing everyday, like we talked about.
    Looking at each meal/snack, here are some thoughts/ideas:
    Breakfast looks great. An omelet is a great way to eat a ton of veggies in one sitting. I also enjoy adding spinach to my omelets. Just put it in the pan with the veggies, before adding the eggs, and it will cook down to hardly nothing. So you can throw a bunch of greens in there and know that you are eating a truly nutritious breakfast!! What a great way to start the day! To mix it up, you can also eat an extra protein source in addition to the eggs, maybe some chicken or a ground beef pattie, it may leave you feeling full throughout more of the morning. Just an option!
    AM Snack. Nothing too concerning seeing how this is the only fruit you had throughout the day. It is definitely a smart, healthy, and nutritious choice, but fruit brings with it a huge insulin spike, which we want to avoid a lot of. Don’t let me scare you, this little amount of fruit throughout the day is not going to do you any harm, but typically berries are the best choice when it comes to fruit. Blueberries are my favorite. A much lower insulin response, full of antioxidants, and still plenty sweet!
    Lunch. Great protein/fat choices and amounts. I would add a huge amount of veggies to this this mid-day meal! Maybe some left over veggies from the omelet you cooked in the morning, thrown over a bed of spinach? You should be able to fill the rest of your plate with veggies… you can’t enough of them, trust me! More is always better when it comes to veggies.
    Afternoon snack. I admire your will-power, nicely done. Enough said 😉
    Dinner. Great job. Well rounded meal with protein, fat, and veggies.

    Hopefully this helps! I think you are off to a great start!!! Hopefully day two goes by just as smoothly! See you back in the gym Thursday morning.

    Reply
    • Thanks for the feedback. I’m feeling relieved knowing I can still eat ground beef. (I read it in some Paleo recipe book). I know I need to work on the veggies a lot! It definitely does not come naturally for me to load up on them! I like the spinach idea in the omelet. I’m going to make another run to the store to pick up more veggies and berries. Do strawberries count?

      Reply
      • Yup, strawberries count… so do raspberries, blackberries, etc! Yummy!
        Spinach is great in an omelet. You can mix it up and try kale and swiss chard too, when you start to feel read adventurous.
        Your best bet with veggies is to cook a TON of them at once. Then you have them on hand to throw into all of your different meals throughout the day/week.

        Looking forward to hearing about day two. See you in the morning!

  2. wish i was there to join in this adventure. hmmmm. maybe i still can. see yall soon! krisitn …im excited to meet you@

    Reply
  3. but then i cant go to beehive and la pop when i visit hahhaha

    Reply
  4. Hang in there Jenni, everything you are feeling is totally normal! Remember, we are reversing a lifetime of unhealthy eating… it is going to take some time! Just keep on truckin! While you may not feel satisfied from the new foods you are eating, try to find peace knowing that they are promoting and supporting your new, healthy life!

    Have a great weekend!

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