The Week in Review 3/7/18

Weather:  March came in like a lamb, all warm and sunny.  But February ended with a vengeance. We woke to a cold rain that briefly switched to hail.  Luckily the hail was small but it will take some time to see how my lemon tree blossoms survived. (Those are not decorative white rocks in the plant above but hail.)

The wind blew the canopy off my swing (again).

Something that makes me happy:  All my medical information is available on-line to me which I love.  I like being able to see the actual test result numbers and not just get a “everything is normal” from my doctor.  This week I learned they had upgraded the website and now I can make appointments on-line!  So much easier and quicker than calling.

Something I am learning:  My son is having a terrible time in math these days so I am spending my afternoons learning how to add, subtract and multiple fractions.  I suppose I am actually re-learning  because at some point in my young life I must of had to pass a few tests on this stuff.  I know I deal with fractions when I am baking but obviously not enough for fourth grade math!

Something I watched:  “Before Sunrise”, the first in a series of three movies.  I loved it! I found out about this trilogy from wanderlustywriter.  As luck would have it my library had the first two movies in a set (“Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”) and the third, “Before Midnight” is on Netflix. I plan on watching the second movie this weekend.  I love having something to look forward to.

From the movie “Before Sunrise”.

The Irony of Bowling:  I bowl in two leagues, a regular “normal “one on Thursday nights and the other is a once a month league with the Tucson 500 club. We bowl on the first Saturday of the month and it is a 9 pin “no-tap” league.  (That means if you get 9 pins on your first ball it gets scored as a strike.)  So much fun, all women and I like that we raise money for Special Olympics and Breast Cancer research. On Thursday nights I frequently get a fair number of 9’s on my first ball but last Thursday I actually got some strikes and bowled a 225! (My average is around 150.) And on Saturday, my no-tap league?  My high game was a 192 for the day.  It’s a good thing I have a sense of humor.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

How was your week?


2018 Aspirations Summary: February

This was a month of success, frustration and continuing education.  The typical mixed bag of life.

Be Healthier

By the middle of the month I was seriously questioning the validity of my goal.  I was not doing a good job avoiding foods with unknown ingredients or sticking to my ‘make it myself’ rule. I thought about specific problems I was encountering and what I could do to overcome them.  If I want to succeed I need to find a way to make my goals realistic.  While I am figuring all this out I have decided to eat no added sugar for 30 days (fruit is okay).  This should also help put a lid on mindless snacking and help me lose a few pounds.  I am also making an effort to eat more vegetables.

In addition to thinking about what I eat I am now thinking about how I eat.  I read this book called “Beyond Chocolate” and I am implementing some of the ideas I found there.  After my no sugar 30 days I love the idea that nothing is off limits because once you make a food a no-no that is all you want.  And eventually you will cave, big time. The catch is you can only eat when you are truly hungry and you have to make a plate and sit at the table and focus on your eating.  No tv or reading.  You very mindfully enjoy satisfying your hunger with a food you truly want.  I love this idea. I hadn’t realized how often I didn’t pay attention to my eating.  I pretty much always read at breakfast and at lunch I either read or watch tv. Seldom do I pay attention to what I am eating much less really enjoy it.  I rather feel like I have had a mini break through here.  I need to focus on eating habits as much as the food itself.  Ah!

Now for the boring maintenance stuff.  I need to put this down to keep myself honest and no I am not that happy about putting my weight out there for the whole world to roll their eyes at, but I am doing it anyway.  Weight on 1 Feb: 148lbs.  I did yoga 18 times and I am back on track  getting in my 10k steps six days a week. (I was a bit of a slacker in January.) I am still doing an excellent job logging my foods and this month I circled everything in red that I considered a junk food snack.

Blue square was when we ate out. And yes, sigh, I eat a lot of junk food.  But not for the next 30 days!


Be Happier

I totally embraced my word for the year this month.  “Unhurried” is how I lived pretty much everyday.  And I loved it.  I made a plan every morning and thought about what I wanted to do as much as what I needed to do.  And surprise surprise, even when I took care of myself first all the have-tos got done as well.  Yeah me! I also finished my nagging task of knocking off a tote full of papers to be shredded.

Now I am marching into March with some new goals, a positive attitude about eating healthier for 30 days (even if it kills me!) and some new habits to give a try.  Pray for me.

“I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.”   – Franklin D. Roosevelt

This quote cracks me up and makes me think.  I do wonder what the context was when he said this.

2018 Aspirations Summary: January

I knew January was going to be a transition month. I wasn’t expecting to start out perfect and just continue on. Actually I wanted to start out slow and make gradual but permanent changes. Well, it certainly has started out slow.  The first week we were still celebrating the holidays and the second week we were adjusting back to the day to day schedule and there was a lot of holiday food still around.  It took me until the end of the month to start to wrap my head around what I needed to do to meet my goals.

Be Healthier

Surprisingly I did a really good job with my food tracking.  The pages I selected to use in a Bullet Journal work perfectly.  The good news is towards the end of the month I started to do a decent job with not snacking. The bad news is I ate 25 cookies over the course of the month. All but five were homemade,  but still.  And eight chocolate covered pretzels from Trader Joe’s (full size, not minis). And there were a few mentions of chocolates and ice cream.  Yikes!  Moving on…

I am very pleased with how much yoga I did.  It helps that it felt really good.  I did yoga 14 days and one day of Qigong.

Eating out at only local restaurants was an epic fail.  Will have to try harder and plan better in February.

Be Happier

I am not going to lie, this was a tough month.  Exhaustion and moodiness seemed to dominate. I am hoping it is just the peri-menopause spiral.  At fifty-one I have to be getting close to full on menopause even though I haven’t even started the twelve month count down yet.   I can imagine my body trying to crank out hormones and flooding my system with who knows what and making me feel like shit. Hoping it is not my thyroid though I do wonder how one affects the other. Bottom line, not very happy this month.

But I did do a lot of thinking about what I can change, what I can let go of and what I can add to help myself through this period.  I went to bed earlier,  napped once in awhile and holed up in my office or bedroom when I needed my space. I decided to simplify dinners, get more help around the house and accept that somedays it is best just to say f*%$ it and retreat to bed with a book and a mug of tea and let everyone else fend for themselves.  Yes, I actually did that one Sunday.

I am re-reading Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” one month at a time.  I don’t want to do it all but be selective as to what fits with my goals. (Look at me being smartly flexible!) For January’s theme of “Boost Energy”  I opted to tackle just one goal  and address “a nagging task”.  I have been doing ten minutes of shred, six days a week.  I do feel a sense of relief at making progress on this long overdue project and that does make me feel happier.

I don’t know if this falls under Healthier or Happier (maybe both?) but just out of curiosity I decided to track my television viewing habits.  I don’t feel like I watch too much tv but then I grew up in the 70’s when watching tv was what everybody did, at least at night during the winter.  Over the course of the month I watched ten movies, six football games, eight basketball games and six shows (multiple episodes of “This is Us” and “The Kid’s Baking Championship).  Two days I didn’t watch anything at all.  What does this tell me?  I have no idea.  Any thoughts?

Over and over again I remind myself that this phase of life doesn’t last forever.  Everything I have read says most women feel a lot better once in menopause.  Energy returns, brain fog lifts, emotions settle and I am hoping for less joint pain.  Fingers crossed.

And this concludes the January once in a blue moon month in review.

2018 Aspirations – Part 1 – Be Healthier

“Just where you are- that’s the place to start.”

                                                                                             – Pema Chodron, Buddhist Nun

First things first: what I hope to accomplish this year. I read blogs where people have 50 goals for the year and I think, no way. I am keeping it simple this year:

1. Be healthier.
2. Be happier.

I wish it was just this simple but of course there must be sub-steps and mini-goals and game plans.  But really just two goals, health and happiness.  They feel like really smart goals to me. Today we will talk a little about the health side.

I read a lot of books last year about diet and exercise and being healthy and have done a lot of thinking these past few months about what I really want.  I want to age gracefully.  I do not want to run a marathon, I just want to be able to walk the dog.  I do not need to touch my toes with straight legs, I just need to be able to pick up something off the floor.  I need to survive menopause.

One of the most surprising things I read last year was how it is not normal to gain weight as you age.  Your appetite should adjust itself naturally as your metabolism slows.  Our appetites no longer do this because of all the processed foods we eat:  large amounts of sugar, fat and salt are messing with our brains.

I need to relearn how to eat because I am hungry, not because I am bored or it is a certain time.  I also need to listen to my body and stop eating just before I am full.  What the French say is  “Je n’ai pas faim” or I am no longer hungry.  Not quite the same as eating until you are full.  And while I am not making weight loss a specific goal I must confess I am hoping it happens as a happy by-product!

Here are my initial steps for my be healthier goal:

  1. I can eat anything I want but I have to make it from scratch.  No processed foods unless all the ingredients listed are what I would use if I were to make it myself.  This means no palm oil or xanathan gum or soy lecithin.  While there will be a few things I can buy at Trader Joe’s the plan is I will be eating a lot more fruits and vegetables because it will be easier than making a bagel or some crackers. I think of this as the “Little House on the Prairie” diet.  Think about it, they ate fresh, local, seasonal foods.  Yes they ate bread and biscuits but seldom cake or candy.  Remember how big a deal it was for Laura to get a glass of lemonade one 4th of July?  I am going to try and make Ma Ingalls proud.
  2. When we eat out I am going to stick to local restaurants as much as possible.  We don’t eat out that much and when we travel this could be difficult but I am going to give it a go.
  3. I am writing down everything I eat.  Not weighing or measuring or listing individual ingredients but just a note of what I eat each day.  My focus is on monitoring my snacking.  The hope is as I become more aware of bad habits it will make it easier to change them.
  4. On the exercise front I am not changing what I already do too much.  Swimming or 10k steps depending on the season, yoga, qigong and I am going to try pilates.  Hey, pilates worked for Shonda Rimes and they recently opened a Club Pilates just up the road.  The least I can do is take the free class.
  5. Re-read “Food Rules” by Michael Pollan, one rule a day as a gentle reminder.

I have twelve months to revamp my eating habits with the hope of making improved, life long eating practices.  Once a month I am going to make a summary blog post to track my progress.  No, you will not have to read everything single thing I ate for the whole month. But the hope is having to write down what went well and what went wrong will help keep me aware and on track.

I will talk about the be happier aspiration in a separate blog post.  Until then, Keep Calm and Eat Well. 🙂


How to Handle Sweet Treats

My two Whole30 goals were to stop snacking, especially on sweet things and get back into my weight window. I accomplished both of those in 25 days.

If my goal was to make eating simply something you do to fuel your body I would have succeeded there too.  The Whole30 really sucked the joy out of meals.  For me food is a big part of holidays and special occasions.  What I hadn’t realized was how important meals were to day to day family life.  That doesn’t mean the meals need to be unhealthy but it does mean we all need to sit down to the same meal.  I don’t know why this is and it doesn’t seem logical but it is the way I feel.

Would I do a Whole30 again?  Yes, if that is what it took to get me off the sugar train or regain control of snacking.  But I am hoping another Whole30 won’t be necessary. (I am pretty sure I say that every time!)

I thought a lot about how to keep to my goals post Whole30 in regards to baked treats and candy.   It is not enough to say I am going to eat less candy or have fewer desserts.  I needed to be concrete with my limits or “Smart”.

S – specific

M– measurable

A -achievable

R– results focused (or in this case realistic)

T– time-bound

I don’t want junk food to be an all or nothing proposition.  I don’t want to mindlessly inhale crap without even tasting it.   I want cake and cookies to truly feel like a treat.  I want to enjoy baked goods or candy like it is something special. Like when I was a kid.

Growing up we only had cake at birthdays, pie on holidays and candy at Halloween and Christmas.  The rest of the year we sometimes got homemade cookies and occasionally pudding or jello or ice cream.  That was it. Oh, and when my Dad worked Saturday nights (he was a firefighter) sometimes he would bring doughnuts home on Sunday morning.  That was always a big deal!

My dessert tracking page

Keeping all that in mind I decided to limit myself to one sweet dessert or treat item a week.  That seemed realistic.  And it had to be homemade (except for ice cream).  I set up a page in my Bullet Journal to keep track.  I picked Sunday as the day the week would start.  I marked the weeks off and made notes about holidays or occasions that fell during that week. I had a plan…

A plan that I am not following at all.  I am still not snacking and I am still eating way less sweets but I am not limiting myself to just one a week.  Turns out it was not a realistic goal.  But I didn’t  throw in the towel completely.

I am being very mindful about what I eat. Crazy hormones are still a problem but I try to remain cognizant of what is going on physically and emotionally at any given moment. A few times I have taken a nap instead of mindlessly shoving junk food in my face. I am doing quite well with only eating when I am hungry.

I started tracking desserts yesterday in order to maintain my mindfulness and to keep from returning to my old habits. I’ll make a little slash mark on my tracker for each sweet treat consumed and for now I am writing down each treat I eat. Still sticking with the must be homemade rule.

My plan and intentions are a little different that what I had hoped for. But it is still a goal and one I will hopefully achieve without making myself miserable or gaining too much weight. Here goes nothing!

Coloring meditation, how to have my treats without the calories!




Whole30: Week 4

Day 22

B: chicken hash, last of the roasted cauliflower, 1/2 pear

L: egg salad, 4 olives, 1 carrot, snow peas, a banana

S: coconut chocolate Rx bar

D: grilled chicken cashew salad (no dressing) from Culver’s*

Seems I feel a bit hungry all the time now, despite eating hearty meals.

*I am guessing my salad at Culver’s was not Whole30 compliant in some way. ( Cornstarch in the chicken and the cashews may have had peanut oil was all I could find that wasn’t compliant.)  For some this would mean the Whole30 was over or needed to be restarted.  Being an adult and having my own goals of not snacking and reducing junk food I am merely going to press on.  I actually consider this meal a win as I normally order a pork tenderloin sandwich or fried fish plate.  And I did not take even one teensy taste of my son’s ice cream.

Day 23

B: two fried eggs, 1/2 grapefruit, a banana

L: egg salad, rest of grilled asparagus, 1/2 pear  And I watched “Chesapeake Shores” while I ate. Ooh I am such a rebel eating and watching tv at the same time!  🙂

D: an apple and some cashews eaten before I went to my son’s school for Curriculum Night. (I had planned on eating leftover chicken hash after I got home but I just wasn’t hungry.  It is awfully hot and humid here these days.)

Finished the 1000 piece puzzle!

Day 24

B: last of the chicken hash, 1/2 grapefruit

L: chicken tenders, carrots, small baked potato w/ghee and a banana

D: roasted pork loin, pan roasted brussel sprouts and butternut squash, applesauce

The house smelled wonderful with the roasting meat and dinner was tasty and had an autumnal feel, but frankly it was a bit much for the triple digit heat.

Day 25

B: quiche and a banana

L: chicken tenders, leftover brussel sprouts and squash, applesauce

Finally the local PBS has the latest season of the “Great British Baking Show” on.  I watched the first episode this afternoon.  Yum!

D: apple and cashews

Day 26

Well, there is no day 26.  I officially ended my Whole30, er Whole25 this morning with a piece of toast (homemade bread from the freezer) and peanut butter (TJ’s no sugar added).  I accomplished my goals of no mindless snacking and reduced my sugar intake. I lost 4 1/2 lbs which was rather disappointing.  I felt like I ate so much less and certainly no junk food.  But I am back in my weight window so I did succeed with my goal.

Now the hard part begins…..

to be continued.


Epiphany – a sudden striking of understanding something

As I get older I do indeed feel like I am getting wiser, I keep having epiphanies. Having an epiphany sounds smart as opposed to admitting to having a “Duh” moment.  I have decided to be kinder to myself so we are going with epiphanies, okay?

So I have been working on being a healthier self and I was looking through my kitchen cabinets and realized “man, we really have a lot of food”.   Many different flavors of syrup and salad dressing and different kinds of chips.  Boxes of granola bars and cereal and cans of soups and pastas for my son.

How did this happen?  Well, I know how.  When small child started school in addition to making him a lunch he needed a mid-morning snack and then an after school snack.  And the morning snack needed to be something that would withstand the desert heat and a small boy being responsible for it. And for some reason I thought he needed a different snack each day.  Plus different stuff to put in his lunch or for after school.  That explains the cereal, granola bars and chips.

The syrups happened because every time we went to Apple Annie’s I felt like we needed a seasonal flavor of syrup.  I wanted apple in the fall and peach in the summer and strawberry at the beginning of summer.  Ooh, mixed berry, that sounds yummy. But we really don’t eat that much syrup and the stockpile began.

And honestly I do not know what is going on with the rest of the condiments.

So now we come to today and my quest to stop snacking and eat healthier. And that is when I had my epiphany:  I need to shop differently!  Since I do 99.5% of the grocery shopping it is up to me what comes into the house.  Duh! 🙂

After some thought I realized what I had to do.  First, say nothing.  Second, shop smarter.  And third just continue serving all the normal junk until it is gone.  And then gradually and secretly change small child’s eating habits along with my own.  Not completely for him.  There will still be cereal in the cupboard and one type of healthier granola bars.  After school snacks will be fruit or carrots or yogurt and a homemade cookie or two.  He probably won’t even notice the change.

I am looking forward to some empty cupboard space and less temptation in the house. A person only has so much willpower. It’s true, we only have so much.  I read a book about it.  Made total sense.

Completely unrelated pictures:

The largest of three scorpions I scooped out of the pool.
I don’t know if this is poisonous but it looks evil.

The scary thing is I fished these all out of the pool the same morning.  Honestly I was a little scared to get in and kept peering around to see if I missed anything.  Desert life is not for the faint of heart.

Whole30 Week 3

Day 15

I am halfway done but it feels like I still have a long way to go.  Sigh.

I was going to go to the commissary today but with the eclipse I decide to wait until tomorrow. I look through the fridge to make sure I have enough compliant food to get me through the day.  Should be okay.  I am feeling quite lackluster about food these days anyway.

Day 16

I am so not in the mood to deal with grocery shopping.  All that temptation but it has to be done. I am tired and crabby and the return of triple digit heat is not helping.  On my drive to the commissary I have a little talk with myself. (Hopefully the other drivers just think I am on a hands free phone.)  I remind myself that it is just hormones going crazy and hopefully in a few days I will be back to feeling “normal”.  The only really critical task that has to be done today is shopping.  Dinner can be leftovers with a bag of salad and there are some Trader Joe’s meatballs in the freezer if something more is needed.

Lunch, I felt sort of snackie: snow peas and guac, hb egg, macadamia nuts and cold soup.

I give myself permission to take the rest of the day off.  I can color or work on the puzzle, watch a movie, take a nap.  The sky is the limit!

Day 17

Food prep day.  Happily I am feeling a bit better so the task doesn’t feel so onerous. I make the quiche of the week.  I use the kale and ground pork already prepared from the freezer.  I add a grated carrot for color and extra nutrients.  I found a half a bag of already cooked shrimp in the freezer and made a simple shrimp salad: finely chopped onion and celery, a bit of mayo and some dill.  I am looking forward to having something different for lunch.  I feel like I have eaten a ton of meat lately.  This reminds me to thaw some chicken for later this week.

Day 18

No “tiger’s blood” for me these days.  I didn’t really think healthy eating would be able to trump crazy peri-menopausal hormones.  I remind myself of my goals:  stop snacking, less sugar. I am accomplishing both these days.  I do wonder if I am still losing weight though.  I decide to add more vegetables to my meals and less sweet potatoes and yams.

B: quiche, four olives and a banana

L: shrimp salad, snow peas and an apple

D: leftover pot roast, the last spoonful of mashed sweet potatoes and roasted cauliflower

Day 19

I made myself a batch of “Melissa’s Chicken Hash”  for lunch today and found myself wondering if I would eat this if I wasn’t on the Whole30.  Hmmm.  Aside from limiting snacking and desserts (I have a plan!) I haven’t given much thought  about how I want my meals to look post Whole30.  I want to eliminate processed foods for the most part.  But I think I am okay with eating just about anything if I make it myself.  I started buying heritage flour that is grown and minimally processed locally.  I am adding more organic items to our diet all the time.  As long as I continue to incorporate more veggies into my meals I will consider it all good.

Day 20

B:  quiche and roasted cauliflower

L: 1/2 can of tuna in olive oil with 1/2 an avocado, last 4 oven fries, snow peas, an apple and some cashews

D: grilled salmon, grilled asparagus, homemade coleslaw

Took my photography class today, hardly thought about the Whole30 at all.

Day 21

I had my first cheat today. I chewed 1/2 a piece of sugar free gum during bowling.  I just needed it. Banish me from the Whole30 Hall of Fame.

This picture is from my photography class. My instructor called this “Chipotle Art”.  Where you take a picture of something ordinary and make it black and white and voila, art. 🙂  I was working on depth of field with this one.

The class left me very excited about taking photos. I know there is a lot more to learn but at least I know enough to be able to use full manual mode and have a better shot at getting what I want to see to appear on the end product. (Did you get the pun?  “Better shot”, haha!)

Onto to week 4 with a decidedly diminished lack of enthusiasm for food.

Whole30 Week 2

(I thought the spider web picture was cool!)

My Whole30 adventure successfully continues….

Day 8

I have a desire to weigh myself but move the scale into my husband’s closet.

B: Banana, three scrambled eggs, 2 slices of bacon and one small potato.  It doesn’t seem very healthy and I vow to eat more veggies the rest of the day.

Today is food prep day.  I clean a bunch of carrots, bake two yams for tomorrow and make the quiche of the week. Quiche of the week includes leftover taco meat, sautéed spinach and cherry tomatoes.

Quiche of the week.

I also decide to clean up one of the shelves in the kitchen pantry that has become a bit of a mess. It is full of “contraband items” but sorting the food doesn’t bother me.  Oddly the only thing I have really had a hankering for is cheese and crackers (Wheat Thin type).  Whatever.

Day 9:

Experiencing a bit of um, gastric distress.  Hoping this means my stomach will be flatter in a day or two.

Also spouse’s birthday.  I send him and my son off for pizza and I stay home and watch “Rear Window” while eating my tasty yam, chicken, apple mixture.  I had my son do most of the work on the cake so I wouldn’t be tempted to lick my fingers. I just put the cake pans in and out of the oven and got the cakes out of the pan. We froze one layer and E frosted the other for tonight. He did a great job!

It’s a baseball cake!

Day 10:

I have my doctors appointment today to get my IUD removed and chat about my uterine fibroids.  Since my appointment is at 11:10a  I prepare egg salad so my lunch is ready before I go.

I am really not hungry enough for dinner but I want to eat a little something when I take my calcium and magnesium pills.  Plus I don’t want to wake up hungry in the middle of the night.  I settle on an apple and a handful of cashews.  I sleep through the night without any problems.  But I am having weird food dreams. I wake up sure I had eaten some of my son’s pretzels. But I know  I didn’t.  Is there such a thing as sleep eating?

Day 11:

My stomach is flatter!  Not completely flat (yet) but decidedly flatter for sure.

Yesterday and today are the days most likely for people to quit according to the Whole30 timeline.  I can see that. It would have been very nice to eat lunch out either yesterday or today while running errands. That’s okay though my egg salad was pretty tasty.  Why don’t I make it more often?

B: leftover yam, chicken, apple mixture and 1/2 grapefruit

L:  leftover egg salad, 6 olives, 2 carrots, a small handful of macadamia nuts and blackberries

D:  pot roast (cooked in the crockpot, the smell permeating the house all day), mashed sweet potatoes (ghee, not butter) and steamed broccoli

I am pretty proud of how few snacks I have eaten so far. I am doing a much better job of incorporating fruit and nuts into my regular meals.

Day 12:

I wake up and I am feeling out of sorts.  What?  I had been feeling so happy.  I look at the calendar. Hormones dammit. I am not sure what to do.  Are my typical PMS cravings going to run me over?  Or will my decreased sugar intake lessen the impact?  I have a Mango-Pineapple Rx bar at the ready.  I spend the morning keeping busy cleaning the house a bit. Then decide getting out of the house for awhile would be good.  I have to drop off cupcakes at church for the men’s shelter dinner anyway.

I know, crazy.  I realize I probably haven’t been doing myself any favors these first two weeks with the temptations:  making peanut butter cookies for small child’s after school snack the first week of school(the first week of myWhole30), birthday cake, and now cupcakes.  My son mixed up the batter and I spooned into the tins and baked them. But yes, I had to icing them, without licking my fingers once!  No wonder why I feel a bit crabby.

Day 13:

My son and I had a wonderfully lovely day together.  We went to the mall, not a favorite or typical trip for us but he wanted a few more polo shirts for school so we went to JC Penney’s and found enough choices on the clearance racks  plus we had a $10 off coupon.  And then we browsed (for a full hour!) around The Container Store, a place we both love.  We found a few items and then he was hungry so we headed to the food court. I had an Rx Bar with me because I didn’t think there would be any thing I could have there but to my surprise there was a Chipotle’s.  And we both happily ordered salad bowls from there.

For dinner at home I made oven fries and we grilled burgers that were so tasty.  Hit the spot and for one meal at least I didn’t feel like I was on the Whole30.

Day 14:

I have to confess this healthy eating is starting to feel a bit boring.  Need to put some thought into the meal plan for next week.  I am still feeling a bit grumpy too which isn’t helping matters.

Onto week three….

Whole30: Week One

I decided to do another Whole30 as a kick-off to implementing “My Healthy Life Manifesto“.  The main goal of this Whole30 is to stop snacking and eating when not hungry.  I know I have a tendency to eat when bored or tired and the habit has gotten completely out of control. I will also admit I am hoping to lose a few pounds as well. I looked at the calendar and decided to start the same week school started. I am hoping this will give me some extra time for all that food prep plus no big holidays or major travel plans to make things more difficult.


Here is a summary of the first week:

Day 1:  Totally not prepared this Monday morning.  The thing is, school doesn’t start until Thursday. My bad.  So I eat a banana with some cashew butter and a carrot for breakfast and then get to work on some food prep.  I make hard-boiled eggs and clean a bag of carrots. And then I make my favorite quiche:

5 eggs

5 ounces of canned coconut milk

1/2 lb cooked seasoned ground pork (garlic powder, sage, fennel, s&p)

sautéed kale

Mix it all together.

I grease a 9″ pie pan with coconut oil and bake at 425° for ~ 20 minutes

The best thing about this recipe is you can mix up what you add and eat it everyday on the Whole30 if you wish. Some suggestions:  mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, cooked grated yam or sweet potato, ground beef, spinach, thinly sliced Trader Joe’s sausages.  Really anything compliant that you like.  This is so much easier than breakfast “muffins” and I think a bit tastier than a straight egg bake.

I eat a piece for lunch (along with a sliced tomato) and now I have breakfast ready for the rest of the week.  I also cook enough pork and kale for a second quiche and stash it in the freezer.

Day 2:  I have a solid meal plan for the day so it seems easy.

B: quiche, 1/2 grapefruit, one small potato.  I microwave the potato, let it cool a bit, dice it, then crisp it up in a little olive oil.

L: salad with 1/2 can of tuna in olive oil, 1 HB egg, cherry tomatoes and avocado

Snack: cut up peaches we picked ourselves and that need to be eaten

D: grilled steak, homemade oven fries and green beans

I am the only person in the house doing the Whole30 so many nights there will be separate dinners but tonight’s worked for everyone. Yeah!

Day 3:

I am not going to write every single meal down because that would be boring.  I am feeling rather tired today. I expected it but it was still a bummer.  See the Whole30 timeline.

Day 4:

 Note to self: be careful what you read and watch during these crucial first days of eliminating cravings.  “Howard’s End”, not a good movie to watch, in terms of food anyway.  Seems they were always having tea and cake.  Reading “Endurance” by Alfred Lansing was a good choice.  This book is about Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica.  While there is a fair amount of talk about food it is items like seal steaks and penguin hearts that are mentioned.  And for a treat?  Fish paste.  No triggering of cravings here!

Day 5:

I seem to have skipped right over the “kill all things” phase and now “I need a nap” and “Why are my pants tighter” phase seem to be overlapping. Geez.

Day 6:

Grocery shopping day.  Halloween candy already?  (No more grocery shopping until after this is over!)  I eat a good breakfast but we have a bunch of errands to run.  By the time we get to the base I am getting rather hungry.  I get my son a sandwich at Subway in the food court and then scan my options.  Nothing.  So I eat my apple cinnamon Rx bar.  By the time we get home I am pretty hungry.  I nosh on sugar snap peas with a single serving size of guacamole while getting the groceries put away.

Now it is 3:00p and I am not sure what to do.  Do I eat lunch or try and tough it out until dinner?  I decide to eat a hard-boiled egg and make dinner an hour early.  It is taco salads so husband and son can re-heat the meat and make their own salads when they are ready.

Taco Salad: ground beef with homemade taco seasoning, a mix of lettuces, cherry tomatoes, 1/2 an avocado and salsa.  So yummy!

Day 7:

Today is one of those days that really are tough on the Whole30.  We are going up to Phoenix to watch the Cubs play the D’Backs.  We are supposed to leave at 9:00a for a 1:00p game because of the crowd expected.  Spouse gets out of work late (he is working extra hours for an exercise) so we don’t leave until 10:30a but it all works out surprisingly well.

B: banana, quiche, potato

L:  Eaten in the truck on the trip up is chicken salad (diced grilled chicken breast, dried cherries, walnuts and mayo), snap peas and a few cherries. As we walk from the truck to the stadium (about 12:30p) I drink a bottle of Zupa Noma soup. I bought a six pack to try out because they are Whole30 approved. I have the Beet-Orange-Basil flavor.  I finish it but I don’t think I would buy this flavor again, too basily for me.

Snack:  For inside the park I have dry roasted pistachios (in the shell) from Trader Joe’s and an Rx bar.  The game is exciting and I am not hungry until the seventh inning. I eat a few pistachios, but probably half or maybe even a third of what I would have normally eaten. That’s it.

D: We stop at a Five Guys on the way home.  I was prepared bringing a little container of my own mayo.  I get the lettuce wrap with two burgers, tomato and raw onion. No pickles because they are out of pickles.  What??  (They got a bad batch from their supplier and were waiting on a replacement shipment. Just my luck.)  But with the addition of the mayo I don’t feel like I am missing out on anything.

In Conclusion:

So the Cubs and I both win!  The week wasn’t bad at all and I am very happy that I have not been snacking on dried fruit or raisins like in Whole30s in the past.  I survived a busy day running around and a road trip.  A successful week one is in the books.