Whole 30 – Round 2 Update…where there is grace :)

not-so-crunchy-mom-ninjago-birthday-cake We have been pushing through this Round 2 of the Whole 30 and have done pretty decent except for a few minor things (which we are having grace for the 2nd time around).  Although, I have learned something about myself, if I give in a little it is MUCH easier to give in A LOT!  I made it through my son’s birthday party where I cut and handed each person a piece of cake…where my hand was covered in delicious chocolate cake and icing…and NEVER even tasted it.  Like…there is still a portion of the entire cake in my kitchen right this moment and I haven’t tried to eat it.  I have wanted to…but haven’t done it.  (Feel free to break out in applause :))

Now, we made it through the birthday party and then had family activities on the next day (his actual birthday)…and we ate at his favorite restaurant…Pluckers.  If you have never been there, you are missing out…SUPER tasty wings and greasy foods…but really good.  Well, I was good and got “naked chicken with salad”…but then there was the sauce/dressing.  We were giving ourselves some grace, so it wasn’t a big deal.  But, then yesterday I found myself feeling like I could give myself “more grace” and then today…even worse.  So…I have realized that it is important not to be TOO hard on yourself, but that there is a reason it is like that…and you feel SO much better about yourself if you push through the temptations!

Yet another learning lesson that I am walking through on this journey and I think that it is another reason it seems SO MUCH easier for my hubby than me – He just decides and keeps focused…AND everyone he sees says something about the weight that he has lost!  I don’t know if it is because I am a woman…or just the way that I was created, but figuring out the emotional side of eating is even more difficult than cooking all the time!

I write all this, to hopefully NOT disappoint you, but to share what my journey is like and hopefully it will give you hope to start…and re-start…and continue!  After all, who likes those stories where everything is great all the time and no one makes a mistake?!?

 

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What do you do after you finish Whole 30?

So it has been over a week since the big reveal!  And you have put yourself out there for everyone in the world to see:)  You can imagine there is a little intimidation in figuring out how you are going to eat for the “next 300+ days” to keep progressing with your journey to better health!  Well…I have to admit I am not sure yet 🙂  It is such a journey to figure out what is a good balance, but that you can still see good results!

not-so-crunchy-mom-post-whole-30-coffee The first week, we were still pretty strict except that I added a little honey or stevia and coconut french vanilla creamer to my coffee and a couple of other things through out the week.  I didn’t stress so much about the less than 2% sugar in the all natural bacon, lunch meat and hot dogs.  Other than that, we kept pretty close to the plan.

After about a week, we went on our very first date night…and we “splurged” a little!  Hubby had ribs that were marinated in Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce with veggies and slaw…he said that they were AMAZING!  I got a wood fire grilled steak (I love red meat) with mashed potatoes (I thought I took a picture…but I guess it didn’t come through)  We even had a small appetizer of bacon wrapped jalapenos!  We splurged…but didn’t go crazy…and it was worth it!

not-so-crunchy-mom-coconut-bliss.jpg Then we stopped by Central Market to see what kind of “gluten / dairy free” treats they had available.  We found some cookies, but then we found….wait for it…coconut milk ICE CREAM!!  It was a great brand called Coconut Bliss and it only had coconut milk and agave as the ingredients.  It seems like forever since we have had a treat like that…and IT WAS SUPER TASTY!  Even better we got to eat it out on the patio of Central Market and enjoy live music…and it was super cool because of the random cold front we had in Texas…such a crazy weather year!

Other than our date, I have had some peanut butter (because I have yet to find almond butter that I like), organic fruit rope, a little regular ketchup and we tried two different kinds of gluten free pancakes.  I have to admit that they weren’t my favorite, but it was nice to have a change in pace:)

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So…to answer the question that I have heard the most…what are you doing now…or are you still sticking to the plan?  The answer is YES…most of the time!  I have to admit that I have had harder days SINCE our Whole 30 ended.  I am trying to figure out if it is because we have added the sugar back in or if my will power is decreasing?  Either way, I feel myself “letting” myself “get away” with too many things that I wouldn’t have a few weeks ago.

Now…we have a decision to make…will we start another Whole 30?  We ARE going to start our cleanse (I talked about this a little while back here).  And we are going to add in a few SPECIAL extras to prep for the fall season to boost our immune systems 🙂

What do you think?  Should we go for all 3 and get a full boost before the fall season kicks in??  Who wants to join us??!! (Leave me a comment below and let me know if you want to join us on our next adventure:)

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Whole 30: FINAL RESULTS!

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You have been patient…and SO have we!  I can’t really even believe that our first 30 days are over…and that I stuck to ALL the rules INCLUDING not weighing myself THE ENTIRE TIME!!!  You see, I have done SO many diets and always weigh myself (maybe multiple times a day)…but I really loved the fact that I didn’t have to worry about the emotions of weighing myself and being happy OR sad because I hadn’t lost from the day before.  My hubby was a BIG help with this because we basically weighed ourselves and then he took the scale and originally I thought he threw it away (because we need a new one)…but later I found out that he hid it in the garage somewhere 🙂

Well…the results are in…Christie (NSCM) results after the first Whole 30:

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Weight Loss:  19.5 LBS                                 Inches Lost:  11 3/4 INCHES

I wish I was brave to put my before beginning weight and after weight…but I am not quite there yet 🙂 (baby steps)  Really it is crazy that I am putting up these pics of myself…specifically the “Before” pic…which I guess I was going for that really sad, yucky look…I don’t know why I didn’t smile or pick a better outfit!!  And when I put them next to each other I told my hubby that I couldn’t really tell that big of difference…but, he pointed out the small changes that are starting to show up!  I can’t wait to see more results as the next 30, 60, 90….days go by 🙂

I really tried not to get my expectations too high on how much weight I would lose…and I was really pleasantly surprised!  I don’t think I have ever lost almost 20 lbs in a month in my whole life:)  And the best part…we didn’t use any “fake” foods, pills, drinks, shakes, whatever….just REAL FOOD!!  It makes me so happy to think about what this does to change our family for the better with our health 🙂

Kevin’s results after the first Whole 30:

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Weight Loss:  26 LBS                                 Inches Lost:  7 1/2 INCHES

Here is my wonderful and super handsome hubby!  He did AWESOME!  He stuck to the plan, took his lunch and huge water bottle to work with him each day.  He came home and helped me prepare dinner.  On the weekends he would go shopping with me (and our 3 children) and help me unload and prep for the week.  He is truly amazing and it made a HUGE difference that he did the Whole 30 with me.  His results were so AMAZING!  After 3 weeks he could wear a smaller shirt because his mid section had shrunk so much.  He couldn’t even wear the same shirt that he wore in his before pic because it was too baggy to be able to see the difference.  He also looks so much better (than my pics)…with his smile and being actually dressed:)

What about you?  Did you do the Whole 30?  Are you in the middle of your journey?  Do you want to start?  Let me encourage you…JUST DO IT!  It is so worth it…it’s a great start in our journey to better health!!

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Whole 30: Week 5 Day 29-30!!!

Week 5!  Or should it be called…THE FINAL DAYS!!  I really can’t believe that there are only 2 more days.  I have mixed emotions…one side says…yay…I can choose to have a little honey or flavored creamer in my coffee if I want!!  The other side is scared and doesn’t really know what the next step is…what do I do now?  I don’t want to mess up all that I have worked for in the past 30 days!

I did some reading to see what was recommended and Whole 30 recommends adding back in the different groups each week (I think for one day each week and then 6 days break) to see how your body reacts and feels when you have those things.  Then you can recognize what symptoms you have and what can be causing them.  They also recommend that after that, you stick with a plan similar to the whole 30, but don’t have to be SUPER strict with things like a little added sugar in meat or possibly making some gluten free pizza crust and on special occasions, choose to eat homemade cookies.  For us, we started this journey to not only reset our bodies, but also to hopefully lose some excess weight and gain more health and fitness.  So, we plan on sticking to the program with a couple little tweaks (mainly adding a little sugar in & maybe making some gluten free treats every once in a while).  If we get too out of hand though, we will have to get right back on track!  Here are our last 2 days!

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Day 29

  • Breakfast:  Fried egg, fried shredded sweet potatoes and tomatoes
  • Lunch:  Natural beef hot dog with turkey lunch meat, sauerkraut, olives, carrots and celery
  • Dinner:  Chicken sausage, sweet potato chips and spinach salad with tomatoes, olives and homemade ranch dressing

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Day 30

  • Breakfast:  Fried eggs, spinach, onion, bell pepper & sweet potato scramble (I have to admit, I am a little OVER the scramble for a little while)
  • Lunch:  We didn’t have any left overs or lunch meat, so I used canned white chicken and make chicken salad (homemade mayo, white pepper, salt) over tomatoes and cantaloupe
  • Dinner:  Our LAST official meal…we made our very favorite!  Plantain nachos from Well Fed 2 with guacamole.  Seriously…SO GOOD!

Stay tuned…next up…FINAL RESULTS of our first WHOLE 30!!

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Whole 30: Week 4 Day 22-28

Week 4!  I cannot believe we are over half way done.  This week was better in some ways than week 3…we have kind of gotten into the habit of cooking every meal and feel comfortable with what we can and cannot have.  Emotionally I was a little better this week, but still had moments where I had to think about why I was feeling the way I was feeling.  This is the first week that I felt like I was starting to see a little bit of physical change too…and A LOT of physical change for my hubby!  I think he even put on a shirt one size smaller…those crazy men:)

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Day 22

  • Breakfast:  Frittata with fruit
  • Lunch:  Salmon cakes from Well Fed 2 (leftovers), green olives and tomato and cucumber salad with balsamic vinegar
  • Dinner:  Plantain Nachos with lettuce, tomatoes and jalapenos also from Well Fed 2

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Day 23

  • Breakfast:  Frittata and fruit
  • Lunch: Well Fed 2 Ruben Roll Ups with roast beef instead of corned beef, salad and Well Fed 2 russian dressing
  • Dinner:  I can’t find it, sorry! 🙁

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Day 24

  • Breakfast:  Frittata and fruit
  • Lunch:  Left over sauerkraut from yesterday’s reuben roll ups, turkey lunch meat, sweet potato fries and olives
  • Dinner:  Chicken sausage (from Costco), steamed carrots and salad

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Day 25

  • Breakfast:  Frittata and Strawberries
  • Lunch:  Ate lunch out with Mom after taking the boys to the movies…where again I didn’t eat popcorn 🙂  We ate at Cafe Express and I had to go through the whole thing and ended up with Salmon with steamed broccoli and green beans with a relish (all compliant)…my only complaint was there was WAY to much olive oil…but, not too bad for eating out…and it was AMAZING because I didn’t have to cook it!
  • Dinner:  Tomato meat sauce (homemade and yes…no sugar) with zucchini for noodles.  We have tried spaghetti squash and now we have tried zucchini.  They were harder to slice/shred (whatever you call it), but overall they tasted better than I thought that they would.

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Day 26 (Fourth of July)

  • Breakfast:  Fried egg, chicken & apple sausage (not my favorite) and spinach, sweet potato, mushroom & bell pepper scramble
  • Lunch:  We had family in town to celebrate the 4th of July, so we had grilled (turkey/beef) burgers, vegetables (they had dressing to dip) and fruit kabobs.  It was SUPER yummy!
  • Dinner:  Dinner we had to eat on the way to the ballpark, we were going to watch a game and see fireworks and we didn’t want to mess up our plan.  We had chicken sausages, steamed broccoli & carrots (and one fruit kabob).  We made it through feeding our children and all the awesome food around us…without eating it!!

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Day 27

  • Breakfast:  We were meeting family early, so my hubby packed me a fried egg, a chicken sausage (that I didn’t eat) and a bag of carrots.  I forgot to take a pic because we were SUPER rushed and I was having a hard enough time getting everyone out of the house 🙂
  • Lunch:  We ate out with my family and I had to be the person that asked a million questions, but I had a chicken salad with some grilled veggies and avocado.  They didn’t have any salsa or dressing without sugar, so I just squeezed a lemon on my salad…and it was SUPER tasty!
  • Dinner:  We ate at my parents house and my mom made grilled chicken (just herbs to season), sweet potato fries, salad and fresh green beans with olive oil.

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Day 28

  • Breakfast:  Fried eggs, spinach, mushroom, bell pepper, jalapeno scramble and watermelon
  • Lunch:  OH MY GOODNESS!  I had bought wings to make for my hubby for the holiday weekend and he decided to make them since I wasn’t feeling that great.  He used Megan’s Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe…and they were SO delicious!  Seriously…so good!!  Way to go Megan and thank you for sharing!  And to top it off…we finally found a Whole 30 compliant Ranch Dressing from Paleo Grubs (seriously…almost tastes like the real thing)
  • Dinner:  We were back at my parents house and she made fajitas for everyone and we had the fajita meat on salad with some fruit for dessert.  (sorry i forgot to take a pic)

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Whole 30: Week 3 Day 15-21

We made it to Week 3!  Week 3 was harder than week 2, but more for emotional reasons versus withdrawals 🙂  I realize for me, being a girl that a lot of my food issues are related to emotions.  If you think about it…we celebrate…with eating, if you feel bad…you eat…if you go out with friends…you eat…if there is a holiday…you eat…you see what I am saying!  A lot of social things revolve around food and I noticed this week that I missed eating some of my “favorite bad foods”…specifically in the afternoon or after dinner when I would usually “reward” myself with an indulgent snack.  There were a couple of days that I allowed myself a small snack…like nuts or fruit, but mostly I just reminded myself that what I am striving for is SO much greater than what I want right now (the food or snack).  That is HUGE progress for me! not-so-crunchy-mom-whole-30-Well-Fed-2.jpg

Another reason Week 3 was hard…I was tired of eating the same thing!  It wasn’t REALLY the same thing…but coming up with different vegetables EACH meal is a lot of vegetables.  I did go ahead and purchase Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan and that has helped SO MUCH!  We have made so many of her recipes in her book and they are all SO good!!  Seriously…SO GOOD!!

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Day 15

  • Breakfast:  Fried egg, Turkey lunch meat, tomatoes, carrots and watermelon
  • Lunch:  I can’t remember…and can’t find the picture 🙁
  • Dinner:  Plantain Nachos from Well Fed 2 with guacamole (THESE ARE AMAZING!!)

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Day 16

  • Breakfast:  Frittata with Fruit
  • Lunch:  Turkey lunch meat, sauerkraut, sweet potato with ghee, olives, horseradish mustard mayo sauce and fruit
  • Dinner:  It was a Girls Night Dinner and Event, so I packed my own Taco Salad to eat with them at the restaurant (because I was still too scared to order out) and fruit and nuts to have in case I was tempted by the cute & sugary snacks that were bound to be there 🙂  But, good news, I didn’t even need my fruit and nuts…it was totally fine!

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Day 17

  • Breakfast:  Frittata and fruit
  • Lunch:  Taco Salad with Lettuce and Mango
  • Dinner:  Turkey Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries (one of our favorites), condiments (sauteed onions, tomatoes, pickles, olives and avacado

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Day 18

  • Breakfast:  Frittata and fruit
  • Lunch:  Turkey burger with mustard, sauerkraut, olives, cucumber and tomato salad with the Tessemaes Raspberry Vinaigrette (which was pretty good)
  • Dinner:  Well Fed 2 BBQ Beef, sauteed onions, sweet potato fries and cole slaw (which is really hard to make without sugar)

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Day 19

  • Breakfast:  Frittata with fruit
  • Lunch:  Well Fed 2 – Reuben Roll Ups…except with Turkey lunchmeat (SERIOUSLY SO TASTY), steamed carrots and olives
  • Dinner:  Chicken Sausages with Spinach and Red Bell Pepper from COSTCO, sweet potato fries and steamed broccoli

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Day 20

  • Breakfast:  Fried Eggs, Mushroom, Spinach and Bell Pepper Scramble, fruit
  • Lunch:  Turkey lunch meat with onions sauteed with Tessemaes BBQ sauce (which was pretty good…very vinegary…but that seems to be a theme with their whole 30 sauces)
  • Dinner:  All natural beef hot dogs, sauerkraut, grilled onions and squash with Well Fed 2 homemade ketchup (which is SO GOOD) and store bought mustard
  • Sauce:  Homemade Whole 30 Mayo

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Day 21

  • Breakfast:  Fried Eggs, Mushroom, Spinach and shredded Sweet Potatoes
  • Lunch:  Well Fed 2 Plantain Nachos (OUR FAVORITE) with Mangos and Jalepenos
  • Dinner:  Well Fed 2 / Whole 30 Salmon Cakes, homemade tartar sauce and steamed broccoli (They were SO yummy!)

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Whole 30: Week 2 Day 8-14

Week 2 of WHOLE 30!!  We made it through the first week…made it through another weekend of prepping for week 2.  Day 8 was “on-the-go”, so we had to be prepared.  We had VBS at church in the morning for the first 3 days…which means that I come home at 12:30 starving and exhausted.  I have to confess that I picked something up for my kiddos and had my lunch pre-made so I could just eat it when I got home.  On Day 8, we had another family get together to celebrate my father in law and we brought our own food:)  It wasn’t too bad 🙂

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Day 8

  • Breakfast:  The Breakfast Frittata with Fruit
  • Lunch:  Taco Salad and Fruit
  • Dinner:  Chicken Sausage with Spinach and Red Peppers, Steamed Carrots and Broccoli

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Day 9

  • Breakfast:  Frittata and fruit
  • Lunch:  Taco Salad again 🙂 (although I did realize that we could use salsa for dressing…which made my hubby SO excited!!)
  • Dinner:  Baked Tilapia, fried plantains, guacamole and mango

We tried fish for the first time and it was pretty tasty…but a little fishy:(  So we will have to try something different next time!  But, I am proud that we branched out and tried new things:)

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Day 10

  • Breakfast:  Frittata and Fruit
  • Lunch:  Taco Salad “ish” again…I told you…rough first 3 days of the week 🙁
  • Dinner:  Grilled Chicken with spaghetti sauce (no sugar) with Kale chips and Sweet Potato fries and tomato/cucumber salad

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Day 11

  • Breakfast:  Egg scramble with spinach, chicken sausage with red bell peppers and spinach and fruit
  • Lunch:  Grilled chicken with mayo and white pepper on top of lettuce, cantaloupe and a few almonds
  • Dinner:  Tilapia with Almond Meal baked, fresh green beans, steamed carrots and tarter sauce (the fish was WAY better this way:))

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Day 12

  • Breakfast:  Two fried eggs with spinach & mushroom scramble
  • Lunch:  Grilled chicken over lettuce, cantaloupe, sliced apples and almonds
  • Snack:  I found out we could have dill pickles (w/o sugar), olives, nuts…so I had a few after lunch (So yummy!)
  • Dinner:  Cauliflower Pizza crust thanks to Just Jessie B, marinara sauce, browned turkey, mushroom, onions and red bell peppers that were sauteed and added to the top of the pizza

The crust wasn’t as crunchy as I had wanted, but it was super tasty!  I know that it is “frowned upon” to re-create things that you loved before Whole 30 with a replacement.  But, I felt like it was okay since we were having family night and needed a little variety!

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Day 13

  • Breakfast:  Egg scramble with chicken sausage and red bell peppers
  • Lunch:  Grilled chicken, avocado, lettuce and spinach with salsa (no sugar)
  • Dinner:  Lettuce tacos with taco meat, tomatoes, carrots, jalapenos and salsa

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Day 14

  • Breakfast:  Fried egg, avocado, tomato and jalapeno with cantaloupe
  • Lunch:  We made Well Fed’s Reuben Roll ups with Roast beef because we couldn’t find corned beef with out sugar.  It is SO tasty and even changed my husband’s dislike of sauerkraut!  We added green olives and had a spinach and strawberry salad with Balsamic Vinegar dressing.
  • Dinner:  Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Well Fed’s meat balls and spaghetti sauce (without sugar)

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Whole 30: Week 1 Day 6-7

Day 6 for me was one of the worst emotional days that I have had on the plan!  It just happened to be Father’s Day weekend (and we were celebrating my Dad’s birthday)…and my awesome sister decided to come into town unexpectedly.  All GOOD things, I just hadn’t prepared and thought I would have time to do my meal planning and go grocery shopping…all which didn’t get to happen in a planned, timely manner.  SO, I was stressed and felt like I wanted to “punch some people in the face” 🙂  It was also our very first time to eat out…and we tried to find a place that had grilled chicken and salads!  Well, we went to Sweet Tomatoes because it is “farm fresh”…but we got to the end of the line with our big salads…AND NO MEAT!  My hubby and I were shocked…seriously NO MEAT!  Not to mention a PRETTY PRICEY salad 🙁  Well, we made the best of it and ate 2 salads with eggs on it…the only protein we could find.  After lunch, I ended up getting to run to COSTCO to get veggies and fruit…and the evening turned out to be better.  I also ate the steak SO quickly because my stomach was about to eat itself from the lack of protein at lunch.  (Really that is the first time that I felt like I was going to be sick and my stomach hurt super bad).

Day 7 was a second chance at eating out.  My husband is a SUPER talented musician and he was playing for worship at a friend’s church.  The friend really wanted us to come to lunch with him and his family, so we had learned our lesson…my hubby called and talked to the chef to make sure there was something that we could eat and they were super nice & willing to work with us.  The experience was SO MUCH BETTER than the day before…and was super tasty.  We even avoided eating the fresh bread, homemade mac & cheese and all the super yummy smelling items around us!  It was great…minus my 3 kiddos that were pretty much crazy the entire lunch…but that is a post for another time 🙂  Thank you Sweetie Pies Ribeyes!

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Day 6

  • Breakfast:  Two fried eggs (3 for hubby), mashed sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, mushroom and spinach hash with green apple.
  • Lunch:  Salad, Salad and more Salad at Sweet Tomatoes…oh, with Eggs! (Bad NEWS!)
  • Dinner:  Grilled Steak, fresh green beans and steamed broccoli

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Day 7

  • Breakfast:  New Frittata! and fruit
  • Lunch:  Salad at Sweetie Pie’s (Grilled Chicken, Salad Greens and lemon for dressing)
  • Dinner:  Grilled strip steak pieces, mashed cauliflower and steamed broccoli (and fruit)
  • Bonus Kids Meal:  They had the same as us…and they liked MOST of it 🙂  They are coming around slowly 🙂

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