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Tumbling about getting healthy & fit (lost 116 lbs but gained back 50 #sadpanda), learning to love myself and trying to live life to the fullest.

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Whole30 Day 2

Packed all this food for work today. GoStak includes balsamic vinegar (dressing for salad), almond butter, almonds to snack on if needed; cucumber, strawberries and mint to refresh my infused water. For breakfast I have 3 prosciutto egg cups which I will pair with my apple and almond butter.

For lunch, I have a chicken salad made with avocado, celery, lemon juice and that will go on top of my big salad which has spinach, yellow bell pepper and cucumber dressed with balsamic vinegar. I also ate the almonds afterwards.

For dinner, it was crockpot cilantro chicken (which I made yesterday) with cauliflower rice and pan roasted potatoes. I would give the crockpot cilantro chicken a 7. The issue with making crockpot dinners is that you have dinners for several days whether you like it or not. I guess I’m stuck with them for the next four days. Meh.

Yesterday I wanted something sweet to eat after dinner. A couple of strawberries did the trick. Today I felt a bit sluggish. I read that today and tomorrow I’m supposed to feel a bit hungover. I had a bit of a headache in the morning and I took a disco nap when I got home from work. But this is normal so I guess it’s good because it means my body is adjusting to my new eating habits. I also think it definitely helped to eat more protein in the morning as I didn’t feel so hungry.

coskay - I feel ya on the feeling anxious. That’s how I felt yesterday when my homemade mayo didn’t come out to my liking and I didn’t have anything else that I could use. I packed some Larabars in my purse to have a back up.

theresajennhealthandfitness - no gum for the whole month. None at all. Eek!

2 days in the books, 28 more days to go.

I had to force myself to not do it because 1) I’m at work and 2) I’m a civilized human.


I am struggling hardcore with wanting a piece of gum and since I didn’t want to start munching on my lunch too early, I kept looking at the leftover nut butter. You’ve all been there, right? Or is it just me? I wasn’t even hungry but it was this feeling of anxiousness that I had.

I drank coffee as is. No sugar or creamer. It wasn’t the end of the world.

It’s my coworkers birthday. The company bought a cold stone cake for him. I had to go pick it up {insert hearts for eyes emoji times a billion}



crunchy baked-only sweet fries & stuffed guac dip. Can’t get enough of this combo



strawberry + cucumber + mint infused water. I realized that yesterday I barely had any water so I need to work on that today. Perhaps that’s why yesterday I felt hungry, maybe I was just thirsty.

Happy Tuesday party people!

Whole30 Day 1

Breakfast: sweet potato (used the Veggetti to cut it up), two eggs, garlic, EVOO, fresh thyme, salt & pepper. The recipe can be found at @whole30recipes on Instagram. I’m kind of an apple snob (I only like honeycrisp) but I bought these at Costco. They are called sweettango apples and they are similar in taste to honeycrisp.

Lunch: chicken salad on top of an orange bell pepper with cucumber, Tajin and juice of a lemon. The chicken salad has red onion, celery, dried cranberries, salt & pepper. I also added one tablespoon on plain Greek yogurt which I know isn’t Whole30 compliant but… I had all the ingredients ready and found a recipe for Whole30 mayo. I made it and when I tried it, I almost gagged. It was so gross. I used EVOO and when I read the recipe closer, they recommended that you don’t use to as the taste is so strong. Blah! The weird thing though I started to get a bit anxious. I don’t know if it’s because I’m used to eating ever 3 to 4 hours but I felt like I NEEDED to eat. That’s why I used to Greek yogurt. Lesson learned: always be prepared.

Dinner: balsamic glazed salmon, zucchini noodles made with the Veggetti and prosciutto asparagus.
Another lesson that I learned today was that I need to eat more at breakfast because I was starving all day. At least that’s what it felt like.

If you don’t like to cook, Whole30 is not for you. I felt like I spent half of the day cooking but I was able to prep a lot of meals for the week so there’s that. I made prosciutto egg cups for breakfast all week and also made crockpot cilantro chicken for dinner for the rest of the week.

One day down, 29 to go. How did everyone else do?

funhappylife2, footy-chic, thespartanhusband, thesweatystylist, high-heel-mileage, coskay (Whole9), aheartofiron, chrisbiketri, rachaelfightsback, asmallloss, xfitlibrarian and stephsaysgo.

I think that this is all of us. I hope that I didn’t miss anyone.

I’m currently researching how to make Whole30 compliant mayo. Exciting stuff!

The past does not have to be your prison. You have a voice in your destiny. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you take.
Max Lucado (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

Whole 30 Week 1 haul:

Almond butter
Organic chicken thighs (skinless)
Bell peppers

Whole Foods:
Roasted tomato salsa
Sweet potatoes
Coconut milk
Larabars *

I spent about $110 for all of these groceries. I was able to get so much at Costco because I split it with my mom. No way could I eat all those veggies in a week. There are also things that I won’t have to buy every week like almond butter or the almonds. Spending $100 a week for me for food is actually a really good since I eat out a lot for lunch.

I got the Larabars for whenever I’m craving a snack. I chose ones that didn’t have peanuts or sugar added to them. I also have some salmon that I’ll use for a couple of dinners and canned chicken that I’ll utilize for lunches.

I may have to stop by Trader Joe’s for a couple of things but I’m pretty much set for the week. I’m glad that I have tomorrow off so I can prep some meals.

I also signed up for the Whole 30 Daily. It’s $15 and you get an email every day which coincides to whatever Whole 30 day you are in. I figured it couldn’t help to get the added support/motivation/advice.

What are some meals you guys will be cooking this week? I know that for sure I’ll be making prosciutto egg cups for breakfast.


I keep hearing about this! ARG!!! Must get soon! 

Resist the temptation. Resist the temptation. I repeat. Resist the temptation. runningfortheriesling this is what funhappylife2 was talking about earlier.

Whole 30 September!!!

I am doing my grocery haul today and will spend sometime today and tomorrow prepping meals for the week. I’m feeling really positive about the next 30 days.  I feel ready if that makes any sense. I am ready.  I know that it will be hard but I also know that it will be so worth it.  

For those of you doing Whole 30 September, why are you deciding to do it?  Obviously, the weight loss is one key motivator for me but also I want to challenge myself and see how I can change mentally and physically.  I want to see how it affect my PCOS.  This could potentially change my views on food as how it affects my body.

I know that some days will be more difficult than most, but on Wednesday October 1st, I want to look back at September and feel proud of myself.