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Whole40: Day 3

Day three and reaping the rewards of clean eating! Feeling much less bloated from my week of SAD foods as well as sleeping better and being less dehydrated.

For breakfast I had the same meal as yesterday, though I remembered to take a picture and had only half decaf coffee. The cold turkey headache was killing me, so I gave in a bit. You can see that my fried egg skills need improving. You can also see that pastured eggs are so vibrant in color (and taste AMAZING). I added a bit of chili powder, black pepper, and sea salt this morning.


After breakfast I did my first PBF Lift Heavy Things workout. The idea is to get in two of these a week, and once I’m at level four for each exercise I can swap out one LHT workout for the fun Workout of the Week (WOW). Today’s workout was 2 rounds of the following (my numbers following):

30 Push-ups (Level 2): 25, 20
50 Squats (Level 3): 40, 40
20 Overhead Press (Level 1): 20, 20
90s Plank (Level 3): 90, 90

The fifth exercise is pull-ups, but my bar hasn’t arrived in the mail yet. I’m a long way from level four for each move, but I’ll get there. I love that I can squeeze this in any time and that it’s free (minus the $15 I invested in a pull-up bar)!

For lunch I finished off the remaining Paleo chili from the freezer. I could’t face the cold cooked veggies from the cafeteria again, so I picked up a veggie tray. Yes, I did eat the ranch dressing.


On the way home work I had an organic Pink Lady apple – my favorite!

For dinner I made cumin spiced chicken (first recipe from this blog that I thought was just okay) with broccoli (sautéed with coconut oil and garlic) and asparagus (roasted in the toaster oven with sea salt, pepper, and olive oil – new technique thanks to this awesome Paleoista). A decent, hot Paleo meal in under 30 minutes.


Now for confession time. I ate half of this. It was it at the market when I went to get dinner veggies and I thought I’d have a small square. Yeaaahhhh. The sea salt and dark chocolate combo was too much for me. My documenting is totally working though – I didn’t want to admit to earing the entire bar, and I can’t lie on my own blog, so I flushed the second half down the toilet. I can’t be trusted and have further proved that my once a month meat shopping plus farmers market visits is my only hope.


Around 9pm I was starving to I made two scrambled eggs (non-pastured, but better than conventional) with canned salsa that tasted mostly like tomato sauce.

And then I went to bed to get up for the royal wedding!

Whole40: Day 2

Despite some serious cravings for soda (50 ounces of water later I managed to not give in to the temptation), day two was not bad at all.

I got out of bed at a decent time and made myself two pastured eggs in coconut oil. My egg frying skills need help. Badly. Along with my eggs I had a large decaf coffee, 1/3 avocado, and jalapeno sauerkraut. I forgot to take a picture of breakfast.

My schedule was a little odd today, with meetings falling during lunch. At 11 I ate a bowl of Paleo chili from the freezer to hold me over. After my meetings I had mixed veggies and an apple from the cafeteria. Eating these veggies this week make me miss the high quality produce I get at my local Farmers Market. Hopefully at the end of summer life will calm down a bit and a weekly Farmers Market routine will be feasible. Until then, it’s crappy cold broccoli for me.


Wow, those really don’t look appetizing, but the chili is great!

I tried drinking a ton of water today and that has somewhat helped my afternoon snack needs. I was still starving when I got home, so I really need to figure this out or plan ahead for a healthy afternoon snack.

I had a quick dinner of leftover grass-fed beef lettuce tacos and sweet potato fries with guac (playing with more fat to see if I stay full longer) before heading out to see Water for Elephants with two girlfriends. Great movie, even better since I had read the book in 2008 and barely remembered it. My plan was to come home and do my first PBF “Lift Heavy Things” workout. Instead though, I joined the girls for 1.5 glasses of red wine after the movie. I had a great time and got to know two new friends a little better, so not going to beat myself up for it.

Whole40: Day 1!

In late March and early April I completed a Whole26 (based on the Whole30 plan created by Dallas and Melissa over at Whole9). I felt so great once I hit the two week mark and by week three I was feeling better than I can ever remember. While I lost only 1 pound, my clothes felt great and my stomach flattened out; I fell asleep the second I hit the pillow and woke up feeling refreshed, often before my alarm; my skin looked healthy. The plan was to do the full 30 days (I will admit to having a few diet cokes and tiny bit of rice during my 26 days), but ended up succumbing to some tortilla chips and a margarita on day 27.

I was okay with this and kept my eating clean with just a few drinks the rest of the weekend. Then it all went downhill. I started eating as if I’ve never heard of Paleo or even just healthy eating in general. I now realize that the 26 days was not enough to change my eating habits and as soon as I didn’t have a plan in place, I went nuts. My face is puffy, I am sleeping for eight hours yet still feeling groggy, my stomach looks like I imagine it will someday at three months pregnant. It’s just not pretty.

I’ve decided to do a Whole40 (40 days until we board a plane for Iceland!), with a few changes to how I did my Whole30:

  • Allowing small amounts of dairy for cooking (still sticking to no cheese as a general rule)
  • Allowing red wine and tequilla/vodka with soda water in minimal amounts (no more than 1 per day, but trying to stay away from drinking Mon – Thurs)
  • Skipping the high intensity Boot Camp work-outs in exchange for starting the Primal Blueprint Fitness plan
  • Saying no to the scale – it offers false comfort when I loose weight and unnecessary stress when I gain
  • Documenting my food – with the WordPress app I can easily take pictures and blog my food without having to use my computer
  • Figuring out how to do this moving forward – dont’ have the answer to that, maybe it’s just continuous WholeN plans since I do love goals

Day 1 Food:

For breakfast I had crustless quiche from the freezer (I make it in batches and freeze 8 or 10 servings) with a little guacamole and 2 giants cups of decaf black coffee. The combo of fat, protein and veggies easily keeps me full until lunch time. This was made with pastured eggs and pastured ground pork from my meat CSA and four or five veggies I had leftover at the end of the week.


For lunch I had a bowl of Paleo chili from the freezer (seeing a trend?) and veggies I bought from the cafeteria at work.


I have yet to find a lunch that keeps me full until dinner, so I had two hard boiled eggs and strawberries from Grab N Go at work.


I am a frequent participator in Taco Tuesday, with a Paleo bent. Grass fed beef plus homemade taco seasoning – yum! I also had a side of jalapeno sauerkraut that I bought at the Ferry Building Farmers Market this Saturday.

After dinner I headed out for a one hour walk (4 miles) for my first PBF workout.