Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day 17

Not so much fun today. I think the "tiger blood" has worn off because I am tired and grumpy. I did a lot of snacking today because I was irritated with life. I wonder how many pumpkin seeds are not good for you??? At least I won't have any issues being regular for a few days... Pumpkin seeds are an anthelminthic so I also won't have any issues with tapeworms, either.....

Okay, enough of that talk. I am sure the last two people who were following this blog have just unfollowed it.

I did pull it together to make a great dinner of meatballs, sauce, and zucchini "fries" from the Against All Grain blog. Everything was super good. Even the meatballs were good considering the unlabeled package of ground meat I grabbed from the freezer was probably lamb and not beef. My kid approved of them so the must have been yum!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 17

I broke a rule today and weighed myself this morning. After feeling discouraged yesterday I needed to see what was going on. The weigh in showed I have lost 7 lbs. I was disappointed at first because that is less than a half a pound a day. Then I reasoned with myself and decided that was pretty good results for only 16 days. The take-home message is to remember how much work it takes to loose weight when I am thinking about putting it on. That dry brownie or stale donut sure doesn't taste good when you think of that.

Food today:
Leftover parfait (a mixture of various leftovers in a bowl)
Big ass salad with roasted Portobello mushroom
Pumpkin seeds

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 16

I am feeling discouraged today. The reason is that I don't feel like I am losing very much weight. It doesn't seem fair to work this hard and eat this little and not have amazing results every day. I haven't weighed myself since that is the rule but my clothes are not as loose as they could be. I do know from past experience that I tend to loose a lot of weight the first few days of a diet and then not as much after that. It's like my body catches on to the lowered calorie intake and goes into full famine survival mode and doesn't let me give up anymore fat reserves. Hopefully after thirty days my body will give it up. We'll see...

Food I shoved in my mouth:
Smoothie with applesauce, strawberries, blueberries, OJ, kale, and coconut milk.

Leftover soup layered on top of leftover roasted veggies, with avocado and cilantro.

Pumpkin seeds, banana chips, coffee

Pork chops pan-fried in olive oil, roasted white potatoes (yes, these are Whole30 okay as long as not fried or eaten everyday)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 15:Halfway There

Halfway through! Today was good. I went to a work meeting at a nearby city. Lunch was included and thankfully it did have some Whole30 options - plain salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots, and a veggie sandwich with roasted veggies (they didn't look or taste marinated or covered in anything off plan), and dill pickles. After the meeting I stopped at Trader Joe's. My purchases were freeze dried banana chips, pumpkin seeds, and Larabars. Yum! Dinner was leftover soup from last night.

I am gearing up for a Super Bowl party. I would like to make chile lime wings from Nom Nom Paleo, roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, and bacon wrapped pineapple, also from Nom Nom. A veggie plate and fruit plate are a given. It should be good!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 14

Still hanging on to the Whole30. It's going well. I am very used to the plan by now so I really don't feel like I have to cheat or break the rules or quit. I do still get frustrated with the restrictions and the level of thought involved in simply eating but I am enjoying the results so far and that makes up for the frustrations. Also I am terrified of going back to my old habits and weight so I am motivated to stick with it. I want to see what 30 full days has for results. I think I could continue with the plan even after thirty days.

Food I have had lately:

Smoothie with OJ, kale, blueberries, strawberries, banana, flaxseed, and coconut milk (coconut milk makes it soooooo yummy!!).

Raisins and almonds. An apple and an orange.

Leftovers for lunch.

Soap of Hubbard squash, tomatoes, kale, onion, garlic, and bacon. This recipe called for cinnamon and cloves. I was worried that it would be weird but it was great!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Day 12

It was the "Day of Me" today. I started with a one hour cross country ski with a neighbor. Then some yummy fajitas and a good smoothie. Then some shopping in the big city with a friend. Then I came home to a crockpot of curried goat ribs. It's super rare that I get time without my kid on weekends. My husband usually works on the weekends so I have all the kid duties. It was a treat to get two times in one day to hang out with someone other than a four year old.

The menu today:
A banana and black coffee while skiing.

Steak fajitas with peppers and onions, avocado, and homemade salsa.

Smoothie of OJ, coconut milk, blueberries, strawberries, kale, and banana.

Black coffee from Starbucks while shopping.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day 11

Today was much better than yesterday. I was craving steak fajitas so I made some for lunch. It was a little weird to make a full meal from scratch on a Saturday for lunch. My usual Saturday lunch is either leftovers or granola bars, cookies and chips. The fajitas were pretty good and I didn't even mind spending a lot of time and energy making them. For dinner we bought roast pork meals that the local town was selling for a fundraiser. The meal came with pork, baked potato, stuffing, gravy, green beans, salad and pie. I ate the pork with no gravy, the plain potato, no stuffing, the beans, and plain salad. No pie, of course. It was good and lots of food.

So why am I doing the Whole30? For a couple of reasons:
1. To be forced to cook every day. I tend to get in a rut of boxed foods and quick fixes on most days. Or I resort to large cheese-based casseroles to provide several days worth of leftovers. With the rules of the Whole30, there is no way to stay on target with anything from a box or jar. I am forced to cook and use fresh ingredients.

2. To broaden my cooking horizons. I am making new recipes and using different ingredients. It's fun!

3. To lose weight. Duh. Nobody changes their diet in major ways without wanting to lose weight as a goal. I am a tall, big person who hasn't ever been their goal BMI. I am 5'9" and have been 200 - 220 lbs for at least six years (okay maybe more like since at least the eighth grade). Losing some weight would be great. I am shooting for losing twenty pounds.