Lifestyle, Recipes

Whole 30: Week 3 Review

If you’ve been following along with my Whole 30 journey I want to take a second to thank you. You’re a rockstar for reading about my sugar cravings and digestive problems. 😉 I have heard of one friend who is starting her own Whole 30 journey which is SO exciting, and I hope a few other people can look at these posts and form a belief that it’s something they can do, too. You are SO WORTH taking control of your health, and I’d love to support you along the way! Shoot me a message over on Facebook or Instagram and I’d love to chat. 🙂

Now it is time for a Week 3 review! This was definitely not my strongest week, but I still learned a lot through it! I’m also getting to the stage where I need to form a plan of what will be next once these 30 days are over. I failed in this area the last time I tried Whole 30, and I’m not going to let that happen again! I will share my plan with you on the next recap.

If you’re new, here are the previous posts from this Whole 30 mini-series:

Why I’m Doing It

Week 1 Review

Week 2 Review 

And now for Week 3…

The Good

During Week 3 I saw an improvement in my digestion, HALLELUJAH! This was one of my biggest goals that I was hoping to accomplish. There is still room for improvement, but I’m grateful for every small step forward. For this week I slept great again, my skin is staying pretty clear, and my energy levels were normal. I’m learning more and more how to be in-tune with my body and give it what it needs. I’m learning how much I need to eat for breakfast in order to be full until lunch time and that I don’t need as much fruit as I’d like to have. I’ve been noticing a huge JOY in not having to focus on losing weight. I love the fact that my scale is hidden. I feel more beautiful because I know I am taking care of myself, and if I’m doing that, who cares what I weigh… ya know? I have noticed a little more room in my jeans which feels great along with a confidence in who God has made me to be. I love knowing that I’m taking care of the body He’s given me! This is an area where I’ve always struggled to honor Him and I’m super thankful that I’m growing and changing.

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A new recipe we tried this week was Pesto Baked Chicken with homemade pesto and it was great! I also got 4 workouts in (1 less than my goal), but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I have grown a love for T25 the past couple of weeks! Nothing like crazy sweet for 25 minutes and then being done. 🙂

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The Bad

You will notice that I only shared one recipe up there because I failed at meal prepping this week. Our schedule got crazy on Monday, which threw off my meal prep, and then, well, you know how that goes. Thankfully another batch of buffalo chicken helped the week not turn into a disaster, but I did end up eating some random combinations! (not recommend)

I have been missing things like gum and Shakeology, and I had to turn down delicious looking cake balls at a birthday party. On Day 15 I had thoughts of “I’ve done fine… I’ve learned my lessons… do I really need to keep going?”, but thankfully I talked myself back to reality and kept pushing. Otherwise, I’m becoming more and more ok with saying no to things I don’t need which feels pretty amazing.

Another struggle I’m having is afternoon snacking. Yes, I’m still eating compliant foods, but I’m usually not super hungry for dinner because of it, and then I overindulge because I want the nutrients dinner is going to provide. This is my next giant to tackle with self control!

Week 4 Goals:

  • Less snacking in the afternoon
  • Figuring out how much I need at lunchtime to fuel me until dinner
  • Workout 5 times
  • Make a plan for Day 31 and beyond

It’s crazy to be on the final week of this plan! It truly has gone by quickly. Like I said earlier, don’t be afraid to shoot me a message with questions or if you’re needing support in your own journey. I’d love to walk beside you in it! Have a great day my friends!

 

Lifestyle, Recipes

Whole 30: Week 2 Review

Well my friends, Week 2 has come and gone which means it’s time for a recap! The second week of my Whole 30 journey was a little more difficult than the first, which I think is normal. The newness and excitement of it all wore off, and visions of ice cream danced in my head basically every day. Ha! BUT I am praising the Lord because I’ve been able to stay strong and stick with it.

If you’re new here, you can read about why I’m doing the Whole 30 here, and about Week 1 here! Now let’s discuss Week 2…

The Good

My energy levels felt way more normal during this week which was a huge bonus for my workouts! I hit my 5 workout goal, and not only did I get them done, but they felt really awesome. It’s crazy how great my stomach felt on my run without any artificial nastiness in there.

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I loved trying more new recipes throughout the week and we found some major winners! They included pizza soup and buffalo chicken meatballs (great for our March Madness watch party. I substituted almond flour for the panko and it worked just fine!). But the biggest winners this week were breakfast items. We made these sweet potato waffle breakfast sandwiches (but with russet potatoes) and this sweet potato apple bake and I’m pretty sure I could eat both of these things every single day. Please do yourself a favor and try one or both! Even Brady loved them. 🙂

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Also, I have been sleeping like a rock. I get to where I can’t keep my eyes open much past 10 and I’m feeling better rested throughout the day. I still struggle with waking up, but hey, maybe I’m just not meant to be a morning person?

 

The Bad

Like I mentioned earlier, my cravings hit a lot stronger this past week. When my sugar monster would start roaring, I would try to think about something else, or get busy with a different task and usually I’d forget about it. But it was hard! I would love a scoop of ice cream or a nice warm cookie right about now. Even though I’ve had more cravings, it feels really good to know that I can say no to them and move on. It’s a strength I’ve doubted I have so many times!

My stomach did a few weird things during Week 2. There were a couple of days that any food (especially fruit) gave me some weird stomach pain and I got a lot of random headaches. I was also PMSing, so I’m sure that added into it as well. I’m a little frustrated that my digestive issues don’t seem to be getting better yet, but I’m still hopeful!

Goals for Week 3:

  • Drink More Water– I can always improve on this, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t been getting enough
  • Eat More Veggies– My go-to is always fruit and protein. I need to up my veggie intake!
  • Workout 5 times
  • Watch portion control/eat when hungry

Thanks for stopping by! Is anyone else out there doing Whole 30? How’s it going for you?

Lifestyle

Whole 30: Week 1 Review

Happy FriYAY! Don’t you just love knowing the weekend is upon us?! Our weekend will be full of LOTS of basketball. I’m thankful Brady and I both love March Madness and that our brackets aren’t completely shot yet. 😉

I am currently on Day 12 of the Whole 30 and wanted to share a Week 1 recap with you all! You can find part 1 of this Whole 30 mini-series here, where I explain my reasons for changing my diet in this way.

So, how did Week 1 go you ask? 😉

The Good

I had primarily given up sugar about a week beforehand and I think that helped me with my cravings for the start of Whole 30. They really weren’t bad, and I enjoyed getting to try new recipes and eat some of my favorite things like SWEET POTATOES. (These buffalo chicken sweet potato boats were my jam for week 1!) My husband has been such a trooper and has enjoyed the Whole 30 compliant meals right along with me! For week 1 we also tried mini-frittatas for breakfast, gluten-free chicken tenders, and basic chicken fajitas (on lettuce for me, tortillas for him).

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I have struggled with acne for most of my 20’s, but I did not notice any additional breakouts during week 1 which was a really nice surprise! I’m thanking the no-sugar for that. 🙂

The Bad

There were a few hard things that happened during week 1, but nothing too extravagant! It was Brady’s birthday week which meant eating out a couple of times. I did my best to stay compliant with the meals I chose, but there is always room for improvement! Sitting at Olive Garden surrounded by delicious breadsticks was not easy, let me tell ya. But I made it through the evening and came out a stronger person!

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I also noticed a lack of energy, especially in the afternoons. I only got in 3-4 SHORT workouts because I really wasn’t feeling it with my energy levels. My goal for week 2 is to stick to my consistent, 5 times a week, workout routine.

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So, all in all, week 1 wasn’t too bad! The changes were exciting and new, and if my cravings came, they passed rather quickly.

Week 2 Goals: 

  • workout 5 times
  • watch portion control/stop eating when I’m full (why is this such a hard concept for me?!)

 

Cheers to week 2, friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!