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How’s That Whole 30 Going?

The Whole 30 isn’t going that great, if I’m being honest.  I’ve “cheated” numerous times – mostly with coffee creamer and stevia, but once with pizza and ice cream.  Going out to eat is too hard and I like wine.

So I’m still sort of half-assed doing it and while I haven’t been exactly following the program, I have made some positive changes to my diet.  The first and foremost being that I haven’t had a Diet Coke in over 2 weeks.  Aside from the stevia, I haven’t really had any sugar at all and that’s been a really positive change.  Also, this program has really helped me stop eating off Alexander’s plate.

I find that I don’t miss dairy or grains as much as I thought I would but I do miss just being able to eat something quick and easy like a yogurt in the afternoon.  I’m also realizing that I don’t really need to snack as much as I was.  When your only snack options aren’t… snacky… the desire quickly fades.

As far as the negatives, well, I haven’t lost any weight.  Probably due to an over consumption of coconut and almond butters.  I don’t even like coconut butter.  But it’s just a pain mostly.  I’m sick of eggs in the morning but I don’t know what else to eat.  And also, I’m not losing any weight.  Did I say that before?

Have you ever done the Whole 30?  What did you think?

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Why I Shop At A Specialty Running Shoe Store

Running shoes are fickle.  They’re not like regular shoes where they start out uncomfortable and then you break them in.  You don’t want running shoes to hurt ever (duh).  But sometimes they do.  I bought a pair of New Balance 880s from Big Peach, a local running shoe store, a couple of weeks back.  Looking at my purchasing history, they saw that I have tried both a neutral shoe and a stability shoe in the past.

I tried both styles on and went with the stability one.  And then I ran on the treadmill a few days later and my feet hurt.  It was a weird pain – on the outside of my foot.  I chalked it up to not running in a while (because that makes your feet sore in a specific spot?) but then I tried again a few days later and same deal.  Foot pain.

So last weekend, I went back to Big Peach with my shoes in a Target bag because of course I had thrown away both the box and the receipt.  They analyzed my gait and told me sometimes someone can go from being an overpronator to having a more neutral stride and I guess that’s what happened to me.  They said that I turn my feet outward when I run, but I don’t really overpronate.

After trying on like 5 pairs of neutral shoes and running with them on the store’s treadmill, I decided on some asics.  And they took back my used New Balances, no box, no receipt.

Shoes

Day 4

Today was Day 4 of my half-assed Whole 30.  Today was particularly half-assed, as I not only had coffee with creamer and stevia, but I also had soy sauce (which is a no-no too).  

Plain eggs were getting a little old, so I jazzed them up with some frozen veggies.

Eggs

Later, I had a banana with coconut butter.

Lunch was kind of a fail because I went to a sushi restaurant with the IT department.  I got sashimi, but I just didn’t want to eat it without soy sauce, so I didn’t.  We went to a restaurant that was Korean as well as Japanese and they brought banchan to the table and I ate some of that too.  (Bachan is like small little dishes that they bring out at Korean restaurant as an appetizer – there was kimchi, seaweed, potato salad and some other stuff.)

Dinner, was better.  We had Green Fajita Chicken (minus the coconut aminos, which we didn’t have, though I wish I did for my lunch) with sauted peppers and onions.

Chicken

This was actually really good.  It needed some salt (probably because we didn’t use the coconut aminos, which are supposed to be like soy sauce) but other than that, delicious and going into the rotation.  Despite the jalapeños, it wasn’t spicy.

I had a few dates with almonds for dessert.

So far:

1.  Aside from the coffee/stevia thing and the soy sauce, it hasn’t been that hard to stay away from non Whole 30 foods.  A little sad, yes, but hard, no.  Though we’ll see what happens this weekend.

2.  I’ve been great about not picking off Alexander’s plate which is something I was terrible at before.

3.  I get the strongest sugar cravings right after lunch.

4.  My pants fit the same.  I weigh the same.

5.  I haven’t been snacking just to snack.

6.  I am gassy.

 

Day 2 – Half 30

Yesterday was Day 2 of my Whole 30, which I’m calling a Half 30 because I’m still having cream and stevia in my coffee.  I woke up yesterday and was all like, “this sucks” even though I hadn’t even eaten anything yet.  I had 3 eggs for breakfast but when I got to work, I was still hungry.  Normally, I would have had more coffee with creamer and stevia, but instead, I had a banana with coconut butter.  Better choice?  I don’t know.

For lunch, I had a salad.

Salad

My next door cube-mate swears she doesn’t mind the tuna smell.  Andplusalso, she wasn’t there yesterday anyway.  I’m finding that the main time that I’m craving sweets is after lunch.  Fortunately, (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), I had three straight hours of meetings during the afternoon, so my attention wasn’t focused on food.

Alexander and I stopped at Sprouts after I picked him up from daycare and I got some frozen fish (to have instead of pizza fridays), dates, coconut and some other stuff that somehow ended up costing me and arm and a leg.  Isn’t Sprouts supposed to be cheaper?  As always, Alexander demanded that I open some box of crackers and I did but I wasn’t even tempted to snack on them myself, which I normally would have been.  I did buy myself some kale chips (and later realized they had agave nectar – damn sugar is in everything.  I still ate them.  Packaged kale chips aren’t cheap.)

Dinner was leftovers.  Alexander didn’t really seem to like the chicken dish from last night, so he had some fish nuggets and broccoli cheese bites.  Neither of which I snuck a bite of.

Onward and upward.

My Half30

I’ve been sort of fascinated with the Whole30 for a while now, but I just couldn’t bite the bullet and start the damn program. Until today. Sort of. I’m doing more of a Half 30. There are a few things that you can’t have on the Whole 30 that I want – primarily coffee with creamer and stevia and wine.

So I figured I’d just follow the Whole 30 plan when I wasn’t… not following it. I could replace my coffee creamer (I use Coffeemate Natural, so while there is sugar and cream, there’s no weird stuff.  That’s better, right?  Lie to me if it’s not.) with almond milk and drink it without sweetener, I just don’t want to. I know that sweet stuff leads to cravings for more sweet stuff, but I like sweet stuff. I just don’t want to be entirely dependent on it.  I mean, carrying packets of stevia in your purse, while useful, is slightly ridiculous.

Coffeemate

 

And also wine. Life’s too short, yo.

But I think I could probably do without so many processed carbs. I could probably do with more veggies. And I could certainly do without Diet Coke. And beans make me gassy.

So today I woke up all ready to go. I had three eggs over easy with hot sauce. And the illegal coffee with creamer and steiva.

For lunch, I had a big salad with lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, canned salmon and Tessemae’s Lemon Garlic dressing, which my mother turned me on to.

Everything was good until the afternoon when I wanted something sweet. Is that a side effect of my morning stevia? Who knows? I tried to calm the beast with some Coconut La Croix. It was okay. I’m lying; it tasted like sadness. Sunscreen scented sadness. No really, it was okay.

La croix

I also had some carrots with coconut butter. Coconut butter is weird. It’s sort of like eating coconut oil, but when the taste combines with something else (like a carrot or probably much better, chocolate), it’s good.

Dinner was ready in the crockpot when I got home.  We had Ginger Chicken and Vegetables. I didn’t use the cornstarch to thicken the sauce.  After dinner, I had some mango.

So why am I doing this?  Well, for one, I still haven’t lost all the pregnancy weight.  And I just don’t feel comfortable in my own skin.  But also, I’m tired, like always tired.  I know part of it has to do with having a one and a half year old but part of it probably is my reliance on processed foods, simple carbs and sugars.  So, we’ll see.

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