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Friday, July 25, 2014

Today is technically day 15 of Whole30. I've been "reporting" the day after I completed it (which is probably as confusing to you as it is to me!) so this blog covers days 12,13, and 14!

Food: pretty much same ol' same ol'. I haven't had the food prep mojo goin' for quite a while. Definitely tough when you're trying to eat whole foods. Luckily, my local grocery store (Wegmans) has a variety of pre-cooked meals which are both tasty, affordable, healthy, and... ta da... pre-cooked! I've been indulging... plain grilled chicken breast or grilled chicken/bacon/pineapple on skewer, mixed roasted vegetables, and either cauliflower or green beans. Rainier cherries, watermelon, scrambled eggs with Canadian bacon and onion and cashews round out the menu.

Exercise: daily walking consists of two 20+ min. walks with the dog at a relatively good medium pace. Definitely need to boost this category!

Still feeling good and I slept like a rock last night. I'm pretty sure I woke up in the same position I feel asleep in and that hasn't happened in a verrrrrrrrrrrry long time.

Tomorrow's challenge: wedding shower. I RSVP'd for a Cobb Salad with Balsamic dressing. So far, so good. But my best friend (the MOG) is hostessing and she special ordered a very special cake which she says is "to die for." I just might have to... at least 1 or 2 bites. Pre-planned and permission granted.

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    Sounds like you've got the groove going!

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TWEETYKC00 7/25/2014 6:00PM

    I hope you have a good time at the shower.

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Whole30: 11 down

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This morning's scenario: my dog and I are sitting outside enjoying the shade and a slight breeze; the morning newspaper; coffee; short walk done. As the day heats up and the sunshine edges toward my shady spot, today's major exercise will be mowing the lawn, a quick shower, then music rehearsal. Am singing in a quartet this weekend and we have yet to all sing together. Oh wait - the fourth won't join us until tomorrow night's rehearsal. And I'm still on the piano doing the accompanying. Oh well - I'm sure it will all come together.

Completed: day 11
Food: chicken, roasted veggies, cauliflower, watermelon, Ranier cherries, sweet potato chips
Exercise: walking. As you can tell, the length of our walks is very dependent on the heat/humidity. I have become a real wimp this summer. I'm sweating more than I recall even at a low activity level. Will guess it's age???

100% compliant or no?? I picked up a couple of Larrabars this weekend for those emergency snacks. Unfortunately I also picked up another "fruit and nut" bar they make without reading the teeny tiny print. Once I got my glasses on (and after I ate it) I realized it had pea protein and rice syrup in it. I also indulged in some Terra Sweet Potato chips yesterday. They are 100& sweet potato but I don't think the oils used are compliant. Plus I ate too many.

Still feeling good.

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BOBCATGIRL76 7/23/2014 4:18PM

    I'm so happy you are having so much success on Whole30! You're over a third of the way done! Congrats!

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    The sweet potato chips get me too!

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KRISTA987 7/22/2014 9:00PM

    I admire your commitment! I could never stick to such a strict meal plan. Try not to stress too much about the bar & sweet potato chips. Sounds like you're doing great!

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4ANEWME2DAY 7/22/2014 10:39AM

    You are on the right track. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/22/2014 10:37AM

    That dinner sounds delicious. Congrats on getting this far

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My take on Whole30 after one week

Saturday, July 19, 2014

First of all, Whole30 is not a "diet" per se. My extremely condensed description: you eliminate certain food groups for 30 days and eat clean. Then you re-introduce food groups over a week or two to see how your body reacts. From this you can make lifelong changes as you decide.

I just finished reading (most) of the book, It starts with food, which details the program. I skipped a few chapters of the "science-y" info on foods that I'm familiar with or are not a problem for me. Am now thinking I want to go back and read the whole thing more carefully. For those not familiar with Whole30, you might want to check out their web site at

As someone who has tried most every "diet" on the planet, I have never done anything quite like this. It is not a detox so to speak. However, the 30 days gives your body a chance to heal from the effects of various foods like sugar, gluten etc. It is a simple and do-able approach which, in my experience, is demonstrating to me some of the ways my poor eating choices were impacting my body.

Completed: day 8
Food: veggies, chicken, ground beef, blueberries (freshly picked), grapes, and cashews
Exercise: walking
Greatest challenge so far: giving up flavored creamer in my morning coffee

P.S. If you read yesterday's blog, my friend commented on how grateful she was to receive my email. We had salads with grilled chicken followed by grapes and talked for hours.

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KAREN608 7/19/2014 1:57PM

    I know creamer is what makes the coffee for me too. I'd have to switch to herbal tea!

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    Awesome plans worked out.
I'll be visiting that site. It does sound like what I did since January but kind of 'fell off' the wagon.

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    Sounds like a good plan if you can make it through the 30 days of deprivation

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Supporting a friend

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nice day planned at the lake with a good friend today - our annual summer get-together as we live about an hour apart. The weather (unlike years past) looks terrific. So you know what's coming... you've faced the same challenges yourself... social events with food. In the past there have been snacks, wine, eating from the snack bar menu, and some years decadent dessert. But here I am on Day 7 on Whole30 and what will I do???

My friend is also watching what she eats. Her son is being married this fall.

Time for me to step up and support a friend as well as myself. I don't have any face-to-face diet buddies so this is a new opportunity for me. Here's the plan... I emailed her and just said - let's skip the snacks and I'll provide home-brewed iced tea with mint. Does the snack bar offer salads??? I'm also throwing some carrots, salsa, and nuts in my cooler (just in case.) We're also packing our bathing suits and walking shoes. I think we will be more than content with all the catching up we have to do that we won't "need" food.

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Days 6 & 7 have gone well.

Food: made a huge pan of sauteed, mixed, fresh veggies yesterday. The leftovers are in the frig ready when I get home tonight.

Exercise: the humidity took a brief respite so we had a nice long walk one day and yesterday was a yard day - mowing, weeding, watering etc. etc.

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KRISTA987 7/18/2014 10:13PM

    Great idea packing healthy snacks in your cooler! Sounds like you guys will have a nice little picnic.

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KOFFEENUT 7/18/2014 7:48PM

    Way to go on planning ahead! You're right - with all the catching up you don't really "need" a lot of unhealthy stuff to celebrate your time together. Enjoy some long walks around the lake and iced tea with mint!

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Why I am feeling happy this morning

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Scenario: blue sky with a few white puffy clouds; 65 degrees with low humidity (thank you, thank you!!) 2 mile walk with dog complete; sitting with my feet up next to an open window looking out at my flower garden with a gentle breeze cooling my toes. No worries stressing me out. Ahhhhh... life is good.

Days 4 & 5 of Whole30 are done and done. Weight loss ( I could not resist taking a peek at the scale...) - 6lb!! Waistband on shorts no longer cuts off my circulation. Ankles and other misc. body parts are no longer mysteriously achy.

Food: purchased a compliant meal at my local Wegman's on way home from errands yesterday. Tilapia with pineapple salsa, roasted vegetables, and broccoli. Love their veggies.

Exercise: I think I probably sweat off most of the above weight loss but just from daily activities in the high humidity. Today was first real walk for exercise in several days.

Overall: The Whole30 book is waiting to be picked up at the library. That will be tonight's reading. So far, I couldn't be more pleased. Is it tough? Well yes - but so is any other change in habit. After the first two days, it became easier for me. Do I still have cravings? Absolutely but I have managed without indulging.

emoticon That is one huge major success for me. emoticon & emoticon

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I think I'm going to have to check this out more closely.

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BOBCATGIRL76 7/16/2014 3:37PM

    Yay! Glad you're having so much success! It really is worth it. I'm amazed how much my mindsets have changed. :)

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