Well, I had a BIG weekend. Got together with a couple of friends that I hardly ever get to see anymore. We hit the Gulf Coast with a vengeance!! Stayed at one of the big casinos and had a blast. The first day I didn’t do too bad as far as food goes, but, man did we drink!! When you’re sitting at a slot machine with two good friends at your side, laughing and catching up on old times and new, those drinks just slide right on down without a thought. And the cocktail waitresses were on top of their game–every time you turned around, there they were. Needless to say, the next morning, none of us felt so swell. So you know we needed good old greasy burgers to make us feel better…with fries on the side of course. Then floating around in the pool’s nice cool water was bliss. On the way home, I really blew it when we stopped at an old fashioned fruit stand for a watermelon. I noticed that they had honest to god hand dipped ice cream. Was one dip enough? Hell, no!! I had to have two, one of dutch chocolate and one of butter brickle. Was it pure heaven here on earth? Hell, yes!! So, yesterday I ended up sleeping most of the day. I had every intention of getting up early and taking the kayak out to the rez for an early morning paddle. Didn’t happen. I literally did not get out of bed, except to feed Stella, until almost 1:00. I wanted to stay in bed then, but I really needed to go grocery shopping, so I had to get up.
I’m trying really hard not to beat myself up too bad. I had a wonderful time, so now I’m just going to put it behind me and climb back on the straight and narrow. Had watermelon for breakfast and egg salad with tomato for lunch. Trying to get all my steps in on my Fitbit. Gonna grill some chicken thighs for dinner. Just going to keep moving…
Well, here it is, my last day of my 3rd Whole 30. Okay, I’m going to be honest here, I caved over the weekend. I was in Mobile visiting my dad, and just couldn’t resist some fried crab claws, scallops, and shrimp. It was DIVINE!!! So, I’m not going to beat myself up or start over, I’m just going to keep on keeping on and try to stay as close to the straight and narrow as I can. Still going to try to avoid Coke Zero, haven’t caved on that one yet. I know this weekend will be tough, and I’m not going to lie and say that I won’t be drinking, because I will. I’m going down to the Gulf Coast with two dear friends that I don’t get to see nearly often enough, and there will most definitely be a throw down!! However, I will do all I can to try to eat as close as possible to the Whole 30/Paleo plan. Oh, and BTW, I’m down 12 lbs. A decent start, anyway.
Side note–at the hotel in Mobile there was a “Toddlers and Tiaras” type pageant going on. OMG!! Oddly fascinating but at the same time disheartening. I just wonder what type of message is getting through to those little girls with their false eyelashes, huge hair (the higher the hair, the closer to God), fake tans, and pushy parents. I would venture to say that the biggest majority of the parents are doing this for themselves and not the kids. Kinda sad if you ask me. But then, who asked me?
So, onward ho!! Wish me luck!!
So, it’s Day 24 of my Whole30, and now it’s just a slide into home plate!!! I’m feeling pretty good, clothes are definitely looser, and I’m down 11 lbs. I know that’s cheating, but this is MY Whole30, right? And weight loss is a big motivator and reward for me, so there!! I’m really loving some of the new recipes I’ve tried, and thanks to my Paleo version of Comeback Sauce, I’m loving salads as well. If you don’t know what Comeback Sauce is, I have a blog from a couple of years ago about it and the recipe is posted there. And seriously, if you haven’t experienced it, you need to. Like, now.
Being this near the end kinda scares me, you know? I tend to do better with strict guidelines. Give me an inch and I’ll damn sure take a mile!! I really, really, really want to stick pretty closely to the Whole30. Add in a few things, like the occasional glass of wine or bottle of beer. Maybe a slice of cheese now and then. I’m going to try very hard to stay away from Coke Zero, because for me it’s like a drug. One sip, and within days I’m back to 4 or 5 a day. I seriously LOVE them. So it’s better for me to avoid them completely than try to enjoy them “in moderation”. I’ve never been good at that in any situation, which explains why I’ve kept falling back into my old patterns over and over again. If a little is good, a lot is better!!
Anyway, I’ll keep plugging along and hoping that this time I won’t just completely lose my shit and blow it all. Wish me luck!!
Let me start by saying that I love pasta. LOVE IT!!!!! I literally could eat it for every meal and never get tired of it. In the past, if I was hungry but couldn’t figure out what I wanted to eat, cook up some noodles, throw on some butter and Parmesan, and I was happy as a clam. Right now I can just imagine a big bowl of warm, buttery noodles…nothing is more of a comfort food for me. Why, oh why, can’t someone come up with a really delicious Paleo version?
Oh, I have a spiralizer, and I know all about zoodles. I eat them, I even kinda like them. But let’s get this straight right now: THEY ARE NOT A GREAT SUBSTITUTE FOR REAL NOODLES!!!! And you all know I’m telling the truth. Macazoodle and cheese? I don’t think so. I have nothing against zucchini per se, I know it’s doing all it can, but c’mon, there’s only so much it can accomplish here. I still need to try sweet potato noodles, but I’m pretty sure I’ll have the same response.
If anyone out there has found something that truly and sincerely tastes and feels like real, honest-to-God pasta, please come forth. I’ll be eternally grateful!!!!
Today is Day 17 of my Whole30, and I’m getting stronger every day in my resolve not to blow it after I’m done. Eating decent food can’t help but be good for me. I sleep so much better and actually feel rested when I wake up. I’ve ramped up my exercise as well. I’ve been walking my dog around the block every morning (~1/2 mile), then bring her in, feed her, and head out to walk a mile on my own before getting ready for work. I feel so envigorated!! Last weekend I finally managed to get the kayak out on the water, and it was wonderful. So peaceful…but, boy, were my arms sore. I’m hoping that the weather will cooperate this weekend so I can take it out again. Fingers crossed for that. My clothes are beginning to feel a little looser. I’m wearing a skirt today that I couldn’t get into a couple of weeks ago. That’s extremely encouraging for me!!!
All in all, this has not been terribly difficult, especially since I’ve done it before. I have found so many great recipes on the net that are REALLY good. Helps to keep me from getting in a rut, which I do even when I’m not doing the Whole30. Hard to believe how many Paleo websites are out there these days!!
Anyway, 13 and counting!!! Good luck to all my fellow Whole30 adventurers!! Hang in there–we got this!!
Here I go again. I am currently on Day 16 of my third Whole30. I’m hoping that the third time will be the charm. Maybe I’m just a slow learner, but I figure that 50+ years of bad food habits are just that hard to break! It’s so difficult for me to stay on the straight and narrow when I’m not under strict guidelines, but I swear before God above that This Time I’m not going to undo everything when the Whole30 is over. I will try to make myself enjoy the good food I’ve discovered and pretty much stick with the Paleo lifestyle. I’ve discovered a blog site that I adore, PaleOMG, that makes me think there’s hope for me yet. If you are struggling along feeling like a failure because you had that glass of wine or that serving of pasta salad at the party, you need to check out this site. Realistic, full of good humor, and TONS of great recipes. And, no, I am not being paid to plug it. If only…
My biggest gripe about the Whole30, and Paleo in general, is not the amount of cooking I have to do. It’s the damn cleaning afterward. In case I’ve never mentioned it before, I HATE TO CLEAN!!!! It makes me whiny and bitchy. And every time I cook a meal, I have to clean the kitchen so that I can cook the next one. Sigh…it never ends.
A friend and co-worker just finished a Whole30, but the one with the auto-immune part thrown in. Even more stringent than the regular one. She did well and is trying to stick to Paleo. We have little “rap” sessions every day to share recipes and bitch a bit. Helps to have someone who understands what you’re going through.
Anyway, wish me luck. I’m crossing my fingers that I can hang in there to the end and beyond…