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Life Lately and Whole 30 Update

Hi!! I’m back to bore you with my Whole 30 update and a little bit of what’s been going on with us lately. If you’re tempted to already click out of this post, don’t worry–I’m not doing a day-by-day update this time. That was not exciting for anyone when I recapped week one. But I will give a brief update for anyone interested.

So when I checked in last time, I didn’t feel like I could form a proper opinion about Whole 30, negative or positive. Then week 2 started. On day 10, we ran out of apples so Don quit Whole 30. I like to tease him about it. But really, the apple incident was just the final straw to his list of complaints. He was losing weight (which makes me want to roll my eyes so hard) and didn’t have the energy he needed to work every day. He was pretty much falling asleep any time he wasn’t at work. So he gave up, weighed himself, and saw that he was 5 pounds lighter than when he started. And he wasn’t wanting to lose weight in the first place. He ate a bowl of cereal and I’m serious, his mood completely changed. And I felt a lot less stress when I wasn’t worried about someone else haha.

Then after my husband (who wasn’t even TRYING to lose weight) quit, I started feeling like I was GAINING weight. WHAT?! I was craving all kinds of junk food–like a double cheeseburger from McDonald’s *gag* (My friend, Maggi, even asked if I was pregnant because of those two complaints. That caused big laughs. Big, big laughs. Nope, not pregnant.) This was actually another point that I wanted to quit. I felt like it was doing the opposite of what I wanted it to do. What is the point of doing it if I’m going to feel worse than when I started? But since it looked like these were pretty typical symptoms at this point in W30, I stuck with it. And I’m glad I did. Because after a few days, I started feeling a little better and have since then found my groove.

One of the big reasons I wanted to do Whole 30 was to venture out and try new foods. While I’m definitely not trying anything adventurous, I have found a few new things that I like. And I’ve also really grown to love things that weren’t that great to me in the beginning. I used to really despise sweet potatoes but I tried dicing one up with a little bit of cinnamon and cooking it in the skillet and now I officially love them. Actually, my absolute favorite meal right now is pulled pork over diced sweet potatoes (with lots of hot sauce.) I seriously crave it all day long. I’m also really loving almond butter mixed with cinnamon. It tastes amazing with sweet plantain chips or honeycrisp apples. And that ketchup that was just okay when I first tried it—now I think it tastes pretty good!

Now I’m on day 20 and feeling excited that I’m in the last stretch. I’m not really sick of the foods yet but I’m excited to be done so I can check the scale.  I still don’t feel any major change in my body though. So I don’t have high expectations. Anyway, I think I’ve bored you enough with my ramblings about my Whole 30 experience.

So on to what else has been going on with us lately. We’ve been gearing up for summer and trying to come up with some kind of summer bucket list. Every time the ice cream truck passes our house (and they do it ever so slowly because they know our house is the prime spot for potential buyers–little do they know we are cheap thrifty with our money,) the kids will beg to try ice cream from them “just one time.” So the plan is to let them try it just once. Although I think we’d be better off going to the store and buying a whole pack for a fraction of the cost and just drive up and down the street in our Suburban, playing creepy children’s music loudly and selling to them. For some reason, I don’t think they’d find it nearly as exciting.

A little funny story about Desmond– the other day Liam and I came up from the basement after starting the laundry to find that Desmond wasn’t in sight anymore. I figured he had run upstairs with the other kids to play but then I heard him starting to cry in the kitchen. I walked in there and thought his cries sounded weird–maybe a little muffled? So I checked the pantry to see if his sister trapped him in there (wouldn’t be the first time.) He wasn’t in there. Liam and I kept hearing his cries but couldn’t figure out where they were coming from. We started checking all of the cabinets and I started feeling like he was a ghost or something because I couldn’t find him anywhere. Then it sounded like his cries were actually coming from outside our house so I peeked out the window–I didn’t see him at first but heard the cries again to see him on the ground, right outside the window. The poor kid managed to fall out our kitchen window, on to a pokey plant, and was too scared to move. Our windows are low to the floor in our kitchen but it was still about a 3 foot drop to the ground. I’m not sure how it happened without Don noticing (he was in the living room the whole time and didn’t even notice the crying.) He must have just been pushing against the screen when it broke. Poor kid. Thankfully he seemed more scared than hurt. **Side note: he is the hardest child to photograph right now. He is always distracted by birds or anything that moves.

We are still a few months out from our family vacation but we’ve been counting down since the end of last year and I cannot wait! I’m a little (okay, very very) nervous about the 2 days of driving that it will take to get there. And then even worse, the drive back–when I seriously contemplate having Don drop me off on the side of a road so I can just walk home. But we will be vacationing with my two very best friends so I am so excited. Hopefully Clementine and Desmond love the beach as much as the rest of their family does.

The milk bath that always appear so easy when a professional photographer is doing it. Not as easy as it looks. I did get a couple of cuter shots on my phone but I wanted to share this one too. Note to self–don’t try using a 50mm lens if ever attempted again.

I had the opportunity to do a takeover on The Bump’s Instagram this past Friday. It was a little scary to share my story with such a huge audience but there were so many encouraging comments and messages. A lot of people came forward and thanked me for sharing about my miscarriages because they were either currently or recently going through one themselves. So I am thankful that I had the opportunity to share. If you want to read, you can follow the link and scroll back until you see our family picture. There are 8 photos/captions that I shared that day.

Today we’re going to check out a couple new parks/splash pads and hoping that they aren’t too crowded. If you have any fun (free/cheap) summer things to add to our bucket list, please share!! And have a great week!

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A Picky Girl’s Guide to Whole 30

Alternate title–“How Guacamole Saved My Life.” Because you better believe I’ve incorporated it into as many meals as possible.

Okay, but seriously. This isn’t actually a guide. If you want one of those, the internet is full of those. But I wanted to keep up with my weekly progress and encourage anyone who feels like they want to do it but has no clue how they would even do it. (And also post a few family pictures, taken by our sweet friend, Mayci.)

If you have been on the internet for more than a week, you’ve probably heard of Whole 30. It was something that I had heard of at least a year ago and thought “well, there’s no way I’d last a day on that!” So I’d hear other people talking about it and think about how I wished I could try it out as well. It sounded great to go through the detox, reset my body, and see if I could learn what foods trigger reactions. And maybe, hopefully, oh please, oh please, help me lose some weight. But even after hearing a dear friend telling me about her wonderful experience with it, I thought there would be no way I would even find enough to eat. I am such a picky eater.

But as I started thinking more on it and reading more about the program, the more I thought that I could possibly do it. I gave myself a few days to think about it and decided to start the day after my “cancer free day” so I could celebrate with ice cream on that day haha. There’s no way I’m skipping out on that! There are a few events that I saw on the calendar that I would be inconvenienced by or have to miss out on. But I realized there’s never going to be a 30 day time slot with nothing going on. So I took the plunge and started on May 12th.

Day One

I woke up feeling super excited about starting. I had eggs and fruit for breakfast and a Prosciutto, lettuce, and tomato wrap for lunch. Then Don texted me and said that he thinks he wants to do it too. So now there was officially a group of 8 of us who were all going through it together. He grilled that night and I remember thinking “this is going to be so easy.” Little did I know haha.

Day Two

The excited, optimistic feeling didn’t go away when I woke up. But as the day went on, a headache started to set it. According to the Whole 30 timeline, it came right on track. So that was pretty tough. I’m already forgetting what I ate that day but I can tell you one thing, I probably was already tired of the food.

Day Three

By day 3, eggs were not sounding so great to me anymore but they were fine. My headache was gone and I was feeling better. I made a taco salad for dinner that night and all felt right with the world. Until….

Day Four

Day 4 was the hardest day so far. I woke up and felt completely weak and drained. I could barely move because my energy levels were so low. The thought of eggs made me want to gag and it took me hours of working myself up enough to actually get up and make them. As the day went on, I felt discouraged and disgusted by every thought of food. My homemade mayo failed–twice. And I couldn’t imagine going another day with these foods. I would have given up this day if I didn’t have 7 other people going through this with me. But since I didn’t want to be the quitter in the group, I forced myself to make it through the day. But then Maggi saved the day. She texted a picture of compliant ranch dressing that she had found at Whole Foods and gave me just what I needed. Hope. In the form of a bottle of ranch. Hope. That I could also find compliant ketchup. All was not lost. I still had hope. Haha dramatic much? But really, my mood perked right back up and right then and there, I knew I could make it to the end. I will admit that I ended up eating an RXbar for dinner (compliant–but totally not recommended) but at that point, it was that or nothing. I was NOT eating anything else.

Day Five

I woke up on day 5 with a renewed sense of excitement. I knew I would be getting my ranch and ketchup and felt so encouraged about the program again. I know you’re not supposed to be making treats, compliant or not. But I discovered my new favorite snack that I would consider a treat–sweet plantain chips and almond butter sprinkled with ground cinnamon. Total love. And after a day of shopping, I came home with my prizes–whole 30 approved ranch and ketchup. (spoiler alert–they taste….healthy. But they will do, I suppose.)

Day Six

AKA–sleepy day: day one. We went strawberry picking that morning and all was wonderful (blog post coming soon, hopefully!) but the rest of the day was rough because Don and I were both so sleepy. It set in right on time with the W30 calendar. Then we came home and I made spaghetti with some spaghetti squash. This was one of the meals I was so looking forward to but Don was dreading. Then I took the first bite and was disgusted haha. I’m telling you, I’m so picky. Don didn’t love the texture of the squash but he ate it all without a problem. I couldn’t eat more than a few bites. Oddly enough, I have rarely felt hungry over the past week. Though I do eat at all the meal times. But we grilled for dinner that night so all was right with the world again.

Day Seven

Yesterday was a quite a bit better. I wasn’t nearly as sleepy (the opposite of Don.) And I finally made a meal that enjoyed! Pulled pork over baked potatoes. The seasoning was perfect and hot sauce made it a bit more exciting. I have been having dreams about accidentally eating foods that are off plan–or about going to LA while being on Whole 30 and not being able to try all the amazing foods out there. Oh my! Can you imagine? But besides that, I haven’t had many problems with cravings. I do miss cheese quite a bit. And of course I would be happy with a dessert. But I’m not actually thinking very much about the foods that I can’t have. And that surprises me. We’ll see how that goes when I make homemade pizza for the kids tonight for dinner.

So that’s week one wrapped up in a blog post. I could have bored you even more by telling you every single meal or every single thought I’ve had. At this point I don’t feel like I can say much, negative or positive, about my experience. But if you are super duper picky like I am, I’m living proof that it can be done!

Have you done Whole 30 before? If so, I would be thrilled if you shared some of your absolute favorite recipes in the comments. And let me know if you have any questions. I wrote this all with kids running around me so I’m sure it’s all over the place.

Have a happy weekend!