Saturday, 21 January 2017

Day 20-21/365: Good day

Sorry for the late post, but posting nonetheless! Yesterday I gt to meet a friend that I met on Instagram! So cool to have found someone with the same ambitions and dreams as you and they're local! We had Moroccan chicken (she had chickpeas instead because she's vegan) and we saw the movie Passengers! Such a good time :)

Had to take my son to the doctor yesterday and it turns out he has an ear infection, poor guys. He was up every hour the night before and I felt so bad for him. It was nice though that last night he actually slept the whole night for the first time in a long time! Hallelujah!  I feel pretty refreshed today, and actually am working my last shift at my second job today. Looking forward to only having the one job again and being able to spend more time with my family and more time on me, my fitness and on nutrition.

I made cauliflower hummus again yesterday, but I used mammoth garlic, and it was WAY too spicy! But still delicious. I think next time though, I'll either use less garlic or a different kind of garlic. I also used less salt that it calls for and despite the spiciness, the salt content was perfect for my tastes.

Hoping that my last day goes well today. Have to get a chicken stew going overnight in the crock pot to bring to my in-laws tomorrow for a family gathering, it'll be my first chicken stew, but it's paleo! So yay!

C xo

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Day 19/365: Cravings

Lately I've been getting a lot of cravings. Today, I can't seem to get the thought of sugar out of my head. I think thinking about gummy worms and it's actually driving me mad. Even though I know that the craving won't last long (about 3-5 minutes) those few minutes are kind of torturous. I try to distract myself by drinking water or taking a short walk when this happens. But the amount of times it's happening today is making it impossible for me to concentrate on anything else. I've been trying to figure out why this is, and I think it's probably because I had an apple and two bananas yesterday. More fruit than I would normally have, which means higher sugar intake than usual, hence the cravings.

So far today I haven't had any fruit, and I don't plan to, because I can't go through another day like this. It's actually awful. Reminds me of my first Whole30 back in October when I first cut out the sugar. Not good! Sometimes I get the odd salty craving for Bits and Bites or Cheetos or something along those lines, but they're not as urgent as the Sugar Dragon (whom I've decided is female and she is named Brunhilde, by the way) makes them out to be.

Another craving I've had lately is nachos. Now, I know there are lots of ways I could make that work on the W30 (minus the cheese, of course) but that would be like having sex with your pants on. I'm sure you could get the job done, but it wouldn't be very effective. The spirit of the program is to form happy eating habits and to change your relationship with food. If you're just finding ways of having your old favorites in a different form, that's not changing your habits or your relationship, hence, sex with your pants on.

Hopefully tomorrow is better! Hopefully I can will keep Brunhilde at bay.

C xo

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Days 13-18/365: I've been sick

Sorry for not posting daily as of late. I have been under the weather and not able to put two words together enough to make some posts. So here I am, trying to make up for it.

I went to the doctor last night and they diagnosed me with strep throat. So now I'm on medication for that, and hopefully will start feeling like myself again soon. Being sick doesn't mean that I've abandoned my healthy eating habits. On the contrary. It has made me want to pursue them even more. You know that old saying "Feed a fever, starve a cold?" I read that that doesn't matter and that you should never starve yourself, that eating a healthy diet is the best thing to help you get better, and I believe that it's been helping me as well. I've been eating a lot of homemade soup, chicken, eggs, the usuals.

In terms of treatment, I wasn't able to take lozenges while on the Whole30 because of the sugar content and the other additives, so I gargled with salt water a lot, drank lots of herbal tea and hot water with lemon, as well as my soup (which was admittedly the most helpful in soothing my throat pain), and Tylenol for the body aches I experienced. I did my research before using any of these methods because I automatically just reach for the cough drops whenever my throat is bothering me and these were the solutions I found. I'm now on penicillin antibiotics for the infection.

 I had a non-scale victory last night! I remember back before I discovered the W30 in September 2016, I was eating like crap. Candy, chips, cheese, crackers were my go-to snacks, and I would eat them in abundance. By the end of the day, I couldn't even suck in my gut because I was so bloated, breathing in made absolutely no difference in the way I looked in the mirror and it was so depressing. Last night, I decided to lift up my sweater and have a look at what I looked like. Without even having to suck in, my belly was still relatively flat! Even after a full day of eating and drinking! It makes me so happy that I've found a way of eating that also makes my body so happy.

This is all I can muster up for now. Stay tuned because I'll be back on track tomorrow for day 19!

C xo

Friday, 13 January 2017

Day 12/365: Migraine Day 2

So, this post is late, apologies. I had another migraine yesterday and it was difficult to do anything. Just been having a hard time lately. It could be stress, or the winter or something else, I'm not sure. I found that peppermint tea was helping yesterday, so I think I'll try and incorporate that into my daily life to avoid future migraines.

I made a delicious vegetable soup yesterday, I'll post the recipe at the bottom, however, it is very simple! My hunger gave me energy and clarity to get up out of bed and make the soup for my lunch/dinner for the kids and hubby. I wish I had had chicken to put in it, it would have made it that much more delicious! I sent a picture to my Mom and she said "Grandma soup!" My Grandma always had a fresh pot of vegetable soup (usually with chicken in it) on the stove whenever we went to visit, as well as fresh salad. She always made hot dogs and fries for my brother as he was not a fan of soup and salad as a kid!

My head feels a lot better today, though, I feel like I could take on the world!

Anyway, here's my soup recipe! Rest easy, Whole30ers!

C xo

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Vegetable Soup

1 lbs beef bones (or use a vegetable broth)
2 carrots, chopped
2 small onions, chopped
4 potatoes, cubed
1 cup broccoli florets
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes, juice and all (read your labels!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Water

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add in beef bones and boil at least 1 hour. Remove bones and add all remaining ingredients. Feel free to substitute any vegetables you might have in the fridge. This soup is not picky! Let simmer at least 30-45 minutes. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Day 11/365: Migraine Day

I had a migraine today, so this post will be short. I had a little break from the pain so I jumped on here to write my post before it came back.

I keep getting asked on Instagram to try these It Works products. I don't know why people who look at my profile, being all fit and natural and taking absolutely no supplements whatsoever, think that I would be interested in these wraps/products? How is wrapping myself up in these chemical (supposedly all natural, snort) wraps supposed to make me healthier than I am now? No thanks, keep your shitty wraps to yourself, I'll stick to my delicious food and exercise thank you very much. It's gotten so bad that I had to put a disclaimer on my profile asking people to not offer me their crap. Ugh. Anyway, that's it for today. A mini rant.

C xo

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Day 10/365: Patience is Everything

Everyone is always looking for a quick fix, a magic pill, instant results. We live in a world of instant gratification. Information, games, tv, movies, everything is at our fingertips, except getting healthy and/or losing weight. We expect that it's going to happen overnight, because that's what we're used to. Unfortunately for us, that's not going to happen. It's going to take dedication, hard-work, and TIME. I've been back on my health journey for 2 years postpartum. I'm just now, in the last few months, seeing some major results and it's because I feel like I've achieved food freedom. I finally got my eating under control. I am in complete control of my food (I have to keep repeating this over and over.)

All that to say, be patient with yourself and your body. It's doing the best that it can while trying to keep up with your dreams and aspirations for what you believe the ideal body is. It's going to get there, you just have to be patient and dedicated, and not just at the gym, in the kitchen especially. I own 95% to the Whole30. Because I changed the way I eat, I started shrinking instantly and I believe that it's going to keep going until I'm my ideal size and I'll just coast. I'm eating TONS of food, and weight is still just melting off. It's actually amazing and shocking and thrilling. I've never felt this way before about food, life, exercise, anything! It's very wonderful, and it's all thanks to the Whole30.

C xo

Monday, 9 January 2017

Day 9/365: Kids and the Whole30

I've been feeling guilty lately whenever I feed my kids cheese, pasta, bread etc. I probably shouldn't, because at least they're eating, but at the same time I know they could be eating much healthier. I'd like to slowly start getting my kids to eat a Whole 30 diet, but before that can happen, I would explain to them why it's a good idea to try it, let them know about the benefits and let them make the choice. Even now whenever I'm looking at a package my eldest son (7) comes up to me and asks "Are you seeing if you can eat it?" So he knows! He notices that my food has been different, and at first he used to ask why but I think he's starting to understand better now. My youngest is still just 2, so that'll take some time, eventually!

What do you guys think? How do you feel about kids on the Whole30?

C xo

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Day 8/365: Support Systems

Today we went to my Dad's for a Christmas lunch with the family. While they've always eaten healthy (and when I lived with them years ago they actually taught me a lot about food and cooking, I think that's where my love for cooking first blossomed) they called me up a few days ago to make sure that what they wanted to prepare for the lunch was Whole30-compliant. Bless them. It really warms my heart to know that no matter where I go amongst my family and friends, they will always make sure I have something to eat. I'm truly fortunate in that regard. I don't know if I would be able to get through the W30 without their love and support. Thank you.

If this is your first W30, you'll especially want to have a strong support system. You can turn to your friends, family, social media, the W30 website (have you signed up for Wholesome the W30 newsletter?), the W30 community is really great too, so much positivity and love. There's also me! I'm always here to answer your questions, feel free to leave comments on any of my posts, I would be delighted to hear from my readers :)

C xo

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Day 7/365: A Sad Farewell

We buried my grandmother today. I was especially sad because she was by far my favorite person on the planet. Over the last 8 years, I didn't see her as much because she lived far away, and it was hard for me to see her because most of the time she didn't remember who I was. I know it wasn't her fault, but it still hurt me. We always had such a close relationship, I didn't think she could ever forget me. I feel some guilt, but at the same time, I saved myself a bit of pain by not going.

I will always be grateful to her because she was the first person who really made me question whether or not I was overweight/eating too much, too often. She would tell me "Instead of snacking all the time, why don't you have some water with lemon? Sometimes if you have the water hot, it's even better." I was a teen and didn't really listen, but as I got older, and bigger, I figured out that she was trying to warn me that if I kept going the way I was, I wasn't going to like who I would become. And it turns out she was spot on. I didn't take her advice and I gained a lot of weight because I couldn't stop eating. Years later I would lose some weight, and she would always notice. She'd put her hand on my waist and tell me how slim I looked. It always made me feel so good, because I know she really meant it. Up until she was in her 90s she would still notice "You look slim," she would say with a smile, and place her hand on my waist. I miss her so much. The way she used to be when she knew who I was.

As the years passed and her dementia got worse, I found I had less and less to say to her. She stopped noticing my figure, and just looked at me with blank eyes, like I was just another nurse or PSW. I think having my favorite person not recognize me really affected me and I went into a depression where I gained a ton of weight again, which in turn made me unhappy, it was just a vicious cycle. But then, I would sit and remember her water trick, and I started drinking lemon water every day, because she had suggested it so many years earlier. I would drink the water when I was hungry between meals and it really helped.

All that to say, thanks for the great advice Grandma, and for always looking out for me when I was going down a bad path, and for noticing when I made positive changes. I will always love you, and you will always be my hero.

Rest in peace.

C xo

Friday, 6 January 2017

Day 6/365: Wardrobe

The only thing that sucks about losing weight/getting smaller, is your clothes stop fitting properly. While this is exciting for me, it's also rather annoying. I feel great! I want to show off my body, but the clothes I own all seem to hang off of me now. I'm literally swimming in my shirt right now. Having to replace a bunch of shirts and pants just sucks. I also am not a huge fan of clothes shopping, so there's that, and the lack of funds for new clothes!

This is why thrift stores are great! You can get some temporary clothes that fit well while you're still working on your fitness, and they're dirt cheap! I'd love to be able to go to the mall and drop $2000 on a new wardrobe, but I don't know many people who would be able to do that on a whim. So you make due by going to secondhand stores and asking friends or family members that are about your (new!) size if they have any clothes they don't wear anymore and are willing to donate to your cause (you!) Sometimes you can find some real gems that will look amazing on you.

I'm hoping to ask my family tomorrow if they have anything for me in the clothes department. It's pretty sad over here right now, heh.

Sorry for the short post! Tomorrow's will be longer, promise.

C xo

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Day 5/365: Getting People Talking

I find myself talking a lot about what I'm doing this year. It seems like everywhere I go there's food, and people want to offer it to me, and I politely decline. Sometimes they look disappointed, other times they're interested in what I'm doing, and this is what I love the most! I LOVE talking about food and the Whole30 and how it has changed my life in so many ways! The way I eat, the way I look physically, the way I feel mentally, and the way I look at food in general. Everything is different and shifted in the most positive direction. I can't stress how much this program will help others like me who have tried everything in the past, only to keep losing and gaining the same 50 lbs over and over again. Finally, there is a solution to all the yo-yo diets, and it's the Whole30. I love when people ask me questions, and I love their faces when I tell them the restrictions, I don't know why but it makes me laugh to see the shock. Like they can't imagine how tragic my life must be because I don't have a bagel with peanut butter every morning. The truth is that I've never been happier with my hard-boiled eggs and cucumbers for breakfast! I don't need all the filler foods for my life to feel complete anymore. I think I've truly achieved Food Freedom Forever (I have this book lined up to read next!)

I also love how many people have been inspired to try the W30. I know four people who are doing the January Whole30 for the first time this month! I love getting their texts when they show me what they're eating, or if they have any questions. I love everything about the community! (So much love in this post! Gah!)

There are a couple of people at work who are interested as well, hopefully they'll get on board! Because it's not just about weight loss, it's about being the best and healthiest version of yourself, the weight loss is just a great bonus! (Side note: I can't wait to weigh myself on Sunday! Been doing my running training this week as well as other workouts, and I'm excited to see if anything has changed!) My clothes are pretty much all too big at this point, especially the pants. Hooray for a non-scale victory!

C xo

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Day 4/365: The Struggle is Real/Name my Sugar Dragon/My Paleo Sauce Recipe!

Today was slightly more difficult. I was feeling tired and drained, and someone brought in chocolate to work. Damn. But at the same time, it's a test, a challenge, and I accepted that challenge. I defeated my inner craving and pushed the Sugar Dragon back down where he belongs. I feel like I should give my dragon a name... Simon or Hector or Fluffy... Any suggestions?

When it comes to cravings, I don't get them as much as I used to, but they're still there. Usually fleeting, I'll see something that LOOKS like it could be a gummy worm and I'll automatically remember the taste (it's happening now because I'm thinking about it). That's all it'll ever be for me now though, a sweet, sweet memory.

Due to the winter storm outside, I wasn't able to get my run in. However, my awesome new friend @celinefrazier put up another sample workout (she's been doing them all week) and I did that instead! Some strengthening and conditioning is just as good for a runner in training! I'll try and get the run in tomorrow if the weather is better!

Was a good eating day! Dinner was delish! Paleo meat sauce with spiraled sweet potato. I'll leave you the recipe at the bottom!

Thanks for tuning in guys and I'll see you tomorrow! Don't forget to please comment a potential name for my Sugar Dragon!

C xo

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Paleo Tomato Meat Sauce

1 can diced tomatoes (read the label!!)
2 lbs ground meat (I used beef)
1 onion, chopped
1 avocado, mashed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 fresh tomato, chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 handfuls baby spinach
2 tbsp cooking fat (I used olive oil)
salt and pepper to taste


Heat or melt fat in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once fat is hot, add onions and cook until translucent, 5-7 minutes. Add in garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add meat and cook until browned. Lower heat and add remaining ingredients. Simmer until sauce has thickened slightly (it will be a little runny, but your sweet potatoes, or spaghetti squash or zoodles will help soak it up) season as desired.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Day 3/365: Busy Day

Today I work both jobs. 8-4 at my desk job and then 5:15-9:15 at my retail job. On days like today, I have to plan ahead and make sure I pack my lunch as well as my dinner. Means a little extra planning on my part, but in the end, it keeps me on track with my goals and that makes me happy.

I had a little bigger breakfast today, and my energy levels are better than yesterday, so I'm hoping this will be an every day thing! I'm also finding that I'm able to go longer without food when I eat more at meal times (duh).

I had been weighing myself every day again, so now that I'm only doing it once a week, it's getting to be a little tough to go without! I just have to keep telling myself that the number on the scale doesn't matter and what matters is the way I feel and how my clothes fit (which is currently annoyingly loose #whole30problems). Breaking habits is hard, but necessary for change.

I'm trying to stay as active as I can today, however, the weather is uncooperative (freezing rain). I decided to just do a mini workout at my desk, since I'm pretty much hidden from everyone, it's the perfect plan! I did as much as I could with the clothes I'm wearing (dress pants and flats). Maybe tomorrow I'll wear some clothes that can pass as work clothes, but is also comfy enough to do a mini workout on my lunch hour! I just figured if I did part of it at work #1, I would have less to do later after work #2! As is, I'll have sit-ups and lunges, and 30 minutes of cardio to do when I get home. I'm hoping the weather is better tomorrow so I can run outside. Fingers crossed it's a nice day.

A few hours later...

I'm back from work, and I'm tired. I'm going to eat a couple of hard boiled eggs and have some water and chillax. Decided to not finish the workout today and continue on my running program tomorrow.

Night!

C xo

Monday, 2 January 2017

Day 2/365: My Year with Whole 30

I felt like today could have gone better. My breakfast was puny (only 3 hard-boiled eggs), lunch was a little better, leftovers from last night's roasted chicken and veggies. But dinner. Dinner was immaculate. Sauteed shrimp with onions and garlic on a bed of "zoodles" (zucchini noodles) with a homemade coriander pesto. Oh. Em. Gee.

Apart from food, I was also pretty active today. I started my half-marathon training! I'm very proud of myself for embarking on this journey once again. I will succeed this time! That being said, I'm in the market for a treadmill because winter running sucks! But you do what you gotta do. I also added on to my run today by doing a mini workout a friend posted on Instagram (@celinefrazier) which was a 25-minute walk/run, 50 squats, 50 crunches and 50 jumping jacks. Simple. Quick. Easy.

I felt like I was low-energy today, probably due to my small breakfast. I think I'll try eating more in the morning, and start eating less throughout the day and see how that goes.

Sorry this is such a short post, but I'm curious, what are your resolutions this year?

C xo

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Day 1/365: Whole365 and Goals for 2017

Happy New Year! I trust everyone had an amazing holiday and are raring to go with their 2017 goals? I know I am!

It is currently the end of the day on Day 1 of my Whole365! Felt the same as any other day since I've been eating this way for some time now. However, now I'm one day into my goal, and that feels good! Only 364 days to go. But who's counting?

The family and I ate well today, and I actually didn't need snacks either, which is one of my long-term goals. Eliminate snacking entirely and only eat at meal times. Working on it!

I had an empty notebook that I've been meaning to use, so this morning I pulled it out and started using it as a little journal to track my daily progress. I set it up with categories: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, beverages, activity, mood and reflection (I wanted to add this reflection section where I can write a few things about how I felt the day went and where I can express gratitude for the good things that helped me through the day). I feel like this tool will aid me on my journey in the sense that I'll have it as a souvenir when I'm done, everything just right there in the pages, even down to how I was feeling and what brought me joy. I've been trying to  be more active in journaling, so I'm hoping that this will help me with that goal as well! So many goals! 2017 is going to be quite the year, me thinks.

Now that I've got my food goals, and my personal growth goal, I also wanted to add a fitness goal. This is something that I tried doing a few years ago, but unfortunately a knee injury prevented me from accomplishing it. I don't care if I only do this once in my life, I want to run a half-marathon! I downloaded a free app that will help me with my training, and it says that I'll be able to run a half-marathon in just 12 weeks! So we'll see! I really need to get my hands on a treadmill, these Canadian winters will not do! The race that I'm hoping to run will be at the end of April. I WILL achieve it this time! I will! It will feel amazing to keep all of these promises to myself this year. Prove it to yourself! You got this!

Stay tuned, and don't forget to follow or subscribe to my blog for my daily updates about my year with Whole30 journey!

C xo