Whole 30 | Week 2 Recap

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Week 2 on Whole30 went really well.  I've been cooking a ton, which means I'm also cleaning the kitchen a ton! I'm also eating a lot of eggs, but I don't mind. So far, I'm really enjoying putting my meal plans together for the week.  The family has really enjoyed eating new meals for dinner.  Whole30 has challenged me to try new recipes and get out of making the same kind of meals each week.  I'll admit I've had a few days where I went off plan, nothing major, just like not making a juice for breakfast and having eggs instead.  Like I said, cleaning is such a pain and that juicer takes like 10 minutes to clean out! 

On week 1 I made a large pork shoulder in the slow cooker, carnitas style and had enough to freeze.  So, when the hubs got sick with a cold, I took it out and made a yummy carnitas soup for him that totally hit the spot, was easy to make, and was Whole30 compliant! BOOM! 

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My favorite meal this week was a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin by Paleo Running Momma. I made it with a side of roasted cauliflower + broccoli.  So delicious! 

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I finally made it to one of my favorite classes at the gym this week, Sandbag Xpress.  Such a great full-body workout! I also ran 3 days! Super happy I got 4 days of workouts in for the week.  Halfway through and I seem to have a bit more energy and I'm still feeling pretty good! I'm ready to finish the last 2 weeks strong and reset! 

Whole 30 | Week 1 Recap

Well, here we are week 1 of Whole 30 is in the books! Jason and I are doing the plan and we're modifying it some for the kids.  This isn't my first time trying to do Whole 30, both other times I ended up cheating or quitting for some reason or another. This time around, though I feel really good about it and I'm optimistic that I'll finish strong!  If you aren't familiar with the program, you can read more HERE but it's basically a plan to get you back to eating real whole foods, nothing processed and you eliminate certain foods, such as sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy. 

The week prior to starting the program I knew it was going to be a busy weekend and I figured, I'd eat ALL the foods not allowed on Whole 30, so come time to weigh in on Monday I had a few extra pounds to lose on top of the ones I already needed to lose!!! OOPSY, maybe not the best plan! But, all that overindulging really had me feeling bloated and yucky, so I felt great all week eating according to the program.  I made my meal plan for the week based on recipes I found on Pinterest and Instagram (love the feature on IG where you can save a post! It's great for recipes!) 

I won't share my entire meal plan(shoot me an email if you want it and I'll send it to you!)  for the week but 2 of our favorite recipes are:

1. Fish Taco Bowls from 40aprons.com  - it's been a family favorite for a while now, so I knew I had to include it in our first week.  The kids have them with corn tortillas instead of the cauliflower rice. This is not a difficult recipe at all, but there are a lot of components and it's time consuming.  I've skipped the mango salsa and cauliflower rice before and just ate the fish over the red cabbage and I have no complaints! Still bomb. 

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2.  Egg Muffins - I make these on a weekly basis and we all love them! They go in the fridge and are perfect for grab and go!  The kids will even take them to school for lunches sometimes! They're super versatile too so you can get creative with what goes in them! The recipe doesn't call for spinach but I felt like adding a little bit of green to them this week! 

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By the weekend I will admit, I was craving something crunchy! Anything would do: crackers, tortilla chips, potato chips! I also missed eating popcorn during movie night with the kiddos, but I survived and when I got on the scale this morning for my weekly weigh-in, I was happy with the results.  I know the plan says not to weigh yourself for the full 30 days but I just had to know if it was working! Sorry to any Whole 30 purists out there! I also ran 3 times last week, but didn't get my gym class in so I need to make sure I hit those goals this week too! I have to remind myself that in order to achieve my goals, I need to remain consistent and I have to make sacrifices. Here's to a successful week 2!! 

What are you working hard for this month? Any Whole 30 peeps out there with some advice or recipes to try out? Please share in the comments!! XO 

 

February 2018 Fitness Goal

In my attempt to keeping accountable, let me start of by saying January was not my month.  I'm really hoping it's not an indication of what the rest of the year is going to be like for me because, well, I won't stand for it! But, I do need to be more strict with myself because I really need to meet my goals.  The month started off ok. I was meal planning and prepping what I could but getting to the gym was not happening.  And then I hurt my foot during the Rock n Roll Arizona Half Marathon and it all went downhill from there.  Not able to run or workout much has made me cranky and sad.  And do you know what happens when I get cranky and sad? If you guessed eat you would be correct. So now that January is over and my foot is feeling better, it's time to let go of the excuses and make some drastic changes.  

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Welcome February!!! I am so ready for some structure and focus in my life, especially when it comes to self control on the weekends!!! So, I chose February to be my month to start Whole 30.  I'm actually starting on Monday, Feb. 5th because Super Bowl! I know, I know, talk about not having self control!!!! I'm actually really looking forward to starting Whole 30 and I've got all my meals planned for the 1st week.  This weekend I'll be going shopping and Sunday I plan to spend my morning prepping for the week, right after my first run in 3 weeks! I seriously cannot believe I haven't ran in 3 weeks!!! I've got the Rock n Roll Nashville Half Marathon coming up in April, so I want to get back to running (pain free) and start training correctly and consistently! I've got my BFF running it with me and it's going to be her 1st half marathon ever, so I gotta represent and be there for her!! And in an effort to stay injury free, I need to do some cross training, so going to the gym at least once a week should be totally doable, right?

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How did you start off your year? Were you on track or like me and needing a re-do?! What are your goals for this new month? No matter what, don't stress out and just keep moving forward and don't be too hard on yourself. XO