Whole30 Meal Ideas:
If you have read any of my blog posts, you know that I am not a cook, don’t want to be a cook, and pretty much loathe cooking. However, as I know it is important to learn and grow, I am committing myself to learning and being more active when it comes to cooking. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t completely changed my ways, but I am making a little progress. I am slowly but surely creating some healthy meals here and there. Below is my latest meal. It was super easy to make and everyone loved it. Yay!
Anything I can do to help my husband out is good. He loves to cook and has helped me tremendously, but I don’t want him to have the sole burden. That isn’t fair because he works just as hard as I do. Anyhow, if you are like me and don’t like to cook, take it one step at a time and make easy meals that are quick
Whole30 Weight loss…How much have I lost?
Sorry ladies and gents, I have not weighed myself yet. I can’t believe it either, but I’m not ready! I have come so far and to see a number on a scale that isn’t what I am hoping for might just mess with my mind. I am not going there just yet. I know that I have a lot more to lose. That, I know for sure, and I don’t want a scale to step in and ruin what I have going. Plus, it really isn’t about a number. For me, it is about feeling good and being healthy. What is a number on a scale going to do for me? Nothing at all. If you are like me and easily discouraged, stay away from the scale for a while. When you are ready, go for it! Hop on that scale and do so knowing that it is just a number.
How do I know if I am shedding pounds if I haven’t weighed myself?
I feel so much better physically
My confidence has increased tremendously
My clothes are fitting loose
Clothes that didn’t fit me before now fit
My entire family keeps telling me they see the difference
Whole30 Day 47…What Happened to 30 Days?
If you are wondering why I am on day 47 on a plan that says Whole30, then you are within reason. The whole30 program rules call for people to follow a fairly strict guideline of approved foods for 30-days as a way to restart your body, followed by reintroduction of certain foods one step at a time to really feel what your body does and does not agree with when it comes to food. If the program calls for 30 days, why am I on day 47?
The truth is, I feel too good to go back now. I don’t want any of the horrible foods that I used to eat that turned me into a person that I honestly could not stand. I simply don’t want to feel that way again. I looked horrible and felt worse. Although I have a way to go to meet my goals, I know that I will get there with Whole3o. I am doing this for myself and my family. How can I expect my kids to live up to their full potential when I am not modeling a healthy lifestyle for them? It isn’t right! Luckily, I finally woke up from the sugar coma that I was in and started being the role model they needed when it comes to food and it has made all the difference. I hope to continue this way for as long as I can.
However, they say that 80% of people don’t make it for two rounds of Whole30 and here I am planning to go on for much longer. First of all, I am determined not to be a statistic. I have gone 47 days with out any sugar filled foods and if I can go this long, there is no reason I can’t make it to 60 days. After day 60, I will decide where I want to go with Whole30. However, going back to eating sugary garbage is not going to be an option. For some reason, I feel that if I veer away from Whole30 then it will leave room for me to easily go for the chocolate piece of cake or bread, etc…I can’t go there just yet. If I didn’t have so much more to lose, I obviously wouldn’t be so obsessed with staying faithful to Whole30. Everyone has their own journey and people should adjust as they see fit.
Have I had any cravings? I can’t tell you that I have had many cravings because I haven’t. I did have a craving for a smoothie the other day and I had my daughter make one for me. The Whole30 program does not really advise people to have smoothies during the program, even though they are technically approved, because it sends a different signal to your brain, and I get that, but if you have one every now and then, I don’t see the problem 🙂 In my opinion, once you pass the 30 day mark, you have to make changes that are going to keep you going strong on a healthy path and not worry so much about being perfect, just be you!
In the past, I would eat almost all day, literally. I always wanted to snack on something and I knew that I wasn’t hungry while I was eating. I also knew what I was doing was bad. Yet, I continued to do it each day, feeling horrible right after. It was a vicious cycle that took a while for me to get out of. I struggled for a long time and finally, when I started to physically hurt and couldn’t walk down the hallway at work without panting or feeling my heart race, I decided enough was enough. When you reach a point in your life when you realize that your pain hurts more than eating healthy, you will flip the switch and make the best choice of your life.
If you are in pain or you’re not able to do things you used to do in the past, know that you can change things. I know because that was me. I was in pain, and I couldn’t do simple things like run (I love running), put on my pants without wobbling over. I had a hard time even putting on my bra. Heck, I couldn’t even polish my toe nails. I know you may be thinking, “Why is she sharing such personal things?” But, this is a reality overweight people face. I need people in similar situations to know that we all have it in us to make a change. So, I urge you to try anything. I suggest Whole30. But, if it isn’t for you, then do whatever it takes that makes you flip your switch and keep on keeping on the right path to a healthier life. Don’t seek perfection. Seek to improve yourself and focus on yourself, not thy neighbor. Otherwise, you will never be fulfilled. Decide to get healthy and don’t let anyone stop you. Find people that uplift and encourage you. I am blessed to have supportive people all around me.
If you are living a healthy life style, you have to find ways to treat yourself, of course with healthy choices. I choose to treat myself to a smoothie every now and then. I used to add all kinds of sugar to my smoothies. Now, all I need to add is the fruit and it tastes amazing! What was I thinking adding sugar to fruit? My daughter is the smoothie queen around here and she is the one that showed me how to eat a smoothie with no sugar. The trick was adding the banana 🙂 I always wanted just a strawberry smoothie. Now, I have a strawberry, blueberry, and banana smoothie and OMG…It is amazing! Super excited about a simple smoothie. If you are like me and like smoothies on the go, I recommend buying a little Nutri Ninja Pro Blender pictured below. I’m happy with both my Ninjas.
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