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Week One Whole 30 Recap

So we’re on day 8 of the whole30. I’ve made it a whole7 without caving in to social pressure or delicious media images of what I used to eat. I have trolled Pinterest for things that I would like to put in my face, but won’t. And there was one close call where I almost tested the kid’s pasta to see if it was cooked.

I was feeling thinner so I pulled on a pair of my size 8 shorts. I guess it was all in my head, hoping that I could drop a dress size in week. The shorts still wouldn’t button. Same as before. I so want to pull my scale out, but I haven’t, and I will not. I will not break the rule.

Things I have made from scratch this past week:

  1. mayonnaise
  2. pork breakfast sausage
  3. potato chips (I know, I know)
  4. cauliflower “rice”

Things I made last week that I have never made before:

  1. Stuffed peppers with grass-fed ground beef, cauliflower rice, heirloom tomato sauce, and spices (loved it!)
  2. Egg frittatas, various ingredients

Yesterday, for some reason, I felt happy. It was a beautiful day. The baby took naps longer than 10 minutes long, so I went outside and pruned the hedges and scrubbed the pool to get the algae into the filter. I didn’t want yesterday to end. I remember from my first attempt at a Whole30, having a change in my general disposition from one of grouchiness and lethargy to just being in an overall better mood. Maybe it’s back? I also feel like my skin is improving. The pores on my face look like they’re clearing out. It’s not perfect, but I don’t know… It just looks better to me without makeup.

So on to week two. Week two will come with a couple of challenges. First, my husband’s birthday is this week and he wants a pineapple upside-down cake (that he shouldn’t be eating!). Second, it is labor day weekend and we will be going to my mother’s for a barbecue. Rob and I have already talked about bringing some of our own food to make sure we stay compliant. We are worried it will hurt my mother’s feelings. She mentioned she wanted to give us a wedding cake at the barbecue since no one was at our wedding and we didn’t celebrate at all. She looked disappointed when I told her we would be doing a Whole30. We’ll see if she has a cake for us and figure out the best thing to do.

I’ll keep updating our progress through Twitter!

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I Know, I Know, It’s Only Day Two

As day two of our Whole 30 is coming to a close I want to say what a difference it makes emotionally to have someone at home to do it with you. I am so impressed with the enthusiasm my husband is showing for this program. It has been such a difference in him from all the times I wanted to go at it alone. I know it’s only day two, but if he wasn’t doing it with me, I wouldn’t have made it past day one. For real. I’ve tried before.

Today, we put the baby in the car and drove all the way to the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s markets which are not conveniently located to us, unfortunately. The produce there is noticeably so much more beautiful than the produce at our local grocery store. For the first time, after years of criticizing my label-reading, Rob was helping me read labels to ensure Whole 30 compliance. Hopefully we found enough ingredients to make enough compliant meals for us. 

ALSO! When we got home, we took our before pictures and took note of our before weights. I was actually pleasantly surprised by my before weight. When Rob told me how much he weighed, given all of the eating out and over-eating I have been doing, I thought I would weigh almost as much as him (my fear was I could have weighed more!). Come to find out I’m only a few pounds off of my pre-pregnancy weight and enough off his his weight to be satisfied with for now. It’s still too big a number for my comfort, but it was a nice surprise. I will share my before and after and total pounds lost (if any) when I complete the 30 days. We did take our weights on day two. We acknowledge you aren’t supposed to step on the scale for the entirety of the program, but we had no idea where we stood weight-wise, so we wanted a baseline to start with. We missed doing it yesterday or the day before. Actually, we didn’t even have a scale. But now I know! And I will be looking forward to comparing photographs next month. I think if it shows good progress physically, it would really motivate me to continue a Whole 9 type diet. 

So anyway, again, I feel so good about having a partner–my partner–going through this program whole-heartedly with me. Yesterday, he made his own mayonnaise, people. His own mayo. He said he didn’t even know before yesterday that you could make your own mayo. And now we have home-made mayo in our house for the first time. He is even telling his friends about the home-made mayo. I love it.