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My Whole 30 Experience

February 1, 2015

It’s day 31 of my Whole 30.  Which means, I did it! And I will say, it’s not ‘that’ hard.  I love this quote from the author, Melissa Hartwig, “It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. – See more at: http://whole30.com/step-two/#sthash.EWB932zf.dpuf”

(And, if you want you can add coconut milk (full fat) to your coffee, which I happen to be drinking right now.  And it’s good!)

And drum roll please, I lost 6 pounds! In 30 days! I am really happy about that.  I was secretly hoping I lost double digits, like 10, but I am actually more happy about this.  Six pounds isn’t a crazy number, which leads me to believe that this is real.  It’s not some fad, it is sustainable weight loss.

The other reason why 6 pounds is awesome is because outside of following the food rules, I didn’t restrict myself.  I ate what I wanted and how much I wanted.  I never felt hungry (unless it was right before a meal), I didn’t count calories, I didn’t think a whole lot about macronutrient proportions or if I was eating too much fat.  In fact, because I’ve been buying my avocadoes at Costco, I have a lot to eat once they are ripe, so it became one of my goals towards then end to eat 1 avocado a day.  And I have a new found love for them.

Here are some other things I noticed during the 30 days:

-Tigers blood (what the Whole 30ers call this side effect) – Sustained energy throughout the day.  You heard me say this before if you’re a regular reader.  I don’t have energy swings, I don’t get tired at 3:00 p.m. (or right after lunch), and I don’t get low blood sugar or the ‘shakes’ (which would happen to me somewhat frequently.)  This is the greatest change for me (outside of better body image) because I used to feel tired a lot and back in the day, I would actually fall asleep sitting up in a chair right around that 2-3 p.m. slump. Tigers blood is also just overall feelings of awesomeness.

-Better body image.  I started to see changes in my face and body maybe 2 weeks in which is always a good feeling.  But having a little more control over my eating habits has also helped me feel so good about myself.  My eating and drinking habits (especially at night and when I was alone) made me feel a little out of control.  I snacked and ate out of boredom.  Or I’d get these uncontrollable cravings for pizza specifically and would order one and eat a lot of it and then feel like crap afterwards.  Having this control and not turning to foods when I’m bored has sent my self image through the roof. Also, the foods I eat now, make me feel good.  I never feel sick to my stomach, even if I am really full.

-My skin and hair was generally pretty good.  But I have noticed that my skin is clearer and more even.  And my hair is crazy silky (probably from all the avocados.)  I actually noticed this change (especially my skin) in the picture taken last night where I was makeup free.  (Photo note: I really was in auntie heaven.  If my hubby was with me, there is no way that my nephew would have wanted to cuddle with me, he for sure would have been cuddling my hubby instead, his ‘best-friend’. So I got really lucky.)

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-Okay starting out, my running was really a problem.  Then, on day 18, I went for a 4 miler and I felt really good.  But I wasn’t sure how my half-marathon was going to go (coming up on day 23).  It went really well, much better than I expected.  I felt good the majority of the time. There was one point right after the mile 10 marker when I started to feel really weak.  I was about to try and eat some of the banana I stashed in my pocket (literally) but I thought I’d wait it out and focus on my running mantras which happen to be, “just one foot in front of the other” and “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”.  And it worked.  I also focused on picking off people in front of me.  What’s crazy is that I did end up passing a lot of people in the last 4-5 miles and I never got passed in those final miles. Now the very end of this race (like the last half mile) is a total b**** and I felt awful for that last five minutes (literally my final mile was a 10 minute mile which really disappointed me because I was running much faster up to that point.) There is this one really steep up-hill that did me in.  I had to walk and I thought for sure someone would pass me.  But no one did, apparently everyone else had a problem with that hill too. When I did finally finish, I thought for sure I was going to puke, but I didn’t.  I didn’t have anything except some water at the water stops and that is why I was sick at the end.  If I’m going to continue with this, I will definitely need to figure out long run fueling because I’ve got some marathon training coming up in the near future. (Oh by the way, the morning before the half, I ate 3 scrambled eggs with hot sauce. I never would have thought that would be a good pre-run breakfast.) The other great thing about this race was my stomach.  I had zero stomach issues. Which is amazing.

-Sleep – My sleep has been great.  I still have very vivid dreams but the quality of my sleep is great every single night.

So what do I do now. On the whole 30 website, they actually talk about this and how people get panicky on day 30 about what to do on day 31.  Here was my original plan, continue eating the Whole 30 way, but add in wine so I am not a sloppy drunk in Mexico because I will be having some cocktails in Mexico.  But how much of an impact on my tolerance will a couple of glasses of wine a few nights actually have on my tolerance. So I haven’t decided.

Do you want to know what I am craving right now? Hot oatmeal. I know, I am weird. I’ll let you all know if I cave.

My Whole 30 experience (so far) and trying to figure out how to train

January 11, 2015

This morning marks the start of day 10 which according to the Whole 30 team, is the hardest day and the day that those who end up quitting, quit on.

Ryan and I are still going strong though and have NO intentions of quitting.

I’m running the Securian 1/2 Marathon on January 24th.  I have done this in the past and it usually falls on a really cold day (and we’re talkin’ MN standards,) making it pretty challenging.  The race organizers have actually had to cancel the race in the past due to severe weather. (Hopefully that doesn’t happen this year.) I signed for this race prior to committing to the Whole 30.  My thought process was, I’ve done so many marathons and long training runs, 13.1 miles isn’t even what I consider a long run, this will give me a new challenge, yes, it will be hard for the first couple of weeks but the 1/2 isn’t until the start of week 4, I’ll be fine, I’ll power through and this will only make me stronger mentally, who needs all those carbs anyway… blah blah blah…

Well, I’m on day 10 and I have two long runs under my belt and four other runs since starting this.  Here a recap of those 10 days:

Whole30 Day 1 (Friday, January 2nd)

(Keep in mind, I am going off of memory, I didn’t take pictures of every single meal)

Breakfast – I’m pretty sure I had sweet potato hash with 3 eggs and some fruit.

Lunch – Salmon cake (I’ll share the recipe later) and big salad (greens, peppers, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, kalamata olives, balsamic vinegar and olive oil)

Dinner – Beef stew with veggies. This was delicious.

Recap – I got hungry, really hungry before dinner (this is really the only time because I adjusted some of my portions.) I felt pretty decent though throughout the day.  I had the day off, so I did some grocery shopping and food prep and chores around the house. I didn’t work out.

Whole 30 Day 2

I slept decent the previous night although I do remember waking up a lot and I had a dream about a chocolate milk shake.

I had a 10 mile long run ahead of me.  I wasn’t sure what to eat and didn’t take the time to look up what the Whole 30 peeps recommend.  I had some super ripe bananas sitting out so I thought I’d have what I typically have pre-run, 1/2 banana with almond butter.  I had about 1/3 of the banana (it was so ripe it was mushy and I thought I was going to puke, I was so grossed out, I did however eat about a heaping teaspoon of almond butter.) I felt super low on energy during my run, but I kept on telling myself that this was normal and that I’ve felt a whole lot worse on long runs and that it was only 10 miles. The amazing this about this run was that I had no stomach issues during, and I am known to have stomach issues on runs.

Lunch: (breakfast) sweet potato hash, 3 eggs, 2 pieces of compliant bacon, 1/2 grapefruit. This was a great thing to have (I think based on how I felt). It kept me full until dinner.

Dinner: Ground beef taco’s with mango salsa and pico de gallo in radicchio leaves.  I don’t recommend the radicchio leaves because they are supper bitter.  I would recommend having romaine leaves or cabbage leaves instead . This was a challenging night.  Ryan and I got to babysit our super adorable and fun nephews.  I had the pleasure of making them quesadillas.  This was my first brush with major temptation. I love cheese and I love crispy, cheesy quesadillas.  We made it through though.  Thankfully our dinner was super yummy.  I was pretty bummed though because I couldn’t find any ripe avocadoes and I really wanted to have guacamole with it.

Whole 30 Day 3

Day 3 was pretty good!  Nothing special until my nephews birthday party.  I brought some slow cooked pork shoulder.  (I just rubbed a 3.5 lb pork shoulder with some coarse salt and pepper, garlic and onion powder, and coconut amino’s and I put it in a crock pot for 18 hours… it was amazing.) We had the pork with some salad.  We also had bowling league that night. That posed more temptation, but we did just fine!

Whole 30 Day 4

I’ve been sleeping really well since starting.  But I typically sleep well when I don’t have any alcohol. This was my first day of work since starting.  We woke up early to work out.  I ran 4 miles on the treadmill.  I didn’t have a lot of energy but I got through it.  Work went fine.  I didn’t feel hungry (and I typically do when I run in the morning.) That night we had the spaghetti squash Bolognese (recipe in last post.) That was really good!

Whole 30 Day 5

I’ve felt pretty good throughout this entire week. I made my favorite dinner so far, “Chicken Puttanesca”. I ran 5 miles on the treadmill after work.  I did some speed intervals and felt almost normal.  It was good! (I will share this recipe next!)

Whole 30 Day 6

I ran 3 miles after work today.  I remember this day because I had lunch around 12:30 p.m. and didn’t get home from work until around 7 p.m. I was hungry but not starving and I really wanted to run so I got those 3 miles in.  I made a roasted chicken with veggies and a salad and felt pretty good.

Whole 30 Day 7

Another good day.  I woke up early and ran 5 miles in the morning. Again, I did not feel very good during this run. The day went well though.  I had a really yummy salad with an avocado.  I felt satisfied for the rest of the night.  I had a committee meeting and felt fine even with the treats and wine that was served.  I also slept well this night.  It was the first night I didn’t have crazy wild dreams.

Whole 30 Day 8

This day started out okay.  I started to get a horrible headache towards the end of my work day.  When I got home, I tried resting a bit and it didn’t help. We had dinner plans that night. I will say having dinner out is not easy, especially when your nephew is devouring the bread and butter in front of you.  I took some Ibuprofen during dinner and I started to feel a little better. I went to bed early that night because I still didn’t feel 100%.

Whole 30 Day 9 (long run #2)

I woke up with that same raging headache but it was worse.  It was stemming from the base of my skull.  I also had a 12 mile run ahead me.  I have had a hard time figuring out what to eat before long runs, given my last long run.  I decided to do a full breakfast of eggs, sweet potato hash, guacamole, and blueberries.  Once I started my run, my legs felt like a pile of bricks and I felt like I had a brick in my stomach too.  At mile 4.2 I had to make an emergency pit stop and thankfully there was a place for me to stop right when I needed it.

I planned to run the first seven miles and then meet up with my cousin for the last five. I was ready to be done at mile seven, in a bad way. But my running partner was ready to go and I couldn’t back out when I saw her. She really kept me going and she kept telling me stories and really got me through those last five miles. At the 10 mile point I thought I was going to be sick but we walked a bit. I am so used to taking gels usually every 5 miles during a long run (anything over 10) and I didn’t this time of course. I brought an orange along with me but completely forgot about it when we starting the last five. I did make it to the finish though and I never got sick. Post run, I ate that orange immediately and when I got home I took a shower (when you run for 2 hours in 16 degree weather with a wind chill of zero, it is extremely important to get in a hot shower as soon as you can, or you FREEZE and all that sweat makes it even worse.) Waiting that long though to eat something with actual substance is not a good idea for me. I get sick to my stomach really easy so after that shower I was not up for eating a big meal. I ate one of my favorite Whole 30 approved treats, blueberries and blackberries topped with some cashew butter and coconut flakes. Later on I made a chicken coconut green curry. It was pretty good and pretty close to our favorite Thai takeout.

Whole 30 Day 10 (today)

I woke up early expecting to meet my sister for a recovery four miles. However, she had a late night (later than expected) and needed to back out. So I spent the morning drinking coffee and relaxing and once the hubby got up (he closed at work the night before and didn’t get to bed until after 2 a.m.) we did some more relaxing. It’s been a really nice day. I had an awesome breakfast of the leftover Bolognese sauce topped with raw sauerkraut and 3 eggs with a half grapefruit. And had a late lunch of a salad (mixed greens, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, red pepper, olives, avocado, and a can of tuna with my homemade vinaigrette) and I feel really good.

I do need to get my poop in a group now and figure out what we’re going to eat this week! Planning and meal prep is super important when you’re doing the Whole 30. I am planning to get that puttanesca recipe up later tonight! I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

-Leah

p.s. follow me on instagram where I put pictures of most of my meals @leahtheorin