Admittedly I have slacked in my efforts to provide a daily blow-by-blow. Don’t be mad! Unlike a high school breakup, it really was me, not you. Since John got home last Thursday it’s been a mad dash to get everything accomplished we need to in a day. Since the last four days have fallen neatly into a phase of the Whole 30, we’re going to knock it out all at once. Four for the price of one. It’s a good deal right?
The Mental & the Physical
Days 12-15: Boundless energy! Now give me a damn Twinkie.
Pre-Whole30 I rarely made it through a night without getting up numerous times. I couldn’t even blame it on a dog who needed an emergency backyard visit. I’d wake up after sleeping an hour or two and be wide awake for hours on end. Usually this resulted in me sitting in front of the TV watching HSN or QVC and inevitably buying stuff. Now I’m sleeping soundly through the night and my bank account is much happier.
Waking up is no longer a chore. I don’t need to hit the snooze alarm five times and then drag myself out of bed because I’m dangerously close to being late and having to go without showering. I don’t dread working out or feel as drained afterward. It’s actually kind of nice being an active participant in my own life instead of feeling too tired to take part of it. I feel like I have energy-on-demand like a bunny.
One change I have noticed is a heightened sense of smell. This is NOT a good thing. Seriously I feel like a pregnant woman. (No Mom… don’t get excited. I’m not pregnant.) It could be the smell of food through a plastic container, or the smell of pond I run by that badly needs to be cleaned, or the dogs who have spent a little too long outside and have sweaty little bodies. The worst? The smell of the concession stand at the movie theater. *sigh* Movie theater popcorn is my kryptonite.
On Friday we decided to see The Guardians of the Galaxy. On a side note… If you haven’t seen it yet, immediately buy tickets. It is hands down one of the best movies I’ve seen recently. It has action, adventure, romance, suspense, comedy, good vs evil, and emotionally poignant moments… seriously I almost shed a tear towards the end.
I’ve been to the theater during the Whole30 before and usually it’s not a big deal. The theater we normally frequent has tables and they delivery delicious food and drinks right to your seat. So to be smart, we ate dinner at home beforehand and picked another theater where food isn’t quite so plentiful. What I didn’t bargain on was management making us line up for 20 minutes before we could go to our seats. That meant I had to stand right next to the concession stand with the enticing smell of popcorn just within my reach. I bought a bottle of Pellegrino to keep me occupied during the movie which I clung to like a life preserver furiously drinking in hopes it would wash the popcorn smell out of my nose. But. The. Smells. Were. Just. Too. Strong. I was mere seconds from saying “eff it” and burying my face into a vat of buttery popcorn goodness just as they let our line start making its way into the theater. Danger averted. It was close though. Damn close.
My food choices as of late have been boring. I’ve been reaching for leftovers or food that needs little to no preparation to eat and it’s been glorious because it’s so easy. I’ve also been really forgetful about taking pictures over the weekend so I’m going to try to recreate this as best I can to give you an idea of what I ate over the last few days.
Day 12 Breakfast – I had leftover ground pork with peaches, with leftover turnip greens and potatoes from dinner the night before. Not glamorous but it was delicious after running.
Day 12 Snack – I wasn’t hungry for lunch so I ended up just eating a snack later in the day… strawberries with coconut milk and tropical “granola” on top.
Day 12 Dinner – Dorothy introduced me to paleo ricotta last week so I took that idea and made stuffed chicken breasts with bacon on top for dinner. With that we had sautéed zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms. I swear I took a picture of this but it turned out bad so I’m sparing you.
Day 13 Breakfast/Lunch – Five Guys! Did you know you can eat compliant at Five Guys??? They provide a breakdown of the ingredients on their menu items including allergens. I usually get a burger (two patties because on Whole30, one is not enough) with lettuce, tomato, onions, green peppers, jalapenos, pickles, and mustard in a bowl. Since we didn’t eat until almost 1:30pm I ate it as soon as it was placed in front of me, hence no picture.
Day 13 Dinner – Dorothy and I got to hang out that evening and do some shopping after a much needed mani/pedi. Then we topped off the evening with a trip to BurgerFi. Luckily Dorothy remembered to take a pick of our “green style” burgers topped with tomatoes, an egg, bacon, onions, and mustard. I’ve never had them green style before but they were so good that even off the Whole30 I’ll keep getting them that way.
Day 14 Breakfast – Who doesn’t love a diner? Especially in the wee morning hours after hitting the bar. *sigh* Nothing but a memory now. But did you know most diners are very accommodating when it comes to keeping food as whole as possible? The local diner in our area, Silver Diner, has even undergone a transformation and is very focused on farm-to-table and providing gluten-free options. I’ve even called their corporate office to inquire about specifics on new dishes. Not only have they been very nice, but they call me back with more info than I could ever want. So Sunday I got an omelet with whole eggs and a ton of vegetables. It was delicious and kept me filled up until John was hungry again and demanded food.
Day 14 Dinner – John refused to have me cook after a day of running around trying to find clothes for work. Instead we ended up at Bonefish Grill and ordered off of their gluten-free menu. We each got grilled swordfish with sautéed zucchini and potatoes. Such a happy girl. A happy girl that once again scarfed down her food without a thought to pulling out her phone and snapping a picture.
Day 15 Breakfast – Hello leftovers. I was late this morning and just grabbed whatever I could out of the fridge which ended up being the remainder of the ground pork and peaches, and sautéed zucchini. Nothing fancy, just food.
Day 15 Lunch – I had to run out at lunch so I picked up something on the go from Panera. Dorothy’s post on eating Whole30 at Panera featuring the Power Menu is an excellent source of info. I took the lead from her and ordered the Power Steak Lettuce Wraps minus the pesto, plus avocado.
Day 15 Dinner – Zumba doesn’t leave a lot of time for preparing fancy dinners that take a long time at night. Luckily we picked up some tuna steaks the night before (and ran into Dorothy and Denton at Fresh Market) for dinner. Add some salad and done!
Day 12 – 9,138 steps from doing my Couch to 5k program and average daily activities. I may have skipped Zumba in favor of date night, but I’m up to jogging 28 minutes in a row. Go me!
Day 13 – 7,721 steps from average daily activities and Body Pump in the morning.
Day 14 – 10,490 steps from the Couch to 5k program and shopping all day with John. I actually got him to jog with me. My legs are shorter so he’d jog ahead and then circle back to me. He said, and I quote, “I knew it was going to suck but it didn’t suck nearly as bad as I thought it would.” He even took a picture of the trail we ran on.
Day 15 – 5,365 steps from Body Pump and daily activities. I swear my new pet peeve is my Body Pump count on fitbit. It’s so frustrating how little it registers on the app for the effort I put into the class. Grrr argh!
Next phase – Tiger blood!