Whole30 Countdown Continues

Whole30 Countdown Continues Day 24

Whole30 Countdown Continues

As we enter the last week, the Whole30 countdown continues. My thoughts are in this post, while you can find my lovely wife Teri’s thoughts over here. It’s Wednesday and I am ready to start adding bread back into our diet next week.

It’s been a long day so this will be brief. Had the usual eggs and sausage for breakfast followed by stir fry and applesauce for lunch. Dinner we picked up on the run at Texadelphia. Teri had the grilled chicken and I had a turkey and avocado salad with no dress. It was surprisingly good.

Traffic around Dallas reminds us almost daily of why we do not want to retire in the Metroplex. Even the toll express lanes were slow today. We finally made it back home and are headed for bed.

Another day awaits as the Whole30 Countdown Continues

I am looking forward each day as it dawns. Bringing us closer to a less restrictive diet. I really want to find out if it’s the sugar, dairy, gluten, grains, legumes or a combination that has been causing my joint inflammation. The complete process should take about a month as we slowly add things back into our diet.

As a good friend of mine used to say, “Film at 11.”

Until then, feel free to express your thoughts below.

Whole30 Day24

Whole30 Day24

whole30 Day24

Bread Stall Open Air Market

Whole30 Day24 was one of those days you just hope to survive.  Work couldn’t have been worse.  In the past a day like today would have been a Pepsi and chips kind of day.  Followed by an evening of baking and eating.  I’m proud to say I stuck with drinking my water and only ate the chicken and vegetables packed in my lunch.

I have always been a stress eater.  In college I gained a significant amount of weight.  I’ve always struggled with managing my weight.  So I’m feeling very happy that I didn’t allow my self to sabotage my progress and go on an eating binge today.  Definitely a non-scale victory.

Finally, on Whole30 Day24 I’m begining to think my clothes are getting a bit looser.  Not much, but a start means we’re heading in the right direction.  A week from today we get to step on the scale.  I’ve already warned Shawn there will be tears if I’ve gained or maintained.  Folks at work have been reminding me not to get mad when Shawn does better on the scale than me.

In our remaining six days we plan to continue to get our water each day.  I’m finally to the point where all the water doesn’t make me nauseous.  Seriously, when you go from maybe 8 ounces a day to 80 your stomach goes into shock.  A benefit is that you get lots of steps in the first couple of days.  Yes, you end up running to the restroom far more frequently drinking water than soda.  Who knew?  Who ever thinks about these things?

Tonight Shawn and I had class and managed to find a restaurant that was willing to grill us each a chicken breast.  Shawn had his over a salad, no dressing and I just had mine a la cart.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how accommodating restaurants have been.

Getting late and we just got home.  So glad today is over.

Whole30 Last Week

Whole30 Last Week-Day 22-23

Whole30 Last Week

We made it to Whole30 Last Week! Only 7 more days! More of the same. Get up, walk, eat well, go to work, avoid the well-meaning coworker’s carb and sugar bombs, eat our pre-made lunch, go home, eat a Whole30 dinner, take care of the evening activities, hit the hay and do it all over again.

Whole30 Last Week Yucky Foods...Okay, maybe it just seems that boring to you, but I love all the recipe searching, shopping for new ingredients and trying them. My lovely wife, Teri, has eaten some things that she never would have eaten when we first met. I’m not sure she knew that there were vegetables that grow above the ground. She is mostly a meat and potatoes girl. I have definitely expanded her eating horizons. She’s not as picky as she thinks she is.

Interesting recipes ahead. Only time will tell if they are destined to be added to our permanent food list.

Whole30 Last Week What’s Next?

Starting next Wednesday, bread, soft, warm, fresh out of the oven bread, is back on the menu! We are so hoping that gluten is not one of the things causing inflammation. If it is, we are prepared with some low-gluten and gluten-free bread recipes. I may try them anyway, just to see how they taste.

After a week of bread, I plan to add dairy back into my diet. I do miss cream in my coffee. Next I suppose rice and other grains followed by legumes and lastly sugar. I plan to not use refined sugar, but instead go with honey where it makes sense and possibly Stevia or some other natural substitutes.

If anyone is interested in the recipes we used, let me know and I will gladly compile them into a PDF or least a series of food articles. Just let me know your thoughts, you’ve seen a few of mine. Have a great rest of your week.

Whole30 Day23

Whole30 Day23

Whole30 Day23

You find food everywhere!

A new twist to The Whole30 program this week is insomnia.  For some reason 2:15, 3:30 and 4:15 are my new wake up times.  It wouldn’t be so bad if I could fall back to sleep or if there was something really cool and interesting to think about.  Nope, just awake to be awake.  Needless to say Shawn falls asleep hopping into bed.

Morning walks aren’t as fun when your tired.  Shawn drags me for our stroll, and I’m walking at a tortoise pace.   We both manage to get our steps in for the day.  Shawn has continued kenpo a couple times a week but I’ve dropped all exercises except walking.

Whole30 Day23 and I ate breakfast.  Not sure why that meal is so difficult for me to get in each day.  I think part of it is due to the fact I’m not awake.  I checked The Whole30 website and they had some good advice to hopefully sleep better.  If you’re interested, you can find it here.

The apartment smells really good in the evening when we cook applesauce.  Our budget will love if when I can eat regular applesauce.  Making it from scratch is great but pretty expensive.  Our food budget has exploded since starting the plan.

Checking The Whole30 blog there are numerous comments about the amount of time food preparation takes on the program.   Comparing our meals now with those in the past, I would have to agree.  However, I was one that could grab a bag of chips and be good for lunch.  Not a very nutritious routine.

Hopefully tomorrow won’t be such a long and unproductive day at work.  Today was one of those days that just beats the life out of you.  And being exhausted didn’t help.  Lunches are ready and I know Shawn plans to walk.

Whole30 Day23 leaves us just 1 more week to go!