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Whole30 Day9

Whole30 Day9

What’s the one item when trying to change people tell you is key to success?  Share the experience.  Let others know you are on your health journey.  Really?  I thought that was a good idea.  Today thought I’m not so sure.

Everyone, and I mean everyone knows I’m a picky eater.  Corn, peas, Lima beans and potatoes are pretty much my limit on vegetables.  Fruit?  Um, applesauce and maybe a slice of pineapple on ham.  Yep that captures all the fruit typically on my diet.

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Yucky Foods… from

Now, shall we count how many people stop by or text me during the day?  How’s lunch?  Are you hungry?  What could you possibly find to eat?  Are you going to stop this thing pretty soon?

Even worse, today’s lunch honestly wasn’t good.  Leftover Greek Meatballs from the other night.  They were fair the first time but unforgettable the second.  A recipe that won’t be repeated during or after the Whole30 program ends.

At least Shawn cooked up a storm this past weekend.  Thankfully, he’s both a sweetheart and a trooper. Courageously he has volunteered to finish those off for us.  I just need to pack other lunches for the rest of the week.

For those who know Shawn, you see how protective of me he is.  He say’s he doesn’t worry about anything in life.  He has tremendous faith.  However, since we’ve been married let’s just say he got more than he could bargain for.  I do keep him on his toes.  High school friends just laugh.  Anyways, now we have a daily ritual of interrogating (maybe that’s too strong, maybe not).  How are you doing?  Are you feeling okay?  Are you going to make it?

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Shawn trying to get me to try new things… from

Really, Whole30 Day9 finds me with a headache. I’m tired and feel like I’m not firing on all cylinders.  I’d love to have a Pepsi and some pretzels with peanut butter.  No, I’m not hungry – a question I’m asked numerous times a day.  But that doesn’t remove the desire.

So, Whole30 Day9 ends with me drinking yet more water (you have no idea how water logged I feel) and hoping this is all worth it in the end.

Happy Halloween!

Whole30 Dragging Day 6

Whole30 Dragging Day 6

I’m not sure why, but the day started good, but by 1100 I was so tired. Whole30 dragging all day on day 6. We got up and walked. Then stopped by Whole Foods to get more Italian sausage. Added in some sliced pork belly to try as bacon. Film at 11. 🙂

I was so draggy that I did not finish this post. So it’s a bit late.  Getting up was easy. So was heading out the door to walk and then back home for breakfast. So far I’m doing okay. Headed to the dojo to work out and there is where the Whole30 dragging feeling started. Warmups were okay, but I was feeling them more than usual. Fortunately the rest of class was mostly drills and reviewing some familiar techniques, but with a twist,

Post workout and dinner!

My lovely wife returned from her Wal-Mart run to pick me up and then it was back home to start meal prep for the next week. She had already found recipes that she might eat. You can read more about her day here. She found a great recipe using the Riced Cauliflower. It’s a chopped vegetable and pulled chicken casserole.

The recipe title was Buffalo Chicken Casserole. We had no Buffalo sauce or chicken in the house, so we used some spicy tomatoes and ground turkey. It turned out just fine, but a bit bland. I fixed that by adding a little sprinkle of red pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Mmmmm Esta muy bueno.

Once we completed dinner and everything cleaned up and put away, we finished our walk for the day. Our goal is to get in 15,000 steps every day. Some days it is harder than others. After the walk we settled in and watched a movie. We were both dragging. Even being tired, we stuck to our Whole30 plan. We are looking forward to another week.


Whole30 Day5

Whole30 Day5

Today was a cool and brisk day.  We skipped our morning walk so I braved the wind at lunch.  We’ve been focused on eating healthy and not adding exercise this week.  Maybe next week we’ll add a few ab and weight exercises.  Maybe.

Hard to believe that last Friday night I was talking to a friend about the program.  She’s a week ahead of us.  She was full of energy and excited to talk about the rules and recipes she had tried.  I think the topic came up when she asked how work was going.  Work is actually going fine.  However, since starting in March I’ve gained 16 pounds.  No, you didn’t read that wrong and it isn’t a typo.  In just seven months I’ve added a pound here, a few more there and poof you’re at 16.

Shawn and I have been talking for awhile about eating better.  He was all excited when he heard about the Whole30.  Most likely since he had such success on Paleo several years back.  I’m sure it also had to with getting me to eat new things.  He’s been having a blast trying new things.  Meals have included all sorts of colors of peppers this week.  He even got me to try the cauliflower rice.  Honestly I think it would be better in broth but it was still edible.

I really could have used my hot chocolate this morning.  The walk from the train station to the office was cold.  Although, this evening I was really cold.  Unexpected 20 minute wait for the train due to the fabulously reliable Dallas trains having switching problems.  It was also doughnut day at the office.  Fortunately it’s an every Friday occurrence so could plan to be far from the break room.

Tonight we went to Raider’s of the Lost Ark concert at the Dallas Symphony’.  The show was very nice and we had fun.  Probably a good idea that we get out of the apartment.  I’m pretty certain staying home on a chilly Friday night would have led to poor food choices.  Typically our Friday night “date night” is a trip to Wal-Mart for groceries.  We’ve saved that for tomorrow.  We did review recipes tonight and put together our shopping list.  Just for the record we’re now expanding our “date night” shopping trip from just Wal-Mart.  Yep, Whole Foods has made the agenda.  It’s the only place we could find compliant sausage for our breakfast.

If your considering trying the Whole30 program it’s really not bad.  I would read the website to become familiar with the rules and what you can and can’t have.  Lot’s of deep breaths are helpful when reading the forbidden list.  Trust me here.  Look through all the recipes and pick a few.  It does take planning and preparation, but it’s worth it.  Whole30 Day5 found us both feeling better and having more energy.

It’s not a diet but a way of eating.  That does make me a bit nervous.  What if we don’t lose any weight?  Ugh, what if we gain!  Man I miss my scale.

Whole30 Day5 is a wrap.  Wish us luck over the weekend!

Service with a Smile World War II Style

Service with a Smile throughout life

This Memorial Day finds me a bit more pensive than usual. My dad, a World War II veteran, passed away last month. He rarely talked about his experiences in the war unless he was around his other Navy buddies. Dad always looked forward to what was coming up next. Even during the war, Dad smiled and kept a positive attitude. He gave his service with a smile. Here is a short tribute to an amazing life.

Service with a smile – The Greatest Generation

Dad finally did acquiesce to telling his story. I owe this to my dear friend Jon. He worked with the Library of Congress’s Veterans History project and sparked Dad’s interest in making sure his memories were not forgotten. Dad and a couple of his friends recorded his thoughts. There was about 15 hours of video. I trimmed it down a bit and ended up with an hour and half of Dad’s recollections of World War II.

I know this is due to my grandmother’s influence. She was a strong women. Not in the physical sense, but emotionally and spiritually. Arthritis racked her body from a young age causing her difficulty in many of the tasks others found simple; buttoning a shirt, sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking. Grandma rarely complained. One of her favorite sayings was, “Things fall into two categories, Things you can do something about and things you can’t. The first you just do it and move on. The second, you pray about it, give it to God and move on.” Grandma always gave the family service with a smile.

Things fall into two categories, Things you can do something about and things you can't. The first you just do it and move on. The second, you pray about it, give it to God and move on. Click To Tweet
Service with a Smile in spite of the price.

World War II

Growing up, I got a dose of positive attitude and discipline from them both. No matter what happens, whatever life throws at you, try to give your service with a smile. And remember those that gave you the freedoms you enjoy today.