Monday, July 28, 2014

July Whole 25: Week 4 Meal Plan

Honestly I'm losing steam.  I'm super sick of planning my meals and cooking.  I opted for a lot of simple meals this week and a lot of the recipes were picked because I had most of the ingredients in my fridge already.  I'm so ready to eat the bacon that has been taunting me in my fridge!

Although I've really been enjoying my weekly breakfast selection, I really don't feel like making anything.  I may hard boil some eggs tomorrow night while I'm cooking dinner, but if not I have fruit and Lara Bars.

  • Lunch: Whatever leftovers we need to get rid of!
  • Dinner: Grilled chicken (marinated in olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, chipotle spice blend) with grilled veggies and possibly some guacamole
And then I'm DONE!  I'm planning on eating some more leftovers for lunch on Friday since I know I'll be indulging this weekend.  I need to really start thinking about my approach for post Whole30.  I have no intentions of staying 100% compliant, but I know I need to do better than I was doing before or I'll just end up right where I started.

Do you try to follow a certain style of eating on a regular basis?  How do you keep yourself in check?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

My July Whole25: Days 16 - 21

Day 16 - Tuesday 7/22/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee and a slice of my egg casserole
  • Lunch: I went out with a coworker after a field meeting, they really didn't have much in the way of compliant choices, so I went with a chicken caesar with no croutons.  I'm sure the dressing was a cheat and obviously the sprinkle of cheese!  It wasn't a cheesesteak!
  • Snack: A peach
  • Dinner: Lemon Ginger Chicken from The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook with Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice, super yummy!
  • Workout: CrossFit at 6 am! The WOD was:
    • 50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders
    • 25-20-15-10-5 Snatches
    • Alternating between (22 min cap)
I finished in 17:05 and used 35 lbs for the snatch.  I also walked Puddin' and did some pull ups on my neighbors homemade pull up bar!
  • Sleep: 6.5 hours
  • Thoughts: More temptations at work, a free ice cream social that I successfully avoided.  I was SUPER exhausted by the end of the day.

Day 17 - Wednesday 7/23/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee and a slice of my egg casserole + a little bit of sweet potato
  • Lunch: I went out to celebrate a coworker who is getting married over the weekend.  I had a salad with grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar, spicy pecans, red peppers, tomatoes, red onions, with garlic ranch.  I ordered it without croutons and I gave away the roll that came with it.  I could should have ordered it without the cheese and just topped with oil & vinegar instead of the dressing it came with.
  • Dinner: Leftover Lemon Ginger Chicken in an Asian inspired salad with cabbage, carrots, celery, snap peas, jalapeno, scallions, sesame seeds, mandarin oranges, and sliced almonds, dressed in some marinade I put aside when I made the chicken.  This was awesome!
  • Workout: CrossFit at 6 am - Strength portion: Front squat, 2 reps EMOM for 10 minutes at 80% of max.  I did 95 lbs, which was light for my 140 lbs front squat, but these were so tough!  The WOD was a 10 minute AMRAP:
    • As many wallballs as possible
    • Every time you took a break you had to do 10 toes to bar
I completed 67 reps.  I guess I could've pushed myself through more wallballs, but my legs were cooked from those front squats and I know I got a good workout.  I also took Puddin' for a walk, but as always, it was a slow one.
  • Sleep: 6.5 hours
  • Thoughts: Yay for easy dinners that remix other meals!

Day 18 - Thursday 7/24/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee and a slice of my egg casserole + a little bit of sweet potato
  • Lunch: Leftover Lemon Ginger Chicken from The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook with Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice.  Another free lunch at work that I skipped and brought my own. 
  • Snack: Some cherries
  • Dinner: Steak fajitas, yum!  I sauteed some onions and peppers in ghee with a chipotle spice blend, Dave grilled the steak, and I whipped up some homemade guac with an avocado, some onion and tomato, a little minced jalapeno, some lime juice, salt, and cilantro.  We topped everything with a few chunks of tomato and a bit of salsa.  So simple and so yummy.
  • Workout: Walk with Puddin'
  • Sleep: 7.5 hours
  • Thoughts: I prepped the Lamb Meatballs with Paleo Tzatziki Sauce for the dinner tomorrow night, so I can just relax and enjoy while I'm there, but the time I was done with that and our dinner I was feeling super burnt out in the kitchen.  I'm thinking some super quick and easy recipes will be making an appearance in next week's meal plan!

Day 19 - Friday 7/25/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee and a slice of my egg casserole + a little bit of sweet potato
  • Lunch: Leftover Lemon Ginger Chicken from The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook with Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice
  • Snack: More coffee!
  • Dinner: Greek Night!  Lamb Meatballs with Paleo Tzatziki Sauce, some baba ganoush, souvlaki (pork, chicken, and veggie kabobs - compliant except for a splash of soy sauce), and some Greek salad (hold the feta, womp).  I also tried a small slice of moussaka because my coworker went through quite a process to create this new to me dish and YOLO.
  • Snack: Kombucha
  • Workout: 6 am CF 80 lbs power clean
  • Sleep: 5.5 hours (woof!), they have been doing construction on a water main the road near my house for what feels like forever.  Usually it's not that big of a deal, but when they were jack hammering the pavement at 11:30 pm last night, I was super pissed!  "Oh it's so cool out, let's open the windows and turn off the AC."  Fail.
  • Thoughts:  My tummy felt kinda bloated when we left the dinner, I know there was flour and some other non compliant items in the moussaka.  Or maybe it was the soy sauce that got me.  Either way, I could've been more strict at this event.

Day 20 - Saturday 7/26/14
  • Brunch: Some leftover steak and cumin carrots
  • Snack: More coffee!
  • Grazing all day: I was pretty loose at the Christmas in July pool party we attended.  I ate some meatballs, buffalo chicken, pulled pork, and wings that I'm sure were not compliant due to marinades and sauces.  I made a Pinterest inspired veggie tray (shaped like a Christmas Tree... totally thought I took a picture of this, but couldn't find it) and served it with some guac to guarantee I'd have some veggies, but I also picked some out of the pasta salad (that probably had some non compliant dressing on them).  I ate some watermelon and had a Trilogy flavored kombucha.
  • Workout: Nada
  • Sleep: 7 hours
  • Thoughts: The Whole30 is so easy when I'm cooking, but when I'm at parties and restaurants I just can't justify being "that person."  I don't have an autoimmune disease, I don't have horrible acne, I'm not morbidly obsese, I don't have Celiac's... am I doing a proper Whole30?  No.  Am I changing my eating habits for the better?  Yes.

 Day 21 - Sunday 7/27/14
  • Breakfast: Coffee
  • Lunch: Apparently bridal showers are my downfall... I ate some salad, grilled veggies, a super cheesy eggplant rollatini, some chicken parm, some chicken francese... oh and a cupcake with extra frosting!  And a tiny bite of crumb cake, that wasn't worth it, so I didn't eat the rest.  Coffee.
  • Dinner: Chipotle bowl with carnitas, mild & green salsa, lettuce, and guacamole
  • Workout: Spent 5.5 hours in the car today, ain't nobody got time fo dat
  • Sleep: 6.75 hours
  • Thoughts: Mehhh, what can I say?  The cheesy food was definitely a cheat, but a cupcake?!  My sister and my mom started indulging in their cupcakes and could not stop raving about the amazing icing.  Michelle even said it was the best icing she ever tasted.  I decided it was worth it.  No joke, the icing tasted like butter.  It was DELICIOUS.

Again... I am not the poster child for a perfect Whole30, but I'm just trying to keep it real on the blog!  Tomorrow is a new day.  Time to get back on track and finish strong.

What do you do when you fall off the wagon?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My July Whole25: Days 12 - 15

Day 12 - Friday 7/18/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee, a small green apple, and 2 small Coconut Chicken Fingers
  • Lunch: The last of the Crock Pot Beef Stew
  • Dinner: 2 burgers with tomato, onion, pickles, and red hot in lettuce wraps
  • Snack: Gingerade Kombucha
  • Workout: 6 am CrossFit - Strength portion:  Deadlift, 2 reps EMOM (every min on the min) for 10 minutes at 70% of max.  I did 145 lbs.  The WOD was a 10 minute AMRAP:
    • Odd minutes: anchored sit ups (squeeze feet around kettlebell, wrists have to touch kettlebell at top)
    • Even minutes: kettlebell swings, I used the 36 lbs kettlebell
This workout wasn't too bad as far as CrossFit goes.  I'm really loving getting my workouts finished first thing in the morning!
  • Sleep: 6.5 hours
  • Thoughts: I skipped my mother-in-law's potato salad, which I love, because although white potatoes are now compliant (as of yesterday!), I knew it contained a bit of sugar and non compliant mayo.  I happily drank my kombucha while my friends took shots of tequila.  Booze is not a struggle for me.
Always happy to be down the shore!

Day 13 - Saturday 7/19/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee, scrambled eggs, and sausage
  • Snack: Pineapple, watermelon, coconut milk, and mint smoothie
  • Lunch: Salad with spring mix, peppers, onions, fresh parsley, cucumber, tomato, buffalo chicken lunch meat, and a homemade vinaigrette my friend Leah made (compliant except for a touch of honey) 
  • Snack: A couple of chunks of watermelon and some french roast vanilla almond coffee 
  • Dinner: Clams, shrimp, crab claws, butter (not compliant!), some haddock, tilapia and flounder in a cajun marinade, with half of a baked sweet potato, and some grilled asparagus
  • Snack: 2 cups of coffee
  • Snack: A few bites of my Paleo layer dessert (bananas, shredded coconut, pineapple, coconut cream, strawberries) before I decided I didn't really care for it.  It should've been so good, but it just wasn't.  Perhaps a real case of "sex with your pants on" - it only left me wanting the real thing!
  • Workout: 3.6 mile walk/run in 55 minutes, leisurely walk around the block with Puddin', and a beach walk.  This just in, I am not in shape when it comes to running.  Oh how the mighty have fallen!
  • Sleep: 7 hours
  • Thoughts: My tummy hurt for a little bit mid afternoon, I'm speculating that it was some random additive in the Jimmy Dean sausage that did not agree with me.  I definitely cheated with a bunch of butter, I wish that I had ordered some ghee from amazon beforehand!  Dave's uncle just could not believe I wasn't going to have a drink (not even one!) while we were out, but it really wasn't a big deal to me.  It actually saved me quite a bit of money.  And a hangover.

Day 14 - Sunday 7/20/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee, 2 Apple Streusel Egg Muffins, and a smoothie that I made out of my disappointing dessert + some more strawberries, which came out surprisingly good.
  • Lunch: Two lunchmeat roll ups with ham, Lebanon bologna, lettuce, tomato, and red onion, with some baby carrots and watermelon
  • Snack: Watermelon and a few cocktail shrimp, and then later the second half of that smoothie
  • Dinner: Chipotle burrito bowl - carnitas, pico de gallo, green salsa, lettuce, and guacamole.  Chipotle is my favorite and although my bowl was yummy, I'm not sure I'll ever not order my cheese and sour cream (and sometimes white rice... and sometimes a real burrito, not a bowl) when I'm not on a Whole30.  Long live giant burritos!
  • Workout: Rest day!
  • Sleep: 7.5 hours
  • Thoughts: Avoiding the french toast everyone else had for breakfast wasn't hard since it's not my favorite and my muffins were a good fake out.  I'm sure the lunchmeat I consumed this weekend wasn't compliant, but I skipped my beloved chicken salad, so again - calling this a win!

 Day 15 - Monday 7/21/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee, an Apple Streusel Egg Muffin, and a smoothie
  • Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti Squash Bolognese from Practical Paleo with asparagus and some strawberries
  • Snack: Macadamia nuts
  • Dinner: Salmon, Cumin-Roasted Carrots from Well Fed, and a side salad of spring mix, spinach, red bell pepper, and some cucumber and yellow cherry tomatoes from Dave's dad's garden with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Workout: Mondays are rough enough.
  • Sleep: 7 hours
  • Thoughts: It really makes me smile when I'm at the grocery store and my cart is entirely filled with veggies and fruit except for a few packages of meat and some eggs.  I purchased basil and cilantro plants... let's see if I can keep these ones alive ;)  Any tips?  Seriously, I have a black thumb.

When we came home from the beach, I had a package on my front step.  I ordered myself some ghee (aka clarified butter - nom), another copy of It Starts With Food since my copy is happily out on loan, and my first spiralizer (which intimidates the crap out of me - but zoodles will be in my future)!  I love that I can order whatever Paleo resources I need.

Do you order any food or special cooking tools off the internet?

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