Whole30 Day 18

•July 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been feeling a little light headed the past few days; I’ve been taking my blood pressure twice a day the past week and a half, and it has definitely come down! So much so that I didn’t take one of my two bp meds today. I’m sure it didn’t help that I donated blood. My iron was still too low to do a double red cell donation (12.8, need 13.3), but I was able to do a whole blood donation. I could barely get up and down the stairs without feeling faint. I see my cardiologist on Wednesday, so we’ll see what he says. I’ve also added a small iron supplement since I get iron free multivitamins.

I made the walnut crusted pork from The Whole30 book, and it was delicious! I used a pork roast instead of tenderloin because it was on sale, and just doubled the seasoning ingredients and the cooking time.


The balsamic vinaigrette recipe (also from the book) was easy to make and delicious, it really added a nice dimension to the pork.

This week I’m also making burgers, shrimp, steak, and got some chicken breast on sale and stuck it in the freezer.


Whole30 Day 17

•July 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A pharmaceutical vendor brought Chick-fil-a for lunch today (nuggets too, my weakness) and I didn’t have ANY! So proud of myself right now.

Whole30 Day 16

•July 16, 2015 • 1 Comment

Past the halfway point and feeling great! I even snuck a peek at my weight on one of the scales at work, and I’m down at least 4 pounds 🙂

Last night was trivia, and I ordered a burger. No bun, no cheese, no fries, just the burger patty and guacamole. It was really yummy! And after I got a few comments about how it didn’t look like a “real” burger without the bun, someone said that it did look good.

The other night I tried to make shrimp sweet potato cakes I found a recipe for on Pinterest, and they didn’t turn out at all. When I would go to flip them, they fell all apart. So I ended up dumping the rest of the ingredients in the pan and just sauteed it all. Still tastes good, just doesn’t look all pretty and individually portioned. Sometimes you gotta improvise!

Whole30 Days 10 and 11

•July 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Yesterday I hit the double digits! Woohoo, one third down! And I passed on Qdoba for lunch. Thankfully they didn’t have queso….I might have cried. Just a little.

Today I’ve been a little sluggish. I went to donate blood and my iron was a smidge low, so I have to go next week. Nothing to do with the Whole30 and everything to do with being a female.

My friend Amanda and I went for pedicures


And I got my shopping done for the week. I’m not doing a day by day of my food anymore. Super boring. I’m just gonna post what I’m making for the week, and if I do something adventurous I’ll mention it.

This week’s food: ribs, chicken, shrimp sweet potato cakes, asparagus, broccoli, coleslaw salad, sauerkraut, macadamia nuts, apples, blueberries, kiwi.

Whole30 Days 8 and 9

•July 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Day 8 was a pretty good day. I was feeling down at work the past few days, and then this older gentleman came in for a blood draw and told me I “get more beautiful each time (he) comes in.” It made my day.
I had a patient a little while later that started cracking up as she was sitting in the draw chair, and she said another patient walked by and smiled and waved at her, and she was tickled pink over it. It only takes a little kindness to turn someone’s day around.

I don’t feel like I’ve been losing weight yet, but I definitely feel better overall. It’s so nice to eat and just feel FULL, not stuffed or full of regret. I’m still taking a half an Ambien at night, but I sleep like a rock, only getting up once and falling right back to sleep. I’m going to try going without the sleeping pill this weekend.

Day 8 eats: deviled eggs and pan fried sweet potato; lunch was nacho meat, plantain chips, cucumber and balsamic vinaigrette, and some pistachios; dinner (out at the bar for trivia night) was a steak salad with balsamic vinaigrette I brought from home

Day 9 eats: eggs, nacho meat, chicken salad. Same same. I also made some cucumber sesame “noodles”, but never again…. they made me so bloated and uncomfortable. I think I’m going to dial down on the nuts altogether for a while.

Whole30 Day 7

•July 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment

One week down! Woohoo!

Today was supremely awful. Bad day at work, lots of hard draws (I’m a phlebotomist), and it was super busy so longer than average waits meant cranky patients to boot. But I got through it, didn’t cry (Yay, PMS), and most importantly STAYED ON TRACK! I couldn’t win for losing, as I went to get a haircut after work and she did a pretty bad job. I think I’ll just hide at home with the cats the rest of the night…..

Today’s eats: 2 hard boiled eggs and some sweet potatoes fried in ghee; lunch was a salad with shredded chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, and balsamic vinaigrette, and some macadamia nuts; dinner was nacho meat with diced avocado and plantain chips, and celery with sunflower seed butter.

Whole30 Day 6

•July 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

First of all, I had my kill all the things day today. The second half of my workday was quiet and I was reading a book by Caroline Myss about bringing grace into your life, and all I kept thinking was all the stories about people getting help in these amazing, unselfish ways was totally bogus, no one would do something like that for me, why doesn’t anyone do something like that for me, on infinitum. And I got myself really ticked off. That’s the problem when you work by yourself, too much time to think and get mad about dumb stuff. Thankfully I had my meditation group to go to tonight, and the meditation plus the Dharma talk really cleared my head.
Also one of my cats decided to barf all over my newly washed quilt, so that was the cherry on top of my day 😛 Hopefully tomorrow will be better!

The one thing I was REALLY proud of today was after I ate dinner, I wasn’t hungry. At all. I passed up cake after meditation (that looked SO GOOD), and I wasn’t even hungry the next morning 🙂 for someone who normally had to have a bedtime snack, this is HUGE.

Today’s eats: last of the leftover ribs plus some fried eggs for breakfast, a nice big salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, black olives, shredded chicken, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette for lunch (oh, and a nectarine), dinner was nacho meat with plantain chips and green beans. I had some almonds for a snack and ended up tossing the rest because I had over-toasted them in the oven and the burnt taste was just getting to me.

My meals are pretty repetitive, but I’m only cooking for me, and I can eat the same thing over and over in a week, it doesn’t bother me. Plus it makes prep work much easier by doubling or tripling a few recipes and reheating instead of having to make something new each day.