Saturday, July 7, 2018

New Recipe - Post Workout Coconut Water Smoothie (Paleo, Vegan and Whole30)

Post Workout Coconut Water Smoothie 

1/4 to 1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries or a small handful 
1/4 to 1/2 cup Frozen Pineapple or a small handful 
Handful of Raw Spinach
3 tbsp. Hemp Seeds
8 to 10 oz Vita Coco Coconut Water (make sure there is no sugar added)

  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender or bullet and blend for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until everything mixed well.  Grab a straw and enjoy!
This is a perfect smoothie for after a good workout as it will give you the carbs from the fruit, greens from the spinach, protein from the hemp seeds and natural electrolytes from the Coconut Water.  I'm not a huge Coconut water person but when it's mixed in with a smoothie I can't even taste it. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

New Recipe - Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Paleo and Vegan)

Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

3 to 4 Bananas - Sliced and Frozen***
1 tsp Simply Organic Vanilla Extract
2 to 3 tbsp. Nutpod Vanilla Non-Dairy Creamer or Unsweetened Full Fat Coconut Milk
1/4 to 1/2 cup Non-Dairy Mini Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life)

  1. Place the frozen bananas, vanilla extract and nutpod creamer in a food processor, blend on low or under "puree" if that option is available.  After about a minute or so open the top and scrape down the sides and blend again, this may need to be done a few times until it's well blended and looks like soft serve ice cream. 
  2. Once it's blended add the mini chocolate chips by mixing it in with the banana "ice cream" don't blend just stir it in.  You can always add more or less depending on how much chocolate chips you like. 
  3. It can be eaten right away or placed in a freezer safe container and placed back in the freezer until ready to eat.  If stored in the freezer overnight take it out and place on the counter for about 10 to 15 minutes before eating to help thaw it out as it will be easier to dish out of the container. Enjoy!
***Slice old brown bananas, place in a zip lock bag and put in the freezer over night before using.

New Recipe - Paleo Banana Vanilla Ice Cream (Paloe and Vegan Friendly)

Paleo Banana Vanilla Ice Cream

3 to 4 Bananas - Sliced and Frozen***
1 tsp Simply Organic Vanilla Extract
2 to 3 tbsp. Nutpod Vanilla Non-Dairy Creamer or Unsweetened Full Fat Coconut Milk

  1. Place the frozen bananas, vanilla extract and nutpod creamer in a food processor, blend on low or under "puree" if that option is available.  After about a minute or so open the top and scrape down the sides and blend again, this may need to be done a few times until it's well blended and looks like soft serve ice cream. 
  2. It can be eaten right away or placed in a freezer safe container and placed back in the freezer until ready to eat.  If stored in the freezer overnight take it out and place on the counter for about 10 to 15 minutes before eating to help thaw it out as it will be easier to dish out of the container. Enjoy!
***Slice old brown bananas, place in a zip lock bag and put in the freezer over night before using.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Whole30 Round 2 - Results are in....

Well yesterday completed my second round of Whole30, I can't believe I made it through another round.  This time around was so much easier to me than the first round and I will admit I was a little nervous as I had read many posts from people that said the second time around is much harder than the first.  I think because I was so focused on stepping up my workouts that I was actually pretty excited to see how this round would go.  Since dealing with my planters fasciitis from my race back in April I took most of May off to get it healed and started slowly getting back into running, by the end of May I was given the green light to go back and start running like normal so I thought it was the perfect time to go back on Whole30.  I really wanted to put my good eating habits along with working out to the test and see what kind of results I would get this time around.  My goal for this time was to do 30 workouts, I didn't have to do one workout each day although that would have been great but I didn't want to over do it and cause my self to stress out so some day's I did double workouts to help with the day's I missed.  I used a different journal that I found at Target ( I had bought it a while ago used it here and there when I was on Paleo but thought it would be perfect to use this second round.  The book has space to set daily goals for personal and fitness, an area to journal which I used to log and tract my meals and then a section for your daily workouts and overall mood.  It was perfect for what I was doing and allowed me to still track my daily progression.  I would do it every morning with my cup of coffee and that would help me get through the day as I had to keep my self accountable.  The front of my book states "No Goal was met without a little sweat" which is perfect for me as I love to sweat it out during my workouts.  After my full 30 day's I managed to get in 22 workouts which I'm so proud of considering I had food poisoning one day, several BBQ's, Memorial Day and Father's day during the last four weeks.  I really got back into swimming, cycling and weight training this past month and absolutely loved it.  I slowly got back into my running too but the other cross training really helped as I'm still recovering from my planters fasciitis which can be a rather long process to fully heal.  

I did prepare my weekly food menu's each week which really helped keep me on track, but I did eat a lot of the same things as I had a very busy last few weeks and didn't have too much time to cook, so I would make lots of chicken for at least 3 or 4 day's and use that for salads, snacks and quick easy dinners.  I was very happy with making it through all the BBQ's we attended and hosted, I would make marinated chicken thighs with Whole30 approved marinade along with mixed green salads with lots of veggies and a big fruit bowl.  That meal was my saving grace for sure and it became very popular with all the events we attended.  The hardest part for me was the alcohol as summer time is here and as much as I love my water, I was so ready for a nice refreshing adult beverage by the pool but I had to wait and count down my days, the nice part is that all my friends were so supportive of me for not cheating or slipping as I was very tempted for sure.  I hung in there and did what I needed to do to get through and the best part is I woke up with no hang overs or dehydrated like many others.  I'm not a huge drinker at all but for some reason I was really craving a summer drink especially by the pool.  I did eat a little more on the day's I worked out as I needed more food, I was starving after most of my workouts but I made sure they were all Whole30 compliment snacks and even got into drinking coconut water with unsweetened passion tea as "natural" electrolytes to help replenish all the sweat coming out of my body during workouts.  I made it through the whole month without any cheats or slips and I'm very proud of my self.  I have learned a lot again through this second journey and because I didn't have too much sugar while doing Paleo I didn't have the same sugar detox like I did the first round which was life saving for me.  It has taught me how much sugar is a drug and how addicting it really is, I realized I didn't miss it and either did my body.  As I transition from my second round back into "normal" life I have decided I want to continue following the Paleo Lifestyle as that has worked the best for me and I love how flexible it is.  I will be bring Maple Syrup, Honey and Coconut Palm Sugar back into my eating plan it wont be everyday but I want to be able to use it when and if I need it.   I'm still going to cut out dairy, legumes, grains, and processed foods.  I'm also going to be very careful with what sugars I'm in taking and how much as I will need "natural" sugars during my long training workouts.  

Okay I have talked enough about my workouts and nutrition now it's time to get into my overall results which I'm so excited to share.  Since I wasn't sure how this round would go I didn't have very high expectations with my results especially that I was disappointed with my first round results but I made sure to take measurements this time around. Unfortunately I didn't do measurements the first round which was a huge bummer so I didn't want to make the same mistake this time.  I took my beginning weight, chest, arms, waist, hips and thigh measurements and of course before pictures, I did the same yesterday after my program was complete.  Here is a picture of my measurement tracker that I used

I had a total weight lose of 7 lbs this round which was two pounds more than I had my first round, I also lost a total of 9 inches all over my whole body which is amazing.  In looking at my numbers I noticed that I had lost inches in my arms, waist, hips and thighs, my chest remained the same which was totally fine.  Weight training I think really helped with that, along with swimming and the extra cardio I got it.  I am extremely happy with my overall results, since starting my weight loss journey I started at a weight of 230 lbs and now down to 203 lbs, 27 lbs down with lots of inches gone.  I started my first Whole30 journey in March and have not looked back since, doing this second round has really boosted my confidence and showed me how hard work and dedication can really pay off.  I still have a long way to go but I'm on such a high right now that I need to ride this and keep going in the right direction.  Here are pictures of my before and after for round two and then here are pictures of me from when I was my heaviest to today.  Wow what a difference in my face and whole body, I'm so proud of what I have accomplished so far and can't wait for this journey to continue.  

Thank you to all those who have followed me on Facebook, Instagram and my blog and who has cheered me on along the way.  I have been very lucky to have such a supportive family and group of friends to help me through this crazy journey, I could not have gotten through it without all of you.  I really want to put a special shout out to my wonderful and amazing husband who has been by my side the whole way.  He has kept me in check and focused but also very supportive with my workouts and daily nutritional choices.  He is my rock and someone I look up too, he pushes me out of my comfort zone to be a better person for our family.  I'm a very lucky women to have such an amazing family who is my side each and every day!  Until my next round which I'm hoping will be in the fall, please continue to read my blog and posts and see my up coming challenges, training schedules and races that I have coming up in the next few months as this is my journey worth sharing!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Whole30 Round 2 Week 2 - Daily Journal

Wednesday 5/30/18 - Day 8 
Day 8 is here and I’m going strong so far I have done 8 workouts in 8 days...yay...go me!  It’s not easy but I’m doing my best to fit them in as much as possible.  Today was hot and muggy out but I knew I had to get my run in this morning or it wasn’t going to get done today.  I dropped the girls off at school came home and out the door I went, my goal was do about 45 to 50 mins for 3.5 to 4 miles well that didn’t happen as I was dead exhausted just over a mile in my run, my legs were killing me from yesterdays workout and I could not get my breathing down at all.  What was suppose to be a run turned into a walk/jog workout and although it wasn’t fun I did my best to push my self and complete at least 3 miles which I did.  I was sad I didn’t reach my original goal but I was happy to be done and at least got in the miles I did.  I know not every workout is going to great and that’s what training and working out is all about, the up and down struggles of trying to get my self healthy it’s all part of the process and journey.  This time I didn’t cry and get down on my self instead I gave my self a pat on the back and congratulated myself of getting it done no matter how hot and humid it was.  As my husband tells me “It will only make you stronger.”

Non-Scale Victories
  1. Not being as sore as I though I would be from yesterday’s workout.
  2. Getting my run in even through I was tired and hot.
  3. Getting laundry done as I was behind...that’s always important!
Thursday 5/31/18 - Day 9
Woke up feeling okay this morning and was excited for a new day I was pumped and ready to hit the pool for my swim but after eating breakfast I had really bad stomach pains which was so weird.  I didn’t eat anything different as I have been pretty consistent with my food but even after using the bathroom several times I could not get this thing out of my system and it hung me up for the whole day.  My mid morning it was still bothering me and I was afraid to go swimming at that point in case I needed to use the bathroom I wanted to be close by.  I ended up drinking lots of water and was very careful what I ate for the rest of the day, I didn’t want to make it worse or trigger it again.  That definitely put a damper on my whole day so I decided to take today as my rest day and just take it easy, I was bummed I couldn’t workout but I also knew it was the right thing to do and not to push my self in case I really needed to the bathroom.  So it was a very low key day with lots of rest and fluids most of the day.  I was able to eat later on in the afternoon and my stomach seemed to be okay still making funny sounds but nothing else came out.  I’m hoping to feeling better tomorrow and start off right with a new day.

Non-Scale Victories
  1. Ready for the weekend!
  2. Didn’t let this strange day throw me off, just rested with fluids.
  3. Not everyday will go as planned but learning not to stress my self out about it.  Just need to make modifications and adjustments to my schedule.
Friday 6/1/18 - Day 10
I can't believe I'm 10 day's in already on my second round, this time around feels like it's flying.  I guess keeping busy daily really helps, the best part is that it's a new month which means it's time to set new goals for June.  I started off with a swim at the pool reaching my first longest meters of 2225 since training for my Half Ironman and what a great feeling it was, my goal was to only swim for about 30 to 40 mins but once I got close to the 40 min mark and saw my total meters I decided to keep going as I was feeling good.  I was so proud of my self for pushing my self and not giving up, since I felt good I didn’t want to stop and I figured if I could make it to an hour that was huge for me. That was the only workout I got in but I have to say it wiped me out after that, swimming does that to me so it was no surprise I wanted to nap after I was  I was put to the test again tonight as we went over to a friends house for a birthday party and once again I was tempted with lots of yummy none Whole30 foods along with summer adult beverages by the pool, I didn’t cheat or slip at all I stuck with my raw veggies, marinated W30 compliant grilled chicken, mixed green salad and fresh fruit which was amazing by the way and of course drinking my water all evening.  That was not easy by any means normally food bothers me more than having a drink as I’m a none drinker normally but the sound of a nice cold beverage by the pool other than water sounded pretty amazing to say the least.  I kept telling my friends I couldn’t drink I had 20 more day’s to go...gosh that sounded like a lot of time still.  These tests are hard but this is what makes my will power stronger, the best part is I won’t wake up dehydrated or hung over and that is a good feeling.

Non-Scale Vicotries
  1. Very tired after a long day and long night staying up late, so I’m happy to pass out and sleep.
  2. A new day, a new month, ready for new goals.
  3. Awesome swim workout at the gym new personal record in over 2 years!
Saturday 6/2/18 - Day 11
Had a late night at a friends house so woke up feeling tired and sluggish today.  It was a pretty chill day as we just ran a few errands, took my little one to a birthday party earlier this morning and then watched the hockey game later that night.  It was a very hot day, I did not want to be outside after sweating it out at the splash pad for the birthday party.  I wanted to be in a cool air conditioned place which ended up being Costco...hahaha.  The family and I had a return something and then pick up a few things for the house and pool, the only down fall is that I hate going to Costco on the weekends it's so busy and crowded I rather shop during the week when everyone is at work and the lines aren't down the aisles.  I was ready to leave when we did as I was going crazy, then my husband decided to stop at Wendy's on the way home to get the kids ice cream, he asked if he could have one as well how could I say no but I will be honest it was really hard to have everyone eating it around me.  I stuck to my guns no licks or cheats at all.  I knew I was having my famous Buffalo Wings later and that was worth it way more than ice cream as it had no sugar in the recipe.  No workout for me today as the day got away I'm okay with that as rest day's are valuable too.  Tomorrow I will need to get in a workout and hopefully kill it!

Non-Scale Victories
  1. My family who I love with all my heart.
  2. Staying tough by not having any ice cream.
  3. Having fun eating W30 wings and watching the Stanley Cup Finals hockey game.
Sunday 6/3/18 - Day 12
Perfect Sunday morning to sleep in, my husband is so wonderful to allowing me to rest and get some extra morning sleep.  After getting up and enjoying part of my cup of coffee my husband got home from his run and told me it was the perfect overcast morning for a run and encouragement me to go and get my workout done.  I wasn't sure as tomorrow is suppose to be my run day but why put it off I would just need to change my workout for tomorrow and since I'm not actually training yet for a race I was flexible in doing that.  I went and got dressed and out the door I went, my run started off great I felt awesome and the weather was really nice at that point.  I through my first mile looked down at my watch and saw my pace of 11:10 which I have not done in a long time, I couldn't believe it I was so happy.  The sun came out just over 2.5 miles but that good part was that I was almost done and was still hanging on to a good pace, I only ran 3 miles but it was one of the best runs I have had since training for my half Ironman a few years ago.  I completed my 3 miles in 35 mins averaging 11:45 pace...under 12 min mile is a huge victory for me.  This really showed me that this time around on my Whole30 journey was really helping with my workouts and speed, I haven't done speed work this round but I shows that I should be doing it and really pushing my self. I was extremely happy with my overall results from today's run and so glad I didn't wait to do it tomorrow.  After my awesome run I made a nice breakfast for the family and we all ate the by pool and enjoyed the nice summer breeze and cooler weather it was wonderful.  I really enjoy these kind of mornings with my family!  Had an okay nutritional day as I was pressed for time again today, I didn't eat as much as I should but I made sure I had a few extra snacks stayed away from the food I couldn't eat and make good choices with the foods I could eat.  Even having friends over again I didn't have any adult beverages and ate healthy, this is all still a learning process and every meal is a choice, I choose what I put in my body and how it makes me feel.

Non-Scale Victories
  1. Had a killer morning run under 12 min miles is a big milestone for me.
  2. Not being lazy and getting my workout in even though it was not my day to run.
  3. Having a breakfast by the pool with my family was very special and meaningful. 
Monday 6/4/18 - Day 13 

It was a late night last night with having friends over but we had so much fun so today I'm definitely dragging, it's going to be a very long day for sure.  Woke up to a nice rainy morning which makes it even worse as I wish I could be home all day cuddled up on the couch with coffee and my fur baby Kona but that was not the case as my older one had her 4th grade end of the year school party so I had to have a quick breakfast and coffee and then picked up my friend and we headed to the party as it was at an indoor skating rink.  My poor baby was still fighting a cold or allergies as she was so congested but I have to say she was a trooper and really wanted to participate and be apart of all the activities.  The party was for about 3 hours but we only stayed for half of it as I really wanted her to enjoy the time with her classmates and friends.  I just wanted to go and hang out for a little bit to say hi and enjoy some one on one time with her.  It was nice to carpool with another mom as we got to catch up and have some mom time as well.  After I got home I had a quick lunch and then I was suppose to go over to a friends house to workout but I was so tired that I ended up passing out by accident on the couch and by the time I woke up my girls were home from school, that means I did not get a workout in today but I was okay with that as it was a very very long day.  I did have some awesome meals today, really enjoyed dinner as it was a new recipe and it was very tasty.

Non-Scale Victories
  1. Spending time with Lindsey at her end of the school party.
  2. Being able to take a nap after being very tired today.
  3. Waking up to a nice rainy day. 
Tuesday 6/5/18 - Day 14's that time of year again to get my year physical again.  Woke up this morning and was not able to have any coffee or breakfast as I had to fast for my blood work after my doctors appointment.  I was excited to see how I did compared to last year and I'm even more excited to see my numbers after my blood is taken.  I have worked really hard these past few months and I'm hoping my overall physical will show that.  My doctor was very proud to see I had lost 20 lbs since last year and my over all body checked out to be normal and healthy.  She couldn't believe all the changes I had made in just 3 months, she told me to keep up the great work and to continue staying on this path as it was working for me.  That's always a nice feeling when someone who hasn't seen you in a while can see the changes and then to have numbers back you up is even more amazing.  After my appointment I headed over to the lab to get my blood taken and now I have to wait about a week or so to get those results in, so I will be anxiously waiting for those results so I can compare my numbers from last year.  I was able to get in a bike ride on my indoor training this afternoon before the kids got home from school, I rode for 46 mins and completed 10 miles another daily goal achieved!  My food was today stayed on track with a few extra snacks as I was hungry but they were compliant to the W30 program.

Non-Scale Victory
  1. Getting my physical done today!
  2. Squeezing my workout in
  3. Making great food choices 


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Whole30 Round 2 Week 1 - Daily Journey

Wednesday 5/23/18 - Day 1
Well today begins another journey for me as I begin my second round of Whole30 and I could not be more excited to do this again.  I learned a lot the first time around and even though it was tough I enjoyed the experience.  I took a few months off to transition to a more Paleo Lifestyle which was awesome and I still managed to lose weight however with summer here I wanted to step it up a notch and combine another round of Whole30 with a full training workout plan to see how I would do with both at the same time.  I'm hoping for much different results this time around now, at this point it's not about weight loss it's about testing my body and getting it stronger.  Cleaning up my nutrition and working out daily will help achieve new goals and challenges, this is a base line for me and my future training for triathlons as I have heard may good things about this process.  Day 1 was awesome for me, using my daily meal menu helps as it keeps me on track with what I need to be eating and takes all the guessing workout of it.  I went to a local gym and did 60 minutes of strength training which was a killer workout, I really tried to keep the weight low since I had a lot of reps to do and still wanted to walk the next day so we will see how I feel in a few day's and then I will tweak what I need to so I don't over do the muscles, I still need them for my other sports.  Overall I felt great today, my energy was awesome but that's the case on day 1 we will see how tomorrow is.  I made it through my first day again and feeling very hopefully this time!  See my daily workout and pictures under my "Workout" tab.

Non-Scale Victories (NSV)
  1. Made the choice to start another round of this journey
  2. Made to the gym for a killer workout
  3. Stuck with my meal plan

Thursday 5/24/18 - Day 2     
Woke up feeling sore today, no surprise there which means I over did it too much with yesterday's workout so now I need to go back and adjust my weights on each circuit which is okay with me.  The worst part is I'm going to feel like these now for a few day's so what better way to deal with it by working those muscle groups again..oh sounds like so much fun.  My older daughter was home sick today and we were running around all morning between doctor visits, getting a few groceries and then back and forth to the pharmacy to get her prescription so my day was out of sorts as I was suppose to got to the gym to get my swim in but that didn't happen.  I ended up doing an indoor trainer ride on my bike around 7:45pm after our kids went to bed.  It was a long day so it was perfect for me to get in a tough workout and I did just that, I ended up doing intervals and sweat my butt off, my mat got nice and wet which is a great thing.  It felt really good to get an awesome workout in and it helped loosen up my legs.  Nutritionally I had another great day, stuck to my meal plan and had a snack after my workout as I was pretty hungry but it was Whole30 compliant.  Overall it was another great day, loving all my new recipes and not feeling tired at all which tells me that what I was doing with Paleo before didn't effect me as much as I thought it did.  I really watched my sugar intake only sticking with coconut palm sugar and maple syrup.  I was worried I would be crashing again this time around but I haven't been and that's such a good feeling.  

Non-Scale Victories (NSV)
  1. Being able to walk and get out of bed this morning 
  2. Still managed to get my workout in even if it was later tonight
  3. Pushed my self hard during my ride, intervals = sweat
Friday 5/25/18 - Day 3
Today's motivational quote in my journal was "You will NEVER know your limits until you push yourself to them." That was the perfect quote to read in the morning and gave me my motivation to do well for today.  Today's workout was in the pool swimming at our local Community Center, my body is still sore and I could feel that in the pool I ended up just doing freestyle and pulling as I was limited to time and couldn't do too long of a workout.  I swam for 32 minutes, doing 48 laps of the pool for a total distance of 1200 meters, it wasn't my best swim but I did it and I'm proud to get my workout in today.  I had another great day of nutrition using up my leftovers from the last few day's and adding extra meals for before and after my workout as swimming burns up a lot of calories.  That is the toughest part for me as I can really eat after I swim but I'm learning what I put in my body is so key both before and after.  Part of this round for me is to test and tweak with the Whole30 plan and see what works and doesn't work so when I start doing my heavy triathlon training I know what works and doesn't work.  I do use a few products during my long runs and rides that are not W30 compliant but I will test those when I'm off my program and see how they fit in during those times only.  So far I'm happy with how things are going and how my body is feeling, going into my first weekend and it happens to be a long weekend which means parties, food, drinks....oh my....this will be my first big test to see if I have any temptations and how I deal with the pressure of it all.  I have been strong the last few months so I just need to carry that with me and remind my self why I'm doing this.  Wish me luck....

Non - Scale Victories (NVS)
  1. Spending time with my little one at her morning mile at school, I couldn't run as I was too sore but I will be joining her next school year so I can increase my mileage. 
  2. Working out even though I was sore
  3. Happy about drinking natural coconut water for electrolytes 
Saturday 5/26/2018 - Day 4 
Yesterday was a long and exhausting day and I felt that this morning when waking up.  I'm not sure why I was so tired but I could tell I was dehydrated as well which is never a good feeling.  Now that it's getting hot out with me working out more I really need to pay attention to my water intake and make sure my body is getting enough.  I have struggled with that in the past and it's not a good thing, I can tell my body will not recover fast enough if I don't have enough to flush me out.  So today I made it my personal mission to try and drink 1 full gallon of water, I had my water bottle sitting out on my counter as my reminder of how much water I needed to drink.  We were invited to a friends birthday party from Lindsey's soccer team which was a lot of fun however I knew there was going to be not so good food for me and adult beverages which is a no-no for me too.  To make my life easier I decided to bring my own food, I made a nice mixed green salad with lots of veggies, hard boiled eggs, chicken and W30 Balsamic dressing along side with fresh strawberries and grapes and of course my own water bottle to make sure I stuck with my water intake.  I did managed to get in a very hot and humid workout earlier this afternoon which was not good and could have caused me to get so dehydrated, I went for what was suppose be a run ended up turning into a jog/walk as I went out at 1pm in the afternoon and it was horrible I don't know what I was thinking.  Actually I was thinking I needed to get my butt out of bed earlier and get my run done first thing in the morning and not wait until it was so hot out, I learned my lesson for next time.  Don't be lazy and get up earlier!

Non-Scale Victories (NSV)
  1. Setting a daily goal to drink 1 gallon of water
  2. Working on m blog and updating my journey
  3. Feeling proud of my self and not giving in on temptations

Sunday 5/2/72018 - Day 5
Went to bed rather late last night as Lindsey had a friend over for a sleepover and we were watching the basketball game so I woke up feeling sleeping again today.  I got sleep but not sure if I was well rested or restless last night which means another long day for me.  We ended up having friends over to hang out for a BBQ and swimming which was so much fun, we all really enjoyed our selves and the best part is that since it was at our house I got to select our food so I made sure it was Whole30 compliant.  We served some beef products, turkey burgers and of course Chicken sausage for me along with a mixed green salad, fresh fruit and a veggie tray so I was able to eat it all which made it nice for me and much easier to stick with my nutrition.  I did not have any thing to drink expect my water and almost finished my entire gallon of water.  I was not able to get my workout in today as it was late by the time everyone went home and I was exhausted so now I have to make it up on a different day.

Non-Scale Victories (NSV)
  1. Waking up not sore today
  2. Having fun and good laughs with friends
  3. Sticking to the plan!
Monday 5/28/18 - Day 6 
Wow it was a long day yesterday but I got to sleep in and enjoyed the rest and sleep for sure.  We headed off to another BBQ and pool party today but this time I'm not in charge so I had to be very careful what  ate today.  I was asked to bring a fruit tray which worked for me as I knew that was one things I could actually eat, I also found out that they were making beer canned chicken which I was okay with eating since the beer was only in a can and provided moisture into the chicken all the alcohol would have burned off so I was good to eat chicken and fruit and stuck with drinking my water.  I didn't have desserts, so no slips or cheats yesterday or today which was awesome, my first weekend on my second round and I was successful!  I did manage to get in a workout as I didn't want to miss again, I did a quick 30 mins on my bike on the trainer indoors, I made sure to workout hard and sweat my butt off again.  I was little more tired than usual so I didn't do intervals like I hoped but did do some fast spinning for the last 10 mins of my ride.  I'm glad I got it in and it felt good to get it done.  I wasn't able to do get in two workouts to cover from yesterday as I just had too much going on so I will make that up during the week.

Non-Scale Victories (NSV)
  1. Sleeping in this morning
  2. Going to a BBQ and meeting new people
  3. For tonights hockey game - Stanley Cup Finals
Tuesday 5/29/18 - Day 7
The weekend is finally over and it's back to school today for my kiddo's and work for my husband, the good news is that I made it through the weekend with flying colors I had no slips or cheats with my food and squeezed in whatever workouts I could get in with everything going on I'm happy about that for sure.  It was double workout day for me as I wanted to make sure I made up my missed workout from this past weekend, I went to the CAC and did 50 mins of strength training followed by 35 mins of walking incline intervals on the treadmill so now I'm caught up with doing 7 workouts in 7 day's and I felt great.  I stayed on track with my nutrition today even with eating a few snacks before and after my workout which I had too in order to keep me from passing out.  I don't mind eating a little extra on workout day's as my body needs the extra fuel source to get me through the day.  I ended up having a late dinner after my daughters soccer practice but I was lower in carbs as it was so close to bed time.  Overall I'm feeling really good so far and today marks my first full week completed on this second round..yay!!!!

Non-Scale Victories
  1. Being Productive even though I'm tired
  2. Double workout day!
  3. Made it through my first full week on this second round of Whole30


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Whole30 Round 2 Week 1 Menu Plan

Week 5/23/18 to 5/29/18
Wednesday 5/23
Meal 1 - Veggie Hash with Eggs 
Meal 2 - Mixed Green Salad with Veggies and Baked Chicken 
Meal 3 - Turkey Curry Meatballs with Roasted Vegetables & Lemongrass Cream Sauce 
Snacks - Apples with Cashew Butter and Unsweetened Shredded Coconut or Cherry Lara Bar with  Hard Boiled Eggs or Fresh Guacamole with cut up carrots and celery and cooked chicken

Thursday 5/24

Meal 1 - Veggie Hash with Eggs 
Meal 2 - Mixed Green Salad with Veggies and Baked Chicken 
Meal 3 - Crispy Spicy Turkey with Lemon and Herbs 
Snacks - Apples with Cashew Butter and Unsweetened Shredded Coconut or Cherry Lara Bar with  Hard Boiled Eggs or Fresh Guacamole with cut up carrots and celery and cooked chicken

Friday 5/25

Meal 1 - Veggie Hash with Eggs 
Meal 2 - Leftovers or Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken with mixed greens
Meal 3 - Roasted Roots with Chicken and small mixed green salad 
Snacks - Apples with Cashew Butter and Unsweetened Shredded Coconut or Cherry Lara Bar with  Hard Boiled Eggs or Fresh Guacamole with cut up carrots and celery and cooked chicken

Saturday 5/26

Meal 1 - Roasted Potato & Kale Hash with Eggs 
Meal 2 - Leftovers or Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken with mixed greens
Meal 3 - Going out for dinner or bring my own stuff to eat
Snacks - Apples with Cashew Butter and Unsweetened Shredded Coconut or Cherry Lara Bar with  Hard Boiled Eggs or Fresh Guacamole with cut up carrots and celery and cooked chicken

Sunday 5/27

Meal 1 - Roasted Potato & Kale Hash with Eggs 
Meal 2 - Leftovers or Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken with mixed greens
Meal 3 - Piquillo Pepper Chicken Patties on Grilled Eggplant with Caramelized Fennel Mayo
Snacks - Apples with Cashew Butter and Unsweetened Shredded Coconut or Cherry Lara Bar with  Hard Boiled Eggs or Fresh Guacamole with cut up carrots and celery and cooked chicken

Monday 5/28

Meal 1 - Roasted Potato & Kale Hash with Eggs 
Meal 2 - Leftovers or Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken with mixed greens
Meal 3 - Cherry-Chipotle BBQ Chicken Thighs with a side mixed green salad
Snacks - Apples with Cashew Butter and Unsweetened Shredded Coconut or Cherry Lara Bar with  Hard Boiled Eggs or Fresh Guacamole with cut up carrots and celery and cooked chicken

I'm ready to get round 2 week 1 under way..all these yummy recipes are from two of my newest Whole30 cookbooks.  I can't wait to cook and try them all out, I'm hoping my family loves them too as I will be cooking them Whole30 dinners for the next 30 day's.  I hope everyone has a happy and healthy cooking week!!!

New Recipe - Post Workout Coconut Water Smoothie (Paleo, Vegan and Whole30)

Post Workout Coconut Water Smoothie  Ingredients  1/4 to 1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries or a small handful  1/4 to 1/2 cup Frozen Pin...