Sunday, October 25, 2015

#whole30life

I keep thinking about waffles I won't lie.


OMG crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, lots of warm maple syrup and butter.

DROOOOOOOOL

I will be eating Waffles this month.
What kind of life is a life with no waffles ever again? #NOPE

The great thing about whole30 is it is NOT whole365!

So I have decided to eat whole30 until November 25th. November 25th I am making waffles, or cinnamon rolls, or french toast. Some kind of yummy sweet breakfast item. November 25th-28th  I will be off whole30. Starting November 29th I will go back on a whole30. I am also planning on doing three 5ks during the months of November and December!

This past week I have had some GREAT food.



sweet potato and kale hash with bacon and eggs 

acorn squash topped with sausage, brussels, apples, onions, raisins, pecans, cinnamon and sage 



roasted broccoli and baked tilapia 




sausage, roasted potatoes, and sautéed green beans 


stuffed acorn squash with that sausage apple mixture 




chicken apple sausage, onion, and potato hash with a fried egg 


Chicken breast topped with avocado, onion, and pomegranate 


chicken roasted with carrots, onion, and potatoes 


pickles, dates, and coconut chips



PAY ATTENTION 
AWESOME RECIPE SHARE - Bora Bora Balls 

(my measurements are guesses because I don't measure but you can find a good recipe here which is what I went by) 

1 lb Ground pork
1 egg
1/4 cup crushed pineapple
2 serrano peppers
1/4 shredded unsweet coconut
2 tbs coconut milk
2 tbs grated ginger
1 tbs coconut flour
cayenne pepper
salt

Mix it all together



Roll into balls and roll into extra coconut. Bake at 420 for about 30 minutes 




I served mine with sautéed snap peas. SO DANG GOOD 

Make them now! 



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Totally Awesome

I finished my full thirty day round on Tuesday!


I am currently THREE pounds away from my big goal. I will be 80 pounds down from my highest weight and I will weigh less than I have weighed in the past 17 years. HANG ON let that sink in......
SEVENTEEN YEARS!

For seventeen years I have been morbidly obese. It took me my whole teenage life and my twenties to realize that being healthy is important as we get older. It took having a child to raise and teach to make me change, and now that I have consistently been making those changes for the past eight months it has become a habit and my new lifestyle. I never want to go back to being unhealthy. I have two beautiful little toddler eyes watching and learning from me and that is motivation to set a good example.



So I am continuing my whole30 until Thanksgiving. I decided since Thanksgiving is going to be full of family and food and I don't want to feel bad about eating pie or cornbread dressing I am going to eat super clean and healthy up until our family trip to Caddo Lake for Thanksgiving and then afterwards I will go back on whole30. 

I haven't hit my 80 pound goal, but I know my next major goal will be 100 pounds! I never thought I would be able to say "I lost 100 pounds" that seemed impossible. Turns out it's not. 






Sunday, October 18, 2015

INSPIRE PEOPLE

In the past few months I have inspired six people to try whole30 (and if you want to count their husbands doing it with them eight people!)




Inspiring others to change how they eat is motivation to not stop!

I absolutely love whole30 it has completely changed my life. Not only has it helped me lose 65 pounds, but it has helped me to view food differently. I used to binge eat and eat anything and everything that I craved with no care of what it actually contained and what it would do to my body.



Whole30 really cleans your body and mind of all those unhealthy habits and when you're not in a whole30 round you are able to consciously decide what you're eating and if it's not whole30 compliant eat it without binging out or losing control. I only have two days in my 30 day round, but like I said in the last post I will probably go beyond the 30 days. This is my second full round and I can say that I will probably be whole30 for life. I will mostly consume compliant foods with the occasional splurge and truly everyone should be eating this way.


Today I got crushed tomatoes, kale, carrots, mushrooms, onion, broccoli, snap peas, asparagus, brussel sprouts, acorn squash, potatoes, strawberries, honey crisp apples, bananas, whole chicken, tilapia, chicken breast, and ground pork. I am about to prep this weeks lunches which will be pork, apple, and brussel stuffed acorn squash and chicken with mushrooms and asparagus. This week for dinner we will have kale stew, roast chicken and veggies, and fish and roasted veggies. For breakfast I will have fruit and my compliant meal bars. BOOM week planned and no failure ahead. 


Over the past week here are some of the meals I have had. 


Sauteed veggies with coconut amino 


With cajun spiced baked catfish 


coffee, pumpkin spice rx bar, and a banana 


chipotle chili with sweet potatoes 


green chili burgers with serrano, onion, and avocado served with mini red potatoes 


salad, coconut lime chicken, and mini potatoes 


Grilled steaks with green beans and sautéed onions and mushrooms 


more sweet potato chili with avocado 


Jasons deli salad bar 


veggie scrambled eggs with bacon and fruit 


onion, potato, and aidells chicken apple sausage scramble 


pre workout snack of dates and pecans 


brisket with tessemaes bbq sauce and salad with tessemaes ranch 


Veggies, fruit, nuts, and meat are all delicious. Everyone eats them. Your addicted to sugar and grains I promise you can have a normal life without consuming them all the time. I know some people have a mentality that cutting things out of your diet is unhealthy but do not knock it until you try it. "Really no legumes? No whole grains? These are part of a healthy balanced diet." Maybe but do what works for you. THIS has worked for me and it's not just about weight loss. The people who created this "program" if you want to call it that were already healthy fit individuals looking to make themselves the BEST they could be. Whole30 is really about complete body health. Read their book and do your research. Cut out grains, dairy, legumes, and sugar for 30 days and see what happens. 










Monday, October 12, 2015

Whole30 Compliant Bars

During my first round of whole30 I ate larabars because they are compliant and while I do like larabars it can get boring eating the same bar over and over again. I usually eat bars as an alternative to eggs for breakfast or if I get REALLY hungry post workout.

After round two I saw a lot of Whole30 eaters posting about the RXBar and so i decided to try that. You can only purchase it through Amazon or their website. I like chocolate sea salt and their new flavor pumpkin spice. They are pretty thick and the reason they are preferred to larabars is they have egg whites so they contain 10 grams of protein.



Sometimes I want a bar with crunch though. Like a granola bar BUT obviously we can't have oats. Recently I found the Gather bar which is by Thunderbird a company out of Austin. This bar has WAY more nuts and is more granola like. The flavors I have gotten are Pecan Persistence and Superseed Spirit. Today I got three other kinds of bars, two from the same Thunderbird company that are Cacao Hemp Walnut and Cashew Fig Carrot, and one from Austin again called Bearded Brothers and it's flavor is Radical Raspberry Lemon.





Pecan Persistence
Dates, Pecans, Almonds, Pecan Butter, Goji Berries, Golden Berries, Mulberries, Pistachios, Pecan Meal, Himalayan Sea Salt

Superseed Spirit
Dates, Macadamia Nuts, Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Macadamia Butter, Coconut Shreds, Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Himalayan Sea Salt

Cacao Hemp Walnut
Dates, Hemp Seeds, Walnuts, Coconut Shreds, Cacao, Cacao Nibs, Chia Seeds, Mint, Himalayan Sea Salt

Cashew Fig Carrot
Dates, Cashews, Figs, Carrots, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Pink Bolivian Rose Salt

Radical Raspberry Lemon
Figs, Dates, Hemp Seeds, Sunflower Seed butter, Raspberries, Chia Seeds, Lemon Extract, Sea Salt

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ONE WEEK LEFT!

I only have one week left of my second whole30 round. I won't lie - I am very ready for a pumpkin spice latte and some pancakes! 
 November 7th is the first free Saturday that both my husband and I are off so I am planning on making that an awesome breakfast day and having pumpkin french toast for dayyyyyys. 



Today I wore a shirt to the gym I haven't worn in 3 years! It says Fit and Fierce and I really felt like it. I have pushed myself to try harder at the gym and introduce new things. I have added a fourth step up to my box jumps. I have increased all of my weights again. Today I ran 10 minutes again. It is becoming so much easier to jog and I tell myself its easy and I can do it because half of the battle is a mental one. I am signing up to do a 5k on November 14 and then another one on December 5th! I am EXCITED because I think this time I could really get a pretty good time. 


"But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint."
-Isaiah 40:31


Here is the food I have eaten this past week 


Chipotle chili topped with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and parsnips 

Side salad with Tessemaes ranch, brisket with Tessemaes bbq sauce, and 3 fingerling potatoes 

Banana and a new bar - Clif KITs fruit and seed bar It wasn't my favorite bar but it was good


BEST LUNCH EVER! Roasted acorn squash stuffed with sausage, brussel sprouts, pecans, and raisins SERIOUSLY LIFE CHANGING 



Roasted root veggies with aidells chicken sausage and spinach eggs 




Chipotle chili with root veggies 



Baked chicken with Tessemaes bbq sauce and green beans 



Roasted root veggies topped with chipotle chili and some avocado 


Taco salad with avocado, onions, and taco seasoned meat with organic salsa 




Roasted root veggies, sauteed brussel sprouts, sausage, raisins, and pecans with cinnamon apple chips  and a kombucha 


Beef stew with a side of roasted asparagus


Asparagus, aidells chicken sausage, and scrambled eggs 

Grapes, banana chips, carrot chips, guacamole, and whole30 compliant roast beef 



Sausage and eggs 


Baked chicken with franks hot sauce, carrot chips and salad with Tessemaes ranch dressing. 

Here are some of my  ESSENTIALS to staying on track

Every Sunday I plan and prep the weeks meals and go grocery shopping for anything we need. 
 If you are not doing this you are going to fail! 
Plan out what you're going to eat for every meal and stick to it. (If you don't make sure you have a go to whole30 option. Like one night I wasn't able to go home and eat what I had planned so Jasons Deli salad bar is always an easy go to option) 
Make all of your lunches on Sunday and pack them in tupperware. 
Have lots of fruit and nuts in case of a snack emergency. 
Plan some whole30 crock pot meals for those days you don't want to/have time to come home and cook. 
Make meals big so you can stretch them into two meals and not have to cook every single night. You're eating lots of fresh meat and produce so you're going to cook pretty much everything you eat. This can get tedious. Leftovers are your best friend.