Monday, November 30, 2015


Thanksgiving was so much fun! We had such a great time hanging out with family and exploring Caddo Lake with Emma. 

When we got there Wednesday night my Aunt made chili so I had chili with avocado! YUMMY 

 Thursday morning my Aunt made fresh fruit, bacon, and got special crustless dairy free quiche for me!

Thursday for Thanksgiving lunch everything I had was totally Whole30 compliant. 

I made roasted brussel sprouts with cranberries, squash and zucchini with sauteed onions, roasted pumpkin spice sweet potatoes, and broccoli and carrot salad with delicious baked turkey!

It was so good I didn't even miss the dressing or rolls. I did make a paleo pecan pie and it was SOOO good but so dangerous. The paleo pecan pie made me realize I can't do paleo treats because I ate too much of it. Even natural sugar is gonna be my downfall - paleo isn't calorie free and it definitely made my tummy sad. 
Friday I ate whole30 compliant but I had about 5 glasses of champagne! OOPS 

So on Saturday I officially started ROUND 3! I am now back on 100% Whole30 

ROUND3 Day 1 

Banana with almond butter and scrambled eggs with salsa 

For lunch I made a taco salad bar! YUMMY 

Later I was a little snacky so I had more almond butter with an apple 

For dinner I had salad with balsamic and dijon and spaghetti squash with venison pasta sauce 

ROUND3 Day 2 

Breakfast was leftover taco meat from my salad with fresh onion and jalapeno and salsa in scrambled eggs

For lunch I had leftover turkey, squash, and sweet potatoes 

For Dinner I made an AMAZING lamb shepherds pie 

1 lb. ground lamb
1 chopped onion 
3 chopped carrots 
1 TBS crushed garlic 
Rosemary (to taste) 
Tomato paste (small 6 oz can) 
Vegetable Broth 
New Potatoes 

Put new potatoes on to boil 

Sautee the lamb and veggies, add garlic and rosemary and salt and pepper 
Add in full can of tomato paste and enough broth to make it like a sloppy joe consistency 

Put in a pie pan  

Mash potatoes with ghee, garlic, and rosemary, and salt and pepper then put on top of the lamb mixture and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. 


After a sixty day period on Whole30 I have realized my body feels better and I feel better about myself when I am eating whole. I bought this shirt as a reminder that I am whole30! 

Whole30 GODDESS MELISSA HARTWIG: "I don't want you to do the Whole30, or start eating healthier. I want you to BE whole30, to BE a healthy eater. The stronger you can self-identify in this way, the more likely you are to hold ot your new desired behaviors. Bonus tip: the sooner you can prove to yourself that this is really part of who you are, the better, so give yourself opportunities to have small wins. Go out to eat and BE whole30. Be faced with tempation at the office and BE whole30. This sends a FAR stronger message from you to you, and you may be surprised at the power of this daily affirmation. 
So the next time you're trying to create a new habit or behavior, remember
1. Build this into your identity 
2. Give yourself opportunities to prove that this is in fact, who you are 
Try this with me for one weekm tell yourself, I AM WHOLE30, and then tell me did it strenthen your commitment to a healthier way of life?" 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The paleo jogger!

I completed my 60 days on Whole30 Thursday! I am now strictly eating Whole30/Paleo compliant until January then I am starting round 3.

Today I decided to treat myself after that 60 day period I decided I deserved chocolate!

This is a Hail Merry Chocolate Miracle Tart and HOLY COW was it awesome! 

Made with just 5 ingredients:  organic maple syrup, dark cocoa, almond flour, organic extra virgin coconut oil, sea salt.

I only ate half of it and saved the other half for later. SO YUMMY 

The rest of my day was a typical whole30 day. 

Breakfast was leftover cabbage, potatoes, and sausage with scrambled eggs 

Lunch was leftover cauliflower spanish rice topped with chipotle beef and avocado

Dinner was chili with onions and avocado 

While I was shopping at Drug Emporium I also got some honey, maple syrup, and almond flour for my Paleo baking creations this week, as well as more ghee, coconut oil, and some coconut aminos garlic sauce, as well as some veggies. 

I had a 5k this morning and I decided to make a paleo pumpkin coffee cake for after the race. 

It was so easy to make and it was really yummy. I couldn't eat much being that I have been off treats for 60 days and hadn't had any sweets other than fruit. This has coconut sugar and maple syrup so it was sweet for me, plus the texture of cake was also filling. 

The 5k was SO much fun. I was nervous about it because I hadn't done a 5k since March and I have been working hard at the gym and wanted to set higher goals for myself. 

My goals were to finish in under 45 minutes and to jog the first full mile. 

GUYS I jogged the WHOLE THING. I LITERALLY DID NOT WALK ONCE. I may have slow jogged like a grandma but I didn't stop jogging the whole time and I finished in 40:08! 

I have another 5k in two weeks and my goal for that one is to finish in under 40 minutes. 

Pre race I had a banana and some almond butter so I had protein and wasn't starving halfway through but also wasn't full and bloated with too much pre race food. 

Post race I came home and had leftover chili stuffed inside a baked delicata squash that I lightly seasoned with pumpkin pie spice. 


For tonight I put pumpkin kale curry with beef in the crock pot.

Beef Stew Meat 
2 cans of coconut milk 
1 jar of red curry paste 
1 can of pumpkin puree 
4 cups of chopped kale 
1 diced onion 
1 small carton of organic veggie broth (you could use a beef/bone broth but this was the only paleo broth I could find at my grocery) 

(the next ingredients I added to taste) 
coconut aminos garlic sauce 
chili paste 

Put everything in your crock pot on low for 6-8 hours 

This coconut aminos garlic sauce is SOOOO GOOD! Even if you aren't whole30/paleo I highly recommend it. Its a better option because it's low sodium and sugar free. You can find product info here. 

So I am a paleo jogger now! WHO KNEW? I feel great and I am so happy that I made this lifestyle change. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Green Chili Chicken Stew

On Friday I made roasted chicken for dinner and we only ate half of it so tonight I decided to turn the rest of the chicken into some yummy stew.

If you don't make this stew your life will not be complete.

Green Chili Chicken Stew
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 3 chopped serrano peppers
- 2 small cans of hot green chilis
- 1/2 a jar of tomatillo salsa
- organic free range chicken stock
- cumin
- shredded chicken
- roasted chicken juices
- 4 red new potatoes chopped into bite size pieces

Sauté the onion and peppers then add in the canned green chili, salsa, and cumin

Add the chopped potato and stew with a lid until the potato is tender 

Then add in your chopped roasted chicken and leftover roasting juices 
(you could use a rotisserie and you wouldn't have the roasting juices but I am sure it will still be delicious) 

I served mine with avocado and cilantro 

It was the BEST thing I have had in a long time. SO good 


I think it is time to focus on some non scale victories.
I weigh myself everyday sometimes twice and three times a day. Im obsessed with the scale.
I hope that every time I step on the scale I will have lost weight.
I am SO PROUD that I have been able to lose 83 pounds and I am now under 200 pounds for the first time as an adult.

HOWEVER- When I weigh the same or I fluctuate up a pound I beat myself up.
It has started to be a source of self abuse in a way.
While I do want to be conscious of everything I am doing to be as healthy and fit as I can my weight alone doesn't define that.

SO here are reasons I am AWESOME that have NOTHING to do with how much I weigh.

1. I workout at least 5 times a week
2. I run/jog a mile at least 3 times a week
3. I just bought a whole new set of clothes in a size LARGE for the first time ever
4. I am going to have my first Paleo Thanksgiving and I am not upset about not having dressing or traditional pie!
5. I have been eating Whole30 for 55 days! (part of why the paleo Thanksgiving doesn't scare me)
6. I am getting stronger and have been increasing my weights at the gym.
7. We took Emma to the park the other day and I did the rock climbing wall, and climbed up onto playground equipment, and went down slides without any difficulty or embarrassment.
8. My knees and back don't hurt all the time.
9. I am officially registered for two 5ks in the next month. WEEE
10. Im creating habits that will teach my daughter how to be healthy from the start and not have to fight for it at 30 like I am.

The thing is I am doing everything I should be to get fit and healthy and my weight WILL keep going down. I don't need to obsess over it. I know that my next goal is to get to 180, but weighing 3 times a day isn't going to make 180 come any faster. Eating clean and working hard at the gym will. I do those things and slowly I will get there the right way, building a habit and lifestyle on the way. In the end I don't plan to quit or gain any of this weight back, so for the rest of my life I just keep eating healthy and working out. It may take me five years to get to my ultimate fit self and thats ok. I have a LONG life in front of me I hope. When I am 35 and in the best shape of my life, I will thank myself for the changes I am making now. I can spend the rest of my life happy and healthy or as I age and continue to be obese start having health problems and going on medications to fix all the crap I did to my body for nothing other than a fleeting rush of greasy fast food. The reason I think whole30 is SO important is that is cleans your body and it changes your BRAIN. Food has a freaking hold on our brains. We think we need all the crap but we don't. We are addicted to sugar because it's in EVERYTHING pre packaged at the grocery story. Sugar is a drug that is making us crave more and more sugar. Is the food you are eating providing you with nutrition or is it simply making you fat? Healthy nutritious food tastes awesome when you are used to eating that kind of food on a daily basis. If you can cut the junk for 30 days it truly will help you make better food choices. There was a point where I had zero interest in making good food choices. I told myself "food is delicious and I don't really care what it's doing to me I am gonna eat all the things!" Then I realized I was headed to 300 pounds and I couldn't do all the things I physically wanted to if I kept gaining weight. You've all probably seen the meme "Losing weight is hard and being over weight is hard! Chose your hard!" Life is a gift that we can live to the best of our abilities or we can just be lazy and make it through and regret not seeing our potential.

On Sunday I put my phone in the washing machine so I have been without a phone for a full week, which means I don't have a lot of meals to share with you. 

Proscuitto wrapped shrimp over sautéed onions and spinach. YUMMM 
Just wrap raw shrimp in proscuitto and bake until the shrimp is pink. 

I made more stuffed acorn squash. 
Cook ground pork, diced apples, onions, fresh cranberries, raisins and pecans with sage and cinnamon

I added in roasted brussel sprouts and stuffed it in half and acorn squash and served with baked chicken. It was SO good. 

Sunday we went to Dallas to see Tosca. 

We knew we would be gone all day and stopping to feed the students at fast food places, so we packed coolers with Whole30 food. 

At Wendys we had chicken salad. 
I made it with baked shredded chicken, primal kitchens mayo, apples, grapes, and pecans 

At Dairy Palace we had avocado chicken salad with melon and banana chips! 

This photo doesn't do this meal justice. I made orange pecan salmon and it was SO GOOD. 
I took the salmon filet and covered it in whole30 compliant organic dijon then crushed pecans and orange zest and orange juice. It was really really yummy. 

I have FIVE days left in my Whole60! When this round is over I am going to go Paleo until I start my next round, which I decided to start in January. 

A Paleo Thanksgiving and Christmas.... I think I will survive!