Sunday, March 20, 2016

One day at a time.

"How did you do it?" "What is Whole30?" "Tell me what to do!" "How much have you lost?" "Do you live?" "What CAN you eat?" 

I have heard all of these questions just this week. 

I love feeling like I have some knowledge to share on a food philosophy that totally changed me. I hope I can continue to inspire others to look at what they are eating and that it helps them as much as it has me. 

Now Whole30 is a thirty day reset, but for me it is a lifestyle. I will be mostly whole30 compliant most days for the rest of my life. You don't lose 106 pounds from a 30 day reset. You have to eat right 90% of the time consistently for a LONG time. After my Whole30 cheat weekend in Austin I have had sugar cravings. I know after a month or so I will get rid of them but right now I have some day dreams about cereal and pancakes. When I did my 90 days that went away, but I have fed the dragon and it's only been two weeks since I had sugar. I know that the struggle will always be there. I am human. I do plan to eat sugar, grains, dairy very occasionally throughout the rest of my life. I may have a lot of information and ideas on what has worked for me, but this is new to me too. I have never lost this much weight before. I have never weighed this little before. I have never been this consistent with a diet and fitness regime. I don't know what the future holds. SO I take it a day at a time. That is how I have made it this far. If I focus on the past or the future I get overwhelmed. Everyday just take the steps it takes. Everyday eat compliant and go to the gym. One day at a time is all you need to think about. Eventually you look back and all the days combined have changed you. 




My Whole 30 ideas from this week 




A compliant Brat Hans brand sausage link and 2 soft boiled eggs 


Epic bites, a banana and strawberries with this Kalot cashew butter. SO GOODI got it at Drug Emporium if you want to snag some. 



Sweet potato and blueberry eggs with toasted hazelnut. 
I scrambled two eggs and mixed in 1 very small baked sweet potato mash and some cinnamon. Then I added a handful of blueberries and scrambled it in a skillet with a little ghee. 


Lettuce burgers with avocado and bacon!




This broccoli tuna salad is amazing. I mixed 1 can of tuna with a few cups of broccoli slaw then added tessemaes cracked pepper dressing, mustard, curry powder, raisins, and pecans. PERFECT


My prepped meals for this week. Sautéed squash and zucchini with sausage and a leftover grilled burger. Grilled chicken with asian broccoli slaw. Grilled chicken with parsnip and turnip fries. 


Whole30 Jambalaya


1 onion chopped, 1 bell pepper chopped, 2 whole30 compliant sausages sliced, about 10-12 okra cut and roasted in the oven, 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes, about 15 raw shrimp. 

I sautéed the veggies and sausage until cooked down, then added the tomatoes and let it simmer for a bit, then added in the shrimp until cooked through. 



Of course serve it with Louisiana hot sauce! :) 





Whole30 Corned Beef and Cabbage 



Literally just put 1 onion, about 4 carrots, 1 corned beef brisket, and 1 head of cabbage in the crock pot all day. Easy and perfect. 




Besides all the food, weight loss is a mental game too. 
You have to be there in your mind. You have to stay motivated and treat yourself like you are worth the effort it takes. 




Monday, March 14, 2016

Major victories, blueberry eggs, and Moroccan chicken!

This week has been full of some MAJOR non scale victories. 

I set two person records with my running. 

First I ran a 9:38 mile! When I started running my goal which seemed completely unattainable was to run a 10 minute mile. I BEAT THAT!!!!


So then two days later I told myself - try to keep your pace for twenty minutes. I had to talk to myself out loud at the gym. "YOU CAN DO IT" "DON'T STOP" "YOU AREN'T TIRED IT'S YOUR MIND" and I DID IT!!!!! Freaking crushed two miles in under 20 minutes. I truly thought that was impossible and yet I did it. 


Then two days later I went to J Crew for the first time. I never set foot into a "regular" size clothing chain because obviously I couldn't fit in any clothes there. The biggest size I could find there was a 14 but mostly everything was a size 10 and below. I grabbed these size 10 shorts and WONDER OF WONDERS MIRACLE OF MIRACLES they fit perfect. I have weird deflated fat girl thighs but I bought these shorts and I am going to wear them and not even care. 





I ended up taking home four t-shirts, two pairs of shorts, a pair of chinos, and a necklace! 


The reason I can run a 10 minute mile and fit into size 10 J Crew shorts is all thanks to the food I eat. I truly feel like a different person thanks to Whole30. 





What I have been eating this week. 




Sausage with spinach eggs and salsa verde 


These Thunderbird Hazelnut Coffee bars are literally THE BOMB 



Antelope backstop with roasted carrots, onions, and romanesco 


Chorizo with purple potatoes, onions, and fried eggs


Found these freeze dried grapes at Wal-mart. They are pretty good for a crunchy sweet treat. 



This suja water is also really good. It has cayenne, lemon, and pineapple juice. It's barely any it's like a HINT of flavor. 


Coleslaw mix with Tessemaes spicy ranch, avocado, and smoked oysters


I like to prep my week of veggies in the oven 


These purple sweet potatoes are SO pretty. 


I also love spaghetti squash. I bake mine whole at 400 degrees for about an hour. It shreds perfectly. 


Whole baked sweet potatoes that can be perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner


This was crock pot chicken verde. I put chicken thighs in the crock pot with poblano peppers, onions, and the rest of that salsa verde. I served it with coleslaw mix on top and avocado plus some pineapple and a few of my siete tortillas. 



Sausage and spinach eggs with salsa and fruit 



Roasted carrots, brussel sprouts, purple sweet potato, and ground beef with a little chipotle mayo on top. This was SO incredible. 


Baked mustard tilapia with sautéed green beans with toasted hazelnuts. 


BLUEBERRY EGGS!!!! 

RECIPE: 

1 mashed banana 
2 eggs beaten 
dash of cinnamon 
handful of blueberries 
1 TBS ghee 

I cooked it all together like a scrambled eggs then served it with some toasted hazelnuts. This is seriously GAME CHANGER. It was so good and a nice hot sweet treat that is completely compliant and basically a perfect swap for oatmeal. 


Roasted brussels, carrots, and sausage with mustard 


More chicken verde! 


More blueberries with eggs! I made ground beef and mixed it with the roasted purple sweet potatoes and served it with scrambled eggs and slightly sautéed blueberries. I think cooked blueberries are WAY better than raw. They get extra sweet and juicy! 


Carrots salad and smoked oysters. 

Carrot Salad Recipe: 

Shredded carrots 
Fresh pineapple cut into tidbits 
raisins 
pecans 
homeade mayo 
curry powder 
cayenne 

I don't measure I just mix it together until it looks and tastes great! 


Roasted new potatoes, onions, chorizo, and shrimp! 


Sauteed pork, apples, and plantains. 


Portioned out for lunches this week 


Spaghetti squash with the last of the chicken verde 



My new favorite thing! TOSTONES 

These are very easy to make and SO worth it. 

Cut up a plantain and cook in coconut oil until it's golden brown. 
Take out and smash on a cutting board with the bottom of a coffee cup. 

Put back in the skillet and cook until crispy then add salt. 


I made chicken drums with allspice and habanero sauce, my version of jerk chicken. I served it with the tostones, fresh pineapple, and avocado. 




Here is that crock pot Moroccan chicken

RECIPE: 

4-5 carrots cut into bite size pieces 
1 onion sliced 
1 package of chicken thighs
1 can of coconut milk 
10 dried apricots cut in half 
5-6 dried plums cut in half 

I never measure seasonings but I added 
saffron
turmeric 
cardamom 
cinnamon 
cayenne
ginger 
salt 




Cook on low for 6-8 hours and serve with a few crispy coconut chips 



This is a new favorite recipe for sure!