put a fork in it (one week done!)

so the first week of my whole30 journey is done. how do i feel? i feel great albeit very very tired. this is not abnormal for me though.

i’ve always been a fan of naps. so it’s hard to say whether sleeping poorly (from my stitches), week 1 ‘symptoms’ of whole30, or just life in general is dragging me down. but this girl is pooped.

please allow tucker to demonstrate…

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i’m looking forward to week two. it’s going to be a busy week (work happy hours, dinners with friends, dentist appointments) but i’ll be sure to make time to squeeze in a work out here and there. and eat clean!

here’s a preview for the week ahead! yum

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overall this first week has been very enlightening. i’ve opened my eyes to reading food labels (seriously, sugar is in everything!). i’ve also learned how to wrestle some of my own internal food demons. interestingly, i don’t crave anything right now. in fact, i’ve come to realize that i miss the ‘habit‘ of food more than i miss the food. for example, my morning coffee can still be enjoyed without the cream & sugar. or when i walk in the door after a long days’ work i don’t have to have a granola bar!  i’m more thoroughly understanding and realizing food is fuel. fuel that helps (or hurts) my body. i’ve seen a few tweets or fb posts from friends saying “they earned this pizza, ice cream, beer… what not”.  and now i’m beginning to see how distorted that view is… food is not a reward system. i am not a dog that gets a treat for doing a trick

in a completely unrelated note: gregg has opted to follow a less stringent plan and eat more paleo (rather than whole30). i appreciate his willingness to continue to support me in this challenge and i know he’s seeing his own benefits. today at open gym, he set a hella PR on his deadlift. 355#! wowsers. in his acceptance speech, he owed it all to the bacon. 🙂  

don’t get me going on bacon. and sugar. and my never ending quest… 

with that, i’m heading up to bed. good night!

 

whole30 (day 7) Recap:

workout – nada (but i should be good to go tomorrow!)

meal 1 – italian sausage, egg, tomato

meal 2 – chicken on spinach, avocado, pomegranate seeds

snack – again… naner & almond butter (i sound like a broken record!)

meal 3 – salmon, cauli-rice, roasted brussel sprouts!

Super Quinoa

WEll, we finally made it to Friday! This week has felt impossibly long with not much excitement to report. Not from me at least. The hubby has had a wild week: he met the First Lady, spoke at his high school alma mater, and now he’s out in Santa Monica enjoying the Cali lifestyle! I’m thinking it would make a much more interesting blog if he wrote it!

Tonight I had a crappy run. After a long day of work I came home and was looking forward to a quick run.

I must have been a little too excited, because I did not adequately prepare. I did not fuel right. I did not warm up. I did not dress warm enough!

So, I ended up doing just a quickie 2-miler

I thought about pushing through but I have 10 miles to do this weekend and didn’t want to do any damage tonight.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention a new recipe I tried last night.  I finally tried quinoa!

It was on the back of the quinoa bag (slightly modified of items I already had around the house)

1 cup quinoa

1 red bell pepper

1 can corn

1 can black beans

several dashes of cilantro

cumin

chicken breast

I don’t know what I liked about it better… how easy it was or how yummy it was! And left overs were an added bonus!Super Quinoa

 

Want to know more about Quinoa *pronounced KEEN-wah*

  • Some call it a “Supergrain”–although it is not really a grain, but the seed of a leafy plant that’s distantly related to spinach.
  • Excellent source for protein and unlike other grains, is not missing the amino acid lysine, so the protein is more complete (a trait it shares with other “non-true” grains such as buckwheat and amaranth).
  • The World Health Organization has rated the quality of protein in quinoa at least equivalent to that in milk.
  • It offers more iron than other grains and contains high levels of potassium and riboflavin, as well as other B vitamins: B6, niacin, and thiamin. It is also a good source of magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and has some folate (folic acid).
  • It is gluten free, which makes it a great alternative to grains for people with gluten sensitivity.

 

Oh, and did I mention it’s tasty too?!

Enjoy.