Whole 30 – The End!

Tuesday 11/8/16 – Day Twenty Nine

Breakfast: A little sad because we were running out of food. Trying to make the eggs last. 

Lunch: Leftover Shepard’s Pie, Spinach, and Pineapple. 

Dinner: Salmon, Sweet Potato, and a ton of broccoli. 

I’d like to point out I deserve a medal for consuming no alcohol on election night. I’ve gotten through Half Marathon training, an ice cream social, Halloween, and the most disappointing election in history all while staying compliant. 

Wednesday 11/9/16 – Day Thirty!!!

Breakfast: one egg, the last of the bacon, fruit salad. 

Lunch: same as yesterday. 

Dinner: Salmon, can of green beans, sweet potato. 

And….done! I actually ended up doing a Whole 31 because we didn’t leave for vacation until day 32. 

Here’s my scale and non scale victories:

– Cooked more fresh meals than ever in life. 

– Learned I like squash and persimmons. 

– Only ate at restaurants three times; before this we’d get food elsewhere at least once a week. 

– After the initial headache went away I felt healthy and happy. 

– Rarely ate between meals. Prior to this I ate every two hours. 

– Learned how to get past cravings and control my relationship with food. 

– Fit comfortably in my clothes once again. 

– Lost 10 pounds in 30 days!

I never got to the point where I was waking up without my alarm, which is kind of disappointing, but I do get up at 5am so that’s a tough order. And I was very active during the 30 days and it’s possibly I didn’t feed myself enough energy. Also, some people talk about clearer skin but I still broke out. But other than those misses I’m very satisfied.  

Because of our vacation I didn’t have a chance to do the recommended reintroduction; I brought everything back on day 32. I didn’t feel too awful though, just overly full and not the good way like when I ate a plate filled with veggies. I was definitely ready to get back to making my own food again. So now I’m going to find my happy medium of mostly compliant eating. I’ll probably do another Whole 30 in the future; maybe January. And I’ll work on making sure my meal 1s have more veggies than this round. 


Whole 30 – Week 4

I can’t believe I’m almost done. I’m a little sad. I’ve been awakened to a world of wonderful food.

Tuesday 11/1/16 – Day Twenty Two

Breakfast: bacon, eggs, chia pudding with almond butter/almonds/raspberries.

Lunch: I forgot to take a picture, but I think I had leftover persimmon chicken.

Dinner: salmon with salsa and guacamole, spinach.

Wednesday 11/2/16 – Day Twenty Three

Breakfast: Eggs, half an avocado, chia pudding, strawberries. 

Lunch: Giant salad with bacon, eggs, and avocado. 

Dinner: Jerk Shrimp Stew over Cauliflower Rice. It was pretty good, but I need to work on the consistency of my cauliflower rice. 

Thursday 11/3/16 – Day Twenty Four

Breakfast: Same as yesterday but with pineapple. 

Lunch: same as yesterday. 

Dinner: Tilapia with salsa and a giant side of guacamole. Large fruit salad. I don’t like tilapia. 

Friday 11/4/16 – Day Twenty Five

Breakfast: And now, bananas!

Lunch: Leftover shrimp stuff. Forgot to take a picture. 

Dinner: Salmon cakes with homemade tartar sauce and spinach. That tartar sauce was the star of the meal. 

Saturday 11/5/16 – Day Twenty Six

Breakfast: A pretty great recreation of the skillet I get at First Watch. Everything but the cheese. 

Lunch: Leftover salmon cakes. 

Dinner: Leftover salmon cakes. 

Sunday 11/6/16 – Day Twenty Seven

Breakfast: Sweet potato hash with onions, bacon, and tomatoes. Side of clementines. 

Lunch: Kind of cheated here. My only protein is the almond butter on the fruit. Also got fat there, plus the avocado. 

Dinner: Shepherds Pie with spinach and an apple. That Sheperd’s Pie was great. 

Monday 11/7/16 – Day Twenty Eight

Breakfast: only one egg cause we are running low but about to go out of town. So I added a couple peppers. 

Lunch: leftovers from last night, plus pineapple. 

Dinner: an “ingredient meal”. Salmon,  broccoli, sweet potato. Simple and delicious. 

Time to finish this plan!

Whole 30 – Week 3

Tuesday 10/25/16 – Day Fifteen

Breakfast: chia pudding.

Lunch: leftovers from the previous night.

Dinner: Giant protein filled salad.

This sugar free bacon I got from Lucky’s is truly delicious. It makes me so annoyed that the bacon you find at most places has added sugar. It’s so unnecessary!

Wednesday 10/26/16 – Day Sixteen

Breakfast: chia pudding.

Lunch: another giant salad.

I’ve gone through a Costco container of spinach in five days. 

Dinner: taco skillet on lettuce.

My plan was to use the lettuce as a faux tortilla, which I did, but it wasn’t the same. So I ate it like a taco salad. The recipe is good though. The taco seasoning I had included sugar in it (again, why?) so I made my own with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, and salt and pepper. 

Thursday 10/27/16 – Day Seventeen

I’m nearing the end of the Whole 30 book (I never was great at following directions, lol) and to the part where they’re discussing how to piece together meal so–fat, carbs, protein, etc. I’m realizing my chia pudding breakfast isn’t well rounded enough, which is probably why I’m getting hungry mid morning. So…

Breakfast: Chia pudding, bacon, two eggs.

I’m still missing veggies from my meal one. I need to figure out how to bring those in in a way that does not disgust me.

After breakfast I went to the gym to swim. My normal swim is 50 laps but today I felt so good I kept going…and going…to 100 laps! That’s almost a mile and a half. Longest swim ever and I didn’t start to tire until around lap 70. That breakfast may have been magic!

I got to work and ate a banana and later also ate a clementine. I probably should have had a larger post workout mini meal instead of waiting until lunch for my next meal. 

Lunch: leftover taco skillet, Brussels sprouts and clementine.

Dinner: mahi mahi with Tracy’s leftover guac, sweet potato, broccoli.

Thursday night we went to a local comedy club to see Margaret Cho, who was strong, intelligent, and hilarious. She was great but the venue had a two item minimum per person. This is St. Louis, not a New Orleans strip club! The waitress told us if we bought nothing we’d be charged for two $5 waters. What a crock. So I ordered decaf coffee for $3.25. Only they didn’t have decaf. I never have caffeine at night but I wasn’t going to pay $5 for a drink so caffeine it was. 

Got through a potentially dicey situation. Small victory!

Friday 10/28/16 – Day Eighteen

Breakfast: chia pudding, two eggs, two slices bacon.

Lunch: leftover taco skillet and salad.

Dinner: steak Friday! With mushrooms and onions, sweet potato, and broccoli.

Saturday 10/29/16 – Day Nineteen 

Breakfast: sweet potato hash with two eggs. Side of pineapple and a clementine.

Lunch: Giant salad with new to me persimmons. Delish!

Dinner: steak, mushrooms, pineapple, two peppers.

The weird side items are for a reason. I’d planned Brussels sprouts, but I went to the store while they were in the oven and…

Oops. And I’d just read in my Whole 30 book that there’s bound to be some meals you mess up and throw out and laughed because I never do that. Ha!

Sunday 10/30/16 – Day Twenty

I got up and ate only a banana because I was meeting my running friends for running and brunch. I successfully ran the loop around Forest Park and then successfully ordered a compliant brunch!

Brunch: Omelette with sliced sirloin, red peppers, mushroom, onion, and jalapeño. Side of hash browns and fruit instead of the English muffin.

We were at the Shack on Lindbergh, which is a great place. I specified no dairy to make sure they didn’t use butter or milk and they complied, no problem. Plus they accidentally brought me two fruits so I had plenty of good stuff. 

Then I layed around all afternoon. I had a clementine and a Larabar but no real meal two. 

I tried to make up for it at dinner. 

Dinner: Chicken with persimmon salsa, squash, broccoli, and sweet potato.

This chicken recipe made my dreams come true. Persimmons are a gift to us all–so naturally sweet and perfect with cinnamon and other fall spices. So happy to have discovered them. 
I was still hungry later (skipping meals is not a good idea) so I had a banana and almond butter and promised myself a big breakfast. 

Monday 10/31/16 – Day Twenty One

Breakfast: chia pudding with almond butter and raspberries; two eggs and two slices of bacon.

I rarely made bacon before starting this program, but it sure is delicious. 

I went to the gym and swam 50 laps. Then I showered and dressed. The day before I’d been feeling like my food baby was shrinking, so I wanted to test it out. Before starting Whole 30 there was a pair of work pants that was always comfortable but suddenly tight when I got back from vacation. Those pants made me take action. Anyway, I put those pants on and three weeks into Whole 30, they are comfortable again! Major victory. I’m loving feeling in control of my body. 

Lunch: Leftovers.

Dinner: spinach sautéed with bacon, tilapia with a salsa I threw together, strawberries.

Isn’t it pretty? Cooking is art and then you get to eat it. 

I’m feeling great and loving what I’m eating. I’m excited to see what week four has in store for me!

The Great Go! Halloween Half Marathon 10/23/16

I ran my ninth half marathon on Sunday. I had no goals for the race, just to run in costume and have fun. 

I met my Big River training team friends before the race. I’m the nun. 🙂

me, Ellie, Meghan, Becky, Jill, Kari, Elizabeth

Meghan referred to me as Sister Mary Nora. Lol. 

I’m actually wearing my Camelbak under my habit. I had my dates and water in it as well as my phone. So my picture taking was extremely limited, but I had to get this guy. 

It turned out T Rex was actually a female. I found that out on the event’s Facebook page. She didn’t end up running the whole event in the costume. 

Obligatory start photo. 

It was nice at the start; in the 50s. My costume was made of stretchy material and I had no trouble moving in it. My pace was around 10:30/mile early on, a little faster than I was aiming for, but still ok. 

Around mile 4 I started thinking I wanted to walk, and I used getting my dates out of my Camelbak as an excuse to do so. From that point on the idea of running seemed just awful. This has been the season of walk breaks for me. I don’t know what’s up with that but it’s something to work on for 2017. 

The course went by the brewery, which all Go races do. 

But unlike the spring half, we didn’t have to come back the same way on Broadway. We ended up on the antique store portion of Cherokee, which was nice. I appreciated the variety but it didn’t help my motivation.

I thought I had a lot of people talking to me when I dressed up as Batgirl in last year’s race; this year was unreal. People loved calling me sister. Two people asked me to pray they finished. When I was running on Sidney street I could hear church bells in the distance and a woman said “sister, your bells!” Another guy in Soulard told me “the Catholic Church is back there!” As an agnostic, this was all very amusing to me.

Nearly three hours later my 13.1 mile journey was finished. 
This was my slowest time by far, but at least I got some good photos. 

Oh, and two medals! By running the half in April and this one I completed the “bridges and broomsticks challenge” and got an extra sweatshirt and an extra medal. 

Official results:

Next up:

St. Louis Turkey Trot 8k 11/24/16

Hot Chocolate 15k 12/11/16

Whole 30 – Week 2

Tuesday 10/18/16 – Day Eight

The night before I couldn’t sleep and was hungry. I should have just eaten something. Had a nightmare I accidentally ate a pastry at Tim Horton’s. These are my nightmares now. Woke up and devoured a banana and some coffee, then ran to the gym and back.

The mile+ there felt pretty easy but my pace was only 11:30. I don’t get it. It was kind of warm though. 75 before 6am in October? Go home St. Louis, you’re drunk.

Breakfast: Three egg omelette with leeks, tomatoes, orange pepper, and green olives. Trying to use my strawberries before they go bad.

Mid morning I’m sleepy and hungry. I eat a handful of carrots to tide me over until lunch.

Lunch: Sliced beef, mashed potatoes with ghee, asparagus, sautéed kale.

Starving on the way home from work. Ate a date while I made dinner. 

Dinner: Costco chicken strips with peppers and onions, roasted Brussels sprouts, banana with almond butter.

And then I ate another banana with almond butter. 

Not going to bed hungry again. 

Wednesday 10/19/16 – Day Nine

Well,the extra banana and almond butter did the trick–I’m not hungry at all when I wake up. Still, I eat. 

Breakfast: Two eggs, half an avocado, strawberries. All from Costco.

I went to the gym and swam 50 laps. Even though my stomach was full, I didn’t feel like things were sloshing around like when I eat my normal giant bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. 

Hungry all morning. Drank my Nalgene bottle of water. Still hungry. Asked myself “would I eat a plate of broccoli and fish right now?” Yes. So I ate an apple with almond butter. Trying to avoid snacking, but this was necessary. 

Lunch: Leftovers from last night plus sautéed kale.

I ate my lunch around 2pm, which is kind of late for me, so I wasn’t super hungry when I got home, but I ate anyway. 

Dinner: Leftover burger and mashed potatoes.

Yes, that’s an obscene amount of potatoes. I normally wouldn’t eat that much but 1) I was trying to use up the leftovers and 2) we were about to go out to eat. 

It was Tracy’s birthday so we went to Cruesoe’s. I could have figured out an entire meal to order but 1) making sure the whole thing was compliant stressed me out and 2) I don’t want to pay a restaurant to make a meal I can easily make myself. 

So I pre-ate and ordered a side of broccoli at dinner. 

I was craving a lot of foods I saw but I was completely full. Now the real work is beginning–learning to battle those cravings that have nothing to do with needing food. 

Thursday 10/20/16 – Day Ten 

Omelettes are a great way to use up stuff on hand. 

Three egg omelette with chicken, green olives, onion, and tomato. Added a bit of avocado and a whole banana to make sure I’m getting enough fat and carbs.

I have cramps but only have ibuprofen and that’s not compliant. Tylenol is but I don’t have any. Cramps it is. It’s neat how I have my period and I’m about to run a half marathon, all at the beginning of Whole 30. 

Lunch: same as yesterday. 

Dinner: salmon cakes, strawberries, orange, avocado (looks disgusting after exposed to air), and squash.

I went into this meal thinking, “well, I guess it’s time to eat the squash”. Total surprise–it’s delicious! I didn’t think I liked yelllw squash but I roasted it with Old Bay and it was sweet and wonderful. 

Somehow I was still hungry, so I ate this. Trying to amp up the carbs in preparation for my race. 

Friday 10/21/16 – Day Eleven

Turns out I do not like salmon in this format first thing in the morning. 

I ran 3.5 miles and didn’t have problems with a full stomach, which bodes well for Sunday. Also, as I was going down the stairs to go to work I felt like my joints were operating more smoothly than normal. Sometimes it feels like they’re creaking or making other noises, but this time they felt like they were gliding. I hope that continues!

I was hungry mid morning so I had some strawberries. Later, a salmon filled lunch.

Lunch: leftovers. Salmon cakes are better at lunch.

I had two bananas with almond butter as an afternoon snack. Really trying to make sure I’m getting enough carbs. 

Not hungry at all for dinner, but still, I ate. 

Costco sliced beef, squash, sweet potato.

After dinner I wanted some chocolate. I asked myself “am I actually hungry?” I wasn’t. So I drank some water and rode the craving out. It’s getting easier!

Saturday 10/22/16 – Day Twelve

Woke up hungry and happy. It’s gorgeous outside. Made a fall inspired breakfast. 

Breakfast: Sweet/regular potato skillet with two eggs. Banana with almond butter.

Time to go to Costco for another 24 pack of eggs. This week’s supply is almost gone. !!

I’ve noticed I’m eating my meals a lot more slowly than before, when I would wolf everything down. My relationship with food has improved.

I ate an apple while out grocery shopping, then came home for a late lunch. 

Lunch: the last of the sliced beef and squash. Two clementines.

Dinner: acorn squash, sweet potato, sautéed spinach, salmon.


Sunday 10/23/16: Day Thirteen

Running 13.1 miles on day thirteen. I got up at 5am and immediately made breakfast. 

Breakfast: two eggs, raspberries, banana with almond butter.

I started running around 7:45am, and it was rough. I ate five dates on the course but I just wasn’t in my normal running shape. I walked a lot. 

Afterwards Tracy and I joined my running friends at Rooster where I had second breakfast, which actually ended up being my lunch. 

Brunch: Two fried eggs and a side of fruit.

Rooster has wonderful dairy, grain, sugar, and alcohol consumables so I’m very proud of myself for staying compliant. It actually wasn’t hard; I didn’t have much of an appetite. And I drank black coffee and liked it! Small victory. 

In the afternoon I had a pickle and a Larabar and eventually put together a real meal. 

Dinner: GIANT salad with spinach, half an apple, half an avocado, orange peppers, three eggs, three and a half pieces of bacon, carrots, olives, and a vinaigrette I made myself.

A seven egg day. That’s a new record.

Monday 10/24/16 – Day Fourteen

For breakfast I made a new recipe that does not involve eggs!

Breakfast: Banana Chia Pudding topped with raspberries, a banana, sliced almonds and almond butter.

The pudding looks pretty disgusting by itself but it tastes really cool and refreshing. I love it. 

Lunch: Same as last night’s dinner-giant family size salad.

I wanted something sweet in the afternoon and I considered a Larabar but I wasn’t actually hungry so I just had water. 

Dinner: Baked salmon, steamed Brussels sprouts, sweet potato.

At the end of week two I feel in control of my cravings and really proud of myself for coming up with all these meals and making the time to prepare them. I can see myself eating this way a lot after the 30 days. 

But I do miss pizza.