Whole 30 And How It Ended

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March 3rd was supposed to be the end of my Whole 30 experience, but it ended a little early. I wasn’t happy about this, but Sean finally insisted. I ended up catching Influenza A and was terribly sick, laying in bed so fatigued and with a fever I could barely move. I was also nauseated and nothing sounded good. A salad was out of the question, and the only thing I was eating was applesauce and roasted sweet potatoes and apples.

Finally Sean told me just to eat, that it was important to get my strength back and I needed to eat whatever sounded good. So I ended up breaking my Whole 30, but it was the best decision for the moment.

I’m thrilled with the results I have for not even doing it a full month! I lost 10 pounds in the 2 ½ weeks that I did Whole 30! Sean can definitely notice a difference, which is really nice. 🙂 My skin cleared up, which helps me know that I’m not looking for that magic cream to get rid of breakouts, but eating clean is what will do it.

The first day I was out of bed and dressed after having the flu. Still tired looking, but I was happy to be out of bed! 

Overall it was a really positive experience. It was difficult to constantly be eating food alone, and I got tired of fixing 2 different meals at dinner time. I also was getting tired of the meals I was making and needed to find some new things to make, but that was just a matter of searching Pinterest again to find some new recipes.

I’m hoping that this helps my metabolism wake up, and that I can keep eating clean 80-90% of the time and continue to lose the rest of the weight that I wanted to lose.

I’m feeling a lot better now but I’m still really tired. I just can’t seem to get enough sleep so I haven’t been getting up early to exercise at all. I did go outside with the girls and ride bikes one day, so I’ll count that as exercise. 🙂

 

Whole 30 Week Two – It’s Working!!

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I’ve looked forward to writing this blog post all week. I’m still in shock. I’m 9 days into doing Whole 30 and it’s totally working! Best of all, I love doing it! It’s so easy to do compared to Trim Healthy Mama (at least for me) and I’m seeing incredible results already!

I shared a picture in my LulaRoe group where I’m wearing jeans that I haven’t been able to wear in a very long time! That was such a great feeling to get those jeans back on in just 9 days time! I don’t feel bloated and yucky and I know I’ve lost some pounds. You are not supposed to weigh yourself until the very end, but weighing myself keeps me motivated. 🙂 I will wait to share the final number until the end of the challenge.

Here are some of the meals I’ve made this week.

Turkey Zucchini Poppers (they are supposed to use ground chicken but I found ground turkey to be cheaper), with steamed broccoli and roasted beets and sweet potatoes. It was really good!

Pizza Potato Skins – I made this for our whole family, so the ones with cheese on them was for everyone else. 🙂 These didn’t taste quite as good as I had hoped. I think the biggest reason was the pizza sauce. I made it from scratch and it didn’t have any sugar in it, and it just tasted a little off. Overall it was a fun meal to make, and I would love to try this again with some tastier pizza sauce. I had a big salad with this as well.

Cobb Salad – I had this for lunch one day and it was so yummy! I discovered just how much sugar is in anything when I had to start reading the back of all my spices, meat, etc. It’s everywhere! I went to our local heath food store and bought some bacon that even had stamped on it “Whole 30 Approved.” It tastes really good! This has definitely increased our food bill a little bit, so after the 30 days I’ll go back to eating the turkey bacon I normally get from Costco.

I ate plain salad for several days before I made it to the health food store and bought this Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing that is Whole 30 approved. Thankfully it was on sale at the store. It’s actually really, really good!

As for exercise, my sister called me on Monday and asked if I wanted to go to a Barre workout class with her at the local gym. It sounded like fun, so I said sure! We ended up going to the wrong gym, and did an hour long intense areobics workout instead. Whew! I definitely had a good workout that night!

My sister seems fascinated with the Barre workout concept right now, and sent me this workout on Youtube to try. I’ve done it twice this week, it’s super intense! So far I have done a modified version for 20 minutes, I have yet to finish the workout! Baby steps…

Wednesday was hard. Israel had to make chocolate coins for history and the smell of chocolate was in the house for hours! Then I would open up the fridge to grab some veggies, and there were little chocolate cups that were waiting to be turned into coins in front of my face. Just a little distracting. :/ But I made it through and ate some fresh fruit instead.

I need to work on drinking more water this week. I have a 32 ounce glass mason jar from the Pioneer Woman that I use to drink out of every day. I normally fill it with some lemon juice as well and my goal is to get 2 of these down a day.

I’m hoping this next week goes as well as this past week has! I’ve really missed my greek yogurt, so I’ll definitely be adding that back in once the 30 days are up. But if I keep losing baby weight, I’m not giving up once the 30 days are over!

 

Whole 30 and Diastasis Exercise for Postpartum Weight Loss!

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Just like a new year brings fresh change, a new month is also a good time for a fresh start. It was hard to stay focused on building good habits the end of January but I’m back at it! I created new goals for February, and I’m excited to see what will happen.

For the month of February I have two goals.

The first goal? To stick fairly strictly to a Whole 30 plan. I’ve been doing it two days, and I’ve had two little things off plan. One was ranch dressing, after eating a plain salad for two times I needed some dressing! I’m diving in without the book or very many recipes, but I’m going to make a plan approved dressing soon.

This isn’t something I thought I would ever do. I love greek yogurt, cheese, brown rice…the list goes on! But the rules behind Trim Healthy Mama were so confusing and stressing me out, and this is simple enough for me to understand without even reading a book. I’ve told myself if I only make it a Whole 14 that’s ok, meaning I only make it 2 weeks! My goal is 30 days though, and we don’t have any birthdays or big celebrations this month which makes it a little easier.

I won’t eat a Whole 30 diet forever, my plan is to see if it can shake up my metabolism, and be kind to my body by cutting out a lot of food, and see how I feel when I introduce it again.

That’s the plan as of the 3rd of the month. 😉

For breakfast yesterday morning I had an avocado that I baked in the oven for about 20 minutes with and egg and bacon in it. Did I mention that I don’t like avocados or guacamole at all? I pushed myself to try this because I know how good avocados are for you, and I actually needed up eating both halves and really liked it!

The second goal is to work on my Diastasis Recti. I’ll be honest, I kind of forgot about it. I knew I had problems, but I didn’t want to think about it. I finally laid down the floor and measured, and I have a 4 finger separation. Yikes! I told myself that I needed to take it easy with exercising this month, and instead spend a month focusing on my Diastasis and doing workouts for that.

I’m using a program called The Diastasis Fix 2.0. It’s an ebook you purchase, but once you receive the ebook it is broken down into 30 days, and each day has links you click to videos you watch, and use to workout. She also teaches you a breathing exercise to do each day, focusing on healing your diastasis. When you purchase this you also are enrolled in a 8 week FB group. I went through the group probably a year ago, but I tried to heal this when Sophia was still screaming constantly and needed me to hold her 24/7. It just wasn’t a good time to focus on this.

If you are not sure that you have a problem with Diastasis, you can go here and watch a video where Olivia explains how to check for it. You can also sign up for a free 5 day challenge! 

The children and I had a fun afternoon on Monday. It was 50 degrees outside, so we took advantage of that and went to a local park with hiking trails. It was a lot of fun and I got some good exercise in! I wore the knee length denim stretch skirt, and a Classic T from LulaRoe. I find these help hide a mommy tummy nicely. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Losing the Postpartum Weight: Week Three

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You might have noticed I didn’t post for week two. I just didn’t have enough time last week, since that was the week I received all my LulaRoe inventory and got started. I really need the accountability though, so I’m going to try and not slack off of posting each Friday.

What can I say, losing postpartum weight is like a roller coaster ride for me. One day I’m down 4 pounds, the next day I’m back up 3 of those pounds. Even with exercising, food seems to make a huge difference on if I’m losing or not. Um…that’s a little obvious though, right?

My goal this month was to exercise 5 days a week. It wasn’t to be perfect in eating, even though I’ve tried really hard. I was making my goal until I started LulaRoe. Last week was pretty crazy, and with late nights I just couldn’t get up so early to get my workout in.

One thing I’ve realized, I really like to workout. I like the feeling I have after I workout. As long as I don’t do a crazy hard workout I feel more energized and happy. Every mother needs a little extra happiness in the midst of her baby smearing poop all over the wall by her crib, right? (true story that happened yesterday, so gross!)

While I have a gym membership, I don’t go there often. We have one close to us that is crazy cheap. It was $30 for an entire year when I joined! It’s not fancy, but has all the basic equipment. I’ve found it’s just hard to get up early when my husband is going, and it honestly stresses me out sometimes being there with everyone else. If I’m up that early in the morning, I want quiet, alone time. So I’ve just relied on using DVD’s for working out, and sometimes going out for a walk/run with Sean if it’s warm enough.

The DVD I picked to do for January is The Tone Every Walk by Leslie Sansone. It has 3 different workouts there, each of them 20 minutes each. It’s a good beginner DVD, but more advanced than a lot of her other basic walking DVD’s. This one uses weights, and I’ve been using 5 pound weights. The first time I did the workout I was so sore the next morning, I had to skip a day to rest! However I was able to quickly get adjusted, and it’s been a great way to ease back into workouts. I’m going to pick a different workout for February, I tend to need change and a different routine.

I highly recommend this DVD if you want to jump back into exercising! My girls have really enjoyed doing it with me, which is super fun!

Next week I’ll share more about what food changes I’ve made! I’d love to know what you are doing this month to work on your health!

 

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