Whew! Another week down and feeling fine.  This past week was really pretty great. Even though I had a crazy work schedule, I felt productive, clear-headed and determined to get shit done.

Day 7

Breakfast

This was the best breakfast we’ve had to date (recipe coming up shortly)

  • onions, peppers, chunked up sweet potato sauteed in olive oil
  • left over roast beef from the night before
  • spinach
  • two poached eggs

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Lunch

  • Leftover breakfast because I was just so full after only eating about half
  • Orange

Dinner

  • Leftover roast beef, green peppers and onions sauteed in olive oil
  • Homemade mayo with garlic and parsley
  • Green beans

Day 8

Breakfast

  • Apple Pie Scramble (or oatmeal as I think of it)

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Lunch

  • Apparently a big salad

Dinner

  • Roasted chicken – smeared some Ghee on the outside then seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and paprika
  • Roasted cauliflower
  • Zucchini

Impressions:

I went to Whole Foods today and picked up some awesome dressings/marinades which I’m super excited to try out this week. I also found Ghee there and had to pick some up. I have plans to make my own but with a really crazy schedule in July, it’s just not happened yet.

I’m feeling really alert lately, very well rested and I’m getting to bed much earlier.

Food wise, I’ve never felt this satisfied on any “diet”. I’m hesitant to use the word diet, because it has so many bad connotations. Sean said that anything can be a diet, as that’s the food you consume, but in my head, diet has to do with weight loss and not necessarily long term changes.  Lifestyle is too “my-journey-esque” so I’ll pass on that for now. I don’t know what I’ll call this…but I know that I really like it and I feel great doing it.

Day 9

Breakfast

  • Two chicken sausages
  • 1 egg
  • Spinach, green peppers and onions in olive oil

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 Lunch

  • Big salad (lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, peppers, onions, celery)
  • Cracked Pepper Dressing
  • Leftover chicken
  • Beets pickled in orange juice
  • Watermelon

Dinner

  • Tacos! Ground beef, onions, pepper and taco seasoning
  • Homemade guacamole
  • Homemade mayo with some added lemon juice
  • Lettuce for “tacos”

Impressions:

New to me today is a food that I’ve now fallen in love with.  Avocados.  Sean has been telling me for months to try them and I did, plain…and I didn’t really care for them. Not so much a taste, more of a texture thing.  But then he made this amazing guacamole to put on our tacos and OMG!  This should be illegal it’s so good.  And the tacos overall, YUM!  I could eat these everyday. I won’t but I could.

I’m noticing I have a lot less time for tv watching. How odd?  I guess it’s the added time in the kitchen and doing other things that I wasn’t really doing before…like reading, finding new recipes, going to bed earlier, exercising. This isn’t bad, but my DVR is filling up.

I’ve been more productive and on track at work which has been killer. My afternoon slumps are gone and I just notice less fogginess/more clarity.

I’ve not had any major cravings at all. I didn’t know I could feel this good.

Day 10

Breakfast

  • The quick and easy 3 eggs over sauteed veg (red pepper, onions and spinach)

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 Lunch

  • Big salad (lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, peppers, onions, celery)
  • Leftover taco meat
  • Guacamole
  • Beets pickled in orange juice

Dinner

  • Ribs with dry rub
  • Cauliflower mash
  • Roasted sweet potato

Impressions:

I never was a huge fan of sweet potato. That’s all changed.  I love it and Sean insists that I add sugar to them because how can they be that sweet. I’m trying to not cook them at every meal, but certainly a few times a week won’t be too much.

I’m really excited about trying these new flavors and foods, and that overall, I’m loving them.

We’ve been talking about what we plan to do after the 30 days, since we’re coming up on two weeks in just a few days. The more I eat this way and the better I feel, the more I don’t really want to go back. I don’t want to feel bloated, or cranky/moody, or tired, or just sickly. And I don’t feel deprived at all.  I have no need to snack between any meals and I feel so satiated after eating, it’s like this is how it should have always been. I don’t know the answers though. We’ll see.

Day 11

Breakfast

  • Pumpkin Porridge (pumpkin, coconut milk, eggs)
  • Roasted pecans and coconut chips

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 Lunch

Dinner

Impressions:

TMI: I ovulated earlier this week so I’m waiting for the crank to set in.  Probably a really bad mindset, but hard to break. I’m trying.  I feel great today and still with what feels like unlimited energy.

We have a great schedule going – bed early, up early…getting everyone fed and walked before 8am. I really like this routine and feel so much better about myself.

No cravings to speak of but some weird dreams.  I dreamt that I made some “non-compliant” food and was trying to pass it off to Sean as “compliant” and he kept insisting there was no way that it could be.  Sleeping well though otherwise and not having to get up at all.

Day 12

Breakfast

  • The quick and easy 3 eggs over sauteed veg (red pepper, onions and spinach)

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 Lunch

  • Big salad (lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, peppers, onions, celery)
  • Balsamic Dressing
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • Berries

Dinner

  • Grilled ribeye
  • Grilled onions, red pepper
  • Grilled kale

Impressions:

I tried kale. I wanted to love kale. I did not. It was really chewy and I just didn’t care for the taste.  It’s one of those power veggies though so I’m not going to give up on it.  I will love you kale…I just need to figure out how the hell I’m going to do that.

The dressings that I got at Whole Foods on Monday are wonderful.  They are so full of flavor that they just explode on foods.  We’ll be stocking up on more of these for sure.

It’s Friday and we are having a BBQ on Sunday with my family.  This will be the first time we’ve had to have “non-compliant” food in the house…and not just in the house, but that I need to make. I’m a little nervous but also have prepared with some items that we can have that are delicious. We’ve got this.

Day 13

Breakfast

  • The quick and easy 3 eggs over sauteed veg (red pepper, onions and spinach)

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 Lunch

  • Spinach Salad with red onion
  • Avocado deviled eggs
  • Peach

Dinner

  • Italian sausage
  • Green pepper and onions sauteed in olive oil

Impressions:

Are you getting tired of eggs? I’m not. Eggs have such a bad rap (cholesterol) but they are really a great source of protein plus super quick to make. You can decide what the correct amount is for you.  Based on what I read, I’m comfortable with the amount I’m eating.

However, no matter what I ate today, I was ravenously hungry.  Like I could eat my shoe and I’d still be hungry. I was also a bit cranky but that could be because I didn’t exercise and instead just vegged out with the puppies catching up on some tv shows and reading. I just felt blah the whole day and couldn’t wait for it to end. Thanks PMS.

I know I’m not allowed to weigh myself but it’s SO HARD!  My clothes are noticeably looser and Sean said he’s noticed a change in my body, but since I have so much weight to lose, I find that difficult to see at all. I’m trying really hard to concentrate on how I feel, instead of how much weight I’ve lost.  Breaking these emotionally bad habits are hard. Some days it’s easier…today not so much.

 

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