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Day 12: I’m all in

Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately, it’s been a crazy few days. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m a teacher and the kiddies came back on Wednesday. That meant no more 1 o’clock posts in my pjs ūüė¶ . However, Chris and I have been plugging away at our whole 30. I have had it with vegetables and chicken though. I feel like that’s all we’re eating (probably because it is. I called my husband tonight and asked him if he wanted to have a heat night…… He said no. Haha, I’ll be glad that we stayed in track when this whole thing is over. I’m getting to the point where I feel amazing throughout the day with consistent energy. The downside though is that I’m extremely hungry ALL the time. The other night I wanted to see how many calories I was taking in so I downloaded an app to help me out. I’m only having about 800 calories a day and I can’t think of a way to make that number go up. We eat big meals but the problem is that vegetables have very low caloric content. So we’re trying to figure out how to make sure we are eating enough calories in the day. Good news though, I went to the doctor today and I’ve lost 7 pounds. It hasn’t even been 2 weeks yet. I’m so excited to see some progress. My clothes fit SO much better too! I know in the end all this will be worth it, I’m just ready for some paleo cookies or blueberry muffins!

I was thinking about this concept if being “all in.” If I’m not mistaken the term comes from poker and refers to when a player wants to bet everything they have. I can only think of 2 reasons why someone would want to do that. Either they have the best hand that can’t be beaten OR they’re desperate and have nothing to lose. I was thinking about this in relation to this diet; I’m desperate to get healthy and I have nothing to lose (but maybe some pounds). The only way for me to be successful is to be fully emerged and committed. That is the only way I can make a drastic change in my life. I learned that about myself 4 years ago when I decided to accept Christ. I went back forth about what I was willing to give up and I finally came to the conclusion that I’m either in or out. That mind set reappeared as we were making decisions about this month. We were going to tweak the requirements to fit our needs. I was determined to keep oatmeal in my diet(my second favorite breakfast food next to bisquits). But I knew I wouldn’t get the results I wanted if I added in foods that are illegal to whole30. What I’m trying to point out is that commitment and full immersion are key to success (at least for me). I believe if this is something you’re considering you may want to start asking yourself the hard questions like can I really give up oatmeal and stick with it?

Before I close I thought I’d share a silly story. Chris and I love homemade spaghetti sauce and Chris is usually the one to make the sauce. Well…… He came home late so I decided to start the sauce early. Boy did I screw it up! I got a little spice crazy and added the wrong spices and made it a little sweet. Neither of us enjoyed the meal and made some green smoothies instead. Hopefully you can avoid my mistake the next time you make a homemade spaghetti sauce ūüôā

Have a great weekend,

Chris, Ash, and my sweet pup alf

Day 3: need vs want

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I thought i’d post some pics of the yummy stuff we’re making. Last night we made a homemade spaghetti sauce and it was absolutely delicious. ¬†I would recommend making that to anyone on any diet that loves spaghetti. ¬†We used 2 cans of tomato sauce 1 can of rotel diced white onion diced green peppers 2 cloves of minced garlic and some shakes of red pepper flakes, basil, and cilantro. ¬†Whew it was kickin’. I like to use ground turkey and here’s why: it’s much cheaper than ground beef and it is naturally lean. ¬†I don’t have to drain the turkey after it’s cooked to get all the extra fats off. Yum yum. ¬†Then for the noodle part! This is where we may defer because when you make spaghetti you use spaghetti noodles, well not on this diet. ¬†There are several different things you can use to make faux noodles Tandy all you need is a julienne peeler to make that happen. We used zucchini last night, but you can also use squash and carrots to make noodles and it is beyond easy to steam them. ¬†The noodle part of the meal took 5 minutes between peeling the zucchini and steaming it. ¬†I think total meal time from start to finish was 30 min and we had a fabulous dinner and were completely satisfied for the rest of the evening.

BTW Happy New Year!!!! We are very excited for this upcoming year, mostly because this will be our first married year together ūüôā I know, how sweet! We feel confident this will be a magnificent year filled with blessings. ¬†Speaking of New Years, last night was a struggle because hanging out with people eating non whole 30 things with lots of different chocolate options is not fun to have to turn down. ¬†Besides, we were hanging with my mom who thinks its fun to tempt me with the best looking toffee I’ve ever seen ūüė¶ . What a mean momma!! Chris and I held out though and we are thankful for it today. ¬†I thought this would be fun to mention as well, I was asked last night why we started on Monday and didn’t wait until Jan 1st. ¬†Haha well I have 2 reasons (I love feeling justified) why that is, first being we grocery shop in the weekends and didn’t want to buy more junk for just 2 days, plus it defeated the purpose of clearing out our food supplies. The second reason is sorta silly, I didn’t want this to be considered a New Years resolution because those tend to fail. ¬†I know, I’m a silly girl!!!

So, if you’re curious where we found information on whole 30 then you should check out their website http://www.whole9life.com and there is tons of information on what we’re doing. ¬†There’s also a list of things you can have and can’t have plus a very useful shopping list that highlights the best fruits and veggies to eat.

another website that I highly recommend is http://www.nomnompaleo.com .  Talk about TONS of awesome recipes for every part of the day you can imagine.

I titled this post need vs want for several reasons. First reason is the most obvious; wanting foods vs needing foods. ¬†That’s one of the biggest things we’ve learned so far (in our 2 days of doing this and 10 days of preparing). ¬†What is necessary to survive? Do you really need to eat tons of processed breads and pastas? Should you have desserts every day? Must you drink milk and is fat free really the best option? The answer to all those questions is no. ¬†You do not need any of those things to survive, in fact you’re better off without them. Now do I want to eat a huge bowl of pasta with the best cheese out there and have a glass of Riesling to wash it down, absolutely. But what i’m learning is that I don’t need any of that stuff and it really doesn’t do me any good nutritionally. ¬†For the next 28 days we are only putting in what we need to survive. ¬†Second reason I titled my post need vs want is because ive been asked several times “are you sure you want to do this.” ¬†I’ve got a few different responses to that question. ¬†if you would have asked me on Christmas Day after eating the best ham ive ever had plus all the cookies and cheese dip I ate prior to said ham, my answer would have been YES I WANT TO BECAUSE I FEEL AWFUL RIGHT NOW. ¬†if you were to ask me that question today my answer would be NO, WHAT WAS I THINKING. ¬†But again, this is want vs need. For my own health I need to do this and reset how I feel about foods and what I put into my temple. ¬†I need to do this to practice discipline. ¬†I need to do this because it feels so amazing to set a goal and accomplish it. ¬†I need to do this because what’s 30 days in comparison to a lifetime? ¬† So, be careful when you ask us that question because instead of a simple answer you’ll get a paragraph about wants vs needs ūüôā

Let’s talk for a minute about the rescind picture I posted. ¬†That has been our yummy breakfast for the past 3 mornings. ¬†The fruit has been rotating between bananas and berries, but the bacon ups have been consistent. ¬†I think we’re out of them finally! They sure were yummy so I think I’m going to make them again Sunday but maybe with prosciutto instead. ¬†Let me just tell you, we have been through a dozen and a half of eggs this week. ¬†I had to run to the store and buy more yesterday! That’s a crazy amount of eggs.

Will this will do for today, we’re going fit make homemade Lara bars, chicken salad, and ranch dressing (jealous yet?). ¬†Have a fabulous new year’s day ūüôā

p.s. Shout out to my grandma for reading this everyday! If anyone supports us, it’s you!! love ya granny rose

Chris, Ash, and Alfie

Day 2: Happy New Year’s Eve and we survived day 1

Woo hoo! We did it, we made it through day 1. As was noted in yesterday’s title, I HATE vegetables. I don’t know why, I just do. Through the years I’ve learned to like onions, bell peppers, lettuce, and cooked tomatoes. If you spoke to my mom, she’d tell you that’s a great feat. ¬†However, I need to be eating more variety¬†of veggies. ¬†Chris and I found several recipes that somewhat mask the vegetable and I’m hoping that will help ease me into finding more things that I like. ¬†For instance, last night we made a cauliflower “rice”. I put a small head of cauliflower in my ninja and let it break it down into little rice like pieces. ¬†i fried up some bacon and eggs and saut√©ed shallots and garlic and green onions and then added the faux rice. ¬†I think where we went wrong was all the herbs. There was a strange flavor to it, but I know next time to be careful. ¬†Anyways, we grilled some chicken and added it to the mixture as we’ll. ¬†the hubby LOVED it, so I know I’ll have to make it again next week. ¬†I wasn’t quite as impressed but ate it anyway (again, the spices and the texture threw me off). I will try it again and make some modifications.

Moving on, I forgot to mention yesterday that a part of our preparation for this month was cleaning out our fridge and pantry. ¬†Chris and I easily give into temptation and we knew we’d never make it if we didn’t completely commit (and say a little prayer to our savior). ¬†Holy moly at the food we pulled out. ¬†We had tons of things that hadn’t been opened yet and we’re somewhat sad to give them away, but we know we’ll be better for it. ¬†We still have a load of stuff to take to the food bank (we let our friends shop through it first). ¬†no worries about what’s left because we can’t really make a meal of anything and all the snacky food is gone.

Let’s talk struggles for a few sentences. I can’t say that we’ve had any specific cravings but as we went to bed we were talking about feeling empty. ¬†Not a hungry empty but a satisfied empty. ¬†When we eat it tends to be more about pleasure than nutrition and I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. ¬†Chris mentioned to me yesterday that he had the shakes in the morning and a slight headahe. ¬†We’re both hoping that’s a coincidence since we hadn’t even really started the diet. ¬†I will say that we both felt odd at the end of the evening, but we weren’t feeling sick or dizzy. ¬†I’m thinking it’s just a side effect of not having sugar and grains. ¬†Hopefully we won’t always get that feeling. ¬†I think this is where Chris and I are really going to have to lean into each other and God. ¬†Which isn’t a bad thing. ¬†We have to learn to deal with struggle together and what an easy and non threatening way to do that. ¬†One of our many goals in this month is to work on our dependency on God and each other and to learn a lot about marriage ūüôā this may just be the best part.

Last little thing before I bring this to a close! I keep using the word diet and I think that really isn’t the correct way to describe this life ¬†change. ¬†Here is why I say this, EVERY person I’ve mentioned this to says why is CHRIS going on a diet. First of all thanks…I know I’m the fatty but fatty’s got feelings too! And secondly, thanks, I know my husband’s already super handsome and stick-like. ¬†With all of that being said, let me explain as best as I can why this isn’t really a diet. ¬†Neither of us are looking to lose weight (although it will be a bonus) and we aren’t limiting the amount of food that we eat. ¬†All we are doing is changing what we eat in order to change how we think about food and figure out the true purpose of eating. ¬†That’s it people! This isn’t some lose weight fast program and neither of us want one of those anyways. ¬†We want to feel better at the end of the day and have loads of energy to play with our puppy. ¬†So next time I say diet PLEASE don’t remind me how my husbands too skinny to be dieting, kay thanks! As a reminder whole 30 isn’t meant to be a forever diet, it’s meant to be a cleanser and a way to reset your pallet. ¬†After we complete the whole30 we will be switching to paleo, which is a lot less strict and gives us more options (hellllloooooo paleo cookies)

Who would’ve thought I could be so chatty?!?! Have a fab New Years eve ūüôā we’ll be eating yummy food and hangin with the coolest pup out there

Toodles,

Chris, Ash and Alfie

Day 1: what are we thinking? I hate veggies!!!

Well, we were thinking its time to change our eating habits. Everyday we both feel so lethargic and bloated in the evening time. There are so many things we want to do but feel like we don’t have the energy to do them. So, back in November (right after thanksgiving) Chris and I discussed trying this whole 30 thing out starting January 1st. ¬†As December came with all of its baking and family feasts consisting of only carbs, we grew more and more anxious to get started. I began checking into the details of the diet and found several amazing blogs with tons of recipes and advice.

With all that being said, we decided to start today! Woohoo!! Found us all kinds of yummy recipes and created a food list. ¬†That was probably the most complicated part because I wasn’t sure how much I really needed of everything. But hallelujah at how much money we saved at the store. On this diet there is no junk food, dairy, or bread and those tend to be the expensive items. ¬†We had a blast shopping and picking out fresh veggies and fruits. ¬†We got all our meats and frozen veggies at SAM’s club and we loved that because we’ll have lots of extra protein and veggies.

The real fun part was getting everything ready for the week. I made several fun things that I would have never made before. ¬†The best part was that it was extremely easy and I think I’ll continue to make them on my own. ¬†I made homemade mayo!! That was a crazy science experiment that went PERFECT :):) and I also made fresh almond butter in 10 min. ¬†My Ninja rocks!!! Along with that, I made bacon egg muffin cup thingies and some ballin’ buffalo chicken for lettuce wraps.

So far so good. Spoke to the hubby and he said he has a headache, probably from lack of sugar. But he said all the food has been awesome. ¬†Tonight I’m making a cauli fried rice with spiced chicken. Hopefully it’ll be yummy ūüôā I will continue to post about the awesome food we eat, the struggles we come across and the cravings we have.

Toodles,

Chris n Ash

P.S. Our dog, Alf, says hello