Whole30 Wednesday: Days 11-17

From January 12th through February 11th, I’ll be participating in The Whole 30 Program.

Day 11: Wednesday, January 22

  • Breakfast: Smoked salmon. Avocado. Hard-boiled egg.
  • Lunch: Crockpot chicken. Power greens salad mix. Cucumber.
  • Dinner: Kahlua pork. Steamed vegetables.
  • Snacks: Fruit samples at the farmers’ market. Good Earth sweet and spicy tea.
  • Exercise: Brazil Butt Lift “Cardio Axe” and “High and Tight.”

I know, for a fact, that I haven’t been getting enough sleep. I’m still feeling fairly tired throughout the day, and the bags under my eyes are only darkening.

I’ve also been feeling a bit “meh” about my body. I do feel less bloated, especially because my appetite has decreased significantly. However, all this meat consumption is leaving me a bit heavy.

Day 12: Thursday, January 23

  • Breakfast: Sardines. Hard-boiled egg. Avocado.
  • Lunch: Kahlua pork. Braised red cabbage. Stir-fried bell peppers.
  • Dinner: Sashimi platter (no ponzu).
  • Snacks: Apple. Coconut butter. Mighty Leaf chocolate mint truffle tea.
  • Exercise: Brazil Butt Lift “Bum Bum.”

Achievement unlocked: my first actual dinner at a restaurant! I suggested a sushi restaurant, since I knew I could get a sashimi platter of pure fish. Did you know, however, that even sashimi is often brushed with a sauce? I had to request it on the side. Otherwise, though, the meal went off without a hitch (even though I’m still “that person” in my party).

I did struggle with a bit of “guilty pleasure” eating at night when I had one whole entire apple (gasp). Jay and I went shopping and further stocked our pantry, so I was super excited to buy some Artisana coconut butter and try it on fruit. I ate half an apple with half a spoonful and felt fully satisfied — but I finished off the remainder because I didn’t want to waste it or put it away. Cue: shame over having fed my “sugar dragon.” I can recognize that I’m starting to get a little too into the rules of this game, so I’m going to need to practice some awareness and self-compassion!

Day 13: Friday, January 24

  • Breakfast: Sardines. Hard-boiled egg. Avocado.
  • Lunch:  Tandoori chicken. Braised red cabbage.
  • Dinner: Vietnamese crockpot chicken. Braised red cabbage.
  • Snacks: Pistachios. Kale chips.
  • Exercise: Brazil Butt Lift “Sculpt.”

Unhappy realization: I’ve been eating way too much fat, and that my body has been reacting to this by feeling overly heavy over the past few days. I’ve been eating so many avocados and eggs — but more than that, unbeknownst to me, we didn’t trim the fat off of the kahlua pork I’ve been eating for many days. Ick.

My energy levels are beginning to feel normal again, although my appetite is still nearly nonexistent. I got very lightheaded around dinnertime — probably a signal that I should be eating more!

Day 14: Saturday, January 25

  • Breakfast: Sweet potato hash. Two sunny-side up eggs. Apple.
  • Lunch: Oysters. Tuna and cucumber deli salad.
  • Dinner: “Taco salad” cabbage slaw with: carnitas; eggplant, mushroom, tomato and chile vegetarian filling; guacamole; and Mexican pickled carrots.
  • Snacks: Pistachios.
  • Exercise: Brazil Butt Lift “High and Tight” and “Tummy Tuck.” 2 hour hike.

Today was an exceptionally busy day, so I savored some carbs before working out and going on a day trip. We went on a gorgeous, two-hour hike with friends, capping it off with a seafood shucking fest at an oyster farm. Unsurprisingly, my low energy returned periodically — but this may have been due to the fact that Jay and I had been up until 2 am cooking last night.

… which brings us to an achievement unlocked! We hosted a dinner party. The taco party spread consisted of completely compliant foods (with, obviously, the exception of tortillas and chips). I was pretty impressed with the quality and quantity of the food we made — and, because we’d gotten a head start, it wasn’t at all overwhelming cooking for 10. Everyone left stuffed and happy.

The end of the day saw us all hanging out with a few drinks. I, of course, declined alcohol (which usually isn’t a problem for me). Interesting fact: it’s been much easier to turn down alcohol than it is food.

Day 15: Sunday, January 26

  • Breakfast: Sweet potato. Two sunny-side up eggs. Guacamole.
  • Lunch: Stir-fried bell peppers. Mixed greens with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Cucumber salsa. A clementine.
  • Dinner: Tandoori chicken. Braised cabbage.
  • Snacks: Cashew Larabar.
  • Exercise2 1/2 hour hike.

Yet another active day! My friends and I went on a hike — this time to Angel Island, a gorgeous plot of earth located squarely in the Bay. We were behind schedule, so our hike was all business; we were hauling ass up a mountain and back, perfectly in sync with the ferry schedule. We climbed an insane peak but it was worth it for the views (and inevitable butt lift). During the hike, I realized how much food was really fueling me — my sweet potato snack immediately re-energized me.

Around dinner time, I entered what I refer to as “starvation mode” (yes, I know it’s a myth, but hear me out). When I’m famished for an extended amount of time, my appetite changes drastically; my feelings of hunger fade away and my stomach capacity significantly decreases when I eventually eat. Maybe something to do with hormones? Either way, my appetite has definitely been steadily decreasing over the past few days.

Day 16: Monday, January 27

  • Breakfast: Sardines. Hard-boiled egg.
  • Lunch: Vietnamese crockpot chicken. Kale and carrot stir-fry.
  • Dinner: Vietnamese braised cabbage and carrots. Anchovies and guacamole.
  • Exercise: Brazil Butt Lift “Sculpt.”

I’ve officially passed the halfway mark! Go me! I wouldn’t say Whole30 is second nature to me, but I’m definitely getting comfortable. I hardly dwell on my food choices — I just eat what I’ve prepared myself. I don’t feel restricted whatsoever, although I did eye a bowl of chips with some wistfulness over the weekend.

Day 17: Tuesday, January 28

  • Breakfast: Hard-boiled egg.
  • Lunch: Taco party leftovers (eggplant and mushroom vegetarian taco filling). Sausage.
  • Dinner: Ropa vieja. Cabbage slaw.
  • Snacks: Apple chips. Sunflower seeds.

My appetite has returned! I’m most certainly not inhaling everything in sight, but I am feeling an urge to eat here and there. I’m eating throughout the day, but I am going to try and adhere to three square meals a day. I also caved at the end of the day and had a few apple chips and sunflower seeds — key word being few. I’m proud of my moderation.

I’m not sure if I’m just imagining things, but I also feel my body changing. It’s hard to tell since I plumped up so much over the holidays, but I do believe I’m beginning to lose some excess weight. Getting back on the exercise wagon is also doing wonders for my body (and body image)! Hooray for being healthy.

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