Friday, October 31, 2014

My Whole 30 Results and Experience

I finished up Whole 30 yesterday!  I debated whether to even call it Whole 30 anymore, because I think this is going to pretty much be a lifestyle change for me. I’ll probably follow the 85-15 rule and splurge at times, but I want my main method of eating to be aligned with Whole 30.

Let’s get right to the results. I lost 6 pounds following Whole 30.  That leaves me with about 13 pounds to get to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I was definitely pleased with the results as far as weight loss goes, but I am also pleased with how my energy increased and how I feel better all around.

Like I said, this is going to be a lifestyle change but I plan to do Whole 30 Round 2 on January 2.  I hope to shed 8 more pounds by my next round.  In the beginning it was hard but after the first 2 weeks, I really began to enjoy the challenge.  I've learned so much about my body and if I eat something that's not really good for me, my body lets me know.  I'm looking forward to seeing more changes in my body. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

First Cavity

Parker had his first dental procedure! We went for a cleaning on October 6 and was told he would need a filling.  Lee took off work on Monday, October 27, so I wouldn't have to miss any more work.  I want to save the rest of my vacation days for the holidays.  He totally surprised Lee at how well he did. The laughing gas helped =) I had never heard the laugh that came with the laughing gas and have not heard it since. He was a live wire until he finally crashed that night.  Gotta love him! Dr. Kelly Jones is so great with the little ones! I give her all the credit because I know Parker would not have done this for just anyone!

The Zoo and Fun at the Park

Happy Monday!  We had a wonderful weekend making lots of memories.  October has been a really busy month for us so we decided to spend time as a family and do something fun on Saturday.  We let Parker dedcide and the vote was for the Zoo.  I took Parker to the Zoo when he was one so he doesn't remember the trip. 

I took a lot of pictures with my good camera but have been lazy about uploading them to my computer.  Afer the zoo, we had a yummy lunch at Acme Oyster House in Gulf Shores.  Parker loves to "go somewhere".  No family outing is complete without a trip to Bass Pro Shop.  If you know me, you know I hate that place. I only go becuase I love my boys.
On Sunday, my mother-in-law took Parker to the park to play for about 2 hours.  He was do dirty when he got home.  I literally had to scrub the black gunk off his legs and feet.  He had a great time and that's all that matters.    

I'm so thankful that God chose me to be this little boys mom.  It's the best gift ever.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Whole 30: Week 3 Recap

Three weeks?  Wow, in the beginning I thought my 30 days would creep by but they have really went by fast.  I've learned a lot during my three weeks.  The first and most important thing for me is PATIENCE.  If you recall from my week 2 recap, I was getting very discouraged because I stepped on the scales when I wasn't suppose to.  Well guess what, my digital scales are messed up.  HA!  My husband called me on Friday and said it had him at a 8 pound weight gain in 1 week, which was not possible.  There you go, be patient and don't weigh your self because it can cause a lot of harm.  In the pass week, I have had so many people tell me that I look like I have lost weight.  I can tell it in my clothes and face.  I can't wait to finish strong and see what those scales say. 

I also wanted to mention that my pace has gotten faster during my runs.  I typically run 3 min/ walk 1 but this past weekend I ran 6 miles and only walked once.  That is huge for me.  Now, I just have to keep it up.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whole 30: Week 2 Review

Week two of the Whole 30 is under my belt and I've moved into week three!!!  Can I get a Amen. 

The physical results that I'm seeing are wonderful. Clothes that were fitting tightly and were almost unwearable a couple of weeks ago fit well or are loose now. While my stomach has a LONG way to go before it's truly flat, it is much flatter today. My skin looks great.  I'm sleeping well. 

Okay, now I have to be honest and confess.  I WEIGHED!  I told my husband to hide the scales and I found them while cleaning on Saturday and I've gained 3 pounds.  I should have put them back.  I was depressed about the scale going up but I didn't through in the towel.  Fast forward to Monday, I was still a little depressed so I ate 3 mini twix.  I felt guilty and then it made me sick.  I assume it was all the sugar.

So, today is a new day and I'm going to ROCK week 3.  I've also decided to increase my running until I'm finished with the challenge. 

Have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Whole30 Week 1

Oh my goodness, I made it the first full week.  I'm not going to sit here and say it was easy, because it wasn't.  The food you eat is the easy part, it's those darn sugar cravings that will get you.  We ate healthy prior to Whole30 but I also had Coke Zero and other sugary snacks.  My office had Krispy Kreme donuts and Panera Bread bagels this week and I wasn't tempted at all.  One of the ladies I work with bought me a bowl of fruit to have since she knew I wouldn't eat the bad stuff.  It's gotten easier but I still find myself wanting to eat all the bad Halloween treats that I see in the store or on Pintrest.  Okay, here is a breakdown of how I felt each day:

Day 1- Everything was fine until around 2:30.  My head started hurting really bad.  I think it was a combination of sinus stuff and no caffeine. 

Day 2- Woke up with a splitting headache.  Still, I think it is a combination of sinus and no caffeine.  Hopefully it will end soon.

Day 3-  I felt really good through out the day. 

Day 4-  I did really well but I had a wedding that night.  I knew going into this challenge, I would cheat for dinner.  The food was pretty healthy and I had a small piece of grooms cake.  I felt sick to my stomach on the drive home.  I'm sure it was the sugar.

Day 5-  This was the worst day.  I wanted to cheat and eat everything in sight.......but I didn't.  Oh, I was really moody.  Just ask my hubby.

Day 6-  All I wanted to do was go home and go to bed.  I felt really tired.  I'm not eating enough I guess because I was hungry all day long.

Day 7- Felt really good and my stomach seems less bloated.  Less bloat makes me really happy! 

I think I will have success with the challenge.  I put on a skirt that use to be a little snug and today it's really loose.  Well, today starts week two so I will update you next week.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dentist Visit and a Check-Up

Parker had dentist appointment yesterday to get his teeth cleaned.  He did very good and has 1 cavity.  We got back in three weeks to get it fixed.  According to his dentist, he will more than likely have overcrowding and need braces in the future.  It could change, my luck it will not.  Poor guy, he has his Mommy's teeth gene.  Because he was a super good patient, he got 2 prizes.   

He had his 4 year-old check-up this morning and got 2 shots and the flu mist.  Those shots really hurt and he cried.  He's a tough little guy but I know it hurt. 
Oh the joys of turning a year older.  Hopefully no more shots for another year.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#Whole30 Challenge

For the month of October, I'm going to attempt to complete the Whole30 challenge. I've heard a lot about Whole30  in the last few months so I decided to jump on the bandwagon.  To tell you the truth, I'm actually really excited about the challenge.  Lee and I eat pretty clean but I'm hoping I can kick the Coke Zero habit and control my sugar intake.  Funny thing, Lee will actually fuss about how much sugar is in food so this is the perfect challenge for him. 

After reading Jennifer's post about her success with the challenge, I was really excited and knew I could do it.  If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I have struggled to loose weight since I had Parker......4 years ago.  I'm a runner but that doesn't mean I'm going to be skinny.  I honestly believe that your diet has more of an impact on your weight loss than exercising.  As of this morning, I weigh 174.  My goal is to get back to 140-145 but I will be very happy to weigh 155 which is what I weighed at my first appointment after finding out I was pregnant.  I carry most of my weight in my stomach so I pray that not having sugar will help. 

Okay, have you ever made your own mayo?  I knew I wanted to have chicken salad for lunch so I found a Whole30 approved mayo recipe.  After reading all the comments, I was scared to death.  Most people have multiple failed attempts before they get it right.  GUESS WHAT!  This girl got it right on the first try.  I was so excited.  The key is patience.  You have to drizzle 1 cup of oil, which took me 8 minutes. 

So this was my lunch today.  I had yummy chicken salad with grapes and a side of pineapple. 
Well, we shall see how this goes.  I will post at the end of each week to let you know how I did and how I felt.