Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Whole30...Day 30

Today is the DAY!! If we get through today we have both officially accomplished Whole30!!

Nothing too crazy to report until the end of my day...

Last night, we prepped dinner for Ben since I would be out for a work dinner. We prepped buffalo wings and I made a ranch dressing that you mix with Frank's Hot Sauce. The wings marinated in the seasonings overnight and then Ben grilled them tonight. He said they were delicious and the ranch/Frank's mix sauce tasted great with it. The ranch on its own was ok but mixed was tasty.

I had a volunteer leader dinner tonight and we went to True Foods Kitchen. I was able to have a yummy salad but took my own balsamic vinegar with me for dressing. After, everyone wanted to walk next door to Sprinkle's cupcakes. Everyone got cupcakes except me but I sat there and watched them. It wasn't terrible, but the thought - this is my last day, what would it hurt to have a mini cupcake - did cross my mind.

Folks, we accomplished Whole30!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


I can't believe it. This is the week when our 30 day journey "ends". It's crazy. We will begin reintroduction phase on Wednesday but for Monday (today), I will be excited about accomplishing the 30 days.

Ben pretty much wakes up dreaming about the end of Whole30 - only two days left.

Today was a big step for me....
I had to pick up a cookie cake at Great American Cookie Co. Normally when I run errands like that for work, I will buy Ben and I a cookie to take home to have later. Lets be real, I will buy three cookies. I will eat one then and then eat one with Ben after dinner.  Today, I resisted. It wasn't painful but the thought of "oh, I'm not getting Ben and I a cookie" did cross my mind.

The girls on our team had a lunch outing to welcome back Jamie from maternity leave. Her choice....cheese dip. We headed to Tin Lizzy's and a big ole order of queso and their yummy chips were sitting in front of me. I honestly wasn't tempted - which is strange.  For lunch, I had basic fajitas without the tortillas. It was tasty.
Accomplishment: I survived Tin Lizzy's without the queso....

For dinner, I made Chicken cacciatore from the Whole30 blog/recipe book. I normally don't cook chicken that not in breast form, but Ben likes dark meat, so I decided to make it.  He liked it and I thought it was ok. Flavors were good, I just have a hard time eating not fried chicken especially if it's not a breast.

Ben had to run to Publix to pick up something for dinner the following night. While he was there, he picked me up my new obsession - coconut water coffee. He also picked up some more dates as well as prunes. We haven't ventured into prunes but he wanted to try. He read the ingredients and saw one he wasn't sure about and was about to eat anyway and I ripped him. I mean really, you have ONE day left, get it together!  He researched and decided he would wait.  I mean, come on. You have made it 29 days without putting anything in your body that you didn't know what it was so just wait 1 more day.

When we got to bed, I said....only 1 more day!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Whole30...Day 28

"Take me out to the ballgame..." On Day 28, we decided to take Deacon to his first Braves game - the last game of the season.

Before we went, I knew we had to have full stomachs or the smell of ballpark food was going to get us - or lets be real...Ben can't say no to a hot dog!  We had big ole burgers and mashed potatoes. I made the potatoes with ghee, coconut milk and bacon. It was tasty - I mean, sour cream would have made them creamier but we weren't complaining.  We also split an apple to make sure we were full.

We went with or friends the Fordyces and had a great time. The weather was more like football weather and misting but our seats were covered and we were good to go. We made it for 6 innings and decided not to push it. I think that's pretty good considering we had a 9 and 18 month old with us.

I do like to snack during the games on peanuts but we resisted. It honestly wasn't that terribly hard which is shocking.

We came home from the game and had pork and apples for dinner. Nothing fancy but it worked.  As usual, I made enough for lunch the following day. As I was packing our lunches I said - I do like knowing what I'm having for lunch the next day and just having it with me. I haven't had this thought in a very long time.

Only 2 more days folks - but lets be real....I'm happy we are making it until 30 but it's really like 12 more days since we are doing the "reintroduction" of food at the end. We both already have our dairy day planned out - Baskin' Robbins before dinner!

I mean, I just couldn't leave this picture out!

Whole30...Day 27

It's Saturday and I thought I had the ingredients to make us a yummy breakfast, but I didn't. I opted to throw some things together from a dish my sister-in-law made. Lets just say I changed it up to what I had in the kitchen and we won't be doing that again.

For lunch, Ben and I chowed down on our hot "Mexican soup" (aka - Thai soup) from the night before then headed out to do some errands with Deacon.  

Ben's parents came over to spend some time with us and to keep Deacon for the evening while Ben and I could have some much needed QT. We opted for a 3:50 movie and decided to get there right on time so the popcorn and giant soda drinks wouldn't be the death of me. So glad we didn't go to the theaters with the reclining seats because you must have popcorn at those places!  

After the movie, we headed to Outback (fancy, I know ;)). We both got steaks, steamed broccoli and baked sweet potato with cinnamon. I scarfed my food down. Lets be real, the best things at Outback are in this order:
  • Bloomin' onion
  • Brown bread
  • Cold beer (I mean, how do those mugs keep the beer that cold?!?)
  • Side salad - that ranch dressing is dang right good
  • Steak
So of my top five things about Outback, I was able to get #5...

The conversation was great and QT was on point. 

Whole30...Day 26

Well, it's Friday... Usually when I'm at home on Fridays its hard to not "munch"....

My life was changed on Friday morning. Ben had found this coconut water at the beginning of our journey that he liked. The other day he brought home the coffee version of the coconut water. I saved it until I would be home so if I liked it, I could savor it. Oh....did I like it!! It was delicious. I discovered though that it's better drinking out of the bottle instead of putting in a coffee mug. I tried the coffee mug to make me feel "cooler" drinking it, but it felt like I was just drinking cold coffee.

Since the weekend was going to be full, I knew I needed to make the grocery list and go grocery shopping. One thing was different this week though...I had to figure out the "reintroduction" days because we get done with our 30 days next week!!!  I "carefully" counted, made the grocery list and then for some reason, I started doubting my counting. I recounted and figured out that we end on TUESDAY and not Wednesday.  I made a few adjustments to our meal schedule and off Deacon and I went to the store.

Once I got home, I realized it was 2 p.m. and I hadn't eaten lunch. I warmed up my left overs and I was good to go.

After I ate and Deacon napped, I started prepping dinner in stages...

  • boil & shred the chicken
  • prepped and boiled the sweet potatoes
The main items were done. Now I just need to put the "Mexican Soup" together.  Lets be real, this was not a mexican soup. It was more like a Thai soup with lots of curry and chili flakes. It was definitely the most flavorful meal we have had and honestly, I would make again but just use half the curry and chili flakes.  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Whole30...Day 25

Seriously....we have yet to hit the "Tiger Blood" stage with all the energy. Tear!

Bacon and eggs it was for breakfast.  Since I didn't cook the night before, I just had enough roast and potatoes to send with Ben to work so I opted for a LaraBar and banana.

I did have an afternoon meeting at Cafe Intermezzo and had 4 cups of tea! It was orange flavored and amazing!! Obviously, no sugar added.

For dinner, we had the amazing Carne Asada that I made during our first week of Whole30. I marinated a little longer than the first time and it was once again, yummy!

Ben and I have been thinking about what we want once we complete the challenge.  Ben is all about the CHEESE!  I on the other hand am dying for a big glass of red wine and a pumpkin spice latte.

We see the light!!!

Whole30...Day 24 I really have to have eggs again??  I didn't exactly prepare this week for non-egg breakfast but Ben got crafty last night and prepared us an egg wrap with the left over taco meet and onions. It was super tasty and Deacon was literally crawling in my lap to eat some.

The roast was still yummy as a leftover for lunch. I'll definitely make it again.

Ben was traveling all day so he was able to figure out what to eat via a buffet for lunch. :/

For dinner, he wasn't going to get home in time for dinner so while on the road, he called in an order to Outback. He indulged in steak and broccoli.

I on the other hand was too spent to cook. Deacon got his first tooth and started teething the night before and it was tough prior to him going to bed.  I opted to have the remainder of the roast and as a side I baked apples.  I sliced an apple up, coated with ghee, cinnamon and nutmeg. I baked on 375 for 30 minutes and they were DELICIOUS!!!!  I will do those Whole30 or not!