Whole30 Transformation . . Sorry its not Tuesday!

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So we finished our Whole30 on Monday and boy am I glad! We are taking a week long break, and then moving into the Pretty Much Paleo phase of our lives, I keep saying that Pretty Much Paleo and I keep promising I will write more about it, and I will . . . I promise! But I just love the way it sounds so I like to mention it as often as possible!

So did Whole30 change my life in 30 days?

Well yes and no, I think that it changed my perspective on things some, not completely and I like that I lost 10 pounds and inches that I haven’t measured but our visible even in these pictures. I guess you could say that it changed my perspective because I am going to become pretty much paleo, but I am going to allow myself more freedom in what I do indulge on. It will not a be a strictly NO anything, life for me ( Ok except Soda, because those 250 empty calories are just never worth it in my mind) I am going to make myself my Paleo Parmesan Chicken ( my favorite recipe from the Whole30) and enjoy a nice cold beer, or 3 tonight and feel no guilt about it. I am going to be more conscious of the food choices I am making while understanding that they are just that, choices! I have the choice to have ice cream after church, but I also have the power to sit in the Ice Cream Shop and drink my water and enjoy good company. I have the choice, no matter how much I want that piece of cake, I don’t have to have it.

So this shift has been good, but I still love cake, and whoever says that these foods stop tasting good after the Whole30 days, what did you do? Because cake still tastes like a slice of heaven in my mind, and those Crispy M&M’s that are making a comeback taste like 8th grade!

I am very happy with the physical results of the Whole30 and hope to maintain this weight and possibly loose 10 more pounds over the next few months, we will see, I have to get my weight loss in before my dress fitting so we will see how much more happens.

But most of all I am proud of my running.

I have always hated running, I played volleyball in high school, sprints, shuffles, wall sits, drills I could do, but on distance running days I was miserable. But I could do it. I remember during those years each year for try outs we had to run a mile in under 12 minutes I can remember thinking, “Damn that is slow, I could walk a mile in 12 minutes.” And now I am just happy to be running a mile at all, no matter how long it takes, and let me just tell you when I started running this year it was no where close to in 12 minutes.

I started running in January, and at this point it was mostly walking with some minutes of running in there. By the time I got to the Whole30 in March I could run 3 solid minutes without stopping and I felt pretty damn proud of it!

Now after the Whole30 I have consistently been running for 10 minutes, then walking for 2, running for 5 and then working my way down from there. Running over 2 miles in 30 minutes. Which still clocks me in at about an average of a 14-15 minute mile but I am running. And I am PROUD!

I have friends that are training for their 2nd or 3rd Marathon and some that are training for their first 50k, (who the hell does that), they will post pictures to instragram of their 20 mile runs on the weekends, and I am over here all I ran a mile without stopping!! I don’t even care how it looks to them, pathetic, whatever I am proud! This is an accomplishment for me.

I can feel those 20 pounds that are gone, I feel lighter when I run, I feel like I look more like a runner when people see me and it feels good. I am beginning to be one of those people that enjoys running, something I was almost proud not to be before, now I can clear my head as I go over the hills and the turns, or even as I feel the treadmill move under my feet, I am getting better.

So there it is, my whole30 transformation, did it change my life in 30 days. . . Why don’t you tell me?

<3Kelsi Rae

Whole30 hangover!

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I am on day 2 of my first whole30. . you read that right, day2. And I feel like shit.

I started looking into the whole30 about two weeks ago and then committed and bought the book, read as much as I could, began working to convince Mr. to do it with me and set to work planning our meals for the next 4 weeks and 2 days.

I love to organize things, plans make me more happy than they ever should. I have been told on many occasions, ” God you are such a Type A.” like that is an insult. . you would not be getting an A on this project if it wasn’t for my plan so you should thank me and not try and use my personality as a put down.

But anyways I started making our plan I scoured the internet through all the resources that whole30.com gave me, I found all the blogs I could handle from, http://meatified.com/ ( my personal favorite, a kindred spirit if you will, she has a full 30 days of meals broken down into breakfast, lunch and dinner) to http://stupideasypaleo.com/category/whole30-2/ ( Also wonderful and such a catchy name) to find the best recipes and plans to tackle the first 30 days of this plan. I found myself becoming more and more excited. . I can do this, I can change my life in thirty days.

Then I found this post on Whole30.com, talking about EPS, empty plate syndrome, it states that most failures occur because people didn’t have a plan for what they are going to eat, so it is much more convenient to just grab something and go. And in this program when you fail you start from day 1, no cheat days for 30 days. Most people fail because they don’t have a plan. . I love plans, at this point I already had a new evernote notebook filled with breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sides and sauces, broken down by number and linked to weekly meal plans.( If I get it organized enough I will post links to this notebook the recipes have been compiled from all over the web, and I will add a few of my own.)

Lack of a plan, psh I got this. I was so confident going in that day 1 breezed by, just like they said it would.

And now here I am on the Day 2 hangover. . my “last mea weekend” that I had before starting the Whole30 yesterday is coming back to bite me. I crawled out of bed this morning, cursed the sun and everyone that loves it as I drove to school.

I have zero desire to eat the lunch I packed which two days ago when I prepped it sounded delicious for the whole week, I don’t have any idea how I am going to survive my 12 hour work day without my starbucks and chocolate scone. .

But there I was sitting at my breakfast table by myself this morning at 6 am, eating my pre-made breakfast casserole. ( Which is delicious) Planning how to get through today. this whole30 hangover must be a test of will power, and I am going to kick it in the butt,

I am doing the Whole30 just as much to prove to myself that I can as I am to change my eating habits!

It starts now. . Si Se Puede!

Now to wait for day 4 and 5: KILL ALL THINGS! 

Well that should be a fun weekend for Mr. B. and I!

P.s. Prepare yourself for 30 days of whole30 talk, hopefully it will inspire some and annoy others, and help keep me accountable to my goals.

Tips to get through KILL ALL THINGS, and into I just want to take a nap. I am happy to read them all and add them to my plan. .. because if it isn’ clear by now. I love plans.

❤ Kelsi Rae