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

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Throw out your scale and celebrate your success!

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A major component of the Whole30 that has been difficult for me is the concept of not weighing yourself for the entire 30 days. I enjoy this concept not because I want to stop weighing myself but because of the reason given in It All Starts With Food, the makers of the Whole30 don’t care if you loose weight, this is not a weight loss program, it is a program to become more healthy and aware of the food we are putting in our body, And yes as a result of this you will loose weight, but this is also not always reflected on the scale, sometimes you are loosing inches off of your waist and not moving in pounds because you are gaining muscle. I have been working hard to focus on the weigh I feel and my body composition rather than simply the number on the scale tells me.

With that said it is day 28 of my Whole 30, we are finished on Sunday and I have some major( for me) non scale victories I would like to share before Monday when I jump on the scale and share with all of you the actual numbers, but first forget the scale lets see what has happened in the last 30 days!

First of all I have been trying to “become a runner” for about 4 months now, I started out walking for a minute and than running for a minute, at this point in January I found myself staring at the count down from about 30 seconds on, which means I could only run for 30 seconds comfortably. By the time I started the Whole30 I was able to run for about 3 minutes, still pretty uncomfortably, but I could do it.

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This happened last week! Over 2 miles in 30 minutes!  I accomplished this by running for 10 whole minutes!! Then walking for 2, running for 5 minutes and walking for 5 and then running for 1 or 2. It was not even it did not follow a prescribed running plan, but it was amazing to me! I probably could have kept going after 10 minutes in the beginning too!

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Then there are these pieces of clothing! The white shirt on the left is a medium and it is a littler loose! I am also wearing my favorite pants in that picture, they are way too big for me now, I am waiting to buy new ones next week.

The dress on the left was a dress I purchased last summer and then rarely wore it because I always felt like I was just busting out of its seams. While I still would like to look a little better in it. I can see my curves again and I was comfortable wearing it out of the house.

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And lastly there is this! NO MUFFIN TOP! See ya later flab! I could have taken a picture of a pair of pants that were slightly big on me before and by week two they were literally clown pants that I had to get rid of but I threw them out already.

I am very excited to see what the scale says on Monday, but looking back over the past 30 days I am more than happy with these non-scale victories!

Don’t always focus on the numbers, we are so much more than numbers. The Whole30 has taught me a new outlook on my body composition and the food that is playing a role in that. Even though it has been hard, the last week seemingly the hardest (surprising for me too) it has been worth it!

Mr. and I are going to transition into what I fondly call Pretty Much Paleo after a cheat week from our whole30, I will let you know how it goes, but can’t go back to how things were before now!

What non-scale victories do you cherish? What was the first piece of clothing that made you stop and think “this doesn’t fit” or when you could put on those “skinny” jeans or dress or skirt or shirt and it fit?

We all need those small motivators to get us through a lifestyle change!

❤ Kelsi Rae

Whole 30: Week 1 Trials and Celebrations

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What we ate for day 1-6 of the Whole 30, this was made before I read that smoothies were not recommended for breakfast so that was changed and deleted from the following weeks meal plans.

When I checked in on Day 2, I was in solidly in the hangover phase of my Whole30 and was not very happy with it at all. That passed and for days 4 and 5 I was pretty good, I was happy with the meals I was making and didnt really feel like I was missing anything from last week.

Well maybe I was a little bit more in the Kill all things  mode on day 5 than I would like to admit, it was a Friday night and Mr. H and I had made dinner that was delicious and sat down on the couch to watch a movie ( after eating dinner at the table sans electronics to give the meal its due- this has been a difficult shift, I grew up eating my meals in front of the TV, when I was in high school there was a TV in the kitchen/dining room and my mom and I would make dinner and then sit and watch our favorite shows while we ate, and that has carried over into my adult life, Mr. H and I often cook dinners and put on a movie to enjoy) But this night we sat down to watch a movie and nothing could make me happy, I was uncomfortable, I didn’t want to watch that movie, I wanted to go to bed at 8:30 an then complained when he didn’t want to come with me, I was a hot mess. But I did not want to admit that to anyone!

Then Day 6 hit, Day 6 happen to fall both on a weekend, and about three days before was supposed to start my period. And all I could think about for most of the day was  CAKE!  I cannot say for sure if this was a result of the Whole30 or of my uterus rebelilng against me and my health goals as it does every month.I mean I love cake I always have, if you want to meet a sugar addict if there ever was one, look no farther you found her. I never had a problem with my sugar addiction until recently, until I looked at the scale the week before I went wedding dress shopping and realized I had gained 35 pounds since I was in my best friends wedding two years ago. But this Saturday I wanted cake more than anything, I had done pretty good the first 5 days without it, but on Saturday I am used to more laid back day, I am not busy busy busy from the time I eat breakfast till lunch time and normally this is our snacking day, we eat a late breakfast and then a late lunch and munch on something (popcorn, ice cream, croissants from the coffee shop) until a late dinner and a drink. So needless to say Saturday was rough day for me, but I did it!

I got through Saturday without a slip we even ate out on Saturday night, and even though I felt like a d-bag making all the changes to the menu items we did it! Another Si Se Puede moment!

I am now officially a week into my Whole30! We went grocery shopping today and still spent more than I would like. . if anyone has any good tips for Whole30 on a budget I would LOVE them! We did the starting in the meat section and working our way out, I think its just that we are cooking at home more and using more meat (we were a fairly boring meat family before mostly turkey and chicken) that it is adding up. It also doesn’t help that Mr. H and I aren’t living together yet,so we can’t buy in bulk or create a pantry of stored food it is like we are starting over every week! Soon this will change. . .in May hopefully and I cannot wait!

I can already tell a difference in the way my clothes fit, today I put on the pants that used to be tight on me, ( pre January when I started loosing weight before the Whole30) the fit well after I started working out and eating more healthy in January, I was down about 11 pounds when I started the whole30 but today they were laughable, they were HUGE,! I felt like I could have curled up inside of them and fit better, or fit a small human in them with me just to make them tight, Mr. H said the butt looked like a saggy diaper, not exactly what you want to hear from your fiancé but hey he meant it in love so YAY for #nonscalevictories!

Well cheers to week 2. . this week I am going to try Salmon for the first time, Mr. H loves it an so I figured now is a good time to branch out and try it so Salmon with coconut cream here we come, don’t worry I am making him try brussel sprouts too!

Today is filled with Sunshine, coffee shops with Kombucha on tap, house hunting and meal prep, who could ask for a better Sunday?

Cheers to all the Whole30 goers out there, Si Se Puede!

❤ Kelsi 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