Whole30 in June



So I’ve been pretty out of control with my sugar intake lately so I decided to try another round of Whole30 next month. It’s very similar to the Ketogenic diet so I know I can be successful. My last attempt was back in January 2016 and that one ended on January 15th after my disastrous Carlsbad half marathon. I don’t have any races scheduled for June so I don’t have to worry about having enough fuel for the race 😃. I have recruited some friends to do this with me as well as my sister-in-law. I want to be successful but I know it will be tough. Either way, something needs to be done because I’ve gained back the weight I previously lost! Haha, I frustrate myself.

Anyway, just wanted to type up this quick post. Happy hump day!


2016…I’m ready for you 



I hope you all had a nice holiday. I’m currently in Georgia visiting my brother and his family, having a great time. Ironically, the weather here is better than the weather back home in California. I’ve been told it’s been as low as 34 degrees! It’s been about 70 here in GA. Gloomy and rainy at this times. While I’m looking forward to going home, I’m not looking forward to the cold. 

It’s the last day of 2015! I say this every year but time went by way too fast. I have great memories or 2015 and look forward to making more in 2016. 

Of course with the start of a new year, I like to set goals –haha, like many people. Some of my goals for 2016 include:

• continuing with my debt snowball — still have quite a way to go with that 

• logging more miles

• reaching my daily water goals –I continue to struggle with this. 

• cleaning my room using the KonMari method — I’ve been saying I need to do this for a long time but have been procrastinating

First race of 2016


My first race of 2016 is the Carlsbad Half Marathon. It’s going to be so cold! Normally I don’t like wearing a jacket at the start of a race because I warm up quickly but if this cold weather keeps up, I’ll have to get a throw away sweatshirt or something. I’ve heard the views along the course are beautiful, can’t wait to experience them. I’ll be running it with my friend, Amber. 

1,000 miles challenge 


Yep, 1,000 miles in one year. I wanted to do a similar challenge last year but the thought of logging 1,000 miles in a year intimidated me. Decided to just do it this year and think small goals. 1,000 miles in 366 days is roughly 2.74 miles per day. Totally doable! I’ll be walking and running. If you want to sign up, here’s my referral link

2015 Goodreads Challenge

Done! My goal was 43 books and I read 46. Not sure what I’ll set my 2016 goal at yet, probably 50. Maybe 55. Or hell, maybe I’ll be adventurous and say 75! Haha. 



I will be doing another round of Whole30 starting January 4, 2016. I enjoyed the holidays and all the wonderful food but now it’s time to get back to reality. I did well during my first round of Whole30 back in September but ended up regressing and going back to bad habits. I’m not perfect. I hope to do well again this round and stick with some of the eating habits. This time around I’m doing it with friends and one of my Facebook groups. There have been wonderful meal ideas already so I’ll be prepping for that once I get back to California. 

Ok, I’m headed to the airport. Long day of traveling ahead. Happy New Year’s Eve!

I did it!


Made it to day 30! Technically I wasn’t supposed to weigh-in until tomorrow but I won’t be near a scale tomorrow morning so I just did it today. I lost 10.8 lbs! I plan on eating the same way but I’m not going to nitpick about certain ingredients though.

Once I start re-introducing dairy, grains, gluten, and legumes, my body will decide if they’re acceptable or not. The thing I missed the most during this was bread and cheese. I pray my body doesn’t reject those foods because I realllllly don’t want to give them up.

The best thing about this whole program, I don’t really miss sugar. Will I stay away from sugar forever? Probably not. I will have a treat now and then but I don’t have to have it every single day.

I’m proud of myself!

I’m going to try and organize a longer post later once I’ve completed the re-introduction of dairy, gluten, grains, and legumes

Fall is finally here :-)

My favorite season is here! I have been looking forward to Fall ever since Summer started. How terrible is that? Some of the many reasons I love this season…

  • My birthday
  • Cooler temperatures…..hopefully! In Southern CA, you never know what you’re going to get
  • Thanksgiving
  • Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate!
  • Fall TV
  • Football (I know this technically started in Summer, but most of the season is during the Fall)
  • New Fall candles from Bath & Body Works

On another note, I have 7 days left of Whole30! Today in particular my sugar cravings have been strong but I think it’s because I haven’t been in the best mood. Just goes to show how emotionally attached I was to sugar. The re-introduction phase will be interesting. I’m seriously hoping my body doesn’t hate bread and cheese because those are the two things I miss the most. Oddly enough I don’t really miss sugar all that much. It will be nice to have a little dessert every once in a while but I don’t have to have it every single day, I know that now. Once I finish the program I will report back with a final update as well as measurements.

As far as reading, I just finished Voyager, the 3rd book in the Outlander series. I absolutely love the series. I’ve listened to a majority of the books and the narrator, Davina Porter, is excellent. Today I started the 4th book, Drums of Autumn. I’m also reading Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray and Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica.

That’s all I have for now!

I’ve made it to Day 21

Well, it’s day 21 and while I’ve been doing fine as far as eating compliant foods, I am really ready for this to be over. I’ve been eating the same foods and I’m pretty sick of them. 

Last night I went to a brewery/restaurant to watch the Seahawks/Packers game. I checked the menu from home to make sure there was something I could eat. Ended up ordering Cajun salmon with a plain baked potato and veggies. Well, even though I gave my waitress specific instructions, the kitchen didn’t pay attention. The salmon came covered in a sauce that in pretty sure had butter in it and my baked potato came with butter and sour cream. I scraped everything off but I don’t know if I got everything. That’s the downside of eating out while doing a program like this, you can give all the instructions you want but it doesn’t mean the kitchen/cooks will actually pay attention. 

The last few days I have really wanted something sweet, like cookies or chocolate. Luckily the cravings don’t last long. 

When it comes time to reintroduce foods, I’m not sure what I want to try first. I’m leaning towards bread since that’s what I’ve missed the most. 

As far as physical changes go, I definitely notice a slight change in my body and my pants are a little looser. It feels as though I’ve lost at least 5 or 6 pounds and I hope I’m right. I have no intentions of going back to how I was eating before I started this program, especially knowing the ingredients that are in certain foods. After the holidays I am going to try a Whole60! 

First week down!


I’ve completed my first week of the program and I feel good. The first couple days were tough because I wanted all.the.carbs but after that it wasn’t too bad. 

Towards the end of the week, I could definitely tell there was a change in my energy levels. I went to the gym on Sunday morning and had a great workout. Normally I take pre-workout before I go to the gym to help with my energy levels. Obviously pre-workout powder isn’t Whole30 approved but I didn’t even need it. Running wasn’t a problem at all and I still had some energy left after I finished my workout. 

The most surprising thing about all of this is I don’t really miss sugar or dairy. Out of everything that I haven’t been able to have, I think I miss plain bagels the most, lol. That was what I would normally have in the morning once I got to work. 

Even though I originally set out on this journey alone, I was able to get some friends to do it with me. The support has been great, especially during those early days. We are also blogging on a private blog, sharing meals, and updates on how everything is going.

I should have spent today prepping for the week but you know what I did instead? Colored, watched NCIS, and finished reading Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls (more on that later). Prep will happen tomorrow after I get home from the gym. 

Hopefully everyone had a nice, relaxing Labor Day!