Whole30 in June

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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 ūüėÉ. 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!

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Happy New Year 


Happy 2017!

I went back to work yesterday after being off for 8 days and my goodness it was rough waking up. 

My nephews and sister-in-law were with us for the holidays and it was a lot of fun hanging out with them. They’re both growing fast and while I love capturing them in pictures and photos, I need to remember to enjoy the moments. Not everything has to be photographed. The boys were a handful and kept me on my toes. 

The end of the year wasn’t too busy for me but it did allow me to reflect on the past year. I didn’t reach all my goals but that won’t stop me from setting more in 2017. 

Goals for 2017
* Weight loss — yes this is a goal for me every year but I feel this will be the year I make significant progress. The Ketogenic way of eating has been a life changer for me and I’m excited to see what I can do in a full year. 

* Work towards saving for a down payment for a condo. This will probably take longer than a year but I plan on saving diligently this year. I’ll have to stop my impulse buying (It’s a pretty big habit of mine)

* Clean closet — this is a huge task since I have a ton of crap in my closet, not just clothes. Whenever I try and work on cleaning it, I get overwhelmed and quit. If I break it up into small tasks it might be a more manageable project. 

As far as reading goes, I didn’t reach 100 books but I was pretty close, ended up finishing 95 books. My 2017 goal is 75 books so we shall see how that goes. 

I started re-reading the Harry Potter series and plan on watching the movies too. I received the 8-disc set for Christmas so I can watch anytime I want. 

Anyway, it’s time for lunch and I’m starving. Enjoy your Wednesday!

2016…I’m ready for you¬†

  

Hello!

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:

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

‚ÄĘ logging more miles

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

‚ÄĘ 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. 

Whole30

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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!

Whole30 recap, IIFYM, and October Goals

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Hello there!

It’s crazy how it’s already October! The last few months of the months of the year are always busy for me with¬†birthdays, holidays, and holiday parties. In years past I’ve been pretty lenient with myself when it came to food. I always used the excuse, “It’s the holidays” and pretty much ate whatever I wanted. That will not be happening this year. I can’t begin to tell you how the round of Whole30 has changed how I look at food. It’s pretty amazing since I never thought I’d be able to get past my sugar addiction.

Whole30 Recap

When I first heard about Whole30, sometime last year, I immediately dismissed it because I didn’t want to have to give up certain foods, especially my beloved pasta and cheese. ¬†Eventually I decided to just do it after reading numerous success stories. The program isn’t solely about weight loss. That is definitely an added benefit but the main focus is to eventually see how certain foods affect your body, both mentally and physically.

The first couple days of the program were tough since I normally would have bread¬†either during breakfast or lunch. I had a bad headache after the first day. Surprisingly enough, as the days went by, thing really weren’t as difficult as I thought they would be. I refused to slip because if I did, I would have to start over. I ended up joining a Whole30 Facebook group and although I mostly just lurked, I did pick up some good tips.

I was able to pass up cake in the break room (multiple times), a birthday snack day, and a birthday lunch to Applebee’s. I could have gone and ordered something light but I didn’t want to put myself in a situation where I might order something that wasn’t compliant, especially since I don’t know what Applebee’s cooks their food in. That was definitely a Non-Scale Victory for me.

My most difficult week was the last week, go figure. I think because I knew I was almost finished, the cravings for bread were that much stronger. Seriously, I hadn’t had any major cravings the first three weeks and then the last week rolls around and all I could think about was a bagel from Starbucks, lol. On Day 30, I met up with a friend for lunch at a local restaurant. I ended up ordering a breakfast but I thought it would just be eggs and some bacon, but no, there was more than that. I misread the meal and it actually came with two pancakes. There’s¬†no way I was going to slip-up on the last day so I asked the waitress if she could pack away the pancakes in a to-go container and she did. I planned on re-introducing gluten first so I was just going to eat the pancakes the following day.

Wellll, after dreaming about those pancakes, when I finally did get a chance to eat them, I was super disappointed. They did not taste good at all. Now, it could have been the fact that they were a day old and just didn’t re-heat well but either way, I didn’t even finish them. I’ve found that many of the foods (especially fast foods) I enjoyed before Whole30 no longer taste the same. Real food just tastes better.

I’m still in the re-introduction phase and but right now I don’t feel as though I have to eat¬†bread all the time. It won’t be a regular part of my meals. I had some peanut butter last night and that didn’t really affect me which is nice since I like peanut butter. Beans still need to be re-introduced and I really hope those don’t affect me because I love getting black beans in my Chipotle burrito bowls.

If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)

Ahh, macros. I tried this once before but I did a half-assed job so it didn’t really work out in my favor. I’ve decided to try this out for at least a month or two. The notion is that you can eat whatever you want as long as you stay within your number. I got my numbers for my protein, carbs, and fat using the calculator on iifym.com¬†and I downloaded the app Macros+ so I can keep track. Normally I’d just use My Fitness Pal but now they want to charge for per month for that type of service and I don’t want to pay that. Even though you can technically eat what you want, I don’t plan on going crazy. I really want to stick close to how I was eating when I did Whole30. I’m looking into getting some Paleo cookbooks since Paleo is pretty similar to Whole30. I currently follow Julie at PaleoOMG and I can’t want to get her cookbook. The other Paleo cookbook I have is Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo.

October Goals

Here are my goals for the month:

*Do not gain back the weight lost during Whole30

*Make a couple extra payments towards credit card and student loans

*Finish Pretty Baby, Drums of Autumn, and Lair of Dreams (I’m really lagging)

*Light my fall scented candles every night

*Finish C25K — I haven’t been as consistent and should be on week 7 but may need to repeat weeks 5 and 6 again. Maybe.

*Clean off my desk and try to keep it clean.

*Gym/workout at least 3x/wk

*Limit Starbucks to 1x/wk

That’s about it for now! ūüôā

Hello there, September

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September is here, which means Fall is near! Sadly, that doesn’t mean much in California but I do hope we get cooler temperatures soon. The heat has been quite ridiculous.

Anyway, here are my goals for the month…in no particular order:

Finish a complete round of Whole30 — today I finished Day 1, only 29 more to go. Right now, I could really use some bread

Clean out my closet — I’m going to be honest, this may get pushed into October ūüėČ

Purge CDs and DVDs

Finish C25k (Currently finishing up week 6)

Meet my step goal at least 4 days a week

Get back on track with reading

Limit spending — this one¬†will be¬†tough since I’m an impulse shopper.

What are some of your goals for September?

It is almost time!

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September 1st is almost here! I’ve been thinking of my monthly goals and I have several, a few for each part of my life. I’ll compose another post with all my monthly goals.

I’ve been reading all the tips I can so that I will¬†be successful¬†during my Whole30 journey but I’m still afraid I’m going to fail. I have tried¬†giving up sugar in the past and the last time, I¬†think I lasted two days.¬†This time around I am doing it with friends and I hope it will help keep me motivated. We are all going to contribute to a separate blog¬†over the next month so we can see how everyone is doing. Something that has pumped me up a bit is the success stories. The before/after photos have been amazing.

You know what is also coming up next month? Football. I love football, especially professional football. I’m a huge 49ers fan and if you follow football, I’m sure you’ve heard about all about the drama that has been going on with them. Honesty, I don’t know what their deal is but I’m going to need them to get their acts together so they’re not the laughing stock of the NFL. With the new coach and new players, I just want them to at least go 8-8. With the new football season comes new Fantasy Football seasons. Every year I swear I’m not going to play again but then I get sucked in again. Last season, I lost the championship by less than 1/2 a point. I’m still a little bitter about that, lol.

Anyway, just wanted to write up a quick post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Whole30 — I’m going to try it

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Hi Friends!

A few of my friends have completed the Whole30 program¬†and I have decided to try it myself. When I first heard about the program, I immediately said “Nah, I’m not doing that,” because I knew I would have to give up certain foods. But, after hearing more about it, and realizing it’s something that will possibly help rid me of my sugar addiction, I’ve decided to give it a try. In all honesty, I think this will be one of most difficult things I’ve ever done.¬†Almost everything I eat has some type of added sugar so if I don’t die from withdrawals the first week, I know I’ll definitely feel a difference in my body.

I picked up the Whole30 book from Target¬†last week¬†and checked out another book,¬†It Starts with Food,¬†from my library.¬†I want to be¬†fully prepared and know exactly what I’m getting myself into. My estimated start date is going to be¬†September 1st. I want to give myself enough time to read the books, prepare my shopping lists, and get rid of any temptations in my house. The book has several recipes and I’ve also already found some recipes on Pinterest.

I’m in a fitness group on Facebook and several of the women are either currently doing Whole30 or have recently finished the program so it will be nice to have a support system. I’m not going to lie, I’m terrified of how I’m going to feel, especially during the first week. I plan on keeping a journal so I can document everything that goes on with my body and my state of mind.

30 days is a long time but I’m going to just take it one day at a time. Ugh, what am I going to do when my co-worker brings her delicious baked goods to work?¬†candy-cute-dispicible-me-eating-kid-Favim.com-233802

Wish me luck!