+Whole30 Challenge Days 25-30
June 25, 2017
Onto the last week of my Whole30 journey!! Who’s surprised I’ve made it this far?! (slowly raises hand from back of the crowd) It’s been an incredible journey thus far and I for sure wasn’t going to quit without completing my final week. On Sunday, I headed to church to work in Sunday school. I wasn’t able to make a craft with my kiddos because the nursery school teacher wasn’t there, so I had to watch double the kids including an extremely difficult 18 month old. Thankfully, Veggie Tales was a helpful distraction.
After church, I headed to Trader Joe’s to stock up on some weekly grocery supplies and came under $20 total. I came home to clean the kitchen completely and reorganize the refrigerator. The rest of the afternoon was spent studying for my exam on Monday. I have no memory of what I ate on this day…oops!
June 26, 2017
Mondays are always rough, but they’re especially rough when you have to take an exam…grrr! My test for my teacher certification wasn’t till the afternoon, so I took the morning to lounge around and study some more. If given the option, I prefer to take a test in the afternoon because my body has been given time to wake up properly, have coffee and study remaining pieces of information. I slept in a little bit (till like 7:30!), made some coffee with almond milk and then propped myself up with pillows in bed to review my notes. The test wasn’t till 2:30, but it takes about 30-45 minutes to get to the testing center, so I had to plan accordingly. For lunch, I made a turkey burger and some sugar snap peas. I then dressed in some comfy clothes and headed to the test. I won’t find out my results for a few weeks, but I’m feeling positive that I passed!
After I was done, I really REALLY wanted to head to the beach to read a book and just relax. But of course, Florida weather had to interrupt my thinking and it severely stormed on my drive home. Even though I live about 10 minutes from the beach, I don’t go as often as I should. So when I am really passionate about spontaneously heading there, I jump at the opportunity. The storm ruined my moment, so I headed home to sit under the covered portion of my lanai and read a book out there. Again no memory of what I ate for dinner ha!
June 27, 2017
Today was Tuesday, so naturally I had to head to work. The store overspent their hours on a recent floor set (basically a time to rearrange the store to make room for new merchandise), so my hours were cut back a bit. I had a banana and some coffee in the car on the way there. I packed a lunch, but I had a feeling that I wouldn’t get a lunch break due to the cut in hours. And I was right. My supervisor told me to head out around 1:45, so I ate part of my lunch in the car on the way home since I was starving. In the car, I ate my applesauce and some cherries. It’s definitely not smart to drive and eat cherries (pitted cherries!) at the same time and lots of people were giving me strange looks as I was attempting to drive and spit cherry pits in a Ziploc bag. Thankfully I made it home without choking and finished eating my lunch- the last of the leftover chicken veggie soup and some Kalamata olives.
When I went grocery shopping, I had some ideas on meals for the week and thought about making one new recipe for dinner. I bought some ground beef at Target (this is something I don’t buy every time I go, but a certain brand was 15% off in Cartwheel that day) initially to make a meat sauce with spaghetti squash. I didn’t have any luck finding good quality and budget friendly pricing for the spaghetti squash and thought instead to just make the recipe with zucchini noodles. However while that was a good substitute, the meat sauce required lots of veggies that I needed to chop and I simply didn’t feel like doing that. Instead, I choose to make a beef and broccoli dish. I sautéed some pre-chopped onions and garlic in olive oil in a huge saucepan. Then I added frozen broccoli from Trader Joe’s and some baby sliced mushrooms. Once the veggies were cooked, I added the ground beef and continued to let it all cook until the meat wasn’t red. Let me tell you, this is one of my favorite recipes thus far and yet it’s so simple!!
June 28, 2017
I’d be lying to you if I told you that I was up and at ‘em early this morning. I definitely slept in far later than I should have for a ‘work day’. Because it was closer to lunch than breakfast when I woke up, I decided to make myself some brunch. I knew that I was heading to a girl’s night out that evening, so I tried to edge more on the protein side of the brunch. With all of the paleo and Whole30 Instagram and blog accounts I follow, I noticed a common theme of people in those communities making sweet potato hash for their brunches. I had no experience with making a breakfast hash, but I was intrigued and decided to give it a go with red potatoes instead. I cooked up some diced red potatoes and onions in olive oil. I added the last of my favorite sugar-free bacon as well. After the hash was complete and served in a bowl, I used the same frying pan to make a fried egg for the top. I also added half of an avocado. The hash was absolutely delicious, protein-packed and kept me full till dinnertime!
After getting dressed for the day, I cleaned around the house and took to some writing for the blog outside on my lanai. In the late afternoon, I had to head to an appointment, but afterwards I headed home to get ready for a night out! My two girlfriends (along with one of their boyfriends) decided to go to a local winery and restaurant that we have frequented before. Both of my girlfriends have wine memberships with the establishment and one of their many perks is getting 2 passes a month for a free wine tasting. I know that alcohol is a big no on Whole30, but I decided to celebrate two days early while my friends could be together in town. I also was barely drinking before Whole30, so I figured that canceled it out too. My friend Kedisha and I decided to do a sweet wine tasting, something that in the past I loved because I was a ‘sweet wine’ type of girl. The wines were really tame until we got midway through the tasting when we came to an old favorite, the Sweet Red wine. I took a sip and pretty much gagged; my friends told me I made a face equivalent of what a baby looks like tasting a lemon for the first time. This wine basically tasted like liquefied grape jelly, eww! The bartender thought something was wrong, but I had to explain to her that I had basically been on a sugar detox for the past 28 days, so it was like a shock to my body. They are pretty flexible to allow switches to other wines you want to try if you don’t like something on the tasting menu, so I was so grateful that she recommended different wines that weren’t as overpoweringly sweet. After our tasting, we headed to the restaurant for dinner. I remained compliant with Whole30 rules for dinner by ordering a turkey burger without the bun and a side of fresh fruit. My friends and I also split a bottle of wine- one of the recommendations from the bartender at the tasting, a white wine with a hint of sweet and flavors like grapefruit and rose petals. Another perk of their wine membership is that you get to take a certain number of bottles of wine home with you. My sweet friend Kedisha had forgotten about this perk for a while and wound up having the opportunity to take 6 bottles of wine home with her. Because I enjoyed the bottle of wine we shared at dinner so much, she got me one to take home- thank you!! 🙂
June 29, 2017
On this Thursday, I had to work as per my regular schedule. Again, my hours were cut a little short because of the floor set. We were pretty busy trying to find outfits for women in the midst of July 4th parties and gatherings. We’re also in the middle of our semi-annual sale, so there were lots of opportunities for women to stock up on some of their favorite clothes or bras. Even with coffee, I was pretty tired on this day and I suspected it was because of the wine tasting the night before. It wasn’t necessarily the fact that it was the alcohol that had me feeling weird, but the sugar in the wine that had my energy levels on a low setting. I was let go early from work and headed home to eat a lunner (my own word for a meal between lunch and dinner). I don’t remember what this meal was; I just remember going to bed early that night!
June 30, 2017
I finally made it!! The last day of Whole30!! And how did I celebrate the end of my journey? By…..going to work. My boss called me the day before after I had left my scheduled shift to ask if I could cover another associate’s shift. I happily obliged to take another shift seeing as my regular hours had been shortened during the week. For the first time since starting this job, I was asked to wear a specific outfit. The store was trying to promote certain deals that were happening over the holiday weekend and therefore they asked the associates to wear jeans. It sounds like a really easy request right? Well, the company policy states that when associates wear jeans they have to dress up the look by wearing either a fancier top or blazer…and heels. I rarely wear heels; they are only reserved for the nights I plan on going to clubs with my girlfriends (something that happens once a month maybe) or a family social gathering where pictures are being taken and I want to look taller. Begrudgingly, I put my wedges that I’ve had since college (there’s a story about those shoes that I’ll save for another time) in my tote bag and threw on some flip-flops to drive to work. I was trying to save my feet from pain as long as I possibly could. After making some eggs for breakfast, I stopped by Dunkin’ Donuts to get an iced coffee with almond milk. Thankfully, there was very little foot traffic in the store on that Friday, so I spent most of my shift browsing the company’s website with my shoes off as I sat on the back counter.
After I got home from work, all I wanted to do was prop my feet up and kick back for a few hours. One of my girlfriends had texted me to see if I was interested in going to a local happy hour with some of her work friends later that night. I accepted and went to get ready while I munched on some almonds and a peach. The happy hour spot turned out to be this sports pub with a New England feel, so I felt comfortable there….minus all the Boston Red Sox memorabilia (I’m a Yankees girl!).
We got there later into the night, so because this place was farther from my home I only had one drink, a vodka soda with lemon. We stayed there for a few hours and it was so nice to chat and meet some new people. So technically, I celebrated my last day of Whole30 with a drink too! How did you celebrate the end of your Whole30 journey?
Peace & Love,