Monday, 23 February 2015

Whole 30 - Day 18 - 22

Whole 30 Challenge Day 18

You get a couple of days behind and it is so hard to catch up.

Yes, I'm still going (strong?) in the second half of my Whole 30. I definitely have weak moments, but I haven't been tempted to give it all up.

I've finally incorporated sweet potatoes into my diet. They are so delicious and easy to cook. I also finally made paleo mayo, which means that I can indulge in tuna.

Oscar Sunday was fairly difficult. I had a bunch of people over to watch the show. As is our annual tradition, I made bingo cards and handed out Ferrero Rocher as prizes. They are fancy and gold, which reminded me of the essence of the Oscars. Also, I don't have a love affair with them, which made them the perfect prize. There were also the treats and goodies that my friends brought to the potluck. I resisted, sticking to the fruit and veggie plates that I made. I also made sure every last ounce of non Whole 30 compliant food that was brought in was also taken away.

I won the nomination predictions game (as usual). I had actually seen most of the movies this year, so I had a bit of an advantage. I did keep my Ferrero Rocher prize that I will indulge in next week.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Whole 30 - Day 17

 Whole 30 Challenge Day 17 Meal Plan

What I Ate

Breakfast casserole (egg whites, broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, and hot sauce)
Spaghetti squash
Left over casserole blended and turned spaghetti sauce with turkey chilli, eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini
Sweet potato
Baked Apple

I had a late start today - food wise. I always eat my breakfast at my desk every morning, but I felt uncomfortable about doing that today since my boss was in the office. He wouldn't care at all, but I find it weird eating in front on someone who isn't also eating. So I tried to wait him out, but he never left.

Eventually I just went for it, but that wasn't until almost lunch time. Which pushed back lunch until the last afternoon.

Steve Nash Sports Club Fitness World

After work and dinner I headed to Steve Nash to join an interpretive hip hop dance class that I was invited to through one of my Instagram friends. I ended up having such a good time. There's a Steve Nash opening up closer to my house soon. I'm seriously considering joining. But I'm hesitant about joining a gym. I like taking random classes at various studios.

It was so nice to dance again. I miss my dance classes. The tap class that I've been taking for the past few years wasn't offered this year. I should really think about going back to Can Can.

Just as I was about to head to bed, I  checked my steps for the day and realized that I forgot to check in at Steve Nash... meaning that I would miss my pact for the day. Not the end of the world since I still had time to get extra workouts in, but it was a bit of a piss off.

After a couple of  minutes feeling sorry for myself, I realized it wasn't too late. I had 15 minutes to get my steps up to 10,000 and finish my pact for the day. 1600 steps in 15 minutes was doable, right? Turns out it was more than doable. 

I got 2200 steps in! Made it over by an extra 600 steps.

The whole situation reminded me that I need to take advantage of the track this is across the street from my house more often. It was so nice to be walking/running around the track on a gorgeous evening.

I know. I know. I'm not supposed to weigh in on Whole 30. I skipped the first week with no problems. But the second week I had to weigh in or else forfeit the Diet Bet that I signed up for months ago. This week I don't have a good excuse. I just wanted to know.

At least it was happy results. I'm down 3.2 pounds since last week, 7.2 pounds since I started Whole 30, and 9.8 since the beginning of the year. I'm finally back to my post Turkey trip weight that I undid during the holidays.

I haven't been experiencing the so called Tiger blood stage of the Whole 30 timeline. Although I do feel like I have a slightly easier time waking up in the mornings. I don't know how much of that is Whole 30 and how much is the fact that I sleep with the curtains open and by the time I wake up the sun is shining directly on me.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

I woke up today to find that I had won the $50 Minted give away from Lindsay Weighs In. I had to double check that I was reading it correctly because I had just won a $25 gift certificate to Starbucks from Sondra Lyn at Home yesterday. Guess this is my lucky week!

I may not have my tiger blood, but at least I am bi-winning!

The gift certificate came at the perfect time, since I am finally getting around to adding artwork to my walls. I still have almost $200 in Ikea gift certificates that I am going to use on frames and shelving to create a gallery wall in my living room. Now I can have something to put in those frames (or at least two of them).

I've started a Pinterest board with my favourite pieces from Minted.

I'm leaning towards these two pieces:

Minted Art London Water Color Minted art VW Van with suitcases light blue
I also really like these two pieces:
Minted Art woman swimming in watercolorMinted Art Big Ben with green background

What do you think? Any suggestions for my gallery wall?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Whole 30 - Day 16

I've got my breakfasts covered for the next work week. I decided to leave them in my work fridge so that I don't have to worry about remembering them every day. The casserole isn't my favourite thing in the world, but it will do. I'm sure I can improve it next time.

My dad stopped by my work today to drop something off. We ended up chatting about his new kitchen and looking at Pinterest. He has some interesting ideas, but they usually turn out okay in the end. He showed me the new fridge that he just bought and I am stoked about it. It has a carbonated water dispenser. How cool is that? Can't wait to take advantage of that all summer.

No coffee today because I am trying not to drink it every day. That's extra calories and caffeine that I just don't need.

I finally bought some sweet potatoes. I put on in my rotator and fried up the pieces with my chicken. It was so delicious. I'm definitely going to have to put more sweet potatoes into my diet.

I didn't end up going to Aqua fit tonight. I texted a friend asking her if she wanted to join me and she told me that most of the area had been evacuated because of a fire. I don't think it would have included the pool (although my friend though it did), but it would have made it very difficult to get to the pool. I didn't want to go all the way there just to have to turn around, so I let it be. For some reason it didn't occur to me to just go to the pool near my house. Obviously I wasn't thinking clearly. Maybe I needed another rest day after all... Or I just have a lot of excuses.

It worked out that I stayed home though. I had a lot of food prepping that needed to be done. I was completely out of lunch and dinner foods. It would have been a long night if I had to prep when I got home. Part of me wanted to weasel my way out that, but I pushed myself to get it done. A lazy evening on the couch is not worth trying to scrape together something whole 30 friendly for lunch the next day. I keep telling myself that this plan isn't so hard as long as you are prepared. I don't want to try to do this unprepared. That's a recipe for disaster.

What I Ate

Breakfast casserole (egg whites, broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, and hot sauce)
Turkey chilli
Sweet potato
Almond butter