Another week down and I’m feeling great!
It’s starting to feel a lot less forced since I’m learning about more about the program and have more time and experience under my belt. I’ll go ahead and let you know I did a lot better with meals this week! I still got a little bored just cause I ate the same thing for lunch 4 days in a row… but I’d rather do that than make a ton of different meals or worse, eat out. Shout out to TJs for the wonderful food this week!
Week 2 Meals
- Egg muffins with spinach and bell peppers + avocado (same as last week)
- RxBar if I’m in a super rush (like running late for Pure Barre)
- “Spaghetti” (aka zoodles) + Turkey Meatballs
- Chicken burgers with veggies
- Compliant hotdogs with homemade sweet potato fries
- Celery with almond butter
- Dried mango slices
- Hazelnuts (my newest obsession!)
Week 2 Experience
I really enjoyed my meals this week! It was fun to try new things and include old favorites (sweet potato fries, yes please!) Pinterest and Google were my best friends when it came to finding recipes. I’ve also watched a good handful of Whole30 Trader Joe’s hauls on YouTube which is how I discovered the Chili Lime Chicken Burgers, Spindrift, Cruciferous Crunch Collection, and the 21 Seasoning Salute. They also gave me good ideas for recipes and snacks when needed.
No reason to recreate the wheel here — so many people have gone before me in this Whole30 journey and I’m all about learning from them. Which is also why I’m writing these updates for you 🙂
I’m feeling a lot better this week than I was in week 1. I’m learning more, so it’s becoming less time consuming and mentally tiring. Food doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it really takes up a large amount of brain space, especially when trying to eat different. The good news: it does get easier.
I was feeling really tired last week, but my energy levels seem to be back to normal. My sleep hasn’t been the best just because I’ve gone to bed late, but the sleep I get does feel quality. Now I just need to work on an earlier bed time! I did Pure Barre 6 days this week. I think it’s been the perfect activity to pair with my Whole30. I’m feeling strong, empowered, and confident. I’m loving my body more deeply as I’m getting to know it better and treating it well <3
My skin is clearing up! It’s usually pretty good, but lately its broken out, especially around my chin. I haven’t changed anything in my skin care lately, so I think nutrition and exercise are doing wonders. The tone and color of my skin is improving too. It’s not as red/irritated looking, but softer and smoother complexion. Skin has always been a sensitive subject for me as it wasn’t very good growing up. Clear and healthy skin is what I’m striving for and it’s an indicator of how things are going internally. Health from the inside out.
I’m generally feeling happy. I’m excited about my progress with my health. I feel connected and more patient with my husband. My house feels in order. And for the first time in a while, I feel at peace. Externally and internally. It feels amazing!
During week 2 I successfully navigated some challenging social situations. I’m proud of how they went because I stayed true to myself and my Whole30. Instead of avoiding the situation (which probably would have been easier) I made it work and had fun while at it!
Thursday we had an appreciation luncheon at work. Each person on the sales team brought a dish to share for the construction and customer care teams. The dishes looked amazing, but I decided not to partake even with what appeared to be compliant. I didn’t want to go down a slippery slope into breads and desserts, so I had my packed lunch once I got back to the sales center. Win!
Saturday afternoon I met a friend at Starbucks to catch up and talk about our goals. A quick Google search helped me find a compliant, yummy drink (Passion Tango Iced Tea Unsweetened) and it was great! We had a good time and getting together with an old friend was just good for the soul. Win!
Saturday night was date night! Eric got us tickets to the Carolina Hurricanes hockey game and we had a blast! I ate dinner before we met up and didn’t have anything at the arena. I felt a little tempted by Eric’s wings and beer and all the other sweet treats around us, but I knew it wouldn’t be worth it. Win!
Sunday night we met friends out for dinner. Eating out is the part that seemed most difficult to me. What definitely made it easier were friends that understood my goals with Whole30 and were willing to go somewhere that all would enjoy! Bad Daddy’s was delicious! Burger in a lettuce wrap with avocado and sweet potato fries on the side. Yummy win!
It’s important to be social and cultivate connections no matter what your diet is like. Yes, it would have been easier and much less tempting had I just avoided all those activities and maybe tried to schedule after Whole30, but that isn’t beneficial. Nor is it the point.
The world doesn’t stop just because you’re making a change and your life shouldn’t stop either. Have a plan, be open and honest about your goals, surround yourself with people that lift you up, and enjoy each day! The challenges make you stronger because they push you and teach you something new.
I’m looking forward to week 3!
Lets spread love and light! What made you smile this week?