Tuesday, May 3, 2016


It's been a whole 'nother month since I completed my challenge!  It was a GREAT month.  I did not stick to Whole 30 100%, but I did stick to it a large majority of the time.  I mostly stuck to the Whole 30 during the week, and on the weekends allowed myself to go out to eat, or eat a meal that isn't Whole 30 approved.  I allowed myself treats, to see how much it affected me.  I learned this:  I sleep better on nights I don't have sugar before bed.  AND, eating more than one brownie, makes me feel nauseous.  Eating one is plenty and enjoying less sugar is okay.  I don't feel the need to inhale food like I did before.  There are many times, I have eaten like it was my last supper, thinking "I better get it all in before I start my diet on monday."  Now, my thinking is this, "well, if I don't get a chance to have a treat or a meal that I love this weekend, I can certainly have it next weekend."  I have maintained my weightloss.  I fit much better in my clothes.  I still have super soft skin.  And this is something totally doable.  I have noticed that as I have eased up on eating perfect, I haven't been as on top of my food prep and that resulted in a couple meals eating food I would rather have not had (ie, del taco for dinner during the week).  My mindset is that I only want it, if I absolutely LOVE it (a pan of enchiladas, beans and rice), otherwise I want to eat Whole 30 cause it's pretty dang yummy.  I also learned that if I eat too far off track on the weekend, I feel the sluggish detox feeling Monday and Tuesday.  But the weekends, I still eat fairly clean, I feel great on Monday.  This past weekend, I ate fairly good.  Good breakfasts and lunches, with dinner being not too bad.  But Sunday, after getting together with mom and my sisters to plan our Senior/40th bday trip and eating strawberry shortcake AND a piece of chocolate cake, I felt SICK!  My stomach ached before bed and it wasn't worth it.  Next time, picking one or the other will certainly be best!  I really love this new way of eating for me!  It's something that will work for me for life!  It's easy to maintain.  I feel major benefits from it.  I love it! 

My plan for this month... it's a tough one!  My 40th is at the end of the month!  I want to look my absolute best, of course, which leaves me ideally wanting to do a strict Whole 30 diet until then and working out as much as possible.  That's ideally.  Reality is that Thursday is Cinco de Mayo (my favorite kind of food), Friday is a celebration for Sky winning the Arbor Day poster contest, with a BBQ and treats, Saturday night is a ward party where there will only be treats served and that's week one.  Week two is a weekend trip to Park City with my sisters in law.  All 9 of us will be there.  And not having a donut, may be hard to do.  The third week is my sweet Brookie's 9th birthday, which I would assume means a dinner out to all you can eat pizza at Rock Creek.  So that leaves me with this... I have decided to eat absolutely Whole 30 as MUCH AS POSSIBLE!  Meaning, if there isn't a way to do it, that's okay.  I will work out extra hard and the end goal is to maintain and if I could MAYBE lose a whole pound, that would be fantastic.  I have a trip coming up with my mom and sisters.  That will be the hardest week to stay on track.  I know that come mid June, I will be back to a full 30 days, detoxing and getting myself back.  But it's doable and I know I will do it.  I have a plan, I'm being realistic and I'm not ever going to get so far off track that this is hard to keep coming back to Whole 30.  It will be a constant lifestyle. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


I just completed my WHOLE 30 CHALLENGE!  Whoo-hoo!  WOWSERS!  Unbelievable!  Those are all words I would use to describe the last month!  I am astonished that ME, totally addicted to sugar, who can't even go a week without some sort of treat before bed, just completed a whole 30 days without it.  Not only did I go without sugar, but I went without dairy, grains, beans, and anything artificial.  I still can't believe I did it.

I have some amazing results that make me cheer for myself inside.  In the weight department,  I lost 7 lbs.  That's a good decent amount for me to lose in a month.  The kicker is that I really did eat PLENTY!  I was never hungry.  And even more importantly, is that I didn't go to bed one single night, hungry.  Why is that such a big deal?  Because, in the past, any diet or program I tried, there was always several nights I battled myself with "do I eat something so I can sleep or go without so I can lose weight."  I never wanted to eat afraid of what the scale would reflect as a result of me giving in to my growling stomach.

Another result is that my skin is incredibly soft.  It feels silky in the shower.  It feels like I constantly have moisturizer on my face.  My husband even noticed and commented before I had even mentioned it out loud.  I've even backed off the amount of moisturizer I use and make up I wear, cause it feels that nice.

I did this challenge for a number of reasons.  One, was to see if I could really do it.  Could I really go without stuffing my face with a handful of packaged mini cookies after a stressful bout with the kids? I wasn't sure.  Could I sit down on the couch at night with my hubby after putting the kids to bed and not get out a yummy treat to enjoy with him?  I wasn't sure.  Could I be around my family at a dinner and resist the dessert?  I wasn't sure.  I did have my younger sister who started the challenge just before me show me that it was in fact possible.  I trusted her.  I decided if she could do it, I could too.

Another reason, I wanted to clean out my system and see if that helped me in any way lose weight.  Approaching 40 in a couple of months is motivation to try something more extreme.  So, the motivation was certainly there.  And as a result, I really did lose weight without counting a single calorie, without worrying how much fry sauce I was eating, and without going hungry.  Pretty awesome!  As much as my brain was screaming at me that I needed to eat less to lose weight, I promised myself I would go the whole 30 days without counting, skimping or worrying about that.  There was a phrase I read in my whole 30 book that said, my job was just to find a way to make it possible to eat whole 30 in every situation for a whole 30 days.  That is what I did.

I didn't go out to eat.  I ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at home.  Eating out seemed to pose too big of a challenge to me right now.  Maybe in the next 30 challenge, I will trust myself enough to order what is whole 30 and not go off track.  Eating at home so much forced me to try new recipes so I didn't get bored of the same things.  I crock potted a pork shoulder for the first time and followed the "carnitas" recipe for it in the whole 30 book.  I put it over a baked sweet potato and it was divine!   I also made a breakfast casserole to take to a family brunch that was whole 30 approved and yummy as any other breakfast casserole I've had.  Family parties were a little hard, but I managed.  Another situation I was afraid of was eating at my mom and dads house.  My mom was so supportive of it, that she made something whole 30 approved for the main dish and made me my own side of steamed veggies.  It was awesome.  I tried to keep myself out of hard situations until I feel strong enough.  I think it worked great!

Lastly, I do not want to end up with the health problems my parents both deal with daily.  It's a struggle for them and I can see how frustrating it is.  I don't want to have to worry about that.  I want to know I can eat healthy and keep my body in the best condition possible.  It may not prevent me entirely, but it sure as heck will help fend off many possibilities.

My only regret, I wish I had before and after pictures.  I can definitely see a difference in how I feel, how I act and how I view food.  My motto is to eat to live, not live to eat.  I'm a foodie and I literally think about what I get to eat next.  I can't wait to eat.  It's a little different now.  I still love to eat cause the things I eat are delicious!  Fruit, sweet potatoes and bacon are at the top of my list now.

I do miss a few things... my Mexican food (enchiladas, beans and rice, chips and salsa) and eating pizza.  Those can't really be replaced by anything for me.  So, now that this challenge is over, it's time to indulge in a couple of dinners I've really missed, a donut and a home made brownie.  Then it's back to another strict 30 days.

April 4th to May 4th I will commit to another Whole 30 Challenge.  I have a few goals already set out for the next round.  I plan to try a couple other dishes, to use coconut milk in something (lots of whole 30 recipes call for it), to make gravy with arrowroot, and to eat BBQ'd chicken cause it's warm enough to grill outside.  I have exactly two months until my 40th birthday and I want to see how great I can look on that day.

My plan after I turn 40, is to keep up this same style of eating 90% of the time.  The other 10% will be to have an occasional home made brownie, to eat ONE slice of pizza and a plate of veggies with it, to lick around the edges of my kids ice cream cones this summer, to go out to dinner with my husband and order tacos in corn tortillas rather than eat another lettuce wrapped something.  My ultimate goal... to get to my desired weight range and maintain.  As soon as it starts to slip, switch to a completely clean whole 30 diet until I'm back.

Year after year, I have lost 10-15 and then by January, I've gained it all back.  My goal this year, is the ultimate goal of getting there and MAINTAINING!  It's possible.  I can do it.  This is my year!  

Sunday, March 27, 2016


EASTER SUNDAY!  It was a beautiful day!  Sixty something degrees outside.  We had dinner at our house and my parents, sisters and kids came over.  It was a little hard being at the end of my first round of Whole 30, but I succeeded in not eating a home made brownie or a single piece of candy.  YAY me!  It was hard for sure.  My brain kept saying, "you're only a couple days away, just eat a brownie and enjoy it.  You're practically there."  I made it through the day without it though and I'm proud of myself.  Probably the hardest day to date!

My cute family!


Monday, March 21, 2016


 Life Changing...
I haven't even blogged since this time last year.  UGH!  I need to desperately move this into my schedule.  Right now, my life is pretty routine.  I have my schedule that I follow pretty regularly.  I need to find a way to include this in my day.  I will never regret having a journal of this part of my crazy life.  So, that's my goal... to be more consistent this year with posts about life.
I must begin with this... Whole 30.

So apparently my life focuses a lot on weight and eating and trying to be healthy, based on what I've posted on this blog.  I have to write this down.  It's a large part of me.  I obsess a little over being in shape and feeling good about myself.  Whenever I get to that, plus 15lbs or more, I struggle with myself, my self esteem and how I treat my husband even.  It's awful.  I'm always trying to stay right around 140 cause I know I feel good about myself there.  I am a big January joiner cause it's almost always that come January, I'm up those 15lbs again and I'm in search of finding a way to get back down.  I obviously went the route of 21 day fix with Shakeolgy again.  It had worked before.  It worked last year.  But after a good six weeks, it wasn't paying off as well.  I wasn't able to stick to the small portions and still feel okay.  I was angry and mad at the world because if this wasn't working, what would?  What was I going to do this time?  I was totally freaking out.  So let me begin at the beginning...  My sister Wendy, posted early in February that she would be starting this challenge and asked if any of our family wanted to join her.  I laughed out loud.  Yea, right!  Like I could go without sugar for 30 days.  But I was intrigued.  I have my 40th birthday right around the corner and I either needed to buckle down and make 21 day fix work again, or find another way.  But there is the fact that I can hardly go a day without sugar.  That should have been my first clue that I should try it.  I didn't think it was possible for me.  I basically said, "NO WAY! and good luck with that."  Well, then she did it, and after two weeks she starting posting the results.  WHAT?  It's doable?  It's easier than you thought?  Wait what?!  Okay, what did I need to do to get started?  She sent me to the link online, whole30.com and I read about the program.  She gave me her list of must haves to help me survive and I went shopping.  I'm on day 22!  TWENTY TWO days without sugar, grains, dairy, or anything artificial.  No honey, agave, stevia, no sweeteners of any kind!  No peanuts, or beans.  Its been fruit, veggies, healthy fats, and meat for 22 days.  It's been breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It's been a full plate of food that fills me up for hours.  Let me say that again, I get FULL!  So many times, I've tried a new program, weight watchers, 21 day fix containers, and even just counting calories.  BLEH!  NO THANKS!  Never again.  Each time I've done those, at some point during the day I was hungry cause I'd only had a small portion of food, calories cut, and enough to sustain me for 20 minutes or so.  I fought through those moments convincing myself that was the only way to lose weight.  I now know that the food I'm eating is processed by my body differently and I can eat more food, feel much fuller and not even want to put a cookie in my mouth!  I do not have to worry about eating 6 small meals a day.  It's seriously heaven.  Better than the weight loss, I have the softest skin.  Even my husband noticed before I even said a word about it.  I look younger, I think, and wear way less make up and it's amazing.  The next best thing is that my energy isn't as much through the roof as it is consistent all day long.  I don't ever drag.  At 8:00pm, I feel I have as much energy as I did at 8:00am when I woke up.  There's no afternoon drag.  It's great!  So there it is.  I recommend this to everyone! 


Thursday, March 17, 2016


I didn't get around to taking pictures of all 4 of my kids in green today, even though they all looked adorable.  I did though take some of my handsome little fella, Radd after preschool today.  He's was so excited to tell me about leprechauns and how he got a gold coin at school.  Here he is after school as cute as can be.

It almost always starts with a silly face, or there's no way he'll let me take his picture!
 He can wink with both eyes!
"I'm not Irish, but kiss me anyway," was the cutest shirt and I couldn't resist getting it for him.  It's all I do is kiss his face!
 He's so funny, he likes to put his thumbs through those holes in button up shirts.  Silly kid!

My favorite, genuine happy face!  He's my sweet sidekick and I love him to pieces!  I am one LUCKY mama!