Whole30, Day 7 and an Alligator Walk

January 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

One week down! Woohoo! Almost a quarter of the way done with my Whole30!

I felt really good today. No headache. No hunger. The Whole30 Timeline says that days six and seven are the “I just want to sleep” phase, but I didn’t feel like I had low energy today. I hope I’m over the worst of the adjustment period, but I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch.

I made some Kodiak Cakes for the boys for breakfast, but honestly wasn’t tempted or bothered by them at all, even considering that I put a few chocolate chips in them. My breakfast:

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(Swiss chard hash with onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and a little bit of homemade sausage, the last of the semi-burnt sweet potato (yay!) with some also semi-burnt pecans, one scrambled egg, three cups of coffee with coconut milk)

After breakfast the boys I headed to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Can you spot me in the photo below?

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We love Boyd Hill and the boys have gone to camp there every summer since they were around three years old when they went to “Boogie Camp”. It is a city park and they always have fun things going on. This morning we were there for an Alligator Walk.

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Lately Mack has been obsessed with the show Gator Boys on Animal Planet, so he was psyched to hunt for gators.

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While we waited for the Alligator Walk to begin we wandered around the little museum they have at the Environmental Education Center.

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We also went outside and checked out the aviary while we were waiting.

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They have a gorgeous juvenile bald eagle there.

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Mack and I saw an adult bald eagle (white head) one day in a pine tree on our walk home from taking Cal to school a few years ago. It was so close to us and just amazing. I think I wouldn’t recognize a juvenile if I saw it. I’d probably just think it was an osprey, which we see constantly because they are very common and also huge birds.

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The boys practiced gator spotting (foreshadowing…).

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When the Alligator Walk began we were all led to a little pavilion area where a guide gave a short presentation on everything alligator. There was quite a crowd for this event.

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Just as he was finishing his presentation we were rewarded with a gator sighting! This guy or girl was just cruising down the creek right next to the pavilion.

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That’s the same little creek that the boys had been looking at just moments before.

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It was a fun coincidence and it turned out to be the only gator we saw that day. The guide says that some days they see lots of gators and some days none.

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After the gator sighting the group split up into two and we headed into the canopy with our guide.

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Poison ivy:

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It was a pretty warm day in the 80’s, but the shaded trails were nice. There were a bunch of kids on the walk.

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One of my IRunMommies friends was there also, and I was terribly embarrassed when I called her by the wrong name. I do that a lot. Names tend to slip my mind whenever I am on the spot and see someone unexpectedly and out of context. Even the names of people I know very well, and I have known this friend for a couple of years. I called her by the name of one of my other IRunMommies friends who I also know pretty well. I was mortified. So sorry Amy!

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I had never been on this trail and I didn’t realize there was such a cool view of downtown St. Pete from Lake Maggiore.

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It was really gorgeous out there.

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Do you know what these things are?

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They are cypress tree roots and are called cypress knees.

Our guide was shocked to see this spider…

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which he says is almost never seen building webs this time of year.

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We’ve had a week of extremely warm weather so I think mother nature is a little confused about what season it is.

After the Alligator Walk we went to Evos for lunch. I scoped out the menu board and played twenty questions with the cashier trying to figure out if there was anything I could eat that would be Whole30 compliant.

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I settled on the Strawberry Walnut Gorgonzola salad…

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without the gorgonzola and substituted oil and vinegar for the raspberry lime vinaigrette. I also added avocado to the salad.

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I think it was Whole30 compliant, but it wasn’t very satisfying with no protein. I ended up taking half of it home to add some protein later. The boys love Evos. I gave them the choice of either air fries or a shake. Mack chose a shake and Cal chose fries. They never agree on anything. Ever.

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My lunch, part two, with leftover chicken drumettes:

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The afternoon was spent doing laundry, hanging out, and failed science experiments.

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Chad made baked salmon for dinner. This looks like a tiny portion, but it was four ounces, I swear:

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The boys all had salads with their salmon, but since I had a salad for lunch I wanted a cooked vegetable. I sautéed eggplant, mushrooms, and onions with a little olive oil and it was delicious.

That’s it. One week down. I’m really encouraged that my hip didn’t hurt during or after the Glow Run 5K even though I did a bunch of jogging. I’m sure it’s too early to credit the Whole30 for that, but who knows? Either way, no pain is nice.

On to a new week. Cya!