Whole30, Day 12

January 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I think I have found that “Whole30 Magic” that I have seen mentioned so often. Today I felt totally energized and almost elated. I don’t have any food cravings and no hunger between meals. Yesterday I realized it was almost 2:00 p.m. and I hadn’t had lunch and I wasn’t even very hungry even though I hadn’t eaten since 7:30 a.m. I guess maybe I am “fat adapted” now? The logic and science behind it seem very sound to me. Your body adjusts to having a constant supply of those easily utilized carbohydrates and when they don’t come every two or three hours, you feel hungry. But once your body is used to more of the slower-burning fats and proteins you are satiated for longer periods of time. Maybe I have broken free of the sugar demon!

The boys were off school today for a teacher workday. Yay for a four-day weekend with the MLK holiday on Monday! I slept in a little (7:30 versus 5:30).


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I ate chicken for breakfast! The Whole30 encourages you not to think of certain foods as “breakfast” foods or as limited to a certain meal. In fact they don’t want you to think in terms of “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” at all, but rather, “meal #1, meal #2, and meal #3”. Anyway, my scramble had onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, spinach, leftover crockpot chicken, one egg, and roasted butternut squash. It was delicious.

We spent the morning hanging around the house and I can’t remember what I did (no photos). I probably spent it futzing around on the internet.


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I had a later-than-normal breakfast, so I wasn’t very hungry at lunch time but we had active afternoon plans so I knew I needed a good lunch. I made a small-ish salad with spinach, avocado, chicken, cucumbers, mushrooms, butternut squash, and Garlic Gold Red Wine Vinaigrette dressing.

After lunch we got all our swimming gear together, put air in everybody’s bike tires, and headed off towards the downtown waterfront.

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Coffee Pot Bayou bridge:

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It looks overcast in these photos, but it was actually really nice outside at this point. It was chilly, by Florida standards, but awesome for biking. We did get sprinkled on just a little bit on our ride home.

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Four miles later we arrived at North Shore Pool.

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It was in the mid-60’s outside, but the pool is heated through March so the water felt very warm. Cal swam, but Mack chose just to hang out and wait for us. He entertained himself playing on the bleachers and concrete walls all over the place.

I did 1500 yards…3X400 IM + 100 breast stroke + 200 freestyle.

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Oh how I love swimming. This was the first time I swam since the TriRock Clearwater Triathlon and it felt great. The water was nice and warm and felt luxurious, but getting out was hard and COLD.

Cal was having issues with his bike on the entire ride. His breaks wouldn’t fully release so he was pushing against extra resistance the whole time. On the way home it got to be too much so he ended up chilling on a bench a couple of miles from home while Mack and I biked home and then turned around and went back and picked him up. I was proud of him for pushing through for over 5 1/2 miles with that resistance! We had to stop a bunch for me to try to fix his bike and the whole bike/swim afternoon ended up taking much more time than I had expected. Mack and I biked a total of 8 miles. By the time we all got home it was time for me to make dinner.

I made burgers for the boys but then for myself I made a ground beef (organic, grass fed, pasture-finished beef) and veggie mixture.

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It was ground beef, mushrooms, eggplant, bell pepper, onions, and garlic. I added a little chili powder and cumin and it was really delicious.

After dinner I went with the boys on the family evening walk (about 1.6 miles).

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After the boys went to bed Chad and I watched the new show Banshee. We liked it and will stick with it for a while at least. We also watched an episode of 1600 Penn, but after a few episodes we have decided that it is not worth our very limited TV-watching time so we are dropping it. I really like Jenna Elfman, but that show is not that great in our opinion.

That’s it for Day 12. Cya!