What, I have to think of blog post titles again?

February 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

It seems so strange not to be typing, “Whole30, Day…”. Although I am basically continuing to eat the same way, I am definitely not extending my Whole30 to a Whole 60 or whatever. You just have to be so super diligent about every tiny thing while on the Whole30. I’m ready for a break from that.

What is as amazing to me as the fact that I actually managed to complete the Whole30 is the fact that I blogged every single day during it! I’m sensing a little blog hiatus coming on. Also, I’m beyond tired of taking photos of all my food. I think I might give that a break as well, but if I bother to take a picture I’ll probably post it. Apparently I was sick of it on Wednesday morning (the first day after my Whole30) because I can’t find a photo of my breakfast on that day. Who knows what I ate? I know that it was a Whole30 compliant breakfast, because the only thing different that I did on Wednesday was add a little whole milk to my coffee and a yogurt at lunch.

I honestly think that my tummy did not like the milk. It was grumbly all day and I kind of got a slight headache mid-day. I never thought I had any sort of dairy sensitivity. Also, I realized that I actually prefer coconut milk in my coffee to whole milk (or, I’m assuming, skim milk). I still didn’t add any sweetener, and I missed that hint of coconut. I think I’ll be sticking with coconut milk in my coffee when it’s available, which is basically when I’m at home.

I know that on Wednesday I drove Mack to school because I also had to drive Cal to school early for robotics. I actually didn’t take many photos at all on Wednesday because I spent most of the day at home doing mundane things. I did take a few food photos, apparently.


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That’s lettuce/spinach/arugula, mushrooms, smoked salmon, bell pepper, and a not so great dressing I made with avocado cream, homemade paleo mayo, and balsamic vinegar. Can’t wait until my new Garlic Gold vinaigrettes arrive.

I also had a Chobani coffee/dark chocolate chip yogurt bite after lunch.

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It was delicious. Maybe I will reincorporate yogurt into my diet, but not milk or cheese. We’ll see.

Dinner was leftover pumpkin paleo chili with avocado cream.

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The only exercise I got on Wednesday was the family evening walk (1.6 miles). I can’t remember why I didn’t go to Bodypump, but it was probably just laziness.

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Wednesday night I participated in the second Mom Power Team #GetFitChat on Twitter. It was so fun and once again we had the #1 trending hashtag that hour!


Thursday (yesterday) was busier and I took more pictures. We walked to school.

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The clouds were gorgeous at sunrise yesterday.

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I love my neighborhood. I will be sad if we end up having to leave it to find a house that we like.

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Chad was going to drop Cal off at the bus stop on his way to work because as soon as I got home from walking I had to take off for the lab to have blood drawn.

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That is not all my blood. I think I had to give three vials. Maybe four.

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My blood draw had to be fasting, so I had breakfast all packed and ate it in the car on the way to the gym from the lab.

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After the gym I ran home and showered and then went to Mack’s school for his gifted parent/student conference.

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He went through some examples of all the things he’s been doing this year in gifted, like grid logic:

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After the conference I went home and put on some make up then headed to Panera to meet Chad and our realtor friend for a little lunch pow-wow.

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I felt indulgent getting the “chopped chicken cobb with avocado salad”.

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Panera cobb salad

Other than the gorgonzola, sugar in the bacon, and possible suspect ingredients in the vinaigrette and seasoning on the chicken, it would have been Whole30 compliant. It sure is hard to turn off that Whole30 brain! But I ate it without any special requests and felt liberated eating the gorgonzola. It didn’t have very much gorgonzola in it anyway, but it was delicious!

We talked about the marketing plan for our house and a bunch of other things related to the process of selling our house and finding a new one. Our realtor friend gave us a list of ten houses to drive by, so I spent the next hour driving around to all of them before I had to pick Mack up from school.

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The afternoon was spent doing laundry, taking Mack to karate, picking Cal up, then heading to Cal’s school for the monthly MANDATORY PTSA (like PTA with an S) meeting. I am not a fan of these meetings.

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Go TMFMS Jaguars!

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You must go to either the SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting or the PTSA meeting every month. You can only miss one month out of the whole year. We had to miss December because we were out of town…

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so now we can’t miss any more months for the rest of the year. Bleh.

At least I had a fun jewelry catalog to look at to make it more interesting.

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It’s a good thing that I love these kids so much.

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Chad picked Mack up from karate and they ran by PDQ to get our dinner. Thanks to PDQ for helping the IRunMommies fundraising efforts for the Suncoast Classic Run for Kids, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities! Be sure to stop by PDQ between 3-8 p.m. the next two Thursdays and mention the RMHC!


If you can’t make it to PDQ or are not local and you would like to help us support this great charity, just click on the Suncoast Classic logo over there in my sidebar. Thank you in advance!!!!

I got the grilled chicken salad for dinner.

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PDQ chicken salad

This salad is so delicious. They make all of their dressings and sauces in-house. I didn’t even care that I had restaurant salads with chicken for both lunch and dinner. I did add half of an avocado to the salad to bulk it up a little more.

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Chad had pool league last night and I wasted the evening watching The Carrie Diaries on Tivo. I was curious about the show, which is sort of a prequel about the Carrie Bradshaw character from Sex and the City. It is typical CW Network teenage vapidity. I probably won’t keep watching it. I should have watched a couple episodes of Parenthood instead, but I wanted to at least check out The Carrie Diaries. My curiosity has been satisfied.

That’s it for the past two days. Now I’m thinking that I’m not really going to follow the Whole30 reintroduction plan. I just don’t really want to reintroduce grains and beans at the moment. I think I’ll just let them be reintroduced when they come up naturally and we’ll see what, if any, affect they have on me. I will definitely be limiting dairy to just small amounts, like gorgonzola in a salad or the occasional yogurt. At least that’s the plan.


Whole30, Day 16

January 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I’m losing track of the days now! I know I will reintegrate some non-Whole30 foods back into my diet after this little experiment is over (I will need a margarita stat), but I really have gotten quite used to and comfortable with this way of eating. I definitely am not feeling deprived (well, except for alcohol). I have learned so much from the Whole30, both about nutrition and about myself. If you think, “I could NEVER do that! I could NEVER give up (all grains, dairy, beans, alcohol…pick your poison) for 30 days!”, then you are just like me. I said those exact same things to my friend Jenny a couple of months ago when she was doing the Whole30. The truth is you can do just about anything that you set your mind to.

This morning we walked to school.

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I love purple sunrises.

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Breakfast featured one of my new Whole30 compliant Trader Joe’s finds…smoked turkey kielbasa!

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It’s really good. I made a scramble with the kielbasa, eggs, roasted butternut squash, and fresh spinach and then added pomegranate arils to the top at the end. So good.

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After breakfast I went to Bodypump, wearing my new Jack Dusty t-shirt.

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Bodypump was great today as it was taught by one of my old instructors from Lifestyles. Afterwards I went home and got all cleaned up to head to school for my volunteer day.

Lunch with my sweet potato first…

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then I actually had some volunteer stuff to do! Ripping and stapling workbook pages is one of my favorite volunteer activities, for real.

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OOTVD (outfit of the volunteer day):

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Obviously the adult restroom in the school office is now a winter wonderland.

After volunteering I ran a couple of errands…

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I was on a quest for pork tenderloin. They do not have much organic, grass-fed meat at Fresh Market, but I was hopeful they would at least have some higher quality pork. It’s close to impossible to find organic, non-factory farmed pork here at all anyway. It turns out they had ZERO pork tenderloins at Fresh Market, so I had to go buy a regular old pork tenderloin at Publix. They did have some better quality pork chops which I bought to stick in the freezer.

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Once home from my errands I made lunch.

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That’s the last of the leftover flank steak, an egg, beets, avocado, salsa, lettuce, spinach, arugula, and some Garlic Gold vinaigrette.

After lunch I got dinner started by making a recipe for paleo barbecue sauce from Paleo Comfort Foods (leaving out the honey and horseradish, since I couldn’t find any Whole30-compliant horseradish).

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It turned out really gooooood.

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The afternoon slipped by with chauffeuring boys, laundry, and who knows what-all.

Dinner was oven-baked barbecue chicken thighs…

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roasted sweet potato rounds with cinnamon and salt…

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and green beans. Although beans are legumes, the Whole30 makes an exception for green beans and snow peas since the bean itself is immature and most of the vegetable is the pod.

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My dinner:

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After dinner I headed downtown to meet up with Christie of Karna Fitness and my friends for Run & Restore. First up I did a 2-mile run/walk.

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It was a chilly evening, but perfect for running.

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My hip felt good the whole time I was running…no pain. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow. Last week when I tried to run I also had no pain while actually running, and it was only after speed-walking with Chad and the boys later that evening that I felt hip pain. I’m not giving up!

As always, there were tons of people out on the waterfront walking, running, rolling, and boot-camping. Random blurry bootcamp that I paparazzi’d:

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I got down and dirty at Restore the Core since I forgot my mat and Christie also forgot all of her mats! Nothing like Pilates in the sandy dirt.

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I love working out in the park after dark.

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Chad and I watched an episode of Don’t Trust the B after I got home. That show is not the best ever, but James Van Der Beek is awesome as himself. If you ever watched Dawson’s Creek, I think you have to watch Don’t Trust the B because James is hilarious. I love grown-up Dawson, and I never liked teenage Dawson at all. What a wus.

That’s it! Cya.

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