Whole30, Day 10

January 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm

We walked to school this morning, as usual.

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I’m proud that we walked to school every single day last week and every day this week so far. I had gotten out of the habit while it was cold before the holidays. It’s been balmy lately, so no excuse there. Getting that 2.3 miles in first thing in the morning just makes the rest of the day go better.

When I got home I made my Whole30 breakfast.

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The yellow/orange chunks are roasted butternut squash and the green stuff is spinach, my last leaf of Swiss chard, mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, and one slice of prosciutto cut up into pieces. I think I may love salty prosciutto with my breakfast even better than bacon.

After breakfast I dropped Cal off at the bus stop and hurried to the gym…

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only to discover that I was one hour early for Bodypump. It’s at 9:15 on Wednesdays and 8:15 on Thursdays and Fridays. I just still haven’t gotten the schedule down in my head. It’s on my calendar, but that doesn’t help if I don’t look at my calendar. I only live five minutes from the gym and I contemplated doing an hour of cardio, but instead just went back home to get some things done.

Mainly, I wanted to get a chicken started in the crockpot for the boys’ dinner.

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My friend Mila is an awesome cook and she recently started a blog called “Life as a Turtle” (their last name is Turtle…no seriously it is). Last week she published a post called “Quick prep chicken in the crock pot” and it made me really want to try her method. It involves stuffing the chicken with a whole head’s worth of garlic cloves. Yum.

After getting the chicken going and flipping laundry, I headed back to the gym where I am now Yelp royalty.

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Bodypump was great.

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I went up on weights in a couple of the tracks this week. I’m still not back to where I was before the holidays, but I’m making progress.

I’m still getting used to Gold’s Gym, that’s for sure. It’s not ideal, but I don’t know how much of that is just the fact that it is not what I was used to for so many years at Lifestyles. I had quite the comfort zone at Lifestyle’s until it changed to L.A. Fitness.

I used to belong to Gold’s before I had Cal eleven years ago, and much of the facility has not been updated since then. This group fitness room (they have two) is pretty run down.

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Vestiges of days gone by:

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I don’t really care about that, though, as long as the instructors and classes are good. Luckily the Wednesday and Thursday Bodypump classes are taught by one of my old instructors from Lifestyles, and she’s great.

After I got home I decided to be productive and tackle a few more Christmas decorations before I showered. No more Christmas tree!

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I also took down the annoying clock that played a Christmas carol on every hour. It took thirty seconds to take that clock down and it has been annoying me ever since we got home from Kentucky over ten days ago. Boo for procrastination.

After showering, I made lunch.

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Leftover salmon patties made an awesome salad.

After lunch I picked Mack up from school (early release day) and then did laundry, wrote yesterday’s blog post, and who knows what else until time to pick up Cal.

We surprised Cal by heading straight to Yogurtology for their afternoon snack. We haven’t been to Yogurtology in a while, maybe ever since Menchie’s opened up closer to us. But lately Mack has been asking to go back to Yogurtology so today I relented.

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It is definite masochism to take your kids to a fro-yo shop while doing a Whole30.

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But I was fine and it really wasn’t a struggle. Sure, it looked good, and the next time I go I want to try this flavor if they still have it:

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After Yogurtology we hung out at home until time to take Cal to karate. I dropped him off and Chad was going to pick him up afterwards, so I went home to finish the boys’ dinner. The chicken came out of the crock pot falling off the bone of course.

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I’m saving those yummy mushy garlic cloves to use in other things this week. Of course while I was picking all the meat off the bones I had to taste a few bites and it was delicious. Chad has made a whole chicken in the crock pot before using a different method (breast side up instead of down) and thought that the white meat came out very dry. I thought the meat this time was great, but again he thought it was dry when he tried it. He is convinced that cooking a chicken all day in the crock pot dries out the white meat, but I really thought it was delicious. I think he’s just hard-headed when he gets an idea and won’t let it go. But to each their own.

I served the chicken to the boys with green beans and some whole wheat bread with Smart Balance spread and they loved it. I didn’t have chicken for dinner because I was headed out for a book club meeting with the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers at Courtside Grille.

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We read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Well, we sort of read it. Debbie didn’t read it at all, Nanci and I read about a third of it, and supernerd Beth read the whole thing. We still discussed the book and luckily Beth had insights to share. The whole “book club” thing is just an excuse to get together anyway.

My dinner:

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Just kidding. Corn is not Whole30 compliant. I actually ate a bite of baby corn before I realized what I was doing. Then I freaked out for a second. Then I realized…who cares??? I’m not starting my Whole30 over for one bite of baby corn.

This was my first real restaurant experience on the Whole30. I’m not counting the sad salad I got at Evos on Sunday. I had scoped out the menu online ahead of time and decided that I could either get the mahi or the tilapia with no butter or oil and ask for double veggies (also no butter or oil) instead of the rice. They did prepare my food as I ordered it, and they did bring me double veggies, but they also brought the rice.

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Oh well, no biggie. I was very careful not to eat a grain of rice, especially after the baby corn debacle. But I ate every single bite of tilapia and squash.

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We had some good conversation, lots of laughs, and a fun time as usual.

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You guys are awesome! I love my blogger friends.

When I got home Chad and I watched an episode of Episodes. We still have several on our Tivo from August. We will be into a show and then a show that we LOVE (like The Walking Dead) will come back and the lesser-loved shows just sit there waiting for us to come back to them. Episodes is pretty good, but I think we may be the only people who watch it. It stars Matt LeBlanc as himself. Well, as a fictionalized version of himself, I hope.

That’s it for Wednesday. Cya.

Whole 30, Day 5

January 12, 2013 at 11:03 am

No headache today! Hooray! Well, I could feel the slightest bit of a headache coming on at bedtime, but then I slept it off.

This morning I didn’t wake up with raging hunger, so I didn’t eat breakfast (or half of breakfast) before Chewie and I walked Mack to school.

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Once home, breakfast:

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After breakfast I headed to Gold’s for Bodypump. Did you know that empty toilet paper rolls could be used as a decorative element?

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Me neither. Is this strange, or what? Why?

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And dang, that’s a lot of toilet paper.

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This morning’s Bodypump class (three days in a row…yay me!) was possibly the worst pump class I have ever taken, and I’ve taken hundreds. The instructor was never on beat with the music, was impossible to follow, and several times just completely forgot the routine and stopped and said, “I forget what comes next.” I may be looking for something besides Bodypump on Friday mornings. Still, I got in a workout. But why do people who can’t follow a beat decide that they should be group fitness instructors? I am going to be reviewing group fitness classes for PeerFit and I definitely need to review this one.

After Bodypump I ran by Target and Party City and had great parking karma.

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After I got home and showered I made “not peanut sauce” from Paleo Comfort Foods that was going to be part of dinner.

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This is like a Thai peanut sauce, but made with almond butter instead of peanut butter. I also used coconut aminos instead of fish sauce and left out the honey.

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This stuff is delish. I want to swim in it.

After making the “not peanut sauce” I made lunch.

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That is romaine, spinach, roasted (half burnt) sweet potato, mushrooms, leftover crockpot Carnitas. This is the last of the Carnitas. As delicious as it was, I’m glad it’s gone. I was getting tired of it. Next time, I’m freezing the leftovers in portions.

The afternoon was spent prepping dinner, sorting stuff on my desk, picking up Mack, and I can’t remember what else because I didn’t take pictures. Where does the time go? After picking Cal up from the bus stop and taking the car pool home, the boys and I headed downtown to Fit2Run to pick up our race packets for the Glow Run tomorrow.

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We’re all four doing it (mostly walking) and it should be a blast.

Once home I finished up making dinner.

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Chicken and bell pepper skewers, snow peas, roasted acorn squash, and “not peanut” sauce.

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Awesomeness. Everyone loved the “not peanut” sauce except for Mack. There is a bunch leftover so I’ll be putting it on everything for the next few days, I’m sure.

We all went on the family evening walk tonight.

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That’s it for today. Day 5 of my Whole30 is in the books. Hanging in there.

Cya.