Whole30, Day 2

January 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

[You can check out my Whole30, Day 1 post for all the rules regarding the Whole30.]

So far so good. I have had a very slight headache all day. Not debilitating or really painful, just kind of nagging. So far the thing I am missing the most is still the evil caffeine free Diet Cokes.

This morning Chewie and I walked Mack to school. It’s 2.3 miles round trip.

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The following photo was taking from the street while Chewie and I dodged cars, since this neighbor made the sidewalk impassible:

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After I got home I made breakfast:

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(2 eggs, hash including: onion, bell pepper, mushroom, sweet potato, homemade sausage, cashews, spinach, cooked in coconut oil)

After I ate breakfast, got Cal off to the bus stop, and did a few things around the house (Christmas decorations still up), I went to Mack’s school to hang out with him while he had lunch.

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It was hot and humid today (high around 80°), so after a few minutes we moved into Mrs. P’s office to enjoy the air conditioning. And to visit Prince William.

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Mack’s teacher didn’t have anything for me to do today, so after his lunch period I went home to have my lunch.

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(Romaine and fresh spinach salad with one egg, roasted butternut squash, smoked salmon, bell pepper, carrots, avocado, and Garlic Gold Balsamic vinaigrette)

After lunch I ran a few errands including hitting up a third specialty grocery store in two days. Yesterday I ran by Rollin’ Oats and Fresh Market, which are both on my side of town. Today I checked out Earth Origins, which is NOT on my side of town but which I was able to combine with another errand in that area.

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Earth Origins definitely had the best selection of oils of the three stores. I bought these Whole30 compliant delicacies:

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(salmon, kimchi, sauerkraut, and sardines…yum!)

On the way home from Earth’s Origins I stopped by a different Publix and found some Whole30 compliant bacon!

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Actually, it was probably available in the first place I looked, but I didn’t think to look at the “Lower Sodium” varieties of bacon. Once I looked at those, I realized that most of them have no added sugar.

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I checked on all of the ingredients and they are Whole30 approved.

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They do “recommend” not eating factory farm bacon, but as long as there is no sugar, it is Whole30 compliant. They say pork is the “dirtiest” of the factory farmed meat (worst conditions, most antibiotics, etc.). I plan to just use bacon as a condiment or flavoring, not as a main protein source.

I needed some bacon to make a recipe for dinner for. It was another one from Paleo Comfort Foods…Brussels sprouts slaw.

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It called for 1/2 pound of bacon, but I only used 1/4 pound (four pieces). This recipe also has pecans and it was delicious. I left out the honey, which is listed as optional. The boys loved it. Chewie grabbed a rogue Brussels sprout that fell to the floor.

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He quickly ate the whole thing. He eats first, asks questions later.

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He must have liked it because he stared me down the rest of the time that I was making the slaw.

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My dinner…ribeye steak and Brussels sprouts slaw:

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After dinner I went with the boys on the family evening walk.

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Even though it may look bright in those photos, it was actually totally dark outside and they are lit only by the street lights. My camera is just amazing at finding and magnifying light. I realized when we were leaving that I was wearing all black, so I put on my Amphipod Xinglet that I got for Christmas.

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As soon as we got home from walking I headed downtown for Restore the Core on the waterfront.

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It was tough. I am so out of shape.

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So that was it for Day 2. Other than a very slight headachy feeling, I felt fine all day. Even though I feel like I am eating large portions, I still felt very hungry before dinner and also felt hungry at bedtime. I guess my body is adjusting to not having all that easy-access energy from simple carbs. In It Starts with Food, they call it becoming “fat adapted”. They say that your body has to get used to using protein and fat again for energy.

The worst part of the day was in the evening after I got home from Restore. I felt hungry and wanted something. I could have just had a snack, but I’m trying to stick with the “three meals only” recommendation (not a rule). I may start making a cup of hot tea in the evenings. I’m still really missing sodas. That’s really my only craving still. Obviously I was very addicted to the wonderful terrible things.

On to Day 3! Cya.

Biz Moms and Mad Dogs

October 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

So much for a blog break. I don’t feel like my life really happened unless I blog about it, kind of like I disbelieve the existence of California since I’ve never been there. Also I’m not sure what the status is on my hosting transfer, so…


I walked Mack to school (2.3 miles total).

I did a personal training session with my friend Christie of Karna Fitness. We did a Karna Bar workout.


This thing is awesome. Check out Christie’s YouTube channel to see the Karna Bar in action. It was a great workout and my dirty knees are the proof.


After our workout I went home and showered and made myself presentable to attend a meeting of Biz Mom Connections. Christie, who is obviously into everything, invited me.



I realize that I’m not really a “mom-preneur” as I don’t have a business that actually makes money, but my blog is sort of a little business in that it does sometimes afford me fun opportunities. I loved meeting all these awesome ladies and I’m hoping that I can help them promote their businesses and they can help me have interesting content for my blog (and in my life). Maybe one day this blog will actually be a business for me, but if it feels too much like that I’ll probably end up hating it. As of right now I enjoy my blog so much that I couldn’t even take a proper break from it this week.

The BizMoms had an awesome speaker at the meeting, Power Coach Alishia Willardson.


Wow! Alishia’s energy is amazing and her presentation got me all fired up to actually turn my blog into a business.


But then hard-ass started droning on about bank accounts, accounting, marketing, taxes, etc. and brought me back down to earth. Fun hobby it is. For now.

The meeting was held at Ciccio’s California Cuisine, which I love. That’s really the main reason that I wanted to go to the BizMoms meeting (j/k). We got a discount on lunch afterwards!


I have blogged about Ciccio’s before.


They use beanie babies as table markers for the servers.


I got the snake yesterday.


I ordered the Spicy Brazilian California bowl, which was AMAZING.



I’m so glad I went to the BizMoms meeting! I’ve actually been invited in the past by other mom-preneur friends but never went because I felt like I would be so out of place. But I ended up meeting such awesome women and no one made me feel awkward except for myself when I awkwardly stood up and introduced myself and self-deprecated all over my blog. I always do that. I really need to book a session with Alishia, stat. Thanks for inviting me Christie!

After lunch it was time to pick up Mack and then eventually Cal. Then there was karate and some other stuff that I can’t remember because I wasn’t taking pictures because I wasn’t supposed to be blogging. But then I went out to St. Pete Beach to swim with the Mad Dogs again!


Remember the last time that I swam with the St. Petersburg Mad Dogs Triathlon Club? Last night was their last Wednesday night open water swim for the year, due to the shortening days, so I didn’t want to miss my last chance to swim with them. When I got out there they were getting all set up to have a chili cook-off after the swim.





I took a few pictures with the “good” camera before putting it away and getting ready to walk down the beach with my waterproof one. It was a beautiful evening.




As I was putting my camera away in my car I looked up and noticed my friend Tori (of In Love and Peanut Butter) walking towards me on the sidewalk.


I didn’t know she was coming out last night (and she didn’t know I was), so it was a really nice surprise. I don’t know any of the Mad Dogs, so it was great to see a familiar face. When the bells at the little church next to Hurley Park chimed six o’clock, we all began walking down the beach towards the Don Cesar Hotel.


There were probably about 30 swimmers last night, give or take a few.


The Gulf of Mexico was very calm last night thanks to Hurricane Sandy brewing off the east coast. Apparently winds from the east mean calm waters in the Gulf.


I was giving my Garmin another try last night, and I started it before we began walking. At exactly one mile we arrived at the Don.


This time I placed my Garmin inside of a snack size Ziploc and stuck it under my swim cap just above my ponytail, making sure the satellite antenna was facing forward and upward. Into the water we went.

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The swimming was amazing….so easy it was like swimming in a lake. There were no waves to fight at all. When I spotted the little green house that marks a half mile, I stopped to take a few photos.



The Don a half mile to our left (north)…


and that little round clump of trees, our destination, a half mile to the right (south).


The sun was just setting, and I don’t know why my eyes are so wonky in this photo:


I carried my camera in my iFitness running belt again, turned around with the pockets on my back. That works great and I’m not even aware of it when I’m swimming.

What a great swim! Tori and I finished together. The whole evening was so much more fun since I had a friend to share it with. Tori just completed the Augusta 70.3 Iron Man and also just got engaged (at the finish line!) so we had lots to talk about while walking.


Her watch showed 35 minutes and my Garmin, which I had started on the beach before sticking it under my cap, showed 37 minutes and just over a mile.


The first lap above is the walk and the second is the swim. It shows a little skiing icon for sports other than running or biking. Also, I know that swimming a mile burns way more calories than walking a mile, so disregard the calories column.


We were both so happy with the swim. I couldn’t believe how different it was than the first time I did this swim and the ocean was unbelievably tumultuous (to use a Romney word). I’m already planning to do another one with my friend Kelly tomorrow morning. This photo doesn’t do it justice, but the moon was really pretty as we were exiting the water:


I didn’t stay for the chili cook-off since Tori wasn’t staying and I hadn’t planned on it anyway. I still haven’t really gotten to know any of the Mad Dogs even though I have talked a little with a few of them. They seem like a big family and I still feel like an outsider. I know I could have stayed and they would have welcomed me, but I had a yummy dinner waiting for me that I had cooked in the crock pot all day.


Okay, that may not look beautiful but it was delicious. It was Roni Noone’s Cabbage, Apple, and Beer Stew. I just had it for lunch again today and it was even better. I’m probably going to eat it again for dinner while the boys have pizza.

Chad and I watched Sons of Anarchy on Tivo last night. Noooooo!!!!!! Not a fan of the ending. It was too much.


This morning I walked Mack to school, drove Cal to school because he had National History Day research project time before school this morning, then came home and had breakfast. Then I biked to the gym.


It was overcast and not too hot this morning, but it was very humid. I have heard rumors that cooler air is coming. Could we possibly have a chilly Halloween? That almost never happens. The kids are usually sweating in their costumes. I’d love for it to be chilly on Saturday for my 50 mile Cystic Fibrosis Foundation bike ride.

The gym was as depressing as ever.


I won’t be looking at this room for much longer.


I gave my notice to cancel my membership to L.A. Fitness after my yoga class today.


I have enjoyed this yoga class and really like the instructor, Emily, but otherwise I have not been enjoying going to the gym lately. The employees all seem sad or pissed off, all my favorite classes and instructors are gone as well as many of my gym friends, and nobody seems at all concerned about whether the members are happy or not. I can continue to use the gym until December 11th, so I’ll probably be back there again a few times before then. After that, I’m not sure. I may join Gold’s where many of my friends, favorite instructors, and Les Mills classes have gone. We’ll see. I’m still thinking about it.

After I got home from the gym I ate leftover crockpot cabbage and sausage, wrote most of this post, then went to Mack’s school for a parent/teacher conference. Just routine, all’s well. I didn’t have to give Mack a beating.

In a few minutes I’ll be taking Mack to karate, picking Cal up from HIS FIRST SCHOOL DANCE EVER (it was just an hour after school), picking up Tour de Pizza, picking Mack up from karate, going home and making pizza for the boys, eating my leftovers again, then going back to school for a gifted open house. Chad has pool league tonight so I’ll probably be playing on the computer and watching TV all night.

Cya, but if I don’t, don’t worry. At any time I may be taking that blog break that I mentioned.