Whole30, Day 23 and a fieldtrip to The Dali

January 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Chewie and I walked Mack to school this morning.

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On the way home Chewie was doing his business in the yard below when right next to us the sprinklers started.

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We both got wet and ran away into the street. Needless to say, I didn’t bother to pick up his poop which was getting well-watered. Grrrr.

Once home I made breakfast.

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(breakfast hash of 2 scrambled eggs, turkey kielbasa, spinach, mushrooms, bell pepper, and butternut squash, blueberries, strawberries)

After breakfast I dropped Cal off at the bus stop and headed to the gym for Bodypump.

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After Bodypump, I showered at the gym and then went straight to The Dali Museum to meet up with Mack’s class for a fieldtrip.

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I got there before the school bus, so I wandered around taking pictures. It was still kind of foggy downtown at 10:00 a.m.

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They removed the giant mustachio from the courtyard in front of the museum.

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They still have the wishing tree, where people tie their wristbands after leaving the museum.

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I just love the views of the St. Pete waterfront from The Dali.

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The amazing helical staircase, first from the ground floor and then from the third floor:

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I wandered around the gift shop for a few minutes.

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My favorite of the Dali masterworks…The Hallucinogenic Toreador:

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Pretty soon the kiddos arrived.

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They were in awe just from the building, which is pretty awe-inspiring.

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I couldn’t take pictures inside the galleries, but the kids were so wonderful. We had a fabulous docent and the kids really paid attention and asked insightful questions. They had great observations. Mack kept saying how amazing it all was.

Afterwards we all went outside so that the kids could tie their wristbands onto the wishing tree.

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Thanks for arranging this awesome fieldtrip Mrs. G!

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Once the kids were back on the bus I went home and made lunch.

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(Romaine and spinach salad with turkey meatballs from the freezer, beets, avocado, bell pepper, an egg, and Garlic Gold vinaigrette)

Mack had a friend over to play after school and I don’t know what we did all afternoon. I have been doing laundry and cleaning house (the realtor is coming over on Thursday), but I didn’t take pictures of my housework. The next photo I have is of dinner.

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That’s a pork chop, green beans, and sweet potato.

After dinner I went back downtown for Run & Restore. First up was a 2 mile run.

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Of course I did a run/walk, but I tried to keep my average pace under 14 minutes/mile. No hip pain! It’s like a miracle!

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Next up was Restore the Core, which is a Pilates-based core workout.

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After Restore the Core, while still sweaty, I drove a couple of blocks to meet up with some friends who were having a get together at Bella Brava.

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It was a Moms Club reunion of ladies who used to be part of my Moms Club group back when the boys were little.

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It was fun chatting with them for a little bit, pretty much universally lamenting how much all the kids have grown and all the pre-adolescent drama we are now dealing with. Thanks for organizing the reunion Kelly!

After I got home Chad and I watched the latest episode of The Following. Anybody watching? Gruesome.

That’s all I have for Day 23. One week to go! Cya.

Whole30, Day 20

January 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

It’s Saturday! I’m 2/3 of the way done with my Whole30! Maybe a little too excited!

I am feeling awesome, but I will be happy to be done with the Whole30. I’m tired of worrying about every.little.thing. You have to be really diligent with every detail to make sure you are not eating soy or sugar or any of their million derivatives. They are in everything!

This morning I slept a little late then made breakfast.

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At the top of the plate is spinach, mushrooms, butternut squash, turkey kielbasa, and pomegranate arils. Then two eggs, blueberries and strawberries. I think I have eaten four dozen eggs in the last three weeks.

Speaking of eggs, I just downloaded a free e-cookbook from Eggland’s Best.

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They say it’s a $9.99 value but you can get it for free until until February 15th.

Here’s how (according to Eggland’s Best):

There are two easy steps to download our book:

1.  Visit our special promotion page and connect your Facebook account to “like” Eggland’s Best on Facebook.

2.  Once you’ve connected your Facebook account, click the red button to download your eCookbook.

About Eggland’s Best:  Eggland’s Best is America’s #1 egg, and cooking with Eggland’s Best has never been more nutritious! Compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs have:
• 25% less Saturated Fat
• 10 times more Vitamin E
• 3 times more Vitamin B12
• 2 times more Vitamin D
• More than double the Omega-3
• 35% more Lutein

(disclosure: by posting about this FREE ebook I am entered into a contest to possibly win a free year’s worth of eggs. So, I probably did this for free, but winning a free year’s worth of eggs would be sweet, especially since I’m eating so many these days.)

After breakfast I got ready to head out on a long (for me these days) run/walk. I would LOVE to be able to do the Sarasota Half Marathon on March 17th, but I need to start increasing mileage and see how my hip holds up to determine whether I can do it. Today I was going for six miles.

It was a beyond gorgeous day. The temperature and humidity felt perfect. My foot is feeling much better. When I first started on my run/walk, it was a little sore, but soon loosened up and didn’t really bother me for the rest of my run/walk.

This is at about a mile and a half, doing roughly 4/1 run/walk intervals…the St. Raphael’s bridge:

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At my 3-mile turn-around, the Coffee Pot Bayou bridge:

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My hip seemed fine throughout the run/walk. My legs got tired and I was definitely feeling everything by the end, but no unusual pain in my right hip.

Back at the St. Raphael’s bridge, almost done:

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I wanted to try to keep my average pace under 15 minute miles. There is a 4-hour cut-off at the Sarasota Half, which works out to a maximum of 18 minutes/mile average. I don’t want to get picked up by the SAG wagon!

I just managed to keep my average pace under 15 minutes/mile.

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I had some issues with the podcast on my phone during the fifth mile which slowed me down for about a quarter of a mile. Otherwise, my pace just slowed slightly with each mile. I think my walking intervals were getting slower as the distance wore on, but I’m really happy about this “run”.

My stairs are always the perfect hip-flexor stretch after a long run.

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I am dreaming of that dolphin medal now. I want it!

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I plan to increase my weekend long run/walk two miles per week and see if my hip holds up. I am icing it right now, but it doesn’t feel too bad at all. This is significant improvement from before I started the Whole30! The last time I tried to run, a few weeks before my Whole30 began, I felt that familiar pain in my hip after only a quarter of a mile. I continued that run/walk for two miles and the next day I could barely walk due to the pain in my hip. We’ll see how my hip feels tomorrow, but I am very encouraged and hopeful right now.

After I got home and cooled off a little I FINALLY boxed up all the remaining Christmas decorations.

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Our house is completely de-Christmas’ed and it’s not yet February!

Then I made lunch, which was the last of the leftover pork curry, an egg, half an avocado, and a bunch of lettuce, spinach, and arugula.

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This may have been one of the best salads I have ever had. I just love dumping leftovers on top of a salad for lunch!

After lunch I took a shower, did laundry, tried to clean up the house a little, and made my dinner. Cal was going out to a late-night birthday party which included pizza, and Chad and Mack were going to have a guys’ night going out to dinner. So I just made a ground beef/veggie mixture for myself.

I love this ground beef from Trader Joe’s. I bought two of them last time I was there and stuck them in my freezer.

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Here are all the veggies I added, including leftover homemade paleo spicy barbecue sauce that was also in my freezer:

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That’s mushrooms, zucchini, onion, eggplant, bell peppers, and garlic. I browned the beef with the onions and garlic, then set that aside and sautéed all of the other veggies. Then I added the meat mixture back in with the barbecue sauce and cooked it all together for a little bit. It turned out pretty tasty.

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After dinner I got ready to meet up with some IRunMommies friends for a Girls’ Night In. It was “BYOB” so I decided to be a little wild and take a kombucha.

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I had never tried kombucha before, but knew it was Whole30 approved as long as there was no added sugar in the ingredient list.

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Luckily pure love is Whole30 compliant. The authors of It Starts with Food encourage eating (or drinking) fermented foods for the probiotics. They also encourage sour kraut and kim chi. The bottle warns you that it’s normal for “stuff” to be floating in the beverage and that it is very fizzy and is considered a “beer” because it has a very low alcohol content.

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You can see the floating “stuff” here:

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I liked it. It tasted like a slightly sour and very fizzy ginger ale. After drinking nothing but water or coffee for three weeks, it seemed like something special.

Having my kombucha helped me stay away from all of the awesome food that our host had on display.

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Sorry that this weird angle makes the food look like wall art…

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I managed not to eat a bite, even though there were some Whole30 compliant foods like fruit and almonds. I have been really good about not eating after dinner, so I didn’t want to ruin my streak. I had fun just hanging out with my friends (but next time I’ll be having a margarita ladies).

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So the plan was to play games.

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We ended up playing Apples to Apples.

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Apparently I’m the only one who thought this was a pajama party.

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I had a great time hanging out with my friends in my comfortable jammies, but then realized that I had to wear said jammies to pick Cal up from his late-night birthday party.

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I had to walk inside in my pajamas amongst a crowd of middle-school aged kids and retrieve my son.

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Luckily Cal is not easily embarrassed and neither am I.

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He had a great time with a bunch of his friends.

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It felt very strange to be picking him up from a party after MY bedtime, though! I was exhausted on the drive home, and crashed as soon as I could get my teeth brushed.

That’s it for Saturday. Cya!