My Fascinating Life continues

September 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

It’s pretty crappy to get millions…OK, hundreds…OK, my mother-in-law addicted to following the minutiae of my day-to-day and then just suddenly stop sharing, right? Sorry.

I’ve forgotten how to use Windows Live Writer. I moved and dropped off the face of the blogosphere.

It’s been really nice not editing photos and broadcasting everything. But now I’m sad that the last few months have not been documented. They have been awesome. I should have hired an intern to follow me around and blog about everything. But I’ve been happily nesting and doing summer things with the family and friends.

We moved into our new house on May 2nd, and the first couple of weeks after that I really was too busy to blog. I just couldn’t fit it in. But after that I just didn’t want to blog. I had serious blog aversion and couldn’t make myself do it. I had met all of my outstanding blog commitments and I didn’t want to feel obligated to blog, so I didn’t.

I think a big part of my aversion was caused by all those “commitments”. I am really grateful for all of the opportunities that have come my way because of this blog, but I no longer want any blog obligations. I want to write because I want to write, not because I have to because somebody gave me something. Going forward, I am not going to be accepting many offers for free stuff in exchange for blogging. I won’t say NEVER, because if somebody offers me something AMAZING then I may have to accept it. I mean, come on. I am just going to be much more picky about it. It would really have to be worth it.

I just want this blog to be my little online diary, as it has always been. To that effect I am going to work on some “catch up” posts so that I can record the last few months for posterity. Want to see the slide show from my summer vacation? Stay tuned. Or skip those posts. They are just for me anyway (and my mother-in-law).

As for today, September 1st, I am starting a new Whole30. (Click here to read way too much about the first time I did the Whole30.) In addition to my summer break from blogging, I also took a summer break from exercise and eating right. It was a virtual free for all, and my waist line shows it. Time to get back to healthy living. Since school started two weeks ago I have been walking three miles almost every day. It’s a start! I want to find that excessercising urge again. I need to get back to the gym badly. My bikes would be covered in cobwebs if it weren’t for my friend Carlise borrowing my road bike for a couple of triathlons over the summer. I’m glad somebody could use it!

We had a party last night…

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and that was my last hurrah before starting the Whole30 today. There were MANY parties over the summer and MANY margaritas. Time to clean it up for a while.

My Whole 30, Day 1 breakfast:

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I don’t plan to document every day and every meal of my Whole30 like I did last time. I’m just going to post what I feel like posting. My new/old mantra. That tomato is an heirloom tomato from our last share of Annie’s Organic Buying Club produce. So delicious. The bacon is Whole30 compliant, although it is not organic or free range. Finding really clean pork, especially bacon, is so hard. I know of the usual sources, but the ones I know of don’t have compliant bacon available right now. I’m not stressing the details. Everything I eat may not be organic and pastured and perfect. I’m just striving for a compliant Whole30, and this bacon fits the bill.

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No sugar added! The whole reduced fat thing is ridiculous and irrelevant. At least if there is less fat there are less toxic chemicals from the conventional pork farming techniques. This bacon is really salty and tasty. Must be all the toxic chemicals.

I did it. I wrote a blog post! Hope I can keep it up.


My Whole30 Recap … 30 Days, 90 meals

February 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

I did it!

I managed to do the entire 30 days with no snacking and nothing other than my three compliant meals a day. The only slips that I’m aware of were accidents and they were all very small: licking my fingers after giving the boys Teriyaki wings, eating a piece of sashimi that I didn’t realize had soy sauce on it, and eating a baby corn from a friends salad. That’s it as far as I know.

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I’m going to have say that I think the Whole30 has been a huge success for me. The main reason that I decided to try it was for my hip. I wanted to see if I could reduce systemic inflammation in my body, thus helping the chronic IT band tendonitis I have suffered in my hip for almost a year despite seeing orthopedists, taking oral and injectable steroids, and doing six weeks of physical therapy.

A couple of months ago, after an extended period of no running, I decided to try to run again. My hip felt fine and I thought maybe since I had taken so long off that I could try again. On that evening, before I even ran a quarter of a mile, I felt the familiar pain in my hip beginning. I decided to push on through and did a run/walk of two miles. The next day my hip was extremely painful and I could not walk without a severe limp. Obviously my hip was not any better at all, despite the long time off.

About halfway through my Whole30 I decided to try running a little again. I did two mile run/walks several times without hip pain during or after the run. This was already a significant improvement than the last time I tried to run and nothing else had changed in my life other than starting the Whole30. Weekend before last I did a six mile run/walk without pain and last weekend I did eight miles, also without pain other than the normal tightness/soreness than accompanies increasing mileage. I can’t say for sure that the Whole30 is responsible for this, but I believe it is. I am a Whole30 convert! I really think it has helped my hip issues. I’m still building mileage hoping to be able to complete the Sarasota Half Marathon on St. Patrick’s Day, but I am very encouraged and hopeful now. At the beginning of the last year I really thought that there might never be another half marathon in my future.

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Other benefits that I have noticed during my Whole30:

My skin has cleared up. I am saving so much time not having to Photoshop out zits for the blog! I have never had terrible acne, but I do get breakouts on my forehead and chin. I usually am dealing with at least a couple of blemishes. But not right now! Also, my skin feels moisturized although I don’t wear makeup generally and I also don’t regularly use a moisturizer (I know, bad me).

Increased energy. I am not dragging out of bed in the morning, despite the fact that normally my alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. I have no afternoon energy slump. My activity levels have increased steadily since starting the Whole30 after my little holiday exercise hiatus, and I have never lacked for stamina during a workout.

General feeling of well-being. That’s an understatement. The past week or so I have almost felt euphoric most of the time. Seriously, I’ve been stupid happy lately.

No symptoms whatsoever during “that time of the month”. No cramps or bloating or other annoying side-effects that I normally have. If you are bothered by me talking about “that time of the month” then I think you should leave now and never return to this blog again.

Weight Loss. Drumroll…I lost 9.2 pounds! I’m psyched about that. That’s almost 1/3 of what I want to lose to get back to my “goal” weight of 170#. I’m having blood drawn later this week and have a doctor’s appointment next week, so I’m interested to see what my numbers will be.

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That’s what my pedicures look like six months later. I love this Quantum scale that I got for Christmas. It never shows your actual weight! You program it with your starting weight (which it doesn’t display) and from then on it just shows gains or losses.

30 Days, 90 Meals:

Here’s what I ate during my Whole30. I think you can see that I ate plenty of delicious, beautiful food. Not always shown is the three cups of coffee with coconut milk that I had every single day. I also drank a kombucha one evening.

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Click on the link to the day to get more details about exactly what I ate and my exercise (if any) for that day.

Day 1:

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Day 2:

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Can you count how many eggs I ate during my Whole30? Me neither, but it was a bunch.

So what’s next?

I plant to do the 10-day reintroduction plan, introducing one type of food individually for a few days each. Then I have a huge girls’ weekend away where I will be reintroducing alcohol. Big time. After that I plan to basically still eat this way at least until the Sarasota Half Marathon. I feel like I have had great success and I don’t want to compromise it. However, I will not be sweating every tiny detail like you must during the Whole30.

My recommendations…

If you are considering trying a Whole30, I would highly recommend reading It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig.

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You can read my review of It Starts with Food here. I think you should understand why all of these certain foods are restricted on the Whole30, and the book does an amazing job of explaining the reasoning behind all the rules. It’s an easy-to-read book and is very motivating. It will explain why there’s no point in doing the Whole30 half way. Or rather, if you only do it half way, it’s not really a Whole30.

Check out the Whole9Life website and Whole30 / Whole9 Facebook page. Connect with others doing the Whole30. I met this California girl named Lindsay on the forums on the Whole9Life website. We discovered that we were starting the Whole30 on the same day and that we were both bloggers. She blogs at Fit & Awesome. You know I love that blog name! We have kept up with each other during our Whole30’s through Facebook, our blogs, Twitter, Instagram…yeah she’s obviously a social media junkie like me. It’s been cool to see her take on things and compare notes.

I’m psyched that so many people have told me they are going to give the Whole30 a try after reading my daily posts about my experience with it. Good luck, and please let me know how you are doing! I’m @CarolineCalcote pretty much everywhere on social media.