Talk about a change of events. Day 20? Amaze. Day 21? Suckity sucked. My cravings had been so much better but when bad things happen, I was never more aware how much I wanted CHOCOLATE. My friend, my companion, my love, oh how I miss you! I worked through it, but gosh darn that was HARD.
Pretty much an awful day. Started off well with my sister’s baby shower (yay!) that I wore a dress I was not able to wear just a few weeks ago (double yay!) but it went downhill fast (boo). I will say it was hard to steer clear from the shower yumminess: Donut holes, coffee cake, cupcakes, cookies, egg bake (had cheese), yogurt bar, ugh. I literally only had fruit. Then when we returned to my Mom’s house after the shower I found my car had been side swiped, completely lost its driver’s side mirror and gained a few dents and scratches. Wonderful. No note. No witnesses. And not enough damage to come close to my deductible. Grrrrrrr…. I was mad to say the least. Went home STARVING and hubs got a salad and some chicken together for me. Seriously, ALL I could think about was CHOCOLATE. And for the first time during Whole30 I wanted Chinese food. It’s funny how clear things get when you’re angry. I knew the only thing that could make me feel better in that moment was cream cheese wontons, honey walnut shrimp and a GIGANTIC piece of chocolate cake with a big glass of ice cold milk. Somehow, I didn’t do it. But I’m not gonna lie, it was so, so, so hard. So I wallowed in my misery and was horrible to be around, I’m sure.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs & crispy breakfast potatoes (Seriously hubs made the BEST potatoes. I’m making him do it again for a blog post. And because I want to eat them forever and ever)
Lunch: Greek salad w/grilled chicken
Dinner: Leftover salad and beef roast
Here’s us at the shower. Left to Right: Mom, Sis (& baby!), Me. If you would’ve seen me in this dress 3 weeks ago, you would’ve thought I was prego. And no, I am not prego. Thanks to Whole30, I now feel confident in one of my fav dresses again, yay!
Woke up grumpy. Didn’t want to do any of the things I hadn’t done the day before because I was busy filing police reports and being put on hold by my car insurance company. I sucked it up and sorted my EIGHT loads of laundry. Seriously, eight? There are two of us. I need to do laundry more often. Got a load going and felt a little better. Straightened up my horribly messy house and felt even better. Hubs made us some eggs (um, he’s cooking A LOT now, people. It’s kind of AWESOME!) and I forced them down and felt like I could conquer heading out in the world. I took my sad little car and ran errands. Lots of them. I think I needed to be alone and get some therapy in me (aka, shopping). I’m a gift card hoarder and took this chance to use ’em up.
First stop, Trader Joe’s. We were in desperate need of some Whole30 essentials – clarified butter, coconut cream, everyday seasoning, banana chips, prosciutto, etc… Then, Target. Ahhhhhh (that was my sigh of relief) in case you couldn’t tell. I literally wandered the aisles and ended up with five cases of La Croix (so excited), a t-shirt for the hubs, some much needed make-up, and dish soap. Next up, Home Goods. I was on a roll. I had curtains to return and waited too long. So… $63 of store credit later, I ended up with a super cute basket for blankets and three new pans. There’s more. I had $52 of store credit to Bed, Bath & Beyond along with a $25 gift card burning a hole in my purse. (I told you I was a hoarder!!!) A new trash can, cutting boards, and lots of kitchen gadgets + $3 out of pocket and I was on my way. I felt better.
Got home to some flowers from the hubs and a surprise day date to bowling. My Sunday was lookin’ up. After bowling we swam (yes, I’m still doing my 20 laps/day!) and chilled on the couch. Phew. That’s enough for one day. Except then, our air conditioning went out. Oh, and it’s in the 90’s. Oh, and our bedroom is upstairs. You know, where heat travels. Lord, give me strength. Or chocolate.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs w/tomatoes & avocado
Lunch: Hamburger topped w/heirloom tomato salad & crispy potato slices
Dinner: Tuna salad wrapped in lettuce
Snack: Smoothie – blueberries, banana & kale
Not a good start to the week. Cassie (my adorably perfect 13 yr old yorkie) woke us up at midnight and HAD TO GO out which never happens. Then she proceeded to have diarrhea all.night.long. Like, taking her out every 30 minutes. I ended up on the couch with Seinfeld all night and got zero sleep. This morning was not so fun. I had to be up extra early for a work breakfast that I was bringing the food to. Somehow made it there and was halfway awake. My bestie co-worker made the day completely bearable and even took me out for shrimp ceviche. Dinner was yum and I’m feeling the tiger blood begin to creep back. I hope. Now, here’s to hoping my hubs can fix my sad little car with the driver’s side mirror he purchased on Amazon. Installation will be attempted very soon.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, hashbrown potatoes, strawberries, grapes & watermelon
Lunch: Shrimp ceviche (my good ol’ standby)
Dinner: Steak, potatoes & a green juice full of veggies
All is right with the world again. Cass is better *fingers crossed* as we slowly give her more and more food. I HAVE A MIRROR on my car again, woot! Hubs fixed that baby in a total of 5 minutes. Seriously impressed. Since our a/c is still on the fritz, we bought two fans yesterday which made a huge difference. Finally slept a little. That tiger blood is coming back!! It’s funny how one bad day really brings me down. I should work on that. Eh, I’m doing Whole30, one thing at a time!
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs w/tomatoes & avocado
Lunch: Avocado salad w/balsamic vinaigrette
Dinner: Chicken strips (YES! Chicken strips!!!!) w/spicy aioli & roasted broccoli
The good news? I feel FANTASTIC. Every time I wash my face I cannot believe how much clearer/smoother/better my face looks! My body is definitely different. I am now wishing I took those dreaded before pics. I kept thinking it was changing but it is, without a doubt, not the same bod I started with. Most notably – my belly. Not complaining I was ever huge or anything but I was not comfortable in a bikini or even tighter shirts. Pair that with feeling bloated most of the time and I never felt good about myself. Now? Different story. I’m never bloated (weird for me to say!) and I feel great in my clothes! I’m not sure what the scale will say (it’s against the rules to weigh yourself) and I’m ok with not losing weight but I know for a fact there are a few inches missing in my midsection and I’m ready to par-tay over it.
The bad news? Completely not Whole30 related… Our a/c was finally looked at and it was deemed unrepairable. Gah!!! 97 degrees today and we’ve been told it’ll take 5 days to get a replacement unit. I’m contemplating sleeping under my desk. Or in my car. Or in the pool. I guess there are worst things in life, right?!
Breakfast: Leftover steak & potatoes
Lunch: Shrimp salad – romaine, grilled shrimp, tomato, cucumber, avocado topped w/salsa (I was tired of vinaigrettes & out of homemade ranch!)
Dinner: Chicken Cacciatore – sauteed chicken breast, red potatoes, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and lots-o-spices
Five more days! Only five more days!!! In the beginning it felt like 30 days was E-T-E-R-N-I-T-Y. Once I hit that halfway mark, things got SO much better. And now I’m actually kinda worried about being done. I’ve been living by these rules so strictly and it’s scary to just be out on my own! But I am excited to have that Thrifty’s ice cream cone in my hand. And mint milanos ready for me at all times =) It’s so weird that my cravings are kinda…. gone?! Like, really gone. I’m totally, completely ok without dessert now. I’m sure it’ll be different after Whole30 but I never thought I’d be able to say that! We’ll see what the end brings…