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Living On Purpose

I have a friend who said she was gonna try something new every month in 2013, so, of course, I jumped on the wagon and decided to do the same. I figured it would help me be more intentional about the year…so i don’t look up in November and wonder “where did the year go?” ¬†You know…make every day count, or at least every month.

So in January, I attended a Zumba class because I’ve always wanted to try that…it looks fun and the folks (mostly women ūüėČ ) look awesome shakin’ their booties! But, I like to say that I’m more of a “freestyle” dancer—basically, I’m just incapable of copying someone else’s moves….I was a train wreck (my mom went with me and can verify my story) but I had a really great time and burned tons of calories! It seems like there was one other new thing in January, but since its already the end of February, I’ve forgotten what it was. Oh, wait, I know…we hosted exchange students from S.Korea. That was new and fun!

In February, I’ve done more than one new thing (which I’m actually trying NOT to do since I don’t want to run out of things by the end of the year!). I made my own laundry soap because my sister did and I thought it was a great idea. So far I like it! It is super cheap and I LOVE the idea that I know exactly what is in it. WIN-WIN! ¬†Also in February, I learned a new song on the guitar and finally learned how to play and sing at the same time–which is harder than it looks. I tried an acorn squash… And the waffle breakfast sandwich from Jack in the Box. It was amazing. ūüėÄ ¬† There’s one more thing that was brand new in February, but I’ll save that for it’s own post.

Here’s a fascinating picture of the acorn squash…before I cooked it, and after, stuffed with taco meat and cheese.


Whole30 Finished–update

I did it!

Actually I finished 5 days ago, but I’ve been having trouble getting around to this blog post. ¬†30 days with absolutely no added sugar, no legumes (no peanut butter!!), no grains of any kind, and no dairy! ¬†No processed foods at all. The first 3 weeks were a challenge, especially with Thanksgiving in there, but the last week was easy-breezy. ¬† Once I got the hang of the menus, the cooking routine, and past the cravings it really seemed almost effortless.

Even now, five days after Day 30, I’m still eating generally the same things. ¬†It’s just a relief to be ABLE to eat other stuff, even if I don’t WANT to. ¬†I have added one or two things back a day–in very small amounts–with no ill effects. ¬† I’m watching my face like a hawk, checking for hints of a oncoming break out…nothing yet. ¬†But there is a lot still to “test”…peanut butter, soy, wheat, for example.

Sorry to say that my neck still hurts…it may be a smidgeon better, but still hurts, tweaks, and twinges. ¬† My head definitely feels clearer and my energy level is excellent. ¬†I had been at a weight loss plateau for months, but I lost a total of 9 pounds in 30 days, putting me at 121…I don’t remember when I last weighed 121—maybe when I was a teen?! It is nice to be able to SEE the muscles I’ve been working on at the gym for the past 2 years. ūüôā

The subtitle to the book It Starts with Food is “Discover the Whole 30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways”. ¬† Well, it’s waaaaaaaay to early to tell if I’ve changed my life in the long term, but things are definitely different in the short term! ¬†I’m so excited to be off of that daily acne medicine!!

Was it easy? NO.  Was it worth it?  YES. A hundred times YES!

Day 27 – Whole30

Bowl o' Fruit

I begin today’s Whole30 update with picture of my after dinner snack. ¬†Fruit. ¬†Marvelously delicious dessert-like fruit. ¬† I’ve tried to go easy on the fruit during this 30 days just because of the sweet factor. ¬†If I’m trying to break a sugar addiction, it won’t be incredibly helpful to eat a ton of fruit. ¬†Especially after you remove all other added sugars from your diet and “wake up” your taste buds! ¬† But, tonight I was hungry and I just wanted these yummy cherries, and my new favorite, the kiwi fruit, and the ever present banana.

3 more days. ¬† 3 more days and I’m done. ¬†I have no intentions of going hog-wild on day 31, but I’ll be glad to stop thinking about what I’m eating and not eating all the time. ¬†Today I came home from work and spent 2 1/2 hours baking spaghetti squash, butternut squash, turkey meatballs, a sweet potato, and making a delicious beanless beef chili–Yay! ¬†Whew. ¬†A lot of work, but I have easy food for the next 3 days. ¬†Should make for an easy weekend.

Neck pain showing dramatic improvement today…could be wishful thinking, but I don’t think so. ūüôā ¬†No more breakouts. ¬†Face clean ¬†and bright. ūüôā ¬†Sleeping great. ¬†By and large, I am extremely pleased with this endeavor.

Day 24 – Whole30

I hate to discourage anyone that is even considering doing a Whole 30 for health reasons, but in the interest of full disclosure, I must report progress the last couple of days. Now, granted, I started my period yesterday, so much of the unpleasantness of the last couple of days could be blamed on that.

Anyway, neck pain yesterday was bad…better today, but yesterday at work all day, badness. ¬† Small, but not insignificant breakout ensuing on chin. ¬†Again, could be blamed on the cycle, but <insert sad face> nevertheless. ¬† Sleeping ok, but having a little trouble bouncing out of bed for those 6am workouts. And I’m sad to report that my hair is still growing in gray…I knew that was a ridiculous dream. ūüôā

Just for journaling purposes, I had a burger patty yesterday made with fancy grass fed beef. ¬†It was an indulgence because the meat was considerably more expensive than ordinary grain fed cow beef. ¬† Eh…it wasn’t anything grand. ¬†Kinda dry, I guess because it was so lean. ¬† Then today I tried to make my own breakfast sausage as we were having breakfast for dinner. ¬† Blah…not great at all. ¬†In fact, we’ll go ahead and put that in the “Fail” column.

Here’s what I had for a snack after I got home from a full day and evening of work…steamed vegetables. ¬†yum. That’s what every woman enjoys after a long tiring day of work-so NOT a comfort food. ¬†However, I did follow this bowl with a bowl of kiwi, strawberries, and grapes (not pictured)…that was MUCH more enjoyable.

steamed vegs

Day 23 – Whole30

Today was grocery day. ¬†We recently got a Sprouts in our town and Kevin loves to go with me while I load my cart with fresh vegetables, fruit and MEAT. ¬† I noticed today that it is easier to decide what to fix for meals…and I don’t worry about NOT eating the fresh things that I bought.

Usually, when I would buy fresh veggies (with good intentions!) I would stick them in the crisper and forget about them until they went bad. ¬† In fact, the first couple of times I went Whole30 shopping, I made a list on paper of all the things I had bought so I wouldn’t forget to use them! ¬†Today my crisper is packed and overflowing onto other shelves and I am not worried about using it ALL!

I used some leftover chicken breasts and a package of broccoli slaw to make this Chicken Pad Thai to eat during the football game. (GO SOONERS!)

Chkn Pad Thai

Still feeling really good. ¬† Face still looks clear and bright. ¬†Neck pain is still a little better. ¬†Sleeping soundly. Clear headed. ¬† I’m kinda liking this new healthier, skinnier me.


Day 21-Update Whole30

It;s been almost a week since I updated my Whole30 status. ¬†A really long week, I might add. ¬†At some point this week I thought this 30 days might never end. ¬† I’m surrounded by tempting food.¬†Oh. My. Word. we have a lot of food where I work. ¬†Endless supplies of candy and snacks and soda at my disposal. ¬†It’s crazy. ¬† And there’s even some peanut butter cup cookies in my kitchen right now that I made for the kids when we decorated the Christmas tree. ¬†They are mocking me.

And to add insult to injury, I was horribly constipated yesterday. ¬†Horribly. ¬†Which is probably more likely related to PMS than the Whole30. ¬† (Sorry, too much info?!?) ¬†Yeah….sorry. ¬†It happens. Wish I could say sh*! happens, but alas, it was NOT happening.

I’m still going strong though. ¬†No slip-ups at all. ¬† I did dream about cheddar cheese Pringles, tacos, and Braums’ orange sherbet freezes. ¬†Dream food doesn’t count though. ¬†Good grief I must have a really strange relationship with food. ¬†I can’t escape the food dreams.

I have had some really good food though. ¬† I made more tacos with lettuce “shells” and ground turkey this time and I have perfected the pork chop. ¬†I made egg salad today with half an avocado instead of mayo. ¬†It was…interesting…but I was getting tired of everything else I’d been eating for breakfast so I tried something new–yes, for breakfast. ¬† I really need to go to the market for more supplies.

Still no breakouts.  Neck pain is showing marked improvement, too!   Energy level is pretty good despite working really long hours this week. (decorating the church where I work for Christmas is LOTS of work!!)

Day 15 – The Whole30

HALFWAY THERE!   and I made it through Thanksgiving!  2 big wins!

No more interesting food dreams to report. ¬†Are you as disappointed by that news as me? ¬†I was really wanting to eat a Hostess chocolate a dream of course. ¬†Maybe there is still a chance. ¬†It would be just as moist and delicious eaten in my imagination. mmmmm….



….ok….I’m done.

Anyway, Thanksgiving was really not as hard as I thought it might be. ¬† I still enjoyed turkey, delicious sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower, and green beans. ¬†My plate was full, my belly was full. ¬†I was satisfied. ¬†and I only looked longingly at the Rice Krispie treat once or twice. ¬† ¬†It was all so good in fact, I ate the exact same plateful of turkey and veggies today for lunch…and dinner.

Still no breakouts, in fact my face looks good and feels good. ¬†I’ve been using the coconut oil to cook with and I also put it right on my face. ¬† so soft. Energy levels pretty good. ¬† Neck pain still there–maybe slightly better today, but I can’t be sure.

I don’t have a photo of the Thanksgiving meal, but I had these tacos the day before. ¬† with more fried plantains. ¬† Yum!