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My #Whole30 results

Day 30 came and went without too much notice.  I had started to feel a bit anxious about what I was going to eat when the Whole30 was over, and partly for good reason.  Matt and I were due to go to the Silverstone Classic on Thursday 24th July.  We made it there in good time, but hadn’t really catered for a camping trip for the Thursday (our Day 30).  We’d already planned to eat whatever we could rather than try to find compliant food when we were out and about, and I had deliberately started the Whole30 when we did so that camping wouldn’t be a problem.

Thursday morning was a bit of a rush, taking photos and measurements before work, but we got it done, and I am certainly pleased with the results, and I know Matt is pretty chuffed with his too.  At the beginning, in my elevator pitch of Whole30, I wrote about what I wanted out of the 30 days:

  • Making significant inroads into breaking my problem with sugar

  • Learning more about what I truly benefit from and what does me harm

  • I won’t lie, some weight loss would be nice!

  • I’d also like to see if some of the skin problems I have are linked to my diet.  I imagine that they probably are

Looking at it in a bit of detail, I think it was a worthwhile exercise.

Energy

I didn’t think I was really one to suffer with mid-afternoon slumps, but one thing that has really made itself known since we came off of Whole30 is that I do.  My concentration is poor and I don’t feel like I am firing on all cylinders for a sustained period of time.  On Whole30, I felt great.  The world was my lobster and I felt ready to take on the challenges.

Sleep

I’ve never been a bad sleeper.  I’m a fidget and nuisance as I have restless legs and sleep walk and talk sometimes, but it rarely wakes me up.  Poor Matt, on the other hand, can often be the victim of a randomly flung leg or arm.  I wouldn’t feel like I would wake up refreshed and raring though.  Whole30 didn’t change this for me much.  I continued to sleep well, but I woke feeling a little brighter.

Sugar Addiction

This, for me, has to be one of the greatest successes.  I’m not “cured”, but these 30 days have helped me to sit out a craving, or find something else.  It’s proved to me that I don’t need the sugar and that I work better as a human being with less sugar.  I am still getting cravings every now and then, and although we’re not really following paleo or Whole30 right now, I haven’t slipped back in to my old ways of reaching for the first sweet thing I can find.  I feel like I have made a significant inroad on this particular aspect, and one that I am very keen to continue.

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Skin

My skin has never been great.  Ever since I hit puberty, the dermatology gods decided that I was destined to be plagued with breakouts and problem skin.  This has continued into my late 20s, though thankfully it isn’t as bad as it used to be.  That said, I am still unhappy with it and I find it to be a source of self-consciousness.  The Whole30 website says that improved skin can be one of the benefits of the 30 days, but I didn’t really find this to be the case.  I must make a point of saying that I have stress related breakouts and July was a stressful month, so Whole30 might have saved me a couple of nasty spots, but I’ll never know.

Weight

I don’t think there is a huge difference between the photos, but there is a good difference on the scales.  I started the Whole30 at 18 stone 9.5lbs and weighed in on Day 30 at 17 stone 7.5lbs, losing 16lbs and 8 inches.  Is it water weight?  Maybe.  I don’t really know.  I have really tried to make this more than just about losing the weight, but this is one of the best indicators for me. Something you can actually see.

Tub on the Run Side Comparison Whole 30

Tub on the Run Front Comparison Whole 30

Life after Whole30

Since finishing the 30 days, I have not stuck to any semblance of the principles of Whole 30.  This has seen my moods go up and down, my ability to cope with stress is compromised, I’m not feeling as efficient and I’m bloating.  I don’t feel great.  I actually feel sad.

Matt has seen a return to bloating too.

We’ve discussed what our next plans are in terms of diet.  We’ll be returning to a paleo/primal kind of eating soon, working on a 90% rule.  We’ve loved most of the meals that we’ve eaten and definitely want to keep them in the meal plans going forwards.  The issue is that August tends to be quite a social month for us, and eating out on paleo seems quite difficult, though not impossible.  With that in mind, we’ve discussed doing another Whole 30 in September.

I’ve got a few more thoughts on Whole 30 that I will write down at some point soon, but I thought this post was long enough, without getting in to the rest of it.


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Back to normal: #Whole30 Days 23 to 26

I am so pleased to report a return to how good I had been feeling, prior to my last post.  Day 23 just saw me kind of snap out of it and get back to what feels increasingly normal.

I haven’t really tracked my thoughts day by day to be honest, so I’ve just jotted some of my general feelings over the last few days.

I’m bored of salad for lunch now, so I am going to hunt out some recipes for soups, though it feels a bit wrong to have soup when it is so lovely outside.  Soup, in my world, is definitely a non-summer item.  Matt is quite happy to go to soups in the autumn too, provided that I make him carrot and coriander (one of the few soups I don’t like).

I’ve been productive during my day times, with no mid-afternoon slumps, and sugar hasn’t really featured in to my head, which is saying something as it was payroll processing this week, and that can be stressful and/or tiring mentally.  I really swear that the best thing I have done has been to make batches of main meals for the evenings, as this was definitely a trigger time of the month for gorging on junk food.

The only thing that I think I have noticed is that I am beginning to let the good habits drop a bit, like having a Nakd bar after tea, just for something sweet.  I don’t need it at all, so I will have to work on reining that back in.

Meanwhile… I’m dreaming of a cup of tea!

Post shopping cuppa

 

Only a few more days and I can have one!


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#Whole30 Days 20 to 22 – Early weeks catching me up?

I am wondering whether my relatively smooth ride early on in my Whole30 “experience” is catching up on me, given such a smooth start all things considered.

Day 20

I found today quite hard, as I was incredibly tired.  It felt a bit like a constant 4pm dip.  I was meant to be finishing off my big cook up with the meatballs from Nom Nom Paleo, but I just couldn’t face working away in the kitchen.  I just wanted to sit down and be quiet.  This is the first off day I’ve really had.

Day 21

Not much of an improvement today either.  Matt commented that I couldn’t have slept too well as I was tossing and turning a lot, and there were a couple of points in the night where he thought I might have fallen out of bed.  I don’t know what is wrong exactly, as usually I am a sound sleeper.  There hasn’t been much of a change in my energy levels either.  I did cook up the remaining mince, turning them in to the meatballs I’d planned to make yesterday.

Day 22

I am getting a bit fed up now.  While I slept better, my hay fever is properly up and active at the moment, I hate the summer* and I am feeling pretty bloody miserable.  Food is fine, I’m still enjoying it, but I am struggling to concentrate and I don’t like this lack of energy.  I’m not sure if it is Whole30 related to be honest.  I can feel my stress levels building, I am getting tetchy about going away on holiday next month, and I don’t feel very in control of anything.  That’s usually the melting pot that results in depression for me.

I am really hoping that tomorrow is a bit better.

I suppose my one take away from this is that I don’t actually want to console myself with sugary stuff or anything at the moment, which I would normally do.  Typically, the moment my mood starts to slide, my junk food consumption increases dramatically.  It isn’t this time, and I am pleased with that.

*I don’t actually hate the summer, I just hate being a fat person in the summer, and I really loathe the humidity.

Hopefully, this funk will go and I will be left feeling as good as I was a couple of days ago.


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Surviving BBQs and balsamic vinegar: Whole30 Days 15 to 19

It’s all downhill from here!  Not that it has felt like too much of a struggle if I am honest.

Day 15

Half way baby!  In the midst of BBQ waftings and far too much cake, I have survived to the halfway point.  It hasn’t been a terribly newsworthy day with the exception that I realised I am allergic to fresh pineapple.

As the BBQ permeated the office, I felt quite smug as I tucked into my salad followed by a pot of fresh pineapple.  As I got towards the end of my pot, my mouth had gone all tingly and my tongue had started to swell.  It wasn’t really bad, but it was quite uncomfortable.  I’ve never really noticed it before when I’ve eaten pineapple.

Sad times.  I guess I’ll have to go back to my trusty mango instead.

Day 16

I am sooooooo bored of balsamic vinegar being on my salad.  I am also feel like breakfast is a bit lacking in creativity so I will be putting my thinking cap on for next week’s breakfast.

I’m still having some tummy troubles, which I suspect is just a clear out (nice!) and will settle back down soon.

Day 17

All is forgiven, balsamic vinegar!  I didn’t put any on my salad today, and wished I had.  You can’t please some people!  I had some good post today – Well Fed 2 but Melissa Joulwan arrived today.  I love leafing through a new recipe book looking for inspiration.  It is quite similar in parts to Nom Nom Paleo (or NNP is close to Well Fed 2, I think WF2 was first).  I have missed a bit of spice in our meals so I have a couple of recipes earmarked for the weekend’s cook up.

Day 18

I have had a really nice day, relaxing doing some cross stitch.  I had originally planned to do some work, but my brain just didn’t want to play.  It was great to pick up something that was quite mindless and just be quiet.

Cross Stitch

We had a cooked breakfast which was fab and saw us through to tea time without any thought for lunch.  Tea was the final cottage pie, which was the last meal of my mass cooking session two weeks ago.

Day 19

I’ve been a busy bee with some work this morning.  I could have killed for a cup of tea or even a black coffee (I take my coffee with two sugars).  I guess it’s just a habit thing.  I am missing tea every now and then.  This afternoon has been all about cooking.  I even managed not to make a huge mess in the kitchen like I normally do!

West African Stew Tub on the Run

The pork is in the slow cooker to make pulled pork.  Cincinnati chilli is currently on the hob simmering away.  Taj Mahal Chicken and West African Stew (all from Well Fed 2) are currently cooling down in their boxes, ready to go in the freezer, and I have meatballs from Nom Nom Paleo left to make.   As something new to try for breakfast, I have made little eggy muffins.

Breakfast Muffins

They have smoked bacon, diced onion, yellow pepper and salt and black pepper in them.  I wasn’t expecting the back ones to get quite so big.  I think I used about 5 eggs.

All in all, I’m still feeling good, not the “tiger blood” (cringe) stage, but consistently good.  My sleep is sound, though I rarely have a problem with my sleep, and when I do, I know what’s caused it.  I’m less bloated, and I feel like I am cracking this sugar thing.  I haven’t craved anything other than tea over the last few days.


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#Whole30 Update – Days 9 to 11

Generally speaking, I have found the last few days challenging.  I’m trying very hard not to go down the comparison route, but I’m not feeling the “OMG THIS IS AMAZING” benefits of Whole 30 yet.  That’s not to say that I won’t (or might not), but I am grumbly.

Day 9

This is the day that we shall call “The Day of Unrelenting Cravings”.  I’m wondering if my unconscious has finally caught up and is now in a realm of self-sabotage.  Thankfully, my overriding thought is that I am nearly a third of the way there.  Of course, this thought itself is surrounded by wafty images of sweet things and carbs.  The thing is that while I want something sweet, I have twigged that I don’t actually need anything sweet.  However, my observation of evening TV at the moment is that there is a huge amount of food advertised.  I don’t think I have ever really noticed before.  From Kinder egg bar things to Maggi seasonings, there’s all manner of processed crap being thrown about on the screen.  Needless to say, this has not helped my mood particularly.

Day 10

This passed with no noteworthy points to be honest.  We had meatballs from Nom Nom Paleo and they were good.  I am glad that I have batch cooked so much, as the urge to give in to a takeaway has been strong these past couple of nights.

Day 11

Woo!  I’m over a third of the way in!  I have noticed a marked drop in my salad eating and a sharp rise in my nut consumption.  I’ve swapped Cadbury’s for cashews it seems.  I am also wondering whether my love for cashews is beginning to cause my tummy to be upset, as for the last couple of days things haven’t been right.  It’s time to up the veggies and drop the nuts again.  Matt and I went to a wedding reception this evening.  I will admit, I was dreading the food aspect of it all.  We made sure to have tea before we went out (cauliflower mash and pork and leek sausages), which definitely helped to stave off any “feed me” feelings.  Little did we know that it was a BBQ, which was made with proper meats (rather than processed rubbish).  I didn’t indulge though – while they looked and smelt amazing, I wasn’t actually hungry.

I’m really hoping that this mopey, miserable and cantankerous stage passes soon, as I am getting a bit bored of being grotty.  My skin is also still breaking out and crappy (though it could be normal hormonal stuff).  The food is still good and tasty though!  Silver linings and all that!


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#Whole30 Days 5 to 8 – From ‘Kill all the things’ to ‘Eat all the things’

On reflection from my weekend post, I decided that updating this once a week would make it too big a post, so I think I am going to update in 3 or 4 days chunks.  The quick part is that I am really enjoying the food so far – it’s forced me to think a bit more creatively instead of something and pasta/rice.  Yes, there is life beyond pasta, who knew!

Day 5

I woke up tired.  I felt that, despite 7 hours of sound sleep, I hadn’t actually slept.  I decided to sleep in and got up at 9am feeling marginally more refreshed.  I oscillated between grumpy, tired and motivated quite regularly until about mid-morning, at which point, the motivation took over and I just got on with it.

Whole30 Cottage Pie Ingredients

I had a really good day actually.  I cooked up all of my supplies that I bought yesterday, and froze the meals for our evening dinners for work nights for the next two weeks.  It was great to have them stacked up and cooling on the side.  I had a real sense of achievement.  It sounds silly I know, but it was time well spent.  And feedback in the meat ball tests was very much a thumbs up affair!

Generally though, as the day progressed, I felt good, I felt productive.  The only other thing I am feeling is blocked up (so to speak).

Day 6

I slept terribly.  I may have slept for about 3 hours.  I doubt it is Whole 30 related, as there was a task this morning that I was dreading.  As a result, I was grumping like a teenager in a full blown adolescent strop for the first part of the morning.  One thing I have noticed though is that while my fuse is short, the recovery period afterwards isn’t quite so bad.  Ordinarily I would blow up and it would fester for a bit.  Not so at the moment.

I also feel like I have been starting to notice the difference between emotional “hungry” and proper food hungry.  I know this is a small drop in the ocean in tackling this particular problem, but it is a good place to start learning this.

I feel like I have a bit more energy, despite waking up in a zombified state, but I was getting tired around 9:30pm.

Today was my favourite meal so far – slow cooked pork with sweet potato wedges with a tomato, mushroom and onion sauce.  It was amazing!  The pork was in the slow cooker for about 18 hours (the slow cooker of which was kindly turned off by my dad as we forgot to turn it off in the morning).  The food is really tasty!  Thanks Nom Nom Paleo for the recipe!

 

Day 7

Urgh, I can’t shake this zombified state in the monring.  I’m not what you would call a morning person anyway, but it’s worse at the moment.

My food didn’t get off to the best start.  Matt kindly nipped to Tesco to get me a Nakd bar, and came back bearing a Nakd Coco Crunch bar.  I popped it in my handbag, ready to eat at work and thought nothing more of it.  Once at my desk, I opened the bar, and as I took the first bite, I happened to look at the ingredients list.  Soya crunchy bits.  Nooooo 😦 Soya isn’t allowed on the Whole30, so I turned in to “one of those people” and spit my bite back out and sadly put the (very tasty) bar in the bin.  On one hand, I’m impressed that I had the willpower to do it.  On the other, I mourned the loss of a tasty breakfast.

It was another salad for lunch (prawn this time), and another incredibly delicious meal from Nom Nom Paleo for tea.  I prepped “Fiona’s Green Chicken” last night, and popped it in the oven today.  It was so aromatic and tasted as good as it smelt.

A realised that a week has passed, and I have felt good and eaten well.  I haven’t experienced the sugar withdrawal symptoms as badly as I thought I would, and I don’t really feel like I’m on a diet.  It’s not like Slimming World where I have to be mindful of what I am eating and counting the “syns” in my food.  I’m eating good, clean (i.e. unprocessed) food that is pleasurable.  That said, I could have slipped up today.  I’d become a bit bored and passed some sweets, and ordinarily I would indulge, and for a short synapse firing period of time, it crossed my mind to just pick one up.  Then I remembered that I wasn’t hungry and didn’t need anything.

Day 8

Most of the day I have been fine, food wise.  I didn’t have lunch until 3pm, and I didn’t feel too bad for it.  However, this evening, I finished my tea and suddenly wanted ALL THE SWEET THINGS!  A handful of nuts helped, but it took probably about 15 minutes to subside.  Tea was Paleo Shepherd’s Pie (which as all good English people know, was actually cottage pie, as it was beef mince).

Paleo Cottage Pie

I am going to have to find something else other than sweet potatoes to have with my meals though, otherwise there is a strong risk of me turning orange!

I suppose my final observation is that my skin isn’t getting much better.  The spots are breaking out quite a bit (as I was advised they might do) and my dandruff has become a little worse.  It’s not all rainbows and unicorns 🙂


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Whole 30 Days 1 to 4 round up

For the fear of bombarding the internet with rambly update posts about Whole 30, I have decided to write a little bit about my week each day and post it on the weekends.

Day 1

It wasn’t too bad at all, despite some exceptionally poor planning on my part.  I weighed in, measured myself, and then inflicted the same upon Matt.  Matt is loosely following this with me, but not to the letter.  I made it very clear to him that I am doing this for me, and if he wants to add some pasta/rice/bread/dairy/whatever in, then he is very welcome to.

The food today was dull (see: poor planning), but a quick trip to Tesco sorted us out for the next couple of days.  In myself, I don’t feel any different, but it has only been one day.  I’ve battled a headache for most of the day, but I think it is too early to be blaming it on a sugar withdrawal.

Today’s food was a Nakd bar for breakfast coupled with some nuts (I turfed out the Brazils though… blurgh!).  Lunch was an egg with some leaves and balsamic vinegar, and tea was chilli coated chicken with sweet potato and a side salad.

Day 2

Right now, I am thinking “what’s the fuss about?”.  Breakfast was a hard boiled egg and some cherry tomatoes, lunch was chicken salad, and tea was homemade burgers (possibly the best I have ever made) with sweet potato chips and a side salad.  I have had another headache today, but then the weather has changed quite a bit and I occasionally get pressure headaches.  I slept amazingly last night, but again, it could be because it was cooler.

One thing that I have found irritating today has been the response of someone at work.  They don’t approve of the Whole 30, despite never having heard about it before.  It is doomed.  Plus, don’t I know that it takes 66 days to form a new habit?  I had to bite my tongue if I am honest.  Ultimately, this is my choice, an informed choice at that, and I want to do something positive for my body.  If this helps, even just a little, I will have achieved what I wanted.

On a happier note, Nom Nom Paleo arrived in the post today, so I am about to sit down and work out what next week’s food is going to be.  Goodness knows I need the inspiration!

Nom Nom Paleo Tub on the Run

Day 3

Something delightful to report…  My dandruff that I thought was clearing nicely is back.  I am not the happiest bunny in the world.  I am also feeling tired today despite sleeping well last night.  Yes, it is Friday, but this hasn’t been a particularly difficult or stressful week, so I think it is more “blurgh” feeling.  I’m tres articulate, I know.  I am feeling a bit cranky and hungry.  Food has been uninspiring – egg, more salad, chicken kebabs with sweet potato.  Roll on tomorrow when I can get out shopping and get something interesting together!  I haven’t had a headache today though, so small mercies 🙂

Day 4

I woke up really tired and promptly decided I was going to go back to sleep again.  I slept soundly both times though.  When I dragged my carcass out of bed it’s probably a good thing that Matt had already escaped to the living room, as I felt grumpy.  Proper got out of the wrong side of the bed grumps.  According to the Whole 30 founders, it seems that days 4 and 5 are “kill all the things” kind of days.

I am pleased to say that the bad mood wore off relatively quickly, probably around the same time that I smelt breakfast cooking.  Matt had nipped to the butchers and got some of their sausages and bacon.  Bacon seems a bit of a controversial meat on the Whole 30, but I think our local butchers sell compliant bacon.  The sausages are 100% meat, no crap.  It was a great breakfast!

Matt went to see his mum today, so I was left to potter around to my heart’s content.  There were some chores that I never look forward to, like changing the cat litter.  Usually I procrastinate (oh look… Tank wants fussing, let’s amuse the cat), but this time, I just got on with it.  I can’t tell you how unusual that is for me, I normally have to nag myself into doing something.  I feel like it has just been a little bit easier to get on with the mundane today.

I took a few minutes to compose a shopping list and then headed out to our local whole food/natural shop.  I picked up most of my produce in one, but needed coconut flour from another.  My mind blows a little bit in these shops with all the weird and wonderful products that they sell.  In the second shop, I had a lovely neck and shoulder massage – gotta love a little bit of random!  I left feeling like I was walking on fluffy clouds, but quickly realised that, alas, the fluffy clouds were raining quite heavily outside.

A trip to the butcher and the greengrocers followed, and approximately 10kgs of weight was then hauled back up the three flights of stairs to our flat.  We’re all set for a cook off tomorrow!

I crashed a little bit at about 5pm and almost snoozed off, but I fed the cats instead, then cracked on with tea.

All in all, I don’t feel too bad, though I would like a hot chocolate, some chewing gum or Coke Zero/Diet Coke.  I’m not really craving anything except for those three things.

 


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My Elevator Pitch – Whole 30 here I come!

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I have been thinking about my diet lately, both in terms of what I eat, and weight loss strategy.  I have to admit, I miss Slimming World a little bit.  But… I like going weekly, but I don’t want to weigh in weekly at the moment.  I am also acutely aware that I get fed up of people asking each week about how to make “Slimming World Chips”, or “Rice Pudding” or “Scan Bran Cakes”, and that they aren’t motivated/too busy/can’t find anything to eat, and all I want to do is shout “haven’t you tried googling it?! or even looking in your book!?”.  But then I am that person (though I don’t ask about how to make proper chips or another Slimming Worldified foods). There are always plenty of excuses.

What I have come to realise quite recently, is that I am almost certainly addicted to sugar, and this has got out of hand lately.  I’m actually surprised it has taken me this long to work it out.  Sweet stuff totally derails me.  I’ve experimented at work a little bit – if I can’t see it (i.e. cakes or sweets are in the cupboard), I don’t want it.  But as soon as I have got a taste for it… well…  Did you ever watch Gremlins?  While I can be fed after midnight, exposed to sunlight and water (thank goodness!), I really think I might need to stay away from sugar.

Michaelangelo had pizza, Garfield had lasagne, Monterey Jack had cheese.  I have sugar. (Yes.  I am an 80’s baby, in case you were wondering).

So as I have been pondering on my diet options lately, I have realised that I need to kick this issue that I have with sugar.  It’s a crutch that I use to pick me up from an energy slump mid-afternoon, to comfort me when I am low, feed my depression and my boredom.  Offer me a choice between starters and desserts, desserts win every time.  Demolishing multiple bags of Haribo in front of the TV?  No problem!  I’m your girl! (And let’s not limit it to Haribo.  Let’s not forget chocolate, marshmallows, biscuits, wine gums, flumps, sports mix, fruit pastilles…. You get the idea!)

My focus has been on trying to find a way of eating that helps reconstruct myself.  A nutritional reset, if you will.  Something to help get me started back on the right track.  My reading has lead me towards the Whole 30 programme.  From what I can understand, it is a paleo diet – no grains or processed foods.  It is stricter than the standard paleo framework – no paleo pancakes etc, just whole, unprocessed, natural food.

Tub on the Run | Whole 30

It is just for 30 days, but the idea is to take out all of the unprocessed crap and reintroduce it slowly at the end of 30 days to see how your body responds.  Details about the programme are freely available online, though you can buy the book if you want to know more.  I’ve read a lot of the testimonials on their site, and also have a good hunt through the world of Google.  Bloggers that I follow have also documented their experiences, which have always been positive and have helped me make my decision.

What am I hoping to gain from this all?  A couple of things:

  • Making significant inroads into breaking my problem with sugar
  • Learning more about what I truly benefit from and what does me harm.  I know that milk is not my friend, and that I have to be careful about how much dairy I eat, but I don’t know about gluten
  • I won’t lie, some weight loss would be nice!
  • I’d also like to see if some of the skin problems I have are linked to my diet.  I imagine that they probably are

I am not expecting this to work miracles, though I am fully expecting it to be a difficult couple of weeks to start off with.  Nearly everything I have read indicates that the first two weeks are the hardest, with headaches, mood swings and EAT ALL THE THINGS.  With that in mind, I am trying to plan as much as possible.  I am even planning to spend my day in the kitchen on Sunday, batching cooking things for the week ahead – our food bill is going to be higher than normal, so waste not, want not!

I’ve created a Pinterest board of recipes, inspiration and resources which I will be adding to, and trying to keep on track.

I have a clear 30 days coming up, which I am setting aside to complete the Whole 30.

I’ve never gone grainless before – wish me luck!

Have you completed a Whole 30 before?  Any tips or favourite recipes?


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Beautiful evening for a run

It has definitely been one of those days today!  I have to admit I was glad to escape the office at the end of the day.

I was due to go out for a run this evening.  It took me a lot longer to recover than I would have done 4 months ago, and I had hoped to get out at the weekend, but I was just too sore.  Normally I would have griped and whined about going out for a run tonight, but I didn’t give myself the option.  Plus I was looking forward to my tea, which motivated me to get out and back as soon as I could.

There were a couple of distraction bunnies that were very welcome, plus some sheep which gave me a passing glance as I lumbered past.  It was a gorgeous evening out, and I was glad I went.

Railway Line

The only thing I wasn’t too keen on having to do was quickly diverting into the railway station’s toilets.  I am hoping my stomach also remembers what running means sooner rather than later too.

I took a slight diversion back, along a tiny trail next to the train line on the estuary side.  My ankle was glad of the softer ground, as it had started griping a bit.  I think that is the call to start my yoga practice again (oh the joys of regained inflexibility!).

So having come home in a bit of a grump, having had a headache all day and stomach ache for the majority of the afternoon, I returned from my run with a little bit less weight on my shoulders and a cheerier outlook.

 


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Progress

After a bit of a rocky start with My Fitness Pal, where my tracking didn’t really happen one week, I managed to put on weight before I lost it (genius!).  I am now pleased to report that I am at a net loss.  Hurrah!  It has been an “okay” kind of week with food.  I have tried to eat more mindfully, as I am horrendous for just wolfing down my meals without really chewing or tasting them.  The queen of mindless eating if you will!

I’ve really been struggling for things to write about on my blog lately.  “Tub” is still tubby, and “on the run” is more “sat on my bum”, so it’s quite hard to think of relevant things to write about.  However, as a brief post, I thought I’d share a couple of things that are inspiring me right now:

  • My sister – She took up running after me, but has beaten me at all running related things.  She’s got a 30 minute 5k under her belt, a few new knee scars from a fall (thankfully, otherwise, mostly injury free), and has now signed up for her first ever 10k in May.  She’s running for Parkinson’s UK at Highclere on 11th May 2014.  I can’t wait to hear how she does!
  • James – Matt’s best man at our wedding is competing in the EC Powerman Duathlon in Holland today.
  • The London Marathon.  I am always amazed by peoples’ ability to run for 26.2 miles, especially as I would struggle to run a full 2.62 miles right now.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading other bloggers’  recaps on the Brighton and Paris marathons, and can’t wait for the London reviews to come up in the next few days.

Oh… and happy birthday to my running shoes.  It has been a year since I bought them.

They don't look quite as clean these days

They don’t look quite as clean these days