Week 3 People! This post is a rather detailed food journal of what I ate during the third week of my Whole30 Challenge. This is the part where you can’t quietly slip out the side entrance and not finish this blow by blow play of my paleo eats for an entire week. Right there…the side door. Move quickly.
This is a great resource to a ton of downloads that will visually show you what Whole30 is and isn’t.
Oh and be sure to come back on Friday for another Whole30 Friday Favorites post!
If you are still here, then you’re a sucker for punishment. I’ll give you an overall preview and then you can still duck out without feeling bad. This third week was the roughest compared to the first two weeks. There are wholes in this week’s journal. I wasn’t able to stay on top of it. The gist of it is there with the meals but all in all…the week was a little sucky. I’m talking emotions and hormones and stuff. Nothing serious. Just my entire life people! haha.
Anyway, I’m finding that I’m starting to feel deprived. I’m feeling great that I’m not being controlled by sugar during every waking moment but I’m also feeling reading to stretch my wings and try this whole balance thing again. Soon enough, I’ll get there, because I will see this challenge out to the end. Thursday, April 3rd is my very last day! That’s just a week away!
This PDF about life after the Whole30 should probably go on my fridge.
It’s probably wrong of me to be so excited that this challenge is almost over. The first time I completed it, I was a little timid about it ending and I wondered if I would go right back to my old ways. But I didn’t, I was fine. Finding balance with my diet is something that will continue for the rest of my life. And that is completely normal…for everyone. It’s easy for me to expect so much out of myself that I forget I’m not superwoman. (I dressed up as her one Halloween though.)
If you continue on reading about this on the cruddy side Week 3, I did try and highlight for you some of the snippets that stood out to me on each day. Thanks again! Keeping this journal is one of the reasons I’m sticking with it this time.
Day 16 – Thursday
Meal 1, 9:15– Egg muffins…getting old but I like the convenience.
Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover Tri Tip and Brussels sprouts
Meal 3, 6:30pm – Umm…I forgot to track what I ate and so…my memory fails me
Feelings: The irritated fog seems to be lifting and I don’t seem to be so tormented by all of my feels. I’ve been feeling out of sorts and on a mild pity party.
Day 17 – Friday
Meal 1, 9:15– Egg Muffins…snore
Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover Tri Tip and leftover veggies of some sort.
Meal 3, 6:30pm – Take out from our favorite “taco truck”. I had chicken and fajita style veggies, no tortillas.
Day 18- Saturday
Meal 1, 9:15– Sweet potato and sausage….and we were out of eggs?! How does this happen?!?! My favorite breakfast…squashed with a lack of planning.
Meal 2, 12pm – Bacon, hardboiled egg and spinach salad
Meal 3, 6:30pm – A hamburger patty with lettuce buns, onions, and mushrooms.
Feelings: Very crankbutt the whole day until I spent some time on the yoga mat.
Energy Level: Lack of motivation until I did a session of yoga, and then I felt amazing. I kid you not!
Day 19- Sunday
Meal 1, 9:30 Egg scramble with mushrooms, onions, and a few pieces of sausage.
Meal 2, 3pm – I hit the road and had a three hour drive to take my kiddos to see their dad so I hit up Trader Joes and ended up with a Lara Bar for backup, some turkey lunchmeat and an apple. I couldn’t be slowed down with a salad.
Meal 3, – I was too exhausted by time I got home at 7pm to prepare anything. I ate a single serving cup of applesauce with berries, some more turkey lunchmeat, and I called it a night.
Feelings: Struggling with a lot of cravings because I’m traveling. Wanting frozen yogurt too!
Hunger level between meals: No real hunger and even did a long stretch between breakfast and lunch.
Energy Level: Moderate to steady except 6 hours total in the car and I was worn out by 7pm from all the driving.
Sleep: According to my fitbit, I got 8 hours and 4 minutes of sleep. I don’t feel like I got that much though?
Day 20- Monday
Meal 1, 9:15– Egg muffins at work with some bacon sprinkles.
Meal 2, 12pm – Three hardboiled eggs, half an avocado, an apple, and some turkey slices. The avocado counts as a veggie, right? Lol!
Meal 3, 6:30pm – The hubs got home from a quick trip out of town and surprised me with a Monday night at Applebees. Ha! We have limited choices for eating establishments in this neck of the
woods high desert and he had a coupon burning in his pocket. I grabbed my bottle of Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch and we headed out. We got the 2 for $20 meal and I ordered the house salad and the Chicken and Shrimp minus the avocado/tequila sauce (they use ranch dressing as the base of the sauce). Instead of rice, I ordered some extra veggies which they were very generous with so I actually had another meal’s worth of veggies. Score! I wasn’t going to squabble about the oil they cooked in so I still count this eating out trip as a success. Plus, I had my Tessie’s with me to drizzle on top of everything. I was a happy camper. Except for one thing. I’ve been craving a lime margarita and when you are old hip like we are and get to Applebees during happy hour, everyone there is ordering margaritas left and right. I will remember this. Yeah, just getting my buzz on on a random Monday night at 5pm
Feelings: Dull headache that I think can be attributed to a lack luster diet over the weekend. Where are the veggies? Bring them back Ames! The headache finally went away around 3:30pm.
Energy Level: Not too peppy due to the headache, but I’m faking it.
Sleep: Not enough. Never is enough when the hubs is out of town.
Day 21 – Tuesday
Meal 1, 9:15– Eggs with some leftover bacon. Me thinks it’s not a great idea to eat so much bacon.
Meal 2, 12pm – Pork Carnitas, precooked and marinated from Trader Joe’s., half of a sweet potato, and an apple.
Meal 3, 6:30pm – Chicken, sautéed in coconut oil, salt and pepper, and topped with a drizzle of Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch. Side of sautéed Brussels sprouts, half of a sweet potato, and some strawberries.
Day 22 – Wednesday
Meal 1, 9:15– I did a dumb thing today. I remembered I had a Pecan Pie Lara Bar and decided that I wanted that for breakfast with my coffee. Guess who was starving by 12pm for lunch?! In addition to the Lara Bar, I also had four large strawberries and two small handfuls of cashews.
Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover veggies from Monday’s trip to Applebees, and leftover Trader Joe’s Pork Carnitas. Oh and four strawberries.
Meal 3, 6:30pm – I was still pretty full from my lunch being so huge that I just didn’t feel like eating much of anything.
Feelings: Anxious for the challenge to be over. Even though my blood sugar is steady and I feel better, my brain is trying to smack me down and make me feel deprived.
Hunger level between meals: Got hungry between breakfast and lunch because I was seriously lacking in the protein department at breakfast.