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DAY 1:

We’re joining the massive September Whole 30 group and starting our journey today. I was (and still am) so excited to get going. Mostly because I feel like absolute crap lately. My stomach hurts pretty much constantly, my body is in revolt, and my swallowing has become challenging, to say the least. More than that, I’m back up to my heaviest weight ever, a place I hoped to never be again. I’m so disappointed in myself, but instead of continuing to wallow I’m facing the music and getting back to what I know works for me, and that’s whole 30.

I was excited last week and started getting my body ready for whole 30 so the transition wasn’t so drastic. I was feeling good, I was down a few pounds…and then the weekend happened. I should have had a better plan in place to deal with the weekend, but as silly as it seems, it completely blindsided me. I should have seen it coming, we weren’t starting whole 30 until today specifically because of Labor day weekend, but I hit an all time low for food and drink choices. And boy and I paying for it today.

It was a weekend filled with fair food (ribeye sandwiches, cheese fries, lemon shake-ups, root beer floats, kettle corn) and beer. Today my stomach says f*** you lady, now you shall suffer the consequences of unenlightened eating. I swear, I’ll never learn.

But, as important as it is to think about how I’m currently feeling going into these 30 days of life altering, body transforming, and mind fortifying; it is also important to focus on the positive, the happy things that are to come.

So, staring day 1 at 179.6 pounds. Feeling like death, no energy, crappy sleep, a doughnut around my tummy, barely fitting into size 14 clothes. Ugh. No thank you. Welcome change, you’re long awaited and much needed.

So, let’s talk about my motivation. August 2017. A Sturgis, South Dakota trip in the planning. I want to feel like a million bucks on that motorcycle. This is the image I play in my head when I need a little more motivation. I have just under a year. Here is my goal: 140 lbs, size 8 pants. I can do this, and it starts with Whole 30.

 

So here is the menu for today:

Breakfast:

Never underestimate my talent for throwing together random foods and making a delicious masterpiece in 5 minutes. I’m crazy proud of this ability.

So today it was an Aidells chicken and apple sausage (cut into bite sized pieces) sauteed in a little olive oil spray until slightly brown and crispy, on top of a bed of lightly seasoned (salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, and trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute) sugar snap pea pods (a steamer!!). Holy yumminess! Seriously, this took me 5 minutes.

 

Lunch:

I’m lucky enough to have a little bit of whole 30 compliant food left over from my spurt of motivation last week. I’ll have a chicken thigh that was cooked all day in the crock pot, then put in the broiler to get a crispy skin, plus my favorite broccoli of all time. Here is the incredibly easy and delicious broccoli recipe. Mmm good thing I love left overs.

Dinner:

New and exciting recipe for dinner tonight. It looks something like this…

Whole30 Tomato Mushroom Spaghetti squash with basil. Vegan and gluten free!

That’s spaghetti squash sauteed with mushrooms and tomatoes and a little basil on top. Yum! I’m adding pan fried chicken tenders to go with it, because I need meat!!! Here is the link for this masterpiece.

All in all, a pretty great day 1 planned. Looking forward to some delicious food this week. I know the first week will be rough. I’m planning on a few days of working out, but I remember from our first whole 30 that the energy levels will be pretty low this week. I’m not really planning on kicking into my full workout regimen until next week when I start to feel awesome. Day 1, here we come…

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