Did you have a good weekend? I had a really challenging weekend, food-wise. Jay and I wrapped up our 2nd week on the Whole30 challenge and faced a difficult family-and-friends-packed weekend. Being away from home is hard; being away from home while celebrating a friend’s wedding and a family member’s birthday is even MORE hard.
Let me back up.
Last week was the 2nd full week of the Whole30 challenge. Week 1 was really bad. As in, I have never felt so sick before in my life. Week 2 deemed itself better – less sickness, less “carb-flu” symptoms and a lot more enjoying the way my body was feeling. I lost a few more pounds (up to 12 lbs lost, so far!) and I made it to another hot yoga class on Thursday night.
Jay and I have continued to eat what we mostly were eating before (see this post for details) – lots of fruits, veggies and meats. I made another big batch of chili, hit Costco (hallelujah! buying in bulk!), and really, genuinely enjoyed most of the meals we ate. Jay isn’t craving as many processed foods as me…. which is great for him but not for my stomach. I’ve already started a list for “Day 31 foods” – with the hope that by the time I hit day 31, I will really, honestly not crave gooey chocolate chip cookies or ridges-chips with french onion dip. (Don’t judge! I haven’t had sugar or carbs for 14 days!!)
By the time we hit Friday last week, Jay and I had really good, strong momentum going into the weekend. Here’s a quick recap of the past few days….
Friday, we finished work and packed up to head to my parents’ house (about an hour south of St. Paul). I was SO HUNGRY before we left, and I made myself a little road-trip snack. In the past, I would have grabbed a Cliff bar or a “quick-snack food”, but I took a few minutes and prepared a well-balanced snack instead:
Peach, Turkey + Pickle, Sweet Potato (w/ Butter)
After we got to my parents and ran a few errands, we had dinner and settled in for the night. Instead of dessert (which… I LOVE!), we played a game and had a cup of tea. It was a nice way to signal to my body to start getting ready for bed – without the crazy sugar-bomb of cookies, cake, or even a “low-calorie” treat –
I love Bananagrams!
Mugs for Jay, me and the “Mom” mug
Saturday morning, we got up and headed down to the Farmer’s Market. Rather than drive the 1.5-2 miles there, we decided to walk. My mom and I had a wonderful time walking along the river-trail and enjoying the morning. Biscuit loved it, too!
My Mom + Biscuit
The Farmer’s Market was great! It’s so refreshing to be around fresh fruit and vegetables, to see natural, healthy foods being sold. We picked up some garlic-dill pickles (I LOVE them!) and a jar of stewed tomatoes. We liked one of the watermelons, but decided against hauling it home on our walk.
Meanwhile, Jay ran down to the Farmer’s Market and met us as we were getting ready to leave. The 3 of us walked home together (another 1.5 miles!) and made a quick brunch –
After that, it was time for my friend’s wedding!
Dressed up + Fancy-hair
I was nervous about the food being served, the drinks, the dessert – I wanted to have a good time but not “blow it” with almost 2 weeks of progress and healthy (clean) eating on the Whole30 Plan. I decided I would stick to the food plan but let myself enjoy some wine. I also told Jay I wanted to try the dessert.
Thankfully, we talked through most of “cocktail hour” (and didn’t try any of the appetizers) and were also placed at a really social table at dinner. Food wasn’t even a concern when I stopped focusing on the stress and just let myself relax and enjoy the day. We had a spinach/strawberry salad, steak, chicken, and green beans. Both Jay and I left the salad toppings (cheese, nuts) and mashed potatoes uneaten. Success! A delicious, filling, Whole30 appropriate dinner!
I did allow myself wine. And a bite of the mint-brownie (I chose that over wedding cake). They were both DELICIOUS. 11/10. Worth it, to enjoy a small amount but not let it “take over” and “ruin” my night. Drinking and eating dessert didn’t lead to a binge; it didn’t lead to any negativity or guilty feelings. I had a plan, I stuck to it, and I was really really REALLY happy and proud of my success!
Planned – Wine + Dessert
After wine + dessert, we got up and started dancing. By the time we returned to our seats, the dishes had been cleared! No additional temptations or opportunities to “pick” at the food left! Jay and I each grabbed a cup of coffee – a good signal to our bodies that dinner was over, we were done eating, and we planned to dance and enjoy the night!
We had a really, really great time at my friend’s wedding. I was worried that it could be a big disaster… but we planned ahead, stuck to our plan, and had a wonderful time. Plus – being at weddings always reminds me of OUR wedding!
Sunday, we had a repeat brunch. And I realized how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE putting avocado on my eggs. And fresh salsa (pico-style). OMG. Amazing. LOVE these eggs!
Eggs + Avocado + Salsa/Pico
After breakfast, Jay and I ran some errands (including outlet shopping!) and hung out with my family. My sister and her boyfriend drove down and my dad smoked eight (8!!!!!) racks of ribs. Some with just the rub, and some with bbq sauce. The whole process took all afternoon, and by the time we started prepping dinner, I was SO HUNGRY!
I’m so thankful and appreciative to my family for supporting Jay and I on this Whole30 challenge. They planned ahead and had plenty of great options for us to eat! Instead of the saucy-ribs, we had them with just the spice/rub; instead of cornbread and beans (I wanted them SO BAD!), we had sweet potato fries, a big salad, roasted mixed veggies, green beans and italian-seasoned chicken. And nobody made us feel bad or guilty for eating just the meat and veggies. It was a really, really good meal. Filling, and exactly on-plan!
Best. Meal. Ever.
For my dad’s birthday, we celebrated by opening gifts and eating pie. As much as I wanted a big slice of the blueberry pie and ice cream…. Jay and I split a plate of peaches and cherries. I really, really wanted the pie. But deep down, I knew I would feel guilty and disappointed if I went off-plan. I hadn’t planned ahead to eat the pie or ice cream…. and so I ate the fruit instead. Again – nobody made us feel bad or guilty for choosing an alternative dessert – having that support system really REALLY made a big difference in our success this weekend.
(Thanks, family! You guys rock!)
It was really nice to get home last night. To finish a big work project, unload the leftovers (meat and veggies) sent from home, and start some laundry. It felt good to snuggle into bed with Jay and Biscuit and be proud of the weekend and following the Whole30 plan (with a few planned “treats”). I didn’t feel guilty, I didn’t feel disappointed, and I didn’t feel like I had to “re-start” my entire program again the next day.
Tea, Running Mags, and a Sleeping Pup!
Weddings are hard, birthdays are hard, and weekends (in general!) are hard!
I saw this quote a few weeks ago, and I’ve come back to it almost daily. It’s not about “willpower” or being “strong”; it’s simply about being at a point where you are ready to make changes. It doesn’t mean I’m “better” than anybody else – I am simply at a different place in my healthiness journey.
I honestly never thought I could successfully navigate a program like Whole30 through parties, weddings, and difficult food choices…. I guess you could say, I surprised myself! I plan to use this forward momentum to continue making positive changes: to eat healthy foods, increase my activity, and continue feeling better and better.
Thanks again for all the support this weekend, and the past 2 weeks. My family, friends, and blog-community are amazing and I couldn’t be more thankful and grateful!
Have a wonderful, happy, healthy week!