Week 2 was easier than week 1 but had it’s own set of issues…
Making that breakfast casserole yesterday was a GREAT idea! It was so nice having that ready to go and not having to cook this morning. I also had it for lunch since there weren’t leftovers from yesterday’s picnic/dinner. We had cake in the office (again) and I really wanted a slice, but I was a good girl and walked away. For dinner I made this Ground Beef Taco Skillet that my aunt told me about. It was easy to prep, a breeze to cook, made TONS, and it was really tasty. I have two meals worth of leftovers!
The Whole30 timeline says that days 10 & 11 are when you are most likely to quit. Thankfully today is the best I’ve felt so far so quitting is the furthest thing from my mind. Things are going well and I’m really happy about that. Do I want a Diet Dr Pepper more than anything else in the world? YES! Am I going to give up because of that? HELL NO! I made Chicken Primavera for dinner before heading off to a blogger event that included a private shopping experience at a Yoga store AND a yoga class. I didn’t have the best day at work so this was a nice way to end the day.
Day 11 definitely would have been an EASY day to give up and give in – but I was determined. I had to spend the day (10 am – 6 pm) at a conference for work. It included lunch and a reception (think tasty snacks and cocktails), but I was fairly certain there wouldn’t be many Whole30 compliant options. So what did I do? I packed a bag with lunch, 2 cans of sparkling water, and a snack. When it was time for lunch I checked out what they had to offer and the only thing that I could eat was fruit salad. I fixed a plate of it to eat with my leftovers. I was very jealous of those folks grabbing sodas on the way to their seats, but I didn’t give in. At the end of the day I checked out the munchies and again the only thing that worked was fruit, so I just passed. I knew I had a pre-cooked piece of chicken and a sweet potato waiting for me at home. I was pretty happy with how the day went (food wise)!
Another big test today! I went to a media event at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando… with an open bar and TONS of food. I made sure to eat before I went so that I wouldn’t give in and eat something that I shouldn’t. I even had the bartender put my seltzer water with lime in a fancy glass so that I looked like one of the cool kids. I survived and still had a great time without alcohol or bad for me food. But I will admit, I wanted to eat it all!
My wonderful pup Pepper died a year ago today. I woke up sad and honestly all I wanted was some cake. I cried through my breakfast casserole and didn’t even really want to eat it, but I did. When I got home I was feeling well, emotionally or physically, and cooking was the last thing I wanted to do. Usually in this type of mood I’d stop on the way home and pick up something not good for me, but I was determined not to do that. I opened the fridge and looked for things I could throw together quickly. I ended up with some chicken apple sausage, steam-in-bag carrots, and an avocado. It was tasty, filling, and easy to make so it was a win win win.
Today was definitely the hardest day of Whole30 so far. I spent the day at Universal Studios which meant being surrounded by things like Butterbeer, corndogs, and margaritas – oh my! I made sure to eat breakfast before I left the house and I brought a bottle of water and a Larabar for later. I survived the rest of my group getting Butterbeer and the pre-Mummie ride corndogs. It was nice to see snack carts with fresh fruits around the park though, so at least there were options if I got hungry. We went to lunch at Margaritaville and it was a bummer to see all the things that didn’t fall into the list of things I could eat. I ended up ordering grilled chicken and veggies which worked out just fine, but definitely didn’t look or smell (or probably taste) as good as the burgers and fish tacos I was surrounded by. I’m fine eating chicken and veggies, and I do it a lot at home and enjoy it, but it just doesn’t scream “special dining out option.” But at the end of the day I was proud of myself, and happy, that I stuck to the Whole30 plan. I can’t believe that tomorrow I will be halfway done!
The halfway point! I got up this morning and headed to the grocery store to pick up what I needed for this week. Sleeping in more than I planned to and grocery shopping meant that I had brunch instead of breakfast or lunch today. I made some scrambled eggs with salsa and paired it with a chile lime chicken burger I picked up at Trader Joe’s yesterday. Yum yum!
I made another breakfast casserole for this week and prepped the veggies for dinner. I really enjoyed the taco skillet I made last week and decided to go ahead and make it again. I like that it makes enough for 3 meals. It gives me leftovers for tomorrow and another container in case life gets in the way and I don’t want to cook.
I’m pretty happy with how week number 2 went. Part of me can’t believe i’m ALREADY halfway done and part of me can’t believe i’m ONLY halfway done. But I’ve made it this far and I’m quite proud of myself. I don’t have much on the social agenda this week so I’m hoping not to have as many temptations thrown my way. Bring it on week 3!