Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Whole 30 - Day 2 - The Hangover

Day 2....
Wow! I was not expecting this!  No kidding they call this the hangover.  I woke up this morning feeling like I was hit by a truck.  I could not get out of bed.  My legs felt like they weight 1200lbs each, and my head was throbbing!  Crazy. I skipped my morning workout and slept for a bit longer.  I got up to walk the dog, and my legs felt better after that.  The headache however... that lasted a little bit longer.  By mid-morning my head was still throbbing, so I ate a banana.  My hope was that a little natural sugar would kill the headache.  I guzzled some water, and eventually the headache went away.  I have not felt at my best at all today. Please let tomorrow be better!

Day 1 recap:
That was an easy day.  I ate a good breakfast, went for a run, and had a fabulous lunch.  I even managed my run without chewing gum.  I thought that would be the most difficult thing for me!

I spent the rest of my day with some food prep.  I made mayo and ranch dressing... so I have lots of exciting dips.  I also made some egg muffins for breakfast, meatballs and twice baked stuffed buffalo chicken sweet potatoes.  I will share that recipe as soon as I write it up! (absolutely delicious by the way) :)

I went to bed at a reasonable time.  Drank lots of water, and didn't even crave any sweets or treats throughout the day!  I was not expecting to wake up today feeling like ass :-(

Note to self for next time I try the Whole30
DO NOT EAT ALL THE FOOD RIGHT BEFORE THE WHOLE30! Had I eaten my regular meals and not binged on wine, pizza, chocolate, and bread, I think I would have been fine today.

Oh Well, hopefully the hangover does not last over day 2.

Until Tomorrow.....

Egg Muffins

Look at me, already writing another post, are you not super excited?!?!  LOL

I am not a breakfast eater.  I am more of a brunch girl.  I like to start my meals around 10:30am.  During the work week I typically have a banana and a hard boiled egg, or some chopped veggies and a hard boiled egg.  Weekends i like to enjoy a leftover scramble, a Paleo version of an egg mcmuffin (wellr really it is just my version), or i just drink extra coffee.

Now I am doing the Whole 30 I need to start eating breakfast.  I need to eat protein, fat and carbs.  That's a lot of thinking for first thing in the morning.  So how do I, as a person who relies on food prep start incorporating breakfast into my daily routines?  I start with egg muffins.  The most simple, yet delicious breakfast ever! 

Easiest Recipe Ever:

1. Bacon 
2. Eggs
3. Whole30 options: tomatoes, broccoli, asparagus, chopped spinach
4. Non-Whole30 options: shredded cheese, feta cheese

1. slightly cook your bacon (I did not do this the first time, so my bacon was not cooked enough)
2. line a muffin tin, or silicone muffin cups with bacon
3. crack an egg and drop it in the muffin cup OR whip an egg and add some fillings and pour it in the muffin cup
4. top with salt/pepper/paprika
5. bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes depending on how cooked you like your eggs :)

Happy egging my friends :)

#whole30 #thisishowicelebrateme     

Sunday, 12 February 2017


Once again it has been a very long time since I posted on the blog, and as before, I really do not have any excuses. I am busy, life is busy, we are all busy.  I am finding that it is time for me to start writing again.  My blog is something I enjoy, and I love being able to share my crazy cooking antics with the world, and share a little bit of me!

So what does 30-40-21.1 mean?  Good question!  That is my journey for the next 13 weeks, and I am hoping to carve some time out of my chaos to share that journey with you.

30 - THE WHOLE30
You got it, I am on another adventure with my food and lifestyle choices.  Life has changed a lot for me over the past few years, and I found myself slipping away from the Paleo Lifestyle that I had chosen for myself.  Eating Paleo made me feel better from the inside out.  Unfortunately I fell so far off the wagon, I have been finding it hard to get back on and stick with it.  The pizza, jalepeno poppers, chips, chocolate and wine just kept calling my name.  I have found that I have become an emotional eater, and it is time to adjust my relationship with food.  It also doesn't help that I gained some extra lbs, my skin is breaking out, I have inconsistent energy levels, and my Psoriasis has returned - to my face!  

Created by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig - "The Whole30 is a short term nutritional reset that was designed to get rid of all those unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, help heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system."  If you would like more information you can check our their website www.whole30.com

I have a few friends that will be joining me on this journey starting February 20.  Its intimidating, but I am looking forward to experiencing some non-scale victories.  Yep that's right, it is not a weight loss program, so no weighing yourself through the 30 days!   

10 - The St Albert 10-mile Road Race
I need motivation and a plan to keep myself running and working out, so why not sign up for a few races?  Last year I really wanted to run this race, but my circumstances would just not allow.  This year I am lucky enough to be keeping my mom with me a little longer (she helps care for my daughter) so I can get out and get running!  When it comes to long distance running, I have found that I actually like the 16km distance.  

It is a local race and supports the charity you can ride 2 which provides specialized bikes for children with special needs.  Many of the students that I work with access this program, so what a great way to give back! 

If you are interested in this race you can sign up here St Albert Road Race

40 - Yep its a milestone year!
I will be turning 40 in a few months. I have thought about all the fun ways that I could celebrate my birthday - Vegas, a big party, a girls trip etc., however, none of these ideas fit within my budget.  So I thought to myself, what else can I do to celebrate me?!?!  This is why I picked making some healthy lifestyle changes and setting some goals that I have wanted to achieve for a long time.  It's time to focus on me, and do some things for me this year.

For any of my friends that are reading this post - each race that I have selected for #thisishowicelebrate me has 10km and 5km run and walk options, so everyone can participate.  I am hoping to have brunch afterwards with all those who race with me (regardless of the race they choose)

21.1 - Time to finish what I started 4 years ago!
Its time to finish what I started 4 years ago and make to the finish line of a 1/2 marathon.  
During the 2013 Edmonton Marathon I injured my calf and had to withdraw from the race.  I have wanted to finish what I started some time ago, but once again, circumstances did not allow, or I was just not in the right place to make the commitment.  Things have changed.  I am ready, and I am ready to put in the time and effort to get to the finish line!

The Run Wild 1/2 is another local race that supports another really great cause. Funds raised go to the Zebra Child Protection Centre and The St Albert Seniors Association

if you are interested in this race you can sign up here Run Wild

So there you go... you know know what the string of numbers mean!

Stay tuned...