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Day 970- Day 22 of Whole 30 and a New Driver's License

Monday, July 28, 2014

So a while back, I wrote a blog about going to a concert and almost being denied because I no longer resembled my driver's license. Well with my 25th birthday just 8 days away, I decided to go and get my license renewed because I'd done my hair nice this morning.



I've come so far, and am so much closer to my goal than I've ever been. I even had them lower my weight to my goal weight.

Last night, I ran a 5k in my neighborhood in 32:07. I'm hoping that at some point in my life I'm going to break 30 minutes, but the only way that's going to happen is if I keep trying. I've been in the 31-32 minute range for a while now. I can run one mile in under 8 minutes but I just don't have the endurance yet to sustain that speed over 3.1 miles.

As for Whole 30, I have hit a point they sometimes call "food boredom" where I'm not really hungry or desiring any food, but I still plan to eat my three meals a day. This morning I had eggs with proscuitto cubes, and for lunch I'm having roast beef, cauliflower, and applesauce with blueberries. I plan to make spaghetti squash with meat sauce for dinner.

Eating whole foods isn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. For anyone considering Whole30 but unsure of the restrictions, I'll tell you what the book says. ANYONE can do ANYTHING for 30 Days. And battling cancer is hard, beating a drug addiction is hard. Drinking your coffee black and avoiding certain foods for 30 days is something you are totally capable of, you just have to be willing to put your mind to it.

I lost my first 90 pounds by tracking my calories and eating what I wanted. But there is no doubt in my mind that dining on 100 calorie snack packs and fat-free artificial sweetener loaded foods did not improve my health. Yes, I lost weight, but by putting a whole bunch of unnatural processed foods and chemicals in my body. I can honestly say I feel so much better eating fruits, veggies and organic proteins, than I did 22 days ago. So I hope some of you that are on the fence realize that you ARE capable of this. It's just 30 days.

  
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SJKENT1 7/29/2014 11:04AM

    Interesting... thanks.

By the way... you look beautiful!

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ARLOGUTHRIE 7/29/2014 11:02AM

    Love it. Well said!

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DSHONEYC 7/29/2014 11:02AM

    Must get my next DL photo taken in Ohio.... You have inspired me once again. Going to investigate Whole 30 for good health.

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SDEHNKE 7/29/2014 10:45AM

    You're an inspiration!

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NANCY- 7/29/2014 10:05AM

    You are doing awesome. Yes you can do things for 30 days... (blush) I made my family (4 adults) go vegan for 28 and they all survived. And we found new recipes that we still use today. Experimenting with "real" food can be such fun, and your body thanks you for it, too.

MOBYCARP had some wonderful suggestions to help you with your time.
You are on a wonderful journey to a healthier life...enjoy!
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EX-SKINNY60 7/29/2014 9:54AM

  This morning I read an article in my Spark Weekly about loving something about your body. Yours would definitely be that dimpled beautiful smile of yours within that well proportioned pretty face. Even in your before picture your countenance just beams forth that YOU are a friendly people loving person, and totally approachable. I am so happy for you and your young man in the photo.

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NHES220 7/29/2014 9:46AM

    Great new picture! I'm sure you'll hit your goal with your 5k time. I would love to get to the times you're having! Great job on the Whole 30!

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GOOSIEMOON 7/29/2014 9:41AM

    So cute!

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STEVIEBEE569 7/29/2014 9:25AM

    Great pic! Congrats!

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MSLZZY 7/29/2014 9:18AM

    With a little more time, your endurance will improve and you will crack that 30 minute mark. You CAN do it!

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/29/2014 9:01AM

    Congratulations-you are really an inspiration-I am going to look into whole 30.
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VAINVT 7/29/2014 8:54AM

  One of the comments is that paying attention to healthy eating is Phase 2. It is so important, and I am glad you have arrived!

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    Awesome!

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JILL313 7/29/2014 8:33AM

    You make such a beautiful and happy looking Couple. You're having an amazing and now even healthier WL Journey. You're an inspiration to me and many others. I'm glad you're feeling better than ever. You are 100% Awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon for another emoticon blog!!

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SHARONCAPPS 7/29/2014 8:26AM

  You seem to have the plan down. Keep up the good work. You are doing great.

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BABARR67 7/29/2014 8:24AM

    It was you! Couldn't remember who I saw recently on Spark that was doing Whole30. I normally am not an extremes sort of girl. I am a moderation in all things including moderation kind of girl, but I've been feeling tired for a very long time and I think eliminating some foods to see what helps will be a good idea. I think the foods allowed on whole 30 all seem to be healthful (never had a doc or nutritionist say NO, don't eat more fruits, veg and lean meat...) and it doesn't eliminate any major food groups (unless you count dairy as a separate group.) I'm also reading a book called Clean that advocates veganism, which does not seem compatible with whole 30 given the exclusion of grains and legumes. I am waiting to get the book that goes along with Whole 30 from the library, but I think I may start with the plan from the internet, sooner. All the copies are out in my area and I am number 3 on a waiting list. Funny, since I'd never heard of it before I read your post and I read a lot of nutrition articles. Evidently it is really "hot" right now. You obviously think it made you feel healthier. Cheers! emoticon

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    Thanks for the pep talk... emoticon

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PENOWOK 7/29/2014 8:01AM

    I've always said you can stand on your head for 30 days if you need to... Well said, Jan-Marie!

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MOBYCARP 7/29/2014 8:01AM

    Jan,

No one can run a 5K at the best pace they can muster for a mile. THBS, if you can run a mile in 8 minutes, a 30 minute 5K sounds very achievable. That would work out to an average pace of about 9:40 per mile, which is quite believable as a sustainable pace for someone whose best mile is 8 minutes.

If your major goal is to run faster, try doing intervals about once a week. There are a lot of variations on intervals. You could run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute, and repeat, like the start of 5K Your Way training. Or you could run 3 minutes hard, run 2 minutes at an easy recovery jog, and repeat that 3 or 4 times. The idea is to teach your body to back off for recovery instead of stopping for recovery.

The other thing that occurs to me is, practically every runner who has run consistently through weight loss or weight gain reports running faster when weighing less. We all know where your weight is headed. You should be faster when it gets there, even without specific speed work.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/29/2014 7:49AM

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/29/2014 7:42AM

    The picture is terrific, and the advice is spot on... Well done!

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SEDONACAT 7/29/2014 7:26AM

    You continue to inspire. My eating has been anything but healthy lately due to tons of stress and physical problems. However, as your blog noted, eating healthier would actually make me feel better.

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BESSHAILE 7/29/2014 7:07AM

    Yes. You are in phase 2 - where nutrition trumps calories. It's just so nice that nutrition usually has fewer of them.

You go girl.

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SHARON7464 7/29/2014 6:54AM

    Your drop dead beautiful smile is the same in both pictures but what a difference. You were beautiful then and are gorgeous now. I keep toying with the idea of trying Whole 30 but haven't quite sold it Tom my beau who does all the cooking.

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FLASUN 7/29/2014 5:57AM

    emoticon EARLY!!!! WOW....what a difference ....you have done emoticon !!!!!! Now just ENJOY that birthday and maybe have just a small piece of your emoticon emoticon

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    Looking good on your new drivers license. emoticon

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OSDOWNS 7/29/2014 3:05AM

    Great advice. Great pic!

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    emoticon You are amazing!! :D

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NASFKAB 7/29/2014 2:29AM

  loved the new picture proof of how hard you have worked its the way to go

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SUEARNOLD1 7/28/2014 10:30PM

    Wahoooooooooooo!

You have one of the first very pretty drivers license pictures! Your change is amazing!

We almost share a birthday - mine's Sunday and I was born in Ohio. It's a small world!

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What a significant change in your DL picture!! The proof is in the picture!

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MCJOYFUL 7/28/2014 9:49PM

    That's a great driver's license photo! You look beautiful!

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Day 969- Day 20 and Day 21 of Whole30

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I had a successful weekend celebrating J.D.'s grandmother's 85th birthday. I packed a ton of fruit, and cashews. I bought some more hard boiled eggs and ate green beans and potatoes at dinner.

And I did go fishing and put a worm on the hook. I even caught two bluegills! And J.D. didn't catch a thing! I almost felt bad.



After fishing, we headed back to the hotel to shower before the birthday party. I decided to run a mile on the treadmill, just to see if I could get close to under 8 minutes like I did outside last week. And this was the result...





I was a sweaty mess but I'm beginning to realize that just like my mind has control over my food, my mind has control over my body's ability to exercise. Most of the times I slow down it's because my mind is thinking "Man you're breathing hard, your calves are kinda hurting. Give yourself a break." But when I decided to go as hard as I can at 8 mph on the treadmill, I ran a mile in 7:38!

And today is the end of Day 21. Which means I've done Whole30 for 3 whole weeks!

I am so flattered with all of you who have been telling me you are starting your own Whole30 experiences because of my blogging! I'm so happy to be able to share my experiences especially if they help some of you also make healthier decisions. I'll be very interested to hear about all of your Whole30s.

  
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KOLINA 7/28/2014 11:09AM

    Bam! You're doing so great!

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MAPFARMS 7/28/2014 10:43AM

    Good for you! I am on vacation this week but need to check out this program when vacation is over. Get myself back to reality.

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GRLTAZ 7/28/2014 10:05AM

    Whoo hoo ! Great NSV beating that time. So proud for you. Thank you for being such a great example for us .

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SPARKMEG77 7/28/2014 9:59AM

    My husband and I started day 1 today! I am so hopeful that this will be a new start to healthy clean eating and that it will solve his digestive issues.

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WENDYANNE61 7/28/2014 8:10AM

    Hey - you are doing really well - the time is just flying by. Your running time is fantastic too - congratulations! Im on Day 6 - really enjoying myself now!

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DRAGONFLY02 7/28/2014 7:49AM

    Great job, congrats!

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NASFKAB 7/28/2014 3:10AM

  awesome you are an inspiration way to go

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GINA180847 7/27/2014 11:43PM

    I also love the hat. You are such a pretty girl. No wonder we all love you. 7.38 is awesome.

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JENN53888 7/27/2014 11:32PM

    Not at the whole 30 point yet, but I am starting a clean eating challenge tomorrow with my "diet buddies".

I imagine I'll be able to pull that off. I mostly do that already. lol

Glad you had a good weekend! :)

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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/27/2014 11:24PM

    Awesome, keep going, you're doing great.

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123ELAINE456 7/27/2014 10:57PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Congrats. on your Running Time. Keep Pushing Forward!!! You Can Do It. WTG!!! God Blessings Always. Take Care.

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NANHBH 7/27/2014 10:30PM

    Your running time is amazing! So many good habits in your life are propelling your forward - in more ways than one!
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SUEARNOLD1 7/27/2014 10:05PM

    Way to go. You are so motivating.

A mile under 8 - that's incredible. You are an inspiration and a treasure!

One more week to go then you're going to find another challenge.

We all are so proud of you!

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/27/2014 10:02PM

    Wow - good for you

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You are doing fantastic job on your running as well as your Whole 30!! Only a week to go!

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DONNELDA22 7/27/2014 8:58PM

    Congratulations: Only 1 week to go. Great success.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/27/2014 7:49PM

    Good for you on running a mile in under 8 minutes. Awesome!
Sounds like you had a good weekend.


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MBPP50 7/27/2014 7:29PM

    emoticon I am so in awe of you for touching a worm. They gross me out. And great for sticking to your sloe 30. Glad you had fun at the birthday party.

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SUSIEMT 7/27/2014 7:16PM

    Woo Hoo you Jan-Marie!!! Good for you baiting that hook with a worm!! I'm sorry I just don't think I want to do that. Keep up the great job on your running and the whole 30!

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    I ate clean today. You are inspiring many. emoticon

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PEGGYO 7/27/2014 6:58PM

    sounds like you are having a great time

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COLOR-BLUE 7/27/2014 6:56PM

    Jan-Marie,

I LOVE THE HAT!!!!!

EWWWW handling a worm, baiting the hook, catching the fish, and touching them too!

emoticon on keeping on track with your goals! I'm so very proud of you! However, when I saw that treadmill time, and oh my gosh at 8 mile an hour!!! You go, GIRL!!!! Excellent progress reports, just keep on coming!

Thank you, for continuing to share your experiences with me.


Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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    I am glad you had a great weekend! And look at you go, girl! That's a great time on your mile! emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 7/27/2014 6:22PM

    CONGRATULATIONS
Three weeks on your eating plan, beat your 8 minute mile and doing just great...good for you!
Love hearing your updates!
Healthy Hugs,
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Day 967- Day 19 of Whole30

Friday, July 25, 2014

I'm lazy. Not in the I don't like to exercise way, but in the I don't like to meal prep way.

Before Whole30, I was a ranch dressing abuser. Carrots, cauliflower and broccoli were not safe around me if I had ranch dressing.

But now that I'm not using ranch dressing, it is incredibly hard for me to eat plain raw carrots, cauliflower or broccoli.

I know what you're thinking. So cook them Jan-Marie!

But this is where the laziness comes into play. The whole getting the pots out and the steamer basket thingy, and filling with water, and waiting for the water to get hot, and then having to wash all those items...I just don't want to do it!

But I also realize that only eating fruit because it's ready to eat and something I love was not giving me the entire Whole30 experience and that I really need to work more veggies into my diet.

So while shopping at the store last night, I decided to buy some Frozen Steamers, you know, the bags with frozen veggies that you just plop in the microwave and nuke for 6 minutes!

LIFE CHANGER!

Okay not really. I've had microwaved veggies before. But the ease of microwaving the vegetables this morning, while I was making my breakfast meant I had a veggie filled lunch! As well as a veggie filled dinner last night.



So while I may be spending a few extra dollars for pre-cut frozen veggies to come in a steaming bag, I'm so much more likely to eat veggies now, that I think it's probably worth it.

Also, I've never before yesterday just eaten lunch meat like it was a main course. It was shredded in a salad or on a sandwich. But roast beef is great on it's own!

The point is, yes, I am sometimes lazy when it comes to meal prep. But I'm worth the few extra dollars to ensure I'm eating what's best for me.

Have a great weekend Sparkfriends! I'll be sure to post pictures from J.D.'s grandma's birthday! J.D. said I'm going to have to learn how to put a worm on a fishhook this weekend. I somehow survived 24 years of life without knowing how to do that, so I'm hoping I can survive these next few days too...
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ARLOGUTHRIE 7/29/2014 10:56AM

    That lunch looks awesome!

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BEACHCALSIX 7/28/2014 4:23PM

    Instead of ranch I like to use different vinaigrette's. They have really low calorie ones and different flavors like raspberries, strawberry, pomegranate etc. I will dip broccolli in it or lightly drizzle a serving on top of my veggies. Also, you can use fat free sour cream too, but make sure to check the label, get the low sodium 20 calorie one. There are some brands that pack sodium in it.
I love the steamers idea! I'm totally going to buy some next time I'm at the store. uncooked veggies are super hard for me to eat lol. Thanks for this!

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AMYSNEWSPARK 7/28/2014 12:28PM

    I love those steamable vegetables, too! It just makes my life easier and I'm much more likely to eat my veggies.

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SJKENT1 7/28/2014 12:21PM

    Someone once told me I was worth paying the extra money if it helped me eat healthier!! I agree!

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DSHONEYC 7/28/2014 11:05AM

    Got to check out this Whole 30 thing...might I add that you look marvelous in the new photo of you and your sweetie.

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LINNBEAR 7/28/2014 10:49AM

    I am not sure everything on the Whole30 diet but I have found I like salsa with broccoli and cauliflower. I also like hummus but it can easily get beyond the serving size.

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HOLLYPOTTER 7/28/2014 8:48AM

    If it weren't for frozen veggies, my sons wouldn't know what broccoli looks like! I am all about the eating, but I hate cutting and cleaning. My husband usually does all the cooking and any kind of "someone doing the work for me" is alright with me. We do add fresh squash from the garden in the summer months along with the frozen stuff and have a stir fry at least twice a week.

I can't even claim to be a lazy cook, since I cook about a whole of 3 times a month. Unless my husband has made some atrociously high calorie thing for him and the boys. (Which doesn't happen often, since he knows we ALL need to eat better!)

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/28/2014 7:35AM

    So funny how when we eat veggies we will eat them with a ton of dressing...but making them another way and not needing all the extra is really eye opening. Convenience foods can save so much time and make eating healthy possible in a busy (lazy) world. emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 7/28/2014 1:09AM

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MAMABEAR9193 7/27/2014 10:16PM

  Good luck! I fine having the onions and green peppers sliced in a covered glass bowl makes getting lunch ready so much faster!!
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MRSKATEDUVALL 7/27/2014 9:48PM

    I am lazy too, plus super busy during the week. I have found that taking one afternoon to prep everything, chop and cook ahead really helps me with the paleo thing.

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JESSYBRYANT 7/27/2014 7:51PM

    I love those steamers as well. They are very tasty. Also very easy for us lazy people like me. emoticon

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FRABBIT 7/27/2014 7:44PM

  I love those steamer bags and I am very lazy about meal prep. Hope you had fun with the worm!

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TARA426 7/27/2014 7:43PM

    Your pic made me hungry. :)


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DOCHA58 7/27/2014 6:43PM

    I am sooo tired of cooking and cleaning up, I mean really? lol So any little tricks to get us on track is greatly appreciated! emoticon

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FITPT4LIFE 7/27/2014 6:01PM

    We must be cut from the same cloth! I love those steamers! And it gives me the opportunity to eat veggies the rest of my family won't eat without a lot of extra effort from having to make two different sets of veggies. P.S. I'm not into the worm thing either! Hope it went well emoticon

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TRELLAPASCUAL 7/27/2014 5:05PM

  I'm more or less the same way, I just get tired of the whole cooking thing, It is so easy to go out to eat. And there are times i do want some vegetables with the burger i had,,, so thanks for the great tip did not think of that one. emoticon

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STILLMENEWBODY 7/27/2014 4:34PM

    Excellent Job!!! Congrats!

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SEDONACAT 7/27/2014 4:29PM

    OMG, I could have written this. I thought I was the laziest cook in the world. LOL

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EJB2801 7/27/2014 4:15PM

    Yes, they are convenient. But I do feel concerned about heating things in plastic. For us, having Corelle dishes seems to work. Dump the veggies in the dish, add a tad of water, microwave, and enjoy! Usually the clean up is just rinsing the Corelle dish.

We've gotten all sorts of glass dishes from Goodwill. Getting a ones with lids means you don't even have to pull out the plastic wrap.

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DMCWJR 7/27/2014 3:31PM

  I know just what you mean. During the spring and summer months I love to make different salads. DOROTHY

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PYNETREE 7/27/2014 1:44PM

    Hey, if it works for you ~ Do it!

Anything that keeps you eating clean and healthy, is the way to go!

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 7/27/2014 9:40AM

    You can do it....worm on a hook...no problem...,

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SLLYONS51 7/27/2014 9:35AM

  I use the ziplock steamer bags too. If it keeps you on your plan then a little extra $$ is worth it.

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SANDICANE 7/27/2014 9:22AM

    Glad you have found a way to get those all-important veggies into your diet! Whatever works!!! You go girl!

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TINAJANE76 7/27/2014 8:26AM

    Sounds like you've found a great compromise for working more veggies into your life--your body will thank you! I love reading about how much your learning about yourself and growing throughout this process. It's truly inspiring. Hope you're having a great weekend and that you weren't traumatized by those worms!

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LEANMEAN2 7/27/2014 6:45AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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TENNISJIM 7/27/2014 6:19AM

    thank you for sharing

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    emoticon I'm all about short cuts! If the frozen veggie steamers will get you to eat more veggies...sounds like a winner to me!! emoticon emoticon

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CICELY360 7/26/2014 11:01PM

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KALEWINE 7/26/2014 9:02PM

    I, too, like the convenience of the steam-in-the-bag veggies. I think it's worth spending the extra money if you're not going to eat the veggies otherwise.

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    I always keep bags of frozen veggies on hand and also steamer bags (which I wash our and reuse). Just bought a microwave steamer pan too.

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AMYSYOKO 7/26/2014 8:37PM

  I feel very fortunate to have gown up with big veggie gardens, grandparents had a big farm with cows, chickens, fruit trees, pickle fields, I could go on....point is I thought everybody ate all the veggies, fruits from the trees I grew up with until I went to college. I discovered fast food, lost sight of clean eating and portion control, fast forward pack on the pounds. we all know this story
I am once again eating whole. clean foods losing inches [not as much weight as I want] but definitely much healthier than before...keep working it every day

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FOUNDER3 7/26/2014 8:01PM

    Great job improvising! Congratulations.

I have a similar problem in that I just don't want to cook. Don't have to have the ranch dressing, is my only advantage.

Yesterday I went to the market and bought seasonal fruits and veggies. I actually ate cooked and ate raw veggies yesterday and today. Fresh fruit as well

At least at this time of year, I appreciate the fresh stuff.

Glad you have found a convenience that is healthy and something that you enjoy. There are many roads on this journey, good for you for finding a new one that works for you.

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JSEATTLE 7/26/2014 7:44PM

  Great tip for people on the go. It is also not that difficult to cut your vegetables like you would for eating with dip, but put them into a steamer bag and zap them when you're ready to eat. I love my veggies.

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OKGOATGAL 7/26/2014 7:04PM

  Veggies are yummy steamed! Whatever gets them into your system without a bunch of junk on them is good!

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Day 966- Day 18 of Whole30...When Life Happened

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Don't Worry! I didn't ruin my Whole30!

But I did have a moment of panic this morning. About 15 seconds after turning on the stove to heat up my pan for my scrambled eggs this morning, I heard a loud boom and my house went dark. I turned around to my dad sitting at the kitchen table and muttered..."stupid squirrels." We frequently lose power due to our transformers blowing, due to squirrels on the wires. Well that little guy gave his life, and in the process, prevented me from fixing breakfast.

I hurried and packed my lunch, which is basically a bunch of fruit, and the chicken and apple sausage I didn't eat for breakfast that I'm going to try making in the microwave. It's fully cooked so I don't think it should be a problem.

And then I headed to Kroger to find something for breakfast. And this is what I ended up with.


Any other morning, I would have just had cereal, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But instead of taking the power outage as an excuse to stray from Whole30, I went to the store and made it work. And I'm glad I did!

Though I will tell you that hard-boiled eggs from the store are no where as good as homemade. Not sure why, but I still ate them.

Now if I could just get rid of these stupid fruit flies in my office. I guess I eat too much fruit.

  
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    Good for you sticking with the plan even when things got a bit difficult! Yay for not giving up and having that extra bit of will power to make it work!

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    emoticon to see that you didn't stray to far! Sometimes when life happens, you just have to improvise and make it work! I have days where I plan on taking grapes or an apple to work and then I forget but I always manage to get my fruit in somehow! I don't have a problem with fruit flies in our office. How do you get rid of those? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLOBEE77 7/27/2014 9:30AM

    Good that the surprise power outage didn't get in your way!

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PHATNOMO11 7/26/2014 9:11PM

    Good job staying the course!

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REALTYLADYLISA 7/26/2014 8:51PM

    Good for you not getting de-railed!

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  You are dedicated!! Way to go!!

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    Great job staying on track.

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    Good job-keep up the good work!!!
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-LORI-B 7/26/2014 3:28PM

    Keep seeing whole 30 mentioned. What is it?
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JANET552 7/26/2014 11:40AM

    WooHoo for you!!! Let us know if you try one of these fruit fly remedies and what you thought of it.

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WALLINMW 7/26/2014 11:00AM

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APOSTLEM 7/26/2014 8:34AM

    congratulations on your continued success with the whole 30 journey. Another easy and great tasting way to get your veggie intake is to roast them..it takes minutes to prepare..just wash veggies ...lay out in baking pan and drizzle olive oil with your fav seasoning...roast at 400 degrees for 10 -15 minutes..the veggies take on such a sweet taste when done this way....there is nothing that can't be roasted..some take a little longer such as brusel sprouts, but broccoli, asparagus and cauliflower are fantastic.
so enjoy them!

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EBONYSOL 7/26/2014 7:06AM

    How very resourceful of you. Great job!

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MORTONDH 7/26/2014 12:23AM

  Fruit Fly Traps-

This is how you get rid of fruit flies.

Put a small amount (1 tsp) of bakers yeast mixed in an inch or so of water in the bottom of a glass or bottle. Then make a paper cone with only a small hole in the bottom that fits the mouth of the glass. The paper cone should fit into the top of the glass and not go more than 1/3 into the glass. The bottom of the paper cone should not touch the yeast mixture. Tape the paper to the glass all around the mouth of the glass. The flies in your office will be attracted to the yeast and walk through the hole at the bottom of the cone. Once they are through the hole they cannot get out. They will try to escape by walking up the sides of the glass but they will not be able to get to the hole. When you walk by the glass just tap it down on the desk it is sitting on and the flies will drown. Within a couple of days viola-no more fruit flies. After 3 or so days if you have not gotten rid of all the flies make more fly traps and throw out the original one (or wash it). Throw away garbage with banana peels, apple cores daily as they provide a breeding ground for fruit flies. Fruit flies also love wine and beer.

I have had a fruit fly research lab at a university for 30+ years and I am well acquainted with these little guys.

ps I always enjoy your blogs and am cheering you on.

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CAROLJ35 7/25/2014 9:37PM

    Interesting!!! I fight the squirrels also because they eat all my bird feed. LOL

I boiled 12 eggs today, but never tried the ones in the store. Do you think they use some type preservatives to keep them longer?

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HOLLYM48 7/25/2014 8:54PM

    Good for you! Way to improvise and too bad about that silly squirrel that lost his life! Keep up the great work!

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CHARTHESTAR 7/25/2014 8:07PM

    I agree- the store bought hard eggs are no where near as good as the fresh ones you can make at home.

I am lucky- 3 of the 5 days I work we have HB eggs available. (when we are open for students) because of a recommendation from the dr and nutritionist I am just eating egg whites. Hopefully just for now because I really like the whole thing,

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    Good job adjusting.

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  VERY emoticon !!!!! You give Whole(30) new meaning to the word commitment!!!

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PYNETREE 7/25/2014 3:40PM

    For an instant fruit fly cure, lather up your hands with dis washing detergent...don't rinse, wave your hands over the spot you see fruit flies swarming..the are atracted to the scent, and fly right to your hands and stick there, then just rinse them away.

Since fruit flies can reproduce all by themselves, (only takes ONE) if you get the ones right when you see them, it usually solves the problem.

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    emoticon keep on track! For the fruit flies find a small glass dish mix some dish soap, apple cider vinegar and add water works like a charm.

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EGREENE4 7/25/2014 2:13PM

  Glad the power outage didn't totally throw you! We also get a whole lot of fruit flies during the summer and I put some sweet wine into a wine glass and mostly cover it with saran wrap. They fly in, get drunk and drown. At least they go happy?

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/25/2014 2:09PM

  Good for you, winning over this situation.

I had some sort of moths that destroyed several pieces of clothing, including my beloved wedding dress. They also got in my food.

I had tried a bunch of non toxic stuff to rid our house from them. I looked online and there was a bunch of ideas. You can search this out too. If you can figure out what the bug is, it helps.

In my case, I put bay leaves all around and even inside some containers. The new foods like rice, I put in the fridge. or in the freezer a few hours. The only thing is that you have to get new ones periodically . I also got cedar blocks.

I believe that fruit flies may be easier to get rid of these moths.

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Day 965- Day 17 of Whole 30

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wow! Thanks for all the suggestions on my last blog about our honeymoon.

With J.D. still in the job search, we are going to hold off on booking anything right now since we don't know how much time he'll be able to take off after the wedding if he's in a new job.

But we researched many of your suggestions last night and are excited for our options. Even if we don't get to take our honeymoon this November, we've decided that if we have to wait a year to be able to take a decent amount of time and enjoy ourselves (as well as save up, since we aren't made of money right now) that will be completely fine.

We will be going to J.D.'s grandmother's birthday party this weekend in Indiana. It should be a fun trip and I plan to make a stop at the local grocery store in Indiana to make sure I have food for the celebration. A few of J.D.'s cousins eat a paleo diet, so there also might be a few options if they bring anything to the potluck.

Today I realized there are only 115 days left until my wedding and only 13 days until my 25th birthday. I weighed in this morning at 178.0. The greatest birthday gift that I'm really hoping to give myself is to be at my lowest weight ever. Which would mean weighing in at anything lower than 174.8, so a loss of 3.4 or more in the next two weeks. I'd hoped to be in the 160s by my birthday this year, but I didn't put in the effort I needed to reach that goal. But I know I'm going to reach the 160s this summer because my wedding is such a HUGE motivator.

The closer it gets, the easier it is to focus on making great choices in the food and exercise department. I need to figure out when I want to get my dress fitted because I'm still hoping to lose at least 20 more pounds before the wedding. I see the extra weight in my arms mostly, and my thighs. But you won't be seeing my thighs in my wedding dress! So the workout focus is going to be on my upper body. I still love doing squats and lunges so I'll keep doing those too, don't worry!

Hope you all are having a good week!

  
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CHARTHESTAR 7/25/2014 8:48PM

    I think going away for a couple of days after the wedding would be an option.
Then save $ and time and take a long vacation - maybe somewhere real awesome for your year or 5 year anniversary.

You can usually go to Vegas fairly inexpensively. Alligiant Air travels non-stop from a lot of places and if you go sun-thur room rates are pretty good. Some places $30 a night.
You can also get groupons for things to do when you decide where you go.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/24/2014 6:50PM

  As I mentioned yesterday in my reply to your blog.........it is SO MUCH FUN to plan the honeymoon. If you wait a while to go on your honeymoon, that means you will have that much more time to plan it. I am sure that whatever you do, it will be the right thing for you..........and that is what's important!!!
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NONNAOF2 7/24/2014 1:45PM

  Slowly bur surely will get you there! You are doing fantastically, especially with a wedding in the works! Keep up the great work!! :-)

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PENOWOK 7/24/2014 12:57PM

    Lots of people postpone their honeymoon.. A first anniversary can be a wonderful way to celebrate by taking a honeymoon. Perhaps you can do a special night or two away... I love how you are doing such an amazing job planning for eating!! All in!!!!

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  I am so excited for you!! ROOTING for you ALL THE WAY!!

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    I love it! YOU reminded me to focus on the END result to Inspire me to do the daily task to get my desired End result.

I want to meet and love and marry one day! I have avoided it for a lifetime because my own issues but, one of my weight loss motivations was not to be a FAT bride meaning no double digit sized wedding dress.

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TINAJANE76 7/24/2014 8:26AM

    So proud of you and how you're continuing to stay focused on achieving your goals. You're going to absolutely rock that wedding dress!

My husband and I also delayed our honeymoon until several months after our wedding because of work, but it was still amazing, so I'm sure whatever you and J.D. decide to do will be too!

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ABAKER34 7/24/2014 8:15AM

    My husband and I have gone on different types of vacations. Ideas range from saving your money and staying at all-inclusive resorts somewhere like Punta Cana or the Bahamas- which pays for your food and alcohol and is awesome. You can also book excursions from the resorts. We loved those. I recommend though checking out a cruise to some islands that you like (maybe the Virgin islands), this way you can usually check out 3 different locations within a 7 day time period, plus you can go on different excursions as well (swimming with the dolphins, or hiking the Mayan ruins), etc. I hope this helps.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 7/24/2014 8:05AM

    Good for you. We didn't go on our cruise to Alaska until almost our 1 year anniversary, as we didn't have the time or the funds. So we saved, saved, saved. We went away for a couple days to Montreal (close, inexpensive) was nice to get away for a few days but knowing the cruise was a year away was okay with us too!
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WATERDIAMONDS 7/24/2014 7:56AM

    It is your heart that makes you the MOST beautiful, but I truly understand the need to be as physically stunning as possible on your wedding day. So, go for it--but do remember this.

You are already a truly gorgeous human being.

Congratulations on your success with the Whole 30.



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SHERYLP461 7/24/2014 7:41AM

    I am sure you will be a beautiful bride

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BESSHAILE 7/24/2014 6:55AM

    I love reading about the wedding plans. And I know where you'll spend your honeymoon! In each other's arms!

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SHARON7464 7/24/2014 6:40AM

    You're putting in the effort and swing great results .....I believe that you will achieve both the birthday and wedding goals...you're committed

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/24/2014 6:24AM

    You are doing great!

Have a good weekend in Indiana.

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LISAN0415 7/24/2014 2:56AM

    I have to ask, what part of Indiana does his Grandma live? I live in Northwest Indiana, not too far from Chicago.

I hope you have a great trip!

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CAROSLIMMER2 7/24/2014 2:32AM

  Thank you for your blog. it is very inspiring. very best wishes for your wedding plans - you are going to feel great for a wonderful day.

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  great that you are thinking of having the honeymoon a bit later just keep pushing

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  One foot in front of the other...I know you'll reach your goal!!

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  WTG!!! You Can Do It!!! Well Done!!! Keep Pushing Forward!!! Hugs!!! God Blessings Always!!! Hugs!!! Take Care!!!

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