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April Whole30 Check In: Week 2

First of all I wanted to say THANK YOU all for your response to Friday’s post on Friendship– It is SO refreshing to know I’m not alone in this struggle. Hopefully we can all just learn to be friends to each other and no one will have to be lonely anymore! Als0- Don’t forget to enter the U Design Jewelry Giveawy!!

THE HALF WAY POINT!!! WHOOO! So I’ve officially made it half way through the Whole30! And let me tell you, it has NOT been easy. I seriously thought I ate “pretty clean” before this, but I gave into my cravings far more than I realized. There are a ton of other bloggers doing the Whole30 this month, so this is a place to link up and see how others are doing, to find ideas and inspiration, and to know you’re not alone.


So this week was tough. Tougher than week 1, I think. Week 1 I was all hyped up and “This is going to be amazing hooray!” Then I ran a half marathon – and when I do that I usually want to eat everything I see. I stayed on track and felt fine on Days 8-9. Kinda boring. Then comes Day 10.

Day 10 deserves its own paragraph. Because it was that miserable. I was constantly hungry. I was emotional. I was exhausted. I wanted everything I can’t have. Chai Latte from Starbucks, creamy latte, Chocolate Chip cookie, muffins…. I wanted it all. I had a hugely emotional moment of telling myself I “deserve” it and that having something – anything- would satisfy those cravings. I had black coffee… tried to make my own chai latte with my homemade almond milk (it wasn’t nearly as good without the sugar), had some rasins and cashews… nothing was cutting it. I ended up laying down for a bit in the afternoon and it helped. But I was still kinda cranky.

I thought week 2 was supposed to be kick butt awesome?! Day 11 was tough too, but not nearly as bad as day 10. I realized that I have, in fact, been sleeping way better. I know when I wake up and am utterly confused as to what day it is and why my alarm is going off that I have slept good. Things with my schedule have recently changed and now I’m working out at 7am instead of 5am and let me tell you those extra couple hours make ALL the difference. I have been sleeping deeper (according to my Sleep Cycle app) and longer. My body is thankful.

Now for the food! I have been staying true to the spirit of Whole30 and sticking to the program as much as possible. I have not, however, been worrying about the sourcing. I try to get organic and local as much as possible but when it comes to meat sometimes that isn’t an option. I have been eating breakfast meat like bacon and sausage that is not technically whole30 approved…. but that is just a small detail I’m willing to overlook for the results I want to get. As much as there are so many technical Whole30 rules, there are certain things that you have to decide for yourself if they will help you reach your goals, and for me eating those kinds of meats is fine.


Power Steak Bowl from Panera – Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce – Salad with Oil/Vinegar dressing – Eggs, Sausage, Broccoli, Spinach & Mushrooms, Tomatoes – Bison Burger topped with Homemade Avocado Dressing on a bed of Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli – Roasted chicken and veggies – Lettuce Wrapped Chicken Breast with Bacon & Guac, Sweet potato fries from Red Robin – Breakfast bowl with eggs, broccoli, tomato, avocado, bacon – Texas Chocolate Chili with Avocado

We did eat out a lot more this week and I felt good about the choices I made. I stayed away from any processed sauces/dressing and picked mostly meat and veggies. I’m not sure what kind of oil the sweet potato fries were made it… but they were good. ha.

Overall I’m feeling good about my body. I am noticing myself looking smaller in the mirror. Mostly, I just miss the aspect of community when it comes to food. We are very much social eaters. While we still have been going out we have avoided some of our favorite places to go with friends because there would be too much temptation for me. Speaking of temptation – when we went out on Friday the hubs and daughter split a piece of cheesecake. It looked amazing. I was SO tempted to have just a bite. But I didn’t. HUGE points for that one.

I’m ready for week 3. I hope there aren’t any days like Day 10 – I want to be smooth sailing from here on out! If you are doing Whole30, link it up!

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How are you doing? How do you deal with those days you struggle with making healthy decisions?


17 thoughts on “April Whole30 Check In: Week 2”

  1. Woot woot! Girl you are a total champ! I’ve read that willpower is like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it will get. Day 10 was a serious “lifting” day for you but it will pay off for you! Some of your eats look really tasty. Hang in there and feel proud of yourself!!!


  2. Glad you are getting into the groove. Temptations are difficult and you did so well to say no to the cheesecake. Just remind yourself you are on the homestretch now.


    1. YES! I keep telling myself I’m closer to the end than the beginning. I’ve also been trying not to let myself get into a gourging mindset when its done lol


  3. Yessss! I thought I did a great job eating paleo. These past two weeks sure have had it’s ups and downs. Let me tell you I’m not as perfect as I thought I was! This has really taught me to watch all the little things that I put in my mouth! Crazy! I’ll link up later girl 🙂


    1. This is such a great lesson on how easy it is for Paleo to go to “paleoish” and then it just all goes downhill from there. Any ideas for breakfast? I’ve been eating eggs and veggies with some kind of breakfast meat… I miss my paleo pancakes!


    1. Dang emotions. Always popping up at inconvenient times. I’ve come to far now to quit (though the thought has crossed my mind!) Thanks for the encouragement


  4. I thought I was doing good as a clean eating fool, but realized that i eat a TON of fruit. I’m finishing Day 8 of the Whole30 today, and I felt amazing throughout the day.

    You are doing great! Just keep on keeping on!! 🙂


  5. While I am not doing the Whole 30, I am doing the Advocare 24 day challenge (day 15…I think) and yesterday was tough. I cracked and had saltines with my soup and 1 little Debbie cake. I could have eaten them all – I think the Boston thing made me very emotional and I wanted to seek solace in da food. Back on track this morning. Best to you – enjoy reading about your journey!


  6. Been enjoying reading your journey to better health on your blog. I’m doing a Whole30 this month too…haven’t written a post about it, but linked up my eating log where I share some of how it’s going. I love getting ideas from others! Keep up the great work!


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