Whole30 Day 8 + Goal Check-in

Before I get to today – I want to take a look at the three goals I made at the beginning of last week

1. I will not use electronic devices 30 minutes before bed (and I will not check my phone when I wake up in the middle of the night)

– I’ve accomplished this 4/7 nights so far, so not great. Sporting events + insomnia have contributed. I am looking to improve on sleep this week. 

2. I will complete Stage 1 of NROLW

– Also not good. I strained my neck and took a lifting break. I will be back at it tomorrow. 

3. I will spend more time with my husband

– Yes. This is going well.

On to Day 8!

I slept really well last night. I was still groggy this morning. I actually stopped and got a large iced (black) coffee on my drive because I was scary sleepy. I think it’s just a combination of a long run yesterday and not great sleep last week. I’ll be going to bed early again tonight. (Which means I need to be off the computer soon).

Breakfast – egg muffins, clementines and almond at 8am

breakfast8I’m also happy to say last weeks constipation issues are completely gone! So relieved.

Lunch – chicken + vegetable soup from my homemade broth, green beans + tomatoes at 12pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo snacking at all this afternoon, and I wasn’t hungry at all. I had today off from running so I came straight home and David was making dinner.

Dinner – salmon + broccoli with ghee and sea salt; After dinner – dried mango + pistachios at around 6:15pm (yes, the dog wanted my dinner. she did get some broccoli (sans salt and ghee) in her bowl)


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOkay, I’m off to read and bed!

Whole30 Day 7 + First Long Run of Marathon Training

It’s the end of week 1! Woohoo!!

So last night I stayed up way too late watching the Patriots win! and the US Figure Skating Nationals even though I knew I had to be up at 6am to prepare for today’s long run. So I got 6 hours of sleep. But they were 6 solid hours. Best I’ve had all week. And I’m going to bed at like 8pm tonight to make up for it.

Anyway … I got up at 6am and got ready, drank my coffee and headed out at 6:30 to meet a friend at their house. I ate an egg muffin before I left and then a sweet potato and some dates on the drive over. I also had the clementine right before running. As well as 1 part coconut water to 3 parts water before.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was a huge group of runners today. It was the first long run of Boston training for the club I just joined. We ran 10 miles, nice and easy. I ran with my friend and while it was in the 40s, it was windy! We did make a wrong turn once but that was it. There were 2 water stations set up on the training run with water, gatorade, candy and gels. I only had water and I brought 2 pieces of dried mango and 3 dates with me too that I grazed on throughout the 10 miles.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI normally would just need water for a 10 miler if I’d been training consistently but I’m just now building up mileage again, so I brought them in case and I was grateful. My legs were a little heavy and sluggish but I expected that from what I read on the Whole30 forums. Overall, I felt pretty decent.

We got back to the clubhouse and they had a breakfast spread out – all of which I could not eat. Oh well, I had a sweet potato and a piece of chicken with me to eat and then I grabbed tea

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI came home and took a short nap before doing some cleaning. Then I made chili, chicken & vegetable soup and egg muffins for the week. Now it’s up to David to do the dishes and put them away. I had some chicken and green beans around 3pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd then dinner around 6pm – chocolate chili – a little too liquidy this week since I used the crockpot. But still good.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHad a handful of pistachios after dinner and now just relaxing. We have chicken, chicken & vegetable soup, chili, egg muffins and coleslaw prepared for the week. Feeling pretty good. I do need to do some reflecting on my three goals from the start in tomorrow’s blog.


Whole30 Day 6

I slept last night! Woohoo, I could dance I’m so excited. I slept until 9am, got up, had coffee and a bite of a lemon larabar before going on a 30 min run with David and our dog. I have to say, he got us a hands free leash for Christmas and it’s awesome. I was so happy to be running outside too.

Breakfast – relatively late (maybe 11am) – 1 egg muffin, kielbasa and a grapefruit

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen I got some stuff done around the house finally, while David and his dad put our new grill together.

I had a massage at 2:30 and since I ate breakfast so late I just ate 2 clementines around 1. I got home at 4ish and was slightly hungry so I had a snack plate: almonds, tomatoes, pistachios, dried pineapple slice and an apple


I put a chicken in the crockpot around noon, so it was done this afternoon and David stripped all the meat off and now we have stock going. I also made some sweet potatoes for the next few days. David made these (http://eatlivepaleo.com/2013/02/09/crispy-spicy-oven-baked-chicken-wings/) for dinner along with cole slaw and a sweet potato for me. Here he is with his sous chef

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s dinner (I actually had 3 drumsticks and 2 sweet potatoes)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow it’s time to watch football, figure skating and get ready for tomorrow’s 10 miler! I’m feeling ready!!

Whole30 Day 5

Day 5. I slept poorly again last night. Sucks. Doesn’t have anything to do with Whole30, I do not believe. Just a lingering cough and tight trapezius.

Oh and yesterday’s constipation has been resolved, yes!

Slept until 9am and then had breakfast on the go since I had an appointment at 10.

Just looked at my pictures of today’s food and they all suck. So I’m not going to post them. Breakfast was 2 egg muffins, a banana and some almonds.

Came home from my appointment and went to the gym with David. I had a bad run, felt nauseous, hot and tired. I’m not sure if this is Whole30 or sleep deprivation related. Anyway walked more than ran for 2.35 miles in 30 minutes.

We came home and had lunch – tuna with homemade mayo and celery, a grapefruit and cherry tomatoes. Then did some errands and grocery shopped. Spent about $90 at Trader Joes and $40 at Stop and Shop including some toiletries and cleaning stuff. So not bad

We came home and I took a nap. Finally got some pain and cough free sleep. Although I did wake up coughing blah. David made dinner – grilled steak and garlic green beans. I had two clementines, a few slices of dried pineapple and some pistachios after. I guess I was hungry.

My neck is feeling good, so I’m a bit more optimistic for better sleep tonight. Fingers crossed.

Whole30 Day 4

So I slept absolutely horribly last night. My cough had me up hourly and I could not get comfortable. I ended up sleeping on the couch around 1am so that David could get some sleep. I also broke my no electronics in the middle of the night rule too because I was wide awake and didn’t have anything to do. Anyway, I was up for the day ay 6am and after coffee, I felt fine.

Breakfast at 8am: surprise! egg muffins, salsa, avocado and 2 clementines

IMG_20140109_075013_035Then I read my Whole30 daily email and it asked me to make a list of five distraction techniques to use the next time your craving hits. So let’s see

  1. drink water
  2. take a walk
  3. listen to a song
  4. eat some protein + fat
  5. stretch

Lunch at 12pm: chicken, carrots, tomatoes, green beans and a sweet potato

IMG_20140109_114937_405I had some almonds and dried mango with coffee in the afternoon. I’m dealing with a bit of constipation, so I tried a second coffee for the day to see if it would help. It did but not much.


Headed to the gym after work for a short recovery run (like 1.48 miles short) and then home. David made dinner tonight.

IMG_20140109_191231_924Now I’m relaxing and watching some figure skating! Hoping for a better night of sleep, again 🙂

Whole30 Day 3

I’m writing this on Day 4, so let me think back to yesterday … Tuesday night I did not sleep well. The cough medicine did not make me cough less and I was up every 2 hours coughing. I went to bed around 8 and woke up around 5:30. I was not tired despite the interrupted sleep.

Breakfast (8:00am)- same old: 2 egg muffins, 2 clementines and salsa.

IMG_20140108_074739_113I had a few almonds around 11:15 and then lunch at 11:45 – chili, sweet potato and tomatoes + carrots. I didn’t eat the avocado because I was too full.

IMG_20140108_115211_990After work, I headed out to meet David at the gym. On my way I had some almonds and dried mango. No picture. At the gym, I walked 5 min, ran 40 min, walked 5 min on the treadmill. I did 10x 1min hard, 1 min easy in the middle of the running to mix things up. Running fast on the treadmill is always so hard for me. My neck loosened up with the running which was helpful. 4.8 miles total.

I’ve figured out that the neck pain is probably from the drivers seat in my car which sucks because I can’t really change that easily.

Dinner was at 7:20pm ish – I had leftover turkey loaf, green beans and a piece of dried mango.

IMG_20140108_193221_630So far, so good. I feel great, I’m not tired and not too moody except for a 15 minute bout of irritability around 7:45 last night. Now if this cough would just go away so I could get a good nights sleep.

Whole30 Day Two

First I’m reminding myself of my goals for these 30 days:

1. I will not use electronic devices 30 minutes before bed (and I will not check my phone when I wake up in the middle of the night)

2. I will complete Stage 1 of NROLW

3. I will spend more time with my husband

I succeeded in number 1 last night which also gave me a bit more time for number 3 too. Sweet.

I got in bed early last night because of my lack of sleep the previous nights, I read and relaxed until 8pm when David came in. Then I had to take a sleep aid because my neck was aching too much to get sleep. I tossed and turned for a bit. I know I got two solid chunks of sleep, 10-2 and 230-530. I was up around 5:45 and felt good. I had time to get ready for the day, organize my meals, finish yesterday’s blog and spend some time with the dog.

I got to work around 8am and ate breakfast: 2 egg muffins, 2 clementines, 1/4 avocado, some almonds and dried mango


It’s 9am as I write the first part of this entry and besides my awful neck pain, congestion and cough, I feel good hah. I’m sucking it up and going to the doctor today because I’ve been coughing for 1.5 weeks.

Lunch at 11:45 – green beans, cherry tomatoes and chicken. All very good.


I went to the doctor and she said it was just a lingering cough and gave me some cough meds with codeine for nighttime, which is when it’s the worst. Then I met David at the gym. I walked 5 minutes, ran 10 minutes at 5.5mph, 10 at 5.7mph, 5 min walk cooldown. Nice, easy recovery run.

Dinner at 6:21 – sweet potato, chili and almonds. A very brown dinner haha.


I haven’t had the expected hangover type feeling that I read about in the Whole30 Daily. I feel pretty good. Now if only my neck and cough would join the party!