Whole 30: Day 12-29

Guys, seriously, I am almost done with my first round! If you have been waiting for the rainbows and butterflies post, here it is. The last two weeks have been fantastic, seriously fantastic.

Everything that the Whole30 promised is real. I am sleeping really well, waking up with ease, my focus is GREAT, and I am not drained at the end of my 14 hour days. Don’t get me wrong, I am exhausted by Friday, I mean, who wouldn’t be? Between student teaching High School math, taking a full load at the University of Colorado, and the math homework… ohhhh the math homework. I have reached the level where one problem takes close to an hour and a couple sheets of paper. Anywho…back to the last two weeks.

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Whole 30: Days 4-11

Hey there, ladies and gents, I owe you an update! I intended to write updates every three to four days, but school has been a whirlwind. I sat down to write last Friday after my Calculus 3 exam, but I landed up falling asleep, before waking up to do more homework.

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The Whole 30—Because why not?

So you guys may be confused, but this isn’t a recipe post…and, you say, where the heck have the recipe posts been for the last…*clears throat* YEAR? Here is the deal; brace yourself for some real talk.

I haven’t had time to create new recipes. I’m not sure if you all know this, but I am a full time math major, student teacher, AND run an Etsy shop (which is currently on vacation while I try to get a grip on time management). Lately, I have been relying on the wonderful world of Pinterest to keep myself fed, and to be honest, it’s been great. If you haven’t checked out Confessions of a Fit Foodie yet, you are missing out. She is basically the reason I have been eating delicious food for the last year and haven’t had to mess around with making my own creations.

But here is where it gets real. I am in a rut. I have been measuring food in colored containers for a couple of years, and to be honest, it has worked. I have lost a bunch of weight and for the most part kept it off, BUT I am bored AND I don’t always make the best choices about what goes in my containers. Let’s be honest, if you tell me I can use Stevia and fill my yellow with pasta, I am going to do it.  The problem with this is, my stomach doesn’t always agree with the choices I have been making. The even bigger problem is, I am not sure exactly what my body doesn’t like. It could be dairy, could be grains, could be the INSANE amount of chemicals in food that is deemed to be “clean”.

So, I decided to get back to the basics and take on the Whole 30. Let me put this out there before we go any further, I am not taking on the Whole 30 to lose weight, I am doing it to feel healthier, reset my system, and identify what foods are causing problems.

Without going into a ton of detail, what is the Whole 30? (If you want more info, check out this link.) In a nutshell, it means the following:

So why am I telling you guys this? There are a couple reasons:

1. For support and accountability. I have a solid support system around me, but if I post my meals here, I won’t slip up and eat an entire bag of chocolate chips.

2. To provide insight, recipes, and tips for anyone either doing the Whole 30 or thinking about the Whole 30. There is an amazing community surrounding this program and this is my way of giving back.

3. To create a place with all the things I have learned along the way, for both myself and for my friends who have asked me to keep a log for them.

So for now, containers in the drawer, Shakeo in the cabinet (more on this tomorrow),  frequent blog posts and photos of my meals.  Bring on the meat and veggies…goodbye carbs…my love.

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Dinner, Food

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema

fishtacos_1Hey guys, remember me? I know, it is has been a LONG time since I have created a new recipe. My life for the past 4 months can be summed up in one line, “Mermaid tails, blocking boards and homework, OH MY.”

But now I have an entire three months to stock up my Etsy shop with baby blankets and other goodies as well as spend some time in the kitchen making some yummy meals for you to try!

These tacos are perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. I wasn’t even planning on blogging them but I shared a photo in our Challenge Group and the ladies went nuts. Did I mention our fitness and nutrition Challenge Group is amazing? <3

Don’t like fish? These would be yummy with shrimp or even chicken!

The spice level on these can be adjusted to your liking, just adjust the amount of chipotle you use, we like things spicy so we made them pretty hot.

Thanks for sticking with me for my unintentionally long hiatus, I promise to make it up to everyone over summer.

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Dinner, Food

Greek Chicken Kabobs with Tzatziki

We have had a brief glimpse greek_kabob_1of spring here in Colorado, so that means grilling. This recipe only takes a few minutes to prep and can be on your grill in under an hour.

I would recommend making the Tzatziki at least a few hours before, it is even better if you let it sit in the fridge over night.

Only 30 minutes is required for the chicken to marinate but as with most marinades it gets better the long it sits!

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Food, Lunch, Meal Prep Recipes

Mason Jar Salad Recipes!

Mason Jar Salads

Since posting the mason jar salad technique I have been getting a lot of requests for some specific salad combos. For those of you who don’t consider yourself “creative” types I have created three mason jar salads just for you.

To be completely honest, I used to struggle with creating my own combinations so hopefully these will help get you started and even inspire you to make your own awesome combinations!

For all the salads below layer ingredients in the order they are listed. You don’t have to use mason jars but they are fun and keep everything from getting soggy. If you choose to make them ahead in a tupperware, keep the dressing separate until you are ready to eat.

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Fitness, Inspiration

My Fitness Journey

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Alright everyone, here is the first fitness related post for this page. Instead of throwing a bunch of tips at you that you could probably find on Pinterest, I am going to tell you about my journey, which culminated in the start of this website and, coincidentally, my crochet “habit.”

Prior to 2009, I was always one of those people who never worried about their weight. I was active enough to not be considered lazy, but I ate what I want and never went to the gym. That all came to a screeching halt in 2009, when I suffered a pretty major back injury during military training. With two torn, and three slipped, discs in my lower back, I wasn’t doing much walking. I gained almost 50 pounds before my surgery and over the course of my recovery. The worst part was the doctors told me that I would most likely never run again and there was a good chance I would be in pain for the rest of my life.

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