Hola, amigos (aka me, the only one who reads this)! I've made it to day 12 of the Whole 30 challenge. That's basically half way! Who am I?! Yesterday was really difficult. Actually, yesterday I was really hungry. The days leading up to yesterday were very difficult. I was totally thrown off around 11am when the hunger hit suddenly. This was not normal for me on this W30 journey! To explain: I have had the same breakfast everyday since day 1 of the challenge. A smoothie consisting of, almond milk, loads of spinach, half a frozen banana, half a cup of frozen berries, almond butter and coconut oil. This dreamy drink keeps me sustained from 9am-1pm. Then I have whatever leftovers for lunch, a larabar on my drive home from work and then a late w30 dinner. To be frank, the first 10 days of the challenge with this routine, I felt HUGE! And stuffed! So uncomfortable. I was eating all these "whole" foods with no outlandish snacking and still, felt and looked worse than when I started. Then day 11, helloooooo hunger before lunch time and after lunch time. Now, I think I know why this happened. I made this delicious veggie soup for dinner on day 10 and had leftovers for lunch on day 11. I'm thinking this wasn't filling enough. It didn't hold over from dinner to breakfast and then from breakfast to lunch...and then lunch to larabar snack. I was ravenous and fading FAST. So today, I do have that yummy veggie soup for lunch again but I was sure to bring some W30 chicken my husband cooked the other day. So fingers crossed that works for me.
As for physical feeling: I feel pretty good. I am not the "weight" or "size" I imagine to be after this long of whole eating. I do see a glimpse of pre-wedding bod which gets me a little excited. But my clothes aren't screaming "yayyyyyyyy, we all fit again!" like I think they should either. So it's for sure a battle everyday with my physical appearance.
I'm still eager to continue this journey and see how I feel, think, eat after the 30 days. I think it will be really, really great for me.
I'm still married, so that's a good. thing....hahaha.
In case anyone is curious (future me) about the soup I ate, it's a go-to a LOT in my house. Daniel doesn't eat it, but he doesn't have to. I finish the pot in a week, every time.
Rachael Ray's Sick Day Soup - Whole 30 Modified:
- 1 zuchinni
- 1 onion
- 2 carrots
- 2 new potatoes
- 2 stalks of celery
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- red pepper flakes
- 2-3 cups chopped kale
- 1 sixteen ounce can W30 approved tomato sauce
- 1 sixteen ounce can w30 approved diced tomatoes
- 2 cups veggie stock
- VOILA -
Hello again. So it has obviously been quite silent on this blog until my post last week about my fur baby, Marble. I’ve been so busy and time has just totally gotten away from me. I have a new, fabulous job as Director of Operations at Flea Style. It’s an indoor, curated marketplace that offers handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind goods from local makers. So, basically, it’s awesome. I worked as a temp intern from August 2015-October 2015 until I was hired on full-time. I’ve officially worked two shows and they could not have been more different! (13,000 peeps at the March 12th show!) I’m so obsessed with my job and the girls I work for/with. We are exploding this biz and it’s such an honor to be along for the ride (#fleastyleforever, haha).
I’ve recently joined a Whole30 group led by my bestie, Shelby. We are connecting through a closed Facebook group. I’m on day 8 (holy crap how did I make it this long without wine) and I feel pretty great. It comes and goes, for sure, and most of the time I am irritable and moody because I can’t have the things I “want”. However, last week searching for a freaking answer to this whole30 nightmare, I delved a little deeper into the plan on their website. I realized this wasn’t some “crash diet” or for a better description: “30 day fix”. Their reasoning and sounding behind this program is making you face your food issues. For me, I am an emotional eater. Not the “I’m depressed or anxious and eat everything in sight”…but more like I have this connection with food and what I expect it to give me in happiness. And so far, even though this is only day 8 and I will probably be super pissed later today or tomorrow, I’ve really had to think about why I want that glass of wine or why I want that french fry. Why do I think I will feel better if only I could eat that dessert and drink that beer? Why am I so pissed when my husband gets to eat the bread or a burrito and I am sitting across from him enjoying a salad?
The root of the issue is deeper than a bad diet. I’m excited that this challenge is raising very thought provoking questions throughout the day. Sure, I still get angry when I feel fatter than when I began and think about all the coming up in which I will have to pass on all the “fun things”. But so far, I am mostly proud of myself. My husband may want to kill me (sorry, love you honey!) and I have definitely complained more than I have smiled. We’ll see how long that lasts. I’m sure it will last all the way up to the last minute of the whole30.
It’s been a very long time! I’ve been so busy with my job, life and new PUP! Yes, I cannot even believe it. I, Alyssa Cates, am the proud owner of a beautiful fur baby. Her name is Marble. We’ve had her for almost two weeks now and she has become so well adjusted. She loves me the most and follows me EVERYwhere. Daniel will obviously tell you that she loves him more, but come on. The truth is in the following shadow. I am so happy to have her, she is my dream dog.
We adopted her from Recycled Poms Houston after she was rescued from a construction site. She is a gorgeous blue merle pomeranian with one blue eye and one brown eye. She is two years old and five pounds. She looks super funny when she pants - so much so that Daniel and I can’t help but laugh at her because she is so precious but also looks a little bit like a fruit bat.
It’s hard to get good photos of her right now because she puts her ears down in front of the camera and also because her fur is so dark. Every time I am trying to have a doggie photoshoot, it’s 6pm after work and dark in my apartment. But trust me, she is a beauty.
Welcome to our family, Marble! You are more loved than you know.
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.