WHOLE30: DAYS 15-21

The end is nearing! I'm over halfway done with the Whole30 and it's so close I can actually taste it. (No, really.) Read on for more!





 

DAY 15, Monday, April 1

FOOD:
Breakfast: chorizo sausage, sweet potatoes, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, and strawberries + coffee with almond milk
Snack: Banana
Lunch: sweet potato skillet and cilantro, spinach salad with 1/2 bell pepper and a roma tomato with buffalo ranch dressing + sparkling water
Snack: Almonds
Dinner: leftover spaghetti squash with meat sauce (I had way more of this than I thought so it's literally all I had for dinner so I could just be done with it) + sparkling water

EXERCISE: 30-minute workout video in the morning, 30-minute treadmill walk in the afternoon

MOOD: I woke up and felt great this morning! As I told a friend, not "jump out of bed the birds are singing and the sun is shining like a Disney movie" energy, but I definitely didn't immediately want to snooze my alarm. I felt my blood sugar dip a little in the morning so I had a banana instead of waiting to eat lunch. Overall, I had a really boring but very productive Monday. Is this the famous "tiger blood?"



DAY 16, Tuesday, April 2

FOOD:
Breakfast: chorizo sausage patties, sweet potato toast with 1/2 mashed avocado, tomatoes, frank's hot sauce, and strawberries + coffee with almond milk
Lunch: Jalapeno turkey burger, sweet potato fries, ketchup, spinach salad with 1/2 bell pepper, roma tomato, and ranch + sparkling water
Snack: almonds
Dinner: baked chicken (with a mayonnaise and turmeric marinade), baked zucchini and onions with balsamic, and a baked potato with ghee and sea salt + sparkling water

EXERCISE: walk around Boomer Lake in the afternoon

MOOD: Well I didn't sleep very well Monday night, so I snoozed my alarm this morning and didn't get up to do yoga like I wanted. I felt like I never really was in deep sleep all night long and I kept having stressful dreams. I did feel more alert though in the morning, so aside from the alarm snooze I still feel pretty good. Not sure if I get the "tiger blood" phase, but I felt like I had a pretty productive and alert day. On the downhill slope!

 

DAY 17, Wednesday, April 3

FOOD:
Breakfast: pork and apple sausages (honestly not great, but it's not eggs so I'll take it!), sweet potato toast, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, strawberries, frank's hot sauce + coffee and almond milk
Lunch: Jalapeno turkey burger, sweet potato fries, ketchup, spinach salad with 1/2 bell pepper, roma tomato, and ranch + sparkling water
Snack: apple + almonds
Dinner: fajita chicken, bell peppers, and onions, baked potato, 1/2 avocado + sparkling water

EXERCISE: 25 minutes of Pilates in the morning

MOOD: I've been feeling just fine this week. No different than how I normally feel, which is disappointing but also reassuring that maybe I'll be able to add back in my favorite foods without an issue.


DAY 18, Thursday, April 4

FOOD:
Breakfast: can you guess? pork and apple sausages, sweet potato toast, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, strawberries, frank's hot sauce + coffee and almond milk
Lunch: Jalapeno turkey burger, sweet potato fries, ketchup, spinach salad with 1/2 bell pepper, roma tomato, and ranch + sparkling water
Snack: apple + almonds
Dinner: baked chicken (that tasted rotten after cooking it so I threw it away), baked potato, baked squash and onions + sparkling water

EXERCISE: walk around Boomer Lake in the afternoon

MOOD: I had trouble going to sleep on Wednesday night so I had a pretty slow morning on Thursday. Once I got awake and got going, I had a pretty productive (and normal) Thursday. I was really disappointed that my chicken has gone bad, but just goes to show that I'm unable to buy anything other than frozen chicken because I can't eat it fast enough.


DAY 19, Friday, April 5

FOOD:
Breakfast: really switching it up this morning with pork and apple sausages, sweet potato toast, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, strawberries, frank's hot sauce + coffee and almond milk  🙄 I'm so sick of this breakfast combination. I just miss waffles and toast and oatmeal.
Lunch: Jalapeno turkey burger, sweet potato fries, ketchup, spinach salad with 1/2 bell pepper, zucchini, and ranch + sparkling water
Snack: unsweetened cold brew (ew!!) and almonds
Dinner: Chipotle whole30 bowl + raspberry lime spindrift (SO GOOD)

EXERCISE: none

MOOD: Once again, I had trouble falling asleep on Thursday night. I'm disappointed because so many people have told me that I'll be sleeping great on the Whole30 but it's just not happening for me. I felt like I slept better during the first 2 weeks of the challenge than this week, which is supposed to be the "best" week.

I wasn't going to eat out this week, but making 3 meals a day every single day is exhausting and mundane. I was so sick of turkey burgers for lunch that I literally had to force myself to eat it by drowning each bite in ketchup. Thank goodness for a Chipotle in town.


DAY 20, Saturday, April 6

FOOD:
Breakfast: two fried eggs, sweet potato rounds, 1/2 avocado, strawberries, frank's hot sauce + coffee and almond milk
Lunch: Jalapeno turkey burger, roasted veggies (squash, zucchini, butternut squash) + sparkling water
Snack: almonds + banana
Dinner: Jalapeno turkey burger, roasted veggies (squash, zucchini, butternut squash), baked potato with ghee and sea salt + sparkling water

EXERCISE: none

MOOD: I'm just bored with the same food every day! I especially was bored on Saturday because I was getting ready to travel and didn't want to go grocery shopping. I had to get creative, which really just meant eating the same thing I had for lunch. I was able to sleep better on Friday night so I felt really awake and productive on Saturday. (So awake and productive that I finally made the hour-long drive north to Kansas to cross off state #37. Woohoo!)

 

DAY 21, Sunday, April 7

FOOD:
Breakfast: two softboiled eggs, sweet potato toast, 1/2 avocado, strawberries, frank's hot sauce + coffee and almond milk
Lunch: Airplane lunch! Roasted veggies (squash, zucchini, butternut squash), sauteed spinach, baked potato with ghee
Snack: almonds + apple
Dinner: chipotle whole30 bowl

EXERCISE: a long walk along the beach from Marina del Rey to Santa Monica (it was nice but WAY longer than I was really thinking it would be)

MOOD: Today starts the real whole30 test for me: travel. I tried to plan the whole30 between trips, but things change (for the better!) and I'll be in Los Angeles until Thursday (day 25). I was able to have breakfast before leaving my house to stay W30 compliant, and I packed a ton of snacks for the trip. I'm going to be doing an entire post on traveling during the challenge once I finish! I'm obviously going to try and stay as compliant as possible (luckily in LA it shouldn't be too hard), but I'm also going to give myself grace if I slip up.

TAKEAWAYS:

This week felt a lot like when you run a race and you can see the finish line, and you're just willing your legs not to collapse out from under you as you just put one foot in front of the other until you reach the end. I have less than 10 days left in this challenge, and I am ready to be done.

The "tiger blood" phase never really came, so I feel like I normally do but without the things I love (cheese mostly). I'm still holding out some hope that I'll feel incredible this week, but we'll see!

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