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Week 3: Whole30 Recap

Week 3: Whole30 Recap

Whole30 Week 3. Boom pow, complete! 

This gal is feeling’ good! But, something has been on my mind. Let’s take a minute to chat. 

As I might have mentioned in a previous post, this is my second Whole30. I completed my first round about a year and a half ago. A lot has changed in that time period. But, as you can imagine, it’s hard not to compare the two rounds. Something I remember vividly from my first Whole30 was the sheer amount of energy I had (mostly in weeks 3 and 4). I was always buzzin’, always out and about! I was a boppin’ bee 101%. I believe Whole30 calls this “tiger blood”. 

Tiger Blood 101: 

"You’ve hit the downhill slope of your Whole30 and life is beautiful. Your energy is through the roof, you’ve kicked the cravings, you’re experimenting with new, delicious food, and you’ve finally got the time to notice that your clothes fit better, your workouts are stronger, and you are generally more awesome."

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Don’t get me wrong, I feel good this time around. Like, really good! No mental fog, no afternoon tiredness, I’m happy, no bloat, digestion is working. All signs point to Whole30 is doing wonderful things for this lady. The one thing that just doesn’t feel like it’s clicked into place is that extra buzzin’, boppin’ energy I had during my first Whole30. So what gives? 

Am I doing something wrong?

Could I be doing something better?

It’s the weather. Could it be? Yes, 100%, blame it on the weather.  

The mental swirl is real. I’m not struggling with finding compliant foods or planning my meals [I learned that the first time around], but maybe I'm just getting too far inside my own brain, overthinking, and comparing too much! Every Whole30 is going to be different. Perhaps my "tiger blood" energy is manifesting in a new and different way this time around? [increase afternoon focus, stronger workouts, improved digestion, etc.] - Who knows! 

And let's be real, the weather does have a profound impact on how you feel. I bring this up not to be just another person complaining about winter weather [seriously, brrr!], but rather to capture how various external factors [things wayyy out of your control] can impact your Whole30 experience. 

I completed my first Whole30 in mid-May, early June. It was spring and summer was on the horizon. The weather was slowly improving each day. Things were bright, cheery, and I had loads of sunshine to enjoy even after leaving work for the day. I enjoyed being out and about, burnin' that tiger blood energy! Now, turn to present day and it's mid-January. It’s cold. It’s snowing. It gets dark at 4PM. I naturally want to hibernate.

Round 1 ... I spent my weekends basking in the good vibes on the Lakeshore Trail...

Round 1 ... I spent my weekends basking in the good vibes on the Lakeshore Trail...

... and warm nights in Millennium Park [eating veggie sticks, ha].

... and warm nights in Millennium Park [eating veggie sticks, ha].

I wake up feeling energized and ready to take on the day, but then I look outside and it’s either -12 degrees or the streets are covered in snow. I want to jump right back into bed. Or, say I’m leaving work, it’s 5pm - hallejuah. But then I walk out the front doors and it’s pitch black, snowy and the wind is so cold it burns my face! I get home asap, don't leave my apartment and watch Netflix all night. Meh. It’s hard to find the motivation to use that extra Whole30 energy. It's no wonder that health and fitness goals are such as struggle at the beginning of the year. 

I have to remind myself that no Whole30 is perfect. And no Whole30 will be the same. I actually think it’s nice to doucment the two different experiences, take note of what’s different and try to understand why. You take what you get and roll with the punches! Or… I move to that tropical weather ;) Later, chilly Chi. 

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What thing(s) am I loving this week?

Snacks. I love snacks, who doesn't?! I've been jiving on apples, sugar snap peas and carrots. I stash a combo of those lil ditties in my desk at work and they’ve been fueling me in the afternoons. They’re all easy to grab and go, and pack a nice crunch. 

Whole30 rules prohibit legumes. Struggz, right? And while sugar snap peas are technically classified as a legume, they’re more “pod” than “bean” … so they’re a-OK. Fruit is also OK too, as natural sugar from whole foods is a go. Phew. Cuz I’m diggin’ afternoon honey crisps. 

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I’ve noticed that people have different views on Whole30 snacking. A lot of people will claim that it’s best to stick to 3 square meals a day and limit the snacking. Others will say that it’s best to split your intake into 6 smaller meals. Whatevs. With a lil experimentation I’ve found something that works for me so I’m sticking to it! You do you. I like to eat brekki, lunch, have an afternoon snack, and dinner. Typically that’s how it goes. But I keep it pretty flexible and just listen to my body. If I’m hungry you better believe I’m fueling up on more whole, healthy eats. Nomz. 

What has surprised me this week?

My workouts haven't suffered and I haven’t been bogged down by crazy fatigue. This has honestly been true each week so far. I’m still bee boppin’ on the spin bike like usual and I’ve made an effort this month to throw in some strength training at Barry’s Bootcamp [only 1x a week, but hey, I’m making an effort!].  

I look forward to my morning workouts [even despite that bitter cold]. I’ve been spinning at Flywheel for years and it’s honestly the only workout I’ve been able to keep consistent for a long period of time. So I guess when you find something you like, you stick with it! The teachers are bomb.com and their playlists never disappoint. And Barry’s? Oo lala. There’s something about that redroom that just gets me. It’s a no-nonsense cardio + strength workout that always leaves me feeling d-e-d, but accomplished. Keep those beats bumpin’ Bar, beezy will be there! 

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What is my goal for the coming week? 

Be creative. It’s your last week so get jazzy with the cooking, bee! I’m hoping to find a couple compliant Whole30 recipes and test 'em out. If they’re good, I’ll share on IG!

Tonight the BF and I are attempting a curried shepherd's pie with sweet potato mash [recipe]. Yumzo. 

Alright, Week 4, let's do it! 

And one last quick thing! Promise. This was a hodgepodge dinner that actually turned out really good! I chopped and sautéed the potatoes in ghee and rosemary for about 8 min [until kinda brown and crispy]. Then added in the zuks and rainbow salad. Cooked it all for about 8 min or so, then plated it with crockpot chicky that was leftover in the fridge and a sprinkle of the nutritional yeast.  Oh so delicious and super simps! 

And one last quick thing! Promise. This was a hodgepodge dinner that actually turned out really good! I chopped and sautéed the potatoes in ghee and rosemary for about 8 min [until kinda brown and crispy]. Then added in the zuks and rainbow salad. Cooked it all for about 8 min or so, then plated it with crockpot chicky that was leftover in the fridge and a sprinkle of the nutritional yeast.  Oh so delicious and super simps! 

Week 4: Whole30 Top 10 Takeaways

Week 4: Whole30 Top 10 Takeaways

Week 2: Whole 30 Recap

Week 2: Whole 30 Recap