holy **** I finished whole30November!

It’s over. I’m done. I did it. Now where the heck’s my medal?

Seriously, guys, I am so happy to be done but before I finally stop talking about #whole30November, I thought I’d share 3o THINGS ABOUT WHOLE30:

  1. I have willpower like a rock star… or a Hollywood actress who doesn’t eat anything. I never cheated once. Not even a lick from the Nutella spoon.
  2. My body runs on carbs. Some days I felt great but most days I felt really weak.
  3. Week one sucked, week two and three were pretty good but week four sucked more than week one.
  4. I ate +60 eggs.
  5. I am day drinking right now (not really).
  6. I did miss my weekend drinks but alcohol was definitely not the hardest things for me to give up… What was the hardest thing you ask? Sandwiches.
  7. The Whole30 made me antisocial. No one wants to hang out with the girl who eats raw nuts as a treat.
  8. The Whole30 made me shop online more. I think it’s called retail therapy.
  9. Do not attempt the Whole30 if you’re vegan or if you don’t eat fish. You may evaporate.
  10. Eating meat would have helped I bet.
  11. There were times I was secretly hoping I’d faint so I’d have a legit excuse to quit.
  12. News flash, sugar is in everything.
  13. I went from carb loading September to recovery October to Whole30 November… not a health plan I’ll endorse.
  14. I’d rather run a marathon any day than do this again plus, the finish line of a marathon is definitely more rewarding.
  15. BUT I think I talked as much about the Whole30 as I talk about marathon training. Sorry.
  16. My skin is drier and I broke out more.
  17. My hair, however, seems shinier (Sophie agrees).
  18. I was never bloated and never had indigestion.
  19. … But my system was not happy (do I need to explain?)
  20. It’s a lot of work. Planning, prepping, cooking. There is no easy way around it.
  21. What everyone really wants to know… I lost ~5 lbs. I wasn’t setting out to lose weight. If I was, I would not have eaten so many figs.
  22. Having a support team helped.
  23. My mother-in-law cooked for me one night, it was a definite highlight.
  24. There are a few things about the Whole30 I disagree with (if all of the ingredients are compliant, I ate it).
  25. I am slightly curious to try variations of the Whole30… like monthly eliminations of specific foods to see how my body reacts. I think eliminating everything at once doesn’t tell you much.
  26. … But don’t worry, I won’t be doing that anytime soon.
  27. I apologize for whatever I said this month.
  28. Busy Philips did, and so did I.
  29. It’s a check off my forty before forty list!
  30. I will likely not do it again!

In summary, #whole30November was not life-changing. Am I better for doing it? Meh. I will say that I’m happy it’s done but I am most happy with learning that I had the willpower to get through hard things. I am pretty good at setting personal challenges but I’m also pretty good at eating what I want when I want so this was a bit of an eye-opener. My friend once said I run so I can eat what I want which is how I often feel so this was a great introduction to adding a better diet to good fitness. I’ve been told it’s all about balance.

Good luck if you dare to try – I have the cookbook if you want to borrow it!

THIS HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY DESK FOR 30 DAYS!

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3

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week 2. done.

A wise woman once said, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” – Kelly Clarkson

Here we are, day 15 of #whole30november and I’m bringing in the halftime report:

Good news, I am still alive!

Here are 10 Things I learned/feel this week:

  1. Eating out sucks. I ate out for the first time and after frantically scanning the menu, I realized 2 poached eggs and the fruit bowl were the only things I could confidently eat (no cooking oil or weird sauces in my body). *Remember, I don’t eat meat and most fish is grilled or battered at restaurants.
  2. I shifted from thinking less about what I can’t eat and more about what I can. It’s not so bad.
  3. It’s easier to stick with basics. The fancier I get and the more time I put into cooking, the more disappointed I am.
  4. I keep panicking that I am going to forget and accidentally eat something on the no-list.
  5. I have been night-dreaming about failure.
  6. My body feels/looks the same. What does this mean?
  7. Still missing carbs the most but I am also thinking a lot about how I want to shift habits in the new year… Run fast. Eat Slow?
  8. I feel less grumpy and less like a victim than I did during week 1 however, I am also feeling anti-social and lonely. The good news is, I am taking this time to be super-productive at home.
  9. I’d KILL for a day of no cooking, planning or prepping.
  10. 1/2 done. That’s legit.

Unless you find me unresponsive, I will likely make it to the end because I am a very stubborn.

That being said, I think this weekend will be a big challenge. On Saturday, we are all running in the Movember Run, David has a lifesaving competition, and I am going to a DANCE Party and then on Sunday, it’s the year-end pizza party for the Youth Running Series… I will need to pack food and avoid temptation! Wish me luck.

Here is the week 1 report. Let me know how you’re doing.

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week 1. done.

It’s day 8 of #whole30november. One week done!

F**k yes! 

Oh wait, I have 3 more weeks to go…

Here are 10 things I learned so far:

  1. Obviously, I miss sugar and the mountain of Halloween candy in the kitchen is very tempting but what I miss most is convenience. Everything I eat is an effort. Prep, prep, prep.
  2. And almost everything tastes bland, watery… unexciting.
  3. I feel like it’d be more enjoyable if I ate meat. I suck at cooking fish.
  4. According to the Whole30 website, Paleo baking is “like having sex with your pants on” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!? It means it’s cheating.
  5. Dates + eggs  🙌
  6. My body feels the same. Not better. Not less bloated. I can’t say if I lost weight (because I don’t own a scale).
  7. My mental state is worse but I also blame November and the time change for this.
  8. Cauliflower rice and homemade mayo are gross. Spiralizing a sweet potato is hard. And despite what the website says, I am going to drink (and survive on) kale smoothies.
  9. I have a good support team. Sophie and Theresa are way more optimistic.
  10. I was able to go to the movie theatre without popcorn and a group breakfast without a breakfast sandwich.

Although it’s yet to be amazing, there are some good things I’ve already gained from this experience like, I am now excited to snack on clementines and veggies. La Croix fills the wine void, my spiralizer and blender are back in the rotation and I am stronger than I imagined at avoiding temptation. I am also stronger in the arms thanks to the spiralizer.

One final thought… I think this Whole30 thing is a bit of a hoax but I am not quitting yet.

Onward.

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5 things

I haven’t written a 5 Things post in a long time. Why not? 5 Things going on these days…

  1. David had a big week – the Halifax Hurricanes came to his school and he made the front page of the Halifax Citizen (kind of – thanks Lindsay!). Click here. He also got new glasses (note: if you don’t want your child to choose the camouflage glasses, don’t let him see them… once he had, nothing could change his mind).IMG_4874 IMG_4890
  2. Those who know me, know I love Kraft Dinner. Call is nostalgia… or just call it what it is, deliciously good. I came across this recipe for homemade “boxed” mac & cheese and had to give it a try. Guys, it is actually good and took the same amount of time as the boxed! I used GoGo Quinoa Macaroni from Costco, which my friend Nancy introduced me to. Next time I am going to try it will regular macaroni so I can see how if really is as good as the real deal. Want the recipe? Click here
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  3. Mike and I are six months short of our tenth anniversary, which means it’s the period in your marriage when all the stuff you got as wedding gifts start to break (blender and backup blender in one week!) Not great timing since I challenged myself to a smoothie-a-day in February.IMG_4796
  4. David and I signed up for the Bluenose. He’s doing the 4km run for his 4th time and I am running the half marathon. PSA: the price goes up on March 1st. Anyone else running the half? It will be my fifth time (or more?). I am also looking at fall marathon ideas… I’ll keep you posted. PS. I am selling an old Garmin. Interested?
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  5. So the old saying “The grass is always greener…” is true! I had to make a ‘quick’ business call to California for a quote and ended up on the phone with the owner for 4o minutes. Turns out Nova Scotia and the Celtic Colours is at the top of his travel bucket list. He lives 40 minutes south of Lake Tahoe. Obviously I blabbed about my love for his state and all the places I’ve been. He was impressed. He also appreciated all the tourist tips for the East Coast. Why did we not discuss a house-swap?
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Bonus. Here is a download to some fun Oscar Bingo Cards. Not to gloat, but I’ve watched 4 more movies since my last update (including MUSTANG!)Oscar Noms 2016 copy

That’s all! Have a great week.IMG_4895 IMG_4896 IMG_4897 IMG_4898 IMG_4899psst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomeg

good readance

One item on my ‘life list‘ was to find a cookbook and cook every recipe in it. Daunting right? Well my dear friend Erin was quick to offer-up a suggestion. Hello PLENTY. I have dived in and conquered three recipes already… in one day… for guests. I know, ahmaazing!

So here’s my feedback so far (opps, I forgot to take pictures). I felt a bit like Anna and Kristina … and was quick to confirm I am more Anna-like with the language but that’s not the point. The three dishes were:

  1. Marinated buffalo mozzarella and tomato. *You had me at ‘buffalo mozzarella’!
  2. Sweet potato cakes (with a great dipping sauce).
  3. Saffron tagliatelle with spiced butter. *Delicious but spicy kids!

I must say; I am pretty pleased with the outcome of all three dishes. The recipes were not too complicated and it was an enjoyable afternoon. The only downside I see is the crazy-amount of herbs required. Throughout the summer it will be okay with my garden outback however, our local grocery stores force you to buy a truckload of cilantro when you only need a small handful. Very frustrating, not to mention expensive!

So please don’t expect the next 120+ recipes to be completed any time soon as this item on the ‘life list’ will be more like a (ultra)marathon than a sprint however; it’s nice to be on my way.

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… And while we are on the topic of reading, here are some others lying around my house that I’ve been enjoying:

1. With the warmer weather, I am enjoying running again. I kept up with it through the winter but it was not as fun… So when spring came, the trail shoes were dusted off and I was inspired to read Born to Run. It is Bluenose Race Weekend and hopefully this book will inspire me to dig deeper.

2. Magazines, magazines and magazines. Besides my regular subscriptions to AnthologySunsetDwell and Style at Home, I picked up a copy of Uppercase magazine. The current issue is the Stationary Edition and it was drool-worthy. Thanks Nancy for the recommendation.

3. I just finished The Fault in Our Stars, a great young adult book and now I want more! Looking forward to seeing this one go big-screen.

I think some more Young Adult novels are in my near future. Easy reading for the summer is a perfect idea. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. –xo-meg