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Weekending & A Big Catch-Up...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

I haven't been here in awhile so I am just going to write. I'm not sure why I haven't blogged in forever and a day, I guess it's harder to fit into my days these days. But I miss it so how about we catch up for just a minute here? How the hell are you guys???

I never thought I would be a blogger that only used IG but apparently that is what I have become. Aka not really a blogger that writes an actual blog. Hopefully you all follow along and see that I am alive and well. Really well actually. It is almost the end of April and I am still taking good care of myself. My Whole30 journey continues to be the best it has ever been for me. I applied and got accepted to the coaching program and am currently studying to take the first track of tests toward certification. Track 1 is a 100 question multiple choice test. You guys, I am scared. I can't remember the last time I had to take a test like this, I mean, we are talking a long ass time. And I know this stuff backwards and forwards but still, I can stump myself just by overthinking it. If I make an 80 I pass and if I don't I get one shot at a re-take. But how could I fail? See... overthinking.  It's the finer points and the science-y stuff behind Whole30 that I don't think about every day that worry me. So what do I do... just pick a day as my "test day" and commit to take it that day? A weekend, evening, first thing in the morning? Give me your best test-taking strategies people.

Aside from that I am actually kinda-sorta quietly "coaching" someone I know from the blogosphere of yore on her first Whole30 and I have to say she is freaking killing it. I don't know how much I am helping since I don't even know what I am doing but just trying to be available to her for support and Q&A, food/recipes and motivation. This has helped tremendously to see that I have to have a plan. So in addition to all the test taking going on over here I am trying to come up with ideas for running this business like coaching packages, how and when I will be available, private FB groups, meal prepping/planning and maybe some one-on-one options for locals. If you have used any type of  online coaching I would love to hear your thoughts on anything you loved, found really helpful or even didn't like at all.

Aaaand... I just had the most awesome weekend like ever. Sweetwater 420 Fest rolled into Atlanta and all of my favorite bands and music came with it. One of my besties and I stayed at my friends condo in Inman Park for free all weekend long rather than doing the hotel thing and it was sooooo much better.  I'm telling you, airbnb is the way to go y'all. This was a little different since I know the owner but I just love having a place and not just a room somewhere. We had great food, drinks, music and weather, until Sunday when it rained. But... it always rains so I was prepared with my trusty Ikea poncho. I swear to God you guys this is one of the best investments I have made. I have used this thing countless times for kids sporting events and now a festival.

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I am so proud of myself because I was uber prepared this time with all of my festival needs. You can laugh if you want to but I went to the dark side this year and wore a fanny pack all weekend long and it was glorious. Having something on your shoulder, back or cross body gets old after a day or so of sweating and rubbing on your skin soooo I went there. I opted for this super festive Sojourner Festival Fanny Pack and it was perfect. I crammed a lot of crap in it too and it worked like a charm.

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The other best idea I ever had was to purchase a super compact fold up blanket because I am old and I like to sit on my ass when I am watching concerts. I mean I'll stand a bit but mostly festivals are for popping a squat on the grass and chilling. And I don't do grass or damp ground or bugs so the Mighty Monkey blanket was worth every penny and then some. Seriously, if you go to outdoor events this thing is the bomb.

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And on that note I'll leave you with some pictures. I saw A LOT this weekend. This 420 was one of the best ever from a music standpoint and the fashion was undeniably epic. I hope you saw my stories but just in case you missed it... go back, I saved a few good ones.

The nights were magical by the fountain.

Food and drinks did not disappoint either...

But mostly the stages and the music were just out of this world. Hard to choose favorites but Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks, Anders Osborne, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters probably topped my list. 

Oh and then there was this kid... Brandon "Taz" Niederauer who played his own set and killed it but the proceeded to jam on stage with all of the acts that followed him. What were you doing when you were 14?

I have so many pics I might have to do another post but that's it for now. It was a fabulous weekend and I am so glad I went. And that I took Monday off. I am still pooped so I am gonna leave this right here. Thanks for stopping by!

Time for me to go study!!

Monday Motivation - Here's What I Know

Monday, April 2, 2018
What could be more motivation than stepping on the scale on a Monday and finding 5.5 more pounds got kicked to the curb in the month of March? Well for me that is pretty damn motivating. I think I laid out my goals here for the next few months but for a mini re-cap I basically decided to shoot for 5 lbs. a month to reach -30 lbs by June 1-ish. I say "ish"  because the key for me so far this year has been reasonable expectations. In the past I think that one of my sources of weight loss frustration has been setting really specific goals. Maybe not totally unattainable but frustrating for me when I missed the mark. I don't want to be crazy strict about every little thing I eat or drink 24/7. When that is what I need I have Whole30 to turn to and I know it works every time.

So.... I have lost 22.5 lbs so far this year. I have gained a lot too, a lot of insight that is, into a way of eating that I really think I can maintain long term. What I have learned this year is that a shift in perspective seems to be making a difference for me. I proved to myself this last month that I can eat whatever I want and I don't have to plan super far ahead, write everything down or track it in a fitness app. I just have to decide if it's worth it. This has been pretty life changing if you want to know the truth because I am a planner. It's part my personality but also, when it comes to food, part not trusting myself to make those decisions in the moment. I am not sure why exactly but as it turns out I can make those decisions in the moment and I can be satisfied with whatever I decide and not beat myself up over it. Who knew. After January Whole30 and February Re-Introduction I made March all about not planning a damn thing to see if I could do it and still stay focused.

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And what I mean by that is I didn't predetermine what I was and wasn't going to have for the month. I didn't scour menus before heading to a new restaurant,  I ate girl scout cookies 2 at a time, I drank black and tan's on St. Patty's day, I shared an order of blue cheese chips with a friend at a bar and each of these times I stopped and thought... "do I really want this and is it worth it?" I know there were other things I passed up that weren't, like pizza, chicken biscuits and donuts. On my radar but still, didn't feel like pulling the trigger in the moment. Having what I want and completely letting go of the guilt has been 1000% liberating.

Here is what else I know. On the positive side...My pants are loose, like all my favorite jeans are constantly needing to be pulled up. My tennis skirts are looser and way more comfy, also the undershorts stay put instead of constantly rolling or riding up. Shocker. I have more bras... that fit. I don't miss beer anywhere near as much as I thought as I thought I would.  On the other hand... not gonna say negative because anything you learn along the way is positive, I can clearly identify some slippery slope/no brakes foods for me and they are not changing AT ALL. Wine is a biggie, I have to be really careful to stop myself at a certain point. Gluten free crackers/chips are another one. Just as easy to eat a bag of those as it is Doritos Jacked. Maybe not exactly but still. Dairy free cream-type cheeses are also like a trigger. Is it somehow better to eat dairy free if you still eat the whole tub in 2 days? That would be a no.

In other news my application to be a Whole30 Certified Coach was officially accepted and I am really excited. I also am anxiously waiting to see who the New Primal chooses to receive the scholarship toward the certification fees and praying I win! That will be announced this Wednesday so send me all the positive winning vibes you can muster.

Hope you all are having a fabulous Monday!

Thursday Thoughts & News

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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This week flew by for me. Anyone else? We are having one last cold snap I guess here in the South and it feels like we are back to winter so while I am hibernating tonight I thought I would kot down a few random, totally random, thoughts.

Remember when I said I needed to reevaluate some of the ways in which I currently spend my time here? So yeah, I have been doing a heck of a lot of that and also doing some different things too. New places, new faces and all of that. God, this is great!!! Why did I not ditch some of this crap sooner? I declined summer women's tennis and handed off the baton of captaining my summer mixed team. Whew... what a relief. A couple people were like wait... what are you going to do? Who is going to captain?

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It's March 22 and I have officially dropped a pants size this year. Halle-freaking-lujah.  I have to say I am feeling pret-ty good about myself right now. Momentum is super high and not stopping anytime soon!

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I have decided that this is also a year of yes for me. So instead of waiting for the right time I am just saying yes to a lot more because who knows if the right time will ever come. Sooooo... I put in my application to be a Whole30 Certified Coach. I was thinking maybe I should wait until I have accomplished all my health goals first but then again... nah. This part I got so why not maybe help others and create a little business around it? Hopefully I will be accepted, but I should find out in a few days. Then the process is about 4-8 weeks of testing plus a 30 day mentorship. The kicker is that The New Primal is offering 2 scholarships for the certification fees right now and that was what really sealed the deal for me. I am applying for that too so everyone keep your fingers crossed. This would be so huge and  a chance for me to really do something I am so very passionate about as another aspect of my career!

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My other big news is that I applied for and was accepted to be a host for The Brunch Series Tour with Danika Brysha. This was another one of those "omg should I really do this thing" moments for me and I just said yes, doing it. And well, I'm really doing it. Danika is a curve model with IMG, Model Meals founder, wellness, body positive, selfcare coach in CA. She and her chef/boyfriend are going on the road for 8 months across the country hosting these events that focus on building the life of your dreams and finding authentic happiness. I am beyond excited to be part of this. I am sure I will be sharing more as the date approaches but if you are anywhere near Atlanta and want to come to the event at my house click here

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Happy Thursday! Peace...

Are You Done With Your Whole30 Yet?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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I am getting to the point in the year when  I usually start slipping a bit with my new year health and fitness goals. I would say in most cases, by about Easter, when the weather is warming up, patios are opening and brunch becomes a weekend requirement that I start preparing to take a flying leap off the proverbial wagon. And also people are asking me "Aren't you done with your Whole30 yet?" which is hella annoying. Umm yes I am, because it's a Whole30 but that doesn't mean I am done done ya know?!!!

The first year I did a Whole30 I actually stayed on the wagon until about May and then I met that one guy and all we did was eat and drink and go out all summer and that was that. So here we are in mid-March and I am about at the 20 lb. weight loss mark. Wooo Hoooo!!! When I say I have been here a bajillion times before I am not exaggerating. But for the sake of this post I wanted to list out some of the good things that seem to start happening to me around the magic 20 lb. mark. I don't know why, it's just magic.

Looser Clothing - All clothing is noticeably looser, to me anyway, unfortunately not to 99.9% of everyone else. This leads to increased time spent in my closet trying on things that don't fit to see how close they actually are to fitting again.  Which leads to planning to stick with it for another however much longer I think it will take for those clothes to fit again. Does anyone else play these mental closet games?  I am still annoyed that no one else can tell I've lost 20 lbs though. Jerks.

Diminished Appetite -  Don't get me wrong, I still get hungry. I definitely think that something about eating garbage food just makes you crave more garbage. To the point where you physically feel hungry when you are not, like all the time. I am sure there are psychological and chemical reasons for this  but all I know is I am less starving. I am consistently more satisfied and able to really discern hunger from craving. #HUGE

Sense of Accomplishment - I think up until I hit 20 lbs. I feel like "I'm not even sure this is working". For some reason in my mind 20 lbs is legitimate weight loss and anything less is not significant. I know, I know that's not right but this is about me so... sorry.

Renewed Commitment -Something about  losing 10 pounds twice makes me feel like hey, I can really do this like multiple times because I actually just did.  Good thing too because as I said before this is where I sometimes want to fall off the wagon.

Exercise Gets Easier - Honestly, this is when I start to notice a difference in my tennis game. Dragging 20 more pounds around on the court is a big deal. I notice that getting to tough shots where I really have to hustle is just a bit easier. Not only can I get there and execute, I feel less winded/tired and able to recover quicker for the next point. Why this always sort of surprises me I still don't know.

The other not so magic-y part about losing 20 lbs. is that here is when I start thinking about all the times I quit and gained it back instead of pushing myself to keep going. In my mind I feel like anyone can lose 20 lbs., it's not that big of a deal but we all know it is. I am just the last person to actually give myself credit for it. I am trying my best to stay off the scale except on the first of the month so I won't really be able to report for sure until then but I am sitting at 18.5 to 19 pounds last weigh in so I am confident that by Easter I will hit and surpass 20. My next goal, just putting it out there, is 30 by June 1 and/or fitting into this one particular pair of white jeans that have been hanging in my closet for 2 seasons.  White jeans.... what was I thinking? They always look so cute on other people and dammit I am going to wear them at least once, comfortably for sure.

Thanks for listening to me ramble:)

Five Things Friday - Fresh Looks For Spring

Friday, March 9, 2018

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I  don't know about you guys but spring makes me want to buy new things. New clothes especially because you can still get away with covering up a bit before it hit 100 muther fucking degrees in GA. This year I am also a bit obsessed with new things for my house. Things that look lighter, airier, fresh and modern. Here  are 5 things currently on my spring radar.


I live in black pants and simple tops. I am sure I have at least 25 menswear inspired denim, light blue,  French blue and/or  white shirts to go with my 99 pairs of black pants. So why wouldn't I want more? This Marinwood Stripe Poplin Shirt from  Athleta is seriously calling my name. I love the ribbon detail down the back, so different and super chic. These Stellar Crop Pants claim to be the only pants you need for spring. I'll be the judge of that but they do look mighty comfy. One thing I am diligent about is retiring the black pants the minute they start to fade. Nothing looks worse than faded black anything. Don't do it. I totally think these would be Friday friendly for work with some crisp white Adidas or a pair of fun flats.

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Enter Rothy's fun flats. Has anyone bought these yet? They are made of recycled plastic water bottles and are cute, comfy and sustainable. Oh and machine washable... whaaaat? I have not taken the plunge as they do carry a steep price tag for a ballet flat... $125 for round toe, $145 for pointy, but I hate most of the cheap flats I own. They are just not comfy at all and usually if I find a pair that is comfy they look sloppy or slipper-ish. I have my eyeballs on both the leopard because I consider that a neutral and the camo. 

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You might think I am nuts but these classic Eames Chairs are currently in my Amazon shopping cart for my kitchen. I want to get rid of the wood/upholstered seat chairs I currently have and freshen up with something light, bright and modern. Ten years ago the thought of keeping these clean would have been daunting with peanut butter and jelly fingers everywhere but now I am pretty sure we can manage.


I keep going back and forth with a new light fixture over the kitchen table and I saw this Sputnik Chandelier in a magazine photo and I am kind of thinking it might be the one. Lighting can be so expensive but since I do not plan on this being my home for too many more years I don't want to break the bank. For $112.99 this might be the perfect solution, a pretty upgrade for me that I will have no heartburn over leaving behind.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Currently; March

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
And Then It's Spring...Hello March
Spring is definitely in the air here in Atlanta. The cherry trees and pear trees are blooming. Daffodils and tulips are everywhere. I am bracing for the impact of all the horrendous yellow pollen that is about to rain down upon us.

Time for a little catch up with Anne and Sarah for what I am up to Currently...

PLANNING - My calendar for the next two months. It's jam packed with lots of fun stuff and lots of work... I hope. Fun stuff this month including the start of spring tennis for 2 teams, mixed and ladies. I said I wasn't going to play two in one season again but ... last time I swear. I'm going out for St. Paddy's Day this year too. I have not done that in I don't know how long but it is a Saturday after all. My local bar is having a dueling pianos show. It's been at least a decade since I've been to one of those. Also there will be $2 green beers, $5 Jameson shots and $6 Irish Car Bombs. Crap.

SEEING - This really tall guy. He's 6'-4". I gotta say, no offense to the shorties out there, but as someone who has always been painfully aware of my own size in terms of feeling too big I am in hog heaven. I actually feel LITTLE when I am with him. It's glorious. He's really sweet too, I like him. Or maybe he's just tall, not sure yet.

MAKING - Brussels Sprouts like they are going out of style. I seriously can't get enough of them. My current favorites are balsamic roasted so they get that sweet crispy caramelized action and Warm Brussel Sprout Bacon Caesar Salad

PRETENDING - That I 100% have this Whole30 life in the bag forever. That I am ready to sign up to be a coach because I am a success story. That I will never go back to my old ways of eating/drinking. That I have my shit together finally... because #fakeittillyoumakeit. It really works.

WEARING - Glasses. I finally went to get my eyes checked and got a prescription for distance and driving at night because apparently I am middle aged and in need. I don't actually have said glasses yet, they are on order but they are really cute and I will share later. Why in the eff didn't someone tell me how many thousands of pairs of cute designer glasses are out there??? Prada and Tiffany had me crying over their price tags. I went Costco. It's fine.


Oh Hey Friday!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

This week took forever, or was it just me? I don't know but it's a 5 day weekend for my kids and also it's not my weekend so let's get ready to partaaaaayyyyy! And by party I mean strip wallpaper, read books, play tennis and watch Netflix. Lame? Maybe but I don't care. I am on a role and I can't stop now. About that here's a few things I've been thinking about this week:

Remember that 18 for 2018 post I did here? The one where I said I wanted to host a brunch at my house? So yeah, I follow this awesome model/foodie/fitness blogger Danika Brysha and she owns a meal delivery service in CA called Model Meals. She's a Whole30 guru and her BF is a chef and together they do this thing called The Brunch Series where they come into your house and not only cook for you and anyone else that wants to buy a ticket but talk about the importance of self-care, healthy eating, mindfulness and permanent habit change. A little hippy dippy but cool. Well they are going on tour and need hosts so, I applied to host an event in my home. I seriously doubt they will pick me but at the very least I have renewed inspiration to get my kitchen redo finished up and also check something off my list. And you get to keep all the leftovers. Score.

I still have not fully reintroduced gluten things into my diet... mostly. I did have a sliver, and I mean sliver of the raspberry coffee cake my parents sent for Valentine's Day but that's not reintroducing anything but a bad habit. I also drank more than 1 glass of wine that night so there might be a correlation there... ya think? That and it was V-Day which always makes me a little cranky. And cranky equals poor choices. At least I know these things right? Anyway I am 50% scared to eat a days worth of gluten and 50% like "I don't want to eat it so why should I?" Well I should because I need to finish the reintroduction and that is part of it. So by this time next week I will have it done. Why is this such a mental obstacle for me?? I kinda sorta just want to eat a pizza, which would be very, very bad lol. All the gluten and dairy together is no bueno, that much I am sure of.

I have been trying to come up with some ways to possibly generate some additional income. I am toying with the idea of making this a long or maybe short term goal.

I meet all of the basic qualifications already. There is a 4 part testing track, interviews, mentoring program and of course an initial financial commitment. At the end you can coach with the power of the brand behind you, conduct FB groups, private coaching, meal planning, even grocery shopping with people and charge for your expertise. People are paying for it too. Talk about motivation to live the program. What do you guys think? Would I even be any good at that? Hmmmm....

I feel like this year is off to a really good start for me and I have this overwhelming premonition-y type feeling that it's going to just keep getting better. Do you ever get that? I consider myself highly intuitive so let's hope I am right on this one. I have been hibernating which I normally only do for the month of January but it has felt so good to disconnect from old habits and patterns I am just going with it. I really miss going out but so much of that revolves around eating and drinking poorly and spending money that I don't have. Until I get to a place where I feel a little more balanced I think I will just stay checked out for a bit longer. So this weekend I will mostly be hanging with my dog and probably this really tall guy who for some insane reason has offered to help me strip my wallpaper. I might have to cook him dinner but if it means less time spent on a ladder scraping shit off the wall I am in!!

Have a Fabulous Weekend!!

Currently: February 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


My first Whole30 Reintroduction phase... EVER!!! This is the first time that I am really taking the time to spend an extra 2 weeks carefully reintroducing foods back into my diet as stand alone items. This week is going to be the big light bulb moment I think when I experiment with gluten free grains, dairy and gluten. I have been thinking that gluten and dairy are the root of my stomach issues, this should either confirm or contradict that. This is so cool. I feel like I am conducting my own little science experiment.


To a whole bunch of podcasts. I don't know how I all of a sudden I got into this but I did and... obsessed. If you know me you know I am a HUGE fan of Dateline and 48 Hours type shows, DiscoveryID, etc. My worst fear of online dating is in fact getting murdered and ending up on Dateline, which bring me to my current podcast obsession My Favorite Murder. It feeds the true crime junkie in me and it is freaking hilarious. I know it sounds weird and it is, but also awesome. Stay sexy, don't get murdered.

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An Instant Pot. Why is it so hard for me to pull the trigger on this? Maybe because I have every piece of kitchen equipment known to man and it seems gratuitous to purchase yet another one? I don't know, it's a little pricey as well. However, everyone I know that has one swears by it. Anyone have an opinion??

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I need a new Netflix binge. Need... haha. So far these are my choices: Wormwood, Ozark, The Crown and Mindhunter... possibly starting Sons of Anarchy because I never really watched the whole thing but seems like a bigger commitment than I may want right now. Please weigh in... or give me more choices.


Because I also need another cute tote bag... this from The Shop Forward. One of my instagram homies posted about this and I luuuurve it. You pick your "4 Things" to be printed on the bag. Super fun fact, everything they sell benefits a cause. You can read all about their mission here. Now if I could just figure out the perfect 4 Things to have printed on my bag. Definitely give them a follow on IG and see all their stuff plus the awesome things people come up with for their bags. If you need to buy a gift for someone you know really well thus would be perfect!

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Linking up with Anne cause it's what the cool kids do. 

Whole30 Round 4 Results & Re-Introduction

Monday, February 5, 2018
I am just going to put the numbers right here because I know that is what everyone really wants to see... tangible results... numbers, inches, pounds lost right? Trust me I get it.

So when I stepped on the scale early on Day 31 I braced for impact. The number was the lowest in my history of Whole30 rounds. The funny thing is I kind of expected that it might be. I am not sure exactly why but a combination of things I guess. DON'T GET ME WRONG... 11.5 pounds is great and I am so proud of myself for that. When I was in my pantry Wednesday morning I picked up the 5 lb. bag of potatoes I had sitting on the floor and closed my eyes. I know, sounds a little wonky, me in the pantry eyes shut holding potatoes. I tried to imagine holding another 5 lb bag in my other hand, cramming 6 sticks of butter in my pockets then taking off running. I'll wait while you get a visual.... mmmkay..... and guess what? 11.5 pounds of potatoes and butter is damn heavy. That's what I am NOT carrying around anymore. That's a big deal.

Is it weird that I think of weight loss in terms of tangible items? Like I lost 11.5 pounds or I lost a small Thanksgiving turkey, half a car tire, an adult Maltese dog, a six foot aluminum step ladder, a gallon of paint or a bowling ball. I don't know about you but I don't want to carry around any of those things all day every day if I don't have to.

So here's the deal. As nice as that is Whole30 is not about losing weight. It's a lovely side effect yes but it pales in comparison to all of the other stuff that happens to me when I do this 30 day reset by the book. Not the least of which is that I get back the control that I allowed to slip through my fingers somehow over the course of the last year.... again.

It's kind of hard to explain how Whole30 changes you but it does. On Day 23 I actually thought to myself  "I feel like a totally different person" and I am not lying. By the end of last year I was run down, eating crap, skipping meals then pigging out, drinking excessive amounts of wine, beer and liquor. And quite frankly doing a Whole30 in January has become my thing. This year marked the 4th for me and I can't help but look back in awe. But... 

I try not to compare but every year I lose a little less it seems. Various reasons and it doesn't really matter. Let's focus on the fact that I have lost a total of 58.5 pounds doing 4 rounds of Whole30 and gained some of that back but not all of it... thank God.  Here is how it shakes out in pounds lost:

2015 - 20
2016 - 14
2017 - 13
2018 - 11.5

The NSV's (non-scale victories for all of you non weight challenged folks) are countless though. Lower blood pressure, absence of stomach issues, increased energy, mental clarity, less bloat and gassiness, zero heartburn, better skin, brighter eyes, better breath, increased productivity, less inflammation and joint pain just to name a few. Ummm thats HUGE!!!

And to think I have accomplished all of this without every really finishing the Whole30 completely. You read that right, I have never actually done the last part... the re-introduction. Well, I said I did it I just made up my own rules which is not really doing it and clearly it hasn't worked out for me because I have yet to achieve my food freedom. Not this year. This year I am doing it, in fact I am right in the middle of it and so far I am thinking... you jackass... this is the whole point. I am systematically reintroducing the things I have given up for the last 30 days one by one with 3 days of pretty strict Whole30 in between. It's forcing me to make choices about what I allow back in and to really fully evaluate how those foods makes me feel. How cool is that? I think we all think about our big splurges in terms of "is it worth it" but really, everything you put in your body is worthy of that same scrutiny isn't it?

So I am really excited to see how this next part of the program ends up for me. I really feel like committing to the reintroduction might be the key to sustaining a healthier more balanced Whole30 life for the long haul. I will finally know for sure if the foods I suspect send me to the bathroom in a panic, have me reaching for the Tums or falling asleep at my desk after lunch are guilty as charged. I'm looking at you dairy and gluten. Stay tuned for more updates but for now that's where I am at. Feeling amazing and very proud of myself.

End of the month musings...

Monday, January 29, 2018

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Oh Lord really... How is it the end of January already?? It has been a really good month for me... reset, detox and all that jazz. I thoroughly enjoy the holidays but January is also becoming a favorite month of mine.

I am semi dreading the start up of Lacrosse for my little one. My weeknights will be full with practices again for both her and I (tennis) . I wonder if it might be worth it to team up with a neighborhood parent to share the weeknight carpooling duties? We've done this in the past but it generally results in a tit-for-tat situation (them not me) which I have zero patience for. Why do grown ass adults have to be like that?

Is it possible that what you eat can in fact make you feel like a totally different person? I am inclined to believe it is 100% possible. Which also leads me to another conclusion...

Maybe all of the fuss about gluten and the way our manufactured foods are processed is really fucking with multiple aspects of how we feel and function in daily life? I know people make fun of the gluten wackos but if the symptoms of sensitivity are really truly caused by gluten (and other stuff)... OMG... maybe what I always thought was just getting older and having an even more sensitive stomach is something else altogether.

I haven't been on a date since before the holidays. Wow... like 6 weeks. That is some kind of record for me. I have 2 current gap fillers that I sort of alternate weekends with when I feel so inclined. Neither one is relationship worthy though. I'm getting bored, may have to ramp up the Tinder again. Why are most available men so utterly disappointing?

Operation strip wallpaper is the worst damn idea I have had in awhile. Yuck. I am not a "let's just hit it hard and knock it out" kind of person so this could take awhile. I am currently stripping about 2-3 sections per week. At this rate I will be done by the end of February. I am ok with that. It's not coming off easy and the chemicals are gross. I hate this project.

I have been journaling every day in the new Whole30 companion book and I am surprised by how much I am liking it. Haven't journaled in forever. Might have to stick with this for awhile.

I cannot wait to get on the scale on Wednesday morning. Seriously I am dying to know how much weight I lost. I am trying to not focus too hard on the number but I hope it's a good bit. Two of my tennis pals yesterday were talking about how they recently dropped 20 pounds and I was like "oh hey I might have too but I won't know till Wednesday".

I have my entire Whole30 reintroduction planned out to start on Wednesday also. I am really stoked about this. My first add back in will be a glass of wine on Wednesday night and then most likely back to strict Whole30 for 2-3 days. Then we will see what's next. It's embarrassing that I have never taken the time to do this part of the program before, I think it is going to be really eye opening!

Hope everyone has a great Monday!

Goals Part Deux: 18 For 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

Since I did another post on my goals for 2018 Part 1 I guess I better finish up this thought with my Part 2 huh? Well my Part 2 is completely stolen from the Happier Podcast by Gretchen Rubin but it's ok because she put it out there for all of us to get on board with. If you don't listen to this podcast check it out, it is one I really enjoy and find offers a lot of good practical advice on how to make your life just better overall. So, on the podcast the challenge was to come up with a list of 18 things you want to do in 2018 and it could be anything at all. This is not just about huge life goals but also an opportunity to set the bar low and just check off a few regular things too. Things that you pretty much always have time for but maybe you just don't do. This is not about goals in big broad terms either, it's about giving yourself specific action items if you will. For example instead of "eat healthy" how about pack a healthy lunch to take to work at least 3 days a week... that kind of thing. Anyway here is what I came up with for my 18...

Buy some hiking shoes and hit Sweetwater Creek State Park. Maybe not just this one but it's something I have wanted to do for awhile. I have come to grips with not really being a gym person at this point in life but I like walking outdoors and nature is like Xanax for me.

Finish the book Food Freedom Forever that I bought 2 years ago and do a real Whole30 Reintroduction phase by the book. Complete with mini-resets as needed.

Take a day trip to Athens, GA and visit Creature Comforts Brewery. Because beer.

Have a date night with my kids once a month and pick a new place at least every other time. 

Go to Michigan.

Lose 30 lbs. This really not that daunting considering that most likely after Whole30 is over I'll be close to halfway there. 

Paint and purge at least 3 areas/rooms of my house that I currently am not fond of. 

Practice the One Minute Rule regularly. This is another Gretchen Rubin thing... the idea is to immediately do any tasks that come up if they will take 1 minute or less to complete. Like... hanging up your coat, putting dishes in the dishwasher instead of the sink, read mail and toss it, etc. 

Clean out the side of my garage that is currently not usable as a garage so that when Olivia is home she can park her car in it not in the driveway.

Visit Oakland Cemetery and actually take the tour.

Have dinner at Golden Eagle. 2018 birthday maybe?

Take a one day/afternoon class in something I have never done before.

Read 12 books or 1 a month.

Delegate, delegate, delegate. I have 2 able bodied children living in my house and a huge team of people at work at my disposal. I need to get better about allowing others assist in the big projects so I don't get burned out and pissed off.

Host a brunch at my home. As much as I love brunch I have never hosted a fun brunch. I have had family/holiday things like Easter or Baptisms but I want to do a fun friends day drinking event. Maybe during Wimbledon?

Take the kids on a surprise weekend trip somewhere unexpected that we can drive to. Southerners give me ideas!!!

Find a way to organize my shoes. Ugh... this part of my closet is an embarrassment.

Bake a grain free paleo cake. I have this beautiful book on paleo baking and I haven't even made a damn cake yet.

So there's my list. Some things are rather small  but just stuff I want to do. Some things may seem silly to someone else but that's not the point either. I tried really hard to be specific so I can actually   say hey... this IS what it is exactly and check it off when it's done. I need concrete rules to be successful, I know this. Another idea they talked about on the podcast was creating this list with your spouse or partner which I think would be very cool too. Now... what to tackle first.