Day 5

I went to bed last night feeling a little hungry but I woke up pretty content.  I got 8.5 hours of sleep last night and for the most part slept great.  I have noticed that I am drinking a lot more water (I’m always thirsty) and thus needing to got to the bathroom a lot more (I know TMI) but maybe that’s my body flushing the system out or something??

Still loving my breakfast, I actually look forward to it in the morning.  Although this morning before I started to make breakfast I was in the mood for a blueberry muffin, but after I indulged in my breakfast that craving had gone away.  So once again, 2 farm fresh eggs and assortment of veggies with 2 pieces of nitrate-free bacon and a few pieces of melon.  I had my SHF vanilla fish oil this morning as well (much better than the pills!).

Enjoyed my cup of black coffee and it was so nice out again (starting to feel like fall), I opened all the windows and enjoyed the morning breeze as I started my work day.

So the past two weeks at work have been S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L and down right miserable.  So I don’t know if its the Whole30, the not drinking or work but man am I GROUCHY and on the edge today!!!! Yesterday too but much worse today.  I feel like I’m in a fog and my vision is blurry.  My patience is little to none, I want to either punch or wall or shake something uncontrollably but I am in complete BITCH mode.  So BEWARE.  This is how I felt —>  Todd suggested I go for a walk, so I did.  The weather was beautiful today, so I walked for a mile with some easy listening music on my iPhone and just took in the scenery of my neighborhood.  I did feel better when I was done (like I didn’t want to kill anyone) but I definitely didn’t feel 100% – just going to push through!

Was not feeling too well when I went into the kitchen to make lunch.  I felt very shaky and tired.  I decided to have a half spoonful of almond butter (for the fat) to get me through my slump while I heated up my lunch.  I did google this on the Whole9 website to make sure this was Whole30 approved.  Although it is, its only allowed in limited quantities and not to be eaten daily so I didn’t feel so bad by indulging.  I heated up my last pork chop with zucchini and summer squash.  I accompanied it with my natural unsweetened apple sauce, some cucumbers/peppers/carrots and a handful of strawberries and raspberries and finished it off with a pomegranate seltzer. I felt much better after I ate.

Was on my way to CF 603 and had a hard boiled egg, my progenix shake and a bottle of water.  I am going to need to do some research this weekend and find some food that I can eat on my way to the gym so I can avoid this shake (until the Whole30) is over.  It has some sugar in it (very little; just read the package) so need to eliminate it, but it was either this or nothing and I didn’t think that was a wise choice.

Was so happy I dragged myself to the gym.  Had a great workout; it kicked my butt.
WOD = Every Minute on the Minute for 9 minutes
2 pull ups (still sore from Tuesdays pull ups)
10 box jumps (my first time doing full box jumps in a WOD – it kicked my butt)
Then we had to cash out by running the field.

Thanks CJ for being my partner in crime in this WOD.

I had my progenix recovery shake and then headed home.

Didn’t feel like having dinner, was a little hungry but wasn’t excited about anything I had so I just put a few things together.  Had 2 hard boiled eggs, a handful of cut up chicken and a peach.  It was actually pretty appetizing.

Overall today was a hard day, not with food but emotionally draining and stressful with work.  But I managed and survived (now that’s some will power right there for me) and I am glad its over as I have tomorrow off.

I think this weekend will be a struggle.  I am really regiment/routine during the week so that hasn’t been hard but when I’m out and about on the weekend I just eat/drink whatever whenever I can so having to plan and make very conscious efforts will be challenging, but I think I’m up for it.

Good night everyone – on to Day 6…..


Day 4

Internet and Cable are finally back on – woop woop!  Didn’t sleep that great last night (I blame my cat, who wanted to wake me up all night).  Woke up feeling pretty tired and again was super thirsty.

I am loving my egg scramble in the morning.  My typical breakfast use to consist of 3 egg whites and then some ezekiel bread with almond butter and bananas, but the fresh farm eggs and veggies are starting to become a favorite.  I accompanied that with 2 pieces of nitrate-free bacon and a piece of melon.  It was delicious!  I also had my SHF vanilla fish oil this morning.  I’ve been taking the fish oil pills, but they make me gag so the liquid is amazing (tastes like cake batter too).

Enjoyed my cup of black coffee and since it was so nice out I opened all the windows and enjoyed the morning breeze as I started my work day.

At 10:15AM today (which is typically when I eat my snack, as I am habitual eat every 2-3 hours) I wanted a snack.  But I stopped and thought about it and assessed if I actually NEEDED a snack or WANTED one.  Turned out I wanted one not needed it – so I skipped it. 🙂

I was hungry, but not starving when I made lunch.  I decided since yesterday’s lunch was so tasty I would do it again.  Pork chop with summer squash and zucchini and I cut up an heirloom tomato from the farmers market with some salt & pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar.  I ate the all-natural, unsweetened (no sugar added) apple sauce as well; I am Pork Chops + Applesauce = delish!  Finished it all off with a pomegranate seltzer.  Felt great after.  I am really trying to slow down my eating.  I am a guzzler when it comes to drinks and I shovel my food in my mouth when I eat, so trying to slow it down has been a very conscious effort, one I’m not great at buy I’m trying!

I seemed to have survived the “nap monster” today.  Probably because I was so busy at work I didn’t have a moment to think about it.  I also skipped my 2/3PM snack.  But at 4PM I couldn’t go any longer and needed something to hold me over.  So before I jumped on yet another conference call of the day I made myself a plate of cucumbers, peppers and a plum and it was very satisfying.

I was headed to Eco Salon for my amazing facial by Melissa (if you haven’t been to my sister’s salon or had a facial with Melissa, you are truly missing out).  I brought 2 hard boiled eggs with me to hold me over until dinner and drank a bottle of water on my drive there.

I got home and heated up my leftover chicken vegetable soup.  Its still delicious but wasn’t as satisfying as the first 2 times, lol.  I also poured myself a seltzer in my wine glass (I was needing some wine after the day I had) but the seltzer worked.

Today was an overall great day on Whole30 … my work day, not so much.  Looking forward to going to bed and putting this day behind me.

Onto Day 5….

Day 3

I slept like a rock last night.  I woke up at 6:15AM, which is early for me but got a total of 8 hours of sleep.  I should have just gotten up when I woke up but instead I laid in bed and nodded on/off again and finally got out of bed at 7:30PM.  I woke up hungry this morning (probably from the no dinner last night) and my cable and internet was still out.


Egg Scramble

Started my morning off again with an egg scramble.  I had 2 farm fresh eggs and then I scrambled it up with some broccoli, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms and threw in some frozen spinach as well.  I also cooked up 2 pieces of nitrate-free organic bacon.  I was very thirsty again this morning so I guzzled down a big cup of water with breakfast.

Started my day off with a cup of black coffee.  I was feeling really out of it and foggy so I was going to have 2 cups today but decided to push through and only have the 1.

I decided that I needed to prepare my lunch today earlier than yesterday in hopes of skipping over the “hangover feeling”.  There is a plus to working from home – making my lunch fresh everyday.  Also, can I just tell you how much I love my CAST IRON

Pork chops, veggies and apple sauce

SKILLET.  Its the best thing and most used appliance in my kitchen.  Since I live in a condo I don’t have access to a grill so this helps me “grill” (or give the appeal of that) my food and finish the cooking in the stove without setting my fire alarm off (your welcome neighbors!).  Today I decided to cook up the pork chops I bought.  I heated the skillet on the stove top with some coconut oil and ghee.  I seasoned the pork chops with salt and pepper and some garlic garlic (from Tasetfully Simple).  I then seared each side of the pork chops for 2 mins per side before placing the skillet in the over (350* for 15 minutes).  While that was cooking I cooked some zucchini, summer squash and onions.  I served that with some fresh peppers and cucumbers.  I also had a natural unsweetened organic apple sauce (no sugar added, just apples and water) and I had a pomegranate seltzer.  I definitely didn’t take my time this time eating (need to learn to slow down and enjoy) but it was DELICIOUS!!

In the book it says you might feel sluggish between 1PM-3PM this week and man am I.  It also said to not fight it and to set a timer so you don’t go into a deep sleep but just get a nice 15 – 20 min nap to restart your body.  So I did that and man did that help.  I set my timer for 20 minutes and ended up waking up after 17 minutes.  I then made a small bowl of strawberries and raspberries and had a handful of cashews as I was feeling a little hungry.  NAP was a success 🙂


It takes me about 45 min – hour to get to CrossFit so I brought a Progenix shake with me in the car to have before my workout.  Thursday I will try and eat “real” food rather than liquid before the workout.

Here was our workout tonight at CF603

Warm up – 3×10 PVC pass through, squats, push ups, lunge, sit ups, PVC good mornings

Strength/Skill – Thrusters 5×2, 1×1

Met-Con – 5 Rounds For Time of:
15 wall ball shots
15 pull ups
50 singles

Cool down – Stretching

I did it in 15:44.  It was a good one.  I started it off not feeling like I had a lot of energy but I did better than I thought.  Following the workout I had Progenix Recovery shake to hold me over on my 45 minute drive home.


Tonight I had my leftover chicken/vegetable soup (it was delicious reheated) and I had that with a big glass of water.

Overall today was a success and the best part is at 8:45PM I got our cable and internet back after 2 days without.

On to Day 4….

Day 2

I slept good last night, I was exhausted but had a hard time waking up.  I did get about 8.5 hours of sleep.  I woke up to no cable or internet and since I work from home I was going to have to find an alternative work station for my day (thanks Starbucks!).

Egg Scramble with Bacon

Started my morning off with an awesome egg scramble (inspired by my sisters yesterday).  I had 2 farm fresh eggs with some of my left over egg whites and then I scrambled it up with some broccoli, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms that I cut up yesterday and threw in some frozen spinach as well.  I also cooked up 2 pieces of nitrate-free organic bacon.  I was very thirsty this morning so I guzzled down a big cup of water with breakfast.
Since my internet was scheduled to be out all day I headed to Starbucks to get to work.  I ordered a venti pike place roast black coffee.  It was some good will power to not order my typical “very berry coffee cake” that I always get when I go to Starbucks but since my breakfast was so filling it was very easy to walk right by.

Venti Pike’s Peak black coffee

I felt great all morning.  I typically have a snack around 10/10:30AM (usually a shake with greek yogurt, frozen berries and coconut milk) but skipping it today was easy.  Around 11AM I was feeling a little hungry but nothing crazy so decided to push through and wait until lunch time.

Since Starbucks doesn’t offer much nutritious-friendly meals and since I had so much great food at home I headed back home to make my lunch.

Chicken Salad (homemade mayo) with fresh heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and a hard boiled egg.

I made myself a small chicken salad with the chicken I made yesterday and the home-made mayo.  Definitely not Hellman’s Mayo and a tad bitter but wasn’t horrible.  I accompanied that with a fresh tomato from Lull Farm, a few cucumber slices (i LOVE cucumbers!) and a hard boiled egg.  I had a seltzer to drink as well.  I had a little headache when I sat down to eat but think it was because at this point I was super hungry.  I ate nice and slow (which I very rarely do) but when I felt full I took a break and waited a few minutes before finishing my plate.

I had a headache for most of the afternoon and was feeling sluggish (or as they say in the book “hungover”).  My energy got really low after lunch (around 1:30PM) and I had the sudden urge to take a nap; so I did.  After the nap (about 18 minutes) I felt worse and it felt as though my blood sugar was extremely low so around 2:30PM I had a handful of raspberries and strawberries and around 3PM I felt much better 🙂

At 5:30PM I headed up to my sisters.  Since I wasn’t sure how long I would be there or when I would eat again I decided to stop at her local Hannaford’s and get a bowl of assorted fruit.  Note to self: need to prepare better and pack snacks!  I got to my sisters house and had the bowl of fruit, a handful of nuts and a seltzer around 6:30PM.  I ended up heading out around 9PM and since I knew I would get home late I had a hard boiled egg she made and headed home.  When I got home I was so tired I went straight to bed with no dinner.

Overall I think Day 2 was a little hard.  I think a lot of it had to do with my daily routine being thrown off with no internet and then getting home late but I am proud of myself with sticking with it when it would have been easier to just cave in to my natural tendencies.

Now on to Day 3….

Day 1

Today starts the beginning of my Whole30!  I am super excited about this challenge but I do think it will be a just that; a challenge.  I spent last night at the Tim McGraw/Kenny Chesney concert at Gillette Stadium, so I started today not 100% prepared but I had a plan so I knew it would all come together in the end.  Luckily I stayed at my sister’s house last night so breakfast I knew would be healthy, Whole30 approved and delicious and it was!

8:30AM (ish)

I had an egg scramble with broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, onions and eggs – great job Jen!  The bacon and fruit were fabulous as well.  I had a coffee (black) around 9:30AM.  I always drink my coffee black so taking out creamer/milk and sugar is not a problem when it comes to my coffee!

Egg scramble with fruit and bacon

After breakfast we made a trip to Lull Farm in Hollis, NH.  On our way we stopped at Dunks and I got an iced tea with lemons and wasn’t tempted for a bagel or anything since I was still full from breakfast.

Lull Farm – if you are in the area and you haven’t checked them our – YOU NEED TO STOP BY AND VISIT THEM!  Their variety of fruits and vegetables (and many other items) are AMAZING!  It was slightly overwhelming when I first walked in but I took my time and walked around to check it all out.  At this time, the homemade sugar donuts were looking pretty good!  Now, I am a person who needs and relies on recipes.  I usually spend my morning before going to the store finding all my recipes for the week to make sure I have enough food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then I make a detailed list before I head to the grocery store.  Because I went into the Farmers Market without a clue of what I was going to make this week I felt a bit stressed.  I didn’t want to over buy or under buy for that matter.  I did feel great when I left and felt that I bought a great variety of vegetables and fruits for the week!

After the Farm I headed home and went to Stop n’ Shop to stock up on my meats for the week.  The Stop n’ Shop near my house is starting to carry a good variety of grass-fed meats (yay!) and reasonably priced as well!  I went home and by this point (3pM) I was S-T-A-R-V-I-N-G.


I had bought a roast chicken (already made) to use for my soup I was going to make so I dived right in when I got home.  It was still warm so it tasted so good.  Typically when I am this hungry I just reach for whatever is close and easy (nutrition is not on my mind).  But by eating some chicken, a handful of cashews and a couple of cucumber slices I was content.

I spent the next 2 hours in the kitchen prepping all of my food for the week.  I cut up my strawberries,  peppers and cucumbers.  I made over a dozen of hard boiled eggs and then also cut up broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms and onions to have on hand to use for breakfast throughout the week.  I cooked up some chicken breasts to have on hand as well.  I even tried making a homemade mayo (from Well Fed cookbook I just got).  This didn’t turn out amazing, something is off – but will work on it.  I think I will make a chicken salad tomorrow with the mayo and chicken – so I’ll let you know how it goes!

I then started prepping for my soup.  I’ve never made soup but man is it WICKED easy.  I cut up celery, carrots and onions and heated that for about an hour or so in organic chicken broth (with seasonings to taste).  Then added in the shredded chicken I cut up from the roasted chicken and cooked that for about another 45 minutes or so.  I then added Kale to the soup and cooked for 15 more minutes.  This made my house smell amazing!


The soup was just as TASTY as it smelled.  Two thumbs up!!

I think for Day 1 and all of the prepping I did today that I did pretty good.  I know this week will be a challenge but I am excited about it and can’t wait to see the changes I feel/experience.

Also, since you aren’t allowed to weigh yourself during this experiment I weighed myself today and also took a picture of myself so I have something to compare to at the end.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for Day 2 tomorrow 🙂

Usually filled with beer and other “non whole30” items but I think this looks way better

30 day Paleo Challenge (my thoughts)

Back in February I did the 30 day Paleo challenge with my CrossFit gym.  I didn’t cheat the whole 30 days.  I think the hardest part for me was not eating cheese, but I survived.  I went into this challenge with not a lot of knowledge.  I didn’t read any books or blogs.  I got the challenge rules and just dived in head first.  Looking back, I don’t think that was a very successful tactic.  I increased my protein intake (if not tripled it) but I didn’t balance it out with veggies/greens or anything else for that matter.  I think I pretty much turned into a carnivore!  I love veggies but I did realize I don’t eat nearly enough.  But because of this (increasing protein and not balancing out my diet) I got gout!  Have you ever had that?  OMG, its P-A-I-N-F-U-L!

I definitely learned a lot by doing this challenge but looking back I would definitely have done a lot more research (read a book and blogs) to better prepare myself.  Now going into the Whole30 I feel very well prepared and really ready to change my LIFE by changing the food on my PLATE!!  I’ve read the book (It Starts with Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig – if you haven’t; DO IT!) and I just attended their Whole9 seminar in Boston this past weekend.  I’ve also done a lot of research online, read a lot of blogs, ordered the cookbook “Well Fed” and printed a lot of new recipes that I can’t wait to try.  I’m really excited to dive into this challenge!

I will say that after the Paleo Challenge I tried to insert a lot of the eating habits I learned into my daily routine but what I ended up doing was eating healthy and not drinking beer during the week (Mon-Fri) and then come the weekend I was allowing myself to cheat and I am sure if I logged it all (which I’m bummed that I didn’t blog that process), I would see that on the weekends I was ruining my efforts of what I was trying to accomplish during the week.  What I think will be different for the Whole30 is that I will take out all of the “bad” stuff (with no cheats) for 30 days (similar to cleansing your body and starting over) and then taking the time after the 30 days to re-introduce all of it back in and then seeing where I feel like crap vs. where I feel GREAT.  Then its up to me to consciously make the decision to either keep doing what doesn’t make my body feel 100% and where I feel like its worth the pain to indulge.

I don’t consider myself to have a sweet tooth or eat a lot of sugar but I know just from reading labels a lot lately that I guarantee I will have withdrawals because I am sure there is a lot of hidden sugar in the foods I eat.  I am mentally ready to not drink for 30 days – I think that my body (and liver) need the break!  But I am anxious to see what I miss most over these 30 days and how good my willpower will be to resist any and all urges.

“Stay Strong” and thanks for reading 🙂

Hello world!

Hello World!  I just finished reading “It Starts with Food”.  I’m not going to push anyone to change their life through this process in fact I just want to document my experience and keep myself accountable for my Whole30.  I will start off by saying though if you haven’t read this book, please read it.  That’s all I ask – what you do after that is totally up to you.

I was introduced to this book by my brother-in-law Todd (CrossFit 603) and a fellow CF’er Angela.  Angela is already half way through her Whole30 and reading her blog for the first week really inspired me to give it a try – what do I have to loose, its only 30 days.

I just was at CrossFit Back Bay on Saturday with Todd for the Whole9 Seminar with Melissa and Dallas Hartwig.  What an amazing experience.  It was an overview of their book but with a lot more in-depth information.  Very eye-opening and educational (thanks Todd for taking me!)

Yesterday I went to 2 local farmers market so I could get prepared for this coming weekend.  I wasn’t too impressed with my options so next weekend I am either going to visit Lull Farm (in Hollis, NH) that my sister recommends or Wilson Farms (in Lexington, MA) so I can buy local fruits and veggies and get grass-fed meat.  I also just ordered “Well Fed” a paleo (and 99% Whole30 approved) recipes.  I wasn’t always good in the kitchen but am getting much better and I enjoy it but I am a person who needs recipes so I am excited to see what the cookbook provides.  I have also tagged a bunch of blogs/recipes from online to use as reference as well.

My official start date is Sunday, August 26th … I know its all about starting NOW and not waiting but I have the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw concert on Saturday for my birthday and I have been looking forward to tailgating so I set the date for the next day.

Keep posted for this weekend when I start blogging daily 🙂