Whole30 Wrap-Up and What I Ate Wednesday

Well, another Whole30 down! Although in full disclosure, The Husband and I did not exactly go out with a bang.

Technically, 30 days from our restart after the wedding would have made Monday (16 September) our last day, but we spent the weekend in Ocean City with my family to celebrate my middle sister’s birthday and my parent’s anniversary, so we decided we’d stop a little early. We had been Whole30 for an extra two weeks before the wedding, and we weren’t planning on going crazy, especially with the 5K on Saturday, so we thought we’d be OK.

All it took was one weekend to remind me (yet again) how I do NOT tolerate a lot of sugar. I can handle the occasional alcoholic beverage, and even moderate amounts of gluten don’t bother me too much, but boardwalk fudge and italian gelato and toffee pretzels?

Hello, sugar hangover.

Needless to say, now that we’re back to reality we can go back to eating our clean (mostly Whole30) eating, which is preferable for both of us. As much as I enjoyed the fudge and french fries while I had them, I much prefer feeling good and sleeping great.

The funny thing is how easy it is to slide back down the unhealthy food hill once you take the first step. I have a hard time fighting the mentality of “well, I already ate french fries, so why don’t I eat that ice cream as well?” I have to remind myself that eating a treat every now and then isn’t a bad thing…but when one treat turns into a day turns into a weekend of crappy eating, my body is going to suffer the consequences. (And suffer I did! This past Monday morning was one of the hardest I’ve had for a while!)

So let’s take a look at what I’ve been eating since being back from the beach, shall we? And while I’d love to say my food has been nothing but super healthy protein, fruits, and veggies…I can’t really say it in truth…but I’m doing my best to get back on the wagon!

Linking up with Jenn of Peas and Crayons as usual! Stop over and give her and her adorable little chickpea some love!

*disclaimer: some of these photos are actually recycled…I’ve been a terrible food blogger lately and forgot to take pics of breakfast. And lunch. Can you believe that?

Breakfast

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This is actually breakfast from last week – the Husband made truffled poached eggs over leftover roasted veggies, but since it’s a variation of what we eat for breakfast every day, I figured it was close enough!

Lunch

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For lunch I had a salad, but with it I had a packet of tuna and some leftover roasted veggies on the side. But this picture is close enough!

Snack

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Another recycled picture – but I really did eat a banana and cashew butter for a snack. Except instead of eating it in workout clothes and in the car, I ate it sitting at my desk and dressed in business casual attire. 🙂

Dinner

sushi  SUSHI! The Husband and I haven’t had sushi in forever, and it’s one of our favorite meals. After an unsuccessful evening of house hunting, we figured we deserved the treat. We split a spider roll, a chesapeake roll ( crab, avocado, and caviar), and a crunchy spicy tuna roll…

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…and a baked crab roll and a crunchy dragon roll.

Have I mentioned we really like sushi?

What have you been eating lately?

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What I Ate Wednesday

Would you believe it if I told you an entire three day weekend went by and I did not take even one picture? Not even of my food? I’m serious!

Don’t get me wrong – I had a great weekend. We spent the holiday with family in Pennsylvania and had a great time – lounging in the pool, playing board games, eating, sitting by a campfire, and catching up. In fact it was the first time I saw any of my family since before we eloped two weeks ago. I’d have to say though that the highlight of the weekend was church on Sunday — we listened to a great sermon on prayer, and then The Husband and my mom and my sister and I had an awesome discussion afterward. We talked about prayer, about faith, about ourselves…we really did some soul-searching. It was really refreshing to be able to be so candid and have people to understand and relate to.

Bottom line: The Husband and I returned home happy, refreshed, and peaceful. It was one of the best weekends home in a long time! (Mostly because it’s been a while since I’ve been home, but for some reason this trip was different. In a good way.)

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, starting with returning to work on Tuesday. Good thing it’s only a four day work week!

Why don’t we celebrate by linking up with Jenn at PeasandCrayons for another What I Ate Wednesday? Well, actually, scratch that. Since the lovely Jenn may go into labor any day now (if she’s not already there), there’s a chance we may not be linking up for WIAW. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have to share my eats from Tuesday anyway!

I mean, because I know you guys are dying to see what I ate. Again. So here goes!

breakfast

Breakfast: steak and eggs with sweet potato hash browns

Can I tell you how good those sweet potato hash browns are?! Who know they were so easy? (Why do I feel like I’ve already wrote about this?) The Husband and I have been eating these for breakfast like every single day. Can’t get enough.

lunch

Lunch: salad, steak strips, baby carrots, yellow peach

As usual I made a salad for lunch – yesterday’s edition featured leaf lettuce, cucumber, yellow peppers, celery, cherry tomatoes and sunflower seeds. I ate the steak separately and practically inhaled the peach – we picked up a bag of them from a local orchard by my parents house and they are to-die-for. I love ripe peaches when they are in season. Yum.

dinner

Dinner: Frank’s Red Hot chicken thighs, baked sweet potato and roasted vegetables

Do I really need to reiterate my love for Frank and his Red Hot Sauce? I think not.

Have a great Wednesday everybody!

Three Mile Run and What I Ate Wednesday

So, the good news is The Husband and I crushed a three mile run on Saturday morning!

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The weather was gorgeous – I’d estimate upper sixties and zero humidity, which helped immensely. We decided before we set out that we were going to do a three mile loop so mentally I was prepared. The first mile is always somewhat rough for me – it usually takes that long for my body to adjust and settle into the pace. According to the Map My Run app on my phone, we finished Mile 1 in 10:28. A couple of months ago I probably would have cried seeing that pace, but after being out of the running scene for a while, I was happy enough!

three mile run Mile two was really rough – which is normally not the case, but our second mile was primarily on an uphill slant which didn’t help any. Also I think it was somewhat mental – I knew that I’d have one more mile to go and my body wanted to stop after two. Added to this was the fact that when I run with The Husband I don’t bring my iPod, because normally we can chat and run and I don’t miss the music…but I really could have used some upbeat tunes to get me through mile two! As it was, I was chanting military cadences in my head the whole time (no, I’m not joking). We finished Mile 2 in 10:22.

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Mile three was the easiest – although it didn’t fly by quite as fast as the picture makes it look…that’s just because I wasn’t holding my phone steady when I snapped the shot. But the third mile was our best – we managed to finish in 9:10, which is pretty darned awesome! Although I guess in the spirit of full disclosure I should admit that most of mile 3 was downhill – BUT it was still a good pace! We completed the loop back to our apartment, making our run for the day 3.13 miles. We ran a 5K! Total time was 31:15, for an average pace of 9:58 per mile.

Hooray for three miles! And that’s the good news.

The bad news is that I went to bed on Saturday feeling somewhat run down, and I woke up on Sunday barely able to swallow. It only got worse throughout the day, so The Husband took me to the doctor on Monday. It’s apparently not strep, but she did want to run some other tests and put me on antibiotics. I essentially spent Monday sleeping and Tuesday sleeping and we’re still waiting for the test results. Prayers would be appreciated – I can’t miss too many days of work! (Although I admit, having a couple days for my body to fight this off has been nice. I just wish my throat would feel better!)

So as a result of whatever this is I am currently suffering from, my What I Ate Wednesday post is going to be a little…humdrum. But I still figured I’d link up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons because hey – it’s Wednesday, and that’s what we do!

 

So here’s what I’ve been eating the past couple of days! (Be forewarned: it ain’t much.)

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We started out with an awesome breakfast of chorizo sausage, sweet potato hash, and poached eggs with homemade hollandaise sauce. Super yum – but it was a little bit too much for my sore throat, so the rest of the day looked a little more like this:

what i ate wednesday-egg drop soup

Homemade bone broth with an egg dropped in – the egg gives it extra protein but it was still soft enough to not irritate my throat. The Husband came up with it – in fact, The Husband has been pretty much waiting on me hand on foot throughout this whole ordeal – I definitely picked a keeper!

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I’ve also been downing ice water (sparkling and still) with lime to keep myself hydrated.

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And some Kombucha to get me the probiotics and enzymes I need to go with the antibiotics I’m on!

what i ate wednesday-banana and cashew butter

I’ve also been snacking on bananas and cashew butter for something easy and fairly light. Love the Artisana packets of cashew butter we found at Whole Foods!

So, yeah, that’s about it. Pretty boring and not so exciting, but unfortunately that’s about all I’ve been able to handle lately. Join me next week for some pictures of real (and hopefully more exciting) food!