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Whole 30…Day’s 4 and 5

I could not be more over this.

I didn’t have the energy or want-to to blog about my experience on these days. I have found a few bloggers who [with much enthusiasm] write about their experience. I wish I could be like them. I’m already justifying my reasons for quitting… trying to stay strong!

Okay– it goes like this.

Both days for breakfast: eggs. Eggs eggs eggs. I’m so sick of eggs. I also had bacon and fruit.

Lunch: salad. Salad salad salad! I don’t have time for anything else. So salad it is. {I really do love salads…i’m just tired of them}

Dinner: Day 4 we went to P.F.Changs. I had one my research before hand and knew that I would consume SOME gluten if I got the lettuce wraps. BUT I also knew that I could avoid the sauce and ask for “light soy” and I would be better than not. So– I did it. I ate the lettuce wraps which were DELICIOUS and I don’t even feel about it.

Dinner Day 5: This was pretty dang amazing as well!!! I found the recipe on Pinterest and gave it a whirl. They were so good. My husband (who is so anti any kind of diet when you can’t eat whatever you want) genuinely loved them and asked me to make them again. Check out the recipe here.


They turned out great.

Snacks both days: almonds, scoops of almond butter, carrots, fruit, raisins

Take away’s:

  1. For me, it’s not dairy that is the problem. I know this. I need my yogurt!!
  2. It probably is gluten. Gluten is probably what makes my stomach flair up.
  3. I would rather apply the principles of the Whole 30 to every day life in moderation. Meaning- avoid peanuts and gluten. Cut back on dairy. Avoid sugar as much as possible. Use coconut oil all the time for cooking. This makes so much more sense to me than going 30 days without any of this stuff and then going back to the same old habits. [I understand that is not the plan of Whole 30, but let’s face it– it happens]

If I make it 2 more days i’ll be shocked!

I’m trying here…

Whole 30 and the Whole ugly truth

Today was Day 1 of the Whole 30.

I could be super positive and tell you it was so amazing and that I feel great. I mean I could tell you that… but I won’t. Because that’s a lie. And if it’s not your New Years Resolution to lie less, than it should be.

Today has been interesting to say the least. 

  1. I realized that drinking black coffee is going to be rough
  2. I’m still messed up over how much I spent at Kroger yesterday
  3. I need a bite of something sweet after dinner
  4. This is not glamorous
  5. I’ve spent a good bit of time in the bathroom (TMI, y’all.)

Okay so here goes… this is my story.

I have stomach issues. I have a stomach ulcer. There are literally days when I am going into a meeting or somewhere quiet and I pray beforehand that my stomach will not make “any of those weird noises” during the meeting. It sounds like my stomach is growling or like I am about to crap my pants. There really isn’t anything else it could be. It’s so bad! Anyway, so I have stomach issues. Tada!


Over the Christmas break my husband, daughter, and myself drove to South Carolina to see my sister and her family. My sister is a health nut. (I mean that in the nicest way possible…seriously.) She eats organic, has her babies with midwives in her home, and is a saint. She prepares meals every single day using nothing processed. She buys the good meat (not the frozen bag kind). She has a fridge and pantry full of yummy, healthy, choices to eat, and I am totally envious. She’s also a personal trainer. Bottom line- I stand in awe of her. She eats well, she feeds her family well, and she’s fit. She has tried to convince me before that I needed to try the Whole 30. I attempted it about a year ago for 4 hours. Those were the worst 4 hours of my life. I wasn’t prepared, I had no clue what I was doing and I really was just doing it to make my sister proud. I failed. This trip the Whole 30 came up and I listened to what she had to say. I saw the validity in doing the Whole 30 {legit not half-a%%} and I began to understand that it could be a way for me to figure out my tummy issues. So I jumped in. Signed up. Even added a Pinterest board titled “Whole 30”. I-AM-LEGIT.


I eat healthy. My typical day is oatmeal and a banana for breakfast, granola bar around 10, 2 scoops of peanut butter at noon, salad around 2, tuna around 4, something grilled and a veggie around 6 and nothing to eat or drink after 7. I mean come on- that’s not bad…right? Oh yea… lots of coffee for breakfast, no cokes throughout the day, and something sweet to eat after dinner.

My trip to Kroger was crazy. After I got all the veggies and meat that I needed, I went on a hunt for Coconut Oil and Almond Butter. (Apparently these are must haves for the Whole 30) I couldn’t believe the cost of these things. NO WONDER we are fat!!! No wonder we eat crap!! Good Lord it’s expensive to eat healthy. Oh well. I am doing this. I am not going to cave in. I-GOT-THIS!

Okay so here’s the deal… I will tell you more as we go along. I will tell you what I ate. I am promising not to cheat (on purpose) and I vow to be open minded. Today I feel pretty good. It was a strange day. I had to text my sister 30 times to ask if I could add Stevia to my coffee, or if I could have a piece of gum. It was weird eating salsa with a fork while everyone else used a tortilla chip. It was strange not having one of my cherry cordials <WEAKNESS> after dinner. I’ve never wanted a Reese’s so bad in my life and every time I open up the cabinet it is staring at me. SIGH…. I didn’t cheat. I’m tired and hungry and I’m going to bed.


14,000 cups of coffee. [okay like 5] Black. black coffee with no creamer or anything tasty in it.

One fried egg with salt and pepper on it


Fajitas from a Mexican Restaurant with no cheese, sour cream, or tortilla.


Sausage and Shrimp pinterest recipe my sister sent me.   (Click on the link to make it. Super easy. Super yummy. Even my husband who is not on the Whole30 loved it!)


2 scoops of almond butter. 1 apple. handful of almonds. handful of pistachios. and a crap ton of water.

Don’t judge yourself

Here’s the thing… we all spend money differently. Period. Plain and simple.

I have friends who can’t live without getting their nails done on a regular basis. I know those that eat out ALL the time. There are others that choose to spend a small fortunate at the grocery store and Sam’s and find entertainment in that. No judgment here- to each his own. (that is one of my all time FAV quotes)

We spend OUR money differently. And that is A-OK. Differences make the world go ’round.


WE choose to spend our money in our own ways. Ways that make US happy and make sense to us.

  1. we like cars. Not fancy cars per se, but nice cars.
  2. We LOVE to travel. I would not eat out for a year to save up for a trip if I had to.

On the flip side, we save money in our own ways. We don’t have HBO or Showtime or any fancy extra add-on networks. We don’t have a home phone. We don’t buy expensive clothes. We don’t eat out that often. Those are OUR things. But that doesn’t mean someone else is doing it right?

We have 3 trips planned for this summer and I couldn’t be more excited:

  1. Washington, D.C. as a family (and we are meeting family there as well)
  2. Puerto Vallarta for me and the hubs
  3. Dallas, Tx for the Dixie Chicks concert (can I get a woot woot???)

These trips required several things. Budgeting to make sure we could afford them, using hotel points (my husband travels CONSTANTLY so 9 out of 10 times when we are in a hotel, it’s free), and spending time on Pinterest, groupon and other blog sites to find out the cheapest and best ways to go about these vacations.

It’s so easy to look at someone and think “man they are spending their money all wrong.” I’m guilty of that! I often hear people talk (or they come to me directly) and gripe about finances as they ramble on and on about how much they spend at the mall this weekend. I have learned to let it go. I can’t fix everyone and guess what– they don’t need fixing!! It’s their money to do with what they wish. I learned to let it go when someone once made a tacky comment about how much we travel. Yep-you dang straight! We LOVE to travel and that is what we CHOOSE to spend OUR money on.

Final point… don’t judge others for how they spend their money!! You may spend your money on having a ski boat and a jet ski. They may spend their money on clothes and handbags, and others just wanna save all their money. Don’t judge. Just keep your finances in order with what works for YOU and let everyone else just do their thang!

For Now,


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