Commit of Fit: 6th Month

Half way point of my goal! Not much to report for the sixth month since most of it was spent getting my body prepared for Tanzania, being in Tanzania, and then trying to get it back working properly after Tanzania. African countries can do a number on your body if you are not careful.

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I look at my pictures from Tanzania (series starts 12th of June!) I look bloated. Why? Because fluids were trapped in my system at times after both long haul flights, and the food is on the carbohydrate side. I did loose weight in Tanzania, and it was only five pounds total. I was lucky not to get traveler’s sickness from the food, but there were times I petered on the edge of getting it. I did go on a hike in the middle of Africa up a rather steep hill to have a view of Mt Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. With a two-mile up and back, the whole experience was worth the sticker bushes grabbing me and falling on my butt on the way down. The above picture was taken two weeks after Tanzania, and you can see the five-pound loss and not the five pounds of bloat as the bottom picture has.

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After coming home it was full swing into a second round of Whole30 for me, and getting back to being outdoors. The last two weeks of May had Seattle in summer time mode, and that was a great time getting up in the morning for a run. Along with my Whole30, I have been trying out some recipes I brought back from Tanzania. So far I have made a healthy version of Tanzanian stir fry and getting back into the swing of going to farmer’s markets for fresh produce.

Six more months to go in this goal!

 

 

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Commit To Fit: 2nd Month

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Boom! And just like that, I complete my second Whole30!

I have completed one round of Whole30 (2015) before with success and learned a whole lot about some of the things I cannot put into my body. Along with figuring out what I cannot tolerate in the food department, I also learned to have a better relationship with food this time around. Food freedom is a real thing, and with it come better understanding how food can negatively and positively affect your overall health. No matter what USA News & World Report says on their Best Diet Rankings, Whole30 is not a diet or unhealthy because there are many other things it does for people who have nothing to do with weight loss.
With that said, I have found to gain so much more than losing the weight, and able to stick with my commit to fit plan with ease.

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While on the Whole30, I started a strength training program to help keep my muscle while losing weight. I know this will be a slow process, and at times the soreness keeps me motivated to keep lifting. As for running, the cold snap that lasts two weeks here in Pacific Northwest made it nearly impossible to run outside in some locations. My running had to be on the dreaded treadmill. Why so dreaded? I get bored when I am on one.Maybe February will be a better month to run outdoors.

Results:

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Not much change from last month in the above pictures and you can almost say it looks the same. While on the Whole30 I noticed nonscale victories over the loss of weight. The most pronounced victory is getting restful sleep every night. I wake up rested now, and have cut down on the amount of caffeine needed to wake me up in the morning. Mostly I have noticed I am not as sluggish anymore in the afternoon and I don’t have a craving for salty things either. I still, however, have my sweet tooth still intact. That will probably never change no matter how many Whole30s I do.

How it went down?
At some point, the Darth Sugar (Sugar Dragon) decided to rear his ugly head a couple of times when I least expected it during week one.I really wanted to plant my pretty face into a bag of Oreo’s and snort them. Thank goodness sliced banana with shaved coconut on top will cure my raving Darth Sugar from light saber in the head. I had moments when I wanted to inhale a bag or Juanita’s Chilipeno chips and Cadbury Chocolate Fingers. But I didn’t! So proud!
The sluggishness started out at the beginning of week two, but by the end, the whole being tired started to turn to more energy throughout the day. Craving sweets are still there, but eating a whole bag of chips didn’t seem all great either. Finding out I am waking up from a dead sleep at three am in the morning has been tough because last time I was getting great sleep! The third week I go sick and wanting to eat garlic bread while drink copious amounts of bone broth to get over this nasty cold. I really wanted to go off Whole30 just to get over this quicker, but I stayed the course. By the end of the fourth week, I decided to extend the thirty days into another thirty days to kick those bad food habits still affecting me.

Meals that rocked this month:
Crispy Spicy Turkey w/ Lemon Herb (Whole30 Cookbook pg 135)
Braised Beef Short Ribs w/ Mushroom Sauce (Whole30 Cookbook pg 38)
Beef & Sweet Potato Chili (Whole30 Cookbook pg 33)
Asian Sesame Chicken Salad & Shredded Sprout Slaw (Whole30 Cookbook pg 116, 235)
Grilled Pork Chop w/ veggies (Whole30 Cookbook pg 94)
Mexican Twice Baked Potatoes (Whole30 Cookbook pg)

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Weight Lost: 2lbs
How Much More To Go: 25lbs
Diet: Whole30
Running: 20 miles
Strength Training:  30 minutes 2x a week

Commit To Fit: 1st Month

First Whole30 (2015):
When your human goes on Whole30, cat perspective Part 1
When your human goes on Whole30, cats perspective Part 2
First Whole30 Completed

 

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Whole30 Cookbook Tour @ Third Place Books-Seattle

Back when the Whole30 Cookbook and Guide To Food Freedom came out in 2015, I so badly wanted to attend the book signing when Dallas and Melissa Hartwig came to Seattle. Unfortunately I missed it. Fast forward to 2017 and I finally made it to Whole30 Cookbook book tour to meet Melissa Hartwig and have her sign both of my books!

As always the weather in Seattle was a complete tropical down pour. During Melissa’s talk the microphone kept cutting out and it really had to do with the rain. She made it a funny joke when ever it happened. She talked about her inspiration for the cookbook (all the Whole30 peeps), and took questions from the audience about the Whole30.

During the signing, I found myself towards the back of the line and had plenty of time to check out some of the books they had on the self. At one point I did come across the book called How To Smoke Pot Properly by David Bienenstockly.  I’m not making it up people! It exists. I had a chuckle out of it. When it was time for me to meet her, I became introverted all of a sudden. She had to ask me questions! Call it star struck! Overall I think I did fine because after being in that very long line I was needing to eat. She asked me if I was doing the Whole30 and how it was going. All question I could answer without having to think too much.

I am glad Melissa Hartwig came back to Seattle again and it was close to home. I wished the weather was better, but that is Seattle for you. I AM WHOLE 30!

Sing Me A Song Of A Lass That Is Gone….

…..say could that lass be I? Merry of soul she sailed on a day, over the sea to Skye. Billow and breeze, islands and seas, mountains of rain and sun. All that was good, all that was fair, all that was me is gone.

~Robert Louis Stevenson‘s poem Sing Me a Song of a Lad That Is Gone. Modified Version From Outlander’s Theme song.

You may have noticed this is the opening theme song to the wildly popular Outlander Series by Dannia Gabaldon. It is true that I am a huge fan of the book series and the Starz TV series, and I believe the love story between the two main characters is better than the love story told by Fifty Shades of Gray. But this not a post about me being a huge fan of Outlander, more of a post about why this song is stuck in my head for the past twelve months. Am I the lass in this song? I could be.

 Being Walked Away From…..

I’m so sick of that same love old love, that sh*t it tears me up, I’m so sick of the same old love, my body had enough, that same old love. Feels like I’ve blown apart, I’m so sick of the same old love the kind that breaks your heart. That same old love. -Selena Gomez Same Old Love.

 It seems like ages ago when I last saw or talked to him. I believe it was never meant to be, and other priorities took the place of him after he walked out of my life forever. I had other plans with my life, and things I needed to accomplished for me without him being around to hinder the progress. Yet him being selfish was truly the best thing for me in the end. Looking back I realized I was not really putting myself first enough times in the relationship and he never full there for me. He was just passing through my life, and never really meant to stay long. Another lesson on the path to finding the person I meant to be with. Making the choice to not be friends after the breakup is and always be the best decision I have made after the breakup. I wanted to move on without him hanging in the background. As I said in a post, I wish him the best of luck in his life and that he find happiness along the way.

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 Finished A 5k Run…..

The best feeling as if you are invincible and breaking all the limitations you put on yourself come right off after crossing the finish line. Seeing the numbers of how well I did for a beginner still amazes  me. I did that? WOW! After this, there was no stopping me from enjoying running and participate in fun runs and other races throughout the year. Running has tough me a whole lot about myself and how to deal with life’s disappointments. I am thankful for a friend in telling me of this fun run. Made all the difference in healing. I am hoping to run my first half marathon soon. Will have to see!

Must Be Something In The Water….

In front of family, friends and a whole congregation, I gave my life to Jesus. After three years attending church I decided to be baptized and I thank a dear friend of mine who helped me see I was ready to do this. I will not lie it did change parts of my life for the better and paved the way for a very wonderful thing to happen later on in the year (scroll down to see what it was). A new life has begun.

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 Beautiful Smile Is Born Again…..

I have had braces in the past, and over the years my teeth have decided to move on their own accord. Now as I write this my pearly whites are now straight! Adult braces are not nearly as bad as I thought they would be. I believe it is starting to become more common for adults to have braces, and having them on even gives you better confidence then when a teenager. Not to mention the fact that I had to go through countless job interviews smiling with them. Thank goodness for advancement in braces since I had them as a teenager. Instead of two years of metal in my mouth, I had them for only eight months! Time to flash those beautiful teeth!

 Accomplished Whole30 and Began Paleo….

I think I fell off the wagon two times before the third time stuck with me (you can thank having braces for getting me to finish!). Just getting a hold of the book It Starts With Food from the local library and The Whole30 Cook Book spelled out more about how to be successful then just reading pins off of Pinterest. Just seeing other people’s results was just amazing to drop all that bloating weight on Instagram. In the end I managed to stay on the diet for thirty days on the diet and lost a lot of health problems I had after completing the program. Was not easy to do, but I am glad I stuck through with it for as long as I did.

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 One Career Door Closed, Another Will Open…..

You cannot make lemonade with rotten lemons. They are rotten for a reason!

There are times where you can no longer ride the roller coaster any longer. At the beginning of this year that was as true as ever. For the past three and half years I had been riding the ups and downs at a company that was struggling. One day it sold to another larger company that did not care about the people nor the product and so I had to do what was best for me. Walking into a job every day and not knowing what will become of you is the most stressful situation you could possibly be in. In the end I was laid off and in itself was a blessing for being let go, I was moving on was for the best. As heart breaking to leave people who became like family to you for three and half years, and knowing the team built through those times will never be the same. I will never forget what each and everyone taught me while working with them.

  Went Back To Finish My Bachelors Degree….

If you had asked where I would have been twelve months ago I would never had said I went back to school. After being laid off from Dendreon and going through a string of interviews that were going nowhere fast, I decide on a whim to apply to Northwest University’s biology program. To the surprise of me I was accepted to the University two weeks before classes began. In this a new journey began, and a new beginning was starting to take shape. I’m still amazed at what has transpired over four months studying, and learning what it means to realize a long-lost dream was about to be accomplished. Three years are going to go by fast, and judging by how fast time flew when at Dendreon, it means this too will past quick. Maybe this time I will continue to reach higher in my career with the completion of my dream.

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Sophomore At Northwest University Fall 2015

Life takes us to unexpected places we never thought we would go. Plans we thought we had go to the wayside, while other plans are made. Dreams happen, old goals are reignited and most of all, things we thought would last forever or awhile come to an end. In one year everything in life changes and you are never the same again.

The more I reflect on what has all transpired over the last twelve months, there has been a lot of changes and a lot of new beginnings happening all at once. I never thought I would be where I am today as I am right now.  “For every new beginning comes from another beginning’s end” The Closure. I guess that is what being in your twenties is all about and learning to be the lass that is gone. Gone to become something more then she has ever been before, and new adventures to go on.

Completed The Whole30 And Kicked Those Cravings!

dream-is-free-ig-300x300Bam! Just like that I completed my first Whole30! I will say it was a struggle at times with my craving for chocolate and junk food being very strong. At one point I was staring into the fridge looking for something sweet or salty to “feed” my “Darth Sugar” cravings. I never realized until I went on the Whole30 how much of the food I was eating was making my body feel blah! I thought the stress I was going through was the culprit, but alas, not so. From now on I will limit the amount of chocolate I eat a week, and make sure only eat gluten on special occasions (growing up eating a lot of bread made this challenge hard at the beginning). Overall I survived thirty days of cutting out foods that make the body feel inflamed, and putting foods in that are going to help the body better fuel itself.

Today is day 30 of my first @whole30. I have more energy, awesome healthy meals are now a habit to make, and I have lost 2lbs of bloat. I am happy with how I feel and look in the mirror! This program has changed my relationship with food and what it means to be healthy. I absolutely love how I feel and will continue for another 30 more days. Whole60 here I come!

I did not lose really any weight when on this program. I think the whole point for me was to see which foods were causing a host of problems for my body. Weight loss was not my intention from the beginning, but if it happened I would be very happy to note why it had the extra weight to begin with. The non-scale victories were the main selling point in how awesome this program is. I noticed by week two my acne was going away (something I have been struggling with most of my adult life) and fewer blemishes appeared on my face making my complexion look a whole lot better. Less bloating feeling after eating and my cloths started to fit better because of it. Since I have braces, I noticed my teeth were whiter, less swelling around the gums where the teeth are moving, and fresher breath. My orthodontist noticed this and the reason is you cannot have sugar or soda when having braces on. I have less painful joints, back, knee pain when running. My seasonal allergies and sinuses are gone now after thirty days. I fall sleep faster and sleep more soundly now. With all the restful sleep now, I have clear thinking, improved attention span, more energy, and less stressed out. . I noticed I cook more from scratched and started enjoying cooking again.

ImageThis is the just the tip of the Whole30 iceberg for me. So much improvement is still needed, and this is why I’m extending my Whole30 into a Whole60 to add more time to change some lifelong habits needing to still be broken. Here is to another thirty days of clean eating.!