Week 3 – Getting used to Whole30

I started off Week 3 with the scale beaming a 15.6 lb total weight loss so far, which equates to just over 6%, and we are about 1/3 of the way through the HealthyWage challenge, where we sit in 6th Place as a team! THAT made me feel great! Especially since the boss’s team is currently in 45th Place.

Since my last post, I have been INSANELY busy! Working 10-14 hours per day and trying to eat well has been a serious challenge. Hubby and I have been pretty good about food prep, and my cabbage soup made 12 servings; thank goodness!

Cravings

We are both becoming used to this new, healthy way of eating, but we both still have major cravings! We are approximately 20 days into the Whole30 program; for him, his long lost love is bread, and for me, it’s wine. Together, we’re quite biblical!

I was lamenting to my boss last night that I miss having a glass of wine in the evenings… as Hubby and I watched him enjoy a glass of Carrera. I used to come home, start a fire, open a bottle with Hubby, and we would sit in our club chairs in front of the fire, chatting about our day, sipping in the relaxation. Now, we come home, grab a tall glass of water, and sit together bitching about this diet and all the foods we miss! Then we always say, “but it’s working!”

In addition to fighting cravings, it’s also tough to find anywhere to eat compliant foods! I keep choosing sashimi, and I have to go out to eat at least twice per week for business lunches. Not only is my staff getting tired of sushi, I probably have a tapeworm or some kind of fish-causing parasite by now.

Work is Going Well

Great news at work! My boss announced that I will have a Global Senior Leader position when the dust settles from the merger. All my hard work is paying off! However, last night he said that our Board presentations are going to take on a monthly cadence, going forward, which basically puts me perpetually in PowerPoint HELL. But, if he wants to pay me to make PowerPoint slides, who am I to complain?

Back to Whole30…

I’ve finally started to notice some non-scale effects of this way of eating! My body is so cold all of the time! I had to turn our thermostat up to 68°! It’s normally set at 64°. I also had to buy flannel sheets and put an extra blanket on the bed!

Hubby says that I have far fewer headaches, even though the stress of my job has increased. Major bonus there for our marriage.

My pants are finally looser and all my size 14s are now button-able without pliers and a vice grip. Size 16s are too big to wear without a belt. This tells me that, at least for me, there are about 15-17 lbs separating size 14 and size 16 at 5’8.

The Veggie Paradox

The biggest challenge so far (aside from no wine) is trying to find veggies that Hubby will eat. I am almost to the point where I’m just going to make him broccoli and make myself whatever I want.

We had a veggie convo last night….next to the fire…with our water… and I cycled through an entire alphabet of veggies with various preparations, trying to entice him to try them. The result? Here are some excerpts:

  • Me: “How about eggplant?”
  • Hubby: “Only breaded and fried.”
  • Me: “So, just broccoli?”
  • Hubby: “I like canned, French-cut green beans.”
  • Me: “We are not eating trailer park veggies. How about zucchini?”
  • Hubby looks at me like I broke his favorite power tool
  • Me: “Okay, no zucchini. Broccoli and cauliflower mash only. Really?”
  • Hubby: “I honestly wish I enjoyed vegetables, but ughck- most of them just taste like ass and yuck.”

Two flavors with which I am certainly not familiar, and I don’t want to know how/why he IS familiar.

So, the veggie battle continues…

Day 13 – Food Prep!

As of this morning, I’m down 12 lbs so far. But, I usually spend Saturday mornings in bed, being super lazy and sloth-like. It’s the only day of the week I have time to do that, and it is glorious; no demands, no appointments, no obligations. Just me and my bed. Hubby always gets up early, which makes me grumble at him every Saturday morning around 7am.

Breakfast at 2pm? Sure! Why not? I can’t even begin to tell you how much we love the Pederson’s Whole30-approved bacon. We are trying to limit ourselves, because it is quite salty, but damn is it good! Bacon bliss.

Saturdays and Sundays are food prep days. We decided to avoid Whole Foods this weekend and shop instead at Fresh Thyme. We came out of Fresh Thyme paying 2/3 what we would normally pay at Whole Foods! Not to mention, in our locale, Fresh Thyme has a better selection! Bye bye, Whole Paycheck! I’ll still use your bags, though. They’re pretty convenient.

Don’t Skip Meals!

Hubby and I got busy during the day and missed “lunch,” (a meal between breakfast and dinner, which today would have occurred around 5pm) so we were beyond hungry while prepping food. This presents a challenge for portion control. We ended up grabbing a few Rx bars in lieu of lunch, but that’s not a habit I want to get into; using bars as meal replacements. They’re never as satisfying as you want them to be and they’re fairly Calorie-dense!

Something’s Fishy

Tonight, I tried my hand at cooking ahi tuna steaks and yellowtail. I really wanted to try both to see if it was worth purchasing again. By the way – Holy crap! Sashimi grade fish is expensive AF!

Anyhow, I found a recipe, made it my own, fired up one steak of each and split it with hubby. We wound up eating about 8 oz of fish each – too much; 4oz would have been PLENTY. Our eyes may have been more ravenous than our bodies, because it didn’t look excessive on our plates, but we could barely finish it. We should probably use the smaller plates.

Upon logging our Calories into MyFitnessPal, we discovered dinner was 800+ Calories! No wonder we were ready to burst! Nonetheless, the ahi turned out awesome! Soooo delicious and so simple! We will be having that again for sure! The yellowtail was good, but we both liked the ahi better.

Just in case you want to replicate tonight’s masterpiece:

Ahi Recipe – Serves 2

  • 1 Ahi Tuna Steak, divided
  • 2 TBSP Ghee
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 TSP Sea Salt
  • 2 TBSP Peppercorns

Cooking Instructions

  1. Season fish with salt and cayenne pepper
  2. Heat ghee, olive oil, and peppercorns in a skillet until peppercorns pop
  3. Gently add fish:
  • 1 min per side for rare
  • 1.5 min per side for medium-rare
  • 2 min per side for medium
  • 2.5 & 2 min per side for medium well
  • 3 min per side for obliterated – you know what? Don’t even bother buying this beautiful and very expensive fish if you don’t like any pink in the middle

Squeeze lemon juice on top to taste. Hubby made cauliflower mash and blasted broccoli as our veggies for the night. It was all very good, and filling.

Healthy Eats Side Effect

I love broccoli. Why doesn’t it love me? Why do I always have incessant broccoli burps for hours after eating broccoli? So gross. It’s like a nasty mouth fart. Not awesome.

More Meal Prep Creativity

Meal prepping continued with a “What do we need to cook up?” concoction that I’ll just call Cabbage Chicken Soup. Hubby also took a few of the chicken breasts and made more chicken and Whole30 gravy; it’s the closest thing to comfort food that we have been able to make while on Whole30.

I’m really not sure how the soup is going to taste, but we certainly have plenty of veggies in that Instant Pot! The veggies in the fridge were all starting to turn at once, sooooo…. soup!

All of Instant Pot’s 10 quarts’ capacity was required in the making of this mystery soup; celery, carrots, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, garlic, green beans, and chicken. The aroma is divine. I’m just not sure about having added the chicken. Regardless, I’m sure hubby will eat it. He eats everything I make. He just told me, “98% of the time, it’s really good!” I’m pretty sure the other two percent consists of a rice mishap and a waffle fiasco, each circa 2015.

Instant Pot Love

I know I’ve said it before, but I LOOOOOVE my Instant Pot! Nom Nom Paleo (where I discovered Instant Pot) has awesome recipes, and I only need to modify some (like the meatballs) slightly for Whole30.

Here’s the mystery soup, in progress:

Today’s Grub

I came in a little light on Calories at 1474, due to missing lunch and trying to make up for it with an Rx Bar. However, I’m full as hell right now from dinner. No need for even more Calories:

  • B: Eggs w/added egg whites, bacon, kale-spinach-green apple smoothie
  • L: Rx Bar
  • D: Ahi Tuna Steak, Yellowtail, Broccoli, Cauliflower Mash (way too much food, in retrospect)
  • S: None today

These broccoli burps are revolting. WTF. Hubby may want to sleep in the other room tonight. Blech.