Ok, so here it goes. I am beginning the Whole 30 challenge today. I am hoping by journaling publicly, it will keep me accountable for the next 30 days. Blogging publicly is a scary thing in itself since I am such a private person.
The catalyst that brought me here is to break a plateau in my weight loss Up to now, I’ve been keeping my calorie intake at roughly 1200cal/day. It’s gotten me in shape and on a healthy path, but I have a little more to go. I workout by taking intense kickboxing classes 4-5 times a week. On average I burn 650 cals/hour in one class. It’s an awesome hour of cardio and strength training. Each instructor brings their own twist to it giving the classes a ton of variety. No one class is ever the same. One of these instructors got me interested in doing Whole 30. She is a Superwoman and has been a huge inspiration and help getting me started!
Now, I know Whole 30 isn’t about losing weight, but about fueling your body with healthy good food. I just know I need to do something different to break this plateau I’ve been stuck on since the holidays. This is such a new way of eating for me, that it just may be what I need to make some kind of breakthrough, no matter how small it may be. Even if I don’t lose weight, it certainly won’t be bad for me, and i think I can expect to see other positive changes. Some outcomes I hope to see are increased body definition and hopefully an end to my afternoon sluggishness.
I already conquered a change I was dreading………no more Bailey’s Hazelnut creamer in my morning cup ‘o joe. I threw it away last night so I wouldn’t be tempted to use it today. I was contemplating still using it, I mean how bad would it really mess me up, just using 1 Tbsp every day? But, I decided, if I am going to do this, I have to commit 100%. In it’s place I used the “cream” from a refrigerated can of full fat coconut milk. I have to say, it wasn’t bad. It gave my coffee creaminess, but unfortunately, no sweetness. I think I can handle it for the next 30 days. Small challenge #1 accomplished!
So, on the menu today for me:
Breakfast: 2 large organic brown scrambled eggs cooked with coconut oil and sauteed baby kale and spinach.
Lunch: Avocado Chicken Salad with a side of roasted asparagus…. Recipe here: http://relishscd.blogspot.ca/2012/11/avacado-chicken-salad-scd-paleo.html
Dinner: Seafood Stew………it has shrimp and tilapia in it! Recipe for the stew can be found here: http://everydaypaleo.com/caribbean-seafood-stew. I made this for tonight and it tastes and smells absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to eat it!
So, I have my protein, veggies, and fats. I am freaked out about portions……..I mean how much of this chicken salad is ok to have in one serving?? There isn’t any calorie counting with this challenge, and I find that quite daunting! I am so afraid of over eating. I guess I just have to learn as I go and welcome any suggestions, tips, and corrections since I feel like I don’t know what I am doing! I am already guessing I didn’t have enough veggies with lunch. Gotta work on that.
Oh and coconut oil? LOVE it! My house smells amazing 🙂