Day 5 and end of Day 6 recap – when will I stop focusing on food?

Today started out great.  I am down another pound!  That makes -6 since Saturday.  But, I seriously need to break up with my scale.  I’m giving myself until Monday and we are over- done- finit-o.  Darren will have to take it to work with him.

Yesterday- Wednesday

Breakfast was steak and sweet potatoes.  The sweet potatoes were topped with homemade coconut butter.  So good!  My taste buds have never been so happy with an eating program.  The steak was salt and peppered good which went well with the sweet, sweet potatoes.

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I also had my coffee with my favorite coffee creamer.  I’m still thinking about ditching coffee.  With eating an actual breakfast within one hour of waking up, I don’t think I need it.  I think it could just be a habit.  And this program is all about breaking habits.

After getting Junior on the bus and Ethan situated with his morning snack, I got in a great Les Mills Combat Workout.  Ethan had his lunch and I was still stuffed from breakfast.  Not a bad feeling to be honest.  After E left for school, I hit up the grocery shopping.  Check out what I bought for a meer $60… all Whole9 approved too!

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Organic chicken, pork country style ribs, ground chicken, chicken livers, cauliflower, peppers, spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, spices (one of which alone cost $5), very light olive oil, cocoa powder, and those Lara Bars folks were talking about (Cherry Pie flavor and Cashew Cookie).  Now what am I going to cook with all this??  My plan is pre-cook some foods for lunches and for quick dinners on the days that I work.  So far, from this stash I’ve marinated a pack of the organic chicken, and cooked one pack of the ribs in the crock pot.  I’ve also turned the cauliflower into “rice”.

I didn’t get home until around 2’ish.. and still hadn’t eaten!  I ate the last of the ceviche that I made on Sunday (I think it was Sunday… or Monday) I’m going to need to date my food containers.  Some of the items I bought today were for dinner; the paprika, cocoa powder, and cauliflower.  I was taking a crack at the Mole’ Chicken w/plantain tostadas (fritters) w/cauliflower rice.  Here’s how it looked when assembled sans “rice”.

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Can you say YUM??? !!  The flavors were out of this world.  I got the mole recipe from one site and the plantain tostada recipe from another.  The sweet plantains totally complimented the smokey mole sauce.  Darren got to take the leftovers to work. My cooking usually makes his co-workers hungry since the aromas take over the office.

Today- Thursday

Breakfast was steak and sweet potatoes (again).  I don’t mind.  Makes this simple if I repeat meals.  Plus, I had marinated and shredded the sweet potato the night before. Had my coffee too.  I usually walk with it to the bus stop and sip away waiting for the bus.  I got Ethan ready for school, armed him with his snack and  then went to  work out with some Tri’s and chest muscles in our garage/gym.  I even threw in some burpees and thruster squats too.  I have so much more energy now !!  Lunch I was in a pinch since I had to work today.  My boss was visiting, so I wasn’t going to have much time to eat at my regular time.  So I just had more sweet potato and steak.  I did bring that Cherry Pie Lara Bar and a few deviled eggs w/avocado with me.  I noshed on them around 2PM.  Dinner was event of course… I had precooked the country pork ribs all day in the crock pot with onions, carrot, and celery, rubbed the ribs in Chinese 5 spice powder and salt.  SO GOOD!.

When I got home, all I had to do was dice up peppers, onions, garlic, and ginger– sautee in a big pot.. add a can of coconut milk, the juice of one can of pineapple chunks and 1/4 cup fish sauce.  I took 2 big ribs out of the crock pot and cut it up.  tossed that in the pot too.  just cook until pepper are tender.  Rice was easy.. throw cups in a bowl, cover, and microwave for 2 minutes.  Add salt, and chopped cilantro.  Dinner is served.

FEELINGS

As far as how I’m feeling- I feel very food focused.  That’s all I can seem to plan and concentrate on.  What food to buy?  What will I eat for each meal?  What an I make that the kids will eat too? Oh gosh, we’re out of eggs and avocados!! I’m sure after I get some standard meals down, I won’t be over thinking this at all.  I just want to be “perfect” at this because I am an “all or nothing” type of person.  That too, is another hard habit to break.  Hopefully, it will happen in these 30 days along with my lifelong relationship with my scale, and maybe even the coffee love.

Right now, I’m resisting my nightly cup of tea in hopes that I will get to sleep at a reasonable hour.  I want to aim for 8 hours a night.  Goodnight!

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I need to make a list….

We’ve gone through this a lot in our family where I make a meal that every one loves (or hates) and then we cannot remember what it was.  So I’m making an official list of what I’ve cooked so far that the family has loved for dinner.  I’m already forgetting.

Saturday 5/18 – Can’t remember!

Sunday 5/19-  Can’t remember!

Monday 5/20-  Tilapia w/eggplant, tomato, and onions

Tuesday 5/21- Scotch Eggs with Zoodles

Wednesday 5/22- Mole’ Chicken w/plantain tostadasImage

Thursday 5/23- Coconut & Pineapple Pork w/Cilantro Cauliflower “Rice”

I’m glad I started this list now since I already forgot what we had for dinner just 6 days ago.

Day 4 Recap….

As I posted before, I did step on the scale to see if there has been any weight loss progress.  I can definitely feel the detox effect getting the crap/processed stuff out to eating how GOD intended for us to eat; whole foods.  My energy level was great to get through a Power HIIT workout and I was only slightly tired around 3PM.  But, the rainy weather could have put me in that mood.  I’m thinking about ditching coffee.  But maybe after I finish this jar of wonderful coconut creamer I have.  I just love it!  LOL

Regardless, I got the kids out of the house and to the Dam Neck Farmer’s Market.  I got some huge zucchini and even chayote squash.  I intend to make some Paleo Filipino Tinola, possibly tonight!  I just need to locate Whole9 approved chicken broth.  What I have here at the house contains “yeast extract” and “natural flavorings”.  If I’m going to do this right, I need to do this right.  No compromises.

Back to what I was saying about Day 4.  I did have a minor visit from the Sugar Demon/Beast/Dragon- and I caved.. oh yes, I caved and ate about 6 dates.  Yes, dates are Whole9 approved, but not this many!  I even cooked them into my marinara sauce for sweetness.  What I was actually missing from my day’s eating was the good fats.  I hadn’t had a single avocado all day or with dinner.  Nor did I cook with any good fats (olive oil, coconut oil) for our meals.  The FAT keeps the cravings at bay.  Who would have thought??

Breakfast: Faux’t Meal.  Lunch: Leftover Tilapia w/Eggplant from the night before.  Dinner:  Scotch Eggs sans the crunchy outside.

My version is hard boiled eggs wrapped in ground turkey that is seasoned with fennel seeds, garlic powder, italian seasoning, basil, oregano, and parsely.  I baked them at 375 for 25 minutes in a cupcake pan.  Drained the pan, and cooked them for another 10 minutes.  They are delicious! Darren took the one leftover egg to work today. And I think he ate a total of 4 of them since the little guys couldn’t finish their 2.  I should have served them with mayo- that would have been the FAT I was missing.  But instead just threw on some tabasco sauce.

My spiral slicer arrived yesterday.   So I had to go ahead and use it and the zucchini from the farmer’s market to make ZOODLES.  No more pasta for me if I can make noodles out of veggies.     They are so simple to make too.  Spiral slice zucchini into a bowl.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap.  Zap in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Drain zoodles  on pan lined with paper towels.  Toss with salt and pepper.  Wallah!  Zoodles!  Darren, Junior, Kayla, and I devoured them.  Ethan tried, but eh- he just wasn’t digging them.  But the boy doesn’t like spaghetti.  So I can’t blame him.

My marinara sauce was a can of plum tomatoes, 1/2 can of tomato paste, 4 dates whirled in the Nutribullet with a splash of water,salt, pepper, garlic powder, and italian seasoning.  Simple enough, right?

Here’s the end result. Forgive my old Smartphone for taking blurry pictures, please.

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Day 3 Foods Recap

Breakfast 7AM:  Coffee with my Coconut Creamer Concotion.   I do consider this breakfast since I do add 2 Tablespoons of the creamy goodness in my cup.  It’s enough calories and fat to wake up the body and get it going.

Preworkout Meal 9:30AM:  What I’ve dubbed Faux’t- Meal (my play on the word Oatmeal) LOLImage

Protein: Eggs,Flax Meal  Fat:  Sunbutter & Coconut Butter,  Veggie/Fruit:  Banana

Post Workout 10:45AM: CEVICHE!

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Protein:  Tilapia and Shrimp  Fat: Avocados  Veggies/Fruit: Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Lime Juice

Lunch 2:00PM (was a bit late!):  Spinach and Onion Egg Cups w/mashed sweet potatoes

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Protein: Eggs   Fats: Nuts, Coconut Butter  Veggies/Fruit: Spinach, Onion, Sweet Potato, Raisins

Dinner 7PM:  Tilapia cooked with Coconut Aminos  and Eggplant

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Protein: Tilapia     Fats: None- I was hungry after so snacked on nuts and dates afterward.   Veggies/Fruits: Eggplant, onions, garlic, tomato

The beginning of Day 4- I’m still married to my SCALE

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Part of the Whole9/Whole 30 is to break up the relationship with the bathroom scale.  UGH!!  Why is this so hard?  I have had no problems conquering my cravings and deciding whether I am just bored, tired, or really hungry… But the one thing that should be easiest is to lay off the scale for 30 days.   I confessed amongst the Whole9 Forum boards last night for some encouragement.  I think staying off the scale could be liberating if I can conquer THIS BAD HABIT.

One reason that I have been stepping on the scale daily is because of weight loss/muscle gain competition that I joined a few weeks back.  With my weight gain over the last week, I would be paying $1.00 per pound that I gained.  I just needed to see if I’d be paying.  According to my scale, I won’t be.  Yay!

So after today- no more scale!! Darren offered to break it for me the other night.  I may be taking him up on that. As of Day 4, I’m 149.0.  I go in for my final weigh in on Monday, May 27th.  And then for real– no more scale!!!

Check out the 5 Reasons to Break Up With Your Scale