My 2018 Whole30 Journey

Hi everyone! I have not kept up with this blog and I am truly sorry! So much has happened over the last year since I started this blog, my attention was shall I say scattered and honestly, I’m so ready to dive in and get 2018 started off strong and positive.
As of today, I’m on DAY 4 of my WHOLE30!  I figured I should share this news with you in hopes that you have tips, recommendations, suggestions or just want to send me a virtual high five!

As you may have noticed if you’ve followed me on Facebook or Instagram, this is NOT my first time trying to complete a Whole30, this is actually my 4th attempt since having completed my first one in 2014. Yes, I basically have tried each year since my successful 2014 Whole30 to do it again and for some reason or another, I simply quit.

 Even after I knew it was the most amazing 30 days of my life I would start and then after Day 3 or 4 I would fizzle out and run back to finish an entire row of Oreos.
But not this time. NO MA’AM (or SIR). This time is different. I’m approaching this one with complete and utter respect and learning how to re-slay the sugar dragon who has invaded my mind and body. To help me on this journey I’ve ordered Food Freedom Forever and can’t wait to get through it. See, over the last 2.5 years, I’ve neglected and avoided being good to my body and taking care of it from the inside.  It was like I was sabotaged every good thing I’d done. I had conquered my goals in fitness and strength and even had my weight somewhat under control. But I somehow went down this ugly spiral with food and that turned into a sheer mockery of running or going to the gym.  Sure I had the occasional motivation to run/walk for a mile or 2 but I resisted.
I have to be honest with myself and without any judgment be completely frank on this topic. This isn’t about vanity. This is about health and fitness. As a forty-something Gigi, I have crossed into territories I had promised I wouldn’t go and found myself feeling sluggish, lethargic, sick and it’s all because I’ve had a really bad relationship with food.

I’ve put on almost 10lbs per year starting with 2015 and I’ve had enough. I want to be healthy and fit for my family, so I can chase my daughter’s toddler up and down stairs without gasping for my breath. I want to teach my son who is in recovery the proper way to fuel your body pre and post workout. I want to travel to places with my husband and not have to opt out of paddleboarding or skiing because I’m not flexible or fit enough.
I’m so grateful for my husband for accompanying me on this journey. He offered 1000% support in doing this.  He said he would eat Whole30 meals whenever he is home.  Which is fair because I offered to help locate compliant food choices in the cities he travels to.

So because I’m ultra busy running a business, re-starting this blog, bored with scrambled eggs and because I’m sometimes kitchen-challenged I signed up for Realplans  Whole30 online meal planning tool. Talk about easy and delicious.

Whole30 Meal Plans Made Easy realplans

Whole30 Meal Plans Made Easy realplans

I even get to have a 1-on-1 meeting with them to help me get really geeky. I’ll keep you posted on that! 

And I just signed up with Walmart online shopping for my groceries to make life easy because like you, I simply don’t have 2 extra hours to go rummaging through the produce and butcher section of the store.
I’m going to be adapting most of the recipes I make to my Thermomix!
Needless to say, I’m feeling strong and ready to get past DAY 4! I’m not quite at Tiger Blood yet! But once I am I will shout it out! I strongly recommend everyone try a Whole30 at least once in their lifetime.  
Have you ever finished a Whole30? How’d you feel afterward? Have you started one like I have and given up?

First Thermomix Recipe 

Hi thanks for stopping by my blog! I just wanted to let you know that I am super excited and happy to start this blog out with my very first Thermomix! 

I first learned about the Thermomix when our family hosted Alejandro from Spain this past summer. His mom had mentioned that she usually prepares all of their dinners in this wonderful machine. I began to research everything about Thermomix but couldn’t find any for sale in the United States. After our visit to Spain this past winter our friends showed us how this lovely machine worked.

This machine did pretty much everything to help prepare fantastic meals. In record time. You can read about everything that the Thermomix will do and all the other kitchen appliances that it can replace. So far I’ve replaced my blender, my food processor my KitchenAid stand mixer. 

So I receive my new my thermal backs the Friday before the Super Bowl and I wanted to make a couple of snacks using it. I wanted to adopt my beloved and popular salsa recipe. Usually I make my salsa in my food processor with the pulse button and several steps Of opening and adding in additional ingredients. However this time I decided to throw all of the ingredients into the Thermomix bowl together and use the setting that I found for chopping onions to create my regular salsa.

Here’s what it looked like! 

Couch to 5k half way there

So I made it to my fourth week of back to running. 4 weeks ago I downloaded the couch to 5K app and re dedicated myself to running. To be totally honest with you it’s been pretty awesome for me to see how far I’ve gotten with my running and now I’m able to get back on board with my endurance. I like that it starts you off with quick intervals and then gradually increases the time you run as you build endurance. For those of you wondering a 5k distance is 5 kilometers which is equal to 3.1 miles. 

My husband decided to do the Couch to 5k and it’s a lot of fun that we both motivate one another. We use the app and make sure we start it at the same time even while he’s traveling he keeps up with it! So glad to be back to running!

Our goal race is on April 1st, it’s a local 5K that our friend is holding for her nonprofit organization Rage Against Addiction! 

Have you ever tried a couch to 5k training program to run a 5k race? It’s a great way to start off slow and ease your way to running a full 5k.