Hello, hello! How was the rest of your weekend? I prepped yesterday afternoon, got a much needed mani/pedi with the girls club and chatted with my one of my faves. I am also particularly happy writing this post because 14.3 went really well for me! I got 64 reps and PR’d my deadlifts at 155 lbs. I didn’t think I would make it to that round but it’s amazing how the Open is challenging and surprising me. And how it’s also kicking my butt…
I hate box jumps. Hah. I switched to step-ups (which was totally allowed in 14.3 yay) after that happened. Definitely need to work on not being timid with my box jumps but they do freak me out!
So it’s been two weeks of Whole 30 deliciousness. If you missed my first recap (and care), you can catch up here. But basically I learned: I’m still a snacker, fruit and cauliflower hate me, my skin is awesome, lots of planning and prep, my groceries are expensive and Tupperware is my bestie. That’s the short version.
So week two… lessons learned and how I felt:
1. The snack monster is mostly tamed.
I am actually getting the hang of this! I added a bit more to each meal (1/2 an avocado, a handful of nuts, an extra egg etc) to ward off the snack monster. Pretty good most of the time but sometimes I still have something extra – last night I was still hungry after dinner so I had a banana and cashew butter.
2. I’ve limited Larabars.
Larabars were my go-to hungry snack but I felt like they were making me crash and giving me toooo much sugar – albeit natural, I still felt the effects. I am feeling much better when I have more meat or nuts or avocado as opposed to a Larabar. Still love ’em though.
3. I sometimes felt tired in the afternoon.
Last week, at around 2:30 to 5pm, I felt veryyyy tired. Maybe it was work but I’m not sure. But I focussed on making sure I was getting 8 hrs of sleep (did my best) and increased my starchy carbs at lunch and felt better by the end of the week.
4. My groceries are still expensive: I am learning that I need to shop a bit smarter (which I did this weekend) but last week wasn’t great in terms of budgeting. It happens. My veggies were seeming to be too expensive (need the farmer’s markets to start) and my properly raised animal products were adding up to more than they needed to be. I have a few ideas (keep reading) but let’s recap week #2 groceries and spending.
Here’s what I bought for week #2:
- 3 cans of salmon – $8.37
- 7 sweet potatoes – $6.78
- 5 organic golden delicious apples – $4.59
- 2 green peppers – $3.65
- 1 spaghetti squash – $6.62
- 1 small jar of almond butter – $4.49
- 8 bananas – $2.95
- 6 avocados – $5.45
- 2 organic broccoli – $5.98
- 2.6 lbs brussels sprouts – $7.48
- 12 organic free range eggs – $6.99
- 5 organic, free range chicken breasts – $22.53
- 0.5 lb wild, organic salmon – $15.43
- 1.25 lbs organic ground beef – $11.24
Total = $115.55
Eek. A little over budget. So here’s what I have learned about my groceries and how I am going to handle them going forward:
5. Fish is a treat.
In order to buy properly raised fish, it is costing too much to buy on a regular basis. Cans are a good option (and to make my salmon cakes) but I don’t want to go can-crazy either. I can’t believe I am saying this… meat is a much better option. Ah. Vegans don’t hate me. I am not always buying totally grass-fed as it is difficult to find but I am doing what I can and buying local and organic. Mooo. Okay that was terrible.
6. Only buy boneless skinless chicken breasts when on sale.
Organic, free-range… yadda yadda… boneless, skinless breasts are not cheap. I need to only buy when on sale and possibly think about buying the whole bird on occasion and split it with my dad because I don’t like all chicken meat.
Bye, bye delicious salmon… how I will miss you.
7. Toughen up and try other nutrient-dense food.
I bought sardines on the weekend – they are so good for you. I haven’t tried them yet but I’ll let you know when I do and likely post a pic on Instagram because if it’s not on Insta, it didn’t happen. I also bought chicken sausages (so far I love them) and grass-fed ground beef, which is surprisingly inexpensive. Other things I want to try: liver and saurekrat.
So… all is good in Amy-Whole-30 land. My skin is still great (working on that post), I still food prep like a mad-woman and carry Tupperwares everywhere. Yup, yup.
Stay tuned for some serious food prep fun tomorrow :)
Have a wonderful Monday!
Questions of the day…
How was your weekend? What did you do?
Any grocery shopping tips for me?
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