Spring Cleaning: Whole30 Style

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My Easter Puppy

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter! I spent the day with my family and it went entirely too fast. After many months of consideration and chocolate, I have decided that it is time for another Whole30. I have been using food as comfort for the past few months and I need a reset to get back to using food as energy. The winter months tend to get to me, so I find myself using chocolate and yummy family dinners to cure a bad mood, bad day, rough week…You get the idea.

I did my first Whole30 back in the Fall. It was definitely a learning experience-I could no longer use Friday nights as a my eat anything because its Friday and I am exhausted. My Mom and completed the Whole30 together, and I think having her for support and accountability were huge factors in my success. Two major things that I discovered during my first Whole30:

1. I function better with larger meals and less snacking. The Whole30 encourages participants to eat 3 meals a day with no snacks in between, unless there is a post workout meal. Before this, I thought that I needed to eat every 3 hours. And I did, because otherwise I would become shaky and irritable. However, by eating 3 larger meals a day, I was able to get rid of that low blood sugar feeling between meals because my insulin levels weren’t constantly changing. At first I had a hard time getting enough to eat at a meal to hold me over to the next, but I figured out that healthy fats like avocado are my best friends!

2. Sugarless Gum is Over-rated. I used to be the gum queen. Ask me for a piece of gum and I’d have at least three options for you to choose from. Now? I haven’t had a piece of gum in months! And I rarely think about or miss it. I used gum as a stress reducer and in place of mindless snacking. Ironically, I think it probably just wore my jaw out and made me crave sugar even more.

My Goals for this Whole30:

1. Focus on 3 solid meals a day.

2. Get rid of my sugar craving after every meal.

3. Stop using food for comfort!

I also plan on making food ahead of time, starting with Paleomg’s Sweet Potato Enchiladas. Her recipes are amazing! Having pre-made meals is much more convenient, and it requires less thinking about food!

Do you have any goals for April?

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Life Lately

It’s been a year since I started this blog and I am still figuring out which direction I am headed with it. I have bursts of blogging motivation and then I have periods where I am just not feeling it. And then there is the whole time commitment. Especially if I am doing an informative post-the research takes time! Sometimes I feel silly, and other times I remind myself that I started this blog for me-not for anyone else. Anyways, life has been fairly busy lately: substitute teaching at three different schools, waitressing nights and weekends, along with some fun stuff! Today marks the first day of my ‘Spring Break’ according to the school schedule, despite the less than spring like weather. Hopefully it will warm up soon!

The Main Attraction

The Main Attraction

The Birthday Bash: Last week was my brother’s birthday and his spring break from college. I was so pumped to see him, even if it was only for a couple of days. We had lots to catch up on! Our family tradition for birthdays is that we get to choose what we’d like to have for dinner and dessert. Chicken fajitas and dense chocolate cake!

Yes please!

Yes Please!

Last week my Mom and I took a day to go shopping and out for lunch. It was a much-needed day! I always forget how exhausting shopping is though! I hadn’t been to Target in ages and was needing to get my fix. I have been wanting to buy some things to make my apartment a little more ‘home-y’. And lunch at Panera is always a win!

Perfect for a Gloomy Day: Vegetable Soup plus a Grilled Ham and Cheese!

Perfect for a Gloomy Day: Vegetable Soup plus a Grilled Ham and Cheese!

Signs of Spring: I am finally starting to crave my giant salads again. During the winter I crave warm comfort food, so salads have taken a backseat for a bit, but my love for a huge plate of veggies is slowly coming back! Must be a sign of Spring!

One Benefit of Waitressing: The Salad Bar!

One Benefit of Waitressing: The Salad Bar!

Another sign of Spring? The Gerbera daisies that my Mom surprised me with at work! I was so excited when she showed up with these beauties!

Coral!

Happy Spring!

School Stories: I have decided that the worst area to substitute teach for is band or music. Ugh. This is mostly because I am not musically inclined in the least bit. I have also come to the conclusion that allowing 30 middle school students to have musical instruments should be questioned. Most of them use them as noise makers, not music makers! Plus, the last time that I subbed for a band teacher the room was a disaster. And check out part of the plans that she left me:

Check Period 4!

Check Period 4!

Um, clean up your room? No thank you. I couldn’t believe that this request was part of the teacher’s plans. I had never subbed for that teacher before so how was I supposed to know what to do with the piles of paper and random instrument pieces laying everywhere? Messy classrooms are a pet peeve of mine, can you tell?!

The other day I subbed in a Kindergarten classroom and first thing in the morning one little boy gave me this to ‘save and eat after my lunch.’

The Perfect After Lunch Dessert!

No Portion Control Needed!

A single jellybean! How sweet of him! I thought this was incredibly amusing, but I didn’t eat the jellybean-too many questions concerning its whereabouts!

Even though I am still working at my waitressing job over Spring Break, I am looking forward to having some more down time. I am also hoping that the sun will begin to make more of an appearance so I can get some good runs in!

Are you going anywhere for Spring Break?

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Decisions.

Its no secret that I have trouble making decisions. Usually, it is the small things, like what to have when eating at a restaurant, or whether I should buy something. Larger decisions usually involve thinking on it for a few days (or weeks), talking it through with others, and then finally deciding. I thought I was getting better at not over-thinking and over-analyzing things, but lately I have been having trouble deciding even the smallest of things: which birthday card to choose, what to plan for my lunches through the week, which size shirt to buy, whether I should buy things that aren’t absolutely ‘necessary.’ And the list goes on. I have decided that this probably means that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with my schedule and to-do list.

Ironically, the smaller the decision, the greater stress it causes. The decisions to be a nanny for the summer, run a cross country trail race, register for a half marathon all came fairly easily to me. Maybe because I am always up for a challenge and trying new things? Or maybe because they involve things that I am passionate about.

In the grand scheme of things, these decisions that I am stressing over are tiny. I probably won’t remember them in a week, much less a year. I have been learning how to make decisions or choices for my entire life. As a teacher, I give students choices. They have a choice to participate with the class or do their classwork during recess. Most of the time, my students make the right choice. I rarely see students agonizing over small choices like what to have for lunch or which game to play at recess. They follow their instincts and do what they want to do rather than analyzing the consequences or other options. The result: kids experience little to no stress when compared to adults!

I need to remind myself to follow my instincts-the first choice is usually the best choice! The worst decisions are the decisions that you don’t make. Rather than allowing the fear of making the wrong choice to take over, I’d rather jump in feet first. No matter the choice, there’s bound to be some learning and discovery along the way!

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Do you ever get overwhelmed by choices or decisions?

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