I’m so glad I tackled Whole30 for a second time. The first time I did Whole30 was last June/July and at the time I really wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it. I spent at least a month getting mentally prepared for it and spent about 1-2 weeks meal prepping / planning before starting. It was quite an expensive Whole30 last time, whereas this time my Whole30 groceries only ended up being an extra $100 more than our regular grocery budget. And considering I only ate once in the entire 30 days, I will call that a win! I also bought way more fresh fruit last time, which was partially due to the season.
The 2nd time was definitely easier. I didn’t get any crazy ‘carb flu’ at the beginning of it and I definitely found it easier to eat on the fly because I had a really good understanding of what I could and could not have. However, other aspects of it were harder. I really missed Friday night beers with Eric and towards the end I kind of got tired of cooking and just kept eating leftovers and then got really bored. By the last three days I was ready for it to just be over already!
Last Tuesday was my first official day post-Whole30. I had a bit of cheese right after work for a snack and then for dinner I had sushi and wine. Two other things I had been craving like crazy during my second round of Whole30! I didn’t bother doing the reintroduction phase because I did a reduced version of it last time and I don’t believe I have any food intolerances.
I admit I have totally face planted into bad food for the last week. After sushi came fries, more wine, beer, pizza, hot wings and fro-yo. Those are just a few of the things I had last week!! This week I am determined to do better.
Will I do Whole30 again?
Definitely. I love this eating program. It is such a great reset for me and I truly feel SO amazing when I fuel my body with REAL & WHOLE foods for 30 days. Even though parts of it are definitely hard and I miss takeout and I miss wine and beer it also feels amazing to eat such real and healthy foods and to tame my sugar dragon. I plan to do Whole30 again in June or July (I’d like to keep up doing it twice a year) and I might even take on a Whole45 or Whole60 next time… I wouldn’t mind doing it for a few extra days and seeing how my body does!
Have you ever done Whole30? Would you do it again or would you try it?
My workouts have really evolved and changed over the last couple of years. I never thought I would say this, but I’m not running anymore. My last real run was in November! In some ways that feels crazy to me, but in other ways it also feels right. I just have not had the urge to run. I know I’ll get back into it one day, but until then I’m trying not to sweat it too much (he he!) and focusing on doing other activities I enjoy.
So what am I doing?
I teach two spin classes per week from 6 – 6:45am. Monday’s is just a regular 45 minute spin class and Wednesdays is a spin bootcamp class where we get on and off the bike. When I’m teaching I definitely don’t push as hard as I would if I was actually taking the class, but I’m certainly still getting in a killer cardio workout!
As mentioned a couple of times on the blog I have an unlimited yoga membership to the local vinyasa yoga studio. I try to go 3x per week but lately it’s been more like 2x per week. I am trying to get that number back up to 3 or even 4 though!
I am so so glad I discovered fitnessblender.com several months ago. This website is amazing! It is packed chock full of free workouts ranging from 10 minutes to over an hour and they are all strength or cardio-strength (HIIT or Tabata style) workouts. I personally do best when I follow an actual program. In the fall I purchased the 8-week FB30 Round 3 program, where all the workouts are under 30 minutes long and I followed it twice back to back. Then just this last week I purchased the Bored Easy program and have started following it. My goal is to get in all 5 workouts per week for the next four weeks! Also my favourite part about Fitness Blender is that the workout programs are sooo inexpensive, like $15 – $25 CAD ($10 – $15 USD) for a 4-8 week program. Amazing!
Walking has still been a huge way for me to move my body, especially as it’s been getting warmer outside. In December I managed to get in 12,000 steps every single day but one and I’m attempting to do so again this week. After a few very cold and very busy weeks at the end of January / beginning of February I haven’t been walking as much. I’m also so lucky that we have an incredible FREE indoor walking track here and it’s only a couple of blocks from my house. That has helped a lot for getting in my steps when the weather isn’t great.
Cross country skiing
I only go once per week, but it’s still a super fun way to move my body and stay active during the winter months. Plus I love getting outside and getting fresh air 🙂
Eric recently got an elliptical machine that sits in our living room (can’t wait for it to go in the basement of our new house!) and it’s a great way to get in some cardio / steps when it’s particularly blustery outside! I have also used the rowing machine at the gym to get in some extra cardio (holy crap, that is a workout!) You can learn more about the rowing machine by reading NordicTrack equipment reviews.
Sometimes when you live in a winter climate you have to get very creative. Especially since March 1 will mark exactly 5 months since our first snowfall! That’s a lottttt of winter!
What ways have you been moving your body this winter??
After seeing Lisa’s Looking Forward post last week I realized that I have quite a lot to look forward to in the early part of 2017 and wanted to share a similar post with you all!
Today I am looking forward to a quiet night in with Eric. We never do anything super “special” to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but it will be nice to just spend some time together tonight and relax. Especially since today is Eric’s first day of his week off and he just finished working 14 days straight where we really don’t get to see much of each other at all.
This week I am looking forward to attending a meditation workshop tomorrow night. I have really gotten into meditating over the last year after I bought the calm app for my phone. In October 2016 I made it a goal to meditate every single day. My favourite time to meditate was actually right after waking up. My alarm would go off and I would immediately plug in my headphones and do a guided meditation. It was a really lovely transition from sleeping to being awake.
This weekend I am just looking forward to hanging out with Eric as it’s his weekend off. I really, really miss (more than I ever knew I would) our routines from when we worked similar schedules. For a long time we both worked Mon – Fri and even had similar hours. Since moving, Eric has been working 12 hour days. He did have weekends off but in October he switched to a different role in the company and now works 14 & 7 – 14 days on (12 hour days) and then 7 days off. I still work 5 & 2 (5 days on and then 2 days off (aka – a typical work week). Our schedules really don’t mesh and it’s tough. Anyways, this weekend off together will be nice even though we don’t have many plans!
This month I am looking forward to moving into our new home! We have been renting since moving and saving money like crazy. Last month we finally found the home we wanted and put in an offer. The subjects came off on February 10 and on March 8 we will get possession of our new home. It’s a half-duplex but is incredibly big and spacious. One of the things that sold us on it was the amazing kitchen. I cannot wait to cook in this place!
This spring I am looking forward to our next big trip together to England & Iceland! We are going April/May for 2 weeks and it’s going to be amazing. First we are spending 4 nights in London where we will take in Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (our main reason for this trip – Eric got the tickets over a year ago!) and then we will head off to Iceland for 10 days where we have rented a camper van to drive the Ring Road! If you have any tips for either place I’d love to hear them 🙂
I am also very much looking forward to traveling to Minneapolis in May for Lisa & Phil’s wedding!! <3
As for the rest of the year… I have some ideas about the adventures it will hold, but I’m not totally sure what they will look like yet. Stay tuned! I am determined to make 2017 a wonderful and epic year in any way I can 🙂
What are you looking forward to today, this week, this weekend and this spring?