Whole30: Day 15 – Halfway

I’m halfway! Day 15 of Whole30!

I’m excited! Are you excited?! Well, I am *does happy dance*.

Come on SING with me, you know you want too!

"Whooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, we're halfway there, Whhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa living on a prayer"

Yes there have been challenges, especially making meals that are kid friendly.

Whole30 Weekly Meal Plan

Lamb Tagine.  This was a new recipe for me, I thought it was wonderful, the kids however didn’t think much of it. Oh well, I made a note on that recipe that the kids did not enjoy it, and to try it again on them in about 3 months. I had lots of leftovers with this one, so I got to enjoy it again for breakfast and lunch.

Oven-baked lemon chicken with veggies and salad. Nice and simple, kids loved it.

With the leftover chicken, I made a chicken/spinach frittata. Kids gobbled this one up. This too was a new recipe for me. So I made another note that the kids enjoyed it to make it again. Might do bacon next time.

Crumbed Veal schnitzels with mashed pumpkin, and steamed veggies.  Kids loved the veal, in fact I loved the veal. I forgot how nice veal actually is. I crumbed it with coconut flour/egg/almond meal. Then fired in coconut oil.

Butterfly Lamb with salad and oven-baked sweet potato and pumpkin, with steamed veggies. Kids had the lamb in pita bread (they really wanted souvlakis). The lamb took longer to cook than I thought.  I ended up having to slice it up and then sear it.  At least I know for next time.

Slow-cooked Tandoori Chicken. I made this last week in the oven and thought it was fab. This time I will slow cook it (I’ll let you know how it goes).

My workouts have been the same. It’s taken me 9 months however to work out that I can increase my adjustable weights into half increments. I don’t know why I didn’t realize this sooner.  Anyway, I’ve been lifting heavy with Chalean Extreme.  And I know I have improved because I have been comparing to when I did my last round (back in March), and the weights are heavier.  So I’m happy with that.

Did Yasso800’s again, this time with 25 burpee’s in between each set.

I’m really happy with my split times, I will have to do more speedwork sessions on the track. I will have to go back to Victoria Park though (where I did it last week), as the track at North Park was being fenced off (as I was doing my run, I kid you not).  You see the track is being ripped up and replaced with an Olympic-grade track.  Will be fantastic when it’s finished.

Overall Whole30 has been going great for me.

Emotionally I’m feeling fantastic.  I don’t feel scattered or stressed.  I’m not snappy with the kids.  This is huge for me.  So I know for a fact that the food that was previously eating was affecting me in more ways than one. Emotions were only part.  I’m also no longer bloated, or gassy. Which is a fantastic feeling.  I have gotten gassy, but I can instantly tell what was the cause (one being raw capsicum). Being able to instantly identify a problem with food is just phenomenal.

I have no idea what I weigh, but that’s ok.  I can tell by my clothes.  In last week’s post, I said there was no change. Well, typically the next day what happens? I go to put on a skirt and none fitted. I’m talking swimming on me.  Then things really sunk in when I saw the Heart Challenge run finish photo of myself, I realised “wow I look small/petite”.  When did this happen? This can’t be because of Whole30?! Could it be? Well yes, it could be.

My belts are no longer fitting too, they are all too big.  I’m also in a pair of size 8 jeans.  Size 8 (size 4 US)! Size 8 people! Like O.M.G! I’ve never been a size 8 in my adult life.  It’s hard to get my head around that one.

Other changes? Sleep.  I feel like I sleep so soundly now.  And I know I do because of the fit bit.  I feel so much more rested and sound, which in turn gives me so much more energy, which in turn is obviously helping my fitness, and my recovery.  So it’s all win-win.

I’m totally enjoying the food.  I don’t feel limited (as I know I will be able to get into Paleo baking soon), I feel satisfied. My MIL(2) who reads this goes to me the other day “But what’s left to eat?”.  Food the real stuff.  Yes, she stressed out about what to cook for me on the weekend.  Di don’t stress, as I said, I’m happy to bring my own (leftover) supplies of “food, glorious food”.

And on an end note, I shall leave you with a photograph I took a few weeks ago.

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18 thoughts on “Whole30: Day 15 – Halfway”

    1. I had another gif image (still Fresh Prince), but this one was my more daggy dancing style, it’s also running man, highly appropriate for a running blog of course.

    1. I’m hoping to share some recipes soon. I’m really enjoying trailing new tastes and flavours.
      As for the fast pace, it’s come with time, last year I wasn’t as fast.

  1. Congrats on a great week! Having access to a high-quality track close to home will be great. Hope it doesn’t take too long. Last construction on the trail by my house took over a year! Although to be fair, it did involve a bridge.

    1. They’ve said it will be finished by Christmas, but I doubt that, as long as it’s done by March next year. This track should have been upgraded years ago, seriously it’s crappy as crappy can get.

    1. Elle read the book “it starts with food” it will really make you rethink the food that you put into your body. If you asked me 6months ago I would have said I ate pretty well, little did I know how much whole30 would change my perspective on that.

    1. Gosh I don’t feel lighting fast, I have running friends that are still faster than me, but that’s ok, I know what my body is capable of doing. A change in diet has certainly helped though.

  2. Good job on Whole 30! We eat whole foods in our house, and organic. Since the switch (which we did gradually), I have noticed a huge difference in how I feel. The foods I’m eating sustain my energy, and make me feel so good. Good fuel in = good performance out. Such an easy concept, but sometimes hard to follow.

  3. You really do look great in the Heart Challenge finish photo! Congrats!
    800’s are great workouts. Not so short that you have to do an all out sprint, but long enough that the last 200 meters are definitely a challenge. You feel so proud (and exhausted 🙂 when you are done. They really work.
    I changed my diet significantly about 4 months ago too and it has made an incredible difference in my strength, recovery and physique.
    It is more of a bodybuilders diet and I detail it here http://www.mavrocatstrength.com/2013/07/29/my-across-the-years-24-hour-race-training-nutrition-plan/ It is definitely different than Paleo, but it is high protein and has really worked for me.
    I’m a big fan of veal and lamb too.
    I am really proud of you for making such a significant change to your diet and sticking with it.
    The results are evident and as they say “A picture is worth 1,000 words”! 🙂


    1. I will be honest, I have no idea what I weigh, and I don’t plan on going back on the scales until Whole30 is over. That photo in the Heart Challenge really made me realise that I look small. And today I went through my summer pants (it’s winter here) and a lot don’t fit. My jeans are also way too big, and I need a new belt. All this since 1st August. So I know what Whole30 totally works.
      I have also found that I’m able to lift a lot heavier, which is fantastic! I would have never have thought that a change in diet could make a huge difference. I will check out that website for sure. Thanks for the link Chris.

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