19 and counting. . .

Sounds like a TV show, right?!?! That is the weight my hubs and I have lost so far together on WHOLE 30! When we started Whole 30 2 weeks ago, we are going on week 3 tomorrow, we had much more in mind then just some extra weight we have been lugging around. We wanted to cleanse our bodies. Yes, we eat clean most of the time but we knew we could get better. It was time to cut out excess sugar, carbs, grains and dairy. So I opened up the Whole 30 book and started the list. What could we eat. I did not focus on what we could not eat, that is just down right depressing! I knew I was going to have to meal plan and prep to make this successful. I even bought items I never had before, like ghee! So in the past couple weeks we have already seen changes: sleep is better, we never wake up bloated, more energy, my miles are better, I crave my exercise because I am really starting to shed fat, our clothes are looser, we are more confident in our skin, our skin is glowing and we have lost some pounds!! Our cravings have disappeared. We have eaten out once and we grabbed whole 30 approved salads. This is the new way of living! Does it make you want to jump on board?!? Maybe it will after you see the recipes I have made. This is a true lifestyle change. Its not a quick fix, its hard but its worth it! And the best thing about it, we are not starving ourselves! We eat REAL food.

Egg roll in a bowl, crock pot chicken served over cabbage mix,  pesto shrimp with spaghetti squash & veggie fajitas served over cauliflower rice


Lunches have been salads. At the beginning of the week I cut up all our arugula and kale and put it in a big bowl for the week. Then I just have to throw some in a container and add all our additional items to it! I also cook up a bunch of chicken and have veggies all cut up to quickly throw the salad together. Another thing that I have changed is using bottled dressings and condiments. Home made mayo:


If you have read any of my blogs you know I have an obsession, a healthy one, with essential oils. Last weekend I got a little too much Vitamin D. I found an after sun spray that I wanted from Nordstrom that was $20. I checked the ingredients and duplicated for less than half!!! I filled the glass spritzer bottle with the witch hazel and added 10 drops of each EO. Not even aloe gave me this much relief! I carried it with me all week and spritzed it on as I needed it!


I would say 99% of my running is done on the treadmill but on Friday I decided to take it to the track! I packed on the sunscreen, I use blue lizard, and hit the track for 4 miles. If you really want to sweat, run when its 94 degrees out and over 60% humidity!!! Two of my miles were done in these!!! I showed up not prepared!


Hope you had a great weekend! Please share with me what you did! Have you ever done Whole 30?! If so, I would love to hear your experiences! Hope you have a great week and I will see you back here in about 2 weeks!

Recipes (some I have adapted as needed to be Whole 30 compliant):






Conventional vs. Non-conventional

Before I talk about medicine let talk about a few fun things. . .so I took some time off from running and mixed it up with spinnning classes. I took some classes at Cycle bar. The cool thing about this place is that they incorporate weights in with cycling. I did a full week of intense classes. I definitely saw a difference in my body by the end of the week. I think that just means that I need to focus more on incorporating different exercises and classes in with my running. So that is my plan starting Monday! A few other things about cycle bar: the music is amazing, it really keeps you going, the instructors are motivating, they give you water bottles, a towel and even spinning shoes. They clean them after each person, don’t worry!!! Just some of my water bottles from my week!!!


Since moving to Charlotte we have not ventured too much into SC but we decided to take a drive to the Zentrum (BMW factory) and then drove into Greenville. Downtown Greenville is gorgeous.  We found a beautiful park to hang out at and ate at the Lazy Goat, phenomenal!!

And I think we started a new tradition. . . Vin and his sister have the same birthday and 6 years apart, funny, right?!!! I thought it would be nice to do something different. We all ventured out to Lake Norman State Park and grilled out for the day. It was perfect! We were right by the lake, had our own private grill and just enjoyed the day! And you can’t go to a picnic and not bring deviled eggs!

Now fast forward to this past week and today. .  . I have been in bed sick since I walked in the door on Thursday night. On Thursday my throat was killing me, like to the point where I could not swallow. I got adjusted and acupuncture before I left the office and I felt immediate relief. But I knew I needed to get some “medicine” in me for some relief. I immediately climbed into bed, got the diffuser going with on guard and lathered my feet with pure frankincense. I was miserable all night long. All I truly wanted was something to take away the pain. See in our house we have chosen to do all non-conventional/integrative medicine. So what does that really mean??  Dr. Andrew Weil says it best “Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.” There are not many people I would like to meet in life but Dr. Andrew Weil is one of them! I know weird. So many people want to meet celebrities and I am over here wanting to meet a doctor!! Check out his website when you have some time. So these have been my “drugs” over the last few days!! I constantly gargled with pink Himalayan salt and warm water to ease my throat pain, ran the diffuser non stop, made a hot concocscion with apple cider vinegar and warm water, this has been my drink of choice morning, noon and night, lathered my feet and wrists in pure frankincense and made a steam room in our bathroom and sprinkled peppermint to help clear my sinuses.

And for food, well not much sounded good to me besides popsicles and pho, extra spices to help clear the sinuses! So that is what I have been living on, for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!

I think I can finally say I am on the mend. Good thing because I am not sure how much longer I can be confined to the house! I am ready to be outside, exercising and back to life. I miss doing the laundry, dishes and grocery shopping, yes my hubby has been doing it all!! He is a KEEPER!!

Hope you have a great rest of your weekend! Let me know what you are doing while I continue to heal!! Hopefully my next blog will be about yummy recipes and some exercise! XO