How an Eating Schedule is Helping me Succeed with Whole30

Happy hump day friends! It’s that time of year again. Resolutions, new goals, diets. For the past few years I have been doing Whole30 every January. In 2018 I didn’t do such a great job (I think I only lasted two weeks) and I didn’t even try to do it again in September like I normally do. Well now I am 15 days in (I always do it January 2-31) and I am feeling great.

Okay, well maybe great isn’t exactly the right terminology, but it is definitely doing its job. This weekend I cheated a little bit on my weekend trip to Philadelphia and man did I feel the pain of that cheese steak. I mean you can’t go to Philly and not try a cheese steak but damn, definitely not worth it.

What I like about Whole30 is that it isn’t a normal diet. It’s not here to make you loose weight. You are eating clean so you get rid of your bad eating habits and feel better. So, when I had my greasy steak and cheese, my body freaked out and didn’t know what to do anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in a cheat day, but maybe I should have had half of the sandwich instead of the whole thing.

This time around I have created a pretty good eating schedule which has helped a lot.           

   7am – Breakfast
2 cups of black coffee, hard boiled egg or Whole30 frittata
11am – Snack
Larabar or RXBar for a snack to hold me over for a few hours
    2pm – Lunch
rolled lunch meat and veggie sticks, protein and roasted root veggies, salad with protein
  6:30pm – Dinner
spaghetti squash with shrimp, Asian stir fry with cauliflower rice, protein and veggies

This week I meal prepped hard of Sunday. I made a Whole30 meatloaf to head up for lunches or dinners throughout the week, a veggie frittata to have for breakfasts and The Defined Dish’s Whole30 Tom Yum soup. The amount of ingredients intimidated me a little. I am a pretty decent cook but I like to stick to 5 ingredients or less, but wow! It was so easy! I would definitely recommend it.

In the evenings, I usually end up snacking on something, but for the past two weeks I’ve been sticking to hot water with lemon, decaffeinated tea, avocado and tomatoes with TJ’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning, or dried mango or plantain chips from Trader Joe’s.

15 more days!

Hello 2019!

Happy New Year friends! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season. This year seemed especially busy with holiday parties and gatherings a couple times a week. As 2018 slowly came to an end, I did what I do around this time every year, looked back on the past 365 days to see how I’ve grown in the past year.

In December I had a lot of new going on. This past month I moved so it was a lot of reorganizing, getting rid of things I don’t need anymore and redecorating and buying furniture and décor I now need for my new space. Moving always stresses me out. (And you’d think I’d be used to it by now.) I hate the feeling of being unsettled, having blank walls and my clothes in piles, but for right now I am trying my hardest to go with the flow. I am glad most of the craziness is behind me and I finally get to settle in.

What I love right now:

Right now, I’ve been using a lot of Netflix to get my mind off of the mess that is moving boxes and building new furniture. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every Netflix original Christmas movie this season. But now that the holidays are over, I am fully dedicated to Riverdale. It’s like Pretty Little Liars all over again. And YOU, have you seen YOU? Wow! I’ll do you a favor… go watch it!

I am back on the Whole30 train. Thank you, holidays. So far, a week in, and I am starting to feel great again. I am definitely going to be doing a few posts on Whole30 meal prep, recipes, and weekly menu.

Where I went:

This year I tried to chill with the traveling compared to 2017. Instead of taking 12 small trips like I did last year, in 2018 I took two international trips. Over the summer I went to Mexico for a much needed R&R girls weekend. I haven’t been on a beach getaway like that in almost 10 years and it was fantastic. You can read more about where we stayed and what we did here.

In the fall my road trip buddies, Michelle and Michelle, and I headed north to road trip through Alberta, Canada. It was amazing! The photos truly don’t do this area of the world justice. The colors of the lakes and the beauty of the mountains were jaw dropping. This trip helped me push my limits and step outside of my comfort zone. We stayed at one of my top 5 hotels, ate amazing food, and did more hiking than I thought I could.

Staying a little more local, my friends and I tried to embrace the winter as much as we could by exploring Lincoln, New Hampshire and visiting their annual Ice Castles. AMAZING! In March, a bunch of my friends and I headed to Boston for a weekend getaway. There is no where better in the world to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day besides in Boston, MA. It was great to get away for the weekend and party like we were 21 again. (Read about a past trip to Boston here.) Later in the spring a few of us kicked off the warm weather season with a quick trip to the Cape to explore one of New England’s hidden gems.

What I’m looking forward to:

2019 is already panning out to be a great year. I have a few trips already scheduled for the first half of the year. A weekend in Philladelphia, a bachelorette party in Charleston, and two trips to Los Angeles to watch one of my closest LA-friends get married. I’m hoping the second half of the year is a little calmer, but I’d love to stick some sort of trip in the back half of the year. I’ve been throwing around either Cuba, Oktoberfest in Germany, or just a simple solo trip to Burlington, VT. We will see.

Work wise, things have been really exciting. I started 2018 with a promotion at work, and in June, I got another one. It’s been really encouraging to watch the growth of my company and where they are headed and I am beyond happy to be a part of it. Who knows where this year will lead.

2019 Goals:

I’m not going to boar you with my goals. Each year I make a list of resolutions, or goals, in my daily planner so that I can look at them regularly and hold myself accountable. They’re actual goals, with numbers, and dollar amounts, and intentions to continue to push myself to grow and live as balanced as I can.

Ironically this year a few of my goals require me to work more, and harder. But instead of seeing this as a negative, it just shows how important it is to be intentional with your time. A few years ago I read Chip and Joanna Gaine’s book and I realized that everything they do, they do intentionally. They push their business, their family, and their relationship and the result is to live their best life. Work hard, play hard, right?

This year I am going to keep my goals private, but overall, live intentionally, spend money intentionally, spend time intentionally.

Friday Five – October & November

Happy Friday!!! Who else is pumped to gain an hour this weekend?? I know my waking up in total darkness the past few weeks has not been prime motivation. A few weeks ago I was able to take a three day staycation and it was fabulous. I binged “Anne with an E” on Netflix and relaxed for a few days, just in time for the craziness of the holidays to swing in full force.

I’m looking forward to the holidays more than usual this year. I have some exciting news in early December but I can’t say much for now. For now, here are five things that are getting me through October and November.

A night at the theater
When I was living in California I really started to fall in love with the theater. My good friend’s family ran a local community theater and their productions were out of this world. Being that we were in Los Angeles, there were even a few professional actors that performed at the theater on the side. I really fell in love with Les Misérables while I was out there so when tickets went on sale at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, I new I had to see the national touring company perform live. It was insane!

Day tripping to Newport, RI
I think Newport, RI is such an underrated city. In the summer it is the perfect New England city with fresh seafood restaurants, little shops to explore, and breathtaking sunsets over the water. In the winter the town gets sleepy but winter is the perfect time to go to Newport and truly rest and relax. The skinny streets make you feel like you’ve gone back in time and wandering in and out of bars is really the best way to spend a snow day. I went last week to explore something else that is famous in Newport. The Newport Mansions. Not too long ago New York City’s elite used Newport as a place to summer. Their summer “cottages” were bigger than my high school. A few girlfriends and I took the two hour drive east to explore the Breakers and Marble House, two of the Vanderbilt family’s homes from the late 1800s.

Pumpkin carving parties
My girlfriends and I try to get together as often as possible, but with husbands, kids, careers, and side projects, it’s not always the easiest. Last weekend we were able to be festive all weekend. We celebrated our favorite two year old’s birthday with a Halloween themed birthday party on Saturday, and Sunday had a Halloween party and pumpkin carving contests as a housewarming at another friend’s. It was the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season before fall blows away from us completely.

Exploring the Viking Star in Boston
Part of my full-time job is getting out of the office and visiting the ships that we send our clients on. When Viking Ocean Cruises invited a few travel agents onto their ship, the Viking Star, I jumped at the opportunity to see this ship. Viking is known for their river cruises, being one of the largest river cruise companies in the world, but when they expanded into ocean cruises a few years ago, I knew I wanted to see their ships. I love the clean lines, and the Scandinavian style of their ships. What I love about Viking is their attention to detail and how although they’re not a luxury cruise line, you still feel like a princess while a guest on their ship.

Making a Murderer part 2
A few weeks ago, I did a post about my favorite bingeworthy shows and since, I’ve already gotten through the new Marking a Murderer part 2. I actually watched it in just three days. If you watched part 1, be prepared that this one moves a little slower. We know the story already so now we are going through new evidence and learning information we didn’t know before.

 

Tips to Get You Through a Long Flight

Flying can be exhausting. I’ve done a lot of long flights. A red-eye across the country can be pretty draining but really, that’s a simple and common flight if you really think about it. Trips to Asia, New York to Hawaii, coming home from Eastern Europe, that’s a true long flight. Here are some tips to get you through any length trip that you may a little help with getting through.

  1. Wear layers. No matter what the weather is, I always travel in a light top and with an oversized scarf. Wearing a light top makes layering easier and even though 90% of the time your flight is going to be cold, you really never know. The scarf you can use it as a pillow, blanket, shawl, or wrap. And easiest thing is that it can be taken on and off easily. I also try to keep a light jacket or sweater handy if it gets too cold on the plane or in the airports.
  2. Have your snacks prepared. The worst is when you aren’t prepared with any type of snacks and you can’t find anything in the airport that’s easy to snack on. Back in July, I was so early for my flight and hadn’t brought anything to the airport, I ended up buying $20 scrambled eggs and literally wanted to die. TSA will let you bring anything that is not opened through security (as long as it’s not liquid obviously.) I usually take some sort of nuts and protein bars with me in my bag.
  3. Dress comfortable. Not like a slob, comfortable. If you want any chance of getting an upgrade at all, whether it’s at an airline, car rental or hotel, you need to be dressed properly. I’m not saying dress up but there’s a way to be comfortable and still not look like a hot mess express. I love a good pair of compression leggings, a cute top and sneakers.
  4. Have your technology prepared and backed up. I always make sure my laptop and phone are fully charged, as well as my back up battery pack. Before any flight, while I still have WiFi, I make sure to download my favorite podcasts or movies. I’ve sat on too many planes in front of a broken TV with nothing to do for five hours to not have a back up plan anymore. I also make sure I have multiple headphones. I once downloaded a bunch of podcasts just to get on the plane and not have my iPhone headphones. (palm to face)
  5. Pack up my toiletries. I make sure I always have WetOnes, tampons, tinted moisturizer, mascara, deodorant, hand sanitizer, and a toothbrush at arms reach. Usually right under the seat in front of me. There is nothing worse than being stuck in the window seat and needing to grab something from the overhead bins. Talk about annoying. So, keep them close to you so that you can grab them all if needed.
  6. Have a pen handy. Especially when traveling internationally. You don’t want to be that one asking everyone around you for a pen when you’re filling out your immigration forms. Stick it with your toiletries for easy access.
  7. Back up sleep aids. Sometimes, no matter how tired you are, you just can’t get comfortable enough on the plane to sleep. It’s terrible. I’ve tried a few different tricks though: sleepy time tea, wine, taking melatonin. My new favorite is using my Young Living sleep spray. I brought this with me to Canada and spayed it on my chair before we took off, and on my pillows before going to sleep and I slept throughout the whole night.
  8. Have a good bag. I FINALLY found my favorite carry on. For me, a backpack works best. I found this one on Amazon a few months ago and it worked perfect for my trip to Canada. There’s a spot for my laptop, a cord to charge your phone, an outside pouch for those easy to grab items you may need (ID and passport), and not too big that I’m going to load it up. I actually used it while hiking too and it was perfect.

TV Shows to Binge this Fall

Happy Hump Day!!!! Here in New England, it’s starting to get pretty chilly which means, hibernation time. I’ve already started my season of binge watching and my list is starting to grow for this winter. Last year I really started to get bored with some of the shows I was regularly watching. Sorry Walking Dead fans but after Carl died I just couldn’t get back on board. So, this winter I need to get into some new shows, and not just my usual Housewives and other Bravo shows.

I rewatched Hart of Dixie last month and it reminded me how much I love a feel good comedy. Currently I’ve been glued to Anne with an E but I just have a few more episodes left. I think next up is going to be a true crime documentary. When Making a Murder came out in 2015 I was hooked so now that we get to see more of Steven Avery, I am ready for it.

What are you currently watching?? Let me know in the comments.