Day 1 Whole60 & AIP Log

I was going to do this on a separate page, but since I can’t update that remotely… moving things back over here.

Taking a page from Melissa at The Clothes Make the Girl, I will be documenting the following over the next 60 days.
1. Sleep
2. Food
3. Activity
4. Mood


Day 1 – 11/15/12

I cannot be AIP compliant yet. I haven’t gone grocery shopping and eating bulk cooked Whole30 foods that may have tomatoes, chili or curry in them… since these are favorite flavors that I am trying to forgo over next few weeks to see if they help with inflammation issues.


Woke up a couple times in the night but got about 7 hours.


– Breakfast: 1/2 cup of shredded chicken, small avocado diced, pinch of salt and a couple splashes of balsamic vinegar.
– Lunch: bowl of Russian Cabbage Soup (has tomatoes), a handful of kalamata olives & chai (has nutmeg)
– Dinner: dirty “rice” – sausage, riced cauliflower, leeks, celery, chicken stock, cumin, tumeric, salt & pepper.


Not much besides walking around campus.


Tired but optimistic, I did really on my first Whole28 and I think once I can clear out the AIP foods, I should see other changes.


Fitness Quest – Winter 2012

This is a semi-repost…

This week, I will be starting another round of Whole30.  I will be doing this round for 60 days with the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP.

What this means?

         – Besides giving up sugar, dairy, grains, legumes; I will also be forgoing eggs, seeds, nuts & nightshades.

My first Whole30 was great, but I know I need to take it further to deal with allergies and other health issues.   And I am purposely working on this over the holiday period because I know how easy it is for me to slip and eat things I know make me ill.  I think a paleo diet suits my body best, considering my food allergies and sensitivities.

I will be adding a new page with a food & activity log if you care to follow.


Along with food changes, a paleo lifestyle also includes fitness.  Since I have successfully lost over 10 pounds, I feel a renewed urge to re-gear and rev things up, so I’ve modified my goals from April 2011 to reflect this.

Shorter Term Goals:

  1. Consistent Workouts (complete P90x Lean)
  2. Daily Yoga/Meditation Practice

Long Term Goals:

  1. Pass Adult Fitness Test
  2. Complete Couch to 5K program with sprinting
  3. Complete a Mud Run

Longer Term Goals:

  1. Complete a Triathlon
  2. Wear size 10 jeans
  3. Waist = 36 inches or smaller


Resource Links:

Beginner Cycling Training Program

How to Go From Fat To Fit For Good

What IS a Paleolithic Lifestyle?


Day 0

So I am trying again, even with school & Little League in full swing, but I need to do something and I need to do it now. So I will be back to Day 1 of P90x which is my first restart but after missing over 2 weeks because of illness, I thought it was for the best.

The other thing I am going to try is Whole30. I was doing Shakeology, but I am going to put that on hold in favor of a grain free, dairy free, sugar free, whole foods approach.  I did really well on Atkins in the day, but think this is a healthier option for me.

My goal is to use this as my food and workout log for personal accountability and a public record of my progress.

Tonight, Rob and I go grocery shopping. He will be helping me with photos and measurements was well.

Why I am trying this…

I have had some, not so new, health concerns get worse, and fighting arthritis has been rough more days than not.  I am hoping these life changes will help with inflammation and just generally feeling better.  Besides the arthritis that mostly centers around previously broken bones, I deal with the following:

Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Sinusitis
Keratosis Pilaris

Nothing life threatening in and of itself, but some things make life more uncomfortable than others.

Resources for my adventure:

Since I am feeling chatty…

I was ill for over a week with bronchitis around 2 weeks ago.  With the illness (and the subsequent massive amounts of sleeping & total brain fog) my whole life got behind – home (especially cleaning), work and school. After this weekend and writing a past due paper, I should be just about caught up. w00t!

But what these 16 days of being laid low and then smooshing as much stuff into each day afterwards, including a few days with midnight or later bed times (I am usually in bed before 10), I haven’t been exercising at all.  And we won’t talk about some of my back sliding on my wheat free eating…

What I have noticed is that my knees, shoulder, wrist, etc. all hurt (arthritis aches & fibro hot spots) more than I was ever sore post getting my ass kicked by a P90x workout.  Hm… exercise really does help me with pain and it helps me sleep better at night.

Yoga tomorrow morning and then Saturday, I am restarting P90x and moving forward again.  Go me.

Had a bit of an epiphany last night…

Rob has commented a couple times over the many years we’ve been together “Where is that girl I dated…?”

Folks this is not a serious question, because we met while in an environment where appearances were very important to the company we kept.  He has not put me down in any way, it’s just funny to look at old pictures and think, “Why on earth am I wearing that?” instead of those cases where I think, “I looked hot!”  You know besides fashion trends etc… (ugh, do you notice they are trying to repeat some of the scary from the 80s lately?)

But I put up a meme on FB yesterday:

And I got to thinking (which can be dangerous)…

There have been some changing, for example, in the way I dress, because:

  1. I gained over a hundred pounds over five or so years..
  2. I simply don’t work in a professional dress environment anymore. (The money I save on pantyhose and dry cleaning = AWESOME!!)
  3. I feel more able to express my hippieness and even the gothness, which I couldn’t do before because, well see #2.

But I came to realize that one of the main reasons I am trying to lose weight, despite health & schedule issues, is because I really miss the tailored look that I loved when I did work in a professional environment.  So smaller hips and toned abs have a new reason, as of last night.

Yes, I’ll still be wearing flowing skirts and Birkenstocks in non-earthy colors (I love jewel tones to gothic colors and don’t do the earth tones in which a lot of “hippie” clothes are made.).  But I’d rather rock a princess cut or corset style top, instead of a baggy t-shirt or these shapeless tunics that they try to sell as plus sized wear.

New motivation people, new motivation.

This weekend’s to do list

My life has been a tad insane… and I want to take things down several notches, so besides attending an Early Music concert with my mother on Friday night, here is what I am thinking of doing this weekend… could be all of this list or part of it, either way it will be great.


1. Sleep in

2. Knit at coffee shop

3. Attend event at Family Wellness Center

4. Attend North Stonington Fair and visit the sheep tent (not to mention let Ryne go on a ride or three)

5. Read a good book

6. Attend service at All Souls (because it’s been way too long)

7. Eat big salad with local greens (so that means a trip to a farmer’s market, coop or farm stand)

8. Cook a meal or three

Summer is almost here…

I know the solstice is a few weeks away but my last day of classes was yesterday, so I am in finals week.  Was a rough semester, instead of As & Bs, I think I have a couple Cs.  Way too much reading and I’ll will take my lumps.  I could have rewritten a couple of papers for better grades.  But do I take that time or sleep?  Or better yet, enjoy the evening with the kiddo? 

Anyhoo, I am looking forward to the summer.  No classes and since I still have slightly reduced hours, I am going to get out earlier and hopefully have time to do summery things.

One thing that this summer will be ALL about is getting back on fitness quest.  I’ve kept my 3 pant sized off (from beginning of quest a couple years ago), but am ready to take it to next level.

So between May 6 & August 28 (first day of classes) I propose the following:

1. No soft drinks (including iced tea, most be homebrewed)

2. No fast food

3. Complete P90X or Intensity

4. Daily Yoga / Hooping Routine

5. Meatless Mondays

6. Several raw meals a week

7. Gluten Free

8. Dairy Free (except yogurt)

9. No coffee